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Acostalypse Now Applesauce - Nix Walks It Off, Kelvim Escobar Is Toast, Free R.A. Dickey

I'm pinch-hitting for Joe -- hopefully I can be more like Lenny Harris and less like GMJ.

Meet the Mets

Laynce Nix tagged Manny Acosta for a walkoff home run and the Mets have lost three in a row. Ike Davis fumed about his late inning strikeouts. Jerry Manuel says he's having trouble finding playing time for bench players. Joe Janish was disappointed that his namesake, Paul Janish didn't play in last night's game. I'm disappointed that there has never been a Kannengieser in MLB.

Mike Pelfrey says the MRI performed on his right shoulder is nothing to worry about.

Kelvim Escobar is done for the season. Signing him seemed like a good idea at the time. Decent process, poor result.

Kiko Calero was shellacked last night by AAA Louisville -- 1.1 IP, 8 H, 7 R. Chris Carter went 3-4.

The grassroots movement calling for R.A. Dickey's promotion is rapidly gaining followers. There are dozens of us.

Anthony DiComo is replacing Marty Noble as the Mets beat writer. Check out DiComo's blog, Mets Cetera. Fret not everyone -- Marty will still be writing feature pieces. I'm still hoping Marty publishes his memoirs.

In former Mets news, Brian Stokes and Scott Schoeneweis were roughed up in last night's 17-8 Red Sox win over the Angels.

Around MLB

Our own Eno Sarris and Brian Joura of Mets360 were the featured guests on FanGraphs Audio recently.

"Bro Tased In Philadelphia". That's a shame.

Athletics Nation provides some guidelines on managing pitchers.

Moshe Mandel at The Yankee U explains why there's no need to overrate Derek Jeter. Moshe is right -- Jeter is a great player, which even the most ardent Yankee-hater has to admit. But there's no reason to say he's the best player in the game today, or top five or six all-time. 

Capitol Avenue Club does an extensive review of the NL East and the Braves during the month of April. Good stuff on Base Runs and expected vs. actual record.

The Good Phight is asking for submissions to a new mailbag feature. First question -- what is Shane Victorino's problem?

Albert Pujols says Ryan Howard deserves every penny. Shocker.

Outside of MLB

Which movie will be best?

  • Gun, starring 50 Cent and Val Kilmer
  • Machete, starring Danny Trejo and Jeff Fahey
  • The Expendables, starring Sylvester Stallone, Dolph Lundgren and Arnold Schwarzeneggar