Saturday, April 17, 2004

Reality Starting to Set In

Pirates 2 Mets 1

W-Meadows (1-0)
L-Trachsel (1-2)
S-Mesa (6)

I think for all Mets fans, a cold hard reality is beginning to set in. Without Reyes and Floyd, this team is going to struggle for runs. A very good pitching performance by Steve Trachsel was wasted today, as the Mets managed just 4 hits. The top 5 hitters in the order, accounted for none of those hits. After hot starts, Mike Piazza, Kaz Matsui and Mike Cameron have cooled down a bit, Piazza much more so than Matsui and Cameron.

The Mets had a chance to tie the game in the eighth, but pinch hitter Eric Valent was quicky disposed of. I had a problem with this. I dont see the point in pinch hitting Valent when Jason Phillips was sitting on the bench. To not get him in at bat in a one run game is pretty stupid. I guess it's just the product of having a bad manager.

Losing 2 out of 3 to the Pirates is never a good thing, to get swept is worse. We need a good outing from Jae Seo to get the record back to 500 tomorrow. If that happens and we can split against Montreal, I will feel good with Reyes hopefully coming back against Chicago and perhaps Floyd soon after.

Mets Record 5-6.
Some more Sane thought on last nights Ballgame

Last night I was pissed, real pissed. After sleeping off the anger I now can think clearly on the game. I got a few comments from 2 readers and they both brought up good points.

Point #1-According to the newspapers and FAN Glavine did have shoulder stiffness.

Now I could get into conspiracy theory here but I wont. I'll give Glavine the benefit of the doubt and assume he did have some stiffness. Now Glavine is a big boy, and I'm sure he could've gone out there again, but if you want to play it safe I can understand. So I will give Howe and Peterson a pass on that one.

Point #2-The real problem last night was the bullpen.

A very good point. Belieive it or not, I am one of the few who believed that this team is good enough to win the division. Last night may have changed that opinion. I still like Orber, so I'll give him a pass, and Weathers is usually ok....but Stanton. Stanton really wasnt hit hard last night, but in baseball that really doesnt matter if you give up runs. Stanton has not been good snce we signed him and he cannot be looked upon as a late inning option in a close game. I'd rather see Franco in there.

So in conclusion, my opinion on Howe is not going to change. He is an awful, awful manager. Deep down I believe that Glavine is covering for Art, but i'll never know that. So for now, Art lives another day.

News and Notes

Stadium News:

After more than two years in limbo, there is hope once again for a new stadium for the Mets. Principal owner Fred Wilpon said yesterday the club has meetings scheduled with government officials and developers to resume the early planning stages that were cut short after Sept. 11, 2001.

"It's been dormant for a while," Wilpon said before last night's 7-6 loss to the Pirates. "But it's picked up a little since Opening Day and there will be some more meetings in the next couple of weeks."


"If there's any finger-pointing, point it right here at me," Peterson said after the game. "The buck stops here. I'm the pitching coach and I'll take responsibility."

He told Peterson after the seventh, "I've probably got one more inning in me." But Peterson advised Glavine not to push it. The game-time temperature was 62 degrees, but it was cooler by the eighth inning, and Peterson also took into account that it was only Glavine's third start and his arm strength isn't what it will be in a couple of weeks.
Minor League Report

For Games played 4/16


Final Score: Norfolk 10, Louisville 9 (10)

Rodney Nye doubled home Danny Garcia followed by a Wilson Delgado RBI single, as the Norfolk Tides put up two in the top of the tenth to outlast the Louisville Bats 10-9.

Victor Diaz went 3-for-4 with a homer and four RBI for the Tides. Mike Jacobs and Craig Brazell also homered and knocked in two in the win. Brazell's homer was his fourth, tying him for the league lead.

Jose Parra (1-0) got the win for Norfolk, allowing a run on two hits in one inning. P.J. Bevis notched his first save, allowing one run and two walks in an inning of work.


Final Score: Binghamton 6, Portland 3

The Mets picked up their runs in the seventh on an RBI triple by Wayne Lydon, followed by an RBI double by Ron Acuna. Acuna would then score on an error by Sea Dogs catcher Edgar Martinez.

Tim Lavigne (1-1) picked up the win, throwing 3 innings of scoreless, hitless ball. Lavigne struck out two. Kole Strayhorn picked up his second save of the season, pitching a perfect ninth.

Binghamton improved to 7-2 on the season.

St Lucie:

The Daytona Cubs came from behind with three runs in each of the last three innings to defeat the St. Lucie Mets 8-7 and end the Mets six game winning streak.

Scott Kazmir made his second start of the year lasting just four innings and surrendering five earned runs.

Cap City:

Capital City narrowed the gap between first and second place back to a half-game by knocking off Rome 10-5 Friday night. The Braves committed three errors and the Bombers took advantage to even the series at one game apiece.

The Bombers answered with Shawn Bowman’s two-run homer in the bottom of that frame to tie the ballgame, but Cap-City was far from done. Another pair of runs in the sixth gave the Bombers their first lead at 4-2. The seventh and eighth innings saw the home team parade a half dozen unearned runs across the plate with reliever Brad Nelson on the mound for Rome. First baseman Ian Bladergroen drove in three of those runs with his giant home run (tying him with Bowman for the team lead at 3 HR each).

Updated prospect stat can be found here.

Friday, April 16, 2004

I'd Hate to Be Art Howe Right Now

Pirates 7 Mets 6

W-Wells (2-1)
L-Moreno (0-1)
S-Mesa (4)
HR-Valent (2)

This game has got to be divided into 2 parts. The first part was a superb pitching performance by Tom Glavine. 7 innings of one hit, shutout ball. Mike Cameron played great defense behind him. Even Ricky Gutierrez had the Mets only 2 RBI's. After 7 innings, Glavine had 78 pitches. The Mets had a chance to add an insurance run in the bottom of the inning, and Art Howe pinch hit Todd Zeile for him. Zeile struckout, and going into the eighth it was 2-0.

The eighth was a disaster. Moreno,Stanton and Weathers could not get the job done and the Pirates scored 7 runs in the inning. The Mets made a valient comeback effort, thanks to another Eric Valent HR, but still fell one run short.

Now lets get to this joke of a manager we have. I have never seen worse managging in my life. How in gods name do you take out a hall of fame pitcher who is pitching a ONE HIT SHUTOUT and has only thrown 78 PITCHES!!!

I don't want to hear any exsuses. I dont want to hear Glavine was injured, because he wasnt. I dont want to hear about pitch counts, because 78 pitches is not a lot.

What we have is a joke of a manager. Another bonehead Howe move is pinchrunning Jeff Duncan for Jason Phillips in the middle of an at bat. I love how Howe loves to take out the best hitters in the lineup.

I am now convinced the Mets will never go anywhere with this guy managing the team. I want him out. Let Franco manage. Let Baylor manage. Let Mike Cubbage manage!!! Anybody but Art Howe. I have seen enough.

All in all, this was an AWFUL loss from the Mets. 6-4 looks a lot better than 5-5. They had a nice chance to put together a little streak without their best players out there. Now, it feels like 2003 all over again.

I am in a shitty mood right now. Any other Mets fan out there who wants to vent feel free to holla at me on aim or something.

Today is a tough day to be a Mets fan.
News and Notes

From the NY Daily News
Mike Cameron was a late scratch from the lineup because of a sore adductor muscle along the inside of his right thigh. He said it was "precautionary" and that there had been some tightness since he played on the turf in Puerto Rico against the Expos.

With Scott Erickson on the DL with a left hamstring injury, Jae Seo is assured of at least two starts. The first will be Sunday against the Pirates.

Hopefully Seo will be assured much more than two starts. It'll be interesting to see whether they give Erickson another shot, even if Seo pitches well. My money would be on yes.

Thursday, April 15, 2004

Minor League Report

For games played on 4/15.


Final Score: Norfolk 7, Indianapolis 6

Mike Jacobs scored on a Craig Brazell double in the top of the ninth to give Norfolk a 7-6 win over Indianapolis.

Brazell finished the game 2-for-5, including a two run home run, and three RBI. Jacobs went 3-for-4 with a double, three runs scored and an RBI. Wilson Delgado had a perfect day at the plate with four hits in four at-bats, including two doubles, a run scored, and an RBI.

P.J. Bevis (1-0) pitched one inning and got the win. He held the Indians scoreless on two hits.


Final Score: Portland 2, Binghamton 1 (11)

Kenny Perez drew a bases loaded walk in the bottom of the eleventh inning to give the Portland Sea Dogs a 2-1 victory over the Binghamton Mets.

Mets Neal Musser gave up five hits, one earned run, three walks and struck out four in six innings of work.

Binghamton's Prentice Redman knocked in the Mets only run with a double.

St Lucie:

The St. Lucie Mets fell behind early 1-0 but were able to overcome the early deficit and extend their winning streak to six games with a 4-2 victory over the Daytona Cubs.

Starter Kevin Deaton looked dominating at times allowing just six hits and one unearned run while striking out four. Deaton earned his first victory of the year. The Mets bullpen was again solid in relief allowing just one unearned run. The team of Tim McNab and David Byard combined over the last four innings to allow just five hits. Byard recorded his first save of the year.

At the plate six different Mets collected hits. Jonathan Slack, Justin Huber, Brett Harper, Zack Clements, Robert McIntyre and Corey Ragsdale accounted for the Mets offense. It was Ragsdale two run home run to deep left center field that put the game out of reach for the visiting Cubs.

Cap City:

The Braves held off Capital City’s bid for first place in the SAL Southern Division and ended a three-game winning streak for the Bombers by a final score of 7-3.

Capital City starter Vincent Cordova struggled with the Braves from the beginning, as the first two batters in the first and the second innings all notched hits

The two home runs from the Bombers were both solo shots (from Shawn Bowman and Tyler Davidson.

Updated prospect stats can be found here.
Mets Shutout the Braves
Mets 4 Braves 0

W-Leiter (1-0)
L-Ramirez (0-1)

The Mets lineup was hurting even more today, as Mike Cameron was scratched due to tightness in his leg. This would not matter though because Al Leiter, David Weathers, Orber Moreno and Braden Looper combined on a shutout. Leiter pitched well, but only lasted into the 6th and was pulled beacuse he got in some trouble. Weathers then got the call and got a huge double play to get out of the inning.

Perhaps the most impressive thing of the night was Orber Moreno's eight inning. He retired the Braves in order on just 5 pitches. At the time the game was 2-0, so I was glad to see Art pitch him in a meaningful spot.

Offensively, the Mets just did enough to get buy. Shane Spencer drove in 2 runs early, and Karim Garcia and Jeff Duncan each added RBI hit's in the eighth to seal the game. This was Garcia's first at bat since injuring his finger. Cameron was able to pinch hit in the ninth as well.

It was another good night for Kaz Matsui, who went 1-2 with 2 bb's.

Ty Wiggington had a rough night going 0-4. The thing that bothers me about Wiggy is that he has no patience at all. He went up there hacking tonight and his average is now at .200.

Current record:5-4
Mets Find Assistant GM

The Daily News reports the Mets have decided to hire John Ricco of the commissioner's office as an assistant GM for Duquette.

Ricco was a major league baseball labor relations manager and is considered the "next wave" of general managers by Baseball America.

More Reyes News

Some more encouraging news on Reyes:

"The report for the day was he made good progress (yesterday), so we're obviously pleased by that, and we'll see how he's feeling (today). We're taking it kind of a more daily approach here. We're optimistic today, where a few days ago we weren't sure where it was headed. We feel like he's turned the corner."

Duquette said Mets management wants Reyes to play three or four minor-league games as part of his rehabilitation before returning to the club.


Wednesday, April 14, 2004

Yates takes a Step Back

Braves 6 Mets 1

W-Thomson (1-0)
L-Yates (0-1)

The Mets gave Mike Piazza another start at first tonight, but it did not start well. Piazza made an error on the first batter of the game. The ball was hit hard, but should've been caught. After the error, Yates had control problems but managed to get out of the first with just one run. Yates came back strong with a nine pitch second but would not make it out of the third. Yates would get hammered in that inning giving up 5 runs.

Jae Seo came in for Yates and pitched 2 and 2/3 scoreless inning allowing just one hit. He looked extremely impressive in my opinion while Yates' pitches looked flat.

The game was pretty nuch in hand after that. Thomson had the Mets number the entire night. They had a few opportunities to do some damage but they were quickly extinguished. Jeff Duncan struck out in a key spot.

Piazza looked ok at first. He looks extremely uncomfortable but so far hasn't done anything that has hurt them.

Mets Record-4-4.
Minor League Report

For Games played on April 14th

Norfolk: No game today.


The Mets beat Erie 3-2 and 5-1 Wednesday night at NYSEG Stadium, sweeping a doubleheader and a three-game series against the SeaWolves. The Mets have won six straight and are 6-1.

In the opener of the twin bill, Ron Acuna singled home Wayne Lydon from second base for the victory in the seventh and final inning. Jose Diaz (1-0) won the night cap while tossing five hitless innings.

David Wright went 2-3 with 2 2b's in game 1 and 2-3 in game 2.

St Lucie:

The Mets pounded out 18 hits en route to a 12-4 victory over the Daytona Cubs. With the win, the Mets extended their winning streak to five games.
Five different Mets players had three or more hits led by Joe Jiannetti's 4-for-5 night. Aarom Baldiris, Bobby Malek, Brett Harper and Corey Ragsdale all had three hits. Malek and catcher Brandon Wilson had two doubles each.

Brian Bannister threw five strong innings scattering seven hits while surrendering three earned runs. Luz Portobanco and Joey Cole threw the final four innings to quite the Daytona Cubs bats

Cap City:

Capital City overcame a flurry of Greensboro runs to pull out a 9-8 victory and produce a three-game sweep of the Bats.

Capital City answered by batting around in the seventh, getting four runs home and closing the gap to one. That set the scene for Wilson in the eighth. With two outs and one man on, Wilson let loose with his second home run of the game and charged around the bases to put the Bombers in the lead.

Greg Ramirez closed the game for the home team and got the save

Complete prospect stats can be found here.
Reyes Update

News from Mets.com on the progress of Jose Reyes.

General manager Jim Duquette said that Jose Reyes made strides in the rehab process but added that he couldn't say definitely whether he would be back during before the current homestand ends. Reyes, who is continuing to rehab his strained right hamstring, remains several days away from playing in any minor league game. Duquette said cold weather wasn't a determining factor in Reyes' return. Therefore, it's possible he could rejoin the team in Chicago on April 23 rather than waiting for the warmer weather in southern California later in the trip. Still, Duquette added that all three games in the Cubs series being day games will benefit because it will be warmer.

In other injury news, Cliff Floyd (quad) has gone to Florida, joining Reyes and Scott Erickson (hamstring). Duquette said that Erickson "has not done a ton yet", implying that it will be some time before he returns.

Obviously,the sooner I see Reyes back on the field, the better I feel about our chances this year. And the opposite goes for Erickson. The longer he is out, the better I feel about our chances.

Yates got shelled. I'll post a recap once the game is over.
Rain Delay Notes

The Mets are currently in a rain delay, so this gave me a chance to do some online reading. I noticed this little blurb in Peter Gammons latest column:

With Tom Glavine and Al Leiter in the rotation, the Mets focus on the left side of the infield, which is why Ricky Gutierrez will play a lot of third base behind the veteran lefties when Jose Reyes is back at second base.

I don't know what his sources are, but this is interesting. Could the Mets have soured on Ty Wiggington's defense this quickly? If they have, then Gutierrez really wouldn't be that much better. There is one peron who would be though.

That person is Mr. David Wright, who went 2-3 with 2 doubles in Game 1 of today's double header. If David Wright were to play tomorrow for the Mets, he would be both a defensive and offensive improvement over Wiggington, Zeile and Gutierrez. I know he has never played a single game in AAA, but when a kid is ready, he is ready. Miguel Cabrera was ready last year, and David Wright is ready this year.

Now lets get this rain to stop and Play some Ball!!!
A Look around the Minors


Norfolk's starting pitcher Matt Ginter pitched four scoreless innings in his Tides debut as Norfolk won a rain-shortened game 2 - 0 against the Louisville Bats. The game was called in the top of the 8th due to heavy rain. With the win, the Tides improved to 2 - 3 on the season.

Binghamton: Game Postponed by Rain. Will be made up as part of a double header today.

St Lucie:

The St. Lucie Mets won for the second straight night on the road as they downed the Brevard Manatees 7-5. Andres Rodriguez, Forrest Lawson and Corey Ragsdale each had two hits, and Robert McIntyre had three RBIs, including a double for the Mets. Ragsdale had a triple. Brian Edwards (1-0) got the win with three innings of relief.

Cap City:

Capital City made it two in a row over the Bats with a 5-0 victory. A quartet of Capital City pitchers combined for the shutout: Matt Lindstrom (W, 5 IP, 8 SO, 0 BB), Jose Rodriguez, Domingo Acosta, and Shane Hawk.

Updated Minor league stats can be found here.

I will do my best to post game recaps each morning from now on.

Tuesday, April 13, 2004

Those were the Days

Well, I have aboout an hour to kill and I feel the urge to write. Problem is, there is no real news and no game to discuss. I hate off days. So I decided to write about my experiences as a Mets fan. This is in part to ESPN's article about baseball most miserable moments.

I am a 19 year old fan so my misery and passion does not go that far back. I'm going to say that I started really becoming a Mets fan in 1996, when Lance Johnson, Bernard Gilkey and Carl Everett patrolled the outfield. The Mets finished 71-91 that year, but more importantly, they played exciting baseball. Todd Hundley would hit 41 homeruns that year. We witnessed a young player named Edgardo Alfonzo just start to become the player we would know and love. We saw Paul Wilson make his major league debut. This was the year that hooked me. I was now a Mets fan for life.

The misery never really hit hard till 1998. The Mets lost their last 5 ballgames and just missed the wildcard by a single game. It truly was depressing. The next year however was my favorite I've ever witnessed. It was an emotional rollercoaster. I was worried about the Diamondbacks, but thanks to Fonzie and Todd Pratt, we managed to get buy. Now it was time for the Braves.

The Mets and Braves had an ENOURMOUS rivalry. There was the whole Rocker controversy, and you couldnt go anywhere without hearing a "Larry" chant. Unfortunately after three hardfought games, the Mets were down 3-0 in the series. In game 4 tensions were hign and thanks to an 8th inning single by John Olerud, the Mets lived another day.

Game 5 was amazing. I think everyone here knows that.

Game 6. The Mets were down and out. They rallied for the lead. Piazza homering off Smoltz is my favorite Met moment thus far. Then it came crashing down. 2 blown leads. The Mets had the game and blew it. It was all up to Kenny Rogers. At this point I could barely watch. I knew the end was near but wouldnt admit it until it actualy occured. Then it happened. A bases loaded walk to Andruw Jones. The game was over, the series was over. I turned off my tv before Jones could touch home. I couldn't bare to watch. I just sat on the edge of my bed and for the first and only time in my life, cried over a baseball game.

Speaking for the younger generation of Mets fans, we've yet to experience a miracle. I think it is fair to say, that anyone who cant remember the 86 championship, has got to be a suffering met fan. We've been through a lot. But god I miss those days from 1999. It will never get any better than that.
If Only every Player Were Like This

I have to admit, everyday that goes by I start liking Mike Cameron more and more. It's not just his defense or his hitting, it's his attitude. He seems to be one of the ballplayers who "get it." There is a great NY Times article which every Mets fan should read. I've highlighted some points here.

Cameron created his own subdued mosh pit by chilling, one of his favorite words, with the frigid fans after batting practice. The home opener was 90 minutes away, but Cameron showed less stress than a bullpen catcher.

Cameron signed baseballs, programs, bats and gloves and did not give fans a casual wave or simply ignore them, as so many other Mets did. It was a neat display by a baseball ambassador, a player who appreciates his job and has a giddy feeling about his new address with the Mets. "I thought it would be a lot better if the people of New York know who I am," Cameron said. "Know how my momma raised me."

"It's not all just about baseball," he said. "It's about the person as well."

Cameron did not need any bouncers yesterday. He wants New York fans to get a feel for the kind of person he is. Why not chill with them on the dugout? "I'm at the ballpark," he said. "Nobody is going to hurt me. No one has nothing against me. It's just kids. Kids want to know who they're rooting for."

Now that's someone you want playing for your team.

Injury News

Cliff Floyd was feeling optimistic yesterday and offered these words on his injury:

A Grade 1 strain, like a small tear," is how Floyd described the results of yesterday's MRI to reporters. "I feel a lot better, but the problem is there's a lot of fluid in there and you have to get rid of it."

Floyd admitted he was hoping to avoid the DL - "what if I feel better in a week?"

Karim Garcia said he would like to play tomorrow and would be able to "play through the pain."

Mike Piazza refered to himself as "day to day" and hopes to play Wednesday as well.

This is the best possible news. Hopefully all Floyd needs is a short DL stint. The way things are going for the Mets though, I wouldn't count on it.

Their really hasn't been much news on Jose Reyes, which leads me to believe he still has a while before he comes back.

Monday, April 12, 2004

Mets Win the Home Opener

Mets 10 Braves 6

W-Trachsel (1-1)
L-Hampton (0-1)
S-Looper (2)

The Mets made their Shea debut looking more like a AAA squad. Mike Piazza was out with a hyper-extended forearm, Cliff Floyd was out with a strained quad, Jose Reyes is just out. Because of the Mets long growing injury woes, they fielded a lineup with Shane Spencer and Todd Zeile in the 3 and 4 spots. Today it wouldnt matter what the lineup looked like because they ripped starter Mike Hampton for 7 runs. Todd Zeile went 3-5 and Kaz Matsui and Mike Cameron each had 2 hits in powering the offense. Steve Trachsel pitched 6 strong innings and Orber Moreno pitched a scoreless 7th......then it was Grant Roberts time.

Roberts came in and immediately served up 4 runs and 2 hr's. This is now 2 awful outings on the season. I personally think Roberts is hiding an injury. His velocity is just not what is should be. If he has another outing like this he may just pitch himself off the staff. It's a shame because he's got so much promise.

The 9th inning was also more tense than it should have been. Dan Wheeler started the 9th but struggled. The Braves had the bases loaded with one out but closer Braden Looper got a game ending double play in just 2 pitches to earn the save.

I now expect that Zeile will start getting more attention as a possible third base option. I say why not? I am on the record as not being a big Wiggington fan, and right now I think Zeile is a better hitter. They are both below average fielders so that wouldnt be a downgrade. Call me crazy but I think if Todd Zeile played everyday we could see a 270 average with 15 homeruns and a decent OBP. I'm just not sure Wiggy has that in him. I'm not saying to sit Wiggington now, but if he does struggle, I would feel comfortable with Zeile out there. (God I cant believe I just said that)
Floyd Placed on DL

The Mets placed outfielder Cliff Floyd on the disabled list and called up Jeff Duncan from AAA Norfolk. Floyd had an MRI taken today, but the results are not yet known.

I'm glad Duncan got the call up. He played pretty well last year when he was first called up and at least gives us a good glove out there.

Outfielder Karim Garcia hopes to be back by Wednesday because of his fractured finger.

Sunday, April 11, 2004

Mets Win Game....Lose Floyd

Mets 4 Expos 1

W-Glavine (2-0)
L-Hernandez (0-1)
S-Looper (1)
HR-Valent (1)

The Mets got another well pitched game from Tom Glavine as they evened their record at 3-3 on the season. Piazza played first well despite getting into a collission because of a bad throw by Glavine.The Mets offense was powered by Eric Valent, who gave the Mets the lead with his 2 run HR in the 6th.

Valent better get used to the playing time. With Floyd likely to go to the DL, and Garcia's finger, Valent will see his share of games.

The question is, who should take Floyd's roster spot? As tempting as Victor Diaz sounds, I really dont think he is ready to man right field. My money would be on Jeff Duncan or Prentice Redman.

They are calling Floyd's injury a "strained quad." He will be re-evaluated tomorrow. My first reaction when hearing this was, "oh a strain...that's good. Anything is better than a tear." But after watching how long Reyes' "strain" is taking to heal, I got worried again.

Tomorrow is the home opener. Hopefully the news on Floyd wont be grim.

I was going to do my first ever running diary of a game. I figured it would be fun documenting Piazza's frst start at first. I scrapped this plan 3 batters into the game when Cliff Floyd injured his quad running out an infield single. There is no word on the severity of the injury, but it looked bad...real bad. Floyd was helped of the field and struggled to get down the dugout steps.

This is a huge blow to the Mets season. If he is out for any length of time that virtually assures another long season.

First Reyes, now Floyd. What have Mets fans done to deserve this?

I'll give the full report once it is known.
Mets Bats Dissapear

Expos 1 Mets 0

W-Patterson (1-0)
L-Seo (0-1)
S-Biddle (2)

The Mets offense decided not to show up last night as they wasted a solid effort from Al Leiter and Jae Seo. The Mets managed just 3 hits off Paterson, who was impressive for the Expos. This is the type of pitcher the Mets generally struggle against....a young unproven one.

It was a rough night in the field for Karim Garcia, who dropped a fly ball and had a fly ball hit his finger, causing him to leave the game. He is not expected to miss any time.

Shea turns 40

Shea stadium has been through alot in it's 40 years. Good teams, bad teams, football the pope and the Beatles. It may be a dump now, but it is our dump and it should be celebrated.

The David Wright Show Continues

Anyone could have seen this one coming. As Ty Wiggington continues to struggle, the Mets third baseman of the future is off to a flying start. Wright was 3-4 last night with 3 doubles. If he continues to hit even close to this well, and Wiggy is struggling,I predict he will be starting at Shea sometime in July.

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