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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, 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.
He will serve six months.
Koosman, 66, said: “Like most people in their sixties, I’ve made some bad decisions in my life. I tend to trust people more than I should. I shouldn’t have listened to those people about the tax returns, but I did, and I take full responsibility.’’
The IRS said he defrauded the government out of $80,000.
U.S. District Court Judge Barbara Crabb called his crime “a serious blemish on an otherwise outstanding life.’’
And, it shouldn’t, because if you’re going to tailor a stadium, it better be in favor of pitching.
According to hittrackeronline.com, Citi Field averages 1.67 home runs per game, 11th out of the 16 National League stadiums. Shea Stadium averaged 2.15 home runs per game in 2008. A significant explanation has to be the injuries to Carlos Delgado and Carlos Beltran, and David Wright’s horrendous power slump. The Mets enter today’s game at Colorado last in the major leagues with 77 home runs.
Said Wright: “I would say it’s probably built the opposite than for me. I think one of my strengths is driving the ball to right field. I sometimes think I have to hit it twice to get it out there. It is what it is. It’s not something I’m going to complain about or anybody else should complain about. It’s the park and we have to adapt.”
Shea Stadium was 378 feet in right center; Citi Field ranges from 378 to 415 feet in that area. Left center at Citi Field ranges from 364 to 384 feet, but features a 15-foot wall. Some hitters, such as Jeff Francoeur, thinks a normal sized wall would be fine.
In keeping the dimensions the same, at least for 2010, the Mets aren’t making a panic move based on one season. The injuries along with the unseasonable weather for much of the first half had to contribute to the fall off in power. As the season progressed, power numbers did spike.
In the long run, it is better to have a pitcher friendly part than a hitter friendly site such as Coors Field, where the Mets are playing today. If a franchise builds it team on pitching, defense and speed, it has a better chance of winning than a team built solely on power, such as the old Red Sox and Cubs teams in Fenway Park and Wrigley Field, respectively. As much as a launching pad old Yankee Stadium was, it was deeper in left and center, and those teams were as much pitching as power.
The Mets conclude their series with the Rockies with Pat Misch taking on Jason Marquis.
Here’s today’s line-up:
Angel Pagan, CF
Anderson Hernandez, 2B
David Wright, 3B
Daniel Murphy, 1B
Jeff Francoeur, RF
Cory Sullivan, LF
Josh Thole, C
Wilson Valdez, SS
Pat Misch. LP