When the Pirates hit a homerun. their phrase is “Clear the Deck…. Cannonball coming”. After being swept by the Pirates, and falling to 2.5 games behind the Nats, maybe the Mets should listen to that phrase.
When teams collapse, I use the three strikes method. The Mets first strike came when they choked the NL East lead, they officially got it when they left Chicago. The Mets now have two strikes, after three straight blow outs, and losses in five out of the Mets last six games. Today’s game in Pittsburgh gave them that strike, it was poorly played down to the last drop, and every time the Mets had something going, the subsequent batters struck out. Literally, the all struck out. The Mets continue to hear bad news on David Wright, and they now have minor injuries to Juan Lagares and Lucas Duda. The Mets management also continues to make minor changes to their roster that will do nothing in the long run, like today, the Mets made a meaningless move. They demoted Johnny Monell in exchange for Danny Muno. Tejada will be playing third, and Michael “Pops” Cuddyer cannot hit for his life. This is one of the most frustrating phases the Mets have been in since Shea, all thanks to the glimpse of success that the Mets were given. There are way too many injuries for this team to compete, and now the players are getting upset. After Matt Harvey was upset that the Mets wanted to use a 6-man rotation, the Mets decided to keep Dillon Gee in Binghamton, and he is upset that the Mets are “wasting his bullets”. Harvey is not the coach, why doesn’t he take a seat? This team is way to injured, poorly coached, and upset to compete, let alone win…… Despicable
The Mets won today versus St.Louis by a score or 5-0. The Mets salvaged a series split against the Cardinals, in a series that was dominated by the Cardinals. The Mets are now 0.5 games behind the first place Washington Nationals.
deGrom pitched what was easily the best game of the year. He threw 40 pitches in the first two innings, and gave up one hit, but besides that he was perfect. deGrom was his 2014 self. I wonder if this truly was a psychological slump like he says it was. He struck out 11 today and truly looked un-hittable. I was actually surprised that deGrom didn’t go out for the 9th, as he was under his 110 pitch cap prior to the 9th.
The Mets now travel to Pittsburgh. The 7 Line and I will be there on Saturday.
BINGHAMTON NY – Today, I went on up to NYSEG Stadium in Binghamton, New York, to watch the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays AA) battle the B-Mets (Mets AA). As you may know, the B-Mets are coming off a very successful year, in which they won the Eastern League championship. I arrived in Binghamton at around 11:45 am, and took my position in the cozy B-Mets press box, and looked at the green field, with the beautiful mountainous background. Only Spring Mobile Ballpark in Salt Lake City has better views. For those who have never been to the Binghamton Mets stadium, let alone the press box, the first thing you will notice is that everyone greets you with a smile. This might not sound like the biggest thing, but compared to other stadiums around the leagues, Binghamton has top notch staff. I had a great discussion with Binghamton Mets GM Jim Weed, a high-class individual who in 2011 was named the Mets minor league executive of the year. Here is Jim and I near the B-Mets press box.
Now, on to the game: Seth Lugo started for the B-Mets, and it’s fair to say that he was in control all game long. Lugo pitched seven great innings, striking out six. The game was scoreless for seven innings, and progressed very well. One thing you should notice if you ever head on to a AA or AAA ballpark is the new pitch counts that are in play. After each pitch, they count down from twenty seconds. Let me be the first to tell you that these things never come in to play, never. If the pitch clock gets to eight seconds, I would be surprised. Lugo was removed after seven innings, and the subsequent pitchers did not fair well at all. They ended up giving five runs total, all because of one out walks. Walks always tend to hurt you in the end, and it cost the B-Mets the game. The B-Mets fell to 21-16, while the Fisher Cats earned a series split and improved to 18-19. For more on the B-Mets, read this column by B-Mets beat writer Lynn Worthy, one of the best in the business.
If you ever find yourself is upper New York on a nice day, be sure to check out a Binghamton Mets game, because there is nothing more satisfying then saying “I saw that kid in Binghamton.”
Special thanks to William Maines, Lynn Worthy (and his wi-fi) and above all Jim Weed.
I’ve been a Mets fan since 2006. I know that doesn’t seem like much, but I’m only 15. It’s fair to say that a good portion of my day is consumed by the New York Mets. My entire evening is, six to seven days a week, and I spend a good amount of time reading my favorite Mets blogs out there, like Just Mets, Mets Merized, Mets Blog ESPN, Amazin Avenue, MetsBlog.com, and plenty others. And, of course, I have MetsPlus, which I devote a fair amount of time in to every day. Buy and large, the Mets are my team, and I’ve wholeheartedly invited them into a huge portion of my life. Since I’ve been a Mets fan, we’ve never been satisfied with a manager. Willie Randolph? People liked him in 2006, but the collapse of 2007 doomed him, I was surprised he was allowed back in 2008. Jerry Manuel was smart, but once the Mets moved into Citi, and the pieces didn’t come together, he too was doomed. Then came Terry Collins, the man who has received more criticism then any Mets manager in a long time, and, come to think of it, a lot of it is justified.
My wise friend Shannon from MetsPolice.com wrote this amazing article before the Mets May collapse, talking about how the Wilpons got a “taste” of winning, and that the 11 game win streak could ultimately lead to Collins demise, and it could make them more anxious to pull the trigger on a blockbuster trade. I have to agree with Shannon on both of those fronts, for the former, I agree with him because I personally believe that Collins can be held accountable for the Mets slump as of late. Lets take a look at the Mets lineups. Ruben Tejada has somehow made his way into five of the last seven games starting lineups, despite batting an abysmal 205. Why is that? Why was Juan Lagares not batting leadoff, like he was all of Spring Training? If the Mets hadn’t had such a successful April, I believe there would be a much bigger debate on that. John Mayberry Jr and Kirk Nieuwenhuis have seven combined hits, double that number for one hitter and you still have an unsuccessful bench player.
The Mets have a lot of problems. And we are only half way through the list.
Why is Curtis Granderson looking to walk in situations that call for a big hit? A 235 batting average is completely unacceptable for a man that has only hit three home runs and is payed $16 million dollars to do so. Why is it that Wilmer Flores makes an error in almost every game? Since MLB is the world’s biggest stage, you are telling me that Wilmer Flores is in the world’s list of 25 greatest shortstops? No, he isn’t, not even close. Why has Daniel Murphy, Citi Field’s most consistent hitter, been bounced around in the lineup, and why was he benched on Thursday to accommodate Tejada, when the Mets had two days off the week prior? Where is Michael Cuddyer? Was he really getting a boost from Colorado, and is he ever going to hit above 250 again? When the Mets pitchers begin to slump, who is going to take charge? How many times are the Mets going to postpone David Wright’s date of resuming the slightest baseball activity? And finally, and most importantly why is it that Las Vegas, managed by acclaimed manager Wally Backman, maintains a league best 24-12 record, despite it’s roster being bounced around and being decimated to accommodate the MLB roster. Why is it that a lot of players happen to preform well under Wally Backman, but struggle under Collins? Well, one answer is that it’s the difference of AAA to MLB, but I think it’s something more, remember D’Arnaud last year? His problem was fixed the moment he went down to AAA. Are the #FireTerry guys right, and should we bring Backman here ASAP?
Well, let me truly scare Mets fans. Let’s say Backman comes up tomorrow after Collins screws up tonight’s game. Then, hypothetically, let’s say the Mets continue to slide after Backman is recruited. That will send Mets fans into total panic mode. But that could happen if Collins gets fired. The answer is simple. The Mets need to stop being stand-patters and become buyers, now. And when I say now, I mean before the Cardinals leave New York, and preferably before. The Mets have first place now, and they might not before the end of today, May 16th. We might be looking at a 15 month wait if the Mets don’t take urgent action. The blame does have to fall on the coach, but you also need good players. Operation Flores was a fail, and Cuddyer and Granderson have been as well. If I was the GM, I would get a big name in here, as well as Wally Backman. The Time is now for the New York Mets, they are blessed with great pitching, and it is a disgrace that they don’t back it up with proper hitting. I’ve never been so upset with this franchise, but I hope you believe that my reasons are justified.
My thoughts & Michael Baron’s Takeaways from the Mets 6-5 loss to the Cubs on Thursday… via JustMets.net
I like Terry Collins, he is a very nice guy, and I can see him being a players friend in the clubhouse. However, this week was simply un-acceptable for the Mets. They bairly salvage two out of three in Philly, and they head to Chicago, with deGrom, Thor and Harvey scheduled to pitch. All three of them had what I consider to be a quality start, and they all left their team in the game. Even if it’s the hitters that are struggling, the coaches have to take the blame eventually. I’m not going to go out there and scream “Fire Terry”, but I wouldn’t be upset if the Mets swap him out in the not to distant future. Collins has made some questionable calls and the hitting has been horrible. Recker had two home runs today, and Mayberry hit a ball up the middle. Good for them, but they are reserve players both hitting way under 200. Let’s face it, this team was not that “amazing” when they were on par, and with the injuries, they have become even worse. I believe cutting some of the slumping hitters and **maybe** a coaching change of some sort wouldn’t be a bad thing at all.
Originally posted on Just Mets:
The Mets were swept out of Chicago on Thursday afternoon, dropping their fourth in a row to the Cubs by the score of 6-5. Here are my takeaways from this loss…
Tale of two games for the Mets.
Everything was fine until the bottom of the fifth inning. They even got some production out of John Mayberry Jr. who drove in two runs with a single to center field in the fifth inning, and two home runs from Anthony Recker through the fifth as well.
But the game came crashing down on the Mets, thanks in part to Niese becoming ineffective in the fifth and a throwing error from Wilmer Flores which clearly derailed him. In the end, that error contributed to two unearned runs, and helped the Mets wash away a four run lead in the blink of an eye.
It was an ugly inning for the Mets, and…
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Buddy Carlyle is officially on the 15 Day DL. Despite a slightly high ERA, Carlyle has been one of the Mets most consistent pitchers this year. He rarely throws a ball, and he has been big in key moments, like getting that ground ball for the Double Play Saturday in Philadelphia. You have to wonder if there is going to be a roster spot for him when he returns from injury, as it is expected that the Mets will have either ( or both ) Bobby Parnell and/or Vic Black on the roster when Carlyle is ready, plus Gee will return, and he might be forced into the pen. Further reducing their pen space. My bet is that Carlyle might get the short end of the stick and be outrighted to Vegas.
Really liked this video. Lets Go Mets!
The Mets put starter Dillon Gee on the disabled list yesterday, to replace Gee, the Mets said they will call up top pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard, and that Noah will make his major league debut as a Met on Tuesday, as the starter against the Cubs. Interestingly enough, this means that the Mets will have 24 men on their roster until Tuesday. This isn’t a big deal, as it doesn’t plague the bench, or the pitching staff, you really won’t feel it, but, you would feel the use of the extra bench player, like Eric “Soup” Campbell.
Campbell was demoted for catcher Johnny Monell earlier in the weak, but as we all know, Campbell is the “SOUPer utility” man. He always produces a quality at bat, and, well, it’s him or an empty roster spot. This isn’t a big deal, but it’s an example of a time the Mets could increase their hitting, but aren’t capitalizing on it. It’s saying no to a freebee. Why? We will never know.