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October 31, 2015

Mets mistakes help Kansas City steal Game 4, Royals lead series 3-1

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The Kansas City Royals capitalized on several late inning mental and physical mistakes to steal game 4 5-3 Saturday night at Citi Field. On a night where two of the top rookies on the team(LF Michael Conforto and SP Steven Matz) stepped up under the World Series spotlight, a 3 run 8th inning lost the game and the two most glaring weaknesses on the 2015 New York Mets rared their ugly head: Middle infield defense and bullpen depth. Reliever Tyler Clippard retired his 1st batter in the inning then walked two batters back to back and Manager Terry Collins was forced to bring in closer Jeurys Familia for a 5 out save. He got a grounder to 2nd that Daniel Murphy missed and KC tied the game. The Royals then scored two more on back to back rbi singles. The Mets placed two runners on in the 9th and brought Lucas Duda to the plate as the winning run. He hit a shallow fly ball that was caught by 3b Mike Moustakas, who doubled off Yoenis Cespedes, who was running on the pitch for reasons known only to him. I have been watching the Mets for 35 years and this is one of the top 5 losses of my life. I am pretty positive about this team and cannot see this team winning three straight vs a team the level of quality of the Royals with their pitching in the condition it is in. Sometimes the other guy is better. Heart,mind, brain try but you can only ask so much. LGM.

Game 4 Lineups

by @ 12:52 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

Game 4, tonight at 8 pm on Fox,Kansas City leads 2-1

 Tonight’s Starting Lineups

Mets Royals
1. Curtis Granderson (L) RF 1. Alcides Escobar (R) SS
2. David Wright (R) 3B 2. Ben Zobrist (S) 2B
3. Daniel Murphy (L) 2B 3. Lorenzo Cain (R) CF
4. Yoenis Cespedes (R) CF 4. Eric Hosmer (L) 1B
5. Lucas Duda (L) 1B 5. Mike Moustaka (L) 3B
6. Travis d’Arnaud (R) C 6. Salvador Perez (R) C
7. Michael Conforto (L) LF 7. Alex Gordon (L) LF
8. Wilmer Flores (R) SS 8. Alex Rios (R) RF
9. Steven Matz (R) LHP 9. Chris Young (R) RHP

 

Thor and Captain America lead the Way as Mets blow out Royals in Game 3, 9-3

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Noah Syndergaard sent a message with his 1st pitch and his teammates backed him with offense as the New York Mets defeated the Kansas City Royals 9-3 Friday night at a crazed  Citi Field in Game 3 of the World Series. Syndergaard clearly heard enough about the Royals ability to hit fastballs and threw high and tight close to the head of leadoff hitter Alcides Escobar, who hit the turf, with his 1st pitch. KC got some bloops and cheapies but Thor mixed in his other 3 pitches with that 100 MPH gas to toss 6 strong, K-ing 6. Meanwhile, Captain David Wright homered in his 1st at bat and Citi Field has never been louder, #5 had 4 rbi total.  Meanwhile, Curtis Granderson was all over the field with his own 2 run homer and 3 runs scored as well as a great running catch in rightfield.  The Mets depth showed as pinch hitters Juan Uribe and Juan Lagares were part of the 4 run 6th inning that put the game out of reach. The Law Firm of Reed,Clippard and Familia threw the final 3 frames to secure the win. NY still trails 2-1 in the series but feels good with Steven Matz,a lefty with stuff, facing a lineup that has issues with southpaws.

October 30, 2015

Game 3 Lineups

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Tonight’s Starting Lineups

Mets Royals
1. Curtis Granderson (L) RF 1. Alcides Escobar (R) SS
2. David Wright (R) 3B 2. Ben Zobrist (S) 2B
3. Daniel Murphy (L) 2B 3. Lorenzo Cain (R) CF
4. Yoenis Cespedes (R) CF 4. Eric Hosmer (L) 1B
5. Lucas Duda (L) 1B 5. Mike Moustaka (L) 3B
6. Travis d’Arnaud (R) C 6. Salvador Perez (R) C
7. Michael Conforto (L) LF 7. Alex Gordon (L) LF
8. Wilmer Flores (R) SS 8. Alex Rios (R) RF
9. Noah Syndergaard (L) RHP 9. Yordano Ventura (R) RHP

 

October 29, 2015

After Royals big 5th lead to 2-0 deficit,Mets return to NY looking to Rally

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A combination of attacking,relentlessness and talent, the Kansas City Royals come to Citi Field with a 2-0 lead over the New York Mets in the 2015 World Series.  I have seen every start  of Jacob de Grom’s 2 yr ML career and have never seen him show up for a test with no answers. In Wednesday nights 5th inning, he looked lost and frustrated as the Royals put 4 runs up and the game was essentially over. KC scored some late insurance runs vs the NY pen to win 7-1. The Mets offense was two words:Lucas Duda. He had the lone 2 hits vs Royal starter Johnny Cueto. The last time the New York Mets won the World Series(1986), they lost for 1st game on an unearned run and the second by  6 runs. Book the parade.  KC is a good-no great team- but the Mets need to play their game and do what they do— both de Grom and Matt Harvey, elite power pitchers, appeared scared by scouting reports on the Royals ability to hit fastballs and avoided throwing gas. In the regular season, they threw 60% fastballs. In the two series games, they were way below(Harvey(37%) and Jacob(39%)) and my hope is Noah Syndergaard goes at the Royals with what brought him to the dance. Drop the Hammer,Thor. Let them hit 98,if they do CONSISTENTLY, I will hand them the WS trophy.

October 28, 2015

Game 2 Lineup

by @ 1:32 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

Tonight’s Starting Lineups

Mets Royals
1. Curtis Granderson (L) RF 1. Alcides Escobar (R) SS
2. David Wright (R) 3B 2. Ben Zobrist (S) 2B
3. Daniel Murphy (L) 2B 3. Lorenzo Cain (R) CF
4. Yoenis Cespedes (R) LF 4. Eric Hosmer (L) 1B
5. Lucas Duda (L) 1B 5. Kendrys Morales (S) DH
6. Travis d’Arnaud (R) C 6. Mike Moustakas (L) 3B
7. Michael Conforto (L) DH 7. Salvador Perez (R) C
8. Wilmer Flores (R) SS 8. Alex Gordon (L) LF
9. Juan Lagares (R) CF 9. Alex Rios (R) RF

 

Hosmer Sac Fly ends Classic Game 1 as Royals vanquish Mets 5-4 in 14

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Royals 1B Eric Hosmer’s sacrifice fly plated the decisive run in the 14 inning as Kansas City defeated the New York Mets 5-4 in the 14th inning. With the win, KC leads the best of 7 series 1-0, game 2 is Wednesday night at 8 pm in Missouri. The game showed why these two teams are in the fall classic and featured non stop action and momentum swings. Alcides Escobar lead off the game with a misplayed inside the park homerun and the teams slugged away at each other all night. Curtis Granderson homered to give NY a lead mid game but the Royals came back. The Mets had the game in the 9th 4-3 before KC LF Alex Gordon-the Royals David Wright- hit a tremendous shot to dead center to tie the contest off Mets closer Jeurys Familia. Veteran starters Jon Niese and Bartolo Colon battled out of the pen until an error by Wright on a tough play led to an opportunity that KC cashed in. The Mets turn to Jacob de Grom, the Mets best and most consistent pitcher the last 2 yrs, in a crucial Game 2. This is why Terry Collins has this guy in Game 2. The Mets are fine and will move on. This loss sucks but one of 7. They have comeback from worse. #LGM

October 27, 2015

Keys to the World Series

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My keys-thoughts for the 2015 World Series between the Kansas City Royals of the American League and the National League Champion New York Mets, two teams with great players but different approaches:

1- Starters-Relievers: Unequal: The Royals tend to use their pen more than any team and the Mets starters are dominant. A key to this series is which “weaker” unit performs: KC starters or Mets pen. 2 Keys for NY: starters turned relievers Jon Niese and Bartolo Colon.

2- Contact: The Mets strike out batters, the Royals the do strike out or walk, They are an attack offense and hit fastballs over 95. Again, huge impact and matchup .

3- Defense rests: Kansas City is an elite defensive team and the Mets at times can be sloppy defensively and with Wilmer Flores at SS, middle infield D could be an issue. However, with Captain David Wright back at third, the corner spots and Outfield are solid.

4- Deep depth: Kansas City is a true AL team with little pop of the bench even with Kendry Morales (The DH) in NL parks. NY counters with Kelly Johnson, Either Michael Conforto or Michael Cuddyer , Juan Lagares and a key returnee in Juan Uribe.  This might be the Mets biggest advantage outside of starting pitching.

5- Power Parks?: Both home ball parks- Kaufman Stadium and Citi Field- are pitcher friendly and take away from batters. No cheapies.

6- Home Grown: Both teams are built on drafting, developing and the farm system. KC really set their team up for years when they traded pending free agent Zack Greinke for several players including CF Lorenzo Cain and SS Alcides Escobar. New York has developed their entire infield and most of their pitchers. Praise and cheers for scouts!

7- Drop Off: NY crushed “non” aces in the NL postseason and Kansas City does not have anything near the level of a Kershaw, Greinke, Arrieta or Lester. This is a HUGE issue for the Royals.

PREDICTION: I am glad these two teams made it to the Series and have been with the Mets for a long time. I picked them to make the playoffs and win 90 games. I am picking them to win… in 6 games.

Game 1 Starting Lineups

by @ 12:56 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

Tonight’s Starting Lineups

Mets Royals
1. Curtis Granderson (L) RF 1. Alcides Escobar (R) SS
2. David Wright (R) 3B 2. Ben Zobrist (S) 2B
3. Daniel Murphy (L) 2B 3. Lorenzo Cain (R) CF
4. Yoenis Cespedes (R) CF 4. Eric Hosmer (L) 1B
5. Lucas Duda (L) 1B 5. Kendrys Morales (S) DH
6. Travis d’Arnaud (R) C 6. Mike Moustakas (L) 3B
7. Michael Conforto (L) LF 7. Salvador Perez (R) C
8. Wilmer Flores (R) SS 8. Alex Gordon (L) LF
9. Kelly Johnson (L) DH 9. Alex Rios (R) RF

 

October 25, 2015

How the 2015 New York Mets where Built

by @ 4:20 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

Breaking Down the 2015 NL Champions- 27 players( Including SS Ruben Tejada and counting both Juan Uribe and Kirk Nieuwenhuis until final 25 for World Series is announced)

 

2015 Trade acquisitions(5):

OF Yoenis Cespedes, INF Juan Uribe, INF-OF Kelly Johnson, RP Tyler Clippard, RP Addison Reed

 

Free Agent signings(3):

P  Bartolo Colon(2013), OF Curtis Granderson(2014), OF-INF Michael Cuddyer(2015)

 

Trades(2):

C Travis d’Arnaud and SP Noah Syndergaard(2012)

 

Waiver claim(1):

OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis(2015)

Rule 5 Claim(1):

P Sean Gilmartin(2015)

 

MLB Draft(10):

 

Steve Phillips Pick(1):

3B David Wright(2001)

Omar  Minaya Picks(6):

P Jon Niese(2005), INF Daniel Murphy(2006), 1B Lucas Duda(2007), SP Steven Matz(2009), SP Matt Harvey(2010) and  SP Jacob de Grom(2010)

Sandy Alderson Picks(3):

C Kevin Plawecki(2012), INF Matt Reynolds(2012)  and OF Michael Conforto(2014)

 

Amateur-International  free agent signings(5):

INF Ruben Tejada(2006),OF Juan Lagares(2006), INF Wilmer Flores(2007), Closer Jeurys Familia(2007) and RP Hansel Robles(2008)

 

 

Terry Collins sets World Series rotation, Harvey starts Game #1

by @ 9:09 am. Filed under Uncategorized

Mets Manager Terry Collins announced his starting rotation for the 2015 World Series and Matt Harvey will take the ball in game 1. Jacob de Grom, Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz will follow. Harvey,through all the innings limit talk and controversy,has bought in according to Collins and has the ability to make 2 more starts and be available to pitch in some capacity in Game 7. Part of the decision on who to pitch and when was effected by 2 Non-Harvey related issues: Syndergaard’s excellent home statistics and the Mets desire to give de Grom extra rest. Harvey also prefers to pitch as close to normal rest as possible and if he did not start Game 1, he would go the longest between starts of any Met starter having opened the NLCS sweep. I like the move and New York is in a position to press a HUGE advantage in this series:Starting  Pitching. Kansas City’s rotation is average even with the addition of Johnny Cueto at the deadline. However, the Royal’s bullpen, led by the top overall reliever in the game, Wade Davis, is deep and talented. Whichever unit is performs best in this series will go along way in determining the winner.

October 22, 2015

Day after feels GOOD

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Yesterday was a great day for Mets fans as the team clinched its 1st appearance in the World Series since 2000 and today, was another opportunity to reflect on what has been an incredible turnaround. True fans of this team understand this did not happen overnight and although trades late in the year spurned this on, it was a painful process of trades, signings ,development and losing. Effort, approach,etc was good but the team did not have elite,high end talent to compete. Over the last 2-3 years, the arms came up, they team signed a Granderson, a Colon, a Cuddyer, they picked Lucas Duda over Ike Davis(HUGELY underrated move), the moved popular veteran stars like Dickey and Beltran to acquire Wheeler, d’Arnaud and Syndergaard.  This was a piece by piece rebuild and when the team was stable and steady enough to jump, GM Sandy Alderson added the final chips- Uribe, Johnson, Cespedes, Clippard and Reed. They were able to do this because they were smart, patient and prudent. And regardless of the outcome of this next series,this team is in a strong position heading forward for the next 3-5 years. Hats off the Alderson, his staff and skipper Terry Collins, who stood with many of these players in good and bad times, for sticking to the plan. When a struggling Duda had a HUGE game to clinch the NL Pennant, I thought of the key role TC played in giving a quiet guy like Duda confidence and that performance was very symbolic in the clincher. These are Alderson and Collins’ Mets and they are the 2015 National League Champions!

 

October 21, 2015

Duda joins the Daniel Murphy show as the New York Mets advance to the World Series with 8-3 win

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1B Lucas Duda hit a 3 run homer in the 4 run 1st and added a 2 run double in the 2nd to spark the team and carry the New York Mets to a 8-3 victory over Chicago Cubs to complete a 4 game sweep in the NLCS at Wrigley Field. Daniel Murphy became the 1st ML player to  homer in 6 straight postseason games with a 2 run blast in the 8th. C Travis d’Arnaud followed Duda’s blast with his own in the 1st and the Mets never were challenged. Steven Matz threw into the 5th and was followed by Bartolo Colon, Addison Reed, Tyler Clippard and Jeurys Familia to secure the victory. NY totaled 11 hits with Duda(3) and Murphy(4) leading the way.  New York now awaits the winner of the ALCS either Toronto or Kansas City. The World Series starts Tuesday in the AL ballpark. #LGM

October 20, 2015

Murphy leads offense upsurge, de Grom again dominant as Mets win 5-2 to take 3-0 NLCS lead

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Daniel Murphy homered for the 5th straight game(Tying a ML record)  and Jacob de Grom was great over 7 innings as the New York Mets won 5-2 Tuesday night vs the Chicago Cubs Tuesday night in Wrigley Field. The victory gives the Mets a 3-0 lead in the NLCS and they are a win away from appearing in the teams 1st World Series since 2000. Both David Wright and Yoenis Cespedes had 3 hits apiece and two relievers combined with #48 to hold the talented Cubs offense to 5 hits(2 solo homers). de Grom allowed 3 hits and a run in the 1st but turned it around,K-ing 7 and retiring the last 11 Chicago hitters. Tyler Clippard and Jeurys Familia finished it off and NY can sweep the series Wednesday in Illinois. Rookie LH Steven Matz takes the hill at 8 pm looking to clinch an NL pennant.

October 18, 2015

Syndergaard, Murphy lead way as Mets down Cubs 4-1 for 2-0 lead in NLCS

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Rookie Noah Syndergaard struck out 9 and Daniel Murphy homered for the 4th straight game as the New York Mets defeated the Chicago Cubs 4-1 to take a 2-0 NLCS lead at Citi Field Sunday night.  Curtis Granderson was 1 for 3 with a walk, stolen base and 2 runs, He also robbed Chris Coghlan of a home run in the 2nd. David Wright had an rbi double in the 1st and Murphy followed with a homer to right to make it 3-0 vs Cubs ace Jake Arrieta. With an early 3-0 lead, Thor relaxed and pitched into the 6th( 5 and 2 thirds) before the Mets middle relievers- Jon Niese(Cameo-LOL,HUGE K of Chicago slugger Anthony Rizzo), Addison Reed(7th) and Tyler Clippard(8th) – pitched great. Closer Jeurys Familia was his dominant self in the 9th to convert the save. The series now moves to Chicago for 3 straight and the Mets have handled the Cubs two top starting pitchers. Jacob de Grom takes the ball Tuesday night with NY looking to take a commanding 3-0 lead at Wrigley.

Harvey dominates over 7 strong,Offense returns as Mets defeat Cubs 4-2 to open NLCS

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Matt Harvey pitched brilliantly into the 8th inning while Daniel Murphy and Travis d’Arnaud homered to lead the New York Mets to a 4-2 win over the Chicago Cubs Saturday night in Game 1 of the NLCS at a wintry Citi Field.  #33 stepped up  big time and shut up his critics(This Blogger is one of the leaders) while damning innings limits and such. Over 7 2/3 innings, he allowed 4 hits and 2 runs while K-ing with 2 walks while throwing 97 pitches. He was the man and acted like an ace. It was winning time. This was about the team, not Matt and 2019. It was baseball not BS and I liked- no LOVED- what I saw. I want this team to win and Matt to be part of it. IF he is committed to the cause- winning games. If Saturday was a good indicator, all hands on deck. Curtis Granderson drove in the other Mets runs  with 2 separate hits while Jeurys Familia got the final 4 outs to earn a save. Game #2 is Sunday night at Citi Field then on to Chicago for 3.

October 17, 2015

Duda benched for Game 1, Cuddyer inserted. Syndergaard tabbed for Game 2

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The Mets have announced Noah Syndergaard will take the ball for the Mets in Game 2. Meanwhile, Manager Terry Collins has decided to sit struggling Lucas Duda vs Cubs  lefty Jon Lester with veteran Michael Cuddyer taking over.

Mets Game 1 Batting Order:

 

  1. Granderson, RF
  2. Wright, 3B
  3. Murphy, 2B
  4. Cespedes, LF
  5. d’Arnaud, C
  6. Cuddyer, 1B
  7. Flores, SS
  8. Lagares,CF
  9. Harvey,P

 

 

Harvey’s chance at redemption, Keys to NLCS win

by @ 12:31 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

Matt Harvey is one of the keys for the New York Mets in the NLCS and that should cause mixed feelings for fans. I legitimately believe he is fatigued and pushing himself but how he behaved and conducted himself during this whole innings limit fiasco really questioned his commitment to this team and his teammates. Tommy John surgery, medicine and science is inexact and each player responds differently. Harvey and his camp insinuated the Mets did not have his his health and best interests at heart. And that pissed me off. This team and management-from GM Sandy Alderson to Field skipper Terry Collins- have monitored and babied this player throughtout the rehab process He wanted to pitch late in September 2014, they said no. He wanted to pitch a complete game in the Bronx, Terry pulled him. He complained when the team went to a 6 man rotation, the Mets stuck with it. Now #33 seems to be onboard and his team AND teammates need him more than ever after Jacob de Grom and Noah Syndergaard stepped up to beat Dodgers. It is now The Dark Knight’s time to shine.

NLCS Keys:

1- Home-Away: The NLCS set up is 2-3-2 and this is key. You will not find 2 more different parks than Wrigley and Citi Field.  One is hitter heaven, the other hitters hell. Which team responds best to the others stadium should have a huge advantage. 2- Set the Pitching: Mets need to get this so Harvey, de Grom and Syndergaard start 2 games apiece. The Dodgers series was taxing on this group and they need to refuel for NY to advance. 3-Control Power: The Cubs hit a lot of home runs and keeping the power element under control is huge. Chicago and the Toronto Blue Jays both seem to draw energy from the longball. 4- BIG Bullpen: Over 7 game series, Mets need to 6-7-8 inning guys and veterans Jon Niese and Bartolo Colon to step up. Addison Reed and Tyler Clippard need to pitch well and help Closer Jeurys Familia. 5-SS Depth: Both the Cubs and Mets are without their starting shortstops due to injury and how each deals with this issue is a hidden key.

October 15, 2015

I am Happy for….

by @ 10:52 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

Lucas Duda: Team rock, strong team culture guy, HUGE in team’s August-Sept surge

Jon Niese: Team player rep, fanatic competitor, longest tenured pitcher, SCARY intense. Knows how to pitch and get you out.

Travis d’Arnaud:  Underrated defender, stick, intense, Works w this staff

Curtis Granderson: Top leadoff hitter in the game, Signed here when team was not a destination, One of the top people in the sport

Jeurys Familia: Find me a better closer in the sport TODAY, rallied when his best bud got tagged TWICE for PEDs. Always smiling, another locker room culture guy

Juan Lagares: Has played hurt all year, lost his job but team worker who consistently seeks improvement

Dan Warthen: Leader of the arms. Father, Uncle, Grand Pa relationship w this group. From Matz to Colon, he has these guys ready to rock each day

Kelly Johnson, Juan Uribe: Added versatility, professionalism and winning culture. Great people, teammates, veterans. #WINNERS

Matt Harvey: Battled back hard from TJS and has put aside personal claims for the good of the team

Michael Cuddyer: HUGE locker room presence and vet in the room. Always ready to talk with media. GETS IT

Ruben Tejada: Stepped up and stabilized infield. Like Lagares, had inconsistent PT yet worked. #HITCHASE

Tyler Clippard,Addison Reed: Huge part of late third of yr run. Pro’s who showed young guys the way.

Michael Conforto: Good kid, demeanor. A future all star who just has this look. #PLAYER

Daniel Murphy: Team promoter, cheerleader, future announcer, Always about the team, others, CAN HIT and will play ANY infield position if asked.

Kevin Long: NOBODY is a bigger fan of this guy than this blogger. Praised his hire and when given a problem, he attacks it. Mentality, mentality, mentality. Would be a great NFL special teams coach. #THANKYOU #YANKEES

Bartolo Colon: On a team of young arms, the 42 yr old took the ball and provided good feeling and comic relief. And he can PITCH.

Kevin Plawecki: Kept team, staff afloat when TDA was down with 2 different fluky injuries. #BRIGHTFUTURE

Yoenis Cespedes: Game changer who impacts entire game NIGHTLY, Good no great team guy, #PAYHIM

Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz: Stepped in and up on a team that can win NOW. Different strokes for different folks, have nothing in common pitching style wise but they get it done. #LEFTYRIGHTY

David Wright: Captain America for a reason, Great long time Met who stayed here in lean years and stood at his locker EVERYDAY. Maybe the best person in the game.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis: Long time personal favorite of this blog, Traded, brought back,became 1st Met to homer 3 times in a Home game right before the ASB. Good athlete, defender, guy

Wilmer Flores: Up and down year,to say the least.  HUGE fan favorite, can play any INF spot. The Mayor of NYC. Tremendous makeup, worker.

Terry Collins: Leader, class act,loyal, teacher. Has been a good manager with developmental background who saw a lot of those kids blossom.  Beloved throughout the game.

Sandy Alderson: Rebuilt a team in the NYC market. Mets based on more trades, prospects than Free agents but he hit BIG TIME on Granderson. And he stood up to Boras on Harvey!

 

Mets NLCS Game 1 starter…

by @ 10:26 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

is Matt Harvey, according to Mets skipper Terry Collins.

Mets Win!!!! Pitching, Murphy enough as NY downs LA 3-2 to win NLDS

by @ 9:14 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

Jacob de Grom battled for 6 innings with little command and Daniel Murphy was a triple short of the cycle as the New York Mets defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 in decisive Game 5 to take the series Thursday night in California.  Murphy doubled home Curtis Granderson in the 1st and NY led 1-0. de Grom allowed 2 runs in the 1st inning but fought, competed and kept the team in the game and pitched out of danger almost every inning. He allowed 6 hits and a walk but when he needed to make a pitch, Jacob did. Meanwhile, Murphy took a free base on a shift and scored a HUGE tying run in the 4th. #28 then homered in the 6th for ultimately the game winning run via a sac fly . Noah Syndergaard- YES, Noah Syndergaard!- took over in the 7th and was lights out. Then Jeurys Familia entered the game and was awesome over the final 2 frames. He K-ed Howie Kendrick to end the game and series. The Mets will now face the Chicago Cubs in the NLCS and the series opens Saturday night at Citi Field.

October 14, 2015

All Hands on Deck

by @ 5:24 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

Mets Manager Terry Collins has EVERY Mets pitcher available for Thursday nights Game 5. On the flight to California, Matt Harvey approached the skipper and volunteered to pitch in this do or die game. Collins just stated in his presser that he is not going to go crazy on his  prized starters out of the pen(Harvey, Steven Matz and Noah Syndergaard) but they can throw 1-2 innings if needed. In other words, ALL HANDS ON DECK!

Kershaw dominant as Dodgers beat Mets 3-1 to tie NLDS

by @ 10:59 am. Filed under Uncategorized

Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw pitched maybe the finest game of his hall of fame career, allowing 1 run and 2 hits over 7 innings on 3 days rest to lead Los Angeles over the New York Mets 3-1 Tuesday night at Citi Field. The Lanky Texan had all 3 of his pitches going, k-ed 8 and was touched only by 2B Daniel Murphy’s solo shot. New York starter Steven Matz, in only his 7th major league start, was solid but done in by 1 bad inning  as the bottom of the Dodgers order got on base for 1B Adrian Gonzalez and 3B Justin Turner, an ex Met who is doing almost as much damage as Chase Utley to his old team. The two drove home 3 runs in the 3rd for the Dodgers offense. The Mets bullpen-led again by lovable veteran Bartolo Colon, held the LA offense to those 3 for 4 innings but the NY offense could not plate any more runs. Some great at bats by Curtis Granderson and Captain David Wright drew walks but Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen got Daniel Murphy to fly out to right in another great battle to end an 8th inning rally. The series now moves to California for the decisive game 5 as Dodgers co-ace Zack Greinke faces Jacob de Grom Thursday night at 8:07.

October 13, 2015

Mets punish Dodgers 13-7 to claim Game 3, Lead series 2-1

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The New York Mets rallied from an early 3-0 deficit and blew out the Los Angeles Dodgers 13-7 Monday night at a raucous Citi Field in Game 3 of the NLDS to take a 2-1 lead in the series. New York can advance to the NLCS with a win tonight. Curtis Granderson had 5 rbi, Yoenis Cespedes hit a 440 ft home run and Travis d’Arnaud also homered. The team scored 9 two out runs and Matt Harvey battled without top end stuff to provide 5 workmanlike innings. Bartolo Colon, 42 yr old Bartolo Colon!, was tremendous over 2 innings of relief and K-ed the side in the 6th to the delight of the crowd. Chief villain, Dodgers 2B Chase Utley, who is eligible to play while he appeals the suspension of his cheap shot on Mets SS Ruben Tejada did not entire the game and was booed unmercifully at team introductions.  Rookie Steven Matz takes the ball tonight vs Clayton Kershaw as the Mets try to close out the series.

October 11, 2015

Breaking News: Utley suspended for Games 3-4

by @ 9:25 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

Major League Baseball chief baseball officer Joe Torre has suspended Dodgers 2B Chase Utley  2 games for his illegal slide that injured Mets SS Ruben Tejada. Utley will miss Games 3 and 4 in New York and is appealing. MLB will hear the appeal before the game Monday and we could potentially see Utley play in either game in NY. Tejada is out for the season with a fractured fibula after the rolling block  and this incident has been the talk of MLB for 24 hours.

Mets adding INF Matt Reynolds to replace Injured Tejada

by @ 11:49 am. Filed under Uncategorized

The New York Mets have called up Triple A INF Matt Reynolds to take Ruben Tejada’s roster spot in the NLDS. Reynolds gives the team options with Wilmer Flores expected to take over full time at shortstop. NY is lucky in that they have several players -notably Flores and Daniel Murphy- who can play multiple infield spots. Heck, even Captain David Wright has played some shortstop in emergency situations for the Mets. The only positive to result from this BS play from Utley is this puts Flores, a HUGE fan favorite, in a big position and he has handled that well all year. No word on any discipline action for Utley. I suggest he sits in the stands Monday night. And the rest of the series.

Mets lose Tejada, Game as Dodgers rally in 7th to steal Game 2 5-2, even series

by @ 11:40 am. Filed under Uncategorized

The Los Angeles Dodgers rallied vs. the New York Mets with  4 runs in the  7th inning added by a controversial slide by Mets killer Chase Utley. With the score 2-1 NY, Daniel Murphy’s relay put SS Ruben Tejada in a bad spot and Utley took him out with late questionable slide to right of the bag, breaking the infielders leg. The play was magnified by a replay review that showed Ruben missed the bag at 2nd and the team recorded no outs. 1B Adrian Gonzalez and ex Met Justin Turner followed with huge RBI doubles and the Dodgers pen took over from there. Fellow starters Noah Syndergaard and Zack Greinke both pitched well and Yoenis Cespedes and Michael Conforto (1st postseason at bat) both homered for the Mets.  The series is now even at 1 and returns to New York Monday at 8 pm.

October 10, 2015

de Grom, Veteran bats lead Mets to 3-1 win over Dodgers, Lead series 1-0

by @ 10:40 am. Filed under Uncategorized

Jacob de Grom was dominant, striking out 13 over 7 innings and the two longest tenured everyday players on the team supplied the offense as the New York Mets defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-1 in game 1 of the National League division series in California. de Grom was unbelievable from pitch one and K-ed the 1st 6 batters he faced,  setting a major league record for strikeouts in a postseason debut and tying Tom Seaver’s franchise high as well. Meanwhile, 2B Daniel Murphy homered in the 4th while Mets captain-3B David Wright drove home the decisive runs with a clutch 2 out, 2 rbi single in the 7th. Set up man Tyler Clippard had a hiccup in the 8th,allowing a run but closer Jeurys Familia was his elite self, recording the final 4 outs to secure the victory. This was a huge win as the Mets defeated Los Angeles ace Clayton Kershaw as they also regained homefield advantage. Now Zack Greinke, the Dodgers best pitcher and arguably tops in the NL, faces Mets rookie Noah Syndergaard in a crucial game 2 tonight at 9 pm.

October 8, 2015

COMMENTARY: Enjoy It

by @ 8:55 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

Mets fans, enjoy and celebrate over the next week or so. Our team is back and has a foundation in place to be competitive for years. We have seen and heard veterans like Captain David Wright, Curtis Granderson and Michael Cuddyer comment on seeing this happening when they signed here.  The pain of losing seasons and not making silly, irresponsible splash moves are a big reason why this team is in the position we are in. Cheer, support and make noise for this group. Even Matt Harvey. They deserve it and should be proud. This is a tremendously talented and historic opponent with high end players but the Mets have  ballers, depth and character. This team is for real and this is a winnable series. The Mets belong here and flukes do not happen over 162. Be intense but in reality, these moments, games, series,etc are a bonus- a reward- for a great year. Do not lose focus on that. LETS GO METS!!!!

Game Times set for NLDS

by @ 8:46 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

Major League Baseball has set the start times for the final 3 games of the National League division series between the New York Mets and Los Angeles Dodgers. Game 3 in NY October 12th at 830. Game 4(If required) 8 pm October 13th. A potential game 5 would start at 8  on October 15th in LA. The series is best of 5 and starts Friday at 930 at Dodger Stadium.

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