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February 27, 2011

Up and downs after week 1 of Spring Training

by @ 3:49 pm. Filed under 2011 Mets

Some news and notes as well as who has looked good in week 1 of Mets spring training.

Stock Up:

1- RHP Chris Young pitched well Sunday Feb 27th vs the Atlanta Braves over 2 innings and skipper Terry Collins was impressed.

2- RHP Jenrry  Mejia allowed an unearned run and one hit in two innings while striking out three and walking none in the same game.

3– RHP Pedro Beato has been the talk of camp and the AA pitcher has major K potential.(50 Ks in 59 innings)

4- OF Fernando Martinez is healthy and homered in Saturday’s game(February 26th)

STOCK DOWN:

1- LHP Oliver Perez topped out at 84 mph and struggled Sunday(Feb 27th), allowing 4 runs in two innings. Pitching coach Dan Warthen has said Perez has until March 10th to prove he can compete for a spot in the rotation.

2- Mets finances- I hate reporting on this but the club  borrowed $25 million from MLB in November to “shore up the team’s liquidity” per a report by The Daily News. In english, the team was cash short– paper money- and needed short term assistance.  The club hopes to repay the loan “within months.”

Other notes: Both 2B Luis Castillo and OF Carlos Beltran look to be in excellent shape. Carlos is running freely and appears to be in good spirits…. C Josh Thole’s defense is greatly improved and reports have that no longer being an issue…. A blast from the past to remember: RP Jason Isringhausen has looked great, featuring his new change-up… Boof Bonser could help this team out of the pen…. LF Jason Bay is concussion  free and looks solid…. Collins has repeatedly said he views 2B as an offensive position. Keep that in mind when the final roster is selected

February 17, 2011

Santana and Reyes updates

by @ 9:09 pm. Filed under 2011 Mets

Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson gave a detailed report on ace lefty Johan Santana’s recovery from shoulder surgery at camp today.(Thursday, February 17,2011) The 31 year old Santana had the procedure in his throwing shoulder September 14 and began tossing a baseball two weeks ago. The plan has him throwing from  the mound around May 1st then another 6-8 weeks to build his arm up to major league level. Target the end of June and early to mid July as when Mets fans will see Santana’s 2011 debut.

SS Jose Reyes can become a free agent after this season and is very aware the team’s uneasy financial situation might make it his last in Queens. He is reportedly in great shape and sounded excited on a radio interview today on WFAN NY with Mike Francesa.(Note that he really loves new Skipper Terry Collins) He did not rule out negotiating going into the season with the club and expressed a desire to stay with the Mets,even joking that he is not going to pull a Pujols saying Albert is the best player in the game. This interview and Reyes demeanor should give fans hope.

February 13, 2011

2nd Base,rotation the major on field question entering Spring training, other news

by @ 6:43 pm. Filed under 2011 Mets

With pitchers and catchers reporting to Port St. Lucie, Florida Tuesday to start the 2011 season, lets look at some on field issues the club faces. The competition for 2nd base looks to involve 4 players while as many as 8 candidates competing for 2 rotation spots.  Veterans Daniel Murphy and Daniel Murphy are joined by rule 5 pick up Brad Emaus and prospect Justin Turner in the battle for 2nd. I view Murphy as the early favorite with Emaus, who played for new Mets front office executive J.P. Ricciardi in the Toronto farm system, being an interesting option. New signees Chris Capuano, Chris Young,Boof Bonser and D.J. Carrasco(also a candidate for the pen) join returnees Pat Misch, Oliver Perez, Dillon Gee and Jenrry Mejia in the starters battle. I believe this is a 3 man race: Capuano(who has had nothing but positive reports health wise), Young and Gee. My gut tells me the Mets will be careful with Young(Arm injuries past 2 seasons) and break camp with Gee in the rotation. I think you have a better chance of pitching a game for the Mets in 2011 than Oliver Perez!

February 4, 2011

Mets mess

by @ 11:41 am. Filed under 2011 Mets

I know I speak for all followers of the New York Mets when I say that regardless of who owns this team we want to win… BOTTOM LINE. However part of winning in ANY organization and business is stability and financial backing. I am not sure what or how much the Wilpons lost in the Madoff scandal but what concerns Mets fans is how this affects the on field product.  This team has almost 50 million coming off the payroll after 2011 and has added an amazing amount of talent in the front office led by new GM Sandy Alderson. That should excite the fan base instead they are faced with reports of ponzi schemes and lawsuits. Not good. Makes you seriously wonder about the fates of long time Mets like SS Jose Reyes long term. How can this organization move forward in a positive manner until the ownership situation is resolved one way or the other? Just another chapter in a dark period that has plagued the ball club since the called strike three in Game 7 October 2006.

February 1, 2011

Dickey signs, Pelfrey opening day starter, Partial sale and 2013 All Star game report

by @ 9:48 am. Filed under 2011 Mets

Busy week of news with the ball club hi-lighted by the Wilpon family announcing they are looking into selling part of the team.

1- New skipper Terry Collins named RHP Mike Pelfrey opening day starter at a recent  fan function at Citi Field. A no brainer with ace Johan Santana still recovering from off-season elbow surgery.

2- Several reports from various sources have the Mets hosting the 2013 All Star game.

3- The club avoided arbitration with RH knuckleballer R. A. Dickey, reaching agreement on a 2 year deal with a club option for a third. In 26 starts with NY, he was 11-9 with a 2.84 ERA while earning serious consideration as Team MVP.

4- Mets owners Fred and Jeff Wilpon announced Friday that the club is exploring selling 20-25 of the team. The family was a victim in the Bernie Madoff ponzi scheme and faces some financial difficulty. As far as on the field operations, Fred Wilpon stated the team will “continue to operate in a first-class manner.”

5- The club signed Taiwanese infielder Ching-Lu Hu, who could become the 6th Taiwanese player in major league history if he makes the club out of Spring training. The former Los Angeles Dodgers prospect, hit .317 at Triple A Albuquerque in 2010 and can play either 2nd or shortstop.

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