Mets Merized Online » Jayson Werth http://metsmerizedonline.com Sat, 14 Jan 2017 17:30:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.17 Familia Falters, But Mets Stand Their Ground In Wild Card Hunt http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/09/familia-falters-but-mets-stand-their-ground-in-wild-card-hunt.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/09/familia-falters-but-mets-stand-their-ground-in-wild-card-hunt.html/#comments Wed, 14 Sep 2016 10:18:29 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=222867 jeurys familia

Daniel Murphy started a ninth inning rally for the Nationals, but destiny was on the barrel of rookie T.J. Rivera’s bat, as he launched a tie breaking solo shot in the top of the 10th to keep the Mets in sole possession of the second wild card spot.

The native New Yorker accounted for three of the Mets four runs and since being summoned from Sin City, the Pacific Coast League Batting Champion is hitting a team high .333.

Noah Syndergaard, sporting an impressive 1.06 in his last five starts, got robbed of his 14th win when Jeurys Familia unraveled in the bottom of the ninth.  Murphy, the bane of Terry Collins’ ball club, beat out a sharp single to Asdrubal Cabrera, scoring on a base hit by Anthony Rendon.

After Jose Reyes botched a throw on Bryce Harper’s ground ball, Familia failed to corral a Wilson Ramos comebacker, which brought Rendon home with the tying run.   Pinch hitter Clint Robinson then laced a hard liner to Rivera at second base, allowing the Mets to double up Ramos at first to send the game into overtime.

In the top of the 10th, Fernando Salas recorded the first two outs before surrendering a bloop single to Jayson Werth, forcing Collins to make an emergency call to the bullpen. Jerry Blevins, facing Daniel Murphy, ran the count to 3-2, then fittingly, struck him out on a wicked breaking pitch.

It’s a shame that Syndergaard didn’t secure the well-deserved victory after seven solid innings of one-run four-hit ball.  But his 10 strikeouts brought him to 205 for the season, making him the fifth Mets pitcher to surpass 200 by the age of 24 or younger.  Not too bad of a consolation prize to become a member of a club that includes Jon Matlack, Sid Fernandez, Dwight Gooden and Tom “Terrific” Seaver.

The Mets have won eight of their last 10 and are 17-6 over their last 23 games. All in all, the Mets seized a much needed win (they’re all much needed wins now, right?) and stood their ground in the wild card standings despite a St. Louis Cardinals victory.

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Mets Suffer Heavy Losses In 3-1 Defeat To Nats http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/mets-suffer-heavy-losses-in-3-1-defeat-to-nats.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/mets-suffer-heavy-losses-in-3-1-defeat-to-nats.html/#comments Sat, 09 Jul 2016 03:34:30 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=217200 noah syndergaard

The New York Mets (47-38) were defeated by the Washington Nationals (52-36) by a score of 3-1 at Citi Field Friday evening. The Mets now fall to 4 games back of the Nationals for the division lead.

Pitching:

Noah Syndergaard was on the hill tonight and he was a little shaky.  After the game was delayed due to rain, Syndergaard seemed to uncharacteristically struggle with his control at times.  He was eventually removed from the game with what appeared to be some sort of arm discomfort.  Syndergaard pitched 4.2 innings, allowing three runs on three hits, walking three, and striking out five.

After a dominant first inning, Syndergaard got stung a bit in the top of the second.   Following a Wilson Ramos single, Clint Robinson crushed his fifth home run of the year over the right field wall giving the Nats the early 2-0 lead.  It was Robinson’s second home run in as many days against the Mets.

In the top of the third, Jayson Werth singled on a line drive to center field.  Daniel Murphy was next and he would not disappoint.  Murphy crushed a double into the gap to score Jayson Werth and give the Nats the 3-0 lead.  To make matters worse, Cespedes pulled up lame on the play jumping to get the ball and landing awkwardly. It resulted in him being removed from the game.

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Seth Lugo replaced the Nordic God of Thunder and did a real nice job.  Lugo pitched two scoreless innings keeping the Mets in the game.

Jerry Blevins came in to face one batter in the bottom of the seventh and struck out his man.  Blevins came back out again in the top of the eighth and pitched a real nice scoreless inning. He struck out three hitters on the night.

Erik Goeddel came in and pitched a scoreless ninth.

Offense: 

Stephen Strasburg was on the mound for the Nats and he was cooking tonight.  The Mets offense had come into this game red hot but seemingly ran into a buzz saw.   Strasburg coolly carried a no-hitter into the fifth inning.

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In the top of the fifth, Asdrubal Cabrera lead off with his 12th home run of the year to cut the score to 3-1.  Brandon Nimmo would follow Cabrera with a single to left field.  Strasburg would get himself under control and not allow another hit again through seven.  Strasburg went seven innings allowing only two hits and striking out nine.

As soon as Strasburg was finally out of the game, the Mets offense appeared to get going again.  Wilmer Flores, who wasn’t in the starting lineup again, led off the bottom of the eighth inning with a ground rule double off right-hander Shawn Kelley to get things started.

Jose Reyes followed with a single putting runners at the corners with nobody out.  Dusty Baker went to Oliver Perez to get Curtis Granderson and Perez got his man to pop up for the first out of the inning.  Baker again made a switch, this time going to Blake Treinen.  Treinen ended the threat, getting Juan Lagares to hit into a inning ending double play.  Ugh!

Jonathan Papelbon made quick work of the Mets in the ninth, recording his 18th save.

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Notes:

Noah Syndergaard was removed from the game in the fourth inning in what is now being called arm fatigue.  Noah Syndergaard’s All-Star start may now be in jeopardy.

Yoenis Cespedes was removed from the game with an apparent quad injury.  Yoenis Cespedes’s All-Star start may now be in jeopardy.

Matt Harvey announced he will undergo season ending Thoracic Outlet Syndrome surgery today.

Bartolo Colon was added to the All-Star roster, replacing Madison Bumgarner.

On Deck: 

The Mets will play their third game of a four game series with the Washington Nationals tomorrow night at Citi Field. The game has a start time of 7:15 PM.  Logan Verrett (3-5, 4.01 ERA) will look to get the Mets back on track against right hander Max Scherzer (9-6 3.21 ERA).

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Magic Number 19: Unbelievable Mets Erase 7-1 Deficit to Beat Nationals 8-7! http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/09/magic-number-19-unbelievable-mets-erase-7-1-deficit-to-beat-nationals-8-7.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/09/magic-number-19-unbelievable-mets-erase-7-1-deficit-to-beat-nationals-8-7.html/#comments Wed, 09 Sep 2015 02:54:05 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=192930 mets win

The Mets (77-61) stunned the Nationals (71-67) by a score of 8-7 Tuesday night in D.C.

Pitching:

Matt Harvey got slammed for 7 earned runs in 5.1 innings tonight amidst the infamous pitch count controversy, or “inning-gate” as I hope nobody will ever call it. He allowed 8 hits and walked 2 while striking out 6. He left the game losing 7-1 and was in line for the loss until the Mets rallied in the top of the 7th to bail him out for the no decision. He was not helped in the 6th inning when, with the bases loaded, Michael Taylor singled up the middle. Cespedes charged in from center field with the intention of throwing someone out at the plate, but the ball got by him for a little league inside-the-park grand slam. Despite this, it was still a rough night for the Dark Knight.

Harvey was relieved by Erik Goeddel who pitched well, going 2/3 of an inning and striking out 2 while allowing a harmless double to Jayson Werth.

Addison Reed pitched extremely well again, tossing one inning whilst allowing a hit and striking out 2. He continues to be a fantastic pickup made by Sandy via trade waivers.

Former National Tyler Clippard game in and pitched the 8th inning after the Mets took a 8-7 lead. He blew away his former team, pitching a perfect inning and striking out two to preserve the lead.

As expected, the ball was entrusted to closer Jeurys Familia with an 8-7 lead in the 9th. After getting ahead 0-2 on Jayson Werth, he singled to center off a 91mph slider. After falling behind 3-1 against Anthony Rendon who was showing bunt the whole time, Rendon put down a hard bunt to Lucas Duda who spun around and threw a strike to second base to get the lead runner. This brought Bryce Harper to the plate, who Familia walked on a full count sinker inside. This put the tying run on second base with one out.

Yunel Escobar then stepped into the batting box, who took a giant hack at the first pitch, a 96 mph sinker, but whiffed for strike one. He then fouled off a 98 mph sinker for strike two. Then, a sinker was hit to the Captain at third who tossed it to Murphy at second base, then on to Duda at first for the double play to end the ballgame. Wow.

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Offense:

The Mets scored their first run in the 2nd inning when David Wright demolished a home run down the left field line on a 3-2 pitch from Nats starter Jordan Zimmermann.

All was quiet before the 7th inning, which was extremely eventful. Facing new pitcher Blake Treinen, David Wright led off the inning with a single to right field. Two outs were quickly recorded via a Lucas Duda flyout and a Travis d’Arnaud popup to shortstop, however despite there being two outs, the inning was not close to being over.

Michael Conforto drew a walk, and soon after Wilmer Flores singled up the middle to score Wright and move Conforto to third base. The Mets brought in Kelly Johnson to pinch hit, and the Nationals countered by bringing in lefty Felipe Rivero. The Mets then countered again, pinch hitting for Johnson with Juan Uribe, who walked. Then, with the bases loaded, Curtis Granderson drew a walk to score a run, slimming the deficit to 7-3.

Drew Storen was brought in to pitch to Yoenis Cespedes with the bases loaded… Lucky him… Yoenis Cespedes once again came up HUGE, driving a bases-clearing double down the left field line to make it a 7-6 game.

Daniel Murphy then walked to put runners on first and second, bringing David Wright to the plate. A wild pitch moved both runners up, and David Wright was walked to fill the bases. Lucas Duda was then walked with the bases loaded to tie the game at 7, the second bases loaded walk of the inning. As Ron Darling said, “There isn’t a tent big enough for the circus of an inning Washington is having.” Travis d’Arnaud then lined out to Harper in right field to end the inning.

In the 8th inning, the Nationals brought in closer Jonathan Papelbon to keep the game tied. He got 2 quick outs, but then Kirk Nieuwenhuis pinch hit for Addison Reed. He blasted a solo home run far over the right field wall to give the Mets a 8-7 lead that would last for the rest of the night. Wow.

Notes:

I haven’t stopped smiling since the 7th inning. Going into that inning, I was bracing for an excruciating loss which would all be blamed on Harvey being distracting by the innings cap, Boras, etc. Despite the deficit, the Mets erased all doubts in my mind with a 6-run inning. Not only did that give me confidence the Mets would win the game, it gave me confidence that they will win for the rest of the season.

Face it folks, this is not the same Mets that failed in 2007. This team has better pitching and an arguably better offense, and they are in it to win it. They put another nail in Washington’s coffin this evening, lowering the magic number to 19!!

On Deck:

The Mets will send ace Jacob deGrom (12-7, 2.40 ERA) to the mound against Nationals’ starter Stephen Strasburg (8-6, 4.35 ERA) wednesday night at 7:05pm in Nationals Park.

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2013 MMO Awards (Part 1): Wright Gets Top Honors, But Plenty Of Love To Go Around http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/10/2013-mmo-awards-part-1-wright-gets-top-honors-but-plenty-of-love-to-go-around.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/10/2013-mmo-awards-part-1-wright-gets-top-honors-but-plenty-of-love-to-go-around.html/#comments Mon, 21 Oct 2013 18:46:45 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=131455 wright bat

Most Valuable Player Award – David Wright

There is little contest to oppose David Wright as team MVP. Harvey put up ridiculous numbers in his sophomore season, but Wright helped the Mets every day while Harvey only helped every 5th day.

With a .307 BA, a .390 OBP and a SLG of .514, there is no question that David was the most prominent offensive force the Mets had. It is hard to judge him on his RBIs considering the team often did not put any RISP on for him, but the 95 times he came to the plate with RISP, he drove in 31 runs at a .284 clip.

He hit a respectable 17 home runs, including two memorable ones: one to tie the first game of the Subway Series in May and one to tie the game in the top of the 9th off of Craig Kimbrel at Turner Field (the Mets would go on to win that one in extras). As for the defensive side, he arguably had another gold glove caliber season, which, when paired with his offense, earned him the starting spot at third in the All Star Game.

Despite the injury that took away nearly two months of his playing time, Wright had another solid season at the hot corner and at the plate, earning him the title of MMO’s 2013 Mets MVP. (Steph)

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Least Valuable Player Award – Ruben Tejada 

“The saddest thing in life is wasted talent.” – Robert DeNiro in A Bronx Tale

That quote pretty much sums up how Mets management and the fans view Tejada, fairly or unfairly. Granted we’re not privy to the inner workings of the team but you can gather with fairly good assurance that Tejada isn’t above Sandy Alderson’s performance line – the barometer he places each player on with those above the line being keepers and those below the line being, well, you know.

Tejada came unto the scene in 2012 and showed promise at the plate and even moreso defensively. His follow up year in 2013 was a complete reversal and marred by his lack of preparation and desire to improve, two things that didn’t sit well with anyone in the organization.

It’s safe to say that Ruben Tejada may have successfully played his way off the largest stage in all sports, out of a lineup and a team that decided to use a 30-something journeyman shortstop for the majority of the season rather than call up Tejada. Great job Ruben here’s to you, the Least Valuable Player for 2013.  (Joe S.)

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Catch A Rising Star Award – Zack Wheeler

Zack Wheeler made his long anticipated major league debut and suffice it to say he did not disappoint. The young fireballer ended his season with a 7-5 record and a 3.42 ERA, while flashing plenty of the potential that led the Mets to trade Carlos Beltran for him in the first place. From his first start, when he held the Braves scoreless while striking out seven, to his start on July 30 when he flirted with a no-hitter for six innings against the Marlins, Wheeler showed what he could do with that vaunted 98 mph fastball. The kid certainly earns our Rising Star Award along with the caveat it carries that the best is yet to come. (Joe D.)

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Falling Star Award – Ike Davis

Oh, where to begin. Ike struggled (to say the least) this year, including a remarkably lousy .161 clip before his highly-publicized demotion to AAA Las Vegas. He salvaged his season by hitting .286 in the second half, but still ended the season at a very disappointing .205. His nine home runs didn’t do much to boost the stat line either. The real question, and one that’s not so easy to answer, is if Davis still has any role with this team? Who would have thunk that a year ago? (Rob C.)

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Mr. Personality Award – Justin Turner

Justin Turner was indispensable for the Mets this year — who else would hit people in the face with shaving cream pies? Although his highlight of the year might have been nailing Martino in the face with a pie, Turner can play multiple infield positions and handle a defensive replacement in the outfield in a pinch, so the Mets kept him around. The world of #MetsTwitter held a grudge against Justin Turner all throughout the year, giving him the moniker “Trollner”, for his inability to get hits in big spots and for taking away starts from the younger players. I’m very mixed on Turner myself — I know he’s a good guy and appreciated in the clubhouse, but his production could certainly leave a lot to be desired. (Satish)

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Bah, Humbug Award – Frank Francisco

Even though he was not even with the team until mid-September, even the mention of his name could bring anybody’s mood down a bit. Classless and crude, Frank Francisco probably dislikes the fans just as much as we dislike him. Not only did he hurt the team in the standings, but he most likely also hurt it mentally. When he’s not flipping coolers, he’s blowing games, hitting batters and causing unnecessary tension. He had some testy moments, particularly on September 12th when he drilled Jayson Werth on a 3-0 count in the midst of a 7-2 loss. The entire Nationals team thought it was intentional, and the only ones who commented on it being unintentional were Frank Franc himself and his manager, so you make the judgement call on that one. If there’s a Met that I’ll miss the least come next year, it’s Frank Francisco. (Steph)

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Whole Lotta Glove Award – Juan Lagares

Juan Lagares was one of the most unexpected yet extremely pleasant surprises of 2013. By far the best defensive player in the outfield this season (which was supposed to be the worst outfield in baseball history!!!), Lagares not only led the majors in August in defensive runs saved with 12, but he finished the year with a Mets-rookie-record 15 outfield assists. He only made 5 errors, which is tremendous for a rookie in such a demanding position as center field. Not only was his ability to read the ball off the bat above average, but the jumps he got and his ability to track the ball down with fluidity made him such a joy to watch; not to mention his cannon for an arm. If he can develop his hitting, we may just be looking at an emerging star. (Steph)

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What’s Glove Got To Do With It Award – Lucas Duda

Lucas Duda, he with the iron glove. I used to view Duda as a beast at the plate with the potential to mash 30 home runs — but now he seems more interested in drawing 100 walks. With the great players, they are not separate goals — but Duda seems to be a one or the other type of guy. His offense was clearly his claim to fame, as the Mets struggled to find a place for him defensively that wouldn’t hurt them too much. Duda still has a lot of value offensively as someone who can get on base at a high clip and still crush a few occasional home runs, so the Mets will stick him at first base. Or maybe not? I was on that bandwagon that believed in Ike Davis, so what do I know?  (Satish)

Stay tuned for Part 2 of our 2013 MMO Awards which will be posted on Tuesday!

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Boras Targeting $100 Million For Choo This Winter http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/09/boras-targeting-100-million-for-choo-this-winter.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/09/boras-targeting-100-million-for-choo-this-winter.html/#comments Thu, 26 Sep 2013 13:07:43 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=130054 shin-soo choo

MLB Trade Rumors posted some new information regarding pending free agent Shin-Soo Choo who has been connected to the Mets by various MLB executives in recent weeks.

On of those baseball executives told Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, Choo could fetch as much as $90-$100 million on the open market this winter. Shockingly, Choo’s agent, Scott Boras, believes that figure to be too low.

“As a custom of the industry, prognostications by executives this time of year are dramatically divergent from the real market,” Boras told Heyman. “I don’t think anyone correctly predicted what Jayson Werth or Carl Crawford got.”

MLBTR also reports that Heyman checked in with three other execs who were asked to guesstimate what Choo will likely sign for this offseason. Two of them said $75 Million while the other surmised a four-year deal worth $56 million.

If Choo’s next deal is worth $100MM or more, says MLBTR, it would be more than just surprising, it would be historical.

“Of the 43 players that have received nine-figure deals, only six - Werth, Zack GreinkeRyan ZimmermanMike HamptonMark Teixeira and Carlos Beltran - had just one All-Star selection before putting pen to paper.  Choo, meanwhile, has never made an All-Star team.”

Last week, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer ventured that Choo’s strong season should put agent Scott Boras in a position to ask for at least a four-year, $60 million contract. Many thought that was a starting point and not an ending point.

Heyman has linked Choo to the New York Mets on several occasions believing that the outfielder “fits the bill” for what the team need this winter.

That said, many of Choo’s teammates have been lobbying Choo to re-sign with the Reds and GM Walt Jocketty said he’s committed to retaining him and plans to engage Boras in negotiations after the season. Choo has also expressed a desire to stay and has become a fan favorite in Cincy.

(Hat tip to Vin for the link)

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Frank Francisco Suffers Thumb Injury http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/09/frank-francisco-suffers-thumb-injury.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/09/frank-francisco-suffers-thumb-injury.html/#comments Sat, 14 Sep 2013 23:20:11 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=129281 frank francisco closer

Frank Francisco was removed from the first game of today’s doubleheader after injuring his right thumb on a hard come-backer off the bat of Logan Morrison. Christian Yelich scored on the play.

David Aardsma replaced Francisco with a runner on second base and two outs in the eighth inning.

Terry Collins said there was significant swelling.

Francisco has a 10.13 ERA since the Mets decided to activate him for the last 21 games of the season.

The Mets were upset with Francisco’s work ethic during his rehab and his undermining of Jenrry Mejia. Against the Nationals on Wednesday, Francisco threw at Jayson Werth which led to some heated remarks from both sides.

The righthanded reliever was Sandy Alderson’s highest priced acquisition at $12 million for two seasons, and it’s safe to say he’s been a bust. The pitch to Morrison was likely his last as a Met.

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Classless Frank Francisco Needs To Go http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/09/classless-frank-francisco-needs-to-go.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/09/classless-frank-francisco-needs-to-go.html/#comments Fri, 13 Sep 2013 15:21:13 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=129186 jayson werth

Gary Cohen: Why would Francisco throw at Jayson Werth?

Ron Darling: Because he’s a fool, that’s why.

The New York Mets brought back Frank Francisco from oblivion this season because their bullpen was depleted, but also in the off chance somebody might be desperate enough to trade for him.

After his despicable display Thursday afternoon at Citi Field, any team wanting him would not only be desperate, but stupid as well.

With the game in the balance in the eighth inning and behind 3-0 in the count, Francisco drilled Jayson Werth in the back after giving up back-to-back doubles to Denard Span and Ryan Zimmerman. It was obvious; Francisco was in trouble and wanted his pound of flesh.

Of course, Francisco later said it was unintentional and he was “obviously all over the place,’’ but the Nationals weren’t buying. Players know, and Werth took out Ruben Tejada with an aggressive slide that could have broken the shortstop’s ankle.

Werth, obviously, was sending his own message.

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The retiring Davey Johnson, who likely managed his last game in New York, told reporters after the 7-2 victory, “it’s a good thing we don’t play them again.’’

There’s no misunderstanding what that meant.

Teams remember, and Terry Collins should have done something to diffuse the situation – and perhaps any future clash – by immediately pulling Francisco. In doing so, Collins would have been telling the Nationals, “I understand Francisco is an idiot and I’m getting him out of here.’’

It should have been his last pitch with the Mets. Clearly, nobody would want Francisco now, and if Collins is about sending messages to his rookies about playing the game the right way, this would have been the perfect opportunity.

If the Mets were upset with Francisco’s work ethic in his rehab and his undermining of Jenrry Mejia, then this bush league act should not be tolerated, not if the Mets want to be considered a classy organization. It was a thuggish act by Francisco with no place in the game. I don’t care if they owe him money, get him out of here.

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Mets Fall Apart Late, Lose 6-5 To Nationals http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/09/mets-fall-apart-late-lose-6-5-to-nationals.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/09/mets-fall-apart-late-lose-6-5-to-nationals.html/#comments Mon, 02 Sep 2013 04:27:34 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=128406 den dekkerThe Mets (62-73) lost to the Nationals (69-67) by a score of 6-5 Sunday night at Nationals Park.

Jon Niese took the hill against Ross Ohlendorf as the Mets sought to sweep Washington on the road. Jon was handed a 2-0 lead before throwing a pitch thanks to Daniel Murphy’s RBI double and an RBI single from Lucas Duda. Matt den Dekker padded the lead in the top of the 2nd with his first MLB homer, and the Mets looked like they could be on their way to their fourth straight win with an early 3-0 lead.

After a good start to the game, Niese quickly lost his edge as the game progressed. The Nats fought back to make it a close game, with some help from former Met Scott Hairston. Niese finished up with two earned runs on ten hits and two walks in 5.2 innings of work. He left the game with a cramp.

The Mets added some insurance in the fifth and seventh innings with a pair of RBI hits by Murphy and Duda to put them up 5-2.

Then the wheels would come off for the Mets.

The Nats got a run in the seventh off Scott Atchison and three in the eighth off Gonzalez Germen — two of which were charged to Scott Rice. Germen ended up taking the loss as the Mets were unable to mount a comeback off of Rafael Soriano in the ninth. Erik Davis got the win for Washington.

It all happened so quickly — the Mets were definitively in control and six outs away from victory…and in a flash, we were down a run and Rafael Soriano was shutting down our offense for a save.

Despite the horrible end to tonight’s game, the Mets actually looked pretty good. Young and Murphy each had a pair of hits at the top of the lineup, Satin hit a couple of rockets, Duda was seeing the ball well, and even Travis d’Arnaud — who went 0-for-4 – cracked a shot to right which would have easily gone for extra bases if Jayson Werth hadn’t made a very nice play. At the bottom of the lineup, Matt den Dekker showed that his fantastic defense is not all he has to offer, hitting his first major league home run off Ohlendorf.

Omar Quintanilla has been awful lately. Q made a horrible play in the 8th, throwing a ball that had no chance of reaching Duda in time, ultimately allowing the tying run to score. Ruben Tejada will be up in a few days, and once Ruben is called up, I think we will have seen the end of Omar.

It wouldn’t be a Mets game without a health scare, but it seems like Jon Niese will be fine after leaving early with a cramp. And Scott Rice’s left arm is officially one month away from somehow surviving an abusive rookie season.

So overall, we ended up with yet another loss, but as we continue to evaluate some of the newer guys on the roster as we play out the string, it appears that the Mets have a few unexpected pieces who will be of use going forward.

Daisuke Matsuzaka (0-2, 8.68 ERA) takes the ball against Paul Maholm (9-10, 4.37 ERA) in Atlanta at 1:10 PM tomorrow as the Mets face off against the Braves in a Monday Matinée.

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And The NL Comeback Player of the Year Is… Too Close To Call… http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/08/and-the-nl-comeback-player-of-the-year-is-too-close-to-call.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/08/and-the-nl-comeback-player-of-the-year-is-too-close-to-call.html/#comments Wed, 21 Aug 2013 17:00:10 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=127603 marlon byrd homers

BYRD CELEBRATES HOME RUN NO. 21

Marlon Byrd walloped his 21st home run of the year on Tuesday and setting a new career high for the 35-year old journeyman who has delivered an unexpected solid season for the Mets. Signed solely as a favor to his agent who pleaded with the Mets to take a chance on him, Byrd has repaid the Mets in spades and has exceeded all expectations. As I mentioned in an earlier post, he leads the team in home runs and 70 RBIs.

Byrd has appreciated the opportunity the Mets gave him and is thankful for how things have fallen into place for him. He credits hard work and a determination to wipe away his PED suspension and start off with a clean slate. It has been a hard-earned and memorable season for him thus far. Terry Collins calls it a great story.

“He was bound and determined to put that behind him and try to move forward,” Terry Collins said. “We brought him to spring training and he’s truly, absolutely saved us. I say every good team has to have a great story and a surprise, and he’s it.”

Of course the thought of possibly winning the NL Comeback Player of the Year has now entered the minds of many, but Byrd isn’t the only one having a remarkable comeback in 2013. Doug Miller of MLB.com does a nice job of sizing up the competition last week:

  • Chase Utley, Phillies: The perennial All-Star second baseman’s 2011 and ’12 campaigns were shortened and essentially ruined by knee problems, and many were questioning if he’d ever be the same. Utley has answered a lot of those questions in a bounceback season during which he has gotten his OPS back up to .848 and hit 15 homers.
  • Francisco Liriano, Pirates: Liriano was a combined 6-12 with a 5.34 ERA last year while pitching for the Twins and White Sox. His problem was command — he walked 87 batters in 156 2/3 innings. This year, Liriano has been one of the big revelations on the incredible Pittsburgh team. He’s 13-5 with a 2.68 ERA and has 113 strikeouts and 45 walks in 114 innings.
  • Marlon Byrd, Mets: Byrd got a total of 143 big league at-bats with the Cubs and Red Sox in 2012 and didn’t do a whole lot with them, batting .210 with one homer and nine RBIs. This year, at the age of 35, Byrd has resurfaced in New York and made the most of his opportunity, batting. 282 with 18 homers and 63 RBIs.
  • Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies: It’s tough to consider Tulowitzki a comeback candidate when he’s a perennial MVP candidate, but he fits the bill. Tulowitzki had only 181 at-bats last year, hitting eight homers while driving in 27 runs before groin problems prematurely ended his season. He had a lengthy stay on the disabled list this year, but he’s nevertheless hitting .305 with 20 homers and 65 RBIs.
  • Jayson Werth, Nationals: He hit only five homers and drove in 31 runs last year while garnering only 300 at-bats because of injury, but Werth’s power is back. Through Wednesday, he had a .930 OPS, 17 homers and 49 RBIs in 310 at-bats.

This isn’t going to be easy for Byrd, and he’s not the runaway leader as some are making him out to be. More so than that, while baseball fans can be very forgiving when it comes to PED suspensions, the ones who do the voting are not.

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Mets Waste Another Harvey Gem In 2-1 Loss To Nats http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/07/mets-waste-another-harvey-gem-in-2-1-loss-to-nats.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/07/mets-waste-another-harvey-gem-in-2-1-loss-to-nats.html/#comments Sat, 27 Jul 2013 03:00:44 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=125878 matt harvey

What a difference a few hours makes.

Matt Harvey toed the rubber and allowed no earned runs in eight innings tonight, but as we’ve come to expect, the run support was not there and the Mets dropped a heartbreaker 2-1.

The game was quiet for three innings, but Josh Satin got it going in the top of the fourth when he drove a double to the opposite field. John Buck followed with a double of his own, driving in Satin and giving Harv’ and the Mets an early 1-0 lead.

Harvey found himself in a little bit of trouble in the bottom of the fifth when Jayson Werth and Ian Desmond got on base. After getting a huge strikeout, he got the double play ball he needed, but Daniel Murphy‘s throw went wide and Werth came around to tie it up, 1-1. Harvey was not charged with the earned run.

It was quiet again until the seventh, when Andrew Brown reached on a Ryan Zimmerman error and was moved over on Harvey’s sacrifice bunt. Murphy walked, but Wright could not come through and popped out to first, ending the threat. Wright is in a bit of a slump, batting just .235 over his last 17 at bats. That was it for Ohlendorf, who finished the day with this final line: 7IP, 6H, 1ER, 2BB, 8K.

Harvey tossed eight innings of five-hit ball. His final line: 8IP, 5H, 0ER (1R), 1BB, 7K. His ERA dropped to 2.11.

The Mets threatened again in the top of the ninth, and had runners on the corners with one out. But Lagares and Murphy popped and flew out, respectively, and as was the theme tonight the threat was over.

The bottom of the ninth didn’t last long. With one out, Ryan Zimmerman directed a LaTroy Hawkins fastball into the right field bleachers, ending the game at 2-1.

The series continues tomorrow at 3:05 PM. Dillon Gee (7-7, 4.07 ERA) opposes right-hander Dan Haren (4-11, 5.79)

Notes:

I don’t know how Harvey does this week after week without having a complete breakdown. I’ve lost track of how many times he’s thrown a legitimate gem and gotten absolutely no run support whatsoever. If his lack of wins ends up losing him the Cy Young this year, he’ll have nobody but the Mets’ bats to blame. He was handed his eleventh no-decision tonight, officially giving him more no-decisions than decisions on the year.

Not much else. Pretty disappointed by the offensive effort in the night cap. Knocked around Jordan Zimmerman (a Cy Young candidate last year) and then a few hours later, couldn’t score a run off of Ohlendorf, who was throwing 87mph fastballs right down the middle in his last inning.

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Wheeler And The Mets Get Shell Shocked In 13-2 Loss To The Nats http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/06/wheeler-and-the-mets-get-shell-shocked-in-13-2-loss-to-the-nats.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/06/wheeler-and-the-mets-get-shell-shocked-in-13-2-loss-to-the-nats.html/#comments Sun, 30 Jun 2013 21:17:56 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=123441 mets630

WheelerYeah…This was such a joke of a game that I insinuated in the shout box that I didn’t even think it deserved a recap. But it happened — and what’s done is done. Zack Wheeler, our touted prospect, took the mound against the Nationals for his Citi Field debut and it was rocky, to say the least. Wheeler looked to be making an effort to throw more pitches over the plate, although his strike:ball ratio (54:35) didn’t particularly show it. Unfortunately for him, he was knocked around for five earned runs and failed to finish the fifth inning, where he was lifted in favor of David Aardsma.

Two of his five runs came the hard way, as Adam LaRoche and Jayson Werth each took the young man deep for a solo home run. The other three runs crossed the plate in the third inning off a combination of hits and a walk. Wheeler struck out five, and his velocity was slightly down at times — which I really hope was not a result of some adjustment Warthen had him make due to his “tipping pitches.” That being said, I really hoped my John Maine comparison was a one-game thing, and not the norm…

There are going to be games like this for Wheeler — and there will likely be games where he dominates too. The question is how frequently we’ll see the dominant Wheeler in comparison to the one that struggled today. Three major league starts does not define a career, however.

There were little bright spots to speak of in this game regardless, however, as Brandon Lyon made an effort to ensure that another top Mets prospect wouldn’t get a win. After Aardsma and Josh Edgin pitched us into the seventh without allowing anymore damage, Lyon was obliterated for six earned runs — although one of them scored as an inherited runner when Scott Rice allowed a base hit. Fan favorite Anthony Recker allowed a two-run home run in the ninth, but got the next three outs easily.

The Mets had a few chances to score in this game, but failed to come through until the ninth, when John Buck ripped a two-run home run. Too little, too late…

Shaun Marcum looks to build on his first win when the Mets take on the Arizona Diamondbacks tomorrow evening.

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NL East Report: Stanton To DL, McCann Set To Return, Strasburg Injury Scare http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/05/nl-east-report-stanton-to-dl-mccann-set-to-return-strasburg-injury-scare.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/05/nl-east-report-stanton-to-dl-mccann-set-to-return-strasburg-injury-scare.html/#comments Wed, 01 May 2013 18:00:16 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=116333 KEEP YOUR ENEMIES CLOSER!

KEEP YOUR ENEMIES CLOSER!

Team News and Notes

Atlanta Braves (17-9)

Justin Upton launched his major league leading 12th home run of the season this week. He hit just 17 a year ago, and is currently on pace to shatter his career high of 31 back in 2011. The same can’t be said for his brother B.J. Upton, who has just three home runs, and is hitting a paltry .143 on the season. Freddie Freeman has not made much of an impact since returning from the DL eight games ago, as the first baseman has just one extra base hit during that span. The great start to the season by Paul Maholm came to an abrupt end in his last start. The lefty took his minuscule 1.03 ERA into Detroit, and was battered around to the tune of eight earned runs, and left with a 3.30 ERA. Tim Hudson earned the 200th win of his career on Tuesday, as he pitched a gem against the Nationals. Hudson continues to pitch well despite being 37-years of age, and owns a career record of 200-105.

Washington Nationals (13-14)

How scary is Bryce Harper? Harper hit 22 home runs in his rookie season, and is already almost half way there with nine, and we are only one month into the season. The 20-year-old has been on a tear of late, hitting .353, with four home runs, seven RBI, four doubles, and a triple over his last 11 games. Harper leads the team with a .344 batting average. The Nationals had an injury scare with Stephen Strasburg, and pulled him early from his last start due to forearm tightness. The big guy says he will make his next start, but the Nats might take precautions and skip a start. The Nationals who were expected to be a powerhouse team, continue to struggle, and are under .500 after one month of the season.

Philadelphia Phillies (12-15)

The Phillies starting catcher Carlos Ruiz returned to the lineup on Sunday after missing 25 games due to an amphetamine suspension. The Phillies backstop had a great year in 2012, hitting .325 with 16 home runs and 68 RBI. Delmon Young was activated from the DL on Tuesday, and had two hits including a home run in his season debut. Ryan Howard has been heating up of late, and is showing flashes of his old self. Over his last eight games, the lefty slugger has a .300/.290/.633 slash, with two home runs, 10 RBI, and four doubles. Kyle Kendrick is quietly having one of the best seasons on the Phillies pitching staff. He recently completed a three-hit shut out against the Mets, and owns a tidy 2.41 ERA through five starts to begin the year. Roy Halladay was rolling until he ran into Cleveland on Tuesday, and lasted just 3.2 innings, giving up eight earned runs. I was going to say that he was almost all the way back this week, but apparently he’s not.

Miami Marlins (8-19)

Marlins stud outfielder Giancarlo Stanton was beginning to come around, as he finally tallied his first home run of the season this past week. Stanton was red hot before he strained his hamstring on Monday, as he finally turned the power on hitting three jacks, while also driving in eight runs.  The rest of the Marlins remain in a coma offensively, ranking at the bottom of the majors in home runs, runs, and RBI. Jose Fernandez hasn’t made it into the fifth inning in two of his last three starts, while Kevin Slowey leads the team with a 2.15 ERA and 1.01 WHIP.

Injury Report

Nationals: Stephen Strasburg might miss his next start, after being pulled from his most recent outing with forearm tightness. Ryan Zimmerman is ready to play in rehab games, and after a few tune ups this week, he should be activated from the DL on Friday. Jayson Werth was out of the lineup on Tuesday, as he is dealing with hamstring and ankle ailments. Wilson Ramos was activated from the DL on April 29. Reliever Christian Garcia remains on the DL with partial tear in his forearm.

Braves: Jason Heyward who was placed on the DL after having an appendectomy on last Monda, is hoping for a late-May returnBrian McCann (offseason shoulder surgery) began a rehab assignment on Friday, and is all goes well will be activated on May 6.. Jonny Venters (elbow) will begin throwing on Tuesday. Brandon Beachy (Tommy John surgery) is still recovering and could return by midseason.

Phillies: Delmon Young made his return to the lineup a little earlier than expected, as he was activated on April 30. John Lanna remains on the DL, and could miss 6-8 weeks due to a strained quad.

Marlins:  Giancarlo Stanton was placed on the DL with a grade 2 strain of his hamstring, which should sideline him a minimum of three weeks. Joe Mahoney was also placed on the DL with a hamstring injury. Adeiny Hechavarria was placed on the DL with a bruised elbow, is ready to begin rehab games. Casey Kotchman who is on the DL with a strained hamstring may return by mid-May. Logan Morrison is recovering from a torn patella tendon that required surgery last September, is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment on May 10. Henderson Alvarez is throwing and could return by early May, while Nathan Eovaldi remains out indefinitely, and was transferred to the 60-day DL.

Upcoming Schedules (4/29-5/5) 

Nationals: (ATL, 4/29-5/2), (@PIT, 5/3-5/5)

Braves: (WSH, 4/29-5/2), (NYM, 5/3-5/5)

Phillies: (@CLE, 4/30-5/31), (MIA, 5/2-5/5)

Marlins: (@MIN, 4/29-5/1) (@PHI, 5/2-5/5)

 

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Is Reyes’ Injury A Good Thing? http://metsmerizedonline.com/2011/07/is-reyes-injury-a-good-thing.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2011/07/is-reyes-injury-a-good-thing.html/#comments Sun, 03 Jul 2011 03:21:22 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=53468 Okay before all you Mets fans bash me and say what is this kid smoking, take a second to think. Is this Reyes hamstring injury really all so bad?

Yes I know Reyes has been the brightest light in an otherwise dark season for the New York Metropolitans. In what will end up being yet any wasted season in Flushing, Reyes has been unarguably the most exciting player in baseball. On pace to shatter the Mets triples record and also hitting .354. Why would anyone in their right mind want him injured?

Oh yeah he is on pace to get paid 100+ million dollars after seasons end. And oh yeah the team trying to re-sign him has as much money as MC Hammer. Some team is very likely to offer Reyes 150+ million if he continues having the Hall of Fame like season he’s been having. I mean hell Jayson Werth got 120 million dollars and he’s not half the player Reyes is.

Reyes has done everything he possibly can to make sure his value is at an all-time high. Having unquestionably the most productive season in his career. And the key part of it all is he has stayed healthy. More than his production, health is the true factor teams are looking at as Jose Reyes continues his 2011 season. I mean who is going to give an often injured player (which Reyes has been his whole career) a 100+ million dollar contract?

Enter Hamstring injury. Does everyone remember why Fred Wilpon said Reyes “Won’t get Carl Crawford money”?

It was because he believed no team would be willing to commit that type of money to a player with Reyes injury history. So what does Reyes do? He plays an uninterrupted 2011 season without injury. Until Saturday that is. This hamstring injury furthers Fred Wilpon’s thinking. Reyes just can’t stay fully healthy for a whole season. And as good as his numbers have been all season, this injury will be the first thing to decrease his value. And as a Mets fan who desperately wants Reyes back (and thinks he will be back), this is the first time I’ve seen Reyes go down where I truthfully wasn’t disappointed. In the big picture, it may be a good thing.

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Alderson On Rule 5 Selections and Long-Term Contracts http://metsmerizedonline.com/2010/12/alderson-on-rule-5-selections-and-long-term-contracts.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2010/12/alderson-on-rule-5-selections-and-long-term-contracts.html/#comments Sat, 11 Dec 2010 13:47:00 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=40193 In the following video courtesy of SNY, Kevin Burkhardt interviews Sandy Alderson and gets him to recap the Rule 5 Draft and discuss the Mets strategy going into the draft. At the end of the interview, Burkhardt brings up the huge contracts landed by Carl Crawford and Jayson Werth and asks for his thoughts on how the market is going and if these longterm deals are a new trend that won’t go away soon.

I thought Alderson’s remarks about Brad Emaus and Pedro Beato were interesting. He said many of these Rule 5 picks end up going back to their original team. If the two guys we chose actually make our 25 man roster, it would be an upset.

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Red Sox Sign Carl Crawford To 7-Year, $142 Million Deal http://metsmerizedonline.com/2010/12/red-sox-sign-carl-crawford-to-7-year-142-million-deal.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2010/12/red-sox-sign-carl-crawford-to-7-year-142-million-deal.html/#comments Thu, 09 Dec 2010 05:00:31 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=40087

Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe was the first to report that the Red Sox have signed free agent Carl Crawford to a seven-year, $142 million dollar mega deal.

It has since been confirmed by Jon Heymand and Ken Rosenthal.

Crawford must pass his physical, but the deal is as good as done. No doubt, Jayson Werth is now Crawford’s BFF.

Obviously, this ends any further Carlos Beltran to the Red Sox speculation. Oh, and If I were the Yankees, I’d start worrying now.

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The Worst Things The Mets Can Do (Part 1) http://metsmerizedonline.com/2010/09/the-worst-things-the-mets-can-do-part-1.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2010/09/the-worst-things-the-mets-can-do-part-1.html/#comments Mon, 27 Sep 2010 17:15:30 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=36594 You can drive yourself crazy trying to figure out ways for the Mets to get out of this free-fall into oblivion and putting the organization back on the right track. The ideas and opinions are countless. I can’t really tell you what the Mets are gonna do, but I do have a list of things I hope they don’t do. Here are the first two of the ten worst things the Mets can do this offseason.

# 10 Giving Mike Pelfrey A 4-Year Contract Extension

I like Pelfrey… I like him a lot… But all we really know about Pelf is how wildly inconsistent he really is. He can have a good game one day and then come back five days later and throw a stinker. He can have a solid season, and follow it up with a bad one.

Currently, he’s under Mets control for a further three years, and is set to go to arbitration this offseason. Let him. I’d rather take my chances and pay him the market value for pitchers at his level, than to lock him up and possibly overpay him for an excruciatingly bad season or worse yet, seasons. No thanks.

If Pelfrey has another season similar to this one or even better, we can talk extension a year from now. But for now let’s see if he can do what he hasn’t been able to do yet, that is throw back to back solid seasons.

# 9 Signing Free Agent Jayson Werth

For some strange reason, signing Werth to play right field has been gaining a lot of steam lately in the Mets blogosphere. We had an intense debate about it last week on Twitter and I felt I wanted to post some of the reasons why I believe it would be a terrible mistake.

First of all, much of this Jayson Werth hysteria centers around the premise that the Mets will trade Carlos Beltran, something that most of my readers know I am vehemently against. But that’s a topic for another rant. Let’s assume for the purpose of this post that there is an opening in right field.

I see Werth as a product of cozy Citizens Bank Park. He does have some home run pop in his bat, but no more than lets say a Jeff Francoeur or Ryan Church. His OBP has been impressive and in the .380 range as a Phillie, but just .330 before that.

At age 32, I don’t see him improving on his recent production, and with Werth playing half of his game in the vastness of Citi Field, it could be another recipe for disaster. Haven’t we already had enough of those?

Here is another thing to consider about Werth…

Last week, Werth fired his agent and hired Scott Boras as his new agent to handle his impending free agency. Perfect timing huh? Just like the career high .903 OPS he has posted this season…

Many surmise that Werth will command a contract similar to the one the Mets gave left fielder Jason Bay last offseason, that is a four-year $66 million dollar contract with an easily attainable $17 MM option. But Boras is already hinting that it will take a lot more,

“Jason Bay suffered in the marketplace because of a predisposition about his medical condition, creating questions. That does not exist with Werth. And with Bay you were talking about a left fielder who was definitely not in the class of a Gold Glove outfielder. Werth is a totally different type of player. He’s an athlete who can play center field, run, steal bases, be a Gold Glove type outfielder.”

After seeing how sour the Jason Bay foray went this season, even before the concussion, why would we want to delve into another potential land mine at the other corner outfield position? 

Furthermore, I believe this team has all the offensive talent it needs to compete in the NL East so long as everyone plays to their expectations and talent level while remaining healthy.

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No Miracle on ’69 Night; Mets Fall To Phils 4-1 http://metsmerizedonline.com/2009/08/no-miracle-on-69-night-mets-fall-to-phil-4-1.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2009/08/no-miracle-on-69-night-mets-fall-to-phil-4-1.html/#comments Sun, 23 Aug 2009 05:55:33 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=11435 On a star-studded evening when the Mets celebrated the 40th anniversary of the 1969 Miracle Mets bringing home the franchise’s first World Championship, the 2009 Mets could not provide an amazin’ finish of their own as the bullpen spoiled a surprisingly good performance by Tim Redding.

The Phillies were able to overcome being stymied by Redding through the first five innings and punished the Mets’ bullpen for four runs, eventually defeating the 2009 Miracle Whip Mets by the final score of 4-1.

The night began with an on-field ceremony that brought back many members of the 1969 World Champion Mets.  After the introduction of the players, including the first appearance of Hall-of-Famer Nolan Ryan in a Mets uniform since the team traded him after the 1971 season for “legendary” infielder Jim Fregosi (why isn’t Fregosi’s number retired on the wall?  He was supposed to be the third baseman of the future when the Mets acquired him.), Ryan, Jerry Koosman and Tom Seaver threw out the ceremonial first pitches to Jerry Grote, Duffy Dyer and Yogi Berra.

It’s too bad neither Ryan, Seaver or Koosman were available to come out of the bullpen.  Perhaps the outcome might have been a little different.

Tim Redding was acquired before the season with the hopes that he could continue his mastery of the Phillies.  After all, last year he was 3-1 against them for a lowly Washington Nationals team.  Redding was excellent against a strong Phillies lineup in his five innings of work.  He had a one-hit shutout through his five-inning, 77-pitch effort.  Unfortunately, since he hadn’t thrown so many pitches in quite some time (before the game, Jerry Manuel had said that Redding would be on a pitch count of 60-70 pitches), he was removed from the game and was replaced by Pat Misch to start the sixth inning.  Misch was called upon to protect a slim 1-0 lead.  Was he successful?  I’ll let the following picture answer that question.

Expecting the recently recalled reliever to hold the lead was certainly a “Misch-ion Impossible”, as two batters into his performance, Misch had already coughed up the lead.  A leadoff walk to Shane “The Beer ShamWow” Victorino followed by a two-run homer to Chase Utley (as seen in the picture above) gave the Phillies a 2-1 lead.

Sean Green was then brought into the game to put out the fire started by Misch.  Unfortunately, he forgot to leave his gasoline can in the bullpen.  After striking out Jayson Werth, Green gave up back-to-back doubles to Raul Ibañez and Pedro Feliz to produce the third run of the inning.

The Phillies added another run in the eighth inning off Pedro Feliciano.  A walk to Ryan Howard was followed by a Jayson Werth double and an intentional walk to Pedro Feliz.  Carlos Ruiz took advantage of the bases loaded situation by hitting a sacrifice fly to right field, scoring Howard to make the score 4-1.  It proved to be the final tally of the game as the Mets could not muster a rally against the Phillies’ bullpen.

J.A. Happ continued his strong season as a leading candidate for the National League Rookie of The Year Award.  He improved his record to 10-2 and lowered his ERA to 2.59.  He has been exceptionally strong in August, going 3-0 with a 1.21 ERA.  Despite allowing ten baserunners (eight hits and two walks) in seven innings of work, Happ limited the Mets to one run, being helped by two double plays hit into by the Mets.

Tomorrow will be game three of the four-game wraparound series.  The Phillies will send Pedro Martinez to the mound in his first return to Flushing since not being re-signed by the Mets.  He will be opposed by Oliver Perez.  Game time is scheduled for 1:10 PM.

The Miracle Mets were reunited for their 40th anniversary at Citi Field on Saturday night.  Unfortunately, they could not supply any more magic to help the current squad.  I guess their miracles had an expiration date.

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Random Stats and Thoughts http://metsmerizedonline.com/2009/07/random-stats-and-thoughts.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2009/07/random-stats-and-thoughts.html/#comments Wed, 22 Jul 2009 16:12:39 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=9004 We can beat a dead horse all day long about how bad and disappointing the 2009 Mets have become, and how we’re going to have to endure a few months of meaningless baseball now that all hope for the playoffs is basically lost.  So instead of beating the horse, I’m just going to point out a few things I noticed when perusing stats last night (through Sunday’s games)…..

The Mets have 53 home runs, worst in the majors.  The Phillies have 126 and the Yankees 136.  Gary Sheffield leads the team with 10 homers, and David Wright still only has 5.  FIVE. 

Speaking of Wright, while he’s batting a respectable .322, his 5 homers and 44 RBI puts him in the company of guys like Jacoby Ellsbury (5, 29), Freddy Sanchez (6, 34) or Pat Burrell (5, 32).  Those are decent players, but Wright is supposed to be more in the company of guys like Ryan Braun (16, 58) or Albert Pujols (34, 90).  In fact, Wright has similar power numbers to teammate Daniel Murphy (5, 29).  What the hell is that?

The Mets have 814 hits and 362 RBI.  The Phillies have 804 hits and 457 RBI.  Think about that….less hits, but almost 100 more runs batted in? 

The Mets have one complete game, and it’s not by Johan…it’s by Livan.  The Giants and Royals each have 8 complete games to lead the majors.  The GIANTS and ROYALS.

Mets’ pitchers have given up 361 walks, trailing only Washington (365) for worst in the majors.  And of course, their 10 balks leads the majors by far, thanks mostly to Pelfrey’s “yips.” 

The Mets could have had Raul Ibanez, who has 24 homers, 65 RBI and is batting .316 for you-know-who.  

The Phillies’ notable rookie this year is pitcher JA Happ, who is 7-0 with a 2.68 ERA and 65 strikeouts.  The Mets’ notable rookie is F-Mart, who is batting .176 with one homer and 8 RBI. 

Amazingly, the Mets’ hitters have only struck out 501 times, which is best in the majors.  But I guess power hitters strike out more, and the Mets have almost no power, so in that context it makes sense. 

The Phillies’ top home run hitters are Ibanez (24), Ryan Howard (23), Chase Utley (21) and Jayson Werth (20).  The Mets’ top home run hitters are Sheffield (10), Carlos Beltran (8), and Wright (5).  Oh, and Jeff Francoeur also has 5, but he hit most of those with the Braves. 

I probably just made you all sick, and I’m right there with you.  I can’t wait for this season to be over so we can move on!

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Oh, Snap! Werth Replaces Beltran On All-Star Roster http://metsmerizedonline.com/2009/07/oh-snap-werth-replaces-beltran-on-all-star-roster.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2009/07/oh-snap-werth-replaces-beltran-on-all-star-roster.html/#comments Fri, 10 Jul 2009 22:38:45 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=8373 According to mlb.com, Phillies’ outfielder Jayson Werth has been added to the National League All-Star team to replace injured Mets centerfielder Carlos Beltran.

Werth will join his fellow Phillie outfielders Raul Ibañez and Shane Victorino in St. Louis for the All-Star festivities.  Ibañez was voted in by the fans as a starter while Victorino made the team this week as the winner of the Sprint Final Vote.  Werth enters tonight’s action with a .268 batting average, 20 HR, 54 RBI, 59 runs scored and 12 SB.  He has been on a power tear, hitting home runs in four consecutive games.

Werth joins teammates Ryan Howard, Chase Utley and the aforementioned Ibañez as only the second foursome in baseball history to each hit at least 20 HR before the All-Star Break.  The 2000 Toronto Blue Jays were the first team to accomplish this feat when Tony Batista, Raul Mondesi, Jose Cruz Jr. and Carlos Delgado all hit 20 long balls before the break.

While Werth’s numbers are certainly deserving of an All-Star nod, this just adds more insult to injury (no pun intended) to the Mets and their fans.  Charlie Manuel is already managing the National League All-Star team.  Imagine if he chooses to have all three of his outfielders play at the same time.  With Ibañez being activated from the disabled list today and able to play in the Midsummer Classic on Tuesday, it could very well happen.  Looks like I won’t be watching much baseball on Tuesday.

The three days off were supposed to serve as a temporary respite from all the negativity surrounding the Mets over the past few weeks as their position in the standings kept moving south.  Now the Mets and their fans will have to watch the Phillies all over the TV screen on Tuesday.  I’m already seeing red because of the Mets’ recent play.  Do I have to be forced to see so much red on the TV as well?

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