Found August 16, 2013 on
Eric Young Jr.
New York Mets
San Diego Padres
I should have known something was afoot when there was a scroll on MLB Network today that noted that Zack Wheeler hadn't had more than five strikeouts in a game since his major league debut, when he had seven. And it would be flowery to say that Zack was motivated by that scroll and made a conscious decision to strike out more batters against the Padres on Thursday. As we all know, it's not that simple or convenient. And if we have players who are motivated by stat scrolls, then we have a bigger problem than pitchers not striking out enough batters to our liking.
Zack Wheeler struck out 12 batters in six innings against San Diego in a 4-1 win (getting you fans off to a good start with your discounts for next week's tickets ... which might be why Wheeler didn't pitch the seventh), and he also set a career high in total pitches which, if you're going to do that, better to do that because you're striking out a bunch of Padres, and you're saving a bullpen...
BEST OF MAXIM
According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, the Mets are still not tipping their hands on whether Terry Collins will remain the team’s manager beyond the 2013 season, but it is “widely expected” he will be given a new deal after this season.
Last week, a team executive told the NY Post that the front office is very happy with the team’s performance since June 18 and that...
John Buck is leaving for New York City after learning that his wife has gone into labor.
This should pave the way for the debut of Mets catching prospect Travis d’Arnaud during this weekend series against the San Diego Padres.
D’Arnaud is a California native so it should be doubly special for him.
Anthony Recker will replace Buck in tonight’s starting lineup…
Terry Collins told reporters in San Diego, that Wilmer Flores has continued to show improvement on his injured ankle and will avoid a trip to the DL which many feared would be the case.
Team doctors have had Flores wearing a protective boot during the day to help further the healing process and it has helped the young infielder recover much quicker than anyone expected.
Oh, the Mets must be regretting that strike-out promotion now… Jon Niese became the second starter to take the mound for a sixth inning and cross the 100-pitch mark in two days — and backed up Wheeler’s dominant performance yesterday with a quality start of his own.
I was a little worried about Niese being thrown out there for the sixth considering he’s rehabbing from a surgery…but...
After 3-4 consecutive seasons of bullpen failures and a couple of unsuccessful revamps and overhauls by Sandy Alderson in 2011 and 2012, it looks like the Mets have finally turned a corner and figured things out this season. In doing so they’ve also uncovered a few potential keepers for 2014 and beyond, some of them developed through our system and others who were key acquisitions...
Deadspin decided to an unscientific polling this season of who were the best and worst beat writers for every major league team. Today, they have released their results:
For the Mets they selected:
ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin is by far, the best Mets beat reporter. Jorge Castillo is a distant second.
The Daily News’ Andy Martino is the worst and it’s by a...
Greetings and Salutations my fellow Mets fans. My name is Ed Marcus, but you may know me as either Rustyjr (formerly of the Real Dirty Mets Blog) or @lagranderusty from the twitterverse, and I am honored to say that I am the newest writer here at MMO.
First let me thank the guys over at Real Dirty Mets. For the past 5 years I was a contributing writer for that site and it was...
Ike Davis went 1-for-3 with a long home run of Ian Kennedy last night as the Mets beat the Padres 5-2 at Petco Park. Davis also drew two more walks, prompting a sigh from Keith Hernandez in the first inning, “Uh… nice walk.”
In Davis’ defense, he took four straight pitches out of the strike zone and it was obvious Kennedy wasn’t giving him anything to hit...
Well Ike Davis got his little reward last night as promised by Terry Collins and started against a lefthander as many on this thread wanted.
Davis went hitless against Chris Capuano going 1-for-6 overall and stranding four runners on base. His lone hit was against righthanded reliever Brandon League – a double in the eighth.
His batting average against lefthanded pitching is now...
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Matt Harvey is in the midst of a spectacular season, his first full one in the major leagues. But as he showed on Tuesday night against the Dodgers, even he is susceptible to an occasional hiccup now and then.
The Mets’ ace lacked command of his off-speed pitches and the Dodgers made him pay by tagging Harvey for four runs on eight hits over six innings pitched. His ERA took a...
Marlon Byrd lined a two-out double over a hesitant right-fielder Chris Denorfia's head in the eighth inning, Mets outfielders saved two runs with outstanding plays and New York snapped a three-game skid by beating the San Diego Padres 4-1 Thursday night.
Zack Wheeler struck out a career-high 12 for New York. Eric Young Jr. saved a homer by leaping above the wall and knocking...
Mets try to salvage the final game of the series against the Dodgers. Game time is 10:10 PM.
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