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Saturday Morning Mets Newsstand

Sure, the Mets won last night. But they suffered a great loss, too, according to Steve Popper of the Bergen Record. I didn't read the article, but I assume he's talking about Jose Valentin and his .241/.302/.373 batting line that they just can't afford to go without. If anything, Valentin's injury is a stroke of good luck for the team. Second base has been an offensive sinkhole this season, almost entirely due to Valentin himself. Ruben Gotay is tearing the cover off of the ball, but Willie Randolph had trouble finding him enough at-bats with a Proven Veteran™ like Valentin around. With Valentin out of the picture, Gotay can scoop up all of his plate appearances, and we can hopefully see if Gotay is a viable 2B option now and down the road.

During last night's game, Omar Minaya spoke in the SNY booth about Pedro Martinez's progress. He claims that Pedro has not suffered a setback and was on a scheduled break. He threw a sixty pitch bullpen session in Dominican Republic yesterday and is slated to throw a simulated game this week before beginning a rehab assignment. I'll believes it when I sees it.

New pictures of Cit Field are available, and you can really see the place starting to come together (Hat Tip:

New JoeChat at Fire Joe Morgan. Always a nice time killer on a Saturday morning/afternoon.