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NEW YORK -- Mets general manager Sandy Alderson had to hear the booing at Citi Field throughout a miserable homestand. Nike Hypervenomx Finale Street Tf . He took steps to begin fixing the problems Monday after a 5-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates, firing hitting coach Dave Hudgens and cutting reliever Jose Valverde. "This is a very difficult decision to make. Ive known Dave for many years, decades," Alderson said. "Our situational hitting is not where we want it to be." Minor league hitting co-ordinator Lamar Johnson will take over for Hudgens. The 63-year-old Johnson has been in this role with the Mets for 10 of his 11 years in the organization and is responsible for helping teach the organizations hitting philosophy throughout the minors. The Mets have tried to implement a plan of patience at the plate but the results have not shown. "Our hitting approach will not change appreciably," Alderson said. "Any time theres a new person, theres a new voice, a new take, a different interpretation both from a mechanical and an approach point of view." The 57-year-old Hudgens was in his fourth season as the Mets hitting coach. The Mets began the day with a .237 batting average, ranking among the worst in the majors. They have scored just 32 runs in losing nine of 12. "This is by no means Dave Hudgens fault. Not whatsoever," manager Terry Collins said. "Its about trying to get the execution better. Well see if change helps." The problems are more glaring with runners in scoring position: New York is 13 for 66 (.197) in that situation in the first seven games of a nine-game homestand after getting one hit in eight tries Monday. The Mets hit into five double plays Sunday in a 2-1 loss to Arizona in the first-game of a doubleheader. Daniel Murphy hit into one of the teams two double plays Monday, wiping out another hit by Jacob deGrom. "Theres frustration at the way were playing. Theres frustration with the way the offence is going and that Dave unfortunately bears the brunt of that," Murphy said. "It stinks." David Wright was unhappy that the popular coach lost his job over what he thinks is the players fault. "When you struggle the way weve struggled offensively, a finger, obviously, gets pointed. A lot of times that finger gets pointed unfairly," Wright said. Alderson said this was not to read as a warning to Collins. "I think this is in response to a specific situation," Alderson said. "Nothing else should be read into it by any means." The Mets have been revamping their bullpen, and Valverdes dismissal after allowing four runs while getting only two outs in the eighth and ninth innings is the next step. With new closer Jenrry Mejia unavailable after pitching both games of the doubleheader Sunday, Collins turned to Valverde. Valverde (1-1) was booed off the field after allowing pinch-hitter Jose Tabatas tying single in the eighth. He returned for the ninth and was even worse, yielding four runs overall. "Dont think for one second that theres not a guy in there that realizes that this is part of it. We just released one of the best professionals I ever been around in Jose Valverde," a fired-up Collins said. "You deal with it, and if you cant you dont belong in the game." With one out in the ninth, Valverde gave up a single to Neil Walker and walked Andrew McCutchen. Gary Sanchez, who homered off Scott Rice to open the eighth, then singled to left, scoring Walker. Juan Centeno couldnt handle Curtis Grandersons throw that bounced to the right of the plate and skittered past Valverde, who was backing up but way too close to the catcher. McCutchen scored on Grandersons error for a two-run lead. Valverde gave up four runs as the Pirates took the lead. The 36-year-old righty was 1-1 with a 5.66 ERA. Valverde joined the Mets this year after pitching for Detroit last season. He briefly was New Yorks closer before losing the job. Reporters were told Valverde had left the ballpark even though his street clothes remained in his locker. Right-hander Vic Black is being recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas to fill Valverdes spot. "Our bullpen will get better when our young pitchers emerge at the major league level," Alderson said. "Not only will we have better arms, but well have more flexibility." In the minors, top prospect Noah Syndergaard was placed on the disabled list, retroactive to May 22, because of a mild flexor-pronator strain in his right elbow. The flexor-pronator muscle is on the inside of the elbow, forearm area. The Mets said the Triple-A Las Vegas ace will be brought to New York for an exam. Syndergaard was acquired in a trade that sent 2012 Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey to Toronto. He is Baseball Americas No. 6 righty pitching prospect and is expected to make his big league debut this year. "Were very concerned about it, obviously, I dont know too many guys -- I shouldnt say that, I know a lot of guys who go to the doctor and its nothing. But I know some go to the doctor and its an issue," Collins said. "Anytime you go in and the word elbow shows up, especially when you throw as hard as he does, its a concern. NOTES: The Mets placed OF Eric Young Jr. on the DL because of a right hamstring strain. They recalled OF Matt den Dekker from Triple-A Las Vegas to take his place. ... Up Next: Pirates RHP Edinson Volquez (2-4) faces Mets LHP Jonathon Niese (3-3) on Tuesday night. Adidas Messi 16.3 FG/AG Mens Soccer Shoes Fluorescent Yellow/Blue . He could have transferred when academic sanctions barred the Huskies from the NCAA tournament his junior season. Mens Nike Hypervenom Phatal FG II Purple/Fluorescent Yellow High Top Soccer Shoes . Mickelson shot a 2-under 70 after opening with a 77 -- his worst score of the season -- on TPC San Antonios AT&T Oaks Course. Lefty was 11 strokes behind leader Steven Bowditch, the Australian who had a 67 to reach 8-under 136.Each week, TSN.ca takes a look at the top available players in fantasy football ahead of the weekly waiver deadline. Quarterbacks Colt McCoy, Washington Redskins (at Vikings) Last Week: 25/30, 299 yards, 1 INT McCoy should only be considered in Two-QB leagues and even then is a risky addition with Robert Griffin III potentially returning in Week 9, but the former third round pick had one of the most productive games of his career Monday night against the Cowboys. That could push RG3’s return date back two weeks when the Redskins return from their bye. Zach Mettenberger, Tennessee Titans (bye week) Last Week: 27/41, 299 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT Mettenberger’s middling QB2 numbers were inflated by garbage time stats, but it doesn’t matter when or how you get your points in fantasy football, and the Titans’ rookie QB figures to have plenty of garbage time to pad his stats moving forward. Mettenberger is still just an option in Two-QB leagues only. Running Backs Lorenzo Taliaferro, Baltimore Ravens (at Steelers) Last Week: 7 carries, 27 yards, 2 TDs; 2 receptions (3 targets), 42 yards Ravens’ backup running back Taliaferro has two things going for him in fantasy. He’s clearly the team’s choice in short yardage situations – and scored two touchdowns last week as a result of that – and is an option for Joe Flacco in the passing game. It’s kind of a weird combination, but one that could be worth a flyer for a desperate fantasy team. It’s slim pickings at RB on the waiver wire this late into the season and with no major injuries over the weekend, but if Jeremy Hill is available in your league he may be worth a look. Giovani Bernard didn’t finish the game this week for the Bengals and while his injury doesn’t appear serious, if he misses any games Hill should be in line for an opportunity to put up points. Wide Receivers Martavis Bryant, Pittsburgh Steelers (vs. Ravens) Last Week: 5 receptions (7 targets), 83 yards, 2 TDs The Steelers probably should have played Bryant much earlier in thhe year. Nike Youth Jr.Hypervenom Phinish II Soccer Shoes White TF. Finally playing the last two weeks, Bryant, a rookie, has averaged 15 points a week. Now, Ben Roethlisberger isn’t going to throw six touchdowns every week which means Bryant isn’t going to catch two touchdowns every week, but the fourth-rounder is averaging six targets a game and should be at least a flex candidate moving forward. Brandon LaFell, New England Patriots (vs. Broncos) Last Week: 11 receptions (11 targets), 124 yards, 1 TD A look at LaFell’s stat line over the past six weeks suggests he’s a better Week 11 play (after the Patriots’ bye) than Week 9, but maybe grab him now just in case. LaFell has put up huge games every other week, in between very mediocre performances. Jokes aside, LaFell is getting more and more play in a Patriots’ offence that has been strong since the ‘sky is falling’ warnings of a couple weeks ago. John Brown, Arizona Cardinals (at Cowboys) Last Week: 5 receptions (10 targets), 119 yards, 1 TD Brown had his first big game in four weeks and second of the season. The rookie is talented but still very inconsistent, so he’s a boom or bust pick moving forward that’s still probably more bust than boom. Brown’s 10 targets were a season high however, so there’s hope his down weeks aren’t quite as down moving forward. Another rookie receiver to keep an eye on is the Colts’ Donte Moncrief. It shouldn’t be long before Moncrief passes Hakeem Nicks on the depth chart and if that move coincides with Reggie Wayne’s injury, Moncrief could be in line for a big week. Tight Ends Tim Wright, New England Patriots (vs. Broncos) Last Week: 7 receptions (7 targets), 61 yards, 1 TD Wright isn’t the second tight end the Patriots once had, but every once in a while he shows signs that he could be. Last week was one of those times, as Wright secured his third touchdown of the game and second double digit point week. Wright is the best “backup” tight end in the league and better than a lot of starters. He’s still just a bye week fill-in however. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '  
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