Meet the Mets
Blaaaaaaaaah. And that's all I have to say about that.
The flu continues to be the scourge of the Mets clubhouse with Ike Davis, Tim Teufel and Jon Niese the most recently afflicted. Davis got scratched from Sunday's line-up, but did get called on to pinch hit, while Niese battle flu-like symptoms on the mound. Bench coach Bob Geren had to sub for Teufel in the third base box.
Of course maybe it was just the prospect of watching the Mets bullpen blow another game that had everyone calling in sick to work. As it stands, Frankie Frank will probably remain the closer, if only because the other options don't seem like all that much of an improvement. Rotographs looks at the other internal candidates, and if you want to register your disapproval, Patrick Flood has a poll up.
Doesn't look like any help is on the way soon from the disabled list, as Rubin runs down the staus of Tejada, Thole and Bay.
The biggest Mets news of the day is the report in the Wall Street Journal that the Mets are prepping a long term contract offer for David Wright. Interesting that after repeatedly saying he doesn't like long term contracts that Sandy would be reportedly mulling this offer. Maybe he just likes guys that are hitting .400. I don't really care. Get this done Sandy!
Toby Hyde takes a look at Matt Harvey's start for the Bisons yesterday and comes to the conclusion thatHarvey is still not ready to help a big league rotation. I agree with this completely.
Around the NL East
The Braves completed an impressive three game sweep of the Cardinals, denying Lance Lynn his 7-0 start. Chipper Jones was honored before the game by the Cardinals. Ugh. I mean, he deserves it and whatever, but ugh.
The Phillies still can't score runs, but Cole Hammels pitched well enough that it didn't really matter. I mean, seriously, the Phillies line-up only managed three runs off Jeff Suppan. Also, screw Jeff Suppan.
The Mets weren't the only NL East team to lose on a walk-off grand slam. So that's something I guess. More bad news for the Nats, as Wilson Ramos' knee injury is a torn ACL that will likely sideline him for the rest of the year. As good as their pitching is, don't know how much longer the beat up Nats line-up can hold up their end of the bargain.
Apparently MLB really needs to look into what FedEx's hours are, because that is a second overturned suspension for procedural reasons. Of course, it's the Rockies third string catcher, so no one is going to care.
Cubs manager Dale Sveum fancies himself some sort of bat whisperer. Apparently he just doesn't have the heart to tell Soriano that he is probably just done as an effective everyday player. The Cubs still did manage to beat up on the Brewers yesterday.
Andy Pettitte returned to the major leagues yesterday, and it went about as well as you would expect for a 39 year old who hasn't pitched in over a year.
Johnny Damon continues to have no shame.
Jeff Francoer won't have to wait until Frenchtober to hit his first home run of the season, he finally sent one out against the White Sox.
Josh Hamilton's magical home run hitting bat finally broke, and is off to Cooperstown.
And finally, if you have months to kill, OOTP 13 is up and NotGraphs has the predictably awesome review. Take it from me, stay away, that game will eat up your life.