Prior to Sunday afternoon’s game against the Mariners, the Blue Jays designated reliever Drew Storen for assignment and recalled reliever Ryan Tepera from Triple-A Buffalo. Storen, 28, had a nightmare of a time with the Jays, leaving with a 6.21 ERA and a 32/10 K/BB ratio over 33 1/3 innings. The Jays acquired him in January from the Nationals in exchange for outfielder Ben Revere and a player to be named later. Storen is owed the remainder of his $8.375 million salary, which makes it likelier that the right-hander will pass through waivers unclaimed. He’ll be eligible for free agency after the season.
The reigning NL Champion New York Mets have fallen short of expectations this season. For now. The boys from Flushing are within striking distance, just five games behind the Nationals in the NL East and a half game back of the Marlins for the second wild card spot, 1.5 back of the Dodgers for the top wild card spot. With plenty of baseball yet to be played, the next week and a half leading up to the August 1 Trade Deadline could prove pivotal in deciding which teams not only advance to the playoffs, but also which teams avoid the coronary inducing Wild Card game. Coming into the season, the Mets had a pitching staff the world could only dream of. Times, they are a changin. Despite an otherworldly