Niese Robbed


The kid deserved a win. At the very least he deserved not to lose but neither worked out after the Met scratched out just 3 hits and Tejada’s error saddled Niese with the loss.

Niese and others though Maybin was clearly out at second but replays didn’t confirm that. The throw beat him but unless you tag the runner you should t get an out based on when the ball arrives. 

I thought he was safe. The best case scenario was a tie so although Niese wasn’t happy I think it was the right call.

Met bats were quiet but at least Duda keeps on keeping on with a double and pair of RBI’s. In what is sure to be a light spending winter, or maybe all to Reyes none to anyone else Duda sure looks like he’s playing his way into a starting job in 2012.

23 Responses to “Niese Robbed”

  1. Florida Met Fan Rich Says:

    Not the best way to lose a game before heading on a west coast trip. With 45 games left this team is pretty much what most fans expected (even with all the injuries).

    At least they still seem to be playing hard and haven’t started “mailing it in” yet. I kind of lose interest as they play out on the west coast this late in the season.

    RUMOR has it that the Mets are looking to share their spring training stadium in PSL with another team. They are supposedly talking with two teams. (Guessing Nats might be one of them.)

    What a cheap, low budget, cheesy way to start losing the teams identity!……Your thoughts?

  2. BlondiesJake Says:

    BMF, you’re right. On a night where he avoided the big meltdown, Niese deserved better. Unfortunately, it didn’t happen, but it was good to see him have a solid start. As well, Duda looks more and more comfortable at the plate now. I just hope he’ll be more comfortable in RF next year, assuming Ike comes back to play 1B.

    FMFR, I suspect this team is unlikely to “mail it in” at any point. Taking into account TC has commanded the team’s respect and has been preaching positivity, combined with young guys battling for positions for next year and adding the fact this team could’ve done that already a bunch of times but hasn’t, I think they will battle all the way to Game 162.

    As to the ST thing, it does seem like a cheap, low budget idea, but it’s not surprising. And if cost-cutting in PSL helps pay players in NYC, then I’m all for it.

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

    FMFR: plus, it will give you the opportunity to see twice as many Spring games. But don’t teams usually play their Spring games in their minor league cities?

  4. Florida Met Fan Rich Says:

    They will bring a minor league team also, just like the cards and marlins in jupiter.

    I dont think it will bring more games to see, because I am guessing it will be just a team relocating

  5. IrishMike Says:

    I was so glad to see TC leave Niese in to give him a chance to control his own destiny. Too bad Tejada wrested that control away.

  6. BlondiesJake Says:

    IM, is it me, or has Tejada seemed shakier since his recall? I haven’t seen many of the games since I’m back in LA, but by all accounts he’s having trouble and I wonder why.

  7. IrishMike Says:

    He seems to be in the “make the hard plays look routine and the routine plays look hard” category which we’ve all seen before. Some of those guys settle in and start making the routine plays and some don’t. I don’t think we have a good idea right now of just who Tejada is or will be in the field. Which makes it difficult to plan for the future obviously.

  8. BlondiesJake to ProfessorReyes Says:

    ProfessorReyes, I wanted to formally apologize for being a jackass yesterday. I don’t like being told what to do but my response to that was way, way, WAY out of proportion. I hope you read this and can accept my apology.


  9. JoMama Says:

    I love these Best Coast swings, 6:40 game for this kid!

    Tejada needs to get his head out of his ass and quit hanging out with Pagan. Last few games have been very Pagan-esque for the youngster.

  10. ProfessorReyes Says:

    Unfortunately I didn’t watch yesterday’s game, it seems like it was a case of “you had to be there” and also another case of box scores not telling the story. It seems like this whole Mets season was “you had to be there.”
    I did listen to Shmooze afterward, he did a hilarious bit about The Portrait of Doriano Grayera.
    Also in the category of who really cares, LoDuca is the color commentator for LLWS; he was announcing the Paramus-Delaware game earlier.

    Bjake, apology accepted. I had to look back for that. Interesting that I wasn’t telling anybody to “do” anything beyond “grow up” and the washerwoman comment didn’t include a name, yet it seemed to hit a nerve.

    As I said, BMF is one of the blogs I visit each day for the blogger’s post; they are normally sane and not vanity, gossip-mongering posts, and I try to stay on topic out of respect to the work Adam puts into this and the space he gives us to vent while we know we have a reasonably-sized audience.
    This is his blog not mine so it’s mine turn to apologize to BMF for taking up space OT now.

    It’s been insightful and fun to read the comments from the regulars and others; they’ve usually been a cut above other comments on other Mets blogs, in maturity; and even when insults were thrown they were in fun and didn’t take over the real subject matter. Even Aphan/MTMF toothpick duels were a chuckle, advantage Aphan usually, I have to admit.
    My criteria for my opinions about the comments, is something my father taught me when I was little:
    Principles, not personalities.

    We’re all just spouting opinions here. Nobody’s opinion is more “right” than anybody else’s. So when the comments start degrading into attacks on personalities, I lose interest…..and respect.
    A parent learns very early that making somebody feel bad won’t make the bully feel better, but it won’t stop him; and that a bully is usually “that way” because it’s been done to him/her.

    If one looks at comment count during a flame war, one would be mistaken to think that the flame war somehow generated more hits and comments, as the continuing flame war itself accounts for the bulk of the comments.
    In the past month or so, I believe that most people tried to evade getting sucked into a very juvenile flame war by continuing to post intelligent comments about the METS. Although my posts weren’t always intelligent, I tried to do the same, even if I only had color-type comments to contribute.
    I wouldn’t be surprised if many other people that read this blog, like me, skipped over the posts from specific bloggers.

    So I just want to say I will continue to come here every day, and skip some of the comments, but I’m not really in the mood to post while this whole thing is going on.

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

    I know that Ian Kennedy has been “en fuego” for what seems like months, now, but I’ve never thought of him as that unhittable. I think the Mets have at least a decent chance tonight with this matchup. Gee can be excellent and if you look at the two of them, their stats aren’t really all that different. LGM

  12. Florida Met Fan Rich Says:

    I hate snakes!!
    Lets Go Mets

  13. BlondiesJake Says:

    Professor, glad we cleared that up. I will say I understand opinions, I get annoyed by certain people here because they try to assert opinions as facts, without actual using using any facts. They then go on to argue it multiple times as though the repetition makes it true. And as anybody who knows me will attest, my tolerance for arrogant stupidity is very low.

  14. JoMama Says:

    BJ - can you say hypocrite? Read what you just wrote and tell me you’re not guilty of the same crimes. I don’t need to get into a pissing match with you (again) but come on, some of the nonsense you spewed about Bay was, in fact, opinion.

  15. Met_Maven Says:

    Hopefully all the bickering will cease, or at least die down. No matter what our opinions are, we all want to see the Mets right the ship and succeed.

    I’m proud of our team. They were supposed to be out of any form of contention by May and here we are, mid August, mathematically alive. I know the chances of the Mets actually getting the WC are close to impossible, but the fact we keep fighting is a good sign. Nobody thought the Mets would be this good this deep in the season.

    Anyway, my friends and I were talking about potential free agents the Mets could pick up in the offseason. We need starting pitching, and another arm or two in the pen.

    We were thinking about the following:

    PEN: Matt Capps, Jose Valverde, Heath Bell (no one thinks this will happen, just a pipe dream)

    SP: Edwin Jackson, Jason Marquis, CJ Wiilson

    I doubt any of these signings will happen, just pondering whats available.

  16. Fort Greene Met Fan Says:

    I’m with the Prof. I’m not sure why anyone would want to read you guys bickering—the increase in comments in just YOUR guys’ comments to each other—but it seems like every regular on here (Prof, me, USMF, El Dude, IM, TDFKABL, etc etc) has point blank asked you guys to take it elsewhere or just shut it already. I can only imagine that both of you are covert members of Congress, having sharpened your teeth on an even more ludicrous level of non-debate.

    You both can justify it all you want with “he started it” or ‘I’m just defending myself” or some other grade school level canard, but ultimately, why does either of you care what the other one thinks? Just don’t read each others’ comments if they annoy you so much.

    There have been commenters here over the years that annoyed me—so I just skipped over their comments. And if they were talking smack about me I didn’t know and didn’t care—I only care about the opinions of people I respect.

    Like the Prof, I comment here less and less (probably to some people’s satisfaction, haha), because this blog is becoming less about conversation and more about bickering. It’s just BORING. If the rest of us can’t actually cancel this season of “The Jake and Howard Show” early, can we at least hire some new writers?

    The way this blog is going, 2011 will be known as the year BMF stopped being fun instead of the year the Mets started.

  17. BlondiesJake Says:

    JoMama, I didn’t say you can’t voice opinions, but there’s a difference between a general opinion and an assertion that screams for facts that doesn’t provide any facts. Feel free to go back and say I didn’t provide any facts or stats during that whole time. You may not have liked them, but you can’t say I didn’t provide them on a number of occasions. I’m going to decline to engage further on the grounds that FGMF might get more upset.

    Speaking of FGMF, you have commented a number of times about players butts and which ones you like to see in person because of how they look. I don’t find that fun or conversationally scintillating but I haven’t told you to stop posting.

    Finally, if the regulars who have been here for years feel it would be better for me to not post anymore, I will quietly walk away from the keyboard, just let me know.

  18. ProfessorReyes Says:

    One final word:
    I think there are a number of things that aren’t being “gotten” from my comments, but I’ll just point out the first among them.
    Please don’t ever mis-take “apology accepted” for “it’s okay.”

    Big fan of Gee, so I hope he has a real confidence-builder here.

  19. Fort Greene Met Fan Says:

    Hahaha, well if the 4 times or whatever in as many years I have mentioned that a player is hot bothers you, I’m sorry. Actually, it was the Coop who had a thing for a certain catcher’s ice cream scoop-shaped tuchus, not me. Though I have no problem checking out the wares, to be sure. It’s a joke, not a provocation.

    No one is asking you to walk away, quietly or otherwise, so no need to be the martyr. The only thing we’ve asked is for you and Howard to stop bickering. But if either/both of you can’t participate without bickering, than I won’t be sad to see either of you go. Which is sad, because even though I thought you were completely nuts re: the relative evil of Sheffield/Bonds, I liked your cheery 3 line sign-offs and enthusiasm for the team.

    Why not rise above this squabble, be the bigger man, etc? Is it really so impossible to let it go? Is there a real man in the house? Please step up and let us admire your maturity and gravitas! Let me tell you, a truly grown up man is even SEXIER than a ML baseball player’s butt! And that is saying something…

    On another topic, I wanted to belatedly thank IrishMike, Lord Charles and others for the (yay!) really interesting convo about ERT and other stats recently. What a breath of fresh air to learn something here about baseball, even if I’m hopeless at math and didn’t totally understand all of it. Thanks for the lesson!

  20. BlondiesJake Says:

    Professor, I don’t think what I did was ok, hence the apology. You accepted which tells me the issue is now dead and you understand that I understand it was wrong.

    FGMF, I didn’t say it bothered me. I merely pointed out that not everything is baseball related and/or fun for everyone. I could care less but certainly don’t have an issue with it.

    And I wasn’t trying to be a martyr, merely stating a fact. I like engaging in vigorous discussion and sometimes it degrades. If my argumentative and passionate personality has run its course here, I’ll move along, no worries.

  21. Fort Greene Met Fan Says:

    Well, I give up. Would anyone else like to attempt explaining the concept, “Just Stop Bickering Already?”



  22. Met_Maven Says:

    FGMF I just ignore the bickering at this point. It would be nice if I didn’t have to scroll through so many posts but such is life on BMF now.

    Remember when 90% of the talk on here was about eh Mets and what could/ should be done and what we liked / disliked about the team & those who ran it?

    It wasn’t that long ago was it?

    I tried to get a Met baseball related topic going but it was overlooked either because it wasn’t interesting or too many people are consumed with the petty bickering. Either guilty party should just stop the insanity and talk Met baseball. If party 1 calls party 2 a bad name, party 1 should just ignore it and go on about their business.

  23. BlondiesJake Says:

    For the record, in the last week I’ve either brought up or contributed to discussions about when to bunt, when to play for the tie, what’s up with Tejada, and more. I guess since everybody’s ignoring the bickering and therefore my posts (which seems unlikely since I keep getting told by people to stop bickering) that you have all missed those discussions concerning the what could or should be done with the Mets and who we like or dislike. And I would love for this site to be hardcore in that direction, intelligent discussions of strategy, Xs and Os, front office moves, etc.

    FGMF, I just want to be clear. I responded to you griping about me even though I hadn’t said anything to you and in fact, it was tied in to an apology I made to ProfessorReyes. You could’ve left it alone but decide to pile on and that’s apparently ok. However, you misinterpreted my statement, so I clarified my point and that’s bickering?

    And of course, I know that typing this will immediately get me blasted for refusing to be the bigger man (and yes, I know you’re a woman), so I deduce I need to accept when somebody calls me out incorrectly? I just want to be clear on this.

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