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Sep 2

Mets 5, Marlins 1: Bay Hits Grand Slam(?)

Final Score: Mets 5, Marlins 1

Player of the Game: Jason Bay- 2-for-4, first-inning grand slam

Goat of the Game: Scott Hairston- 0-for-4, 2 K

Jason Bay hit a grand slam. I know, I know, it sounds ridiculous, but it actually happened! The struggling Bay, who was hitting .152 coming into today’s game in Miami, had been hitting .120 since returning from a concussion in July and lost a big chunk of his playing time. Normally on days when Bay is playing I can pencil him in the “Goat of the Game” section, but the grand slam came as a huge shocker.

Bay’s grand slam was part of a five-run first inning off Mark Buehrle, who just had a rough inning. Before Bay’s home run, David Wright  grounded out with Ronny Cedeno scoring on the play. After the first, the Mets were in control with the five-run lead.


Mets 8, Reds 4: Hey, Who’s This Harvey Kid?

Source: FanGraphs

Final Score: Mets 8, Reds 4

Player of the Game: Matt Harvey- 7.2 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 89 pitches (63 strikes)

Goat of the Game: Frank Francisco- 0.2 IP,  4 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, K, HR

Just one night after Mike Leake stole the show in Cincinnati, it was Matt Harvey’s turn. Harvey, looking to snap a personal three-game losing streak, took the mound for his fifth start in the majors.

Harvey dominated early and seemed to keep getting better as the game progressed. He kept his pitch count low and it looked for a while like he had a shot at pitching a complete game. He got into trouble in the seventh inning, however. The Reds plated a run in the inning, smacking two doubles. In the eighth, Harvey allowed a single and a walk. He was removed with two outs in the eighth inning.

Harvey left the mound very disappointed. He knew in the eighth when Drew Stubbs came to bat that if he walked him, it would be the end of the night. Well, he walked Stubbs and pounded his glove. I’m not sure whether he was more upset about leaving the game or handing the ball to the worst bullpen in baseball.


Reds 6, Mets 1: Leake Shuts Down Mets, Dickey Rocked

Post-game recap up at UpAlongFirst.com

Reds 3, Mets 0: The Worst Bullpen In Baseball

Source: FanGraphs

Final Score: Reds 3, Mets 0

Player of the Game: Chris Young- 5.2 IP, 8 H, 0 ER, 4 BB, 4 K, 105 pitches (65 strikes)

Goat of the Game: Josh Edgin- 0.0 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 1 HR/ Manny Acosta- 0.0 IP, 1 H, 2 ER, 1 BB


  • Chris Young wasn’t particularly great. Sure, he kept the Reds scoreless, but they were so close to breaking the game open. He had trouble every inning. Despite allowing at least one baserunner in every inning, he didn’t allow the Reds to score.
  • The same was true (although to a lesser degree) for the Mets against Mat Latos and the Cincinnati bullpen. They loaded the bases in the sixth and seventh innings, but still couldn’t come up with a single run. This is the third time in six games the Mets have been shut out.


Ike hits a 3-run HR!


His first homerun of the Spring.

Mets up 3-0 in the 1st!!!

It’s about time

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If I were GM: My offseason plan for the New York Mets

Opinion on Geren hiring…

Here’s part of what I wrote on my blog about the Geren hiring:

I’m not quite sure what to think of this hiring yet. Obviously, we will have no idea whether or not the Mets made the right choice for a while, but I’m not a big fan of it right now. Geren went out with some controversy in Oakland, with Houston Street ripping him in the San Francisco Chronicle, saying that Geren was one of his least favorite people he has ever encountered in his career. He’s not supposed to be the greatest communicator, which is not what you want in a high-level coach, but I’ll cut him a break… for now.

Check out Geren’s managerial page.

Mets one step closer to completing coaching staff

Oct 8

The offseason to-do list (pt. 2)

Oct 8

The offseason to-do list (pt. 1)

Oct 5

Reaction: The new coaching staff

Oct 2

2011: The season in review

Sep 6

Thread: Mets (68-72) at Nationals (65-74)