Your 2017 New York Mets: In general, it's frustrating when you don't win ballgames.
"In general, it's frustrating when you don't win ballgames. But when you know you're climbing an uphill battle and these guys are at the top, you want to try to make up as much ground as you can. We haven't been able to do that." –Jay Bruce [MLB]
The way this team is built, I wouldn’t say high expectations of the defense were in order.
“When you’re a team that relies on pitching the way we do, that’s built the way we are, it’s disappointing when your defense isn’t sharp and I’ll tell you what: Every time we make a mistake, it seems like it always comes back to bite us.” –Terry Collins [New York Post]
Granderson on his health, not the state of the Mets.
"All the signs are showing that everything is improving." -Curtis Granderson [MLB]
The Mets dropped their next series against the Nationals.
"There's not a team that I can recall in the history of baseball that has won 162 games. So, you're gonna lose games, you're gonna win games. But you gotta win series and we've been winning series.” –Rene Rivera [MLB]
Feels like the only thing that can happen is the Mets lose to the Nationals.
"That's what makes it interesting and why a lot of people want to watch this series. A lot of things can, and probably will, happen." –Curtis Granderson on losing on a walkoff after tying the game with a pinch hit home run in the top of the ninth [MLB]
Watching our outfield, you have to forgive Terry for not realizing what good defenders are capable of.
"You've got to send [Nimmo]. You've got to make the guy make a good throw. And he did. He made a great throw. If that ball's one foot to either side, he's safe.'” –Terry Collins [MLB]
And that’s the bottom line cause Jay Bruce said so.
“I blew it. Bottom line.” –Jay Bruce on letting a single roll under his glove [New York Post]
Warthen voice trails off as he gets lost in the thoughts of a happier, simpler time.
“[Dan Warthen on how Mets have gone from fewest walks to 4th-most:] The people on the mound. I don’t have Syndergaard, I don’t have Colon..." –Dan Warthen [Twitter]
Terry Collins added ‘also you got to hit it. And that’s how baseball works.’
“If you’re going to pitch, you’ve got to catch it.” –Terry Collins [MLB]
Being wrong a lot feels like it would be an improvement for Terry.
"I want a job as a meteorologist in this town. They're wrong a lot." –Terry Collins [Mets]
You know the Mets season isn’t going exactly as planned when you get this many quotes about ‘water.’
“I’m not a big water drinker. Since I got hurt, I’ve been drinking more water. I think this will help me.” –Yoenis Cespedes [New York Times]
“I cannot afford to have him blow out that hammy again and he’s out for two months. It’s hot and it’s humid. Dehydration is an issue.” –Terry Collins [New York Times]
“It’s not just water. It’s the stretching. It’s the running. It’s the variety of pregame aspects of his routine that have changed.” –Sandy Alderson [New York Times]
“I didn’t like [water]. But now, they’re helping me with Gatorade. At least, that has taste and that way I can drink more water.” –Yoenis Cespedes [New York Times]
“[Jose Reyes’] always giving me advice because he’s had this stuff before. He reminds me that water is good for the muscles and I need to be hydrated. Sometimes I pay attention. Sometimes I don’t.” –Yoenis Cespedes [New York Times]
Obviously, the game after the magically elixir ‘water’ is discussed in detail, Cespedes is removed from the game early with a cramp.
“It’s just a cramp. It could happen to anybody. I could have been walking. I could have been sleeping.” –Yoenis Cespedes [New York Post]
Reminds me of the way Duda would talk to reporters when he was first called up.
“I feel I can play center field. It’s a position I have played for most of my life and I think I have the speed to do it, I have the instincts. It’s just getting out there and getting repetition in the big leagues, because it is different — obviously bigger, stronger guys up here, and the ball flies a little bit differently. A different ball with the major league ball, and you’ve got guys throwing harder, so it’s going to come off harder and with all those things combined and the different ballparks it just takes getting out there and getting the experience, but I really do think I can play center field in the big leagues.” –Brandon Nimmo [New York Post]
Sandy is going to Sandy.
"Well, I can't say anything about Bartolo, but I did call Atlanta and ask if we could buy their surplus bobbleheads and he lives in Jersey, too." –Sandy Alderson [MLB]
"Why did we sign [Tebow]? Because he's a good guy? Partly. Partly because of his notoriety as a celebrity. No question about that. And partly, in recognition of that celebrity, this is the entertainment business. My attitude is, why not? I actually think it's been great for baseball. I think it's been great for the South Atlantic League in terms of interest and entertainment. We'll see how far he goes." –Sandy Alderson [MLB]
“[In the annual media guide, every player is listed along with his signing scout.] The problem was, the guy we sent to see [Tim Tebow] in California did not exactly send in a glowing report. I knew he didn't want his name on it. [Someone said Alderson's name should be listed as Tebow's signing scout.] Which would have been funny. Anyway, the guy we put down is the director of merchandising." –Sandy Alderson [MLB]