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The first half ended with a bang, the second began with a whimper. In game #81, attended by a Citi Field record 42,516 souls – of which I was one – that rare bird, a Met laugher, the Mets became a 44-37 team. As Jonathon Niese set down Phillie after Phillie, as Daniel Murphy flirted with history, as David Wright repeatedly broke Shane Victorino’s heart and this one was put to be early, I couldn’t help but think ahead to what the rest of July, August and September would bring. As the postgame fireworks popped and Gary Cohen took us through a Readers’ Digest version of fifty years of Metsian history, hilarity and hysteria, I could only think that if they duplicate what they did in the first half…
As has been noted elsewhere, the second eighty-one has historically not been kind to those true to the orange and blue. My friend Jason Fry broke down the sad lexicon in the aftermath of Tuesday night’s win.
After eighty-one games in each season, the Mets were:
2009 – 39-42, or almost...
BEST OF MAXIM
WALK-OFF RECORD: David Wright singled home Jordany Valdespin to give the Mets a 6-5 walkoff win over the Phillies last night. It was Wright’s eighth career walkoff RBI, tying him with Kevin McReynolds for the most in franchise story. Wright’s previous walkoff RBI came on August 7, 2008 when he took San Diego’s Heath Bell deep.
RBI MACHINE: David Wright had four RBI last...
Brandon Nimmo Getting Into The Swing
I asked Brandon Nimmo if he had a few minutes to spare at some point before the game against the Hudson Valley Renegades on Sunday. He said, “when?” I said, “you tell me, anytime your available.” He turned around and caught the eye of his hitting coach Bobby Malek who simply nodded, and Nimmo turned back to me and said, “I have time...
With a lopsided victory Tuesday night over the defending division champs, the New York Mets have officially hit the season’s midway point in style. The team now sits seven games over .500 (44-37) in sole possession of second place in the NL East, just 3 1/2 games behind the upstart Washington Nationals.
While most of the pundits picked the Phils to win the division back before...
In the top half of the eighth inning, New York Mets catcher Josh Thole stood his ground as he was barreled over by Philadephia Phillies second baseman Mike Fontenot. Fontenot, who was standing on second after connecting on a ground rule double earlier in the inning, attempted to score on a one-out single to left off the bat of Chase Utley. The throw from Scott Hairston had the...
The Mets are riding high after defeating their hated rivals (Phillies) 11-1 last night.
Daniel Murphy was a homerun shy of the cycle, and Mets slighted All Star David Wright moved past former Mets 3B Howard Johnson, into third place on the Mets all time HR list with 193. Wright trails only Mike Piazza (220) and Darryl Strawberry (252) for all time HR's as a Met. Wright also...
The Mets look for revenge against a Cubs team that took two out of three from them last week at Wrigley Field. Johan Santana takes the hill in a 7:10 start.
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Chris Young on Wednesday fell to 2-2
Coming into July 4, Philadelphia Phillies starter Cliff Lee had zero, zilch, nada, nothing, no wins in 13 starts on the 2012 season, but that changed in the seventh inning when the Phillies took a 3-2 lead on a pair of home runs by Chase Utley and Carlos Ruiz.
Both Mets starter Chris Young and Lee exchanged 1-2-3 innings in the first and second...
The Cubs and Mets start their last series before the All-Star break tonight as the Mets look for revenge from the last Cubs/Mets series. Last night the Mets were on the verge of losing the series against the Phillies when the offense started a real, 2012 Mets style ralley and with a some good AB’s they got the runs in. Anyway, Johan Santana looks to keep the energy levels up as...
Travis Wood is one of a select few to outpitch Johan Santana this season, getting the best of his fellow left-hander last week.
Accomplishing the feat on the road may prove to be more difficult.
Santana looks to improve on his already stellar numbers at Citi Field when his New York Mets host Wood's Chicago Cubs in the opener of a three-game set Friday night.
Chicago beat New...
Philadelphia Phillies (36-46) vs. New York Mets (44-37)
Cliff Lee (0-5, 4.13) vs. Chris Young (2-1, 3.30)
Time: 1:10, Citi Field
Weather: Scattered Thunderstorms, 91
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Once again, Cliff Lee is looking for his first victory. There...