Meet the Mets
Usually you have to wait until the fourth of July to get really good fireworks, but the Mets and Phillies combined for some on Memorial Day, blasting four home runs. The last one was off the bat of Ty Wigginton and put the game out of reach for our Metropolitans. It did likely spell the end for Manny Acosta as well. So we'll all have to come up with new jokes on twitter whenever a home run-prone relieve comes in for the Mets. Dems the breaks.
Chris Schwinden will likely take Acosta's spot on the roster, joining Omar Quintanilla on the Mets, who subs in for the DL'd Justin Turner. Turner sprained his ankle during a rundown in yesterday's game. It looked much worse on first glance, but Turner will still likely be out a few weeks. Quintanilla makes it an even 40 on the 40-man as even Terry Collins couldn't bare the thought of Jordany Valdespin manning shortstop for a couple games until Ruben Tejada and/or Ronny Cedeno is ready to return.
The Mets 25-man roster currently houses Vinny Rottino, Omar Quintanilla and Jack Egbert. Just the way we drew it up in Spring Training!
Help is on the way, though, as Tejada, Bay and Thole all played in an extended Spring game yesterday, and all should filter back to the roster in the next couple weeks. Plus, the Mets will have to clear 40-man space for Pedro Beato and Chris Young in the next couple weeks, so the MLB roster could looks very different by June 10th or so.
In happier news, Andres Torres welcomed a new addition to the family yesterday morning and still made it to the park in time to knock a pinch-hit double.
Finally, Mets stats guru Ben Baumer is leaving the organization to teach at Smith College. As a guy who went to college in the valley, it is a lovely place to live. He should definitely check out the Eastside Grill if it is still open.
Around the NL East
The relief pitcher formerly known as Leo Nunez will have to serve an 8-week suspension after lying about his name and age to MLB.
The Angels walked off against the Yanks, but may have lost Jered Weaver who left in the first inning with back pain. Not good news for a team that was finally starting to put some things together. Also, what the heck got into Mark Trumbo this year?
The Manny being Manny era in Oakland will not begin as scheduled in Game 51.
And finally, FanGraphs takes a look at ageless wonder Paul Konerko.