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Sunday, April 21, 2019

Jacob deGrom plays catch, may not need MRI after all | Newsday

Maybe all is not lost.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 21, 2019 at 09:36 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: jacob degrom, mets

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Steven Matz fiasco just latest dud from Mets rotation

“One of those nights,” Callaway said, more than once.

“That,” Matz said glumly, “was just a poor effort tonight.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 17, 2019 at 09:01 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, steven matz

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Orioles’ Chris Davis hits home run vs. Red Sox

Orioles first baseman Chris Davis finally ended his hitless streak over the weekend, hitting an RBI single on Saturday for his first base hit in 55 at bats. Today he did one better: he hit a homer. It was his first round-tripper since August 24 of last season.

[Insert jokes concerning state of Red Sox pitching here.]

 

QLE Posted: April 16, 2019 at 04:30 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: chris davis, home runs, orioles

Sunday, April 14, 2019

O’ Yeah! Chris Davis Ends Record Hitless Streak, Smacks First Hit Of Season

BOSTON (WJZ) — Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis’ historic streak is finally behind him.  The struggling slugger smacked a two-RBI single off of Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello in the top of the first inning of Saturday’s game at Fenway Park,  ending a brutal string of 54 hitless at-bats that stretched back to September 14th of last season.

Players in the Orioles dugout gave Davis a rousing ovation after the hit as he stood smiling on first base, and the Boston crowd also gave him a warm reception. To celebrate the moment himself, he even asked to keep the baseball.

Davis had surpassed the record held by former Los Angeles Dodgers utilityman Eugenio Velez (46 ABs) set back in 2011.

It isn’t all sunshine for Davis quite yet though as he now must work to get on base with his bat more frequently, particularly if he wants to win back the support of frustrated Orioles fans. He’s certainly on his way though. Davis led all batters in the game, going 3 for 5, including two doubles, and knocking in four runs. The breakout game lifted his average for the season to .079.

So, how do we celebrate the end of this streak?

 

QLE Posted: April 14, 2019 at 07:10 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: chris davis, hits, orioles, streaks

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Noah Syndergaard gave Mets’ bullpen much-needed relief in seven-inning performance

This is the Noah Syndergaard Mets fans are used to seeing.

From the start of Syndergaard’s night on the Citi Field mound against the Twins, you could feel this was one where “Thor” could go deep. His fastball was ramped up to 98-99 mph early, and he even topped 100 mph in the 1-2-3 first inning. After a quick blip in the third, where he allowed one run to cross the plate, Syndergaard cruised.

“Mechanically, I felt probably the best I’ve felt in a long time,” Syndergaard told reporters after his seven-inning, seven-strikeout night. “So just trying to work on continuing to make that consistent. I guess when my mechanics are spot on, I get a little more movement on my ball.”

Remember when a starting pitcher lasting for seven innings wasn’t news?

 

QLE Posted: April 11, 2019 at 06:02 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, noah syndergaard

Tuesday, April 09, 2019

Orioles’ Chris Davis Sets MLB Mark For Longest Hitless Streak

BALTIMORE (WJZ)- Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis entered the Major League Baseball record books on Monday night yet again after his 0-for-5 performance against the Oakland Athletics pushed his hitless streak to 49 at-bats, setting the longest such streak ever recorded in baseball history.

Davis lined out to left field in the bottom of the fifth inning for the record-breaking out. In his second at-bat, Davis popped an easy foul ball that was dropped, giving him a potential gift-wrapped opportunity to avoid history. But he would then go on to hit a hard line drive to left field that was also caught.

Later, Davis would strike out looking in the bottom half of the seventh inning, then strike out again swinging in the eighth.

Former Giants and Dodgers infielder Eugenio Velez’s previously set the mark of 46 straight at bats without a hit that was set during the 2011 season.

So, how do we celebrate such a momentous occasion?

 

QLE Posted: April 09, 2019 at 03:48 AM | 61 comment(s)
  Beats: chris davis, hitless, orioles

MASN Has Stopped Paying the Nationals

Now comes a new dispute with some stink from the last one — specifically, the $25 million that MLB secretly advanced to the Nationals to soothe team owner Ted Lerner’s problems with being forced to license its games at a discount.

According to documents filed Monday in New York, MASN has made cash flow payments to both teams every year early in the season. By June 2018, though, the Nationals hadn’t received their payout and accordingly inquired about the missing money. Thus began months of correspondence between the two clubs and the MLB Commissioner without resolution. The Nationals apparently went into this offseason without TV money.

Bote Man Posted: April 09, 2019 at 01:47 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: masn, money, nationals, orioles, peter angelos

Saturday, April 06, 2019

Pitcher Dan Straily agrees to $575,000 deal with Orioles

BALTIMORE—Seeking to boost a thin starting rotation, the Baltimore Orioles agreed to a $575,000, one-year contact with Dan Straily.

The 30-year-old right-hander’s deal was announced Friday. He would get a $250,000 assignment bonus if traded.

Baltimore rotation includes Alex Cobb, Andrew Cashner, Dylan Bundy and David Hess, and Nate Karns has been used twice as an opener. Cobb strained a groin late in spring training and was activated from the injured list on Thursday.

I don’t know- I’d rather take $575,000 to not pitch for the Orioles.

 

QLE Posted: April 06, 2019 at 07:59 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: dan straily, orioles

Thursday, April 04, 2019

LEADING OFF: Surprising O’s, Tigers, Mets play home openers

Coming off winning road trips, the surprising Orioles, Tigers and Mets play their home openers. Sellouts are expected at Camden Yards, Comerica Park and Citi Field to greet teams trying to bounce back from losing seasons.

Alex Cobb will be activated off the 10-day injured list to start for the 4-2 Orioles against the Yankees. Spencer Turnbull pitches for the 4-3 Tigers vs. Kansas City and, in a matchup of aces, Noah Syndergaard starts for the 5-1 Mets against Stephen Strasburg and Washington.

The Angels also play their home opener. Mike Trout’s team is 1-5 going into its game against Texas.

Well, where better to discuss goings-on in baseball that haven’t already received a thread?

 

QLE Posted: April 04, 2019 at 05:24 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: home openers, mets, orioles, tigers

Wednesday, April 03, 2019

Orioles win 4 straight on road for first time since 2016

TORONTO (AP) — It’s taken the 2019 Orioles just five games to match the team’s longest winning streak from last season.

Andrew Cashner pitched six shutout innings and the Orioles extended a road winning streak to four for the first time since 2016 with a 2-1 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night before another small crowd at Rogers Centre.

Baltimore had one four-game winning streak overall last year, when the Orioles finished with a big league-worst 115 losses.

Somewhere, a bunch of the bookies MLB has been cozying with are in deep panic mode….

 

QLE Posted: April 03, 2019 at 03:39 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, road trip, winning

Tuesday, April 02, 2019

Which MLB free agent would be better for Mets: Craig Kimbrel or Dallas Keuchel?

According to The Athletic, the Mets continue to check in on the market for closer Craig Kimbrel and starter Dallas Keuchel, which I’m sure is true. However, team sources Sunday were quick to leak to several reporters that Rosenthal’s report is a bit overstated and that the team is simply doing standard due diligence.

I have no doubt that Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen is always in touch with other teams and agents, keeping an open mind to any way his team can improve. So, the above report and response shouldn’t be surprising because, 1) the Mets have available money in their 2019 budget, 2) they remain $30-40 million under the luxury tax threshold, and 3) both players would significantly improve Van Wagenen’s roster.

The thing is, if given the green light and forced to choose, should Van Wagenen go Keuchel or Kimbrel?

The bigger question- given the reputation of the Mets’ medical staff, why would either of them want to sign with the team?

 

QLE Posted: April 02, 2019 at 04:19 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: craig kimbrel, dallas keuchel, mets

Orioles Pull David Hess Despite No-Hitter, Only 82 Pitches

Righthanded pitcher David Hess was pulled in the seventh inning of the Orioles’ game against the Blue Jays on Monday depsite having a no-hitter intact and having thrown only 82 pitches.

Hess was removed with one out in the inning with Baltimore ahead 6–0. According to reporters, the 25-year-old looked as if he tried talking manager Brandon Hyde out of the decision, but he was still pulled in his first start of the 2019 season. Pedro Araujo replaced Hess and gave up a two-run home run to Randal Grichuk for Toronto’s first hit of the night.

If you’re going to be that push-button, why bother actually hiring a manager?

 

QLE Posted: April 02, 2019 at 03:38 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: brandon hyde, david hess, orioles, pitch counts

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Chris Davis benched by Orioles after 3 strikeouts in opener

NEW YORK (AP) It didn’t take long for Chris Davis’ first benching of the season.

The first baseman with the $161 million contract was out of the Baltimore Orioles’ starting lineup against the New York Yankees on Saturday, two days after going 0 for 3 with three strikeouts in the opener.

Rookie manager Brandon Hyde started right-handed-hitting Trey Mancini at first base against left-hander James Paxton rather than the left-handed-hitting Davis.

At the rate it’s going, there’s a good chance that he won’t be suitable for our annual softball game….

 

QLE Posted: March 31, 2019 at 05:29 AM | 69 comment(s)
  Beats: bench, chris davis, orioles

Ron Darling: Lenny Dykstra made racist taunts to Red Sox in ‘86 World Series

Ron Darling has a story to tell about the 1986 World Series, and neither Boston Red Sox fans nor New York Mets fans will like it.

The former Mets pitcher recently published a new book titled, “108 Stitches: Loose Threads, Ripping Yarns, and the Darndest Characters from My Time in the Game,” that includes an ugly anecdote about teammate Lenny Dykstra’s actions during Game 3 of the ‘86 World Series between the Red Sox and Mets in Boston.

After taking the first two games of the series, the Red Sox started Dennis “Oil Can” Boyd in Game 3, and Dykstra led off in the top of the first inning. According to Darling, as Boyd was finishing his warmups, Dykstra yelled “ugliest piece of vitriol I’ve ever heard” in the pitcher’s direction.

Would that I could be surprised, would that I could.

 

QLE Posted: March 31, 2019 at 05:25 AM | 74 comment(s)
  Beats: lenny dykstra, mets, oil can boyd, red sox, ron darling

Thursday, March 28, 2019

The Year the Mets Jumped Over the Moon

On July 20, 1969, men walked on the moon in what became the centerpiece of one of the more indelible years in American history.

That same day, 50 years ago, the New York Mets split a doubleheader with the Montreal Expos. You could say, so what? But the Mets, until then a baseball punch line, had suddenly become a team to reckon with in the eighth year of their existence. The two games against the Expos gave them a 53-39 record, which meant they were a big, fat 14 games over .500. Considering everything that had come before for the Mets — the initial buffoonery, the occasional lunacy, the lopsided losing records — it seemed that they, too, were now defying gravity.

ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: March 28, 2019 at 05:49 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: history, mets

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

MLB notebook: Orioles’ Cobb (groin) lands on IL

The Baltimore Orioles placed scheduled Opening Day starter Alex Cobb on the 10-day injured list with a strained right groin, the club announced Monday.

Cobb departed his final spring training outing after one inning Saturday due to the injury.

Fellow right-hander Andrew Cashner likely will draw the season-opening assignment for Baltimore on Thursday against the host New York Yankees.

The Cleveland Spiders could use a good challenge….

QLE Posted: March 27, 2019 at 02:10 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: alex cobb, groin, opening day, orioles

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Mets & deGrom agree on 5 year, $137.5m extension

The Mets agreed to an extension with Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom on Tuesday morning that will be for five years and $137.5 million, The Post confirmed. The deal, pending a physical, was completed two days before deGrom was planning to shut down talks once the regular season starts Thursday. DeGrom will have a full no-trade clause and can opt out of the deal in 2022, while the contract finishes in 2023.

Sounds like this buys out both arb years, and at least 2 years of free agency.  deGrom can’t hit the open market until his age 34 season if he takes his opt out.

The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: March 26, 2019 at 09:03 AM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: degrom, degrominating, mets, new york mets

Former Newsday baseball writer Marty Noble dies at 70

Sad.  I grew up reading Marty Noble in the Bergen Record.  The man knew his Mets, and just days after he wrote that wonderful elegy on Tom Seaver.  R.I.P.

The usual palaver and twaddle (Met Fan Charlie) Posted: March 26, 2019 at 06:18 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: media, mets

Monday, March 25, 2019

Orioles DH Trumbo to begin season on injured list

Baltimore Orioles designated hitter Mark Trumbo will open the season on the injured list, manager Brandon Hyde confirmed Sunday.

Trumbo, who led the majors with 47 home runs in 2016, has batted .167 in 13 plate appearances this spring as he recovers from offseason surgery on his right knee.

“We’re going to let him continue to do his rehab down here,” Hyde told reporters in Sarasota, Fla., according to MLB.com. “I give him so much credit for everything he’s done during his whole rehab process. Give him a ton of credit for trying to come back from a tough injury earlier than anybody has.”

Mark Got His Bat seems to be well-liked among a certain set, but I wouldn’t recommend it for everyone.

 

QLE Posted: March 25, 2019 at 10:26 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: disabled list, injuries, knee, mark trumbo, orioles

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Mets sign Rubén Tejada to minor league deal

Free agent infielder Rubén Tejada signed a minor league contract with the Mets, per an official announcement on Saturday. Tejada is not expected to break camp with the team and will report to extended spring training instead.

Somewhere, Chase Utley is feeling tempted to get back into the game….

 

QLE Posted: March 24, 2019 at 07:05 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, minor league contracts, ruben tejada

Friday, March 22, 2019

The Franchise Bids Farewell

“It shouldn’t have been so easy: Seaver was maybe a little too handsome, maybe a little too eloquent, maybe a little too “California” to earn the trust of a jaded, twice-bitten, hometown faithful. He was a little too… soft to make it big in the Big City.”

gehrig97 Posted: March 22, 2019 at 10:36 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: chicago white sox, cincinnati reds, mets, orioles, tom seaver

Mets to change Citi Field address to honor Tom Seaver, will unveil plans for statue

The Mets will be permanently changing the address of Citi Field to honor Tom Seaver, the team announced on Thursday, with full details to be released at a later date.

In addition, the team will be unveiling plans this June for a statue to honor Seaver, Mets chief revenue officer Lou DePaoli said, according to Newsday.

“We’ve been working on exploring a potential statue option for a couple of years in coordination with the [Seaver] family,” DePaoli said. “We won’t be unveiling a statue this season. We will unveil the plans of what it will look like sometime on that [‘69] weekend.”

 

QLE Posted: March 22, 2019 at 07:20 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, statues, tom seaver, willets point

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Marty Noble On His Relationship with Tom Seaver

“Seated next to him on the Mets’ team bus in June, 1977 in Montreal, I mentioned that the 10th anniversary of the release of Beatles’ ‘Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ was the following day. He asked if I’d still love him when he turned 64. It was a break through. I thought, when we discussed the album. We had something in common. It was getting better all the time.”

There’s so much more in this piece.

djordan Posted: March 21, 2019 at 11:19 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, tom seaver

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Wright, now an adviser with Mets, points to team chemistry

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — Former captain David Wright showed up at Mets spring training camp Monday and spoke to reporters before New York’s game against the Washington Nationals, repeatedly referring fondly to “Al and Johnny.”

It’s that kind of attitude and personal touch, a sort of chumminess that develops within a clubhouse and organization, that Wright thinks can be essential to a winning team.

“Al and Johnny” are Al Leiter and John Franco, former Mets pitchers who were added to the front office two weeks ago in advisory positions.

Wright said the topic of close bonds and friendships that are forged during successful seasons was brought up in a morning meeting with them and new general manager Brodie Van Wagenen, who has communicated regularly with Wright about player development in his own new advisory role.

Team biology, on the other hand….

 

QLE Posted: March 20, 2019 at 07:42 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: advisor, david wright, mets

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Robinson Cano thinks Amed Rosario could be Mets’ next ‘superstar’

Rosario has really looked good this spring. He’s been less passive and more aggressive on strikes.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 14, 2019 at 09:38 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: amed rosario, mets, robinson cano

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