During last night’s game against the Marlins, Johan Santana visited with the Mets. He’s been rehabbing from shoulder surgery in Port St. Lucie and even threw a three inning simulated game this week. Santana will be throwing a bullpen session for the Mets front office tomorrow at Sun Life Stadium to gauge his readiness for pitching rehab minor league games.
Unfortunately, Santana isn’t going to make it back in time to have a positive impact on the season. The rumors are swirling about Carlos Beltran trade partners. And Fox Sports reported that the Mets want to trade Beltran early next week so they can work on trading away some other players like Chris Capuano, Willie Harris, Scott Hairston, and Tim Byrdak.
Even without having an impact on 2011, it sure would be nice to see Santana back and pitching well for the Mets in August and September. It would certainly instill some confidence going into the offseason that 2012 won’t be another wasted season.
The Mets have been a team that has never quit when they are down. Tonight was no different.
R.A. Dickey struggled against the Cardinals lineup. Dickey went 6 and a 1/3 innings, and gave up 4 runs on 8 hits. Despite his struggles, the Mets as a team continue to show that they never back down and never quit . That is one of the most important traits of this team that makes this team enjoyable to watch.
The Mets would get back into the game as Carlos Beltran hit a two-run home run in the 5th inning. Josh Thole came through with two RBI singles that contributed to the Mets comeback. But, the guy who gave the Mets the game winner was Angel Pagan. Pagan hit a walk-off solo HR right below the SNY crew, and gave the Mets the win against the Cards.
The Mets are taking to their role of spoiler for the NL Central’s second place Cardinals. Dillon Gee put together an excellent start going 7 innings and allowing only 2 runs. He didn’t give up a hit until the fifth inning. I have to admit that I was thinking about a no-hitter. Gee is the kind of pitcher that could finally do it for the Mets. Bobby Parnell was shaky in the eighth inning giving up two hits and hitting a batter but he got out of trouble. Jason Isringhausen finished the game and got his first save since 2008.
The Mets had some serious offense going with 14 hits and 3 walks. But they left 13 runners on base. Ronny Paulino and Carlos Beltran led the team with 3 hits apiece. It was a nice return game for Beltran and Jose Reyes coming back from the disabled list.
The Mets lost their fifth of six games and are sinking fast before the non-waiver trading deadline. They couldn’t get anything going tonight and didn’t score their only run of the game until the ninth inning. They were lucky to score 1 run with only 3 hits in the game. Carlos Beltran didn’t play again which was blamed on the flu. But he’s missed three straight games now. You have to wonder if they’re holding him out before the deadline to make sure he doesn’t get hurt.
Chris Capuano had another decent start going 7.2 innings and giving up 4 runs. He gave up 3 in the third inning but was pretty sharp other than that.
The Mets did a job on the Phillies yesterday during the Fox game of the week. Of course, Ken Rosenthal from Fox Sports had his say on the Mets trade market. Everything seems to be focusing on Carlos Beltran right now. In the video below, Rosenthal says that Beltran won’t be with the Mets for much longer and that the Mets are willing to pick up the majority of his $6M salary that’s left this season to get top prospects back.
Rosenthal says that the Giants, Indians, Tigers, Red Sox, and Phillies have interest in Beltran. We’ve heard before that Beltran may be willing to waive his full no-trade clause to go to a contender. He even met with Scott Boras last week when the Mets were in LA to talk about trade scenarios.
At this point, the Mets are 11 games behind the Phillies for the division and 7.5 games behind the Braves for the wild card. And there are four teams ahead of them for the wild card. Playoff chances are fairly unlikely so it would make sense, if the Mets can’t close ground on the Braves in the next week and a half, to trade Beltran and raise the white flag on the 2011 season.
The Mets couldn’t overcome a solid game from Tim Lincecum who went 6 innings and only allowed 1 run. Chris Capuano stayed close to him and pitched well enough to win on most nights but going against Lincecum is a different story. Capuano also went 6 innings and allowed only 2 runs. Bobby Parnell pitched the seventh inning and allowed another run to the Giants on 2 hits.
The Mets had no offense going at all in this game. They only had 4 hits and 5 walks as a team. The only run they scored was on a pair of doubles in the first inning by Carlos Beltran and Daniel Murphy. That was the offense for the game.
The Mets and Giants will play the rubber game of the series on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball.
In this week’s Mets Weekly Report, I talked to Kerel Cooper of On The Black about Carlos Beltran and his future with the Mets. We talk about how well he’s been playing so far in 2011 and make some predictions about his stats for the rest of the season.
Kerel caught me with some tough over/under questions about Beltran. Check out the video to see my predictions and whether Beltran will be with the Mets after the non-waiver trade deadline.
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