Meet the Mets
Acostalypse be Acostalypsin', ya'll. Yes, the trip to Houston was all fun and games until someone let Terry Collins use Manny Acosta for multiple innings and the Mets quickly found themselves dropping the opener to the suddenly frisky Astros. R.A. Dickey took a no-hitter into the sixth, as twitter reminded us from about the first inning on, but a couple bloops and a blast ended his night. The Mets battled back, but all the lumber in the world can't forestall the ACOSTALYPSE.
Frankie Frank should be ready for tonight's game after being unavailable yesterday with a sore hammy. Lucas Duda should also be back after getting scratched Monday with the dreaded flu-like symptoms.
Unsurprisingly, the photos of the Mets in western gear are starting to make the meme rounds on the internet. Ted Berg analyzes R.A. Dickey's sheriffness, while Carson Cistulli references Ike Davis and Steven Wright.
Adam Rubin says goodbye to Mike Pelfrey, who went in for TJ surgery yesterday, and looks at the Mets options to replace the big lug. Featuring an incredibly unflattering photo of Chris Schwinden. Rubin also reports on the potential end of the subway series, which is completely fine by me.
With the all-star ballot out, Howard Megdal ponders whether or not Josh Thole is a candidate for the midsummer classic.
Around the NL East
The Marlins continue to struggle, falling to the Diamondbacks yesterday afternoon, and looking like giant oranges while doing it. Of course, Ozzie is keeping a calm, steady hand as the team struggles.
The Bucs finally scored five runs in a game, knocking around Mike Minor as they bested the Braves 9-3 to split their four game set. Jason Heyward was not in the line-up and will likely miss a couple more games with a sore oblique. Somewhere, Chipper Jones shakes his head solemnly, and then has to go on the DL with a strained neck.
Looks like Ryan Braun found the good steroids again. Har har har. But seriously, hitting three out of Petco? Crazy beans.
Applesauce author favorite Tomaso Anthony Milone got knocked around by the Red Sox. Yeah, that park and line-up is not the best line-up for him. David Ortiz knocked two home runs as he continues his bizzarre late career rennaisance. He's slashed his K rate by 10 percent and hasn't lost any power in the process. That's nuts.
Delmon Young is getting a seven game suspension for his alleged role in a bar brawl. Well, at least MLB is consistent. Or not. Craig makes a good point, but this is the kind of thing that makes the back pages in New York, and that is the kind of bad publicity that the league really cares about.
Larry Granillo dug up this little gem over at Baseball Prosopectus. My favorite suggestion: "Go back to 3pm games. That would allow office workers to 'get in most of a day's work.'" If only, dude from the 50s, if only.
Finally, I strongly urge you to head over to The Classical and read the Cardboard Gods column. And then follow him on twitter and then buy his book. Very few writers about baseball where I am openly and madly jealous of what they are able to do. Josh Wilker is one of them.