Meet the Mets
An exchange from yesterday evening:
Text from my friend with a gambling problem: "Dickey -240"
Shockingly, facing the pitching staff with the worst FIP in the National League, the Mets managed just one run in support of the Dickster and dropped to a season low eight games under .500. Dickey seems to be taking it pretty well, all things considered.
In attendance to take some BP and watch the game was the Mets big July 2nd signing this year, 16 year-old shortstop German Rosario. Way to make a good first impression you guys.
Jeremy Hefner will be getting a few days off for paternity leave, so Robert Carson will be joining the Mets bullpen as a second lefty.
I feel like I have seen this idea somewhere before. Explain yourself, Berg!
Toby Hyde does some excellent work breaking down just how little Minor League winning percentage has to do with attendance. Of course Toby failed to account for the "Major League Town" variable. Ted has the right attitude about this whole thing.
Around the NL East
Anytime you can lose a huge divisional game in extra innings without using you closer, you have to do so. That's baseball. One guess where the game was played. The Braves are now six back of the Nationals, but on the plus side, Craig Kimbrel got a lot of macarme done. The Nats pen is just fine though, thanks for asking.
Both the Marlins and Phillies put on an offensive show in their respective games. For the Phillies, it was only the fourth time this year that they've scored ten runs or more. Now Ruben Amaro can finally sell high on Dominic Brown and get the last piece of the puzzle to get the Phillies back to 500!
Carlos Beltran is an awesome baseball player, seems like an exemplary human, and once owned a monkey. But don't forget he struck out that one time.