Monday, October 3, 2022

Mets-Nats Postponed & Playoff Ticket Info

 

Citi Field with the Tom Seaver statue out front. Photo by Jason Schott.

The opener of the Mets' three-game series with the Washington Nationals, which will conclude the regular season, was rained out on Monday night. 

Sunday, October 2, 2022

Braves, Powered By Bats & Bullpen, Sweep Mets

 



The Atlanta Braves beat the Mets, 5-3, on Sunday night to complete the three-game sweep of their weekend series to take command in the National League East.

Friday, September 30, 2022

Judge Doesn't Get #62 In First Chance For It At Yankee Stadium

Aaron Judge drawing a walk in the sixth inning. Photo by Jason Schott.


When Aaron Judge hit his 61st home run in Toronto on Wednesday night to tie Roger Maris' Yankees and American League single-season home run record, the stage was set for him to do it on Friday night at Yankee Stadium against the Baltimore Orioles.

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Escobar 5, Marlins 4 As Mets Take First Place Back

 

Pete Alonso (20) points back to first base to congratulate Eduardo Escobar on his two-run single in the eighth inning. Photo by Jason Schott.


The Mets, powered by five RBI from Eduardo Escobar, came back from a 4-0 deficit to beat the Miami Marlins, 5-4, in 10 innings on Wednesday night at Citi Field.

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Alonso Hits #40, But Not Enough To Get Mets Past Marlins

 

Pete Alonso connecting on #40. Photo by Jason Schott.


Pete Alonso, just one game after setting the Mets' new single-season RBI record, hit his 40th home run on Tuesday night, becoming the first Met to hit that plateau twice, as he hit 53 in his rookie year, 2019.

Mets To Open Amazin’ Deli Fan Experience

 

Photo by Jason Schott. 


Starting on Tuesday night, when the Mets open a two-game set with the Miami Marlins, fans can check out the Amazin’ Deli interactive experience.

Located behind section 131, fans can take pictures in front of the set used for the Mets promotional materials throughout the season. 

Since this has been one of the best seasons in Mets history, as they have clinched a playoff spot and lead the National League East, it is a great way to commemorate it.

Available for purchase at the deli counter is the “October Special,” a one-of-a-kind Amazin’ Deli-themed T-shirt. 

Hoodies with a sketch of the Amazin’ Deli and the commemorative T-shirt are exclusively available at the adjacent team store, where they can also find all Mets postseason gear.

Books: "Killing The Legends" By Bill O'Reilly

 



Killing The Legends: The Lethal Danger Of Celebrity

By Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard

St. Martin's Press; hardcover, 304 pages, $30.00; available tomorrow, Tuesday, September 27th

This is the 12th book in TV journalist and radio host Bill O'Reilly's Killing series, which he has written with Martin Dugard, who has authored several bestselling books of history, including Taking Paris and Taking Berlin. It comes just months after the release of Killing the Killers (click here for our review), which focused on the War on Terror and became a #1 New York Times and national bestseller. 

In Killing the Legends, O'Reilly and Dugard focus on the lives, legacies, and tragic deaths of three of the most iconic people of the 21st century, Elvis Presley, John Lennon, and Muhammad Ali. 

Elvis was a singer and actor who dominated the 1950s and '60s, Lennon was a member of The Beatles and then had a very successful solo career, and Ali was one of the greatest boxers of all-time. They changed the worlds of music, film, and sports, but their influence went far beyond the entertainment and athletic fields. 

They were known and inspired people around the globe, they each became larger-than-life figures, and they were on top of the world until their lives spiraled out of control. Their immense success led to failure, addiction, or unhappiness that led them to reinvent themselves and their talents. In the end, they were all isolated by their fame, and it was their inner circles, full of people they trusted the most, that contributed to their downfall.

"A poor boy from Tupelo, Mississippi. A poor boy from Liverpool, England. A poor boy from Louisville, Kentucky," O'Reilly and Dugard write.

"Ironically, these three legends had much in common despite living vastly different lives. 

"All three men achieved vast wealth and fame. All possessed talent and charisma. All surrendered their autonomy to others.

"And that capitulation sealed their destinies."

Elvis died suddenly on August 16, 1977 in Memphis, Tennessee, and O'Reilly and Dugard write of his passing, "The King is dead.

"Nobody knows-not yet. Elvis Aaron Presley lies alone on his bathroom floor, his depleted body struck down by years of narcotics and unhealthy living. Death came so suddenly that he could not even call for help or struggle to his feet. Thick red shag carpet muffled his fall from the commode. So, while Presley's girlfriend sleeps peacefully just a few feet away in the master bedroom, she is completely unaware of the corpse on the other side of the bathroom door.

"Elvis, as he was known all over the world, was forty-two at the time of his death. He was once widely acclaimed as the King of Rock 'n' Roll. But by this point, the King, as he was still called by legions of fans, was no longer relevant in the music world. Presley had become an oldies act, still performing hits from a decade and a a half earlier after being displaced from the Top 40 pop charts by bands like the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. Recently, he was also eclipsed by rising stars like Led Zeppelin and Bruce Springsteen.

"Although he still made millions of dollars playing Las Vegas and other concert venues, Elvis Presley was a physical mess. In his early twenties, he was a virile and handsome man, a sex symbol whose hit records and movie roles made him one of the biggest stars on earth. But at the end, that was no more. His slide into debauchery was long and pronounced, and the sycophants who depended on him for money and prestige did nothing to stop his decline. Onstage, Presley, though still charismatic, had become a garish caricature of himself: swollen, obese, and often unable to remember lyrics due to a barbiturate addiction. And while Elvis was still a relatively young man, his drug addiction and gluttony destroyed his overall health and aged his body well beyond its years."

Lennon was killed in New York City on December 8, 1980 while entering the Dakota apartment building near Central Park with his wife, Yoko Ono. The shooter was Mark David Chapman, a twenty-five-year-old security guard from Texas, a huge Lennon fan who was waiting among other fans for him to return. After he shot Lennon and was waiting to be arrested, he opened a copy of A Catcher in the Rye, a book he was obsessed with, and sat down on the curb to read. Lennon was just 41 years old. 

Ali died on June 3, 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona, at 74 years old, after suffering for years from Parkinson's disease, a result of the nearly two hundred thousand blows to the head and torso he suffered during his legendary boxing career. Ali's wife, Lonnie, said he went to the hospital with a "little cold," but once his serious condition was quickly diagnosed, his body couldn't fight the infection, and he was moved to intensive care and placed on a ventilator. 

"The cause of death is officially septic shock, with some believing Ali's Parkinson's was a contributing factor," O'Reilly and Dugard write. "But as with Elvis Presley and John Lennon, the downfall of this legend was brought on by other human beings."




Sunday, September 25, 2022

Mets Finish Road Trip On High Note, As Max & Alonso Lead Way Past A's

Pete Alonso celebrating his home run with Francisco Lindor. @Mets.

 

The Mets ended the road trip on a high note, as they beat the Oakland Athletics, 13-4, on Sunday afternoon, led by a great outing from Max Scherzer and some history from Pete Alonso.

Saturday, September 24, 2022

Yankees Get Three Homers To Outlast Sox, But Judge Still Waiting On #61

Aaron Judge's best chance at a home run was in the third inning, when he hit this one to center field. Photo by Jason Schott.


The Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox, 7-5, on Saturday afternoon at Yankee Stadium, powered by three home runs, but not one from Aaron Judge, who is still looking for his 61st to tie Roger Maris' Yankee and American League record.

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

College Football: FWAA-NFF Super 16 Poll - Week 3

 



For the second straight week, the top four teams in the FWAA-NFF Super 16 Poll were Georgia, Alabama, Ohio State, and Michigan.

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Judge's Historic Blast Sparks Yankees Rally

Aaron Judge connecting on home run #60. Photo by Jason Schott.

 

Yankees Manager Aaron Boone's pregame press conference on Tuesday afternoon, ahead of their game with the Pittsburgh Pirates, had the air of a playoff game, as there was a buzz about Aaron Judge entering the night with 59 home runs, two away from tying Roger Maris’ Yankee and American League-record of 61.

Monday, September 19, 2022

Mets Clinch Playoff Spot, Led By Max, Who Hit A Milestone

The Mets celebrate on the field in Milwaukee. @Mets.


The Mets clinched a playoff spot with their 7-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday night, led by six perfect innings from Max Scherzer, who earned his 200th career win.

This is the 10th postseason appearance for the Mets in their 61-year history, and the first since 2016, when they appeared as a Wild Card.

Yanks Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month With Special Dining Options & Ticket Deals

 

Photo by Jason Schott.


The Yankees recently announced their annual celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, which includes Latin-inspired food items at Yankee Stadium, and a ticket offer for the upcoming homestand beginning Tuesday night, in which fans will receive a Yankees cap with their homeland's flag within the Yankees interlocking NY logo.

Sunday, September 18, 2022

DeGrom Delivers Early, Mets Bats Finish Up Late To Complete Sweep Of Pirates

Jacob deGrom firing a strike to Rodolfo Castro in the first inning. Photo by Jason Schott.

 

The Mets, backed by a big start from Jacob deGrom and four runs in the eighth inning, beat the Pittsburgh Pirates, 4-3, on Sunday afternoon to complete the four-game sweep.

Saturday, September 17, 2022

Mets, Led By "Ride back guy" Bassitt & Peterson, Take Third From Pirates

 

Mets pitcher Chris Bassitt striking out Ben Gamel in the second inning. Photo by Jason Schott.


The Mets beat the Pittsburgh Pirates, 5-1, on Saturday night at Citi Field, as Chris Bassitt had a great start and David Peterson followed with a solid outing in relief, as both recovered from tough outings against the Chicago Cubs earlier in the week.

Friday, September 16, 2022

Alderson On What He Achieved: "I believe that the image of the Mets is different today"

The unveiling of the Tom Seaver statue outside Citi Field on Opening Day started off the 2022 season on the right foot. Photo by Jason Schott.



 




On Thursday night, the Mets announced that Sandy Alderson will "step down as President at the conclusion of a search for his successor," and that he will then transition into his new role as a special advisor to owners Steve and Alex Cohen and the senior leadership team.

Alderson was the Mets General Manager from 2011 to 2018, shepherding the ballclub out of the financial trouble that owner Fred Wilpon had after he was embroiled in the Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme. Alderson put together a team that made it to the 2015 World Series, but within three years, they were back in the doldrums, and he was replaced by Brodie Van Wagenen.

When Steve Cohen purchased the Mets ahead of the 2021 season, he brought Alderson back as team President. After a rough first season with Cohen at the helm, this year has seen the team thrive with a new General Manager in Billy Eppler, and the hiring of Buck Showalter as Manager, as they have won 91 games through Friday and have been in first place in the National League East for most of the season. The Mets also embraced their history this season, as the team unveiled the Tom Seaver statue outside Citi Field on Opening Day, retired Keith Hernandez's number 17 on July 9, and held a very emotional Old Timers' Day on August 27 that brought back many Mets legends who had not been around for years. That day has even more poignancy with the news that John Stearns, a Mets catcher in from 1975-84, passed away on Thursday night, after a long battle with cancer, just three weeks after he willed himself to Old Timers Day, and was in uniform.

On Friday afternoon, Alderson met with the media about the announcement. The first quesion he was asked was what he felt has been achieved in the past two years, and he said, “I think that, what I hoped we’d accomplish as an organization is a transformation, if you will, of a perception of the Mets as we go forward under what was then new ownership, and I think that has largely been accomplished - doesn’t mean it will be sustained, but I believe that the image of the Mets is different today than it was roughly two years ago.

“I think we’re all very proud of that, but the challenge is to continue that direction and sustain it over a period of time, and I’m confident that will happen. We’ve got a great leadership team here, very happy with the way the organization has responded this year, both on the field, off the field, in terms of creativity, in terms of execution, in terms of our internal culture, which I think is reflected externally in a lot of the things that we do. 

“So, from those standpoints, we’ve made strides as an organization, and I’m really confident that the organization will continue in that vein.”

Alderson then said "we'll see" when asked what his role advising Steve and Alex Cohen will be like before he added, "The statement was issued in part because I think the rumor mill was catching up with events, so there were a lot of things to be discussed, but I expect that will all be fleshed out over the next couple of months. You know, being an advisor's kind of a tricky thing, and I want to be helpful. I don't want to detract from what the organization as a whole is doing, but I think I can be helpful, and so I'm looking forward to that possibility."

On what he envisions the role of the next team president going forward, Alderson said, "I don't know, I think that, you know, in large part, Steve will determine that, and to some extent, I think it's a function of the qualities that any individual candidate brings. You know, I don't know that you can mold a person to the job, I think you have to, in some ways, shape the job to fit the qualities, experience, expertise of candidates. It's not all about professional expertise, it's also personal qualities, and in terms of leadership, I've always felt that those are far more important, so I think that, in terms of the job description, that will be determined, to a large extent, based on the successful candidate, and that candidate will be successful for reasons that go way beyond the job description."

Alderson then was asked how involved he was in baseball operations this season, after the hiring of General Manager Billy Eppler, and he said, "I would say very much removed, you know, by design, by preference. There was a lot going on on the business side, and you know, I was, and I think Steve was confident in what Billy was doing, so I tried, it's difficult to provide any real insight unless you're in the weeds with everyone else. I've been careful not to go beyond what my sense of, you know, my knowledge, current knowledge, has been."

On what he's happiest about what has been achieved on the business side, Alderson said, "I mentioned it at the outset, that we have, through Steve's direction and guidance, embraced a lot of traditional elements, such as Old Timers' Day, such as retiring numbers, but done it in a way that has been creative, a sense that there have been added dimensions, but also well-executed, and there's a lot to be said for execution. I mean, I've said before, maybe not to this group, but you know, the difference between good teams and bad teams is not always ideas or information, it's execution. I think that I've really been proud of the organization, from those who've really been creative in nature and, you know, think about these things in those terms, but also our rank-and-file who have executed, I think, exceptionally well over the course of the year. It's easy to screw up, especially with all of you and others, you know, constantly observing (in reference to the media), and I've just been happy because I think that's, you know, it's not just ideas, it's execution, that's what creates a perception of professionalism. 

"I think we've sort of limited the forced errors this year, and I think that's a function of a better organization, better leadership, and attention to detail that I think has become more of a cornerstone of this organization than it was in the past."

On if he could envision another role in baseball after his time with the Mets, Alderson said, "My time is running short a little professionally, so you know, by making a commitment to Steve post-presidency, if you will, I think that is pretty strong evidence that my commitment to the Mets as well as, you know, my sense that, look, family's important, lots of other things, you know, I haven't been on a summer vacation in 40 years, so the fact that I'd never been to Yosemite and lived in California for 25 years, it's somewhat telling, not that I have this strong desire to go to Yosemite (he laughed) or Lake Tahoe, or the Catskills for that matter, anyway, I'm looking for a little different cadence, I guess is the right word...

"Right now, I don't look back. That statement yesterday was not about closure as of September 15th, we've got a lot going on between now and the middle of November, hopefully, and you know, I've been in this position before, I left the Padres when the team was sold, etcetera. My goal is to power through whatever length of time my tenure is. You know, it could be six weeks, it could be six months, I don't know. My goal is to try and keep powering through because, ultimately, last impressions are important and, you know, my responsibility's my responsibility - it didn't end yesterday."


Mets, Led By Walker & Vogelbach, Beat Pirates Again

Daniel Vogelbach is ready to bump forearms with Mark Canha after he crossed the plate on his home run. Photo by Jason Schott.


The Mets appear to be back to normal, as they got great pitching from Taijuan Walker, and the offense delivered, as Daniel Vogelbach hit a solo home run, on their way to a 4-3 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates at Citi Field on Friday night.

John Stearns, Leader Of Mets In Lean Years, Passes Away

The Mets posted this tribute on social media Friday morning. @Mets.

 

Mets legend John Stearns, who was at Old Timers Day a few weeks ago, passed away on Thursday night in Denver, Colorado, after a long battle with cancer at the age of 71.

Thursday, September 15, 2022

Mets Make History, Get Win #90 On Roberto Clemente Day

Photo by Jason Schott.

 

The Mets beat the Pittsburgh Pirates, 7-1, on Thursday night at Citi Field on Roberto Clemente Day,a nice-bounce back after they were swept by the Chicago Cubs to open this homestand.

Mets President Alderson To Be Transitioned Out Of Role

Sandy Alderson.


Just before the Mets took on the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday night, the team announced that Sandy Alderson will "step down as President at the conclusion of a search for his successor."

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Cubs Cleaned Up Early To Finish Sweep Of Mets

Christopher Morel and Seiya Suzuki after crossing home plate with the first runs of the game, as Mets starter David Peterson (23)  awaits the ball from the umpire Hunter Wendelstedt. Photo by Jason Schott.


The Chicago Cubs came out and scored six runs in the first inning against the Mets on Wednesday night at Citi Field, and that was more than enough, as they went on to win, 6-3, and complete the three-game sweep.

Photo Essay: DeGrom's Motion A Thing Of Beauty

Jacob deGrom is one of the best pitchers in baseball, and truly a pleasure to watch. 

The pitching motion deGrom has is very traditional in the sense, he makes a turn to the right, followed by a big leg kick, then sweeps his glove before his wind up, which is finished by an over-the-top motion before he fires, and finishes with a big leg kick. 

In the five pictures below, deGrom's motion is captured while facing Franmil Reyes of the Chicago Cubs in the first inning. 

The Mets ace went on to strike him out, one of 10 K's he had in the game, a bright spot on a night the Mets went on to lose to the Cubs, 4-1. DeGrom suffered his second loss of the season to fall to 5-2 with a 2.01 ERA, as he went six innings, and allowed three runs (all earned) on five hits and no walks, with those 10 strikeouts.

Text and photos by Jason Schott







Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Despite deGrom Being On Mound, Another Dismal Night For Mets

Jacob deGrom pitching to Franmil Reyes in the first inning. Photo by Jason Schott.

 

For the second straight night against the Chicago Cubs, the Mets' best chance to score came in the first inning, and soon after the Cubs got the lead against Mets starter Jacob deGrom and went on to win, 4-1, on Tuesday night at Citi Field.

Monday, September 12, 2022

Mets Suffer Crushing Loss To Cubs

 

Javier Assad pitching to Eduardo Escobar in the fourth inning. Photo by Jason Schott.


The Mets suffered one of their most dismal losses of the seasons, as they fell to the Chicago Cubs, 5-2, on Monday night at Citi Field, with their starting pitcher Chris Bassitt knocked out in the fourth inning, and they left 10 runners on base.

College Football Week 2 - FWAA-NFF Super 16 Poll

 

Courtesy National Football Foundation.

The second week of the college football season saw Georgia overtake Alabama for the top spot in the FWAA-NFF Super 16 Poll. Ohio State and Michigan held on to the third and fourth spots, as they had in the opening week of the season.

Sunday, September 11, 2022

Mets Fry Fish To Head Home In First Place

Brandon Nimmo crossing the plate on his home run. Photo courtesy of @Mets Instagram.

 

The Mets beat the Miami Marlins, 9-3, on Sunday to take two of three in their weekend series down south, and coupled with their 11-3 win Saturday night, gave the Mets' offense 20 runs in two days.

Saturday, September 10, 2022

Yankees “Wrecking Balls” Start Off Rout Of Rays

Aaron Judge connecting for a single to open the game. Photo by Jason Schott.




The Yankees rolled to a 10-3 win over the Tampa Bay Rays, powered by six runs in the first inning and a great start from Jameson Taillon, on Saturday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.

Friday, September 9, 2022

MLB To Enact Expected Rules Changes For 2023 Season

Photo by Jason Schott.


Major League Baseball announced on Friday that they will be implementing three rules changes for the 2023 season that have been largely expected: a pitch timer, the outlawing of defensive shifts, and bigger bases.

Thursday, September 8, 2022

Yankees Drop One To Twins, With Tampa Bay On Deck

Gleyber Torres striking out in the ninth inning against Minnesota's Michael Fulmer. Photo by Jason Schott.


The Yankees fell just short of earning a four-game sweep of the Minnesota Twins, as they lost a tight one, 4-3, in the series finale at Yankee Stadium on Thursday night.

Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Resilient Mets Sweep Pair In Pittsburgh After Getting Tough News On Scherzer

 

Jacob deGrom pitching in Game 2 Wednesday night. Photo by Jason Schott.


The one word that can describe the 2022 Mets, which was proven once again on Wednesday, is resilience.

Monday, September 5, 2022

Buck Reminisces On Jim Abbott's No-Hitter In 1993

 

Jim Abbott celebrating his no-hitter on September 4, 1993.

On Saturday September 4, 1993, Yankees pitcher Jim Abbott no-hit the Cleveland Indians in a 4-0 win, completing one of the most remarkable accomplishments in baseball history 29 years ago.

Sunday, September 4, 2022

Nats Knock Around Carrasco, Take Advantage Of Mets’ Defensive Lapses

 

Carlos Carrasco pitching to Cesar Hernandez in the second inning on Sunday. Photo by Jason Schott.


The Mets had another somber Sunday at Citi Field, as they suffered one of their toughest losses of the season, 7-1, to the Washington Nationals.

The Consistency Mets Gave Marte Has Helped Make Them Contenders

 

Starling Marte facing Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday. Photo by Jason Schott.


Entering Sunday, one could look at the Major League Baseball offensive rankings, and one name pops up all over the page: Starling Marte.

Saturday, September 3, 2022

Max Misses Out On History Again

Max Scherzer pitching to Joey Meneses in the first inning. Photo by Jason Schott.

 

On Saturday night at Citi Field, Mets starter Max Scherzer was attempting to win the 200th game of his career for the third time, and once again, he came up short,  and got a no-decision as his old team, the Washington Nationals, beat the Mets 7-1.

Friday, September 2, 2022

Buck On Gore's Speed & Who It Reminds Him Of

The Mets banners now on the roof at Citi Field. Photo by Jason Schott.


The Mets called up veteran stolen base extraordinaire Terrance Gore on Wednesday, and he made his debut in Thursday's win over the Los Angeles Dodgers, as he stole a base in the eighth inning after he pinch-ran for Daniel Vogelbach.

Mets Swat Nats To Open Labor Day Weekend Series

Pete Alonso being greeted by Daniel Vogelbach after his sixth-inning home run. Photo by Jason Schott.




The Mets, with home runs from Pete Alonso and Eduardo Escobar, plus two RBI from Tomas Nido, beat the Washington Nationals, 7-3, on Friday night at Citi Field in the opener of their three-game weekend series.

Buck's Breakdown Of Series Finale Win Over Dodgers

Mets Manager Buck Showalter walking back to the dugout after discussing the light situation with the umpires in the third inning. Photo by Jason Schott.

 

The Mets won their three-game series with the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field with a 5-3 win in the finale on Thursday evening. 

Thursday, September 1, 2022

Mets Take Series From Dodgers With Comeback

 

In the shadows: Pete Alonso facing Clayton Kershaw in the first inning around 4:30 p.m. Photo by Jason Schott.


The Mets, with four late runs, came back to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers, 5-3, on Thursday evening in the series finale to win this three-game set between the National League's finest.

Baty's Surgery Successful; Marerro Gets The Call-Up

 

The Mets will take on the Dodgers Thursday afternoon in the series finale of their three-game series. Photo by Jason Schott.


Mets rookie Brett Baty went on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to August 29, on Wednesday night after an MRI earlier in the day revealed a UCL tear in his right thumb. 

Buck On Nimmo After Play Of The Year: "He's a Pro"

 

Brandon Nimmo being greeted by Eduardo Escobar and Pete Alonso (20) after his big catch on Wednesday night. @Mets on Twitter.


The influence of having Buck Showalter as Mets Manager has been felt this season, with so many players growing leaps and bounds, perhaps none more so than Brandon Nimmo.

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Mets Even Series With Dodgers On "Fun" Night At Citi Field

Jacob deGrom pitching to Freddie Freeman in the first inning. Photo by Jason Schott.


"That was fun!" was how Mets Manager Buck Showalter termed their 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday night at Citi Field.

Dodgers Diamonds In The Rough Big Part Of Their Path To 90 Wins

Dodgers pitchers, including Clayton Kershaw, at right, before Wednesday's game. Photo by Jason Schott.



The Los Angeles Dodgers have raced out to 90 wins in the first 128 games this season, 

This Dodgers team is the second-fastest to hit the 90-win plateau, just behind their 2017 team, which did it in 136 games, and a lot of it is due to the big contributions from their everyday lineup, led by Mookie Betts, Freddie Freeman, Trea Turner, and Max Muncy.

It also has been massive contributions from their pitchers, especially names you wouldn't expect, more than making up for the big names on their injured list like Walker Buehler and, for a good part of the season, Clayton Kershaw, who will make his return on Thursday afternoon against the Mets.

Tuesday's starting pitcher, Andrew Heaney, looked nothing like what he did struggling through the final two months of last season for the Yankees.

Heaney started his career with the Miami Marlins, and then pitched for the Angels from 2015 to last season. He never had a winning record in Anaheim, with his best records being 9-10 in 2019 and 8-9 last season before he went 2-2 with the Yankees in five starts with a 7.32 ERA (earned run average).

This season, the big left-hander has made ten starts, due to two long stints on the injured list, and he has a 2-1 record with a 2.12 ERA.

Last night against the Mets, Heaney went five innings, and allowed three runs (two earned) on seven hits and no walks, with eight strikeouts. His performance was punctuated by three strikeouts of Mets first baseman Pete Alonso, all on high fastballs. They went on to win the opener of the three-game series, 4-3.

On Wednesday night, Los Angeles will send another left-hander, Tyler Anderson, who has had an amazing season in his first year with the Dodgers, as he is 13-2 with a 2.69 ERA in 24 games (22 starts), and he has 111 strikeouts in 140.2 innings pitched. He has allowed just 42 earned runs (45 overall) with 113 hits and 30 walks.

Before this renaissance, Anderson could best be described as a journeyman, as he pitched in Colorado (2016-19), San Francisco in 2020, and both Pittsburgh and Seattle in 2021 before joining the Dodgers. His only winning record came in the pandemic 2020 season, when he went 4-3 with a 4.37 ERA. That was his only winning record, with the closest he came in a full season being his rookie year, 2016, in Colorado, when he went 5-6 with a 3.54 ERA.

How is this possible? How do the Dodgers make aces out of castaways?

Mets Manager Buck Showalter was asked that in his pregame press conference on Wednesday, and he said, "One of the things that, uh, you know, certain assets that some teams have over others is that you are able to identify those guys. Yankees identified Heaney as looking for that same thing, but they're able to send them to this place where there's no time restraints and they say, 'this is what you do real well,' like you know, they shorten up his breaking ball, shorten up his stride, I mean, we see the short of things they did, get into a consistent place where you can play the high-ride fastball.

"They're able to take these guys and not try to teach them in the big leagues right away. They send them to, whatever you want to call it, a lab, you know, and they're not the only ones, but they've had a great return for it. They're looking at the same information everybody else is, you know, when you see a guy on waivers, you look at certain things and you say, 'maybe we can help this guy if we can get him to do this more.'  What you find a lot, though, is they already knew what you think you know. The ability to take it and slow it down and say, 'okay, we're going to give you one side session doing this and we show you all this video, now go pitch,' no, they're able to slow down the process for all these guys, sometimes it's a spring training with an Anderson, you know. 

"I would ask the question what happened to Heaney from the time they acquired him to what he's doing now. What did they do with him? I know what they did with him, so you know, some of the things they're able to do, you know, financially - one of the biggest things that they do well is their depth. They have great depth because they're able to acquire these guys and take their time, taking advantage of some of the things they can do that they may not realize. They realize it, it's just how do you get to it. How do you get to that pitch? There's a pitch that has great spin up in the zone, there's a slider that if you would do this to it, it would be a lot more effective; got to slow down the process to get to an endgame."

Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Dodgers Live The Lux Life As They Edge Mets In Opener


Mookie Betts connecting on a double in the third inning, and he would come in to score. Photo by Jason Schott.


The Mets lost a tough one, 4-3, to the Dodgers on Tuesday night at Citi Field in the opener of this massive three-game series between the National League's best.

Battle Of National League's Best At Citi Field

Mets starting pitcher Taijuan Walker warming up, as Dodgers ' Trea Turner (left) and Mookie Betts size up the competition. Photo by Jason Schott.

Starting Tuesday night at Citi Field, the Mets will host the Los Angeles Dodgers in a three-game set between the two best teams in the National League that could be an October preview.

Timmy Trumpet Meets the Mets Closer Who Has Made His Song An Unlikely Summer Hit

Mets closer Edwin Diaz with Timmy Trumpet on Tuesday afternoon at Citi Field. Photo courtesy @Mets on Twitter.

 

The song of the summer in New York is "Narco," by Blasterjaxx and Timmy Trumpet, which welcomes Mets closer Edwin Diaz as he makes his way in from the bullpen, energinizing the crowd along the way, as he makes it to he mound to finish off another victory.

Sunday, August 28, 2022

Scherzer Superb, Makes Some History, But Mets Bats Go Cold Against Colorado.

 

Max Scherzer facing Ryan McMahon in the sixth inning. Photo by Jason Schott.


Every Sunday at Citi Field, Bobby's Darin's song "Sunday in New York" plays just before the first pitch.