Despite persistent trade rumors, the New York Mets are beginning August with the same roster they had on the last day of July.
The Mets will look to bounce back from a frustrating road trip when they open a three-game series with the Milwaukee Brewers.
Rumored to be involved in talks for a number of big-name players as Sunday’s non-waiver trade deadline approached, the Mets instead opted to stand pat and take their chances as currently constituted.
“The important thing is to get better with the guys we have,” general manager Omar Minaya said. “I think that we are equipped to do that. Things can change pretty fast and we haven’t had too many good weeks yet.”
No one seemed more pleased with that decision than Mike Cameron, who went 0-for-4 in Saturday’s 2-0 loss to Houston after admitting before the game that he hadn’t slept because he was getting so many calls as word spread that he might be traded. He went 3-for-5 with an RBI and two runs in the Mets’ 9-4 win on Sunday, including two hits after the deadline passed.
“We just decided that we were going to have to go out there and take it,” Cameron said. “We faced a tough pitcher and we fought it out and came back and figured out how to win it.”
The Mets got a season-high 17 hits Sunday and scored five runs in the final two innings after scoring just four in the previous three games. The win gave New York a 2-5 record to end its trip and left it one game above .500.
The Mets are in last place in the NL East, 7 1/2 games behind first-place Atlanta. However, they trail Houston by just four games in the race for the wild card.
“I’m ready to go into the rest of the season with the guys I have,” manager Willie Randolph said. “I’m not thinking about what we don’t have.”
The Brewers beat San Francisco 5-1 on Sunday for their second straight win following a three-game losing streak. Damian Miller homered for Milwaukee, which scored four runs in the sixth on one hit, three walks and three hit batsmen.
The Brewers went 16-12 in July, their first winning month since July 2004 and their best record in July since 1997.