Tagged: ESPN

Opinion: I Hate Sunday Night Baseball

Tonight the Mets are playing the San Francisco Giants in a ESPN Sunday night game.

Sunday night games are bad for the teams because less people want to come to the game. Fans don’t like it because people have to do things Monday morning. People would much rather see a day game on Sundays.

ESPN does it because people around the country want to watch the game at night but my question is, do people actually watch the game when it isn’t your team playing?

The time slot of 8 PM EST makes sense on the west coast because it is only 5 PM. I wouldn’t mind going to a game at 5 PM but at 8 PM the game doesn’t end until about 11 PM so I won’t get home until like 11:45 PM.

Now when I watch the game on TV I have to go through the entire day waiting for the game when usually on Sundays I watch the game at 1 but that isn’t the main reason. Still the game doesn’t end until like 11.

Also I am used to hearing the Mets announcers (Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling) and now I hear John Miller and Joe Morgan. I am not used to what they say or the ESPN graphics. It was the same as it was when the game was on FOX yesterday.

Please answer this poll as I am curious.

Pregame: Mets at Giants (Can We Sweep???)

Today the Mets (21-15, 1st in NL East) will try to sweep a 4 game series at AT&T Park against the Giants (18-18, 2nd in NL West, 6.5 GB) in Sunday Night Baseball Action.

The Lineup:
Reyes is back today after missing 3 games. Reyes continues to be out with a sore calf. He has missed every game this series. He was hitting and fielding today but not in the lineup. Here is today’s Reyes-less lineup:
Lineup 5/17
The Pitchers:
Mets: Mike Pelfrey (4-0, 4.89 ERA)
Giants: Matt Cain (3-1, 3.00 ERA)

How to Catch It:

Locally:

TV: ESPN

Radio: WFAN 660 AM and ESPN Radio 1080 AM

EspaƱol: WADO 1280 AM 

Nationally:

TV: ESPN

Radio: ESPN Radio


On the Web:

MLB.TV (International Only)

Gameday Audio

MLB Gameday and ESPN Gamecast

Postgame: Brewers 0 at Mets 1 (Game 2)

Today, the Mets won 1-0 against the Brewers at Citi Field.

W- Johan Santana (2-1)
L – Carlos Villanueva (1-2)
S – Francisco Rodriguez (3)
ESPN Recap:

Box Score:

Milwaukee Brewers
Hitters AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
R Weeks 2B 4 0 0 0 0 1 1 .233
C Hart RF 4 0 1 0 0 3 0 .250
R Braun LF 4 0 2 0 0 0 1 .244
P Fielder 1B 4 0 1 0 0 2 3 .189
J Hardy SS 4 0 0 0 0 2 3 .125
M Cameron CF 3 0 0 0 0 2 1 .324
B Hall 3B 3 0 1 0 0 1 0 .313
   C Villanueva P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
J Kendall C 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 .107
Y Gallardo P 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 .500
   C McGehee 3B 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .250
   a-C Counsell PH-3B 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .267
Totals 32 0 6 0 0 11 10

Milwaukee Brewers
Pitchers IP  H  R ER BB SO HR PC-ST ERA
Y Gallardo 6.0 5 0 0 2 7 0 103-64 4.58
C Villanueva (L, 1-2) 2.0 1 1 1 1 0 0 25-15 9.00
Totals 8.0 6 1 1 3 7 0 128-79

New York Mets
Hitters AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
J Reyes SS 4 0 2 1 0 0 1 .304
L Castillo 2B 4 0 2 0 0 1 2 .400
D Wright 3B 3 0 0 0 1 1 4 .317
C Delgado 1B 4 0 0 0 0 1 3 .310
C Beltran CF 4 0 1 0 0 2 2 .310
G Sheffield LF 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 .125
   J Reed LF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .286
R Church RF 2 0 1 0 1 0 2 .389
R Castro C 2 0 0 0 1 1 2 .188
   O Santos PR-C 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000
J Santana P 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000
   a-A Cora PH 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
   J Putz P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
   F Rodriguez P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 28 1 6 1 3 7 17

New York Mets
Pitchers IP  H  R ER BB SO HR PC-ST ERA
J Santana (W, 2-1) 7.0 5 0 0 0 7 0 102-68 0.46
J Putz (H, 3) 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 11-8 1.29
F Rodriguez (S, 3) 1.0 1 0 0 0 2 0 16-11 0.00
Totals 9.0 6 0 0 0 11 0 129-87

Player of Game:
The Player of Game goes to Johan Santana for pitching 7 shutout innings. Johan leads the MLB in strikeouts with 27.

http://espn.go.com/broadband/player.swf?mediaId=4079917

Pregame: Mets at Padres

Today the Mets will play the Padres at Citi Field at 7:10. It is Jackie Robinson Night.

The Lineups:

GAMEDAY LINEUPS
NO. SAN DIEGO NEW YORK
1. S. Hairston, CF J. Reyes, SS
2. D. Eckstein, 2B D. Murphy, LF
3. B. Giles, RF D. Wright, 3B
4. A. Gonzalez, 1B C. Delgado, 1B
5. C. Headley, LF C. Beltran, CF
6. K. Kouzmanoff, 3B G. Sheffield, RF
7. N. Hundley, C B. Schneider, C
8. L. Rodriguez, SS L. Castillo, 2B
9. K. Correia, P O. Perez, P

The Pitchers:

PITCHING MATCHUP
SAN DIEGO NEW YORK
Kevin Correia
0-0, 4.50

Last appearance:
4/09 vs LAD
6.0 IP, 3 ER
Dec = ND

Oliver Perez
0-1, 16.62

Last appearance:
4/09 at CIN
4.1 IP, 8 ER
Dec = Loss

Accuscore:
How to Catch It:
Locally:
SNY and WFAN
Nationally:
ESPN2

On the Web:
MLB.TV and Gameday Audio

Pregame: Mets at Padres (Home Opener)

Today in the first ever regular season game at Citi Field, the Mets (3-3, 3rd in NL East) will be facing the San Diego Padres (5-2, 1st in NL West) at 7:10 PM.

Me:
I will be there. Either tomorrow morning or afternoon, I will write a report on the game.

Preview and Lineups:
Check ESPN for a preview and lineups of the game.
How to Catch It:
The game will locally be on SNY and WFAN.
The game will nationally be on ESPN.
Over at Metsblog, Mathew Cerrone will be live blogging it from Citi Field.

Postgame: Mets 1 at Marlins 2 (Game 3)

Today the Mets (3-3) lost to the Marlins (5-1) by a score of 2-1.

Box Score:

New York Mets
Hitters AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
J Reyes SS 4 0 0 0 0 0 3 .240
D Murphy LF 4 0 0 0 0 1 1 .296
D Wright 3B 4 0 1 0 0 2 0 .304
C Delgado 1B 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 .391
C Beltran CF 4 0 1 1 0 2 2 .360
R Church RF 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 .478
R Castro C 3 0 0 0 0 1 1 .000
L Castillo 2B 2 0 1 0 0 1 0 .375
J Santana P 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
   a-J Reed PH 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .333
   R Parnell P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 30 1 5 1 1 7 8  

Florida Marlins
Hitters AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
E Bonifacio 3B 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 .500
C Maybin CF 4 0 1 0 0 2 0 .238
H Ramirez SS 4 0 0 0 0 2 1 .348
W Helms 1B 3 0 0 0 0 2 1 .167
D Uggla 2B 3 0 0 0 0 2 1 .200
J Hermida LF 2 1 1 0 1 0 0 .278
   B Carroll LF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .143
C Ross RF 3 1 0 0 0 1 2 .091
R Paulino C 3 0 1 1 0 1 1 .375
J Johnson P 3 0 0 0 0 3 2 .200
Totals 29 2 3 1 1 14 8

ESPN Recap:

MIAMI — Josh Johnson‘s dominant outing was just enough to beat Johan Santana.

Johnson pitched a five-hitter for his second complete game in 45 career starts and the Florida Marlins scored two unearned runs to edge Santana and the Mets 2-1 Sunday, handing the New York ace his first loss since June 28.


While Johnson retired 15 batters in a row, Santana was just as good. The left-hander struck out 13 in seven innings, allowing only three hits. But left fielder Daniel Murphy dropped a two-out fly ball in the second for an error that led to both Florida runs.

Santana (1-1) had made 18 starts in a row without a loss, winning 10 consecutive decisions.

Johnson (2-0) struck out seven, walked one and threw 113 pitches in a fast-paced pitchers’ duel that took only 2 hours, 4 minutes.

The 6-foot-7 right-hander was one strike from a three-hit shutout when Carlos Delgado doubled in the ninth.Carlos Beltran followed with an RBI single before Ryan Church‘s soft liner was caught by left fielder Brett Carroll, who made a backhanded grab at the shoetops.

The Marlins totaled only three hits but ended their season-opening homestand at 5-1, the best start in franchise history. The Mets play their home opener Monday night against San Diego at new Citi Field.

Santana, who departed for a pinch hitter after throwing 98 pitches, walked only one and even managed to keep Emilio Bonifacio off base. Florida’s leadoff hitter, who came into the game leading the majors in batting and hits, went 0-for-4 to drop his average to .500.

Santana’s 13 strikeouts were his highest total in two seasons with the Mets. He had beaten the Marlins in his five previous starts against them, but this time they made the most of their one big break.

Santana retired his first five batters before he walkedJeremy Hermida on a 3-2 pitch. When Cody Ross lifted a high fly to deep left, Murphy retreated awkwardly to the warning track before the ball deflected off his glove, which allowed Hermida to score.

Ronny Paulino‘s single on the next pitch brought home Ross for a 2-0 lead.

Jose Reyes was the Mets’ lone baserunner until the sixth. He reached on a tapper to the pitcher to start the game when first baseman Wes Helms dropped Johnson’s throw for an error, but was thrown out trying to steal.

Luis Castillo ended Johnson’s no-hit bid in the sixth with a broken-bat single. Castillo advanced on a sacrifice, but Reyes grounded out to end the threat.

With the score 2-0, David Wright singled with one out in the seventh and Bonifacio bobbled a potential double-play grounder for an error that put the tying run aboard. But Johnson overcame the mistake, turning a comebacker by Beltran into a 1-6-3 double play, then heading for the dugout with a pump of his fist.

The Mets put runners at the corners with two outs in the eighth, but Reyes grounded back to Johnson.

Game notes
Marlins 1B Jorge Cantu, who had seven RBIs in the first five games, sat out after aggravating a bruise on his left hand. Florida manager Fredi Gonzalez said he expects Cantu back in the lineup for the team’s next game Tuesday at Atlanta. … The crowd of 18,104 included former Mets ace Dwight Gooden, who is also expected to be on hand Monday night for opening ceremonies at Citi Field.


Up Next:
Tomorrow the Mets will open up Citi Field and play the Mets at 7 PM