It wasn’t exactly State of the Mets, but G.M. Sandy Alderson – after a 1-6 road trip and watching his team lose 7 of 8 games – met the media prior to Friday night’s start of a 10-game homestand.
Here are the Mets, playing more like Single-A than MLB, performing before empty seats at Citi Field, just five games off the lead. One good streak, and the season could look totally different.
It’s nothing new in these parts. Mets have become the heel against which the loose shoe rubs. Only numbness exists along with a patch of ugly derma.
Charlie Manuel has been fired as manager of the Philadelphia Phillies, with his team out of the pennant race and in a tailspin since the All-Star break.
“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.”
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.
Zack Wheeler is excited about his big-league debut with the New York Mets, especially since he’ll be pitching not far from where he grew up.
Rain has forced the Braves to postpone their game Saturday against the Mets. A makeup date has yet to be determined.
Make it six losses in a row. And more abject futility. It’s enough to drive manager Terry Collins crazy.
When owner Fred Wilpon announced in Florida that the financial turmoil that had long plagued and hindered the franchise for many years was now a thing of the past, a huge cloud of uncertainty was lifted.
The big question remains: Does Wright want to be a one-team man like Chipper Jones and Derek Jeter, or does he eventually want to test the free-agent waters like most elite players of the modern era?
Third place? Fourth place? Look, any place that isn’t first place or a place that means a playoff spot should really be immaterial to anyone who plays for, roots for, or follows a team.
The Mets want to shut down Harvey after 165, 170, 175 innings? Sure. Why not. A few days ago, I probably would have said otherwise. But I always reserve the right to change my mind.
No, they wouldn’t trade places with the Mets. Not for all the money in the world. But the Yanks would sure like to put together a little winning streak as their crosstown counterparts just did. Like, starting Friday.
Early home runs from Mike Baxter and Scott Hairston weren’t enough support for starting pitcher Jon Niese as the Mets dropped the series finale against the Phillies and had their four-game winning streak snapped.