Meet the Mets
It's been a miserable May so far for the Mets and their fans, but on Sunday the team avoided a sweep by the Phillies in thrilling fashion. Trailing 4-1 entering the bottom of the ninth, Daniel Murphy hit a two-run home run and Juan Lagares drove in a run on a ground out to tie the game. In the 11th, Ruben Tejada singled with the bases loaded to put one in the win column for New York.
Tejada was only in the lineup today because new starting shortstop Wilmer Flores was too ill to even put his uniform on. Gonzalez Germen was also unavailable. Hopefully everyone feels better very soon.
With just one run allowed in his last nine appearances, Jeurys Familia is pitching well enough to be a legitimate option at closer. Terry Collins makes it sound like he'll eventually get a shot at the gig.
Around the NL East
The Marlins finally saw their momentum slow and they lost three of four games in San Diego. Volatile relief pitcher Carlos Marmol was designated for assignment. Triple-A righty Henry Rodriguez will be taking his spot in the Miami bullpen.
Around the Majors
Yankees starter CC Sabathia is being placed on the disabled list after injuring his knee during his Saturday start. Sabathia was scheduled to start on Thursday against our Mets, but now it looks as though Alfredo Aceves will be handed the ball.
Pitching in the majors for the first time since being drilled in the face by a line drive in spring training, Aroldis Chapman struck out three of the four batters he faced and touched 101 mph on the radar gun. He earned the save in Cincinnati's 4-1 win over Colorado.
Steve Goldman wonders if and when America will be ready for a female MLB player.