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Billy Won’t Be A Hero

It should come as no surprise to regular readers that I’m rather indifferent to the news that Billy Wagner will miss the remainder of this season, and all of next, with elbow surgery. You needn’t twist my arm to convince me that having a healthy Wagner is better than not, especially as we reach the homestretch with a 1.5 game lead, but I certainly have enjoyed seeing the team rally around this supposed weakness and the results (22-11 since his assignment to the disabled list Aug. 2) say we’ll be just fine. To be perfectly honest I dreaded the alternative of Wagner’s return this week every bit as much as I bemoan the fact that he’s not coming back. It’s forced everyone to sack up a little and revealed potential heroes like Luis Ayala and Brian Stokes. Even Pedro Feliciano has performed in ways that don’t make me want to strangle him lately.

I’m less convinced this event teaches the Mets anything, even if it would be cool if it did. They blamed the strategy, not the injury, when Braden Looper didn’t work out: Wagner wouldn’t have been here otherwise. As for Wagner, while I respect his ability and will to win, I always felt he was here for Wagner more than he was for me. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. But by the point in his career he arrived in New York, he was as much about burnishing his stats and Q rating for what looked to be shaping up as an interesting Hall of Fame debate, than he was about being a Met. A big contract with an ironclad no-trade clause took that worry off his mind and allowed him to speak maybe too freely of his teammates and management.

 

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29One thing I forgot to mention while recounting the new arrivals and their uni numbers was this weird factoid: Gustavo Molina‘s return represents a fifth issue of the No. 29 jersey this year. It started on the back of Jorge Sosa who was released in May. In June, it went to Chris Aguila, then to Andy Phillips as he flipped in and flopped out. Aguila took it back again in July for a second visit, and here it is back with Molina.

Wanna see a Mets game before they tear down Big Shea? Matt Silverman says he still has a few leftover tixx for the Sept.24 game in the Picnic Area. Contact Matt and join a distinguished group of diehards. Who knows? We could clinch that day. Maybe.

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“37!! My ballteam gave out 37 six!!”

“In a row?”

Trot Nixon, 37th No. 6 in Mets history, and fourth this year, tying its own record from 2004 for the most times issued in a single season and extending 6’s dominance as the most frequently issued Mets jersey.

But based on pure velocity of the turnover, 2008 has been the sixiest season in Mets history. Consider that in 2004, 6 hadn’t been issed for the third time by time Nixon slipped on his new outfit. Chris Aguila was optioned back to AAA to make room for Nixon, illustrating the missed opportunity of handing him 6 as well.

I’d like to wish all you fathers out there a happy birthday. The Mets gave me a double header to accompany installation of a new bathroom vanity. This could be a very long day.

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No Surprises

It wouldn’t surprise me to see this afternoon’s AAA callup, Chris Aguila, show up at Shea tonight inheriting the same No. 6 jersey that belonged last to pointless infield acquiree Abraham Nunez and before that to overmatched outfielder Nick Evans, and before that to obscure, briefly visiting catcher Gustavo Molina.

7 p.m. UPDATE: Aguila is wearing No. 29, last seen on the back of Jorge Sosa. Guess we’re surprised after all.

And it wouldn’t surprise me if the Mets losing streak reached the same No. 6 tonight, seeing as Mike Pelfrey opposes Brandon Webb. And it would come as no surprise if the Mets might lose as a result of getting entirely too cautious with a lead, as they’re in the dreadful habit of once again.

Catching up with moves from Tuesday, they activated Moises Alou, along with Marlon Anderson, from the disabled list, while designating third catcher Raul Casanova to for assignment. Not surprisingly, Alou couldn’t make it through the rain delay last night. Anderson in the meantime, was welcomed back despite doing nothing while healthy to have helped this club so far. That’s also not a surprise.

Thanks to a note from Joey we know Casey Hodges was snapped up by the Braves in the 23rd round of the amatuer draft. Boo!

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