The Mets jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first but shoddy defense and Tim Lincecum being Tim Lincecum were major factors in their 3-1 loss on Saturday night. Carlos Beltran and Daniel Murphy hit back to back doubles in that first off of Lincecum. Lucas Duda and Ruben Tejada each botched a potential double play of their own in the bottom of the inning, allowing the Giants to grab two runs, which ended up an insurmountable lead for them and a loss, dropping the Mets to 7.5 games behind the Braves.
There was some good news today, as the Mets received positive reports on three of their best disabled players. David Wright may play in rehab games in Florida starting on Wednesday, Jose Reyes is going to take some batting and fielding practice before Sunday's game and Ike Davis ran on a treadmill pain free and may avoid surgery.
The Mets close out the first half of the season looking to take the rubber game of the series from the Giants. This one is ESPN's Sunday Night Game of the Week, so it starts at 8:05 PM. On the hill for the Mets is "ace" Mike Pelfrey and he will oppose Matt Cain. In a somewhat odd twist, this is a rematch of another 8:05 ESPN game which pitted Pelfrey against Cain. This game took place on May 17, 2009 and if you haven't figured it out, this was the game where Big Pelf had the "yips". Let's hope history doesn't repeat itself tonight.
Frankie Rodriguez has decided to switch agents, from Paul Kinzer to Scott Boras. I'd like to imagine that this is Frankie reading the writing on the wall and positioning himself to get a new long term deal when he hits free agency after this season. Wishful thinking? Maybe.
It must be a slow news day because there were a few player profiles pushed out by writers. Here's Bobby Parnell, a natural talent who reaches unnatural speeds. Then there's Ruben Tejada, ex-neighbor of a stadium, who now works in a big one. And finally, R.A. Dickey: the new face of the Mets. New face? Puh-lease. We were all over the Dickey Face last year.
Bill Madden thinks that Dan Warthen has played a large role in the success of the Mets' pitching staff. Maybe, maybe not. It probably helps that they don't have any habitual liars on the staff this year.
Sandy Alderson has a tough call to make on Carlos Beltran's future. Boy, I'll say. We can thank Omar Minaya for that silly clause not allowing the Mets to offer arbitration to Carlos if he walks as a free agent. It would make this decision much easier if they could recoup draft picks in the offseason.
Do the Mets outperform versus good pitchers? I guess we'll find out in the next few games. So far they've been shut down by Kershaw and Lincecum.
From the minor league side of things, Matt Harvey's gotten his pro career off to a great start but don't forget the cautionary tale of Brad Holt, who continues to struggle in Binghamton, now as a reliever.
Around the NL East
In the second game of the battle for NL East supremacy, the Braves came away with a 4-1 victory in 11 innings. The only run for the Phils was a third inning solo home run from Cliff Lee, the first of his big league career. He hit it off of Tommy Hanson, proving why Hanson was obviously not good enough to be an all-star (just ignore the rest of the dominant numbers he's thrown up in his breakout season).
The Marlins beat the lowly Astros 6-1, while the Nats fell 2-1 to the Rockies. In case you were wondering, Jack McKeon is 10-8 since taking over the fish, while Davey Johnson is 5-8. He must've "ruined the chemistry".
Chipper Jones is landing on the DL again, this time with a torn meniscus in his right knee. He'll have surgery and miss 2-3 weeks. No word on whether Jason Heyward criticized Chipper for not playing through his injury.
Around the Majors
OH MY GOODNESS GRACIOUS. OF ALL THE DRAMATIC THINGS, Derek Jeter collected hit number 3,000 off of David Price Saturday afternoon, a solo home run to left center field. But of course, being Derek Jeter, just getting the two hits necessary wasn't enough. Jeter went 5-5, finally proving that being good enough just isn't good enough. Apparently those Edge commercials are true.
Finally, I didn't mention it yesterday because I imagine we all heard about the terrible tragedy in Texas by now. My deepest condolences go out to the Stone family in a trying time like this. Also, Josh Hamilton, who endured quite a rough two days dealing with this tragedy, hit a walk off home run to lead the Rangers to victory.