It's all Jose Reyes all the time here at Weekend Applesauce, but this morning, it's for all the wrong reasons. Jose left the Mets' 5-2 loss to the Yankees on Saturday in the third inning with tightness in his left hamstring. Jose led off the first inning with an infield single, ran at first base and then played two innings in the field before being replaced by Ruben Tejada at shortstop. He'll go for an MRI on Sunday to find out the full extent of the injury. I'm not crying...I've just been cutting onions. Here's Terry Collins take on Jose's injury.
On the field, Dillon Gee matched Bartolo Colon pitch for pitch through the first five innings but things caved in on him in the sixth, as he allowed four runs to cross the plate, effectively KO'ing the Mets. The Mets grabbed two pity runs from the Yankees in the ninth inning, a consolation barely worth mentioning here.
Incredible how quickly things change in baseball. On Thursday morning, the Mets were looking for their fifth consecutive victory and a sweep of the Tigers, after scoring 52 runs in 4 games. Fast forward to Sunday morning, the Mets are looking to avoid being swept by the Yankees in a series where they've scored a grand total of three runs. R.A. Dickey takes the hill against 2009 spring training castoff Freddy Garcia. First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 PM and luckily, will be televised on SNY.
Carlos Beltran selfishly doesn't want to go to the American League to DH for the rest of his career. He lazily wants to play the outfield for the rest of his career. He's so soft. Oh wait a second...
The Mets made one signing on opening day of the International Free Agent signing period, reportedly inking 16 year old Venezuelan catcher Jose Garcia. The terms were not available, but he was rated pretty highly by Baseball America, landing at #24 overall. Let's hope he's less Francisco Pena and more...well, successful, I guess is the only way to put it.
Seventh round draft pick Cole Frenzel, a draft eligible sophomore first baseman from the University of Arizona, agreed to a contract yesterday with the Mets. The deal is over slot and said to be in the mid six figures. Frenzel will eventually report to Brooklyn after a quick pit stop at the Mets' spring training facility in Port St. Lucie.
Joel Sherman writes that the Subway Series is a "switch-hitter's paradise". Not necessarily a groundbreaking, informative article but I figured I'd link to it for sh**s and giggles.
Around the NL East
The Phillies beat the Blue Jays 5-3, as Roy Halladay threw a complete game in his return to his old stomping grounds (Halladay received a standing ovation from the Toronto fans, an act of humility that likely confused Phillies fans everywhere).
Around the Majors
Apparently, Moneyball 2012=Use of Technology. In case you didn't know, baseball is played by humans and not robots.
Former Mets first rounder Phil Humber continues to roll along for the White Sox, as he threw seven shutout innings versus the Cubs. I'm still quite surprised by his success, considering he looked to be nearly finished not long ago. Certainly a nice feel-good story.
Finally, the International Free Agent signing period officially opened up on Saturday, meaning that 16 year olds from other countries became eligible to sign contracts and there was plenty of movement. In particular, the Rangers went crazy, as they signed Dominican outfielder Nomar Mazara to a record $5 million signing bonus (a prospect the Mets were reportedly in on until the last minute), Dominican outfielder Ronald Guzman for $3.5 million and Dominican pitcher Pedro Payano for around $500,000 to $600,000. There are also rumors they're close to signing Venezuelan lefty Yohander Mendez for close to $1 million. You can check out Baseball America's site for more info on signings in the coming days. Here's a summary of the action from Day One.