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Wally Backman Named Pacific Coast League Manager of the Year

August 31st, 2014 at 7:34 PM
By Mike Phillips

The Las Vegas 51's have had another outstanding season under the guidance of manager Wally Backman. Backman, a former Met, was named the Pacific Coast League's Manager of the Year in an announcement by the league office. Backman has managed the 51's to a second consecutive 80 win campaign and has clinched the PCL Southern Division Title. The 51's had never won 80 games in consecutive seasons before Backman took the helm.

This obviously will lead to more fervor among the fan base for Backman to be promoted and manage the Mets. Backman has always been a fan favorite, and the Mets haven't really had much success under Terry Collins in the past four years. Backman has shown he can help players rejuvenate their games, which he did when Ike Davis and Travis d'Arnaud were demoted in recent seasons. Backman also brings fire and intensity to the job, which many fans believe Collins lacks.

In spite of his success, it appears unlikely Backman will get a shot while Sandy Alderson is calling the shots. Alderson has stated on the record that he believes Collins has done a good job with the Mets, and that the results will come as players improve. Collins also is under contract for next season with a team option for 2016, and the Mets aren't likely to boot him unless he struggles out of the gate in 2015.

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New York Mets Hang on to Beat Philadelphia Phillies 6-5

August 31st, 2014 at 4:53 PM
By Mike Phillips

New York-The New York Mets (64-73) didn't make it easy for their fans today. The Mets jumped out to a 5-2 lead in the middle innings, but the Philadelphia Phillies (62-74) didn't go down without a fight. The Phillies came back and got the tying run on base in the ninth, but the Mets held on to pick up a 6-5 victory.

The Phillies grabbed the early lead in the top of the fourth inning on an RBI single from Ryan Howard. The Mets tied the game in the top of the fifth on an RBI double from Matt den Dekker. David Wright followed with an RBI single, giving New York a 2-1 lead. That lead didn't last long as Howard hit a solo homer (20) in the top of the sixth to tie the game again at two.

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Mets 101 Game Preview: Philadelphia Phillies at New York Mets

August 31st, 2014 at 10:35 AM
By Mike Phillips

After splitting the first two games of their three game set, the New York Mets (63-73) and Philadelphia Phillies (62-73) will look to grab the rubber game of their series this afternoon. The game will also wrap up the season series between the two teams. First pitch at Citi Field is scheduled for 1:10 pm.

The Mets will send righty Dillon Gee (5-6, 3.77 ERA) to the mound. Gee finally recorded a win in his last outing, allowing two runs in 6.2 innings against the Atlanta Braves last Tuesday. The Phillies will counter with veteran righty A.J. Burnett (7-14, 4.30 ERA). Burnett also recorded a win in his last outing, allowing one run in seven innings against the Washington Nationals.

Local Coverage:

Television: SNY

Radio: WOR

New York Mets Lineup:

  1. CF Juan Lagares
  2. LF Matt den Dekker
  3. 3B David Wright
  4. 1B Lucas Duda
  5. SS Wilmer Flores
  6. RF Kirk Nieuwenhuis
  7. 2B Dilson Herrera
  8. C Anthony Recker
  9. SP Dillon Gee

Pre-Game Notes:

  • The struggling Curtis Granderson gets a day off. Granderson, who is hitting .147 with one home run and five RBI's in August, will be replaced by Kirk Nieuwenhuis.
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Philadelphia Phillies Use Big Sixth Inning to Beat New York Mets

August 30th, 2014 at 11:02 PM
By Mike Phillips

New York-The Philadelphia Phillies (62-73) have struggled mightily against the New York Mets (63-73) this season. The Mets had won 12 of the first 17 matchups with the Phillies this season, but it didn't matter in this contest. The Phillies used a five run sixth inning and a strong performance from Jerome Williams (W, 3-0) to beat the Mets 7-2.

The game remained scoreless until the fifth inning as Williams and Mets' starter Bartolo Colon dueled. The Phillies finally broke through in the fifth as a solo homer from Marlon Byrd (25) gave the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phillies exploded for five more runs in the fifth, battering Colon (L, 12-11). The Phillies loaded the bases to start the inning, and Ryan Howard delivered a two run single to put the Phillies up 3-0. After striking out Byrd, Colon gave up RBI singles to Domonic Brown and Carlos Ruiz to put Philadelphia up 5-0. Colon was yanked at that point in favor of Buddy Carlyle, who gave up an RBI single to Cody Asche to make it 6-0 Philadelphia. All six runs were charged to Colon, whose ERA ballooned to 4.01 as a result of the rough outing.

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Mets 101 Game Preview: Philadelphia Phillies at New York Mets

August 30th, 2014 at 5:25 PM
By Mike Phillips

After winning 4-1 behind Jacob deGrom last night, the New York Mets (63-72) snapped a two game losing streak. The Mets also continued their mastery of the Philadelphia Phillies (61-73) this season. The Mets have won 12 of their first 17 matchups this season, and can win this series tonight. First pitch for tonight's game at Citi Field is scheduled for 7:10 pm.

The Mets will send right hander Bartolo Colon (12-10, 3.82 ERA) to the mound. Colon picked up a win his last time out, allowing two runs in six innings against the Los Angeles Dodgers last Sunday. The Phillies will counter with Jerome Williams (4-5, 5.42 ERA), who has been outstanding since he joined the Phils a few weeks back. Williams picked up a win in his last outing, tossing eight innings of one run ball to beat the St. Louis Cardinals.

Local Coverage:

Television: WPIX

Radio: WOR

New York Mets Lineup:

  1. CF Juan Lagares
  2. RF Curtis Granderson
  3. 3B David Wright
  4. 1B Lucas Duda
  5. C Travis d'Arnaud
  6. LF Matt den Dekker
  7. 2B Dilson Herrera
  8. SS Wilmer Flores
  9. SP Bartolo Colon
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