Would anyone blame me if I just posted tonight's lineup and called it a day?
C Sullivan, CF
L Castillo, 2B
F Tatis, 3B
D Murphy, 1B
J Francoeur, RF
J Reed, LF
A Cora, SS
B Schneider, C
The aggregate 2009 WAR for these eight gentlemen is 0.9, which includes only Francoeur's time with the Mets. Without Castillo the cumulative WAR is -.4. That's epically bad. I challenge you to field a less useful starting eight from the active roster of any other big league team. That's it. No recap. Go find me eight players on another team who combine for less than one win above replacement.
Jeff Francoeur's Push For .300: .295
Bryce Harper Sweepstakes: The Nationals lost, so the Mets can't gain any ground on them. However, seven teams ahead of the Mets -- including the Diamondbacks -- all won tonight, so the Mets gain ground on the whole lot. They're 12 games behind the Nationals but trail the Royals by just 7.5 in the Stephen Strasburg Redux Sweepstakes.
Swag contest results can be found here and the next game's swag form already available. You can read more about the swag contest here.
SB Nation Coverage
* Traditional Recap
* Amazin' Avenue Gamethread
* AZ Snakepit Gamethread
Win Probability Added
Big winners: Jeff Francoeur, +9.2% WPA, Cory Sullivan, +5.1% WPA
Big losers: Livan Hernandez, -30.4% WPA, Daniel Murphy, -9.5% WPA
Teh aw3s0mest play: Francoeur solo homerun in second, +10.2% WPA
Teh sux0rest play: Romero two-run single in third, -14.6% WPA
Total pitcher WPA: -28.2% WPA
Total batter WPA: -21.8% WPA
GWRBI!: Alex Romero
Game Thread Roll Call
Nice job by KeithsMoustache; his effort in the game thread embiggens us all.
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