Morning News: Mets Shut Out O’s Again, Dickey And Short Rest, All-Star Update

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Every morning, we’ll give you the top three stories from Mets-land yesterday, as well news and notes from around Major League Baseball. 

Johan Santana bounced back from two rough starts against the Yankees and the Rays last night, pitching six shutout innings in a 5-0 win over the Baltimore Orioles. Mets win. Johan threw 63 of his 101 pitches on the night for strikes, and walked only two batters. He also gave up just four hits. With the win, Santana improves to 5-3.

On offense, Lucas Duda and Jordanny Valdespin both had big nights. Duda hit his 11th home run of the year, a two-run shot, in the sixth off Tommy Hunter. Valdespin, who got the start in left field, had a two-RBI single off Dana Eveland in the seventh.

The Mets are now just three games back of the Nationals for the NL East lead.

According to pre-game reports from, Terry Collins had contemplated, and even went as far as planning out a scenario in which R.A. Dickey would pitch every fourth day, as opposed to every fifth. Knuckleball pitchers don’t have the same wear and tear on their arms that conventional pitchers do, and with Dickey pitching so well, it was a seriously considered idea. However, Collins decided to not go through with it… for now.

The newest All-Star voting results were released yesterday, with David Wright still atop the National League third baseman leaderboard. Wright, who has over 1,977,000 votes, is about 350,000 votes in front of Pablo Sandoval, who is the second third baseman on the list.

Wright is currently hitting .352 on the season with a .452 on-base percentage.

In other baseball news, Cole Hamels pitched eight innings of two-run ball last night against Colorado to give the last-place Phillies a much-needed 7-2 victory.

The Phillies also got some bad news yesterday, as Freddy Galvis learned he has been suspended 50 games for P.E.D. use. Galvis, who is currently on the disabled list with a back injury, is hitting .226 this year.

Brandon Beachy, who recently learned that he has a partially-torn ligament in his throwing elbow, is waiting on whether he needs Tommy John Surgery.

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2 Comments on Morning News: Mets Shut Out O’s Again, Dickey And Short Rest, All-Star Update

  1. Big blow for the Braves.
    Not so much for Philly with Galvis. He wasn’t coming off the DL anytime soon with that back injury anyway. And the Phills are going nowhere this year.

    Good to see the Johan back we all know and love.

    I did my part for the All Star voting – 75 votes in all.

    What Met fan doesn’t love RA Dickey? Can’t wait until the Sunday CC/Dickey match-up.

    • Beachy is a big blow to the Braves. He’s been great this year, and is tied with Dickey for the ERA lead. I voted mostly Mets on my All-Star ballot. I did 50 votes.

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