The Mets are 10-3 and off to their best start since 2006. Attendance is soaring and reaching figures the franchise hasn’t seen since Citi Field’s inaugural season in 2009. Take a look at the back cover of any local newspaper and the Mets will be featured on it. Listen to WFAN or ESPN radio (if you must) and odds are the Mets will be the topic of discussion for the majority of any given program. Matt Harvey has become the toast of the town. Simply put, the Mets are well on their way to taking the city back.
By all means things appear to be going just as planned, if not better, for the Mets in 2015. Yet they have already overcome an immense amount of adversity just 13 games into the season.
- Zack Wheeler was diagnosed with a torn UCL in mid-March and has since undergone Tommy John surgery. He is expected back in 12-16 months.
- Vic Black underwent an MRI late in spring training that revealed a herniated disc in his right shoulder. There was hope Black would return as early as this week until another MRI revealed only little improvement. He will rest another week before being reevaluated once again. A reasonable return date is unknown at this point.
- Jenrry Mejia suffered stiffness in his right elbow on opening day and was placed on the 15-day disabled list following the game. But that wasn’t the worst of it. Just a week later he was suspended 80-games for PED use. Changes in the CBA ban Mejia from pitching in the postseason, should the Mets qualify.
- David Wright was placed on the 15-day disabled list on April 15th with strained hamstring. Wright has begun some rehab activities and Sandy Alderson expects the captain back when he is eligible to return on April 30. I hate to be negative about this positive news but hamstring issues are notoriously nagging injuries.
- Travis d’Arnaud fractured his right pinkie finger and will be in a splint for three weeks. Rehab time still has to be taken into consideration on top of that. A realistic timetable for his return might be the end of May.
- Jeremy Blevins fractured his forearm after being hit by a line drive and will remain in a splint for six weeks. He will then be reevaluated at that time and resume throwing when healed.
When you think about what those players mean to this roster you’re talking about a front line starter, three prominent arms in the bullpen (closer, setup man and lefty specialist), an emerging catcher and the linchpin of this offense who is also the team captain.
The motto so far seems to be next man up. Nobody feels bad for you in professional sports. There is no pity for you when a player goes down. For opposing teams it can be seen as an opportunity to take advantage of your vulnerability. But as of now the Mets have been able to not only “hang in there” but succeed even with those gleaming voids.
Looking at that list reminds me of the 2009 season when it felt as if the entire roster suffered from injury at some point throughout that year. The difference in this team has been their resilience. Sure the Mets have gotten off to other strong starts in recent seasons – but this one feels different. It’s hard to explain. Similar to how you try to quantify how some people have that “it” factor. I can’t quite put words on it but I have a sense this team will be able to keep it together. I won’t go as far as to crown them World Series Champions, yet alone NL East Champions, just yet – but I do believe this team is well on its way to playing a meaningful 2015 season in its entirety.
Much like highly anticipated Super Bowl ads are leaked days in advance now, Nike released their Derek Jeter tribute commercial a day before it’s due to air. The video has quickly gone viral, taking over our social media news feeds, and rightly so.
A star-studded list of celebrities and athletes make cameo’s as they tip their caps, a gesture of respect in baseball circles, to the longtime Yankee captain before he steps in for an at-bat. Spike Lee, Billy Crystal, Joe Torre, Carmelo Anthony, Tiger Woods and Michael Jordan are just some of those featured.
Jeter, will start in his 14th, and final, All-Star game tonight. Much like former teammate Mariano Rivera last year, this will undoubtedly become the Jeter show. Dugouts will clear, fans will rise to their feet and broadcasters will go numb as baseball fans across the country show their gratitude for everything he has given to the game. It isn’t just his Hall of Fame credentials, but Jeters’ character that has him among the most respected players of his generation.
Watch the very well done ad below:
The Mets and Yankees fan bases were filled with two different emotions Friday night, as we given two exciting, yet opposite, endings within a half an hour of each other.
First, we have the Mets. After winning two straight games, the Mets looked to continue to build momentum and put together a winning streak. Once again, the offense struggled to score runs as they trailed 3-0 heading into the latter innings of the game. The Mets offense were able to muster together a few runs to cut the lead to one heading into the ninth inning.
Kirk Niuewenhuis led the inning off with a pitch hit double over Giancarlo Stantons head in right field. After Ruben Tejada laid down a sacrifice bunt, the Mets now had a runner on third base with one out and Chris Young stepping to the plate. Young, merely had to hit a fly ball into the outfield to tie this game up and keep the Mets alive. Although that doesn’t sound like it is asking too much, Young has been struggling to even make contact most of this season. But, he was able to get the ball in the air to left field, which at first glance appeared to be enough to get the run in.
Earlier in the game, the Mets challenged the arm of left fielder Marcell Ozuna when David Wright was gunned down at the plate. It was a risky move, as Wright didn’t have much of a chance to score, but the Mets have to take their chances when they come. As Ozuna began to circle under this fly ball, you began to realize it was not as hit as deep as initially thought. Ozuna took a full running start as he caught the ball and fired a strike to home plate, deja vu, Nieunwenhuis was out a the plate to end the ball game.
He didn’t just throw him out, he was dead upon arrival. In the words of Charlie Brown, good grief. The Mets continue to find new ways to lose…
Then we have the Yankees. Unlike the Mets, who failed to complete their 9th inning comeback, the Yankees were able to finish the job. With the score 3-1 in the ninth, the Orioles sent out newly appointed closer Zack Britton. Britton, has been very effective in his new role, until last night. Brett Gardner was able to start things off with a lead off single. But he would be followed up by a Derek Jeter Strikeout and Jacoby Ellsbury fly out to quickly make it two outs with a runner on first. Mark Teixeiria stepped up next and was able to work a walk to keep the inning alive. Brian McCann, who has been struggling with the bat, hit a double to cut the lead to one run as Gardner scored.
It was now Carlos Beltran’s turn up at the plate. Beltran, is playing through elbow issues and is stuck mostly at the DH position since returning from the DL. You have to give Beltran credit, he could have easily taken the surgery route and missed most of, if not all, of the season. But he has toughed it out and gotten himself back into a lineup that desperately needs him. Beltran, batting right-handed against the left-hander, gave one a ride over the left field wall for a walk-off win.
The Yankees are in the middle of an important part of their schedule. This stretch includes games mostly against divisional opponents who sit atop the AL East, making this win all the more important. This game should help the Yankees confidence and leave the Orioles down on themselves for letting one slip away. Let’s see if there will be an after effect as these two finish off their weekend series.
Say what you will about David Wrights performance on the field this season, but you can never question his character. Wright, who was named team captain last season, has been nothing short of a role model since joining the Mets in 2004.
In every persons life, there is someone who helps mold us into who we will become later in our lives. After watching this interview segment, there is no doubt that Wrights parents deserve the credit for making him the man he is today. This short, but well done, piece summed up just how much influence Wrights father has had on him.
More than any other sport, baseball seems to have the strongest father-son connection. I’m not sure why that is. Maybe it’s the remembrance of playing catch at an early age (which I able to do again yesterday), our first trip to a major league ball park or the encouraging words our fathers gave us after our little league games, but that bond has given many of us memories that will last a lifetime.
Hope you all enjoyed your father’s day!
I was tempted to attend last night’s Mets game, with the $3.50 ticket promo and all, but man am I glad that I sat this one out. The Mets continued their embarrassing play at Citi Field with a 6-0 loss to the Braves. This might have been one of the worst home performances I have seen since the stadium opened. With Aaron Harang on the mound, yes AARON HARANG, the Mets were held to ONE HIT! And that hit didn’t even come against Harang!
This is the same Aaron Harang who was on the Mets just last season and could often be confessed with a guy throwing batting practice. But somehow Harang was able to put together six no-hit innings, but also walked six, which had his pitch count up to 121. At that point, manager Freddy Gonzalez opted to go to the bullpen. This didn’t exactly turn things around for the Mets offense, as they were still unable to get a rally going. The saving grace was a David Wright single in the 8th to prevent the embarrassment of having a no-hitter thrown against them at home. Continue reading
Well I had the pleasure, I guess, of going to yet another Mets Opening Day yesterday. What did I take away from the day? Some things never change. Continue reading
The Mets have set their Opening Day roster and there were few surprises. Notably names who won their battles to earn a spot on this roster are Gonzalez German, Andrew Brown, Omar Quintanilla and Jenrry Mejia.
When Vic Black was demoted earlier this week, it was made pretty clear that German would earn the last spot in the bullpen. German doesn’t exactly do much for me, and will probably spend most of his time in mop up roles and in the middle innings. Assuming Black will eventually turn things around in AAA, German will have to produce to keep his spot on this team.
Brown and Quintanilla are two players I am most disappointed to see on this roster. It’s not that I overly dislike these guys, but we have all seen what these two are capable of and it’s not impressive. Neither has ever produced at a high level and both are questionable big league players. Eric Campbell and Anthony Seratelli would have been my choices to win these battles. Neither are spring chickens themselves, it’s not like they had to be sent to AAA to play every day and gain more experience. They are what they are and both could have provided new energy to this roster. It wouldn’t surprise me to see one of both of these guys promoted sooner rather than later.
The biggest surprised would probably be Mejia, who beat out Dice-K for the final spot in the rotation. It seemed as though the Mets would start the season with the veteran Dice-K, especially once his $100k bonus was picked up. But the Mets made what many felt was the right decision and went with the young option. They both had a nice spring training, but the Mets need to see what exactly they have with Mejia. This isn’t his first time rodeo, he has been up and down now for a few years, spending time in both the rotation and bullpen. Putting him in the rotation gives him a real opportunity as a starter and allows the front office to make a final decision on where his future is best suited.
Here is the complete Opening Day roster:
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