I'm filling in for Joe today, so hopefully I can live up to his high applesauce standards. Let's go:
The pitching matchups are set for this week's 3 game series against the at Citi Field:
Has Johan forgotten about baserunning the last time these teams met? We'll find out during Vic's first at-bat.'s bush league
Jorge Says No! interviewed the energetic Wally Backman, who is currently managing the Joliet Jackhammers of the independent Northern League. Backman led the 1986 Mets in grission points and is one of the names frequently mentioned as a possible future Mets manager.
There hasn't been any indication that the The Daily 'Stache says no thank you if he is available. Dunn is outrageously bad in the field, but I'd still take his 17 homers and .402 wOBA on the Mets right now.are looking to trade , but
Joe at Mets Today suggests the Mets forget about power hitters and focus on acquiring speedy players. I'm all for that, as long as these speedy players can also get on base at a high rate. Some of the suggested players in the post (Emilio Bonifacio, , ) fall definitively in the "do not want" category.
Noted Livan Hernandez skeptic Rob Neyer says that if the big guy can maintain his improved strikeout rate, he may continue to be useful.
Ben Shpigel of the New York Times profiles , who will be crucial to the Mets' success with sidelined.
Is Sirius Radio:not a fan of Citi Field? A quote from on "Ripken Baseball" on
"I juiced the ball just right of center field as hard as the good Lord can let me hit a ball, and it hit midways up the center-field wall for a double. And every time there was a long fly out or a double that hit off the wall or something, David Wright would run by me and go, 'Nice park.'"
2009 MLB Amateur Draft
The draft is today at 6 PM Eastern Time, and the first round will be airing live on MLB Network. It will run through Thursday. The Mets don't pick until #72. Here are various links to peruse to learn a little more about the draft:
Alex Nelson at Mets Geek reviews the Mets 2008 draft, comparing actual picks to his preferred picks.
Marc Hulet at Fangraphs looks at the Mets recent draft history and the outlook for the 2009 draft. He lists outfield, second base, and lefthanded pitching as organizational needs.
Baseball America listed its top 100 players in the draft a couple weeks back.
Beyond the Boxscore profiles college hitters.
David Pinto wants to abolish the draft altogether.
Around the NL East
The beat the 7-6 in 15 innings. Each team used 8 pitchers. hit his first Braves home run, against his former team. New Pirates center fielder went 4-7 with 2 triples.
throwing 8 shutout innings in a 4-0 victory. pitched on 3 days rest for some reason and wasn't sharp.led the over the ,
Phillies Nation notes that , , and lead All Star voting at their respective positions. Rollins might be the worst everyday shortstop in the National League this season. The other 2 are certainly deserving.
The exercised their option to keep manager Ron Washington through 2010. They're in first place in the weak AL West, but are losing struggling for 4-6 weeks due to a torn abdominal muscle.
The signed , who struggled this spring for the Mets.
Drew Sharp of the Detroit Free Press suggests the release . Maybe the Mets would be interested if that happened - Sheffield part 2? Magglio was worth 8.9 WAR just 2 years ago, but is slugging only .354 this season.