Sunday, August 28, 2016

Mets Fail To Sweep Phillies, Still 2.5 Games Back of Wild Card

They're winning series', but also running out of time. Robert Gsellman pitched well, but Jay Bruce really needs to step it up and start hitting.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

The Mets Just Look Really Bad Right Now

Injuries happen to every team so forget that. But not scoring when the pitching is great and scoring plenty, but getting worse pitching and losing. Guys unable to hit in the clutch, no speed, relying too much on home runs, unable to put together any kind of streak and losing series to bad teams....can you blame any Mets fan for giving up on the 2016 season? And what with 3 teams in front of them, is there a realistic shot at getting a wild card this year? I don't think so--thank goodness football starts soon.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Is T.J. Rivera For Real?

From Kevin Plawecki to Logan Verrett to Michael Conforto, Mets rookies have been pretty bad this season. But now after going 4-for-4 yesterday and hitting .364 in 7 games, the question begs to be asked: Can T.J. Rivera be the Mets rookie who can actually help this team get in the playoffs this season? Only time will tell.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

It's Time For Jon Niese To Put Up Or Shut Up

Now back with the Mets fighting for a playoff spot, it's time for Jon Niese to step it up and prove to everybody that, at this point in his career, he's more than just a left-handed specialist. You'd like to think that Niese's return to a starting rotation would motivate him, but you never know. One thing's for sure: it's mid-August and the Mets need him to good, really good.

Monday, August 15, 2016

RIP Choo Choo Coleman
Choo Choo Coleman, a catcher for the Mets during their comically dismal early seasons — and a fond, chuckle-inducing memory for Mets fans — died on Monday in Orangeburg, S.C.

The cause was cancer, The Associated Press reported, citing a niece who said he was 80, born on Aug. 18, 1935. Public records say his date of birth was a week later, Aug. 25. Numerous online biographical sources, however, say he was born on Aug. 25, 1937, indicating he was 78.

Coleman had a brief big league career, playing in parts of four seasons, and his performance was undistinguished: Appearing in 201 games, he hit just .197 with nine homers and 30 runs batted in.
But he had the good (or ill) fortune of playing for the Mets in their history-making first two seasons, 1962 and 1963, when the team won 91 games, lost 231 and became legendary in its ineptitude. 

He stood 5 feet 9 and played at 165 pounds or less, slight for a catcher. His hands were suspect — he “handles outside curve balls like a man fighting bees,” Roger Angell observed in The New Yorker — and in 1963 he finished third among National League catchers in errors (15) and fourth in passed balls (11) despite starting just 66 games behind the plate. He was known for his hustle, and, Angell observed, he was speedy on the bases (though he added, “This is an attribute that is about as essential to catchers as neat handwriting”).

Coleman was a Met fan’s Met, an emblem (like so many of his teammates) of a team that returned National League baseball to New York and was welcomed by New Yorkers still heartsick at the departure of the Dodgers and Giants to the West Coast after the 1957 season.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Lowly Mets Get Swept At Home By Last Place Arizona Diamondbacks

Terry Collins certainly deserves to be on the hot seat and the Mets just need to accept that Travis D'Arnaud is a bust. However, my question is: for all the inept hitting this outside Cespedes, Walker and Cabrera, why isn't the hitting coach, Kevin Long, getting any share of the blame?

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Brandon Nimmo and Michael Conforto Need To Prove They're Not Busts

For all the talk/criticism going on about Yoenis Cespedes going on the DL partly due to his off-the-park golf habits, no one seems to want to talk about how one man shouldn't be expected to carry a team's offense for the entire season. Or that besides a couple of stretches from Neil Walker, Asdrubal Cabrera and Michael Conforto early in the season, Cespedes and perhaps James Loney since he came to the Mets, have been the only consistent offensive performers. Then too is the fact that for all the hype surrounding them in the minors, Conforto (who's looked especially bad at the plate of late) and Brandon Nimmo have done little to contribute to the Mets this season. With the Mets struggling for playoff contention it's long past time they both step up.