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September 26, 2015

Mets do It: Team clinches 1st NL East crown since 2006

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Mets NLE 2015

The New York Mets have been one of the best stories in Baseball in 2015 and they rewarded their fans Saturday night when they clinched the NL East for the 1st time since 2006.  Led by dominant young pitching, this team overcame key injuries to stars all year to overtake the heavily favored Washington Nationals and ran away with the division over the seasons final quarter.  Key trades over the 2nd half, added Juan Uribe, Kelly Johnson, Yoenis Cespedes, Tyler Clippard and Addison Reed and they all contributed to the late season surge. Rookie call ups to Noan Syndergaard, Steven Matz and Michael Conforto all stepped in and delivered. When their closer was suspended twice for PEDS, Jeurys Familia took over and dominated. Steady veterans like Curtis Granderson,Michael Cuddyer, Jon Niese and staff leader Bartolo Colon showed leadership and how to be pros. Daniel Murphy came to the ballpark, battled injuries and fielded 3 of the 4 infield spots. And he hit WHEREVER he  was playing. Lucas Duda was challenged to  produce, He did. Captain David Wright-who has been with this team since 2004- missed 4.5 months with a serious back injury, homered in his 1st at bat back then hit a decisive 3 run shot in tonights clincher. Finally, Skipper Terry Collins- who should win the NL Manager of the Year award- in a landslide. He is the oldest manager in major leagues and made the postseason for the 1st time after managing almost 1700 games. This man stayed here with the Mets over the development stages in the last 5 years, he played kids, lost but they competed and got better. He is great to fans, the media and is a class act. Just like his team. The 2015 NL East Champions. Hats off, Mets!

Magic Number #1

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The New York Mets enter play Saturday afternoon with their magic number to clinch the NL East at 1. With a win or loss by the 2nd place Washington Nationals, the team clinches their first division title-postseason birth since 2006. The Mets are almost 100% guaranteed to draw the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League Division series in what should be an exciting match-up. 2015 has been an incredible year for the team and the management as well- Sandy Alderson and Terry Collins should collect awards of this  season and with the right mix of health and good fortune, the Mets could be very dangerous in postseason play. As soon as the team clinches, the entire focus of the organization should be on preparing for the playoffs, so rest, role definition and setting the pitching is key.

September 20, 2015

Matt Harvey 1, Mets 0

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Mets fans will rest easy tonight. Their self pronounced ace of the staff pitched 5 great innings and he should be good to go for 2016 and in his eyes, 2018. Matt Harvey was great Sunday but how he has behaved since Late August is destructive to his team, the Mets. This is a player who campaigned to pitch in September.. of 2014. The team said no. He watched to pitch a complete game in Yankee Stadium in the 1st round of this years Subway Series. Manager Terry Collins pulled him. Matt Harvey campaigned to finish the game. The team then went to a 6 man rotation to protect all the teams prize young arms. Harvey complained to the media. All of these decisions were based on keeping Matt healthy. Then the circus that #33 and his agent, Scott “Satan” Boras unleashed on a young, exciting team, its tortured fan base and management team that has worked to both have him pitch and be healthy long term, hit in Late August.

I have been a Mets fan since 1980. Tonight they made history. I wanted them to lose. I am so completely disgusted with both this player and how this franchise continues to defend him. I feel for manager Terry Collins, who is  a good baseball guy and better man, having to deal with this shit show. He can say how much a character guy and competitor Harvey is but at the same time, this player supports his inning-pitch limits, placing himself over the other members of his team. Why is he here? I know this is a job and he makes a living by playing but I have seen guys like Curt Schilling and Pedro Martinez pitch put together with bailing wire and needle and thread to win for their team. This guy is about himself and getting paid. He does not care about his team and/or teammates and on a team that has been a joy to watch, he has deflated the balloon. I will let the Mets Captain David Wright speak for both his team and fans: “I think that we’d like to have Matt on the mound. But he wasn’t. I guess we’ve got to deal with it.” And that is why Matt Harvey is wrong and if he is on the Mets in 2016, I will looking for another team to support. He is a disgrace.

 

September 17, 2015

Subway Series, Magic #9

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The Mets gained a game off the magic number to claim the 2015 National League East Thursday when the Nationals lost on New York’s off day. The team would love to clinch before they hit the Road after September 23rd but the priority is getting healthy and resting key Mets as the postseason approaches. Terry Collins sits 3-4 good major league players each night with his deep and versatile bench. The team hosts their hated rival, the Yankees, starting this weekend and the baseball world is focusing on these games and the drama involving Matt Harvey, who reportedly will start the Sunday night game but will throw on a pitch-innings limit. I said this when Harvey and his agent did what they did 2 weeks ago- SEND HIM HOME. Not a team player, he does not want to pitch and he should NEVER pitch for the New York Mets again. This team is one of the better stories in this sport and its alleged star could not care less.  A general rule for sports is this: focus on winning and good things will follow. This pisses me off and the team and its fans have spent too much time on this loser. Matt Harvey is a disgrace.

September 15, 2015

Cespedes- POW literally… Mets win 8th straight, Magic #10

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Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes was named National League Player of the Week on  the week where he and his agent made a small concession that could and should extend his stay in Flushing. Midweek he agreed to void the 5 day window in his contact, a provision that was added to prevent his last team from keeping him off the market with a qualifying offer. That team would have 5 days to sign him after the conclusion of the World Series then he would not be able to sign with that club until May 15. Now he can sign with the Mets or any other team, meanwhile, NY is said to be preparing a mega offer to keep #32 in a Mets uniform long term.

To say Cespedes has had an impact on this club is like saying Cable has helped Television. Going into Monday nights game, He has 16 homers and 41 rbi with a .308 BA-680 SLP- 1.033 OPS in 40 games, He homered last night as well. The team is 29-11 with Cespedes in the lineup and in September, he is hitting .385 with 5 home runs, 15 rbi and a 1.407 OPS. The Mets used a late rally AGAIN to win 4-3 with C Travis D’Arnaud hitting a two run shot to tie and Captain David Wright drove home the winner, an rbi double in the 7th. The team is 13-3 with #5 in the lineup and has won 8 straight overall. New York’s lead in 9.5 games in the NL East, their magic number stands at 10 and the club has clinched its 1st winning season since 2008. Yes, It is a good no GREAT time to be a Mets fan.

September 13, 2015

Mets win 7 straight has commanding 9.5 game lead in NL East, Magic Number 11

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The New York Mets swept thru the Washington Nationals in DC with 3 bone crushing wins and carried the momentum into Georgia taking 4 straight in Atlanta to cap maybe the best week of Baseball the team has played since 1986. Late inning heroics from the entire roster- stars(David Wright, Yoenis Cespedes) to role players(Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Kelly Johnson) -had big hits and the bullpen completely out pitched the rival Nats. The Nationals top late inning relievers-Drew Storen and Jonathon Papelbon- both gave up game winning homers in the series.  When you factor in Washington set their rotation to have their big 3 pitch(Scherzer, Zimmerman and Strasburg), this sweep might be the point at which The Nationals season died.  The Mets have won an incredible 15 games in which they trailed since August 1st. The team then came into Atlanta and punished an overmatched , rebuilding Braves club that is mess pitching wise, particularly in the bullpen. Today, they rallied down 7-4 with 2 outs to get two runners on before INF Daniel Murphy hit a tremendous game tying homer to Right center. The Mets plated 3 runs in extras to complete an incredible week.

September 7, 2015

Matt Harvey statement

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My opinion on #33 has not changed and will not change. I view him as a disloyal, unreliable team killer motivated by selfish desires  devoid of team goals. Matt Harvey  must be  moved this offseason. I am not going to comment  further regarding this whole mess. I will just post statements from both he and the team in this regard. I am completely and utterly disgusted with this “man” and his agent, Satan.

 

Matt Harvey statement from the Players Tribune, Sept 6,2015:

“You’ve heard about the 180-185 innings cap. That seems to be the number that will allow me to pitch into the postseason. Regardless of those numbers, I hope everyone knows: I have always wanted to play. I have always wanted to pitch every single chance I get.

Especially in the playoffs.

Right now we’re hunkered down in a fight to make the postseason. All of our efforts are focused on that task. As a team, we understand that there’s still a lot of baseball left to play. The chance to make a run in the playoffs will require our full dedication, energy and passion. This is an incredibly exciting time to be part of the Mets.

As an athlete, when your surgeon explains to you the risks of exceeding a certain number of innings, it can be alarming. You listen. I love to play baseball and I love winning even more. I would not give that up for anything. I also know I want to be able to play and win for a long time. But there has never been a doubt in my mind: I will pitch in the playoffs. I will be healthy, active and ready to go.

I am communicating with my agent, my doctor, Sandy and the entire Mets organization. I can assure everyone that we’re all on the same page.

Together, we are coming up with a plan to reach an innings limit during the season. It will be a compromise between the doctors and the Mets organization to get me, and the team, to where we need to be for our postseason run.

I understand the risks. I am also fully aware of the opportunity the Mets have this postseason. Winning the division and getting to the playoffs is our goal.

Once we are there, I will be there.”

September 5, 2015

Commentary: Dark Knight becomes the Dark Nothing as Harvey, Boras turn amazing season into circus

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Today was a sad day for both me and the fans of the New York Mets and we were both reminded that pro sports are a business. Thanks to Matt Harvey and his agent, Scott Boras, an incredible turnaround season is now the secondary story. Over the last 24 hours, Boras reported that team doctors and the top surgeon in the sport(Dr. James Andrews) capped Harvey’s innings at 180 as he returns from Tommy John Surgery. This was a sharp contrast to statements from the team over the past 5-6 months who skipped some of Harvey’s starts, pulled him from games and instituted a 6 man rotation to both preserve his health and have him pitching the postseason. Reportedly, the Boras camp notified Mets GM Sandy Alderson about the innings limit on August 29th. Harvey currently stands at 166 innings and is scheduled to pitch Tuesday. #33 spoke to reporters before tonight’s game and restated that 180 is the number he always considered his limit for 2015.

I would like to thank Matt Harvey for his contribution to the New York Mets over his stay in Queens and wish him well. I also would NEVER allow him to wear that uniform again after this nonsense. The players on this team- HIS TEAMMATES- should feel betrayed. This team with players like Wilmer Flores(cried when he thought he traded), David Wright(Playing with a serious back condition) and Juan Lagares(Elite defender battling bad elbow all year) has grabbed the city and baseball world. A selfish, me 1st player and his scumbag agent are now lying down and quitting on them and this team. FOR MONEY. Boras pulled this same BS with the division rival Washington Nationals in 2012 with Stephen Strasburg but he told them about innings numbers all year. NOT AUGUST 29TH.

I have been watching baseball and sports since I was 5 years old and would be hard pressed to find a time when I was more disgusted with a player. Matt Harvey- Mr Tough Guy- Mr. Dark Knight- Mr. New York- blah, blah, blah. Add NO Mas to his titles. Quitter. I could see if he was hurt, he is not. He is perfectly healthy. The team has worked to keep him that way. He seemed onboard. Heck, he complains when they pull him or skip his turn. What happened? Boras. Thats what happens a lot in the world of MLB. The Mets and their Marine-Vietnam vet GM Sandy Alderson are not intimidated by his clown tactics so he misled and misrepresented, dropping this bomb on a date where the team has few options but to cave. What pitcher of consequence can you add on September 6th? UNBELIEVABLE

When this all unfolded over the last 10-12 hours, I was at work and checking online. The story changed and was updated, Mets beatwriters-reporters sided with team,killing Boras and more importantly, Harvey. As Michael Jordan once famously said to super agent David Falk  “You work for me, not the other way around”. Reports have Alderson meeting with Harvey to resolve this situation Monday in Washington and Mets skipper Terry Collins saying post game Saturday  this is not Matt Harvey, it is against his character. Terry, Character shows with both words and actions. Today, your pitcher quit on you, this team, his teammates and this city. He should be sent back home and  to the worst place they can trade him this offseason. Mark down September September 5th as the day Matt Harvey went from the Dark Knight to Dark Nothing.

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