Yes, live chat at 11 this morning. You're either on the live chat, or you're against the live chat. Except for Expatriate Mets Fan, who already has notified us of her absence.
So, because the live chat is coming so soon, a quick, lightning-round blog post:
--Of course the Andy Pettitte injury is bad, but if I were to bet, I'd say it's more likely the Yankees trade for bullpen and/or bench help than another starting pitcher. What's left out there in the starting-pitching market is just not that great. The Yankees need Sergio Mitre to plug a five-week hole as the fifth starter for one of the highest-scoring teams in all of baseball. That seems manageable.
--Expanded replay, please. Did Phil Cuzzi give the Mets a "make-up call," as many Mets players thought? You can't rule it out. Cuzzi is human. Machines are not human. The fact that the "human element" so impacted a game yesterday, I don't see anything charming about it.
--Really, at this point, you'd ideally make Jeff Francoeur your top pinch-hitter against lefties, and throw him the sporadic start against lefites, and nothing more than that. The problem is that there's little reason to think Francoeur would blossom in that role. There's no question you need a certain mentality to be that part-time player, and Francoeur has been a regular his whole big-league career.
(To be clear: I'm not saying this means give Francoeur more playing time. I'm just saying he's probably not going to be good in the reserve job.)
--These things can change quickly, but as we stand here, there's reason to wonder whether the rest of this non-waivers trading deadline will be dull. In that vein, Roy Oswalt left his start early yesterday after getting drilled in the left ankle. He said he'll make his next start Saturday, but interested clubs will be monitoring him extra closely.
Just as relevant, Oswalt still is one victory shy of Joe Niekro's franchise record of 144. I think that's quite meaningful to Astros owner Drayton McLane, and I believe Oswalt values that, as well. So with Oswalt so close, I think McLane would find it all the more painful to trade the right-hander at this point.
--OK, see you at 11.