Once again it’s time to get your daily dose of TRDMB’s Mets in the Papers.
When Wright starts against the Marlins Friday night, he will start making good on Johnson’s wishes. Wednesday night against the Braves, Wright made his 834th start at third for the Mets, one shy of Johnson’s franchise record.
Tim Britton, “Mets Now In Position to Play Spoiler”
“The goal that we have is to try to finish as strong as possible. If that includes beating some teams that still have a chance, then so be it,” David Wright said. “Do we want to win? Of course. Is it because they’re mathematically still in it? No, it’s because we’re trying to accomplish our goals that we have set out to finish the season strong.”
Tim Britton, “Citi Field A Boon To Castillo, Murphy”
That extra space helps explain why the Mets have maintained such a high team batting average even as they have suffered significant and sustained losses to their Opening Day lineup. The Mets’ have hit .270 as a team, good for second in the National League behind only the playoff-bound Dodgers. The Mets hit six points better at home than on the road (.273 to .267), which mirrors the difference between their respective BABIPs (.311 at home to .305 on the road).
Anthony DiComo, “Mets Brushed Aside By Surging Braves”
Both throw a sinker as their signature pitch, though Hudson has apparently mastered the art better than Pelfrey. That much was on stark display Wednesday night at Citi Field, when Hudson’s three double plays marked the difference between his strong outing and Pelfrey’s mediocre one.
Anthony DiComo, “Mets Have Question Marks At Catcher”
Come winter, the Mets may not have much choice. Of the 17 Major League players who have caught at least 100 games this season, only 34-year-old Rod Barajas, 35-year-olds Jason Kendall and Bengie Molina and 37-year-olds Ivan Rodriguez and Jason Varitek are likely to be available on the free-agent market. None are particularly compelling options.
Bobby Dittmeier, “Mets Special Assistant Pena Won’t Be Back”
The departure of Pena, who was hired by the Mets in July 2006 to be a baseball operations consultant, is reportedly expected to be part of a larger shakeup in scouting and player development. Minor League field coordinator Luis Aguayo has been dismissed and vice president of scouting Sandy Johnson intends to retire, the Daily News said, citing sources. The newspaper said that the Mets are trying to persuade Johnson not to retire.
Bart Hubbuch, “Staff Firings Mean Mets GM’s Only Guaranteed 1 Year”
But the recent machinations increasingly point to Minaya and Manuel getting 2010 — and just 2010 — to make up for this embarrassment of a season.
David Lennon, “Minaya Is Running Out of Loyal Followers”
Even as the Mets put together a list of candidates to replace Bernazard and PeÃ±a, those interviews likely won’t begin until Oct. 31, when the contracts of executives and scouting personnel usually expire with other teams. The Mets expect to retain Sandy Johnson, the vice president of scouting, as well as Bryan Lambe, a special assistant to the GM. But Minaya is running out of trusted lieutenants along with options to fill holes in his shrinking staff.
Mike Puma, “Mets’ Santos Likely to Start Next Season”
“They are happy with Santos and Thole is up-and-coming,” said Schneider, who went 2-for-3 last night and his hitting .218 with three homers and 24 RBIs. “[Santos] can hit and he’s been real good defensively. But he’s got to be able to play a full major league season. It takes a lot. He’s a good, solid catcher.”
Adam Rubin, “Braves 5, Mets 2: No Hard Feelings For LaRoche”
“It’s unfortunate the way the Mets are playing. They are so much better a team than they are playing. I have never seen anything like the misfortunes they have had. It was like every week they had another player injured. Half their team is gone. Nothing has gone right for them. It shows how much luck is in baseball, and it does show how quickly things can change in baseball through a trade or injuries.”
Let’s Go MetsÂ !