There were five walkoff wins last night

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It was a pretty exciting night of baseball last night. Or demoralizing. Guess it depends which side of the five walkoff endings your team was on.  The rundown, for those who didn’t read the recaps:

  • In Atlanta, Martin Prado’s hit a two-out, 11th-inning single, giving the Braves their second walkoff win over the Giants in as many nights;
  • In Pittsburgh, Garrett Jones hit the game-winning homer off Arthur Rhodes, foiling La Russa’s lefty-on-lefty strategy. Which, my snark notwithstanding, was the right call given Jones’ pretty sharp platoon split over the course of his career;
  • In Milwaukee, Mark Kotsay had a walkoff single;
  • In Chicago, Juan Pierre had a walkoff single in the 14th inning;
  • And, as we noted a few moments ago, you can’t stop Brian Bogusevic, you can only hope to contain him.

Just a fun night of coincidental late-game heroics and/or bullpen failures.

Or was it not so coincidental …


Mets pitcher Jason Vargas to have surgery on his non-throwing hand

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Yesterday the Mets announced that lefty Jason Vargas sustained a non-displaced fracture of the hamate bone in his right hand as the result of a comebacker during a spring training start. This morning they announced that Vargas will have surgery, which should cause him to miss the first week or so of the season.

Vargas will have the surgery tomorrow. Given that it’s on his non-throwing hand, he won’t miss much time — just a week or so of action, with another few days to get back up to speed afterward. He actually threw a bullpen session this morning. The issue is that he can’t catch a ball right now.

Vargas, 35, signed a two-year, $16 million pact with the Mets last month. With him missing a couple of starts, the Mets should break camp with both Steven Matz and Zack Wheeler in the rotation. The two had been fighting for the final spot.