Former Mets Exec Dave Howard on not being able to #wearthecaps: “I got the call” from Torre.

Former Mets executive Dave Howard shared this on twitter yesterday.  This is 100% in-line with what I have heard over the years from Mets Police Sources.

But we are all watching football Mets game notes

If the landscapers who started at 10:30 don’t STOP cutting down trees I am going to drill them in the backs with a fastball.

My friends the Mets waited until 1pm to send Game Notes as if I don’t want to just watch football.  So you get the quickie version here.

LHP Steven Matz has been activated from the 10-Day IL.

RHP Drew Smith has been optioned to the team’s Alternate Training Site.

Dominic Smith, who overslept once allowing Mickey Hodges t forever change the Mets’ culture,  is on a seven-game hitting streak, batting .419 (13- 31) with four runs, five doubles, one homer, 10 RBI and a 1.115 OPS in that span…Smith has 25 extra-base hits (17 doubles, eight homers) in 38 games this year…He is leading the majors with 17 doubles…Overall he is batting .328/.393/.641 with 20 runs, 17 doubles, eight homers, 36 RBI, 13 walks and a 1.035 OPS…He is tied for fifth in the NL and tied for 10th in MLB in RBI, tied for fourth in the NL and tied for fifth in the majors in extra-base hits.

LAST GAME: Peterson returned to the rotation on September 7 for his first start since August 28…Threw 2.0 innings against Philadelphia, the shortest outing of his rookie season…Allowed five runs, earned, on three hits with four walks and three strikeouts…The Mets lost, 9-8, at Citi Field.

OUCH: Peterson was on the IL from August 14 until August 28 with left shoulder fatigue.

VS. TORONTO: Peterson is making his first career start against the Jays.

WHAT A RELIEF: Peterson’s win in relief against the Orioles marked the first win by a Mets reliever in a game in which he pitched at least four innings and was not charged with any runs since August 5, 2009, when Nelson Figueroa (4.1 IP) was the winner in a 9-0 Mets victory over the Cardinals at Citi Field…Courtesy of Elias.

And now it’s kickoff….just imagine I insulted Vulgar Pete.


Mets game notes Seth Lugo edition

My friends the Mets sent me some game notes. Honestly they aren’t that interesting today and I am enjoying my deck. The game is at 6:30 again.

Also my phone needs to relax. The guy’s name isn’t Ligo not Lupo. I typed it correctly. Leave it alone stupid phone.

Dominic Smith is on a six-game hitting streak, batting .444 (12-27) with four runs, five doubles, one homer, 10 RBI and a 1.205 OPS in that span…Smith has 25 extra-base hits (17 doubles, eight homers) in 37 games this year…He is leading the majors with 17 doubles…Overall he is batting .331/.397/.654 with 20 runs, 17 doubles, eight homers, 36 RBI, 13 walks and a 1.051 OPS…He is fifth in the NL and tied for eighth in MLB in RBI, tied for third in the NL and tied for third in the majors in extra-base hits.

LAST START: Earned his first win as a starter since June 10, 2018 vs. the Yankees…Tied his career-high with eight strikeouts (third time, second vs. the Phillies)…Threw 5.0 innings allowing just one run, earned, in the Mets’ 5-1, win over the Phillies at Citi Field on September 5…Allowed four hits, walked two and fanned a season-high eight batters…Was his longest outing both by pitches thrown and innings pitched since June 25, 2018 vs. Pittsburgh…Has a 1.54 ERA (2 ER/11.2 IP) in three starts this year…Was the Mets’ first win from a starting pitcher since August 13, ending a franchise-record-tying streak of 19 games without a starter getting a win.

SUCCSETH!: Lugo has allowed just two runs, earned, in 11.2 innings through his three starts this season (1.54 ERA)…He has 20 strikeouts and just four walks in that span and has allowed just eight hits…Lugo has completed 5.0 innings in a start 27 times out of 34 total games started…In those games, the Mets are 18-9.

STARTING OFF: Lugo made his first start of the season on August 25 vs. Miami… He tossed 3.0 perfect innings, striking out five in the process…It was his 10th appearance of the 2020 season…It was first start since he was defeated by Pittsburgh on June 25, 2018 at Citi Field.

WHAT A RELIEF: Has made nine relief appearances for New York, recording a 2.61 ERA (three earned runs/10.1 innings) and three saves…Has had two outings in which he tossed 2.0 scoreless innings, earning a win and a save in those two appearances…Six of his nine relief appearances have been scoreless.

VS. TORONTO: Lugo tonight will make his third career appearance and first start against the Blue Jays…Overall, he is 1-0 with a 1.50 ERA (one earned runs/6.0 innings) with no walks and six strikeouts in two career relief appearances against Toronto…In his last game against the Blue Jays, Lugo threw 3.0 innings of relief ball and allowed one run, earned, on three hits while striking out two batters… Earned the win in the Mets’ 6-3 victory at Toronto on July 4, 2018.

WHAT A YEAR: Lugo has not allowed more than one run in any single appearance this season or in his last 27 appearances overall stretching over the last calendar year (since August 17, 2019)…In those 27 games, he’s 4-3 with seven saves and a 1.43 ERA (seven earned runs/44.0 innings)…Has walked eight and struck out 60 over his last 27 outings.
2019: Made a career-high 61 relief appearances for New York last year, his first season pitching exclusively as a reliever…Finished the season 7-4 with six saves and 21 holds…Pitched 80.0 innings and allowed 28 runs, 24 earned, on 56 hits… Walked 16 batters while striking out a career-high 104…Gave up just eight home runs over the 80.0 innings pitched.
AS STARTER/AS RELIEVER: In five starts in the 2018 season, Lugo was 1-2 with a 3.91 ERA (10 earned runs/23.0 innings)…Owns a 2.61 ERA (three earned runs/10.1 innings) in nine appearances out of the bullpen this year…In 34 career starts, Lugo is 14-8 with a 3.90 ERA (78 earned runs/180.0 innings)…In 129 career relief outings, he is 10-9 with 12 saves and a 2.53 ERA (53 earned runs/188.2 innings)…Pitched more than 1.0 inning in 64 of his 129 relief outings, just under 50.0 percent.

Great job by Wayne Randazzo

Great job by Wayne last night!

Wayne, I don’t know what you did or how you did it but you brought the very best out of Keith Hernandez.

At one point I remember Wayne asking KH a direct question about DHing and although Keith didn’t really have an answer he kinda perked up.

Also not to be ignored is that Wayne had to get used to the Remote-monitor set up on pretty short notice.

Great job. I remain #TeamWayne and support NYC’s second best pbp guy. Howie of course is the best in all baseball.

Finally….Mets #wearthecaps !

This is great.

I tried for three innings but the Blue Jays game director just isn’t showing any shots of Mets players, and most of the outs have been strikeouts – so these are almost all JDG, but you get the idea.