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    Syam,I can’t go along with your notion that Ike is the one who needs a “kick in the butt” he is trying as hard as we can hope to fix what is wrong, this is not something he brought on himself or made happen by lack of interest or trying in the game and how well he plays it. In fact the opposite is true with Ike working long after everyone has hit the showers staying in in the cage trying to figure it all out. If anyone is to blame it is all the well meaning people who are filling his head with what he needs to do to get better “do this” and ”try that” is becoming more of a negative than a positive in helping him. The problem is following him onto the field and now he is making defense errors we never saw from Ike before he has lost focus. Fortunately he has the full support of the team and management everyone sees how hard Ike is working and how much he wants to improve. DWright has been terrific talking to Ike building his spirits and being there for him as has many of other Ike's teammates, but David has been outstanding. I know that Alderson is in no hurry to pull the plug on Ike he wants to give him as much time as possible before making any moves all of that is what keep up confidence and attitude. Ike is not looking at every at bat these days with respect to the results but rather having good at-bats which if you are paying attention has been a little better. The boys come home tonight and the next few days will be very important for Ike as he continues top figure things out. I only hope and ask the fans to be kind to him at Citi hold off on your boos support him as much as possible remember what he meant and continues to mean to this team and help him work it out with your support. I want Ike to cut back on trying all the things that people keeping filling in his ear it is at the point where the kid no longer knows where he was before it all started to unravel he should work only with Hudgens and Geren and perhaps Goodwin at first, I have suggested Ike continue looking at the old video when he snapped out of his slump last year and follow that look at everything from the time he steps into the on deck circle to when he returns to the dugout what was he doing then and then do that again now. I will have much more on Ike over the next few days with him being here at home where in can keep better track on him. Let’s stop focusing on the results and just start working on having good at-bats. For me, I thought his at-bats were a little bit better the last few days.
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    First I have to say I'm happy when our boys win games like this, 4-3 and coming from behind. Big hit by DWright and two key home runs, a two run homer by Juan Lagares and a solo one in the eighth to take the lead for a hot Danel Murphy. Murph in particular, now with four home runs after only hitting six last year, is driving the ball with more authority. Only if we can get him to not overthink when he will inevitably slump. TC was mentioning just how hard Murph works at it when he's going bad, soetimes it's just too much pressing.When he gets going he really gets into a great groove....it just will make him all that much more effective if he can keep the groove going and minimize the rough patches.

    Collins looks like he wants to continue today's moving Murph into the leadoff spot. Basically Collins wants people who can get on to lead off, and Murph also drives the ball for doubles, now even more homers. He has enough patience to take some walks as well.... Murph seems to love it(scored earlier on the DWright hit) and really hitting like he can he's more valuable getting on base which the Mets need than hitting third or fifth in the order as no one else was getting on base placed up on top of the order.

    Ike I really feel for, it's got to be killing him that unlike last year ther's just no sensible reason for this horrendous start. From what I read about him, and what sonny says and knows about him he just might be overloaded right now trying to set himself right. He DOES need to stop swinging on so many low pitches, and his swing is seen as too long even by the guys in the booth... maybe the whole philosophy of taking pitches that a lot of people(including sonny and the guys in the booth have criticized as taken too rigidly to heart.) sets him up for the pitcher having the advantage over him. Mets still aren't thumping the ball as a team, the patient approach( more like "passive") has been used against them so much I wonder unless it's enforced from on high by Sandy Alderson why the Mets haven't adjusted, or relieved Dave Hudgens of duty and gone to a new hitting coach. Ike we KNOW is better than this, and a good hitting instructor will get the best out of the player... I agree with patience for Ike but really worry he isn't getting the best advice from Hudgens and his supporters. He's no Adam Dunn...always a huge feast or famine player. He strikes out but not alarmingly so as he is now. I just really hope he can find a way to get the old smooth swing back, and not have to worry again about looking so lost and pathetic at the plate for such long stretches. Ike's a goood guy and a good teammate and I hope for his peace of mind he can start consistently getting the best out of himself.
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    I missed both weekend games busy with the Cyclones, I have en on DVR and will catch up maybe today, Saucy mentioned both Daniel Murph and Ike Davis, I have not seen the Collins thing on Murph but I assume he said what I have been tellin you guys and that he is not the tinkerer that Ike is which is where the difference lies. Ike will tinker play around and experiment at the plate which is not good, his every at bat looks different where Murph on thy other hand never tinkers at the plate he does all his experimenting in the cage and he will view his at bat and analyze them till he figures them out, then and only then will he take the changes to the plate. Daniel treats baseball like a science he never stops working at improvement he is truly obsessed. As to advice Ike takes way too much advice and listens to more people than he should. Murph likes Hudgens and takes his advice but others he just listens politely but he prefers to figure it out on his own. Interestingly one of the few people Daniel trusts and listings to his younger brother Jonathan. Daniel thinks Jonathan, who was drafted by the Minnesota twins and plays center field in the minor league Miracle team in Fort Meyers, is a better athlete and someday very soon will surpass anything Daniel has done up to now, he sees big things in baseball for his best friend and little bro. I have watched Jonathan play a few times and have seen the brothers play together I may have posted a video of the two of them a while back where you can see the similarities in their swing and in the way they play defense, its rather interesting. Of course the boys are very close and spend a lot of time together Jonathan lives with Daniel in the off season where they spend the winter working on their game. Daniel’s hitting streak is now up to eight games, in case you have not noticed his favorite pitch is the one thrown in and above the upper-half of the strike zone, where he is 9-for-14 with four doubles and a home run.

    As to Murph in the leadoff will try that again tonight, Ike back in the lineup but not cleanup he will bat 6th
    Full lineup set as: Murphy, Ankiel, Wright, Duda, Byrd, Davis, Buck, Tejada and Marcum on the mound-

    I got this pic sent to me of KB making the mistake of going live on the air this weekend standing too close to Murph and the resulting photo bombing. Kevin should have learned by now never stand too close to Murphy or Turner when on air live cause if you do, well.. You’re just asking for it.



    Loved hearing my boy Cory Vaughn has been named Eastern League Player of the Week. Zack is Batting .400 with 2 doubles, 1 home run, 9 RBI, 5 runs. Also doing well is Zach Lutz who is on a 9 game hitting streak at 16 for 36 that’s .444.Hope to see them back at Citi soon.
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    Nice win by the Mets on Sunday, with the key HR's by Lagares (who also doubled) and Daniel Murphy. Solid bullpen work was also a nice surprise with two solid innings from Scott RIce and Parnell closing it down with a 1,2,3 save. I wasn't intimating that Ike isn't working hard to break out of it. I'm sure he's getting all sorts of advice from "too" many people, who are trying to help. Maybe he just needs to be told in a strong voice "Ike, get your ass in the box, and just hit the damn ball!" Forget all the other crap people are saying. See the ball, hit the ball. We all know he has the ability.

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    Quote Originally Posted by syam24 View Post
    Maybe he just needs to be told in a strong voice "Ike, get your ass in the box, and just hit the damn ball!" Forget all the other crap people are saying. See the ball, hit the ball. We all know he has the ability.
    Gee syam is that all it takes I will be sure to pass that on to Ike, he will be so relieved.
    Do not expect to hear Ike discuss going to the minors anymore cause he is sick of those questions and will not talk about that so don’t even try and bring it up.

    Thoughts and prayers to Jeremy Hefner who’s hometown was so badly hit by the tornado. After many long and scary hours Hef found out all his family and friends that still live in his hometown were ok, even his house survived. Jeremy grew up and lived a mile from where the tornado hit hardest and he attended the school that had the roof ripped off the building. Poor kid went thru Hell and was beyond distraught till finally he knew everyone in his family and his friends was ok he has a lot of family who live within five miles of the disaster.
    This morning he needed to do something for his home town anything he could think of so he is making a community outreach appearance for New York cares.
    So happy for Hef prayers go out to those not so fortunate.
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    Whatever else he's been doing, isn't working. Perhaps Ike is working "too" hard and should just take a day or two off from the batting cages, and just hit during the game. He needs to recalibrate his mind. Or....maybe he does need to go to Vegas and get out of his funk there. I'm sure this would have happened if the Mets had someone to put into his slot on a regular basis. I know Duda is the fallback position, but that leaves another hole in the outfield. A good effort by Niese last nite, however the lineup produced nothing. Let's hope Harvey gets 'em back on track today. Let's go Mets!!

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    Just a word to all those assholes going to Citi and boo Ike Davis starting from the time he steps into the on deck circle and all thru his at bats. What exactly are you trying to accomplish here, are you trying to prove what idiots you are, are you trying to tear down Ike’s confidence or is this just sport to you. Maybe you are trying to compensate for your little dicks, I am not sure what your problem is but one thing is for sure you are not men. The fools doing the booing are nothing less than bullies plain and simple. These lowlifes think its fun to kick a man when he is down and make sport of tearing down a great guy.
    What is happening to Ike is hard enough for him to endure without the “fans” getting on him in such a brutal manner. He does not deserve what they are doing to him, his problems are not self-inflected and is tearing him up he does not need a pack of morons making life harder.

    Ike Davis has given us some great baseball but beyond that is Ike Davis the man who is one of the sweetest kindest people you would ever know. He spends hours and hours working on helping people with sickness and works tirelessly on helping kids with disabilities he is one of those guys you can always turn to for help if you need it a great hum an being who just so happens is having a rough time in his career.
    It goes beyond the fuckin morons in the stands but also to the press who seen to find great joy out of asking him the same embarrassing questions over and over and putting him in almost impossible situations with degrading and difficult questions to answer. What Ike needs and deserves now is support and understanding not a barrage of unkind words and calls for his demotion. Whatever is in store for Ike we will probably won’t know till Monday after the Braves series, most of us do not expect a change in his status if at all till then.
    But I will say that perhaps under the circumstances if Ike cannot find himself battling back perhaps the best thing may be going to Vegas. It is not something I would normally recommend for Ike but with all the negativity and bad mouthing going on here in NY he needs to get away for a while to somewhere more positive and helpful to help him figure it all out. The best person I know for Ike, besides his dad, right now is Wally Backman who would do wonders for Ike’s confidence and together with the coaches get him back on track. Ike also has a ton of friends some very close ones as a matter of fact on the team in Vegas to welcome and help him thru this. Don’t misunderstand, his teammates here have been totally supportive with guys like Wright and especially Turner keeping Ike’s spirits up. But he needs more in the way of working thru his troubles and it starts by getting away from NY, the so called “fans” and the irritating media.

    Today is a day off many of the guys are in a golf tournament and Ike will be surrounded by his buddies which will be very therapeutic for him he needs this day away from it all and let those of us who love him give him a little fresh air to breathe.

    Stop being an unproductive Ike hater and start being a supportive fan we need him strong and back doing what we known he can do and that is play great baseball..

    The Ike Man will be back!

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    After such a crappy Saturday weather wise and Mets wise,losing the unfinished Friday tie to Atlanta 7-5 and being embarrassed 6-0 despite a strong effort by Jeremy Hefner giving up only two runs in six innings, being shut down masterfully by Atlanta's Mike Minor I was too pissed to post anything. Yet so happy with Sunday's stirring victory over Atlanta, 4-2. Lucas Duda hit an early solo home run but our boys did something thay haven't done that much of since early in the season, which is rally late behind 2-1 in the eighth to score three runs. John Buck knocked in one but the key was Ike Davis, who I felt so good for after all the shit he's been through this season just trying to find out wtf was wrong with his approach at the plate. The other night he had a hard hit liner against fireballing Braves closer Craig Kimbrel... tonight he smacked the game winning hit to plate two runs for the 4-2 Mets victory. Shaun Marcum was for the first time this year magnificent, one mistake resulting in a two run homer but overall going seven innings, only allowing four hits, and astoundingly striking out 12. Not known as overpowering but a fine craftsman when he has command of all his pitches, they were in near perfect synch tonight. Just feel so good for Ike, who while isn't the only problem in the Mets lineup is the most glaring one especially because the pitching hasn't been good enough overall to get some needed wins for our boys. He's trying so hard, caring so much and hearing the boos when he fails and knowing the temptations to send him down to Las Vegas are building on the Mets organization. It's gotta feel so good when he can key a win like tonight. It doesn't mean everything is suddenly okay, but if it helps to get him focused and help regain confidence it may be an important turning point.

    Tonight and tomorrow night, part 1 of the Subway Series against the Yankees ...two games here at CitiField, and two more Wednesday and Thursday at Yankee Stadium. Hopefully our boys will represent well ... Let's go, Mets!!!
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    Hey there Mets' fans I've a baseball related question.

    So if I, as a baseball batter hit a ball into foul territory and no one catches the ball before it hits the ground it is called a strike , unless of course I already have two strikes. If someone catches the foul ball before it hits the ground I am called out.

    Here is my confusion. If I as a baseball batter hit a ball but the hit is just a glancing blow off of the bat and into the catchers mitt it is called a strike (if I have less than two strikes) but not an out even though it is a foul ball caught before the foul ball hits the ground. I understand a foul tip into the catcher's mitt when I have two strikes is an out if I, as the batter, am tagged by the catcher or if the catcher throws the ball to first base before I, as the batter, arrive at first base but this is not the case with a foul ball caught by other players besides the catcher .

    Question : Why the different rulings even though both hits are foul balls caught before they hit the ground .

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    1. Yuki, I believe the rule is, with less than two strikes a foul must be higher than the batter's head (could be the catcher's head) to be considered an out if caught by the catcher. I don't know why that was made the rule, but my guess is that it was felt it would be unfair to the batter to be called out on a tip, inadvertant or otherwise with less than two strikes. It could happen on the first pitch, and really not give the batter a "real" at bat, or opportunity to get a hit. However, after having two strikes, the batter has had enough opportunity to make an attempt at hitting his way on base, so if he should tip a ball and the catcher doesn't drop it, it is an out. THat's my guess.

    2. Not much to add to Sausy's wrap up to last nite's barnburner of game. Marcum was outstanding, mixing his pitches, changing speeds, and keeping the Braves off balance. Hoping Marcum will get on a roll of respectable to good pitching. Was so good to see Ike come thru. He's certainly not out of the woods with his hitting woes, but hopefully this is the start of a steady climb to start bashing the ball as he can do. It was like a breath of fresh air for him to come thru like that, and obvious from his teammates' reactions to how much they want Ike to succeed. It's been frustrating as a fan, and I KNOW so much more so for Ike. THe bullpen did a good job with another one, two, three save from Parnell. A solid game from everyone, rare this seaon, but fun to see for a change. Now the Yankees.....Lets go Mets!!

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    So it turns out Ike was right when he said over and over that he did not want or need to go to Vegas he just needed time to get right again. Many thought, including me, that with all the crap he was going thru here with the fans and the media that it would be impossible for him to ever keep his head clear and be able to focus again it was getting more and more difficult as time passed to the point of it effecting his defense. It’s not that I ever thought even for a second that Ike would not rebound I just could not stand seeing him suffer the emotional pain anymore and I wanted a change that I thought would do him some good. But Ike kept telling us he was not ready to accept the idea of a demotion he would be fine all he needed to do was relax again stop thinking about the rumors or the hounding press, which is what he did a couple of days ago when he was feeling as thou he was making progress hitting the ball better after trying to keep his weight on his back leg longer. Once again he began joking around the clubhouse and returning to his old self and yesterday he came thru big time having the best day he has had in quite a while and man oh man did that feel good. “It was a fun day today” is what we heard from Ike and you have to hope that yesterday was the beginning of the return of the Ike Man.
    Credit to Alderson and Collins for believing in him, it meant a lot, Alderson was on the scene and greeting Ike after that 2 run RBI. Credit as well to all his teammates who backed him up always supporting him and never letting him get too far down The celebration in the clubhouse after last night s game was huge with everyone and I mean EVERYONE so happy and excited for Ike it was all about him last night as well it should. You can believe that Ike heard all the cheers form the fans which was described to me by one of the boys as being deafening and louder than he has heard at Citi in a while. Who knows (well maybe Ike does) if his success will carry into the subway series and he is back for good but it is sure bet that it will and ya gotta know that Ike wants to take advantage of that short right field porch at Yankee Stadium.
    As I have told you guys many times Ike is beloved by his teammates and Ike's win yesterday was a win for the entire team with all the brothers celebrating his breakout, a breakout that all of us are wishing for Ike to continue, he needs to put together a solid couple of weeks.

    Sadly last night’s game was not on ESPN so we did not get to hear Gary and the boys reaction to Ike’s big night but no worries kiddies tonight’s game is on PIX 11 where Kevin Ron and Keith have the call in the Subway opener and ya know that they will talk about it.

    Another positive last night was Marcum’s awesome performance. I had my doubts about this guy when Alderson signed him, let’s all hope he is able to keep it going I liked the way he mixed his pitches very well and kept the Braves confused. Marcum of course is hoping along with Gee and Hefner to remain in the starting lineup when Wheeler gets here. One of em will have to go.

    Tonight Ike will be batting 7th in the Mets/Yankees opener, Murph drops down to 2nd; the lineup will be:Tejada Murphy Wright Duda Buck Ankiel Davis Baxter and Niese on the mound
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    A very nice win by the Mets last nite with a solid pitching performance from Jon Niese, a clutch HR from the Captain, DWright, and another clutch hit from Daniel Murphy, who was robbed of a 2 run HR by Gardiner earlier in the game at the center field fence, 385 ft from home plate. The bullpen did a fine job again, with Bobby Parnell racking up another save. Tonite's game is in a rain delay, but I think the tarp is coming off the field. Looking forward to Matt Harvey vs the Yankees. Let's go Mets!!

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    Well I dono what was the most fun for last night that great win or Burkhardt speaking with Doc Gooden.
    Of course Murphy did it again after getting robbed of a big hit for the second time in a row by the same outfielder who’s name I will not say but Murph gets a little pay back again last night with that double setting the table for Duda to win the game WOW how much fun was that?. But the interviews with Doc that KB conducted was magical, listening to Doc had me hanging on to his every word there was the doctor calling almost every pitch that Harvey tossed to perfection, two great pitching minds in perfect sync that was simply awesome and I have that game tucked away on my DVR to enjoy again and again especially over the winter. Kevin is the master at the art of the interview we all know that but last night he outdid even himself and gave us a rare inside look at what a great former pitcher thinks about the new and upcoming great Matt Harvey. A special night to be sure

    With all the talk about Ike Davis I have to wonder if Tejada who is also struggling badly has before he goes down and Omar Quintanilla gets called back up. That pick off at second committed by Rubin was really bad and never should have happened. Rather dumb really.
    I will be watching what Ike does tonight at Yankee stadium with that short porch just calling out to him.

    While I hated to see the great Mariano Rivera go out with such a whimper, he was an amazing closer for the Yankees, but at the same time if it had to happen that way I am glad it was the Mets that took him out.

    One last thought I am so behind Terry Collins getting thrown out last night that ump changing his call with no assist was pure BS and good for Terry making sure he knew it.

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    An exhilirating win by the Mets last nite, especially following the 2-1 victory on Monday nite. Once again Murphy and DWright were instrumental in getting clutch hits when needed. Lucas Duda's game winner did not go unnoticed either. Matt Harvey was his usual magnificent self, and certainly would not have deserved a loss should the Mets have not scored. Kuroda pitched a whale of a game for the Yankees. I had a feeling the Mets might do well against Rivera last nite. Kuroda's pitches were diving every which way, and with Rivera, I felt the Mets might have a better shot at some "straighter" pitches. Mo's move, but usually close to the same plane, as opposed to Kuroda's darting in, out, down. A very nice two game home sweep!! Let's go Mets!!

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    At some point..Mo was going to blow a save and our scoring woes would catch up with us. Just happened to be against the Mets. GOod game guys, but I think we'll take the next two.
    I'll also be honest..since the 2000 World Series..the Subway Series really doesn't catch me the way it used to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ninja108 View Post
    At some point..Mo was going to blow a save and our scoring woes would catch up with us. Just happened to be against the Mets. GOod game guys, but I think we'll take the next two.
    I'll also be honest..since the 2000 World Series..the Subway Series really doesn't catch me the way it used to.
    So now its 3 wins against the Yankees, but make no mistake we all now that the team the Mets are currently paying is not the NY Yankees we all know and love/hate but a collection of players who are filling in for all the guys out on DL Those guys have been doing a darn good job as well keeping the Yankees in great playing form. But still they are not the Yankees as we know them and so I am not kidding myself about that, once the Yankees come back strong again (and they will) the situation will change. Still it’s nice to have won 3 against them cause as I said the current Yankee team is playing really well

    Yesterday I wrote that Omar Quintanilla might be back to replace Tejada if Rubin gets sent down, Then the Mets brass told both Rubin and Ike that Vegas was in the future almost immediately if they did not improve. Tejada reacted by giving himself what appears tom be a quadriceps injury when he slid on a foul popup in the ninth inning and was removed from the game. He will have his quad checked out on this morning. I guess Rubin would rather go on the DL than got to Vegas
    I’m just sayin

    Meantime down in Vegas Omar Quintanilla, who is hitting .333 on the year, was pulled from the game almost immediately after Tejada went boom and that means to me that Quintanilla would likely be headin to NY possibly today to replace Rubin. Who will be taken out to make room on the roster should be interesting more on that part of the story later.
    Also back in Vegas some of the boys are tearing it up there guys like Josh Satin, who is hitting .316 on the season, Wilmer Flores, and Kirk Nieuenhuis have been playing some outstanding ball and are making a good case to be called back to NY. Nieuwenhuis has had an upswing in power doing really well so proud of him.as he responds so positively to his demotion.
    Be back later today with more
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    Definitely loving the sweep at CitiField and the win at Yankee Stadium last night. The best thing about last night's 9-4 win was that each player in the lineup contributed to the result, not just Murph Or Wright or Duda. Ike having two hits including ripping a two run single was so great to see...he had previously looked in the Series like he was trying too hard, but hopefully he as with the clutch hits in the last win against Atlanta is heading on a better track for the rest of the season. Loved sonny and syam's perspectives and Ninja's as a Yankee fan and definitely want to hear more! This has certainly been the highlight of the Met's season so far and I hope will lead to more big games and the boys can leave the dreary start of the season behind.
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    S W E E P ! ! ! Holy Cow!! Who'd a thunk it! Mets sweep Yankees in four straight. With the struggles the Mets have had this season, this was quite unexpected. Another marvelous pitching performance, this time Dillon Gee shut down the Yanks with 12 k's and only 4 hits. Scott Rice and Bobby Parnell closed out the game from the bullpen, and Marlon Byrd's 2 run HR, second in two games, along with an RBI infield hit from John Buck provided just enuff offense. The Mets even GOT a break with Joba Chamberlain's wild pitch just prior to Buck's roller up the third baseline. Seeing these Mets provide solid games has been very nice. Of course, there always seems to be some gray news involving the Mets, this time it's a bit of a sore shoulder for Jonathan Niese. He will his Saturday start, replaced by Collin McHugh. Hoping this is a short term issue. On to Miami, Lets' go Mets!!

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    Yup Syam it is a beautfiul thing we really did sweep the Yankees last time was the first time in their rivalry that that the Mets swept the season series from them what a shot in the arm for the guys, the flight to Florida last night was pure party. Gee was magnificent and continued the fine pitching the last few weeks from our boys. Dillon understands that he was a strong contender to be moved to the pen if he did not improve he was told that could happen. With 12 strikeouts one of the most encouraging aspects of Gee's performance is that he seemed to get stronger in the middle innings a time when he has fell apart in the past. He was dominant on both sides of the plate and really had that slider working for him. But most impressive was how he challenged those Yankee batters with an aggression I had not seem in him since spring training. Not to be left out was he terrific job by Anthony Recker the two boys in sync and getting it done.

    Maybe it was Jeff Wilpon’s bone headed remark to Rivera saying he doubts the Mets would be in the World Series with him. HUH WTF did he say that as a joke maybe to fire up the team or is he just that insensitive and stupid. In any event what has happened over the last week is that the boys are tired of all the criticism they had been not at all themselves in the clubhouse not much fun not much to say but over the last few days and there has been a big change with more excitement and feel god presence in the clubhouse. Thing is more than a few guys were starting to doubt their own abilities and credit has to be given to Terry Collins who recognized that and kept them positive tellin em never let yourself get down over and over and that my friends is a good manager. Terry also has been working extra hard with Ike in the cage spending a lot of time helping Ike.

    As Syam mentioned Jonathon Niese will miss Saturday’s start with shoulder tendinitis. He couldn’t throw his normal between-starts bullpen session Wednesday but he is playing it down and expects to only skip one start. He had an MRI which showed tendinitis what ya may not know is that Dillon has been dealing with that for the last few starts. Collin McHugh will take Niese’s turn. This might have been a great time to bring Wheeler up but it’s pretty obvious they are waiting until after the Super 2 deadline to promote Zack, so look for June 15th as a better bet to see Wheeler’s major league debut. On wheeler Wally Backman continues to promote the kid as ready to pitch in the big leagues, Wally truly believes Zack is ready and that kids is more than enough for me. Zacks last four starts in a row where terrific.

    Ike Davis did not play last night and I thought that was a good idea With Ike making progress we did not want him up against a tough lefty to make it difficult, not now. Ike’s progress has been slow but steady we see improvements in just about every at bat he has a lot of the problems figures out and about the only thing he is yet to fix is his timing and he is concentrating on that now. He is also under a lot less pressure with the feeling of himself figuring things out that along with tremendous encouragement from his manager hid dad and teammates and no more media guys attacking him at his locker after every game. So Ike was right in his strong feeling about not having to go to Vegas he kept saying no way, I can fix it here. I believed him but felt that all the pressure he was under was detrimental to his progress and maybe a short Vegas trip to clear his mind would be good for him but Ike said no he did not want to go and so we all backed off that idea. And so far so good and while he is clearly not out of the woods yet it’s looking really god that he is on his way back. Just Ike’s progress and seeing him happy and smiling again is a beautiful thing.
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    So I guess the Mets organization believes we fans are all a bunch of idiots and don’t think we could have handled bringing Zack Wheeler in from Vegas for just one game yesterday to fill in for Niese. They actually said they thought we fans would go berserk, bonkers, loose our minds if they brought Zack in and then sent him back after just one game, yes, they actually said that. Here’s the thing; all they had to do was put out a statement that read Zack Wheeler is going to pitch in just one game filling in for Jon Niese and then return to Vegas for two weeks until the Super-2 deadline at which time he will return to take his place in our starting lineup. That is how the Mets should have handles this and not treat is as if we are immature children which is what they did by giving the ball to Collin McHugh. I for one am extremely insulted that the Mets would prefer to lie to us rather than be honest about the real reason Zack did not pitch yesterday. Had they acted professionally treated us like adults and brought Zack in for the one game what would have happened is SNYs viewership would have soared for that game, the park in Florida would be full of Mets fans and probably a lot of Marlins fans as well to get a glimpse of our future. It would have been a treat for us fans, a win win for everyone. Oh…and we would not have lost yesterday’s game in such an embarrassing manner.
    Why BS us like that who are they kidding? We know it is all about Super-2 when Wheeler would be eligible for salary arbitration a year early, costing the club more money, yeah we know that is something the Mets do not wanna do. Or as my mom would say “Don’t pee on my leg and tell me it’s raining.”

    Ike Davis moves up to the 6th spot today with Harvey on the mound.

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    Mets have reverted to what we have seen too often. Get swept by the effing Marlins. Good pitching, no run support, lousy pitching, no run support, run support, lousy pitching. Oh well, when does football start????

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    The less said about this lost weekend at Miami the better. Even yesterday when the bats supported an uncharacteristically off Matt Harvey(who was none too pleased with his own effort today after the game, going five struggling innings with 100 pitches is not okay with him) an inexplicably disastrously wild Scott Rice and horrid LaTroy Hawkins turned a 6-4 Mets advantage to a stunningly horrid, 11-6 loss. Swept by the bottom feeding Marlins...take that in...we made the awful Marlins, without even slugger Giancarlo Stanton, look good. The Mets made the Yankees look bad, sweeping them home and away and then sucked the air out of all the good feeling with their crappy performance this weekend. I'm always a fan, and always searching for something positive to hold on to but it's becoming really difficult this year to maintain an air of optimism.

    I'm not so much upset about not having Wheeler called up yet as the official explanation sonny talked about, which is incredibly stupefying. It would suck to bring him up just to return him to Las Vegas for a couple more weeks but geesh, I give the fans more credit than that. Saying you don't want to bring him up just to have him bring him down again for his confidence would make sense, but because of the potentially wild reaction of Mets fans..... wtf???????????????. We get it...they want to save big $$$$$$$$$ by pushing his arbitration eligibility back a year. Don't insult our intelligence though and say basically you won't bring him up because we'll go cray cray if he's sent back down.

    Zach's last outing was good, and we also have Rafael Montero doing quite well at Las Vegas too. What good will all the potential aces do though if in general we don't hit(especially in the clutch)or our bullpen turns poisonous at the worst possible times? I LOVE Terry Collins but I'm wondering if a change in the culture is needed and Wally Backman should be brought in to be the new sheriff in town..and try to ensure things are going to change in the way the players go about their business and the Mets get respected again.
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    Bobby Parnell had a bad night there is no doubt about that but I am not going to let that game worry me in the least, he just had a streak of seven straight successful saves, this was not his first blown save and it will not be his last. I am not worried that he won’t bounce right back and be fine. May I remind you of the days when Grandma Frankie would take the mound and how many saves he blew? As I watched Bobby pitch I could see he was not going to have a good game he left too many balls over the middle that concerned me and the Nats, to their credit, hit some decent pitches. But Bobby struggled and for sure he may have overthrown which we don’t see him do not this year anyways that includes seeing him lose command of the pitch upstairs, I’m guessin he was trying to go up. No worries about Bobby from me.

    Jonathon Niese throws a bullpen session today which puts him on course for Saturday he will also he will also play catch today. If all goes well today he will pitch Saturday but he has to do well today.

    Our starting pitching remains strong with Hefner last night I was very pleased seeing him get his slider going so well in fact he had great downward action on all of his pitches. Of course there was that one bad pitch he made to Desmond, but what is very important is that did a masterful job to settle down and work out of a huge bases loaded jam in the sixth inning.
    It is looking good for us to have Wheeler in the lineup by next weekend which is basically what the Mets have been sayin all along and that is good news can’t wait to see him again.

    It’s not our starting pitching that concerns me it’s more about the offense our boys just can’t seem to get it going. We have gotten some great hitting form Murph and Wright but suddenly they cool off. Buck has also had some very good at bats but ya gotta think he is getting tired, I mean why do they keep putting him out there night after night and use so little of Recker is beyond me. Anthony has come thru for us with timely hitting and has proven he can call a good game so why doe he not play more? In the days of Thole (who is doing really well by the way) and Nickeas/ Shoppach there was a nice balance of catching between them we need that with Buck and Recker. Meantime Travis d'Arnaud has been givin the ok to begin what is called weight-bearing rehabilitation exercises, but his foot will remain in a boot for about another week after coming back to NY the other day to get an update at the Hospital for Special Surgery, no idea when we will see him behind the dish

    Ike Davis has been up and down although he has been picking it up over the last few games is hitting .292 or 7-24 with a double, a home run and seven RBI over his last seven or eight games and has had multi-RBI games in three of those games. Murph is working like a beast trying to figure out why he has not stayed consistent, I mean the kid is determined to get it all worked out. Ya see, with Murph baseball is a kind of a science with many moving parts he analyses, puts all the parts together and then takes em apart again. If you were to talk to Daniel about baseball he would show you that very few understand the mechanics of it all better than he does listening to him talk about hitting is an experience I wish all of you could have it is just amazing. Duda has had his moments but also has work to do but I still think he will break out big time very soon. As Murph put it watch out for “The Dude” I am certainly not concerned about DWright there is just no doubt he will bounce back no worries there.

    My next concern is our outfield, Collins has tried just about every combo possible out there but it just is not clicking, Duda is good not great Rick Ankiel is outstanding in center and Byrd is doing a decent job as well, but right is still a question although ya gotta love Byrd’s arm and Baxter is an excellent athlete. I dono about Valdespin he has done ok but has not had to show us much out there yet, Collins has not really shown us much of Juan Lagares so who knows what he can bring. It’s just a mix of good talent that can’t collectedly quite put it all together and make up a great outfield.
    I keep hearing about the Mets going to go after some big shot outfielder before the deadline but we have heard that tired old story too many times before. The really good news is Kirk Nieuwenhuis out in AAA Vegas, I have been keeping close tabs on him and have been tellin you guys how well he has been doing out there and it just keeps getting better. Kirk now has eight homers in his past 14 games, including twice on Tuesday which gives him eight long balls in his past 14 games and is getting very close to coming back to our lineup and how great would that be. Kirk is a killer outfielder and if now that he has started hitting well, oh boy! Tip of the ole hat to Wally Backman and the job he is doing with Kirk I never had any doubt that would happen and Kirk himself said that although he was disappointed in himself getting demoted he knew very quickly after getting to Vegas that was the place for him to be and get better and he has done that for sure. Backman told Collins that the homers Kirk is hitting are not the result of the pitcher friendly conditions out there and that they were legitimate. Wall went on to tell Terry he felt that Kirks swing is getting a lot better he is more aggressive with two strikes which had been killin him before.

    Congrats to my boy Kevin Burkhardt who will join the NFL Fox broadcast team this year and join up with John Lynch and Erin Andrews work some games with them from the sidelines, KB replaces Dick Stockton. One thing for sure havin KB will bring some excitement and maybe even a new element to the games not to mention some badly needed fresh blood to the NFL announcing situation. This summer Fox will also use Kevin to call a couple of the Fox Mets games as well making watching those Fox broadcast watchable. It won’t be SNY but a heck of a lot better than it is now.
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    So last night I watched this game being played by the Washington Nationals and they were playing a team that had players that really looked Mets, I mean they were even wearing Mets uniforms but these guys were hitting the ball into the outfield, home runs and really playing crisp baseball so I figured nah…that can’t be the Mets right? Then the team won the game 10-1 so I knew no way was that the Mets. Question is who were those guys and what have they done with my Mets?

    Seriously how fun was that? I mean us Mets fans really deserved that game And I got my wish from yesterday when Anthony Recker was finally put in a game and he delivered as I knew he would great job Tony my boy.

    Murphy hit his League leading 19th double

    As I mentioned yesterday Jonathon Niese threw a bullpen session yesterday threw about 40 pitches and said he felt great and was ready to go on Saturday. Great news!

    More good news Matt den Dekker is ready to get into games. Matt will DH in a back-field game in Port St. Lucie tomorrow, was so do it today but it’s raining in Florida today

    Jeurys Familia news was not as good he had the surgery to remove loose bodies and bone spurs in his elbow and the recovery time on that will be about four months so he is done for the season. Expect him to be ready for winter ball and then return in the spring all the best to Jeurys.

    Murph and a bunch of the guys took some of their time off in Washington to visit Bethesda Army & Naval Hospital the boys were so moved and impressed by the wonderful people they visited and were “Moved by their spirit and determination and it was an Inspirational and humbling experience.”








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    The Nationals and Mets game has been postponed due to rain. No makeup date has been announced.
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    Quote Originally Posted by King Gumby VIII View Post
    The Nationals and Mets game has been postponed due to rain. No makeup date has been announced.Next games at Washington (July 26-28, Aug. 31-Sept. 2).
    Actually it will be made up as part of a split doubleheader July 26 in Washington

    The biggest disappointment for me and Justin Turner was that he was going to play in left field to fill in for Duda who had a tight quadriceps muscle. Justin was psyched about going out and playing there but Mother Nature had other ideas. Hopefully Collins will give JT another shot soon Justin is a terrific ball player and needs to find a way to get into the games more often. He can play all four infield positions and of course we know how good a clutch hitter and RBI machine he is off the bench. I love that kid!

    The other down side to that rain out is we have yet another makeup game to add to that growing list. It does not look good for a game today with heavy rain expected in NY all day. There are two day games with Florida on Sat and Sunday perhaps they will fit in a double header there. More on that later today. Of course no one wants the rain to go away today more than Matt Harvey who is scheduled to pitch, the incredibly intense contender in him is in need of some revenge

    So draft day one has left us felling pretty good so far with a lot of enthusiasm over pitcher Andrew Church getting the pick in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft. I have not seen him pitch yet but others who have told me that although his fastball clocks in the low 90s he throws a mean curveball and changeup with a plus breaking ball. This kid could be a solid middle of the rotation starter for us.
    Also selected was Dominic Smith who is a left-handed hitting first baseman that has had some playing time in the outfield, he is just a kid who will turn 18 next week. He has been described as a very good all-around player, a plus hitter with plus power. The plan for Smith is for him to be represented by MVP Sports and if the Mets do not sign him, he is committed to attend University of Southern California
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    My man Kirk Nieuwenhuis got the call last night and he is on his way to NY
    He said “I will miss the guys in Vegas but I am pumped to get back to NY and help my team”
    Kirk has been on fire the last few weeks let’s hope he is here to stay this time.
    I expect Kirk to be in today’s lineup prolly in center field. Rick Ankiel is gone to make room for Kirk.

    Checking in on Matt Harvey and it looks like he is gonna be is fine. All her needed last night was a little chiropractic adjustment thingy on his hip. Matt told the first base coach that he was feeling a little tightness in his back right around his hips so he left the game. But he is confident he will be fine for his next start. Meantime in spite of everything ya gotta say Shaun Marcum pitched a heck of a game taking over for Matt.

    I loved loved that play by Murph at the plate mowing down that catcher, it was awesome we don’t see much of that anymore. Great effort Murph!

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    Update on above post Kirk will not be in the lineup today
    Lineup will be Quintanilla, Valdespin, Wright, Murphy, Baxter, Davis, Recker, Lagares, Niese

    Anthony Recker will introduce his new at bat music today: which is "30 seconds to Mars."

    Lucas Duda not in today Terry wants to go easy on Lucas after that recent quadriceps issue especially after that 20-inning game.

    So happy to tell you that The Toronto Blue Jays called up Josh Thole from the minors yesterday and Josh is back in the big leagues where he belongs Josh will reunite with R.A. Dickey
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    Little late to the program but kudos to your MEts for sweeping the Yankees. That series (Mo blown save aside) highlights the problems we have right now which have only been reduced a little bit by having a couple of our bats come back.
    IMO,sportwise the NY baseball teams are not going to be sitting pretty for the next couple of years.

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    Ike Davis is being demoted...and not happy about it at all.

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    Swept by the Marlins again, same problem. NO HITTING, especially when it counts. If Murphy and Wright don't hit, for the most part, nothing happens. Wasting some pretty good pitching.
    Glad to see someone is going to replace Dick Stockton. He's been horrible for years, with numerous mistakes. Even more happy to see Kevin Burkhardt getting the gig!!

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    The very first day I met Ike in the Cyclones locker room I immediately liked him cause he was just one of those kind of guys you immediately take a likening to. I have followed his career over the years and always considered him to be one of the ones who would achieve greatness. But the last two years have not been good for Ike and yesterday it all came down around him. We saw it coming over the last couple of days; Ike had started to show signs that he was regressing back and he was not moving forward in his quest to get better. During that 20 inning game when Ike was pulled what most of us thought was rather early it was clear it would soon be over and Ike was going to be demoted. Then for most of us the big blow came in Sunday’s game when once again he was pulled from the lineup after just a few at bats I for one said it was just a matter of time now. The very last at bat that Ike took on Sunday was unquestionably the worst I had ever seen him take; the swing was completely gone he was not even looking like a pro ball player any more. So when the word came down yesterday it was no surprise because at that point it had become a matter of when not if.

    Over the last few months many of us tried to convince Ike that AAA was going to be a good thing for him he need the change and Wally Backman was going to help Ike turn it around, but Ike would have none of that he did not want to go he insisted that he was going to turn it around here in NY and that was that. Well for a while there it started to look like maybe he was right he showed signs of coming back; it was slow but steady what seemed to be progress in his at bats. But then this last week he started to regress again confused and taking desperate swings at balls that should not have been swung at going back into his depressing lack of focus and clearly had past the point of no return he had to get away from here he had to get help but none of us wanted to tell him that cause we all know it was not what he wanted to hear and we feared we would make things worse by pushing him on it.
    So the boss did it for us and to tell you the absolute truth although I love that kid to death and I know how much pain this is for him I absolutely know in my heart of hearts it is the right move for Ike and that he will bounce back and return to the Ike Man we all love.

    Now those of us who love Ike will now gather around him giving him all the support we can muster; the trick will be to convince Ike that this move is a good thing and for him to embrace it and make a conscious decision that he is going to take full advantage of this opportunity to turn it all around; a big plus for Ike is that he has a lot of friends in AAA Vegas many of the guys he has played with in the past who I am sure will give him a ton of support so that makes us feel good just knowing he is among so many friends.

    Gosh, as I write this I am beginning to think I am making this look like an eulogy rather than a positive thing; that’s only because Ike is so disappointed in himself that it hurts me to see him like that. This is a very good thing we all agree to that I know no one who does not feel that way and I know that after a few days or weeks Ike will agree and we will see him take charge of his career and be back in NY sooner than later.

    I of course will be in regular contact with Ike and keep you guys informed on how he is doing

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    As you said Sonny, it appeared like he might be coming around, but then regressed a bit. I'm hoping he will find his mojo again in Las Vegas, this organizatioin is counting on him to be a middle of the order guy for a long time. The lineup as configured now is Murphy, Wright, and a bunch of occasional get a hit guys. These current changes are not much, but don't see anything else that can be done. A trade for better hitters will require giving up any decent prospects in return. D'arnaud injury sure put a hurtin' on things, too. With him healing for the future and Wilmer Flores, hopefully, a good bat, and if Ike can return to form, the future is brighter, especially with the young pitching developing. Will need some pieces to fall into place for the Mets for a change.

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    Syam, As a matter of fact both Duda and Nieuwenhuis spoke to Ike about how well going to AAA worked for them and we know he is in good hands. They will waste no time with Ike who is expected to be in the lineup when Vegas plays Tacoma at home today.
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    Ike did not play in last nights game he needed more time to settle in and prepare; so Wilmer Flores played first base and Ike will officially join the team today. Meantime Wally Backman is looking at up to a month to get Ike back in shape but it could be sooner. Wally has already thinking that there's a lot more mental than there is physical wrong with IKe. Wally wants to begin by clearing his head from everything. Wally knows as I have said many times that Ike was getting too many different people giving him a lot of different information, which is part of the reason he is so messed up. I love Wally’s thinking I could not agree more.
    Wally has also watched a mess of tape on Ike going back to when Ike first went to the big leagues from the minor leagues and saw that he has made to my changes, too many. The philosophy will be to try to get Ike back to what he did that got him to the big leagues in the first place. Ike is going to get total attention on a daily basis with one-on-one work with Wally and batting coach George Greer. Wally feels that it will be important for Ike to figure it out going from “ground zero”. Wally wants Ike to tell him how he feels and he can tell him what he sees. Ike and Wally have worked together before and believes they will be able to reach a happy medium where Ike can start feeling good about himself.
    Wally pointed out that there’s a lot more pressure in the big leagues than there is in AAA where he can relax a bit and find his swing. Wally already has thoughts on what Ike needs to do like that stance he kept changing, Wally believes there’s what he called “an in-between” which is where he’s squatting and he’s so spread out, thing is when he’s that spread out, he’ so strong anyway, but you still have to transfer your weight cause when you’re that wide, you can’t transfer your weight. So Wally has to help Ike find that happy medium. In addition there is pitch recognition which is another thing Ike struggled with and needs to fix.
    Listening to Wally yesterday confirms my belief that Ike is in the right place, I have always admired Backman's approach and teaching methods and I know absolutely that he will figure out what is wrong and get Ike back to where he needs to be which is something that apparently Terry Collins and his staff could not do.
    Go Wally, Go Ike, can’t wait to hear “Start me up” at Citi field again.
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    Ok so as expected the Mets got pounded by the Cards; well what did you expect if we can’t beat the struggling Marlins how are we to beat the Cardinals. But forget all that I was pissed and in a very bad mood before the game even started as soon as I saw the line up with Murphy at first. Collins has made some dumb moves with the lineup but this beats all. Why in the Hell would you take Murphy out of second base and move him now? The kid has been working his tale off at that position and doing a more than adequate job at it improving every day. It’s not as if there were no other options Duda could have easily moved there and platooned with Turner its Lucas’s natural position or what about Satin? But Collins said he did not want to move Duda cause it might cause Ike to worry that his job was in jeopardy WYTF? Does Terry even know Ike who could care less about who fills in for him while he is away plus Ike would be one of the first to agree that moving Murph was a boneheaded move. Everyone but Collins understands that Murph has “found it” at second and is solid with the glove, he can rake he can hit why the fuck mess with his head? Although Daniel did have a really bad play that costs us runs with that ball he “tackled” a play he will tell you should have been made; he made a bad play it happens to the best of em even multi Gold Glove winner DWright makes them. But I don’t want him improving his game at first I want him to continue improving at second. The other reason numb nutz Collins gave for not moving Duda was he did not want to mess with his momentum in paying the outfield. THEN WHAT ABOUT MURPHY?? Is that not the same thing???

    Now we come to Valdespin at second; I have no problem with Spin playing second in a situation where for whatever reason Murph could not play but if you listen to Collins reasoning it makes you shake your head and wonder if Collins is making poor choices or is he under some sort of pressure to do these things from guys like Alderson. Terry said he wanted Spin to get better and so he needs to learn by paying more often, he wants to teach him the right way to play. WHAT!!! Teaching a player to play is something you do in AAA or winter ball or in spring training the way that Murphy learned to play first and second; you don’t “teach” at the major league level.

    This Murphy/ Valdespin move is making me crazy so unnecessary and stupid it goes beyond comprehension. Collins also said he would bounce Daniel back and forth between first and second and use Turner and Satin as well. HEY ASSHOLE; Daniel Murphy is your second baseman leave him the fuck alone. Murphy of course is taking it as I would have expected he is a go with the flow kind of kid and will tell you that he is just so blessed to have a job in the majors and will do whatever is expected of him; but that’s our Murph it’s what I would expect him to say he is and always will be a team player

    Now we come to Davis, yesterday I told you guys how dedicated Wally Backman is to making Ike better and get him back to form all good news there however Ike has still not responded mentally to the demotion he is still bitter and that could be detrimental to his development we are all hoping he quickly sees the advantages he has now and will embrace thus change more than he is. He still believes he is a major league baseball player and does not belong in AAA. My concern is that his “I am too good for this” attitude will irritate Backman and trust me irritating Wally is something you want to avoid at all costs. But as someone reminded me of last night Wally is very understanding and will probably let Ike vent and feel sorry for himself for a while before he lets it bother him Lets all hope that Ike changes his attitude really soon cause he is in the best place he can be right now and as soon as Ike sees improvements in his game he will warm up a little more to the whole demotion thing.
    He did play yesterday batting cleanup and going 0-for-3 with 2 strikeouts and 2 BBs getting comfortable not making a whole lot of adjustments right out of the box.

    Can you see the difference in his stance here?




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    Here he is taking ground balls yesterday; by the way it was 93 degrees in Vegas




    Zach Lutz had a great return his first day back from the DL with a walk-off 3-run HR.
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    It was disappointing after a number of good starts to see Jeremy Hefner roughed up yesterday, though as sonny mentioned there was the Murph error and also Wright missed a chance at a double play, muffled the ball at third for a bit but did get the out at first. Moved runners up though so it eventually cost us. These mistakes happen, though. The biggest thing however is these Mets as presently constituted need to click and pitch well, keep the game close, play virtually mistake free baseball. Right now things just look glum for our boys, we'll have a whole lot more starting pitchers in the pipeline....Wheeler, Montero, Mazzoni, Syndegaard,Mike Mulvey, Robles, our newest second round pick Andrew Church, and I'm sure there's one or two I've missed but even the closest major league potential bat Wilmer Flores has several main flaws...lack of speed and real defensive skills. Matt den Dekker is another potential great glove/strikeout prone bat..I really wish Kirk Nieuwenhuis or Matt would show they can make contact..... strikeouts are going to happen but we need players who at least have some clue about the strike zone and aren't wildly undisciplined as even if Ike gets back to being the player we all know he can be if he gets himself right in AAA he'll strike out some. Duda does, Buck does, Wright does as well so we need to develop more players who get the bat on the ball. Or trade for them this offseason.... but don't expect off the bat a huge spending rush. Sandy Alderson has said recently the Mets have several areas where they will target spending acquisitions...and with next year's set budget and potential raises to people like Ike(I don't think they'll non tender him as rumored, they'll still work for the next year or so with him to see if he can be the core player they envision) and Murph. They will have considerably more freedom to make acquisitions but for reasonable money, not big long term contracts. Mets feel until they can get better record wise, and correspondingly get more people to come to Citi Field, they cannot make too big a jump in salary levels...even Alderson said with the market the Mets should aim towards being in the higher end of salaries but will not mortgage their future risking long term contracts that will blow up in their faces. Flores may hold appeal to some teams thinking he could change positions, combined with one or two young pitchers we may be able to trade for a impact bat at a reasonable salary, relatively young and under control budget wise for awhile. But the offense has to evolve.... they have to at least score enough to help out our starting pitchers win when they make quality starts.

    I don't like the Murph move to first, and Sandy Alderson and Terry Collins really aren't handling this well. Valdespin is going to be himself.... talented and occasionally electric and dynamic but there's always going to be some of the crap that just isn't team oriented. Duda should play first and Murph should remain at second....in fact Murph's improvement at second has been tremendous. He may never be a gold glove defender there but he makes a lot of tough plays and looks far more comfortable over there the more he plays. What is alarming though is how quickly Miguel Tejada went from being a major component of our future to not even being considered among Sandy Alderson's current Mets core. Some people have speculated it's basically a psychological move to push Tejada to not take his position on the club for granted...he his slid this year offensively and defensively...previously thought to a mature and heady beyond his years, and skilled fundamentally, there is no reason why he should be playing this year so often like in a cloud and when he returns from the DL, whether playing at CitiField or Las Vegas he had better get his head out of his ass and start playing right again or as the message implies he won't be part of the future direction of the Mets. Tejada disappoints me even more than Ike's regression or Lucas Duda's... he was never going to be a big home run threat, he was always intelligent with his decisions on the field and what he lacked in explosive speed his predecessor Jose Reyes had, he just looked like he was a good, solid major leaguer who should be that way for a long time and yet looks completely lost and undisciplined this year.

    Always interesting take sonny has on Ike and we know he'll keep us informed about Ike's progress. Along with everything sonny mentioned I read today how they have tried to eliminate the hitch in Ike's swing to cut back on movement and help him react to the pitch selection more readily (sonny's a pitching guy, he'll delve into all that I'm sure). It's going to be a work in progress, and Ike won't get called back in a week or two.... they are seriously going to try to get him going again, and the more good habits he develops and maintains at Las Vegas the better the chances he keeps doing the same when he's called up again. Maybe a month, maybe more but one thing seems certain the Mets want Ike back to succeed, and not a moment before they believe he's ready to do that.
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    What a thrill to see Dillon Gee have such a great night he seems to over that tendonitis which was ailing him no signs of that last night those cards were completely fooled did not know what was comin at them he was throwin strikes and I mean in every one of his pitches I did get a little worried there in the 6th when he seemed to lose focus a bit which we have seen before but he came out of that and that was a joy to watch and he is making lot easier for the Mets to decide on who stays and who goes eventually with Wheeler coming up but no one will be demoted right away because of all the makeup games we have comin up we will run with a 6 man rotation for a bit

    I hope all of you guys enjoyed the above post by my boy Saucy, so intelligently written and fun to read. Saucy can sometimes be the calming force here to offset some my post where I yell scream rant and rave I get a little passionate about my Mets and my Italian passion sometimes gets shall we say intense.
    To be fair Saucy has his Italian moments here as well

    Saucy mentioned Alderson and what he should be doing to help the team win, a possibility that keeps coming up is promoting guys from the minors but Sandy is holding off on that he wants to see what he has here now, we have Nieuwenhuis and Lagares out there in the outfield and we need time to see what we are gonna get outta those two guys I agree with KB it would be nice to see them side by side everyday let’s see what they can give us. The Mets also want to see just what the heck they can get outta Valdespin we know he has some talent but lately he has been a bust at the plate plus he is so unstable I mean ya just never know what that kid is going to do and he can be a real train wreck on the bases just does not think things thru look form example the other day when he tried to steal third with two outs; what a dumb ass move that was I am sure he learned not to do that in little league for heaven’s sake. Right now we gotta get him off second base and move Murph back Duda was taking ground balls at first yesterday but no real signs of change there Lucas needs to be at first
    We have no short stop to bring up so it will be Quint for now till we see how Tejada heals he is beginning to show signs of improvement by the way. Maybe we will see Wilmer Flores and pitching wise there is off course Montero who we will prolly see before the month is up.

    Saucy also wrote about the hitch in Ike Davis’s swing it was the very first thing that Backman addressed he wanted to fix all that movement, I mean it was up down back and forth with his hands moving all over the place. Wally explained to Ike the need to quiet down his swing shorten it even. Also pointing out how Ike was guessing so early making it easy to be fooled by the off speed stuff. Isn’t it interesting how it took like one day for Backman to pick up on Ike’s problems with his swing and yet the clowns back here seemed clueless on how to fix it. I’m just sayin.
    And the adjustments are already showing signs of improvements Ike was the DH last night went 2-5 including a double and brought in a run. What is also very important is that Ike has finally begun to accept his new role seeing the advantages of Vegas. Of course he would rather be doing that here but clearly Wally is far better at helping Ike than anyone here in NY and thank goodness Ike recognizes that. Knowing he is in a better place mentally over his demotion is Hugh lemme tell ya.






    Speaking of all those makeup games; Jay Horwitz had an idea that maybe we could play some split doubleheader against two different teams on same day. He gets those ideas when he is hard at work

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    Why are games like last nite's so far and few???? Need to bottle the pitching (which in general has been decent), and especially, the hitting. 3 bombs in one game, jeez! Now we just need to get an occasional it with men on base (like the first innning) more often. Nice win, we need morrrreee! Let's go Mets!

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    Love everything sonny said, and just when I'm about to post trying to be positive...games happen like Saturday

    Then, just when I'm at wit's end with my boys, and might have an Italian moment my boys do something like the other night and get me all excited again! Mets look lifeless, down 3-0 coming into the bottom of the ninth on a lousy homestand with only one bloody win to show for it Sunday afternoon Then Marlon Byrd opens with a long home run to left, and Lucas Duda patiently works a walk.... John Buck lashes a single to right... we have a possible huge rally going now! Omar Quintanilla places a perfect sacrifice bunt to move the runners over, then Kirk Nieuwenhuis, struggling since his recall from AAA Las Vegas to the Mets, sends everyone home in deliriously happy fashion taking struggling usual set up man Carlos Marsol deep into the second deck of right center with a screaming three run blast to win the game, 4-3. I felt so good for Kirk, with all his troubles since losing his effectiveness after such a great couple of months to open the season last year. I bet sonny who counts Kirk as a good friend jumped out of his seat like I did..bet syam and our other Met fans did too! Kirk got better than whipped cream from funster Justin Turner...got an apple pie in the face! Which is great because Kirk replied he loves apple pie! Gutty game from Jeremy Hefner who went five, got in trouble but never broke, ending very toughly....great relief for a change afterwards. Now a much happier flight to Atlanta.. and Tuesday a doubleheader with Matt Harvey in the first game and in the nightcap the long awaited debut of phenom Zach Wheeler!
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    Saucy I did not get the chance to jump out of my chair when Kirk Nieuwenhuis got that hit, I was in Brooklyn with the Cyclones as we prepared for today’s opener at the SI Yankees. But word spread thru the Cyclones clubhouse about what had happened so I could not wait to get home and crank up the DV to watch the game fast forwarding to the ninth inning to see Kirk's hit. It was Kirk’s his first career walk-off home run, a three-run shot off the face of the second deck in right field which took his OPS from .299 to .450. Kirk had been belting out the homers pretty regularly in Vegas before coming back to Flushing but was not doing as well here. One of the things he said was he was not seeing the ball as well here as he did in Vegas. I felt that he was now facing big league pitchers who are better at concealing the pitches than the guys in AAA, plus of course how you see pitches varies from pitcher to pitcher and how well he hides the ball. So determined to overcome that he had no problem recognizing that fastball yesterday. Keep that going Newsy my boy.
    My one word Text to Kirk last night was “DUUUUUDE!”!



    “We are going to have to move Murph back to second base” ~Terry Collins. Really Terry, ya think? I mean just about everyone in baseball told him that was a boneheaded move so now Terry finally realizes that it was a bad move and his little Valdespin experiment which blew up in Terry’s face is mercifully over. In six starts since becoming an everyday player, Valdespin is 3-for-23. And that’s not to mention tossing a throw over error to Jonathon Niese’s head and twice during a play at second not knowing how to get out of the way of the runner ended up on his dumb ass.

    Moving over to first tonight will be Duda which is where Lucas should have played in the first place my guess is when we face lefties we could see Turner there.

    Tuesday is the home opener for the Brooklyn Cyclones, we have been working hard and are pumped to get this season started. Our first game is tonight away with the Yankees. One of the new guys on the team is LJ Mazzilli, the son of ex-Met Lee Mazzilli; he will play second base for us. Lee has been to the park the last couple of days and said he believes his son will have a chance to have a great future with the Mets organization, even going so far as to say L.J. has the edge over him as an overall player.
    Also on the team is shortstop Gavin Cecchini who played a short time with us last season. He was selected 12th overall last season and is the highest drafted player ever in the Cyclones 13th season. Gavin recently donated 10,000 to the Sandy relief fund Gavin said that being from Louisiana he knows firsthand about the devastation caused by hurricanes and felt he had to do something. Great kid welcome back best of luck in Brooklyn
    Two other players I am excited about are pitchers, Ricky Knapp and Seth Lugo Kevin McGowan

    I dono about you guys but my blood is beginning to pump a little harder as we get close to that Tuesday double header in Atlanta with Harvey and Wheeler pitching on the same day. Be still my heart, I have a game in Brooklyn and will miss most of that live but you can bet my DVR is set to go. Zack will have tons of family and friends at the game Tuesday,yesterday he just hung out with his brother and friends, just chillin.
    He will wear No. 45. Kevin Burkhardt will speak to Zack during tonight’s game

    The lineup the Mets will put out tonight to face the Braves will be Lagares Murphy Wright Duda Byrd Buck Nieuwenhuis Quintanilla and Gee the mound
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    Yep sonny, so great to see Kirk's jubilation and even more just how happy our boys were for him and to win the game! Your buddy JT giving him an apple pie facial instead of the usual whipped cream facing was an inspired touch... plus Kirk says he loves apple pie! He's just an infectious dude when he gets going, you really wanna root for him because he plays the game hard and right and when he's going like he did the first couple of months laast year he was one of those instrumental in the Mets hot start last year. Hoping he continues to just be himself and not overdo things and let his talent take over. He's got power, speed and we know he can cover it in center field. Good luck on the season opener for the Cyclones... hoping Gavin does really well, and stars moving quickly up the Mets chain. He was a natural hitter with a good eye and while not blinding speed a very good baserunner who also is solid defensively in high school...he didn't really shine in his debut season last year but it does take time sometimes to make the adjustment. Another couple of pitchers in the pipeline with promise? I love that!


    Thankfully as sonny writes the Valdespin experiment at second is over and Daniel Murphy goes back where he should have never been moved. Valdespin disappointed me greatly, showing virtually none of the spark he shows often coming in late in games. His sometimes questionable approach doesn't help, and I think it's better for the Mets and Jordanny if he were sent down to Las Vegas to play every day at one position and show the Mets if there's anything to really get excited about here.

    So excited about the Wheeler debut...it looks like on the surface he's a lot cooler and calmer than the intense Matt Harvey but the kid wants to be great, too. His personality seems perfect for him in that he's not going to shrink from the tough situations but eagerly confront them, his quiet confidence a nice complement to the more fiery public intensity of Matt Harvey. He even received a classy welcome by Atlanta Braves legend Chipper Jones, who always was up for the Mets as we well remember!
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    Very, very tough loss last night after Kirk's electric three run game winning homer on Sunday... Freddy Freeman launches one off of Dillon Gee in the bottom of the ninth with one out and on to do the reverse for the Braves in Atlanta dramatically ending a game that started after an epic three hour, forty plus minute rain delay 2-1. Great job by Atlanta personnel getting the field in good condition .... such a great effort until the end by Dillon Gee, who also drove in the Mets only run earlier with a single. Dillon was magnificent all night, going the sistance only allowing five hits and the two runs, one walk and struck out six. Lucas Duda going to first base had a great night as well, four hits including a booming double that nearly went out of the park in his last at bat.

    Today the twin bill starting off with Matt Harvey and the evening game trumpeting the MLB regular season debut of Atlanta area native Zach Wheeler.... hopefully we can get some bats supporting good pitching efforts today.
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    So the bad news last night was the weather in Brooklyn which forced the cancellation of the Cyclones home opener, lots of thunder lightning and rain the good news was we were able thanks to an SNY feed in the clubhouse to gather around and watch Zack Wheeler make his major league debut.

    We all expected Zack would be nervous and excited and hoped that it would not affect his pitching performance but what he felt out there was more excitement than nerves he had trouble sorting out his mechanics and felt a little unsettled not being used to his alack of rhythm and could feel that his release point was off around the strike zone you may have noticed he was flying open with his front. So yeah Zack was a little off in the first inning; right of the bat we could see his breaking ball was not working for him with he had to be nervous with all the excitement, his family and tons of friends in the crowd and of course all the hype that led up to that big day. Although Zack said he was not nervous you may have seen Wright go out to the mound at one point and speak to Zack what you may not know is that David went there to kid with Zack saying “I though you said you were not nervous. You lied” Murph also came over during the game to give Zack a second to breathe and boost him up a bit. Then in the second inning he settled in and began to pitch more like we were accustomed to seeing like striking out Dan Uggla on a breaking pitch.
    So now Zack will head back to AAA Las Vegas for the weekend where he is expected to throw a bullpen session for the pitching coach then meet up with the Mets in Chicago at the end of the weekend. Now if you are reading this and going HUH What? It is a necessary temporary demotion he will be officially re-promote on Tuesday for his next scheduled with the White Sox.
    It goes like this, because Zack was technically the Mets' 26th player for the doubleheader, they can demote him after that game without having him spend 10 days in the minors before returning applying. The other thing is it means Wheeler will not collect MLB service time between starts, and that’s where that Super 2 thing raises its ugly head again cause he will not qualify for an extra year of arbitration as a Super 2. The rules also dictate that Zack will not be allowed to be with the Mets between starts, so sending him to Las Vegas makes sense although many of hoped that just maybe he could come to Brooklyn instead but alas that was not the way it went. Keep in mind that Wheeler was designated as the 26th man for the team’s doubleheader against the Braves so if you stop and put it all together you will see that this is the best and pretty much only way the Mets could have played this. Again it’s all about the rules call it a wrinkle if you will. It enables Alderson to capitalize on it to give him the most available players during the next week of games rather than have Zack sitting it out he will go to AAA and wait. It’s what he’d be doing with the big-league team, but just not actually with the big-league team. Got it? Good! So no fear guys he’ll rejoin the Mets and stay for the rest of his career.

    So with all the Wheeler hype Matt Harvey was not about to be overshadowed he too threw a magnificent game reaching 100.1 MPH the fastest pitch thrown by a starter this season and setting the bar just a little bit higher for Wheeler. Matt took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning before giving up that infield single to Jason Heyward. What concerns me is the way Matt reacted to that he just never recovered especially after thrown that ball away he was, well, a little off his game after that. He is just soooo intense beats himself up and never satisfied with his performances. He Just needs to chill a bit maybe take a page form Zack's book who is so laid back its night and day between the two boys on that level. But don’t misunderstand or read anything into that cause Matt has been nothing but supportive of Zack taking him under his wing as it were. The boys are going to be one heck of a one two punch for us this year

    Sorta unnoticed in all the noise last night was David Wright who is now is the Mets all-time career hit leader, extending his lead with a single in the 9th inning of Tuesday night’s game for his 1,500th career hit.

    I had asked Turner to warn Zack about those wacky Braves fans and their war chant and chopping. Which as it turns out he got in the very first inning. Our Cyclones manager said “oh there they go I bet they could not wait to hit him with that” Speaking of JT he is going to be fine its juts that intercostal had been nagging him a while so on when the team left for Atlanta he stayed behind and headed over to the hospital to have it checked out, after getting a shot and he took a flight down to Atlanta to join the team but Collins said he should rest and take a couple of weeks of till we see how he feels then, so Justin will go on the 15 day DL he feels good now.

    My boy Anthony Recker came through with a two-run home run in the top of the seventh inning just to be sure that Zack would be able to get his first big league win.

    Loved that interview KB did with Zack’s parents his dad just beaming with pride, unseen just behind them was a big fan of Zack’s by the name of Chipper Jones who later said “Boy I'm glad I retired! Would not wanna face Harvey and Wheeler 5 or 6 times a year for the next 10yrs. Those boys were electric”

    Other stuff that happened last night the Mets traded Collin McHugh to the Colorado Rockies for Eric Young Jr and promoted Andrew Brown from AAA, in a move I did not like they also designated Collin Cowgill for assignment. Why not Valsespin is beyond me makes no sense. Unfortunately after all his hard work getting back Scott Atchison hurt his groin and went back on the disabled list.

    Matt den Dekker very excited to say he made his season debut in the minors on Monday with St. Lucie you may recall he fractured his wrist back in late March. Can’t wait till he is back in Flushing

    Remember F-Mart? Well Fernando Martinez is now a Yankee.

    Gotta head to Brooklyn now write more tomorrow

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    Well how great was the Mets taking that series against the Braves, we really needed that. Tough team them there Braves but we took em and that included a scary 6 innings yesterday from our pen. When Niese went down I thought Oh boy, the pen for 6 innings this is gonna be bad. But lo and behold they came thru and got er done and how great was that the perfect topping for that series. The SNY feed was down last night at the Cyclones park so I did not know the outcome of the game till I got home to watch it on my DVR which as nice for a change, so there I at chewing my nails off watching our pen toss 6 pretty darn good innings. Meantime back in Brooklyn we played our home opener which was rescheduled after a rain day and we took it 3-0 with John Gant pitching a brilliant game limiting Aberdeen to three hits and two walks while striking out six batters in five scoreless innings. NICE!

    I am happy to tell you guys that Ike Davis is doing well in AAA he has adjusted to the situation beautifully and sees by way of his progress the merits of him going there. The Ike Man although still a bit nervous is a happy dude. All Ike needed was to relax and calm himself down which was very difficult in NY with the media attention and all the stress he had here. They have found the problems with his “hitch” and it is improving, not as big as it was, he is now standing closer to the plate and keeping his hip in while at the same time keeping his body back which he really needed to do. On Wednesday he went 2-for-2 with three walks, an RBI and two runs scored. Yesterday he was on fire homering twice, doubled and drove in three runs. I have to give thanks to the great job hitting coach George Greer and of course Uncle Wally Backman for the great job in helping Ike whose average is now up to.306. So yeah. The Ike Man is on his way back to his old self. Way too soon to get too excited he still has a way to go but every day shows improvement and so that’s encouraging.

    Good grief I am so glad we are done in Atlanta after 4 days 5 games, playing those guys was fun but enough already with those obnoxious fans with that chop chop and that organ player with his war chant, soooo irritating. Players have told me that if ya think its bad watching it on TV try beginning on the field when that crap starts, it’s loud and unsettling, just let one player get on base and off they go.

    Not much to tell you on Niese seems like the same issue he had before has returned, the docs in Atlanta found nothing serious, so now Jon heads to NY to see what the docs here say. Jon did say late last night the pain or discomfort had stopped and he was not concerned about it. But that’s what he said last time and missed a start so hopefully this is not gonna be a thing he will have on and off all season.

    Daniel Murphy gave a little lip to the home plate umpire after an at bat and the ump gave him a totally unnecessary warning, Murph was not out of line or rude to the jerk he simply let him know he disagreed with the strike call. When Wright saw what had happened he jumped up and defended Murphy yelling back to the ump to “Pay attention to what he was doing out there” along with a few other choice words, Good for him sometimes those guys think they are mightier than God and need to be put in their place and Captain Wright is just the guy to do it.
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    Another great day at the plate yesterday for Ike Davis his second day in a row with two homers
    Duda may be going on the DL he is in NY to get MRI after feeling discomfort in his side yesterday
    Alderson visiting with IKE in AAA
    What’s it all mean?
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    Lucas Duda to the DL, Zach Lutz, not Ike Davis recalled.
    It’s all good because we want to be sure Ike is fully ready before he returns and even thou he is on fire at AAA a part of that can be attributed to the fact that he is seeing the ball better since he is not facing major league pitchers who conceal the ball better. But he is making what Backman called “incredible progress” and so it should not be long now. Ike is fine with this not losing patience just anxious to get back understands why he is there and completely happy with his progress so far.

    Josh Satin is probably going to play first Ike is happy with that idea since he and Josh are close buddies and wants very much to see Josh get a lot of playing time; Josh has been getting the job done as a pinch hitter so far. Ike gave Josh his locker to use, Josh joked that Ike did not leave him any presents in there.

    I often written about Kevin Burkhart here cause he is simply the best at what he does but he is also a great guy funny mischievous and well loved.

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    Back from travel, and the Mets have been playing some decent baseball, winning series in Atlanta and Philly, coming off the terrific ninth inning victory over the Cubs in the homestand finale. Harvey has been awesome, Wheeler excelled in his debut, and with some timely hitting the Mets are having a good road trip. Gee's Atlanta game could have been a win, and the Saturday game in Philly was as close as could be, too, so things are on an uptick right now. Lets hope the Mets can continue that tonite in Chi-town vs the Sox, with Zach Wheeler on the hill. Perhaps the Sox will be slow following the Black Hawks exciting Stanley Cup win last nite. I see Ike was named PCL player of the week. That's what I like to see!! Let's go Mets!!

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    Yup Syam, Zack Wheeler is already in Chicago he will start Tuesday against the White Sox, Greg Burke is prolly going to be sent down although he did travel with the team to Chicago. The boys took a well deserved day off yesterday in Chicago seeing the sites and relaxing We expect that Zack will be much more relaxed this time out less pressure out of NY look for him to have greater command and strike out more batters.

    Ike Davis continues to just get better and better and it is now at the point where he just needs to be brought back. I man there is no longer any doubt that he is ready and does not need any more time in AAA. I am sure you read or heard sports casters suggest that Ike may have been just on a hot streak and could come back and fail which is total BS. I already told you guys we just wanted to be sure he is really seeing the ball as well as it appears he is and trust me he is. His approach has improved tremendously and is now beginning to get a bit bored down there and is chompin at the bit to get back. I would be surprised if Ike is not back as soon as late this week after the Chicago series don’t want to play him in Chicago against two lefty’s right outa the box. Ike is now up to hitting .310 with four home runs in 42 at-bats over 12 games in AAA and .474 with four homers in six games and yesterday he was named Pacific Coast League Player of the Week. “Start him up”

    Thanks for that post Syam it sometines seems once again I am the only one posting, come on guys do you not have a single though or comment at all? Your comment do not have to be as rambling as mine are and go on and on just a few words would be helpful in keeping this thread interesting.
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    I'm definitely reading, just some personal stuff right now that's been getting to me... very sorry sonny and syam. Last night we saw Zack Wheeler trying to get his other stuff over, not crisp but got through five plus innings allowing four runs, four hits, three walks but surprisingly just one strikeout. Mets tied in the game in the ninth in the kind of fashion that the Mets would have lost games before... David Wright gets a hit, steals second ... After two outs Daniel Murphy pinch hit, but promptly appeared to have lifted a game ending pop up. Confusion though by the White Sox infield on who had the ball resulted in a drop that allowed DWright to score from second, improbably tying the game at 4. Reality set in before Mets fans could get too excited when in the bottom of the tenth, LaTroy Hawkins gave the game back allowing a hit, allowed a misplay and eventually the game winning hit. Colin Cowgill was traded after the game to the Angels for A-ball infielder Kyle Johnson after being designated for assignment several days ago.
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