Meet the Mets
You know the old saying, "Always bet on black?"
Should be "Always bet on Bay."
I mean, we all saw this coming, right?
Powered by the offensive outburst of Jason Bay (yeah, still doesn't sound right), the Mets completed a three-game sweep of the hapless Marlins in Miami. In the interest of completeness, I suppose I should also mention the Mets are eight games out of the wild card as they head to St. Louis to take on the Cardinals. Collin McHugh toes the rubber for the Mets today. Really feels like the Mets rotation is determined by just picking names out of a hat at this point. But before we head to St. Louis, Mark Simon wraps up the Marlins series 'Met'rics. Spoiler Alert: R.A. Dickey is hard to hit.
Jenrry Mejia will be promoted to the big club sometime soon and take a few September starts, though it is looking more and more like he is a pen arm long term. Rubin's dispatches from Buffalo also suggest that Jeurys Familia will be joining Mejia, but he will likely be working out of the pen in September. I still think Familia is the better starting candidate, but it does look more and more likely like both will end up in late-inning relief.
Over at Baseball America, Ben Badler answered several Mets prospect questions during his Q+A. He really, really likes Matt Harvey. As he should. Also at BA, Wilmer Flores tops this week Hot Sheet, while Luis Mateo makes an appearance at #9.
Around the NL East
The Braves completed a five-run comeback in the ninth to beat the Phillies. The rally was capped off by a three-run walk-off home run by Chipper Jones off of Jonathan Papelbon. I don't know what I am supposed to feel here. Also, I guess Chipper gets a pass because he's a creaky old dude, but it must have taken him 45 seconds to trot around the bases there.
The Nationals tied their franchise record for wins as they downed the Cardinals in D.C. Stephen Strasburg was excellent, natch', but Washington wasn't kidding when they said they were going to shut him down. Now, Ross Detwiler isn't the worst back-up plan for your playoff rotation, but this is still nuts to me. Can Mike Rizzo show me one scientific study that suggests 220 innings two years after Tommy John surgery is that much more detrimental than 180?
We're not going to bury the lead here at Mets Morning News: JURICKSON PROFAR!
Also, Verlander struck out 11 as the Tigers completed a sweep of the White Sox and moved back into a tie for first in the AL Central. That's kind of important as well.
Mark Reynolds bashed two home runs off Phil Hughes, and the Orioles won the very important rubber game of their three-game series in Yankee Stadium. O's climb back to within two of first. But hey, the Yanks are about to get A-Rod back at least.
A walk-off home run off the bat of Adrian Gonzalez helped the Dodgers keep pace with the Giants in the NL West.
The A's have now won nine straight as they once again drubbed the Red Sox in Oakland. Meanwhile, more drama in Boston? Yawn.
Finally, Baseball Nation has some suggestions as how to properly heckle a baseball player. I'm going to set up a Geocities site dedicated to this vary purpose right now.