At the Yankees' victory over Cleveland, I wrote that it was both sentimental and sensible to rest Derek Jeter today, the final game of this road trip (remember, last weekend at Citi Field technically kicked off the road swing).
Jeter spoke after the game of the "negativity" surrounding his pursuit of 3,000 hits, and what he meant, I think, was, "Why are people asking me about my terrible season and a half? Why can't I just enjoy this?"
Eh. Jeter is the guy who gladly carried George Steinbrenner's "Anything short of a World Series championship is an utter failure" mentality into the clubhouse. You win World Series with outstanding baseball players. Jeter is no longer an outstanding baseball player. Hence the questions.
While he did joke about the HBO special on his milestone quest, put together by MLB Productions, and how much he's not enjoying being followed by cameras, my understanding is that Jeter has been very cooperative with the process (after agreeing to do this, to be clear). He provided plenty of access during his rehabilitation in Tampa and even allowed a glimpse of his birthday celebration at "St. Jetersburg," his Tampa mansion, along with his girlfriend Minka Kelly. Should be worth a watch.
--The Mets are now 3-0 with Jose Reyes resting - see, they don't need him! - as they beat the Dodgers again last night. Huge night for Jason Bay, who went deep twice and who really does seem to be waking up from that long slumber.
A playoff run might not be feasible unless the Braves slow down. But a run at a winning record would certainly carry some value for the Mets, and they'll have to think about that as they move forward here.
The toughest cost-benefit analysis might be Carlos Beltran: If they keep him through the season, they'll get no compensation for losing to another team via free agency, as he can't be offered arbitration as a free agent. So retaining him has to carry some serious value for the Mets; should they pay enough of Beltran's remaining salary, they should get a decent prospect in return.
--The Mets could carry a 24-man roster all week, as they want Jose Reyes to be eligible for the series with the Phillies after the break.
--R.A. Dickey's bullpen session today will determine whether he'll make his scheduled start Friday.
--I'll check in tonight from Progressive Field.