A blog dedicated to the New York Mets with some other baseball thrown in.

Saturday, June 18, 2005

Kaz Yeeeshi

Shari from Take the 7 Train dubbed him that and it cracks me up. Last night, Yeeeshi went 5.2 innings, only walked one, gave up nine hits, and walked only one. I like to see the one walk, but I also saw him hit a batter on an 0-2 count and relatively suck all around. Earlier in the year, Kaz went the first six games trading off sparkling performances and horrific ones. Now, he only turns in horrific ones. Ishii has started nine games this season for the Mets, and in his three great starts in which he allowed one run or less, he posted a 0.90 ERA, 0.90 WHIP, and gave up no homeruns. In the other six starts, Ishii has given up no less than five runs, though last night only three of them were earned. In those six starts, he has a 8.10 ERA, 1.74 WHIP, and has given up seven homeruns.

Ishii is very bad. You just do not know what you are getting night in and night out from him and lately, it has been all bad. Now, last night's loss was not his fault. He could of given up one run and the Mets would have still lost, but I'm not sure how much longer he will be run out there. If Doug Mientkiewcz and Kaz Matsui can be benched, and both of them the Mets are on the hook for more money than Ishii, Yeeeshi can definitely pick the splinters out of his ass as well. I still think about the Mets pulling the trigger for Ishii and giving away Jason Phillips, and I still would have done the deal with the circumstances being what they were. No one could have predicted Jae Seo and Aaron Heilman would be looking great this year, but it is time to do the right thing again. Like with a lot of other moves, the Mets are slow to make a necessary change. Give the guy a chance to see if he can be a LOOGY out of the pen. Lefites are hitting him at a .128/.209/.282 clip and he only walks a lefty every 9.75 at bats compared to 6.33 at bats for righties. It is certainly worth a shot at this point.

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  • The Padres, Yankees, and Orioles are interested and Cammy and I am fully behind the idea of the Mets making someone overpay for Cameron. The Mets are in the drivers seat here and have the luxury of not having to trade him.

  • Minor update:
    • Hagerstown beat West Virginia 3-2 and Mike Carp led the charge by going 2 for 3 with this 16th homerun of the year and two RBIs. Carlos Gomez went 2 for 4 with a solo homerun as well and they provided all of the offense for the Suns.
    • Oh, in case you have not noticed, Brian Bannister is good. Binghamton beat Norwich 1-0 behind a complete game, four hit shutout by Brian Bannister. He did not walk one batter and struck out ten while facing the minimum 27 batters. Brian became the Eastern League's first eight game winner and upped his record to 8-1 and lowered his ERA to 1.87. The lone run came off of Anderson Hernandez's bat and he went 2 for 4.
    • The Tides lost 3-0 to Scranton and were four hit. Neal Musser pitched well in the loss going six innings, giving up five hits and three walks, surrendered two earned runs, and struck out four.
  • Last night, the Mets had six hits and David Wright had three of them. Aaron Heilman upped his scoreless inning streak as a reliever to 13.2 innings. Out of any reliever to pitch more than ten innings out of the bullpen, he is the only reliever to have a sub 1.00 WHIP and he leads all current members of the bullpen in K/9.

  • From Fox Sports:

    The Mets recently rejected the Giants' offer of second baseman Ray Durham for second baseman Kaz Matsui. The trade fit the Giants' desire to get younger — Durham is 33, Matsui 29. But the Mets view Matsui as a superior defender, while Durham's range is extremely limited. The Giants also have expressed recent interest in Rockies right-hander Jason Jennings.

  • From North Jersey.com:

    Martinez, who will start tonight, is 13-0 with a 1.30 ERA in 13 starts against the Mariners. And in Safeco Field, he's 6-0 with an 0.77 ERA. A win tonight ties him with Houston's Roy Oswalt, who is 14-0 against Cincinnati, for the best mark against one team.

    "They just got me on a good day," Martinez understated.

  • Not that the Mets would have won, but with the bases loaded and two outs, the pinch hitting version of Ted Williams was at the plate in the eighth inning. He was subsequently called out on two horrific strikes called. The first one was bad and the second one was worse being a foot inside. Then Anderson got thrown out as soon as he jawed off to the "ump" after the ridiculous incident. That ump, has no place being the majors. Absolutely a horrible, horrible call.

  • Friday, June 17, 2005

    Mediocrity Never Tasted So Good

    We have seen the new Mets already and now this may be the new new Mets.

    J. Reyes
    D. Wright
    C. Beltran
    C. Floyd
    M. Piazza
    B. Daubach
    V. Diaz
    R. Castro
    K. Matsui

    I have to say that I like this lineup more than any other lineup thrown there this season. Of course, when Cammy comes back, Reyes is going to probably be dropped down to the #2 hole with Cammy in leadoff spot and Wright batting who knows where. I'll reserved judgment until I see how it all plays out. Willie seems to reserve the sixth spot for spares, so Daubach will get a look there by Randolph's logic.

    "I don't take credit for more than the fact the team played well today. I will move the lineup around every once in a while. Tomorrow it might be back a totally different way, so don't read anything into it. I don't call it a shakeup. Just try to do things that you're capable of doing in the circumstances."

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  • Gammo Speaks....from his latest chat wrap:

    Ray (Bronx, NY): Hello Peter, the Mets are killing me.. they frustrate me to no end. Their offense has been nonexistent and I just don’t get it. If Carlos Beltran who has been underwhelming so far is hurt then why not DL him for 2 weeks and let him come back 100%??? The pitching has been fine and the bullpen has been ok but something must be done to the lineup! Would you take Reyes off the leadoff spot?? Bring up Wright in the lineup and lower Piazza?? DL Beltran to get him healthy again?? Team doesn’t look good at all and those Nationals are so far ahead of them now ..THE NATIONALS!! I like the Nats anyways but still..c'mon!!

    Peter Gammons: If I could be assured that the two weeks would get Beltran healthy, I would rest him. As for Reyes, I would move him either to the second position or the 6-hole. I would move Wright up near the top of the order and yes, I would move Piazza down -- maybe to 7th. I also think that the Mets HAVE to go out and get another catcher to play two or three days a week.

  • The sobering reality of the entire new ballpark situation has sunk in and this article did it. The Mets are probably not getting a top of the line stadium that can be a jewel like Camden Yards. If they build it so it can be retrofitted for the Olympic games that are not coming, it will affect their plans. It will alter them and not allow them to build the best park they can, which is really disappointing. Wilpon is doing it with his $600 million and he should be able to build the best park he can. The Spankees do not have to build a stadium with such provisions and will again overshadow the Mets with some ridiculously nice field while the Mets build a head scratcher. There is no doubt it will be nice, but I have my reservations if it will be an experience, or as enjoyable as Coors Field, Camden Yards, or PNC Park.

  • What?

    Frank Thomas, DH, White Sox: The Big Hurt homered again on Wednesday, and Chicago adding Thomas to the roster last week is the equivalent of trading for a 35-home run slugger. He needs to stay healthy, and he's trying by lifting leg weights after games instead of before and ... drinking less coffee, which in the past has caused him to dehydrate.

    How much coffee was the Big Hurt drinking? He must have been laying a big hurt on the toilet, that's for sure. Sounds like the guy was drinking it by the gallons.

    From the same article:

    Danny Graves, RP, Mets: Graves starts anew in Queens, and no team in baseball needs him more than the Mets, whose bullpen is the reason why they're a sub-.500 team.

    Good you think you pay attention to baseball Mr. Chen. For one, the Mets bullpen has not been the problem and secondly, Graves is not going to make or break anyteam.

  • Minor update:
    • Norfolk beat Scranton 11-9. Chris Basak went 2 for 3 with two runs scored, one homer, and two RBIs. Prentice Redman went 2 for 4 with a run scored, one double, one homer, and three RBIs.
    • Binghamton lost to New Hampshire 14-6. Kevin Deaton went 2 innings, gave up seven runs, nine runs, two walks, and three homers. Aarom Baldiris went 1 for 5 with a run scored, a double, and three RBIs.
    • West Virginia pounded Hagerstown 10-3. Carlos Gomez went 2 for 5 with one run scored and two triples.
    • St. Lucie's doubleheader was rained out yesterday.
  • It's not like I'm looking for him to go out and get five hits or anything like that. Doug probably, might be in the lineup [tonight]."

    Probably, might be? That rivals A-Rod's I'm probably pretty sure things will work out comment when he was still with the Rangers.

  • David Wright is feeling a be inadequate.

    "I feel like I'm not very comfortable, like I don't have faith in myself," Wright said. "I think I'm just playing over there not to make mistakes rather than going out there and being aggressive.

    "I know what I'm capable of doing defensively. Now it's just in my head that I've made some costly mistakes and it sits in the back of my mind right now. I'm playing tense, and it shows because I'm not playing as well as I'm capable of."

  • Kaz Matsui's knee on knee collision yesterday looked painful. But don't worry Kaz fans, he'll be in the lineup tonight.

  • This is getting comical.

    The Mets signed catcher Benito Santiago, 40, to a minor-league contract. He will work out in Port St. Lucie before reporting to Triple-A Norfolk. Santiago batted .261 (6-for-23) in six games for the Pirates this season before being released May 9

  • From Jayson Stark's Useless Info Dept:

    We were also wondering in our last edition about the goofy play in which Mets reliever Dae-Sung Koo scored from second base against Randy Johnson, on what looked like just your typical sacrifice bunt.

    Dave Smith also looked into that one, and found – if you toss out errors and situations involving multiple baserunners – there have been only 11 other plays like that in the last 45 years. And amazingly, the last one also occurred in a Yankees-Mets game, on June 15, 2002.

    Just as Randy Johnson didn't cover the plate on Koo's play, this time it was Roger Clemens who didn't cover home as Rey Ordonez was scoring from second on a bunt by Shawn Estes.

    That was the epitome of useless, like my page. Koo-Koo-ka-choo....

  • Huh?

    Willie Randolph had a feeling yesterday -- twice.

    First, he decided to tinker with his lineup after watching his team score just two runs in the first two games of this series and look comatose doing it. Later, just before the start of the fifth inning, Randolph told first-base coach Jerry Manuel he thought the Mets were about to score a lot of runs.

    "I'm a vibe person," the Mets manager said. "You might think I'm crazy, but when I get a feeling about something it usually works."

    Randolph moved David Wright into the second spot in the batting order for the first time all season and the third baseman responded with an RBI single. He also put the newly arrived Brian Daubach in at first base in place of the struggling Doug Mientkiewicz and Daubach, who was tearing up the International League before his promotion, had three walks, reached base four times and scored two runs.

    Is he serious? People have been asking for Wright to be moved up for over 60 games. What Randolph calls a vibe, I call common sense.

  • Gary Thorne tries to rain on the new stadium parade, but I think the this deal is fair enough. However, he makes a great point.

    As new groups vie to buy the team from MLB, the cost of that team as jumped multiple times because of the stadium vote. That money will not return to the District. It will be pocketed by the owners of the other 29 teams.

    They bought the Expos for some $130 million and will probably sell it for 3 or 4 times that amount. Why shouldn't a piece of that pie have come back to D.C. for stadium costs?

    The owners would never do that in a million years, but since there were cities willing to pay for a stadium like Portland and Las Vegas, there was no chance the owners put up the money for this stadium. If all the cities said no way to public funding, they may have, but who in their right mind would offer up $450 million for a stadium when other cities would cover the cost?
  • Thursday, June 16, 2005

    Here Is Where the Rubber Meets the Road

    I do not mind the Mets losing. Every team hits a bad streak once in while, but the way they have lost is horrible. In the last seven games, the Mets are 1-6 and have been outscored 37-16. There are a lot of minor problems with this team that are adding up to be one large problem. One of the solutions one of the problems that some have called for was Brian Daubach being called up after tearing up AAA. He is a different face, so that is good, but what can be realistically expected of him is a big question. One thing that is clear is that he should be in the lineup tonight to see what he can do and Marlon Anderson should resume his spot on the bench. Having him DH is embarrassing. I'm sure he is a nice guy, but it is embarrassing.

    The Mets are now 6.5 games out in a tight division race and now would be the time to wake up from this funk. If this team falls to 10 games out, you can be sure that this season is officially a wash. 6.5 games is not insurmountable either. A hot streak can significantly close the gap, but who thinks the Mets have a hot steak in them with the way they are playing? The lineup last night featured six players who are hitting .261 or under as starter. I'm not sure you will win many games this way. The Mets need to wake up from this offensive funk and need to wake up soon.

    And what is Willie's problem. I feel like woman because I've repeated myself a hundred times in a nagging, complaining manner, but why is Marlon Anderson still batting in front of David Wright? It is indefensible. Randolph has shown me nothing yet and whatever games the Mets have won are in spite of him. I've never seen a person so unable to adapt to his situation and make the necessary adjustments. His stubbornness to do the right thing is infuriating.

    Let's get this straighten out. Marlon Anderson as a pinch hitter is good. His .433/.500/.533 is a Major League best from a pinch hitter. Marlon Anderson batting sixth, is bad. As a starter, he has posted a .237/.282/.289 line in 38 at bats. Last night, Marlon Anderson coming up to the plate with Cliff Floyd and Mike Piazza on base and David Wright on deck with two outs was the last straw. Sure enough, Anderson made and out and Wright doubled in the next at bat. Would he have doubled in that at bat? Who knows, but I'll take my chances with him over Marlon and his three XBHs to drive them in. Credibility for Willie is a zero right now with me. The lineup is wrong, his use of the bullpen is blatant, and Ishii should be out of the rotation.

    The Mets are where they are because of bad clutch hitting and Willie Randolph.

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  • Randy Johnson’s allergic reaction to cameras continues:

    Yesterday, while having lunch with Opie and Tyson Walter of the Dallas Cowboys, our li'l pal Jim Norton spotted New York Yankees pitcher Randy Johnson walking along 57th street in Midtown Manhattan.

    Jim sprung to his feet, camera in-hand, and chased Randy down for a photo. The blow-off that followed Jim's innocent request was a crushing blow to say the least. Jim managed to snap a few shots of Mr. Johnson as he walked away...and we have them for your photoshopping goodness.

    While I could see a player not wanting to stop to take pictures with tons of people, Randy does not exactly have a good track record.

    After hearing about how Carlos Beltran is not NY guy and whomever else the Mets sign, not much has been made about Randy Johnson being a horrible NY guy.

  • Willie makes some lineup moves and Cameron will be leading off with Jose Reyes batting second. Is this a big difference? Absolutely. This move is long overdue and Jose Reyes profiles better in the second slot. There is a trickle down theory with getting the leadoff guy on base that helps everyone, and the free swinging Reyes will be helped as well with a fast guy on base like Cameron.

    Mark Hale from the NYPost poses a bad question:

    Switching them does make sense statistically, but it's still a bit odd, primarily because Reyes, who just turned 22, figures to be the Mets' leadoff man for years. Taking him out of that element prompts the question of whether it could be detrimental to his development.

    What? Why? How?

    Willie made the first step in fixing this lineup, he needs to make a few more.

  • "I feel like I'm about to come out of it," Mientkiewicz said. "It's coming. No doubt in my mind. Good things are going to come. It's a complete 180 from how I felt in Atlanta."

  • Gaby Hernandez and Yusmeiro Petit gets some love from BA.

    With a victory last night, Lexington could have essentially locked up the first-half title in the SAL Northern division. With Prospect Hot Sheet leader Troy Patton and his 31-innings scoreless streak on the hill, the Legends had to feel pretty confident. His counterpart for Hagerstown was right-hander Gaby Hernandez in what was, on paper, one of the better pitching match-ups in the SAL this season. The pitchers’ duel never materialized as the Suns’ Grant Psomas hit a solo homer in the second inning to end Patton’s streak, and suddenly Patton looked vulnerable. He gave up two more in fourth and three in the fifth in what was by far his worst outing of the season, as his ERA went rose from 0.98 to 1.57. Hernandez struck out seven over 6 1/3 as Hagerstown won 8-2 to cut the Legends lead to one game with four to play.

    • Mets right-hander Yusmeiro Petit made his first start in three weeks last night, coming back from minor elbow tenderness and returning from his native Venezuela for personal reasons. Although he is still under a strict pitch count, Petit was effective over 2 2/3 innings, allowing just three hits and striking out six.

  • Minor update:
    • Charlotte beat Norfolk 9-5.
    • Binghamton lost to New Hampshire 9-5. Matt Lindstrom got roughed up again giving up six earned runs in 1/3 of an inning for an ERA of 162. He gave up four hits and walked three. Ugly. Mike Jacobs went 3 for 5 with two RBIs and is batting .312.
    • St. Lucie beat Daytona 7-2. Lastings Milledge went 1 for 5 with one run scored and Evan MacLane went nine innings, gave up four hits, two earned runs, two walks, and struck out five.
    • Hagerstown had the night off, and with three of the four Mets teams losing miserably, that might not have been such a bad thing.
  • Wednesday, June 15, 2005

    Keeping Pace

    This is a pointless exercise that means nothing, but it is certainly interesting to see who is on pace for what at this point in the season. All these numbers are coming into last nights game so these totals are slightly higher that they should be after that boredom fest in Oakland, but it should be a negligible amount.

    Jose Reyes in on pace to play 159 games, which seemed unfathomable after his first two years, 33 doubles, 18 triples, 20 walks, and 46 stolen bases.

    Carlos Beltran is on pace for 18 homers, 73 RBIs, three stolen bases, and 51 walks in 144 games. Disturbingly enough, his homerun total and RBI total would be the lowest in his career since becoming a full time starter, with the exception of in 2000 when he was limited to 98 games due to injuries. His stolen bases total would be the lowest since '98, when he played in only fourteen games and stole three bases. His walk total would be the second lowest in every season he has been a starter with the exception of 2000 and 1999, which was his first year as a full time starter. Last season, he registered 55 free passes in only ninety games with the Astros after being traded. Those numbers seemed unfathomable before the season, but due to some nagging injuries, it is what it is and they are possible. I've been waiting for him to bust out, and I still think he can, but this team needs him to do it now. They are hurting.

    David Wright is on pace to hit 25 homers, 86 RBIs, 43 doubles, steal 15 bases, score 86 runs, and walk 71 times all at the ripe age of 22. If the Mets choose to try and clone anyone, this would be the guy. They have done cows and cats, what not D. Wright?

    You may want to sit down for this one. Cliffy Floyd is on pace for 144 games, 90 runs scored, 39 homers, 111 RBIs, and 13 stolen bases. Do you think he sits home and wonders what type of career numbers he could have put up if he was always healthy? He should top his previous career high of 31 homers and has a good shot of topping his career high of 103 RBIs and top 100 RBIs for only the second time in his career.

    Mike Piazza is on pace to play 139 games, which is really surprising, but he is on pace for only 15 homers and 71 RBIs. After knocking in over 100 RBIs five years in a row, he will have not knocked in 100 in the last five years including this season. His 15 homers will represent the only season in his career that he has hit less than 20 homers in his entire pro career, including the minor leagues, when he has played in at least 100 games. Stick a fork in Mikey and drop him in the lineup.

    After smacking 32 doubles in 114 games in 2004, Kaz is on pace to hit a measly 10 doubles in 139 games this season. Ugly. Just ugly. I'm not talking a little ugly, but Joe Torre ugly. I've been one of his biggest defenders this season, but it looks like he cannot make it in the Big Apple. Anyone looking to pick up a 1/2 price Matsui jersey? I'm sure the price slashing will begin soon on his stuff.

    Pedro is on pace for an 18-3 record, 240 innings, 271 strikeouts, 132 hits allowed, and 43 walks. 271 K's would have him sit fourth all time for Mets single season strikeout totals. He is also on pace to lead the NL in K's and is on pace to be second behind only Johan Santana in the entire Major Leagues. Martinez's strikeout total would sit as his fourth highest single season total and his innings pitched total would sit 1.1 innings behind his single season high. Looking at his inning total, one would perhaps worry what he will have left at the end of the year, but he should have plenty left though. He topped 30 starts in '95, '96, '97, '98, '99, '02, and '04 and if Pedro keeps the same pace he is on now, his 2005 pitch total would rank sixth out of the eight seasons he topped 30 starts with 3303 pitches thrown. In the five seasons in which he has thrown more pitches, he pitched no less than 3468 pitches. Yes, he is a year older, but he has been so economical it is ridiculous. He should have plenty of arm left come the end of the year should the Mets need him for meaningful games because next year is now you have to catch the energy.

    Victor Zambrano is on pace to walk 99 batters this season in 28 games. If he does end up starting 30+ games, he will certainly challenge his career high of 106 free passes.

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  • Minor update:

    • Norfolk beat Charlotte 3-2. Jae Seo is putting up a ridiculous stretch of games since being demoted to AAA. He went seven innings, gave up five hits, two runs, walked two, and struck out seven. He is now 4-1 with a 3.26 ERA. Angel Pagan went 2 for 4 with one triple and two RBIs.

      On the year, if you take into account Seo's numbers at AAA and in the Major Leagues, he has a 6-2 record in 14 games started with a 3.00 ERA, 8.69 K/9, 7.97 H/9, and a 3.65 K/BB. The Mets have two starters not in the rotation that could be better than three of the guys they currently have in their rotation. When will it be time for Omar to strap a set on?

    • Binghamton beat New Hampshire 7-5. Yusmeiro made his return after going to Venezuela to see his baby be born and rest his arm and he was good. He went only 2.2 innings, gave up three hits, one walk, and struck out six. Petit was limited to 50 pitches as he recovers from right shoulder soreness.

    • St. Lucie beat Daytona 6-5. Shawn Bowman continues to hit like a man possessed and went 2 for 4 with a run scored, his tenth homer on the year, and knocked in two RBIs. Lastings Milledge went 1 for 3 with a run scored and Caleb Stewart continues his hot hitting and went 1 for 3 with two runs scored, a homer, and one RBI.

    • Hagerstown beat Lexington 8-2 behind another stellar game by Gaby Hernandez. Gaby went 6.1 innings, gave up seven hits, two runs, walked two, and struck out seven. He is now 4-1 with a 2.62 ERA. So far in 68.1 innings, the 19 year old has been dominant. He has put up a 6.16 H/9, 9.83 K/9, 3.15 BB/9, and 3.13 K/BB. When Yusmeiro Petit was 19, he pitched 83 innings in Cap City, then 44.1 in St. Lucie, and 12 in Binghamton. Though some might see it as rushing Gaby, I say let him get another game or two at Hagerstown and let him see what he can do in St. Lucie. He is a polished pitcher that is looking like a steal in the third round. Let his skill dictate where he plays and not his age.
  • From the NY Times:

    The Mets have not been able to define major league roles for Diaz and Heilman and have not been able to clear roster spots for a couple of potentially deserving candidates.

    How the Mets have not been able to find a defined role for Heilman is beyond me. It is as easy as putting him in a game when it is on the line. Bam...defined role.

  • BA's Prospect Hot Sheet is out and Stephen Drew is on fire. He started off the year 10-24 with a pair of homers and eight RBIs. Brian Bannister got an honorable mention.

  • From BA:

    The Angels’ Double-A affiliate at Arkansas has been received an offensive boost, as Kendry Morales was promoted after just 22 games at low Class A Rancho Cucamonga. The 21-year-old Cuban, who signed a six-year major league contract over the winter, hit .344-5-17 in 90 at-bats while splitting time between first base, third base and right field.

    He seems like he could be pretty damn close to the majors.

  • Has it really come to this? The Yankees looking to sell at the deadline?

  • The title of the day goes too...

    Mets sluggish in loss

    Not because it was a particularly good title, but because it was dead on. They looked bored, uninterested, deflated, and defeated. They had nothing and it is not even the dog days of summer yet. What they need is an injection of life somehow and Victor Diaz brings that on a daily basis. Get this first base experiment moving with Diaz sooner rather than later.
  • Tuesday, June 14, 2005


    Some brilliant spin from the Mets camp. Fans still bewildered about the Mets play of late have completely been distracted with the thought of a new $600 million dollar stadium.

    "There's no question that the Mets desperately need a new stadium," Selig said. "With all respect to Shea, all one has to do is walk through it to realize that. Having said all that, this is very important. It's a great day for the Mets. It is incredible."

    There will not a retractable roof, and I like the idea of not having a retractable roof for a few reasons. For one, there really are not that many rainouts necessitating the much higher price tag. The other teams that do have the retractable roofs have their own reasons for having them, and while they are nice, the Mets really do not need one. Also, it allows the stadium to be more open. If there was a retractable roof, it would not be as open air as one without a roof needing high sides all around to surround the field to accommodate the retractable roof and it's tracks.

    Fred Wilpon will be covering the entire cost of the construction with the city kicking in for the infrastructure just like in the Yankee deal. Now the Mets will finally have a home when they hopefully start a sting of winnings seasons and perhaps even a mini-dynasty. They have the resources to be competitive and burgeoning starting pitching in the minors to lead the charge. This is a great day for the Mets and it should make all the people who are opposed to use public funding for the stadium happy as well. Sure the city will kick in a lot of money towards infrastructure, but this deal is more than fair.

    After a weekend of bad baseball in which the Mets could have easily been swept, this is something to brighten up the week a bit.

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  • The walking wounded.

    Cameron and the Mets have other physical maladies. On Saturday night, Cameron told The Post that his right knee felt "almost like a bowling ball" and Doug Mientkiewicz admitted after Saturday's game that "Cammie's hanging on by a thread."

  • Minor update:
    • Hagerstown beat Lexington 10-9. Ambiorix Concepcion continues his awakening with a 2 for 5 performance with two runs scored, a triple, a homerun, and two RBIs. Matt Durkin went 4.1 innings with one hit allowed, two earned runs, two walks, one homerun, and five RBIs.
    • Jupiter beat St. Lucie 6-5. Lastings Milledge went 3 for 5 with three runs scored and two doubles. Caleb Stewart went 3 for 3 with two runs scored, one double, one homerun, and two RBIs. Also, I was away on Saturday and Sunday and for those of you who missed it, Phil Humber had his best pro game going seven innings, giving up four hits, no earned runs, no walks, and struck out five. Shawn Bowman also continued to hit going 2 for 4 with two homers and three RBIs.
    • Binghamton beat New Hampshire and Chase Lambin went 3 for 3 with one run scored, one double, and one homerun.