…is Las Vegas. Much as I’d rather bask in the warm, fuzzy memories of the Mets erasing a 4-0 deficit to the Cubbies last night (David Wright going 3 for 4 with a 2 run HR, Damion Easley redeeming himself after some early foilbles with great glovework at 2B, Aaron Heilman earning a W with one pitch….and the Fear Of A Jose Reyes Planet, above, ending the game after Carlos D.’s bases loaded walk), we’ll instead turn our attention to the exploits of Flushing’s no. 1 PED-assisted middle reliever. From the New York Daily News’ Adam Rubin :
Guillermo Mota made his Zephyrs debut Monday night at Las Vegas. Pitching for Triple-A New Orleans, Mota pitched a scoreless eighth, allowing one hit and striking out one batter in a 7-5 loss. Barring a rainout, he’ll be activated May 30, for the Mets’ 51st game. He was eligible to begin making minor-league rehab appearances before paying crowds 16 days before that activation. Mota is serving a 50-game suspension for a positive steroid test. The Mets gave him a sweetheart two-year, $5 million deal despite the cheating. The club backloaded $3.2 million in the second year, because Mota will forfeit about 32% of this year’s salary.
Though a dilligent, talented reporter, Rubin failed to mention that Mota turned up weighing 110 pounds, and his fastball topped out at 60 miles per hour.
Mota didn’t feature in New Orleans’ 9-8 matinee win over Vegas earlier today. Andy Tracy hit his 9th HR of the PCL campaign, while the ageless (well, 33) Ricky Ledee went 2 for 5 with a pair of RBI’s.