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Monday reading: Ronny Paulino, Cliff Lee, Derek Jeter and Roger McDowell

As discussed in the above post, I'm not sure how much of the actual Mets-Phillies game I'll remember from last night, down the road. For now, though, it's hard to forget how good Ronny Paulino looked. Wow.

Obviously, Paulino isn't going to get five hits in a game very often. But he gives the Mets yet another valuable piece on offense, and they really do have a potent offense. It's why, while I don't think the Mets are going to be very good this year, neither do I see them being historically awful. Something in the neighborhood of 75-87 sounds right.

--Before the night took a memorable turn, I wrote about Cliff Lee, for Newsday's first edition. I chatted with Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. about the stealth way they went after and acquired Lee, who clearly enjoyed that aspect of it. I wonder if other teams will try to follow suit in the coming winters. 

I'm not sure it would be possible for a team like the Yankees. But I wonder if they'll at least reassess their process.

--David Lennon wrote his early story on Daniel Murphy. His Mets run sure has taken many memorable turns, hasn't it? I remember chatting with a Mets bigwig in spring training of 2009. At the time, the Mets were pegging Murphy as a poor man's Paul O'Neill. I guess now he'd be...a very poor man's Chase Utley?

--As the Yankees defeated Toronto, Anthony Rieber wrote about Derek Jeter, who indeed will have to drop in the team's lineup soon unless he experiences a sudden renaissance. It's pretty hard to justify using a guy with a 60 OPS+ as your leadoff hitter. Especially when he's coming off a full 2010 with a subpar 90 OPS+.

Remember when we thought the first dramatic move would be moving Jeter out of shortstop? Looks like not. He's perfectly adequate on defense. Just not on offense.

--Robinson Cano injured the bottom of his left palm yesterday but hopes to play tonight.

--Rieber also wrote about Russell Martin and his nail polish.

--Major League Baseball suspended Roger McDowell for two weeks for his interactions with fans in San Francisco last week. I would've guessed a longer sentence, but I don't know all of the specifics of the case. In any case, a two-week suspension sends a pretty strong message on this front.

--Have a great day. The plan, for now, is to have giveaway contests tomorrow and Wednesday.


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