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Mets vs. Puerto Rico

Mike SteffanosSunday, March 5, 2006
By Mike Steffanos

I listened to the first few innings of the split squad game against the Puerto Rican team. Delgado missed the game with a minor injury; expect the WFAN crew to build that up to something dire. Lastings Milledge started in CF and had a double and scored. One good thing that will come out of the Mets hardship in having 10 players involved in the WBC will be allowing Milledge and Mike Pelfrey (2 scoreless innings) to get a real taste of the bigs.

Speaking of the WBC, if this thing is going to continue after this year, which seems likely, maybe one of the geniuses at MLB could come up with a system that would insure no team has such a large percentage of their roster involved. I know Omar has been a supporter of this tournament, but you have to believe it hurts the Mets to have so many guys out of camp for up to 3 weeks.

Dodgers 16 - Mets 2
Both squads went down to defeat for the Mets today, as the split squad got crushed in Vero Beach by the Dodgers. John Maine, the pitching prospect obtained with Jorge Julio, had 2 hitless innings, giving up no runs. Alay Soler, the Cuban defector considered a candidate for the fifth starter spot along with Maine, gave up 3 home runs in 1 2/3 innings. Jason Scobie, a soft-tossing RHP who led the organization in wins last year was charged with 8 runs without getting an out. That'll make an impression, I guess...

The Mets didn't do much hitting, either. Chase Lambin, who played in the Arizona Fall League for the Mets last year, had a single to drive in both runs.

New York Post: Aaron Heilman
Mark Hale had a very good article that I left out of my earlier posting regarding Aaron Heilman's initial spring training appearance. Hale quotes Heilman on the successful 2 inning stint:

I definitely felt better than when I threw in the intrasquad game [on Tuesday]. It's a little bit easier to get going and get your mindset right when you're facing somebody with a different color uniform on. But I felt pretty good. The pitches I missed, I missed in good locations, so that was a good thing for me. I wasn't missing over the plate. With the exception of one hitter that I really fell behind, I was able to throw the ball where I wanted to for the most part and get ahead.

Gotham Baseball: Brian Bannister
Mike McGann has a nice feature on Brian Bannister's first appearance in a big league setting.

AP: Pokey Reese
With the news that Pokey Reese has been released from the Marlins, despite the weird circumstances that caused it, you would have to believe that it might make some sense for the Mets to look at him as possible second base insurance.

A Note On Comments
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The Next Few Days
Things are going to be a little nuts for me personally, as, due to some work on my house, I will be living out of a hotel for at least the next 3 days. I will not be able to post as often as I like, and I may not respond to your comments in a timely manner. Things should be back to normal by the end of the week.

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