Ruben Tejada has proven to be an excellent hitter with two strikes (Carig, Newsday).
Bobby Parnell is the team’s closer of the future, and the present (Ackert, Daily News).
Terry Collins isn’t concerned about Shaun Marcum (Castillo, Star Ledger).
The Mets win when they score five runs in a game (Kerwick, Bergen Record).
Michael Baron, ContributorAs Kerwick points out, the Mets are scoring 4.93 runs per game, but are allowing 4.78 runs per game. Kerwick cites the bullpen needing to improve to afford the Mets an opportunity to win lower-scoring games, and that is true. But as I’ve said over and over again, the Mets are basically asking the bullpen to pitch more than four innings three out of every five days, and it’s a lot to ask any bullpen to succeed under such conditions. As such, the Mets need longer outings from pitchers not named Jon Niese and Matt Harvey so to shorten the game for the bullpen and allow Terry Collins to play late-game matchups better. That will help limit the damage late in games and allow the arms in the bullpen to better pitch to their strengths.
John Buck’s bat kept the Mets afloat in April (Puma, NY Post).
The Mets are unsure what to make of Jordany Valdespin (Carig, Newsday).
The Yankees and Mets are heading in opposite directions (Madden, Daily News).
Scott Rice is giving the Mets his all (Kerwick, Bergen Record).
There is still a strong bond between Wally Backman and Howard Johnson (Dewey, Las Vegas Review-Journal).