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August 22, 2012

BREAKING METS NEWS: Team shuts down Santana for the season

by @ 1:43 pm. Filed under 2012 Mets

The Mets shutdown ace lefty Johan Santana(6-9,4.85 ERA in 21 starts) for the the remainder of the 2012 season with a stiff back, that will not require surgery. After missing more than a full season after major shoulder surgery late in the 2010 campaign, the southpaw was outstanding early, going 3-2 with a 2.38 ERA in his first 11 starts. Santana threw the first no hitter in franchise history June 1st but used 134 pitches to do it. Mets Manager Terry Collins was concerned postgame about the toll the performance would have on his star. The stats support his train of thought as the Lefty was destroyed, going 3-8 with a 8.27 ERA in 10 starts. An ankle sprain further hindered Santana recently and he was placed on the DL before returning last week. Over his last 5 starts, Johan was 0-5 with a 15.63 ERA. The Mets have recalled pitching prospect Collin McHugh from Triple A to fill the spot in the rotation. In his final 5 Triple A starts, He has gone 2-2 with a 2.45 ERA and 52/19 Ks to walks ratio.

August 20, 2012

Back Soon…

by @ 4:17 pm. Filed under 2012 Mets

Been dealing a serious illness to my Guinea Pig, Lucifer, so will not have a full column this week. But the Mets have been busy– acquiring a solid major league catcher in veteran Kelly Shoppach from the Boston Red Sox and the team announced it will use 6 starting pitchers for the remainder of the season. Due to the recent struggles of ace Johan Santana and health concerns with fellow Lefty Jon Niese(never finished a ML season healthy), this is a good move. Swingman Jeremy Heffner will man the 6 spot and R.A. Dickey will stay on normal rest, pitching every 5th day.

August 13, 2012

Byrdak lost for the season, Jason Bay benched, Johan Santana destroyed in return

by @ 12:48 pm. Filed under 2012 Mets

The Mets bullpen lost a key cog with the news that veteran lefty specialist Tim Byrdak will miss the rest of the season due to a tear in the anterior capsule of his throwing shoulder. The 38 year old will undergo surgery in the coming days and the procedure could end his career, due to the seriousness of the injury. The southpaw was 2-2 with a 4.40 ERA and 1.17 WHIP. Byrdak had a team high 17 holds, striking out 34 in 56 games(30 and two third innings). A popular jokester and team leader, the reliever is a big loss on and off the field. Current New York starters Johan Santana and Chris Young both had similiar injuries but had different recovery times. Johan missed 20 months while Young was back in a little more than a year(13 months). Mets team doctor David Altchek will perform the surgery, interesting to note that Altchek operated on both Santana and Young as well.

Mets skipper Terry Collins has removed struggling LF Jason Bay from the starting lineup and will play him only against select lefties. In the 3rd season of a free agent contract, Bay is hitting onlu .157 with 5 homers and 11 rbi. For the most part, the Mets outfield will consist of Scott Hairston, Mike Baxter or Jordany Valdespin at the corners and red hot Andres Torres in Center. I have written or said this 500 times but for the life of me cannot understand what has happened to Bay, who is a good guy and was a great player. Sad to see for both the person and franchise.

Mets ace Johan Santana(6-8,4.58) has clearly paid the price for tossing the 1st No Hitter in Franchise history June 1st and we have statistical evidence. After throwing 134 pitches vs. the St. Louis Cardinals, he has gone 3-6 with a 7.98 ERA in 44 innings over 9 starts. In his 1st start from returning from the DL due to sprained ankle, The Southpaw was hammered by the Atlanta Braves for the 4th time this season. In the 9-3 loss Saturday night August 11th, Santana allowed 8 runs over 1 and third innings. Santana and Collins both claimed he is fine and cited rust as the cause. Over his last 4 starts, the lefty was 0-4 with a 17.36 ERA(27 earned runs in 14 innings). Keep in mind that the Braves have had his number all year. In 4 starts vs. Atlanta in 2012, the ugly stat line: 0-3,12.79 ERA in 12 and two third innings. Santana had a similiar outing in Georgia in April, when he was touched up for 6 runs(4 earned) in 1 and a third innings on April 17th. The good news? Santana seemed to be free and easy with good velocity.

METS NOTES: Lefty Jon Niese has really stepped up over his last 13 starts, pitching at least six innings in each contest. As beaten and battered as the rotation is, this could not come at a better time. It also keeps a team weakness(the Bullpen) off the field!!!!…. 2nd year INF Ruben Tejada has been a godsend for this team and leads major league shortstops in both batting average(.321) and On-base(.368) as of August 12th… The Mets opened the season 4-0 vs the hated Braves but have dropped to 1-7 since…2B Daniel Murphy has hit .350 at Citi Field as of August 12th… The Mets have lost 5 home series in a row…. CF Andres Torres played great defensively and has picked it up with the bat as of late. He hit .311(.400 On base) in July with 10 runs in 61 at bats. In August, he is hitting .281(.378 OB) with a homer and 6 rbi in 32 at bats.

August 5, 2012

Props to a special friend and site, Team appears to have survived losing skid, Frank Francisco Back, Johan Close, Mike Baxter’s incredible night, Byrdak DL-ed, Edgin impresses

by @ 12:55 pm. Filed under 2012 Mets

First of all, want to give a major shout out to one of my online buddies who covers the greater NY-NJ Metro sports region and is also a diehard Mets fan. Christine Firko has an amazing site she updates often at sportsgirl247.com, a great blend of news,opinions and humor. I check it out daily and you should as well! Remember-sportsgirl247.com!

Just when many had them dead, the Mets have gone 6-4 in their last ten and played solid ball on a 3 city West Coast road trip. The pitching-particularly the rotation- has picked it up while the hitters have put together walks and hits to score enough runs. After an awful July, Mets skipper Terry Collins appears to have saved a sinking ship and has the team playing competitive ball. The last 2 months here are key for 2013– the team should use these games to analyze what players will be key components heading forward in 2013 and beyond. This group has some talent and can compete in the near future with some good moves in the offseason and strong internal player development.

PITCHING MOVES: Closer Frank Francisco rejoined the team this weekend and earned a save in his 1st appearance, Saturday night August 5th vs the Padres in San Diego. Big Frank was DL-ed with a side-oblique strain and not coincidentally, the Mets slump started about the time Francisco went down(June 23rd). To open a roster spot, lefty specialist Tim Byrdak was placed on the DL with sore left shoulder. Rookie Josh Edgin, who has been impressive since being recalled from Triple A, will now be elevated to a much bigger role in the pen. The talented lefty has been dominant at times in his 1st major league season, going 1-0,2.25 ERA in 12 games with 19 strikeouts. Edgin looks like a keeper and should be a big part of the relief corps for years to come.

SANTANA SET TO RETURN: Ace lefty Johan Santana(ankle) is scheduled to throw 45 pitches in a rehab assignment for Brooklyn Sunday August 5th. He will throw another 45 pitches later this week and should be good to go to start vs the Braves next Saturday, according to Collins. This is very good news for a Mets starting staff that is currently down 3 of the men who broke camp with the big club in April. Adding Santana both on the mound and in the locker room should give this club a huge boost.

BAXTER’S BIG NIGHT: OF Mike Baxter set a team record when he drew 5 walks in 5 plate appearances during Saturday night’s win in San Diego. I say this all the time and will continue to say it: The Kid can play and needs to be a part of this team heading forward…. Speaking of players who should be part of the team’s future, 2B Daniel Murphy has really been on fire. After hitting .360 in July, He is at .600 for August. On the season, Murphy is at .307 and is among the top 5 in the league with 33 doubles. He has 3 4 hit games since July 20th and has improved tremendously with the glove at 2nd base…Meanwhile, big righty Jon Rauch( a legit 6’11 by the way) has been pitching lights out since June. Over 23 appearances, he has allowed 5 earned runs,four walks and K-ed 13 over 17 1/3 innings. In July, he was dominant,posting a 1.17 ERA in 11 games(7 and 2/3 innings) and so far in August Rauch has not allowed a run in 2 games.

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