Your 2021 New York Mets: Did y’all expect that?
“Did y’all expect that? We knew what we were capable of, to be honest, from the very start.” -Marcus Stroman [New York Post]
So easy to root for this team.
“Between staff, between players we have a great combination of guys. There’s so much flow of information happening. We’re sharing ideas. We’re sharing how each other pitches and prepares, so there’s so much information being shared between one another, I just feel like it creates a winning atmosphere.” -Marcus Stroman [New York Post]
Stroman doesn’t hold back his feelings for deGrom.
“Man, we feed off the GOAT, man, for sure. Definitely, I can’t speak any more highly of that man.” -Marcus Stroman [New York Post]
“He’s truly the best of our generation, and I think he’ll be the best to ever do it once it’s all said and done. Jake’s the man. He’s the most humble dude away from the field, too, and me and him are always talking mechanics, body, we’re always sharing ideas, pitch-sequencing. So I’m just trying to learn as much as I can from him.” -Marcus Stroman [New York Post]
deGrom was right that he was out there in five days but had to leave his next start early as well.
“I’m pretty optimistic that I’ll be out there in five days.” -Jacob deGrom [MLB]
deGrom on his abbreviated start on Saturday.
“How it was trending this week was a plus. I felt it a little more right after I pitched, and then the day of my side [session], it felt better. When I woke up today, it felt great. … I woke up, felt good — could feel it a tiny bit in the bullpen, but not like when I was throwing my side. So I liked the way it was trending and didn’t feel like it was a concern.” -Jacob deGrom [MLB]
deGrom on his abbreviated start on Wednesday.
“I felt good warming up, felt really good in the first and second innings, then there in the third my shoulder was sore. This is getting old. I want to be out there competing instead of coming out of these games with these little [things].” -Jacob deGrom [ESPN]
The fanbase collectively holds its breath.
“I think it’s three separate issues, I think the lat was something to do with the swing. The elbow I didn’t think too much of ... I was pretty confident that that was nothing. And I’m pretty confident that this is nothing. We did some tests and ruled out anything serious.” -Jacob deGrom [ESPN]
Nice of reporters to get Billy McKinney’s thoughts on deGrom.
“It’s obviously not easy to hear about. Hopefully, he’ll be back as soon as possible, because he’s such a great guy, and obviously what he does on the field is unbelievable.” -Billy McKinney [ESPN]
Let’s check in on Carlos Carrasco.
“For this kind of injury, it’s taking time. I almost was ready to come back and then it happened again. Since it happened the third time, I’m just taking it easy right now. I’ve been doing everything they’ve asked me to do, and I think we’re in a good spot right now.” -Carols Carrasco [MLB]
Got to feel for the guy.
“Oh my God, I don’t know [when I’ll begin throwing again]. That’s what I’ve been waiting for. I’ve been doing everything I can, so I just follow those little steps the trainer wants me to do every day. I wish I can have a day that I can go out there and pitch. I’ve been waiting since March. But it’s getting there.” -Carols Carrasco [MLB]
Love the Mets?
“We all love David [Peterson], and he’s a bulldog out there. We’re all going to go through a little bit of failure in this game. This game is a humbling game. I think the biggest thing is what do you do after that failure, and how do you challenge that? And I think he did a great job tonight against a first-place team.” -Dominic Smith [MLB]
Love the Mets.
“The numbers on the surface don’t look very good, but [Peterson’s] given us some really good starts. I know he’s coming off a rough last few starts, but I think it just comes down to the culture and the environment that we believe in him. He knows that we believe in him. Luis believes in him. The pitching coach believes in him. This organization believes in him. And I feel like you reiterate that enough, it builds confidence in him.” -Kevin Pillar [MLB]
Did not realize the Mets were the only ones to offer a contract to Taijuan Walker.
“Everything’s worked out well for everyone. I’m glad the Mets were my only offer.” -Taijuan Walker [New York Post]
“We hit the jackpot with this [Walker]. He’s been outstanding for us.” -Luis Rojas [New York Post]
Again, so easy to root for this team.
“The vibe is incredible in [the clubhouse]. Every guy that’s holding the ball that day on the mound, we trust that they’re going to throw up zeroes, and they trust our offense is going to score runs for them.” -Pete Alonso [New York Post]
Figured Jeff McNeil would actually play some right field given the current roster.
“For a lot of guys that are playing in the lineup or on our roster, everyone should stay fresh with all the positions they can play. ‘Mac’ is one of them. And I did tell him that before he left for Brooklyn on Sunday, just to see which game he can find that he can play the outfield, just to be an option. We can have some moving parts because guys are playing really well at second base. And yeah, he’s gonna play second base, but he may play left field [too].” -Luis Rojas [New York Post]
Mets Tweet of the Week
Great sign. Jacob deGrom is out on the field throwing right now.— Steve Gelbs (@SteveGelbs) June 17, 2021
SiteBot FacePalm of the Week
“That is what happens when you guarantee these players 200 plus million when they are already rich and “smart fans” defend it over and over. Fans earn the product they pay for.” -Mettle on Albert Pujols
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