Zach Wheeler spoted the Braves 4 runs tonite before the Mets came back on a Pete Alomso 3 run homer to go ahead 5-4. But the very next inning they gave up the lead and lost 9-5 on a combination of the bullpen and bad fielding.
Pete Alonso 3 ru homer was the high point of tonites game for the Mets.
What more could Jake do? Or for that matter , all of the Mets relievers, and Atlanta whole pitching staff? After a game filled with great starters and relief, is was Familia that failed again.
After De Grom let up a run, in the bottom frame of that inning, he redeem his mistake by launching a homer to tie the score. And so it continued that way, chances for both teams to win, but the pitchers shut them down.
Bring in Familia, and what do the Mets and their fans get? Another failure to add to his not so good year on his return to the Mets. The team , locked in s struggle for the 2nd wild card spot, can little afford what happened last nite.
Noah Syndergaard pitched a strong game thru six inning only giving 2 hits thru 6 innnings before the rains came.The scoring in the game so far came from Wilson Ramos 2 run double.as of 11pm, the game was still delayed.
This is what unfettered, 12-year-old joy
looks like. These are the jerseys that humanity wears. This is where a ball and
a bat and a glove meld into a glorious amalgam of inclusion and respect and
The Little League World Series has come
at the perfect time for a world wound tight in anxiety and fear and hate.
From mass shootings, to trade wars, to
tensions on the Korean Peninsula and Kashmir, to protests in Hong Kong, to
leaders that lead only themselves – every morning dawns in doubt.
Except in Williamsport.
In Williamsport, the world’s best 12-year-old
baseball players from Mexico to Elizabeth, N.J., from Chungcheong, South Korea
to Coon Rapids/Andover, Minn., from Venezuela to Australia remind us why nostalgia
beats in the chambers of the heart.
In Williamsport, it doesn’t matter if you
have the crazy batting stance of Venezuela’s Deivis Ordonez or the cool “Jersey
Shake” celebration of the Elmora Youth Little League team.
In Williamsport, you have players
nicknamed ‘Chicken Little,’ yet on these beautiful summer days and nights, no
kid fears a gunman bursting into their classroom.
In Williamsport, Cubs slugger Anthony
Rizzo blasts a two-run homer off the scoreboard and gives the ball to Japan’s
shortstop because all of the Japanese players dapped him up.
In Williamsport, it doesn’t matter that
Maddy Freking has long blond hair. It matters that she can throw strikes and
make the force play at home.
In Williamsport, players on the Rhode
Island team honor the memory of a Kentucky player they never met. Bowling Green
coach Jef Goodnight lost his 10-year-old son Mason to a rare form of bacterial
meningitis in 2017.
Before Kentucky played Rhode Island, the New
England champs touched Mason’s jersey which is displayed the Great Lakes champs’
“We’re so fortunate to
be here, and we went over to his jersey and I prayed and then I gave his dad a
handshake,” Lucas Tanous, 11, told ESPN. “”It’s just so sad, but we
all touched his jersey because I bet he was such a nice kid.”
In Williamsport, the
Venezuelan players and coaches stop their walk-off celebration to console the
Dominican Republic pitcher who gave up a two-run double in the bottom of the 6th.
In Williamsport, kids aren’t
glued to their smartphones. They’re watching the next game or the previous game
or sliding down the hill beyond the center field on cardboard boxes, like Cubs
manager Joe Madden.
In Williamsport, the only
fences are in the outfield. In Williamsport, 12-year-olds from around the
world, open their arms to one another, not their mouths. In Williamsport, America’s
pastime brings the world together.
the moment the trade deadline came and went and the Yankees did nothing to
bolster their pitching, the narrative coming from the front office went something
like this: We’ve got some guys coming back from injury that will help us.
of those players returned Thursday night and the results were frighteningly playoff awful.
Loaisiga got lit up by the Cleveland Indians in a 19-5 Yankees loss. By the
time Loaisiga entered the game, the Yankees already were in the soup.
One-inning starter/reliever Chad Green didn’t even last an inning, giving up
two home runs in just one-third of an inning.
Loaisiga. He gave up four earned runs on another two home runs.
performance was understandable. He’s been on the injured list since May 8th
with a right shoulder strain. Maybe he’ll be better in his next outing. Maybe
the Yankees will get back Luis Severino. Maybe not.
they’ll get back Dellin Betances. Maybe not.
shoulder) threw a 30-pitch bullpen session, using all of his pitches. Betances (right
shoulder impingement) also threw a bullpen session. If they can return, both will certainly need a few
outings to gauge their playoff readiness. There are 39 games left.
Yankees fans, this loss brought back nightmares of that late-July stretch
against the Twins and Red Sox when the pitching got blown up. That was prior to
the July 31 trade deadline. This was after. The Indians scored their 19 runs on
24 hits, seven of which were home runs.
the Dodgers, Yankees and Astros are considered the favorites to win the World
Series, the Indians are a legitimately dangerous team; exactly the kind of team that could take out the Yankees
in the ALDS or ALCS.
Yankees (81-42) have shown remarkable depth and resiliency but they haven’t
been tested the way the Indians have. Cleveland (73-49), once trailed the Twins
by 11 and one-half games in the AL Central. Those teams now are in a virtual
tie for the division lead.
Indians starting pitching is so deep they felt confident trading Trevor Bauer
(who the Yanks had eyes on) to the Reds. In return, they got Yasiel Puig
and Franmil Reyes – instantly upgrading their lineup – and lefthanded pitcher
Puig went 2-for-5 with two
RBI and a run scored. Reyes went 2-for-6. The Indians are optimistic they’ll
get Corey Kluber (broken forearm) back soon. They also might get Carlos
But the Indians made moves
before the deadline, making them a better squad. So did the Astros (Zack Greinke).
Even the Dodgers acquired lefty sidearm reliever Adam Kolarek, who could be the
kind of thrower that becomes a postseason star.
The Yankees made no moves. Maybe Severino, Betances and Loaisiga
will return and round into form before the calendar reads, “October.” Right
now, it’s looking like maybe not.
Pete Alonso became just the third rookie in Mets history to drive in six runs
in a game in the team’s 10-8 win over the Braves. He also tied Cody Bellinger’s National League rookie record of
39 home runs set in 2017. That record is falling like the stock market.
Nothing else to do but smile, as the the Yanks pitching falls apart tonite in a brutal game as they trail 19-4 thru 7 1/2 innings.Things got so bad that the starting DH #36 Mike Ford came on to pitch in the 8th innning and promptly gave up 5 runs.
When a team had been
going as well as the Mets, when Citi Field had become a playground of thrills
and chills, when the Wild Card had become a legitimate goal instead of a punch
line, these last few games have served as a brutal reality slap.
Reality: Despite that
amazing stretch in which the Mets won 15-of-16 they remain a flawed and thin
After Wednesday night’s
6-4 loss to the Braves in Atlanta, an eight-game win streak has been replaced
by a three-game losing streak.
It was just this past Sunday
that the Mets were even with the Washington Nationals for the Wild Card. This
morning they are three games out of the playoffs, muddled with six other teams
that are within 4.5 games of the two Wild Card spots.
After winning series
against the Padres, Pirates (twice), White Sox, Marlins and Nationals, the Mets
(61-59) are assured of losing their first series since July 18-21 when they
dropped 3-of-4 to the Giants.
Suddenly, the Mets world
“We’re still in a good spot,” Mets
manager Mickey Callaway told reporters. “It’s not the end of the
It’s just starting to feel that way.
But that’s no reason
to lose sight of the long view. No true Mets fan, I’m referring to the Mets
fans that have seen the annual hope in April evaporate by the dog days of
August, really believed this was a playoff team.
They might have been
talking themselves into believing in
a miracle but the flaws were too glaring to ignore. The bullpen was awful. The
offense was anemic. The depth was shallow. The manager was suspect. And the
vaunted starting pitching wasn’t living up to expectations.
We’ve seen several of
those warts these last three games.
* Uncloser Edwin Diaz continued
his train wreck of a season in the 7-4 loss to the Nationals.
* Starter Zack Wheeler
was off in a 5-3 loss.
* Seth Lugo, whose
been as good a reliever as anyone in baseball, got scorched Wednesday night.
* Callaway still is
trying to convince the world he made the right decision pulling Steven Matz in
the seventh inning of Wednesday night’s loss when the Long Island native had
thrown just 79 pitches.
And during this
three-game streak the Mets lost their best hitter, Jeff McNeil to a hamstring
Now that the Mets have
completed the cream puff portion of their schedule, the flaws are popping out
all over once again. Even during the amazing run, one of the players most
responsible for that success, was planting the seed that this Mets turnaround
wouldn’t necessarily yield the desired result this season.
end of the day or at the end of the year, we are going to be in a really good
spot,’’ Alonso told reporters in early August.
The truth is the Mets are in a really good spot
going forward. If they resign Wheeler, which they absolutely should, the Mets
will have the best rotation in the game. Alonso, McNeil and Michael Conforto
are big time hitters.
Bolstering the bullpen, adding another bat and
depth, and finding another manager should be high on the offseason to-do list.
If the Mets do that, 2020 could be special.
Is this season over? Of course not. Is the
possibility of the playoffs kaput? No.
It would have been nice , but it was not to be on Sundays day game.A rare poor start to a game by Jake DeGrom, was follwed by a bad inning by both Gsellman and Diaz this afternoon, even tho the Mets pulled to a 5-4 deficent, the 2 run homer given up in the 8th inning sealed the deal today.
Although the Mets did take advantage of most of the chances today in the batters box,it wasnt enough to overcome the pitching mistakes today
One nice play was by Mike concorto making a catch in deep center field in the 5th innning
was the first time you pinched yourself Friday night?
Was it when Todd Frazier’s three-run homer
left Citi Field faster than the Mets can print playoff tickets? Or was it when
Michael Conforto launched the most thrilling single of the season, driving in
Juan Lagares with the winning run in a stunning, thrilling, unbelievable 7-6
win over the Nationals?
Or was it Saturday morning when you awoke on
planet Earth and it was confirmed that the Amazin’ events of last night were
not a dream?
Conforto really was running shirtless in the
outfield after the giddiest players not in the Little League World Series
celebrated in short center. Dominic Smith, his injured left leg resting on a scooter,
was violating some obscure city driving ordinance by tearing out to join the
“It felt like the playoffs with the stadium
packed,’’ Conforto told reporters.
Yep, it felt like the playoffs. It felt like
the playoffs In Citi Field not Yankee Stadium, where playoffs feel like an
annual rite. The fans that call Citi Field home don’t enjoy October baseball
very often. But they got a taste of it Friday night, and man, was that
Trailing 6-3 in the bottom of the ninth
against the best National League team they’ve faced since the All Star Break, J.D.
Davis doubled against Nationals closer Sean Doolittle. Wilson Ramos singled to
Frazier came to the plate with visions of
“Pretty much,’’ he admitted later.
Frazier should be charged with baseball abuse
for how criminally he crushed Doolittle’s pitch. Game tied, 6-6.
“You don’t feel like you’re out of a game when
you’re on a run like this,’’ said Frazier.
Ah yes. The Run. Perhaps that’s the title of
the second half of the Mets season. The Run.
With Citi Field still reverberating from
Frazier’s blast, more magic. Joe Panik, making his Mets debut, singled. He was
erased on Lagares’ bunt. Jeff McNeil flied to right. Amed Rosario singled to
Up came Conforto, the former first-round pick
in the 2014 draft and closest thing the Mets have to an elite bat. His hard,
rising blast to right cleared Adam Eaton’s head and mayhem came to Queens.
The win marked the first time this season the
Mets won a game in which they trailed after eight innings. Forty-four times the
Mets had failed in that situation. But on this night, the Mets told themselves,
and their fans, they are not the same old Mets.
They had won for the 14th time in
15 games, a feat not accomplished since 1990.
As the fans erupted in euphoric celebration,
the Mets hopped the dugout railing and made a run for Conforto. Pete Alonso,
not quite sure what to do in such scenarios, pulled off Conforto’s jersey.
The Mets are now one-half game out of the Wild
Card and one and one-half games behind the Nationals for the first Wild Card.
“Right now, we’re firing on all cylinders,’’
Conforto said. “Our confidence is just building with each win.”