This Week’s Roster Moves
The Mets made only one move this past week. The Mets signed Jason Alfaro (3B) to a Minor League Contract. The last time Alfaro played in the majors, was in 2004 for the Houston Astros. I don’t see him being on any Major League roster in the near future.
Juan Padilla had surgery on Friday for a slight tear in his flexor tendon.
Mike Pelfrey was added to the 25 man roster and Lastings Milledge was sent to AAA to make room for him.
Minor League News
AAA – New Orleans Zephyrs (5-3)
4/8/07 – The Zephyrs’ third game of the season was postponed due to rain. They had day-night doubleheader the next day. The Zephyrs swept the doubleheader and won the series. In the first game, Jorge Sosa (1-0) threw six shutout innings. Lino Urdanetta got his second save despite giving up two runs. In the second game, Chan Ho Park (1-0) and another reliever pitched a two-hit shutout. In Game 1, the Zephyrs knocked in all the runs in the 4th inning. Carlos Gomez (CF) got a base knock in the game. Ricky Ledee (LF) and Fernando Tatis (3B) got the RBIs for the game. In Game 2, Anderson Hernandez (2B) had two hits, including a double. Carlos Gomez (CF) then drove him in with a single. That was the only run of the game.
4/9/07 – The Zephyrs started a series with the Memphis Redbirds, (St. Louis Cardinals’ AAA affiliate). The Zephyrs won the game 5-2. Adam Bostick (1-0) went five innings surrendering two runs, but striking out four. Clint Nageotte was hitless as he went three innings, while striking out four. Lino Urdanetta got his third save with a hitless 9th. Five players had a multi-hit game for the Zephyrs. Carlos Gomez (CF), Andy Tracy (1B), Ricky Ledee (LF), Fernando Tatis (3B), and Sandy Alomar Jr. (C) all had two hits. Tracy had a HR while knocking in three.
4/10/07 – The Zephyrs continued their series with the Redbirds. However, they lost 14-3. Philip Humber (1-1) wasn’t his best Tuesday. He went three innings, giving up four hits and four runs. However, he did strike out six. Steve Schmoll was horrible. He went two and a third giving up six runs on seven hits, all earned. Carlos Gomez (CF) remains hot as he went 1-3. His average as of 4/10/07 is .400. Mike DiFelice (C) went 2-3 and had a HR to go with his two hits. DiFelice also knocked in two.
4/11/07 – After a tough lost against the Redbirds, the Zephyrs won the third game of the series, 6-1. Claudio Vargas (1-0) got the start and went six solid innings giving up eight hits. Jon Adkins relieved the final three innings, and received the save. Adkins only allowed one hit in his three innings of work. The story of the night was Andy Tracy (1B). He went 3-for-4 including two HR’s and three RBI’s. Carlos Gomez (CF) continued his hot bat, going 1-for-4 with an RBI.
4/12/07 – The Zephyrs fell to the Redbirds, 7-3, as they split the series. Jose Santiago (0-1) went 4.1 innings and allowed four earned runs in the lost. He also walked one and gave up five hits. Clint Nageotte went 1.2 innings and gave up a HR while striking out two. Carlos Gomez (CF) hit a triple, his first of the year. The biggest pop of the night belonged to Chip Ambres (LF) as he hit a solo shot in the 5th innings.
AA – Binghamton Mets (1-2)
4/9/07 – The Binghamton Mets had its first game of the season on Monday against the Erie SeaWolves (Detroit Tigers’ AA affiliate). However, they were shut out 8-0. Kevin Mulvey (0-1) had a bad start. He only went an inning and a third giving up seven runs while walking four. Ricardo Morales and Marcelo Perez relieved Mulvey and combined to strike out eight over 6.2 innings. Fernando Martinez (CF) was the Mets best hitter as he went 3-for-4.
4/10/07 – The Mets came back from a 2-0 deficit to defeat the SeaWolves in the 11th inning. Jose Sanchez got the start and went four innings surrendering two runs. Three relievers backed up Sanchez to throw a two-hitter, while striking out 10. Carlos Muniz got the win as he threw two perfect innings. Fernando Martinez (CF) tied the game in the 8th inning with a solo HR. He was batting .625 and is lighting up AA. Mark Kiger (2B) hit a run-scoring double to spark a two run 11th inning that put the game away for the Mets.
4/11/07 – After a win against the SeaWolves, the Mets lost 12-4. Marcos Carvajal (0-1) started, and was hit hard by the SeaWolves. He went four innings allowing twelve hits and nine runs, all earned. Miguel Negron (RF) hit a three-run HR in the 5th inning as he was the leading RBI producer for the game. Caleb Stewart (LF) had a solo shot in the 3rd inning.
A (adv.) – St. Lucie Mets (5-2)
4/7/07 – The St. Lucie Mets faced the Devils Rays again and defeated them 7-6. Mike Pelfrey went six good innings giving up only three runs on five hits. He also struck out two. Eric Brown (1-0) picked up the win after blowing the save. Kevin Tomasiewicz picked up the save. Sean Brown (SS) hit the game winning HR in the bottom of the 8th that gave the Mets the lead. Dustin Martin (CF) went 2-for-5 with two RBI’s.
4/9/07 – The Mets rallied past the Devil Rays to sweep them in the four game series, 5-3. Robert Parnell got the start, but only pitched four innings. He gave up three runs and six hits, while striking out five. Nick Abel (1-0) relieved and got the win. Eddie Camacho picked up his first save of the season as he closed the win. Dustin Martin (CF) went 3-for-4 with a double while also driving in a run. He also stole a base.
4/10/07 – The winning streak came to a screeching halt as the Mets were blown out by the Palm Beach Cardinals. They lost 14-1. Jose De La Torre (0-1) started and gave up four runs in only 2.1 innings pitched. Kevin Tomasiewicz wasn’t so great either. Tomasiewicz went an inning and two-thirds, but gave up seven runs on only five hits. With the exception of Jacob Ruckle, the Mets pitching was bad. The only positive of the hitting was Nick Evans (3B) as he hit a solo HR in the top of the 9th.
4/11/07 – The Mets got shut out 2-0. Deolis Guerra (0-1) got the start and wasn’t bad. Guerra went five innings allowing six hits and only allowing two runs. Two relievers combined to allow only two hits in three innings. Nick Evans (1B) was the only hot bat of the night. He went 3-for-4 including two double.
4/12/07 – After being shutout, the Mets came back to win the game against the Cardinals 5-2. The Cardinals played some scratchy defense as they let this game slip away. Jonathan Niese (1-0) was superb in his outing. He went five innings striking out five, while only allowing two runs. Eddie Camacho pitched two innings, and got the save. Sean Henry (SS) was the hot bat of the evening, as he went 2-for-4 with two doubles. He also drove in a run.
Tom Glavine has a player option with the Mets for 2008 if he pitches at least 160 innings in 2007. His value could increase from $9 million to $13 million if he pitches at least 200 innings. If Glavine decides to play another year, he said the same situation will apply as last year, he could play for two teams, New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves.
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