Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez knows he might be a goner by the July 31 trading deadline, and he’s not against serving in a setup role for a contending team. Including the Yankees.
Chris Capuano pitched six scoreless innings before leaving with a tweak on his right side, Jose Reyes took advantage of Oakland’s shaky new first basemen and the New York Mets beat the Athletics 4-1 on a dreary Thursday.
Sometimes winning isn’t all about apparent talent and that’s precisely what Justin Turner is proving with his continual ability to factor into Met victories. He’s become the prototypical, team-first ballplayer that fits the ‘Terry Collins mold.’
Justin Turner saw sidearmer Brad Ziegler’s pitch coming right for him, so he dug in. He took one for the team, getting hit by a pitch with two outs in the 13th inning to force in the winning run for the Mets.
The Mets are a playoff contender right now, and if they are within five games of a playoff spot, they will not be sellers at the trade deadline.
The Mets must deal away Francisco Rodriguez as the 55-game clause that triggers his $17.5 million option for 2012 nears. K-Rod is an attractive option to many MLB clubs and his departure could begin a chain reaction that would see Jose Reyes and Carlos Beltran leave Citi Field.
Francisco Rodriguez took responsibility for the blown save that led to D.J. Carrasco’s game-ending balk in the 10th inning on Thursday. “Three pitches, it’s a tie ballgame,” Rodriguez said. “There’s no excuses. I didn’t execute and it cost us the game.”
Make no mistake about it, Dan Warthen is a big reason why the Mets are sitting right in the middle of a wild card playoff race.
Since their horrendous start, the Mets are an eye-popping 27-20 and have done it without key parts of their team. As we enter mid-June, make no mistake about it, the Mets are a playoff contender.
Jose Reyes hit a two-run triple to give New York the lead in the seventh inning and the Mets held on to beat the Milwaukee Brewers 2-1 on Tuesday night.
Trading Jose Reyes may seem unthinkable to most Mets fans — but it would be logical for the organization to move their franchise player before the July 31st trading deadline.
Eric Hinske came into the game after a scary injury to rookie Jordan Schafer and later hit a tiebreaking home run in the ninth inning Friday night that sent the Atlanta Braves over the New York Mets 6-3.
He’s a homegrown star having a huge season in the media capital of the world. He’s a few days shy of his 28th birthday, just now entering the prime of his career. And by the middle of the summer, Jose Reyes could be gone. In a New York minute.
Domonic Brown grounded a tiebreaking single under the glove of first baseman Daniel Murphy in the ninth inning, and the Philadelphia Phillies scored three runs off star closer Francisco Rodriguez to beat the sinking New York Mets 6-4 on Friday night.
Francisco Rodriguez sees the writing on the wall for the Mets. On Wednesday, the fiery Mets closer said though he wants to stay with the club, he would consider waiving his no-trade clause — and vesting option — if New York wants to make a trade.