Friday, June 08, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Egbert, Cecchini, Collins, Dickey


Mets News and Notes:


Reliever Jack Egbert, who was designated for assignment when the Mets needed to open a 40-man roster spot for Chris Young, has cleared waivers. Egbert will rejoin Triple-A Buffalo.

A native of Rutherford, N.J., and Rutgers product, Egbert made two relief appearances with the Mets before the demotion. Terry Collins spoke highly of Egbert's sinker and predicted he would contribute again at the major league level this season.

Gavin Cecchini, the Louisiana high school shortstop selected by the Mets in the first round, has agreed to terms with the organization, a source familiar with the negotiations told ESPNNewYork.com. The deal is pending a physical.

Cecchini tweeted he was headed to New York.

Terry Collins wants his Mets to act like the Yankees -- at least when it comes to confidence.

"For years, one of the things I always saw with the Yankees is that everybody else's game rises when they play them," Collins said after the Mets salvaged the series finale in Washington on Thursday. "And they just maintain it (playing at a high level).

"And that's what I want to do. I want to maintain that constant attitude of, 'Hey, look, we can go out and we can play against anybody.' I think that's what makes them so successful over the years. Everybody is out to beat them, and they know it. I think that's how I want our guys to walk out."

As for the beating the Yankees serving as a way to further establish the Mets' image as resurgent, Collins said: "For sure, any time you go in to play the Yankees, if you can have some success, it gives you credibility."

 Knuckleballer R.A. Dickey owns the most wins in the majors at nine and already has exceeded his 2011 total. And he is now one inning from the longest scoreless-innings streak in the majors this season, which he can achieve when he pitches at Tampa Bay next week.

Dickey logged 7 1/3 shutout innings in the Mets’ 3-1 win Thursday afternoon at Washington, running his scoreless streak to 24 2/3. He is one out shy of matching the the Nats’ Gio Gonzalez, who hurled 25 scoreless innings earlier this season.

Dickey’s streak is the longest by a Met since Mike Pelfrey produced 27 straight scoreless innings in 2010.
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