Even a blind squirrel finds a nut every now and then. Last night was just one game and the Mets needed every break to come out with a 5-4 victory over the NL's best. How much different could last night have been if Gary Sheffield were tagged out without sliding? Or if the umpire had called Mark Loretta safe on Daniel Murphy's amazing play? Don't get me wrong, I'll take a win and be happy, but to an extent. Greg Prince puts it well, as usual.
Meet the Mets
Confucius Elias say man who walks 7 in 5 inning shouldn't win.
Maybe my suggested route of trading Met veterans won't be so easy.
Carlos Delgado is ahead of schedule and may return to the lineup August 1.
Daniel Murphy means business.
Lance Broadway threw a complete game yesterday, allowing only 7 hits.
The Philadelphia Inquirer prints a plea for peace in the Met-Phillie rivalry.
Beyond the Box Score ranks the Mets 22nd in their latest power rankings.
Around the NL East
Philadelphia is very interested in Pedro Martinez. Good luck with that. In worse news, MLBtraderumors lists the Phillies as the favorites to land Halladay. FanGraphs explains why any team would be happy to get the ace.
On the field, Shane Victorino helped his all-star case with a walk-off single against the Reds. All was not well, however, as Met killer Rodrigo Lopez left the game after five innings with shoulder inflammation.
Chris Volstad threw his first career shutout in yesterday's Marlin victory over the Giants.
Marlin utility player Alfred Amezaga is out for the season.
The Rockies continued their winning ways in beating the Nationals, sweeping the series. Adam Dunn committed two errors.
The Braves took 2 of 3 from the Cubs at Wrigley.
Twin prospect Deolis Guerra has been promoted to the double-A New Britain Rockcats.
Ken Griffey Jr. gave his own tribute to the King of Pop.
The Blue Jays have released former closer BJ Ryan with $15 million remaining on his enormous contract.
Royals Review finds there's not that much of a difference between the maligned David Dejesus and the glorified Jason Bay.
The Red Sox and Rockies are talking trade.
Brewer bench coach Willie Randolph got ejected and suspended for arguing with an umpire. Happy now Met fans?
Beyond the Boxscore argues for human umpires.