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It begins

Posted by keithosaunders on October 27, 2015


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[Droning arco bass note]

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth but the earth was formless and darkness was over the surface.And God said, ‘Let there be light.’

On the second day he created the sky and on the third day he created the land.

And on the fourth day he said, ‘Screw this, I’ve got light, sky, and land, now I’ll create a little team from Flushing called the NEW YORK METS!!!!!!!!!’ (but first I’ll create Flushing)

So it must be said, so it must be done!

And on the 5th day he created GO TIME.

OH YEAH, LADIES, IT’S YOUR 2015 WORLD SERIES STARRING THE GREATEST TEAM EVER, THE METS!!!!

[crowd noise] HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

LET’S GO METS, LET’S GO METS. I BLESS METS, I BLESS METS!!!!

CASEY STENGAL
MARV THORNBERRY
RICHIE ASHBURN
ROGER CRAIG
TOMMY AGEE
TOM SEAVER
DON CLENDENON
MR MET
GERRY GROTE
NOLAN RYAN
CLEON JONES
JON MATLACK
TUG MCGRAW
WILLIE MAYS
DUFFY DYER
KEN BOSWELL
LEE MAZILLI
FELIX MILAN
JOEL YOUNGBLOOD
DAVE KINGMAN
RUSTY STAUB
GEORGE FOSTER
NEIL ALLEN
KEITH HERNANDEZ
RON DARLING
GARY CARTER
DOC GOODEN
DARYL STRAWBERRY
HOWARD JOHNSON
KEVIN MCREYNOLDS
GREGG JEFFREYS
DAVE MAGADAN
BOBBY BONILLA
VINCE COLEMAN
MACKEY SASSER
JEFF KENT
ANTHONY YOUNG
BENNY AGBAYANI
JOHN FRANCO
JON OLERUD
CARLOS DELGADO
JOSE REYES
DAVID WRIGHT
JACOB DEGROM
JERYS FAMILIA
CESPEDES
YOU GET THE PICTURE….

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Match point

Posted by keithosaunders on October 15, 2015

This is the 3rd playoff series between the Mets and the Dodgers.  The first, in 1988, featured Orel Hershiser pitching a complete game gem in the 7th and deciding game.  Who can forget Mike Scioscia’s shocking, game-tying home run off of Dwight Gooden in game 4; a game the Mets lost in 12 innings. (Kirk Gibson’s 12th inning home run was the difference)

In 2006, which was the last time the Mets were in the post season, they swept the Dodgers in the NLDS.  There are two players, one from each roster, that are playing in this current series.  They are Andre Ethier and David Wright.  That 2006 Dodger squad included veterans Kenny Lofton, Greg Maddux, Jeff Kent, and Nomar Garciaparra.  The Mets had a more youthful lineup, featuring Carlos Beltran, Jose Reyes, and the aforementioned Wright.  Their roster also included veterans Carlos Delgado and Cliff Floyd. That Mets team would go on to lose a heartbreaking NLCS to the St Louis Cardinals and the next two years they would suffer gut wrenching late-season collapses.

This brings us to tonight’s series-deciding epic matchup between another veteran Dodgers team and an upstart young Mets club. Jacob deGrom versus Zack Greinke.  If deGrom falters manager Terry Collins will use Noah Syndergaard and even Matt Harvey. (Scott Boras be damned)  I imagine big Bartolo will be on hand as well –  anything it takes to get to the one pitcher that matters the most: Jeurys Familia. For if he is in the game that’s a good sign that the Mets have a lead and what was once unthinkable — a trip to the NLCS — may yet come to pass.

Let’s go METS!!!

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Terry Collins mans up

Posted by keithosaunders on October 10, 2015

At last a manager showed some guts and sticks with his ace rather than adhere to the one-size-fits-all pitch count of 100. Terry Collins’ decision to allow Jacob deGrom to hit in the 7th inning with one out and men on 1st and 2nd paid off in spades.  The Mets came away with a 3-1 victory in LA against erstwhile ace and longtime playoff underachiever, Clayton Kershaw.  DeGrom, who had thrown 102 pitches, laid down a picture perfect bunt, nearly beating it out, setting the table for gamer David Wright.

Out came Mattingly to remind us that this is indeed the era of pussy baseball. He pulled his ace, the big bad, unbeatable (or so I have been told by Dodgers fans the past two weeks) Kershaw to bring in Pedro Baez, because we all know only righties can get other righties out.  Baez got behind in the count and at 3-2 grooved a fast ball which Wright banged into center for a 2 run double.  Ballgame.

By taking Kershaw out Mattingly undermined his ace’s confidence.  Do you have an ace or not?  If the answer is yes then has to be able to work out of tough spots in big games I don’t care how many pitches he has thrown.  it’s go time!  What’s the good of having an ace if he can’t pitch through late innings bases loaded situations? This is what you work for all season long. It comes down to who do you want to pitch to Wright:  Your Cy Young winning pitcher who had been untouchable all year long, or Pedro straight-down-the-middle-fast-ball Baez.

If I was Terry Collins I would name Matt Harvey today’s starter.  Here’s your chance to drive a stake through the heart of the Dodgers and take a 2-0 lead in games back to New York.  Then you have Syndergaard pitching at home where he is much more effective than the road.  You would always have DeGrom for a game five, or if you’re man enough, a game four.  If Scott Boras responded with as a much of a peep I would ban him from Citi Field.  What’s the worst that can happen?  The Mets miss out on the chance to sign a non-gamer pitcher for 30 million a year.  Boo hoo.

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Blow taps on the Reyes era

Posted by keithosaunders on December 7, 2011

The inevitable has finally happened — Jose Reyes is no longer a New York Met.  The Marlins, doing their best impression of the Miami Heat, offered Reyes a boatload of money — something that is in short supply in Met-land these days.

A lot of Mets fans are outraged at the loss of their homegrown star.  I think it’s a shame they couldn’t keep him, but I am not devastated by this move.  Even with Reyes in the lineup the Mets are not close to contending.  Let’s face it, that ship sailed long ago. 

The Mets had great shots in ’06, ’07, and ’08.  A Yadier Moliona game 7 homer, followed by consecutive September collapses, followed by a myriad of injuries slammed that window shut. 

Even if they signed Reyes, who’s to say he would stay healthy?  You’ve got a player, now in his thirties, with a history of leg troubles.  I’d rather start over and build something from the bottom up.  The Mets couldn’t win with Reyes, Wright, and Santana in their prime.  I say back up the truck!

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Thank you sir, may I have another?

Posted by keithosaunders on May 19, 2010

You have to have a little of the masochist in you to be a Mets fan.  The pain from tonight’s loss was exquisite.  The Marquis de Sade could not have executed better torture.

This was a game that was winnable.  With our ace, Johan Santana, on the mound, and facing a pitcher I had never heard of, Kris Melden, I figured the odds were in our favor.  Coming off a character building 3-2 victory the previous night, one would expect some momentum.  How wrong I was.

Johan pitched a tight 7 innings allowing only 2 runs on 5 hits, the damage coming off the bat of ‘Sweet Swing’  Troy Glaus.  This being baseball in the 21st century there was no way in hell that Santana was going to finish this game.  There are too many arms waiting to be destroyed by Jerry Manuel.  After all, Pedro Feliciano  gets rusty if he doesn’t pitch EVERY SINGLE DAY.

But the worst was seeing that good-for-nothing, fold-up-like-a-tent-in-the-clutch,  ex-Met Billy Wagner work out of a 9th inning jam.   With Castillo on third and 1 out Wagner struck out David Wright, who now looks clueless at the plate, as well as Ike Davis. 

All that remained was the end game.  Bottom 9th and on comes Meijia.  Poor guy.  He’s only 20, but being that he pitches for Manuel’s bullpen his arm will be shot by the time he’s 21.  Single, walk, and on comes ex-Yankee Melky Cabrera.  Too perfect.  When Melky failed to get the bunt down I was sure he would win the game with a hit.  I was wrong.  Slow roller to Wright who threw it away.  Ballgame.

And now…two games against an up and coming Nationals team who thus far this season have owned the Mets.  Tomorrow should be interesting when the Mets start a rookie knuckleballer.  After the Nats come the Yankees, Phillies, and Brewers.  Fasten your seat belts.  Things are about to get ugly.

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