A lot of little things going on today that I need to bring you up to speed on, beginning with Kaz Matsui saying, “I was all my fault. I didn’t play well,” Matsui said when yours truly asked him why New York didn’t work out.
An All-Star ironman shortstop in Japan, Matsui was an often-injured second baseman with the Mets. He played poorly, admitted it, and said he’s moved on. No excuses, which was nice. Matsui goes into tonight’s game hitting .224 with a homer and seven RBI. He’s not playing well here, either, but said he’s happy.
* Cliff Floyd played in a rehab doubleheader in Florida. Willie Randolph said how he is used when he returns is still to be determined. Randolph said Endy Chavez is playing well and brings something with his defense.
* Pedro Martinez threw on flat ground in Florida, but there’s no timetable for his return. Randolph reiterated he’s looking for three to four starts to get ready for the postseason.
* Paul Lo Duca takes his pre-game hitting in the cage and not live BP because it is easier on this sore left thumb.
* After the rosters expand, Randolph said he’ll look to squeeze in rest for his regulars.
SS Jose Reyes: .298, 15, 66
C Paul Lo Duca: .317, 4, 40
CF Carlos Beltran: .286, 38, 108
1B Carlos Delgado: .264, 33, 93
3B David Wright: .294, 22, 93
RF Shawn Green: .282, 11, 55
2B Jose Valentin: .283, 12, 49
LF Endy Chavez: .310, 3, 33
RHP Steve Trachsel: 13-5, 5.00