Don’t You Go Dying On Me 2016 Mets

For Mets fans, death is just a part of life.
Final Score: Mets 6, Rockies 4

The goddamn 2016 Mets season is on life support right now. There’s no doubt about it. I don’t care that we’re only a few games out of the Wild Card. We’ve been free falling. The Cardinals and Rockies have been embarrassing us at home. We may flatline any day now. A four game set against the Yankees seems like the appropriate time for a 2016 Mets funeral. But you know what? We won today. And if the Mets are going to revive this damn season, they needed to start somewhere.

Cabrera Dead: So I had my brother over today for lunch and a nice little game watch. I must say when we made the plan I didn’t think we’d be watching the Mets on Sunday trying to salvage one game in a four game home series against the Rockies. Anyway my brother shows up, we make sandwiches, and sit down to watch the game together. And within 10 seconds of sitting down, Asdrubal Cabrera blows out his damn knee scoring from first base on a Neil Walker triple. Well he didn’t blow it out, but he strained the hell out of his patella tendon. It’s a more serious version of the injury he suffered in Spring Training that cost him 3 weeks. I’ve been watching METS disease and Mets curse in action for years. But the injuries this season combined with the team’s historic struggle to hit with runners in scoring position really has taken things to the next level. Unprecedented curse levels. Anyway that RBI triple made it 1-0 Mets. Hooray!

Put Them Away Thor: Bone spur version of Noah Syndergaard still throws a 100 MPH, but he just doesn’t put hitters away like No Chip Thor. Noah went 6 innings and gave up 3 runs (2 ER) on 6 hits and 2 walks. But he only struck out 6 and his pitch count was 118. I’m just going to pretend that the insane pitch count won’t negatively affect his already damaged elbow. But the point is he can’t put guys away as easily as he could pre-spur, and it drives his pitch count up. The Mets took the lead 1-0 in the first inning and he gave the run back in the second on an RBI single by Daniel Descalso. The Mets had a 3-1 lead in the fourth inning, and he gave up another RBI single to Descalso. Then the Rockies tied it at 3 in the 5th inning on a Carlos Gonzalez RBI double. The Rockies have a nice lineup. So it’s not as if Thor was struggling against a bunch of bums. But he hasn’t been as dominant pitching with the bone spur. That being said, other than Jacob deGrom he’s still the best arm in our arsenal.

Play At The Plate: In the 6th inning, the Rockies almost took a 4-3 lead against the Mets when Thor threw a wild pitch. But luckily the ball ricocheted back to Rene Rivera, and he was able to dive back to home plate and tag out Carlos Gonzalez trying to score. There wasn’t enough replay evidence to overturn a close call. The Mets did get some luck today. Nice to see that for a change.

Alejandro De Best: In the second inning Brandon Nimmo and Rene Rivera walked with one out. And with two outs Alejandro De Aza hit an RBI single to make it 2-1 Mets. Alejandro is our best hitter now. Remember when we all wanted to bury him in Vegas next to Eric Campbell? Well I for one couldn’t be happier that he’s turning his season around. I’m not exactly thrilled that he’s our best player now. That’s not great. But if he can get two out hits with runners in scoring position he’s welcome to play every day.

Nimmo and Jesus: In the third inning, a red hot Neil Walker singled with one out and then with two outs Wilmer Flores got drilled. Wilmer was barking at the pitcher. Wilmer is so fired up after last night’s fan interference play. He went from crybaby Wilmer to furious Wilmer. Anyway, with two men on Brandon Nimmo hit a two out RBI single to make it 3-1 Mets. Nimmo did his thing where he points to God. If he has the Lord’s ear then we desperately need him to use his divine connection to help save our season. Help us Brandon. Tell Jesus to help us.

Walkyear Ain’t Dead Yet: In the 7th inning, James Loney and Kelly Johnson reached on walks, and with two outs Neil Walker hit an enormous three run homer to make it 6-4 Mets. That was the game winning hit. It was Neil’s third hit of the game. It was his fourth multi-hit game in his last five. I wrote a post about how Daniel Murphy has defeated Walker in the 2016 battle for second base supremacy. Since then Murph re-injured himself and Walker has been on fire. Obviously I take full responsibility for altering the course of their respective seasons.

Super Pen Kind Of Worked Today: After having a rough week, the Addison Reed and Jeurys Familia relief combo was able to close this game out. Jerry Blevins did give up a 7th inning sac fly to Carlos Gonzalez to make it 4-3 Rockies, but Neil Walker bailed him out with his huge blast.

Funeral Services Start Tomorrow: The four game Subway Series against the Yankees begins tomorrow at Citi Field. Please let us win some of these games and turn our season around. I can’t handle an agonizing and painful death at the hands of the Yankees. To quote Switch from the Matrix, “Not like this! Not like this!”

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There’s A Special Place In Hell For Fans That Interfere

Final Score: Rockies 7, Mets 2

What happened in the game? The Mets scored a run in the first inning (RBI single Wilmer Flores) and a run in the second inning (RBI single Kelly Johnson). Then the Rockes got to Bartolo Colon in the fourth and fifth inning (5 ER total) and beat the Mets bullpen (Seth Lugo 2 ER). The Mets made three errors in the game. The Mets never mounted a rally or a comeback. They shriveled up and died on the field on the night Mike Piazza had his number retired.

Other than Piazza’s moving pregame speech, the real story happened in the 9th inning when Wilmer Flores hit a deep drive to left field that either would have ricocheted off the top of the wall or been caught by the left fielder David Dahl. We’ll never know what WOULD have happened because a little weasel of a fan intentionally put his glove out, caught the ball, and stuck his tongue out at the fielder with a smug satisfied grin on his face. The replay review led to Wilmer being called out and Terry being tossed from the game.

I don’t care what team you root for, fans that interfere are pieces of garbage and belong in the Citi Field dungeons. No trial. No hearing. Just seize them and put them in the stockades. I don’t have many harsh stances. But I believe there’s a special place in hell for fans that interfere. There you are forced to make barehanded catches of balls that are on fire. The balls land and melt the flesh off the hand of the sinner who rots in the afterlife. Steve Bartman from Chicago and Jeffrey Maier the Yankee hero will be there. They will pay for their crimes. And so will that fan from last night’s game.

Reyes DL: I wrote about the inevitable Reyes DL trip the day of his injury. It was the lock of locks. Well he’s officially on the DL for his oblique injury. Honestly, the Jose Reyes addition was pointless from day one. I love that we had our scouting department analyzing his remaining skillset. And we had our stats guys projecting what he could produce on the field and how he could boost this team. We had our front office payroll guys leaping for joy when he agreed to a contract option for next season at the league minimum. Meanwhile I’m sitting on my freaking couch saying, “Umm hey guys all those things sound great, but you do realize he’ll be injured the entire time and never actually add anything to the team right?” I mean we all watched the Reyes Era before he departed for Miami. He literally was hurt every single season. Well he’s gone now. So long.

Cespedes Dead: Yoenis Cespedes was yanked in the fifth inning with his balky quad that he’s literally been battling since the All-Star break. I really wish I could absorb his quad injury and allow him to play at full strength. I would totally embrace the pain if it could save our season. I’d just be hobbling around at work like Leaping Larry in Seinfeld.

Anyway, I said at the All-Star Break that Cespedes should have been placed on the DL. That was the time to do it. I also said recently that the Mets have been avoiding the DL stint because they know that at this point 15 days without Yo could effectively end our season. Terry basically said that after the game. He said “We’re going to do the best we can to make sure he stays off he DL. We need him. We need his bat in the lineup.”The bottom line is the season is falling apart. If they DL him we’ll probably be out of the race by the time the 15 days are over. If they keep playing him he’s eventually going to do real damage to the quad. It’s totally a lose lose situation. I can’t wait for the Mets to let Yo walk in the offseason because he’s “injury prone”.

Ruggiano: The Mets signed Justin Ruggiano before the game and started him. He’s a right handed hitting platoon outfielder. The Rangers cut him earlier this season. Forgive me if I don’t break out the champagne and party hats. I suppose it’s a nice addition for our sinking ship. He can actually hit lefties like Juan Lagares which is nice.

Deadline Strike One?: It was announced last night that Jonathan Lucroy was traded to the Indians for four prospects. The Mets package centered on Travis d’Arnaud and Brandon Nimmo and just didn’t get it done. Well a few seconds ago Lucroy apparently vetoed the trade to Cleveland! Let’s see what happens. I like Lucroy, but I’m not getting too worked up if the Mets fail to trade for him. Travis d’Arnaud is much better than the player we’ve seen this season. And I just don’t think Lucroy is single-handedly saving this squad.

Deadline Strike Two?: The Mets are pursuing Jay Bruce. Where will he play? I don’t know. But I’m not worried about the Mets figuring out where to play a slugging outfielder. Considering we just signed and started Justin “Scrap Heap” Ruggiano, I think the Mets will find a place for a potent power bat. I’m guessing he’ll play corner outfield while Cespedes is on the DL and then the Mets will just let Cespedes walk!

Screw the Yankees: The Yankees traded Aroldis Chapman to the Cubs for a haul of prospects. They just traded Andrew Miller overnight to the Indians for another haul of four prospects. They turned two stud relievers into 8 young studs. They are selling in arguably the most insane sellers market I’ve ever seen. Figures. Lucky bastards.

Today: Noah Syndergaard today. Let’s see if we can snag one game or if we will go 0-7 against the Rockies in 2016. Pray.

Unwatchable 

unwatchable unbreakable

Final Score: Rockies 6, Mets 1

M. Night Shyamalan presents “Unwatchable”, the story of the 2016 Mets. There is no twist ending. We just suck the entire time. Actually the movie should really take place over two years. Then the twist would be that after a 2015 World Series appearance led by the best young pitching the league has seen in years, the Mets found a way to squander their chance at a prolonged run. Twist baby!!! But that’s not really a twist for the Mets. That’s standard. The Mets average with runners in scoring position is .202. The Padres in 1969 hit .201 with runners in scoring position, and that is the worst average of all time. We’re on pace folks!

Here’s The Crap Part: Here’s the game recap. Honestly I’d skip over it. James Loney hit a solo homer and that was all she wrote for the Mets offense. The Mets had chances in this game I suppose. Curtis Granderson popped up with bases loaded and two outs in the second inning. The Rockies had walked them loaded. So it’s not even like we were rallying or something. The Mets also had two straight singles to start the 8th inning. Nothing to show for it. Nada.

Steven Matz didn’t really pitch great. But despite giving up 10 hits he battled through 6 innings and only gave up 2 runs. Carlos Gonzalez hit an RBI double off of him and Nick Hundley added an RBI single in the sixth inning. For most teams a 2-1 game in the 6th inning is very winnable. Not the Mets. The Rockies added four runs off the Mets pen.

Terry’s Ready To Die: Terry seemed totally composed and relaxed after the game. He told the players to calm down, listen to some music and to stop putting so much pressure on themselves. Man oh man Terry is ready to die (i.e. ready to be fired). He’s been fired before. He’s had the threat of the axe hanging over his head as Mets manager. He knows what it’s like. For him to come out after that game and have a happy press conference, he’s either come to terms with his potential fate or he’s just loading up on Xanax.

Things To Do For The Summer: This team sucks. Make alternate plans for the summer people. Check out the beach. Watch “Stranger Things” on Netflix or “The Night Of” on HBO. Try new food. Go for long walks. Join the gym. Do anything but watch these Mets. If you watch the Mets you’re just going to wind up drinking all summer. Let me do the Mets watching for you. I’ll bear the load. The burden is mine. I will be your Metssiah and bring my Metsciples the painful recaps. It is my burden.

Should Have Kept The Band Together: I really don’t like this team at all. Every game I watch just makes me wish we kept the World Series band together. We should have kept Daniel Murphy, Juan Uribe, and Tyler Clippard. Murph is going win the MVP, and Neil Walker will be lucky to win a Citi Field seat upgrade. Antonio Bastardo is absolutely horrendous. He gave up a three-run homer in the 9th to Carlos Gonzalez which made it 6-1 and blew the game open. It’s not like we were ever going to score anyway, but he can’t even mop up. He has METS disease so bad.

Go To Hell Wilpons: Everyone gave the Wilpons a damn lap dance in the offseason for retaining Yoenis Cespedes. Not me. Screw the Wilpons. This opt-out contract is BS, and he’s going to leave us for good. The trade market prices at the deadline are currently insane. That means every team is going to turn to free agency. And…that means Cespedes is going to get paid a zillion dollars. The Wilpons should have retained the World Series team and let Sandy upgrade that roster. We should have done just what the Cubs did. They kept their team of winners and made it even better. Instead we changed the whole thing up. Also, I’ve actually heard fans calling for the Mets to trade Cespedes. What planet am I on? Do people not realize he’s the best hitter we’ve had in the organization since Carlos Beltran and Mike Piazza. It’s Mike Piazza weekend for Christ’s sake. The Mets didn’t start dangling Mike at the trade deadline in 2001 or 2002 when they failed to make the playoffs. Cespedes is the franchise bat we’ve craved for some time. We need more franchise bats not fewer!

Today: Bartolo Colon and Noah Syndergaard pitch the next two games. Should be auto-wins agains the Rockies. Not bloody likely.

Rock Bottom Again? How Low Can We Go?

Final Score: Rockies 2, Mets 1

Rock bottom. Rock bottom. Rock bottom. Rock bottom… Oh I give up. I wanted to count all the times the Mets have hit rock bottom this season, but it’s basically a daily occurrence at this point. This Mets team is absolutely unwatchable. I love the pitching staff, but baseball games aren’t fun if your team can’t get clutch hits or come back to win.

Today’s game felt the most like the July 2015 Padres rain delay blown save because I was at work during both games and had a meltdown both times. I was in a meeting when Familia blew today’s save, and I wanted to get up and punch a hole in the conference room dry wall. Here’s my 3 step plan to fix this team. 1) Clone Yoenis Cespedes, Bartolo Colon, Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom and Jeurys Familia (yes despite the two blown saves). 2) Fire everybody else. 3) Start the 2017 season with team clone (unless the clones can be produced by the trade deadline).

RISP: The Mets lone run came in the second inning on an RBI double by Rene Rivera. We have literally reached the point where the most reliable hitters on our team other than Yoenis Cespedes are Rene Rivera and Alejandro De Aza. Other than that run it was the same garbage offense we’ve seen for months. The team was 1 for 9 with runners in scoring position. Neil Walker doubled in the fourth inning with two outs, and then Asdrubal Cabrera hit a soft infield hit. But James Loney flew out and left them on base. In the fifth Rene Rivera hit a leadoff double and was stranded. In the 6th inning the Mets again had first and second with 2 outs, and Loney left them on base. In the 8th inning Rene Rivera singled, Alejandro De Aza doubled, and Terry pinch hit an injured Cespedes assuming the Rockies would intentionally walk him. And they did. The Rockies would rather face any player in the Mets clubhouse over a one-legged Cespedes. Anyway, Kelly Johnson hit into a force play at home, Curtis Granderson struck out, and Wilmer Flores flew out. Booooooooooo.

Familia Blew It Again: After Addison Reed and Jerry Blevins combined to pitch a scoreless 8th inning, Terry went back to Familia in the 9th. Terry had said yesterday that Jeurys Familia would not be available for today’s game. But the Mets went back to him. Familia convinced him he was feeling great and ready to go. Does that sound familiar? He gave him the old Matt Harvey “put me in Skip” and Terry was convinced in two seconds. Terry sucks. Anyway, he blew the game for the second day in a row. Familia gave up a leadoff single, a walk, and then a bunt single to load the bases. He struck out Tony Wolters, but then Loney made an error on a slow roller. That error led to the tying run and a wild pitch plated the winning run. The Mets had to pull him and put in Hansel Robles.

By The Way: Jacob deGrom was fantastic as usual. He went 7 innings scoreless innings and struck out 6. No decision obviously. He must be praying for free agency. This team has me wishing I could be a fan free agent. Unfortunately it doesn’t work that way.

By The Way 2.0: Neil Walker had three hits for the second day in a row. I guess he’s heating up? Screw him for taking so long.

By The Way 3.0: Rich MacLeod tweeted during the game that Juan Lagares is hitting .163 in 22 games since coming off of the disabled list. Really? Juan Lagares isn’t hitting well with one functioning thumb? That’s a head scratcher. Gotta love Juanny One Thumb!

Nothing But Ash: If the Mets don’t make a big trade by the August 1st deadline, Panic City will be nothing but ash before the summer is over. The “fire everyone” movement is going to get louder and louder if this team doesn’t pick up it’s play. Where the hell is Kevin Long? Huh? Show yourself Long! Why can’t we hit with runners in scoring position you bastard? You get all the credit for Murph’s tweaked swing and Cespedes’ hitting and this and that. Well I want heads! I want blood! I want accountability! I demand a pointless symbolic firing. Someone must pay the price! The Panic City Meltdown clock is ticking. Tick… tick… tick…

Tomorrow: Whatever. Let’s move past today’s disaster and focus on tomorrow. After all, tomorrow is Jose Reyes setback day!

 

Mets Swept By Rockies; Umps Screw Us Again


Final Score: Rockies 4, Mets 3

Sideburn Island: Since the umpires stole another game from the Mets today, and I’m on the verge of having a baseball triggered aneurysm, let’s start out with something light. I’m not hip when it comes to hairstyles but what’s with deGrom’s sideburn island? Is that a thing? Maybe his hair doesn’t grow in that spot? Do his sunglasses have built in razors that shave that area every time he puts them on? Maybe Mr. Burns has been telling him to shave his goddamn sideburns? I don’t know. Either way it’s hideous. If deGrom is going to let his signature hair get sloppy, what kind of example does that set for the other players on this team? Clean it up.

Rocky Mountain Fly: As far as the recap goes, Yoenis Cespedes hit a solo home run in the top of the second inning. It was an opposite field shot to right field. In a series where we expected a bunch of home runs from the Mets but only saw two, it’s not surprising that Cespedes hit one of them. I can’t wait until he opts out and the Wilpons don’t pony up the damn cash money. Book it.

Deadly Combination: In the third inning, Eric Campbell hit a leadoff double and Jacob deGrom continued the run of dominance our pitchers have had at the plate by driving in Soup with a single. Realistically we may never see Soup get a leadoff hit and deGrom drive him in ever again. In that same inning, Asdrubal Cabrera singled with one out moving deGrom over to second base and then Michael Conforto singled to drive in deGrom. That made it 3-1 Mets.

DeGrom Good/Harvey Bad: As far as Jacob deGrom and his performance in this game goes, overall he was fine. His velocity is still down, but unlike Matt Harvey, he’s maintained some semblance of his command which has allowed him to remain effective. Michael Conforto misplayed another ball out in left field in the second inning, which led to a double for Carlos Gonzalez. DJ LeMahieu ultimately drove him in with a single but it was another costly misplay. What a joke. In the fifth inning with two outs, a misplayed ball by Alejandro De Aza in the outfield led to deGrom throwing 17 more pitches. That contributed to Terry’s quick hook of deGrom in the 7th inning. DeGrom also surrendered a dinger to Carlos Gonzalez in the 6th inning which made it 3-2 Mets.

Did I Say It Or Did I Say It: In the 7th inning deGrom walked the leadoff hitter, struck out the next guy, and then Terry pulled him in favor of Jim Henderson. Henderson came in to face pinch hitter Ryan Raburn and gave up a two run home run that made it 4-3. Did I say it or did I say it? Yesterday I said the Mets could have easily signed Raburn for the bench at the end of the spring but instead we went with Soup-a-doop. Well unlike Soup (who sucks) Raburn (who doesn’t suck) hit a pinch hit dinger today (his fifth home run) and burned us. Whoops! I mean technically Soup didn’t suck today since he had two hits and a walk but who cares #scapegoating.

Umps Screw Mets Again: In the 8th inning, the umpires screwed the Mets for the second day in a row. With one out Juan Lagares doubled and the Rockies elected to intentionally walk Yoenis Cespedes so lefty pitcher Boone Logan could face Lucas Duda. Duda hit a ground ball to Nolan Arenado at third base. Lagares and Arenado were on a collision course, but Lagares moved slightly to avoid Arenado and made it to third base safely. Arenado didn’t even attempt to tag Lagares and instead made the throw to first base to get Duda. We should have had runners at second and third with two outs for Neil Walker. Instead, the second base umpire inexplicably decided to overrule the third base umpire and called Lagares out of the baseline. Double play. Inning over. Complete joke. Everything should be reviewable and umpires should be robots. If you want to read my thoughts on it check out my post from yesterday. Remember yesterday when the umpires screwed us? Just like today! At least I don’t need to re-type the same goddamn rant.

De Aza Lost: Alejandro De Aza totally sucked in the field today. He had at least four complete misplays or near blunders. From missing sunglasses to sloppy unnecessary belly flops in the outfield he messed up non-stop. He just doesn’t get any playing time so I don’t blame him for being rusty. That being said he better de-rust quick, or he’s going to find himself in the MLB scrapyard.

Terry’s Beat: Terry Collins didn’t even have the energy to argue the blown call in the 8th inning or talk about it after the game. This road trip really killed all of us. Perfect timing for our early season-defining meeting with Nationals. Hooray!

Booth Lag: For all the talk about deGrom and Harvey lacking velocity, Gary and Ron are missing a few MPH on their booth fastball lately. Snooze city. Taking Keith out of the booth is like taking Cespedes out of our lineup. It’s not pretty.

Sounds Similar: Imagine Justin Morneau, Dustin Garneau and Travis d’Arnaud being in the same elementary school class. It would be an absolutely chaotic role call for that hypothetical teacher.

Santa Claus Effect: One of the boring topics Gary and Ron talked about during the game was how everyone loves David Ortiz despite the fact that he failed a PED test in his career. The same thing goes for Bartolo Colon. I have to believe the Ortiz/Colon media praise despite their documented use of PEDs is primarily due to the lovable fat guy effect or the Santa Claus effect. Everyone loves a jolly fat guy. Unless they smell. I’m guessing Papi and Colon wear a lot of deodorant.

Bautista Refusing To Change: While the Mets were playing, the Blue Jays and Rangers got into a legendary on field brawl. This all started with Bautista’s BatFlipGate in the 2015 playoffs. As payback, the Rangers hit Bautista with a pitch in this game. So once he got on base, Jose Bautista decided to slide hard and extremely late into second base and he flew past the bag. He made no attempt whatsoever to stay on the bag and Rougned Odor didn’t like it one bit. So he socked him in the damn face. I like Bautista but follow the new rules. In this case, the umpires called the double play and enforced the new slide protocol. But it hasn’t been consistently enforced all season. If Major League Baseball won’t enforce the slide rules on the field or players refuse to obey them, then I’m happy to see fielders take matters into their own hands and punch the a-hole runners who won’t conform with the new standards.

Tomorrow: We get the day off tomorrow and start the home series with the Nationals on Tuesday. After this series I sure as hell need this off day. I can’t wait for Murph and the Nationals to come to Citi Field and take a dump all over this slumping squad. God I hope some home cooking cures what ails us.

Mets Lose Thanks To Fallible Non-Robot Umpire



Final Score: Rockies 7, Mets 4

Let me give you the pros and cons of this game before I dive into the blown call that ultimately determined the outcome.

Pros: The Mets had a ton of hits. Thirteen hits to be exact. David Wright had 2, Yoenis Cespedes had 2, Lucas Duda had 2, and Neil Walker had 3. Duda led the second inning off with a double and Walker followed with a single. With one out, Kevin Plawecki singled in a run. He’s picked things up lately. Neil Walker hit a leadoff bomb in the fourth inning. In the sixth inning Cespedes doubled, Duda drove him in with a single, and Neil Walker singled to make it first and third with no outs for Asdrubal Cabrera. But Cabrera, who’s been so hot, hit into a run scoring double play.

The post Logan Verrett bullpen was also dominant. Hansel Robles, Sean Gilmartin, Jim Henderson, Addison Reed, and Antonio Bastardo combined for 5.1 innings of scoreless relief.

Cons: The Mets once again failed to capitalize on run scoring opportunities at a high enough rate. Thirteen hits and four runs ain’t gonna cut it at Coors Field or any field for that matter. In the second inning, Logan Verrett and Curtis Granderson both struck out with two men on base. In the sixth inning after Cabrera’s run scoring double play, Kevin Plawecki walked and Juan Lagares singled. But Grandy once again failed to drive in any runs and grounded out. In the seventh David Wright hit a leadoff double and the heart of the Mets order couldn’t drive him in.

The Blown Call: The biggest con was obviously that Logan Verrett did not have a great start. But his entire line and the entire outcome of the game was determined by a blown call in the third inning. In the bottom of the third it was 2-1 Rockies. Verrett gave up a leadoff double to Nolan Arenado, a bunt hit to Gerardo Parra, and with one out he walked Mark Reynolds to load the bases. Then he walked DJ LeMahieu and consequently walked in a run. Pathetic. However, you figured with the bottom of the order coming up maybe we’d be able to limit the damage. And that’s exactly what Verrett did. He struck out 8 hitter Tony Wolters on a half swing which would have brought the pitcher up with two outs (he ended up grounding out by the way). Except the home plate umpire called the half swing by Wolters a foul tip. The bat wasn’t even close to the ball. It was an atrocious blown call. Everyone in the place knew it was a miss. When he got his second chance, Wolters roped a double that scored two runs and the wheels fell off after that. When the dust settled Terry had been ejected and it was 7-1 Rockies.

Fix Replay: The fact that people still call for the repeal of replay and seek to limit the scope of what you can review is completely and utterly insane. If you fall into this camp, I will never understand your line of thinking ever. It means you would prefer that we get the calls wrong as long as the game keeps moving. You are bananas. The blown call at home from last night’s game should be reviewable. Every play should be reviewable. One look at that half swing in the New York control room and in 5 seconds they would have called it a strikeout. As Terry said, “It cost us the game. End of story.” Instead everyone just stands on the field shrugging and being helpless.

Give Me The Robots: Can we please just install motion sensors and supercomputers all over every stadium and put these goddamn human umpires out to pasture? I am so freaking sick of game changing blown calls. Does MLB really want to reach younger fans and appeal to a broader audience? Well if they do, how about they create a game where we can ensure the play on the field is called correctly. And by the way kids love robots. I think.

I Don’t Have The Energy: I slept before writing this post because if I wrote it last night I may have said some things about umpires that would have been flagged by the internet police. But honestly I’ve been ranting and crying about crap like this for years. Blown calls in this day in age in any sport are inexcusable. Everything is filmed and every single thing can be confirmed in 5 seconds. This wasn’t about a debate over a rule like the Utley slide crap or home plate collisions. This was just a straight up miss by an umpire, and it couldn’t be rectified because the dumbass league actually carves certain plays out of the scope of reviewability (real word?). It’s a joke.

Philly Play At Plate: Speaking of plays at the plate, I saw the replay of the game ending play in the Phillies vs. Reds game. With two outs and runners at second and third, the batter hit a fly ball to left field. The ball was caught and the runner tried to tag up and he was nailed at the plate. Here it is:


Cameron Rupp fielded the throw, the runner barreled into him, and he held onto the ball for the final out. My question is how does this play not violate the home plate collision rules? The play was reviewed, and it was determined to not be a violation of the rules. I think the assertion is: If in the process of fielding the throw, the fielder has to go into the baseline, then it’s not a rule violation. When I watched the replay, I saw a catcher standing in the baseline the entire time fielding a perfectly made throw, and a runner who had no choice but to barrel into him. In other words, I saw the play that we’d seen a hundred billion times before the league supposedly changed the rules.

It doesn’t matter because the call was made, they reviewed it, and nobody seems angry. For the record, everyone is celebrating the play because the masses loved home plate collisions. I just think it’s funny that Major League Baseball is still celebrating the play too and someone like me who watches games all the time, still doesn’t quite understand their stupid, incoherent, cockamamie rule book.

Duda Lefty Troubles: Duda hasn’t hit lefties at all this season. Eric Campbell hasn’t hit anyone. Ryan Raburn sits on the Rockies bench. Raburn being a guy with experience at 1B, 3B, 2B, LF, and RF. It’s a good thing the Mets didn’t sign Ryan Raburn, otherwise we’d have no room for Soup.

Today: Let’s salvage one game in this Colorado series, end this goddamn road trip, and prepare for the series with the Nationals.

Harvey Pitches Like Trash Again

Final Score: Rockies 5, Mets 2

The Mets had been killing it against the Rockies in recent seasons. Before last night, they had won 11 straight against them. And Jon Gray had been awful at Coors Field before his impressive performance last night. Gray gave up 2 runs over 7 strong innings. He had 8 Ks including David Wright three times.

No Bats: We didn’t see the Dark Knight yesterday, and we sure as hell didn’t see our bats do anything. In the second inning with two outs, Jon Gray walked Neil Walker, hit Asdrubal Cabrera, and gave up a two run double to Kevin Plawecki. But that was all the offense we could muster. We left a couple guys on base as the game went on, but we really didn’t threaten to score much at all. We didn’t hit any dingers either. Slumps happen so I’m not going to kill the Mets offense for slumping. But the feast or famine, live by the dinger, die by the dinger lifestyle is going to take some getting used to. I’m sure we’ll hit 6 bombs today and I’ll be “used to it” yet again.

Season Of Trash: Matt Harvey gave up 5 runs on 11 hits in 5.2 innings pitched. His velocity evaporated yet again checking in at 91-92 MPH. We didn’t help him on the defensive end. In the fourth inning Nolan Arenado led off with a single and then Michael Conforto misplayed a Gerardo Parra hit that went by his glove and all the way to the wall. It was scored a triple but it was a clear error. Then Mark Reynolds singled to score Parra and the game was tied at 2. Harvey then gave up another run in the 5th and two more in the 6th. Jerry Blevins technically gave up the hit that led to the final run charged to Harvey, but it was all Harvey’s mess.

I’m scared to even talk about the terrible season Harvey has had to date. I have no answers, and he sure as hell has no answers. All I keep thinking is the last time he sucked like this, we were informed his UCL was torn and that was that. I believe him when he says he’s healthy, and he’s just dealing with mechanical issues. He’s slumping, and he’s searching for answers. But I live in Panic City man. I can’t help but expect the worst.

Setting The Bar: For all you hard workers and high achievers out there, let this Harvey situation be a lesson to you. Never set the bar this high. As Homer Simpson once said, “you tried your best and you failed miserably. The lesson is never try.” Matt Harvey achieved such a high level of success so quickly that the fans can’t possibly accept that this is the first slump of his career. He set the bar so high with his impeccable command and nobody can process that this freak of nature is dealing with some adversity on the field. It happens, and we are seeing it in a very public fashion. I feel bad for Matt because you can tell he’s lost and upset.

Harvey ShirseyGate: On a positive note, my Matt Harvey shirsey that was stained by the laundromat, is officially clean. The bleach stains are now somehow gone. That has to be a good omen right?

NL Reality Check: This loss moved us back into second place in the NL East. But we are still in the elite class of NL teams. We haven’t lost a damn series since that April 11-13 series against Miami. That being said, we have six games against Washington coming up this month, and the outcome of those games could completely alter the conversation about where we stand in our division and the NL overall.

Today: Let’s hit some damn home runs today. The Mets have me hooked on the long ball, and I need my fix. I just want to melt into the couch and watch the balls rain into the stands at Coors Field.

Series Preview: Coors The Banquet Series


Fun Facts About Colorado:

1) Great Beer: Coors Original was my favorite beer back in college when I didn’t mind treating my body like a dumpster. Now that I treat my body like a temple, I’m exclusively a light beer man. Yup. Light beer and hard alcohol for me. But to this day, nothing matches the smooth, natural Rocky mountain flavor that the scientists at Coors are able to infuse into each and every sip. And no beer on the market guarantees you’ll spend more time in the bathroom the next day.

2) Great Schools: Remember when Mike Hampton spurned the 2000 Mets to take that 122 million dollar contract with the Colorado Rockies? I guess it worked out for the Mets because his career unraveled with injuries. But his “I’m going there for the public schools” excuse is still one of the best all time things a player said instead of “I’m taking the money”. I kind of don’t understand why players feel the need to make excuses for taking the paycheck. Does it really say something about a person’s character? I feel like everyone takes the money always. We spend all day playing the mega millions lottery in the hopes of winning the money. Who in their right mind would feel ashamed for earning the lottery ticket and cashing it in?

3) Great Secret Knee Surgeons: My favorite Colorado story was in 2010 when Carlos Beltran secretly fled the Hospital For Special Surgery/head trainer Ray Ramirez and went to some surgeon in Colorado to get his knee surgery performed. He spent so much time on Ray Ramirez’s DL between 2009 and 2010 that he finally said “screw this” and took matters into his own hands. I have no idea what that Colorado doctor did to his knee (robot knee? stem cell injections? blood magic?) but he came back and put together fantastic seasons from 2011-2013. Of course two of those fantastic years were with the Cardinals. But at least we got Zack Wheeler for him!

Pitching Matchups:

Game 1: Matt Harvey vs. Jon Gray

Jon Gray is a top young pitching talent (3rd pick in the 2013 draft) and he’s been sentenced to Coors Field. His first two starts of the season he got rocked at home and then his last two starts he’s been stellar on the road. He faced the Mets twice last season. He pitched once at Citi and once at Coors. Guess how he fared. He pitched great in New York and he got crushed at Coors. He gave up 7 runs in 1.2 innings at Coors including the Yoenis Cespedes grand slam. That was the Cespedes three home run game.

Coors Field is such a pitchers graveyard. In his one 2015 start against Colorado he pitched 8 scoreless innings at Citi Field. After Matt Harvey took a big step forward last time out on the mound, tonight’s game in Colorado is the worst possible follow up. I’m sure he won’t get blown out and spiral right back into a pit of pitching despair.

Game 2: Logan Verrett vs. Eddie Butler

Eddie Butler is another first round pick pitching talent. He’s made two starts this year and his last one against the Giants he went six scoreless innings. The Mets crushed him in New York last season where he went four innings and gave up 6 runs. Curtis Granderson hit a home run off of him last season.

Logan Verrett has filled in nicely for deGrom this season in spot starts and out of the pen. The Mets are asking a lot from him in this Colorado spot start. I just hope this one skipped turn in the rotation heals Steven Matz‘s elbow.

Game 3: Jacob deGrom vs. Tyler Chatwood

Tyler Chatwood is off to a nice start with a 4-3 record and a 3.09 ERA. He got hit around last time out against the D-Backs in Colorado going 6 innings and giving up 6 runs. Chatwood missed all of last season with TJ surgery (his second time) and has looked good so far in his return. The Mets have limited experience against him but Asdrubal Cabrera and Curtis Granderson both have a home run against him.

Despite the early velocity talk, deGrom is off to a great start this season. He’s 3-1 with a 2.12 ERA. In his one 2015 start against Colorado deGrom pitched 7 scoreless innings at Citi Field with 10 Ks.

Things To Look For:

Rockies So Far: The Rockies are actually competing in the West so far, but it’s really early. Plenty of time for them to tumble out of the race. They are 5-10 at home and have lost 6 of their last 10. They lost 2 out of 3 to the Padres, split a 4 game set with the Giants, and then dropped 2 of 3 to the D-Backs. Let’s hope the Mets can keep them tumbling.

Runs For Your Life: The Rockies are doing their annual Coors Field dance. They are fourth in the league in runs scored and fifth in OPS (number two in OPS at home). But…we’ve hit more dingers! We’ve hit more dingers than everyone. Hooray. I have to believe the balls will be flying out of Coors this weekend like they always do.

Hot Rockies: Nolan Arenado is hitting .321 with 13 home runs, free agent acquisition Gerardo Parra is hitting .309. Carlos Gonzalez is hitting .304, but he only has 4 home runs so he’s not quite on that 2015 season 40 home run pace.

Story Not Over: Rookie shortstop Trevor Story got off to a scorching start and has 11 home runs. The ridiculous power numbers from the first few weeks have diminished but he’s still hitting .303 in his last 7 games.

No Reyes: We won’t see Jose Reyes. His domestic violence suspension is coming soon. He’s supposedly going to get 60 games and the time he’s missed so far this season will count towards the 60 game sentence. He’s a garbage person. Jenrry Mejia should save a black cloak for him at the Wall with the rest of baseball’s grimiest people. Here’s a picture of him with Ruben Tejada from a time before we knew he was garbage.


Imagine Murph: I wish Daniel Murphy somehow signed in Colorado instead of Washington. Can you imagine Murph in that thin air? Would he hit .500?

My Best Guess: Predicting the 2016 MLB Playoffs and Player Awards

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Major League Baseball has such parity. Sure we can probably narrow down the field of competition to around 15 teams before the season even starts. Roughly half the league is actually competing for a championship. But that’s a hell of a lot better than the annual three team dance in the NFL or the one team in the NBA that has a chance to win (I’ll give you a hint, it rhymes with Olden Plate Warriors). Jayson Stark from ESPN (and Winterfell) writes a brilliant annual column showing how the parity in MLB compares to that of the NFL. It really gives you an idea of how even the MLB playing field is, and how hard it is to predict the outcome of the season. Honestly, if you want the real crystal ball just look at the Vegas lines. Vegas knows better than me or any of the other baseball writers. That being said, if you want some of my magic insight, here are my playoff and player award predictions for 2016:

The Metssiah’s Player Award Predictions:

AL MVP: Manny Machado. Yeah I didn’t pick Mike Trout. I’m crazy!! Machado had a breakout season last year, he’s young, and he’s part of a beastly lineup. Plus my scouts (google images) say Machado’s head looks enormous this spring. Maybe he’s been getting his swoll on this offseason. I’m no phrenology expert, but big head equals big season.

AL Cy Young: Chris Archer

AL Rookie of the Year: Byron Buxton

NL MVP: Bryce Harper. Again. That being said, Yoenis Cespedes is going off at 25 to 1 in Vegas for MVP. I like that sweet action.

NL Cy Young: Max Scherzer. Yeah I’m betting against my boys, but I’ll say Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard finish 2, 3 and 4 respectively so I feel better about the betrayal.

NL Rookie of the Year: Corey Seager. But Steven Matz will probably be in the conversation.

 

The Metssiah’s American League Playoff Predictions:

WC Game: Rangers over Blue Jays

ALDS: Royals over Rangers and Astros over Yankees

ALCS: Astros over Royals

 

The Metssiah’s National League Playoff Predictions

WC Game: Nationals over Pirates

NLDS: Cubs over Nationals and Mets over Giants

NLCS: Mets over Cubs

 

World Series Prediction: Mets over Astros

 

Also, for my previously published divisional predictions see these posts:

American League East

American League Central

American League West

National League East

National League Central

National League West

My Best Guess: Predicting the 2016 National League West

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(This is one post in a series of posts where I will be predicting the outcome of each MLB division. The final post will include full 2016 MLB postseason predictions.)

2015 was supposed to be a 3 team race in the NL West. The Dodgers, Giants, and Padres were supposed to be in a dogfight until the end for the division crown. The Giants won the 2014 World Series. So you can understand why there were high expectations for the Giants in 2015. The Dodgers had Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw at the top of their rotation. Arguably the two best pitchers in the league. And the Padres absolutely dominated the 2014/15 offseason. New GM A.J. Preller traded and signed every star he could get his hands on. The D-backs were still considered young and not on the same level as the top 3 teams from a talent perspective. The Rockies had no pitching. They still have no pitching. Mainly because it is impossible to pitch in Colorado. They never had a shot in 2015 and at the moment it feels like they may never have a shot again.

That being said, the Giants season was ultimately derailed by injuries and the Padres experiment exploded in Preller’s face. A failure of massive proportions. The Dodgers rotation did not disappoint with Greinke and Kershaw arguably both having Cy Young seasons despite ultimately finishing behind Jake Arrieta. But the Dodgers Big Two lost to the Mets. Then Greinke and manager Don Mattingly left, and the Dodgers front office was forced to pick up the pieces. Here’s what I see in 2016:

NL West: 1) San Francisco Giants (x) 2) LA Dodgers 3) Arizona Diamondbacks 4) San Diego Padres 5) Colorado Rockies

San Francisco does the on again, off again championship thing. They won in 2010, 2012, 2014. 2016 is an on year so they have to win right? Wrong. Unless you believe absurd magic patterns are the new way to predict baseball World Championships. That being said they filled all their holes from 2015. They needed outfield depth, particularly a CF, and they got Denard Span. They needed top of the rotation support and they added Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija. Their rotation is super deep now. Madison Bumgarner at the top with veterans Jake Peavy and Matt Cain eating up innings. And young Chris Heston in the mix as well. That depth will make the difference for them in the battle for the NL West. They struggled last season with injuries particularly in the outfield with Hunter Pence and Angel Pagan missing chunks of the season. Denard Span battled major injuries for all of 2015 with the Nationals. So they still have some injury risk in that area. They need Span and Pence in order to be competitive and make a run. Their bullpen was very effective again in 2015 but Sergio Romo, Javier Lopez, and Santiago Casilla are getting older. They have the talent and experience to win the division this year.

The Dodgers lost Zack Greinke and replaced him with a whole bunch of number 3 starters. They still have Clayton Kershaw who may win another Cy Young. Scott Kazmir and Kenta Maeda should be effective although Kazmir has looked bad this spring. Like the Giants, the Dodgers also have a lot of rotation depth with Alex Wood, new Cuban Yaisel Sierra, and Hyun-jin Ryu. But I like the Giants rotation better. The Dodgers also tried to bolster their bullpen and failed. Justin Turnersbane had offseason microfracture knee surgery, so it’ll be interesting to see how healthy he is this season. The Dodgers will be very good and should battle the Giants and Diamondbacks all season. I think they will miss out on the division and wild card.

The Diamondbacks are going for it. They paid 300 million for Greinke. They traded the farm to Atlanta for starter Shelby Miller. They signed Tyler Clippard for the bullpen. And they already had the young big bats in Paul Goldschmidt and A.J. Pollock. But I’m not as high on Shelby Miller as most people. Young Cuban Yasmany Tomas left a lot to be desired offensively in his first MLB season. Josh Collmenter is a nice starter. Archie Bradley is promising but unproven. Clearly the core players on this team are young, and they haven’t been tested in a pennant race during the dog days of summer. If they show they can handle that in 2016 and win the West, then obviously I’ll have a different view next season. But I’m taking the experienced Giants and Dodgers over the D-Backs.

I hate the GM of the Padres A.J. Preller. He gets hired, and immediately goes ahead and trades the entire Padres farm system during the 2014/15 offseason for Craig Kimbrel, Matt Kemp, Derek Norris, Wil Myers, and Justin Upton. They even signed James Shields for the rotation. They went for it in 2015. And…they were mediocre. It was a complete failure. And after the season he trades Kimbrel to re-stock the farm system and let’s Justin Upton walk in free agency. But he doesn’t really do anything to improve the club. He didn’t embrace a rebuild or try to go all in again. He’s doing the dance in the middle. I think he should be fired for his 2015 blunder. Presumably he came in for his GM job interview with a plan/strategy. I doubt the plan was “go for it in 2015 and if that fails then I’ll figure something else out”. He failed, and he should be fired.

And the stupid Rockies are doing the mediocre team thing also. They traded Tulo and Corey Dickerson but they kept Carlos Gonzalez and Charlie Blackmon. I don’t get it at all. These two teams have no chance. Trade all these players and re-stock the farm and try to win down the road. Mediocrity in baseball is completely pointless. They should just move the Rockies to a city with normal air pressure where the balls don’t fly out of the stadium all day, so they have an actual chance to compete. Or move the other 29 teams to Colorado. Whichever is more practical.

 

Other Divisional Predictions:

American League East

American League Central

American League West

National League East

National League Central