at Citi Field on April 29, 2016 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.

They Made The Puns Too Easy

Here’s a little perspective as to how far the Mets have come: You remember 2009, right? That was the season where Carlos Delgado ended his career, the Mets won 70 games, and the Phillies and the Yankees were in the World Series. In other words, the script for that season was written by Satan. That […]

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 28:  Dee Gordon #9 of the Miami Marlins laughs as he returns to the dugout after scoring a run on a balk in the seventh inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on April 28, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Small Guys Do It Too

I wanted to mention this Dee Gordon thing in case my blog is the first thing you read in the morning. (And if it is, what the hell is wrong with you?) Stephen A. Smith recently and stupidly insinuated that Jake Arrieta may be on the juice because of his big ripply muscles and his pitching […]

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 27:  Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach smiles before throwing out the ceremonial first pitch of a game between the New York Mets and the Cincinnati Reds as Matt Harvey #33 looks on at Citi Field on April 27, 2016 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Turning The Corner When The Corner Is A Line Drive Off Your Butt

It didn’t start out well for Matt Harvey, giving up a leadoff home run to Zack Cosart, and then having an Ivan DeJesus Jr. line drive go off his butt. I guess so. Maybe that line drive got him mad and he pretended the Reds were Clubber Lang. He held the Reds to one more […]

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 26: Yoenis Cespedes #52 of the New York Mets is congratulated after he hit a game tying three run home run against the Cincinnati Reds in the seventh inning of a game at Citi Field on April 26, 2016 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

When Whatcha See Isn’t Whatcha Get

Players like Yoenis Cespedes will never be known as “gamers”. He has too much talent to be a gamer. But this is becoming a pattern with him. First off, trying to smack a World Series grand slam after fouling one hard off his knee. Then, diving three rows deep into the stands to catch a […]

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 25:  Neil Walker #20 of the New York Mets reacts after his seventh inning two run home run against the Cincinnati Reds with teammate Michael Conforto #30 at Citi Field on April 25, 2016 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Boom, He’s Dynamite

It’s very rare that all of the key elements in a transaction start out successful. Usually there’s a clear loser or losers that make themselves apparent fairly quickly. But the second baseman in Washington has an OPS of 1.100, Jon Niese is 3-0, and Neil Walker is hitting .301 with eight home runs. I’m not sure […]

ATLANTA, GA - APRIL 24:  Jacob deGrom #48 of the New York Mets pitches in the first inning against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on April 24, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Concerns Are Dwindling

We’re Mets fans, so we will never be satisfied. But the capper to a 7-2 road trip alleviated a lot of fears on Sunday. First off, the fear that Jacob deGrom was going to take a slow road back from his injury and his unfortunate time off to take care of his family. But if […]

ATLANTA, GA - APRIL 23: Neil Walker #20 of the New York Mets is congratulated by teammates after hitting a ninth inning solo inning run against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on April 23, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

Over From Jump

This was simply one of the 54 games in a schedule that every major league team wins. You’re going to win 54 and lose 54, and it’s the other 54 games that will decide your fate. But it was fate that decided this one very early. After a Lucas Duda sacrifice fly in the first […]

ATLANTA, GA - APRIL 22:  Yoenis Cespedes #52 of the New York Mets slides safely into second base against the tag attempt by Daniel Castro #14 of the Atlanta Braves in the seventh inning at Turner Field on April 22, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Attrition In Atlanta

If Turner Field in Atlanta could talk, it would probably say “Well, this is it for us after this year. Remember, if we can’t beat ’em, beat ’em up.” And the Braves aren’t going to beat anybody much this season, because they ain’t very good. But I’m sure if the ballpark was a living, breathing […]

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Manufactured Sadness

I hear you millennials on the Internet talking about “Well these home runs are nice and all, but the Mets need to learn how to manufacture runs.” First off, what is Harold Reynolds feeding you people? Second, you see some of the lineups the Mets put out last season? The Mets couldn’t manufacture a run […]

PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 19: Yoenis Cespedes #52 of the New York Mets congratulates teammate Lucas Duda #21 for a two run home run in the seventh inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on April 19, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

Knocking Down The Legend In Waiting

I almost took a trip to Philly last Thursday to check out our rivals play the San Diego Padres. I ultimately decided to skip the game in favor of a couple hours of extra sleep. I missed Vincent Velasquez’s 16 K zero BB performance that made a little bit of history. I have to be […]

PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 18: Noah Syndergaard #34 of the New York Mets has his hair fly in his face while delivering a pitch in the seventh inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on April 18, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Mets won 5-2. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

Poetry In Fast Motion

People wonder aloud to me about the appeal of baseball. How could I watch multiple games in the same night, or at once. They wonder what the appeal is. You baseball fans (let’s face it, if you’re reading this you must be a baseball fan) know that there’s multiple reasons. There’s the chance to see […]

CLEVELAND, OH - APRIL 17: Rajai Davis #20 of the Cleveland Indians loses the ball in the sun off the bat of Curtis Granderson of the New York Mets in the second inning at Progressive Field on April 17, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Mets defeated the Indians 6-0.  (Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images)

The Sun Shines Bright In Cleveland

The Mets needed a great outing from Steven Matz on Sunday. For his own sake, and for the overworked bullpen’s sake, as Terry Collins admitted to Keith Hernandez that the team would have been in big trouble had Matz been bombed again. So it was a huge help when the Mets put three on the […]

CLEVELAND, OH -  APRIL 16: Starting pitcher Matt Harvey #33 of the New York Mets pitches during the first inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on April 16, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Asking The Question

I really thought we had something special going today. As Matt Harvey was going no-hitter for four and 2/3’s innings today, I was thinking how fitting it would have been for Harvey to twirl a no-hitter while his New York Rangers were winning a playoff game at the exact same time. And I was going […]

CLEVELAND, OH -  APRIL 15: Neil Walker #20 celebrates with Yoenis Cespedes #52 of the New York Mets after Cespedes hit a two run home run during the fifth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on April 15, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. All players are wearing #42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Fun Times In Cleveland Today

Friday was Jackie Robinson Day, the anniversary of when Robinson broke baseball’s color barrier and made his major league debut. Major League Baseball marks the occasion by having every player wear special jerseys with the number 42 to honor Robinson. The Wilpons know this day as the day they get 25 more jerseys to put […]

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I Love It When You Hit Those Switches

The first six innings of Wednesday’s game were a wash despite the switches to the program. Logan Verrett was brilliant in place of Jacob deGrom, striking out six and giving up three hits. Adam Conley, in for Wei-Yin Chen, was just as good striking out nine and giving up four hits. The most important last […]

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 12:  Noah Syndergaard #34 of the New York Mets reacts after getting a strikeout to end the sixth inning against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field on April 12, 2016 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Tears of a Clown Blogger, Bro

They say every time a Noah Syndergaard start is trampled to death by a team that can’t hit, a baby cries. Okay, maybe only I say that. And maybe only I cry. Noah Syndergaard gave the Mets exactly what they needed as his seven inning 12 strikeout game gave the bullpen a breather and gave […]

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 11:  Steven Matz #32 of the New York Mets walks off the mound after giving up 7-runs in the second inning against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field on April 11, 2016 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Touchdown Marlins

You can’t avoid the reaper. Oh, you may cheat him once. Maybe twice. But the reaper always finds you when you’re most vulnerable. Steven Matz beat the reaper in the first inning after a reversed call brought him up to the plate. But in the second inning, Matz was set up for disaster of his […]

28 Feb 2002 : Coach Randy Niemann of the New York Mets during the Spring Training game against the St.Louis Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Florida. The Cardinals won 5-2. DIGTAL IMAGE. Mandatory Credit: Eliot Schechter/Getty Images

I Ain’t Talking ‘Bout The 2-3

I think we’re all well aware that the 1986 Mets, whose uniforms the current group modeled on Sunday, started with two wins and three losses, just like their 2016 counterparts. While the 1986 start was met with similar cries of panic after their start, it’s a little more easily explained back then, as two of […]

CINCINNATI, OH - APRIL 6:  David Hernandez #30 of the Philadelphia Phillies pitches in the eighth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on April 6, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Cincinnati defeated Philadelphia 3-2.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Frownie Face

It doesn’t even bother me that Vincent Velasquez cut through the Mets like a hot knife through what’s left of my brain. He’s a decent prospect who came over in the Ken Giles trade and might work out to be something. It doesn’t even bother me that the Mets made the Phillies bullpen look unhittable […]

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Streaks

Bad tastes were left in everyone’s mouths at the end of last season. I had a few more than most. So it was especially important for me to get out to Citi Field to keep a couple of streaks alive. The one I’ll discuss: Friday was my third straight home opener where there was a pennant […]

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