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Saturday, August 25, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Mets Mess, McHugh, Murphy, Wright

David Wright hits his 200th HR
Mets News and Notes:

The METS MESS (57-69) dropped to 12 games under .500 for the first time since finishing the 2009 season at 70-92. They were hitless in four at-bats with runners in scoring position Friday, and are hitting .113 (8-for-71) in those situations over the past 10 days. Jonathon Niese suffered the latest tough loss for a Mets starting pitcher, despite limiting Houston to three run in seven innings. Niese has a 1.61 ERA over his past three starts.

With Miami's loss at Dodger Stadium, the Mets did remain a half-game out of the NL East basement. But the Mets have now lost six straight, matching their season high, and Terry Collins said he is at a loss for a solution.

The Mets are winless through five games of their homestand despite facing a pair of last-place teams -- the Colorado Rockies and Astros.

Collin McHugh became the roster casualty for the return of Jeremy Hefner from paternity leave. McHugh should make one start for Triple-A Buffalo while spending the required 10 days in the minors. He then is due to reenter the major league rotation. Collins reasoned that demoting McHugh made sense, despite the right-hander tossing seven scoreless innings in his major league debut, because the Mets did not need six starting pitchers with a team off-day Monday. Hefner is due to start Sunday.

Collins gave Daniel Murphy the first of two straight planned days off Friday. Justin Turner started at second base and went 1-for-3 and was hit by a pitch. “I’m no more tired than anybody else is,” Murphy told Mark Hale in the Post.

The Mets' lone run Friday came from David Wright, who homered off the base of the right-field foul pole. It was the 200th homer of Wright's career. He became the third Met to reach that plateau, joining Darryl Strawberry (252) and Piazza (220). Wright became the 41st active player to reach 200 homers.

"That's a lot of home runs right there," Wright said. "I'm proud that I've been able to be as consistent as I'd like to think that I've been. I never would have thought that I would have been able to hit 200 home runs in the big leagues. So I'm very proud of that."

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