WHOA! IT LOOKS LIKE RAIN!

Justin Turner had a great night, a two run double that continued to keep his bat blazing hot and he caught a 6 lb Bass right near 3rd base.  Add me in with the rest of the fan base who were siting dry and cozy at home trying to figure out how last night’s game wasn’t called due to monsoon?

Jon Niese had a strong game in the less than ideal conditions that should help to toughen him up.  In fact if  were any team other than the anemic Nationals I’d be talking how maybe Niese turned the corner with this start and that this could be a springboard to launching a great rest of the season for Niese, but like I said, it was against the Nationals a team that swings balsa wood bats.

The Mets have made a big time effort to have their players go into the community for a number of charitable events. Yesterday Matt Falkenbury of The Daily Stache caught up with Jason Pridie and Scott Hairston at Middle School 111 in the Bronx yesterday as the help the kids at the school work on their softball skills.

Ed Marcus (a/k/a Rusty Jr.) writes about the “Ironic” Mets season.

Angel Pagan had a walk and a home run for St. Lonesome last night in a rehab start. I bet we see Pagan this weekend in the South Bronx.

Who is Chris Schwinden ? Don’t look in any prospects books because you won’t find his name. Toby Hyde has the skinny on Schwinden who may be the next pitcher called up to Flushing.

Terry Collins may make you scratch your head sometimes with his strategic moves but you have to give him a ton of credit for keeping this team playing hard and producing in the wake of injuries. Add in that he has proven to have his player’s backs and he has been handling the press like he’s been here for years, his managerial tenure so far is a big success. Last year with these kinds of injuries, the club would have lay down and died, not this year. Good job by TC to change the culture in the clubhouse.   

I feel badly for not posting about the death of Harmon Killebrew earlier. No way could I recap the career of “Killer” better than Joe Posnanski did so I’ll let you read his great column on Killebrew and also check out this classic episode of Home Run Derby contest between Killebrew and Mickey Mantle. R.I.P. Harmon.

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