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April 25, 2011

Bay’s return energizes team

by @ 10:41 am. Filed under 2011 Mets

The return of Left fielder Jason Bay(.333, homer, 3 rbi in 15 at bats) from an early season oblique injury has jump started the offense, leading the New York Mets(9-13) to a season high 4 game winning streak. The big free agent signing of the 2010 offseason struggled in his first year in Queens(.259,6,47) but his presence makes the lineup complete and deeper. Since his return April 21st, the team has outscored opponents 27-10 with #44 hitting 5th. Look at the lineup the Mets put on the field Sunday:

SS Jose Reyes

2B  Daniel Murphy

3B David Wright

RF Carlos Beltran

LF Bay

1B  Ike Davis

C  Josh Thole

CF Jason Pridle(Usually Angel Pagan)

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That is a very good major league line-up of position players. With Bay back plus both Beltran and Reyes healthy, the next several weeks should be very interesting and entertaining.

Other Mets News: RHRP Bobby Parnell(0-1,6.14) was placed on the DL April 21st with numbness(Due to local clotting) in the middle finger of his pitching hand. He does not have anything alarming like an aneurysm and the club is treating the clot with aspirin. No specific time table on his return… Both RH Mike Pelfrey(April 22 vs Arizona: 7 IP, 5 hits, 1 earned run ) and LH Jon Niese(April 24 vs Arizona: 7 IP, 6 hits, 2 earned runs)) pitched their top games of the season  in their last outings.. 2B Brad Emaus, who opened the season as the starter at 2nd, was designated for assignment April 19 with Justin Turner recalled from Triple A to fill the roster spot. Murphy,clearly a favorite of Mets manager Terry Collins, will get most of the play at the spot. Emaus, a rule 5 draftee from the Blue Jays, hit only .162 in 37 at bats. .. Wright, after going 0 for 20 in games from April 16-20th, has erupted. He is now 6 for 15 with 2 home runs, 6 runs and 6 rbi in the last 4 contests… RH RP Pedro Beato, another rule 5 pickup, has been incredible early: Zero ERA, 11 innings in 8 games with 8 Ks….. RH SP Chris Young(1-0,1.46) was activated from the DL and will start Tuesday at the Washington Nationals. Swingman RH RP D.J. Carrasco(1-0,5.91) was sent down to Triple A Buffalo to clear the roster spot.

April 17, 2011

Blown leads, poor pitching lead to early struggles

by @ 10:49 pm. Filed under 2011 Mets

The New York Mets opened the 2011 campaign with several question marks, mostly regarding the rotation and makeup of the bullpen. Well the early returns are in and many fans are asking for refunds. With true ace Johan Santana out due to shoulder surgery, tall and talented righty Mike Pelfrey assumed the #1 job. You know what happens when people assume, right? Pelfrey, who had a strong 2010 season(15-9,3.66), has been awful in 4 starts, going 0-2 with a 9.72 ERA, magnifying the situation is the fact that he is only averaging 4 innings per game. The starters, as a  group, have been bad(3-8,6.29 ERA thru April 17th) and the lone bright spot, RH Chris Young(1-0,1.46 in 2 starts) , was placed on the DL(Bicep tendinitis) April 16th. Relief wise? The unit has been ok outside of potential 8th inning man Bobby Parnell(0-1,6.43 in 7 games) but with the starters unable to provide quality outings this group has been asked to give more than it  can.

Other Mets notes: LF Jason Bay is close to returning to club after playing 7 innings in his 2nd rehab game April 17th. Bay, who played 6 innings the day before, suffered a rib cage strain late in spring training… Prospect Dillon Gee picked up a win Sunday(April 17th) filling in for Young. Gee allowed a run and 5 hits over 5 and 2 third innings… Brutal, brutal series at Citi Field for the home team. Lost all 4 games vs the Colorado Rockies after taking  2 run leads in each game. The team ERA was 5.94 in the series with the bullpen taking a beating(6.48). Rockies superstar SS Troy Tulowitzki hammered Mets pitching, going 10 for 16 with 8 rbi, homering in each game … Gee’s win ended a 7 game losing skid for the Mets(worst since 2004)

April 6, 2011

Pitching, Depth and Wright offer hope as Mets approach homer opener

by @ 11:22 pm. Filed under 2011 Mets

Solid first week for the New York Mets, a team many picked last in the National League East. The won both a road series and  get away game, two areas the club greatly struggled with in 2010. ((32-49 road record, 2-8 in series rubber games). Additonally, all starting pitchers not named Mike Pelfrey have thrown the ball well and new Manager Terry Collins has utilized the enitre 25 man roster. 3B David Wright and 1B Ike Davis led the hitting attack while rule 5 pick up Brad Emaus(.308 avg,.400 OBP stats thru April 6th) has really given the club a boost at 2nd base.

Mets Notes:

1- RF Carlos Beltran has started 4 of 5 games and looks good. While his average is .176, his mere presence helps Davis and Wright. His bat is vital with LF Jason Bay opening the year on the disabled list. Also factor in that Carlos missed almost the entire spring dealing with his knee issues.

2- LH Jon Niese(7 innings, 2 earned runs), RH R.A. Dickey(6 innings, zero earned) and free agent signing RH Chris Young  (5 and a third, 1 run)all pitched well. Very good outings to open the 2011 campaign. Mike Pelfrey? In a word, WOW. The big righty is 0-1 with a 15.63 ERA in 6 and a third innings over 2 starts. The good news for Mets fans? The two starts came against the Florida Marlins(a  team that HAMMERS him(0-5,5.54 ERA in 9 starts since 2008) and a team many project to win the National League, the Philadelphia Phillies.

3- Like what I see from new skipper Terry Collins. I know it is early but I like how he involves the entire roster and his style seems perfectly geared towards the National Leaguye style of ball . He has used spare parts like Willie Harris, Lucas Duda and Scott Hairston effectively and has even snuck in C Mike Nickeas. A player like Daniel Murphy can really flourish in this system.

SICK STAT: The Mets allowed a grand slam in the opener a year after they allowed a major league high 12 while not hitting one themselves.

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