Monday, October 29, 2012

Does The Giants World Series Championship Affect Wright's Negotiation With Mets?

Last night the SF Giants completed their four game sweep in earning their second World Championship in the last three years.

With the Giants victory, does this affect negotiations between the Mets and David Wright? A question like that might seem unrelated, but it really isn't.

Two former Mets were able to achieve post season play and a World Championship. Former Mets great, Carlos Beltran made it to the 7th game of the NLCS with the St. Louis Cardinals. Beltran, who was a Mets player for 7 years enjoyed something Wright hasn't been able to think about since 2006. Might the success of Beltran's free agency sway Wright towards seeking greener pastures after the '13. season?

If not, then there is former teammate Angel Pagan, who was a part of last nights four game sweep of the Detroit Tigers in earning a second World Series Championship for the Giants in the last three years Wright must be thinking "what do I have to do to experience some post season success?"

Wright has to be asking himself if he will have the opportunity to sip Championship Champagne if he continues with the Mets. Although there is some hope with youngsters Dillon Gee, Jon Niese, Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler, he must be thinking that the Mets outfield is in dire need of an upgrade, and although it was fun watching Kirk Nieuwenhuis patrol CF, he has to prove he can stay healthy and hit Major League pitching while reducing strikeouts.

Matt den Dekker is expected to be a Major League player, but he has to do better than he did in AAA last year where he hit: .220 Avg/9HR/47RBI. Will he be ready in 2013, and if he is, is he the type of player that puts the Mets on the road to credibility? Probably not.

So if winning is important to Wright, which I believe it is, he must be thinking what will it take for the Mets to be a winner, and if they eventually do become more competitive, will he still be young enough to enjoy it? The Mets have made little to no progress over the last three years, and with the financial woes the Wilpon's are experiencing, one can't think the Mets are anywhere close to being competitive. 

Because of this, I believe re-signing Wright isn't going to be as easy as many might think. I still don't think the Mets have the money, especially with $57.5M devoted to just three players (Santana, Bay, Wright). The Mets desperately need a solid catcher, a much improved OF, and a more steady 2B than what they have. This isn't including an upgrade in the bullpen, which is greatly needed. Can the Mets do this with only approximately $42.5M to spend for 2013? Not likely.

Many might think that the Giants winning the 2012 World Series has no bearing on the status of David Wright, I am left wondering why doesn't it? With two former teammates being a part of the post season and one winning a World Championship, Wright is most likely thinking why not me.

Sources: Baseball Reference, Cot's Baseball Contracts

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Mets Looking To Make The Right Move...Then The Wrong Move

The Mets are reportedly going to non-tender their much maligned right handed pitcher, Mike Pelfrey. Big Pelf has been a paradigm of inconsistency as well as frustration. He has good stuff, but his anxiety is stuff of legend, whether it be balks, hand licking, or the 2 hours he pauses in between pitches.

Mike Puma tweeted yesterday morning that the Mets will non-tender Pelfrey because they don't want to pay a pitcher coming back from Tommy John surgery $6M. Puma later tweeted that the Mets will look to re-sign Pelf at a lower salary.

The Mets have no issue in letting Jose Reyes walk to the Marlins, but are looking to bring back a pitcher who has been a major disappointment makes no sense. If they are looking to fortify their staff with pitchers in case of injuries, Chris Young is a better option.

Pelfrey has become more John Maine like than John Maine, where he can't find the strike zone, and when he does, terrible things tend to happen.

Non-tendering Pelfrey is the right move, but electing to bring him back is the wrong move. Pelfrey's pitch counts are exceedingly high (see John Maine), and he approaches 100 pitches by the middle of the fourth inning. The Mets bullpen is abused every year, they don't need to add to that abuse.

As a Mets fan, I would prefer to see the Mets use young players from their farm system to fill any void that might occur due to injury. Johan Santana will be a question mark. Do we really want to answer that question with Mike Pelfrey?

All I can say is fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Don't be shamed Elvis, don't be shamed.

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Friday, October 19, 2012

It's Been A Long Time Since I've....

Rock 'N' Rolled?

It's been a long time since I wrote a blog,
It's been a long time and I'm in a fog.
Ooh, let me get it back, let me get it back,
Let me get it back, baby, where I come from.
It's been a long time, been a long time,
Been a long lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely time. Yes it has.

A little poetic license, yes, but facts are facts. It has been an eternity since I last scribed, but I think I;m coming back.

Much of my lapse has been due to an increasingly busy life. My eldest, metstan97 is now a senior in HS, and my wife, metsfanbynarriage and I are agonizing over college applications and finances, along with #2 son, metsfan99 and daughter metsfan03 - well, you get the gist. For this I apologize, and I will try and be more attentive to the masses, but let it be known (once again) that I love this team no matter how much it breaks my heart.

Maybe, maybe not, but it has been forever since I've given my Einstein like opinions along with my Mother Theresa compassion. That all ends NOW!

I am tickled orange and blue that our nemesis in the Bronx presented only a warm body in being swept by the Tigers, and having never led in any inning in the four game series, crawled quietly into the night.

It was fantantic!

Now I see the Cards are up 3-1 on the Giants. What's a Metsfan to do? Probably root for Detroit, but the Metsfan in me would love to see Carlos get his World Series win/ring. Beltran was a class act for the Mets; not only the Mets, but the Astros and the Royals and Giants too. He deserves to win. He has never given anything but his all, and he is noble and sincere. More importantly, aside from the Joe Benigno's of the world, he was the best CF the Mets have ever had.

Although I hate St. Louis, I can't help but root for Carlos. I probably will root for Detroit this year, but I do want Beltran to get his due.


Root for spontaneous combustion? Maybe. All I can say is I hope Elvis and the Mets look at what is happening and form their business model to reflect  that of a winner.

2006 was a long time ago...

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

What a difference a year makes for the Mets.

The Mets say they have the funds to re sign David Wright and R A Dickey this off season. Well as a Met fan your happy that at least they can try to retain Wright and give Dickey a well deserved raise. This is partially due to the fact that the hapless Wilpons don’t have to spend mad $4 paying off the Madoff debt . Well my question is this. If this is true, and lets just say this was resolved a year earlier, would Reyes still be a Met? Probably not since they knew they would have had to deal with Wright this off-season. Ok but what about Carlos Beltran? As anyone been watching him this post season? He signed a 2 year deal with the Cards which I am sure if the Madoff mess was behind them already they could have kept him and had him play right. They could have speculated a little and hoped that would have been settled in their favor. The Wilpons are used to taking on risk. (see Bay’s contract )

Or did they really want Duda in RF. Honestly I think the kid is playing at his best now . Wouldn’t have been great to have another power guy to supplement Davis and Wright and spray the ball all over the park. The guy did nothing but give his all under the microscope of NY media and fans. Was great to see him let go when the Cards took the series from the Nats. Thanks Wilpons …

Thursday, October 4, 2012

1st day of the Off Season: Sandy Alderson has alot to do

This stinks.  Off season already while 10 teams get ready for the play offs.  No listining to Mex wax poetic about himself or Ron Darling be self effacing.  No watching Thole strike out with runners on or Torres have a pop fly go off his mitt.  Yes all the annoying things are gone and so is another season.  I hate the off season already. 

Sandy Alderson said to expect major not subtle changes to the Outfield compistion as well as behind the dish. That might signal the end to Josh Thole.  Oh well.  The only reason I would keep him is for R A Dickey .  Otherwise good bye.  Who needs a guy who has 21 rbi's all season. Ridiculous. So we also will say goodbye to Mr Torres in CF. You wont be missed. 

Big changes in the OF says Sandy. Will they do this via trade? Does Ike Davis wind up in Boston?  Hope not because the faith they put in Lucas Duda is over the top. They all think he can hit for better average then Davis. He is no Davis in the field at first and he wont hit more then 15-20 dingers. 

123 days to spring training?  Sigh.......     

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Mets Release Their Annual Thank You, We Suck Video

Here we are again, just as we have been the last 5 years, on the outside looking in as the season crawls to the end.

Not only are we, as fans, in the same position of not making the post season for the 6th straight year, but the Mets took it upon themselves to thank the 62 fans that showed up at the stadium since the All Star break.

I'm just curious if those thanking us - Daniel Murphy, Bobby Parnell, Andres Torres, Josh Thole, etc. will actually be on the team next year.

This might actually turn into an annual fun thing: How Many Mets From The Thank You Fans Video Will Be On The Team Next Year?

Cook up the popcorn, grab your favorite beverage, and put your feet up and enjoy:

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

The R A Dickey go for win # 21 lineup!

Hi all! and life sometimes get in the way .  We apologize to our 5-10 readers for not posting to the site in almost a week.  We did enjoy some wings last week with Met fan 73 while watching the Mets on last friday night!  Anyway R A goes for win # 21 in his quest for Mr Cy Young. Will he take a picture with award if he wins it while wearing a Star War outfit that is my question to R A! 

Tonights lineup below.

Tejada, Murphy, Wright, Davis, Hairston, Duda, Thole, Torres, Dickey

The Red Sox had some scouts at the game last night .  they were looking at Ike Davis.  To me its whatever you get from the Sox unless it starts with Pedroia is not something even worth the Mets time. Sides it has already been proven that doing well for the Red Sox doesnt translate into doing well for the Mets- See Jason Bay...

Mets try to get a win before they head into Wednesday season Finale!