WHO ARE WE ROOTING FOR?
For years, the first score the monkeys would check after the Mets was the Braves. The last two years, it has become the Phillies. And of course, every win by the Phils upsets the monkeys. Yesterday, we weren't quite as sure. Looking at the 20-2 beating the Phils gave the Cards made us wonder how the Mets would catch the red-hot Phils. And the notes column that said Chris Carpenter, who was expected to provide the Cards with a late season boost had a major setback in his rehab, had us thinking the Cards and their wildcard spot are much more vulnerable. Their pythagorean record is 37-32 so they are overachieving and Pujols is now hurt. We're not ready to completely concede the division to the Phils just yet, but in this series who are we really rooting for?
YESTERDAY AND WILLIE
Yesterday, the Mets gave the monkeys a day off from stressing through a game. They had a well-pitched game from Oliver Perez, had some timely hitting by Carlos Beltran, added insurance runs and Schoenweiss & Sanchez provided almost flawless relief. Of course, as happy as we were, Willie Randolph was probably happier. The rumors were flowing that he might be fired if they lost yesterday's game. If that was true, it is crazy that the Mets are allowing him to twist in the wind like that. If they are that close to firing him, just get it over with and let's move on.
After the game, the Mets announced they had acquired Trot Nixon for cash and a player to be named later. Nixon is a gritty player who knows how to get on base. The way the team is constructed right now, he will probably need to play more than he should, but he is better than some of the Mets current options. Let's just hope the Mets have the good sense to demote Robinson Cancel who was just a ridiculous callup at this juncture.
The Mets announced they had signed two of their top three draft picks, Reese Havens and Pitcher Bradley Holt and that both would start at Brooklyn. Both were on BA's post-draft top 10 prospect list. Let's get Ike Davis signed and start these hopefully promising pro careers.