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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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