Your 2016 New York Mets: What happened has happened.
"What happened has happened. All we can do is just focus on [our next series in] Miami and afterwards." –Bartolo Colon [Mets]
Your 2016 New York Mets: This year we’ve got to ride out what we’ve got.
“We don’t have the animals for [giving starters extra rest] right now. You worry about Matz, worry about Syndergaard, we’ve got Logan Verrett pushed in the rotation, now we’ve got Bart—you only can get so many guys, and right now with Harvey being down and what our options are right now, you bring up a guy and now all of a sudden your bullpen is short. There’s lot of dynamics that go into all of a sudden thinking you need more pitching. As we’ve said before, you never have enough pitching. Ever. This year we’ve got to ride out what we’ve got, and they’ve got to step up and hopefully start pitching well as a group.” -Terry Colins [New York Post]
They’re not exactly driving in runs when they ‘don’t need to’ either.
“We are not driving runs in when we need to. Once in a while you need hits, whether they are bloop singles or anything else and we’re just not taking care of those opportunities that we are getting.” –Terry Collins [New York Post]
Can this new arm throw 100 MPH too?
“It feels like I got a new arm.” –Noah Syndergaard [New York Times]
Who’s ready for CurtiSS?
“Wherever they put me—catch, short, outfield—I’ll play all of them.” -Curtis Granderson [New York Times]
It’s not you, it’s me.
“[The Cubs lineup is] definitely a good lineup, but at the same time I definitely didn’t have my command tonight.” -Steven Matz [New York Post]
Peter Alonso is the best and most humble first basemen out there.
“Right now, defensively, I’m really confident in myself. I think I’m one of the best ones out there. I’ve worked incredibly hard and took a lot of groundballs, and I continue to do so, because I know you can always get better. But I think I’m in a really good spot defensively.” –Peter Alonso [ESPN]
Rene Rivera really doesn’t want to go back to the minors.
"I was ready to put the ball in play. I went out there knowing [Rondon] likes to throw fastballs. I just wanted to put a good swing, make good contact, try to make something happen. Thank God I did." -Rene Rivera [Mets]
While you’re pitching well, this is a fun quirk. If you’re pitching poorly, you’re a nut.
“I just try to believe and think I can do it. I talk to myself.” -Jeurys Familia [New York Times]
Same thing for me when I first started accounting.
“I don’t feel nerves anymore, like when I first started closing. What I try to do is find myself and trust in what I can do.” -Jeurys Familia [New York Times]
deGrom and Syndergaard need to do their jobs because Sean Gilmartin and, I don’t know, Robert Gsellmen, I guess, are lurking over their shoulders.
“At this moment we don’t have a lot of options. We’ve seen this guy [Verrett] has pitched enough good games for us as a starting pitcher to think he’s got good innings left in him. I don’t think there’s any reason for him to look over his shoulder, but we’re in a pennant race. All five of them should be concerned about going out and doing their job, not just Logan Verrett. This becomes crunch time now, and we need to pitch well.” –Terry Collins [New York Post]
I get it’s hyperbole, but you can at least make it possible.
"There are days I don't see Bartolo throw 15 balls in five innings. Certainly uncharacteristic. But you're going to have blips like that once in a while." -Terry Collins [Mets]
Just don’t take any advice from De Aza.
"It's definitely not easy. You want to be out there every day, but I'm trying to find ways to stay ready whenever I'm not playing." –Wilmer Flores [Mets]
The next round of tears look like they’ll be tears of joy.
“I know that my time will come, if it’s here or somewhere else. But I know my time will come. Right now, I’m just doing what I have to do whenever I’m in there.” –Wilmer Flores [Sporting News]
Logan Verrett is his own number-one fan.
"I'm trying to attack the hitters and attack the strike zone. The best way to do that is getting that first-pitch strike over. That's always the goal. I feel like I did a good job of that today." –Logan Verrett [Mets]
Good guy Curtis Granderson hosts the Chicago Baseball Education Academy on the campus of his alma mater, the University of Illinois-Chicago.
“Last year we had 10,000 kids there and we’re looking to keep the numbers steady and moving up. We want them there so they can see what a college campus looks like, seeing how cool baseball is and just meeting kids that don’t look like you. Last year we had a couple kids come up and say ‘Hey, I just saw my first white person.’” –Curtis Granderson [New York Daily News]
“In today’s day and age, the fact that is happening, I think we are doing more than just going out there and playing baseball with the kids. We have kids that live half a mile away (from the University of Illinois-Chicago) who have never seen a college campus, and the college is right there. Slowly starting to transition. We even have kids that come and just get a college tour from current students who are from their neighborhoods, so they are telling them, ‘I am from where you are from and I got here.’” –Curtis Granderson [New York Daily News]
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“one is a .285 carreer hitter and the other is a .247 career hitter. I’ll let you decide who is who.” -cards vs. the world comparing James Loney to Lucas Duda
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