Mets Ready to Complain Their Way Into the Off-Season?

Mets Ready to Complain Their Way Into the Off-Season?

The last Phillies series began with Braves President John Schuerholz weeping over the dimensions of Citizens Bank Park. His team, in contention for the playoffs if not a division crown, was swept out of said park. Now, the Mets are looking to follow in their footsteps. After a late slide by Chase Ultey into second base [video here], several Mets are crying foul.
 

It may sound like a threat of revenge, but it's stained by the sour grapes of another fruitless season. Of course, Wright did also veil another ditty, saying the Mets would "have to reevaluate the way we go into second base." He failed to indicate where that item ranks on the list of things the Mets need to reevaluate. The Phils won, in the process narrowing their magic number to just two, which means they could clinch against the Mets tomorrow if the Braves lose their day game. The Phillies also have the best record in baseball. (Just kinda wanted to type that.) 

Please let this be Wright's walk-up music tomorrow... 

Even just the opening few notes. Pleeeaaase? Or maybe this? Again, just those opening notes would be plenty. We need to get the CBP music man on twitter taking requests like @bravesorganist.

Mike Pelfrey was also miffed. He's not expected to start in this series, so if someone tries to Lannan our 2B, it won't be Pelf. (Incidentally, the Phils are slated to face the actual John Lannan on Monday.) Oddly enough, one guy who didn't seem too upset was Mets second baseman Ruben Tejada, who miraculously survived the slide. 

"I feel good," Tejada said. "I feel OK. I'll keep playing hard every day." Asked if he was angry with Utley, Tejada said: "No, no. It's baseball. He asked me, 'Are you OK?' "

Awful guy, that Chase Utley. In addition to taking the slide in stride, Tejada also turned a hell of a double play. Also being levelheaded about it, surprisingly enough, are Mets fans (at least so far). 

Meanwhile, the Mets weren't opposed to a little gamesmanship of their own, calling an ice-the-kicker timeout in the middle of Brad Lidge's stretch in the ninth. 

Already eliminated from meaningful baseball beyond next week, they have nothing to lose, and they seem plenty pissed off. Maybe they should've tried getting fired up a little sooner. In any case, the next two games just got a little more interesting. 

Best of MLB: Hyun Soo Kim's pinch HR gives Orioles win

Best of MLB: Hyun Soo Kim's pinch HR gives Orioles win

TORONTO -- Hyun Soo Kim hit a pinch-hit, two-run homer in the ninth inning off Roberto Osuna, and the Baltimore Orioles beat Toronto 3-2 on Wednesday night to move within one game of the AL wild card-leading Blue Jays.

With Toronto ahead 2-1, Jonathan Schoop singled with one out, pinch-runner Michael Bourn stole second and Kim homered on a 3-2 pitch into the visiting bullpen in right, causing the Orioles relievers to jump in celebration.

Osuna (3-3) has five blown save chances, including two in his last three appearances.

Mark Trumbo hit his major league-leading 46th home run, a solo drive off Jason Grilli in the eighth.

Brian Duensing (1-0) got one out, and Zach Britton finished for his 47th save in as many tries (see full recap).

Mets win to keep grip on wild-card spot
MIAMI -- The Marlins walked half a block alongside a hearse carrying their ace away from Marlins Park at the start of a funeral motorcade Wednesday, and then peeled away with watery eyes to go back inside and play a game.

Drained by four days of grieving, they didn't have much left for the New York Mets.

Jay Bruce hit his 32nd home run, James Loney also homered and the Mets helped their NL wild-card chances by beating Miami 5-2.

New York began the night leading the Giants by half a game and the Cardinals by 1 1/2 games in the race for the two wild-card spots. The Mets conclude the regular season with three games at Philadelphia starting Friday.

The Marlins' loss in their home finale eliminated them from playoff contention. Despite high hopes this year, they still haven't been to the postseason since 2003.

Set Lugo (5-2) went 5 1/3 innings and allowed two runs.

Jose Urena (4-9) allowed five runs in five innings (see full recap).

Cano's HR boosts Mariners' playoff hopes
HOUSTON -- Robinson Cano hit a three-run homer in the first inning, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Houston Astros 12-4 Wednesday to keep pressure on the other AL wild-card contenders.

Kyle Seager added another three-run drive in the eighth, his 30th home run this season, as Seattle pulled within 1 games of Baltimore for the second AL wild card. Houston dropped three games back as its magic number for elimination was cut to two. The Orioles were at Toronto on Wednesday night.

Cano's career-best 36th home run, a drive off Doug Fister (12-13), landed in the first row of the Crawford Boxes in left field. Cano has nine homers and 25 RBIs in 19 games against Houston this season (see full recap).

Instant Replay: Braves 12, Phillies 2

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The Associated Press

Instant Replay: Braves 12, Phillies 2

BOX SCORE

ATLANTA – The Phillies continued to stumble toward the season’s finish line on Wednesday night. They were hammered, 12-2, by the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field.

Adam Morgan was bruised for 10 hits and nine runs in five innings.

The Phils have lost five of their last six games. They have given up 63 runs over that span.

The Phils have lost six straight to the Braves and are 16-35 in their last 51 games against the NL East.

With four games to play, the Phils are 70-88.

Starting pitching report
Morgan was hit hard early but had to give the Phils some innings as the bullpen has carried a heavy load lately. He finished the season 2-11 with a 6.04 ERA in 23 games, 21 of which were starts.

Atlanta’s Mike Foltynewicz picked up the win. He gave up just one run over five innings.

At the plate
The Phillies had just four hits. They have scored 599 runs this season. They are the only team in the majors not to reach 600.

The Braves had 13 hits, including six for extra bases. They were 5 for 11 with runners in scoring position.

Matt Kemp doubled and homered for the Braves.

Atlanta’s Freddie Freeman extended his hitting streak to 30 games. He has reached base safely in 46 straight games, tying Washington’s Jayson Werth for most this season.

ICYMI
Like Pete Mackanin, GM Matt Klentak sees a need for offense, but he remains committed to the team’s rebuild (see story).

Health check
Roman Quinn is likely done for the season. Aaron Nola is throwing in Florida (see story).

Up next
The series concludes on Thursday night. Jeremy Hellickson (12-10, 3.78) will make his final start of the season (and likely his final with the Phillies) against Atlanta right-hander Josh Collmenter (3-0, 4.19).

It will be the Phillies’ final appearance in Turner Field. The Braves move into a new park next season.

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