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March 30, 2011

Breaking News: Bay likely headed to DL

by @ 11:07 pm. Filed under 2011 Mets

LF Jason Bay will open the 2011 season on the 14 day disabled list with a intercostal strain in his left rib cage.  Lucas Duda will get  most of the work in left with Willie Harris occasionally filling in. The Mets plan to back date the DL stint to last Friday(March 25th) meaning the earliest Bay can return is April 9th. At minimum, he will miss 7 games. The injury ” obviously was a huge disappointment for us,manager Terry Collins said Wednesday afternoon. “I’m just hoping…he’s not out for very long.”

March 29, 2011

2011 Awards Predictions

by @ 10:38 pm. Filed under 2011 Mets

MVPs

AL: New York Yankees 3B Alex Rodriquez

NL: St Louis Cardinals 1B Albert Pujols

CY YOUNG

AL: Boston Red Sox LH Jon Lester

NL: Philadelphia Phillies RH Roy Halladay

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

AL: Chicago White Sox LHP Chris Sale

NL: Atlanta Braves 1B Freddie Freeman

MANAGER OF THE YEAR

AL: Oakland A’s Bob Geren

NL: Milwaukee Brewers Ron Roenicke

PLAYOFF TEAMS:

AL: Boston, Minnesota, Oakland, Chicago(Wild card)

NL: Atlanta, Milwaukee, San Francisco, Philadelphia(Wild Card)


2011 Season Preview

by @ 10:30 pm. Filed under 2011 Mets

2011 NEW YORK METS PREVIEW

Prediction:  3rd in the NL East

Strengths: Potentially strong lineup with speed and power….. Elite 3B David Wright…. Team plays well at Citi Field….New Management team has made wise moves, hi-lighted by the spring training releases of LHP Oliver Perez and 2B Luis Castillo… Rotation is better than most think… Exciting young talent at 1B(Ike Davis) and C(Josh Thole)…. Club catches the ball…. Skipper Terry Collins is like a cup of coffee and just what this team needs… Closer Francisco Rodriquez, who battled both legal and health issues in 2010, has looked like Sandy Koufax in spring games

Weaknesses: Health!!! Superstar LHP Johan Santana(Shoulder surgery) might miss half the season, Converted RF Carlos Beltran(Knee) just started playing in spring games and LF Jason Bay, who looked great this spring, could miss time with a back, oblique muscle issue. It would nice if just for 120 games this club could have  the starting 9 intact!!!… Ownership mess is a huge distraction and might force the Mets to move several stars including pending free agent SS Jose Reyes….An ace short in the rotation(Santana?)…. Image and perception of this club with fans is on the level of Gadhafi in the eyes of the United Nations… Although the unit has pitched well in the spring, set-up corps has not done it on the major league level as a group

STARTING LINEUP

1B Davis

2B Brad Emaus

SS Reyes

3B Wright

LF Bay

CF Angel Pagan

RF Beltran

ROTATION

RHP Mike Pelfrey

LHP Jon Niese

RHP Chris Young

RHP R.A. Dickey

LHP Chris Capuano

Closer

RHP Rodriquez

March 27, 2011

Busy week as season nears

by @ 10:38 pm. Filed under 2011 Mets

Never a dull moment with the New York Mets and this week several news items to report.

1- Perez waived: The Mets finally released LHP Oliver Perez on March 21 with a year and 12 million dollars remaining on his 3 year/36 million dollar deal signed after the 2008 season. Terrible in both 2009(3-4,6.82) and again in 2010(0-5,6.80) he became a constant distraction and energy drainer for both the players and fans. Perez has signed a minor league deal with the division rival Washington Nationals(March 24). Luis Castillo(Completely not fair by the way) and Perez became negative symbols for the organization and cutting them ends a lot of the negative karma around the team that became a staple during the Omar Minaya era.  Both of these moves had to happen for the Mets to turn the page.

2- Beltan update: All Star OF Carlos Beltran has not been ruled out for the season opener and played back to back games in rightfield this weekend in a minor league game. Sunday(March 27) he went 2 for 5 with a double and 3 rbi. Beltran meets with Mets manager Terry Collins first thing every morning to see where he is health wise and then they make a determination what to do. If they knee holds up after the two days in the field, he will rejoin the big club early this week.

3- Roster spots: Looking more and more like the team has two open spots, one in the bullpen and an outfield slot. The reliever will likely be one of three: Blaine Boyer, Jason Isringhausen(Both had strong camps) and Manny Acosta. The final position player depends greatly on the status of Beltran, with either Nick Evans(Great spring) or Daniel Murphy being the odd man out. Willie Harris(Told by Collins he made the team on March 27th) , Scott Hairston, Chin-Lung Hu and a back up catcher either veteran Ronny Paulino or Mike Nickeas will be on the bench.  Bullpen appears set with Francisco Rodriquez, Bobby Parnell, rule 5 pickup Pedro Beato(Solid spring), Taylor Buchholz, LH Tim Byrdak and swing man D.J Carasco.

Other notes: Rule 5 signee Brad Emaus appears to have  won the starting 2B job, hitting .289 in 45 spring at bats… R.A. Dickey will start the Mets home opener vs Washington April 8th…. 5th starter Chris Capuano(2.30 in 15 2/3 spring innings) will not need to pitch until April 9th with off days… Team is looking hard to acquire another left handed pitcher to the pen

March 20, 2011

Castillo era ends

by @ 9:54 pm. Filed under 2011 Mets

Busy week for the New York Mets hi-lighted by the release of 2B Luis Castillo Friday(March 18th). With this move, the financial strapped team is on the hook for the entire $6 million 2011 salary. The former three time all star was hitting .286 with no extra base hits in 28 spring training at bats. Probably a good thing for everyone as fans never forgave Luis for the dropped pop up during the Subway series in 2009 and he became a major target of hecklers at Mets games. Many believe rule 5 signee Brad Emaus and career minor leaguer Luis Hernandez are the finalists to open the season at 2nd while Daniel Murphy would be a bat of the bench and super sub. Personal note here, I liked Luis but he was held accountable for his insane contract on a team that has many insane contracts. A good player making great money while in decline will draw critics when the team does not perform. Paricularily in New York and on the Mets.  I wish Luis well.

Other camp notes: RF Carlos Beltran ran sprints Sunday(March 20th) for the 1st time since he had a cortisone shot in his left knee. He also took swings from both sides of the plate. The Mets still hope he will be ready to open the season. Rookie Lucas Duda and veterans Scott Hairston and Willie “Mets killer” Harris would be candidates to start in right if Beltran is not healthy… RHSP  Chris Young has been incredible in camp(5 starts, 1.33 era, 15 hits over 20 innings) and looks completely healthy.  The 6’10 ex Princeton Basketball standout allowed 4 hits over 6 innings vs Florida Sunday(March 20th).  Fellow veteran free agent signee Chris Capuano also looked strong Saturday(March 19th) vs the Atlanta Braves after throwing 5 and two third shut out innings. The presumed 5th starter has a 1.69 ERA in 10 2/3 third grapefruit league innings while striking out 6 and walking 2. These moves by Mets GM Sandy Alderson have that RA Dickey feel to them!.. LHP Oliver Perez appears to be on his last legs with the organization after he was shelled by minor leaguers in an outing Saturday vs the Braves. Touched for back to back homers, his ERA stands at 8.38 over 9 and two third innings. Reports have his release imminent and it could happen as early as Monday(March 21st). Alderson and Mets Manager Terry Collins are scheduled to meet regarding Perez early Monday morning, who is in the final year of 4 year, 48 million dollar deal… Reports have Castillo signing a minor league deal with the division rival Philadelphia Phillies Sunday night. With the uncertain health of superstar 2B Chase Utley’s right knee, a solid back up plan for the 4 time defending NL East champions

March 16, 2011

As season nears, 2B,5th starter the major question marks, Other Spring Training notes

by @ 11:17 pm. Filed under 2011 Mets

The 5 way battle for the starting Second base position will work itself out over the next couple of days, according to New York Mets manager Terry Collins and GM Sandy Alderson. Daniel Murphy, Brad Emaus and Justin Turner have battled veteran Luis Castillo for the spot while some media reports had Luis Hernandez ready to named the starter earlier this week. Collins downplayed that Tuesday(March 15th) while praising Hernandez’ defense. Both Collins and Alderson view the spot as an offensive position and the Mets will eliminate candidates over the next couple of days according to the GM.

Other Spring Training notes: RH Dillon Gee allowed 1 hit over 5 innings in a minor league game vs the Astros Wednesday(March 16th). The rotation candidate K-ed 3 and walked 1….  The Mets are still hopeful that RF Carlos Beltran(Left knee tendinitis)  will be ready for opening day.  He swung a bat and played catch Wednesday for the 1st time since being shutdown by the club last week… C Josh Thole is killing the ball in Spring training, hitting .400 in 31 at bats. He also has 2 home runs and 6 rbi. 1B Ike Davis has 2 homers as well with 9 rbi while hitting .360 in 25 plate appearances.

March 14, 2011

Santana rumors and other spring training notes

by @ 7:16 pm. Filed under 2011 Mets

Lots of noise Sunday(March 13th) out of Mets spring training with a report that ace lefty Johan Santana’s (offseason shoulder surgery) 2011 season was in serious jeopardy due to his lack of progress in the rehabilitation program. Steve Popper from the Bergen(NJ) Record also said that the Mets believe they will be “Lucky” if  Santana pitched this year. NY pitching coach Dan Warthen told reporters Monday(March 14th) that Popper’s report is a “Lie” and that Johan’s “progress has been great.”  Mets Manager Terry Collins also said he is on schedule and is in stage 1 of his rehab( tossing from 60 feet). The plan remains for the southpaw to start throwing off the mound in May then pitching games in May.

Other Notes: Collins believes OF Carlos Beltran(Knee) can be ready for opening day… Rotation slots #1-4 filled with Chris Young, RA Dickey, Mike Pelfrey and Jon Niese holding spots, Dillon Gee and Chris Capuano are the leaders for the 5th starter. … No real leader at 2nd base but Luis Castillo has been playing well

March 10, 2011

Busy week 3 of Spring Training for New York Mets

by @ 12:01 pm. Filed under 2011 Mets

Updates on several key components for the 2011 New York Mets, a team that is many things but not boring!

RF Carlos Beltran:  The Mets former CF’s left knee was feeling better Wednesday(March 9th) a day after the club was set to shut him down as he continues to battle left knee tendinitis. Beltran participated in full baseball activities Wednesday and hopes to play sometime next week. When he does play the Mets plan to start him at DH to ease the transition to the field.

LHP Oliver Perez: The Biggest enigma on the team was banished to the bullpen after another terrible start Tuesday(March 8th) that actually lowered his spring ERA to 9.  Mets manager Terry Collins views his best role with this club to be as a situational lefty(Held LH batters to .214 in 2010) but Perez faces an uphill climb with 4 other lefty candidates competing for spots. The southpaw has allowed 10 hits, walked 5 and struck out 4 in 10 innings this spring. I believe it is a good bet that the Perez era in New York will soon end.

2B Battle: The one true every day position battle remains a 3 way competition(Veteran Luis Castillo, Daniel Murphy and Brad Emaus)  with rule 5 signee Emaus being a front-office choice according to ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin. None of these candidates are perfect and some led by Newsday’s David Lennon believe Castillo will get the job “default”. Sad that this team has financial difficulty because Texas Rangers all star infielder Michael Young(Recent trade demand) would be a great fit in Queens.

March 3, 2011

Beltran move to Right erases one key camp question

by @ 2:12 pm. Filed under 2011 Mets

New York Mets OF Carlos Beltran voluntarily has decided to move from Center to right field and informed Manager Terry Collins and OF Angel Pagan Monday(February 28th). After two surgeries on his right knee over the past two seasons, Beltran thinks this is best for both himself and the club. The knee is not 100% and the Mets plan to DH him 7 to 10 days before moving him to right ,starting Sunday.(March 6th) The club has also worked out agreements with their opponents that the DH will be used in all Mets games during that time period. Good move for both Carlos(In a contract year as well) and the Mets, who have an excellent player in Pagan, who has shown can handle CF regularly. This also takes a lot of drama out of spring training and helps Collins’ ease into his position of leadership. Line-up wise, this also puts their 3 best offensive outfielders on the field.

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