Were it not for the pesky fourth inning, fans at the New York Mets game would have left the stadium last with their heads a little higher, knowing that their team had held on to the division lead with a victory over the Florida Marlins. However, a huge 5-run spurt in the bottom of the fourth paid dividends for both the Marlins and the Phillies.
Damion Easley’s 3-run pinch hit home run in the seventh wasn’t enough to put the Mets back in control, as the Marlins now sit in third place in the NL East by only 1.5 games. Dan Uggla’s home run in the eighth was the Marlins’ capstone that kept them very much alive in the division.
Despite the game going on down on the field, there was much discussion about potential off the field moves to be mad as the trade deadline looms. The name that was discussed the most by both teams? Manny Ramirez. The Boston slugger has been named in trade talks with both the Mets and Marlins who are believed to be close to a three-way deal to bring Manny to Florida with Pittsburgh’s Jason Bay landing with the Red Sox.
Look for many moves to be made today as teams in contention (such as the Marlins and Mets) look to add a spark to their lineups for the stretch run towards the playoffs.