Found July 08, 2012 on Mets Merized Online:
Recap: It was simply not a good day for the New York Mets as the Cubs exploded for seven runs off of Jonathon Niese to take the rubber game of the final series prior to the All-Star Break by a final score of 7-0. Niese took the hill going toe to toe with Cubs ace Ryan Dempster and was hit hard from the get-go. Reed Johnson led things off with a single which opened the door to a four run first for Chicago. Niese settled down for five scoreless frames after that and pitched well up until the seventh when Starlin Castro rocketed a three run homer into left center to break the game open at 7-0. Niese ended the evening with a forgetful seven innings pitched, allowing seven runs (all earned) on nine hits while walking none and punching out three, taking the loss to fall to 7-4 on the year while boosting his ERA to 3.73. Not the way Niese wanted to go into the break. As for the Cubs, Ryan Dempster was dominant to say the least. Making his first start back from the DL, Dempster had the Mets...

Alderson On Chemistry, Valdespin, Trade Market, Harvey, Wheeler

Sandy Alderson was a guest during the sixth inning of this afternoon’s SNY Cubs vs. Mets broadcast. Gary Cohen hit him up with some great questions in the short time that he had, and ended up getting some nice insights into what the Mets GM is thinking about regarding a wide range of topics. Matt Harvey: Alderson believes that Matt Harvey could be a viable option for the rotation...

Tejada Proving To Be A Core Player For The Mets

I’m marveled at the incredible season we are seeing from our starting shortstop Ruben Tejada. Who could have expected such poise and confidence in someone so young and in fact younger than most of our top prospects who are still toiling in the minors. When the Mets let Jose Reyes go this Winter and announced that 22-year old Tejada would be the everyday shortstop and that they...

Mets Farm Report: Den Dekker and McHugh Key Bisons Victory, Tyler Pill Tosses Another Gem

“Got To Get To MCU Park Before First Pitch…..” Buffalo 10, SWB 3 By Connor O’Brien The Bisons beat the Yankees by a score of 10-3 last night. The Herd offense had a field day off Yankees starter (and former Met) John Maine. The Bisons didn’t do much early on, but got a run in the second on a Matt den Dekker solo homer. They resumed scoring in the top of the fourth, when...

Mets Prospect Spotlight: A Young Man Retires From Baseball

Tyson Seng One day not too long ago, I was thinking back to a footnote on a transactions page from early May that I saw and it was still troubling me. I don’t like unsolved mysteries, and I couldn’t understand why a guy who went 3-1 with a 0.90 ERA, two saves, and a 32/5 K/BB ratio in his professional debut, would retire six games into his second pro season? So I asked him. Tyson...

Pre-Game: Chicago Cubs (32-52) @ New York Mets (46-39)

Ryan Dempster comes off the DL today to face Jon Niese. This afternoon at Citi Field, the Mets will be looking for the series victory over the Chicago Cubs. Yesterday afternoon the Mets played a solid game in a 3-1 win.  Dillon Gee had probably his best outing of the year.  Gee threw eight innings and allowed one run on seven hits with no walks and four strikeouts.  The most...

Today in Mets History: Always Terrific, Seaver Was Nearly Perfect

SEAVER: Almost perfect on this day. It is possible this game in 1969 is most remembered from that amazing season. On this date in 1969, and maybe each day since for Tom Seaver, he’ll remember Jimmy Qualls’ sinking single into the left-center gap with one out in the eighth inning to break up his perfect game bid and forced him to settle for one-hit, 4-0 shutout. It was one of...

All Star Break 2012: Mets Mid Season Report Card

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The Miraculous Evolution Of R.A. Dickey

On Christmas day, 2009, the Mets signed an obscure knuckleballer named R.A. Dickey. The cynical Mets’ fans whispered to each other that the Wilpon family, owners of the franchise, were broke, as a result of the Bernie Madoff scandal, and all they could afford to sign was a mediocre 35 year old career nomad, who had been tried and discarded by four major league franchises. His major...

Mets Farm Report: Fuller Pulled After Five With A No-No, Mazzoni Is Lights Out

Boy that Jimmy Fuller was impossible to hit last night! Buffalo 7, SWB 6 By Connor O’Brien The Bisons beat the Scanton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees by a score of 7-6. The Yankees jumped ahead early last night, scoring runs early and often off Bisons starter Garrett Olson. Olson took the mound after the Bisons scored a first-inning run on an Adam Loewen RBI-double. Olson allowed the Yankees...

Pre-Game: Cubs (32-51) vs. Mets (45-39)

The Mets and Cubs have some history The Mets look to rebound after last nigh’t loss to the Cubs that saw New York stage a comeback that fell a run shy of beating their former division rivals. The Mets send Dillon Gee to the mound for his last start of the first half of the season, he is opposed Jeff Samardzija. Today’s game can be seen on SNY with Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez...

Down On The Farm: July 8, 2012

    Buffalo Bisons (45-45, 6 1/2 GB; IL-North) -Buffalo went 4-3 this week which included three home games and four games in Syracuse against two different teams. The Bisons took two of three from the actual inhabitant the Syracuse Chiefs before dropping their first game to the Scranton/Wilkes Barre Yankees who are homeless for both this season and next as the Yankees renovate...

Matt Cain, Not R.A. Dickey, Will Start All-Star Game

It must be great to be a San Francisco Giants fan. Not only did a late push of fan votes elect three starting position players (Buster Posey, Pablo Sandoval and Melky Cabrera) to the NL lineup, but now the Giants will also have Matt Cain as the starting pitcher. John Harper of the New York Daily News tweeted at 9:23 a.m. that “Source says Dickey is not starting All-Star Game. Will...

Gee, Mets shut down Cubs 3-1

By Dave BuscemaThe Sports Xchange NEW YORK -- Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum hoped Jeff Samardzija's last start, when he gave up one run in seven innings in a win against the Braves, would help him forget the pounding the New York Mets put on him last month at Wrigley Field. It may well have, but the Mets still managed to push just enough runs across on home runs from Ike...

Mets’ R.A. Dickey Should be All-Star Game Starter

With the MLB All-Star game a day away, the starting pitchers and lineups have been announced. The starting pitcher for the American League is Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers. The starter opposing him for the National League is Matt Cain of the San Francisco Giants. I have an issue with Cain being the starter [...]
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