Mets morning briefing 8.1.11

Despite a game-tying two-out homer in the ninth from Scott Hairston, his second long ball off the bench in the game, the Mets lost to the Nationals, 3-2. The Mets finished their road trip to Florida, Cincinnati and D.C. with a 6-4 record. That included a four-game sweep against Cincinnati, which then went on to sweep Carlos Beltran's San Francisco Giants.

“It could have been better,” David Wright said. “Six and four, I guess, at the beginning of the trip we would have taken that. But the way that it happened, I think, it should have been better. With the kind of baseball we were playing in the middle there, I think we very easily could have taken two out of three in Miami. This was a tough one to swallow (Sunday)."

The Mets now return home to face the Marlins. Read the series preview here.

Monday's news reports:

• The Mets made no additional moves at the trading deadline. Terry Collins said players such as Hairston might have been on the block if there were capable and healthy Triple-A players, but that's not the case. Read more in the Record and Post.

• Pitching coach Dan Warthen thought Jon Niese "just ran out of gas" when he allowed three doubles to open the sixth inning. "All those pitches were bad," Warthen told Andy McCullough in the Star-Ledger.

Bobby Parnell was tagged with the loss in the bottom of the ninth. Read game stories in the Star-Ledger, Newsday and Daily News. Watch Hairston video here.

Mike Pelfrey pitched the Mets to a win in Cincinnati the day Beltran was traded. And he feels like his signature sinker is back, according to columnist John Harper in the Daily News. Pelfrey tells Harper that as he worked to perfect secondary pitches, his arm slot got higher and that affected his two-seam fastball's typical downward bite. Writes Harper:

Pelfrey seems to be feel reborn after his last start, when he seemed to use the Beltran trade that day to fuel his complete-game victory over the Reds, which raised his record to 5-9. "It started with Dan (Warthen) saying to me as I was warming up, 'Hey, why don't you go out there and throw 100 fastballs,'" Pelfrey said Sunday. "That's what I used to do. So I took that attitude out to the mound, and for the first time in two years, maybe, I thought my sinker was really good, like it used to be."

• Read more from Pelfrey from Dan Martin in the Post.

David Waldstein in the Times reveals Francisco Rodriguez went to Terry Collins a few weeks before the trade to Milwaukee and said he wanted to get rid of his vesting option. Perhaps unbelievably, K-Rod -- in addition to wanting a big new contract and not that $17.5 million vesting option -- thought the Mets were using him less frequently than normal in order to avoid having that option kick in anyway, according to Waldstein. Collins referred K-Rod to Sandy Alderson, since contracts aren't the manager's department. Alderson told other teams K-Rod was willing to get rid of the option, and hustled to trade him once the switch to Scott Boras happened, before Boras could realize the 10-team no-trade clause had never been properly filed, according to the report.

• The Post's Mike Puma labels Daniel Murphy the Mets' MVP and Angel Pagan the least valuable. Puma also says Lucas Duda is on the hot seat after the trade of Beltran.

BIRTHDAYS: Gregg Jefferies turns 44. ... Former reliever Brian Bohanon turns 43.