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Continued gaffes not helping Randolph's cause

8833097_6_2.jpg by Ken Rosenthal


Even on a night when the Mets won, manager Willie Randolph lost.

Randolph made two more decisions Wednesday night that drew scrutiny from Mets management, according to major-league sources.

The decision on whether to fire Randolph rests with general manager Omar Minaya, and his status has become almost day-to-day, sources say.

The Mets chose to retain Randolph during a meeting on May 26 in which he met with Minaya, owner Fred Wilpon and his son, Jeff, the team's chief operating officer.

Since then, the team is 8-8, and it had lost five straight games before defeating the Diamondbacks 5-3 on Carlos Beltran's two-run walk-off homer in the 13th inning Wednesday night.

The Mets had taken a 3-0 lead into the ninth, but the Diamondbacks tied the score on a three-run homer by Mark Reynolds off closer Billy Wagner on a 3-2 count with two outs.

For Randolph, that was the fateful inning.

First, he allowed second-year right-hander Mike Pelfrey to start the ninth after Pelfrey had thrown 110 pitches.

Then, after a leadoff single by Stephen Drew, Randolph summoned Wagner, even though statistics suggest that Wagner is far better starting an inning than when summoned in the middle.

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