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, “Castillo’s Health Bodes Well For The Future”
Far more surprising than Castillo’s production — an average well over .300 and an on-base percentage floating around .400 — has been his health. In a season in which seemingly no Met can stay off the disabled list, Castillo — he of training room infamy — ranks third on the team in games played. And the two men in front of him, David Wright and Daniel Murphy, are both more than seven years his junior.
Anthony DiComo, “Mets Fall in Ninth On Long Night in Atlanta”
After the game, though, both manager Jerry Manuel and the losing pitcher, Francisco Rodriguez, were far more critical of Murphy’s play on Anderson’s leadoff double. Entering the inning, Murphy was hugging the right-field line in a classic no-doubles defensive alignment. The idea is that even if Anderson hits a perfectly-placed ball down the line — which he did — the first baseman can at least put a glove on it and hold him to a single.
All the labor, however, was ruined in a disappointing ninth inning, just another chapter to a disappointing season.
Bart Hubbuch, “Maine’s Next Start Set for Sunday”
John Maine came away physically unscathed from his first post-DL start last weekend and is scheduled to make his next start Sunday at Citi Field against the Nationals.
Bart Hubbuch, “Parnell Still On Shaky Ground”
â€œI would like to see a little better command of the fastball, actually,â€ Manuel said of Parnell. â€œThe high volume of pitches concerns me a little bit in going forward as a starter. That tells me there are some command issues that need to be addressed.â€
David Lennon, “Frankie Says Murphy Blew It”
“It looked like a foul ball all the way,” K-Rod said. “But regardless, you’ve got to stop the ball, somehow, some way. After that the game fell apart.”
Murphy committed his 10th error since moving to first base when he then booted Ryan Church‘s grounder, allowing David Ross to score all the way from second base with the winning run. “I don’t understand why he just didn’t block the ball and keep it in play,” Jerry Manuel said. “After he muffed the ball he seemed to panic.”Â Â
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