Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Mets Morning News: Interleague Scheduling, Trading Beltran, & Update onNiese

Jared Diamond of the Wall Street Journal writes of how no team has had a harder schedule for Interleague Play over the past 15 years than the Mets.
Since interleague play began in 1997, the Mets' American League opponents have had an average year-end winning percentage of .527,” the highest in all of baseball. The Mets' two biggest division rivals, the Atlanta Braves and the Philadelphia Phillies, registered at .513 and .506, respectively. The Florida Marlins and the Washington Nationals, the other two teams in the National League East, have both played AL slates against teams with an average winning percentage below. 500.
Mike Puma of the NY Post writes that Carlos Beltran would be willing to waive his no-trade clause if GM Sandy Alderson were going to trade him to a contending team.
Beltran to some degree controls the outcome, he holds a full no-trade and can block any deal, but indicated he's willing to waive that clause should GM Sandy Alderson come up with the right deal.

"The team is always going to do what is best for the team, and as a player you have to make a decision if the trade makes sense or not."
After leaving his last start with a rapid heart beat, Jon Niese underwent a battery of tests at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit Tuesday. He was required to wear a heart monitor for 24 hours.
The Mets' training staff is calling Niese's condition "tachycardia," which simply means a rapid heartbeat, and team officials are cautiously optimistic that Niese will avoid missing a turn in the rotation. His next scheduled start is Friday against the Yankees at Citi Field.
The decision of whether or not Niese will make his next start depends on the results provided by the heart monitor.

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