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May 31, 2009

Josh Johnson continues to own Mets, Marlins win 7-3

by @ 1:34 pm. Filed under 2009 Mets

Marlins starting pitcher Josh Johnson(4-1,2.66) continued his strong season as well as his dominance of the NY Mets , leading them to a 7-3 victory Saturday afternoon at Citifield. Johnson, who remains unbeaten in 8 career starts vs the Mets, allowed 5 hits & 2 runs in 7 innings. He struck out 5 and walked 2 for the winners. “I just go out there and battle, take it one pitch at a time,” said Johnson, who is 6-0 against the Mets, including the five-hitter he tossed in a 2-1 victory over Johan Santana on April 12. “The first inning was a little rough, but after that I settled down.”

 

Johnson’s mound counterpart, Mets RH Tim Redding(0-2,9.20) had a tough outing & was pounded early & often. Over his  4 + innings of work, he gave up 8 hits and 7 runs while walking and k-ing 2.  Redding has struggled(10.23 in 3 starts) and Mets Manager Jerry Manuel stated post game that his rotation spot might be in jeopardy. The veteran RH did not mix words in the locker room, “Even as professionals, there are days when you go out there and you are a little intimidated, because you know you don’t have your quality stuff,” Redding said. “You’re pitching scared in a way, just trying to do the best you can.”


Marlins OF Jeremy Hermida had a huge game(4 rbi), with a 3 run homer highlighting his 3 hits.  3b Emlio Bonifacio, SS Hanley Ramirez and 1b Jorge Cantu added 3 hits apiece to pace the Marlins attack. A Mets bright spot was the work of three relievers who followed Redding,  as Sean Green, LH Ken Takahashi (3 shutout innings) and Brian Stokes all pitched well. 


Star of the Game: Johnson— Some fans question whether  the Wilpons really own the Mets or Johnson….. Be afraid, Be very afraid!!!

 

Day off: Mets superstar 3b David Wright was given his 1st day off of the 2009 season with super utility man Fernando Tatis taking his spot at 3b. Joining him where line-up regulars,  2b Luis Castillo and LF Gary Sheffield. Mets skipper Jerry Manuel had this response to questions about the make ship line-up. “I thought with the way their guy was pitching,” Manuel said, trailing off without finishing his thought. “When you’re in the situation we’re in, you need to match their pitching. That’s true in any game, but especially when you have guys sidelined like we do.”

 

Game Notes: CF Carlos Beltran left the game late after he was bothered by a stomach virus….The loss ended his 4 game win streak for the Mets…C Brian Schneider returned from the DL, going 1 for 3 with a run…. OFs Angel Pagan and rookie Fernando Martinez led the Mets with 2 hits. Martinez drove in his first ML rbi and made some nice plays in Right field.

 

Tough Day: Fans viciously booed Redding as he left the mound and cheered as Manuel came out to get him. Not a classy moive by fans booing this local product who signed here in the offseason. You want to boo someone, boo Oliver Perez!!!

 

Mets Lineup:

1- LF Angel Pagan

2- RF Fernando Martinez

3- CF Carlos Beltran

4- 3B Fernando Tatis

5- 1B Daniel Murphy

6- 2B Ramon Martinez

7-C Brian Schneider

8- SS Wilson Valdez

9- Pitcher

May 30, 2009

Santos the offense as Mets beat Marlins in 10th, 2-1

by @ 9:57 am. Filed under 2009 Mets

C Omir Santos capped a  huge day personally with a 11th inning game winning single. helping the New York Mets defeat the Florida Marlins 2-1 2-1 Friday night at Citifield. Santos homered in the 5th for the first NY run and received the biggest news of the day post game, as the Mets made a trade ensuring Omir would remain in NY for the foreseeable future.(See Enclosed report) Santos and SS Ramon Martinez had 2 hits apiece to pace the offense while 5 pitchers combined to allow a run while striking out 9 and walking 2 in 11 frames.

Mets starting pitcher Mike Pelfrey continued his recent run of great performances, allowing 1 run and 5 hits over 7 2/3 innings. The former 1st round pick has pitched into the 6th into the  5 in his last 5 starts while going 2-1 with a 2.93 era in May(6 starts). This outing was a great sign for both the 6’7 Pelfrey and all Mets fans, he carried a career 1-5 record with a 5.36 era in 9 career starts vs Florida. His one victory against the Marlins? His Major league debut in July 2006!

Marlins starter Sean West, in only his 2nd ML start, was outstanding., Over 7 frames, he allowed 4 hits and only Santos’ solo shot. He K-ed 2 and walked 1, while being economical with his pitch count.(91 thrown,60 strikes)  The Mets winning rally started when veteran LF Gary Sheffield led off the 11th with a single vs Brian Sanches.(1-1) Although 3b David Wright struck out, Sheffield stole 2nd, going to 3rd on an errant throw from Ronny Paulino. 1b Fernando Tatis was hit by a pitch and Santos followed with his game winner to left on the 1st pitch of the at bat. 

 

Star of the Game: Santos- Should have bought a lottery ticket on the way home after the game. His day, His night!!!

 

Catching a Trade: To clear the catching glut with C Brian Schneider coming off the DL Saturday, The team traded C Ramon Castro to the Chicago White Sox for RH Lance Broadway and cash(Reportedly 1.4 million). This move allows the red hot Santos to stay in either a catching platoon or in a starting spot. Omir has hit in safely in 16 of 20 starts while driving in 12 in his last 14 games. 


Game Notes:  Superstar CF Carlos Beltran made his return from a knee injury and was 0 for 4. He made a nice defensive play on ball in front of him in the 3rd and then threw out a cheating runner to post a double play…. Team is now 27-20… Mets acquired veteran OF Emil Brown from the San Diego Padres for a player to be named. Both Brown and Broadway were assigned to Triple A Buffalo…. LH RP Pedro Feliciano earned his 2nd win

 

Mets Lineup:

1- RF Angel Pagan

2- 2b Luis Castillo

3- CF Carlos Beltran

4- LF Gary Sheffield

5- 3b David Wright

6- 1b Fernando Tatis

7- C Omir Santos

8- SS Ramon Santiago

9- Pitcher


 

Next Game:

Saturday, Game 2 of 3 game weekend set vs the Marlins at Citifield

1:10 pm

Mets RH Tim Redding(0-1,6.75) vs Marlins RH Josh Johnson(3-1,2.67)




May 28, 2009

Santana gets some support, Mets defeat Nationals,7-4

by @ 2:06 pm. Filed under 2009 Mets

The New York Mets supported their ace on  a night when he struggled a bit with his control and the umpire, defeating the Washington Nationals, 7-4 7-4 Wednesday night at Citifield. LH Johan Santana(7-2, 1.77) labored into the 6th but earned the win. 1b Daniel Murphy had a career night with 3 separate rbi hits, hi-lighted by a 6th inning two run shot and 7th inning double that drove home two. He was 3 for 4 with 5 rbi.

Leadoff men CF Angel Pagan and 2b Luis Castillo got the offense going with 2 hits and 2 runs apiece, while red hot LF Gary Sheffield continued his red hot ways plating 2 runs in the 1st after a double to right center. Since May 13, Sheffield is hitting .419 with 3 doubles, 4 homers and 14 rbi!!!

Santana, the top pitcher in the NL, had a tough time with homeplate umpire Sam Holbrook and Nationals RF Adam Dunn. He gave up a tremendous homer to Dunn(almost 475 feet) with a runner on in the 4th. Although he struck out 11, he walked 6 and needed 120 pitches to get the win. He allowed 3 hits and 3 runs(Walked SS Christian Guzman with the bases loaded in the 4th) and was not happy with the man behind homeplate postgame.“I don’t know, something was wrong. It was a crazy night,” said Santana, who thought he got squeezed a bit by plate umpire Sam Holbrook. “I’ve never seen anything like that. The only thing that was good about it was that we won the game.”

For the 4th time in 5 contests, NY was involved in situation that called for video review. Murphy’s homer to right was ruled a double but reversed after a booth viewing. Amazingly, The Mets have seen 5 reviewed calls be turned in their favor!!!

 

Star of the Game: Murphy— With 1b Carlos Delgado on the DL for about 10 weeks, they need this rookie to blend in and be a support player. Kid can hit and maybe ready to take off wit his move away from the outfield, where he seemed to overthink and be robotic. Was an infielder in the system and with Keith Hernandez around, he can seek counsel. Team has outfielders on the team and in the sytem, I like this move for both Murphy and the Mets short and long term.

 

Rookie learning: One negative from the game,(besides Holbrook) was a lack of hustle from rookie phenom Fernando Martinez. He failed to run out a pop up and the ball dropped. The Citifield crowd booed during his  next plate appearance, the youngster was apologetic post game. “I promise that will never happen again,” he said. “I’m sorry, to my fans.”

 

Game Notes: C Omir Santos was a late scratch from the lineup with a bruised left shin, he is listed as day to day… 3b David Wright K-ed 4 times for the first time in his career…The Mets scored 12 runs in Johan’s first 6 starts, 21 in the last three!!!… Santana’s 6 walks were one short of his career high

 

Mets Wednesday Lineup:

1- CF Angel Pagan

2- 2b Luis Castillo

3- 3b David Wright

4- LF Gary Sheffield

5- 1b Daniel Murphy

6- C Ramon Castro

7- RF Fernando Martinez

8- SS Ramon Martinez

9- Pitcher


Next Game:

Day off Thursday, Host the Florida Marlins for 3 game set at Citifield this weekend starting Friday

7:10 pm

Mets RH Mike Pelfrey(4-1,4.31) vs Marlins LH Sean West(3.60 era in 5 innings, 2nd ML start)

May 26, 2009

Livian’s complete game leads Mets over Nationals,6-1

by @ 8:23 pm. Filed under 2009 Mets

The Mets, beaten and battered, got huge performances from 2 old veterans, leading them to a gutsy 6-1 win over the Washington Nationals Tuesday night at Citifield.  34 yr old Livian Hernandez(4-1, 4.28) pitched the first complete game of the season and lF Gary Sheffield homered for the 2nd consecutive game to led NY. CF Angel Pagan, 3b David Wright and Sheffield all had 2 hits to pace the Mets attack. 

To say the Mets are beat up right now is like saying the economy is in a slump.  The lineup put out tonight by skipper Jerry Manuel featured TWO players from the opening day sheet- Wright and 2b Luis Castillo. 4 starters are DL-ed and 1 other is dealing with  a knee issue. This group has shown a lot of guts and intestinal fortitude to sustain quality baseball over the past week or so. 

Hernandez was huge and kept the Nationals bats off balance all night. The crafty veteran used 127(83 strikes) pitches over his 9 frames while allowing 9 hits and 1 run, a 7th inning homer to left by Nationals slugging RF Adam Dunn, which was a tremendous piece of hitting. He struck out 6 and walked 1. The big right hander, who blows bubbles during his starts and appears very laid back,  was tired post game, “It looked easy, but it’s not,” he said. “It’s a lot of pitches.”

The New York line-up managed to plate 3 runs in the first three innings, with SS Ramon Martinez(rbi double in the 2nd), 1b Fernando Tatis(rbi single) and rookie Fernando Martinez(1st ML rbi on a fielders choice) leading the way. Nationals starter, RH Craig Stammen(2nd ML start(, did not pitch porly over his 5 innings. He was touched for 7 hits and 3 runs while walking and striking out 2. Veteran RH Jason Bergmann(2.45) allowed Sheffield’s big bomb on the 7 with Castillo and Wright aboard to close out the scoring. 

 

Star of the Game: Hernandez—-Did not look tired in the 9th and was a homer from one of the premier power hitters in the game away from pitching a shutout. Livian became the 1st Mets starter to pitch into the 8th in 2009. The relief corps had to be excited with Johan Santana slated to go Wednesday! 

 

Roster moves/Injury updates: Busy, busy day for the Mets front office and coaching staff. The club placed 2 starting players on the DL – SS Jose Reyes(calf tendinitis) and RF Ryan Church (Hamstring) , made a trade for a back up infielder and called up the Franchise’s #1 prospect. The team purchased veteran infielder Wilson Valdez from the Indians for Cash to help Ramon Martinez and the other middle infielders fill in for Reyes. With Church hurting, the Mets recalled uber prospect Fernando Martinez from Triple A Buffalo. Considered by  many one of the top minor talents in the game, the 20 yr old will play almost everyday in RF and bat 6. He was hitting .291 with 8 homers. The club received some good news on 2 fronts.  1st, regarding superstar CF Carlos Beltran and his right knee. An MRI revealed a bone bruise and inflammation in his tibia. He took a pain killing injection and will hopefully return to the lineup Friday.  Back up infielder Alex Cora appears to be recovering well from his thumb injury and should be able to return on his scheduled DL date of June 3rd. 

 

Game Notes: Hernandez also ended Nationals 3b Ryan Zimmerman’s 43 game streak of reaching base. The boyhoood friend of Wright, went 0 for 4 with 2 Ks….Mets turned 3 double plays and Pagan combined with C Omir Santos on a nice throw-block-tag play in the 5th.. Rookie Martinez was 0 for 3 with an rbi. He was also hit by a pitch and looked good in right… LHP Oliver Perez made his 1st rehab start in Triple A, going 4 1/3 innings while allowing 3 hits and a run… Sheffield’s homer tied him with ex Met Eddie Murray for 24th on the all time list

 

 

Tonight’s Mets Lineup:

1- CF Angel Pagan

2- 2b Luis Castillo

3-3b David Wright

4- LF Gary Sheffield

5- 1b Fernando Tatis

6-RF Fernando Tatis

7- C Omir Santos

8- SS Ramon Martinez

9- Pitcher


 

Next Game:

Wednesday, series conclusion vs the Nationals at Citifield

7:10 

Mets LH Johan Santana(6-2,1.50) vs Nationals RH Jordan Zimmermann(2-1,5.71) 


Sheffield’s controversial homer leads injured Mets over Nationals, 5-2

by @ 7:20 am. Filed under 2009 Mets

Gary Sheffield’s controversial 3 run homer in the 6th helped the New York Mets defeat the struggling Washington Nationals, 5-2 Monday Night at Citifield. RH John Maine(4-3) pitched 6 strong for the win while allowing  4 hits. He walked 3 and struck out 4. 2b Luis Castillo, CF Carlos Beltran and Sheffield all had 2 hits apiece while 3b David Wright walked 3 times. 

Sheff’s drive into left off of Nationals starter John Lannan (2-4,4.11)was crushed but appeared to just make it over the orange homer  line in the  gap as fan reached out to catch it. Nationals Manager and ex Mets 3b base coach Manny Acta argued and the umpires reviewed the footage for 6 minutes. The original homer call was upheld and the Mets led 4-1/.  Sheffield had some nervous moments though, “I went down to see it on TV, but they were showing both managers,” he said. “They didn’t show the replay, so, you know, I got kind of scared.”

The injury riddled Mets, who are without 6 regular starters, battled and got rbis from the expected-Beltran(3rd inning single) and unexpected- fill in SS Ramon Martinez (Key,quality at bat in 6th produced  a sacrifice fly to make it 5-1). NY pitchers made this game tougher than it should have been with walks and spurts of wildness. Bobby Parnell(8 holds, 2.29 era), in a rare bad outing, walked 3 batters in his third of an inning, including one with the bases loaded. Star relievers J.J. Putz and Francisco Rodriquez, who have  both battled recent injuries, closed out the victory in the 8th and 9th. 

 

Star of the Game: Sheffield– Think of where this team would  be without this guy? His signing was mocked and he is now hitting between Beltran and  Wright!!!!  Since Moving to the clean-up spot May 13, the 40 year old is hitting .395 with 9 rbi. He has added two doubles and 3 homers while raising his average from .178 to .277!!!

 

Injury Updates: Jose Reyes continues to be out with tendinitis in his calf and could be placed on the DL  Friday if he does not improve. Beltran continues to have pain in his right knee and will have an MRI Tuesday. RF Ryan Church’s MRI on his hamstring came back clean and he should be able to play by mid week. 

 

Game Notes: NY has now homered in 4 straight games after going 7 consecutive without…. Sheffield trails ex Met Eddie Murray by 1 homer for 24th on the all time list…1b Fernando Tatis broke out of a 0 for 13 slump with a 4th inning single

 

The Ever changing Mets lineup:

1- RF Angel Pagan

2- 2b Luis Castillo

3- CF Carlos Beltran

4-LF Gary Sheffield

5-3b David Wright

6-1B Fernando Tatis

7- Omir Santos

8-SS Ramon Martinez

9- Pitcher

 

Next  Game:

Game 2 of 3 game series vs the Nationals at Citifield

7:10 pm

Mets RH Livian Hernandez(3-1,4.93) vs Nationals RH Craig Stammen(0-0,5.68, 2nd ML appearance)


May 24, 2009

Sox pull away late, avoid sweep, punish Mets,12-5

by @ 6:29 pm. Filed under 2009 Mets

The Boston Red Sox broke open a close game with a 9 run explosion in innings 5,6 and 7, helping the host Red Sox avoid a rare home sweep, defeating the injury riddled New York  Mets, 12-5.  With the win, Boston takes over 1st place in the powerful AL East, collecting 16 hits. 3b Mike Lowell and 1b Kevin Youkilis had 3 rbi apiece, while RF JD Drew went 4 for 5 and fill-in SS Nick Green added 2 rbi to led the Red Sox attack. C Ramon Castro paced the Mets with 2 hits. 

Long time Sox veteran Tim Wakefield(6-2) put out a solid workman like effort, going 6 innings and allowing 5 runs. He was touched for 7 hits and walked 4, while K-ing 3.  Castro touched him for a homer in the 2nd, whilke the Mets put together a strong 3rd inning that plated 3 runs. DH Carlos Beltran,  3b David Wright and CF Jeremy Reed all had rbi in the frame to make it 4-3 Mets. Gary Sheffield singled in the 5th NY run in the 5th inning to make it 5-3 and things looked promising for the visitors.

Tim Redding battled and was strong until the roof caved in the 5th. The veteran making his 2nd start in 2009, allowed a 3 run shot to Lowell in the 2nd and was solid until the 5th.  After 2 singles, C George Kottaras doubled in two runs to chase Redding. Reliever Sean Green followed and gave up another 2 run single to Red Sox SS Nick Green to make it 6-5. That closed the book on Redding, his stat line: 4 2/3 rd innings, 8 hits and 6 runs with 4 Ks and 4 walks.

Boston continued to pull away vs the Mets pen and the depleted NY offense could not rally vs the strong Boston relief corps. LF Jason Bay, a strong AL MVP candidate, and Drew had rbi in the 6th. The Red Sox added 4 in the 7th hi-lighted by a 3 run homer from Youkilis to cap the score at 12-5. The Mets went quietly in the 8th and 9th to preserve a game in the 1st inter league series of 2009.  

Star of Game: Youkilis— Just a tremendous all-around talent who is now hitting .383!!!! Not bad for a guy who is a potential gold glove at either Third or First Base!!!

Good Job, Boys!!!: A lot of has been said about the heart and guts of this group of players with the Game 7 loss of 06 , collapses of 07 and 08 often mentioned. This 2009 team has had a hard time putting together a line-up on this road trip with all of the injuries and so forth but continues to show up and compete. Credit to Mets skipper Jerry Manuel and this group of players. They just went 5-5 on a very tough West to East road trip that featured trips to the top 2 home teams in both leagues. 

Game Notes:  Expect to see both SS Jose Reyes and Beltran, who DH-ed all weekend, to return to the field Monday, according to Manager Jerry Manuel… Closer Francisco Rodriquez, after his major back scare Saturday, appeared to be close to 100% and jogged out to the bullpen Sunday…With all of the recent injuries, I think I would be doing all of my readers a tremendous service by publishing the Mets lineup.

1- Daniel Murphy,1b

2- Angel Pagan, RF

3- Carlos Beltran, DH

4- Gary Sheffield, LF

5David Wright, 3b

6- Jeremy Reed, CF

7- Ramon Castro, C

8Ramon Martinez, SS

9Pitcher

Next Game:

Monday, Return home to Citifield in Queens to start 3 game series vs the Washington Nationals

7:10 start

Mets RH John Maine(3-3,4.53) vs National LH John Lannan(2-3,3.63)


K Rod update

by @ 10:32 am. Filed under 2009 Mets

All appears well on the K Rod front, as Mets closer Francisco Rodriquez appears to be Ok after a major back scare post game Saturday night.  K Rod experienced severe lower back spasms, collapsed outside the locker room and was rushed to a local hospital for treatment. He was given pain medicine and  released, he appeared 100% better in the Mets clubhouse Sunday.  “Man, that was really painful,” Rodriguez said. “I’ve never experienced anything like this before. I was struggling to walk yesterday, but I got some medicine, and I feel pretty good now.”

Rodriquez, the Mets big offseason signing after his record setting career in Los Angeles pitching for the Angels, was confined to the training table Saturday but appears to be almost 100% recovered. He showed up pregame Sunday carrying his own luggage, a sure sign his back is feeling better! K Rod was scheduled to play catch Sunday and a timetable for his return is unknown. 

Santos homer caps biggest win of the season, as Mets defeat Red Sox,3-2

by @ 10:13 am. Filed under 2009 Mets

C Omir Santos’ overturned homer capped an amazing night at Fenway Park Saturday as the New York Mets rallied to defeat the Boston Red Sox, 3-2. Santos’ hit a ball just over the wall in left with 2 outs off of Sox star closer Jonathan Papelbon and the ball was originally called a double. However, the umpiring crew reviewed the play and correctly ruled it a two run homer. The Mets bench errupted and the call helped secure their 2nd consecutive win to secure a series win the 1st wave of Inter league contests.

In what was arguably the best all around game the Mets have played in the 2009 season, both starting pitchers- NY’s Mike Pelfrey and Sox ace Josh Beckett  pitched outstanding. Pelfrey went 7, allowing 6 hits and 2 runs, both on an rbi single from Boston 1b Kevin Youkilis in the home 1st. The 6’7 righty K-ed 6 and walked 1. His mound counterpart went 1 inning further, throwing 8 frames. He was touched for 5 hits and a run. Mets LF Gary Sheffield singled in the first run of the game in the 1st,scoring Carlos Beltran. 

Both teams kept the score where it was until the 9th. Sheffield walked versus Papelbon, one of the great closers in the game, to lead off the 9th. The Sox fireman then struck out 3b David Wright and RF Jeremy Reed swinging. Santos then followed with his homer that barely left the park at the 310  foot Green Monster.

 The Mets summoned J.J. Putz to close the game with K-Rod unavailable.(See game notes and follow-up update) The pesky Youkils walked and then Wright made the defensive play of the year on Sox stud LF Jason Bay’s scorched line drive at 3rd, fielding the ball and throwing out Youkilis at 2nd. Equally great play by Mets Luis Castillo on the catch. JD Drew then just got under a Putz’ pitch and smoked it to Reed in right for the 2nd out. In a fitting end to the night, Mets fill-in SS Ramon Martinez, who has struggled in the field as off late, made another great fielding play to throw out 3b Mike Lowell to end the game and give the Mets a huge come from behind win, 3-2.

 

Star of the Game: Santos- Mets might have a nice problem when Brian Schneider returns from the DL with both Santos and Castro playing well.


Not Over: Credit Mets skipper Jerry Manuel for being a calm,steady hand. His team reacted like the won the lottery after Santos’ homer but you could see the Fatherly Manager tell each player to man they needed 3 outs to make the comeback complete. “They ran out as if the game was over. I said, ‘Hey, we’ve still got some outs to get,” Manuel said. “We have a different type of spirit on this team. A lot of times, it doesn’t show. But they’re still fighting until the end.”


Game Notes: Santos had two hits to led NY….Beltran continues to DH while dealing with a sore right knee…Closer Francisco Rodriquez was unavailable to pitch after suffering from severe back spasms pre-game. He was taken to a local hospital after the game and was reportedly in tremendous pain….Mets homered in consecutive games after going 7 games without a single bomb…RF Ryan Church(hamstring) and SS Jose Reyes(Tendinitis in right knee) both missed the game and will be out thru the weekend. Manuel feels Reyes will play Monday, Church’s injury appears to be serious and he might be facing a DL stint


Next Game:

Sunday, Series finale vs the Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston

1:35 pm

Mets Tim Redding(0-0,3.00, 2nd start of 2009) vs Red Sox Tim Wakefield(5-2,3.52) 


40 game 1st quarter report-NL

by @ 6:59 am. Filed under 2009 Mets

1st Quarter 26 man NL All Star Team- 2 players per position, 6 OFs & Starting pitchers with 4 closers

1b- 

Albert Pujols, St Louis Cardinals, Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds

2b-

Chase Utley, Philadelphia Phillies, Orlando Hudson, LA Dodgers

3b-

Ryan Zimmerman, Washington Nationals, David Wright, NY  Mets

SS-

Hanley Ramirez, Florida Marlins, Christian Guzman, Washington Nationals

C-

Bengie Molina, San Francisco Giants, Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals

OF-

Raul Ibanez, Philadelphia Phillies, Carlos Beltran, NY Mets, Justin Upton,Arizona Diamondbacks, Adam Dunn,Washington Nationals, Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers, Brad Hawpe, Colorado Rockies

SP- 

Johan Santana, NY  Mets, Chad Billingsley, LA Dodgers, Wadny Rodriquez, Houston Astros, Jair Jurrjens, Atlanta Braves, Javier Vasquez,Atlanta Braves, Tim Lincecum, SF Giants

RP-

Francisco Rodriquez, NY Mets, Heath Bell, SD Padres, Trevor Hoffman, Milwaukee Brewers, Jonathan Broxton, LA Dodgers


2009 NL Team awards-Thoughts:


Looks like Tarzan, Plays like Jane:(Team that has names and should be better than they are)

 

Chicago Cubs- Team has a lot of talent and should win this division by 10 games but just does not put a quality product or effort on the field. Manager Lou Piniella for all of his strenghts, has rubbed some people the wrong way and it cost them a solid starter in Jason Marquis. The man plays musical chairs with his players, this week it was reported they are considering moving Alfonso Soriano to 2nd base. Are the Cubs trying to get the fans near 1st base to sue them? Starting pitching has been spotty and they need veterans Ryan Dempster and Carlos Zambrano to step up. Pen is influx with both Carlos Marmol(4.00 era) and Kevin Gregg(6.00 era) getting shots at closing. C Geovany Soto is barely hitting .200 and looks lost at times. Big free agent signing Milton Bradley has 9 rbis more than u and I do and has been a disaster.  This team needs a major change and has age in the everday line-up. Trade idea… How about calling Cleveland about Grady Sizemore? 

 

Back to Earth:(Team that has played over their heads and will come back to earth)

 

Los Angeles Dodgers- Don’t get me wrong, this team wins the NL West but they will not be playing .666 ball with the distraction known as Manny Ramirez around. This club has an excellent blend of kids and veterans in the everyday lineup but without their dimwitted Left fielder, this offense is offensive!  Manager  Joe Torre has done a great job with a young pitching group that lost veterans Derek Lowe and Brad Penny this offseason. This division is very bad and  lacks elite bats, making a player like Ramirez vital. You put him on the San Francisco Giants, that team is in First!

 

Better than I thought(Team I thought would struggle that is good)

 

St. Louis Cardinals- I should have learned last year when I got death threats for picking them last in 2008!!! Just a solid, workman like organization led by superstar 1b Albert Pujols and manager Tony Larussa. This team plays a brand of ball, ala the Minnesota Twins in the AL, and just shows up to work. They get a ton out of their starting pitching and with the return of veteran Chris Carpenter, look out!  Excellent young closer Ryan Franklin leads a power armed pen. If this team could add another elite bat(Matt Holliday?) they could win the NL pennant. 

 

The Eddie Murphy “Raw” Half award(Team that is half- great pitching, no hitting) 

 

San Francisco Giants- These pitchers must all need shrinks and drink heavily! Team plays great defense and in a  staff friendly  park but could not score on prom night! 3 Starters- Matt Caib, Tim Lincecum and comeback candidate Barry Zito have ERAs under 4.00 with Cain the only pitcher with a winning record!!!C Bengie Molina is the only regular even close to 10 bombs, leading the club with 8. Amazingly, the Giants have ZERO homers from First basemen!!!! You know things are bad when  David Ortiz and his one homer would be a power upgrade!!!

 



May 23, 2009

Top 50 Players in the Game

by @ 11:26 am. Filed under 2009 Mets

Interesting article in this weeks Sporting  News, ranking the top 50 players in all of MLB. The magazine polled 100 ex-players, managers and execs for their lists. St. Louis Cardinals stud 1b Albert Pujols was voted #1 by an amazing 55  voters!!!! Here is my list and my rules-explanation.

 

This is my list, I strongly value 5 tool players and defense, while punishing roids cheats!  This is the non-steroid era and tools guys win. I devalue 1 dimensional guys but recognize the value of a Michael Bourn or Ryan Howard. However, they will not appear in my top 20! This list is about 2009, who I would want on my team, how I would draft an open lottery if I was a ML GM. Mr. Wilpon, I am available to work and would not give Oliver Perez a deal!!!!

 

Top 50 MLB Players 2009-

1- Albert Pujols, 1b- St Louis Cardinals

2- Joe Mauer, C Minnesota Twins

3-David Wright, 3b– New York Mets

4Zack Greinke,SPKansas City Royals

5 Roy Halladay, SP- Toronto Blue Jays

6Johan Santana,SP – New York Mets

7Evan Longoria,3b- Tampa Bay Rays

8-Chase Utley, 2b- Philadelphia Phillies

9- Hanley Ramirez, SS- Florida Marlins

10-  Dustin Pedroia, 2b- Boston Red Sox

11- Josh Hamilton, CF- Texas Rangers

12- Adrian Gonzalez, 1b- San Diego Padres

13-Carlos Beltran, CF- New York Mets

14- Ian Kinsler, 2b- Texas Rangers

15- Carl Crawford, LF-Tampa Bay Rays

16- Ryan Braun, LF- Milwaukee Brewers

17-Jason Bay, LF- Boston Red Sox

18- Ryan Zimmerman, 3b- Washington Nationals

19- Kevin Youkilis, 1b- Boston Red Sox

20- Victor Martinez, C/1b- Cleveland Indians

21- Jimmy Rollins, SS- Philadelphia Phillies

22- Alex Rodriquez, 3b-  New York Yankees

23-Jonathan Papelbon,RP- Boston Red Sox

24-Grady Sizemore, CF- Cleveland Indians

25-Nick Markakis, RF- Baltimore Orioles

26Mark Teixiera, 1B– New York Yankees

27-Ichiro Suzuki, RF- Seattle Mariners

28- Curtis Granderson, CF- Detroit Tigers

29- Raul Ibanez,LF- Philadelphia Phillies

30- Brandon Inge, 3b- Detroit Tigers

31- Matt Holliday, LF- Oakland A’s

32-Manny Ramirez, LF- Los Angeles Dodgers

33-Brian McCann, C- Atlanta Braves

34- Joe Nathan, RP- Minnesota Twins

35-Ryan Howard, 1b- Philadelphia Phillies

36- Prince Fielder, 1b- Milwaukee Brewers

37- Carlos Quentin, LF- Chicago White Sox

38- Justin Morneau, 1b- Minnesota Twins

39- Miguel Cabrera, 1b- Detroit Tigers

40- Lance Berkman, 1b- Houston Astros

41- Brad Lidge, RP- Philadelphia Phillies

42- Tim Lincecum, SP- San Francisco Giants

43-Cole Hamels, SP-  Philadelphia Phillies

44- Francisco Rodriquez, RP- New York Mets

45- CC Sabathia, SP- New York Yankees

46- Jake Peavy, SP- San Diego Padres

47- Jon Lester, SP- Boston Red Sox

48- Torii Hunter, CF- Los Angeles Angels

49- Felix Hernandez, SP- Seattle Mariners

50- BJ Upton, CF- Tampa Bay Rays




Santana overcomes 3 errors as Mets defeat Red Sox,5-3

by @ 9:51 am. Filed under 2009 Mets

NY Ace Johan Santana won his 6th game Friday night despite 3 errors behind him, leading The Mets to a 5-3 victory over the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Massachusetts. This weekend kicks off the 1st wave of itnerleague play as AL and NL teams match-up. 3b David Wright,OF Angel Pagan,  C Omir Santos and SS Ramon Martinez  all had rbi singles, while LF Gary Sheffield homered for NY.  Red Sox captain and C Jason Varitek had two hits and homer while reigning AL MVP 2b Dustin Pedroia added 2 hits. 

Santana, pitching vs a red hot and dominant home team in the Red Sox, was outstanding over 7 innings. He allowed 7 hits and 3 runs while King 8 and walking 1. On 3 different occasions, Mets infielders made errors with less than 2 outs and Johan retired all the Sox batters who followed.

Things got testy in the 5th when Santana hit Sox star 1b Kevin Youkilis in the elbow. Youk jawed at the Mets ace who gave it back and we almost had a bench clear.“Two outs, two strikes, there’s no way I’m going to try and hit somebody,” Santana said. “I hit him and he started looking at me. If you look at me, I’m going to give it back.”

 Bobby Parnell( 8 holds, 1.86 era) continued his strong 2009 season with a scoreless 8th that saw him strike out Sox All Star RF J.D Drew. Mets stud closer Francisco Rodriquez showed why he was a great off-season investment with another great performance, pitching a 1-2-3 9th for his 12th save in 12 chances, giving the Mets a much needed 5-3 win and ending their 4 game losing streak.

 

Star of the Game: Santana- The star of every game he pitches, I think you can book him for the All Star break in St. Louis!!!

Help!!!:  The Mets continue to make life difficult for their ace,  as they continue to kick the ball around with Santana on the mound. Of the teams 35 errors, 12 have occured with Johan on the mound. Amazingly, he has allowed only 10 earned runs all year.(7 unearned in his contests) His Manager feels his pain, “It’s just another impressive performance for him,” Mets manager Jerry Manuel said. “I do hope at some point we play a real, real crisp game behind him.”

Game Notes: Beltran served as a DH as he is battling a sore right knee, Jeremy Reed played Center….Wright extended his hitting streak to 13 games and has reached base an amazing 26 of 36 plate appearances during the 1st 8 games of this 10 game road swing…Set up man J.J. Putz is sidelined with a stiff neck…  RF Ryan Church came up lame with a sore left hamstring in the 4th and was replaced by Pagan…. Rookie Daniel Murphy played First and lead off…SS Jose Reyes remains out with tendinitis behind his right calf

Next Game:

Saturday, Game 2 of 3 game interleague series vs the Red Sox in Boston vs Red Sox

7:10 

Mets RH Mike Pelfrey(4-1,4.61) vs Red Sox RH  Josh Beckett(4-2,5.85)

40 Game 1st Quarter report-AL

by @ 6:58 am. Filed under 2009 Mets

1st Quarter 28 man AL All Star team- 2 at each position, 6 OFs with 6 starting pitchers and 4 closers

1b- 

Justin Morneau, Minnesota Twins, Carlos Pena, Tampa Bay Rays

2b- 

Aaron Hill, Toronto Blue Jays, Ian Kinsler, Texas Rangers

SS- 

Jason Bartlett, Tampa Bay Rays, Marco Scutaro, Toronto Blue Jays

3b- 

Evan  Longoria, Tampa Bay Rays, Brandon Inge, Detroit Tigers

C-

Joe Mauer, Minnesota Twins, Victor Martinez, Cleveland Indains

OF-

Jason Bay, Boston Red Sox, Carl Crawford, Tampa Bay Rays, Nick Markakis, Baltimore Orioles, Johnny Damon, NY Yankees, Adam Jones, Baltimore Orioles, Torii Hunter, Los Angeles Angels

SP-

Zack Greinke, Kansas City Royals, Edwin Jackson, Detroit Tigers, Mark Buehrle, Chicago White Sox, Roy Halladay, Toronto Blue Jays, Cliff Lee, Cleveland Indians, Jered Weaver, Los Angeles Angels

RP-

Jonathan Papelbon, Boston Red Sox, Joe Nathan, Minnesota Twins, Bobby Jenks, Chicago White Sox, Frank Francisco, Texas Rangers

 

AL Team Awards/Thoughts:

Looks like Tarzan, Plays like Jane (Team with Lots of names, no results): 

Cleveland Indians- Team has great high end talent in CF Grady Sizemore, C Victor Martinez and pitchers Fausto Carmona and Cliff Lee yet has been awful. They have the worst pitching in the AL and appear ready to sell off players such as Mark DeRoisa and even Lee. Very strange team with excellent manager in Eric Wedge and GM in Mark Shapiro. Major shake-up needed? The good news? Excellent farm system and young talent thanks to trades of veterans CC Sabathia and Casey Blake, among others. 

 

I was right!!!(Team I picked to surprise that has played well)

Kansas City Royals: Team has great pitching(top in AL) led by the amazing Zack Greinke and underrated starters Kyle Davies and Brian Bannister. They do just enough hitting to win games but they have no money to play with so injuries have hurt this team.(Stars 3b Alex Gordon and closer Joakin Soria have missed time) 84-88 wins a possibility here with some breaks. 

 

I was wrong!!!(Team I liked that is awful)

Oakland A’s: Team adds Jason Giambi(.217) and Matt Holliday(5 homers) and is the worst hitting team in the AL? I thought the bats would allow the young arms(4 rookie starting pitchers) wiggle room to grow but this club has been awful on all levels and could trade 6-8 regulars due to economic conditions. The one bright spot? The brilliant season of young C Kurt Suzuki, who is hitting .323.

 

Back to Earth(Team that has played over its head and will struggle later this season)

Toronto Blue Jays- Yes, I am the president of the Roy Halladay fan club but this team is a recipe for disaster in the AL, with 3 rookie starters pitching in the AL East! Someone give poor Cito Gaston a drink!!! They have 3-4 players having career years and lack an elite bat to put them over the top. Closer B.J Ryan has battled injuries and pushed talented set-up man Scott Downs into the closer role, weakening a team strength. This team might be a year away under the underrated leadership of GM J.P Ricciardi.  .500 or 88 win range is a great year in this booper division.

 

Mirage(Team that is playing well but will not hold up) 

NY Yankees: Club reminds me of the muscle guy at the beach that kicks little skinny guys around then behaves with the big boys.(Regularly humiliated by archrival Boston, kick around Baltimore) Team has age and issues all over. No true CF or C and the relief corps are a  mess with any bullpen pitcher not named Mo Rivera, who appears to be human, struggling. Sabathia has been good, Burnett average, while Teixeira is starting to play like the amazing talent he is. Robinson Cano is the only every day player who is under 30 and came up thru the farm system, which is not a current strength. Chien-Ming Wang got hit more than Tina Turner by Ike and looks to be completely lost. You know things are bad when your team is counting on a professional coward, Alex Rodriquez to save your season. I guess 220 mill doesn’t buy what it used to!

 

So Good, so far(Team that has played well but I am not sure if they will last)

Detroit Tigers- A team that I did not think would win 75 games has played solid team ball all year. Much of the credit  for this goes to GM Dave Dombrowski and his staff. They added 3 key components in OF Josh Anderson, C Gerald Laird and SP Edwin Jackson from teams that had to move them to play younger talent. 3b Brandon Inge and CF Curtis Granderson have been great with both the glove and bat.  I am not a fan but 1b Miguel Cabrera has been amazing so far.   Team has gotten big hits from unlikely sources such as INFs Ramon Santiago & Adam Everett. New  pitching coach Rick Knapp has done wonders with career underachievers like starters Justin Verlander, Edwin Jackson and closer Fernando Rodney. What worries me? This team has a ton of bad contracts(Pitchers Nate Robertson, Dontrelle Willis as well as position players Carlos Guillen and Maglio Ordonez) who could take away from younger players such as 1b-OF Jeff Larish and OFs Clete Thomas and Ryan Raburn. The team might also shut down rookie starter Rick Porcello to keep his innings low. He is a  nice man, does a lot to defend his players and creates a great locker room environment but Jim Leyland does some crazy things with his lineups. He regularly puts bad defensive players or kids in poor positions to succeed. 


May 21, 2009

Thoughts and prayers to the Schoeneweis family

by @ 3:44 pm. Filed under 2009 Mets

The thoughts and prayers of everyone around MLB, the NY Mets and the Baseball Historians website are with Scott Schoeneweis and his  family. The LH reliever is dealing with the tragic death of his wife, 39 yr old  Gabrielle Dawn Schoeneweis Wednesday in Arizona. The ex Met(07-08) is well respected around the baseball community and is an important piece of the Diamondbacks relief corps. The couple recently celebrated their 10th anniversary in January and has 4 children.(3 together) Mets skipper Jerry Manuel was visibly shaken by the news and expressed this message to his former pitcher, “I mentioned that to our people, that we’ve got to reach out and do all we can to help support him at this time,” Manuel said. “And whatever he needs from us, we’ll be here for him.”

Jose Reyes update

by @ 2:42 pm. Filed under 2009 Mets

The NY Mets are breathing a sigh of relief as a leg injury to superstar SS Jose Reyes was revealed to not  be serious. After an MRI Thursday in NY, this leg pain was diagnosed as tendinitis behind his right calf. He is listed as day to day, is with the team in Boston for the 3 game series vs the Red Sox and  will not be placed on the DL. This is huge considering the team is without one of the vaunted big 4(Wright, Beltran, Reyes and Delgado) already with slugging 1b Carlos Delgado out close to 10 weeks with hip surgery.

Mets cannot get a big hit, Reyes reinjures leg, Dodgers win 2-1

by @ 7:12 am. Filed under 2009 Mets

Dodgers All star catcher Russell Martin did what the Mets could not all series, he got a clutch hit, leading the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 2-1 vicotry over NY Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium. Martin’s 8th inning hit vs Mets reliever J. J. Putz(1-3) scored 2b Orlando Hudson after a single and walk. NY went 0 for 10 with runners in scoring position,CF Carlos Beltran led the Mets with 2 hits.

To make matters worse, superstar SS Jose Reyes appears to have aggravated his calf injury and could go on the DL. In the 3rd inning he came up lame after trying to beat out a grounder,  Mets Skipper Jerry Manuel sounded concerned post game. “I think it happened in that at-bat,” Manuel said. “I saw some grimacing during the AB. Then once he hit the ball and put it in play, he felt some pain and discomfort. It was obvious that he was struggling with it. How much damage there is, we don’t know.”

Mets veteran starter Livian Hernandez(3-1.4.93) was outstanding over 7 innings and deserved a better fate,much like the other recent Mets starting pitchers!!!! He allowed 7 hits, 1 run(1st inning sacrifice fly by RF Andre Ether) while K-ing 2 and walking 1. Dodgers counterpart Jeff Weaver worked 5 and allowed his run on a Beltran rbi double, scoring 2b Luis Castillo in the 3rd. 

The Mets had their chances to score, the biggest being the 8th. With runners on 2nd and 3rd, Daniel Murphy and PH Fernando Tatis grounded out. ” That’s kind of what we’ve been dealing with this whole series — not getting the big hit,” manager Jerry Manuel said. “We had a good shot at it right there — second and third, infield in, but we didn’t get it done. In the position we’re in now, with the pieces that we have now, it’s going to be challenging to put a lot of runs on the board. So when we get opportunities, we really have to take advantage of them.” After the 8th, NY had little chance in the 9th vs Dodgers flame throwing closer Jonathan Broxton(11 saves,1.29 era). However, Angel Pagan singled and stole 2nd with 2 outs. However, Broxton induced a grounder to third to end the game and hand the Mets an awful 2-1 defeat.

Star of the Game: Martin- In a game with so few clutch hits, he gets it for his. Tremendous all-around talent and leader who provides spark and energy to a laid back market.

Power Outage: Team is homerless in 7 games! That totals 69 2/3 innings and 265 official at bats since OF Gary Sheffield homered May 13!

Game Notes: The Daniel Murphy/LF expirement has officially ended and he appears to have the best shot to play regularly at 1b of any current roster player. The hard working rookie made 2-3 solid plays at first while using Delgado’s glove…Pagan started in LF and batted 8th…After starting a 7 game road trip 3-0, NY closed it 3-4 and 4 straight defeats… Mets hitters went 3 for 27 in the series with runners in scoring position… Ramon Martinez replaced Reyes at SS and in the 1 hole, going 0 for 3 and was the last out of the game

Next Series:

Team is off Thursday with a travel day, Weekend starts round one of inter-league play, Mets play AL East, open Friday vs the Red Sox in Boston

Mets LH Johan Santana(5-2,1.36) vs Red Sox Daisuke Matsuzaka(0-1,12.79, 3rd start of 2009, 1st since DL stint)


May 20, 2009

Mets small mistakes costly, Blake’s homer the big blow as Dodgers defeat Mets,5-3

by @ 11:56 am. Filed under 2009 Mets

The New York Mets made two big  mistakes Tuesday night and it cost them 4 runs, as the Los Angeles Dodgers rallied to win 5-3 at Dodger Stadium.  LA 3b Casey Blake hit a slider from Mets starter John Maine into the left field seats for a 3 run shot in the 6th, while rookie Daniel Murphy misplayed another ball in the outfield in the first to add to the season’s total of unearned runs.  

The homer spoiled an otherwise solid night from Mets starter Maine(3-3,4.53), who helped his own cause with a 2 run single. He went 5 1/3 innings, allowing 8 hits and 5 runs(4 earned) with 3 Ks and walks. He was upset with himself after the homer followed a visit from Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen.“They got a bloop hit and then a home run on a bad slider,” Maine said. “It’s just the way it seems to always go and it’s frustrating. I just have to do a better job of concentrating.”

The depleted Mets lineup featured a banged up Jose Reyes and was without an ill Gary Sheffield but managed to score some runs off of one of the better young pitchers in the game, Dodgers RH Chad Billingsley(6-1,2.51). Over 6 and a third, he allowed 4 hits and 3 runs while walking 5 and K-ing 7. Maine drove in the 1st 2 Mets runs with a single in the 2nd. 3b David Wright continued his torrid road trip(has raised his average 46 pts on trip!!!)  with another rbi single in the 3rd to make it 3-1 NY. However, Billingsley doubled home a run of his own in the 4th to make it 3-2 Mets. 

The decisive 6th started out ok for Maine for with a K of Dodgers all star C Russell Martin. Maine allowed consecutive singles to 1b James Loney and CF Matt Kemp bringing the veteran Blake to the plate. He hit Maine’s 2nd pitch into the left field stands, his 9th of the season. The Dodgers pen took over in the middle of the 7th and dominant LA closer Jonathan Broxton retired the Mets 1-2-3 in the ninth for his 10th save.

Star of the Game: Blake-Underrated offensive player who is now vital to the success of the power short Dodgers, thanks to a certain star’s drug test!

WOW: Wright had an amazing 3 days vs the Giants Thursday thru Saturday, he became the first major leaguer since 1920 to collect 9 hits, 9 rbi and 5 steals in 3 games. I think he might get the player of the week in the NL! LOL

Game Notes: Reyes returned to SS and went 1 for 4 out of his normal leadoff hole…2 2/3 of shutout ball for the relief corps.. club turned 2 double plays… Wright(.361) was 1 for 2 and  walked twice… NY has allowed 20 unearned runs in 39 games

Mets lineup: Mets Manager Jerry Manuel was forced to mix and match to the extreme tonight with  injuries and lefty-righty matchups. 1-9- Reyes, LF Daniel Murphy, CF Carlos Beltran, Wright, RF Ryan Church, 2b Ramon Martinez, 1b Jeremy Reed, C Omir Santos and the P in the 9 hole. He batted Martinez, the weakest bat on the team, 6th to split his lefties Church and Reed. Have to wonder where red hot switch hitter Angel Pagan was after getting 4 hits Monday  night.  

Next Game:

Wednesday, Series finale between Mets and Dodgers,Dodger Stadium, 10:10 pm

Mets RH Livian Hernandez(3-1,5.59) vs Dodgers RH Jeff Weaver(2-1, 3.38)


May 19, 2009

Mets gift wrap game, Dodgers win 3-2 in 11

by @ 11:56 am. Filed under 2009 Mets

The New York Mets made mistakes all over the field, gift wrapping a game Monday for the Los Angeles Dodgers,  3-2 in 11 innings in California. OF turned 1b Jeremy Reed’s poor throw was the final of 5 errors for NY and capped maybe the worst inning I have seen in about 30 years of watching baseball.  Both starters- Dodgers LH Randy Wolf and Mets RH Tim Redding-pitched well and deserved a win. 

The Dodgers got 2 runs in the 1st when Redding was a bit wild in his 1st start in 2009. A walk, single and HBP, helped 2b Orlando Hudson(Ground out) and 1b James Loney(Sacrifice fly) drive in runs. NY answered with a run in the 2nd & Gary Sheffield tied it with a single vs the Dodgers pen in the 8th. The game settled down and became a bullpen battle until the 11th.

The Mets appeared to take the lead in the top of the 11th but lost a run on an amazing play. With 2 out and Ryan Church on 1st, LF Angel Pagan hit a drive to right center to Church scored. However, the Dodgers claimed he did not tag third and challenged. Replays showed he appeared to miss the bag and he was called out. “I just feel terrible,” Church said. “I mean, touching the bag is a simple thing to do. But obviously, I didn’t. I think it might have turned the momentum a little bit.” The stand-up right fielder thought he tagged the bag,”I felt like I nicked something, and that’s why I kept going,” he said. “I was walking back to the dugout and I heard the crowd scream, so I turned around. I mean, what can you do? When they call you out, they call you out. They’re not going to reverse it.”

The Mets carried the malaise of the top of the inning into the field and after a lead-off walk, a ball dropped between CF Carlos Beltran and LF Angel Pagan,advancing the runner to 3rd. The ball appeared to clearly belong to Beltran and he stated his case post game,“I called for the ball like six times,” Beltran said. “But Pagan stood in the middle and I couldn’t put my glove on the ball. On a ball like that, I have priority. If Pagan would have called for that ball, my job is to get out of the way. He’s been in center field before, so he knows that when the center fielder calls for the ball, everyone has to get out of the way.” After an intentional walk, Hudson hit a ball to Reed, who made a poor throw to home to end the game and give the Dodgers a stunning 3-2 victory and NY an embarrassing defeat.

Star of the Game: Redding- The lone bright spot of an awful night, the veteran continued the recent strong string of Mets starting pitching. 6 innings of 2 hit ball was just what the doctor ordered!

Game Notes: Team placed Alex Cora on the DL with a thumb injury, Ramon Martinez was called up from Triple A to take his roster spot. Jose Reyes missed his 5th straight game  with a stiff calf. ..Beltran had his road hitting streak end at 22 with his 0 for 4 with a walk night, He is tied with Mets legend and TV announcer Keith Hernandez for the club record. ..Pagan had 4 hits to lead NY, SS Rafael Furcal and Hudson had 2 hits for Los Angeles

Next Game:

Tuesday, Game 2 of 3 game set vs the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium 

10:10 

Mets RH John Maine(3-2,4.24) vs Dodgers RH Chad Billingsley(5-1,2.30)

Surgery for Delgado

by @ 11:27 am. Filed under 2009 Mets

As feared, Mets slugging 1b Carlos Delgado had arthroscopic surgery to repair his injured right hip. The veteran clean-up hitter had the procedure to remove a bone spur and a torn labrum in the same hip. The timetable for his return is about 10 weeks, Yankees star Alex Rodriquez had an almost indentical  problem  in March and just returned  to the lineup. Look for the Mets to try a rotation of veterans Fernando Tatis, Jeremy Reed and rookie Daniel Murphy before they make a trade for a 1st baseman.

May 18, 2009

Cain shuts Mets down, as Giants avoid sweep, win 2-0

by @ 7:05 am. Filed under 2009 Mets

Matt Cain and his defense, particularily his infielders, led the San Francisco Giants to a 2-0 win over the New York Mets Sunday night at AT&T Park in California. Cain pitched 6 strong innings and allowed only 3 hits. He did walk five but got some key ground ball double plays, one on a great home to first play involving 1b Travis Ishikawa and C Bengie Molina. 

Mets starter Mike Pelfrey did not pitch a poor game but he did make history. Clearly bothered by the field or conditions in SF, he became the 1st ML pitcher to balk three times since April 1994. He made no excuses post game, “I think maybe when I get on national TV I like making a fool of myself,” Pelfrey said. “It seemed like I almost had the yips. It was like I was fighting myself to come set because my mind kept telling me to pick the guy off. I went back and watched replays and I balked.”  Pelfrey(4-1,4.61) went 6 innings, allowing 6 hits and 2 runs while walking and K-ing 2. 

The contest featured little offense, as both teams struggled to sustain any attack. NY had no player have double figure hits while only Giants stars, 3b Pablo Sandoval and Molina(rbi) collecting 2 hits.  Molina(1st) and Cain had rbi singles to produce the  only runs of the game. Giants closer Brian Wilson, who had some rough outings in this series, pitched a 1-2-3 9th for his 9th win.

 

Star of the Game: Cain- He was tough and a National TV audience got to see one of the better kept secrets in MLB. He completely shut down one of the hottest offenses in the game, a group that lit up a sure fire Hall of Famer and last season’s CY Young winner. The Mets had totaled 24  runs, 42 hits and 13 steals in the previous 3 games of the series. Sunday’s winning pitcher was very aware of what he faced, “That group swings it,” Cain said of New York’s powerful batting order. “And they’re definitely hot right now.”

Infield Influx: INF  Alex Cora, subbing for ailing SS Jose Reyes, injured his right  thumb in the first inning. Fernando Tatis. the last infielder on the bench, entered the game and took over,  playing the position for the 4th time in his career. He last played the spot in September 1998 while a member of the St. Louis Cardinals. 

Game Notes: The Giants are 15-0 when they score first… 3b David Wright was on base 3 times, going 1 for 2 with 2 walks…Jeremy Reed started at 1b and went 1 for 4

Next Game/Series:

Monday start  3 Game series at the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium 

All Games 10:10 start

Mets RH Tim Redding(1st Mets start) vs Dodgers LH Randy Wolf(2-1,2.77) 

May 17, 2009

Bats finally back Santana as Mets beat Giants,9-6

by @ 12:44 pm. Filed under 2009 Mets

The New York Mets banged out 16 hits to finally support ace Johan Santana helping them defeat the San Francisco Giants 9-6 at AT & T Park Saturday afternoon for their 3rd straight win.  Santana,who has the lowest run support in the majors, won his 5th game, NY has scored a total of 24 runs in his 8 starts, 18 with the ace on the mound. With other pitchers starting, NY has plated 165 runs in 28 contests.(5.89 average) The win makes the Mets 12-3 in May and they have won 11 of 13 overall.

The Mets punished future Hall of Fame left hander Randy Johnson in his 4 frames, collecting 11 hits and 7 runs. CF Carlos Beltran and 3b David Wright had back to back rbi hits in both the 1st and 5th innings. The allstars led NY with 3 hits and 3 rbi apiece. LF and clean-up man Gary Sheffield continues to give the club quality at bats with 3 hits to raise his average to .270. SS Alex Cora(Subbing for Jose Reyes) and C Ramon Castro added 2 hits with Castro driving in two huge insurance runs in the 9th.

Santana did not have his A game but pitched 7 innings which was huge with some of the bullpen guys a bit tender and overused.(Mets Manager Jerry Manuel gave star closer Francisco Rodriquez the day off after pitching 4 days in a row). The ace lefty allowed a season high 6 runs(4 earned.doubling his 2009 total!!!) and 11 hits for only the 2nd time in his career. He struck out 7 and walked not one Giant.  3b  Pablo Sandoval(2 hits, rbi) and CF Aaron Rowand(homer,3 hits and rbi)led the San Francisco attack. 

RH Reliever Bobby Parnell(2.08) continued his strong season for the Mets with his 7th hold of the young season with a 2 K 8th. J.J. Putz, back from a bought with elbow inflamation, looked dominant in the 9th to earn his 1st save  in New York. He pounded out 2 ground outs and K-ed pesky OF Fred Lewis to punctuate the 9-6 victory.

 

Star of Game: Wright- Strong MVP candidate with his recent surge. Now at .350 and really stepping up with Reyes and Delgado out. Seems to really buy into Jerry Manuel’s system and they appear to be one voice, one vision.

Track Team: NY has stolen 13 bases in the 3 game series for the first time in club history. With slugging 1b Carlos Delgado out with a hip injury, this could become a huge weapon.“The key for us is to try and manufacture runs,” Manuel said. “With the way we’ve been running, it creates a diversion for the opposition that they have to start paying attention to us a little bit.”

Game Notes: OFs Angel Pagan and Daniel Murphy both pinch hit and went 0 for 1… Fernando Tatis went 0 for 4 but drove in a run with a sacrifice fly…. Jeremy Reed took over for Sheffield late in the game as a defensive replacement… SS Jose Reyes continues to be out with a calf issue

Next Game:

Sunday night, Series finale vs the Giants at AT & T Field

8 pm

Mets RH Mike Pelfrey(4-0,4.89) vs Giants RH Matt Cain(3-1,3.00)

May 16, 2009

Late inning magic continues as Mets rally to defeat Giants 8-6

by @ 12:00 pm. Filed under 2009 Mets

The New York Mets scored 3 runs in the 7th to tie then plated the decisive two in the 9th, helping them rally for an 8-6 victory over the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park Friday night. 3b David Wright had 3 hits and 4 rbi, 3 scoring on a key bases clearing double in the 7th. LF Gary Sheffield(the new clean-up man with 1b Carlos Delgado ailing), RF Ryan Church and 1b Jeremy Reed all added 2 hits apiece for New York.

The Mets trailed 5-1 early in the contest, facing one of the top starters in the game in reigning NL CY Young winner Tim Lincecum(3-1,3.75). The talented youngster did his damage(8 Ks) but the Mets hit him hard(10 hits) and drew 3 walks. He was chased in the 7th without recording an out. Wright’s 3 rbi double was charged to Lincecum to cap his run total at 5 with 6 frames of work. 

Veteran Mets starter Livian Hernandez(3-1,5.59),who continues to keep the Mets in games, pitched 5 solid  after some early trouble vs the young Giants hitters. He was touched for rbi hits from 3b Pablo Sandoval, RF Randy Winn and 1b Rich Aurilia before pesky LF Fred Lewis parked him in the 2nd for a 5-1 SF led.  The #5 starter’s stat line: 5 innings, 8 hits, 5 runs with 4 Ks.

NY pecked away at Lincecum, with C Omir Santos and PH-OF Daniel Murphy driving in 2 runs in the 6th. Lincecum helped his own cause with an rbi single in the 6th.  Wright’s huge hit tied the game in the road 7th. The score remained tied entering the 9th.

Giants closer Brian Wilson entered the game and was greated by back t back singles from  Sheffield and Wright. Church attempted to sacrifice but Wilson threw the ball away, allowing Sheffield to score. Wright came home on Santos’ sacrifice fly. Mets closer Francisco Rodriquez did not clown around in the 9th, punctuating the victory with swinging K to end the contest. 

Star of the Game: Wright- Just at the top of his game right now, (23 for 53 in May) doing little things like running the bases and using the whole field to produce runs. Has regained his World Baseball Classic form, where he was one of the top performers for Team USA.

Track team: Mets stole 4 bases a day after setting a club record with 7(4 by Wright). CF Carlos Beltran, 2b Luis Castillo, Reed and Wright all had a theft in the contest.

Game Notes: SS Jose Reyes continued to be sidelined with a stiff calf. Veteran Alex Cora took his spot in the field and at the top of the lineup…  Santos went 0 for 3 but drove in 2 runs… J.J. Putz is still out with his elbow issue… RH Brian Stokes(1-1,0.56) earned the win

K Rod: Talk about a good investment, this guy is 11 for 11 in save situations and the Franchise has noticed. “He’s been unreal,” Wright said of K-Rod, the Mets’ still-new closer. “He’s a guy that never ceases to amaze me. he’s really been challenging guys, and really being as dominant as you can be.”

Trigger Happy?: Home Plate umpire Doug Eddings ejected both Manuel and Giants skipper Bruce Bochy in a 10 minute window during the 7th and 8th innings

Next Game:

Saturday, Game 3 of 4 game series vs Giants at AT&T Park 

4:10 

Mets LH Johan Santana(4-2,0.78) vs. Giants LH Randy Johnson(3-3,5.89)

Delgado to the Disabled List

by @ 11:05 am. Filed under 2009 Mets

1b Carlos Delgado has been placed on the 15 day Disabled list with a right hip impingement, retroactive to May 11th. OF Angel Pagan has been recalled from Triple A to take the spot on the 24 man roster, internally look for OF Jeremy Reed and possibly LF Daniel Murphy to get some starts at first. Currently Fernando Tatis has been getting the bulk of playing time at 1st. Delgado has returned to New York and will be reexamined by team medical personnel sometime next week.

May 15, 2009

Wright’s big night leads Mets over Giants 7-4

by @ 7:04 am. Filed under 2009 Mets

With star SS Jose Reyes, one of the top base stealers in the game, out with a calf injury, you would not figure this to be the night that the New York Mets would set a franchise stolen base record. However, on Thursday night they did just that, with the club taking 7 bags,led by a club record tying 4 by 3b David Wright, propelling the Mets to a 7-4 win over the host San Francisco Giants .  Wright had 3 hits , while LF Gary Sheffield and CF Carlos Beltran added 2 apiece. C Ramon Castro and Wright both drove in 2 runs. The win was NY’s 9th in 11 contests. 

Mets starter RH John Maine pitched his heart out on a night that it was needed. The NY staff was short top set-up man J.J. Putz(elbow inflamation) and overused in Wednesday’s extra inning loss to the Braves. The talented righty pitched into the 7th for the 1st time this year and threw 118 pitches.  He left with a 4-2 led but the Mets secondary set-up men lost the lead. H e finished with the following line: 6 2/3rd innings, 7 hits with 2 runs allowed. He walked 4 and K-ed the same number. Giants starter Jonathan Sanchez lasted into the 6th, going 5 2/3 innings while allowing 9 hits and 4 runs with 5 Ks and 3 walks. 

Great  illustration of the talent & versatility of the Mets with the  total change in approach of this team offensively.  In just 1 day without both Reyes and slugging 1b Carlos Delgado, they used speed and athleticism to win.  Factor in the huge dimensions of the Giants facility and you can see why the Mets ran all over the park. Great job by Mets skipper Jerry Manuel and his staff with the game plan.  You have to wonder if this style might be more effective long term in their  new cavernous home park,  Citifield. SS Alex Cora stole a 5th base while Beltran(Another key theft of 3rd), Sheffield and Wright(Double steal) all had key 9th inning steals to set up the decisive 3 run rally. 

 

Star of the Game: Wright- Was on base all night(3 for 3 with 2 walks) and played like the Franchise Player he is. He is hitting .331 and has not had a hot streak yet!!!! He talked about his big night post game,“I got a few opportunities early,” Wright said. “I like putting pressure on the defense, and I like to keep the pitcher on his toes to make him focus on the baserunners.”

Game Notes: Reports have veteran RH Tim Redding starting the opener at Dodgers Monday… K-Rod is now 10 for 1o in saves opportunities for the Mets….Wright is now hitting .524(11-21 vs Lefties this season, he is at a career .353 clip vs Southpaws

Next Game:

Game 2 of 4 Game weekend set vs. San Francisco Giants at AT& T Park

10:15

Mets RH Livian Hernandez(3-1,5.08) vs Giants RH Tim Lincecum(3-1,3.25)

May 14, 2009

Reyes and Injury updates

by @ 2:31 pm. Filed under 2009 Mets

First, I have to comment on the latest controversy involving the NY Mets and their talented SS Jose Reyes. In the Atlanta series earlier this week, Reyes had 2-3 major baserunning gaffes and cost the Mets,Veteran Gary Sheffield defended the mercurial infielder as did his Manager Jerry Manuel. While Reyes can be maddening at times with his lack of instincts on the field, his speed is also his greatest single tool. Like a Ryan Howard or Adam Dunn with the power and strike out numbers, you have to balance the good and the bad. This is part of the package and his tools. As a fan, this is the equivalent of ripping Wayne Gretzky for his fighting prowess (Or lack thereof) or Dwight Howard for his free throws.  He is what he is and 90% of the teams in MLB would KILL to have Jose Reyes at SS. You want Rey Ordonez back, Mets fans?

Injury News: Add set up man J.J. Putz to the list of Mets walking wounded. He had an MRI Wednesday and was shown to have a bone spur in his throwing elbow. The injury is reoccuring and Putz was given an anti-inflamatory shot, which will shut his down at least two days. He has joined the team in San Francisco…A minor update on the course of action regarding slugging 1b Carlos Delgado and his hip. The team is trying a new therapy with joint and will not make a decision on the DL until they see how he responds. Delgado  has been diagnosed with both a hip impignment(severe restriction and pain withm movement) and bone spur.

Prado’s 12th inning homer helps Braves defeat game Mets,8-7

by @ 7:14 am. Filed under 2009 Mets

The Atlanta Braves capped off a wild day at Citifield Wednesday getting one extra clutch hit than the NY Mets,  winning 8-7 in 12 innings. The game featured 25 hits and each staff used their entire bullpen(7 men each) in a game that lasted 3 hours and 46 minutes. SS Jose Reyes posted 3 doubles while Fernando Tatis added a grand slam to lead the Mets offense.

Neither starting pitcher had much working, particularily Braves LH Jo-Jo Reyes(0-2,6.58) who  was gone after 3 innings.(4 hits,5 runs with 3 walks) Mets starter, Jon Niese(Making his 5th ML start) was slightly better, going 4 2/3 frames, with 7 hits allowed, 5 runs with 5 Ks and 2 walks. The game stabilized at 6-6 in the 7th until Atlanta scored vs J.J Putz in the 8th. However, Mets LF Gary Sheffield hit a tremendous homer to left to tie the game at 7 in the bottom of the inning.

Atlanta went ahead for good in the 12th vs long man Ken Takahashi when Martin Prado homered to left, making it 8-7. Reyes  doubled to led off the inning vs Braves closer Mike Gonzalez, attempting to  recover after blowing save Tuesday night, retired Lus Castillo(sacrifice), CF Carlos Beltran(HUGE K) to set up the final at bat of the game vs veteran Gary Sheffield. Gonzalez froze Sheff with back door pitch to end  the crazy contest.

Star of the Game: Prado- You hit an extra inning homer to win a game, you win this award!

Delgado DL-ed?: 1b Carlos Delgado will either be DL-ed or return from his hip inury in the next day or so, according to Manuel. Look for a decision by Friday.

Game Notes: The Mets have hit a ML leading 15 triples…Niese was optione down to Triple A Buffalo post game, with the club purchasing the contract of swing man RH Nelson Figueroa…Wright posted his 5th error of the season in the 7th, the runner then scored on a sacrifice fly… Reyes and Tatis had 3 hits to pace the 12 hit Mets attack

Next Game:

Thursday start 4 game weekend series at San Francisco vs the Giants at AT & T Park

10:15 pm

Mets RH John Maine(3-2,4.54) vs Giants LH Jonathan Sanchez(1-3,4.78)


May 13, 2009

Mets use late inning rallies to defeat rival Braves 4-3 in 10

by @ 7:11 am. Filed under 2009 Mets

The New York Mets staged 3 late inning rallies capped by a bases loaded walk to superstar CF Carlos Beltran, helping them defeat the Atlanta Braves 4-3 Tuesday night at Citifield. The win was New York’s 8th in 9 contests but their first(1-11) when trailing after 7 innings. Down 3-0 in the 8th, the home team scored 2 in the 8th and tied the game in 9th before the winning rally in the home 10th. Their new closer sees big things ahead, “Six outs to go and we were able to take it out of their pockets pretty much,” closer Francisco Rodriguez said. “Wins like this get you going.”

An underrated part of this win was the great work by Mets starter Mike Pelfrey, who kept the team in the game for 7 frames. The talented 6-7 righty continued his recent string of strong performances(4-0,4.89) allowing 6 hits and 2 runs with 3 Ks and a walk. J.J. Putz allowed an 8th inning run to put the score at 3-0. 

Red Hot Jeremy Reed singled to start the 8th inning rally with fellow OF Ryan Church following with his own hit. SS Jose Reyes plated both with a double into the left center gap to close the Mets within a run at 3-2. Beltran then greeted Braves closer Mike Gonzalez with his own double, Carlos then stole third(He appeared to be out on a 3b Chipper Jones-C Brian McCann catch and throw combo). Regular 2b Luis Castillo pinch hit and scored Beltran with a sacrifice fly to left, easily scoring Beltran to tie the game at 3. 

Francisco Rodriquez got the Citifield fans going with 2 stellar innings to make the win possible. His control was on(17 strikes out of 26 pitches) and  had the Braves off balance in a rare 2 inning appearance for a premier closer. Jeff Bennett took the mound in the 10th for Atlanta, retiring the first two Mets without issue. Reyes reached on an infield single then stealing 2nd base. After two walks(One intentional), Beltran came to the plate with the bases full and drew a low ball 4 on a full count for the winning run.

 

Star of the Game: Beltran- 5 tool player who has played with a recent fire and outward intensity. Made plays all over the park and his manager was fired up post game,“He can take over a game. That’s basically what he did tonight,” Manuel said.

Carlos Delgado update: Manuel is attempting to avoid putting his slugging 1b on the DL by shutting him down until the weekend. If he does not have further complications or pain, he will play. But the Mets skipper said if he does not play by Friday, the 15 day DL becomes a strong option. Fernando Tatis will get most of the starts at first. Manuel has also mentioned LF Daniel Murphy as long term replacement if Carlos is down for considerable time. 

Tough Luck: Braves Jair Jurrjens pitched a great game, allowing 4 hits over 8 innings. He is 3-2 with a 2.06 era and 1.17 WHIP. Great job by Detroit Tigers management trading this guy for old Edgar Renteria!

Game Notes:  Reed started in RF, going 1 for 3 with a run…Murphy batted 3 with Beltran and Wright following 4-5… Alex Cora went 1 for 3 at 2b…. Wright posted his 6th caught stealing

Next Game:

Wednesday, Series finale vs Atlanta at Citifield

1:10

Mets LH Jon Niese(0-0,3.00)  vs. Braves LH Jo-Jo Reyes(0-2,5.48) 


May 12, 2009

7 game wins streak snapped as Braves defeat Mets, 8-3

by @ 7:09 am. Filed under 2009 Mets

The Atlanta Braves received a strong outing from free agent signee Derek Lowe while Mets hitters continued to struggle with ace Johan Santana on the bump, helping the visitors defeat the Mets, 8-3 Monday night at Citifield. Lowe kept the Mets at bay while the Atlanta batters clawed and scratched to get Santana’s pitch count(101) high enough to leave the contest in the 7th with the score tied at 1. The opportunistic Braves then plated 4 runs in the frame to secure the win.

Lowe(5-1,3.80), who was a major free agent target of the Mets, was outstanding. Over 6 and 2/3 innings, he allowed 5 hits and 2 runs while K-ing one and walking 2. He was clearly fired up by the opponent and setting, “I love facing guys like that, especially Santana. He’s going to beat you more than you’re going to beat him, but it’s fun to be in those games,” Lowe said. “It’s fun to challenge yourself to see if you can step up when you have to.”

Atlanta won the game in the 7th vs the Mets set-up men. As RH Bobby Parnell, LH Pedro Feliciano and RH Brian Stokes all gave up hits, with LF Matt Diaz  and 1b Casey Kotchman both driving in 2 runs apiece. The Braves added two runs in the 9th vs 40 year old rookie Ken Takahashi to make it 8-2 Atlanta. Mets C Omir Santos drove in the run 9th but the rally came up short, handing the Mets a 8-3 defeat, ending their 7 game win streak. 

The Mets hitters wasted another gem from their talented lefty, this is his 2nd loss without allowing an EARNED RUN!!!  Thru 7 starts his era stands at 0.78 but he amazingly has 2 losses!!! NY has scored 15 runs in his 7 starts, 11 with him on the mound. In their 24 other games, the Mets average 5.79. “We need to try to figure that out. It’s hard to believe,” SS Jose Reyes said. “We feel bad right now.” The Mets leader echoed those sentiments, “Hopefully, there will come a point where we will pick him up,” manager Jerry Manuel said. “I think it’s just coincidence, I really do. He’s the type of guy that gets everybody up before his game. He might be getting ’em too geeked — that might be it. I think it’ll turn around.”


 

Star of the Game: Lowe- The talented veteran is durable and a groundball machine who eats innings. Plus he is a great athlete and club house guy who takes the ball all the time for the team.(Ask any Boston Red Sox fan about the 03-04 post seasons!!!)

Poor Omar: You think the Mets GM will be asked a few times why he did not sign Lowe? He would look pretty good in a Mets uni behind Santana!!! Oliver Perez at 3/39 or D-Lowe at 4/60? PLEASE!!!!!

Game Notes: The Mets face their first big injury issue with 1b Carlos Delgado’s hip acting up. He was not in the starting lineup and was available to pinch hit Monday. He is trying to avoid the DL and might miss the entire Atlanta series…3b David Wright, 1b Fernando Tatis and RF Jeremy Reed all had 2 hits


Next Game:

Tuesday ,Game 2 of 3 game set with the Braves, Citifield

7:10 pm

Mets RH Mike Pelfrey(4-0,5.46) vs Braves RH Jair Jurrjens (3-2,2.01)

May 11, 2009

Man Ram and Roids

by @ 1:53 pm. Filed under 2009 Mets

As a baseball writer, part of the job description has become offering opinions, insights and thoughts on the latest steroid controversy. The reports last week of a failed performance enhancing drugs test for Los Angeles Dodgers star LF Manny Ramirez again put this topic in the news.(Literally, it was front page news in the NY Times)  The red hot Dodgers must now deal without their top power threat and box office draw, while he sits for 50 games serving his league mandated punishment. 

My general thoughts on the Steriods/Man Ram issue:

MLB- 

1- MLB should start a practice similiar to what the NFL does with problem drugs or supplements to avoid JC Romero type suspensions(Philadelphia Phillies reliever who took 3 GNC over the counter supplements and failed a MLB drug test). If you are a ML player you only get drugs or any medical type vitamins after you call a hotline number(ala the NFL) to ask questions or clear the specific item. If the other end does not give the drug  in issue an ok, you are on your own if you take it, dealing with the consequences and ramifications. 

2- Part 2 of this idea is if you fail a drug test, you are banned FOR LIFE. No 3 strikes, no if, ands or buts, 1 and done. That will deter people. Take a look at the NBA drug program or Google names like Roy Tarpley, Michael Ray Richardson and Stanley Roberts. 

3I say this every time I waste time from my day to write about this BS, Bud Selig, Donald Fehr, Gene Orza, et al, should be in federal prison on drug charges. They covered up, enabled and looked the other way where leadership was needed. These clowns could not hold Gene Upshaw or Paul Tagliabue’s luggage in either the integrity or morals category. Blood should be and will always be on their hands.

4- While it is great we have caught these players and I think numbers show home runs are down, MLB and all sports for that matter, need a blood test for HGH to really even the playing field. This would remove the black cloud of doubt and suspicion that plagues this sport and its records.

5 After writing #3, I have to give those same people credit for busting a potential 1st ballot Hall of Famer in Ramirez. His name could have weeded out or covered up without this being public knowledge. Good job by the sport punishing a major star in a HUGE market. 

6I will not be shocked or surprised about any name (Outside of these 4)  linked to PEDs—–My holly grail:  Chipper Jones, Ken Griffey Jr, Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine. 

7- Stealing an idea from my friends at Pizza House here in Ann Arbor- Our Co-owner Matt and Day Manager/Bartender/Group-party reservation guy Ricky- both suggested that we have two separate  record books for the non-roiders and this era of performance enhancement. You cannot just erase this era of players yet you should not rate them as highly as a Hank Aaron or Roger Maris. 

Manny Ramirez-

1 Very strange outdated drug that he tested positive for. The substance is banned from the Olympics and is more of a post-roids drug used to return your body chemistry back to normal, hence the sex drug rumors/reports, fighting the nuttering side effects of harsher drugs.

2- You wonder if Manny’s strange contract hold out was related to his drug use. Was he cycling down or training? 

3- As a guy who grew up in Boston and watched Man Ram about 500 times, I never thought of him as a Roids guy. His body did not have an obvious change and his play was remarkably consistent. 

4- All of the haters of super agent Scott Boras are dancing a gig  over the past 2 months with 2 of his star clients, Yankees star Alex Rodriquez and now Man Ram being exposed as cheats and frauds. You have to at least question what role one of the most  controversial figures in the game  had in his players use of performance enhancing drugs .

5- The impact of the suspension does not only hit the player but his team as well. Now the hottest team in the NL is without their clean up hitter and LF. I like Juan Pierre a lot but if I am Jake Peavy, I don’t spend many nights up worrying about him hitting a ball 450 feet. In today’s game with this economic situation, you cannot just replace your #4 hitter. HUGE LOSS. 

6- Manny Ramirez has been known to do some crazy, irrational things, which are usually more harmless than harmful but entertaining as well. However, when this story broke I wondered privately if some of the moodiness or other strange behavior was caused by drug use, ala Roger Clemens and his numerous roid rage type acts.(ask Mike Piazza TWICE)

May 10, 2009

Mets win 7th straight, Livian 150 as New York defeats Pittsburgh,8-4

by @ 2:02 pm. Filed under 2009 Mets

The New York Mets(17-13) continued their recent hot streak of overall great team play Sunday, defeating the struggling Pittsburgh Pirates,8-4 at Citifield. Veteran starter Livian Hernandez battled hard for 6 innings to earn his 150th career win, while CF Carlos Beltran, 2b Luis Castillo and C Omir Santos all drove in two runs apiece.

The Mets broke open a 3-2 game in the late innings scoring 5 runs combined in the 7th and 8th(4 in the 8th) to pull ahead. Early on, the Mets got rbi from 3b David Wright and Santos in the 4th. Castillo singled in the lone 7th inning score. Hernandez kept the score close with his veteran guile serving him well thru 11 base runners in  his 6 frames.(7 hits and 4 walks) However, he kept the damage to a minimum(2 runs ) with the help of 5 timely Ks. 

The Mets took charge for good in the 8th with some opportunistic baseball. SS Jose Reyes drew bases loaded walk for a 5-2 NY spread, Castillo then hit a sacrifice fly for the 6th score. Beltran continued his MVP like campaign with a 2 rub double to make it 8-2 Mets. Pirates stud CF Nate McLouth hit a 2 run shot vs RP Sean Green in the 9th for the final runs of the contest. Green recovered, however, and retired the final 3 Pittsburgh batters without incident to secure the 8-4 win, the Mets 7th in a row.

Star of the Game:  Hernandez- 150 wins for the grizzled veteran and valuable #5 starter. 

Pitching Contagious: During this recent hot streak, Mets starting pitchers have all gone at least 6 innings and have gone 6-0 with a 2.26 era. A definite recipe for success! 

Game Notes: Reyes stole his 300th career base…. Santos, who is now hitting .300, started for injured C Ramon Castro, who left Saturday’s contest with a tight right quad….Both clubs had several players use pink bats for Mothers day and Breast Cancer awareness… The Pirates are a mess! They have lost 8  in a row and 12 out of 13 after starting 11-7 in 2009.

Next Game:

Monday, Start 3 game series vs Atlanta Braves at Citifield

7:10 pm

Mets LH Johan Santana(4-1,0.91) vs Braves Derek Lowe(4-1,3.98)

Mets punish Pirates 10-1 for 6th win a row

by @ 9:59 am. Filed under 2009 Mets

The New York Mets pounded out 17 hits while John Maine continued their recent streak of excellent starting pitching, helping them defeat the Pittsburgh Pirates 10-1 Saturday afternoon at Citifield. Jose Reyes paced the attack with 3 hits, while he was joined by 2b Luis Castillo, CF Carlos Beltran, 1b Carlos Delgado, 3b David Wright, RF Gary Sheffield and LF-1b Fernando Tatis at 2 hits apiece.  Every position player who posted 3 plate appearances had a hit and run or rbi. 

Maine was huge part of the win and is a vital part of this team’s post season plans, along with Mike Pelfrey, Jon Niese and Livian Hernandez.  Maine went 6 for his 3rd win, allowing 3 hits and 1 run.( On a homer to Pirates SP Paul Maholm) The key for him was keeping the free passes down(6 in his last start) as well as his pitch count. “They didn’t have many walks but I could have done better,” said Maine, who threw 102 pitches. “It’s just three good starts in a row, and next time hopefully I’ll lower the pitches a little bit and get to the seventh.”

The game had added intrigue due to the 1 game suspension of popular Mets skipper Jerry Manuel. Manuel brushed an umpire Thursday night during a heated exchange with Bill Welke. Long time baseball figure and Mets bench coach Sandy Alomar Sr. “It was a great day in the park,” said Alomar, who didn’t believe he ever had to act as manager in the big leagues. “When you get 10 runs, the other team one, I don’t know if there’s anything difficult to it.”

 

Star of the Game: 2009 Mets—Best game they have played top to bottom all season- hitting, fielding and pitching— maybe Jerry should get suspended more often! “We have the players, the ingredients and I believe that the players are believing more and more in the things that we’ve been doing,” Alomar said.

Game Notes: C Ramon Castro left the game with a tight quad, Alomar said he could play post game…Sheffield(1st multi hit game of the year) made a nice diving catch in right…Reyes stole his ninth base

 

Next Game: 

Series finale Sunday vs Pirates at Citifield

1:10 pm

Mets RH Livian Hernandez(2-1,5.46) vs. Pirates RH Ian Snell(1-4,4.37)

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