Just as we suspected, Brian Stokes appeared tonight, wearing No. 43, and in place of Ruddy Lugo, who returns to AAA without having made an appearance. And Stokes, though not charged with a decision and guilty of surrendering two 2-run home runs, evidently pitched well enough, by Met standards, to remain with the club even after John Maine returns. Which probably means that Carlos Muniz would return to AAA when Maine comes back, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves.
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Quick note to let you in on a great opportunity to see the Mets from a unique perspective before they dismantle Big Shea. Matt Silverman, my co-author for the Mets by the Numbers book and writer of a bunch of other great Mets-related books (Mets Essential, 100 Things, Total Mets, etc), has purchased a bunch of Picnic Area seats for the Sept. 24 game — that’s a Wednesday night vs. the Cubs — and is selling a limited number at his website, MetSilverman.com. Details including pricing etc. are there. I’m here to tell you I will be there, and that Matt’s a trustworthy guy who is likely to draw a crowd of knowledgeable and enthusiastic fans: If I were you, I’d be making plans to go. And do it quick — prices go up Sept. 1.