Mets Finally Get Win Over Rockies 9-2

Rookie Nick Evans was the story of the day playing in his first game as a Met. He went 3 for 4 with three doubles and two RBI’s. Now that’s the way to start your career! He played a solid left field, getting six putouts as well.

Claudio Vargas was excellent for seven innings today pitching on short rest. He only allowed 2 runs on four hits and a walk to go along with three strikeouts. Two of his first three starts have been really good. He could give Mike Pelfrey a run for the fifth starter spot when Pedro Martinez comes back next week.

Carlos Beltran had the big hit in the first inning; a three run double that set the tone for the Mets. Carlos Delgado also chipped in with his third home run in as many games. His average is still at .222 but at least he’s showing some power. His homer came in the ninth inning off Josh Newman in garbage time after looking silly against lefty starter Jeff Francis.

David Wright also had a solo homer in the second, went 1 for 3 and had a stolen base. Nice comeback game for him after looking pretty bad last night.

Ramon Castro went 3 for 4 with one RBI as well.

The Mets losing streak comes to an end after five games. Uhhh.

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Alou Likely To Disabled List

Source: Flickr – D. Fletcher

Bart Hubbach of the NY Post is reporting that Moises Alou is likely to go on the disabled list with the left calf strain that took him out of yesterday’s game.

Raul Casanova is on his way to Atlanta to join the team to replace Alou on the roster. Willie Randolph noted that Casanova can also play first base.

Tonight’s corner outfielders will be Marlon Anderson in left and Endy Chavez in right. Ryan Church is still recovering from the mild concussion that he suffered when he collided with Yunel Escobar at second base.

Having Casanova on the roster will be nice to free up the Mets to pinch hit Ramon Castro or use him in double switch situations.

Santana Wins As Mets Crush Reds 12-6

It wasn’t Johan Santana’s best performance but it’s typical for him this season. He can get into trouble, giving up 10 hits and a walk today, but he can work his way out. Santana got his fourth win of the season against an outmanned Cincinnati team.

There was a lot of offense on display for the Mets in the first game of today’s double header. Particulary, Carlos Delgado had three hits including a home run. He batted seventh in the order for the first time since 1995. Mets fans have been calling for him to be dropped in the order for weeks and Willie Randolph finally came to same conclusion. It seems like Willie is always the last one to figure these things out.

Brian Schneider also homered today. Surprisingly it was his first extra base hit of the season. I would guess that we’ll see Ramon Castro catching for the first time this season in the second game today.

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Ramon Castro Activated

Mets catcher Ramón Castro during a Mets/Devil Rays spring training game at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida.Image via Wikipedia

Backup catcher Ramon Castro was activated from the disabled list yesterday and Raul Casanova was designated for assignment. Hopefully, Casanova will clear waivers so he can stay with the Mets in New Orleans. He did a fantastic job while he was here.

Unfortunately for Casanova, Ramon Castro is the best backup catcher in baseball. It’s great to have him back with the team.

Schneider, Alou, and Castro Injuries

Brian Schneider remains at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan receiving treatment for his infected thumb. He’s supposed to be released from the hospital tomorrow morning but it’s unknown when he’ll be ready to play again.

Moises Alou didn’t play in Port St. Lucie last night because he had a sore ankle. I’m sure they’re just being especially cautious with him. Alou may be back with the Mets by Tuesday.

Ramon Castro caught six innings in an extended spring training game yesterday. But there’s no word on exactly when he’ll be back

Latest Injury Updates

  • Carlos Beltran’s stiff neck is still bothering him when he looks to his left (bats right handed). But he didn’t even think about sitting out against Cole Hamels and the Phillies tonight.
  • Pedro Martinez is still working on his strained left hamstring with personal trainer Angel Persinal. You may remember his name from getting linked, at the Toronto airport, to a bag of performance enhancing drugs with Juan Gonzalez. Omar Minaya says Persinal is a Domincan legend and has no concerns about Pedro’s work with him.
  • Moises Alou played in an extended spring training game in Port St. Lucie, FL and got five at-bats. The Mets are encouraged by his progress but needs to be able to play in the field before going to the Florida State League.
  • Ramon Castro suffered some further tightness in his hamstring while running and is going for further evaluation.

Read the full story at the New York Times.

Countdown To The Final Roster

We’re nearing the deadline for the Mets to decide who will make the last few bubble spots on the team. It looks like Angel Pagan will be in the outfield and Brady Clark will be left off the major league roster.

Ben Shipgel of The New York Times gives his take on what the roster will look like. I think he’s pretty accurate. As I said in an earlier post, keeping Fernando Tatis really doesn’t make sense to me at all.  If Ramon Castro’s hamstring isn’t ready than Raul Casanova will get the backup catcher spot until Castro is ready.

I think Shipgel is right that Brady Clark won’t make the team either. Angel Pagan has just been too hot offensively to leave him off the roster.

Tomorrow’s game in Ft. Lauderdale may very well decide if Mike Pelfrey or Orlando Hernandez gets the fifth starter spot. It’s too bad that it has to come down to one game but neither pitcher has clearly established himself.