Apr 13

Niese tries to right Mets tonight.

It is one thing to lose, but another to give the game away as they did Monday night against the Rockies. The Mets are playing with little margin for error these days, especially against superior teams such as Colorado and Atlanta later this week.

On Monday, Mike Pelfrey threw 113 pitches in 5.1 innings, and the bullpen imploded, highlighted by poor throws from relievers Ryota Igarashi and Bobby Parnell to the plate that kept innings alive.

“The fight is still there, but we’ve got to stop making mistakes,’’ said manager Terry Collins, singing the same refrain heard from most losing teams.

Jon Niese will start tonight and must give the Mets innings as to take them away from the bullpen, which during the current slide of five losses in six games is 0-3 with a 6.57 ERA.

Niese is coming off a rocky start, giving up six runs on eight hits in four innings in an 11-0 loss at Philadelphia.

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Apr 13

Mets-Rockies lineup for April 13

We’re still on for tonight with the Mets and Rockies. Jon Niese gets the ball for the Mets, who have lost five of their last six games.

Here’s the line-up:

Jose Reyes, SS

Daniel Murphy, 2B

David Wright, 3B

Carlos Beltran, RF

Ike Davis, 1B

Angel Pagan, CF

Willie Harris, LF

Josh Thole, C

Jon Niese, LP

COMMENT: Not surprising to see Murphy back at second, even though Terry Collins said it isn’t a platoon with Brad Emaus. Murphy adds some offense and made a good play defensively. … No surprises otherwise in the order.

NOTES: Chris Young has biceps tendinitis, so his start will be pushed back to Sunday in Atlanta. … The Mets will need a spot starter to replace Young Friday. It could be D.J. Carrasco. Since Dillon Gee pitched Tuesday for Buffalo, that eliminates him. … Blaine Boyer cleared waivers and will become a free agent.

 

Apr 13

Parnell’s job in jeopardy; Bay not ready.

The leash could be getting shorter for struggling reliever Bobby Parnell.

Parnell, who fancies himself as a future closer, might have trouble holding onto to the set-up role if he continues to falter.

“Bobby will either step up and do the job or we’ll find somebody else,’’ said pitching coach Dan Warthen, who has not put a timetable for when Parnell must turn it around.

Parnell’s problem has been command and a drop in velocity, likely attributed to a mechanical problem in his delivery.

Presumably, that somebody will be veteran Jason Isringhausen, who has 293 career saves. The Mets signed Isringhausen to add stability to an inexperienced bullpen, and the eighth inning role would best suit his abilities.

Even if Isringhausen is slotted into the eighth inning role, the Mets still have a problem in their pen with only one lefthander.

GM Sandy Alderson said it would be at least two more weeks on the disabled list for Jason Bay. The Mets had hoped Bay would return last Saturday.

Alderson said these types of injuries are hard to predict, but veteran Mets watchers know with their team it is always longer than expected.

Terry Collins said he likes the energy Daniel Murphy brings to the line-up, but wouldn’t say he is going with a platoon system at second base.

Murphy was penciled in to start last night, but the game was rained out. Tonight’s line-up hasn’t been posted.

 

Apr 11

Mets notebook: Paulino on DL

News and notes prior to tonight’s game against Colorado:

* Back-up catcher Ronnie Paulino has completed the last eight games of his 50-game suspension for using PEDs and has been placed on the 15-day disabled list as he recovers from anemia. Frankly, I think the Mets caught a break on this one. I don’t understand getting credit for games on the suspension he wouldn’t have been able to play in regardless.

* Jose Reyes is off to a good start and is riding a streak of starting the last seven games with either a hit or walk. Reyes has five multi-hit games in the Mets’ first nine games.

* The Mets are hoping outfielder Jason Bay will be activated from the disabled list by the end of the week when the team is in Atlanta.

* The Mets are carrying 13 pitchers and will probably do so until Bay is ready to be activated.

 

Apr 11

Mets need to turn it around.

We’re nine games into the season and a few things are quickly coming into focus, few of them good.

PELFREY: Seeking first win tonight.

The team is hustling, always a positive, but how long will the attitude last if the pitching falters and the losing continues?

If you could have handicapped the first three series, you would’ve figured losses at Florida and Philadelphia, and beating Washington. A 4-5 record wouldn’t have been an unreasonable projection.

The bullpen has been terrible, the rotation spotty and the clutch hitting poor. Seventeen strikeouts yesterday against the Nationals is inexcusable. That being said, the Mets are lucky to be where they are.

It’s too soon to draw any definitive conclusions on the season, but to avoid a slide they need to show something against Colorado and Atlanta, seven games against superior competition, with four at home against the Rockies. If they lose the Colorado series, then go into Atlanta, who can’t see the basement by the time they come home again?

Winning teams focus one series at a time, and the Mets have played poorly in losing of their first three. Progress is made in little steps, and they need Mike Pelfrey to take one tonight.