From our friend Brian Costa @ The Star Ledger
Mets manager Jerry Manuel said he “could have strangled” third baseman David Wright for trying to steal third base in the 10th inning of Friday’s 3-1 win over the Nationals.”That’s a huge hit for him. But when he went to third, I could have strangled him.” Manuel met with Wright and center fielder Carlos Beltran for several minutes in his office following the game to discuss their base running mistakes.
Wright was thrown out trying to steal third in the 10th, and was thrown out trying to reach third on a botched pickoff attempt at first in the sixth. Beltran was thrown out at third trying to add an extra base to his double in the first inning.
“I think guys want to do too much, and it’s fortunate in a sense that it’s the two core guys that you got left,” Manuel said. “But it’s unfortunate in a sense that those are not good decisions. They have to make better decisions in order for everybody else to follow. They are the guys that are leading at this point.”
Wright seemed to disagree with Manuel’s thinking. He took the blame for the play in the 10th, but thought it was a mistake made for the right reason, and defended his decision to go for third in the sixth inning.
“If you’re going to make mistakes, I always try to err on the side of being aggressive,” he said. “I kind of got caught up in the moment there late. That wasn’t a smart play. I told Jerry that was my fault, and that’s not a play I’ll normally try to make. So that one’s on me.”
But, Wright added, “The play where I got thrown out at third, that’s the right play, and I’ll do it again.”
In other news:
According to Joe D over at MMO
Although the decision to bring up Fernando Martinez was met with 50/50 support on this site when we were lobbying heavily for his callup, I bet that at least some of those Mets fans who opposed have to agree that F-Mart has been a fine addition to the team and has held his own.
When talking to reporters after last nights game,Â Jerry Manuel pretty muchÂ confirmed that the Mets prized rookie will stick around when Ryan Church is expected to be activated from theÂ disabled listÂ tomorrow.
ManuelÂ stated thatÂ he plans toÂ give plenty of rest to 40-year old Gary Sheffield, so that he will be healthier and ready for the upcoming inter league series where Sheffield will assume DH duties. The Mets will be taking on the Yankees in their new stadium, and then travel to Camden Yards to play the Orioles.
Manuel does not believe it will be any problem finding at-bats for 20-year old Martinez who needs regular playing time to further his development.
What happens to F-Mart after inter-league play is over is still anyones guess, but if he continues to play as he has of late, thereâ€™s no way the Mets will send him back to Class-AAA Buffalo.
After starting hisÂ Mets career going 0-for-8, Martinez has reallyÂ turned it on lately andÂ was hitting .316 going into last nightâ€™s game. It hasnâ€™t gone unnoticed by Omar Minaya as reported by MLB.com,
-He does look alot more comfortable at the plate after his first hit and the “incident”. I hope he gets more at bats against lefties as we need to see how he handles them.