The more you think about the damage the Mets sustained through their actions over the past few years, the more amazing their 2006 season becomes. To me, at least. That increasingly goes down as one of the flukiest seasons in recent baseball history.
--Jose Reyes will play for the Brooklyn Cyclones today and could rejoin the Mets as soon as tomorrow. Which reminds me: With Carlos Beltran likely to be traded by July 31, we could test that "If the Mets trade Reyes, then Citi Field will be empty in September" theory. If the Mets are out of the race, which is looking increasingly unlikely, then what sort of September crowds will the Mets draw?
--I stayed awake for the first run of last night's Red Sox-Rays game, but I couldn't quite make it up for the bottom of the 16th. What a downer for Tampa Bay, and now this Yankees-Rays series, starting tonight at Tropicana Field, really becomes crucial for the home team. If the Yankees win three or four games of the four-game set, then the Rays will have to seriously consider shifting into sellers' mode, given the decent return they could get on someone like B.J. Upton.
--I'll check in later from The Trop.