Takeaways from the Mets 7-5 win over the Marlins…

Niko Goutakolis:

What a win! There are games that you know the Mets would have lost tragically in years past. The Mets are much more aggressive this year, as Rich MacLeod of Just Mets explains…

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The Mets opened a four-game set at Citi Field on Wednesday, beating the Marlins 7-5. Here are my takeaways from tonight’s game…


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How about that offensive showing? After trailing 3-0 early and looking hapless at the plate for a few innings against Jarred Cosart, the Mets offense got going into gear and wound up scoring seven runs in the game.

What really jumpstarted the offense tonight was Wilmer Flores who hit a game-tying, 3-run home run in the 5th inning, a hit he sorely needed. Flores has struggled both in the field and at the plate, so for him to not only get his first longball of the season but his first RBIs of the season as well, and for them to tie the game, was big.

After giving up the lead the following half inning, the Mets once again responded, this time with an RBI single from Michael Cuddyer

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Just my Voice

The Mets have been a part of me since the 2006 MLB Postseason. There  really hasn’t been much to cheer about in recent past, and it’s been really frustrating. I’m sick of hearing the “soon” talks. So sick, that I’m going to contemplate taking a month long break of Baseball if the Mets don’t have an above par season. I know I’m not the only one with the same feelings towards the Mets. There are many things that annoy me with this team….. In the meantime I am very happy with the Mets current winning streak. And even though we only have a small sample to judge things are looking better already. It seems that is not only my being sick of the last seven years. Most importantly some key players and managers are sick also

The crowd was electric on Tuesday

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There are games that you know you will never forget, Tuesday was one of them. When Matt Harvey took the hill at 7:10pm, every fan in the ballpark got up and cheered. I noted earlier in the week that the Opening Day crowd was a tiny bit of a let-down, Tuesday was not a let-down at all. It truly was one of the most bizarre games I’ve ever witnessed, from poor calls from umpires, ejections, Harvey RETALIATING against the Phillies hitting the Mets, and, of course, Harvey.

I can’t remember a game I’ve enjoyed more since 2007. Even Johan Santana’s no-hitter was slightly less exciting than this. I must say, if the Mets continue winning like that then there is no reason the park can’t be packed like this all year long.

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Some of the Dark Knight’s tools…

Niko Goutakolis:

As we prepare for “Harvey Day”, Michael Baron of MLB.com (and avid photographer) shows us Matt Harvey’s bat, and more!

Also, make sure your following “Just Mets”. It’s my #1 source for Mets information, it should be yours as well!

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By Michael Baron, MLB.com:


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MetsPlus After DARK: Talk #1

Hello everyone, and welcome to the first ever Mets Plus: After Dark.

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Yes, even the annoying ceremonial flags have made it into this post.

Now, at this point, your probably wondering two things. One, why is this called MetsPlus: After Dark? It’s not a podcast, video show, or a “themed” post? Well, the answer is that none of my daily readers come from the overnight crowd. Because of this, I wanted to encourage and recognize the people that work overnight or people that enjoy night-life over others, and give them some recognition. Now your probably asking, Dude, you just told me none of my readers come from the overnight crowd, but you want to recognize them, so…. you want to recognize nobody? Yup, pretty much. OK, but how is a post (that people will read in the daytime) accomplish that? Good Point, why AM I writing this? Well, now, can we get to MetsPlus AfterDark and see if it’s any good. Straight Ahead….

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Thoughts about today’s 2-0 Mets victory…… but mostly the “new” Citi Field

If your looking for a good, long, comprehensive recap of today’s action this  isn’t the place, at least today it isn’t. This is because I want to talk about my Citi Field experience for the day.

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I left from my residence at 9:30 am, with an estimated arrival time of around 10:45 am. I was off by 15 minutes, getting .into the gates at 11:00 am. The first thing I was happy about was the line, there was none. I walked right into the Jackie Robinson Rotunda with no one ahead of me. Perfect. I then I bought myself a program, headed up the lineup walked into a crowded elevator and went to the Promenade Level. I was late in buying tickets this year, so I just got “Standing Room” seats. The stadium was empty 90 minutes prior (like every other stadium is), so I took a random seat, and quickly was dismayed to see various things.

1) No Temperature– OK. The weather isn’t important, but I’d rather have it somewhere on the boards, especially since we’ve had it on there for years now. (Remember, we added new scoreboards this year, not the other way around.

2) No Lineups until Game Time- This annoyed me, I’m all for going to Twitter to get a reminder of the Phillies lineups, but why can’t they be up on the Right Field board like they have always been?

3) No Statistics!!!!- They’ve re-configured the use of the scoreboards this year, so the Right Field board is reserved for pitchers. Really?!?! How am I supposed to know Granderson’s new average? They do have the numbers posted to the right of the tiny lineups in Center Field, but I can’t read it, and that is the ONLY source of statistic that one could find after the player’s first at bat.It was never like that.

4) Utter waste of the new Left Field “Line” Board– This disappointed me, I was excited when the Mets were adding two new “line” boards, one that was going to be devoted as a “K Tracker” (In premise, a good idea, but in reality, something that should be left to the fans.) and a board that will be there for multi-use, but today, it was only used for advertisements. In previous years, these spaces were used for pitchers stats (like Pitch Count, MPH) but now, that’s what the right field board is for, so, instead of putting statistics (which we need; it was embarrassingly limited today), it was used for advertisements.

5) The Soft look is gone, and the more “friendly” chants are gone- I counted two regular “Let’s Go Mets” chants today. Both using 2012 graphics, and I must say, I was extremely happy. I was upset with the Mets ditching classic chants for some small cuts of Pop music. I was upset when the Mets changed Taking Care of Business to New York Groove, not because I don’t like New York Groove, I do, it’s just not the Mets.

6) You better be here in a freezing day in two weeks- I love the fans, I love sellout atmospheres, but today wasn’t one. The crowd, while excited, just wasn’t “in” to the game. There wasn’t that “Let’s GO!!!” atmosphere, and the team’s offense wasn’t particularly amazing. I love the guys at Citi Field, they are masterminds, and I’m probably picky, but today’s record attendance game was a little bit of a let down for me. Anyone feel the same way? Leave a comment below!

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@Mets Lineups – Game 7 – Phillies vs Mets

Art Shamsky, a 1969 World Series Champion’s girlfriend and designer is launching a line of MLB Canes

Teresa Taylor of Teresa Taylor products have launched a new kind of Baseball merchandise! It’s the “Batting Cane”. They look very interesting, sort of like a Baseball bat, and a cane, combined. Teresa Taylor is the mastermind of various MLB Licensed  merchandise and apparel. Art Shamsky, Mets World Champion, who I had the pleasure of interviewing last fall, embraces the concept as the spokesperson. They recently started a Kickstarter campaign. You can donate whatever amount you would like, and hope that they reach their 100,000 Goal.

Here is a brief description of the Kickstarter Campaign:

“Teresa was awarded a Major League Baseball license & has designed her healthcare brand by applying all 30 Team logos to her brand of walking canes, wheelchair bags for children,veterans and fans! Her extraordinary vision creating exciting brands that have captured the imagination of sports fans and that will surely empower your loved ones! Truly a great gift for a family member. Recently Teresa received a letter from President Obama – for donating her Boston Red Sox Medical products to the children hospitals post bombing. Her mission is to send care packages when she can and help communities across the country and children who play baseball in wheelchairs and apply MLB logos to our camouflage canes for Veterans. The capitol raised and we pray you will help us bring our dream to life – is for our manufacturing and marketing of our brand. We have clients ready to buy (stadiums,grocery,drugstore & sports stores) We are excited to empower our customers and fans to help others feel inspired with memories of America’s favorite pastime! The players love our brand and many have helped promote Teresa’s brands and posed for her ads! Thank you for taking the time to review our pages”

Jenrry Mejia Suspended 80 Games without Pay due to use of PED’s.

Jenrry Mejia was tested positive for Stanozolol, a performance enhancing drug that has been around for a while. Mejia was previously injured from an elbow injury, which was supposed to sideline Mejia for at least a few weeks. Mejia will now miss half of the season, effective immediately.

“I know the rules are the rules and I will accept my punishment, but I can honestly say I have no idea how a banned substance ended up in my system,” Mejia said in a statement. “I have been through a lot in my young career and missed time due to injury. I have worked way too hard to come back and get to where I am, so I would never knowingly put anything in my body that I thought could hold me out further.”

In the interim, Jeryus Familia is scheduled to be the closer. It is not known if Bobby Parnell will become the closer when he returns from Tommy John Surgery, I assume it will be based on Familia’s performance in the closer role.

Tonight’s Starting Lineups. Game 4- Mets @ Braves

The Mets face the Braves, today, April 10th, 2015. Jon Niese makes his season debut opposed to Eric Stults.

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Curtis Granderson, RF

David Wright, 3B

John Mayberry Jr. , LF

Michael Cuddyer, 1B

Daniel Murphy, 2B

Juan Lagares, CF

Travis d’Arnaud, C

Wilmer Flores, SS

Jonathon Niese, LHP

Braves

Cameron Maybin, CF

Phil Gosselin, 2B

Nick Markakis, RF

Freddie Freeman, 1B

Jonny Gomes, LF

Chris Johnson, 3B

Christian Bethancourt, C

Andrelton Simmons, SS

Eric Stults, LHP

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