Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Amazin' Date 6/25/1969: Mets Bow to Phillies in Extra Innings

From the desk of:  HEAD-BUTTING MR. MET

Game #67: Wednesday, June 25, 1969 - BR
Philadelphia Phillies @ New York Mets
Shea Stadium

Let us not mince words; the Mets blew a five run lead.

Cleon Jones opens the scoring straightaway with an RBI single in the first.  The Mets add three runs in the fourth on a single from J.C.Martin and a two RBI double off the bat of second baseman Al Weis.  Cleon Jones strokes another single to right in the fifth plating Ken Boswell for a 5-0 Mets lead.

Starter Nolan Ryan keeps the Phillies scoreless through his first five innings of work while striking out eight.  The first hint of trouble comes in the six when Mets killer Larry Hisle drives in the Phillies first run with a triple off Ryan.  In the seventh, a Wayne Garret error contributed to a three run seventh inning for Philadelphia.  Then with Cal Koonce pitching in the eighth, third base replacement Dave Watkins connects on his first home run of the season tying the game at five.

After a scoreless ninth, into extra innings they go.

Opening the tenth reliever Ron Taylor quickly induces two ground ball outs.  However, Dave Watkins follows with a triple to straightaway center.  Left fielder John Briggs then singles back through the box; Watkins scores the go-ahead run.

The Mets load the bases in the bottom half of the frame courtesy of three bases on balls.  But with two out Ed Kranepool bounces out second to first ending the game.

Ron Taylor takes the loss.

The series finale is slated for Thursday afternoon.

  • Mets Record: 38-29 (.567)
  • N.L. East: 2nd; 6 GB

Monday, June 24, 2019

The Mickey Mess Show Metsian Podcast w/ Greg Prince

From the desk of:  HEAD-BUTTING MR. MET

So what else is new?

with SAM, RICH, and MIKE

With Guest 

Settle in for 132 minutes of intensely packed Mets discussion.

The Cubs Series ~ Sunday's Meltdown
Upcoming Phillies Series ~ Mets Rivalries Through the Years
Pete Alonso Rookie Home Run Record
The Bullpen Woes ~ Terrible Fielding
Reflecting on the 1969 Season ~ Mets Players to Wear #29
Mickey Callaway's Press Conference Outburst
Jason Vargas ~ Brodie Van Wagene's Next Move
and so much more.
Packed with Stuff!

Amazin' Date 6/24/1969: Mets Sweep Second Straight Double-Header at Shea

From the desk of:  HEAD-BUTTING MR. MET

Mets win their third and fourth games in a row upon sweeping Tuesday's double-header against the Philadelphia Phillies at Shea Stadium.

Game #66: Tuesday, June 24, 1969 - BR
Philadelphia Phillies @ New York Mets
Shea Stadium/ GAME ONE

With two runs in the third off Phillies starter Woodie Fryman, the Mets hold on to win game one by a slim 2-1 margin.  In the third, Bud Harrelson triples home Al Weis, and Cleon Jones singles home Harrelson.  Tom Seaver goes the distance, yielding seven hits including a fifth inning home run to Larry Hisle, while walking one and fanning nine for his 11th victory of the season against three losses.

Game #67: Tuesday, June 24, 1969 - BR 
Philadelphia Phillies @ New York Mets
Shea Stadium/GAME TWO

Jim McAndrew and Ron Taylor join to whitewash the Phillies in the night-cap.  McAndrew tosses a gem yielding just two hits and no walks with two strikeouts through eight innings en route to his first victory of the season.  Ron Taylor pitched a scoreless ninth with two strikeouts for his sixth save of the season.  The Mets score four times in the fourth on runs batted in from Art Shamsky, Wayne Garrett, Ed Kranepool, and even Jim McAndrew.  Tommie Agee hit his tenth home run of the season in the eighth.  The Mets knocked Phillies starter Jerry Johnson out of the box after 3.1 innings pitched.

That's back-to-back double-header sweeps for the Mets (Cardinals/Phillies).  Don't look now ... but the Mets are ten games above the .500 mark.

  • Mets Record: 38-28
  • N.L. East: 2nd; 5 GB

Sunday, June 23, 2019

N.Y. Mets: Pete Alonso Breaks Mets Rookie Home Run Record

From the desk of:  HEAD-BUTTING MR. MET

Pete Alonso hits the monster mash.  It went out in a flash.
It was a Wrigley smash; the record breaking bash.

The Polar Bear doesn't just break the Mets rookie home run record.  He obliterates it.  Home run #27 comes against old Mets antagonist Cole Hamels in the fourth inning of Sunday's game against the Cubs.  He breaks Darryl Strawberry's club record in just his 77th game and 279th official at-bat of the season.

Drafted out of high school, Strawberry makes his major league debut at 21-years of age on May 6 against the Reds at Shea Stadium.  He plays 122 games slashing .257/.336/.512, with 26 home runs and 74 RBI through 420 official at-bats earning him Rookie of the Year honors.
A college product, Alonso makes his MLB debut at 24-years old and is with the club since opening day.  He's presently slashing .274/.362/.632, with 26 home runs and 60 RBI through 76 games and 277 at-bats, essentially bum rushing the Mets rookie home run record in 46 less games and 145 less at-bats than Strawberry.  Darryl also had 48 extra base hits in all of 1983, while Alonso so far has already amassed 45 extra base hits.
Alonso surpasses the Dodgers Cody Bellinger's previous record for most home runs (25) prior to the all-star break.  Pete has played in all but one of the Mets 77 games to date.  With 85 games left in their regular season, Alonso is uniquely positioned to completely rewrite several more Mets records rookie or otherwise.

Who knew he'd break the record the very next day.

Go Polar Bear!


N.Y. Yankees: Bombers Continue Shredding League's Top Competition


Yankees lead Astros 3-0
I - NYY 10; HOU 6
II - NYY 4; HOU 1
III - NYY 7; HOU 5

River Avenue Grounds

Outside of Miguel Andujar and Aaron Hicks, the return of Aaron Judge means the Yankees are relatively intact for the first time since April.  As such, Cashman's New World Order is back in effect and reaffirming control over their competition.  With a 49-27 record the Yankees reestablish a 5.5 game lead over the Tampa Rays and an eight game lead over the Boston Red Sox.  Only the Minnesota Twins have a better record in the American League by one game over the Yankees. 

They're winners of eight in a row which includes a sweep of the second place Tampa Rays followed by three straight victories over the West Division leading Houston Astros with the series finale slated for Sunday afternoon.

The Yankees hit an MLB leading 267 home runs last season.  They're on a similar pace again this season with 125 home runs through 76 games.  With home runs from Austin Romine and Gio Urshela on Saturday the Yankees have now hit at least one home run in 25 consecutive games.  The MLB record is 27 straight games set by the 2012 Texas Rangers.

N.Y. Mets: Pete Alonso Ties Mets Rookie Home Run Record

From the desk of:  HEAD-BUTTING MR. MET


It's safe to say among position players no Mets rookie has ever burst on the scene quite like Pete Alonso.  The man dubbed the Polar Bear hit his 26th home run of the season off Cubs starter Jose Quintana in the first inning of Saturday's game at Wrigley Field.  Reaching down low for an off-speed pitch he deposits Quintana's offering into the right/center field bleachers thus tying Darryl Strawberry's rookie home run record set during the 1983 season.

Drafted out of high school, Strawberry makes his major league debut at 21-years of age on May 6 against the Reds at Shea Stadium.  He plays 122 games slashing .257/.336/.512, with 26 home runs and 74 RBI through 420 official at-bats earning him Rookie of the Year honors.

A college product, Alonso makes his MLB debut at 24-years old and is with the club since opening day.  He's presently slashing .274/.362/.632, with 26 home runs and 60 RBI through 76 games and 277 at-bats, essentially bum rushing the Mets rookie home run record in 46 less games and 145 less at-bats than Strawberry.  Darryl also had 48 extra base hits in all of 1983, while Alonso so far has already amassed 45 extra base hits.

A personal metric of mine is to subtract home runs from runs batted in.  Strawberry hit 12 solo home runs, and 14 home runs with 62 RBI (net 48 RBI) with runners on base.  Alonso has 14 home runs with the bases empty, and 12 home runs with 46 RBI (net 34 RBI) with runners on.  However, he more recently has been wreaking a bit more havoc with runners on base.  And for anyone interested, both Alonso and Strawberry strike out at relatively the same rate of 30.3% during official at-bats.

Lastly, Alonso surpasses the Dodgers Cody Bellinger's previous record for most home runs (25) prior to the all-star break.  Pete has played in all but one of the Mets 77 games to date.  With 85 games left in their regular season, Alonso is uniquely positioned to completely rewrite several more Mets records rookie or otherwise ... if an increasingly desperate upper management doesn't run him into the ground first.

Since his selection in the second round of the the 2016 draft and throughout his professional career Alonso has maintained remarkable consistency.  His trajectory speaks for itself.
  • (A-) .321/.382/.587, five home runs, 21 RBI; 30 games and 109 official at-bats.
  • (A+) and (AA) .289/.359/.524, 18 home runs, 63 RBI; 93 games and 353 official at-bats. 
  • (AA) and (AAA) .285/.395/.579, 36 home runs, 119 RBI; 132 games and 478 official at-bats.

Todd Hundley and Carlos Beltran hold the Mets season record with 41 home runs.

Beware the Polar Bear.

Saturday, June 22, 2019

L.I. Ducks: Flock Outburst Salvages Twin Bill Split With Lancaster

From the desk of:  THE WEBBED SPIKES NINE


As the first-half Liberty Division race begins winding down in earnest the Ducks are tasked with regaining a measure of separation from Somerset and High Point.  Just in time the schedule makers hand the Ducks a second division team as Lancaster enters this weekend series at the Pond with a sub par 19-32 record.

But alas even the best laid plans go awry.  Lancaster pulls out a last inning victory in game one of Friday's scheduled double-header.  Twice Long Island takes the lead, and twice the Barnstormers tie the game.  As such the teams enter the seventh and potentially last inning (abbreviated game) all knotted up at three.  Manager Wally Backman hands the ball to reliever Josh Lueke whom promptly issues a lead-off walk.  An out and a stolen base later and Lueke issues a second walk.  With two outs, Lueke then yields a hit to Lancaster second baseman Dan Gamache plating the go-ahead run.  In the bottom of the seventh the Barnstormers' Cody Eppley strikes out the side en route to his ninth save of the season.

After five innings of game two, the Ducks appear headed for a second straight loss.  They trail Lancaster 8-1 with but six outs left to spare.  In the bottom of the sixth however the game changes on a dime.  Long Island sends 16 batters to the plate.  Seven base hits, one home run, three walks, a hit batsman, and an E-6 later, and the Ducks post eleven runs in the inning and win by a stunning 12-8 final.  Kirk Nieuwenhuis is big man on campus, going 2 for 4, with a home run, four RBI, and two runs scored.

With the victory the Ducks also gain a half-game advantage over the Somerset Patriots whom were defeated on Friday by the York Revolution.

  • UPDATE:  Starter Alec Asher becomes the latest (and the ninth) pitcher to get plucked from the Flock.  His contract was purchased by the Chinese professional league.

Amazin' Date 6/22/1969: Packed Shea Crowd Treated to Twin Bill Sweep Over Redbirds

From the desk of:  HEAD-BUTTING MR. MET

Game #63: Sunday, June 22, 1969 - BR
St. Louis Cardinals @ New York Mets
Shea Stadium/GAME ONE

Gary Gentry's strong performance on the front end of Sunday's double-header gets the Mets back in the win column.  Making his 14th start of the season the Mets impressive rookie limits the Cardinals to just one earned run on six scattered hits and four walks with six strikeouts through 8.1 innings pitched.

Ironically St. Louis opens the scoring in the first inning.  Lou Brock leads off the game with a base hit, and soon scores on Joe Torre's two out single to left.  After which Gentry would hold the Cardinals to just four hits the rest of the way.

The Mets on the other hand treat St. Louis starter Steve Carlton rather rudely, bullying him for five runs on eight hits in just 3.1 innings pitched.  Hits from Cleon Jones and Donn Clendenon in the third stake Gentry to a 2-1 lead.  In the fourth Bud Harrelson drives in the Mets third run, and Tommie Agee drives in two more giving the Mets a 5-1 lead and final margin of victory.  Donn Clendenon drives in his first run as a member of the Mets.  Meanwhile the top three hitter's in the line-up (Harrelson, Agee, Jones) join to go 8 for 12 with four runs batted in and three runs scored.

Gary Gentry improves his record to 7-5 and lowers his ERA back down to a 3.21 mark.

Game #64: Sunday, June 22, 1969 - BR
St. Louis Cardinals @ New York Mets
Shea Stadium/GAME TWO

The largest crowd in attendance at Shea Stadium this season is not only treated to a double-header sweep and series victory over the Cardinals.  Fan witness another near masterpiece authored by Jerry Koosman.  Game two fast evolves into a classic pitcher's duel.  Both Koosman and Cardinals starter Mike Torrez trade zeroes through the first six innings until the Amazins finally break through in the home seventh.  With two outs Buddy Harrelson triples into the right/center gap.  Next up, Tommie Agee's double into the opposite gap sends Harrelson trotting home with the game's only run.

Mike Torrez lasts seven innings allowing the one run on seven hits and four walks with five strikeouts.  He falls to 1-4 on the season.  Jerry Koosman improves to 5-4 and further shaves his ERA to a stingy 1.42 mark.

The second place Mets are now a franchise all-time best eight games above the .500 mark, and with Sunday's pair of victories close to within five games of the N.L. East leading Cubs whom sport a league best 43-25 record.

  • Mets Record: 36-28 (.562)
  • N.L. East:  2nd; 5 GB

Brooklyn Cyclones: Staten Island Rats Run Amok at Coney Island

From the desks of:  

Cyclones lead season series 2-1
I - BRK 5; SIY 4
II - BRK 2; SIY 1
III - SIY 10; BRK 3

Staten Island Yankees  10
Brooklyn Cyclones        3

After being swept by Brooklyn during last week's home and home opening day series, Staten Island romps to their first victory over the Cyclones at Coney Island on Friday.  Despite striking out seven Yankee batters, Brooklyn starter Jaison Vilera yields five runs (four earned) on seven hits and one walk in just four innings of work.  After getting a scoreless no-hit two inning effort from Daniel Goggin, Staten Island roughs up reliever Brian Metoyer for another five earned runs on three hits (one home run) and two walks in just one inning of work.

All nine batters in Staten Island's line-up record at least one hit.  Designated hitter Juan DeLeon (2 for 5, RBI) and first baseman Miguel Flames (2 for 4; home run; four RBI), post multiple hit games.

Brooklyn goes a woeful 2 for 16 with runners in scoring position.  Right fielder Zach Ashford, shortstop Yoel Romero, and third baseman Wilmer Reyes, all drive in one run apiece.

The series shifts to Staten Island for game two on Saturday, then back to Coney Island for the series finale on Sunday.

Friday, June 21, 2019

N.Y. Mets: No Fielding, No Pitching, No Dice

From the desk of:  HEAD-BUTTING MR. MET

Come Get Us!

Come get the fourth best team in the N.L. East!  Because for all Brodie Van Wagenen's maneuverings that's exactly what the Mets are.  As the summer solstice nears the Mets are closer to last place than first.  The all encompassing question is why?  We know the reasons are myriad, convoluted, and in certain instances uncommonly depressing.  Allow me then to merely scratch the surface with mention of three of the more glaring inefficiencies afflicting the 2019 Mets.

  • Despite handling the National League's sixth least total chances, the Mets easily lead the circuit with 54 errors.  As such they rank last in fielding percentage (.980) and second to last (.678) in defensive efficiency ratio.
  • Meanwhile base runners run circles around them.  The Mets allow the most stolen bases.  Opposing base runners are successful 86% of the time.  In turn they throw out the fourth least base runners.  Wilson Ramos has thrown out just eight would be base thieves versus 54 successful attempts for a rate of 13% which is less than half than league average (27.5%).  Tomas Nido is 0 for 5 in stolen base attempts.  However equal blame falls on the starting pitchers for their woeful inability to hold runners.
  • Wilson Ramos has also allowed the second most passed balls (7), and is now just three away from his career high of ten.  Ramos (4) and Nido (2) account for six errors.  Pete Alonso (5) is tied for second most errors among first basemen.  Amed Rosario (11) is tied for most errors among shortstops.  Todd Frazier (6) and J.D. Davis (4) have combined on ten errors which ties Atlanta's Josh Donaldson (10) for most errors at third base.  That's four infield positions accounting for 59.2% of Mets errors.
  • To a lesser extent the outfield has only seven errors to speak of spread among five players.  Three different players have joined for seven errors at second base; Robinson Cano has committed four.

As a team Mets pitchers have thrown the second most pitches in the National League and the seventh most in baseball.  They own the National League's third worst ERA (4.67), yield the fourth most hits (656), and own the fifth worst WHiP (1.36).  Slash wise, the Mets .256 average against is fourth worst/.326 OBP sixth worst/.433 slugging sixth worst/.760 opposing OPS fifth worst.
Twenty different pitchers have manned the Mets bullpen this season.  Collectively, they've thrown roughly 252 innings - which roughly accounts for 38% of all Mets innings pitched - in which they've yielded 155 runs for a 5.53 ERA.  Of the five relief pitchers with at least 20 innings pitched only Seth Lugo owns an ERA below three.
  • Jeurys Familia - 27.2 inn; 7.81 ERA.
  • Drew Gagnon - 20 inn; 7.65 ERA.
  • Robert Gsellman - 39.1 inn; 4.81 ERA.
  • Edwin Diaz - 28.2 inn; 3.77 ERA.
  • Seth Lugo - 34.1 inn; 2.36 ERA.
  • Wilmer Font and the Fearful Fourteen account for 102.2 innings and a 7.22 ERA.
  • The Mets have had the third most (33) save opportunities but only converted 17 for tenth most.  Said another way they're blowing 49.5% of their save opportunities.
On the positive side, the starting rotation has stayed relatively injury free.  Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler, Steven Matz, and Jason Vargas, have combined to start 70 of the Mets 74 games to date.  Prior to Thursday's (terrible) start by Walter Lockett, only Justin Wilson and Wilmer Font were asked to make four spot starts.
Although Jacob deGrom hasn't necessarily picked up where he left off last year he's pitching very well nonetheless.  He seems to be battling himself more than anything, and throughout the season has appeared noticeably angry be it with himself or otherwise.  He is still the staff ace ace and the rotation stabilizer.  No issues here. 
Jason Vargas is easily the surprise performer of the season if not the Mets second best starter to date.  And there's the rub.  How is it that he should be outperforming Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler, and Steven Matz?  Yet, he is doing just that with a 3.74 ERA through 12 appearances and 11 starts and a rotation best .240 batting average against. 
It's a good thing, too.  The Mets are still a team built around starting pitching.  And so far three of their top four starters have yet to fulfill expectations.
  • Noah Syndergaard indeed possesses the talents of a Nordic god.  That's what makes him and his 4.55 ERA so damn frustrating.  The man lacks refinement, or more to the point, craftsmanship.  Instead, he continually looks to lower the hammer.  With 98-mph fastballs more a norm throughout baseball and no longer the exception, where then is the novelty of velocity without deception and effective situational application?  He's not fooling anyone.  Despite 93 strikeouts, he's allowed 91 hits (8.6 H/9) and eleven home runs through 95 innings.  The opposition is slashing .253/.304/.398/.703 against him.  He also leads the staff with 15 stolen bases against him.  Pencil him onto the list of team underachievers.
  • Zack Wheeler is not having the type of walk season I nor perhaps he anticipated.  With health finally on his side, I predicted a great season ahead.  Through 15 starts and 94.2 innings pitched, Zack Wheeler's ERA this season has yet to dip below three.  He presently sports a staff high 4.94 ERA having yielded 14 home runs to date.  He has surrendered two home runs in a game five times.  The first time occurred in April.  The last four times have come in his last six starts.  Like Syndergaard, Wheeler isn't fooling anyone.  He is allowing more hits than innings pitched.  As such he has allowed a league high 52 earned runs.  Back in spring training Wheeler took a hard line against the Mets indicating his desire to test free agency and that his price would be firm.  The Mets publicly said they were willing to let the season play itself out and revisit the situation then.  There is much to appreciate about Zack Wheeler which will potentially make him the Mets main trading chip come deadline time ... or not.
  • Steven Matz biggest problem remains between his ears.  It's all mental with this guy.  His lack of composure jumps out like a jack-in-the box.  His long ball woes are even greater than that of Wheeler's.  Matz who on average has 20 less innings pitched than Syndergaard, deGrom, and Wheeler, has surrendered a staff high 15 home runs in just 73 innings.  Matz likewise has yielded more hits than innings pitched.  After 14 starts he owns a 4.28 ERA with a rotation high 1.37 WHiP.

All this being said, Dave Eiland was relieved as pitching coach on Thursday.  Phil Regan now takes over while Rickey Bones returns for a second stint as bullpen coach.  That's fine and well, but what the Mets need is talent.  Brodie Van Wagenen can shuttle this present collection of pitchers back and forth between Syracuse and Flushing all he wants.  But nothing will change until he imports higher quality talent.  That in turn (like most things Mets) entails a discussion reserved for a future post  involving the team's COO.

The Mets are presently on an 11-game road trip.  They've already dropped two of three at Atlanta, and lost Thursday's series opener against the Cubs at Wrigley Field.  That drops their road record to 15-26 (.365) on the season.  They're also 12-13 in one run games.  Like kryptonite, the N.L. Central continues having a crippling effect on the Mets.  This has been going a few years now.  While the Mets own a 19-15 record against their division opponents, they are 5-13 against N.L. Central likes of the Brewers, Reds, Cardinals, and Cubs.  They're 7-9 against the N.L. West.

Of course this is merely the beginning.  The Mets have more problems than a math book.  For now, these are just some of the reasons why I believe the Mets presently find themselves five games under .500 through their first 75 games of the season.  My next round of reasons will include position players, Mickey Callaway, Brodie Van Wagenen, and you guessed it ... the Wilpons.  After which I'll delve into possible remedies for this sickness we call Mets baseball.

Stay tuned ...


Amazin' Date 6/21/1969: Cardinals Win Game Two Over Listless Mets

From the desk of:  HEAD-BUTTING MR. MET

Game #62: Saturday, 6/21/1969 - BR
St. Louis Cardinals @ New York Mets
Shea Stadium

Cardinals Game Two Victory at Shea Snaps Mets Streak at Three.

Jack DiLauro and the Mets are outdone by Cardinals starter Nelson Briles in game two at Shea Stadium on Saturday.  The two hurlers duel through four scoreless innings until Briles put matters into is own hands with a fifth inning home run off DiLauro.  Soon after yielding a double to Lou Brock, Curt Flood singles off DiLauro giving the Cardinals a 2-0 lead.

Jack DiLauro exits the game after six innings on the losing side of a 2-1 game.

The Cardinals extend their lead in the seventh when second baseman Julian Javier connects for a two run home run off Jim McAndrew pitching in relief of DiLauro.  Art Shamsky cuts the deficit to two with a solo home run in the seventh.  But that was promptly erased by yet another run scoring hit courtesy of pitcher Nelson Briles.

Briles allowed the Mets a third run in the eight on a wild pitch, but finishes the night yielding three runs on just four hits and three walks with seven strikeouts for his sixth victory against five losses.  Jack DiLauro's record falls to 0-2 on the season albeit with a 1.57 ERA.

Art Shamsky collects two of the Mets four hits lifting his average to .344 for the season.  All four of Shamsky's home runs have come within his last seven games.

  • Mets Record:  34-28
  • N.L. East:  2nd; 6 GB

Thursday, June 20, 2019

L.I. Ducks: Flock Yields First Place to Somerset Patriots

From the desk of: THE WEBBED SPIKES NINE

Patriots lead Ducks 2-0
I - SOM 5; LID 2
II - SOM 4; LID 1

The Somerset Patriots win their fifth in a row while Long Island loses their fourth in a row.  After leading a tightly packed division for a great majority of this first half the Ducks now trail the Patriots in the Liberty Division standings by one full game.  They relinquish their lead via a second straight loss at Somerset on Wednesday.

The Patriots did what they do best: pitch.  Through two games Somerset has now limited Long Island to three total runs and rationed them to five hits in each game.

Starter Thomas Dorminy blanked the Flock through five innings, allowing just three hits and three walks with three strikeouts.  A trio of Patriots relievers would then join in limiting Long Island to one run on just two hits and no walks with two strikeouts.  Somerset closer Mike Antonini pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his league leading 21st save of the season.

With Somerset leading 3-0 after seven, Long Island scored their lone run of the game in the eighth on consecutive doubles from Steve Lombardozzi and L.J. Mazzilli.  

Ducks starter Darin Downs seventh start of the season is brief after allowing two runs on six hits and one walk with four strikeouts trough three innings of work.  He falls to 0-2 on the season while his ERA jumps from 3.09 to a 3.34 mark.  The Ducks relievers joined on five innings allowing two runs on four hits and two walks with five strikeouts.

N.Y. Yankees: C.C. Sabathia Adds to Milestone Season

From the desk of:  THE HOUSE HAL INHERITED

Solidifying Bid for Hall of Fame

It's mid June and there exists an American League East battle for first place which does not presently involve the Red Sox - at least not yet.  Instead, the Yankees are hosting the under spoken yet threatening second place Tampa Bay Rays whom after losing games one and two in the Bronx entered Wednesday's game 2.5 games back of the first place Yankees.  Looking to avoid a sweep the Rays face Yankees starter CC Sabathia who is making the 550th start of his career.

Suffice it to say things do not go Tampa's way as the Yankees jump out to a 6-0 first inning lead.  Once on the hill Sabathia faces 24 batters through six innings, throwing 94 pitches with 59 (62%) going for strikes.  He yields just one run on a mere three hits and three walks with seven strikeouts en route to his fourth victory of the season.

The victory marks the 250th win of CC Sabathia's 19-year career.  He now boasts a 250-157 (.613) career record with a 3.71 ERA.  This also marks his 133rd victory since joining the Yankees eleven season ago.  He previously won 117 games pitching for the Cleveland Indians and Milwaukee Brewers.

Sabathia becomes only the 48th pitcher in MLB history to achieve 250 wins.  Earlier this season, he became only the 17th pitcher in MLB history to achieve 3,000 strikeouts.  Moreover, he becomes only the 13th pitcher and only the second southpaw to achieve both 250 wins and 3,000 strikeouts.

A six time all-star Sabathia won the A.L. Cy Young award in 2007 while pitching for Cleveland.  He then became a World Series champion and series MVP in 2009 while leading both the Yankees and American League with 19 victories.  In 2010, he led the American League a second straight season with 21 wins.

I can not say enough good things about the man.  He's an extremely influential person both in the locker room and on the field.  He adheres by old school standards knowing exactly when to apply traditional justice with unfailing duty and dedication to his mates.  He's also a husband and man of values who acts with conviction lest we forget he opted to attend rehab at his wife's behest despite the Yankees being in the midst of a pennant race.  That takes fortitude, and love.

One of the greatest persons to ever grace a New York City pitcher's mound ...

Amazin' Date 6/20/1969: Mets Defeat Bob Gibson at Packed Shea Stadium

From the desk of:  HEAD-BUTTING MR.MET

Game #61: Friday, June 20, 1969 - BR
St. Louis Cardinals @ New York Mets
Shea Stadium

Mets return from successful 8-4 road trip to a heroes welcome as 54,000 fans pack Shea Stadium to express their appreciation. 

On account of Tuesday's twin bill at Philadelphia, Nolan Ryan makes his second start of the season.  He is opposed by Cardinals ace Bob Gibson who straightaway must pitch out of trouble.  The Mets quickly load the bases in the first inning.  Cleon Jones drives home two with a single up the middle, and Art Shamsky follows with a sac fly to left scoring Wayne Garrett from third for a 3-0 lead.  Tommie Agee then leads off the second with a single and scores on Ken Boswell's triple into the right field corner.

St. Louis responds with two runs in the fifth on an RBI hit from Curt Flood, and a sac fly from Vada Pinson.  Nolan Ryan pitches a scoreless sixth and exits the game on the winning side of a 4-2 affair after yielding two runs (one earned) on six hits and three walks with three strikeouts.  Making his 16th appearance Tug McGraw surrenders a solo home run in the seventh to Bob Gibson himself cutting the Cardinals deficit to one.  But that's as close as they'd get.  McGraw strikes out the side in the ninth to earn his fifth save.  Ryan improves his record to 3-0 on the season.

With Friday's victory the Mets enter uncharted waters rising seven games above .500 for the first time this season, and their first time ever.

  • Mets Record: 34-27
  • N.L. East: 2nd; 6 GB

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

L.I. Ducks: Somerset Patriots Tie Flock For First Place

From the desk of:  THE WEBBED SPIKES NINE

Patriots lead series 1-0
I - SOM 5; LID 2

With Game One Victory Somerset Forges Tie With Ducks Atop Liberty Division Standings.

Somerset roughs up Long Island starter Jake Fisher for five runs (four earned) on six hits and one walk through five innings, handing him his sixth loss of the season against three wins.  After ten starts his record falls to 3-6 while his ERA is up to 5.24 and climbing.

Patriots starter Brett Oberholtzer limited the Ducks to a pair of runs courtesy of Ramon Cabrera's two run double in the eighth.  Otherwise Oberholtzer yields four total hits and one walk with five strikeouts for his fourth victory of the season against just one loss.  The Ducks were limited to five hits all game.

With Somerset's victory on Tuesday, the Long Island Ducks and Patriots are now tied for first place of the Liberty Division.  The Patriots have now won four in a row, while the Ducks drop their third straight.

Amazin' Date 6/19/1969: Ken Boswell Hit in Ninth Lifts Mets Over Phils

From the desk of:  HEAD-BUTTING MR. MET

Game #60: Thursday, June 19, 1969 - BR
New York Mets @ Philadelphia Phillies
Connie Mack Stadium

Ninth Inning Rally Gets Seaver Off Hook; Mets Take Series Finale at Connie Mack Stadium

A late New York rally in the ninth Thursday night at Connie Mack Stadium gives the Mets their third victory in four games over the Philadelphia Phillies, and moves them a half game closer to the first place Chicago Cubs.

The Phillies however mistreat Tom Seaver on this evening roughing him up for five earned runs on ten hits and five walks with eight strikeouts before forcing his exit on the losing side of a 4-5 affair in the bottom of the eighth.

Philadelphia produces their five runs with RBI hits from Johnny Callison and Rick Joseph, and with home runs from Mike Ryan and Cookie Rojas.  Through eight innings the Mets manage an RBI hit from Al Weis, a two run home run from Art Shamsky in the sixth, and a second Shamsky home run in the eighth.

With two outs in the top of the ninth, Ken Boswell singled home both Donn Clendenon and Ron Swoboda with the tying and winnings runs respectively.  Tug McGraw closed out the Phillies in the bottom half of the frame earning his fourth save of the season.  Ron Taylor is credited with the win for his work in the eighth in relief of Seaver.

The Mets wrap up their 12 game road trip with a triumphant 8-4 record.  They've now climbed to a season high six games above .500 for a second time and remain in striking distance of the Cubs.

  • Mets Record:  33-27 (.550)
  • N.L. East:  2nd; 6 GB

Brooklyn Cyclones Squeeze Out Game One Victory at Lowell

From the desk of:  THE CONEY ISLAND NINE

Brooklyn Cyclones   2
Lowell Spinners        1

Brooklyn Trio Tangle Up Spinners.

Brooklyn starter Malky Mena turns in a stellar performance as he and two other Cyclones pitchers combine on a nine inning gem in game one of their series against the Spinners at Lowell, Massachusetts.

Malky Mena, promoted from the GCL Mets, faces 21 batters, throwing 75 pitches with a nifty 53 (70%) going for strikes.  He yields one earned run on six hits and no walks with five strikeouts through 5.2 innings en route to his first victory.  Justin Lasko and Andrew Edwards again team up in late relief of Mena with 2.1 innings of scoreless one-hit ball with no walks.  Edwards fans three in the ninth.

Center fielder Ranfy Adon leads-off the game with a single to center, then advances to second on a botched pick-off attempt by Lowell starter Bryan Lucas.  Adon soon moves to third on second baseman Wilmer Reyes hit to left.  Still with no outs, Brooklyn attempts a double-steal - Reyes is thrown out at second but Adon scores from third.  Lowell ties the game at one in the third.  But Brooklyn scores the eventual game winner in the fifth on shortstop Yoel Romero's lead-off triple, and catcher Ariel Yera's one out base hit through the left side.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Amazin' Date 6/18/1969: Jerry Koosman Blanks Phillies

From the desk of:  HEAD-BUTTING MR. MET

Game #59: Wednesday, June 18, 1969 - BR
New York Mets @ Philadelphia Phillies
Connie Mack Stadium

Making his tenth start of the season, Jerry Koosman goes the distance in leading the Mets through to a 2-0 victory over the Phillies at Connie Mack Stadium.  Koosman and Phillies starter Rick Wise duel through five scoreless innings until Ed Kranepool finally breaks through with an RBI single scoring Cleon Jones in the sixth, and Wayne Garrett singles home Tommie Agee in the seventh staking the Mets to a 2-0 lead.  The Mets southpaw handles the rest, completing his whitewashing of the Phillies, yielding just four hits and one walk with six strikeouts en route to his fourth victory of the season.

Koosman evens his record at 4-4 to go along with a stellar 1.59 ERA.

The Mets gain a full game on the first place Cubs who lost in extra innings against the Pirates at Pittsburgh.

  • Mets Record: 32-27 (.542)
  • N.L. East: 2nd; 6.5 GB

Brooklyn Cyclones Lay Early Claim to Division Lead


Cyclones Split Series w/ Ironbirds
I - ABD 4; BKN 3
II - BKN 4; ABD 1

Brooklyn Cyclones
Lowell Spinner
LeLacheur Park

With Monday's victory the Cyclones gain a two game split with the Aberdeen Ironbirds, and coupled with their sweep of the Staten Island Yankees close out their season opening home stand with a successful 3-1 record.

New York Mets fifth round selection Nathan Jones makes his professional debut with two scoreless innings of no-hit ball with one walk and five strikeouts.  He faces just seven batters while throwing 39 pitches with 21 (53%) going for strikes.  Garrison Bryant up this season from (R) Kingsport takes over in the third yielding just one run on two hits and one walk with seven strikeouts though 4.1 innings en route to his first victory.  Also making his pro debut, Daniel Goggin pitches a scoreless ninth to earn his first save.  Four Brooklyn pitchers combine in limiting the Ironbirds to a run on just two hits and two walks with 14 strikeouts.

First baseman Joe Genord opened the scoring with a run scoring sac-fly in the first.  Second baseman and seventh round selection Luke Ritter then connected on his first home run as part of a three run third inning giving the Cyclones a 4-0 lead and ultimate 4-1 margin of victory.

Brooklyn now heads to Lowell where they'll take on the Spinners.

Home of the Lowell Spinners

N.Y. Yankees: Masahiro Tanaka Reminds Rays Who's Number One


Tampa Bay Rays
New York Yankees
161st Street Grounds

Bombers Open Slim First Place Lead; Masahiro Tanaka Tosses Nine Inning Gem.

For the entirety of their existence Tampa has always been a regular season thorn in the Yankees side. In this latest episode they return to Bronx County a mere half-game behind the first place Yankees.  Toeing the rubber for Tampa is 25-year old right-hander Yonny Chirinos whom enters game one with a 7-3 record and 2.88 ERA.

None of which seems to matter much to the Yankees.  DJ LeMahieu's two run home run in the first, and Cameron Maybin's solo shot in the fifth are all the Bombers need as Masahiro Tanaka takes care of the rest.  Making his fifteenth start Tanaka tosses a complete game shut out allowing just two hits, no walks, and fanning ten en route to his fifth victory of the season.  He faces two batters over the minimum, throwing an economical 111 pitches with 76 (68%) going for strikes.

Monday's victory gives the Yankees a somewhat less precarious 1.5 game lead over second place Tampa.

This is a Fully Operational Death Star

Since taking two of three from the Red Sox, Brian Cashman has watched his team lose a series against a bad Toronto Blue Jays team; lose a second consecutive series against a fading Cleveland Indians team; split two games against the sub par Mets; then split four games against an equally pedestrian Chicago White Sox.

So what does he do?

Cashman trades for Edwin Encarnacion, whom presently leads the American League with 21 home runs.  The 36-year old has hit no less than 32 home runs in each of his last seven seasons and twice topped 40 home runs.  He's taken 401 career trips around the bases and owns an .851 career OPS.  In 2016 while with Toronto he hit a career high 42 home runs to go with a league leading 127 RBI.  He's also exceeded 100 RBI in each of the last four seasons and six times throughout his career.  Moreover, his rate of strikeouts isn't nearly as glaring as those of Gary Sanchez, Aaron Boone, and Giancarlo Stanton.

Monday, June 17, 2019

L.I. Ducks: Monday Swim 6/17/2019

From the desk of:  THE WEBBED SPIKES NINE


Long Island Ducks
Somerset Patriots
New Jersey

Despite two straight loses the Ducks have done well fending of their Liberty Division competitors.  Last week they took two of three from the Somerset Patriots at Bethpage Park, then split four games against the High Point Rockers at North Carolina.  But they're not out of the woods yet.  On Tuesday, Long Island opens another three game series against the second place Patriots at Somerset.

Trailing the Ducks by just one game in the standings, the Patriots enter the series winners of three in a row.  On Sunday they joined the Ducks as the second Atlantic League team to achieve thirty victories.  Long Island enters Tuesday's action with a league best 31-18 record.

Oddly, the Ducks and Patriots rank sixth and seventh respectively in runs scored.  But where as the Ducks are tied for second with 50 home runs, the Patriots rank last with 21 home runs through 49 games.  As a team the Patriots are slashing .270/.343/.368/.711, while the Ducks own a .255/.325/.411/.736 team slash.  Both teams are tied for second with 43 stolen bases each.

Somerset's 3.32 ERA tops the league, while Long Island's 3.78 rates a respectable third.  The Patriots also lead the league with 22 saves.  Long Island however leads the league with a 1.26 WHiP, but only barely as the Patriots boast a 1.27 WHiP.  Long Island pitchers also lead the league with 404 strikeouts.

Somerset first baseman Will Kengor leads the league with a .337 batting average.  David Washington of the Ducks still leads with 16 home runs and is second with 38 runs batted in.

Patriots starter David Kubiak is presently pitching at triple crown levels, leading the league with six victories, a 1.33 ERA, with 58 strikeouts.

N.Y. Mets: Hot Summer Months Await The Polar Bear

From the desk of:  HEAD-BUTTING MR. MET

With the Onset of Summer Looming How 
Will the Polar Bear Cope With the Heat?

Here we are mid-June, and the Mets 24-year old rookie first baseman remains one of the more under spoken stories in baseball not only locally but throughout the major leagues.  Pete Alonso has played in all but one game of the Mets 71 games to date during which he's slashing .263/.347/.604/.951, with 23 home runs and 53 RBI through his first 255 major league at-bats - all quite commendable by any measure.

So where does he rate this season among the rest of his senior circuit competition?  He is second in home runs; sixth in slugging; seventh in RBI; eighth in OPS; and 11th in WAR.

No rookie has impacted the Mets line-up quite like Alonso since Darryl Strawberry first donned a uniform during his 1983 ROY season when he slashed .257/.336/.512/.848, with 26 home runs and 74 RBI through 122 games and 420 at-bats.  Alonso has 52 games left before drawing equal with Strawberry's games played.  After which, about 40 or so games should remain in the regular season.  Suffice it to say Alonso is well on his way towards rewriting a Mets rookie record or two, or even three.

Of course all that remains to be seen ... in the meantime, credit goes to @Koosman2pointOh for Tweeting some very curious splits worth reiterating.

Some Good Splits:
  • Hits with equal power both home (13) and away (12).
  • RHP (.246; 15 HR; 35 RBI) vs. LHP (.291; 8 HR; 18 RBI).
  • Slashing .350/.386/.900, seven home runs, 15 RBI, in Late and Close Games.
  • Batting .318, eight home runs, 20 RBI, in Tie Games.
  • Hit 12 of 23 home runs in 7th through 9th innings.
  • Slashing .322/.398/.844, with 14 home runs, 29 RBI, vs. relief pitchers.
  • Batting .284, with 13 of 23 home runs, and 13 RBI, with no runners on base.

And there's the rub ...

There was a lot more to Pete Alonso's home run against the Cardinals at Citi Field on Saturday than just it landing in the upper deck.  And no .. Jeff Wilpon's remarks had nothing to do with it.  But I would say Son of PON has no business near the players.  Why else employ a general manager?  Although it was nice having Alonso sticking it back to the COO, I digress.  Rather the point at hand is that Alonso's majestic blast occurred with two runners on base.

Some Bad and Some Ugly Splits:
  • Slashing .233/.313/.459, with eight home runs, 21 RBI, vs. starting pitchers.
  • Batting .226 with runners on base, nine home runs, 37 RBI.
  • Batting .192 with RiSP, four home runs, 24 RBI.
  • Batting .091 w/2 outs RiSP, 0 home runs, four RBI.
  • 0 for 4 w/ bases loaded.

Let's chalk up these metrics to on-the-job training and see how he negotiates the next round of adjustments be it made by opposing pitchers or his own.  Otherwise he's doing a fine job overall including demonstrating proficiency at first base.

Even more noticeable however has been his propensity for assuming a leadership role and outwardly exerting himself as a motivator.  It's a curious situation and a somewhat odd role for a rookie to be taking upon himself.  But for as long as the other players particularly the more veteran types aren't countering him with resistance, then so be it for as long as his bat continues backing up his personality like it did during the recent Subway Series.  It was good seeing him rebound after a dormant first game against the Yankees with a home run in game two.

Nothing like a big hit on a big stage, right?

Because of the rather high bar Alonso has thus far set for himself Mickey Callaway and Mets fans alike can only hope he's mentally prepared and physically ready to handle the monumental task the front office stands poised to thrust upon his rookie shoulders.  For no one expects the front office (err ... the COO) to import the requisite premium talent needed for overtaking the division and National League.

Let them prove us all wrong.

Until then ...

Go Polar Bear, Go!

Amazin' Date 6/17/1969: Mets Split Twin Bill at Philadelphia

From the desk of:  HEAD-BUTTING MR. MET


New York Mets @ Philadelphia Phillies
Connie Mack Stadium/GAME ONE

Coming around the home stretch of a grueling 12-game road trip, the Mets arrive back on the east coast at Philadelphia for a series opening double-header against the Phillies at Connie Mack Stadium.

Making his 13th start of the season, Gary Gentry bests Philadelphia's Bill Champion.  In what goes down as one of the finest performances by a Mets pitcher this season, Gentry tosses a complete game shutout, facing just three over the minimum while allowing but two hits and one walk with nine strikeouts.  He retired his final eight batters faced while improving to 6-5 for the season with a 3.41 ERA.

For his part Phillies starter Bill Champion lasts eight innings, allowing the game's only run in the seventh on a two out base hit from catcher J.C. Martin scoring Ken Boswell.  He otherwise yields four hits and four walks with five strikeouts in a losing effort.

The Mets had five hits all game with Boswell accounting for two of them in three at-bats.

Game #58: Tuesday, June 17, 1969 - BR
New York Mets @ Philadelphia Phillies
Connie Mack Stadium/GAME TWO

The Phillies come out swinging in game two, scoring early and often against Mets starter Don Cardwell.  Dick Allen opens with a two out home run in the first.  Four hits and an untimely error by second baseman Al Weis later and Philadelphia is staked to a 4-0 lead.  Cardwell surrenders his second home run of the game in the third, this time off the bat of center fielder Larry Hisle giving the Phillies a 6-0 lead.  Later in the eighth Hisle hit his second home run of the game.

The Mets scrap together three runs against Phillies starter Grant Jackson, but it wasn't enough.  Jackson yields six hits and three walks with nine strikeouts en route to a complete game victory.

In his first start as a member of the Mets, Donn Clendenon goes 1 for 4 with a run scored.

  • Mets Record:  31-27 (.534)
  • N.L. East:  2nd; 7.5 GB

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Brooklyn Cyclones Complete Season Opening Sweep of Staten Island

From the desks of:  

Brooklyn Cyclones
Staten Island Yankees
Ballpark at St. George

Starter Jaison Vilera, after making brief appearances this season at (A+) Port St. Lucie and (A) Columbia, returns for his second season with the Brooklyn Cyclones.  Making his third start of the season and his first for the Cyclones, Vilera limits the Staten Island Yankees to just one run on one hit and two walks with five strikeouts through 6.2 innings.  In the seventh, however, all that hard work almost goes for not as Vilera and reliever Nelson Leon walk the bases loaded.  Leon then unleashes a wild pitch allowing Staten Island's first run of the game.  Newly drafted Justin Lasko is summoned from the pen to secure the final out.  Southpaw Justin Wilson, on rehab from the New York Mets, pitches a scoreless eighth.  And Andrew Edwards, making his first appearance as a professional, pitches a scoreless ninth to earn his first career save.

Brooklyn wins series 2-0
I - BKN 5; SIY 4
II - BKN 2; SIY 1

Manager Fonzie goes with the same line-up as Friday's home opener at Brooklyn.  Jose Mena's RBI single in the fourth gives Brooklyn a 1-0 lead.  And Joe Genord's sac-fly plates Brooklyn's second run in the seventh; his second RBI in as many games.

Last season with Brooklyn Jaison Vilera posted a 5-2 record over 13 starts with a 1.83 ERA.  He yielded just 50 hits and fanned 78 batters though 73.2 innings pitched.

Brooklyn sweeps the two game home-and-home series against the Yankees.

Next up, the Cyclones host the Aberdeen Iron Birds.

  • NEWS:  The New York Mets have reached an agreement with their 2019 first round selection (12th overall) third baseman Brett Baty.  He is expected to report to Brooklyn shortly.

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Brooklyn Cyclones Win Opening Day Match-Up Over Rival Staten Island

From the desks of: 

Staten Island Yankees
Brooklyn Cyclones

Brooklyn Cyclones baseball is underway.  The Surf Avenue Sluggers open the 2019 season with a victory over the rival Staten Island Yankees Friday night at Coney Island.  Manager Edgardo Alfonzo tasked right-hander Daison Acosta with starting opening day.  The soon to be 21-year old yielded one earned run on three hits and two walks with five strikeouts through 4.1 innings pitched.

In the bottom of the fourth, first baseman Joseph Genord connected on his first home run as a professional.  In the sixth, third baseman Nic Gaddis doubled home a run, and DH Jose Medina doubled home two more giving the Cyclones a 4-1 lead through six.  After the teams traded runs in the seventh, the Yankees threatened with two more runs in the eighth.  But Brooklyn reliever Brian Metoyer would pitch a scoreless ninth to secure Coney Island's 5-4 victory over Staten Island, and earn his first save of the season.  Luis Silva whom entered in the fifth in relief of Daison was credited with the win.  Cyclones pitchers were also erratic, unleashing five wild pitches, hitting a batsman, and committing a balk.

Staten Island starter Charlie Ruegger pitched well, albeit in defeat, surrendering just one earned run on three hits and no walks with five strikeouts.  Austin Gardner in relief of Ruegger takes the loss after yielding four earned runs on five hits and a walk in 1.1 innings pitched.

The Battle of the Boroughs crosses the Verrazano Bridge for game two at the Ballpark at St. George on Saturday.

Opening Day Starting Line-Up
  • CF - Adon
  • SS - Romero
  • RF - Ashford
  • 1B - Ganord
  • 3B - Gaddis
  • DH - Medina
  • 2B - Ritter
  • LF - Beracierta
  • C - Yera

2019 Mets Draft; SNY
Brooklyn Cyclones
Brooklyn Baseball Reference

  • Round 5) Nathan Jones; RHP (Northwestern St.)
  • Round 6) Zack Ashford; OF (Fresno St.)
  • Round 7) Luke Ritter; INF (Wichita St.)
  • Round 9) Joseph Genord; INF (South Florida)
  • Round 11) Jordan Martinson; LHP (Dallas Baptist)
  • Round 15) Mitch Ragan; RHP (Creighton)
  • Round 16) Nic Gaddis; C (Jacksonville St.)
  • Round 17) Dan Goggin; RHP (James Madison)
  • Round 30) Justin Lasko; RHP (UMass Amherst)
  • Round 31) Andrew Edwards; LHP (New Mexico St.)

  • Ariel Yera - the Cyclones opening day catcher, he played two seasons (2015-2016) in the Cuban Serie Nacional.
  • Jose Mena - promoted from (R) GCL Mets.
  • Phil Capra - local product from Wagner College of Staten Island.  Played 32 games last season for (R) Kingsport Mets.

  • Angel Manzanarez - second season with Brooklyn.
  • Joseph Genord - round #9 out of South Florida.
  • Nic Gaddis - round #16 out of Jacksonville State.
  • Gavin Garay - promoted from (R) Kingsport Mets.
  • Yoel Romero - already started the season playing in 19 games for (A+) Port St. Lucie and (A) Columbia.
  • Wilmer Reyes - spent most of 2018 playing for (R) GCL Mets, played five games for (A+) Port St. Lucie.

  • Zack Ashford - round #6 out of Fresno State.
  • Anthony Dirocie - second season with Brooklyn, also played 23 games last season at (A) Columbia.
  • Guillermo Granadillo - touched Brooklyn in 2017, spent last season playing for (R) Kingsport.
  • Ranfy Adon - promoted from (R) Kingsport.
  • Raul Beracierta - promoted from (R) Kingsport.
  • Jose Medina - back for his third season at Brooklyn.
  • Zach Rheams - played for (A) Columbia last season, started this season again playing 14 games at Columbia.

  • Nathan Jones (R) - round #5 out of Northwestern State.
  • Jordan Martinson (L) - round #11 out of Dallas Baptist.
  • Mitch Ragan (R) - round #15 out of Creighton.
  • Daniel Goggin (R) - round #17 out of James Madison.
  • Justin Lasko (R) - round #30 out of UMass Amherst.
  • Andrew Edwards (L) - round #31 out of New Mexico State.
  • Matt Mullenbach (R) - out of Lincoln Memorial University.
  • Brian Metoyer (R) - promoted from (R) GCL Mets.
  • Malky Mena (R) - promoted from (R) GCL Mets.
  • Nelson Leon (R) - promoted from (R) Kingsport.
  • Daison Acosta (R) - promoted from (R) Kingsport.
  • Christian Tripp (R) - promoted from (R) Kingsport.
  • Luis Silva (R) - promoted from (R) Kingsport.
  • Matt Cleveland (R) - promoted from (R) Kingsport.
  • Garrison Bryant (R) - promoted from (R) Kingsport, made one appearance this season for (A) Columbia.
  • Yeudy Colon (R) - second season with Brooklyn.

After spending the last three seasons playing in the Venezuelan League, Mexican League, and most recently for the Somerset Patriots of the Atlantic League, Endy Chavez finally retired from playing and begins his first season as a coach with the Brooklyn Cyclones.  Edgardo Alfonzo enters his fourth season with the Cyclones and is third season as field manager.  The Cyclones have failed to make the playoffs in each of the previous six seasons.  After three straight seasons of finishing below the .500 mark, the Cyclones improved to 40-35 last season under Fonzie - a 16 game improvement over the 2017 season.

Amazin' Date 6/15/1969: Mets Acquire Donn Clendenon From Expos

From the desk of:  HEAD-BUTTING MR. MET


Game #56: Sunday, June 15, 1969 - BR
New York Mets @ Los Angeles Dodgers
Dodger Stadium

  • NEWS: METS ACQUIRE FIRST BASEMAN DONN CLENDENON FROM MONTREAL EXPOS.  Clendenon has averaged 16 home runs over the last six seasons with a career high 28 home runs and 98 RBI in 1966 for the Pittsburgh Pirates.  The 33-year old appeared in 38 games in his first with the Expos, hitting .240 with four home runs and 14 RBI through 129 at-bats.  Gil Hodges is likely to utilize him in a first base platoon with lefty Ed Kranepool.  Outfielder Amos Otis was sent down to (AAA) Tidewater after Sunday's game against the Dodgers to make room for on the roster for Clendenon.

Mets Lose Rubber Game at Dodger Stadium: Fall Nine Games Back of Cubs

Los Angeles starter Don Drysdale pitched just well enough to turn back the Mets and help lead the Dodgers to victory in the rubber game of their series at Chavez Ravine.  He limited the New Yorkers to a pair of runs on seven hits and no walks with three strikeouts through 5.2 innings pitched.  Jim Brewer arguably pitched better yielding but one hit through 3.1 scoreless innings with four strikeouts in relief of Drysdale.  Brewers effort earned his seventh save of the season.

Mets starter Jack DiLauro sustained his first loss of the season after allowing three earned runs on seven hits and one walk with one strikeout over six innings pitched.  Cal Koonce and Ron Taylor contributed two innings of scoreless relief.

The Mets scored their only two runs in the third on a sac-fly by Wayne Garrett and a RBI hit from Cleon Jones.  Tommie Agee was 3 for 4 with a run scored.  Right fielder Andy Kasko homered for the Dodgers in the second.  Two more runs in the fourth gave Los Angeles their ultimate 3-2 margin of victory.

  • Mets Record:  30-26 (.535)
  • N.L. East:  2nd; 9 GB