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1495 Sports News and Notes from a rained out day at Citi Field

Citi Field. Photo by: Stacy Podelski

The New York Mets (8-6) will have to wait to conclude their series with the San Francisco Giants (7-7) as inclement weather has hit the New York City area. The team has announced that there will be a single-admission doubleheader on Monday April 23, starting at 4:10 p.m.

For fans having tickets marked for that day, will be allowed to see both games, meanwhile for fans that have tickets to the game today will have to exchange those stubs at the Citi Field Ticket Windows for admission into the game.

The franchise was supposed to have the Tom Seaver Bobblehead giveaway today, but that will be rescheduled for May 5th and the Mr. Met Dash has been rescheduled for May 6th.

1495 Sports was at Citi Field through the Examiner.com site and is proud to bring these news, notes and quotes from the team.

The Mets recorded their second walk-off win of the year in the 5-4 victory over the Giants on Saturday.   New York was able to snap their season-high three game losing streak, while recording their third come-from-behind victory of the season.

Double Trouble: Shortstop Ruben Tejada collected his seventh double of the year in yesterday’s game. Tejada is tied for the National League lead and is tied for second in the Majors with his seven doubles.

Mets-milestone: David Wright moved into sole possession of sixth place on the club’s all-time games played list yesterday with his 1,117th game, one ahead of Mookie WilsonHoward Johnson is in fifth place with 1,154 games played.

Starter Mike Pelfrey had a pre-game chat with the New York media about Ex-Met Philip Humber’s perfect game.

On the feat itself the righty had this to say:

“It is pretty impressive, you are happy for him. I know last year he came on and had a great year and I think he is going to be on his way to another one.”

On if he saw any of the game:

“I saw an inning on the TV – from what I knew in the minor leagues he was throwing 88, but when I saw him yesterday he was throwing 91 and the ball was coming out of his hand again. He also has that little cutter and slider that he has been throwing, he looked great and that is good for him.”

Is it strange to have someone he knows accomplish the feat:

“No, obviously you are happy for him, if you threw a perfect game in High School that is impressive let alone to be able to do it at this level. You look at him and you know that he has great stuff-especially now that his velocity is back up and good for him-he is a guy that you expect great things from.”

Thinking about the emotions he must be going through:

“Yeah, I could tell in his interview afterward that he was pretty humble. He was giving credit to his teammates and that is the kind of guy that he is. I know after the game he didn’t think he was dominant, but when you can retire 27 that is pretty dominant. He is obviously pretty humble and pretty thankful so that is pretty good to see and it is pretty special to be able to do that.”

On his relationship in Humber in the minor leagues:

“It was good, he was coming back from Tommy John so I never saw him before, and I think he learned how to pitch thanks to the surgery. He started to develop a change-up, he pitched great in Triple-A when I was here. Now that the velocity is back with his other pitches he is going to have a good year and going to have a great career.”

On pitching a perfect game:

“You need a lot of luck is involved it is not easy-obviously I think one day it is going to happen. I can’t tell you when it is going to happen. It has happened to almost every other team and it is going to happen eventually for us.”

Any surprise that it happened so early in the season:

“Usually guys command wise aren’t totally where they want to be yet and pitch count are always a factor. I think he only threw 80 pitches or something so he was pretty efficient and around the plate-he has great stuff. So seeing that he was able to pitch a perfect game was not a surprise.”

The last inning:

“I saw the highlights and he was nasty, they only hit one or two hard balls but the guys made the plays for him.”

Mets manager Terry Collins also chatted with the media on a variety of subjects.

On Frank Francisco is the knee a concern still. Francisco has been struggling as of late for New York, including only retiring one of the four batters he faced in the ninth inning in yesterday’s game:

“He said that it is not, I talked to him this morning, yesterday was just one of those days. He is still the closer here and he will be ready to pitch when we throw him back out there.”

New York made miscues in yesterday’s game and Collins spoke about how the team needs to do the little things to get positive results:

“We have talked about it enough from the first day of Spring Training on that we have to do the little things to win games. When you look at the games where we have had problems it was because we didn’t make a play that we should have. We have got to do the little things right.”

On giving a boost to a veteran like Francisco after a tough game:

“Everyone wants to hear something positive in my mind-that is the way that I feel. I talked to him this morning and I told him to hang in there. He is disappointed, he is mad at me because I took him out, which is a common thing that happens- I certainly don’t blame him if I was in his shoes I’d be mad too.”

On giving a boost to the younger guys like Kirk Nieuwenhuis who had moments both good and bad in yesterday’s game:

“He is a young guy, he is learning-to be honest he was in the right spot; he had a long way to go. I think he didn’t know if he was going to get there and when he did he was going too hard it is all about a learning process.”

On if is good to see the other starters stepping up while Santana finds his form on the hill:

“Without a question, when I look at this team-this time last year we were struggling. Our starters have put us in a good position; I still believe Johan has a lot to do with that. We put guys in positions where they feel comfortable and the result is they pitch very well. As we go down the road Johan is going to be a big part of our success, these guys feed off each other,” Collins continued by saying. “I thought this was really cool we had Johan and R.A. throwing a side session and Gee and Pelfrey were watching and I think that says a lot. It to me shows how well these guys get along.”

On the Bobby Valentine situation and the Boston Red Sox struggles:

“What Bobby V. is going through I don’t wish it on any manager certainly. He is a friend of mine and he will do a good job up there. They are off to a rough start, but they are an organization that will right the ship-there is no doubt in my mind.”

The doubleheader on Monday will feature Mets starter Miguel Batista taking on Cy Young Award recipient Tim Lincecum.  For Batista the righty was able to record his last victory on September 28, 2011 versus Cincinnati.

Lincecum meanwhile has always fared well against New York, as the righty has a 3-1 record with a 2.87 ERA in seven career starts. The Mets own their first three games against the Giants-starter, but San Francisco has now won the last four meetings dating back to May 9, 2010.

Congrats R.A.: The Mets announced on their official twitter page @Mets that starter R.A. Dickey’s book “Wherever I Wind Up My Search for Truth Authenticity and the Perfect Knuckleball” has landed on the New York Times Bestsellers list. R.A. will be autographing copies of his book at the Barnes and Nobles in Fresh Meadows at 6:00 p.m. today.

Fans can click on the link below for more information on the event:

http://store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/store/2151

Seen on the Examiner.com site on 4/22/12 seen below:

http://www.examiner.com/article/examiner-com-news-and-notes-from-a-rained-out-day-at-citi-field-4-22-12

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