The second to last Mets game at Sun Life Stadium was a marathon to say the least but despite a few comebacks, they ended up defeating the Marlins 7-4 on Tuesday evening. An hour and twenty minute rain delay pushed the start back and the game, once it started, was a low scoring, back and forth affair early on. Up by two heading into the ninth, Bobby Parnell blew the save, deadlocking this one at four. However, Nick Evans was the hero all night and in the 12th inning, he knocked a go-ahead single (just his third go-ahead hit of the evening) and the Mets tacked on two more runs to bolster the lead. Josh Stinson closed the game, getting the final three outs without the Marlins putting up a fight.
The final game of this series, which is also the final time the Mets will ever play at Sun Life Stadium, is tomorrow evening and will be an unusual 5:10 PM start. R.A. Dickey will take the hill for the Mets and he will go up against lefty Brad Hand for the Marlins.
Good news on the Johan Santana front. Johan, in case you missed it, is scheduled to throw a rehab start this Friday with either Savannah or St. Lucie and he threw a clean bullpen session before the rains came down on Tuesday. Beyond that, it looks more likely that he could make a brief big league pitching appearance, since the minor league seasons end soon. The big question is what will Santana be when he finally comes back? If you ask Terry Collins, he is confident that Johan will throw like an ace next season. Dan Warthen also says his velocity and arm slot are better than last year and if that's truly the case, that should (hopefully) portend to good things for the Mets 2012 staff.
David Wright was awarded with the NL Player of the Week award yesterday. TRAID!
Patrick Flood does his best "beginning of the school year assignment" impression, writing about the two things we watched this summer. Spoiler alert: Jason Bay is one of them.
Chris Schwinden, Mike Baxter and Val Pascucci have been activated by the Mets. Schwinden will start game one of Thursday's doubleheader against the Braves, while Baxter and Pascucci will be available off the bench. To make room on the 40 man roster, the Mets moved Ike Davis to the 60 day disabled list and designated lefty Mike O'Connor for assignment. Here's some video of Schwinden talking about his promotion.
In minor league news, the St. Lucie Mets won game one of their playoff series against the Bradenton Marauders 4-2, as Darin Gorski tossed seven solid innings. Finally, get to know lefty pitching prospect Juan Urbina, son of former major league closer Ugueth Urbina.
Around the NL East
It's Strasmas once again, as Nationals righty Stephen Strasburg made his season debut, throwing five shutout innings. Unfortunately, the rest of the Nats pitching staff isn't very good and they ended up falling to the Dodgers by a 7-3 score.
Around the Majors
Josh Beckett will miss his next start with an ankle injury.
With a dearth of above average pitching in the league, should teams be thinking about going back to the practice of 4-man rotations, instead of wasting rotation turns on lesser pitchers?
Former top pitching prospect and Jays righty Dustin McGowan made his return to the big leagues three years after arm troubles sent him to the DL. Since his last outing in July of 2008, he's had two shoulder surgeries and a knee surgery.
Finally, NotGraphs honors Jeff Francoeur's 1000th hit (and his crazy eyes).