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!"

Sunday, July 26, 2015


After a dismal showing out of the All-Star break the Mets finally made some moves and made some noise. 
Michael Conforto became the 1000th New York Metropolitan in the team's 54 year history!!

There was a lot of talk about bringing up top prospect Michael Conforto. I really didn't think we'd see him this soon. Cuddyer hitting the DH was the final factor and it was nice to see Sandy Alderson doing more than just being intelligently glib.

Conforto's mfc Future Star card will be added to the 2015 collection. We have Plawecki, Synderguaard, Matz, and now Mike.

Mets Fantazy Cards™ is going to travel into uncharted terrain with two minor league Binghamton Mets Conforto Cards. 

Photography by David G. Whitham

Photography by Sharon Chapman


I'm going to do a full post on the recent trade with the Braves & the magnificent 15 run,20 hit game. What a freakin' incredible game that was!
(except Plawecki)

Special thanks to Sharon Chapman and David Whitham for the use of their wonderful photography. 

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

>>>Jacob deGrom Makes Baseball History!!

What can I say about Jacob deGrom? He was able to sneak aboard last season and walk away with the Rookie Of The Year Award. His continued excellence is nothing short of phenomenal.

The New York Mets right-hander fanned three A.L All Stars in the sixth inning to become the first pitcher in All-Star Game history to record three strikeouts in an inning with 10 pitches or less.

"That was unreal," deGrom said following the game.
DeGrom's first eight pitches came in at an average speed of 97 mph before dropping a pair of 83 mph curveballs for his third K to end the inning.
Jason Kipnis, who was facing deGrom for the first time in his career and was his second victim, summed up his at-bat in simple terms:
"Heater, heater, heater, heater," Kipnis said. "It was good morning, good afternoon, ball outside, goodnight."

Mets Who've Fanned Three in an Inning in All-Star Play
    Tom Seaver (1968)
    Tug McGraw (1972)
    Dwight Gooden (1984)
    Sid Fernandez (1986)
    Jacob deGrom (2015)
    Thanx Edge^

The American League beat the National League 6-3 in a game that featured a number of intriguing stat lines.
  • Mike Trout became the sixth player in MLB history to hit a leadoff home run in an All-Star game and is the first to do it since Bo Jackson in 1989.
  • Trout led off the 2012 All-Star game with a single, 2013 with a double, 2014 with a triple, and 2015 with a home run.
  • Zack Greinke struck out four batters in two innings, becoming the first pitcher to do so since Pedro Martinez struck out five in 1999.
  • Lorenzo Cain singled off Madison Bumgarner in the fourth inning. Cain went 1-for-10 against Bumgarner in last year's World Series.
  • Clayton Kershaw, who was viewed as the biggest All-Star snub and was added to the roster as an injury replacement, allowed two runs off three hits in one inning for the worst line of the night.
  • Los Angeles Angels' players scored the first three runs. All of them were given up by Los Angeles Dodgers pitchers.
  • Jacob deGrom became the first pitcher in All-Star history to strike out three batters in one inning with 10 or fewer pitches.
  • Trout and Andrew McCutchen became the second leadoff hitters in history to both homer in an All-Star game.
  • Brian Dozier, who was an injury replacement for Jose Bautista, homered off Mark Melancon in his first All-Star at-bat.
  • The six runs were the most the AL scored in an All-Star game since 2005.
  • Aroldis Chapman's pitches to Mike Moustakas in the ninth inning registered at 102, 103, 102, and 103 mph.

     I should have made a card for each of those highlights. Shame on me.
    PS: Those softball lookin' ASG caps were ridiculously bad.


    Portions of this text were written                    

Monday, July 13, 2015

>>>Kirk Makes Metropolitan History!

Now that's the way to go into the break! 
Four wins in a row (7 of the last 9) capped off by Kirk Nieuwenhuis's historic 3 home run performance at Citi Field. 

After the awful news about the Steven Matz injury I didn't think there was any chance the Mets could make me feel up going into the All-Star break. But they managed to pull it off. The great pitching finally getting some accompaniment in the form of the long ball. 

After being barren of power (and offense in general) for quite some time New York managed to hit 10 home runs in the last 4 games! That's incredible. It's also the kind of thing that can drive a fan crazy. Crazy with hope that this team can stay afloat through the second half.

 You can't say the 11 game winning streak back in April was squandered. Although you could say we've been living off it.

 After a 15-8 opening month New York has gone 34-39 (13-15 in May, 12-15 in June) to stay in the race at the break with an overall record of 47-42. A respectable 5 games over .500 and a heartening 2 games out of first.

Considering all the injuries and the lack of offense it's pretty incredible that they have been able to hang. We lost Wheeler for the season in spring. We lost Wright for who knows how long 8 games into the season. Blevins:CRACK! d'Arnaud: CRUNCH! And d'Arnaud again. Then all that air that was let out of the Matz balloon last week. Recalling the 4 game sweep by the Cubs in May or the 7 game losing streak in June retouches feelings of despair, displaying this team at its lowest depths. But there has been a bunch of highs. 

The 11 in a row. Lucas Duda's wicked start. Jacob deGrom's continued excellence. Synderguaard's appearance, performance and continued growth. Steven Matz and his astonishing debut. Harvey readjusting well after surgery and becoming a sideshow in a rotation of aces.  All these pitchers hitting for a higher average than our bench. Flores decent power numbers to start, Granderson carrying the offense on his back for a few. Duda heating up again.

And to top it all off a fantastic half a season so far from our closer Jeurys Familia, who backed into the role when Jenrry Mejia was suspended. I always thought Familia had better stuff. He has been famtabulous, racking up 27 saves (out of 29 chances) with an eeny weeny 1.25 ERA. Jeurys has really risen to the occasion and is one of the best closers in the game right now. 

He should have made the N.L. All Star Team. Shame on you Met fans who didn't vote.

After a hideously bad start on the road the Mets turned that around a little bit at the end there, taking the last two road series (4-2). I hope that's a sign of  future improvement on the road because if we are going to compete we have to do better from here on out. New York was 15-28 away from Citi, 32-14 at home. The standings at the break:
 Note the runs scored/runs allowed.

It's hard to believe that the Mets have never had a player hit 3 home runs in one game in any of their home ballparks during their history. Not at the Polo Grounds, not at Shea, not in their new digs, Citi Field. Nine Mets have hit 3 HRs in a game, all on the road. The Mets have been walking this earth some 54 years now. That's pretty amazin'.

A wacky season for Kirk Nieuwenhuis. When he was claimed on waivers by the Angels earlier in the season I thought that's the last we'd be seeing of him as a Met. But he flopped on the Angels and the Mets were able to re-claimed him off waivers when L.A. designated him for assignment. 

 Nieuwenhuis came into Sunday's game 7 for 66 (.106) with zero homers on the season. He hit his first home runs off Rubby De La Rosa and his third off Randall Delgado. They were two solo shots and a two-run job. One to each field too. Quite a display. We need Kirk to be big off the bench in the second half. Or big in the line up if Cuddyer don't get it in gear. Platoon w/Lags? Too soon to say but it's pretty clear that Lagares is not the same player who amazed me continuously and in many ways throughout 2014.

 So the Mets go into the break winning seven of their last nine games.
I'd have to call that a high note.

Photos by Kathy Willens and Jim McIsaac.  


 The Nickname cards so far.
I need a nickname for deGrom and Matz so I can add them to the nickname collection.
I'll only use The deGrominator™ if Breuer says it's okay. And if you beg I'll make a WILMA!


Metropolitan pitch-hitters

Nice to have you back Kirk.

Coming Soon-Game 7 of the 1973 World Series.