— Days Without Shea —

Filed under: Baseball | Mets
by Kingman on July 31 at 11:08AM

LastingsThe trade deadline is hours away and Loge13 is guardedly optimistic that Lastings Milledge will still be a Met at 4:01 PM EST.

If the Met front office had their way, Milledge would be moving today. But Beltran’s worsening health has made Lastings more valuable each day.

It doesn’t hurt that Lastings is also the team RBI leader since the All-Star break. Milledge has 3 home runs and 14 RBI’s, with a .348 OBP since being called up.

The Mets may have made their big move yesterday, giving up surprisingly little for Luis Castillo.

The (former) Twins second baseman is a solid fielder and reliable #2 hitter. The Mets will now have 2 switch hitters at the top of their lineup. Castillo did not sound too excited about leaving the Twins when he learned of the trade:

"I'm not feeling too good, because I like the team. I think it can do a lot, and I had fun last year. It's a little hard, but I need to put it out of my mind and go over there and do my thing, do the best I can do."

Maybe Luis knows that second base at Shea is often where good careers go to die. Ask Roberto Alomar, Carlos Baerga, Kaz Matsui (who was never injured until he came to NY), etc.

The Mets are stronger up the middle today than they were yesterday. Pedro is 30 days (or less) away. And Lastings is still a Met. So far, so good.

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