Live Look At Scorching Hot Victorious Mets

Final Score: Mets 6, Giants 5

The Mets take this home series from the San Francisco Giants on a day where the gritty Giants battled back against our bullpen. The pen came really close to blowing this game, but we just managed to squeak out the win.

Neil Walker had a first inning two out bases loaded two RBI single. Michael Conforto drove in two more with a two out double in the second inning. That made it 4-0. We hit with men on base now? With two out no less? Uh oh.

In the top of the third inning with two outs, Angel Pagan singled and then Wilmer Flores made a throwing error from third base. That led to a big inning for the Giants after a couple of walks (including a run scoring walk) and a two run single from Hunter Pence. That made it 4-3.

In the bottom of the 5th, Michael Conforto hit a solo dinger. Wilmer Flores added a solo home run in the 6th inning to make it 6-3.

The pen did not have it at all today. Jim Henderson came in the game in the 7th inning and struggled. He struck out the first two batters, but then he gave up a hit and a walk. Addison Reed came in to bail him out with two outs and punched out Angel Pagan. His 2-2 pitch was actually a 94 cookie down the middle. But Angel whiffed. Phew.

The wheels fell off for Reed in the 8th. He really lacked command today. He issued the dreaded leadoff walk. Then he gave up a single followed by another walk. Then he was yanked for Hansel Robles. Hunter Pence and Brandon Crawford had unbelievable championship player at-bats and managed sac flies. Then Robles gave up a single, and Terry brought in Jerry Blevins. Blevins retired the lefty Gregor Blanco. The 8th was a brutal inning that made it 6-5.

Luckily, we got out of the 7th and 8th with the lead intact, and Jeurys Familia closed it out for us in the 9th. We just managed to squeak out this win.

Wilmer The Butcher: Right now Wilmer Flores is unplayable in the field. Before he hit his solo home run today he hadn’t hit a lick all season. He had a chance to add an insurance run in the bottom of the 8th and grounded out with two men on base. And he can’t play the field at all. He’s a butcher out there. Error this game at third base. He almost blew the final play of the game with an off line throw to first base, but Duda managed to smack a tag on the runner. He had an error last game at first base. Right now he’s really struggling. Matt Reynolds anyone?

Gnome Day: Today was Noah Syndergaard Gnome day at Citi Field. The lines were enormous and the stadium was packed. It’s such an incredible sight to see. The Wilpons undoubtedly took a nice postgame swim in their secret money pool located directly under the Jackie Robinson rotunda and wondered why everyone is showing up now. I can’t believe they still don’t understand that when you field an elite winning product people pay to watch it. Duh.

Flip The Script: Well this is how Mets fans are feeling right now at the conclusion of April:

This was how Mets fans felt last November:

The point is relax it’s April and just remember that we have to flip the script.

When You Win, Nothing Else Matters: In the series preview I said David Wright should start against Matt Cain today because he’s 11 for 28 lifetime against him. I said Rene Rivera should start against Madison Bumgarner tomorrow because he had 5 RBIs against him the one game he faced him. But Terry went another direction playing Rivera today and sitting Wright. When you’re winning who cares who plays?

It’s April: Speaking of April, if the season ended today, Neil Walker is possibly NL MVP and Dusty Baker is manager of the year. So let’s just relax.

Tomorrow: It’s supposed to rain tomorrow, but if the weather holds up it’s Noah Syndergaard vs. Madison Bumgarner. Thor vs. MadBum. We’ve won 8 in a row and 13 of 15. Sweep!!!

Mets Crush Giants With 12 Run Third Inning

Final Score: Mets 13, Giants 1

Well so much for competitive baseball against another elite team. That was an absolute blowout. 12 run third inning?!? The third inning scoring went like this: Michael Conforto doubled in a run. Yoenis Cespedes singled to drive in two more. Neil Walker doubled to drive in Cespedes. Asdrubal Cabrera doubled in two more. Curtis Granderson singled in another. Then Conforto checked back in with a single to drive in another run. And that set the stage for Yoenis Cespedes’ grand slam. That made it 12-0. There’s really nothing else to tell. The 12 run inning was a franchise record. The 6 RBIs in one inning by Cespedes was a Mets record. We destroyed the Giants tonight.

Locked In: Umm remember when we were worried about the offense during the first two weeks of the season? Well we are locked in now. Cespedes is so good. Thank you Sandy.

Old Man Peavy: Steven Matz got out of early trouble, but overall looked great tonight. Jake Peavy and Mike Broadway did not look great. Old Man Peavy really has lost a few steps and a few MPH on the old fastball. He should really take a page out of Bartolo Colon‘s playbook and get stem cell injections and eat baby fetuses for breakfast or whatever the hell he’s been doing the last 5 years.

Dee Listed: Speaking of cheating, Dee Gordon was suspended for PEDs today. The only thought I’ll offer here is…duh. He was a mediocre at best speed guy, and then he magically won a batting title. Duh. That being said, I have a lot of thoughts on the juice. Just as George R.R. Martin says the Winds of Winter is coming, so is my post on Dee Gordon and steroid use.

Tomorrow: Jacob deGrom goes tomorrow against another old timer Matt Cain. Will Matty Cain slow down this Mets train? Let’s get em.

Series Preview: Giants Visit NYC During Even Week Of Even Year

Magic 8 Ball will the Mets win? Ask Again Later.

Good Teams Are Good: So in an even week of an even year, the Mets kick off a home series against the San Francisco Giants. If you believe in the magic Giants off again, on again World Series luck, then we’d be fools to even play this series. Why spit in the faces of the baseball gods when they have already determined the Giants fate as 2016 champs? Obviously that’s all BS. But you know what isn’t BS? Other than the opening series against Kansas City, we haven’t played a single good team. Cleveland is a stretch as a good team. This is our first real test, and we are lucky to have this series at home. The Giants are 4th in the league in runs scored. That’s much better than us. They are right there with the Mets in the top 10 for OPS and home runs. Their pitching thus far has not been nearly as effective as our staff and not nearly as effective as they envisioned it being. Their team ERA is 20th at 4.24. Both their bullpen and starters ERA have been around that number. We miss Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija in this series. But Cain and Peavy are tough veterans. Since our early offensive struggles against Philly and Miami, we have stomped on the crummy competition. Will we play up against the tough teams this year like we did in the playoffs? We shall see.

Pitching Matchups:

Game 1: Steven Matz vs. Jake Peavy

Peavy is 1-1 with a 6.86 ERA on the season. He pitched 7 strong innings last time out against the Marlins. Last year in July, he dominated the B.C. (Before Cespedes) Mets in San Francisco going 7 innings and giving up 2 runs. Asdrubal Cabrera, Yoenis Cespedes, Lucas Duda, Curtis Granderson and Neil Walker have all hit a home run off of Peavy. Asdrubal is 7 for 26 lifetime, Yoenis Cespedes is 2 for 7. Curtis Granderson is 4 for 24 and David Wright is 3 for 19.

Game 2: Jacob deGrom vs Matt Cain

Cain is 0-2 with a 6.43 ERA on the season. He was slapped around in his last three starts against the Rockies (in Colorado), Arizona, and then Miami. The Marlins had 10 hits against him, and he gave up 4 runs in 5.2 innings. Last July, Cain tossed 6 shutout innings in SF against us (B.C.). David Wright is 11 for 28 lifetime against Cain, Lucas Duda is 1 for 10 and Neil Walker is 2 for 10. Jacob deGrom crushed the Giants last year in San Francisco with 8 shutout innings. He gave up only 2 hits and struck out 10.

Game 3: Noah Syndergaard vs Madison Bumgarner

MadBum is 2-2 with a 3.64 ERA on the season. His last two starts against Arizona and San Diego were strong. We didn’t face him last season. Thor did not fare well against the Giants in New York last season. He took the loss in June when he gave up 10 hits and 4 runs over 6 innings. But that was rookie Thor. This is video game Thor. Asdrubal Cabrera is 2 for 3 lifetime against MadBum, Cespedes is 2 for 8, Neil Walker is 3 for 9, and David Wright 2 for 9. And guess what? Our new backup catcher Rene Rivera is 2 for 3 against MadBum with a home run and 5 RBIs. I’m guessing he draws the start.

Things To Look For:

Hot Giants and Former Mets: Hunter Pence and Brandon Belt are crushing it so far this year both hitting roughly .300. They need Pence in that lineup to stay competitive, so it’s nice to see that he’s avoiding the injury bug so far. My boy Angel Pagan is raking to the tune of a .325 average. Remember when the Mets pretended to trade Angel for legitimate reasons, but it was actually a pure cost cutting measure by the Wilpons? That was greeaaaat.

Former Future Mets: Denard Span is off to a decent start for the Giants at the top of the order. He’s only hitting .250, but I’m sure he’ll pick it up before long. I still can’t believe Scott Boras scored him a three year deal after he was injured for almost all of last season. Remember when the Mets promised to watch Span’s offseason workout, and then signed Alejandro De Aza to be the starting centerfielder instead, and then we brought Cespedes back in the end? Now THAT was actually great.

The Spine Is Wright?: David’s average is quietly down to .230. Since that two homer night in the opening game in Philly, Wright is 5 for 31. I read somewhere that Terry was going to give him the night off in the final game against the Reds, but David said he wanted to play. Will he play all three games against the Giants? He’ll definitely face Matt Cain on account of his career success against him. The problem with resting Wright is that Wilmer Flores has been abysmal. He’s hitting .083. Eric Campbell using David Wright’s spine as a bat could hit .083. It’ll be interesting to see if Terry continues to handle David with care or if he depends on him more due to Flores’ struggles.

Lefty Matchup: I wonder which of our left-handed hitters start on Sunday and which ones get the day off against MadBum. Despite Duda’s success against left-handed pitching last season, Terry gave him the day off against the lefty Adam Conley when we played Miami and then again when we faced Brian Finnegan this week. Curtis Granderson on the other hand has drawn starts against lefties. Duda has only faced Bum once and Grandy has three times. They are a combined 0-4. I’d like to say Juan Lagares and Wilmer Flores have had success against him, but they are a combined 1 for 12. It may not matter who starts because he can flat out put away anyone.

Pen Fatigue: The Mets bullpen has been elite. The 2.54 bullpen ERA ranks 4th in the league. We are in the bottom 3rd of the league in bullpen innings pitched so it’s not as if we’ve overworked our relievers relative to the rest of baseball. I’m sure the mixing and matching of relievers will play a big part in the outcome of this series since the games will likely be close. Unless we crush old man Cain and Peavy. Maybe the dingers will keep flying. Let’s stay hot baby.

Mets Sweep Reds; Take Out The NL Trash

Final Score: Mets 5, Reds 2

It didn’t look good at the start tonight when Matt Harvey gave up a leadoff home run to Zack Cozart. Then Ivan De Jesus Jr. hit a comebacker single off of Harvey’s butt and that seemed to get him into gear. When Joey Votto struck out, De Jesus took off on the play and advanced to second base when Lucas Duda flubbed the rundown. But it didn’t end up mattering because Harvey struck out the next two batters. The Mets got that run back and more in the 2nd inning thanks to the stanky Reds. Alejandro De Aza led off with a single. Then with two outs Lucas Duda hit a fairly routine fly ball to left field and the Reds dropped it. That scored De Aza and Neil Walker followed that with a single to make it 2-1.

Harvey almost got Murph’d by Walker in the 3rd. With a man on and one out, he muffed a routine grounder to second base. Then Joey Votto followed that with a bloop single to load the bases. But with the bases loaded and two outs, Walker redeemed himself. He was perfectly positioned and snagged a liner up the middle by Devin Mesoraco to retire the side. If that wasn’t enough, the next inning Neil Walkyear tied the Mets club record for most home runs in April with his 9th. A solo shot that made it 3-1.

Harvey gave up another run in the 5th to make it 3-2, but he limited the damage by getting a key double play to end the inning. In the 6th inning, after leaving six men on base over the course of the game, Michael Conforto lined an opposite field two out double that scored 2 more runs and that gave us the final score of 5-2.

The pen continued to dominate and shut down the Reds over the final three innings. The Mets were even able to give Jeurys Familia the night off. Considering he’s on pace for like 100 appearances, it was much needed.

Knight Terrors Subsiding: Matt Harvey took a step forward today with a quality start. He took that liner off of his ass, and from then on he seemed to stay fairly focused. The Mets played crappy defense behind him tonight. But his stuff was crisp, and he finally put up some strikeouts albeit against this crummy Reds lineup. This start is something to build on.

B-Squad Triumphs: The Mets starting lineup today was the unquestioned B-squad. Juan Lagares and Alejandro De Aza starting in the outfield and Kevin Plawecki behind the plate. And you know what? We easily slapped around the garbage Reds. Depth!!! Not just depth. Quality depth. It’s fun to watch our A lineup, and it’s not a major letdown to see our supporting cast. That’s how it should feel when you watch a playoff caliber roster.

The Quest for 74: After today’s game, Neil Walker is on pace for 73 home runs. As improbable as it is, Barry Bonds congratulating Neil Walker on his 74th home run in Miami on September 28th is a quality daydream.

Thor in Times Square: Today Noah Syndergaard hit up Times Square (i.e. New York’s anus) dressed as Thor. I’m surprised he voluntarily rubbed elbows (his priceless pitching elbow no less) with the other costumed riff raff. He’s truly a man of the hoi polloi because I wouldn’t let those degenerates anywhere near my body and mine’s worthless.

Panic City: The Mets have won 6 in a row and 11 of 13. They are now a game behind the Nationals who just lost a series to Philly. Here’s a live look at Panic City:

Tomorrow: Well we officially beat the hell out of the Phillies, Braves, and Reds. The Mets have the day off tomorrow, but the run of games against NL trash teams comes to a screeching halt this weekend as the Giants come to town. Let’s hope these Mets are up to the challenge.

Yoenis Benchbedes: Yo Hits Game-Tying Pinch-Hit Dinger In Mets Win


Final Score: Mets 4, Reds 3

On a night where the Mets got the leadoff man on base in 5 of the first 6 innings but couldn’t find a way to score a run, Yoenis Cespedes reminded us that he’s the spark plug that keeps this offense rolling. After missing three straight games with his balky knee, Yo pinch hit in the bottom of the 7th inning and on the first pitch from starter Brian Finnegan he launched a three-run game-tying laser that just snuck out of the stadium. It would have been off the Great Wall of Flushing at Old Citi Field. But at new Citi it was a goner and it made the game 3-3.

The Reds young lefty Finnegan was really great all game. Until that 7th inning he had only given up a hit and a couple walks. The Mets were 1 for 15 with runners on base in this game. So Finnegan really kept getting himself out of any trouble until the 7th. And as I said in the series preview, the Reds have the worst bullpen ERA in the league. So they left Finnegan in the game because their bullpen is awful. In fact, once Finnegan got pulled and they went to the pen, Curtis Granderson (who’s heating up) hit an opposite field triple. He then scored when David Wright hit a two out single. That made it 4-3 and Addison Reed and Jeurys Familia did the rest for us.

Bartolo Colon tallied his 3000th inning pitched last night. He was mediocre though. He didn’t go 6 innings, and he gave up 8 hits over 5 innings. He was getting smacked around every inning, so I was on board with Terry getting him out of the game when he did. He gave up a two-run homer to Ivan De Jesus Jr. but he was one bad pitch away from doing it again.

Sly Dog Award: The Sly Dog Award goes to Terry Collins for faking out Reds manager Bryan Price. When Brian Finnegan ran into trouble in the 7th inning and Price went to talk to him, Terry sent Duda to the on deck circle. Maybe Price thought Cespedes was unavailable. Maybe Price liked the Duda/Finnegan lefty on lefty matchup. Maybe he just knows his bullpen sucks. Either way Terry’s fakeout worked, and the tired Finnegan stayed in the game to get rocked by Cespedes. Terry you old sandbagging son of a gun.

Wilmer’s Struggling: Wilmer Flores is batting .083. He’s 2 for 24. He made an error at first base last night. We expect nothing in the field from Wilmer, but whether he’s starting or on the bench he must hit. It’s only been a month. It’s only been 24 at-bats. But it won’t be long before people are calling for Matt Reynolds (.288 average in Vegas) to get a chance.

Sample Size Police: So the Mets score all their runs on the home run. I don’t have the exact percentage breakdown, but if we aren’t top 3 in the league in percentage of runs scored via the home run I’d be shocked. Is it too early to conclude that our inability to make simple contact with runners on base or in scoring position is some type of flaw in our offensive design? Will the sample size police arrest me? Home runs are great, but other than Yo’s bomb, we once again struggled to score runs last night despite getting the leadoff men on base a bunch.

With or Without Yo: God the lineup is so different with Cespedes in it. He is electric. It is known. He also bailed postgame without giving any interviews which is super ballin. He just limped to his sports car and sped off. I really hope his injury is healed because the last thing we need is to bring him back too soon and do the setback dance.

Today: Matt Harvey gets another chance to give us a quality start and keep the brooms swinging. We have 5 straight wins and have won 10 of 12. We are creeping up behind the Nats. It’s also April, but winning any time of year is sweet.

Travis “The Human Game of Jenga” d’Arnaud to the DL

Travis d’Arnaud has been placed on the 15 day disabled list. Whoever had David Wright in the “first position player to the DL” office pool must be livid. David Wright was the sure favorite in Vegas, but Travis wasn’t far behind.

Travis is really something else. “The kids!!! They called me Mr. Glass.” Maybe he’s got that Benjamin Button syndrome. Maybe he’s actually 75 years old and his body is just disintegrating from within. I mean the guy is a walking game of Jenga. Every time he throws, every time he swings, every time he runs hard, every time he gets hit by a pitch, every time he slides into a base, every time he takes a foul ball behind the plate, it seems like his entire body crumbles before our eyes. He makes six throws on stolen base attempts last night and after the game his damn arm falls off. I think it’s technically a rotator cuff strain, but it’s still pretty ridiculous. 

Honestly Travis “Mr. Glass” d’Arnaud is really just one of those injury prone players. He’s the guy who you caveat everything with “as long as he’s healthy”. And he seemingly never will be. I hate to say it, but he is what he is. You know how some players magically stop being injury prone sometimes? That actually happens on occasion. You know how? They do steroids. It’s always some form of cheating. They either get the special secret foreign surgeries like Kobe Bryant or Bartolo Colon, or they get the stem cell injections or human growth hormone treatments. I really really hope Travis can find an ethical way to shake these injury issues that have plagued him his entire career. I’m sure at some point we will move him to a different position to “preserve” him like he’s some priceless piece of art or an ancient artifact. But the bottom line is he’s a “forever hurt”. It is what it is. Now it’s time for Kevin Plawecki to step the hell up. You want reps? You want playing time? Here you go man. Earn them. Take the job away from Travis.

Also pray for Travis. God I want him to stay healthy and have a big time major league career. I really do. But I especially want him up here because now we have to watch Rene Rivera once a week. He’s a .200 career hitter which is an enormous upgrade from Anthony “Golden Chin” Recker but still dog doo. Also I asked Jeff Wilpon if he had a positive spin on the d’Arnaud injury. He said, “at least we didn’t have to pay to fly him back to New York for his MRI while we were on the road”. Then Jeff went back to auctioning off old Shea Stadium seats and miniature Jackie Robinson statuettes on eBay.

Mets Beat Reds; Conforto For President

Final Score: Mets 5, Reds 3

There’s no doubt that Neil Walkyear had the game winning dinger, but Michael Conforto continues to be the star of the Mets show. He was on base all four times tonight with a home run, single, double and walk. His solo shot in the bottom of the 1st inning got our dinger parade going. Lucas Duda had a two run blast in the bottom of the 3rd. Guess who was on base? Conforto.

Noah Syndergaard was dominant through 6 innings. As he approached 100 pitches, the Reds started to get to him. Terry kept him in too long and yanked him with two outs in the 7th after he gave up his second run which made it 3-2. Antonio Bastardo came in and promptly walked a man and then gave up an RBI single to Joey Votto which tied the game at 3. But Logan Verrett got a big strikeout to end the inning.

Neil Walker immediately helped us retake the lead with a two run home run in the bottom of the 7th. Conforto was on base for this bomb as well. Addison Reed and Jeurys Familia then proceeded to dominate out of the pen to close it out and give us the 5-3 win.

Luck O’ The Maverick: Back to Conforto. This guy is an absolute immediate impact star. It’s unbelievable, and we are so lucky Sandy and Co. drafted him. I can’t help but let the thought creep into my head that the Wilpons will ultimately use Conforto as the rationale for letting Cespedes walk if he opts out of his deal at the end of the season. But I must push that glass half empty crap aside and focus on the now.

Mr. Glass Leaves Game: Speaking of glass, Travis d’Arnaud left the game with shoulder soreness. They said it was from all the throwing he had to do as a result of the Reds running on him non-stop. I think the Reds stole on him 5 times. God he’s so fragile. First Cespedes and now d’Arnaud with the day to day crap. I wonder if we will DL someone because we can’t play with one catcher. It’s really poor timing for Mr. Glass to strike again.

Bastard of Citi: Bad performance tonight from the natural born reliever Antonio Bastardo. He was wild and walked the first batter he faced. Occasional wildness was the knock on Bastardo. He’s also struck out a bunch of people on the season and been solid for the most part. You got to take the good with the bad.

Bullpen’s Lil Secret: Logan Verrett has been cranking out stellar spot starts and nice relief appearances. He’s been a real secret weapon for us. It’ll be interesting to see if he continues to have success or if the league adjusts and exploits any weakness they can find.

Tomorrow: Bartolo Colon goes up against a young lefty Brandon Finnegan. Let’s hope the wind remains favorable and the long balls keep flying. I’ve never seen anything like this. Strikeouts AND home runs? I’m just grabbing the popcorn and savoring all this power baseball.

Series Preview: Battle Of The Baseball Headed Mascots

Mr. Red versus Mr. Met, the epic battle of estranged baseball headed mascot cousins. Mr. Red was born a sleeve patch in 1955, and Mr. Met was born a scorecard illustration in 1963. Mr. Met appeared as a live action mascot in the 60s and Mr. Red appeared in the 70s. Mr. Met has been happily married to Mrs. Met since the 1960s. According to the Reds website, Mr. Red’s wife “Rosie Red” cheered the Reds to the 1939 National League pennant and then to the 1940 World Series championship. In other words, she’s even older than Mr. Red. I guess it took the wisdom of an older woman to see through Mr. Red’s ridiculous mustachioed outer shell and find the kind-hearted soul within. That being said, in the photo above Mr. Red is holding a gun and his eyes give the impression he’s on PCP or something. So he may have undocumented character flaws.

I would also like to note for the record that Mr. Met mysteriously disappeared from 1979-1994. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the Wilpons bought their first stake in the Mets in 1980. The entire thing reeks of foul play, but the Wilpons refuse to comment on anything related to the Mets so it’s doubtful we’ll ever uncover the truth.

Pitching Matchups:

Game 1: Noah Syndergaard vs. Raisel Iglesias

Iglesias is a young pitcher with an odd delivery. The only person on our team that has faced him is Neil Walker. He’s been very effective so far this season going 1-1 in 4 starts with a 3.09 ERA.

Perfect Game Watch: Noah Syndergaard has been dubbed a video game create a player by David Wright. The Reds have a competent enough offense (they’ve scored more runs than the Mets), but at this point you never know how dominant Thor will be on any given night. Plus he beat the Reds twice last season.

Game 2: Bartolo Colon vs. Brandon Finnegan

Finnegan is another young starter. The Reds got him in the Johnny Cueto deal with Kansas City. He’s a lefthander so we may see Wilmer Flores at second base or first base in this game. Although with Walker’s success batting right-handed lately, maybe Terry will ignore career splits. Yoenis Cespedes, Asdrubal Cabrera, and Alejandro De Aza all faced him at some point when he was with KC. He has a 3.74 ERA in 4 starts this season.

Bartolo didn’t face the Reds last season, but he’s starting on my fantasy team this week so he better fire off a quality start. Other than Thor, Bartolo has been the Mets most consistent starter in 2016.

Game 3: Matt Harvey vs. Jon Moscot

Moscot (not to be confused with Mascot) is another young starter that we’ve never faced. If Matt Harvey is ever going to get his groove back, a home start against the Reds should help do the trick. He had two quality starts against the Reds last season. If a dose of the Reds doesn’t help lower Harvey’s ERA, he should consider Pilates as I’ve heard they’ve done wonders for Jake Arrieta during his inexplicable late career resurgence.

Thing To Look For:

Citi Field Power Outage: The Mets had an absolute power surge on this past road trip. Bombs all day every day. Back to back jacks, grand slams, fan interference reversed home runs and everything else under the sun. We are fifth in the league right now with 25 long balls. But now we head home where we haven’t had nearly as much success with the home run. We need to score somehow. If we aren’t going to score with the long ball then we better start bunching some hits together.

Red Pen: Scoring against the Reds shouldn’t be too much of a problem considering they are 28th in ERA overall at 5.58. The Reds have the second most innings pitched out of the pen so far in 2016 and their bullpen ERA is the worst at 6.26. Their pitching staff overall has been miserable. That being said, let’s get to their overworked pen.

Water In The Knee: Yoenis Cespedes said his banged up leg is feeling better. But the Mets doctors are going to take a look at his knee and conduct tests anyway. Once Ray Ramirez lays a finger on that knee it will most certainly swell up like a cantaloupe. Pray for Cespedes.

Murphometrics: So I think all Mets fans have been praising the middle infield defense of Neil Walker and Asdrubal Cabrera this season. We are all amazed at how easily they make the routine plays and how effectively they turn double plays. When ground balls come their way, they hardly ever go under the glove or off their foot as we’ve grown accustomed to seeing. Anyway, look at what Mark Simon from ESPN tweeted over the weekend.

Wow! Walker and Cabrera still give us below average defense relative to the rest of the league. Honestly that tells you all you need to know about how bad Daniel Murphy and Wilmer Flores were in the field. Mets fans are rejoicing like a starving population being fed for the first time in months. And the truth is we have been defensively starved in the middle infield for years. Even if it’s not top quality defense, Mets fans were so famished for competency up the middle that we are shouting our praises from the rooftops despite being handed the equivalent of moldy bread. But moldy bread sure as hell beats the sawdust that Murph represented.

Phillips, Murphy; Tomato, Tomahto: Speaking of Murphy, wouldn’t it have been nice if Brandon Phillips waived his no trade clause and joined the Nationals so we wouldn’t have to hear the daily Neil Walker/Daniel Murphy comparisons? But Phillips refused to uproot his family for what could be the final years of his playing career. That’s just great. That being said, Phillips is killing it so far this season batting .297. So maybe it’s one of those pick your poison scenarios.

Lefty Sluggers: Joey Votto is off to a terrible start batting around .200. Jay Bruce is supposedly going on paternity leave and will miss some of these games. Hooray! Quite frankly I’m surprised he’s still on the team. How the rebuilding Reds haven’t dealt him yet is beyond me. I would say it’s a lock that he won’t be on the team when we face the Reds again in September.

Mets Sweep Braves; Game Of Thrones Returns

Final Score: Mets 3, Braves 2

Jacob deGrom is back. He got the win in today’s series finale going 5.2 innings and giving up 1 run. Michael Conforto got two RBIs today with a sac fly in the 1st inning and an RBI double in the 6th inning. Asdrubal Cabrera has stayed scorching hot going 2 for 4 and raising his average to .333. We swept the series with Wilmer Flores, Juan Lagares, and Kevin Plawecki all in the lineup. Our B-squad had no problem with this Braves team. What a fantastic road trip. It doesn’t get much better than going 7-2 on the road. As I’ve said over and over, you must beat these bad teams. So we deserve a pat on the back for getting the job done. That being said, the Nationals haven’t slowed down one bit. The Nats are 14-4 on the season and 7-3 in their last 10. We are 10-7 and have gone 8-2 in our last 10. So let’s keep it up because there’s still ground to make up.

Tonight: The Mets swept their weekend series, Jacob deGrom returned, and Game of Thrones returns tonight on HBO. It doesn’t get much better than this.

Tomorrow: The Mets head home to play the Reds. Our ongoing war against the worst teams in the NL continues tomorrow night. To borrow from Game of Thrones, let’s mount the head of the Reds mascot on a spike.

Mets Take Series; Braves Stink

Final Score: Mets 8, Braves 2

The Mets rolled last night again in Atlanta. Steven Matz pitched a very solid 6.1 innings with 8 strikeouts. He gave up an RBI double to Freddie Freeman early and an RBI single to Nick Markakis late. He did give up 9 hits, but he kept getting out of jams and only yielded those two runs.

The Mets got their scoring going right away. Curtis Granderson singled, Michael Conforto singled, and Lucas Duda got the one out sac fly. A little small ball. Hooray! Then Neil Walker walked and the awful Braves made an error on an Asdrubal Cabrera grounder to score Conforto.

In the 4th, Travis d’Arnaud got a leadoff single. Then with two outs the Braves walked Curtis Granderson and promptly gave up a 2 run double to David Wright. That made it 4-1. Asdrubal Cabrera added an RBI single in the 7th.

In the 9th, Asdrubal Cabrera and Neil Walker hit back to back home runs. It was the 4th time in 5 games that this Mets team accomplished back to back bombs. Juan Lagares added an RBI triple. That made it 8-2 and that was all she wrote.

Braves Stink: My only takeaway from this game (if it wasn’t abundantly clear already) is the Braves stink. We know this. My season preview said that. My series preview said it. It’s ok. They are rebuilding. They are actively stinking. The reason I bring it up again is because of what happened in Philly. In Philly we won 2 out of 3. Great. Excellent. Congratulations. When we dropped the finale of that series in extra innings in embarrassing fashion, I chastised the Mets. I said it was a terrible loss that a great team can’t have. A lot of fans said “Come on! Give them credit. At least they won the series.” And I will not do that. The Phillies and Braves are garbage. They are going to have some days where they beat us outright. On those days you tip your cap and move on. But when you have a chance to beat them and you blow it, you are really hurting your overall playoff chances. We must have a better record than Washington against our NL East opponents. Period. Every game matters. And of course we must beat Washington. But if we split our games against the Nats, it’s going to come down to that BS April series finale against Philly. Or perhaps even today’s sweep opportunity against Atlanta.

Today: Jacob deGrom is back. The Braves have a stud rookie on the mound though. Let’s send this kid back to the minors and sweep these mooks.