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Pagan Winning Applesauce - Angel lifts Mets, Rodriguez throws strikes, Niese reminds of Cliff Lee

Meet the Mets

Angel Pagan didn't need too many baseball instincts in hitting a game winning home run yesterday against the Cardinals. Some other interesting stuff: Francisco Rodriguez threw 7 pitches in his spring debut, retiring the side. Clearly, the wrap around glasses are making Rodriguez throw strikes.

The fifth starter's spot is still wide open. Nelson Figueroa talked with Mets360 about it. Jonathon Niese and Fernando Nieve were on display yesterday, and both convinced Mack that Figueroa was the way to go. Rod Barajas, however, thought he saw glimpses of Cliff Lee out there.

Omar says Fernando is out. Jerry says Fernando might be in. This all sounds too familiar.

More on why the Mets are crazy for this whole Mejia in the bullpen thing.

Will Davidian on why we all lose.

Ted Berg on John Maine

Around MLB

Placido Polanco had to be helped off the field in yesterday's Phillie game after straining his right knee.

Ben Sheets is not quite ready for a big league team yet.

Morgan Ensberg blames his positioning for Albert Pujols' NLCS home run against Brad Lidge.

Looks like the Marlins are kicking the tires on Mike Lowell.

Cliff Lee managed to get himself ejected from a Spring Training game.

Michael Young is playing around with a knuckleball.

Eric Gagne has been sent to the minors by the Dodgers.

Joe Posnanski lends his soapbox to Adrian Burgos, Jr. to talk about the Torii Hunter thing.

I just saw the movie Sugar this past week. I loved it. It didn't bring to mind any particular player, though I can see how it can easily happen.

 

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