Game-tying home run, winning smile. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
The Mets had a day off coming back from the City of Angels, but that didn't mean their was no televised baseballing to watch. While the casual Mets fan was doing laundry or something, we diehards were watching the Brooklyn Cyclones defeat the Hudson Vally Renegades in extra innings. Mets supplemental first round pick Kevin Plawecki tied the game in the bottom of the ninth with a home run, and reached base four times in all. Jayce Boyd, making his professional debut, went 3-5 with a troika of extra-base hits and drove in the winning run in the eleventh with a sacrifice fly. Plus, it wouldn't be a Cyclones game on SNY if Bobby O wasn't killing some 20 year old for his pitch selection, and Toby Hyde made a cameo in the fourth inning to make his contractually obligated plug of Domnigo Tapia. A good time was had by all!
Speaking of Toby, he also dishes on Michael Fulmer, who is coming along at Savannah. Meanwhile, Ted Berg fires up the engine on the Pascucci bandwagon. The Satin lobby will meet you in the town square at sundown, Berg.
Adam Rubin trolls garik16 by putting up a fawning interview with Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen, and Mark Simon reviews the most valuable Mets from the month of June. Going to guess #1 is not really going to be a shock. He also happens to be the pitcher of the month for the National League. R.A.men.
Over at Capital New York, Howard Megdal wonders why the Dodgers fans have come back faster than the Mets fans. If the Wilpons would just make Bernard King the face of the ownership group, it might solve some of their problems.
You can tell it is a slow news day, because I am mentioning that Tim Byrdak did not enjoy his dinner last night. No word on whether or not he tried the chicken. Byrdak is fast becoming one of my favorite Mets ever.
Around the NL East
Only a couple NL East games yesterday, but they will both tickle your funny bone. First, the Marlins committed three errors and then gave up the winning run to the Brewers on a squeeze play. And in Atlanta, the Braves struck out 11 times again Jeff Samardzija on their way to a 4-1 loss. But don't worry Braves fans, Ben Sheets is here!*
(*time machine not included)
There are no L's in Mark Teixeira's name, so I can not properly LOL him, but he did make his first error of the season to help the Rays beat the Yanks 4-3. LOL! Also trying to figure out why MLB.com used a grainy file photo of the Rays. Or maybe the Trop is even less photogenic than I thought.
The Twins lit up Doug Fister to get Ron Gardenhire is 900th win as a manager. The 2007-2008 Mets would like to remind the Tigers that you really need to at least put a few above average players around your handful of stars if you want to make the playoffs.
Finally, friend of the site David Roth interviewed a producer on the new Dock Ellis Dockumentary. (no, really, that's what they are calling it) Also at the Classical, Josh Wilker (aka Cardboard Gods) continues to stake his claim as one of the most underrated and overlooked great baseball writers on the internet.