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Monday morning things

Splits of the doubleheader yesterday, split on the road trip.  You'd liked to have gone 4-2, given that the Mets are struggling and the Royals are the Royals, but going .500 on a road trip isn't something to beat yourself up over.

Still...this is a reminder that this team is what it is.  It is a .500 team, give or take a couple of wins.  That's better than what a lot of folks thought it would be this offseason, but it isn't a team that is going to make noise in the playoff race, or should be buying instead of selling come late July.

Oddly enough, another team in that category is the Atlanta Braves, who are a half-game worse than the Rangers right now in terms of record, and who are just a game closer to first place in their division.  Mark Teixeira, of course, welcomed the trade to the Braves because he wanted to play for a winner, but it is sounding like he'll be on his third team in a year in another 6 weeks if the Braves don't turn it around.  Teixeira, of course, will be making his return to TBIA on Tuesday, when the Braves start a three game set at Texas, but Michael Young says the team has moved on without Teixeira, and he feels better about the direction of the team now than he did when the trade was made.

Kason Gabbard threw strikes yesterday, which made folks happy, since that was what he was sent down to AAA to work on.  He's got a chance to solidify his spot in the rotation, but Luis Mendoza had another strong start in Oklahoma yesterday, going 7 innings on just 80 pitches, walking no one and striking out 5 batters.  If Gabbard goes back to his nibbling, walking ways, Mendoza could end up back in Texas and in the rotation.

Jeff Wilson talks about Milton Bradley's huge defensive play in game 1, that helped end a big inning for the Mets.  Bradley couldn't have made a better throw from right field on the fly 'em out/throw 'em out double play where Brian Schneider was out by a couple of steps at the plate.

Finally, Hank Blalock is going to go on a rehab assignment this week at Oklahoma, and if all goes well, should be activated on Friday.