Jul 18

Mets In Dire Straits; Chris Young Gets The Ball

Every season has one, a stretch of games defining how the year plays out. The Mets are in such a stretch and it is all right to wave the red flag.

Their losing streak is at five after last night’s devastating loss at Washington. They’ve lost eight of 11. Eight games over .500 is down to a shaky two. All season there was a nagging feeling the Mets were playing over their heads.

Could it be true?

The Mets are in the midst of 20 straight games without an off-day, including five more games with the Nationals and a West Coast trip to Arizona, San Francisco and San Diego, places they traditionally have not played well.

It also includes the trade deadline and whether the Mets will add pitching. They need a starter with Dillon Gee out. And, of course, you didn’t need to see last night’s game to know they need bullpen help.

The Royals designated Jonathan Sanchez for assignment. If the Mets have a chance to sign him they should. He’s still a raw talent, one with a no-hitter on his resume.. A change of scenery and return to the National League could be what he needs. And, it allows Matt Harvey more developmental time.

Reportedly, the Mets are considering Royals closer Jonathan Broxton. Perhaps the most important number regarding to Broxton is the roughly $2 million they’d have to pay him for the balance of the season. That’s a very affordable price for a chance to salvage a season.

Will the Mets get both or either? Should they regroup, beginning with Chris Young’s start tonight, and get on a roll in the two weeks left before the deadline, there’s still a chance for this to be a fun year. But, for that to happen, they must add pitching.

What was it Tug McGraw once said?

“You Gotta Believe.” It doesn’t matter if we do. It only matters if they do, and play like it.

 

 

 

Jul 17

Only The Mets

Yes, only the Mets could lose one like this. Reminiscent of the balk game in Atlanta. Of course, you remember?

HARPER: Bryce Harper barreling into David Wright on game-tying triple. (AP)

After a dramatic ninth-inning comeback – wouldn’t it be great if Jordany Valdespin could pinch-hit three times a game? – the Mets blew leads in the ninth and tenth innings in losing 5-4 in ten innings to the Nationals tonight.

Resiliency has been the Mets’ signature all year. So too, the Nationals, which is why they are in first place.

The Mets left runners on base. David Wright on third with no outs in the seventh and they couldn’t get him home. A bad call likely cost the Mets a run in the eighth. Andres Torres was clearly safe at first, and assuming the events would follow as they did, would have scored on Daniel Murphy’s double.

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Jul 17

Mets Choose Batista Over Harvey

Citing Matt Harvey’s need for development – and echoing some of the sentiment posted here today – GM Sandy Alderson said Miguel Batista will start Saturday against Los Angeles.

However, Alderson left open the possibility of Harvey starting on the Mets’ next West Coast  trip. Alderson also said Zach Wheeler would not pitch on the major league level this year, but would soon be promoted to Triple-A Buffalo.

Good decision by the Mets. Harvey showed something last night, both ways. He showed poise and a good fastball, but he also displayed a wild streak.

Remember, this season is about laying the foundation for the future. Anything the Mets give us this season as far as competing is a bonus.

 

Jul 17

Mets July 17 Lineup At Washington

The Mets, losers of four straight and seven of ten, will attempt to slam the breaks on their skid tonight at Washington behind Jon Niese.

Here’s the lineup:

Ruben Tejada, SS

Ronny Cedeno, 2B

David Wright, 3B

Scott Hairston, RF

Jason Bay, LF

Ike Davis, 1B

Andres Torres, CF

Mike Nickeas, C

Jon Niese, LF

LINEUP NOTES: Daniel Murphy has the night off against the left-hander. … Jason Bay returns from the DL. … Mike Nickeas giving Josh Thole a breather.

 

 

Jul 17

Dillon Gee Optimistic About Return

Dillon Gee was released from the hospital yesterday and is encouraged about his return to the rotation. Maybe all this talk about Matt Harvey hastened the recovery process.

Gee said the blood clot in his shoulder was an aberration and is hopeful about returning at the end of the year. The Mets won’t rush him, but any news about Gee’s health prior to the offseason would be beneficial.

“I’m as healthy as any other kid, 26 year old athlete,” Gee said in a conference call. “It’s just a freak thing in that regard.”

Gee is relieved, but his emotions ran high during the past week. Worst-case scenarios preyed upon his mind.

“I think everything just kind of flashes through your mind at that moment,” Gee said. “It went from am I going to be all right, to am I ever going to pitch again… so many emotions.

“Right now I feel good. My arm feels good. All the symptoms are gone. That’s the positive. It’s been a long week for me… Once we found out everything was going to be okay my thoughts went from very scared to very disappointed.”