New York's six-game West Coast trip was a disaster, with the club losing two of three to Oakland before being swept by the Mariners over the weekend.
Actually, the Mets' troubles with AL West opponents began back in New York by losing two of three to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim; that included, the Mets were killed by Interleague play, going 2-7 against clubs from the left coast.
|Seattle's Mike Morse slides home as Mets catcher Mike Piazza tries to handle a throw in the second inning Sunday. Morse, who singled earlier, was safe on the RBI double by Rene Rivera. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)|
Sunday's contest also featured reliever Mike DeJean making an odd cameo appearance, taking over the pitching duties from Aaron Heilman (2-2/3 innings, no runs, two hits, four strikeouts) after the Mets rallied for four runs in the sixth inning.
Seattle quickly got the runs back as DeJean loaded the bases via two singles and a walk, then walked in a run. Royce Ring couldn't clean up the mess, allowing a two-run single to Raul Ibanez and a run-scoring hit to Jose Lopez.
"There are 25 guys on this team, and there's probably 21 of them that are just red-lining right now, just trying so hard," DeJean told reporters.
For the first time since April 11, the Mets find themselves three games under .500 at 33-36 and are six games behind the division-leading Washington Nationals. They'll try to right the ship on Tuesday, opening a three-game set at Philadelphia's Citizens Bank Park.
Notes & Quotes
Mike doesn't like it: Mike Cameron is headed back to New York on Monday, scheduled for an ultrasound to check on the status of his swollen right knee.
Cameron had hoped to be available by the beginning of Friday's weekend series in Seattle, but wound up missing all six games on the West Coast trip. The purpose of the ultrasound is to see just how much fluid is bulking up the knee; if Cameron can have the knee drained, he'll do so and join the Mets in Philadelphia Tuesday. If not, it will likely spell a disabled list stint for Cameron, who is hitting .320 with six home runs and 13 RBI.
Minor League Report
TRIPLE-A NORFOLK: Jae Seo allowed three runs in the second inning and the Tides were never able to catch up, with Seo striking out five and shutting the door the rest of the way through a seven-inning losing stint. Eric Valent hit his first Triple-A homer of the year for the Tides (40-31), who lead Durham by eight games in the International League South.
DOUBLE-A BINGHAMTON: Yusmeiro Petit held Norwich to a run on four hits through six innings, striking out six, and Mike Jacobs hit his 11th homer to lead Binghamton to a 5-3 win Sunday. Anderson Hernandez had three hits, an RBI and a run scored for Binghamton (32-33), which trails Portland by five games in the Eastern League Northern Division.
LOW-A HAGERSTOWN: As covered in greater detail on our site, Gaby Hernandez fired his first career no-hitter, going the distance against West Virginia in a 1-0 win. The two-walk, six-strikeout effort forces a one-game playoff for the South Atlantic League's Northern division with Lexington.
The Mets fly into Philadelphia and open a three game series there Tuesday. Starting pitchers: Tuesday, Kris Benson (5-2, 3.67 ERA) vs. RHP Brett Myers (5-3, 2.19); Wednesday, Victor Zambrano (3-6, 4.06) vs. RHP Vicente Padilla (3-6, 6.23); Thursday, Kazuhisa Ishii vs. RHP Robinson Tejeda (1-0, 2.18).
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