Meet the Mets
On Monday, the Mets found themselves losing to Roy Halladay. No big deal! They came back and won. On Tuesday, the Mets found themselves behind again in a Miguel Batista start (surprise!). No big deal! They came back and won. If you thought Monday was a lot of fun, Tuesday was...well...also just about as fun as Monday. Most comeback wins are, especially when they feature PhiLOLies defense throwing the ball around. The Mets were down 4-1 headed into the seventh inning but ended up winning this one over the Phillies 7-4, on the strength of a four run seventh and two more in the ninth. The victory clinched a sort of improbable series win, considering the pitching matchups on the ledger. Miguel Batista was serviceable over 5.1 innings and the Mets bullpen was strong the rest of way. Meanwhile, the first four batters in the Mets' lineup each had a pair of hits each and Lucas Duda knocked in the go-ahead run to cap off the scoring in the seventh inning. The Mets continue to steamroll their division rivals, as they're now 12-5 versus the NL East. Who woulda thunk it?
It's a rhyming matchup at Citizens Bank Park; Here's hoping the outcome, for the Mets, is a lark. On the mound for New York, it's the man Dillon Gee; On this day, he'll oppose the FIP-tacular Cliff Lee. Game time's at seven, so the day's plans you'll keep; In the evening, sit back, as the Mets try to sweep. Any other broadcaster would be a punch to the teeth; hooray for SNY, they've got Gary and Keith!
Josh Thole is headed to the 7-Day Disabled List, after taking an elbow to the face from Ty Wigginton. Thole suffered a concussion that is likely to keep him out longer than the required seven days, according to GM Sandy Alderson after last night's game. Toby Hyde dug into the mailbag to answer some questions about the Mets' minor league options behind the plate and the short answer is: there are no near ML ready catching prospects. To replace Thole, they called up veteran Rob Johnson and to get him on the 40-man, Pedro Beato was transferred to the 60-day DL.
With Miguel Batista being not terrible on Tuesday night, Terry Collins proclaimed that Batista will, in fact, stay in the rotation for at least another turn. Meanwhile, the backup options seem to be getting closer to being ready. Jenrry Mejia will start for the Port St. Lucie Mets tonight, his first actual rehab start coming off of last May's Tommy John surgery. As was previously reported, Chris Young will start for St. Lucie on Thursday. Mejia may actually be closer to a big league return, though, as Andy Martino reports that Mejia could get a look for some starts in the relatively near future.
Speaking of injured pitching prospects, Lynn Worthy of the Press & Sun Bulletin in Binghamton says that Zack Wheeler could return this week from a fingernail avulsion that cost him his last start. Sticking with the B-Mets, MiLB.com did a short feature on lefty Darin Gorski (GORSKI!), who continues to pitch pretty well at AA.
Around the NL East
Former Mets catcher Rod Barajas hit a walk-off home run off of Nats reliever Henry Rodriguez to propel the Pirates to a 5-4 comeback victory. I guess the Barajasaurus really does believe in comebacks! In other Nats news, GM Mike Rizzo has been fined for his comments about Cole Hamels.
Randall Delgado and Ryan Dempster both pitched well but the Braves got the Cubs late, as Dan Uggla cracked a two-run single to the give the Braves a 3-1 victory over Chicago. The Braves win, combined with the Nats loss, puts the Braves just percentage points behind a virtual tie with Washington for first place in the NL East.
Omar Infante made a pair of errors and the Marlins' offense was quiet, spoiling another excellent start from Anibal Sanchez, as the Fish lost 3-2 to the Astros. Sanchez has quietly been an excellent pitcher over the last few seasons for Miami and he's off to a fantastic start in 2012. Oh--Jose Reyes was 0-4, dropping his season line to .226/.308/.322.
Around the Majors
How about Josh Hamilton? Last night, the man became the first big leaguer to hit four home runs in a game since Carlos Delgado did it with the Blue Jays way back in 2003. The Rangers won the game 10-3.
Not to be outdone, Carlos Beltran had his own big night, clubbing two home runs in the Cardinals' 6-1 victory over the Diamondbacks. He just can't let somebody else have their moment, can he? (I kid because I love).
Ben Badler of Baseball America says that teams are already trying to exploit loopholes in the new CBA, especially with regards to the new International Free Agent signing bonus limitations. This year is the first year where teams will have a monetary cap on international signings (for this year, it's $2.9 million for every team). It'll be really interesting to see how this plays out in the coming months, especially once we get to the annual opening of the IFA market on July 2nd.