An R.A. Dickey Applesauce Is Always Better Than A Miguel Batista Applesauce

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 19: R.A. Dickey #43 of the New York Mets pitches against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on July 19, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

R.A. Dickey was on the mound yesterday, so I'm guessing everybody can already guess the result. Sure enough, the Mets won. Knocking Gio Gonzalez out of the game early enough that it was his shortest outing of the season certainly didn't hurt their chances, and Dickey managed to pick up his league leading 13th win. The box can be found here, the recap here.

Sandy Alderson has said we won't be sellers at the deadline this season, so it looks like we won't be adding anymore to the farm this season. Speaking of that farm system, Paul DePodesta sat down with ESPN to talk about it. He also sheds some light on the thinking behind not signing all of their picks.

One draft pick that the Mets did sign was first rounder Gavin Cecchini. Toby Hyde had some interesting stuff on his transition to the Mets organization. It's definitely worth a read for those of you who try to keep up with the farm system.

Around Baseball:

We didn't manage to gain any ground on the Braves yesterday, as they also managed to avoid being swept. Oh well. We did manage to pull further away from the Marlins though, as they lost yet again to the Cubbies.

Philly had the day off. So what do they talk about in Philly when they have the day off? Breaking up the core. TRAID!

The Nats made a roster move yesterday. Drew Storen was activated, and to make room for him they DFA'd Rick Ankiel. Maybe it's time for Ankiel to take up pitching again, as the Nats are definitely planning to shut down Stephen Strasburg.

Edinson Volquez threw a 1 hitter yesterday for the Padres. It's a good thing he was dealing, because San Diego managed only 4 hits of their own.

Finally for today, one of the writers over at Fangraphs doesn't think that the competitive balance lottery is going to adequately compensate for the changes to free agent compensation. I guess we'll see.

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