looking forward to your recap later Saucy
SooooooooThe Mets are gonna keep us waitin A bit longer with Ike Davis’ return. We all thought he would be back his weekend but it is not looking likely after all. Ike has not been told what the plan is exactly but with a string of lefties coming up again including at least two against Washington this weekend as well as a pair against Arizona to open next week, the feeling is let’s wait and start him against a right hander the first time back. Which means the upcoming lineup of pitchers could cause a delay in Ikes return till the middle of next week. We do face a righty today in Denver with righty Tyler Chatwood. But back at Citi Field this weekend, the Mets will see two left-handers Detwiler on Friday and Gonzalez on Sunday. The Mets also should see two lefties during the next series against Arizona with Corbin and Miley. Thing is we know that Ike can and has hit against lefties successfully in fact he is hitting .429 with two homers and a walk in 14 at-bats against lefty pitching in AAA. Ike is getting fidgety and anxious and most of us are getting impatient for his return, but the nutz and bolts behind the Mets have decided to wait on him and we all know what great decisions those guys are capable of In any event anything could change and I promise if I hear anything I will post it.
I wanna vent now about John Buck and his attitude lately, the other day Collins decided to pinch hit Murphy for Buck and that did not sit well with him. Later in the clubhouse Buck moaned and pouted about it to other members of the team basically acting like a little girl about it getting his panties all in a bunch. What he needs to understand is that when you are down to your last out in the 9th and behind a run you want the better of the hitters going out there to try and get the job done, which was Murphy and not Buck.
So instead of bitchin abut it to the team Buck should have gone to Collins and let his feelings be heard that would be the professional thing to do.
I am also going to put part of the blame on Zack Wheeler troubles in his last outing I felt that Buck called a bad game and made poor pitch selections, I just wish Zack had shrugged off some of them especially the off speed stuff but he gave the benefit of the doubt to the “veteran “catcher I am thinkin maybe some of you guys after seeing what fingers Buck put down in some cases made you think HUH?. Of course as many of you have heard Zack was also tipping his pitches which Dan Warthen will help him with during a bullpen session today eliminating the pitch-tipping by Wheeler. Zack did not realize he was doing that he really had not been before. Just so you guys understand that tipping is not a problem to fix at all by simply using different arm angles for one thing. In addition we did not see Zack throw a lot of strikes in that outing and when he did they were not good cause the balls were up. He did have a mean curveball going however.
So he still has some work to do but he will be fine.
Well it seems out search for a leadoff hitter may he over finally we have on that is working for us in Eric Young Jr. What a breath of fresh air that kid is both at the plate and in the outfield, he even came to our rescue at second base the other day when Valsespin had another mediocre start at second. He has the speed we need in the leadoff spot sorta like Reyes had and I love his ability to take the extra base on hits
A very tired David Wright will be given off today against the Colorado Rockies.
Ruben Tejada should begin a rehab assignment later this week in the Gulf Coast League, and also will make a stop at Las Vegas before being activated from the DL. But I wonder considering the way Omar Quintanilla is playing especially with those awesome fielding plays if Tejada will get his full-time shortstop position back. Maybe divvy the playing time between Ruben and Omar could in in the cards.
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Great wins as Shawn Marcum finally got his first win going eight fantastic innings allowing only four hits winning 3-0 on Wednesday against the ChiSox and Jeremy Hefner pitching fairly well and given a huge lift by the bullpen on Thursday in the Colorado Rockies- Mets make up game in Denver. The scorching Marlon Byrd hit a two run homer in the ninth to give the Mets a 3-2 victory and Bobby Parnell sealed it with another dominating performance.
Our boys come home today to CitiField taking on the Nationals with Matt Harvey going today... appears that Zach Wheeler will go Sunday, Dillon Gee tomorrow splitting the two big young power arms on the Mets.Sonny I'm sure will have more info and correct me if I'm wrong here. Mets have gotten so much out of new acquisition Eric Young, Jr.. who's speed, bat and versatility have been a huge injection of positive-ness to the Mets just as they need it, and since he was acquired from the Rockies last week he's been an ignitor at the top of the lineup the Mets have lacked really since they let Jose Reyes go. Hope the New Jersey native continues to shine but so far he's really added life to the boys and now it just seems more fun.
Oh boy what a shame after another brilliant start from Matt Harvey who went seven innings, allowing three base runners and one home run and striking out 11 and lowering his ERA to .199 our bull pen came in and threw it away, yup literally “threw it” away. But now where normally I would rant and rave about the poison pen I have to take a step back and say wait a sec cause after all the bullpen has performed well lately, in the previous 11 games, the pen posted an ERA of 0.52 ERA, giving up just two earned runs in 34 1/3 innings. THE METS BULLPEN!!! So I won’t overreact here and will instead chalk it up to just one of those games that got away. Credit or fault has also have to be given to our bats who should have brought home more runs we left way to many stranded again and that contributed greatly to last night’s loss. Actually I was happy to see our bats come alive so well last night at all after a grueling flight delayed trip home, I know that Murphy did not get home till 5:45 in the morning and after short rest was back at Citi Field so the boys had reason to be a little tired but no excuse for leaving so many base runners on.
Matt reacts to the bull pen “Are you shittin me?
I am feeling pretty darn good about the team as and as a Met fan you should as well. We have finally put together a very formidable outfield, our pitching both starting and relief has been very good our infield even without Tejada and Davis has been terrific. Quintanilla is giving Tejada something to think about for sure I am not so sure that shortstop job is his anymore. Then there is Josh Satin who is doing one heck of a job keeping first base warm or I should say hot for Ike Davis, Josh had another great night driving in two runs and was right in the thick of all the key plays on both sides of the ball. No one is happier than Ike about that who said “I am so proud of Josh he has worked hard to get there after getting bumped off the roster a couple of times its awesome to see him finally getting the break and doing so well at the big league level” Ike by the way continues his commitment to charity events for those effected by super storm Sandy, he is gonna be one of several players doing a golf tournament to benefit recovery and rebuilding efforts from the storm. Ron Darling among others will also participate will have more on that in future posts from the dinner at Carlyle.
John Buck continues to mess up with his game calling, yesterday I complained about the way he handled or I should say mishandled Wheelers last start and last night he stupidly called for a for a breaking ball inside to Desmond which went out of the park. Harvey himself should have known that it was a boneheaded call. In addition Buck is now 1-for-his-last-24.
You prolly did not hear this if you were listing to SNY but over on the Nationals broadcast Bob Carpenter called Murphy “one of the best second basemen in the league.” Can’t argue with you there Bob
Often times you will see Kevin Burkhardt sitting in the stands while doing his reports during a game but you may have noticed that KB stood thru most of his reports, that’s because the night before he was hit by a foul ball, Ron Darling called out “It got Kevin in the back” Well truth is it got him alright but it was just a bit south of his back and he has the bruise on his backside to show for it. But he’s ok lucky to have turned around as the ball hit him otherwise, well that mighta stung a bit more in a pace ya don’t wanna get stung.
So today we go back at em for game two line ups will be: Young, lf, Murphy 2B, Wright 3B, Byrd RF, Satin1B, Nieuwenhuis CF, Buck C, Quintanilla SS and Gee on the mound.
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Great pic of Matt, sonny..... and I bet the Italian side of Matt was blowing up inside! It just sucked.. Aardsma should have been left in there to get the last out in the eighth but NO, Collins just has to do the lefty righty thing when David had got two outs after the leadoff single. You want to finish and get right to Parnell who was probably so bummed he just didn't have it...no excuse, he's got to put guys away. No panicking but we cannot afford bullpen meltdowns when our pitchers are giving us great efforts. I'm not giving our outfield raves yet, as this is not going to be the Mets outfield of the future but they are holding the fort well. Young can't throw in left field though, and eventually he's a fourth outfielder or platoon one, with occasional play at second but he can be really valuable as a supersub off the bench with his speed, all out play, and fundamental soundness. For this year, Marlon Byrd is valuable as well but he's a stopgap, at 35 not part of the long term future. A core outfielder has to be acquired by trade by the trade deadline or more likely this winter, using some of our strong starting pitching in our minor league system. Young and others, maybe Matt den Dekker, or Kirk Nieuwenhuis can be solid complimentary pieces out there but we need to get a young stud who the team can hold on to at a reasonable price for the next w or three years while the team can improve developmentally as a whole and with bigger attendance can maintain healthy higher payrolls envisioned by Sandy Alderson in the future.
Boy, John Buck has gone from April hero to almost a zero... thought he was at least respected defensively at least but it's just gone sour for him since early in the year. Anthony Recker should get more opportunities, he worked great with Zack Wheeler his first start. When will Travis D'Arnaud be ready to play regular games in Las Vegas? Travis can't get here soon enough! Glad to hear about the Murph love.... he's really improved his play defensively at second and is primed for another hitting surge after a bit of a quiet period, lately.
You must be really fun razzing poor KB!
Ok so that happened
Look you guys please don’t get too disappointed in Wheeler I am sure you have and will continue to read all day today about all the reason he failed yesterday but I am here to tell you he is much much better than you have seen so far. Perhaps he was brought up o soon but the reality is I don’t know that would have made a difference cause he is facing big leaguers now and that is a whole other anchlota from what he is used to. I watched him pitch quite a few times in the minors and know what he is capable of he just needs a bit more time. Harvey was able to adapt immediately but Zack is having problems at the big league level What I saw yesterday other than continuing fastball command problems were problems that were different than the ones he had in the first game and that is a little disturbing but please give him time don’t give up on him.
The game became such a circus that at one point I just started laughing I mean I had no control it became so incredibly lame. I hated that dreaded Nats had the satisfaction of beating Wheeler up so bad. But then in the ninth something happened I had not expected something that made me feel so good and that was seeing Anthony Recker in the bull pen. I knew Tony can pitch I actually saw him do it once but I never thought I’d see him do it with the Mets; so when he came out to the mound I was thrilled. It all started when Collins realizing the game was lost and rather than use of the bull pen and wear those guys down in a no win situation he would just finish the game with Recker on the mound smart move by the way cause there was no way we going to come back form a 10 runs we aint that amazin So Collins asked Recker if he wanted to pitch, Tony said sure but I need a glove, Here you go, said Harvey as he handed him his glove, go on out there. So with Matt Harvey’s glove and a big smile he headed to the mound a day he won’t soon forget. Truth be told he did as well or better than most of the guys in the pen. Great fun!
The news got better last night when Matt den Dekker said he is leaving today for AAA Las Vegas feeing back to normal after playing a few games in A ball and is ready to go. One of my favorite people I am excited to see Matt returning to the game and will keep you guys informed on how he does and when he might return to Flushing.
Waitin on word from Mike Baxter who left Vegas last night to come back to NY to be with his wife Diana, who is about to give birth any second now.
Justin Turner played catch yesterday hopes to start swinging a bat in maybe a week intercostal doing well.
Lucas Duda still not doing much just still getting treatments.
Ike Davis getting very very very impatient to come back
I'm not going to give up on Zach either.... learning command of your pitches, even if you have the talent like Zach sure does is different for every pitcher. Matt learned pretty quick, and this year has improved even more. The Zach that was often batting practice for the Nats yesterday will look like a whole new pitcher, often dominant and intimidating, before long. He just needs time, more work and more confidence but the Nats and other clubs won't feel so lucky as Zach gets more comfortable in his situation and improves.
I'm getting sick of seeing Brandon Lyons or anyone coming in as the bullpen turns from solid to poison lately. Anthony Recker like sonny mentioned was game to even try to pitch the last inning, comparably speaking he was better prepared having never pitched than most of our so called "relievers". The Mets cannot afford to allow the pen to screw things up and blow leads or perform so badly they allow the opposing team to pull away. Lyons has had a couple of these piching out of his ass efforts lately.. what's he trying to do, make LaTroy Hawkins look good?
Thanks sonny for the player updates as well, hopefully we'll see all these players soon enough. I don't know if Ike is still hot at the plate, but he may hot at the plate as temps in the Southwest hit unbearable temps since the end of last week.. Las Vegas was 117 yesterday, Phoenix was 119... fucking unbearable and it may be that way for the nest few days!
Following this weekend's series, there were enuff positives and negatives to go around. Harvey was brilliant as usual, with only the bullpen providing the way to lose that game. Dillon Gee pitched masterfully in his win, with a good job from the bullpen boys, and Sunday, Wheeler continued his learning curve. Enough bats have been working in general, especially since Erik Young arrived, he's provided a much needed boost to the lineup, and Byrd has been flying high the past couple of weeks. On my S*list, however, is Brandon Lyon. In my opinion, it is time for him to go, he has not provided much lately, and this weekend was a disaster for him. He's serving pitches up on a platter. Kill the "Snakes", Let's go Mets!!
Now that’s more like it what a fun game with offense for a change and of course as almost always we had quality pitching. Jeremy Hefner was brilliant, gave up just one run in seven innings, his ERA is now just over 2 for his last eight starts
But my hero last night had to be Anthony Recker, who took great advantage of a 2-1 changeup to blast one into the left-field seats, starting an offensive barrage that was soon to follow; it was Recker's third home run of the season, Atta boy Antny. Maybe now Collins will give him m more playing time and give the struggling Buck some bench time. Prolly not but we can hope, tonight Buck will catch Harvey.
After a slew of lefties we finally begin to see some right handed pitchers tonight, now we have heard that was then time we might see Ike Davis back but Ike has been told no positive news yet. Ike wants very much to get back and is making big progress, including a lot less movement in his hands, and is standing better at the plate not so slouched. And the hitch is pretty much gone he had another two run homer last night. Also important is he’s driving the ball the other way much better and not so much a pull guy and that spells progress. But still no encouraging news on returning as of yesterday. However today Collins and Alderson will be talking about additional moves but not hearing much on one of them being Ike. The other side of that coin is of course Josh Satin who has been awesome filling kin for Ike, ya gotta love his plate discipline, and the way he controls his bat, he has clearly improved his pitch recognition all of which has added up to a steady ability to get on-base and man on man do we ever love those clutch hits. Nice to have a problem like what to do with Satin when Ike gets back and although I love ne some Satin and want him to remain in the lineup somewhere Ike is our first baseman I am ready to hear for “Start me up” again at Citi.
As to the other what happens too question there is Omar who has more than adequately filled in Ruben Tejada, what happens there? Well Ike is more secure in his job than Rubin who will now have to basically win in his job back. Rubin is now in his rehab assignment in Las Vegas; his first at bat was a pinch-hit RBI double and is expected to start for the first time for the 51s today.
Lineups tonight Eric Young Jr., lf Daniel Murphy, 2b David Wright, 3b Marlon Byrd, rf Josh Satin, 1b
Kirk Nieuwenhuis, cf John Buck, c Omar Quintanilla, ss and Harvey
After two very nice wins over the "Snakes", the Mets couldn't pull one out for Matt Harvey last nite, despite HR's from Murph, Satin, and DWright. Matt pitched okay early on, being his dominant self, but seemed to fade as the night wore on, then giving up the 3 run bomb to Cody Ross. Probably just a "hiccup" during the long season, especially as we near the All Star break. The Mets have played much better since the arrival of Eric Young and Josh Satin getting into the lineup. Let's go Mets!!
So I finally got the call I have been waitin for for close to a month
Ike Davis is packing tonight to head to Milwaukee to rejoin the team
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....and along with that good news is that Brandon Lyon is gone, too. ANother of those tough losses when a clutch hit here or there could have won the game. Two remarkable game tying HR's though by Neuwenhuis and Recker. Let's clobber the Brew Crew, Lets go Mets!!
Yup Syam another one of our leaky pens is gone thanks for mentioning that. In addition The Mets have demoted reliever Gonzalez Germen to Vegas which completes the roster moves for Ike Davis and Greg Burke.
We should have a good series with the Brewers who are struggling a bit more than the Mets are right now and we need to beat up on em. It ‘important for us to beat up on the weaker teams these are games we have to take advantage of. The guys are a bit worn (just don’t say they are tired) they have had a rough couple of weeks with rain delays galore, extra inning games, make of games sacrificing days off, and travel just last week we played in three time zones over a 24 hour period. Still the Brewers will face a team of scrappers who never give up they are fighters and they are hungry.
Davis has not had much success with the Brewers who have feasted on Ike in the past so he needs to make that right starting tonight. I am really happy that Keith Hernandez will be in the both tonight to evaluate how Ike is doing.
There is some talk that Josh Satin will get playing time at first base with Ike as well as second with Murphy a bit against leftie/ rightie pitching not a platoon exactly and nothing official on that just the first thought as of now. For tonight Satin will sit Ike will bat cleanup and play first.
Lineup Young, Murphy, Wright, Davis, Nieuwenhuis, Lagares, Buck, Quintanilla, and Wheeler on the mound
I’m back bitches
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Wow, 12 runs, one game!!! Nice effort from the offense, in particular Capt Kirk, who goes 4 for 4 with 5 RBI's!! A nice return by Ike with 3 hits! Great to see a game where the lineup gets it done without relying on Murph and DWright. I believe that will help relax them a bit, knowing others can get the job done. Zach Wheeler had his ups and downs, as is expected, but did a great job getting thru the fifth inning with the bases loaded, one out, and leaving them stranded by coaxing a popout, then getting Francisco looking on a beaut of breaking pitch. Bullpen was good enuff with Josh Edgin being particularly effective and getting a save. Do it again, Let's go Mets!!
Yes sir Syam my boy that was some kind iof game
As I expected Ike Davis’ return last night went great, he showed what he had been working on in AAA and is back to playing terrific baseball. The difference in Ike from before he went to AAA was more than subtle in my opinion. I was surprised to hear Keith Hernandez say that he did not see that much change in Ike but I saw it a whole other way. For openers he has clearly begun laying off fastballs not that he got that many last night most of the pitches he saw were curveballs which Ike did not chase, before he went to AAA he was doing that way too much. Ike had said that in AAA he had begun to calm it down a lot which I could clearly see he has although surprisingly Keith never mentioned that either. Ike is taking better swings not over swinging. I thought his bat speed was shorter to the ball which is something he said he has been working on and it showed. Very important too was seeing Ike not swinging at breaking balls he should not swing at something he had been doing a lot before he went to Vegas. That to me translates that he is absolutely seeing the ball better than before, much better. Even his attitude towards the ump when there is bad call, in the past he was doin a lot of pouting and grumbling which was not good at all I credit his dad for helping Ike with that and you saw a taste of that last night in the 6th when the ump called a 3-2 pitch a strike that was clearly a ball off the plate but Ike just looked up at the sky and walked away which is what he needs to do, nice to see him growing in that area. The only thing negative I saw that he still does is pulling those outside pitches but hey, it was only his first game back
It all began when Ike got the call early yesterday morning when the phone woke him up at 5:15 AM and the voice on the other end said pack your bags you’re going to Milwaukee and after just 10 hours of sleep in two days he was on his way back to the Mets a very happy and excited Ike Man
As if Ike's day was not enough my boy Kirk Nieuwenhuis had a spectacular day on fire turning on those fastballs and hitting 2 singles a double and a triple and 5 RBIs. No Met since DWright did it 8 years agio in 2005 has a Met had 4 hits and 5 RBIs in a single game. If Ike and Kirk can keep that going we could have a very fun second half of Mets baseball. We need Kirk out there every day now and we need more Recker and less Buck. In addition I need for Murph to get it back he has been having trouble lately at the plate I am not worried about the Irish Hammer just want him to return to form and that would include improving on the fielding errors he has suffered lately Daniel is better than that
Finally Zack Wheeler, in his five-inning outing he gave up three runs although only one was earned, my God those Brewers play sloppy defense, seriously. On the plus side I liked that he increased the percentage of fastballs he threw. I think it was 80 fastballs thru 95+ pitches averaging about 95mph and hitting 97 mph and as I said I liked the amount of fastballs he tossed I mean he just kept throwing his fastball and you need to understand he needs to throw more fastballs cause the more he does the better he is going to get trying to locate it. His command still troubling him but last night I thought he looked more comfortable and I am sure having seen him pitch way better that and his command will come once he settles in he just needs to focus on getting ahead of guys more. The pitch count also bothered me 100 pitches in just five innings just does not cut it but to his credit and although he did do a masterful job working out of a bases loaded jam ya just have to think maybe he had to work a little too hard to get out of that inning.
The All-Star teams will be announced at 6:30 tonight. David Wright and Matt Harvey is pretty much a shoe in to represent the Mets, still we won’t know the starting pitching assignment till NL manager Bruce Bochy makes that call which won’t happen till the day before the game on the 16th.
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So yesterday Anthony Recker was in the lineup to catch Marcum but then Shaun Marcum said he preferred to throw to John Buck, Collins said ok and made the switch. How did that work out for you guys? No worries Anthony will catch Hefner today,
Josh Satin will play first you remember I told you guys the thinking was to possibly use Josh there to give Ike off against the lefties not a platoon just a shot here and there. The kid deserves to be in the lineup.
If you saw kirk Nieuwenhuis bang his knee getting tied up with Eric Young Jr not to worry he has it taped up but says is fine’ he is not in the lineup today but not only against the leftie Kirk did not suffer serious damage.
Checking in on how Matt den Dekker is doing in Vegas for his first game, well he tripled thank you very much
Today’s lineup Young, Murphy, Wright, Byrd, Satin, Brown, Recker, Quintanilla and Hefner on the mound.
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Congrats to DWright and Matt Harvey on their selection to the All Star game! Certainly not unexpected, but good to see, nonetheless. John Buck did provide a lot of the Mets offense on Saturday, but alas it was not enough to overcome the less than stellar start by Marcum and the not so good bullpen support. Hopefully, today will be better, Let's go Mets!!
Nice start by Hefner yesterday his ERA now at 1.64, the best of any pitcher in the major leagues.
So not a bad idea putting Josh Satin in he went 3-for-4, drove in one run and scored another. Like I been sayin we gotta find a spot for this kid as often as we can. Prolly see him again on Tuesday against another leftie Barry Zito in SF, not sure where yet maybe first again will know later today. Finding a spot for Josh is difficult; Ike is secure at first except against lefties but the problem with that is that Ike hits lefties pretty well. In fact in Vegas he hit against the left handed pitchers more than the right handed so it’s a tough call. Then there is second, I watched Josh play second in spring training down in Florida earlier this year he was ok but not much range so he will have to work with Tuffell a bit to fill in for Murphy against the lefties. Then there is the outfield which would be a stretch for Josh he has had little to no experience out there. I think we should get him in the outfield catching balls and seeing what he can do out there Let’s see what he’s got what kind of arm does he have can he throw well from out there then maybe we can give him a shot at an outfield in a game sometime soon. I am thinkin the corners casue I seriously doubt he can cover the center right off leave that to Newsie
So after Bobby Parnell's second four-out save of the season yesterday someone tell me why he is not in the All Star game?
We won’t see Angel Pagan in SF he is out for the season after undergoing left hamstring surgery.
It was quite a trip to Frisco yesterday, all day we did not know when or where the plane was going to land after that horrible crash out there, it was thought the Mets would have to fly into Oakland, then bus to Frisco but late in the day got permission to fly to San Francisco.The boys got a look at that crashed plane and it was a scary site they could see the wreckage as they touched down.
Matt Harvey gets the ball tonight against Tim Lincecum yesterday, after two foul balls went into the Mets dugout nearly clunking a couple of players Harvey decided to protect himself, who says he has no sense of humor
Hey Matt, are you ready for a big comeback game after that last start?
....Scott Hairston is back in the division, after his trade from the Cubs to the Nats for a minor league pitcher. Have to hope he doesn't come back to haunt us. Hefner has been very good lately, showing how real pitching works, not throwing. Satin has been as hot as the weather! Nice 4 out save by Parnell, need a good series on the coast, Let's go Mets!!
16 innings last night?! But the Mets did get the win...wtg!
Two more road wins, one a marathon of a game lasting 15 innings, with a superb job by the bullpen, and last night Dillon Gee held the fort long enough until Marlon Byrd was able to launch a bases loaded HR to give the Mets a five run lead, which proved to be enough of a margin to get the Mets another victory. We go for today's win with Zach on the mound against his former organization. Let's go Mets!!
Now that's the Zack Wheeler I have been waiting to see again he just looked so much more comfortable, he was aggressive throwing strikes and had great movement on his fastball and how about that execution no overthrowing for Zack last night. Just a thrill to see him pitch yesterday
Sooo let’s talk about Matt Harvey we now know that he will miss his next start and Carlos Torres will pitch against the Pirates on Saturday. Lotta discussion as to why starting with Collins sayin the motivation is primarily to keep Harvey’s innings without having to shut him down at the end of the season. Well of course we want Matt to pitch late into the season so, ok. But there are much more important issues here, Matt has a blister on the fleshy part of his index finger which truly contributed to his less than great start of late I mean you try and pitch with a blister it aint easy. But then to make matters worse now he also has a hang nail digging into his middle finger. The thing is the only way his blister is gonna get better is by resting and not tossing balls. To me if he is not completely healed I don’t want him pitching in that All Star game and risk making things worse. We need him to pitch for us, The NY Mets and not the National League, so unless he is all healed by Tuesday fuck the all star game let him heal and come back after the break. Of course he could be ok by All Star break day and we all want Matt Harvey to start in that game I know for an absolute fact how excited he is to be pitching that day ”awesome” is the word he used. It would not only be great for Matt but also the fans at CitiField and the team BUT just don’t let it affect his availability for the rest of the season. Tom Seaver will throw out the ceremonial first pitch at Citi Field before Tuesday's All-Star Game
In other pitching news I am sure you have all heard that Marcum will undergo season-ending surgery Monday to deal with that numbness and coldness in his pitching hand and Torres will take over that spot in the rotation until Jonathon Niese returns. Not a fan of Marcum’s so although I want the best for him I am not sorry to see him go, I like what I see in Torres. Scott Atchison will be activated from the disabled list and join the Mets when the team resumes play after the All-Star break next Friday against the Philadelphia Phillies. Frank Francisco continues to have problems with that nebulous thingy and although doctors cannot detect any structural damage he is not close to returning. Take as long as you need Frankie we are fine with Bobby. Tim Byrdak is closer to returning although he still has not thrown back-to-back days yet with Class A St. Lucie. Byrdak and Pedro Feliciano both have the same deal goin they do not sustain their velocity over multiple starts, and that has to be better before they can come back.
Travis d'Arnaud not yet running full speed yet still has discomfort running on regular ground, but we are told that is a normal thing and is in no way a setback
Lucas Duda and Justin Turner should both be back at the end of the month. JT is hitting off a tee and soft-tossing. Lucas Duda has started outdoors activities, although he has not yet swinging a bat.
Finally it's not always easy being Kevin Burkhardt when he is trying to do his interviews I have seen a lot of goofy stuff over the years but I really loved this one with Hefner, check out what the guys in the background were ding and Nieuwenhuis clearly in one of his playful moods.
Just a quick couple of things
Justin Turner is feeling great as he continues with his rehab assignment in St. Lucie; he has been on the disabled list since June 17 with that pesky intercostal strain. JT said he thinks he could be next weekend's series against the Philadelphia Phillies. Gonna be great to have JT back.
In what was inevitable and rather expected the Mets demoted Jordany Valdespin and sent to Vegas last night; it was done to give us an extra bullpen arm with the pen so overworked (poor dears) reliever Scott Atchison will join the Mets today. We all expected the demotion, everyone but Spin that is, this week anyways he has pretty much just been dead weight around here for the last month or more he was the last man on the roster and has not been used much at all mostly cause he is really not good enough to play in a full game he was just too unstable out there never knew what he might do. Like the game on Friday when Collins made that weird decision tom take Hefner out after he had been pitching so well and decided to put Jordany in as pinch hitter. Spin decided to try and bunt on then struck out so he completely fucked that up. Why Collins picked Spin for that is a mystery he said he wanted to try and get something going with the tie and was looking for a hit but stupidly went with Jordany. Speaking of that bunt attempt Jordany did not get that call from the bench and Collins was not amused. Even if the pen was not so overworked Jordany would have been toast anyways once Turner comes back. Jordany was always an idiot of sorts but did showed great promise at first but sunk rather quickly at the plate and his offense was nothing to shout about either having failed miserably at second and shortstop. I am told that Jordany was not expecting that call last night and was really upset in fact he had tears in his eyes so ya gotta feel bad for the kid but he needs to put on his big boy pants and move on perhaps now he will get more at bats in AAA and improve. In any event he’s Wally Backman; s problem now. Maybe Wally can make a man out of Jordany.
Matt Harvey threw a bullpen session Friday, he looked great and the blister on finger is no longer bothering him and should be available to pitch in the All-Star Game on Tuesday.
In the home run derby Mets bullpen catcher Dave Racaniello will throw to David Wright
With the Mets off on the break SNY will broadcast the Cyclones game live on Thursday, we have not had a great start to our season this year 4 and half games out in last place but that can change quickly we have a ton of great talent. So why not check out the game and get a peek at the talents coming up with the Mets soon.
Better yet if you are in Brooklyn come on out to the park ride the Cyclone grab some food at Nathans and catch the game.
The Mets finish up today last game before the break, Kevin Burkhardt has the call filling in for Gary Cohen this afternoon on PIX at 1:30
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A Phillies/Mets series.
THe Mets had a nice finish to the first half (roughly) with a 6-3 road trip including a West Coast stop. Dillon Gee pitched another good game Sunday and the Mets jumped up with 3 in the first and Gee made it stand up with a save from Parnell. Looking forward to watching DWright and Matt Harvey in the All Star game!!
Syam mentioned it and now its official Matt Harvey will be the starting pitcher in this years All Star game he will be joined by David Wright at 3rd David will bat cleanup. The last player to start an All-Star Game on the mound in his home ballpark was Roger Clemens with Houston in 2004. What a great time for Mets fans could not be happier, all I wanted was to be sure he was totally ok from his blister and hang nail issues and since he is go get em Matt with another win for the National league
Line up for the NL will be Phillips, Beltran, Joey Votto, Wright, Gonzalez, Molina, Tulowitzki, Cuddyer Harper will DH and Harvey on the mound
The NL has taken over the Mets locker room
With the All Star break upon us those of you who like me will miss regular baseball for the next few days can get our fix Monday for Home Run Derby, Tuesday for All-Star Game, and Wednesday AAA Triple-A All-Star Game at Reno, NV
Just a comment on the fans booing David Wright all weekend in Pittsburg over his choices for the Home Run Derby, it’s fine it was all in fun you know the whole rivalry thing; everyone knows what a talent and all around great guy David is and you have to think they are a little jealous that he is a Met and not a Pirate. It’s all good they were just havin some fun with David who by the way got a kick out of it as well he totally got the whole thing and laughed it off like the pro he is. Terry Collins was upset by it which surprised me, come on Terry, lighten up.
David making the calls to his Home Run Derby choices
Mike Piazza to be inducted into New York Mets Hall of Fame in September and who deserves it more
Just one more comment on Jordany Valsespin, I resisted writing more on his little tantrum after being demoted firstly cause it was told to me in private, I will say that some of what you may have read about that incident is fact and some is exaggerated, and now it is all over the web on every sports blog there is. BUT now that he has come out publically and played it down denying g most of what happened we can add liar along with self-centered, egotistical, unstable and immature. While no Mets official has said this to me I am going to say that I would be shocked if we ever see that fool in a Mets uniform ever again. He is not welcome here in NY I will be speaking with Matt den Dekker this weekend after the AAA All Star Game and will ask about how it is going between Backman and Valdespin. Ya know, sort of how when you pass a car wreck on the road and can’t help but stop and look at it
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The awesome Matt Harvey having some fun with the fans
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THat was fun!
Glad you liked that Syam it was fun and it shows what a lot of fans may not realize and that is that Harvey has an awesome sense of humor. He seems a little stiff sometimes especially in interviews but he is really a funny guy when you get to know him.
Back after the All-Star Game the boys return today at 5 p.m. for workouts at Citi Field. Harvey and Wright will not be there today and will be given the extra day off after the HRD and ASG
Justin Turner wants everyone to know he is feeling great he is in AA Binghamton now and yesterday he had a great day playing second base with a pair of doubles and run scored and gosh oh mighty he was part of Binghamton's first triple play in six years. The only bummer was his hotel does not carry MLB and so no AAA All-Star game. JT still sees himself back in the Mets lineup this weekend fully healed and raring to go. Can’t wait to have him back in NY I have missed that kid
Touched base with Matt den Dekker last night and he too is getting close to returning. He has noticed that he still does not have his full mobility back yet but he was told that would take some time maybe even as long as a year but he has no pain at all now and his wrist is completely healed. What will prolly happen is he will be a September call-up once rosters expand, keeping in mind that he needs to be added to the 40-man roster this offseason in order to be protected from the Rule 5 draft. Other things Matt has been working on is his pitch recognition looking to make better contact and cut down on those pesky strikeouts. As to the load of outfielders getting promoted from Triple-A now like Nieuwenhuis, Brown and Lagares Matt keeps a positive outlook on his coming back and not dwelling on what could have been had he not been injured his thinking is things happen for a reason and is genially happy for the guys that got the opportunity to go up there and play. The key is to just keep working trying not to put too much pressure on himself.
Great night in Brooklyn last night where my Cyclones beat up on the Mahoning Valley Scrappers, Juan Gamboa hit the Cyclones first home run at MCU Park this season. And L.J. Mazzilli (Lees kid) added three hits to raise his average to .315, and (watch out for this kid) Seth Lugo picked up his second win of the year.
The Mets open a seven-game at home Friday; Jeremy Hefner goes against Philadelphia Phillies right-hander Kyle Kendrick. It’s Zack Wheeler and Cole Hamels on Saturday, and Matt Harvey and Cliff Lee match up Sunday.
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And you never know which Phillies team you're gonna get: the one that can hit, or the one who can't.
I'll have to watch the late night replay tonight, as I have to go see a friend's community theater performance. The local weekly said he was 'hilarious!', so it should at least be fun.
I will tell you Thad that’s what always seems to happen with the Mets, we meet a team that is struggling like 10-15 games under .500 but as soon as they face us they come to life and beat up on us But to their credit he Phillies in spite of the troubles they have faced are not a team to be taken lightly and can always be a threat and like em or not they are fun to watch. The ball was carrying well tonight with the humidity and the Phillies just seemed to square up on everything early
Hefner has not had any luck against the Phillies it’s a mental issue with him now, I mean he was throwing way to many hittable pitches, and the Phillies took full advantage of that, Hef had nothing working for him and pitched one of the worst games of his career, giving up eight runs in two innings in the the Mets' 13-8 loss Of course he wasn’t helped by our piss poor defense. This was a disappointing start to the second half,
Hey Scrubs! Come out and play you know you wanna, feast on yesterday’s game come on have your fun take your licks you deserve it and I can take it
We were hoping that Justin Turner (man can we use him now) would be back in the lineup this weekend but for one thing the Mets wanted to have enough pitching and second Justin hasn’t had many at bats during his rehab assignment so they decided to him more time and go with the extra reliever through at least the weekend. JT is expected now to be activated off the disabled list for next week's series against the Braves. It’s a win win because we really need to be sure we had enough arms thru the Phillies series, don’t wanna run out of pitching so much, and we've worn our bullpen down to the bone a few times, JT only had like 20 at-bats and needed to get more he appreciates that and understands that as well. It’s not as if he was going to come back to the Mets and play every day although I sure wish he could.
Of course the thrill for me was when JT called and said “Dude! Let’s ride the coaster” I did not know what he was talking about and then I found out he was coming to Brooklyn to join us with the Cyclones to rehab. Man was I pumped could not wait to get to the ball park yesterday. And there he was wearin a Cyclone uniform with that big ass grin of his face I knew then that this was gonna be fun. Justin went 1-3 with a walk.
If you were at the game last night you had to be moved by the great ovation he got from the crowd I can tell you he was very moved by that as was his welcoming committee by the Cyclone boys. Have fun in Brooklyn JT so great to have you here with us.
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Not the best way to start the second half, with a dud of a game. Some of the Mets bats were okay, but the pitching of Hefner and Burke way below par. Lets hope today's game will provide a different outcome with Zach Wheeler doing the chucking. Let's go Mets!!
As to Wheeler, he was not great but really not terrible either. The Phillies’ hitters got his pitch count very high and very early into the game, and we could see early that he was not going to last all that long. Too bad Zack could not go after Delmon Young to try and get the win, but with that awful heat and a 106 pitch count ya have to know why Terry took him out. Plus Zack had just walked Darin Ruf to load the bases, and we had to be sure not to let the game to get out of control just because he was one out away from qualifying for a win. Wheeler’s command on his fastball was good, and he is getting better at stranding runners in scoring position, If only he had a little more confidence in his secondary pitches, all in good time my pretties, all in good time.
And how great is Gonzalez Germen turning out to be looks like a keeper maybe at least one more in the pen we can count on
Ike Davis and Josh Satin are for sure looking more and more like a platoon situation are they not? Satin will now have started in each of the Mets' three games against lefties since Davis returned from AAA You just have to look at the numbers to see why, Josh is hitting .450 against left-handed pitching. Expect Josh in there again today with Ike back on Monday when we have three right-handers coming up with the Braves, plus let’s face it Ike has struggled against left-handers this year, hitting a buck and a half against them while at the same time Satin has owned lefties, with an almost .500 batting average
Nice to see Gary Cohen give credit to the great team of guys who run the cameras for Mets games at SNY. I have gotten to know these guys over the years and appreciate the great job they do giving the Master director Bill Webb all those beautiful pictures to for him to spin into that masterful web of incredible baseball images game after game. I have suggested to the SNY people that a profile of Bill and his boys is long overdue on a show like Mets Weekly
Major rain delays last night in Brooklyn but Miller Diaz was awesome on the mound striking out 9 over 5.0 innings. Nice!
Hey Phillies! I know most of you like to sit on a pitch, ya know waitin for that sweet one to come along so you can knock it out of the park. But I guess now you have learned, or should have, that you cannot sit on a pitch when you face Harvey, you can hope for it and if Harvey knows what you are waitin for and gives it to you know he’s just messing with you cause you aint hittin it anyways.
All you can do is come to the plate take your hacks and then go back to the dugout with your tail between your legs and say WTF was that? Well THAT was Matthew Edward Harvey whose ERA is 2.23 and now which is the best thru 30 games in Mets history Last night was his 8th win and 5th shutout this season. I have to say I think Matt was as good as I’ve ever seen him, I mean everything he threw was absolute gold, his fastball was consistently 98-99 MPH, his slider was filthy, and that changeup was out of sight no one was hittin that.
I first time I met Matt was when he came up to Buffalo last year I am thinkin but not sure I wrote about him back then I knew he was going to be special. So when he came to Flushing I was thrilled cause here he was the man who was going to help us turn it around. Well so far he has been doing a pretty darn job of doing just that he is simply amazing a thrill to watch and gives us Mets fans something to believe in again.
I have held off writing about this but I just have to get it out of my system so please let me vent a little. It’s about Harvey and the irresponsible reporting some of the jackass media people have been writing about him lately. It all started when he did that fucking ESPN body photo spread and subsequent interviews. Some of the jackasses that spoke with him decided to misinterpret what Matt said and make it sound like he is some kind of party animal that spends most of his off time hanging out in clubs boozing and chasing girls. I don’t know if any of you have read that crap but I am here to tell you it’s bullshit.
Matt is leasing a modest singles apartment in the Village, and yes there are a lot of clubs there and also yes from time to time Matt will frequent a few, but not to the extent some in the press would have you believe. He is not out chasing girls either Matt is currently seeing a girl he really likes someone he met a few months ago and has no interest in dating other women. And he certainly does not envy Derek Jetter for his ability to get girls, he simply admires Jeter for the way he plays the game and manages his personal life so well. Trust me, Matt Harvey would not need Derek Jetter to help him find women and Comparing his lifestyle to that of Joe Namath just made me want to vomit. All that talk has those of us who care about the guy upset and it has embarrassed Matt as well. I can tell you he will be very cautious on any further interviews he does it will be kept to pitching and baseball nothing more and it will be a cold day in Hell before he takes any of his clothes off for a photo shoot again. Another thing written is that he wants to be a movie star or model, WRONG! What Matt wants is to be the best pitcher in baseball… period. Sorry to go off a little but this thing had been bugging me for weeks now had to get it off my chest.
Matt and Annie
Just before the game last night in Brooklyn Justin Turner got the word he was being reinstated from the DL. So after the game the Cyclones said goodbye to Justin as he finished his rehab with the team, he left in style as part of our fourth walk-off win of the season. Justin who was playing shortstop, led off the inning with a single then moved up to second LJ Mazzilli's single and then scored in our walk off win. Of course the boys hate to see JT go he was a joy to have in the clubhouse and on the team giving advice and encouragement to all the young players and of course that awesome personality of his always smiling always up beat. Good luck in Flushing JT and although the team will miss you they are thrilled to see you healthy again and back with the Mets where I am sure a welcome home committee will be waitin for him. No word yet as to who will go to make room for Justin on the roster but I am pretty sure it will be a pitcher.
The Mets begin a four-game series with the Braves tonight at Citi Field, with Julio Teheran taking on Dillon Gee at 7:10 PM on SNY
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A nice series win over the Phils this weekend. It started out pretty sloppy, but finished with a flourish, as Matt Harvey put on a dazzling display of power pitching. Saturday's game was a nice get with a solid bullpen effort from Germen, and a shaky, but a finish from Bobby Parnell. Seeing the long balls from DWright, Byrd and Juan Lagares, who has been getting better and better as the season goes on, was awesome. Mets might have a legit CF for the future. Bring on the "Bravos" and let's kick their butts. Let's go Mets!!
Yup, you got both the Phils who can hit and the ones who can't. See what I mean?!
Now on to other opponents!
Nice victory by the Mets last nite following the disappointing loss the nite before. Carlos Torres turned in a great performance, followed by 3 scoreless innings from the bullpen, including a 1-2-3 ninth by Parnell, following his blown save from Monday's game. Ike Davis had a clutch run scoring, tie breaking double, and later scored the 4th run, and Torres helped himself with an RBI single earlier in the game to tie the score at 1. Well, a TEAM effort, more of these needed. Fun to see. Let's go Mets!!
The rules of baseball now say that when a team plays a double header they may add a player. The Mets playing a double header today will bring Mejia back to pitch in game one. Mejia said he may still have surgery to remove spurs; he wants to finish the season, and then have the procedure. For now he takes anti-inflammatory medication and does have some swelling and discomfort.
This could open the door for the Mets to begin using a six man rotation something I have been wanting them to do. With the talk of limiting both Harvey and Wheelers innings count the rest of the season a six man rotation makes perfect sense and would allow the boys to pitch deeper into the season.
Jon Niese will pitch for the Gulf Coast League this weekend and could be back with the Mets in about a week.
Shaun Marcum has been placed on waivers which is to say unconditional release which makes sense since we now know Marcum is done for the season.
Lovin what Carlos Torres is givin us, in 12 appearances which including two starts, Carlos has posted a 1-1 record with an 0.94 ERA. In the 28 innings he's pitched so far he has struck out 26 batters and allowed only three earned runs. In spite of the troubles Hefner has had I don’t know if the Mets are willing to send him to the pen or Torres who has already proven that he can be effective as a reliever. And of course be available should we have any more injuries to starters, It will great for us to have a pitcher in the pen who can go multiple innings.
We also have a couple of other interesting situations to figure out. The first being what to do with Lucas Duda when he returns in a couple of weeks, our outfield getting a little crowed now and working so well for us even thou the trade talk is heavy for Marlon Byrd I can’t imagine Collins putting Lucas back there, which leaves first base for Lucas possibly cutting into the playing time for Ike Davis who is already sharing that position with Josh Satin. Secondly Rubin Tejada is getting close to being ready to return so do the Mets give him his job back or play him in a platoon with Omar Quintanilla, shortstop would be unusual for us but it could work out that way since I doubt that they Mets want to send Omar down and risk losing him again.
In the what are we gonna do with that guy department Jordany Valdespin who I am sure you all remember was banished to AAA and went nutzo in the clubhouse after he was told he was going down, has been killin it in Vegas. Through six games, Spin has 10 hits in his first 25 at-bats, for a .400 average. He has produced two homers and 13 RBIs. Now I for one never want to see him in a Mets uniform again but ya have to wonder what the Mets brass will do with him if he continues to play well. Of course there is still that loose cannon of a personality of his and he is not very well liked but maybe Backman will be able to do wonders with him in that department. I remain very skeptical; of course we want his talent but what about all the baggage that comes with it? I have to keep reminding myself we are after all in it to win.
Shhhhhh don’t say this out loud but the Mets are only 2 games out of second place.
Another rain out for the Cyclones yesterday this time the freakin rain followed us to Massachusetts but cause the Cyclones and Spinners do not play again this season, the game will not be made up and we headed home to play the SI Yankees at their park today then it’s back home to Brooklyn on Sunday.
Kevin Burkhardt would be the first to admit that he can at times be a bit of a geek; it’s a side of him that makes him so likeable. So imagine his joy when at the Star Wars day at Citi he met his Father
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Nice job by the Mets to grab the final game of the 4 game series vs the Braves. Wheeler had his "usual" quirks in getting the victory, but he is still learning, much like Matt Harvey did last season. The bullpen again provided three solid innings of relief and John Buck came thru with 3 clutch RBI to lead the Mets to a 7-4 win. DWright had a controversial triple, which should have been ruled a double, to knock in a run. EYoung left with a bothersome knee injury from the previous day when he stepped on Tim Hudson's foot and broke his ankle. Young says he's day to day. Twinbill vs the Nats today, we need to beat up on them, while they continue to struggle. Lets' go Mets!!
So I got my wish the Mets have set their new six-man rotation, I have wanted that in order to allow Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler to complete the season without getting shut down.
This will give both boys about 70-75 innings and allow them to the end of the season without reaching an innings cap.The rotation shapes up with Jeremy Hefner pitching Monday and Wheeler pitches Tuesday, Jenrry Mejia will pitch Wednesday and Harvey will go with an extra day of rest on Thursday all in Miami.
What the six-man rotation does is a four-man bench, with seven relievers.
The change meant that Kirk Nieuwenhuis was demoted to Vegas, something he was sorta expecting the kid plays an awesome outfield but is struggling at the plate.
Hopefully a bit of time with Uncle Wally Backman will help him.
Today’s game in Washington will see David Wright getting the day off, Josh Satin will play third. Mighta been Justin Turner but he is still feeling the effects of that collision with Andrew Brown. JT is ok nothing to worry about just needs another day or two to get the cobwebs outta his head. His shoulder and leg tightened up a bit after the game on Friday but is better now. As for Satin third is actually is natural position, but with David there Josh has not played there this season not even in the minors, David has started all but three games this season.
Daniel Murphy will bat 3rd in place of Wright, Daniel now has a 7-game hitting streak and ranks fifth in the NL with 119 hits and ninth with 26 doubles.
The team heads to Florida after the game today to face the Marlins, some of the boys have already got their Florida attire ready
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*sneaks back into the thread after too long a hiatus*
So many good things recently but not this weekend, and Carlos Torres and whatever passed for relief stunk up the place... 13-1 to end a four game series, losing the last three including the last Harvey game, second part of the doubleheader Friday, just isn't the way to get back in the race. Again our offense is fumbling after an 11-0 explosion first game of the doubleheader... we just didn't get anything going, then Gee pitches decently but is victimized by three homers Saturday, and yesterday was just, yuck. 6 man rotation may be good to hold Harvey and Wheeler without having to shut them down early because of innings counting, but Carlos Torres was god awful. Some dinky hits but when it mattered, he didn't impress. Jennry Mejia though has shown he's back in the mix and healthy again after his elbow surgery a couple of years back with his seven scoreless innings in the Friday early game... he's looking like the young stud everyone thought he could be. Carlos Torres has just been a journeyman... just released Shawn Marcum before his injuries had been far more effective in his career and we may have to look elsewhere for that sixth starter...hmm perhaps in a couple of weeks Jon Niese returning as I looks like he is much improved from his shoulder woes.
Yay Saucy’s back! missed you dude
Saucy said it all nothing to add; usually I trust Saucy and Syam to report on the everyday game stuff while I stick to other things Mets.
Lucas Duda's rehab continues from that intercostal muscle strain; he had been in the Gulf Coast League and has now moved to St. Lucie on his road back to the Mets. D’Arnaud remained in the Gulf Coast.
Not much happening there was uneventful plane ride to Florida last night all was quiet on the ride down after that awful couple of games we just had.
With two days left till the trade deadline all points lead to nothing happen in Mets land but as they say in the lottery Ya Never Know I do however get the same response from everyone I speak to and that is expect nothing not even Byrd. Thing about Sandy is that he keeps a lot of things close to his vest so we just have to wait till 4PM on Wednesday to know for sure.
Jason Bay designated for assignment by Seattle, do we want him back? Um…..NO!.
Marlins game tonight the lineup will be Young, Murph, Wright, Byrd, Davis, Lagares, Recker, Quint and Hefner on the mound
Well, as Saucy wrote about and Sonny alliterated to, not much of a weekend after the Fri afternoon game. Harvey pitched great, as usual, and the Mets didn't score for him, as usual. Dillon Gee was okay, didn't need to give up the 3 bombs, but 4 runs overall isn't horrible, the bats did nothing, and yesterday was just a piss poor showing all around. A real bright spot has been Daniel Murphy's hot streak, had the two HR's on Fri afternoon and 5 RBI and has been banging the ball, hope he keeps it up. We need some payback on the Marlins this week. Let's go Mets!!
So I was happy about the six man rotation but now I am confused. Seems that Matt Harvey is not happy about it, I don’t know yet why but I will for sure be asking him about that when the boys get home to NY. It is odd to me that Matt would have a problem with the idea especially since he is one of the pitchers who have the most to gain from it allowing him to go deeper into the season so I will be very interested in hearing his side of this. The only downside I can think of, which should not bother Harvey, is the fact that we now as a result have a smaller bench to draw on and no lefties at all. Of course Wheeler benefits the same way Harvey does but consider the advantage for Jon Niese as well since it will give him more time between starts to rest that rotator cuff injury. Jonathon expects to make two more rehab starts in the minors before being activated from the disabled list.
Meantime Jeremy Hefner returned last night after his awful start last time out and I could see where Warthen has found was to improve Hefs mechanics. I’m guessing you guys saw the same things I did last night; for one thing the ball was coming out of his hand better so he was sharper. I’d like to see him getting back to his pre All Star break form when we saw his hip rotation causing more deception for the batters something he was not till last night. In his delivery last night you could see him sitting a bit lower almost sitting and what that does is give him more push of his back leg. I liked seeing him pitch off the plate when he got ahead as we saw in his earlier starts Take notice how when he is a fast ball count and when he got ahead on the batter looking for a breaking pitch he will fool em with a fast ball. Now that is how you get it done. So his return last night was at least a step in the right direction and I can feel optimistic about his future starts. Hef threw 111 pitches but walked too many batters, he did get some of his velocity back but it just seemed to me that he lost his release point somewhat you could see that with his off speed stuff.
For me the highlight of the game had to be Ike Davis with his RBI double his second big hit of the week. Ike has been saying that he is for sure seeing the ball better now and as a result he is not chasing pitches. He has been hitting the ball well and looking so much better at the plate and I could not be happier for him.
Of course as Syam wrote about, The Irish hammer Murphy continues to hit; last night he had a three RBI game. In the 12 games since the All Star break Murph has hit four doubles two homers and had 13 RBIs and his hitting .404 over those games.
Wheeler returns to the mound tonight with a more energized team behind him. Ya have to love how the Mets have proved lately that they are not a team that is going to shut down after blowing leads and playing badly. No one can deny them the character this team has shown over the last couple of months, even when they have a few losses
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Two in a row over the Fish! Zach Wheeler continues his education at the major league level with a superb outing, six hitless innings before giving up two runs in the seventh after he gave up his first hit of the game. The bullpen pitched scoreless baseball the rest of the way and the Mets won it in extras 4-2 on a two run single by John Buck. Juan Lagares continues his nice rookie season with a two run triple for the Mets first two runs. THe Mets also continued their agonizing way of leaving men in scoring position, especially following Byrd's lead off triple in the seventh, stranding him there at third. Bobby Parnell closed out his second consecutive game earning the save. He's not always clean, but is efficient in getting the job done. Let's go Mets!!
Wheeler was at his best Tuesday night... the no hitter bid was dashed but Zack showed though he got hit around a little he wouldn't break. He's cooler in his emotions compared to Matt Harvey outwardly, but seems when he finally gets his command consistent like that he's going to be really exciting for Mets fans. Harvey and Wheeler give us Mets fans so much to look forward to. Juan Lagares was quiet Wednesday but along with John Buck was the big hitting star Tuesday night as Zack left in a 2-2 tie after seven and the Mets bullpen held the fort going to extra innings as syam mentioned. Buck knocked in the game winner with a two run single ripped up the middle as he has gotten back to the approach that got him off to a remarkable April. After a long lull as he became too homer and pull happy, he now is up to 55 RBI to go along with his 14 homers.
Wednesday night's loss 3-2 to the Marlins though was disappointing because Jennry Mejia, in his second start after his outstanding Friday first game effort last weekend after getting whacked around early settled down nicely and wound up giving up only three runs on six hits in six innings, showing great composure... you hate to lose games like this when the offense can't generate anything while the relief holds the fort again. Teams are going to have their rough patches offensively, but it would be nice to sustain a run of games where the Mets score four or five and not leave so many runners on base when they do get something going.
Following two losses to the Marlins where that old bugaboo of not hitting with men is scoring position reared its ugly head, the Mets pulled one out in extra innings last nite on a two run homer by Eric Young. The Mets got two in the first on a DWright two run homer, before he left with a hamstring issue, then didn't score again until Young's winning blast. Dillon Gee was "on" last nite, pitching a good game, virtually shutting down the Royals. KC scored one in the eighth and ninth to tie the game, the last run against Aardsma, who is filling in as closer for Bobby Parnell, out with a "stiff" neck. Pedro Feliciano made his return, successfully retiring the one left handed batter he faced. He replaces Josh Edgin, out 4-6 weeks with a stress fracture of a rib. So if you can read between the lines, the Mets are beset by injuries again. My guess is that David Wright will be on the dl by day's end, and if he's ready by the end of 15 days, that would be great, but I fear it may be longer than that. He's slated for an MRI today to determine the severity of the hammy injury. Nice to break KC's nine game win streak, now let's keep 'em on a losing streak. Let's go Mets!!
Last man out please turn out the lights!
Well as Syam has written and I am sure you guys are aware David Wright injured himself last night in what looks like a Hamstring injury. David is as I write this at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan receiving an MRI to determine how severe it all is.
But as Murph, who saw David this morning. said “it does not look promising”
The plan while David is out is a bit muddy till we know how long he will be out but for today Justin Turner will play third and bat sixth this afternoon against the Royals.
Meanwhile filling in the roster with David out is Mike Baxter who got the call last night in Nashville where the AAA Vegas team is playing; Mike grabbed a 6am flight back to NY. All indications are that the Mets are going to leave Josh Satin and Ike Davis at first.
But, what will prolly happen if David is out a while is that Daniel Murphy will play third till Wright returns shifting Eric Young Jr. shifting to second base, Third you may recall is Murphs natural position and in fact plays it very well he last played third two seasons ago while Wright was out with a stress fracture in his back.
Shifting Young from left field to the infield actually would open up an outfield spot which will for now settle the question of what to do with Lucas Duda once he is activated from the disabled list.
Not to be lost in all of this is the great night Ike Davis had yesterday I was proud of the Mets fans at Citi who welcomed Ike to the plate with applause in spite of his problems, that good faith greeting meant a lot to the Ike man he responded with a 3-for-3 day with a walk.
Lineup today Eric Young, lf Juan Lagares, cf Josh Satin, 1b Marlon Byrd, rf Daniel Murphy, 2b Justin Turner, 3b Anthony Recker, c Omar Quintanilla, ss and Jeremy Hefner on the mound
A quick addition to my last post
Syam called it right, Murphy just confirmed David is now on the 15 day DL he has a strained hamstring
Last edited by sonny10305; August 3rd, 2013 at 09:36 AM.