Still a Met, still bald.
Meet the Mets
Matt Harvey pitched well in his second big league start but took the loss in a 4-1 Giants victory, thanks to some shoddy Mets' defense and a stagnant offense without David Wright in the lineup. Tim Lincecum has been mostly awful all season but he held the Mets to just a single run over seven innings. The big turning point came in the bottom of the second, when Harvey loaded the bases with no outs. After a force out at home plate for the first out, Harvey induced a would-be double play grounder to Daniel Murphy, who fed the ball cleanly to Ruben Tejada. Unfortunately, Tejada threw the ball far wide of first base, allowing two runs to score.
In case you missed it, the Mets made no trades before Tuesday afternoon's trade deadline. Sandy Alderson spoke to the media afterward to explain why the team stood pat. Scott Hairston is glad that the Mets didn't deal him. I understand not dealing him away for the non-prospects teams were said to be offering but hopefully they can get him re-signed for 2013.
It looks like Andres Torres is going to miss the rest of the series with the Giants with his injured thumb. It's a real shame, considering that he's started hitting of late. Jason Bay didn't start yesterday due to a shin injury. He did pinch hit, grounding out to end the game.
Harvey has pitched admirably in his first two big league outings and he owes a lot of success to his personal pitching bible, which he's kept since his sophomore year at UNC. In it, he keeps track of specific situations and batters' tendencies, as well as his own mechanical issues.
Zack Wheeler threw what looks to be his final game in AA and he threw very well, tossing 6.2 innings and striking out 11 batters. Speaking of Binghamton pitchers, righty Cory Mazzoni has climbed through the system very quickly since being taken in the 2nd round of the 2011 draft.
Around the NL East
Tuesday was a busy day for the Phillies and they capped it off with an 8-0 shutout victory over the Nationals, as Cliff Lee picked up just his second victory of the year. Meanwhile, Kris Medlen made his first start since 2010 and helped the Braves to defeat the Marlins 7-1. Unfortunately, they've lost Tommy Hanson to the DL.
Around the Majors
Trades, trades and lots of trades! Luckily, Hardball Talk has a handy trade deadline tracker that you can use to follow all of the action, in case you missed some of the deals. In the trade deadline Missed Connections section, the Rangers and Red Sox spoke of a blockbuster deal including Jacoby Ellsbury, Josh Beckett and Kelly Shoppach. Also, Carlos Lee decided he didn't want to get traded again and declined a deal to the Yankees. #MarLOLins
The Angels are within three games of the first place Rangers, as they defeated Texas 6-2 behind the bats of Albert Pujols and rookie phenom Mike Trout. Texas is in shambles at the moment, as they pushed Roy Oswalt to the bullpen and Neftali Feliz is going to undergo Tommy John surgery.
White Sox lefty John Danks is done for the season, as he needs to undergo exploratory shoulder surgery.
Hunter Pence is no longer a Phillie but his bobblehead day at Citizens Bank Park, scheduled for August 21, is still on. #PhiLOLies