I'd probably go with Mariano Rivera, but K-Rod's rebound is amazing. And credit goes to the Mets for playing their season without any apparent worry for Rodriguez vesting his $17.5-million option for 2012. I think we all suspected the Mets would work hard to find a way to not get K-Rod his option, but if they are secretly executing some such plan, it ain't much of a plan.
--On the Mets' finance/ownership/revenues front, Neil Best examines the Mets' poor ticket sales, while Anthony DeStefano has the latest on the Irving Picard lawsuit. The Wilpons and Saul Katz apparently contemplated fraud insurance, furthering the notion that they must have had a whiff of Bernie Madoff's chicanery.
--David Lennon wrote about the Mets' second base position.
--Down in Baltimore, the Yankees pounded the Orioles, and the worst seems behind them. For now, at least. Good job by CC Sabathia, who took care of business by drilling Baltimore's Nick Markakis in the first inning, after Orioles starting pitcher Brad Bergesen hit Robinson Cano.
This in the wake of Mike Gonzalez's drilling of Chris Dickerson Wednesday night. Dickerson has a mild concussion.
--Erik Boland surveyed a few different scouts about the Yankees.
--If you want to know why Major League Baseball considers the Mets' situation to be a runny nose relative to the Dodgers' migraine, read this story about the Dodgers. Good Lord.
--I'd bet there are many fans who didn't realize that Jason Giambi was still playing. Fewer such fans this morning, though, as Giambi homered three times against the Phillies. That'll keep him employed against the Rockies for a while.
--The Red Sox have won six straight, yet their starting rotation has become a headache, thanks to the placement of both John Lackey and Daisuke Matsuzaka on the disabled list (not to mention that Josh Beckett left early last night with a stiff neck). To add some depth, Boston signed Kevin Millwood to a minor-league deal. The Yankees passed on Millwood earlier this month because they simply didn't see enough there, so that should tell you something.
The Red Sox also acquired Franklin Morales for their bullpen, designating Hideki Okajima for assignment.