Thursday, June 28, 2012
Mets News and Notes: Murphy, Davis, Niese, Rottino
Daniel Murphy's drought without a homer ended in a big way with two long balls and Ike Davis crossed .200 for the first time this season as the Mets routed the Cubs, 17-1, Wednesday afternoon at Wrigley Field to salvage the series finale.
Murphy downplayed homering in consecutive plate appearances after going 352 at-bats without a long ball. But, he allowed about the two shots beyond the ivy-covered outfield wall: “It was funny, I guess, if you go that long. I don’t know the at-bats, but apparently it was a long time.” It was the first two-homer game of Murphy's major league career.
Not only did Davis cross .200, he also made amends with umpire Manny Gonzalez, whom Davis touched with his glove arguing a call Tuesday. Davis has yet to hear the amount of his fine and whether he will steer clear of a modest suspension.
Jon Niese posted a 1.89 ERA in June. According to ESPN NY, a scout watching the Mets at Wrigley Field noted that losing streaks ought not be too long with R.A. Dickey, Johan Santana and Niese in the rotation, no matter what is going on otherwise with the team.
The Mets lost Vinny Rottino to the Cleveland Indians via waivers and Mets Manager Terry Collins expressed his feelings about it. Rottino had been removed from the 40-man roster to clear room for left-hander Justin Hampson. He therefore needed to be exposed to waivers before being optioned to Triple-A Buffalo.
“It does sting a little bit,” Collins said. “He’s a good little player. I told him when I sent him out that he would be back. As I said the other night, once we know that Ruben [Tejada]’s legs are going to be OK, there’s a spot for guys like Vinny Rottino. So I’m really disappointed we lost him. And I hope he gets a chance to get more playing time and be a major leaguer for the rest of his career. A right-handed hitter that was having a big year in Triple-A -- I’ll tell you, a guy like him that gives you that third catcher and can play other positions, they’re huge.”