Gotta give the Mets credit. What a difference it must have made for them getting on that plane to Los Angeles off of that victory, rather than what would have been a dispiriting loss. Now we'll see if they can pick up another win or seven (or somewhere in between) without Jose Reyes, who will definitely sit out tonight's series opener and then play the rest of the week by ear.
--It looks like R.A. Dickey will be OK, after leaving Sunday's game with a strained left glute.
--As I say every year at this juncture, OMG am I not into debates over a specifc player's worthiness for the All-Star Game. The All-Star Game isn't a merit-based event, at least not wholly so.
It's more like a party. You have multiple hosts who have their own agendas regarding guests they want there. For example, the fans want Derek Jeter there, to salute the legend even in his decline. The players want Carlos Beltran there, as a reward for his impressive comeback. American League manager Ron Washington wants his Rangers pitcher C.J. Wilson there, to make his own guy happy. Major League Baseball officials want Kansas City's Aaron Crow there, so that a Royal makes the team.
And so on.
So I understand why CC Sabathia and Mark Teixeira didn't make the team _ Sabathia couldn't have pitched anyway, since he's scheduled to start nex Sunday _ and I think it's fine. They've received party invitations before, and they likely will again.
--With Phil Hughes ready to return to the major leagues, Ivan Nova went to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Nova proved the easy choice to go, since he put up the fifth-best numbers among the current quintet and also has minor-league options available, but he might have raised his value in trade discussions. He pitched like a league-average guy, and when you're making as little money as he is ($433,000), that makes him an interesting piece.
--Ramiro Pena, the Yankees' third-string shortstop, had a rough day.
--Speaking of shortstops, Jeter will make his major-league return tonight in Cleveland, as he'll renew his quest for 3,000 hits. It's possible I'll be there.
--Have a great holiday.