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August 29, 2011

Irene gives team a break, Capuano’s big night, Updates on Johan, Ike and Reyes, Other Mets Notes

by @ 12:58 pm. Filed under 2011 Mets

Hurricane Irene pounded the East Coast all weekend, causing 4 of the 5 teams in the National League East to postpone games as the teams were playing against each other in Philadelphia and New York respectfully. The Mets rescheduled their two games vs the Braves originally slated to be played Saturday and Sunday August 27-28th as a single-admission doubleheader September 8th starting a 4:10 pm. Interesting to note that the Mets next game(s) is also a doubleheader vs the Marlins on Monday August 29th vs the division rival Florida Marlins, opening a rare 5 game series at Citi Field. 

CAPUANO’S CAREER NIGHT: 33 Year old Mets LHSP Chris Capuano(10-11,4.43) pitched one of the best games you will see all season and possibly the top outing of his career August 26th in New York’s 6-0 victory over the wild card leading Atlanta Braves. Tossing his first complete game since 2006, he fanned 13 Braves and allowed two hits all night. You’ve got a team that has been swinging the bats well coming in here, and he made us look like we had never seen a pitch before,” Braves  manager Fredi Gonzalez said. The two time Tommy John surgery recipient has faded late in games this season but looked great and is approaching the 200 inning(154 and third in 27 game including 25 starts) plateau he last reached in 2006.  Excellent investment by the Mets in the 2010 offseason and a guy they should look to bring back in 2012. 

MEDICAL MESS: SS Jose Reyes(Hamstring) is good to go and will play in the 2nd game of the Doubleheader Monday night for the Mets. Ike Davis(Ankle) is looking to avoid micro-fracture surgery and will run August 29th and 30th before deciding before Labor Day whether to go under the knife. SI.com’s Jon Heyman reports the decision will be made by September 2nd and the procedure would be done immediately. LHSP Johan Santana(Off season shoulder surgery) threw bullpen session recently and may pitch a minor league game next week according to Mets GM Sandy Alderson, who also indicated that Santana may be able to throw an inning for the team before the seasons end. 

METS NOTES: Veteran C Rony Paulino has a broken right toe and the team might DL him to open a roster spot for Reyes in game 2 of August 29th doubleheader… LF Jason Bay(Shoulder) is set to play again in Monday’s game 1 after being  out with a sore right shoulder he injured on August 23rd. An MRI on August 26th revealed no structural damage and the veteran just needed more time to heal…. Mets manager Terry Collins said either recent call up Miguel Batista or long man D.J. Carrasco will get a spot start Thursday September 1st 

August 23, 2011

Losses continue to pile up, Reyes starts rehab, Tejeda,Duda bright spots, Izzy’s interesting week, More Mets news

by @ 7:00 pm. Filed under 2011 Mets

The injury depleted New York Mets(60-67) have bottomed out and lost 16 of their last 21. Manager Terry Collins continues to work and try to rally the troops but even a blind man can see he is bringing a knife to a gunfight almost nightly.The team has been ravaged by injuries to key players and plays in the top division in the National League. They are not good enough as presently constituted. This club is overmatched but for the most part plays hard and competes. But when they play elite teams like the Phillies, Braves and Brewers, these facts show out. 

REYES REHAB: Mets superstar shortstop Jose Reyes(Left hamstring) will leave the team Wednesday August 24 and play three consecutive games at Double A Thursday August 25 thru Saturday August 27th. He will rest Sunday and the rejoin the big club to play in half of their Doubleheader Monday August 29th. Reyes was hitting a league leading .336 with 5 homers and 34 stolen bases prior to the injury. 

FILLING IN:  INF Ruben Tejada and 1B-OF Lucas Duda have been bright spots in recent weeks while being forced to play larger roles due to injury. Tejada is hitting .357 in the month of August and is at .277 with 24 rbi in 210 at bats for the year. Duda, who needs to be a starter in 2012 at some spot, is hitting .280 with 6 homers and 33 rbi. Since his call up in June, he has hit .283,.300 and .313 in consecutive months. He has also increased his power with 4 homers and 14 rbi in August. Sad to see Reyes and 1B Ike Davis(Ankle) hurt but depth is always a good thing and this club has it. 

MILESTONE THEN MELTDOWN FOR IZZY: 14 year ML veteran Jason Isringhausen earned his 300th career save August 15th becoming the 23rd major leaguer to accomplish that feat.  He then followed it up with maybe the worst outing of his career 5 days later. While not recording an out, he walked 3 and gave up a hit allowing 4 earned runs vs the powerful Milwaukee Brewers August 20th in a 11-9 loss at Citi Field. This was a crushing defeat for the Mets who rallied from a 7-1 deficit to take a 9-7 lead with a 5 run 7th and 3 run 8th. The club is looking to transition from the veteran Isringhausen to youngster RH Bobby Parnell in the closer role and that will be an ongoing theme for the remainder of the 2011 season. 

METS NOTES:  CF Angel Pagan is dealing with the stomach condition colitis and was forced to leave the the August 22nd game vs the Phillies early.  He takes pills for the disease and went on the DL because of it while he was a member of the Chicago Cubs…. Since the injuries to Reyes and INF Daniel Murphy, the Mets are 4-10 thru August 22nd. They are averaging 4 runs per game and hitting .245, .322 and .370(average, on base, slugging). It is not just the hitting that is an issue though, the team ranks last in the NL among the 16 teams in ERA at 5.52.  

August 15, 2011

Too much to overcome?

by @ 9:48 pm. Filed under 2011 Mets

DEDICATION: Want to dedicate the rest of the 2011 season to my good buddy from back home(Andover, Ma) Jack Dalton and his young son, Jack.  Jack Sr. was a huge influence on me growing up and we spent countless hours playing ball in the gym at the Sanborn school during the summer over 20 years ago. Today he is police officer in Durham, New Hampshire as well as super husband and father. He recently helped coach his 9 yr old son Jack and the rest of the Dover, NH All Stars to a 3rd place finish in the state tournament. Way to go both “Jacks”!

For the first time since the April, the 2011 New York Mets appear to be heading in the wrong direction, losers of 5 straight games. The team has battled hard under 1st year manager Terry Collins but both injuries and trades have taken a lot out of this group, on and off the field. SS Jose Reyes was having an MVP season and has been fallen with two separate hamstring injuries since the All Star break. Ace lefty Johan Santana has missed the entire 2011 campaign and forced the other starters to  fill slots they are not capable of filling. 1B Ike Davis was killing the ball but has not seen the field since May with a serious ankle injury. INF Daniel Murphy came out of the nowhere to hit .320  before having his knee taken out on a steal attempt. The team’s financial issues forced the trades of their #4 hitter(OF Carlos Beltran) and closer(Francisco “K Rod” Rodriquez). Franchise 3B David Wright tried to play thru pain in his  back which developed into a dangerous stress fracture, costing him 6 + weeks. This team was picked by many to finish last in the NL East and while their effort does not translate into that, their current on field state might make that prediction a reality.

METS NOTES:  Reyes(Hamstring) fielded grounders,threw and hit at the club’s minor league complex in Port St. Lucie, Fla August 15th.  The team hopes he can run sometime later this week and they plan to have him back shortly after his DL stint is up August 23rd. Regardless of his health status Collins will give Reyes regular days off to avoid wear and tear on his legs… Look for 1B-OF Lucas Duda(.276,4 homers, 28 rbi) to get some serious work in right field for the remaining 6 weeks of the season. The team would like to get a good assessment on what they have for 2012 and beyond with the power hitting prospect… Some good news for the Mets: The team was able to sign 2011 1st round pick Brandon Nimmo, the 13th overall selection August 16th. The raw talent hit .448 with 15 homers and 34 stolen bases in 70 games for his American Legion team in Wyoming.

August 8, 2011

BREAKING METS NEWS: Reyes to the DL, team confirms Daniel Murphy is out for 2011

by @ 8:57 pm. Filed under 2011 Mets

NY Mets SS Jose Reyes was placed on the 15 day DL August 8th with an almost identical injury(left hamstring strain) that cost him games around the all star break.“I think this one is not that bad. I think it’s a little bit better,” Reyes said, comparing the two injuries. “I’m going to do my treatment and hopefully I’ll be on the field as soon as possible.”Meanwhile, the Mets confirmed that INF Daniel Murphy is lost for the rest of the season with a tear of the MCL in his left knee but their is no damage to the ACL or meniscus.  The team has recalled Ruben Tejada, who will play SS everday, and OF-INF Mike Baxter to fill the roster spots. 

August 7, 2011

Oh no! Murphy done for year, Reyes hurt and Chipper kills the Mets… again!!!!!!!!

by @ 6:29 pm. Filed under 2011 Mets

If you follow the New York Mets you sometimes wonder if this team is cursed or something. This week they suffered back to back late inning losses on horrific fielding mistakes. But on Sunday July 7th they might have lost what is left of their 2011 season as both INF Daniel Murphy(hitting .320) and SS Jose Reyes went down with injuries mid game. Murphy was spiked covering 2nd base on a steal attempt and is reportedly out for the year with a grade 2 tear of his MCL, according to ESPN New York.  The injury will not need  surgery but require  four months of recovery. Awful , awful news for both the Mets and Murphy. In the 2nd inning of the same game, SS Jose Reyes left after feeling stiffness in his left hamstring, the same hamstring that caused Reyes to miss two weeks in July around the All Star break. Look for the Mets to be cautious with their star SS. Please be sure to that your Mets fan friends do not have any weapons of any kind within a quarter mile or so. Not a good day. 

HIM… AGAIN: Even when he is having an injury riddled season  , Chipper Jones KILLS the New York Mets. The 39 year old, who hit his 1st major league home run vs New York, drove home the winning run Sunday with an 9th inning single. Jones is hitting almost .400 with runners in scoring position in 2011. The professional Mets killer famously cost them the 1999 NL East title with 4 home runs and 9 rbi in two late season series that saw the Braves take 5 of 6. According to Baseball reference.com, Jones has 47 home runs and 147 rbi in 224 games vs New York. No wonder that he named his son Shea, after the Mets previous stadium! 

SANTANA, DAVIS UPDATES: The team received some good news on the injury front regarding LHSP Johan Santana(late 2010 left  shoulder surgery) this week. The team was concerned he would have to be shutdown for the rest of the year but he was diagnosed with fatigue in the joint. Santana will not throw this week and strengthen the shoulder for the remainder of this homestand(Thru August 11th). He will then need a week or two of side sessions before he can make a 2nd rehab assignment.  The news regarding 1B Ike Davis was not as promising. After the bone bruise in his left ankle has shown little improvement, the team does not believe he will return in 2011. The team still does not know if he will require surgery as the ankle has two separate issues: the bruise and damaged cartilage. The bone bruise, which should heal on its own, is bothering him the most and 3 different doctors have advised him the best way to promote healing is to take time off.  Davis was hitting .302 with 7 home runs and 25 rbi with a .925 OPS in the 36 games before the May 10th injury. Awful, awful news for Mets fans. And this is not a recording. 

August 1, 2011

Beltran deal reaction, Wright’s return, Santana, Ike updates

by @ 9:36 pm. Filed under 2011 Mets

The New York Mets stand at 55-54 as of August 2nd that record is a testimony to the work of Manager Terry Collins, General Manager Sandy Alderson as well as all the players. This team has dealt with injuries to key players all year and uncertain financial news within the ownership group, yet they continue to put a solid major league product on the field almost nightly. Collins, in particular, has really earned his paycheck, mixing and maxing his lineup as well as pitching staff to compete in the toughest division in the National League. The Mets came in with very low expectations after several disappointing seasons but this group cannot be judged on their level. This team has battled from game 1 and Collins, Alderson and Mets fans should recognize that. These last two months are important for the future of the franchise but they first 4 of the 2011 season have to be judged as a success. 

BELTRAN DEAL: First of all, I want to thank Carlos Beltran for his contributions to the Mets during his 5.5 year stay in Queens. He was fun to watch and a great player who impacted the game in numerous ways. That said, I am glad the Mets made the trade for RHP Zack Wheeler, a top level prospect from the San Francisco Giants. NY needs young pitching and Carlos was not a good bet to resign here. He was also a non-compensation free agent which means if he left , the Mets would not receive anything in return. This trade is a rarity in pro sports as both sides won here, the Giants got a much needed all around outfielder and the Mets a young arm for the future. 

RIGHT WRIGHT: 3B David Wright is clearly healthy after returning from a stress fracture in his back and his production in July hammers that home. He closed the month on a 10 game hitting streak(.455 clip in those games) and hit 2 homers while driving in 12 runs. 

SANTANA, DAVIS STATUS: After ace lefty Johan Santana(Shoulder surgery) tossed 3 scoreless innings in his first rehab start July 28th for Class A Port St. Lucie , Alderson  has bumped his next start back a day(Thursday instead of Wednesday)  after Santana did not feel as strong as he’d like to feel. The southpaw is not in pain and Alderson said the team would know if it was more serious Tuesday August 2nd. Alderson also offered an update on 1B Ike Davis’ left ankle injury. The team plans to reevaluate later this week after the 2nd year player continues running in Arizona. The Mets have stated publicly that if Davis cannot run pain free soon he would get season ending surgery. 

 

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