Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Brooklyn Cyclones Complete Very Necessary Sweep of Valley Cats

From the desk of:  THE SURF AVENUE SLUGGERS


Cyclones Sweep Valley Cats 3-0
I - BRK 2; TRI 1
II - BRK 5; TRI 3
III - BRK 5; TRI 0

Four Cyclones pitchers each do a little, and together accomplish a lot.  Nathan Jones makes the start in game three at MCU Park, allowing just two hits and two walks with two strikeouts through three scoreless innings.  Corey Gaconi takes care of the next three innings, yielding no runs on two hits with five strikeouts.  Hunter Parsons enters the game in the seventh and contributes two more scoreless innings of one-hit ball with a pair of strikeouts.  And finally Josh Hejka pitches a scoreless ninth completing the combined effort shutout.  Together the four man line reads no runs on five hits and just two walks with ten strikeouts.  Brooklyn scores single runs in the first, second, and fourth, and two more in the six for good measure.  Catcher Jose Mena is big man on campus going 3 for 4 with a double, home run, and three RBI.  Luke Ritter drives in his 25th run of the season, and designated hitter Gavin Garay drives in his eighth.


AND LIKE A GOOD NEIGHBOR ... STATEN ISLAND IS THERE
Yankees sweep Renegades 3-0
I - SIY 4; HVR 3
II - SIY 4; HVR 1
III - SIY 4; HVR 3

Richmond County has been a tremendous help of late, likewise completing a three game sweep over the first place Hudson Valley Renegades.  That ties the Yankees with Aberdeen at one game out of first place.  Brooklyn meanwhile is now within one-half game of first place, but hold a half-game lead in the wild card race over Aberdeen and Staten Island.  And the Batavia Muckdogs have suddenly arrived on the scene, one full game behind the Cyclones.


Five Cyclones Representing Brooklyn at New York-Penn League All-Star Game

From the desk of: THE CONEY ISLAND NINE

New York-Penn League
2 0 1 9
ALL STAR GAME

Five members of the Brooklyn Cyclones have been selected to participate in this season's New York-Penn League All-Star Game this coming Tuesday at Staten Island's Ballpark at St. George.
As of close of business Saturday 21-year old Wilmer Reyes was fifth in the New York-Penn League in batting with a .328 average, seventh with 57 hits, and tenth with .792 OPS.  The Cyclones infielder has eleven extra-base hits, 23 RBI, and ten stolen bases, through 46 games and 174 at-bats.

First baseman Joe Genord may presently be slashing .203/.277/.401, but he is fourth in the league with eight home runs and sixth in runs batted in.

Twenty-year old Garrison Bryant sports a 4-1 record with a league best 0.86 WHiP, and a league second best 2.59 ERA.  He's allowed just 38 hits and 13 walks with 55 strikeouts through nine starts (eleven appearances) and 59.0 innings pitched.

Starter Matt Cleveland is 3-3 with a 3.70 ERA and 1.20 WHiP through twelve starts and 58.1 innings pitched.  He's allowed just 45 hits but has yielded 25 base on balls.  Opposing hitters are batting just .211 against him.

Reliever Mitch Ragan is 1-2 with a 2.70 ERA and stellar 0.79 WHiP through eleven appearances, with just 19 hits allowed and two walks with 22 strikeouts through 26.2 innings pitched.


Home of the Staten Island Yankees
Site of the 2019 NYPL All-Star Game


OTD 8/20/1914: Brooklyn Tip Tops Tripped Up at Kansas City

From the desk of:  THE BROOKLYN BAKERS NINE

Packed Up And Shipped Out of Kansas City
Packers defeat Tip Tops 3-1-1
I - BTT 4; KCP 1
II - KCP 4; BTT 1
III - KCP 5; BTT 0
IV - KCP 8; BTT 4
V - KCP 1; BTT 1

The Tip Tops and Packers were forced into playing their second double-header in three days at Kansas City's Koppel Field due to Wednesday's postponement.

Following Monday's series opening victory the Tip Tops lose their third straight to the Packers.  Brooklyn takes an early 2-0 lead in the first but gives it right back in the bottom of the frame, then fall behind 5-2 after two.  Kansas City adds a run in the fifth and two more in the sixth for an 8-4 final margin of victory.  Brooklyn center fielder Al Shaw is 2 for 5 with a double, triple, and two RBI.  Left fielder George Anderson and replacement shortstop Al Halt each drive in a run.  Starter Jim Bluejacket does not make it out of the second.  He yields four earned runs on five hits in just 1.1 innings for his second loss of the season.  Byron Houck in relief of Bluejacket allows another four runs, two earned, on nine hits and one walk through 6.2 innings pitched.  Kansas City's Chief Johnson goes the distance yielding four runs, three earned, on twelve hits, with three strikeouts en route to his third victory.  Packers third baseman George Perring goes 3 for 4 with three runs batted in.

Brooklyn and Kansas City duel to a one all tie through eight innings when the game is called on account of darkness.  The Packers open the scoring on second baseman Duke Kenworthy's RBI in the third.  Brooklyn ties in the sixth when George Anderson triples then scores (unearned) in the sixth.  Tip Top starter Dan Marion allows the one run on five hits and no walks with four strikeouts.  Kansas City's Dwight Stone surrenders one run on four hits and no walks with five strikeouts.  The game officially goes down as a tie.  But the damage is done.  Brooklyn falls to 4-8-1 on this trip, and slips another 1.5 games in the standings.  They were within two games of first as recently as Monday but have since fallen four full games back of circuit leading Chicago.  The final leg of their odyssey next takes them through Indianapolis where they take on the second place Hoosiers in a crucial five game set.


Commemorative Plaque Now!



Amazin' Date 8/20/1969: Jim McAndrew Whitewashes San Francisco Giants at Shea

From the desk of:  HEAD-BUTTING MR. MET
AMAZIN'
THE MIRACLE METS
50th ANNIVERSARY

San Francisco Giants @ New York Mets
Shea Stadium

The Mets win their sixth in a row and record their second straight shutout over the San Francisco Giants.  Another packed house at Shea Stadium witness Jim McAndrew pitch his finest game of the season.  Making his 21st appearance, McAndrew allows just two hits and three walks with six strikeouts en route to a complete game shutout and his fifth victory of the season.  Giants starter Gaylord Perry fails to pitch out of the fifth.  Despite seven strikeouts, the Mets rough him up for six runs, five earned, on nine hits and a walk through 4.1 innings.  The Mets strike for six extra-base hits including a triple from Bud Harrelson and a fifth inning three run home run from Art Shamsky.  Bobby Pheil continues getting starts in place of the injured Ken Boswell.  He goes 3 for 4 with a double and two runs scored.  Art Shamsky is 2 for 4 with a double, his aforementioned tenth home run of the season, with four RBI.  The Mets improve to 13-7 in August.  The Mets gain a game in the standings as Atlanta defeats the Cubs.
  • Mets Record: 68-51
  • N.L. East: 2nd; 7 GB

Monday, August 19, 2019

Dissecting the Mets with Tim Healey of NEWSDAY on Another Metsian Podcast

From the desk of: HEAD-BUTTING MR. MET

WILL THE METS MAKE THE PLAYOFFS?
We Answer That ... Rich Plays Host

A METSIAN PODCAST
with SAM, RICH, and MIKE

SPECIAL GUEST

69:00 minutes



STUFF
Who are the 2019 Mets and Will They Make the Playoffs?
Second Half ~ Competition ~ Roster ~ Possibilities
Pete Alonso Breaks National League Rookie Home Run Record
Aaron Altherr ~ Billy Hamilton ~ Rajai Davis ~ DFA's
Amed in the Outfield ~ J.D. Davis/Jeff McNeil Injuries
Edwin Diaz ~ Jeurys Familia ~ Seth Lugo ~ Marcus Stroman
Ruben Tejada ~ Dilson Herrera ~ Danny Espinosa
What Miracles Are Made Of ~ A Box of Crayons
What do Cleon Jones; Noah Syndergaard; Ed Lynch;
Junior Ortiz; Nolan Ryan; All Have In Common?
Syracuse Mets ~ and much more with Newsday's Tim Healey.




L.I. Ducks Take Series from High Point Rockers

From the desk of: THE WEBBED SPIKES NINE

Duck defeat Rockers 2-1
I - HPR 6; LID 1
II - LID 4; HPR 2
III - LID 11; HPR 4

The much anticipated second-half showdown versus High Point goes to the Ducks.  After dropping Friday's opener at North Carolina, Long Island takes two straight from the Rockers and thus open a full one game Liberty Division lead.

On Sunday High Point leads 4-3 through five.  By the sixth however, the rout is on.  Long Island strikes for eight runs in the late innings en route to an 11-4 final margin of victory.  Lew Ford leads the hit parade with a 5 for 5 performance.  The Ducks stroke five extra base hits including home runs from Rey Fuentes and catcher Hector Sanchez.  Clint Freeman is 2 for 4 with three RBI.  All nine batters in the starting line-up record at least one hit, while seven players record multi-hit games as part of a 19 hit barrage.  Ducks starter Brandon Beachy earns his second victory since joining the fold despite yielding four earned runs on six hits and two walks through five innings with eight strikeouts.

The Flock return to the Pond where they open a four game series on Monday against the struggling Somerset Patriots whom are presently eight games below .500 and 5.5 games out of first.



Amazin' Date 8/19/1969: Tommie Agee Spoils Juan Marichal Gem in 14th Inning

From the desk of: HEAD-BUTTING MR. MET


AMAZIN'
THE MIRACLE METS
50th ANNIVERSARY

Game #118: Tuesday, August 19, 1969 - BR
San Francisco Giants @ New York Mets
Shea Stadium

New York City fans old and new pack Shea Stadium once again for game one of a mid-week series against the San Francisco Giants.  They do not leave disappointed, although they may have arrived home a little late.  That's because the Mets and Giants battle into the 14th inning Tuesday evening before a victor is decided.  Both Gary Gentry and Giants starter Juan Marichal work over time.  Gary Gentry allows no runs on just four hits with four walks and five strikeouts through ten innings pitched.  He does not factor in the decision.  However, his mound opponent does.  Juan Marichal whitewashes the Mets through the game's first 13 innings of play.  With one out in the bottom half of the 14th Marichal yields only his sixth hit, but it's a game ending home run off the bat of Tommie Agee.  Tug McGraw completes the shutout in relief of Gentry with four innings of one-hit ball to earn his sixth victory of the season.  Cleon Jones lifts his average back upwards of .350 with three hits in five at-bats, accounting for half of the Mets six hits.  Since getting swept at Houston the Mets are winners of five in a row.  This game ties for their second longest of the season.

The first place Chicago Cubs blank the Atlanta Braves and improve to 12-4 in August.

  • Mets Record: 68-51
  • N.L. East: 2nd; 8 GB

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

From the desk of:  HEAD-BUTTING MR. MET

NATIONAL LEAGUE
established 1876

The Polar Bear Hits Dinger Number Forty; Sets New National League Rookie Home Run Record.

... with eleven games still left to play in August!

Mets first baseman Pete Alonso hits his 40th home run of the season breaking the National League rookie record.  The milestone comes in his final at-bat of Sunday afternoon's 11-5 victory over the Kansas City Royals in which Alonso goes 3 for 4 with a double, the aforementioned home run, three runs scored, and two runs batted in.

Previous record holder Cody Bellinger in 2017 hit 39 home runs through 132 games and 480 at-bats. Pete Alonso first ties the N.L. record in just his 120th game of the season through 511 plate appearances and 435 official at-bats.  He then breaks the record in just 122 games, and 443 official at-bats.

With the National League record in hand, Alonso becomes one of only three rookies to ever achieve 40 home runs in a season (Mark McGwire, Aaron Judge).  Alonso is now one home run away from tying the Mets all-time mark of 41 home runs shared by Todd Hundley and Carlos Beltran.  After which come Aaron Judge.  The New York Yankees right fielder set the major league rookie record in the same season Bellinger set the National League mark with 52 home runs in 155 games with 678 plate appearances and 542 official at-bats.  Alonso needs 13 home runs in the next 38 games in order to surpass Judge.

  • APRIL: Pete Alonso hits his first MLB home run in just his fourth game played; finishes month with eight.
  • MAY: Hits ten home runs giving him 19 for the season.
  • JUNE: Pete breaks the club's 36-year old club rookie record of 26 home runs set in 1983 by Darryl Strawberry.  Alonso's record breaking dinger comes in only his 77th game and 279th at-bat of the season.  Whereas Darryl Strawberry in 1983 played in 122 games with 420 at-bats.
  • JULY: Pete Alonso breaks Darryl Strawberry's rookie record of 74 RBI.  Alonso's 30th home run ties him with Dave Kingman for most ever home runs before the All-Star break.  He then he goes on to win the All-Star Game home run derby.
  • AUGUST: Homers in four consecutive games (Aug. 5-9).  Six home runs through 17 games this month.  Season high six RBI vs. Atlanta Braves (Aug. 15).  He is presently slugging .604 with a .979 OPS and 95 RBI.  He also becomes the fourth ever Met to achieve 40 home runs.


I've said this before.  We're talking about a rookie, and therefore I'm most impressed with his adaptability and ability to roll with adjustments being made against him.

Oh, yeah  ...

With Sunday's series clinching win at Kansas City, the Mets remain two games out of a wild card.



Walk-Off at Coney Puts Cyclones Back In Control of Wild Card

From the desk of:  THE SURF AVENUE SLUGGERS

Cyclones lead Valley Cats 2-0
I - BRK 2; TRI 1
II - BRK 5; TRI 3

GAME THREE
Tri City Valley Cats
vs.
Brooklyn Cyclones
FROM
Steeplechase Grounds

When play resumes as of Saturday's postponement in the sixth inning on Sunday, the Valley Cats break a scoreless tie with a run on four hits off the Cyclones Jared Biddy pitching in place of Garrison Bryant.  In the bottom half of the frame Brooklyn loads the bases against Tri-City's Kyle Serrano whom then walks in two runs.  And that's a wrap on Saturday's conclusion.  Biddy earns the victory, and Matt Mullenbach earns his fifth save.

In Sunday's regularly scheduled game, albeit abbreviated, the teams dueled to a three all stalemate through seven innings requiring over time.  With Antoine Duplantis starting the bottom of the eighth at second base, Yoel Romero connects off Valley Cats reliever Miguel Figueroa on a game ending two run home run.  Nelson Leon earns the victory in relief of starter Michel Ortanez and Mitch Ragan.  Brooklyn also gets runs batted in from Duplantis and first baseman Gavin Garay.

WALK OFF!

Meanwhile the Staten Island Yankees spend the weekend taking two straight from the first place Hudson Valley Renegades while the Lake Monsters defeat Aberdeen on Sunday.  As a result Brooklyn claws back to within 1.5 games of the McNamara Division lead, and close the weekend once again in control of the wild card.  All four McNamara Division clubs are playing above the .500 mark.  The very viable Staten Island Yankees are only two games back of the Renegades and trail Brooklyn by one-half game in the wild card race.

Thirteen games remain in the Cyclones regular season.



Sunday, August 18, 2019

Long Island Ducks Forge First Place Tie With High Point Rockers

From the desk of:  THE WEBBED SPIKES NINE

LIBERTY DIVISION SHOWDOWN
Ducks @ Rockers tied 1-1
I - HPR 6; LID 1
II - LID 4; HPR 2

GAME THREE
Long Island Ducks (18-16)
vs.
High Point Rockers (19-17)
FROM
BB&T Point Ballpark

Were it not for High Point yielding an unearned run in game one, the Ducks get shut out.  Even then recently acquired Ducks starting pitcher Brian Matusz fails to put fourth a quality start, surrendering three earned runs on three hits (including a home run) and five walks with three strikeouts through four innings pitched.  Third baseman Deibenson Romero accounts for three of Long Island's six game hits during Friday's 6-1 loss to the Rockers.

On Saturday Joe Iorio toes the rubber and is opposed by High Point starter Dominic DeMasi.  Staked to a 2-0 lead, the Rockers hurler keeps Long Island off the board through five.  But the Ducks break through with a pair in the sixth on Clint Freeman's double, D'Arby Myers hit, and an RBI each from L.J. Mazzilli and Lew Ford.  Dominic DeMasi exits a tie game after yielding two runs on seven hits and no walks with five strikeouts through eight full innings pitched.  With two on and one out in the top of the ninth, a throwing error by High Point first basemen clears the way for two more Long Island runs and eventual 4-2 final margin of victory.  Paul Clemens pitching in relief of DeMasi is charged with the loss.  Long Island's bullpen trio of Cody Mincey, Pedro Beato, and Michael Tonkin, join together on 3.2 scoreless innings of one-hit ball with one walk and two strikeouts.  Beato wins his third game, and Tonkin earns his seventh save.

With the victory Long Island both evens their weekend series and forges a first place tie with their hosts, the High Point Rockers.  The Ducks also snap a personal four game losing streak against the Rockers.  In fact, it is only their fifth victory over High Point this season in fifteen meetings to date.  Yet, the winner of Sunday's rubber game claims sole possession of first place, even if only for a day.  These team meet a final time for the last three scheduled games of the regular season at Bethpage Ballpark. 

Need I say more ...



Brooklyn Cyclones: Saturday Night Fog Out at Coney Island

From the desk of:  THE SURF AVENUE SLUGGERS


MOTHER NATURE SAYS FOG YOU 
AND THE BEACH YOU CAME FROM

Tri-City Valley Cats
vs.
Brooklyn Cyclones
SUSPENDED GAME

Fog me?  Fog you ... 

The Cyclones and Valley Cats duel through five scoreless innings before Mother Nature chases home everyone attending Saturday's game at MCU Park.  Brooklyn's all-star game bound Garrison Bryant yields just two hits and no walks with six strikeouts.  He faces 17 batters, throwing 68 pitches with 49 (72%) going for strikes.  Troy starter Juan Pablo Lopez surrenders three hits and one walk with five strikeouts.  Second baseman Luke Ritter accounts for two of Brooklyn's three hits.

Mother Nature shortly thereafter makes her appearance at Dutchess County, where the Staten Island Yankees were within three outs of defeating the Renegades before being delayed.  However by 11:30pm the game had been declared official.  And so for a change the Cyclones actually get a helping hand from their Richmond County neighbors.  Bout damn time, too.

Thus the Cyclones enter Sunday's action 3.5 games back of the Renegades with an opportunity for affecting two positive outcomes.  A little more help from Staten Island wouldn't hurt either.


Aberdeen proves the biggest beneficiary of Saturday's weather.  In defeating the Vermont Lake Monsters - something Brooklyn could not do - the Ironbirds close to within 2.5 games of first, and now lead the wild card race by a half-game over West Virginia.  The Cyclones trail by one full game.



Saturday, August 17, 2019

OTD 8/17/1914: Tip Tops Ed Lafitte Outlasts Kansas City Packers

From the desk of:  THE BROOKLYN BAKERS NINE

GAME #100

GAME ONE
Brooklyn Tip Tops      3
Kansas City Packers  0
FINAL

TIP TOPS REACH 100 GAME MARK JUST TWO GAMES OUT OF FIRST PLACE.

Brooklyn rebounds from Saturday's loss at St. Louis with a much needed series opening victory over the Packers at Kansas City's Koppel Field on Monday.

Tip Top starter Ed Lafitte and the Packers Dan Adams duel to a one all tie through the game's first seven innings.  Kansas City jumps out to a 1-0 lead in the first, and Brooklyn ties the game in their very next at-bat.  Brooklyn finally breaks the stalemate with three runs against Dan Adams in the eighth.  Ed Lafitte continues through for the complete game victory.  He yields a mere run on three hits and four walks with six strikeouts en route to his eleventh win of the season against ten losses with a 2.82 ERA.  Lafitte is also hit by a Dan Adams pitch for good luck.  Otherwise Adams likewise pitches nine innings, but suffers his sixth loss upon surrendering four runs, three earned, on ten hits and two walks with four strikeouts.  Center fielder Al Shaw drives in a pair of runs for Brooklyn.  Left fielder George Anderson and third baseman Tex Wisterzil each drive in a run apiece.  Right fielder Steve Evans goes 2 for 3 with a walk, a run scored, and the Tip Tops only extra-base hit of the game.  Grover Land goes 2 for 2 after replacing Yip Owens behind the plate.

The Brooklyn Tip Tops improve to 54-46 (.540) at the 100-game mark of the season.  They are 29-14 since the start of July.  But dare I say they improve to 4-7 during this potentially season defining 19-game road trip.  The good news however is they again close to within two games of the first place Chicago Chi-Feds.


Brooklyn Cyclones Fading With Fifteen To Go

From the desk of:  THE SURF AVENUE SLUGGERS

HOME SWEET HOME

GAME ONE
Tri-City Valley Cats
vs.
Brooklyn Cyclones
FROM
Steeplechase Grounds

Father Time is no longer allied with the Cyclones, not after what transpired this past week at Vermont.  When Brooklyn first visited Burlington back in July they were jockeying with Hudson Valley and Aberdeen for first place of the McNamara Division, but also held a firm grip on the wild card.  During that series the Cyclones limit Vermont to just one run per game en route to a three game sweep.  This time around Brooklyn is swept, as the Lake Monsters outscore the Cyclones by an overall 29-12 margin.  In turn the Brooks fall 3.5 games back of first place Hudson Valley in the McNamara Division standings, and one game behind West Virginia for the wild card.  After posting a 16-13 record in July, the Cyclones have so far gone 7-8 in August.  They're now losers of four straight, and with fifteen games remaining in the regular season appear to be fading fast.

Maybe a long quiet ride home through the night, a six hour bus trip with which to contemplate their near future is just what they needed - a team and their collective thoughts traversing three hundred miles of empty road.  My guess is the Cyclones arrived home in the neighborhood of six this morning.  But there's no rest for the weary as time is running short.  They open a three game series against the Tri-City Valley Cats Saturday afternoon Coney Island.

Let's go Cyclones!


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

From the desk of: HEAD-BUTTING MR. MET

Pete Alonso w/ Binghamton ~ 2017 Road Trips

The greatest season known to mankind ever turned in by a Polar Bear this side of the arctic circle continues ...

  • APRIL: Pete Alonso hits his first MLB home run in just his fourth game played; finishes month with eight.
  • MAY: Hits ten more home runs giving him 18 for the season.
  • JUNE: Pete breaks the clubs's 36-year old club rookie record of 26 home runs set in 1983 by Darryl Strawberry.  Alonso's record breaking dinger comes in only his 77th game and 279th at-bat of the season.  Whereas Darryl Strawberry in 1983 played in 122 games with 420 at-bats.
  • JULY: Pete Alonso also breaks Darryl Strawberry's rookie record of 74 RBI.  Alonso's 30th home run then ties him with Dave Kingman for most ever home runs before the All-Star break.  He then he goes on to win the All-Star Game home run derby.

This past Thursday Pete Alonso tied L.A. Dodger Cody Bellinger's National League rookie record of 39 home runs set just two years ago.  Bellinger played 132 games during his milestone season tallying 548 plate appearances and 480 official at-bats.  Alonso ties the record in just his 120th game of the season through 511 plate appearances and 435 official at-bats to date.

New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge set the major league rookie record with 52 home runs in the same season Bellinger set the National League mark.  In 2017 Judge played 155 games in 2017 with 678 plate appearances and 542 official at-bats.  To date Alonso is slashing .264/.369/.595/.965, with 39 home runs and 91 RBI through 120 games and 512 plate appearances and 435 at-bats.

In the meantime, Alonso is just two home runs shy of tying the Mets all-time mark of 41 home runs shared by Carlos Beltran and Todd Hundley ... the same exact number of games remaining in the Mets regular season.


Amazin' Date 8/17/1969: Mets Sweep Consecutive Twin Bills From Padres

From the desk of: HEAD-BUTTING MR. MET
AMAZIN'
THE MIRACLE METS
50th ANNIVERSARY

San Diego Padres @ New York Mets
Double-Header
Shea Stadium

San Diego takes a 2-0 lead after four and a half on runs batted in from center fielder Ivan Murrell and second baseman Jose Arcia.  In the bottom half of the fifth Duffy Dyer connects off Padres starter Joe Niekro with two men on, and just like that the Mets give Jerry Koosman a 3-2 lead.  Koosman goes the distance allowing two earned runs on five hits and two walks with five strikeouts en route to his tenth victory of the season against eight losses with a stellar 2.23 ERA.

How do you put a 4-7 road trip in the rear view mirror?  Answer: win four games in the span of two days at home.  The Mets do just that with back-to-back double-header sweeps this weekend against the expansion Padres.

Mets starter Don Cardwell and San Diego's Clay Kirby duel through six scoreless innings.  Ed Kranepool opens the bottom of the seventh with a single to right, and is replaced with pinch-runner Al Weis.  After Jerry Grote draws a base on balls, Bud Harrelson clears the bases with a triple to right/center.  Still with no outs J.C. Martin lofts a sac-fly to center scoring Harrelson.  Cardwell exits on the winning side of a three run game, having allowed no runs on eight hits and three walks with three strikeouts through seven full.  However San Diego strikes for a pair in the eighth off Cal Koonce whom faces three batters and fails to record an out.  Manager Hodges summons Ron Taylor to put out the fire.  Taylor obliges with two scoreless innings of one-hit ball for his 12th save.  Cardwell earns his fifth victory.  The Mets gain one game on the first place Cubs.

  • Mets Record:
  • N.L. East: 2nd; 8 GB


Friday, August 16, 2019

Amazin' Date 8/16/1969: Mets Sweep Twin Bill Against San Diego at Shea Stadium

From the desk of: HEAD-BUTTING MR. MET
AMAZIN'
THE MIRACLE METS
50th ANNIVERSARY

San Diego Padres @ New York Mets
Double-Header
Shea Stadium

The Mets return home from a disappointing 4-7 road trip.  They now open a ten game home stand beginning with this weekend's duel twin-bills against the San Diego Padres.

Back atop the mound at Shea Stadium Tom Seaver hurls eight scoreless innings allowing San Diego just four hits and two walks with four strikeouts through eight innings pitched.  Ron Taylor pitches a scoreless ninth to seal Saturday's opening game shutout victory along with earning his eleventh save of the season.  Tom Seaver helps his own cause in the fifth with a successful sacrifice bunt which advances Bud Harrelon into scoring position.  Tommie Agee then delivers home Harrelson with the only run Seaver would need.  Bobby Pheil drives in an insurance run in the seventh.  Making the start at third base Bobby Pheil goes 3 for 4, and Bud Harrelson goes 2 for 3 with a run scored.  Together the two account for five of the Mets nine hits.  Tom Seaver wins his 17th decision of the season against seven losses with a 2.55 ERA.

San Diego takes an early one run lead on Larry Stahl's home run in the second inning.  However the Padres would muster nothing more against starter Jim McAndrew and Tug McGraw.  The Mets tie the game at one when Cleon Jones connects off Padres starter Dick Kelley in the fourth.  Jerry Grote provides insurance in the seventh with an RBI hit scoring Ron Swoboda.  Jim McAndrew allows one run on just three hits and two walks with seven strikeouts through seven innings for his fourth victory.  Tug McGraw picks up his eighth save with two scoreless innings in relief of McAndrew.

The Mets are back in second place.  However despite sweeping Saturday's double-header they gain but one game on the Cubs whom with Saturday's victory over San Francisco have now won 11 of their last 14 games.

  • Mets Record: 64-51
  • N.L. East: 2nd; 9 GB

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Looking Ahead Featuring John Strubel of Mets Rewind on Another Metsian Podcast

From the desk of: HEAD-BUTTING MR. MET

METSVILLE IS BUZZING LIKE a BEEHIVE

A METSIAN PODCAST
wit SAM, RICH, and MIKE

WITH SPECIAL GUEST

seventy-five minutes



STUFF
Nationals Series ~ Braves Preview
Joe Panik ~ Brad Brach
Luis Avilan ~ Justin Wilson ~ Jeirys Familia
Matt Harvey ~ Eddie Murray ~ Ron Hunt
and so so much more!



OTD 8/14/1914: Brooklyn Tip Tops Take Bite Out of St. Louis Terriers

From the desk of:  THE BROOKLYN BAKERS NINE

Bradley's Bread Men Close To Within Two Games of First Place

FRIDAY
Brooklyn Tip Tops   5
St. Louis Terriers     3
FINAL

Friday's victory over the Terriers give the Tip Tops a 2-1 series lead in their four game set at St. Louis.  It's their second straight defeat of the Terriers after losing Wednesday's opener at Handlan's Park.


Making his third career start Brooklyn's Jim Bluejacket is opposed by former Cincinnati Red right-hander Dave Davenport.  The Tip Tops strike with haste in taking a 2-0 first inning lead.  But the Terriers quickly tie with two runs in the second.  They remain stalemated at two through the seventh.  St. Louis finally breaks through with a run off Bluejacket in the eighth.  Undeterred Brooklyn answers with three runs in the top of the ninth.  With one out in the bottom half of the frame Tip Tops manager Bill Bradley summons from the bullpen starting pitcher (20-game winner last year with the Phillies) Tom Seaton whom closes out the Terriers for only his second save of the season.  Jim Bluejacket limits St. Louis to three runs on seven hits and just one walk with two strikeouts through 8.1 innings for his second career victory.  Terriers starter Dave Davenport yields five runs on seven hits and eight walks with seven strikeouts through 8.2 innings en route to his seventh loss of the season.  St. Louis player/manager and National League great Mordecai Brown records one out in the ninth in relief of Davenport.  Tip Tops center fielder Al Shaw (.344) goes 1 for 3 with a double, two walks, a run scored, and two RBI.  Catcher Grover Land goes 2 for 4 with one RBI, and second baseman Solly Hofman drives in his 42nd run of the season.

With Friday afternoon's victory the Tip Tops improve to 53-45 (.541) and forge a third place tie with the Indianapolis Hoosiers, just two games back of Joe Tinker's first place Chicago Chi-Feds.  The Baltimore Terrapins are second 1.5 games back.


Commemorative Plaque Now!



Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Cyclones Take Second Straight From Yankees

From the desks of:  
THE SURF AVENUE SLUGGERS  &  THE RICHMOND COUNTY RATS
BATTLE OF THE BOROUGHS
Brooklyn Leads Series 2-0
I - BRK 11; SIY 4
II - BRK 4; SIY 1

TUESDAY
Brooklyn Cyclones
vs.
Staten Island Yankees

Michael Gibbons - no stranger to Brooklyn - returns to Coney Island and no-hits the Staten Island  Yankees ... for the first few innings, that is.  He faces eleven batters, throwing 43 pitches with 26 (60%) going for strikes.  Gibbons yields no hits, no runs, and two walks with two strikeouts in three innings pitched but does not factor in the decision.  Usual starter Garrison Bryant enters this game in the fourth.  He surrenders Staten Island's lone run of the game on three hits and no walks with five 
strikeouts in earning his fourth victory of the season against just one loss with a 2.59 ERA.  Nelson Leon closes out the ninth to earn his fourth save of the season.  

Antoine Duplantis is 2 for 4 with a triple, a run scored, and an RBI.  Jose Peroza is 1 for 4 with a two run home run in the eighth, and Wilmer Reyes is 3 for 4 with a run scored and one run batted in.  

Brooklyn's victory coupled with Hudson Valley's loss against Lowell places them just 1.5 games back of the division lead with 19 games left to play.


Amazin' Date 8/13/1969: Houston Completes Third Straight Sweep of Mets

From the desk of: HEAD-BUTTING MR. MET
AMAZIN'
THE MIRACLE METS
50th ANNIVERSARY

Game #113: Wednesday, August 13, 1969 - BR
New York Mets @ Houston Astros
Astrodome

Thank goodness that's over with!  The Mets had no chance, or so it appeared.

Houston jumps out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning and never looks back.  In fact, starter Gary Gentry never makes it to the second inning.  The Astros not only sweep these last three games from the Mets, it's their third straight series sweep of the Mets this season.  Said another way, the Mets have now lost nine in a row against Houston and close out the season series against their expansion brothers with a 2-10 record.  For what it's worth the Astros now trail the first place Cincinnati Reds by 2.5 games in the N.L. West division standings.  Not so for the Mets whose lopsided 8-2 loss drops them out of second place for the first time since June 2 when they were straddling .500 with a 23-23 record.  The loss also widens New York's N.L. East deficit to a season high ten games behind the first place Cubs.  St. Louis slips into second place nine games out.

The Mets get a run on Bobby Pheil's two out hit in the second.  Their second and final run comes off the bat of Tommie Agee who connects against Astros starter Larry Dierker on his 20th home run of the season in the fifth.  Otherwise Dierker goes the distance yielding just two runs on five hits and two walks with seven strikeouts en route to his 14th victory of the season with a 2.57 ERA.  Gary Gentry takes the loss for his one inning of work.  Cal Koonce and Jack DiLauro join in allowing another five runs on five hits and two walks with two strikeouts through five innings.  At least Don Cardwell closes out the game with two scoreless innings.

Now for the long trip back home after a disheartening 4-7 road trip.

Less than fifty games remain in the Mets season.

  • Mets Record: 62-51
  • N.L. East: 3rd; 10 GB


Monday, August 12, 2019

Brooklyn Cyclones Steamroll Staten Island Yankees

From the desks of:  
THE SURF AVENUE SLUGGERS  and  THE HYLAN BOULEVARD RATS

BATTLE of the BOROUGHS
GAME ONE
Brooklyn Cyclones      11
Staten Island Yankees  4
FINAL

Brooklyn wallops the Yankees at the Ballpark at St. George to square up their season series with Staten Island at three.

The surging Yankees waste no time putting Brooklyn at a disadvantage.  With two on and two outs in the bottom half of the first inning Staten Island third baseman Mitchell Robinson doubles to left field plating both runners.  First baseman Nelson B Alvarez then grounds to second baseman Luke Ritter who mishandles the opportunity permitting Robinson to score for a 3-0 Yankees lead.  In the third inning designated hitter Jacob Sanford strokes a one out double to right, then advances to third on a wild pitch.  Isaiah Pasteur's sac-fly to center scores Sanford putting Staten Island ahead by four.

Brooklyn starter Matt Cleveland lasts 4.2 innings, allowing four runs, three earned, on four hits and two walks.  Andrew Edwards enters the game in relief of Cleveland.

The Cyclones finally break through for a run in the sixth.  Antoine Duplantis leads off with a single then scores on Jose Peroza's double to right.  Brooklyn explodes for another six runs in the seventh highlighted by a Luke Ritter RBI double, a two RBI double from Jose Peroza, and a three run home run from Joe Genord.  The sudden onslaught continues in the eighth.  Jose Peroza works out a bases loaded walk against Yankees reliever Wellington Diaz.  Joe Genord then clears the bases with a double to left.

Jose Peroza and Joe Genord account for ten of the Cyclones eleven runs batted in.

Andrew Edwards departs after 2.1 innings of scoreless no-hit baseball with two walks and three strikeouts.  Manager Alonzo hands off to Jared Biddy in the eighth whom obliges with another two scoreless innings of one hit ball with two strikeouts.  Edwards is awarded his second victory of the season to go along with a 2.42 ERA.

Yankees starter Anderson Munoz yields no runs on four hits and two walks through 3.2 innings but does not factor in the decision.  The bullpen however yields all eleven runs on nine hits and five walks with five strikeouts through 5.1 innings pitched.  Marcus Evey is tagged with a blown save and the loss.

With Sunday's victory the Cyclones improve to 31-23 (.574) with only twenty games remaining in their regular season.  However Hudson Valley sweeps a double-header from the Lowell Spinners.  Therefore despite Sunday's victory the Cyclones close the weekend 2.5 games back of first place.

McNamara Division Standings through 8/11/2019:
  • Hudson Valley   34-21; *
  • Brooklyn            31-23; 2.0 GB
  • Aberdeen           30-26; 4.5 GB
  • Staten Island     29-26; 5.0 GB

Brooklyn leads the wild card race by two games over the West Virginia Black Bears and Aberdeen Ironbirds whom Sunday handily defeat the Lake Monsters in an 11-0 whitewashing at Vermont.  Staten Island trails the wild card standings by 2.5 games.


Amazin' Date 8/12/1969: Astros Continue Domination Over Mets

From the desk of: HEAD-BUTTING MR. MET
AMAZIN'
THE MIRACLE METS
50th ANNIVERSARY

Game #112: Tuesday, August 12, 1969 - BR
New York Mets @ Houston Astros
Astrodome

Different day, same result; make that eight straight losses against the Astros.  The Mets amass eleven hits; Tommy Agee is 2 for 4 with four RBI; Ed Kranepool is 2 for 4 with a home run and three RBI.  But it's not enough as Jerry Koosman gets roughed up for seven runs, six earned, on eight hits and two walks with four strikeouts through 6.1 innings pitched.  Houston first baseman Curt Blefary connects on a three run home run off Koosman in the sixth whom suffers his eighth loss of the season.  Adding insult to injury, second baseman Joe Morgan triples off Koosman in the seventh then steals home.  Dan Gladding earns his second consecutive save and his 25th of the season.  Starter Don Wilson earns his 15th win of the season against seven losses.

The Mets fall nine games back of first as the Cubs whitewash the Padres at San Diego.  It ties their largest deficit of the season.

  • Mets Record: 62-50
  • N.L. East: 2nd; 9 GB

Long Island Ducks: Monday Swim 8/12/2019

From the desk of:  THE WEBBED SPIKES NINE

A Second Half Slog

The first half Liberty Division champs enter their day off with a 14-15 second-half record through 29 games with 41 games remaining to play.  In the meantime the Ducks are presently caught circling in a holding pattern of inconsistency since the onset of August thus making them 5-6 for the month.  But they might be looking to keep that trend going for at least one more game considering Sunday's loss against Lancaster as they open a three game series against the York Revolution Tuesday evening at Bethpage Ballpark.  For their part York has planted their flag atop the Freedom Division with a 20-10 second half record, and a 1.5 game lead over Sugar Land.

After facing York the Ducks travel to North Carolina where there awaits a three game showdown against the second-half leading High Point Rockers whom in the first half demonstrate just how competitive down the stretch they will ultimately be.  Meanwhile Somerset continues struggling with an 11-19 record, six games out of first place.

Where are the Ducks without starters Joe Iorio and Darin Downs?  Iorio is 5-2 with a 2.87 ERA and 1.14 WHiP through 94 innings pitched over 24 appearances and 14 much needed starts.  Downs meanwhile is 3-3 with a 2.72 ERA and 1.11 WHiP with 98 strikeouts through 15 starts and 79.1 innings pitched.  Recent arrival Brian Matusz has so far posted a 2.70 ERA and 0.90 WHiP through his first two starts and ten innings pitched for Long Island.  Jake Fisher on the other hand is struggling along with a 4-6 record and 4.99 ERA and 1.45 WHiP through 13 starts and 70.1 innings pitched.  Long Island's 4.01 team ERA ranks fifth in the Atlantic League.  Their 1.32 team WHiP is third best.  The High Point Rockers lead the circuit in both team ERA and WHiP.

In the absence of Enrique Burgos, Josh Lueke, and George Kontos, reliever Michael Tonkin owns an 0.36 ERA with six saves through 24.2 innings.

On the other side of the ball the Ducks rate bottom third in many of the league's offensive categories.  David Washington still leads the team with 19 home runs and 49 RBI.  L.J. Mazzilli also remains their top hitter with a .283 average.

  • Transactions:  Ducks sign free agent right-hand pitcher Ismael Cabrera.  He fills the void left behind by the retirement of Kevin McAvoy.  It comes a week after the free agent signings of right-hander Brandon Beachy and southpaw Brandon Sherman.


Sunday, August 11, 2019

N.Y. Mets: The Bullpen Strikes Back

From the desk of:  HEAD-BUTTING MR. MET

The Bullpen's Back and You're Gonna Be In Trouble

It's no coincidence that since the return of relievers Luis Avilan and Justin Wilson, it's not just Seth Lugo whom appears back in top form.  The bullpen and pitching staff as a whole are excelling and the Mets are surging as a result.

Avilan was sporting a 9.28 ERA when on May 3 he succumbed to injury.  He misses the rest of May and all of June.  Justin Wilson's ERA stood at 4.82 when on May 6 he too is felled by injury.  Like Avilan, Justin Wilson misses the rest of May and all of June.  By the time both relievers go missing the Mets own a 16-19 record.  Without them the Mets go on to win 12 of their remaining 22 games in May, but lose 18 of 28 games in June dropping their record to 26-37 for the season.

On May 7, Seth Lugo owns a 3.13 ERA.  In the absence of Avilan and Wilson his ERA balloons to a 3.60 mark.  In June Lugo yields seven earned runs on 15 hits with a 4.84 ERA and three blown saves over ten appearances and 13 innings pitched.

Justin Wilson returns on July 2 and has since lowered his ERA to a 2.86 mark.  Luis Avilan returns on July 5 and has since lowered his ERA to a 5.12 mark.  In turn Seth Lugo has lowered his ERA from 3.51 at the start of July down to 2.73 by month's end.  As of Sunday he owns a 2.65 ERA through 45 appearances.

Since July 3 even Jeurys Familia has lowered his ERA by more than a full point.

The bullpen owns a 3.20 ERA since the all-star break, and the pitching staff as a whole owns a 2.70 ERA while in the midst of this Amazin' 15-1 run.


Brooklyn Cyclones Still Chasing The Leader

From the desk of:  THE SURF AVENUE SLUGGERS

Cyclones defeat Connecticut 2-1
I - BKN 3; CON 2
II - BKN 12; CON 1
III - CON 5; BKN 2

Brooklyn Cyclones
vs.
Staten Island Yankees
FROM
Ballpark at St. George

The Cyclones win their series against the Connecticut Tigers but lose a game in the standings after Saturday's 5-2 loss at Coney Island.  Despite center fielder Kennie Taylor's first inning home run, the best Brooklyn can manage is a two all tie through four.  Catcher Jose Mena singles in Brooklyn's second run in the fourth.  Cyclones starter Frank Valentino surrenders a home run in the fourth.  But the game gets away from him in the sixth.  Valentino winds up allowing four earned runs on six hits and one walk with four strikeouts.  He record falls to 1-3 with a 3.96 ERA.  Dan Goggin allows a run on two hits and a walk through 2.1 innings in relief of Valentino.  Matt Mullenbach pitches a scoreless ninth but the Cyclones comeback would not come.  Brooklyn is just 5-5 over their last ten games and just 8-7 over their last 15 games with just 21 games left in the regular season.

Meanwhile the Hudson Valley Renegades have spent the last three days trouncing the Tri-City Valley Cats.  The Renegades are winners of four in a row and own a two game lead over Brooklyn.  Despite losing their series finale against Aberdeen, Staten Island wins that series and moves into third place ahead of the Ironbirds just 3.5 games back of Hudson Valley.

Staten Island and Brooklyn resume the Battle of the Boroughs Sunday at the Ballpark at St. George.  They flip venues on Monday, and conclude the series back at Staten Island on Tuesday.  The Yankees have hit the most home runs in the New York Penn League this season.  They own the second highest OPS and scored the third most runs.  Brooklyn is eighth in home runs, tenth in team OPS, and seventh in runs scored.  However Brooklyn is second (2.96) in overall team ERA.


Amazin' Date 8/11/1969: Astros Defeat the Mets, Again

From the desk of:  HEAD-BUTTING MR. MET
AMAZIN'
THE MIRACLE METS
50th ANNIVERSARY

Game #111: Monday, August 11, 1969 - BR
New York Mets @ Houston Astros
Astrodome

Look what the Houston Astros did to the Mets, again!  Monday's series opening defeat at the Astrodome makes it seven straight losses for the Mets against their expansion brothers.  This time Houston starter Tom Griffin gets the best of the visiting New Yorkers, limiting them to just four hits and four walks with nine strikeouts through eight innings for the victory.  Fred Gladding pitches a scoreless ninth en route to completing the shutout and picking his 24th save of the season.  Ed Kranepool accounts for two of the Mets five hits.  Jim McAndrew yields three earned runs on seven hits and three walks with five strikeouts through six innings pitched for the loss.

  • Mets Record: 62-49
  • N.L. East: 2nd; 8 GB

N.Y. Mets: Season Suddenly Becoming a Serious Matter of Contention

From the desk of: HEAD-BUTTING MR. MET

Mets Lead Nationals 2-0
I - NYM 7; WAS 6
II - NYM 4; WAS 3
III - SUNDAY

GAME THREE
Washington Nationals
vs.
New York Mets
FROM
41 Seaver Way at Roosevelt Avenue
Flushing, Queens


That's one wild step for the Mets, and one giant leap for Metskind.

We pick up this story on July 12 as the Mets return from the all-star break with a loss against the  dreadful Miami Marlins.  They drop to 40-51 for the season (eleven games under .500) and a distant 14.5 games out of first place.  After which they go on to win 12 of their next 16 games, and finish out July with a 14-8 record.


The Mets pick up in August where they leave off in July by winning their seventh game in a row.  However on Aug 2 that streak is snapped by the Pirates at Pittsburgh.  One sunrise later they embark on yet another extended win streak bringing us into this weekend's showdown against the second place Nationals at Citi Field.  I listened to Friday's game on radio and Howie Rose says that night was the most raucous Citi Field has ever been since its opening (...or at least since the 2015 playoffs).  And that due to the configuration of Citi Field versus Shea Stadium the roar of the crowd smacks him from different angles and directions.

Prior to this weekend's series against the Nationals, the Mets were busy posting a 19-6 (.760) record; the best second-half mark in all of baseball.  There were two legitimate wins over the Minnesota Twins, which they follow up disappointingly by losing three of four against the San Francisco Giants.  Otherwise the Mets compile 16 of 19 said victories against second division teams: Marlins, Padres, White Sox, and Pirates.  While on the one hand you can only play teams on your schedule, on the other hand the four aforementioned teams combine for a .429 winning percentage.  Moreover twelve of those victories are against bottom feeders of their respective divisions, with six against the Marlins, and another six against the Pirates.  And so the real test lay ahead with these upcoming games against the Nationals, followed by a pair of series against the Braves, et al.

The question which begs to be asked:  Are the Mets a paper tiger?

To that end they say actions speak louder than words ...


PANDEMONIUM AND MAYHEM APPEARING NIGHTLY


FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS: Michael Conforto Drives in First Ever Game Winning RBI.

With the Mets trailing 0-3 after three and a half innings, Jeff McNeil works out a base on balls leading off the bottom of the fourth.  Two outs later Pete Alonso launches a home run (38!) to deep left off Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg.  Next in JD Davis makes it back-to-back home runs and a tie game at three.  Mickey Callaway sends starter Marcus Stroman out for the seventh, whom walks lead-off batter Trea Turner.  Callaway then summons Justin Wilson from the pen.  After fanning Adam Eaton Wilson surrenders a two run home run to third baseman Anthony Rendon.  Washington tacks on an insurance run in the top of the ninth when Trea Turner scores from third base on a Luis Avilan wild pitch.  Washington dispatches reliever Sean Doolittle to the mound for the ninth.  JD Davis greets Doolittle with a double to left, and Wilson Ramos follows with a single up the middle.  Todd Frazier then hooks a home run just inside the left field foul tying the game at six.  Nationals manager Dave Martinez sticks with Doolittle and the Mets continue inflicting damage.  Newest arrival Joe Panik joins the fray singling to center.  I guess you can say Juan Lagares blows the sacrifice by essentially bunting himself into a fielder's choice as Panik is erased at second.  After Jeff McNeil flies harmlessly to right, Amed Rosario singles.  In steps Michael Conforto who strikes a line drive over right fielder Adam Eaton's head one hop off the wall.  Juan Lagares scores from second base and the Mets win.  It's their seventh straight victory.


SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER: You Can't Stop JD Davis, You Can Only Hope To Contain Him.

Noah Syndergaard toes the rubber in game two and is opposed by Patrick Corbin.  Washington promptly jumps out to a 2-0 first inning lead on Juan Soto's two run home run.  The Mets finally strike back in the fourth with back-to-back home runs from Wilson Ramos and JD Davis.  Patrick Corbin lasts six innings while Syndergaard goes seven.  Each walk off to a no decision.  Noah is charged with two earned runs on seven hits and two walks with five strikeouts.  He winds up throwing 97 pitches with 66 going for strikes.  Enter Seth Lugo.  With two outs in the top of the eighth Lugo surrenders Juan Soto's second home run of the game.  Up by a run manager Martinez calls upon the well traveled 42-year old Fernando Rodney to handle the bottom half of the frame.  Pinch-hitting, Luis Guilllorme leads off with a game tying home run to left - it's hit first ever career home run.  Next in Joe Panik reaches safely on an E-6, then advances on Jeff McNeil's hit to center.  Amed Rosario advances the runners up one base.  With two runners in scoring position the Nationals elect to intentionally walk Pete Alonso.  JD Davis then lifts a sac-fly to left scoring Panik from third for a 4-3 Mets lead.  Mickey Callaway sticks with Seth Lugo who does not disappoint, retiring Asdrubal Cabrera on a fly to right, then fanning the final two batters of the game.  Lugo is credited with his fifth victory of the season against two losses with a 2.65 ERA.  It's the Mets season high eighth straight victory, making them 15-1 (.937) in their last 16 games.


AMAZIN: When you pick up Sunday's papers the top four wild card contenders will read Nationals, Brewers, Cardinals, and Flushing's own New York Mets.

August 10, 2019, the Mets close business with an overall 61-56 record drawing them to within one-half game of a wild card with 45 games remaining in the regular season.  By no means are they lucky.
Make no mistake about that.  They've legitimately placed themselves into this position of contention, and these last two games in particular suddenly transform the rest of the season into a very serious matter.

Mets fans dating back to 1969 and 1973 understand full well about miracles and what the will to believe can achieve.  Although the 1986 Mets dominated the regular season, even they required a few miracles along the way.  And of course who can forget the run of 2015, one of the more endearing seasons in Mets history.  If these 2019 Mets continue playing meaningful games in August they'll no doubt engage meaningful games in September.

Can they continue winning games with a 93% or a even a 76% rate of success?

Uh, no ..

Is it within their abilities down the stretch to win at least 64% of their games?

Not out of the question ...

The Mets have the advantage of 28 more home games and just 18 remaining on the road.  They are 27-36 (.429) on the road and 33-20 (.630) at home - a stark difference to say the least.  However, since July 2 the Mets are 10-5 (.667) on the road.

This is now a matter of seizing the moment.



Saturday, August 10, 2019

Amazin' Date 8/10/1969: Three Mets Pitchers Join to Whitewash Braves

From the desk of: HEAD-BUTTING MR. MET
AMAZIN'
THE MIRACLE METS
50th ANNIVERSARY

Game #110: Sunday, August 10, 1969
New York Mets @ Atlanta Braves
Atlanta Stadium

New York takes game four by a 3-0 margin over the Braves and clinch the series victory at Atlanta Stadium.  Three Mets pitchers join forces in whitewashing the Braves.  Nolan Ryan makes an abbreviated start allowing no runs and no hits with just one walk through 2.1 innings pitched.  Don Cardwell then pitches the bulk of the game yielding just four hits through four innings.  He earns his fourth win of the season with a 3.75 ERA.  Tug McGraw follows throwing one hit ball through the final 2.2 innings to earn his seventh save of the season.  Tommie Agee gives the Mets a 1-0 lead in the fourth when he connects off Braves starter Jim Britton on his 19th home run of the season.  The Mets score twice more in the top of the ninth on RBI singles from Cleon Jones and Wayne Garrett.  In related action, the Cubs lose to the Dodgers at Los Angeles and thus the Mets gain a full game on the N.L. East leaders.

  • Mets Record: 62-48 (.563)
  • N.L. East: 2nd; 7.5 GB