Archive for August, 2012

Niese Delivers

Monday, August 13th, 2012

Despite Niese allowing just 1 run in 8 innings the Mets almost refused to accept the win by allowing the Braves to climb back into the game w/ 4 runs in the 9th.

Edgin, who I happen to like, was worthless and FrankFranc was just as awful and BANG just like that Niese’s game was almost gone. 

Y’know Niese has had a nice year for himself. It’s been largely lost in the drama of Santana, Dickey and a crazy 1st half but Niese has delivered.

Granted some were expecting an 18 win season or an unfairly high bar for him to reach but when Niece stands at 9 - 6 with a 3.67 ERA, thats a very encouraging season for a young pitcher.

It wasn’t a “breakout” season and I’m sure Fantasy Owners are disappointed but as a Met fans have to be happy w/ Niese taking the next step forward in his career.

Does Santana Need to be Shut Down? 

Sunday, August 12th, 2012

Yikes.

Holy crap what’s wrong with Santana? 

He was OBLITERATED yesterday allowing 8 ER in 1.1 IP.

I don’t know what else to say but if he needs to be shut down for the season let’s shut him down.

RA Dickey All Time Met Great? 

Friday, August 10th, 2012

Sorta silly to put the guy among the greatest Mets ever but I think there’s a very valid case for RA.

Granted much of it is the cache he possesses by reinventing himself as a knuckler and coming out of NOWHERE to be an elite pitcher in the game. He’s the 1st NL’er to 15 wins, he should’ve started the ASG and he’s proven himself to be the most dominant pitcher in the game when he’s on.

Yesterday was another Classic Dickey performance - 1R, 5H, Zero BB, 10K over 9 innings.

Granted the competition for all-time Met team isn’t what you’ll find in the BX or many other franchises but I stand by RA’s early nomination to the Greatest Met Team Ever.

Day Game

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

Game thread…

Assume Crash Position

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

Y’know the head between the knees position you’re supposed to assume if you’re in a plane crash? Met fans should do that … Now.

Last nite’s game was the latest sign the roof was collapsing as our season implodes yet again.

The ass kicking last nite was over before it started. Chris Young was awful and you knew the game was over as the Fish belted 2 bombs before the Mets came to bat. 

I was happy for Jose to launch a solo shot. At this point it looks like it was the correct move to let him go - although that may change over time - but I’ll always love Jose and he got jerked because the horrendous Met ownership lelt getting caught up on Ponzi scams ( it happened twice ) 

It’s games like this, and seasons like this that make me long for football season. Because we all know the Met’s won’t be playing “meaningful games” in September.

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Olympic Thoughts from Wed

• never seen a more graceful / ladylike runner than Alyson Felix

• Bob Costas is a Tool

• for 2 women who are married to men the Women’s Beach Volleyball champs sure do hold hands a lot

Murphy Powers Up

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

Daniel Murphy  hit a homer. All things considered that may be the biggest news of the day.

Sure the Mets lost, that happens all the time. Bay upped his avg to .157, what else is new? But Murphy’s complete and utter lack of power this year has been frustrating to say the least so HR number 4 is actually news.

No one expects 25 bombs from Murphy but to have only managed 3 before last nite is shockingly low.

The funny thing is the guy was a 3rd baseman by trade. David Wright blocking his path and forcing a switch to second base was the best thing that ever happened to Murphy since no one would tolerate 4 HR from a corner infielder.

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Did anyone catch RA Dickey on Letterman? It was great to see RA getting that sort of recognition. Letterman has had some classic sports heroes showing off in / around his studio. Batting practice on 53rd street, throwing footballs into moving taxi cabs, throwing footballs at a pizza atop a Xmas tree and so on…

Unfortunately watching Letterman catch a knuckle ball doesn’t quite measure up to his tradition of wacky sports stunts.