Opinion: Was that actually baseball being played in Yankee Stadium?

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

Well, the last two days have been quite entertaining. It didn’t even feel like baseball, or at least the type of baseball I’ve grown used to watching in Citi Field, in the National League East and from the Mets offense. It was like some sort of prize fight, slugfest, duking it out on a pinball machine…

The Mets left Colorado having scored the sixth-most runs in the NL. They dropped to ninth in the NL after facing the Marlins, after which most fans and media panicked, called for firing coaches and switching batting orders, while questioning all sorts of decisions. Today, after just 48 hours in Yankee Stadium, the Mets have the fourth-most runs in the National League. Yup, it was an entertaining two days…


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The Mets hit two home runs Tuesday, and totaled six during the two games at Yankee Stadium this week, accounting for 27 percent of their total home runs this season. They scored 19 runs in the seven games prior to stepping on field at Yankee Stadium. They scored 21 runs in two games in the Bronx.

“I don’t know what to say, except we won,” manager Terry Collins said late Tuesday. “That’s all I can tell you. We’ll take it, try to get some sleep and get ready for Wednesday night.”

I’m not crazy enough to think the Mets will keep up this pace in Citi Field. I’ve watched enough baseball in that park to know, no matter who is pitching and where the walls are, the ball just doesn’t carry the same in Queens as it does in the Bronx. But, I do know the role of confidence in hitting. I know good swings can be contagious. I know the Mets had been making contact, even when they weren’t scoring runs. Hopefully, those trends can continue, despite returning home.




35 comments
Michael Zvirblis
Michael Zvirblis

The Yankees got to play as funny as The Mets usually do.

thwacker
thwacker

A little bit interesting that since the Mets came back against the Phillies, the Mets have won both games and the Phils have lost both.

tw22
tw22

When they were scoring 3 runs and gathering 5 hits and still winning games it was Murphy and EYJ in the middle of it. I know C Young and Granderson had fun in the Bronx but reality returns tonight for those two.

stage52
stage52

Just Announced Gee on DL retro to the 11th and DeGrom will be the starter on thurs

TheJMan
TheJMan

I know it's so ridiculous to question a team that's offense has done nothing outside of Colorado and Yankee Stadium


so.. let's just see it Mets -- hit the ball

dude3480
dude3480

“I don’t know what to say, except we won,” manager Terry Collins said late Tuesday. “That’s all I can tell you. We’ll take it, try to get some sleep and get ready for Wednesday night.”


Basically this reads to me.... I have no idea how we won, but I'll take it.. It has nothing to do with my game plan or the line up I put together.. It is essentially a crapshoot, and we were on the winning side this time... I know there has been lots of talk is it TC's fault, SA's fault, or Owners fault for the lack of winning. Honestly, the blame is on all of them, but when my manager makes comments like this it tells me he has no confidence in his game management skills.. how do i expect him to get the players fired up to play and put them in positions to do well. I personally am tired of TC and would be welcome to change. I also think ownership needs to go as well, but the chances of that are not likely.

Kenneth Meltsner
Kenneth Meltsner

A throwback to AL baseball in the Steroid era. Just some brutal pitching from BOTH sides. Let's just hope it was an anomaly on the part of the Mets. I cannot watch Colon pitch like this every five days. And you know they'll take forever to pull him from the rotation. Dice-K did a nice job (still kind of wild) but I don't want to see him start. We'll probably see Mejia close until such time (if any) that Familia gets an iota of control. Let's also begin the DFA Watch for Kyle and Jose.

fuldsadick
fuldsadick

i love Ron Darling, but it was funny last night when he referred to Brett Gardner as a "good journeyman player " who doesn't get enough credit...does he realize that the Yanks gave him a 4 year $52m extension ?...that's one underappreciated journeyman..

gregf
gregf

Duking it out on a pinball machine ... great line! And apropos ...

stage52
stage52

People here really search for negative stuff even after winning a game.  I feel sorry for you!

hurricaneditka
hurricaneditka

Well I'm not sure I'd call what took place at Citi Friday night vs the Phillies baseball either

ctsteve
ctsteve

Maybe if we trade hitter-friendly Yankee Stadium for cavernous CitiField, the Mets batting confidence can be preserved.  It will be interesting to see if the hitting goes silent when the Amazins' come home tonight.

eric88
eric88

TC had Tejada in last two games against two tomato cans. Tonite he starts Flores against Tanaka! Is he setting Flores up to fail?

cmetsfan
cmetsfan

Yankees have grown their fanbase, well passed baseball fans. They're an event ticket, and they need to fill up their event park. Who knows what to make of those two games. The A-traditional hats in game one, were probably telling.

stage52
stage52

All that really matters is that the Mets won both games. 

D. Walker
D. Walker

There was as much rotten pitching , as there was good hitting...I guess that leads to a whole "chicken and egg" scenario if you want to look at it that way.

hankincolo
hankincolo

Yes,...but it was also a little like a softball game.

nwmets
nwmets

What a strange, weird team.

ergoking
ergoking

@metsblog Nothing cures Mets batting woes better than a good dose of current Yankee pitching. Too bad we don't play them 19 times this year!

cmetsfan
cmetsfan

@dude3480  Terry was being honest. If he went up there and said, we're really hot stuff, and then risk a pummeling at the hands of the yankees with this media town, then I would think he's kind of a dummy, and bad motivator too, because the team could get an awful dose. I mean, he didn't take credit. That takes some virtue or intelligence on his part if he can't explain how they won.

nwmets
nwmets

@dude3480  I think it's more like -- you can stop reading after Terry says "I don't know what to say." Because that basically sums up Terry. He isn't very good at expressing his thoughts verbally.

Kenneth Meltsner
Kenneth Meltsner

@fuldsadick Darling also had a great line when that fan got smoked by a foul ball in the ninth inning. You could tell that the Met announcers were getting a little punchy by then. Nothing like a four-hour nine-inning game. Well, let's hope traffic was light.

vandelay
vandelay

Wasn't Tejada supposed to be the one he had a "vendetta" against? At least that was the narrative of choice for awhile. Flores was sick, Tejada played well so he got another start yesterday against a LHP. He's hit well against lefties. Today tough RHP on the mound makes sense to go back to the main guy who is supposed to be the better hitter

anymos
anymos

@eric88 Yes he has a personal vendetta against him.  Foolishness.

crafalko17
crafalko17

@eric88 Flores was sick which is why he sat out. TC said he is still the starting SS and will get all the starts while he is healthy. It just happened that it fell on a day like today.

crafalko17
crafalko17

@D. Walker Also of the 9 HRs in the series, 5 likely would not have left Citi. Not all to do with pitching.

shinjoooo
shinjoooo

Wow, I hope you're always joking with your posts...or at least getting paid by the Mets.

hankincolo
hankincolo

@Lets Go Mets! Time for Duda to start hitting some hrs.That's what a first basemen is supposed to do, especially in Citifield where you have to be a big dude like him to pop them out. 20, historically is the minimum number for a playoff team btw.

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

@crafalko17 @eric88 It really is hard to listen to Gary Cohen when he pumps up Tejada to this level.  He hit line drives for 2 and a half days and he's acting like it's this renaissance.  He's the same bit player as before. 

I won't touch the EYJ stuff, but when people that can't evaluate statistics start saying "dynamic", "the team just wins", "high-energy", it makes me absolutely cringe.

nwmets
nwmets

@shinjoooo  It's more like he (or she) is trying to get a reaction out of you -- and succeeded. It's best to ignore these sorts of posts, as it's likely he (or she) is not reading your responses, anyway.