Your 2018 New York Mets: Just have to keep plugging along.
“Just have to keep on plugging along.” –Mickey Callaway [New York Daily News]
The Mets might have finally broke deGrom spirit.
”I’m tired of losing, to be honest.” –Jacob deGrom [MLB]
The Mets would go on to loss their next game.
“The hottest team in July. It’s not where we want to be. But we’ve got to look forward. We’re still missing some guys....it’s one of those things, if you’re going good, you keep on doing what you are doing. If you are not, today was a good start. July 1, we got our first win (of July), hopefully that kick starts us. I know I keep saying it but with a day off coming up, we’re going to have a get together as a team later, just have some fun. Hopefully this is our wake up call.” –Todd Frazier [New York Daily News]
You know the season’s going bad when quotes include, ‘The goal was to have the best winning percentage, and this is the complete opposite’…
”That was not the goal coming in. The goal was to have the best winning percentage, and this is the complete opposite. So nobody’s happy with that.” –Jacob deGrom [MLB]
…‘We’d rather be winning games’…
“We learned a lot, we learned a lot about each other. When we ultimately get to where we want to get someday, these times are going to be very valuable to reflect on and learn from. We’d rather be winning games, but what has already happened has happened, we’re going to learn from it and move forward and do the best we can to win a game today and moving forward.” –Mickey Callaway [New York Daily News]
…’We have to win more games than we have for the fans’ sake’…
“We have to win more games than we have, for the fans’ sake, for the organization’s sake, for [the media’s] sake. So we have to definitely monitor [the clubhouse] and pay attention to it and make sure that guys are motivated and continue to come here believing in themselves and that they can get the job done.” –Mickey Callaway [New York Post]
…‘It just sucks’.
”It just sucks. We’re battling through it. We’ve just got to keep battling. Don’t put our heads down because of our losing record.” –Wilmer Flores [MLB]
Is Callaway is going to be referencing that 11-1 streak for the rest of his career?
“We have to continue to change the things that need to be changed, so we’re putting ourselves in position when we start winning we can sustain it. Not just go 11-1 and not be very good again. We have to put things in place where we can go 11-1 and continue to 6-4, 5-4, 5-5 and just stay the course and be a good team consistently and not just a flash in the pan for two weeks.” –Mickey Callaway [New York Daily News]
It’s a new Keith and Keith is trying Keith on that.
“It’s a new month and everybody is trying to feed on that. Put last month to bed, it’s a new month, everybody is trying to feed on that new energy.” –Brandon Nimmo [New York Post]
Putting aside that Nimmo clearly is missing a hand; I don’t think I ever heard the phrase ‘I am back on the knob’.
“I obviously have not found it yet. I am late; I am super late. My bat speed is not there. I am having to make decisions a lot sooner than I was beforehand. But my hand feels fine, so I don’t know what the problem is right now. I thought two games off, maybe a little bit of timing at first, but I’ve had plenty of time now. Honestly [my hand] feels fine. I am not even getting any treatment. I am not even taking Advil. I am back on the knob, everything feels fine. Not doing it right now.” –Brandon Nimmo [New York Daily News]
Hey, here’s a positive quote about the Mets this week…/reads note/..oh he was talking about Marlin’s rookie Sandy Alcantara.
”Nice, easy delivery. Easy arm. Has pretty good stuff. Fastball, changeup for the most part. He looks like he’s got a promising future.” –Mickey Callaway [MLB]
Wheeler on possibly being traded.
“Obviously teams want you for a reason. I like it here and I don’t want to be traded, but it’s baseball — trades happen and I know especially in years getting closer to your free agency, it’s more than likely going to happen. I don’t wish it will happen, but at the same time I know it’s a possibility. I just like New York, man. I like New York and if you are winning, it’s a lot of fun there. We are not doing that well right now. Missing those two years, they went to the playoffs those two years I was gone, so that kind of always eats at me, and I want to get back there with this team and that’s kind of my focus. Maybe you do some stuff differently, but I think we have the core here that could lead us that way, give us that direction.” –Zack Wheeler [New York Post]
Flores on possibly being traded, a little more succinctly than Wheeler.
“I don’t want to go anywhere.” –Wilmer Flores [New York Post]
Mets Tweet of the Week
My Theory: He’s a Terminator...Sent from the future....to kill us all.... with kindness https://t.co/5wx7sL89qE— Noah Syndergaard (@Noahsyndergaard) June 28, 2018
AA Quote of the Week
“Mets not even playing in the country today [4th of July], of all days.” -MetsFan4Decades
“it’s like their gift to the nation!” -natteringnabob
SiteBot FacePalm of the Week
“Big Changes are a MUST
It’s time to implement the following
1. Fire the hitting coach or Mickey Callaway. Someone needs to take the blame and fall for a disastrous first half.
2. Bench players for not running out plays or striking out on ball 4. Several young players i.e. Roasario, Nimmo, Conforto, Smith have fallen into a lost plate disaplesant approach.
3. Sit the Veteran players more often. Especially, when they struggle at the plate game after game after game.
4. Let the starting pitchers know a six man rotation is starting. If possible, pitchers will be needed to pitch 105-120 pitches per game. This will shorten the bullpen and expand one more bench player.
5. Blow up the bullpen. It’s been a nightmare blowing late game leads for a lose. NO MORE Familia. Pull the plug on the carousel ride. He’s no longer a shutdown closer. Find a new younger closer with the energy and heat to closeout games in the 9th.
6. Employ small ball play. Bunting and hitting against the shifts are a MUST! Try base stealing to keep the other team honest. Especially, when the other team’s pitcher is struggling to throw repeated strikes or pitches in the zone.
7. Start the micro-rebuild now. There’s still time in the season to climb back into the races. At least give the fans a glimmer if hope!” -BlueNOrange33