Aug 31, 2020

Remembering Mets History: (2016) Big Night As Mets Continued Playoff Persuit / Grandy Hits A Pair of HRs & Familia Ties Club Save Record

Tuesday -August 30th 2016: The previous night Yoenis Cespedes hit a dramatic walk off HR at Citi Field taking a page from his own book of a year ago. Cespedes helped the Mets take the first game of a big series with the Miami Marlins. The Mets were hot, winning eight of their last ten games, in the midst of a wild card race to the post season.

The team that had been struggling with injuries all year. They had lost their Captain- David Wright, one of their sluggers Lucas Duda pretty much the entire season & one of their; Matt Harvey for the year. As of late, pitcher Steven Matz & second baseman Neil Walker out as well.

On top of that,  Michael Conforto had struggled so much he was sent to the minor leagues. It's a different team than last years 2015 NL Champions, but some of the old faces are there as well. 

Terry Collins Mets (67-64) were hosting Don Mattingly's Miami Marlins (67-64) The two teams' were tied for second place, in the NL East & 2 1/2 games out of the wild card hunt. It was a big game. 

The injury ridden Mets staff had to send another young inexperienced pitcher to the mound. On Sunday, Robert Gsellman stepped up, Monday night it was Rafael Montero & tonight it was Seth Lugo.

Lugo started out with a shaky 1st inning,  allowing a two run HR to Christian Yelich. He eventually settled down, not allowing another run. He went six innings allowing those two runs on five hits, four strike outs & a walk.

The Mets bats were slugging tonight, the now blonde but still sore legged, Asdrubal Cabrera,  blasted a two run HR, his 17th of the year, as he continued his hot hitting since returning from the DL. Jay Bruce, who's still trying to feel comfy with a bat in a Mets uniform, got a solid hit & scored on Wilmer Flores base hit.

The score remained that way until Curtis Granderson delivered a pinch hit HR in the in the 6th inning. He stayed in the game & hit a two run HR in the 7th inning as well. 

Granderson's crazy season had him at 22 HRs with just 38 RBIs. He's on pace to become the first player in MLB history to hit 25 HRs & drive in less than 50 runs.

Also in the 6th inning, veteran Jose Reyes (who was hitting .300) doubled. Marlin, walks to Asdrubal Cabrera & Jay Bruce loaded the bases. Alejandro De Aza, who couldn't hit anything at the start of the season & was still batting under .200,  had driven in 15 of his 21 RBIs in the month of August.

 Mets reliever, Jim Henderson was not able to close the door in the 9th, as the Marlins scored two runs, making it 7-4 Mets. Terry Collins went to his closer, Jeruys Familia & he struck out Marcell Ozuna to end the game.

Familia, earned the save, his 43rd on the season, tying his own Mets record which was also shared with Armando Benitez.

Lugo eraned the win to get to 2-2.

Aug 27, 2020

Remembering Mets History (2015): Noah Syndergaard Strikes Out Career High 13 Batters

Friday July 10th 2015: Terry Collins second place New York Mets were 45-42 just two games out of first place as they hosted Chip Hale's Arizona Diamondbacks (42-43).

28,243 showed up at Citi Field to see the Mets latest young pitching star; Noah Syndergaard (4-4) take the mound against Chase Anderson (4-3).

Starting Lineups

    In the 1st inning, Arizona scored a run on Paul Goldschmidt's sac fly. The Mets answered in the bottom of the inning as Ruben Tejada singled & with two outs Wilmer Flores walked. Lucas Duda & Michael Cuddyer followed with back to back HRs making it 4-1.

    On the mound Noah Syndergaard began striking out batters, one in each of the first four innings & then two in the 5th. He got stronger in the 6th striking out the side & the two more in the 7th. He would pitch eight complete innings, striking out one more in the 8th for a career high 13 strike outs.

    After the 1st inning he did not allow another run, and only gave up four hits while walking two. Jeurys Familia saved it for his 25th of the year.

    In his first 11 career starts he already had 72 strike outs in his first 66 innings pitched. He would finish his rookie year with 166 strike outs in 150 innings pitched & a 9-7 record with a 3.24 ERA.

    Aug 25, 2020

    Pedro Feliciano: The Pitcher Second On The Mets All Time List In Appearances (2004-2010)

    Pedro Juan Feliciano was born August 25th, 1976 in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico. The five foot nine left hander would get drafted right after high school as a 31st round pick of the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1995.

    While pitching the minor leagues he was granted free agency & signed by the Cincinnati Reds in 2001. In 2002 he was traded to the New York Mets along with Brady Clark & Raul Gonzalez in exchange for Shawn Estes.

    Feliciano was a life long middle relief pitcher, although he did save 17 games at AA Jackson in 2001. He would pitch for the Mets AAA Norfolk Tides from 2002-2004, making brief appearances with the big league club.

    Feliciano made his MLB debut on September 4th, 2002 pitching two scoreless innings of relief at Shea Stadium in an 11-3 Mets win over the Marlins. He would make six appearances & get roughed up by the Atlanta Braves & Montreal Expos, giving him a 7.50 ERA.

    In the off season he was placed on waivers picked up & was released by the Detroit Tigers. In December of 2003 he resigned with the Mets.

    In 2004 he got his first career win, it came on August 4th at Milwaukee, pitching a scoreless 6th inning in a 6-5 win over the Brewers. That year he made 22 appearances & went 1-1 for the 4th place Mets. In 2005 he signed a one year deal to pitch in Japan for the Fukuoka Daiei Hawks but after one year, signed again with the new & improved New York Mets.

    Feliciano would be part of a strong Mets bullpen in 2006, as the team went on to win the NL Eastern Division. He was primarily a left handed specialist. Feliciano saw regular action right away & kept his ERA under two until June.

    After starting the year at 1-2 by early June, Feliciano went on a roll winning his last six decisions out of the bull pen. In July he was credited with three wins from July 9th- July 20th, he added two holds in the final four games of the month as well.

    In August he got two more wins & two more holds as ERA dropped to 1.86 by September 1st. September brought two more holds & a victory on September 29th over the Washington Nationals. On the year he was one of the games best & most reliable middle relief men. In 64 appearances he was 7-2 with a 2.09 ERA, striking out 54 batters in 60 innings of work.

    Post Season: In the NLDS against the Los Angeles Dodgers, he appeared in all three games, earning the victory in the final Game #3 of the Mets sweep. In that game he pitched to just two batters in the 5th inning, before the Mets bats exploded for three runs in the 6th inning.

    In the NLCS against the St. Louis Cardinals, he made three more appearances, serving up a HR to Chris Duncan in the 4-2 loss at Busch Stadium.

    In 2007 he was back in the Mets pen, making 78 appearances, second to only Aaron Heilman on the club. In 2008 he became the Mets top middle reliever, a true work horse, as a left handed specialist out of the bullpen. He would begin a stretch where he would lead the National League in appearances for three straight seasons, beginning with 86 in 2008.

    Feliciano would set a Mets record in games that year & continue to break & reset the record in each of the next two seasons as well. He would go 3-4 posting a 4.05 ERA striking out 50 batters in 53 innings.

    In 2009 he made a league leading 88 appearances, going 6-4 with the staffs best winning percentage at .600%. He struck out 59 batters in 59 innings for the 4th place club that lost 92 games.

    In 2010 he set a new Mets record with 92 appearances, once again the most in the NL. In the three year stretch he broke an NL record of 266 games, held by the LA Dodgers Mike Marshall (1972-1974) & Pittsburgh Pirates; Kent Tekulve with 264.

    Going back to a four year span he set that record as well, with 341 appearances including the '07 season.

    He went 3-6 with a 3.30 ERA in 2010 but it turned out to be his last season in the big leagues. That season he also passed Tom Seaver in all time Mets games pitched & is second to just John Franco.

    Trivia: Mets broadcaster Gary Cohen has used the nickname "Perpetual Pedro" to describe him & his large number of appearances.

    He signed with the AL New York club in 2011 but arm trouble side lined him & he never pitched high than the AA level. He suffered a torn capsule & rotator cuff, with the AL New York club blaming the Mets for over using him. This also led to Brian Cahmen mentioning how Joe Torre also over used his pitchers in the past as well.

    In January 2013 he signed with the Mets but was released. Then at the end of Spring Training he signed once again, (for the fifth time) with the New York Mets.

    He began the year A ball St. Lucie & was promoted after posting a 1.93 ERA in five games. At AA Binghamton he made 14 appearances posting a 1.26 ERA.

    He then got a call up to AAA Las Vegas in late July & after three games was called back up to his life long MLB team; the Mets.

    After three years, Feliciano returned to the mound on August 2nd, 2013 pitching to one batter in a tied games against the Kansas City Royals.

    He would begin to see steady action, earning a hold on August 10th against the Arizona D-backs. On August 14th, he took a loss to the hot L.A. Dodgers, serving up a walk off 12th inning double, to Adrian Gonzales. He went 0-2 on the year pitching in 25 games.

    In a nine year career, he is 22-21 with four saves, 350 strike outs,165 walks & a 3.33 ERA in 484 games.

    In 2014 he signed as a free agent with the St. Louis Cards but was cut three months later. In February of 2015 he signed a minor league deal with the Chicago Cubs but did not make the club.

    Aug 24, 2020

    Remembering Mets History (1969) Win Streak At Six As Mets Sweep Padres

    Gil Hodges New York Mets had just come off an outstanding home stand where they won nine of ten games including three shut outs & sweeps of the Dodgers & Padres. 

    The Mets were now 71-52 five 1/2 games behind the Chicago Cubs. They had gained five games in the standings during that homestand & the Cubs were worrying.

    Tuesday August 26th 1969: After an off day to travel to the West Coast, the Mets arrived in beautiful San Diego for a twi-night double header. The starting pitchers were Tom Seaver & Dick Kelly in front of just 8873 fans at Jack Murphy Stadium, named after Mets broadcaster Bob Murphy's brother.

    Starting Lineups

    For Seaver he would ear win #18 as he sailed through nine innings with another complete game, his ninth on the season. He allowed just four hits & three earned runs on this night. 

    Young Padre, Cito Gaston (future Toronto Manager) hit his second career HR, his second of the season as well, a two run shot. "Downtown" Ollie Brown hit his 16th HR of the year giving the Padres three runs. Brown would hit 20 HRs in 1969 & 23 in 1970.  Gaston's triple scored Al Ferrara who had reached on an error. Seaver struck out six & walked one.

    In the 4th inning, after Tommie Agee walked, Donn Clendenon connected for a two run shot, his eigth  of the season. In the top of the 6th, Bobby Pfeil & Tommie Agee both singled. 

    Cleon Jones then doubled to center field, both runners scored giving New York a 4-2 lead. Cleon now led the team with 70 RBIs & was batting .352.

    The Mets then had a big 7th inning as well. Ron Swoboda led off with a HR, his 5th of the year. Jerry Grote & Al Weis singled. 

    After Seaver struck out, Buddy Harrelson singled bringing in Grote. Bobby Pfeil grounded out but got Weis home with another run, making it 7-2. Tommie Agee topped off the scoring with a base hit bringing in Harrelson, it was Agee's 64th RBI.

    Starting Lineups

    In the second game, the Mets sent Jim McAndrew to the mound, fresh off a shut out in his last start. McAndrew would face Joe Niekro. Joe Niekro not the Hall of Famer his brother Phil was, but still had a fine career winning 221 games against 204 losses with a 3.59 ERA 1747 strike outs in 702 games over 22 seasons..

    For McAndrew it was another fine night. He shut out the Padres on five hits, striking out six with no walks. He was in a zone this week for sure. It  was his third win in a row & second straight shutout, while tossing 23 straight scoreless innings. He was now 6-5 winning six of his last nine decisions.

    In the 6th, Art Shamsky & Ken Boswell singled. Catcher Duffy Dyer drew a two out walk, following a double play. 

    Then, Al Weis singled bringing in Shamsky with the first run. In the 7th, Shamsky brought in Tommie Agee with a single & the Mets second run.

    In the 9th inning, Cleon Jones would single & reach third after Ron Swoboda's base hit. With Duffy Dyer at bat, Padre pitcher Frank Reberger threw a passed ball charged to catcher & original Met, Chris Cannizzaro. Jones scored with the third Mets run in a 3-0 win.

    Wednesday August 27th 1969: The Mets completed the sweep of the Padres, as Jerry Koosman won his 12th game of the year in a one run two hit victory. Kooz struck out six & walked two in the win.

    At bat Kooz singled in the 3rd, Tommie Agee walked & both scored on Cleon Jones double his 71 & 72nd RBIs of the year. In the 6th Bobby Pfeil singled to start off the inning.

     Art Shamsky doubled him in & Ken Boswell singled bringing home Shamsky for a 4-1 lead The Padres Ollie Brown had hit his 17th HR earlier.

    Win StreaK: The Mets completed the six game win streak, winning twelve of their last thirteen games. They would lose the next game in San Francisco but take two more games after that, getting them to fifteen wins in their last seventeen games. 

    After leaving San Diego they were just 2 1/2 games out of first, but the split of a four game set in Frisco drooped them to 4 1/2 before heading to Los Angeles.