NEW YORK -- David Wright was ejected for arguing balls and strikes in the ninth inning Sunday, sparking a chain of events that nearly forced the Mets to use Jonathon Niese in left field and Jason Bay at third base.
After taking a called third strike from Giants closer Brian Wilson for his fourth strikeout -- and second called strikeout -- of the game, Wright whirled on his heel and immediately began arguing with home-plate umpire Paul Schrieber, who promptly ejected him.
"It was a disagreement" was Wright's only comment.
Wright has now struck out in eight consecutive at-bats dating back to the eighth inning Friday, with two walks and a sacrifice fly -- not considered official times at bat -- during that span.
"There's some frustration, I'm sure, but that's all part of the fight," Mets manager Jerry Manuel said. "I don't think he would have done that knowing all the things that surrounded it. But that's just part of the fight sometimes. We lose our cool."
Manuel was referencing the fact that had the Mets tied the game in the ninth, they would have had no position players left on the roster to replace Wright. Though Manuel said he didn't know what he would have done in that situation, several players revealed that Manuel already had a contingency plan in place.
Had the Mets forced a 10th inning, Bay -- a college third baseman -- would have moved to third and starting pitcher Jonathan Niese would have played left field.
Niese, who last played the outfield in high school, said Manuel told him to get ready to enter the field for the 10th.
"So I was getting ready," Niese said.
Bay, who played third base for Gonzaga, might not have been the only option, however. Center fielder Angel Pagan, who played shortstop regularly as a teenager, said he was considering offering up his services at third.
"I can still do it a little bit," Pagan said. "If they put me in there, I would have tried to do the best I could. I'd knock the balls down with my chest or something."