Piling on the Mets, Volume XVI

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minaya talking.JPGThe Mets certainly don’t need any more ragging, but sometimes it’s hard to resist.  A rough offseason filled with negative storylines has bred a mile-high pile of superb quotes and observations.  Here’s the opinion of one veteran sports agent, courtesy of the New York Post’s Joel Sherman:

“How can you have that payroll and still not have a starting catcher or
first baseman, a second baseman you hate and no legitimate starters
after Johan [Santana]?”

Video: Edwin Encarnación grounds into 5-4-3 triple play

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The Yankees threatened early against the Twins in the top of the first inning of Monday night’s game in Minnesota. DJ LeMahieu and Aaron Judge drew leadoff walks Martín Pérez, bringing up slugger Edwin Encarnación. Encarnación battled Pérez, ultimately rolling over on the ninth pitch, a change-up. Third baseman Luis Arraez gobbled it up and stepped on the third base bag, then fired to Jonathan Schoop at second base for the second out. Schoop got the ball over to Miguel Sanó at first base just in time to complete the 5-4-3 triple play.

It’s the second triple play turned this year, as the White Sox also accomplished a 5-4-3 double play on May 22 against the Astros. The Twins’ last triple play occurred on June 1, 2017 against the Angels, also a 5-4-3 triple-killing.

The Yankees were eventually able to generate some offense in the third inning on a Gio Urshela solo homer and an RBI single from Encarnación. It’s a 2-2 game as this gets published.