Aug 30

Today in Mets’ History: Casey, then Sandy bid farewell to Shea

Casey Stengel, who broke his hip five weeks earlier, announced his retirement as manager of the Mets on this date in 1965.

The following year on this date, Bob Friend beat Sandy Koufax and the Dodgers, 10-4, at Shea Stadium. It would be his final decision against the Mets as he retired after the 1966 World Series. Davey Johnson, then the second baseman of the Baltimore Orioles and the future manager of the Mets, would get the last hit off Koufax.

Stengel eventually had his number retired while Koufax is a frequent visitor to the Mets spring training camp in Port St. Lucie, Florida.


Aug 30

Greetings …. hope you’re all safe.

Hello all. I hope you and your families are safe after the weekend. Coming to you from an Apple Store, where I can briefly log on to the Internet to post this. Joe D. from Metsmerized will be posting on my blog. I’m in Connecticut and still don’t have power, phone or Internet.

I have to go to my car to power up my phone. Other than that, it is like being on Gilligan’s Island. Only there’s no Ginger or Mary Ann.

It was good to hear the Mets swept a doubleheader. They’ve won four straight, which isn’t hard to imagine considering their starter’s ERA in that span is 1.25. When this team pitches, it wins, which is par for everybody else, too.

However, their pitching remains spotty. Nobody knows from start to start what Mike Pelfrey will do. RA Dickey seems to have righted himself, but Jon Niese hit a slide. Maybe he’s shaken it, but we need to see it three, four times in a row.

I think Chris Capuano has been terrific in spots and is worthy of being brought back, especially since he’s a lefty. Dillon Gee is coming off a good start after a spotty month. Growing pains for him, but overall, I like what he’s done. He deserves a spot in the 2012 rotation.

I’m starting to look ahead to 2012, and I see questions in the rotation, the bullpen, at second, at shortstop assuming Jose Reyes leaves, right field and possibly center and left. I’m betting Angel Pagan and Jason Bay both stay, although unloading Bay’s contract would be an huge coup on Sandy Alderson’s part. Of course, not holding my breath.

In the interim, I would like to see .500 because it is a sign of progress. With three games left this week against Florida, Washington over the weekend and Florida again next week, it is possible. Being .500 can give an energy boost to a team that has struggled the last four seasons such as the Mets.

It is a sign of progress and development. Sure beats the past couple of years.

Have to run because the Apple people are looking at me kind of strange. Until I can log on again, all my best to you. There will be some kind of activity on my blog, so please check in. Best, JD







Aug 30

Mets Sweep The Fish 2-1, 5-1

New York Mets Catcher Mike Nickeas (13) Congratulates

GAME ONE: Mets 2, Marlins 1

Game Summary

Nice start by Dickey with seven shutout innings. Duda and Evans combine for five hits, and the Mets score two just enough to win 2-1 in the first game of the double-header.

Game Notes

RA Dickey pitched another gem today. With a weekend full of rain and no Mets baseball, it was nice to get a win off the bat, and good to see it didn’t affect the pitchers at all. Seven shutout innings for RA with seven hits, one walk, six Ks. He’s now 6-11 with a 3.57 ERA, but he’s better than what his numbers show right now. Definitely a nice pitcher to have in the rotation. Also, being able to throw 100+ pitches each outing without tiring is nice too.

Izzy pitched a hitless inning in relief, striking the side out in order. Parnell still yet to have a comfortable outing as the closer pitched an inning of work with one hit, a homerun, to give up the only Marlins run. Parnell got one K and his second save of the season.

Not much offense being a 2-1 win and all, but Evans and Duda combine for five hits and two runs. Turner and Thole were the RBIs.

Bay is 2-for his last-40. Yikes.

Game Ball

RA Dickey with a nice scoreless outing.

GAME TWO: Mets 5, Marlins 1

Game Summary

Dillon Gee continues on the nice starting pitching for the Mets, with one run in six innings. Bullpen holds up, and the offense delivered. Mets sweep the double header and get on a four game win streak with a 5-1 win.

Game Notes

Dillon Gee continues on the nice starting pitching for the Mets. After Dickey’s nice start in the first game, Gee put out a nice outing himself. Six innings, six hits, one run, two walks, and two strikeouts. 101 pitches thrown. Twelve wins for the rookie. Nice.

Beato and Acosta combine for two innings in relief. One walk, one K for Beato, three Ks for Acosta.

Parnell pitched the ninth inning with one hit, and one K.

Game two Mets offense did a little better, with five runs on eleven hits.

Jose Reyes returned from the DL in the second game and went 1-4 with a run scored. Welcome back, Reyes!

Wright went 2-4, with a double and two RBIs.

Nick Evans had two more hits in the second game, four in the day, with a run scored.

Game Ball

Dillon Gee with a nice start and gets his 12th win.

Up Next

Mike Pelfrey and Javier Vazquez face-off again on Tuesday night at 7:10 PM as they continue their 5-game series.

Special Note: John is still without power due to the hurricane and is not expected to have his electricity restored until the end of this week. I will try to post game coverage for him until he returns.

Aug 26

Santana to play winter ball? Irene washes away weekend.

GM Sandy Alderson said the Mets are considering the instructional league and winter ball for Johan Santana, whose rehab had a setback a couple of weeks ago.

Alderson said it is possible Santana could get another rehab start at St. Lucie, but offered no promises.

The Mets must be prudent with Santana. He’s already had one setback, and another could derail his comeback permanently.

Not that they had much choice with mass transit shutting down Saturday afternoon because of Hurricane Irene, but the Mets rescheduled their games for Saturday and Sunday as part of a single admission doubleheader, Sept. 8.

However, tonight’s game is still on, with Chris Capuano starting against Tim Hudson.

Jason Bay was scratched with a jammed right shoulder.

Here’s tonight’s lineup:

Angel Pagan, CF

Ruben Tejada, SS

David Wright, 3B

Lucas Duda, RF

Nick Evans, 1B

Josh Thole, C

Justin Turner, 2B

Jason Pridie, LF

Chris Capuano, LP


Aug 25

Today in Mets’ History: Gooden youngest to 20.

Special reached a milestone on this date in 1985 when Dwight Gooden became the youngest pitcher in major league history to win 20 games in a season.

GOODEN: Super nova.

At 20 years, nine months and nine days, he was a month younger than Bob Feller when he won his 20th game in 1939.

Gooden won 17 games in 1984, then had his best season in 1985 when he went 24-4 with a 1.53 ERA and 268 strikeouts.

It was a wet, dreary day that Sunday afternoon at Shea against San Diego, but backed by Darryl Strawberry’s homer and four RBI and three hits from Gary Carter, as the Mets prevailed, 9-3, to give Gooden his 14th straight victory and improve his record to 20-3.

Roger McDowell worked three innings for the save.


Gooden helped pitch the Mets to the World Series the following season, but his career derailed because of substance abuse.