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In Doug’s Dugout today, we broach the second half, Tony LaRussa, and other observations.
As the Mets embark on the second half sprint towards the post-season (who would’ve predicted that?) the benchmark is Ten. That is, ten games above .500. If the team can improve their 6 games above .500 mark, and make another strong a push upward, they could zero in on 90-plus victories.
That will put them in the Wild Card hunt, if not the division. Who would’ve thunk it?
81 wins seemed like pie in the sky in March, but now it would be a letdown. The Mets could conceivably have their cake and eat it too-meaningful games in September with sweet payoff.
Heck, that is more than the Phillies might be able to say. However, expect a run or two from a talented, albeit battered collections of All-Stars. Finally, they are getting their forces (Howard & Halliday) back on the battlefield, but the war could be over already.
Nevertheless, with Philadelphia in quicksand, the Nats adamant about shutting dow...
BEST OF MAXIM
Friday night Terry Collins used both Josh Edgin and Ramon Ramirez for 1.1 innings each. Saturday afternoon the Mets used only Edgin. New York used five relievers, including three different pitchers in the decisive eighth inning. Yet Ramirez was not one of them, the bullpen imploded and the Mets lost a toss-up game they really should have won.
Ramirez is in the dog house and...
The following update was just issued by the Mets:
Dillon Gee underwent surgery today on his right shoulder to replace a portion of a damaged artery. The surgery, which went as expected, was performed by Dr. Robert Thompson in St. Louis.
Dillon is expected to be discharged from the hospital either Tuesday or Wednesday.
Dillon’s return to throwing and other baseball activity is...
Prior to Saturday night’s 8-7 loss to the Atlanta Braves, New York Mets manager Terry Collins narrowed his options of replacing Dillon Gee to Miguel Batista and Matt Harvey. Acording to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York:
Terry Collins said Chris Young should be fine for Wednesday’s start in Washington, and that the choice for Saturday against the Dodgers is pretty much down to...
In his last 10 games, Dillon Gee had a 3.11 ERA and a 3.0 K/BB ratio. In short, he was pitching great and giving the Mets a chance to win nearly every time out, as he had eight Quality Starts in that stretch. Now, with the horrible news about a blood clot, the Mets are scrambling to replace him in their rotation. According to the fans the first option should either be to promote...
The Mets will try to salvage the final game of the series today in Atlanta as Johan Santana takes the hill against Ben Sheets. Santana is 6-5 on the season with a 3.24 ERA over 17 games and 102.2 innings of work. Johan’s last outing was a rough one where he ultimately allowed 7 ER over 4.2 innings of work while having another play step on his calf while Santana was covering first...
RA Dickey is coming off of a whirlwind week, let’s hope it doesn’t get to his ego. Aw who are we kidding, what ego?
The Mets continue their three game series with the Atlanta Braves today at Turner Field with RA Dickey returning to the mound for the the first time since he pitched the 6th inning of the All Star Game on Tuesday evening. The Braves counter with Tommy Hanson...
How hard on hard on Tony LaRussa everyone was. He's a genius. Just read Phil Mushnick today:
Knuckling under TV’s pressure
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The New York Mets were one of the biggest surprises of the first half of the season.
They were dealt a different kind of curveball during the All-Star break.
The Mets will try to overcome yet another injury to a member of their strong rotation as they visit the Atlanta Braves for the opener of this three-game set Friday night.
Not much was expected of New York (46-40) this season...
Happy Let’s All Be Superstitious Day For No Scientific Reason!
What do all these players have in common?
Mike Nickeas (via 2011, not 2012)
Darryl Kile finished his all-too-short 12-year Major League Baseball career as a St. Louis Cardinal, after pitching with distinction for the Houston Astros and Colorado Rockies. His sudden passing in June 2002 of a heart attack at the age of 33 led to immediate grief across baseball and later with two different annual Darryl Kile Awards, presented by the Baseball Writers Association...
This isnt like 2006, when former Cardinals manager Tony La Russa benched third baseman Scott Rolen twice during the playoffs. Back then, Rolen was not happy.
He had given himself to the team physically during the regular season, playing 142 games with an ailing shoulder. He then proved his point to La Russa after starting the postseason 1 for 11, batting .351 with a .955 OPS over...