June 18: PM Mets Links and Open Thread

New York Times – Tyler Kepner thinks the Mets are starting to resemble the 2005 Yankees.

Wall Street Journal – R.M. Schneiderman has the info on tonight’s OTHER subway series – the Brooklyn Cyclones visit the Staten Island Yankees to kick off the NY-Penn League season.

Wall Street Journal – Kevin Clark reports on Cyclones manager Wally Backman and his long road back to affiliated baseball.

OnTheBlack – Kerel Cooper breaks out the graphs to show how David Wright has cut down on his strikeouts. I imagine Kerel is a whiz when it comes to PowerPoint presentations. Take that as a request, Kerel.

MetsBlog – Matt Cerrone answers the question, “What is an extended spring training game?”

LoHud – Chad Jennings has the pitching matchups for the Mets-Yankees series:

RHP Javier Vazquez (6-5, 5.43)
LHP Hisanori Takahashi (5-2, 3.48)
7:05 p.m., MY9

RHP Phil Hughes (9-1, 3.11)
RHP Mike Pelfrey (9-1, 2.39)
1:05 p.m., YES Network

LHP CC Sabathia (7-3, 4.00)
LHP Johan Santana (5-3, 3.13)
1:05 p.m., YES Network and TBS


The Mets (38-28) take on the Yankees (41-25) tonight at the house that public funds built. Hisanori Takahashi (5-2, 3.48) will be opposed by Javier Vazquez (6-5, 5.43).


John Fitzgerald is an independent film/TV producer. In 2007, he followed former Mets 2B Wally Backman and his minor league team for the TV show, "Playing for Peanuts." Click here for DVD ordering information NOTE: $5 from each sale goes to maintenance costs of MetsToday.com
  1. Mark June 18, 2010 at 9:22 pm
    Great info on Wright.
  2. Mark June 18, 2010 at 9:24 pm
    I wonder if he has once and for all broken out of his struggles or if he's just having a good month. My gut tells me he's broken out just given his track record in terms of batting average coming into this season.
  3. John Fitzgerald June 18, 2010 at 10:10 pm
    Kerel Cooper kicks ass.
  4. John Fitzgerald June 18, 2010 at 10:11 pm
    Tonight's lineup, via the Mets PR department:

    7 Reyes SS
    16 Pagan CF
    5 Wright 3B
    29 Davis 1B
    44 Bay LF
    23 Carter DH
    21 Barajas C
    12 Francouer RF
    11 Tejada 2B
    47 Takahashi LHP

  5. Kerel Cooper June 18, 2010 at 7:08 pm
    Thanks for the link John. Let’s go Mets. I want 2-3 this weekend & complete this road trip at 8-1.
  6. gary516 June 19, 2010 at 2:04 am
    Jerry takes off the bunt with two strikes and gives Reyes the sign for the CLUTCH DOUBLE!