Mets Manager: “Fans deserve better. They pay to see this team.” Mets make roster moves • Latino Sports


Mets Manager: “Fans deserve better. They pay to see this team.” Mets make roster moves


Flushing, New York – Sunday afternoon at Citi Field it was another extra inning affair with the New York Mets and Miami Marlins. This time it was a four-run Miami Marlins 10th inning that led to their latest win over New York, 8-4. After a 20-inning marathon loss Saturday, either way, the Marlins with the worse record in baseball continue to find ways to beat New York.

And after a three-game sweep at the hands of the Marlins down in Miami last weekend, it was time for Mets’ general manager Sandy Alderson to make some changes.

After the loss, the Mets optioned first baseman Ike Davis, outfielder Mike Baxter and pitcher Robert Carson to Triple-A Las Vegas. It is undetermined who will replace them on the roster when the Mets open a three-game series with the central division leading St. Louis Cardinals Tuesday night at Citi Field.

Regardless of the roster moves, the Mets are a team in trouble as they hit their high water mark of 12-games under .500, at 23-35. It was the fifth straight Marlins win over New York and they compiled a season high 17-hits in the abbreviated series finale that was cut short due to rain Friday night.

And the humiliation of a Saturday 20-inning 2-1 marathon loss did not help matters.

“This is not a staff issue, this is a player issue,” said Alderson about the demotions of Davis, Baxter, and Carson.

Manager Terry Collins in his post game news conference alluded to the media regarding discussions about possible roster changes being made, but there were no hints or rumors before the Mets latest loss.

“At some point you have to say to yourself this is not in your best interest,” said Alderson about Davis who went 0-for-3 with another strikeout Sunday. He added, what has to be kept in mind, is who will play first while Davis hopefully gets his game together in Las Vegas.

Alderson said it was tough to sit through 30-innings and not score any runs, also saying it was also difficult for fans to watch. Attendance at Citi Field continues to dwindle with an announced crowd Sunday of 21,747, though there appeared to be much less.

Saturday afternoon, the Mets scored one run in the 20-inning loss and longest game in the five-year history of Citi Field and the fourth longest in franchise history.

Alderson added about Davis, “He needs to get his confidence back.” He said, “A different environment may help him.” Alderson said also listening to fewer voices can help in Las Vegas, as Davis has been taking extra swings in the cages in between his at bats, and also getting opinions about adjustments from various members of the Mets coaching staff.

Coming into the game Sunday, Davis was sitting eighth in the national League among strike out leaders at the plate, and those different voices he will hear won’t be boos from Mets fans that can be constantly heard at Citi Field.

Tom Koehler (0-4) of the Marlins coming off a loss to the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on Monday, gave up a run in the second and three more in the third that gave New York a 4-0 lead and did not figure in the decision. Daniel Murphy on a 1-1 pitch hit his fifth home run to right in the second.

Koehler who pitched at Stony Brook University, an hour from Citi Field, and grew up in the Bronx and Westchester County, also singled in the seventh inning for his first major league hit. He was going to give the ball to his dad who was at the game with his mom and other members of his family.

And David Wright got the big hit in the three-run third. A double to deep center drove in starting pitcher Jonathon Niese who walked. Juan Lagares got one of two infield hits in the inning. For the moment, Largares will continue to platoon in the outfield.

The roster changes, you can say started Saturday when outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis was recalled from Las Vegas (AAA) and Rick Ankiel was designated for assignment ending a brief stint with the team.

Niese in his first start since May 27th, he missed his last outing due to shoulder tendinitis, tossed 6-2/3 innings, allowing three runs, two earned. It was his fourth straight quality start in striking out four and not getting the decision.

After Niese the Mets pen failed to do the job, going 0-for-4 in the month of June with three blown saves. Scott Rice surrendered a game-tying home run to Derek Dietrich in the eighth inning the Mets 10th blown save of the season. Carson gave up two of the four runs in the inning, two runners inherited from Bobby Parnell.

As to the Marlins dominance over the Mets, said Niese “Seems the Marlins are that team that gives us the fits.”

“It’s tough we couldn’t carry it through,” he said about any momentum that built after the Mets four-game sweep over the cross-town Yankees last week at Citi Field at Yankee Stadium. Niese said he felt strong and left some pitches up, but overall it was a good outing and his shoulder was able to recuperate with the missed start.

Collins said the momentum has not been able to continue because the quality at bats have not been good. “We continue to get beat with fastballs. That’s an issue.”

He added, “Fans deserve better. They pay to see this team.”

And when you lose five straight to the Marlins, perhaps changes had to be made. The Marlins have no answer to their domination over the Mets, as eight of their 19 wins have come against New York.

But Marlins starting pitcher Jose Fernandez had an answer. “We need to play them more. It just happens. That’s baseball and we go out there with everyone and feel we can win.”

Fernandez matched up with Matt Harvey Saturday and for the second time the two were not involved in a decision that went extra innings. On April 29th Miami beat the Mets in 15-innings.

That was then. This is now, and the two teams don’t meet again until the end of next month down in Miami in another four-game series. If this keeps up, New York could be rivaling the Marlins for last place in the standings of the NL east.

UPDATE: It is being reported that infielder Josh Stain, outfielder Collin Cowgill, and pitcher Josh Edgin has been promoted from Triple A Las Vegas to replace Davis, Baxter and Carson.

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