Posts Tagged ‘Terry Collins’

April 10th, 2012

Things could not have started better for the 2012 Mets.

The Mets have won by shutout, they have won by hitting the long ball, they have scored runs in bunches, flirted with a no-hitter, and have come back from a three-run deficit to win in walk-off fashion in the 9th inning. Add it all up and the Amazins are one more victory shy of tying their best ever start to a season (1985, 5-0).

Still, there is one thing this surprising team of home grown talent has not yet done, and that is win with yours truly in the building. That can all change tonight, as I am heading to Citi Field after work for my first Mets game of 2012.

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April 9th, 2012

The first weekend of the baseball season is in the books, and the Mets are in first place. Sure, it’s only 3 games. And we all know the Amazins will have their struggles this season at some point. But for a franchise that was steeped in more shit this off season than a dog park garbage can, it was as good of a start to 2012 as I could have hoped for.

The Mets did a little bit of everything in their three-game sweep of their nemesis, the Atlanta Braves- quality starting pitching, lights out dominance from the re-tooled bullpen, power in bunches on Saturday afternoon, and timely hitting all around. They even flirted with history when Jon Niese took a no-hitter into the 7th inning on Easter Sunday. Combine the wins with an 0-3 start by the Yankees, and it is one of the rare weekends we have had in the past 5 years when we can walk around New York proud to be Mets fans.

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September 28th, 2011

It was the last game of the season for the New York Mets, and one could guarantee that the number of fans that showed up were there not to see their team win, but to see Jose Reyes.  Reyes, who hit 2 homeruns in last night’s close loss to Cincy, is up for the National League batting title.  But perhaps more importantly, Reyes was in the lineup for what may be his last game as a Met.

It was a pitcher’s duel today, with Miguel Batista going the distance allowing no runs on a mere 2 hits.  Voloquez, who pitched for the Reds, allowed 3 runs to New York on 6 hits;  3-0 Mets to end the game and the season.

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July 15th, 2011

The All-Star break has come and gone, and so has Francisco Rodriguez. Trading K-R0d was almost certainly the right move for Sandy Alderson to make, but in the short term it makes the Mets a worse team for the rest of THIS season. Now the Amazins will have to find a way to stay above .500 and remain on the outskirts of the wild card race without their star closer. It’s a daunting task for an already overachieving team as the second half of the season begins, and with the Phillies coming to town it gets even tougher.

Gone are the days of Frankie Rodriguez closing out games for the Mets. Can anyone step up and replace him this season?

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June 29th, 2011

There haven’t been many times that I have been speechless with the Mets in a good way (I have been speechless over bad Mets baseball roughly 36,769 times). But after Wednesday night’s 16-9 win over Detroit it took me several minutes to even begin to think about what to write.

The Mets 16-run performance gives them a franchise record 52 in the past 4 games.

A quick recap of the game: The Mets jumped out to an 8-2 lead, picking up right where they left off last night, as their bats remained hotter than we have ever seen the franchise have. Unlike the series opener though, the Tigers fought back on Wednesday with a barrage of 5 homeruns, and pulled within 8-6 in the 6th. Miguel Cabrera had 2 of those bombs, including a 450 foot shot to left center.

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June 10th, 2011

After going 0-5 last night in Pittsburgh, Jose Reyes found his groove again in his 31st multiple-hit game, against Pirates starter Charlie Morton.  Morton performed the worst start of the season, allowing 7 runs with 6 earned and nine hits in less than 5 innings.  While his backup defense wasn’t doing too much for him as the pirates 44 game errorless streak was snapped tonight, Morton and his missteps like the Mets 5 run 4th inning were in the spotlight.  Although the offense contributed 8 runs to this Mets second straight victory, the real story lies with Dillon Gee.

Dillon Gee, allowing 1 run and 8 hits over 8 innings, expanded his record to 7-0, becoming the first Mets rookie to do so.  As Gee has allowed only one earned run or less in three of his last five outings, the Mets offense doesn’t have to do much, but tonight they did.

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June 9th, 2011

On September 2, 2008, Jon Niese began his Major League career against the Milwaukee Brewers.  He gave up 5 runs over 3 innings after giving up a home run to the first batter he faced, Rickie Weeks.  Tonight, for the first time, he returned to Miller Park, but things didn’t go so smoothly for the Brewers.  Throwing only 99 pitches in 7 2/3 innings, Niese struck out 8 and only allowed for 1 run, leading the Mets to take the series from Milwaukee.

Recently, when the Mets were hitting, when the Mets were winning, there was one common contributing factor: Jose Reyes.  Tonight, the short stop went 0-5, but that didn’t stop the makeshift lineup from picking up for his shortcomings and beating up on Yovani Gallardo: one of the hottest pitchers in the National League.  Starting the scoring in the second inning, the Mets would go on to knock out Gallardo before the top of the 5th could end.

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June 5th, 2011

As the rubber game of the Mets/Braves series opened on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball, focus rested on Jose Reyes and Brian McCann as the two best players of their positions.  While McCann contributed little in the Braves’ loss, Jose was right in the middle of the Mets’ victory.  He came into the game leading the league in triples, hits, and multi-hit games, batting .340, and having stolen more bases by himself than the entire Braves roster has.  Feeding off of the energy of the “Don’t trade Reyes” crew, he started the game with excitement.

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June 3rd, 2011

Coming off of a split series with the Pirates, the New York Mets knew that they had to turn it around.  The Braves were coming in, so there was no question about the fact that if this were to be a victory, it would not be an easy one.  Before the game, a lot of attention was put on Rookie of the Month of May, Justin Turner, but the true star of the night would prove to be Jonathon Niese.

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June 2nd, 2011

The Mets got their biggest comeback win in 11 years as they fell behind 7-0 early, but came back and beat the Pirates 9-8 in the finale of the 4-game series.

I had a whole article written up trashing the team, saying they showed no heart after Terry Collins’ fiery speech Wednesday night, and when I wrote it all it was well deserved. Pittsburgh jumped all over Mike Pelfrey, scoring 3 runs in the 1st, 3 more in the 2nd, and another in the 3rd to make it 7-0. Neil Walker destroyed Pelf in the 2nd for a 3-run bomb off the Dunkin Donuts sign in front of Shea Bridge for a rare no-doubter at Citi Field. The fans were quiet, plastic bags were blowing all over the field, and for all intents and purposes the game was completely over. I know I for one had this one chalked up as a loss.

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