Sunday, April 26, 2015

Mets play awful baseball against Yankees as Bombers take Series

YANKEES 6 - Mets 4 
W - Shreve (1-0)
L - Niese (2-1)
S - Miller (7)

The New York Mets had every opportunity to take the first leg of the 2015 Subway Series, and they blew it in a barrage of errors and poor execution that would make any manager want to hit the reset button, and take his bumbling ball club back to the basics of spring training.

Sunday night's 6-4 loss wasn't just bad, it was awful. Easily the worst performance of the season by the Mets, who reminded us that not only are they human, but the defensive issues that plagued this team coming into the season are indeed true.

What hurts most of all is the Mets had a chance in this one. They built a 2-0 lead on Yankees' starter Nathan Evoldi who had nothing in the tank. The guy was truly awful. He was missing with pitches all over the map and the Mets couldn't muster a complete challenge to him. They had him on the ropes, and like a inexperienced fighter they let him go easy.

Bottom line is the Mets didn't deserve to win this game. With the Mets leading 2-1 in the bottom of the second inning, starter Jon Niese completely imploded with an implosion assist to the Mets defense. With a runner on second and two out, all Niese had to do was get Gregorio Petit out to get out of the jam. What does he do? He serves up a meatball that Petit lines down the right field line to drive in the tying run.

All hell would break loose as Brett Gardner doubled Petit in to give the Yankees the lead, before Chris Young snuck one past Daniel Murphy who totally misplayed the ball allowing Gardner to score easily. Finally A-Rod lined a double to left thanks in big part to horrendous throw by Michael Cuddyer where the ball died in mid-flight and hit the outfield grass, before rolling onto the infield.

Before anyone knew it, 5-2 Yankees. Game over -- again.

Still the Mets had a chance. They got two runs back in the top of the fourth off Evoldi, but Eric Campbell grounded out to end the inning, killing any chance at tying it.

Finally in the fifth the Mets mistakes hurt them again. An error by Daniel Murphy on a ground ball by Chris Young allowed Gardner to move to third on what should have been a double-play. Then, A-Rod grounded into what should have been a double-play grounder to short stop, but Wilmur Flores air-mailed the throw to first, allowing the run to score, 6-4 Yankees.

Oh, by the way don't forget that Eric Campbell got doubled-off of first base in the top of the sixth inning when he forgot how many outs there were ending another potential Mets rally.

The Mets (14-5) now head to Miami to take on the Marlins, while the Yankees (11-8) maintain their claim on New York City, and head to Tampa Bay with a lot of confidence, and first place in the AL East.

Notes: For what it's worth Alex Rodriguez hit his 659th home run on Sunday night. Then again, since his numbers are tainted, it probably doesn't matter. But, it does mean the Yankees are one home run away from having to grapple with A-Rod over a $6 million signing bonus when he hits 660.

The Mets will start Rafael Montero on Tuesday in Miami in order to lengthen the rotation since they do not have a day off until next Monday, May 4.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Yankees End Mets Winning Streak at 11

YANKEES 6 - Mets 1 
W - Pineda (3-0)
L - deGrom (2-2)

The Mets will not be going 159-3 after all. The Mets record setting 11-game winning streak came to a streaking halt in the Bronx in the first game of this year's Subway Series thanks in big part to the scorching hot bat of Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira, who destroyed the Mets with a pair of mammoth home runs.

A game that was supposed to be about how the Mets were coming of age, ready to grab the reigns of the City from the Yankees, it was the Bronx Bombers who proved New York, for at least one night, is still theirs.

Perhaps the moment, the aura of the stadium, and all the hype was a bit too much for Mets starter Jacob deGrom, who had his worst outing of the season, maybe even of his career. Right away the right-hander found himself behind the eight ball when he gave up a two-run blast to Teixeira, who deposited the ball in the right field porch for a 2-0, Yankees lead.

Things didn't get any better for deGrom who surrendered four more runs in the third inning, all but ending an competitive nature of this contest early on a frigid night. Jacoby Ellsbury hit a homer off deGrom to lead off the inning. Two batters later, Teixeira was at it again, this time wrapping the ball around the foul poll down the right field line for another 2-run homer to make it 5-0. Stephen Drew would add a sac fly to left to drive in the Yankees final run of the night.

The Mets offense was stymied by Yankees' Michael Pineda who was dealing on Friday. The former Seattle Mariners' prospect was brilliant over seven and two-thirds allowing only a run on five hits, while striking out seven Mets, and walking none. Pineda, has been the Yankees best starting pitcher thus far with a 3-0 record.

The Yankees will try to take the series from the Mets on Saturday afternoon when former ace CC Sabaathia takes on Mets ace Matt Harvey at 4:05 p.m. All hands will be on deck for what should be a terrific match-up.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Mets winning streak hits 10 games

METS 3 - Braves 2 
W - Carlyle (1-0)
L - Johnson (1-1)
S - Familia (7)

The Mets keep losing players to injury, and they keep winning games in the process. With Travis d'Arnaud and Jerry Blevins on the disabled list, joining the likes of David Wright, Vic Black, Bobby Parnell, Josh Edgin, and Zach Wheeler, the Mets refuse to be denied thus far in 2015.

On Wednesday the Mets won their 10th straight game with a 3-2 come-from-behind win against the Atlanta Braves at home. The winning streak is the longest by a Mets team since 2008. The last time New York opened a season 12-3 it was 1986, the year New York won the World Series.

Once again the heroes for this New York team was its plethora of young players, Wilmur Flores, Juan Lagares and, of course, Lucas Duda.

Lagares got the momentum turned for the Mets when he robbed Atlanta second baseman Jace Paterson of extra bases when he snagged down a fly ball over his shoulder in the top of the seventh with the Mets trailing 2-1.

In the bottom of the seventh, Flores cracked his third home run of the series tying the game at two. It seems that Flores is making a habit of hitting big home runs in big spots.

An inning later, with Curtis Grandson and Lagares on base, Duda once again paved the way to a Mets win, by lining a base hit the other way to drive in Grandson with the go-ahead run.

Jeurys Familia continues to be unstoppable in the closers roll, nailing down his seventh save with a crisp and easy ninth inning.

For his part, Dillon Gee did a fine job in his third start of the season. He held the Braves to two runs on eight hits over seven innings of work. He got a no decision.

The Mets will go for their 11th in a row on Thursday afternoon with Bartolo Colon getting the ball. If the Mets do win, it will be their longest winning streak since 1990. They have also not opened a season 13-3 since 1986.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

2015 NFL Schedule Finalized for all 32 teams

After a day full of rumors and leaks the 2015 NFL schedule was finalized Tuesday night, with a mega reveal on NFL.com and the NFL Network. Without further adeu here are the schedules. First, we'll take a look at the NY teams, then the primetime games on Sunday, Monday and Thursday.

Jets 2015 Season Schedule

CLEVELAND
1:00
CBS
@ Indianapolis
8:30
ESPN
PHILADELPHIA
1:00
FOX
@ Miami* (London)
9:30
CBS
Bye Week


WASHINGTON
1:00
FOX
@ New England
1:00
CBS
@ Oakland
4:05
CBS
JACKSONVILLE
1:00
CBS
BUFFALO
8:25
NFLN
@ Houston
1:00
CBS
MIAMI
1:00
CBS
@ NY Giants
1:00
CBS
TENNESSEE
1:00
CBS
@ Dallas
8:25
NFLN
NEW ENGLAND
1:00
CBS
@ Buffalo
1:00
CBS

Giants 2015 Season Schedule
@ Dallas
8:30
NBC
ATLANTA
1:00
FOX
WASHINGTON
8:25
CBS
@ Buffalo
1:00
FOX
SAN FRANCISCO
8:30
NBC
@ Philadelphia
8:30
ESPN
DALLAS
4:25
FOX
@ New Orleans
1:00
FOX
@ Tampa Bay
1:00
FOX
NEW ENGLAND
4:25
CBS
Bye Week


@ Washington
1:00
FOX
NY JETS
1:00
CBS
@ Miami
8:30
ESPN
CAROLINA
1:00
FOX
@ Minnesota
1:00
FOX
PHILADELPHIA
1:00
FOX

For the Sunday night football schedule Click here

Initial glance, the NFL has a lot of good games here on Sunday night, and it probably won't flex out of too many of these games. Although the one game that could be problematic is Cincinnati @ San Francisco. Both teams are expected to be bad this season. I do take issue with the fact that Patriots vs. Giants, a rematch of two great Super Bowls is not featured on Sunday Night Football. 

For the Monday night football schedule click here! 

As usual the Monday Night schedule is wild. Jets vs. Colts is featured because of the NFL's desire to honor old Super Bowl match-ups, but this game is absolutely hideous, and should have no business on a national stage. Kansas City @ Green Bay, a rematch of Super Bowl I, however is a fun match-up, because both teams are good. There are some deadly games on Monday Night like Baltimore @ Cleveland, Indianapolis @ Carolina, Chicago @ San Diego, and the Giants @ Miami. Also why are the Vikings playing a 10:00 p.m. ET game on MNF? 

For the Thursday night football schedule click here

Thursday night is boring match-up night. A lot of match-ups we have seen before on TNF such as Atlanta vs. New Orleans, Cincinnati vs. Cleveland, and of course the always epic, Jaguars vs. Titans. However there are some interesting games. Seattle @ San Francisco is earlier this year, and is always fun to watch. Denver @ Kansas City in week 2 is fascinating, and I look forward to that one. And of course Rex Ryan vs. the Jets is in that schedule too. And the NFL Network and CBS get a couple of Saturday games: Jets at Cowboys and Redskins at Eagles during the Christmas season. 

2015 NFL Schedule: Jets vs. Giants regular season clash will be December 6

As the leaks keep flying in here is another tasty tidbit from the 2015 NFL schedule release, and this one concerns the battle of New York ... or ... er ... New Jersey, the Giants and Jets.

According to Ralph Vacchianno of the NY Daily News, the Giants and Jets will face each other on December 6, 2015. The time of the game and the network, at this moment is not known.

The Giants will be the host team for this year's contest.

The last time the Giants and Jets met in the regular season, you'd have to go back to December 24, 2011 when the Giants beat the Jets with the playoffs on the line for both teams. The game is best remembered for Victor Cruz's 99-yard touchdown catch and run. The Giants would use that victory as a springboard toward the Super Bowl. For the Jets, the game was the beginning of the end for both Rex Ryan and Mark Sanchez with the Jets.

The Giants scheudle is almost all complete. Big Blue will face Dallas in week 1, Atlanta in week 2, visit Washington on Thursday night in Week 3. After the Jets game in week 13, the Giants travel to Miami in week 14. They will face Philadelphia in week 17.


2015 NFL Schedule Leaks: Jets open vs. Browns, Giants @ Boys in Week 1

Later tonight the entire NFL schedule will be released to the public, but already, as is the annual tradition, rumors and leaks are coming out all over the place regarding the schedule.

Here is what we knew already. The Jets play Miami in London in Week 4. The Bills vs. Jaguars and Chiefs vs. Lions will also play in London Weeks 7 and 8, respectively. 

Now for the good stuff that is hot off the presses. According to NJ.com, the New York Jets will open the season at home for the sixth straight season, this time against Johnny Manziel and the Cleveland Browns. An intriguing match-up because both teams are rumored to be hot for Marcus Mariota in the draft, and it would be Mike Pettine's return to the Meadowlands against his old team. Plus if Johnny Football is still in Cleveland, we get to see him handle the Big Apple media blitz for the entire week. 

It is surprising in a way since the Jets have been opening at home for six straight years, while the Giants have either opened at home in prime time, or have been on the road. Logic would have dictated that it was the Giants turn to open the season at home at 1:00 p.m. Not the case. 

Rumors are the Giants will open up on the road for the third straight season, and for the second time in three years, they will face the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday Night Football on NBC. Not exactly exciting stuff. The game will be the fourth straight season opener for the Giants in Primetime. They opened 2012 at home on Thursday night against Dallas; visited Dallas on Sunday night in 2013, and last year, played in Detroit on Monday night. 

Sounds like first Sunday night regular-season game is shaping up to be Giants at Cowboys. Just like two years ago.
And from Doug Rush of Sports Media 101.
Looks like the home opener in Week 2 will be against the .
UPDATE: the will play the in Week 3 on Thursday Night Football.
The Jets will wrap up the season in Buffalo against old coach Rex Ryan and the Bills. Another surprising development since any Jets-Bills game will now hold national significance thanks to good ole' Rex. Since the NFL mandated that all NFL teams play a divisional rival in week 17 back in 2010, the Jets have yet to finish a season with the Patriots. It has either been Miami or Buffalo. 

Speaking of the Patriots, they will open the season against the Steelers in week 1 on Thursday night. Not a big surprise here since the Steelers were the only really tasty match-up for New England on its home schedule, and the NFL always wants its best foot forward in the opening feature game. 

And lastly, we will have Favre Watch return this year. No Brett Favre is not coming out of retirement,  but the Packers legendary quarterback will have his number 4 retired on Thanksgiving night when Aaron Rodgers leads the Packers against the Bears. 

The rest of the schedule will be posted here as soon as its available.