Saturday, May 21, 2011

Capuano, Mets Roughed Up By Yanks In Loss

The good news: the world didn't end tonight. The bad news: the Mets were killed with the long ball tonight, losing to the Yankees by a score of 7-3.

  • Chris Capuano went 5.1 innings, giving up four home runs. By the time he left in the sixth inning, he allowed six runs on six hits, while striking out five.
  • Justin Turner drove in yet another RBI. He now has an RBI in seven consecutive games, breaking the franchise rookie record previously held by Ron Swoboda.
  • Jose Reyes had three hits in the game, scored two runs, and stole a base.
  • Pedro Beato was perfect out of the bullpen after coming to pitch 1.2 innings of relief. Beato has not allowed a run in 18.2 innings.
  • Besides Capuano's start, the worst part about this game was that it was all on Fox. I really don't know what's more painful, watching the Yankees tee-off against the Mets, or listening to Joe Buck and Tim McCarver.

Next up: The Mets look to take the rubber game of this three-game set, Sunday, at Yankee Stadium. Game time is 1:05 p.m.

Rapture Will Have To Wait, Mets And Yankees Have A Game To Play

May 21, 2011

7:10 PM ET

Yankee Stadium




Starting Pitcher: Chris Capuano (3-4, 4.78 ERA)

Capuano hasn't faced the Yankees in nearly six years when he was with the Brewers.In that start, he went just four innings and allowed seven runs.


Starting Pitcher: A.J. Burnett (4-3, 3.99 ERA)

It's hard to say what you'll get with Burnett on the mound. Burnett gave up six runs on eight hits in his last outing. He served up three home runs in that game as well.


Reyes-SS, Murphy-1B, Beltran-RF, Bay-LF, Martinez-DH, Turner-3B, Thole-C, Pridie-CF, Tejada-2B. Capuano-LHP

Gary Carter Diagnosed With Small Brain Tumors

The Daily News is reporting that Gary Carter has been diagnosed with four small brain tumors. He will undergo surgery in the next few days at Duke University.
"According to sources close to Carter, the 57-year-old Met icon has been complaining of headaches and forgetfulness in recent days and underwent an MRI in a hosptial near his Palm Beach Gardens home Saturday, where the tumors were discovered."
It will not be known until after the surgery if the tumors are benign or malignant.

Get well soon, Gary.

Best (And Worst) Of Mets And Yankees

Here are a few of the best and/or worst moments involving the Mets and Yankees from over the years (in no particular order).

1. Dave Mlicki: For years Mets fans had heard that their team was inferior to the big bad Yankees. Heading into the first every Subway Series in 1997, the Mets sent Mlicki to the mound against a young Andy Pettitte. Mlicki went on to prove it's okay to root for the underdog, shutting out the Yankees 6-0 in the Bronx.

2. The Mike Piazza-Roger Clemens Saga: First Roger Clemens beaned Mike Piazza. Then he threw a broken bat at him as he ran down the first base line. If you wanted to find a guy whom Mets fans and players alike loathed, Clemens was your guy.

3. The drop heard 'round the world: In 2009, Luis Castillo dropped an otherwise easy pop-up off the bat of Alex Rodriguez. It would have been the game-ending play, instead the error prolonged the inning and led to an eventual Mets loss. I think this was the first time I ever actually threw something while watching a game.

4. The disaster that was the 2000 World Series: For the first time ever, I along with many other fans, was actually going to see the Mets in the World Series...and against the Yankees to boot. Too bad if you blinked it was over. In five quick games, the Yankees won the series 4-1.

Let's hope the Mets give me something to add to the list of best moments as the Subway Series continues tonight at 7:10 p.m.

Fora little Yankees perspective on the best and worst moments of the Subway Series, check out Ashley Teatum's thoughts over at Spreadin' the News.

Interleague Play Has Lost Its Luster

With the Mets and Yankees battling it out this weekend in the 15th Subway Series, I got to thinking...Interleague Play has run its course.

It was great when first introduced in 1997, and still has its moments when rivals such as Mets and Yankees get together, but overall, it needs to end.

Pro-Interleague Play folks will argue that it's great for the fans. People get to see teams and players that they wouldn't ordinarily get to.

My argument: If you want to play an American League team so bad, you better make it to the World Series then.

It wasn't so bad when National League teams were playing American League teams from at least the same side of the country. Now teams are going cross-country to face teams that it just doesn't make sense to face.

Certain match ups are acceptable. For example, Mets vs. Yankees and White Sox vs. Cubs. These are true rivalries. It makes sense that these teams would face each other.

This season, however, the Mets will also be facing the Angels, Athletics, Rangers, and Tigers in Interleague Play.

We all know, nothing says rivalry quite like a Mets and Tigers game.

Mets Are Back To .500

Oh, hey. Look who's back at .500.

Things are lookin' up. Keep it rolling.

Mets Midday News 5-21-11: Shutting Up Fans and Streaking

Here's a few stories to get you through until tonight's match up.
  • Francisco Rodriguez likes to shut up Yankee fans. For the record, we like when you shut up Yankee fans too, K-Rod.
  • Jeff Bradley of the Star-Ledger talks with Dave Mlicki, who shut out Andy Pettitte and the Yankees in the first Subway Series back in 1997.

Friday, May 20, 2011

R.A. Dickey Is Back! Mets Take Game One Of Subway Series

The Mets took game one of the Subway Series, beating the Yankees by a score of 2-1.

  • R.A. Dickey went six innings, giving up one run on four hits, while striking out six and walking three. Dickey's knuckleball was finally working for him, and he was able to get his first win since April 3. He got into trouble in the second inning, giving up a lead-off double to Alex Rodriguez, walking Jorge Posada, and hitting Nick Swisher. Despite all of that, Dickey was able to get through the inning unscathed.
  • The only run Dickey allowed came in the third on a solo home run off the bat of Mark Teixeira.
  • Justin Turner did it again. For the sixth consecutive game, Turner had an RBI, which in this case was a double down the right field line to bring home Fernando Martinez.
  • Daniel Murphy drove in the go-ahead run for the Mets in the sixth inning, hitting a solo shot to right field.
  • The bullpen was perfect tonight. Mike O'Connor, Jason Isringhausen, and Francisco Rodriguez tossed a combined three scoreless innings of relief.

Next up: The Mets send Chris Capuano to the mound to face A.J. Burnett and the Yankees in game two of the Subway Series. Game time is 7:05 p.m.

Subway Series: Mets, Yankees Battle For Best In NY

It's been 15 years since Interleague Play began, and the Mets and Yankees began battling for bragging rights as the best team in New York. Going into tonight's game, the Mets are 21-22, while the Yankees are 23-19.

A Little History

The Mets are 33-45 in Interleague Play with their crosstown rivals. Overall, the Yankees have dominated the Subway Series over the years, but the Mets played fairly well last season against the Yankees, finishing with a 12-6 record.


Justin Turner: In the past five games, Turner, who is batting .333, has driven in ten RBIs. Turner is also looking to break a Mets rookie record this weekend. He is one game shy of tying Ron Swoboda's record for driving in an RBI in consecutive games.

Mets Bullpen: The Mets bullpen has been dominant as of late. Francisco Rodriguez has recorded 14 straight saves and has not allowed a run in 18 innings, bringing his ERA to 0.83. Jason Isringhausen and Taylor Buchholz have both been impressive all season.


Mets Bench: The team has had a very weak bench for most of the season so far. The trio of Scott Hairston, Willie Harris, and the recently demoted Chin-lung Hu, have a combined .161 batting average.
Jason Bay: Despite going 3-4 in Thursday's game against the Nationals, Bay has been struggling. He is batting just .238 since returning from the disabled list.


Friday: 7:05 PM ET, Yankee Stadium

Starting Pitchers: R.A. Dickey vs. Freddy Garcia


Saturday: 7:10 PM ET, Yankee Stadium

Starting Pitchers: Chris Capuano vs. A.J. Burnett

TV: Fox

Sunday: 1:05 PM ET, Yankee Stadium

Starting Pitcher: Mike Pelfrey vs. Ivan Nova


The Subway Series always proves to be exciting, providing Mets fans with a postseason-like atmosphere. While I'm not a fan over Interleague Play overall, this series is one I look forward to each season.

Assuming the Mets can continue to get decent pitching from the starters and out of the bullpen, this should be a fun series to watch. Especially since the Yankees are the ones dealing with drama from all over the place as of late.

Ah, it's nice to be on the other side for once. Drama free's the way to be.

For Yankee coverage, be sure to check out Spreadin' the News.

Mets Morning News 5-20-11

  • Heading into the Subway Series, Francisco Rodriguez called Mariano Rivera, "The best. Period." In the history of baseball, yes, Rivera is one of the best, but heading into this weekend, I'd argue K-Rod might have the edge with his 14 consecutive saves this season.
"[Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz] are holding $300 million in fictitious profits consisting of other people's money, stolen money that they received from Bernard Madoff."
"Trustee Irving Picard says partners in Sterling Equities contacted a broker to ask about insuring their account with Madoff in February 2001. In one handwritten note, court records say partner Arthur Friedman wrote the insurance should cover "fraud or fidelity" with the word 'Ponzi' in parentheses."
  • All tickets marked "May 18 - Game 22" can be redeemed for complimentary tickets to the May 30 game against the Pirates. Tickets can be picked up in advance at the Citi Field Advance Ticket Window, or from the Day of Game Ticket Sales Window two hours prior to the start of the game on May 30. For more info, call (718) 507-TIXX.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Dillon Gee Shuts Down Nationals

Mets beat the Nationals 1-0, and are just one game under .500.

  • Dillon Gee went 7.2 great innings, giving up just two hits, striking out three and walking three. Gee had a no-hitter going through the first 5.2 innings before Livan Hernandez broke it up in the sixth inning.
  • Justin Turner continued to be productive at the plate, driving in the team's lone run in the fourth inning.
  • Even Jason Bay had a good day, going 3-4.
  • Francisco Rodriguez recorded his 14th straight save of the season, and has not allowed a run in 18 innings pitched.
Next up: The Yankees head cross town to take on the Yankees for a weekend series. The Mets will send R.A. Dickey to the mound in the series opening Friday night.

Nationals Still Hold Out Hope For Oliver Perez

Oliver Perez was promoted by the Nationals to Double-A Harrisburg on Tuesday. I didn't report on it Tuesday because, well, it's Oliver Perez and I didn't care.

But then Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo came out with this gem:
"We want to see consistency of delivery, holding his delivery together, consistency of command, and the consistency of his velocity and stuff with his other pitches."
Yeah...good luck with that.

Mets, Nationals Duke It Out For Fourth Place Honors

May 19, 2011

1:10 PM ET

Citi Field




Starting Pitcher: Dillon Gee (2-0, 4.44 ERA)

Gee was just a little wild his last time out, walking four batters, hitting another, and balking. He did strike out six, however, which was a career high. Lifetime against the Nationals, Gee is 1-0 with a 1.29 ERA.


Starting Pitcher: Livan Hernandez (3-5, 3.92 ERA)

In his last outing, Hernandez became the second active player in history to pitch 3,000 innings. He took the loss his last time out, despite allowing just one run in seven innings of work.In recent years, Hernandez has dominated the Mets, posting a 1.96 ERA.


Mets Morning News 5-19-11

Here are a couple of stories to help tide you over until this afternoon's game.
  • In an attempt to mix things up and get Jason Bay hitting, Terry Collins told reporters he may have Bay hit in the two-hole in the coming days.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Mets Beat Nats, Tied For Last Place

The Mets got their first shut out of the season, beating the Nationals 3-0. These two teams are now tied for last place. Things are lookin' up.

  • Jon Niese went seven very strong innings, giving up just six hits, while striking out seven and walking one. Niese retired 12 batters in a row after giving up a lead-off double in the second. After getting off to a rough start this season, Niese has been very consistent as of late.
  • Jason Bay got the Mets on the board in the first inning with a sacrifice fly to bring home Jose Reyes.
  • Justin Turner had yet, another, big hit. In the sixth inning, the Nationals walked Reyes to pitch to Turner. Turner hit a two-run double to score Scott Hairston and Reyes. Let this be a lesson: don't pitch around somebody right now to get to Turner. Turner continues to come up with big at the plate in important situations.
  • Nick Evans lives! He pinch hit in the eighth inning, drawing a walk.
  • Francisco Rodriguez gave up a hit to the first batter he faced, but went on to record his 13th save of the season.
  • Technically the Nationals lost this game, but the real losers are the Citi Field grounds crew. They show up early to get the field ready for play. The field slowly but surely gets destroyed by a monsoon, and then they have to stay late tonight to get it ready for tomorrow's game. These guys better get paid some over time after what they've had to work with the past few days.
Next up: The Mets conclude their series with the Nationals, Thursday at 1:10 p.m. Dillon Gee gets the start.

Mets and Nationals Begin Two-Game Series Tonight

May 18, 2011

7:10 PM ET

Citi Field




Starting Pitcher: Jon Niese (2-4, 5.03 ERA)

After getting rained out of last night's game, Niese heads to the mound to take on the Nationals. In his last start, he went 6.1 innings, and allowed five runs on seven hits. Lifetime against the Nationals, he is 1-0 with a 5.56 ERA.

Starting Pitcher: Tom Gorzelanny (2-2, 3.40 ERA)

Gorzelanny struggled in his last outing, in which he allowed four runs in 4.2 innings against the Marlins. Lifetime against the Mets, he is 2-4 with a 4.95 ERA.


Reyes-SS, Turner-3B, Beltran-RF, Bay-LF, Murphy-1B, Paulino-C, Hairston-CF, Tejada-2B, Niese-LHP

Mets Morning News 5-18-11

  • Joshua Robinson of the Wall Street Journal describes how pitchers use subtle sensory clues when they are on the mound.
"Long before the crack of the bat, the smack of the catcher's mitt or the shout of the umpire, many major-league pitchers know whether they've done their job right. Using the feel and sound of the ball as it leaves their hand, they can tell if it will turn into a good pitch, one that has a chance to be a strike, or if that ball will be coming back in the opposite direction."
  • The Mets continue their School Is Amazing tour this week, visiting New York City schools. Today, Jason Pridie and Scott Hairston will head to the Bronx to instruct students in a softball class. Josh Thole will be on hand in Queens to cheer on students as they race around a new track that the students designed.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Mets and Marlins Rained Out, Wright Heads to DL

Tonight's game against the Florida Marlins has been postponed due to rain. The game will be made up at 7:10 p.m. on July 18. Tickets marked "May 17 - Game 21" will be accepted on July 18.

If fans are unable to attend the July 18 makeup, they are encouraged to follow standard rain-check ticket exchange policy.

For more information, go to or call (718) 507-TIXX.

Wright Update:

David Wright will be placed on the disabled list Wednesday. It is retroactive to Monday, May 16. The Mets have called up Nick Evans to take his place on the roster.

In 36 games with Triple-A Buffalo, Evans is hitting .248 with five home runs and 16 RBIs.

Thanks YouTube: The Great Fan Escape

In case you missed this the other day: The Great Fan Escape in Houston over the weekend.

SNY refused to air it, but this was one of the most exciting things to happen around the Mets in a while. If you're wondering, yes, he was caught later on.

Mets And Marlins: Round Two

May 17, 2011

7:10 PM ET

Citi Field




Starting Pitcher: Jon Niese (2-4, 5.03 ERA)

After hitting a pinch-hit triple in last night's game, Niese heads to the mound to take on the Marlins. In his last start, he went 6.1 innings, and allowed five runs on seven hits. Lifetime against the Marlins, he is 1-4 with a 5.67 ERA.


Starting Pitcher: Ricky Nolasco (3-0, 3.02 ERA)

In his last outing, Nolasco went 6.1 innings and struck out six, but got a no-decision. Nolasco has a 36-19 record on the road with a 4.17 ERA. Against the Mets, he is 5-6 with a 5.26 ERA.


Reyes-SS, Thole-C, Beltran-RF, Bay-LF, Murphy-1B, Turner-3B, Pridie-CF, Tejada-2B, Niese-LHP

Mets Morning News 5-17-11

  • In case you missed it, the Mets announced that Chin-lung Hu and Ryota Igarashi are being sent down to Triple-A Buffalo. In their place, the Mets are calling up Ruben Tejada and activating Pedro Beato from the disabled list. David Wright is most likely heading to the disabled list today after being diagnosed with a stress fracture in his lower back. Nick Evans is scheduled to take his place on the roster.
  • Ike Davis says he's walking a lot better now. He left for Port St. Lucie Monday to begin rehabbing his sprained left ankle. Davis believes he will be back by May 26.
  • Jenrry Mejia underwent Tommy John surgery and Chris Young had surgery to repair a tear in his right shoulder at the Hospital for Special Surgery, Monday. Both surgeries went well. The Mets are single-handedly keeping this hospital afloat.
  • In non-injury news, Mets players will be making appearances in some New York City schools this morning as part of their School is Amazing program. Daniel Murphy and Justin Turner will be in Manhattan to give tips on playing whiffleball, while R.A. Dickey and Mike Pelfrey will head to Brooklyn to coach kids in various activities geared toward keeping the kids healthy and active. Please, nobody get hurt.
UPDATED: Chris Capuano made the trip this morning with Mike Pelfrey, taking R.A Dickey's place.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Mets: Roster Moves Galore Following Monday's Game

Following Monday's game, the Mets sent Chin-lung Hu and Ryota Igarashi to Triple-A Buffalo. In their place, the team has called up Ruben Tejada and activated Pedro Beato from the disabled list.

The Mets also plan to place David Wright on the disabled list Tuesday after suffering a stress fracture in his back. Nick Evans will take his place on the roster.

At this point, I say what the heck. Let's just go ahead and call up the rest of Buffalo.

Mets Lose In 11 On A Badenhop Single

I don't even know where to begin with this game. This was one of those games that makes me want to throw things at my television.

  • Mike Pelfrey went seven innings, allowing just one run on six hits, while striking out one and walking two. He gave up a home run in the seventh inning, but what was impressive was how he handled the following batters to get out of the inning. Rather than have a melt down following the homer, Pelfrey was able to get John Buck and Chris Coghlan to pop out, and Hanley Ramirez to ground out, and get out of the inning. Peflrey is looking as though he's finally found his way on the mound, and it's good to see.
  • Justin Turner continued to be productive at the plate, hitting an RBI double in the fourth inning to drive home the Mets only run.
  • Ryota Igarashi, who entered the game for no apparent reason, gave up the go-ahead run to pitcher Burke Badenhop. It was Badenhop's second career hit. Unbelievable.
  • Best part of the game, or at least the most exciting, was in the bottom of the 11th inning. With two outs, Jon Niese came up big with a pinch-hit triple.
  • The game was delayed by an hour and 20 minutes at the start due to "rain" and sloppy field conditions, or in other words because, "We don't want to face Josh Johnson."
Next up: The Mets send Jon Niese to the mound to take on Ricky Nolasco and the Marlins, Tuesday. Game time is 7:10 p.m.

UPDATE: Following tonight's loss, the Mets announced that they have sent Chin-lung Hu to Triple-A Buffalo. Also being sent down is Ryota Igarashi. Ruben Tejada has been called up from Buffalo, and Pedro Beato will be activated from the disabled list.

BREAKING: Wright Has Stress Fracture In Back

David Wright underwent an MRI today at the Hospital for Special Surgery, and preliminary tests showed a stress fracture in his lower back. Wright and the team are seeking a second opinion.

A stint on the disabled list is a possibility depending upon the results of the second opinion.

The cause of the injury dates back to the Mets' first series with the Astros in April, where Wright was involved in a diving play to tag Carlos Lee.

If Wright lands on the DL, it will be the second time in his career. The first time was back in 2009 after getting hit in the head by a pitch from the Giants' Matt Cain.

At this point, surgery is not required, but General Manager Sandy Alderson stated Wright will rest for ten days and then resume baseball activities.

As for tonight's game against the Florida Marlins, Willie Harris will get the start at third base.

Mets Send Pelf To The Mound To Face Johnson, Marlins

May 16, 2011

7:10 PM ET

Citi Field




Starting Pitcher: Mike Pelfrey (3-3, 5.74 ERA)

After struggling in the beginning of the season, Pelfrey appears to be getting things together as of late, and is coming off his third quality start. Against the Marlins, he is 1-7 with a 5.63 ERA.


Starting Pitcher: Josh Johnson (3-1, 1.63 ERA)

Johnson has not won a game since April 19. In his last four starts, he is 0-1 with three no-decisions. Lifetime against the Mets, he is 8-1 with a 2.73 ERA.

Mets Morning News 5-16-11

Here's a couple of links to get you through the early morning.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

CCSF Is Moving!

From here on out, you can find Curious Case of Sidd Finch at the following address:

Same coverage and content, just moving to the Aerys Sports format.

See you there!

Turner Has Himself A Day In Mets Win

The Mets won their third straight series, beating the Astros 7-4.

  • Chris Capuano went five innings, giving up two runs on six hits, while striking out six and walking three.  Capuano finally got some run support, and improved his record to 3-4.

  • Justin Turner went 2-4 with five RBIs and his first Major League home run. Not too shabby.  Assuming he can keep this up, Daniel Murphy may find himself out of a job when Ike Davis returns.

  • Jason Pridie had an RBI single in the fourth, and later stole home during David Wright's at-bat.

  • Daniel Murphy appeared to walk on three balls, and without argument from the Astros bench. Word is that Houston starter, Aneury Rodriguez, went to his mouth drawing that fourth ball.

  • Francisco Rodriguez pitched a 1-2-3 inning to record his 12th save of the season for the Mets.

Next up: The Mets head home to take on the Marlins. Mike Pelfrey will face Josh Johnson. Game time is 7:10 p.m.

Don't Expect R.A. Dickey To Repeat 2010 Success

R.A. Dickey, the pitcher who went 11-9 last season with a 2.84 ERA, which was good for seventh best among National League pitchers, is struggling.

So far in 2011, he is 1-5 with a 5.08 ERA, and he can't seem to get by anymore with his trademark pitch, the knuckleball.

When your bread and butter pitch is a knuckler and it is no longer knuckling, or whatever it's supposed to do, you're going to run into trouble, which Dickey has.

This season, Dickey has had to rely on his fastball more, roughly five percent more.

What should also be noted about his struggles on the mound is that the average range in velocity is much less this season than it was in 2010.

When a pitcher uses the same pitch nearly 80 percent of the time, a batter tends to learn what to expect at the plate. It was Dickey's ability to throw that knuckleball anywhere between 53 miles per hour and 83 miles per hour in 2010, however, that made him so dominant. 

As the chart shows, in 2011, his range in velocity this season is less, possibly making his knuckleball slightly more predictable for batters.

In yesterday's loss to the Astros, Dickey went to conventional pitches to get him by when the knuckleball failed him. When your fastball averages just 83 MPH though, it's only a matter of time before you get lit up by opposing batters.

Do I expect to see the same pitcher who dominated with his knuckleball and sent batters flailing about at the plate like he did in 2010? No.

He was the feel-good story of 2010. Feel-good stories don't tend to last forever though.

That doesn't mean I don't expect, or at least hope, that he will find success of some kind once again and finish the season strong.

Mets Look To Close Out Road Trip With Win

May 15, 2011
2:05 PM ET
Minute Maid Park, Houston

Starting Pitcher: Chris Capuano (2-4, 4.93 ERA)
Capuano has pitched well of late, however, he has not been able to pick up wins. In his career, Capuano is 5-4 with a 3.32 ERA against the Astros. 
Starting Pitcher: Aneury Rodriguez (0-1, 5.50 ERA)
Today will be Rodriguez's third start, after beginning the season in the bullpen. Lifetime against the Mets, he is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and three strikeouts.  

Mets Morning News 5-15-11

Bobby Parnell will have to prove that he can get outs before being the team will recall him from Triple-A Buffalo. Parnell has been in Buffalo since landing on the 15-day disabled list with a circulatory issue in his fingers.

R.A. Dickey is struggling to find his way this season, and is trying to regain his ability to throw an effective knuckleball, which made him a star in 2010.

Steve Popper of The Record asks, "Is it time to cut bait with Fernando Martinez?"