The Mets couldn't come back in time for this morning's applesauce, but at least we have a shiny new starting right fielder to blame

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 08: Mike Baxter #23 of the New York Mets is congratulated in the dugout by is teammates at the end of the eigth inning against the San Diego Padres at Citi Field on August 8, 2011 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Baxter got his first major league hit during his first at-bat in the inning. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Lately we've been treated to thrillingt comeback baseball from the Mets, but last night the team dug too deep a hole.  The night will go down as a highlight for one Met at least.  Mike Baxter made his first ML start in right field for the Amazins.  I'm quickly becoming a Baxter fan...this type of shrewd waiver pickup is just another example of Sandy Alderson being really good at his job.

With the Mets losing, Izzy's pursuit of 300 saves was put on hold for another night.  Seeing him do that in a Mets uniform will certainly be a nice event, especially after the general disappointment of "Generation K".

Reports are floating around that the Mets are willing to give Reyes a 100 million dollar deal.  Howard Megdal takes a look at how the "injury prone" Reyes stays on the field compared to another fairly expensive shortstop who reached free agency.

Patrick Flood takes a closer look at why Lucas Duda bunting in the cleanup spot was a good idea.

Michael Diaz takes a closer look at Mat Den Dekker.

David Wright spent a little time yesterday with a few NYPD officers who lost family in the 9/11 attacks.

Around the NL East:

The Phillies just keep winning.  This time it was a 9-8 victory over the Dodgers.

The Braves swept the Marlins with a 6-2 victory.  Ted Berg takes a closer look at ex-minnow Dan Uggla's hitting streak.

The woeful Cubs beat the Nats yesterday by a score of 4-2.

Around MLB:

The Diamondback have jumped ahead of selfish Carlos and the Giants in the NL West.

Ubaldo Jimenez made his home debut in terrific fashion for the Indians.

Unlike Beltran's new club, K-rod's new team has streaked it's way into the division lead.

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