Mets Merized Online » Subway Series Sat, 06 Feb 2016 23:29:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Mets Take Subway Series Opener With 5-1 Defeat Of Yankees Sat, 19 Sep 2015 02:26:19 +0000 Matz Steven

The New York Mets (84-63) defeated the New York Yankees (80-66) by a score of 5-1 on Friday night at Citi Field, taking the opener of the Subway Series and reducing their magic number to clinch the NL East to eight.


Steven Matz started the game just a bit amped up to say the least, but settled down to put together a great effort and improve to 4-0, in what was the biggest game of his short career. Matz pitching six innings while giving up 7 hits, but only allowed one run, which came in the first inning. Matz struck out 4 while allowing 1 walk. A great effort from the Long Island born pitcher.

The Mets bullpen came in to close out the final three innings of the game and provided three scoreless innings. Hansel Robles and Addison Reed  came in to pitch a scoreless seventh and eighth inning, both with two strikeouts each.

Jeurys Familia came into the game in a non-save situation and struggled a bit in the ninth. The Yankees loaded the bases with one out, but Familia was able to get Brett Gardner to pop out to Yoenis Cespedes, and put Chase Headley down on strikes to end the ballgame.

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It was home runs that powered the Mets offense tonight. Big blasts off the bats of Lucas Duda and Daniel Murphy off of Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka  gave the Mets a 2-1 lead. In the seventh Juan Uribe hit a pinch hit two-run bomb of his own off of Yankee reliever Chasen Shreve.

Lucas Duda had a great night at the plate and hopefully it’s something to build on for the first baseman. With two extra-base hits on the night,  The homer broke a 66 at-bat homerless streak for Duda dating to August 2, which matched his longest of the season.

David Wright finished the game 2-for-3 and recorded his 10th multi-hit game since coming off the Disabled List (19 total games). He Is hitting .313 (61-195) in his career versus the Yankees and is batting .304 (24-79) since coming off the DL.


A lot of adrenaline in this series for both teams and rightfully so as both clubs are playing to punch their ticket into October. A fun game to watch, and its great to see the energy at Citi Field from the fans and in the dugout for serious September baseball. The announced attendance was the second largest in Citi Field history and the place was electric.

The Mets have hit 29 home runs in their last 17 games with their three home runs tonight. It is the 21st three-homer game by the Mets this season, which is tied for third-most in a single season in team history…The Mets are 19-2 this season when they hit three or more home runs in a game.

The Mets shed another game off their magic number, as now any combination of wins or Nationals losses that add up to 8 will clinch the NL East. The Nationals were tied 4-4 as of this writing.

Terry Collins said Tyler Clippard‘s back tightened up on him while throwing ball during batting practice. He is having is back examined by team doctors tonight.

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The Mets look to go for the series win tomorrow as the god of thunder, Noah Syndergaard (8-6, 3.20 ERA) is opposed by Yankees pitcher, Michael Pineda (10-8, 4.25 ERA). Let’s Go Mets!

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Is This The Biggest Subway Series Ever During The Regular Season? Fri, 18 Sep 2015 15:07:48 +0000 joe girardi terry collins

In 19 years since the Subway Series started, there has never a regular season matchup that had as many playoff implications as this one. There’s so much on the line in this series as both teams are fighting to win their divisions with only a few weeks to play.

The Mets are already in a great position with a commanding eight game lead over the Nationals. However, Yankees’ situation is far more urgent. They trail the powerful Toronto Blue Jays by 3.5 games and hold a four game lead over the Wild Card.

“For us, they are huge games,’’ Yankees right fielder and former Met Carlos Beltran said. “Go there and hopefully win the series.’

“It’s going to feel like playoff baseball, and that’s probably a good thing,’’ said Yankees manager Joe Girardi, whose club copped two of three from the Rays prior to Thursday’s off day. (George A King III, NY Post)

While the Mets have their division all but locked up, this series presents a great opportunity for them to deal a devastating blow to their crosstown rivals and to show the rest of the MLB that they are a formidable club to be reckoned with.

“I have been part of a lot of Subway Series, and this one has more meaning than most,’’ said Mets hitting coach Kevin Long, who held the same gig with the Yankees from 2007-14.

“It’s fun, exciting, that’s why you play baseball. We will see if Mets fans come out a little more than they have in the past. When we played Washington, this place was rocking. I expect it to be the same as it was then.’’

These two teams have had so many great moments over the years, but this one will likely go down as one of the most memorable. The only series that I can think of that had greater importance was the 2000 World Series where the Mets lost four games to one.

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Captain Wright Ready To “Take Back New York” Fri, 18 Sep 2015 12:30:52 +0000 david wright

Mets Captain David Wright sat down with Newsday to discuss the current state of New York baseball, and the craving for the Metropolitans to take back the city.

“That’s ultimately what New York wants,” Wright said. “They love gritty, younger-type teams, homegrown. And I think that’s what we can provide. We play exciting baseball. You get those fans behind you, you get that city behind you, you can definitely get some momentum for sure.”

New York Mets fans have been waiting for a team they can get behind now for almost a decade. This team has not seen post-season baseball since 2006.

Wright’s comeback this year, along with a solid young pitching foundation and key acquisitions of Yoenis Cespedes, Tyler Clippard, Kelly Johnson and Juan Uribe have sprung this team forward from pretenders to contenders.

“Yeah, I think you have to go out there and earn the respect of the fans,” Wright said. “It’s not something that I think is given. I’d like to think we’ve done a pretty solid job thus far of trying to earn the fans’ backing and kind of the fans’ approval.”

Now with the Mets and New York Yankees both fighting for a playoff spot, this is their most high profile match-up, arguably since the 2000 World Series. Citi will be electric and both teams will be ready to go in front of more than likely three sell-out crowds.

The “subway series” has always been somewhat of a side-show but this one has more meaning than most, with games that matter for both teams and just a few games left in the season.

“It’s very similar to a college football rivalry, where you obviously want to beat the in-town rival in this case,” Wright said.

“But ultimately, you’re judged on let’s make it to the postseason. It’s a bonus if you can win this series. But in this situation, we’re not talking about May or June. We’re talking about September.”

This is sure to be a great series with it also getting national attention on Sunday during the 8:05 PM ESPN game. You have the Mets trying to clinch their division and trying to lower their magic number, while the Yankees are still chasing the Toronto Blue Jays while trying to hold onto a wild card spot. This is going to be fun.

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MMO Game Recap: Mets 8, Yankees 2 Sat, 25 Apr 2015 23:58:15 +0000 matt harvey 2

The Mets (14-4) took care of their little brothers on Saturday afternoon, beating the Yankees (10-8) at Yankee Stadium by a score of 8-2.

Matt Harvey pitched for the Mets and was awesome, putting aside his personal feelings for the Yankees en route to 8.2 innings of two-run ball, striking out seven and walking two while allowing just five hits. After 4 starts, The Dark Knight is 4-0, tying him with Bartolo Colon and Alfredo Simon for the MLB lead. Who would have bet on sites like Titanbet that Harvey would be 4-0 after four start coming back from TJ surgery?

The Mets got off to a fast start against CC Sabathia, who continued to look like a shell of his former self. Lucas Duda sent a shallow fly ball  no-doubter into the right field stands in the top of the first to give the Mets a 1-0 lead, their first of the series.

Sabathia plunked Eric Campbell with one out in the next inning, and Juan Lagares singled (his first of four hits in the game) to give the Mets runners on first and second. But Wilmer Flores and Kevin Plawecki each grounded out to Chase Headley to let CC out of the jam.

MMO Legend Stephen Drew smacked Harvey’s first pitch of the third inning for a double, bringing up fellow Discussion Board Celebrity Didi Gregorius. Didi laid down a good bunt which was fielded by Plawecki, whose only play appeared to be to first until Daniel Murphy failed to cover the bag, at which point the rookie had to put it in his pocket. With runners on the corners and none out, the Mets were able to double-up the speedy Jacoby Ellsbury, but Drew scored to even up the score at 1.

The Mets got the run back and then some in their next turn at the dish against Sabathia. Michael Cuddyer lined a single to center for his first hit in a few days, and then went in hard at second on Murphy’s weak grounder to break up a potential double-play. Eric Campbell crushed one to left-center (which is actually deep) for the second straight day, but Ellsbury was able to succeed where Brett Gardner had failed on Friday, making a sliding catch for the second out.

Ellsbury wouldn’t be so lucky on the next play, though. Lagares hit one over his head to dead-center, racing around the bases for a triple as Murphy scored to make it 2-1. (Lagares makes that catch.) Flores kept the rally going with a single up the middle that scored Juan, and Kevin Plawecki made it a 5-1 game with his first MLB homer, a liner over the left-field wall.

Harvey, now staked to a big lead, cruised through the Yankee lineup. CC settled down to turn the Mets aside in the fifth, but Soup finally discovered the less legitimate portion of Yankee Stadium in the sixth, hitting a leadoff home run to right-center. Lagares followed with his third hit of the day, and Sabathia was toast.

Esmil Rogers came out of the bullpen for the Yankees and immediately through a wild pitch that allowed Lagares to advance to second. Juan moved to third on a pop-up near the first base stands, and then scored on another wild pitch to give the Mets a 7-1 edge.

Harvey gave up a solo shot to Mark Teixeira to begin the home half of the seventh, but quickly resumed his domination of the 27-time champions (the Yankees asked me to say that at least once). The Mets tacked on one more run in the top of the eighth when Lagares, Flores, and Plawecki strung together a trio of two-out singles.

After a perfect eighth, Harvey came out to chase the second complete game of his career. Harvey got Gardner to fly out and struck-out Alex Rodriguez to close to within one out of the feat, but surrendered a first-pitch single to Tex and a four-pitch walk to Brian McCann, allowing forcing Terry Collins to bring in Carlos Torres for the final out. Torres got Chris Young to ground into a force-out, and after a quick video review, the call was confirmed and the Mets had an 8-2 victory and their first win in their last two games.

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Oh, and their 12th win in their last 13 games. Friday’s game was a bit of a letdown, but this team is hot. deGrom had a lousy outing in the series opener, but Harvey played the role of Avenger (wrong superhero reference?) and put the team on his back, determined not to let a losing streak be formed on his watch.

People will probably complain that the Mets let Harvey chase the complete game, but he wasn’t pitching under much stress, his pitch count wasn’t that high, and he has an extra day of rest before his next start. Oh, and he’s Matt Harvey. His willpower alone is like a PED. He’ll be fine. 15-20 pitches do not a re-torn UCL make.

Murphy is sure catching some heat these days, isn’t he? Wilmer Flores’ defense became less of a talking point once he started hitting. Murphy hasn’t started hitting yet, so he’s going to get scrutinized pretty harshly. But it’s early. Which is why people haven’t been trying to run Cuddyer out of town despite the 0-for-15 skid he snapped with his single today (before being retired in each of his next 3 at-bats). Murphy is a .290 hitter, not a .150 guy. He’ll turn it around. And then his defense won’t seem so bad (not that it will be good, of course). Heck, he nearly went deep in the ninth, but the ball hooked just foul. Murph isn’t a guy I’m worried about.

It’s nice to see the bullpen get a bit of a rest, especially since the Mets have played so many close games in the early going. Thank you, Matt.

Congrats to Kevin Plawecki. I called that he would hit his first HR this series, but that was because I thought his tendency to go the other way was perfectly tailored for the Short Porch. He pulled his blast today. Go figure.

As a Yankee hater, I actually root for A-Rod to go deep as often as possible, because I want to see the Yankees in an awkward in-season feud with a guy who has been one of their best hitters so far (after Chris Young, whose stat line fills me with pure rage). You let me down today, Alex.

Mayberry took an 0-fer today, but hit some balls well. He’s looking like a nice pickup.

Lagares went 4-for-4 after he had his 10-game hitting streak snapped yesterday. Nice bounce-back from Juan.

14-4. Fourteen and four. The Mets have the best record in baseball. That feels pretty good to write. The train just keeps on rolling. (What, you didn’t think I’d go the whole article without making a generic Subway pun, did you?)

Up next: The Mets will go for the series win on Sunday night in a game that will be broadcast on ESPN. Jon Niese (2-0, 1.50 ERA) will pitch for the Mets, and will face Nathan Eovaldi (1-0, 3.12)

UPDATE: I just realized, Terry Collins bringing in Carlos Torres to avoid wearing out a pitcher’s arm is definitely the most ironic thing that will happen this season.

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Mets To Host Anthem Search At Citi Field Tue, 10 Mar 2015 14:18:40 +0000 sing-national-anthem-citifield

Amanda Summa was the youngest competitor in last year’s Anthem Search.

The New York Mets today announced they will host the Mets Anthem Search Tuesday, March 24 at Citi Field with the winner performing the National Anthem Friday, September 18 during the Subway Series at Citi Field.

Auditions for the general public start at 10:00 a.m. The first 100 performers to arrive at Hodges VIP (first base side of Citi Field) are guaranteed an audition to sing a song of their choice – excluding the National Anthem – a cappella. Season Ticket Holders will have the opportunity to audition at 9:00 a.m.

Judges will select finalists to advance to the final round of auditions which will take place at a later date during the regular season. Mets staff will select one winner to perform the National Anthem during the Subway Series.

The auditions are free and open to all ages. Those under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

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Tejada Batting .077 Since Reclaiming Shortstop Job Mon, 19 May 2014 16:02:19 +0000 ruben tejada

Since reclaiming the everyday shortstop job from Wilmer Flores, who held the position for two days, Ruben Tejada is batting .077 (1-for-13).

Tejada won his job back after the Mets swept the Yankees in the Bronx to begin the Subway Series. Tejada went 1-for-4 in each game, prompting manager Terry Collins to make make the switch.

“I think sometimes when you face adversity we’ll find out what you’re made of. He’s showing us that he’s the same player he was a couple years ago.”

Since then, the Mets have lost five of their last six games including a two-game sweep at the hands of the Yankees in Citi Field, and losing two of three to the Nationals in Washington.

“Got to ride that wave. This guy is really swinging the bat good,” Collins said of Tejada on Wednesday. “This kid has really put his mind to producing.”

Tejada has seen his average dip from .203 to a season worst .185 since he replaced Flores., and he is batting .179 in his last ten games.

Flores meanwhile, has only played once in the last seven games. The 22-year old infield prospect singled in three at-bats and walked in his lone start – a Mets win – while initiating a slick-looking double play in the field.


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From Left Field: Smart Baseball Is Key For Mets Thu, 15 May 2014 13:45:31 +0000 Chris Young (Photo by Jim Mancari)

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We were riding high on Monday and Tuesday. The offense was clicking, especially with the long ball, and the defense made a few key plays to increase the Mets winning streak to six games over the Yankees.

But then last night happened.

Before I get long-winded, Masahiro Tanaka is looking like a bona fide ace. Though games are never over until they are played, it was a tall order to think last night that Rafael Montero in his first big league start could outduel a guy who hasn’t lost a regular season game – albeit the majority in Japan – in nearly two full years.

But here’s the thing as we dissect the game: There were a few boneheaded plays that wound up costing the Mets big time.

Let’s start with the top of the second inning with two outs and Brian Roberts at the dish. He lines one to left, and Eric Young Jr. dives for it and comes up empty, allowing the ball to go to the wall and Yangervis Solarte to score easily.

I will never knock a guy for giving 100 percent effort, and that’s what Young Jr. did in that spot. But you have to know the situation there.

We all learned in Little League that you have to know what you are going to do if the ball is hit to you. You also always have to know who is up next.

In this case, Tanaka was on deck, so a single there really wouldn’t have hurt the Mets that much. Sure, Tanaka got a hit later in the game, but you’d rather take your chances in facing Tanaka with two outs then surrender a cheap run.

Again, it was a great effort by Young Jr., but it’s all about knowing the game situation at hand. That’s a lot easier said than done, especially in the heat of the moment, but he has to play that ball on a hop.

So then we move on to the bottom of the fifth. The Mets were only down 2-0 at that point, and Chris Young led off the frame with a single.

Remember, earlier in the game Daniel Murphy swiped second base as the Yankees were meandering around. That was a great heads-up play but one that happens so rarely that you can’t expect it to happen again.

Young however thought he could leave early and catch the Yankees napping again. But catcher Brian McCann signaled to Tanaka, who stepped off and threw to Solarte for the easy out.

Young was visibly mad at himself when he got up, and he should have been. There’s no reason to be making the first out in that fashion. That’s giving away an out to an ace pitcher who is already dominating you – which is not exactly the recipe for success.

I can understand a bit where Young is coming from. With Lucas Duda batting, anything on the ground is an easy double play. But in that case, why not just try a straight steal rather than a leave early play? It’s not like McCann is Yadier Molina behind the plate.

This team cannot afford to be making mental mistakes. Physical errors happen, but mental mistakes can be controlled.

If Young Jr. plays that ball on a hop, the Yankees have a much less chance of scoring that inning. And if Young was not caught trying to steal, who knows how that inning would have gone?

It wasn’t a great night to have “Young” as your last name. These plays were crucial, and though they didn’t necessarily cost the Mets the entire game, every play counts in the grand scheme of a baseball game.

Especially at home – where runs for the Mets have come at a premium – playing smart baseball is essential.

Sure it’s fine to take a calculated risk every so often, like Murphy did. But this team cannot afford to give opponents extra bases on defense and gift outs on offense.

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Subway Series Game Thread: Mets at Yankees, 7:05 PM Tue, 13 May 2014 21:26:07 +0000 wheeler

The Mets will try to make it six wins in a row against their crosstown rivals when they take on the New York Yankees at 7:05 PM on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium. (WPIX)

Zack Wheeler (1-3, 4.35) will take the hill for the Mets and will be opposed by Vidal Nuno (1-0, 5.47) for the Yankees.

Wheeler received a no-decision in the Mets’ 1-0 defeat to the Miami Marlins on May 7 at Marlins Park in his last start, pitching six scoreless innings. He has now gone 28.1 innings without allowing a home run, the second longest streak of his career.

The Mets rallied from a three-run deficit last night to win after overcoming a three-run deficit on Sunday vs. Philadelphia. The last time the Mets won consecutive games after overcoming a deficit of three or more runs was May 23-24, 2006 vs. Philadelphia. 

Jacob deGrom has been recalled from Las Vegas (AAA) and the righthander will wear #48 and pitch out the bullpen. DeGrom was 4-0 with a 2.58 ERA (11 ER/38.1 innings) with 29 strikeouts in seven starts for Las Vegas this season. He has made 58 career minor league starts, and has not pitched in relief since college. He was the Mets’ ninth-round pick in 2010 from Stetson University.

Rafael Montero will make his major league debut tomorrow night at Citi Field and will wear #50. The righthander was 4-1 with a 3.67 ERA (17 earned runs/41.2 innings) in eight starts for Las Vegas (AAA) this season. He threw 5.1 hitless and scoreless innings in his last start on May 9 at Salt Lake. Montero started last year’s Futures Game for the World Team at Citi Field and was named to Baseball America’s First Team Minor League All-Star team.

Starting Lineup

  1. Eric Young Jr., dh
  2. Daniel Murphy, 2b
  3. David Wright, 3b
  4. Chris Young, LF
  5. Curtis Granderson rf
  6. Juan Lagares cf
  7. Lucas Duda 1b
  8. Travis d’Arnaud c
  9. Ruben Tejada SS

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The Mets look to sweep the two game leg of the Bronx portion of the Subway Series tonight behind Zack Wheeler as he goes up against Vidal Nuno. Last night the Mets did not have the best pitching from Colon, but the bats made their way across the 7 to Grand Central then to the 4 train as they knocked out four homers (C Young, E Young, Granderson and d’Arnaud).

Zack Wheeler is 1-3 on the season over 7 starts and 39.1 innings with a 4.35 ERA. Zack started off the month with a tough start against Colorado allowing 7 runs, 6 earned over 4.0 innings but he followed that up with 6.0 shutout innings of 2 hit balls allowing 5 walks and striking out 7. This will be Wheeler’s first Subway Series game of his career and the only Yankee that has seen him is Brian McCann who is 1-5 against Wheelz.

Nuno is 1-0 over 7 games, 4 starts and 24.2 innings this season with a 5.47 ERA. In his rookie year he was 1-2 over 20.0 innings with a 2.25 ERA. He has pitched 20.1 innings in his four starts with a 3.54 ERA (so he’s more consistent as a starter than a reliever). Actually, his numbers look ugly from a 3.1 inning relief outing against the Baltimore where he allowed 7 earned runs. His last start of the season last year was against the Mets where he allowed 2 earned runs over 6 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against Nuno:

  • Duda 0-1
  • Murphy 0-3
  • Wright 0-3
  • Lagares 0-2
  • Recker 1-2, 2B

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Nimmo and Syndergaard on BA Hot Sheet Fri, 02 May 2014 19:16:30 +0000 noah syndergaard

Earlier today, Baseball America released their Hot Sheet, which highlights this past week’s best minor league performances. For the Mets, outfielder Brandon Nimmo and right-hander Noah Syndergaard made it at #7 and #12 respectively.

This is what they had to say about the two:

No. 7 Brandon Nimmo, cf, Mets

Team: high Class A St. Lucie (Florida State)
Age: 21
Why He’s Here: .423/.545/.577 (11-for-26), 8 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBIs, 7 BB, 4 SO, 2-for-3 SB

The Scoop: The 2011 first-rounder has emphatically put a challenging season behind him, proving that a hand injury and a punishing home park at low Class A Savannah undermined his production in 2013. This year in the FSL, Nimmo is hitting .379 with a 26-to-23 walk-to-strikeout ratio through 27 games, and he leads the league in on-base percentage (.504), runs (30) and walks.

No. 12 Noah Syndergaard, rhp, Mets

Team: Triple-A Las Vegas (Pacific Coast)
Age: 21
Why He’s Here: 2-0, 2.25, 2 GS, 12 IP, 10 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 13 SO

The Scoop: Syndergaard can’t buy a break when it comes to scheduling, but he hasn’t seemed to mind. Most pitchers would prefer to pitch at home, but when you’re home is Las Vegas, you’d be wise to enjoy the occasional trip to an easier place to pitch. There’s been no such luck for Syndergaard because five of his six starts have been at home, which makes his 3.94 ERA all the more impressive.

Nimmo has had a scorching April, hitting .384/.508/.515, with five doubles, a triple, and two homers, as well as five stolen bases, but had been left off the list throughout the month.

Syndergaard, as noted by the hot sheet, has to pitch in one of the worst parks in the minors, and has done a fine job so far.

Congrats to both, and looking forward to seeing them again on this list in the near future.

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2014 Mets Single Game Tickets On Sale Now Sat, 23 Nov 2013 15:12:20 +0000 Screenshot_2

Mets Single Game Tickets for all 81 home games, including Opening Day and the Subway Series at Citi Field, go on sale Saturday, Nov. 23, at 10 a.m. ET. Tickets will be available on or by calling 718-507-TIXX.

Highlights of the 2014 schedule include Opening Day against the Nationals on March 31, as well as two Subway Series games against the Yankees on May 14-15. Sixteen of the Mets’ 25 April games will take place at Citi Field, including matchups against the Reds, Braves and Cardinals.

The Mets use dynamic pricing for their Single Game Tickets, meaning prices can be adjusted on a real-time basis based upon market demands.

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Mets Single Game Ticket Pre-Sale Opportunity For Citi Cardholders Tue, 19 Nov 2013 15:56:42 +0000 photo (40)

Mr. and Mrs. Met were on hand at the Union Square Citibank in Manhattan Monday afternoon to promote a two-day only pre-sale opportunity for Citibank cardholders.

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The happy couple handed out Mets Homerun Apple piggy banks as well as special Mr. and Mrs. Mets cookies to Citibank patrons. Also available was the opportunity to enter a raffle for tickets to Opening Weekend.

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Through 11:59 p.m. tonight, Mets fans can purchase tickets to any Mets home game including Opening Day and the Subway Series if they are in possession of a Citi credit or debit card. A Citibank credit/debit card must be used in order to purchase tickets during this pre-sale promotion.

Mets regular season tickets go on sale to the general public on November 23rd.

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Dillon Gee Has Pitched Himself Back Into The Rotation, But So Has Hefner Tue, 18 Jun 2013 12:30:32 +0000 dillon gee

“I know Dillon Gee, if we bring anybody up that’s going to be a starting pitcher, and we have to take somebody out of the rotation and maybe move them to the bullpen, he would be that guy, because I know he can pitch out of the bullpen.”

That is what Terry Collins had to say about Dillon Gee prior to his start against the Yankees in the Subway Series finale just three weeks ago. Coming into that day, Gee was sporting an unsightly ERA of 6.34 after being tattooed for five runs over just five frames earlier that week against the Atlanta Braves. With but a lone quality start on the season and top-prospect Zack Wheeler knocking on the door, Gee’s spot in the rotation was very much in jeopardy.

In his four starts since, the Texas native has gone a combined 29.1 frames allowing just five runs while fanning an astounding 32, that is an ERA of just over 1.50 and an 8.0 SO/BB ratio over that stretch. Despite the tough loss last night, Gee has been fantastic in the past three weeks, and is doing it at just the right time.

With Wheeler debuting later tonight, Terry Collins said he will go with a six-man rotation, however that is not expected to last, meaning either Gee or Jeremy Hefner will likely get the boot from the rotation in the coming weeks. Hefner has had a leg up on this race for some time, pitching to a 2.40 ERA since late May, however Gee’s recent dominance has made this a two-horse race once again.

This year has quickly emerged into an extended audition process for the 2014 season, and with Niese, Harvey and Wheeler likely set atop the rotation for the next several years, both Gee and Hefner are battling to show the organization that they belong in the almighty “plan” on the path to relevance.

While Harvey and Wheeler have been highly touted prospects for their entire professional baseball lives, Hefner and Gee have had to battle at every step of the way to show that they belong. The pair have been conditioned to do so since the day they were drafted.

Now faced with another challenge, both have equally risen to the occasion, making the decision of who to banish to the ‘pen all the more difficult.

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Mets Rotation Implications As Wheeler’s Debut Draws Near Thu, 06 Jun 2013 12:26:54 +0000 The promotion of Zack Wheeler has been in discussion since the beginning of the season. Barring injury or poor performance (unlikely due to talent), it was the general consensus that Wheeler would be promoted this season.

shaun marcumThese rumblings have now come to fruition as it is rumored Wheeler will make his MLB debut as soon as next week. This opens up the discussion of who to send down. If this question was asked a few weeks ago, the prevailing theory would have been that Shaun Marcum was a lock, due to his sizable contract, with Dillon Gee and Jeremy Hefner battling it out for the final spot. However, the recent success of both Gee and Hefner has leveled the playing field.

Over his last two starts, Gee has thrown 14.1 innings, struck out 19, allowed one earned run, and walked just one batter. Hefner counters with 13.0 innings, four earned runs, 12 strikeouts and one walk. Conversely, Marcum, has allowed six earned runs over his last two starts spanning 13.2 innings with 16 Ks and two walks.

Obviously, this is a very small sample size. Assuming that these guys maintain their production, the decision will come down to each pitcher’s versatility. Prior to the Subway Series (and before the stats listed above), Collins suggested that Gee had the characteristics to be a reliever – a veiled way of saying he would be the odd man out?

Given recent events however, I would imagine that the decision will come down to performance. While some may suggest that Marcum would stay in the rotation because of his contract, I want to remind you that it is just a one-year deal worth 4 million – certainly not a deal that would break the bank.

Either way, this will be a very interesting storyline to follow leading up to the arrival of Wheeler. Heck, even if the Mets stink it up, there is still plenty going on to maintain our interest as we look to the future.

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Mets’ COO Jeff Wilpon’s Huge Blunder Fri, 31 May 2013 22:59:06 +0000 USATSI_7279228_154511658_lowresWith Mariano Rivera, the greatest closer of all time, set to retire at the end of the season, teams across the MLB are honoring him in some fashion before games. This is true of the Mets, who honored him prior to Tuesday’s game against the Yanks.

He would throw out the first pitch of the game and, ironically, throw the last, as the Mets actually scored two runs on three hits in the bottom of ninth. In the wake of the Mets’ win streak, fans actually have something to relatively excited about.

This is great news for the owners, who over the past couple of seasons have experienced financial losses. This win streak may butts in the seats, they might be able to turn a profit. This is an excellent time to capitalize on the momentum created  by this recent stretch.

So what does COO Jeff Wilpon do?He did what any other professional sports administrator would do, he mocked his team and their chances at the World Series.

While honoring Mariano, Jeff Wilpon, speaking to Mariano, said “Wish we could see you in the World Series, but I’m not sure that’s going to happen.” Rivera, always being a professional, said “You never know.”

Strictly dissecting what he said, nothing he said was particularly wrong. There were very low expectations of this year’s club, with the general consensus being that they would finish second to last, only because the Marlins exist. Furthermore, their lack of spending on free agents, even middle-tier players, indicated that this season was planned to be a “bring up the kids year”.

However, him going out and explicitly stating something like this publicly is absolutely ridiculous. In my opinion, this just shows the difference between the two New York ballclubs. If you ever heard anything like this from Yankees upper management it would be considered preposterous and outrage from the fan base would ensue. The Yankees aim to win no matter the odds. A perfect example is that Jeter, A-Rod, Granderson, Teixeira, and other top players have missed the majority if not the entire season. Do you hear the Yanks complaining? No. Sure they acknowledge their absences, but they still go out and play and expect to win.

This is a fundamental difference between the organizations. The Mets are selling this season to us as a rebuilding year – as a season that was lost before it ever started. What incentive is there as a fan to go buy a ticket to a game? Would you buy a product whose maker does not believe in it? No, you would not.

Another thing, what does Wilpon gain from saying this?. Perhaps, it was just a passing joke. But being in a major market, especially New York, scrutiny of every comment and move is to be expected. No he is not wrong, but he still should have not said it.

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Collins Pulling Gee Was A Mistake That Didn’t End Up Hurting The Team Fri, 31 May 2013 16:28:18 +0000 dillon gee

Updated with thoughts by Joe D. on 5/31

When Terry Collins removed Dillon Gee in the eighth inning last night after registering one out, I like everyone else who were interacting on Twitter busted a gasket.

Here was Gee, pitching the game of his life and in the midst of retiring 15 consecutive batters – including the last five via a strikeout – and Collins decided to pull him despite only throwing 88 pitches to that point? Has he gone mad?

We’ve seen this so many times before from Collins and as usual his reasoning was as irrational as ever citing that “he didn’t want Gee to lose the game.”

Time and time again he’s done this and in fact it had the inverse effect resulting in losses for Jeremy Hefner, Shaun Marcum and Jon Niese. Despite his illogical attempts to secure a win for his pitchers, in most cases it led to a loss or no-decision.

Also, what does it say to his pitchers that Collins doesn’t trust them enough to win their own games?

Last night worked out okay for Gee, but that still doesn’t make what Collins did rational or right.

It was a terrible call, and to compound it by going to Scott Rice who desperately needs a day off, only made the decision even more foolish.

Rice leads the league in appearances and has played in 31 of the Mets’ first 51 games. That’s a recipe for disaster for the rookie who is on pace for 100 appearances – smashing every franchise record in the books.

Original Post 5/30

So picture yourself as Dillon Gee.

You’ve had a rough start to this season after coming off surgery.

Questions about your role have been brought up with the impending arrival of super prospect Zack Wheeler.
You take the ball in the Subway Series against the Yankees – trying to lead your team to incredibly rare four-game sweep.

And you deliver the game of your life.

But after a career-high 12 strikeouts and retiring 15 batters in row, you see your manager Terry Collins trotting out from the dugout. You’ve only thrown 88 pitches though and have looked great!

Pitching coach Dan Warthen didn’t pay a visit to check on you. You didn’t allow a hit or walk to signal for the pitching change. You simply dominated but wound up being pulled after 7.1 innings.

Now looking back on all this, Scott Rice came in and did another great job retiring the two lefties. Collins looks like a genius for pushing the right button at the right time, but was that button pushed a bit prematurely?

Once Ichiro was announced as the pinch hitter and with Brett Gardner on deck, the decision to bring in Rice to face the lefties made sense at the time.

But here’s the thing: Gee didn’t seem to have much trouble with the bevy of Yankee hitters thrown his way all night, except for a meaningless solo homer he allowed to Robinson Cano.

This could be considered a case of over-managing by Collins, but the result was favorable for the Mets.

Gee showed little emotion after being pulled, but he had to have been perturbed. He easily could have gone the distance if he kept up his pace.

At least give him a chance to get through eight innings. Now that the Mets have a somewhat established closer in Bobby Parnell, the ninth inning was his based on the save situation.

But Gee would have had even more of a confidence boost if he’d been given the chance to put up eight frames of one run ball.

In the end, this really isn’t that big of a deal. The most important thing is that the Mets won the ballgame and pulled off the four-game sweep.

Gee now needs to focus on building upon this effort to erase the rough start to his season. This is the type of effort that can really get him going.

And with Wheeler not too far away, each start for Gee – and Jeremy Hefner for that matter – will be highly scrutinized.

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Video: MLB Network’s Interview With Matt Harvey Fri, 31 May 2013 16:25:15 +0000 matt harvey

Prior to last night’s Subway Series sweep of the Yankees, MLB Network’s Sam Ryan sat down with Matt Harvey and spoke with him about his breakout season so far and facing his childhood team in the Subway Series. If you missed it last night, you can watch the full interview below.



Personally, I thought this was one of the best Harvey interviews I have seen all season. Ryan did a great job of drawing out a lot of interesting facts from Harvey. I loved how he talked about the fact that he wants to go for the Mets club pitching records, including Tom Seaver, at only 24-years old. This guy is a winner, and has that fiery spirit that has been sorely lacking for the New York Mets in recent years. Hopefully this one-man wrecking machine will lead the charge in changing the culture of the Mets clubhouse and make this team relevant again in the near future.

He truly is “The Real Deal” Harvey.

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3 Up & 3 Down, The Subway Series Sweep Edition, Yeah Baby!!! Fri, 31 May 2013 12:42:25 +0000 esb we got this

We’re feeling giddy here at 3N3 headquarters… The champagne corks are popping, because yes friends, the New York Mets have swept the New York Yankees in all four games of the Subway Series for the first time ever. Let’s say it again, the Mets SWEEP the Yankees! In all my writing here on MMO, I am nothing if not honest, so I’ll say it up front, I hate the Yankees, and I despise their fans. Sorry if that makes me a bad guy, but at least I’m honest. So in light of the this great moment in Mets history, we have a special Happy Recap Edition with 6 Ups.

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3 Up:

  • Dan(iel) Is The Man: I’ve always been a big fan of Daniel Murphy. Our second baseman is such a genuine major league hitter at the plate these days. Murph came up with some HUGE hits this series, especially after being robbed of a home run on a great catch by Brett Gardner on Monday night. Murphy would exact his revenge and deliver a key hit in the ninth inning to help the Mets win the first game. He kept delivering one big hit after another throughout the series and is one of the most reliable and proficient hitters in the Mets lineup. Murph is the man!
  • Captain America: David Wright came through in the clutch and delivered key hits in the first two games of the series at Citi Field. It was great to see our captain come up huge against the Yankees against whom he has a franchise record most hits. Just great!!
  • Niese Is Back: Jon Niese had a spectacular outing on Memorial Day against the Yankees. In fact we can say Jon single-handedly diffused the Bronx Bombers, surrendering just one run in seven innings. He’ll be missing his next start on Saturday, but the Mets don’t think it’s serious.

3 More Up:

  • Hard Luck Harvey: Just imagine what Matt Harvey‘s record would be if the Mets actually scored some runs for the kid. Harvey pitched brilliantly on Tuesday night and only gave up one run, thanks in large part to a misplayed ball by Marlon Byrd. It was all good however as the Mets came back to win and handed future Hall of Fame closer Mariano Rivera the first no-out, blown save of his career. Harvey was all smiles.
  • Heff, Heff Hooray: Keeping up with the whole pitching theme, how about Jeremy Hefner in game three? Heff was aided by five big runs in the first inning, as the Mets knocked Yankee starter David Phelps out of the game very quickly. Jeremy gave up three runs in six innings and finally earned his first win of the season. It’s nice to have Heff as an “Up” for a change.
  • Gee Whiz: Last, but certainly not least, we have to give recognize the tremendous performance by Dillon Gee who pitched the best game of his career in clinching the finale of the Subway Series to complete the sweep. Gee pitched a gem, going 7.1 innings, allowing just one run, and fanning 12 pinstripers. A very nice job by Dillon.

Mets sweep the Yankees… I love the sound of that.. Now we can head off to that sorrowful ballpark in Miami to take on the slumping Marlins riding a five-game winning streak… I love our chances… Lets Go Mets!!

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Gee Shines In Mets 3-1 Victory Over Yankees To Complete Subway Series Sweep! Fri, 31 May 2013 02:20:31 +0000 dillon gee

empire state building metsIn stunning fashion, Dillon Gee and the New York Mets beat the New York Yankees by the score of 3-1 tonight at Yankee Stadium to complete their first ever Subway Series sweep.

Wow, what a performance by Dillon Gee who pitched the game of his life tonight against the Yankees. The righthander held the Bronx Bombers to just one run on four hits, walked none, and struck out a career high 12 batters in 7.1 innings pitched. It was the best game I ever saw Gee throw. His fastball was biting, his changeup was getting it done, and his command was impeccable as he owned both sides of the plate. He pitched a heck of game…

The Mets scored their first two runs on another Marlon Byrd home run, his sixth of the season, a two-run bomb in the second off Yankees rookie Vidal Nuno. Their third run came in the eighth inning on an inifield single by John Buck to drive in a run.

Scott Rice finished up in the eighth and Bobby Parnell was smoking in the ninth to pick up his ninth save of the season.

This was such a great series all around for the Mets. Their starting rotation has put together a string of five consecutive phenomenal pitching performances, which is what has driven this five-game winning streak. It’s been incredible and fun to watch them pitch like this and we can only hope this continues.

Tomorrow the Mets head to Florida for a weekend series against the Miami Marlins. Shaun Marcum, who started this winning streak, will take the mound and oppose Jacob Turner who is making his MLB debut.



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Psst… Don’t Look Now, But Jon Niese Is Back! Thu, 30 May 2013 13:21:03 +0000 jon niese

The month of May for Jon Niese will hopefully become a microcosm for the New York Mets season, it’s not about how you start, it’s how you finish.

In what was a horrendous start to the season for Niese, the Mets young southpaw has put together a nice stretch over the past three outings to put his year back on track after seeing his ERA balloon to 5.93.

In his first two starts on the month, Niese allowed 15 runs, all earned, in just 8.1 innings of work, amounting to a 16.20 ERA. Since then, Niese has been significantly more effective, hurling 20.1 frames allowing just three earned runs in the last three times he’s been handed the ball.

The most impressive of the three, in fact of the year, came last night in the battle of the Big Apple; the Subway Series. Niese’s seven innings of work against a depleted, yet still formidable Yankee lineup showed not only a continuation of his bouncing back, but a flash of ferocity in what will likely be one of the biggest stages for the Amazin’s in the 2013 season.

A few weeks ago, SNY showed some video during Niese’s outing against St. Louis of him working with Dan Warthen on mechanics in the bullpen. They focused on his release points and wrist movements; from the video it looked like his cutter grip.

Since those sessions with Warthen, the adjustment to his release has allowed for Niese to put more bite on his cutter with more command in comparison to when he would just hang it over the plate as he did earlier this month.

Consistency has been one of Niese’s weak spots in his career so far, however this last string of outings he has put together have been encouraging. Despite the lack of run support, Niese has closed out the month of May strong, and will hope to continue to do so into June.

Let me speculate… Harvey, Niese, Marcum, Wheeler, Montero… Just keep saying it and it’ll come true…

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Yankees vs Mets: Niese Takes The Hill, Tejada Batting Leadoff Mon, 27 May 2013 20:28:52 +0000

Starting Lineup

  1. Ruben Tejada, SS
  2. Daniel Murphy, 2B
  3. David Wright, 3B
  4. Lucas Duda, LF
  5. John Buck, C
  6. Rick Ankiel, CF
  7. Ike Davis, 1B
  8. Mike Baxter, RF
  9. Jonathon Niese, P

Game Notes

According to Mark Simon of ESPNShaun Marcum is the third pitcher to have a 12-strikeout, no-walk game in which he got a no-decision this season. The other two are his teammate, Matt Harvey, and Seattle Mariners ace Felix Hernandez.

Ike Davis had a walk and two hits, including the game-winning two-run single in last night’s win. It was Davis’ first hit with a runner in scoring position since April 19, snapping a stretch in which he was 0-for-26 in those situations. The two hits raised his batting average to .158 for the season.

Lucas Duda had three hits last night including a solo home run against Braves starter Julio Teheran in the fourth innings. It was the ninth homer of season for Duda, who now has a 10-game hitting streak and has raised his average to .242 for the season.

Sandy Alderson had high praise for Yankees GM Brian Cashman whose team is in first place and has gotten great contributions from many of his scrapheap signings. ”They’ve continued to play well in spite of their injuries,” Sandy Alderson said. “They’ve gotten tremendous contributions from many of the players whom they acquired late in spring training or early in the season. You have to admire that. It’s shone a different light on the Yankees and the Yankees franchise what Brian Cashman has been able to do there.” Cashman’s hands were tied this offseason as the owners mandated that he reduce payroll. His signings and trade acquisitions are a big reason the Yankees are in first place despite injuries to Curtis Granderson, Mark Teixeira, Alex Rodriguez and others.

Mariano Rivera should make his final appearance ever at Citi Field as the Mets take on the Yankees this week. The Mets plan to honor Rivera with a video tribute before the game on Tuesday. Rivera has 20 regular-season saves in 22 chances against the Mets. His 91 percent conversion rate is third-best among the 17 pitchers with at least 20 save chances against the Mets.

Relievers Scott Atchison (disabled list on May 14 with elbow inflammation) and Jeurys Familia (DL on May 9, biceps tendinitis) each pitched one scoreless rehab inning Saturday for High-A St. Lucie. One more for Atchison could get him back to the Mets while Familia likely goes to Triple-A Las Vegas.

Subway Series Game Preview

It’s rivalry week where most teams are playing their Interleague partner. Of course it feels different this year as there is always an interleague series happening and one rivalry pair (Houston/Texas) is no longer interleague so they aren’t playing right now. Anyway, the Mets won last night and look to continue that into a long streak to reverse the direction the team is moving. Tonight Jon Niese takes on the Yankees and Phil Hughes.

Jon Niese is 3-5 over 10 games this season while pitching 54.1 innings and a 4.80 ERA. In his last 13.0 innings of work he has allowed only 2 ER (although thanks to the Mets defense its 5 runs). Last year he faced the Yankees twice where he allowed 4 runs, 2 earned over 13.1 innings while striking out 11 batters. The Yankees have the following numbers against Niese:

Cano 4-9, 2B
Nix 2-4
Boesch 2-2, HR
Hafner 1-2
Wells 2-3

The Mets bats will get a crack at Phil Hughes today who is 2-3 over 9 games this season over 47.1 innings while posting a 5.51 ERA. His last start (6.0 innings, 2 ER) is went much better than the start before that where he allowed 7 ER in 0.2 innings which was on the heels of a 5.2 inning 6 ER game. Last year he allowed 2 ER against the Mets in a 6.2 inning outing. The Mets have the following numbers against Phil:

Buck 2-7, HR
Davis 1-5
Wright 3-9, HR
Murphy 0-5
Byrd 0-3
Ankiel 2-2, HR

Lets Go Mets!

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