Friday, April 30, 2010
Senior played 16 years in the Majors and played 3 years with the Phillies from 1981 to 1983. Matthews went to the postseason after the 1981, 1983 and 1984 campaigns and was voted the MVP of the 1983 NLCS when he hit three home runs and collected 8 RBI in four games, leading the Phillies past the Los Angeles Dodgers
According to the article Matthews Jr. said. “The truth is he’s rarely seen me play live because he’s still involved in the game and our schedules never coincide. So I always find myself battling nerves a little bit when I know my father is in the house. You’d think I’d be used to it. I think maybe this time it’ll be different. I’m hoping it will be different. I usually fight nerves a little bit. I think it’s probably natural.” I think most people who play in front of there parents would press a little bit but Ike Davis seem to do ok.
Matthews Jr has said all the right things so far since he was traded from the Angels for reliever Brian Stokes. He has no rbi’s and has not been able to jump start his season yet playing off the bench.
This might not what we were waiting for two weeks ago, but there isn't a Mets fan who isn't "amped" for the weekend series against the Phillies.
Surprisingly the Mets hold a 1/2 game lead over the Phillies, and are in first place going into this weekend series.
The Mets are coming off a superb 9-1 homestand, where they have won seven in a row. It is their best homestand since they had the same record in 1988...the year the won the NL East.
One thing all Mets fans must remember; it is only April/May. If the Mets do well - go 2-1 or 3-0, this won't clinch the NL East and send the Phillies reeling.
Conversely, if the Mets go 1-2, it won't wrap the division up for the Phils.
The Mets had dominated the Phils the first half of the season in 2007 - didn't have any bearing on how the season ended.
The Mets rotation sets up well against the Phillies:
Friday - 7:05 PM WPIX:
Jon n Niese takes the hill against Kyle Kendrick. Kendrick has a 0-0 record, but his ERA is a bloated 7.71. Niese has pitched well, but hasn't dominated, going 0-1 with a respectable 3.68 ERA.
Saturday 3:10 PM Fox
Mike Pelfrey opposes the legendary Roy Halladay. Halladay is 4-1 with an amazing 1.80 ERA. Pelfrey has been solid thus far and is 4-0 with a 0.69 ERA. Big Pelf has the best ERA in the Majors. Call me nuts, but I like this match-up.
Sunday - 8:05 PM ESPN
Johan Santana will take on the ageless Jamie Moyer. Moyer is a disappointing 2-2 with a 5.25 ERA. Santana also has been disappointing in the early going this season. He is 3-1 with a respectable 2.08 ERA, but hasn't pitched like we were expecting. I look for Johan to have a break out game on national TV.
There you have it. I'm not saying the Mets will go 2-1 or 3-0 this weekend. Their rotation matches up well this weekend, and we can take some solace at where we are right now.
So, sit back, pop a few cold ones, and enjoy this series. It could be the beginning of a real fun rivalry this season.
Thanks to Baseball Reference for the pitching stats, and CBS Sportsline for the schedules and pitching line-ups.
Also you want to see the hot hitting of Davis and Bay to continue in homer happy Philly.
If you look at the schedule in May after a month that just ended with 16 games at home, the Mets need to play well on the road and not just in Philly. The Mets play 18 of there next 30 on the road starting today. They play the Phillies and the Reds this road trip and then the Marlins, Nationals and the Braves on the next one and finish the month against the Brewers and San Diego.
To really see what type of team the Mets have they have to play close to .500 ball on the road. The first step starts today.
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Bay and Wright finally wake up during Mets 7 game win streak. Mets offensive stats during win streak.
Well if you take a look the 4,5,6 hitters in the Mets lineup they have being doing there job including rookie 1st baseman Ike Davis. Davis leads the regulars with a batting average of .400 which include 3 doubles and his first home major league home run. Which was more like a blast last Friday. Davis has a on base percentage of .480 over the last 7 games.
Wright has averaged a run batted in per game over the last 7 Mets wins along with a batting average of .348
The 66 Million dollar man Jason Bay has been hitting .333 over the Mets winning streak with his first Met home run, 2 triples, 2 doubles and 5 rbi’s as well as 5 runs scored.
Everyones punching bag Luis Castillo is hitting .286 with an on base percentage of .444 which includes 4 walks
Jose Reyes leads the team with 8 runs scored in the 3 slot in the order and is hitting .280
Frenchie came out of his slump and was batting .273 while the Mets piled on 7 wins.
Daniel is back to running this week and just started taking reps this week in the batting cage. At some point he will be pushed into some games down in St Lucie. Then when he is ready to return look for him to replace Frank Catalanotto as the lefty off the bench. Frank has done nothing so far this year.
There is chatter that fans want him to work at second base so he can replace Castillo. I do not see that happening right now. His bat is needed even if he just a pinch hitter. Fans hate Castillo but he continues to get on base.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
The Mets got a much needed disciplined outing from John Maine. Maine, who has looked like a sinking ship thus far this season, provided his best performance to complete the Mets sweep of the Dodgers.
Maine gave up three runs in six innings, striking out 9, walking three, and allowing four hits. He only had one bad inning, which was the fifth when he allowed a 2 run HR to Russell Martin. Aside from that, Maine was clutch.
David Wright continued his hot hitting by going 2-4 scoring a run.
Francoeur had a key two out double to knock in a run.
Throughout the game, the Mets, as they have of late, picked up runners in scoring position. The picked up RBI's with two outs; Pagan, Francoeur, Cora, and Davis all drove in runs with two outs.
A great finish to a great homestand. Mets are off tomorrow, and will open a three game series against their arch rival, and nemesis, Philadelphia.
Sources: CBS Sportsline, ESPN
Ok what gives here. 9 games ago the Mets had just finished there first road trip and were sitting at 4-8 and every one wanted Manager Jerry’s neck. They also wanted the Mets to bring up Ike Davis and do something with dead arm John Maine.
Well 9 games later everyone seems to be doing the snoopy dance as the Mets wake up this morning in … dare I say it First Place!!!! Ok yeah I will temper my joy but hey its better 9-12. Today they go for the sweep against the Dodgers and we can finish the homestand 9-1 . Which would match the best homestand the Mets had since 1988.
Ok so the Cubs ,Braves, and Dodgers are not the cream of the crop. Well the Cubs went on to beat up on the Brewers after they left Citi. The Braves were a team lot of teams picked to contend. There just not hitting. The Dodgers bullpen is horrible I will give you that.. Ok so what has changed with the Mets.
12 games in a row the starters have not given up more then 3 runs a start. Jason Bay has been warming up finally . He has hit a couple of doubles, triples and finally hit one out last night.
Mets have been getting key 2 out hits. Just look at Nuke
When they make errors it doesn’t cost them the game . Like last nights brain fart by Angel Pagan on a ball hit between him and Bay in the 9th inning. I loved Bays reaction to it.
Also look at Henry Blanco taking the extra base last night on a ball hit to centerfield. That was outstanding. Great read on Kemps non hustle to the ball.
Mets are 3 games over .500. The Mets are playing like a team with a purpose. Keep it up boys.
With the loss, the Phillies dropped to 2nd place, a 1/2 game behind THE METS!
You read right...the team that at one point was 4-8 is now 12-9 and in first place.
The Mets-Dodgers series ends this afternoon, and after an off day tomorrow, the Mets travel to the City Of Cheesesteaks, to take on the Phillies. Could make for an interesting weekend.
I know it's early, and the NL East division lead can change a dozen times or so between now and the end of the season, but it is fun to see them playing well. Even Nuke LaLoosh (aka David Wright) had a good set of games yesterday.
I along with all Mets fans will enjoy this moment. Hopefully this can be the start of something special.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
As I posted back on April 18, 2010, the Mets should retire #17 in honor of their Captain, Keith Hernandez.
As I stated in the post, the Mets could have the special night on June 6th - which is the last home date the Mets have before June 15, which 27 years before, was the date they acquired Hernandez, and he changed the face of the franchise.
After that post, we ran a poll, and an overwhelming 73% agreed that his #17 should be retired. I was shocked that there was an astounding 26% that said no. I wonder how many, if any, of the 26% that voted actually saw Hernandez play.
As has been noted, Keith was the best. End of story. He isn't Albert Pujols, no, but in all of Pujols greatness, he wasn't a fraction of the 1B Hernandez was.
Hernandez was a key cog on two different World Series Championship teams; the 1982 Cardinals and the 1986 Mets.
Hernandez, like his former teammate Ozzie Smith, re-invented the position. Where Smith didn't really re-invent the SS position, he was acrobatic and could track down any ball. Ozzie is in the Hall.
Hernandez re-defined the position - where it wasn't the big fat guy who couldn't move, who played there.
He invented how to field the bunt as a 1B. No one was better.
No one was better on the 3-6-3 double play. No one could guard the line like Keith.
No one commanded the respect like Keith.
Time for Fred & Jeff Wilpon, along with Omar Minaya to not only give Keith his due, but his day.
The fans have spoken.
1. Angel Pagan, CF
2. Luis Castillo, 2B
3. Jose Reyes, SS
4. Jason Bay, LF
5. David Wright, 3B
6. Ike Davis, 1B
7. Gary Matthews Jr., RF
8. Rod Barajas, C
9. Johan Santana, LHP
Jeff Francoeur is getting the first game off this afternoon. Manuel hasn't released the lineup for game 2, but it is expected he will be back in RF.
Could be interesting to see if the Dodgers challenge Matthews arm in RF. Francoeur has been solid in throwing runners out this season. Will Dodgers try and take advantage of RF in Francoeur's absence?
These 2 catchers who have some pop in there bat have really helped the Mets pitchers. Blanco has done a great job with Pelfrey . Pelfrey has even said that he has helped immensely with talking about upcoming batters between innings and even in his last start against the Braves he worked with Pelfrey getting out of some tough jams.
Barajas has been able to work with head case Ollie Perez and get him really chimed in on 1 of his starts. Look for him to possibly work with Ollie in tonight's back end of the double header.
Blanco, when it comes to rifling runners out at second, right now is 4 for 4 in catcher would be base stealers. In catchers that have caught over 30 innings he is the only one that does not have a successful steal against him. Another stat that is over looked at times is passed balls. The Mets catchers have 0 passed balls. I remember Schneider last year had 2-3 on the first 10 days.
Sometimes its the defense behind the plate that can make a huge difference on a team and so far it shows with Barajas and Blanco .
Monday, April 26, 2010
This might make it possible for the Mets to have Santana to pitch on sunday against Roy Halladay and the Phillies if the Mets skip Ollie.
Pagan has scored only 1 run since being inserted in the # 1 spot in the lineup . Weather is iffy for tonight’s game so check 718 507 Rain for updates.
Some of the Mets enjoy facing Kuroda who has a ERA over 10 and 2 loses against the Metsies. No Fenchie tonight. Strike out extraordinaire Gary Matthews Jr gets the start. What Ollie will we see tonight?
Jose Reyes .600, 1 RBI, 5 AB
David Wright .571, 3 RBI 7 AB
Gary Matthews Jr. .500, 4 AB
Luis Castillo .333, 2 RBI, 6 AB
Mets lineup tonight is
Source –Adam Rubin ESPN NY
The other night Frenchie hit a home run, I mean a double that was about 15.5 feet up the 16 foot fence in left field. The next inning he was in right field having a conversation about it with the bullpen catcher Rachinelli instead of warming up his arm. Bay hit one the other day that hit off the base of the wall. Ok so maybe that was more due to it being cold and it might have gone out mid summer.
The bottom line is we have to get used to seeing these moon shots falling for doubles and triples instead of home runs. Check out our latest poll and let us know how many homers you think Citi has cost us this homestand.
Pelfrey was not as sharp as usual but he did get the sinker working at least to get the Braves to hit into double plays that limited the damage to 0 runs against big Pelf in 6 innings. The Mets are now 6-1 on this home stand and will now have the Dodgers for 3, who are reeling. They lost yesterday to Scott Olsen and the Nationals 1-0. No Manny since he is on the DL and the pitching for the Dodgers has been spotty at best lately. They are under .500 at this point in the season.
The Mets after the sweep are just 1.5 games behind the Phillies who lost to the D backs yesterday in a slug fest in Arizona.
Mets send Ollie Perez to the mound tonight against Hiroki Kuroda who is 2-0 in 3 starts. He gave up 6 runs and lasted 5 plus innings in his last start in a game against the Reds in a Dodger 14-6 win.
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Before getting to our seats, we were anxious and excited to check out the much bally-hooed and long over-due Mets Hall Of Fame.
I was fortunate enough to have a digital video camera, and was able to take a video of the Hall. Please be aware that this isn't the greatest of quality, but you are able to get a sense of the room that houses our Mets heroes of a bygone era.
As tweeted by Adam Rubin, Buffalo has "Officially" added JaKobs to the roster. We don't know what this will mean for Chris Carter, who has been doing pretty well this year. Will JaKobs be the starter, or will he come off the bench?
It's amazing how far this guy has plummeted in the last two years.
Now not sure if the game will get played but if it does Pelfrey takes the mound. Now the Braves have there own issues of late. There 25 in the league in hitting, with a team batting average of .227 while the Mets are at .230.
What has changed over the last 7 days for the Mets. Well playing 2 teams that are floundering surely helped there confidence. The fact they have scored 29 runs averaging a little of 4 runs per game has helped. bay and Davis are hitting .350 over the last week and even Reyes has been hitting over .300 in that time span. In contrast the braves have scored 14 runs in there last 6 games.
In the last 7 games the Mets are 5-2 with a ERA of just 2.61 as a staff. They have given up 58 hits in 62 innings but there walks lead the league and had 36 walks in there last 7 games which is meaning there averaging a dreadful 5 walks per game!
Of course the Mets have the Manny less Dodgers coming in starting on Monday. The Dodgers took off from where they were last year and are hitting .271. So Bay, who has not been striking out the last couple of games needs to keep hitting .
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Yes his non throwing elbow. This happened to him back in 2008 as well. Thankfully Hisanori Takahashi, had seven strikeouts in 3 innings of relief work .
Maine is day to day at this point. This guy is a train wreck and maybe its just time to call it a day with him in the rotation.
Friday, April 23, 2010
Tonight begins a three game home series for the Mets against the Braves.
As my colleague, Long Island Met Fan, so eloquently informed us, it is expected that Jose Reyes will bat in the three hole starting tonight. General Manuel's logic is simple: The troika of Wright, Bay, and Francoeur has been anemic. Although both Nuke LaLoosh and Francoeur had RBI's in last night's game, these three together have struck out too much, and have failed miserably in the clutch.
I have stated in the past that Reyes is a premiere lead-off hitter, and it is inconceivable to bat him in the third position. One thing I will give Manuel, he feels he has to do something to wake this impotent offense, and for that, I will give him his due.
But, using that same mentality, why then is John Maine still in this starting rotation? We had a poll up last week where the majority of the fans, over 35% believed he should be removed from the rotation. A close second and third believed he should be sent to the minors or to the bull pen. Maine, although his fastball hit 90-91 MPH on Sunday night's debacle, he still is getting hit hard and walking too many batters. It's time to send Maine to the minors to work out the kinks, a la Bobby J Jones and Steve Trachsel. It worked well for both pitchers, and could do the same for Maine.
Speaking of Maine, Long Island Met Fan and I have the "pleasure" of seeing Maine pitch in tonight's game against the Braves. This will be our first venture to Gil Hodges Memorial Park, er Citi Field this season. Hopefully Maine can find a little something in the tank to defeat the Braves, who are being led by a rookie off to an incredible start, Jason Heyword.
This series is important for the Mets. After losing 2/3 of their games until this week, the Flushing Fab have battled back to within 2 games of .500. If they take 2 of three against Atlanta, not only will they attain the .500 mark, but they will have gotten off to a good start against the once formidable club that dominated this team over the last 15 years.
We are looking forward to tonight's game, but more importantly, tonight will go a long way in determining what kind of season we can expect from John Maine. Let's hope he proves me wrong.
Lets Go Mets!
What this does for Jason Bay who added to his total of strikeouts last night means he will hopefully see more fastballs. The Mets need him to get going so they can ride his shoulders for a couple of weeks while Beltran is out.
I am not a big fan of this move. I think Reyes is a # 1 hitter and maybe I can see him batting 2nd with Pagan batting first but not 3rd. Also Manager Jerry had mentioned that he would like to put a lefty in between the 3 righties.
Can tonights lineup be something like. Pagan,Castillo,Reyes,Bay,Wright,Davis,Francoueur,Barajas,Maine?
Just a note about seeing fastballs. Bay has seen plenty of fastballs he is just missing them or not swinging at them.
Of course the lineup could be just the same as always. Which means look for the buzz kill twins of Wright and Bay to kill a rally or 2.
Thursday, April 22, 2010
He will report on Sunday when the Bisons play Pawtucket.
The Big question becomes: what happens with Chris Carter? He has played well, probably should have made the Mets, and now with JaKobs in Buffalo, will that move Carter to the bench?
After the speculation if Manuel would try to split up the troika of Wright, Bay, and Francoeur, Manuel has decided to stick with the three coldest batters back-to-back-to-back. The Mets will need Johan and the offense at their best...
Do you believe in Karma? Can't say that I do, but for those of you who might, here is some history for you:
On this date in 1970, Tom Seaver struck out 19 Padres to tie an NL record. More impressively, he struck out the last 10 batters he faced in the Mets 2-1 victory. To say Seaver was dominant is an understatement. Not only 19 batters for the game, but the last 10 in a row!
Fast Forward to April 22, 2010 - can some of this Karma rub off on Johan tonight against the Cubs? Lets hope so. The Mets can salvage this series against the Cubs with a victory tonight. That would be nice heading into the weekend series against the Braves.
It would be great to have some of the Tom Terrific Magic rub off on Johan and the Mets tonight.
Sources: Baseball Almanac, Metsmerized Online
Some of his thoughts after last nights game.
He does not feel fatigue is an issue for Bay, Francoeur or Wright, though a mental break could be help them. Will Manager Jerry give them a day off probably not.
He will likely break up the three-consecutive right-handed hitters, in Bay, Wright and Francoeur, the next time they face a right-handed pitcher. Which wont be tonight since they will face a lefty. Wright crushes lefties. He just seems lost. Not sure if he is pressing or what. There are times where if he would just dump a ball off the plate into right field. That is how he usually recovered from slumps in the past.
In regards to breaking the 3 of them up, Does that mean we will see Reyes or Pagan 3rd and have Davis bat behind Bay? Or please don’t tell me he is planning to have Davis bat 4th.
Have to love this quote from Manager Jerry regarding Ike Davis.
"He looks like he knows what he’s doing at first base, ‘He has a nice way about him as a baseball player.’" Can anyone tell me what the heck this means? When was nice a comment that described a players ability? Hey Wright nice error you had last night. Hey Gary Matthews Jr nice strike out you had pinch hitting.
Mets prospect catcher Josh Thole had had a rough start batting just .143 in 9 games with 1 double in 35 at bats.
Ruben Tejada, who the Mets had on the big club until Reyes returned, has been slow to get going with Buffalo. He is hitting .167 in 36 at bats 2 doubles and 2 runs scored.
F Mart has picked it up of late . He is hitting .275 with 1 homer and 4 rbi's. He has been pretty aggressive down there. In 51 at bats he still is looking for his first walk.
On the pitching front Dillion Gee has not let up a run in 13 innings while striking out 12 and walking only 1 and is 2-0.
Lefty Misch has a ERA of 2.76 after 3 starts but has no decisions.
Parnell has been in 5 games so far with a ERA over 6. He has been pretty wild walking 7 in 5+ innings.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Ryota Igarashi placed on DL with hamstring issue steming from last nights attempt at picking up bunt.
The right-hander was 1-1 with a 4.34 ERA in 36 games with Atlanta last season over 37 1/3 innings. Mets picked him up when the Braves released him this spring
He is 0-1 with a 2.16 ERA in five relief appearances with the Bisons.
Kiko Calero was one of the last cuts this spring in Mets camp so Acosta must have jumped him during the first couple weeks of the season.
update 4-22**** He was awful in his first apperance. Acosta's line in last nights 9-3 loss to the Cubs*****
3 runs 2 hits 1 home run 3 strikeout and 2 walks in 1 and 1/3 innings.
Jose Reyes is back. Although his first game this season was on April 10th, the real Jose didn't appear until last night. Reyes had been oh for his last 18 entering last night.
Not only was he not hitting well, what was missing was Jose's exuberance; his big smile, the hand claps, the crazy hand-shakes - all were missing. So were the triples. Last night Reyes was 4-5 with two RBI. He also hit his first triple of the regular season - something we should see much more of from Jose at Gil Hodges Memorial Park, er Citi Field.
Wright still looks terrified on any pitch, especially the curveball, that is thrown inside. Bay is still struggling a bit. Both men are striking out too much. The Mets need both men, but the Mets go as Jose goes
This why Jose must bat lead off. We must not forget, this is Jose's Spring Training. He was shelved due to his over-active thyroid. What compounds that is that Reyes hadn't played in a pro game since May 2009. We had to realize it would take a little time for the rust to wear off.
What was so disconcerting was Jose's smile was gone. He looked slow afoot, slow with the bat, and he looked lost.
Last night that all changed. Jose is back. He smiled, he hit. He won't go 4-5 every night, no, but I believe last night was Jose's coming out party. With Wright and Bay having difficulties now and Beltran out until who-knows-when, it is imperative that Jose is hot.
He was last night. Hopefully it is the start of a great season for the Mets LEADOFF HITTER!
Photos courtesy of CBS Sportsline.
No one really thought Beltran would be back before mid May but in the last couple of weeks news about Beltran seem to be the same. That there waiting for him to be cleared for baseball activities. The Doctor visit this week was expected as part of the rehab process.
Look for Angel Pagan to get the bulk of the starts in Centerfield since he is hitting and Gary Matthews is just striking out every chance he gets.
When asked about a timetable Omar's response was ....."with that being said"
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
According to MLB Trade Rumors, Mike Jacobs is "giving mixed signals about whether he'd accept assignment to AAA. On waivers now. If he clears, can become FA."
I have a difficult time believing he will be claimed. Granted, his salary isn't that bad, the Mets signed him to a minor league deal, but he had a poor 2009 and 2010 has not shown any promise.
The interesting thing will be if he clears waivers, will the Mets assign him to AAA? They do have Chris Carter, who after a solid spring, is deserving of a chance.
Stay tuned for the on-going soap opera we know as Mike Jacobs...
since he will be in the crowd I am sure as a guest of the Mets.
Here are how the Mets have faired against Zambrano .Carlos is 1-1 with a ERA over 9 so far this year. He is lifetime 4-2 against the Mets and 3.71 ERA- Thanks to Mr Rubin for the stats.
Luis Castillo .529, 1 RBI, 17 AB
Angel Pagan .500, 6 AB
Jason Bay .359, 5 HR, 16 RBI, 39 AB
Jeff Francoeur .227, 2 HR, 9 RBI, 22 AB
David Wright .167, 3 RBI, 18 AB
Jose Reyes .167, 18 AB
Mets lineup tonight is
He has been on the DL and had Tommy John Surgery in Aug of 2009.
Story is breaking as we speak.
check out SI.com
He did have a start previously that he had a no decision against the Pirates earlier in ’67 season.
Seaver went 7 + innings against the Cubs at Shea in front of less then 6,000 people.
Ike gets his first rbi and hit of his career against the Cubs on the 19th in a 6-1 victory and 43 years before Mets great Tom Seaver win his first on the 20th against the same team and same score. Now of course I am not comparing the two players but it has to mean something!
Noting like a little acid flashback to begin your afternoon!
So far this season the Mets are hitting a paltry .228 which is 26th in the Majors. Frenchie and Pagan lead the team with averages of .327 and .297 . No one else who is a regular is hitting over .260. The Mets are 21st in On base percentage at .318
They are tied for 13th in runs scored and tied for 9th in the Majors with 10 homers. The Astros have the fewest with 3.
As a team the Mets have been struck out 104 times which is 4th in the league-Bay has been struck out 19 times in 49 at bats. Wright 16 in 44 at bats and Gary Matthews Jr has struck out 44% of his at bats. He really has been pretty useless in the Mets first 13 games.
They are near the top in walks with 58 There defense has been pretty good so far with 8 errors which makes them tied for 5th in the majors. The Twins incredibly only have 1 error!!!
They rank 5th in pitching with a team ERA of .3.50. The Cardinals lead the majors with a ERA of only 2.42
Monday, April 19, 2010
Tonight is the night Mets fans have been waiting for since June 5, 2008 - the day they drafted Ike Davis with the #18 pick.
I feel bad for Daniel Murphy who ran into bad luck, but so did *Wally Pipp.
I along with with esteemed colleague, Long Island Met Fan, believe Davis should have been given the entire year to grow and learn, but truth being said, I am looking anxiously for the Ike Davis Era to begin.
One point to note though; the Mets and their fans need to be patient. Davis has not spent much time in the minors, and he might very well struggle. He also might achieve some success, but no matter what, we must be patient.
Looking back to 1988, the Mets had a can't miss stud. He played third base, but when brought up, after the All Star break in '88, was moved to 2B. He hit like a Hall Of Famer, and helped the Mets finish off the rest of the NL East in their inevitable clinching of the NL East title.
All was great. All was wonderful. He wasn't ready. He replaced a fan favorite in Wally Backman, but by his second year, he was merely average, and was quoted as questioning rhetorically, "Why am I here. I don't know what I'm doing here..."
Gregg Jefferies had a respectable career, but it didn't even scratch the surface of what the Mets and their fans were anticipating. I don't want the same sequel to Gregg Jefferies with Ike Davis. Manuel, as well as Minaya and the Mets, need to monitor this young man carefully.
If Spring Training was any showing of what might lie before us, we might have the 1B that teams will envy. That being said, we need to temper our excitement with understanding and a sense of caution.
Daniel Murphy started his pro career as a .320 hitter, and by the time 2009 had finished, he wasn't a .300 hitter.
To Ike Davis: Enjoy Tonight. This is something that the majority of young boys dream about.
To Mets Fans: Be patient and understanding. But, enjoy tonight. It could be the start of something special.
To Jerry, Omar, and the Wilpon's: Be careful. This could be a great move, or one that not only haunts the Mets for years, but destroys a young mans career.
Metsfan73 wishes the best for Mr. Davis. I hope he is the reincarnation of Keith Hernandez. He will wear #42 tonight, but 29 normally. Just like another can't miss prospect, Dave Magadan.
* Lou Gehrig replaced Wally Pipp when Pipp claimed to be ill and asked out of lineup. Gehrig went on to play in 2,130 consecutive games.
A quote from Manager Jerry regarding Mr Davis " I don’t see him as a savior, I see him as a compliment.”
The Cubs are in a slump themselves and Sweet Lou will rearrange his lineup to help jump start the Cubbies who are 5-7 .
The Cubs send Randy Wells who is 1-0 this year. After allowing six hits in six innings of a 2-0 win in Atlanta in his season debut, Wells gave up four runs and 10 hits with seven strikeouts in Wednesday's 7-6 home win over Milwaukee, but didn't get a decision. Wells pitched against the Mets last year allowing 2 runs on seven hits in 6 innings.
During the Rockies series I began to notice that pitchers have a plan with Mr “Nuke” at the plate. How many times have we seen David flinch when there is a breaking pitch thrown to him where his entire body basically steps away from the pitch. I understand he is under self preservation mode in regards to the beaning he took last year from Giants pitcher Matt Cain.
Now though pitchers are using this against him . They might throw him a breaking pitch to start off the at bat and then throw him a fastball that he seems to be late on and fouls it off. Then they either waste a pitch or just drop in a curveball and poof Wright is out. Of course the Cardinals have 2 pitchers that know how throw some nasty curveballs in Carpenter and Wainwright.
David needs to change his approach and quick or its going to be a pattern for every team that pitchers against him Maybe he needs Manager Jerry to throw him some curveballs and knock them to right field.
Wright maybe needs some pointers from Pagan who made an in game adjustment last night and knock a curveball to left. Wright needs to stop flinching and start hitting
Mets have made Ike Davis move official. Roster move to come tonight.
********1230 update Ike removed from Buffalo Bisons lineup! Coming up today!
Rubin Mentions by calling him up tomorrow would push back free agency a year, but he'd still be a Super Two .
Ike Davis had 2 hits yesterday and is (.348, 8-23) in his last 7 games with 2 dingers.
The Mets bullpen has been taxed but they only through 12 pitches last night besides Stoner.
So that means we will be subjected to another night of no production out of our 1st baseman in our game against the Cubbies tonight.
Sunday, April 18, 2010
I guess Alex Cora's defense last night was enough for the Mets to believe they can do without Jacobs terrible defense and anemic offense. Wonder what Jerry is going to do without having a lefthanded hitting 1B...unless Catalonotto gets some reps at first.
update ***Look for Ike Davis to possibly be on the team later this week** Mets need a first baseman. Daniel Murphy is not ready.***
check out our Monday update on Ike Davis-
We have pounded Mets ownership in this space in the past. We did credit the team on the new stadium, but wanted more Mets Memories on display.
Voila! The Mets Hall Of Fame.
I personally have hammered this ownership for their lack of a sense of history, and now this August, they will enshrine Dwight Gooden, Darryl Strawberry, Frank Cashen, and Davey Johnson in the Mets Hall Of Fame. All men are well deserving of this honor.
Attendance has been rather disappointing at Gil Hodges Memorial Park, er Citi Field. Here is an idea to not only draw fans, but appease them.
On June 6, 2010 retire #17 and emblazon the OF wall with #17 Hernandez.
This is long over due. I will personally guarantee the Wilpons a sell out crowd on that Sunday.
Why June 6th? Easy. It is the last weekend home game before June 15, which will mark the 27th anniversary of the Mets acquiring Hernandez from St. Louis for Neil Allen and Rick Ownbey.
Secondly, they are playing arch rival Florida. What better fan pump, as well as team pump than to finally recognize, celebrate, and honor the man known as Mex?
Can you imagine Hernandez addressing the crowd and offer that intensity that made him Captain? To quote Benigno, it would be "Stellar"
The man who single-handedly taught a young group of talented ballplayers how to not only play, but how to win, which culminated with a World Championship in 1986.
Remember in Houston with Hernandez on second base glaring at Strawberry, who was batting, and tapping his right shoulder - instructing Straw to keep his front shoulder in? Strawberry's front shoulder was opening up too quickly, thus diminishing Straw's power. For Davey Johnson, he was a manager on the field.
Just ask Darryl. Just ask Ron Darling. Jesse Orosco. Keith was the man, and what better way to honor the Captain than by retiring his #17 so that no one will be permitted to wear it ever again?
For us old time Mets fans, seeing such ballplayers wear #17 was a disgrace:
Dae Sung Koo
No offense to any of these players, but they aren't 17. Keith Hernandez is and always be 17 in fans hearts. Now it should be that way in Mets lore.
Time for the Wilpon's to honor the man who made the Mets respectable again. Time to retire #17.
Source: Mets By The Numbers
Adam Rubin reports that after last night's epic marathon, the Mets are expected to recall Tobi Stoner for tonight's series finale against the Cardinals. Stoner can help out in the bullpen, and might be called upon if John Maine implodes.
Maine says he has found his flaw, and will return to his former (2007) self. We'll see...
It is not known what the Mets will do to make room for Stoner. Stoner is on schedule; he is supposed to be the starter for Buffalo tonight.
Adam Rubin believes that Raul Valdes might be sent down to AAA because he has options and hasn't pitched well.
The Mets waited until the 6th inning before Angel Pagan could get a hit. Then they would not get another hit until extra innings.
Jason Bay, Reyes and Francouer all took collars last night. Bay struck out 4 times.
You would think the Mets played the longest scoreless game in there history but they did play one longer The Mets and Astros went 23½ innings scoreless, which is a major-league record on April 15, 1968, before Houston scored to win 1-0 at the Astrodome.
The Mets bullpen did not let up a run until the 19th when K Rod having his first save opportunity of course blew it. According to K-Rod he was wiped by the time he entered yesterdays contest. Said he warmed up 10 times and threw more than 100 pitches before came in for 19th, had "dead-arm." The Mets scored 2 runs against the Cardinals position player Joe Mather. This is after shortstop Felipe Lopez pitched a scoreless 18th.
The Mets left 13 on base while the Cardinals left 22.
Mets will need Maine to go along distance sunday night since everyone in there bullpen was used in this marathon. The Mets pitchers threw 341 pitches.
Check out the box score
Saturday, April 17, 2010
According to ESPN's Bobby V "Jerry Manuel is up for the task. I think that he has a tough road…There’s no doubt about it, and he’s got to keep his head above water until his center fielder comes back and obviously has to get that pitching staff in shape."
So at this point the former Met manager is being a good solider. Honestly though the Mets would probably start with Bob Melvin if the Mets did a manager change. Bobby V more then likely would want full control of the entire roster and I do not see that happening with Omar as a GM even if he is part puppet at this point. Maybe for 2011 Valentine might be a brighter choice.
Right now I would still prefer Manager Jerry get the guys moving. It has only been 9 games.
Good to see Reyes still in the leadoff spot. Hopefully Jerry won't be an abomination to managing, and let his players play, thus resulting in a Mets win.
Friday, April 16, 2010
According to Andy Martino, Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen is confident with progress John Maine has made, saying, "I think there may be a miracle (on Sunday)."
Memo to Dan: It will take more than a few days of bullpen action to undo two years of mediocrity.
As stated in this space, Maine should be allowed to work out his "issues", but not at the pro level. The Mets should offer, and Maine should accept, an assignment to AAA Buffalo. It is virtually impossible to "undo" all his "mechanical errors" and regain 6 MPH on his fastball by throwing on the side.
Even our viewers expressed in our poll (right hand side of blog) that they think Maine should be sent down to the minors (31%). Most answered that he should be removed from the rotation (40%).
I truly hope Maine can regain his - 2006-2007 form, but I'd be less than honest if I said I think he can.
To see other recent articles on John Maine, click here and here.
Jerry being smart and listening to fans and Francoeur - leaving Reyes in the #1 hole.
no Matt Holliday for Cardinals tonight!
He seems to enjoy talking to the media and you really can get a sense of how his approach has changed from working with HoJo which he gives a ton of credit for his success
In an article over at ESPN NY from our man Adam Rubin.which you can read here Jeff just thinks the change has been the polar opposite from his days in Atlanta.
“From the moment I got here," says Francoeur, "Howard Johnson just told me that I needed to get into better hitting counts, whereas in Atlanta they kept pounding home the fact I would never get any walks.” According to Johnson, he was a quick study. “Very early on we realized that he was not a player who was ever going to draw a bunch of walks but we did think he could get into better hitting counts by being a bit more selective.
Of course he does fall back into the pattern of swinging freely on occasion but he seems to adjust sometimes mid at bat. With Jason Bay still trying to find his stroke its nice to see that someone besides “Nuke” (DW) can get a homerun or get on base. Frenchie is tied for the team lead in homers with 3. He also has an on base percentage to start the year of over .500
From a fans perspective he seems to be making a lot of contact and his strikeouts are way down with only 3 so far this year after 9 games.
Frenchie is also not afraid to say his peace regarding Reyes batting third. Reyes should stay being the lead off guy he has mentioned. Trust me most of us agree.
After throwing a bullpen session yesterday where he went back to his "old motion", the much maligned John Maine declared, “I’m back to what I do." He is hoping his old motion will allow him to regain most of the velocity he has lost over the last year, which will better set-up his off speed pitches.
Then continued: “Hopefully it can translate to the game. It’s going to take more than one start, but it felt good.”
Can't say I'm as confident as Maine. With our current Poll about what should be done with Maine, the majority believe he should be sent down to the minors.
If you haven't yet voted, please take the time and do so.
Picture courtesy of CBS Sportsline.
Quote courtesy of Yahoo Sports.