The purest of Major League Baseball fans enjoy the rumors and gossip created by the MLB General Managers meetings that follow the regular season each year. Trade rumors and free agent destinations are usually plastering the headlines of our favorite sports websites, warming the winter months. The hopes of championships to come, ring in with the holidays and ride right into Spring Training. It appears that is going to happen this year.
With the Braves now 4 games behind the Mets and the Phillies 3, game two took on crucial importance. The organization believes that starting pitching help is on the way in a few days, via trades, Carlos Carasco, etc. but that didn't help last night. New York's bullpen was called upon to pitch 7 innings and win...and win they did.
Going deep into games in today's version of Major League Baseball, I would guess would be a pitcher getting into the 6th inning. Before, if you didn't complete 6 innings, it wasn't considered a quality start. Today, New York Mets starting pitcher Marcus Stroman went "old school." Stroman plunked the first batter of the game and then basically shut the Cincinnati Reds down.