Saturday, March 8, 2008

Mets beat Indians with Minor leaguers.

The Mets' lineup Friday vs. the Indians was missing all of its big names as manager Willie Randolph's injury-bugged squad didn't have Carlos Beltran, Carlos Delgado, Moises Alou, Ryan Church, Jose Reyes, Luis Castillo, David Wright, or Brian Schneider who all stayed back in Port St. Lucie to either rehab or work out.

Wow just take a look at our lineup from Friday's game:

1. LF-Ezequiel Carrera
2. SS-Anderson Hernandez
3. CF-Angel Pagan
4. DH-Olmedo Saenz
5. C-Raul Casanova
6. RF-Fernando Martinez
7. 1B-Robinson Cancel
8. 3B-Daniel Murphy
9. 2B-Sanchez Reyes

The Mets won the game 8-6. I know the team is hurt, but man, I'm truly speechless. It's a good thing it's only March 8th. Oliver Perez pitched 2.2 innings giving up 6 runs (3 earned) on 6 hits, while striking out two and walking two. Oliver Perez was drilled by a comebacker by Victor Martinez in the first inning, close call, but Perez is ok.

Nelson Figueroa followed Perez with 3.1 shutout innings giving up three hits while striking out two and walking one. I was impressed with rookie Carlos Muniz as he pitched a 1-2-3 9th for the save and striking out one.

Robinson Cancel homered off Joe Borowski, and Olmedo Saenz went deep against Rafael Betancourt.

Some notes:

  • The first cuts have been made. Unofficially, Jon Niese, Bobby Parnell, Brant Rustich, Ivan Maldonado, Adam Bostick and Mike Nickeas are among the players headed to minor-league camp.
  • Juan Padilla and Ben Johnson have been cut and reassigned to the minor league.
  • Brady Clark is volunteering to play first base, a position he hasn’t played in the majors.
  • Pitching coach Rick Peterson has El Duque adjusting to a new delivery.
  • Carlos Delgado is taking BP again.
  • Brian Schneider and Endy Chavez and Damion Easley all expect to be available to play in split-squad games Saturday.
  • Ryan Church also took BP for the first time since suffering a concussion.