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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Happy Recap: Game 134 - Marlins at Mets - Zippity Duda

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W: M. Acosta (2-1) L: C. Volstad (5-12)
S: B. Parnell (3)
HR: FLA - None   NYM - None

Final Score: New York 3, Florida 2

Lucas Duda knocked in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning as the Mets took a 3-2 victory over the Marlins in the fourth test of a five-game series.

David Wright and Jose Reyes each posted two hits and a run scored in New York's fifth win in six games. Manny Acosta (2-1) earned the win with a scoreless inning of relief. Chris Capuano started the game and allowed two runs on seven hits and two walks through five innings.

Chris Volstad (5-12) went 6 1/3 innings, allowing three runs -- two earned -- on seven hits and two walks to take his fourth straight loss. Jose Lopez knocked in both of Florida's runs as the Marlins finished the month of August with a 7-20 record.

Box Score : Click Here

Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup - Marlins at Mets - Game 134

Bay drops down 6th
Mets Starting Lineup vs Marlins - Game 134: 
  1. Reyes-SS
  2. Tejada-2B
  3. Duda-RF
  4. Wright-3B
  5. Pagan-CF
  6. Bay-LF
  7. Evans-1B
  8. Thole-C
  9. Capuano-LHP

The Mets will host Hispanic Heritage Night Tomorrow night at Citi Field

Dickey in his Los Mets Jersey
The Mets will host Hispanic Heritage Night Presented by Goya Foods to celebrate Latino culture and Goya’s 75th anniversary tomorrow night...

The night’s festivities will feature New York salsa band “La Evidencia” performing on Mets Plaza before the game with the Kips Bay dancers of the Boys & Girls Club...

An authentic Mariachi band will perform pre-game and the Mets will wear blue “Los Mets” jerseys for the game.

Mets will send eight players to Arizona Fall League

The Mets will send eight players to the Arizona Fall League this winter to play for Peoria under manager Pedro Lopez, who is currently St. Lucie’s manager…

Second baseman Reese Havens, catcher Juan Centeno, third baseman Jefry Marte, and pitchers Taylor Whitenton, Collin McHugh, Robert Carson and Brandon Moore will represent the organization for Peoria, while outfielder Juan Lagares will be on the taxi squad.

Mets Game Notes - Marlins at Mets - Game 134

The Mets had their four-game winning streak snapped last night...New York is 6-12 in its last 18 games and 18-24 since the All-Star break...A win tonight or tomorrow will give the Mets their ninth series win at home...The Mets won 15 home series in 2010.

New York has 3,798 wins in its team history, two wins shy of 3,800.

Mets Starters over their last five games, Mets starters are 4-1 with a 2.12 ERA (eight earned runs/34.0 innings)...They have issued nine walks and notched 30 strikeouts...During New York’s five-game losing streak from August 19-23, Mets starters went 0-3 with a 9.24 ERA (26 earned runs/25.1 innings).

Chris Capuano became the third pitcher in franchise history to throw a shutout while striking out at least 13 batters and allowing no more than two hits in his last start on August 26 vs. Atlanta...The other Mets to do that were Nolan Ryan, with a one-hit, 15-strikeout game vs. the Phillies on April 18, 1970, and Tom Seaver, who had two such games: a one-hit, 15-strikeout game at Philadelphia on May 15, 1970, and a 13-strikeout, two-hitter at Pittsburgh on September 29, 1972...Capuano was the second pitcher in team history to hurl a one or two-hit shutout with at least ten strikeouts and no walks ...Seaver did that in his “imperfect game” against the Cubs on July 9, 1969 (one hit, 11 strikeouts)...Research courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau.

New York’s pitching staff issued five walks last...Mets pitchers have issued 408 walks this season, the 12th-fewest in the majors...Offensively, the Mets have drawn 464 walks, ranking fourth in the majors.

Preview: Game 134 - Marlins at Mets - Capuano tries to repeat his last performance

Florida Marlins (60-74) at New York Mets (64-69), 7:10 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Florida - Chris Volstad (5-11, 5.61) New York - Chris Capuano (10-11, 4.43)

The New York Mets can wrap up a series win with a victory tonight versus the Florida Marlins in the fourth test of a five-game series from Citi Field.

The Mets swept a doubleheader on Monday to kick off the series, but dropped a 6-0 decision Tuesday. Mike Pelfrey had zero help from the offense and allowed four runs on six hits and four walks in six innings to suffer the loss.

"I didn't throw as many secondary pitches for strikes as I would have liked to or as I needed to," Pelfrey said. "That ended up being the difference."

Mets starters were 4-0 with a 1.29 ERA in the past four games until Pelfrey was banged around. David Wright and Josh Thole finished with two hits apiece for the Mets, who had won four in a row. Angel Pagan went 0-for-4, but has still reached base safely in 21 of 24 contests this month.

Chris Capuano will try to get New York on track when he takes the mound tonight and is coming off an impressive performance in Friday's 6-0 win over Atlanta. He tossed a two-hit shutout and struck out a career-high 13 batters to improve to 10-11 with a 4.43 ERA in 27 games (25 starts) this season.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Mike Piazza , other players will participate in pregame ceremonies at Citi Field on Sept. 11

The Mets announced Tuesday that former Mets players Mike Piazza, Todd Zeile, Robin Ventura, John Franco and manager Bobby Valentine will participate in pregame ceremonies at Citi Field on Sept. 11, the 10th anniversary of the World Trade Center attacks in Manhattan.

All five were members of the 2001 Mets team that played in the first Major League game in New York City following the attacks, with Piazza hitting a dramatic go-ahead home run in the eighth inning.

The Mets also plan to commemorate Sept. 11 by visiting firehouses throughout the city for a 10th straight year, as well as continuing their partnership with Tuesday's Children, a non-profit organization providing an array of support programs and services to the Sept. 11 community, including the families of victims and first responders.

Recap: Game 133 - Marlins at Mets - Vazquez, Marlins Shut Out Mets

Final Score: Florida 6, New York 0

Javier Vazquez whiffed Lucas Duda to pick up his 2,500th career strikeout and end the sixth inning. Then he helped the Marlins put together the winning rally.

The pitcher's bunt single was part of a five-run seventh inning Florida used to beat the Mets, 6-0, at Citi Field.

Vazquez (8-11) threw seven scoreless innings, allowing only three hits and a walk to pick up his first victory since July 27. He needed six strikeouts to become only the 30th pitcher in major league history to reach the milestone, and got it when he punched out Duda with a low changeup.

Logan Morrison hit a two-run single for Florida, which was swept by the Mets in Monday's doubleheader.

Mets starter Mike Pelfrey (7-11) held the Marlins off the scoreboard for six innings, but couldn't get an out in the seventh and was charged with four runs.

New York managed only six hits as its four-game win streak came to an end.

Box Score : Click here 

Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup - Marlins at Mets - Game 133

Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup vs Marlins - Game 133

  1. Reyes-SS
  2. Turner-2B
  3. Wright-3B
  4. Duda-RF
  5. Pagan-CF
  6. Bay-LF
  7. Evans-1B
  8. Thole-C
  9. Pelfrey-RHP

Preview: Game 133 - Marlins at Mets - Mets try for 5th in a row

Florida Marlins (59-74) at New York Mets (64-68), 7:10 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Florida - Javier Vazquez (7-11, 4.63) New York - Mike Pelfrey (7-10, 4.60)

The New York Mets welcomed back All-Star shortstop Jose Reyes in yesterday's doubleheader sweep of the Florida Marlins and will shoot for a fifth straight win tonight in the continuation of a five-game series.

Reyes did not play in the opener of the twin-bill, a 2-1 triumph spurred on by seven shutout innings from starter R.A. Dickey. The knuckleballer yielded seven hits, struck out six batters and walked one.

Lucas Duda had three hits and both Josh Thole and Justin Turner ended with an RBI apiece for New York. Reyes went 1-for-4 with a run scored in a 5-1 win during the nightcap and was in action for the first time since Aug. 7 versus Atlanta because of a strained left hamstring.

"This is my first game back," said Reyes, who's in the running for a batting title. "I need to get my confidence back before I do anything crazy on the field."

David Wright went 2-for-4 with two RBI, while starter Dillon Gee threw six innings of one-run ball with six K's for the win. The Mets have won four in a row -- the longest streak since pulling off five straight wins July 25-29. They are still 6-11 in their last 17 games and 18-23 since the All-Star break.

Ike Davis is running with a purpose

The Mets and Ike Davis will finally get a resolution to the ankle injury that has kept him out since May this week.

The first baseman "did some extensive running" in Arizona on Thursday and Friday, according to general manager Sandy Alderson, who spoke to Davis yesterday.

"He pretty much ran all out," Alderson said.

Alderson said Davis ran with "few problems" and later clarified that and said he had "no pain."

Davis was expected to run again yesterday and today. He will then come back to New York to be examined and also consult with specialists in North Carolina before reaching a final conclusion.

"We'll make a decision before Labor Day, but no decision has been made," Alderson said. "The last few days have been encouraging, but we have to see what happens."

If Davis does go under the knife, he would have to do so soon in order to be ready for spring training. The surgery would either be at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan or in North Carolina.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Happy Recap : Game 132 - Marlins at Mets - Gee Pitches Gem, Sweep Double Header

Final Score: New York 5, Florida 1

Dillon Gee turned in another strong pitching performance for the Mets, giving up a run over six innings to help them to a 5-1 victory and doubleheader sweep against the Marlins.

New York won Monday's first game, 2-1, after R.A. Dickey pitched seven scoreless frames.

Gee (12-5) followed that effort by allowing six hits, walking two and striking out six. He gave up his only run when Greg Dobbs blasted a homer in the sixth.

But the Marlins' inability to score any more runs sent them to their ninth loss in their last 11 games.

Box Score : Click here

Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup - Marlins at Mets - Game 132 - (Game 2 DH)

Mets Game 2  Lineup vs  Marlins -  Game 132
  1. Reyes-SS
  2. Tejada-2B
  3. Wright-3B
  4. Duda-RF
  5. Pagan-CF
  6. Evans-1B
  7. Harris-LF
  8. Nickeas-C
  9. Gee-RHP

Happy Recap : Game 131 - Marlins at Mets - Dickey Knuckles Marlins

Final Score: New York 2, Florida 1

R.A. Dickey threw seven shutout innings while Lucas Duda went 3-for-4 and scored the decisive run, guiding the Mets to a 2-1 victory over the Marlins in the opener of a Monday doubleheader.

Dickey (6-11) allowed seven hits and a walk while striking out six to pick up his first win since July 25. He hadn't allowed any more than three earned runs in five outings since then, but didn't pick up a victory.

Justin Turner singled in a run for the Mets, who have won three in a row.

Anibal Sanchez (7-7) gave up two runs in six innings to take the loss for Florida, which has dropped eight of 10.

Box Score: Click Here

Mets News and Notes: Reyes, Double Headers, Bullpen, Offense

The Mets have won two straight games following a five-game losing skid...New York is 4-11 in its last 15 games and 16-23 since the All-Star break.

The Mets are expected to activate Jose Reyes prior to game 2 of today’s doubleheader...Reyes went 2-5 with two singles and a run scored on Saturday for Binghamton (AA) of the Eastern League vs. Altoona...Reyes hit .333 (3-9) with three runs scored, one home run and one RBI in three major league rehabilitation games with the BMets...Reyes was placed on the 15-Day Disabled List on August 8 with a strained left hamstring.

Today will be the Mets third doubleheader this season...New York was swept in a twinbill at home on April 14 vs. Colorado and the Mets lost both ends of a doubleheader on April 16 at Atlanta...The last time the Mets and Marlins squared off in a doubleheader was July 8, 2006 at Shea, when Florida won game one, 4-3, and the Mets won game two, 17-3, in Mike Pelfrey’s major league debut...The Mets and Marlins have never swept a double dip from each other.

Jose Reyes will be activated for Game 2 of the Double Header

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN NY,  the New York Mets plan to activate Jose Reyes for Game 2 of Monday's doubleheader against the Florida Marlins, manager Terry Collins said.

Reyes delayed plans Sunday to travel to New York because of Hurricane Irene and was due to drive back Monday morning. He played three rehab games at Binghamton, N.Y., with the Mets' Double-A affiliate.

Reyes last appeared in a major league game Aug. 7. He had been idle because of a strained left hamstring for the second time during the second half of the season.

To guard against future injury, Collins said he would strategically rest Reyes the remainder of the season, and duplicate that plan next season assuming the shortstop re-signs with the organization as a free agent. Collins reasoned that it is better to have Reyes in the lineup for 150 games healthy than watch him land on the disabled list and only have him for 100 games.

Ruben Tejada, who has manned shortstop in Reyes' absence, will share second-base duties with Justin Turner for the remainder of the season, according to Collins. The manager said he may periodically rest David Wright and use Turner at third base, allowing both Tejada and Turner to be in the lineup.

"I'm going to make sure Tejada gets at-bats," Collins said. "He deserves it. He earned it."

Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup - Marlins at Mets - Game 131 - (Game 1 DH)

Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup vs Marlins - Game 131 - (Game 1 DH)
  1. Angel Pagan - CF
  2. Ruben Tejada - SS
  3. David Wright - 3B
  4. Lucas Duda - RF
  5. Jason Bay - LF
  6. Nick Evans - 1B
  7. Josh Thole - C
  8. Justin Turner - 2B
  9. R.A. Dickey - RHP
Notes:  According to Adam Rubin of ESPN NY,  the Marlins agreed to change a Sept. 7 game in Miami to 5:10 p.m. so the Mets would have an easier time returning to Citi Field for a doubleheader against the Atlanta Braves the following day.  Jose Reyes apparently will wait until Game 2 to return.

Preview: Double Header - Games 131/132 - Marlins at Mets

Florida Marlins (59-72) at New York Mets (62-68), 4:10 PM / 7:40 PM -  Double Header

Probable Starting Pitchers: Game 1: Florida - Anibal Sanchez (7-6, 4.01) New York - R.A. Dickey (5-11, 3.72)

Game 2: Florida - Ricky Nolasco (9-9, 4.30) New York - Dillon Gee (11-5, 4.37)

Both the New York Mets and Florida Marlins had their schedules altered this past weekend due to the impact of Hurricane Irene and will begin a five-game series today with a doubleheader at Citi Field.

The Mets had their last two games of a weekend series with Atlanta postponed because of inclement weather and the Marlins' three-game series in Philadelphia was cut down to one game as well.

New York has won two straight games since a five-game slide and defeated the Braves, 6-0, last Friday at home. Lucas Duda had three hits, two RBI and a pair of runs scored, while Angel Pagan and Ruben Tejada recorded three hits apiece for the Mets, who had a 14-2 advantage in hits and received a stellar showing from starter Chris Capuano.

Capuano tossed a two-hit shutout and fanned 13 batters. It was his third career shutout and fourth complete game.

"I think it has to be (one of the best starts of my career)," said Capuano. "I've had a couple of shutouts before, but this one at this point of the season and after a rocky last month and a half or so certainly feels like one of the best."

Capuano's previous career-high in strikeouts was 12 against Cleveland on June 16, 2006, when he pitched for Milwaukee. He hadn't reached double-digits in strikeouts since June 2, 2007 when he had 10.

Mets shortstop Jose Reyes is expected to continue his quest for a batting title tonight and has been sidelined since early August with a strained left hamstring. He worked out the kinks with Double-A Binghamton. Meanwhile, outfielder Jason Bay has been out since Wednesday with a shoulder ailment and is expected to return tonight.

"I played Wednesday, it was pretty sore. I just thought I would get the off- day," Bay said on the team's site. "I got here, it was still sore. So we ran to the hospital and got an MRI really quick just to make sure."

The MRI revealed no structural damage.

R.A. Dickey gets the call for the Mets in the opener of this twinbill and is 5-11 with a 3.72 earned run average in 27 games (26 starts). He is 0-3 in his previous five starts and has recorded two straight no-decisions, including a 6-2 loss to Milwaukee last Sunday. He tossed seven innings of two-run ball.

Dickey is 3-2 with a 5.63 ERA in seven career games (5 starts) against the Marlins. The knuckleballer is only 1-8 in 14 home starts this season.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Vin Scully coming back for 63rd season

I just love this guy's voice and I am glad that he is continuing his graceful play by play calling for another year!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Following the Hurricane - Good Links and Widgets

Reyes should be back Monday for Doubleheader against Marlins

According to the Sporting News, New York Mets shortstop Jose Reyes is expected to come off the disabled list Monday..

Reyes, sidelined since Aug. 8 by a left hamstring strain, will finish a minor league rehab assignment Saturday and then rest Sunday. The Mets are expected to activate him prior to one of the games of Monday's doubleheader against the Florida Marlins.

The Daily News notes that Reyes, leading the NL with a .336 batting average, could become the first player in franchise history to win a batting title. In 98 games this season, Reyes also has five homers, 37 RBIs, 34 steals, 16 triples, 26 doubles and 80 runs.

This is his second stint on the disabled list this season because of a left hamstring injury.

Reyes will be a free agent after the 2011 season, and there has been speculation that his injury history could affect the length and value of his next contract.

Happy Recap : Game 130 - Braves at Mets - Capuano shuts down Braves

Final Score: New York 6, Atlanta 0

Chris Capuano blew through the Braves lineup, striking out a career-high 13 batters in a two-hit shutout Friday to lead the Mets to a 6-0 win.

Capuano (10-11) was perfect through four innings and didn't allow a walk, throwing 79 of his 122 pitches for strikes on the way to his third career shutout and fourth complete game.

The left-hander has probably never been better, but he wasn't the only thing keeping the Braves from scoring runs this weekend.

Friday's game was supposed to be the opener of a three-game series between the teams, but Saturday and Sunday's games were postponed because of the threat posed by Hurricane Irene.

Backing their pitcher with a consistent offensive push that took a while to pay off, the Mets had at least one baserunner in all eight innings while improving to 4-11 in their last 15 games.

Angel Pagan, Ruben Tejada and Lucas Duda each had three hits, while Duda and Justin Turner both smacked two-run doubles in the win.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Injury Report: Jason Bay will be back Monday

Mets left fielder Jason Bay will not play Friday after jamming his right shoulder attempting to make a diving catch against the Phillies on Tuesday.

The MRI he underwent Friday revealed no structural damage, and Bay expects to be ready to play in time for Monday's doubleheader against the Marlins.
"I played Wednesday, it was pretty sore. I just thought I would get the off-day," Bay said. "I got here, it was still sore. So we ran to the hospital and got an MRI really quick just to make sure."

Bay would have to miss three days to heal his right shoulder, but the Mets postponed their Saturday and Sunday games against the Braves in anticipation of Hurricane Irene, allowing Bay to miss just the one game. He is batting .233 this season with a .318 on-base percentage and a .341 slugging percentage. He was replaced in left field by Jason Pridie for Friday's game.

"The luxury we have of not playing the next two days, which never happens, actually works in my favor," Bay said.

Even though the Mets are postponed, Reyes will still work in Binghamton

Aaron Taube of  Mets.com says Terry Collins expects injured shortstop Jose Reyes will be able to play in his third and final rehab game Saturday at Double-A Binghamton.

If he does, Reyes will have Sunday off before playing in one game during the Mets' Monday doubleheader against Florida at Citi Field.

"I don't know if they're deciding to move their game up to the middle of the day [Saturday]," Collins said. "If that would be the case, then I would think he'd get his three games in and be available, because he's going to have Sunday off anyway, no matter where he's at. I have not talked to anyone in Binghamton to find out what tomorrow's schedule is going to look like, but I know they're going to try to get it in."

Collins' decision to give Reyes a game off Monday is part of his plan to rest Reyes in order to keep him on the field. The Mets' most productive player this season when healthy, Reyes is currently on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring for the second time this season.

"I've already told him, if next summer -- I think he's going to be here -- but next summer if he's here, if he plays 150 of 162, that's still better than playing 100 of 162 because I don't need him to be out for three weeks at a time," Collins said. "I told him, 'We're going to have arguments, we're going to have discussions about ... because you're going to want to play.'

"I just think that we've got to probably be very understanding of certain nights where you've got a two or three-day span where he's running, running, running, running all over the bases and all the sudden we've got a day game. There's a good chance he's not going to be playing in that day game."

Pic of the Day: Hurricane Irene From Space

Mets News and Notes: Hairston, Batista, Bay

The New York Mets have officially put outfielder Scott Hairston on the 15-day disabled list and promoted right-hander Miguel Batista from Triple-A.

The Mets made the moves before Friday night's game against Atlanta. They also scratched left fielder Jason Bay from the starting lineup because of a jammed right shoulder.

Hairston's move was retroactive to Aug. 24, a day after he strained his left oblique while taking a swing.

The 40-year-old Batista began the season with St. Louis and was 3-2 with a 4.60 ERA in 26 games, including one start. He joined the Mets in July and went 3-0 with a 4.24 ERA at Buffalo.

Batista is set to pitch for his 10th team in the majors. The Mets need a spot starter next week and may use Batista.

Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup Game 130 - Braves at Mets

.Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup vs Braves - Game 130 
  1. Angel Pagan - CF
  2. Ruben Tejada - SS
  3. David Wright - 3B
  4. Lucas Duda - RF
  5. Jason Bay - LF
  6. Nick Evans - 1B
  7. Josh Thole - C
  8. Justin Turner - 2B
  9. Chris Capuano - LHP

Due to Hurricane, Mets have postponed Saturday and Sunday's games at Citi Field

With Hurricane Irene looming on the horizon, the New York Mets have postponed Saturday and Sunday's games against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field.

Both games will be made up as a single-admission doubleheader Sept. 8.

The Mets were hoping to get Saturday's game in and had discussed moving the start time from 4:10 p.m. to 1:10 p.m. or 12:10 p.m., but they needed approval from city officials, which was not granted.

The New York Times reported that the city's mass transit system will be shut down at noon Saturday, making a game impractical.

The weekend cancellations alleviate the need for two starters during next week's series against the Florida Marlins. The Mets still need a replacement that series for Jon Niese, who was placed on the disabled list on Wednesday with an intercostal muscle strain, with Miguel Batista appearing logical after he was promoted Friday.

Major League Baseball already had moved Sunday's games at Philadelphia and Boston to Saturday to make them part of day-night doubleheaders. The Phillies play the Marlins and the Red Sox play the Athletics.

Johan Santana is facing a lawsuit accusing him of sexual assault, asks judge to remove records from the public

According to the website The Smoking Gun,  Johan Santana is facing a lawsuit accusing him of sexual assault. The baseball star has asked a Florida judge to cloak video depositions, transcripts, and other court filings from public view, claiming that the alleged victim is “determined to try this case in the media.”

In a motion filed last week in Circuit Court, the New York Mets pitcher requested a protective order barring Deanna Williams and her lawyers from the “publication or dissemination” of a variety of material associated with the case.

In her complaint, Williams accused the 32-year-old athlete of sexual battery, assault, and false imprisonment in connection with an October 2009 encounter on a Fort Myers golf course. Williams told cops that Santana attacked her despite her saying, "please, no," and "please no, not like this, not here, please no." She added that after Santana finished assaulting her, "Johan told me 'this is crazy' and 'I'm sorry.'"

Santana, who is married with three children, told police who investigated Williams’s allegation that the pair’s sexual activity was consensual. He claimed that she "seemed very excited and forward towards me,” and was “very excited and was 'masturbating' as we engaged in sexual intercourse."

Preview: Game 130 - Braves at Mets - Mets will open up against Hudson

Atlanta Braves (79-53) at New York Mets (61-68), 7:10 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Atlanta - Tim Hudson (13-7, 3.01) New York - Chris Capuano (9-11, 4.71)

Right-hander Tim Hudson takes the mound for the suddenly streaking Atlanta Braves when they head to New York to begin a three-game series with the homestanding Mets at Citi Field.

The Braves have won nine of their last 11 games to both pull back into fringe contention in the National League's East Division - where they trail Philadelphia by six games - and strengthen their hold on the wild card lead, which they've pushed to 9 1/2 games over San Francisco.

Hudson, a veteran of 370 major-league outings, has won four straight decisions and seven of eight in his last 10 starts since opening the season at 6-6.

He spun seven shutout innings of three-hit ball in his last appearance on Aug. 21 against Arizona, striking out seven in a 1-0 victory.

The Braves are 8-2 in his last 10 outings since July 2, a stretch in which Hudson has allowed three runs or less nine times and pitched six or more innings in all 10 games.

He beat the Mets, 4-1, in New York on Aug. 5 to improve to 14-8 against them in 23 career meetings.

Atlanta finished a four-game series with the Cubs at Wrigley Field on Thursday when Brian McCann hit a pair of homers and drove in four runs in an 8-3 win.

Einhorn/Mets deal, Still not a done deal and won't be in August

According to Mike Ozanian of Forbes,  the New York Mets and hedge fund manager David Einhorn will not close their deal to make the hedge fund manager a minority owner in the baseball team this month.

This deal which was first announced in May, was to get the the money-losing debt-laden baseball team some badly needed cash.

In early July, ESPN.com wrote the deal would would likely close in August. And in case there were still any doubters after the Mets began to cut their payroll by trading closer Francisco Rodriguez, in late July the New York Times reported that the deal between the Mets and Einhorn was essentially done except for the paperwork.

Mike Ozanian has learned that there will be no deal between the Mets and Einhorn in August. People familiar with the matter say the two sides are still on track to come to terms. Meanwhile, the team’s losses on the baseball diamond and income statements continue to pile up.

Ozanian does not know if a deal can get done, but says it's rather obvious that the more greater the team falls into the red, the more leverage Einhorn will have.

Lenny Dykstra in more trouble, Charged for indecent exposure - Could Face 6 Months Plus other Charges Pending

According to Reuters, Lenny Dykstra, the 48-year-old former New York Mets World Series hero was charged with two misdemeanor counts of indecent exposure and could face six months in jail and a $1,000 fine per count if convicted, Los Angeles City Attorney's spokesman Frank Mateljan said.

Mateljan said Dykstra is accused of exposing himself to six women who answered ads he placed on Craigslist between 2009 and April of this year seeking a housekeeper or personal assistant.

"He would inform them that they also needed to give him a massage and then he would take off his clothes and expose himself to them," Mateljan said.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Jose Reyes goes 0-1 with a walk, in his first rehab start

Mets shortstop Jose Reyes began his three-game rehab assignment with Double-A Binghamton on Thursday night, finishing 0-for-1 with a walk and run scored before departing after the fifth inning against Altoona.

Reyes, who has been on the disabled list since Aug. 8 with a strained left hamstring, batted leadoff for the B-Mets, and in his first plate appearance reached base on four straight balls. He moved to second after a balk and eventually scored on a home run by Reese Havens.

Audio: Omar Minaya visits the WFAN Studio with Boomer and Carton

Omar Minaya talks to Boomer and Carton about his life after the Mets..

Video: Watch Zach Wheeler pitch for St. Lucie Mets

Hey you ever wanted to know how good Zach Wheeler is?

Just watch this video and you will get a good indication on how good he is...

Video: Supplemental First Round Draft Pick Pitcher Michael Fulmer

Video Courtesy of  Toby Hyde's Mets Minor League Blog

Rockies Claim David Wright on Waivers???

According to Denver Post, the Rockies, as with other teams, put a waiver claim on Mets’ third baseman David Wright.

It’s unclear who was awarded the claim, and the Mets have made it known that they aren’t trading Wright. They can just pull him back off waivers.

That said, this is another sign that the Rockies will be prepared to act quickly if Wright becomes available.

The Mets have told teams they aren’t moving him. So why put him on waivers?

It’s a common process with most players. Teams do it to find out which teams are interested, possibly creating a starting point for trade talks down the road.

Reports from multiple executives is that there remains a chance that Wright might become available if the team re-signs shortstop Jose Reyes at top dollar.

For now, Wright isn’t going anywhere. But the Rockies search for a third baseman will continue, and they will be first in line if Wright hits the trade market.

The Rockies are taking a flier on  Kevin Kouzmanoff, who will get a “series of starts” at third base beginning today, according to manager Jim Tracy. Ian Stewart’s future remains in doubt.

He’s going on the Triple-A DL with a wrist injury after it acted up against last night during batting practice. It’s possible he won’t play again this season.

Mets Starting Pitcher Candidates to replace Jon Niese in the rotation..

The Mets may need as many as two starters from Triple-A Buffalo during next week's series against the Marlins, but rainouts are forecast, potentially alleviating the need to use two of three from Miguel Batista, Pat Misch and Chris Schwinden.

Insiders predict the 40-year-old Batista, who was released by the St. Louis Cardinals earlier this season, may be with the Mets as soon as this Friday's series opener against the Braves and is the best option to start. (The Post says a Sunday rainout against the Braves could be made up during a series in Atlanta in September, with the Mets as home team one game, although the more likely scenario is a mutual Sept. 8 off-day.)

Batista, meanwhile, allowed four runs on nine hits, including a pair of homers, in 5 2/3 innings in his past start, but the newly promoted Nickeas said: "That line can be taken with a grain of salt a little bit because it was in Columbus. The couple of homers that they hit, it's a small park, and the wind was blowing out. I would say they actually didn't hit him that hard. They just hit homers there."

Nickeas went on to say Batista has "a lot" left at age 40.

"His velocity has been good," Nickeas said. "His command has improved steadily since he started."

Battered Mets : Mike Nickeas on the roster for Niese, Paulino has injured toe..

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN NY,  Mike Nickeas joined the Mets for Wednesday's matinĂ©e series finale against the Phillies. Nickeas, a catcher, officially takes the roster spot of Jon Niese.

Niese officially has a right intercostal strain, and he hopes to return this season. Scott Hairston (oblique) will be active, at least technically, for the game at Citizens Bank Park but should land on the DL before Friday's game.

Ronny Paulino has an injured toe that may be broken, necessitating a third catcher. An initial X-ray was inconclusive, so Paulino will have another X-ray Thursday. The expectation is Paulino would stay active to pinch-hit, but probably he will need a runner. Paulino suffered the injury on a foul ball while catching.

Hairston and Niese traveled to New York before Wednesday's game.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Happy Recap : Game 129 - Mets at Phillies - Mets come through for the win

Final Score: New York 7, Philadelphia 4

Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia, Pa.)

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Nick Evans hit a three-run homer and drove in four, as the New York Mets avoided a three-game sweep at the hands of the Philadelphia Phillies with a 7-4 win.

David Wright went 3-for-4 with a solo home run and two RBI while Lucas Duda drove in a run and scored once for the Mets, who snapped a five-game losing streak.

Mike Pelfrey (7-10) got the win after giving up just three runs on nine hits, with two walks and two strikeouts, over six innings.

Shane Victorino drove in two while Chase Utley went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored for the Phillies, who had won five of seven. Kyle Kendrick (7-6) gave up six runs -- two earned -- on seven hits in just four innings.

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Preview: Game 129 - Mets at Phillies - Pelfrey, Mets trying to avoid sweep

New York Mets (60-68) at Philadelphia Phillies (83-44), 1:05 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: New York - Mike Pelfrey (6-10, 4.61) Philadelphia - Kyle Kendrick (7-5, 3.24)

The New York Mets hope a quick turnaround will cure their recent woes when they finish a three-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies this afternoon from Citizens Bank Park.

New York suffered its fifth straight loss in last night's 9-4 decision in the second portion of this series, as starting pitcher Jon Niese was rattled for eight runs and 10 hits in four innings of work. Niese, a lefty, aggravated a muscle on his right side and could be headed to the disabled list.

"I don't know if I damaged it more," Niese said on the club's official website. "I doubt it. But it's one of those things where I can't pitch with it. I've just got to get it better."

Lucas Duda hit a two-run homer and Justin Turner chipped in two hits and an RBI for New York, which is just 2-11 in its last 13 games and will head home after today's game to begin an eight-game residency versus Atlanta and Florida. Duda has two homers and six RBI over his last four games. Center fielder Angel Pagan is battling a stomach bug and has reached base safely in 18 of the 19 games he's played this month. Pagan was forced out of the game Monday because of possible symptoms of colitis.

"It's scary, because when you have a disease that's going to be with you your whole life, you don't know what it's going to turn into," Pagan said. "I'm very thankful now that they know how to control everything and I know how to take care of everything myself. I'm a little more calm about it."

The Mets are hoping Mike Pelfrey can get back into the win column for the first time since July 27 when he gets the nod this afternoon. Pelfrey is 0-1 in five starts since then and lost to Milwaukee on Friday in a 6-1 defeat. Pelfrey allowed four runs -- three earned -- and eight hits in five frames to fall to 6-19 in 26 games (25 starts) to go along with a 4.61 ERA.''

Today's Mets Starting Lineup - Mets at Phillies - Game 129

Duda batting cleanup
Mets Starting Lineup vs  Phillies - Game 129: 
  1. Pagan-CF
  2. Tejada-SS
  3. Wright-3B
  4. Duda-RF
  5. Bay-LF
  6. Evans-1B
  7. Thole-C
  8. Turner-2B
  9. Pelfrey-RHP

Gary Carter ready to proceed with new stronger chemo treatment

Gary Carter, whose more intense round of chemotherapy had been delayed by a low white-blood-cell count, is now ready to proceed with that treatment to combat malignant brain tumors.

His daughter Kimmy Bloemers writes:

"Dad went to the doctor yesterday and received news that his white blood count was high enough to start the new stronger chemo! The blood count is still a little low; however, he got the green light to take his first pill last night. He took an anti-nausea pill at 10 p.m. and took his chemo at 10:30 p.m. and then fell right to sleep. We are so happy to report that dad is not sick and he had a good day today. There was some anxiety yesterday not knowing if this 5-day treatment would have terrible reactions. Aside from being tired, dad has no other side effects!!!"

Bloemers adds: "Dad will take his second chemo pill tonight and will take his last chemo pill Friday night. This will happen every month for one year. Five pills for one month, Avastin every two weeks and steroids everyday. ... Dad is very strong, determined and focused for our family, his fans, friends and his baseball players. I am so proud of him. He has endured a lot these last three months and without a doubt, the best is yet to come. The more we pray, the more this miracle will happen!"

Johan Santana will resume mound work

According to Adan Rubin of ESPN NY,   Johan Santana long-tossed a baseball at 100 feet Monday in anticipation of resuming mound work.

Santana, who was shut down with shoulder discomfort days after tossing three scoreless innings in a July 28 game with Class A St. Lucie, was scheduled to resume throwing off a mound in Port St. Lucie on Tuesday.

The hope is Santana will get in one official minor league rehab game before those seasons end the first week of September. Santana then could pitch in the fall instructional league in his hometown of Fort Myers, Fla., which begins Sept. 18, and even participate in a comparable fall league in the Dominican Republic afterward.

With the Mets' season ending Sept. 28, the likelihood is Santana will not appear in a major league game this season, but it's not being written off. "Too hard to say," a team insider said.

Winter ball in Venezuela is an option open for discussion, but that is several steps down the road.

Jon Niese and Scott Hairston will end up on the DL

The Mets endured their fifth straight loss, 9-4, and second in a row to the Phillies, who have outscored them, 19-4, in the two games at Citizens Bank Park.

But the more damaging news came after the game, when Manager Terry Collins said Jon Niese and Scott Hairston would both probably end up on the disabled list after each strained a rib cage muscle.

Niese, who gave up eight runs before exiting in the fifth inning, first hurt the muscle while swinging during his last start Aug. 16. The Mets moved his scheduled start back a day, and Niese felt healthy enough to pitch.

But he felt pain while trying to throw a fastball by Hunter Pence in the third. “I kind of let it go, and that’s when I felt it,” Niese said.

Hairston hurt himself stretching to reach a low slider in the seventh.

The loss of Niese puts the Mets in a tough situation, as his next start is scheduled for Monday, when the team has a doubleheader. Collins said he would call up two pitchers from the minors for the day.

“We don’t have any room for just riding it out for the next 10 days while he gets better,” Collins said of Niese.

Jose Reyes Scheduled for Monday Return against Florida

From Jose's Lips to God's Ears, He will be back Monday
The tentative plan for Jose Reyes became official Tuesday:

Barring a setback, the shortstop will play minor league rehabilitation games for Double-A Binghamton Thursday, Friday and Saturday, rest on Sunday, and play in one game of the Mets' scheduled doubleheader on Monday against Florida.

Reyes (strained left hamstring) participated in pregame running drills again Tuesday, and said he felt good. He is scheduled to leave for Binghamton Wednesday.

Recap: Game 128 - Mets at Phillies - Phillies hammer Niese

Final Score: Philadelphia 9, New York 4

Home runs by Shane Victorino and John Mayberry, Jr. in the third inning got the Phillies started, but they were hardly finished and rolled to a 9-4 victory over the Mets.

Philadelphia got another good start from rookie Vance Worley, who escaped two early jams with strikeouts. Worley (9-1) went on to post a career-high nine while giving up just one run in seven innings, and also drove in a run.

"We had Worley on the ropes the first two innings," said Mets manager Terry Collins. "Let good pitchers off the hook early, they'll beat you."

The Phillies have won each of his last 12 starts, the longest stretch for the team this season and the longest for any MLB rookie since 1986, when Texas won 12 consecutive starts by Bobby Witt.

Philadelphia won his outing Tuesday thanks to several bursts of offense. After Victorino's solo blast and Mayberry's three-run shot, the home team added one run in the fourth and four in the fifth.

As the runs piled up for the Phillies, the miscues piled up for the Mets. A few times, the two coincided -- like in the fifth inning, when Mets center fielder Angel Pagan misjudged a fly ball by Victorino, having it fly over his head for a two-run triple.

That's just how things are going for the Phillies and Mets these days. NL East-leading Philadelphia has outscored New York 19-4 in the first two games of this set, and has won each of the four series so far this season. Meanwhile, the Mets fell to 2-11 in their last 13 games.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup Game 128 - Mets at Phillies

Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup vs Phillies - Game 128

  1. Angel Pagan - CF
  2. Ruben Tejada -SS
  3. David Wright - 3B
  4. Lucas Duda -RF
  5. Jason Bay - LF
  6. Nick Evans - 1B
  7. Josh Thole - C
  8. Justin Turner - 2B
  9. Jon Niese - LHP

Preview: Game 128 - Mets at Phillies - Mets Look To Bounce Back !!!

New York Mets (60-67) at Philadelphia Phillies (82-44), 7:05 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: New York - Jonathon Niese (11-10, 4.05) Philadelphia - Vance Worley (8-1, 2.76)

The Philadelphia Phillies have won Vance Worley's last 11 starts and look to make it a perfect dozen when they resume a three-game series versus the New York Mets tonight from Citizens Bank Park.

Worley hasn't tasted defeat since May 29, when the rival Mets hammered him for eight runs -- five earned -- in a 9-5 decision at Citi Field. He has beaten the Mets since then and is 2-1 with a 3.52 ERA in four career games (3 starts) in this series.

The young right-hander is 6-0 with a 2.41 earned run average in his last 11 trips to the mound, but hasn't looked so sharp in each of his previous two outings -- both no-decisions. He allowed six runs in four innings of a 9-8 win in Los Angeles on Aug. 10, then lasted three innings in a 4-1 win over Arizona last Thursday. That game was delayed by rain, forcing Worley to the bench. A thunderstorm delayed the game for 2 hours, 17 minutes after three innings.

Worley is 8-1 with a 2.76 ERA in 17 games, 15 of which have been starts, this season and will put his 4-0 record in eight starts at home on the line.

Jonathon Niese takes the mound for New York and has dropped consecutive starts since winning four of his previous five decisions. He last pitched in Tuesday's 6-1 loss at San Diego, where he allowed three runs and 10 hits in six innings. Niese dropped to 11-10 in 26 games (25 starts) with a 4.05 ERA.

The lefty defeated Philadelphia the last time he faced the NL East rivals in an 11-2 triumph on July 16, as he was reached for two runs -- one earned -- in seven innings. Niese is 3-3 with a 2.82 ERA in seven career starts against the Phillies.

A-Rod Playing High Stakes Poker Again In Pocono Casino

Everyone's Favorite Yankee,  Alex Rodriguez was spotted last Monday in a high-stakes gaming room at the Mohegan Sun Casino in the Poconos, sources told The Post.

The injured third baseman was in Pennsylvania to play rehab games with the minor league Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees.

A-Rod showed up at the casino at about 8 p.m., workers told The Post.

He had a steak dinner and then entered a special high-roller gaming room with two pals, according to workers.

"There are mostly slots and blackjack tables in the high limits room," the blackjack dealer said, noting that the room is often set up with a special table for big-time gamers to play poker.

Another card dealer at the Wilkes-Barre, Pa., casino saw the Yanks slugger enter the high-stakes room.

Star-struck Poconos gamblers tried to chat A-Rod up as he passed through the casino, but witnesses said he and his pals did not want to be hassled by patrons.

"I saw a few women approach his entourage to get a picture with him but they were turned down and told to 'Keep walking.' It was sad seeing that," she said.

A greeter in the high-limit room saw A-Rod enter and estimated he was there for about two hours.

"They wanted to keep to themselves," the greeter said.

The evening started with dinner at the casino's Ruth's Chris steakhouse.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Jose Reyes to Begin Rehab Assignment Thursday

The Mets caught a brief glimpse of what they've been missing when shortstop Jose Reyes ran the bases Monday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park.

Reyes, who is recovering from a strained left hamstring, is expected to begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Binghamton on Thursday.

Collins said the team had yet to determine how many rehab games Reyes would need. But barring any setbacks, it appears he is about a week away from returning from the disabled list.
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