Are you having fun yet? The Mets offense ripped apart the opposition for the third consecutive game as they toppled the Tigers 14-3 on Tuesday evening. The Mets scored early and often and even did something they hadn't done since August 2009. That's right: Jason Bay ended the drought and hit a grand slam. Well, Moneyball maven Sandy Alderson liked the four-run rally killer so much, that he called for a second one an inning later, off the bat of Carlos Beltran.
Josh Thole also hit his first homer of the year and R.A. Dickey pitched a solid 7 innings. Jose Reyes continues to sizzle, as he went 4-4 with 2 singles, a double and a triple. The only thing that could stop him from hitting for the cycle was Terry Collins pulling him from the game in the 7th inning.
With the victory, the Mets improved to 40-39, a game over .500 for the first time since they were 3-2 in early April. They look to get to two games over and extend their winning streak to four tomorrow evening, as Chris Capuano takes on former True Yankee™ Phil Coke. Game time is set for 7:05 PM.
Jonathan Niese passed a battery of tests and looks to be on target to make his Friday start against the Yankees.
Cecil Fielder thinks his son Prince would be a good fit for the Mets.
The New York Times has a piece on Mets fan/artist Joe Petruccio, who's artwork you've likely seen featured at Metsblog on occasion.
Gary Carter is dealing with walking pneumonia. Be sure to keep The Kid in mind.
Around the NL East
The Marlins lost to the A's 1-0. Josh Johnson suffered a setback and will be examined by the famed Dr. Andrews on Wednesday. Jack McKeon says "Get off my lawn with your fancy arm fixing surgeries."
The Nationals fell 11-5 to the Angels, pushing the Mets back into 3rd place all by themselves. Uber-prospect Bryce Harper has been sidelined with the ominous bone bruise. If he were in the Mets organization, that would be the beginning of the end of his career.
The Braves beat the Mariners 5-4. Closer Craig Kimbrel knocked the hated former Braves closer John Rocker out of a spot in the Braves record book. Good.
Around the Majors
Shin-Soo Choo underwent surgery Tuesday and will be out two months with a fractured thumb.
Derek Jeter ran the bases at 50-60%. Sounds like he'll likely miss the Subway Series this weekend. Bartolo Colon also threw 60 pitches and Mark Prior is on the Scranton DL and trying to work his way back.
The Royals "Mission: 2012" may be derailed by their awful starting pitching staff. They have some prospects, although they've had some struggles. I'm sure Dayton Moore will figure it all out. (Wish I could do sarcasm font here).
Finally, from the college ranks, the South Carolina Gamecocks completed a sweep of the Florida Gators and are the College World Series champions for the second year in a row.