“Speaking from experience, this is not a fan base you want to wake up,” ESPN’s Curt Schilling said on air last night, speaking about Mets fans during last night’s Mets/Nationals game.
Matthew Cerrone: Too late, Curt. Actually, I don’t think we ever went to sleep. We’ve been very much awake, just angry and frustrated. This past weekend at Citi Field, finally, for the first time since late 2008, we were happy, fired up and feeling like part of the team. Instead, of yelling at management to make changes, we were cheering on players to keep fighting.
“It’s so much fun to be a Met right now,” Noah Syndergaard said after defeating the Nationals, 5-2, on Sunday night.
Bobby Parnell said the only other time Citi Field was as loud as it was Sunday was during the final 2-3 innings of Johan Santana’s no-hitter.
“It’s definitely a notch up than what we’re used to,” he said. “That’s probably as close to a playoff atmosphere as we’ve had in a while. I think the young guys are feeling the enjoyment that’s going on. It’s definitely something we pick up on.”
David Wright said for the first time Citi Field reminded him of Shea Stadium’s aura in 2006, 2007 and 2008.
“There’s a buzz that hasn’t quite been there because we haven’t quite played as well as we’ve played this year,” he said. “I can’t remember Citi Field rocking the way that it has been this weekend.”
The Mets have the third-best home record in baseball, and their fans have made a difference. Terry Collins is thankful and happy for Mets fans, who he believes helped will Syndergaard through his final inning Sunday.
“This is my first experience with a New York crowd and what it’s like here and the energy they bring to the ballpark is unbelievable,” he said of Mets fans at Citi Field on Sunday. “I knew Noah, in the eighth inning, he’s starting to run low on fuel, and here they are. They all rise and cheer every pitch. What they have done, I’ll tell you, if we continue this, they’re going to help. They’re going to help a great deal to keep this club energized through the next two months.”
To date, all great moments at Citi Field (Johan’s no-hitter, RA Dickey‘s Cy Young chase, Jose Reyes winning a battle title, the All-Star Game) have been about baseball as a whole or the accomplishments of one player. They weren’t about the Mets as a winning team. This past weekend, while sweeping the Nationals to start August tied for first place, the passion at Citi Field was been about the Mets. And it was finally about winning. And I can’t wait for it to continue… Ya Gotta Believe! Let’s go Mets!
The Mets swept a three-game series from the Nationals over the weekend at Citi Field, moving into a virtual tie for first place in the N.L. East. Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, and Noah Syndergaard combined to allow five runs over 21 2/3 innings in the three games against Washington…
The Mets acquired OF Yoenis Cespedes from the Tigers on Friday for minor league RHP’s Michael Fulmer and Luis Cessa. Cedpedes had one hit and one RBI in seven at bats, while starting Sunday in center field.
Michael Conforto was sent to Triple-A to make room for Cespedes on the roster, then recalled on Sunday when Kirk Nieuwenhuis (neck) was placed on the 15-day disabled list.
David Wright will travel with the Mets to Miami on Monday then head to Port St. Lucie on Wednesday to begin his transition to playing rehab.
What’s on tap for Monday, August 3
The Mets open a three-game series against the Marlins on Monday in Miami at 7:05 p.m. ET on SNY.
Bartolo Colon (9-10, 4.96 ERA) gets the start for the Mets. He’ll be opposed by Tom Koehler (8-7, 3.38 ERA) for Miami.
For every Mets home run hit at Citi Field® this season, Citi will show their appreciation to an NYC community partner with a $2,000 donation.
Thanks to home runs from Curtis Granderson, Daniel Murphy, and Lucas Duda in yesterday’s home game against the Nationals, Citi is donating another $6,000 to an NYC community partner.
Visit mets.com/citi to see this season’s grand total to date.
Sunday’s minor league recaps…
Knuckleballer Mickey Jannis tossed seven shutout innings Sunday afternoon helping the St. Lucie Mets top Clearwater 7-2. The 27-year-old, who was motivated to become a knuckleball pitcher after watching RA Dickey in 2012, surrendered four hits, with three strikeouts and two walks.
Mets reliever Eric Goeddel gave up one run on three hits in 2/3 of an inning in his first rehab appearance >>Read more at SNY’s Mets Minors
The Mets hit three home runs in a five-run third inning and Noah Syndergaard shut down the Nationals lineup, as New York moved into a first-place tie in the NL East with a 5-2 win Sunday at Citi Field.
Curtis Granderson and Daniel Murphy went back-to-back, and Lucas Duda hit a homer down the right-field line — all with two outs — as the Mets turned a 1-0 deficit into a 5-1 lead.
Syndergaard (6-5) took care of the rest from there. He retired 13 batters in order after allowing Anthony Rendon’s first-inning home run.
Syndergaard struck out nine and gave up two runs and seven hits in eight solid innings for the Mets (55-50), who swept the three-game series and now are tied with the Nationals (54-49) atop the division.
Yunel Escobar hit a solo home run in the sixth and the Nationals brought the tying run to the plate twice, but Syndergaard escaped the two-on, one-out jam.
He pitched eight innings for the second straight start, ending his night with a 99 mph fastball to strikeout Bryce Harper. Syndergaard is 4-1 with a 1.44 ERA in his last seven starts.
Jordan Zimmerman (8-7) gave up five runs and six hits in six innings, but the Mets did all their damage in the bottom of the third.
With two outs and a runner on, Granderson hit a hanging curveball over the right-centerfield fence for his 17th home run of the season.
On Zimmerman’s next pitch, Murphy crushed a fastball into the upper deck in right to give the Mets a 3-1 lead and send the Citi Field crowd into a frenzy.
Yoenis Cespedes singled, and after a visit to the mound, Duda pulled Zimmerman’s next pitch fair just down the right-field line for his ninth home run in eight games and make it 5-1.
The Mets hadn’t hit three home runs in an inning since Carlos Delgado, David Wright and Paul Lo Duca hit home runs in the sixth inning vs. the Phillies on June 7, 2007.
Tyler Clippard pitched the ninth for the save.
The Mets begin a three-game series with the Marlins on Monday.
Bartolo Colon (9-10, 4.96 ERA) will face Tom Koehler (8-7, 3.38 ERA) at 7:10 p.m.
Mets OF Juan Lagares will have a reduced role with the Mets after they acquired OF Yoenis Cespedes, but manager Terry Collins said the players who hit will find themselves in the lineup.
Collins said earlier this week that Lagares, who’s hitting .251 with three home runs and 26 RBIs this season, will face lefties, while Cespedes will be in the lineup vs. righties.
Cespedes’ batting average vs. lefties (.183) pales in comparison to his numbers vs. right-handed pitchers (.318).
Lagares has started just two of the last six games in a reduced role, coming in as a defensive replacement late in games. Before that, he had started 17 of the previous 18 games.
“I know he is upset,” manager Terry Collins said. “I talked to him more in last month. He knows what he has to do.”
The Mets acquired Cespedes, who went .293 with 18 home runs and 61 RBIs with the Tigers, on Friday, which Collins hopes will be the big bat that sparks the Mets lineup down the stretch.
“Now we got some help,” said Collins, whose team ranks at the bottom of the National League in runs scored.
Collins said Cespedes is a versatile fielder, so he can play center while Curtis Granderson plays a corner outfield spot.
New York also added Kelly Johnson and Juan Uribe to the lineup, and have rookie Michael Conforto available, adding depth to a lineup that once featured two players batting under .200 hitting fourth and fifth.
While Lagares has recently seen less playing time, Collins is adamant that the hottest hitters will regularly be in the lineup.
“I haven’t given up on Juan, but we made the decision we have to score runs,” Collins said. “If they’re gonna hit, they’re gonna play. … We have to score some runs.”
Noah Syndergaard (5-5, 2.70 ERA) and the New York Mets (54-50) go for the series sweep and virtual tie for first place in the NL East when they face Jordan Zimmerman (8-6, 3.36 ERA) and the Washington Nationals (54-48) Sunday at 8:08 p.m. at Citi Field.
|1. Yunel Escobar (R) 3B
||1. Curtis Granderson (L) RF
|2. Anthony Rendon (R) 2B
||2. Daniel Murphy (L) 2B
|3. Bryce Harper (L) RF
||3. Yoenis Cespedes (R) CF
|4. Ryan Zimmerman (R) 1B
||4. Lucas Duda (L) 1B
|5. Jayson Werth (R) LF
||5. Juan Uribe (R) 3B
|6. Ian Desmond (R) SS
||6. Kelly Johnson (L) RF
|7. Jose Lobaton (S) C
||7. Kevin Plawecki (R) C
|8. Michael Taylor (R) CF
||8. Noah Syndergaard (R) P
|9. Jordan Zimmerman (R) P
||9. Ruben Tejada (R) SS
Syndergaard Notes: Syndergaard is coming off eight shutout innings vs. the Padres on July 28. … He gave up five hits, five walks and one run in five innings vs. the Nationals on July 22. … He is 3-1 with a 1.29 ERA over his last six starts.
Zimmerman Notes: Zimmerman is winless in his last three starts, going 0-1 with a 4.24 ERA in that span. … He faced the Mets on July 22, giving up three runs in seven innings in a no-decision. … While Zimmerman has a 2.53 ERA in 12 home games, he has a 4.65 ERA in nine starts on the road this year.
Mets Notes: The Mets rank last in the National League with 368 runs scored. … Their bullpen has the third-best ERA in the National League at 2.94. … Lucas Duda is batting .375 with eight home runs and 10 RBIs over his last seven games.
Nationals Notes: The Nationals lead NL East teams in run differential at +31. … They have lost six of their last nine games, including the first two games of the series. … Ian Desmond is in the middle of a 1-for-16 slump.
The Mets recalled OF Michael Conforto one day after optioning him to the minors and placed OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis on the 15-day disabled list with a neck injury.
Nieuwenhuis, who was hitting .317 with three home runs and 10 RBIs in his second stint with the Mets, has a pinched nerve in his neck (Aug. 1).
“It was bad enough that he can’t play,” manager Terry Collins said. “He got a shot two days ago. After 48 hours … he wasn’t able to do it.”
Conforto was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas to make room for OF Yoenis Cespedes, whom the Mets acquired on Friday’s trade deadline.
The Mets promoted the 22-year-old Conforto, their top hitting prospect, directly from Double-A Binghamton earlier in July. He went 4 for 19 with three RBIs in six games in the majors (Aug. 1).