Sunday, July 29, 2012

ICYMI: The Week In Review

The Mets slide continues as they have lost 13 of their last 15 games. They are now 5 games under .500 and are 12.5 games behind Washington in the division, and 8.5 back in the wild card.

On a positive note, Ike Davis is looking good at the plate. In Saturday's 6-3 loss to the Diamondbacks, Davis hit three solo home runs, becoming the ninth player in franchise history to do so.

Miguel Batista was released be the Mets earlier this week and has since signed a minor league contract with the Braves.

Matt Harvey made his long anticipated debut on Thursday in Arizona. Harvey struck out a franchise high 11 batters in 5.1 innings of work to earn his first major league victory. He was also 2-2 at the plate with a double.

Lucas Duda was sent to Triple-A Buffalo on Tuesday. According to ESPN New York, Terry Collins has instructed Buffalo manager Wally Backman to move Duda to first base should he struggle in the outfield. Duda is to solely focus on hitting while in Buffalo.

Tim Byrdak, Josh Thole, and Dan Warthen found themselves in a little brouhaha during Wednesday's game. After giving up a home run, Byrdak approached Thole in the dugout between innings. Pitch selection was apparently the issue. The bench instructed Thole to call for a fastball, which Byrdak shook off twice. Byrdak then threw a fastball...down the middle of the plate. I don't think the bench called for that.

On the injury front...

Mike Baxter is expected to return to the Mets in time for Monday's opener against the Giants.

Frank Francisco suffered a setback while rehabbing in Binghamton. He once again suffered soreness in his oblique. He is, however, expected to pitch today.

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