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Video Highlights: Duda’s RBI, d’Arnaud’s HR, players talk winning streak

Travis d’Arnaud, Terry Collins, Dillon Gee and Vic Black talk about the Mets’ fourth straight victory and third in a row against the Braves >> Watch here



Lucas Duda hits a two-out RBI single in the bottom of the first inning to score Daniel Murphy, giving the Mets a 1-0 lead >> Watch here

Travis d’Arnaud hits a two-run home run in the seventh inning to give the Mets a 4-1 lead over the Braves in Wednesday’s win >> Watch here




103 comments
Jayson Love
Jayson Love

Given solid production from Grandy and Wright,  Duda is the key to this lineup.  If he can be a feared bat in the middle of the lineup, the whole lineup extends.

Muhammad Qureshi
Muhammad Qureshi

m ecstatic that that TDA is looking like the prospect that every 1 thought he'd be. He is young with excellent pop. He is only going to get stronger in the near future. I hope he can resemble Piazza just a bit, and from his 6 jacks this yr, I think we can expect 20+ from him nxt yr. And how psyched are we for the stuff Grandy and Duda are now bringing to the table, along the regular hitting of Murph and Wright of late. I think we got something here. All we need is a couple good pieces that are better options and clear upgrades at LF and SS. One upgrade at either pos by the deadline and the other in the offseason. I don't know if we can get a higher obp from EY, but if we got more pop there and higher obp along with some pop at SS, we'd certainly be in the hunt. So Sandy has it in his power to not let us down again. Lets see what he does. The, Starting Pitching and bullpen pitching has been great a couple more offensive pieces and we'll be kicking around 1st ploace teams like the Bravos on the regular. I hope Colon brings his A game. That'll be too much to ask for, but it can certainly happen. Colon has been good overall. So I can say some certainty that we have a good chance at a 4 game sweep. But i'll be more than happy with a 3-1 record inthis series.

mets2death
mets2death

What were the reasons for Gee only signing a 1 year deal?

Scrubs
Scrubs

Ecstatic over recent play of my beloved Mets.  BUT, I've seen this before and had my heart broken by inevitable let-down after a big series.  Trying to stay on even keel here.  If only David could find the power stroke this year,  TdA stays loose and Duda doesn't turn into a toad, we might have a decent summer after all.  Not quite 2nd wild card maybe but, Gee is back and our rotation is solid.  That said, with TC at the helm , better wait till next year when Backman takes over.

Bill Brown
Bill Brown

Alderson made the right decision trading Ike Davis. Duda is a more versatile hitter. He can hit for power but he also hits better the opposite way. All Duda needs is confidence. 

C.K. Dexter Haven
C.K. Dexter Haven

I appreciate Wright's hustle double. I understand the importance of Abreu's walk.  I LOVE TDA's 2-run JACK (reminded me of Michael Jack.......PIAZZA)


But the AB of the night for me was Duda's.  Getting Wright to 3rd with less than 2 outs, when the whole park knew that's what he was trying to do was huge.  

robby
robby

Sweep the Braves and stop being inconsistent

Bob Burket
Bob Burket

It would be nice to see a full house for the 3 game Marlin Series this weekend.

Bob Burket
Bob Burket

Always great to see those 2 out RBIs. Keep it up.

Muhammad Qureshi
Muhammad Qureshi

Im glad that TDA is looking like the prospect that every 1 thought he'd be. He is young with excellent pop. He is only going to get stronger in the near future. And how psyched are we for the stuff Grandy and Duda are now bringing to the table, along the regular hitting of Murph and Wright of late. I think we got something here. All we need is a couple good pieces that are better options and clear upgrades at LF and SS. I don't know if we can get a higher obp from EY, but if we got more pop there and higher obp along with some pop at SS, we'd certainly be in the hunt. Starting Pitching and bullpen pitching has been great a couple more offensive pieces and we'll be kicking around 1st place teams like the Bravos on the regular. I hope Colon brings his A game tom and shit em down. That'll be too much to ask for, but it can certainly happen. Colon has been good overall. So I can say some certainty that we have a good chance at a 4 game sweep. But i'll be more than happy with a 3-1 record inthis series.

mets2death
mets2death

Anybody else find this Steve Gelbs (?) guy annoying?  His interview of d'Arnaud last night was brutal, looked like Travis didn't want anything to do with him.

Doubleday
Doubleday

TDA looks like he has his confidence back.

hankincolo
hankincolo

Negative much? Seems like a lot of fans here are reluctant to enjoy this mini hot streak. Don't blame you if you do, since we've been pining away for success only to see it come and go very quickly and then dissolve into yet another underwhelming team by the end of the season. So how about this? Sit back and relax, enjoy the moment, if they fizzle again, oh well, no one is dying here. Next season, Harvey is back, this starting staff is taking shape very nicely, then in 2015 we can get nutsy over the Metsies again. Deal?

Mexpert
Mexpert

It is also obvious that the players have ignored the stupid hitting philosophy of Sandy. They have stopped looking for walks and swing at pitches out of the zone early in the count and strike out less. The mets wen from leading in walks to 7th and that coincides with the improved hitting. Kirk Campbell Travis d all know if they listen to Wally they hit and if they listen to Terry they will be demoted. It shows. 

citifield
citifield

THE METS FANS SHOULD GO TO THE GAMES MORE NOW THAT THE METS ARE ON A WINNING STREAK AT CITIFIELD

darkknight
darkknight

The people who say don't go to the games are the scum of this franchise... Worse than Wilpons.

mets2death
mets2death

Virgil Brigman back on the air...

dave42
dave42

the Wall Street Journal has an article today that shows the Mets as the hottest-hitting team in the National League over the last 3 weeks.  Sustainable?

dave42
dave42

@mets2death  he's still under club control for the next two seasons.  I hope they'll try to give him a 4-5 year extension. 

dave42
dave42

@Bill Brown  absolutely right.  I was dead wrong on that one.  I always liked Ike.  (I still hope he'll end up with a good career...)  Duda and Soup! 

mets2death
mets2death

@C.K. Dexter Haven Been saying Duda was going to come out of his shell and prove to be a decent hitter (and 1B'man), hopefully the naysayers and haters are too busy choking on their words.

Eddie_Dean
Eddie_Dean

@Bob Burket Even if they win tonight, it's going to take a lot more than a sweep of the Braves and being 6 games under and 7 or 8 games out to get people back to the ballpark in droves.

hankincolo
hankincolo

@mets2death  Yeah, I don't know if it's Gelbs or TdA is not comfortable with live interviews like that. Either way, it's uncomfortable to watch. If he is Kevin's replacement he has a lot of work to do, he'll need to find the warmth Kevin exudes and get to know the players better in Spring Training so he doesn't get that "who the heck are you look" from the players.

Mexpert
Mexpert

@Doubleday Of course he is swinging before 2 strikes. Hitting a ball solid while protecting is tough. The idiots who claim someone is a good 2 strike hitter should compare the hitter to when he has less than 2 strikes.

mrgee
mrgee

@citifield  I went to a game this week.  That clearly led to the Mets winning, which they couldn't do without my support.

p8erbaghad
p8erbaghad

@dave42 And yet they're still near dead last in the NL in every batting category.  So...the answer is a resounding "NO!"

Eddie_Dean
Eddie_Dean

@dave42 Doubtful. We've seen this kind of surge from them before. I predict that by the all-star break, they will be 8 games or more out of 1st place again....

mets2death
mets2death

@dave42 @mets2death there was a post or an article somewhere that said he signed for 1-year for $3.5+M...so thats wrong?


I hope he stays, he's really turned is form in the right direction as of last year.  I think he's better than Niese (lefty aside) and should be our #2 once Harvey is healthy.

openmind6
openmind6

@mets2death

I don't miss Ike Davis. Not one bit.

mrgee
mrgee

@Eddie_Dean @Bob Burket  Seriously.  I think the Mets could flat out make the tickets free, and the ballpark still wouldn't be full this weekend.


Now, if they made a hot-dog/drink combo free (which costs more than a ticket), THEN you might see a packed place...

Eddie_Dean
Eddie_Dean

@hankincolo @mets2death d'Arnaud never looks comfortable to me in interviews, no matter who he's talking to. Just a soft-spoken guy I guess. Beltran was similar, especially when he first got here.

Eddie_Dean
Eddie_Dean

@Mexpert @Doubleday Well, I don't think anyone believes being a good 2-strike hitter means you hit BETTER with 2-strikes than with less. Just that your average doesn't dip as much as some others' might in that situation.

Joe Pignatore
Joe Pignatore

I don't get how you can say that....do you even check the stats...they are just about in the middle of the pack in both runs scored and team ERA....as a matter of fact the Mets runs scored are just about what the average is is in NL.

dave42
dave42

@p8erbaghad @dave42  Actually they're less than 1% in OPS from being a top-20 team on the season after starting the year in dead last for the first month.

Eddie_Dean
Eddie_Dean

@mets2death @dave42 He's in arbitration years, so technically he's only on a 1-year deal, but it's not like he'll be a free agent at the end of this year. He has one more arbitration year, I believe, and then will be a FA in 2016. Assuming he's not extended before then.

mets2death
mets2death

@Eddie_Dean @hankincolo @mets2death d'Arnauds good in interviews, and always speaks positively.


Its more that his questions are terrible.  Its like he's serving up all the teams negatives on a plate to be commented on. I was cringing the whole time.

hankincolo
hankincolo

@Eddie_Dean @hankincolo @mets2death Thing is, he does smile, unlike Beltran who rarely seemed to crack a smile in public. But yeah, he's a young guy and who will get comfortable somewhat with the media, eventually. 

Mexpert
Mexpert

@Eddie_Dean I agree with you except it should read nobody with baseball knowledge thinks that . Terry has said it many times and he believes its worth the risk to get a walk drive up pitch count to hang on with 2 strikes. He actually went on the air when Lagares led off with a double and said he needs to take pitches so the rest of the lineup can read the pitcher.

Kevin John
Kevin John

@dave42 @p8erbaghad They got off to a terrible start, but Ya gotta believe they will turn it around! 4 game winning streak for the first time in almost a year. This is it boys!

Eddie_Dean
Eddie_Dean

@dave42 @Eddie_Dean Lol, you're right. I was only thinking of how far back they were from Atlanta. Forgot the Nats overtook them anyway.


So make that 10 or more games out of 1st.

Jayson Love
Jayson Love

@Eddie_Dean @mets2death @dave42 If the Mets are serious about the "moneyball model" the key is to buy out the arbritration and offer slightly higher salaries for a few of the Free agent years, it's the perfect way to do it because if you think about it, the key to FA contracts are the first 2 or 3 years, the next 3 or 4 of the 5-7 year contract are generally a waste.  

Eddie_Dean
Eddie_Dean

@mets2death @Eddie_Dean @hankincolo Eh, I guess it depends on your definition of "good." He's always positive and uses all the cliche's, of course. So I'm sure that he qualifies as "good" in an interview by the club's definition. But is he interesting? Eh....can't really go there....

hankincolo
hankincolo

@mets2death @Eddie_Dean @hankincolo Reality says, it's a baseball interview, there's not a lot of depth to be expected. 

Let's see, what pitch did you hit?. How do you feel about winning the game? You guys are on a roll right now, how to you keep it going?

Answers, Fastball, great, and keep working hard and take it one game at a time.  

Eddie_Dean
Eddie_Dean

@Mexpert @Eddie_Dean Yeah, I'm convinced Terry is slowly losing his mind, so I can't really argue with anything about him being nuts...

Kurt Carson
Kurt Carson

@Eddie_Dean @Kurt Carson @darkknight Sure the wording was a little harsh. But also he said people who SAY don't go to the games, not the people who don't go to the games. I would fit into the latter category since I'm like over 800 miles away. I just also get tired of the people who say boycott the games all the time. At some point, as much as we hate to admit it, going to the games raises revenue and gives more spending money to the Mets which makes the team better. As much as I don't like the Wilpon's either, they're not going to just hoard all of the money and neglect improving their investment. That's dumb business.

Joe Pignatore
Joe Pignatore

Look at runs scored....the most important stat...they are right in the middle of the pack and they have scored exactly the average runs scored in the NL.

dave42
dave42

@p8erbaghad @dave42  yes, but they are 0.011 out of 20th place in the majors and 0.066 ahead of last.  The point is each position player except LF is hitting about what we hoped they might when the season started now.  Who on the team is playing out of his head? 

Eddie_Dean
Eddie_Dean

@Kurt Carson @Eddie_Dean @darkknight I don't get into the calls for boycott's either, but I can't criticize anyone who does. Not when the team has an $80 million payroll in the largest market in the country (and once Colon and likely Murphy gets moved, it's going to be closer to $70 million) and is just awful to watch, outside the last few days. They have the 9th highest prices for tickets I read somewhere awhile back, and had the 22nd highest payroll entering the year (and it's lower now that Ike was traded, and will be lower-still when the other guys I mentioned get dealt).

Plus, I disagree with you about something else. The Wilpons may not be sitting on a pot of gold large enough to expand the payroll back to where it was in the Minaya years, but I definitely believe they could afford it to be more than it is now. SNY is a cash cow. They were just awarded the Willet's Point redevelopment, so they have that revenue, plus it's a project that virtually ensures Citi Field is going to be even more of a revenue producer than it currently is as well. Point is, I don't believe for a second that they can't afford AT LEAST a $100 million payroll, if not a little higher, even with attendance as bad as it's been this year.

p8erbaghad
p8erbaghad

@Kurt Carson @Eddie_Dean @darkknight Then you clearly don't understand the current business model for MLB teams.  Majority of the revenue is from TV and licensing.  Single game ticket sales are such a small portion of the overall team revenue as a vast majority of ticket revenue are from season tickets, especially the high priced seats bought by corporations.

p8erbaghad
p8erbaghad

@dave42 Exactly my point.  They're hitting what we can realistically expect out of them and they're stats are what they are: good for bottom third of the majors.  So if no one is underperforming, we can't realisticly think they'll be able to hit the way they've been lately.  If anything, Granderson should be due for a cool down given his OPS+ relative to his usual self is 139 and 154 for June and July.

Kurt Carson
Kurt Carson

@Eddie_Dean @Kurt Carson @darkknight No I agree with your second statement. I don't understand either how our payroll has gone down so drastically. Well I kind of do with all of the financial issues the Wilpon's have had. But more than that, I really can't understand why our payroll can't go back up. I don't get why Mets reporters such as Baron and Rubin keep talking about how there's no reason to believe the payroll will go up. It makes no sense to me and that's why I'm not a fan of the Wilpons. I was just making a point that I don't think calling for game boycotts helps anything and it's just frustrating to see so much negativity when 1. it's a game that many take way too personally and 2. the team is doing well so why not treat themselves and enjoy it for once. That's all I'm saying. 

Kurt Carson
Kurt Carson

@p8erbaghad But it helps.... this is a stupid argument. First of all, the argument was that it is dumb to say boycott games with the team playing like this and the organization headed in a good direction. Second of all, I never said that's where all the revenue comes from. I said it raises revenue which gives more spending money to the Mets. That's pretty simple. I don't know what else to tell ya.

dave42
dave42

@p8erbaghad @dave42  maybe so, but Wright is due for a hot streak too.  And it is nice to have Duda doing what we hoped he would when he first got here.  And d'Arnaud and Tejada and Lagares and Murphy. 

Eddie_Dean
Eddie_Dean

@Kurt Carson @Eddie_Dean @darkknight Yeah, I'm fine with all that. I just can't get on anyone who does call for the boycotts. I agree it's not going to do anything b/c the Wilpons are just never selling the team. But given the financial situation, I understand why people feel the need to vent their frustration against them and call for others to avoid the park. B/c like I said, I really think the Wilpons are screwing the fans with the product they put on the field. I don't believe they're so broke they can't afford more than this.