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July 31, 2009

Mets make no moves at deadline

by @ 12:13 pm. Filed under 2009 Mets

10 minutes past 4 pm on Friday, no moves by the Mets. Makes sense, this team made a great trade for Jeff Francoeur about 2 weeks ago and have several stars on the DL who are reportedly getting close to returning.  Realistically, does not make sense for this team to sacrifice future talent when they trail 6-7 teams in the standings. Plus we have waivers thru August, so Mets  GM Omar Minaya(as off 4:13 pm) might not be done.

July 30, 2009

Rockies big inning ends Mets streak at 5, Colorado wins,4-2

by @ 9:12 pm. Filed under 2009 Mets

The Colorado Rockies(55-47) rode another strong start from Jorge De La Rosa and finally scored some runs, defeating the New York Mets(49-52),4-2 Thursday night at Citi-Field in Queens. The win ended a 27 inning scoreless streak for the Rockies and also stopped the surging Mets victory tally at 5. Rockies SS Clint Barnes had the big blow of the night, hitting a two run homer off of Mets rookie LH Jonathon Niese(1-1,4.50), to break open a 1-1 tie in the 7th. 3B David Wright had 2 two hits to lead the Mets.

Both starting pitchers pitched very well, Niese for the Mets and De La Rosa for Colorado. NY scored in the 4th after Wright doubled and stole 2nd, RF Jeff Francoeur drove the Franchise home with a sacrifice fly for a 1-0 lead. The Rockies manufactured a run in the 6th when SS Troy Tulowitzki walked to lead off the inning. He then made a great base running play getting to 2nd on deep fly out to CF. Tulowitzki then scored on single to center by CF Ryan Spilborghs, tying the game at 1-1.

Niese appeared to run out of gas in the 7th and it would have been worse if not for some fine defense behind him. De La Rosa doubled to lead off the inning and that should have sent the Mets fans and coaches to the phone.  Rockies OF Seth Smith smoked a ball to left that LF Fernando Tatis made a great diving catch on to prevent at least one run. Unfortunately for NY, Fernando is not Yao Ming(7’6 +) and even Yao could not have caught Barnes homer to left, putting the Rockies up 3-1. Veteran Colorado 1B Todd Helton singled and Niese’ night was over. The talented lefty pitched his heart out for the 2nd consecutive game, going 6 1/3 innings, while allowing 8  hits and 4 runs, He also walked 4 and struck out 3.  Tulowitzki, one of the great players of the NL, greated Mets reliever, RH Brian Stokes(1-2,3.40,3 holds) with a run scoring triple, making it 4-1 Colorado.

De La Rosa pitched into the 7th as well and was gone after Tatis’ hit his 6th homer of the year to left. The underrated Rockies bullpen took over for the Colorado starter, who pitched another solid game, going 6 and a third, while allowing only 3 hits and runs. He struck out 5 and walked 3. 3 Relievers – Flushing,NY’s own RH Matt Daley(0-1,3.41,5 holds) pitched 1/3 of an inning, LH Franklin Morales(1-0,2.30, 3 holds) got an out and  new 8th inning flamethrower, Rafael Beancourt(1-2,3.24,9 holds) threw a strong frame. Talented Rockies closer Huston Street allowed a hit in the ninth but struck out 2 including Mets C Omir Santos to end the game and earn his 26th save on 27 chances.

Star of the Game: De La Rosa- The best pitcher you haven’t heard of in the NL. 9-1 in his last 10 starts, he went 5-0 with a 2.50 ERA in 6 games(5 starts) in July.

Mets starting line-up:

1- CF Angel Pagan

2- 2B Luis Castillo

3- 3B David Wright

4- RF Jeff Francoeur

5- LF Fernando Tatis

6- 1B Daniel Murphy

7- SS Angel Berroa

8- C Omir Santos

9- Pitcher

Game Notes: C Brian Schneider received a cortisone shot in his left knee Wednesday and was unavailable for either game Thursday. Hats off to Omir Santos for catching both games in the doubleheader…. Interesting day Friday for the Mets on trade deadline day. They have been heavily linked to both the Cleveland Indians(C-1B Victor Martinez) and the Tampa Bay Rays(1B Carlos Pena, LF Carl Crawford,ex Met LH Scott Kazmir) and have some names that other teams like , specificly P Brad Holt, Jennry Mejia, SS Wilmer Flores and injured OF Fernando Martinez… Mets took 3 out of 4 vs the Rockies with 3 shut-outs…. CF Angel Pagan stole a bag but had a crucial mistake on a double steal in the 1st. He was caught between 3rd and home and thrown out at 3rd. HUGE play early in the game. Hard to fault Angel, who has been a big part of the Mets recent string of strong play.

Next Game:

Friday

Start 3 game series vs the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi-Field

7:10 pm

Mets RH Livan Hernandez(7-5,4.87) vs. Diamondbacks LH Doug Davis(5-10,3.76)

Mets ride big inning, Santana to 5th straight win, 7-0

by @ 1:34 pm. Filed under 2009 Mets

The red hot NY  Mets scored 5 runs in the 2nd supporting ace lefty Johan Santana, who pitched 7 strong innings, leading them to a 7-0 victory over the Colorado Rockies Thursday afternoon at Citi-Field in Queens.  NY pounded out 5 consecutive hits in the 5 run fifth, led by SS Angel Berroa’s 2 run double. CF Angel Pagan, 2B Alex Cora and LF Cory Sullivan had two hits a piece to pace the 11 Mets attack.  The Mets have now won 5 in a row, while knocking the Rockies out of the NL wild card lead. 

Santana(12-8)  was great from pitch one to games end. Johan allowed 4 hits while striking out 8 and walking only 1. He avoided a major blow when 2B Ian Stewart’s drive was foul with the bases loaded in the 4th. Johan then struck Stewart out and the fire was extinguished. “Obviously, our ace did his job today,” said Alex Cora, who had two of the Mets’ 11 hits. “It’s just about getting ahead and we’re pretty confident right now offensively.”

The improving Mets offense hammered one of the better road pitchers(4-2, 1.93 ERA in 8 road starts) in the game in the 2nd, as they crushed Rockies starter RH Jason Hammel(5-6,4.66)  for 5 runs on 6 hits. 1B Daniel Murphy doubled and Jeff Francoeur singled to start the inning. Sullivan singled in a run vs his former club to make it 1-0. C Omir Santos, a great signing by embattled Mets GM Omar Minaya, singled home Francoeur and it was 2-0 NY. SS Angel Berroa, drove in his first two Mets runs with a huge double to right center, Berroa advancing to third on an error by Rockies CF Dexter Fowler. Pagan capped the inning with another single, scoring Berroa and ending Hammel’s day very early. His stat line: 1 1/3 innings, 7 hits, 5 runs and 1 strikeout. His explanation for his outing? “I was throwing strikes, pounding the zone, but they were putting the bat on it and my putaway pitches weren’t putaway pitches,” Hammel said.

 

The Mets scored single runs in the 5th and 7th and both times, the franchise, 3b David Wright drove in the runs. Pagan tripled to start the 5th vs Rockies reliever Josh Fogg  and Wright drove him home with a sacrifice fly. Juan Rincon entered the game in the 7th and Cora singled with 1 out. Wright then hit a drive to deep right center for a double that was almost caught by underrated RF Brad Hawpe. Cora scored and the Mets lead 7-0. Bobby Parnell(14 holds,3.96) and Tim Redding(1-4,7.03)closed out the game with cleaning innings in the 8 & 9th hi-lighted by a great double play for the final outs started by Murphy at 1st base. 

 

 

Star of the Game: Santana-  A much needed 7 huge innings from their ace in a double-header. He closes July with a 3-2 record with a 1.82 ERA in 5 starts. “Every time you win a game it’s good. But it’s even better when you have a chance to just keep adding to it,” Santana said. “That’s what I was trying to do today and at the same time I was having fun. It’s good to see that. It’s good to see that everybody feels comfortable.”

 

Mets starting line-up:

 

1- CF Angel Pagan

2- 2B Alex Cora

3- 3B David Wright

4- 1B Daniel Murphy

5- RF Jeff Francoeur

6- LF Cory Sullivan

7- C Omir Santos

8- SS Angel Berroa

9- Pitchers

 

Colorado QBs: Many MLB fans are aware Rockies star 1B Todd Helton was the starting QB at Tennessee before Indianapolis Colts star Peyton Manning. But did you know that OF Seth Smith served as Manning’s younger brother(and NY Giants star QB) , Eli’s back up at  Mississippi? 

 

Game Notes: Reports have the Mets seeking a lefty in the pen to help out LH Pedro Feliciano….Red hot 2B Luis Castillo missed the game to be with his wife, who was giving birth…The Mets scored 5 or more runs for the only the 6th time in 21 Santana starts…  The team recalled C Robinson Cancel from Triple A and designated RH Elmer Dessens for assignment. C Brian Schneider is battling a knee issue and Santos will play both ends of the doubleheader, according to Manuel.. GM Omar Minaya held a press conference today and explained the Adam Rubin Monday presser fiasco further. The two have met and Rubin has accepted his apology, saying the GM’s “remorse was sincere.” … The 5 run 2nd was the biggest Mets frame since they scored 5 in the first vs the Nationals June 7th 

 

 

Next Game:

 

Thursday, 2nd game of day night double-header series finale vs the Rockies at Citi-Field

 

7:10 pm

 

Mets LH Jonathon Niese(1-0,4.08) vs. Rockies LH Jorge De La Rosa(8-7,4.78) 

July 29, 2009

Wednesday night game rained out, Day-night doubleheader Thursday

by @ 9:13 pm. Filed under 2009 Mets

Strong rain storm forced the Mets to cancel Wednesday night’s game vs the Colorado Rockies, the two teams will play a day-night doubleheader Thursday.

Next Games:

Thursday, Citi-field vs the NL Wild Card leading Colorado Rockies

Game 1 , 12:10 pm start

Mets LH Johan Santana(11-8,3.12) vs. Rockies RH Jason Hammel(5-5,4.28)


Game 2, 7:10 pm start

Mets LH Jonathon Niese(1-0,4.08)  vs. Rockies LH Jorge De La Rosa(8-7,4,78)

Mets Notes: Some positive news on the injury front as superstar CF Carlos Beltran stated that he hopes to return in 2/2.5 weeks and does not care about pain, stating ” Being pain-free is unrealistic right now. Being able to come back 100 percent is not going to happen. … Eighty, 85 percent, I’ll take that. I feel I can manage myself like that. That is fine with me.” Beltran has been taking batting practice, riding a bike and working in the  pool as well. No further update on SS Jose Reyes, who GM Omar Minaya stated was about 10 to 14 days away last week. 1B Carlos Delgado was seen working with rookie 1B Daniel Murphy at the ball park yesterday and appeared to be moving well and in good spirits.


Must read Mets article on the Minaya mess

by @ 9:30 am. Filed under 2009 Mets

Wallace Matthews, one of the more respected writers in town, offers a great explanation and story on why Mets GM Omar Minaya has not been fired– MONEY. Check it out at newsday.com— He has one quote I have not seen any where else from Mets COO Jeff Wilpon. Commenting at yesterday’s press conference about the disgraceful Monday press conference, “He’s this close to being out of baseball.” Jeff Wilpon told Matthews, holding his thumb and forefinger a half-inch apart!!!!!  Matthews’ goes on the link the future of Minaya to the Bernie Madoff scandal(took the Wilpon group for a reported $700 million dollars) and the teams bad contracts. Great stuff by one of the best!

July 28, 2009

Pelfrey leads the way as red hot Mets defeat the Rockies 4-0 for their 4th straight win

by @ 8:57 pm. Filed under 2009 Mets

Mike Pelfrey was great for his 2nd consecutive start while the New York Mets(48-51) executed offensively vs one of the better pitchers in the NL, leading them to a 4-0 victory over the Colorado Rockies(54-46) Tuesday night at Citi-Field in Queens. 2B Luis Castillo, RF Jeff Francoeur, C Brian Schneider and 1B Daniel Murphy all drove in a run while Pelfrey pitched into the 7th vs the Wild Card leader in the National League. “It feels good to win, and that starts with our pitching,” said 3B David Wright, who had two hits. “Yesterday our bullpen was fantastic and today Mike Pelfrey threw about as well as Mike Pelfrey can throw.”

 

Pelfrey(8-6,4.72)  was great and ran his scoreless innings streak against the Rockies to 20. The big right hander  was backed by some solid defense, led by Murphy who turned a big 3-6-1 double play in the fourth. Pelfrey escaped bases loaded jams in the 4th and 6th, finished with the following stat line: 6 1/3 innings, 7 hits allowed with 5 Ks and 3 walks. He threw 115 pitches(71 strikes) and has surprising groundball/fly ball split of 6-8. The winning pitcher, who topped out at 96 mph on the gun, talked about the new positive atmosphere around his team“Everybody knows what we need to do,” Pelfrey said. “Confidence-wise, we feel if we show up here you can put money on us. I don’t know if you could have said that two weeks ago.”

 

The Mets got all the runs they needed in the 2nd when Francoeur drove in Murphy, who doubled to lead off the inning. Francoeur now has 16 rbi in 14 Mets games! NY plated single runs in the 3rd & 4th,  after a single by SS Alex Cora to start the 3rd and a sacrifice from Pelfrey, Castillo knocked him in with a single of 2nd base  , the Mets led 2-0. C Brian Schneider hit a sacrifice fly to score Murphy after walk and error moved him to 3rd,making it 3-0 after 4. Long Island native and Rockies All Star  Jason Marqis(12-7,3.47) was done after 6, allowing 7 hits and 3 runs(1 earned) while striking out 3 and walking 1. 

 

Pedro Feliciano(19 holds,2.63) continued his strong campain with 5 outs of hitless relief, while getting 3 huge strikeouts.The Mets added a big run in the 8th on after 2 walks and a single by Murphy. Castillo was clearly out at the plate(Mets SNY announcers pointed this out) but called safe by home plate umpire Lance Vanover. Rockies manager Jim Tracy came out to argue and was ejected. Sean Green pitched the ninth for the Mets and ended the game with a bang when he induced Rockies OF Ryan Spilborghs to ground into a double play to end the game and give the suddenly streaking Mets a victory.

 

Star of the Game: Pelfrey-  Pitching like a top 3 starter and needs to sustain this for the  last two months of the campaign. Kid has talent, great to see it coming together. 

 

Mets starting line-up:

 

1- CF Angel Pagan

2- 2B Luis Castillo

3- 3B David Wright

4- 1B Daniel Murphy

5- RF Jeff Francoeur

6- LF Cory Sullivan

7- C Brian Schneider

8- SS Alex Cora

9- Pitcher

 

Game Notes: Feliciano has not allowed an earned run in 22 2/3 innings at Citifield this year…. The Mets are 20-2 vs the Rockies at home since 2003… Wright had 2 hits for the 3rd straight game and is hitting .400 in his last 7 games… Mets COO Jeff Wilpon held a pre-game press conference and issued a public apology to well respected NY Daily News reporter Adam Rubin regarding Monday’s deplorable press conference firing disgraced ex-Mets VP for player development Tony Bernazard. He stated that Rubin “did nothing wrong” and that he was very sorry about what happened Monday. Wilpon put in a call to Rubin and hopes to apoligize in person and also expressed hope that Rubin could talk to Minaya as well. The big news out of the presser? Both Wilpons are not happy with the direction the team is headed although Jeff backed Minaya as his GM, claiming they can get through this PR disaster… Mets turned 3 double plays… Wright, Cora and Murphy had 2 hits to lead NY… Castillo is hitting .400 for the month of July  

 

 

Next Game:


Wednesday, game 3 of 4 game series vs the Rockies at Citi-Field

 

7:10 pm 

 

Mets LH Johan Santana(11-8,3.12) vs. Rockies RH Jason Hammel(5-5,4.28)

July 27, 2009

Tatis’ grand slam caps crazy day as Mets rally back to defeat Rockies, 7-3

by @ 8:03 pm. Filed under 2009 Mets

Pinch hitter Fernando Tatis hit a 0-2 8th inning pitch for a grand slam leading the New York Mets(47-51) to a thrilling 7-3 win over the wild card leading Colorado Rockies(54-45) Monday night at Citifield.  The Mets trailed 3-0 after homers by SS Troy Tulowitzki(2 run shot in the 2nd) and 2B Clint Barnes( solo shot in the 5th) but LH Oliver Perez and the bullpen kept the team within striking range for the big late inning magic.  NY has now won 3 in a row(for the first time since May)  and in doing so beat one of the hotter teams in all of baseball in the Rockies, who have won 7 of 10 since the all star break.

Perez(2-3,7.42) battled hard for his team tonight,  in tough conditions with the heat and vs one of the better line-ups in all of baseball,allowing 5 hits and 3 runs(all homers) with 5 big strikeouts.  He worked around 4 walks and a hit batter using 103 pitches to go 5 innings but he kept the Mets in the game and left with a 3-1 deficit.

Perez’ mound counterpart, Ubaldo Jimenez(7-9,3.85) one of the better young arms in the game, allowed a solo shot to red hot Mets RF Jeff Francoeur in the 4th and looked strong until the 6th. 2B Luis Castillo, in the middle of everything lately, and 3B David Wright singled to open the inning. 1B Daniel Murphy plated Castillo with an rbi single. Francoeur then flied out with Wright advancing to third. Ex Rockie Cory Sullivan hit a sacrifice fly to right to tie the game at 3-3 and it was a whole new ball game.

In an underrated aspect of this game, RH Brian Stokes(3.46, 3 holds) pitched two huge innings in the 6th and 7th while striking out 2 batters.  LH Pedro Feliciano(2.75, 18 holds)  pitched his usual strong outing with a scoreless 8th. Juan Rincon took over for Jimenez in the 8th and walked the first two batters of the inning. Murphy then  had a great at bat and layed down a tremendous bunt to sacrifice the runners over. Francoeur was then walked intentionally and Rockies skipper Jim Tracy summoned LH Franklin Morales. Mets manager Jerry Manuel countered with Tatis, who chrushed an 0-2 pitch into the left center stands,sending the crowd into a frenzy on a tough day for all Mets fans. Francisco Rodriquez (23 saves, 2.12)pitched a 1-2-3 ninth with a K to end the game and give NY one of their top wins of the 2009 campaign.

Star of the Game: Tatis—- Huge, season changing type at bat and brought the fans out of their seats. Great sign because Fernando had a ton of big hits for this team in ’08 and with the team being so depleted, we need all 24 guys contributing!

Distraction? What distraction?:  The Mets skipper will not use the circus that has been occurring almost daily around his team as an excuse and had a great message post game. “Once the game starts and we get to competing against the opponent, I don’t think those things for a moment factor into what we do,” Mets manager Jerry Manuel said afterward. “We can’t waver for a second in what we do.”

Mets starting line-up:

1-CF Angel Pagan

2- 2B Luis Castillo

3- 3B David Wright

4- 1B Daniel Murphy

5- RF Jeff Francoeur

6- LF Cory Sullivan

7- C Omir Santos

8- SS Alex Cora

9- Pitcher

Game  Notes: Mets GM Omar Minaya and Chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon held a press conference prior to the game and expressed regret about his handling of the Bernazard-Rubin incident, saying he stood by his comments but used the wrong “forum” to raise the issue…. Start of the game was delayed 16 minutes do to a downpour…. Tatis pinch hit grand slam was the first by the Mets since May 30, 2000 … Feliciano tied Aaron Heilman for the Mets career hold record at 69 Sunday vs the Astros.. Mets came into the game hitting .215 with the bases full

Next Game:

Tuesday, Game 2 of 4 vs the Rockies at Citifield

7:10 pm

Mets RH Mike Pelfrey(7-6, 4.99) vs. Rockies RH Jason Marquis(12-6,3.49)

NY MESS: Minaya presser

by @ 1:21 pm. Filed under 2009 Mets

Just when you thought the 2009 NY Mets could not hit a new low, they did. In a press conference to announce the dismissal of VP of Player Development, Tony Bernazard, Mets GM Omar Minaya turned on the press and named names, targeting NY Daily news beat writer Adam Rubin. Rubin and his paper broke most of the Bernazard stories over the past week or so and Minaya attacked the the reporter’s credibility, shockingly claiming Rubin approached the team about a job in the club’s player development department.  Watching this was unfold reminded me of a  combo of pro wrestling, the Hills  and Shakespeare. Just an amazing day. In what should have been an easy day and the end of  story, the Mets targeted a member of the most powerful media contingent in the world. Not a good move. Just a horrible, ill thought move and a further example of why this team is a disaster, from the head on down! The worst part of this? The team just won back to back games and looked good over the weekend. Embarrassing day.

BREAKING METS NEWS: Bernazard fired, Minaya goes after beat writer Adam Rubin

by @ 1:08 pm. Filed under 2009 Mets

Crazy day in Mets land as GM Omar Minaya just fired controversial VP of Player Development, Tony Bernazard . I will post Omar’s release below and comment further on a mess of press conference that just occurred. 

A Message from Mets General Manager Omar Minaya

I wanted for you to hear directly from me today regarding an update on the investigation of Tony Bernazard, out Vice President of Player Development. 

Prior to a series of articles published in the media, our Baseball Operations and Human Resources departments had begun looking into several matters involving Tony. Once those reports became public, we accelerated our investigation. We wanted it to be thorough and complete it as quickly as possible while still being fair to Tony. That process concluded over the weekend. 

Yesterday, I met with Tony in person to have a frank conversation about what we had learned following interviews with numerous people. I also wanted for Tony to have the opportunity to give his side of the story. 

After meeting with Tony, and giving a lot of thought to the facts, I came to a decision on Tony’s status which I shared with Ownership last night. My recommendation was that we needed to part ways with Tony, as his behavior in his interaction with others was inconsistent with our organization’s values. Ownership agreed with my assessment and accepted my recommendation. 

I spoke with Tony this morning and informed him of my decision to terminate his employment with the Mets. 

Personnel decisions are never easy. And one can’t make them without giving it a lot of thought. It’s even harder when you know someone as I do Tony. Tony and I go back a long time. He is a dedicated baseball man who loves the game, someone I like and respect, and someone who has contributed to the Mets. In the end, however, I just told him I couldn’t leave him in his position after all that had transpired. 

As General Manager of the Mets, I am fully accountable for our Baseball Operations department — on and off the field — and stand by this decision. 

Thank you for your ongoing support of the Mets. 

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July 26, 2009

Mets rally from early deficit to take game and series, defeat Astros, 8-3

by @ 8:57 pm. Filed under 2009 Mets

The New York Mets(46-51) scored 8 unanswered runs after training 3-0 in the first, rallying to win not only the game but the series, beating the Houston Astros(50-48)  8-3 Sunday afternoon at Minute Maid Park in Texas.  Mets 2B Luis Castillo, RF Jeff Francoeur and 3B David Wright all drove in 2 runs apiece while veteran starter Livan Hernandez(7-5) pitched 7 strong after giving up 3 runs in the first. Hernandez allowed only 4 singles after the first and threw 107 pitches for his 2nd straight win after losing the previous 4.   New York won a road series for the first time since early June and went 4-6 on this 10 game road trip. 

 

Houston scored 3 in the first vs Hernandez(36 pitches in the frame) and things did not appear to be promising. After a walk and stole base, Astros all star SS Miguel Tejada doubled home a run. LF Carlos Lee and 3b Geoff Blum followed with doubles of their own and it was quickly 3-0. The Mets defense stepped up and made two huge plays to help their crafty righty escape further damage. CF Angel Pagan threw out a runner at the plate on a single by RF Hunter Pence while  C Brian Schneider then caught Pence stealing 2nd to end the inning and the Astros offense for the day.“Plays like that keep you on the mound,” Hernandez said. “They saved one run. That was big.”


The Mets banged out 13 hits and looked like a pro offense on consecutive days for the first time in quite a while. All 8 starters had a hit and they also stole 2 bases. Castillo got things going with a triple vs Astros starter RH Brian Moehler(7-6,5.16)  to make it 3-1 in the 3rd. Wright singled home Castillo and then scored on a sacrifice fly from Francoeur to tie the game. NY took control for good in the 5th and chased Moehler with 2 runs. Pagan tripled and was plated on fielders choice from Castillo. Moehler ended his day with 4 and 2/3rd innings of work, allowing 8 hits and 5 runs. He walked 2 and struck out 2 while throwing 89 pitches.

 

Minute Maid Park clearly agreed with the struggling Mets hitters, who are down 10 players and have struggled since Mid June. They pounded out 38 hits and scored 22 runs in the 3 game series after scoring fewer than 5 in 15 of their last 20.  The Mets skipper was pleased with the recent performance of his batters, “When you get a number of guys swinging the bats the way we’re swinging the bats right now, you feel very confident that you can get something done,” said Mets manager Jerry Manuel.

 

Hernandez settled down with the lead and was outstanding. Over 7 innings, he allowed 8 hits(4 after the 1st inning) and walked 1,while striking out a season high 7.  His teammates did not rest on their laurels and plated 3 more runs in the 8th and 9th vs power armed Astros righty, Alberto Arias(2-0,2.02,8 holds). SS Alex Cora had an infield single and scored on pinch hitter Jeremy Reed’s triple. Wright and Francoeur added rbi’s in the 9th after a double and single, to make it 8-3. The runs against Arias are the first to score of him in 23 appearances. A nice topper to a productive weekend in what has been a tough year for both the players and followers of the Mets. 

 

 

Star of the Game: Livan Hernandez-  Great example of why Livo has lasted so long and why is a vital component on this club, he knows how to pitch! Got hit hard early, adjusted and threw 7 big frames.  Livan also struck out future hall of fame catcher Ivan  “Pudge” Rodriquez swinging 3 times!

 

 

Mets starting line-up:

 

1- CF Angel Pagan

2- 2B Luis Castillo

3- 3B David Wright

4- 1B Daniel Murphy

5- RF Jeff Francoeur

6- LF Cory Sullivan

7- C Brian Schneider

8- SS Alex Cora

9- Pitcher


Game Notes: Francoeur has 14 rbi in 12 Mets games.“From the coaches to the players, they’ve instilled a confidence in me,” he said. “I feel comfortable at the plate, I feel that I’m going to be able to get a hit.”…. Hernandez has made 400 starts in his career….LH Pedro Feliciano(2.82, 18 holds) got two huge outs in the 8th when the game was still in doubt at 5-3… Pagan now has hit in 8 straight games…. The series win was the Mets 1st in Houston since September 2006… RH Sean Green pitched the final inning and a third for his 1st save as a Met 

 

 

Next Game:

 

Monday, start 4 game series vs the Colorado Rockies at Citi-Field in Queens

7:10 pm

Mets LH Oliver Perez(2-3, 7.68) vs. Rockies RH Ubaldo Jimenez(7-9,3.85)



Mets bring the bats, support Niese, pummeling the Astros,10-3

by @ 11:47 am. Filed under 2009 Mets

The offensively challenged NY Mets(45-51) banged out 12 hits and homered 3 times to support promising youngster Jonathan Niese, who threw 7 strong innings, leading them to a 10-3 win over the Houston Astros(50-47) Saturday night at Minute Maid Park in Texas.  RF Jeff Francoeur homered and drove in 4 runs,  while C Omir Santos and 3B David Wright added homers. The Mets jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the 1st and never looked back, entering the 9th with a 10-1 spread. The win stops a 3 game skid for NY, who lost 6 of 8, averaging 1.5 runs a game in the defeats.

Niese gave a struggling team a huge lift and was outstanding from pitch 1. He made 2 starts for the Mets in May but in his 6th major league start he resembled a polished veteran.  He allowed only 4 hits over 7 innings and 1 run, while striking out 3 and walking 2. He threw a 106 pitches with 70 strikes and his spilts(13/5) weighed towards ground balls over fly outs.  The big lefty intends to make his stay with the  Mets permanent.  “Every time I come back, I try to stay as long as I possibly can,” he said. “I just tried to go back to my Triple-A starts and remember what I did and how I had success there.”  Over his last 7 starts in the minors, he went 5-0 with a 0.72 ERA.

NY jumped on Astros starter Russ Ortiz(3-5,4.75) for 3 big runs in the 1st. 1B Daniel Murphy doubled in a run, while LF Cory Sullivan(single) and Francoeur adding rbi. Hosuton answered with a run in the first after future hall of famer, C Pudge Rodriquez drove in a run with a single. The Mets added a run in the 4th with an out but Francoeur put the game on ice with a huge 3 run shot to left in the 5th, putting NY up 7-1. Santos homered in the 6th while underrated 2B Luis Castillo(.301,23 rbi, 52 runs) drove home CF Angel Pagan with a single in the same inning.

Another good sign in the 9th, as the franchise- struggling 3B  Wright, hitting .222 since the all star break, homered for the first time since June 30th. The bomb was his first in 75 at bats and gives him 6 on the year after hitting 30 the past tow seasons. Closer Francisco Rodriquez pitched the 9th for some work, allowing a 2 run homer to Astros star RF Hunter Pence with a runner on. However, K _Rod struck out ex Met Jeff Keppinger to secure a nice team win for NY, 10-3.

Star of the Game: Niese- Hopefully, the first of many big performances from this youngster. This kid should get starts the rest of the 2009 season to prepare him for 2010.

Sheffield Update: Veteran OF Gary Sheffield was final placed on the DL Saturday with a strained right hamstring to allow the team to recall Niese. The club leader in homer with 10, Sheffield has hit .286 with 36 rbi in 75 games since being claimed off waivers from the Detroit Tigers. He took several strong swings in batting practice, even hitting several home runs but with the Mets injury situation and history, the club choose to be cautious with the veteran.“I don’t feel it,” Sheffield said. “I don’t feel it when I run, I don’t feel it when I do anything. I’m not going to say this is a ‘phantom’ DL or whatever. Nobody knows when it comes to a hamstring. You can think you’re ready, and go out there and it might be longer when you do it again.” Sheffield joins Mets stars SS Jose Reyes, 1B Carlos Delgado and Carlos Beltran among the 10  players on the DL.

Mets starting line-up:

1- CF Angel Pagan

2- 2B Luis Castillo

3- 3B David Wright

4- 1B Daniel Murphy

5- RF Jeff Francoeur

6- LF Cory Sullivan

7- C Omir Santos

8- SS Alex Cora

9- Pitcher

Game Notes: Amazingly, The Mets hit double figures in runs for only the 3rd time in 2009…. SP John Maine will meet with famed orthopedic surgeon Dr, James Andrews Wednesday to get a 2nd opinion on his injured right shoulder. He has been on t he DL since June 7th and ran into some issues this week after pitching a simulated game…. 5 Mets had 2 hits a piece with  CF Angel Pagan, 2B Luis Castillo,  Murphy, Francoeur and Santos all reaching double figures…. Club turned 2 double plays…Sunday’s game concludes a 9 game road trip and the Mets return to NY for a 10 game home stand Monday.. Niese replaced SP Fernando Nieve, who tore a muscle in his thigh last Sunday night… The Mets have scored 5 runs or more only 6 times in their past 21 contests… SS Alex Cora returned for the first time since July 21st after re-injuring his thumb last week. He went 0 for 4.



Next Game:

Sunday, series conclusion vs the Astros at Houston’s Minute Maid Park

2:05

Mets RH Livan Hernandez(6-5,5.09) vs. Astros RH Brian Moehler(7-5,4.81)


July 24, 2009

Santana cannot stop bleeding, gets parked by other pitcher, Mets humiliated again as Astros win,5-4

by @ 9:08 pm. Filed under 2009 Mets

In  a season of complete and total embarrassment, the 2009 NY Mets(44-51) continued to resemble an 80s sitcom but this one runs for 162 episodes. Friday night their ace pitcher, LH Johan Santana, gave up a huge two run homer to the opposition starting pitcher,Mike Hampton(ironically, an ex Met) helping the Houston Astros(50-46) defeat the Mets 5-4.  For a team that has lost games missing third base, dropping pop-ups,etc this one has to rank among the toppers. I am considering a petition to the Major League offices asking them to remove the T from the NY National league team, how about the New York Mes? 

 

NY scored in the 1st after 3B David Wright singled in CF Angel Pagan, who singled to open the game and moved to 2nd after 2B Luis Castillo walked. Santana’s gave the run back in the home 1st after 3 consecutive singles. The game stabilized and stood at 1-1 in the bottom of the 4th. Ex Met INF Jeff Keppinger doubled to bring Hampton to the plate. Hampton crushed the first pitch he saw from Santana into the left field porch, making it 3-1 Astros. “I was able to stay back long enough to hit his changeup,” said Hampton, who came in with a .310 average this season. “It was just one of those things. I probably got lucky, but it was good for us.”

 

To their credit, the Mets rallied to tie in the 5th with Castillo and new RF Jeff Francoeur driving in runs. Santana pitched into the 7th but allowed 12 hits, tying his carrer high. Fill in 1B Chris Coste(Astros star 1B Lance Berkman is out with calf injury) doubled home two runs in the 5th to hand Santana(11-8,3.12) his 8th loss of the season.  The Mets got 13 hits but stranded 10 runners and have lost 6 of 8. They have scored fewer than 5 runs 15 times in 20 games. 


 

Hampton(6-7, 4.74) was good on the mound as well, going 5 and 2 thirds innings while allowing 8 hits and 4 runs, with 7 Ks and 4 walks. “I just wanted to stick with the game plan, mixing my pitches in and out, up and down,” he said. “I did that for the most part.” Mets C Omir Santos homered in the 6th to make it 5-4 Houston. However, The Astros used 3 relievers to get to closer Jose Valverde, who earned his 11th save with a 1-2-3 ninth on only 7 pitches. 

 

 

Star of the Game: Hampton- His homer should be on the Mets 2009 season summary DVD. What is next for this team? I need a hug! 

 

Ace? :  I got ripped to shreds by a ton of my readers when I did not have Santana on the All Star roster. Tonight’s game is a great example why. Don’t give me they are missing players, not scoring,etc. That has nothing to do with getting taken to pleasure town by the other teams starting pitcher! Ok?! I don’t care how good a hitter Hampton is, how the hell is this guy going to get out Pujols, Utley or ManRam if he cannot get out this cat? Please. And I know this guy has pitched great his last couple of starts and has been amazing throughout his career in the 2nd half(8-0 in 15 2008 2nd half starts) . But this team is demoralized right now and big players step up when their number is up. He failed miserably tonight and is great example of why this team is a joke.  

 

Mets starting line-up:

 

1- CF Angel Pagan

2- 2B Luis Castillo

3- 3B David Wright

4- RF Jeff Francoeur

5- LF Fernando Tatis

6- 1B Daniel Murphy

7- C Omir Santos

8- SS Angel Berroa

9- Pitcher

 

 

Game Notes: Reports have ex closer Billy Wagner possibly  around 2 weeks away, as he will begin a rehab assignment next week… CF Carlos Beltran will have his knee reexamined in the next couple of days, a strong possibility exists he might undergo surgery and miss the remainder of the year… OF Gary Sheffield missed another game with his hamstring issue. INF Alex Cora was also out with his injured thumb, which he re- injured earlier this week… Santos and Castillo both had 3 hits to pace the NY offense… Team will have to make a roster move before Saturday’s game with Niese scheduled to start, Sheffield to the DL?… Hampton trails only trails only Chicago Cubs Carlos Zambrano(19) for the active pitchers homer lead with 16 … Francoeur was thrown out at the plate in the 7th on a great play by Houston RF Hunter Pence after 1B Daniel Murphy singled. Great play by Pence and C Pudge Rodriquez. 

 

Next Game:

 

Game 2 of 3 game series at Houston vs the Astros at Minute Maid Park

 

Saturday, 7:05 pm

Mets LH Jonathan Niese(0-0,5.91) vs. Astros RH Russ Ortiz(3-4,4.33)


Mash Unit update: Reyes good, Maine VERY bad

by @ 9:48 am. Filed under 2009 Mets

Update on the Mets injury fronts— with breaking news on SS Jose Reyes and SP John Maine. Reyes and Maine both played in a simulated game Tuesday and had much different results. Reyes will play in another game and hopes to return soon. He had 2 hits in the game and ran ok, while Maine threw 65 pitches and was not physically sound after the session. Maine could be shut down for the year.

 

Mets skipper Jerry Manuel offered this report on his star SS. “I think if we get through this week, and he gets [running] on the bases, then we’ll have a general indicator of where he is,” Manuel said. Reyes does not want to wait for his leg to be 100% and does not believe it will be until the 2010 season. He intends to play at 80%. His Manager will proceed with caution regarding his SS.”He’s had a couple of days where he had a lot of volume of work and then felt sore,” Manuel said. “When we get him, we’ll probably have to play him a game and then rest him a game. Just because of the anxiety that’s involved in the big league level and all the blood flowing.”

 

Maine is going to see world renowned shoulder injury expert Dr. James Andrews to get a 2nd opinion on his right shoulder . “It doesn’t feel great,” Maine said after Thursday’s brief session. “Pain is the wrong word. It’s discomfort.”[Tuesday] it felt all right, but the days in between, it’s hard. It aches a little bit, but what are you going to do? There’s always a chance that you’re not going to go out there and do your best. It’s not too bad pitching; it’s just the days in between.” Maine was 5-4 with a 4.52 ERA in 11 starts and underwent surgery to remove a lesion from the back of his shoulder in September 2008. The talented righty believes he might have overtrained and caused the injury.“In the winter I tried coming back faster to be ready for spring, and then it hit. Then at the same time, when I came back from the DL, I tried coming back even faster,” Maine said. “I don’t want to be here. I want to be up there. It’s me. I don’t know when to lay off the gas.”

July 23, 2009

Bernazard situation

by @ 9:42 am. Filed under 2009 Mets

As a reporter covering the New York Mets, I have to comment on the situation involving Mets VP for Player development Tony Bernazard. The best way to do so is to post the article from the NY Daily News about the incidents and then I will comment after.  

Omar Minaya: Mets to investigate Tony Bernazard’s behavior

Updated Wednesday, July 22nd 2009, 5:32 PM

WASHINGTON – Omar Minaya is finally taking his gloves off, but only after the Daily News reported Tony Bernazard took his shirt off.

Bernazard’s conduct as vice president for player development is under investigation by the Mets as the result of a pair of exclusive Daily News reports in which sources alleged misconduct unbefitting a 52-year-old baseball executive, the GM Minaya said.

Sources told The News in yesterday’s editions that Bernazard removed his shirt, challenged the Double-A Binghamton Mets to a fight and used a slang word for a part of a woman’s anatomy to denigrate a player during a postgame tirade in early July.

The incident was widely known around the Mets organization, but Minaya launched the investigation only after The News reported it yesterday.

The previous day, The News reported that Bernazard recently unleashed a profanity-laced diatribe directed at the organization’s manager of baseball operations, after the underling requested that Bernazard wait until the end of the half-inning before having a scout move from a seat behind home plate at Citi Field that Bernazard wanted.

Bernazard was having confrontations as recently as Friday, sources tell The News. And, this time, he apparently agitated an organization heavyweight. Sources say that Francisco Rodriguez and Bernazard had a heated exchange as the closer boarded a team bus after Friday’s 11-0 loss at Turner Field in Atlanta.

K-Rod would not comment, but multiple sources with ties to the team corroborated that Rodriguez was livid at Bernazard. One source believed it was related to Bernazard allegedly disparaging K-Rod’s fellow relievers.

“I don’t know what they told you,” Rodriguez told The News. “I don’t know what you’re talking about. I have no comment. I don’t know what you’re talking about.”

Meanwhile, Minaya mentioned the word “investigate” 13 times during a six-minute, 20-second press briefing in the visitors dugout at Nationals Park yesterday.

“We do take these matters very seriously,” Minaya said. “We are going to investigate these things.”

Asked if substantiating the allegations would be cause for termination, Minaya said: “We’re going to investigate it. I think we need to follow up.”

On when Minaya first learned of the incidents: “I think what we’re going to do is investigate it.”

On whether that type of conduct would be acceptable: “What we need to do is investigate it.”

Minaya said he had not yet decided whether Bernazard would be allowed to carry out his duties during the investigation. The GM believed Bernazard was spending the week at his Princeton, N.J., home.

“I’ve talked to him, and I’ll be continuing to talk to him,” Minaya said. “We’ll sit down and talk this week. And I’ll talk to notify him that we are going to investigate these things. And then I’ll sit down with our owners and say, ‘Hey, look, how do you want to – how are we going to handle this?'”

As for having to deal with the turmoil, Minaya said: “Put it this way: You never like to have these reports out there. But, when you have a big department, these things happen and what you need to do once the reports are out is make sure that you kind of look at them.”

 

Bloggers opinion: With all of the misfortune that has hit the 2009 NY Mets, this situation appears to be pretty cut and dry. If these allegations are true , Bernazard should lose his job. He is 52 years old and holds a major position of power, he has acted unprofessionally and can not represent the Mets in a positive manner after these incidents. Just another embarrassing moment in a season of embarrassing moments! 

July 22, 2009

Mets slide continues as Nationals win again,3-1 and take series

by @ 8:59 pm. Filed under 2009 Mets

Want to dedicate tonight’s blog to my main man,Jayden Zundel, who is a pretty good athlete out in Utah. I grew up with his Mom,Laura Hammer Freeman and at the rate the Mets are playing, he might be at SS and hitting third next week! Keep up the good work in school and listen to your parents, Jayden! Your Mom is top notch, unlike my Mets…. 

 

The 2009 season has been painful to watch for the New York Mets(44-50) and it continued as they lost a game(and series) to the Washington Nationals, 3-1 Wednesday night at Nationals Park. Josh Willingham hit a tie breaking 2 run homer in the 6th while RH Craig Stammen(3-5,4.14) pitched into the 8th to get the win. The win clinched the series and gave new manager Jim Riggleman his 2nd   win in 7 tries. “Two wins in a row — you can’t beat that,” Stammen said. “Last time John(Lannan, Tuesday nights winner) threw a complete game, I went out and gave up five runs in the first inning. It was in my head — you know what, I’m going to get a good outing here. … It’s not really relief because I knew I could do it. It’s satisfying because I came out and did my job.”

 

Mets starter Mike Pelfrey(7-6,4.99) did not pitch poorly and deserved a better fate(pitched 7 innings). Stammen was outstanding for the Nats, allowing 4 hits over 7 frames, while retiring the first 12 Mets to open the game. After the Nationals(28-66) scored a run in the 4th via a sacrifice fly, The Mets  tied it in the 6th after Angel Pagan tripled and came home on a wild relay throw. Adam Dunn hit a fly ball to lead off the 6th that RF Jeff Francoeur lost in the lights for a double. 1 out later, Willingham homered to left center to provide the decisive runs. 3 relievers followed Stammen with Mike MacDougal closing it out for his 6th save of the 2009 campaign. 

The struggles of the Mets continue and with no promising news on CF Carlos Beltran, SS Jose Reyes or 1B Carlos Delgafo, their is no end in sight. NY has scored 1 run or fewer in 12 of  27 games since Beltran went on the DL June 22. The club has gone 10-17 while hitting .231 with 81 runs in those contests. “What happens is that when you are in the situation we are in, every team we play, because [we’re] deficient of talent, every team we play is going to be in the game,” Mets manager Jerry Manuel said. The Mets struggles are magnified when you consider that The Nationals pitchers carry an NL high 5.09 ERA and are topped only by the Cleveland Indians in all of baseball. “We’re not going to be able to go out there and score runs at will,” 3B David Wright said. “We really have to be clicking on all cylinders to score runs and obviously right now we are not.”

 

Star of the Game: Willingham- Decisive blow in the game. Underrated player and a guy who has hurt the Mets in the past.

 

 

Mets starting line-up:

 

1- CF Angel Pagan

2- 2B Luis Castillo

3- 1B Daniel Murphy

4- 3B David Wright 

5- RF Jeff Francoeur

6- LF Cory Sullivan

7- SS Angel Berroa 

8- C Brian Schneider

9- Pitcher

 

Game Notes:  SP Fernando Nieve will more than likely miss 6 weeks with his torn quad muscle suffered in Sunday’s game vs Atlanta ….. OF Gary Sheffield again missed action with his hamstring issue, Friday looks like D-day for Sheff,more than likely play or DL …. Alex Cora aggravated his thumb injury according to Manuel and Berroa started in his place… Castillo was ejected in the 2nd inning after arguing a close play at 2nd. Fernando Tatis took his spot and doubled in 3 at bats.. No Met had more than 1 hit… Wright’s single leading off the 5th was the Mets first hit … Pelfrey allowed 6 hits and 3 runs while walking and striking out 2. He threw 111 pitches, 67 strikes.  

 

Next Game:

 

Thursday day off

 

Friday start 3 game series at Houston vs the Astros at Minute Maid Park 

 

8:05

 

Mets LH Johan Santana(11-7,2.92) vs. Astros LH Mike Hampton(5-7,4.63)


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 


July 21, 2009

Lannan again baffles awful Mets, Nats win 4-0

by @ 8:35 pm. Filed under 2009 Mets

The awful 2009 campaign of the New York Mets continues to reach new lows and Tuesday night they made history in losing to the equally inept Washington Nationals, 4-0,. Long Island product and Nationals LH SP John Lannan(7-7,3.33) continued his mastery of the Mets, throwing his first career shutout(2 complete game in 57 starts, both vs NY) while not allowing an extra base hit or walk.  Washington scored all 4 runs in 2 innings, a pair  each in the 4th and 5th with a sacrifice fly and rbi single vs Mets LH Oliver Perez(2-3,7.68) in both frames.  Washington won for the first time under interim manager Jim Riggleman(0-5 going into the contest).  “I can’t lie to you, it feels good to win a ballgame,” Riggleman said. “John was so outstanding tonight that he made it easy for the staff and myself to do what we do — just watch him work.”

 

Lannan was on from pitch one  and escaped a small jam in the 4th with a great defensive play backing him up. After two singles, 3B David Wright hit a drive to left center than Nationals CF Nyjer Morgan leaped to catch to end the inning.”That was the game-changer for me,” Lannan said. The classy 3rd year player was not going to get this game ball, his skipper was. “I’m pretty sure I can find a ball to put that stat on it,” Lannan said.

 

Perez was his usual frustrating self, showing enough ability then hanging himself with walks and falling behind every almost every batter. Of all the mistakes made by GM Omar Minaya, giving this mess a three year deal at over 30 million ranks as #1! After a single an 2 walks sandwiched around a ground out in the 4th, a sacrifice fly and single made it 2-0 Nationals. In the 5th, Perez hit Morgan leading off the inning. A steal, walk and RF Adam Dunn single made it 3-0. LF Josh Willingham’s sacrifice fly made it 4-0 and the game was over for all intent and purpose. Perez final stat line: 6 innings, 4 hits and runs allowed with 6 walks and 4 Ks. He threw 103 pitches(57 strikes) while going 15 for 28 on 1st pitch strikes. 

 

His mound counterpart, Lannan, threw 80 strikes on 106 pitches with 23 1st pitch strikes out of 32 batters. He amazingly did not allow a runner to 2nd base and recorded 17 ground ball outs, including 2 double plays. “He seems like he doesn’t really stick to one game plan,” Wright said. “He goes at you a number of different ways, really mixes it up, throws a lot of strikes.” The underrated righty retired 17 of the final 19 Mets hitters and did not record a strike out til PH Angel Berroa in the 8th. “I’ve never considered myself a dominating pitcher,” Lannan said. “I don’t think the guys over in the Mets clubhouse are like, ‘Wow, that guy dominated me.’ I just made good pitches, down in the zone.”


 

Editorial: The game was more of the same for a depleted, demoralized and defeated 2009 New York Mets club. Injuries aside, and they have many, this team does not play hard, does not play smart and does not entertain. Besides that, they are a joy to cover! The stats do not lie: Since CF Carlos Beltran went on the DL June 22, they have been shut out 7 times(26 contests) and an amazing 5 times in the past 13. “Very, very, very staggering stats by today’s standards in baseball,” New York manager Jerry Manuel said. “You see teams scoring a lot of runs, and we seem to be saving ours for the next day.” What day, May 6th, 2014? Jerry, throw some furniture or something- NOW!

 Jerry, you manage a team that has the 2nd highest payroll in the sport and they are a disaster! A boring disaster! You better fix this or you are ass will be joining millions of Americans on the unemployment line! Injuries do not make you miss third base, drop a final out pop-up or walk the ball park. These are fundamentals and fundamentals are about coaching! Part of this- and a large part of it- is on you! Show some life and maybe your lifeless team will too.. a revolutionary concept!  Name names, bench people, have the pitcher lead off but DO SOMETHING! This team is now 10 games out of 1st place & you have nothing to lose-except maybe your job!

 

 

Star of the Game: Lannan- Completely shut down an overmatched Mets line-up that made zero adjustments and appeared to have no idea how to hit this local product. I did not know Sandy Koufax was still pitching! This kid pitched well but the Mets have a habit of making everyone look good and they are a joke right now. It was so easy for Lannan, that he skipped his usual pre game routine of video review and threw blind in this game. “I’ve just faced them so much,” Lannan said. “I usually do a scouting report where I look at video and stuff, and this scouting report I basically did it from memory.”

 

Mets starting line-up:

 

1- CF Angel Pagan

2- 2B Luis Castillo

3- 3B David Wright

4- RF Jeff Francoeur

5- LF Fernando Tatis

6- 1B Daniel Murphy

7- C Omir Santos

8- SS Alex Cora

9- P

 

Game Notes: Game time an incredible 2:09…. OF Gary Sheffield is available only for emergency pinch hitting and could be DL-ed if he cannot play Friday. The Mets veteran pulled up lame with hamstring cramps last Friday vs Atlanta…. NY has 4 homers in July, a ML low. The Nationals are tied with 4 others at 10…. RF Jeff Francoeur was the only Met with 2 hits

 

Next Game:

 

Wednesday, Series finale vs Washington at Nationals Park

 

7:05

 

Mets RH Mike Pelfrey(7-5,5.07) vs. Nationals RH Craig Stammen(2-5,4.46) 


July 20, 2009

Heyman/SI report: Jays asking price for Halladay too steep for Mets

by @ 8:51 pm. Filed under 2009 Mets

This bombshell article from the top man in the biz, Heyman earlier tonight…..from si.com…

 

Toronto’s request of the Mets for star pitcher Roy Halladay was for top outfield prospect Fernando Martinez, young pitchers Bobby Parnell and Jon Niese and shortstop prospect Ruben Tejada, sources tell SI.com.

The Mets responded with a resounding no.

The Mets don’t appear to be in the middle of talks now, after hearing what it will take. Mets people have made clear that they have no intention of “mortgaging their future,” certainly not with the team nine games out in the NL East. There’s also no guarantee Halladay would accept a trade to the Mets now, as he has said he wants to take a chance on winning. At this point, the Mets would appear to be a small chance at winning, probably not much more than the Jays.

At the very least, the four-player package provides the best glimpse at what Toronto seeks in return for arguably baseball’s best pitcher.

Jays GM J.P. Ricciardi called the likelihood of a trade for Halladay “50-50” in an interview over the weekend.

 

 

Bloggers opinion: This trade is a tough one for Mets GM Omar Minaya . His team’s core players are hurt and he does not have definitive time table for their return. However, looking at this list of names, you have 1 player- Parnell- who is on the current roster. Martinez has talent but you can find OFs. I love Niese but in a season or two. This team is set up to be good, damn good for 2-3 years with Johan Santana in his prime, you put him with Halladay and move Mike Pelfrey to the #3 spot(Where he belongs!) and this team wins 90 games by accident. Remember, Madoff aside, this team losses Delgado, Wagner and Putz off the payroll after the season. That is 38 million coming off the books! I would do this move and try to add another bat at low cost, an Aubrey Huff type, who can help in LF and 1B.(Like Eric Hinske, OMAR!!!!!!!!) 

Livo owns the Nationals, Francoeur homers as Mets defeat Washington, 6-2

by @ 8:37 pm. Filed under 2009 Mets

The battered and bruised New York Mets found a magic elixir for their recent struggles Monday night : Have Livan Hernandez pitch against the Washington Nationals, he did and the Mets defeated Washington, 6-2. Mets RF Jeff Francoeur had three hits and his 1st Mets homer, while CF Angel Pagan and 1B Daniel Murphy had 2 hits apiece to pace the NY offense. The Mets won for only the 7th time in 21 contests, while the talent barren Nationals dropped to a ML worst 26-66 ad have not won(0-5) since interim manager Jim Riggleman took over last week.

 

Hernandez, who pitched four seasons for  the Nationals, improved to 3-0 with 1.17 ERA vs his former team  this season.  He had posted a 7.56 ERA in his past 6 starts, while losing 4 games in a row, he is now 6-5 with a 4.93 ERA.  Livo allowed only 5 hits and 2 runs in 7 innings, while striking out 3 and walking 2. He needed only 97 pitches to get his work in. “I was kind of anxiously waiting for him to get through the first inning, and once he did that, he began to cruise,” Mets manager Jerry Manuel said.

 

Hernandez teammates helped him out by scoring early, plating 5 runs in the first two innings. The Mets batters attacked Nationals rookie J.D. Martin, who was making his first major league appearance. Over 4 innings, he allowed 8 hits and 5 runs. Murphy and Francoeur doubled home runs in the first, while Pagan, Murphy and 2B Luis Castillo producing rbi singles in the 2nd. Nationals C Josh Bard doubled home the Washington runs in the 4th, to make it 5-2. 

 

LH Pedro Feliciano(17 holds,2.95) pitched 2 3rds of the 8th while RH Sean Green(11 holds,5.27) got the last out of the 8th. Francoeur topped his night with his first Mets homer to left, giving him 3 hits and 2 rbi. He is aware what his new teammates have been dealing with, “We’ve been pressing a little bit,” Francoeur said. “I know it’s been a little difficult time in here.” This has been a tough time for the immensely talented RF, being traded from his hometown team and he said as much post game, “I’m not going to lie to you. I didn’t know it was going to be so emotional in Atlanta,” he said. “It was definitely a little difficult the first couple of games.”

 

 

Star of the Game: Hernandez- Livo pitched a huge game when his club needed it, a day after Nieve went on the DL and left his start in the 2nd, the veteran RH gave the bullpen rest and more importantly, his team a big lift. The opposition’s manager described the crafty vet perfectly,“He’s just the ultimate pro. He’s a thinking man’s pitcher,” he said.

 

 

Mets starting line-up:

 

1- CF Angel Pagan

2- 2B Luis Castillo

3- 1B Daniel Murphy

4- 3B David Wright

5- RF Jeff Francoeur

6- LF Jeremy Reed

7- SS Alex Cora

8- C Brian Schneider

9- Pitcher


Game Notes: The club DL-ed SP Fernando Nieve and recalled OF Cory Sullivan, who was hitting .290 in 85 Triple A contests for Buffalo… OF Gary Sheffield missed his 3 straight game with his leg-quad injury, he posted on his twitter page that his “electrolytes are off or something.” He hopes to be available to pinch hit Tuesday… Hernandez has a 11-5 record and 3.67 ERA vs  his former club … In the 25 games since CF Carlos Beltran went on the DL, the Mets are 10-15 while the team scored 6 runs or more only six times in that stretch… Mets closer Francisco Rodriquez(23 saves,1.81) pitched a clean 1-2-3 ninth, striking out a batter

 

Next Game:

 

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

 

7:05

 

Mets LH Oliver Perez(2-2,7.99) vs Nationals LH John Lannan(6-7,3.64)

Heyman report on SI.com:Manuel, Minaya safe

by @ 2:39 pm. Filed under 2009 Mets

Great article posted by SI.com and MLB Network insider Jon Heyman about the GM and Manager of the 2009 NY Mets.

Mets general manager Omar Minaya and manager Jerry Manuel have been reassured by club higher-ups that their jobs are not in jeopardy, league sources told SI.com.

Minaya and Manuel have come under public scrutiny and even attack during the Mets’ horrific run, but both men were informed in recent weeks that they shouldn’t worry about their positions in conversations with Mets COO Jeff Wilpon.

Last year Minaya signed a three-year contract extension that begins in 2010, while Manuel’s contract only guarantees 2010. Their reassurances mean both will be in their current positions at the start of next year. The Wilpons have long had a strong relationship with Minaya.

People familiar with the discussions say that while Wilpon is disappointed with the season, he told both men he is committed to them and expressed his hope that they don’t let any worries affect how they go about their jobs. Wilpon wanted both to understand that they were “all in this together,” league sources said, and that the only thing they need to do is work even harder.

The Mets, who have the NL’s highest payroll of about $140 million, were expected to contend this season after signing star closer Francisco Rodriguez, and retaining Carlos Delgado and Oliver Perez, but are now 43-48 and nine games behind the rival Phillies. They lost three of their top four position players — Jose Reyes, Carlos Beltran and Delgado — to injury, causing them to utilize backups and younger players more than they planned.


July 19, 2009

Escobar’s big day leads the way as lifeless Mets lose game, series and another player as Braves roll, 7-1

by @ 8:55 pm. Filed under 2009 Mets

Atlanta SS Yunel Escobar drove in 4 runs total, 2 in the pivotal game changing 5 run 5th for the Braves, who defeated a completely overmatched and undermanned New York Mets club, 7-1 Sunday night at Turner Field in Atlanta. The Braves took 3 of 4 from the awful Mets, who look like a shot horse right now. The stats do not lie: since June 22, New York  has lost 15 of 24 while scoring a major league low 74 runs. They have scored a run or less an incredible 10 times in those games. 2B Luis Castillo had 2 hits to lead the Mets.

 

Just when it appeared things could not get worse for the Mets, they did in the 2nd inning. Waiver wire find, SP Fernando Nieve(3-3,2.95), injured his quad and had to be removed on chart after attempting to beat out an infield hit. It did not look good,“It felt pretty bad,” Nieve said “I’ll see the doctor tomorrow,” he said. “It’s still sore. … I was trying to play 100 percent. It just happened.” The right hander appears to be a good bet to join OFs Carlos Beltran and Fernando Martinez,1B Carlos Delgado, SS Jose Reyes, SP John Maine and RPs Billy Wagner & J.J. Putz on the DL.”Where do we go from here?” Mets skipper Jerry  Manuel said. “We have to sit down and make some decisions. We talked about that today. We feel like we still can get some things done. … We’ll have to see what’s available.”

 

After Escobar homered vs Nieve’s replacement, veteran RH Tim Redding in the 2nd, Mets RF Jeff Francoeur singled home Castillo to tie the score at 1-1. Escobar drove in another run in the 4th with a single, making it 2-1 Atlanta. The Braves pulled away with 5 runs in the 5th, aided by two huge Mets errors. Rookie 2B Martin Prado, veteran 3B and Mets killer Chipper Jones  and 1B Casey Kotchman added rbi hits while Escobar drove home two with a huge double. The Mets used 3 pitchers in the inning and the competitive  portion of the game was all but over. 

 

Braves starter, underrated veteran RH Javier Vasquez(7-7,2.86)  was solid for 7 innings while allowing 6 hits and the 2nd inning run. He used 101 pitches to strike out 5 while walking 1. “A great win,” Vazquez said. “So far we’re heading in the right direction on this homestand.” Former Braves closer Mike Gonzalez returned from the DL to pitch a 1-2-3 ninth(K included)  and flame throwing closer Rafael Soriano(13,1.41) did the same to close the game, handing the Mets another bad loss.  


 

Star of the Game: Escobar- One positive out of this weekend… he is one of my fantasy baseball shortstops… this is what this Mets season has come become, people!

 

No Nieve, Niese?: A strong candidate to replace Nieve is LH Jonathan Niese, who has not allowed two earned runs in any of his past 8 starts at Triple A Buffalo.  Redding looks like a long man and his skipper said as much post game, “I would have liked to see him get up to 75 pitches,” Manuel said of Redding, who threw 58 pitches. “Now you’re somewhat hesitant about thinking about him as a starter.”

 

Mets starting Line-up:

 

1- CF Angel Pagan

2- 2B Luis Castillo

3- 1B Daniel Murphy

4- 3B David Wright

5- RF Jeff Francoeur

6- LF Jeremy Reed

7- SS Alex Cora

8- C Brian Schneider

9- Pitcher


 

Game Notes:  Francoeur had a great throw to get Escobar at the plate to end the 5th…. 6 Mets pitchers combined to walk 8 Braves…Atlanta is now in 2nd in the NL, 6.5 games behind the World Champion Philadelphia Phillies… OF Gary Sheffield missed his 2nd consecutive game after suffering a leg cramp Friday night

 

No Mas: Memo to ESPN, Fox and MLB network, do not schedule any more Mets games until GM  Omar Minaya and ownership can put a major league product on the field. This team is bad and not fun to watch, they should have a parental guidance suggested warning pre-game. Save yourself some time and try to pull your bottom lip over your head for about 5 minutes and you have the 2009 NY Mets expererience while not wasting almost 3 hours a day! I feel very sorry for Mets manager Jerry Manuel, who is a good baseball man, and deserves much better than this. He literally goes into a gun fight with a sling shot almost every day and has not folded. Sad to say, I cannot say the same for his players. 

 

Next Game:

 

Monday,7/20 – Start 3 game series at the Washington Nationals

 

7:05 at  Nationals Park

 

Mets RH Livan Hernandez(5-5,5.10) vs Nationals LH Scott Olsen(2-4,6.03)


Ace Santana ends losing streak, Mets score late to pull away from Braves,5-1

by @ 1:13 pm. Filed under 2009 Mets

Mets ace Johan Santana continued his strong career track of being dominant in the 2nd half, throwing 7 scoreless innings while NY hitters used two big innings to defeat the Atlanta Braves 5-1 Saturday at  Turner Field in  Georgia. The talented lefty allowed only 5 hits( for the 2nd consecutive start) while striking out 5 and walking 2. CF Angel Pagan had 3 hits for the Mets while RF Jeff Francoeur and SS Alex Cora added 2 apiece. With the win, NY has lost 8 of 11 and scored 4 runs  for only the 7th time in the last 23 times.

Santana(11-7, 2.92) was simply put, HUGE. He is now 59-17 in 2nd half starts for his career, posting a .776 winning percentage, the best all time for pitchers with at least 75 decisions. The Mets ace went an amazing 8-0 in 15 second-half starts in 2008 while posting a 2.17 ERA. He knew his struggling teammates need this game and his performance,“We needed that one really bad,” Santana said.”We still have a long way to go. We need to get on a roll.” NY entered Saturday’s action trailing the defending world champion Philadelphia Phillies by 8.5 games, their biggest deficit since they were 9 games out on September 29,2005.

Braves starter Kenshin Kawakami(5-7,4.15) did not pitch poorly but unfortunately he threw on a day when one of the best pitchers on the planet was on. NY scored 2 runs in the 6th with a bases loaded walk from LF Jeremy Reed and a rbi ground out from C Omir Santos. Professional Mets killer and Braves 3B Chipper Jones homered off of LH Pedro Feliciano(2-3,16 holds, 3.00), who did not retire either batter he faced. Mets skipper Jerry Manuel got thru the tough 8th using 4 relievers to get 3 outs, going to RH Sean Green(10 holds,5.31) for 2 outs, LH Pat Misch(3.68)  faced 2 batters but recorded no outs. RH Brian Stokes(3 holds,3.86) however struck out Greg Norton to end the Braves rally.

The Mets added 3 huge tack on runs in the 9th and used some good situational hitting and execution to pull it off. Cora singled and Pagan tripled him in, making it 3-1 NY. 2B Luis Castillo  laid down a perfect suicide squeeze bunt to score Pagan and put NY up by 3,4-1. After Braves long time skipper Bobby Cox walked 3B David Wright, his ex OF Francoeur made him pay with an rbi single to center to cap the scoring. Mets closer Francisco Rodriquez retired the side in order in the 9th ,sriking out Jones to end the game and giving NY a huge win.

Star of the Game: Santana- This is why Mets GM Omar Minaya brought him to NY!  The ace has now pitched 15 straight scoreless innings isnce the Yank$$s scored nine runs on June 14.

Mets starting Line-up:

1- CF Angel Pagan

2- 2B Luis Castillo

3- 1B Daniel Murphy

4- 3B David Wright

5- RF Jeff Francoeur

6- LF Jeremy Reed

7- C Omir Santos

8- SS Alex Cora

9- Pitcher


Game Notes: 5 Different Mets drove in runs, with Santos(25) and Castillo(19) continuing to be strong, underrated components of this club…. 3B David Wright stole his 21st base of the year while 1B Daniel Murphy added his 2nd theft… Wright was given the Barry Bonds treatment, walking intentionally 3 times… Cora made his 4th error of the season on a ground ball…. OF Gary Sheffield was not available after leaving Friday’s game with leg cramps, the goal is to have him back Sunday…. INF Angel Berroa sacrificed for Stokes in the 9th


Next Game:

Game 4 of series vs the Braves at Atlanta

Mets RH Fernando Nieve(3-3,3.03) vs. Braves Javier Vazquez(6-7,2.95)

Game Notes:

July 18, 2009

Jurrjens, McCann lead the way as the Braves batter awful Mets, 11-0

by @ 11:45 am. Filed under 2009 Mets

On a night when they retired the number of one of the greatest pitchers in major league history, The Atlanta Braves pounded out 14 hits, pummeling the lifeless New York Mets, 11-0 Friday night at Turner Field in Georgia. In  pregame ceremony, the Braves retired Greg Maddux #31(93-03) and his former team played the contest like the great Atlanta clubs he played for over his Hall of Fame career.   The Braves led 6-0 after 3 and did not look back, as C Brian McCann doubled home two in the first and homered with a man on in 3rd. INF Martin Prado also homered for Atlanta. Talented Braves RH Jair Jurrjens(8-7,2.77) continued his strong season(5th in ERA in the NL) with 6 innings of 2 hit ball, he struck out 1 and walked 2. He needed only 85 pitches to work thru the depleted Mets line-up.

Mets starter Mike Pelfrey was not good and knew it post game. The talented right hander was hit early and often, allowing 9 hits and career high 9 earned runs over 4 1/3 innings. “I felt bad for everybody playing behind me,” Pelfrey said. “It’s embarrassing.” Pelfrey’s era rose from 4.47 to 5.07. Braves SS Yunel Escobar had 3 hits and 3 rbi.

Just when things could not appear to get any worse for the Mets, they did when cleanup hitter and waiver wire savior RF Gary Sheffield came up lame after running down a double in the 5th. The team says he should be ok and the injury is a leg cramp. Mets skipper Jerry Manuel tried to find humor in his club’s ever growing injury list,“They’re saying it’s cramps,” the manager said, barely pausing before delivering the punchline: “Surgery Thursday.”


Star of the Game: The Braves battery of McCann and Jurrjens- Starter continued his great year and his catcher is one of the more underrated players in all of baseball. Check around and find 5 better catchers.

Mets starting line-up:

1- CF Angel Pagan

2- 2B Luis Castillo

3- 3B David Wright

4- LF Gary Sheffield

5- RF Jeff Francoeur

6- 1B Daniel Murphy

7- SS Alex Cora

8- C Omir Santos

9- Pitcher

Game Notes: Maddux won 4 CY Young awards(3 in a row for the  Braves(93-95) and was 19-2 with a 1.63 ERA for the 1995 Atlanta team that won the World Series. During his amazing career, he won 15 or more games over a record 17 consecutive seasons. He also won 18 Gold Gloves….The Braves hit a season high 9 extra-base hits and tied their high with 7 doubles …. Game drew over 50,000 and was a season high at Turner Field… 3B David Wright and Sheffield both doubled vs Jurrjens, the Mets only hits… NY has lost 8 of 11 and stands at a season high 5 games under .500 at 42-47

Offensive Offense: Over the past 18 games, The Mets are 5-13 while hitting .220 and have averaged 2.7 runs. The Club has been shut out an amazing 8 times since June 14th, including 6 times in 22 games since CF Carlos Beltran went on the DL

Next Game:

Saturday, Game 3 of 4 game series at Turner Field vs the Braves

4:00 pm

Mets LH Johan Santana(10-7,3.09) vs Braves RH Kenshin

Kawakami(5-6,4.26)


July 16, 2009

Mets killer Chipper Jones does it again, as Atlanta beats NY, 5-3

by @ 9:28 pm. Filed under 2009 Mets

Career Mets killer 3B Chipper Jones(.330 career average vs NY) did it again Thursday night, leading the red hot Atlanta Braves over the struggling New York Mets, 5-3 at Turner Field in Georgia. Jones 7th inning rbi single provided the decisive run, while Atlanta got back to back homers from SS Yunel Escobar and LF Garret Anderson in the 2nd. Mets 2b Luis Castillo had 2 of the clubs 6 hits.

One positive out of the first game of the 2nd half was the performance by Mets starter, LH Oliver Perez(2-2,7.99). Olie pitched well and did not walk the park, going 6 innings, he allowed 5 hits and 3 runs with 6 Ks and 4 walks.(1 Intentional) He threw 101 pitches(58 strikes) with 14 first pitch strikes in 26 at bats. He looked controlled and composed while SNY announcer and former Mets legend Keith Hernandez noticed  his improved velocity.( Perez was in the mid 90s)

The Mets plated all 3 of their runs vs Braves veteran RH Derek Lowe(8-7,4.40)  in the 4th. Castillo, 3B David Wright and LF Gary Sheffield opened the inning with 3 straight singles for the first NY run. Ex- Brave Jeff Francoeur grounded home Wright  & Daniel Murphy doubled home Sheffield to put the Mets up 3-2.   Atlanta tied it in the home 4th when C Brian McCann scored after a double from RF Matt Diaz, who beat a close play at the plate. Lowe was done after 6 innings, allowing 5 hits and 3 runs over 6 innings. He struck out 2 and walked 3, using 112 pitches.

LH specialist Pedro Feliciano walked a pinch hitter to lead off the 7th and that proved to be fatal as Jones’ single(allowed by rookie Bobby Parnell) to right scored that runner after a fly out and walk.  Atlanta plated an important insurance run in the 8th off of LH Pat Misch to make it 5-3 after an infield single, sacrifice and another single.  The Mets put a runner on in the 9th after an error by ,of all people, Jones but Braves stud closer Rafael Soriano struck out Mets OF Jeremy Reed to give the Braves the victory.

Star of the Game: Jones- The Mets might drive him to Cooperstown! Better yet, they should take up a collection at Citi-Field to get him to retire!

Snub?:  Braves closer Soriano(1-1,1.44, 13 saves, 60 Ks in 43.2 innings) was considered by many to be major snub for the NL all star team. His club’s franchise player spoke up for the fireballer post game, “He’s been automatic, every time out,” Jones, a six-time All-Star, said of Soriano. “He should have been an All-Star. I can’t believe he didn’t make it.”



Mets starting line-up:

1- CF Angel Pagan

2- 2B Luis Castillo

3- 3B David Wright

4-LF Gary Sheffield

5- LF Jeff Francoeur

6- 1B Daniel Murphy

7- SS Alex Cora

8- C Brian Schneider

9- Pitcher

Game Notes: Mets called up INF Angel Berroa as expected before the game…. NY has lost 8 of 10 road games… Season series is tied at 3-3… Francoeur was 0 for 4 with an RBI in his first game vs his former team.  “It was a little bit of a distraction,” Francoeur said of his return. “It was a different experience. It was fun.”… Not a good job by Mets C Brian Schneider blocking the plate on Diaz’ 4th inning rbi double. Has to do a better blocking the plate!

Tough Loss: Mets Manager Jerry Manuel was talking up this series as a huge point in his battered team’s season. He tried to remain positve post game. “We wanted to come out of the gate and play well,” Manuel said.”We didn’t beat ourselves. We got a good effort from [Oliver] Perez. Hopefully, this will be a springboard for the rest of our starting pitchers.”

Next Game:

Friday, Game 2 of 4 game weekend series vs the Braves at Turner Field in Atlanta

7:30 pm

Mets RH Mike Pelfrey(7-4,4,47) vs. Braves Rh Jair Jurrjens(7-7,2.91)

Team Notes, 2nd half preview

by @ 9:26 am. Filed under 2009 Mets

Two of the three Mets representatives in the All Star game- 3B David Wright & RP Francisco Rodriquez- played while  LH SP  Johan Santana, did not. This should be viewed as a positive, as NY management requested their ace be given the event off. Johan pitched last Saturday and is scheduled to start Saturday’s game. Wright(1 for 2) had the NL’s first hit and scored the 1st run in the 2 run 2nd inning. K Rod threw a scoreless 9th with a K.

2nd Half Keys-

1- Health- Obviously, getting back the 3 core stars who are injured, 1B Carlos Delgado, SS Jose Reyes and CF Carlos Beltran. Pitchers John Maine and J.J. Putz are side issues with these 3 out. Moves, trades and all are nice but no trade can replace what those 3 bring to the table. For valuable prizes, name a team that could sustain these types of injuries long term and be fairly competitive. Big market clubs like the Yank$$s(A Roid) and Boston(Mike Lowell) have not been the same without one star, take three of any team and you begin to realize the job Jerry and the boys did the first half.

2-  Power- New stadium and all, you could make a lot of money betting people which ML team is last in homers…. YOUR NEW YORK METS!!! This team is 10 homers behind the vaunted Pittsburgh Pirates! You can understand the shortage at Citi-Field but the road is another story. Small ball and solid at bats are nice but this club needs some power.

3- Starting Pitching- Johan Santana and Mike Pelfrey are set, Oliver Perez makes too much money to sit leaving 2 spots for… a struggling Livan Hernandez(19.29 July ERA in 2 starts) and waiver claim Fernando Nieve(3-3,3.03). Hernandez is 1 or 2 starts away from losing his job and Nieve has been getting hit harder recently(2.25 June ERA compared to 4.63 July), look for the Mets to bring up either Jon Niese or Nelson Figueroa, who have been pitching great in the minors, if either faulters.

4- New RF- Jeff Francouer, a talented player, could really help this team and upgrades their OF defense in right. I liked Ryan Church but two things are important to remember here- 1- He was not the same player after his unfortunate concussions last year 2- For whatever reason, Mets skipper Jerry Manuel was not a fan. He had no future with this club-long or short term, GM Omar Minaya turned that into an asset. Good move.


5- Do Not panic- Do not make a Kazmir-Zambrano trade with the stars health  issues and this team to far away to make a run. Some years a pennant is just not in the cards. Do not blow up the farm to finish in 3rd place, Omar!

Minor Move: Mets demoted INF Argenis Reyes to Triple A Buffalo, club is expected to recall INF Angel Berroa, who they signed last weekend

Next Game:

2nd Half resume tonight with the start of a 4 game series at Atlanta’s Turner Field vs the Braves.

7:00

Mets LH Oliver Perez(2-2,8.78) vs. Braves RH Derek Lowe(8-7,4.39)

July 14, 2009

Pedro to the Phillies is official, Team Notes

by @ 3:27 pm. Filed under 2009 Mets

Ex Met(2005-08) RH Pedro Martinez has signed with the world champion Philadelphia Phillies, the deal is for 1 yr and 1 million with another 1.5 million available in performance-based incentives. The club has scheduled a press conference for Wednesday.

Team Notes: Mets 3B David Wright is starting the game,as selected by the fans, and will bat 6th for the National League…. NY would like th e NL coaches avoid pitching ace LH Johan Santana, as he threw 114 pitches in his start Saturday night & is scheduled to pitch again Saturday at the Braves. Phillies Pitching coach Rich Dubee explains, “If we can stay away from him, we’ll try to, unless we get into a bind. “Unless it gets into extra innings and stuff and we have to use him, we’re going to try to stay away from him.”

July 13, 2009

Mets rotation set for the start of 2nd half

by @ 8:25 am. Filed under 2009 Mets

Mets have announced their rotation for the first 5 games of the 2nd half, with LH Oliver Perez opening Thursday at Atlanta, followed by Mike Pelfrey, Johan Santana and Fernando Nieve. Livan Hernandez will then start the series at DC vs the Nationals.The rotation will remain intact, however Mets skipper Jerry Manuel said today that rookie Jonathan Niese, burning it up in the minors, could replace any starter who has had “three bad outings in a row.” Livan has lost his last 4 starts with a awful outings back to back, where he allowed 21 hits, 8 walks and 15 earned runs with an 0-2 record and 19.29 era.

Mets hang on to rare lead, defeat Reds,9-7

by @ 7:52 am. Filed under 2009 Mets

Mets starter Mike Pelfrey pitched 7 strong for the win while his teammates responded with  an offensive explosion, as the struggling Mets offense scored early and often, leading host NY to a 9-7 victory over the Cincinnati Reds Sunday afternoon at Citi-Field.  The run total was the home team’ s top at their new park since June 24, when they scored 11 vs the St. Louis Cardinals. LF Gary Sheffield had 3 rbi while 1B Daniel Murphy plated 2.

The New York bats, for the 2nd consecutive contest, jumped on the oppositions starting pitcher, Sunday’s victim was Reds RH Aaron Harang(5-9,4.18). The Cincinnati veteran was hit hard over three innings, allowing 8 hits and 5 runs. Mets 3B David Wright doubled home 2B Luis Castillo in the 1st, making it 1-0 NY. Sheffield singled in two in the 3rd and then scored on Murphy’s double to right, giving the Mets a 4 run inning and a 5-0 lead. “It’s good. It’ll give us a little momentum, and I think a little more importantly some confidence going into the second half,” David Wright said. “I’m excited the way we swung the bats. Got some big hits, took some walks. Got some big RBIs.”

The Mets continued to pour it on and scored 2 more runs in the 4th vs the Reds long men, with Sheffield and Murphy both collecting rbi to make the score 7-0 Mets. Pelfrey then appeared to lose his concentration and focus a bit, walking the first two batters of the 5th(balking as well) to give the Reds some life. Three consecutive hits later and  the Mets lead was down to 7-3. Pelfrey(7-4,4.47) recovered, however,  getting a huge strike out and ground out to minimize the damage at 3 runs.  The  6’6 + righty allowed 5 hits and 3 runs over 7 innings while K-ing 4 and walking 2 to earn his 7th win.

With the Mets up late and entering the all star break post game, all the drama that remained was whether NY could hit a homer and end the club’s 70+ inning homer-less streak. In the bottom of the 7th, C Brian Schneider homered to right center, ending the power outage at 80 innings. The Mets homer -Apple- brought over from Shea Stadium, popped out of its hole in center field, drawing chants from the almost 41,000 of  “Apple! Apple!” 2 Batters later, PH Fernando Tatis  homered to left center to the delight of the crowd. “It was good to see the apple finally come up,” Mets manager Jerry Manuel said after New York’s second straight win. “It took its time, but it finally came up.” The Mets now have 28 home runs at Citi-Field, 2nd to last in all of the majors from home runs by host teams.

RH Sean Green ran into some trouble to start the 8th, allowing 3 consecutive hits. He was pulled by Manuel without recording an out(while allowing 1 run), LH Pedro Feliciano followed and allowed a 4th hit in a row. Rookie Bobby Parnell (14 holds, 4.37)entered with the bases full and did a great job escaping with only 2 runs scoring, as he gave up an rbi single to  C Ramon Herandez and another run on a fielder’c choice, The Mets surviving with a 9-6 lead.

Mets all star closer Francisco Rodriquez(23 saves, 1.90), who has made it entertaining for NY fans lately, walked the lead off man to start the 9th. After a pop up to 1st, rookie C Ryan Hanigan(From my home town, Andover, Ma) singled deep to left. With the tying runs on base and winning run at the plate, K Rod induced a ground out and struck out Laynce Nix to end the contest and give the Mets a much needed 9-7 victory. NY closes the 1st half  at 42-45, a remarkable number when you consider the names and quality of those names that are on the disabled list.


Star of the Game: Mets bats!!!! 16 hits as a team and all 8 position players got at least 1 hit!

Mets starting Line-up:

1- CF Angel Pagan

2- 2B Luis Castillo

3- 3B David Wright

4- LF Gary Sheffield

5- RF Jeff Francoeur

6- 1B Daniel Murphy

7- C Brian Schneider

8- SS Alex Cora

9- Pitcher

Game Notes: Team is now 8-12 since CF Carlos Beltran went on the DL with a knee injury…. The Mets were one shy of their season high in hits… Pelfrey is 3-1 all time vs the Reds…. Jeff Francoeur is now 4 for 9 with New York….Harang is winless in 9 starts… July 2nd was the last time the Mets scored 4 runs in an inning(at Pittsburgh) , until the 3rd today… Team sent INF Argenis Reyes to Triple A Buffalo post game

Next Game:

All Star Break

Team is off til Thursday, when they resume with a 4 game series vs the rival Atlanta Braves at Turner Field

Mets stars 3B David Wright, SP Johan Santana and RP Francisco Rodriquez playing in the game. CF Carlos Beltran was voted in as a starter but will not participate due to his knee injury


July 12, 2009

Reyes, Delgado work out, Mets optimistic

by @ 2:40 pm. Filed under 2009 Mets

Mets stars, 1B Carlos Delgado(hip surgery) and SS Jose Reyes(knee,hamstring), both worked out a Citi-Field Sunday afternoon and team officials came away beaming. Both did agility drills in the outfield, and the prognosis is good, no set backs or the like. “It was very encouraging to watch him move as freely as he was moving and to be able to not have a noticeable limp or anything,” Mets Manager Jerry Manuel said of Reyes. Delgado, who had an almost identical surgery to Yank$$s star Alex Rodriquez, is concerned about coming back to fast and further damaging the joint,”They cleaned up my hip, so it’s got to heal, develop the range of motion and strength and endurance in order to come back and play,” he said. Both Reyes and Delgado will report the Mets minor league complex in Florida to rehab further.

Santana, New comer Francoeur lead slumping Mets over Reds,4-0

by @ 2:14 pm. Filed under 2009 Mets

New RF Jeff Francoeur drove in 2 first inning runs while ace Johan Santana pitched 7 strong, leading the New York Mets(41-45) to a 4-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds(42-44) Saturday night at Citifield. C Omir Santos  had 3 hits while Francoeur and CF Angel Pagan added 2 apiece for the Mets, who had 11 hits as a team. Pagan, batting lead off, seemed to jump start the club in his 2nd game back from a groin injury, he scored twice and swiped two bases. NY scored all 4 runs in the first 2 frames, their skipper noticed post-game. “Things really worked out well for us there early,” manager Jerry Manuel said. “Pagan kind of set the table for us.”

Santana(10-7,3.09) allowed 5 hits(2 doubles) while striking out 5 and walking 1. He was outstanding and completely shut down one of the better hitting teams in the NL. “I felt good. I was throwing my two-seamers and my changeup pretty good,” said Santana, who earned career win No. 119 to pass Freddy Garcia for most wins by a Venezuelan pitcher.  The stats back the ace: He drew 8 swinging strikes on his fastball(a higher total than his last 3 starts) while producing swinging strikes on 7 pitches outside of the strike zone.

Santana’s mound counterpart, Reds RH Johnny Cueto(8-6,3.62) continued his awful  week with 4 earned runs allowed in 5 innings, while striking out 4 and walking 2. Cueto was destroyed by the World Champion Phillies Monday, allowing 9 runs and 5 hits(2 homers) while walking 3 in 2 thirds of an inning. He had some bad luck in this game as both 3B David Wright(bloop single) and Francoeur’s were not hit hard but found a spot. Santos followed with his own rbi single to cap the 3 run first.

Francoeur, acquired in trade Friday for fellow RF Ryan Church, got off to a great start in his first game with his new club, going 2 for 4. He looked and sounded at home, “It was awesome,” Francoeur said with a wide grin. “Probably, it was even cool for me to have Santana throwing the first night you’re here, coming in with an energized crowd. The place was packed and that’s something as a player you thrive on.” The strong armed right fielder received a lot of calls and texts from players and ex-teammates, one of them was former LH Brave-Met Tom Glavine. “He just told me, ‘Make the most of it. If you play hard, you hustle, you do the things right up here, the fans will love you,”‘ Francoeur said. “I like to believe I’m kind of that type of player, where I love to play hard. I love to get dirty and play the game the right way.”

Star of the Game: Santana- That is how you close out the 1st half!! Lets hope the staff ace gets some rest during the all star break, he deserves it!!

Mets Starting line-up:

1- CF Angel Pagan

2- 2B Luis Castillo

3- 3B David Wright

4- LF Gary Sheffield

5- RF Jeff Francoeur

6- 1B Daniel Murphy

7- C Omir Santos

8- SS Alex Cora

9- Pitcher

Game Notes: Mets have not homered in 74 innings… Club signed INF Angel Berroa & assigned him to Triple A Buffalo…. Francoeur was thrown out  stealing a base in the 7th, He admits he has work to do on his speed on the base paths, “Put it this way,” he said. “I haven’t ran too much in Atlanta and it’s something I’m going to work on with them.”… Game saw a potentially serious injury to Reds promising youngster, RF Jay Bruce in the first. The power hitting OG attempted to catch Wright’s bloop and jammed his wrist hard into the Citi-Field ,rolling it over and reports have this being a major injury. Preliminary reports have it as a fractured wrist.



Next Game:

Sunday, Series finale vs the Cincinnati Reds at Citi-field, Mets conclude the first half and hit the all star break for a 3 day vacation

1:10 pm

Mets RH Mike Pelfrey(6-4, 4.52) vs Reds RH Aaron Harang(5-8,3.89)

July 10, 2009

Arroyo, Reds continue Mets slide,3-0

by @ 9:10 pm. Filed under 2009 Mets

Veteran Bronson Arroyo pitched a complete game 4 hitter while the Reds hit 2 homers, leading the visiting Cincinnati Reds to a 3-0 win over the New York Nets Friday night at Citi-Field in Queens. 1b Joey Votto and OF Lance Nix homered for the Reds while rookie 1B Daniel Murphy had 2 hits for NY. The Mets have lost 6 out of 7 and 11 out of 14.

This team is in trouble right now and  starving for offense. With 3 of the vaunted core on the DL- SS Jose Reyes, CF Carlos Beltran and 1B Carlos Delgado- the Mrts have been shut out in 3 of the past 5 game and have not hit a homer in 66 innings. Since Beltran went on the DL June 21st, NY has been shut out 5 times and scored 3 runs or fewer in 13 of 18 games. “Lately we’ve had to play perfect to win each and every game,” said David Wright, batting .227 since Beltran went on the DL. “When you don’t score, you can’t win. It’s as simple as that.”

Mets starter Fernando Nieve(3-3,3-03) pitched well but allowed Votto’s 2nd deck shot to left center in the 4th while 2B Brandon Phillips made it 2-0 after he doubled, went to 3rd on a wild pitch and then ran home after a  missed squeeze play by the Reds resulted in a run down that was botched by both Wright(Throw) and C Brian Schneider(catch). Phillips was credited with a steal of home(Bad scoring). LF Laynce Nix homered with one out in the 6th to cap the scoring. Fernando, who deserved better and has been a godsend for the Mets, went 6 frames, allowed 8 hits, 3 runs while striking out 6 with 2 walks.

Losing aside, this team cannot hit right now and the stats bare that out. The team has 6 extra base hits in their last 6 contests, tonight they did not get a runner to 2nd base.“It becomes difficult to explain it,” manager Jerry Manuel said. Give to the Reds classy starter for his post game comments about what the Mets are dealing with right now and what they are forced to go to war with. “You’re obviously thankful not to see Reyes, Beltran and Delgado in the lineup,” said Arroyo, 6-1 in his last eight starts against the Mets. “Anybody who says they want to see those guys in the lineup so they can face them is crazy.”

Star of the Game: Arroyo- Complete game 4 hitters are rare, even vs the struggling Mets!“I had kind of a hard changeup that was diving down,” said Arroyo, who got 15 ground-ball outs. “Obviously, having a watered-down lineup helped, too.”


Mets starting line-up:

1-CF Angel Pagan

2- SS Alex Cora

3- 1B Daniel Murphy

4- 3B David Wright

5- RF Jeremy Reed

6- LF Fernando Tatis

7- C Brian Schneider

8- 2B Argenis Reyes

9- Pitcher


Game Notes: Philadelphia Phillies RF Jayson Werth has officially taken Mets CF Carlos Beltran’s all star spot. Beltran is one of three NY stars currently on the DL, as he recovers from a knee injury. 1B Carlos Delgado and SS Jose Reyes are also on the DL….OF Angel Pagan was activated from the DL pre game while 1B-OF Nick Evans was sent down to Triple A Buffalo, Evans was recalled and played in the game as RF Ryan Church was unavailable due to the Braves-Mets trade.. Since a 28-21 start, the Mets have gone 12-24 since May. They are 5 games under .500 since the 0-5 start in 2005 season. The team is now 6 1/2 games behind first place Philadelphia Phillies… NY also went on a 70 game homerless streak from May 13-22nd… RH SP John Maine threw a bullpen session and Manuel things he could return by the end of the month

Next Game:

Saturday, Game 2 of 3 game series vs the Cincinnati Reds

7:10 pm

Mets LH Johan Santana(9-7,3.29) vs Reds RH Johnny Cueto(8-5,3.45)

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