We keep going back to Shelby Miller in this space every week, but it's a truly bizarre storyline that continues to perplex. After dropping another decision Monday night vs. the Mets, Miller is now lost his last seven starts and is 5-16 (!) on the season despite owning a solid 3.00 ERA. There's unlucky, there's really unlucky, and then there's the season that he's been having. So it should come as no surprise that Miller's average run support 2.45 per start is the worst in baseball. Yikes.
The Marlins were hoping to catch a glimpse of a healthy Giancarlo Stanton before the season concludes. But word is that his return from wrist surgery has been delayed due to an 'abnormal amount' of scar tissue. When he's right, there's no question that Stanton is an MVP candidate. However, you have to wonder if Miami is a little worried that its highest paid player only appeared in 74 games the season after signing a $300 million contract. He hasn't had chronic health issues in the past, so the Marlins have to hope 2015 is an aberration.
NEW YORK METS
The stretch run is upon us, and the Mets magic number is down to just 7. At this point, it would take a collapse of epic proportions to keep the Amazins from clinching their first division title since 2006.
That's the good news. The bad news is that this Matt Harvey saga is clearly taking a toll on manager Terry Collins, especially after what happened over the weekend. With the 26-year-old right hander dominating the Yankees over five shutout innings, Collins was forced to take him out of the game because of that dreaded innings limit. And of course, the decision came back to bite the Mets immediately. The Bronx Bombers scored 11 runs off New York's bullpen over the next three innings, which sent the Citi Field crowd fleeing the stadium in disgust well before the game was over. As you can imagine, the skipper wasn't thrilled that he was essentially coerced to take his starter out of the game due of forces outside of his control. But if he's frustrated by this now, imagine if this scenario pops up in October.
With Ruben Amaro Jr. out as GM, what are the Phillies' plans for the manager? The latest reports suggest that the they're considering bringing back Pete Mackanin in 2016, which isn't entirely surprising because Philly has indeed played better since Ryne Sandberg was let go. Not only that, but team president Andy MacPhail has a history of giving interim managers a shot to prove themselves. When he was with the Orioles, MacPhail allowed then interim skipper Dave Trembley stay on for two-plus seasons before hiring Buck Showalter.