Once again it’s time to grab a cup of coffee, kick your feet up, and get your morning dose of Mets in the Papers.
Pujols’ grand slam offÂ Mets reliever Sean Green in the 10th was the 11th of his career, which is a franchise record. It was his fifth grand slam of the season, tying Ernie Banks‘ 1955 National League single-season record.
Evan Drellich, “Mets Bullpen Has Complete Meltdown”
“That’s not how I had it planned out,” said Green, whose first pitch of the game nicked the Cardinals’ Mark DeRosa with two outs in the 10th inning to force in Rick Ankiel from third base and put the Cards ahead 8-7. “I’ve been erratic with my location and it’s cost me the last couple of outings.”
Mark Hale, “Season in Jeapardy for Mets”
Reyes, who had been rehabbing in Port St. Lucie, was examined yesterday at the Hospital for Special Surgery. The Mets revealed only that he felt discomfort in his leg and did not make any executives available to speak about the situation. They didn’t provide the test results either, though it’s believed that Reyes will have more tests today.
Wallace Matthews, “Mets Dragging Santana Down With Them”
Leaving Minneapolis for New York was supposed to be a career boost for Santana. Instead, it has been more like a career setback, his standing among the best pitchers in baseball falling, it seems, in sync with the death spiral of the team for which he plays.
Mike Puma, “K-Rod Blows Save; Pujols Rocks Green”
You know summer’s dog days have officially arrived when your All-Star closer answers to “Rusty” and appears ready to chase balls in the outfield.
And that’s after your starting second baseman sprains a left ankle while returning to the dugout because he’s trying to avoid a glove on the steps. What else can go wrong for the Mets? For the good of humanity, M-E-T-S: Must End the Season.
Mike Puma, “Freak Accident KO’s Castillo”
Castillo was returning to the dugout following his seventh-inning at-bat, when he sprained the ankle while attempting to avoid stepping on a glove on the steps. X-rays taken were negative and Castillo did not remain to speak with reporters afterward.
Don’t count on Jose Reyes returning this season. The shortstop flew from Port St. Lucie to New York to be examined Tuesday by team doctors at the Hospital for Special Surgery. Reyes is experiencing continued discomfort with his troublesome right hamstring tendon.
If the summer at Citi Field wasn’t long already, prepare for it to get longer. Relegated to fourth place in the NL East and with a logjam of teams ahead of them in the wild-card race, the Mets were already in an uphill battle to make the playoffs. Now their fight will be to remain relevant through August.
Mike Vaccaro, “Mets Can’t Get Any Worse”
But this one did. This one does. This one, even the most pie-eyed true believer has to acknowledge, officially ended the competitive portion of the Mets’ schedule. Everything from here is filler. It didn’t seem possible that a season could feel worse than either of the last two, but those were just getting started on Aug. 4. This one ended there, circled in black ink.