CHICAGO, IL - JULY 18: David Ross #3 of the Chicago Cubs pats teammate Matt Szczur #20 on the head after Szczur scored a run in the 8th inning against the New York Mets at Wrigley Field on July 16, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. The Cubs defeated the Mets 5-1. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Pull Up A Chair, Mediocrity: It’s Been Too Long

When Jon Lester got out of the first inning in something like four pitches (it was actually ten, but to hell with research … you do that), I knew that things weren’t going to go the way they did when Lester pitched against the Mets at Citi Field. But hey, you can’t expect to knock […]

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JULY 17: Jacob deGrom #48 of the New York Mets throws a pitch in the first inning during a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on July 17, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)

Masking Agent

With all the back and forth about home runs vs. sacrifice flies (which is the baseball version of the conversation that Keith and Gary were having about potato chips vs. bananas, but I digress), we’ve all forgotten one thing: What the Mets are really supposed to be is “pitching reliant”. That game that Jacob deGrom had […]

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JULY 16: Carlos Ruiz #51 of the Philadelphia Phillies slides safely into home plate as Erik Goeddel #62 of the New York Mets attempts to make the tag in the eighth inning during a game at Citizens Bank Park on July 16, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Phillies won 4-2. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)

The Ghost Of Situational Hitting Past

So I had mentioned last night that one of the things that needs to happen for the Mets to succeed in the second half of the season was Asdrubal Cabrera getting hits with runners in scoring position. Screw it, I’m going to quote myself and to hell with you if you find me narcissistic. I […]

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JULY 15: Neil Walker #20 of the New York Mets hits a three run home run in the sixth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on July 15, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Mets won 5-3. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

Let Somebody Else Be Bitter For A Change

Perhaps it won’t make the people who pine for last year’s second baseman feel any better. But at least this year’s second baseman is still good enough to make other people besides Mets fans feel bad for a change. You see, the Mets acquired Neil Walker for Jonathan Niese. Niese hasn’t had a great season, […]

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JULY 10: Daniel Murphy #20 of the Washington Nationals waves to the crowd after defeating the New York Mets 3-2 at Citi Field on July 10, 2016 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

All Star Broken

When the Mets were bad, barren, broken, it was easy to pick a particularly bad loss and say “that’s it, the season is over”. Because you knew that those teams weren’t coming back to life. If I said that now … if I typed the words “We’re Dead, Season Over”, it would be nothing more […]

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JULY 09: Max Scherzer #31 of the Washington Nationals is greeted by Daniel Murphy #20 after scoring on Ben Revere #9 RBI triple in the third inning against the New York Mets at Citi Field on July 9, 2016 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

A Tired Script

I guess the scriptwriters blew all of their creative genius on Thursday night’s game when Oliver Perez got two hits. Because Saturday’s script was tired and predictable. Daniel Murphy almost hit for the cycle, the Mets lineup missed a chance to do damage to Max Scherzer before he rocked them to sleep, and the Mets […]

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JULY 08:  Noah Syndergaard #34 of the New York Mets talks with temmate Asdrubal Cabrera #13 in the fifth inning during a injury timeout against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field on July 8, 2016 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

More Losses Than Losses

Well the Mets lost a baseball game 3-1 to Stephen Strasburg and the Washington Nationals. There’s no use in lamenting over that, besides perhaps a wasted rally in the eighth after Strasburg was already out of the game as Curtis Granderson swung at a lucky 3-1 pitch from Oliver Perez which set up a double […]

ATLANTA, GA - JUNE 26: Bartolo Colon #40 of the New York Mets throws a first inning pitch against Aramis Ramirez #13 of the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on June 26, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

Ups And Downs

The Down: Matt Harvey Is Done For The Season I had a conversation with a friend of mine at the beginning of the season. I’ve mentioned him before … the eternal optimist. He was pumping the tires for four twenty win pitchers. I was trying to quell his enthusiasm on that, simply because of managers […]

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JULY 07:  Oliver Perez #46 of the Washington Nationals watches Wilmer Flores #4 of the New York Mets three run home run in the fifth inning at Citi Field on July 7, 2016 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Hilariously Delicious

Just want to lead off with this: Whoever wrote the script for tonight’s game and came up with the idea of having Oliver Perez have two hits? Bravo, sir or ma’am. That was something nobody saw coming. In a game that featured many twists and turns, it sure as hell wasn’t my favorite plot twist, […]

CINCINNATI, OH - JULY 14: American League All-Star Chris Sale #49 of the Chicago White Sox, American League All-Star Wade Davis #17 of the Kansas City Royals, American League All-Star Glen Perkins #15 of the Mennesota Twins, and American League All-Star Hector Santiago #53 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim walk in the outfield during the 86th MLB All-Star Game at the Great American Ball Park on July 14, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Your Guide to MLB All-Star Week

There are only a few more days until the 2016 edition of MLB All-Star Week is upon us. The 87th All-Star game and the exciting events surrounding it are set to take place at Petco Park in San Diego from July 10 through July 12. Check out our exclusive All-Star Week guide below and enjoy […]

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 06: Wilmer Flores #4 of the New York Mets is congratulated by James Loney #28 after he hit a home run against the Miami Marlins in a game at Citi Field on July 6, 2016 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

Level Of Difficulty

With the arrival of Jose Reyes in Flushing, the guy who figured to suffer would be Wilmer Flores. And that’s probably the last guy you want to lose as he’s been ripping the ball pretty good since June 3rd … not including today, his average is up over .300 since then. Flores was originally going […]

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 05:  Giancarlo Stanton #27 of the Miami Marlins follows through on a seventh inning two run home run against the New York Mets at Citi Field on July 5, 2016 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Kong’d

Giancarlo Stanton is a game changer. He’s a streak changer. And he seems to like facing Steven Matz. In Matz’s first start of the season, Stanton put a missile into the seats. In Tuesday night’s start with the Mets cruising on the wave of a five game winning streak and a 1-0 lead thanks to […]

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 04: Yoenis Cespedes #52 of the New York Mets reacts after he hit a two run double in the eighth inning inning against the Miami Marlins during a game at Citi Field on July 4, 2016 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

White Shoes, Sweet Swings, And Stray Arrows

On the one hand, I’m happy for Matt Harvey. For all the times that he has pitched well and gotten a no-decision … you know, when Matt Harvey was good … I’m happy that every once in a while he can escape a loss that he deserved because the offense bailed him out. Let’s face […]

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Things Done Changed

Sometimes, there are no real explanations for things. I know that’s what we do as bloggers, try to be declarative and cocksure about everything. But in reality, there’s no real reason to point to as to why or how the Mets can lose three to the Braves, who were on pace for 56 victories this […]

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 16:  Bartolo Colon #40 of the New York Mets pitches in the first inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Citi Field on June 16, 2016 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Laz Diaz’s Long Strange Trip

Here’s how masterful Bartolo Colon was over his six innings on Saturday: His pitches were moving so much that the home plate umpire couldn’t keep track. Hugging the outside corner, going around the outside corner, tickling the outside corner’s feet … hitters could barely keep track of the movement. And with Travis d’Arnaud working his […]

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Thunder And Lightning

First off, let me apologize to all of you. Because the Mets 10-2 victory over the Cubs could have happened in the requisite three hours. But it took five because it rained. And it rained because I bought tickets. I’ve gotten a string of games lately that have had some sort of angst attached. It […]

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 30:  Brandon Nimmo #9 of the New York Mets reacts at second base after his seventh-inning, RBI base hit against the Chicago Cubs at Citi Field on June 30, 2016 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Finding Ourselves

It wasn’t just that it was 2-0 Cubs two batters into the ballgame. But in the bottom of that first inning, John Lackey threw a slider so hellacious to Yoenis Cespedes that Lackey had his finger raised and was halfway to the dugout before the ball even crossed the plate while Cory Blaser was already […]

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 29 : Daniel Murphy #20 of the Washington Nationals hits a two-run home run in the eighth inning against the New York Mets at Nationals Park on June 29, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Matt Hazlett/Getty Images)

Damn, Daniel …

I guess we could tryyyyyyyyyyyyyy to explain how a guy who was a .288 hitter with the Mets with a .755 OPS all of a sudden sees his batting average go up 70 some odd points and his OPS go up 200 in his first season with Washington. Batting adjustments, hitting behind the N.L. MVP, […]

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BALTIMORE, MD - JUNE 28:  Wilson Ramos #40 of the Washington Nationals celebrates scoring on Anthony Rendon #6 (not pictured) triple in the second inning during a baseball game against the New York Mets at Nationals Park on June 28, 2016 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

Another Fine Mess Thanks To Ollie

It’s hard to judge games like this when you have two rain delays and a 1-0 game with Matt Harvey and Susan’s father’s grandson making his major league debut turns into a bullpen game in the fifth, where all sorts of wacky things start happening. Now I was resigned when Bryce Harper hit a two […]

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