Friday was Jose Reyes’s night to shine in the Battle of the NY Shortstops. Yesterday, it was Derek’s turn. Our Hero went 4-5, with the go ahead homer, a double, and a stolen base. It was his show, though Reyes certainly put up a representative effort. In the two games thus far, he has been the Mets offense; yesterday he was just 1-3 but had 2 walks, 2 stolen bases, 2 runs, and 2 rbi. Both walks came leading off innings (pretty much inexcusable), both led to runs scored, and their ultimate result is Tyler Clippard being optioned back to triple-A. Kevin Thompson will take his spot on the roster; Kei Igawa his slot in the rotation, sometime next week in SF. Also, Jorge has been seen taking infield practice at first, in preparation for the swing through NL parks. Today, our old friend El Duque, who’s always fun to watch, faces the Wanger. An interesting contrast in styles, and hopefully some good baseball.
Up in Boston, the Sox beat the Giants 1-0 yesterday. I caught a bit of this game, and it looked like home plate ump Charlie Reliford was a significant factor. His strike zone, at least while I was watching, was enormous. Matt Morris goes for SF today against Wake. I’m sure both of those fellas will be hoping for the same leeway.