The New York Mets' status as NL East leaders can be traced to their outright dominance of the Philadelphia Phillies. The Mets go for a franchise-record 11-game winning streak against the Phillies on Tuesday night. New York (73-58) has built a 6 1/2-game lead on second-place Washington and facing major league-worst Philadelphia (52-80) is aiding its hunt for its first division title in nine years.
Buck Showalter's Baltimore Orioles were five games over .500 and on the cusp of the AL's final playoff spot less than two weeks ago. Fading Baltimore looks to avoid a sixth straight defeat when it hosts the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night. The defending AL East champions picked up their 62nd win by beating the New York Mets on Aug. 19 and sat just one-half game out of the second wild-card spot.
Jason Heyward decided to cut loose for a change. The usually reserved St. Louis outfielder celebrated in grand fashion after his two-run, tie-breaking double in the seventh inning keyed a five-run rally that helped the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Washington Nationals 8-5 on Monday night. Heyward screamed loudly and gave an emphatic double fist-pump upon reaching second base.
Just like all his (much) younger teammates, Bartolo Colon loves to face the Phillies. Colon breezed through eight snappy innings and the New York Mets got homers from Curtis Granderson and Michael Conforto, extending their dominant run against Philadelphia with a 3-1 victory Monday night. New York increased its NL East lead to 6 1-2 games over second-place Washington, which lost 8-5 in St. Louis.
Sept 1 (Infostrada Sports) - Results from the MLB games on Monday (home team in CAPS) Tampa Bay 6 BALTIMORE 3 Cleveland 4 TORONTO 2 BOSTON 4 NY Yankees 3 Miami 4 ATLANTA 0 NY METS 3 Philadelphia 1 Cincinnati 13 CHICAGO CUBS 6 HOUSTON 8 Seattle 3 ST. LOUIS 8 Washington 5 COLORADO 5 Arizona 4 OAKLAND 11 LA Angels 5 LA DODGERS 5 San Francisco 4 (14 innings) SAN DIEGO 7 Texas 0
Now that he's officially on the move from Atlanta, Jonny Gomes is excited to be joining the AL Central-leading Kansas City Royals. The Braves traded Gomes during a 4-0 loss to Miami on Monday night. Laughing that his career ''has been kind of nomadic,'' Gomes will be making his seventh move to a new team in the last five years.
For the New York Mets, August has been like a dream, and nothing sums up their charmed life better than the saga of Wilmer Flores. On July 29, reports surfaced that Flores was being traded in a deal that would bring Carlos Gomez to the Mets. An emotional Flores wiped tears from his eyes on the field, but the trade was never completed.
He sat in the upper deck, basically unrecognized amid a sea of happy baseball fans. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio went to a baseball game over the weekend. Actually, he went to all three games played between his beloved Red Sox and the Mets, frustrated by his favorite team's disappointing season but excited for the upstart Mets and what their surprising resurgence could mean for October's playoff possibilities in the nation's largest city.