Its been thirteen long years since the Montreal Expos made the fateful decision to trade away several of the game's top prospects (Grady Sizemore, Brandon Phillips, and Cliff Lee) in exchange for the Cleveland Indian's ace, Bartolo Colon. Since that time, the Expos have relocated and the prospects they dealt away have blossomed into some of the game's best.
It's funny how the game of baseball works as Brandon Phillips would be again traded, this time to Cincinatti for Jeff Stevens, who in turn would be later dealt to the Chicaco Cubs for Mark DeRosa. However, also involved in that deal was young pitching prospect, named Chris Archer. Then a few years later, Archer would be dealt to the Rays where he currently still plays.
Bartolo Colon during this time has had a long career where he's joruneyed around multiple teams and has also dealt with some controversial issues. He's found himself a home now however, as he's pitched for the Mets for the past two seasons.
- Kevin Kiermaier is out of the lineup after injuring his thumb during yesterday's game. He may be used as a defensive replacement later on.
- Asdrubal Cabrera has slashed .391/.430/.620 with 16 XBH since June 26th (26 games). Before that he had slashed .206/.262/.327 with 17 XBH in 70 games.
|NEW YORK METS||TAMPA BAY RAYS|
|Curtis Granderson - DH||John Jaso - LF|
|Daniel Murphy - 2B||Grady Sizemore - RF|
|Yoenis Cespedes - CF||Evan Longoria - 3B|
|Lucas Duda - 1B||James Loney - 1B|
|Juan Uribe - 3B||Logan Forsythe - 2B|
|Michael Conforto - LF||Asdrubal Cabrera - SS|
|Wilmer Flores - SS||Richie Shaffer - DH|
|Kelly Johnson - RF||Brandon Guyer - CF|
|Kevin Plawecki - C||Rene Rivera - C|
|Bartolo Colon - RHP||Chris Archer - RHP|