The Mets made room on the roster for Carlos Beltran by optioning Jesus Feliciano to Triple-A Buffalo after yesterday’s game. Jerry Manuel has told reporters that Beltran will slot into the cleanup spot and start on Thursday in center field. It’s too bad for Feliciano. He hit .278 in 54 at-bats and did a nice job. He’s no All-Star but I like his game as a solid fielder and a consistent bat off the bench.
Manuel also told reporters that Angel Pagan will start in right field on Thursday in San Francisco. Jeff Francoeur will hit the bench. Clearly, that’s the right decision. There’s no way that Francoeur deserves to play over Pagan. Pagan’s game is so much more dynamic with his ability to hit consistently and the speed he has.
When asked by reporters if he thought he would be rusty at the plate:
“Who knows? I mean, the way I played in Port St. Lucie, I think I swung the bat well. But at the big league level it’s a different story,” Beltran said. “I do feel like I need to make adjustments. It will take me time. I don’t expect to come here and rake. I just expect to come here and like I say, do my part. Being able to contribute any way I can, and I believe in that.”
You can listen to Beltran’s interview from Citi Field yesterday with Wayne Hagin of WFAN.
Carlos Beltran audio
Friday night, as I watched Jesus Feliciano hit a weak dribbler to second baseman Martin Prado with runners on second and third with two outs from my section 401 seat in the promenade, yet another need for the Mets became apparent to me. Some pop off the bench would be really nice for the second half of the season. I feel like a solid bat could prove to be just as important as a new bullpen arm at this point.
Feliciano was pinch hitting for Ruben Tejada in that spot. It was the bottom of the 6th, and Braves starter Tommy Hanson had just been pulled. A big 2-RBI hit there would have put the Mets ahead 4-2 and could have very well changed the complexion of the game at that juncture. In the following inning, a recently called-up, and clearly over-matched Nick Evans was tardy on a Johnny Venters fastball while pinch hitting in the pitcher’s spot to lead off.
Having established Major League hitters available on your bench is an invaluable quality late in games. When Matt Franco or Lenny Harris would get up in the on-deck circle, I was confident that if they saw a pitch to hit, they would put a charge into it. Franco, although absentminded at times (he forgot his glove in the Shea Stadium picnic area after taking a picture with me before a game when I was 12), was a master of the craft of pinch hitting from the left side. It was basically his sole purpose on the team and he excelled. I will always remember his walk-off line drive single against the Yankees in the Subway Series, among other clutch hits. Pinch hitters are under-appreciated assets of baseball clubs, yet upon delivery, they are game changers. Continue reading
Jon Niese and three relievers combined on a 7-hit shutout of the Twins to win the series today. Niese returned to outstanding form today. He was in complete control through 6 IP allowing only 4 hits.
The Mets offense really pounded the Twins pitchers with 14 hits and 1 walk. They had 3-hit games from Jesus Feliciano, David Wright, and Jeff Francoeur. Most of their scoring was from three home runs by Wright, Francoeur, and Ike Davis. Francoeur was a triple away from the cycle today too.
The Mets take another series 2-1 and finish the home stand at 4-2.
The Mets recovered from a terrible start by Hisanori Takahashi to make a game of it tonight and almost got the sweep. Takahashi went 4 IP and gave up 6 ER. He didn’t have good control all night and wasn’t getting any close calls from the umpire either. Maybe this will open the door for John Maine or Oliver Perez to get back into the rotation at some point.
The Mets offense was pretty solid with 10 hits and 3 walks. Jesus Feliciano went 3 for 5 with 2 runs. They had the bases loaded in the seventh inning with 2 outs and down by 1 run, but David Wright struck out and Ike Davis flied out to end the rally.
The Mets take two of three from the Tigers. Not a bad series at all.
The Mets got a complete game 1-hit shutout from Jon Niese to win the series. The only hit for the Padres was a double by Chris Denorfia in the third inning. Niese was that close to a perfect game. He was completely cruising through this one.
The Mets had some decent offense going too with 8 hits and 3 walks. Jose Reyes was 3 for 4 with 1 run and 1 SB (15th of the season). Ike Davis was 2 for 4 with an RBI. Jesus Feliciano made his debut and went 0 for 4.
This game also had another interesting play. The Padres pulled off an around the horn triple play on a Ruben Tejada ground ball to third.
The Mets win the home series and hit the road to Baltimore for the weekend.
San Diego Padres (34-23) t New York Mets (30-27) 7:10 pm
Clayton Richard (4-3 2.87) vs Mike Pelfrey (8-1 2.39)
TV: SNY Radio: WFAN
What to watch: The Mets and Padres start up a three game series tonight, this time at Citi Field where the Mets are playing extremely well this season. It could be some payback for the Padres who took a series last week in San Diego in dramatic fashion with a walk off grand slam. Richard pitched really well against the Mets in a no-decision going 6 innings and giving up 1 run. Pelfrey got another win last week against the Padres going 8 innings and giving up 1 run. It could be a good pitching match up. The Mets have a new member on their roster tonight too. Jesus Feliciano was called up from Buffalo to replace Omir Santos on the roster. The outfielder was hitting .385 1HR 21 RBI in in 187 AB.
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