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The Mets are back to normal

Jul 26, 2012, 8:52 AM EDT

New York Mets players surround manager Collins after Washington Nationals LaRoche two run home run in MLB game in New York

For much of the season the Mets played decent baseball. More significantly, though, they played fundamentally sound, team-oriented baseball and there weren’t any typical-for-the-Mets stories of discord and strife. In a decade or so when Mets fans routinely found their palm to their face for some damn reason or another, it has been a remarkably facepalm-free year.

At least until recently. The Mets, losers of six straight, are skidding and yesterday some frustration was on display:

Tim Byrdak jawed at Josh Thole and then shared his displeasure further with pitching coach Dan Warthen after giving up a two-run homer to Adam LaRoche with a fastball he didn’t want to throw in the Mets’ 5-2 loss to the Nationals at Citi Field — their sixth straight defeat.

Terry Collins wasn’t pleased with it and, after the game, made noises about “seeing a different team” in the next ten days. Whether that means he’s gonna shape his men up or ship some of them out remains to be seen.


  1. kiwicricket - Jul 26, 2012 at 9:06 AM

    With the Pirates and Nats doing so well, it’s about time our lives balanced out a bit. Can’t fiddle round with the equilibrium too much. Good old Mets, doing their part.

  2. hasbeen5 - Jul 26, 2012 at 9:29 AM

    Other than talking to reporters about it, I’m kinda with Byrdak here. If you’re not confident in a pitch, don’t throw it. He shook twice, they kept calling the same pitch.

  3. butchhuskey - Jul 26, 2012 at 9:35 AM

    The oddest thing about this is that Thole does not call his own game – he gets told what pitches to put down from the dugout.

    • kopy - Jul 26, 2012 at 10:04 AM

      Hence the yelling at the pitching coach as well, I would assume.

  4. mybrunoblog - Jul 26, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    Terry Collins put in a calls to Willie Randolph, Jerry Manuel, Bobby Valentine, Art Howe and he even found Jeff Torborg. Collins simply said “wtf did I get myself into ?”

    The Wilpons continuing to lead that franchise is like listening to Walter Mondale, Michael Dukakis and John McCain giving speeches about winning.

  5. keithbangedyermom - Jul 26, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    They are rebuilding. This isn’t news to anyone that was paying attention.

    • chill1184 - Jul 26, 2012 at 10:25 AM

      Silly Keith you realize that facts dont apply to media hacks and the assortment of internet tough guys that visit HBT.

  6. deathmonkey41 - Jul 26, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    Don’t mess with a Thole, young man or you’ll get the horns.

  7. gloccamorra - Aug 10, 2012 at 5:11 PM

    It’s simple: when the Mets’ run differential was negative, they were winning. When they finally got their run differential in positive territory, they started losing.

    They should have emulated the Orioles, who never had a positive run differential. In fact it’s become more negative as they pile up the wins, now -53 as they’ve won seven of ten.

    It’s what the deep thinkers call “counter-intuitive”.

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