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Note: Reese Havens & Duda join AFL Roster

OF Lucas Duda and SS Reese Havens will join 1B Ike Davis, RHP Jenrry Mejia, SS Ruben Tejada, RHP Scott Moviel, LHP Eric Niesen and RHP Josh Stinson as Mets representatives in the Arizona Fall League this season.

Havens, who made 21 errors in 97 games at shortstop, hit .247 with a .361 OBP in 97 games with Single-A St. Lucie, where he finished sixth in the Florida State League with 14 home runs.

…when he was drafted, there was talk among people who follow the minor leagues that havens might eventually switch to catcher or second base… but, so far, he has stayed at shortstop… if and when he switches to second, he will immediately become their top prospect at that position, i would think

To learn why Duda may have been chosen to play over OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis, who hit .406 with one home run in eight quick games at Double-A, check out Toby Hyde’s post on Mets Minor League Blog.

Vote: Final Grade for Mike Pelfrey

Mike Pelfrey will not pitch again this season, according to Jerry Manuel, who told reporters yesterday the pitcher will now have time to reflect on the season, “what was good and what he went through.”

i think this is one of the seasons for pelfrey, in which he might have taken one step back so he can take two steps forward

Pelfrey ends the season 10–12 with a 5.03 ERA, compared to going 13–11 with a 3.72 ERA last season.

Pelfrey and Jon Niese were on a pre-season list of red-flagged pitchers by Tom Verducci of SI.com, who said both pitchers could be prone to a poor season in 2009 due to the number of innings pitched in 2008, a.k.a. ‘The Year-After Effect.’

that said, he was pitching in front of a terrible, ever-changing, often-out-of-place defense… also, he seemed to get more ground balls than in previous seasons, and that is important for him to be effective… the problem was his walks, and putting himself in a position to fail, which is something no pitcher should do with that sort of defense behind him… i mean, because he was striking out more batters and getting more ground balls than in previous season, had he had a better defense up the middle, i.e., Jose Reyes, Carlos Beltran and anyone better than Luis Castillo, i bet he would have allowed less runs and put up much better stats

i still believe in pelfrey, who is under contract and not eligible to be a free agent until after 2012… if he learns to stop getting in to fights with himself on the mound, if he can learn to command his fastball better, keep getting ground balls, and learn to feel his way through an at bat, i.e., know how to pitch front to back, not just what pitch to throw; i think he’ll be fine… next season is huge for mike, since he now has 80 career starts – meaning the time to turn the corner is quickly approaching, if it isn’t here already… this season’s perceived hiccup is understandable… but, it’s time for him to get it together…

…have a good off season, mike… happy thinking

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…i will posting other players to vote on throughout the day

Read: Heads are Likely to Roll

In a report for Newsday, David Lennon writes, “The Mets decision-makers have been meeting regularly for the past six weeks in an effort to sort out what went wrong this season.”

umm, are you sure six weeks is enough time, guys…

…here, let me take a crack at it: everyone on your team got hurt, your GM struggles with foresight, you have one reliable starting pitcher, and your players are soft

According to Lennon, “The only thing they know is that the task is far from finished and more heads are likely to roll.”

…i bet the beginning of the end for Razor Shines started the day he flaunted his Phillies World Championship Ring in the Mets clubhouse towards the end of spring training

i can argue that every coach on the staff should be fired, but it’s also difficult to be honest in that criticism when you consider who they were being asked to coach, due to all of the injuries… but, that is not the point… if the Mets want to change the culture and attitude around their ballclub, they need to ditch these guys and bring in a new crew… and, that may need to include Jerry Manuel, as well

For details on planned meetings between Omar Minaya, ownership and Jerry Manuel, and when they’ll occur, read Lennon’s report in Newsday, here.

Note: Castillo can Hit, but is Struggling in the Field

Last night, in the eighth inning, with a runner at first base and one out, Sean Green induced a ground ball to shortstop, but Anderson Hernandez missed Luis Castillo covering second base and so both runners were safe.

The next batter hit a ground ball, which Hernandez grabbed with a diving stop, he flipped to Castillo for one out, who then threw the ball wide of first base, allowing the go-ahead run to score.

…i realize castillo is hitting .309, and he’s worked hard to play in 139 games, and he’s a great story, etc., but he has looked terrible on defense this season… he has made weak and wide throws on several on too many occasions this season – and, most important, his range seems to get more narrow and more narrow with every day that passes… he is also out of position at times, leaving him unable to even attempt at getting ground balls in the hole between him and Daniel Murphy… and that’s the thing, i could accept his weak defense if not for the rookie standing to his left, who is working to learn a new position

Castillo will earn $6 million next season, and $6 million in 2011, after which he will be a free agent.

Jon Heyman of SI.com believes the Mets might try to trade Castillo this winter, ‘and take a look at Orlando Hudson.’

…from what i recall, hudson wanted to be on the Mets or Yankees last season, and waited quite a while to see if one of the two teams would create a spot for him… instead, the Mets stuck with castillo, though they did consider ways to bring hudson in the fold…

…i believe hudson fits in better with what the Mets should be trying to do, in terms of his specific talent and type of leadership… we are going to hear his name in the rumor mill a lot this winter however, i hope the Mets do not make the same mistake with him that they made with castillo, giving him a long-term, unmovable contract, as hudson looks to be slowing down in his career as well

I'm Reading: about Cheating on the Mets; Cubs; & Callus

For more on last night’s loss to the Nationals, read Brooklyn Met Fan, Mets Today, Amazin Avenue and Mets Fans Forever.

Michael Ganci of the Daily Stache reminds Mets fans that things could be worse, we could be Cubs fans.

Jason Fry of Faith and Fear in Flushing has had enough baseball for 2009, writing, “I just want the embarrassment and anger to be taken away until I’ve built up six months of desperately needed emotional callus.”

Lastly, Coop of My Summer Family is cheating on the Mets with the Angels.

Post Game: Nationals 4, Mets 3

The Mets lost to the Nationals by the score of 4-3 in Washington D.C. tonight.

For a full recap and box score, click here.

The Least You Should Know:

Mike Pelfrey was handed a 3-0 lead, he retired the first seven batters he faced, but had to wiggle out of minor trouble in the third inning.  Pelfrey ran into real trouble in the fifth inning when he allowed a two run home run to Ian Desmond and then Ryan Zimmerman singled in Willie Harris and Elijah Dukes to tie the game for the Nationals.

The Mets had a chance in the eighth inning when they loaded the bases with nobody out, but Brian Schneider popped up for the first out, and then Jeremy Reed lined into an inning ending double play.

Of course the Mets paid for their inefficiencies at the plate in the bottom of the eighth, thanks to a comedy of errors by their middle infielders, starting with a poor flip by Anderson Hernandez to Luis Castillo on a routine double play ground ball, and ending with an air-mailed throw by Castillo to first base that scored Justin Maxwell for the go-ahead run.

Elijah Dukes made a spectacular catch to end the game for the Nationals on a missile hit by David Wright with Angel Pagan on with two outs.

Other Observations and Notes:

The Mets find very creative ways to lose games, but it always seems to come down to a lack of fundamentals…tonight being a prime example of that.

The Mets once again had a ton of base runners, but managed to end their own threats with poor situational hitting and bad luck.

I thought Anderson Hernandez was supposed to be a defensive oriented player – but the error on the routine double play in the eighth inning makes me wonder about his usefulness.

This was definitely one of Pelfrey’s better performances this year despite not earning the victory – he had good action on his sinker when he was pitching out of the windup, and outside of a rough fifth inning, mainly scattered hits before coming out of the game.

I am waiting for Pedro Feliciano to make a pitch, and have his arm fall off – this guy pitches every day and he has been splendid all year.

Up Next:

The Mets will end the road portion of their schedule tomorrow afternoon at 4:35 pm with the conclusion of their series against the Nationals, with Tim Redding facing John Lannan.