Link Roundup: Captain America, Wheeler Demoted, Valdy (Tasteless Headline Here)

Can't wait to see his Instagram later.

Can’t wait to see his Instagram later.

You’ll all be happy to know that Mets 2B Jordany Valdespin is fine after he got hit by a Justin Verlander pitch in the…well, I’ll let Jordany tell you.  After he was removed from the game, he told reporters that “Everything is good, working good, normally, everything is great.”

Thanks for that self-evaluation, JV.

This, of course prompted a stream of Twitter tweets using every pun in the book, including a suggestion that the term “base on balls” be redefined.

Oh, by the way, the Mets beat the Tigers 11-0.

Valdespin continues to make an impact with his bat as well, now hitting .370 with 3 home runs and 6 RBIs this spring.  If he’s truly improved his pitch recognition and can cut down on the strikeouts, he could be a valuable player for the Mets.

Meanwhile, David Wright led Team USA to two victories over the weekend, advancing the team to the next round of the World Baseball Classic. His grand slam put the Mets Americans up for good on Saturday against Mike Piazza‘s Team Italy, and his three-walk performance on Sunday helped the Americans past the pesky Canadians. Some fans have taken to calling him Captain America. That has a nice ring to it.

RHP Zack Wheeler was among the first cuts in camp this year. Wheeler tossed a couple of impressive innings in his only spring appearance. His next appearance was cut short by a tweak in his oblique, but he’s ready to work again.  I would have enjoyed seeing him pitch one more time this spring – just because he’s fun to watch – but I assume we’ll be seeing plenty of him in the near future.

That’s all for now. Have a great week and don’t forget to wear your cup.

Paul is a freelance writer, blogger, and broadcast technology professional residing in Denver. A New Jersey native, he is a long-suffering Mets fan, a recently-happy Giants fan, and bewildered Islanders fan. He's also a fair-weather Avalanche and Rockies supporter. In his spare time, he enjoys the three Gs: Golf, Guitars, and Games.
  1. friend March 11, 2013 at 6:40 pm
    “His grand slam put the Mets up for good”

    Wishful thinking?

    • Paul Festa March 12, 2013 at 11:11 am
      Whoops! LOL.
  2. AC Wayne March 11, 2013 at 8:53 pm
    Wright seems pretty comfortable when the spotlight is on him, I would love to see how he performs if the Mets are able to get back to the post-season during this latest contract extension, that would make the second half of his career pretty special
  3. danXtanna March 12, 2013 at 1:02 am
    just the opposite… Wright seems comfortable when he doesn’t have to be the “Guy”…. You put Wright in a lineup where he can just blend in he will do well.
    • TexasGusCC March 12, 2013 at 1:55 am
      He wasn’t “the guy” in the beginning of last year? Who else was there? Ike? Thole? Murphy? Bay? The reason the Mets fell off after July was that Wright couldn’t keep up his assault, and Davis’ heating up obviously wasn’t enough. I am not saying that Wright is the best hitter in baseball, but I cannot think of too many players that do what he does in that ballpark with not much help. Can you imagine if he played in Arlington, Cincy, Arizona, or Philly? We’d be dying to get him.
  4. Dan B March 12, 2013 at 10:29 am
    It is going to be a tough year for Wright, I fear. There will not be many RBI opportunities for him compared to the past. Who will score from first on a double like Reyes used to? And when there are RBI opportunities, he will be pitched around. Wright must learn to be patient and take those walks rather then striking out on bad pitches. He has a habit of trying too hard when it gets bad, much to his and the team’s disadvantage.