Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Justin Turner and JAson Bay will be in the lineup tonight. For some reason TC has Pagan batting 5th in front of Jason even Ruben Tejada has a better slugging percentage then me Bay. The Mets winners of a DH last night go for there 3rd win in the series against the Marlins. Evans who missed the DFA bus when Baxter went down gets another start at first base. Mr who knows what your going to get Mike Pelfrey is on the mound.
Ike Davis has been running in Arizona so look for the Mets to make a decision on him when it comes to surgery this weekend. The Mets have only until Thursday before they can expand there roster.
Mets lineup vs. Florida - Reyes-SS, Turner-2B, Wright-3B, Duda-RF, Pagan-CF, Bay-LF, Evans-1B, Thole-C, Pelfrey-p
Monday, August 29, 2011
Irene has come and gone, Jose Reyes is activated (but won't play in game 1), it's a beautiful day, so the Mets will play two.
After having Saturday's and Sunday's game were cancelled due to the looming Hurricane Irene, it is now time for some baseball. Here on Long Island, we fared fairly well considering the predictions. Those along the south shore of Long Island experienced a lot of flooding, and those further north are dealing with trees and tree limbs all over the place. Many are still without power, but that is to be expected. Thankfully, not many were injured or killed.
As for the Mets, they are coming off a two game winning streak and look to build upon that. I was fortunate to go to Chris Capuano's gem Friday night, and it was great being at the park. I hadn't been to a game since late April, so it was great to go, and even better to see a solid performance from the Mets and Cap.
Today the Mets will play a double header against the Marlins. Game 2 is a make-up for an earlier rain-out .
Jose Reyes was to make his triumphant return to the Mets lineup today, which he still might, but it won't be for game one. Ruben Tejada will get the start at SS in game 1.
Mets game 1 lineup V. Marlins:
1. Pagan CF
2. Tejada SS
3. Wright 3B
4. Duda RF
5. Bay LF
6. Evans 1B
7. Thole C
8. Turner 2B
9. Dickey RHP
Source: NY Post
Friday, August 26, 2011
Reyes had a rehab game last night and didnt really test his legs much. He flew out to Left and was out of the game after 5 innings. He had no chances at short and expects to play again tonight.
Mets prolly will make a roster moved before the game with Scott Hairston going on the DL.
update 215PM per Mr Rubin-twitter
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Mets standing after last night's 9-4 defeat.
Niese strains rig cage muscle and is headed to DL
Collins talks to Niese after removing lefty with injury
In other good news, Scott Hariston also strained a rib cage muscle and might also be headed to the DL.
Possible replacements for Niese are: Pat "DFA" Misch, Chris Schwinden, and Miguel Batista.
The after shocks of yesterday's quake resume when the Mets take on the Phillies at Citizen's Bank Park this afternoon at 1:10. More tremors expected when Pelfrey takes the mound in the bottom of the first.
Stay tuned for more meteorological prognostications as well as sightings of locusts.
Sources: Photo ESPN, NY Post
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
After last night's humiliating-lack luster game attended to by the Mets (they certainly didn't play any baseball last night), Mets manager Terry Collins came up with this about Ruben Tejada:
“He’s a good little baseball player. There’s no doubt about it. We’re sitting on the bench trying to figure out -- right now he’s swinging the bat better than everybody -- where to put him in the lineup to use him a little bit better.”
Be careful Terry. Don't let Tejada's play in these meaningless games be a mirage. Tejada isn't as slick in the field as advertised: he makes many mental mistakes and is often out of position. Does he have talent? Yes, but if you look at the quality of play, he is no Reyes. Tejada might be the Mets shortstop next year if Reyes bolts, but he doesn't have the arm of a pro shortstop. I have always felt that Ruben is better suited for 2B.
As for his hitting, don't be fooled. Yes, he has hit well over the last 14 games, hitting .378, but it can be very misleading. As the old adage says, in part, don't believe what you see in April or September. It's a small sample set, and I would hate for the Mets to bank their future on such a small sample of quality. Look at his stats over an entire year, and you get a better understanding of how soft of a hitter Tejada is.
He is much improved in plate discipline, running deep counts most at bats, and fouling off pitches by the truck load, but there are many balls that should be in play that he fouls off to the first base side, which leads me to believe that his bat speed isn't there.
The Mets need to be careful of how they handle this situation. This season is over, but the future is at hand, and they must be careful of how they proceed. They must be careful of not over-evaluating their talent, and in the case of Ruben Tejada, Caveat Emptor.
Source: ESPN New York
Monday, August 22, 2011
Now word comes out that the Mets threw around the idea of Pelfrey closing in 2012. What does that say about the confidence in Parnell? Zip which it should be since he cant pitch in a stressful situation. So lets Big Pelf do it. I mean the guy gives up 1st inning runs almost every time he is out there so that seems logical. Have him blow the lead in the 9th instead of giving up 4 runs over 6 innings with a pitch count over 100.
Not sure what brainac had this idea but I am glad to see Alderson basically said no way. Good rather have Pelf be the #4 or #5 starter. Because if he has proving anything this year he is the Nuke version of the pitching core. Mr unclutch!
Link- Pelf a closer?
Sunday, August 21, 2011
Last night the Mets battled back from being down 7-1 to take a 9-7 lead, only to have the normally reliable Jason Isringhausen suddenly develop Steve Blass disease, and then hand it off to great stuff, lousy results, Manny Acosta to allow the tying and winning runs score.
Today wasn't much different: the Mets were down 2-0 when Lucas Duda went yard to tie the game. Then Jason Bay, who should have hit a homer if not for the 16' left field wall, wound up on 2nd. Josh Farm Boy Thole inexplicably laid down a bunt, thus leaving the go-ahead run on base. How a hitter can give up with a runner on is beyond me, and Ralph Kiner sounded as if he was gonna have a coronary.
Then Collins made the poor decision to remove RA Dickey in the seventh. Dickey had only allowed two runs in 7 innings. Once again, Acosta and Beato allowed the tie to become a deficit, and the Mets once again succumbed to the Brewers 6-2.
After the game, Mets manager Terry Collins offered some very telling and honest comments when he said:
"R.A. pitched a great game. I'll take this one. I have great confidence in my players. I really do. I think we can get the job done. I've obviously been wrong. We can't stop anything. I should have stayed with R.A., see if we can keep the game tied. I thought we'd try to play to win there. We just can't stop anybody."
Continuing, Collins added:
"I'm allowed to be frustrated. I'm frustrated, because he pitched great. I said, 'This may be our last chance to score. Let's try to get a hit here.' ... But when you can't stop the other team, you look back and say, 'S---, maybe we should have worried about stopping them first."
The last two days have been frustrating, but I try and take it with a grain of salt. I thought the Mets would be lucky to be .500, and that was before there were devastating injuries to Chris Young (remember him?), Fearless Ike (stop being so scared and have the surgery!), and the pulse of the organization, Jose Reyes. Although they have been getting beat day in and day out, they always put up a fight, and for that I am grateful. Problem is, TC has to have more faith in his pitching staff because the relief corp is shot. Collins admitted that this team cannot wait until September 1st for the expansion of the roster, and he wants help from the minors soon. The one pitcher he did mention by name is Josh Stinson, Stinson right now is with AA Binghamton.
The defensive woes are almost unbearable. For those who actually believe that Ruben Tejada is a professional SS, just watch him. He is a good fielder, but he is no SS. He is a 2B. He doesn't have the arm nor range to anchor the infield. He has progressed a bit with his bat, but don't be deceived. His batting is a hollow stat, just like kids who hit well in Spring Training and in September.
However frustrating this season has been, it has been a pleasure to see such youngsters as Justin Turner, Murph, Pridie, Niese, Gee and others; it has been fun to watch.
The bigger question is how many more times does history have to keep repeating itself?
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Justin "Red Reign" Turner will get a breather tonight as Willie Harris will fill in for him at second base in this evening's rubber game against the Padres.
Dillon Gee takes the hill for the Mets, vying for his 11th victory. The Mets, and Gee, need a good outing. Although he has pitched well this year, Gee has been slumping a little of late. The Mets not only need to win this game, but Gee needs to turn in a solid performance.
The Mets who have been playing poorly of late need to finish up this road trip with a solid victory before returning home for Friday's game against the red hot Brewers.
This evening's Mets lineup:
Last night the Mets turned in yet another lack luster/no heart effort. Lefty Jon Niese pitched respectably in only allowing 3 runs in 6 innings, but the Mets offense, which was offensive, took the night off.
The lone Mets run came on a double by Ruben Tejada in the 4th inning in their 6-1 loss to the Padres at Petco Park.
The most notable occurrence in last night's game was a relief appearance by Mets "Ace" Mike Pelfrey. Pelf showed he was as pitiful in the relief role as he is as a starter.
Big Pelf allowed two hits in 1/3 of an inning, yielding a run. He threw 8 pitches to three batters and struck out no one. Quite Pelfrey-esque.
Terry Collins says he put Pelfrey in to get some work since his last start was cut short by taking a line drive off his right elbow. Pelfrey is still expected to make his next start on Friday against the Brewers at home.
Although Collins doesn't want anything read into his decision to have Pelfrey relieve last night, one must wonder: "is this Pelfrey's future role with the Mets?" Pelfrey's only other professional relief appearance was during the epic 20 inning Mets victory over the Cardinals April 17, 2010. Pelfrey has been terrible as a starter for over a year now, and he hasn't shown he has the mental make-up to pitch out of trouble, or to face adversity. Might this mean that Pelfrey's future is as a set-up man out of the pen where he pitches only an inning? His mental gaffe's and his lack of intestinal fortitude in pressure situations has certainly hurt the Mets. He was GIVEN the #1 starter role, and he has failed miserably. He didn't have to compete for that honor; it was handed to him on a platter, and he hasn't been able to live up to what has been expected of him.
Albeit Collins' move is supposed to be innocuous, it does make one ask: "Pelf From The Pen: A Future Possibility?"
Source: CBS Sportsline
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Josh Thole plated 3 with a rbi hit and a 2 run shot of of Harrang. Duda had 3 hits with a solo shot that was a moon shot. Good ole boy Jason Bay went 0-4 and left 5 runners on base. Guess the hot streak is over.
Mets have a chance to win a series in San Diego for the first time in a long time if they can win tonight.
Congrads to Izzy to recording his 300th save with the team that dubbed him part of Generation K.
Mets Box Score
Izzy comments after the game It is special," said Isringhausen, who celebrated with teammates with champagne postgame. "It's the reason I came back was to get 300 -- and I got it. So now it's time to move on for myself and keep playing baseball and hopefully get some more saves before the end of the year."
Monday, August 15, 2011
As my esteemed colleague wrote this morning, the Mets are at a cross roads. We never expected this team to contend in any fashion, but have been pleasantly surprised by their guts and never say die attitude.
With all the injuries, it's no wonder the team is struggling. Problem is, the more we watch, the more we realize that this off-season there needs to be a thorough evaluation of EVERY PLAYER on this team.
Yesterday we learned that Chris Capuano passed through waivers. No surprise. He has shown a lot of moxie this year, but he can't seem to be productive past the fourth or fifth inning. He is an Elvis type of player, smart, works hard, but I don't know if that is enough to save him.
Adam Rubin just reported on ESPN New York that some other players that have passed through waivers are:
Willie Harris and
Carrasco still is cool on the mound because he usually wears the stirrups socks, but he has been pretty terrible on the mound.
Willie Harris has been a huge disappointment. He hasn't been anything more than average in the field, and has been awful at the plate. He seems like a real good teammate, but sometimes that isn't enough, and he has to go. That doesn't mean FMart should be his replacement. It means maybe someone like Nieuwenhuis takes his place next year, unless...
Angel Pagan is either traded, released, or not re-signed. If so, Nieuwenhuis could be the starting CF, and Pridie in RF or the fourth outfielder. A lot also depends upon how Nieuwenhuis recovers from his shoulder injury.
As my partner in crime stated, time to put the Thole project out to pasture, and bring up Mike Nickeas. He is a solid defensive catcher, and Thole isn't turning any heads with his hitting.
I would also like to see the Mets end the Fernando Martinez experiment. It has, and will continue to be a huge failure.
I believe Duda might be earning a spot on next year's team, and I am OK with that. Other than Fearless Ike, he is the only true power threat the Mets have.
Igarashi has to go. Another poor mistake by the former GM, but the bigger problem, which was caused by the present GM is keep Igarashi and allowing Takahashi to go to the Angels.
Isringhausen has had a nice storybook comeback, and would love to see him notch save #300 in a Mets uniform (preferably at GHMP), but should the Mets waste a roster spot on a 39 year old reliever with more surgeries than gray hair?
More of an analysis will be provided later this year, but with the waiver process finishing, which will make all unclaimed players available for trade, of the starting bunch the Mets have right now, I would part ways with:
I will give the rest of the team the rest of the year to prove their worth.
The Mets have been hovering around .500 all year so to think they were going to put up a charge is a tough road to understand. They have played tough all year but still were not able to break away from the .500 mark . As they go into San Diego they just to need to get in there heads 1 day at a time and just continue to play the kind of ball Mets fans have apprecited. With a couple of little caveats.
Dump Igarashi. Did yo see him walking off the field last night after he couldn't get a out and gave up a run? He was totally defeated and couldn't get his fastball over. He needs to go.
Stop placing Parnell in the 9th or in any situation that is pressure situation. I am tired of watching his straight as string fastball get hit after he cant get his breaking pitch over. The guy has a 2 bit head with his flame thrower arm . He has had 2 years of showing he doesn't have the make up. time to move on.
Josh Thole. How many times do we have to watch this kid try to stop a ball in the dirt by backhanded it? Enough. Bring up Nickeas . I don't care if cant hit. He saves us runs which is more then you can say for the defensively challenged Thole.
Friday, August 12, 2011
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Mets Matinee: Hairston To Start In CF & Bat Leadoff, Evans In RF - Mets Lineup V. Padres - August 11, 2011
Scott Hairston will start for Angel Pagan and bat leadoff. Pagan will sit due to back spasms, but has said he should be available for pinch hitting duties or to come off the bench if needed. Hairston will also bat leadoff in Pagan's absence.
Nick, wow I'm not commuting to Buffalo today, Evans also gets a start in RF for the Mets after going through drills along with Murphy and Duda from coach Mookie.
Jon Niese vies for his 12th win against Cory Luebke and the San Diego Padres.
This afternoon's Mets lineup:
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
They dont have Beltran, Ike Davis, Murph or Reyes but have Duda and Hairston and Tejada.and still find away to win.
If you have a couple of bucks the Mets are offering tickets tonight and tomm afternoon at 50% off all sections to see the Mets beat up on the Friars again hopefully. Sit next to a bunch of corp snobs and where your Mets attire and annoy the heck out of them! Or sit upstairs for just 10 bucks! If I didnt have a newborn I would be there cheering these guys who wont give up ! Too bad parking isnt half off too!
Check out the 50% off sale at Mets.com
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
The weather has been less than stellar since early this afternoon, and we will have to wait to see if the Mets will get the game in, or start on time.
Last night the Mets had a thrilling come-from-behind victory over Heath Bell and the Padres. We also saw Jason "Puddle" Bay go yard for his 200th professional HR.
It was nice to see the youngsters contribute: Lucas Duda with the game winning hit in the bottom of the 9th and Mike Baxter hitting a pinch hit "double" to plate a run in the 8th.
The soggy Mets lineup:
Monday, August 8, 2011
Jose Reyes has just been officially added to the disabled list along with second baseman/third baseman/firstbaseman Daniel Murphy.
Reyes felt "tightness" in his left hamstring in yesterdays game, being removed in the 2nd inning. Reyes is expect to see the doctor for the Dallas Cowboys who treated his hamstring issue in '09.
Murphy tore his MCL ligament on a slide by Jose Costanza in the 7th inning yesterday.
To replace both players, Ruben Tejada was recalled and will play SS tonight. For Murphy, 1B Mike Baxter has been promoted.
Baxter is hitting a paltry .256 at Buffalo in 11 games after being picked up off waivers from the SD Padres on July 22nd.
The struggling Mike Pelfrey will take on the Padres tonight at GHMP. Tonight's Mets lineup:
1. Pagan - CF
2. Turner - 2B
3. Wright - 3B
4. Duda - 1B
5. Bay - LF
6. Harris - RF
7. Paulino - C
8. Tejada - SS
9. Pelfrey - RSP
Sunday, August 7, 2011
In today's 6-5 loss to the Braves, Jose Reyes left the game in the second inning with a tight hamstring. After having an MRI at the Hospital For Special Surgery, it was determined that Reyes had once again has a strain of the left hamstring, the same injury he incurred before the All Star Break. Reyes has not yet been disabled.
Unfortunately, the same can't be said for Daniel Murphy. Murphy was injured in the top of the 7th when Jose Costanza's spike jammed into Murphy's ankle, wrenching his knee on a stolen base. Murphy jumped up in pain and as Collins recounted:
Murphy also underwent an MRI at the Hospital For Special Surgery, which revealed a grade 2 torn MCL in the left knee. Although it is not expected he will need surgery, Murphy will not return in 2011. This is the same type of injury he sustained to his right knee last year, which sidelined him the entire year. As with this year, Murph was playing 2B when the injury occurred.
Ruben Tejada has once again been recalled from AAA Buffalo to replace Murphy on the roster.
It might be time for Elvis to start sacrificing small furry animals to relieve the Mets of their injury issues.
Source: ESPN New York
Einhorn Visits Mets And Possible Talk Of Ballpark Reconfiguration Ignite Mets In 11-7 Victory Over Braves
Prior to last night's game which featured the slumping Mets, losers of four straight, taking on the Braves, prospective minority owner David Einhorn visited Fred Wilpon and the Mets.
Though neither Einhorn nor Fred (thankfully) spoke with the media, it is believed that they might very well have been speaking about changing the dimensions of Gil Hodges Memorial Park (Citi Field). It was reported that both Einhorn and Wilpon were point frequently at the far away outfield walls at the Mets home park. It has also been speculated that the Mets might consider changing the dimension of the vast outfield at GHMP.
While speaking with the media, Sandy Alderson said he isn't looking to change the field to match the team the Mets have on the field now. If the dimensions are changed, it will be to the advantage of future Mets teams.
It is well documented that David Wright has been hamstrung by the dimensions of his crib, but conversely, Jose Reyes has fared very well with the huge gaps, thus allowing Reyes to hit triples at a premium rate.
With all the perceived talks of the layout of GHMP, it apparently had a positive affect on the Mets. They hit the most homeruns in a game thus far this year. Justin Turner went yard twice, Jason "Puddle" Bay launched one as well as Josh Thole in the Mets 11-7 pitchers duel against the Braves.
It was nice to see the Mets keep tacking on runs every time the Braves cut into the Mets lead. The team save Jon Niese from a possible loss in a night where he started to falter in the fourth inning. Was nice to see the Mets pick up their pitcher, instead of the other-way-around.
All this being said, the real reason why the Mets broke out of their offensive slumber was due to the meeting between Einhorn and Wilpon, nor the sudden power surge by the Mets, no. The reason for the Mets win ultimately coincided with the metsfan73 family returning from vacation. While away, we had no internet access, and very little access to watch the games. If not for my partner in crime and his frequent texts, I would've been entirely in the dark.
Nonetheless, it is good to be back home, and good to be able to watch the Mets games in HD in the comforts of our most humble abode. Now lets have the Mets go on a nice winning streak to mathematically remain alive in the Wild Card Race.
Sources: NY Times, Newsday, ESPN (Photos)
Friday, August 5, 2011
Steve Popper reports that there is some chatter with what position the defensively challenged Daniel Murphy will play next year. Of course most say he will play 2nd and Turner will be the super backup with Davis back at 1st. There is some thought of not retaining the punchless Pagan next year. If the Mets dont have alot of $$$ to spend if they resign Reyes next year , Bay could move to CF and Murphy becomes the LF. We know how that turned out back in 09. Talk about a defensively challenged outfield with Murphy,Bay and Duda.
Matt Harvey hurled five scoreless innings and combined on a three-hit shutout for the B Mets .Harvey limited Altoona to three hits and struck out four in his five-inning stint. The first win for Harvey for the Binghamton Mets. Backman's team is 45-67.
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Tuesday, August 2, 2011