The Mets will try to win their first series today since the end of July, when they won a series against Colorado at Citi Field. They’ll have Nelson Figueroa pitching for that monumental feat.
The Mets (61-74) are 12-22 since winning three of four at home over Colorado, and have dropped eight of 10 series while splitting the two.
Figueroa (2-3, 4.50 ERA) had lost five consecutive starts before beating the Cubs last weekend at Wrigley Field.
“I took advantage of some aggressive swings,” Figueroa said. “I was able to do some of the things I do well — get ahead and expand the zone.”
Here’s the line-up against the Cubs’ Rich Harden:
Angel Pagan, CF
Luis Castillo, 2B
David Wright, 3B
Daniel Murphy, 1B
Jeff Francoeur, RF
Cory Sullivan, LF
Josh Thole, C
Anderson Hernandez, SS
Nelson Figueroa, RP
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After three horrible starts, including his last outing at Chicago, Bobby Parnell will attempt to redeem himself as the Mets begin a three-game series tonight against the Cubs at Citi Field. Parnell has given up 22 earned runs on 22 hits over his last 12 2/3 innings.
Parnell has the velocity to make it as a starter, but not command of his secondary pitches, and sometimes that fastball is arrow straight. If a ball has no movement, anybody can hit it, regardless of how hard it is thrown.
Of all the projects Jerry Manuel is evaluating this month in his rotation, Parnell has the best chance of emerging next spring as a starter when the team breaks camp.
Enjoy the game. I won’t be there for the first few innings, but will check in later.-JD
Mets center fielder Carlos Beltran reported no setbacks in his second minor league rehab game Thursday night at Brooklyn.
Beltran fielded three balls and went 0-for-2 with a walk.
BELTRAN: Wants to play this season.
Beltran, on the disabled list with a bruised right knee, hopes to return this season, even though his presence will do nothing to help the Mets in the standings.
“I feel good,’’ Beltran said. “I didn’t feel anything. It was just good to be out there.
“It’s been a long time that I wasn’t able to play in the outfield. So today was a very good day for me. I’m looking forward to tomorrow, see how I wake up tomorrow. I probably will feel a little bit sore – not my knee, my body.’’
Beltran anticipates playing the remaining three games in Brooklyn’s season, then it is possible he’ll rejoin the Mets.
Beltran is pleased because he’s not favoring the knee.
“I don’t have urgency,’’ Beltran said. “I just want to be back. I’m just doing everything I have to do to rehab myself and be with the team. I just love to play baseball. If I’m good to play, then I’ll be there.’’
The only reason for Beltran to play again this season is if he feels it for his own peace of mind. It’s a long time between now and spring training.