Yankees, Mets, trade rumors, free agents, off-the-wall predictions and other MLB musings.
Terry Collins, Scott Hairston, CC Sabathia, Joe Girardi, Jose Reyes and Brandon Phillips
Basically, as they continue their rebuildling plan, the Mets can't let their remaining players get affected by the moves being contemplated upstairs.
Scott Hairston, who enjoyed a career day, exemplified that mentality with some hustle that would make our Richie G. proud. In the first inning, with two outs, Hairston could've jogged when Daniel Murphy hit what looked like an ordinary infield pop out. Somehow, Ryan Howard let it drop, and Hairston scored because he was busting his tail.
--CC Sabathia led the Yankees to their first victory of the second half. With each turn of the Yankees' starting rotation, it seems, Sabathia gains leverage for a contract extension, which he'll at least threaten to use his opt-out to land. Look at it this way: The earlier the Yankees get eliminated from the playoffs, the longer the two sides will have to work something out before free agency hits.
--Joe Girardi discussed the possibility that the Blue Jays stole the Yankees' signs. I'm not sure how discussing publicly this benefits the Yankees. Does it let the Blue Jays know that the Yankees know what they're doing? Perhaps, although they could probably relay those sentiments more softly.
Coming off two resounding Blue Jays victories, it just made Girardi sound like he was looking for excuses.
--Phil Hughes will try to pick up his first victory of the season today.
--For my Sunday Insider, I wrote about a funny pair of exchanges between Jose Reyes and Brandon Phillips concerning Reyes' future. I also wrote about Francisco Rodriguez, Andy Pettitte and Cliff Lee.
--Mark Herrmann, who was at Citi Field with me yesterday, wrote a feature about Ken Keltner, the man who gets the most credit for stopping Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak in 1941.
--Marcus Henry rates the food at Citi Field and Yankee Stadium.
--Have a great day.