Pregame: .500, Duda, Beato, Izzy, Bay

Terry Collins, despite it being inevitable in recent days, was disappointed by the Mets suffering loss No. 82 on Wednesday night, clinching a losing season.

"Because it's going to take away from the way this team played for the most part of the summer," Collins explained. "One thing about our game, that is: A lot of times memories are pretty short. It's a game of, 'What did you do for me today?' The way things have gone here, obviously the last homestand, and we go on the road and beat the Braves twice and then here we've got two chances to win the games here and don't win them, you look up and all of a sudden the last month of the season is not very impressive looking record-wise. And it takes away from what this team has accomplished all year long dealing with the adversity we dealt with."

Lucas Duda

Lucas Duda

#21 1B
New York Mets

2011 STATS

  • GM100
  • HR10

  • RBI50

  • R38

  • OBP.370

  • AVG.292

CLEAR THINKING: Lucas Duda said he felt fine a day after leaving Wednesday's game with dizziness, which was induced by hitting the right-field wall pursuing a fly ball. He was held out of Thursday's matinee lineup as a precaution until it's furter clear Duda did not suffer a concussion.

HOPEFUL: Jason Isringhausen still hopes to pitch in a game during the final homestand. Isringhausen threw off a bullpen mound Wednesday. However, Collins said he will not use Izzy in a game if residual numbness remains in the reliever's right leg from a herniated disc.

ARM WEARY: Collins said he will have to use Pedro Beato down the stretch, even if the rookie reliever admittedly is out of gas. "We're running out of bullets," Collins said, referring to a lack of other available arms. Collins said he was "disappointed" Beato citing fatigue as a reason for his diminished velocity. The manager previously has recommended for Beato to throw less on the side between appearances, but Collins spotted Beato throwing off a bullpen mound to try to keep sharp during the eighth inning Tuesday, in a game Beato went unused.

"A lot of times the peer pressure that you deal with on a daily basis, especially when you're a rookie, kind of takes over what you're being told," Collins said. "We've told him all along, 'You've got to back off the throwing. You've only got so many bullets.' So he sees the veteran guys, Izzy and all those other guys, doing their daily throwing programs. So he thinks he's got to do it. ... That's not true. Everybody is an individual. You've got to do what's best for you."

SICK BAY: Jason Bay, who missed all three starts against the Cardinals, hopes to return to the starting lineup Friday against the Phillies, although he remains ill.