Jul 28

Mets, Niese Routed By Diamondbacks

With no hot shot rookie to propel them, the Mets were reduced to Terry Collins’ vow of working the count and pitching better. Arizona scored six in the second and it was over just like that. Another snake bite in the desert.

NIESE: Hammered.

Just a miserable night altogether, although the Matt Harvey videos were nice.

Usually, the Mets hang around in games and find annoying ways to lose late. Yesterday was refreshing because it was over early. The butler did it in the second chapter.

 

Jul 27

Matt Harvey Scintillating As Mets Win

It was only one game, and not even six innings to boot. But, for one night at least, Matt Harvey gave the Mets a glimpse of a future that could be good. A 3-1 victory last night at Arizona, a place usually difficult for the Mets, snapped their losing streak and gave the team a positive hope.

HARVEY: First impression was a good one. (AP)

In his debut, anticipated for weeks, Harvey gave up three hits and struck out 11 and collected two hits of his own.

Later, he spoke as a vet.

“When I was warming up I looked around and kind of took everything in,” Harvey said. “At that moment I really did believe that I was meant to pitch in the big leagues. It was everything I could have imagined. I just wanted to do everything I could to keep the team in a winning distance.”

Harvey, the Mets’ first pick in the 2010 draft, set a franchise record for strikeouts in a debut, and became the first pitcher since 1900 to strike out more than 10 and collect a pair of hits in his first game.

“He lived up to exactly what everybody has talked about him,” said Mets manager Terry Collins. “Now I want him to go out the next time and be a little more comfortable yet pitch as effectively as he did today. He is a different cat.”

The most important thing about last night? With the season slipping away, Harvey gave us

a reason to watch again.

Jul 26

Marlins Deal Ramirez; Where Were Mets?

I don’t know about you, but I had to laugh when I heard about the Hanley Ramirez trade, and also news the Marlins might be shopping Jose Reyes.

Evidently, the Marlins put a lot of thought into the Reyes signing.  Or, at least a minimum of good thought.

I look at the prospects the Dodgers gave up for Ramirez and Randy Choate and wonder where the Mets were at the time. Surely, they had prospects equal to that of the Dodgers, but the Marlins didn’t want to trade within the division.

It’s simple actually, but it does tell you how screwed up the Marlins are as a franchise. Word is they are taking offers for Josh Johnson, and the Red Sox are at the front of the line.

There’s a week remaining before the trade deadline and already some primetime names have moved. Wonder who’ll be the first to raid Flushing?

Jul 25

Memo To Terry Collins: Don’t Make Promises You Can’t Keep

As I type this the Mets are flying to blistering Phoenix with the words of Terry Collins ringing in my ears. The Mets followed up their 1-5 road trip with an 0-6 homestand.

Collins’ post-game presser today was filled with promises we’ve heard before. Over the next two weeks, the Mets will start playing as they did in the first half. They would b more patient with their at-bats; they would pitch better; they would play better defense; and, they would be fundamentally sound.

Sounds good. Also sounds like something we’ve heard before. What I don’t understand is how Collins can promise all this. If it were something that could be readily promised and delivered, then why don’t the Mets play that way all the time?

The thing is Collins can’t make such a promise. Not only is it impossible, but he doesn’t have the talent on his team to make it happen.

 

Jul 25

Mets Waited Too Long …. As We Expected

When the  Mets looked into over the cliff a few weeks ago but failed to make a deal, many thought by the time they would be ready it would be too late.

Guess what?

That’s exactly what happened. The Mets have lost 11 of 12 and are behind by double-digits. It doesn’t matter whom they trade for now, the competitive part of the season is over.  The Nationals have too much good pitching to fold now and there are too many teams they must leapfrog for a wild card.

The Mets will wait until next year as we expected. Let’s hope the things that put the Mets in position to make this year exciting will be in place in the future, such as R.A. Dickey’s run and the pre-no hit Johan Santana.

You never know what the future might bring. We don’t know if the Mets will have the same things in place that made the first three months exciting and hopeful. We also don’t know if those young pitchers will blossom.

The Mets had a chance this season to make a play, but gambled next year’s hand will be better. We shall see.