Your 2021 New York Mets: Everybody has had a bad day at work.
“Collectively as a group, it’s just been really tough to find hits … and it’s frustrating. I’m lucky and blessed enough for this to be my job, but my job is on TV. And this past week, it was a rough week for me, no doubt, for sure. Everybody has had a bad day at work, and even though you’re trying and giving your best at work, whatever your profession, you can try, try, try, and you can really dive into it and really hope that you turn things around. … There’s certain times in the process where you know you’re doing the right thing, you know you’re on the right path, but you’re just not getting the tangible results.” -Pete Alonso [New York Post]
After a dreadful road trip where the Mets lost their season-long lead in the division, the quotes followed a similar pattern.
‘On to Tuesday’...
“So yeah, it’s baseball, there’s ups and downs. And right now, this is unfortunate, but it is what it is, and on to Tuesday.” -Pete Alonso [New York Post]
“It’s not fun. We’re all competitors. We all want to win. We know this is a big series. We know the last series was a big series. We’re not going out there trying to lose, so it sucks. It’s not fun at all. But after that 30 minutes to an hour after the game goes by, and you can start to reassess, that’s when people start lifting each other up and encouraging each other for tomorrow.” -Brandon Nimmo [MLB]
...’just in a little bit of a rut’...
“I know you guys are expecting to hear some answer, but there’s nothing. Nothing’s different. We’re just in a little bit of a rut, hoping to continue to keep the same confidence and come out of it.” -Marcus Stroman [MLB]
,,,’just have to try to recapture it’...
“It’s not great, because we acknowledge that we’ve been in first place for so long, and we would have loved to have kept it for the whole season. But the Phillies are on a good streak right now, and not so great for us. That’s the way things have worked out, and now we’ll just have to try to recapture it.” -Brandon Nimmo [MLB]
...’plenty of games left’...
“Obviously there’s plenty of games left, and we have a chance to still compete and win this division. It’s baseball and … there’s always a chance, so you can’t get too down or too high when things are going well.” -Zack Scott [New York Post]
...’we got this’...also...’smile(?)’...
“I know we have the most passionate fan base in baseball. I know that. And I understand it’s frustrating. It’s frustrating for us, but just understand that we’re here together. We’re all in this together, and we got this. Just smile and just know that we got this.” -Pete Alonso [New York Post]
“Mets fans, believe in us. And don’t just believe. Know. Because there’s tough times, not just in baseball, but in life in general, know that this is just going to be a speed bump and a challenge. And also smile, you get to watch baseball. It’s a game.” -Pete Alonso [New York Post]
...James McCann was the one player to buck the trend.
“There has to be a sense of urgency, I agree with that. You can’t keep saying, ‘We’ll get them tomorrow, we’ll get them tomorrow, we’ll get them tomorrow,’ because next thing you know, you’ll look up and it will be the middle of September and it will be too late. There does have to be a sense of urgency, but there’s a difference between a sense of urgency and panic. Just like we’ve lost five and a half games in the standings in [a week], you can gain five and a half games in the standings in [a week]. And that’s the way we look at it.” -James McCann [MLB]
Nobody feels good about where they are...
“We feel like the process is working, Everybody feels good about where we are.” Hugh Quattlebaum [The Athletic]
...well I guess one person does.
“That how it goes sometimes. Over the past week, it’s been frustrating not seeing balls fall, but what is good is I’m hitting the ball hard on a pretty consistent basis, day-in and day-out of putting together quality at-bats, getting my ‘A’ swings off, and I feel like I’ve been getting on base a whole bunch.” -Pete Alonso [New York Post]
/Long sigh/...Ya Gotta Believe.
“We believe that we can do this, we trust that we can do this. We believe before we see it.” -Luis Rojas
At least we got that compensation pick.
“I think I’ll always have that little chip on my shoulder [about the Mets]. We’re all human. We know what time of year it is, we know who we’re playing and what’s at stake. When you’re in that position to get a sweep, you’re really bearing down, no matter who it is. But it’s my former team, so it feels a little better.” -Zack Wheeler [New York Post]
It does suck.
“It sucks. I want to be there. I want to help them out. I want to do whatever it takes. I want to grind with them on a daily basis. They’re working extremely hard. They’re playing hard. I feel like they’re giving everything they’ve got. We’re just not getting the results we want to get. I would love to be with them. I would love to struggle with them. But this is the situation that I’m in. God put me in this situation, so I deal with it. I try to support them. I try to let them know that I’m there, as much as I can be there.” -Francisco Lindor [MLB]
The Mets have had 48 batters with a PA, 18 pitchers make a start, 36 pitchers make an appearance, players on IL with repeatedly delayed return dates and it’s definitely due to all these individuals not compliant with ‘the plan.’
“[When asked to elaborate on his “compliance” remark] Actually following the plan. Because these are all individuals and control their own bodies and sometimes they’re not as compliant as they should be. That happens. I’ve seen that happen in the past.” -Zack Scott [New York Post]
‘Am I out of touch? No, it’s the players who are wrong.’
“Going back to the individualized approach. You’ve got to take ownership of your career and your health, as well. It’s really an easy narrative to put it on performance staff or put it on hitting coaches. But that’s oversimplified. This is a partnership with those groups and the players and everybody has to be pulling in the direction.” -Zack Scott [New York Post]
At least we know he’s got pretty good walk-on music for a shutdown RP.
“At this point in the year, coming and contributing in a shorter relief outing, whether that be a two- or three-inning outing — getting [Syndergaard] to help the big league club is the priority.” -Zack Scott [MLB]
Hill being 41 is the new ‘Mike Baxter is from Whitestone’.
“[Hill] showed the entire team how to win. He is a guy that is 41 years old and a veteran. His [game] was a great example [of hard work] in many respects.” -Flor Rojas [New York Post]
Oh yeah, after all that the Mets swept the Nationals...
“I think this team has showed over and over again this season the fight that they have. So happy for Pete to come through in that last game. That’s huge. This series was huge. From here on out, every game is going to be big.” -Brandon Nimmo [MLB]
...and they’re ready to face consecutive series against the best teams in the NL.
“If you want to be a playoff team, then you have to beat some other playoff teams. These two teams are very, very good. They obviously have very good records and very good track records of success. So these next few series will be good tests of playoff baseball. I think that’s the significance of it, is just getting down to the nitty-gritty of the season and where we want to be.” -Brandon Nimmo [MLB]
Wait, is Zack Scott actually right?
“It was definitely hot out there for sure. I’m not someone who hydrates very well. It’s something I’m trying to learn to do better on game day. I’m great as far as on my five-day [schedule]. So it’s always a battle. But yeah, it was definitely a good win for the team.” -Marcus Stroman [MLB]
SiteBot FacePalm of the Week
“brody was more competent than the guys running the team now. never thought I would have missed Brody.” -j_spikett
AA Quote of the Week
“Alonzo in the biggest at bat of the season...
Choked the chicken…
Get some winning players in here. So sick of this crap….” -NetsNewark
“what does this even mean” -Syndergaard’s Lunch