The Mets visited the Turner House of Horrors in Atlanta for game one against the Braves on Tuesday evening and they came away with a 4-3 victory. Jon Niese was great again and they got yet another multi-hit game from Jose Reyes, as the offense managed to knock around ERA leader Jair Jurrjens for four runs. Carlos Beltran had two hits, a stolen base and a beautiful leaping catch up against the RF wall to selfishly rob Chipper Jones of extra bases. With the victory, the Mets "improved" to a woeful 40-80 at the Ted.
Tim Byrdak will be away from the team on Wednesday, but the Mets' LOOGY got two huge strikeouts to get out of a 7th inning jam. Jason Bay was out of the lineup on Tuesday and had some notable quotables with regards to the decision.
The Braves played a little bush league baseball, allegedly making the infield extra wet in order to slow down Mets' runners (mainly Jose Reyes). Jose slipped a couple of times early on and the umpires made the Braves grounds crew toss Quick Dry on the infield, much to the chagrin of manager Fredi Gonzalez.
Carlos Beltran selfishly told the Mets that they should re-sign Jose Reyes. How dare he.....oh wait.
The Brooklyn Cyclones held their Media Day and released their preliminary opening day roster. They open against the SI Yankees on Friday night at 7:00, then play at home on Saturday night against the Yanks at 6:30.
The Mets Low-A SAL affiliate Savannah Sand Gnats clinched their second consecutive first half Southern Division championship with a 2-1 victory over the Rome Braves.
Around the NL East
The Mets picked up ground on the Marlins, as the Phillies beat up on the Fish 9-1. With the Marlins' loss, the Mets have taken sole possession of third place in the division. In case you were wondering, the basement dwelling Nationals beat the Cardinals 8-6.
Marlins ace Josh Johnson looks like he's going to miss more time with his injury, meaning that the long awaited Phallic Battle Rematch between Johnson and R.A. Dickey will have to wait a bit longer.
Around the Majors
It's June, which means that it's time for scapegoats around the baseball world to be axed. Firings in Oakland, Florida and Texas started the party last week and there were more in the last two days as Houston and Baltimore joined in (okay, that last one was a resignation).
Meanwhile in rumorland, Angels' fans are clamoring for hitting coach Mickey Hatcher to be dismissed, though the team's failures likely are the fault of upper management (we're looking at you, Tony Reagins). Speaking of upper management failures, embattled Cubs GM Jim Hendry is also on the hot seat, along with first year manager Mike Quade. Finally, inept Astros GM Ed Wade is calling out his team for a "lack of consistency". I could do the same to Mr. Wade and call out the lack of talented players he acquires, but I won't do that.
Derek Jeter hit the DL with a grade one calf strain. If you've been living under a rock and haven't heard, the Captain is six hits away from 3,000 and now has a shot at reaching that magic number at Citi Field when the Yankees and Mets square off July 1-3. Is that such an awful thing for Mets fans?
Finally, Justin Verlander is a monster. Plain and simple. The Tigers ace threw a two-hit shutout and no-hit the Indians through 7.1 innings, the second time this season he's had a no-hitter broken up after at least six innings. He also threw a no-no earlier this season, the second of his career. Just imagine if the Tigers had passed on him in the 2004 draft and the Mets had drafted him 3rd overall instead of Phil Humber. The Indians loss also knocked them out of first place. You know what they say about regression.