Meet the Mets
With Foreigner in the building to play a post-game concert, the Mets were left seeing Double Vision as they fell to the Cubs 6-3. Shaun Marcum has played Head Games with Mets fans all season, trading good and bad outings but he certainly wasn't a Juke Box Hero last night. David Wright's baserunning blunder made it Feel Like The First Time he'd ever ran the bases. The Mets' offense, meanwhile, wants to know what runs are (cut me some slack here, that was a tough one).
Jon Niese will match up against Scott Feldman when the Mets and Cubs play game two this afternoon at 1:10 PM.
Zack Wheeler is now set to join the Mets on Monday in Atlanta in preparation for his big league debut against the Braves on Tuesday. Wheeler traded tweets with former Mets nemesis Chipper Jones last night. With Wheeler headed to the majors, top pitching prospect Rafael Montero was promoted to AAA Las Vegas and will start for the 51's today. Montero may have an outside shot at seeing time in Queens this year but an innings cap along with him not being on the 40-man roster work against him.
Jordany Valdespin's audition at second base hasn't gone well early on.
The Mets announced that they signed 11 of their draft picks, a few to overslot bonuses. First rounder Dominic Smith wasn't one of them but it sounds like he'll sign in the coming days. Toby Hyde looks at what some experts are saying about the Mets' draft. Before for next season's draft, the Mets are preparing to introduce a new must-see tournament for scouts.
Yesterday At AA
Rob Castellano looks at the early returns from this year's amateur player draft.
Greg Karam has yesterday's Daily Farm Report.
Around the NL East
The Phillies beat the Rockies 8-7 in Denver. They may be a few games under .500 but Ruben Amaro says the Phillies have no intentions of dealing Cliff Lee or Jonathan Papelbon. God bless you, Ruben Amaro.
The Marlins beat the Cardinals 5-4. Miami has some relievers who could find themselves on the trade block. If the price isn't outrageous, I've always liked Steve Cishek, who seems totally miscast as a closer.
Around the Majors
Guess who has the best record in baseball over the last calendar year by a longshot? If you guessed the juggernaut Oakland A's, you were correct. Billy Beane might actually be a wizard.
Ben Badler writes about how teams can stretch their International Signing budgets.