#ThrowbackThursday Mets Edition: Bernard Gilkey

Born in St. Louis, Missouri on September 24th, 1966, Otis Bernard Gilkey, a right handed outfielder went un-drafted but would sign with his hometown Cardinals as an amateur free agent on August 22nd, 1984.

Gilkey would go on to make his Major League debut at 23 years old on September 4th, 1990, against the New York Mets in which he went 0-4. However, he’d have a successful little run that first season, slashing .297/.375/.484/.859 in just 64 at-bats as a September call-up.

The hometown kid would spend six years in his hometown with the Cardinals, hitting .282/.354/.431/.785 with 126 doubles and 52 home runs in 2133 at-bats (593 Games).

On January 22nd, 1996, he’d eventually get traded to the Mets in a deal for Yudith Ozorio, Erik Hiljus, and Eric Ludwick. I’d imagine that this trade was possibly the highlight of these three youngsters professional careers.

Stacked in a lineup that included speedy center fielder Lance Johnson, catcher Todd Hundley, and even a 28 year old Jeff Kent, Gilkey was set up for success and found it.

While Gilkey didn’t stay with the Mets long, that first season with the team was quite impactful. In 153 games, the outfielder hit .317/.393/.562/.955 with 30 home runs and 117 RBI’s, all career-highs.

Production like that will quickly have anyone become a fan favorite and that’s exactly what happened with Bernard.

The Mets’ beloved left fielder would even find himself making his Hollywood debut with a small cameo in the hit film Men In Black with Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones.

YouTube: Midas Fury

A season highlighted with so much offensive coming from the middle of the lineup, below is a clip of Gilkey taking the Mets home with a walk-off bomb against the Montreal Expos.

He also had 44 doubles while being walked 73 times, and a handsome 155 OPS+, also career highs to wrap up the epitome of a career year.

He would spend only another year and a half in Queens before being traded alongside Nelson Figueroa (Wow!) to the Arizona Diamondbacks during the ‘98 season.

In return the Mets received right handed swingman reliever Willie Blair and backup catcher Jorge Fabregas.

Looking at Gilkey’s career stats after a 12 year career, nothing really jumps off the page except for that 1996 season with the Mets. It was absolutely magical.

After calling it a career after his final season in 2001, Gilkey would be inducted into his home state’s Hall of Fame in 2018.

Credit to St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame

Pete Alonso is Rewriting his Book

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s official, the book is out on Pete Alonso. No, you can’t get it on kindle or Amazon, and no you won’t be able to listen to the audio version while driving to work on Friday morning.

The book we’re talking about here is how the opposing pitchers approach an AB with the Polar Bear, which is common with every player.

“The book’s out. I’ve been around now and for me teams don’t want to give up the home run ball so I want to be able to to adjust and have a good disciplined approach… If I’m staying disciplined, going the other way, taking walks or just putting a good quality swing on the ball in the zone then I’m doing well.”

Pete Alonso to SNY

During the shortened 2020 campaign, Alonso hit just .232/.326/.490/.817 in just 208 at-bats. Some may say that that 2020 year was a wash, but some may also argue that a productivity dip was to be expected as apart of a sophomore slump.

Throughout Alonso’s career, the first baseman is batting .258/.346/.539/.835 in 1482 AB’s.

This season, Alonso is hitting a slash line of .276/.333/.500/.833 in his 116 AB’s. A batting average 18 points higher than his career average, and while his OBP is slightly lower, it’s bound to make a jump up as the slugger continues to adapt.

“I feel like I have pretty decent bat-to-ball… I put a lot of stuff in play hard consistently and I’ve committed to the zone really well and I just want to continue to be able to do that.”

Pete Alonso to SNY

And this is what separates the elite from the rest of the pack, the ability to change and adapt, not just throughout a season, but also the entirety of your career.

“I haven’t seen as many driveable pitches where you want to get big on and hit a double in the gap or go up top but I just want to stay within myself and just put good quality swings on good pitches. Going to right field is a product of having a plan and not getting too big.”

Pete Alonso to SNY

In the slugger’s last 15 games, Alonso’s slashing at a .321/.415/.696 clip to go alongside six home runs and 16 RBI’s. The latest bomb would come in the form of a walk of 2-run home run in the bottom of the 10th against the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday afternoon.

Pete Alonso is Rewriting his Book

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s official, the book is out on Pete Alonso. No, you can’t get it on kindle or Amazon, and no you won’t be able to listen to the audio version while driving to work on Monday morning.

The book we’re talking about here is how the opposing pitchers approach an AB with the Polar Bear, which is common with every player.

“The book’s out. I’ve been around now and for me teams don’t want to give up the home run ball so I want to be able to to adjust and have a good disciplined approach… If I’m staying disciplined, going the other way, taking walks or just putting a good quality swing on the ball in the zone then I’m doing well.”

Pete Alonso to SNY

During the shortened 2020 campaign, Alonso hit just .232/.326/.490/.817 in just 208 at-bats. Some may say that that 2020 year was a wash, but some may also argue that a productivity dip was to be expected as apart of a sophomore slump.

Throughout Alonso’s career, the first baseman is batting .258/.346/.539/.835 in 1482 AB’s.

This season, Alonso is hitting a slash line of .276/.333/.500/.833 in his 116 AB’s. A batting average 18 points higher than his career average, and while his OBP is slightly lower, it’s bound to make a jump up as the slugger continues to adapt.

“I feel like I have pretty decent bat-to-ball… I put a lot of stuff in play hard consistently and I’ve committed to the zone really well and I just want to continue to be able to do that.”

Pete Alonso to SNY

And this is what separates the elite from the rest of the pack, the ability to change and adapt, not just throughout a season, but also the entirety of your career.

“I haven’t seen as many driveable pitches where you want to get big on and hit a double in the gap or go up top but I just want to stay within myself and just put good quality swings on good pitches. Going to right field is a product of having a plan and not getting too big.”

Pete Alonso to SNY

Alonso clubbed two home runs with five RBI’s on Mother’s Day in his 3-5 effort of game two of the doubleheader. Alonso now has 7 bombs on the season, and 113 in his short four-year career.

MetsJunkies Recap: Cookie Retires 18 in a Row in Mets Win

The Mets beat the Giants 6-2 to win their fourth series of the year. With the 6-2 win the Mets improved to 10-4, being the first MLB team to reach 10 wins.

Carlos Carrasco was the star of the show, going 7.2 innings of 2 run ball. At some point Cookie retired 18 Giants in a row, before Yastrzemski broke that streak with a solo shot. Carrasco allowed just 4 hits without allowing a walk, while striking out 7.

Joely Rodriguez got the final out in the eight before Edwin Diaz shut the door in the ninth.

The Mets offense scored runs in different ways today. Lindor and Escobar provided the power. Lindor hit his 4th in a 3 for 5 day. The star shortstop is now hitting. 308 with a .1034 OPS.

Escobar hit his first as a Met as he improved his stats to a .318 average with a .1055OPS. Escobar has been walking a lot, as he added another walk in a 1 for 3 day.

Arguably the biggest hit came of the bat from Mark Canha. After Alonso and Escobar couldn’t come thru with 2nd and 3rd, Canha hit a huge 2 out, 2 rbi single to make it 5-1. McNeil and Nimmo both had a RBI Double in the win.

The Mets will fly to Arizona to face the Diamondbacks tomorrow at 9.40pm. David Peterson will get his second start as he tries to keep his solid start of the year going.

Photo Credit: New York Post

Mets Junkies Game Recap: The Mets Take Two

The culture has shifted. This is something that Mets fans have been hoping for since the late 80’s, and it couldn’t have come to Queens soon enough.

The New York Mets hosted a doubleheader against the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday afternoon, with pitchers Tylor Megill and Max Scherzer on the rubber.

While Megill wasn’t as sharp as he’s been throughout his first couple of starts, the Mets were still able to walk away with the win, as they would comeback, and eventually walk-off in the tenth.

Megill tossed six innings, surrendering four i runs on seven hits and two walks. The righty was able to K just four batters as his ERA has now raised to 2.20 in 16.1 innings pitched.

The Mets scored three in the middle innings, two of which would come off of the bat of Jeff McNeil with a fifth inning double. The two runs would cut the deficit down to 4-3.

It’s important to note that Mets first baseman Pete Alonso made a big defensive play during the contest. Alonso has garnered a lot of criticism, in pertains to first base and defensive abilities.

After tying the game, Francisco Lindor would eventually end the game in the bottom of the tenth with a walk-off, RBI single.

The second game featured Max Scherzer on the hill, and it went just about as you would expect for the Giants.

Scherzer threw seven innings of one run ball, while striking out ten batters. He did surrender a run on a lone hit, as well as walking three on the night.

Drew Smith continues to look fantastic out of the bullpen, and should continue to be a vital part of the pen, especially now without Miguel Castro.

Eduardo Escobar also continues to be clutch while donning the Orange & Blue. The utility man went 2-4 with two RBI’s as his batting average is now sitting at .289 on the campaign.

Scherzer is now 3-0 as a Met, with an ERA of 2.50 in 18 innings pitched.

MetsJunkies Recap: Mets Shutout D’Backs. Improve to 7-3

The Mets improved to 7-3 on the year after a 5-0 victory on Sunday afternoon. David Peterson and the Mets bullpen held the Diamondbacks off the board in a stellar performance.

Peterson made the start instead of Taijuan Walker. He didn’t disappoint, as he went 4.1 scoreless frames. The young lefty allowed just 3 hits and 2 walks, while striking out 4. He has thrown 8.1 scoreless frames so far this season.

Trevor Williams, Chasen Shreve, Drew Smith and Edwin Diaz combined to throw the other 4.2 scoreless frames. Shreve was outstanding over 2 scoreless to collect the win.

The Mets offense was silent against Diamondbacks starter Castellanos, but woke up against the Diamondbacks bullpen. With some great and smart baserunning in between the Mets scored 3 runs in the sixth. Eduardo Escobar hit a hustle double that led to a Pavin Smith throwing error. This scored Alonso and got Escobar to third for the first run.

JD Davis followed with a clutch pinch hit RBI Single and Smith later scored on a James McCann sac fly. After that play JD Sacrificed himself on the bases, so the Diamondbacks couldn’t appeal Smith leaving to early at third. Davis ended up surprising the Diamondbacks and steal a base. After the Game Davis admitted it was on Buck Showalter. What a great call by the skipper.

A inning later Pete Alonso hit a line drive over the wall for his 3rd homerun of the season, a 2 run shot to left. Pete now has 14 runs batted in in the early season, leading the NL.

After a 7-3 start to the year the Mets will welcome the San Francisco Giants to town. The opening game of the 4 game series starts today at 7.10, with Tylor Megill on the hill vs Alex Cobb.

Photo Credit: SNY

MetsJunkies Recap: Lugo Struggles as Mets Waiste Carrasco’s Gem

The Mets lost to the Diamondbacks on Saturday afternoon 3-2. After 5 scoreless frames with 8 strikeouts for Carlos Carrasco, the game remained tied until the seventh.

After a strong sixth, Joely Rodriguez was asked to get the lefty to start the seventh. He allowed a Bloop hit to Seth Beer, before he got replaced by Seth Lugo. Lugo struggled in his outing, allowing a 2 run homerun to Sergio Alcantara and the Diamondbacks added another run on a Ketel Marte RBI Double. It was noticeable that Lugo velo was down in the outing, which is concerning.

May, who returned to action, kept the Mets in the game with a scoreless 8th in his return. The Mets offense, who were silenced by Zac Gallen and the Arizona Bullpen, cut rhe deficit to one run in eight on a Starling Marte two run homer.

After Ottavino struck out three to get out of a bases loaded gem in the ninth, the Mets couldn’t complete the comeback. Today the Mets will try to win their third series in a row, with David Peterson getting his first start of the season.

Photo Credit: SNY

MetsJunkies Recap: Mets Clobber D’Backs in Home Opener

On the festive loaded day the Mets beat the Diamondbacks in their first game at Citi Field in 2022. The day the Mets unveiled the Seaver statue and MLB celebrated Jackie Robinson Day, the Mets didn’t disappoint in a 10-3 victory.

The Mets opened with score with two Pete Alonso sac flies, before the power was shown. Robinson Cano hit his first homerun of the year on Jackie Robinson Day. He took a Davies off speed pitch the other way in the fourth to extend the Mets lead to 3-0.

In the fifth Francisco Lindor added a 2 run bomb to make it 5-0 Mets. It was the first of two homeruns for the Mets star shortstop, who is off to a hot start.

After a run in the seventh, the Mets added 4 to bust the Game open in the eight. Starling Marte hit his first as a Met and Lindor followed with his second of the Game to make it 10-1. Marte and Jankowski collected three hit games in the win.

It was more then enough for Bassitt and the bullpen. Bassitt went 6 innings of one run ball, allowing just 2 hits and 2 walks with 6 strikeouts. Shreve struck out the side in the 7th and Smith followed with a scoreless frame in the eight, before Sean Reid-Foley allowed 2 in the ninth.

Tomorrow, the Mets will face Zac Gallen and the Diamondbacks and try to improve to 7-2 on the season. Carlos Carrasco will try to follow up his great first outing with another good one tomorrow. First pitch is scheduled at 1.10pm.

Photo Credit: SNY Mets