Wednesday, September 12, 2012
The Mets are now 4-20 since the All-Star break at home. That means the Atlanta Braves and Nats have more wins at Citi Field -- five apiece -- than the Mets in the second half. The Houston Astros are 5-20 at Minute Maid Park after a win Tuesday, giving the Mets the worst second-half home record in the majors this season. Writes Jared Diamond in the Journal:
Both the Mets and Astros are chasing a rather dubious distinction: the worst second half at home in 80 years. In 1979, the Mets went 6-32 at home after the All-Star break, the worst such mark since 1933 (not counting the 1994 strike season). During that period, the St. Louis Cardinals actually had more victories (seven) at Shea Stadium than the Mets. While the woeful Astros own the worst record in baseball, the Mets actually went 26-20 at home in the first half.
The Mets wore first-responder caps pregame, but not in-game Tuesday. "Basically, we got what we asked for," Mets spokesman Jay Horwitz said. "We asked [MLB] to wear them during BP and for the anthem, and they gave us what we wanted. Our guys honored 9/11 people in other ways. We went to about four firehouses, we went to Cantor Fitzgerald today. So there are other ways to honor. We did a lot of things in the last week or two, which we've done for the last 11 years."
The Mets donated 300 tickets to the game to Tuesday's Children, a foundation that helps the children of 9/11 victims.
Jenrry Mejia should receive three starts, beginning Saturday at Milwaukee. Jeurys Familia should start the final week of the season. Jeremy Hefner, who temporarily has been relocated to the bullpen, and Collin McHugh also will get additional starts this month.
Friday, September 07, 2012
Mets News and Notes: First Responder Caps, Niese Trade?, Byrdak, Dickey Books, Davis Charity Event, St.Lucie, Gee
The Mets have decided to wear first-responder caps pregame but not in-game on Tuesday, on the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. A team spokesman said the decision was made by the team and not Major League Baseball. MLB would not allow the in-game usage last year.
Andy McCullough in the Star-Ledger notes Niese could be a valuable trade piece for the Mets this winter since the club is most deep in starting pitching and a stagnant payroll means the Mets may need to deal an established player such as the southpaw for multiple prospects in order to improve. Writes McCullough:
Baseball officials outside the organization believe Niese could elicit a quality return on the trade market. “People would be interested in [Niese] because he’s a starter who some people see as a No. 3,” one executive said. “Some people see him a little bit like where they saw Gio Gonzalez last year.” ... [Sandy] Alderson can look to his protégé, Oakland general manager Billy Beane, for a blueprint. A survey of competing executives indicated Niese’s value is comparable to Gonzalez and Trevor Cahill, the two starting pitchers the Athletics traded last winter. The executives requested anonymity in order to speak freely about the situation. “You’re looking at about two or three prospects [for Niese],” one executive said. “At least.”
Tim Byrdak pronounced Wednesday's surgery to repair a torn anterior capsule in his left shoulder as well as torn meniscus cartilage in his right knee a success. Byrdak hopes to return to the majors, but the shoulder surgery requires roughly a 12-month recovery time.
Friday, September 09, 2011
Past and present members of the New York City Police Department, New York City Fire Department, Port Authority Police Department, Emergency Medical Service, Office of Emergency Management, New York City Sanitation Department, New York City Department of Corrections and New York State Court Officers with proper photo identification can pick up their complimentary tickets beginning Friday at the Citi Field advance ticket window. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, subject to availability.
In addition, all fans are eligible to purchase Promenade tickets for $10, half of which will go to Tuesday's Children -- a non-profit organization designed to provide support for every individual impacted by the events of Sept. 11, 2001, and more recently to those impacted by terrorist incidents worldwide. Tickets are available free of additional fees at Mets.com/911.