Hope is the best of things – June 23

About last night

The Mets had perhaps their most impressive win of the season last night with their 14-6 dismantling of the Tigers and Justin Verlander.  Verlander entered the game 11-1 in 15 career starts vs NL opponents.  From the first batter of the game, the Mets came out very aggressive and took the game right to Verlander.  Angel Pagan continued his terrific play with 4 hits and 4 RBI and 3 runs scored.

4 hits, 4 RBI and 3 runs in a single game – Mets since 2001

Angel Pagan         June 22, 2010 vs DET

Mike Jacobs         August 24, 2005 at ARI

David Wright       August 10, 2005 at SD

Mo Vaughn          September 13, 2002 at MTL

Angel Pagan continued his recent stellar play with 4 hits, 4 RBI and 3 runs scored.

Rain delay affects Niese

Thanks to an hour rain delay and an 8-run inning by the Mets, Jonathon Niese quest for his 4th straight win fell short last night despite being handed a 10-0 lead when he took the mound in the 4th inning.  Niese allowed 5 runs and departed with the bases loaded and 2 outs in the top of the 5th, falling 1 out short of picking up the win.

Perhaps the biggest hit in last night’s game came via Jose Reyes in the third inning. With the Mets up 5-0 and Niese having just failed to move the runners along via a bunt, Reyes singled with 2 outs to drive in Jeff Francoeur and keep the inning going. RBI hits by Angel Pagan and Ike Davis followed as a 5-0 lead quickly became a 10-0 lead thanks to Reyes.  Driving in runs with 2 outs and RISP has been a real issue for Reyes over the last 3 seasons.

Reyes hit with 2 outs and RISP in the third inning last night was just the 5th hit in 26 AB with 2 outs and RISP this season.  When the Mets won the NL East in 2006, Reyes was outstanding in that spot.  However since then he has really struggled.

Jose Reyes, 2 outs RISP

May 24, 2006 to end of season     H-AB   23-43     BA   .535    RBI   36

2007 to current                               H-AB   42-187   BA   .224    RBI   55>>

>> .159 BA (10-63) since July 30, 2008

Jose Reyes recent solid play has kick-started the Mets 2010 season, however, he still has struggled with 2 outs and RISP.

Beltran to start minor league rehab on Thursday

In a press conference yesterday, GM Omar Minaya laid out a time table for the return of Carlos Beltran to the Mets.  He will begin a minor league rehab regimen on Thursday in St. Lucie.  From there the Mets have 20 days to move him from the DL to the 25-man roster.

The main talk yesterday was who sits once Beltran comes back?  If I was Jerry Manuel I would end that speculation right now.  Manuel should announce that unless Jason Bay starts to produce like he has throughout his major league career, that his playing time will be the most effective.  Bay went 1-2 with 2 RBI last night to improve his massive RBI total to 29.  If this doesn’t strike a chord in Bay to get going then nothing will.  Whether Manuel means that or not isn’t the issue.  The issue is if Bay was faced with a perform or sit situation, perhaps this would finally snap him out of his slump.

Carlos Beltran – Season averages with NYM

BA        .281

OBP     .368

Slug.    .505

HR          25

RBI         93

Runs       94

Tonight the Mets face another hard throwing RH in Jeremy Bonderman.  On the season Bonderman is 3-4 with a 4.06 ERA in 13 games (12 starts).  He is 1-1 in his career vs the Mets, losing to them at Shea in 2004 and defeating them at Comerica Park in 2007.  Bonderman’s loss against the Mets is his only one in 7 career starts vs NL East teams as he is 5-1 vs them.  Overall, Bonderman is 8-7 in 23 starts vs NL opponents.

Jeremy Bonderman – Career vs NL opponents

Starts          23

W-L            8-7>>

ERA            5.05

Opp. BA     .271

>>5-1, 4.62 ERA in 7 career starts vs NL East teams

Jeremy Bonderman is 8-7 in 23 career starts vs NL opponents.

Top 10 regular season moments in Mets history (to see moments 10-6 look at previous dates of Hopeisthebestofthings)

5.  Beltran beats STL, tops off comeback – the date was August 22, 2006 and the Mets were taking on Albert Pujols and the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2nd game of a 3-game series at Shea Stadium.  In the previous 2 seasons the Cardinals had proven they were the team to beat in the NL, and they were on track to win the NL Central again.  This night the Mets wanted to prove that they were now the best club in the NL.  Pujols got the Cards quickly ahead with  a 3-run HR in the 4th and a grand slam in the 5th both off Mets starter John Maine.  Trailing 7-1 entering the bottom of the 5th the Mets started to chip away.  Carlos Delgado connected on his 400th career HR off Jeff Weaver, a grand slam, to cut the lead to 7-5.  Jose Reyes ground out in the 6th cut the lead to one.  Meanwhile the Mets bullpen held the Cardinals scoreless for the last 4 innings.  Trailing 7-6 entering the bottom of the 9th the Cardinals brought in their closer Jason Isringhausen.  Izzy got Reyes to ground out to lead off the 9th, but Paul LoDuca followed with a single.  Izzy’s next pitch was slammed by Beltran deep over the RF fence to give the Mets an exciting 8-7 win.  The Mets went on to sweep the series and prove that there was now a new leader in the NL.

Beltran's HR was the final blow in the Mets rallying from 6 runs down to defeat the Cardinals.

Help Fund for Cancer Survivors

I might as well use this blog to educate people that cancer survivors out there need your help.  Many of us (myself included) have suffered awful side effects from the chemotherapy and radiation.  As a result of my treatment, I now suffer from Hemochromotosis, Crohn’s Disease and Lymphedema.  I had to retire in April 2008 after being diagnosed with Hemochromotosis. Disability payments are not NEARLY enough to live on and many of us in situations like mine need help.  PLEASE help me by donating to a fund to start a foundation for cancer survivors.  If you want more information or are looking for something like this and want to become involved, check out our facebook page or email me.



About Mark Kelly - CKMagicSports

Sports Historian that is well versed at the four major sports first, then College Hoops, Football, Olympics, Tennis, Golf and NASCAR. Former ESPN Researcher in Bristol, CT. After a 10-year career working in everything from SportsCenter to ESPNNEWS to Cold Pizza. Had to retire due to complications from Cancer treatment. I am a now 25-year survivor that still suffers everyday from the side effects of chemotherapy & radiation. Suffer from Crohn's disease and Lymphedema everyday and started a website called CKMagicSports.com that I do podcasts on that you can help support by clicking on KNOCKOUTCANCER link on my CKMagicSports website. https://www.gofundme.com/KOCANCER Read more about my 25-year battle with the disgusting side effects of this disease here. http://www.ckmagicsports.com/marks-story/
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