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Mets Game 161: Loss to Reds

Reds 5 Mets 4

Strange … nowhere in the Mets media guide, nor in the scorebook, nor on the Mets.com website does it say “September 27: Jose Reyes Day”. Yet clearly, this was his day.

Yet it wasn’t, because the Mets lost. Which was remarkable, considering that Reds manager Dusty Baker didn’t care much about the game, his players didn’t care much about putting forth any effort, and Cincinnati closer Francisco Cordero looked like he’d rather be sunbathing on a Caribbean beach with an umbrella drink by his side. A completely unsatisfying outcome for a baseball fan.


Terry Collins Working on Beltran Trade Speech

Terry Collins, like any good manager, is thinking a few innings ahead, a few days ahead and a few trades ahead. The Mets manager has begun contemplating what he will say after the big Carlos Beltran trade expected this week.

According to the NY Times Collins said:

“I’ve been thinking about what I’m going to say and how I’m going to say it when the time comes, because they better understand, it’s not a white flag. They better understand they still have something to prove. This is the major leagues, and if you give in at any time, the other team will kick your butt.

One of the young players Collins will address his message to is Bobby Parnell. The future closer’s job is at stake here for Parnell and Collins would like the team to stay competitive. “There’s some guys in there fighting for jobs now,” Collins said.There are also some guys who will be free agents at the end of the year and are looking to impress.

Mets fans can only hope all players on the roster, regardless of future role or team, play hard every game and finish with a winning record.


Parnell Endorsed By K-Rod As Mets Next Closer

This season Francisco Rodriguez has served as a bullpen mentor for Bobby Parnell, even endorsing the hard-throwing righty just last week.

Rodriguez said this about Parnell’s closing abilities:

He can do it and he knows it. I love that kid. I talk to him a lot and I love him. He’s a guy who comes here everyday trying to improve himself to get better and better. He definitely has the tools.

Parnell was crowned the 8th-inning man for the Mets in spring training but had a 6.14 ERA in April when he was placed on the disabled list with circulatory issues in his right hand. Since returning to the Mets on June 2nd, he regularly hit 100 mph  on radar guns, has only 3 earned runs in 17 1/3 innings with a 1.56 ERA.

GM Sandy Alderson told reporters on Wednesday that there are strong candidates in the existing bullpen who can take on the closer role.

Izzy has been in that role before, and pitched effectively in that role and effectively for us, this year. And the way Bobby Parnell has thrown the last three weeks or so has been impressive and also was a factor.

Alderson went on to say that those decisions will be best left up for Terry Collins and pitching coach Dan Warthen to address.


Angel Pagan, Bobby Parnell Injury Updates

In case you haven’t heard, Angel Pagan had something of a setback in his bid to return from an oblique injury; he felt discomfort while playing in a rehab game in Port St. Lucie and has been shut down indefinitely. As long as Jason Pridie is hitting and fielding as well as he has lately, Pagan’s extended absence shouldn’t be too much of a concern.

In other injury-related news, Bobby Parnell will be pitching in an extended spring training game down in PSL and could be back as early as next week.


Bobby Parnell Injured?

After the Mets – Astros game, manager Terry Collins mentioned in the postgame that Bobby Parnell is “feeling some discomfort”. Where, when and why we have no idea, though we do know Hu.

Hopefully we’ll have more info soon. This is NOT good news for a Mets pitching staff that is already decimated by injuries and ineffectiveness.

*** UPDATE ***

According to MetsBlog.com, Parnell has numbness in his middle finger and having difficulty gripping the baseball. What does this mean? I’m really not sure, but I imagine it’s something that could be a warning sign for an elbow issue. Glad to hear that he spoke up and is going to get this checked out.