Meet the Mets
The Mets beat the Rockies 7-5, washing the taste of Friday evening's awful loss away. The offense was the story in this one, as Lucas Duda knocked in four runs via a home run and a single and David Wright, Daniel Murphy and Ruben Tejada each added three hits apiece. Ike Davis showed some promising signs in this one as well. Despite only going 1-3 with a walk, Davis' two outs were both hit hard and could've easily gone for hits if not for nice defensive plays. Dillon Gee got the start on his 26th birthday and went seven innings, giving the bullpen a much needed rest. Gee had his struggles in the fourth inning but managed to work out of it and he actually felt stronger as the game progressed.
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The last time the Mets faced Jamie Moyer, the date was May 25, 2010 and he threw 5 innings, allowing 4 runs on 7 hits in an 8-0 Mets victory as a member of the Phillies. At age 49, Moyer will once again face the Mets on Sunday and he'll be opposed by Johan Santana for the Mets. Game time is at 3:10 PM and you can catch the action locally on WPIX 11 and WFAN 660.
Today's game will be an interesting test for Johan, as he is ready to make his first start of the season on normal rest. Coming off of an 11 strikeout masterpiece against the Marlins on Tuesday, hopes are certainly high.
As said up above, Ike Davis looked better swinging the bat in yesterday's game despite only having one hit to show for his efforts. Terry Collins said before the game that Davis will play everyday in order to help him to break out of his slump. If he swings the bat like he did on Saturday, he'll bust out of his skid in a hurry.
Mike Baxter was nearly summoned to pitch late in Friday night's debacle. Baxter, whose arsenal consists of one slow, straight pitch, ran in to the infield before being told that Tim Byrdak would come in to relieve Bobby Parnell. It looks as if Baxter would be the choice to throw should the Mets need to use a position player on the mound at some point.
Around the NL East
Bryce Harper was the focal point of Saturday's matchup between the Nats and Dodgers and he didn't disappoint. Harper doubled, knocked home the go-ahead run with a sac fly and threw a seed to the plate from left field that would've resulted in an out had Wilson Ramos held onto the ball. Unfortunately, the Nats pen blew the lead and Matt Kemp hit a walk-off bomb, leading the Dodgers to a 4-3 victory.
The Phillies beat the Cubs 5-2 on Saturday behind Joe Blanton's arm and Carlos Ruiz's bat. They also got some good news, as Ryan Howard was cleared to begin baseball activities and Chase Utley may not be far behind.
Logan Morrison hit a game tying home run and Hanley Ramirez won it in the 9th with a single, as the Marlins defeated the Diamondbacks 3-2. The Marlins also swapped Jose Reyes in the lineup with Emilio Bonifacio.
Erik Bedard shut down the Braves, as the Pirates beat Atlanta 4-2 at Turner Field. Brian McCann sat out of this one, as he's dealing with an intercostal strain.
Around the Majors
The Angels spent a lot of money this offseason and so far, they've gotten a ton of losses for their cash. On Saturday, they defeated the Indians 2-1 behind Dan Haren to snap a losing streak and "improve" to 7-14. Still no home runs for Albert Pujols, who's hitting .226/.278/.310 on the season.
Jon Lester tossed seven shutout innings as the Red Sox shut out the White Sox 1-0. The win for Boston was their sixth straight, evening their record at 10-10.
Diamondbacks righty Josh Collmenter, who was a great surprise for Arizona a year ago, has been removed from the team's rotation. In a bit of a surprise, he'll be replaced by Patrick Corbin, who'll be called up from AA Mobile. Arizona is loaded with pitching prospects and the two names you would've expected to hear called up would be righty Trevor Bauer or lefty Tyler Skaggs.
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The Dodgers are expected to close the sale of the team to a group headed by Magic Johnson on Monday.