Miguel Batista: The Mets are better than the Nats, are the best team in baseball

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Someone get some of what Mets pitcher Miguel Batista is smoking and pass me some. Via DC Sports Bog:

“Right now [the Nats are] playing good baseball, but I don’t believe they’re a better team than us. They’re playing great baseball. But better team? I believe we’re the better team … I believe we are the best team in baseball. We just have to play like one.”

The Mets are eight games behind the Nats right now. Probably also worth noting that the Nats improved when they stopped employing Miguel Batista. And I sincerely believe that the Mets will be better when they do the same. Which, if I had to guess, will be sometime in the next three or four days.

Former major league pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez dies in traffic accident

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Former Phillies right-hander Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez died in a traffic accident in Havana on Thursday, per reports from the El Nuevo Herald and CiberCuba. No other deaths or injuries have been reported in connection to the accident. Gonzalez was 34 years old.

The Cuban righty defected from his home country in 2013 and signed a three-year, $12 million contract with the Phillies. A bout of right shoulder tendinitis compromised his bid for a major league role, but he finally broke through to the big leagues at the tail end of the 2014 season and turned in a 6.75 ERA, 5.1 BB/9 and 8.4 SO/9 in just six outings. Another case of shoulder inflammation derailed any progress he might have made in 2015, however, and he recorded just five innings in Triple-A Lehigh Valley before the team officially released him prior to the 2016 season.

The Phillies released a statement following news of Gonzalez’s death: