The Mets Literally Gave The Rockies A Win Last Night

Written by Thomas Harding and Max Gelman at MLB.com

The dramatic walk-off walk Nolan Arenado drew Thursday to give his Rockies a 5-4 victory over the Mets occurred amid postseason implications and in front of 35,276 screaming fans at Coors Field. Yet it took Arenado back to carefree family days.

“On the Wiffle ball field with my cousins, for sure, I had a couple walk-off walks,” Arenado said. “They don’t want to throw to me.”

The Rockies, who entered the day holding the second National League Wild Card spot, took two of three from the Mets in a familiar scenario — a 5-4 score, with Arenado delivering at the end, and Mets reliever Hansel Robles (6-3) falling victim. Tuesday night, Arenado lashed an RBI single off Robles.

This time, Robles, after cruising through the eighth, hit ninth-inning leadoff man Jonathan Lucroy, and, with one out, walked Charlie Blackmon intentionally and DJ LeMahieu on five pitches. Robles, who said he experienced numbness in his right hand during the inning, worked ahead of Arenado, 0-2. Then he missed with four straight pitches, with the last one sailing past Arenado’s ear to the backstop — even though Arenado came up thinking swing.

“He’s a Major League pitcher who throws strikes usually, so the last thing I want to do is act like he’s not going to throw a strike,” said Arenado, who tallied his 16th game-winning RBI of the season.

“That’s certainly not the guy we know,” Mets manager Terry Collins said of Robles. “I don’t really have any idea what happened to him, and he had Arenado 0-2. … This kid’s got too much talent, got a great arm, pitched big, big innings for us in the past.”

Rockies closer Greg Holland (2-1), unavailable the previous two games because of a cut on the back of his right index finger that he suffered in what Rockies manager Bud Black had called a “kitchen accident,” struck out one and pitched around a hit and a wild pitch in the ninth.

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All Star Voting Heats Up On Last Day To Vote

Written by Mark Newman at MLB.com

Entering the final day of the 2016 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot, several positional leaders have seen their leads either disappear or shrink in the last few days.

Major League Baseball released its final balloting update on Wednesday as fans continue deciding starters for the 87th All-Star Game on July 12 at Petco Park in San Diego. Voting ends tonight at 11:59 p.m. ET, and American League and National League rosters will be revealed at 7 p.m. ET on July 5 in the Esurance All-Star Selection Show on ESPN.

Buster Posey of the Giants has reclaimed the lead over Yadier Molina of the Cardinals by approximately 107,000 votes at National League catcher, receiving 51.5 percent more votes over the last two days.

Washington’s Daniel Murphy has outgained NL second base leader Ben Zobrist of the Cubs by 53.5 percent and now trails by fewer than 185,000 votes.

Colorado’s Nolan Arenado has outgained NL third base leader Kris Bryant of the Cubs by 25.1 percent since Monday’s latest update and is trailing by about 290,000 votes.

Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes has moved to the front of the NL outfield race by just over 4,000 votes while receiving 41.5 percent more votes than Dexter Fowler of the Cubs, who now ranks second among NL outfielders.

Colorado rookie Trevor Story has outgained NL shortstop leader Addison Russell of the Cubs by 20.0 percent and now trails by about 290,000 votes.

In the American League, Mookie Betts of the Red Sox is holding onto the third outfield spot by fewer than 50,000 votes as Kansas City’s Lorenzo Cain, Baltimore’s Mark Trumbo and Toronto’s Jose Bautista continue to keep pace. Betts also has outgained his teammateJ ackie Bradley Jr. for the second AL outfield spot and now trails him by about 225,000 votes.

The AL team will have nine elected starters via the Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot, while the NL roster will have eight fan-elected starters. Pitchers and reserves for both squads — totaling 25 for the NL and 24 for the AL — will be determined through a combination of “Player Ballot” choices and selections made by the two All-Star managers, Ned Yost from the Royals and Terry Collins from the Mets.

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