Cutnpaste: – Cory Vaughn, Generation K, Johan Santana, Txs Sales, ST

Cory Vaughn:

Once drafted, Vaughn reported promptly to the Mets’ short-season affiliate in Brooklyn for his first professional season. Vaughn’s numbers there were nothing short of impressive, hitting for both average and power, showing solid plate discipline and even stealing a few bases (12). Over 72 games, Vaughn put up a .307 batting average (with an even more impressive .396 on-base percentage) while slugging .557 on the strength of 14 homers and 56 RBIs. He showed a propensity for the strikeout (63 in about half the length of a full major league season, against pretty weak competition), and you have to wonder what will happen when he begins to press more for power at a higher level.  


Generation K:
I remember coming away from both games impressed, though the Generation K hype hadn’t begun just yet. Remember, the Mets didn’t even draft Paul Wilson until June of 1994. But as that hype built, and it started to look like I’d seen two of the three members of Generation K at the very beginning, Isringhausen and Pulsipher represented something bigger than just pitchers who could return the Mets to the top of the National League East. It was like I’d seen the Beatles in Liverpool.

Johan Santana:
The Marlins’ batter was Dan Uggla, a dead fastball hitter. With a runner on second and one out, he represented the tying run. Santana knows that Uggla is a fastball hitter — the whole world knows Uggla is a fastball hitter. But Dan Uggla knows everyone knows that, so he knows Santana wants to get him out with a changeup. And if Santana is going to get him out with a changeup, he’s going to set him up with a fastball. And if he’s going to set him up with a fastball, he’s probably going to try to sneak one by with the first pitch. And Dan Uggla loves fastballs.  


Txs Sales:
Dave Howard, the Mets’ executive VP for business operations, told Newsday’s Neil Best that Mets tickets are selling like gangbusters. “I would characterize it as encouraging overall,” Howard told Best. Specifically regarding season-ticket renewals, the executive VP added those were “substantially higher than where we were last year.” The team on average sliced ticket prices by 14 percent and added an extra 10 percent discount for season ticket holders.

But official workouts began, too, so maybe we’ll focus more on baseball today. Although that may be trouble, too, since once we start focusing on baseball some of the Mets troubles on the field are going to become clear. The first and most troubling came Thursday when Johan Santana addressed his status. Cautionary might be the best way to describe it. He doesn’t know what he will be, doesn’t know when he will be on the mound and all he could guarantee – all anyone could guarantee – was that he would work his hardest. But the fact is he won’t be pitching for the Mets until either late June or early July at best and no one knows if he will be close to the pitcher he was when he does return. Mark Prior and Chin Ming Wang are the pitchers I’ve heard of who have had a similar surgery and the results have been dreadful. Santana pointed to Yanks catcher Jorge Posada – who has spent his last few years fighting to try to avoid being a DH because his arm is a shadow of what it once was.  


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