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I Actually Like Things …

There was a lot to like that happened on Thursday afternoon against the Cardinals. The obvious being Jacob deGrom’s 11 K’s in eight innings and Lucas Duda’s two home runs in a 5-0 win that split the series against the best team in the National League. But here’s what I liked most: First off, I loved that deGrom’s shutout innings came with Kevin Plawecki behind the dish...
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14 hours ago  |  Discuss

Two Of Those Days

The Mets lost again on Wednesday. Somehow, they lost worse today than they did on Tuesday. Maybe it was because Bartolo Colon tired out after legging out an error. No coincidence that after Bartolo’s sprint, he walked two hitters. But whether you believe that or not, it really doesn’t matter because the Mets have gotten slaughtered two straight games and have now fallen out...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

One Of Those Days

You ever have a day where you hate everything and everybody? And because you’re having “one of those days”, the first thing out of your mouth, or the first reaction out of your body is something you wouldn’t normally say or do or yell, and then you wind up regretting it for the rest of the night until you get a good night’s sleep? I usually keep my hate to a minimum ...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

I’ll Have The Pedro

Pedro Martinez knows what Matt Harvey went through tonight. Petey would pitch his butt off in 2005 only to have little run support or … more congruous with the times in 2005 … a bad bullpen rob him of a well deserved victory. Flash forward ten years and you had a 1-0 game going into the ninth with Jeurys Familia on the mound so maybe Harvey could avoid the Pedro and actually...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Good And Lucky

I’ve been calling it “The Syndergaard Trade” for a couple of years now. We’re all starting to understand what I’ve been imagining for years … this Noah Syndergaard character is pretty damn good. He struck out Adam Lind in the second on three straight fastballs and made him look like a softball player. His hook to Aramis Ramirez right after that was hard and tight. There...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Those Fedoras Are Cursed I Tell You!

I wouldn’t have believed it if I didn’t see if for myself. And damned if I didn’t see it myself. The offensively challenged Mets scored ten runs in the fourth inning … nine off Matt Garza … and rode that wave to a 14-1 victory over Milwaukee. Lotsa pent up aggression if you ask me. Wilmer Flores highlighted the onslaught with a grand slam while batting ninth … the first...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Look At The Bright Side …

NEW YORK, NY – MAY 15: Curtis Granderson #3 of the New York Mets cannot get to a ball hit by Carlos Gomez #27 of the Milwaukee Brewers in the third inning during their game at Citi Field on May 15, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images) At least the Mets are losing games in under two hours and thirty minutes. That pace of play initiative must really be working...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Fools Gold (And Fools Blue And Fools Orange)

Perhaps now we’ll see that Opening Day victories eleven game winning streaks in April don’t mean a damned thing. Perhaps the people that overly celebrate the following: Mets       1-0 Yankees 0-1 … will get their heads on straight and realize that “taking back the city” is of no consequence and is not deserving of a banner or a wall plaque or a parade. But probably...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Crossover Humor

Matt Falkenbury was once the curator of the Daily Stache. Now he’s a philanthropist and a man about town. And as we were discussing Game 7 between the Capitals and the Rangers, Matt came up with a gem that is too good not to share, regarding Caps goalie Braden Holtby: It’s a crime his record was 6-7 with a 1.71 GAA and .944%. He must think he pitches for the Mets Holtby now has...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

When Being God-Like Isn’t Enough

Five runs in three games. The rotation of the future is 0-2 this series. And Matt Harvey can’t turn water into f***ing wine. Seven shutout innings and he can’t win. I’d say “unbelievable”, but it’s totally believable because this team can’t hit. Please come back soon, Juan Lagares. Oh who am I kidding … Lagares will be out until July. I knew when the Mets had the...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

The Difference In Myths

Thor is a god in Norse Mythology. Noah Syndergaard, nicknamed “Thor” was not a god on Tuesday night, but who achieves such status the first time they wield a hammer? To be fair, Syndergaard’s hammer was pretty damn good in his debut on Tuesday night. I had Cubs fans remark to me how good Syndergaard’s curve ball was. And it was nasty through five innings as he gave up only...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Thunder And Lightning On A Clear Night

Chicago is known for its unpredictable weather. The last time I was there I woke up at about 6:30 am Central and there was a huge thunderstorm. Thunderstorms are nasty in New York but the one I woke up to in Chicago was Armageddonesque. CHICAGO, IL – MAY 11: Jacob deGrom #48 of the New York Mets pitches against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning on May 11, 2015 at Wrigley...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Party Like It Is 1999

I wanted to find an interesting angle to Bartolo Colon’s unreal start to his season. He has 40 strikeouts with only one walk, and leads the league in victories with six. May 10th is the quickest Colon has been to six victories. In 1999, when he ended the season 18-5 Colon hit six victories on May 17th. He had 46 K’s and 17 walks up until that point. Here’s what blows my mind...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Saved By Silky Smoothness

You never have to look far to find the irony in the way things work out. Saturday, for example, when it was announced that Ruben Tejada would get the start against Aaron Harang, while Wilmer Flores got the start against Cole Hamels the previous night. Opposing SP in Tejada starts: Alex Wood, Jerome Williams, Tom Koehler, Eric Stults, David Phelps, Gio Gonzalez, Doug Fister, Aaron...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

The Hits Keep Coming (Off The Field)

The winds swirled around Mets-land today. And they were cold … dark winds that you see in movies. Consider: David Wright, already out with hamstring issues, was shut down because of lower back discomfort. It had nothing to do with his hamstring, but take it from somebody who recently completed physical therapy after back surgery … it’s all related. Part of the therapy is constant...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Mjolnir

Is it me or does Noah Syndergaard have the swing of Adam Dunn? Hey, I’ll take a .237 average from the ninth spot in the order every fifth day, with the occasional blast like the one above. Syndergaard will really be disappointed when he realizes that balls don’t fly in Citi Field like they do in the Pacific Coast league. Lefty batter/righty thrower? Please reinforce that right...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Small Sample Sweep

Last night the Mets got back on track with a mini-sweep against the Baltimore Orioles. Jacob deGrom was brilliant with nine K’s and one walk over seven innings in a 5-1 victory. The eye-opener was Dilson Herrera’s three hits, three RBI and a home run which was reviewed and rightly overturned. So this begs the question: Should the Mets trade Daniel Murphy? What … and miss out...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Where Three Is A Bounty

It must be absolutely grueling for Mets starting pitchers to know that they have to be damn near perfect to get a win these days. Not that there’s any anger between pitchers and hitters. But to know that there’s probably going to be no margin for error every game has to be an added layer of “grind” when it comes to the pitchers. But give everyone on that starting staff credit...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Wiped

I was afraid this would happen. For those who want a moral victory, here it is: At least their series loss to the Nationals only featured a fraction of the normal bludgeoning that the Nats give to the Mets at Citi Field. The Jon Niese and Dillon Gee games, which everybody worried about, were 1-0 losses. So the old college try was given. An 11 game win streak has now been followed...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Gnomes And Toes

I’d love to talk more about Saturday’s 1-0 loss to the Nationals. (I will say that I have no problem with Dilson Herrera being aggressive and trying to take that extra base.) But to be quite honest, it was so damn cold up in section 339 that we spent three innings walking around the lower deck contemplating buying a $95 sweatshirt to keep warm while meandering around the heated...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Managing Matt

In hindsight, it’s easy to put two and two together. Of course letting Rafael Montero get a spot start gives the whole staff an extra day of rest. You know the focus of that extra day is for Matt Harvey who, of course, is coming back from injury. But whether it is mere residue or intended consequence, the benefit of having a Rafael Montero, and by extension a Steven Matz and a...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

E-Sixalicous

Wilmer Flores had a double play ball in his hands. And flubbed it. It led to a three run fourth inning that gave the Nationals the lead for good in an 8-2 loss. We were worried that Flores’ deficiencies in the field would lead to losses like this. And we were right. This isn’t the best analogy I can make (so don’t get all over my damn case … you know who you are) but I...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Maybe We’re The Lucky Ones, Then Again …

I know it is cliché, but sometimes you’ve gotta tip your cap to the other guy. (Not you, Matt Cain … you siddown.) Ichiro Suzuki is a Hall of Famer who would have Pete Rose’s hit record in his hip pocket by now if he had played his entire career in the States. And though the Mets didn’t win the posting for him, the Seattle Mariners did, which meant that the damage done by...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Playing It Too Safe

The key moment in Tuesday night’s 4-3 loss to the Marlins was Carlos Torres struggling to find himself in the eighth after a couple of walks, and Terry Collins acting like Rocky Balboa with the towel in the third sequel and letting Apollo Creed get killed by Ivan Drago. Unfortunately, the “good” options in the bullpen had already gone (Alex Torres, Buddy Carlyle), with the...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

If Anyone Ever Needed A Hit Like That …

(Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images) Those who remember the 1986 season (or even saw the 1986 “A Year To Remember” highlight film if you were too young to actually be there) will recall April 21st of that year, when Ray Knight tied up the game against Cecilio Guante and the Pirates to tie the game … a game that they would later win. Knight, on the highlight film, called it...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss
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