Mets Picture of the Day: Piazza’s Number is Revealed

I’m blending the definition of picture of the day today to be a video! I took this on 7/30/16 as the Mets revealed the 31 at top of Citi. Enjoy!

Forever Piazza! Thanks for the Memories! #PiazzaStock #HappyNumberRetirementDay

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Game Preview: Padres vs Mets

Last night’s game was a microcosm of this season for the Mets. The Mets got out to a 5-1 lead, thanks to a bases clearing double by Wilmer Flores. Gsellman was good, but not great (a microcosm for our starting pitching) and was taken out of the game after 6 (another part of the microcosm). Terry then blew through several relievers relying more on lefty/righty matchups then recent performance (yet another part of the microcosm) working in a ton of players (yet again, another part). The Mets then loaded the bases down a run with no outs in the 9th and didn’t anything with it. Also Conforto got on a base a bunch during this game, a positive theme for the season.

Jacob deGrom will try to help the Mets forget about as he takes the mound to help the Mets take the series. He’s 3-1 over 9 starts and 55.2 innings this year with a 3.56 ERA, 3.23 FIP and 1.311 WHIP. He’s coming off of his best start of the season where he pitched 7.0 innings, allowing 4 hits and 3 walks with 9 strikeouts and no runs. He was 0-1 in two starts against the Padres last year allowing 11 hits and 2 walks in 12.0 innings leading to 4 runs and 11 K’s. The Padres have the following numbers against deGrom:

  • Solarte 1-9, HR
  • Myers 1-6, HR
  • Aybar 0-4
  • d’Arnaud 0-4
  • Szczur 1-1

In a late afternoon announcement, near game time (a trend this year), the Mets have announced that Rafael Montero will be starting tonight due to weather concerns for deGrom. On the positive side, the Mets won’t have a situation (against the Padres, again thank you 2015) to send a pitcher BACK out to pitch after a rain delay that they need to keep healthy and the Mets won’t have a situation where a main piece of the starting rotation could possibly make a meaningless start. On the downside, it means we get the unpredictability (unreliability?) of Montero. Montero is 0-3 this year over 12 games and 1 start in 16.2 innings of work with a 8.10 ERA, 5.38 FIP and 2.520 WHIP. His last two seasons he has posted an above 2 WHIP which tells the story of Monetero. The only current Padre who has seen him in a game is Solarte, who is 1-2 with a homer and a walk.

The Mets bats will see Dinelson Lamet make his major league debut tonight. The 24 year old has spent the entire year so far in El Paso where he is 3-2 over 8 starts with a 3.23 ERA and a 1.333 WHIP over 39.0 innings. Last year he was 12-10 with a 3.36 ERA and 1.247 WHIP over 150.0 innings across three levels of minor league ball (advanced A, AA and AAA). He actually has moved pretty quickly since starting professional ball with the Padres (probably due to his age). He first pitched in the Dominican Summer league in 2014 at 21 years old and the next year moved to low A at Fort Wayne. The following year, last year, was when he skyrocketed through the system and now he’s making his debut in Queens.

Let’s Go Mets!

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Mets Picture of the Day: Popcorn Delivery!

Today’s picture of the day I snapped during Piazza weekend last July (7/31/16). I sometimes get to games extremely early and this time I saw the Mets delivery popcorn around the concourse. Enjoy!

Popcorn Delivery!

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Game Preview: Padres vs Mets

Last night the New York Michael Confortos New York Mets beat the Padres 9-3 thanks in large part to a gigantic 1st inning where Conforto started the game with a lead-off homer and at the end of the inning hit a 2-run single. He would later add another homer in the game as he continues to be the most exciting player in the Mets lineup. The Mets look to continue last night’s vibes against Jarred Cosart tonight against Robert Gsellman.

Gsellman is 2-3 over 10 games and 7 starts as he returns to the rotation with 38.2 innings of work, a 6.75 ERA, 4.56 FIP and a 1.733 WHIP. He left the rotation on May 13th after allowing 9 hits and 6 runs to the Brewers over 4.0 innings. Four days later he allowed 1 run in one inning of work against the Diamondbacks and then three days after that, he allowed no runs over 2.0 inning against the Angels (before the rest of the pen made that game scary). Not surprisingly considering Gsellman’s service time, he has not faced the Padres in his career or any one on the Padre’s roster in a major league game.

The Mets draw Jarred Cosart, formerly of the Miami Marlins and Houston Astros, who is 0-1 over 4 games and 3 starts this year totaling 13.1 innings with a 2.70 ERA, 3.78 FIP and 1.500 WHIP. Last year he pitched in two games against the Mets totaling 10.2 innings with 7 hits and 5 walks allowing 4 runs. The Mets have the following numbers against Cosart:

  • Granderson 0-17, BB
  • Flores 5-13, 2B, HR, 1.077 OPS
  • Duda 3-8, 2 2B, 3 BB, 1.170 OPS
  • Lagares 3-7, BB
  • Bruce 1-5, BB
  • Reyes 0-3, 3 BB
  • Conforto 2-3, 2 2B, BB

Lets Go Mets!

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Mets Picture of the Day: Thorsday During Piazza Weekend

Today’s picture of the day comes from the Upper Deck Promenade at Citi Field during Syndergaard’s start on 7/31/16 on the last day of Piazza weekend.

Happy Thorsday / last day of summer / last day of Piazza weekend / final conclusion of #PiazzaStock #Mets

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Game Preview: Padres vs Mets

The Mets woes on sweep day continued in their last game as they quickly fell behind the Angels 5-0 in the first inning, and didn’t score a run until the Angels put up 9. There was a sliver of hope in the 6th, when the Mets closed the game to 9-5, but Robles blew up again and the Mets ended up losing the game 12-5. This is tolerable as long as the Mets continue the slog of winning two out of 3 with a couple of sweeps thrown in (albeit challenging). And that is the stage that the Padres come to.

Matt Harvey gets the start for the Mets tonight and he is 2-3 ver 8 games and 45.1 innings with a 5.56 ERA, 6.41 FIP and a 1.478 WHIP. After three terrible starts in a row where Harvey allowed 17 runs over 14.2 innings, Harvey bounced back a bit with a below-average start allowing 3 runs on 6 hits and 4 walks in 5.1 innings. Last year he held the Padres to 4 hits and 2 walks leading to 2 runs over 6.0 innings. The Padres have the following numbers against the Padres:

  • Aybar 2-9, 2 BB
  • d’Arnaud 1-3, 2B
  • Myers 0-3
  • Chacin 0-2
  • Richard 0-1

The Mets bats draw Jhoulys Chacin who is 4-3 over 9 starts and 52.2 innings with a 4.61 ERA, 4.27 FIP and 1.253 WHIP. His numbers are down from last year wher ehe was posting a 4.81 ERA, 4.01 FIP, 1.444 WHIP (to put this in perspective, he has a career 3.98 ERA and 4.06 FIP). His last three starts have been pretty good totaling 18.2 innings with 5 runs, a 2.41 ERA. He made one start against the Mets last year where he allowed 4 runs, 3 earned over 6 hits and 2 walks in 5.2 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against him:

  • Walker 3-13, 2 2B, 2 BB
  • Duda 2-5, 2 HR, 3 BB
  • Granderson 2-6, 3 BB
  • Lagares 3-9, 2B
  • Bruce 2-7, 2B, BB
  • Conforto 2-5, BB
  • Flores 3-5, 2B, BB
  • R Rivera 1-2, HR

Let’s Go Mets!

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Mets Picture of the Day: Sunset over Citi

Today’s picture of the Day was taken on 7/29/16, the day before the Mets retired Mike Piazza’s number. If the picture looks familiar, I used it to make the header for this page!

Missing @mets #LGM

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Mets Picture of the Day: Robert Gsellman

Today’s picture of the day comes from 9/25/2016, the last regular season home game last year with the savior for the month of September, Robert Gsellman.

@mets @robgsellman

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Mets Picture of the Day: QBC Speakers

One of my favorite days of the off-season is the Queens Baseball Convention. This photo was take on 1/28/17 and I hope you recognize some super familiar, friendly faces in Mets history here.

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Game Preview: Angels vs Mets

The Mets go for the sweep of the Angels today after that long, long game last night. To speed up yesterday’s affair for you: Mets took an early lead, 4-0 over several inning against the Angels. Zack ran out of steam mid-way through the game, started an inning recording no outs and two runs came in. The Mets got insurance runs int he 8th making it 7-2. Then the Mets bullpen imploded in the top of the 9th making the game 7-5 and making the half of the frame last 26 minutes.

Tommy Milone makes his third start as a Met today, and his season numbers don’t make sense to look at yet for the Mets. He’s been quite different in his two games. In his first game he allowed 6 hits and 2 walks leading to 2 runs over 5.0 innings. Then in his second game he allowed 6 hits and 3 walks leading to 5 runs in 5.2 innings. Last year hea llowed 4 runs over 8 hits and a walk in 6.0 innings against the Angels, who have the following numbers against him:

  • Pujols 11-25, 7 2B, HR, 2 BB, 1.321 OPS
  • Trout 5-24, 3 2B, HR, 3 BB
  • Calhoun 4-9, HR, 2 BB, 1.323 OPS
  • Cron 0-8, 2 BB
  • Revere 1-7
  • Maybin 1-4
  • Espinosa 0-3
  • Simmons 0-2

The Mets bats draw Jesse Chavez who finds himself as a starter for the first time since pitching for the Athletics in 2015. On the season he is 3-5 over 9 games, 8 starts and 49.0 innings with a 4.22 ERA, 4.58 FIP, and a 1.224 WHIP. He’s been better of late pitching 19.0 innings over his last three games with a 3.79 ERA. The last time he faced the Mets was in 2014 where he pitched 2.0 innings in relief allowing 3 hits and 3 walks leading to a run. The Mets have the following numbers against him.

  • Reyes 2-8
  • Bruce 2-4
  • Duda 1-1, BB
  • Granderson 0-2
  • Flores 1-1

Let’s Go Mets!

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