They may have had the last laugh following news of David Wright’s injury in last nights meaningless World Baseball Classic game. I really hope NO team has to stomach a devastating injury by the time this thing wraps up. The pageantry of this event has been wonderful but a significant player shelved, on a contending club, would be terrible black eye.
~ Ben Wagner
The big knock came off the bat of C Salvador Paniagua, whose two-out RBI single tied the game in the bottom of the ninth inning. Last season, Paniagua hit .248 with seven home runs and 19RBI in 45 games at Double-A Binghamton.
Other News & Notes
- The Bisons will play 11 games against affiliates of the St. Louis Cardinals and the Florida Marlins.
- The Bisons Family Day Open House is Saturday at Coca-Cola Field. READ MORE!
- There are just 22 days until the Bisons open the 2009 season on Thursday, April 9 against the Pawtucket Red Sox (3:05 p.m.). Tickets are now on-sale at bisons.com or by calling THE-HERD at (843-4373).
- Pretty cool stuff: David Wright’s game winning hit for Team USA last night is the talk of the baseball world and “The Dish” is part of the hype! MLB has made the Bisons blog 1-of-8 featured on the homepage.
~ Ben Wagner
“I’m going to tell them to enjoy St. Lucie,” Wright said with a first-to-third smile. “The whole game we were kind of ribbing each other back and forth and it was good to be able to come out on top. That was a lot of fun.” – NY Post
That aside, I’ve enjoyed St. Lucie but I’m looking at it much differently than Delgado and Beltran must be. While Brad Bisbing and I have been pounding the keyboard over the past few days in Florida, I have also been corralling interviews with various scribes, scouts and baseball folk.
As you will hear from Bernazard and Bones, there are a number of jobs up for grabs on the Mets roster and with an incredible amount of pressure in the clubhouse leading into this season and success ultimately equaling post season play, it’s nice to live in the present.
“I never thought we’d be dogpiling in March,” Wright said. “It was pretty special and something I’ll always remember. Every hitter in that dugout wants to be up in that situation. When you play in your backyard as a kid, that’s the situation going through your mind.” – NY Daily News
~ Ben Wagner
Irish or not, the Mets’ eyes were smiling after Johan Santana’s outing back in St. Lucie this morning against Mets’ minor leaguers. During the intrasquad game, the staff ace worked four innings, surrendering six hits and a pair of runs, while whiffing five on 56 pitches, 40 strikes.
In other pitching news, Bobby Parnell topped out at 96 mph on the in-stadium gun (a rare luxury at Spring Training sites) while working a perfect frame after Jonathan Niese threw the first four innings.
News & Notes
- ATL and NYM: Same two teams will face off four of the next six games.
- Family Day Open House at Coca-Cola Field is on Saturday: CLICK HERE!
~ Ben Wagner
The Mets ran into a spring training buzz saw on Tuesday as the Braves improved to 13-3 in exhibition play with a 5-1 win.
Irish eyes were smiling on Mets OF Daniel Murphy, who finished 3-4 with a double. He hit the ball hard every time, and would’ve had a four-hit game if it wasn’t for a spectacular catch in center by Atlanta’s Josh Anderson.
Starter Jonathan Niese gave up two runs in four innings of work. He only allowed two hits, but one was a two-run homer off the bat of Anderson in the second inning. That was the last hit the southpaw allowed.
One particularly nice duel came against INF Casey Kotchman. After jumping ahead on Kotchman, Niese had him out in front of three consecutive off-speed pitches of 73, 74, 75mph. Kotchman fouled those off, but then was no match for a 91mph heater high and away. It was one of Niese’s three strikeouts.