The One True Ace goes for his 3rd Cy Young Award Mets Game Notes

Vulgar Pete Alonso ranks second in the majors with 69 plate appearances with runners in scoring position…

Leads MLB with 101 men left on base.

101?  We’re only playing 60 games guys.

I have no idea what the leader in 2019 did – I tried to look it up but couldn’t easily find it.  I am sure we can all agree 101 is horrific.  It’s like he’s a net negative.  Isn’t that right Gary?

By the way I’d like to thank Gary Cohen for following me and taking me up on my invitation last night to actually talk about how bad Pete has been.  Sure he homers sometimes, but there’s a lot of garbage in between, isn’t that right Ike Davis Cowboy?

Ike Davis Cowboy meme returns

Pete Alonso | INF | .216, 11 HR, 26 RBI, 0 SB

Now before you all get mad at me, let’s switch to Jacob deGrom.  You may recall that while you were all calling Matt Harvey “The Next Seaver” I was calling JDG The One True Ace.  And time has revealed that I of course was correct.  Isn’t that right Captain Picard?

Now tell me Picard. How many aces do you see?

Since the Mets once again suck the only thing we have are JDG’s last three starts.  Let’s hope he crushes them and wins another CYA.

LAST TIME OUT: Made his ninth start of the season on September 11 vs. Toronto in Buffalo…He earned his fourth win as he allowed an earned run on three hits with two walks and struck out nine in 6.0 innings.

BATS BACK JAKE: The Mets have scored 32 runs in deGrom’s last two starts, including at least 14 in each game…Only once before in Mets history has the team scored 14 or more in consecutive starts by the same pitcher: Sid Fernandez, June 1 (14-1 win vs. SF) & June 6 (15-1 win at PIT) in 1992…New York is 11-2 in deGrom’s last 13 starts, dating to September 9, 2019…In that time, deGrom himself is 7-1 with a 1.21 ERA (11 earned runs/82.0 innings) with 114 strikeouts and just 15 walks…Prior to this stretch, the Mets had just 11 wins in his previous 29 starts, despite deGrom posting a 2.64 ERA in that span.

ON deLEADERBOARD: deGrom ranks second in the majors and leads the NL with a 1.67 ERA, is tied for fourth in the majors and tied for second in the NL with 79 strikeouts and is third in the majors and second in the NL with a 13.17 strikeouts per nine innings ratio and ranks second in the majors and leads the NL with a 37.8% strikeout rate…Both his K/9 and K% would smash Mets single- season records.

VS. PHILADELPHIA: deGrom has allowed just three earned runs in his last five starts vs. the Phillies…In that time (since start of 2018), he owns a 0.84 ERA (three earned runs/32.0 innings) against the club…That is the third-lowest mark by any pitcher against any one opponent over the last three years (min. 25.0 innings)… Patrick Corbin has a 0.59 ERA (2 ER/30.1 IP) vs. the Dodgers and David Hess has a 0.83 ERA (3 ER/32.2 IP) against the Blue Jays.

THREE UNDER TWO: Jacob deGrom has a 2.01 ERA (106 earned runs/475.0 innings) over the last three seasons…Elias says there are just four pitchers in the live-ball era (since 1920) who have maintained an ERA below 2.00 over a span of three seasons (min. 400.0 innings)…Clayton Kershaw (2013-16) and Sandy Koufax (1963-66) each had two overlapping three-year stretches…Bob Gibson (1967-69) and Greg Maddux (1993-95) have also done it.

NOTABLE STREAK: He is 6-0 with a 1.82 ERA (17 earned runs/84.0 innings) over his last 13 road starts…This is deGrom’s longest streak of road starts without taking a loss in his career (previous best was 10 in a row from June 25, 2015- April 24, 2016)…Only two Mets have gone more than 13 starts in a row without losing a game on the road: Dwight Gooden (15-straight, July 10, 1987-May 21, 1988) and Ron Darling (15, July 7, 1985-May 21-1986).

YOU CAN HAVE A COUPLE, BUT THAT’S ALL: deGrom has limited his foe to two earned runs or fewer in 13 consecutive starts, the longest streak of his career…Only one Mets pitcher has started more games in a row without yielding three or more earned runs: Dwight Gooden, who had 15 such starts in a row from August 20, 1985-May 6, 1986.

ON deROAD: Since the start of 2018, deGrom owns a 2.05 ERA (50 earned runs/220.0 innings) in away games, by far the best mark in the majors in that span…He is the only pitcher (min. 150.0 innings) with a road ERA under 2.50 over the last three seasons.

JAKKKKKKKKKKE: Has 44 career double-digit strikeout games…Only Nolan Ryan (50) and Randy Johnson (45) have had more through 180 career games.

ONE (OR NONE) AND DONE: In his 180 career starts, deGrom has allowed one or no runs 85 times (47.2 percent)…That is the most such starts since 1901 within a pitcher’s first 180 career games…Clayton Kershaw is second with 80.

Here is the Mets 2021 Spring Training Schedule

Hey, are you looking to get on a plane, stay in a hotel and then be around a bunch of strangers….IN FLORIDA????…..well leave your mask at home and look forward to METS SPRING TRAINING 2021!

It’s a roughly 30 game schedule that follows a 60 game season.  But hey…baseball.

METS ANNOUNCE 2021 SPRING TRAINING SCHEDULE

FLUSHING, N.Y., September 16, 2020 – The New York Mets today announced that the club will open its 2021 Spring Training Grapefruit League schedule on Saturday, February 27 against Miami at Clover Park in Port St. Lucie, FL. Pitchers and catchers are set to report on Wednesday, February 17, while position players will report on Monday, February 22.

The Mets will host their crosstown rivals, the Yankees, at Clover Park on Sunday March 14. In addition, the Boston Red Sox will come to Port St. Lucie on Thursday, March 25. The Mets have three Saturday home games and two Sunday contests at Clover Park next year.

The Mets will play 31 exhibition games in 2021, including 16 home games in Port St. Lucie. The Mets will play the Washington Nationals seven times, the Houston Astros, Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals six times each and the Red Sox, Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays twice each.

The Mets play their home games at Clover Park, which has been the team’s Florida home since moving from St. Petersburg, FL in 1988. Prior to last year, Clover Park underwent a $55 million renovation that modernized the facility for fans, players and staff. Upgrades for fans included a grand entrance, new seats, expanded concourses, new concession stands, larger merchandise shops, an additional elevator, a partial boardwalk wrapped around left field and the creation of the Jim Beam Bar. New player amenities included better practice fields, batting cages, clubhouses, a bigger weight room and more training rooms.

The 2021 Spring Training schedule is subject to change and game times will be announced a later date.

Former Mets Superstar Matt Harvey heads to 10 Day IL with 11 games left in season

Well….there are 11 games left for the Royals, and Matt Harvey is on the 10 day IL.  His ERA is over 11, and he also looked terrible in 2019.

Have we finally reached the end, with a meaningless inning of middle relief on a Tuesday night.

A cautious reminder not to put people in the HOF or name them team Captain too soon, right Pete?

Right Pete.

Matt Harvey pitched in relief and has shoulder discomfort! You’ll look!

In the bottom of the 6th, the Dark Knight Relieved!

Matt got a clean inning, and it was a very Matt Harvey kind of appearance.

The first batter Daz Cameron struck out.  Sit down son!

The second batter Victor Reyes also struck out.  The Dark Knight is back baby!  See, we should have made him a closer!  Boy with his stuff for one inn….

 

OH NO – Will Castro homers!

Well, TDK will just dust himself off and…

Miguel Cabrera doubles…..

someone named Candelaria singles and…..

Uh oh something isn’t right with Matt.  That’s going to be all for him…

Harvey exited Tuesday’s loss to the Tigers with right posterior shoulder discomfort, Lynn Worthy of The Kansas City Star reports. (via CBS Sports)

2/3 inning, 3 hits, 1 run

An ERA of 11.57 (following last year’s 7.09 ERA)

This really may be the end.

I hereby declare a Luis Watch Watch

The Mets are 21 and 27 and in 4th place.  In a normal season that record at the end of May would be cause for concern.

Second choice manager Luis Rojas, who I do think is going to be good, finds himself 2.5 games out of an 8 team playoff, with little time on the clock and three teams to jump.

With Steve Cohen coming to town with his Billions the Mets fans are going to demand a winner.  No more of this “we tried” stuff from the Wilpons days…so I think it is fair of me to declare a

LUIS WATCH WATCH

The guy on the right will be gone.  The guy on the left I have to imagine will be gone (what possible success could Steve see in these two seasons).  That leaves the guy in the middle.

Asked on Tuesday what the most effective part of Rojas’ style has been, Jeff McNeil singled out the way he’s interacted with the players.

“He just shows up every single day for us and he picks us up,” McNeil told reporters via Zoom before Tuesday night’s game against the Phillies in Philadelphia. “We’ve had some tough losses and he’s always in the locker room picking us up, being positive. Saying ‘you know, we’ll get ’em tomorrow, way to battle, way to fight.’ He’s done a tremendous job with the guys in the clubhouse and I know we all like playing for him. … He’s always the same guy all the time. Super even keeled. Doesn’t get too high or to low (which is) nice to have in a manager.”  (Via Yahoo)

And there it is.  The media is asking about the manager.   Just a question on a Tuesday.  Nothing to be concerned about.  It’s like when there is a hurricane in Florida and we see a rip current at Jones Beach.  Just a little warning from the ocean.

The Post reported in January that Van Wagenen wanted Cohen’s input on selecting a managerial replacement for Carlos Beltran, who stepped aside after his role in the Astros’ illegal sign-stealing scheme was revealed. But Cohen did not want to become involved at the time, preferring to see how Van Wagenen handled the situation. (via NY Post)

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For newer readers, a Watch Watch watches to see what others are saying about a possible Watch.  Should Luis seem to be in actual trouble, the Luis Watch Watch will be upgraded to a Luis Watch.  But Steve is coming guys and there will be no more excuses in Queens.