New York Mets

Moments after Terry Collins told the media he was not embarrassed by the teams current starting lineup, the New York Mets manager penciled in John Mayberry Jr. as his cleanup hitter in the series opener against Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers. For the record: Mayberry Jr., who was signed last winter to bolster the teams bench depth, went 0-for-3 with a pair of strikeouts dropping his batting average to .165.

The move prompted one Mets player to say, hitting one f-ing seventy. Well, after the game its a buck sixty-five.

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In many ways, the first half of the New York Mets 2015 season reads like it was ripped right out Charles Dickens A Tale of Two Cities:

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us.

Sound familiar?

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Matt Harvey has won games that, maybe, he shouldn’t have. He’s lost games he should have won. His fastball is not as overwhelming as it once was and his control is excellent, then a few innings later poor. He walked five batters on Sunday and allowed multiple home runs in four of his 16 starts.

On May 1, Harvey pitched seven shutout innings against the Washington Nationals and improved his season record to 5-0. Over his first eight starts Harvey’s ERA was under two (1.98 ERA), striking out more than one batter an inning (56 K’s in 54.2 IP).

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Last Wednesday, after the New York Mets second blowout loss to the St. Louis Cardinals, manager Terry Collins assured everyone, “there’s no panic here, believe me. Not in the clubhouse. Not anyplace else.” Collins told Adam Rubin at ESPN New York there was no need for a team meeting  … players will start tuning them out. 

“They know what’s going on,” said Collins.

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