Seventeen games into the season the Mets are searching for answers and if they do not find solutions, they may be staring down the barrel of a long summer complete with empty seats in Citi Field.
Chris Young looked right at home in Citi Field’s wide-open spaces. Lucas Duda very much did not, and now he’s headed to the minors.
Ivan Rodriguez hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the 11th inning and the Washington Nationals came back to beat the New York Mets 7-3 Sunday. Laynce Nix followed with a three-run homer off Blaine Boyer(0-2), the Mets’ fifth reliever.
The Mets’ season-opening road trip continues with three games against the Phillies. New York went 4 and 5 in their nine games at Citizens Bank Park last season, including a series win there in September which was the club’s first in Philly since July 2008.
David Wright’s third hit of the game brought Jose Reyes home with the go-ahead run in the 10th, Willie Harris added a two-run single later in the inning, and the New York Mets beat the Florida Marlins 6-4 on Saturday night.
Jason Isringhausen failed to nail down the final spot in the Mets’ bullpen, losing out on Tuesday to Blaine Boyer. That won’t stop the veteran, who on Wednesday agreed to stay with the club in extended spring training.
Flushing’s reunion with Jason Isringhausen will have to wait. The Mets have asked the 38-year-old to participate in extended spring training in order to build up his elbow strength.
By most projections, 6 of the 7 spots in the Mets’ bullpen are locked up. That leaves Jason Isringhausen, Blaine Boyer, Manny Acosta and Pat Misch all vying for the final spot.
There are limited spots available in the Mets’ bullpen, but Jason Isringhausen doesn’t feel the heat. “It’s a good problem,” he said on Sunday.
Each day at Mets camp seems like a mini-drama waiting to unfold. First it was Luis Castillo. Then it was Ollie Perez. Now it’s dealing with Carlos Beltran and the eight-day plan to ready him for Opening Night.
There was a published report on Tuesday suggesting that Luis Hernandez would be named the Mets’ second baseman when all was said and done. Terry Collins labeled that premature, and continued to talk up the elder Luis Castillo.
The players are “unionizing” on Tuesday morning here in Port St. Lucie – the MLBPA’s annual spring visit to Mets camp.