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John Mayberry homered to lead off the 7th inning, and Placido Polanco hit a tie-breaking sac fly later in the inning to give Roy Halladay and the Phillies the win over the Mets.  The Mets have now lost 3 in a row and drop to 11-16 on the year.

This was a classic pitcher’s duel between the established ace Halladay and the young Jon Niese.  The Mets got to Halladay first, plating the first run on Carlos Beltran’s RBI single to drive in Daniel Murphy in the 4th.  They threatened to score more in that inning, but Halladay buckled down and retired the next 3 batters with 2 on.  Niese made the 1-0 lead stand up until he ran out of gas in the 7th inning.

Thank God I get to hit here instead of Citi Field...

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Ryan Howard hit 2 home runs, including a grand slam, Ben Francisco and Placido Polanco each added 2 RBI, and the Mets now drop to 11-15 on the year.  Mike Pelfrey allowed 8 hits and 4 runs in his 4.1 innings of work.  Dillon Gee relieved Pelfrey and only allowed one hit.  Unfortunately, that one hit was Ryan Howard’s grand slam to make the game 8-0 in the 6th inning, and effectively end the game.

Vance Worley pitched 6 shutout innings for the Phillies.  The Mets threatened in the top of the first inning, with Daniel Murphy and David Wright reaching base on errors.  But Worley coaxed a double-play ball out of Carlos Beltran to end the threat.  He and Pelfrey would trade zeros until the 4th inning, when Howard hit the first of his home runs, a 2-run shot.  From that point on, it was all Phillies.

What do I have to do to win in this park?

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After Zack Greinke accepted a trade to the Milwaukee Brewers yesterday, I immediately started to think about the Cy Young race in the National League. AL Cy Young winners from 2008 and 2009 have now joined the National League, creating a deep pool of talented starters. Here’s just a brief overview of the contenders for 2011:

1. Roy Halladay, PHI (2010 Cy Young Winner): 21-10, 2.44 ERA (2010)
2. Cliff Lee, PHI (2008 AL Cy Young Winner): 12-9, 3.18 ERA (2010)
3. Tim Lincecum, SF (2008, 2009 NL Cy Young Winner): 16-10, 3.43 ERA (2010)
4. Zack Greinke, MIL (2009 AL Cy Young Winner): 10-14, 4.17 ERA (2010)
5. Ubaldo Jimenez, COL: 19-8, 2.88 ERA (2010)
6. Adam Wainwright, STL (Finished second in 2010): 20-11, 2.42 ERA (2010)
7. Josh Johnson, FLA (Finished fifth, missed seven starts in 2010): 11-6, 2.30 ERA (2010)
8. Chris Carpenter, STL (2005 NL Cy Young Winner, three Top 3 finishes in last five years): 16-9, 3.22 ERA (2010)
9. Mat Latos, SD (Finished eighth in voting in first full season): 14-10, 2.92 ERA, 189 Ks
10. Cole Hamels, PHI (2008 World Series MVP): 12-11, 3.06 ERA, 206 Ks
11. Clayton Kershaw, LAD: 13-10, 2.91 ERA, 212 Ks
12. Roy Oswalt, PHI: 13-13, 2.76 ERA, 193 Ks

If I had to put $1,000,000 on one these pitchers, Mr. Halladay is my man.

How about you?

For the last few days, we have heard that a ‘Mystery Team’ has entered the Cliff Lee sweepstakes. That suitor appears to be none other than the Philadelphia Phillies. Lee was a member of the Phillies during the second half of the 2009 season, pitching the team to their second consecutive World Series appearance. Lee was exceptionally good in the playoffs that year, going 4-0 with 1.56 ERA in five starts. After Lee’s impressive post-season run and knowing that they wouldn’t be able to afford him long-term, the Phillies shipped him to the Seattle Mariners as one of the key components in the three-team deal that sent Roy Halladay to Philly. With the Yankees and Rangers publicly stating their desire to land the 32-year-old left-hander, what are the Phillies chances of bringing him back to Philly?

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The season is only a few days from kicking off. I’ve written a ton on fantasy baseball strategy and player projections. If you haven’t read any of those articles, check out the archives.

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Cy-Young Winner Roy Halladay was traded out of the vaunted AL East this offseason to the Philadelphia Phillies in a three team deal. The Phillies, defending National Champions, have landed a guy that has a career 3.43 ERA in baseball’s best division, 200 Ks in the past two season with an ERA below 2.60. Those figures are down-right scary. Move Halladay into the National League where he’ll face pitchers instead of DHs and lineups that are half as good as AL East ones. What could he do against the Nationals? Marlins????

Everyone around baseball knew Halladay was available this off season. When the Mets put in a call for Halladay, Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopolous asked the Mets to start their package with shortstop, Jose Reyes. Mets GM Omar Minaya quickly hung up the phone and resumed his winter long nap, one that has lasted all offseason. How often does a Cy-Young caliber pitcher become available via trade? The question being, given the free agent class this offseason, do you trade Reyes and 2 younger pitchers(Parnell and a AAA guy) for Halladay? I say yes and here’s my reasoning.

Halladay is a complete game changer. While some may worry about the number of innings he has logged, he seems to get stronger the older he gets. The stats above further prove that point. Many Met fans are in love with Reyes’ speed and athleticism. Reyes has proven himself as the premiere stolen base threat in baseball, logging (60, 64, 78, 56 stolen bases in each of his past four full seasons). Reyes typically will give the Mets a .295 batting average, 190 hits, and roughly 60 SBs. But that was before his injury. How well does he bounce back after missing virtually all of last season? His stock is low right now, which can make you understand the Mets not trading him. However, Reyes is not the proven type of leader/franchise player you’d expect him to be. New Yorkers want Reyes to be Derek Jeter, but Reyes doesn’t have the intangibles. Reyes has even said it himself that he doesn’t want to be the leader on the Mets(Reference Francessa interview January 2010). On a team that has no definite leader, one would expect Reyes, the team’s best player, to assume that role. He is uninterested and that is alarming.

But Met fans need something to get excited about. Pairing Roy Halladay and Johan Santana at the top of your rotation makes you rival the 2001 Diamondbacks with Schilling and Johnson. That team just had to get into the post season before those two dominated.

Here’s what I would have done this past offseason with the Mets:

Trade: Jose Reyes(6.5 mil), Bobby Parnell(500K), and Fernando Martinez(500k) to Toronto for Roy Halladay(contract extension 3 yr/60 mil).

Sign: Free Agent SS: Miguel Tejada (1 yr/6 mil)

Sign: Free Agent OF: Johnny Damon (2 yr/12 mil)

Sign: Free Agent OF: Randy Winn(1 yr/2mil) to play CF while Beltran rehabs.

Re-Sign Free Agent 1B: Carlos Delgado(1 yr/4mil)

No Gary Matthews, Jason Bay.

Sign: Free Agent C: Jose Molina (1 yr/1.5mil)

While many may not agree with trading Reyes, Tejada hit .313 last season with 14 HRs playing for Houston.

Do you want Reyes at Shortstop with John Maine as your #2 or do want the best 1/2 combo in baseball in Halladay/Santana with a lesser offensive option? Remember, the Mets still have Beltran and David Wright. Given the state of the Mets current rotation, Roy Halladay would have vastly changed the landscape of the team. The Halladay move would have re-energized the Met fan base. Instead, your arch rival now has an arm to rival Santana.