Upper Levels on an Ugly Friday

If you missed it while you were out with friends, you missed an ugly Friday night in the Mets’ world. It started at the top, where Johan Santana allowed six runs on seven hits, including a pair of homeruns, and walked three in the Mets’ 7-6 loss to the Dodgers. Then, he was placed on the disabled list with a right ankle problem. I thought today should have been Matt Harvey time in the big leagues. Instead, Harvey is starting in AAA, and Miguel Batista is throwing in Queens. The Mets have added Jeremy Hefner to the roster as Batista insurance and potentially to make Santana’s next start next Wednesday. Will the Mets turn to Harvey now?   Don’t ask me, I thought he should be starting for the Mets today.


AAA: Charlotte Knights 4, @ Buffalo Bisons 0

The Bisons had two hits.

RHP Collin McHugh: 6 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 6 K. Meh.
RHP Jenrry Mejia: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 73% strikes (16 of 22)


AA: @ Bowie Bay Sox 10, Binghamton Mets 0 

Ouch, Zack Wheeler: 3.2 IP, 6 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 2 HBP, 1 WP. The eight runs Wheeler allowed were a career-high and at 3.2 innings, this was his shortest outing since his very first start of the season on April 6. He’s now given up five runs or more in three of his last five starts and six hits or more in each of those five outings.

One positive: CF Juan Lagares was 2-for-4 with a double. Thanks to a .329/.352/.459 July with nine extra-base hits, he’s up to .280/.333/.378 in 95 games. His nine extra-base hits in July are already his most in any month of 2012.

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