The Mets won a wild and woolly one yesterday against the Rockies six to five in eleven innings….Ike Davis got the game winnning RBI in the top of the eleventh and Ramon Ramirez collected his first save of the season.
Johan Santana pitched another no decision gem yesterday and left after six innings with a four run lead….it should’ve been enough for him to have collected his first win since 2010. Sadly it wasn’t. The usually dependable Tim Byrdak served up a biscuit and Todd Helten crushed it for a grand slam…..
Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Ruben Tejada each had three hits for the Mets….these two are really getting it done so far this year!
Josh Thole went yard for his first home run of 2012….
David Wright collected two more RBI’s……please sign him to a long term deal?????
It was a good series for the Mets….anytime you can win a series against the Rockies in Denver is a good thing and on Wednesday night my pal Rocky fan Reuben Mills will join me to flesh out this series….you won’t want to miss this show!
On to Houston….
Much is expected this season from New York Mets catcher Josh Thole. I really enjoyed reading the article where I saw the quote below.
“He’s going to come to the field at a certain time at the start of the series to do his preparation from the video,” Geren begins. “Then, at a certain time, he’s going to meet with the pitching coach to go over it. He’s going to be heavily involved in the pitchers’ meeting, passing on what he’s observed. He’ll talk to the pitchers in between innings about how that inning went and who’s coming up next. That’s just the beginning.” Geren says when other players are playing cards on team flights, he expects to see Thole with his iPad, watching video of the next opponent. Not only does Geren want to see Thole putting in extra time, he wants the pitchers to see it. (online source)
The “Geren” mentioned above is bench coach and former Oakland A’s manager Bob Geren.
It’s hard to believe that a major league player wouldn’t have a consistent pre-game ritual but this is the Mets so anything is possible I guess.
It’s also hard to believe that a major league catcher wouldn’t be doing all of the things that Geren is now requiring of Thole but at least this is a good sign that the coaches are trying to correct the glaring problems that they see.
What’s even harder to believe is that no one caught this last year. Perhaps had someone done so Thole’s year wouldn’t have been as difficult for him not to mention difficult for us all to watch.
I must admit I’m not a big Josh Thole fan but I am a fan of hard work and if this routine makes Josh Thole a better defensive catcher and a more confident game caller then I for one am all for it.
Tonight we’re talking Mets baseball and joining me to talk about Johan Santana, Ike Davis, Josh Thole, Sandy Alderson, Citi Field, Shea Stadium and Underdog T-Shirts is Mr. Kerel Cooper from the outstanding video blog On The Black.
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