Notes: Wright sports new 'do

Notes: Wright sports new 'do

NEW YORK -- The temptation was to ask David Wright what he would have done had he won the bet. He must have lost one. Why else would the Mets young third baseman have shown up Saturday with his hair reduced to what Cliff Floyd identified as "stubble plus?"

But, no, Wright was wearing a new buzz cut as part of a strategic plan to make himself a greater offensive threat. He told Willie Randolph: "I'm more aerodynamic now. Less resistance. I'll be faster."

Randolph called it a "smooth little haircut," and smiled.

Doug Mientkiewicz wasn't so sure.

"How are we going be the best-looking [corner infielders], if you do something like this ... But I appreciate the effort."

Daubach sees more PT: Brian Daubach replaced Mientkiewicz at first base in the middle of the fifth inning Saturday after Mientkiewicz had experienced tightness in his right hamstring for most of the game.

Mientkiewicz said he heard a pop and felt a burn in his leg before his first at-bat, in the second inning. And he limped off the field after handling Jose Reyes quick throw to end the second.

The Mets said his status was day-to-day, but Mientkiewicz said there's no way he'll play Sunday.

Minaya feeling the love: Mets general manager Omar Minaya was warmly greeted when he entered an elevator at Yankee Stadium on Saturday.

"O-maaar," a fan said. "Great job. We're here in enemy territory because we're proud of the Mets. Make some more trades."

The fan's advice went no further, leaving Minaya to heed, perhaps, the only other advice he had received to that point Saturday. It came from his younger son Justin who suggested a trade for a closer -- Braden Looper to the Dodgers for Eric Gagne.

"I don't think he's aware Gagne's on the disabled list," Minaya said.

Mets history, June 26: Tim Harkness hit a grand slam in the 14th inning off Jim Brewer of the Cubs at the Polo Grounds on this date in 1963 to lift the Mets to an 8-6 victory. ... Rusty Staub tied Dave Philley's Major League record with his eighth straight pinch-hit in the first game of a doubleheader against the Phillies on this date in 1983.

Twenty-nine years later, Vince Coleman set a then-club record with four stolen bases in St. Louis against his former team. Coleman matched the record almost one year later, also against the Cardinals. Roger Cedeno, who owns the Mets single-season record for stolen bases in a season -- 66 in 1999 -- equaled the one-game record the same year.

Is it a matter of time before Jose Reyes equals -- or breaks both of Cedeno's records? He has stolen three bases in a game twice this season. And he had stolen 22 through Friday.

Reyes said in Spring Training he though he could steal 80.

On deck: The theory is it's better to be lucky than good. To this point in the Mets season, Kris Benson has been both. Unlike Pedro Martinez, who often pitches when the Mets opponents don't score much, Benson often works when the Mets do. And that, as much as Benson's 3.90 ERA explains his 6-2 record.

How that plays out with Randy Johnson (7-5) going for the Yankees is another issue.

Benson shut down the Yankees for six-plus innings May 21 at Shea Stadium, allowing three hits and three walks. The Mets won, 7-1, scoring four times against Johnson in 6 2/3 innings.

Marty Noble is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.