Your 2019 New York Mets: We have to win every single game.
“From now going forward we have to win every single game that we play to be in a good spot.” -Amed Rosario [New York Post]
J.D. Davis scouting report on Clayton Kershaw is that he might be pretty good.
“He was spotting it up pretty good. He had good command of his fastball and then he started really feeling for that curveball. I know he backdoored a couple to me. He’s one of those starters where we knew we needed to get on him early before he could get into his groove. He minimized damage. He did Kershaw things.” -JD Davis [MLB]
Got to love Ryu take on facing Jake.
“I think every pitcher will tell you the exact same answer: If you have a guy like deGrom going against you, you’re extra focused. It actually puts you in a better rhythm because it’s a pitcher’s duel, you get on the mound faster. Basically, going against the top pitcher, like deGrom, in the league, definitely benefits you in terms of staying more focused and having to execute your pitches. It was a good matchup.” Hyun-Jin Ryu [New York Post]
At the beginning of the season, did not realize Rajai Davis heroics would come up more than once.
“Sometimes, a hitter does something special. Right there, Rajai did something special.” -Russel Martin [MLB]
Having the confidence to admit this is part of what makes deGrom great.
“I said, ‘I’m wearing down a little bit. Usually, I’m ready to go. I noticed that I was starting to get tired even in [the seventh]. I was leaving some pitches up. The two hits I gave up in that inning, I didn’t really finish them. I noticed my arm was dragging a little bit. So when they asked, I was honest.” -Jacob deGrom [MLB]
Weirdly, almost every time they’ve used him to start a game, he’s hit the ball hard too.
“Almost every time we’ve used [J.D. Davis] to pinch-hit this year, he’s hit the ball hard somewhere. Big situations I don’t think bother him, either.” -Mickey Callaway [MLB]
‘That’s baseball’ pretty much is what I tell myself from 2001-present [sans 2015].
“I made my pitch, and [Gyorko] found the hole. I was trying to go with it. It happens, that’s baseball.” -Seth Lugo [MLB]
He wasn’t wrong...
“When their backs are against the wall, they do special things. They proved that time and time again, and I think they are going to prove that. We have to go and take care of business in Colorado. It’s a tough place to go, tough travel night. There are no excuses. We are going to wake up, come out and swing the bats, and get the job done.” -Mickey Callaway [MLB]
...because this man backed them up.
“I just feel like I’ve made adjustments over the past two weeks, kind of changed my mechanics, my delivery a bit, and I feel like it’s paying off. I compete. I battle, regardless. Their lineup is incredible. You really have to keep an emphasis on keeping the ball down, especially in this ballpark, and I feel like I did.” -Marcus Stroman [New York Post]
Can’t argue that New York City might have good food.
“Right now, we don’t know where baseball’s going to take us. We love New York, love the food, love the people. This is where we live.” -Joe Panik [MLB]
‘Once that day happened, the next day happened’ might be my favorite quote of the year.
“The fact that we were able to bounce back and get an impressive win, that showed me all I needed to know about the mental toughness of this team. The fight. Once that day happened, the next day happened, I knew we were going to fight it out all the way to the end.” -Brandon Nimmo [New York Daily News]
Fear the bear.
“He puts the fear in guys. And he should. Because he’s a great hitter.” -Mickey Callaway [MLB]
SiteBot FacePalm of the Week
“Syndergaard is a headcase and a prima donna I don’t know how much of him I can take. He’s a typical only child: me me me. You need some littermates growing up.” -Gothammoon
AA Quote of the Week
“Well, I have a very strong feeling that you only have a few more weeks of taking him because it is close to a lock he gets traded this off season. most likely for a less than stellar return, but I will put you in the group of people that can’t complain because you bought into the Wilpon smear campaign and want him run out of town!” -stickguy