Mets Merized Online » Citi Field http://metsmerizedonline.com Mon, 05 Dec 2016 01:32:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.16 Wear Orange On Wednesday! #WEARORANGE http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/10/hey-mets-fans-wear-orange-on-wednesday-wearorange.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/10/hey-mets-fans-wear-orange-on-wednesday-wearorange.html/#comments Tue, 04 Oct 2016 19:07:50 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=224223 mets-fans

As far as I’m concerned, Mets fans are without question the best and most loyal fans in baseball. Their passion for the team is always on full display here on MMO and of course on social media where Mets Twitter has become an MLB phenomenon.

The connections that Mets fans make with the players is widely known and it goes all the way back to the formative years when Casey Stengel donned his rumpled Mets pinstripes and led a rag-tag group of players into our hearts. From that day forward, the Orange & Blue started running through all our veins.

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Right from the start, Mets fans changed the dynamic between a team and it’s fans, celebrating the first ever Banner Day, adopting a lovable mascot, having their own anthem, and let’s not forget baseball’s best game chant – Let’s Go Mets!.

Mets fans loved their team and through all the good times and bad, we always wore our team colors with pride. No matter how dire the circumstances, you can be sure to hear the true die-hards utter our now famous rallying cry “Ya Gotta Believe”, and believe we did.

I come to you with a call to arms.

It came to my attention that the many loyal fans of the 7 Line Army who will be attending Wednesday’s Wild Card Game, will all be donning one of their bright orange t-shirts.

I’ve always thought it was so cool to look toward right center to see an entire section of Mets fans all dressed in royal blue or bright orange whenever they came to Citi, and even more so during their many invasions when the team was on the road.

One of our readers posed the question:

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Wouldn’t it be cool if the Giants or Cardinals were to show up at Citi Field on Wednesday to see an incredible sea of orange?

You know what? It would be better than cool, it would be…

Totally Freaking Outrageous!

Why don’t we make it a reality?

Why don’t we make it happen?

Let’s all show up for the game on Wednesday, wearing the brightest orange t-shirts, tanks, blouses, jackets, whatever, that you can find!

Tell your family, tell your friends, tell your co-workers…

If you are heading out to Citi Field for the Wild Card Game…

WEAR ORANGE!

RT this article or pass this along to every Met fan you know, especially if they are going to the game!

ORANGE IS THE NEW BLUE!

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THE GRANDY MAN CAN! Granderson Homers Twice In Extras To Win It For Mets! http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/09/the-grandy-man-can-granderson-homers-twice-in-extras-to-win-it-for-mets.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/09/the-grandy-man-can-granderson-homers-twice-in-extras-to-win-it-for-mets.html/#comments Sun, 18 Sep 2016 03:33:27 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=223187 seth-lugo-2

The Mets (79-69) defeated the Minnesota Twins (55-94) by a score of 3-2 tonight at Citi Field. With the Giants beating the Cardinals in the ninth, the Mets will extend their wild card lead over St. Louis by three games tonight if the score holds up.

Pitching:

Seth Lugo toed the rubber for the Mets this evening at Citi Field and got into some trouble in the second but came out unscathed.

However, in the fourth, Eddie Rosario took Lugo deep to make it  a 1-0 Twins lead.

All in all, Lugo tight roped through five innings, allowing just the one run, on four hits, while walking four and striking out two. He would be let off the hook and settles with a no-decision after the Mets tied the game in the eighth.

Josh Smoker relieved Lugo and struck out three in the sixth, and Fernando Salas and Jerry Blevins combined to pitch a scoreless seventh.

Addison Reed had a typical Addison Reed eighth, and despite a laborious ninth, Jeurys Familia worked up the guile to keep the Twins at bay.

Hansel Robles pitched a clean tenth, but gave the Twins the lead in the eleventh with a home run from Byron Buxton.

Josh Edgin pitched a scoreless twelfth, and gained the win as Curtis Granderson had some late heroics!

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Offense:

Ervin Santana retired the first 11 batters to face him, before Yoenis Cespedes gave the Mets their first hit with a single up the middle.

The Mets had two runners on in the fifth, and the bases juiced in the seventh but failed to score.

It wasn’t until the eighth that Mets were able to get on the board. Jose Reyes singled and subsequently advanced to third, setting up Yoenis Cespedes perfectly for an RBI situation.

Cespedes obliged, and slammed one up the middle to bring Reyes around.

The Twins took the lead in extras off Hansel Robles, but Curtis Granderson picked up the slack, as he homered twice in extra innings to win the game for the Amazins!

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On deck:

Gabriel Ynoa (1-0, 15.19 ERA) takes on Kyle Gibson (6-9, 5.08 ERA) tomorrow afternoon for the series finale. First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 PM.

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Mets Release 2017 Regular Season Schedule http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/09/mets-release-2017-regular-season-schedule.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/09/mets-release-2017-regular-season-schedule.html/#comments Wed, 14 Sep 2016 17:51:20 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=222907 citi field fans

The New York Mets have released their full regular season schedule for next year, which spans from April 3 to October 1.

They will open the year with series against the Braves and Marlins at Citi Field. All 25 April games will be against NL East rivals.

The Mets and Yankees will continue the recent trend of a four-game set split between Citi Field and Yankee Stadium, which will take place August 14-17. The rest of the interleague schedule will be against the AL West (Angels, A’s, Rangers, Astros, and Mariners).

At first glance, June is looking like it will be a very tough month for the Mets, who have series against the Pirates, Rangers, Cubs, Nationals, Dodgers, Giants, and Marlins.

Highlights of the 2017 home schedule include:

  • Opening Day at Citi Field, April 3 vs. the Atlanta Braves.
  • Subway Series vs. the New York Yankees, August 16-17 at Citi Field and August 14-15 at Yankee Stadium.
  • Memorial Day, May 29 vs. the Milwaukee Brewers.
  • Interleague Series at Citi Field include: the Angels (May 19-21), the A’s (July 21-23) and the Rangers (August 8-9).
  • Rematch of the 2015 NLCS vs. the Chicago Cubs, June 12-14.
  • Father’s Day, June 18 vs. the Washington Nationals.
  • Weekend Series vs. Los Angeles Dodgers, August 4-6.
  • Labor Day, September 4 vs. the Philadelphia Phillies.

Game times for the 2017 campaign will be announced in the coming weeks.

Here is the full schedule:

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Report: Matt Harvey Says His Rehab Is Going Slowly http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/09/report-matt-harvey-says-his-rehab-is-going-slowly.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/09/report-matt-harvey-says-his-rehab-is-going-slowly.html/#comments Mon, 12 Sep 2016 20:15:35 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=222766 matt harvey 2

Being the fierce competitor that he is, Matt Harvey was pestering anyone and everyone about being given the chance to get back out there on the mound even if it was to pitch just one inning at the end of the 2014 season.  However, the Mets decided to follow the prudent course, which was to wait until the 2015 season to let Harvey take the mound again.

With that in mind, it is no wonder that following surgery to remove a rib to alleviate the effects of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Harvey believes his rehabilitation is going slower than he expected.  As reported by Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News, Harvey said:

“I’m doing well, coming along,  Rehab’s a little slow but it’s coming along. I’m doing whatever the doctors say and it’s a little bit slower than I thought but I’m doing everything I can to get back on the field.”

While rehabilitation is going slower than Harvey expected, he will continue to follow medical advice.  Harvey said the time-frame for him to begin pitching again is “whatever the doctor’s say it is.”

This marks a somewhat different, and perhaps more mature Harvey. Without any timetable established yet for when he can begin baseball activities, it is unclear when Harvey will be able to begin throwing off a mound again. Given the relatively small sample size of pitchers who have had the same procedure, that’s perfectly understandable.

However, given his past history and coupled with his competitiveness, we should expect to see the Harvey of old back on the mound at some point early next season at Citi Field.

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MMO Game Recap: Nationals 4, Mets 1 http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/09/mmo-game-recap-nationals-4-mets-1-2.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/09/mmo-game-recap-nationals-4-mets-1-2.html/#comments Sat, 03 Sep 2016 02:26:28 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=221999 noah syndergaard

The Mets (69-66) were defeated by the Washington Nationals (79-55) tonight at Citi Field by a score of 4-1.

Pitching:

Noah Syndergaard toed the rubber for the Mets this evening against the rival Washington Nationals, and allowed two runs on three hits, while walking one and striking out four over the span of seven innings.

Fernando Salas pitching in his second game for the Mets pitched a clean eighth, striking out two batters in the process.

The game was 2-1 going into the ninth, but Jerry Blevins and Hansel Robles combined to let up two runs, forcing the score to 4-1.

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Offense:

The Mets faced off against A.J. Cole and were stymied, as they could muster up all but three hits.

The lone run they got came off the bat of Asdrubal Cabrera, who launched his 19th home run of the year in the fourth inning.

This would be it for the Mets offense tonight, as the Nationals thoroughly shut them down the rest of the way.

On deck:

Robert Gsellman (1-1, 3.72 ERA) takes on Tanner Roark (14-7, 2.87 ERA) tomorrow night at Citi Field. First pitch is at 7:10 PM.

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Bruce, Cabrera Homer But Mets Fall To Fish 6-4 http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/09/bruce-cabrera-homer-but-mets-fall-to-fish-6-4.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/09/bruce-cabrera-homer-but-mets-fall-to-fish-6-4.html/#comments Fri, 02 Sep 2016 02:36:27 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=221914 jacob degrom

The Mets (69-65) were defeated by the Miami Marlins (68-66) by a score of 6-4 tonight at Citi Field.

Pitching:

Jacob deGrom, starting on an extra three days of rest tonight, did not bring his A-game, allowing three runs on six hits, while walking four and striking out three.

DeGrom was seen waving for trainer Ray Ramirez to follow him into the clubhouse after leaving the game in the fifth inning. It just never ends.

Josh Smoker had a nice sixth, but surrendered a three-run bomb to Christian Yelich in the seventh to bust the game wide open.

Fernando Salas pitched the seventh in his Mets debut and looked good, tossing a clean inning in relief of Smoker.

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Offense:

The Mets had strung together some hits early, but it wasn’t until the sixth when Jay Bruce launched a solo shot to get the Mets on the board.

In the bottom of the eighth, Bruce who had struggled so mightily before this series, drove in another run, his second of the game.

The Mets looked to have some more things cooking in the eighth with the bases loaded, but couldn’t manage to get within reach of the Fish.

In the ninth inning, the white hot Asdrubal Cabrera launched his 18th homer of the year off Fernando Rodney to cut the Marlins lead down to 6-4, but it would be too little too late as the Marlins sealed the win.

On deck:

The Mets open up a three-game series against the Washington Nationals tomorrow night at Citi Field. Noah Syndergaard (12-7, 2.55 ERA) takes on A.J. Cole (0-1, 4.97 ERA). First pitch is at 7:10 PM.

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Game 1 Recap: Rivera Homers, But Mets Fall To Cards 3-2 http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/game-1-rivera-homers-but-mets-fall-to-cards-3-2.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/game-1-rivera-homers-but-mets-fall-to-cards-3-2.html/#comments Tue, 26 Jul 2016 23:36:10 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=218693 noah syndergaard

The New York Mets (52-46) were defeated by the St. Louis Cardinals (53-46) by a score of 3-2 this afternoon at Citi Field in game one of the doubleheader.

Pitching:

Noah Syndergaard got the ball for the first game of the doubleheader this afternoon at Citi Field, and turned in a decent outing, going six innings and allowing three runs on seven hits while striking out eight and walking three.

Syndergaard struck out three in the first, but surrendered the first run of the game in the second.

After three straight singles, Syndergaard’s opposite number, Carlos Martinez, dribbled one up the third base line. Syndergaard attempted to get the out at home but his throw couldn’t be handled by Rene Rivera, scoring Yadier Molina.

In the third inning, after Matt Adams walked, Jedd Gyorko hit a moon shot to left field to give St. Louis an early 3-0 lead, which would provide to be the difference maker in the game.

Hansel Robles, Jerry Blevins, and Erik Goeddel pitched the seventh, eighth and ninth respectively and kept St. Louis at bay, but it wouldn’t matter much as the Mets offense was for the most part silent yet again.

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Offense:

The Mets were able to cut the deficit to 3-2 in the fourth, when Rene Rivera hit his fourth homer of the year after Asdrubal Cabrera had been hit by a pitch.

The Mets had multiple opportunities to score, as per usual, but left 11 runners on base throughout the game, and were 0-for-5 with RISP.

In the ninth inning, Curtis Granderson singled, but was quickly doubled off as the veteran outfielder tried to tag up on a long fly out.

Well that’s that. Let’s take game two…

On deck:

Stay tuned for the second half of the doubleheader which will be starting shortly on SNY. Bartolo Colon (8-5, 3.48 ERA) toes the rubber for the Amazin’s and is opposed by Jaime Garcia (7-6, 3.98 ERA). First pitch will be twenty minutes after the final out of game one.

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New-Merical Placement at Citi Field http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/new-merical-placement-at-citi-field.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/new-merical-placement-at-citi-field.html/#comments Thu, 21 Jul 2016 20:15:16 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=218265 image

As you may have seen on Twitter, which we brought to you first at around 9am, the Mets have moved the location of their retired numbers and honor patches in preparation for the Mike Piazza number retirement ceremony next Saturday, July 30th.

Previously painted on the former LF wall turned Party City Deck turned M & M Deck, the numbers are now going to be displayed on the top of the facade in left field adjacent to the out of town scoreboard.

The move allows better visibility of the numbers for all seats in the park and also them being displayed in a higher place, signifying prominence. Previously, anyone sitting beyond the left field wall most likely could not see the display.

The Mets have been tight lipped on the move and there has been a specific front office gag order on staff to not convey details of the move or plans about the ceremony.  Construction began early this morning and completed around noon.

The Ralph Kiner Mic patch has already been removed from the Deck wall area, and the Mets plan to remove the pads that presently display 37 – 14 – 41 – 42 – SHEA before they team returns home on Monday.

The order of the numbers, as well as how they are organized, has also been changed. The change, missed by most, was predicated on a specific plan.

Previously, the numbers were displayed chronologically by order of dedication. See Below.

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Casey Stengel‘s 37 was retired back in 1965.  Gil Hodges and his 14 were immortalized in 1973 and the last Mets’ number to be retired was Tom Seaver and his 41 in 1988.  Jackie Robinson‘s 42 was then retired league wide in 1997.

After the move to Citi Field in 2009, the Mets added a Shea Commemorative patch to their honor area.  All of these were originally positioned in fair territory, and the original outfield wall padding remains. Once the fences were moved and the top of the wall was lowered in 2011, the first of two moves to make the ballpark more hitter friendly, this area became the backdrop of the Party Deck.

The new placement of the numbers also led to some slight changes to the configuration of the distinguished digits.

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All people (and objects) that were not in Mets uniform are placed over the left field wall. They are also displayed chronologically by order of dedication, from 42, to Shea, to Ralph Kiner.

As you proceed left past the corner and into foul territory, uniformed Mets players and managers are displayed. The shift in the facade by the foul pole helps distinguish between on field and off field honorees.

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Once again, they are displayed by order of when the numbers were dedicated. The NY logo is covering up the 31, which will be dedicated next Saturday. This gives the Mets more space to keep retiring numbers to the left (Insert your #17, #8,  #15 conspiracy theories where you wish.)

I have seen mixed reviews for the new placement and some unique comments.  I have been lucky enough to catch Met games at 24 Major League  stadiums, and most of the ones I have seen have their numbers displayed in higher, distinguished places such as this.  Some examples include, Boston, Atlanta, Houston, Philadelphia, Cincinnati, LA Dodgers, San Diego to name a few.

Well, Lets hear it…What do YOU think? Vote in our poll and comment.

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Mets Enjoying Highest Average Attendance Since Citi Field Debuted In 2009 http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/mets-enjoying-highest-average-attendance-since-citi-field-debuted-in-2009.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/mets-enjoying-highest-average-attendance-since-citi-field-debuted-in-2009.html/#comments Mon, 11 Jul 2016 14:48:23 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=217424 Mets fans citi

So far this season, the New York Mets are enjoying their highest average attendance since Citi Field opened in 2009.

Here is how the Mets’ average attendance has looked over the last six years during Sandy Alderson’s tenure:

2011 – 30,108  (-2,293)

2012 – 28,035  (-2,073)

2013 – 26,695   (-1,340) 

2014 – 24,860  (-1,835)

2015 – 31,725  (+6,865)

2016 – 35, 152  (+3,427)

Over the last two seasons, the Mets have enjoyed an average increase of 10.292 fans per game. The boost no doubt comes as a result of consecutive winning seasons buoyed by a young core of solid starting pitching that has fans excited again.

The 35,152 average in 2016, is actually the highest total since the debut of Citi Field in 2009 when the team drew an average of 38,941 fans per game.

Compared to last season, the Mets have averaged 3.427 more fans per game.

Attendance figures courtesy of ESPN’s MLB Attendance Tracker.

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Stanton Homers Twice As Marlins Defeat Mets 5-2 http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/stanton-homers-twice-as-marlins-defeat-mets-5-2.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/stanton-homers-twice-as-marlins-defeat-mets-5-2.html/#comments Wed, 06 Jul 2016 01:44:16 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=216841 steven matz 2

The Mets (45-38) were defeated by the Miami Marlins (43-41) by a score of 5-2 tonight at Citi Field. Thankfully, with the Nationals in line to lose against Milwaukee tonight, the Mets will remain four games out of first.

Pitching:

Steven Matz got the ball for tonight’s game, and pitched very well with the exception of just one pitch that Giancarlo Stanton promptly deposited into the left field seats.

Matz’s final line has him going seven strong innings, allowing just the two runs on Stanton’s homer, scattering six hits as well as striking out six.

Erik Goeddel came on to pitch the eighth, and let up another bomb to Stanton, who launched this one, a three-run shot, into the second deck in left field to bust the game open 5-1.

Antonio Bastardo pitched the ninth and was miraculously able to keep the deficit at 5-2. After getting into trouble, Bastardo struck out two in a row to end the inning.

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Offense:

Wei-Yin Chen who has struggled mightily this season was nothing short of outstanding tonight against the Mets, the only blemish coming on a home run from Yoenis Cespedes in the fourth inning.

Chen allowed only two more hits the rest of his outing, as he shut down the Mets offense in seven strong innings of work.

The cat with nine lives, Alejandro de Aza, hit a home run to right field off Fernando Rodney in the eighth to cut the deficit to 5-2 (It’s about time).

However, A.J. Ramos shut the door for Miami in the ninth, sealing the win for Marlins.

Third baseman Jose Reyes batted leadoff and went 0-for-4 in his return as a Met.

On deck:

The Mets will look to take the rubber game tomorrow afternoon at Citi Field, as Jacob deGrom (4-4, 2.62 ERA) takes on Justin Nicolino (2-4, 5.34 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 PM.

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MMO Players Of The Week: Cespedes and Colon Get It Done http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/mmo-players-of-the-week-cespedes-and-colon-get-it-done.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/mmo-players-of-the-week-cespedes-and-colon-get-it-done.html/#comments Tue, 05 Jul 2016 13:24:40 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=216686 MMO PLAYER OF THE WEEK

What a difference a weekend series with the N.L. best Chicago Cubs made for the Mets last week. Before starting their four-game series with the Cubs at Citi Field Thursday, the Mets were having a dreadful week, losing four in a row, including being swept by the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. The Mets were outscored 20-6 in that three-game series with their division rival, and had to witness ex-second baseman Daniel Murphy go 5-for-12 in the series, with two home runs, five RBI and four runs scored. The Mets left Washington six games back of first place in their division.

But the tides changed as soon as the Mets came back home to face the Cubs, a team that was playing 11 games over .500 before the first game against the Mets. The Amazins held on to defeat the Cubs by a score of 4-3 on both Thursday and Saturday, and brought the thunder on a stormy night Friday, totaling ten runs including five home runs. That was the fifth time in franchise history that they hit five home runs in a game, and the first since June 26, 2000.

One of the home runs belonged to rookie outfielder Brandon Nimmo, who belted his first career homer that night, and drove in three runs while batting out of the lead-off spot. Since his promotion on Sunday, Nimmo has gone 8-for-28 with one home run, four runs scored, four RBIs and a .703 OPS. His wide-eyed, happy to be here mentality has seemed to rub off on the team, as they’re playing with more fire and energy than in recent past. One can’t help but to root for the young kid, as he genuinely seems overjoyed to be playing in the majors, and fulfilling a lifelong dream. The Mets have gotten lucky the past two seasons with young outfielders, last year Michael Conforto sparked the club with his call-up, and now this year Nimmo is filling the same role.

There were quite a few deserving candidates for MMO’s Player of the Week, a far cry from recent weeks where only a select few players stood out. With that said, here as always, are your Players of the Week.

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OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: YOENIS CESPEDES

La Potencia just continues to absolutely rake, and enjoyed another strong week of production at the plate. Cespedes went 8-for-28, with four runs scored, two home runs, three R.B.I., two walks, and a slash line of .286/.333/.536. He recorded at least one hit in every game this week except the Sunday finale against the Atlanta Braves.

In the bottom of the sixth of the Mets Thursday game against the Cubs, Cespedes came to the plate with the Mets trailing 3-0 against veteran right-hander John Lackey. With the count in his favor at 2-0, Lackey left a fastball over the heart of the plate, a BIG mistake against a guy with such brute strength that Cespedes has.

Cespedes tattooed the fastball to the third deck in left field, or as Gary Cohen described, “Home run derby style into the third deck.” Even Cespedes was impressed with his own power, as the SNY cameras caught Cespedes touching home plate and saying “wow” to the on-deck batter James Loney. This put the Mets on the board and was a precursor to the Mets coming back and taking the lead in the eighth inning.

Before Sunday’s finale with the Cubs, Cespedes was batting .291/.360/.571 with 20 home runs, and 47 R.B.I.. He’s on pace to eclipse his career high in home runs, runs batted in, and walks this season. And oh by the way, that ball still hasn’t landed from Thursday night’s game.

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PITCHER OF THE WEEK: BARTOLO COLON

Bartolo Colon gets the nod for Pitcher of the Week here at MMO, as he had two strong performances this week. He took the hard luck loss against the Braves last Sunday, pitching seven inning of one run ball, giving up six hits, one walk, while striking out two. The only mistake Colon had came in the bottom of the first, when he served up a first pitch fastball that Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman belted to left-center field to put the Braves ahead early. He kept the Braves off the board the rest of the game, but the Mets couldn’t score until the ninth inning, when at that point they were already down 5-2.

“Big Sexy” pitched again on Saturday, facing a tough Cubs lineup, one in which is in the top four of several offensive categories in baseball including OPS, R.B.I., runs scored, and OBP.

This time, the Mets gave him an early 2-0 lead after Neil Walker belted a two-run home run in the bottom of the first for his 15th home run on the year. Colon was cruising through the first few frames, but then hit a snag in the top of the fourth against first baseman Anthony Rizzo. With one on and nobody out, Rizzo swatted a 1-0 two-seam fastball to deep center, near the home run apple. That tied the game at 2-2, though the Mets would retake the lead in the bottom of the frame, when Travis d’Arnaud blooped a single into shallow center and out of the reach of second baseman Javier Baez‘s outstretched hand, scoring two runs.

On the night, Colon went six innings, giving up two runs on four hits, three walks, and five strikeouts. The win gives him seven on the season, and was career win number 225 for the hefty right-hander, passing Hall of Fame members Jim Bunning and Catfish Hunter (both with 224). George Mullin is next on the list with 228 wins.

Colon has once again posted a solid season thus far, with a 7-4 record and 2.87 ERA in 17 games, 16 of them starts. He has a 1.17 WHIP, and currently has a batting average against of .260, which if the season ended today would be the lowest its been since his Cy Young winning year in 2005, when he held opponents to a .254 average as a member of the Angels.

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MMO Game Recap: Mets 4, Cubs 3 http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/mmo-game-recap-mets-4-cubs-3.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/mmo-game-recap-mets-4-cubs-3.html/#comments Sun, 03 Jul 2016 02:22:43 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=216624 Walker Neil

The New York Mets (43-37) defeated the Chicago Cubs (51-29) by a score of 4-3 tonight at Citi Field.

Offense:

The Mets got off to a quick start against Cubs ace Jake Arrieta in the first inning as Neil Walker launched his 15th homer of the year to right.

After Bartolo Colon yielded a two-run home run to Anthony Rizzo in the fourth, the Mets answered right back in the bottom half of the frame when Travis d’Arnaud scored two runs with a dunker to center field.

This would prove to be enough for the Mets, as the pitching shut down the Cubs for the rest of the night.

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Pitching:

Bartolo Colon toed the rubber for the Mets this evening, and tossed six solid innings, allowing just two runs on the aforementioned Anthony Rizzo home run, and also struck out five.

Erik Goeddel relieved Colon in the seventh and got two outs, but also yielded a home run to Ben Zobrist to cut the Mets lead to 4-3.

Jerry Blevins attempted to finish off the inning, but failed to record an out, so Addison Reed was called upon to get four outs, and luckily finished off the seventh as the third pitcher of the frame.

Jeurys Familia came on to pitch the ninth inning, and was able to keep the Cubs off the board, and in the process, recorded his 28th save of the campaign.

On deck:

The Mets will look for the series sweep tomorrow afternoon at Citi Field, with Noah Syndergaard (8-3, 2.49 ERA) taking on Jon Lester (9-3, 2.03 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 PM.

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Cespedes Blasts 466 Foot Bomb Into Citi’s Upper Deck http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/cespedes-blasts-466-foot-bomb-into-citis-upper-deck.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/cespedes-blasts-466-foot-bomb-into-citis-upper-deck.html/#comments Fri, 01 Jul 2016 13:42:25 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=216482 yoenis cespedes 2

“He made a meal out of it!”

That famous quote from the classic baseball film “The Natural” was the first thing that came to mind when I watched Yoenis Cespedes crush a solo homer into the third deck of the stands at Citi Field during Thursday’s 4-3 win against the Chicago Cubs.

Ironically, Cespedes declined an invitation to participate in the upcoming Home Run Derby competition in San Diego, but I’m certain that few if any baseballs will measure up to the titanic 466-foot homer we witnessed llast night in the bottom of the sixth inning.

It was Cespedes’ 19th home run of the season and his 36th in 129 games as a Met. As usual, Cespedes was not one for gloating and instead only hoped that Thursday’s offensive performance was the beginning of better days to come for the Mets.

“We’re obviously going through a bit of a slump as a team right now,” Cespedes said. “But that doesn’t mean that we’re not always going to go out there and give the best that we can. Things haven’t been working out for us, but we’re always going to go out there and give it everything we’ve got.”

Cespedes has won the home run derby on two occasions but felt it wouldn’t be wise to participate while he deals with a strained wrist that required a cortisone shot last week.

In case you missed it, here it is for you watch with mouths wide open…. It is the only home run ever hit into the third deck at Citi Field.

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Mets Summer Blood Drive Today at Citi Field http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/06/mets-summer-blood-drive-today-at-citi-field.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/06/mets-summer-blood-drive-today-at-citi-field.html/#comments Tue, 28 Jun 2016 16:39:24 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=216173 blood drive

The New York Mets are hosting their annual summer blood drive today at Citi Field, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm in the Foxwoods Club.

Those who donate will receive a voucher for two tickets to a select home game.

Parking is available in lot G off of 126th street, and donors can enter through the Hodges VIP gate at Citi Field.

The drive benefits the New York Blood Center, one of the largest community based, non-profit distributers of blood in the United States.  They work with hospitals that serve more than 20 million people in New York City, Long Island, the Hudson Valley as well as New Jersey and Connecticut.

NYBC’s Vice President Rob Purvis is incredibly grateful for sponsored drives like these.

“We couldn’t do what we do without organizations like the Mets.”

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Anger & Frustration: Braves Shut Down Mets 6-0 http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/06/anger-frustration-braves-shut-down-mets-6-0.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/06/anger-frustration-braves-shut-down-mets-6-0.html/#comments Sun, 19 Jun 2016 20:03:06 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=215356 jacob degrom

The New York Mets (36-32) were defeated by the Atlanta Braves (23-46) by a score of 6-0 this afternoon at Citi Field. With the loss, the Braves completed the sweep of the Mets, and have now won five in a row.

Pitching:

Jacob deGrom toed the rubber for the Mets this afternoon on his 28th birthday. Unfortunately, the righty did not have his best stuff, but still managed to trudge his way through six innings, allowing three runs on five hits, while striking out six and walking one.

DeGrom has now gone nine starts without a win, and though he did not have his A-game today, still kept the Mets in the game but was the recipient of yet another non-existent offensive showing.

The erratic Antonio Bastardo relieved deGrom in the seventh inning, and as one could expect, was ineffective yet again. Allowing two runs on two hits, including allowing a run to score via a balk. Bastardo’s ERA now stands at 4.66 for the campaign.

Hansel Robles then pitched the eighth, and despite striking out three batters in the inning, also allowed the Braves to increase their lead to 6-0.

Robles went back out for the ninth, and miraculously got through the inning without allowing another run.

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Offense: 

I wish I had something to put in this category, but there’s only so much you can elaborate upon when the Mets string together a total of one hit.

Julio Teheran carved the Mets hitters up like a Thanksgiving turkey today, allowing just the one hit, and striking out seven while not walking a batter, and throwing a complete game shutout.

Thoughts:

The Mets scored four runs this series. Four runs. Against one of the worst teams in Major League Baseball. The Braves came into Citi Field this weekend and completely silenced the Mets offense, sweeping us on our own turf. There’s two words I can use to describe the results of this series: Pathetic and Inexcusable.

You have NO EXCUSE when a team that you should easily sweep comes in and humiliates you IN FRONT OF YOUR OWN FANS. A change needs to be made. The Mets are slipping further and further out of contention in the National League East, and if the Nationals win today, the Mets will be seven games out. Seven.

I’m going to compare the Mets to the team that just swept them today, the Atlanta Braves. The Braves look like a brand new team than the one we saw several weeks ago under the reigns of Fredi Gonzalez. Since Brian Snitker has taken over as the manager of the Braves, they have looked rejuvenated and confident.

I think that Terry Collins is as much to blame for this mess the Mets are in as anybody. Despite the fact that he abuses his bullpen, and that Addison Reed and Jeurys Familia‘s arms are going to fall off by the time September comes, his in game decisions are head scratching worthy and laughable.

You want to ignite a spark in this team? A managerial change seems necessary. This isn’t just a recent problem, and you can blame it on the injuries all you want. But this has been a constant problem with the Mets offense as long as Collins has run this team. The team can’t get anything going at the plate, and it’s very concerning. It’s June, let’s turn this around now. Before it’s too late.

On deck:

The Mets are off tomorrow, but take on the Royals for a quick two game series starting Tuesday. Noah Syndergaard (7-2, 1.91 ERA) gets the ball for the opener, and will be opposed by Ian Kennedy (5-5, 4.17 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 PM.

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Topps Release 2016 First Pitch Citi Field Celebrity Cards http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/06/topps-release-2016-first-pitch-citi-field-celebrity-cards.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/06/topps-release-2016-first-pitch-citi-field-celebrity-cards.html/#comments Wed, 15 Jun 2016 17:16:06 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=214975 Breuer  Burns

Topps today released its Series 2 cards for 2016, and included in select packages are inserts of Celebrity First Pitch cards, including four done at Citi Field last year: singer Tim McGraw, late night host Jimmy Kimmel, comedian and Mets superfan Jim Breuer and actor-producer Edward Burns.

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They are available at hobby stores, retail outlets and Topps.com.

Some of the other celebs in the set are model Nina Agdal (Angels), former president George H.W. Bush (Astros), actress Lea Thompson (Dodgers) and golfer Tom Watson (Royals).

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Mets Watch Lead Evaporate As White Sox Rally, Win 6-4 http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/05/mets-watch-lead-evaporate-as-white-sox-rally-win-6-4.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/05/mets-watch-lead-evaporate-as-white-sox-rally-win-6-4.html/#comments Wed, 01 Jun 2016 02:12:28 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=213629 steven matz

The New York Mets (29-22) were defeated by the Chicago White Sox (28-25) by a score of 6-4 tonight at Citi Field.

Pitching:

Steven Matz toed the rubber for the Amazin’s tonight, and pitched very well before hitting a wall in the sixth inning, which I’m sure the young lefty wishes he had a mulligan for.

In that sixth inning, Matz let up a two-run homer to Todd Frazier, who’s fifteenth home run of the year leads the American League.

After rolling a double play shortly after the Frazier home run, Matz walked Tyler Saladino, who promptly swiped second and third base, and scored on a single from Dioner Navarro.

This would effectively end Matz’s day, being removed in favor of Jim Henderson, who luckily bailed Matz out of a jam by retiring the final batter of the inning.

The fans at Citi Field were treated to an appearance from Noah Syndergaard in the seventh inning, who threw a scoreless frame and consistently touched triple digits.

However, after the Mets held the lead the entire game, the ChiSox turned the tables in the eighth on a two-run home run from the aforementioned Tyler Saladino off of Hansel Robles.

Robles threw 30 pitches in 2/3rd’s of an inning, before Jerry Blevins was called upon to attempt to record the final out.

Blevins walked the only batter to face him, the Mets third walk of the inning, and was replaced by Logan Verrett.

Verrett allowed the third White Sox run of the inning to score, giving Chicago a 6-4 lead, but stopped the bleeding, retiring the next batter, however the damage had been done.

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Offense: 

In the first inning after Curtis Granderson singled, the White Sox failed to turn a double play. the Mets were in business to start the game.

Granderson advanced to third, and scored on a sacrifice fly from Yoenis Cespedes to plate the first run of the game.

In the second, the Mets tacked on another run via the sacrifice fly, this time off the bat of Curtis Granderson.

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In the third, Neil Walker doubled the Mets score and gave them an early, commanding 4-0 lead with his 13th home run of the year.

However, the Mets offense would remain quiet the rest of the night, as they failed to regain the lead after the White Sox rallied late.

On deck:

The Mets will look to take the rubber game tomorrow afternoon, with Jacob deGrom (3-1, 2.81 ERA) taking on Miguel Gonzalez (0-1, 4.50 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 PM.

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Join Us For Our First Annual Metsmerized Night At Citi Field! http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/05/join-us-for-our-first-annual-metsmerized-night-at-citi-field.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/05/join-us-for-our-first-annual-metsmerized-night-at-citi-field.html/#comments Fri, 27 May 2016 20:02:44 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=213096 yoenis cespedes michael conforto

Hey Mets fans and in particular all of you who are a part of our amazing Metsmerized Community. I have some great news – so hold on to your blue Mets caps. We are very pleased to announce our…

FIRST ANNUAL METSMERIZED NIGHT

AT CITI FIELD!

The New York Mets have graciously agreed to setup a special night for MMO fans to come to Citi Field on September 20 to root for our beloved hometown team.

It will be a great time for all and an opportunity to meet and greet many of the writers, editors, readers and commenters that make Metsmerized Online the best Mets Fan Community on the web!

The Mets were kind enough to set up a special page to purchase tickets at:

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TICKETS ARE ONLY $17.00 BUT VERY LIMITED!

Only 250 tickets are available for purchase, so we encourage you to buy your tickets now before they run out. We hope you’ll join us and enjoy the game with fellow members of the Metsmerized community as the Mets will take on the Atlanta Braves.

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Here are the full details:

What: First Annual Metsmerized Night

Event: New York Mets vs Atlanta Braves

Where: Citi Field, Flushing, NY

Seating: Budweiser Landing

When: September 20, 2016

Time: 7:10 PM Eastern Time

Price: $17.00 per ticket

Go to Mets.com/metsmerized and get your tickets now before they run out. See you there and… LETS GO METS!

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Living With G(no)me Regrets? We Can Help…. http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/05/living-with-gnome-regrets-we-can-help.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/05/living-with-gnome-regrets-we-can-help.html/#comments Mon, 02 May 2016 17:42:35 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=210948 thore gnome syndergaard

Mets Fans Express Disdain for Promo Guidelines

Admonish: (Verb) to caution, advise, or counsel against something

I tried my best.  I can look back on that day and say I tried my best to warn everyone I could to get there early.  Anyone I knew that was going to a game I let them know that in order to secure yourself a Noah Syndergaard Garden Gnome, you need to be in line when the gates open.

Some of you listened. Others, well, are reading this article now hoping for a second chance.

My family and I (four of us total), left our house at noon.  We packed the car and departed four hours before the game’s scheduled start time. Upon our arrival at approximately 1:00 pm, to our dismay, this was the view we had when walking down the steps at the Mets-Willets Point subway stop.

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Luckily, as a season ticket holder, I am allowed early access to the ballpark on weekend games.  Season ticket holders with plans of 40 games and up can enter Citi Field at the Rotunda 30 minutes before other fans.  A line formed towards the middle of the rotunda adjacent to the Shea Apple.

When the gates opened, exclusively for our line, a dash ensued reminiscent of a Black Friday scene.  Anyone not in our line started migrating toward the front of our queue.  In the chaos, my six year old son was knocked down quite hard.  His hat fell off and he hit his head on the cement.

He is a tough kid. He has to be. Growing up with the Mets teams of 2010-2014 he has learned how to take a hit, both metaphorical and physical.  He got up, dusted himself off and reapplied his teams lid that he wears daily with pride.

The most amazing part of this story, is that the large woman that knocked him down looked back, saw him tumble, but just kept charging towards the gate.  No acknowledgement, no words exchanged, no assistance offered.  My oldest son looks at me and simply says “That was not very nice.”  Precisely.

After watching grown men scuffle with security guards and ticket agents coming on the scene to quell the brewing storm, my family and I made it in.  Gnome’s in hand, we went out to Kiddie Field so my boys could run around before the lines got too intolerable.  We ran into my ticket rep and friend that I have known for a decade.

To her credit as well as the Mets, she told me they were reviewing the entry procedures to make it more smooth for early access.  I proposed signs and a roped area where tickets were checked upon entry or even a separate entrance.  She assured me that all these things were already being reviewed.

While reviewing social media rants regarding the exhaustion of the Gnome supply,  my wife and I had an idea.

We went back down to the Rotunda to witness the scene.  It was not a great moment for humanity.  A record regular season crowd would leave over 2/3 of the group Gnomeless and agitated.  I explained the situation to my sons best I could as their combined age is ten, and instructed them to take one of our Gnomes and give it to any boy or girl that they want to make them feel happy.

After five minutes of deliberation that rivaled a grand jury, my boys picked a six year old who was crying in the rotunda.  They walked up to the boy and his dad to explain that we had an extra.  They handed it over and the boys face lit up like he just saw Santa Claus.  The father was extremely thankful offering fifty dollars, shirts for the kids, beers for me.  I just told him to pay it forward.  The kids learned a valuable lesson about tithing and giving back and not letting the actions of others impact you or change your day.

I want to continue to give.  So If you made it all they way to the bottom of this article you are now eligible for a free Gnome from ME.  Here’s how to get it…

Step 1: Follow @Metsmerized on Twitter (you probably already do)

Step 2: Retweet this article

Step 3: Follow me @theteacherchris

I will pick a random winner the next time a Met hits a home run.  As soon as the Met crosses the plate, check your DM’s.  Because you could be the winner… Good Luck to you all!

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Walker Crushes His MLB Leading Ninth Home Run http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/04/walker-crushes-his-mlb-leading-ninth-home-run.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/04/walker-crushes-his-mlb-leading-ninth-home-run.html/#comments Thu, 28 Apr 2016 14:00:34 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=210652 neil walker 9

Wow… I’m not one of those bloggers who jumps up and down and says “Ooooh! Ooooh! I was right!” whenever something I strongly advocated for proves to be hugely successful. Mostly because I’m wrong just as often as I’m right.

But even in my wildest dreams did I ever expect Neil Walker to burst out of the gate the way he has since replacing Daniel Murphy at second base for the New York Mets. I’m just as stunned by his incredible power display as you are.

I had a great fear that giving a four year deal to Ben Zobrist would have led to disastrous consequences for the New York Mets, and it wasn’t just about an age-related decline. When the news broke that the Chicago Cubs had swooped in at the last minute and signed Zobrist right as the Mets were getting set to make a huge announcement – I stood up and applauded. I didn’t care that for 24 hours the Mets were left with egg on their face, the Cubs spared them from making a colossal mistake.

My guy all along was Neil Walker.

For one, he was a one-year stopgap until Dilson Herrera was ready to take over in 2017. Secondly, not only do we gain a pick by not bringing back Daniel Murphy, but I argued that we could make Walker a qualifying offer after the 2016 season and gain a second first round pick for the 2017 draft. Third, Walker could have a huge season in his walk-year, but most of all, the switch-hitter was a better fit, upgraded our defense, and gave us more power.

Last night, during the Mets 5-2 win over the Reds, Neil Walker blasted his ninth home run of the season and is now tied with Bryce Harper of the Nationals for the major league lead. In the process, the Mets won their sixth consecutive game, and Walker had a huge hand in four of those contests.

 

“I don’t know what to tell you,” Walker said after the game. “Maybe it’s my age. Maybe I’m carrying more weight in my body — I’m not — but I really don’t know. I don’t feel any different. I’m not approaching my at-bats any different. I’m just trying to be aggressive especially with fastballs and just trying to stay on them and hit strikes.” (NY Post)

Walker’s mighty clout came on a 2-0 fastball by Cincinnati’s Jon Moscot in the third inning, and it was a no-doubter… you knew was gone as soon as he made contact.

It made Walker the fourth Mets player in franchise history to hit nine homers in April, joining Dave Kingman (1976), Carlos Delgado (2006) and John Buck (2013). John Buck? :-)

Walker has now walloped eight home runs over his last 12 games, 10 of which were victories for the Mets. He now has 16 RBI this month, also a career high, easily besting his previous best of 11 RBI in 2014.

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“A change of scenery can make a lot of difference once in a while,” said Terry Collins after the game. “Right now he’s swinging great, seeing the ball good and he’s putting good swings on certain pitches and doing damage.”

The new Mets second base man emphasized something important when asked about his home run.

“I’m seeing the ball well, I’m barreling balls up. They’re not singles, they’re turning into balls in the seats. It’s obviously been a good April. More than that, at-bats like my first one today — I was able to drive a runner in from second with two outs — are important, too.”

Situational hitting. Perhaps the team’s most significant shortcoming so far this season. I’m confident the Mets will get better in that area, but I liked that Walker pointed out the significance of getting those runners in from scoring position. We need to start seeing more of that.

But getting back to Walker, wow, what a score… It’s like striking gold. Thanks, Sandy.

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Featured Article: David Wright Is Still A Star http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/04/featured-article-david-wright-is-still-a-star.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/04/featured-article-david-wright-is-still-a-star.html/#comments Wed, 20 Apr 2016 18:36:21 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=210064 David, Wright

Since David Wright has put on a uniform, he has been a great player. He has become the face of the franchise, if not all of baseball. We’ve seen him overcome all obstacles. He overcame the original inane Citi Field outfield configuration. He overcame a broken back. He’s overcome bad players and managers. Through all of it Wright has produced like a borderline Hall of Famer.

Wright has been facing his toughest test with his battle with spinal stenosis. So far, he’s handled that the same way he’s always faced adversity.

When Wright first came off the DL, he homered in his first at bat. He would hit .277/.381/.437 with four homers and 13 RBI in 30 games. He would then hit the first ever World Series home run in Citi Field history:

Despite all of what Wright has overcome, and despite what he has done while playing with the spinal stenosis, he still has his doubters. After an admittedly rough Opening Day, writers like Buster Olney were beginning to write the postmortem for Wright’s career. Articles like these were as premature as they were wrong.

So far this year, the Mets third baseman has reached base in each and every game he has played. He’s shown a good eye at the plate drawing a walk in all but two games. By the way, in the two games he didn’t draw a walk, he had multiple hit games. So far this year, he’s hitting .289/.426/.526. His career line is .298/.377/.493. Last night, we also got to see him hitting the ball to the opposite field with authority, which has always been a David Wright staple:

As Terry Collins would tell you, he’s not in the least surprised. Furthermore, he believes that no one should be surprised at what David Wright is doing. As Collins said in the postgame press conference, “Star players should never surprise you with what they can do.”

Yes, David Wright is still a star, and no, no one should be surprised at what we’re seeing. Wright has been doing this his entire career, and he will continue to do so.

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