1. The Mets, barely treading water, will have a tough weekend in St. Louis, losing tonight and Sunday while Johan Santana wins tomorrow. Most distressing to Omar Minaya and the Wilpons, however, will be an odd turn of events.
Tonight, the Mets will show up adorned in full hockey gear. Tomorrow, the Mets' bus will arrive three hours late for the game. And on Sunday, the Mets will mistakenly think that their game is at the Edward Jones Dome, and report there.
"We continue to appear unprepared," a frustrated Jerry Manuel said. "I take full responsibility. Although, in my defense, Oliver was the one who told us that we were playing hockey on Friday. At least, I think it was Oliver."
2. The red-hot Yankees will capture their fourth straight series, taking two of three from Texas at Yankee Stadium. Alas, Yankees fans will still discover sources of consternation.
Many will resent Joe Girardi's overprotection of CC Sabathia tonight when, upon the onset of rain, Sabathia is ordered to come inside, lest he catch a cold. Girardi will also forbid Sabathia from seeing an R-rated movie, and from eating sugar cereals during the week.
It will be a disappointing weekend for Ron Washington and the Rangers, as they will win once, and only once.
3. The Yankee Stadium crowd will explode with joy on Sunday, when the scoreboard shows a clip of Hideki Matsui hitting a home run for the Angels in Toronto. Later that day, a Yankees fan will credit Matsui for the elimination of auto traffic from Times Square, as well as resolving the conflict in Northern Ireland.
--Here's the column I wrote on Phil Hughes. I thought he was good but not great in his first start of 2010. All five of his walks came against lefty hitters, although four of those five came with full counts. There's reason to think that Hughes will continue to develop, now that he is firmly ensconced in the starting rotation.
A few of you asked last night how I felt about Joe Girardi bringing Hughes back out for the sixth inning last night, after Hughes threw 97 pitches through five innings. I was surprised and thought it was the wrong move, and it didn't really pay off, as Hughes allowed the first two Angels hitters to get on base before leaving the game.
--Good piece by Erik Boland on Kevin Long, the Yankees' popular hitting coach.
--Chan Ho Park injured himself while warming up last night. We'll see today how serious it is.
--David Lennon wrote about Jeff Francoeur, who is off to a terrific start with the Mets.
--John Maine had a good bullpen session yesterday.
--Mark Herrman wrote about Jackie Robinson Day.
Have a great weekend.