Meet the Mets
Things that actually happened yesterday:
1. The Mets came back from two runs down to take a lead.
2. The Mets bullpen pitched four innings of scoreless based ball.
3. The Mets won two out of three games in a series against one team.
Half of those scoreless pen innings were tossed by Scott Rice. That shouldn't really be a surprise. There was a baseball game yesterday, therefore Scott Rice must have pitched. No surprise then that Terry Collins is a bit concerned about Rice's workload. Now if only he had the ear of the guy who manages the bullpen.
Terry Collins used his 33rd different lineup yesterday. One part of it that might stick? Daniel Murphy batting leadoff.
Jason Fry's depression has turned back into mania over at Fear and Faith in Flushing on account of a Mets series win. There's also a manic #MetsTwitter game recap over at The Daily Stache, but that's usually manic regardless of result.
Back to depressing news, Ike Davis continues to struggle with the bat. The Mets first baseman is down to .156/.238/.259 and an ungood -0.8 bWAR. Oy. Tim Marchman urges Mets fans not to give up on Ike quite yet though. Ike's likely platoon partner, Andrew Brown, left Vegas' game with Omaha yesterday, fueling twitter speculation that he might be on his way to the majors, but it turned out just to be an oblique strain. Fortunately, the Mets still have platoon first base options in Vegas, like say a guy batting .370/.500/.556 against LHP in the PCL this year.
But there was an actual transaction amongst the affiliates yesterday. Rafael Montero will head to Vegas for a spot start in place of the promoted Collin McHugh. Of course this move is made the day before I was to see him in New Britain. Thanks Sandy, you're the best.
Yesterday at AA
Since Montero has been promoted to Triple-A, Montero and Margaritas tonight in New Britain is now Verrett and Vespers (we'll still probably drink margaritas afterwards, I just enjoy alliteration). Hope to see some of the CT AAers out at the park.
Around the NL East
Eric Kratz and Freddy Galvis went back-to-back off Aroldis Chapman to power the Phillies to a 3-2 win over the Reds. It's okay, The Good Phight is as surprised as you are. Chapman did post a kind of awesome 90.03 FIP for his one-third inning of work, which also featured a Delmon Young walk, a Cliff Lee pinch-running appearance, and a subsequent Cliff Lee caught stealing. Chollyball!
Around MLB Baseball's top prospect, Jurickson Profar, is up with the Rangers, as Ian Kinsler heads to the DL. I'd imagine there's going to be a lot of nude beer drinking and baseball watching in Bushwick this week.
Baseball's top prospect, Jurickson Profar, is up with the Rangers, as Ian Kinsler heads to the DL. I'd imagine there's going to be a lot of nude beer drinking and baseball watching in Bushwick this week.