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.
Anthony DiComo, “Parnell’s Role to Hinge On Results”
“He’s probably the guy that we’re looking the most at as far as a guy that can be transitional,” Mets manager Jerry Manuel said. “Bobby Parnell has relieved for us and has done a good job, and we’re actually kind of struggling in that area. Every time we seem to get the eighth-inning guy, something happens.”
Anthony DiComo, “Mets Unable to Touch Hanson in Opener”
In their first regular-season meeting with Braves Rookie of the Year candidate Tommy Hanson, the Mets mustered just four hits in total — three in seven innings off Hanson — and no runs in a 6-0 loss to the Braves. The defeat had little to do with the skills or efforts of the Mets, and everything to do with the kid.
Anthony DiComo, “Mets All-Time 9 Voting Close At First Base”
Through nearly a week’s worth of voting in MLB.com’s “All-Time 9s” initiative, Hernandez’s 1986 season holds a lead of about 3,000 votes over John Olerud’s ’98 season and Carlos Delgado’s 2008 campaign as the best in history by a Mets first baseman.
Anthony Dicomo, “So Far, So Good For Maine in Return”
Odds are it won’t be Maine, who needs the September work to re-establish his confidence and show off his ability, after spending roughly three months on the disabled list with right shoulder weakness. Maine, though, has already conquered his first and greatest obstacle — he not only emerged from last Sunday’s start in good health, but he reported no ill effects two days later.
Bart Hubbuch, “Brutal Road Trips on 2010 Schedule”
The Mets were given an 11-day trip to San Francisco, Arizona and the Dodgers without an off day immediately after the All-Star break, as well as a 10-day trip to Atlanta, Chicago and Washington — also without an off day — in late August and early September.
Bart Hubbuch, “Running-Impaired Mets Fall Again”D
What makes the continued baserunning disasters border on unacceptable to Manuel is that they counteract a true Mets’ strength — hitting with runners in scoring position — and are costing them games in the process.
David Lennon, “Beltran Glad to Have Chance to Work on Timing”
“This is helping a lot,” Beltran said. “Because if I were to go home without coming back, it would have been something very difficult for me. I would have been feeling worried about the situation. But just getting back out there erased all of those negative thoughts. This is what I needed to do to get back to be what I was.”
Marty Noble, “Central Foes Will Test Mets’ Might in 2010″
The Mets’ championship chances next year may come to depend on how well they fare against teams in the National League Central in the final weeks of the season. In the schedule for 2010, released Tuesday by Major League Baseball, the Mets are the only NL East team that plays an inordinate number of games outside the division in late August and September.
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