Thursday, September 20, 2012
Mets News and Notes: Losing Season, Harvey, Wright, Francisco, Knuckleballers, Selig
The Mets fell to 4-25 at home since the All-Star break and saw their tragic number sliced to two for postseason elimination with St. Louis' win against Houston. The Mets (66-82) also clinched their fourth consecutive losing season. They have scored three runs or fewer in 15 straight home games, three shy of matching the major league record, held by the 1915 Yankees, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Matt Harvey allowed a game-opening homer to Jimmy Rollins and did not surrender another hit in seven innings against the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday night. But Josh Edgin surrendered a two-out, two-run homer in the ninth to Ryan Howard and the Mets lost, 3-2, in Harvey's final 2012 start.
Harvey is disappointed his season is ending two weeks before his teammates because of an innings limit, but he ended on a solid note. He will not be allowed to throw off a mound on the side during the remainder of the season to work on things -- it's a complete shutdown.
David Wright had homered against Cole Hamels to give the Mets a 2-1 lead in the sixth. The long ball moved Wright within five hits of matching Ed Kranepool's franchise-record 1,418.
Frank Francisco was unavailable Wednesday because of what Terry Collins labeled elbow tendinitis. The closer had undergone an MRI this week.
Phil Niekro and Tim Wakefield visited R.A. Dickey at Citi Field and held an informal press conference pregame. The documentary "Knuckleball!" launches at IFC Center in New York City today.
Reiterating previous comments, commissioner Bud Selig again offered his support for Fred Wilpon and family. Read more in Newsday.