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Thursday, September 19, 2019

Pete Alonso Hits 49th Homer to Break Team Single-Season Record

” .. the only record that Alonso cares about is his team’s”

And he can steal a base.  Never gets caught. You can look it up!

Lest we forget Posted: September 19, 2019 at 03:21 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: homers, mets, pete alonso, records, stolen bases

Thursday, September 12, 2019

The time is coming to resolve the Mets’ exhausting Noah Syndergaard situation | SNY

Can they get fair value in return? Of course, what is his fair value right now?

Jim Furtado Posted: September 12, 2019 at 06:41 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, noah syndergaard

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

As Pete Alonso breaks Mets record, Carlos Beltran happy for Mets rookie

NEW YORK – Carlos Beltran has only one request of Pete Alonso.

“I hope he hits 55 [homers]. I hope he hits more than that. I will be disappointed if he stops at 42,” Beltran told Yahoo Sports with a laugh during a recent telephone interview. “I hope he continues to have a good season.”

With his 42nd homer Tuesday off Cubs righty Yu Darvish, Alonso, in just his rookie season, has now hit more homers than anyone else in Mets history.

He broke a tie with Beltran, who hit 41 homers in 2006, and former Mets catcher Todd Hundley, who set the previous standard in 1996.

Some words on the setting of a record.

 

QLE Posted: August 28, 2019 at 04:13 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: carlos beltran, home runs, mets, pete alonso

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

50 years from miracle season, resurgent Mets eye magic run

NEW YORK (AP) — Two months ago, as the New York Mets commemorated the 50th anniversary of a most improbable World Series title, 74-year-old alum Ed Kranepool stood at a Citi Field lectern and tried to encourage a languishing team.

“They can do it like we did. You gotta believe in yourself!” Kranepool said that afternoon, addressing both the cheering crowd and current Mets players clapping in the dugout. “So good luck. You have a half a season. We want to wish you the best so that we can celebrate in October.”

It was a noble sentiment, even if that optimism felt farfetched with New York nine games under .500.

And then the next night the maligned club publicly apologized on the scoreboard to two living members of the 1969 Miracle Mets who were mistakenly included in a video montage of players from that team who had died.

“Of course, having a fluke season from Cleon Jones couldn’t hurt”.....

 

QLE Posted: August 27, 2019 at 06:04 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: anniversaries, mets

LEADING OFF: Verlander vs Morton, Cubs and Mets get wild

PAIR OF ACES

Former teammates and 2019 All-Stars square off in a prime pitching matchup when Charlie Morton (13-5, 2.85 ERA) and the Rays face Justin Verlander (15-5, 2.77) in Houston. With the Rays locked in a close wild-card race and the Astros leading the AL West, it’s a potential October preview. Verlander, first in the majors with 239 strikeouts, fanned 11 last time out and went the distance on a two-hitter in a 2-1 loss to Detroit. He has seven straight double-digit strikeout games. Morton spent the past two years with the Astros and helped them win the 2017 World Series.

WILD IN THE CITI

Kyle Schwarber and the Cubs visit the Mets in the opener of a pivotal three-game series at Citi Field. New York trails Chicago by two games for the second NL wild card. Both teams were off Monday after getting swept at home last weekend — the Mets by Atlanta, the Cubs by Washington. Chicago hopes to have Anthony Rizzo back in the lineup. The first baseman left Saturday’s game with tightness in his back and sat out Sunday. Yu Darvish (4-6, 4.43 ERA) is scheduled to pitch for the Cubs against Marcus Stroman (7-11, 3.18), who exited his previous start with left hamstring tightness.

Last I heard, Teams Gone Wild was only available in the sleazier parts of town- and, even then, only in a brown paper bag and on a cash-only basis.

QLE Posted: August 27, 2019 at 06:04 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: charlie morton, cubs, justin verlander, lucas giolito, masahiro tanaka, mets, yusei kikuchi

‘Homeless Minor Leaguer’ Ty Kelly Retires and Jokingly Jabs Andrew Luck for Stealing His Thunder

It looks like Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck wasn’t the only big name to walk away from their game last night.


Utility player Ty Kelly, who bounced around the MLB for parts of three seasons, announced that he would retire after his brief pro career


Sunday, August 25, 2019

Mets pitchers strike out 26 Braves batters in 14 innings

New York Mets pitchers struck out 26 Braves batters last night. That ties a major league record for strikeouts in a game. Four other teams have performed the feat. The Mets joined the the then-Anaheim Angels, however, as the only two teams to strike out 26 batters and lose. Those Angels fell to the Brewers 1-0 in 17 innings in 2004. The Mets fell to the Braves last night, 2-1.

Jacob deGrom led the charge with 13 Ks in seven innings of work, with his only blemish being an RBI single surrendered to Freddie Freeman in the sixth inning. deGrom atoned for that himself, however, hitting a home run off of Braves starter Mike Foltynewicz in the bottom of the sixth to tie things up at one. That’s how things would remain when both starters left the game and it moved on to extra innings.

The people who have been singing the praises of the TTO have a lot to answer for….

 

QLE Posted: August 25, 2019 at 02:56 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, mets, three true outcomes

Monday, August 19, 2019

Al Jackson, an original Met, dead at 83

Al Jackson, a tough left-hander who provided a rare glint of hope in the early days of the woebegone Mets, has died at 83.

His death was announced by the Mets, for whom he worked for 50 years as a pitcher, major league coach, minor league pitching coordinator and front-office adviser. He died Monday at a nursing home in Port St. Lucie, Florida, after a long illness.

The Mets said in a statement it would be “impossible to calculate the number of players and staff he touched and influenced during his career.”

Jackson pitched in the majors for 10 seasons, and no season was more challenging than the one in 1962 when the expansion Mets entered the majors and lost 120 games. “Little” Al Jackson, although he was 5-foot-10, had a record of 8-20 and 4.40 ERA. The next two years he went 13-17 and 11-16.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 19, 2019 at 09:56 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: al jackson, mets, obituaries

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Who’s Going to Win the Chaotic NL Wild-Card Race?

The National League wild-card race is a big stupid mess. With Sunday’s games in the books, six teams are within five games of the second spot, with Washington and St. Louis hanging onto postseason positions for dear life. How long they can dig their fingernails into the cliff for the next six-plus weeks depends on whether the group behind them can put together a run. The Mets are the latest of those clubs to get red-hot, but even that blazing stretch has only put them in the thick of the race instead of at the top of the heap.

Is there a favorite, though, in that stew of squads? To find out, let’s dive into each of the eight teams still vying for the two wild-card spots and decide which pair are the better bets to play on into October. The playoff odds below originate from FanGraphs’ projection.

Son, at the rate it’s going, there will be no winners of the NL Wild Card race- only survivors.

 

QLE Posted: August 13, 2019 at 05:21 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, cardinals, diamondbacks, giants, mets, nationals, phillies, reds

Wednesday, August 07, 2019

Here Come the Mets

Still, plenty of GM’s with an 11% chance of playing in October would have throw in the towel and built for the future. With Stroman on board, the team climbed to a 14.5% shot, and a win on July 30 raised those odds to 16.5%. At this point, Van Wagenen made a decision I absolutely love. A 1-in-6 shot at making the playoffs isn’t nothing, but the safe move would have been dealing Wheeler for a marginal return. Flip Wheeler for half of what you paid for Stroman, play out the string with marginally lower odds of making the playoffs, and laud yourself for building for today and tomorrow simultaneously.

That might be the best move from a publicity standpoint, but it ignores the specific spot the Mets find themselves in. Adding Simeon Woods Richardson or Anthony Kay to the current incarnation of the Mets isn’t quite pointless, but it’s close. The Mets, this year, are a good team. We project them as the 10th-best team by unadjusted winning percentage for the balance of the year, in a group of six teams (Cubs, Twins, Indians, Rays, Mets, and Braves) just below the true heavyweights. The Braves have enough games in hand that the NL East crown isn’t in question, but the Mets are no joke.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 07, 2019 at 12:28 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Brodie Van Wagenen wrong to hide behind ‘organization’ speak

Brodie Van Wagenen sat in the first-base dugout Friday afternoon at Marlins Park and answered quickly about his soon-to-be 40-51 Mets.

“I think that any time a team struggles it’s on the organization,’’ the general manager began.

“I think that this organization has provided baseball operations with a tremendous amount of support. They’ve given us autonomy to reach a consensus about what baseball moves we think are in the best interests of the organization and then we move forward collectively as one unit. I wouldn’t want to put the blame on players or coaches or scouts or anybody of that matter, but I can tell you that this team that we built was one that was a unified vision and it hasn’t worked. So I accept my responsibility in that capacity as well.’’

Jim Furtado Posted: July 13, 2019 at 11:48 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Tuesday, July 09, 2019

Yankees, Red Sox poised to compete for Mets RHP Zack Wheeler | SNY

Zack Wheeler has become a pitcher in high demand, and the Mets have now begun trade talks, according to major league sources. Among the teams who have been in contact are the Yankees and Red Sox, both of whom are interested in Wheeler.

The Braves and Cubs are two other possibilities for Wheeler. According to one source, there is significant interest in Wheeler. A trade is not believed to be close with any one suitor, but the Mets have shifted into a more aggressive sell mode.

Jason Vargas and Todd Frazier are also available. Noah Syndergaard isn’t a total lock to stay, but it is far more likely that the Mets explore trading him again this winter, per sources.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 09, 2019 at 07:52 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, zack wheeler

Monday, July 08, 2019

Pete Alonso is Brodie Van Wagenen’s Mets saving grace

Right here, at Citi Field, Jay Bruce was hitting two home runs, giving him three for the weekend and four, total, against the Mets so far. So there was that.

Four home runs — as in the total number for Robinson Cano in his first 242 at-bats as a Met.  [...]

In Cleveland, the two cornerstone players of the Cano deal — Justin Dunn and Jarred Kelenic — played in the Futures Game by night and charmed a gaggle of local scribes by day with their poise and their candor, so there was that.

In Tampa, Travis d’Arnaud — discarded by Van Wagenen like an empty beer can after all of 25 plate appearances this year, followed up his walk-off homer against the Yankees by getting another hit, scoring another run and making a terrific defensive play at first. So there was that [...]

And as a report surfaced that the Mets had “asked around” about Joe Girardi, favorite Van Wagenen whipping boy Mickey Callaway was still the Mets manager and he was still carving optimistic gems postgame despite the Mets dropping to an unsightly 40-50 on the year (One-and-a-half games better than last year at the break [39-52]! Two-and-a-half better than 2017 [39-53]! Progress!).

bobm Posted: July 08, 2019 at 10:53 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: brodie van wagenen, mets

Sunday, July 07, 2019

Brodie Van Wagenen throws chair in heated meeting with Mets coaches

A tumultuous Mets season took another strange twist, with general manager Brodie Van Wagenen punctuating a heated meeting with the team’s coaching staff by throwing a chair, according to club sources.

The incident occurred following Friday’s 7-2 loss to the Phillies in which closer Edwin Diaz imploded in the ninth inning, allowing four runs in his latest meltdown.

An irate Van Wagenen assembled manager Mickey Callaway and the coaching staff in the coaches room immediately after the game, according to a source, and lashed out at the individuals present, bemoaning the fact Jacob deGrom’s strong performance had been wasted. Accompanying Van Wagenen at the meeting was assistant GM Allard Baird.

After ripping the coaches, according to a source, the usually mild-mannered Van Wagenen picked up a chair and threw it and told Callaway to go conduct his “f–king press conference.” Callaway provided no hint that anything was amiss as he met with reporters following the loss.

The Run Fairy Posted: July 07, 2019 at 07:27 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: brodie van wagenen, mets, mickey callaway

Joel Sherman: Solving the Mets’ defensive nightmare before it gets worse

[... This season] the Mets were fourth worst in the majors in turning balls put into play into outs. Tacitly, there may be a cascading negativity. One member of the team told me he thought pitchers were impacted in pitch selection and how they attacked hitters because they were concerned in letting the ball be put in play.

Fangraphs has the Mets as the majors’ worst overall defensive team. The stats corroborate the eyeball test when it comes to this team and fielding. [...]

Amed Rosario is the new Ruben Tejada — every season the Mets will say this is the key one to prove what kind of player he will be, and this exercise will go on for years. Rosario is still just 23. But the growth on both sides of the ball is coming begrudgingly, if at all. He is young enough and athletic enough to improve. But how long do the Mets wait for what might never come?

bobm Posted: July 07, 2019 at 07:27 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: defense, mets, stinky

Friday, July 05, 2019

Mets Still Pondering Trade Deadline Approach - MLB Trade Rumors

It’s time to sell.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 05, 2019 at 07:52 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Tuesday, July 02, 2019

Mets sorry for having 2 living alums in memorial

Mets being Mets.

Walt Davis Posted: July 02, 2019 at 10:15 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Jason Vargas doubles down on reporter freak out as Mets implode again

Another bullpen meltdown for the Mets.

Why is Vargas still commenting?

“I don’t think all the information is out there,” Vargas said. “I don’t think this is a time to get into that, but I think anybody that knows me or has played with me through the duration of my career, there has never been a situation like that, so think it just happened out of the blue would be foolish.”

Vargas was asked why he hadn’t told his side.

“Because it’s over,” he said. “Our organization made a statement and put an end to it, but I think it’s pretty obvious all the info wasn’t out there.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 27, 2019 at 06:04 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: jason vargas, mets

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Van Wagenen is managing Mets games from home in ‘unusual’ struggle

According to an industry source, it was the rookie GM who instructed Mickey Callaway to remove Jacob deGrom from a game in Arizona earlier this month in which the Mets ace sustained a hip cramp. After deGrom was removed from the game in the seventh inning, the bullpen imploded in a loss that added to the frustration of a 2-5 road trip.

The source said Van Wagenen, who was watching the game at home on TV, communicated with a member of the Mets support staff with an order to remove deGrom from the game. Callaway complied with the order, and deGrom was visibly upset as he departed the field, certain he could continue pitching. The manager was grilled for the move, but at the time insisted the decision was his.

“Hell, yeah, it’s unusual: Sending word to the dugout, telling the manager what to do?” the source said. “I have never heard of that before.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 26, 2019 at 08:15 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Monday, June 24, 2019

After the Miracle: The Myths and the Men | The Hardball Times

Good stuff.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 24, 2019 at 03:34 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Newsday’s Tim Healey explains incident with Mets manager Mickey Callaway | Newsday

Mets bedlam. I don’t see how Callaway survives much longer.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 24, 2019 at 07:55 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: jason vargas, mets, mickey callaway

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Mets coach Chili Davis getting it done, sticking it to Cubs

There were many happy Mets, but the happiest may have been hitting coach Chili Davis, who was fired by the Cubs after last season and subsequently hired by the Mets.

The Cubs are still paying him so this is a win-win for the Mets.

“It is nice, I won’t lie about it,’’ Davis told The Post of bludgeoning the Cubs. “It’s nice to come in here and win a couple games and we got one more to go. Try to come in here with the same focus and intensity on Sunday.’’

Jim Furtado Posted: June 23, 2019 at 06:59 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: chili davis, mets

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Dave Eiland dismissed by Mets | MLB.com

The Mets are a trainwreck. Again.

The Mets have dismissed pitching coach Dave Eiland, a source told MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo. Bullpen coach Chuck Hernandez was also let go, according to the New York Post’s Joel Sherman. The club has not confirmed.

Entering Thursday, the Mets had a 4.67 ERA, which ranked 20th in the Majors. The team has finished a season with a higher mark just twice in its history: in 1962, in the team’s inaugural season, and in 2017.

 

Jim Furtado Posted: June 20, 2019 at 03:42 PM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, pitching coach

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Brodie Van Wagenen’s Mets take doesn’t match what we’re seeing

an Wagenen noted the potential to climb with home-and-home series approaching against the Braves and Phillies, interspersed with four games at Wrigley Field and two home games against the Yankees. That takes the Mets to the All-Star break. It feels make-or-break.

And even if it doesn’t break these Mets, what can we expect in the second half? The Athletics were 34-35 through June 14 last year, then went an MLB-best 63-30 to earn a wild card. But Oakland in this century has regularly surged: the A’s have six of the 65 best second-half records since 2001. The Mets have none.

Will this team with bad defense, terrible pen, meh offense and thin rotation find .600 ball between here and the finish line?

“I don’t think we are looking at anything as a lost season,” Van Wagenen said. “We have talent, we have heart and we have a group of people who believe in each other and will pick each other up.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 16, 2019 at 10:54 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Wilson Ramos Learns Wife Is Pregnant While in On Deck Circle

Wilson Ramos stepped into the on-deck circle to prepare for his second at-bat. He headed to the plate with his third child on the way.

In a 10-year career encompassing more than 800 games and nearly 3,000 at-bats, Ramos’ otherwise ordinary exercise resulted in a massive surprise when his wife, Yeli, walked up to the protective netting behind home plate and held up a sign toward the Mets catcher, alerting him that she was expecting.

“We’re pregnant! Wilson, this is your 3rd child. We love you!” the sign read.

Jose is Absurdly Unemployed Posted: June 15, 2019 at 10:18 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, pregnancy, spring training souvenir

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