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You’d have to be delusional at this point to think they’re getting back in this race. So why not sell off the few interesting pieces you have, meaning Brian Schneider and…um…I guess Gary Sheffield if he gets healthy, although he’ll raise a stink. If Carlos Delgado could actually get back on the field by mid-August and put together a few good games, you could certainly get something back for him during the waivers period.
Doug Miller, “Recalling momentous day on, above Earth”
The day man first walked on the moon started like any other game day for Gaylord Perry, a 30-year-old right-hander in the middle of a season for the San Francisco Giants in which he’d go 19-14 with a 2.49 ERA.
Ben Shpigel, “Ailing Mets’ Chances Carted Away”
Try as they might, the Mets cannot forget the injuries. They are reminded every game, when, as Wright said, â€œthe majority of the time you look across the field, the other team has more talent.â€ It is also hard to forget when players continue getting hurt at a staggering rate. The same cart that was rebuffed by an ailing Gary Sheffield on Friday night was welcomed â€” and necessary â€” 48 hours later.
Marty Noble, “Mets drop four-game series in Atlanta”
The Mets beat the Braves on Saturday afternoon. If their performance was marked on a curve, they crushed the home team. They executed, they amassed nine hits, they produced multirun rallies. And their starting pitcher provided seven scoreless innings. Then, just when you thought it couldn’t get better, it didn’t. Sunday night brought another game in the South and a chance for consecutive victories. And the Mets fell awkwardly to the occasion.
Marty Noble, “Castillo enjoying bounceback season”
For reasons that excluded Cora and Castillo, the Mets’ 2009 has stalled, but only after weeks of regression. This set of shortstop/second baseman is not to be compared with Alan Trammell and Lou Whitaker, Bucky Dent and Willie Randolph or Rey Ordonez and Edgardo Alfonzo. But it has provided the Mets stabilized play in the middle of the infield. Cora and Castillo have been integral parts of a solution that hasn’t worked as well as the Mets had hoped. Neither is part of the problem, though.
Bart Hubbuch, “Mets Again Suffer Insult, Injury”
Just when they thought it couldn’t get any worse on the injury front, the Mets added starter Fernando Nieve‘s strained right quadriceps to the insult of a 7-1 loss to the Braves here last night.
Bart Hubbuch, “Manuel Labors to Explain Doc Crack”
“Well, I hope they would know me by now, that I don’t mean any malice or anything,” Manuel said. “It was just the appropriate thing for me to say. I need to say some things every now and then to get my mind right, too, you know?”
Nieve, who next had been scheduled to face his former team, Houston, on Saturday, planned to fly with the Mets to Washington Sunday night, then continue onto New York for an MRI exam today. Jerry Manuelsaid it was an obvious DL situation for Nieve. “I feel pretty bad pain,” said Nieve, who limped around the clubhouse. “It’s still sore there now.”
David Lennon, “Nieve injured as Mets fall to Braves, 7-1″
After seeing Fernando Nieve crash into the dirt beyond first base last night, then roll on the ground clutching his right leg, Jerry Manueland the club’s two trainers performed the all-too-familiar ritual of packaging another Mets player for a trip to the disabled list.