In case you missed it, the Mets and Phillies were rained out on Friday night and will make up the games today as part of a day/night separate admission doubleheader. Game one can be seen at 1:10 PM on WPIX and will feature R.A. Dickey on the mound up against Cole Hamels for the Phillies. Game two will be on SNY beginning at 7:10 PM and it'll be Dillon Gee on the hill for the Mets against Joe Blanton. If you had tickets for Friday night's game, you can use your tickets to get into tonight's 7:10 game.
Hopefully the Mets will have Lucas Duda and Angel Pagan in the lineup today. Both were held out of Friday's preliminary lineup due to headaches. By the way, Terry Collins said that he sees Duda as his right fielder in 2012.
The 2011 Phillies are a great team but here's one thing that they won't be: as good as the 1986 Mets.
Just because there was no Mets baseball on the tube doesn't mean that there wasn't any off-the-field news....
As the season winds down, the Jose Reyes chatter and speculation continues to increase. On Friday, Reyes reflected on his time with the Mets and said that while he is grateful for what the organization's done for him, he realizes that baseball is a business and he's unsure of whether he'll be back next season. Before we panic, we probably shouldn't take this as a sign that Reyes is leaving, but instead that it's more of his own uncertainty over what the organization wants to do. Or at least that's what I'm pinning my hopes to.
There will be plenty of shuffling around this offseason in the organization and some of that has already begun to take shape. Special assistant to the GM/former Reds GM Wayne Krivsky and scout Bryan Lambe, two holdovers from the Minaya era, were informed that their expiring contracts would not be renewed for 2012. In the dugout, the Mets will begin to talk about the status of Terry Collins beyond 2012 as well as his coaching staff for 2012.
A ruling on the $1 billion lawsuit against the Wilpons is expected as soon as Monday. It sounds as if Judge Rakoff may drop the disputed $700 million and that could allow the Wilpons and Picard to begin to work on a settlement that would hopefully put this whole thing behind the organization.
More Citi Field dimensions talk? Of course! Here are some reasons why the changes should be made.
How exactly should we value unmeasurable skills in baseball? We may not know just yet, but Patrick Flood suggests that perhaps saberists shouldn't completely dismiss what we cannot adequately measure.
Around the NL East
The Braves beat the Nationals 7-4 as they ambushed Stephen Strasburg for three runs in four innings. Unfortunately for Atlanta, Tommy Hanson felt pain in his shoulder blade during a rehab game and left after just two innings.
Around the Majors
The Yankees and Red Sox were rained out and will play a double dip on Sunday. Clay Buchholz is trying to make it back for a late season start. In other news, that Brian Cashman is one crafty fella. The Rays helped out the Sox, losing to the Blue Jays 5-1. Tampa is now 2.5 games back with only 5 to go.
In long awaited news, MLB has asked a judge to order the sale of the Dodgers, citing the manner in which Frank McCourt is driving the historic franchise into the ground. Well, it's about time.
A photo of the new Toronto Blue Jays' logo has been leaked and let's just say that it's not all that new. It is pretty cool though and certainly better than that terrible new Marlins logo.
Over at Fangraphs, Mike Newman uses metrics to explore predicting power grades for minor league prospects. Interesting stuff.
Finally, Justin Verlander and Clayton Kershaw are both making a run at the pitching Triple Crown, something that hasn't happened since 1924 when Walter Johnson of the Washington Senators won the Triple Crown in the AL and Dazzy Vance of the Brooklyn Robins (now the Dodgers) completed the trifecta in the NL. The most recent pitching triple crown winner was Jake Peavy with the Padres in 2007.