Pujols arrives in Miami to meet with Marlins
As recently as 15 days ago, Jon Niese led all Mets starting pitchers in ERA. He gave up eight earned runs over his first 37 innings, establishing his place as a trusted veteran in a rotation full of younger, more high-powered arms. Niese has since given up 16 runs in 16 innings, more than doubling his ERA from 1.95 to 4.08.
Adam LaRoche called the 2-5 homestand "embarrassing," and manager Robin Ventura said his club was outplayed by the Twins before heading out on an 11-game, four-city road trip that could define the White Sox season.
Masahiro Tanaka threw 31 pitches in the Yankee Stadium bullpen on Sunday afternoon, and if everything goes well in his second Minor League rehab start this week, he could return to big league duty.
Jason Castro's two-run single in the seventh and Marwin Gonzalez's RBI single in the eighth inning of Sunday's 10-8 win over the Tigers gave the Astros 81 runs scored in the seventh inning or later this year, which is the best in the Majors.