Aug 21

Mets hope to salvage Milwaukee series behind Dickey

The Mets have had more than their fair share of gut-wrenching defeats this season.

There was the balk-off loss at Atlanta. The back-to-back games where they tied it in the ninth only to lose. But, yesterday’s meltdown to Milwaukee stung like vinegar on a cut.

DICKEY: Trying to stop the slide.

Down six to tie, then lose. It doesn’t get any more frustrating.  When the first two runners reached against Jason Isringhausen you had to know bad things were coming.

You can’t blame this on youth, because the late-inning damage was done against a veteran. Even so, as in most losses there were things that stood out, such as all the walks from Chris Capuano and the inability to hit in the clutch.

There’s only so many times you can talk about heart and grit, and the Mets have those qualities. Unfortunately, over the course of a long season, talent carries more weight.

After a surge that carried them over the .500 mark and even brought wild-card fantasies, the Mets find themselves five games under this afternoon with the R.A. Dickey called upon to stop the bleeding. Last season’s surprise, Dickey has a respectable ERA, but a lack of support has him at 5-11 and a loser in three of his last four decisions.

Today’s lineup will feature:

Angel Pagan, CF

Justin Turner, 2B

David Wright, 3B

Lucas Duda, 1B

Jason Bay, LF

Josh Thole, C

Jason Pridie, RF

Ruben Tejada, SS

R.A. Dickey, RP

After today, the Mets have back-to-back series against Philadelphia and Atlanta.

Meanwhile, Jose Reyes continues to rehab his tender left hamstring. Reyes ran to first this morning without difficulty and said he’ll run the bases with more intensity this week and play in a rehab game, perhaps at Buffalo.

 

Aug 11

Mets line-up vs. Padres

There are many glaring stats that help define a season. For the Mets, their 25-31 record at home is one of them. This was supposed to be a homestand where they could make up some ground, but they are a dismal 3-5.

Here’s the line-up that will try to get it done today:

Scott Hairston, CF

Justin Turner, 2B

David Wright, 3B

Jason Bay, LF

Lucas Duda, 1B

Nick Evans, RF

Ronny Paulino, C

Ruben Tejada, SS

Jon Niese, LP

 

Jun 23

Mets catch break; today’s lineup.

Maybe it was a make-up call from the Baseball Gods after last week’s balk-off loss, but the Mets caught a break last night when Justin Turner made no effort to avoid being hit by a pitch, and, in fact, appeared to lead into the ball. He admitted he took one for the team.

By rule, he should have been out.

Although his record doesn’t show it, R.A. Dickey has pitched better lately. Opponents tagged him for a .308 average in April, but are hitting just .183 in June. He lost another victory last night when Francisco Rodriguez coughed up his second straight save opportunity. Rodriguez has given up 11 earned runs in his last 11 appearances, calling his performance “pathetic.”

The word also applies to Jason Bay, who went 0-for-5 with three more strikeouts, and today has been moved out of the cleanup spot.

Here’s today’s lineup against Oakland:

Jose Reyes, SS

Justin Turner, 2B

Carlos Beltran, CF

Daniel Murphy, 3B

Angel Pagan, CF

Jason Bay, LF

Lucas Duda, 1B

Josh Thole, C

Chris Capuano, LP

 

 

 

Jun 22

Tonight’s lineup vs. Athletics

Well, we certainly didn’t expect it would last forever for Dillon Gee. It was clear from the outset he didn’t have it last night. It is also clear there’s plenty of upside with Gee.

R.A. Dickey, however, remains a question. He hasn’t pitched with the consistency he did last season. He goes tonight against Oakland.

Here’s the lineup:

 

Jose Reyes, SS

Justin Turner, 3B

Carlos Beltran, RF

Jason Bay, LF

Scott Hairston, CF

Ronny Paulino, C

Lucas Duda, 1B

Ruben Tejada, 2B

R.A. Dickey, RP

 

At first glance, I wonder about Bay hitting clean-up again. He did have a good night yesterday, but one night doesn’t turn it around.

However, I look at the roster and can’t think of anybody else other than Carlos Beltran who could hit fourth now, but he’s been comfortable batting third.

Bay said he used his legs more to drive the ball, where previously he’d been mostly arms. Who knows? That could be as good a reason as any for his poor season.

If the Mets are to be competitive this year, they need Bay to produce. Last night was a good sign, and we’ve seen too few of them this season.

 

May 31

Davis still ailing; notebook; tonight’s lineup vs. Pirates.

Some two weeks for Ike Davis, huh? The Mets are now saying he might be able to return by the All-Star break.

Davis will be wearing a protective boot and will be shut down for at least three weeks.

“The only baseball activities he can do, basically, is play catch, and he’ll be able to swing,’’ manager Terry Collins told reporters today at Citi Field. “But he’s not to do any running whatsoever for the next three weeks. There’s still a hot spot where the bone bruise is. So we’re going to pretty much shut him down from that type of activity.’’

Meanwhile, David Wright will have an X-ray Thursday to determine a timetable for when he can resume baseball activities. Wright in on the DL with a stress fracture in his lower back.

The Mets say Jose Reyes is expected to return from bereavement leave for Thursday’s game.

On a positive note, Johan Santana is throwing off the mound in 15-pitch intervals in Port St. Lucie. The next step will be throwing batting practice.

Here’s tonight’s starting lineup against Pittsburgh:

Angel Pagan, CF

Justin Turner, 2B

Carlos Beltran, RF

Jason Bay, LF

Daniel Murphy, 3B

Nick Evans, 1B

Josh Thole, C

Ruben Tejada, SS

RA Dickey, RP

COMMENTS: Dickey will get the start despite leaving his last start in Chicago early with an injury to his right heel. No doubt, the Mets will keep him on a short leash. Dale Thayer is first in line should Dickey falter. …. Pat Misch cleared waivers and accepted an assignment to Triple-A Buffalo.