Originally posted on Metstradamus  |  Last updated 3/25/13
Split squads this late in the season only serve to double your chance of injuries. In the Mets' case, it's exponential. Matt den Dekker, a defensive whiz if there ever was one, broke his wrist Sunday while twirling around like a ballerina in a music box chasing a wind blown fly ball before landing on his wrist and breaking it. This weather related injury ends my dream of having den Dekker go north with the team, though I suspect he was starting the season in Las Vegas anyway. Still, this is a brutal injury which was the cherry on top of a horrid day. In the den Dekker game, the Tigers beat the Mets 9-4 in a game which featured Matt Harvey looking good for an inning, and shaky for four. But Brandon Lyon stole the show by giving up five runs in the seventh on thirteen pitches (a stretch which included den Dekker's injury.) It's extremely difficult to give up five runs in 13 innings if you're a major league pitcher. I, for example, can walk three guys and give up a grand slam in 13 pitches and that would only be four runs. Also, Lyon's defense didn't help him, as right before the den Dekker injury, Brandon Hicks completely Roger Dorn'd a ground ball at third base. Seeing him play defense this spring makes me think that Rawlings should file a restraining order against him. Thank goodness we'll probably never see him at third or anywhere else since he was outrighted after the game. In the other game in which fortunately nobody was hurt, the Mets defeated the Cardinals 10-7, but only made their comeback when all the minor leaguers were in the game. Good for the minor leaguers ... Darrell Ceciliani hit a two run double to bring the Mets to within one run (Ceciliani was incognito wearing number 95), Jamie Hoffman hit a two run homer to give the Mets the lead, and Zach Lutz also hit a home run off of a guy named Mitch Harris. Harris had just come from the Navy to give up these home runs, which will somehow be interpreted as the Mets being uncaring and unpatriotic. But starter Aaron Laffey, the guy who was sent down to the minors after the game to stretch out so that he can replace Johan Santana, was tagged pretty good by the Cardinals in three innings for six hits and four runs. And he did all this while wearing number 47 which brought back horrible memories of Tom Glavine.  Let's hope for the sake of all our collective sanity that Laffey stretches himself out in a manner befitting a major league baseball player. Because I fear that if we have to see Laffey start for an extended period of time that we could be staring down the barrel of the Miami Marlins. Let's put it this way: You know what I thought when I saw Aaron Laffey pitch on Sunday? I thought "I miss Pat Misch." What does this tell you?
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