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August 30, 2009

Cubs break open close game with 6 run 5th, pull away from slumping Mets,11-4

by @ 1:27 pm. Filed under 2009 Mets

A 6 run 5th inning explosion by the Chicago Cubs, hi-lighted by a grand slam from LF Jake Fox, helped them rally to punish the New York Mets 11-4 Saturday afternoon at Wrigley Field in Illinois. RF Milton Bradley added 3 hits for Chicago, who banged out 14 hits. Veteran RH Ryan Dempster went 6 innings for the win while 3B Aramis Ramirez added 2 rbi to go along with Fox’s 5.

Mets starter Bobby Parnell(3-7,5.80) continues to struggle and was hit hard in 4 plus innings. He went 4 and 2 thirds innings, allowing 9 hits and 8 runs while walking 2 and K-ing 2. He was charged with 8 earned runs. “I made too many bad pitches and too many mistakes. It was a tough one to swallow and I’m just going to put it behind me,” Parnell said. “I know it’s going to be a process, a hard process. And there’s going to be some tough lessons learned. The only thing I want to do is keep the team in the game.” 4 Mets had 2 hits to pace their attack: RF Jeff Francoeur(2 rbi),3B Fernando Tatis, C Brian Schneider(2 rbi) and SS Anderson Hernandez.

Star of the Game: Fox- Might not have a position but his bat makes it almost mandatory that he plays  every day. Tremendous plate approach and power that will make him an all star for years to come. The former University of Michigan great has played five positions this season and knows that could help him earn more playing time. “Their biggest concern bringing me here was to be able to help them with my bat and not hurt them in the field,” Fox said. “I’ve proven to them that I’m not a liability in the field.”


Mets starting line-up:

1- CF Angel Pagan

2- 2B Luis Castillo

3- 1B Daniel Murphy

4- RF Jeff Francoeur

5- LF Cory Sullivan

6- 3B Fernando Tatis

7- C Brian Schneider

8- SS Anderson Hernandez

9- Pitcher


Game Notes: NY has lost 9 0f 11….3B David Wright, out with a concussion since being beaned Aug. 15th, worked out with the club pregame and should be activated Tuesday in Colorado… Dempster is 9-4 vs. the Mets in his career…. Parnell has allowed 22 hits and 22 earned runs in his last 3 starts(12 and 2/3rd innings) … Cubs 1b Derek Lee was the only Chicago batter not to record a hit… RH Lance Broadway made his Mets debut. he threw 3 innings, allowing 4 hits and 2 earned runs. He K-ed 3 and walked 1.


August 28, 2009

Soriano redeems himself for numerous gaffes with late 3 run homer as Cubs defeat Mets 5-2

by @ 7:28 pm. Filed under 2009 Mets

Mets swingman Pat Misch pitched great and left in line to get the win but a 8th inning homer by Chicago enigma Alfonso Soriano helped the  host Cubs defeat the game New York Mets 5-2. The Cubs LF made 2-3 bad fielding mistakes and was being booed until he connected with 2 on vs. Mets RH Brian Stokes(1-3,3.34,7 holds).  “Right pitch, bad execution … and you pay for it,” said Stokes, who had thrown 12 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings since Aug. 3. “We’ve been struggling, and it just makes it that much worse to give away a game like that.”

Tough day for Misch. He grew up in the Chicago area and used to take the train to Cubs games as a kid. “I had a bunch of family and friends and my wife here. It was just a good day,” said Misch, who allowed one run on six hits in a career-high seven innings. “I actually eat a lot before games and I couldn’t eat anything this morning. It took me a couple of innings just to settle down.”

Crafty Cubs veteran lefty Ted Lilly also pitched great. He  pitched into the 8th(7 and a third) while allowing 6 hits and 2 runs. 3B Fernando Tatis and CF Angel Pagan had 2 hits to lead NY. Cubs RH  Kevin Gregg(5-5,4.15,23 saves) recorded the final 2 outs of the  8th for win, while Carlos Marmol(2-2,3.58) struck out two  in the 9t to help earn his 6th save.

Star of the Game: Misch- Deserved a better fate. Pitched his butt off and earned the right  to close out the season in the rotation.

Mets starting line-up:

1- CF Angel Pagan

2- 2B Luis Castillo

3- 1B Daniel Murphy

4- RF Jeff Francoeur

5- 3B Fernando Tatis

6- C Omir Santos

7-LF Cory Sullivan

8- SS Wilson Valdez

9- Pitcher


Game Notes: Reports circulating that SS Jose Reyes might need surgery on his injured hamstring. The Mets put out the following response today,“Jose Reyes continues to receive physical therapy for a torn hamstring tendon behind the right knee. Should he not respond to the physical therapy, surgery is an option.”…Mets have lost 6 of 7….3B David Wright, recovering from a concussion, will join the team Saturday in Chicago and should be activated from the DL Tuesday… C Omir Santos and Tatis had rbi for NY


Next Game:

Game 2 of 3 vs. the Cubs at Wrigley Field in Chicago

4:10 pm

Mets RH Bobby Parnell(3-6,5.08) vs. Cubs RH Ryan Dempster(7-7,4.07)

August 27, 2009

Redding’s 6 and 2/3rds backed by 17 hits as The Mets hammer Marlns,10-3, snapping 5 game losing streak

by @ 5:54 pm. Filed under 2009 Mets

Mets starter Tim Redding pitched 6 2/3 rd innings to rest a an injury riddled staff while his lineup put out a season high 17 hits, helping New York defeat the host Florida Marlins, 10-3 Thursday afternoon at Land Shark Stadium. 3B Fernando Tatis and CF Angel Pagan homered while the club  scored 9 runs with two out. “We were able to put everything together today,” Redding said. The win snaps the Mets losing streak at 5 and was done in sweltering conditions with heat reaching almost 100 degrees. 1B Daniel Murphy added 3 rbi while 2B Anderson Hernandez added 3 hits.

Redding,making his 2nd start since July 2nd, allowed only three runs(all lead off homers including one to LF Chris Coghlan to open the game. Coghlan homered again in the 6th while 2B Dan Uggla added the third solo shot in the 7th. “That’s better than three three-run home runs,” Redding(2-4,5.94) said. The veteran righty allowed only 5 hits while striking out 5 and walking 2. The team turned 3 double plays and played solid ball all around for 9 innings.

The game was played in front of less than 5000 fans and many Mets fans out cheered the  fans from Miami.”This stadium has been empty for years,” he said. “It’s just sad. But it’s 90 to 100 degrees here every day from the middle of May to the beginning of October. I wouldn’t want to be out there sitting in the stands roasting, either.”

Marlins starter Anibal Sanchez(2-5,4.96) pitched into the 4th in his 2nd start sicne recovering from a shoulder strain. He was consistently behind batters and was hit hard, allowing 8 hits and 4 runs(2 earned). 7 of 8 Mets starters had hits: Pagan, SS Wilson Valdez, Murphy, RF Jeff Francoeur, LF Cory Sullivan, Tatis and C Omir Santos. 4 Mets relievers did not allow a run over the final 2 and a third frames vs. an outstanding Marlins hitting line-up. The Mets leader summed up the day fairly well, “When you get good pitching and the guy is throwing strikes, it makes it a lot easier,” Mets manager Jerry Manuel said. “As long as the tempo is right, the dog days don’t seem as bad.”

Star of the Game: Mets team- A rare quality start and 17 hits make this award a given. All around great team effort.

Mets starting line-up:

1- CF Angel Pagan

2- SS Wilson Valdez

3- 1B Daniel Murphy

4- RF Jeff Francoeur

5- LF Cory Sullivan

6- 3B Fernando Tatis

7- C Omir Santos

8- 2B Anderson Hernandez

9- Pitcher

Game Notes: LF Gary Sheffield and 2B Luis Castillo were given the dayoff, Sheffield is nursing a sore back…. LH Pat Misch will make his 1st start of the season Friday vs. the Cubs at Wrigleu Field… 3 Names to remember with September call-ups approaching: C Josh Thole, RHP Eddie Kunz and 1B-OF Nick Evans… 1B-OF Chris Carter was claimeds off waivers by… the Yank$$s!! The Red Sox then pulled him back and will end up sending him to NY this offseason as part of the Billy Wagner trade. Typical class, all money move the Evil Empire… The Mets have 90 Million dollars in players on the DL right now or more than the budget of 17 ML teams!!!

Next Game:

Friday


Game 1 of 3 game series vs. the Cubs at Wrigley Field in Chicago

Mets LH Pat Misch(0-1,4.09) vs. Cubs LH Ted Lilly(9-8,3.40)

August 26, 2009

Johnson goes 7-0 vs. the Mets, Marlins beat swooning Mets, 5-3

by @ 7:36 pm. Filed under 2009 Mets

Career Mets killer and Florida Marlins ace Josh Johnson did not have his A+ stuff but he had enough to lead the home team over the beaten, battered and bruised New York Mets Wednesday night at Land Shark Stadium ,5-3. Johnson, who is 7-0 with a 2.30 ERA in 9 career starts vs. the Mets, won despite allowing 9 hits over 6 innings.“I was a little inconsistent, but we got the W,” he said. “My slider is not there right now at times. My changeup comes and goes. It’s just one of those things during the season that you’ve got to get through.” Marlins SS Hanley Ramirez had 3 hits to pace the winners, while Mets 3B Fernando Tatis had 3 to lead the Mets. NY has lost 5 in a row while the clubs disabled list number grew to 13 with LH SP Oliver Perez having season ending surgery scheduled earlier in the day .

Mets starting pitcher Mike Pelfrey could not sustain an early 2-0 lead in the 3rd and had major issues with his control.  Pelfrey went 5 and 2/3rd innings while allowing 11 hits and 5 walks. He was charged with 5 runs, needing 118 pitches to get into the 6th.(71 in the first 3 innings) “Maybe they like fastballs,” he said. “I like to throw fastballs. Tonight they were patient at the plate. They made me throw it over the middle, and they hit me hard.” CF Cody Ross tripled in 2 runs in the 3rd while C Ronny Paulino’s 2 run homer plated 2 in the 5th. The clubs exchanged out producing runs in the 6th(Mets sac fly from Cory Sullivan, Florida 1B Jorge Cantu fielder’s choice) for the final runs.

The Marlins bullpen handled the rest and we saw 3 great arms in a row in the 7-8-9th innings. LH Dan Meyer(17 holds, 2 Ks), ex Met Matt Lindstrom(5 holds,1 K) and finally, new closer Leo Nunez earning his 16th save with 2 Ks.


Star of the Game: Josh Johnson— The Wilpon’s do not own the Mets., the talented righty does! Johnson  is unbeaten in 8 starts vs. the NL team from New York! One of the Marlins hitting stars said it best post game,“Any time he goes out there, we have so much confidence in him, we expect him to shut them out and not give up any hits,” teammate Cody Ross said. “He battled through some tough innings.”

Mets starting line-up:

1- CF Angel Pagan

2- 2B Luis Castillo

3- 1B Daniel Murphy

4- RF Jeff Francoeur

5- LF Cory Sullivan

6- 3B Fernando Tatis

7- C Brian Schneider

8- SS Anderson Hernandez

9- Pitcher

Game Notes: Johnson is an incredible 19-2 vs. the NL East in his career and even more amazing 13-0 in the past two seasons!!! However, he is 13-12 vs. the other ML teams….. Pelfrey is 1-6 vs. the Marlins, losing six straight decisions… The incredible Florida offense has 10 or more hits in 18 of 21 games!!!!… OF Gary Sheffield missed the game with a back issue…. Tim Redding, Thursday’s Mets starter, is 1-5 with 8.73 ERA in 7 starts vs. the Marlins, dating back to 2007…. Tatis has a career .667 batting average vs. Johnson(8 for 12)

Next Game:

Thursday, series finale of 3 game set vs. Marlins at Land Shark Stadium

1:10 pm

Mets RH Tim Redding(1-4,6.10) vs. Marlins RH Anibal Sanchez(2-4,4.97)


BREAKING METS NEWS: Oliver Perez done for the year

by @ 11:58 am. Filed under 2009 Mets

The Mets have announced that  LH SP Oliver Perez will have season ending surgery to correct patella tendon tendinosis in his right knee. This close his awful 2009 with a 3-4 record and 6.82 ERA as well as a historically  bad 1.92 WHIP. In a related note, th e Mets will host open tryouts for players Thursday at Citi-Field. Seriously, your 2009 New York Mets September rotation: Pat Misch, Tim Redding, Bobby Parnell, Nelson Figueroa and Mike Pelfrey!!!! No September collapse this year, folks!

August 25, 2009

Figueroa pitches well, West leads Marlins over Mets,2-1

by @ 7:19 pm. Filed under 2009 Mets

Marlins rookie LH Sean West(5-5,4.44) pitched 6 strong innings while 1B Ross Gload drove in the winning run in the 5th with a single, leading the wild card contending Florida Marlins over the crippled New York Mets 2-1 Tuesday night at Land Shark Stadium in Miami. Fill in starter Nelson Figueroa(1-3) was the hard loser for the Mets, going 5 innings filling in for Mets ace LH Johan Santana, who will miss the remainder of the 2009 campaign with bone chips in his elbow. RF Jeff Francoeur, playing with a torn ligament in his thumb, had two doubles to pace the Mets offense.

The Mets scored in the 4th vs. West when Francoeur doubled and 3B Fernando Tatis singled him in.  West(5-5,4.44) pitched well for the Marlins, throwing 6 frames and allowing only 6 hits. He allowed only that run while walking 3 and striking out 2. The strong Florida pen baffled the Mets with three power arms that allowed only 1 hit. RH Brian Sanches(1 IP,5 holds), ex-Met RH Matt Lindstrom(1 IP,4 holds) and finally new closer RH Leo Nunez got the final out for his 15 save n 19 chance.

Figueroa, one of the good guys in the sport, had the Mets in a position to succeed but the roster as currently comprised cannot compete. The veteran swing man allowed 4 hits and 2 runs while K-ing 2. He threw 78 pitches(50 strikes) and was 11 for 21 on first pitch strikes. Florida plated their 1st run with the help of  two errors  from rookie 1B Daniel Murphy, allowing two runners to advance on the play. 2B Dan Uggla then scored SS Hanley Ramirez with a fielders choice grounder to make it 1-1 in the 4th.

Florida used some small ball to score the winning run in the 5th. RF Jeremy Hermida singled to lead off the frame and was bunted to 2nd by West. After Figueroa retired the next hitter, Gload singled to center for the decisive run. The Mets starter has the right attitude,“I don’t know who’s left,” Figueroa said. “I’m just going to take every opportunity I get. It’s unfortunate the way it’s come to me. You never want to see somebody go down. I keep saying that, the last two years, it’s been a countless number of guys go down.”

Star of the Game: Francoeur- The gritty, blood and guts type of player that this team needs. Team is so done they are in the oven and this guy is playing with a torn ligament in his thumb! Would have Jeff Francoeur in a fox hole with me, ANYTIME! “At this point, you might as well get all the injuries out of the way this season and have everybody have their surgery this offseason and next year we go through the season with nobody hurt and just roll and go to the playoffs,” Francoeur said.

Mets starting line-up:

1- CF Angel Pagan

2- 2B Luis Castillo

3- LF Gary Sheffield

4- RF Jeff Francoeur

5- 3B Fernando Tatis

6- 1B Daniel Murphy

7- C Omir Santos

8- SS Anderson Hernandez

9- Pitcher


Game Notes: Set up man J.J Putz is out for the season after being scratched from his rehab start at Single A Brooklyn. He had issues with his right forearm …. According to the Boston Globe, one of the two players the Mets acquired for Billy Wagner is 1B-OF Chris Carterwho was hitting .279 with 14 homers and 59 RBI(.340 OBP). The 26 yr old is known for his power and ability to get on base. His defense needs work… Sheffield left the game in the 7th with a cramp in his back. Cory Sullivan took his place… LH SP Oliver Perez has flown back to have his ailing knee re-examined.. The Mets have  12 players on the DL currently. “I’ll take my problems,” Florida manager Fredi Gonzalez said when asked to compare his team’s injuries to the Mets.

Next  Game:

Wednesday, Game 2 of 3 at the Marlins and Land Shark Stadium

7:10 pm

Mets RH Mike Pelfrey(9-8,4.67) vs. Marlins RH Josh Johnson(12-3,2.99)

BREAKING METS NEWS: Wagner accepts trade to Boston, Santana needs minor surgery, back for ’10

by @ 12:03 pm. Filed under 2009 Mets

Mets LH RP Billy Wagner has decided to waive his no-trade clause and accept a trade to the AL wild card leading Boston Red Sox. Boston has agreed to not pick up his 2010 option but will retain his arbitration rights, which will allow the Sox to get two draft picks for him if he leaves as a free agent. Wagner, who has 385 saves, can pitch only every third day as he comes back from Tommy John surgery on his throwing elbow. In 2 games for the Mets, he has pitched 2 innings and allowed 1 walk with no hits. He K-ed 4 and did not allow an earned run.

Wagner called his agent Bean Stringfellow around an hour before the 1 pm deadline for his decision saying,“I’m going to throw caution to the wind and I’m going to go to Boston.””He wanted to be part of a pennant race,” Mets general manager Omar Minaya said on a conference call. “We were able to get a couple of prospects for him. We felt it was the right thing to do.”

Now the good-bad news regarding ace Lefty Johan Santana. He is out for the remainder of the ’09 with surgery to remove bone chips in his left elbow but should be fine for the 2010 season, according to Mets medical director, Dr. David Altchek. He is now the 12th Mets player to be placed on the DL, hi-lighted by stars Carlos Beltran, Jose Reyes, David Wright and Carlos Delgado.

With the Wagner trade and Santana being placed on the DL, the Mets recalled LH Pat Misch and 1B-OF Nick Evans from Triple-A Buffalo.

Bloggers Opinion: Good news on all fronts here. Wagner gets a chance to win a world series and NY got something of value back. It was obvious Johan was hurt and based on the ’09 season, anything short of amputation would not stun Mets fans. This is a best case scenarion and the it appears the club will have their ace back in 2010.


August 24, 2009

Breaking News: Mets teammates Santana “May need surgery”

by @ 4:23 pm. Filed under 2009 Mets

Numerous media outlets have the injury to Mets staff ace, LH Johan Santana injured more seriously than is being reported. The star lefty has been scratched from his start Tuesday with pain in his left  elbow. ” I don’t think anyone expects good news>” said fellow starter Mike Pelfrey. RF Jeff Francoeur added that he thinks surgery is in the cards.

Bloggers Opinion: This is bordering on completely insane. I write sports for a living but this is shakespearean tragedy type stuff. I need a drink, make that 10.

Lee continues to dominate the NL, Howard homers twice as Phillies handle Mets, 6-2, Santana and Francoeur latest injuries

by @ 4:16 pm. Filed under 2009 Mets

Slugging 1B Ryan Howard hit 2 early homers while trade deadline acquisition LH SP Cliff Lee continues to pitch great in the NL as the Philadelphia Phillies handled the New York Mets 6-2 Monday afternoon at Citi-Field.  Howard hit two homers in his first two plate appearances vs Mets starter, rookie RH Bobby Parnell, a three run shot in the 1st and with a runner on in the 3rd for 5 rbi. Lee now stands at 5-0 with a 0.68 ERA in 5 NL starts and is 12-9 overall in 2009. LF Gary Sheffield had 2 hits to pace the Mets.

Parnell(3-6,5.08) making his 4th ML start ,walked two of the first three Phillies before the Howard’s homer. The slugging 1st bagger has 4 consecutive 30 homer and 100 rbi seasons, the first time a Phillies player had achieved that since 1929-32. Parnell went 5 innings, allowing 4 hits and 5 runs(all on Howard’s homers) . He walked and struck out 3, while throwing 103 pitches.(56 strikes) “I’m just scrambling a little to get back to my groove as a starter,” said Parnell, who filled that role in the minors.

Lee was great and only some shady fielding allowed the Mets to score their  first run of the game. Phillies 2B Chase Utley made a 3 base error on CF Angel Pagan’s pop up, allowing him to score. Sheffield tripled a batter later and scored on a sacrifice fly from 3B Fernando Tatis to make it 3-2 Philly. After that, the Mets made Lee looik like Bruce Lee. Plain and simple, he kicked their butts. He threw 7 innings of 6 hit ball, allowing no earned runs and K-ing 5. He threw an amazing 83 strikes out of 113 pitches!!!! The talented lefty  became the first Philadelphia pitcher to win his first five starts since 1980. “It was already an unbelievable team before I got here. That’s made it easy for me,” Lee said. “It’s been a pretty smooth transition.”

Amazingly, the Mets got more bad news post game. RF Jeff Francoeur, one of the few shining lights on this nightmare of a season, has a torn ligament in his left thumb.(non-throwing hand)  The Mets right fielder, who is hitting .305 with 6 homer runs and 24 rbi in 39 games with NY, injured himself making the overturned catch in the 8th inning Sunday. He is considered day to day and will try to play with the thumb. However, remember this injury is almost identical to the one that put INF Alex Cora out for the season.

As bad as the news was on Francoeur, Mets skipper Jerry Manuel had even more medical updates to drive Mets fans to the Brooklyn Bridge. Ace LH Johan Santana will miss his next start with discomfort in his pitching elbow.“He has not been throwing between starts for quite awhile. I would say since before the All-Star break. He has been pitching with this problem, but not with the level of discomfort he has now,” manager Jerry Manuel said. “Now, it concerns him.”

Stars of the Game: Howard and Lee— enough said

Mets starting line-up:

1- CF Angel Pagan

2- 2B Luis Castillo

3- LF Gary Sheffield

4- 3B Fernando Tatis

5- 1B Daniel Murphy

6- C Omir Santos

7- RF Cory Sullivan

8- SS Anderson Hernandez

9- Pitcher

Game Notes: Mets went 4-7 on the 11 game homestand….Veteran RH Nelson Figueroa will make Santana’s start Tuesday… Cory Sullivan started in RF for Francoeur…In what might be his last appearance in a Mets uniform, LH RP Billy Wagner made his 2nd appearance since returning from Tommy John surgery last September. He struck out two in a hitless eighth… The Phillies scored an insurance run vs. LH Pedro Feliciano in the 9th on back to back doubles from Utley and LF Raul Ibanez

Wagner Update: Wagner expects to be a Met as Tuesday’s 1 pm waiver deal deadline with the Red Sox approaches. The two clubs have until that time to work out a deal after Boston claimed the fireballing lefty last week. Wagner has contract and health issues that might scare off the Sox and to be quite frank, the Mets need players now.

Next Game:

Tuesday

7:10 pm

Start 3 game series vs. the Marlins in Florida

Mets RH Nelson Figueroa(1-2,6.30) vs. Marlins LH Sean West(4-5,4.70)

Mets rally ends with an amazing line out triple play, Phillies hold on,9-7 as Pedro is good, Perez AWFUL

by @ 9:47 am. Filed under 2009 Mets

Back up middle infielder Eric Bruntlett made a game changing historic play helping the world champion Philadelphia Phillies defeat the game New York Mets 9-7 Sunday afternoon at Citi-Field. Bruntlett, playing 2nd in place of Phillies all star Chase Utley, caught a line drive from Mets RF Jeff Francoeur with two runners in motion to convert only the 15th unassisted triple play in major league history. . “I didn’t know how to react. I didn’t know what to do,” Bruntlett said. “The ninth inning was wild. The whole game it seemed was strange.” The game ending play has happened one other time in the history of baseball, May 31,1927. 1B Daniel Murphy and 2B Luis Castillo led NY with 2 hits apiece.

In a game that saw an amazing amount of strange plays, one thing just plain stunk- Mets LH SP Oliver Perez(3-4,6.82). He was awful and unwatchable. Mets GM Omar Minaya should lose his job for giving this mess a contract extension(3 yrs/36 million). The Mets alledged #3 starter could not get 3 outs Sunday,1-2-3!!!! His mananger, who clearly understands ending cruel and unusual punishment, pulled Perez when he went 3-0 to the other teams STARTING PITCHER!!!! Olie allowed 2 3 run homers(RF Jayson Werth and C Carlos Ruiz) and was pulled without getting in a full inning of work. Perez’ damage: 2/3 of an inning, 4 hits and 6 runs allowed. He did not strike out a batter and walked 2, while throwing 47 pitches.(27 strikes) Just a disaster today and a disaster when Omar caved and gave him a deal. AWFUL.

As bad as Perez was, the Mets long relief corps did a great job and allowed for the team to mount a rally. Veteran RH Nelson Figueroa(2 1/3, 2 runs allowed), LH Pat Misch(4 shutout innings), RH Sean Green(1 inning,1 run) and finally, RH Elmer Dessens(1 inning) kept the Phillies from running away with the game. That was key with ex Met Pedro Martinez(2-0,5.14), who is attempting a comeback from numerous arm issues, starting for the Phillies.

The Mets, even without 4 major star players, collected some hits off of Martinez  who went 6 innings, allowing 7 hits and 4 runs. CF Angel Pagan was credit with an inside the park home run to lead off the game as his gap shot was stuck under the fence in left center and Phillies CF Shane Victorino asked for time to be call. Umpire Rob Drake allowed the play to stand and Pagan ran home for the homer. Charlie Manuel said the issue wasn’t covered when the umpires went over ground rules before the game.”They never talked about that,” he said.

The Mets pecked away with another run in the 1st(Francoeur rbi triple) & 2 more  in the 3rd(Pagan legit homer, LF Cory Sullivan ground out). Murphy’s 7th inning single and SS Anderson Hernandez’ 8th inning rbi double made it 9-6 Phillies, Settting the stage for an exciting 9th.

Phillies closer Brad Lidge(0-5,6.90,25 saves in 33 chances) , who has had an up and down season, entered the game to open the bottom of the 9th. Pagan was safe on an error by 1B Ryan Howard  & reached 3rd on the play. Castillo then hit a grounder to Brunlett for another erro to score Pagan. Amazingly, Murphy then beat out an infield hit to 2nd and the Mets had the winning run at the plate. The crowd rose and Citi-Field was alive, only to see Bruntlett snag Francoeur’s smash to second, stepping on 2nd and tagging Murphy for only the 2nd game ending triple play in ML history.“Frenchy hit it on the screws,” Murphy said. “It happened so fast there was nothing I could do.”The Phillies closer had a great take as well, “What a bizarre ending. I don’t know what happened there. The game’s over, so I’m happy with that,” Lidge said. “That was pretty exciting. That’s definitely not the way you draw it up.”


Star of the Game: Pagan- Huge godsend for this battered and beaten club. Should definitely have a role on this team in ’10.

Mets starting line-up:

1- CF Angel Pagan

2-2B Luis Castillo

3- 1B Daniel Murphy

4- RF Jeff Francoeur

5- LF Cory Sullivan

6- 3B Fernando Tatis

7- C Brian Schneider

8- SS Anderson Hernandez

9- Pitcher

Little thing goes a long way: Phillies manager Charlie Manuel got ejected in the 8th for arguing for Bruntlett on a umpire reversed  Ftrap play catch from Francoeur. Looked like a meaningless play but when you play for someone and see them fight for you, that counts for a lot.

Game Notes: 3B David Wright plans to return from the DL on schedule Tuesday in Colorado from his head injury…OF Gary Sheffield did not start the game with a minor wrist injury. He pinch hit in the 8th and flied out….CF Carlos Beltran reports he has no pain in right knee after doing running for the past 2 weeks. Still no timetable on when he wll be cleared to run bases and advance to a rehab assignment in the minors… Francoeur appeared to injure his thumb with the disputed diving catch in the 8th, he was getting tests post game

Next Game:


Monday, 4 game series finale vs. the Phillies at Citi-Field


1:10 pm


Mets RH Bobby Parnell(3-5,4.74) vs. Phillies LH Cliff Lee(11-9,2.72)

August 23, 2009

Mets waste great outing from Redding, Happ and Utley too much as Phillies win,4-1

by @ 2:31 pm. Filed under 2009 Mets

Phillies rookie LH SP J.A. Happ continued his strong season while the Mets could not support a great spot-start from veteran RH Tim Redding with the bullpen allowing late runs, helping Philadelphia to a win 4-1 Saturday night at Citi-Field. Redding(1-4,6.10) allowed only 1 hit over 5 innings and  clearly deserved a better fate. He exited with a 1-0 lead and the Phillies quickly scored 3 runs in the 6th off of the Mets middle men.

The big blow of the game came from the bat of all star 2B Chase Utley. Utley’s 2 run homer came off of LH Pat Misch(recalled earlier in the day), who walked CF Shane Victorino to lead off the inning. The Phillies stud 2B now has 6 homers vs. the Mets in 2009, including 4 at Citi-Field.“It’s a big park, one of the biggest in the league, but for most of us up here, if you put the barrel on it and hit it well it’ll pretty much go anywhere,” Utley said. CF Angel Pagan and 2B Luis Castillo had 2 hits to lead NY. 

Happ allowed 1 run over 7 innings(8 hits, 1 K, 2 walks) and is now 10-2 with a 2.59 ERA for the defending world champions. Amazingly, the rookie is 3-0 with a 1.21 ERA in 4 August starts. “I feel good about going out there with the guys behind me,” said Happ, 3-0 with a 1.21 ERA in four August starts. “I’m trying to get a chance to win. I was able to hang around long enough.” NY scored a run in the 2nd after Happ allowed the first two runners to reach with  a RF Jeff Francoeur double & walk to 3B Fernando Tatis . 1B Daniel Murphy grounded into a double play but Francoeur advanced to 3rd. C Omir Santos then plated “Frenchy” with the 1st run of the game. That was the Mets offense for the night. 

Hats off to Redding, who earned a lot of praise from his team and manager post game. Veteran has had some arm issues over his career and has been in the pen since July.(Carried a 6.99 ERA in 9 starts ) “He gave us much more than we expected,” Mets manager Jerry Manuel said. “When he came in he was fatigued. He gave us a good shot.” Manuel planned to limit the righty to about 60-70 pitches but was so effective he allowed him to toss 81. He walked 3 and struck out 4. “I was taxed,” Redding said. “I hadn’t thrown more than 50 pitches in a month. Could I have gone one more? Probably. Would it have been the right choice? Who knows?” Great, great job by this man. Some others on this team could learn from playing hurt and not being one hundred percent for the success of the team.(Yes, I am talking about you, Jose Reyes!!!)  



 

Star of the Game: Happ- Give credit to Andrew Jenkins, one of my managers at Pizza House,  for this one. Is he a rookie of the year candidate with San Francisco Giants stud 3B Pablo Sandoval? Has to be considered, young man is a top 3 pitcher on a major contending team that pitches in a sandbox. Should get some serious votes for the award.

 

Mets starting line-up:

 

1- CF Angel Pagan

2- 2B Luis Castillo

3- LF Gary Sheffield

4- RF Jeff Francoeur

5- 3B Fernando Tatis

6- 1B Daniel Murphy

7- C Omir Santos

8- SS Wilson Valdez

9- Pitcher

 

Game Notes: Redding was put in the rotation to replace the released veteran Livan Hernandez….. INF Andy Green was designated for assignment to make room for Misch, who posted a 2.51 ERA in 13 relief appearances for NY earlier this year… Mets used 7 pitchers… 3B Pedro Feliz added an rbi in the 6th vs. Sean Green while C Carlos Ruiz hit a sacrifice fly in the 8th vs. Brian Stokes(charged to LH Pedro Feliciano)

 

Next Game:

Sunday, Game 3 of 4 game series vs. the Phillies at Citi-Field

 

1:10

 

Mets LH Oliver Perez vs. Phillies RH Pedro Martinez

August 22, 2009

Mets overcome bad umpires, Phillies to win, 4-2 as Manuel and Sheffield are ejected

by @ 11:25 am. Filed under 2009 Mets

Mike Pelfrey continues to own the world champion Philadelphia Philies(3-0,3.92 in 4 starts vs the Phillies in ’09) while new comer Jeff Francoeur had 3 hits including a home run to lead the New York Mets to an impressive 4-2 win Friday night at Citi-Field.  The start of the game was delayed by almost 90  minutes due to rain and the weather caused the game to be played with only 3 umpires, as  Crew chief Tick Reed had travel related issues and could not make the game on time. CF Angel Pagan, 2B Luis Castillo and 1B Daniel Murphy added 2 hits for  NY.

Pelfrey was huge for the Mets, going 6 innings while allowing only 6 hits and 2 runs to one of the better hitting line-ups in all of Baseball. He added 5 Ks and walked 2. His explanation for his success vs. the Phillies? “I think when you go up against your rival, you have a little extra adrenaline and you’re into the game,” Pelfrey said. The righty allowed rbi singles to 1B Ryan Howard(1st inning) and 3B Pedro Feliz(6th), otherwise, he was outstanding and allowed the team to set-up their bullpen for favorable match-ups in the late innings.

Now for the umpires. Not a good year around baseball for the men in black. You see awful calls almost nightly and Friday we saw one of the toppers of the 2009 campaign. Francoeur appeared to have 2B stolen and was called out by umpire Mark Wegner eventhough Phillies SS Jimmy Rollins did not tag him. Mets skipper Jerry Manuel came out , becoming  involved in a heated argument and was tossed. Hats off to Jerry for showing some life, the call was garbage and he was 100% correct. “We’ve got to continue to fight as best we can,” Jerry Manuel said. “When we feel that things are against us, we’ve got to continue to stand up against those things.”

Offensively, NY was efficient. They scored 2 runs apiece in the 2nd and 3rd innings while plating 2 runs on outs.(Murphy ground out in the 2nd, C Omir Santos sacrifice fly in the 3rd) Pagan singled home Santos in the 2nd and Francoeur homered to left in the 3rd.

One of the interesting sidebars of this contest was the Mets continuing mastery of Philadelphia ace lefty Cole Hamels. After winning his 1st start vs. NY early in his career, he is now 0-4 with a 5.40 ERA in 9 starts since. He is also 0-3 in 4 August September starts in 2009. His Manager sees positives, however. “That’s kind of the game I’ve seen him pitch now the last three or four times out,” Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. “It’s just a matter of getting more consistent, putting a couple good outings back to back. It’s a feel. And like right now, he lacks his, what I call his real good feel and his smoothness and his command of pitching.”

Pelfrey departed and the Mets turned to their strong late inning relief corps. LH”Perpetual” Pedro Feliciano(5-4,2.77,21 holds) pitched to three batters(hi-lighted by his strike out of Phils slugger Howard) and retired 2. RH Brian Stokes, (1-2,2.89,7 Holds)who has been amazing as of late,  struck out RF Jayson Werth to end the 7th inning.  He then pitched a clean 8th to keep the score 4-2. Mets closer Francisco Rodriquez(3-4,3.16) made things interesting in the 9th ,allowing the  tying runners to reach base. However, K Rod sucked it up and struck out all star 2B Chase Utley and Howard to secure the win and earn his 27th save.


Star of Game: Francoeur- Say what you want about Mets GM Omar Minaya but this one he got right. Great trade and hopefully a big part of the future for the Mets. Brings energy and intensity to a club that needs it. BADLY!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Mets starting line-up:

1- CF Angel Pagan

2- 2B Luis Castillo

3- LF Gary Sheffield

4- RF Jeff Francoeur

5- 3B Fernando Tatis

6- 1B Daniel Murphy

7- C Omir Santos

8- SS Anderson Hernandez

9- Pitcher


Game Notes: Stokes has an 0.52 ERA in his last games…. Manuel has been ejected 4 times in 2009…LH RP Billy Wagner was claimed off of waivers by the Boston Red Sox and the two teams have until Tuesday to work out a trade…. Phillies 3B Greg Dobbs was replaced by Pedro Feliz in the 4th after injuring a calf muscle… Pelfrey is the only pitcher in the majors to beat the Phillies three times this season… LF Gary Sheffield was ejected for tossing his bat after being called out on strikes in the 7th by home plate umpire Rob Drake. The pitch appeared to be outside… Castillo has 4 consecutive multi-hit games and is hitting .452 in his last 12 contests

Reyes update: According to Manuel, do not expect to see SS Jose Reyes back on the field this year. “I am kind of working on the assumption he won’t be back,” Manuel said.“I am kind of working on the assumption he won’t be back,” Manuel said.

Next Game:


Saturday

Game 2 of 4 game series vs. World Champion Phillies at Citi-Field

7:10 pm

Mets RH Tim Redding(1-4,6.53) vs. Phillies LH J.A. Happ(9-2,2.66)

August 21, 2009

Kawakami leads Braves past Mets,3-2 as Wagner returns, Sheffield controversy ahead?

by @ 11:06 am. Filed under 2009 Mets

34 yr old rookie Kenshin Kawakami pitched 7 strong innings and all star C Brian McCann homered in support, leading the Atlanta Braves to a 3-2 victory over the New York Mets Thursday night at Citi-Field. Mets ace Johan Santana was the hard luck loser(13-9), allowing 9 hits and 3 runs in 7 innings. “Overall, I thought I had good stuff,” Santana said. “I was just trying to do my job.” NY 2B Luis Castillo had 2 hits to pace the Mets.

Kawakami(6-9), a veteran of Japanese leagues, won for the first time since July 8th and and was in complete control of the zone(74 strikes  of 98 thrown ). He threw an am amazing 23 1st pitch strikes to 29 batters faced.   The talented righty has pitched much better than his record but has faced   the opposition staffs ace numerous times from Toronto’s Roy Halladay, Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw and Santana Thursday night. “He does it every time he faces a team’s ace,” Braves manager Bobby Cox said. “No matter what, we have a chance to win when he toes the rubber.”

Offensively, the Braves were led by ex Met OF Ryan Church(2 hits) and red hot 1B Adam Laroche(2 for 3, walk, run). The two combined for the first Atlanta run with back to back doubles in the 3rd. INF Omar Infante then scored Church with a sacrifice fly after Kawakami bunted the rightfielder to third. The Mets answered with a run in the home 3rd with LF Cory Sullivan driving home Castillo. McCann then crushed 15th homer of the season to right in the 4th off of Santana.

Santana did not pitch poorly(9 hits,3 runs over 7 frames) but the offense continues to let him down. The Mets have scored two runs or fewer in 9 starts and is now 1-5 vs. the Braves in 8 career starts. The Mets hi-light was the return of ex closer Billy Wagner(Tommy John surgery), who received a nice ovation and looked strong. He threw 96 MPH and K-ed 2 Braves. “I thought he was very good, outstanding life, even in that short appearance,” Manuel said. “He was excited about being out there, as excited as we were to have him. I would have to say that he’s back, but we have to be careful.”


Star of the Game: Kawakami- 7 hits allowed, 5 Ks and 2 walks & looked like the major veteran free agent acquisition he was this off-season.

Sheffield situation: Veteran OF Gary Sheffield asked for a contract extension Thursday and the club refused. He then asked Manager Jerry Manuel for the night off to “clear his thoughts.” He claims to be healthy and told reporters he did not know why he was in the line-up. Possible trade or release coming? Trust me, as someone who has followed Sheff his whole career, you do not want him around if he is unhappy. This is a guy who deliberately made errors to get traded from the Brewers and sealed his fate with the Yankees by calling Manager Joe(Best friends with Bob Gibson) Torre a racist. This could become an ugly situation FAST.

Mets starting line-up:

1- CF Angel Pagan

2- 2B Luis Castillo

3- 1B Daniel Murphy

4- RF Jeff Francoeur

5- LF Cory Sullivan

6- 3B Fernando Tatis

7- C Brian Schneider

8- SS Anderson Hernandez

9- Pitcher

Game Notes: The Mets activated LH RP Billy Wagner from the 60 day DL and released RH SP Livan Hernandez(7-8,5.47 ERA). Hernandez has really struggled as of late, with ERAs of 7.33 and 11.30 in July and August. Sad to see a good person go but he has been awful as of late.. .Braves OF Garret Anderson left in the 2nd inning with a strained back. The respected veteran has battled injuries in recent season… Mets turned 3 double plays… Kawakami has allowed 3 runs or fewer in 17 o f 19 starts for Atlanta… Mets scored run in the 8th(rbi single  from C Omir Santos) but could not score in the 9th vs. Braves power armed closer Rafael Soriano(18th save)… Sheffield pinch hit in the 8th and struck out vs. LH Mike Gonzalez(3-3,9 saves, 12 holds)… Santana has allowed 3 runs or more in 4 of his last 6 starts

Next Game:

Friday, start a 4 game series vs. the World Series Champion Philadelphia Phillies at Citi-Field

7:10 pm

Mets RH Mike Pelfrey(8-8,4.75) vs. Phillies LH Cole Hamels(7-7,4.69)

August 20, 2009

Braves give Mets taste of their own medicine with 8 run inning, Punish Parnell and New York,15-2

by @ 10:37 am. Filed under 2009 Mets

A day after the Mets exploded for a franchise record ten hits  and 8 runs in the 4th inning, the Atlanta Braves responded with their own offensive barrage, plating 8 runs in the 2nd inning, helping them crush a make shift Mets squad, 15-2 Wednesday night at Citi-Field. All Star C Brian McCann had the big hit of the frame with a 3 run homer while four Braves had 3 hits and another 3 had 3 or more RBI in the contest .The 15 hits were a season high for Atlanta.“I’ve never seen anything like that you know one time and then back-to-back nights so it’s pretty ironic,” said Matt Diaz, who homered and drove in four runs. “It wasn’t anything like payback, ‘Oooh, we’ll get them.’ But last night was tough. It could have crushed us but I was very proud the way we bounced back and put it right back on them tonight.”

Mets starter Bobby Parnell’s nightmare inning looked very similar to the fate met by Derek Lowe the night before. Several little things coming together for big results, Balls finding holes, infield hits and a run scoring wild pitch. Unfortunately, 2B Luis Castillo, who is having a great season(.391 since July 5th), had a major mental error that contributed as well. The NY 2B did not cover 2nd base on a two out grounder and SS Anderson Hernandez had to eat the ball with runners on the corner. Hernandez then threw the ball to 1st and the runners were all safe.  “When Garret Anderson hit the ball, Anderson [Hernandez] kind of thought Luis would be covering,” Mets manager Jerry Manuel said. “They’ve got to communicate before the play.”

Parnell(3-5,4.74)  pitched into the 3rd and allowed another run when INF Omar Infante (3 hits, 3 rbi) doubled home ex Met Ryan Church(3 hits,2 run,rbi) to make it 9-0 Atlanta. The Mets rookie RH(3rd ML start) went 3 innings, allowing 9 hits and runs while K-ing 1 and walking 2. “My game plan is to make them hit the ball,” Parnell said. “Ground balls got through.”  1B Adam Laroche and Diaz homered in the 3 run 6th vs. RH Tim Redding(1-4,6.53) and the game was completely out of hand.

Star of the Game: The Braves Bats—- Like Tuesday night for the MNets, no further explanation needed!

Mets starting line-up:

1- CF Angel Pagan

2- 2B Luis Castillo

3- LF Gary Sheffield

4- 1B Daniel Murphy

5- RF Jeff Francoeur

6- 3B Fernando Tatis

7- C Omir Santos

8- SS Anderson Hernandez

9- Pitcher

Wagner waivers: The Mets placed LH RP Billy Wagner on waivers Wednesday for the purpose of trading him after he returns from the DL later this week. If he clears waivers (Friday 1 pm deadline), he can be traded  to any team. He is unlikely to be claimed by team because due to his high remaining salary(2.7 million) plus a 1 million dollar buyout option for 2010.  Wagner does have a no-trade clause but members of the NY media do not believe that will be an issue.

Rest,Not punishment for Luis:  Manuel pulled Castillo in the home 4th to give him some rest. With the team having so many injuries and Luis’ having a great year, this made sense. Plus he has an ankle issue. “Luis has been playing extremely well,” Manuel said. “I wanted to give him a little break. He has a banged-up ankle.”


Game Notes: The 9 earned runs allowed by Parnell are the most by Mets pitcher EVER in  a home game… LaRoche is hitting .389 in 16 games with Atlanta….LH Oliver Perez(right knee tenderness) is fine and will make his next start Sunday vs. the Phillies at Citi-Field… 3 NY players had 2 hits apiece, Castillo, 1B Daniel Murphy and recent call-up INF Wilson Valdez…. Every Braves position player had at least 1 hit but one, career Mets killer Chipper Jones,LOL!!!!!!!!!!!.. Laroche’s homer was the 100th hit in 61 games at Citi-Field. The New Yankee stadium reached the same number at 28 contests… Laroche has homered in 3 straight games and 6 times since his trade from Boston July 31st… Castillo and CF Angel Pagan had rbi for NY

Next Game:

Thursday, Series finale of 3 game set vs. the Braves at Citi-Field

7:10 pm

Mets LH Johan Santana(13-8,3.10) vs. Braves RH Kenshin Kawakami (5-9,4.13)

August 19, 2009

Mets record setting inning carries them over Braves,9-4

by @ 10:49 am. Filed under 2009 Mets

The New York Mets used a team record 10 hit 4th inning to plate 8 runs,leading them to a 9-4 win over the Atlanta Braves Tuesday night at Citi-Field. The record setting outburst(10 hits in an inning) turned a 4-0 deficit into a 8-4 lead and saw 8 of 9 batters reach vs Braves starter Derek Lowe(12-8,4.45) in the 4th. The injury depleted Mets, playing without their lead off speedster(SS Jose Reyes), 3 hitter(Carlos Beltran), clean up man(1B Carlos Delgado) and best all around player(3B David Wright), posted a season high 17 hits with 2B Luis Castillo(great season), LF Gary Sheffield and RF Jeff (Ex-Brave) Francoeur all posting 3 apiece. LH Oliver Perez(3-3,6.06), battling a tender right knee, struggled to go 5 to earn the win for NY.

The game did not start well for NY as Braves RF Matt Diaz’ 3 run homer in the 2nd put Atlanta up 3-0. 1B Adam Laroche also parked Perez’ in the 3rd to make it 4-0 and with the Mets fielding a line-up of backups and minor leaguers, things did not look promising. However, NY showed heart and came back with some good ball. That point was not lost on their opponent. “The fact of the matter is, they never stopped playing,” Atlanta outfielder Garret Anderson said.

CF Angel Pagan led off the record setting outburst with a single off of Lowe’s pinkie. Atlanta manager Bobby Cox and the Braves trainers checked the veteran and he appeared to be fine. The classy righthander offered no excuses after allowing the next 8 of the next 9 Mets to collect hits. “That had nothing to do with it,” Lowe said, referring to his pinkie. “I was under every single ball flat.” The Mets then embarked on the 8 run attack. Castillo(2 hits), Sheffield(2 doubles), Francoeur(rbi double), 3B Fernando Tatis(rbi single), C Omir Santos(single), SS & Anderson Hernandez(rbi single) all chipped in. Pagan’s fielders choice added another run with Lowe leaving after recording 2 outs in the 4th.

Perez then finished the required 5 innings to earn the win. A huge positive Olie wise is the fact that he walked only 1 in 5 innings. The knee is an issue though and could warrant further updates.“I was feeling it a little bit as I was trying to finish that [fifth] inning,” Perez said. “I want to see how I feel tomorrow.” Perez final stat line: 5 innings, 5 hits allowed(2 home runs) and 4 runs allowed. Olie K-ed 4 and walked 1 while throwing 47 strikes out of 78 tossed.(7 out of 20 first pitch strikes)

The Mets pen stepped up big time to support their enigmatic lefty,particularily RH Elmer Dessens(3.26 ERA in 19.1 innings) in the middle frames. The veteran righty tossed two huge innings(2 hits, no runs, 2 Ks) and allowed Manager Jerry Manuel to not blow out his relief corps. Perpetual Pedro(Feliciano)(5-4,2.81,20 holds) then threw the 8th and ever improving Brian Strokes(1-2,2.96,6 holds) cleaned up with a strong 9th. Santos added a run with a fielders choice in the 7th to close the scoring at 9-4.

Star of the Game: Mets bats-Look at the box score, enough said!That was a lot of fun,” Jeff Francoeur said. “You just keep pounding balls into the gap. The one thing you don’t want to do is hit a home run. That’s a rally-killer.”

Game Notes: Atlanta 1B Martin Prado, who has been battling headaches and dizziness, was removed from the game in the 1st after his at bat in the first. “He was good to go. He had a great infield. Fouled a ball off and it hit him again,” manager Bobby Cox said…Lowe was 5-0 with a 2.91 ERA in his previous 7 starts… Perez was on the DL with the same knee from May 3 to July 8th…. Tatis and Santos added 2 hits for NY… Perez is now 7-4 in 16 career starts vs. the Braves…1B Daniel Murphy had 2 of the 3 outs in the amazing 4th inning

Mets starting line-up:

1- CF Angel Pagan

2- 2B Luis Castillo

3- LF Gary Sheffield

4- 1B Daniel Murphy

5- RF Jeff Francoeur

6- 3B Fernando Tatis

7- C Omir Santos

8- SS Anderson Hernandez

9- Pitcher


Church-Manuel feud: Tough situation for me to comment on with the recent comments by Manuel and the response Tuesday by Braves RF Ryan Church. I like both guys, A LOT. First, I think the Mets made a great trade by acquiring Francoeur. 2nd, I just  do not think Church wa a Jerry “guy” and I feel the move was best for all parties. The Mets put Manuel in a tough spot, Jerry is not a doctor and as someone who has had battled head injuries, they are not easy to deal with. I think the club learned from Ryan’s situation and are using that as an example of how to handle the recent injury with the franchise, David Wright.  As Church told #5, Don’t be a hero.


Next Game:

Wednesday, Game 2  of 3 game series vs. the Atlanta Braves at Citi-Field

7:10 pm

Mets RH Bobby Parnell(3-4,3.50) vs. Braves RH Jair Jurrjens(9-8,2.99)

August 17, 2009

Rowand’s 4 hits, local boy Martinez lead Giants over Mets, 10-1

by @ 9:22 pm. Filed under 2009 Mets

Would like to dedicate my column tonight to one of my long time  friends from Andover, Mass, Allyson Bates Sweeney and her two great kids, Sam and Lucy. AB(as I used to call her) has turned out to be a 5 star mom and talks about them 24-7!  Listen to your Mom, Kids! I did and look at me now!


CF Aaron Rowand had four hits, hi-lighted by a tie-breaking homer while rookie Joe Martinez, a native of South Orange,N.J. pitched 5 strong innings, leading the San Francisco Giants(64-54) to a 10-1 victory over a beaten and battered New York Mets(55-63) club at Citi-Field Monday night. The win allowed the Giants to split the 4 game series and gave the wild card contenders a much needed road win. SF Manager Bruce Bochy addressed the later in a team meeting pre-game. “His message was to let it all hang out,” Rowand said. “It was a great message and a great time for that message. We’re going to play to win, not play not to lose.”

The message apparently hit home and the Giants took it out on Mets pitcher for a season high 18 hits. NY struggling starter, veteran RH Livan Hernandez(7-8,5.49) ) pitched into the 6th(5 and a third) while allowing 11 hits and 6 runs. Rowand’s home run broke the tie and added a single run in the 5th with a sacrifice fly from newly acquired 2B Freddy Sanchez. However, the big blow of the game came from the bat of pinch hitter Nate Schierholtz, who doubled home two runners, chasing Hernandez in the 6th.   Rookie LF Eugenio Velez drove in the final run of the inning with a ground out  and the game was effectively over at 6-1 San Francisco.

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Wright-Wagner updates

by @ 4:02 pm. Filed under 2009 Mets

Mets superstar 3B David Wright was back at Citi-Field Monday and is making progress after Saturday’s ugly beaning incident. Outside of a normal headache, he does not have any other head injury related symptons.” I feel good,” Wright said. “It feels like it’s getting better.” The team is being very cautious with their franchise player after the mishandling of OF Ryan Church’s concussion last season. “I really wanted to see if I can go out there and play. I pressed Omar [Minaya] and Jeff [Wilpon] to give me a chance,” Wright said. “They were not going to allow it, and the doctors overruled me.” The star Third Baseman is day to day but plans to play again this season, “I’m sure that I’ll be able to play again this year,” Wright said.

Billy Wagner pitched a bullpen session and is working towards coming off the DL Friday.  The veteran has 385 career saves and has not pitched in the majors since August 2,2008, the fireballing lefty  underwent season ending elbow surgery at that time. Good to see Billy back!


August 16, 2009

Murphy’s walk off hit lifts Mets over Giants,3-2, Wright to the DL

by @ 5:57 pm. Filed under 2009 Mets

The New York Mets(55-62) got some bad news post game but got a great start from RH Mike Pelfrey and a walk-off  single from 1B Daniel Murphy in the 9th, leading them to a 3-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants(63-54) Sunday afternoon at Citi-Field. The club was forced to place superstar 3B David Wright on the DL postgame with post concussion symptoms after he was beaned by Giants starter Matt Cain Saturday. Mets Manager Jerry Manuel, who is going to heaven after the trials of this season, tried to be positive.“Nobody wants to ask me about Murphy’s game-winning hit?” manager Jerry Manuel said, standing up after fielding a series of questions about Wright. “You guys are really bad.”

Mets RH Mike Pelfrey(8-8,4.75)  pitched a great game Sunday, throwing into the 8th( 7 and a third) while allowing 5 hits and 2 runs.He K-ed 5 and walked one, while getting 13 ground ball outs,(4 fly balls) A  sign that the sinker was working  The Giants scored a  run in the 5th with rookie CF Eugenio Velez collecting an rbi single. Mets 2B Luis Castillo hit a two run homer(1st since May 30,2008) to left with CF Angel Pagan on to make it 2-1 NY in the 5th.

The Giants scored in the 8th to tie after Pelfrey tired and allowed a run scoring double to veteran RF Randy Winn. Pelfrey(104 pitches) was relieved by RH Brian Stokes(1-2,3.02,6 holds)  and LH “Perpetual” Pedro Feliciano(5-4,2.87,20 holds), who escaped the inning without any further damage . Mets closer Francisco Rodriquez, Saturday’s losing pitcher, got the Citi-Field crowd excited by K-ing the side in the home 9th, setting the tone for Murphy’s late inning heroics.

The Mets winning rally started when RF Jeff Francoeur(NY high 2 hits) beat out a infield single to shortstop, hustling down the line. Fernando Tatis sacrificed Francoeur to 2nd and Murphy singled off of the very tough LH Jeremy Affledt (1-0,1.87, 24 holds) for  the winner, as Francoeur beat a close play at the plate.

Star of the Game: The Mets team— As a person who follows this team daily, yesterday was a tough site to see. You have a class act(go to my wish on espn) and great player get seriously injured and see the team come back to lose in extras, that is not an easy day.  Today, the whole roster stepped up and played good ball. Credit to the 24 players, Jerry Manuel and his staff.

Wright to the DL: Mets GM Omar Minaya made the Wright to the DL announcement postgame and the organization as a hole is erring on the side of caution. “David wanted to take a chance to go out and play, but we decided to take it away from him and DL him based on the recommendation of our doctors who consulted with a specialist,” Minaya said. “It’s a medical decision.”


Mets starting line-up:

1- CF Angel Pagan

2- 2B Luis Castillo

3- LF Gary Sheffield

4- RF Jeff Francoeur

5- 3B Fernando Tatis

6- 1B Daniel Murphy

7- C Omir Santos

8- SS Anderson Hernandez

9- Pitcher


Game Notes: INF Andy Green was called up to replace Wright, he has a career .199 average in 226 at bats… Murphy’s walk off was the teams 4th this season and their first since May 29th… The Mets have won 10 of their 13 games against the Giants, 6 of 7 at home… Castillo went 333 at bats without a homer, the longest streak in the majors this season… Giants starter, Jonathan Sanchez(no hitter earlier this season) worked 7 innings, allowing 4 hits and 4 walks. He has one win in 13 road starts… Pelfrey has allowed 4 runs in 3 starts vs. the Giants covering 20 and third innings. However, He has one win in those starts.

Almost tragic irony: Wright has been a big proponent of  new specialized helmets for players. After trying out the new S100 helmets being considered by major leaguers, Wright commented “If it provides more protection, then I’m all for it. I’m not worried about style or looking good out there. I’m worried about keeping my melon protected.”As someone who grew up in the New England region, every ML pitcher should be forced to watch video on Tony Conigliaro and what impact a pitch can have on some ones life.

Next Game:

Monday, series finale vs the Giants at Citi-Field

7:10 pm

Mets RH Livan Hernandez(7-7,5.28) vs. Giants RH Joe Martinez(2-1,6.00)

Breaking Mets News: Wright released from hospital, resting

by @ 10:23 am. Filed under 2009 Mets

Mets superstar 3B David Wright has been released from the hospital but is still dealing with post concussion symptons such as headaches. He has exchanged text messages with Manager Jerry Manuel and Giants pitcher Matt Cain, who hit him in the helmet, left him a voice mail. Wright has seen a neurologist twice in the past 24 hours and will undergo more tests in the coming days. Do not look for him at the ball park in coming days. His manager is taking a guarded approach, “We will have to be cautious with this,” he said. “There’s no question.”


Wright injury impact

by @ 10:11 am. Filed under 2009 Mets

Just when it appeared things could not get worse for the 2009 New York Mets, we have the ugly incident involving the one remaining healthy Mets superstar, 3B David Wright. Baseball wise, quite simply this current roster cannot compete without # 5. It was bad enough without a Reyes, Beltran and Delgado, now you have removed the team’s best player and team leader. Watch any baseball team and take away their 1, 3,4 and 5 hitters for a pro-longed period of time and see how they would do. That is what we are now asking Jerry Manuel and the 24 members of this team to try and accomplish. The manager did not mince words Saturday,“It will be difficult for us. He has played through a number of things — nagging injuries, fatigue,” Manuel said of Wright, who had played in every game but one this season. “He was going out there for us every day.”

Mets lose 5-4 in 10 to Giants but game overshadowed by beaning of Wright

by @ 9:58 am. Filed under 2009 Mets

The New York Mets(54-62) rallied from a late 4-1 deficit only to lose on a 10th inning home run by  San Francisco Giants(63-53) C Bengie Molina, but the game was overshadowed by an awful injury to the NY franchise, 3B David Wright. Wright was hit in the  middle of the helmet by a 94 MPH fastball from Giants Matt Cain and went down like he was shot.  Wright stayed down for 2-3 minutes, walked off with the assistance of some medical staff and was taken in an Ambulance to the Hospital for Special Surgery. He has been diagnosed with concussion and will be held in the facility overnight.

The Wright incident overshadowed what was supposed to be a great pitching match-up between two of the better pitchers in the National League, RH Cain(12-4,2.49) and Mets ace LH Johan Santana(13-8,3.10) on a summer Saturday afternoon at Citi-Field. NY took an early lead in the 4th after 1B Daniel Murphy’s sacrifice fly plated red hot 2B Luis Castillo,  making it 1-0. The Giants responded with 3 runs vs. Santana in the 6th. 4 consecutive hits plated 2 runs(singles from 2B Freddy Sanchez,3b Pablo Sandoval and 1B Ryan Garko, double from Molina) and the 3rd San Francisco run scored on a via a groundout from CF Aaron Rowand.

With the game appearing to be getting away from him, the Mets ace attempted to avenge the beaning of his team leader. After retiring the first two batters of the 7th, Santana threw his next pitch(around 95) WAY behind Sandoval.(The Giants best hitter) Home plate umpire Brian O’Nara then warned both benches.2 pitches later, The leading NL rookie of the year candidate homered to left.  The homer  did not deter Santana, who then hit Molina in the elbow. Amazingly, O’Nara did not eject the Mets ace. However, NY skipper Jerry Manuel relieved Santana, bringing RH Sean Green.

The Mets appeared to be inspired by Santana’s actions and attacked Cain in the 7th. SS Anderson Hernandez singled to lead off, moving to 2nd on a ground out. CF Cory Sullivan then singled home the recent acquisition. More importantly, Sullivan advanced to 2nd on the throw home. LH Jeremy Affeldt(0-1,1.87,24 holds) relieved Cain, who did not help his cause with Mets fans by tipping his cap. Affeldt,one of the better lefty relievers in the sport, walked Castillo and was replaced by closer Brian Wilson(5-3,2.85, 28 saves). Wright’s replacement, Fernando Tatis then singled home Sullivan , making it 4-3. Veteran Gary Sheffield then tied the game at 4-4 with a sacrifice fly.

The game settled down and became a battle of closers as Mets all star Francisco Rodriquez(2-4,3.33,26 saves) pitched the 9th.  Unfortunately, Molina homered leading off the 10th to put the Giants up 5-4. NY could not muster an attack in th e home 10th and lost 5-4 but this game will be remembered for the ugly beaning of the Mets superstar.

The Mets do not believe, at least publicly, that Cain was throwing at their 3rd baseman. With Jerry Manuel going as far to say that hitting zone- up and in- is the “book” on Wright. That said, Cain was also shaken up and appeared to be very concerned with the scene at home plate. “It was nice to see him walk off the field. It was definitely a situation where you hoped there’s no blood,” Cain said. “I’ll see if I can get a hold of him tomorrow.” His Manager added,”He felt horrible,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said of Cain. “That’s the last thing he wanted to do, but he regained his composure.” Several Mets players went to the locker room to check on their fallen teammate, including everyday RF Jeff Francoeur, “He was all shook up when I came in,” Francoeur said. “He was scared.”

Star of the Game: Molina- This family will not be welcomed for holiday dinner at the Wilpons’, the two NL brothers- Yadier(St. Louis Cardinals) and Bengie own the Mets and kill their fans. Huge amount of big plays with the glove and two memorable game winning homers in Flushing.

Hats off : To the Mets ace for doing what he did. Regardless of whether Cain meant to do what he did, a star ML pitcher can not hit a guy in the middle of his helmet and not have it answered. For too long the NY  Mets have allowed teams and players to push them around and not seen an response. Not today. “I feel like I have to protect my teammates,” Santana said. “You can call that whatever you want. We’re in it together.”

Mets starting line-up:

1- CF Cory Sullivan

2- 2B Luis Castillo

3- 3B David Wright

4- LF Gary Sheffield

5- 1B Daniel Murphy

6- RF Jeff Francoeur

7- C Brian Schneider

8- SS Anderson Hernandez

9- Pitcher

Game Notes: INF Alex Cora was a late scratch from the line-up with a sore right hand….Sandoval and Molina both had 3 hits…LH RP Billy Wagner will return some time next week according to Manuel, “Exactly what day that is, I’m not quite sure yet. But at some point next week, we expect or anticipate him to be part of the team.” Wagner list pitched in a major league game, August 2, 2008…. Castillo lead NY with 3 hits, the only Met to have more than one hit

Beltran Update: Superstar CF Carlos Beltran reported no  pain after doing pre-game workouts and appears closer to a minor league rehab assignment. Here is an update from the patient: “I took balls going back, to the sides, coming forward. I didn’t feel anything in what I did out there.”

Next Game:

Sunday, Game 3 of 4 vs. the Giants at Citi-Field

1:10 pm

Giants LH Jonathan Sanchez(5-10,4.61) vs. Mets RH Mike Pelfrey(8-8,4.88)

August 14, 2009

The 2 “P’s” – Parnell and Pagan lead the way, as Mets beat Giants,3-0

by @ 8:34 pm. Filed under 2009 Mets

Bobby Parnell pitched 6 strong innings and CF Angel Pagan lead off the game with a homer, leading the struggling NY Mets(54-61) to a solid victory over the San Francisco Giants(62-53), 3-0 Friday night at Citi-Field.  Parnell(3-4) held the Giants to 3 singles and struck out 7, including 4 in his final 2 frames. A big improvement after retiring only 7 Padres in San Diego last Saturday. “I think I just had a better rhythm and got a little bit of a routine behind me,” Parnell said. “San Diego was kind of a learning experience for me and that’s the way I took it. Today, I figured I’d probably make a little bit more of a leap and bound. I just had some good innings.”

The game was extremely well pitched by both clubs as the teams combined for 9 hits. After Pagan’s homer to lead off the game, The Mets did not get a hit off of veteran LH Barry Zito(8-11,4.44) until 2B Luis Castillo singled, leading off the the 4th. RF Jeff Francoeur then scored Castillo with a double to make it 2-0 NY.  The Mets scored their 3rd run in the 6th. Castillo walked  and 3B David Wright doubled him to 3rd. Zito was relieved by RH Justin Miller(2-1,1.87, 1 hold). Veteran LF Gary Sheffield then plated Castillo with a sacrifice fly for the final run of the game.

The Mets bullpen took over for Parnell(11 1st pitch strikes to 21 batters) and backed the rookie with 3 strong innings from 3 different relievers. RH Brian Stokes(,3.04, 4 holds) pitched an inning and a third but needed LH Pedro Feliciano(5-4, 2.83. 20 holds to bail him out in the 8th with two runners on. “Perpetual” Pedro got two grounders to escape the mess.  Reborn closer Francisco Rodriquez(2-3,3.29) came in and retired the Giants 1-2-3 to earn his 26th save.


Star of the Game: Parnell- Huge performance by the talented righty in  in his 2nd ML start. Youngster has an arm  and should be a major part of the Mets’ future, in the rotation or pen.  “That’s huge for us because we didn’t know whether or not that he could fill that particular role,” Mets manager Jerry Manuel said. “It’s a big, big boost for us in going forward.”

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 Fernando Tatis

7- C Omir Santos

8- SS Anderson Hernandez

9- Pitcher


Game Notes: Zito had gone 3-0 with a 2.19 ERA in his last 4 starts… Reliever Billy Wagner pitched perfect inning in a rehab appearance for Class A St. Lucie. The ex Mets closer had elbow ligament replacement surgery in in the off-season… The Giants have been shut out 6 times this year…. The Mets wore cream-colored throwback style jerseys resembling the 1905 New York Giants… NY trails wild card leading Colorado by 9.5 games and opened a key 11 game homestand Friday night …The Mets have pitched 10 shutouts in 2009… Zito, who was linked the Mets for about 3 years either thru trade or free agency, allowed 5 hits and 3 runs over 5 innings. He struck out 5 and walked 2 while using 86 pitches.(58 strikes)… Giants SS Edgar Renteria was the only player on either team to have two hits

Beltran Update: Mets superstar CF Carlos Beltran caught several flyballs before the game and appeared to have no issues. The all star has been on the DL with a bone bruise in his right knee since June 22nd. “Looked better,” said manager Jerry Manuel, who watched part of Beltran’s session. “Much better.”  The team plans to have him run the bases Saturday and if all goes well, he go on a minor league rehab assignment. “Tomorrow will be a determining factor,” Manuel said. “It depends on how he responds to the work that he did today and can he do the same thing tomorrow. That would be very, very key for   Belt us.” Beltran was hitting .336 with 8 homers and 40 rbi in 62 games after posting .284-27-112 in 161 games in 2008.


Next Game:

Saturday, Continue series vs the Giants at Citi-Field

4:10 pm

Mets LH Johan Santana(13-8,3.00) vs. Giants RH Matt Cain(12-4,2.44)

August 12, 2009

Mets battle hard, win strange game vs Diamondbacks,6-4

by @ 8:23 pm. Filed under 2009 Mets

The New York Mets(53-61) got big games from returning OF Gary Sheffield and new lead off man Cory Sullivan, helping them to a 6-4 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks(52-63) Wednesday afternoon at Chase Field in Phoenix. The win helped the floundering Mets(4 wins out of their last 14 games) avoid a 3 game sweep and go 2-5 on a seven game road trip.  Oliver Perez(2-3,5.97) struggled to pitch into the 6th, allowing 6 hits and 1 run but he walked 6 while striking out 7. Arizona had a frustrating day at the plate and left 14 on base,after collecting 11 hits and 7 walks.

NY made the Dbacks pay for mistakes all night, scoring twice on wild pitches and  another run scored on an out.”That’s what other teams do to us, take advantage of our mistakes,” the Mets’ David Wright said. “We were able to do that to them today. We took advantage of some of their mishaps and took advantage of some big pitches that they missed.” Wright and 1B Fernando Tatis led NY with 3 hits apiece, Sullivan and 2B Luis Castillo both had run scoring plays.

With Perez struggling(as usual!), the Mets bullpen stepped up and provided some solid innings. RH Sean Green(1-3, 12 holds,5.19) struck out 3 over an inning but was charged with 2 runs. LH Pedro Feliciano(5-4,19 holds, 2.93) allowed Green’s inherited runs to score but earned the win while getting 2 outs. RH Brian Stokes(1-2,5 holds,3.12)  pitched a strong 8th, K-ing one. Closer Francisco Rodriquez(2-3,3.35,25 saves) allowed a run in the 9th but secured a nice win for the Mets.

Star of the Game: Tatis– A pro’s pro, starting to heat up and has had some big hits the last month or so for the Mets. Hopefully, he can channel 2008 when he was clutch throughout the entire campaign.

Mets starting line-up:

1- CF Cory Sullivan

2- 2B Alex Cora

3- 3B David Wright

4- LF Gary Sheffield

5- RF Jeff Francoeur

6- 1B Fernando Tatis

7- C Omir Santos

8- SS Anderson Hernandez

9- Pitcher

Game Notes: Numerous reports have LH RP Billy Wagner returning to the team Sunday. Whether the Mets put him thru waivers and moves him to another contending team is a major question for the final 6 weeks of the season…. According to SI.com’s Jon Heyman two American League teams were interested in  Sheffield before his recent hamstring issues. Heyman, one of the best in the business, is reporting both Sheffield and Feliciano were claimed off waivers  but the Mets pulled both players back. Translation, neither player can be traded this season…Wagner pitched a game tonight for the GulF Coast Mets, retiring the side in order and struck out 2. Mets assistant GM Jerry Ricco reports the fire armed lefty will pitch again Friday..OF Jeremy Reed took over in Left field for Sheffield late in the game as a defensive replacement in the 7th…. Props to C Omir Santos for two huge run preventing  blocks of home plate. He tagged out OF Ryan Roberts and was run over by hulking 3B Mark Reynolds later in the game…. 1B Carlos Delgado, who is attempting to comeback from major hip surgery, had a set back in his rehab, straining an oblique. “I thought at this time, at this road trip, that we would have a few guys back,”Mets Manager Jerry Manuel said. “To go back home and not see anything on the horizon, we’ve just got to fight it out every day now. We’ve got to fight it out to the end.”


The Everitt, Rauch and Hinch show:  Massive Diamondbacks reliever Jon Rauch(all 6’10 of him) and Manager A.J. Hinch were ejected by  home plate umpire Mike Everitt after NY scored two runs in the 8th. Rauch was livid over some ball/strike calls and charged the umpire. Hinch tried to prevent the confrontation but Rauch pushed him away and bth were given the gate. “Mike, the home plate umpire, I thought he missed some calls,” Rauch said. “He was pretty consistent the whole game, calling pitches a little bit off the plate, a little bit out of the zone maybe. And I felt he all of a sudden changed, and I wasn’t too pleased with it.”

Next Game:

Team is off Thursday, return to Citi-Field Friday for an 11 game home stand starting with a 4 game set vs the San Francisco Giants

Friday

7:10 pm

Mets RH Bobby Parnell(2-4,3.94) vs. Giants LH Barry Zito(8-10,4.40)


Rookie Oeltjen’s 4 hits lead Diamondbacks over struggling Mets, 6-2

by @ 11:14 am. Filed under 2009 Mets

Rookie CF Trent Oeltjen continued his amazing hitting while starter Max Scherzer pitched into the 7th, leading the Arizona Diamondbacks(52-62) over the struggling New York  Mets(51-61) 6-2 Tuesday night at Chase Field in Phoenix. Oeltjen was a homer short of the  cycle(4 hits) while fellow OF’s Gerardo Parra and Alex Romero added two hits apiece. RF Jeff Francoeur had a triple and homer while CF Coiry Sullivan added 2 hits to lead the Mets attack.

Scherzer(7-6) was outstanding for the Dbacks. The talented righty struck out 8 and did not walk a batter for only the 2nd time in 29 major league starts. “I was just trying to avoid the big inning,” Scherzer said. Arizona put 3 runs on the board in the 3rd to break open a 1-1 game with C Miguel Montero and Romero providing rbi hits.

Mets RH SP Livan Hernandez(7-7,5.28) struggled again, going 4 innings while allowing 6 hits and 5 runs. He has now allowed 34 earned runs over his last 36 innings. After winning 5 in a row, the Mets have lost 10 of 13. After standing at 27-20, NY fell to 25-41 since May 29. The team is 9 games under .500 for the first time since the end of the 2004 season, when they stood at 71-91.“It gets to a point where it is about your pride now. It is about guys stepping up and doing what we have to do for the team,” Francoeur said. “The last two-three weeks haven’t gone the way we wanted it to, and it is time to get back to winning some games.”

Star of the Game: Oeltjen-A great, great story for this native of Sydney,Australia. Now has 12 hits in 24 ML at bats and has hit safely in all five games. “Every day I still pinch myself, is it real or is it a dream,” Oeltjen said.

Mets starting line-up:

1- CF Cory Sullivan

2- 2B Luis Castillo

3- 3B Fernando Tatis

4- 1B Daniel Murphy

5- RF Jeff Francoeur

6- LF Jeremy Reed

7- SS Alex Cora

8- C Brian Schneider

9- Pitcher

Sloppy Ball:  Mets went 1 for 8 with runners in scoring position and left a runner at 3rd with one out in the first. And for the 2nd consecutive game, NY committed two errors. “We have to play good, sound fundamental baseball. We get an opportunity, we have to pick up a run here or there,” manager Jerry Manuel said. “As of right now, I don’t know if I have many (lineup) choices, but I will sleep on some things and go from there.”

Game Notes: 3B David Wright was given the day off. According to skipper Jerry Manuel he has been under the weather and has played 111 of 112 Met games. “Physically he is a little down. A cold,” Manuel said. Wright pinch hit in the 9th and struck out. … Manuel played some bench guys with Jeremy Reed in left and  Sullivan in center, with Reed going 1 for 3 with a walk. Cory lead off and went 2 for 4… Current Diamondback and ex-Met Scott Schoeneweis was placed on the 15 day DL and is battling depression. His wife was found dead in their home 3 months ago. “Obviously this has been an incredibly difficult year,” Arizona general manager Josh Byrnes said. “He’s done everything he could to deal with a tragedy and to keep playing. At this point, we felt it was a bit overwhelming. He needed a break from it.


Next Game:

Wednesday, Finale of 3 game series vs the Diamondbacks at Chase Field in Phoenix

3:40 pm

Mets LH Oliver Perez(2-3,6.38) vs. Diamondbacks RH Jon Garland(6-10,4.33)



August 11, 2009

Diamondbacks battery of Montero and Davis lead Arizona over Mets, 7-4

by @ 2:07 pm. Filed under 2009 Mets

The floundering New York Mets continued their second half slide Monday night, losing 7-4 to the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field in Phoenix. Veteran LH Doug Davis(7-10,3.62) pitched 7 strong and drove in two huge early runs while his catcher Miguel Montero added 2 rbi while hitting 3 doubles.  NY were led by 2b Luis Castillo and SS Anderson Hernandez, who both had 2 hits.  The Diamondbacks(51-62) have won 4 of 5 from The Mets(52-6) and 8 of 12 overall. The Mets, who are clearly playing out the string, are 2-7 in August. 

 

Davis was outstanding for the Dbacks and could really help a team in contention.  Over 7 innings, he allowed 4 hits and 2 runs with 2 Ks and 3 walks. Mets veteran LF Fernando Tatis tripled home Castillo and 3B David Wright for the Mets runs vs the crafty southpaw. “He battled very well,” Arizona manager A.J. Hinch said. “He pitched as a quality starting pitcher should. His methodical approach to pitching is a testament to his preparation. He understands how to change a batter’s timing, how to change eye levels, how to make pitches. He creates his own luck. He creates his own outs. He’s having a terrific year.”

 

Offensively, Arizona continues to get strong play from recent call-up Trent Oeltjen, who homered for 3rd time in 4 ML games.“It’s been unreal,” said Oeltjen, the 25th Australian to play in the major leagues.”The last couple of days, I have to wake up and pinch myself,” Oeltjen said. “They are getting to see highlights back home. I’m getting a lot of phone calls and messages. Everyone here has made me feel comfortable. I’m glad I can go out and help the team win a few games.”Veteran 1B Chad Tracy had rbi singles in the 3rd and 5th while Davis blopped a ball past Mets CF Angel Pagan for a big two run double in the 2nd to give Arizona an early 3-0 lead. 

 

Mets starter Mike Pelfrey(8-8,4.88)  continued his disappointing season and took the loss. He threw  6 innings allowing 8 hits and 5 runs with 5 Ks and 2 walks. He is now 0-4 in 5 starts vs. the Diamondbacks over his career and this was his first start since the birth of his new son, Chase, born Thursday.(Lost to Arizona at Citi-Field 5-2 August 2) The irony was not lost on the talented righty,” I named my kid Chase, and I got my first loss in Chase Field,” Pelfrey said. “It gets back to executing pitches. I left balls up, and they hit them.”

 

The Mets looked tired and beaten mentally in this game. They had mistakes in the field and on the base paths. “We were a bad team tonight,” Mets manager Jerry Manuel said. “We didn’t pitch well. They had a couple of hustle plays on us. Very poor game. Very poor effort on our part. There has to come a time where there is some consistency. We are just not getting that.” Manuel hopes to give the Franchise a day off Tuesday,(has played 111 in 112 games) “I think it will help me,” Wright said. “This had been quite a grind, mentally and physically. You want to play every game, but sometimes it is in your best interest and the team’s best interest to get a fresh set of legs out there.”


Star  of the Game: Montero- Mets killer continued his strong season and is one of the better young backstops in the game.

 

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 Anderson Hernandez

9- Pitcher


 

Game Notes: You can end the Mets claimed Toronto Blue Jays RF Alexis Rios rumors. He was traded to Chicago White Sox today…NY has 68 home runs, the fewest in the major leagues….Ex Closer Billy Wanger threw a scoreless inning at Class-A St. Lucie Monday. He allowed one hit and a strikeout while throwing 14 pitches. He will pitch again Wednesday and has totaled 6 strikeouts and no walks in 4 innings… Davis is 3-1 vs the Mets over his career, He won Monday in consecutive starts for the first time since cancer surgery in April 2008

 

 

Next Game:

 

Tuesday, Game 2 of 3 game series at Arizona vs the Diamondbacks  at Chase Field

Mets RH Livan Hernandez(7-6,5.08) vs. Diamonbacks RH Max Scherzer(6-6.4.01)

August 10, 2009

Santana helps Mets avoid sweep with arm and bat, defeat Padres,5-1

by @ 8:35 am. Filed under 2009 Mets

The struggling New York Mets(52-59) got a huge performance from ace lefty Johan Santana(13-8,3.00),leading them to a 5-1 win Sunday over the San Diego Padres(47-66) at Petco Park. Santana tossed 8 innings and tied a career high with 2 hits and an rbi. 5 Mets starters totaled 2 hits apiece:  2B Luis Castillo, 1B Daniel Murphy,RF Jeff Francoeur, SS Anderson Hernandez and Santana . Talented rookie RF Kyle Blanks led the Padres with 2 hits while LF Chase Headley continued his strong series with an rbi.  The win snapped the Mets 8 game losing streak at Petco and was only their 3rd win vs the Padres in 15 games.

Santana was the story Sunday and his performance was much needed. “It was just one of the days where everything went right,” Santana said. “I knew the importance of this game so I was trying to step it up and do my job. I was just lucky, I guess, at the plate. Any time you have a chance to do something like that it’s very special.” Over 8 innings, he limited the Padres to one run and 5 hits. “I knew coming into this game that it was a very important one because of losing three games in a row,” Santana said. “We went through the same thing last year here, losing four games in a row. We knew that somehow we had to stop that. We made it happen.”

Offensively, NY scored runs in the 2nd(1), 6th(3 runs) and 9th(1) to support their ace. Hernandez,subbing at shortstop, singled in Francour in the 2nd. RH Tim Stauffer(1-4,2.90) was solid for San Diego, allowing only 1 run on 5 hits over 5 innings while striking out 6 with 2 walks. The  Mets scored 3 big runs off of RH Edward Mujica(3-4,3.68,11 holds) in the 6th. Francoeur and C Omir Santos singled and Santana came to the plate with two outs. His fly ball to center  fell between the CF and LF with neither player able to catch , allowing Francoeur to score. A liner by CF Angel Pagan off of 2B Oscar Salazar’s glove(tough error) made it 4-0.

The Padres scored vs Santana in the 6th after a two out double from 3b Kevin Kouzmanoff and rbi single from Headley. Murphy answered for NY in the 9th with an important insurance run, making it 5-1 Mets. Francisco Rodriquez, who has struggled mightly lately, allowed only a single in the 9th. Pitching in a non-save situation, he had blown 5 of his last 13 saves, notably Friday nights walk off grand slam by rookie Everth Cabrera. Rodriquez looked strong. K Rod was very positive postgame,“I was trying to be more aggressive and get strike one,” said Rodriguez, who has 24 saves. “Any time you put a zero on the board, it’s huge. It’s a good step.”


Star of Game:Santana- This is why you pay your ace! Big performance as needed for a floundering team!  His big day gave the Mets only their 3rd win in 11 games. “Johan is a tremendous competitor and every time when he gets the ball, he gets everybody involved,” Mets manager Jerry Manuel said. “They respond to him. … He comes to perform.”

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 Anderson Hernandez

9- Pitcher


Game Notes: Home plate umpire Randy  Marsh was injured when a foul ball hit his face mask. The blow staggered the veteran official and he was assisted by Santos. The game was delayed for 13 minutes and resumed with 3 umpires working…. Many  Mets players who pledged to not shave until the team was at .500, sported clean shaven faces Sunday…. Santana was hitting .114(4 for 35) with 3 rbis entering the game… Manuel pledges to use K Rod more saying,“We just have to make sure that we pitch him on a regular basis,” said Manuel, who believes that part of Rodriguez’s problems have been inactivity.

Next Game:

Monday, start 3 game series at Arizona vs the Diamondbacks at Chase Field

9:40 pm

Mets RH Mike Pelfrey(8-7,4.75) vs. Diamondbacks LH Doug Davus(6-10,3.67)

August 9, 2009

Latos continues to impress as Padres defeat struggling Mets,3-1

by @ 12:07 pm. Filed under 2009 Mets

The struggling New York Mets(51-59_ faced one of the better young arms in the game Saturday night and mustered little,losing 3-1 to the San Diego Padres(47-65). Talented righty Matt Latos,making his 5th career start, went 6 innings while allowing 4 hits and 1 run.(solo shot by Mets SS Alex Cora) While earning his 4th win, he struck out 7 and 3 walks while throwing 95 pitches. Converted reliever Bobby Parnell made his 1st career start for the Mets ,struggling  over 2 and a third innings. The Mets totaled only 5 hits(2 by Cora) and have lost 8 of 10. 

 

Latos, recalled from Double A San Antonio July 18th, looks like a real keeper. He threw almost two pitches exclusively- fastballs(2 versions) and a change-up. His skipper liked what he saw,“As the game went on, I thought he pitched better,” Padres manager Bud Black said. “I think early in the game, you saw maybe not his best fastballs, best changeups. As the game went on, you could tell he was making better pitches.” Another good sign for Padres fans? The kid sees his mistakes and CORRECTS them, take the Cora homer as example. “I just tried to spot it down instead of just throwing it,” he said. “It probably would have been a lot better if I had thrown it. It was a reminder to throw it as hard as I can and not baby it.”

 

Latos’ mound counterpart, Mets rookie Bobby Parnell had a tough time in his 1st ML start. After throwing in 54 games out of the pen(2-3,14 holds,1 save), he understandably struggled. Control was a major culprit and with his pitch count between 60-75, that shortened his outing. The promising righty threw 68 pitches and left with the bases loaded and one out in the third. Parnell allowed 4 hits and 2 runs while walking 3 and K-ing 1. Large scale number wise, he was Ok(42 strikes out of 68 pitches, 9 1st pitch strikes to 15 batters faced) but he seemed to lose his breaking pitch(slider) too often.(Under throwing with the conversion from the pen to starting?) “I wasn’t able to get it [slider] over for strikes so I had to go after them with my fastball,” Parnell said. “I overused it.”

 

Offensively, the young and talented Padres were paced by 3B Chase Headley’s 2 hits. Super pest 2B David Eckstein added 2 more of his own and drove in the 3rd San Diego run in the 8th with a single. RF WilL Venable drove in the first Padres run after singling in Tony Gywnn in the 1st. Friday night’s hero, Everth Cabrera again killed the Mets with the bases loaded(walk off grand slam Friday), drawing a bases loaded walk from reliever Nelson Figueroa(1-2,5.93). Ex Met Heath Bell(4-1,1.79, 28 saves) earned his 28th save of the year in the 9th, his 3rd save in as many chances versus his former team.  

 

 

Star of the Game: Latos- Highly touted rookie lived  up to billing. Has tremendous stuff and great poise for a 21 yr old. “He’s not going to be scared of anything,” said Mets catcher Brian Schneider about Latos. “He used his fastball all night and mixed in those offspeed pitches.”

 

 

Mets starting line-up:

 

1- CF Angel Pagan

2- SS Alex Cora

3- 3b David Wright

4- 1B Daniel Murphy

5- RF Jeff Francoeur

6- LF Cory Sulllivan

7- 2B Fernando Tatis

8- C Brian Schneider

9- Pitcher

 

 

Game Notes:  Cora had a team high 2 hits…. After starting 27-20, the Mets have gone 24-39 since May 29th and have fallen a season high 8 games under .500 for the first time since the end of the 2004 season when they were 71-91… Expect 2B Luis Castillo to return Sunday from his freak ankle injury. Luis pinch hit in the 8th and struck out… Schneider, one of my favorites for his defense and work with pitchers, is hitting .197 on the year.. Pelfrey’s previous high pitch count was a33 pitch  two inning appearance Monday vs. the Diamondbacks.. Padres manager Bud Black was ejected in the 5th for arguing a blown call at home plate. 

 

 

Next Game:

 

Sunday, series finale vs the Padres at Petco Park in San Diego

 

4:05

 

Mets LH Johan Santana(12-8,3.10) vs  Padres RH Tim Stauffer(1-3,3.12)

August 8, 2009

Awful call, walk-off grand slam spoil strong outing from Olie, Mets lose in 9th to Padres,6-2

by @ 12:08 pm. Filed under 2009 Mets

Mets all star closer Francisco Rodriquez blew his 2nd consecutive save and it came in spectacular fashion, as he allowed a walk off grand slam to San Diego rookie SS Everth Cabrera, helping the Padres hand the Mets another awful defeat,6-2 Friday night at Petco Park in California. The 9th inning Padres rally, added by an huge missed call on a tag play at home, cost enigmatic lefty Oliver Perez a win. Olie pitched into the 7th, going 6 and a third, while allowing 2 hits and 1 run. He struck out 7 and walked 2. 3B David Wright had 3 hits and an rbi for NY while RF Jeff Francoeur added 2 singles.

The Mets scored a run in the first, taking advantage of some fielding miscues by the Padres. CF Angel Pagan,playing great since returning from the DL July 11th, singled to lead off and appeared to be out at 2B on a caught stealing. However, kid shortstop Cabrera dropped the ball and Pagan was ruled safe. Wright then singled him home and it was quickly 1-0. The Mets continued to attack vs Padres RH Kevin Correia(7-9,4.51) in the first, making it 2-0 after a Francoeur single,  with Wright scoring on a  wild pitch.

The Padres cut the lead in half in the 7th vs Perez and Olie’s control (or lack there of) proved to be costly. After walking the first two hitters, he retired 3B Kevin Kouzmanoff. Promising Padres LF Chase Headley just missed a homer over Pagan’s head in CF and one run scored on the double. RH Brian Stokes(1-2, 3.24 4 holds) relieved and escaped the mess with a huge strike out of hulking San Diego RF Kyle Blanks and a force out.

Rodriquez, who has not blown consecutive saves since he coughed up 3 in a row n 2004, was in trouble from pitch one in the ninth. Blanks lead off with a walk and scored on CF Will Venable’s double. Or did he? Replays clearly showed he was out at the plate after a great relay play from cannon armed RF Francoeur and 2B Anderson Hernandez. C Brian Schneider applied a sweeping tag and homeplate umpire Marvin Hudson blew the call. “Replays don’t lie,” Schneider said. “I tried to plead my case, but the play was already over. I was confident I got him.”K Rod then walked C Henry Blanco and the Mets decided to load the bases with another walk to set up force plays at all bases. Mets skipper Jerry Manuel decided to move Pagan into the INF, positioning him as a rover. Cabrera hit a 3-2 fast ball into the RF stands and gave the Padres a huge win. “In New York, I faced him and struck out,” Cabrera said. “I wasn’t going to let him strike me out this time.”


Star of the Game: Perez- Pitched his butt off and deserved a win. Bad call and an awful outing by K Rod took that all away.

Mets starting line-up:

1- CF Angel Pagan

2- SS Alex Cora

3- 3B David Wright

4- 1B Daniel Murphy

5- LF Jeff Francoeur

6- LF Cory Sullivan

7- 2B Fernando Tatis

8- C Brian Schneider

9- Pitcher

Waiver Moves?: In today’s NY Daily News, Adam Rubin speculates that the Mets might trade ex closer Billy Wagner and even possibly 1B Carlos Delgado. Reportedly, one ML team has already called about Wagner.


Game Notes: 2B Luis Castillo will not be available til Sunday at earliest. Castillo slipped on the dugout stairs Tuesday night and injured his ankle. LF Gary Sheffield remains out with his hamstring acting up. Castillo hopes to return Sunday…. Rumors on the internet have the Mets as a possible team that put in  a waiver claim for Toronto Blue Jays star RF Alexis Rios…Padres have won 11 of 14 vs the Mets in 2009… New INF Anderson Hernandez took over as a defensive replacement in the 8th at 2B. He walked in his only at bat in the 9th…. NY has lost 7 of 9

More Olie: Pitched his butt off and had strong control. The stats abck it up,14 of 23 first pitch strikes and 58 of 93 in the zone.  Key for Perez and the Mets for this young man to turn in a good 6-7 weeks of starts and come in on a strong note for 2010.

Minor trade: Team acquired OF Jason Dubois  from the Cubs. No word on compensation, He is considered a corner outfielder and has also played some first base. Has not played in the majors since 2005 and carries a .233 career average over 210  at bats with the Cubs and Indians. Over 91 games in Triple-A, he hit .302 with a .390 OBP, 32 extra base hits and 50 rbi.

Next Game:

Saturday, Game 3 of 4 game set at Petco Park vs the San Diego Padres

10:05

Mets RH Bobby Parnell(2-3,3.74,14 holds, 1st ML start) vs. Padres RH Mat Latos(3-1,2.66, 5th ML start)


August 7, 2009

Gonzalez drives in 3, leads Padres over weary Mets, 8-3

by @ 6:57 am. Filed under 2009 Mets

The San Diego Padres(45-65) scored 6 runs in the first 3 innings and never looked back, punishing the visiting New York Mets(51-57),8-3 Thursday night at Petco Field in California. Padres all star 1B Adrian Gonzalez drove in 3 runs, hi-lighted by a 2 run homer in the 4 run 3rd. San Diego banged out 12 hits, with C Henry Blanco leading the surge at 3.  Talented LH Clayton Richard won his 1st game in as many starts(3.18 ERA for SD) for his new team, going 5 and 2 thirds innings while allowing 5 hits and 3 runs. He struck out 5 and walked 4 while throwing 99 pitches.  The Mets were led by 1B Daniel Murphy and LF Fernando Tatis with 2 hits apiece.

Mets starter Livan Hernandez was not on from pitch one and battled control issues all night. The veteran righty had been solid in his previous three starts(3.15 ERA) but the suddenly hot hitting Padres(10 hits or more 7 of last 10 games) figured him out early and often. Livo allowed 8 hits and 7 runs over 5 innings while walking 4 and K-ing 2. He pointed to the Gonzalez 3rd inning homer as a key point in the contest,“I think the Gonzalez home run was the difference,” Hernandez said. “The ball was out in the middle and he hit it good. I missed a lot of pitches outside, and sometimes it can be a struggle if I have to throw the ball more on the plate.”

Padres starter Clayton Richard was impressive. The kid has an arm and looks the part, could be a major player for San Diego’s rebuilding program. Over 5 and a third, he allowed 5 hits and 3 runs. Like Livo, he struggled with control(4 walks) but he had enough umph with his power pitches to K 5. His Manager Bud Black saw a lot of positives,”I like the arm, I like the tempo,” Black said. “A couple of hiccups, but he’s not afraid to challenge people with the fastball. He is pitching with pretty good stuff.” The lefty fatigued in the 6th after walking the first two batters of the inning, he allowed back to back rbi singles to RF Jeff Francoeur and Tatis to make it 7-2. Unfortunately Murphy hit into a rally killing double play to end a Mets rally. After another walk, Richard was pulled but the Padres pen picked him up with a final out to end the NY attack for the game.


Star of the Game: Gonzalez- Shame this talent plays in San Diego and is not getting  more recognition. Incredible all around player and great locker room pressence, would look good on the Mets, OMAR!

MLB protects the Mets franchise: St. Louis Cardinals RP Brad Thompson has been suspended 3 games and fined an undisclosed amount for throwing at the head of Mets star 3B David Wright during Wednesday’s game. “Obviously, when you do something that isn’t right, you should be punished for it,” Wright said on Thursday.

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Mets starting line-up:

1- CF Angel Pagan

2- 2B Alex Cora

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


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Game Notes: Mets SP Mike Pelfrey did not travel with the team to San Diego. His wife is having the couples first child and he will miss Saturday’s scheduled start. Converted reliever Bobby Parnell will take Pelfrey’s turn Saturday while the new dad will pitch Monday vs the Arizona Diamondbacks. The big righthander’s son Chase Michael was born at 7:42 pm , weighed 7  pounds and 14 ounces… NY made a small move today but it makes you wonder how injured 2B Luis Castillo is. Mets reacquired INF Anderson Hernandez from the Nationals for minor league INF Greg Veloz. Hernandez, 26,  has played in 77 games for Washington, hitting .251 with 12 extra bas hits and 23 RBI. His main position is 2nd base. The Mets designated Angel Berroa for assignment to open a roster spot for Hernandez …. Tatis played LF in place of the injured Gary Shefffield(Leg) while regular 2B Luis Castillo was also out of the lineup with his ankle issue. Alex Cora started in his spot while Berroa took over at SS in Cora’s regular position. Sheffield took batting practice & his leg does not appear to be seriously injured…NY has lost 6 straight at Petco Park…  Wright was hitless for only the 2nd time in 16 games

Next Game:

Friday, Game 2 of 4 game series at Petco Park vs the Padres

10:05

Mets LH Oliver Perez(2-3,7.03) vs. Padres RH Kevin Correia(7-9.4.73)


August 5, 2009

Breaking Mets News: Niese gone for the year, Reyes injury more serious than reported

by @ 8:11 pm. Filed under 2009 Mets

Although the New York Mets won today, they received bad news on two fronts late tonight. Promising LH SP Jonathon Niese’s(1-1,4.21) injury is as bad as it looked and he is gone for the final 7 weeks of 2009 with hamstring tear. “An MRI this afternoon revealed a complete tear of the right upper hamstring tendon from the bone,” the Mets said in a statement. “He will undergo surgery for its repair. Niese is out for the remainder of the season and is expected to be ready for spring training.” The Mets also appear closer to shutting down star SS Jose Reyes,who has not played since May 20th. He was in NYC and an MRI did not paint a pretty picture. “The MRI showed significant scar tissue and inflammation behind the right knee, related to the hamstring tendon injury, which has caused continued pain,” the Mets said.

Bloggers Opinion: The Mets should shut down any players that have risky injuries or are banged up/overused(Pedro Feliciano,Johan Santana, David Wright). This team is done and needs to see if the younger players can be counted on to produce over 162. A Daniel Murphy, Angel Pagan,Omir Santos,etc…. Bring up a kid SS or 2B to play and give Alex Cora,Luis Castillo and Angel Berroa a blow. The injury to Niese is awful, these next 6-7 weeks would have been critical to his development. OF Fernando Martinez as well, his knee surgery cost him ML at bats. Do not make an injury worse by rushing 1B Carlos Delgado or CF Carlos Beltran back. This team is about 2010, 2009 is over. The Mets need to plan and play that way.



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