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MLB: Twins Mauer Returns, Mets Reyes Gets 100, Cliff Lee, Phillies

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He’s Baacckk

Joe Mauer will be in the lineup for the Minnesota Twins Friday night for the first time since April 12th. Mauer’s return couldn’t come at a better time for the last place Twins, who have now won 11 of their last 13 games and could use a shot in the arm to sustain their momentum. The Twins, who have been devastated by injuries this year and were dead last in our MLB Power Rankings for so long, are slowly starting to make a push.

Minnesota currently sits nine games back of the Detroit Tigers and with any luck keeping players healthy at all, with more than 65% of the season still to go, there’s no reason this Twins team still can’t make the playoffs.

BTW – I still say you shouldn’t have one of your best offensive players as your catcher, and certainly not your highest paid. 

Jose Reyes Fastest to 100 Hits

You knew it was going to happen. It’s a contract year for the New York Mets shortstop Jose Reyes, he’s remained healthy and an All-Star. Actually, an All-Star may be an understatement. Less than 43% through the season the switch hitting leadoff hitter leads the majors with a .348 batting average and is 4th in MLB with 51 runs scored.

Thursday night Reyes became the fastest Met to 100 hits in a season, besting a mark sets by Lance Johnson in 1996. Making his best argument for a Carl Crawford contract (7-years, $142 million), the 28-year old is on pace for a monster year. At the moment Reyes’ stats for the year project to .348 BA / 7 HRs / 66 RBI / 120 RS / 54 SBs.

Amidst an ownership financial crisis, the Mets fan base is begging for Sandy Alderson and Co. to find a way to re-sign Reyes, and when it comes down to it, often at the expense of being able to keep third basemen David Wright if need be. The Mets are 34-35, just one game below .500. If they can manage to poke their heads above .500 before the All-Star break and work their way into being considered a legitimate NL Wild Card contender, it will be interesting to see if the Mets just let Reyes play out his contract and take the compensation draft picks, or pull the trigger on a trade that’s been talked about since the day the Wilpon’s financial troubles were announced.

Cliff Lee Tosses Another Gem at Home, Leads Phillies to 7th Straight Win

Cliff Lee was brilliant at home again, tossing a complete game, allowing two hits while striking out four and walking two as he shut out the Marlins, 3-0, on Thursday afternoon to complete a sweep and give the Phillies their seventh straight victory.

Lee was brilliant at home again, striking out four and walking two for his second shutout of the year. He’s won his last five home starts, allowing five earned runs in 40 innings, striking out 39 in that span.

Coming into the year the Phillies starting pitching staff was advertized as the best in MLB. Lead by their four No. 1 starters, Halladay, Oswalt, Lee, Hamels, the Phillies currently lead MLB with a 3.05 ERA. If the Phillies to not at least win the NL Pennant, it will be a colossal disappointment. P.S. – Cole Hamels for NL Cy Young.

Random Musings

My post about the Atlanta Braves attempt to slow down Jose Reyes on the basepaths by over watering the infield dirt caused quite a reaction yesterday. Where do you fall on the issue, foul play or fair game?

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