Grab a cup of coffee, kick your feet up, and get your morning dose of Mets in the Papers.
Jim Baumbach, “Pelfrey Has Taken Step Back In 2009 Season”
But the fact that he’s not Oliver Perez and he’s not John Maine does nothing but mask the real truth here: that the guy long billed as a pitching phenom has – go ahead and say it – regressed.
“It definitely makes you feel comfortable to contribute, but we just want to win ballgames here,” Francoeur said after the Mets’ record slipped to 10-9 since he was obtained in the straight-up deal for Ryan Church last month. “It’s been nice. It’s been good to get out of Atlanta and get into a new place. But today was tough.”
While insisting they didn’t take a step backward in Sunday’s 5-2 loss to the Diamondbacks at Citi Field, the Mets still walked away kicking dirt and shaking their heads at Jon Garland- yet another sinkerball pitcher the patchwork lineup couldn’t figure out.
Bart Hubbuch, “Garland Dominates After Delay”
And once again, the Mets made a struggling pitcher look like an All-Star. Right-handed sinkerballer Jon Garland needed just 106 pitches to throw the 10th complete game of his 10-year career. Garland was 1-8 since May 19, but Manuel’s punchless lineup barely made him break a sweat yesterday.
Bart Hubbuch, “End of DL Stint In Sight For Putz”
Putz has another bullpen session set for Wednesday, and the Mets hope to set a timetable for him after seeing how his elbow feels Friday. Putz is to throw, then rest, then throw again in the Wednesday session.
Brian Lewis, “Francoeur One of Only Bright Spots”
Francoeur not only stayed red-hot with a fifth-inning solo home run, but made great defensive plays in right field in the fifth and the ninth. But naturally, in keeping with the way this sorry season has gone for the Mets, it still wasn’t enough as they lost three of their last four games and two of the first three in the four-game series against the Diamondbacks.
Jerry Manuelopted not to start Sheffield Sunday because the manager liked how the Cory Sullivan-Angel Pagan-Jeff Francoeuralignment had performed during a five-game winning streak last week against righthanded starting pitchers. That streak is now over, after Diamondbacks righthander Jon Garland tossed a complete game in Arizona’s 5-2 victory. So Sheffield figures to get his first start tonight since being forced from a July 17 game in Atlanta with right hamstring discomfort.
Joel Sherman, “It Ain’t Over Till … Nah, It’s Over”
We could talk about the Mets and the wild card. We could also talk about the Tooth Fairy or Jose Reyes playing again this year. You know, things adults shouldn’t believe in.
“Right now it’s a mystery to me,” Manuel said. “We always think that anybody we go out there (against), we have an opportunity to do well against. Our history, at least this season, is that those guys have given us tremendous fits. I don’t want to say it’s the personnel. But at some point we have to make some kind of adjustments against those kinds of pitchers.”