Your 2016 New York Mets: Up, down, up, down, and you’ve just got to keep playing.
"Tonight’s game personifies exactly what the season is like: Up, down, up, down, and you’ve just got to keep playing." -Terry Collins [New York Post]
Well, then, I guess there's only one thing left to do.
"I told them that at that time [if] we would be in control of being a wild card with 10 games to play with all of those injuries, would you sign up for it? Well, yes. And that is what we have: a 10-game season in which we are still in control. Let’s go." -Terry Collins [New York Post]
Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley are rolling in their graves over that display of emotion.
"I don’t remember the last time I was that emotional running the bases. When I was running, a lot of stuff went through my head. I put my team in a great position there to tie the ballgame. I never thought I was going to be here doing this. I’m just going to continue to enjoy this and continue to play the best that I can." -Jose Reyes [New York Post]
He crushed it, no one was catching that ball.
"As soon as I hit it, I knew it would be out." -Asdrubal Cabrera [Mets]
He crushed it, no one was catching...oh...oh no.
"This is probably the best catch I've ever made. I thought the ball was gone off the bat, but it was the last play of the game, so I just went for it. I was really pumped up. I caught the ball, and I knew I had it. But the fans were waiting until I took it out of the glove." -Ender Inciarte [Mets]
I’m going to go ahead and assume Nimmo still smiles while giving this quote.
"I hit home plate, looked back and saw him jumping up and down, and I was like ‘No way he robbed that.’ Then I looked at the replay and you could see it clear as day, it was gone. For him to make a play like that in such a pressure situation, sometimes you’ve just got to tip your cap. When you lose on a play like that, it was your best effort. Cespedes, he crushed that ball. It was a home run, and that guy brought it back." –Brandon Nimmo [New York Post]
Also, the Mets season in a nutshell, after this quote they were swept at home by the Braves then came back to beat the Phillies in dramatic fashion.
"This is our season in a nutshell. We take the first two games in the series, give our guys a day off, and the guys behind us fill in and do their thing. That's been the New York Mets this year, all year. I'm glad nothing's changed." –Jerry Blevins [Mets]
The Mets quickly found the cure.
"Put it this way: I think winning's contagious. When things are going good, guys want to be a part of it." –Terry Collins after the Mets swept the Twins [Mets]
It’s Bartolo’s world and we’re just living in it.
"He said something like, 'See what you did? Now I have to leave the game.'" –Dansby Swanson on what Mets pitcher Bartolo Colon told him after Swanson's single led to Colon's departure in the seventh inning [Mets]
No one show this quote to Steve Schreiber.
"James Loney’s as good a first baseman defensively as there is. We catch that ground ball were not in that situation." –Terry Collins [New York Post]
Jay Bruce accumulated 16.5 fWAR over his career with a total of -0.9 fWAR the past three years, so yeah definitely a star.
"I've talked to Jay enough to know that this guy is a bona-fide star and bona-fide stars carry teams. Obviously, when you're a star, you take it upon yourself to say, 'Yup, I'll be the guy for you.' And he got off to a slow start. He's just been unable to get it going. But he still has a great outlook. He still believes he's going to be a big piece." –Terry Collins [Mets]
"Baseball is a funny game. You think you have it figured out, and it’ll knock you down. I felt the best I ever did in that start against the Nationals, and today I couldn’t even get out of the fourth inning." –Noah Syndergaard [New York Times]
Humble Curtis is humble.
"[Asked if he was trying to hit one out in either at-bat] No. I’m trying to get on base there, especially the first one, with the closer in there. Obviously, he’s the closer for a reason with that team. I’m just trying to find a hole, get a little bit of grass, pass it to the next guy in the lineup to hopefully be able to manufacture a run. And the last inning, same type of thing." –Curtis Granderson [Newsday]
You can question his work, but you can’t question his fandom.
"I lived in L.A. for 17 years, I met my wife there. I have a lot of great friends, a lot of great memories. But it just never felt like home. To be able to take my kids to games at Citi Field now - it's the food, it is the culture, it is the people, the energy that drives me. It just originated here and it's what sustains me." –Kevin James [Mets]
Like most players (as they should), I’m assuming the best fit will also be the team that offers the most money.
"Everything is an option right now. We're looking at several different options. Like I said, [the Mets are] a good fit and this looks good, but we don't know what else is out there. We don't know where teams might be coming from. The free agent market is kind of weak, especially at the infield position, so you never know what could happen." –Neil Walker [Daily News]
To the surprise of no one, the next day it was announced deGrom’s season was over.
"We talked to Noah; he actually thought he could use an extra day after the other night. So we thought it’d be a good time to get Jake in there. Not only do we think he’s ready — I just saw him throw his pen; threw the ball great — we know how good he can be in the daytime." –Terry Collins [Daily News]
To the surprise of no one, the next day it was announced Matz’ season was over.
"As of today, [Matz’] good to go. We'll always wait until tomorrow to see how he comes out of it. But certainly limited in what the workload will be. Hasn't pitched in quite a while, but looked very good, looked nice and easy. The ball came out of his hand great, so we'll see how it goes when we get here tomorrow." -Terry Collins [NJ]
SiteBot FacePalm of the Week
"If Cespedes heats up, he bolts for greener $ pastures. If he slumps, he won’t get an offer and we are with him for another year. His dogging it on the base paths finally got noticed in MSM with Phil Mushnick recognizes that the bat flip/jog to first watching and posing for HR, leads to injuries when the runner must speed up. Sports psychology says when stars do not hustle, it impacts younger players who look up to them. The dropped fly ball was opportunity for a manager to manage. He did not." -Peter Hyatt
AA Quote of the Week
"The good news is that we'll all die someday. And the Mets will tell everyone that we could be back in 4-6 weeks." -xgamblorx