Meet the Mets
Target Field was like a frozen tundra on Friday evening but that didn't bother the Mets' bats, as they exploded for nine early runs against Vance Worley and beat the Twins 16-5. Jon Niese wasn't great in the cold weather but was able to keep the Twins mostly out of the game. John Buck continues to rake, as the veteran catcher hit a grand slam. We know how flawed a stat RBIs are but Buck has somehow out-RBI'd the Miami Marlins.
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A very Happy Harvey Day to all of you Mets fans out there! Matt Harvey heads to the mound for his third start of 2013 as he'll face off against Scott Diamond in game two of this series. First pitch is at 4:10 PM. Word has it that Terry Collins may use Justin Turner as his DH today, probably because he wants me to break something.
Terry is more worried about the cold in Denver next week, where temperatures may be in the 20s at game time.
What do the Mets do with Matt Harvey's contract situation? For now, they can do nothing since he's under team control through 2018. But though the team has yet to discuss a long term deal for Harvey, that time might be getting closer.
Our old friend Mike Pelfrey is a Twin now but he's still rooting for the Mets.
The Mets added another lefty to the organization, signing former Yankee Sean Henn to a minor league deal. The lefty hasn't pitched in the majors since 2009.
Rafael Montero has been untouchable in his first two outings of the year at Double-A Binghamton and that landed him in the team picture on Baseball America's Prospect Hot Sheet.
Yesterday At AA
The next episode of the Amazin' Avenue Audio podcast is out, as Jeffrey and Rob indulge in some small sample size theater.
As part of our preview of the Mets' series with the Twins, James looked ahead at the pitchers the Mets would face this weekend, while I asked some Twins questions of Twinkie Town's Jesse Lund. Chris McShane writes that despite this weekend's frigid temps, outdoor baseball in Minnesota is not a bad idea.
On the prospect side, Rob Castellano continues his sleeper series by looking at Binghamton outfield prospect Alonzo Harris, whose stock has some helium over the last year. If you want to see how Harris and others in the system did yesterday, you can check out Greg Karam's Daily Farm Report for April 12th.
Rob also took a look at Jordany Valdespin and the topic of bias in baseball.
Joe Sokolowski has a another fantastic edition of This Week In Mets Quotes.
Brock Mahan celebrates Paul Lo Duca's birthday by looking back at April 12th in Mets History.
Around the NL East
After Ryan Zimmerman's throwing error allowed the Braves to tie the game at four apiece, Ramiro Pena's extra-inning two run home run won it for Atlanta, 6-4 in Washington.
The Phillies beat the Marlins 3-1 in 10 innings last night. At Fish Stripes, Michael Jong revisits the idea of lineup protection when it comes to Giancarlo Stanton and the Marlins' woeful lineup. Stanton, meanwhile, was held out of the lineup with a sore shoulder yesterday.
Around the Majors
The brawl between the Dodgers and Padres on Thursday night is still a big story, as Carlos Quentin was suspended for eight games for his part in the melee. Grant Brisbee writes about what should be changed by MLB now that Zack Greinke was injured (the answer is nothing).
In what seems like the most Alex Rodriguez thing ever, a representative of the Yankees' slugger has tried purchasing documents from Biogenesis so MLB cannot get them.
Bad news for Jose Reyes, who was carted off the field during yesterday's Blue Jays game with a bad ankle sprain and is expected to miss 1-3 months with the injury. Reyes slid late while trying to steal second base and landed awkwardly on his ankle.
The Yankees turned the rare triple play during last night's game against the Orioles.
Players often start out the season on fire but nobody's as hot as Barry Bonds was in April 2004. Mercy.
The President of the Diamondbacks is still happy with the Justin Upton trade.