Miguel Batista: Mets are the best team in baseball, better than the Nationals

If records mean anything to you, you probably don’t think the Mets are the best team in baseball. Or the second best, or the third best, or the…you get the point. New York is eight games behind the Nationals in the NL East. They are 4.5 games behind the second-place Braves. Currently amidst a brutal six-game losing streak, the Mets desperately need to avoid a sweep against Washington on Thursday night if they want to remain in the Wild Card chase. Despite their recent struggles, reliever Miguel Batista’s confidence remains sky high.

“Right now (the Nationals are) playing good baseball, but I don’t believe they’re a better team than us,” Batista told reporters after Wednesday’s loss. “They’re playing great baseball. But better team? I believe we’re the better team. We just have to play as we’re supposed to. Every team goes through a bad stretch, from the greatest to the worst.

“I remember I told (manager Terry Collins) two month ago: ‘I haven’t seen a team better than us.’ … We just have to believe how good we are and just go out there and perform. I believe we are the best team in baseball. We just have to play like one. That’s what we’re not doing.”

And now, for a return to reality. It’s nice that Batista still has confidence in his club, but the Mets are currently only a game above .500. Meanwhile, the Nationals seem to keep getting better. It’s starting to look like New York’s only shot at avoiding another missed postseason is a one-game playoff at the end of the year, and even that is slipping away. Maybe the Mets need to take a page out of the Batista Book of False Hope. Otherwise, their season could be over before they know it.

H/T DC Sports Bog
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R.A. Dickey gets photobombed by an unidentified Mets player’s penis (Picture)

In wake of Johan Santana’s historic no-hitter Friday night, Mets flagship network SNY was interviewing R.A. Dickey when one brazen Mets player, either headed to the showers or from them (it doesn’t matter), infiltrated the background of the shot, exposing that player’s own “R.A. Dickey” to millions in the New York metro area and nationwide via satellite (NSFW picture here). It’s not clear who said nudist is, but we’re guessing he won’t be getting Greg Oden’s sloppy seconds.

H/T @Joseph_Laura via Jimmy Traina

Mets wear NHL hockey jerseys on their visit to Toronto (Video)

With Toronto being in the American League and the only team from Canada in Major League Baseball, players on National League squads rarely get an opportunity to travel north of the border during the regular season. This weekend, the Mets are visiting the Blue Jays. Terry Collins and company wanted to make the most of traveling to hockey country, so the team decided to wear NHL jerseys of their choice.

“We like to have some fun in New York and for me the Stanley Cup Playoffs are the ultimate of the hockey season,” Collins explained. “We’ve got a lot of hockey fans on our club and in spring training we talked about taking theme trips. One of the guys said ‘Hey let’s take a hockey trip when we go to Canada.’ I told all the players to pick a team and we went to the NHL store and got the jerseys. You’ll see a variety of jerseys when they get off that bus.”

The team indeed brought a variety, including a Whalers jersey from Jason Bay. Bay, who is from Canada, said he grew up a Canucks fan but wanted to do something throwback. Somebody had to be that guy. The Mets have a long way to go if they want to catch up to the Rays and their crazy jackets or classy sweaters, but the hockey theme is a nice place to start.

H/T Eye on Hockey

Mets players use Beastie Boys songs as at-bat music (Video)

As you have probably heard by now, the music injury lost a legend on Friday with the passing of Adam Yauch. Yauch, who went under the stage name MCA, was a member and founder of the famous hip-hop group the Beastie Boys. He had been battling cancer since 2009.

With their most popular days having come in the 1980s and early 1990s, there are likely a lot of players currently in Major League Baseball who grew up listening to the unique sounds of the Beastie Boys and watching their whacky music videos. As you can see from the video above, the Mets decided to pay tribute to Yauch during their game against the D-Backs on Friday by using Beastie Boys songs as their at-bat music. It was a nice gesture from the team to honor a musician that probably influenced the middle school wardrobe of a Mets player or two.

Mets wore cowboy outfits for their road trip to Houston (Pictures)

The Mets completed a series in Colorado over the weekend and decided to dress up with a Western theme for their flight to Houston. The players wore cowboy outfits, and pitcher R.A. Dickey seemed to have the best time of all. Dressed as a sheriff, he shared the pictures you see above on his Twitter account. On the left he’s with the outlaw Johan Santana, and on the right he’s sticking up catcher Mike Nickeas.

Below are several other players in their cowboy outfits:

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Terry Collins admits the Mets still don’t know some of their own signs

If the Mets opponents have managed to steal some of their signals this season, they are doing a better job of memorizing than the Mets themselves. To the  casual viewer, it would appear that Terry Collins is not a fan of the hit-and-run. Through 18 games this season, the Mets have barely used it. However, that is not because Collins never calls for it. The Mets simply haven’t mastered their own signs yet.

“That’s not necessarily true,” Collins said Thursday morning when a reporter pointed out that he never calls for a hit-and-run. “We’ve missed a few signs. There’s a few secrets that aren’t out there yet. That’s why I’m not worried about the other team (stealing our signs), because we haven’t got them (down) yet.”

That sounds like a Mets problem. Collins added that he has had to change the signs a couple of times to simplify them since his players have missed two squeeze bunt signs in multiple hit-and-runs.

So basically if you’re an opposing player who manages to steal a signal off the Mets, you’re further along with their coaching staff than their own players are.

H/T Hardball Talk
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Shake Shack delivers burgers to Mets clubhouse after Braves sweep (Picture)

When your team kicks off the season with a three-game sweep of a division rival, you do your best to keep them happy. What’s the best way to keep 25 grown men happy after they just delivered on the field for three games? Greasy fast food burgers is a start. On Sunday after their 7-5 victory over Atlanta, City Field’s Shake Shack outlet did their best to congratulate the Mets. Rumor has it the Shake Shack is in high demand at Citi Field, but the photo above that Mets team chef Theresa Corderi tweeted shows us that the restaurant took the time to ship over a tray of fresh burgers to the winning team.

I’m sure the team appreciated it after all the hard work they put in, but as the Red Sox can tell you fast food during and after games isn’t the best way to sustain winning. The Shake Shack should probably just make this an April thing. Then again, crap food seems to work just fine for Justin Verlander.

H/T Big League Stew
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