David Wright will be shut down for three more weeks with a stress fracture in his back. And the Mets blew a late two-run lead and lost to the Braves, 6-3, on Friday night at Citi Field.
Saturday's news reports:
• Post columnist Joel Sherman sums up Friday this way:
This is what we have come to expect at Citi Field now, that the news will start bad, get worse and by the end drain the last vestiges of hope from even diehard fans. Before last night's game, Ike Davis told reporters he has no idea when he will be back. In the game, Francisco Rodriguez falls apart, yet moves closer to vesting an option that will be debilitating to the 2012 Mets. After the game, general manager Sandy Alderson makes a surprise visit to the press conference room to announce David Wright is doing so well in his rehab he will unexpectedly have to stay inactive for an additional three weeks.
• Collins tells Mike Sielski of The Wall Street Journal that you have to pick your spots with meetings. When is the proper time? "You feel that sense," Terry Collins said. "When things are going good, there's that energy. All of a sudden when they tie the game up, you walk out to the mound and you take a picture of it and the faces around you, you can see that look: 'Oh, here we go.' That's what I want to stop. … We're not going to have [meetings] often 'cause they'll end up turning you off. They'll get tired of hearing what you have to say."
• Sherman's second column notes it comes down to talent, not manager's tirades. "I am truly aware that my impact on the team is limited," Collins tells Sherman. "I have to keep the clubhouse upbeat and have their backs. But it is about them and I know that."
• In the Mets' last six home losses, they have held a lead in the seventh inning or later. That's a major league record. Read game stories from Friday's 6-3 setback in the Star-Ledger, Newsday, Daily News and Post.
• Dillon Gee attempts to go to 6-0 on Saturday night opposite Jair Jurrjens. If he does, he will match Jon Matlack's franchise rookie record to start a season. The Star-Ledger's Jeff Roberts contacted Matlack, who quipped: “Well, that s.o.b., wish him luck.” Matlack, by the way, won the 1972 NL Rookie of the Year Award.
• Ike Davis is idle for three more weeks in a boot, and is visiting teammates this weekend before returning to Port St. Lucie. Watch video of him discussing his status here. Read more in the Star-Ledger and Newsday.
• Chipper Jones weighs in on the Mets' potentially trading Jose Reyes or Wright. Jones, whose eighth-inning homer started the comeback, tells the Daily News: "David is certainly the cornerstone that you would like to build your organization around. Unfortunately they have two players that are very dynamic on the left side of the infield that you would like to build your team around. That's a very tough decision to make if you can only keep one as an organization. ... I don't know Jose as well, but I do know that when he's at the top of his game, he's the most dynamic leadoff hitter in the game. And he is also a guy that you would want to build your team on top of. It's something that they are going to have to weigh their options. But, off the top of my head, if you are asking me my opinion, I would want to build my team around David Wright."
• Daily News columnist John Harper predicts bright things are in store for Reyes-successor Ruben Tejada. Writes Harper: I think the kid will make an All-Star team or three before he's done.
BIRTHDAYS: Rick Wilkins, who was the final out of the 2000 NLCS, in which the Mets beat the Cardinals in five games, turns 44. He flied out to center field to complete a shutout win for Mike Hampton. Wilkins played five games for the 1998 Mets and had two hits in 15 at-bats. -Mark Simon