Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud left tonight’s game with a sore right shoulder after being struck by a foul tip off the bat of San Francisco Giants outfielder Hunter Pence. Leading off the second inning, Pence fouled a 3-0 fastball straight back, striking d’Arnaud in the shoulder. The rookie catcher stayed in the game for another two innings, but did not come back out on defense for the top of the fourth. He was replaced by Anthony […]
Update 2:20 PM According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, Matt Harvey has opted to rehabilitate the torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow and avoid surgery for now. “The diagnosis apparently was positive enough whereby Harvey is expected to try rehab for now, then begin a throwing program in one-to-two months,” Heyman said. Harvey still could undergo Tommy John surgery this offseason for the partially torn ulnar collateral ligament if the elbow continues to have […]
Tonight Zack Wheeler takes on the team that drafted him for the second time this season. The first time the 23-year old faced the Giants, he was publicized as the “Robin” to the leading Cy-Young candidate and NL All-Star Game Starter Matt Harvey; perhaps unfairly so. Since that initial outing at AT&T against his former franchise; much has changed. Harvey and a pitching rubber between now and 2015 is in question, and Wheeler has taken […]
Passion is a powerful force. It reveals the extremely fine line between good and evil; friend and foe; master and slave. Passion turned Walter While, your average high school science teacher into Heisenberg, a maniacal drug-dealing assassin in khakis and a pork pie hat. Passion is Walter Wayne Backman’s worst enemy — and slim hope. Backman’s 14-year major league career ended two decades ago, but his passion for the game of baseball has not died, […]
Mets reliever Tim Byrdak has been known for his antics. From Little Jerry the Chicken to the spring training Hulk Hogan, the 39-year old always finds a way to keep the mood light. Sunday at Citi Field, prior to the Amazin’s series finale and eventual 12th inning walk-off win, Byrdak was headed to the clubhouse after batting practice. As he walked down the right field line, a number of young autograph seekers beckoned his name. […]
It’s been a long road back to the major leagues for Jeurys Familia this season. He last appeared with the Mets in the bigs on May 8th, then underwent surgery on June 5th to clean out a bone spur and loose bodies in his pitching elbow. While he was working to get himself back into shape, Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reported there was no expectation for Familia to make it back to the […]
With the loss in game one of yesterday’s doubleheader with the Miami Marlins, the Mets clinched their 5th straight losing season. This shouldn’t come as a shock since it has happened many times in the past - from the newly minted team of the ’60′s to the “Franchiseless” Mets of the late ’70′s and early ’80′s. Hell even the teams from the Mid ’90s as well as the ’02-’04 seasons were exercises in futility. So I figured […]
As I speculated before the weekend, David Wright is indeed planning to return during the San Francisco Giants series beginning on Tuesday. Both Wright and Terry Collins staunchly defended their rationale in attempting to have the third baseman return from a strained right hamstring this season, as reported by Adam Rubin of ESPN New York. “It’s something that I’m against, personally,” Wright said Saturday regarding shutting things down for the season. “If the organization feels that […]
A couple of nights ago I’m on Facebook checking out a page for fellow Mets fans. We’re all rejoicing in the Yankees misery. I, too, add a few comments and threw in a joke about ‘A-Roid.’ Someone else commented about us playing spoiler and knocking the Nats further back. Then, it hit me. This is what we’ve become. We have nothing hopeful to cheer for, so yet again this season, we are reduced to the role of spoiler. […]
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