The Mets made several moves involving their pitching staff yesterday, and more look to be on the way at some point this week. They started by designating Aaron Laffey for assignment, saving Mets fans the headache of having to watch him continue to pitch. His spot on the roster was filled by reliever Robert Carson, who has been impressing in Las Vegas.
The removal of Laffey from the roster leaves an opening in the Mets rotation, albeit one that wouldn't be overly difficult to fill. It's looks like we'll be seeing it filled with Shaun Marcum, who is on track to pitch against the Phillies this weekend.
Taking Carson's roster spot in Las Vegas will be newly signed D.J. Mitchell. Mitchell was a part of the Ichiro Suzuki trade last summer, and will slot into the 51's rotation.
The word from the Adam Rubin Lobby is that there are more moves yet to come, with Juan Lagares joining the Mets very soon. Lagares has been on fire in Las Vegas, hitting .346 with 3 HR. Unfortunately, he's managed only 4 walks in 82 plate appearances thus far.
Yesterday at AA
On a day with no Mets game to watch, we still found an awful lot to write about. Chris took a look at the red-hot start of John Buck, while Rob reminded us that Wilmer Flores still hits the ball really well. Rob also took a look at the slow starts of Ike Davis, and compared him to a young Keith Hernandez.
This week's player performance meters are available, with both hitters and pitchers getting an article. We might be able to give Bobby Parnell the "proven closer" label pretty soon if he keeps this up.
We're almost to the end of our look back at This Week in Baseball, with Matthew reviewing Episode 16 yesterday.
"This Week in Mets Quotes" is out, and there are a few good ones.
Finally for yesterday, we had our daily look at what Tom Seaver did on This Date in Mets History.
The division was relatively quiet yesterday, as both the Braves and Marlins were postponed due to weather in Colorado and Minnesota respectively. BtB had some Marlins talk for us though, asking if they have the worst offense ever assembled.
There was also some big news in Atlanta, as Jason Heyward had an emergency appendectomy on Monday night. It appears he will be heading to the 15-day DL.
Shin-Soo Choo and Carlos Quentin may be on to something with this HBP thing. Choo has now been hit 9 times this season, pushing his OBP over .500.
One final note for those of you that don't usually have out-of-market access to Mets games, the game this evening against the Dodgers will be free on MLB.tv. Enjoy.