Random Saturday Notes
Q: pete from nyc asks:
The Mets have several high ceiling prospects as well as emerging talent this year. They are on the fringes of contention. They were in the same position last year. I just threw up a little in my mouth. Should I be worried?
A: Chris Kline: I think anything can happen in the East, and yes, the Mets have some high-ceiling guys that could be impact players. I don't think this is deja vu, though, Pete. So go brush your teeth.
You have to love Met fans.
Q: Adam from Clinton, NJ asks:
Are you going to have to replace Justin Verlander on the futures game roster after his probable start on monday and if so with who?
A: Chris Kline: That depends on the Tigers. I'm not sure what the better story is--Verlander showcasing Detroit's future at Comerica on July 10 or Verlander making it to the big leagues after just three months as a pro. Either way, he's the cover boy on our next issue, which is pretty cool timing.
You read that right. Justin Verlander is making a start on Monday against the Cleveland Indians. Absolutely amazing. He has pitched one hundred minor league innings and only fourteen above A-ball. No one doubts his stuff, but it will be interesting to see how he approaches a Major League team. The idea is that he makes a start and gets sent down, but we'll see about that.
Things didn’t go so well for 2004 first-round pick Jered Weaver in the contest, as the 2004 College Player of the Year gave up seven runs on eight hits over four innings, raising his ERA to 9.64 in three starts with opposing batters hitting a lofty .381 against the right hander.
"I think it's the truth," Wagner said. "The way we're playing now, if anybody's fool enough to think we're a playoff team the way we're playing right now, they're crazy. We haven't played well. It doesn't have anything to do with us not working hard or playing hard. We're not getting it done. No, we're not a playoff team right now."
"I just feel bad for 'Glav,'" Hernandez said. "He battled the whole night and he didn't come out with a win. I know this is about the team win, but (Glavine) should have gotten the win."
- Norfolk beat Toledo 6-3. Anderson Hernandez raised his average to .382 after a 2 for 4 night in which he hit two doubles. Chase Lambin drove in two runs for the Tides.
- Akron beat Binghamton 4-3. Brett Harper has two hits at AA, and both are homeruns. Matt Lindstrom showed some signs of life by going two innings and striking out three while not allowing a run.
- Lakewood beat Hagerstown 8-7. Ambiorix Concepcion went 2 for 4 with a homer and two RBIs.
- The Cyclones lost to Aberdeen 6-3.
- The GCL Mets beat the GCL Dodgers 6-3.
- Kingsport and St. Lucie were rained out.