Once again it’s time to get your daily dose of TRDMB’s Mets in the Papers.
Ryan Colaianni, “Mets Fine With Evans, Despite Quiet Year”
“I just think we are in a situation where we are somewhat forced to bring people up probably quicker than we would have liked,” Mets manager Jerry Manuel said, “and he is probably one of those guys that we probably pushed a little too early, and then when you do that it appears that his stock has fallen, but it hasn’t.
“I know how this particular situation works,” Manuel said Monday. “I understand that. It’ll be important for us to hit the ground running playing good baseball and giving a feeling that there is a chance of a championship. That has to be established early. I understand that.
Bart Hubbuch, “90th Loss Adds To Manuel’s Misery”
“This is tough, my toughest season, no question,” Manuel said. “Just simply because of that — there was some expectations obviously we didn’t reach. There was some anticipation of people coming back [from injury] that never happened.
David Lennon, “Francoeur: It’s Great To Be Young And A Met”Â (updated)
“I’d love for that to happen,” Francoeur said. “I think there’s a lot to be said when you feel like you can pencil a guy in for 158 games and not have to worry about rightfield. It can help a manager, and it can help a GM when they’re putting a team together. Hopefully, that’s how they feel.”
Steve Popper, “Crunch Time For Manuel”
“The whole thing is about winning a championship, regardless of how long it takes,” Manuel said. “Sometimes you’ve got time to do that. Sometimes you don’t. The opportunity you have you’ve got to take advantage of it and put what you think is the best formula for winning. Obviously, now it has to be a lot quicker for me.”
Steve Popper, “Mets Notes”
While winning may make anything go down easier, when a team representative was asked about rumors that the team will drop its pinstriped uniform that it has used since 1962 and will adopt a crÃ¨me-colored home uniform, there was only a vague confirmation that there could be changes.
Nelson Figueroa followed the gem by Pat Misch with another solid starting effort, pitching six innings of six-hit, two-run ball. But as usual, it wasnâ€™t enough to get him off the hook. Figueroa fell to 2-8 â€” and the Mets are 1-8 in his nine starts. Five of those fit the qualifications for a quality start â€” but not good enough for a win as the Mets fell to the Washington Nationals, 2-1.
Nick Evans arrived with a bang â€” three doubles in his debut in 2008 â€” but 2009 has not gone according to plan. After a solid spring, he was sent to Class AAA Buffalo out of camp and promptly performed so poorly that he was shuffled all the way to Class A St. Lucie for physical and mental rehab. He made it back to the majors as a call-up Aug. 25, but has managed just 21 plate appearances and hasnâ€™t started a game since Sept. 11 (and just three since the call-up).
“It’s a matter of execution,” Pelfrey said about his subpar year. “For whatever reason my fastball has been up this year more than it should have. It led to an increase in home runs. And I’ve walked too many guys. I’ve got to work on being more focused and bearing down with guys on base – eliminate that big inning that I’ve had a lot this year.”
Let’s Go MetsÂ !