Tuesday, June 13, 2006


Lastings' impression

The Mets' rookie sensation Lasting Milledge is the subject of a story by my brother at MLB.com. Barry Bonds blasts Milledge for the hand-slapping incident at Shea: "When you're a rookie, you can't do things like that. You have to know your place or you're begging to get hit in the neck."

Milledge is batting .256, with 3 doubles, 2 triples, 2 HRs and 10 RBI. He's also thrown out 2 runners since replacing the injured Xavier Nady (appendectomy) and Cliff Floyd (sprained ankle) in the outfield.

The Mets (39-23) open a 3-game series with the Phillies (33-20) tonight at Citizens Band Park: Tom Glavine (9-2) vs. Ryan Madsen (6-3), 7:05 pm start on SNY & WFAN. The Mets have won 6 in a row and are leading the Phils by 6.5 games.

The Yankees (35-26) face off against the Indians (30-32) at home: Chieng-Ming Wong (6-2) vs. Paul Byrd (5-4), 7:05 pm start on YES and WCBS Radio. The Yanks are 1 game behind the Bosox (36-25), despite losing 4 straight. Boston's in Minnesota. Great matchup: Curt Schilling (9-2) vs. Johann Santana (6-4).

The Mets have a long history of producing rookie phenoms, so we'll just have to see over time where Lasting Milledge ranks in a pantheon that includes Doc Gooden, Darryl Strawberry, and Sidd Finch.
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