Meet the Mets
Josh Stinson took his name out of the race for 2012 closer, giving up a go ahead (go behind?) three run homer as the Reds beat the Mets 6-5. Jose Reyes did go 3-4 and inched ahead in the NL batting title race, so at least that is something to look forward to in the last two games. Jason Bay was still out of the line-up with a sinus infection, since I know you were all wondering, and David Wright's back is fine, really.
Ted Berg discusses the possibility of two 15 team leagues and then invites Toby Hyde onto The Baseball Show to talk about the movers and shakers in the Mets farm system. Needs more Gorski, and they both still like Tejada more than me.
Daniel Herrera stopped by the MLB fan cave and for some unfathomable reason decided to hide his awesome hair under a ski cap.
Howard Megdal takes a closer look at R.A. Dickey's hard luck season.
Around the Playoff Races
Ruh Roh Raggy! The Red Sox fell back into a tie with the Rays as they lost to the Orioles in a wild one at Camden. The big blow came on a Robert Andino three run inside the park home run that saw Jacoby Ellsbury nearly obliterate himself on the center field fence. Meanwhile, the Rays beat the Yankees 5-2, behind a stellar performance from Big Game James. Now things get interesting.
In the NL, the Braves continue to be rather hapless, falling to the Phills. The Cardinals couldn't take advanatge, though, losing their contest with the Astros in ten innings. That was the Phillies 100th win of the season, by the way. Ugh ugh ugh.
BTBS confirms the obvious, that Mariano Rivera is kind of a freak. And #95 on that list just makes me have a sad.
Around the NL East
The south side Chicago CVS will no longer have to fill Kenny Williams' antacid prescriptions, as the White Sox have released Ozzie Guillen from his contract. Chicago did manage to win his last game at the helm at least, while Mark Buerhle is also looking towards a future not on the south side.
Doug Fister continues to make me look stupid, striking out nine Indians en route to eight shutout innings and a blow out victory.
Oof, Johnny Damon is going to make the Hall of Fame someday, isn't he? Speaking of hits, Melky Cabrera got his 200th hit last night. That's of the season, not in his career. Melky. Cabrera. Also, Vlad Guerrero set the record for most hits by a Dominican-born player in MLB, passing ageless wonder Julio Franco. That is your hit parade for Tuesday September 27th, 2011
Baseball-Reference takes a look at most home runs in a player's final seasons on their blog. I am now developing an unhealthy curiosity about Roy Cullenbine. Also, Ted Williams Age 41 season was kind of ridiculous.