That was easy, never a doubt in my mind... If only we could combine yesterday's hitting with opening day's pitching and fielding, we wouldn't have anything to complain about.
Assorted Met News
It seems like most of the chatter surrounding last night's 9-7 win over the Reds involves the shaky bullpen effort, but am I the only person who is freaking out more over the Mike Pelfrey we have seen for the last few weeks? Our #2 starter is getting drubbed in his latest starts. The bright spot on last night's performance though was his ability to gut it out through 5 innings, helped along by a great play by Luis Castillo and Brian Schneider on a pickoff in the 5th. And by the way, the Reds defense has been just awful in these first two games.
Newsday's Jim Baumbach feels Citi Field could use a few Met touches, like retiring Doc Gooden and Darryl Strawberry's numbers.
Newly acquired "outfielder" Gary Sheffield says he didn't even pick up a glove during Spring Training and is not ready to play the field for the Mets. This means he's more than happy to sit on the bench for a while and work his way into shape, mostly so that he can hit his 500th home run.
In wild optimist news, Billy Wagner is set to throw off a mound next week. "I'm going to get back. I'm not going to get any saves. But I'd like to help. That could be some bullpen." Yes, Billy, it could.
Metsblog has an interesting series with NL East bloggers talking about their confidence in their teams, their most feared hitters, pitchers, and the player they'd most like to steal. Be sure to check it out.
Jonathan Niese will make the opening day start for the Buffalo Bisons this afternoon.
Mike Francesa is apparently not very impressed with hitting savant Daniel Murphy. Make snide comments now.
Found this on the Miami Herald's website. Sometimes it seems pretty accurate, doesn't it?
Around the NL East
So, the Braves bullpen is still awful. Philadelphia fans try to spin 4 bases loaded walks in one inning as anything but a Brave implosion (one more here). In case you missed it, the Braves blew a 7 run lead to lose to the Phillies 12-11 yesterday afternoon. Joe Blanton got the start and was sent to the showers early after 4 innings. The comeback salvaged the Phillie world championship ring ceremony that preceded the game. Chipper Jones was scratched from the lineup due to a sore thumb.
Meanwhile, in Florida, the Marlins swept the Nationals in Daniel Cabrera's first Washington start. Chris Volstad made the start for the Marlins, pitching 5 strong innings. Marlin closer Matt Lindstrom looked shaky and was bailed out by left fielder Brett Carroll for the game's last out. Marlin first baseman Jorge Cantu left in the 7th inning with a hand injury and is listed as day-to-day.
Philadelphia has signed recently released National pitcher Gustavo Chacin.
Brandon Webb will miss his next start due to stiffness in his right shoulder.
Could have been Met Manny Ramirez knocked in the go-ahead runs in last night's Dodger victory over the Padres that featured Padre manager Buddy Black confusing his bullpen.
Cardinal manager Tony LaRussa went back to the pitcher in the 8th spot in last night's game against the Pirates.
Ichiro's bloody ulcer is improving and he will play as a designated hitter in today's game in Peoria.
Chien-Ming Wang made his first start of the season for the Yankees yesterday, as the Yankees lost 7-5 to the Orioles.
Non MLB Baseball News
Mr. Baseball Tuffy Rhodes hit his 444th Japanese league home run yesterday. The 40 year old Rhodes is now the active career leader for home runs in Japan and is in 12th place in Japanese history.
Enjoy some afternoon baseball as Oliver Perez seeks to prove he's almost as good as Derek Lowe. I hope you'll be able to sneak some MLB.TV at work or just watch the gamecast.