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MATT HARVEY MATT HARVEY MATT HARVEY MATT HARVEY! Matt Harvey, with a bloody nose, allowed just one hit in nine innings while striking out 12 in a 1-0 extra inning victory. Chicago's lone hit was an infield single that Alex Rios beat out by about half a step at first base. The Mets couldn't muster a run until Mike Baxter's game-winning base hit in the 10th inning. But all of that is immaterial this morning because HARVEY!
Matt Harvey, along with Terry Collins and Mike Baxter, believed a perfect game was possible.
Frank Francisco is nearing a return, and while Bobby Parnell will be the Mets' closer for now, it may not stay that way. Considering that Parnell is easily the team's best reliever, I might actually prefer to see the Mets use him as the "fireman" in higher-leverage spots—assuming Francisco can hold things down in the ninth.
Mets PR guy Jay Horwitz continues to be a jokester on the Twitter.
Yesterday At AA
Rob Castellano wrote some more about Jordany Valdespin's developing plate discipline.
Jim Margalus answered some questions about the White Sox for our series preview.
Greg Karam points out that Baseball Reference has minor league splits! Hooray!
On this date in Mets history last year, Jordany Valdespin ripped a home run off Jonathan Papelbon.
Jeffrey Paternostro has our Daily Farm Report from Tuesday.
Around the NL East
Around the Majors
Scary moment in Tampa last night as Blue Jays' pitcher J.A. Happ took a Desmond Jennings line drive off the side of his head. Happ never lost consciousness, but he was bleeding and had to be taken off the field on a stretcher.
The Marlins are reducing capacity at Marlins Park starting next week by closing off the upper deck.
Go do yourself a favor and check out the Baseball Scouts Database. It's awesome!
Dave Cameron says that it's time to stop underrating Asian pitchers.
Melky Cabrera has gotten off to a slow start. Should we just assume it's because he's not on PEDs?