Ruben Tejada doubled home two runs while filling in again for injured shortstop Jose Reyes, Carlos Beltran doubled twice and scored twice, and the Mets beat the Dodgers 5-3 on Wednesday night for their fourth straight victory.
A trio of Mets relievers are reportedly on the trading block. Mets general manager Sandy Alderson is “aggressively” shopping closer Francisco Rodriguez, setup man Jason Isringhausen and lefty reliever Tim Byrdak, according to the Daily News.
The Mets will reach the half-way point of the 2011 season this week. They begin play with a record of 39 and 39, not just .500 overall but across the board.
WFAN and SI.com’s Jon Heyman reports that the Rangers are “interested” in Mets outfielder Carlos Beltran and Francisco Rodriguez.
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.
The word filtered out late yesterday, “breaking news” that Jose Reyes would not talk contract until after the season. The fact this was labeled as “breaking news” is downright comical.
What you heard from Jose Reyes and his agent on Tuesday was consistent with what they’ve been saying all along and certainly came as no surprise. And what Mets GM Sandy Alderson heard and said was not unexpected either.
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.”
After beating the Braves on Wednesday, the Mets are at .500 for the first time in almost a month, a record that has general manager Sandy Alderson “pleased and gratified.”
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.
I really believe Fred Wilpon wants to retain the services of Reyes, but knows what it will cost and also knows he can not afford Carl Crawford money.
Yankee Stadium has never been a pleasant place for Mets fans to visit. The Flushing faithful have experienced some rough moments there, including the now infamous Luis Castillo drop. But riding the subway to the Bronx might feel better this year.
The Mets are playing well as we end the first quarter of the season. And in a watered down NL wild card race, that could mean Sandy Alderson will have an interesting decision come July 31st.
When they started the season at 5-13, the baseball world was prepared to throw dirt on the Mets. Terry Collins and his players didn’t get the memo. Right now, the Mets are playing a spirited, hard-nosed type of the baseball that has bred a winning attitude.
Carlos Beltran became the first player in the majors this season and the eighth Met to hit three home runs in a game last week in Colorado. So what does Beltran have in common with Todd Hundley, Dave Kingman and Mark Teixeira?