By Mike Steffanos
Showing the Mets a little more respect than they've been finding among the national media, SI's John Donovan has moved the Mets up from sixth place to second in his MLB Power Rankings:
Carlos Beltran is playing like it's '04 all over again (.529, three homers, three doubles, 10 RBIs in a four-game sweep of Arizona), and the strutting Mets have opened up a 6½ game lead in the NL East. They begin a three-game set at second-place Philly on Tuesday. It all raises one question for GM Omar Minaya: Why didn't you dump Kaz Matsui sooner?
The Phillies are currently ranked eleventh while the slumping Braves have fallen from 16 to 21 in the rankings.
Beltran named NL Player of the Week
From the Press Release on Mets.com:
New York Mets outfielder Carlos Beltran, who led or was tied for the league lead in six offensive categories, has been named Bank of America Presents the National League Player of the Week for June 5-11, 2006. ... Beltran, currently one of the leading vote-getters among outfielders in National League All-Star balloting, led the N.L. with 12 RBI, 13 runs, 14 hits, 26 total bases and five stolen bases this past week. He also finished tied for the league lead with three home runs. The Puerto Rican-born center fielder hit .483 (14-29) with three doubles and compiled a .897 slugging percentage and a .545 on-base percentage. Beltran tallied five multi-hit games, including a four-hit, two-homer performance on June 9th at Arizona. The switch-hitter scored at least one run in every game he played to help lead the Mets to a 6-1 record over the team's seven-game west coast swing. This is Beltran's fourth weekly award and his second as a member of the National League.
Valentin Thinks Julio Franco is a great guy
Also on Mets.com, check out the Player Perspectives piece on Julio Franco by Jose Valentin:
Julio is not only a great baseball player, but he is also a great teammate and a great leader. It doesn't matter how well he's playing at the time, he's always the same person. When you see a guy like that, it makes you want to play even harder. Here he is at 47 giving a 100 percent, so why can't I, a guy much younger? Guys like Julio make the players around him better.
Milledge to stay with Mets?
MetsBlog is citing Ed Coleman from an appearance on WFAN that Lastings Milledge is likely to remain with the team after Nady comes back.
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