MLB Daily Balk 5/24 Plus Fred Wilpon and the Mets Mess
Mets’ owner Fred Wilpon Sticks His Entire Foot in His Mouth
The Mets seem to struggle annually in their quest to avoid becoming a punch line to New York baseball fans and fans nationally. This season the Mets are off to a decent start without their ace pitcher Johan Santana and with some of their best players spending time on the disabled list. Then on Monday, the bombshell came from owner Fred Wilpon.
Wilpon evidently felt that blasting his three best everyday players (Carlos Beltran, Jose Reyes, and David Wright) would (A) make them play better, (B) intimidate the other players on the team into playing better, (C) drive up the potential trade value of the three scorned players, or (D) further decrease the credibility and financial solvency of his franchise. Wilpon might have been angling for A, B, and C; but he ended up with D.
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Rays infielder Elliot Johnson was injured on Monday night in their game in Detroit. The prognosis is that he sprained the capsule around the knee.
Red Sox Dustin Pedroia jammed his left ankle late in the Sox loss on Monday night. He was scheduled for a day off on Tuesday and hopes to return for Wednesday’s game.
Padres’ manager Bud Black indicated that he would welcome bringing in the fences at notoriously pitcher friendly Petco Park next season.
Edinson Volquez‘ problems have now gotten him demoted to AAA. The Reds have some solid starting pitching depth to withstand his absence for a month or so while he figures things out in the minors. But the Reds really need an effective Volquez if they want to go farther in the playoffs this season.
The Padres have sent Will Venable to AAA and brought up prospect Blake Tekotte from AA. Tekotte was ranked as the Padres #14 prospect before the season.
Best of Yesterday May 23
|Last Night’s Games|
|Tampa Bay 3||Detroit 6|
|Toronto 7||New York 3|
|Boston 2||Cleveland 3|
|Chicago 0||Texas 4|
|Seattle 8||Minnesota 7 F/10|
|Oakland 1||Los Angeles 4|
|Cincinnati 3||Philadelphia 10|
|Los Angeles 3||Houston 4|
|Washington 3||Milwaukee 11|
|St. Louis 3||San Diego 1|
|Alexi Ogando W (5-0)||TEX||9 IP, 0 R, 5 H, 6 K, 3 BB|
|Kyle Lohse W (6-2)||STL||8 IP, ER, 5 H, 5 K, BB|
|Yovani Gallardo W (6-2)||MIL||7 IP, ER, 5 H, 9 K, BB|
|Jered Weaver||LAA||7 IP, ER, 6 H, 5 K, 3 BB|
|Corey Hart||MIL||3-4, 3 HR, 7 RBI, 3 R|
|Jim Thome||MIN||2-3, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 2 R|
|Asdrubal Cabrera||CLE||3-4, HR, 2 RBI, R|
|Bill Hall||HOU||4-4, 2 R|
|Josh Hamilton||TEX||2-4, HR, RBI, 2 R|
|Hunter Pence||HOU||Singled home Michael Bourn in 9th|
What Happened (!!)Yesterday?
Athletics sometimes closer Brian Fuentes went off on manager Bob Geren following Monday night’s game against the Angels. With six losses already, it sounds like Fuentes is trying to pass the buck for his shortcomings this season. So does this mean that Fuentes now on the trade block? Or will Geren now be on the hot seat?
Streaks of the Day
- Brewers Ryan Braun extended his hit streak to 13 games
Top Tuesday Matchups
7:05 EDT Reds (Cueto 2-1, 1.45) at Phillies (Worley 2-0, 1.13)
7:05 EDT Red Sox (Beckett 3-1, 1.73) at Indians (Carmona 3-4, 4.76)
7:05 EDT Rays (Davis 4-4, 3.47) at Tigers (Verlander 4-3, 2.96)
7:05 EDT Braves (Jurrjens 5-1, 1.80) at Pirates (Morton 5-1, 2.62)
10:15 EDT Marlins (Nolasco 3-0, 3.32) at Giants (Cain 3-2, 3.28)
Yesterday’s Balks: 2
- Cole Hamels of the Phillies against the Reds
- Bud Norris of the Astros against the Dodgers