Johan Santana and Josh Johnson turned back the clock in a vintage pitcher's duel on Tuesday.
The Tuesday Takeaway Josh Johnson missed most of the 2011 season because of inflammation in his right shoulder. Johan Santana was shelved for much of it while rehabbing from a torn capsule in his left one. But on Tuesday night in Queens, they decided to party like it was 2009.
The Marlins and Mets aces matched each other out for out, hit for hit, and run for run on a night that was supposed to be highlighted by Jose Reyes’ return to Citi Field. Instead, Reyes went an inauspicious 0-for-4, while Johnson and Santana stole the show.
The Twins replace Michael Cuddyer with Josh Willingham, the Cardinals bring back Rafael Furcal, the Red Sox add two bench players, the Diamondbacks sign Takashi Saito, the Phillies board the D-Train, and the Giants re-sign Guillermo Mota.
Designated LHP Dontrelle Willis for assignment; recalled RHP Max Scherzer from Toledo (Triple-A). [5/30]
Traded LHP Dontrelle Willis and cash to the D'backs for RHP Billy Buckner, and optioned him to Toledo. [6/1]
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A Pedro-Dontrelle matchup makes for a bonus edition of the Game of the Week.
For the Mets, the season has turned into an exercise in avoiding complacency and injury. While a 13 game division lead in early August does not guarantee a playoff spot, it's pretty darned close. The Postseason Odds Report has the Metropolitans with a 99.49% chance of winning the division, 99.83% of making the playoffs. So the Mets are trying to avoid any more bad cab rides, at least until October.
A day without trades gives Joe a chance to talk about a pitcher who should be on the market.
So BP's daily coverage of trade-deadline happenings is a bit lacking today, because there were exactly zero trades made Saturday. Will will keep the rumors coming, and when something does happen, Christina will crank out the best analysis column going.
As many of our readers were submitting their ballots for the annual Internet Baseball Awards, 11 Baseball Prospectus authors went into the polling booths themselves, voicing their opinions on who should win the major baseball awards this year. Here are the results...
As many of our readers were submitting their ballots for the annual Internet Baseball Awards, 11 Baseball Prospectus authors went into the polling booths themselves, voicing their opinions on who should win the major baseball awards this year. Here are the results:
The Marlins have the best infield in the National League. Hideki Matsui has reinvigorated the Yankees. The Pirates may be active sellers at the trade deadline. These and other news and notes out of Florida, New York, and Pittsburgh in today's Prospectus Triple Play.
The Lineup: Which National League team has received the most offensive production from their infield? The following chart lists the teams with the best infield units in the major leagues, using Runs Above Replacement Player (RAP). (In all cases we simply sum the totals from the most used players at each infield position, which may include time spent at DH or elsewhere. All totals through Saturday.)