Let’s face the facts. Outside of Seth Lugo, the 2019 Mets bullpen is atrocious. After another disappointing performance, I recently tweeted how this Mets bullpen reminds me of 2008. That year, down the stretch, the team couldn't close a game to save their lives. Ultimately, folks like Luis Ayala and Scott Schoeneweis ensured the team … Continue reading No ‘Relief’: Top Mets Bullpen Busts
There’s no question that Al Leiter was a bulldog on the mound, especially during his Mets tenure. The same can’t be said of his at-bats. With a lifetime .085 batting average, at least his ‘butcher boy’ hacks were entertaining. And that’s one of two reasons why being at Shea Stadium on June 19, 2002, is … Continue reading Seeing ‘Double’: The Night Leiter Owned the Twins
Note: I had the opportunity to interview former Mets player Jason Phillips last week as his Trenton Thunder concluded batting practice before taking on the Hartford Yard Goats. Even though I just started this blog – and am a far cry from being the Mets beat reporter for the NY Daily News - JP was … Continue reading Where Are They Now? Jason Phillips
Yes, you read the headline correctly. And yes, hindsight is always 20/20. Let this be a lesson that you never know who you're going to see at a minor league game. In this case, it was Pete Alonso and Jeff McNeil. Jen and I went to see the Hartford Yard Goats (Double-A affiliate of the … Continue reading The night Tim Tebow overshadowed Pete Alonso and Jeff McNeil
To quote Ron Burgundy, “I love scotch.” I also have a reputation for being frugal. Both facts are central to my memory of Johan Santana pitching the first no-hitter in New York Mets history. Moments after Johan Santana tossed the first no-hitter in NY Mets history. It's one of my favorite photos of all time. … Continue reading The Night Johan Santana Tossed a No-Hitter
Chase Utley has a way of ruining things. May 28, 2016, should have been remembered for the festivities commemorating the 30th anniversary of the ’86 Mets championship team. Instead, this unseasonably hot and muggy, Saturday evening is remembered - fondly by the loved ones in attendance with me - as the night I absolutely lost … Continue reading The Night Thor and Terry Got ’86’ed
Today marks the 21st anniversary of the Mets trade for Hall-of-Famer Mike Piazza (cheers!). While the debate between Keith in '83, Carter in '85 and Cespedes in '15 would be an entertaining one, I believe the Piazza acquisition had the biggest impact on the franchise because of his sustained offensive prowess, flair for the dramatic … Continue reading It’s a Piazza Party!
Since this is my first post on The 5-4-3, it's only appropriate to start with memories of my first game at Shea. Mets vs. Dodgers, June 1, 1988. I went to this evening game with my grandfather. I was excited and anxious as it rained on the way down to the stadium. The fear of … Continue reading Meet the Mets: First Time, Long Time