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 ESPNNewYork.com, 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.
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.