Another eventful game at Citi Field, and I focused on the two tales of shortstops (no, not a tale of two shortstops. That would be the case if I were discussing only the Yankees. Taking Derek Jeter, Eduardo Nunez and Jose Reyes into account, this is actually a tale of three shortstops).
On the Mets' side, we'll learn more today about Reyes, when he undergoes an MRI. As I wrote in my column, the early indications were that this wasn't as serious as some of Reyes' past problems, but we'll see.
On the Yankees' side...again, for starters, Joe Girardi has to get Jeter out of the leadoff spot, at least against righties, for crying out loud. And if Jeter continues to produce such weak offense, then he should lose some playing time to Nunez, who has shown us his serious tools. The defense can get better.
Not a fun issue for Girardi. But any time you have a talented player you're looking to get more at-bats, that's not a bad issue, either.
--Bartolo Colon, returning from the disabled list, pitched very, very well. With this talk of a potential six-man rotation (which clearly would be only a temporary solution, if it's used at all), I've heard stuff in the yakosphere (trademark Neil Best) about how the Yankees should be concerned about not giving extra days to CC Sabathia and A.J. Burnett, given their preference for pitching every fifth day.
Well, Sabathia has earned the right to be fussy. But Burnett? Whateva. I'd be more concerned about Colon's feelings than Burnett, and Colon benefits from more rest. Because if the playoffs started today, Colon unquestionable should (and would) be the Game 2 playoff starter.
--For Mets starter Dillon Gee, it was a matter of one bad inning, as David Lennon wrote. Which isn't shocking when you're talking about a right-handed command guy taking on the second-best offense in baseball.
--For my Sunday Insider, I wrote primarily about the A's, my preseason World Series pick. Yeesh. If anything, the A's are disproving the notion that it's all about pitching. You've got to hit at least a little bit, too.
--The Roger Clemens hearing begins Wednesday, and while we'll have plenty of other stuff going on this month, from the trade deadline to Jeter's pursuit of 3,000 hits to the All-Star Game, we'll do our best here to keep tabs on it. I think it's going to be utterly fascinating.
Thanks to Twitter, which would never lie to me, for the link.
--Self-promotion alert: I'll be on "Sports Extra" at 10:30 tonight on Fox 5 in New York, talking Yankees and Mets.
--Have a great day.