If the New York Mets are going to make a second half surge for the second straight season, outfielder Yoenis Cespedes is going to have to carry them again. The outfielder proved he was once again up for the task during Monday’s 2-1 win over the Miami Marlins. Cespedes was the clear star for the Mets all night, picking up three hits in three at-bats.
Mets RHP Rafael Montero will be promoted from Double-A Binghamton and start tonight against the Marlins in place of RHP Jacob deGrom. Montero, 25, went 4-6 with a 7.20 ERA in 16 starts with Triple-A Las Vegas before being demoted to Binghamton, where he was 4-2 with a 1.70 ERA in eight starts. "When he's had time off, he's bounced back and been dominant," Mets manager Terry Collins said of deGrom, when explaining the decision to skip him one time through the rotation. DeGrom later said he sees from video that he is again falling off too far toward first base, which raises his arm slot and makes his pitches flat in the strike zone. "I want to be out there, but I think this will help me in the
September is nearly here and that means it’s time to focus on the playoff races. A lot of them, like the NL Central and NL East, would require sea change for any current first-place teams to lose their footing. The AL East is another story. The Blue Jays, at 74-56, currently own first place in the division followed by the Red Sox (72-58, 2 GB) and Orioles (71-59, 3 GB). Even the Yankees, who were sellers ahead of the deadline nearly one month ago, can’t be counted out at 67-62, 6.5 games behind. Thankfully, you won’t need the quad-view on MLB.tv to follow, as the Jays and Orioles match up at Camden Yards for the start of a three-game series. Marco Estrada will go for the Jays and Wade Miley will