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Serious Mismatch Applesauce: Pelf be pelfin', Heads be hurtin', Sox be chokin'?

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Pelf is getting an early start on his 2012 <strike>non-tender </strike>playoff beard. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
Pelf is getting an early start on his 2012 non-tender playoff beard. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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Meet the Mets

Roy Halladay vs. Mike Pelfrey! What could possibly go wrong? Shockingly, the Mets opening day starter, and therefore ace, was not up to the task yesterday as the Phillies salvaged the final game of the series with a 9-4 win. See you in 2012, you Philadelphian bastards! I guess I should feel bad for Pelf, but I had to watch his starts this year, so my sympathy is somewhat limited. Greg Prince is also not too sympathetic.

The Mets finish off the 2011 season this week as the Red Stockings come to town, and they will be without Lucas Duda and Angel Pagan, who both suffered head injuries last week. Better safe than sorry, of course, and both will be important pieces on the 2012 roster. Yeah, I said it. You want Jason Pridie starting in CF every day? Chris Schwinden, who is less likely to be an important piece of the 2012 roster, minds the bump for the Mets tomorrow night.

Faith and Fear waxes poetic about the 2011 Mets and their lack of actually healthy players.

Here's an update on Gary Carter, and sadly it is not good news. I'm not going to lie, I got goosebumps when they played the tribute video for the Kid at Citi Saturday.

Around the Playoff Races

The Wild Card races continue to tighten as we head into the last series of the season. The Red Sox managed to salvage a split in their doubleheader with the Yankees, thanks to Jacoby Ellsbury. The Yanks won Game One behind a strong AJ Burnett start. He even got a standing ovation at Yankee Stadium. That was kind of surreal. with three to play, the Sox now lead the Rays by one game in the Wild Card race as Tampa dispatched Toronto 5-2. At least there won't be any distractions for the Sox as they deal with the Orioles. And no, I am not linking to TMZ.

On the NL side of things, the Braves continue to scuffle, getting blanked by former first round pick Ross Detwiler and the Nats. Their lead is also down to just a single game, as the Cardinals came from behind again to edge the Cubs. Rafael Furcal made some amends for his error against the Mets with the go-ahead home run. Atlanta now has to deal with the Phillies while St. Louis faces Houston. Things could get interesting. 

Around the NL East

If the Braves do make the playoffs, they aren't ruling out Jair Jurrjens from the NLDS rotation. I think we can all agree that we hope it doesn't come to that.

The Marlins continue to limp to the finish, getting swept by the Brewers. That win for the Brew Crew sets a team record for most home wins in a season. Florida actually has been better on the road this year, but maybe they just play better in front of actual people. /easy jokes

Strasmas will be abridged next year, probably so they can give him 3/4 of his starts at home again.

Around MLB

Pitcher wins are the new any stat other than pitcher wins! Clayton Kershaw won his 21st for the Dodgers, who cruised to a 6-2 victory over the Padres.

Sunday was Runday, as there were offensive explosions for Texas and Colorado. Detroit plated double digits as well.

The Angels no longer qualify for around the playoff races, as yesterday's crushing loss to Oakland puts them three back of the BoSox.