The Mets snapped a six-game skid yesterday with a 5-2 win against Adam Wainright and the Cardinals in St. Louis.
The best part of the game was Daniel Murphy‘s disappearing double trick…check out the GIF below. Murphy lashed a ball down the right field line and it fell exactly between a small crack in the wall for a true ground-rule double. (Semantics note…a ball that simply hits the warning track and bounces over the fence is an automatic double. This was a Busch Stadium quirk, making it a ground-rule double).
Matt Harvey is on the mound as the Mets play a second straight day game, this time against the Cubs at Wrigley Field.
The Yankees suffered a 3-2 loss to the Mariners last night and it was costly. Andy Pettitte came out early with a “tight left trapezius muscle.” At this point, Pettitte sounds like he’s day-to-day and should avoid the DL.
Catcher Chris Stewart had a left groin strain running the bases late in the game and he was removed for backup Austin Romine. The Yankees do not have another catcher on the 40-man roster, so they would have to make a move if Stewart can’t play tonight against Toronto. Bobby Wilson, the former Angels backup playing at Triple-A Scranton, would need to be added to the 40-man if he were to be called up. The Yankees could release Ben Francisco or put one of the current guys on the 15-day DL (Chamberlain, Nova, Nunez or Youkilis) onto the 60-day DL to free up a space.
Even if Stewart is day-to-day, it’s tough to play with just one catcher on the roster. Perhaps Vernon Wells, who has filled in at second and third base, could don the shinguards?
It’ll be Hiroki Kuroda against Mark Buehrle at the Stadium tonight. In his career at the old Yankee Stadium and the new version, Buehrle is 1-4 with a 5.40 ERA.
Elsewhere in baseball…
- The White Sox scored three runs in the top of the eighth inning in a 5-4 win at Anaheim. One run scored on a wild pitch and another came on a bases-loaded walk to Jeff Keppinger. It was Keppinger’s first walk of the season in his 141st plate appearance. He is hitting .188. Yikes.
- Boston scored three runs in the top of the ninth as Rays closer Fernando Rodney walked four and gave up three runs in 2/3 of an inning. The Red Sox won, 4-3. Rodney, who was terrific for all of 2012, has a record of 1-2 and has already blown three saves.
- The Yu Darvish/Justin Verlander duel didn’t exactly live up to expectations in Arlington. Verlander gave up eight runs on six hits in 2 2/3 innings and Darvish gave up four runs, but he lasted right inning in the Rangers’ 10-4 victory. Darvish threw 130 pitches in the game. He’s thrown an MLB-high 985 pitches but is only fifth in innings pitched (60 2/3).
- Matt Cain allowed three runs in the second and three more in the third, but he struck around long enough to pick up a win in the Giants’ 8-6 win in Denver.
- Brandon Phillips had a sac fly and Jay Bruce a two-run double in the top of the 10th inning off Marlins closer Steve Chisek in the Reds’ 5-3 victory in Miami.
- Steven Strasburg pitched into the eighth inning for the first time in his major league career and Bryce Harper hit his 11th home run of the season in the Nationals’ 6-2 win at San Diego.
- The Rays and Orioles begin a series tonight at Camden Yards. The O’s are 1 1/2 games back and Tampa is 4 1/2 behind the Yankees in the AL East.
- Clay Buchholz (6-0, 1.69 ERA) takes on a fairly weak-hitting Twins lineup in Minneapolis tonight.
- James Shields and Jarrod Parker square off as the Royals and A’s play in Oakland.
- It’ll be a matchup of two great lefties as Chris Sale and the White Sox take on C.J. Wilson and the Angels in a late game. On Sunday, Sale pitched a one-hitter with seven strikeouts against the Angels on national TV. He’s since had an infected tooth pulled – but Sale actually pitched with the tooth bothering him. He opted to have it taken care of on Monday as to not mess up the White Sox rotation.
- In the senior circuit, the Reds travel to Philly to take on Cliff Lee.
- The Dodgers – last place in the NL West – have won four of five, but they head to Atlanta for a weekend series with the Braves.