Meet the Mets
Daisuke Matsuzaka was forced out of yesterday's game after just one inning due to a stomach bug, but Curtis Granderson hit a leadoff home run, and the Mets' bullpen was rock solid in the 3-1 victory over San Diego.
Terry Collins's idea to move Granderson to the top of the order paid immediate dividends.
The Mets' Pythagorean record is 34-35, and that's almost good enough for a playoff berth if the Mets can start playing up to it.
Around the NL East
The Marlins fell behind Pittsburgh 2-0 yesterday, but Casey McGehee tied the game in the eighth with a two-RBI double and later won it with a walk-off sac fly. Listen to this clip to hear Miami broadcaster Rich Waltz yell "Hits McGehee!"
Braves rookie Tommy La Stella registered three hits during Atlanta's come-from-behind 7-3 victory over the Angels last night. Meanwhile, the club is reportedly considering calling up top catching prospect Christian Bethancourt and moving Evan Gattis to left field just to get B.J. Upton out of the lineup.
Remember when Washington appeared to be putting it all together last week? Well, now the Nats are mired in mediocrity again after being swept by St. Louis. At least Gio Gonzalez is returning to the rotation this week.
Around the Majors
19 years of throwing a baseball is finally starting to take a toll on Arizona starter Bronson Arroyo's elbow. He is in danger of missing his turn in the rotation for the first time in his career.
Arroyo isn't the only NL Central right-hander with discomfort in his throwing elbow. Adam Wainwright in dealing with some tendinitis, so Carlos Martinez will come out of the bullpen to make a spot start against the Mets tonight.
It turns out that the promotion of St. Louis outfield prospect Oscar Taveras did not spell doom for Matt Adams. The first baseman has homered in all three games he's played since coming off the disabled list, and Taveras is now back in the minor leagues. Even better for Adams? His father got to see all three taters in person.
Yesterday at AA
Alex Nelson busted out the scouting reports for some of the Mets' late round draft picks of 2014.