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Saturday, September 10, 2011

•Lead Taken - Lead Given Away•

Cubs 5 - Mets 4
The Mets squandered a great start today by Chris Capuano. 5 errors were committed by the Metropolitans and the bats were asleep until late in the game. Mets Blob feels today was another example of something the Yankees do better then the Mets, drink. Yankee greats like Babe Ruth and Mickey Mantle could pound drinks all night and then pound the ball around the park the next day. The Mets had to have tied one on last night after their dramatic walk off win. It was Friday night in NYC why not?
Last night's hero Justin Turner was scratched from today's lineup due to a "virus." Mets Blob is pretty sure Justin was suffering from the "Ketel One Flu." It is possible Justin caught a bug from Willie Harris' dirty celebratory post game face pie. But The Blob is sticking with the Ketel One Flu.
David Wright and Jose Reyes had 2 errors a piece and until the Mets came back to take the lead in the bottom of the 8th the bats were dead. Jason Bay remained hot going to 2-4 but Canadians are used to a higher alcohol content in their beer. The comeback was once again wasted when Bobby Parnell came in to close it out in the 9th and after David Wright's 2nd error of the day, shit the bed again and blew another save, and the game as the Mets were all out of comebacks.

Friday, September 9, 2011

•The Happy Walk Off - Mets Cage Cubs•

Mets 5 - Cubs 4 
Mike Pelfrey had a rough go of it early tonight. With the score 0-0 in the top of the 3rd, Pelfrey gave up a mammoth - dead center - 2 run homer to Carlos Pena and then gave up another run in the top of 4th. The Mets climbed back to tie the game at 3 in the bottom of the 4th spearheaded by a Jason Bay double. 

Pelfrey, fearing he may run out of gas as he did in his last start, ran into the clubhouse for a little pick me up that seemed to do the trick. Pelfrey shared his pep secret with Mets Blob: "I went with something that used to work for me years ago...Apple juice and Animal Crackers...but I only eat the Hippos." 

Pelfrey went on to explain that his "Mum" always separated the Hippos for him. Then she would put them into individual Ziplock bags so the energy snack - the two used to call AA - was at the ready when little Big Pelf was crashing. "I was worried I wouldn't make back on the field for the top of the 5th in time because I had to separate the Hippos myself. I had never done that before, it's very tricky because I won't eat broken ones either. I never realized how hard "Mum" worked, but I knew I had to gut it out for my team."  
In the bottom of the 5th Jose Reyes and Justin Turner each hit soft, but perfectly placed doubles to give the Mets a 4-3 lead. Shockingly, Pelfrey held down the Cubs until the 7th when with 2 on and 2 out, and at well over 100 pitches Pelfrey drilled Starlin Castro in the tummy to end his night. 
"I knew I was done because there were no more Hippos in the clubhouse, I went through every box and I didn't want to tell Terry I was done so just I hit Castro." 

The bullpen combo of Josh Stinson, Tim Byrdak, and Bobby Parnell kept the Cubs scoreless in the 8th but Manny Acosta blew the save in the 9th and Chicago tied the game at 4. 
In the bottom the 9th Nick Evans lead off with a single and Josh Thole bunted pinch runner Jason Pridie into scoring position. Ruben Tejada followed with a soft liner to second for the second out. 

Chicago intentionally walked Jose Reyes to get to Justin Turner Overdrive. Turner drilled one to the track in center field scoring Pridie with the walk-off run. The Mets mobbed Turner on the field in celebratory fashion. 
This Happy Nightcap for you Justin Turner!
Thanks for takin' care of business. 
Mets Blob is beginning to become ill with Gary Cohen's creepy man crush on Jason Bay. In the past month Bay has been playing like Jason Bay for the first time since he has been in a Met uniform. However, Mets Blob feels responsible for Gary's Bay boner for endlessly running this photo all year.
In the 14th century, the Anglo-French word "pelfre," meaning "booty" or "stolen goods," was exchanged into English as "pelf" with the added meaning of "property." ("Pelfre" is also an ancestor of the English verb "pilfer," meaning "to steal.") Two centuries later "pelf" showed gains when people began to use it for "money" and "riches." In some regions of Britain the word's use was diversified further, in a depreciative way, to refer to trash and good-for-nothings. (Mets Blob believes this meaning is the origin of Mike's last name) The first of those meanings was a loss by about the mid-17th century; the second has little value outside of the Yorkshire region of England.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

•Braves Sweep Mets•

Braves 5 - Mets 1 
Okay. Mets Blob will be totally honest. Watching today's doubleheader was a difficult task. September ballgames between contenders and second division teams tend to have an ugly feel. The contending team, for the most part, plays crisp baseball and the team that is out of the race seems like they are mailing it in.
This was the story of Mets vs. Braves today. Any fire that the Mets had early in the year is now fading into the chill of the Fall weather. The Braves, on the other hand, are in the process of sharpening their game for the playoffs.
The only thing to watch right now is Jose Reyes' quest for the batting title. Someone should inform SNY that Reyes batting is more important than filling the screen with Kevin "The Wandering Mannequin"  Burkhardt. Kevin blabbing about Mets prospects when Reyes is batting is insulting to Mets fans. If Kevin is to have screen time there are 8 other Mets batters in the lineup. The Blob has no issue with Kevin ruining Josh Thole's at bats. Kevin can bat for Thole for all the Blob cares...Just STOP ruining Jose's at bats with Burkhardt's blathering nonsense.
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•Schwinden Didn't Win•

 • Braves 6 - Mets 5 (Game 1) • 
Chris Schwinden got knocked around early today in the first game of the twin-bill against the Braves. This was Schwinden's first major league start after already pitching a full season in the minor leagues. Rumor has it, he had already hit his wall for innings pitched this year. 

After a rough 1st inning giving up 3 runs to the Braves, Schwinden settled down and looked sharp; at one point retiring 7 of 8 Braves in row. From today's small sample, Mets Blob has no idea if Chris Schwinden will ever blossom into a full time Major League starter. What the Blob knows for sure is that Schwinden looks like Justin Turner's crazy cousin who lives in the shed out back with Sling Blade.
One of the biggest Mets highlights came in the bottom the of 1st inning when Jason Bay erased Schwinden's rough start by cranking a grand slam to put the Mets up 4-3. Jason now has 12 home runs and 52 RBI on the year. On September 8th it sure is great see Jason finally reaching the power numbers he should have had on June 8th.
Jose Reyes was given the first game off but got to pinch hit in the 9th. Reyes ripped a single to help add to the small cushion he has over Ryan Braun in the NL batting title race.

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

•Mets 1 - Marlins 0•

-Dickey vs. Hand- 
Yes, Mets Blob knows the title "Dickey vs. Hand" sounds like something a 13 year old boy would come up with alone in his room as he recreates a Japanese monster flick with a dash of self discovery. Nevertheless, Dickey vs. Hand was the early evening pitching matchup tonight in South Florida. 

The Mets scored one run in the 1st when Jose Reyes singled and Lucas Duda doubled him in and that was all RA Dickey and the Mets pen would need to get the win. 

Going into today's game Dickey had never given up an earned run in the Marlins' home park - and that's how it stayed as RA sunk the fish with 7 innings of shutout ball. Dickey got into some tough spots - thanks to errors by Ruben Tejada and David Wright ; but unlike Mike Pelfrey, the knuckleballer picked-up his team and both times pitched his way out of the jam. 

Young Josh Stinson relieved Dickey and held the Marlins underwater in the 8th. The game remained 1-0 heading to the bottom of the 9th and Mets Blob was thrilled Bobby Parnell was unavailable. 
Bring on Manny Acosta. In the second half of the season the Blob has seen Manny bring more machismo, passion, and aggression to his pitching than ever before and it has paid off. Manny brought a fire to the end of the game that does not show up on Parnell's radar gun show. Closers need balls, plain and simple. They need to show no fear - and in doing so, hitters begin to fear them. 

Manny Acosta painted the corners and struck out the first 2 batters he faced. He was throwing smoke too, hitting 97 mph on the gun. Manny worked a full count to pinch hitter Mike Stanton and lost the battle when he came high tight and hit Stanton on the hand. 

The Blob didn't see this lack of control in the same way we see Parnell when he unravels. Bobby gets so wild, and scared, he can't find the catcher for 3 batters in row. 

There was a method to Manny's wildness. Manny tried to tie Stanton up inside - under his hands - which was 100% the right idea.

Mike Stanton is a young, gifted baseball beast who can tie the game in a second. There was no reason to give in to him. As an added bonus, after getting nailed, big Mike won't feel so comfy the next time he faces Acosta. No harm, no foul. Manny got the next batter to hit him a come-backer and as Gary Cohen says "The ball game is OVER". Thanks Manny, for bringing the real Cholula Hot Sauce to the closer role.
In tonight's SNY Toyota text pole 68% of Met fans felt Parnell should not be the hands down closer the rest of the season.
Fantastic news Mets fans! You never have to watch a game played in this multipurpose swamp pit ever again! Since 1993 the expansion Florida Marlins have made this hideous stadium home. What the stadium has been called has changed more times than Lady Gaga over 4 nights at Radio City Music Hall. Let's relive the names of the most hellacious examples of stadium sponsorship, since whoring your house became en vogue.
Joe Robbie Stadium
Pro Player Park
Pro Player Stadium ( see what they did there? )
Girls Gone Wild Water Show and Viagra Park
Dolphins Stadium
Dolphin Stadium ( again, see what they did there? )
No Need For Ambien Park 
Land Shark Stadium
Sucking The Life Out of You Stadium
Sucking The Life Out of You Park
Sun Life Stadium
No matter what is was called - and even with 2 World Championships - the Marlins could never add a hint of charm to Cavernous Fish Suck Hole Park. 

Oddly, the Mets had a winning record in this park - that at this point you can feel free to rename yourself. Mets Blob looks forward to wasting more hours of his Blobby existence in 2012 watching the Mets play the new look "Miami Marlins" in their new park to be named later.
Tonight, Jose Reyes went 1-2 with 2 walks and scored the Mets only run. By the end of the game Reyes was leading Ryan Braun by 3% points in his quest for the NL batting title with a .335 batting average.
During today's game Gary and Keith talked to Mookie Wilson about being on this weeks Curb Your Enthusiasm on HBO with Bill Buckner. Even if you are not normally a fan of the show, Met fans should enjoy this episode. Keith told Mookie he enjoyed the show but felt it did not hold a candle to their performance on Sesame Street, and Mookie agreed. 
Check out the teaser for Curb here:
Curb Your Enthusiasm: Mister Softee
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