Archive for June, 2011

Mets just can’t stand prosperity

Posted: June 16, 2011 in Mets

What a strange way to lose, yet all too typical for a Mets fan. The Mets had a shot at going over the .500 mark for the first time since the first week of the season, battling back from an early 6-2 hold and taking an 8-6 lead into the ninth inning.
Francisco Rodriguez, he of the tightrope-walking save, came on in the ninth having converted 19 straight save chances. I was there for his lone blown save up until tonight, coming during the second game of the season in a game the Mets would eventually win in extras.
K-Rod gave up a hit to Jason Heyward and then a booming homer to pinch-hitter Brooks Conrad to tie the score at 8.
I’d love to say that was the most frustrating moment of the contest, but the Mets were just getting warmed up.
With two outs in the 10th, the always dangerous Diory Hernandez doubled off crappy Mets reliever D.J. Carrasco. Hernandez took third on Jordan Schafer’s infield single, a ball first baseman Lucas Duda should have allowed second baseman Ruben Tejada to handle.
After getting a swinging strike on Heyward, Carrasco got set for his second pitch and flinched before going into his motion. That’s right, Carrasco balked in the winning run. Only the Mets could lose on a balk-off. I’m hoping this doesn’t start the team on a losing streak, because losses like these are tough to take. Terry Collins has done a nice job of rallying the troops after tough losses. He’ll need to work overtime after tonight’s deflating defeat. The Mets are back at Citi Field tomorrow night to face the Los Angeles Angels. Chris Capuano takes the hill against Joel Pineiro, a guy who usually owns the Mets.


Mets win, reach .500

Posted: June 16, 2011 in Mets

Ok, so .500 may not seem to be such a great accomplishment. But for this ragtag group of Mets, it certainly is.
The Mets beat the Braves tonight 4-0 in a game twice interrupted by rain delays to even their record at 34-34 for the season. Dillon Gee had a bit of bad luck tonight, as he was well on his way to an 8-0 start. He fired four shutout innings before the rains came, causing a delay of an hour and 10 minutes.
The bullpen came through for a change, as D.J. Carrasco, Bobby Parnell and K-Rod combined for five innings of one-hit ball. Parnell fanned five in two innings and was credited with the win.
Angel Pagan had two hits, including a two-run homer. Jose Reyes went 1-4 with a double, run and an RBI groundout.
The Mets haven’t been over the .500 mark since they were 3-2 in the opening week of the season. Would certainly be nice to get there tomorrow by picking up a rare sweep at Turner Field, usually a house of horrors for the Mets since it opened. R.A. Dickey (3-7, 3.98 ERA) opposes Braves rookie Mike Minor (0-2, 4.50).
Let’s go Mets!

This one goes out to you, Gary

Posted: June 1, 2011 in Mets

Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Gary!

As a Mets fan who grew up in the 80s, Gary Carter was one of my idols. A pillar of the great championship 86 Mets team, Carter brought plenty of leadership and a steady hand to guide the young pitching staff to unbelievable heights. His leadership was equaled by his powerful bat at the plate and penchant for clutch hits (something this current group of Mets sorely lacks).
Earlier this week, it was announced Carter had an inoperable brain tumor. As one might expect from a warrior of his stature, Carter isn’t going down without a fight, prognosis be damned.
He is going to be treated aggressively with chemotherapy to try to shrink the tumors and hopefully give him more time with his loving family. Carter lost his mother to cancer at a young age and devoted an almost innumerable amount of time raising money for cancer research. Carter, a devout Christian, was one of the good guys of the game, one of the few members of that raucous 86 team to not partake in the drinking and carousing after the endless stream of Mets wins (now that’s a phrase you never hear anymore).
This all brings me to my next point and another rant against the clueless Wilpons. The numbers of Carter and Keith Hernandez should have been retired years ago. As we are in the 25th anniversary season of the 86 Mets championship and with Carter now in for the fight of his life, it would be the ultimate tribute to right this egregious error and retire the jerseys. They owe it to Gary, who deserves a sell-out crowd chanting “Gary, Gary” like they did in his heyday. This should be an easy decision, which means the Wilpons will bungle it.
Regardless, my thoughts and prayers are with Carter and his family. I’m hoping we get to see him at Citi Field for years to come.