At this point, I'm starting to take a certain pride in how awful this season has been. I can say to future generations of Met fans, "you think you've got it bad now, I remember when the Mets ended a game by... hitting into an unassisted triple play... dropping a popup..." It's like showing off my scars. They build character.
Meet the Mets
The Boston Red Sox have claimed Billy Wagner off waivers and the Mets appear to be in the process of working out a deal. Problem is, there are some roadblocks. One is Wagner himself, who would want to close immediately. Secondly, the Boston bullpen sounds less than thrilled about the addition.
Fred Wilpon assures Met fans that chaos will continue for at least another year.
The Mets got a no-hitter from Brandon Moore at Brooklyn.
Ted Berg asks why we're all jumping to conclusions that Gary Sheffield's latest spat was hit fault?
Sunday's game opened with an inside the park home run and ended with an unassisted triple play. What can we possibly expect this afternoon? My guess is a no-hitter by Cliff Lee with a cycle by Shane Victorino.
A plea for peace from Phillies Nation.
The Mets have interest in Japanese teenage pitcher Yusei Kikuchi.
Reese Havens hit his 12th home run of the year while scoring four runs in St. Lucie's 9-4 win over Sarasota.
Josh Thole, Nick Evans, and Eddie Kunz will be a part of any September call-ups for the Mets.
FanGraphs takes a look at Billy Wagner's return.
Around the NL East
The Nationals, led by Craig Stammen, pounded the Brewers 8-3, snapping their 5-game losing streak.
Atlanta pulled ahead of Florida in the division with the help of Brian McCann's 5 RBI.
The Braves got more good news with Tim Hudson's encouraging rehab performance.
Marlin first baseman Nick Johnson is likely out for the Met series as he continues to struggle with running. No decision yet on the DL.
In random statistics, the Marlins are quickly approaching their 1,000th batter hit by pitch.
Philadelphia put Greg Dobbs on the disabled list and called up slappy Miguel Cairo.
Fire Jim Bowden argues that Adam Dunn is as bad defensively as his fielding metrics say.
Armando Benitez is going to Houston, or at least Houston's triple-A farm team.
John Smoltz struck out 9 over 5 innings in his Cardinal debut. Seven of those nine strikeouts were consecutive.
The Tribune Company is finally getting rid of the Cubs. For $845 million to the Ricketts family.
Ozzie Guillen is unsure whether Jake Peavy is returning this year. Chicago may have rolled snake eyes on that deal.
Reds pitcher Aaron Harang is out for the remainder of the season after an emergency appendectomy.
The Rockies have signed Jason Giambi.
San Diego just can't get enough grission. They have re-signed David Eckstein for an additional year.
1969 wasn't just the Miracle Mets, it was Ball Four and the Seattle Pilots' only year. Now there's a film about the Pilots.