The Tigers finally managed to cool of the red hot Mets yesterday, winning 5-2. It will be interesting to see if this was more just a blip against a very good pitcher or the end of the offensive explosion.
The Yankees are next up for the Mets. NY writers seem excited for this one, as the two teams are making for some interesting story lines. Two injured pitchers will be involved in this series that we weren't sure about early in the week. Jon Niese will take the mound for the good guys tonight, hopefully his heart does not act up again. Bartolo Colon will toe the rubber for the boring NY team on Saturday. He'll do his best to prove he's worth Cliff Lee, Grady Sizemore, and Brandon Phillips.
With interleague play being the schedule lately, the Wall Street Journal takes a look at how it may be a burden on the Mets. When MLB eventually re-aligns, I really hope this is addressed.Matt Harvey makes his home debut for Binghamton tonight. Let's hope it's a great one.
Willie Harris will be placed on the bereavement list after the unfortunate death of his child. Fernando Martinez will be called up to replace him in the short term. Best wishes to Willie and his family.
The TRAID REYES talk is finally cooling down a little as people realize it's a bad idea. Naturally this will have to coincide with a rebirth of the TRAID DAVID WRONGZ articles.
Around the NL East:
The Phillies finally lost to the Red Sox yesterday by a 5-2 mark. Cole Hamels suffered an injury to his hand during the contest and will likely miss some time. After the game, the Sox confirmed that they were cutting ties with Mike Cameron.
Federal Baseball took a look at what the somewhat unpredictable club might do at the trade deadline.
Florida won a game.
Last night was the close of the polls for the MLB All Star game. We'll have to wait for Sunday for the good news that Jose Reyes has deservedly passed Troy Tulowitski.
Speaking of the All Star game, the Home Run Derby got a facelift and will now have a team format. David Ortiz and Prince Fielder were named team captains.
The A's cut ties with Mark Ellis, trading him to the Rockies. Jemile Weeks will man the keystone corner for the foreseeable future.
And finally out in LA, Bud Selig and several others were called to testify about the bankruptcy filing of Frank McCourt. I have a feeling that McCourt is going to make this extremely drawn out and messy before he's finally inevitably forced to sell. Maybe by that point Fred Wilpon will actually have enough money to buy the real Dodgers and can sell the Mets to a decent owner. Wishful thinking to be sure, but one can hope.