Back in the Race, in a New York Minute

Ronald Torreyes, Wilmer Flores, and Asdrubal Cabrera bring the Gotham squads to the precipice of respectability–and the vaunted Wild Card.

Asdrubal has, in a low-key-veteran way, led the Mets this season, and it’s perhaps no surprise that he was out of the lineup, injured, during their August free-fall to .500. He had 3 homers in the first two games against Philly this weekend but his best work came on the field, backing up Jose Reyes’ miss at third with a diving put-out.Wilmer Flores put Friday’s game out of reach with  a fifth inning grand slam, apparently the only way Bartolo Colón was going to score after hitting a double.

The Phillies won’t win anything this year, but it’s good to see their corps of young Venezuelans getting plenty of playing time: Odubel Herrera, Cesar Hernandez, and Freddy Galvis. The Phillies had a tough weekend in New York, but Galvis took Noah Syndergaard deep on Saturday night for his career-high 14th HR, one of only three Philadelphia hits. Jeanmar Gomez has 34 saves out of the Philly ‘pen.

In Seattle, Félix Hernández is back on his horse and pitched a masterful 7.1 innings in beating the White Sox on Friday. The King has won 7 of 8 starts since returning from injury in late July, and won all 5 August starts.

Miguel Perez had another bad outing, his second in a row. He is defining the”up-and-down season” with an 8-10 record; a few good games, then a couple of stinkers. The past two he’s given up six earned runs. Aníbal Sánchez has had two good starts in a row for Detroit, but sits at 7-12 on the season with a ERA close to 6. Frankie “K-Rod” got his 36th save for the Tigers while Miguel Cabrera (surprise) went on a hitting tear.

Some folks in New York are saying that Ronald Torreyes, whose recent hot streak has earned him the third-base slot in the Bronx, is “generously listed” at 5’10” and 150 lbs. He might be closer to Jose Altuve’s size–as if that’s a bad thing. Three cheers for the little guys. And kudos to Robert Casey @bleednyankeeblu for praising Ronnie.

 

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