MLB Trade Rumors is reporting that the Mets put Gary Sheffield and Pedro Feliciano through waivers but both were claimed by team(s). Apparently, the Mets were unable to work out a suitable trade for the players and decided to pull them back. Both players will have to remain with the Mets for the rest of the season.
That’s bad news for Gary Sheffield that’s starting to see diminishing playing time as he doesn’t figure into the Mets plans for 2010. I’m sure that he would’ve loved to go to an American League team in the playoff race despite his comments about wanting to stay with the Mets.
Another day, another loss. This time in Arizona. As the Mets try to avoid a sweep again on the road, we have some interesting news on the team.
Adam Rubin of the Daily News writes that Billy Wagner will be back in the bigs on Sunday. He’s agreed to waive his no-trade clause to go to a contender if the Mets can swing a deal by Aug. 31.
Matthew Artus of NJ.com writes about the pro’s and con’s of releasing the entire 2003 MLB Steriod Survey Testing List. I’m just assuming almost every player was dirty between the late 80’s and beginning of this decade. Until I hear otherwise, that’s what I believe.
Gary Sheffield expressed a desire to stay with the Mets for the rest of the season but left the door open for a trade. I have no idea why he’d want to stay, this team isn’t going anywhere. If he could catch on with an AL team that needs a DH, he should jump at the chance.
The big news in this game was that Bobby Parnell was making his first big league start. It turned out to be a pretty rotten one. He only went 2.1 innings 2 runs on 4 hits and 3 walks. It took him 68 pitches to get into the third inning. He’ll get stretched out in future starts but this first one wasn’t pretty.
The Mets non-existent offense only managed 1 run on a solo homer by Alex Cora in the first inning. They only put together 5 hits and 3 walks as a team. Unbelievably bad.
Luis Castillo did make a pinch hitting appearance but Gary Sheffield didn’t play again.
The Mets drop their third straight game to a pitiful Padres team and try to avoid the sweep tomorrow afternoon.
If you didn’t stay up late to watch this one, you didn’t miss anything. The Mets made the nondescript Padres look like a good team. And the game was over in the third inning anyway. Livan Hernandez was horrible giving up 7 runs in 5 innings to a very weak San Diego lineup.
The Mets had very little offense and it didn’t help that Gary Sheffield couldn’t play. They only managed 8 hits and 4 walks. The only extra base hit was a double by Fernando Tatis. The impotent Mets offense couldn’t get much going against Padres rookie Clayton Richard.
MLB announced today that Cardinals pitcher Brad Thompson was suspended for throwing a pitch at the head of David Wright yesterday. The pitch appeared to be in retaliation for Albert Pujols getting hit in the forearm by Nelson Figueroa earlier in the game.
The suspension is for three games and Thompson has been fined an undisclosed amount.
Gary Sheffield was the next batter in the game. He stepped out of the batter’s box, pointed to his helmet, and appeared to say to Thompson “Throw one at my head”.
The NY Post has some good quotes about the incident in today’s issue.
Even Tony LaRussa didn’t like it. Jeff Francoeur and Wright are quoted as well as Sheffield.
It’s interesting that this didn’t escalate into a fight. The last thing the Mets need is for Wright to get suspended for fighting. The team would be completely sunk without him right now. He’s one of the few legitimate big league players on the roster.
We have some post game audio from Bobby Parnell and Jerry Manuel after the Mets 9-0 win over the Cardinals. Here’s Parnell talking about his game and the injury to Jon Niese:
And here’s Jerry Manuel talking about the win, the injury to Niese, Gary Sheffield
, and the possibility of moving Parnell to the rotation:
The Mets broke out the bats for this one and rocked the Cardinals before leaving for San Diego today. The bad news is that they lost two more players in the process. Jon Niese started the game and went 1.2 innings only giving up 1 hit and 1 walk. But in the second inning he was covering first base on a ground ball and appeared to be hurt badly. He went into the splits with his front leg slipping in the dirt. He attempted to throw a pitch to test the leg and went down in a heap on the mound. And he was carried off the field by the trainers. It looked pretty serious.
Gary Sheffield left the game in the bottom of the sixth inning after hitting a ball to the wall in left center. It looked like an easy double but Sheffield stopped at first base and immediately walked off the field. Apparently, his right hamstring was bothering him again.
The Mets got some outstanding offense for a change. They were all over Kyle Lohse for 5 of their 9 runs. He couldn’t make it out of the third inning. David Wright and Angel Pagan did the most damage getting three hits apiece and both homered in the game.
Nelson Figueroa got another chance today and made the most of it going 4.1 scoreless innings in relief of Niese. Bobby Parnell then came in and threw 3 scoreless innings. After the game, Jerry Manuel said that they’re stretching Parnell out in anticipation that he’ll be moving to the rotation.
The Mets leave for San Diego feeling a little better about themselves after taking a beating at home by the D-Backs and splitting the two-game series with the Cardinals.