Posted September 21, 2013 on
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Eric Young Jr.
New York Mets
As has been the case for much of this season, some bad luck played a role in Cole Hamels' defeat.
David Wright homered, Daniel Murphy had three hits and Daisuke Matsuzaka earned his second straight victory in New York's 6-4 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday night.
Hamels (8-14) lost for the first time since July 26. The left-hander entered Friday 4-0 with a 2.18 ERA in the nine starts since his last defeat. But he left after seven subpar innings, giving up six runs on 10 hits with eight strikeouts and no walks.
''Cole pitched well,'' Philadelphia interim manager Ryne Sandberg said. ''He had good stuff, but luck wasn't on his side. He adjusted after the first, but things just didn't go his way.''
Hamels was victimized by some poor pitching and some misfortune. The Phillies committed one error and couldn't make plays on some balls that went for hits, and at least two of the Mets' 10 hits were bloops.
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The way the Phillies were building momentum, they might have won Saturday night had the rain not gotten in their way.
David Wright and Daniel Murphy hit solo home runs and the New York Mets beat Philadelphia 5-4 Saturday night in a game called in the top of the seventh inning because of rain.
''It's a tough way to take a loss, a rain-shortened game,'' Philadelphia...
If you are statistically inclined, and check FanGraphs religiously, you would know that they rolled out some new features on the site a couple of days ago. They added new statistics called “offense” and “defense,” which try to answer the questions like: Who is the best offensive player in the game? Or: Who is the best defensive player in the game? The offense stat is calculated...
The Philadelphia Phillies have announced that their manager for the 2014 season will be...their current manager. Ryne Sandberg is having his interim tag removed and will lead the club into the 2014 season as manager after replacing Charlie Manuel on August 16th.
This is Sandberg's first major league managerial gig after a reasonably successful career in the minor leagues...
Rain shortened Saturday’s game between the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets. The rains heavily picked up in the seventh inning, causing the game to stop. After a significant delay, the game was finally called. In result, the Phillies lost to the Mets, 5-4, in seven innings of play.
The Mets had a four-run sixth inning, which was basically the game. Daniel Murphy...
Another day, another ten strikeouts for the New York Mets. This time the Giants Madison Bumgarner toyed with the Mets the way a cat would a mouse.
With the Mets at 1,299 strikeouts for the season (an average of 8.6 a game compared to 8.2 hits), it stands to reason a lot of pitchers have their way with them this summer.
For all the talk of a lack of power, unquestionably the Mets’...
Almost 52 years since he made his debut with the 1962 Mets, Ed Kranepool still loves the team and follows them daily. Tim Rohan of the New York Times, spoke to Krane yesterday and the two of them discussed the current climate of the team and expectations.
Out on Long Island, Ed Kranepool, a Met for 18 seasons (1962-79), including the championship year of 1969, said he would not...
Photo by Ed Leyro
Prior to his start on May 30 against the Yankees, Dillon Gee was on the verge of losing his place in the starting rotation. The Texas native was 2-6 with a 6.34 ERA and was hearing Zack Wheeler’s footsteps as the über-prospect was just weeks away from being called up for his first taste of big league action.
But everything changed for Gee with that late-May...
As the season draws to a close, Met management may be flicking the occasional glance west toward Denver, home of a team with a similar won/lost record but with notably dissimilar team stats. While the Mets sit in the middle third of the league in both runs scored (10th) and pitching (8th), the Colorado Rockies present a study in contrasts sitting 3rd in the league in scoring but...
The New York Mets lost a close one as the San Francisco Giants beat them 2-1 today at Cit Field.
Jon Niese started for the Mets and held the Giants to just two runs in seven innings, but his mound opponent Madison Bumgarner outdueled him and limited the Amazins to just a run over his seven innings of work. Niese scattered seven hits and two walks while striking out four. Since...
As MMN continues to shift into winter mode, we welcome another weekly feature, called Prospect Face-Off. Each week, our writers will be given a match-up of two Mets minor league prospects, and will have to state their case as to why they prefer one over the other. In our inaugural edition, our staff was posed with this question:
Who would you rather have start the season in the Mets’...
Welcome to the fourth installment of the prospect countdown series. If you want to review, here’s the first part and you can also see the second one and the third one.
#35: Amed Rosario
Weight: 170 Lbs.
Born: 11/20/95, DO
Scouting – Rosario is noted as a “True Shortstop” with Plus power and average speed. His hitting mechanics...
After missing seven weeks with a strained right hamstring David Wright was asked how he would handle facing big-league pitching for the first time since Aug. 2. The Mets captain shrugged and admitted he did not expect much in his first game back.
He should have raised the bar.
In his first at-bat on the second pitch he saw from Phillies lefty Cole Hamels Wright crushed a two-run...
Following the bad break (literally speaking) that Ruben Tejada suffered in the ninth inning of Wednesday night’s comeback victory against the San Francisco Giants, Terry Collins said yesterday the organization will be calling up Wilfredo Tovar to take his place. The news was first reported by Adam Rubin of ESPN New York.
The plan for the remainder of the season (which is now less...
Jim Salisbury wrote early this morning that it “seems to be a fait accompli“ that Ryne Sandberg will soon have the interim tag lifted from his job title. Salisbury believes that an announcement may come before the September 29 season-ender in Atlanta or in the days shortly after. Sandberg has led the Phillies to a 18-14 record since taking over the club.
Six weeks ago, an unidentified Mets executive – and really, how many are there – told Mike Puma of the Post that the front office was pleased with the work of Terry Collins and his staff. Then he said this:
“I think they’re doing a good job of sprinting to the finish line.”
Sure, if the runner in question is Ramon Castro.
The Mets are sprinting nowhere, once again. They’re...