Video: Mets Weekly Report – Gee, Bay, Streaks

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This week Kerel Cooper of On The Black and I talk about the Mets current four game winning streak. We talk about how we got here with strong starting pitching from Mike Pelfrey, Jon Niese, and Chris Capuano.

We also talk about Chris Young coming off the disabled list and the decision to keep Dillon Gee on the roster at the expense of D.J. Carrasco.

We update our thoughts on the Mets prospects for the season now that we’re nearly a month into the season.


Preview: D-Backs at Mets April 23, 2011

Arizona Diamondbacks (8-10) at New York Mets (7-13) 1:10pm

Barry Enright (0-1 6.23) vs. Dillon Gee (1-0 1.59)

TV: WPIX          Radio: WFAN

What to watch: If the weather holds out for the game today, the Mets will go for their third straight win. Gee is on the mound again for Chris Young after having a nice start in Atlanta. He went 5.2 innings against the Braves only allowing 1 run.

Enright hasn’t been very good in his three starts for the D-Backs this season as evidenced by his 6.23 ERA. He did have two good starts against the Mets last season though. He was 1-0 with a 1.93 ERA last season against the Mets.

Mets File MLB Complaint About Doubleheaders

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The Mets and Braves were rained out in Atlanta last night and the Braves decided to schedule a doubleheader for 4pm today. It’s the home team’s decision how to reschedule a rain out. Despite the fact that the Mets visit Atlanta two more times this year, the Braves opted for a doubleheader today after the Mets played a doubleheader against Colorado on Thursday.

The Mets had to use seven relievers to get through the doubleheader against Colorado. Chris Young is still questionable for his start on Sunday. He couldn’t make the start last night, if the Mets played, because of bicep tendinitis. The concern is that if he starts the game tomorrow and has to bail out early, the bullpen won’t have anyone left available to pitch.

Assistant GM John Ricco is traveling with the team in Atlanta. He met with Dan Warthen, Young, Ray Ramirez, and Terry Collins last night when the rain out was announced to discuss the situation. He and Young spoke to reporters after the meeting which you can hear below.

John Ricco audio

Chris Young audio

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Preview: Mets at Braves April 15, 2011

New York Mets (4-9)  at Atlanta Braves (5-8) 7:30pm

D.J. Carrasco (0-0 4.05) vs. Derek Lowe (1-2 1.45)

TV: SNY   Radio: WFAN

What to watch: The Mets, losers of five straight games, limp into Atlanta for a three game series starting tonight. Chris Young couldn’t make the start because of bicep tendinitis so Carrasco gets a spot start.

The Braves haven’t been playing great baseball either so maybe this is what the Mets need to get right. The Braves have lost series’ to the Brewers, Phillies, and Marlins already. But Lowe has pitched really well in his two starts, both losses. He’s allowed only 3 runs in 13 innings and his WHIP is a paltry 1.07. It’s been tough to get on base against him so far this season.

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Nationals 7 – Mets 3 April 10, 2011

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The Nationals took the series today at Citi Field with a win in 11 innings. Chris Young had an excellent start going 7 IP and only allowing 1 run. The Mets offense only managed 8 hits in the game and struck out 17 times including 4 by Willie Harris alone.

Blaine Boyer blew another game in the 11th inning today raising his ERA to 10.80. That earned him a quick trip to the waiver wire being DFA’d after the game. Ryota Igarashi and Jason Isringhausen were called up and will be with the team tomorrow.

Lucas Duda, hitting .118, blew a fly ball in the 11th inning and he earned a one-way ticket to Triple-A Buffalo.

Overall, it’s a poor start to lose a home series to the Nats. That shouldn’t happen. But the Rockies come to town tomorrow and it doesn’t get any easier because they’re playing well so far this season.

Box score

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Preview: Nationals at Mets April 10, 2011

Washington Nationals (3-5) at New York Mets (4-4)  1:10pm

Jason Marquis (0-0 2.84) vs. Chris Young (1-0 1.69)

TV: SNY   Radio: WFAN

What to watch: The Nats and Mets play the rubber game of the series this afternoon at Citi Field. The Mets can’t lose a home series to a second division team like the Nats if they expect to be contenders for a playoff spot at the end of the season. It’s that simple.

Marquis had a nice start in Florida in a losing cause going 6.1 IP and allowing 2 runs in his season debut. He only pitched in 13 games last year because of injury.

Young pitched a very nice game in Philly in his season debut going 5.1 IP and allowing only 1 run to a good team in a tough park to pitch in. It’ll be interesting to see if Terry Collins plays Carlos Beltran today after his two-homer game last night. I’m sure they were planning to give him the day off today. I wouldn’t sit him down after hitting two homers though.

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Mets 7 – Phillies 1 April 5, 2011

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The Mets got to Cole Hamels early and often in this one. They got him for 6 runs in 2.2 IP on 7 hits and 2 walks. It looked like it was pretty deflating for the Philly crowd that was amped up to start the game. The Mets offense was on fire with 13 hits and 4 walks in the game.

David Wright was 4 for 5 with 2 runs and 2 RBI’s. He had a huge game. And Chris Young not only pitched well but he was 3 for 3 with the bat! The Mets set the scene early with a double steal by Jose Reyes and Angel Pagan in the first inning that put the Phillies on notice that the Mets were in town intending to do some damage. It was great to see.

Young looked pretty solid in his first start. The good news is that he only gave up 1 run in 5.1 IP on 5 hits and 4 walks. He also had 7 strikeouts including getting Ryan Howard twice. It was definitely a solid effort. The bad news is that Young looked like he was starting to lose it in the fifth inning and had nothing in the sixth inning. It’s still early in the season but I didn’t expect him to have such a noticeable decline in the fifth inning.

The Mets will do it again tomorrow with Mike Pelfrey and Joe Blanton on the mound.

Box score

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