Coming into Sunday's action, David Wright was hitting .372 for the month of August after batting .256 for the month of July. Out of nineteen games in August he has a least one hit in fifteen of them. He has also belted four homeruns in August so far. The good news for Met fans is that it will only get better. He still has only walked four times on the season and stole one base. We all know that the type of plate discipline and the ability to lay off pitches will translate into more free passes for David. We all know he proved he can steal on the minor league level and as soon as he gets confident in his skills and ability to read major league pitchers, I'm sure he will swipe quite a number of bases once he figures it all out. When Reyes shakes this injury bug, life will be good on the left side of the infield.
The Mets dropped this series in San Fran and now sit eight games out in the wildcard with San Diego and LA heading into town. They begin a stretch in which they play fourteen games in fourteen days. For a battered team, this is going to be very, very tough. On top of that, the Mets having flown out of San Fran after the game had ended should have arrived in NYC in the early AM this morning. Luckily Aaron Heilman will be nice and rested for his first start in the majors for 2004 because the rest of the players should be plenty tired. The Mets will have to gut this two week stretch out if they hope to finish this season on a high note.
Ginter on Barry's homerun off him in the first inning:
"It didn't make it to the water, though."
Classic. Ginter really did pitch well after he settled in from the first inning. He continues to keep the Mets in the game and give them a chance to win every time he takes the mound. I still maintain he would have been a fine fifth starter.
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Shockingly the Boston Red Sox have suddenly closed the gap in the AL East to 5.5 games. Riding a six game winning streak, the Red Sox, with some help from the Angels, have just made a race that was supposed to be over a bit more interesting. The Yankees were supposed to be in cruise control waiting for October to start, but it seems like Boston has other plans.
The San Diego tribune brings up a fantastic memory from the 1994 strike year. Not only did it assist Atlanta in it's flawed division title record and the Expos chance a playoff and world series appearance, it screwed Tony Gwynn from getting any chance at .400. Greedy bastards.
The Post reports that Kris Benson has rejected the Mets' offer of two years and $12M along with two team option years. The two sides will talk more next week.
An excerpt from Newsday:
Magglio Ordoñez might not be the best Mets target after all. Word is his knee condition is quite serious. Reinsdorf is a fan and might try to keep him with an incentive-laden deal now.
Better start thinking of Plan B.
In the Daily News' minor league report they already tell us what we already know, Petit is the #1 arm in the system. However, the interesting piece of the article is when they speculate that Humber will be one of the pitchers to be named later chosen to pitch in the AFL when/if he is signed.
NYFansites reports that Matt Durkin may be coming to NY to sign on Wednesday.
Brooklyn beat New Jersey on Sunday with Ambiorix Concepcion going 2 for 4 with two runs scored and a double. He is now batting .317 on the season. Mike Swindell, who started the game for the Cyclones, went eight innings giving up only on hit and one walk.
Lasting Milledge went 2 for 6 on Sunday during a double header for Cap City. He had a two homeruns and four RBIs and continues to draw walks. The Bombers took both ends of the double dip.
Victor Diaz went 2 for 5 with his 21st homerun during a double header on Sunday. The Tides won both games with Pat Strange and Bobby Keppel both throwing solid games. Keppel has seemingly turned it around after a dismal start to his 2004 campaign in AAA.
Brad Meyers, the Mets 14th round pick has decided to go to college and not sign with the Mets.
Scott Kazmir makes his major league debut for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays against the Seattle Mariners. He will go against fellow rookie Bobby Madritsch. Tonight’s game should be interesting.