Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Mets Morning News: Capuano's Mind Games, GM's Hands Aren't Tied, &Collins

Brian Costa of the Wall Street Journal has an interesting piece on visualization, and how Chris Capuano uses mental imagery to visualize himself on the mound in a future game.
"Capuano was standing alone on the mound at Turner Field early one afternoon last week, on a sweltering day in Atlanta. There wasn't another player, coach or even a groundskeeper in sight, the only suitable environment for his clandestine habit. "It's easier when it's quiet," he [Capuano] said. "I probably look like an idiot out there."

The Mets left-hander hadn't lost his mind. To the contrary, he was preparing for his next start with a unique form of mental imagery. By going through the motions of throwing off a mound, fielding a bunt and covering first base, Capuano was visualizing himself succeeding in a game that hadn't yet been played."
According to the NY Post, If the Mets can stay competitive in the next few weeks, Sandy Alderson's hands won't be tied when it comes to adding players. Mets COO Jeff Wilpon stated:
"He'll have all the opportunity in the world to bring anybody he wants in. The way for him to do that is to bring the ideas to us and we'll talk about it. But he does not have restrictions. We'll deal with everything on a case-by-case basis."
When Terry Collins agreed to be the new Mets manager this past off-season, he couldn't have foreseen the injuries and trade talk, but he's taking it all in stride. Steve Popper of The Record writes:
"He didn't think he'd be without two of his best players for most of the season, or that his best pitcher would be stuck rehabilitating in Port St. Lucie, Fla. He didn't think more of his best talent would be dangling on the trading block and ownership would be hanging on by a thread."
Ah, Terry. Welcome to the Mets. Get used to it.

Johan Santana has resumed throwing after he stopped in the beginning of June due to soreness in his surgically repaired left shoulder. According to one official:
"He's not going to mess around. If he feels something, he's going to take it slow."

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