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Friday, June 18, 2004
Astros' slide continues against Cubs. Chicago 5, Houston 4. A four-game sweep for the Cubs, who have won six straight. The Astros are now in fifth place. (Yahoo!)

Astros trade Hidalgo to Mets for Weathers, Griffiths.
HOUSTON (AP) -- Hoping to help their sagging offense, the New York Mets acquired right fielder Richard Hidalgo from the Houston Astros on Thursday for right-handers David Weathers and Jeremy Griffiths.

Hidalgo has put up big numbers in the past, but he was in the midst of a disappointing season with the Astros. He recently lost his starting job to Jason Lane, and soon after went to general manager Gerry Hunsicker and asked to be traded.


Weathers adds an experienced middle reliever to Houston's bullpen, which is in desperate need of help there. The Mets also get $4 million from the Astros as part of the deal to offset the difference in salaries.

The 28-year-old Hidalgo is batting .256 with four homers and 30 RBIs, a huge drop-off from last year's .309 average with 28 home runs and 88 RBIs. He was voted the Astros' MVP in 2003.

Weathers out, Hidalgo in. "I first heard this on WFAN and have since seen it reported on the ESPN bottom line, and I say right on. No one wants to see the Mets mortgage their future to make a run at the playoffs this year, and this is exactly the kind of trade they should be making, improving the team this year without affecting next year’s team in any significant way. There’s some speculation that management getting rid of Art Howe’s favorite reliever just days after getting rid of his buddy the hitting coach is yet more handwriting on the wall, and perhaps that’s true. But the important thing is that the Mets dumped an ineffective relief pitcher in exchange for upgrading a position that sorely needed it." (Betty's No Good Clothes Shop And Pancake House)

Lowe, Red Sox get rare shutout at Coors. Boston 11, Colorado 0. In his last two starts, Lowe has pitched 14 scoreless innings and lowered his ERA from 6.55 to 5.25. (Yahoo!)

Rocky Mountain Win. "What more is there to say? Where are the negatives? I had to dig deep to come up with any, but the fans chanting 'Yankees Suck' at Coors, with the Yanks still leading the east just doesn't cut it for me. 'New York, New York' blaring over the loudspeakers at the game's finish was bushleague at best. Stick to brewing mediocre beer, guys." (Surviving Grady)

Cards rally for three in ninth, beat A's.
OAKLAND    100 030 000 - 4
ST. LOUIS  000 001 103 - 5

Celebrate Good Times, C'Mon! "I confess: somewhere around the 5th inning I had this game written off as a loss. We’d already won the first two games of the series, we were facing Tim Hudson, and as the game went on you got the distinct impression that our best chances had been either booted or thrown away (usu. by Marlon Anderson or Edgar Renteria), especially going into the bottom of the ninth down by two and Renteria (fine), McKay (ugh), and Lankford (uninspiring) due up. But sometimes strange things happen..." (Redbird Nation)

McGriff, Devil Rays win eighth straight. Tampa Bay 4, San Diego 1. The Devil Rays are now 29-34, and only eight games behind the Red Sox in the AL Wild Card race. (Yahoo!)

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