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Saturday, October 31, 2015

Syndergaard says he deliberately threw up and in to Alcides Escobar

New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard told reporters he had “a few tricks” up his sleeve prior to his start in Game 3 of the World Series on Friday night, and it turned out he wasn’t kidding.

Edit: Here’s the pitch. It’s smart pitching. Jim.

spanx for the memories Posted: October 31, 2015 at 02:08 AM | 60 comment(s)
  Beats: kansas city royals, new york mets

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Angell: Matt’s Case

It was 11–2 Yankees in the end, by which time I was snug in bed with the lights out, reviewing the debacle. There in the dark, I suddenly found myself thinking of Thomas Mann’s “The Magic Mountain,” a bygone, not-always-read-all-the-way-through classic that offers many heavyweight causeries among weakened but gallant TB patients and attending staff in a mountain sanatorium. Action, as I recall (I was seventeen when I first read the book), is outweighed by long-winded—no: short-winded—cogitation and repeated lackadays. And my dozing notion was reinforced when I remembered that two very young Mets starters, Jacob Degrom and Noah Syndergaard, are to be given some days off in the next couple of weeks, to keep them strong for the post-season. I see the three—Harvey is in there, too—swathed in steamer rugs and lying outdoors in a row on reclining deck chairs, in the clean, high Alpine air, while well-paid attendants bring them bouillon and biscuits, and a frail, wistfully hopeful dialogue springs up among them and flows lengthily along while they wonder what’s happening in the real world, a place of news and action, many miles below, and what their chances are of surviving until next week or even—kaff, kaff—all the way till November.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Angell: Back to School

Drew Storen, the Nats’ closer until his demotion to setup guy when, in a midsummer deal, the club picked up the fabled ex-Red Sox, ex-Phillies Jonathan Papelbon, was the main perpetrator and victim of the above-cited Biblical largesse. He presented a red beard and an aura of near-clinical anxiety. Matt Williams, his manager, brought him back again last night, no doubt as a statement of trust, to face Cespedes, who hit the go-ahead (and winning, it turned out) two-run homer on Storen’s second pitch. Storen, one understands, will remember all this for the rest of his life. So will I.

Papelbon (with that irritating Tik-Tok of Oz stare-in and arm-drop now copied by ten thousand kid pitchers) lost the middle game on a pinch-hit home run by Kirk Nieuwenhuis.


Manager Williams made all the available moves but never the right one. Everything Mets skipper Terry Collins tried seemed to work out, including his decision to keep the rookie outfielder Michael Conforto in left in the eighth on Wednesday night, where he made a skidding, breathless late grab to save the day and the joy. Has Collins used up the Mets’ seasonal quota of magic with such prodigality?

Hmm. Only Mets fans ask questions like this.



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