Meet the Mets
Another miserable day in Denver led to another postponement for the Mets. The Mets and Rockies will wrap up their abbreviated series with a single game today. Jon Niese will get the start. At least it's not another doubleheader.
Of course, Tuesday night's doubleheader would have been much more palatable if Ruben Tejada could remember how to throw to first base. But don't look for the Mets to make any drastic moves at shortstop, especially when the other options are Omar Quintanilla and Wilfredo Tovar. Regardless, Howard Megdal hopes that Tejada's throwing woes are just a passing phase.
Tejada's issues are a topic of conversation on the revamped Mostly Mets podcast, now featuring a very familiar co-host.
Mike Newman liked what he saw out of Brandon Nimmo on a recent scouting trip.
Baseball Prospectus warns us all to beware of young catchers. Young catchers like Travis d'Arnaud perhaps.
And Ted Berg wrote about the Mets new Triple-A affiliate in Las Vegas, and some of the pitfalls therein.
Yesterday at AA
Amazin' Avenue Audio Episode 16 premiered. We recorded in between doubleheader games, so Rob and I aren't quite as cranky as we'd both be a few hours later.
Rob Castellano brought you some more random numbers for your perusal.
David Moseder remembered the Mets first Shea Stadium hope opener on This Date in Mets History.
And we announced the winners of the Opening Day Roster Contest. Congratulations to all, and Praise Dickey!
Around the NL East
Nothing helps you right the ship faster than a series with the Marlins. Well, as long as Dan Haren isn't pitching.
The Braves finally stopped winning, as Wade Davis outdueled Mike Minor.
And the PhiLOLies had a productive evening, losing their previously suspended game with the Reds in nine minutes, and then got pounded in their regularly scheduled tilt. More bad news could be on the horizon too, as both John Lannan and Dom Brown are apparently nursing injuries.
There were 40 strikeouts in a game not involving the Astros, but I guess King Felix and Max Scherzer are no slouches at the swing-and-miss game either.
Joe Sheehan's pick to win the NL West is suddenly hot, sweeping the Dodgers on the road. The Padres can't seem to shake their injury problems though. As soon as they got Chase Headley back, it was Cameron Maybin's turn to hit the DL. Meanwhile, Grant Brisbee tries to figure out how the Dodgers can make room for Yasiel Puig.
The staff at Baseball Prospectus discusses their favorite one-tool players.
And Eno Sarris interviews Jarrod Parker about the risks of throwing a lot of breaking balls.