New York Mets (76-61 Road: 35-36) at Milwaukee Brewers (80-56 Home:41-24) 2:05pm
Johan Santana (12-7 2.70) vs. Ben Sheets (12-7 3.05)
TV: SNY Radio: WFAN
What to watch: We’ve got a premium pitching match up in Milwaukee today. The Mets are starting a three game series against the Brew Crew before a day off Thursday and the Phillies at Shea over the weekend. Currently the Brewers are the wild card leaders in the NL. It’s an important series against a team that the Mets may see again in October.
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The second place Milwaukee Brewers decided to go for it this season. Major news outlets are reporting that they’ve completed a trade with the Cleveland Indians for C.C. Sabathia. He’s considered the best pitcher available for a trade prior to the July 31 non-waiver trading deadline. Look out Chicago Cubs, the Brew Crew is making a run.
The Los Angeles Dodgers and Tampa Bay Rays were also considered contenders for Sabathia until recent days.
The Indians will receive Double-A Huntsville prospect Matt LaPorta plus other players. LaPorta is a masher, hitting .288 with 20 HR and 66 RBI’s in 84 games.
Sabathia turned down Cleveland’s offer of 4 years/$72 million to play out this season and become a free agent. This season Sabathia is 6-8 with a 3.83 ERA after a bad start.
Sabathia is 27 years old, a three time All-Star, and 2007 Cy Young Award winner. Baseball Reference defines similar players to Sabathia at his age are Dennis Eckersley and Greg Maddux among others. Nice deal for the Brewers.
Image via WikipediaThe Brewers took the rubber game of the series in a poorly pitched game by both teams. Jorge Sosa took the loss for the Mets after entering the game in the fifth and pitching 1.2 innings and giving up 2 runs.
Both starting pitchers were terrible today. If there was a way to give Oliver Perez and Jeff Suppan a loss, this would be the game to do it.
The Brewers turned an eye popping 5 double plays in the game. For a team with no defense, they were able to shut the Mets down with timely double plays.
David Wright hit his third homer in the game and Brian Schneider was 3 for 5 with 3 RBI’s. Schneider’s defense was questionable once again today. Although he didn’t have any PB’s or errors, he couldn’t keep the ball in his glove. I’m starting to think there may be something wrong with him, like a hand injury, that we don’t know about.
The Mets are off on Monday and the Nationals come to town on Tuesday after ending their nine game losing streak today against Tom Glavine and the Braves.
ESPN Video Highlights
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Image via WikipediaNew York- Johan Santana’s (1-2) first start at Shea Stadium for the Mets didn’t go as planned. He took the loss after going 6.2 innings giving up six hits (three home runs), two walks, and five runs (four earned). He also had two wild pitches and seven strikeouts.
Ben Sheets (2-0) was the story of the day. He overcame some early trouble to pitch 7.2 innings while giving up five hits and two walks, and allowing three earned runs.
The Brewers had three home runs today by Bill Hall, Rickie Weeks, and Gabe Kapler. David Wright did hit a homer off Ben Sheets in the eighth but had two errors in the field.
The Brewers and Mets play the rubber game of the series tomorrow at 1:10pm with Oliver Perez (1-0) going against Jeff Suppan (1-0).
MLB Video Highlights
Milwaukee Brewers (6-3) at New York Mets (4-4) 7:10pm TV: SNY Radio: WFAN
Manny Parra (1-0) vs. Nelson Figueroa (0-0)
What to watch: The Brewers have some talent on their team. It won’t be an easy series for the Mets. Nelson Figueroa is auditioning for a semi-permanent spot in the rotation.