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Piazza’s Latest Hall of Fame Snub is Ridiculous

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That’s right, we’re the number one team in Long Island, and we’ll stay that way until someone discovers the Long Island Tigers.

When it comes to being a New York Mets fan, there really isn’t too much to be proud of.  Since becoming a franchise in 62′, the Mets have only won 2 World Series, one of which the Boston Red Sox let roll through their legs.  With the lack of accomplishments, Mets fans cherish every moment of greatness they have more than most people normally would.  I mean Mets fans still talk about making the 2000 World Series, in which they lost, more than Yankees fans talk about it and they won.  Whenever the Mets have a player that is of the Hall of Fame caliber, they become an idol to every one of their fans.  Mike Piazza is arguably the greatest Mets player of all time as well as the greatest hitting catcher in MLB history.  Piazza’s latest snub from the Hall of Fame is a travesty that has every Mets fan in the world up in arms.

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The numbers speak for themselves. Seriously, they speak for themselves – problem is no one is listening.

Let’s start with Piazza’s career stats.  Mike was the 1,390th pick of the 1988 MLB draft and was originally a First Baseman.  His first coach, Tommy Lasorda, told him to learn to play catcher if he planned on ever making it in the Big Leagues.  It was a good choice as Mike went on to hit more Home Runs than any other catcher in the history of the game.  On top of his HR’s, Piazza won the 1993 Rookie of the Year award and went on a 10 season run from his rookie year to 2002 where he was named to the All-Star team and won the Silver Slugger all 10 years.  That alone should have been enough to put him in the HOF.  He did make it to another 2 All-Star games giving him a total of 12 and he was named the MVP of it in 1996.  Mike had a career batting average of .308, 427 Home Runs and 1,335 RBI’s.  How the hell has he been overlooked for two straight years now.

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This year’s choices. The best of the best of the rest pass the test but we detest the jest of Mike who was messed. With. Again.

In his first HOF eligible year, Piazza only received 57.8% of the votes and that number was raised this year when he got 62.2%.  Unfortunately, you need 75% of the votes to make it into the Hall of Fame.  Even though everyone and their mothers know that this overlook is bullshit, Piazza still played the roll of the bigger man when he gave props to the 3 people who did make it this year.  After the announcement he tweeted, “Big Congrats to Mad Dog, Tommy and Big Hurt! Well deserved Guys!”  He was referring to Greg Maddox, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas, all deserving might I add.  Classy move from Mike but I’m sure he would have liked to tweet some other things to the voters who have their heads up their asses.

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Catcher in Deny

In a statement released by the Mets, COO Jeff Wilpon called Piazza “a true Hall of Famer…We proudly display his plaque in the Mets Hall of Fame, and we’re hopeful that he’ll soon have one hanging in Cooperstown.”  All Mets fans agree Wilpon!

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Hall of Shame.

There is some speculation that the reason Piazza had so many people not vote for him was because of his supposed use of PED’s.  This is what really pisses me off.  Piazza has never tested positive for any illegal drug use and the fact that he has been accused because of the era he played in is complete horse shit.  If that is in fact the case, shouldn’t Frank Thomas be given that exact same treatment?  In Piazza’s book he even goes on to say that he never used any PED’s, so what are we basing these suspicions on?

Whatever the case may be, the 571 voters better get their shit together next year because the Hall of Fame will lose all credibility by letting obvious inductees like Piazza slip through the cracks.


Silver Lining For New York Sports Fans

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and in front of every silver lining is a dark cloud…

As a huge New York Jets, Mets and Knicks fan, Monday was a very trying day for me.  Even though everything that could go wrong went wrong , I have taken more of an optimistic view over my three teams.  Yesterday, the New York Jets proved the world correct by finally ending what I consider to be the most pathetic and embarrassing season for a franchise that has been a joke for most of its existence.  The New York Mets became the first team since 1998 to trade away the past year’s Cy Young Award winner by dealing fan favorite RA Dickey to the Blue Jays (1998-Blue Jays traded Roger Clemens to the Yankees).  The New York Knicks had a visit from the most popular player in the league a year ago, Jeremy Lin, and got shellacked by him for the second time this season.  If you are a fan of any of these teams, or all three like myself, then Monday looked like and extremely rough day. I am going to explain why I feel there is a silver lining for each of these tumultuous events.

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Let’s wipe this dirty Sanchez off the face of the Jets once and for all!

Let’s start with J-E-T-S (Just End The Season); Thank God they did!  I have never in my life rooted for one of my teams to lose…except for last night.  The Jets have been an  absolute CIRCUS since the end of last season.  The acquisition of Tim Tebow was a mistake from the get-go and not once did the Jets and their coaching staff try to rectify that situation.  The pathetic Offensive Coordinator, Brian Schottenheimer, was fired only to be replaced by an even worse one, Tony Sparano.  Mark Sanchez’s ability as a QB receded worse that Lebron James’ hair line.  The Jets had arguably the worst receiving core in NFL history and couldn’t develop a running attack against any formidable opponents.  So why was I rooting against the Jets yesterday, even with their playoff chances still intact if they had won?  Because it would have all been the same shit again next year if the Jets showed even the slightest bit of success.  With this mortifying loss on Monday Night Football last night no Jets fans will ever have to watch Mark Sanchez at the QB position ever again! Ii has been announced that Greg McElroy will start Sunday against the Chargers.  The Jets GM, Mike Tannenbaum, is either going to be replaced or he is going to be put on such a hot seat that he will have no choice but to fix this never-ending pile of issues.  The Jets need to be completely revamped and there is no way that would have happened without them losing last night so there is the silver lining.

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It was Linevitable that the Knicks would lose sometime…

My New York Knicks have not given their fans much to complain about this season.  They have the best record in the Eastern Conference and have looked like a title contender the whole year.  They have really only hit one speed bump this season and their name is the Houston Rockets.  The last time the Knicks had to worry about the Rockets was in 1994 when they met in the NBA Finals and went to an exhilarating game 7 which the Knicks inevitably ended up losing.  Ever since Jeremy Lin left the Knicks for a more than generous contract with the Rockets, there has been a target on his back.  Unfortunately for the Knickerbockers, that target was too small to see because for the second time this season, Jeremy Lin and the Rockets manhandled them.  I never had any ill will towards Lin once he left, especially because I knew what the Knicks overall plan was and he just wasn’t the right fit for Woodson’s game plan.  So what’s the upside to the Knicks losing twice to a supposedly inferior team?  First, the Rockets most likely won’t make the playoffs this year so the Knicks won’t be playing them again until next year.  Secondly, there was no way the Knicks were going to go 77-5 so we were bound to lose eventually.  Finally, the real silver lining behind this most recent loss at the Garden to the slightly above average Houston Rockets is that we now know exactly what we need Iman Shumpert and Amare Stoudemire for.  Shumpert wasn’t really an issue but everyone was questioning where Amare would fit in and the truth of the matter is that STAT is an extremely talented player and in situations where Melo or even Tyson or Kidd or Felton are out with injury, STAT can be a viable option that can help earn that W.

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Like a sugar daddy getting his new arm candy, the Mets are putting their money into some young talent.

The New York Mets are very good at being very bad.  Outside of a handful of years that Mike Piazza was destroying anything in his way, the Mets have been completely irrelevant for nearly a quarter century.  Last year the Mets let one of their franchise’s greatest players ever, Jose Reyes, leave to their divisional foe, the Miami Marlins,  due to their money issues.  Worst part about that was that Reyes was coming off of his best ever year and the National League Batting Title.  Yesterday, the Mets completed a trade with the Toronto Blue Jays which ended with the reigning CY Young Winner and Mets fan favorite RA Dickey leaving after one of the greatest pitching seasons in NY Mets history.  So how can losing your best pitcher and biggest ticket attraction have any positives behind it? Well, I’ll start by saying that with or without Dickey, the Mets were not going anywhere any time soon.  Having said that, the Mets have no money and they need to figure out new ways to rebuild a franchise that does not have much going for it right now.  I feel that they did the right thing by signing David Wright for pretty much the rest of his career.  Now they have to figure out who will hit around him and what direction they want their franchise to go.  Between Wheeler and Harvey the Mets have some talented pitching coming up soon.  In the trade for Dickey, the Mets acquired arguably one of the best young talents in the Minors, catcher Travis d’Arnaud.  On top of that they saved a butt load of money and have positioned themselves to be a formidable opponent within a few years.  I see some bright things in the Mets future and I think it starts with Travis d’Arnaud.

So even if you are still having a hard time recovering from yesterday’s exhausting and trying events, just know that each of them have a silver lining and everything should be okay soon enough.


More Pain For Mets Fans

Hey Santana, guess what? Johan the disabled list!

It feels like just yesterday that Johan Santana pitched the first ever no hitter in New York Mets history.  It was a day that no Mets fan will ever forget, but it seems as if that no-hitter was the apex of the Mets season and it has all been pretty much downhill since then.  Even the Mets head coach, Terry Collins, thinks that his players have lost their flare and that the Cinderella story that so many fans were in love with through May has fizzled out and now they are just the same old Mets.  Since the all-star break, the Mets are an embarrassing 11-26 and have gone from .5 a game out of the wildcard to an insurmountable 10 games back.  The Mets woes have just become worse with the news that their Ace, Johan Santana, will be sidelined for the rest of the season with yet another injury.  Johan’s most recent ailment was diagnosed as lower back inflammation and can be placed on Santana’s long list of disappointing Disabled List visits as a New York Met.

Well at least the Mets got some history. Looking on the bright side, this season will be history soon too.

Since being signed to one of the biggest contracts in baseball history back in 2008, Johan has had some extreme highs and lows while wearing the orange and blue.  His best season was his first with the Mets where he was 16-7 with a 2.53 ERA and 206 strikeouts.  2009 and 2010 got progressively worse and then Johan was sidelined for the entire 2011 season because of a shoulder surgery that a lot of people thought would end his career.  There’s no denying that Johan is a fighter because he was ready to go once the 2012 season rolled around and it looked as if he had found the skills that won him 2 Cy Young awards back with the Minnesota Twins.  The Venezuelan was throwing his change up and fastball with such confidence that it looked like his talents combined with the Mets knuckler, RA Dickey, were going to lead the Mets to their first playoff appearance with Johan on the roster.  During a stretch where the Mets seemed absolutely unbeatable, Johan took the mound on what seemed to be just a regular Friday night.

Remember the no-hitter? Mets batters seem to remember, only they remember the wrong side of the equation.

I know that I will never forget that June 1st night where Johan Santana pitched the first ever New York Mets no-hitter, but I also won’t forget how abysmal Johan’s stats were for the rest of season after it.  In his 10 starts since the no no, Johan had an ugly 3-7 record with an astronomical 8.27 ERA.  His opponents were batting .327 against him and he was giving up more than a homer a game.  It was even uglier in the final five games where he was 0-5 and had a disgusting 15.63 ERA (worst in baseball during that stretch).  It seemed like something was off and everyone was pointing fingers at injuries that hadn’t even been diagnosed yet.  If you are a Mets fan than you know that if Johan is not pitching well it is because he is injured, because when he is healthy there is no one in the game better than him.  Unfortunately for the Mets, he is injured more often than not.

You see, if they would just make the balls about this big, we could probably hit a lot more!

Just two weeks ago, Terry Collins announced that he was going to play a 6 man starting rotation and that the only starter who was going to pitch on regular rest was RA.  Now with Johan done for the year he is going to have to rethink things.  The Mets season seems to be over for the most part but the real question is whether Johan’s career is over.  If Johan returns, will he return as a Met?  The Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson seems to think so.

“I’m very confident he’ll be back next season ready to go, hopefully in a stronger position coming into this season, if you look back at this season and what we reasonably would’ve expected at the beginning of the year, he’s accomplished quite a lot,” Alderson said.

$66 million for #44 at age 33. Works out to about $287,000 per .001 batting average this year.

Regardless of what Sandy Alderson, the worst GM in all of baseball thinks, Johan will never be good again.  This injury is just a cherry on the top of what has been sheer and utter disappointment from Johan as a New York Met.  I know that his 2008 season was pretty damn good, but when you make the type of money that Johan has, over 23 million a year, you better have more that just a pretty good season.  I should have expected that he would never prove to be anything more than a flash in the pan because that’s what the Mets produce…right Jason Bay.  We give these exorbitant contracts to players who look great with someone else and then we turn them into people who will end up on the Bleacher Report as one of the most overpaid players in sports.  It makes me sick that no matter what direction the Mets have tried to go it is always seems to be the wrong direction.  Every team in baseball wanted to sign Johan, but the Mets were lucky enough, or unlucky enough depending on how you look at it, to acquire him.  But the second he put on the jersey that leads to nothing more than mediocrity, his career was doomed.

McHugh-ge expectations now on rookie pitching.

Now I have been a Mets fan my whole life and that’s not going to change.  I always try to look for the silver lining in all things related to the sports teams I root for.  The departure of Johan will make way for another Mets prospect, Right-hander Collin McHugh, who will look to build on the Mets other rookie starting pitcher, Matt Harvey.  It doesn’t look like the Mets are too far away from putting together a solid young rotation, but for the time being the Mets suck again and now I’m just waiting for my Jets to come around and help me forget about them.  The sad thing is that the Jets are looking pretty awful so I might be waiting until late October so my Knicks can give me hope of winning a championship…but they probably won’t.


Matt Harvey More Than Impresses

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“Ya Believe Ya Gotta Believe”

The Mets epic 2nd half struggles can only be described one way and that’s by quoting the famous Dennis Green tirade, “They are who we thought they were.”  After a ridiculously surprising 46-40 record entering the All-Star break, the Mets surpassed everyone’s expectations.  With their 1-11 record since the break entering last night’s contest in Arizona, including being swept by division rivals Atlanta and Washington, the Mets have proven all the critics correct…their first half was clearly a fluke.

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They are who we thought they were, and we thought they were shit.

With decades of continuous failures and disappointments, Mets fans have learned to hold onto hope with our strong and encouraging motto, “Ya Gotta Believe!”  So season after season us Mets fans keep faith and look for miracles to save us from our routine collapsing and utter embarrassment.  With the recent season ending injury to Dillon Gee and the newly DL ridden Johan Santana, the Mets needed to find said miracle before all of their first half successes went for naught as they slowly dropped out of the playoff race.  For months, fans have been pleading for the organization to bring up either one of the young stud minor league sensations, Matt Harvey or Zach Wheeler.

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Harvey Wheeler – sounds like the newest Hotwheels toy or one hell of a bar drink.

Ask and you shall receive.  With the demotion of failed veteran, Miguel Batista, the Amazin’s had a starting slot open in their rotation.  Enter Harvey!  Every Mets fan in the world has pretty much written the current season off with how bad they have looked recently.  The little bit of hope that any fan might of still have was all placed on the shoulders of the 23-year-old rookie making his major league debut last night in Arizona.  Well Mets fans, I know it’s been a grueling couple of weeks since the all-star game but I think it’s time to turn those frowns upside down…for the time being.

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Matt like Matt. Matt does good. Matt like Matt more. Matt’s motions make Matt’s Mets make more ‘Mazing?

Matt Harvey came out and preformed better than any rookie making their Major League debut in Mets history.  The #7 overall pick of the 2010 draft showed exactly why he is considered one of the best prospects in the nation.  Not only was it a historic start for the Mets history books, but Harvey also made his mark in baseball’s record books by becoming the first pitcher since 1900 to strike out 10 or more batters while also getting at least 2 hits of their own in their debut.  Matt Harvey, whose first name is amazing by the way, looked as if he had been pitching in the majors for years.  His complete stat line was 5.1 innings with 11 K’s, 3 BB and 3 hits while allowing 0 runs.  With 4 different pitches working perfectly all game, including a consistent 97-98 MPH fastball that he so smoothly painted on the corner’s of home plate, Harvey lead the Mets to a 3-1 victory over Arizona.

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Can we call him The Jeweler? You know, because he cut all those Diamonds back?

After Harvey started the game out by fanning the D-Backs lead off hitter Gerardo Parra, you could just tell that Harvey was where he belonged. It didn’t take Harvey that long to realize it though, he knew it from the warm ups. “When I was warming up I looked around and kind of took everything in,” Harvey said. “At that moment I really did believe that I was meant to pitch in the big leagues. It was everything I could have imagined. I just wanted to do everything I could to keep the team in a winning distance.”

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Extra! Extra!
Met’s pitcher does what Met’s pitcher is supposed to do. Crowd does not know what to make of it!
Extra!

Only one Diamondback player was able to reach third base while Harvey manned the mound and that was only because of a wild pitch, which I thought could have gone as passed ball.  Harvey not only impressed the fans and his teammates but he really made an impression on their manager.

“He lived up to exactly what everybody has talked about him,” said Mets manager Terry Collins. “Now I want him to go out the next time and be a little more comfortable yet pitch as effectively as he did today. He is a different cat.”

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You may not think so, but Terry thinks it really does Matt-er

You know what Terry, I want the same thing.  I know it’s only one win, but maybe this could be the start of something special.  Who knows, maybe when Wheeler is called up he can outperform Harvey and the Mets can have that formidable 1-2 punch that they started the season with before Santana got hurt and Dickey came back to reality.  Regardless of how this season turns out, it’s nice to have a smile on my face while talking about the Mets again.  LET’S GO METS!!!


Yankees Give the Mets a Big Cluck You!

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A fowl set of games.

The fans got way more than they paid for in the most recent Subway Series between the New York Rival Mets and Yankees.  Just a few weeks removed from the smack down that the Yankees placed on the Mets in the Bronx, the Mets were poised and ready to return the favor.  In typical Mets fashion, a sub-par performer, closer Frank Francisco, opened his mouth and labeled arguably the best team in baseball a bunch of chickens.  Not a smart move when you are going to face off with said team the next day.

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Frank gets to cluckle after all in game 1.

Luckily for Frank, he was able to back up his trash talking with a save opportunity in game one of the three game series.  The Mets came out with a win, but Frank made his fans sweat as he put the tying runs on base and had to finish the game against the always scary Mark Teixeira.  It’s nice to know that no matter how dumb an individual player might look with what they say, the rest of the Mets team has their back regardless.  This team camaraderie was shown as Mets reliever, Tim Byrdak, pranked Francisco by bringing a live chicken into the clubhouse.

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Mets lay an egg – how appropriate.

After dubbing the chicken “Little Jerry Seinfeld,” in honor of the great sitcoms episode with a chicken with the same name, the Mets media had a field day.  When the joke ended, Byrdak set up a home for “Little Jerry” at an animal sanctuary in Watkins Glen, New York.  The Mets donated $500 to that sanctuary upon the chickens departure but not before Tim Byrdak set up a photo op.

“Holy Cow, Little Jerry, don’t freak out!” Byrdak said as more than 20 cameras flashed simultaneously.

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Ibanez good as I was 20 years ago. I ban trying harder.

Unfortunately for the Mets, team shenanigans do not guarantee wins as the Yankees came out in game two in an early hole and found solace in a name that has been around for a while.  Raul Ibanez is so old that I remember playing with him on Nintendo 64’s Ken Griffey Junior’s Baseball back in 1994-95 when I always played as the front running Mariners.  I mean it’s not like I was going to use the early 90’s Mets.  Who would have thought that this 20 year veteran would still have enough pop in his bat to shatter the Mets dreams of making Kung Pao Chicken out of the Yankees.  It’s not surprising that the Yankees beat the Mets with their long ball because the Yanks have scored more than 52% of their runs for the season on homers, which is an absolutely absurd number.  Whether it is absurd or not the Yankees are winning.

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The duel that never was. CC-RA becomes ERA hell.

A sweep would have been nice but the Mets fans would have been fine with just winning 2 of 3 against their hometown rivals.  This rubber match had more hype over it than any regular season baseball game in June that I could remember and the fans got more than they bargained for.  R.A. Dickey, the hottest and most talked about pitcher in baseball, versus C.C. Sabathia, the Yankees Ace and one of the best pitchers in the last decade, facing off on Sunday Night baseball on ESPN.  Everyone, including myself, thought this would be a pitchers duel till the last pitch, but with spotty defense on both sides, the Yankees power at the plate and the Mets clutch hitting with 2 outs, neither pitcher made it past the sixth.  Once the game was tied at 5-5 and came down to which bullpen would hold up the longest I knew that the Mets were going to lose.  The Yankees have one of the best relief staffs in the big leagues and the Mets have the worst bullpen ERA in the National League…you do the math.

The Yankees won 2 out of 3 in Citifield and finished the season series by winning 5 out of 6 overall.  The Yankees, A.K.A Chickens, gave the Mets a big Cluck You to hang their heads on.  Now the only way these teams will face off again is if they both make it to the big dance in October.  Who knows?


You Might As Well Have Called Them Scaredy Cats

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Who’s got the bigger balls?

After the Yankees laid the smack down on the Mets 2 weeks ago, sweeping the first edition of the 2012 Subway Series, New York baseball fans weren’t exactly sure where the juice to this series would come from.  If the Yankees won than great, they are expected to.  If the Mets win, even swept the Yankees, then they’d be even.  Though everyone is looking forward to Sunday night’s Sabathia vs. Dickey showdown, one Met supplied a little extra fuel to the fire that will start burning tonight at Citi Field.

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To be Frank, your senses have flown the coop.

In an interview with the New York Post, Frank Francisco said, “I can’t wait to face those chickens, I want to strike out the side against them. I’ve done it before.”  When asked to elaborate on what he meant by chickens, Francisco said “I think I’ve said too much already.”  This is one of the most absurd things I have ever heard in my life as a sport fan, and there has been a lot.  Francisco is new to New York this year, so maybe he hasn’t heard that the New York Yankees are the class of the city, and the baseball universe at that.  If you are going to call somebody a chicken, please explain what the hell you are talking about.  Who the hell does Frank Francisco think he is anyway.  I’ve watched a lot of Met games and even though he has 17 saves on the season, very few of them have been easy to come by.  He is 1-3 with a 5.14 ERA.  His team is performing well but have been doing so playing gritty and they weren’t expected to do much this year.  The Yankees are in first place, just swept your ass last week and have a number of future hall of famers.

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Ring schming! I got 3 K’s in 2004! How many pitchers can say that?!!
How many would?
How many could remember?

Derek Jeter is a chicken?  Andy Pettitte is a chicken?  Robinson Cano, Curtis Granderson, CC Sabathia (maybe ARod is but thats it!)  The Mets have Jason Bay who is allergic to playing baseball.  They have Ike Davis who in an interview yesterday conceded that he would be happy to win one of the three games this weekend.  That’s what I call chicken.  The Yankees roster is full of players who have been in high pressure, big moments in their careers and have rings to prove it.  There are a lot of things you could call the Yankees, like winners and champions, but chicken isn’t one of them.  Francisco cited the fact that he struck out that side once in the past.  Well he did, in 2004 for the Texas Rangers.  He struck out Jeter, ARod and Giambi on May 21st of that season in the 7th inning.  In fact, the fact that Francisco has such a vivid remembrance of a May 21st game in 2004 is pathetic.  I guess it’s a career highlight?

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For those who come like Frank Francisco,
Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair.
If you come dear Frank Francisco
Summertime will be a bash-in there!

For my Mets-fan friends, sorry, I was hoping we might take it easy on you this weekend; maybe even take the first two games and let RA Dickey win one against us Sunday.  However, after Franky ran his mouth I hope the Yankees celebrate all weekend long at Citi Field.  It would be especially nice to see Francisco blow a couple of games, just so we could really see who has the intestinal fortitude to play in New York for more than 3 pathetic months.  Shut your mouth Frank and enjoy the ass beating this weekend.


The R.A. Dickey Knuckle Sandwich

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Mets R.A. better team thanks to their big Dickey.

Where did this freak of nature come from?  If you were to try to tell me that nearly at the midpoint of the baseball season the best pitcher in the game would be a 37-year-old knuckleballer on the New York Mets, I would have to ask what you were smoking.  Amazingly, R.A. Dickey is just that and over the last three months he has taken the baseball world by storm.

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Starting out, R.A. almost had to take out a collateral loan to survive.

Dickey was drafted out of the University of Tennessee as the 18th overall pick by the Texas Rangers.   After being drafted by the Rangers, Dickey was initially offered a signing bonus of $810,000, before a Rangers team physician saw Dickey’s throwing arm hanging oddly in a picture. The Rangers did further evaluation of Dickey, leading to the discovery of a missing ulnar collateral ligament of his elbow joint and reduced their offer to $75,000.  Usually when an athletes career starts like that, they don’t turn it around 16 years later.

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Knuckling down to business, Dickey is throwing a party

Tonight, Dickey proved once again that he is without question the most unusual and mesmerizing pitcher in the game.  Just 5 days removed from his masterful and controversial 1-hitter against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, where he set a career high with 12 strikeouts, R.A. took the mound against a hot Baltimore Orioles team.  And wouldn’t you know it, he did it again.  Another 1-hit treasure from Dickey and this time he did it with 13 strikeouts.  Jokingly after the game, Mets manager Terry Collins said to the media (referring to his appeal for last weeks 1-hitter to be turned into a no-hitter), “Do I have a chance to appeal that base hit?  Anyone dive for that ball…I didn’t see?  I had a bad view.”  In this game, the Orioles definitely had a line drive hit off of Wilson Betemit’s bat in the 5th. To make matters even better for the Mets, Dickey matched his opponents hit total with a line drive of his own that he eventually came around to score on.  This is the first time that anyone has had back-to-back 1-hitters since Dave Stieb for Toronto in September 1988.

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11 wins – he’s got a grip on what works.

It’s not just the last two games that has separated Dickey from the rest of the NL Cy Young contenders for the time being, he has been doing this all year.   Robert Allen Dickey is now the first pitcher in baseball with 11 wins this season and is a staggering 11-1 on the year with a minuscule 2.00 ERA.  The most incredible part of all this hoopla is that Dickey performs these magical stats with only 1 pitch…the Knuckleball.  For decades, hitters have been baffled by the flat and erratic knuckleball, but never has there been a dominance over it like Dickey’s.  The knuckleball is supposed to be hard to control for even the best users of it, but Dickey has seemed to figure out a trick that no one else can.

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If you throw it, they will miss.

8 days after releasing his autobiography Wherever I Wind Up: My Quest for Truth, Authenticity and the Perfect Knuckleball, where he discussed suffering sexual abuse as a child and his struggles with suicidal thoughts as an adult, Dickey took the mound against the Mets division rivals, the Atlanta Braves on April 7th.  He came out of the game with a solid victory that would soon become a trend for the Mets.  The Mets are 12-2 when Dickey takes the mound and it only seems as if Dickey is getting better every game.  I have personally never witnessed such a dominant stretch as Dickey has put on over his last 6 starts where he has gone 6-0 while pitching 48 and 2/3 innings out of a possible 54 and accumulating a ridiculous 63 strikeouts and only 5 walks.

The Mets are an above average team right now and with Dickey on the mound they are nearly unstoppable.  I would definitely have to put Dickey as the starter for the NL All-star team and right now he is my front-runner for NL Cy Young.  Try and debate that!


New York’s Turning of the Tides

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Subway Series – the Yankees show the Way, while the Mets play Sub par

When the first of two highly anticipated matchups between New York rivals, the Mets and Yankees, began both teams had similar records and the Mets had seemed the slightest bit more impressive.  After yet another embarrassing weekend for Mets fans around the world, the Yankees proved who is the better team in New York for the time being.  Yankee fans will never know what Mets fans go through on a nightly basis during the baseball season.  The Mets were 8 games over .500 and a game out of first place in their division just a couple of weeks ago and Mets fans could not stop talking about how amazing their team was, while the Yankees were in the same position in the AL East and their fans were disappointed in the standings.  The Yankees provide their fans with season after season of competitive baseball, while the Mets put their fans through a roller coaster of emotions on a weekly basis.

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Johan had no han(d) to stop Yankee bats

The Mets roller coaster was in full throttle this weekend as they made their way across bridge to visit the neighboring Yankees in the Bronx.  On an extra two days of rest following his career high in pitches and the Mets first ever no-hitter, Johan Santana took the mound with fans hoping that his epic performance from a week ago would carry over into game 1 of the Subway Series.  The big bats of the Yankees crushed those hopes and dreams really quick with bomb after bomb off the two-time Cy Young winner.  Robinson Cano followed his second inning 2-run homer with another 2-run shot in the 3rd.  The only difference was that in the 3rd inning, Nick Swisher and Andruw Jones followed for the Yankees first back-to-back-to-back homers in over 2 years.  The Yankees went on to dominate the entire game and win 9-1.

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All cylinders clicking in NYY bullpen while the Mets engine sputters to a stop

Emotional abuse is something that you learn to handle really well if you are a Mets fan, so Saturday night I was ready for game 2 and I just knew that my Mets wouldn’t disappoint me.  Who the hell was I kidding?  The Yankees shaky Phil Hughes looked liked the promising young prospect he once was and Mets did just enough to ensure that they lost yet again.  After a first inning run off an Arod single, Dillon Gee seemed to settle down and the Mets looked to have hope.  In the 3rd inning, the Mets quintuple back up shortstop, Omar Quintanilla, hit a rocket over the wall to tie the game 1-1, and in the 6th David Wright followed with one of his own.  The Mets had a 2-1 lead and they were poised to win.  In the bottom of the 6th, Mark Teixeira hit a 2-run shot for the Yankees, which was enough for Hughes and their bullpen to hold the lead.  Curtis Granderson hit a homer himself in the bottom of the 8th just to add salt to the Mets fans fresh wound.

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“New York celebrates!” – a phrase not heard too often by Mets unfortunately (unless the Yankees are playing them …)

It was still all good because the Mets had one more game to prove that they would not be swept.  A near 40-year old Andy Pettitte was taking the mound for the Yankees and the Mets were hungry for a win.  The Amazin’s jumped out on top in the 2nd inning with 3 runs off the future Hall of Famer and all things were looking up for the Orange and Blue faithful…NOT!  Mets starter, Jon Niese, had to fight his way out trouble all game by allowing 5 of 7 lead off batters to reach base in his 7 innings off pitching.  Even with his elusive ways, the Mets maintained their 3-0 advantage until the bottom of the 7th.  With 2 outs in the inning and no one on base, David Wright fielded a grounder and had an errand throw to first allowing a two-out runner.  In true Mets fashion, the next Yankees batter, Russel Martin, capitalized on that error with a 2-run shot.  In the bottom of the 8th, the Yankees scored 2 more runs on bloop singles and added help from a shitty Mets defense.  The Yankees were now leading 4-3 going into the 9th.

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Disassociative Adjustment Mets Intermittent Trichotillomania (DAMIT) – a common Mets’ fan disorder

There is a clear reason why Mets fans find themselves in constant disarray and depression and Yankees fans seem jovial and thrilled day in and day out.  After relinquishing their 3 run lead and now trailing by one in the top of the 9th inning, the Mets were looking to be swept for the first time in the Subway Series in close to 10 years.

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Yankees high-five while the Mets faithful just get high five minutes after each game

 

 

As a Mets fan, I was trained that “You gotta Believe,” so I did.  First a double by Lucas Duda and then another by the worst hitter in baseball, Ike Davis, and the Mets had tied the game in a split second.  Now with a man on second and nobody out, you would think that they could get that extra run across the plate so we had a chance to win.  Of course that didn’t happen.  A few bad at-bats later and the half inning was over and the game was tied 4-4.  That’s when I got a phone call from my father, who is a Yankees fan, and he asked if I was watching the game.  At that moment I knew we had lost.  I said to him that I know how this one plays out.  The Mets raise the hopes of their fans and then piss on our emotions in the most dramatic fashion.  I predicted that Russel Martin would go yard on the first pitch of the bottom of the ninth for a walk off victory.  I was wrong…it took 10 pitches for Martin to hit that home run and I hung my head in what was just another disappointing weekend for Mets fans around the world.