Saturday, September 3, 2011

Mets Morning News: Mr. OBP, Johnson Asks If Mets Are Ready For LowPayroll, Davis & Santana Updates

Josh Stinson made his Major League debut last night, and along with pitching 1.2 innings of relief, he also managed to work out a four-pitch walk in his first plate appearance. He now has a 1.000 on-base percentage.
"J.T. [Justin Turner] told me the guy threw 89-90 (mph)," Stinson said. "The first pitch to Nickeas was 98 and I said, 'Uh-oh. It looks like I’m not taking the bat off my shoulder.' T.C. told me when I was going on deck, 'Take two strikes no matter what. Don’t swing before that.' Luckily it got to 3-0 and he didn’t throw a strike."
Mike Puma of the NY Post felt the need to ask Nationals manager Davey Johnson his thoughts on the Mets financial woes, and the potential for just a $100 million payroll next season.
"That's fine, $100 million, if you've got all the pieces together and you only have one or two question marks, then you're a competitive club," Johnson said. "But in the scheme of things, $100 million is not a huge payroll. What's the Phillies' payroll? One hundred and [seventy] million? And you're in a bigger market. You do the math and analyze the process, and 'Are they ready?' "
Ike Davis reported to Port St. Lucie on Friday to begin baseball activities. According to David Lennon, Davis played catch, hit off a tee, and took 20 ground balls. He is expected to continue baseball activities today.

Johan Santana will pitch two innings for Class A St. Lucie today.

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