General manager Omar Minaya changed his itinerary and planned to accompany the Mets on their trip from Florida to Atlanta, but a team official insisted that was nothing more than to lend support in the midst of a five-game losing streak. The official added that Minaya may not even stay in Atlanta long.
The Mets open a two-game series against the Braves on Monday, before heading to Washington for two games as well.
WRIGHT STUFF: David Wright ought to have been charged with two errors in Florida’s six-run third inning Sunday, if not for a generous official scorer. The more egregious play came when Jon Niese fielded Cody Ross’ leadoff bunt and fired to Wright. The third baseman completely missed the ball. Wright said he “possibly” may have been looking up to see if he could turn a double play, but that was no excuse.
Wright also failed to backhand a grounder from Ross when the Marlins batted around in the inning, although that was generously scored a double.
“I missed it,” Wright said of the throw from Niese. “It’s one of those where you’ve got to get that out and you can’t get greedy.”
CAGED ANIMAL: Chris Carter went 1-for-3 in his first start in right field as a Met. He was replaced by Jeff Francoeur when Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez inserted left-hander Dan Meyer in the seventh inning.
JUNIOR: Gary Matthews went 2-for-2 off the bench and picked up his first RBI as a Met. That raised his season average to .184.
BAY WATCH: Jason Bay extended his hitting streak to 10 games, during which he’s hitting .375 (15-for-40). Still, Bay doesn’t feel like he’s clicking on all cylinders.
“Obviously you’re getting hits. You can’t really tell people you’re not comfortable,” said Bay, who went 2-for-5, including his team-leading fourth triple. “I feel a lot better than I did. I still don’t feel like I’m in a really good spot.”
DPs: Jerry Manuel wasn’t overly concerned about the Mets running into two double plays on the bases. When Jose Reyes was doubled off first base in the first inning on Alex Cora’s out to left field, the manager noted, Reyes was running on a hit-and-run. An inning later, it was the pitcher, Niese, who was doubled off first base on Reyes’ lineout to second base.
HISTORY LESSON: The Mets suffered their first four-game sweep since June 5-8, 2008 at San Diego’s Petco Park, which included three straight 2-1 defeats. Their current five-game losing streak is their longest this season.
“I don’t think we’re in as big a trouble as it appears the way we’re playing,” Manuel said. “I think we’re better than what we’re doing.”