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Miguel Batista: Mets are the best team in baseball, better than the Nationals

If records mean anything to you, you probably don’t think the Mets are the best team in baseball. Or the second best, or the third best, or the…you get the point. New York is eight games behind the Nationals in the NL East. They are 4.5 games behind the second-place Braves. Currently amidst a brutal six-game losing streak, the Mets desperately need to avoid a sweep against Washington on Thursday night if they want to remain in the Wild Card chase. Despite their recent struggles, reliever Miguel Batista’s confidence remains sky high.

“Right now (the Nationals are) playing good baseball, but I don’t believe they’re a better team than us,” Batista told reporters after Wednesday’s loss. “They’re playing great baseball. But better team? I believe we’re the better team. We just have to play as we’re supposed to. Every team goes through a bad stretch, from the greatest to the worst.

“I remember I told (manager Terry Collins) two month ago: ‘I haven’t seen a team better than us.’ … We just have to believe how good we are and just go out there and perform. I believe we are the best team in baseball. We just have to play like one. That’s what we’re not doing.”

And now, for a return to reality. It’s nice that Batista still has confidence in his club, but the Mets are currently only a game above .500. Meanwhile, the Nationals seem to keep getting better. It’s starting to look like New York’s only shot at avoiding another missed postseason is a one-game playoff at the end of the year, and even that is slipping away. Maybe the Mets need to take a page out of the Batista Book of False Hope. Otherwise, their season could be over before they know it.

H/T DC Sports Bog
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Ian Desmond: Miguel Batista Throws Like Miss Iowa

There was a benches-clearing incident in Jupiter, Florida during the spring training game between the Nats and Cardinals on Monday. It all started when Nationals outfielder Nyjer Morgan (he of the legendary fit fame) bumped into Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols while running down the first base line. The Cards thought it was intentional so Chris Carpenter hit Laynce Nix two batters later. In the bottom half of the inning, Nats pitcher Livan Hernandez threw at Colby Rasmus to even the score and admitted it was intentional.

What seemed to throw everything off and cause the benches to clear was when Cardinals pitcher Miguel Batista threw at Nats shortstop Ian Desmond in the 7th. Since the hit batsmen score was 1-1, the Nats felt dosing Desmond was unnecessary. Even if the Cardinals had gone up 2-1 in the hit batsmen score, the Nats ended everything when Ian Desmond dropped the ultimate zinger on Batista. After the game, Desmond said “Yeah, it was intentional, but I mean Miggy throws like Miss Iowa. It’s no big deal.”

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