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Ben Shpigel, “Bullpen Lapse Has Mets Off on Wrong Foot”
By extension, when a reliever comes in with a runner on base, it is imperative not to let him score. That was Parnellâ€™s responsibility when he replaced Pedro Feliciano with a runner on first and one out in the seventh. Martin Prado grounded a single, putting runners on the corners for Jones, who did what he always does against the Mets.
Marty Noble, “Four-game set seems to spell Meets success”
So they’ve won six of eight games on their two four-game series. Perhaps therein lies their hope. Including the current series in Atlanta, the Mets play six four-game series in their final 65 games — one each against the Braves, Rockies, Giants and Padres, and two against the first-place Phillies.
Charles Odum, “Mets open second half with loss to Braves”
“This is a big series,” Jones said. “It’s a chance for us to play a good team. They’re in our rearview mirror now. Hopefully we keep them there. You certainly want to get the second half kicked off on the right foot, and tonight was a good one.”
Bart Hubbuch, “Familiar Failures Leave Mets 7 1/2 Back”
“Painful” described the whole debacle of a day. The Mets’ modest two-game win streak going into the All-Star break was snapped on the same day they learned most of their lengthy disabled list won’t be returning anytime soon.
Bart Hubbuch, “Francoeur Survives Reunion Night”
Jeff Francoeur couldn’t have looked more relieved last night as he stood in the Mets’ clubhouse after a 5-3 loss to the Braves.
Bart Hubbuch, “Beltran No Better; Fernando Martinez Has Surgery”
Not only did the general manager reveal that outfielder Fernando Martinez will miss at least six weeks after undergoing surgery on his right knee, but the outlook isn’t promising for Carlos Beltran, either
“Why? There’s nothing to rip,” he said. “It’s just been a whirlwind, especially with being traded during the season. It’s the first time it ever happened to me.”