Following Sunday afternoon's 8-4 loss to the Marlins Sunday afternoon, and a disspirited postgame show that dissected how the Mets had gotten swept for the second weekend in a row by baseball's worst team, S.N.Y. broke back into regularly-scheduled programming for breaking news.
The Mets have taken a vacation from their problems this week against the Yankees, breaking through all kinds of barriers in a 9-4 victory over their crosstown rivals.
Saturday was one of the uglier days in the tenure of Terry Collins, now in his third and quite possibly final season as manager of the New York Mets.(1)
When accounting for the 2013 New York Mets, it is easier to focus on the things likely to go right, rather than the enormous gaps in the roster that will need to be filled by overachieving, developing or recovering players.
The Mets began the season 18-13, putting them just 0.5 games out of first place in the National League East. But they'd scored 128 runs and allowed 146. To some stats nerds, this suggested that there was something flukey about their performance.
The New York Mets haven't just surprised all of baseball by beginning their season with a respectable 33-29 record. They have managed to do so in dramatic fashion.
Another week, another failure on the part of Mets first baseman Ike Davis to rediscover the form that seemed to make him a surefire star.
This weekend's edition of the Subway Series began with the Mets and Yankees sporting virtually identical records: the Yankees at 30-25, the Mets at 32-26. But exactly how big the chasm of talent is between the two teams was on full display all weekend long.
Despite the divergence in how the Mets acquired Baxter and Davis—the former was a waiver-wire pickup last year, the latter was New York's top pick in the 2008 draft—it isn't impossible that Baxter could be a legitimate contributor. He'd once been a fifth-round pick by San Diego, and his production suffered in the minor leagues because of injuries.
CC Sabathia didn't provide the Yankees with his usual ace-level perfoemance.
Then in Game 36 David Wright and Davis collided tracking an infield fly. Davis sustained an injury that was repeatedly misdiagnosed by Mets doctors, ultimately costing him his entire season.
The biggest danger to Amar'e Stoudemire in New York isn't if the Knicks lose to the Miami Heat, who they trail 2-0 in a best-of-seven series, but if the Knicks rally to make this series close. There is already a perception that Stoudemire and Anthony cannot exist together, one built on a very small number of games, spaced out over the past two seasons, and largely without the benefit of a point guard.