After a weekend of hype, what are we left with?
A .500 weekend just which pretty much should have expected considering this season. A lot of what happened should have been expected.
Johan Santana pitching well enough to win, but the offense couldn't support him leading to a loss.
Jose Reyes creating runs and acting as a spark while also making a baserunning blunder and a silly error.
Carlos Delgado leading an offensive explosion in Game #1 on Friday followed by the team being shutout by Sidney Ponson.
Oliver Perez made the monkeys look good by dominating the Yankees as he often has. The monkeys still believe the Mets need to stick with him as the chances are greater that he could roll off a bunch of wins than that Tony Armas Jr. or any replacement would.
Carlos Delgado made the monkeys look bad after we wanted to DFA him. All of a sudden, he projects out to 28 homers and 90 RBI. The monkeys would gladly sign up for that right now.
As fun as the subway series is, the Mets have bigger fish to fry. Next week the Mets take on the wildcard leading Cardinals and Division leading Phillies. A hot start to the second half of the schedule would put the Mets in pretty decent shape heading toward the All-Star Break.
But, the monkeys want to take a minute and celebrate the Mets winning the 2008 subway series and shove it in the Yankee rally monkeys' faces a bit
THE BEST ANNOUNCING TEAM IN BASEBALL
Today, talking about Roger Clemens throwing the bat at Mike Piazza in the 2000 World Series, the following exchange took place:
Gary Cohen: Clemens said he thought it was the ball.
Keith Hernandez: Was he under oath?
Gary Cohen: Does it matter?
OUR FAVORITE 16 YEAR OLD
If you missed Baseball America's hot sheet, here you go.
No. 10 WILMER FLORES, SS
Team: Rookie-level Kingsport (Appalachian)
Why He's Here: .400/.417/.578, 3 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 7 RBIs, 0 BB, 7 SO
The Scoop: Flores is a 16 year old playing in a league where the average age is more than 20, and he has been arguably the best player in the league for the first week and a half. After belting a home run in his professional debut, Flores has continued his steady production. Enduring the loss of manager Nick Leyva, who also served as his Flores' translator, could have been a hitch in the road for Flores, who had grown close to Leyva, but the teenager's makeup impressed observers in Kingsport as he kept up his steady production under new leadership. The only knock on Flores is his defense, which at times can be shaky. He made three errors in a game on Tuesday night, but played the next two games error-free. Flores' hitting is his best present tool and he showed it on Thursday night, going 4-for-5 with a triple and three RBIs.