How different do things feel right now than they did just a few short weeks ago? The Mets managed to lose another baseball game last night with yet another terrible performance from the bullpen. There is certainly a silver lining on this one though, as Matt Harvey impressed yet again, recording another 9 strikeouts in 6 exceptional innings of work. There wasn't too much else to really say about this one, but if you really want to stare at Harvey's line and make yourself smile, the box can be found here.
The news broke yesterday that no hit wonder Johan Santana will be shut down for the season. That's probably for the best, as the Mets don't appear to be playing for anything meaningful this month anyway. I'm also very excited to see Colin McHugh get his big league debut, as he's been exceptional this season in the minors. There was also some rumblings that Jenrry Mejia might get the shot at replacing Johan, and Mejia also pitched very well last night.
While we're looking down on the farm, why don't we check in with Binghamton? Wilmer Flores had himself a nice night as Binghamton managed to win. He'll likely spend some time in AAA next season, but it's looking less and less likely that it will be in Buffalo. Oh well, that was fun while it lasted. It looks like we migh be giving our top pitching prospects a real test in the hitter friendly PCL instead.
Over at Fangraphs, Eno took another look at the knuckleball. At least R.A. Dickey still has something to pitch for, right?
In the last bit of Mets related stuff for this morning, here's an early peek at the reverse standings. The losses may be piling up, but at least the Mets are moving up the draft board. Maybe we'll even be able to find a polished college reliever that can fix our bullpen rather soon...
The Braves managed to salvage a game from the Nats, drawing back to within 6 games of the division leaders. It looks like the wild card at this point for the Braves, but there's always hope of another epic collapse. Since the Nats were involved in this one, here's your obligatory Stephen Strasburg link.
The Marlins wouldn't be as successful as the Braves last night, losing yet again. I don't know why, but it makes the world feel right to see the Marlins spending big and then regress from the previous season. I feel bad for Jose, but when he signed with the fish he had to know there would be losses.
Finally for last night, Chris Sale was awesome yet again. He's been one of the better stories of this season, and he's an awful lot of fun to watch pitch.