At the season's halfway point, the Mets look like they made a good decision by not entering into a bidding war for Barry Zito. Yesterday, he lost again. In four innings he yielded eight hits, six runs, and four walks, raising his ERA to 4.90 and his record to 6-9.
Mike Jacobs, whom the Mets included in their package for Carlos Delgado, is batting .263 for the Marlins. Delgado's hitting .242.
Xavier Nady, whom the Mets traded to the Pirates for temporary player Roberto Hernandez, is batting cleanup for the Pirates and hitting .292. He already has driven in 50 RBIs. Hernandez has a 6.23 ERA with the Indians.
Scott Kazmir, who was part of one of the two worst trades in Mets history, the other being the trade of Nolan Ryan, lost his sixth yesterday. His record's now 5-6. In five innings he gave up seven hits, five runs, and three walks, upping his ERA to 4.41.
Jesus Flores, the Mets former top catching prospect whom they lost to the Nationals in the last Rule 5 Draft, started another game for the Nats. He struck out twice and is hitting .233, but then last season he played in Class A.
Chad Bradford has an 0-4 record with the Orioles, but his ERA is only 3.18.
Steve Trachsel is also pitching for the O's. He's 5-6 with a 4.95 ERA.
Kris Benson's still on the O's Disabled List. That deal was one of Minaya's better ones. In exchange, the Mets got Jorge Julio and John Maine. Julio's now pitching for the Rockies. On May 24, 2006 the Mets traded Julio to the Rockies for Orlando Hernandez.
Jay Payton is playing in the O's outfield and hitting .277. He has 235 at bats, but only two homers.
And Jason Isringhausen, whom the Mets gave up on in 2003, entered the All-Star break with an ERA of 1.53.