The more things change the more they remain the same. At least that’s what my mother use to say or at least that’s how I remember it anyway….and she might as well be talking about the New York Mets because they had a chance to win this game.
Sounds a lot like last year doesn’t it? Maybe a better saying then my mother’s would be “It’s deja vu all over again”?
Errors and walks will kill a team every time and two walks from closer Frank Francisco and an untimely error by Kirk Nieuwenhuis did the Mets in last night.
When I say the bullpen didn’t do their job I certainly wasn’t referring to Ramirez, Rauch or Byrdak….those three fellas kept the Mets in the game which is in their job description and exactly what they are paid to do.
Speaking of Nieuwenhuis; he made an awesome catch in the eighth inning. You can see it here.
Jason Bay continued his hot hitting with two hits including a dinger. I sure do hope he continues this pace he’s on.
David Wright continued his hitting streak going one for three on the night.
Josh Thole also continued to impress at the plate with a hit and a RBI…now if he could only solve his behind the plate woes we just might have something here.
It was a tough loss for sure and hopefully the “Amazin’s” will get back on track Saturday as Mike Pelfrey takes the hill against Ryan Vogelsong.
Johan Santana, R. A. Dickey, Jonathon Niese, Mike Pelfrey, Dillon Gee, The Bullpen, David Wright, Jason Bay, Ike Davis, Lucas Duda, Ruben Tejada, Daniel Murphy and Terry Collins.
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Dillon Gee picked up the first win of his 2012 campaign and Ike Davis hit a three run shot to seal the deal. Jason Bay also added a dinger of his own as well as making a home run saving catch.
The bullpen came in and pitched two innings of shutout ball to preserve the win for Gee.
David Wright added another hit last night and has now hit safely in each of his seven games this season. He’s on some kind of tear. I hope he’s able to keep this up.
Ruben Tejada also added a hit and an RBI of his own and the more I see of this kid the more I like. He’s going to be some kind of special player.
I still can’t believe the Braves intentionally walked David Wright to face Ike Davis and boy did Ike make Manager Fredi Gonzalez regret that decision.
Gee pitched terrific last night giving up one run on four hits while striking out five Braves hitters. He also gave up one walk on the night. From what I’ve been able to read Gee had good command of his pitches all night long. That’s good to see and I hope for him that he continues to demonstrate that last year was no fluke.
The Mets need a catcher because Thole and Nikeas aren’t the answer. Neither of them can hit and neither of them play very good defense.
All in all I’m one very happy Mets fan…the Metropolitans are off to a flying start and I’m liking what I’m seeing so far!
I’ll leave you with a video of the grab Jason Bay made last night….
I went to sleep last night with the Mets in the lead and I woke up to discover the Metropolitan’s held on to beat the Sillies by a score of 5-2 behind the outstanding pitching of R.A. Dickey and a first inning two run bomb by Jason Bay on a crisp cool night at Citizens Bank Park.
Yes, you read that correctly. Jason Bay hit a monster shot off Cliff Lee for his first home run of the season. He also struck out twice. Enough said there.
R.A. Dickey won his second game in as many starts last night and I’m happy for him. Even if he were to leave NY and pitch for another team I would always root for him. He pitched really well last night and in 14 straight starts where he’s lasted at least 6 innings and given up less then three earned runs.
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Ruben Tejada continued to hold his own batting lead-off. He’s my favorite Met this year.
Scott Hairston went yard with a bomb of his own to seal the deal.
Daniel Murphy booted another ball last night. Fortunately for him he can rake because that’s the only reason the Irish Hammer is playing second base.
David Wright was held out of the lineup again last night and I wonder what the deal is? If he can’t swing a bat then he needs to go to the Disabled List. Hopefully we’ll know more today regarding his status.
All in all it was a good night to be a Met fan.
Later today Jonathon Niese takes the hill and hopefully he throws as well as he did against the Braves last Sunday!
Greetings one and all. Sorry about not putting up the recaps from the last two games but I’ve been working like an Egyptian slave this last week. Perhaps what I will do from here on out is just type a few random thoughts after each game rather than a full recap. Seems like this will be much easier to keep up with so here goes;
I don’t think it’s a coincidence that the Mets have lost two in a row since David Wright fractured his pinkie. If he winds up on the disabled list than Terry Collins says he will consider moving Daniel Murphy to third base. I think we heard the same thing here.
Speaking of Daniel Murphy: Am I the only one who thinks this guy is a disaster at second base? He can’t turn two and his footwork sucks. I know we need his bat in the lineup and I get that but what I don’t get is why the “Irish Hammer” isn’t playing left field.
I was very encouraged by the performances of Dillon Gee and Johan Santana. They both lost tough ballgames but I thought they pitched really well. Santana simply got out-dueled by a guy who throws serious heat (Stephen Strasburg) and Gee made a couple of mistakes that cost him.
Frank Francisco has been a very pleasant surprise thus far and I’m happy that he is a Met. He’s pitched well and has done his job every time out. It’s nice to see a closer actually close a game!
Larry Vanover is the worst home plate umpire in the Major Leagues. The pitch he rang Jason Bay up on was closer to Corfu than the strike zone and running Manager Terry Collins an inning later was a joke. It’s too bad he didn’t run Bay so we wouldn’t have to watch him any longer.
Ruben Tejada is quickly becoming my favorite Met. He’s done well in the lead-off spot and has handled himself well on the defensive side of things. I have a feeling this guy is gonna be good!
The Mets are off tonight and will travel to Philadelphia to take on the Sillies this weekend. Should be a great series!
Due to some shaky internet I missed last nights game as well and let me tell ya I missed a doozy. Jonathan Niese took a no-hitter into the seventh, the bullpen held on for dear life and the Mets swept the 3 game series with the Braves on a much warmer day than yesterday at Citi Field.
Bust out the dustpan….the Braves just got swept 🙂
Here are the good things that happened
The Mets swept the Braves and gave their fans reasons to cheer. That’s always a good thing.
Jonathan Niese flirted with a no-hitter until the seventh inning when the wheels fell off and he couldn’t find the plate.
Shortstop Ruben Tejada went four for five and had two RBI’s….Jose who 🙂
Daniel Murphy collected two more hits….that boy can rake!
David Wright had another hit and another RBI….he’s on a roll!
Jason Bay collected a hit and an RBI.
The bullpen did their jobs once again and Frank Francisco got his third save of the season.
Daniel Murphy is still alive.
Here are the not so good things that happened
Lucas Duda dropped a fly ball in the seventh inning…tough sun but an error is an error and never a good thing.
Ike Davis is still hit-less on the season.
The Mets are 3-0 and I’m excited. This team is going to score runs and if they get the pitching like they did this weekend…well, look out.
I’ll be honest here. I’m a BIG fan of Daniel Murphy. I like his work ethic and I especially like watching him swing that big left handed bat of his but I’m not a big fan of his being the everyday second baseman for the 2012 New York Mets.
After reading this article here I’m still not a big fan of this idea but it is what it is and as a fan I must accept that, at least for now, and for the unforeseeable future, Daniel Murphy will be the starting second baseman.
I agree with Mets manager Terry Collins when he rightly states the Mets need his bat in the everyday lineup.
I think Collins also knows that second base is less than an ideal fit for Murphy but what can Collins do?
In a perfect world Murphy would be patrolling either first or third base but as long as Ike Davis and David Wright are in Mets uniforms those two options are out the window.
In a less than perfect world Murphy could play left field but unfortunately for him, and probably the Mets as well, Jason Bay is the man for now.
That leaves Collins no other option but to play Murphy at second base.
I know you all know this stuff as do I but it’s so darn hard to accept that Murphy will be playing at a position where his season has prematurely ended not one but the last TWO seasons only because his bat is needed but is butt is in the wrong place.
Let’s hope for Murphy’s sake his butt winds up in the right place so the Mets don’t lose his bat!