Miguel Montero set a franchise record when he caught his 538th game Wednesday. After extending that record to 539 games Thursday, Montero got a well-earned day off Friday to preserve him down the stretch, as his 716 1/3 innings caught are tops in the Majors. Montero has thrown out 27 would-be basestealers, second only to the Phillies' Carlos Ruiz. His 39.2 caught-stealing percentage is the Majors' best. Mets: Hairston heating up
Though he wasn't in the starting lineup for Friday night's game, Scott Hairston has been on fire of late, hitting .375 (6-for-16) since July 20. Hairston is particularly productive against lefties, as he is hitting .308 (37-for-120) with nine home runs -- second in the Majors against lefties. Hairston's name has popped up in numerous rumors with the approach of Tuesday's Trade Deadline, and it's no wonder, as he is fearless at the plate. with six of his 12 homers this year having come on two strikes. Worth noting
According to STATS LLC, Kubel had more home runs at home (17) than the entire roster of the National League West rival San Francisco Giants (16). The D-backs are 5 1/2 games behind the first-place Giants.