Brooklyn Met Fan celebrates the Mets huge series win over the Yankees in a game which saw Jason Bay triple his home run total.
Hard to believe that Bay hit only his second and third home runs of the year Sunday night (the only home runs of the entire series), as a former Red Sox maybe he wanted his coming out party to be against CC Sabathia and the Yankees? Whatever the case may be that Sunday night game had a playoff like atmosphere to it. The Mets took a commanding lead while making the Yankees look like a Triple AAA team in the process, only to see the defending World Champions make it a game again by having A-Rod against K-Rod with the game on the line in the 9th inning...a situation eerily similar to the last time they met, when Castillo dropped the ball. After dropping the first game of the series the Mets got outstanding performances from Mike Pelfrey on Saturday and Johan Santana on Sunday. Pelfrey really has established himself as ace in this league, at this point you have to consider him as good or better than Johan.
Following a disappointing home stand which included the Phillies being dangerously close to being the victims of a no-hitter, its become quite clear that the absence of Jimmy Rollins is beginning to take its toll.I have to agree with Beer Leaguer here, the Phillies are still the best team in the east but they really need Rollins to get back ASAP. Now with Rollins expected to make a second trip to the DL, Philadelphia needs to prepare for the worst. We will really begin to see what this team is made of, as the defending two time National League Champs will be battle tested as the season rolls along. Even with the resurgence of the Braves and surprising success of the Nationals, it is hard to imagine any of those teams giving Phili a run for their money. It comes down to who they will face in October, and Rollins couldn't have picked a better year to get hurt because honestly, the National League just isn't very good. The legitimate contenders such as St. Louis and the Dodgers are nothing special and the so-so contender like Cincinnati, San Francisco, and Colorado have extreme flaws.
The Florida Marlins avoided a sweep at the hands of the White Sox by hammering out 13 runs en route to a shutout.In a rare trip to Chicago (playing the White Sox that is), the Marlins powered their way to a win over the White Sox with the help of 5 home runs, 2 of which from the bat of Cody Ross. Its no secret this team hits, they just needed someone like Freddy Garcia to be pitching in order to do so. Monday is the teams first off day in 20 games, in which they broke even at 10-10. Florida currently sits 1 game above .500 at 23-22 and are 4 games back of the Phillies for first place. They say that a team is only as good as their record and that can't be any more true for the Marlins. We can talk all day about how good their hitting is or how bright Josh Johnson's future is but in the end, they are just as average as it gets, nothing more, nothing less.
In a weekend of exciting Interleague match ups, the Atlanta Braves were stuck in Pittsburgh in a series with the Pirates.
The Braves took two of three in Pittsburgh, dropping the final game on a walk-off home run by Ryan Doumit in the 10th. Atlanta continues to chug along after their nine game losing streak. Although the series was an overall success, first baseman Troy Glaus went hitless in all three games. Just when we thought he was beginning to turn a corner after his slow start, he couldn't manage to get on base once against one of the worst teams in baseball. Thankfully, Melky Cabrera decided to show, hitting his first home run in a Brave uniform and raised his batting average to .213 (a mark somehow higher than Mark Teixieras). Atlanta heads down to Florida for a three game set with the Fish, then travel back home for a weekend series with the Pirates. The Braves are a much better team at home than on the road, so it will be interesting to see how they fare against the Phillies when they face off beginning Memorial Day.
Roy Oswalt has requested a trade from the Houston Astros, a team he has spent his entire 10-year career with, and the Nationals have been rumored to be pushing hard for him.
Oswalt is one of those guys who is hard to imagine in any other uniform than the Astros. a two time 20-game winner and a World Series appearance in 2005 made him one of the most successful pitchers in franchise history. But at this point in his career with his team going nowhere, it is hard to blame him for wanting to get out of Houston. Oswalt said he wanted to go to a "winner", which is funny considered the Nationals have been making the most noise for him. Next month we could be seeing a Nationals rotation consisting of not just Oswalt, but Stephen Strasburg, the ageless Livan Hernandez, and the surprisingly effective Scott Olson. It looks like Washington could be gearing up for a serious post season run. Could this be the surprise team of 2010 taking shape right before our eyes?