NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 03: Fans wait in the rain prior to the game between the New York Mets against the Florida Marlins on August 3, 2011 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
Last night's game was rained out, and there is no word yet on when (or if) we'll see it made up. Terry Collins used the time to his advantage, trying to encourage the players to put their recent poor play behind them. Hopefully we'll see the Mets get back on track soon, but even with the recent poor finishes this season has been going about as well as I could have hoped.
Daniel Murphy has been a hot topic lately. Now batting .319, it's pretty clear that Murphy has a good enough bat to contribute to the roster in some fashion. The NY Times takes a look at what the Mets can do to keep him in the lineup. Andrew Fiorentino seems to think he's the current frontrunner for the second base job going forward. Some bloggers seem to be getting a little carried away with the bat of the Irish Hammer though.
Toby Hyde finished his mid season look at his top 41 prospects. The top 5 can be found here, and the article has links to the rest of the list.
Scouting the Sally ranks the prospects that got traded at the deadline. Nice to see who tops that list...
While we're on prospects, Wally Backman seems very impressed with Matt Harvey.
Around the NL East:
In the stupidest story of the day, Arod may be investigated by MLB for playing poker.
Yu Darvish has hired agent Arn Tellem in anticipation of being posted for MLB this offseason. That would make the free agent pitching market a little deeper for teams with money to spend. Hisashi Iwakuma is also preparing for a move to the United States. I'm sure we'll hear more on both of these guys as the offseason approaches.