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June 26, 2011

Reyes, Beltran and Duda lead the offensive charge to .500, medical updates on Wright, Davis and Santana

by @ 5:28 pm. Filed under 2011 Mets

The suddenly surging New York Mets improved to 39-39 in 2011 with a 8-5 win over Texas Rangers Sunday June 26th. With the victory, the Mets climb to within 4.5 games of the National League wild card  while improving to 5-1-1 in their last 7 series. Here is something to consider, in this month New York has won road series versus the  Atlanta Braves, NL central leading Milwaukee Brewers and the defending AL champion Rangers. The team combined to collect 31 hits and 22 runs over the last tow days but did not homer. SS Jose Reyes(6 hits,5 runs), RF Carlos Beltran(4 hits, 3 runs, 5 rbi), 1B-OF Lucas Duda(4 hits(3 doubles), 2 runs and 4 rbi Saturday June 25th)  and INF Daniel Murphy(4 hits, 4 runs and 3 rbi) led the offensive surge.  Things are starting to look very promising in Queens. “Huge,” manager Terry Collins said of winning the deciding game of the series. “Coming into this 16 days, winning two out of three here against that club with that offense is a great start for us.”

MEDICAL UPDATES:

3B David Wright: Good news regarding the club’s franchise third baseman as he was cleared by an MRI Thursday June 23rd to resume rehabilitation from a stress fracture in his back. Wright was scheduled to start twisting exercises this weekend at the team’s spring training complex in Port St. Lucie, Florida. A July 15th return date was “feasible” according to Collins.

1B Ike Davis: The news regarding 2nd year 1B Ike Davis(.302, 7 home runs in 36 games) is not as promising. Actually, it is downright discouraging. An MRI June 22nd on his injured left ankle showed no improvement but also revealed potential cartilage damage in the joint. If the ankle doe not improve over the next 3 weeks, Ike will undergo season ending surgery. Davis has been sidelined with the injury since May 10th and spent time in walking boot. He has seen no improvement and has not run in 5,6 weeks. Sad, sad story for such a promising player.

LHSP Johan Santana:  Reports have the Mets ace progressing slowly from off season shoulder surgery. In early June he was shut down after experiencing soreness in the joint after throwing off the mound. Look for the team to be cautious with the southpaw as they want him healthy in 2012 and 2013 and are not counting on much, if anything from him in 2011.

METS NOTES: The team improved to 10-1 in games started by rookie RH Dillon Gee, who improved to 8-1… Duda has gone 7 for 12 with 5 rbi and one strikeout in his last 3 starts….Both LF Jason Bay(Neck) and INF Justin Turner(Thumb) returned from minor aches and pains June 26th… LH SP Chris Capuano(Abdominal) should be good to go in his next scheduled start Wednesday at Detroit after  leaving his last start June 23rd early with pain in his right side… Reyes announced this week he has retained representatives Peter Greenberg and Chris Leible  after being pursued heavily by super agent Scott Boras. This has to be viewed as a positive due to the Mets poor relationship with Boras…. LHSP Jon Niese left Saturday’s win vs Texas early, complaining about a rapid heartbeat. The team does not view the issue serious as the game was played in high 90 degree heat. The Rangers team doctors checked him out post game Saturday(June 25th)  and he was well enough to jogging around the ball park before Sundays win. Mets doctors will reexamine Niese in Detroit Tuesday… Very quietly, C Ronny Paulino has taken over the starting catcher job hitting .327 in 33 games.

June 15, 2011

Strange twist in Mets sale

by @ 11:24 pm. Filed under 2011 Mets

Interesting twist in the recent Mets sale being reported by several media outlets. According to Forbes.com, hedge fund manager David Einhorn could gain control of the Mets for $1 in 3 years. Under the agreement of the sale of 33% of the club from Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz, Einhorn would pay $200 million. However, If the Wilpon group does not pay back the $200 million over the next 3 years, Einhorn can obtain 60% of the Mets for an additional price of… ONE DOLLAR!!! Even if the Wilpons repay the $200 million, he would retain 1/6th of the team, according to ESPNNewYork.com’s Adam Rubin. All of the details of the sale must be approved by major league baseball. Fascinating stuff. As bad as the Mets situation was and has been, go read up on the current state of the Los Angeles Dodgers. That team makes the Mets look like Fort Knox!

June 13, 2011

Mets continue to work despite injuries and financial woes, Stand one game under .500

by @ 12:33 am. Filed under 2011 Mets

The  New York Mets(33-34 as of June 12th) have adopted almost a blue collar workman like persona with all the issues and obstacles-on and off the field- they have faced in the first half of the 2011 campaign. First, the never ending Madoff-Wilpon scandal and the Mets financial problems. Then you had the awful start(5-13) but led by 1st year Manager Terry Collins and SS Jose Reyes, this team has battled, scratched and clawed its way to  almost a .500 record. Reyes, who is having an incredible season, leads the NL in batting average and triples and is 2nd in stolen bases. He should receive MVP consideration but the star of this team is the team, the team that has been constructed by Collins and GM Sandy Alderson. Well constructed with both depth and  versatile players, guys like Daniel Murphy and Scott Hairston, who can fill multiple roles. Pitchers like Chris Capuano(5 wins out of the 5th spot in the rotation) and comeback reliever Jason Isringhausen(13 holds) who are picking the team up with huge outings. Injuries to 2nd year 1b Ike Davis(Ankle) and franchise 3B David Wright(Stress fracture in back) have hurt but the Mets put a major league product on the field almost daily, a team fans can be proud of. When you look at where this franchise has been over the past 3-4 years, that says a lot.

DANDY DILLON: Rookie RH Dillon Gee(7-0,3.05 ERA) has been phenomenal in 9 starts since being recalled from Triple A in late April. Gee has become only the 2nd ML pitcher to start the season with 7 straight wins since 2000. The Angels Jered Weaver won 9 straight 5 years ago. Gee joined Mets legend Jon Matlack as the only players to open the season with 6 straight wins. Matlack won 6 straight in 1972 but had a relief win among the 6.

BAD BAY:  LF Jason Bay continues to struggle and was benched for two games this week after enduring an 0 for 24 slump. He returned to the lineup June 11th , going 1 for 4.

MOVES: Team optioned RH Dale Thayer and recalled D.J. Carrasco June 11th… The previous day, the Mets designated 1B- OFNick Evans for assignment and recalled fan favorite OF-1B Lucas Duda

METS NOTES: The Mets selected high school OF Brandon Nimmo with the 13th pick in the 1st round of the 2011 MLB draft last week. The Cheyenne, Wyoming is projected as a left-handed hitting power bat in the middle of the order…. RF Carlos Beltran leads the team with 9 home runs and 39 RBI… INF Ruben Tejada continues to swing a hot bat out of the 8th spot in the lineup, hitting .321 with 9 rbi in 78 at bats… Rookie INF Justin Turner has 27 rbi in 138 at bats

June 3, 2011

Wright, Davis updates, Reyes returns, Terry Collins blows up, Other news

by @ 11:03 pm. Filed under 2011 Mets

The  New York Mets (26-31) continue to be one of the more interesting and entertaining teams over the course of the 2011 season. This injury riddled and cash strapped team plays hard and battles but is just talent short, particularly within the  pitching staff. The Mets set a Major League record on June 3rd when they became the first team in history of the game with 6 straight home losses when they have the led in the 7th inning or later. THINK ABOUT THAT! Very frustrating(more on this later) and hard to watch at times but the effort is there and this group tends to grow on you.

WRIGHT, DAVIS INJURY UPDATES: 3B David Wright(Stress fracture in his back) will  remain inactive for three more weeks,according to Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson. After being examined at the Hospital for Special Surgery June 3rd, Wright is “asymptomatic” but must remain inactive. Alderson was a bit surprised his franchise 3B would have to remain on the DL and did not rule out the possibility that David could be out until the early part of July. 1B Ike Davis(Sprain, bone bruise in left ankle) continues to progress slowly from his own injury and is wearing a protective boot on the ankle. He was examined by team doctors on May 31st and will undergo another MRI exam in 2.5 weeks. Their is no timetable for Davis’ return.

REYES RETURNS: All star SS Jose Reyes missed three days this week dealing with the death of his Grandmother in the Dominican Republic. Reyes, in the mist of a huge season in a contract year, returned to the lineup Thursday(June 2nd) and  is hitting .336 on the year. He is also on pace to steal 55 bases and score 110 runs.

MOUNT TERRY ERUPTS: 1st year Mets manager Terry Collins, A patient man known for both his up beat approach and positive attitude, finally saw enough late inning losses and blew up during his post game press conference June 1st after his team allowed a combined 9 runs in the 7th and 8th innings to lose to the Pittburgh Pirates 9-3. Not coincidently, Collins team responded the next day, putting together the franchise biggest rally since 2000 in a 9-8 win over the same Pirates. Trailing 7-0 after the 3rd inning, RF Carlos Beltran drove in 4 and 2B Ruben Tejada added 3 as NY scored 4 runs in the 6th and 2 in the 8th for a huge win.

MINOR PITCHING MOVES: The team recalled RHP Manny Acosta from Buffalo, sending down LHP Mike O’Connor on June 4th. Earlier in the week(June 1st), the team also placed RHP Taylor Bucholz on the DL, the set up man is dealing with fatigue in his throwing shoulder.

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