Return of the Mets not as impossible as it seems
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By Peter Gammons, ESPNThough some days they may bear a gruesome resemblance, these are not the 1962 Mets, nor will they begin a demolition process and start selling Tom Seaver down the Ohio River.
TOUCH 'EM ALLWho went deep? Keep track of all the home runs hit each day on "Baseball Tonight" and on the Baseball Tonight Clubhouse page. For more, check out the Home Run Tracker page.
|Home Run Tracker|
|Ryan Howard, PHI||38||Moehler||Top 4: 2-2, 0 Outs. None on.|
|Adrian Gonzalez, SD||36||Penny||Top 6: 1-0, 1 Out. None on.|
|Mark Teixeira, NYY||34||Sonnanstine||Bot 3: 1-0, 1 Out. 2 on.|
|Derrek Lee, CHC||31||McCutchen||Top 3: 0-0, 2 Outs. 1 on.|
|Derrek Lee, CHC||30||McCutchen||Top 1: 0-0, 2 Outs. None on.|
|Evan Longoria, TB||29||Sabathia||Top 2: 0-0, 1 Out. None on.|
ON DECK: TUESDAY'S BEST MATCHUPSRays at Yankees, 7:05 p.m. ET The Rays are still reeling. They lost both games of Monday's doubleheader with the Yankees, running their losing streak to six games. They trail the Red Sox by 7#&189; games in the AL wild-card race. David Price tries to stop the slide. Price had a solid outing earlier this year against the Yankees, allowing two hits and one run in 5 1/3 innings. Phillies at Nationals, 7:05 p.m. ET Can Pedro Martinez follow his masterful performance in beating Tim Lincecum and the Giants with a solid effort against the Nationals? Martinez has posted his 3-0 record and 3.52 ERA by throwing strikes; he carries a 23-3 strikeout-walk ratio into this start. Mariners at Angels, 10:05 p.m. ET Scott Kazmir has made one start with the Angels. It was against the Mariners. He was facing Felix Hernandez. On Tuesday, he makes his second start with the Angels. It is against the Mariners. He is facing Felix Hernandez. Kazmir pitched 6 1/3 solid innings against the Mariners, but Hernandez tossed eight shutout in a 3-0 win. For the rest of Tuesday's schedule, click here.
BBTN ON THE AIR: TUESDAY
|10 p.m. ET
|Host: Karl Ravech
Analysts: John Kruk, Peter Gammons, Chris Singleton
|12 a.m. ET
|Host: Karl Ravech
Analysts: John Kruk, Chris Singleton
BBTN MINUTE: KING FELIX VS. KAZMIR
ESPN researcher Mark Simon digs deep, looking for the night's best baseball numbers.Tonight, he looks at Chris Carpenter, who tossed a one-hit, 10-strikeout gem against the Brewers in a 3-0 St. Louis win.
|Shutout with 0 or 1 hits allowed, 10+ strikeouts (for Cardinals)|
|Chris Carpenter||2009||at Brewers|
|Chris Carpenter||2005||at Blue Jays|
|Bob Gibson||1971*||at Pirates|
|Bob Gibson||1970||at Padres|
MONDAY'S BEST AND WORST
|• Chris Carpenter has been nearly unhittable since the end of June. On Sunday, he was almost literally unhittable. Carpenter tossed a complete-game, 10-strikeout one-hitter against the Brewers. Since that last loss on June 30, Carpenter is 11-0 in 13 starts.||WORST|
|• Derek Jeter entered the Yankees' doubleheader with the Rays three hits shy of Lou Gehrig's franchise record. He exited the doubleheader still three hits shy. Jeter went 0-for-8 in the two games with the Rays. He still has 2,718 hits.|
NUMBERS TO KNOWWhen the Los Angeles Angels were unable to re-sign free-agent first baseman Mark Teixeira, many wondered how they would replace his offensive production. It turns out the answer was already in the organization -- Kendry Morales. Morales had 12 homers in 407 plate appearances in stints with the Angels from 2006 to 2008, but he has exploded for 30 homers so far this season, only three fewer than the departed Teixeira entering Monday. (Teixeira went deep twice in the second game of Monday's doubleheader against the Rays.) Morales ranks in the top 10 in the American League in batting average (10th), slugging percentage (second), RBIs (sixth), doubles (ninth) and isolated power (fourth), which subtracts batting average from slugging percentage and is meant to show a batter's power. Morales hits all pitches above the league average, but his true strength has been hitting against the curveball. He ranks in the top 10 in baseball in batting average, slugging percentage and home runs against the curve.
|Morales vs. curveballs (2009)|
FANTASY: PREVIEW OF TUESDAY'S GAMES
Adam Madison examines the 15 games on Tuesday's slate.
Madison ranks the pitchers scheduled to take the mound and supplies loads of other information that could help shape your roster for Tuesday. Daily Notes
HUNT FOR OCTOBERHere's the latest in the wild-card races:
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