Found August 16, 2013 on Metstradamus:
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...

Very Likely Mets Will Retain Terry Collins As Manager

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...

Buck’s Wife In Labor, Leaves For NYC, D’Arnaud To Make Debut

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… Congratulations...

Wilmer Flores Improving And Could Be Back In Lineup This Weekend

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. Flores himself...

Byrd And Davis Slam Back-To-Back Bombs In 5-2 Mets Win

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...

Mets Bullpen Has Surprised This Season

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: Rubin Voted Best Mets Beat Writer, Martino Voted Worst

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: Best: ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin is by far, the best Mets beat reporter. Jorge Castillo is a distant second. Worst: The Daily News’ Andy Martino is the worst and it’s by a...

This Day In Mets Infamy With Rusty: The “Getting To Know You” Edition

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...

Featured Post: The Risk In Letting Ike Davis Go

Updated Post 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...

Davis Gets First Start Against Lefty In Three Months, Goes Hitless Against Capuano

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...

#MetsTwitterRecap: Late Night Losing

View the story “#MetsTwitterRecap” on Storify The post #MetsTwitterRecap: Late Night Losing appeared first on The Daily Stache.

Harvey Lacked Command Of His Off-Speed Pitches Against The Dodgers

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...

Mets 4, Padres 1

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...

Game Chatter: Dillon Gee vs. Chris Capuano (8/14/13)

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LaTroy Hawkins hit in the baby maker by grounder while not wearing cup (Video)

New York Mets reliever LaTroy Hawkins blew a save against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday night, but he had one of the most legitimate excuses possible. Prior to Andre Ethier’s game-tying home run in the bottom of the ninth, Hawkins took a ground ball directly to the groin. To make matters worse, several Dodgers […]

Eighth Inning Rally Sparks Cyclones’ Win

It was hockey jersey night at MCU Park in Coney Island Wednesday evening, and the Brooklyn Cyclones waited until well into the third period – also known as the bottom of the eighth inning – to wake up from a game-long drought and earn a 3-1 victory over the Hudson Valley Renegades. The win moves the Cyclones to 27-26 and just one game behind the McNamara Division-leading Aberdeen...
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