Sunday, April 30, 2017

>>>>>This Weekend in Mets Baseball!

What a weekend! It started out great as New York ended a 6 game skid to start off the Washington Nationals series. The Mets beat super ace Max Scherzer and the Nats in amazing fashion in Friday nights game. Jacob deGrom had an interesting outing that started kinda messy but then ended super strong. Jacob wound up striking out 12 in 7 innings in his third consecutive double-digit strikeout game and the 13th of his career. After a rocky second frame the right-hander was magnificent retiring 15 of his last 19 batters, striking out nine. 

Travis d'Arnaud had a career best 2 home runs and 5 RBI in the opener. A breakout game for d'Arnaud, who is starting to look like the hard hitting catcher we had hoped for when we received him in the R.A.Dickey trade. Travis leads all MLB catchers with 15 RBI in April. The young Metropolitan catcher only drove in 15 runs total for his entire 2016 Mets season.

In what to me has been the most dramatic and magical moment of the season so far, Josh Edgin saved the day when he relived Mets closer Jeurys Familia with one out in the ninth and bases loaded vs. the nasty Nats. Terry Collins went with Edgin because hot Bryce Harper was batting and he preferred the matchup.

 I was pretty surprised Collins pulled Fammy, and if we lost that game it would have been a sharp kick in the groin. I felt positive that Washington was going to AT LEAST tie the game in the ninth. But Edgin pulled off somewhat of a miracle as he got Harper to hit a grounder back to him on the mound. Edgin threw home for one, d'Arnaud threw a bee-bee to first for the 1-2-3 double play and the game was over!
Edgin made TC look like a genius!

New York also took game two of the series in fine style, this time Mets wunderkind Michael Conforto doing the honors by launching two homers on Saturday.  Jose Reyes also connected, leading the Mets over the Nationals 5-3 Saturday over Stephen Strasburg. Looks like Reyes might be out of his funk. Good, we need everyone contributing. Grandy, you're next! We need you!

As usual Zack Wheeler nitpicked at the corners too much, throwing 96 pitches in 4.2 innings of work, but he danced around danger and kept us in the game. The bullpen came on to do the rest, holding the lead through the remaining 5.1 frames.

And then todays game....GAH!
So we go from a magical moment on Friday night to a nightmarish moment on Sunday afternoon. Noah Syndergaard had just returned from a biceps injury having skipped one start. He threw a bullpen session without a problem and was reportedly ready to go.
And he went. And now he's gone.

Syndergaard had not pitched since April 20, ten days ago. He looked fine at the games start as far as velocity goes, hitting 100 on the gun consistently, but there was no movement on his fastball. I think he was a bit rusty, overthrowing the ball. The Nats plated five runs on five hits in the first inning swatting the ball around the field at will. In the second, Noah threw a strike to Harper on his 38th pitch and grimaced while reaching for his right armpit. Mets manager Terry Collins and the team trainer immediately came out, and Collins summoned reliever Sean Gilmartin.

What an awful end to this series. First, the exaltation brought by Friday nights scary down to the wire win, followed up by Saturdays victory and Confortos 2 bombs. I didn't think anything could bring me down after the first two games. And it's not the loss, that's just one game. Or the shellacking we took. Hell, we took the series. It's, of course, that Syndergaard went down again, this time in visible pain. Woe is me.

Lot of fans coming down on the Mets medical personnel, namely Ray Ramirez, because that's the only name they know. Well, I've been questioning their competence for years. But this time it was all on Noah. The whole MRI situation has been overblown IMO. This is a different injury. ''The preliminary diagnosis is possible lat strain,'' general manager Sandy Alderson said, ''which may or may not be related to his previous complaint, which was in the biceps. So we'll just have to wait and see what happens tomorrow.''

He came out today throwing too hard. He was rusty with no movement on the fastball, which he was hurling at a healthy 100mph. But in the bigs a flat fastball, no matter what the speed, ain't gonna get it done. They teed off on Noah. 

But still, the only thing that really bothered me was seeing him out there in pain. A Met fans worst nightmare. We need Syndergaard and we need him healthy. So it's April and we are already in recovery mode. Not good.

But it is extremely early.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

2017mfc SH-Bruce Smacks 2, drives in 5!

Jay Bruce beat the Phillies Wednesday night all by himself. Bruce homered twice and drove in five runs, including a tiebreaking shot in the eighth inning that gave the New York Mets to a 5-4 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies and halted their four-game losing streak Wednesday night. 

This was Bruce's second multi-homer game of the season and the 22nd of his career. After slumping badly when he arrived in New York from Cincinnati at the trade deadline last year, Bruce is batting .309 with six homers and 14 RBIs in 14 games for the Mets this season. Bruce matched his career high with five RBIs and nearly had another - Cespedes was thrown out at the plate after running through a stop sign at third base on Bruce's first-inning double.

Back in the clubhouse following his latest clutch performance, the three-time All-Star was in full royal garb, wearing a crown and robe awarded to the team's king of the game.

''It's silk. They give it to me, I'll wear it,'' Bruce said.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

2017mfc Jacob deGrom

I ran into this photo on-line yesterday and it screamed " MAKE ME A CARD!"
The photograph (by Wilfredo Lee) reminded me so much of the 1989 Upper Deck Nolan Ryan card.

I'll never forget the thrill I got when I cracked a 1989 Upper Deck High Number foil pack (like Topps update) and saw the Ryan. Nolan was tossing a football! Ryan did this in his pre-game workouts at the suggestion of his pitching coach Tom House. Did it help? Who knows. I would think if it did any good pitchers would all be tossing the pigskin during pregame workouts.

Many have argued the merits of this type of workout for a pitcher, but not me. I don't care if it helped or not. It was Nolan Ryan throwing a football! On a baseball card!

And now we have Jacob deGrom, running a football cross field!
It doesn't get any cooler than that.

Monday, April 17, 2017

2017mfc Les Rohr!

Leslie Norvin Rohr
(born March 5, 1946) played for the New York Mets in the late 1960s. He was born in Lowestoft, England, where his father was serving with the United States Air Force. Six months later he moved to Billings, Montana with his family, where he grew up, attended high school, and currently lives.

Rohr, a left-handed pitcher, was selected by the Mets in the first round (second pick overall) of the 1965 Major League Baseball Draft.  It was a draft that turned out to be rather weak in comparison to later drafts with only a few players turning into stars. Johnny Bench was drafted in the second round with the 36th pick by the Reds and Graig Nettles was taken in the fourth round with the 74th pick by the Twins.

But the draft gained legendary status in the future because of the Mets' 12th-round selection, which happened to be Nolan Ryan out of Alvin High near Houston, Texas. "I couldn't believe they picked me over Nolan Ryan," said Rohr, who met Ryan shortly after signing a contract worth a combined $55,000, including salary and bonuses.

"I couldn't believe it either."
Les played in the minor leagues until being called up to play for the Mets near the end of the 1967 season. He started in his first Major League appearance against the Dodgers at Shea Stadium on Sept. 19, 1967, and pitched six innings, allowing three runs, two earned, and six hits while striking out six and walking four. Rohr, who was 21 at the time, earned the win in the Mets' 6-3 victory in front of 9,535.

On Sept. 30, 1967, he faced Don Drysdale and pitched eight innings, allowing no runs and six hits with seven strikeouts and two walks in the Mets' 5-0 victory. "That was something else, to pitch against someone like Drysdale and have a game like that," said Rohr, who helps coach the same American Legion team he played for in the 1960s. "I thought I was on my way after that."

The beginning of the end of Les Rohr's career came early the 1968 season in the final innings of a 24-inning game against the Houston Astros. Les was making an appearance as a reliever even though he had thrown batting practice that day, something starting pitchers did on their days off back then. Entering the April 15th game as a relief pitcher in the 22nd inning and pitching through the 24th inning, he pulled a tendon in his pitching arm. After one more failed start against the Los Angeles Dodgers, he spent the remainder of the season on the disabled list or back in the minor leagues. 

Les made only one more appearance on the mound for the Mets, versus the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1969. He pitched 1 1/3 innings, allowing four runs, three earned, and five hits with one walk and no strikeouts. Rohr was later unconditionally released by the Mets when a routine physical discovered a ruptured disc in his lower back, scuttling a proposed trade to the Milwaukee Brewers. He ended up having a spinal fusion surgery and never recovered to play again. 

Rohr's first game was on September 19, 1967, and his last game was on September 19, 1969. He stayed with New York Mets for his entire career, finishing with a 2-3 record and 3.70 ERA in six games and four starts. He pitched 24 1/3 innings and allowed 15 runs, 10 earned, with 27 hits, 17 walks and 20 strikeouts.

Hats off to you Mr. Rohr. You get an mfc card!

mfcNOTE: The text was basically ripped from Mr. Rohr's Wiki page and this article by Chris Girandola.

Friday, April 14, 2017

2017mfc Season Highlight cards-Mets win in 16!

What a week for the Mets! 
Its only April, only a little over a week into the season, and the Mets are hotter than July. New York leads the majors in home runs and sits atop the eastern division with a 7-3 record. 

Cespedes is just ridiculous
They swept the Phils and then last nights marathon 16 inning victory over the Fish gives them a five game winning streak. The extra inning game was the longest in the history of Marlins Park lasting five and a half hours. 

From the 2016 mfc Mets Set
Gsellman had a rough night but the Mets bullpen was aces. Especially Josh Smoker and Hansel Robles who covered the final five innings. Blevins and Reed blanked Miami for 2 innings a each. Edgin, Montero and Blevins all did their jobs.

From the 2015 mfc Mets Set
And New York's offense is doing more than just launching long balls. 

d'Arnaud ripped a bases loaded triple. Granderson singled in a run. And Conforto came off the bench to tie the game with an R.B.I. double.

Travis d'Arnaud led off the 16th inning with a home run, giving him a career-high four hits. D'Arnaud's homer came on the 475th pitch of the night. 

                             Travis caught all 16 innings and took the crown.

New York has had a string of great games this week, baseball at it's best and a very nice way to start the season.

Photographs by
Mark Brown
Lynne Sladky 
Joe Warner
Drew Hallowell

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

2017mfc Record Breaker & Season Highlight cards:>>>> 3 YoBOMBS!

The Mets took it to the Phillies in brutal fashion as they pummeled Citizen Bank Ballpark with a barrage of hits, extra base hits, & home runs! When it was all over New York had hammered out a 14-4 victory and the Phils were totally demoralized.

The Mets launched seven homers and scored 14 runs on 20 hits. Yo had three gophers. The Dude had two. Cabrera, d'Arnaud, one each. Cabrera went 4-for-6, scored three runs and finished only a triple short of the cycle. Duda went 4-for-6, capping his night with a ninth-inning solo shot.

 Cespedes crushed a three-run home run 411 feet to center field in the first inning, smashed a laser 428 feet down the left-field line in the fourth (back-to-back with Asdrubal Cabrera) and smoked a towering shot 382 feet to left in the fifth. Statcast™ listed their exit velocities at 105.2 mph, 109.3 mph and 108.3 mph, respectively. He doubled in the seventh to finish 4-for-6 with five RBIs.

"Can you imagine?" Cespedes said. "I think any baseball player that hit three home runs would be having a lot of fun. It wasn't just fun for me, though. It was really great to see the whole team getting hits out there and having fun."

The Phillies had little luck against Mets right-hander Matt Harvey, who allowed five hits, two runs, one walk and struck out six in 5 2/3 innings, before he left with tightness in his left hamstring. Harvey said after the game that the tightness was nothing serious and he expects to make his next start Sunday in Miami.

 Lucas Duda put the exclamation point on the rout in the sixth, when he hit a home run over the batter's eye in center field. It traveled a projected 448 feet, making it the fourth-longest homer in baseball this season, according to Statcast™. Duda hit a solo shot in the ninth for the Mets' seventh home run.

"It looked like a driving range out there the way he was hitting the ball," Mets manager Terry Collins said.

The Mets have hit seven home runs in a game three times in their history. All three have come against the Phillies, including an eight-homer barrage on Aug. 24, 2015. That game also marked the only other time the Mets have collected 14 or more extra-base hits.

A Met has hit three home runs in a game 13 times, the last two courtesy of Yoenis Cespedes.

Player                Date            Opponent
Yoenis Cespedes- April 11, 2017 at Philadelphia
Yoenis Cespedes- Aug. 21, 2015 at Colorado
 Lucas Duda- July 29, 2015 vs. San Diego
Kirk Nieuwenhuis- July 12, 2015 vs. Arizona
Ike Davis- July 28, 2012 at Arizona
Carlos Beltran- May 12, 2011 at Colorado
Jose Reyes- Aug. 15, 2006 at Philadelphia
Edgardo Alfonzo- Aug. 30, 1999 at Houston
Gary Carter- Sept. 3, 1985 at San Diego
Darryl Strawberry- Aug. 5, 1985 at Chicago
Claudell Washington- June 22, 1980 at Los Angeles
Dave Kingman- June 4, 1976 at Los Angeles
Jim Hickman- Sept. 3, 1965 at St. Louis

SNYs excellent intro from last nights game:


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