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Friday, September 21, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Eliminated, 10 Pitchers, Edgin, Dickey, Hernandez's Mustache, Familia

Keith Shaving it Off
Mets News and Notes:

The Mets, who officially were eliminated from postseason contention, got a postgame chewing out from manager Terry Collins. He deferred questions about whether the team had quit to the players, who denied it.

The Mets now try to avoid last place in the NL East when they play host to the Miami Marlins this weekend.

The Mets used 10 pitchers in Thursday's loss, a franchise record for a nine-inning game. Philadelphia had not swept the Mets in a three-game series in Queens since Sept. 14-16, 2007 -- when Jimmy Rollins' "team to beat" prognostication began to be achieved. The official attendance was announced at a season-low 20,100 tickets sold, although no more than a few thousand appeared to actually have attended last night's game. The Mets failed to exceed three runs for the 16th straight home game, two shy of matching the 1915 Yankees' major league record.

Left-hander reliever Josh Edgin, who surrendered a homer to Ryan Howard for the second straight day, is being shut down for the season. That was resolved before Edgin allowed Thursday's ninth-inning grand slam to Howard in the series finale. While his overall innings count is comparable to 2011, Edgin has made 26 more appearances than a year ago.

Dickey, who is sitting at 18 wins, will face Miami on Saturday rather than Sunday. Dickey and pitching coach Dan Warthen made the suggestion to Collins. It will allow Dickey to pitch next Thursday's home finale against the Pittsburgh Pirates rather than the follow night at Turner Field against the Atlanta Braves, against whom the knuckleballer has struggled. Overall, Dickey has three starts remaining.

Keith Hernandez’s signature mustache will be shaved off in an event before next Thursday’s home finale. "I can always grow it back," Hernandez told Neil Best in Newsday. "It doesn't take very long if I don't like it. … It just looked noticeable that I'm gray and this is my true color and that's probably one of the reasons why -- just to shave it off and see how it looks. I am completely gray now. I look like Charley Weaver on ' Hollywood Squares.'" Schick will sponsor the event and donate money to the Jacqueline Hernandez Adult Day Care Center at Cobble Hill Health Center in Brooklyn. The center is named after Hernandez’s mother.

Jeurys Familia will get late-inning work down the stretch.

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