Saturday, August 1, 2015

>>>>CESPEDES! & The Trade That Wasn't Made


Just moments before the 4 p.m. trade deadline the Mets acquired slugger Yoenis Cespedes from the Detroit Tigers. Cespedes, 29, batted .293 with an .829 on-base plus slugging, along with 18 home runs and 28 doubles.
A right handed batter, Yoenis has more HRs this season than all the Met right handed batters combined.

A free agent at the end of the season, Cespedes also brings with him a strong arm and solid overall reputation on defense. In addition to substance, he also plays with a flair that should be well-received in New York over the final 2-3 months of the season. He won the All-Star game Home Run Derby at Citi Field in 2013, fans might remember.

Most importantly, the Mets did something to take away the bitterness of the Gomez no-trade fallout and ease the pain of the demoralizing loss the day before, and got a player who might help them more than Gomez ever could over the rest of 2015.

Yoenis will play left field and bat third for the Mets in his debut on Saturday night.

The Trade That Wasn't Made

What a wild wacky and weird bunch of days for the New York Mets and their fans.

First, we hear of a big, much needed trade. Then we found out, Hey, there is crying in baseball.

The Wilmer crying story has been beaten to death so I won't bore you with details you are already familiar with. But how cool is it that Flores would cry if he had to leave the Mets. It's understandable. He has been with the team since the age of 16. It's like his extended family.

And how about Zack Wheeler calling Mets GM Sandy Alderson on the phone and asking him to please not trade him. I love it. I love any player that wants to be a Metropolitan that bad. These days such devotion to a team is a rare thing. That type of thing is usually reserved for us fans. 
Alderson said he intended to reach out to Wheeler - but the right-hander called him first to express his desire to remain with New York and that this ''actually had quite an impact'' on Alderson.

Then there was no trade. Of course this wasn't deflating enough (no offense to Mr. Flores). The following day we had to suffer the most backbreaking loss in recent memory.

Then on Friday we heard that there was a trade. A different and better trade. An amazin' trade. More about that later because we have a game to play.

>>>>>The WIlmer Flores Game<<<<<

The first game of this 3 game set with the Washington Nationals was a crucial one. After the events of the last few days the team needed to get it together. I'm sure hearing of the acquisition of Cespedes made them happy. It made us fans positively giddy. But Yoenis would not be available on this day and is slated to start for the Mets on Saturday.

Matt Harvey had the mound vs. Gio Gonzalez. Harvey's last start he found his wicked slider and on this day he looked a lot like Harvey'13.

Flores made one of the best plays you'll ever see a 2nd baseman make in the first.

In the 4th inning Flores continued to be the hero with an RBI single making it 1-0. Meanwhile Matt Harvey was pitching a masterful game, retiring his first 16 batters.

The game went to extras as both teams relief corps did their jobs keeping the game knotted at 1-1. New York continued to flash the leather.

In the 12th inning the Mets were battling Nat reliever Felipe Rivero who was displaying nasty stuff. Rivero had pitched two complete shutout innings and was on the mound to start the 12th inning for Washington.  The first batter he faced was Wilmer Flores.

Flores, who had not hit a homer in 147 at-bats, drove a 1-1 fastball to deep left center for his 11th home run of the season, a game winner. 

Fans jumped for joy and went crazy as Flores pumped his arm and pointed to the emblazoned Mets monicker across his chest as he rounded third. Even though it was Wilmers 3rd walk-off hit of the season (tied with the Cubs’ Starlin Castro for the most by a SS) it was the first time he ever hit a walk-off home run.
The Mets went crazy. Citi Field went crazy. I went crazy. You went crazy. How can I describe it? 
It was crazy.

Big trade, waa-waa, no trade, Godawful loss, bigger trade, HUGE win, storybook ending.

"The Mets fans were definitely rallying around Wilmer and our team throughout the whole game. I think they felt as much excitement as we definitely felt. Words can’t really describe what has been going through his head -- and us, as a team, the last couple of days. Obviously, everything that happened to him is pretty incredible. For tonight to happen the way it did, it’s pretty unreal. Everybody is so happy for him.”
                                                   ~Matt Harvey 

"That is one of the best walk-off homers I've ever seen."
                                                       ~Michael Cuddyer

"I'm sitting here looking at some guys who are outstanding writers. Outstanding. You couldn't write that. You guys couldn't come up with that. And you're good. That's unbelievable."
                                                      ~Terry Collins

 "Oh my god. @Mets I can't believe I can actually say this, but is it true that there is now 'A Cespedes for the rest of us'?"
                                                    ~Jerry Seinfeld


"Mejia is dead to me."
                                                          ~Kevin Michael Fottrell

I've said it before and I'll say it again:
"It's time to take back the city."

- 36164
Game Time - 3:59
Temperature - 88
Umpires - Home - Jerry Meals, First Base - Andy Fletcher, Second Base - Jordan Baker, Third Base - Paul Emmel

Fun Facts: 
>Bryce Harper is now 0-17 facing Matt Harvey. Harper, in his wisdom, was tossed in the 11th for arguing balls & strikes. Bryce, you are a fascinating & enormously talented idiot.

>C Travis d'Arnaud went 0 for 4 with a walk in his return from the disabled list.

>LHP Jerry Blevins (broken left forearm) was finally cleared Thursday to begin a throwing program. He was injured April 19 and he has been missed.

Photos by Sharon Chapman, Mike Stobe, and Brad Barr

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

A CALL UP! TRADES!! 15 runs, 21 hits!!! PEDRO!!!!

Moves! Trades! Hold on to your hat cause the Mets did stuff these last few days!

There's been a lot of chatter and demand for bringing up top prospect Michael Conforto . Well, the Mets needed an outfielder with Cuddyer going down and they went for it, calling up Conforto to fill the gap. I really like this move. If the team isn't going to spend, bring him on up. They did and he didn't disappoint.

 I think if Topps put the Donruss rated rookie logo on one of their cards they'd get in all kinds of trouble. But I can do it. And overdo it with the Topps RC symbol. My defense is that watching the Mets this season has driven me insane! MUHaHAHAHaHAhAHAAAaaa

New York entered last Friday nights game last in the NL in runs scored, batting average and slugging percentage. Mets GM Sandy Alderson went and got two able bats in Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson in a trade. The Atlanta Braves got prospects John Gant and Robert Whalen in return. 

He also made a trade with the Oakland A's for two time All-Star Tyler Clippard, a very good relief pitcher. Sandy Alderson gave up 20 year old minor-league pitcher Casey Meisner. The Athletics kicked in a cool $million$.

Alderson did great. Casey Meisner is good but expendable. Meisner was a 3rd round draft pick in 2013 and is 10-4 with a 2.35 ERA in 18 starts this year.
Mejia does not have an mfc card
because I'm still a bit ticked off at him

Due to Jenrry Mejia suspension for PED use earlier this season this move had to be made. Mejia might help big time down the stretch, but because of his stupidity he won't be available if the Mets make the post season. So if we make the playoffs we are going to need that extra experienced arm in the pen. I like Alderson's thinking and show of confidence. If Meisner ends up a hall of fame pitcher, don't blame Sandy. Blame Mejia.

Bottom line: The Mets now boast a bullpen that features four pitchers with big league closing experience: Familia, Mejia, Parnell, and Clippard.

Uribe is an experienced, seasoned veteran who plays the game hard. I don't know much about Johnson but I know he hit a home run in his first game as a Met player, so I kinda like him already. And Uribe has already won a game in walk off fashion. Amazin'.

As you can see in the card above the additions of Uribe and Johnson has already added some punch to the lineup.

mfc SPECIAL : 15 runs/21 hits!!
Dodgers @ Mets, July 25th 2015

It was nice to see the Mets erupt for 21 hits, their most since 2010. The final tally was 15 runs for New York in their highest-scoring game since April 2013, and their biggest run total ever against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Call up Michael Conforto got his first major league hit in the first inning, an infield single. In the third he smacked his second MLB hit, a double. In the fifth he knocked his third career hit, another double, and in the sixth he lined a single against a lefty shift for his fourth big league hit. Last time up he had a chance to make history by getting 5 hits in his second MLB game but he opted for a walk. Not a bad day for the rook.

The card below depicts Conforto's first hit. You can see Jacob deGrom, who would pitch a gem the following day, on the dugout rail. What's that with him? Some kind of a rally racoon? AHHHHH!

New New Yorker Kelly Johnson stroked two hits including a home run in his first game in a Mets uniform. Could a simple trade like the one for Johnson and Uribe be the catalyst that this team needed? It's too soon to tell but there is no doubt they both payed instant dividends. Couple that with Confortos very nice start and Kirk Niewenhuis's hot hitting and it's almost like a different team the last two games. An additional big bat could put New York over the top and there is talk that the Mets are still going to make some moves.


Dodgers manager Don Mattingly put a lefty shift on for Conforto his fourth time up, his eighth at-bat in the bigs. We all found this very amusing, especially Conforto, who showed Mattingly where to put his shift.

It IS the rally racoon! AHHHH!!!!
Conforto was the first Mets player in franchise history with a four-hit performance within his first two career games. He is also the fifth player in the last 100 years to score four or more runs in one of his first two major league games.

Matt Harvey (9-7), who had an excellent outing, doubled and singled, driving in two runs. He pitched seven innings as the Mets ended a three-game losing streak. Matt also became the first pitcher in Mets history to record three straight two-RBI games. 

A collision in the 6th inning between Tejeda & Conforto looked bad. Fortunately no one was hurt.


Lucas Duda cranked two four baggers in the 6th & 7th innings. Thats the third time this season Duda homered twice in a game. Ruben Tejada added three hits. Granderson roped a double. Daniel Murphy went yard. 
It was pre-game fireworks for the Heart concert that would take place later in the evening.

Juan Uribe showed Mets fans that he still has what it takes to man the hot corner.

Photography by
Sharon Chapman
Frank Franklin III
Mike Stobe

Sections of text by CHARLES O'BRIEN

Associated Press


I don't know much about the rally racoon. I do know she showed up in the Mets weight room the morning after the 15 run explosion. I know she has a birthmark shaped like an interlocking NY on her forehead. I've been told by people familiar with the Mets thinking that when you turn out the lights she glows orange and blue. 
Other than that, I know nothing.
And for some reason whenever I see the rally racoon I scream.


 Pedro Martinez was inducted into the Baseball Hall Of Fame in Cooperstown N.Y.
A great person, a great pitcher, and a great Metropolitan.

"When you see me," Martinez said, "you can see a sign of hope, of faith, of determination, of strength, courage, with dignity."

Martinez is most known for his dominance with the Boston Red Sox, though he also suited up for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Montreal Expos, New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies in his 18 big league seasons.

"If you reverse the time back 15 years ago, I was sitting under a mango tree without
 50 cents to actually pay for a bus. And today I was the center of attention of the whole
 city of New York." -- October 2004

"It must've been 6:30 in the morning," Martinez said after the ceremony. "I was having a hard time catching that last hour or two of sleep. And it occurred to me, today, on Father's Day, I don't think the Dominican Republic will have a better image than having me and Marichal, who cleared the way for all of us to Cooperstown, on Father's Day, to be out there and give them the opportunity for them to see their first two sons in the Hall of Fame. I think it was the greatest gift I could probably come up with for Father's Day in the Dominican."

“Don’t look at me as numbers, as baseball, as achievements,” said Martinez, who won three Cy Young Awards and finished his career in 2009 with a 2.93 E.R.A. and 3,154 strikeouts. “I’d like you to see me as a sign of hope for a third world country, for Latin America, someone you can look up to to say, ‘I’m proud of you.’ ”

"The Mets fans, well, if you look at me and you see me going wild, that’s a Mets fan. That’s how we are. So Queens, I love you, too!"