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October 26, 2005

World Series and Free Agent Thoughts

by @ 12:15 pm. Filed under 2005 Season

Things are winding down and the season is almost over. The White Sox are one win away from taking their first World Series since 1917. Some of the individual games have been great to watch, but there hasn’t been much drama in many of the series. The Yankees/Angels went to five games, but other then that, the next closest series might have been the Astros/Cardinals which went to six games. If the White Sox win tonight, they’ll have gone 11-1 in the playoffs. Not too shabby for a team most people thought would finish in the bottom half of their division.

Next year marks the 20th anniversary of the Mets last World Series win. To relive the glory days, I’m going to do a day by day diary of the team. One of the people who has helped me a ton with blogging has been Brian over at Tigerblog, and last year, he did a day by day diary of the 1984 Tigers. He followed it up with a look at the 1935 Tigers and the 1975 Reds at Reds Cutting Edge. So if you want to check out what it’s going to be like, stop over at one of those two sites. In the meantime, I’ll continue with my series on Tom Seaver and by the start of the season, I’m hoping to have the blog on a dedicated URL.

The awards will be announced next month. I expect Pedro Martinez to finish in the top five for the Cy Young, but outside of that, you won’t see much activity for Mets players.

Priority number one is getting a good slugging first baseman in the offseason. Paul Konerko is expected to re-sign with the White Sox. Erubiel Durazo is available as well, and if healthy, could provide a much need punch to the lineup. Another option is bringing back Mike Piazza and once again trying to move him to first base. If not, Ramon Hernandez would be a nice fit for the team.
Outside of that, it’s slim pickings unless we make a trade. There’s a ton of relief pitching available, so hopefully we pick up a solid arm or two as well.

October 13, 2005

Playoffs

by @ 8:33 am. Filed under 2005 Season

Alright, I took my little break and I’m done brooding on the Mets. So far, the two playoff series, while they’re still early, are shaping up to be good ones. It’s kind of hard not to root for the White Sox or the Astros. Both have their own stories, and if they square off, we’ll see either a first every Astros World Series or the first World Series in 88 years for White Sox fans.

In the meantime, I’ll be watching some great baseball. Eventually I’ll get back to talking about the Mets, both past and present. Check back this weekend, and I’m sure I’ll have something ready.

October 2, 2005

Mets Win Fifth Straight Series

by @ 10:20 pm. Filed under 2005 Season

Nothing like a nice little run to end the season. While we lost the final game of the season to the Rockies, we took two of three to finish the season with 83 wins, tied for third place. This was supposed to be a team that would be contending for the championship, so third place doesn’t cut it.

What makes it even worse is, we were a game better then the Padres, and they’re in.

So while I’m happy the Mets didn’t lie down, I’m still a bit annoyed at the how the season goes. I’ll be piping in my frustrations in the weeks ahead, but tomorrow I’ll probably throw out some playoff predictions. I’m not even sure who I’ll be rooting for this year. Maybe the White Sox.

September 29, 2005

Blogger Problems

by @ 9:45 pm. Filed under 2005 Season

Thanks to a glitch, I lost my entire post that I had just spent time on. Looks like my blogging is going the way the Mets season did a couple of weeks ago.

My post in a nutshell, Mets took two of three against Phillies, costing them the wildcard. We’ll be tied for third when we’re done beating up on the Rockies.

Playoffs starting soon, something to get excited about. I just have to pick a team to root for.

September 25, 2005

Mets Sweep Nationals

by @ 4:58 pm. Filed under 2005 Season

I’m not sure what’s worse, having this late season surge when things obviously don’t matter, or if we’d played this way earlier in the month only to see the bottom fall out at the end. Either way, the Mets have put together an impressive run. They’ve won seven of their last nine games, they’re once again above .500 (barely), and they actually have a chance to pass the Marlins and finish in third place. All of these mean little though, because even if we win our last seven games, the Mets will still have underachieved this season.

Friday night’s game was a tight affair. The Mets jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the sixth on a two run single by Cliff Floyd. The score would remain 2-0 until the bottom of the ninth when Ramon Hernandez gave up a two run shot to Carlos Baerga to send the game into extra frames. Steve Trachsel saw his six solid innings go to waste (five hits, seven strikeouts).

The Mets wouldn’t take too long to answer. In the top of the tenth, Carlos Beltran hit a three run shot into the seats in rightfield and the Mets walked away with a 5-2 win. Aaron Heilman closed the game out and earned his second save of the season.

Yesterday, the score was the same (5-2) but without the drama. The Mets jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the top of the first inning mostly due to a David Wright grand slam. That cushion allowed Tom Glavine to coast to his twelth win of the season as he gave up two runs through eight innings of work.

This afternoon’s game provided some drama. With the game tied 3-3, the Mets took a one run lead in the top of the sixth on an RBI double by David Wright. The Nationals answered with two runs in the bottom of the seventh and once again, the Mets were down. It was David Wright again in the top of the eighth. He homered to tie the game, and Mike Jabobs followed it up with a solo shot of his own as the Mets took the lead. Mike Piazza homered two times earlier in the game to account for the Mets first three runs.

Kris Benson was roughed up, but for once, the bats were there. Aaron Heilman got into trouble in the ninth by walking two batters, but he escaped the jam and earned his third save of the season.

The Phillies are on deck this week as the Mets play their final seven games of the season. The Phillies won today, and the Astros are down so if that score holds, the Phillies will be a game back of the Astros for the wild card. Looks like we can play spoiler once again.

September 23, 2005

Mets Win Second Straight Series, Top Marlins in Dual of One Run Games

by @ 12:50 pm. Filed under 2005 Season

It’s nice to see that the Met’s aren’t going down without a fight. After their horrible run, they’ve now won their last two series. Heck, even Baseball Prospectus is giving them a very small chance at making the playoffs (right around a .001 percent chance).

All three games were one run games, and they beat the Marlins twice, hindering their chances of making the postseason. The Mets got off on the right foot Tuesday by edging the Marlins 3-2 in 12 innings. Everytime Florida scored a run, the Mets answered and an RBI walkoff single by Mike Jacobs won the game. Jose Reyes scored on a wild pitch in the fourth and Cliff Floyd drove in his 94th run in the bottom of the seventh. A.J Burnett had a no-hitter through six innings, and the Mets only managed four total hits, but they made them count.

Kris Benson had his best start in a while, but it was the bullpen that really shined. Five shutout innings by three different pitchers allowed the Mets to walk away with the win. Aaron Heilman walked away with his fifth win of the season.

Wednesday was another walk off win. Miguel Cairo singled home Jose Reyes in the bottom of the ninth to win it. The Mets had a 3-2 lead, gave it up in the eighth, then tied it in the bottom half of the inning. Jose Reyes scored two runs and stole two bases, and his season stolen base total is now up to 57.

Jae Seo was spotty but effective enough. Brandon Looper was shelled again and we needed Ramon Hernandez to pick up the pieces. He won his seventh game of the season.

Yesterday, the Mets failed to lock up the sweep. Despite another great outing by Pedro Martinez (who was held to 75 pitches), the Mets offense only managed one run on six hits. Ramon Castro homered in the third to account for the Mets only run.

The Mets travel to Washington to take on the Nationals this weekend. The Nats are on the outside looking in, and if we take two of three, we’ll pretty much end their playoff chances. At this point, playing spoiler is the only thing we have to look forward too.

September 18, 2005

Mets Win Meaningless Series

by @ 9:03 pm. Filed under 2005 Season

I guess I should be happy that the Mets FINALLY pulled together a series win. It’s been a couple of weeks, and frankly, it’s been tough coming back here and writing about the Mets’ woes. I’ve been doing this now for most of the season (mid-May), and I’m not quite sure how the great Mets’ blogs do it. But I’ve committed myself to plugging away, and even though the Mets are now done, I plan on doing some things in the offseason (continuing the Tom Seaver series and maybe a few more historical things along with tracking the Mets in the winter) so be sure to check back now and then.

Back to this weekend. The Mets got some great pitching in their two wins and this was the first case of that. Pedro was, well, Pedro. A six hit complete game shutout and he struck out ten. He improves to 15-7 and should get more Cy Young consideration then he’ll probably get, even though it’s hard to argue with Roger Clemens. In his seven losses, he’s had 1-3, 1-2, 2-3, and 3-4 games. He also has a 2-3 no decision, and he also had the game where the Mets gave up an 8-0 lead. On a “good” hitting team, he’s a 20 game winner. Heck, with the Cardinals offense, he’s more then that.

Yesterday we ran into Tim Hudson. In all, the Mets were held to seven hits, but three of those were homeruns. Steve Trachsel was less then stellar and the pen didn’t too much better.

This afternoon, Tom Glavine threw the gem against his old team. Six hits, and the only ding against him was a solo homer by Marcus Giles. The Mets scored all four of their runs in the fourth, and the rally was capped off by Cliff Floyd’s 32nd homer of the season, a new career high for him. Jose Reyes stole two bases and he’s now up to 54.

Florida is on deck this weekend, so we can still make our mark on the playoff picture by being the spoiler. We did tie the Brewers this weekend in the Wild Card standings, so I guess that’s some consolation.

Hang in there Mets’s fans.

September 15, 2005

Free Falling

by @ 5:17 pm. Filed under 2005 Season

The last few weeks have been rough. The Mets were so close, yet they’ve fallen so far. At this point, the Mets are in danger of slipping past the Reds who were one of the worst teams in the first half of the season.

Monday was more of the same. The Nationals jumped out to a quick 3-1 lead and the Mets just couldn’t get the bats going. In total, the Mets managed five hits, and one of the runs was driven in by Tom Glavine, who had a good start go to waste. His ERA is now down to 3.88, and he’s 10-13, so it’s apparant he hasn’t gotten much run support.

Yesterday, the Mets got a few more runs and few more hits, but so did the Nationals. Kris Benson continued his mediocre second half and dropped to 9-8. Carlos Beltran went three for four with two RBIs and Kaz Matsui scored twice.

Today’s game took the cake. Cliff Floyd hit a grand slam as the Mets came back from a three run deficit to take a one run lead. Brandon Looper put two men on in the ninth, and Kaz Matsui’s field error resulted in an unearned runs and extra frames. In the bottom of the tenth, Roberto Hernandez gave up a walk off RBI single to Vinny Castilla to wrap up the sweep.

The three losses now put us at 71-75 and it’s looking more and more like we’ll have a sub-.500 season. It’s time to do some venting, but I’ll save it for another time.

September 11, 2005

End Game

by @ 5:44 pm. Filed under 2005 Season

Well, there reaches in a point in a season where you go from believing the team has a shot to knowing they’re done. The Mets are done.

Prior to winning today, they had lost ten of eleven and it was only recently that they fell out of the race. Mostly because it was such a tight race and no team seemed like it was going to break from the pack. The losing caught up with them though and they now stand 5 1/2 games back of the Wild Card, tied with the Brewers. I hope the team will prove me wrong by going on a nice winning streak but I don’t see it happening. So, I’m tempering my expectations as the end of the season plays out.

The one good piece of news is Mike Piazza came back. Man, we could have used him last week, but it’s nice to see him in the lineup. Unfortunately, he got plunked in the head in his game back on Saturday and didn’t play today.

Thursday we were shut down by a guy who should be right there when the Cy Young voting wraps up. Chris Carpenter held the Mets to four hits, all of which were singles. Carlos Beltran had two of them. Kris Benson, who’s seemed luke warm recently, threw a decent game. Unfortunately, he’d need to be perfect to walk away with a win in this one.

Friday, a great start by Jae Seo went to waste. He had his first career complete game and he gave up only three runs on five hits. Jason Marquis was a just a bit better though as the Mets only managed two runs. Cliff Floyd went two for four with a run and David Wright drove in his 88th run of the season.

Saturday, we got to see the return, and departure, of Mike Piazza. He had a great first game back (two for three with a homerun) but then got beaned in the head. So far, it looks like Piazza will be ready to go Tuesday, but they left him out of today’s game as a precaution. Oh yeah, we lost, again.

Today was Pedro, who’s looked very un-Pedro like as of late. He got the job done today though, throwing eight innings in which he gave up only eight hits and two runs. Victor Diaz had a three run shot and Carlos Beltran hit his fifteenth homer of the season.

The Nationals are on deck, and while we’re out of it, we can still have an impact on the playoff picture. The Nationals are on the fringe of contention, and if we can take two of three, it could cost them a shot at the wildcard.

September 8, 2005

Finished

by @ 1:27 pm. Filed under 2005 Season

It’s almost sad when you’re excited about losing a series 2-1. That’s how I felt as I watched last night’s Mets game, although the Mets couldn’t even manage that. I no longer live in the area so seeing the Mets on ESPN or WTBS is a treat. Of course it’s only a treat when your team doesn’t lay an egg.

And that’s exactly what they did, and with it, their playoff hopes pretty much went out the window. They’ve won only three of their last twelve games and now sit five games back in the wild card race. The Mets are just as close to having the Brewers pass them as they are of slipping by the Nationals and it only gets worse because we head to St. Louis for a four game series against the best team in baseball.

Monday was the first of two games of the series decided by two runs. Carlos Beltran doubled home Jose Reyes in the first to give the Mets their only lead of the game. Homeruns by Andruw Jones and Chipper Jones cost Steve Trachsel the game in his second start back from surgery.

On Tuesday, we ran into John Smoltz in a battle of the aces. The odd thing about this game was none of the four runs were driven on hits. Three scored on groundouts and one was a sacrafice fly. Pedro looked mortal by giving up three runs through six innings of work.

Last night was the game to cry over. The Mets scored two runs in the first inning (one on a Cliff Floyd ground out and one on a David Wright single). The Braves finally got on the board in the fifth, but otherwise, Tom Glavine looked like the early 1990s version of himself. Roberto Hernandez came in to finish up the eighth, and heading into the ninth, the Mets had a one nothing lead.

In comes Brandon Looper, who gives up a game tying double to Ryan Landgerhaus. The Mets actually get a run in the tenth to take the lead again, only to see Brandon Looper load up the bases. Takatsu ended up serving the two run single to Langerhaus, but the runners were originally put there by Looper. He now has seven losses and six blown saves. Not the kind of numbers you want from your closer.

Baseball Prospectus has us down but not quite out. They’re giving us a 5% chance of making the playoffs. They need to take three of four from St. Louis. Anything less, and it’s basically the end of the season.

And yes, I’m hanging on longer then most are. I just think if the Mets can put together a five game winning streak, they’ll get right back into the mix.

Mike Piazza might actually make it back soon, at least that’s what Will Carroll mentioned in a recent Under the Knife. And the Norfolk Tides are down 1-0 in their playoff series to the Toledo Mudhens. At least somewhere in the country someone affiliated with the Mets is playing for something.

September 5, 2005

Hanging On

by @ 8:53 pm. Filed under 2005 Season

The Mets have lost three straight series, and two of those were against teams that were ahead of us in those Wild Card standings. The only good thing is, we didn’t get swept in either series, and by pulling out those single wins against the Phillies and the Marlins, the Mets have been able to just hold on to a chance at the Wild Card.

Friday, the Mets ran into Dontrelle Willis. They only managed eight hits and only one of those was for extra bases (a double by David Wright). Victor Zambrano got roughed up for twelve hits in five innings of work. Only four Marlins crossed the plate though, so it’s not like he pitched the Mets out of the win. Willis won his nineteenth game.

Saturday’s game was the tough. The Mets jumped out to a 4-2 lead which included a two run Cliff Floyd homer. Kris Benson was awesome through six innings, but he got roughed up in the seventh inning. The killer was a bases loaded/clearing double by Miguel Cabrera that put the Marlins up by a run (at this point, the pen, i.e. Juan Padilla, was in the game). The Mets got nothing in the final innings and walked away with a loss.

Yesterday, Jae Seo saved the day. He’s been the best Mets pitcher over the last few weeks, and that’s with some tough competition in Pedro Martinez. Seo went seven innings and gave up only one run on five hits and he struck out six. Carlos Beltran, Cliff Floyd, and David Wright all drove in two runs in the rout.

Today, the Mets lost to the Braves, so we’re now three games out of the Wild Card spot. The Nationals passed us, so we once again we have four teams in front of us. The Astros are up 4-1 against the Phillies, and if that stands, the two teams will flip flop in the standings (right now, the Phillies are a half game ahead of the Astros). If the Phillies come from behind, we’ll then be 3 1/2 games back, so I’m rooting for the Astros (today).

Still no Mike Piazza. Ramon Castro has done his best, but we need our big bat back. Will Carroll hasn’t mentioned anything about Piazza, although he did say that Trachsel is being inserted into the rotation to give Pedro an extra days rest.

September 1, 2005

Wrong Direction

by @ 9:25 pm. Filed under 2005 Season

Things started out so good. Some good relief pitching and a big three run homer by Ramon Castro put the Mets a mere half game back of the Phillies. You know things are bad when your worst pitching outing is the one in which Pedro pitches.

Yesterday’s game started off innocently enough. The Mets gave Pedro Martinez a two run cushion on a Cliff Floyd RBI single and a Ramon Castro solo homer. Then in the fourth, Ryan Howard homered off of Pedro. No big deal, right? Two innings later, Chase Utley went yard to tie the game up. Then in the seventh, the Phillies tagged Pedro for two more homers, and the score was 5-2. The Phillies added three insurance runs (which they didn’t need) in the ninth off of Heath Bell. The Mets managed a grand total of six hits in the game.

This afternoon, things were even worse. Tom Glavine had a very nice game, but he would have had to have been perfect to walk away with a win. He went seven and gave up two runs on three hits with four walks and six strikeouts. This time the Mets only managed four hits, and the only run scored on Kaz Matsui’s ground out.

Ten hits in two days isn’t going to cut it. The only consolation is that a bunch of runs didn’t go to waste yesterday. The loss might have been even more annoying had we scored six for Pedro and still lost. Of course those three runs in the ninth might not have played out had the Mets had the lead.

So the Mets are 2 1/2 games back of the Phillies with the Astros and the Marlins in front of them. The Nationals (yes, they’re still hanging around) look like they’re going to lose, so they should drop a half game back of the Mets.

Another huge series is on deck this weekend. The Mets host the Marlins, who are a game ahead of the Mets and a game and a half back of the Phillies. Two out of three means we tie one of the teams ahead of us, and possibly more. A sweep would be huge.

Mike Cameron was placed on the 60 day disabled list, so as expected, his season is done. The bigger concern is Mike Piazza’s hand, which appears to be healing slower then expected. We need all of the offensive help we can get, so hopefully that situation changes soon. We’ll probably get another report from Will Carroll on the situation tomorrow.

August 31, 2005

Ramon Castro, National Hero

by @ 6:42 am. Filed under 2005 Season

Mike Piazza might be on the disabled list, but his backup, Ramon Castro, has made the most of his time as the starting catcher. Down 4-3, Castro hit a huge three run shot in the bottom of the eighth to push the Mets over the Phillies. Also give some credit to the bullpen. They pitched four shutout innings after the Phillies roughed up Seo.

With the win, four teams stand in a virtual tie with 62 losses. The Mets and Astros are technically a half game back of the Marlins and Phillies, and then right behind them are the Nationals with 63 losses. A win by the Mets tonight and a loss by the Marlins will put the Mets in first place (possibly a tie with the Astros).

There was a period of time in late July when I thought the Mets were out of it. What a comeback though, and without Mike Cameron and Mike Piazza, it makes it all that much more impressive.

August 28, 2005

Blown Opportunity

by @ 8:53 pm. Filed under 2005 Season

The bad news is, the Mets scored a grand total of three runs this weekend. The good news is, we actually walked away with one win. At this stage of the season, every game counts. When you play the mediocre teams like the Giants, you have to come out of that series with at least two of three. Granted, the Mets are missing two of their better hitters, but they have the talent to win.
On Friday, Steve Trachsel made his season debut and what a debut it was. He threw eight innings of two hit ball and struck out six. David Wright accounted for all of the Mets offense with a solo shot in the second. Brandon Looper got the job done with a one run save, his 27th save of the season.

Yesterday, the Mets could only garner four hits off of Jason Schmidt. Jose Reyes scored (after tripling for the fourteenth time this season) on a grounder by Kaz Matsui to account for the only run, and a solid start by Tom Glavine (six innings, four hits, two runs) went to waste.

Today was more of the same. Carlos Beltran scored on a wild pitch but that was the lone Met to cross the plate. This time it was Noah Lowry who shut us down. Kris Benson threw a good which meant nothing.

Mike Piazza returns on Thursday, so he’ll catch the tail end of a very important series. Regardless of whether the Phillies win or lose tonight (they’re tied 2-2 against the D-backs as we speak), they’ll be in sole possession of first place for the Wild Card. Beginning Tuesday, we host those Phillies so while every game is important, this series is simply huge. We could potentially be in lead going into Friday’s game (although that’s unrealistic because that would mean the Marlins and Astros would both have to go on big skids) or we could be five and a half games back (with a very limited chance of making the post season). Winning two of three is a realistic goal, so that’s what this Met’s fan is hoping for.

August 26, 2005

Mets Roll Through Phoenix With Four Wins, Improve Playoff Chances

by @ 12:21 pm. Filed under 2005 Season

Not a bad start to the Mets big road trip. Four games in Phoenix, and four wins. It doesn’t get much better then that. They got some great pitching and some timely hitting in this series

Tom Glavine evened his record to 10-10 in the Monday game. He yielded only five hits through eight innings of work and he struck out five. On offense, Jose Reyes and Victor Diaz both hit solo shots and Cliff Floyd drove in two runs. Brandon Looper saved his 25th game of the season.

Tuesday was the first blowout. Victor Zambrano threw eight quality innings but that was lost in the 14 run, 17 hit barrage. Juan Castro drove in five runs with his two hits and David Wright continues his impressive sophomore campaign with three hits and four runs. In all, six Mets had multihit games.

If you thought 14 runs was a lot, then you’d be even more impressed with the eighteen they scored on Wednesday. This time the Mets racked up twenty hits and four Mets had at least three hits. Jose Reyes homered, had three hits, three runs and four RBIs. Mike Jacobs was even more impressive. He homered twice, had four hits, five runs and four RBIs. David Wright had two solo homers and he scored four runs. Jae Seo had another impressive start as he gave up only seven hits and two runs in seven innings of work.

Things were a bit tighter yesterday but Pedro Martinez came to the rescue. He threw six innings of two hit ball before yielding to the pen. The Mets only managed five hits but they made them count. Victor Diaz had a solo homerun and a sacrafice fly and Cliff Floyd had two hits and a run. Brandon Looper saved his 26th game with a perfect ninth inning.

So things are looking good. We’re now tied with the Marlins and the Astros at a game and a half back of the Wild Card leading Phillies. Baseball Prospectus is giving us a 39% chance of making the playoffs, which is very solid and is the best of any team outside of the current division leaders. The Giants are on deck for a three game series, so hopefully we can keep up the winning, despite not having Mike Piazza and Mike Cameron in the lineup.

August 21, 2005

Mets Blow Eight Run Lead on Saturday, Take Series Against Nationals

by @ 9:56 pm. Filed under 2005 Season

Talk about a roller coaster weekend. Friday we had a classic pitchers dual. Jae Seo was once again nearly unhittable as he threw eight shutout innings and gave up only four hits. All that, and he didn’t have a lead until the seventh inning when Victor Diaz drove home Ramon Castro for the only run of the game. Mike Piazza was still absent after fracturing his hand. Jose Reyes went four for four with three stolen bases.

Then came Saturday. I’m so glad at times that I live out of town. I probably would have been watching this game on TV and would have destroyed that television at some point in time in the ninth inning. The Mets rushed out to an eight run lead after three innings with three big homers. Ramon Castro and David Wright hit three run shots and Jose Reyes had a two run homer. Pedro Martinez cruised through six innings, and in what was a smart move, pulled him after 78 pitches with a nice comfortable eight run lead.

Ahem. Danny Graves comes in and gives up five runs, two hits and two walks while getting only one guy out. Jose Reyes’ throwing error only helped Graves out in the statistical category because four of those five runs were unearned. By the time the Nationals were done, the Mets had a two run lead.

And that disappeared in the ninth. Brandon Looper gave up a two run double in the ninth, and before you knew it, the Mets were in extra frames. I would have liked to be in Pedro’s head while all of this was going down. Fortunately this story has a happy ending. In the bottom of the tenth, Chris Woodward singled home Gerald Williams, and the Mets walked away with a win. One they may not have deserved, but a win none the less.

Today, Kris Benson got shelled. He’d been as good as you’d want out from your number two guy, but he gave up six runs on eight hits before getting pulled with two outs in the first. Pinch hitter Mike Jacobs made his major league debut by hitting a three run homer and we’d score another run in the ninth, but this game was over with early. Jacobs was called up because Mike Piazza was put on the disabled list.

No Mike Cameron, and now we’ll be without Piazza for at least another week and change. The news keeps getting worse. The good news is, we’re only three games out of the Wild Card. We still have four teams in front of us, but we’re not out of it yet. And if we can bridge that gap, the NL East title might be within reach because we only trail the Braves by six games, and they’re losing to the Padres tonight.

It’s also not a good time to start a west coast (sort of) swing. We travel to Arizona to play four so we’ll have to contend with the heat. Then we go to Pac Bell for three. Neither of these teams are particularly good, but whenever you travel like that, it’s an uphill battle.

August 19, 2005

Carlos Beltran Returns, Piazza Goes Down As Mets Take Two of Three Against Pirates

by @ 9:53 am. Filed under 2005 Season

The Mets keep hanging in there. This week they took two of three from Pittsburgh, with the one loss coming against the undefeated Zach Duke. We also saw the return of Carlos Beltran, but now Mike Piazza is possibly on the shelf after leaving Tuesday’s games with a broken hand.

Kris Benson started the series off on a great note. He went seven innings and gave up only seven hits and two runs to improve to 9-4. Equally as impressive is his 3.49 ERA for the season. Roberto Hernandez and Brandon Looper combined for two shutout innings and Cliff Floyd’s two run shot in the eighth inning gave them plenty of insurance.

On Wednesday, Carlos Beltran was back in the lineup for the first time since his collision with Mike Cameron and Mike Piazza was out because of the broken hand. Once again, our starter really got the job done. Tom Glavine threw seven innings and gave up only one run on nine hits. David Wright and Jose Offerman both had two run singles and Beltran went one for two with two runs and a stolen base.

Yesterday we ran into Zach Duke. In all, the Mets only managed three hits and one walk. Carlos Beltran did go two for three, but he was left on base both times. Victor Zambrano threw six innings and “only” gave up one walk.

So, at the end of the day, we’re now three games back for the Wild Card. We still trail four teams, but the leader is no longer Houston. Philadelphia now tops the chart. And this weekend we have a huge (although you can say at this point that every series is huge) three game series against the Nationals. Two of three is neccesary, and a sweep would push us right over the Nats.

August 14, 2005

Mets Come Up Short Against Dodgers

by @ 9:32 pm. Filed under 2005 Season

At this point in the season, every game counts. That’s why today’s almost no-hitter turning into a loss was very tough to take. As it stands, we’re still there for the Wild Card, but we need to win these games.

In case you missed it, Pedro Martinez was five outs away from a no-hitter. Not only did he give up a hit to Antonio Perez, but the next hitter, Jayson Werth, took Pedro yard for the game winning run. The Mets managed ten hits, but only one crossed the plate.

Thursday was definitely the biggest disaster. If you haven’t seen “The Collision” by now, you haven’t watched TV since then because it was on just about every station. I ended up seeing it on CNBC of all places. Mike Cameron is on the DL and I’m afraid he’s out for the season (at least) and Carlos Beltran hasn’t played since then either.

All of that carried into a tough loss on Friday. The Mets were up 6-3 only to see the Dodgers tie it up and send the game into extra frames. Then in the tenth, Brandon Looper gave up the walk off homer to end the game. Victor Diaz, who was called up after Cameron went on the DL, hit two homers and drove in three runs. David Wright had two doubles and two RBIs.

Yesterday, Jae Seo did yet another Pedro impersonation by throwing a gem. Eight innings, five hits, one run and six strikeouts. Ramon Castro and Gerald Williams homered and Jose Reyes stole two bases.

The loss today puts the Mets four games back of the Astros with three teams, all from the NL East, ahead of them. They get a day off before hosting Pittsburgh. Two of three, even without a Pedro start, is a must. We have to take care of business against the bottom dwellars, especially on our home turf. The big series is this weekend when we square off against the Nationals. Hoping Beltran will be back by then and we can move up the food chain.

August 12, 2005

Carlos Beltran, Mike Cameron Collision

by @ 6:45 am. Filed under 2005 Season

I just saw the highlights on CNBC. Very nasty collision, and I hope both of our guys are okay.

The Mets lost the game and the series last night. I’ll report on this later today.

August 10, 2005

Jose Reyes’ HItting Streak Snapped

by @ 10:00 pm. Filed under 2005 Season

It was a nice run, but Jose Reyes’ 20 game hitting streak ended yesterday. During the stretch, he went 34 for 91 (.374) and he raised his batting average from .261 to a much more respectable .280. He scored 16 runs and stole 11 bases.

Hopefully he can start up another one tonight. The Mets need to win.

August 7, 2005

Mets Trying to Finish Sweep

by @ 10:08 pm. Filed under 2005 Season

It’s amazing how one weekend can change your perception. I was very close to giving up on the Mets, but they’re in the process of finishing a sweep of the Cubs as we speak. It’s a special treat because I no longer live in the New York area and I’m getting a chance to watch my team.

Friday we saw the return of Nomar Garciaparra to the Cubs lineup. Fortunately for the Mets, he went 0 for 4. Tom Glavine threw eight solid innings, but it was the bats that brought this win home. Jose Reyes set the stage by going three for five with two runs and two stolen bases. Carlos Beltran had three hits and both Mike Cameron and Cliff Floyd drove in two runs.

Yesterday, it was pitching. Jae Seo was pretty stellar. He gave up only four hits through 7 1/3 and he combined with three other relievers to notch the shutout. David Wright and Carlos Beltran drove in the only two runs of the game.

This evening, the Mets have a solid 5-0 lead through six innings. They chased Carlos Zambrano out after only three innings (80 pitches) of work and the other Zambrano is throwing a gem. Victor has a three hitter going. David Wright has three RBIs.

Assuming the Mets hang on, they’ll be three games above .500 and 6 1/2 games back of the Braves. They’ll still be in last place, but things are very tight with regard to the Wild Card. The Astros are still playing well, but they’re not red hot like they were in July. The win tonight will put them three games back with four teams ahead of them. Three of those four teams are NL East teams.

And to make matters even worse, the Mets would be a game ahead of the division leading San Diego Padres if they played in the NL West.

August 4, 2005

Hanging by a Thread

by @ 9:41 pm. Filed under 2005 Season

The Mets fell back to .500 today with a loss to the Brewers. Things are not looking good, but lets first take a look at what transpired this week.

While it wasn’t pretty, things got off on a good note Tuesday in the series opener. The Mets were down by three runs when they had a nice three run rally in the seventh to tie it. Roberto Hernandez tried to give the game away in the ninth by giving up a solo homer, but Mike Cameron picked him up by hitting a solo shot of his own to send the game into extra frames. In the bottom of the eleventh, Mike Piazza drew a bases loaded walk (would that be a walk off walk?) to end the game. The Mets used six pitchers, and four of their relievers threw at least two innings because Victor Zambrano was knocked out of the game in the second inning.

Yesterday, the Brewers turned the table. This time we had a 4-2 lead courtesy of some solid pitching by Pedro Martinez. While he wasn’t perfect, he held the Brewers to three runs through seven innings and he struck out eight.

The pen was also less then perfect, and it cost the Mets the game. Once again, Roberto Hernandez gave up a run as the Brewers tied it, and then in the top of the ninth, Brandon Looper gave up two runs and suffered his fifth loss of the season. Jose Reyes extended his hitting streak to 16 games by getting a single in the bottom of the ninth and Cliff Floyd hit his 25th homer of the season.

Today’s game was tough to take. Very tough to take. The Mets entered the ninth with a 9-7 lead when the Brewers busted the game open with five runs in the ninth. Once again it was Roberto Hernendaz. In the three games he pitched in, he lost one and blew another save.

Mike Piazza had a huge game. He homered and drove in five runs. Carlos Beltran hit his 13th homers, and Mike Cameron hit his 12th. Jose Reyes extended his hitting streak to 17 games.

The Braves look like they’re going to win tonight, so the Mets are down by 8 1/2 games. At this point, I think winning the division is a tad unrealistic. They’re 5 1/2 games back of the Astros for the Wild Card with the Astros still having to play tonight. This weekend we square off with the Cubs, who are right there in the middle of the chase for the Wild Card. We need to win at least two of three. If the Mets lose another series and the Astros win another, I think our goose is cooked.

July 31, 2005

Mets Stick to Guns at Trading Deadline But On Losing End Against Astros

by @ 9:59 pm. Filed under 2005 Season

Unless you count signing Wil Cordero big news, the Mets did little at the trading deadline. Which is probably fine, because they now have a very tough road to making the playoffs. After losing two of three to the Rockies earlier in the week, the Mets needed to bounce back to stop some of the other teams in the mix from passing them.

They did the exact opposite. They lost the first three games against the Astros, and like the Rockies series, limped in to win the final game to avoid getting swept. In the three losses, they managed only four runs and were shutout once.

So, now we’re back to eight games out in the NL East and we’re also back in last place. We’re four games back of the Astros for the Wild Card spot, which is probably what we should be shooting for. Nobody ahead of us made a major trade either, so it looks like we’ll all be working with basically what we’ve had all season.

The Brewers are on deck. To say we need to win two of three is important is an understatement. Every series is big. They get a day off tomorrow to travel back home, and then hopefully they’ll be able to get back down to business.

July 28, 2005

Mets Salvage Series With Final Game Win Over Rockies

by @ 9:09 pm. Filed under 2005 Season

I hate these kind of series. The Mets were rolling and they went to Colorado, home of the worst team in the National League. And they lost not just one game, but two games and the series.

Monday, Tom Glavine was tagged for five runs (four earned) and eight hits through six innings as he slipped below .500 (7-8) on the season. The Mets only gave him three runs on six hits though. Jose Reyes had two hits and Mike Cameron and Mike Piazza doubled, but that was the extent of their offense at the Coors Field launching pad.

Tuesday’s game was almost as bad because the Mets staged a late comeback, only to fall short. The Rockies jumped on Kaz Ishii for four runs in the first three innings as the Mets fell behind 4-1. The Mets creeped back into the game with David Wright homer in the seventh and a Jose Reyes RBI double to cut the lead to a single run. Unfortunately the Mets couldn’t get Reyes home, so the comeback fell short.

The Mets finally got some offense yesterday from two unlikely sources. Marlon Anderson hit his second and third homers of the season and Ramon Castro hit his third homer and drove in three runs. The Mets big inning came in the fifth when they put six runs on the board. They doubled three times that inning.

Fortunately, nobody else in the division did much in their opening series of the week. The Mets actually passed the Phillies to move into third place and they now trail the Braves by five games. They have a 1-0 lead tonight in their series opener against the Astros, so hopefully that will turn into a win. The Mets are also only three games back of the Nationals for the wildcard.

July 25, 2005

An Inch at a Time

by @ 1:13 pm. Filed under 2005 Season

While Friday’s game was a tough one, it was nice to see the Mets take care of business at home against a struggling team. With the emergence of Kris Benson, it’s not having a one-two punch where you know more times then not you’re going to walk away with two wins.

And Benson really got it done yesterday. Eight shutout innings in which he only gave up four hits and a walk is about as good as you can ask. Had his pitch count not gotten towards the upper end of what he’s used to (125 pitches) he probably would have come out and finished the game out. The Mets bats weren’t asleep either. They racked up six runs on twelve hits. Mike Piazza hit a two run homer and also had an RBI single. Carlos Beltran was two for four with a triple.

Saturday’s game was nice because for once, it was the hitters bailing out Pedro instead of Pedro bailing out the offense. A three run first inning put the Dodgers ahead early, but by the end of the third, the Mets had tied it up. The Dodgers took a 4-3 lead in the fourth and a 5-3 lead in the sixth but the Mets stormed back with four runs in their last three innings to give Pedro his twelth victory.

Pedro’s line looked pretty mortal. Seven innings, eight hits, two walks and five runs. He also only struck out four. Jose Reyes had a monster game. Four for five with three runs, two RBIs, and his tenth triple of the season. He also stole two bases, and in all, the Mets swiped five. And while we’re probably off the triples/walk watch (10/14), you have to give credit to Reyes for providing a lot of offense when the Mets really needed it.

In Friday’s game you have to give credit for the comeback, even if they came up short. The Mets went down 6-0 in the top of the fifth, but stormed back with five in their next two innings. Unfortunately the Dodgers pen is still very solid even with out Gagne, and once the struggling Jeff Weaver was pulled, the bullpen held the Mets scoreless over three innings.

The Mets scored all of their runs via the homer. Doug Mientkiewicz hit a two run shot, and Carlos Beltran went yard with a three run shot.

With the Nationals still struggling, things are really starting to tighten up again. The Mets are in fourth, but they’re only three and a half back. Only four and a half games seperate first and last so you’d think everyone would be buyers as the trading deadline looms.

July 21, 2005

Making a Move

by @ 9:08 pm. Filed under 2005 Season

The Mets roughed up the Padres in the opening series of the week. Riding a Sunday win over the Braves, the Mets got a solid start from Kris Benson to keep the Mets in the game until Chris Woodward hit a two run walk off homer in the eleventh. Credit the bullpen in this one as well because they went four innings and only gave up one hit. Brandon Looper walked away with the win after pitching a perfect tenth and eleventh.

Yesterday’s game was a little cleaner as Tom Glavine threw a nice game. Six solid innings from him allowed and four runs in the first three innings by the Mets offense were the difference makers. All Stars Mike Piazza and Carlos Beltran both hit homers and Jose Reyes stole two bases and now has 30 on the season.

This afternoon’s game was a cake walk. Kaz Ishii threw six shutout innings before yielding to the pen to complete the shutout and the Mets put twelve runs on the board. Jose Reyes had a really nice game as he went three for five with two RBIs, two runs and a stolen base.

The four game winning streak has put the Mets three games above .500. They’ve also passed the Marlins and Phillies to move into the third place. They’re now only 5 games back of the Nationals but I still think the Braves are the team to beat. The Mets are also now in second place for the Wild Card spot, so we always have to keep that in mind.

I think we definitely have to be buyers at the trading deadline. We could use another quality arm in the pen (although they have done well lately), but we also can’t make a move like we did last year by giving up one of the top pitching prospects. Scott Kazmir hasn’t lit it up this year, but he probably would have helped if we decided to go to a six man rotation to give Pedro some rest.

The Mets host the struggling Dodgers this weekend. Two of three is the way to go, but as always, I’ll take a sweep.

July 18, 2005

Mets Settle for Split

by @ 9:16 pm. Filed under 2005 Season

Leave it to Pedro Martinez. The Mets needed a win yesterday to salvage a split with the Atlanta Braves, and like he’s done all year, he’s delivered. Pedro’s line included six shutout innings, two hits and five strikeouts. Three different relievers pitched the final three innings, and with only 61 pitches, Pedro earned his eleventh win.

Mike Cameron had a pretty big day. He’s been in an extended hitting slump (his average has dropped to .269 when it was around or over .300 through the end of June), but he hit a two run homer and had three hits. In all, he drove in three runs.

Jose Reyes scored three runs and stole his 27th base.

The win put the Mets in a tie with the Marlins at seven games back. The Mets have actually picked up a few games on the Nationals (who have lost seven of their last ten), but they need to bridge that gap even more. The trade deadline is coming up, and we need to figure out of if we’ll be buyers or sellers.

The Padres are on deck tomorrow. Two of three would be nice.

July 16, 2005

Lack of Offense Costs Mets

by @ 10:08 pm. Filed under 2005 Season

Hand it to the Braves pitching. When you can only manage one run over two games, it’s not going to lead too many games as the Mets couldn’t build on their win just after the All Star Break.

To make it even worse, our pitching has been awesome. We lost Friday night by a score of 2-1, and then today we lost 3-0. One of Tom Glavine’s best starts of the season went to waste, as did Victor Zambrano’s today. The Met’s sole run was David Wright’s third homer of the season.

The Mets can still salvage a split tomorrow as Pedro goes up against Mike Hampton.

July 14, 2005

Back to Business

by @ 8:58 pm. Filed under 2005 Season

The boredom of the this year’s All Star Break has come and gone and now it’s time to get back to work. The Mets have a huge series against the Braves the rest of this week (which is also huge because I can see the games on TBS) and once again they really need to win three of four to make some gains in the division.

And so far, David Wright is trying to do it all by himself. The Mets trail 3-2, but Wright has two solo homers. Kris Benson has thrown seven very solid innings (7 strikeouts) so hopefully his good performance won’t go to waste.

July 10, 2005

Mets, Pedro Salvage Final Game of Series, Avoid Sweep

by @ 10:47 pm. Filed under 2005 Season

Leave it up to the ace. I guess this is why we pay him the big bucks. Pedro ended a two game mini-skid with a strong seven innings outing. He yielded only a single run on five hits, and he struck out nine. Roberto Hernandez and Brandon Looper both struck out two batters in their respective innings.

Jose Reyes had a big game as he went four for five. He scored twice and stole his 26th base of the season. Carlos Beltran hit his 10th homer of the year.

The first two games of the series weren’t nearly as pleasant. The Pirates edged the Pirates 6-5 in extra frames on Friday. On Saturday, Kaz Ishii lost his eighth game as the Pirates ran up the score and beat the Mets 11-4. Cliff Floyd, who is definitely the Met’s offensive MVP, hit his 22nd homerun.

Once again, the Mets are in cellar. They are right at .500 (44-44), but they’re eight games back. They’re 6 1/2 back for the Wild Card, so they have a long way to go.

Good luck to Mike Piazza and Carlos Beltran on Tuesday. I’ll be watching the game as usualy.

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