Even when something good happens to this team (10 Ks), there is absolutely nothing to look for next year. Figueroa is 35 and we've seen everything there is to know about him. Games will start getting interesting again as soon as Thole makes an appearance.
Meet the Mets
A small glimmer of hope appeared on the horizon late last week as FoxBusiness.com reported that the Wilpons' financial losses from Bernie Madoff were so severe that they would be forced to sell the Mets. The Wilpons issued a denial.
This year just isn't as much fun for the Phillies without the Mets choking. Sorry guys.
The Mets have had 16 runners thrown out at home this season. The Post blames Razor Shines.
New York will platoon Josh Thole when he is promoted September 6th. The Mets want to keep their minor leaguers down for a while to make up for the lack of depth.
Around the NL East
The NL Rookie of the Year contest is looking like a battle between two NL East aces.
The Nationals traded second baseman Ronnie Belliard to the Dodgers for two minor leaguers.
Florida optioned pitcher Chris Volstad to triple-A. Volstad failed to get out of the 5th inning in four of his five August starts.
Tim Hudson's long awaited return has been pushed back slightly due to roster concerns surrounding Nate McLouth.
As usual, Mike Hampton is going to have season-ending surgery.
Former MSG network president Bob Gutkowski is suing George Steinbrenner over the YES Network idea.
Luis Gonzalez officially retired last week and became a member of the Diamondbacks' front office.
The LA Times is speculating that Chone Figgins is packing his bags for a free agent payday.
Jake Peavy's latest rehab start was a disaster, knocking him off his return schedule.
Scott Kazmir will make his Angel debut on Wednesday against the Mariners and Felix Hernandez.
Zack Greinke threw a one-hitter.
Miguel Tejada is accused of tipping pitches while on Oakland. There's an interesting Dominican Republic backstory here as well that Tejada is merely the figurehead for.
Eric Young Jr. is trying to follow his father's footsteps.