Jon Niese allowed a grand slam to Jason Marquis and the rest was history. The Mets lost 9-5 to the Cubs, and saw their lead in the NL Wild Card trimmed to a game. The story also has info on Carlos Beltran’s injury.
We had a good view of John Maine’s simulated game yesterday afternoon. Maine threw about 25-30 pitches and pronounced himself fit to be activated, as it says in this notebook. We should find out more today. … The notebook also has updates on Bobby Parnell, Mets’ pitchers on three-days rest, a new minor-league affiliate and Lou Pinella’s rotation juggling.
I’ll be back at the park this afternoon. We’re going to speak with Willie Mays this afternoon about the final days of Shea Stadium, so I’ll have his thoughts later on.