Entries from Mike's Mets tagged with 'Ryan Church'

Missing

MISSING COGS In this day and age of grossly inflated salaries, intense media scrutiny and over-the-top expectations, it is not too difficult to get caught up in the downdraft of a couple of painful loses. The talk radio pundits and...

Mets Hold On For a Series Win

Game 25: Mets 4 - Braves 3 Glass half empty: The Mets left some men on base and made a couple of bad errors, including one by Delgado in the ninth that turned it into a nail biter. Glass half...

The Big Hits Prove Elusive

Game 4: Marlins 5 - Mets 4 Tough one tonight. I guess some will harp on the fact that Maine allowed those two solo home runs, but I came away from his 5-inning stint fairly satisfied. Hopefully it's something he...

Out of Left Field?

I promise to get to the conclusions for the 2009 Mets previews series, but I wanted to weigh in on some of the weekend's news. The biggest news was Jerry Manuel's pronouncement that Daniel Murphy was the Mets everyday LF...

Preliminary Thought on the Mets -- Position Players

Yesterday I shared a few initial things that I'm paying attention to this spring from the 2009 Mets starting rotation and bullpen. Today we'll take a look at the position players, tomorrow the bench. Catcher Brian Schneider and Ramon Castro...

Crowded Outfield

Sorry that the promised daily posts aren't happening yet, but there's only so many ways to say that nothing much is happening. The Mets appear to be content to wait out the market for a starting pitcher right up to...

On Blowhards and Blowing Up the Team

I had an email this morning asking me if, after my extended layoff from blogging, I was going to weigh in on all of the blathering that WFAN's Mike Francesa has been doing about the Mets this off-season. I have...

Demolition Man, Part IV - The Outfield

In many ways, the Mets' outfield is the part of their team with the most question marks. Despite the string of injuries suffered by Mets outfielders, though, it's the place where they're most likely to stand pat this winter. Fernando...

Mets 08 Lament (with an eye to 09)

The second guessers are coming out in droves. As if its not bad enough to have experienced the pain and suffering of the past two Septembers, we now have to listen to a laundry list of reasons and less than...

The Nearer Your Destination, The More You're Slip Sliding Away

Game 158: Cubs 9 - Mets 6 (10) Yesterday was probably my last game at Shea Stadium. If somehow the Mets could have overcome their almost bizarre problem with scoring runners from third with no outs, it could have been...

Four Omar - Five to Go

Upon the revelation that Omar Minaya is about to be extended four more years, it is time to reflect on the still to be determined 2008 Mets campaign. Nothing is more obvious than the high quality pitching delivered start in...

Pedro Isn't Pedro Anymore

Game 154: Braves 4 - Mets 2 With 19 starts under his belt and the season winding down, I think it's fair to say that the Pedro Martinez that we've been seeing is likely to be the only Pedro we're...

A Rare Easy Win Gives Mets the Sweep

Game 140: Mets 9 - Brewers 2 This game wasn't completely sweat free, but with the Mets jumping out to a 6-0 first inning lead and never holding less than a 4-run bulge, this was as close as it gets...

It Could Have Been Worse, I Guess

Game 97: Reds 5 - Mets 2 (Friday) Game 98: Reds 7 - Mets 2 (Saturday) Game 99: Mets 7 - Reds 5 (Sunday) Going into this series I wouldn't have called a 2-2 split a bad result. The Reds...

Winning Ugly Beats Losing Pretty Every Time

Game 89: Mets 10 - Phillies 9 When you score ten runs it's supposed to be a laugher. It turned out to be anything but that, but it was still a win. Pedro looked much more in command last night....

Leave 'em Smiling

Game 55: Mets 6 - Dodgers 1 There were a lot of things that have gone right for the Mets all of a sudden since their return home this week, and that carried over into last night's win. Once again,...

Mets Salvage Final Game in LA

Game 32: Mets 12 - Dodgers 1 On the one hand it's a little frustrating, because with a clutch hitj or two in Tuesday night's game the Mets could have had a terrific 4-2 swing through Phoenix and LA. On...

The Braves Have Problems of Their Own

Game 24: Mets 6 - Braves 3 The thought that became the title of this recap occurred to me when John Smoltz left this game after 4 innings. The Braves had the favorable starting pitching matchups this weekend, yet not...

Definition of Mediocre

Game 21: Nationals 10 - Mets 5 Sorry for being late to the party again. This has been an absolutely brutal week for me. (And that's not even counting the trauma of actually watching some of these games.) Due to...

Five in a Row

Game 16: Mets 4 - Phillies 2 The toughest part of this one was surviving the eighth inning and listening to Tim McCarver for almost 3-1/2 hours. Ollie Perez walked the shutout tightrope for 5-2/3 innings, and the bullpen did...

Asterisk*

Last night's win was not the type of crisply played game that would instantly erase all doubts about the 2008 New York Mets. There were certainly plenty of things not to like about the 8-2 victory over their division rival....

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