According to the New York Times, viewership on YES for Yankees games is down 21 percent compared with this point last season, while SNY’s Mets viewership is 47 percent to 267,000 per game (April 24).
Similarly, the average price of a regular-season ticket at Citi Field is up almost 19 percent on the secondary market, while the average price to see the Yankees in the Bronx has dropped 27 percent, according to pre-season data from TiqIQ.
Last week it was reporters that, through their first seven home games this season, the Mets were averaging 35,268 fans, the most during the same time period at Citi Field since it opened in 2009, according to a report in Newsday (April 21).
Mets among teams helping MLB get to bottom of Tommy John epidemic
The Mets are one of five teams this year who are helping MLB in its efforts to get to the bottom of the Tommy John surgery epidemic, Mike Vorkunov writes at NJ.com.
According to Vorkunov, the Mets have agreed to allow the use the pitchers they selected in the 2014 draft to be involved in a study being run by MLB, the players association, and the American Sports Medicine Institute >> Read more at NJ.com
Bartolo Colon picked up his league-leading fourth win with six innings of three-run ball Thursday against the Braves at Citi Field. He struck out five, allowed seven hits and walked none.
“He’s remarkable, he truly is,” Terry Collins said after the game. “He’s the epitome of what pitching is all about.”
In the last 80 years, Colon is just the fourth pitcher over 40 years old to win his first four starts of the season, according to Elias Sports Bureau.
“I’m really surprised I’m pitching the way I’m pitching at my age, but the main thing is team,” Colon said. “The team is giving run support. They’re playing as a team and giving everything I need.”
Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com: Colon’s two-seam fastball was incredible Thursday. I don’t know if it was because of the wind, blister on his hand, the dry ball and cold weather or what, but it was Greg Maddux-like to right-handed batters all afternoon. It’s ordinarily impressive, but the late break was extra special Thursday. He was throwing it in all different counts, and setting up batters for failure all afternoon. He’s been a rock and outstanding every start this season.
The Mets are just the seventh team in modern MLB history — and the first since the 1991 Twins — to win every game on a home stand of at least 10 games.
What’s more, Mets are the 27th team since 2000 to win 11 straight games. According to USA Today’s Ted Berg, 24 of those 26 teams went on to finish with at least a .500 record (April 24).
Thanks to the hot start, according to Baseball Prospectus, at 13-3, there is a 62 percent chance the Mets go on to make the playoffs (April 24).
“It’s pretty cool,” Michael Cuddyer said of the current winning streak (April 24). “At the same time, we can’t get caught up in that right now. I think we’re a good team, plain and simple.”
Matthew Cerrone: The Mets will win at least 86 games if they only play .500 the rest of the season. The second Wild Card will likely get in with 88 wins. I believe the Mets can play better than .500 baseball, so you do the math. In other words, as said yesterday, at the very least the Mets have given themselves room for error to play with later this season. So, let’s say they go 10-15 during what will be a very difficult June, thanks to this hot start, they’d still likely be among the top records in the National League. The Mets have bought themselves a nice insurance plan here, which hopefully they never need to cash in. And, even if they do, it’s shaping up to be a really exciting summer at Citi Field.
The Mets beat the Braves, 6-3, on Thursday at Citi Field, tying a franchise record with their 11th-straight win.
The team’s 13-3 record is the best in baseball.
Triple-A RHP Noah Syndergaard was scratched from Friday’s start due to illness, Adam Rubin reported. Syndergaard is expected to start on Saturday or Sunday instead.
If the Marlins fire manager Mike Redmond, they will not hire Mets Triple-A manager Wally Backman to replace him, Ken Rosenthal reported.
What’s on tap for Friday, April 24
The Mets open a three-game series against the Yankees in the Bronx on Friday at 7:05 p.m.
Jacob deGrom gets the start for the Mets, opposed by Michael Pineda for the Yankees.
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.
Thursday’s minor league recaps…
RHP Rafael Montero had an uneven start for the Las Vegas 51s Thursday night in Reno. After surrendering a home run to the first batter he faced in the opening inning, the 24-year-old settled down, retiring the next nine in a row. However, in the fourth inning he gave up five hits and three more runs. He would ultimately throw five innings, allowing four runs to cross on six hits, with four strikeouts and no walks.
Mets 2B prospect Dilson Herrera had another nice night at the plate, going 2-for-5 to raise his batting average to .366. It’s his ninth multi-hit game this season >> Read more at SNY’s Mets Minors
Triple-A RHP Noah Syndergaard has been scratched from his scheduled start on Friday due to illness, Adam Rubin of ESPN reported (April 23).
According to Rubin, Syndergaard had recently been sick and will likely start this Saturday or Sunday.
Syndergaard dealt with a stiff forearm earlier this month, but had an MRI that came back clean.
In his most recent start, on April 18, Syndergaard allowed two runs in 3 2/3 innings, while walking five and striking out five batters.
Mets starter Bartolo Colon shows he’s still nimble after picking off Braves catcher AJ Pierzynski to end the top of the sixth. >> Watch here
Daniel Murphy drives in the Mets’ first three runs after clubbing a bases-clearing double to put New York on the board against the Braves. >> Watch here
Daniel Murphy hits a single just over the glove of a leaping Andrelton Simmons, driving in a run to extend the Mets’ lead. >> Watch here
To read post-game reports from the team’s beat writers, check out MLB.com, Daily News, New York Post, New York Times, Bergen Record, ESPN, Newsday and NJ.com.
The Mets won their 11th game in a row, and completed a sweep of their 10-game homestand, with a 6-3 win over the Braves on Thursday afternoon.
The Mets jumped on the board early with a bases-clearing double off the bat of Daniel Murphy, plating Curtis Granderson, Lucas Duda and Michael Cuddyer in the first inning.
Bartolo Colon was charged with three earned runs over six innings. He scattered seven hits, did not walk a batter and struck out five. Colon was hurt by a misplay in the field by Murphy, who instead of trying to turn a double play, opted to throw home, but failed to get an out. Two runs later scored in the inning. Colon also helped his cause by running down a baserunner for an unassisted out to end the sixth inning and his day.
In the fifth, Eric Campbell drew a bases-loaded walk to drive in another Mets run.
The Mets added a pair in the seventh inning after Cuddyer grounded into a fielder’s choice and a Murphy RBI single.
Buddy Carlyle and Alex Torres each tossed shutout innings, before the Mets called on Jeurys Familia, who earned his eighth save of the season.
The Mets travel to Yankee Stadium on Friday , for the first Subway Series game of 2015, where Jacob deGrom will face off against Michael Pineda at 7 p.m.
Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com: I’m speechless. Again, it’s hard to believe what is going on, but I refuse to question it and will just enjoy the ride. That said, this was a classic anything-might-happen day game after a night game. I mean, any time Colon gets credit for an unassisted caught stealing by running down the other team’s base runner, you know it’s been a weird day.
The Mets and Braves – and umpires – all looked a bit sloppy and sluggish today. In the end, Atlanta’s clumsy base running and wild pitching, which balked once and walked eight batters, including Campbell with the bases loaded, deserves most of the credit for today’s win. The thing is, who cares? I’ll take it, and shut up. Eleven in a row. 13-3. First place. It’s all that matters. Let’s go Mets!
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Gary Cohen and Ron Darling break down the Mets’ 6-3 victory over the Braves on Thursday, which tied the club record for consecutive wins.