Originally written on MetsZilla  |  Last updated 9/22/12

Following a night when New York Mets manager Terry Collins refused to defend his players when asked if they may have quit on their season, the Mets — who according to SNY’s Kevin Burkhardt did not take kindly to their managers post game comments – snapped a franchise record of 16 consecutive home games of scoring three runs or less with a 7-3 victory over the lowly Miami Marlins; snapping a nine-game home losing streak and improving to 5-24 at Citi Field since the All-Star break in the progress.

“It felt like a playoff game — win,” Collins told reporters following the victory. “… We got some big hits early, played hard, ran the bases hard.”

Well.  I wouldn’t go that far.  It felt more like I was watching the worlds worst baseball game.  Though the final scoreboard read just one error for the Marlins, it felt more like 20.  The Fish made mistake after mistake, ultimately leading to five runs in the first two innings and six against Miami starter Jacob Turner.  In fact, if the first inning error on Marlins second baseman Donovan Solano was not changed to a single for Ike Davis — which scored Daniel Murphy from second — the Mets first six runs would have all been unearned (Davis later delivered his 28th home run of the season, finishing the game 2-for-4 with 2 RBI).  NY tacked on two more in the inning, marking the first time the club scored three-runs in a inning at home since the All-Star break when Scott Hairston drilled his 18th home run of the season, a two-run shot to left.  The 18 home runs are a single season career high for Hairston who finished the game with two hits and three runs batted in.  Mets radio broadcaster Howie Rose dropped another one of his classic lines, when he stated the following of the three-run frame:

“No need to pop champagne corks, but it’s a nice little nuance.”

In the second inning, former Met Jose Reyes‘ throwing error ultimately led to another NY run.  With Josh Thole standing on second with a lead off double, Jon Niese tapped a grounder to short.  Trying to cut Thole down at third, Reyes made an errant throw placing runners on first and third with no-outs. Thole was eventually erased from the base paths on Fred Lewis‘ fielders choice ground-out, but Niese and Lewis advanced to third and second base respectively during the play.  A Jacob Turner wild pitch scored Niese from third and advanced Lewis to third, who was then plated by a Daniel Murphy sac-fly just two pitches later.

New York added another run in the sixth on a RBI triple off the bat of Hairston plating Daniel Murphy, who struck out but reached first on a passed ball.

For the first time in a long time, it wasn’t the Mets who were the worst team on the field.  Seriously.  If you think us Mets fans have it bad, watch the Marlins play.  Yikes!!!


Photo taken by Michael Baron

THE DUDE DON’T HUSTLE? Lucas Duda was removed from Friday night’s contest in the third inning for not hustling out a pop-up during his first inning at-bat. Duda hit, what seemed like a pop-out to shallow left, and jogging down the line he only reached first when the ball fell in for a hit.  Following the game, Duda explained the play to reporters, saying:

“I was frustrated and I didn’t bust down the line and Terry pulled me out. That’s pretty much how it is. I would have done the same thing. I mean, I didn’t run. That’s part of the game — you’ve got to play the game hard. And I didn’t run.” 

Collins told reporters Duda didn’t do it on purpose, but said that kind of play will not be tolerated (too little too late, Terry):

“I know he didn’t do it on purpose. A routine fly ball, you get caught up in that stuff in the big leagues. But as I told him when he came off the field, we’ve made a statement here that we’re not going to play the game like that, especially right now. Had we won 10 of the last 12, or 15 of the last 20, you can kind of turn your head. But I couldn’t turn my head tonight.  [First-base coach] Tommy Goodwin said he came right back to first base and said, ‘Tommy, I’m sorry. I messed up.’ He knew it. The other guys knew it. But after what’s happened last night and what’s happened in the last six weeks, something had to be done.”

QUEST FOR 20 CONTINUES: R.A. Dickey continues his quest for 20 wins tomorrow at 1:10 p.m. as he squares off against Mark Buehrle.



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