Here’s a few more tidbits from tonight’s series’ opener with the Cubs:
â€” Jon Niese isn’t guaranteed another start Saturday. “I haven’t gotten that far yet,” Jerry Manuel said. The only other options are Nelson Figueroa and Brandon Knight.
â€” Sunday’s ceremony will be after the game. One of the former players expected to attend is the great Willie Mays. The Mets will announce the full lineup of attendees later this week.
â€” Damion Easley (quad) is strictly a pinch-hitter now. He showed pain in his at-bat tonight and wouldn’t be of service in the field.
â€” David Wright has reached 120 RBI, tying Robin Ventura for the second-most in a single season. The club record holder is Mike Piazza with 124.
â€” Check this out: The Mets became the first team since the Cubs in 1977 to allow two grand slams to pitchers in the same year. To put that into proper perspective, I hadn’t even been born yet. Neither had the aforementioned Niese or Wright. … For those who don’t remember the other grand slam, it was hit by King Felix Hernandez on June 23 off Johan Santana.
â€” Want a glimmer of hope? Santana is 7-0 in his last seven decisions. The Mets are 11-3 in Santana’s last 14 starts.