The Cubs are World Champions!

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I am SO happy about this!!!

The Cubs won the World Series in game 7. What a WILD game it was. ANY game 7 is going to be wild, but this one was extra crazy. Extra innings, rain delays, the whole 9 yards. The Cubs came out on top, and I truly didn’t think it was possible for me to be so happy for a team that wasn’t the Mets.

It has been 108 years since the Cubs won the World Series. SLICED BREAD wasn’t even invented yet. How crazy is that!!! I’m over here complaining about the 30 years its been since the Mets have won. 108 YEARS!! Thats insane.

When Bryant got that ball to make the last out, he was already starting to cry!!! These guys were SO HAPPY. I thought Rizzo was going to pass out, and Zobrist was doing pirouettes in from the outfield!!!! It was awesome to watch how happy these guys were, just pure happiness all over their faces. I had to stay up until 1 o’clock in the morning to watch it….. but it was all worth it!

I don’t mean to toot my own horn (yes I do), but in like May I predicted a Cubs- Indians World Series. I justified rooting for the Cubs by telling myself that the Mets swept them… TWICE…. so it’s okay if they win. We tortured them enough :). Maddon even said in an interview that he was so relieved that they didn’t have to face the Mets pitching staff!! I am so satisfied with how scared the Cubs are of the Mets (which I don’t even get. The Cubs could beat the Mets with their eyes closed. The Mets are in their heads and I LOVE IT). You have no Idea. So thats how I made myself feel better about rooting for the Cubs.

I truly think that the Cubs are more than deserving of the title of World Series Champions. They  won over 100 games this season, and were arguably the best team in baseball throughout the whole season. They hit some rough spots (like when the Mets swept them) and still managed to win over 100 games. Thats hard to do!!!

I’m not sure if I agree with Zobrist being named MVP, I would have liked to have seen Rizzo or Bryant as the MVP, but he did have that big hit to break the tie they eventually lead to the Cubs winning the World Series, so I guess its justified.

Congratulations to the Chicago Cubs and all of their VERY patient fans! Very well deserved!

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Meet the Mets: Part 2- The Infield

Let’s talk about the infield!

I’m not going to go into every rookie DL replacement, because who has time for that?? I’m just going to talk about the guys that I thought had a huge impact on the 2017 season. I’m not going talk about David Wright in this post…I will do a whole separate post on The Captain, don’t worry. I’m also going to go position-by-position, because I like my readers and I think you all appreciate organization as much as I do 🙂

First Base

Let’s get started with a man who really changed the team this year, James Loney. We really lucked out with James Loney. When Duda went down, I got really nervous about the first base situation. Don’t get me wrong, I really love Flores at first, but having him at first really left a void at third with the lack of David Wright on the field, ya know? Flores can’t play for both of them! When I heard we got Loney, I was a little skeptical. He was coming from the Minor Leagues in the Rays organization so I didn’t really know what to expect. I definitely didn’t expect him to have the impact that he had though. What a great surprise that was! All of his stats said that he wasn’t a power hitter and blah blah blah, but I guess someone forgot to tell him that! He was getting key hits in big spots and had the hottest bat in the line up for a little bit! He started hitting home runs and was spectacular defensively! He also added some veteran experience to the clubhouse, so James Loney really saved our butts this season. We wouldn’t have made it very far if it wasn’t for him, especially earlier in the season. It’s not looking like there will be a spot for him on the 2017 roster, but you never know. I definitely wouldn’t hate if James Loney was a Met next year!

Second Base

Oh boy, it’s time to discuss my favorite second baseman in the whole world…Neil Walker. I can’t hide my Neil bias either, and I’m not even sorry about it. I absolutely love Neil Walker. I’m still grieving his season-ending injury… Neil was nothing short of amazing at second for the Mets this season. That run he went on towards the end of his season (before he told us that he was like paralyzed and playing on NUMB TOES?????) was incredible. He broke out of a slump in the biggest way possible. I know that players in slumps always say that it only takes one swing to get themselves out of it, but this was the first time I’ve seen it come to fruition. He went from slump to hottest bat in the line up in a matter of one game! Watching that was incredible. Baseball is so funny. But really, if Neil isn’t a Met next year, I will have to take myself to Flushing and have a less-than-calm conversation with Sandy and the rest of the front office. You are not going to find a better infield combo than Walker and Cabrera. They worked so cohesively together and made literally every single play. I couldn’t believe how well they worked together! Neil was literally playing with numb toes and a crippling back injury and still made every play AND kept himself the hottest bat in the line up. AMAZING. TJ Rivera did a great job filling in at second, and I really do like TJ (which you will soon find out). But Neil is my second baseman every time. He brought that (rare) veteran presence to the clubhouse and stepped up into that leadership position when Wright went down. That’s hard to do when you’re the new guy on the team! He’s too good for the Mets to let him go. I hope they realize that!! (Especially if Cespedes walks…they need Walker if Cespedes walks…but that’s a whole separate post to look forward too…) To sum up, I love Neil Walker, you love Neil Walker, the Mets better love Neil Walker too.

Okay, let’s talk about the greatness that is TJ Rivera. I really, really, really like TJ Rivera. He’s going to be a big part of the line up in the future, and I really think he is going to go very gar in his major league career. He was thrown right into the middle of a really intense playoff push. Little rookie TJ Rivera didn’t know what he signed up for! TJ could not have performed better in the tough spot he was put into to. I was so impressed with him. When he hit that home run off Melancon in that game against the Nationals, I knew he was going to be something special. He had a pretty hot bat in the middle of the line up for the Mets, which was dire after losing Neil Walker. DIRE. The Mets thought they would play Flores at second when Neil went down. But then Terry killed Wilmer at the plate…. and Wilmer went down too. That was two really big blows for the Mets, and TJ kind of made it feel not as big, if that makes sense. He was great on defense, he was getting key hits in big spots, and really proved himself to the coaching staff along with the rest of New York. You now know how I feel about Walker, but if Walker isn’t a Met next year (kill me), I might be okay with TJ playing second every day. Don’t tell anyone I said that. TJ isn’t Neil Walker. He’s not a veteran, he’s not the defender OR hitter that Neil is, believe me I know. But TJ playing second isn’t the worst thing in the world. (I’m sorry Neil I still love you). 

Short Stop

Lets talk about the MVP! I can not tell you how appreciative I am for Asdrubal Cabrera. I wrote a whole post on Caberea where I explain my love for him and what he meant to the team this yea, but there’s no such thing as talking too much about Cabrera, so let’s do it again! Cabrera was the most important man in the Mets clubhouse this year. Don’t try to argue Cespedes or the pitchers or Reyes or blah bah blah, you’re wrong, I’m sorry. Cabrera was the most important man in the Mets clubhouse this year. He was incredible defensively, he was amazing offensively, and with just one swing of the bat, he saved our whole season. There is not postseason Mets if Cabby doesn’t hit that walk-off-three-run-homer in the bottom of the 11th of that game against the Phillies. He saved the whole season with that home run. Imagine trying to comeback from an 11th inning loss against the Phillies??? There’s no coming back from that. Also, he only made 7 errors all seaosn??? 7 errors. That’s amazing. He was playing on one leg for almost the entire second half of the season. He went on the DL for 3 weeks with that injury, came back, and had the hottest bat in the line up until the very last game. ALL ON ONE LEG. You could see on his face how much pain he was in. It was hard to watch. But, he literally would not let Terry take him out. Terry told him after the game that he hit that walk off that he was going to sit and rest tomorrow, and he replied “I don’t think that’s going to happen”. HE IS INCREDIBLE. I am so so so so thankful that we have him again for next season. He is really amazing, and I’m so happy he is a Met.

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Third Base

The third baseman that had the most impact on the team this year was undeniably Jose Reyes. Wright played a couple of games at third, so did Wilmer, I know. But when I look back on the 2017 season and think of who was at third, my mind is going to go to Reyes. I wrote a whole post on Reyes, where I discussed his importance to the team, along with the controversy that came with resigning him, so we don’t have to talk about any of that negative stuff here, right? The second Reyes stepped foot in New York, the entire dynamic of the team changed-on and off the field. Having Reyes lead off gave the Mets a serious upper hand on the opposing team. It almost was like if Reyes gets on base, we’re going to score here. He is so fast, so he just does his base stealing thing and manufactures runs for us, and there’s no denying that without Reyes, we weren’t going to make it very far. Not only was he great offensively, he was such a pleasant surprise defensively! The Mets just threw Reyes at third base with like 2 weeks of minor league training under his belt. let me tell you, I was not expecting him to perform the way he did. He was really great at third. He was everything you could have asked out of a person who is a natural short stop. There were some growing pains, and a couple of errors here and there, I know. But overall, Reyes played a great third base, manufactured about 6 thousand runs, and gave that clubhouse energy that they so desperately needed during a season plagued with injuries.

Wilmer Flores

Wilmer is a position all of his own! He’s played every position of the infield this year, so he doesn’t get put under a specific category. I have so much love for this crying little utility player. SO. MUCH. LOVE. I think he is too good to be a utility player, but I’m just a 19 year old girl with a blog, so what do I know!???!!?!?!? What I do know is that Wilmer Flores is a force to be reckoned with. He completely destroyed left handed pitching this year. He was a very dangerous bat in the Mets line up. VERY dangerous. He was always a lefty killer, but since he got so much more playing time this year, he really came into his own at the plate. He spent a lot of time over at third when Wright went down, and he really did well over there. I think its amazing that Wilmer can play any position that you need him to, and he can do it as well as he does! I dare the Mets to ever put me through the trauma of thinking Wilmer has been traded ever again. I DARE THEM. There is no “Mets” without Wilmer Flores. I could write about Flores for the rest of my life, but I’ll save us both some time and leave you with this- I’d rather die than see a Mets team Wilmer-less. He loves the Mets and he loves New York and he’s so good at what he does and I JUST LOVE WILMER.

Meet the Mets: Part One-The Starting Pitchers

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Via New York Daily News

Lets talk about the pitchers!!!!

My five favorite men in all the baseball land!!! I’m very biased, but I think the Mets have one of the best starting rotations in all of baseball…when they’re all healthy. I’m not going to go into all of the replacements we had this season, because who has the time for that… I’m just going to stick to the five guys that we started with! The real starters! The ones that don’t make me want to bash my head through a wall!! (so like..not Verrett…)

Let’s start with my boy Matt Harvey. I know he didn’t have the best season this year (because he was pitching with 16 broken ribs……….) but I still think he is one of the best, most intimidating, motivated pitchers in all of baseball. I don’t know about you, but I’d be pretty nervous to step in the box and face the guy with blood dripping down his face… It was torture having to go more than half the season with out him. He is one of my favorites, and call me crazy, but you can definitely notice when Matt Harvey isn’t around. He’s truly something special, and I can’t wait until he is healthy next season!! You can’t get very far without Matt Harvey. #HappyHarveyDay

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Next, let’s discuss Steven Matz, the “Long Island Lethal Lefty” who also can’t seem to stay healthy! From the second Matz stepped foot in the major leagues (remember his first game and all those extra base hits…) New York immediately knew he was something special! Him and his family have been die hard Mets fans all their lives, so it’s pretty special for him to be playing for his team in front of his family now. If Matz could stay healthy, he really could be amazing. He had the longest no hit bid for the Mets this season, bringing it all the way to the 8th. He was never the same (health wise) after that game, but wow, what a game that was! He was so consistent all season long, bone spurs and all. He is a major part of the rotation. He makes us so much stronger. If we could keep him healthy we can get really far. He was a rookie starting games in the World Series!!! He’s no joke. Don’t mess with the lethal lefty. #LetsGoMatz

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Where would the Mets be with out ole faithful, Bartolo Colon. Bartolo absolutely carried the pitching staff throughout the whole season. He’s 43 years old and lead the team in wins and innings pitched. He is really incredible. He was not only the go-to guy if we needed to give the bullpen a break, he pitched tremendously all season long. You felt real confident when you knew Big Sexy was pitching. And!!!! He hit his first career home run this season!!! An award worthy home run that shook the baseball world to its very core. Word on the street is, ever since Bartolo hit that home run in San Diego, James Shields (the pitcher who Bart took deep) was never the same for the rest of the season. Big Sexy broke him. The Mets are looking into resigning him for the 2017 season, and I fully support it. You know someone is going to get hurt, and you know Big Sexy is going to save the season once again. That’s just how he rolls! This will be his 20th season in the major leagues. That’s literally longer than I’ve been alive. He’s incredible.

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Now let’s talk about the new face of the Mets Organization- Noah Syndergaard. You may know him as Thor. Let me tell you, this guy is the realllll dealllll. He is absolutely fearless (remember that first pitch of the World Game…I know you do) He literally throws over 100 mph. You can’t even see his pitches, let alone hit them. He really is a forced to be reckoned with. Noah has taken New York City by storm over the last year. Everyone is talking about the pitcher with the long blonde hair that throws 100 mph and calls himself Thor. He’s amazing and people notice. Let’s talk about how he handled the biggest game of his whole life!!! That wildcard game he threw was NOTHING short of excellence. He went deep into the game and kept it scoreless. He pitched literally all season with bone spurs in his elbow, but he never once complained about it. He was the ace of our broken staff all season long, and lived up to his name during that wildcard game. We didn’t win, I know. But Noah Syndergaard pitched his little butt off. And I wouldn’t have wanted anyone else on the mound. He is the key to our pitching success. That is a bold statement, but its the truth. There’s no way we make it to World Series without Noah. P.S. He hit some home runs this season!! He is nothing short of impressive on both sides of the ball. Good for Noah.

And last but definitely not least…. my favorite ever in the world…Jacob deGrom. Rookie of the year in 2014, struck out the side in the All Star Game in 2015, pitched in the world series, etc. This man is amazing. He is one of the only people who can still pitch a gem when he doesn’t have his best stuff. His demeanor on the mound is so classy. You’ll never know if he is leading by 10 or losing by 10. He just goes out there, doesn’t try to do too much, makes his pitches and gets back into the dugout as quick as possible. Jake didn’t have his best season this year either. He was (secretly) hurt for a good portion of it,missed some time in the beginning of the season when his son was born, and was just so obviously exhausted from pitching in the post season last year. Last year’s great run really took a toll on the young pitchers of our staff, and the fact that they all still pitched as well as they did is amazing to me. Jake threw a complete game, one-hit shutout in mid July against the Phillies. That was the first complete game of his career! That is amazing! And he only gave up one hit!! He went on a scoreless streak for like 4 or 5 straight games at one point!! He had some lower than lows this season, but he had some really good games this season too!! He really is an amazing pitcher. He’s so humble and never gets too excited or too upset. He was a shortstop in college, so that experience makes him an incredible fielder as well! He is just the wholeeee package. I can not wait to see him pitch again. #deGrominant

He got that ball!!!! HOW!?!?!?!?!?!

Amazing.

Jose Reyes

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I took this at the last Friday home game of the season vs the Phillies!!

Lets talk about Reyes!

Over the last couple of days, a lot of buzz on the Mets picking up Jose Reyes’ option has been flying around the Mets universe. Personally, I am ecstatic about this move, and I think the team will be better for it.

In the middle of this passed season, there was soooooo much controversy on the Mets resigning Reyes. Reyes physically assaulted his wife and was suspended for a long time before the Mets decided to take him in (again). A lot of people were against it, including me. Reyes did a horrible, unforgivable thing, and that is completely understood and inexcusable. He was punished for it, he admitted he was wrong and deeply regrets what he did. So the Mets took a chance on their former firecracker shortstop, and it paid off in dividends.

From the second Reyes entered the clubhouse, the entire energy of the team changed. You’ll never see Reyes without a big smile on his face, and I think that was contagious in the clubhouse. The team was happy and they were playing like they were happy! It was great! I didn’t notice it at the time of course, since I was so avidly against Reyes being anywhere near my perfect, pristine, Mets boys reputations. I hated that they had to be associated with him. The Mets organization works hard to maintain their classy, top notch reputation. I hated that Reyes was going to put a hugeeeee stain on the organization.

But then, he started getting hits!! And Stealing bases!! And manufacturing runs!!!! And it was so obvious that everyone on the team loved him, so I decided to stop wasting my energy pretending to not be happy when he got a hit, and just accept the fact that Jose Reyes is a Met. What he did to his wife was horrible. No one feels sorry for him. No one will forget the horrible thing he did.

One thing is for sure though, this team wouldn’t have come anywhere near a postseason berth without him. Reyes, Cabrera and Cespedes at the beginning of that lineup was like perfect symmetry. Those three really carried the team through that bad slump in August. Reyes was great on defense, playing a position that wasn’t where he naturally played.  That transition could have gone a lot worse. We were really lucky!

Having Reyes again next year really makes me feel like the people in the front office are going for that pennant. Reyes is always described as the most motivated player on the field, and thats exactly what we are going to need from him, and everyone else in the clubhouse, if we are going to go all the way next season!

Glad to have you back, Jose!

Gary Cohen

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Via Mets Hot Corner

Let’s talk about Gary Cohen

So this weekend I read something that is worst than any Wilmer trade rumor or pitching staff injury combined- Gary Cohen’s contract is going to expire before the start of spring training 2017.

Although there is a very good chance that Gary will renew his contract with SNY, the mere thought of not hearing him call our games is terrifying to me! (I’m not at all dramatic!)

In all seriousness, Gary Cohen is one of, if not the best play-by-play man currently in the game. It is really hard for me to watch the ESPN or FOX broadcasts because of the lack of Gary Cohen. I literally mute the TV.

I would really be devastated if Gary did not renew his contract, but let’s be real, the Mets are his life. He loves being in the booth and it shows through his calls. He gets excited and that gets me excited!! I just love Gary 😦

Gary couldn’t do it alone though!! (Actually, I’m sure he could, but it’s more fun this way.) He is accompanied by Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling, two very knowledgeable analysts and self proclaimed baseball comedians. I can’t remember where I saw this headline, but it read “New York Mets baseball announcers love to talk about anything but baseball”, which is 5 thousand percent true, but I wouldn’t have it any other way!

We are truly so lucky to have such a passionate team of broadcasters that love the game almost as much as they love each other, and to even think that there’s a slight chance that Gary wouldn’t be a part of it next year really upsets me!

Trade rumors are enough for me to have to worry about 24/7, I can’t deal with Gary rumors too!!

#ResignGaryCohen

2017 Season Predictions

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Let’s talk about 2017!

So me and my dad are both going to write down what moves the Mets are going to make this off season, as well as what the 25 man roster will look like on opening day, and see who has a more accurate prediction list. I thought I’d share mine with my lovely readers 🙂

Off Season Moves

  • Mets will offer Neil Walker some kind of contract, and he will take it (and I will be the happiest girl in the whole world)
  • We will never see De Aza in a Mets uniform ever again. EVER again. BYE.
  • Mets will happily decline Jon Niese’s option. BYE.
  • Mets will resign Bartolo Colon
  • Something will happen with d’Arnaud. I’m not sure what just yet, but something is going to happen with d’Arnaud.
  • Mets will not resign James Loney
  • Mets will resign Jerry Blevins
  • Cespedes will opt out, the Mets will  offer him something else, and I think he will take it.
  • Mets will resign Jose Reyes
  • Mets will not resign Fernando Salas, and Lugo or Gsellman will take over as the 7th inning/ spot starter/ long man
  • I don’t think the Mets will resign Kelly Johnson
  • Mets will keep Jay Bruce (I don’t think they should, but they’re gonna)
  • Michael Conforto will be trained to play first base
  • TJ Rivera will solidify his spot on the roster

25 Man Roster

  1. Jose Reyes
  2. Asdrubal Cabrera
  3. Lucas Duda
  4. David Wright
  5. Wilmer Flores
  6. Michael Conforto
  7. Jay Bruce
  8. Curtis Granderson
  9. TJ Rivera
  10. Neil Walker
  11. Jacob deGrom
  12. Noah Syndergaard
  13. Steven Matz
  14. Matt Harvey
  15. Bartolo Colon (or Zack Wheeler????)
  16. Yoenis Cespedes (OR Brandon Nimmo if Ces opts out all together)
  17. Gsellman OR Lugo
  18. Jerry Blevins
  19. Hansel Robles
  20. Addison Reed
  21. Jeryus Familia
  22. Josh Edgin or Josh Smoker
  23. Rene Rivera
  24. New Catcher (OR Travis d’Arnaud if they decide to keep him around)
  25. Juan Lagares

Comment and let me know how wrong you think I am, along with your predictions!! I’d love to hear them!

Stay tuned for a post with my dads predictions!

Wildcard Recap

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Let’s talk about it….

The Mets lost the Wildcard game, ending their 2016 roller coaster of a season. I’m not going to make anyone relive the pain of watching that game. Instead I’m only going to talk about the positives from that game and the rest of this season (that could have ended MUCH worse…let’s be real…)

Let’s be honest, Syndergaard pitched the best game of his life, in THE BIGGEST game of his life. Truly, nothing more could have been asked of him. He was amazing over 7 shut out innings, fanning 10 strikeouts. He was amazing. I guess no one told Noah that the Giants don’t strike out much!

Let’s talk about that Granderson catch!! I swear I stopped breathing when that ball left the bat. I no way in the world thought that he was going to catch it. But then he did. And it was incredible. He really slammed against that padding, it hurt to watch. But Grandy being Grandy, didn’t even bat an eye, and just continued on playing like the veteran he is.

Unfortunately there isn’t much else to try and make positive about that game, but wow, what an intense, exciting one to watch. Say what you want about Mad Bum and the rest of the Giants, but the Mets really kept themselves in there, and for that, they should be extremely proud of themselves.

Two months ago, no one in a million, billion years thought the Mets would even have a 500 record at the end of the season, let alone play in the postseason! Through all of the injuries and key pieces dropping like flies, this postseason berth was SO improbable.  I don’t know about anyone else, but I am a very proud Met fan, and I am really looking forward to the vengeance this team will most definitely come back with in 2017.

(I’m actually dying on the inside) 🙂