Game Recap: Giants 4, Mets 2

Result: The Mets lost to the Giants, 4-2, in San Francisco late Friday night.



Need to Know: Buster Posey hit a tie-breaking, two-run home run off off Carlos Torres in the eight inning. … The Mets bullpen has a major league-worst 15 losses. … Matt Cain allowed two runs and three hits in seven innings. He had a no hitter through five innings until Ruben Tejada led off the sixth inning with a  single … Daniel Murphy hit a two-run home run for the Mets, who lost their fourth straight game. … Jon Niese allowed two runs and five hits in seven innings, extending his streak of consecutive starts allowing three earned runs or fewer to 16. … Travis d’Arnaud was 0-for-3 and is now hitting .180. … The Giants became the first team in the majors to reach 40 wins.


Game Ball:  Kevin Burkhardt, who did a terrific job on air filling in for Gary Cohen.


Links: AP Recap | Boxscore | Video Hightlights


What’s Next: The Mets and Giants continue their three-game series in San Francisco on Saturday at 10:05 pm ET. The Mets will start Bartolo Colon (5-5, 4.52 ERA) against Tim Hudson (6-2, 1.75 ERA).

2014 SNY Kidcaster Contest: Enter your child for a chance to announce half an inning of a Mets game on SNY

Now through May 9, you can enter your child (ages 7-12 years old) in the 2014 SNY Kidcaster Contest presented by NY’s 529 College Savings Program.

Ten finalists will be selected to read their essays in front of a panel of judges in the SNY studio. The winner will be invited to join Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling to announce a half inning of a Mets game on-air from the SNY booth.

To enter this year’s contest, go to SNY.tv/Kidcaster.
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Final Score: Nationals 9 – Mets 7

The Nationals came back to beat the Mets 9-7, in 10 innings, on Opening Day at Citi Field.

The Mets took a 5-4 lead into the bottom of the 9th inning before Bobby Parnell surrendered an RBI double to Denard Span to tie the game.

In the 10th inning, Jeurys Familia allowed two hits and a RBI sacrifice fly. John Lannan relieved him, walked one batter, then surrendered a three-run home run to Anthony Rendon.

The Mets added two in the 10th, with David Wright hitting a two-run home run, before Curtis Granderson struck out, for the third time, to end the game. Wright finished the day 3-5 with two RBI and two runs scored.

Juan Lagares hit a solo home run in the bottom of the 8th inning and went 2-4 with an RBI and two runs scored.

Andrew Brown hit a three-run home run in the first inning off Stephen Strasburg.

Dillon Gee started, and allowed four earned runs (one charged to him after he left the game) on four hits and two walks. He struck out five.

The Mets struck out 18 times.

For the full recap, visit SNY.tv.


The Mets and Nationals play again on Wednesday, a 7:05 p.m. game.


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Keith Hernandez, Ron Darling and Gary Cohen recap Opening Day from Citi Field, where 3 home runs by the home team wasn’t enough for the Mets as the Nationals prevailed, 9-7, in extra innings.

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Meet the Mets TV and radio teams

4:15 pm: Seth Everett will be WOR’s pre- and post-game host before radio broadcasts of Mets games, the team announced Friday.


9:45 am: Everett, who currently hosts a FOX Sports Radio Saturday morning show, will join Howie Rose and Josh Lewin, who will return as the on-air broadcast team during games.

Eddie Coleman will continue in his role as WFAN’s Mets beat reporter, filing on air reports and updates and doing fill-in hosting throughout the year.

SNY recently announced that Gary Apple will replace Chris Carlin as host of their pre- and post-game show. Bob Ojeda will return as the show’s studio analyst. Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling will again be in the booth. Carlin will continue hosting SNY’s Loud Mouths and will host GEICO SportsNite.

This is the final year of Kevin Burkhardt’s current contract with SNY. FOX recently announced he will host a new pre- and post-game studio show, based in Los Angeles, for their National baseball programming. Steve Gelbs will start the season as Burkhardt’s fill-in.

To read more of this story, click here

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Final Score: Marlins 5 Mets (SS) 2

Jose Fernandez pitched 3 1/3 scoreless innings, as the Marlins beat the split-squad Mets 5-2 in 10 innings Wednesday.

Eric Young Jr. hit a leadoff single before Fernandez retired the next nine batters.

Dillon Gee allowed one run and four hits in 2 1/3 innings. He gave up three straight hits to start the second, including an RBI double by Reed Johnson.

Jose Valverde threw one scoreless inning.

To get a full recap and boxscore >> Click Here


The Astros host the Mets on Thursday at 1:05 pm ET.


Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez recap the Mets loss to the Marlins today, as Anthony Recker and Matt den Dekker each had an RBI as the Mets fell to the Fish 5-2.

Mets consider Mike Piazza a Hall of Famer

Mike Piazza 1 polaroidIn a report for the Daily News, Andy Martino says the Mets truly feel Mike Piazza belongs in the National Baseball Hall of Fame, even if members of the Baseball Writers Association did not elect him on the first ballot last January.

“Some on the Mets’ Hall of Fame committee felt that it would be a strong show of support to elect Piazza before he landed in Cooperstown. The team wanted to make clear to Piazza that it considered him a Hall of Famer, regardless of how members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America voted,” Martino explains.

Piazza received 57.8% of the vote last winter – 75% is required to gain election into the Hall of Fame.

Still, while the Hall of Fame committee – comprised of Howie Rose, Gary Cohen, Al Jackson, Marty Noble and Jay Horwitz – are sensitive to the fact Piazza wasn’t elected, they felt it was appropriate to elect them to their Hall of Fame this year.

“The Hall of Fame committee recommended it,” Principal Owner Fred Wilpon told Martino. “I agreed with it. Some of our fans asked for it and wanted it. It seemed like the right time for Mike and for us.”

As for Piazza’s distance from the franchise Martino says Mets people attribute that simply to Piazza wanting a private life after retiring from baseball, and not any kind of rift.

“Ron and Keith were out of baseball for a while after retiring, too. A lot of guys just need that time,” A friend of Piazza told Martino.


Read more: Daily News

Jayson Werth HBP, Shaun Marcum calls out SNY’s Gary Cohen and Ron Darling

Frank Francisco started the eighth inning Tuesday, allowed back-to-back doubles, then plunked Jayson Werth in the upper back with a fastball.

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Francisco and Werth had a bit of a stare down, while Anthony Recker directed Werth down the first base line.

“Boy, that was obvious,” Ron Darling said during SNY’s broadcast. “For you folks at home — and you hear me all the time say ‘That wasn’t intentional.’ Well, this one was intentional. I mean, that’s the silliest thing I’ve ever seen. Base open, behind in the count, nails him in the back. You know what that does? It gets one of your players hit in the next inning. Put [Francisco] up to bat next inning. These things aren’t forgotten, and if it’s not forgotten this season it won’t be next year, either.”

Early Friday morning, former Mets pitcher Shaun Marcum took to Twitter to tweet about the hit by pitch and Darling’s comments, who was in the booth with Gary Cohen on Thursday:

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Marcum was 1-10 with a 5.29 ERA with the Mets in 2013, before his season ended with a shoulder injury. He was signed to a one-year, $4 million deal in late January.

MetsBlog Q&ACast, pres. by Verizon: Keith Hernandez talks life before baseball

SNY bobbleheadIn this week’s MetsBlog Q&ACast, pres. by Verizon, Matthew Cerrone talks with SNY’s Keith Hernandez.

He, Ron Darling, Gary Cohen and their foundation (GKR Foundation) are doing a special ticket offer for August 27, which includes a limited edition Gary, Keith, and Ron Bobblehead, your choice of a hot dog, burger, or slice of pizza, and a soft drink. A portion of each ticket purchased through this offer will benefit the GKR Foundation.

To buy a ticket, click here or go to mets.com/gkr.

In this week’s podcast, Cerrone talks with Keith about the role of luck, people who helped him become the person he is, and his life before becoming a big-league baseball player…

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Kids Want to Know Q&A with Gary Cohen, pres. by Chevy Youth Baseball

To spotlight the Chevy Youth Baseball program, which is entering its third year, SNY visited participating youth baseball teams and asked kids what they want to know about Gary Cohen:

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Anthony Digiacomo, age 7: What made you want to be a broadcaster?

Gary Cohen: My first dream, Anthony, was to be a Major League shortstop. But I had very little talent, and broadcasting seemed like the next best thing. And it is!

Gavin Kata, age 8, Huntington Sports League: Why do the Mets win more away games than at home?

Gary Cohen: Great question, Gavin. I’m not sure of the answer, but if you and the other Mets fans keep cheering loudly, I am sure they will eventually play even better at home.

Jackson Mitchell, age 8, Warwick Little League: Do you think Roger Maris’ record should still stand?

Gary Cohen: I think it is hard to eliminate records, Jackson. But it is certainly fair to think of Maris as the “clean” holder of the single-season home run record.

The Chevy Youth Baseball program is a grassroots initiative that establishes a positive relationship between the New York Area Chevrolet Dealers and the communities they serve by providing assistance to 65 leagues in contributions over $100,000 in monetary and equipment donations.

Kids Want to Know Q&A with Gary Cohen, pres. by Chevy Youth Baseball

To spotlight the Chevy Youth Baseball program, which is entering its third year, SNY visited participating youth baseball teams and asked kids what they want to know about Gary Cohen:

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Josh Marx, age 9, Elmsford Little League: Do you think baseball players are more patient than athletes in other sports? Does this make baseball a different kind of sport to play?

Gary Cohen: That’s a very observant question, Josh. Yes, baseball requires much more patience than other sports, and a great deal of mental discipline.

Ethan Good, age 8, Middletown NJ Little League: What was your favorite moment as a fan?

Gary Cohen: When I was 11 years old, the Mets won the 1969 World Series. Maybe, Ethan, you will have the same experience when you are 11!

Nicholas Rocco, age 9, Rhineback NY Little League: Who was your favorite baseball player as a kid and why?

Gary Cohen: My favorite was Bud Harrelson, Mets’ shortstop in the 1960s and 70s. He was a little guy with a great glove and a great heart, Nicholas.

The Chevy Youth Baseball program is a grassroots initiative that establishes a positive relationship between the New York Area Chevrolet Dealers and the communities they serve by providing assistance to 65 leagues in contributions over $100,000 in monetary and equipment donations.