Jonathon Niese was drafted by the Mets in the seventh round of the 2005 amateur draft. Niese was good, but not great in the minors, winning 11 games in each minor league season from 2006 to 2008 and averaging nearly a strikeout per inning. But his ERA was just under 4.00 and he averaged over three walks per nine innings. However, he went 5-1 in seven starts with AAA-New Orleans in 2008 and became one […]
At first glance, one look at the title of this piece might elicit a sarcastic chuckle or a roll of the eyes. After all, what could Daniel Murphy possibly do to make Mets history? Well, it’s not just what he’s already done that’s historical in the Mets universe. It’s also what he’s poised to do. Through the Mets’ first 108 games, Daniel Murphy is batting .307. This comes on the heels of a season in […]
With Sunday’s win against Arizona, R.A. Dickey improved his season record to 14-2. He threw seven strong innings, striking out eight and allowing one unearned run, which dropped his ERA on the year to 2.83. Clearly, Dickey has been phenomenal this year. But Dickey has been outstanding throughout his entire Mets career. In fact, he ranks right up there with the best pitchers in franchise history. In three seasons as a Met, Dickey has pitched […]
How the mighty have fallen. Johan Santana, whose bounceback campaign hit an unexpected high on June 1 when he threw the franchise’s first no-hitter, has not only come back to Earth, but he’s done it in a way no one could see coming. Through his first 11 starts of the season, which ended with the hitless gem, the southpaw was vintage Santana, going 3-2 with a 2.38 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 68 Ks in 68 […]
Eight years ago, the Mets came out of the All-Star Break with a win against the Philadelphia Phillies in extra innings. Although they were only two games above .500 at the time, the Mets were in the thick of a tight four-team race in the National League East, with one game separating the Braves (46-42), Phillies (46-42), Marlins (45-43) and Mets (45-43). The Mets then proceeded to lose eight of their next 11 games, losing […]
On Monday night, R.A. Dickey was in complete control of his craft. He pitched his third complete game of the season. He struck out a career-high 13 batters. He extended his streak of consecutive innings without allowing an earned run (42⅔ and counting). And oh yes, he became the first pitcher in Mets history to pitch back-to-back complete game one-hitters. But this particular start should not have come as a surprise to any Mets fan […]
R.A. Dickey had the most amazing, most tremendous, most [insert your favorite superlative here] start of his career last night, coming within two David Wright muffs of pitching the first perfect game in Mets history. His performance came less than two weeks after Johan Santana tossed the first no-hitter in club annals and on the same night that Matt Cain pitched the first perfect game in San Francisco Giants history. Before Wright’s error allowed Elliot […]
Not since Frank Viola in 1990 have the Mets produced a 20-game winner. In fact, the only Met to win as many as 17 games in a season since then was Al Leiter, who went 17-6 in 1998. But that might change in 2012, and the man who might make it happen is R.A. Dickey. R.A. Dickey, who just extended his personal scoreless streak to 24⅔ innings (just seven innings shy of Jerry Koosman’s franchise […]
Take a look at the headline above. This was the back page of Saturday’s edition of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. See anything intersting? See it twice? Apparently, the writers and/or editorial staff of the newspaper don’t think Johan Santana earned his no-hitter, the first thrown by a Met in 8,020 regular season games. They claim the blown call by third base umpire Adrian Johnson on Carlos Beltran’s screaming liner caused Santana to pitch a tainted […]
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