Ike Davis has been working out for Terry Collins while the Mets are in Miami, and will return to New York after this series to be examined by team physicians.
Davis has been saying surgery won’t be needed on his left ankle, and is hoping the Mets’ doctors will confirm his self-diagnosis. Davis is expected to shut it down for the remainder of the season.
The Mets eschewed microfracture surgery over a month ago with the hope the injury would heal with rest and it would not be needed. So far, that gamble has paid off, we won’t know for sure until spring training.
Meanwhile, Johan Santana will throw a bullpen session today and pitch in a minor league playoff game Friday. Santana is hopeful of pitching a couple of innings in a major league game next week.
The Mets aren’t expecting Jon Niese of Scott Hairston to return this season.
Tbe Mets were hot on this date in 1974 as Ray Sadecki beat the Cubs for their seventh straight victory and tenth in their last 11 games.
Then Bobby Parnell coughed it up the next day in the ninth inning at Washington. Ooops, that was last night. Another in a long line of excruciating defeats this season. And another kick in the gut after a hot stretch.
With the season lost, we’re just trying to find things to hold onto over the winner and Parnell, as the closer, isn’t providing us with the warm and fuzzies.
Parnell has the best stuff, but stuff is useless if you don’t know how to use it. They are searching for answers younger than Jason Isringhausen, and the Mets are hoping Parnell will win the job.
Let’s face it, there’s really nobody else on the current staff that is inspiring.
Confidence is a fragile thing for a closer, and Parnell’s over the past few years has been like china. Jerry Manuel gave up on Parnell as a starter in a lost September after a handful of starts, but at the time Manuel – and rightfully so – was worried about his job and needed every win he could get. Terry Collins isn’t in the same position, so I’m hoping he’ll ride with Parnell to see how he rebounds.
A pat on the back is essential for his development at this stage.
The Mets will take the field shortly in an effort to avoid falling eight games below .500. After stumbling out of the gate, the Mets have been playing competitive baseball for a good part of the summer.
August has been a disaster.
The Mets have a little over five weeks remaining before winter, but David Wright said there’s a lot to play for.
“We just can’t allow ourselves to just play out the season,’’ David Wright said. “It’s obviously a bad situation to begin with. And the last thing you want to do is just go out there and play the games for the sake of playing the games. Hopefully people realize that there’s a lot on the line going into next year, and we clean some things up and get some things going.’’
After missing two months with a stress fracture in his lower back, one might think Wright is trying to salvage 2011 from a statistical perspective, but collectively the rest of the season is to set up 2012. Wright isn’t about the stats as much as he is trying to establish a mentality to build on.
For one, Terry Collins said he wants to see more of Lucas Duda in right field, something he’s hinted at several times. Duda will be in right field tonight, and Collins said he’ll play there more often with the rosters are expanded in September.
It’s always interesting when the Mets play the Phillies, but unfortunately since the teams are at the opposite end of the spectrum there’s little steam to the rivalry.
The Mets make their final trip to Philly beginning tonight, with Dillon Gee going against Cliff Lee.
Here’s the Mets’ batting order:
Angel Pagan, CF
Justin Turner, 2B
David Wright, 3B
Jason Bay, LF
Lucas Duda, 1B
Scott Hairston, RF
Ronny Paulino, C
Ruben Tejada, SS
Dillon Gee, RP
Comments: Once again, Lucas Duda is at first base instead of right field. Assuming Ike Davis is healthy next season, he’ll play first base. However, the Mets do not have a right field option.
Terry Collins has hinted, but won’t pull the trigger on Duda playing right field for the rest of the season. Why? I don’t know.
With the competitive part of the year over, this is when the Mets should be looking for some answers, and one of them is where Duda should play.
I’d also like to see Jason Bay in the second spot of the order, as Collins also suggested earlier this year, but never tried.
Jason Bay is back in the lineup for today’s game against Milwaukee following a one-day benching on the heels of an 0-for-20 funk. He might hit a home run today, or two. Or, he could have another 0-for-4 with three punchouts. Not that it matters anymore.
Several months ago, when there was still a worthwhile part of the season left and Jose Reyes at the top of his game, Terry Collins suggested moving Bay to second in the order to get him more fastballs. Collins never moved on it and now that boat has sailed.
Even when Reyes returns his legs won’t be the same and the experiment will be a moot point. The Mets have tried everything with Bay, but his mechanics are so fouled up right now that it seems nothing will work. Maybe Bay will snap out of his funk. Maybe it won’t, but for now it seems no other conclusion can be drawn other than this signing was a bust.
And, there are two more years at $16 million per to endure. Sandy Alderson managed to get takers for Carlos Beltran and Francisco Rodriguez. Maybe next year he’ll get lucky again. One can only hope.