Bleeargh. (Benny Sieu-US PRESSWIRE)
Meet the Mets
The baseball season is a mandatory 162 games long, so that's sixteen more Mets games for those keeping score at home. Hopefully a few of them will be better than Sunday's contest against the Brewers. Moving on...
Mike Kerwick looks at the unexpected success of Dickey and the unexpected durability of Chris Young, brought to you by the number eighteen.
Jeurys Familia's scheduled start on Wednesday has been nixed, as the Mets want to keep him in the bullpen for the rest of the season. Collin McHugh and Jeremy Hefner are the leading candidates to take the start.
Yesterday at AA
Brock Mahan brings you This Date in Mets History, brought to you by the number 20.
And in a weird twist, Yesterday in AA brings you the last week in AA. It's quite the intricate puzzle box.
Around the NL East
Hey, remember when the Phillies were making a run at the wild card? Well, they just lost three of four against the Astros. Yup.
Let's start off by getting you caught up on the rather chaotic AL playoff race.
The Yankees beat the Rays, but the Orioles matched them against Oakland. New York remains one up on Baltimore in the AL East, while Tampa is four back of the O's and five of the Yanks. Guess Joe Girardi's job is safe for another day. The A's loss knocks them three back of the Rangers in the AL West. Got it? Good.
Jose Valverde gave up two runs in the ninth, and a 6-5 lead turned into a 7-6 loss for the Tigers in Cleveland. That, combined with a White Sox win against the Twins, pushed Detroit two back of Chicago in the AL Central.
The NL isn't quite as complicated, but the Cardinals beat the Dodgers in extra innings to give themselves a little breathing room, while the Pirates continue to fade out of the NL Wild Card race. The Pirates have a band-aid for that gaping leg wound though, as they are removing James McDonald from the rotation.
And finally, Bobby Valentine continues to do everything possible to get fired. This gives me an excuse to link to this clip though, since it also involves Jose Iglesias. Saw it live and still can't believe that throw.