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Thursday, May 27, 2004

Hello Everybody this is Dan from Detroit Sports and Motown Tigers. Max gave me his password and username about a month ago so I could fix his site,that is why its says "Posted by Max" at the end of this post. As you can see Max hasn't posted in over 2 weeks. I used to AIM him and email him a lot. Since he stopped posting I haven't seen him online and he hasn't emailed me. He never said that he was going to stop posting or anything. Maybe he is just gone or maybe his computer is broken. I have no clue why he hasn't posted. Whatever the reason I am sure that everybody will be waiting for him to come back and write about the team he loves.
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Tuesday, May 11, 2004

DImondbacks 12, Mets 8
W: Daigle (2-1)
L: Baldwin (0-1)

Both Baldwin and Wheeler pitched very bad. They could blame the ballpark and say that the ball was carrying, which is true, but they weren't making their pitches. Hanging sliders, no movement fastballs. Baldwin gave up 2 home runs and Wheeler gave up 3. The home runs cost the Mets the game as they outhit the Dimondbacks 17-14 and scored 8 runs. I don't understand why Bladwin is up here. I really don't. He is a old, doesn't have good stuff, and the Mets could be giving his spot to someone young. Don't they want to build for the future. In other news, the Mets will be facing some great pitchers this week, so get ready for a lot of 1 run games, knowing the Mets. They will be facing Randy Johnson, and this weekend's seires against the Astros, they will be facing Oswalt, Pettite, and the one who must not be named. (Roger Clemens.)
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Saturday, May 08, 2004

Milwaukee 7, Mets 5
W: Davis (2-2)
L: Glavine (4-2)

For a box score go here.
For a game summary go here.

Game Notes
Tom Glavine- Other than the 3rd inning he didn't pitch bad. That inning though, he gave up 2 home runs and 4 runs. If you take the third inning out of Glavine's night here are his end stats: 5 innings. 1 hits. 3 walks. 3 strike outs. Not too shabby. Everyone has a bad inning once in a while.
Joe McEwing- He had a great night going 2-3 with a walk. He also hit what turned out to be a meaningless 2-out three run homer in the bottom of the 9th. He didn't play the greatest centerfield but you can't expect that. I hope there were a few balls Cameron would have gotten to but he made up for it with his offense.
Mike Stanton- He pitched 2/3 of an inning last night and didn't give up a run. That brings his scoreless streak to 10 games (11 1/3 innings) Over those innings he has given up 7 hits while walking only 2 and striking out 7. Looks like he is coming around.
Ober Moreno- He didn't pitch that bad but was taken out and must have no confidence. Let's take a look at the inning he pitched:

-Top of the 7th inning
-O Moreno relieved T Glavine.
-S Podsednik singled to left center. (Blooper over Matsui's head.)
-S Podsednik stole second. (On a pitch out.)
-C Counsell reached on bunt single to third, S Podsednik scored on throwing error by third baseman T Wigginton. (Another error.)
-K Ginter flied out to center.
-M Stanton relieved O Moreno.

Howe has to keep throwing Moreno out there to build up his confidence.

Tom Glavine's Game Score: 45

Jae Seo
Art Howe said Jae Seo will probably make his Monday start in Arizona despite cracking his right index fingernail Wednesday. It should be noted Seo split his nail while throwing 62/3innings of one-hit ball at Florida last June 17. He didn't start again until June 27 and lost his next six decisions; but Howe said "We feel like we've caught it earlier than last year. At this point it's not as bad."

Mike Cameron
Cameron was out of the lineup last night with a strained ligament in his right pinky suffered Wednesday. X-rays were negative and he was available to pinch-hit, but the Mets were using caution. He should play today with his pinky taped to his ring finger. "They'd rather have me not just for [yesterday] but for 130 games," said Cameron, who was injured trying to score on Wednesday. "We've been playing pretty good, so there's no feeling for me to rush back in there and do something stupid and be out 15-20 days."

Today's Game
Tyler Yates will be on the mound today, and will be opposed by Adrian Hernandez Yates has never faced the Brewers and Hernandez has never faced the Mets. Yates last start did not go well. He gave up 5 ER in 4.1 innings on 7 hits while only striking out 2 and walking 5. He is going to have to have better control this time or he'll have to expect the same results. This will be Hernadez's first start of the year. His last start was on May 22, 2002 against Toronto. In his 4 career starts, he is 0-4 will a 6.63 ERA. Enjoy the game!
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Sunday, May 02, 2004

Q & A with Peter Abraham

A few days ago, I had to honor of being able to ask Peter Abraham, the Mets writer for The Journal News, a few questions about himself and the Mets. I found it really interesting and I hope you do too.

Mets Forever: When did you become a baseball fan? What was your favorite team growing up and who were your favorite players?

Peter Abraham: I've been a baseball fan all my life. My grandfather managed a team in the local industrial league, my dad played, I played in high school, etc. I grew up in Massachusetts and my favorite team was the Sox. My favorite players as a kid were Yaz, Fred Lynn, Rooster Burleson and Butch Hobson. I can give you a pretty good breakdown on every Red Sox team since 1974 or so.

Mets Forever: When you were a kid, did you read about baseball in the newspaper everyday and read a lot of books about baseball, and if so which ones?

Peter Abraham: I read the Boston Globe religiously every day. Peter Gammons was their beat writer at the time and he influenced me tremendously. I think I read almost every book about baseball. My favorite was "Inside the Sixth Game" by Gammons and "Why Time Begins on Opening Day" by Thomas Boswell. There was no internet when I was a kid but I loved Boswell on the Orioles and used to go to the library to read the Washington Post.

Mets Forever: What is your background in journalism, and how did that transfer into a job with The Journal News as a Mets writer?

Peter Abraham: My background is I started writing for my hometown paper, the New Bedford (Mass.) Standard-Times when I was 15. High school swimming of all things. I stayed with them until I graduated from UMass-Amherst, where I was editor of the Daily Collegian sports section. I think I worked for 13 years at The Norwich Bulletin covering UConn men's basketball. I also have freelanced for many magazines. I left Norwich in 1999 for The Journal News. It was within the same company, Gannett, and I always wanted to try my hand in the New York market.

Mets Forever: Were there any writers that influenced you to decide you wanted to write about baseball?

Peter Abraham: Gammons, Boswell, Leigh Montville. Those three.

Mets Forever: What do you do during a typical gameday during the season and what do you do in the offseason?

Peter Abraham: Typical gameday: Get to the park 4 hours before the game. Update my personal stat books, read the competition on the net, etc. We get clubhouse access 3.5 hours before the game. I have 2 stories a day to write plus I update them each at least once over the course of the night. I usually leave an hour or so after the game. The offseason is dictated by the team's activity. Lots of calling agents, GMs, etc. I take most of my vacation in the offseason.

Mets Forever: You wrote an article early this year entitled "A Growing Sports Voice." It was an article about the growing world of baseball blogging. Do you ever take time to read baseball blogs, and do they ever help you or give you ideas for your baseball writing?

Peter Abraham: I read some blogs, most just to get an idea what the fan is thinking. Some guys are funny. I don't usually get ideas from them, however.

Mets Forever: Many bloggers follow sabermetrics. What is your take on the "sabermetric revolution" and how much do you follow it?

Peter Abraham: The saber stuff is fascinating but it's difficult to write for several reasons. It takes up lots of space, the average newspaper reader has a 7-9th grade reading level and it's a little too much like schoolwork for the average fan to really want to read. I employ it to give me perspectives on particular players that I may not have thought of. I am much less old school than I used to be because of the Baseball Prospectus people.

Mets Forever: What do you think about the 2004 New York Mets?

Peter Abraham: They are generally going nowhere because they lack talent, depth and the manager is over his head in New York. Reyes and Floyd are so fragile and when they are out the talent level sinks.

Mets Forever: How would you describe the atmosphere of the Mets clubhouse before a game?

Peter Abraham: Quiet, professional. Guys watch video, review charts, etc. Baseball players eat a lot, shower a lot and spend time stacking their fan mail, most of which is autograph requests from collectors.

Mets Forever: Who do you think is the hardest worker on the Mets?

Peter Abraham: In this order: 1. Ty Wigginton, 2. Mike Stanton, 3. Kaz Matsui,, 4. everybody else.

Mets Forever: How do you think Jim Duquette has done so far since becoming the Mets GM and are they headed in the read direction? Also, what do you think is the best move he has made so far and what do you think is the worst?

Peter Abraham: Jim has done well, especially robbing the Dodgers the way he did for Burnitz. They are headed in the right direction if they can find a manager who is not so old school. The best thing they did was hire Rick Peterson. I think ultimately moving Reyes to second will be a mistake. He's better defensively than Matsui could ever dream of being.

Mets Forever: There has been some discussion between Mets fans over Art Howe's managing this year. He has been making a lot of defensive replacements, causing some of the Mets best hitters not to be in the game in the 9th inning. How do you think Art Howe is doing as the Mets manager and do you think he is the right manager for the Mets?

Peter Abraham: The defensive replacement panic is overrated. He generally tries to cling to leads, which is fine. But in general I don't think his style works. He tries not to offend any of the players at the expense of victories. He also handles the media poorly. A lot of New York is perception and that seeps into the clubhouse. The perception around the Mets is that he's a rube and the team is mismanaged and they attitude infects everything.

Mets Forever: The Mets seem pretty excited about Scott Kazmir and David Wright. When can we expect to see them in a Mets uniform and what kind of numbers should we expect when they are?

Peter Abraham: Wright will be fine, likely here in September then to compete for a job next spring. Kazmir is pretty fragile. I think it's a matter of time before he has some kind of surgery then it'll become a question of whether he can come back or not. The Mets, I suspect, know he has a bad elbow and that is why they baby him so much. I can't predict their MLB numbers based on Class A and AA ball.

Mets Forever: There seem to be a lot of great personalities on the Mets. Which player or players are the pranksters or jokers? Also, whom would you consider the Mets clubhouse leader?

Peter Abraham: The Mets have a lot of good guys, funny guys. Franco, Cameron, Matsui, Stanton, McEwing, etc. Nobody is a prick, which is great for somebody in my business. In terms of a clubhouse leader, that stuff is overrated. Vance Wilson, to a degree. But nobody really. Baseball is such an individual sport. You don't need to be led like a football or basketball team. One player can't make somebody around him better in baseball. Just can't happen.

Mets Forever: There were some people, and are still some people, who would have preferred it if the Mets had left Jose Reyes at SS and instead of getting Kaz Matsui, spent the money on a RF. They feel by moving Reyes to 2B, he becomes a lot less valuable. One scout even described moving Reyes to second as having a Ferrari but only driving it 20 mph. What is your opinion? Do you think they did the right thing by getting Matsui even though they had to move Reyes to second?

Peter Abraham: I like Matsui a lot but I think he would have agreed to play second base if pressured. Vlad wasn't the answer and I share the concerns about his back. He's getting old in a hurry. I'd like to see them find a corner outfielder but it's a matter of Fred spending the money.

Thanks again Peter for taking the time to answer these questions. I know there are a lot of readers who look forward to your columns every day. Keep up the great work!
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Saturday, May 01, 2004

Padres 7, Mets 6

W: Lawrence (3-2)
L: Yates (1-3)
S: Otsuka (1)

This is getting ridiculous. I feel asleep during the third inning and I was very confident because the Mets had a 5 run lead at that time. I guess I shouldn't have been so confident. Tyler Yates has proven nothing against a Major League Team. (No I do not cosider the Expos a Major League Team.) I think he will come around but he has to work on his command. He has some nasty stuff and and had it last nigh tbut he lost command. Another thing he has to work on is getting ahead in the count and being able to put batters away went their are 2 strikes. Todd Zeile is still looking great. I keep waiting for him to fall of track and start playing crappy but he hasn't. Mike Cameron got a double but he struck out 3 more times. He really has to work on cutting down on those strike outs. Kaz Matsui made his fifth error of the year and you could say it cost the Mets the game. We are in the majors here and that play has to be made. It cost the Mets 2 runs. On a good note, the Mets bullpen pitched well and it looks like the bullpen has been getting a lot better. Stanton has been pitching great and last night, they took over for Yates in the fourth and shutout the Padres.

Discussion Question of the Week
The first week of doing the "discussion question" has come to an end. For those of you who missed it I asked the following question:

So far this year, there has been a lot of controversy over the managing done by Art Howe. Some feel he has done a horrible job substituting some of the Mets best players late in close games for defensive replacements. Some also feel he has misused the bullpen, bringing in the veterans too much. How do you feel Art Howe is doing? Do you think he is doing a bad job managing or is it not his fault but lack of a quality team?

I asked people to e-mail me what they thought. Only two people emailed me but here is what they had to say:

G. Collins from Dunnellon, FL.:

You're kidding right?? When the Mets signed him, my 15 year old son asked "WHY", and my head almost exploded! Combined with getting Mo Vaughn, the two WORST moves made in recent history! Has he done ONE thing to make you think he ought to be managing ANY major league team, let alone the Mets?!

He has no clue how to use relief pitchers (or starters for that matter), has no feel for the game, cannot/will not 'work' the umpires (a la Bobby Cox) to help his pitchers get calls...the list goes on and on. Do we REALLY believe that with Reyes and Floyd that we'd all be singing Howe's praises?? Come on! Granted, the bench he has to work with couldn't play on my recreation softball team, but it's obvious he has no 'feel' for the game. I've got to stop before I have a stroke!

Nick:

HOWE IS DEFINITELY USING STANTON TOO MUCH, TO ME STANTON IS A ONE INNING GUY OR JUST A LEFTY SPECIALIST, I FORGOT THE GAME BUT I REMEBER HOWE USING HIM FOR TWO AND HE GOT ROCKED. I ALSO AGREE THAT THE LATE GAME SUBBING IS WRONG WITH A TWO RUN LEAD YOU DONT TAKE PIAZZA OR FLOYD (WHEN HEALTHY) OUTTA THE LINE UP AND HES DONE THIS. I ALSO BELEIVE HE IS OVER MANAGING SOMETHING BOBBY V USED TO DO AND I HATE IT. ITS FUNNY BECAUSE HOWE REALLY NEVER HAD THAT REP BUT SINCE HES BEEN HERE IN NY HES DOING IT. I GUESS IT'S THE MEDIA PRESSURE BUT IM GETTING SICK OF IT. NOT TO BEAT AN OLD DRUM BUT IMAGINE IF THAT CHEAP SOB WILPON WOULDA OPENED HIS POCKETS AND LET VLAD COME HERE I WOULD FEEL SO MUCH MORE PROUD TO BE A FAN. FLOYDS CAREER HAS BEEN PLAGUED AND THEY WERENT HINDERED TO SIGN HIM ANS SO FAR VLADS BEEN OK. ANY WAY LETS GO METS!!!

I also asked Jerry Crasnick the same question and here's what he had to say:

Not to sound wishy washy, but it's probably a little bit of both. I don't think Art has had much to work with, but he's a pretty low key guy (that's putting it mildly) and he just might not be cut out for New York. He sure looked a lot smarter managing that team in Oakland.

Finally it is my turn to tell you want I think. Honestly, I think he is a pretty bad manager, and a horrible one for New York. He doesn't have a lot of talent to work with but he makes some of the stupidest moves during games I have ever seen. He also is a very low-key guy which is not good for New York. New York fans need someone who is going to argue calls and put some emotion into the game. He won't do that.

Now, for next week the discussion question is:

Today, it was announced that Jose Reyes has been sidelined again. He was first hurt in Spring Training and was at first questionable for Opening Day. It has been almost a month since opening day and he is still not back, and even worse today it was said he will be out at least three more weeks. When do you think Reyes will be back? Also do you think this is going to be an ongoing problem throughout his career? In the meantime, should the Mets try to find someone in the trade market who can play 2B or do you think they should stick with Garcia and Gutierrez?

Send in your answers to me. Please include your name and where you are from. I would really like to have more people this week so please try to write at least a little. Just try! Thanks.

Injury Update
  • Jose Reyes had an MRI taken of his right hamstring on Friday and the results, according to Jay Horwitz, the club's vice president for media relations, showed that the injury has not healed. Whether the injury had simply never healed or did heal and Reyes reinjured it Thursday night while running our a grounder in a rehab game is not clear.

    What is clear is that Reyes was taken off Major League rehabilitation and will begin undergoing treatment at the team's Spring Training site at St. Lucie, Fla. There is no time frame for his return or for when he will be able to play in a game. He will continue to work in the facilities hydro-works pool and do whatever limited baseball activity of which he is capable.

    "I'm not happy about it but it is what it is," manager Art Howe said. "We'll deal with it. We just have to be patient. It's out of our control."

    The Mets have already been patient with Reyes, who originally suffered the injury on March 14. General manager Jim Duquette indicated on Thursday that the strain Reyes suffered was probably closer to a Grade II strain, or more severe strain, than a Grade I strain which was the original diagnosis.

    Peter Greenberg, Reyes' agent, said that Duquette has given Reyes permission to speak with fitness specialist Mackie Shilstone but Reyes is reluctant to do so at this time. Regardless, Shilstone is currently working with boxer Roy Jones, Jr., training him for an upcoming fight and would not have time to see Reyes.

    "He's pretty down," Greenberg said. "He was very frustrated. We'll talk again in the morning. But he's been through this so much at least he knows where he's at. Now he'll just wait until he's 100 percent.

    "What can you say? He was feeling better every day and improving. I spoke to him on a regular basis and he felt like he was getting close. It was healing but he aggravated it. It wasn't completely healed. It was like he kind of got it to 80-90 percent and then he set himself back a few percentage points."

    You know what is more frustrating. This:

    Mackie Shilstone, a New Orleans-based fitness expert who has helped many major leaguers recover from hamstring injuries, whould have gladly helped Reyes.

    Shilstone said he would have required three to seven days to cure Reyes, a 20-year-old second baseman, but Reyes refused to leave Port St. Lucie because he wanted to continue his baseball workouts, and the Mets went along with his thinking.
    Shilstone said Friday that he was surprised Reyes had not returned to action. "But in the heat of battle, teams are sometimes stuck on dealing with symptoms," Shilstone said. "I would have looked at the root of the problem and taken care of it. Until the Mets address this, it will be a nagging thing. Unless they get to the bottom of it, even if Reyes comes back, I'd say there's a 60 percent chance he'll get hurt again."

    "You can't do this in-house," said Mack Newton, a hamstring specialist. "You have to look outside your organization and look at all the resources, or you're really not serious about being successful. You're not insuring your investment and that's stupid. If the people in-house knew what they were doing, how did it get to this point in the first place? It's not like this started the day before yesterday."

    Shilstone and Newton have not treated Reyes, but they hypothesize that there is scar tissue or an adhesion in the hamstring that will require deep-tissue massage. They also believe Reyes must learn how to run differently and take better care of his legs.


    This is crazy! I can't believe it. My respect for Reyes has been greatly lowered. Refusing to go to a speicalist who would have cured him in 6 to 7 days. Disapointing.

  • Cliff Floyd made no significant progress with his strained right quad yesterday. The leftfielder took batting practice in St. Lucie but is still not ready to play in a game. The Mets would like Floyd to play at least one rehab game before returning to the club.

  • Ty Wigginton (ulcer) is in St. Lucie and should be taking part in baseball activity next week.

  • Scott Erickson (strained left hamstring) does not have a timetable.

  • Shane Spencer, who has a tight right hamstring, did not start again last night but was available if needed.

    In other news...
  • Tom Glavine was named the Mets' Sharp Pitcher of the Month for April. The veteran left-hander, who wraps up the Padres series tomorrow, is 3-1 with a 1.64 ERA in five starts.

  • Mike Stanton hasn't allowed a run since April 16, recording 91/3straight scoreless innings. The lefty reliever has also proved to be reliable, working all three games of the Dodger series. "I feel fine," Stanton said. "I come to the ballpark every day ready to pitch, regardless of what I did yesterday."

  • James Baldwin will be a Met for at least 18 more days. The veteran right-hander, who's been pitching for Triple-A Norfolk all season, could have exercised his out-clause yesterday and become a free agent if the Mets did not put him on their major league roster. Instead, the two sides agreed to extend their relationship until May 18 and see where things stand then. "The Mets like him and he likes the organization," Rex Gary, Baldwin's agent, said. "We mutually agreed to it."

  • Danny Garcia started at second base last night and played a solid game. The Mets may be ready to give him a shot to play regularly until Reyes returns. Howe said that Ty Wigginton, who was a minor-league second baseman and replaced Roberto Alomar when he made his major-league debut in San Diego in 2002, was not an option to play second base if Reyes is unavailable for several months. "He used to play it," the manager said. "But we're not looking at that right now," he said.

  • Despite coming off a victory Thursday and his team winning its first series in weeks, Todd Zeile shaved his beard after completing his shoot for an upcoming feature film for his production company, Green Diamond Entertainment. Zeile said some of his teammates had asked him to keep it, but he couldn't wait to shave it off.
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    Friday, April 30, 2004

    Mets 6, Dodgers 1

    Great Win! Jae Seo pitched great. I was really impressed. And finally are offense came through. We even got to see Mike Staton single and drive in a run.

    Bad News Report
    I decided to change the title from Injury Update to Bad News Report since Reyes just doesn't want t6 get better. Here's the latest. Jose Reyes suffered yet another setback Thursday night in his attempt to return from the strained right hamstring that has already kept him on the shelf for nearly two months. Reyes, who went 0-for-2, was playing for St. Lucie in a Florida State League game against Vero Beach when he removed himself after a fourth-inning groundout to shortstop. He felt some pain in his leg and decided to shut it down, ending any chance he had of rejoining the team this weekend in San Diego. In fact, the setback could also jeopardize any potential return during next week's homestand. General manager Jim Duquette called the setback minor but also admitted that the strain Reyes originally suffered was more of a Grade 2 strain -- a more serious injury -- than the Grade 1 strain it was initially described as. Reyes, who played well in his first rehab game Wednesday night, has been out for 46 days. "He didn't aggravate but he wasn't feeling 100 percent," Duquette said. "When he was running down the line he felt it." Not good! I don't know if he is ever going to come back. He definetly has to go see a hamstring specialist. In other injury news:
  • Duquette and manager Art Howe also said that Cliff Floyd (quadriceps) still isn't quite ready to play in a rehab game. Howe added that he "is coming along" but that he would like to see Floyd get into at least one game to see if he can handle playing left field before he is activated. The chances of Floyd joining the team in San Diego are remote.
  • Joe McEwing remains day-to-day after spraining an ankle Wednesday afternoon fielding grounders
  • Ty Wigginton (ulcer) was cleared to resume baseball activity and will head down to St. Lucie to begin getting back in game shape.

    Remember
    Don't forget about "the discussion question of the week." If you haven't heard what it is , I'll explain. Each week on, I will post a new question on some aspect that I would like to discuss. Everyone who has an opinion on the question can send there answers to me and the following Saturday I will publish all the opinions. Here this weeks question:

    So far this year, there has been a lot of controversy over the managing done by Art Howe. Some feel he has done a horrible job substituting some of the Mets best players late in close games for defensive replacements. Some also feel he has misused the bullpen, bringing in the veterans too much. (Mike Stanton.) How do you feel Art Howe is doing? Do you think he is doing a bad job managing or is it not his fault but lack of a quality team?

    Send in your answers by Friday with your name and where your from to me and next week on Saturday I will publish all the answers I got. If you have any questions about it, please email me.
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    Thursday, April 29, 2004

    Dodgers 3, Mets 2
    W: Perez (2-1)
    L: Trachsel (2-3)
    S: Gagne (6)

    Another disappointing lose. Another 1 run lose. I am getting sick of these. Offense! Offense! And we had so many chances. In the 8th, in the 9th. I really can't wait until Floyd and Reyes are back. Matsui looked good last night, going 2-5 with a home run and a single in the 9th against Gagne with a runner on first that kept the game alive. Franco struck out the side in the one inning he pitched. WOW! Trachsel pitched alright, as the 3 runs he gave up came on home runs.

    Injury Update
  • Scott Erickson left a rehab start for the St. Lucie Mets after 19 pitches last night, after experiencing discomfort in the strained left hamstring that has sidelined him. Though GM Jim Duquette described the re-injury as less severe than the original strain, the flare-up gives Jae Seo , tonight's starter in the series finale against the Dodgers, a rotation spot for the foreseeable future.
  • Jose Reyes (hamstring) started for St. Lucie for the first time, going 1-for-5 with a double. It was a step toward joining the Mets when their home stand opens Tuesday against the Giants.
  • Cliff Floyd (quadriceps) also appears on target to return that series. Duquette said it's possible Floyd could rejoin the team in San Diego on Saturday, but the Mets wouldn't fly him to the West Coast solely for the road trip finale on Sunday.

    Mr. Wright
    John Manuel's weekly edition of Prospect Pulse profiles Mets third baseman David Wright, who after years of playing in the shadows of well-known prospects, is finally finding some limelight of his own. Check it out.

    Weaver
    Duquette plans to watch Long Beach State's Jered Weaver (12-0, 1.13 ERA, 132 Ks in 87-2/3innings) tomorrow, though the Padres likely will select the righthander with the first overall pick. The Mets, who pick third in the June draft, could turn to RHP Justin Verlander of Old Dominion or RHP Jeff Niemann of Rice. "He's putting up more ridiculous numbers than Mark Prior had," said brother Jeff Weaver (1-2, 6.75 ERA), who faces Seo tonight. "He's got all the pitches. I mean, I never even really knew what a changeup was until I got to the big leagues, and he's incorporating that, which is a huge pitch for anyone in the big leagues."

    Remember
    Don't forget about "the discussion question of the week." If you haven't heard what it is , I'll explain. Each week on, I will post a new question on some aspect that I would like to discuss. Everyone who has an opinion on the question can send there answers to me and the following Saturday I will publish all the opinions. Here this weeks question:

    So far this year, there has been a lot of controversy over the managing done by Art Howe. Some feel he has done a horrible job substituting some of the Mets best players late in close games for defensive replacements. Some also feel he has misused the bullpen, bringing in the veterans too much. (Mike Stanton.) How do you feel Art Howe is doing? Do you think he is doing a bad job managing or is it not his fault but lack of a quality team?

    Send in your answers by Friday with your name and where your from to meand next week on Saturday I will publish all the answers I got. If you have any questions about it, please email me.
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