Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com
“It’s Panic City,’’ Mets GM Sandy Alderson said last Friday, referring to fan and media reaction to his team’s recently-concluded seven-game losing streak.
This past Sunday, after his team completed a sweep of the Reds, Alderson said, “Here they come, the citizens of Panic City,” as the team’s beat reporters walked by him in the tunnel under Citi Field (June 29, 2015).
This name is a good indication of Alderson’s confidence in his roster, and his view of how we react. But, you know, he’s right, this is Panic City… and I love every second of it.
It’s been this way for as long as I can remember. It feels different now because the Ya Gotta Believe spirit has been beaten out of us the last eight seasons. But, if you think about it, we’ve never been a calm and cool fanbase, which is one of things I love about being a Mets fan. I love the passion, the emotional roller coaster and the heated debates. And, the constant skepticism and fear eating at my faith only makes the winning that much more fun — which brings me to 2015…
In just 77 games this season, I’ve already run multiple trips across back and forth across town, making frequent stops between Take Back New York and The Season is Over.
I want to believe the season bottomed out last Wednesday night, when the Mets lost their seventh-consecutive game to fall a game below .500. I’ve been saying all season that — in the best-case scenario — success will come at the end of a holding-on-for-dear-life type of season, in hopes that we don’t fly off the rails. Last Wednesday, it felt we were all losing our collective grip on 2015 and about to got tossed from the vehicle. But, the Mets got back on their horse — again — and are now winners of four in row, back above .500, they have a new, young pitcher, Steven Matz, in the mix and the trade market will soon be opening.
That said, while May and June may have been the bumpy road through Panic City, I have a feeling July will be like driving through a war zone.
In July, the Mets will play games against the Dodgers, Giants, Cardinals, D-Backs and Padres, and four against the Nationals. Their quest for the postseason could take a big step forward or a larger step back this month, considering the Mets are playing most of the teams competing for the same slot they want in October.
In other words, hop on, buckle up and enjoy your ride through Panic City and hope the driver, Mr. Alderson, knows the way home…
SNY.TV asks Mets fans how many hits pitcher Bartolo Colon will have in 2015…
The Mets were off on Monday.
The Dodgers and Cubs have expressed interest in trading for Jon Niese, but neither team is in serious discussions with the Mets.
Daniel Murphy is expected to be activated from the disabled list on Tuesday. He’ll play third base, Ruben Tejada will take over at shortstop, and Wilmer Flores will shift to second base.
Anthony Recker, currently playing for Triple-A Las Vegas, was named the Pacific Coast League’s Player of the Week.
What’s on tap for Tuesday, June 30
The Mets open a three-game series against the Cubs at Citi Field on Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.
Jon Niese gets the start for the Mets. He’ll be opposed by Kyle Hendricks for Chicago.
For every Mets home run hit at Citi Field® this season, Citi will show their appreciation to an NYC community partner with a $2,000 donation. Visit mets.com/citi to see this season’s grand total to date.
Monday’s minor league recaps…
Mets RHP prospect Michael Fulmer had another fantastic night on the mound Monday in the B-Mets 1-0 loss in Akron. The 22-year-old tossed seven innings, allowing one unearned run on three hits, with nine strikeouts and no walks.
Over his last 24 1/3 innings Fulmer has given up one earned run with 26 strikeouts and now has a 2.37 era. His nine strikeouts tonight tied his career high as a professional and are the highest total he’s registered in Double-A >>Read more at SNY’s Mets Minors
In this week’s MetsBlog Q&ACast, Matthew Cerrone talks with former Mets manager Bobby Valentine about ways to get a young team to better execute, how to keep players out of position to fail, why it’s not always the best talent that wins, and why flipping buffet tables and yelling at ballplayers is overrated…
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The trade market is tightening, a GM recently told FoxSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal (June 26, 10:11 pm).
“No one is available,” the GM added.
There are 26 of 30 MLB teams in or within eight games of a playoff spot, including every team in the American League.
Sandy Alderson said on June 26 that he’s been looking outside the organization to try and acquire additional players for the roster.
However, he added, “It’s a thin market. For the time being, until something brakes, we need to get the job done with what we have.”
The Mets have reportedly shown interest in A’s IF/OF Ben Zobrist and Brewers 3B Aramis Ramirez, and have seen interest in their pitching from the Mariners, Cubs and Dodgers.
Alderson has room in his budget to acquire one expensive, impact player, or he could instead acquire a few lesser-quality, less-expensive players in an effort to improve the roster, Daily News reporter Andy Martino recently told SNY’s Mostly Mets Podcast, which you can listen to here…