Meet the Mets
The Mets were shut out by the Braves 3-0 on what ended up becoming Chipper Jones day. Jon Niese threw very well over six innings, allowing just a Jason Heyward home run but the was plenty for Braves' lefty Paul Maholm to work with. In better news, Jenrry Mejia made his first big league appearance since the horrid 2010 season and tossed two innings, allowing a home run to Dan Uggla but also striking out a batter. His first inning was quite dominant, with the strikeout and two weak groundouts.
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The Mets send Jeremy Hefner to the mound in game two of their series with the Braves and he'll face off against the seemingly unstoppable Kris Medlen. First pitch is at 4:05 PM on FOX.
Andres Torres left last night's game with a left knee bruise. It looks like Ruben Tejada will continue to get regular off-days throughout the rest of the season. And the Mets announced that Matt Harvey will make just two more starts.
It's Chipper Jones-mania in Flushing! In Larry's final New York appearance, the Mets presented him with a strange painting of Shea Stadium. Everybody seems to be getting in on the Chipper Goodbye bandwagon, as Foley's pub has changed their name to "Chipper's" this weekend. Of course, Chipper had his own advice for the Mets regarding their own superstar third baseman.
Lefty Robert Carson will pitch winter ball in the Dominican this offseason, under the watchful eye of AAA pitching coach Mark Brewer.
In prospect news, Brooklyn righty Hansel Robles tossed a dominant complete-game shutout with 10 strikeouts as the Cyclones defeated Hudson Valley 4-0 in game one of their playoff series. Also, Jon Mayo of MLB.com has released his new Mets prospect rankings.
Yesterday At AA
Eric takes a look into the future of AA and SB Nation (all the way to the year 2000?) as he unveils Amazin' Avenue's brand new logo.
This Date In Mets History: September 7th
Everybody's favorite AA feature This Week In SNY, featuring Keith's Mustache and a 50-foot Jon Rauch
Chris McShane took a look at the Mets' pitchers who are Getting The Calls.
This Week In Mets Quotes: Chipper Jones on "Larry", Terry Collins on RBIs, R.A. Dickey On Battlin'
Five For Five series preview with Tony Almeyda of Talking Chop
Around the NL East
The Phillies beat the Rockies 3-2, while the Marlins beat up on Stephen Strasburg and won 9-7 over the Nationals. After the start, the Nats announced that Strasburg will be shut down immediately. Well...I guess they're really doing this. Meanwhile, Carlos Ruiz is back for the Phillies and Placido Polanco is headed back to the DL.
Around the Majors
The Red Sox may be interested in Mike Scioscia as their manager should the Angels fire him after this season.
Athletics' righty Brandon McCarthy is showing improvement, though he's still in a life-threatening situation. In better news, he's back on Twitter. Excellent news.
The Pirates made seven (7!!!!!!) errors in a 12-2 loss at the hands of the Cubs. Yikes. Also in that game, Brett Jackson made an excellent catch while crashing into the center field fence.
Finally, Roger Clemens tossed 4.2 scoreless innings for the Sugar Land Skeeters last night and says that he would listen if the Astros were interested in him.