Once again it’s time to grab your favorite morning drink, kick your feet up, and get your daily dose of Mets in the Papers.
Jim Baumbach, “Lenny Dykstra Selling Of Memorabilia From Playing Days”
Ken Benson, “Lenny Dykstra’s Memorabilia Being Auctioned”
Dykstraâ€™s 1986 World Series championship ring and trophy are being auctioned, along with other memorabilia from his career. That includes bats and the ball that sailed over the right-field fence at Shea Stadium to win Game 3 of the â€™86 National League Championship Series against the Houston Astros.
Bart Hubbuch, “Retool the Mets? That’s Ridiculous!”
Here is a better number for the “blow ‘em up” crowd to consider: 25. That’s the grand total of games the Mets got this year with their nucleus of Reyes, Beltran, Wright and slugger Carlos Delgado on the field at the same time.
David Lennon, “Manuel: Mets’ Bad Baserunning an Individual Problem”
And so it goes. The injuries are one thing. Blame it on bad luck, bad medical advice, whatever. But the Mets’ dangerous habit of running into outs or inexplicable behavior on the basepaths suggest at best a lack of focus, or at worst, a poor comprehension of how the game is played.
Marty Noble, “Inbox: Staying with Maine, Pelf, Perez?”
Your solution lacks specificity just as the Mets’ system lacks candidates ready to pitch in the big leagues. I won’t defend Perez. He has had a poor season. But Maine and Pelfrey still have potential and value. Remember all three have pitched for a team with a lacking offense and a tendency to make mistakes on defense. None of the three has pitched particularly well. But an 18-19 record yields a higher percentage (.486) than the Mets’ record, 45-62, in games in which the three were not involved in the decision, .421.
As for the bigger picture about baserunning woes, Manuel said: “I think that issue lies with the individuals more so than with an entire team. I think we need to address the individual who those things seem to follow or crop up at any point in time. We have been somewhat aggressive on the bases, but aggressive and smart we haven’t been. We haven’t been very smart as baserunners. And that’s also a part of the evaluation and of instincts. Baserunning is a tremendous instinctive trait in a player. And if you don’t see that, it goes into the evaluation equation.”
Jay Schreiber, “Mets Find Horrors Behind Every Door This Season”
Martinezâ€™s performance on Sunday was a rebuke to the Mets, a vivid reminder that they didnâ€™t want to re-sign him for this season. Wednesdayâ€™s game, in Atlanta, will allow everyone and anyone to bring up the 2007 and 2008 collapses all over again. When residing in a haunted house, at the Mets do, there is always something to send you reeling.
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