Matt Harvey is still starting for the Orioles for some reason. How did he do? You’ll look!

Someone has to pitch, and sometimes someone is Matt Harvey.  The Orioles either don’t care or are fools or broke or all of the above, so they sent Matt Harvey to the mound expecting good things to happen.

It’s Matt’s 14th start of the year and let’s check the stats and you can’t even see the netting.

Matt walks the lead off hitter.  You’ve read these posts before so you know how this is gonna go even if the Orioles don’t.  Someone named Amed Rosario steps in…..and strikes out!

A ground ball to first for the second out, runner advances to second.  An E-4 makes it first and third and a single drives in the unearned run.  Sorry Matt.

Oh well, on to the second where we are tied at 1 thanks to some snazzy Orioles hitting.  Matt almost gets a 1-2-3 but the 3B threw a ball wide to first, but Matt gets the next out.  So on to the third, but soon we will be second time through the order.

In the third, someone named Amed Rosario leads off with a single….Matt gives up two fly balls that land about 10-15 feet short of the fence…then a K and we are on to the 4th,

Matt is at 50+ pitches as we go to the 4th and the manager in me is thinking if I can get this guy through 5 I should get him out for the mental rehab part….but first Matty Baseball must get through the fourth.

A leadoff double, then a single and some keystone kops throwing it around, and it’s 2-1 Cleveland Baseball Team with a runner on 3rd and none out.   Uh oh.

And a single makes it 3-1.

an F9, a walk, the bullpen gets up, and someone named Amed Rosario steps in.  Third time through the order.

Rosario singles…

 

The catcher stalls for time….

….and Bruce Hyde has seen enough.

I think the Orioles should go back to that “Threepener” thing they did with Matt last week.  Let him throw the first three innings and get him out.

Anyway the bullpen let the runners score, and I think Matt’s line looks worse than the reality of it.

3.1 ip, 6 hits, 6 runs, 5 earned, 2 Ks, 2 walks, 82 pitches

How long can the Orioles keep doing this?

 

 

Happy Birthday Dom Smith Mets game notes

The Mets are very quietly coasting to a division title.  I don’t even think they have played that well, but no other team scans me.  Hopefully Sandy and Acting Regional General Manager Z. Michael Scott realize they need 2 maybe 3 maybe 4 SPs (The Big Zero being the only spot I am not worried about) and they realize taking Vulgar Pete is the only way to get that kind of return.

The Mets are a season-high eight-games above .500 for the second time this season…The team has not been nine games above .500 since the end of the 2019 season…The Mets have been in first place since Saturday, May 8…This is their longest streak atop the NL East since the end of the 2015 season…Tonight, the team continues a seven game homestand (3-1) against the Padres (2-1) and Cubs (1-0)…Following this series, the Mets head to the nation’s capital for four games in three days against the Nationals.

Dominic Smith celebrates his 26th birthday today…Smith went 2-3 with a home run, two runs, an RBI and a walk in last night’s win…Smith is batting .302/.347/.395 against left-handed pitchers this year…but he overslept once so he’s not the everyday 1B.

These are Pete Alonso’s numbers at home: .183 (11-60), HR.  Today is June 15th.

The Mets have homered in 15 of their last 18 games and 12 of their last 14…The Mets are 23-15 when hitting at least one home run and 10-4 when hitting two or more bombs…The Mets have hit 60 home runs this year, the third- fewest in the majors…On the other hand, the Mets have allowed only 45 home runs this season which is the fewest in MLB…They own a 0.82 home runs per 9 IP ratio… That is the second-best mark in the majors.  One time at home even Pete Alonso homered.  Once.

 

Mets march for NL East Supremacy continues…game notes for June 14th

It is June 14th and Vulgar Pete Alonso has one HR and three RBI and you guys are giving me the sign that you are OK with this.

Today through Friday, the Mets are offering a 25% discount on tickets in select vaccinated seating locations for all games excluding the Subway Series…The sale is available only by entering promo code “Dad” when checking out at Mets.com…For more information, please visit Mets.com/ FathersDay.   Kids, I don’t want Mets tickets.  It was cute when you were 7 but now that you are grown we both know baseball is boring.  Let’s just stay home or go to the beach or something fun.

INF Jeff McNeil started a rehab assignment with the Brooklyn Cyclones yesterday…He went 0-2 and played 5.0 innings at second base… McNeil has been on the IL since May 17 with a strained left hamstring…RHP Dellin Betances began a rehab appearance with the St. Lucie Mets yesterday… He threw 1.0 scoreless, hitless inning with a walk and two strikeouts (21 pitches, 12 strikes)…He has been on the 60-Day IL since April 24 with a right shoulder impingement…OF Albert Almora Jr. is currently on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Syracuse…He went 1-4 with a walk and played center field for Syracuse yesterday…Overall, he is 2-14 with a home run, a walk and two RBI in five games on his rehab assignment…Almora Jr. has been on the 10-Day IL since May 12 with a left shoulder contusion.

ACCESS DENIED: The Mets have caught 14 runners attempting to steal a base, including 10 catcher caught stealings…The team’s 14 runners caught stealing is fourth in the majors…The team’s 10 catcher caught stealings is tied for fourth in the majors…James McCann is tied for seventh in the majors and tied for sixth in the NL with six catcher caught stealings…Tomás Nido is tied for 15th in the majors and tied for 10th in the NL with four.

CONNECT FOUR: The Mets are 25-5 when scoring four or more runs this season…The team is 7-20 when scoring three or fewer runs…The Mets are 28-7 when scoring first this season…The team’s .800 winning percentage is the best record in the National League and is tied with the Rays for best mark in the major leagues when scoring first this season.

THE BALLAD OF BILLY THE KID: Billy McKinney is batting .302 (13-43) since joining the Mets…He has 12 RBI and a 1.106 OPS in 13 games with the Mets…His 10 extra-base hits through 13 games with the team are tied for the second-most in club history with Joe McEwing…Only Pete Alonso (12) had more in his first 13 games as a Met.

THE SUMMER OF JAKE: Jacob deGrom lowered his season ERA to 0.56 (4 earned runs/64.0 innings) and his WHIP to 0.53, both the lowest ever through 10 starts…He has reached 100 strikeouts in just 61.2 innings this season…That is the quickest a starting pitcher has reached 100 strikeouts since the mound moved to its current distance in 1893…Thanks to ESPN Stats & Info.

HOMER BOUND: The Mets have homered in 14 of their last 17 games and 11 of their last 13…The Mets are 22-15 when hitting at least one home run and 10-4 when hitting two or more bombs…The Mets have hit 59 home runs this year, the third-fewest in the majors…On the other hand, the Mets have allowed only 43 home runs this season which is the fewest in MLB…They own a 0.79 home runs per 9 IP ratio…That is the best mark in the majors.

FOR PETE’S SAKE: Pete Alonso now sits 24th on the team’s all-time home run list with 74 blasts…Keith Hernandez is next at 23rd with 80 home runs…Since returning from the IL on May 31, he is batting .333 (15-45) with nine runs, a double, four home runs, 12 RBI and two walks with a 1.010 OPS in 12 games… Alonso is batting .282/.362/.492 with six home runs against right-handed pitchers this year.  He also has ONE HR at home but the Mets don’t want you to know that.

HERE’S THE PITCH: The Mets are second in the majors and in the NL with a 3.16 team ERA (171 earned runs/487.0 innings)…They trail only the Padres who own a 2.97 ERA…The Mets own a 3.18 FIP, according to Fangraphs, the lowest mark in the majors…Jacob deGrom leads the majors with a 0.92 FIP this season…He also leads all pitchers in MLB with a 3.7 fWAR.

THIS DAY IN METS HISTORY: On this day in 1963, Duke Snider hit his 400th career home run and his 11th of the season as the Mets defeated the Reds, 10- 3, in Cincinnati…Snider played one year for the Mets, appearing in 129 games and hitting .243/.345/.401 with 14 home runs and 45 RBI…He was named an All- Star for the eighth and final time that year…Carl Willey made the start for the Mets, allowing three runs (two earned) on seven hits with five walks and eight strikeouts in 7.0 innings of work…The Mets recorded 14 hits in the effort, including four from Ron Hunt and three from Frank Thomas, who also drove in four in the win…For cool photos and interactive history information on the Mets, please visit the Mets Virtual Vault at metsheritage.com.

Mets 4th of July Cap 2021

The 4th of July Caps are out and while high crowns are hideous…

…this doesn’t look bad in low crown.  So I hitched a ride with Media Goon to Modell’s and I got myself one.  I think this will be this summer’s “beat the hell out of it with sun, sand, and sunscreen” cap.  Each summer one cap gets sacrificed.

 

 

Did the Mets make an awful mistake with that “Churve” symbol?

So the Mets and The Beat are all excited about this “Churve” symbol…

However, the Mets might want to read this article called “The OK Hand Gesture Is Now Listed As A Symbol of Hate” on NPR.

…the Anti-Defamation League, a Jewish civil rights organization, added 36 symbols to its “Hate on Display” database including the index finger-to-thumb sign that in some corners of the Internet has become associated with white supremacy and the far right.

Here at Mets Police the only things we hate are black uniforms and Pete Alonso’s vulgar t-shirts and hashtags, so we encourage the Mets to renounce hate and to educate themselves on The Churve.  The media too.

Now do I think the Mets were like “Hey let’s post some symbols of hatred” – of course not.   However, now they would have no excuse to do it again.  Just pick something else guys.