Oct 12

Orange And Blue Diary Part Three-Sports Talk With Anthony Bonelli And More

Well, as you can imagine I have a lot of thoughts on the first two games of the National League Division Series between the New York Mets and the Los Angeles Dodgers. I will address the Chase Utley controversy later in this blog. Right now I would like to take this opportunity to commend Jacob deGrom and Noah Sydergaard on their unbelievable pitching performances, as I mentioned in part two, I was worried about how the inexperienced New York Mets’ roster would handle the pressure of the postseason. My worries were put to rest, at least from a pitching perspective, on Friday night deGrom amazed me with his poise in Game 1. I do not think people realize how stressful pitching in the playoffs is, let me try and give you an example that you can all relate to in order to illustrate how stressful this task is. Imagine you were given five days to prepare a three hour presentation that you have to present to your boss, and the owners of your company. Then imagine that this presentation is a deciding factor as to whether you will be hired back by the company next year. What emotions would you feel prior to presenting your presentation to the high ranking officials in your company, now take those emotions and multiply them by 100.

Reflecting on Sydergaard’s performance in Game 2, I thought he was outstanding, but I felt Terry Collins left him in too long, you could see at the end of the sixth inning, that he did not have any more bullets in the gun. Then when men reached in the seventh, Collins did not make the call to the bullpen, granted that has not been the most reliable aspect of the team this year As a manager, you must be able to recognize when your pitcher is reaching the end of the line. Yes, the way you manage in the postseason is completely different than how you manage in the regular season but the fundamentals of managing are still the same that includes knowing when your pitcher has no gas left in the tank. I will admit I would have sent him out there for the seventh, but that was the fan in me talking.

There are a few things that I am worried about as this series continues, first and foremost the lack of production by the Mets’ offense; this has been a recurring issue for the team all year. Other than an unexpected outburst in July when it seemed like everyone in the Mets’ lineup was hitting the ball out of the ballpark, the offense has left something to be desired. If the Mets want to continue in the playoffs, this issue must be rectified quickly. I realize that in the playoffs you don’t want to change too much, but right now it’s broken so you must fix it. Another thing I am very concerned about is the fact that the Mets’ middle infielders struggle with turning the double play, this has not hurt the Mets thus far, but with the injury to Ruben Tejada the Mets’ defense takes a step back Although Wilmer Flores brings a little bit more power to the lineup, his lack of range at shortstop I believe will hurt the Mets. Not even mentioning the fact that the middle infielders might be a little gun shy when turning the double play because of Chase Utley. When a base runner is attempting to break up a double play the runner must make a clear that he or she is trying to touch the base Utley made no attempt to touch second base, he went out of his way to tackle Ruben Tejada and did not even touch second base, but yet he was still called safe. This was a bush-league play and Utley should not be able to play for the rest of the postseason.

The Dark Knight, Matt Harvey takes the mound tonight I really do not know what to expect from him, my hope is that he will give the Mets seven strong innings and only give up one run. Harvey is a competitor, that being said I believe he is going to have a stellar outing tonight in Queens. Be sure to wear your orange and blue Mets’ fans, and do not be afraid to scream at the top of your lungs and yell LET’S GO METS!!!