Steve Keane of The Eddie Kranepool Society is running out of patience with Mike Pelfrey, as are many Mets fans. Whether it’s a trip to Buffalo, a trip to a new sports psychologist or a new game plan from Dan Warthen, I hope something can be done soon to help him start pitching like a major leaguer again. I don’t want to watch any more games like last night.
At his Mets Minor League Blog, Toby Hyde takes a look at the early-season struggles of the Binghamton Mets and Wally Backman’s response. It doesn’t really seem like the Mets would have been better off with Wally than Terry – it’s the talent on the field that matters, not the guy filling out the lineup card.
Mike Axisa of MLB Trade Rumors takes a look at Dead Money – payments teams are still making to players who are no longer in their organizations. I think there are a few typos on the list – Ollie’s only listed for $4 million this year, for example. Still, it’s nice to see the Mets aren’t the only ones with “dead money” issues.
Omir Santos could stick around with the Tigers after Victor Martinez comes off the DL next week, according to Steve Kornacki of the Ann Arbor News. Since Martinez is frequently used as a DH, Detroit manager Jim Leyland would like the flexibility that carrying three catchers could provide. I know many don’t share my enthusiasm for Santos, but I adopted him as one of my favorites in 2009 and I’d like to see him stay in the major leagues as long as he can.
At The Baseball Card Blog, Ben Henry offers up a unique re-interpretation of former Met pitcher Juan Berenguer’s 1979 rookie card.
Not to be outdone, The Lost Collector adds a card that should have been to the 2011 Topps Opening Day mascot insert set.