You can now update the Mets’ slash line to reflect their currently accurate settings:
9 YRSWOPSA/15 YRSWOPNT/29 YRSWOWCH
YRSWOPSA: Years Without Postseason Appearance
YRSWOPNT: Years Without Pennant
YRSWOWCH: Years Without World Championship
The clock jumped ahead one year once the Pirates beat the Brewers in a game loaded with playoff race implications, which is to say it had [...]
Pictured: One of the many innings when Anthony Rendon batted.
There were two hints on my ticket for Saturday night’s game that a pleasant result wasn’t in the offing:
1) The Washington Nationals were listed as the opponent.
2) Chris Young’s picture adorned it.
The Nationals need no introduction in our neighborhood. One delightfully foot-stompin’ win notwithstanding, Flushing [...]
On Saturday night, in the second inning, Dillon Gee lofted a fly ball to left with Dilson Herrera on third and one out. Donald Lutz, a German citizen playing on German Appreciation Night, settled under the ball and caught it. Tim Teufel told Herrera to stay put and Herrera did. The Mets didn’t score — [...]
The Mets are chocolate and the Cubs are peanut butter: We’ve got a surplus of young pitching and not enough bats; they’ve got a surplus of young bats and not enough pitching. So plenty of baseball matchmakers want to know what, exactly, is taking so long: Send some prospects from Column Mets west while some prospects [...]
OK, so that little speech about patience? Today was why it needed to be said.
Today when the Mets rudely interrupted their own romp over the Phillies by blowing a five-run lead.
Today when the mangy zombie Phillies rose up and justified Ruben Amaro Jr.’s dingbat refusal to admit the obvious, disemboweling our bullpen and then shambling off [...]
With apologies, if not royalties, to Helen Reddy…
I am Wheeler
Than I should throw by
And you thought my start
Was soon about to end
The Nats had me on
All prepared to dash
You were certain we were gonna
But you should get wise
That I wriggle out of jams
Though my pitch counts rise
When first I lack [...]
It’s not so much that if you watch enough baseball, you see something new every day. It’s that if you watch enough baseball, you see something you’ve seen some other day, thus allowing you to perhaps sense what’s coming directly at you.
On the surface, the Mets’ come-from-moribund victory over the Brewers Friday night came out [...]
Steve Gelbs seems like a capable enough young broadcaster. We know him mostly from filling in for the singular Kevin Burkhardt on SNY, which, in the realm of roving reporting, is a little like starting Todd Pratt on Mike Piazza Poster Day. Pratt may perform ably — more than ably at his best — but [...]
“Lou Klimchock can be considered by virtue of his intense and persistent labors on behalf of innovative baseball mediocrity one of the few truly seminal figures in the drab and dreary history of this era. [...] Here’s to you Lou. You gave the common fan someone to identify with. You were a constant source of [...]
It’s dangerous to saddle wins or losses with caveats. Wins are good, losses are bad. You depart from this simple equation at your peril.
The Mets put themselves in an eight-run hole tonight against the A’s, as Zack Wheeler had no feel whatsoever for his curveball and iffy location with everything. (He also claimed the A’s had [...]