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Playing out the String Applesauce: Dickey Good, Defense Bad, and Enough About the Hats Already

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These are not the runs you are looking for (Photo by Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images)
These are not the runs you are looking for (Photo by Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images)
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Meet the Mets

R.A. Dickey pitched well, the Mets didn't score any runs for him, oh-bla-di, oh-bla-dah, life goes on, brah. Player of the Week Jason Bay went 0-3 with 2 Ks, and the Mets managed only three hits off the Nationals. Oof. Moving on, though, tonight is Star Wars Night!

So we've probably got at least another 24 hours news cycle of drive time radio and talking heads yelling about hats, but Josh Thole is trying to make sure this doesn't happen again. Meanwhile, The Apple has MLB and New Era covered. I, for one, welcome our new Cthulu overlords.

Terry Collins thinks the Mets focus has been elsewhere lately.

Hey, remember when Chris Schwinden was gassed and going to work out of the pen becuase of his high workload this year? Neither does anyone else. I guess it just took another Miguel Batista start for Terry to come to his senses.

Pedro Beato is only a few weeks away from becoming officially a Met.

Some Mets, led by Chris Capuano, recorded an anti-bullying PSA. I'm sutre they will take some heat on the blogosphere and twitter for it not being officially part of the It Gets Better Project, but (if I may get up on my soapbox) the IGBP was never meant as a celebrity thing, it was meant as a way for adult LGBT people to speak directly to LGBT youth. I think its great that it has caught on in the mainstream, but it shouldn't be something that is obligatory for the Mets to do, just because some other teams did. It shouldn't be a PR thing. It seems to be an issue that Capuano really cares about, so good on him.

/end soapbox

Ted Berg conducted one of his Twitter Q+As. Well, two of them actually.

Jack Moore of fangraphs takes a look back (yeah, it's only been six weeks) at the Beltran deal. 

And most importantly, LoHud Mets wants you to write about your favorite fictional character as part of an essay contest. Weird contest, and I don't see entirely how it is baseball related. 

Around the NL East

The Braves rallied to tie the Marlins in the eighth, but left 15 man on base and lost in extra innings. They lucked out though, as the Cardinals squandered a late lead to the Pirates so they remain four and a half up. It's not all good news, though, as the Braves may be without Jair Jurrjens for the rest of the year.

Brett Myers beat his old team and the Astros stayed under 100 losses for another day. Roy Oswalt took the loss for the Phils. At Beyond the Boxscore, Jacob Peterson takes a look at Ryan Howard, RBI machine.

The Nationals rookie hazing was...interesting this year.

Around MLB

Shhhhh. The Rays are only three games back of the wild card. I am sure Dan Shaughnessy is currently prepping a 'Red Sox Choked' column for October 1st while dressed like Buffalo Bill. Meanwhile, David Ortiz is hitting the panic button.

Felix Hernandez turned in one of his worst starts of the year, and the Yanks cruised over the hapless M's. Clearly this means King Felix can't pitch in New York.

The Diamondbacks magic number is now 7.

The Tigers are rolling.

No Manny being Manny jokes, please.

The Pirates extended Neal Huntington. Trust the process everyone. Also at fangraphs, Eric Seidman takes a look at Mark Buerhle's impending free agency.

And speaking of free agents, Chris Carpenter won't be one for a couple years, as he and the Cards agreed to an extension.