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We now have a whole day to stew over yesterday's depressing 4-3 loss to the Marlins, blowing Santana's awesome start. Tuesday's goat was Sean Green, this time it was JJ Putz. Deja vu all over again, I guess. Poor Johan.

Meet the Mets

Even though the game was nine innings long, the play/move that attracted the most attention was Jerry Manuel's decision to pinch hit Omir Santos for Ramon Castro with the bases loaded and two outs in the ninth inning. Santos proceeded to pop out. After the game, Manuel said that Santos' compact swing gave him a better shot against fireballer Matt Lindstrom. The Daily News Adam Rubin thinks Manuel is done with Castro

We saw our first video replay of the season at Citi Field on Fernando Tatis' first home run of the season.

David Wright continued to struggle yesterday, grounding into a key double play with runners in scoring position, committing an error, and striking out looking on three pitches in the ninth. Let the calls to trade Wright begin.

Don't get on Matt Cerrone quite yet for being a company man optimist.

Metstradamus feels almost comfortable with losing in a way we've grown accustomed to.

For those of you can withstand watching Sean Hannity, here he is interviewing Darryl Strawberry.

A few bits of news and notes to report from the Daily News. Castillo and Delgado are hoping to play this weekend and Casey Fossum has declared free agency. Good luck with that.

Around the NL East

Florida closer Matt Lindstrom now has a 3-0 record, 3 saves, and a 1.45 ERA against the Mets. I wouldn't really describe yesterday as "mastery" though.

The Nationals avoided the sweep, beating the Phillies 4-1 last night behind pitcher Scott Olsen. Julian Tavarez closed out the game for the Nats, replacing disgraced Joel Hanrahan. Prior to the game, the Nationals and Marlins completed a deal, with Washington receiving reliever Logan Kensing for pitching prospect Kyle Gunderson. The Nats also activated shortstop Christian Guzman, who got the start and led off.

Philly pitchers Cole Hamels and Brad Lidge are expecting to be well enough to play this weekend against the Mets. Perfect.

The Cardinals took two of three from the Braves, beating Javier Vazquez and Atlanta 5-3 last night. Atlanta had a 3-1 lead in the fourth inning, which disappeared after a four run Cardinal rally.

Brave catcher Brian McCann is practicing in the minors with contact lenses to help fix his blurred vision. Meanwhile, second baseman Kelly Johnson continues to struggle and was benched for yesterday's game.

Around MLB

Our favorite closer, Heath Bell, is putting his foot in his mouth again, this time bad mouthing Huston Street and Kyle Farnsworth. Seriously? What have those two done to shield themselves from this type of criticism?

Twins catcher Mike Redmond is awesome.

Maybe the Rays aren't as good as everyone thought, much like the Mets.

Nick Swisher = Mickey Mantle. No? How about Bernie Williams? No to that either? Bah.

A-ROD NEWSHe might come back soon, but that cannot possibly have anything to do with him taking steroids since high school

Zack Greinke finally allowed in some earned runs, ending the streak at 43 innings, but the Royals still won.

Finally, in other pitching news, Edison Volquez is starting to turn it around, starting in a one hitter over the Astros.


Take a break today everyone. No baseball thoughts for at least one hour today. Good luck.