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 Posted:   Jun 25, 2012 - 5:11 AM   
 By:   ANZALDIMAN   (Member)

The much anticipated pitching matchup between Dickey and Sabathia turned out to be a thud.

R.A. Dickey was putting up historic numbers for a while and unfortunately for him and the Mets he just did not have the good knuckleball working last night. Of course, Dickey's worst outing of the season came against the Yankees in a nationally televised ESPN game on a Sunday night.

One of the great things about watching baseball in HD is that the technology is so good now you can actually visually chart the movement of a baseball from the pitchers hand into the catchers glove.

Too much rotation on the knuckler last night. In his past starts recently, Dickey was throwing the pitch for strikes at varying speeds with virtually no rotation. He was on with the pitch. When a knuckleball rotates too much, as Charlie Hough said recently, "Those are the ones you don't get back". Indeed.

The Yankees ended Dickey's scoreless streak last night with the long ball, but the Mets to their credit clawed back all night against Sabathia. Neither pitcher had his best stuff last night and this game certainly did not live up to the hype it was given all week.

The Mets have hung in there in the division through this tough stretch of games and have come out the other side still in good shape at this point.

It's now on to Chicago for the Mets.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 25, 2012 - 6:06 AM   
 By:   Donna   (Member)

I made it through the 8th inning when the METS tied it, but could not keep my eyes open to the end. Dickey just did not have it last night, but the season is far from over. They are still playing good baseball, and much better than expected.

Good luck in Chicago!!!

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 30, 2012 - 9:42 AM   
 By:   ANZALDIMAN   (Member)

Well, the first two games in Chicago did not go all that well for the Metropolitans. Sloppy play and an inability to score runs led to losses.

The third game however was a different story. The Mets pounded the Cubs pitching and scored 17 runs during an offensive barrage which has now continued on in their latest series in Los Angeles against the Dodgers.

As bad as the Mets played in the first two games in Chicago, it was still nice to see that grand old 1900's ballpark Wrigley Field. While I've only seen it on television thoughout the years, IMHO it's never looked better. The ivy covered walls are in full splendor now (as always void of many intrusive advertising banners) and you can't beat the still hand operated scoreboard for all it's old time feel. History. If a ballpark could talk..





R.A. Dickey and his knuckleball bounce back once again to pitch another shutout. This time against the Dodgers in LA last night. He's now 12-1. Dickey lowered his ERA back down to the low 2's after last weeks rocky start against the Yankees. Dickey has come a long way back from baseball obscurity at age 37. La Russa should have no question about his starting pitcher for the National League All Star team.

Dickey deserves it, his is a great story, and an inspiration to all those players in the minor leagues both young and old that are struggling to stick around long enough for that one shot to be successful in the game.




David Wright is having an MVP type of year in 2012. And even though the home run numbers are down, he's driving the ball to all fields and piling up the extra base hits.

Ike Davis is starting to awaken from his slumber at the plate and is driving the ball, and Ruben Tejada is back off the disabled list at short getting some key hits just as he did before the injury. A virtual "who's who of who's that?" group of players have all filled in and contributed to the success this year. Nieuwenhuis, Hairston, Rottino, Baxter, Turner, Valdespin, Quintanilla, the list goes on.

The starting pitching has been for the most part very good. Dickey, Johan Santana, Jon Niese, Dillon Gee, and the recently returned Chris Young have all pitched well in the rotation.

The Mets are taking some blows but coming right back to right the ship. Going into the All Star break they are playing solid baseball and still hanging around near the top of the division exceeding all expectations. Wherever it goes it's been an exciting year.

It's been fun to be a Mets fan in 2012.

 
 Posted:   Jun 30, 2012 - 1:29 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

After last night's disaster, Kuroda comes to the rescue with a solid outing and HRs from Granderson and Cano give the Yankees a much-needed 4-0 win.

 
 Posted:   Jun 30, 2012 - 1:39 PM   
 By:   Gary S.   (Member)

Veralnder lost his 5th game of the year. He only lost 5 all of last season. The Tigers continue their inconsistant and disappointing season.

 
 Posted:   Jul 1, 2012 - 3:00 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

Today was Old Timers Day at Yankee Stadium, and Yankee players spanning the past 60 years came back to take part in the festivities. Yogi Berra and Whitey Ford received the special honors as the two greatest of living Yankees. Each year is always a special time for Yankee fans and I'm glad they continue the practice.

The Yankees then capped the day by winning the game 4-2 over the White Sox as Phil Hughes had another outstanding outing, going eight innings and a lights out ninth from Soriano.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 6, 2012 - 7:52 AM   
 By:   ANZALDIMAN   (Member)



David Wright comes through once again last night against the Phillies. Dickey did not have his best stuff and gave up a ton of hits, but the Mets bats came through late and out pulled out an exciting win against Philadelphia's closer Jonathan Papelbon who blew the save.
The Phillies had beaten up the Mets bullpen the night before, but last night was a different story.

It was not the first time the Mets beat Papelbon late in a game (They beat him back in his Boston days.)


After years of having numerous injuries and little or no offensive support around him in the Mets lineup, Wright has grabbed the bull by the horns in 2012 and is on course for an MVP season.

When Wright first came to the majors in the early 2000's he looked up to the veterans who were on the team at the time for leadership.
Now Wright is the veteran who is providing it for many of the younger players on this team who now look up to him.

Along with R.A. Dickey, Wright's breakout season is the other "feel good" story concerning the Mets this year.

 
 Posted:   Jul 6, 2012 - 2:54 PM   
 By:   Gary S.   (Member)

Tigers salvage a split against the Twinkies. Sooner or later Prince was bound to hit a homer with runners on. Finally he connects for a 3 run homer. The Tigers win 7-3. The real Justin Verlander pitched the night before. The Tigers won the game. Verlander goes the distance in the game.

 
 Posted:   Jul 7, 2012 - 1:45 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

It's Yankees-Red Sox for the first time since April and that incredible Yankee rally from 9-0 in the seventh inning!

Last night the Yankees got five in the first off Josh Beckett, but Kuroda gave them all back in the bottom of the 1st. The Red Sox inched ahead 7-6 into the latter innings, but then demonstrated again they have no bullpen as the Yankees scored four times in the seventh keyed by a triple from Texierea to the deepest part of the ballpark. Yankees win 10-8.

Today they play a day-night DH to make up for the rainout from April. Freddy Garcia, after being worthless in April and getting demoted to mop-up duty, is now all the way back (being forced to step into the rotation with Pettitte down) going 6.2 innings and allowing one run. Big offense from Andruw Jones with two homers and a terrific catch, and the Yankees cruise to an easy 6-1 win, putting the Red Sox 9.5 games back going into the nightcap.

 
 Posted:   Jul 7, 2012 - 4:15 PM   
 By:   Gary S.   (Member)

Break up the Tigers, they hang on for their 4th win in a row. They move to one game above .500. The hitting seems to be back. Valverde stunk up the 9th giving up 3 runs, final score 8-7.

 
 Posted:   Jul 8, 2012 - 1:39 PM   
 By:   Gary S.   (Member)

Make that 5 in a row. Young hits his 4th homer in 4 games. The Prince of Detroit bombs a 3 run homer and the Tigers romp 7-1.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 8, 2012 - 7:00 PM   
 By:   ANZALDIMAN   (Member)

Make that 5 in a row. Young hits his 4th homer in 4 games. The Prince of Detroit bombs a 3 run homer and the Tigers romp 7-1.


Prince really gets his money's worth when he hits them doesn't he?

This one was gone the second it came off the bat. What a shot. No mistaking that sound, he got it all. (The Andruw Jones shot at Fenway over the Green Monster that follows Prince's homer on the video is not half bad either.)

All an outfielder can do is just watch it go.

http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=22948857&c_id=mlb&topic_id=vtp_interstate

 
 Posted:   Jul 9, 2012 - 12:47 AM   
 By:   Gary S.   (Member)

Make that 5 in a row. Young hits his 4th homer in 4 games. The Prince of Detroit bombs a 3 run homer and the Tigers romp 7-1.


Prince really gets his money's worth when he hits them doesn't he?

This one was gone the second it came off the bat. What a shot. No mistaking that sound, he got it all. (The Andruw Jones shot at Fenway over the Green Monster that follows Prince's homer on the video is not half bad either.)

All an outfielder can do is just watch it go.

http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=22948857&c_id=mlb&topic_id=vtp_interstate


Cabrera may smack them further than Prince, hard to know for sure. Exactly why isn't Austin Jackson on the all star team?

 
 Posted:   Jul 9, 2012 - 8:43 AM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

The Yankees go into the All Star Game on a high note taking three of four from the Red Sox with Nova pitching solidly last night, and more incredible offense from Andruw Jones. (They fortunately covered for some incredible defensive gaffes by Jeter!)

Seven game lead at the break puts them in a comfortable position as far as postseason chances go. Where the two wildcards will come from this year will be an interesting development as the second half unfolds (in addition to the AL Central race).

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 9, 2012 - 10:58 PM   
 By:   ANZALDIMAN   (Member)

Manager Tony La Russa decides on Matt Cain of the San Francisco Giants to start for the National League All Stars instead of R.A. Dickey of the New York Mets.

I'm not happy about it, and neither are tons of Mets fans calling in to WFAN today but that is the decision.

Dickey starting for the National League would have made sense not only because of his remarkable first half stats (Better than Cain's) and the pure human interest story, but also because if you start Dickey with his knuckler for an inning or two, and then bring in the guys who throw hard like Strasburg, Cain, and the rest it would have added some contrast in pitching styles to open the game against the American League hitters.

La Russa won't admit it, but he was probably concerned about catcher Buster Posey not being able to catch a knuckleball. That, and he probably wanted a more traditional hard thrower starting the game. Dickey starting would have made for much more interesting press leading up to the game, and to be quite honest, the decision to start Cain in the game despite the great year he's having leaves a lot of fans (myself included) flat. Dickey clearly deserved it.

Dickey throws a hard knuckleball that is around the plate most of the time and not all over the place wide or in the dirt like an old school fluttering Phil Niekro or Tim Wakefield knuckler. Posey would have been just fine handling it, he's a big boy. The pitch has been a dying art now for at least a decade and Dickey's success with it and his own style of changing speeds on it has opened quite a few eyes this season.

Manager Terry Collins (as a coach) R. A. Dickey, and David Wright will represent the Mets for the NL. Both deserved to start the game IMHO but it is what it is. It's still an honor to be chosen to participate and be announced to the fans during the player introductions.

Hopefully the National League can get back to winning one of these games again for a change. Once upon a time we used to dominate the American League in All Star games. wink


The bright side for Mets fans is that we've had a season so far that has been better than anyone could have anticipated. The team is over .500 and is playing hard each day for Terry Collins. Collins and Clint Hurdle of the equally surprising Pittsburgh Pirates are easily early favorites to win NL manager of the year.

I'm looking forward to the second half.

 
 Posted:   Jul 10, 2012 - 9:50 AM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)


Hopefully the National League can get back to winning one of these games again for a change. Once upon a time we used to dominate the American League in All Star games. wink


Anz, the NL *won* the last two All Star Games! wink And just at the point when the AL was ready to get back to .500 in the total competition!

 
 Posted:   Jul 10, 2012 - 5:36 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

I have not seen an AL starting pitcher look this bad in an All Star Game since Jim Palmer got lit up in the first innings of both the 77 and 78 All Star Game.

 
 Posted:   Jul 10, 2012 - 6:51 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

Bryce Harper provides a moment of comic relief amidst the tediousness of an 8-0 rout so far.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 10, 2012 - 10:25 PM   
 By:   ANZALDIMAN   (Member)


Hopefully the National League can get back to winning one of these games again for a change. Once upon a time we used to dominate the American League in All Star games. wink


Anz, the NL *won* the last two All Star Games! wink And just at the point when the AL was ready to get back to .500 in the total competition!


Did you notice I used an emoticon there? big grin

Until very recently, the NL was losing these games like clockwork year after year so it's nice to get a little streak going. Of course, the game has much more meaning now to the players because of the home field advantage in the World Series for the league that wins it.

In the past this game was a personal pride thing amongst the players. It still is to some extent, but in this day and age of inter-league play and the big contracts if the game was played as only an exhibition like it used to be most of these players would probably rather have the time off during the break to go home and rest up or play golf.

Not a good night for Verlander, but there are some other pretty good pitchers in the past who didn't have it when starting All Star games and the great Jim Palmer was one of them.

It's hard to believe that with all those AL sluggers in one place that it would be an 8-0 blowout for the NL. La Russa secured the victory and now will officially exit the stage as a manager and back into retirement.

Melky Cabrera had a great night and was named the 2012 All Star game MVP. He never quite fit in with the Yankees and had struggled and bounced around a bit since leaving New York but is now having a breakout season in San Francisco.

Chipper Jones of the Braves was given a nice sendoff tonight by the crowd in his last All Star apperance. To put it mildly, he was not exactly a fan favorite at Shea Stadium during the years when the Mets and Braves were division rivals and he often made comments to the press that stirred the pot. But he was always a quality player throughout his career. He was one of those players that always had the Mets number, but he's a hard guy not to like now as he's mellowed quite a bit in the twilight of his career.

It was a nice showcase for Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City tonight. They put on a good show. The ballpark is 40 years old and got some upgrading recently and it looks great. The water features were always unique to the place especially in the early years.

The 2012 All Star game is now history. Next year the 2013 All Star Game will be played at Citi Field, the Mets home ballpark. With a little luck, perhaps some Mets will start the game in that one.

It's now on to the second half.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 12, 2012 - 9:08 AM   
 By:   ANZALDIMAN   (Member)

R.A. Dickey on Letterman last night.

 
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