Terry Collins on Matt Harvey’s last start.
"Right now, we’ve got to think what’s not just best for Matt but what’s best for us moving forward at the moment. There’s a lot of things to consider, and that’s why we’re not going to make any rash judgments tonight. We’re going to sleep on it and talk about it tomorrow." -Terry Collins [New York Times]
Kevin Plawecki on Matt Harvey’s last start.
"He’s frustrated. Anybody would be. He’s a competitor and obviously wants to do well, and he hasn’t really gone through a tough stretch like this before. So it’s somewhat new to him. " -Kevin Plawecki [New York Times]
David Wright on Matt Harvey’s non-interview.
"Obviously, Harvey is going through a rough stretch, I think we’ve all been there. With that being said, I think the consensus is we should all be accountable for what we do on the baseball field. All of us like coming in here and talking when we have good games and a few of us, myself included, enjoy coming in here and talking when we don’t play well. Accountability is big and I think [Harvey] just had a bit of a lapse in judgement." -David Wright [New York Post]
Ah, simpler times a week ago were.
"We're thinking of giving Harvey a shot tomorrow just for the heck of it. It seems to be working." –Terry Collins, joking, on the cortisone shot Matz received last week [MLB]
MURPHY : SISYPHUS :: defense : rock
"Tanner [Roark] should have got out of that inning, 1-0. I misplayed another ground ball, which needs to stop happening. I need to work harder on that." -Daniel Murphy [Mets]
Nah, everyone knows the Nats are all playing above their heads and the Mets are all under-performing.
"It’s just two good teams. Hopefully we can beat these guys on a consistent basis, but I don’t foresee this being a one-sided affair this year. I think we’re evenly balanced." -David Wright [New York Post]
It is pretty awesome.
"As a competitor, you don’t want to come out in that situation. For your manager to have faith in you, to leave you out to face the greatest hitter in the game right now, it’s pretty awesome." -Steven Matz [New York Post]
Yeah, pretty sure he’s no longer under the radar.
"Somehow being in New York this year, I think [Matz] has gone a little bit under the radar with some of the other guys we have. But that was about as dominant a performance as I have seen this year. That’s a very good lineup, a very good team and to come in here on the road and dominate, that’s impressive and we needed it." -David Wright [New York Post]
Jon Matlack also happens to be the first name I enter into the Mets Mind Boggler whenever I’m stuck.
"[Steven] Matz was throwing as hard in the eighth inning as he was in the first. He threw one heck of a game. You don't see lefties throwing 94, 95 [mph] consistently. He had a good changeup. He was dotting the outside part of the plate. Sometimes you are dominated. He was very determined. He is a good athlete. I was looking at him, and he reminded me of Jon Matlack back in my day. Matz was throwing the heck out of the ball." -Dusty Baker [Mets]
Wright consistently wants to be more consistent.
"Hopefully I can lock it in mentally, how it kind of feels -- the swing, the pitch selection, the rhythm, the timing, and things like that -- and start to be more consistent." -David Wright [Mets]
"I am still not feeling great up there, but think my at-bats are slowly getting a little better, a little more consistent. When you feel like things aren’t going your way and struggling, always trying to fix something and change something, as a hitter what you want is consistency, find something, (and) therefore not coming to the park every day trying to make adjustments on a daily basis." -David Wright [New York Daily News]
I’m going to assume Eric Campbell’s back has been bothering him and he’s been doing the same thing.
"It’s been bothering me a little bit. It started off after we left San Diego. But I think those last two [poor] starts, it really wasn’t related to that. It’s not anything that’s bothering me that much. ... I thought it wasn’t worth it to swing. I swing at the balls pretty hard, and I thought it’s not worth making my back worse. I told their catcher from the beginning, ‘Just throw it right down the middle. I’m not swinging.’ After that first at-bat, they threw me a changeup. I was like, ‘No, I promise you. Throw it right down the middle. I’m not going to swing.’" -Bartolo Colon [ESPN]
I thought Thor only had one weapon.
"The growth that I've had in the span of one year has been night and day. I have the ability to go out there and have the confidence to throw any pitch at any given time." -Noah Syndergaard [Mets]
Neil Walker and Asdrubal Cabrera have done a nice job of fitting into the clubhouse.
"I feel at home. That's real important for a player when you come from another team. You like to be part of a family." -Asdrubal Cabrera [Mets]
Conforto on hitting two of his last three home runs during Syndergaard’s starts.
"I've got to do it for the roommate, I guess." -Michael Conforto [Mets]
Remember to enjoy watching this man play.
"That’s one of the best feelings in baseball, for sure." -David Wright on hitting a walk-off [New York Times]
Not a superstar.
"Will David Wright be the David Wright of five or six years ago? Probably not. But he’s still a great player, a very, very good player. He’s gonna show it as the weather gets better. He may not be the home run hitter we remember him being, but he’s a good hitter. I think he's gonna be fine." -Terry Collins [New York Post]
Do yourself a favor and read this piece on the relationship between Strawberry and Carter.
"Gary Carter is the No. 1 light for me. He was the light in the darkness… I had an opportunity to see a man that I didn’t see in my home because I didn’t have that. I didn’t have a father figure. I didn’t have anyone like that to admire…And here was this guy, he was a great player, and then you see the way he conducted himself. Deep down inside, I know I really wanted that. I wanted to be a man that lived right, that didn’t go out and drink, didn’t cheat on your wife, didn’t do drugs or drink alcohol. Didn’t do amphetamines and stuff like that… I didn’t want to be a liar, a cheater or a womanizer. I didn’t want to be all of that stuff. But all of that stuff was embedded in me because of the lifestyle. And I saw this guy, and I think now, ‘That’s what I want, that’s what I want my life to be like.’" -Darryl Strawberry [Newsday]
SiteBot FacePalm of the Week
"Hard for me to imagine more than 1 Mets win in this series. Hoping we don’t get swept" -TOSharpie81
AA Quote of the Week
"lol shit" -JR and the Off-Balance Shots on OuttaHereOuttaHere bringing a sign to the Mets/Nats game reading ‘jr pls’