Mets Drop Two of Three Along with One of Their Starters on Their Way to the Bronx

June 12, 2009

Mets manager Jerry Manuel outwardly expressed last night after the Mets lost their second straight game in extra innings to the NL East-leading Philadelphia Phillies that his team is hoping to stay afloat until key players return to the Mets starting lineup. However, as the Mets patiently paddle along unchartered waters, other holes continue to spring up forcing a possible situation into nothing more than a desperate leap of faith. Along with dropping two of three to the Phillies, the Metropolitans will be heading up to the Bronx this weekend to take on their cross-town rivals, the Yankees, without one of their starting pitchers. Right-hander John Maine was placed on the 15-day disabled list following the game last night with what is being described as “shoulder fatigue.”

“Right now we’re going to hope that John Maine won’t be out for a long time,” Mets GM Omar Minaya said.

Up until now, Manuel was able to rely on the strong performances of his starting pitching to weather the storm. Before Maine’s latest setback, it was viewed as the one positive in a sea of negatives. Not only will the Mets have to decide on who will be pitching for them on Saturday evening but eventually they will have to answer the question as to who will be the one to pull in that anchor and complement, David Wright and Carlos Beltran.

“With the way we’re built right now offensively, we have to have more than two guys swinging the bat,” Manuel said.

The Mets will be heading into this weekend’s series with the hope that tonight’s starter, right-hander Livan Hernandez, will continue to pitch strongly and help his team turn the tides.

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