Mets 3, Phillies 2 (bottom of the 4th)

It’s been quite an eventful 4th inning for the Mets’ Orlando Hernandez (above); two balks, called courtesy of the balk-crazy Bob Davidson, and a lead-off triple in the home half of the frame. It’s also been a busy sequence for SNY’s production team, what with trying to keep track of Pedro brandishing his fungo bat, Carlos Delgado whittling his bat, the every-annoying Sign Guy Redux, and every now and then, some of the action taking place on the field.

Chase Utley, hoping to extend his hitting streak to 36 games, is O for 3 thus far.

Who would you rather have over the next 4/5 years, Jose Reyes or Rafael Furcal? The New York Daily News’ Adam Rubin compares their salaries.

Jose Reyes Rafael Furcal

Bonus 1,500,000 4,000,000*
Arbitration Year 1 2,500,000 2,200,000
Arbitration Year 2 4,000,000 3,700,000
Arbitration Year 3 5,750,000 5,600,000
Free agent Year 1 10,000,000 9,000,000
Free agent Year 2 11,000,000** 13,000,000
Free agent Year 3 unsigned 13,000,000

Before you answer that, I’m hoping Reyes remembers Rickey Henderson at Xmas.

C Ramon Castro was placed on the DL prior to gametime
with a strained oblique muscle. Mike DiFelice was promoted from Norfolk.

The finest ‘Clones around are most certainly not the mouth-breathing acolytes who listen to Jim Rome’s radio program. Rather, they are the NY-Penn League’s Brooklyn Cyclones, who are leading the Tri-City Valley Cats this evening, 6-4 through 5 innings. If Brooklyn prevails, it’ll be their 12th consecutive victory. The only thing that seperates the Lil’ Wilpons from being a truly world class operation is their bizarre refusal to retire Von LMO’s number. But if Yogi and Steinbrenner could reconcile, I remaining optimistic that someday, somehow, whatever unsavory episode occured between Mr. LMO and Jeff Wilpon’s Lovely Wife will be consigned to history, and the former will be properly honored by the Coney Island franchise.