National League East
“Sooner or later, when it starts getting hot and (into) summer, someone’s gonna get hot and take control of the division. The Braves, I think they’re overrated. So this division is very much up for grabs.”
The 2010 All-Star had a brutal season for the Bronx Bombers in 2013. He went an abysmal 4-14 with a 5.19 ERA, surrendering 24 home runs in 145 2/3 innings.
“I think now we’re entering a new phase where the short-term becomes somewhat more important than the long-term,” Alderson said. “And that’s how we’re going to go at it.”
Harang struck out 10 Washington batters to become just the third pitcher in club history to fan 10 or more opposing hitters in his first game for the Mets.
You don’t have to be a Mets fan to feel the loss. No one wins here. Even the most ardent Yankees groupie can find no humor in this. The city loses, the sport loses — and, as always, the Mets lose.
There will be fresh optimism when the Mets take the field on Opening Day in 2014, thanks to the Amazin’s dynamic duo of Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler. Citi Field will no longer be the setting of gloomy Septembers and quiet Octobers.
“We can’t have a collapse, and Terry knows that,” one source told the New York Daily News. “Otherwise, at the end of the season, something good might happen.”
“We’re not motivated to move anybody,” a Mets official told the New York Post. “It’s hard to go to people, they have to come to you. It’s better to be asked to the prom than have to ask somebody.”
The Mets have lost three games in a row for the first time since the middle of June as they head to Miami to take on the Marlins.
Terry Collins’ contract will expire at the end of the season. I’m not suggesting that Fred Wilpon should give him a four-year extension. But I’d like to see him finally have a chance with a team that’s built to contend.
“I think with the new playoff system, with the additional teams now in the playoffs, I don’t see why we can’t fight for one of those final spots,” Young said.
If Wheeler turns into an equivalent mound presence as Harvey this year, all well and good. He might even become the second part of a 1-1A entry. But there’s no need to pressure Wheeler into becoming a savior. The Mets already have one.
“I respect the fans immensely,” Collins said. “I tell everybody that it’s about the fans. I don’t care who you’re a fan of. If you’re a baseball fan, you’re a fan, and certainly I meant no harm, no disrespect to them.”
“The Mets, when (starting pitcher Matt Harvey) doesn’t pitch now, are so bad that it is embarrassing,” Francesa said. “They are so listless. They are so unwatchable. This is as bad as I have ever seen it. This is Craig Swan bad for these Mets.”
It’s not ridiculous to say that Harvey will turn out to be a more durable and superior pitcher than Strasburg. It’s just way too early to make that claim. Heading into Friday evening’s showdown at Citi, Strasburg is the superior arm.