The Wilpon Bowl:
Fred Wilpon could not be happier that yesterday's meaningless contest between his alma mater, the University of Michigan, and his Mets ended in a 4-4 tie. Met fans probably could be happier, but most would include the word “meaningless” in the prior sentence.
For those that care about details, David Wright and Cuban defector Michael Abreu each had two-run homers for the not-so-Amazins, while Jose Reyes, Angel Pagan, Fernando Martinez and Ruben Gotay were the only other Mets to get hits against the collegiate pitchers.
Multiple pitchers worked, including young Eddie Kunz, who gave up two hits, but also recorded two strikeouts. Jason Vargas, Aaron Heilman, and non-roster invitee Ryan Cullen all gave up runs for New York.
Today, Mike Pelfrey tossed two scoreless innings against the Detriot Tigers in Lakeland, Florida. Matt Wise, Jorge Sosa, Brian Stokes, Pedro Feliciano, and Adam Bostick each contributed scoreless innings of their own. However, lefty Willie Collazo gave up four runs in the seventh inning, leading to a 4-2 loss to Detriot.
Ramon Castro and non-roster invitee Anderson Machado, a long shot to win a job as Jose Reyes's back-up, both had RBIs off of Detroit starter Jeremy Bonderman.
The Met lineup featured mainly back-ups and minor leaguers (except for Ryan Church), while Detriot had many of its projected regulars see action today.
Carlos Beltran, Luis Castillo, Endy Chavez, and Damion Easley are being held out of any game action while they recover from various injuries and surgeries.
Pedro, we hardly knew ya:
Believe it or not folks, Pedro Martinez is in the last year of his contract with the Mets. According to Marty Noble of MLB.com, Pedro will not approach the Mets about a contract extension, but will listen to any offers that the club makes to him.
Pedro was absent from camp on Monday after visiting Miami for some unnamed medical tests. The good news is that the tests came up negative. The bad news is, nobody seems to know what the tests are all about.
Better check with Steve Somers to see if the Shea still has its wheelchair access available for pitchers this season…