What About the Little Guy?
Most people just say "screw the little guy", but not me. I actually care.
Here is a quick look at where the minor league teams stand and their respective leaders.
4th place (last) and six games out
This team is not exactly loaded with future stars outside of David Wright, but certainly will have some studs next year. Six games back for the rotation they have been throwing out there is actually not that bad.
* Batting leaders must have played in a minimum of 40 games and pitching leaders must have 10 starts or 20 relief appearances.
K's - Aaron Heilman : 82
Wins - Pat Strange / Jeremy Griffiths : 5
Saves - Jose Parra : 16
ERA (starter) - Jeremy Griffiths : 3.47
ERA (reliever) - Jose Parra : 1.63
IP - Aaron Heilman - 97.1
Average - Gerald Williams : .291
OBP - Jeff Duncan : .330
Home Runs - Craig Brazell : 19
RBIs - Craig Brazell / Victor Diaz : 52
BB - Jeff Duncan : 23
SB - Esix Snead: 19
H - Victor Diaz : 96
2B - Victor Diaz : 21
3B - Wilson Delgao : 3
1st Place - 1 game ahead
This team currently has the Mets top two pitching prospects and had the top position prospect for most of the year which contributes to the team standing tall in first place at this point. It was largely the same roster that won everything for St. Lucie last year so it was no surprise that they would do well.
K's - Matt Peterson : 83
Wins - Neal Musser : 9
Saves - Jeremy Hill : 10
ERA (starter) - Jason Scobie : 2.98
ERA (reliever) - Jeremy Hill : 2.23
IP - Matt Peterson : 95.2
Average - David Wright : .363
OBP - David Wright : .467
Home Runs - Prentice Redman : 13
RBIs - Prentice Redman : 49
BB - David Wright : 40
SB - Wayne Lydon : 49
H - Angel Pagan : 97
2B - Prentice Redman : 29
3B - Wayne Lydon/Angel Pagan : 6
11-10 .524% (not sure why this was not updated on minorleaguebaseball.com!)
4th place - 3 games out
This team currently has on the two most promising stars under 20 years old in the organization on the team. It has the recently promoted Lastings Milledge and the semi-recently promoted Yusmeiro Petit.
K's - Brian Bannister : 85
Wins - Robert Paulk: 6
Saves - Joey Cole : 9
ERA (starter) - Kevin Deaton : 2.80
ERA (reliever) - Bryan Edwards : 2.65
IP - Brian Bannister : 94.1
Average - Brett Harper : .351
OBP - Brett Harper : .445
Home Runs - Jay Caligiuri : 14
RBIs - Jay Caligiuri : 52
BB - Aaron Baldiris : 40
SB - Johnathan Slack: 26
H - Aaron Baldiris : 92
2B - Bobby Malek: 19
3B - Bobby Malek : 5
10-7 .588% (not sure why this was not updated either!)
3rd place - 1 1/2 games out
Capital City at one point was oozing top tier talent with Lastings Milledge, Yusmeiro Petit, and Ian Bladergroen. Then Ian got injured and the other two were promoted. Petit was the ace of the team, but since he moved on it seems that torch was passed to the power arm Matt Lindstrom.
K's - Yusmeiro Petit : 122
Wins - Yusmerio Petit : 9
Saves - Shane Hawk : 8
ERA (starter) - Yusmeiro Petit / Evan MacLane : 2.39
ERA (reliever) - Greg Ramirez : 1.68
IP - Tanner Osberg : 84.2
Average - Ryan Harvey : .345
OBP - Yunir Garcia : .428
Home Runs - Ian Bladergroen : 13
RBIs - Ian Bladergroen : 74
BB - William Batista : 36
SB - William Batista : 24
H - Ian Bladergroen : 92
2B - Ryan Harvey : 24
3B - Ian Bladergroen : 3
*The short season ball has not been going on long enough to get too excited, so we'll get to that later this season.
What's the book on Cuban defector Alain Soler? The Mets apparently are signing him a deal worth a guaranteed $3 million, and he already is being touted as the answer to their rotation problems. Is there any realistic chance he'll be able to help this year?
New Canaan, Conn.
Anyone else find this funny?
This issue focuses on celebrity flaws. The bottom middle picture is of Uma Thurman and the caption read "huge hands". The picture on the left is of Julia Roberts and the caption read "hairy armpits". The bottom left picture is of Courtney Love and the caption reads "two colored teeth". The picture on the right is of Britney Spears and the caption says "tummy flab". I have to give them credit for making this stuff up, it’s priceless and I found the "huge hands" caption extremely funny for some reason. Uma looks like man hands from Seinfeld in that picture. If you happen to be in supermarket in the next week, check it out, funny shit.
The Staten Island landfill, whose stench if rivaled by the Mets infield's
The second one was on the Olympic article about what was a can't miss event or an event to skip. But instead of keeping it to the Olympics, they listed the Mets vs. Padres on August 25th as an event to skip.
SKIP Padres at Mets. You've had enough amature baseball for one day.
When will the Mets actually get some respect? I know they write this magazines way before they actually are printed, but c'mon already. People just love to make fun of the Mets.