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The Path Of Total Disarray

The Sports Daily > Metstradamus Blog The Path Of Total Disarray I wrote this recently:  … the fact that a young pitcher who has as much talent as Steven Matz can go this long a stretch being this bad is an indictment on the Mets coaching staff. Yes, Matz is bad. If he’s tipping pitches, if his approach of trying to pitch to contact is wrong, that’s on him. But to have this happen for this long is on Dan Warthen and to a lesser extent, the rest of the relevant staff. This isn’t Chris Flexen or Rafael Montero getting...

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Jacob, Jacob, He’s Our Man! If He Can’t Win On A Sunday We’re All Doomed To Hell!

The Sports Daily > Metstradamus Blog Jacob, Jacob, He’s Our Man! If He Can’t Win On A Sunday We’re All Doomed To Hell! Giancarlo Stanton had that look in his eye. He probably always has that look in his eye, but I noticed it Saturday when he was striding to the plate against Rafael Montero. And when he didn’t tag Montero for one (Stanton walked three times on Saturday), I got scared for Jacob deGrom. Stanton doesn’t let teams out alive anymore, and you knew that he was looking for some fresh Flushing meat. He almost got out without a...

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Music To My Ears

The Sports Daily > Metstradamus Blog Music To My Ears So we’re waiting on line to get in early to get our Cespedes bobbleheads and we overhear a conversation behind us. It’s a long conversation but the part I gleamed was this: “It’s Montero tonight. It’s either going to be six acceptable innings or two innings of a dumpster fire.” With Giancarlo Stanton looming, once would be forgiven for thinking it would be the latter. But Rafael Montero was quite decent tonight, giving up six hits and three walks in six innings of work while only giving up a run...

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In Appreciation Of Curtis Granderson

The Sports Daily > Metstradamus Blog In Appreciation Of Curtis Granderson When Curtis Granderson signed with the Mets after playing four seasons with the Yankees, he said that “Mets fans were real baseball fans”, or so he was told. He was expected to maybe have two good seasons, with the final two being a complete wash. Granderson, to his credit, lasted four years with a fair amount of consistency. He’d have one or two months of superior production, some deep funks, but he was mostly healthy, he played anywhere he was asked, and he left a lasting impression on the...

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I Hear The Voices

The Sports Daily > Metstradamus Blog I Hear The Voices I’ve said this once before. General managers, managers, coaches … they get fired after series like this. They didn’t get fired after the last series like this, so I wouldn’t hold my breath for anything to happen now, after New York (AL) completed their sweep of the Mets with a 7-5 loss which was only that close because Curtis Granderson hit a ninth inning grand slam off of the Yankees’ worst reliever. Luis Severino, after getting murdered by the Red Sox, was barely bothered by what’s left of the 2017 New York...

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Catch 22

The Sports Daily > Metstradamus Blog It seemed to be impossible to find a moment in 2017 that could top Noah Syndergaard walking off the mound with a torn lat in a game that would end up 23-5, and Mr. Met giving the finger to a Met fan. But I think Wednesday might be the day that typifies the season. Wilmer Flores kicked off the proceedings by hurting his rib cage. Then during batting practice, Jose Reyes took a practice swing and hurt his rib cage. Even by Mets standards this is quite bizarre. Two middle infielders hurting the...

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Attitude

The Sports Daily > Metstradamus Blog Carrying a losing team on your back must cause fatigue. You saw it in Jacob deGrom on Tuesday, as he went seven and a third hard innings against the Yankees where he threw 100 pitches, gave up five runs and two dingers, and even got frustrated at Travis d’Arnaud in the eighth inning during a mound conference with the infielders. Now, all he did was throw his arms out briefly, but for the cool and collected deGrom, that counts as frustration. Don’t worry Jacob, we all feel it. The Mets almost overcame the five...

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