The New York Mets dropped their second straight game in a row on Sunday afternoon against the Washington Nationals in a 3-2 loss. Scott Hairston provided the sole offense with his two solo homers and Jonathon Niese pitched his best through 5 1/3 innings. Outside of Carlos Beltran earlier in the week, the Mets had a quiet trading deadline. They are now 55-53 heading into the dog days of August. 

Hairston would've been the hero of the game...except they lost.

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My Reaction:

I have to be fair to Scott Hairston. Earlier in the season, I trashed Hairston for his underperformance at the time. As of late, he’s provided some nice spark off the bench. He’s batting .400 (6 for 15) since the All-Star Break with three home runs. With the absence of Carlos Beltran, Hairston will have an opportunity to start some games against southpaws in right field. 

As per the trading deadline, I am very satisfied Sandy Alderson didn’t feel the need to make a deal (outside of Beltran). There was absolutely no need to do so. As a result, the Mets avoid mortgaging their future and keeping their team chemistry intact. This may not be a playoff team, but fans definitely will head out to the park to see some of these guys fight to win games. 

Interesting Facts:

  • Scott Hairston last two-homer game was May 7th, 2010 as a San Diego Padre against the Houston Astros. 
  • David Wright is hitting .455 (20 for 44) during his current ten-game hitting streak. 
  • Bobby Parnell blew the game in the 9th inning, accounting for his second loss this week. 

What’s Next?: The New York Mets head home for a 10-game stretch starting with the Florida Marlins on Monday night. Game Time 7:10 PM on SNY.

NYM Mike Pelfrey (6-9) 4.55 ERA vs. FLA Javier Vazquez (7-9) 5.10 ERA 

Do you think Sandy Alderson was right to not make a last minute deadline trade?