After winning Sunday's rubber game against the Rangers, the Mets flew to Detroit on Sunday night and will spend an off-day in the Motor City. Or nearby, at least.
Terry Collins planned to travel 90 minutes away to visit his father, Bud, in Midland, Mich. The elder Collins turned 92 Saturday. Collins was also looking forward to Tuesday's series against the Tigers and catching up with Detroit manager Jim Leyland. Collins' first major league job was on Leyland's staff in Pittsburgh, and Collins wears No. 10 as a tribute to Leyland.
“I’ll have a lot of fun for the next three days,” Collins said. “Before the games start, for sure, on the field he’ll have a 1,000 stories and tease me about we should be in first place -- like he does every year. His team is, or is close to first, so we’ve got a challenge on our hands. That’s for sure.”
Monday's news reports:
• The Mets beat the Rangers, 8-5, as Dillon Gee survived a shaky appearance to improve to 8-1 and Jose Reyes produced four hits, including his MLB-high 14th triple. Read game stories in the Times, Newsday, Post, Daily News, Star-Ledger, Journal and Record.
• Brian Costa of The Wall Street Journal looks at whether the Yankees and Mets would entertain making a trade. The conclusion: It's more difficult, because no one wants the stigma of losing the deal. Ex-GM Jim Duquette, who did send Armando Benitez to the Bronx, recalls former Mets owner Nelson Doubleday all but ruling out swaps because he did not want to assist the Yankees in any respect. Sandy Alderson likened it to his dealings with the San Francisco Giants from across the bay in Oakland. Writes Costa:
During Alderson's 15-year tenure as general manager of the A's, he made three trades with the Giants, none more memorable than the one he made in 1988. In a swap of minor-league pitchers, Alderson sent Rod Beck to the Giants for Charlie Corbell. Beck went on to become an All-Star closer for the Giants. Corbell never made it to the majors. It would go down as one of Alderson's worst moves. "Everybody makes good trades, everybody makes bad trades," Alderson said. "But to the extent that you do it within a single market, the history, good or bad, stays with the franchise a little longer."
• Chris Capuano threw a between-starts bullpen session and pronounced himself fit for his next start, Wednesday at Detroit. Capuano had left his last start after six innings as a precaution with an abdominal issue, which was labeled cramping.
BIRTHDAY: Chris Woodward, a backup on the 2005 and 2006 teams, turns 35. Woodward had a penchant for big hits in his brief stint. The only two walk-off hits in his career came within a span of just more than a month, including a game-ending home run to beat the Padres and reliever Chris Hammond. The other, in a 9-8 win over the Nationals on Aug. 20, helped the Mets save face after blowing an 8-0 lead for Pedro Martinez. -Mark Simon