Mike Vorkunov | NJ Advance- Wilmer Flores returned to the Mets lineup Tuesday night, reinvigorated by a three-day break and in form again. He went 1-for-3 with a double and, most importantly for the Mets, he did not commit an error at shortstop in the Mets 3-2 win over the Orioles. "He looked a lot better out there," manager Terry Collins said. "Those are great questions for Wilmer. He's got a long way to go and he's going to be a big part of this. If we can get him to just relax and play like we know he can, this guy is going to put up some big numbers offensively."
(Chris Soto: It was a nice 3 day break for Flores to re-charge and calm himself down after he received votes of confidence from the front office, his manager, and the unnamed assistant captain, Michael Cuddyer. Slumps are going to happen, that's why they are part of the game; It's how you respond when you are in a slump that defines the type of player you are.)
David Hong | Metsmerized Online- David Wright’s expected return was pushed back from this week to next week as he continues to recover from the strained right hamstring he suffered early in the season that landed him on the DL. This week he will run the bases and could play in a Minor League game as early as this weekend, according to Mets manager Terry Collins. There is no specific date for Wright’s return but Collins said that David is making progress and that he was “very upbeat.” “Certainly he felt better today than at any other time in his rehab process,” said Collins. “He’s moving in the right direction now. He’s starting to speed things up, and that’s a good sign.”
(Chris Soto: Slow and steady Dubz...Keep it slow and steady. The team is still in 1st place, we have a 4 game lead, and so far [outside of the Nationals series] the offense is doing enough to support the starting rotation and earning them wins. When Wright does finally return, he'll be energized, rested, and hopefully will provide a spark during a 20 day, 20 game stretch when they will need him most.)
Joe Trezza | MLB.com- Baltimore manager Buck Showalter went on a New York-based talk radio show genuinely sounding scared of Bartolo Colon. "For our sake, I hope he's not on tonight." If all this sounds comic-booky, it's because Colon is becoming an ultimate character. Entertaining at the plate, dominant on the mound. His starts rarely fail to provide both humor and awe. For opponents, no pitcher inspires more frustration while looking less formidable. He has now thrown 34 1/3 straight innings without walking a batter after providing another 7 2/3 pinpoint frames Tuesday. Colon was economical, needing just 97 pitches to improve to 5-1, which is tied for the Major League lead in wins. His ERA is 2.90. His walk rate, almost nonexistent. In fact, he's only walked one batter all season in six starts.
(Chris Soto: What more can we say about Bartolo Colon? He had so many unwarranted detractors this past off-season citing his 4.00+ ERA, his age, weight, and his "unsexy" style of pitching. And you know what, they were all fools. This is what happens when you have superb control and can paint the corners at will. You generate weak contact and strike-outs looking. Colon's K:BB ratio, which was amongst the top 15 in the MLB last season, is once again the best in baseball at a ridiculous 34:1!)