Meet the Mets
A valiant comeback? A bullpen meltdown? That's right, it's Crushing Loss 2: Electric Boogaloo. Terry Collins is fed up and he's not going to take it anymore. He wants bullpen help now, not three weeks from now. I don't get the Josh Stinson love. I mean, he throws hard, but he hasn't been that much better in relief than he was as a starter, which was bad. Now is also probably a bad time to mention that Sandy just sort of trailed off glumly when talking about the bullpen at Saturday's Baseball Prospectus day at Citi.
But now we must turn our attention to the Phillies. Jon Niese will get an extra day of rest, facing Vance Worley on Tuesday, while Dillon Gee gets
fed to the lions to face Cliff Lee tonight. In this series, Parnell will be the closer, except when he isn't the closer. Of course, this is all moot until the Mets win a close game. Or any game Adam Rubin has your series preview over at the WWL.
Jose Reyes (and his hamstring) are almost ready for rehab games.
Andy McCullough mentions Darin Gorski. He gets a link. Take note, beat writers and bloggers.
Jason Bay remembers his LLWS days, probably because ESPN writers have a directive to pump up the LLWS, which completely coincidentally is broadcast on ESPN.
Mets Minor League Blog has video of the elusive Zack Wheeler. The best part of this video is it looks like St. Lucie is wearing the ol' racing stripe jerseys. I'm still not ranking Wheeler over Harvey, but he is the real deal, folks. Also, Toby Hyde was in Florida this weekend and has scouting reports on the St. Lucie and GCL squads.
Greg Prince of Fear and Faith probably could have picked a better day to take the family to the ballpark.
The Braves continue to beat up on the NL West, blanking the Diamondbacks behind Tim Hudson and some timely D. And as if they didn't have enough pitching, they should be getting Tommy Hanson back soon.
The ChiSox got back to .500 with a win over the division leading Rangers. Ah, the salad days when the Mets were at .500. Of course, Chicago is only five games out now, because the AL Central is terrible. Meanwhile, the Angels swept the O's to move four back of Texas. And they locked up Jered Weaver for the forseeable future.
Even from a Yankee, an inside the park home run gets a link.