Monday, July 4, 2016


Baseball is a crazy game.  Last week we took the Mets for dead, swept by the Nationals and coming home to face the best team in the league the Cubs. And what do the Mets do, they go out and sweep the Cubs, taking apart the Cubs pitching staff in two of the four games. In an amazing display of offense Wilmer Flores went  6 for 6 .  I guess home cooking revitalized the team, and maybe the infectious smile of Brandon Nimmo, a recent call up, lit a fire, whatever it was let's hope it continue thru the rest of the home stand.

If Brandon Nimmo continue to perform , I can see a toothpaste commercial in his future, don’t you?

Have a feeling the Miami Marlins will be chasing all this season.  They have a good young crew that can hit and catch the ball.  The pitching is thin but just might have enough to keep in the race.

Billy Bryk Jr. 31, is the new pitching coach for the 2016 Brooklyn Cyclones.  Billy served as a pitching coach for the Frontier Greys in the independent Frontier League in 2015.  Billy comes from a baseball family.  His father, Bill, is currently a Special Assistant to the General Manager for the Arizona Diamondbacks.  Bill Sr., pitched in the minors for the Mets in 1972 for Batavia, and worked in the Pirates scouting and developing department for 16 years from 1982-1998. 

Bill Jr., worked in independent baseball from 2007-12 in different capacities and then served as a special assignment scout for the Arizona Diamondbacks in  2013 & 2014.  At the end of last season Billy signed a contract with the Lake Erie Crushers in the independent Frontier League.  About a week after signing with them, Bryk received a call from Ron Romanick, the Mets Minor League pitching Coordinator, informing him that there was two open coaching positions, one of those was in Brooklyn on Tom Gamboa’s staff.  “It got me speechless at first, because I’ve known Gambi since I was in High School when he was with the Padres with my father”.

Extended Spring Training is a long haul but, it allowed Bryk to see  what kind of pitchers the Mets had. “ Being in spring training, extended is a grueling uh, it’s a grind  every day going to the field and seeing guys you may not even have,” Bryk said.  “ The last couple of weeks I‘ve been getting more of a feel for the guys I may be able to get.”

Bryk is very happy with his staff and urges the fans to “watch everyone.” “There’s not just one guy, I would say as a whole, everyone will be refreshing to watch,” Bryk said.  Bryk did go on to explain that fans that like velocity, like he does,  should keep an eye on Merandy Gonzalez, “ he can bring it up there at 97 or 98.”   The pitchers will be on a pitch count of about 80 pitches, especially the starters.  “You”ll see more out of them the second or third time out there, “ Bryk said.

 That’s it for now until next time



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