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    Sorry I have been here in a while been swamped with stuff to do and helping friends with projects
    I am grateful to Saucy and Syam for keeping things going, Saucy with his outstanding recaps of the gams and insights have been awesome and my thanks to him for that.

    So finally Dillon Gee came along and stopped the bleeding with our starting pitching which had imploded the last weeks hopefully this will be a turnaround for us and Niese will keep it going tonight in Miami. Gee was outstanding throwing 113 pitches of which 68 were strikes. Of course Colon is till big question casue when he is good he is good bit when he is bad as he has been he really stinks it up. Farnsworth will remain the closer despite a blown save Saturday.

    Our crowded outfield got a little less so with Kirk Nieuwenhuis getting demoted. I was not happy with that although we kinda all knew he would be the man out but he is not upset cause he knows he will return and at least in AAA he will get to play more and work on his game which is important to him no one wanted to see him rusting away on the bench here in NY. He is ok after crashing and banging his elbow in one of his outstanding plays he is so famous for although he came out of the game he said it does not feel so bad today and expects to be back in today or tomorrow the injury is not severe.

    Another terrific turn around has been Curtis Granderson who thanks God has seemed to have found his stoke and has been hitting the ball well he last few outings and contributing to the team I was so concerned that we had another Jason Bay on our hands, that dude could not hit water if he fell out of a boat. But Curtis is doin what we are paying him to do and letís just hope that continues.

    I am very proud of what Lucas Duda has been doing after winning that first base job he is hitting the ball with authority even against the lefties staying inside and his defense has been really good as well, no Ike Davis but still getting it done. And speaking of Ike Davis he continues to experience the highs and lows that have for some time affected him but that is what happens when you are as supremely talented as Ike is. He is a Pirate now and hopefully free of position battles, freak injuries, illnesses and inconsistent playing time, he truly expects and will tell you if you ask him to rediscover all the highs. He was cheated out of an opportunity to show he can play every day despite doing everything he could to earn it. He left the Mets somewhat demoralized cause they didnít even give him a chance. But he although he has not broken out as we know he will it is only a matter of time cause he has the ability the support of his teammates and the fans and although he very much misses the guys and he fans in NY he is very happy right now as a Pirate, the team has been so welcoming and encouraging and the fans so very welcoming I can tell you to hear that crowd Ike when he comes to the plate is so heartwarming the Pirate fans are very happy to have Ike. The Pirates have Davis under contract for two more seasons. He will play often because of the high number of right-handed starters the Pirates face, both in their division and across the league. As I said he still has not set the world on fore as a Pirate with about 25 at bats he has just 5 hits and is batting about .200. He did came out of the gate on fire with 5 for 13 in his first three games as a Pirate including a grand slam but then he went hitless in 16 straight at bats. But Ike will tell you he feels much more comfortable at the plate right now, it just takes time.
    Ike seems to have found his David Wright look with lounge firmly in place



    Then of course I have to mention the Irish hammer Daniel Murphy who is been on fire these last few weeks batting just about .320 an hitting the ball all over the field and get it done. Murph followed up Saturdayís four-hit game with a two-hit performance Sunday. Ok so I guess I have to mention his defense which has at times been shaky but letís face it sometimes especially lately has been a bit off. But in spite of his shall we say goofy base running blunders I like his aggressiveness on the bases even if some are calling it borderline recklessness. I had to laugh when in trying to draw a throw home on a fake tag-up in the first inning, was caught straying too far off third base and was retired 7-5-6 when the ball was cut off, Oops. Then on Friday he got caught stealing at third base the problem was David Wright was batting and it depriving the Mets of a potentially big first inning. But all that aside his offense way makes up for his at times misdirected base running. I love his aggressiveness out there running the bases and so by the way does Terry Collins. Terry will never take off the green light he has given Daniel on the bases.

    The boys got into Miami late last night or I should say early this morning on the flight form out west checking into the hotel at almost 2AM. It looks real nice in Florida judging from this hotel room picture

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    Nice pics, Sonny and thanks for the nice words! First time I ever saw Ike channel his inner David Wright with the tongue action! I hope he settles down with Pittsburgh... he just needs confidence and a good streak going and as we've seen before he can take it from there. Glad you were able to help Ike out with his move to Pittsburgh and lend support and a friendly face as he made his adjustment to the trade, it's always a big thing moving from one organization you grow up with to a new one and glad you could be there for him. (the baseball fest you had was a great bonus, though!) Glad to also hear Captain Kirk's injury after that great catch wasn't serious and he should be back in the lineup on a day to day situation... he definitely if he continues to play well will return to Citi Field soon enough! How has Matt de Dekker been doing, btw?

    I know you were also helping out others plus I'm sure you did a little work for Dad, gotta get yourself back to reality now after all that and realize you've been crazy busy and just so many things on your plate but glad you're back and hopefully you come in whenever you have the opportunity, always great to have your perspectives here.

    Now for the bad Sausy to make an appearance......... I'm glaring at the Mets bullpen(other than Kyle Farnsworth who actually remembered how well he was pitching this season before his last few blowups and kept the Mets in the game in the eighth) as Dice K was atrocious, maybe his calf was still bothering him but with Torres and Familia being rested tonight we need dependability and we fucking didn't get it. Jon Niese pitches a whale of a game going seven innings allowing no runs on five hits (108 pitches total) and gets NOTHING out of it. Dice K allowed the Marlins to tie in the eighth scoring three runs while only getting one out. Omar Quantanilla helped in making a crucial error(when is it going to occur to the Mets staying with Tejada with Quantanilla as the backup instead of the reliable Stephen Drew still out there as a free agent is a classic case of being penny wise and pound foolish?)

    Scott Rice and Germen Gonzalez took turns screwing up the ninth and completely turned what was a 3-0 lead when Jon Niese left after seven to a 4-3 Marlins walk off victory. Totally INEXCUSABLE....... you can't let games like this get away. Big bats in tonight's game coincidentally were two guys that Sonny mentioned positively in his post, Daniel Murphy and Curtis Granderson both with home runs. Newly called out veteran outfielder Bobby Abreu had the other Met RBI with a sacrifice fly. Our boys gotta pick themselves up today and move forward... Let's go, Mets!

    One thing about Murph, btw........ he's definitely even with his occasional recklessness as sonny said a big positive for the Mets especially offensively. He just has to do less of the streaky peaks and valleys he had last year, he would be near impossible to get out for awhile then you wouldn't hear from him for a few games, and the pattern would usually repeat. We know Daniel's great when he gets going, and though may not hit more than 10-15 homers always seems around 40 doubles when healthy. He has been phenomenal stealing, just had that streak broken unfortunately as sonny mentioned but who would have thought him a threat on the bases beforehand? Probably just Daniel who makes up with heart, aggressiveness and daring what he lacks in pure speed but he does overdo it sometimes and can get a little goofy, but then again you don't want to change his makeup, just refine things more and be smarter. Even with the occasional defensive mistake Murh has shown he can make eye opening plays too and has come a long way proving he can be certainly at least adequate defensively at second as we know his offensive capability.
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    Disappointing loss last nite as the "Bullpen Blews" reawaken. As Sausy said Farnsworth did a great job escaping the eighth inning mess without giving up any more runs, but the rest of them just pretty much sucked. Jon Niese was outstanding over 7 innings, and the offense did enough for a 3-0 lead, but Dice K was just awful and the ninth inning guys did nothing, although Quintanilla's error certainly didn't help matters. One that got away. Let's go Mets!!

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    No bullpen malfunction to worry about tonight, just no offense. When there may have been opportunities they made baserunning mistakes, hit balls on the nose right to the fielders or simply couldn't come through as the Mets lose the second of three against the Miami Marlins 3-0. After his debacle in the Rockies last week Bartolo Colon was solid this time going seven innings allowing three runs on five hits but offense just couldn't get going, or at least be opportunistic. Final game of the series tomorrow before a Thursday off day and the Mets return home, the highlight next week being the Subway Series against the Yankees. Hope they can end the road trip tomorrow on a positive note to come home so like syam implores "Let's go, Mets!"
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    No offense against young Marlin's stud Tom Koehler( A New York City kid) doomed the Mets to another loss in Miami, swept three games going under .500 with a 16-17 record in a frustrating 1-0 pitcher's duel despite a very gutsy effort by Mets young stud Zack Wheeler. After his disastrous last start in Colorado in which he failed to go five innings and gave up seven runs while he did struggle with his control especially later in the game, Wheeler showed the inner fire he has and escaped trouble of his own making in the sixth. Three walks allowed in the inning but had a nice double play turned on a grounder to short and struck out his seventh batter of the game despite allowing a total of five walks for the game. Zack allowed only two hits and left in a 0-0 tie after six. Definitely showed a lot of toughness when his control issues revisited him but he got the job done.

    Mets could do nothing though,the only two hits they had were a double by David Wright and base hit by Lucas Duda. Like I mentioned native New Yorker Tom Koehler who is making such a great impression for the Marlins was utterly dominant over eight giving up only two hits and no runs. Marlins won in the bottom of the ninth when Marlins outfielder Marcell Ozuna hit a sacrifice fly to center off of Mets Kyle Farnsworth to score right fielder Giancarlo Stanton. Mets have an off day today as they return home for a weekend series against the Philadelphia Phillies and then an away and home 2 games apiece Subway Series with the New York Yankees.
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    So, whose offense is worse, the NY Rangers or the NY Mets???? I can't tell the difference. ANyway, a nice effort from Zach Wheeler goes for naught. Omar Quintanilla has been designated for assignment, he has not been much of a help this season. It appears Wilmer Flores may be recalled for shortstop duties to help with the offense. The bats need to wake up!! Lets go Mets!!

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    So what the fluck is happing with our offense? Such a shame after that great performance by Zack last night the boys gave him no run support we have seen this many times before and can only hope it is not long before they start hitting again. Even DWright who has not homered since Opening Day and is hitting about .227 he has been here before and will bounce back and so will the others they are frustrated and miffed by what is going on and it is not just great pitching from the other teams it is just a collective loss of seeing the ball well and swinging at bad pitches. No worries on my part I know they will turn it around. We cannot waste another terrific outing from our pitchers again, yesterday Zack Wheeler tossed six scoreless innings he was dominating into the middle innings, but once again as his way walked four of the final seven batters he faced and had to l be taken out with his pitch count at 104. Still, he made the pitch when he had to and except for the walks I thought he had a good overall day and had a good pitch count going through the game till he started throwing balls which blew up his pitch count and had to come out earlier than we would have liked basically running out gas. Still I thought he had the best combination of command and stuff seen since I saw him in the minors heís just gotta figure out how to keep that pitch count down and go deeper into games. I really liked how he got himself out of trouble showing he was able to mentally get out of it. His performance followed a magnificent performance from Gee who is quickly becoming our ace. But itís the offense that needs to get going for sure which was not helped by the Marlins pitching and huge Park. I saw some signs of life yesterday when some of the guys squared some balls up and hit some balls hard. But they are just not locked in. Some of the worst hitting is coming from our pitchers, now we donít normally expect very much from these guys except maybe get a good sac bunt down when we need one but they are 0-for-58 and that is just unacceptable they gotta help out more by the way how exasperating annoying and downright pitiful is Colonís at bats good God he is just awful. I mean I canít even watch that fool swing a bat it is just so pathetic.
    Our other major problem remains with our leaky poison pen a situation that never seems to get better they have had a few shinny moments but for the most part they are dragging us down. We have no closer for say with Parnell down its Farnsworth, Valverdie or God forbid Dice-K whose command is just dreadful. I am sick of watching guys like Wheeler Gee and Niese pitch a gem only to turn the most important part of the game over to bunch of inferior pitchers who blow it for us. We cannot compete and be in any kind of race with the backend of our pen as it stands now. I know they have talked about Mejia closing he does seem to start out ok but in the third time thru the lineup he losses it just about in the fifth inning. Plus with all those great young arms coming in next year I cannot see Mejia making it as a starter in 2015 so maybe closing would work for him I really think a lot will depend on how well he pitches Friday night I have to think he will be pitching for his job in that game. My only concern would be would take his spot I know they think it may be too soon for Syndergaard. Of course my position remains the same we need to bring up some of young arms now starting with Montero (my Cyclones buddy) or maybe deGrom cause the current staff aint cutting it
    With Omar Quintanilla designated last night I thought maybe something was gonna happen with a move in our pen although the Mets have not yet announced a move for Omar what we heard was it will be an internal promotion, not the addition of a free agent like Stephen Drew or a trade, but Wilmer Flores was recalled From Las Vegas this morning soooooo. Ya gotta think that major boo boo Omar made during the Marlins series did him in. The shortstop position continues to be a problem for us with Tejada so streaky and Omar failing. Here is an idea why the Hell did you guys let Justin Turner go? He played better SS than both those guys.

    Saucy you asked about Matt den Dekker I should tell you he is just fine and feeling great he just missed hitting for the cycle last week all he needed was a double in game when he went 3-for-4 including five RBIs, four runs scored and a pair of walks. Matt said he thought about it and does not remember the last time he played in a game that well prolly have to go all the way back to high school for sure it did not happen in college or in the pros. It was a career high day for Matt.
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    Thanks for the update on Matt den Dekker and your perspective on the Met's frustrating combo of shaky middle relief and lousy offense. My thing about Wilmer Flores is that as much as his bat will help he really can't be used at short because he's just not that flexible or rangy there and we don't need to better our offense at the cost of steady defense. Tejada may not be the answer, he's just not playing well but he'll get to more balls than Wilmer whose body is filling out and maybe is the answer even over Lucas Duda long term at first base.

    Why does that Mets hitting coach Bob Hudgens still have the job anyway when his history so far is that he hasn't helped the team approach to hitting at all? He's not made them better and I really don't care if he's a buddy of manager Terry Collins when the job isn't getting done you try another person with another approach. He'd never do it on an official capacity but I'm sure a person like Keith Hernandez would impress his hitting philosophy on the players... of course the hitting coach can't go out there and just compel better at bats out of the guys but good ones make their philosophies stick with players. Way to many times under Hudgens there just isn't a sense the guys have a real fix on what approach they should take... the Mets have to get someone in there that can get the Mets offense, at least a significant number of players, to take better, more flexible approaches to the different pitching they see. Hudgens just doesn't really appear to have made anyone better, so the Mets should cut their losses with him and bring in a hitting coach who can impart a sensible hitting/ plate philosophy to the Mets lineup.
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    Two rough games to lose to start a homestand especially against the hated rival Phillies who are enduring struggles themselves. Lost Friday 3-2 with Jennry Mejia still dealing with bouts of command problems. In four and two thirds innings allowed six hits but didn't break unlike his terrible effort against the Rockies and only allowed two runs while walking three and striking out four. Last year's solid contributor to the Mets Marlon Byrd won it for the Phillies in the 11th with an RBI.

    Tonight Dillon Gee lost his shutout streak at 16 innings but pitched overall well going six innings allowing three runs, all in the first two innings, on six hits. Mets however wound up losing again 5-4. David Wright had a great night getting three hits and driving in three runs on a double and homer. The Captain has been solid after a bit of a slow start in recent games but hasn't received nearly enough help in the lineup. Also rookie Eric Campbell, primarily a first baseman-outfielder replacing Josh Satin on the roster, was the first Met to have a sacrifice fly RBI as his first at bat. While appearing until close to gametime(delayed over a half hour by thunderstorms)to be preparing his first major league start as first baseman Lucas Duda's availability due to a stomach ailment was uncertain he did indeed come off the bench as Duda got healthy enough to get put back in the lineup tonight. Campbell drove in the fourth run to tie the Phillies, but Kyle Farnsworth got smacked again in the ninth for the loss. Second straight loss to the rival Phillies and with the previous loss of two games out of three to Arizona, Met are now in a very rough patch after looking good as April ended they've had something of a May swoon to drop their record from 15-11 to 16-19. Not in good place right now, and the fans are getting impatient waiting for more sustained consistency instead of very sharp peeks and valleys as currently experiencing.
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    Wow! About time we get another of these.... a thrilling come from behind 5-4 win fueled by a three run ninth capped by a two run homer by the Irish Hammer himself, Daniel Murphy and a sacrifice fly from Juan Lagares that brought the Mets back from a 4-1 deficit against the Phillies taking the game to extra innings. Then the out of favor shortstop Ruben Tejada had his biggest moment of the year singling in the winning run in the 11th to the delight of his teammates, the crowd and Mets fans everywhere!

    Jon Niese started, not his best outing but solid for six innings allowing three runs on eight hits. Other than Jose Valverde stinking it up from the bullpen and allowing a run in the eighth everyone else used, Dice K.. Jeurys Familia and Scott Rice did their jobs. Eric Young had three hits and scored a couple of runs and Murph too had a great overall day, to go along with his homer he added two doubles.

    Tonight Mets head on over for two games to Yankee Stadium for part 1 of the Subway Series vs the Yanks.... part two Wednesday/ Thursday back over at Citi Field. Definitely should be fun for the organizations and fans of New York City pro baseball!
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    Was working so I had to keep up with the first game of the Subway Series in Yankee Stadium at work on my cellphone.... was so jazzed to see that a 4-1 Yankee lead wind up a thrilling 9-7 Mets victory! Our boys had their homering faces on as Curtis Granderson had a two run homer to tie the game at 4, Travis D'Arnaud slugged an opposite field shot, Eric Young of all people added a solo homer but the topper was Chris Young who put the Mets in the lead for good with a two run homer after Lucas Duda blooped a single to score young utility player Eric Campbell who hustled his way to a double to get the final rally going.

    Brett Gardner hit a grand slam against Mets starter Bartolo Colon who was pretty atrocious given up seven runs and putting the Mets in a tough spot, but our boys responded brilliantly and going into the ninth, the Mets bullpen was tremendous. Despite his own preference to start rather than relieve Jennry Mejia was tremendous coming in to finish the seventh and pitching the eighth striking out two batters. Mejia was animated an pumped and as disappointed he is to relieve he will put his all in it, saying he was a team player and not one who just played for himself. Certainly a great start to his new situation and no doubt quality person he is Jennry whatever it takes to excel in his new role. Coming up Wednesday to take his place in the rotation is the highly touted Rafael Montero, who has several really good quality pitches and is the latest in the line of highly regarded starting rotation studs the Mets have been groming/ trading for over the past few years( Jon Niese,Matt Harvey, Rafael Montero for instance developed within the system, with Zack Wheeler and the next big pitching stud Noah Syndegaard highly regarded pitching prospects the Mets were shrewdly able to acquire for veterans Carlos Beltran and RA Dickey),

    Mets did luck out in the ninth as Kyle Farnsworth was tagged hard but saved when hobbled Yankee first baseman Mark Teixeira(groin) had to play it carefully and hold to a single driving a pitch into the gap to right setting up a potential double play, with Derek Jeter stopping at third. That did happen when Lucas Duda made a spectacular diving stop on Yankee catcher Brian McCann and started a spectacular double play tossing to David Wright who had ranged over to second and made a slick scoop to get the final out.... great defensive play for Lucas, not known as a slick glove but got Mets fans cheering with that play!


    Looking forward to tomorrow night and then the two games through Thursday at Citi Field....Let's go, Mets!
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    Well, the NL East is still fairly close. The Braves aren't running away with anything. The Phillies are just inconsistent and the local press seems to consider them overachievers. A local radio sports guy who I won't name wrote a scathing article criticizing Ben Revere as just not good enough. (I strongly disagree.)

    I still have David Wright in my fantasy teams (only two this year) and I'm still glad about that. I also have Troy Tulowitski, which also makes me very happy.

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    The NL East is thankfully still competitive so hopefully the Mets can play well enough to hang around all year, and perhaps surprise. Philly's press and fan base are always critical, lol even in good times ! Never really saw Ben Revere play, nice contact hitter with very good speed and defense but can't say too much either in raise or criticism other than what I already know. DWright after a slow start is hitting well and Troy's a real good player... wish we had him at shortstop than what we currently have in either Ruben Tejada who has just regressed and Wilmer Flores, who just isn't good enough defensively to justify him playing there regularly even if he does hit as expected. Always glad to see you coming in here, Thad!

    OMG, last night was amazing.... 12-7 Mets barrage over the Yanks fueled by three run homers by Curtis Granderson and Daniel "Irish Hammer" Murphy! David Wright drove in two runs with a couple of big hits including a double and before mentioned Tejada and Juan Lagares drove in runs with singles and Lucas Duda doubled in a run as well. Not a great night for Yankee fans seeing again their pitching just not hold up well at all but the Mets really needed a couple of nights like this and offensively Mets fans had to like what they saw and the bullpen was for the most part very good. However the one disconcerting point was Zack Wheeler again beset by control problems (6 walks) and getting hit around some too, failing to last 5 full innings and giving up 5 runs. He has shown enough that he can be much beter than this, and has mentioned his determination to become efficient so he can pitch longer into games and help leave his teammates with a better chance to win games but a few times lately he really hasn't been able to display any kind of consistent command and last night what saved his butt was the offensive explosion, the Mets pulling away from the Yankees after Murph's big three run blast.

    Zack really needs to get his command going better because the Mets don't often explode offensively like the past couple of nights, and that cannot be counted on. We need the starters to keep things close and also to keep our bullpen, already inconsistent, from being overburdened. Think I saw Jake de Grom besides tonight's new starter Rafael Montero has been called up from AAA Las Vegas to help in the bullpen. Tonight we shift to City Field.... hopefully the Mets can continue to have the party going against the Yankees in this always epic Subway Series battle for New York City baseball!
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    Well Dillon Gee is out at least two weeks with a strained lat muscle, nothing more serious thankfully but it could take a little longer than that to completely recover. Strains and pulls like those muscles can keep players out a month or more depending on the severity. Sucks because Gee's been one of the best pitchers in the league so far, really coming into his own with his command and mix of pitches including a sneaky fast low 90s heater more effective than people expect. He will be replaced in the rotation by another young Mets up and coming starter from AAA Las Vegas, Jake de Grom.



    Last night Rafael Montero made his MLB debut at Citi against the Yankees as part II of the Subway Series commenced. Pitched impressively in his debut going six innings allowing three runs on five hits, gave up a couple of homers including one to Mark Teixeira that was a nice launch but despite a couple of bad pitches and a bit off of his control even the Yankees were impressed by his stuff and poise. He looks like another gem for the Mets but our boys were completely overmatched in a brilliant display by Yankees first year import from Japan Masahiro Tanaka who went the distance on a four hit shutout jewel, 4-0 and improved his record to an incredible 6-0. Finale of the Sub way Series tonight including likely the presentation to retiring Yankee legend Derek Jeter of a special gift of appreciation he has received from each of the major league clubs, similar to last year's farewell your of Mariano Rivera. Then the homestand concludes with a weekend series against the Phillies.
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    My bad, Mets going to face the Nats this weekend... not the Phillies. Sick of some of the Mets complaining about how roomy CitiField is.... it's certainly not as bad as when it opened and Shea Stadium wasn't a hitter's paradise either. Yes, they had fun in Yankee Stadium and hit some home runs there that may not have carried at Citi... but Yankee pitchers don't bemoan having to pitch half there games there and the Yankees compensate some by emphasizing lefty pitchers. Mets cannot keep striking out like sluggers who feast or famine and have to use the whole field at Citi... and yes, some home runs can be hit there if you hit right, and don't try to hit everything out of the park.

    It's understandable losing 4-0 to Tanaka Wednesday night... he's got so many pitches and is incredibly tough especially with no frame of reference. But Yankees only scored 1 run last night , Brian McCann scoring on Alfonso Soriano's double. I'm not going to even blame David Wright for failing to turn a double play in the inning which would have negated Mc Cann, because it was a pretty tough play. What I am upset about is we struck out 14 times against essentially lesser lights and just looked completely out of whack at the plate. Sad when rookie Jacob de Grom pitched an incredible first game giving up the one run in the seventh and four hits in seven innings, showing good control and striking out six. You just can't lose like this... you just can't play like this... to let the Yankees get by splitting the series and you looking so bad in the process at the plate.

    Maybe they can do something in Washington, DC but the Mets need an attitude adjustment in playing on their home field pronto. It's crybaby excuses and nothing else if they whine about how unfair CitiField plays. Well, play better there or get better players. Typical as the Mets can raise your spirits for a bit with surprisingly good play, then crash to Earth with a series of stinkers that make you wonder if our boys will ever really be good again.

    Travis d'Arnaud has been put on the 7 day concussion list due to getting hit on the head accidentally by Alfonso Soriano's bat on a backswing at Yankee Stadium earlier in the week. Hopefully he'll come back as scheduled with no lasting ill effects. Juan Centeno has been called up and will share the catching duties for the next week with Anthony Recker.

    Old friend Ike Davis is coming to Yankee Stadium this weekend with his new club, the Pittsburgh Pirates hitting better in May for average though just one homer for the Pirates so far, his early arrival grand slam in a Pirates victory. Unfortunately the first game tonight has been postponed due to the threat of bad weather.
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    Was a good series with the Mets and it just goes to show you can't predict baseball.
    Our pitching went from sucking to being outstanding in the course of a four game series.
    Good series overall but I'm hoping next year, we'll actually all be healthy for it.

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    Yeah, Ninja... I like things competitive between the two New York clubs but just didn't like how the Mets reverted into their loser form so markedly once they went back to CitiField. Always look forward to a great series for New York baseball, though.

    My heart sunk after last night's game in DC vs the Nationals.... it looked like another Mets stinker as the usually solid Jon Niese just didn't have it last night and the Mets were offering little resistance offensively til the end, when after two walks Daniel Murphy hits a drive that tempts as a game tying three run homer but just didn't have enough and was caught at the wall by Nat's right fielder Jayson Werth... Mets downed 5-2. Just so frustrating to lose like that and frustrating the Mets don't take it more to the opposition instead of being in the position of crawling out of a big hole. Hope our boys get right fairly quickly, tired of getting my hopes up and then they play like crap for a stretch.
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    All the Juan Lagares benching stuff seems to be playing like a media circus to sell newspapers and drum up controversy but yesterday happily proved to be the Juan Lagares show. The Mets reversed Friday night's score and won 5-2 in Washington against Gio Gonzalez and the Washington Nats. Lagares had three RBI singling in a run early and in the third launched a two run homer, his second. For good measure, he made an outstanding rob of a Jayson Werth bid for a homer in the sixth which would have closed the Nats to 5-3 jumping up with his glove snaring it in over the fence. Rookie Eric Campbell also had a nice game driving in two in the first with a single.

    Bartolo Colon after a stinkbomb his last effort was very good going eight innings allowing five hits, and two runs (thanks though to Lagares for his outstanding defensive play taking away a certain homer from Jayson Werth as mentioned)and Jennry Mejia did a great job closing it out in the ninth.

    Zack Wheeler this afternoon, then on off game tomorrow as the Mets return home. Hopefully with better results than the disappointing home part of the Subway Series with the Yankees.
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    Yesterdays game was a stinker from the start one of those games ya just wanna turn of in disgust. I have a lot to say and will try and get in here later or tomorrow. I have so much going on with work and now pre season work with the Cyclones has me very busy. I cant seem to find the time to get in here and sound off properly. Thanks for keeping the thread going will return soon.
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    Not a problem Sonny, between your family's business and prepping for the new Cyclones season there has got to be a lot on your plate and appreciate whenever you can give us your perspectives. I'm kind of bummed about today but do have to say that while Zack Wheeler was shaky unlike some of his recent starts his walks were down (2 in 6 innings) and he ended theday strog with a 123 sixth inning, topped off with a nasty off speed strikeout(his 5th of the game). Allowing five hits and five runs wasn't optimal but at least he really improved in efficiency... 89 pitches a very solid 63 for strikes. Zack though has to improve location and make smarter pitches.... unlike Harvey who really grew quickly when promoted to the big club Wheeler is still a work in progress, sometimes showing exhilarating signs, other times frustrating and agita inducing because you know he can do so much more.

    Mets downed 6-3 to end the series with the Nats. Juan Lagares drove in another run with a single and just recalled AAA Las Vegas 51's Juan Centeno had a pair of RBI singles and David Wright had a pair of hits, scoring a run. Off day tomorrow and a lot for the Mets to contemplate, as individual players and as an organization. Definitely looking forward to sonny's perspectives.
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    Poor effort marred by a rough outing featuring control problems for promising rookie Rafael Montero, who had a reputation in the minors for superb control. Also a lousy bullpen job by Jose Valverde and Josh Edgin in the ninth which pushed the final margin to 9-4 after a Mets comeback in the sixth closed the gap to 6-4 after a two run homer by Curtis Granderson and a solo homer by Lucas Duda.

    Not to be outdone the Mets wasted two bases loaded, one out scenarios.... apparently the Los Angeles Dodgers offense likes Citi Fielda lot more than the home team. One of the things that really has pissed me off lately is all this whining by some Mets(at least that's the way it looks in the media) about the "unfair" dimensions of Citi. Well guess what? Shea Stadium wasn't a power paradise either, and both are great pitchers parks. But it's not the offensive hell some cry about... for goodness sakes even suggesting some other baseball players would not want to come to Citi because of the dimensions is fucking ridiculous. The Mets also have shoertened some of the distances and reduced the worst distance problems...one thing the Wilpons have right is that they don't see the need to change the stadium to a hitter's paradise( home run wise) and say that like Shea Stadium they want to emphasize it being a pitcher's park. It's not like you can't score runs here either, but you have to use the field and the gaps and not try to hit everything out. Really with the alterations they already made from the first year, and if you try to use the whole field, the Mets can make much better use of their pitching home advantage. For goodness sakes Jose Reyes won a batting crown with the Mets a few years back getting on base and using the gaps, and if you tag it real good you can drive the ball out but you can't rely on hitting fly balls in this park, you gotta hit liners and sharp grounders and use the whole field and stop bitching. After all, SOMEONE scored a lot of runs last night....... unfortunately for Mets fans it wasn't you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Three home runs hit y a club at Citi... once again, it wasn't by the Mets. Jacob de Grom, another of the heralded army of top flight young arms in the Mets system, pitched well but gave up three solo homers and the Dodgers added another run on a mental error by reliever Jeurys Familia and confusion by infielders Daniel Murphy and Wilmer Flores causing the runner on third at the time to score. Final was 4-3 with the Mets paced by a two run homer by rookie Eric Campbell and adding another RBI on a groundout by Murph scoring Curtis Granderson but it wasn't enough. Dodgers hit homers by Adrian Gonzalez, his third game straight driving the ball out of the park, Yasiel Puig and Hanley Ramirez.

    It's just starting to get depressing again at Citi, and management's cheapskate ways when they've fucked the fans over through their crap with Madoff (don't care if it was their fault or not, they recently got good news any settlements they have to pay will be more than bearable and can be reduced depending on how much other money the Madoff victims lawyers get back). Now they just ouldn't pay up for even the rest of the year for Stephen Drew(just re-upped on a prorated 10 mil for the remainder of the season by Boston). I'm realy sick of the Wilpons, Sandy Alderson and the rest of the corporate suits running the club... just wish that idio Selig would have forced out the bungling Wilpons like he did the Mc Courts in LA. I'll always be a Mets fan but don't know if it isn't a curse the way things have gone since 2007. We looked so good then... even with the collapse of September or the Mets losing to the Cards in the seventh game of the 2006 LCS there was hope we'd come back but the weaknesses became increasingly pronounced and institutionalized and there is still a lot for the current Mets to get over to become a consistent, respected winning organization. Despite all the great young starters coming up through the system. I just don't know what to say sometimes
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    It has been a rough road for the Mets lately, with the lack of offense. Not enough bats in the lineup to compensate when the pitchers give up any runs at all. Once past David Wright in the lineup, it's almost like the opposing pitchers can go on cruise control. Aside from the occasional contribution from Chris Young, Duda, or Granderson, the bottom of the lineup is a mess. Flores had 3 hits last nite, so maybe he is settling in and relaxing a bit. Let's hope so, need to get this one tonite, but will be tough against Greinke. Lets go Mets!!

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    Nice win by the Mets over Greinke and the Dodgers last nite. Niese did a good job and helped out with an RBI double, Granderson had a big eighth inning triple for an insurance run and Mejia picked up the save with an easy ninth inning. This is more like what we should see on a regular basis. Hopefully, last nite is a prelude to jumping on the Dbacks over the weekend. Let's go Mets!!

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    Been a few days but was just tired of the ups and downs... beating Greinke was great but the close loss again last night just making my point of being frustrated with all the damn inconsistency. I'd love it if it were our modus operandi in the close games to be the club that more often than not finds a way to win. Wheeler yesterday showed both what frustrates about him not being sharp early and given up three runs but then believing in his stuff and holding the Diamondbacks down only allowing the three runs in six and two thirds innings. But the bugaboos of not hitting in the clutch with men on base keeps rearing its ugly head and we never seem to be able to put teams away other than the occasional streak or game... then everything goes back to usual, which is mainly frustration inducing. David Wright had a big game with three hits iincluding a homer to get us to 32 but nuthin doin after that for anyone else.

    Doubleheader today... I'm working but definitely will keep up with the scores, hope we can take one at least. Will post late tonight or early tomorrow about the games today. Let's keep the faith like syam and shout "Let's go, Mets!"
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    With Saucy and Syam keeping you guys up to date on the Mets I wanna focus on the return of Ike Davis to Citi field for three games. Last week we had a home coming of sorts for Justin Turner who was here playing the Mets as a Dodger. Then last night Ike came into town with the Pirates to catch up with his ole buddies at Citi. Things for Ike have turned around for him, you may recall I wrote about the Ike manís struggles when he first came to the Pirates but he is doing better now thank you very much. Ike is the Pirates' new cleanup hitter after manager Clint Hurdle decided it was time to give Ike a shot at that spot one he is very comfortable in. Plus it could take some pressure off Pedro Alvarez who has been struggling by moving him down in the order. Hurdle is an Ike fan who knows very well what Ike can do if given the right spot and he told Ike when he moved him up in the lineup to relax and remember that hitting home runs is not a prerequisite for keeping the job. Hurdle has tried to back off putting the label of Ike being the guy who had to hit home runs saying he needs to stay calmed down. And always keep in mind that while sure there is the security that comes with knowing he's going to get at-bats, and never wonder if this is his last at-bat, and it has helped Ike a ton. Lately Ike has received consistent playing time and he has responded with consistent production. In fact as of Saturday he was hitting .338 in May and .375 in his home park at PNC. It has absolutely helped and Ike for sure understands he doesn't have to be the guy in the spot he's in, he knows he needs to take ownership give a good quality at-bat. His confidence level has soared since the move he is one happy Ike man. As to his new role in cleanup Ike said he will not change his approach now in cleanup he feels that all he needs is solid contact and having a good at-bat, It is after all about how he swings the bat he knows and will tell you as long as you're having good at-bats, it donít matter if he hits 6, 5 or 4, it should seem the same. Pirates manager also said in moving Ike up in the order he liked Ikeís on-base ability knowing he'll take a walk, and he can drive a runner in from first and he also felt that this way the lineup is set up with Ike he has a player that can drive in a run from first base and a guy that can get on base in front of McCutchen. To give you an idea of how much better Ike is hitting since I last wrote about his struggles, early with his new team, In his last 13 games Ike is hitting .410 which by the way is good for second-best in the National League and yup he's given the Pirates something they've longed for all season: production from their first baseman.

    I told you guys did I not to worry about Ike and that he will turn it around since he arrived in Pittsburgh where he almost immediately went into a slumber going 3-for-32 stretch in 12 games from mid-April to mid-May that included 21 straight at-bats without a hit. But that ha all changed now and Ike has raised his averaged with the Pirates to .286 in case you forgot it was .208 with the Mets.

    My wish for Ike is the same thing I had for Turner and as I told them I wanted them to have great games against the Met and that would include a homer or two. Turner did hit one out of Citi to the joy if all of us who love him and now its Ikeís turn to do the same. Yeah I know strange talk form a Mets fan but I gave to put friendships first even over my Mets and when it comes to Justin and Ike I want nothing but success for both of them with their new teams even if it means beating the Mets who by the way treated both of them badly Ö.very badly and so now itís revenge time. Turner had a blast when he was here last week a bunch of the guys led by DWright took JT out to dinner and a great time was had by all. Even on the field you could see the fun side between Justin and the guys, at one point when Murph hit one out to Justin he snagged the ball and threw Murph out at first then as Murph left the field he looked back at Justin and there he was grinning and shaking his head indicating no no not this time big boy and that was real fun to see. The affection between the guys was awesome. Later Murph got even he hit another one to Justin who misplayed the ball and Daniel beat it out to take frost base all of which made it miss the good ole days when the guys played together. So today Ike will be on the field against his old teammates and it will be fun for sure.

    As you guys know Ike was traded when he first base job went to Duda and I guess Lucas has been thinking about the return of Davis this week and has gone into some series slumping on Saturday Duda went 0-for-4 and stranded seven runners against Arizona. That include striking out in the first inning with the bases loaded, swinging at a pitch high and out of the strike zone. Yikes!
    Then in the eighth inning, with the Mets trailing by a run, Duda flied out with runners on first and second and one out. Yikes again. Thing is if ya think about it Duda hasnít done much to make the Mets believe they made the right choice. Since the trade, Duda is hitting just .220 or 20 for about 90 and he was hitting .275 with three homers and nine RBI in 14 games before the trade. Conversely Davis is hitting .295 with six doubles, two homers, including a grand slam, and 10 RBI with the Pirates. As a Met he was batting .208 with one homer and five RBI in 12 games. Please donít misunderstand itís not that I donít like Duda quite the opposite really he is a sweet kid with a load of talent but with the Ike man coming to Citi letís just say it makes Lucas is a bit nervous. Nah, just kidding, first of all Ike and Lucas are good close friends plus nothing rattles that kid he is unflappable so laid back I know he feels he will bounce back just not till Ike leaves town again

    Eric Young Jr is out on the DL with hamstring injury looking forward to seeing Matt den Decker who will replace Eric
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    I see Noah Syndagaard is heading to Ny to have his right forearm and elbow looked at. Here we go again....

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    Thanks sonny, so much good stuff about Ike, JT and their still deep and playful friendships with their ex Met teammates. It's great the bonds of friendship will always be there. Glad also to see Ike really starting to play well, and just do his thing and not worry about home runs. God knows, the boy is strong. He gets one good, he'll hit it out.. he's even done that here quite a few times, and like sonny suggests, maybe again in a Pittsburgh uniform this series for ole times sake?

    Duda's a good kid but he's got to relax. If not, maybe Wilmer Flores gets the opportunity there next. It might be his best future position, anyway an everyone expects him to at least hit for high average and at least moderate(15-20) power.

    I'm heartbroken about reading this sudden distressing Noah Syndegaard news that syam just posted about. Mets say it's just a strain but who's going to really believe that at this point? I mean, this is a big strong young man who doesn't have a violent motion but the third in the past year already on the Mets (Hefner and Harvey) and Jon Niese has given us shoulder scares as well. It's almost a pandemic among young pitchers throughout baseball now. If true, we'll be lucky to see Noah at Citi even in September of 2015 instead of after this year's All Star break. Instead of being excited about all the young pitchers we have now it's almost like "when's the next shoe to drop".. Wheeler, Montero? Hate this crap... that's why the Mets should be going after in trades free agency and the draft good offensive players and defensive players . Players that get on base(because of their natural selectiveness and good judgment rather than some blind allegiance to a system), hit the ball to all fields and move runners over and are very opportunistic and can manufacture when necessary a run here and there. Having good pitching, good defense and an aggressive, take it to the defense offensive approach is what we need to become consistently contenders. Putting too many eggs in the starting pitching basket, while there's a chance that will pan out like now most often you risk it blowing up in your face. Just never easy being a Mets fan these days, but not going to give in to despair.
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    Well, after another disappointing loss, following an outstanding start from de Grom, the Mets cut Valverde, who gave up the final 4 Pirates runs today. Except for a couple of decent outings, he has shown very little and was only getting worse. The Mets also fired the hitting coach, Dave Hudgins putting the Mets hitting woes on his shoulders. It is exasperating watching these guys failing to get runners home from scoring position. Of course we got the typical Duda HR today, nobody on, down by 3 runs in the ninth. Perhaps the sun will shine tomorrow, Let's go Mets!!!

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    I should know more about Syndergaard later today he called Ikeís last night and said he would let us know how it all goes at the docs today but he sounded pretty good no worries so we will see cause ya never know with that kinda injury but his attitude was really good. Ike still has his place in NY Eric Campbell is living at the apartment here while he is up from Vegas, got to spend some time with him after the game yesterday nice level headed kid I liked him a lot. Spoke with Vic Black says he is getting another shot staring today I hope it works this time he has the talent just needs time to prove it.

    We jokingly goofed on den Decker after his at bat last night man would he have loved a hit in that spot.

    I was in the crowd last night at Citi when that roaring cheer and appreciation for Ike from Met fans yesterday; made me so proud of our boy NY fans still love him I actually chocked up when the cheers went out quite a thrill

    As to the changes lemme tell you no one is happy about Hudge getting the boot the guys feel like they let him down and it is more their fault than his for the lack of offense. He was a great guy loved by the boys hard working and caring and a friend they are all gonna miss. As to Valverde good goodbye and good luck somewhere else I have seen enough of him
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    The problem with Dave Hudgens is that as well liked as he was the Mets have had long bouts of either not being able to score runs or getting on base but leaving tons of runners on base. Something had to give, and it just wasn't working but I saw the announcements/interviews with Sandy Alderson and TC after the game and you can tell personally it was difficult because of long standing friendships with Dave. It's fine that the players felt they let Dave down and want to defend him but there were too many shake your head at bats, too many strikeouts, too many slumps and funks, too many instances of guys getting on base but being stranded there. The Mets rate of scoring with the bases loaded or two runners on is alarmingly low for the proportion of times they occur. Stop saying you're sorry and start performing, or the boys will cry about the same thing of letting new hitting coach Lamar Johnson down. Eventually TC and the Mets have to just put in the guys who are performing, and get others from within or outside the system to pick up the slack. Enough is enough.... I feel for Dave but results are the only thing that counts. It's been the same old crap in one form or another since the collapses of 2007 and 2008 and good intentions and apologies aren't enough, ya gotta play better, smarter, more fundamentally sound and win more.

    Glad to see the reaction for Ike, a really positive one and I'm glad Mets fans were overwhelmingly positive. He walked in two official at bats but it's good to see his bat has really come alive in May overall. The power will come, just gotta stay confident. Eric Campbel seems like a nice young man, and a potentially solid role player/ backup outfielder. Nice swing, good versatility, plays hard and knows what he's doing out there. Glad he's staying in Ike's old place and hope he does well. Same thing for Vic Black, hopefully he's got his command together because he has the big fastball and some other outstanding pitches.

    LOL on Matt den Dekker... he's a goofball as Sonny knows, a real good kid and hop he can show he belongs too this round up. But, oy... the strikeout!!!!!!!

    Fingers crossed that ewe get good news regarding Noah Syndegaard's elbow scare.... you just don't want another Tommy John surgery casualty, so many young pitchers now getting it!
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    Fingers crossed that ewe get good news regarding Noah Syndegaard's elbow scare.... you just don't want another Tommy John surgery casualty, so many young pitchers now getting it!
    Noah is fine docs said absolutely no problem everything came up negative he has been given some exercise to do and is heading back to Vegas tonight he should be pitching in a day or two. He sounded great he felt all along that he would be fine and that's turned out to be the case. Whew!
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    I have a feeling Jose Valverde's career is just about over. And it couldn't haven't happened to a nice guy. His in your face celebrations always rubbed me the wrong way.

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    Yep, sonny glad to hear about Noah's clean bill of health. Supposedly he's going to have to do some shoulder strengthening exercises which are designed that less stress be put on the forearm and elbow. Hopefully that helps and keeps him from any near term reaggravation or worsening that could lead to Tommy John surgery in the future. Just with so many young pitchers needing the surgery (even Jacob de Grom, who has been outstanding in his several starts so far, had the procedure done a few years back) any hint of forearm strain indicating elbow problems is a big concern but thankfully things turned out as good as they did for Noah and he can resume pitching very quickly.

    Nothing pro or against Jose Valverde's antics but he just failed too many times in crucial situations. Just like Kyle Farnsworth the Mets cut their losses and dumped him based on lack of performance. Some are saying Sandy Alderson's approach of getting veterans at a relative bargain price for the bullpen hasn't worked but certainly after a bumpy start last year Dice K has done a pretty damn good job, even had a great spot start the other day to help save the bullpen. Also LaTroy Hawkins was often quite good last year but simply wanted more money than the Mets wanted to spend for this season, and went elsewhere. That said, it's good the Mets are trying to emphasize more young pitching development in the pen. Vin Black wasn't totally sharp but made big pitches striking out Ike Davis with the bases loaded in the sixth and another after two two out hits in the seventh.

    On the day after the big move that had Sandy Alderson reluctantly fire his long time friend and protťgť Dave Hutchens and replace him with longtime Mets minor league organization hitting coordinator Lamar Johnson Mets scored a nice win over the Pirates 4-2. Jon Niese was in control early allowing only two hits into the sixth but ran out of gas with three walks in the inning and allowed a two run single that tied the score at 2 before giving way for the just recalled from AAA Las Vegas Vin Black who like I said wasn't totally sharp but made the big pitches. Then Jennry Mejia came in for the last two innings and gave one of those rare six out saves... after reluctantly going to the pen he seems to be very resilient after an off game and relishes the new position he has, for at least this year, as the newest Mets closer in Bobby Parnell's absence.

    Biggest hits came in the bottom of the sixth when Juan Lagares broke the tie with a run scoring single and Daniel Murphy drove him home with a double. Timely hitting, something Mets fans, players and organization want to see a lot more of after too many close, frustrating losses.

    Just a note... the diving, running catch Pittsburgh center fielder Andrew Mc Cutchen made on Lagares earlier was incredible.... watched it again on You Tube and he ranged over 70 feet so quickly to make the diving grab. But as I mentioned, Lagares would get the last laugh getting the tie breaking hit before scoring on the double by Murph. I don't know which was better though... this or the amazing diving catch in right during the series against the Dodgers here at Citi Field by Yasiel Puig.
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    Good day for the Mets with a victory and the positive news on Syndagaard. Niese pitched well until he gave up those 3 walks as he appeared to tire. I tired of the trips to the mound by Recker, don't know if that threw Niese out of rhythm or not, but it irritated me no end. Effective work by Vic Black and Mejia out of the bullpen put a good finish on the game. THey were by no means clean innings, but got the job done without folding like a cheap suitcase. Need some innings from Colon today, so Let's go Mets!!

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    Great job by Colon and Familia in shutting out the Pirates on THurs. That outing will put the bullpen back in a better position with a 5 game series vs the Phillies this weekend. DWright and Lucas Duda each contributed an HR and two RBI to the victory. DWright has been on fire lately, and he usually hits well in Philly, so I look for a good weekend from the Mets. Hopefully others in the lineup will also contribute. Lets go Met!!

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    There ya go all we needed was a new hitting coach and we win games at Citi how bout that
    Well of course I am being sarcastic clearly is was the piss poor playing by the Pirates both defensively and offensively that worked towards our winning any of the games. But look; at least with those wins we get a chance to take a deep breath and maybe even exhale a bit maybe we can stop thinking about who is next to get the ax cause if a losing streak becomes 8 or 9 game we have to worry about Collins. Let’s face It; or a while there things were beginning to get really dark for the Mets we needed to bounce back even just a bit especially at home where we have played so badly.At least for a while we can move on until of course the next crisis.

    I hope you guys caught yesterday game in for no other reason but to see Murphy who is such a fun player to watch like that little league triple yesterday when thru a couple of throwing errors by the Pirates Murph was able to just keep on running almost knocking down any Pirates in his path man oh man that’s just our boy Murphy If you guys get to attend any of the games do yourself a favor and keep an eye on Murph when he is one the field both as a base runner or 2nd baseman cause he is always up to something out there wildly entertaining you just never know what he might pull very very fun to watch is the Murph.

    Weantime I just had to tell you guys about Justin Turner who is really beginning to tear it up with the Dodgers. JT made two outstanding defensive plays the other night, in fact his play impressed Reds manager Bryan Price who said "The guy that stands out more than anyone was the job Turner did at third base, making a couple of great plays think he made three above-average plays on the infield that denied us hits”
    I should mention that Justin also worked out a 16 pitch walk, nice JT The Dodgers play Ike Davis and the Pirates this weekend but is out in LA so I won’t be going to that but the Dodgers will play in Pittsburgh in late July and I will be going to the games can’t miss Ike and Justin play together I will also attend the games in late June when the Mets go to Pittsburgh. Gotta see Ike and he Mets play again it was a hoot to watch Ike Murph and Duda goofin on the field between plays serious fun that.

    Back in AAA Vegas Kirk Nieuwenhuis had two home runs, a double and a single yesterday looking forward to his return to Flushing I mean come on the Chris Young experiment failed let’s get Kirk or Decker back out there and maybe give grandma Granderson some time off as well.

    But the absolute highlight of my day yesterday came with news from Nick Evans who joined the Diamondbacks. I am sure you remember Nick whom I have written about many times. He was a Met for a while and has had a string of bad luck trying to make it in the majors. Nick grew up in Arizona and like any kid growin up there dreamed about being a D’Back some day. So this latest move is a big deal to Nick with his promotion from Triple-A Reno. Like I said he has had more than his share of bad luck missing a season because of injury and getting cut last spring by the Dodgers. With the Pirates in 2012 he broke just about all the bones in his hand and injured his wrist after falling on his hand while diving for a bunt. Evans took the rest of the season to recover, but it was tough finding job after that so thank you Diamondbacks who picked him up not long after the Dodgers let him loose. It was tough on him missing a whole year, and then getting released in spring training last year. It was beginning to get to him as he started to think what the heck will happen next so this is very special for Nick he really needed this now. Just to fill you in Nick split time between the Mets and the minors from 2008-2011.He played close to 60 games in the outfield and about 50 at first base in his four seasons with the Mets hitting .256 with eight home runs and 46 RBI. In Reno Nick split time almost evenly between first base, third base and left field. He says he feels comfortable at all three positions. With Arizona he most likely will be used in the beginning as a right-handed bat off the bench but there Is a good chance he will get a few starts as well Of course I follow Nick I have since first knowing him, and this season in Reno he hit .335 with 15 doubles, 11 home runs and 44 RBIs in 44 games this made him ranking among league leaders. He was tied for first in the Pacific Coast League in RBI, was third in OPS and slugging percentage, and tied for third in total bases. He was named the PCL player of the week recently when he had seven extra-base hits and 15 RBI. Unfortunately the D’Backs won’t be at Citi any more this year too bad too cause it would have been great to see Nick play against Daniel Murphy the two were roommates for a while and are close friends. Right now I m o very happy for my boy Nick who is embracing it all. The the D’Backs will play the Pirates in early July and of course I will be there hopefully Nick will be in the lineup or pinch hit.

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    A good win yesterday and two in a row to win a series for the first time in about a month, so it's definitely good to see. Cynicism is understandable, hey these are the Mets and good fortune hasn't lasted over the past few years, too many frustrations, disappointments and god awful efforts to forget easily but it's much better to come out with the "w". Bartolo Colon was excellent going seven and a third innings and giving up five hits, no runs, one walk and nine strikeouts helping the Mets to a 5-0 victory for the 2nd straight win in the Lamar Johnson era. David Wright came through twice with a run scoring single and solo homer and Lucas Duda added a two run rocket in the eighth to break it open. Jeurys Familia went the last inning and two thirds giving Jennry Mejia a night off and filled in admirably. Colon struck out his 2,000th batter of his career, Ike Davis ironically.

    Glad to hear sonny about JT doing well in LA and making some really good plays that got him notice and props. The circumstances of his leaving the Mets still piss me off too but playing for the Dodgers is a great opportunity especially him being a West Coast boy. You give JT some playing time, his stats may not be eye opening but he gets the job done and comes up with clutch plays at bat and in the field. I think you poll Dodger players he's as popular in his new club as he was with his boys at Citi Field. Dodgers did well to pick him up and just glad he's doing fine after the offseason Mets shit. I tell ya, I'm always going to love the Mets but some of the assholes that run the club(not necessarily Sandy Alderson, though at times he frustrates me too)are such two faced corporate phonies and along with the Wilpons Madoff crap make it tough.

    Yeah loved reading but Captain Kirk last night, with the great night including the two home runs, hopefully he keeps it up and soon gets the call to come back here. I appreciate Chris Young putting in the offseason work to straighten himself out but the past month he's been awful.

    Murph is a hoot... he works hard and plays seriously but also has a lot of fun, he really is aggressive out there on the bases. His brother has the real speed in the family but Murph stealing bases and taking extra bases and just keeping everyone on their toes and being Murph, like sonny knows all too well there's never a dull moment!


    It really made me happy to see that Nick Evans has been able to work his way back up to the majors and doing it for the team he rooted for growing up, the Diamondbacks must really feel special. I remember from sonny's posts when Nick was here just how highly he thought of Nick as a player and person. When he was up with the Mets he always did what he was asked, constantly it seemed going back down to AAA then coming up again... at times when he was given steady playing time he was impressive but in the end the Mets decided to go with Ike Davis(who sonny feels as we know similarly strongly about) and Nick struggled to make his way back up. Thankfully he was able to hook up with Arizona and did a great job with their AAA affiliate and deserves this opportunity to get back to the majors and at hopefully he can stick this time. No doubt he'll go all out on the effort. Thanks sonny on all the updates, always greatly appreciated!
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    Another victory with another great starting pitching performance, this time from Zach Wheeler, who at one point retired 14 straight batters. His 9 K's were signs of how he had the Phils off balance all nite. The bullpen pitched in, and a solid save performance from Mejia, who struck out the side in the ninth. Chris Young came thru with a clutch 2 run homer, and a good thing he did, for once again the Mets failed to capitalize on numerous opportunities to blow the game open. Bases loaded, none out, only got them one run on d'Arnaud's double play grounder. 0 for 3 with the bags loaded, seems damn near impossible, but our Mets defy the odds in not getting runners in. All in all, a good victory, 3 in a row! Would be nice to really get on a good roll, Let's go Mets!!!

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    After three victories our boys luck couldn't last and they wound up on the short end of the stick 6-5 in 14 very long(over five hours) innings in Philadelphia. As promising as Zack Wheeler looked appearing much more like the potential ace everyone believes he could be Rafael Montero lasted less then five innings and walked several giving up four runs and may be on his way down to AAA Las Vegas. He's known as a very good command guy who rarely walked batters before starting to have command problems at AAA with it continuing to be problematic since joining the Mets. Other than Dice K who came in and gave up another run until Mejia came in the bullpen was superb. But it wasn't enough.

    More bases loaded woes, has there been a season so far more futile so far than this one for the Mets to get some runners home in these almost gimmee situations? Bobby Abreu with two hits, an RBI and his 400th stolen base was the big star, Lucas Duda doubled in a run but was ineffective in a couple of clutch situations. Topping things off wa Chris Young's two base error in the 11th which set up the winning run for the Phillies and made a loser out of closer Jennry Mejia. Rubber game of the series today, hopefully with some better results. The inability though, even seen during the past three game winning streak, to get them home after getting them on base... particularly bases loaded or two runners on, is very disconcerting. Anyway, as syam says "Let's go, Mets!"
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    For the most part I think our young pitchers have been gettin it done. Wheeler has been improving although I have to wonder if he will reach the high expectations the Mets have for him; his stuff is great but still his command comes and goes he needs to fix that cause while his stuff is similar to Harvey’s that command is troubling I happen to know as well that Zack is confounded by why he is so good one night and no so good the next, I think he has to be able to read swings on the mound and of course make the adjustments to what he batters are doing and I don’t see Zack doing that yet. deGrom shows great presence on the mound ya have to like the way he carries himself he just oozes with confidence don’t ya think? He is on the mound today and we have a pitcher who can hit the ball as well that kid can bring it, his ERA now at 1.83 And when you talk about presence you have to think of what Mejia has done in his new role, he was not happy moving to the pen but quickly embraced it and has been doing a better than decent job for us. I mean when is the last time we had a closer that we could depend on at least it seems he is going to be a very decent in that role for us. We knew he had good stuff just that he crapped out after about 5 innings but now as a closer he can give us if we need it 2 great innings I have to think maybe instead of a starter this role is where he should have been from the beginning he's just got that great closing mentality. Montero worries me a bit although he has shown promise and I like his ability to get the strikeouts on the corners down in the zone where it has been effective but too often he is down a bit that is when he gets hit the other problem is his pitch count which has to come down. We have not yet seen the real Montero and what he can bring and maybe the clock is ticking I would not be surprise if we see the last of him for a while very soon. It will be interesting to see what changes the Mets make with Buddy Carlyle getting the call perhaps Montero will go. Now I that is the case then ya have to expect Matsuzaka would be in the rotation till Dillon Gee returns from the DL. Montero has a 5.40 ERA and 11 walks and has given up five homers in 20 innings over four starts; he only went 3⅔ innings in his fourth start. The pen which has gotten stronger now with Farnsworth and Valerdie gone; you recall they were supposed to be the veterans who held it together till the young gun were ready but guess what the young guns are ready now so bye bye boys. In the pen Familia is just getting better and better but my favorite is Vic Black, thanks goodness he is getting another shot, I absolutely love his breaking ball. Which takes me to Snydergard you guys are gonna love that kid I can’t wait till he gets here. Noah who is was declared fully healthy last week will rejoin the rotation at AAA next week.

    After last night are we ready to officially call Chris Young a failure I mean come on why is he out there night after night when we have much more capable outfielders like Nieuwenhuise, Campbell and den Decker. I am holding out hope for Granderson who came to life a bit but he is inconsistent but I can’t complain when just about all our big bats have ben inconsistent.

    Gavin Cecchini, L.J. Mazzilli (Lee’s son) and the 2014 Cyclones start the new season June 13th and our home opener is the next day on the 14th. Mazzilli who played with us last season started the 2014 season with the Savannah Sand Gnats at second base, but has also seen some played some shortstop. Mazzilli has been batting clean-up for the Sand Gnats, and has 5 homeruns and 16 hits in his last 13 games, as of yesterday he is on to an 8 game hit streak. The other night he drove in the winning run in the 12th inning to take the win. I am so pumped to be with my boys again. I am a big Mets fan but for a while now my heart truly is with the Cyclones. I will write about the team here in this thread now and again. Go Cyclones Go Mets and oh yes Go Rangers
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    Opps,in rereading my last post I think I may have confused some with my thoughts about the Cyclones Obviously Mazzilli and Cecchini are with the Sand Gnats this year with both of them playing with us in Brooklyn in 2103. I will post a full 2014 Cyclones roster soon.
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    Mets have to go extra innings again, this time "only" 11 before getting the win over the Phil's on Duda's two run shot. Mejia gave one back, but closed the door to nail down the save. Niece pitched masterfully, only giving up Howard's 2 run HR, while going 8 Innings, and giving the bullpen a bit of a break. Mets have taken 3 of the first 4 in the series, let's see if Colon can keep it going on Monday. Let's go Mets!!!

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    Another series win though we yet again had to go into extra innings as syam mentioned. As long as we win, however they get it done doesn't matter though of course it would be great if everything came together. Good to see DWright doing it Saturday and Lucas Duda coming in late in the game and launching a two run homer to give the Mets the lead and the win.... even better in came with two outs and as frustrating as this year has been for Lucas he has the strength if he keeps within himself to hit a lot of home runs, but he can't press and feel like he has to be the slugger and drive the ball far to be successful. He's a good natural hitter and the power has to come out of that, and he's a big strong kid so he has it... just keep it in the flow of the game, and not try to live out some people's expectations.

    Jonathon Niese was tremendous, going eight innings and giving up only two runs and was so efficient he only used 91 pitches which is a remarkable effort and one of the best this season for the Mets who needed to rest the pen... he really took the challenge and met it so well and it's good you can have these games where your starter can get deep into the game without pushing his pitch count and a taxed bullpen can keep fresh for a day.

    Touching along some of sonny's comments it's tough to see Rafael Montero have to go back down to AAA Las Vegas after his disappointing stint as a starter here when he had until coming into this season had a reputation of a guy who had all the pitches, maybe not a Harvey-Wheeler-Syndegaard fastball but 92-95 and has all the secondary pitches and most importantly GREAT command. He was a great control pitcher for a guy so young it was amazing but his mechanics are a bit messed up now... not exactly the greatest place to try and find it in Las Vegas but hopefully he can soon. Jacob de Grom has progressed a lot more quickly than expected, he was inconsistent but promising coming into the season after being converted a few years back to a pitcher and having to also deal with going through Tommy John surgery to repair a ligament tear. Love this guy's long hair and cool demeanor on the mound, can get the heater to the mid 90's but has several plus quality pitches and also a good athlete who hits as well as any pitcher can.

    Hopefully everything is okay with Noah Syndegaard, you hear forearm strain and all Mets fans hearts sank with the prospect of yet another Tommy John surgery though thankfully the MRI showed no structural damage and his prescribed shoulder exercises hopefully will help as expected to put less pressure on the elbow and decrease the possibility of a real structural problem.

    Mejia has really taken to closing and though he gave up a homer to ole Met Marlon Byrd he was able to shake that off and the kid really seems to enjoy the challenge of closing now. Carlyle seems like a solid addition and Vic Black has a world of talent including a terrific heater hopefully he's got the confidence to do what he can do and maybe develop as a reliable set up man for Mejia.


    Sonny loves his Brooklyn Cyclones He's been a huge fan since they brought minor league ball in Brooklyn and the past few years he's been working for them and seeing and has gotten to know as friends as well some possible young stars of the Mets future and I know he raved about LJ Mazzilli ... not sure what he thinks yet of Gavin Cecchini, very interested in hearing his perspective on this year's Cyclone roster!

    How many times you see a five game series? I do think there are some kinks in the new scheduling system that have to be worked out.Hoping the Mets can keep it going for tonight and as syam says, " Let's go, Mets!"
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    Yup Saucy the Cyclones are my passion and this year I have agreed to take on some additional responsibilities which I am really looking forward to. As to Mazilli he played for us last year and is a heck of an athlete I look for him to go far quickly. He is also one terrific kid loaded with personality and wit. One of the fun things about having him on the team was the frequent visits by his Dad, Lee who would not just come to the park to see his son play but would always take time to visit with the players offer advice and encouragement like son like Father you could say. LJ’s has two sisters and one of em, Lacey, is his twin and both of whom along with Mom attended many games as well. My favorite stories to tell about LJ is one day I attended a Mets SNY thing and DWright was also there, I don’t really know David all that well just a few short conversations here and there is all we have ever had but that day David approached me to ask how the Cyclones were doing and in particular he asked about LJ. David is a major supporter of the young and up an coming talent so it was no surprise that he would ask about the Cyclones in fact he had played a rehab game with us a while back and spent a ton of time speaking to the players. The next day when I got to the ballpark in Brooklyn I could not wait to tell LJ about David’s interest in him. “Really, David asked about me”? was LJs reaction and of course a big grin ear to ear. That memory just sticks with me.




    We are waiting to hear how Juan Lagares makes out at the doctors today he is getting an MRI on his right ribcage. Juan had leave the game yesterday feeling pain in that rib cage the same thing had bothered him on Saturday as well but felt better later so thought it was no big deal. He may have agitated it running the bases yesterday. So best to Juan we sure hope it is not serious. More as I learn it later
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    I've just heard that Lagares is going on the DL and Matt den Dekkar is on a return to the Mets. Perhaps he'll get some playing time now with Juan out for a bit. Let's go Mets!!!

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    Really nice perspective sonny about LJ and his dad, and also so nice to hear just how invested and psyched DWright is about good up and coming players who came through Brooklyn like LJ who is really adapting well at St. Lucie hitting over .290 and comes from a great family.

    Yep, syam and sonny Lagares is out and Matt den Dekker's demotion back to Las Vegas was scrapped and Mat was back in tonight and really made his presence felt especially defensively with a great catch over the center field wall robbing Ryan Howard of a home run and later throwing out Reid Brignac trying to score on Ben Revere's single with a nice accurate one hop throw to catcher Travis d'Arnaud. Mets won this last game of the epic five game series in Philly and most importantly won four of the five games tonight blowing it open 11-2. David Wright had a two run double and later Curtis Granderson had a two run single and Wilmer Flores, who knocked in two runs in the sixth with a blooper double to right, capped it off with his first major league homer, a grand slam that provided the winning margin and broke the game open late.

    Good effort from Bartolo Colon but he was helped immensely by the two great defensive plays by Matt den Dekker.Lagares will be out 15 days but at least defensively the Mets lose nothing with the terrific ballhawk den Dekker in his place ... he even did play a part getting the Mets going offensively by starting their earlier run in the sixth inning getting on with a single and scored on DWright's two run double going one for five. Mets going to Chicago to play the Cubbies for a three game series before they end this crazy road trip going cross country for a weekend series against the San Francisco Giants.
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    Last nite was the kind of win I'd like to see more often, where you don't have to white-knuckle it to the last strike. As Sausy wrote, Den Dekker's superb defense aided Colon in going as long as he did, and the Mets pounded out 6 in the ninth to put it away capped by Flores' grand slam, which added to his earlier two run double gave him 6 RBI for the nite! On to CHi town for the Cubs, lets keep up the hitting and decent pitching, Let's go Mets!!!

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    I have to tell you about a wonderful experience Daniel Murphy is about to have. I am sure you recall when his wife the adorable Tori went into labor just before opening day Murph knew exactly where he had to be and that was with his wife and soon to be born son Noah. So he left New York, II should say rushed, to Florida for the birth of his son, even at the cost of missing Opening Day at Citi Field. He is completely comfortable with the decision to miss the Mets’ first two games saying his wife and family needed him and I needed to be there.
    Daniel ended up missing the first two games of the season and ya would have thought the end of the world was coming from so many fans and of course my favorite people in the world the Media. some of them were cruel and insensitive towards Murph which he most certainly did not deserve. I wrote about my disgust over that a few times. But something, other than of course Noah’s birth, very good came out of that and that is it brought the spotlight on some of the difficult choices that working fathers are forced to make. As Murph beautifully put it He and Tori leaned on each other and leaned on their faith in the lord and they came out of it stronger and came out of it as a family, Murphy said, breaking into a huge smile. We came out of it with a beautiful son.
    Now Daniel has been invited to speak about that experience at the White House, and of course Murph said yes. Daniel, Tori and little Noah will head to Washington on Monday about having his very personal family moment explode in the public eye as part of a day of discussion on working fathers that will lead into a White House Summit on Working Families on June 23. The Murphy family travel directly to Washington from San Francisco after the Mets game there on Sunday.
    In true Murphy style he said “It’s an honor and it’s humbling speaking not as a baseball player, but as a dad. When the invite came Daniel and Tori took about 1 second to decide there was not much of choice they were going to do this. I got a huge kick out of what Murph said “my son is only 2 months old and already he is going to The White House, It’s going to be pretty hard to top that.”
    Murph will be joined by administration officials who are also working dads and who will share their experiences folks like Chief of Staff Denis McDonough and Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx among others. Daniel will be part of a discussion to explore the roles dads play at home and discuss the challenges they face balancing career and family, and how both businesses and working families benefit from progressive workplace policies. Murphy will stand out since most dads don’t play in stadiums before thousands of people and have their intimate family decisions written about on places like Twitter Facebook or on sports talk radio. Sandy Alderson was one of the people who defended Daniel’s decision to make use of MLB’s paternity leave, saying he was happy for Murphy that he was able to be there for his child’s birth. He pointed out that Daniel had the collectively-bargained right to be there, the players union and MLB agreeing to allow paternity leave in 2001. Players are allowed up to three days away while teams can add a player to the roster in their absence. Those kinds of progressive policies in the workplace are what the White House is hoping to highlight with Murph’s appearance. Oh, and before any of those media fools start yapping about Murph being away again I wanna remind them Monday is an off day for the Mets.

    When Justin Turner left the Mets to go to LA one of the things he left behind was the whipped cream pies he threw he was the master of that here in NY. But as JT said he left that in NY they don’t do that in LA, But last week when Dodgers pitcher Josh Beckett tossed a no hitter Justin just had to react I mean Justin can’t help himself so the always fun JT did the next best thing and gave Josh a Gatorade during a TV interview.



    He is such a fun dude Gosh I miss Justin playin here in NY. But h ha said many times as much as he misses playing in NY he loves it in LA.
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    Great pic of JT having his usual fun after Josh Beckett's no hitter... unfortunate he can't really do the pie thing after big wins but no doubt he's creative and fun regarding special occasions like this! I'm glad he's in a better situation especially after the whispers among cowardly unnamed Mets organization people about him being selfish and lazy which is just not the JT we saw or that sonny knows!

    Terrific and well deserved honor for Daniel Murphy and his family invited to the White House to start off the Conference on Working Families having him speak on the experience... idiotic sports commentators aside he had the support of his teammates, his organization and MLB and it has to be such a thrill to be invited to the White House for this. So happy for the Murphy family and very proud of Daniel for having the right priorities... from what I read Vicki's delivery left her drained and she wasn't going to be able to travel to new York for about a month so Daniel wanted to spend as much time with his wife and baby boy as possible. You only get this time once, and it was only two games missed so why some idiots had to have a conniption about it is beyond me. Thankfully, a lot of other people were impressed by his actions, and with MLB thankfully having a pretty progressive policy on paternity leave Murph wanted to spend as much time as he could before coming back up because most impotantly it would have been awhile before she could travel up to New York so he did the only thing he could do for his new family.


    Well, after a scintillating Mets romp through the Phillies at Veterans Stadium winning 4 of 5 topped off by a rare 11 run offensive burst, the Cubbies showed em that you can't rest on your laurels and swept them in the three game series at Wrigley. Wheeler was great on Tuesday but got little help elsewhere, Dice K was flat Wednesday and Jacob de Grom was ordinary for the first time in his first several major league starts and the bullpen of Black/ Edgin/ Mejia faltered after the Mets tied the game at 4 on Andrew Brown's two run homer as Anthony Rizzo homered to break the tie and it broke down against the Mets in the eighth as the Cubbies tacked on two runs off of Mejia. It's so frustrating being a Mets fan... I read yesterday they drafted Michael Conforto from the West Coast, a college player which the Mets have rarely in recent years drafted in the first round. Offensively he's got tons of potential, withpatience and power but I seems he's a prime candidate to have to make the switch from the outfield to first base as he has little speed, a below average arm and really isn't all that good defensively. Unless he's playing first base it's just another flawed outfielder... maybe he's the new Lucas Duda in two or three years who actually hits for average. Other than Kevin Plawecki or Brandon Nimmo there aren't too many other bats they have in the organization I'm all that gung ho about. And Plawecki plays Travis d'Arnaud's position and Nimmo could be very good or could be Jeff Francouer all over again.... one of the most frustrating players ever because he WAS actually good for a couple of years and when the Mets got him a few years back seemed poised to prove the Atlanta Braves wrong to give up on him... but with the new year after a sizzling start fell flat and has never recovered really to being anywhere near the stud outfielder he should have been. Nicest guy, looked like a real athlete out there with solid speed, great arm, power potential but just drove his career in the ditch by poor selectivity. Just so pissed in the MLB draft they go for a position player, which they need... then choose someone who currently projects because of his athletic deficiencies not to be anything more than a complimentary player, a more patient Andrew Brown perhaps unless they can move him to first base and he becomes reasonably competent there.
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