Mike Vorkunov | NJ Advance Media- David Wright will proceed on a week to week basis as he tries to return to Mets. He offered no timetable but says he will play again this year. Doctors have told Wright it will not only be possible this year "but sooner than later." Wright says doctors told him he is, at 32, too young to have surgery. He will meet with medical staff each week to understand his latest progress.
(Chris Soto: Wright seemed very unsure when he delivered the news to the press yesterday. You just never know with back injuries and in this case, we may have to think about moving on without Wright for the remainder of the season. It is rumored that the front office has already begun legwork on searching for long term 3B replacements so it seems like they also feel the same way. One guy I would personally target is Minnesota Twins 3B Trevor Plouffe who is blocking the way for top prospect, the massive power hitting Miguel Sano. Plouffe, age 28, is an above average defender at 3B with 15-20 HR power and the ability to hit around the .270 range. The cost to acquire him shouldn't be too significant either.)
Anthony DiComo | MLB.com- Never underestimate baseball's ever-present power to produce statistical oddities. Never in modern Major League history had a starting pitcher struck out double-digit batters, allowed double-digit hits and lasted fewer than five innings until Andrew Cashner did it Monday against the Mets. Weird, right? But this is weirder: One night later, during the exact same series in the exact same ballpark, Mets rookie Noah Syndergaard matched Cashner's feat. In a 7-2 loss to the Padres, Syndergaard struck out 10 batters with 10 hits in four innings.
"It's just one of those things," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "It's what makes the game great."
(Chris Soto: Don't be confused...Syndergaard was SUPERB last night as he had everything working. However, the Padres were making contact with pitches at their shoes and off the corners and just poking them into holes and down the lines. It was like Thor had forgotten to pay homage the rest of the baseball gods. Either that or he forgot to give Jobu rum. In either case, just chalk up last night's game as an oddity and move on to today.)
Joel Sherman | New York Post- The Mets passed on Jhonny Peralta following the 2013 season. That offseason was the first time I heard a member of their organization refer to possibly having “Jhonny Peralta Lite” in Wilmer Flores. After all, it was just as easy to find members of the Mets front office who did not believe Flores would ever have the agility and defensive chops to be a major league shortstop. But more and more, Flores is — of all things — Jhonny Peralta Lite. He is hitting homers and evolving into a more reliable shortstop. Peralta has long had the reputation as a shortstop who lacked range, but made all the plays he should, which was more than tolerable because of the power he brought to the position.
(Chris Soto: Jhonny Peralta is exactly the type of player envisioned when projecting Wilmer Flores many years ago in the minor leagues. A guy who is capable of hitting 20ish HRs while driving in 100 RBIs with questionable, albeit serviceable, defensive abilities. That said, we had no idea that he would stick at SS, I thought for sure that he would remain a 2B or even end up with a different organization as a 3B. But major credit to him for stick through it and holding his own at SS where his bat is SO much more valuable than what other SS in the league generally provide.)
Anthony Castrovince | Mets.com- On the divisive topic that is the designated-hitter rule and whether it ought to be applied to National League teams, there are valid, impassioned arguments made by both those for and against pitchers hitting. But Commissioner Rob Manfred might have come up with a new, timely and largely irrefutable addition to this great debate Tuesday. "Not having National League pitchers hit," Manfred told reporters at Comerica Park, "would deprive us of the entertainment that Bartolo Colon has given us this year. It's been a great source of entertainment for me. I don't know about for the rest of you, but it has been for me."
(Chris Soto: HAHAHA....here's a story to lighten the mood for today. I am quickly becoming quite the fan of the MLB's new commissioner and this explanation puts the icing on the cake. Yes, offense puts fans in the stands, but, at some point Baseball needs to stay true to itself and having pitchers hit for themselves was one of those added elements that brings additional strategic moves into the game. Plus I do enjoy watching Colon hit....and Syndergaard too!)