MLB: New York Mets at Seattle Mariners

Game Recap: Mariners 5 – Mets 2

Result: The Mets lost to the Mariners, 5-2, in the first of a three-game series in Seattle.


Need to Know: Jonathon Niese made his first start since July 4 after a stint on the disabled list. Niese allowed four runs on 11 hits in six innings. Monday marked 10 years since David Wright debuted with the Mets and the third baseman celebrated in style with two hits, including an RBI single in the third inning. Travis d’Arnaud was the only other Met with a two-hit night and was robbed of a home run by Seattle’s Dustin Ackley in the sixth inning. Juan Lagares singled in the ninth and came around to score the Mets’ final run of the game.


Game Ball: Wright, for his two-hit performance to commemorate the anniversary of his debut.


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What’s Next: The Mets and Mariners meet again Tuesday night at 10:10 p.m. Jacob deGrom  (3-5, 3.18 ERA) starts for New York opposite Seattle’s Erasmo Ramirez  (1-4, 4.58)




54 comments
Vincent Santiago
Vincent Santiago

At least the catcher is still swinging the stick pretty well and we don't have to see Recker with his gigantic hurricane swing. 

Muhammad Qureshi
Muhammad Qureshi

It really sucks b/c mets were firing on all cylinders b4 the break. As we all know thebreak couldn't have come in amorw inopportune time for us. Well let's see if deGrom can get us back on track.

Scrubs
Scrubs

Maybe a cold snap between now and the trade deadline might not be such a bad thing.  Ojeda said last night he thought if the Mets went into the crapper for the next week or so, Sandy would make a move because 'they' need to win'.  Maybe he has an inside source but I was surprised to hear that.  I'm all for moves that bring improvement for the long haul and not some imaginary run at the post-season.


cleonsvan
cleonsvan

I have to be honest, they look like zombies to me since they came back. It was like they missed having time off and they said to themselves, Oh gee, we have  to play baseball again.

Scrubs
Scrubs

 I fall for this every year.  Winning streak, losing streak.  I was actually thinking SA might bring in a bat/SS for a serious run.  This team is hopelessly schizophrenic (read mediocre-bad).  I guess they should buy AND sell.  Although.....I really like the way d'Arnaud is swinging, even though he can't throw anybody out.  Sound familiar? (#31).

shawnp6986
shawnp6986

And also,we have lost our 3rd place spot to Miami and are tanking down close to the Phil's again,not cool.

But,I hear the Citi field sleep over night was a huge success,so the Wilpons are pretty excited about the product that were laying on the field the other night.

shawnp6986
shawnp6986

I did not want to believe it,but now I'm thinking our famous "after ASB collapse"is in full effect.

Cant blame Niese too much,first game back and he needs to shake off some rust.The bats on the other hand have become non existant once again.

Try and get them tonight,boys.

openmind6
openmind6

Is there anyone here who still belives the Mets are just ONE bat away?

Because I had been reading that a lot lately.

thjopr6986
thjopr6986

This is where they lose 16 out of 20. Stick a fork in them. They're officially DONE.

Frank Tangorra
Frank Tangorra

This season seems like a roller-coaster. It's showing you what this team needs. Cut ties with the dead weight. I'm up in the air with Flores. He hits in AAA and comes up and doesn't hit here. Is letting him play the rest of the season everyday the answer, probably at this point.

Shawn R. Babcock
Shawn R. Babcock

*sigh*

It's so easy for this team to slip right back into the losing culture.

Before the break, you could feel the "we're making a run...we can't lose...find a way to win this game."

But now it's back to business as usual. No will to win. Looking un-focused. Six outs in an inning would not be enough for the Mets to put up runs. Hopeless.

But really, if you took a step back, who would think anything less than a ten game bad stretch following a ten game good run? This team is what it is.

The loser organization culture cloud that hangs over this team has to be addressed. Losing is just another day around here.

So, no. Don't worry about this year. Sell. There's still a lot to fix...and it's not possible to fix with a few moves.

At the end of the day SA is right. Real long rebuild. Keep going.

Dave D'Agnese
Dave D'Agnese

Let's just put flores at short call up Syndergaard and have a six man rotation and evaluate for next season. No more abreu no more tejada or young. Play guys that actually have a chance to be on next year's team. I'm tired of watching these temporary losers they run out there saying they are trying to make a run. For those of you saying flores isn't a short stop I get it. But we aren't winning games without him. So put him there and figure out if he can hit and find a spot for him next year

matt greco
matt greco

this year is different...right.  sure it is.


can't wait to watch them go 0-for-the rest of this road trip.

mike23
mike23

This is why we can't take the mets serious, they go on a run up to the all star break, get fans feeling good and than do this after the break... not sure what direction this team is going to take at the deadline but its time to put a major league/winning caliber roster together, if that means trading some prospects its beyond time to star doing it for legit/young/consitent/healthy/proven bats at a corner outfield spot and SS (if they aren't going to give Flores a real shot, still not sure why they haven't). 

mike23
mike23

Flores has a 22 game hitting streak, might want to try him at SS again

birtelcom
birtelcom

Curtis Granderson became just the sixth Met to strike out at least four times in a nine-inning game while hitting in the leadoff spot in the batting order.  The other five guys: Mookie Wilson (who did that three separate times, once in 1987 and twice in 1981), Andres Torres (in 2012), Ron Gardenhire (1984), Frank Taveras (1979) and Tommie Agee (1970).  

Jay Cross
Jay Cross

Sad to start the second half in the same deflating way they've done for the last five years. 

rodd
rodd

smelly mets game

shawnp6986
shawnp6986

I'm with you,bro.I too fall for it year after year thinking we can some how pull off the impossible and make a run to the post season.

For me at least,I've been programmed to believe that the Mets on any given year can pull off a miracle and or do something amazin as our history has shown.But,those hopes keep fading as this almost decade has passed with nothing much to show for it.

Better days have to be on the horizon,we have a ton of young pitching studs,and some bats that will be comimg along in the next season or two (unproven ones)yet promising.Aldy is going to have to make some moves eventually to mix in some proven ML bats sprinkled in with our crop of young studs.

I do believe we are approaching the 'good ol ' days in Queens sometime within the next season or two,I dont see it happening this season however.Way too much inconsistancy and lack of talent mostly on the offensive end of things.

Other then that,not much else to say.Since this roadtrip seems to be going to hell,I.dont see baldy making any moves considering we arent contenders,if anything,maybe a salary dump and or trade of Colon for some prospects.

After all the recent excitement and incredible homestand,this now "going down the toilet"road trip has been a hard pill to swallow.

Anyway-LGM! Hope for the best.

rico
rico

1.5. Bats away

Kyle Suta
Kyle Suta

One bat and Harvey pitching like an ace away from contending. Buy still not a playoff team.

shawnp6986
shawnp6986

Yes,I agree-Am always excited to see deGrom pitch,more times than none he's gonna put forth a quality start and keep us in the game.

Nice to see a young pitcher like him with confidence and some swagger also,love the fact he is not scared to throw up and in to some of these guys when needed.

Nothing wrong with a little chin-music to back a guy off the plate or to set him up for another nasty pitch.

Starz31
Starz31

@Frank Tangorra There's not much confusion about Flores though. He simply doesn't have a position to play on the Mets. He has never started every day up here so it's hard to gauge him. I agree though, we should let him play everyday somewhere at  the big league level. If we can't find him a spot to play then he needs to be traded. Use him somehow. 

Luis Torres Quiñones
Luis Torres Quiñones

@Frank Tangorra I'm also confused about the whole Flores thing, but the Dudas and Tejadas have had unlimited chances, this kid just needs to get regular playing time in the majors. When he came up last year he had a good run initially, but then he got hurt and that was it for him.

Starz31
Starz31

@Shawn R. Babcock

Losing culture? I don't know about that. That's all a created fan's speculation. The players on the team don't expect to lose nor do they embrace it. This team is simply not that good. It's not rocket science or a slight, it's just reality. 

birtelcom
birtelcom

I don't see any reason to find a "losing culture" or lack of of a "will to win" this week compared to last  week.  The Mets have been a team that wins around 74 games a season for years now and so far this season is on course to probably do something that again,  A team with 74-win talent will go on winning streaks and losing streaks just by random luck.  There is no particular reason to ascribe such ups and downs to a particular culture or attitude.  

cleonsvan
cleonsvan

@Dave D'Agnese  Yes, let's go to a six man rotation when we see how Wheeler and Gee are ineffective with long rest. These pitchers do not need any more rest than they already have. Next year when Harvey comes back we can go to a 7 man rotation. rolleyes

lindro88
lindro88

Not a bad idea. Flores gets so much attention on this site. I'd like to see him play everyday for a month. See if he can be an impact bat or if he's just another overrated prospect by fans dying for something to get excited about. As for Syndegaard, he probably needs to pitch better before he gets called up. Starting pitching has not been a problem with this team.

Starz31
Starz31

@matt greco This year is different. Just because they're losing doesn't mean it's not different. The team has a real young pitching core to build around; that's exciting. They have their highly touted catcher finally getting comfortable at the ML level; something to feel much more excited and confident about. They have a player potentially establishing himself as an everyday first base men. They have some intriguing young arms in the bullpen. 

Every year that this team decreases the number of holes they have going into the next year is one year closer to consistently contending. I'd say they are rounding that corner. They are DEFINITELY better positioned this year than they were last year. 

lindro88
lindro88

If they don't somehow win at least 4 games on this trip, I think it's time to fire Terry. I have not been anti Collins as many n this blog have, but I can't watch them do the same exact thing they do after every all star break again. Collins isn't the only problem, but if they aren't going to go get players, at least do something to try and avoid what feels like an almost certain nose dive. Clearly something happens during the break to this team. It's now going on what feels like at least 5 years that they will come out of the break, looking like a losing team headed towards a 75 win season

Chris Sullivan
Chris Sullivan

@birtelcom Johnson is lucky the internet didn't exist in 1984... imagine the reaction to Ron Gardenhire leading off.

Starz31
Starz31

@Jay Cross Yeah, that's not a big surprise. This team hasn't been a contender in five years. 

matt greco
matt greco

@Jay Cross anyone who expected anything other than this is delusional.  watch this turn into a 10-game losing streak now...THIS is why losing 2 of 3 to the padres was unacceptable.

Starz31
Starz31

@shawnp6986 "falling for it" implies you've been misled or taken advantage of. We should be all thrilled that the team had a nice recent streak going, playing up to its potential. Them continuing to struggle shouldn't really be a surprise on a team full of holes. That said, there's still a lot to be excited about and to watch the rest of the season. 

ken1010
ken1010

@birtelcom

You are right that a 74-win team will go on some streaks both ways.  Ten days of winning isn't a sure sign that five years of losing is over.

With this pitching, I think the talent is there for a .500 team, but that poor fundamentals and managing decisions cost them five or six games per year, so that's why then end up in the mid-70s with wins.  

It's too bad because with better fundamentals, which comes down to coaching, and a little luck, they could be a few games over .500 and in the race.

shawnp6986
shawnp6986

Agree-If he comes up,he HAS to play nearly every game for a good month as you said.He's absolutely tearing it up in Vegas,went 3 for5 I think last night and has reached base 26 of 27 games I believe from what I just read.

If its any time I think its now he should be brought up while his confidence is sky high.Its crucial we see what we really have in this kid going in to next season.

And,of course I know Vegas is Vegas and all,but maybe he,like Travis needed to go back down an rake before coming back up and getting his head together.

The potential and talent is there,he just needs another crack at it in the bigs and with extended playing time.

matt greco
matt greco

@Starz31 @matt greco i was referring to the bulls h i t coming from all the people who can't do anything but look at the team thru blue and orange glasses, who insisted they were going to make a run and be a winning team in the second half - only to watch them come out stumbling again, like they have every year in recent memory.

Starz31
Starz31

@lindro88 They are a losing team. It's not something magical that happens, it's the team reverting back to their expectations. And for the past 5 years that's not surprising whatsoever. They haven't had a good team the past 5 years. In fact, they probably have their best team this season out of the past 5 years. 

Dylan
Dylan

@Starz31 @shawnp6986 That's the disappointment factor, that its not surprising.Nothing about this team ever surprises, its the same disappointment year after year. People keep on saying "look at the future".... yeah I've heard that for over a decade. There is no good future ahead as long as the Wilpons own this team.

Luis Torres Quiñones
Luis Torres Quiñones

@ken1010 This team has consistently failed in fundies, and good  teams make those plays every time. I think this is a real analysis.

rico
rico

Could be worse try being a knicks or jets fan both if those franchises have not won a chip in over 40 years

Starz31
Starz31

@Dylan @Starz31 @shawnp6986 But it's true. If you don't see the decent young players on this team than I'm not sure what to say. They are in the best position they have been in the past 5 years regarding young talent and that young talent producing. 

Dylan
Dylan

@rico I'm a nets, islanders and jets fan. Nets have never won a championship no matter how big of a contender they become, the islanders are a complete mess of a team, and you already described the jets perfectly.

Dylan
Dylan

@Starz31 @Dylan @shawnp6986 Do we or do we not get told every damn year this same exact thing every year? "If not this year maybe next year". Than that same process goes on and on and you guys continue to say "well we still have our great farm system! look forward to next year!" Hell, the same bozos like you were saying this before this season even started! I'm sick of this "maybe next year" crap, when can we be a contender already?