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As he watched Pelfrey warm up at Turner Field, Mets bullpen coach Randy Niemann turned to pitching coach Dan Warthen and said, “You know, this might be the first time the Mets have a no-hitter.”
Then Pelfrey went out and got pounded by the Braves, giving up a career-high nine earned runs. And a night that began with promise ended as just another reminder of the maddening inconsistency that has marked Pelfrey’s season.
Bernazard, already notorious for his alleged influence in the firing of Willie Randolph and Rick Peterson a year ago, apparently was so incensed on a trip to observe the Mets’ Double-A Binghamton team that he ripped off his shirt in the clubhouse after a game and challenged the players to a fight.
Bart Hubbuch, “Lannan Blanks Mets in D.C. Disaster”
Say this for the Mets: They’re losing, but at least they’re quick about it.
Jerry Manuel’s putrid, Triple-A level lineup needed just 2 hours, 9 minutes to work its way through a 4-0 embarrassment at the hands of the worst team in baseball last night.
Bart Hubbuch, “Sheffield’s Next Move Could Be to DL”
Manuel indicated if the 40-year-old slugger’s leg doesn’t improve by Friday, when the Mets open a three-game series with the Astros in Houston, then the DL likely is his next stop.
David Lennon, “Long Beach’s Lannan Blanks Heartless Mets, 4-0″
The few Mets still around ate in silence. There was little conversation. A lone voice asked to no one in particular, ” Phillies win?”
The player didn’t get an answer. Probably because everyone associated with the Mets realizes how futile any pursuit of Philadelphia, which now leads the Mets by a season-high 10 games, has become. John Lannan, the pride of Long Beach, pitched the first complete-game shutout in the brief history of Nationals Park, but for the Mets it was nothing new.
Bernazard particularly went after middle infield prospect Jose Coronado, using a slang term associated with a woman’s anatomy, a source indicated. The confrontation happened about 10days before the All-Star break, according to insiders.
John Maine tossed a three-inning, 65-pitch simulated game against batters including Jose Reyes Tuesday in Port St. Lucie. Maine, who has been on the disabled list since June 12 with a pinched nerve behind his right shoulder, next could advance to a minor-league rehab game.
Mark Selig, “New Team, New Stance for Francoeur”
David Wright, manager Jerry Manuel, hitting coach Howard Johnson and Sheffield have all imparted knowledge on Francoeur, in hopes that the 25-year-old can return to his 2006-07 form, when he drove in 208 runs during the two-year stretch.
Mark Selig, “Ollie Can’t Shake Wildness in Mets’ Loss”
“Oliver has been battling that his whole career,” third baseman David Wright said. “When he’s throwing strikes he has some of the best stuff for a left-hander in the game. When he doesn’t throw strikes, the opposing team can take away certain pitches and sit on a pitch.
Joel Sherman, “Time to Plan for Next Season for Mets”
Can these Mets get there? Maybe. They have a lot of Washington, Arizona and San Diego to try to inflate their record in the near future. Still the wild card remains highly unlikely, and the Mets should not prioritize a long shot over focusing on 2010.
So rather than “Ya Gotta Believe,” the Mets’ motto must return to “The Future Is Now,” and with that in mind, this should be their roadmap as they prioritize 2010: