Pepsi Refresh Pre-Game: Mets vs. Marlins – Game Two

Today’s Game:

  • The Mets (27-20) continue their three-game series against the Marlins (22-27) today at Citi Field, starting at 1:10 p.m.

On The Mound:

  • RHP Tim Redding (0-1, 6.75 ERA) starts for the Mets.
  • RHP Josh Johnson (3-1, 2.67 ERA) takes the hill for the Marlins.

The Lineup:

  1. Angel Pagan, LF
  2. Fernando Martinez, RF
  3. Carlos Beltran, CF
  4. Fernando Tatis, 3B
  5. Daniel Murphy, 1B
  6. Ramon Martinez, 2B
  7. Brian Schneider, C
  8. Wilson Valdez, SS
  9. Tim Redding, RHP

Today’s Broadcast:

  • Today’s broadcast can be seen locally on SNY and heard on WFAN.

Health: Oliver Perez has Tendinitis

Oliver Perez experienced additional discomfort in his knee following his last start for Triple-A Buffalo.

He had an MRI in New York, and was diagnosed with tendinitis of the patella tendon.

Perez will instead return to St. Lucie where he will continue his rehab.

Note: Mets-Yankees Tix, Online Registration

Roughly eight weeks after Opening Day, the Mets have launched an online registration for the opportunity to purchase tickets for the Subway Series, between the Mets and Yankees, June 26-28, at Citi Field.

The registration for the online random drawing will run through Thursday, June 4.

According to a press release, “There is a limit of one entry per person… Registration for the drawing closes Thursday, June 4, at 11:59 p.m.  A limited number of fans will be selected in the online random drawing and will be notified via e-mail by Tuesday, June 9 with instructions regarding the online purchase of up to four (4) tickets.”

For more information, visit Mets.com, or 718-507-TIXX.

Lineup: The B-Team

In January, while creating mock lineups, and brainstorming about who should hit where, I failed to think of this combination:

Today, Angel Pagan will bat leadoff against the Marlins, followed in order by Fernando Martinez in right field, then Carlos Beltran, Fernando Tatis at third, Daniel Murphy at first, Ramon Martinez at second, Brian Schneider, Wilson Valdez at short, and Tim Redding on the mound.

Manuel mentioned getting Valdez a start this weekend, and Schneider is in to face the left-handed starter, and it’s wise to get Fernando Martinez more fastballs, and to spell Wright and Castillo, I just didn’t think he’d do it all in the same day, Bobby V-style.

Buzz: Phillies seek Ace to Replace Myers

The Phillies announced yesterday that Brett Myers will miss the rest of the season recovering from hip surgery.

As such, Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com believes the Phillies will look to acquire a ‘top-of-the-rotation type,’ such as M’s LHP Erik Bedard or Astros RHP Roy Oswalt, since they do not have the money to pursue multiple mid-level pitchers.

…i know the Mets need a bat, especially if the Phillies are hell-bent on getting an ace, but i wonder if Omar Minaya will redirect his mission and look to get in the Phillies way by seeking a pitcher as well, you know, Epstein-Cashman style… given Citi Field’s play, and the Mets ability to play small ball of late, i believe it makes more sense to focus on improving the pitching staff, bench and defense, than the offense anyway

To keep up with Phillies trade rumors, check out MLB Trade Rumors.

News: Castro Traded To White Sox

Last night, Ramon Castro to the White Sox for RHP Lance Broadway.

Broadway, who is 0-1 with a 5.06 ERA in in games this season, will report to Triple-A Buffalo.

Omar Minaya, on the decision to trade Castro, speaking to reporters after the game:

“On a night like tonight, when Omir Santos plays the way he has, it makes the decision easy for us to keep him.”

Added to by Matthew Cerrone:

This is the right move, in that the Mets cannot remove Omir Santos from the current roster with the way he’s playing.

That said, they are making a big gamble in that, as Howard Megdal and Ted Berg pointed out to me, if Santos stops hitting, or either he or Brian Schneider get hurt again, then the Mets have very little to choose from in terms of minor-league catching and options to fill in on the bench.

In the end, Schneider is probably the guy who should have gone, in that he’s making more money and is the weakest hitter of the three. The team clearly tried to trade him in the off-season, speaking with the Red Sox and other teams, while hoping to sign Jason Varitek or Ivan Rodriguez to a short-term deal, according to previous reports, but it didn’t work out.

It appears Schneider is due more money than the Mets clearly want to eat, and so it’s him and Santos for the duration.

Quotes: Mike Pelfrey – About Last Night

Mike Pelfrey, who allowed just one run and truck out six over 7.2 IP – his longest outing of the season, talked with reporters after last night’s win against the Marlins, and had the following to say about:

On his preformance:

“I know if go out there and pound the strikezone  and use all my pitches to get ahead I know can go deep in the game. I try not to walk anybody and do my thing.”

On Omir Santos’ ability behind the plate:

“He does a good job of calling a good game. He knows the hitters. He mixes it up and doesn’t get caught up and trying to throw a sinker. He wants me use my secondary stuff, which makes my fastball better.”

Since returning from the disabled list on April 25th, Pelfrey has allowed three runs or less in each of his seven starts, pitching to a 2.93 ERA.