NEW YORK, NY - JULY 21: Carlos Beltran #15 of the New York Mets flies out in the ninth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals during their game on July 21, 2011 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
Yesterday was in all likelihood the last time we'll ever see Carlos Beltran wearing a Mets home uniform. Unfortunately the Mets dropped the game to the Cardinals 6-2. This was a strange game throughout, and fittingly featured Gary, Keith, and Ron doing part of the broadcast from the Pepsi porch. I think they just wanted a better look at Carlos in case it's his last time manning the outfield at Citi. Also in right field news, a fan manged to elude security after he rushed onto the field yesterday. If that were a Philly fan, he'd have posed such an inherent risk that he'd need to be tased. Luckily for us, Mets fans aren't known for being the worst in America.
The Daily News seems to have caught on to the idea that Carlos Beltran is not only good, but a valuable trade chip as well. It's funny how the MSM are seeming to come around to him now that his days in Queens are probably in the single digits. The Times even questions whether we should bring him back next season.
In the other major Mets news of the day, the Plaintiffs in the Wilpons Bernie Madoff lawsuit have dropped the damages claim against them. This doesn't get the Wilpons out of hot water completely, but the lawsuit is looking good for the worst case scenario just got a whole lot better. That's probably one of the key reasons that nobody seems to know what's really going on with the minority stake of the team that's up for sale.
Here's a quick look at some top players that were acquired as prospects at the trade deadline. Clearly we all hope the return for Beltran will make a list like that someday.
Izzy has stated that he doesn't want to be traded, but he seems to realize it may happen and doesn't seem opposed to returning to the Cardinals.
Around the NL East:
The Marlins were swept by the Padres yesterday, the game had a pretty awful looking incident involving Orlando Hudson. On the more positive front, more details were revealed about the new stadium they will be moving into.
Lookout Landing takes a closer look at the evolution of Sabermetrics. It's an interesting read, regardless of your take on it.
At the amateur level, the use of metal bats has suffered another setback. I can't imagine it will be too long before all levels of baseball abandon the ping in favor of the crack.
Two new suspects have been arrested in the opening day beating of Bryan Stow. I imagine there will be repercussions involving Giovanni Ramirez.