Billy Wagner underwent successful Tommy John surgery today. He’s expected to be out through the end of next year.
I’d like to take a moment to thank Ken Davidoff of Newsday for his kind words in giving this blog a plug. I’ve known Ken since my days on the Yankee beat and he’s one of the good and talented guys. His plug means a lot to me.
I am in the process of building a blog roll and Ken’s will be on it. In the interim, you can read him at Newsday.com.
A show of hands please … how many thought of last season when Oliver Perez morphed back into the “Bad Ollie,” last night?
Yup. Me too. Only they didn’t lose. Carlos Delgado wouldn’t let them. That Perez pitched lousy isn’t a good sign … that they didn’t unravel was a definite positive.
I also liked that David Wright and Jose Reyes showed signs of offensive life.
I’ll talk with you throughout the day.
Mets manager Jerry Manuel said Oliver Perez has pitched so well lately that he’ll let this one slide. He can afford to because Carlos Delgado is playing up to the MVP chants.
It wasn’t a good night for Perez, but Delgado hit two more homers and has 24 in his last 66 games to lead the majors.
For awhile tonight it appeared as if Perez would kick this one away, but Delgado’s two homers and one by Carlos Beltran carried the Mets to a 10-8 victory over the Nationals to increase their lead over Philly to 2 1/2 games.
Kudos also to the bullpen. It has been hot in September, but tell the truth, aren’t you holding your breath?
For those who were with me tonight, many thanks. The Room is open all night.-JD
-Billy Wagner will undergo Tommy John surgery tomorrow. He will miss this year and probably all of next year. He’s not ready to retire and said he would win a championship for somebody someday.
-Manager Jerry Manuel flipped Johan Santana and Pedro Martinez in his rotation for next weekend against the Braves, with Santana going Friday and Martinez Saturday. Protecting Martinez is yet another sign he’s not able to help the Mets.
-ESPN Radio Andrew Marchand reported reliever Francisco Rodriguez will be seeking $75 million over five years. He says the Mets, Angels, Los Angeles, Detroit and St. Louis would have interest. Want to bet that list grows this winter?