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This Week in Mets Quotes: McNeil says hitting is very hard, deGrom wants to be MVP

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Lots of interesting, funny, idiotic, and insightful things were said by the Mets—and about them—recently. Here are some of our favorites.

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Your 2021 New York Mets: Hitting is very hard.

“Hitting is very hard.” -Jeff McNeil [MLB]

This Week in McCann being embarrassed about the Mets’ lack of run support for deGrom.

“Really, there’s no excuse. Especially in a game like tonight where between Jake and the rest of the staff, we held them to one run? We’ve got to find a way to win those games.” -James McCann [MLB]

deGrom on giving up a single run in his start.

“I think I’m just disappointed because of how good I felt mechanically out there last time. I just wasn’t able to repeat that.” -Jacob deGrom [MLB]

It’s for the best.

“I try not to think too much about [the lack of run support]. I’m more disappointed that I wasn’t able to make pitches there in the second inning. I was trying to battle through but just left some balls over the middle of the plate that got hit. That comes down to be controlling what I can control, and I didn’t do a good job of that.” -Jacob deGrom [MLB]

Let’s remember a happier deGrom start from last Saturday.

“[deGrom] has to be from a different planet because he does things that seem out of this world. He just commanded the whole game. He changed the game. He single-handedly won and changed the game.” -Brandon Nimmo [New York Post]

Would be nice if the Mets hitters participated rather than just witness it.

“We’re witnessing something special.” -Luis Rojas [New York Post]

Narrator: He figured out a way.

“When I looked up there and saw 12 [strikeouts], I was like, ‘OK, you gotta figure out a way to strike out three guys.’” -Jacob deGrom [New York Post]

Catching deGrom must feel like playing a video game on easy.

“He was just being Jake. The guy’s unbelievable. I was just putting numbers down and he was hitting the spot.” -Tomas Nido [New York Post]

deGrom’s current slash line is .462/.462/.538.

“If we’re gonna be in the lineup, I feel like we might as well be a threat and try to do our best and put good swings on the ball. I don’t want to be an easy out.” -Jacob deGrom [New York Post]

deGrom is going for the EGOT next.

“[The fans chanting MVP] was definitely cool. Obviously it’d be really cool to win MVP. So hopefully we’ll see if we can keep this thing going.” -Jacob deGrom [New York Post]

Mike Pelfrey sheds a single tear.

“Definitely the best [pitcher] I have ever seen in person. No disrespect to those other great pitchers but it’s not even that close. I remember watching Pedro (Martinez) on TV in the late ‘90s/early 2000s and I guess it reminds me of that type of dominance.” -David Wright [SNY]

Hopefully, Thor’s return is more akin to Ragnarok than The Dark World.

“He looked really good, from what I saw.” -Luis Rojas [MLB]

“All reports were very strong. Very encouraged by his outing today.” -Jeremy Hefner [MLB]

The Mets moving Dellin Betances to the 60-day IL and his fastball velocity really makes me doubt we see him again this year.

“They’re just going to continue to work strengthening the shoulder. Obviously the shoulder’s an area that you always have to be mindful that we’re doing all the right things. We have a really good program set up. I’ve talked to our performance staff and we feel like we have a good plan in place, but he’s still in the strengthening portion of that, so it’s hard to really project out a timetable.” -Zack Scott [MLB]

Personally, I had my doubts while watching Almora’s spectacular catch live.

“If it was in the ballpark, I knew I was going to catch it,” -Albert Almora Jr. [New York Post]

“With two outs like that, it was going to be really difficult for me to not catch that ball if the ball stayed in the ballpark. So I was going to leave it all out there.” -Albert Almora Jr. [New York Post]

Just going to pretend this quote never happened.

“That was such a sexy catch. I got so fired up. I hope that’s on ESPN tonight.” -Pete Alonso [New York Post]

No one else shares this confidence.

“We’ve had some struggles in some games, but I think we bring the confidence every day that we’re going to be a good defensive team.” -Luis Rojas [New York Post]

Me speaking from the future, Pete should not be excited for the ‘next set’.

“I felt today we were a real tough team to play against. We were hitting on cylinders on defense and we swung the bat well today. It was a great team win and I am looking forward to this next set [against the Nationals].” -Pete Alonso [New York Post]

Rojas said the swing in Chicago was the ‘one swing’.

“Watching him in camp, how good [Lindor] swung the bat in camp, I just feel that he’s one swing away, one at-bat away. I keep saying it, because he’s got good body control, he’s got a good feel of what he’s doing there. Right now, his swing is just a little off.” -Luis Rojas [MLB]

Unsurprisingly, Lindor is confident.

“It’s going to come. I’ve just got to play games, and as a professional hitter, make the adjustments faster.” -Francisco Lindor [MLB]

Mets Tweet of the Week:

SiteBot FacePalm of the Week

“degrom is a one year wonder” -JR and the Off-balance Shots

AA Quote of the Week

“I said this once” -JR and the Off-balance Shots