Archive for September, 2009

Winners Take the Blame, Losers Point Fingers

Daniel Murphy is far from an excellent defender at first base, and he may never hit enough to make up for that deficiency as a full-time cornerman. But he does have at least one trait that is commonly seen in players on winning teams:

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Mets Game 146: Loss To Braves

Braves 6 Mets 5 Shades of ’62 re-emerge. Once again, the Mets find a creative way to lose. The Mets jumped ahead 3-0 in the second inning, but that lead was quickly squandered by Bobby Parnell, who allowed 4 runs (3 earned) on 7 hits and 3 walks in 3 1/3 innings. Remarkably, the Mets […]

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Another Clincher for the Mets

A few days ago, the Mets clinched the certainty that they would not make a postseason appearance this season. With their loss last night to the Braves, they’ve also clinched a losing season — guaranteed. You see, their most recent lack of success was their 82nd of the season. Since there are only 162 games […]

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Mets Game 145: Loss to Braves

Braves 6 Mets 0 The Mets couldn’t lose this game fast enough. Tommy “Gun” Hanson handcuffed the Mets hitters through seven frames, allowing them only three hits and three walks en route to his tenth victory of the season. Pat Misch accomplished a typical fifth-starter job — 4 runs allowed on 8 hits and a […]

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How Bad is Mets Power Outage?

Quick, what do Miguel Olivo, Garret Jones, David Wright, Gary Sheffield, and Grady Sizemore all have in common? All four players lead their respective teams in homeruns, but have hit less than 20. Here’s where it gets scary — the season totals for these four: Olivo (Royals), 19 Jones (Pirates), 19 Sizemore (Indian), 18 Wright […]

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Quick Preview: Mets vs. Braves

The Mets are in Atlanta for the next few days to play the Atlanta Braves. Unfortunately for us, these games mean little, since the Mets have been mathematically eliminated from the postseason and the Braves are 6 games back in the Wild Card standings with 19 to play. Yes, the Braves still have a shot, […]

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Laughing to the Bank

Phil Hoops liked hearing Bobby Ojeda verbally slap the Mets – particularly in regard to fundamentals. David Cohen of The Good Phight shows how the additions of Cliff Lee and Pedro Martinez are proving to be difference-makers for the Phillies.. Matthew Artus reminds us that not all of the big spenders are dominating this year. […]

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Mets Mathematically Eliminated

With their two losses to the Phillies on Sunday night, the Mets fell 20 games behind the NL East-leading Phillies and 19 games behind the Wild Card-leading Colorado Rockies. Since the Mets have 18 games left to play, I’m going to assume these numbers mean the Mets have been officially, mathematically eliminated from the postseason. […]

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Mets Game 144: Loss to Phillies

Phillies 1 Mets 0 Well, at least they weren’t swept. Though, they were mathematically eliminated from winning the NL East (the Mets are now 20 games behind the Phillies with 18 games left to play). Tim Redding continued his remarkable ability to mystify the most powerful offense in the National League, holding the Phillies to […]

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Mets Game 143: Loss to Phillies

Phillies 5 Mets 4 The Mets magic number is down to one; that is, any combination of one Mets loss or one Phillies win mathematically eliminates them from the NL East Championship. Though, my calculations may be incorrect. Despite another ninth-inning rally against the Phillies bullpen, it was too little, too late for the Mets. […]

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Mets Game 142: Win Over Phillies

Mets 10 Phillies 9 David Wright, homerun slugger, finally re-emerged. Wright saved the day with two two-run homers in the final two innings, and drove in six runs on the day, to lead the Mets over the Phillies. Wright’s second dinger in the top of the ninth overshadowed an awful outing by Mike Pelfrey, who […]

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Mets Game 141: Loss to Phillies

Phillies 4 Mets 2 An uninspiring loss on a gloomy day of sad memories through stormy weather. Nelson Figueroa wasn’t pretty, but he did the job, holding the Phils to two runs in 5 1/3 innings while scattering 9 hits and 5 walks. He struggled every inning but somehow managed to keep too many runs […]

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One Slugger Isn’t the Fix

Rob Neyer touched a nerve many Mets fans didn’t appreciate when he suggested that Dan Murphy wasn’t good enough to play first base. Remarkably, Neyer was much more direct, blunt, and critical than me. For instance, I still stand by my thought that Murphy can be a Don Money / Chone Figgins / Mark DeRosa […]

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Marty Boryczewski

Marty Boryczewski August 17, 1972 – September 11, 2001 Teammate, friend You will always be remembered ** UPDATE ** Loyal MetsToday reader gsparber has provided this gallery of photos from a 9/11 ceremony on Long Island. Thanks, Gary.

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Mets Game 140: Loss to Marlins

Marlins 13 Mets 4 The sweepless series streak comes to an end — at the fins of the Fish, no less. Bobby Parnell struggled from the get-go, yet hung around long enough to allow 6 runs (5 earned) on 7 hits and 5 walks in 5 innings. He did strike out 6, so there’s that. […]

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