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Figgy Applesauce - Mets face mismatch, Bernazard vs. chaplain, Wilpon in the pros, Billy Joel in Philly

Mike Pelfrey has been hanging around with Oliver Perez too much. He's starting to produce innings that have to be seen to believe. Striking out the side in the first, then issuing a two-out walk and two hit batsmen in the second. Very strange. Dan Warthen sure gets his work out with both these guys. It's like they need their hands held to get through five innings.

Meet the Mets

In this biggest mismatch I can remember this season, Nelson Figueroa gets the start tonight against Dan Haren.

Reese Havens doubled and homered for 2 of his 4 hits yesterday, earning the Baseball America's Prospect Hitter of the Day award.

Whatever happened to Eddie Kunz?

Tony Bernazard cussed out a priest. No, seriously.

Mike Silva advocates for Wally Backman to replace Bernazard.

I miss Bob Murphy. Wayne Hagin just isn't cutting it.

Mets Police investigates Jeff Wilpon's professional baseball career. Not much to find, however.

St. Lucie is the place to be if you want to see the real Mets. Billy Wagner and Jose Reyes are rehabbing there.

Remember Omar's last deadline deal? Not terrible, actually. It's the subsequent re-signing of Ollie that causes me to punch my computer.

Around the NL East

Cliff Lee made his Philly debut and was awesome, of course. This guy compares him to my favorite singer, Levon Helm. Part of me just died inside. In slightly better news, however, the Phillies lost to Barry Zito.

Pedro did not fare too well in his latest triple-A appearance.

In slightly related Phillly news, Billy Joel has to wear a Phillies jacket in his concert at Citizens' Bank Park because there's a Met logo in his stage background. OMG. Kranepool Society is pissed at Billy.

OhMurph presents an X-rated encyclopedia of Philly sex terms. This is a family site, so I will not paste any samples here.

The Marlins knocked around their former closer Kevin Gregg for two solo shots in the 9th to shock the Cubs, 3-2.

The Dodgers beat up on Jair Jurrjens and the Braves 9-1. Earlier in the weekend, Jason Schmidt returned to his old form and dominated Atlanta.

The Nationals were busy around the trading deadline, but not in signing the players who should be their building blocks. They beat the Pirates 5-3.

Around MLB

Jim Duquette says Scott Kazmir is proving him right about his player evaluation. Too bad Victor Zambrano isn't helping.

Mike Silva asks what is the best baseball video game. I'm putting in a vote for High Heat Baseball.

Melvin Mora's time in Baltimore may be done as he's feuding with manager Dave Trembley.

The Mariners may be interested in dealing Felix Hernandez.

Nomar says that clean players identified themselves as users in 2003 to get testing

Walt Jocketty loves Scott Rolen.