he True Fans Bleed Blue and Orange: I'm feeling better, and boy did I miss a loth

Sunday, March 05, 2006

I'm feeling better, and boy did I miss a lot

Hey guys, I'm feeling much better, and I'm ready to get back into the full swing of blogging. I missed a ton of things, starting with the retirement of Bret Boone. The four time gold glover said that he had lost his passion for playing the game.

Also, the toe that is one everyone's mind, Pedro's toe. He has thrown multiple bullpen sessions, and he proclaims his status as 60%. The Daily News reported yesterday that if Pedro starts on opening day it could be a short outing, and he could wind up pitching only 4-5 innings. A starting pitcher needs 5 innings to earn a victory. In other news that relates to Pedro, Billy Wagner and the aforementioned Pedro have both dropped out of the WBC, along with many other big names.

I reported a couple of days ago, before I was sick, that Jeff Keppinger had been sent to New York to have his back examined. Metsblog reported that Keppinger has returned back to camp and is listed as day-to-day, which can only hinder his hopes for winning the second base job.

The Mets have played 3 Spring Training games, and their record is 2-1. The standouts so far are Xavier Nady (6 rbis, grand slam in ST opener), Anderson Hernandez (3-4 with 3 runs yesterday), Henry Owens (2 ip, 1 hit in second game against Cards), Carlos Delgado (5-5 throughout ST), and David Wright and Kazuo matsui are both hitless.

Today the Mets play two games, one against the Dodgers, and one against the Puerto Rican WBC team. The Mets will travel to Holman Stadium at Dodgertown and John Maine will start the game followed by Alay Soler and Juan Perez. At Port St. Lucie the Mets will have Mike Pelfrey on the mound (2005 first round draft pick), and Lastings Milledge, Mike Pelfrey, and Fernando Martinez (Minaya believes he was as good as any high schooler in last year's draft, which included top prospect Justin Upton). On the Puerto Rican team is Carlos Beltran and Carlos Delgado which is relativley interesting since they will be playing their normal teams. The game will air at 2 o' clock on ESPN.

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