Always Amazin' did a contest in which he gave away the 1986 World Series DVD Collection and I was feeling a bit left out. So here I am with my own contest for the DVD collection and here is how it is going to work. I'm going to put it out there to guess the line for Steve Trachsel's start on Wednesday against Mark Mulder and the Cardinals. You will get one point for IP (if he goes 5.2 innings, you have to guess 5.2 to get credit), H, ER, BB, SO, and HR allowed. The person with the highest total wins. The tie breaker will be the total runs scored in the game and the tie breaker for the tie breaker will be the pitch count. If there is a tie, the DVDs will go to the person with the closest guess to the actual total runs (you can be under or over it doesn't matter, just be the closest) and include your guess for the pitch count in case there is the unlikely tie for the tie. If there is somehow a tie on the tie breaker for the tie breaker, you can guess how many holes there are in the pair of underwear I'm wearing for that current day.
Good luck. All guesses have to be in by tonight at midnight and send them via email to metropolitans at optonline dot net. Just shoot me an email with IP, H, ER, BB, SO, HR allowed, total runs scored between the Mets and the Cardinals, and pitch count with spaces in between each number. You don't have to indicate which is which, just make sure you have a number for each category even if it is zero and put them in order of the above format. If you are missing one? You lose. Got it?
Game on! Glavine is back in the game.
A source told The Post last night that the Mets' All-Star left-hander - feared done for the season, maybe even for his career with a possible blood clot in his pitching shoulder - underwent an angiogram yesterday and will not require surgery.
Hopefully the Mets run into October with Pedro, Glavine, Maine, and The Duque, but I think Maine will really be left out. The Duque had some success last year out of the bullpen and might be a viable option, but I ultimately the Mets will side with his playoff experience and put him in the rotation. Either way, it is good to know Tom will most likely be back.
9. Deolis Guerra, rhp, low Class A Hagerstown (Mets)
Hope Mets fans enjoyed the show, because Guerra's cheese smelled so good last week: no hits in five innings, though he walked six and struck out six. This 17-year-old has a 1.15 ERA in August and is 6-7, 2.20 overall with just 59 hits allowed in 82 innings.
59 hits in 82 innings? Siiiiiiick.
Fernando makes his first appearance on the Not-so-Hot sheet and you have to give him a pass really.
Fernando Martinez, of, high Class A St. Lucie (Mets)
Understand, we come not to bury Martinez . . . he's 17 and playing in the Florida State League. That's incredible, really. But he went 5-for-32 last week and is hitting .200 in the FSL so far (14-for-70). Just don't pencil him into the 2007 lineup in New York as Cliff Floyd's replacement, that's all we're saying.
"It's moving, but I can't tell you whether it's going to happen or not," one source said. "It's closer than it was last week."
As for Perez's turnaround, GM Omar Minaya said: "I think it was a combination of mechanical and just clearing his head. We knew when we got him it was just going to take some time. Two years ago people talked about him the way they talked about Dontrelle (Willis), the way they talked about the guy in Tampa Bay. What's his name? (Scott) Kazmir. We felt we got a guy who potentially had some upside. We didn't know if we could get him back, but I'm pleased by the progress."
Jon Niese continues to struggle of late and took the loss in Hagerstowns game against West Virginia. Niese went four innings and gave up eleven hits, five earned runs, and one homer while striking out four.
Kevin Mulvey, the Mets' second-round pick in this year's draft (and their initial selection), will pitch Thursday for Double-A Binghamton for the first time. Mulvey is a right-hander from Villanova who pitched in the Gulf Coast League for two innings this past Saturday.