Mets Jambalinka: Lefty relievers, tears and a book review

So, how’s your bracket looking? I’m a notoriously poor bracket picker, so bad that I have never won an NCAA pool that didn’t have us pick names out of a hat. But my bracket is in good shape after three days’ worth of games and I’m in third place in my 28-person pool. Plus one of the games I missed was Duke and I’m quite happy to see them lose to a #15 seed. Amazing what happens when the refs don’t give them every call.

So, while I am temporarily sidetracked by March Madness (and the Knicks’ three-game winning streak!) I’ve also been tuned into the Mets. Here are some stories that caught my eye this week:

Last year in 60 PA versus LHB, Dontrelle Willis posted a .127/.169/.200 line. Richard Sparago wants to give him a shot to replace Tim Byrdak as a lefty in the pen. Willis has only three games as a reliever in the majors but if he’s willing to sign a minor league deal, why not? I’d certainly rather take a flyer on him than C.J. Nitkowski.
http://randommetsthoughts.blogspot.com/2012/03/how-about-giving-this-guy-shot.html?spref=fb

Here’s another guy I’d rather see than Nitkowski – Josh Edgin. Mike Puma has a nice profile of the 25 year old, including the fact that he was an outstanding high school wrestler.
http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/mets/edgin_ahead_3lfsLfBV8Jl279jSIxiPDK

Everyone knows that the Mets have never had a no-hitter. However, Ed Leyro wonders if someone on the club will achieve that particular milestone before the team has another 20-game winner.
http://studiousmetsimus.blogspot.com/2012/03/what-will-mets-produce-next-no-hitter.html

Former Mets Chris Carter and Lastings Milledge have agreed to play in Japan this year. Greg Prince takes this opportunity to point out other former Mets who traveled to a foreign land 7,000 miles away to continue their baseball careers.
http://www.faithandfearinflushing.com/2012/03/16/land-of-the-declining-mets/

The other night I watched “A League of Their Own” on cable, I think it was CMT of all places. The next day I read Taryn Cooper’s post about crying in baseball.
http://galforallseasons.com/2012/03/16/married-to-the-mets-theres-no-crying-in-baseball/

Kevin Kernan puts away the hatchet and has a nice piece on how Tim Teufel is working with the team’s infielders, not just Murphy, this Spring.
http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/mets/amazin_coach_working_on_fixing_infield_NSa9bUBLQE6iR522284AXK

John Coppinger got his hands on an “uncorrected proof” of R.A. Dickey’s upcoming book and turns in a very nice review of “Wherever I Wind Up; My Quest For Truth, Authenticity, and the Perfect Knuckleball.”
http://www.metstradamusblog.com/2012-articles/march/truth-and-authenticity-youve-come-to-the-right-place.html

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