Meet the Mets
The Mets ended their fun in the sun with a bad sunburn and watered down drinks, as the Marlins came back Sunday to take the game and the series. Despite a three hit day and go ahead homer from Florida State League All-Star David Wright, the Mets pen couldn't hold on. And despite the prominent presence of Manny Acosta, it was Bobby Parnell who took the loss, as Captain Fastball turned into Ensign Slider. Angel Pagan left the game with dehydration, helpfully reminding us all that Jason Pridie is still on the team.
Jose Reyes played and went 2-5, as Terry Collins opted not to horrify us with Justin Turner at SS. I guess it could have been Fernando Tatis? Or Daniel Murphy. He doesn't have a position, so you can play him anywhere. That's how that works, right?
Maybe Terry Collins was working too hard on his Post-Beltran remarks to consider major line-up changes.
Speaking of, your TRAID rumor rundown:
Expect this to be all out of date and useless by noon.
As first reported by Adam Rubin, David Wright is good at baseballing.
Good news on Gary Carter.
Around the NL East
The Phillies beat the Padres again, as Roy Halladay continues to be boringly consistent. Soon the Phils should have Oswalt and Placido Polanco back. Excuse me, NL All-Star Placido Polanco.
Atlanta lost to Cincy, helping to make the NL Central even more of a giant cluster.
The Hall of Fame inductions were Sunday, and Roberto Alomar, Bert Blyleven and Pat Gillick all went in. Enjoy this one, because things are about to get pear-shaped. Blyleven, of course, was a victory for TrueSABR (and Rich Lederer). Meanwhile, at ESPN, Christina Kahrl looks at other 80s stars who have a case.
In on field-action, the Pirates continue to make a mockery of everything I know about baseball. That's a three way tie in the Central now, folks.
After getting sent down to the minors earlier this year, Brett Cecil looks to be on his way back.
Tim Wakefield won his 199th and Seattle lost their 15th straight.
The Sweet Spot blog takes a look at the recent histroy of deadline deals.