Tuesday, May 31, 2016


In one of the most ridiculous things I have ever witnessed as a baseball fan, Noah Syndergaard was ejected from a game by home plate umpire Adam Hamari, for throwing behind Chase Utley.  There was no warning issued either after the pitch, or before the game, just the ejection by a fill in umpire who was clearly trying to make a statement.

After the game crew chief Tom Hallion issued a statement saying that Hamari believed that the pitch was intentional and in that situation has the right to either warn or eject the player. We never see ejections in these cases, until Saturday night in Queens.

He also indicated in the statement that last year's game had nothing to do with the Syndergaard ejection. That is disingenuous. If it didn't why was he so quick to eject, he should have warned both benches and let it be. But no the Hamari  got involved and may have cost the Mets a win.  He changed the game by taking a top pitcher out of the game, by taking the inside corner away from the Mets pitchers, and forcing them into the bullpen early.

MLB sits on its hand , changes rules, but gives no clear actions and confuses the matters even more. There is no consistency and that is the fault of the MLB.   Ken Rosenthal has a great piece on the need for consistency among officiating in baseball.

No doubt about it Matt Harvey turned in his best performance of the year, Monday tossing seven scoreless innings, ending a three-start losing streak as the Mets blanked the Chicago White Sox, 1-0, at Citi Field.

Harvey gave up a season-low two hits and struck out six batters while pitching into the seventh for the first time this season. He threw 87 pitchers and faced the minimum 18 batters in the first six innings. But, this is only the first step back .  He will need to deliver more games like this in his upcoming starts.  Let's hope he can.

David Wright  told reporters after Monday's win that he has a herniated disc in his neck. He will know more Tuesday  after he visits the team's medical staff again.

Prior to Monday's game, manager Terry Collins said there is "concern" that Wright may have to go on the disabled list with a neck problem. Wright did not play for the third game  in a row on Monday, the series opener against the White Sox at Citi Field.
Wright's neck issue is not related to his spinal stenosis condition that sidelined him for several months last season.
This could be the end for David.  The injuries keep mounting and they are serious ones.  The question is does he want to continue the pain and agony he goes through to get ready for a professional ballgame?  When is enough, enough? He will have to sit down with his family and ponder these questions and I fear it will be sooner rather then later.  I would love to have a healthy David Wright back in the lineup, I just don't think that is possible anymore.

With the arrival of James Loney to play first base and the impending David Wright visit to the DL  the Mets still will need to dump someone off of the 40 man roster for Loney.  My guess is Ty Kelly, though I would not be surprised if it's Campbell.    Campbell has not really hit but has played well in the field.  Kelly has not had a lot of chances but got his first big league hit, and has also played well defensively.  I guess it will come down to who has the bigger upside.
That's all for now remember
Keep The Faith
Stay Optimistic
and Let's Go Mets!!                                                       

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