The Mets started their three-game series with Houston in second place, one game behind the Phils. And now they’re in third place, two and a half games out (with Philadelphia playing tonight). They can’t hold a lead. They can’t score when they load the bases. What happened? The Jerry Manuel mojo has gone into hiding. They’re now 7-9 since the All-Star break.
Friday, Astros 7-3: Two Words: Aaron Heilman
Ok, it wasn’t just Aaron Heilman. The Mets loaded the bases in the seventh inning with nobody out and couldn’t score. Carlos Delgado led off the sixth with a double and the offense failed to drive him in. But after throwing a scoreless seventh, Heilman filled the bases with Astros and Mark Loretta belted a grand salami. It was the eighth home run the beleaguered reliever has let up this year. Astros manager Cecil Cooper pushed all the right buttons, mixing and matching his pitchers to get out of jams and sending up the right pinch hitters. Jerry Manuel …
Who says bullpen injuries don’t directly affect a team’s starting rotation?
With the uncertainty of Billy Wagner’s sore forearm, and the unavailability of Aaron Heilman, the Mets needed to create a roster spot for a bullpen arm (rookie Eddie Kunz). Therefore, starter John Maine was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a mild rotator cuff strain.
Maine last pitched on July 28th against the Marlins, but was removed in the fifth inning when his rotator cuff acted up. He was originally slated to start today against the Astros, but the Mets chose to skip Maine so he could further rest his arm (with Thursday’s off day, Oliver Perez was able to start on normal rest).
Prior to the move to the disabled list being made, Maine was scheduled to start next Friday against the Marlins, which he is physically able to do. Maine going to the DL has more to do with the bullpen being short than his rotator cuff being worse that originally thought.
With tomorrow being an …
Billy Wagner’s not one to make excuses when he blows a save, but he did let everyone know why he struggled last night. The Mets’ closer revealed that he has a strain in his left forearm.
Wagner originally hurt his forearm last Tuesday against the Marlins, but after a few days’ rest he hoped the pain would ease. He felt no pain until warming up last night in the bullpen, but took the mound anyway with the Mets ahead 4-2. Wagner finished the ninth, but not before allowing two runs on three hits and a walk, blowing his seventh save of the season.
Wagner is scheduled to undergo an MRI tomorrow in New York to see if there’s any structural damage, and at this point, there’s a chance he might go on the disabled list.
“It’s going to take some time,” Wagner said. “I’m going to take some time off, and get back healthy for the push.”
While Wagner feels confident with a little rest he’ll be back to normal, the …
It’s a tough morning for Mets fans. After another blown save by Billy Wagner (his seventh of the season), the Mets find themselves two games behind the first place Phillies in third place. The New York media isn’t cutting the Mets any slack either. The local papers’ headlines read: ASTRO-NOMICAL HIT – Bullpen Has Another and Amazin’ Meltdown and Mets Bullpen Crashes in Houston. Mets fans know last night’s loss was inexcusable, they don’t need the media shoving it down their throat (the same media that will praise then once they win two games in a row).
Well don’t believe the hype, Mets fans. Sure, things aren’t exactly going the Mets’ way at the moment, but the pennant race is far from over.
The Mets have dealt with obstacles the entire season. From the numerous injuries, mainly to both of their starting corner outfielders (Ryan Church & Moises Alou), and two of their starting pitchers (Orlando Hernandez & Pedro …
Yesterday was a special day at Yankee Stadium. It was the 62nd Old-Timer’s Day and more importantly, it was the last one at this stadium. It’s always a special event and always a joy to watch guys from back in the day don the pinstripes one more time to bring back the memories of some of the greatest moments in Yankee history.
With all due respect to everyone else, there is no organization that can assemble the quailty of players and memories like the Yankees can. Old-Timer’s Day lets you remember and relive the greatest moments, it never lets you forget them.
A nice addition this year was the 1996 Yankees. 13 members of that championship team were on hand for this year’s festivies. At least one player from each of the last 16 world championship teams was represented. Here’s a list of players…
The Mets have placed outfielder Marlon Anderson on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring. This is the same hamstring Anderson injured in May when he also spent time on the disabled list.
Anderson, the Mets primary pinch hitter, was batting .222 with one home run and 10 RBI’s for the Mets this season, but started to turn it around in the month of July, batting .303.
Taking his spot on the roster the Mets recalled Dan Murphy from New Orleans. Murphy, who only made one start at New Orleans (going 1 for 4), was having a strong season at Binghamton (the Mets Double-A affiliate), hitting .308 with 13 homers, 67 RBIs and 14 stolen bases.
Murphy made his major league debut last night in the Mets’ loss to the Astros. He batted sixth and started in left field. While he only went 1 for 4 at the plate, a single in the top of the second off Roy Oswalt, it was his defense that caught my …