There will be better days. (Jennifer Stewart-US PRESSWIRE)
Meet the Mets
Apparently Matt Harvey is mortal. The Mets rookie phenom was roughed up in San Diego as the Mets lost the rubber game with the Friars. There are going to be days like this when the breaking balls aren't crisp, so let's not panic or anything. Anyway, Dr. Matt Harvey has already diagnosed the problem. The Mets finish their road trip at 6-5, and have today off before welcoming the Fish into Citi Field.
Before a crowd of over 6,000, including AA's own Matthew Callan, Johan Santana pitched three scoreless rehab innings for the Cyclones. He's on track to rejoin the rotation this coming weekend. Brooklyn managed to sneak in eight innings of their game before the storms came, but no such luck in Buffalo, where Zack Wheeler's AAA debut was rained out. He'll try again today as part of a doubleheader with Syracuse. First pitch is scheduled for 5 PM, so sneak out of work early if you have MiLB.tv.
We'll stay down on the farm as John Sickels has some thoughts about the Mets on his preseason Top 20 list. No big surprises in terms of whose stocks are up or down, though Sickels is still surprisingly high on Jeurys Familia.
Around the NL East
The Phillies came from behind against the Diamondbacks bullpen, capped by a walkoff single by Ryan Howard. 125 million per walk-off hit is a good rate of return, right? Meawhile, the clock is ticking on trade talks with the Dodgers about Cliff Lee.
The Braves keep rolling along, capping an 8-2 homestand with a 6-1 win over the hapless (no, not you J.A.) Astros. Chipper Jones went 2-4 and is batting .320 during his farwell season. He still insists that he is retiring after the 2012 campaign though. Wouldn't it be the greatest troll move ever if during the ceremony honoring him at Citi Field, he announced he was coming back for one more season?
Down 8-5, the Tigers scorched Chris Perez and the Indians for five runs in the bottom of the tenth, capped by a walk-off home run from Miguel Cabrera. Detroit kept pace with Chicago, who beat the Angels 4-2.
A walk-off in Kansas City as well, as an error by freshly promoted Mike Olt gave the Royals a 7-6 win over the Rangers. Welcome to the show, rook. After the game, Kansas City DFA'd Yuniesky Betancourt, leading to an epic, epic twitter rant by Royals fan and founding member of Baseball Prospectus Rany Jazayerli.
The NL West race reamins tight, as the Dodgers completed a sweep of the Cubs, while the Giants topped the Rockies. Chicago is clearly looking to the future now, calling up Josh Vitters along with fellow top prospect Brett Jackson.