Gaze into the calm eyes of a lefty (and righty) masher (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Meet the Mets
While it took until the wee hours of the morning, at least for one night Scott Hairston's awesomeness > Mets bullpen unawesomeness. (with an assist from Ike Davis there) The Metropolitans prevailed in bonus baseball by the bay and are now riding a two-game winning streak. Matt Harvey tries to make it three in a row tonight in another baseball contest that starts at an ungodly hour.
After another Herculean performance, the asking price for Scott Hairston keeps going up. Terry Collins thinks he is staying put though. Lobby for Scott Hairston in the 2013 Home Run Derby at Citi. Just need to find a BP pitcher who throws nothing but hanging sliders. However, maybe the Mets can get something for proven closer Manny Acosta.
Let's wander over to SNY.tv next, where Ted Berg takes a look at how the young'uns are doing in 2012. Boo for triggering my Josh Satin google alert without actually talking about Josh Satin. And at Mets Minor League Blog, Toby Hyde talks Domingo Tapia.Tapia has pretty much entered autolink territory for me this season. Swoon.
More minors news, as Zack Wheeler is likely headed to Buffalo this weekend. He's had back to back rough outings, so I am sure there will be a lot of interested eyes on his last AA start tonight against Harrisburg.
Around the NL East
Tommy Hanson won his twelfth game of the season as the Braves cruised past the Marlins. The Braves also shored up their depth yesterday, dealing for the Cubs' Reed Johnson and Paul Maholm. Braves sent back Arodys Vizcaino in the deal. Vizcaino had Tommy John surgery in March, but has a pretty big arm, so Maholm and Johnson didn't come all that cheap. Meanwhile, the Marlins have been busy shaking things up as well.
Around the TRAID deadline
TRAIDS all over the place! In addition to the aformentioned deal with the Braves, the Cubs also sent Geovany Soto to the Rangers, the Dodgers picked up Brandon League from the M's, and the Pirates dealt for Blue Jays OF Travis Snider.
But of course, with eight hours to go before the deadline, rumors far outnumber actual deals. The cliff notes:
Everybody wants Matt Garza.
The A's are kicking the tires on some shortstops.
Despite trading half their 25-man roster, the Cubs routed the Pirates at Wrigley.
At FanGraphs, Paul Swydan takes a look at the Reds' recent hot streak.
Apparently there is a sudden rash of players punching things, as both Ryan Sweeney and Angel Pagan bruised their hands and pride yesterday. While Mark Texeira is having hand problems of his own. Off to the glue factory, I guess.
Beyond the Boxscore wades into some sabermetric stats for the Cape Cod League.