What’s on tap for Sunday, Aug. 31…

The Mets (63-73) conclude their three-game series against the Phillies (62-73) at 1:10 pm ET on Sunday at Citi Field.

Dillon Gee (5-6, 3.77 ERA) opposes right-hander A.J. Burnett (7-14, 4.30 ERA) on SNY.

Today is also the last day for players to be traded and still be eligible for a postseason roster.


Schedule…

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In case you missed it…

Bartolo Colon allowed six runs in 5.1 innings, Curtis Granderson struck out with the bases loaded to end the seventh inning and the Mets lost to the Phillies, 7-2, on Saturday at Citi Field.


Mets 20-year-old 2B Dilson Herrera got his first major league hit with a single against Jerome Williams in the seventh inning.


Standings…

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12 comments
Albert E Lewis
Albert E Lewis

Sandy needs to eat high fiber foods..cause hes full of poop!....probably studied at the University of BS...if he doesn't improve this offense this offseason and we don't win 80 games in 2015...are we still going to blame everyone else?..2015 will be his 5th year here.

MetsFan1962
MetsFan1962

OK....so, we will be in last place after this afternoon's game. Lets Go Mets!

Ed Renner
Ed Renner

Wow, it was really close there. But the Mets prevailed in their race for last place. I'm sure they're happy with the loss after beating Philly before that. All is right in Mets land. Nice AB's by the Captain last night.

matmil
matmil

I have seen a lot of baseball, and a lot of life. There are times when it is required of someone to make a stand. The danger here is this, this is primarily a young team. They are young and impressionable, and winning and losing is a mindset. What you don't want to happen to them is that they begin to accept losing. Losing is as contagious as winning is. Wining baseball games requires a certain sacrifice on players parts to act in the best interests of the team and not to their own personal stat line. Enter the Captain. The purpose of having a captain is to instill in his teammates this philosophy of sacrifice for the greater good. If he can't do that then he has no purpose. I have not seen from Wright any indication that he knows this or has ever attempted it. But that is his responsibility.                                                                                                                      Every championship begins somewhere, sometimes on opening day, sometimes in the middle of a season and sometimes in an obscure game at the end of a bad year. I believe this team is now at their crossroads, they can begin to learn how to win games or they can throw in the towel and go through the motions. I'm afraid if they don't begin to show a little heart soon we are destined for another decade of listless, heartless baseball. So Captain show me something. Show me you have what it takes to be called the captain and not just carry the title.

jsecurity
jsecurity

At this point, I am pretty sure, NOBODY CARES. 90 wins, .500, wildcard run - all gone. The only unknown that keeps me semi-interested is whether or not Collins gets fired.

Ed Renner
Ed Renner

@matmil I believe that David probably does some of this in the locker room. As bad as he's been, he is undoubtedly a quality man. Matmil, they just don't have enough talent. And the moves that the Flim Flam man made have been busts...Granderson is a bust. Chris Young was a bust.

Alderson is from the American League. He brings in players from the American League. To me, SA is incapable of understanding the NL and certainly incapable of understanding the New York fan and the Met fan. It makes sense to me to bring in NL players. Guys who know the pitchers and batters. 

To your original point, it's hard to watch David Wright. I get as mad as any Mets fan. But then I realize that I should root for the good guys on the team. What I WOULD do, something that will take some courage, is move David back in the lineup. And then I would root for him there, where he should be.

mrgee
mrgee

@jsecurity Pretty sure I won't attend any more games or, if I do, buy 'em really cheap on stub hub, but I do maintain interest in seeing the success (or not) of the young guys.  I'd love to see Duda hit 30 HRs, see Herrera come into his own and make the 2B discussion more interesting, have Lagares finish strong, see TDA show he really is the answer behind the plate…other than that, don't care if they just wrap the arms in bubble wrap, shut Wright down and let his shoulder heal, and move on to 2015… 

matmil
matmil

@Ed Renner @matmil Ed, I don't wish to sound like a hate DW. I don't, he is certainly a good man. And of course talent is lacking, but as we saw last night this is a listless, demoralized team. If you will notice the Phillies, they have had a bad year and what they have done to try and compensate for that, instead of devolving into a bunch of angry and feuding individuals and falling apart as a team is they have unified themselves around hating their manager. That is what a savvy veteran team will do. Find some common goal to rally around instead of feeling sorry for their plight.

jsecurity
jsecurity

@mrgee. Not saying I disagree with you, but I don't know that we will be sure about the young players by the end of the year, or be able to judge them with this team. Already know that Lagares and TDA are keepers. Whether Duda hits 26 or 30 doesn't make me watch - he's a success. The Metsies haven't finished strong under TC yet and will not again this year - so my real curiosity is whether or not this organization does anything to turn it around. New ownership isn't going to happen. Unless SA quits, he isn't going anywhere. But Collins has shown his inability to motivate and win. Not saying he had the optimum team but he did have pitching and should have won more games then he did.

Ed Renner
Ed Renner

@matmil @Ed Renner You're a lucid guy. Not normal on this site. I don't really understand your last remark...or I read it wrong. I don't see the Phillies banding together to hate Ryne. Did I miss something? I don't think that Ryne is much of a manager. But he's not responsible for Ryan Howard's .225. They are bad. But if your point is that you don't see the Phillies languishing around, like the Mets seem top be doing, I'm right with you.

Matmil, we are a team in big trouble. Though we probably don't want to, we MUST trade some of this young pitching. I see Montero and Neise going. By the way, whatever happened to the strikeout machine Jack Leathersitch?

matmil
matmil

I'm lucid between 6:00 AM and Noon. Agree they are in trouble. Very disappointing season, and I guess the purpose of this blog is to vent. Thanks for putting up with it.