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June 30, 2009

Braun and Fielder punish Santana as Brewers defeat the Mets, 6-3

by @ 8:27 pm. Filed under 2009 Mets

The dynamic duo of the Milwaukee Brewers -1B Prince Fielder and LF Ryan Braun- drove in 5 of the 6 runs, leading the home team to a 6-3 victory over the depleted New York Mets Tuesday night at Miller Park.  Mets ace lefty Johan Santana(9-6, 3.34) had some unfortunate luck but also gave up 9 hits and 6 runs over 6 innings. The loss put NY’s season high losing streak at 5 and they finished June with a 9-18 record. The wear and tear of being without star players SS Jose Reyes, 1B Carlos Delgado and CF Carlos Beltran as well as pitchers John Maine, J.J. Putz and Oliver Perez has clearly taken its toll.

The Mets got off to a great start when Wright homered in the first with one on off of Brewers starter RH Mike Burns(1-1,3.31) and things  looked like they would turn in NY’s favor. However, the Brewers have a tremendous line-up with a strong blend of youth and experience and you  knew Johan would not have an easy night. He didn’t , as Braun singled home the first Milwaukee run in the 3rd.

Things came apart in the home fourth for NY and they have no one to blame but themselves. Santana walked Burns and a fly ball to rookie CF Fernando Martinez looked like a sure out only to see the promising youngster get his cleats caught in the turf and the ball dropped in for a double. SS JJ Hardy walked on four pitches, causing pitching coach Dan Warthen to visit his agitated ace on the mound. Warthen then took up for his ace and was ejected by home plate umpire Jim Wolf. Braun then hit a 0-2 pitch into the left for a 3 run double & the Brewers LF came home on Santana’s poor relay throw to make it 5-2 Milwaukee.

Prince Fielder’s tremendous shot to right center ,that was over 450 feet, chased Santana in the 7th. NY RH Barry Stokes(2 holds, 4.15) took over and got the side out. Sean Green(6 holds,5.24) pitched a 1-2-3 8th with 3 ground balls. The Mets final run came on Martinez’ first career homer with 2 outs in the 9th.

Star of the Game: Braun- Tremendous talent who is inline to start in the OF for the NL All Star team.

1st Career win: Burns- The veteran of 3 ML teams earned the win with 6 and 2 thirds of work, allowing 2 runs and 5 hits with 2 Ks and 1 walk. He threw 95 pitches, while recording outs on 11 fly outs and 7 grounders.

Mets starting line-up:

1- SS Alex Cora

2- 2B Fernando Tatis

3- 3B David Wright

4- LF Gary Sheffield

5- RF Ryan Church

6- 1B Nick Evans

7- CF Fernando Martinez

8- C Omir Santos

9- Pitcher

Game Notes: SS Jose Reyes has gone to Port St. Lucie, Fla to begin working out to return from his leg injuries…. Wright’s homer was his first since June 9th… Santana has walked the opposing pitcher 6 times & has lost 4 of his last 6 starts…. Mets Manager Jerry Manuel kept the locker room closed for close to 30 minutes post game and the message was simple: we have enough to win with this group, stay together and do not feel sorry for yourselves

Next Game:

Wednesday, series finale vs the Brewers at Miller Park

2:05

Mets RH Mike Pelfrey(5-3,4.67) vs. Brewers RH Yovani Gallardo(8-4,.286)


Brewers McGehee slam makes up for error as Brewers defeat Mets,10-6

by @ 12:45 pm. Filed under 2009 Mets

Brewers rookie 3b Casey McGehee’s 6th inning grand slam more than made up for the 2 runs his error allowed, helping Milwaukee defeat the struggling New York Mets 10-6 Monday night in Wisconsin. Milwaukee banged out 19 hits and was led by SS JJ Hardy’s near cycle(4 for 4 with a single, homer and double). Mets waiver wire pick up, right handed starter Fernando Nieve(3-1,2.25)  struggled for the first time during his stint in NY, allowing 11 hits and 3 runs in 3 and third innings. RF Ryan Church had 4 hits to pace NY.

Milwaukee scored single runs in the 2nd(C Jason Kendall rbi single), 3rd(Hardy homer) and 4th(P Braden Looper’s rbi single) to go up 3. Looper pitched well and his defense  hurt his cause in the 6th. McGehee then dropped what should have been the 3rd out of the frame and the Mets  made him pay for it. C Brian Schneider’s double scored two the lead was down to 1 at 3-2.

Mets RH Brian Stokes was done in by one of the better offensive team in all of MLB in the bottom of the inning. After alternating outs and hits, he walked Brewers slugger 1B Prince Fielder to load the bases. McGehee then crushed a pitch to left center making it 7-2 Brewers. The rookie has the right mental approach and attitude, “You play long enough you’re going to have one of those, ‘What are you doing moments?'” McGehee said. “[I] more felt terrible for Looper in that because he was throwing the ball so well. … I felt like I took the momentum he had going and kind of put it to a halt.”

Looper(6-4) pitched into the 7th, going 6 and a third, allowing 7 hits and 3 runs(1 earned) while walking and striking out 2. His team added runs in the 7th(1) and 2 in the 8th vs the Mets relievers to make it 10-3.  LH Pat Misch(5.87) was charged with 1 while rookie RH Bobby Parnell(12 holds, 5.22) struggles continued as he allowed 3 hits and 2 runs.

NY has lost 4 straight and the Mets are under .500 for the first time since May 5.(37-38) However, the team did not quit and scored 3 runs in the 9th, hi-lighted by rbi hits from 3b David Wright(double) and Gary Sheffield(Tremendous 2 run homer to left center). But this team is in a major slump with a beaten and battered roster, that is not up to major league standards. Their leader did pull punches post game, “We’re a below average team. Period,” Mets manager Jerry Manuel said.

Star of the Game: McGehee–Just what the young and talented Brewers need, another big bat!!! This kid can hit(.365,5 homers and 21 rbi with a .964 OPs in 110 at bats!!!) and has a strong future. NL pitchers beware!!!

Mets starting line-up:

1- SS Argenis Reyes

2- 1B Daniel Murphy

3- 3B David Wright

4- LF Gary Sheffield

5- RF Ryan Church

6- CF Fernando Martinez

7- C Brian Schneider

8- 2B Luis Castillo

9- Pitcher


Game Notes:  Church returned after missing Sundays game with an illness…The Brewers snapped the Mets 5 game win streak vs Milwaukee…Looper is now 4-1 vs his former team…. LH SP Oliver Perez will make a rehab start Friday for Buffalo… Church made an unbelievable throw to get Looper at the plate in the 4th after Ryan Braun flied out. A serious candidate for Mets defensive play of the year!!!


Beltran update: Finally, some good news on the injury front!!! CF Carlos Beltan’s knee injury is not worse than originally feared and he should be back after the all star break. After being examined by Dr. Richard Steadman in Colorado, the surgeon agreed with Mets physician David Altchek’s prognosis of a bone bruise . Steadman’s clinic is known for its microfracture work and recently did the hip surgery on Yank$$s star 3B Alex Rodriquez.

Next Game:

Tuesday, Game 2 of 3 game series vs the  Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park

8:05

Mets LH Johan Santana(9-5,3.08) vs. Brewers RH Mike Burns(0-1,3.72 in 9.2 innings, 2 start of 2009)

June 29, 2009

Bad first inning dooms Mets as Yank$$s sweep, 4-2

by @ 7:03 am. Filed under 2009 Mets

In the finale of an embarrassing weekend for Mets fans everywhere, NY handed the rival NY Yank$$s 3 runs and lost 4-2 Sunday night at Citi-Field. Mets pitchers walked 11 Yank$$s(1 with the bases loaded) and could not turn two crucial plays in the first inning, costing the club 3 runs. Starting pitcher Livan Hernandez was again outstanding for New York, going 7 innings and allowing only 3 hits. He walked 5 and K-ed 1, however, he induced the Yank$$s into hitting into 3 double plays.

The game (and series) was a microcosm of the 2009 NY Mets season. They cannot hit with an injury depleted line-up, they make silly mental mistakes on the bases and in the field while playing hard but not smart. The recent lineups feature 2-3 players a night who are backups or minor leaguers!!! This is not the 07-08 NY Mets, this team is likeable, Manuel’s men battle and try. But watching this team is like watching someone fighting a tank with a slingshot! This cannot and will not work! If this continues or Mets GM Omar Minaya does not make a major trade, fans will not be heart broken by another collapse in September. It will be over in August!!!

The Yank$$s plated 3 runs in the first, on 2 doubles(One to lead off the game), 2 fielders choice plays(2 plays that could and should have gotten the Mets out of the inning) , a walk and sacrifice fly. They scored a huge insurance run in the 9th in embarrassing fashion. Mets closer Francisco Rodriquez walked future hall of fame closer Mariano Rivera(2 career at bats going into the game)  with the BASES LOADED!!! The Yank$$s outscored the Mets 17-3 and out hit them 26-9 in the 3 game weekend series.

The Mets offense might have hit a season low when they allowed the awful and unconfident Chien-MingWang(1-6) to earn his first win in more than a year.  Wang has posted horrific numbers(10.06 ERA, 2.13 WHIP) yet he looked like Sandy Koufax vs the Minaya Mets! Over 5 and a third, he allowed 4 hits and 2 runs. He walked 3 and K-ed the same amount. The Mets plated 2 runs in the 4th. After RF Gary Sheffield walked and advanced to 3rd on a ground out, rookie LF Fernando Martinez drove him in with a double. 2b Luis Castillo then drove the rookie in with a single down the 3rd base line to make it 4-2.

The Mets did not muster any offense after that. They managed 3 walks vs 3 set-up men before Rivera(1 hit, 2 Ks in 1 and a third) ended the night to earn his 19 save in 2009 and 500th all time. “He’s one of the premier closers in my time,” Mets manager Jerry Manuel said about Rivera. “I wasn’t applauding him tonight, but you do have to applaud that.”

Star of the Game: Rivera- 500 saves is 500 saves. No other Yank$$ did anything worthy of this award. This weekend is on Mets GM Omar Minaya, who should be embarrassed by allowing his team to put that talent deprived product on the field.


Mets starting Line-up:

1- 1B Daniel Murphy

2- SS Alex Cora

3- 3B David Wright

4- LF Gary Sheffield

5- RF Ryan Church

6- CF Fernando Martiinez

7- C Brian Schneider

8- 2B Luis Castillo

9- Pitcher

Game Notes: Manuel came close to begging Minaya for help post game. “If we get below [.500] and we continue to struggle offensively as we are, I think that’s a no-brainer,” Manuel said. “I think we have to visit that. I think that has to be visited or talked about at some point. It would be dishonest if I said no.”… Mets LH SP Oliver Perez had a great outing for the Brooklyn Cyclones on his rehab assignment, recovering from a knee injury. He went 5 innings, allowing 2 hits, striking out 6 and walking one. He threw 73 pitches(41 for strikes) and will make at least one more start(probably Triple A Buffalo) to get stretched out to 100 pitches… Mets went 5-10 in Inter league play


Next Game:


Monday, Start a 2 series road trip with 3 games at  the Milwaukee Brewers

7:05

Mets RH Fernando Nieve(3-0, 1.31) vs. RH Braden Looper(5-4,5.16)

June 28, 2009

Burnett, 2 relievers 1 hit Mets, Yank$$s win, 5-0

by @ 1:51 pm. Filed under 2009 Mets

New York Yank$$s off-season free agent acquisition A.J Burnett(6-4,3.93) stoned the Mets for 7 innings, allowing only a 1 hit, leading the Yank$$s to a 5-0 win Saturday night at Citi-Field. C Jorge Posada’s 6th inning 3 run homer was the big blow while RF Nick Swisher’s solo shot in the 3rd proved to be the game winner. Mets starter Tim Redding(1-3, 6.35) kept the injury ravaged Mets in the game until the 6th and was dealt the loss.

Burnett was unbelievable with his plus fast ball and curve working all night. With the Mets down 3 of their vaunted “core” star players- SS Jose Reyes, 1B Carlos Delgado and CF Carlos Beltran- they could do little to mount a sustained offensive attack. “We’ll need a break here or there or error, something like that to, you know, amass any type of threat,” Mets manager Jerry Manuel said. 1B Daniel Murphy’s 5th inning drive that Yank$$s LF Melky Cabrera made a nice play on was the hardest hit ball by the Mets all night.

Burnett, who allowed only a single to SS Alex Cora on a 0-1 curveball in the home 6th, struck out 10 and walked 3. His performance was spurned on by fellow free agent purchase CC Sabathia’s strong outing Friday night. “You can say I was inspired, definitely,” Burnett said. “I thought about his game all last night. And I’ve told him a handful of times over the season, ‘I can’t wait to throw behind you, Big Man, I can’t wait.” Amazingly, Cora had gone 0 for 21 in his career vs the Yank$$s right hander.  The Mets had no answer for either power arm.”They had great stuff,” Ryan Church said. “That’s why they get paid the money they do.”

Star of the Game: Burnett–Ex-Met farm hand showed why the Yank$$s cut the check. Dominant from pitch one to 108.  How dominant was the big righty? He allowed a season low 5 fly balls, while the Mets put only 19% of his curve balls in play. On 2 strike counts, 21 of the next 26 pitches were also strikes!!!

Mets starting Line-up:

1- SS Alex Cora

2- 2B Argenis Reyes

3- 3B David Wright

4- RF Ryan Church

5- LF Gary Sheffield

6- 1B Daniel Murphy

7- CF Jeremy Reed

8- C Brian Schneider

9- Pitcher

Omar!!!!!!: Again, I screamed for this guys job yesterday and our GM of the Mets, Omar Minaya, just allowed a team they will directly compete with(the St. Louis Cardinals) to acquire a player(Mark DeRosa) who could greatly help his team. Apparently, Omar has stopped doing his job or is either blinder than Stevie Wonder. Does he watch the games? This team is starving for offense and when you have quality veteran people like Cora expressing public concern about the morale of a team, things are bad. Get on the phone Omar to either call in your resignation or make a move– TODAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Game Notes:  Manuel monitored  Reyes running workout before the game. The superstar SS still has no timetable for a return but don’t expect a return until after the All Star break. “He looked OK. I think he’s making some progress. But I still think they’re being very, very cautious with him and his approach,” Manuel said. “If I get him back soon, it’s like a bonus for us.”… Rookie OF Fernando Martinez pinch hit in the 8th and grounded out… Relievers Brian Stokes, LH Pat Misch and Elmer Dessens combined to pitch 3 2/3rd innings of shut-out ball for the Mets… Mets have been outscored 14-1 and outhit 22-4 in the first two games of the weekend, while being retired in order 1-2-3 14 of the 18 innings


Next Game:

Sunday, Subway series finale vs the Yank$$s at Citi-Field

8:05 pm

Mets RH Livan Hernandez(5-2,4.05) vs. Chien-Ming Wang(0-6,11.20)



June 27, 2009

Yankees pull away late, beat Mets,9-1

by @ 11:10 am. Filed under 2009 Mets

The New York Yank$$s pounded out 14 hits and scored 5 runs late, pulling away to defeat the injury depleted New York Mets 9-1 Friday night at Citi-Field.  Yankees free agent prize threw 7 innings of 3 hit ball while CF Brett Gardner had a career high five hits. Noted steroid cheat and Yankees 3B Alex Rodriquez passed Yankees legend Reggie Jackson for 11th place on the all time home run list with a 8th inning shot.

The Mets, playing without 3 star every day players, their top set-up man an d 2 starting pitchers, cannot afford to play sloppy or bad baseball. They did both in the 4 run 2nd inning to help do in RH Mike Pelfrey. Errors by 3B David Wright, SS Alex Cora and 1B Nick Evans helped them score on 2 hits and 2 misplays. Sabathia and injury fill-in Ramiro Pena drove in runs. “There was a point there, I started laughing,” said Mike Pelfrey (5-3,4.67), who dropped to 1-3 in his last nine starts. “You want the ball to get hit to those guys. They make great plays all the time. That was just weird.” Pelfrey finished allowing 6 hits and 4 runs(2 earned) over 5 frames. He K-ed 3 and walked 2.

The Mets managed only 3 hits, Gary Sheffield returned to the line-up after 4 days off dealing with a knee injury and his 5th inning homer was the Mets offense.  Sabathia(7-4,3.55) faced a mini-rally in that same inning but with 2 runners on he struck out the final two Mets hitters to effectively end the competitive portion of the contest. In 7 innings, he allowed 3 hits and Sheffield’s homer for the lone run. He struck out 8 and his 2nd inning rbi single provided the game winning rbi.

Star of the Game: Sabathia- Was huge with his arm and bat

Mets starting line-up:

1- 2B Luis Castillo

2- SS Alex Cora

3- 3B David Wright

4- RF Gary Sheffield

5- LF Fernando Tatis

6- CF Ryan Church

7- 1B Nick Evans

8- C Omir Santos

9- Pitcher

Game Notes: Game was delayed 1 hour and 7 minutes due to rain…. No Met had 2 hits….Every Yankees starter except C Francisco Cervelli had a base hit…. Wright now has 10 errors…. Yankees left 14 on base… Mets RH SP John Maine right shoulder has acted up again and will not pitch until after the All-Star break. He had pain playing catch Thursday and was given a 2nd cortisone shot. Maine was scheduled to pitch in a rehab start Saturday but will obviously miss that. “It is frustrating,” Maine said. “Even if I can go out there and just have a little bit of soreness, I would pitch. But I can’t go out there with pain. It’s not going to do me any good, it’s not going to do the team any good. And I tried. I tried to come back and throw. But I just couldn’t, so I just had to say something.” Mets GM Omar Minaya says their is nothing structurally wrong with the shoulder but Maine thinks it is a pinched nerve that needs to calm down with only rest.

Do something, NOW!!!: The Mets need a bat— I know they have injuries, I know the price will be high but this is a now team and they cannot win with this line-up in the field consistently. Jerry Manuel is a saint for not  flipping out publicly.(Take a look to Chicago and the Cubs!!)Omar, Get a bat today, get one yesterday or quit— TODAY!!!! Aubrey Huff, Mark Derosa, I don’t care… We need a “pro” Bat!!!! This line-up is a joke! Sending a guy to a gun fight with a butter knife, work all you want, you cannot win!!!

Next Game:

Saturday, Game 2 of the Subway series vs the Yank$$s at Citi-Field

7:10 pm

Mets RH Tim Redding(1-2,6.08) vs. Yankees RH A.J. Burnett(5-4,4.24)

June 25, 2009

Santana outpitches Carpenter, Evans again gets a big hit,Mets beat Cards,3-2

by @ 4:21 pm. Filed under 2009 Mets

Mets ace lefty Johan Santana battled control issues early but overcame them, leading the NY Mets to a huge 3-2 victory over the rival St. Louis Cardinals.  The injury depleted Mets put together a three run fourth inning vs Cards ace righty Chris Carpenter(5-2,1.78) hi-lighted by rookie 1B Nick Evans two out two run double.  Mets killer St. Louis C Yadier Molina was the only player to have 2  hits. The win gave the NY consecutive victories for the first time in 16 days while they clinched a series win for the first time since early June.(3-1). 

 

Santana had a rough time early, going to 3-0 counts on 4 of the first 11 batters. He was having issues with his fastball, during the inning break he went to the clubhouse and watched some video. He changed his mechanics and the old Johan was back.  He went 7 while allowing 7 hits and 3 walks. He was charged with 2 runs(1 earned) while K-ing 3.  Molina got him for an rbi single in the first but he escaped further damage. A key moment in the contest featured a showdown between Santana vs Cardinals superstar 1B Albert Pujols with the bases loaded in the 2nd with 2 out. Pujols fly-ed out the left to end the threat. “He just got himself out,” Santana said.

 

Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter was also outstanding but was done in by one bad inning. Over 7 innings, he was touched for only 4 hits and 3 runs with no walks and 5 Ks. He needed only 82 pitches(64 strikes) to finnish his day. The Mets put together all 4 hits vs Carpenter in the fourth, with 2B Luis Castillo and 3B David Wright getting back to back singles to start the frame. After a grounder moved both over, LF Fernando Tatis singled in Castillo. CF Fernando Martinez grounded out and the runners advanced another base. Rookie 1B Nick Evans hit a double deep to right to cap the Mets offense and put them up 3-1. Mets skipper Jerry Manuel has a simple message for his recent call-up, “He keep hitting, he keep playing,” Manuel said.

 

St. Louis scored their 2nd run vs Santana with a clutch 2 out hit from Joe Thurston in the 6th. Santana got thru the 7th and LH Pedro Feliciano(2.61,14 holds) followed with a strong 7th. Closer Francisco Rodriquez made it interesting in the 9th due to some questionable ball and strike calls but retired Molina on a line out to defensive replacement Jeremy Reed  in left to end the game, earning K- Rod his 20th save of the 2009 campaign.  His skipper could do without the late inning drama, however!!! “I think he likes the edge a little bit. I don’t,” Mets manager Jerry Manuel said.

 

 

Star of the Game: Santana- Showed why he is the “man” by making adjustments and getting key out when he did not have A+ command-control early. 

 

 

Mets starting Line-up:

 

1- SS Alex Cora

2- 2B Luis Castillo

3- 3B David Wright

4- RF Ryan Church

5- LF Fernando Tatis

6- CF Fernando Martinez

7- 1B Nick Evans

8- C Omir Santos

9- Pitcher

 

Game Notes:  Pujols had been 5 for 5 with 16 rbi in bases loaded situations…. Mets DL-ed starting pitchers RH John  Maine(shoulder) and LH Oliver Perez(knee) will start on consecutive days over the weekend for the Class A Brooklyn Cyclones, Maine will start Saturday…. OF Gary Sheffield remains out as Manuel continues to  rest his injured knee

 

 

Next Game:

 

Friday, Start round 2 of the Subway series vs the New York Yank$$s at Citi-Field

 

7:10 pm

 

Mets RH Mike Pelfrey(5-2,4,74) vs. Yankees LH CC Sabathia(6-4,3.71)

Nieve, Church led Mets to rare blowout, punish Cardinals 11-0

by @ 9:47 am. Filed under 2009 Mets

 

The New York Mets received another great performance from waiver pick up Fernando Nieve and banged out 16 hits, leading them to a decisive 11-0 rout of the St. Louis Cardinals Wednesday night at Citi-Field. Nieve, now 3-0, pitched 6 shut out innings while new clean up hitter RF Ryan Church had 3 hits and 2 rbi. Offensively, 3B David Wright was 4 for 4 with 3 runs while rookie 1B Nick Evans(2 hits, 2 runs, 2 rbi)  homered for NY. Fernando Tatis drove in 3, his first multiple rbi game since May 18. The 11 runs are a season high for Mets.

 

Nieve was again outstanding for the Mets and continues to provide quality starts after being claimed off waivers from the Houston Astros. in March. With the team down two injured starters in RH John Maine and LH Oliver Perez, Fernando has helped keep the Mets afloat with all of the injuries, over 18 2/3 innings he allowed 10 hits and 3 runs in his 3 starts. “He has to keep pitching for us,” Mets manager Jerry Manuel said. “Shutout innings. Giving us an opportunity to win. He looks like his ball really gets on guys. … We’re going to keep pitching out there.”

 

Nieve(3-0,1.31) allowed only 3 hits over 6 frames, while striking out 5 and walking 4(walked Cardinals superstar 1B Albert Pujols twice). His teammates have taken notice of the talented righty as well .”He has tremendous stuff. When he first got called up I didn’t know too much about him but he catches your attention,” Wright said. “I like his demeanor, the confidence he has, and hopefully he keeps going.”

 

With the team down 3 of the vaunted “core” 1B Carlos Delgado, SS Jose Reyes and CF Carlos Beltran, any win is bonus. Wednesday night we saw some good things from people the Mets need to step up, a Church, a Tatis and a Evans can help this club a lot. And they are capable. The Franchise outlined the Mets battle plan for the coming games,”I like how Jerry put it. ‘Each win takes us a game off the schedule and gets us one game closer to getting some of those guys back,'” Wright said of his injury-ravaged club.

 

Star of the Game:  Nieve- Unbelievable find by Mets GM Omar Minaya and his staff

 

Mets starting line-up:

 

1- SS Alex Cora

2- 2B Luis Castillo

3- 3B David Wright

4- RF Ryan Church

5- LF Fernando Tatis

6- CF Fernando Martinez

7- 1B Nick Evans

8- C Brian Schneider

9- Pitcher

 

 

Don’t think, THROW!!!: “I was thinking too much when I was with the Astros. The first time it was when [Roger] Clemens signed,” said Nieve, claimed off waivers from Houston in March. “Now, I just think about doing my job.”

 

 


Game Notes: The team recalled INF Argenis Reyes from Triple-A  Buffalo and designated LH Jon Switzer for assignment…Wright’s 4 hits were a career high… Injured starting pitchers, RH John Maine and LH Oliver Perez, both had productive bullpen sessions Wednesday. Perez threw 50 and felt strong. He believes he just has to build his arm strength up to throw 100 pitches. Maine tossed 40 and had some achiness but was pain-free. The righty thinks he needs one or tow more outings before returning to the big club…. Relievers RH Brian Stokes, LH Pat Misch and RH Bobby Parnell all pitched a shut out inning for NY

 

Sheff update:  40 yr old Mets OF Gary Sheffield was being held out of the line up for the 3rd straight game and was given a cortisone shot behind his right knee Wednesday.  The team leader in homers(8) was a waiver pick-up after he cut by the Detroit Tigers. He is available to pinch hit in an emergency but this procedure should get him back for Friday’s game with the hated New York Yank$$s. “The best scenario is the route we’re taking right now,” Manuel said. “If we can get these two days he should be ready to go.”


Next Game:

 

Thursday, Finale of 4 game set vs the Cardinals at Citi-Field

1:10 pm

Mets LH Johan Santana(8-5,3.22) vs. Cardinals RH Chris Carpenter(5-1,1.53)

June 24, 2009

Pineiro two hits the Mets, Cards win, 3-0

by @ 7:13 am. Filed under 2009 Mets

RH Joel Pineiro won for the first time in 5 starts and superstar 1B Albert Pujols drove in 2 runs late in the game, leading the St. Louis Cardinals to a 3-0 win over the New York Mets Tuesday night at Citi-Field.  The game was only 2 hours and 13 minutes and featured a 52 minute rain delay in the 3rd inning. Cardinals lead off man, 2b-LF Skip Schumaker was the only player to get 2 hits. Mets starter Livan Hernandez(5-2, 4.05) deserved better and alowed Mets skipper Jerry Manuel to rest some of the weary relief corps. He pitched 7 strong, allowing 8 hits, 3 walks and 3 runs.(2 earned) He stuck out 3 while throwing 108 pitches. 

 

Pineiro pitched maybe the best game of the year vs the Mets. Depleted as NY is, he was outstanding. He threw 100 pitches(62 strikes) and induced 22 ground ball outs!!!! This man did not resemble someone who has lost 8 of nine after winning his first 4 starts. His sinker was working and The Mets could not mount a sustained offensive attack. “It’s something you feel when you go out there. When you see something is working, you stay with it,” Pineiro said. “Obviously, they know you are going to throw the sinker. But if I keep it down, they can’t hit it. It makes my curveball and slider better.”

 

St. Louis scored the only run they would need in the 3rd  and Pineiro got it going. He Doubled to lead off the inning and scored 2 batters later when improving Mets 1B Daniel Murphy made a bad throw to 2nd on a grounder to first. Hernandez sucked it up and got two outs before the rain stopped the inning. When the game resumed, Livan retired Cards CF Rick Ankiel to avoid further damage. 

 

Hernandez tired and allowed consecutive hits in the 7th after he popped up Pineiro to open the frame. A walk loaded the bases and Pujols ripped the first pitch into left to score the final 2 runs of the game. Livan escaped frther damage with his pick-off moves and got  the final 2 outs at 2nd, 1 withsthat drew 2 infielders. He then got Pujuls into a run down and he was tagged out at 2nd. 

 

 

Star of the Game: Pineiro- Not only did he shut the Mets out, he matched them in hits(2) while scoring the winning run in the 3rd. His mound counter-part summed it up, “The guy pitched amazing,” Mets starter Livan Hernandez said.

 

Mets starting line-up:

 

1- SS Alex Cora

2-1B Daniel Murphy

3- 3B David Wright

4- LF Fernando Tatis

5- RF Ryan Church

6- C Omir Santos

7- CF Fernando Martinez

8- 2B Luis Castillo

9- Pitcher

 

 

Game Notes: Mets hitters went 0 for 19 vs Pineiro’s fastball. The Cardinals righty entered the game with batters hitting .286 vs his number 1….. DL-ed starting pitchers RH John Maine(shoulder) and LH Oliver Perez(knee) will both pitch bullpen sessions Wednesday and will pitch Saturday– somewhere!!!! They could throw in the minors in a rehab start or pitch with the Mets….The amazing Pujols is now 5 for 5 with 16 rbis with the bases loaded in 2009…  Superstar SS Jose Reyes(leg) took some grounders during batting practice… RH Elmer Dessens made his Mets debut and pitched 2 shutout innings with 1 K… OF Gary Sheffield was again given the night off by Skipper Jerry Manuel in an attempt to  give the veteran some rest as he battles a knee problem…Mets 2B Luis Castillo drew a lead off walk in the 6th but was caught stealing by Cards stud C Yadier Molina 

 

 

Mets killer: Pineiro is now 3-0 with 2.91 era in 5 starts vs NY

 

No Breaks: The Franchise, Mets 3B David Wright summed up the night for NY hitters rather well post game,You can’t make any adjustments when he’s got a game plan, he’s sticking to it and he’s executing that game plan,” Wright said. “He went out there, had a good outing. There’s really nothing that we could have done more besides trying to find some holes, and that wasn’t happening tonight.”


Next Game: 

 

Wednesday, Game 3 of 4 game set vs the Cardinals at Citi-Field

 

7:10

 

Mets RH Fernando Nieve(2-0,1.84) vs. Cardinals RH Brad Thompson(2-2,3.89)

June 22, 2009

Mets use the whole team to best Cards,6-4

by @ 9:28 pm. Filed under 2009 Mets

The New York Mets got contributions from the entire line-up as well as a much needed strong start from veteran Tim Redding, leading them to a 6-4 victory over the rival St. Louis Cardinals Monday night at Citi-field.  NY had 14 hits, led by C Omir Santos’ 4,  while 1B Daniel Murphy(2 hits) homered. 2b Luis Castillo had 3 hits with a rbi double. Super sub Alex Cora(2 hits, 2 rbi) continues to make a daily contribution out of the lead-off spot.  The former World Champion outlined the team theme for the next couple of weeks(see previous blog about Mets injuries) , “It takes more than five superstars to win,” Cora said.

 

Redding(1-2,6.07) pitched into the 8th and earned his first win since August 18, 2007. He allowed homers to OF Ryan Ludwick and SS Brendan Ryan but battled all night vs a red hot club. He was charged with 4 runs on 5 hits with 4 Ks and 1 walk. The veteran RH knew this was a big outing for him personally(rotation spot in jeopardy with vets John Maine and Oliver Perez close to returning) as well as the team. “It was a whirlwind day,” Redding said. “I told myself we had to get off to a good start, show we’re not just going to lay down.”

 

The Mets turned to two unlikely names to pitch the 8th inning with the game on the line after Redding tired,  LH Jason Switzer(1/3 of an inning) and RH Barry Stokes. Stokes faced off the best player on the planet, Cardinals 1B Albert Pujols with a runner on and the score 5-4 Mets. Pujols, the reigning NL player of the week, had a great weekend series vs the Kansas City Royals, hitting 3 homers with 10 rbi. Stokes hung tough and go Pujols to hit a 2-2 slider back to him & NY converted it into a huge inning ending double play. “He made a good pitch. I swung. That’s all,” Pujols said. “I’m human. What, am I supposed to hit everything out of the park?” 

 

New York added a huge run in the bottom of the 8th with Cora driving in Castillo on a close play at the plate. With the score now 6-4 Mets, closer Francisco Rodriquez(1-2,1.04 era) earned his 19th save with a 1-2-3 ninth. The win puts NY at 35-33 and keeps the spirits up!  “It’s got to be huge to know we can compete after losing a huge player like Carlos,” Stokes said.

 

 

Star of the Game: The Mets team- Seriously,look at the line-up Manuel put out and you tell me how he does not win Manager of the Year! This game tonight is how the Mets must play with their current roster, everyone must contribute and not make this the David Wright show. Guys like Santos(Schneider over the weekend),Cora,  Murphy, Church and Castillo  must get an odd ht or clutch rbi. Some how this team has stayed afloat but Beltran is a huge, huge loss and it might be too much to ask this group to compete as currently constructed. 

 

Close Call: Mets SS Jose Reyes and trainer Ray Ramirez were  rear ended by a truck on the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge on the way to the hospital for an exam. Both are fine, THANKFULLY!!!

 

Power deficient?: The 9 batters in the New York starting line-up have a combined 16 homers. Pujols has 26 BY HIMSELF!!!!

 

Mets starting line-up:

 

1- SS Alex Cora

2- 1B Daniel Murphy

3- 3B David Wright

4- LF Fernando Tatis

5- RF Ryan Church

6- C Omir Santos

7- CF Jeremy Reed

8- 2B Luis Castillo

9- Pitcher


Game Notes: The Mets are now a MLB best 17-7 in series openers… Santos 4 hits were a career high… Team designated INF Wilson Valdez for assignment while recalling veteran P Elmer Dessens… Rookie OF Fernando Martinez took over for Tatis in Left for the 9th

 

Day Off: Manuel was looking to give some of his over-worked relievers the night off , notably Bobby Parnell, Pedro Feliciano and Sean Green. With Redding pitching well an deep into the game, mission accomplished. “That was huge for us,” Manuel said. “Now we begin to have length again in our bullpen.”

 

Next Game:

 

Tuesday, Game 2 of 4 vs the Cardinals at Citifield

 

7:10

Mets RH Livan Hernandez(5-1,4.18) vs. Cardinals RH Joel Pineiro(5-8,3.76)

 


Breaking Mets News: Beltran to DL

by @ 12:55 pm. Filed under 2009 Mets

Just when you thought things could not get worse, Mets superstar CF Carlos Beltran was just placed on the 15 day DL with his right  knee problem.  The have recalled super prospect Fernando Martinez to fill the roster spot. Beltran joins 1B Carlos Delgado, SS Jose Reyes, Set-up man J.J. Putz and starting pitchers Oliver Perez and John Maine on the DL. No truth to the rumor that the Mets will play “Alone” by  Heart when 3B David Wright bats for the next two weeks.

 

In another small move, RP Ken Takahashi was sent down and LH Pat Misch was recalled to fill his spot.

Pen coughs it up as Rays rally to defeat Mets,10-6

by @ 7:16 am. Filed under 2009 Mets

The NY Mets bullpen, one of the strongest in all of MLB, sprung a leak Sunday afternoon and The defending AL Champion Tampa Bay Rays took advantage, defeating the New York Mets 10-6 at Citifield. Rays star CF B.J. Upton tremendous 2 run shot in the 4 run 7th highlighted the 6 run explosion over the 7th and 8th innings which negated a 3 run Mets 6th, punctuated by NY Brian Schneider’s homer with 2 on. 3B David Wright had 3 hits to led NY, while CF Carlos Beltran added 2. 

 

Mets starter Mike Pelfrey(5-2,4.74)  pitched  well but was done in a by a poor 5th inning where the Rays plated 4 runs. LF Carl Crawford(2 run single) and Upton(2 run double) combined to drive in all 4 runs. Pelfrey allowed 8 hits and 4 runs over 5 innings while striking out 4. The talented RH was impressed by the strong Rays line-up(Highest scoring team in MLB), “If you don’t execute your pitches, they’re going to hurt you,” Pelfrey said.

 

The struggles of rookie Bobby Parnell(2-3,5.00) continued and he was kicked around the park in the 7th. He did not retire a batter while allowing 4 hits and 4 runs while looking rattled and unsure. Fellow rookie Ken Takahashi followed and went an inning. RH Sean Green allowed the final 2 runs in the 8th to cap the Rays offense. 3B Evan Longoria and Upton had 4 hits apiece, while Crawford had 3 to pace the 17  hit Rays attack. 

 

A key to the game was the Mets inability to punish the Rays pen after chasing starter Jeff Niemann(6-4,4.23) after 4 innings where he allowed 2 runs but threw 78 pitches while walking 4.  NY plated 4 runs in the 6th(3) and 7th but could not sustain offense with their injury depleted line-up. “I felt that offensively we could still score on their bullpen,” Mets manager Jerry Manuel said. “I was obviously wrong about that.” RH Grant Balfour(9 holds) got the game to closer LH J.P Howell(1.82, 4 saves, 4 holds) while striking out 3 over an inning and 2/3rds. The Mets could not rally vs these power arms and the final was 10-6 Tampa. The loss drops NY to 34-33 as they lost the series 2 games to 1. 

 


Star of the Game: Upton- 4 rbi and a bomb into the 2nd deck in right. AL teams should be terrified as he looks to be regaining form after off-season shoulder surgery.

 

Overuse?: Mets pen is 1 -7 in June. Could these be the residue of the injuries to starters Maine and Perez as well as elite set-up man J.J. Putz, not to mention the decline in offense with 1B Carlos Delgado and SS Jose Reyes out? 

 

Game Notes:  SPs RH John Maine(shoulder) and LH Oliver Perez(knee) will each start a game in a doubleheader for The Mets Single A club in St. Lucie…. For valuable prizes, guess which NL teams catchers have the most rbi? Your NY Mets have 48 to lead the league…. Manuel gave 2b Luis Castillo the day off and inserted Wilson Valdez at SS, moving regular SS Alex Cora to 2B for a day…. The game was delayed 34 minutes in the 7th due to a downpour

 

 

Mets starting line-up: 

1- 2B Alex Cora

2- 1B Daniel Murphy

3- CF Carlos Beltran

4- 3b David Wright

5- LF Gary Sheffield

6- RF Ryan Church

7- C Brian Schneider

8- SS Wilson Valdez

9- Pitcher

 

 

Next Game:

Monday, Start a 4 game series vs the St. Louis Cardinals at Citi-Field

7:10 pm

 

Mets RH Tim Redding(0-2,6.27) vs. Cardinals RH Todd Wellemeyer(6-6,5.36)


June 21, 2009

Johan pitches great but Shields a bit better, Rays defeat Mets,3-1

by @ 9:38 am. Filed under 2009 Mets

The NY Mets lost the battle Saturday(3-1 to Tampa) but might have won the war because it appears their ace, LH Johan Santana, is healthy. After getting pounded for 9 runs and hits in a little more than 3 innings during his last outing, he adjusted some mechanical flaws and the same old nasty Johan was back at Citifield. Santana(8-5,3.22) went 7 and 1/3 innings while allowing 3 hits and 2 runs with 3 Ks and 3 walks. He seemed relaxed post game and very positive, “A lot of people were panicking and a lot of people were making comments that had nothing to do with the stuff that I do,” Santana said. “We were able to tell that something was wrong, put it back together and work on it. And you know, I feel much better today.”

 

Unfortunately for Santana,(and the Mets hitters!!!) he went against one of the better pitchers in all of MLB in Rays LH James Shields. The talented south paw went 7 frames, allowing 3 hits and 1 run(2nd inning rbi double from C Omir Santos) while walking none and K-ing 4. Relievers Dan Wheeler(8 holds, 4.24) and new closer J.P Howell allowed only a sinle hit in the last 2 frames to secure the win. Shields knew he was in for a fignth but had the right approach when facing an elite talent like Santana, “It was a battle today,” Shields said. “I try not to feed off their pitcher — just go out and throw my game.”

 

Not much offense in this game but a very memorable homer late in the contest decided it. Rays red hot SS Jason Bartlett doubled with one out in the 5th and was plated by super sub OF Gabe Kapler to tie the score at 1. Bartlett,who recently returned from the DL, now has 15 game hitting streak. Santana made one mistake all day and Rays star 1B Carlos Pena made him pay for it in the 7th. He launched a 92 MPH fastball into the right center bleachers. Launched is a good word because it looked like a missile!!! Maybe the farthest ball I seen hit at Citifield. “I think that ball was the longest home run since Lou Brock at the Polo Grounds,” Rays manager Joe Maddon said. “I think our guys in general, after last year, like bigger games, like bigger crowds.”


 

Star of the Game: Shields- One of the more underrated pitchers in the game and the Citi-field fans got to see him at his best. 

 

Mets starting line-up:

 

1- SS Alex Cora

2- 1B Daniel Murphy

3- CF Carlos Beltran

4- 3B David Wright

5- RF Ryan Church

6- LF Jeremy Reed

7- C Omir Santos

8- 2B Luis Castillo

9- Pitcher

 

All is well: Manuel was very pleased with Santana’s outing, loss aside. Just watching, you could see he was on & healthy.“Johan was back to normal. I didn’t think it would be a thing that would last a long time with him,” Mets manager Jerry Manuel said. “I felt very confident that he would have a good outing.”


 

Game Notes: CF Carlos Beltran is scheduled to get an MRI on his his ailing right knee. He received a cortinsone shot in late May and the pain has returned in the joint.  He sounded concerned post game, “If it’s something that’s going to get worse, I can’t be playing,” Beltran said…. Zobrist’s 9th inning homer ended Green’s scoreless streak at 15 and 2/3rds. That was a career high and ended on a damn good pitch that a hot hitter put out… Manuel expressed concerns about fatigue hitting stars Beltran and 3B David Wright, who are now carrying an incredible load with SS Jose Reyes and 1B Carlos Delgado both out with long term injury issues. “The thing that kind of jumps out at me, as difficult as it is without [Reyes and Delgado], it becomes even more difficult when the responsibility, more or less is placed on Carlos and David,” Manuel said. “Then you have to take in the factor of fatigue and you have to manage that. That’s where it becomes trying.”


 

Next Game: 

 

Sunday, Final game of 3 in this inter-league series vs Tampa Bay at Citifield

 

1:10 pm

 

Mets RH Mike Pelfrey(5-2,4.56) vs. Raya RH Jeff Niemann( 6-4,4.21)

June 20, 2009

Schneider’s 3 run shot leads Mets over Rays,5-3

by @ 11:07 am. Filed under 2009 Mets

Waiver wire pick-up Fernando Nieve pitched his 2nd great start as a Met and C Brian Schneider backed his battery mate with a 3 run homer, leading the Mets to a 5-3 win over the Tampa Bay Rays Friday night at Citi-field. 3b David Wright and RF Ryan Church added rbi hits while 4 relievers combined over the final three frames to secure the win.

 

Schneider’s homer was the key offensive play of the game as he drove a pitch into the right center seats, scoring LF Gary Sheffield and Church. The homer was his 1st since September 18th of last year and came against his former team,  the Washington Nationals. Wright drive in the Mets 4th run with a double in the home 4th, scoring SS Alex Cora.  

 

The star of the night though had to be Nieve(2-0,1,84). He was great and the Mets have to excited about this arm. The talented righty allowed on 3 hits over 6 frames, with 1 run, 4 Ks and 3 walks. He thinks his improvement might be an environment or organization change. “Here I feel more confident in all my pitches,” Nieve said. “I want to show them that I can be in the rotation.” His catcher begs to defer and sees talent. “There’s no doubt he’s got good stuff,” Schneider said. “He mixed everything in. His fastball jumps up to 95, 96 [mph] sometimes and I don’t think a lot of people expect that.”

 

Mets RH Bobby Parnell (2-2, 12 holds, 3.67)  allowed two runs in the 7th via a 2 run double from Rays CF B.J. Upton (Childhood teammate of Wright in Virginia). However, LH Pedro Feliciano (2-2,2.86,13 holds) retired LF Carl Crawford for the final out of the frame. Vastly improved RH Sean Green(1-2,4.35) earned his 6th hold, escaping a jam in the 8th.  Church put NY up by 2 runs with a huge insurance run via an rbi single that plated CF Carlos Beltran in the bottom of the inning.

 

All that remained for Mets fans was whether star closer Francisco Rodriquez would recover from his tough blown save from Thursday night, when his control was out of sync and he was wild. The man was back and he got 3 easy fly outs to end the game and give the Mets a nice 5-3 win. “I felt a lot better today,” he said. “Everything was working. I was throwing the ball where I wanted to. My command was perfect.”

 

Star of the Game: Nieve- Great move by Mets GM Omar Minaya who has had some huge hits with the bargain basement pitching moves in 2009, led by Fernando and Livian Hernandez(5-1,4.18). Fernando has now allowed 3 runs in two outings against the two highest- scoring teams in baseball- Tampa and The New York Yank$$s. 

 

Roster Moves: NY sent prized OF prospect Fernando Martinez to Triple-A Buffalo and recalled OF-1b Nick Evans. With the team done with road inter league games where a DH is needed, Sheffield will need some days off with his knee issue and Evcans can play LF as well as First. He also gives Manuel a strong right handed bat who can give him flexibility and options in either spot vs lefties. 

 

Some Good News, For Once!!!: In a season that has featured some tough injuries and good awful losses, The Mets skipped was nothing but smiles talking about his new found #2 starter. “Oh, it’s been a tremendous surprise. Obviously, a pleasant one. His history wouldn’t have indicated he would be this good,” Mets manager Jerry Manuel said.

 

Game Notes: Church stole two bases for the first time in his carrer, he now has 5 on the year… 1B Daniel Murphy had 3 hits while Church added 2…. OF-INF Fernando Tatis had a pinch hit appearance and did not reach base… Jeremy Reed took over for Sheffield in the 9th in Left

 

 Mets starting line-up:

1- SS Alex Cora

2- 1B Daniel Murphy

3- CF Carlos Beltran

4- 3B David Wright

5- LF Gary Sheffield

6- RF Ryan Church

7- C Brian Schneider

8- 2B Luis Castillo

9- Pitcher

 

Home field advantage?: Mets are 19-11 at Citi field with 13 wins coming in their last 18 home games. 

 

Next Game: 

 

Saturday, Game 2 of inter league series vs the AL champion Tampa Bay Rays 

 

Mets LH Johan Santana(8-4,3.29) vs Rays RH James Shields(5-5,3.52)

June 18, 2009

Injury Updates

by @ 7:59 pm. Filed under 2009 Mets

Mets got some good news with one starting pitcher and not so good with another. LH Oliver Perez, DL-ed since May 7th with right knee tendinitis, threw 3 shutout innings in an extended spring training session Thursday. He used 48 pitches to allowing 3 hits while K-ing 5 and walking one. His fastball was clocked in the mid 90s. He will pitch again Tuesday in either another extended session or in a minor league game. 

RH John Maine threw 6o pitches in a simulated game Thursday morning but felt a pinch in his right shoulder. His skipper, Jerry Manuel sounded concerned ,“As I speak right now, I wasn’t anticipating even doing anything, because I anticipated that he would come back,” Manuel said two hours before his team’s game against the Orioles. “Now, I’ve got to go in and find out exactly what was wrong, and how long that will be.” Maine is scheduled to pitch again Saturday and according to Mets officials, he will not come off the DL when he is eligible Monday. 


Huff’s hit hands K- Rod his 1st “true” blown save, Os beat Mets,5-4

by @ 7:27 pm. Filed under 2009 Mets

Baltimore Oriole DH Aubrey Huff ‘s 3rd hit of the game scored the winning run   capping  a 2 run ninth inning rally, leading Baltimore to a  5-4 defeat of the New York Mets Thursday night at Camden Yards.  NY led 4-3 coming into the bottom of the 9th but Baltimore put together a strong rally vs Mets star closer Francisco Rodriquez(.56 era, 16 for 17 on save chances) to score two. SS Alex Cora, CF Carlos Beltran and 2b Luis Castillo all had 2 hits to pace the Mets attack. 

 

All losses are tough but this game was tough because veteran god-send Livian Hernandez(5-1,4.18) pitched another great game for the Mets(Unbeaten since April 23rd). Over 7 innings, he allowed 8 hits and 2 runs while K-ing 4 and walking 1. He allowed a homer to light hitting SS Robert Andino in the 3rd and another run in the 5th after O’s star 2B Brian Roberts doubled. 

 

Baltimore rookie RH Jason Berken(1-3,6.84) pitched well and seemed to tire in the 6th inning. The Mets tied the game with 2 runs in that frame with 3B David Wright(Sacrifice fly) and RF Ryan Church(rbi single) providing the pop. NY chased the kid with 2 more in the 7th when 1B Daniel Murphy and Beltran driving in runs. He finished with 6 2/3 innings pitched, 7  hits and 4 runs with 8 Ks and 1 walks.  LH Pedro Feliciano(12th hold) and RH Sean Green(5th hold) split the 8th and allowed one Baltimore run on a ground out to make it 4-3 Mets. 

 

Rodriquez, who has been nothing short of remarkable since signing with the Mets this off-season, allowed a lead off double to Os rookie phenom c Matt Wieters. A walk and close play fielder’s choice at 3rd(runner looked safe on the replay)loaded the bases. CF Adam Jones put together a strong at bat and drew a bases loaded walk from K-Rod. He rallied,however,to strike out Baltimore star RF Nick Markakis looking. However, Mets killer Huff (2 game winners in this series) singled to right, scoring rookie Nolan Reimold with the winning run. 

 

Star of the Game: Huff- 3 hits, caped by the winner.  Excellent veteran offensive player who fits the Mets like a glove. Paging Mr. Minaya, Paging Mr. Minaya!!!

 

Game Notes: K- Rod’s previous blown save was the infamous Luis Castillo error game last Friday night vs the Yankees…. NY fielders have zero errors during Livian Hernandez’ starts.. NY has now lost 10 of the last 14 contests… Castillo made some great defensive plays in this game, hi-lighted by a diving stop in the 8th to keep the inning from blowing up … OF Angel Pagan appears to be about 2 weeks away from returning from his groin strain. Meanwhile, ex-closer Billy Wagner is throwing 3 times a week and should face hitters by early July

 

Mets starting  Line-up:

1- SS Alex Cora

2- 1B Daniel Murphy

3- CF Carlos Beltran

4- 3B David Wright

5- DH Gary Sheffield

6- RF Ryan Church

7- C Omir Santos

8- LF Fernando Martinez

9- 2b Luis Castillo 

 

 

Next Game:

Friday, start 3 game series at Citi-field vs the reigning American League Champion Tampa Bay Rays

 

7:10 pm

 

Rays RH Andy Sonnanstine(5-6,6.65) vs Mets RH Fernando Nieve(1-0,2.08, 3rd Mets appearance)


June 17, 2009

Orioles homer way past Mets,6-4

by @ 8:24 pm. Filed under 2009 Mets

Rookie phenom Matt Wieters hit his 1st major league homer while veteran Aubrey Huff’s two run shot in the 7th lead the Baltimore Orioles to a 6-4 victory over the New York Mets at Camden Yards Wednesday night.  Huff’s homer in the 7th broke open a tie game while Orioles RF Nick Markakis had 4 hits. Mets rookie 1b Daniel Murphy paced the NY attack with 3 hits. 

 

Mets starter Tim Redding pitched well but was victimized by the tiny dimensions of Camden Yards. Baltimore’s much hyped rookie catcher hit a ball that barely cleared the fence in left for a 3-1 Orioles lead. He accepted his fate post game, “It’s tough to give up someone’s first big league home run by six inches, especially on a ball right over the wall,” Redding said. “But a home run is a home run. Two runs are two runs, We lost by two runs.” Redding pitched a solid game none the less, going 5 and a third innings, allowing 4 runs while walking 4 and K-ing 2. 

 

Baltimore starter Koji Uehara marked his return from the DL and a hamstring injury with 5 innings of strong pitching. He allowed 7 hits and 2 runs with 5 Ks. He allowed runs in the 2nd(Rbi single from  Murphy) and 4th(Sacrifice fly from C Brian Schneider) for the Mets early scores. Veteran DH Gary Sheffield continues to swing a strong bat with a homer in the 6th to cut the score to 4-3. A bases loaded walk tied the score in the same frame. 

 

Mets LH RP Pedro Feliciano(2-2,2.60,11 holds) is having a great year and owns lefties, allowing them to hit at a .125 clip over 64 plate appearances(2 homers as well). You know things are not going your way when he allows a homer to left handed bat Aubrey Huff with a runner on! Huff deposited the 7th inning  offering to right field and that swing proved to be the decisive blow at 6-4. The Mets managed a lone base runner in the ninth vs O’s closer George Sherrill(13 saves,2.45) but the talented south paw got the save and secured a nice win for the home team. 

 

Star of the Game: Huff- Maybe he was sending a message to Mets GM Omar Minaya to trade for him! His bat and ability to play multiple positions(1B,3B,corner OF) make him a strong option for NY.

 

Rookie remember: Tough when you lose but Mets fans might have seen the first career homer of a potentially great player in Wieters. He has the right make-up and approach and they both came out in post-game interviews. “It’s a good feeling — a good feeling first to get that zero out of the RBI column,” Wieters said.”I haven’t exactly been tearing the cover off the ball, so it’s good to get that kind of ovation and that kind of support from the home fans,” he said.

 

 

Game Notes: 3B David Wright went 0 for 5, ending his hitting streak at 11. He batted .558 during that stretch…. Fernando Tatis pinch hit in the 6th for rookie Martinez and stayed in the game. He was 1 for 2…. Rookie reliever Bobby Parnell pitched a strong inning out of the pen, after some rough outings last week

 

Mets Starting Line-up:

1- SS Alex Cora

2- LF Fernando Martinez

3- CF Carlos Beltran

4- 3B David Wright

5- RF Ryan Church

6- DH Gary Sheffield

7-1B Daniel Murphy

8- C Brian Schneider

9- 2B Luis Castillo

 

Next Game: 

 

Thursday, series finale vs the Orioles at Camden Yards

7:05

Mets RH Livan Hernandez(5-1,4.33) vs Orioles RH Jason Berken(1-3,7.32) 


June 16, 2009

Mets make Orioles pay for errors, defeat Baltimore,6-4

by @ 7:37 pm. Filed under 2009 Mets

In a season that has seen the New York Mets make numerous mistakes to cost them games, the club benefited from 3 errors from gracious host Orioles helping them defeat Baltimore 6-4 at Camden Yards  Tuesday night in Maryland. Mets starter RH Mike Pelfrey(5-2,4.56) won for the first time in 5 weeks while SS Alex Cora led the 11 hit attack with 3 hits. 

 

Orioles starter RH Jeremy Guthrie(4-7,5.42) pitched well until the being hurt by some shoddy fielding in the 4th. After a walk and blown double play ball, 3b David Wright singled home the games first run. RF Ryan Church followed with another rbi hit to make it 2-0. 1b Daniel Murphy(Sac fly) and C Brian Schneider(Single) had rbi to cap the frame. 

 

Pelfrey was outstanding all night and made one bad pitch to a great player in the 6th(2 run homer to Os star RF Nick Markakis). Reliever Sean Green(4 holds,4.60 era) entered the game in the same inning with 2 on but got a line out to end the threat. Pelfrey’s finale numbers: 5 2/3 innings, 5 hits and 2 runs with 2 Ks and 3 walks. The appearance marked the 13th straight that Green had not allowed an earned run. 

 

The Mets added 2 more huge insurance runs in the 7th when Orioles 1B Aubrey Huff dropped a tough play pop-up from Wright near the right field- first base area foul line. This was a huge play as rookie set-up man Bobby Parnell had a rough start of the ninth, allowing to hits on 5 pitches. Mets skipper Jerry Manuel summoned closer Francisco Rodriquez with 2 runners on. K Rod allowed the two runners to score(1 on a questionable  bases loaded walk) but struck out promising Baltimore CF Adam Jones to disappoint the home fans and give the Mets a much needed 6-4 victory. 

 

Star of the Game: Wright- Making a serious run at the MVP award with his play in all facets of the game. 2 hits, rbi and run with another steal(18). He also has stepped up in the leadership department with his mound visits and pep talks to pitchers. Last week he tried to rally RP Ken Takahashi , tonight it was the big right hander Pelfrey. Much needed and welcomed, has Sheffield rubbed off on the Franchise? 


Santana Update: Lots of reports about Mets ace left-hander Johan Santana possibly having a knee injury, some coming from ex-Mets pitching coach Rick Peterson. Not true according to the man himself, “How does he know my knee hurts? That’s the question that I have. Tell me, how did he find that out? It is crazy.” Santana said. “Not even the trainers know. Not even me. I didn’t know my knee hurts, just put it that way.” He mentioned a blister and back pain but both have healed. He believes it is a mechanical issue and very correctable. He will throw a bullpen session Wednesday,”Just work on my mechanics and try to locate the pitches better. That’s what I have to focus on. The last couple of games, we’re missing the location of the pitches,” he said.

 

Not the same old Mets: If you thought this team would lie down after the Sunday slaughter(15-0 loss to the rival Yankees) you have not watched the 2009 Mets.(See Saturday’s game for further evidence) The Franchise talked about that very topic post game, “We had the off-day to relax a little bit and get back at it,” Wright said. “It’s a resilient team.”

 


 

Mets starting line-up:

1- SS Alex Cora

2- LF Fernando Martinez

3- CF Carlos Beltran

4- 3B David Wright

5- RF Ryan Church

6-DH Gary Sheffield

7- 1B Daniel Murphy

8- C Brian Schneider

9-  2B Luis Castillo 

 

Game Notes: Gary Sheffield played despite rumors of his knee being a major issue, he did DH and will probably get 1-2 days off weekly after interleague play ends…C Brian Schneider had 2 hits… Team was 5 for 12 with runners in scoring position… The game marked the 1 year anniversary of Manuel’s hiring, The club has gone 88-67 since Jerry replaced Willie Randolph June 16, 2008…. Mets are 13-7 vs Baltimore in inter league play… Wright has a 11 game hit streak, going 24 for 43 in that span(.558) He is now hitting .365 on the year, for the month of June his average stands at .489 while in 2009 he hits lefties at a .510 clip!!!!

 

Key Man: Green- With J.J. Putz out with elbow surgery, his arm is needed and his recent performances dictate  he will get the ball A LOT!!!

 

 

Next Game:

Game 2 of three  game inter league series vs the Orioles at Camden Yards in Baltimore

 

7:05 

 

Mets RH Tim Redding(0-2,6.18) vs Orioles RH Koji Uehara(2-4,4.37)


June 14, 2009

Yankees pummel Mets and Santana, 15-0

by @ 9:24 pm. Filed under 2009 Mets

Mets ace Johan Santana was kicked around the park and his teammates were dominated by the host New York Yankees, losing 15-0 Sunday afternoon at the New Yankee Stadium. The Yanks pounded out 17 hits and homered twice while starting pitcher A.J. Burnett(5-3,4.46) pitched seven strong for the win. He allowed only 4 hits, while K-ing 8 and walking 4. SS Derek Jeter had 4 hits while 2b Robinson Cano and  rookie C Francisco Cervelli added 3 apiece. 

Santana had the worst start of his career and the numbers showed it. he was tagged for 9 hits and 9 runs over 3 innings, while striking out 3 and walking 2. He pitched into the 4th but could not record an out. He offered no excuses post game and tipped his hat to the opponent. “Today was a terrible day and that’s about it,” Santana said. “I didn’t locate my fastball today the way it’s supposed to be located.”

 

Star of the Game: Cervelli- Nice rookie find by the team that buys anything and everything. Young catching is not easy to find and this youngster looks and sounds like a keeper. 

 

MRI for Sheff:  DH-OF Gary Sheffield will get an MRI on his ailing right knee sometime this week. He will be able to DH early  this coming week with the team on the road in Baltimore. His skipper is very pleased with the interleague rules!!!! “I think the DH, this has come at a good time for us,” manager Jerry Manuel said. “No question.”


Game Notes: Manuel got an early shower as he came out to defend Wright after he was called out on strikes on a rather low pitch. Manuel appeared to be calm but was run by home plate umpire Jim Wolf… Sheffield’s two hits paced the Mets 

 

K Rod goes looking for  his Yankees critic: The Mets closer is quickly becoming my favorite player. Part of the problem with this current group of Yank$$s is they have done nothing-collectively or individually- worth noting. Saturday, a guy who has 13 career saves(Brian Bruney) made some comments about the major league single season saves leader and pre-game Sunday, Francisco Rodriquez(224 career saves) went looking for  this injured, borderline major leaguer.  The two had to be seperated and K Rod was pointing and yelling at a stunned Bruney. Maybe K Rod was telling him to park his car closer to the clubhouse next time? I guess I would be upset too if some guy said  I was “tired act” or “embarrassing ” yet he couldn’t comb my hair. I know, I know the Yankees are all saints, they never show emotion or point up to god when they make a good play. This comes from a guy who has Cadillac Cano(watch today’s homer) and Joba Chamberlain, who acts like he is John Travolta during his short starts, as teammates. He is lucky K-Rod didn’t knock his ass out.  

 

 

Mets starting Lineup:

1- SS Alex Cora

2- LF Fernando Martinez

3- CF Carlos Beltran

4- 3B David Wright

5- RF Ryan Church

6- DH Gary Sheffield

7- 1B Daniel Murphy

8- C Omir Santos

9- Pitcher

 

Next Game:

 

Team is off Monday

Tuesday start 3 game series at Camden Yards vs the Baltimore Orioles in interleague play

Mets RH Mike Pelfrey(4-2,4.68) vs Jeremy Guthrie(4-6,5.52)



Mets not dead yet, back Castillo and defeat Yankees, 6-2

by @ 3:54 pm. Filed under 2009 Mets

A day after  suffering one of the worst defeats in recent memory, the New York Mets received a lift from an unlikely source,helping them defeat the hated NY Yankees 6-2 Saturday afternoon. Injury fill-in Fernando Nieve stepped up huge for John Maine, pitching into the 7th, allowing only 4 hits & 2 runs. Rookie Fernando Martinez had his 1st 3 hit game of career to pace the 17 hit Mets attack. 

The Mets did not dwell on the disaster of Friday night and went along way to easing the pain of a devastated teammate in 2b Luis Castillo. C Omir Santos jumped on  pitch from struggling Yankees LH Andy Pettitte(6-3,4.52) for a 2 run shot in the 2nd. Santos led NY with 3 rbi, while Castillo, CF Carlos Beltran, 3b David Wright, DH Gary Sheffield, RF Ryan Church and Santos all had 2 hits apiece. Every Mets starter had a base hit while Sheffield homered and had 2 rbi. Pettitte was hit all over the park in 5 innings he allowed 12 hits and 5 runs with 3 Ks and 1 walk. The veteran lefty offered no excuses post game,“Just a poor job by me,” he said. “A lot of balls in the strike zone.”

 

Star of the Game: Nieve- Offered a much needed shot in the arm and was great from pitch number one. Earned his 1st win since June 2006 and also missed all of 2007 with elbow surgery.  NJot bad for a guy claimed off waivers from the Astros!!!

 

Tough Team: Say what you want about previous Mets clubs but this team is tough. They have had injuries and awful losses but Manuel’s players show up and battle everday. They might drop a ball or miss a base but they try. That is rare in today’s pro sports world. The Mets skipper knew this was more than just one of 162. “I sensed there was an urgency to play well,” manager Jerry Manuel said. “Obviously, the way the game ended last night, we all know to a man how difficult it’s been for Luis, and for him to go through it, I think to a man they felt an urgency to play well.”


 

Game Notes: Sheffield’s home run was his 506th of his career… RH Sean Green continues to pitch well and allowed only 1 hit in his 1 1/3 innings of work… The 17 hits are a season high for the Mets

 

Mets starting line-up:

1-2B Luis Castillo

2- SS Alex Cora

3- CF Carlos Beltran

4- 3B David Wright

5- DH Gary Sheffield

6- 1B Fernando Tatis

7- RF Ryan Church

8- C Omir Santos

9- LF Fernando Martinez


Next Game:

Sunday, Series finale of 3 game set at the New Yankee Stadium

1:10 pm

Mets LH Johan Santana vs. Yankees RH A.J. Burnett

 


June 12, 2009

Dropped ball allows Yankees to steal one, 9-8 over Mets

by @ 9:03 pm. Filed under 2009 Mets

The New York Mets suffered their most devastating loss of this season at the hands of their hated crosstown rivals, the New York Yankees 9-8 Friday night in the Bronx. 2b Luis Castillo dropped a pop-up from Yankees 3b Akex Rodriquez that would have ended the game, allowing 2 runners to score and cap an exciting contest that the Mets had in their win column. DH Gary Sheffield(2 hits)  homered with a runner on  vs his former team, while RF Ryan Church had a 3 run double for New York.

 

This was a tough, tough loss for the Mets. They played a smart, spirited game with good discipline(9 walks) and another competitive start from veteran Livan Hernandez(Pitched into the 6th). They ran(3 steals) and got some clutch hits.(4 2 out rbi) plus the game broke their way late with the strong Mets relief crops in the 8th and 9th ready to go.  The Mets franchise player got a huge hit vs the Yankees future hall of fame closer. This is the worst loss since Game 7 in 2006 NLCS. 

 

The game featured 5 home runs(4 by the Yankees) and some terrible pitching from the Yankees staff. Yankees starter Joba Chamberlain was a mess(100 pitches) and should be in the pen pitching the 8th inning. He allowed only 1 hit(single to 3b David Wright) but walked 5 and hit 2 batters in 4 innings. Long man Brett Tomko followed and allowed Sheffield’s bomb and 2 other runs. Offensively, the Yankees were paced by Captain Derek Jeter  and Robinson Cano, who each had two hits and home run. AL MVP candidate Mark Teixeira hit a 2 run homer while walking and scoring twice. DH Hideki Matsui added a three run shot off of new Met LH Jason Switzer. 

 

Mets veteran  starter Livan Hernandez(5-1,4.33) faired well in the launching pad of a stadium that is the new home of the evil empire in the Bronx. He went 5 1/3 innings and allowed 7 hits with 6 runs(2 charged on the Matsui homer) while walking and K-ing 1. Outside of Switzer’s homer and the game ending error, the Mets pen did a great job. RH Sean Green and LH Pedro Feliciano(11 holds) combined to pitch a clean 7th and 8th innings.

 

With the game tied 7-7 in the 8th, Yankees closer Mariano Rivera entered the game with 2 outs. He preceded to walk CF Carlos Beltran. Wright, who beat Rivera with a hit in the magical 2006 season, with Beltran running doubled to deep center to score what should have been the winning run. 

 

Francisco Rodriquez started the 9th inning and allowed a single to Jeter after retiring the first batter of the inning. Jeter stole 2nd as K Rod struck out LF Johnny Damon, Manuel decided to walk Teixeira intentionally to set up the K Rod match-up vs Yankees 3B Alex Rodriquez, who who he has owned throughout his career.(1 for 17 lifetime) It should be 1 for 18 as Castillo appeared to drift and lost the ball in his glove as  a hustling Teixeira and Jeter scored to hand the Mets a devastating loss.“We’ll have to fight through this,” Mets manager Jerry Manuel said. “This is definitely a tremendous test for us.”

 

 

Star of the Game:  No star tonight, Yankees don’t deserve one. 

 

Luis, Luis: You win and lose as a team and Castillo(.277 average, .376 on base with 7 steals) has been a big contributor to the 2009 New York Mets. He made an error but a lot of things went wrong in this game. This guy had a tough 2008 and has really rededicated himself to be the everyday second baseman. One of the really good stories on this club and one misplay does not change that!  He was distraught post game, “I feel bad. I feel so bad,” he said following his fifth error of the season. “The ball was moving a little bit.”

 

Mets starting line-up:

1- SS Alex Cora

2- LF Fernando Martinez

3- CF Carlos Beltran

4- 3B David Wright

5- RF Ryan Church

6- DH Gary Sheffield

7- 1B Daniel Murphy

8- C Brian Schneider

9- Pitcher

 

Game Notes: Sheffield’s homer moves him alone into 24th  place on the all time homer list with 505. He had been tied with ex-Met and Hall of Famer Eddie Murray… Wright is hitting .633(19-30) in his last 8 games and leads the majors with .364… Switzer was called up from the minors to replace DL-ed starter John Maine  . The lefty will join Pedro Feliciano as the southpaws in the pen. The move also allows Manuel to use Ken Takahashi in his normal role as the long man out of the pen. 

 

 

Next Game: 


Game 2 of the 3 game interleague series at The Yankees

Saturday

4:10 pm

Mets RH Fernando Nieve(0.00 in 2 innings) vs Yankees LH Andy Pettitte(6-2,4.22)

June 11, 2009

Ibanez’ 3 run homer in 10th carries Phillies over Mets,6-3

by @ 8:34 pm. Filed under 2009 Mets

The Philadelphia Phillies do a lot of little things well and they put them on display again Thursday night, helping them defeat a game New York Mets club(31-27), 6-3 in 10 innings at Citi-field in Queens. LF Raul Ibanez hit a 3 run shot in the 10th vs Mets RH Ken Takahashi for the decisive runs. On 3 seperate occasions, CF Carlos Beltran drove in 2b Luis Castillo to supply the NY offense. 

Both starting pitchers had grade “A” performances, as Phillies veteran LH and 250 game winner Jamie Moyer matched Mets RH Tim Redding.  Moyer had the rougher outing, allowing 8 hits and 3 runs over 6 innings. Redding, who has now pitched well in 3 of his 5 Mets starts, was touched for 6 hits and 3 runs while striking out 6. 2b Chase Utley(6th inning rbi double), SS Jimmy Rollins(3rd inning sacrifice fly) and PH Matt Stairs(7th inning grounder ties game)  plated runs for the Phils.

The Mets pen was short handed with star closer Francisco Rodriquez unavailable due to overuse. It caught up to the club in the 10th when Manager Jerry Manuel had to mix and match to navigate the tough Phillies batting order. Using back of the pen guy Ken Takahashi(0-1,3.52) late in the game, blew up as Ibanez launced a 3 run shot into the right center gap. “I was aware of his hitting abilities,” Takahashi said through an interpreter. “He’s a great hitter and I gave it my best but that was the result.” The Mets skipper tipped his cap to the World Champs, “They’ve got a little power and the longer you play with that fire the more risk there is,” Mets manager Jerry Manuel said.

Fill-in closer Ryan Madson earned his 4th save in 5 chances, his 2nd in two days with a scoreless 10th. Scott Eyre got the win after throwing 2 pitches in the 9th to record an out. This was a frustrating loss and series for the Mets, who battled hard and gave effort, they just appear to be bringing a knife to a gun fight with their current roster. I will say this, I gained a whole new level of respect for the World Champs in this series and I think their new Left-fielder summed it up best post game,“It’s a tough ballclub, a bunch of mentally strong guys in here, all 25,” said Ibanez, who signed a free-agent deal with Philadelphia in the offseason. “I’ve been on teams before where a lot of the guys were tough and mentally tough. This team everybody is mentally tough and never gives anything away.”

 

 

Star of the Game: Ibanez- Great free agent addition who might be the NL MVP TODAY!!!

 

DL-ed!!!!: RH SP John Maine was placed on the DL post game. He is dealing with a dead arm and pain in the back of his surgically repaired right shoulder. With Maine out, they do not have an immediate replacement to start the game Saturday

 

Game Notes: NY Giants 2009 1st Round draft Pick Hakeem Nicks threw out the 1st pitch…. 3b David Wright and  Castillo both had 3 hits to lead NY… Wright made his 9th error and also stole his 17th base… 38,532 attended the game

 

Mets starting Line-up:

1- 2B Luis Castillo

2- SS Alex Cora

3- CF Carlos Beltran

4- LF Gary Sheffield

5- 3B David Wright

6- 1B Fernando Tatis

7- RF Fernando Martinez

8- C Omir Santos

9- Pitcher 

 

Next Game:

Friday, start 3 game Subway series vs the hated New York Yankees at the New Yankee Stadium

7:10

Mets RH Livian Hernandez(5-1,3.88) vs. Yankees RH Joba Chamberlain(3-1,3.79)

Utley’s 11th inning homer caps rally, Mets leave 15 runners on base, lose 5-4

by @ 10:58 am. Filed under 2009 Mets

Phillies all star 2b Chase Utley’s 2nd homer of the game in the 11th inning capped a great comeback, helping the World Champs defeat the New York Mets 5-4 Wednesday night at Citifield in Queens. This was New York’s  6th loss of the year when they led by at least 6 runs. The Mets lead 4-1 going into the 7th but could not hold on, as the Phillies chased starter Mike Pelfrey and The Mets did not make 2 plays on their gloves(Dropped fly ball and infield error), helping the Phils score 3 runs to tie. New York banged out 16 hits( and had 5 walks) but left 16 on base. C Omir Santos and 3b David Wright both had 3 hits to lead the Mets.

 

This was a tough loss for the Mets for numerous reasons. #1, The Phillies are a huge rival and beat them out for the division last season. #2, They hit the Phillies ace, LH Cole Hamels. He of the “The Mets are choke artists ” quote, so anytime NY can hit him, the better. #3, The inability of the players and more importantly, Mets stars to finnish plays. Beltran needs to catch that ball in the 7th and Wright needs to get an OUT at any base as well. Adding to the frustration is the fact that both Mets stars are multiple gold glove winners!!!! 

 

With the score tied in the 4th at one(Mets score on a fielders choice in the 3rd, Phils on an Utley homer in the 4th), The Mets errupted for 3 runs with the bottom of the order getting things going. Pelfrey, Castillo and SS Alex Cora all had rbi singles to make it 4-1. Pelfrey pitched great and was in line to get the win until the 7th. 

 

Phillies 1b Ryan Howard and LF Raul Ibanez singled to start the frame. RF Jayson Werth then hit a ball over the head of Mets CF Carlos Beltran, who then recovered and dropped it off the top of his glove against the wall. Sean Green then relieved Pelfrey with the bases loaded. Underrated Phils 3b Pedro Feliz then singled to make it 4-2. C Carlos Ruiz then followed with a tough play grounder that died in front of Wright and without a play to be made. Noted Mets killer, SS Jimmy Rollins followed with a fielders chocie to tie to the game at 4.  The final stat line for Pelfrey(4-2,4.68): 6 innings, 6 hits and 4 runs.(2 earned) He struck out 2 and walked 1. 

 

The Mets had multiple chances to win this game and left runners in scoring position in the 7th(2nd and 3rd), 8th(2nd) and 9th(2nd). Give credit to the Phillies for piecing together a bullpen with star closer Brad Lidge on the DL. RF Jayson Werth might have saved the game for the Phillies with his diving catch of a liner from Wright in the 10th. If that ball drops, rookie Fernando Martinez would still be running.

 

Utley led off the  11th and hit a homer vs Mets rookie Bobby Parnell. Parnell, who has been a godsend to the Mets staff, rallied and retired 3 of the next 4 batters. New closer Ryan Madson took over for winning pitcher Chan Ho Park and retired the 3 batters faced on grounders, giving the Phillies a huge 5-4 win. 

 

Star of the Game: Utley- 2 homers including the game winner in extras. Just an amazing, clutch player!


Defending Champions: As great as the Phillies are offensively, they might be that much better defensively. Infield is outstanding and Howard worked hard this off-season to become a better glove at First. Entire OF can run and cover ground, Werth’s catch in the 10th might be looked back on in September as a pivotal, division changing play. Just a great fundamental group. 

 

Game Notes: Wright stole 2 bases and now has 16 on the year … The Mets are 18-10 at Citifield but have won 12 of 16…Mets 3-4-5 hitters- Beltran, Sheffield and Wright– all had .390  or better on base averages….NY is 4-2 vs the Phillies …. Philadelphia is an amazing 22-9 on the road this season … Tatis had a nice catch o a line drive that he turned into a double play in the 10th…The Mets are 31-26

 

Mets Starting Line-up:

1-2B Luis Castillo

2- SS Alex Cora

3- CF Carlos Beltran

4- LF Gary Sheffield

5- 3B David Wright

6- 1B Fernando Tatis

7- RF Ryan Church

8- C Omir Santos

9- Pitcher


Next Game:

Thursday, Conclude 3 game series vs the World Champion Philadelphia Phillies at Citifield 

7:10

Mets RH Tim Redding(0-2,6.97) vs Phillies LH Jamie Moyer(4-5,6.27)



 

 


June 9, 2009

Mets homer way past rival Phillies, 6-5

by @ 8:28 pm. Filed under 2009 Mets

In quite possibly the wildest game in Citifield’s opening season, the New York Mets defeated the World Champion Philadelphia Phillies, 6-5 Tuesday night in Queens. The game featured 7 home runs(3 by New York)  and a rare off night for Mets ace lefty Johan Santana. The win pulls the battered and bruised New Yorkers within 2 games of the NL East leading Phillies.

 

3B David Wright broke a personal 100 at bat homerless streak with a tremendous line drive shot to left to start the homerfest, making it 1-0 in the 2nd. CF Carlos Beltran crushed his 8th homer of the year with Alex Cora aboard in the 3rd to make it 3-0. However, the powerful Phils answered with two shots in the 4th when all star 1B Ryan Howard and NL MVP candidate LF Raul Ibanez  connected for  back to back shots to pull within 1 at 3-2. 

 

After Mets killer SS Jimmy Rollins homered to left with a runner on in the 6th, Philadelphia led 4-3. However NY rallied with some small ball in the bottom of the inning. Santana disobeyed a sign and swung away for a run scoring double to tie the game. Cora followed with single to score another run and the Mets led 5-4. RF Ryan Church became the first player to hit the Apple in Center with his 2 homer of the year in the 7th.

 

Things got really interesting in the 8th after Phillies superstar 2B Chase Utley homered to right.  Mets skipper Jerry Manuel came out to get his ace and Johan was clearly perturbed. “I just told him that, ‘I feel good,'” Santana said. “I’m [not] trying to show anybody up or anything. I just felt that I had enough stuff to battle through it. But he thought different. He’s my skipper and I respect everything that he does.” The staff ace final stat line: 7 innings, 8 hits, 5 runs with 2 Ks and 1 walk. He is now 8-3 with a 2.30 era on the year. 

 

The Mets pen took over and after rookie Bobby Parnell(2-0,11 holds, 1.96) allowed a hit to underrated Phils RF Jayson Werth, LH Pedro Feliciano got Howard to hit into a huge double play. He then retired  Ibanez on another ground out to 2nd, getting the game to the 9th. Mets closer Francisco Rodriquez allowed a single to pesky Rollins to start the frame but K-ed two including PH Greg Dobbs to close out a huge 6-5 Mets win while earning his 16th save in 16 chances.

 

 

Star of the Game:  The Mets team- This team is beat to hell and almost ever player on this roster helped tonight. Manuel does not get enough credit for putting together a quality lineup with 2 major stars down for considerable time.“Any game that we win is big for us at this point,” Manuel said. “Until we feel as though we are healthy, every game is a huge game for us.”

 

Remember this?! : Church’s homer is a big thing however, that kid has talent and can really make a difference both short and long term.  The Mets need offense and solid play from the corner OF spots and Ryan can do both!

 

Injury Updates: SS Jose Reyes is with the team and offered no timetable on his return from his latest leg injury. He does not believe the injury is similiar to the various hamstring issues he dealt with earlier in his career. Set-up man J.J. Putz had his elbow surgery and the doctors removed bone fragments and a spur from the back of his right elbow. He plans to start rehabbing immediately and begin throwing in 6 weeks. 

 

Bad Call:  Umpires robbed the Mets off a run in the 6th. 1B Fernando Tatis was called out at home when he beat the tag and Phillies C Carlos Ruiz bobbled the ball as well. Manuel did not argue the call, which was clearly incorrect and plain to see via replay


Game Notes: Cora and Wright led the Mets with 2 hits apiece…. 1B Daniel Murphy struck out pinch hitting in the 8th….37,152 attended the game… Even with the loss, the Phillies stand at an amazing 21-9 on the road!!!… OF Gary Sheffield is clearly favoring his knee and more interleague play would be surely welcome by this vet!!!! (Perfect DH)…Santana threw an amazing 25 1st pitch strikes to the 29 batters he faced!!!!

 

Launching Pad?: Citifield had allowed 38 homers in the first 26 games but set a new park record with the 7 combined tonight.  The rivals set the previous record of 5 on May 7th, a Mets 7-5 victory.  

 

Mets Starting Line-up:

1- 2B  Luis Castillo

2- SS Alex Cora

3- CF Carlos Beltran

4- LF Gary Sheffield

5- 3B David Wright

6- 1B Fernando Tatis

7- RF Ryan Church

8- C Omir Santos

9- Pitcher


Next Game:

Wednesday, Game 2 of Huge series vs the World Champion Phillies

7:10 pm

Mets RH Mike Pelfrey(4-2,4.85) vs Phillies LH Cole Hamels(4-2,4.40)

June 8, 2009

Huge week ahead for Mets

by @ 7:51 pm. Filed under 2009 Mets

This week illustrates why you watch sports as the undermanned and injured NY Mets prepare to face their two biggest rivals back to back in the World Champion Philadelphia Phillies and the hated Yankees. The Mets have gotten some players back in the line-up with infielder Alex Cora and rightfielder Ryan Church returning last week but also lost key set up man J.J Putz to elbow surgery.  New York stands at 30-25 and trail the Phillies by 3 games in the NL East. 

The pitching match ups for the Phillies series at Citifield favor the Mets for one major reason- the weakened batting order can hit lefties and key fill ins Gary Sheffield and Fernando Tatis are more likely to be in Manager Jerry Manuel’s lineup. And  Oh, David Wright hits .421 vs southpaws!!! The Mets draw J.A Happ, World Series MVP Cole Hamels and veteran Jamie Moyer in order. The Mets counter with ace Johan Santana(3-0 in 6 starts vs Philly) , Mike Pelfrey(2-0 with 4.38 era in 2 starts vs the World Champs) and Tim Redding. 

This trio of games will not be easy though as the Phillies boast a tremendous club that is playing .600 ball . They have the best road record in the game and have won 8 of 10. They replaced noted Mets killer Pat Burrell   with leading NL MVP candidate Raul Ibanez, who has 19 home runs. The team has an 78 homers and has scored 302 runs. One potential problem spot is the recent struggles of closer Brad Lidge. Lidge(0-3.7.27 era, 1.81 WHIP) , who has amazing stuff, was perfect for the World Champs in 2008,saving 41 games with a 1.95 era. This season has not been as easy, as the talented righthander has already blown 6 save chances while converting 13. I do not need to explain to my readers the importance of a closer on a baseball team!

 

Draft Tuesday: The Mets do not have a 1st round pick in Tuesday’s major league first-year player draft due to their signing of priority free agent, closer Francisco Rodriquez in the offseason. The pick is at the #24 spot in the 1st round. 

June 7, 2009

5 run first enough as Livan comes up huge,leads Mets 7-0 over Nationals

by @ 4:15 pm. Filed under 2009 Mets

Veteran Livian Hernandez continued his recent string of strong starts and rode a 5 run first inning to a 7-0 Mets victory over Washington at Nationals Park in DC Sunday afternoon. Hernandez(5-1,3.88) went 7 innings and allowed only 4 hits while striking out 4 and walking 4. 3b David Wright, 1b Daniel Murphy and RF Ryan Church all had 2 hits to lead the 11 hit Mets attack. 

 

NY punished Nationals starter Craig Stammen(0-2,6.45) for a poor first inning, as the youngster walked 2 and threw 2 wild pitches that scored runs. Rookie OF Fernando Martinez and Murphy had rbi hits and C Brian Schneider plated another run with a sacrifice fly. Stammen settled down after the 1st and pitched 5 total, allowing 6 hits and 5 runs. He walked and struck out 2. NY scored runs in the 7th(Wright rbi single) and 9th(Cf Carlos Beltran double that plated rookie OF Fernando Martinez) to cap the scoring. 

 

Hernandez(10-5 vs his former club with 7 consecutive wins) was  the story of this game, however. This team has been battered and beaten lately with both injuries and illness and need a veteran to step up and perform. Livan did and we learned post game he was not close to 100%. “Obviously we need good pitching, and that’s outstanding pitching,” Mets manager Jerry Manuel said, adding he was surprised when Hernandez begged out because he was ill. “That’s not normal for Livo. He can throw 160, 170 pitches and not flinch, but you know he’s battling some different things when he comes in and says that.”

 

Star of the Game: Livo- Showed tons of heart and guts pitching ill when his team needed him. Fought thru a stomach issue and gave a huge effort. A  great free agent signing by GM Omar Minaya! “I want to go seven innings and that’s it,” Hernandez said. “The relievers came in and made two innings and that’s it. I think it’s good for me today.”


 

Game Notes:  Nationals pitchers threw 4 wild pitches… Wright is now 9th on the Mets all time steal list… Hernandez is the 9th winningest active ML pitcher… NY was 2-4 on the road trip vs 2 of the worst teams in the NL in Pittsburgh and Washington.. LH Pedro Feliciano combined with Bobby Parnell to pitch the 8th while Francisco Rodriquez closed out the 9th for the Mets 3rd shutout of the year 

 


Mets Starting line-up:

1- 2B Alex Cora

2- LF Fernando Martinez

3- CF Carlos Beltran

4- 3B David Wright

5- 1B Daniel Murphy

6- RF Ryan Church

7- C Brian Schneider

8- SS Wilson Valdez

9- Pitcher

 

Next Game: 

Day off Monday then start a huge week with 3 at Citifield vs th e World Series Champion Philadelphia Phillies, starting Tuesday. The week is capped with an interleague series vs the hated NY Yankees at the new Yankee Stadium over the weekend.

Lannan too much as Nationals handle Mets, 7-1

by @ 2:39 pm. Filed under 2009 Mets

The NY  Mets were done in by a local kid, as Nationals LH John Lannan(Long Beach, NY native) pitched a complete game while his teammates supported him with 3 homers, leading Washington to a 7-1 victory over the NY Mets Saturday  night at Nationals Park. Lannan(3-5,3.68) allowed 4 hits and 1 run(unearned) with 2 Ks and 3 walks. LF Adam Dunn(2 run shot), 1b Nick Johnson(3 run) and OF Elijah Dukes all homered for Washington. 3b David Wright had 1 of the Mets four hits and scored their lone run.

Mets starter John Maine(5-4,4.52) did not have it and paid dearly. Over 4 innings, he was touched  for 6 hits and 7 runs while walking 2 and striking out 1. He allowed all 3 bombs.  The talented RH was gone before recording an out in the 5th. “I had nothing today,” Maine said. “My whole body — I had nothing. It was awful. It was a waste of a day.” Mets Manager Jerry Manuel wondered if his starter had a medical issue, “I would hope that John Maine is maybe going through a period of dead arm,” Manuel said. “I just didn’t see the electric stuff that we’ve been known to see. That’s a little concerning.” The outing was Maine’s shortest of the 2009 campaign.

 

Star of the Game: Lannan- Unquestioned ace of the Nationals, very good starter and upside. 19 ground ball outs and threw 61 strikes among 96 pitches. 

 

End of Gloom and Doom?: Anytime the Mets lose it sucks bu you have to pull for good guy and ex Mets coach Manny Acta, the Nationals Manager. He was a happy man, Post game. “I was so smart today,” manager Manny Acta said. “It was unbelievable how smart you can get in one night when you get a pitching performance like that and an offense like that and a defense like that. We were due for at least good weather, and we got it tonight, and John was just outstanding out there for us and the offense exploded.”

 

 

Mets Starting Lineup:

1- 2B Luis Castillo

2- RF Emil Brown

3- CF Carlos Beltran

4- LF Gary Sheffield

5- 3B David Wright

6- 1B Fernando Tatis

7- C Omir Santos

8- SS Wilson Valdez

9- Pitcher

 

Game Notes: Mets hit into a club record tying 5 double plays… NY is 29-25…Attendance of 31,456 

 

Bad Baseball: Mets continued their season long run of missteps on the base paths with a crazy play in 4th. Luis Castillo was on first when OF Emil Brown hit a ball that Dukes appeared to catch on a dive-trap play. Luis’ attempted to get back to 1st and was passed by Brown between 1st and 2nd. Brown was called out when the ball was returned to the infield for passing an advancing runner. 

June 5, 2009

Wright’s double leads Mets over Nationals 3-1 in 10

by @ 8:28 pm. Filed under 2009 Mets

Mets superstar 3b David Wright’s 4th hit of the night, a two run double, broke open a 1-1 10th inning tie, helping them defeat the Washington Nationals Friday night, 3-1. The drive off of Nationals closer Joel Hanrahan(0-3, 5 saves,6.91) scored both 2b Luis Castillo(single) and Cf Carlos Beltran(walk). Wright leads the Mets with 20 multi-hit games and has 27 rbi in 34 games. 

This was a well pitched game that featured to starting pitchers with ERAs over 5.00. Mets Tim Redding(0-2,6.97) was outstanding over 6 frames, allowing 6 hits and 1 run. He struck out 2 and walked the same number. Nationals rookie Shairon Martis also pitched well, going 5 innings while allowing only 1 run on a ground out to Fernando Tatis. 

All was not rosy with the Metropolitans, however. Both Beltran and Wright, 2 names you hear often among the top talents in the game, combined to get thrown out at 3rd three times! Beltran was thrown out at trying to stretch a double into a triple in the 1st. Wright did the deed twice, first on a wild pick off throw in the 6th. In the 10th, David was thrown out trying to steal after his double. Their skipper was not happy post game, “We can’t afford to make mistakes or bad decisions,” Mets manager Jerry Manuel said. “It’s unfortunate in a sense that those are not good decisions. They have to make better decisions in order for everyone else to follow.”

With the breaking news of J. J. Putz serious elbow injury, the Mets pen stepped up and showed they might be able to get by without the big right hander. RH Brian Stokes(1 hold,2.49) pitched a strong 7th with a K followed by rookie Bobby Parnell’s solid 8th. RH Sean Green(3, 5.70), who is now a key figure with the Putz’ situation, earned his 1st NL win after he retired the side with a K in the 9th. Francisco Rodriquez(.70, 15 saves) was his usual devastating self in the 10th, K-ing Nationals 1b Nick Johnson to seal the 3-1 win. The new Mets closer is a perfect 15 for 15 in save situations since signing with New York.  

 

 

Star of the Game: Wright- With the roster in transition, great to see the Franchise step up! He vowed not to change his approach  in the locker room. “I’m concentrating on trying to get hits,” said Wright, who has homered three times after hitting a career-high 33 a year ago. “I don’t consider myself necessarily a home run hitter, so if I go gap-to-gap, if I get my doubles, if I drive my runs in, I’m satisfied with that.”

 

Game Notes: OF Gary Sheffield had the night off and pinch hit in the 7th for Redding, He struck out… Team left 10 on base… OF Emil Brown drew a walk in the 7th hitting for Schneider… Mets are now 29-24, amazing when you consider their injury issues

 

Mets Starting Lineup: 

1- SS Alex Cora

2- 2B Luis Castillo 

3- CF Carlos Beltran

4- 3B David Wright

5- 1B Daniel Murphy

6- LF Fernando Tatis

7- RF Fernando Martinez 

8- C Brian Schneider 

9- Pitcher


 

Next Game:

Saturday, Game 2 of 3 game series vs Washington at Nationals Park

7:05 

Mets RH John Maine(5-3,3.75) vs. Nationals LH John Lannan(2-5,4.21)  


Breaking Mets News: Putz out 8-10 weeks with elbow injury

by @ 12:12 pm. Filed under 2009 Mets

Mets RH reliever J.J. Putz will not throw for 6 weeks and could be out for 8-10 weeks with an elbow injury. He will undergo arthroscopic surgery Tuesday to remove a bone spur and bone fragments. Putz, a key offseason acquisition from the Seattle Mariners, has struggled recently and his nunbers(1-4,5.22) would indicate something was not well. The club called up RH Fernando Nieve(3-0,3.70 in 4 starts) from Triple A.

Reyes has small hamstring tear

by @ 7:08 am. Filed under 2009 Mets

The Mets reported Thursday night that superstar SS Jose Reyes has a small tear in the right hamstring tendon. The team will rest him for 2 days and he will resume treatment and rehab. Reyes battled severe hamstring problems early in his career and was hoping to return to the NY lineup sometime next week. Look for #7 to come back sometime in July.

June 4, 2009

Pirates sweep slumping Mets, 11-6

by @ 2:37 pm. Filed under 2009 Mets

The Pittsburgh Pirates capped off a rain shortened 3 game series sweep Thursday afternoon, defeating the NY Mets 11-6. The Pirates crushed Mets starter Mike Pelfrey(4-2,4.85) for 9 runs over 3 2/3 innings and pounded out 13 hits and led 9-4 in the 4th. CF Carlos Beltran, returning from a stomach illness, homered and doubled for NY. Slumping 3b David Wright had 2 hits and 2 walks as the Mets lost 4 of 5.

Pelfrey, who had been pitching great(Allowing 7 runs in 4 starts), had a rough day. He walked 4 and struck out 3, while allowing 9 hits and 9 runs.(8 earned). Top Pirates prospect Andrew McCutchen, now the everday center fielder with the trade of Nate McLouth, had a memorable 1st game, going 2 for 4 with a walk, 3 runs and an rbi. C Jason Jaramillo had 2 hits and 4 rbi while 3b Andy LaRoche had 2 runs and 2 rbi. 

The Mets were led by 2 hits apiece from Beltran, Wright and prized rookie LF Fernando Martinez.  Sean Green continued his recent string of strong pitching with 2 innings of shut out ball in a mop up role. LH RP Pedro Feliciano(2-1,9 holds,2.42)needed only 7 pitches to get 3 outs in the 8th. As bad as this series was, the franchise raised a good point post game.“We need to put this series behind us, really, and move forward,” Wright said. “It’s funny how this game works. We were playing good baseball before we got here.” NY had won 5 of 6 before coming to PNC Park. 

 

Star of the Game: McCutchen- Not a bad major league debut!!! 

 

Putz Hurt:  J.J. Putz struggled again in the 7th and said his elbow is bothering him. He is returning to NY to have it examined by the team medical people.


Beltran Comments: Nice to see a pro athlete be honest in interviews and your star CF did not watch his words postgame. To come in here in Pittsburgh and get swept, I feel embarrassed,” he said. “We have to take this personally, because it can’t happen. It just can’t happen. I know they’re a big-league ball club, but we’re better than them.”

 

Game Notes: Wright stole his 13th base…. OF Emil Brown made his Mets debut and pinch hitting in the 5th. He grounded out.. Manuel intends to continue to play Martinez in RF even after Ryan Church returns from the DL Sunday 


Mets Line-up:

1- SS Alex Cora

2- 2B Luis Castillo

3- CF Carlos Beltran

4- RF Gary Sheffield

5- 3B David Wright

6- 1B Daniel Murphy

7- LF Fernando Martinez

8- C Omir Santos

9- Pitcher


Next Game: 


Friday, Start 3 game weekend series vs. Washington at Nationals Park 

7:05


Mets RH Tim Redding(0-2,9.20) vs. Nationals RH Shairon Martis(5-1,5.62)


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