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Mets Can't Sweep Phillies

Mets Can’t Sweep Phillies

The Mets were attempting on Thursday afternoon to sweep their first series in more than two months. They failed, but they still beat the Phillies two out of three, which is something of an achievement these days. The Mets jumped out to the earliest lead possible — Mike Baxter led off the game with a […]

Shea Stadium in Movies: "Men in Black"

Shea Stadium in Movies: “Men in Black”

Perhaps the most famous Shea Stadium appearance in movies is the original “Men in Black.” Before crashing into the globe at the old World’s Fair grounds, an alien ship did a flyover above Shea during a Mets game: For some reason a giant spaceship flying over the stadium distracted Bernard Gilkey, and a fly ball […]

Mets Beat Phillies for 4th Win in Row

Mets Beat Phillies for 4th Win in Row

The Mets got some good news before Wednesday night’s game in Philadelphia– Phillies starter Cole Hamels was scratched because of illness. Instead the Mets got to face some guy named Tyler Cloyd, making his major league debut. He actually pitched pretty well but the Mets got the better of him as they extend their winning […]

Mets 6-Man Rotation -- Why, Exactly?

Mets 6-Man Rotation — Why, Exactly?

The Mets are currently going with a six-man pitching rotation. And I have to ask — why, exactly? The original rationale was to give the surgically-repaired shoulders of Johan Santana and Chris Young extra rest between starts. Good idea, but Santana is done for the year and we found out Tuesday night that Young pitches […]

Mets Top Phillies in 10 Innings

Mets Top Phillies in 10 Innings

On Tuesday the Mets were attempting to win their third straight game for the first time in two months. It took a tenth inning explosion but they finally got the job done against the Phillies. The Mets got off to a good start — three straight singles by Ruben Tejada, Daniel Murphy and David Wright […]

3rd Place or Bust for Mets

3rd Place or Bust for Mets

According to a published report on Tuesday, the prize on which the Mets have their eyes is third place in the National League East. “We talked, how it would be great for us, with the way we started the season, to finish third,” Terry Collins told the New York Post. “We played so well so […]

Mets, Steroids on “The Phil Naessens Show”

In this week’s edition of “The Phil Naessens Show,” Phil and I talked about the Mets, of course, as well as steroids in baseball and which teams we think will make the post season. Check it out: http://phillipnaessens.wordpress.com/2012/08/28/the-phil-naessens-show-august-27-2012-does-major-league-baseball-really-have-a-drug-problem/

Big Talk from Sandy Alderson

Big Talk from Sandy Alderson

Do-nothing Mets general manager Sandy Alderson has been doing some big talking over the past few days. He’s spending money, making trades, making the Mets better. I’ll believe it when I see it. Appearing on WFAN last week, Alderson said after watching the team over the past few years, “Maybe it’s time to make some […]

Ike Davis Hits 2 Homers, Game Winner in 9th; Jeremy Hefner Solid

Ike Davis Hits 2 Homers, Game Winner in 9th; Jeremy Hefner Solid

Jeremy Hefner pitched the game of his life Sunday against the Astros. He was on the mound in the ninth, going for his first career complete game and shutout. However those milestones will have to wait for another day as Ike Davis played the role of hero, hitting a game-winning home run, his second of […]

Jordany Valdespin Sent to Minors

The Mets sent Jordany Valdespin down to Buffalo to make room for Lucas Duda, the team announced on Twitter Sunday morning. Yet Andres Torres remains on the roster. Valdespin has been struggling of late — he is hitting just .163 in August, but he is still more of a spark plugs that the listless Torres. […]

Lucas Duda Returns on Sunday

The Mets announced on Twitter Saturday that Lucas Duda will be recalled from Buffalo Sunday. The corresponding move will be made before the rubber game with the Astros. I can’t imagine what the corresponding move is going to be. Maybe Mike Baxter or Jordany Valdespin will be sent down to the minors until September 1. […]

Mets Beat Astros, R.A. Dickey Wins 16th

Mets Beat Astros, R.A. Dickey Wins 16th

R.A. Dickey knows the deal with the Mets — you can’t allow too many runs because you can’t count on your offense for any support. And it pays to finish the game yourself because you can’t count on the bullpen to close things out. Well, Dickey did the first but was not allowed to do […]

Mets Can't Even Beat Astros, Losing Streak at 6

Mets Can’t Even Beat Astros, Losing Streak at 6

After losing four straight to what was the second worst team in baseball, the Mets played host to the absolute worst team in the game Friday night. But never fear, the Mets can’t beat the Astros, either, and now their losing streak stands at six games. The Astros mounted a two-out rally in the second. […]

Huh?! Collin McHugh Sent Back to Buffalo

Huh?! Collin McHugh Sent Back to Buffalo

So much for making one of the best major league debuts in Mets history — on Friday the Mets sent Collin McHugh back down to Buffalo, another brilliant move by genius GM Sandy Alderson. The Mets needed to reinstate Jeremy Hefner from the paternity list, and somehow they decided that McHugh should be the odd […]

Collin McHugh Brilliant in Debut, Mets Still Lose

Collin McHugh Brilliant in Debut, Mets Still Lose

Collin McHugh made his major league debut with the Mets Thursday afternoon and he was absolutely brilliant. He didn’t allow a run over seven innings, but the Mets offense couldn’t manage to score any runs, either, so he walked away with a no decision. And then of course the Rockies were able to score against […]

Matt Harvey Solid, Mets Still Lose to Rockies

Matt Harvey Solid, Mets Still Lose to Rockies

Matt Harvey continues to show that he is  major league pitcher and will play a huge role for the Mets in 2013 and beyond. The Mets bullpen, though, is strictly bush league, as it cost the Mets yet another game. The Mets grabbed the lead in the first — Ruben Tejada doubled, moved to third […]

johan santana

Johan Santana Done for Season

The Mets announced on Twitter Wednesday afternoon that Johan Santana “is not expected to pitch the rest of the season.” The team said an MRI taken on Tuesday revealed inflammation in Santana’s lower back. Doctors said surgery will not be necessary; instead they have “prescribed rest and medication.” Santana was placed on the 15-day disabled […]

Mets Lose to Rockies Again

Mets Lose to Rockies Again

The Colorado Rockies have a four-man rotation, but they keep their pitchers on a strict pitch count. Perhaps the Mets should do something similar with Chris Young, removing him before the sixth inning. Once again Tuesday Young cruised through the first five frames, but then collapsed as the Mets dropped their second straight to the […]

Looking Ahead to 2013 on “The Phil Naessens Show”

This week on “The Phil Naessens Show,” we tried to look past what is turning into a miserable season, instead focusing on what the Mets could do to improve in 2013. Listen here: http://phillipnaessens.wordpress.com/2012/08/21/the-phil-naessens-show-august-20-2012-new-york-mets-la-angels-and-minnesota-twins-baseball-show/

Lowly Rockies Beat Mets

Lowly Rockies Beat Mets

R.A. Dickey is trying to keep pace with the rest of the top pitchers in the National League in his quest to win 20 games and possibly the Cy Young award — the only thing left for Mets fans to root for in this sinking season. Dickey did his part Monday night against the lowly […]

Roger Clemens Coming Out of Retirement!

Roger Clemens is coming out of retirement to sign with an independent team in Texas. Maybe the Mets would be interested?! The news was broken Monday morning by a fellow with the fine name of Mark Berman, the sports director of the Fox station in Houston (with whom I have often been mistaken, what with […]

Mets Can't Even Keep Dates Straight!

Mets Can’t Even Keep Dates Straight!

No wonder the Mets can’t win on the field — they can’t even keep their dates straight. Sunday evening the Mets posted an ad on Facebook for “Merengue Night” to be held on Friday, August 27. One problem — there is no Friday, August 27. Friday’s date is the 24th; the 27th is next Monday. […]

Mets Drop Series to Nationals

Mets Drop Series to Nationals

Beloved former Mets manager Willie Randolph used to preach (co-opted from Joe Torre) that winning streaks are not important; the key thing is winning series after series. Well, since the All-Star game the Mets have won just one series. They dropped another one to the Nationals in Sunday. Is it any wonder that they are […]

Jonathon Niese Brilliant, Mets Shut Out Nats

Jonathon Niese Brilliant, Mets Shut Out Nats

Jonathon Niese and Edwin Jackson engaged in an old fashioned pitchers duel Saturday night in Washington, but in the end Niese was better as the Mets walked away with a win. Both teams threatened in their respective halves of the first inning. Mike Baxter reached on a triple with one out but was stranded at […]