Saturday, July 31, 2010

David Wright Belts a Pair, but Mets Lose Again; Jose Bautista Slams for MLB-Leading 31st Homer

Players of the Day for Friday, July 30, 2010 American League One of the names being bandied about in last-minute trade rumors is that of Blue Jay outfielder/third baseman Jose Bautista, and with good reason. Bautista has come from seemingly nowhere this season to lead the majors in home runs. In Toronto's 8-1 romp over Cleveland, Bautista was at it again, delivering a 4th inning grand slam that put the Blue Jays up 7-0. It was Bautista's 31st homer of the season and the four RBI upped his total to 79, tied for 4th in the AL with Minnesota's Delmon Young. Bautista went 3-for-3 on the night, adding a pair of inconsequential singles, but raising his batting average to .262, 20 points above his career mark. He's set personal bests in all three categories and is currently carrying a bat some contending teams would love to have in their lineups. National League The Mets fell to Arizona, 9-6, on Friday, but the score might have been a little different if a few players besides Jose Reyes and David Wright had shown up for the game. Wright and Reyes each had three hits, accounting for all but one of the team's total and Wright drove in all but one of the Mets' runs with a pair of homers - a three-run blast in the 1st inning and a two-run shot in the 3rd. Angel Pagan had the other hit and drove in the only run besides those produced by Wright. Wright's homers were his 16th and 17th and the five RBI moved him into second place in the NL RBI race with 74, trailing only Ryan Howard, who has 81. Struggling mightily since the all star break, the Mets can't seem to match up good pitching with good hitting, having now dropped 11 of their last 15 and falling into a tie for 3rd place with the Florida Marlins, 7 1/2 behind Atlanta in the NL East. The Braves hold a 3 1/2 game lead over Philadelphia.

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