First off , I guess we had to expect R.A Dickey to falter sooner or later, Just wish it wasn't on a night that the Braves won. At least the Phillies lost.Well here we are at the end of June, and who would have thunk it early in the season that the Mets would be in second place just a game and a half behind the Atlanta Braves. Let's face it , although our starting rotation has for the most part held up better than expected we need a front of the rotation starting pitcher. As we all know , the two leading candidates that us Mets fans are salivating over are Cliff Lee & Roy Oswalt ( with Dan Haren and Ted Lilly on the periphery
). But the question is do we sacrifice a player - Jenrry Mejia ,who is being projected as a solid starting pitcher for Cliff Lee - who would by all accounts would only be here on a rental basis only - or Oswalt , who has two years remaining on his affordable contract - but is injury prone? I admit that I am leery of trading Mejia for either of these two pitcher, because my memory jumps back to the Octavio Dotel for Mike Hampton trade - or even the Frank Viola for Rick Aguilera deal. I know Dotel never truly lived up to his potential, but he turned out to be a strong cog in that Houston Astro bullpen, while Hampton guided us to the World Series but left when ownership and General Manager - Steve " I'm a douche
" Phillips low balled him , essentially opening the door for the Colorado Rockies and their school system.In terms of Viola, he was brought in during the thick of the '89 pennant race and pitched well for us in his first 2 seasons. But he increasingly grew unhappy with playing for the Mets and was soon traded to the Red Sox, while Aggy had a long and prosperous career as both a starter and a closer for the Twins. I see Mejia as possibly being a number two pitcher when he ready to be inserted into a major league rotation , and I hate the fact that the Mets were so pig headed by keeping him up and inserting him into mainly meaningless pitching situations. How was he supposed to grow by this kind of inactivity? So at least he's back in the minors where he belongs ( from what I understand his injury is not bad
), and hopefully we will see him back in a Mets starting rotation either in September or next season.Look , I want Cliff Lee as bad as anyone else here, I just would hope that Omar could swing a deal that focused on quantity over quality - not to fleece the Mariners - but not to deplete our farm system either. " Is he really worth Mejia?"
And with that said... HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!
Birthday wishes go out to Mets pitcher from '66-'67, Bob Shaw (1933)Outfielder from the '67 team, Larry Stahl is 69 (1941).New York Mets selected Mike Jorgensen in fourth round of free agent draft on June 29, 1966. He would be included in the deal that brought Rusty Staub to the Mets, and would later finish his twenty plus year playing career with the Mets.
New York Mets purchased pitcher,Hal Reniff from the New York Yankees on June 29, 1967.New York Mets signed free agent pitcher,Lino Urdaneta on June 29, 2005.He could throw a high 90's fastball - just not for strikes !And Mo Vaughn was spotted at the cock fights in Isla Verde, Puerto Rico, yesterday . He was seen with a Pina Colada in one hand and a fork in the other ( poor roosters !!)