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The Mets have had an extremely Metsy 24 hours


The aborted Carlos Gomez/Wilmer Flores trade ended in tears. Today isn’t much better for the Mets and their fans.

Playing a day game against the Padres, the Mets took a 7-5 lead into the 9th inning, poised for victory. With two outs in the inning, the rains came. Big rains. Delaying the game even though there was only one out to go, which I can’t ever recall happening. Mets players couldn’t believe it and just stood on the field in shock as the tarp came out. A rain delay ensued.

When play resumed, Derek Norris singled. And then Matt Kemp singled. And then Justin Upton came to the plate, rain pouring down, and hit a three run homer to put the Padres up 8-7. Just a total back breaker.

But it gets worse!

After Yangervis Solarte grounded out, the game was delayed again. And this time the grounds crew couldn’t get the dang tarp on the field:

The field is now covered, but only partially. And it is totally drenched:

I guess that’s better than a hot mess. Which describes the last 24 hours in Mets Land.

The Dodgers are discussing Alex Guerrero in trades

Alex Guerrero

The Dodgers need starting pitching. Last night a report came out that they’re willing to deal Yasiel Puig in the right deal. Later Ken Rosenthal reported that they’re discussing Alex Guerrero in possible trades.

The loss of both players could solve some problems for the Dodgers, separate and apart from whatever problems the players they’d get in return might solve. In dealing Puig, L.A. could (a) get nice talent given his value; and (b) rid themselves of a guy who aggravates certain segments of their clubhouse. Guerrero is a different kind of square peg in that he really doesn’t have a solid defensive position and his contract is such that he can refuse minor league assignments and the like.

Of course, like Puig, Guerrero has considerable upside too. Though he has cooled off considerably, his bat has pop and the tear he went on earlier this year may make some suitor think, if they squint just right, a player could be made out of this project. And while his defense is dreadful, he can, in theory, play any number of positions making someone possibly see him as a corner guy or a super sub. There’s at least something to work with there.

Either way, one of the hallmarks of the new Dodgers regime was cutting bait on guys who were playing out of position like Hanley Ramirez and Matt Kemp and trying to get a more conventional baseball team on the field for lack of a better term. Getting rid of the defensively challenged Guerrero and putting an end to the Puig drama, such as it is, would be in line with that. If it solved a glaring weakness — the rotation after Greinke and Kershaw — it could be worthwhile.

And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

Albert Pujols

Angels 11, Red Sox 1; Angels 7, Red Sox 3: The Angels pick up their fourth and fifth wins in a row with lots of bombs helping the effort. Kole Calhoun, Albert Pujols and David Freese went long in game 1. In game 2 Pujols struck two more times, one of which pushed him past Mike Schmidt for 15th place all-time with his 549th career homer. He also took over the league lead from teammate Mike Trout who hit a measly one homer in the twin bill. Really, Trout, what’s wrong with you man? The Red Sox scored four runs in the four-game series, all coming in yesterday’s two games.

Nationals 7, Mets 2: The Nats didn’t have much trouble with Matt Harvey, who gave up five runs — four earned — on five hits in seven innings. The Mets left ten men on base and were 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position, which continued the pattern from Sunday’s 18-inning win. I suppose this will become a new hot button issue in the Mets’ press because the press LOVES to talk about teams who have trouble with runners in scoring position. The larger issue, however, is that hitters who aren’t very good don’t hit well with runners in OR out of scoring position.

Rockies 8, Rangers 7: A walkoff single for Rockies’ first baseman Ben Paulsen. In supplying a walkoff RBI single, a member of the Rockies who is otherwise anonymous to all but Colorado fans has a name. His name is Ben Paulsen. His name is Ben Paulsen. HIS NAME IS BEN PAULSEN. HIS NAME IS BEN PAULSEN.

Pirates 10, Royals 7: Travis Ishikawa has stunk on ice since the Pirates picked him up on waivers, but here he hit two doubles and a homer and drove in four runs. After the game he chalked it up to luck, saying that sometimes the pitcher makes a perfect pitch that still gets hit, sometimes the batter knocks the heck out of the ball but it still gets caught. He concluded by saying “tonight was just my night when the balls began to fall.” In other news, “When the Balls Began to Fall” sounds like, say, a second album from some moderately obscure alt-country guy who is a darling in the press but who can’t really connect with a larger audience. Hipsters like to say how much they like him even though “generally, [they] don’t care for country music. Except for Johnny Cash, of course.”

Phillies 5, Rays 3: David Buchanan won the game, allowing three runs on six hits in six and a third and then he was promptly sent down to Lehigh Valley because that’s the life of a fifth starter sometimes. Cesar Hernandez doubled, tripled and drove in two and Maikel Franco had a couple of hits and an RBI for the Phillies who have won four straight.

Tigers 5, Mariners 4: Ian Kinsler homered twice, the second of which was a go-ahead two-run shot in the eighth inning. The Tigers pulled back to .500. Though it may not matter. Come back to HBT later today as I’ll have the first of a three-part series about my recent visits to Detroit and a look at the Tigers as a team in transition.

Braves 7, Dodgers 5: Nick Markakis hit his first of the season. On July 20 which, well, OK. The Braves notched four runs and five hits in four innings off of their old friend Brandon Beachy, who was making his second post-Tommy John surgery start for L.A. Eury Perez threw out Adrian Gonzalez at the plate on a play that still counts as a nice one, even if Adrain Gonzalez is slower than your grandma:


Reds 5, Cubs 4: Three homers were hit by Reds batters — Todd Frazier, Jay Bruce and Marlon Byrd — with Frazier’s being his first that was not a part of a home run derby since last month. Not that it was all homers. Because this happened. Which, mercy:


Diamondbacks 3, Marlins 1: The Diamondbacks  snapped a six-game losing streak and gave the Marlins their fourth straight loss. So a lot of good stuff going on here. Shortstop Nick Ahmed had ten assists, some of them slicker than grease, and hit a triple as well. David Peralta drove in two.

Padres 4, Giants 2: Matt Kemp hit a two-run homer. Kemp 15-for-39 with 4 HR in his last 10 games. Guess he’s coming back to life, though it’s likely too little, too late.

Report: Pirates have interest in trading for Jeff Francoeur

Jeff Francoeur

Update (9:52 PM EST): John Perrotto of USA TODAY adds that the Pirates also have interest in Phillies outfielder Ben Revere, but he would come at a higher cost.

Jon Morosi of FOX Sports reports that the Pirates are interested in trading for Phillies outfielder Jeff Francoeur, as well as other potential bench and platoon bats.

Francoeur, 31, has had a bit of a resurgence with the Phillies after posting abysmal numbers between 2012-14. He has hit .249 with a meager .281 on-base percentage, but has slugged .414 with six home runs in 192 plate appearances. Baseball Reference credits him with an adjusted OPS of 91, which is only nine points below the league average. Comparatively, Matt Kemp has an adjusted OPS of 85.

Francoeur has hit lefties much better than their right-handed counterparts, with an OPS split of .800 and .547, respectively, so he would fit into a platoon situation. He is eligible for free agency after the season.

Padres try struggling Matt Kemp in the leadoff spot

Matt Kemp

Matt Kemp has faded badly following a good April and Wednesday the Padres tried him in the leadoff spot, where he last played in 2010 for the Dodgers.

Kemp went 0-for-4 with a strikeout and the Padres were shut out by the Giants. He’s now hitting .199 with a .239 on-base percentage and .281 slugging percentage since May 1, striking out 58 times compared to eight walks in 50 games.

Meanwhile, catcher Yasmandi Gandal, whom the Padres traded to the Dodgers for Kemp, has an .846 OPS that ranks second among all MLB catchers behind only Stephen Vogt of the A’s.