Meet the Mets
A mere 24 hours ago, it looked as if David Wright was bound to hit the disabled list with a fractured pinkie. After the Mets' 5-0 victory over the Phillies, in which Wright contributed 3 hits along with his 2nd home run, that idea sounds crazy. Wright avoided the DL and absolutely smoked a ball to center field on the first pitch he saw, pacing the team offensively. Beyond that, they didn't need anymore runs, as Jon Niese was in control over 6.2 scoreless innings. But they did score a few more, the big blast being a two-run home run for Lucas Duda. All in all, this was a stress free win for the now 6-2 Mets, something that's been quite rare when playing in Philadelphia in recent years.
The Mets go for the sweep this afternoon at 1:35 PM, something they haven't done in Philly since 2006. Mike Pelfrey will take the mound for the Mets and he'll go up against Cole Hamels.
Have you been wondering when the Mets will retire more numbers? Well, it looks like, aside from Mike Piazza, they won't be for a while. As many of us have realized, the Mets take retiring numbers seriously and they don't want to get to the point where if they retire player A's number, then they have to retire player B's number because he was similar.
In the Bergen Record, Mike Kerwick wants you to LEAVE JASON BAY ALONE! The reasoning in this piece is sound and rational. But still...BOOOOOOOO, HISSSSSSSSS, TRAID! Okay, that's out of my system.
Madoff trustee Irving Picard filed paperwork on Friday to go forward in making the settlement between he and the Wilpon/Katz family official. In his paperwork, Picard stated that the Wilpons' cash flow issues were a big part of the reason why he decided to settle, instead of pursue the case in court.
Around the NL East
That whole "sign big free agents" thing seems to be off to a slow start early on in Miami. Jose Reyes is hitting just .243/.282/.378 through nine games, Mark Buehrle's lost his first two starts and allowed an opponent batting average of .313 and Heath Bell? Well, Heath Bell is now 0-2 in saves opportunities, blowing both in spectacular fashion. Leading the Astros 4-1 headed into the 9th, Bell allowed 4 runs to cross the plate, retiring just two batters and the Marlins lost to Houston 5-4.
The Nationals, meanwhile, continue to roll along, as they beat the Reds 4-1 to improve to 7-2 on the young season. Edwin Jackson was masterful, tossing a complete game two-hitter with nine strikeouts. He threw just 92 pitches on the afternoon, a very un-Edwin Jacksony outing.
Mike Minor was solid over 7 plus innings and he turned it over to bullpen studs Jonny Venters and Craig Kimbrel to finish this one off, as the Braves beat the Brewers 2-1.
Around the Majors
Yu Darvish made his second big league start for the Rangers and this one was better than the first, as he allowed 2 runs over 5.2 innings. He was a bit hittable, allowing 9 hits and he walked and struck 4 batters apiece but he was good enough, as the Rangers won 6-2 over the Twins.
It looks like Giants' closer Brian Wilson is going to have plenty of time to make obnoxious commercials for Taco Bell now. It looks like the righty needs Tommy John Surgery and is expected to miss the year. 'CAUSE I'M BLACK OPS!
The Angels beat up on the Yankees 7-1 at tiny Yankee Stadium, behind the excellent pitching of lefty C.J. Wilson. Howie Kendrick had a big day for the Angels with 3 hits and his first home run of the year.
Wild game in Kansas City last night, as the Indians and Royals squared in a slugfest in multiple ways. The Indians came out on top 11-9 in a game that featured two bench clearing situations and saw a few players get ejected.
How about those Dodgers, off to an 8-1 start? They beat the Padres 6-1 behind the power of two Matt Kemp home runs and seven solid innings from Ted Lilly. Maybe Ned Coletti is a much better GM than we all thought. Okay, probably not.
Finally from the LOL department, KeLOLy Shoppach teaches you how to slide into second base when you're slow and terrible at baserunning. I'm not sure what's more embarrassing--this or Josh Thole's baserunning blunder on Friday night. On second thought, probably Thole.