Tuesday, September 30, 2008
For the Month of September his numbers.
Batting Avg .243 and .231 in the last 7 games . He had 3 home runs and 12 rbi’s for the month. He scored 16 runs and only 4 in the last 7 games. If he is supposed to be a catalyst, he certainly didn’t have a month the Mets needed.
Carlos Delgado ,Carlos Beltran and David Wright all had averages for the month around .340.
Jose needs to be able to excel in September and not go stone cold.
Monday, September 29, 2008
I was fortunate to be at game 6 of the NLCS in 2006, only to watch Yadier Molina destroy our dreams with one swing connecting to an ill-advised change-up in game 7. All this after the greatest catch I have ever seen. Not only was Endy's catch miraculous, he also had the presence of mind to launch a perfect throw to DelGado at 1B to complete the double play. As we all know, it was all for naught.
- Three years in a row is too much
- All the chances they had to put the division away, and didn't
- Losing for the third straight year...AT HOME
- Losing for the third straight year to teams we should have manhandled
- Losing for the second year to the Marlins. I think I hate them more than the Braves now
- Not being able to put teams away.
After the final out yesterday, watching from a Nassau County Applebees, because I was unable to view this debacle from the comforts of my throne in my living room, my wonderful wife of more than 15 years knew to stay away from me. Later, after my frustration was reduced to the point of insanity, she apologized. Why, you didn't do it? She understands how much it hurt.
I'm still hurting. I don't know any better way of explaining it other than to quote Sting and the Police:
There's a little black spot on the sun today
It's the same old thing as yesterday
There's a black hat caught in a high tree top
There's a flag pole rag and the wind won't stop
I have stood here before inside the pouring rain
With the world turning circles running 'round my brain
I guess I'm always hoping that you'll end this reign
But it's my destiny to be the king of pain
~ The Police ~
Talk me in folks...I'm on the ledge!
We know the bullpen stinks but would you consider trading someone from the core? Beltran, Wright , Reyes, Delgado? Should 1 of these be bounced from NY? Lets us know what bitterness runs in your veins the day after…
Anonymous comments are welcome.
We have all winter to dissect this team but I had to mention this the day after the Mets blew another shot at making the playoffs.
After last night’s game Carlos Beltran, who was responsible for the Mets runs on Sunday with a 2 run home run, says its time to overhaul the bullpen. He thinks the position players are fine. Well I agree about the first part but not the second. This is no offense to Jerry Manuel but when you have Nick Evans as a fifth hitter in the last game I think there are some issues to address with the position players. Obviously he did not have Fernando Tatis to insert in the lineup. Maybe he should have Raul Martinez up second since he seems to be a pretty patient hitter. Not sure having the revamped lineup was the direct cause but the Mets didn’t really have many hits the last 2 games.
Oh by the way Carlos thanks for stating the obvious
Dwight Gooden had not set foot at Shea since 2000. When he made it to the infield, Ron Darling walked over to him and gave him a big hug.
The Met fans had something to cheer about on Sunday. They got a got to see there superstar from the Mid 80's one last time at Shea.
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Saturday, September 27, 2008
If they both win or both lose 1 game playoff on monday at Shea
Jerry has shaken up the batting order (here), and hopefully that little tweak will spark a dormant offense.
No more Mister Clean
Lets hope Jerry is able to motivate his troupes to play spirited baseball, and take it to t he fish.
What will he have left in his tank? Will the Mets get this game in? As of 930 am its game on even though it is raining. Forecast means a hill of beans since they said yesterday there was no shot of a game being played.
There isn't really much more to say besides the fact that I never have seen a bullpen like the Mets in my life. I was talking with a friend of mine last night and we are amazed that this bullpen cant even get 3 outs. No one can throw strikes. Pitchers take 10 pitches to get 1 guy out. The Mets would take 10 pitches and the side would be retired. Amazing that this team lets the Marlins outclass them again. God job by Daniel Murphy deeking the runner. Next time keep your eye on the ball. Brian Stokes can you finish an inning please. AAron Heilman for once didn't walk the first batter. He walked the second instead and I think the third if I'm not mistaken.
At least last night there was no drama. No late inning comeback . Thank you Mets for at least letting me keep my sanity. I knew last night once the Marlins were up 5-1 it was over. Guess the Mets realized that too.
Friday, September 26, 2008
Let’s just hope this weekend isn’t a replay of last year’s end of season series against the Marlins. Again the Marlins come in hoping to play spoilers. Of course there mouths are wagging since that is really all they can do since they are out of the playoff hunt again this year.
To read there latest comments on what they thought of last years games and what they are expecting for this series check them out here
Honestly I grow tired of the Marlins who are filled with players that a lot of yapping instead of letting there play speak for them.
The Mets of course remember last year and just want to beat the tar out of them this weekend.
Mike Pelfrey is on the mound tonight against Chris Volstad.
As he strolled off the Shea field the fans realizing this was his final start stood up and gave him a standing ovation for the man that brought credibility back to the franchise when he was signed prior to the 2005 Season.
His totals this year were not pretty. He went 5-6 with a 5.61 Era and had 87 strike outs in 109 innings.
For the 4 years with the Mets he was 32 and 23.
Fans will always debate if he was worth what the Mets paid him .
Now we wait and see if he gets a chance to pitch for the Mets one last time in the playoffs.
Jon did not do well in his last start . He gave up 6 runs on 7 innings on 3 + innings of work. Right now he has Era over 7.
The schedule this weekend for all 3 teams.
Mets at home against the Marlins
Brewers at home against the Cubs
Phillies at home against the Nationals.
The Astros need to sweep the Braves and have the Brewers and Mets both be swept to gain a tie breaking in game. So they can be eliminated possibly tonight with a loss or a win by the Mets or Brewers.
Check out all the tie breaking scenarios here , including the Twins and White Sox
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Shea was not packed like it was Wednesday night and saw Pedro give up 2runs in the first so the Mets again were behind before they batted. The Mets always seem to excel when there behind and struggle to score when the score is tied. The Mets battled back from 6-3 deficit after Ricardo Rincon gave up a 3 run dinger .
Ramon Martinez and Robinson Cancel both got key hits in this game. The Mets tied the game when Church ducked around the Cubs Catcher Koyie Hill . See that play and Beltran's game winning single here
Before the game tonight he ran sprints at close to 100% . He said that in the last day or so he has felt much better. Wonder if it has to do with the fact Ramon Martinez is getting playing time.
How do we blow a season, let me count the ways:
- Inability to score a runner from third with no one out
- Inability to score a runner from third with one out
- Inability for a third base coach to realize that when the outfielder isn’t going to challenge the runner, use the windmill motion, instructing the runner to run home
- Hitting the ball in the air when you need a ball hit on the ground
- Hitting the ball on the ground when you need it in the air
- Inability to hold leads of less than 15 runs
- Luis Ayala getting the first two runners out before surrendering runs, usually giving up the lead
- The lack of a true leader
- An alleged 33 year old 2B who can’t hit anymore, run anymore, field anymore, make contact anymore, throw anymore, but other than that, is the best in the game
- A media darling who hits the ball well, but not in the clutch
- Not advancing a runner with less than two outs
- Not playing with a sense of urgency
- Not realizing there are 162 games in the season, not 192 games
- Inability to go in for the kill; put the nail in the coffin
When the ball is out of the strike zone, DON”T SWING!
There are a multitude of reasons this team is collapsing, and none of them are good. David Wright is a good ball player. But, he has to learn to make contact in key situations. All that was needed last night was a fly ball. Nothing more. DWright has shown that he is not a reliable clutch hitter. When Piniella decided to pitch to him, instead of walking him, Wright should have been offended, and took out this aggression on the baseball. Unfortunately, Piniella knew Wright, the way he has been pressing, challenged him, and won.
Two outs and Runners In Scoring Position (RISP): .259
Batting Avg. innings 1-3: .309
Batting Avg. innings 4-6: .323
Batting Avg. innings 7-9: .280
Pitchers need to learn that being a professional pitcher is not a position of charity. When you have a lead, be stingy. Don’t share the runs you just scored with your opposition. I am a big fan of OP, but last night was inexcusable. You have to hold onto a four run lead. I can’t wait for Boras to spin his stats to try and get him a four or five year deal for $60 - $75 million.
Luis Castillo should not see the starting line-up for this team…ever. Just refer to my earlier post, How Important Is Damion Easley.
Luis Ayala has pitched respectively, but if you look back, how many times has he gotten the first two outs in an inning, then proceeded to give up huge runs?
I like Aaron Heilman, but he and Duaner Sanchez should be benched the remainder of the season.
Last year was difficult, but the writing was on the wall from the end of July/beginning of August.
This year is much more painful. They had the lead, were playing well, and are falling apart in the same fashion as 2007. Once is bad, two consecutive years is too much to handle.
How in God’s name will the Wilpon family try and spin the exorbitant cost of a new stadium coming off two cataclysmic collapses?
I hate to be a pessimist, but is there anyone out there who has confidence in Pedro tonight? I’ll go on record saying I think tonight is going to be a long, tragic night.
From a fan’s point of view, I want to see this team, MY TEAM go out there tonight, and play like it is the last game they will ever play. If you show me that, and lose, I will at least say you played with heart, and I’m proud rooting for you. Do not throw your gloves out on the field and expect to win. Believe it or not guys, you haven’t earned anything yet.
I’m at my wits end…
Talk me in folks…I’m on the ledge!
Did we not see the Mets have a man on first and third with no outs in the 7th. Jose Reyes was on first why did he not steal second? If he did Murphy’s line out would have been just 1 out instead of a double play.
Also I know there were no outs in the 8th inning, when Luis Aguayo put the brakes on Carlos Delgado who might have scored on the single that Beltran hit. Why all of a sudden has he become so hesistant? I don’t think the Cubs would have challenged Delgado with a throw. It would have changed the way the inning went with him scoring on that play.
This loss makes me sick. We now watch the Brewers ride a wave of confidence by winning again against the lowly Pirates. While the Mets as usual do there best dog paddle to keep there heads a float.
He will join a slew of former Mets including Willie Mays, Mike Piazza, Robin Venutra, Jerry Koosman, Tom Seaver and Dave Kingman with a host of others expected.
The Mets did not the use the great Shea fans to there advantage and still found a way to lose. They had runners on 3rd from the 5th on. They had seldom used Ramon Martinez have a clutch double only to strand him on 3rd . He then had a 2 out base loaded walk to tie the game. The Mets had runners on 3rd and no out in the 7th,8th and 9th and could not score. Talk about a team playing tight!
Now they share the lead in the wild card with the Brewers and did not make up any ground on the Phillies who lost to the Braves 10-3
Read about this tear your heart out loss here
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
I expect a huge crowd tonight to watch the Mets and Ollie Perez take on Carlos Zambrano and the Cubs. I will be one of the frenzied fans at the game hanging on every pitch. Watching and probably agonizing over the scoreboard to see what the Phillies and the Brewers are doing and hoping to go home after the game with the Mets still in the lead for the Wild Card.
See you there in October! We hope!
The Mets face Carlos Zambrano tonight who pitched a no hitter 2 starts ago and then in his last start was in the clubhouse early after getting shelled.
Big game for Ollie Perez
Check out more about the Mets win last night here
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
The Cubs got to Johan early with a run in the second on a pair of 1 out doubles and scored another in the 3rd but that was all he would let up in 8 innings where he struck out 10
He also hustled on the base paths by scoring on David Wrights 2 out hit from 2nd base that tied the Score at 2. He also had a crucial at bat where he was going to bunt but instead hit away and the bat broke and went past the mound and ball followed and hit the bat and the Cubs weren't able to throw him out at first.
Jose Reyes broke the game open with a based loaded triple that plated 3 runs that was his 200th hit of the year. See it here
Of course a Met game wouldn't be the same without some late inning drama so after Johan was out Pedro Felicano gave up 2 hits in the 9th inning with 1 out but Luis Ayala closed the door.
The Mets gained on the Phillies who lost 3-2 to the Braves and wait the outcome of the Brewers who are tied 5-5 in the 8th inning with the Pirates.
He has been in 31 games total for the Cubs this year with a 3-4 record. He has 50 strikeouts in 59 innings and has 3.62 ERA
Parnell has been in 3 games now and has pitched 3 and 2/3 innings and has given up 1 run and 2 hits while striking out 3 and walking none. Last night was the first time he had to pitch with runners on base. He did fine allowing just 1 run and getting a little nervous by almost throwing a ball away that was hit back to him.
The question is will we see him on the Post Season Roster if the Mets make it?
Well he was out in left center last night to drop the Mets games at Shea down to 7. He wasn’t much luck though. Kevin Burkhardt interviewed him during the game and he still ranks the Mets winning the World Series in ’69 as his favorite time with the Mets. He also had some nice words about Ole Shea.
Who will be there tonight for the unveiling of #6?. Be nice to see Wally Backman. Will not hold my breath though.
I am sick of the bullpen I am sick of this team having 2 men on and no outs and not scoring. I am sick of Luis Castillo. The Mets bench is horrible .
We have 3 players that have played there hearts out and have been clutch. Carlos Beltran, Johan Santana and Carlos Delgado . David Wright and Jose Reyes have been good but they need to step up and hit a clutch home run or get a 2 out hit that scores the winnig run. This team needs to win period. No backing into the playoffs. Every game at Shea should be a celebration of Shea closing not fans worrying if the Mets will make the playoffs.
Tell the Mets to watch the Phillies who over there last 10 games are 9-1. They go into the 8th inning and score the go ahead runs almost every night. The Mets go into the 8th inning and cough up the lead.
Ryan Church bunted last night with nobody out to start a rally. I loved it! He got on base. The Mets can learn something from the Cubs that even with the Cubs in the playoffs they don't let up. Kudos to Lou Pinella.
Well Mets its time to put up or shut up! Control your destiny and stop having your manager making excuses for you!
Someone in that clubhouse needs to start throwing chairs around and get the teams blood up because no one wants to go to the last game at Shea on Sunday and need a win to get in the playoffs.
LETS GO METS!
Monday, September 22, 2008
Check out what Lou Pinella has to say about playing his regulars over at Adam Rubin’s blog here
Monday: LHP Jon Niese (1-0, 4.09) vs. RHP Jason Marquis (10-9, 4.39)
Tuesday: LHP Johan Santana (14-7, 2.65 ERA) vs. RHP Rich Harden (5-1, 1.66)
Wednesday: LHP Oliver Perez (10-7, 4.10 ERA) vs. RHP Carlos Zambrano (14-6, 3.77)
Thursday: RHP Pedro Martinez (5-6, 5.50 ERA) vs. LHP Ted Lilly (16-9, 4.17)
The Mets now have 4 games with the Cubs and 3 games with the Marlins to close out the year. Hopefully the Mets can find a way to handle the Cubs. If the Mets can win 4 out of the last 7 games they force the brewers to win 5 out of 6 just to tie the Mets for the Wild Card. If the Mets go 3 and 4 in the last 7 the Brewers can win the wild card by winning 5 out of 6 or tie the Mets by going 4-2. The Brewers play the Pirates before they end there season against the Cubs.
If the Cubs work on getting there rotation set for the Playoffs we might only see Carlos Zambrano for 5 innings like Ryan Dempster did yesterday. Lou Pinella gave all his regulars Sunday off against the Cardinals. Hopefully we might see that at Shea.
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Carols Delgado hit a 2 run shot in the 9th to bring th eMet sto 7-6 but then Carlos Beltran struck out.
To check out the box score of todays game you can click here
THe Phillies and the Brewers both won today. The Mets now need to beat up on the cubs so they can get to clinch before the Marlins series because you know the Marlins will want to beat up on the Mets like they did the last game of the season last year.
One question Jeff, if it's for the fan's, then why can't we fans afford to go to a game? Why are the prices so exhorbitant, that the best seats in the stadium are only for corporate sponsors?
The definition of fan, is short for FANATIC, those who follow a team religiously. Not for those who can pay the most money.
He threw 24 pitches Saturday Afternoon and his velocity was down and his command was erratic.
To me at this point even if he impresses Dan Warthen and Jerry Manuel is it worth having him coming in a tight spot at this point? I don't see any sense just to activate him to pitch in lopsided game? Of course it all hinges on the Mets making the playoffs. Will he be able to make a difference?
Read the latest on John here
The Starting pitchers records on the road this year are below.
Johan Santana is 7 and 4 with 3.00 ERA
Ollie Perez is 6 and 5 with 3.95 ERA
John Maine is 5 and 6 with 3.69 ERA
Mike Pelfrey is 5 and 4 with 4.78 ERA
Pedro Martinez is 4 and 3 with 6.05 ERA
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Pedro helped his cause with a 2 out double that plated 2 runs but it was the only runs the Mets would score tonight. The bullpen for the Mets pitched fine tonight and didn't allow a run after Pedro made it through 6 innings . Bobby Parnell actually pitched 2/3 of an inning in the bottom of the 8th
David Wright had 2 hits tonight but the Mets could only muster 6 hits all night. The Phillies just beat the Marlins 3-2 so now the Mets are in 2nd again and are 2.5 games ahead of the Brewers for the Wild Card with 8 to play. The Mets are behind the Phillies by 1/2 game for the NL East lead.
Pedro hasn't been that marquee pitcher the Mets opted for back during the off season of 2004. It is understandable that he isn't the pitcher in 2008 that he was in 2003, 1996, or any other year prior to 2005.
Unfortunately, it is time to cut this mango* from the tree, and realize it is time to move on from the Pedro era.
In a previous life, Jobu was a DJ. Jobu believes in music as a huge motivator and feels that the right music can put a player in the correct frame of mind and psych them up into having a good day at the plate.
If a player is in a slump (David Wright), maybe some new music is in order. Hopefully Wright will have his tune changed when he returns home later this week.
Jobu would like to see comments from YOU the fans and what top 3 songs you would have the P.A. play when you stride up to the plate.
Jobu would choose the following:
Back in Black – AC/DC
Apache – The Sugar Hill Gang
Panama – Van Halen
As we constantly hear on the SNY broadcast that David Wright is hitting the tar out of the lefties. This is true. He is hitting .377 which leads the team . Well behind him with a small sample of 67 at bats is Nick Evans with .343
Well against righties the leader is late call up Daniel Murphy with 96 at bats and a .363 batting avg. Jose Jose Reyes has the highest among every day players with .311 avg
This is followed by Ryan Church and umm scracthing my eyes to make sure I am reading this right Brian Schneider who is hitting a robust .287
The trio of Wright ,Beltran ,Delgado are hitting in the .260's against the righties.
Will we see Schneider hitting as high as 6th any time soon? probably not but its nice to see Brian catch fire in the 2nd half. He has 7 of his home runs in the 2nd half .
With the lay off he had it is kind of expected for Ryan not to be hitting like he was before the injury. He did have 2 key hits in the Mets win against the Nationals the other night.
With Tatis and Easley down you really don't have much choice but to maybe have Church sit against lefties and have Murphy play right and Evans left?
With the Mets winning Church to me can stay right there in right field because besides last nights blunder his outfield play is gold glove caliber.
Friday, September 19, 2008
Fernando Tatis has superman! Well Mlb.com has compiled a short list of every team and what certain players have as there walk up to the plate music .
It does list some of the Mets including Ryan Church, David Wright and Jose Reyes. To check out the list and why certain songs are being used you can read all about it here
Make sure you check out some of the catchers selections on other teams.
Ollie Perez pitched 6 innings and gave up 4 runs. The Mets used 4 relievers in the 7 th inning . Nelson Figueroa, Ricardo Rincon, Aaron Heilman and Pedro Feliciano. Rincon and Heilman got key strikeouts in the 7th innning while the rubber armed Feliciano got the last out of the 7th which kept the score tied at that point.
The Mets then broke out with 4 runs in the 8th .
Chekc out the Box score for the game here
Brian Stokes had his fastball up to 96 mph and after a lead off single to Jeff Franceour retired the side in the 8th and the 9th. With no Drama!!! .
The Mets are back in first with the Phillies losing and the Brewers got slammed by the Reds 11-2 dropping them 2 behind the Phillies now in the Wild Card.
Also if they tie with the Brewers for the Wild card there would be a 1 game playoff.
Read about how all the scenarios break down here and hopefully your head will not explode.
He doesnt get enough credit for what he has done for this team
Below are the stats for the relievers since Sept 1.
Joe Smith 3 and 0 1.23 Era in 9 games . With 7+ innings he has 4 hits 3 walks 10 strikeouts
Luis Ayala 0 and 1 with 5 saves and 4.26 Era in 8 games with 6+ innings and 8 hits with 1 walk and 7 punchouts
Pedro Feliciano has 4.91 era in 8 games 3 and 2/3 innings with 3 walks and 3 strike outs
Scott Schoeneweis is 0-1 in 7 games 2.45 Era and no walks and 4 strikeouts
Ricardo Rincon has 3.86 Era in 3 games with 3 punch outs and 1 walk
Brian Stokes has come down to earth in his last 2 outings. He now has 5.87 Era in 8 games with 2 home runs 3 walks and 5 strikeouts in 7+ innings.
Since September 1st the Pitcher has not let up a earned run in 4 and 2/3 innings. He has walked 2 and struck out 4 while giving up 6 hits.
Last night he spent the time in the bullpen as a fan. He said he was able to sit and watch Johan pitch cause he knew that Johan would go at least 7 innings. "You have to get ready mentally but it is still a good feeling for us in the bullpen" as told to John Harper of the Daily News .
The Mets still needed to use 3 relievers in this game so lets hope they enjoy a little rest. Luis Ayala was not used but was warming up in the 9th inning.
In the last month he had been hitting .333 with 2 doubles and 2 triples and 1 home run. Argenis Reyes has cooled off . He hasn't had a hit since a game in late August. Luis Castillo will get the nod tonight against the lefty.
Ramon Castro will probably also get a start tonight against the Braves.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Brian Schneider had 2 home runs. Both solo shots. The Mets score in the first innings on a double by Jose Reyes and the Daniel Murphy hit a ball to Center field that Lastings Milledge let skip pass him to the wall and Reyes walked home while Murphy wound up at 3rd. Lastings looks horrible in Center field and I was surprised that Manny Acta didn't take him out after he seemed to jog for the ball.
Ryan Church broke out of his slump with 2 hits and 2 rbis. David Wright again went 0-5 but his friend Ryan Zimmerman made 2 nice plays against David.
Check out the Mets box score here
The bullpen gave a run in the 8th by Joe Smith and Scott Schoenweis started the 9th and left with 2 men on and 1 out but Pedro Feliciano got a double play ball to end the game.
The Phillies won and the Brewers were crushed with a loss . They had a 4 run lead going into the bottom of the 9th against the cubs and let the cubs tie the game and then the cubs won it in the 12 inning. Mets remain 1/2 game behind the Phillies and now lead the Brewers by 1 and 1/2 games in the Wild Card race
Maine is totally determined to help the Mets in a relief mode sometime before the end of the year.
After the 10 pitch effort he said he only felt a little knot in his arm which he expect to work it out with more work . Of course no time table has been set.
John is expected to pitch a simulated game this weekend in Atlanta and could be activated when the Mets return home to Shea to face the Cubs.
Is it possible that his career is now over with the Mets? When the Mets make the playoffs, will he even make the post season roster? I say no. Check out our latest poll regarding him and Duaner Sanchez.
Written By Long Island Met Fan
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
He is hoping that he might be able to help the team sometime next week in relief. I'm sure that he will need some simulated conditions first. That remains to be seen but we hope its a possibility.
Well the Mets are really sorry to disappoint you last night by winning. Jose Reyes had 2 hits and a home run. Did you see Beltran's' 2 home runs? Stick around tonight so the Mets can disappoint you again!
Read there article here