Your 2016 New York Mets: We haven’t been hitting, so we have a tough time scoring.
“[The Diamondbacks] have got a good offensive team, and you’ve got to make pitches against them. You look at all the pitchers they have used and some of the ERAs, people have been hitting them. We haven’t been hitting, so we have a tough time scoring.” –Terry Collins [New York Post]
This excitement did not last.
“Absolutely [the team was excited for Saturday’s walk off win]. You should’ve heard the clubhouse just a few minutes ago. There’s some genuine excitement in there.” –Terry Collins [New York Daily News]
"[Jon Niese] hadn't started in six weeks, and he used all of his pitches. He used his changeup pretty effectively. He made some good pitches with his cutter. I thought he threw the ball good." –Terry Collins [MLB]
Once we get Niese up to speed, the rest of the NL better watch out.
“The endurance really wasn’t there like it normally is, but I was still able to compete out there. Being able to get lengthened out like that today will certainly help in my next outing.” – Jon Niese [New York Post]
And the plate.
"These past five days, I've spent a lot of time on the mound trying to get back on track and get outside of my comfort zone, in terms of changing my mechanics a little bit and staying closed longer and using my lower half to generate a lot of force, and I think it really showed out there on the mound." –Noah Syndergaard [Mets]
Wonder if Syndergaard would throw inside at Syndergaard for that one.
“It’s an awesome feeling. I watched it a little bit on that one.” –Noah Syndergaard [Newsday]
I guess Terry forgot Noah’s other two home runs.
"Noah is dangerous. He's got huge power. Finally he got one. The way the game turned out, we needed it." –Terry Collins [NJ]
We might need better than perfect at this point.
“I feel perfect. I’m going to play nine innings in left field [Wednesday] for St. Lucie and then hopefully join the team in San Francisco.” –Yoenis Cespedes [New York Post]
In typically Terry fashion, Granderson was moved down to sixth the next day.
"[Curtis Granderson’s] not by himself in that category [hitting with RISP]. "Where he hits in the lineup, a lot of times you've got the back end of the lineup ahead of him. Sometimes they don't get on. And when they do, he hasn't been driving them in. But you still look up, and this guy is going to end up with over 20 homers. He's just not necessarily an RBI guy. No matter where you think you should hit anybody in the order, they're going to end up coming up with guys on base at times. You hope they get hits. I kind of feel good when Grandy is up there, because I know he can hit the ball over the fence." –Terry Collins [ESPN]
Could be this or could be that age is the equalizer.
"Initially, I was in the position of leading off and trying to set the tone and things like that. I've mixed when to be aggressive versus trying to set the tone for everybody else. So there have been pitches that I could have gone after and attacked and maybe done something with that I've let go by. And then the number of opportunities after that have gone down more so than they have in the past. So it's a little bit more of an uphill battle when you're letting those pitches go, especially when you're facing better and better pitching as the season goes on." –Curtis Granderson [ESPN]
Based on the past, I’m pretty sure Matz could’ve easily convinced Terry to let him go out there for one more.
“If [Matz] got through the eighth inning. I was going to let him start the ninth depending on what the eighth inning looked like. If he walked a couple of guys and got up there pretty high, I wasn’t going to visit the Johan Santana scenario again, I can tell you that.” –Terry Collins [Newsday]
Everyone says this but I wonder how true it actually is.
“It really wasn’t on my mind. The only thing on my mind was just getting outs.” –Steven Matz [Newsday]
He added, and extra-hopefully maybe Wheeler.
“I know how disappointed everybody is with the way things have happened, what’s occurred this summer. But this is still a good team. Expectations are still high. We’re still the National League champions. That’s never going to go away. The future’s still here with deGrom and Matz and Syndergaard and hopefully Matt Harvey.” –Terry Collins [Newsday]
Here’s our next generic Triple-A infielder giving you some generic quotes.
“I’m just trying not to do too much. You come to a new environment with guys you haven’t played with before, you want to prove yourself, say you belong and show you belong. My goal is just not try to do too much and to play my game and just go out there and compete and have fun.” –T.J. Rivera [New York Post]
SiteBot FacePalm of the Week
“Loney puts the ball in play more. All the stats you choose are for the purpose of supporting the idea that Duda would be worth more to Mets at first base then Loney, and while batting average is pretty indicator of how often a player tends to reach base per at-bat, I would be more interested in batting average with runners on base and in scoring position. Getting a 100 singles or doubles with no one on-base means nothing if you never score or move the runner to the next base or get a run batted in. Comparing Loney to Duda defensively is a toss-up but I’d choose Loney everytime bc he makes better decisions and is more experienced at 1B. Hitting wise, Duda is an odds-on favorite bc he can hit 25-30 bombs a year but that don’t mean a hill of beans if most of them are solo shots and come when we are already winning the game which Duda does most often, now Loney on the other hand is going get on base more, and put the ball-in-play more bc he strikes out less, so even if you did the math, subtracting the HRs from Loney vs Duda Loney still will be available for 80+ more at bats and provides a better opportunity to drive in runs or move runners along then does Duda who will kill more rallies by K’ing 80+ more times making outs and no production, and we haven’t even started on who makes better contact against lefty pitching.” –BrazN
AA Quote of the Week
“One big problem with your theory...Loney does not get on base more than Duda.” –David G