Your 2017 New York Mets: It was definitely more frustration than pain.
“It was definitely more frustration than pain.” -Robert Gsellman on his strained hamstring [Newsday]
Who is saying the Mets don’t ‘got to get their pitching going’?
“We’ve got to get our pitching going, because I don’t care what anybody says: That is what it’s going to take in the heat of the summer to get back in this.” -Terry Collins [New York Post]
I did it my way.
“Sometimes you get some luck, sometimes you don’t, and right now I’m just getting things to go my way.” -Curtis Granderson [New York Post]
I never doubted... don’t look at my comment history.
"I know a lot of people on the outside doubted things. But it's funny. Whenever you get off to a hot start, no one goes ahead and says, 'Well, this person is going to continue batting .500 for the rest of the season.' But as soon as you get off to a slow start, everyone wants to know what's wrong. You've got to look and see that things end up evening themselves out over the course of the season." –Curtis Granderson [MLB]
That’s your conclusion?
"It's easy to start painting with a broad rush on the reasons (for the injuries). What I think is the smarter thing to do is break down each one of them and look at them individually and then back into how did we get there. We are constantly evaluating our people, our policies, and processes, and all I can say right now is we have a lot of confidence in group and what they do. Bottom line we have a lot of confidence on the guys we have on the medical side. We know that as a team, they’re as good a group as there is." -John Ricco [North Jersey]
When were the good years?
"We had a few good years. We’ve seen a lot of positive results [from Barwis]. He works with a lot of our players up and down the organization, a lot of the minor leaguers. A lot of the players we’ve developed and have gotten to the big leagues are due to some of the things he has done with them during the season and during the off-season. ... All in all, we’re very happy." -John Ricco [North Jersey]
We want six-pack drinkers, not six-pack wearers.
“You know, if baseball—and I’m not talking about the Mets—if baseball at some point doesn’t get these newbie trainers and get them in a room with some of the old trainers... and people that took care of baseball players and how to keep them healthy and get them in a room and try to tap into some of their knowledge of how you train baseball players—not weightlifters, not six-pack wearers, baseball players—they’re doing a disservice to their million-dollar athletes that they’re paying. It’s a joke to watch this each and every night.” -Ron Darling [New York Daily News]
They want to, they just can’t.
"You can see the players we've got here. We want to do something good. We want to play hard. Coming from a bad series in L.A., to come here and sweep San Francisco, that shows a lot about the chemistry and the demeanor of this team." -Rene Rivera [MLB]
Personally, my confidence in his pitching needs a bit more time.
“I just feel a lot more confidence in my pitching. The changeup is something I have been working on a lot, and I think I have perfected it to where I really wanted it and hopefully it is going to stay there and I think that is going to make the difference.” -Rafael Montero [New York Post]
Headline aside, I never saw this as a trade demand as much as an ‘pick up my option’ demand.
“If you want me to move, I move for the team but you’ve got to give me something for me and my family, too. That’s the only thing that I want.” -Asdrubal Cabrera [New York Times]
This plan. He doesn’t like this plan.
“I always want to be here. This is a great team. In that moment when I said that, I wasn’t saying I want to get traded. I was just saying it didn’t seem like they had a plan for me. … If they’ve got a plan, they should tell me.” -Asdrubal Cabrera [New York Post]
“I like this team a lot. I’ll be fine with playing second. I’m a professional player. I would like to stay here at any position. I just felt like I didn’t have good communication with the team in that moment. Now we have to wait and see what happens.” -Asdrubal Cabrera [New York Post]
Well, at least something with the Mets is healthy.
“I would be very surprised if issues of this sort didn’t arise over the past 10 days to two weeks. In some ways, getting it out on the table is healthy.” -Sandy Alderson [New York Times]
I had no idea Reyes, Cabrera and Cespedes were BFFs.
“But when I’m near [Jose Reyes and Asdrubal Cabrera], I talk a little more and I’m more open. Being around those two, I feel good. It’s about being Latino, speaking the same language and, in their case, the experience they have. They’re more experienced than I am.” -Yoenis Cespedes [New York Times]
“There’s no fear between us. We’re very united, not just in the good moments but the bad ones, too.” -Jose Reyes [New York Times]
“We’re very sincere. We’re not two-faced when we tell each other things, like not talking about the bad things with the other.” -Asdrubal Cabrera [New York Times]
“It doesn’t matter where they put [Asdrubal Cabrera] to play, he just has to go out on the field and do his job,” -Yoenis Cespedes [New York Times]
“The friendship we’ve formed, that won’t stop whether they’re here or not. No matter where they will be, we’re going to still keep talking. Maybe it won’t be like now because we’re all together, but the friendship will still be there.” -Yoenis Cespedes [New York Times]
Congrats to Chasen on is debut.
"The adrenaline was running. I've never pitched in front of 40,000 people before, so it's a little different. But it was awesome." -Chasen Bradford [Mets]
There are more important things in life than baseball.
“I was thinking, ‘God, this has got to be a good ending, not a bad ending,’ and held on for dear life. She said, ‘You don’t care about me.’ I said, ‘I care.’ She said, ‘I just want to end it right now. I want to be in a better place.’ I said, ‘You’re going to be all right.’” -Major League Baseball umpire, John Tumpane [Post-Gazette]
SiteBot FacePalm of the Week
“Everyone should be made available Including the overrated pitching staff. This team is a bunch of underachievers. We need to start anew. Just wipe the slate clean from management down to the last man on the bench. This pitching staff will never pitch to it’s potential. It will never be completely healthy ( a excuse). The elation I felt the last two years has been replaced with a feeling of dread. This team is dead in the water. I blame management, the players and even the fans(myself included). Maybe the expectations were inflated. Maybe (probably) this team was never that good to begin with. Dreadful….” -goodoldabadays
AA Quote of the Week
“13[th reason the Mets are not calling up Amed Rosario]. They’re trying to make the time of his call-up as unpredictable as possible so they can finally say he was surprised, and not ready.” -David Capobianco