Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Mets morning briefing 9.26.12
By Matt Ehalt
David Wright tied Ed Kranepool for the franchise hits record but it came in a losing effort as the Mets fell to the Pirates, 8-6 Tuesday night at Citi Field. Wright now has two more games to try and record his 1,419th hit in front of a home crowd before the Mets finish the season on the road.
Wednesday's news reports
• Read game recaps in the New York Post , Star-Ledger, The Record, New York Times and Newsday.
• Despite tying the franchise record, Wright said once again that it's hard for him to focus too much on his accomplishment when the team has been floundering in the second half and has been knocked from the pennant race.
"I don't think you can sit back and really enjoy this until you're done playing -- or, maybe, enjoy it a little bit in the offseason," Wright said after the 10-6 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates. "I'm not programmed, and it's a little odd and uncomfortable talking about something individual like this, when we've had our struggles in the second half and haven't done what I think all of us feel like we were capable of doing. But I'll enjoy it at some point -- probably not tonight. I have to get ready for tomorrow. But at some point I'm sure I'll enjoy it because it's a nice accomplishment and I'm very proud."
Read more on Wright in the Daily News.
• Manager Terry Collins is concerned about Robert Carson's elbow as he has to go for an MRI on Wednesday. Carson had to leave the game with what was preliminary diagnosed as an elbow strain and a X-ray came back negative. Carson likely has pitched his final game as a Met this season as the team awaits further testing. Read more in the Star-Ledger.
• Mets general manager Sandy Alderson talked on television about a variety of topics on Tuesday night, including the upcoming contract situations with Wright and R.A. Dickey. He reiterated once again that the team plans to do all it again to ensure that its top hitter and top pitcher will remain in Flushing for the future. Said Alderson:
"Our intent is to work hard to try to keep them both. They've both been great for us this year. David has been here and is the face of the franchise -- has been. We'd very much like him to stay. I think he wants to stay. I'm sure he wants to know where we're headed and the things that we intend to do to make it a winner. We'll have that conversation at some point.
"R.A.'s situation is a little bit different in the sense that there is more immediacy there. Here's a guy that's 37 years old and is pitching and presumably doesn't have the same horizon that a David Wright might. So at the end of the season we'll talk with R.A. and see what he's thinking and try to have him back. He's been a great story this year. He's been a great asset over the last three years, really."
• The Mets will not spend big on an outfielder this offseason, according to a report in the Daily News. That would eliminate the team from the sweepstakes for players such as B.J. Upton, Michael Bourn and Shane Victorino. Writes Andy Martino:
The Mets -- who lost 10-6 to Pittsburgh on Tuesday, done in by the seven runs Collin McHugh allowed in 1-1/3 innings -- do not view this offseason as the time to commit significant money to outfielders, so they do not expect to pursue those high-profile players. Although the front office has not finalized its offseason strategy, one source said that it was unlikely the Mets will offer any outfielder even a two-year contract.
• Closer Frank Francisco might be done for the season, according to Collins. Francisco has not pitched since Sept. 16 as he deals with elbow tendinitis. He is 1-3 with a 5.53 ERA and has 23 saves this season.
• Starter Collin McHugh gave up seven runs in 1 1/3 innings and Collins believes his starter was has ran out of gas. Over his last five appearances, McHugh has posted a 10.38 ERA.
• Left field Jason Bay was out of the lineup on Tuesday with back stiffness. Bay is hitting .155 with eight home runs and 20 RBIs on the year as he has become a platoon player for the squad.
• The Mets will be hosting a fundraiser for media relations member Shannon Dalton Forde, who has Stage 4 breast cancer. The fundraiser will be on Nov. 1 and includes an autograph session and dinner with former Mets. You can visit www.hopeshinesforshannon.com for more information or to buy tickets for the event.
• So just how quiet has Citi Field been these days? According to research done by the Wall Street Journal, quieter than a toaster.
Trivia: As Wright is one hit away from the team record, which active pitcher has given up the most hits to Wright?
Tuesday's answer: David Wright is bidding to join the Yankees' Derek Jeter, Rockies' Todd Helton and Rangers' Michael Young as the active players who lead their franchise in career hits.