Around the horn: Aug. 24
• Beware of the Mets. They clobbered the Diamondbacks for the second straight night, 18-4. The Mets have won eight of 11 and should sweep the four-game series. Pedro Martinez gets the start on Thursday.
Wednesday night, Jose Reyes missed the cycle by a double, and rookie Mike Jacobs and David Wright — who both went 4-for-5 with two dingers apiece — each missed the cycle by a triple.
Wright really impresses me. This guy is on the cusp of becoming a superstar. He now has 20 homers and 82 RBIs this season. His .314 average is good for fifth in the National League. And his .927 OPS makes him ninth in the league.
• The Mets are locked in a three-way tie for third in the NL Wild Card race with the Nationals and Marlins, two games behind the front-running Phillies. Philly beat the Giants, 7-4. Starter Cory Lidle left with a strained oblique muscle in the fifth.
• The Astros remained in second in the NL Wild Card race after losing, 7-4 to the Padres. Padres closer Trevor Hoffman took over sole possession of second place on the all-time saves list, passing John Franco with his 425th save.
• Put Chris Carpenter’s name on the NL Cy Young Award. Carpenter became the Major Leagues’ first 18-game winner as the Cardinals defeated the Pirates, 8-3.
Carpenter won his 10th consecutive decision as the Cards won for the 13th time in a row when he starts a game. He pitched eight innings and allowed three earned runs on four hits, striking out four and walking two. The three earned runs Carpenter allowed matched the most he has allowed since May 7.
And Carpenter is a Triple Crown threat, too. His 178 strikeouts trail only Jake Peavy (189) in that category, and his 2.34 trails only Roger Clemens (1.56).
• Carpenter’s victory gave Tony La Russa the 2,194th of his career, tying him with Sparky Anderson for third on the all-time list.
• Before the game, the Pirates and Cards nearly came to blows. A TB replay of the incident showed Cards pitching coach Dave Duncan and Pirates hitting coach Gerald Perry involved in a confrontation, although it was unclear if there were any punches thrown.
• Meanwhile, the AL Cy Young race got interesting. Bartolo Colon earned his AL-leading 17th win in the Angels’ 3-1 victory over the Orioles. And Mark Buehrle scattered six hits over eight innings as the White Sox snapped a four game-losing streak to the Twins with a 6-4 win. I like Johan Santana’s chances, though, in that race. Especially if he continues to pitch the way he has since the All-Star break.
• The Jays and A’s rolled to easy road wins on Tuesday night, enabling Oakland to tie for the AL Wild Card lead. Vernon Wells hit a three-run homer in a nine-run fifth as the Jays clobbered the Yanks, 9-5. And Oakland ripped four homers in a 9-2 rout of the Tigers.
• Mike Mussina was rolling right along through four innings, retiring the first 12 batters he face. Then he got ripped to shreds in the fifth. In that inning, Mussina allowed eight runs on six hits and two walks.
• The nine-run fifth inning was the biggest frame by a Yankees opponent this season.
• Curt Schilling has opened his mouth … again. During his weekly appearance on WEEI’s Dennis and Callahan show Wednesday, Schilling said he agreed with Nationals manager Frank Robinson that Rafael Palmeiro’s records should be erased because of his failed drug test.
“Yeah. I read something the other day about his career, his career numbers and how a lot of his career numbers coincide with certain dates and he obviously sat next to me in Washington [before Congress] and lied, so I don’t know there’s any way to prove that anything he did was not under the influence of performance-enhancing drugs,” Schilling said.
• Schilling makes his first start on Thursday since returning to the Red Sox rotation.