In this week’s second installment of the Mets Weekly Report, Kerel Cooper of OnTheBlack.com and I talk about the prospect of the Mets finishing in last place this season. In the first installment this week, we talked about which feat is more impressive: 300 saves or 600 home runs.
The second video installment is based on David Daniels’ post this week about the very real possibility that the Mets could finish in last place in the NL East. We also talk about what we think the future holds in 2012 for Justin Turner. Will he be the incumbent second baseman or will he be an afterthought from a bad 2011 team?
Check out the video below and let me know in the comments what you think about the Mets potential to finish in last place this year and if you think Turner is a lock for second base next season.
The Mets finally snapped their five game losing streak with a game filled with bad pitching and tons of hitting. The Mets have struggled to score runs this past week but finally teed off on Tommy Hanson and George Sherrill with 16 hits, 5 walks, and 4 home runs. They were led by Justin Turner who went 2 for 5 with 2 homers and 4 RBI’s. He hit on to right and one to left. It was pretty impressive.
Jon Niese didn’t have a good game at all but got the win because of the Mets’ heavy hitting. He went 5 innings and allowed 5 runs. Normally, that wouldn’t result in a win but tonight’s game was unusual. It was encouraging that Bobby Parnell looked pretty good in the eighth inning. He only gave up one walk but he threw 17 pitches, 12 for strikes and he was over 100 mph with his fastball.
The Mets and Braves will play the rubber game of the series tomorrow afternoon.
The Mets went into the ninth inning leading 3-2 and lost the game on a Justin Turner throwing error for their fourth straight loss. The SNY crew is doing their best to pretend that these games have some meaning in the wild card race but we know better watching the Mets lose game after game.
Chris Capuano had a very solid start going 6 innings and allowing 2 runs. He would have gotten his tenth win if Turner hadn’t thrown the game away. It didn’t help that Jason Isringhausen gave up 2 hits and a walk in the ninth. He thew gas on the fire for the second straight night and showed why he hasn’t been closing games for three years.
On offense the Mets had 9 hits and 2 walks. Jose Reyes hit a shot of a homer to left in the third inning and went 1 for 4 lowering his season average to .339. Scott Hairston got the start in right field and went 2 for 4.
The Mets will try to avoid the home sweep tomorrow night before an off day on Thursday.
The Mets won their fourth straight game behind a really solid start by Jon Niese. He went 7 innings allowing 3 runs on 5 hits and 1 walk with 6 strikeouts. The only inning that he had any real trouble was the sixth when the Dodgers scored 2 runs. Other than that, he was really in control. As I wrote after last night’s game, the Dodgers are a bad team so these win have to be taken with a grain of salt. But the Mets won the series tonight and have a chance for the rare four game sweep on the road tomorrow night.
The Mets offense was also solid up and down the order. They had 11 hits and 1 walk in the game. The notable games were from Ruben Tejada who had a 2-run double in the sixth inning that put the Mets up for good. And Justin Turner had a nice RBI single in the ninth that gave the Mets the insurance run they typically don’t get in late innings.
Chris Capuano was solid again but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Angels. It was a back and forth game throughout the night. But Justin Turner’s throwing error in the second inning allowed an unearnred run to score was the difference in the game.
Capuano went 6 innings and allowed 2 earned runs but he did it on 92 pitches. So it wasn’t the sharpest game he’s had this season but it should have been good enough to win the game.
The Mets offense was led by Angel Pagan who was 2 for 4 with 2 RBI’s. He did a great job of putting the ball in play that scored runs and kept innings alive. Ronny Paulino was also 2 for 4 with 2 doubles.
In the week’s Weekly Mets Report video with Kerel Cooper of On The Black we talk about last night’s game against the Pirates. The disappointing loss led to a discussion of Daniel Murphy and where, if anywhere, he fits in to the Mets defensively.
We also talk about the curious lineup that Terry Collins ran out there with Lucas Duda at first base and Justin Turner on the bench. The discussion is about where we see the Mets lineup going in the long-term.
We also talk about Ruben Tejada’s offense and how we could be seeing a lot more of him at shortstop in the second half of the season.
I’ll be co-hosting a pre-game show for Mets fan before tonight’s game against the Braves with Kerel Cooper of On The Black. We’ll be talking about all of the current Mets news including injuries to David Wright and Ike Davis, the Justin Turner phenomenon, and new ace Dillon Gee.
The show starts at 7:30pm Eastern Time and you can watch below or visit the show page. You can not only watch but join the conversation with the chat feature. We’ll address your thoughts on the Mets and even talk about subjects that the mainstream media won’t like how long the Wilpons can hold onto this franchise.