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September 26, 2011

Fences moving in at Citi Field?, Pagan, Duda and Isringhausen done for year, Dickey flirts with history, Last days for Reyes?

by @ 6:55 pm. Filed under 2011 Mets

The Mets(76-83) are playing out the string here in the final days  of the 2011 season with several questions entering the off season. The biggest question has to be whether we are seeing the final days of shortstop Jose Reyes in a Mets uniform? That will be determined in the off season but I am leaning towards yes. I think someone will top an offer from NY, who I believe will come in around 4 year-50 to 60 million, and Reyes will walk. Jose is saying he is not thinking about this and is concentrating on his fight for the batting title. While the offseason will feature other issues such as the Mets trying to find a top 3 starting pitcher, the health of returning ace Johan Santana, what to do with 3B David Wright and who will play 2nd base in 2012, the Reyes saga will dominate the headlines and how the rest of the offseason goes. 

CITI CHANGES? Mets GM Sandy Alderson unveiled his plans to change the dimensions at Cavernous Citi Field in 2012 on September 21st. The goal is to  turn the pitcher friendly home venue into a neutral park and they would need approval by MLB before making any moves. Some ideas being floated include cutting the 16 foot wall in left-field in half, moving the left field wall closer to home plate and flattening the “M0-Zone” in right field. Currently, Citi Field has had the 3rd fewest home runs in the majors in 2011 after being 3rd in 2010 and 6th in 2009. 

INJURY UPDATES:  The entire starting Mets OF is dealing with medical issues as they enter play September 26th. LF Jason Bay has a bad sinus infection and has been receiving medical treatment from doctors. He should play again in 2011. CF Angel Pagan and RF Lucas Duda are both out with head injuries and should miss the rest of the 2011 campaign, according to Manager Terry Collins . Pagan hit himself in the head with a follow thru swing September 23 and Duda has concussion like symptoms after running into a wall September 22nd. Meanwhile, veteran reliever Jason Isringhausen is also more than likely out for the season with a herniated disc in his back that causes numbness in his right foot. 

DANDY DICKEY:  Veteran Knuckleballer R.A. Dickey has been the best pitcher on the Mets staff in 2011 and in his start on September 24, he almost made history. Amazingly, in the history of the Mets franchise, they have not had a no hitter! Dickey, who pitched his 12th consecutive quality start(6 innings or more, three earned runs or less allowed) and carried a no no into the 7th inning, is 8-13  3.28 ERA in 2011. He left this game with the score tied 1-1 in the 7th  and the Mets are only 4-5 during Dickey’s quality start streak, despite a 2.45 ERA in those game. 

September 17, 2011

Terry Collins errupts after awful home stand, Health updates on Johan, Ike, Mets notes

by @ 3:31 pm. Filed under 2011 Mets

The 2011 New York Mets(72-79) have battled and competed under 1st year manager Terry Collins, winning back many from a disgruntled fan base. However, after a awful 1-8 homestand, the skipper had enough and accused his team of “folding it up” after the 10-1 defeat to the Washington Nationals Thursday September 15th. The Mets have looked broken and flat in recent weeks and after losing 6 straight as well as being swept by the Nationals-Montreal Expos franchise for the 1st time since 2003,   the player friendly Collins went off.  “Perception is reality in our game and the perception I have right now is we’ve folded it up,” Collins said in a passionate postgame news conference. “You want to see intenseness? You want to see me be intense? You guys are going to see it. I won’t play that game. You come and play the game right. I don’t care what the situation is. I don’t care about anything but playing the game correctly. That’s all I care about. Our fans should be upset. I don’t blame them one bit.”

Collins, who has become a favorite of both the fans and media with his hard charging style as well as his refusal to make excuses with the team’s financial status effecting the on field product,  did not exclude himself or his staff from the criticism. “Obviously this is an awful time, an awful time,” Collins said. “And I’ll tell you what, as I’ve said many times before, I’m responsible. I’m the manager of this team and I’m responsible for it.We didn’t coach, we didn’t manage and we didn’t play. It’s pretty simple. You go through stretches, this is one of them.” The next night vs the playoff bound Atlanta Braves club, the Mets won 12-2 and Collins made one minor change in the batting order, placing CF Angel Pagan in the 2 hole.  Terry then went more in depth about his blow up, I don’t think it’s ever effort. It’s obviously all the execution side. Sometimes that can go hand in hand, but I watch these guys work in the cage. I watch them work on the field. So it’s not the effort side. We just haven’t been executing at all. Anytime you don’t hit, the games can look slow. The games can look like there’s no energy…I talked to a couple of guys just about some things that have got to change a little bit, and they know it. They were as frustrated as I was. Make no mistake about it, these guys are proud. And nobody likes to play as bad as we played certainly in the last homestand.”

NEW EVERYDAY LINEUP: As of September 16th

SS Jose Reyes, Pagan, 3B David Wright, RF Lucas Duda, RF Jason Bay, 1B Nick Evans, C Josh Thole, 2B Ruben Tejada, Pitcher 

UPDATES ON SANTANA, DAVIS:  Mets ace lefty Johan Santana(shoulder surgery) will not pitch for the big club in 2011 but will throw a simulated game Sunday September 18th in Florida, then pitch in the Instructional League. The southpaw might pitch winter ball in his native Venezuela if he thinks it will help him get ready for spring training. Mets team physicians remain confident that Santana(11-9,2.98 ERA in 2010) will be ready for the start of the 2012 season. Meanwhile, 1B Ike Davis(Left ankle) was cleared to continue his rehab without surgery after an examination September 8th at the Hospital for Special Surgery. 

METS NOTES:  One thing for Mets fans to focus on is the National League batting title race. Reyes is hitting .334 and leads Milwaukee Brewers OF Ryan Braun by 4 points as of the start of action September 17th…. LF Jason Bay won the NL player of the week award September 12th after he  lead the majors in hits(13), total bases(24) and  doubles(5). He also drove in an NL-high 10 runs hi-lighted by a grand slam vs the Braves September 8th. The award was two straight for the Mets as Wright won the award last week and marked the 5th time Bay has won the honor with the 4 previous coming while he played for the Pittsburgh Pirates…. The 12-2 win September 16th was big for many reasons. It marked the first time the Mets scored 9 runs since August 6th while also setting a franchise record for runs at Turner Field. The Mets also matched their run total for their previous 5 games… LHSP Jon Niese(11-11,4.40) has not shown much improvement since straining his right intercostal muscle in August. Although the team has not placed him on the 60 day DL, he is not close to returning. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

September 6, 2011

Updates on Santana, Ike, Award for Wright

by @ 10:49 pm. Filed under 2011 Mets

Mets LHSP Johan Santana(Late 2010 shoulder surgery) threw another promising bullpen session in Miami September 6th and C Josh Thole liked what he saw. “He  might not be the same exact person,” Thole said afterward,”But I’ll tell you: The ball is coming out of his hand just as good as ever.” If the lefty feels fine when he wakes up Wednesday Santana will start a minor league game Friday September 9th at either Class A St. Lucie or Savanah. After that start, the Mets will determine what the next step in his rehabilitation is. He could join the big club, go to an instructional league in Florida or Winter ball in Venezuela. However, Pitching coach Dan Warthen stated that Johan will cease throwing November 1st then rest for two months before resuming his normal throwing program in January. 

GOOD NEWS ON IKE: 2nd year 1B Ike Davis(Left ankle) has improved enough to apparently avoid major surgery after missing  most of the year with a bone bruise in the joint suffered in May. After dealing with pain and little improvement or healing, he rested for most of August and recently increased his workout regime with no problems. Davis still has some tightness in the joint but will visit the Mets team doctors in New York later this week for a final check up to be cleared for nonsurgical rehab in the offseason. This injury was a huge set back for the club as Davis was hitting .302 with 7 home runs and 25 rbi in 36 games after hitting .264-19-71 in 147 games during his rookie season in 2010. A healthy Ike makes the Mets that much more dangerous.

WRIGHT IS RIGHT:   The Mets franchise player, 3B David Wright, won the National League player of week, receiving the designation September 6th, after leading the league in hits and doubles . In 8 games, he collected 13 hits and five doubles while driving 7 and collecting 21 total bases. Wright hit .500(13 for 26) with a .504 on base percentage as well. This mark the third time in his career that the third baseman has won the award. Wright has been incredible since returning from the disabled list July 22nd . Since then, he has hit .325 with 6 home runs, 31 rbi and 27 runs scored. The Franchise played in obvious pain with a stress fracture in his back thru May and the numbers do not lie. Pre-DL(39 games): .226, 6 homers,18 rbi, .741 OPS(.928 post DL), 7 multi hit games(15), 43 strikeouts(26).

METS NOTES: On September 1st, the Mets acquired RHP Adrian Rosario and LHP Daniel Ray Herrera from the Milwaukee Brewers to complete the mid-July trade from reliever Francisco Rodriquez. The 2 are among a list of 5 names from which the Mets could select after September 1. Rosario has reported to the minors and was switched to the bullpen in 2010 in Class A ball. Herrera has 115 major league appearances and has not allowed a run for the Mets in 3 games(2 innings) while K-ing two…. Cannot say enough about how much this team battles and what a job Manager Terry Collins and GM Sandy Alderson have done to put out a representable major league product in 2011 while also building for the future. Guys like Justin Turner, Ruben Tejada  and Nick Evans filling in all over the place after other bench guys like Daniel Murphy have season ending injuries. Incredible. Evans, by the way, has 7 multi hit games since August 23 and has driven in  

September 1, 2011

BREAKING METS NEWS: Einhorn, Team end negotations, Ownership exploring other alternatives

by @ 2:16 pm. Filed under 2011 Mets

Negotiations between the New York Mets and Manhattan based hedge-fund manager David Einhorn ended Thursday September 1st and the two sides could not reach an agreement. The original plan had the lifelong Mets fan paying $200 million for an unspecified minority stake of the club. which would give the cash strapped team i needed influx of cash. Currently, the Mets led by the Wilpon family ,are fighting a $1 billion lawsuit as a result of the Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme. 

METS STATEMENT: “The New York Mets’ Owners announced today that their period of exclusive negotiations with David Einhorn regarding a minority, non-operating interest in the Mets has expired and Ownership has decided not to extend the exclusive negotiating period any further. After months of negotiation, the parties were unable to reach agreement, and Mets Ownership has decided to explore other options. Ownership has provided additional capital to cover all 2011 losses and is moving forward with the necessary resources to continue to operate the franchise. Ownership will explore other strategic transactions and is under no financial pressure to do a deal on any particular schedule.”

EINHORN STATEMENT: “I am disappointed to announce that I will not be purchasing an ownership interest in the New York Mets baseball team at this time. It is clear that it will not be possible for me to consummate the transaction on the terms that the Sterling-Mets organization and I originally agreed to several months ago. The extensive nature of changes that were proposed to me at the last minute has made a successful transaction impossible.”

I want to thank the entire Mets organization and Major League Baseball for their efforts. This experience will always be a happy memory for me because of the Mets’ fans. A good number of you have reached out to offer me encouragement. I will always be touched by the warmth that you showed me.”

 

One major issue here according to this morning’s New York Post was Einhorn’s desire to become principal owner of the Mets. “Einhorn is pushing Major League Baseball baseball to pre-approve him as an owner of the baseball franchise, even though it will be five years before he has a shot at majority ownership,” The Post said. “Einhorn’s request for majority approval has become one of the key sticking points in negotiations that could drag on until November, sources said.” According to the same article, Einhorn’s request is “unprecedented.” Honestly, when compare his track record to that of the Wilpon’s, can you blame him? Listen, I am Michigan alum and the Wilpon’s have done tremendous things here but right now, I am not sure if it is in the best interest of the team, its fans or major league baseball that they continue to run this club. Heck, I am not sure if that is the best thing for Fred and his family! They are facing a billion dollar lawsuit. That would distract many people! 

The big question now is where do we go from here. The Mets have just lost $200 they were counting on. However, Adam Rubin of ESPN New York is reporting that Fred Wilpon and his family will sell small blocks of the team to family members and friends, offsetting the $200 million. The fact that we are talking about this on September 1st and not about the gritty overachieving team in Flushing is embarrassing. This years on field product has been fun to follow and watch it is sad that the players, Manager Terry Collins and GM Sandy Alderson have to answer these questions…. AGAIN. Sad state of affairs at Citi Field. 

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