The second half of the season, words that Mets fans everywhere dread, hearts sank across the Orange and Blue Nations respective hearts when they heard the news that starter Dillon Gee was hospitalized on Tuesday.
That combined with the fact that Johan Santana has a minor ankle injury, it is up to the kids from Buffalo to once again come through for the big club. Thus far New York has had some major contributions from call-ups Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Jordany Valdespin have both shined with their contributions with their bats and in the field.
Looking to add his name to the list of the Buffalo Kids making an impact in the Big Club will be Josh Edgin, who was expected to get a call-up from the team shortly due to the fact that he can be that second lefty that the franchise is looking for.
Edgin had a 3.89 ERA for Buffalo is reported to have fastball in the 92-to-95 mph rang as well as a very nasty changeup. The reliever has been working on a changeup and slider.
The rotation for the Mets will have to make some major changes and during an interesting part of the schedule.
New York will open up the Second Half of the schedule against the Atlanta Braves on Friday. The same Braves franchise who may have new names and faces, but still a history of making life miserable for the Orange and Blue Faithful.
Taking the hill in Game One will be Chris Young who looks to continue to bolster the starting rotation with a good start.
In his career against Atlanta Young has a 2-2 record with a, 7.50 ERA. The Dallas, Texas-native has recorded 25 strikeouts against the Braves and can bolster the starting rotation even further with a great start on Friday.
It is being reported that All-Star R.A. Dickey will start on Game Two for New York, with Sunday’s spot in the rotation still being discussed.
In other injury news, Jason Bay and Frank Francisco are slated to begin rehab assignments with Class A St. Lucie at Tampa on Thursday.
Thus far the combination of the Kids from Buffalo and different players stepping-up have led the 2012 Mets to the franchise currently sitting in third place in the National League East…with the start of the Second Half only days away stay tuned to see if Young and Edgin can add their names to this magical season for the Mets.
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