Blue Collar Running
Meet the Mets
Somehow, the Mets won a game at home on Friday evening, as they defeated the Marlins 7-3. And it's all because they cared! Right? Right? Okay, no. The Mets beat the Marlins because they scored more runs and Jon Niese threw another solid game. The Mets' offense was also helped out by some shoddy MarLOLins defense early on as the Metropolitans opened up a game and a half fourth place lead on the Fish. In the victory, Ike Davis ripped a mammoth home run into the Pepsi Porch, his 28th of the year. Also, Terry Collins pulled Lucas Duda out of the game for not running hard to first base on a popup. After the game, Duda admitted that he was at fault for not hustling to first base.
DICKEY DICKEY DICKEY DICKEY DICKEY! That's all you need to know about Saturday afternoon's game. If you'd like to know more, click here.
"I was only kidding, you guys!" said Terry Collins, as he backtracked on the insinuation that the Mets' players had given up.
Keith Hernandez is set to shave off his iconic mustache and now it looks like Keith's lip fur will benefit charity.
Collin McHugh wrote a nice piece at his blog about the difference between The Process vs. The Product and how he has to focus on one pitch at a time.
Yesterday At AA
You can take a look at last night's game recap and bask in the glory of a rare Mets' home victory!
AA user GenJackRipper created an excellent Fanpost on the crossroads that the Mets seem to be at with David Wright. Obviously, this will be a huge topic this offseason and this is a great look into Wright's value.
Around the NL East
Tyler Clippard blew a 2-1 lead in the ninth as the Brewers defeated the Nationals 4-2. In related news, Clippard is now the team's co-closer with righty Drew Storen. Meanwhile, the Phillies kept pace with the Brew Crew, as they beat up on the Braves 6-2. Chipper Jones, meanwhile, thinks that the wildcard playoff game is stupid.
Around the Majors
Ken Rosenthal reported that the Marlins are considering firing controversial manager Ozzie Guillen after just a year on the job. Guillen, meanwhile, shrugged off concern about his job.
The Pirates have turned their instructional leagues into some sort of baseball boot camp.
The Brewers have acquired veteran catcher Yorvit Torrealba from the Blue Jays for cash. Remember when Omar Minaya nearly signed him to a lucrative three-year contract?
Curious about how the use of entrance music started in baseball? Apparently, it began with former Yankees' closer Sparky Lyle.