Congrats to Davey Johnson

Woulda been nice to win but there was a great silver lining to Sunday’s loss. Seeing the Davey Johnson back in the dugout and winning baseball games warms my heart.

Having been a school age lad during the epic season of 1986, BMF will always have love for everyone associated with that team.

Davey Johnson piloted that team through a rough and tumble National League and World Series back when baseball players drank and fought and partied like rock stars.

I never quite grasped why Johnson wasn’t a regular fixture in dugouts for the past 2 decades. To me the guy is a winner. I guess he’s has his detractors along the way which makes me pull for him even more now that he’s back in uniform.

Certainly don’t want him to beat the Mets on the regular next year but a large part of ms was happy to see him succeed yesterday.

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How ’bout Hairston blasting 2 HR’s — and he didn’t even start!

Jose picked up 2 hits so that’s hopefully the end of his first not ho streak of the year (I wouldnt dare to disrespect Jose by so much as using the word “sl*mp” during the season he’s having)

Niese wasn’t his sharpest but you can’t really complain about 2R in 5.1 IP, can you? 

16 Responses to “Congrats to Davey Johnson”

  1. BlondiesJake Says:

    BMF, stop looking at box scores and start watching games. Niese couldn’t get out of his mess in the 6th and was lucky to only give up 2 earned runs. And he also left the pen 3.2 innings to pitch. Then again, you said Dickey was great yesterday so I shouldn’t be surprised by this statement today.

  2. the dude formerly known as bill l. Says:

    While it’s true that Niese couldn’t get out of his mess in the sixth, and also true that he needs to get better at getting through jams like this, it is also true that it had been a pretty good outing up to that point. He threw nothing but strikes all afternoon, and moved through the lineup with a fair amount of ease and his usual speed for those first five innings. So, I’m feeling a bit more well disposed towards Niese than Bjake is this morning. And as far as Saturday’s game goes: there’s no denying that it was a rough start for Dickey, but once he got his bearings out there, after the first he was very good for the next five, with very little difficulty. It’s out of his control that TC lifted him for a PH after 6. So, while “great” might be a bit of a stretch, Dickey was pretty good on Saturday, and left his team in the game. If the Mets get performances like the last two, they’ll win more of them than they’ll lose, is all I’m saying.

  3. Howard Says:

    I think where we are on Sunday evening after the series with the Braves will tell a lot whether we are stuck in the Atlantic without a life preserver of if we were able to swim to the mainland.

    I hope that TC puts Hairston in CF today. After his heroics on Sunday, he deserves a shot to show what he can do. And what are we missing out on anyway with Pagan in the lineup; a few grounders to second, a strikeout and a bonehead play along the way? Pagan had his day in the sun last year when there was no pressure on him. He is a huge weak link to the team and deserves to be benched. Hairston can also supply a little power to the lineup. I would like to see a lineup of Reyes, Turner, Murphy, Wright, Bay, Hairston, Paulino, Duda for a few days.

    I can see the Nationals taking 2 of 3 from the Braves being at home. And hopefully we can at least take 2 of 3 from the Marlins.

    Lets do some damage this week and get to within 5 in the loss column of the Braves by Sunday night.

    Lets Go Mets!

  4. BlondiesJake Says:

    tdfkabl, don’t get me wrong, I don’t think Niese and/or Dickey were awful. But Niese needs to avoid the big mess, which has ruined a bunch of very-good-up-to-that-point outings. And you just can’t be great on a day you give up a 3-run bomb in the 1st. Agree if they deliver performances like that consistently they are giving team chance to win.

    Howard, totally agree on Pagan. As I stated yesterday, I believed then and still do now that last year was a career year and he’ll never approach that again. Plus, it’s hard to duplicate success when you are as dumb as a box of yourselfs. I don’t think Scott Hairston is the answer and I expect the team will try and move him through waivers at some point for a small deal but have no problem with him getting extra playing time but really think they should give Pridie a shot since he’s a very good outfielder and seems to have a little pop in his stick.

    I’ll make a deal with you, Howard. If the Mets sweep the Fish and then take at least 2 of 3 from the Braves, I’ll encourage and enjoy a Daily Loss Column Update from you. Deal?

  5. GroteFan Says:

    A team that is in the race doesn’t go in and lose 2 of 3 to the Nationals, and a terrible job by BMF finding the silver lining of Davey Johnson winning 2 of 3. Love Davey, but he hasn’t been a met in 20 years for goodness sakes!
    Teams that lose like this are not in the w/c. They are who the are a slightly above .500 team.
    Regarding Pagan, he seems like a guy with a lot of physical talent but few if any baseball smarts.
    Either way, the Mets had no choice but to go with him in 2011 to see if he was the future. So far it’s a failure, but that was a position the mets weren’t going to make a change on for 2011 so mission accomplished either way.
    I do NOT want to see Hairston or Harris in the line-up at all. They are not the future, and despite some heroics don’t see them as the answer even in the short term.
    Niese is a work in progress and anyone who says that 2011 has not been a good one for him is really being negative. I don’t see how anyone can watch this guy and not think he is part of the future with Harvey and Webb. The Bravos are 5-5 in their last 10, and the Mets cannot make up ground.
    At least we aren’t Orioles fans.

  6. Howard Says:

    Jake, I hope for the sweep but the Marlins all of a sudden become the Phillies when they play us. They could not score on the Braves. Lets see what happens today.

    For those interested, please read pg 52 of The Post. Mike Pelfrey explains why he stinks. The excuse today is that he is trying too hard. So I guess starting today, he will put in less effort and the wins will start rolling in. I guess Pelfrey normally stinking up the joint has nothing to do with bad control and always giving up the big hit in an inning. I guess when he gets guys out, he is not trying too hard, but when he gets lit up as which normally happens in most games, he is just trying too hard!

    Ladies and Gentleman, this is our #1 starter!!!

  7. the dude formerly known as bill l. Says:

    Howard: Pelf is #1 in name only, and that was only a recognition that on paper he had the best claim off last season for garnering the opening day start.

    Grote Fan: “Teams that lose like this are not in the water closet?” And also, Davey will always be a Met.

  8. Florida Met Fan Rich Says:

    Boys I still believe we should have been bigger sellers at the trade deadline then we were! Maybe I am over estimating the talent on this team and nobody wanted any of our plaqyers or offered us up garbage for them!

    I just hope that management didn’t get caught up in the “Keep Butts in seats” this year and lost track of “For the good of the team next year”!

    BlondiesJake - The 62 mets were fun to watch also!…I am sorry I don’t think a .500 team should be the bar and be acceptable!

    Sorry I see no fun in finishing in 4th or 5th place!…I want to win and be in the thick of things consistently!

  9. ProfessorReyes Says:

    I’ve got to admit having conflicting feelings about the win too. It was kind of nice seeing him smile like that, especially as he’s looking kinda frail.
    I think even Ron and Gary were getting sentimental, talking about the ‘86 slump onto the bench…

    The bright spot for me was José having another multi-hit game, altho he still doesn’t look as ultra-confident as he was a month ago.

  10. Fort Greene Met Fan Says:

    FMFR—you do know that moves can be made in the off-season, right? This isn’t our only chance to make changes to the team. What’s the big rush?

  11. foxster Says:

    The Met pattern is win some in a row, and look good. –then…….. reverse course and lose several in a row, not looking good in the process. this pattern has been in effect for quite some time.

    it also applies to full seasons as well. either win a division or better, then when the fans begin to hope for better times with a team that will stay competive for a number of seasons, they quickly revert to type.

    the Met fans lot is to hope for the best, but expect the worst.

    back to real life and something really important for all baseball fans. has anyone heard of the latest progress report on Gary Carter? Kid, we’re all pulling for you. LETS GO GARY CARTER - LETS GO METS

  12. JoMama Says:

    Fact of the matter is all our arms are mediocre at best - Niese, Dickey, Cap, Gee even Pelf - some are young, some are old, but when one or two of them goes 7-8 innings of 2-3 run ball, they’re all the second coming of Doc. Don’t get me wrong, I like our staff all right but I wouldn’t be pissed if any of them left or were traded. For reasons unknown to me, they all seem to fall apart 3rd time around the order - is this Warthen, or should I just be happy/surprised when I see a stat sheet like, 7IP, 3ER, 2BB, 5SO’? Because it’s rare I see that from one of our starters. Sad, particularly when our pen is pretty freakin bad. Gotta admit, feeling pretty down on these guys after a terrible weekend in DC.

  13. BlondiesJake Says:

    FMFR, as FGMF mentioned, there’s no rush. Considering what’s happened so far, do you really believe this team would be so much worse without guys like Hairston, Izzy, Paulino, etc? It’s not like selling Reyes and Wright which would cause this team to play like the Astros. And if that’s the case, fans are still coming to the park, so even if Alderson is paying attention to butts in seats, do you really think he would be making or not making moves based on that? If I didn’t know better I’d swear this was HBS posting this ridiculousness!

  14. BlondiesJake Says:

    JoMama, I agree with your basic premise but wouldn’t deal Gee or Niese because both are young and have potential to get better. I would deal Capuano and Dickey in a heartbeat for a good prospect. I’m on the shelf with Pelf only because while he has proven himself to be mentally fragile, he’s still young and physically gifted.

    FMFR, I also meant to say I don’t believe the bar in general should be set at .500 but for this season, it’s a pleasant surprise. Considering you want the team to deal guys asap, I’m not sure why you refuse to admit this year has been more entertaining than expected and unlike ‘62 has given Mets fans real hope for the future. It doesn’t mean this is all we hope for, it means we understand Rome wasn’t built in a day.

  15. A Phanatic Says:

    Boo de le boop.

  16. BlondiesJake Says:

    Encouraging stat of the day: Pelfrey 3-0, 2.96 era, .220 baa at home.
    Discouraging stat of the day: Pelfrey 0-7, 5.40 era in last 14 starts vs Marlins

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