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December 30, 2008

World Baseball Classic

by @ 12:52 pm. Filed under 2008 Mets

With Mets star 3b David Wright set to play for the United States in the 2nd annual World Baseball classic, I will be covering Team USA for the site.

Quick run down of the players who have come aboard to play for Manager Davey Johnson.

Accepted-

 

SP John LackeyLos Angeles Angels of Anaheim

SP Roy OswaltHouston Astros

RP Joe NathanMinnesota Twins

1b Kevin YoukilisBoston Red Sox

2b Dustin PedroiaBoston Red Sox

OF/3b Ryan BraunMilwaukee Brewers

SS Derek JeterNY Yankees

OF/3b Chipper JonesAtlanta Braves

C Brian McCannAtlanta Braves

CF Grady SizemoreCleveland Indians

SS Jimmy RollinsPhiladelphia Phillies

3b David WrightNY Mets

Inf/OF Mark DeRosaCleveland Indians

 

Declined –

1b Ryan Howard- Philadelphia Phillies

OF Josh HamiltonTexas Rangers

OF Nick MarkakisBaltimore Orioles

SP CC SabathiaNew York Yankees

SP Brandon WebbArizona Diamondbacks

SP Cole Hamels-Philadelphia Phillies

RP Brad LidgePhiladelphia Phillies

SP Josh BeckettBoston Red Sox

 

Waiting for decision-

SP Roy HalladayToronto Blue Jays

SP Jon LesterBoston Red Sox

SP Tim Linecum- San Francisco Giants

C Joe MauerMinnesota Twins

 

My wish list- 

Add 2 of those 3 starting pitchers above, Boston closer Jonathan Papelbon, Mets set up man JJ Putz, Toronto Blue Jays BJ Ryan and free agent reliever Brian Fuentes would make a strong bullpen. Indians AL CY Young winner Cliff Lee would round out the starters. Lineup wise, Free agent Adam Dunn would be an ideal DH, while Oakland A’s LF Matt Holliday and Phillies OF Shane Victorino would be great OF additions. Add Mauer to give them a great tandem at C. I would make one last phone call to a man that drives fear into every pitcher around the world…. Barry Bonds!!! 




Andruw Jones and other rumors…

by @ 12:29 pm. Filed under 2008 Mets

Lots of media reports linking the Mets to a trade of Los Angeles Dodgers (Long time Atlanta Brave) free agent disaster, CF Andruw Jones. The clubs discussed Jones at the Winter Meetings but nothing came of it. Does not make sense for the Mets(Carlos Beltran in center with long term deal) or LA.(would probably get Mets 2b Luis Castillo back and they do not have a major need at 2b).

Look for the team to make contract offers to starting pitchers Derek Lowe, Oliver Perez and Randy Wolf in the next week or so. Team was loosely linked to Boston Red Sox signing, starting pitcher Brad Penny.

December 26, 2008

Next Move?

by @ 9:25 am. Filed under 2008 Mets

The next signing or trade by Mets GM Omar Minaya would more than likely involve a starting pitcher. Numerous media outlets have the club in deep discussions with veteran right hander Derek Lowe(Previously pitched for the LA Dodgers and Boston Red Sox) as well as veteran lefties Randy Wolf(ex Dodger and Phillie) and the Mets own Oliver Perez. The club has 3 strong starters returning in Johan Santana, Mike Pelfrey and John Maine.

December 23, 2008

Weekly Update-Wright to WBC,etc

by @ 11:55 am. Filed under 2008 Mets

Happy Holidays to everyone….

With all of the excitement about the bullpen upgrades of the past 2 weeks,(K Rod signing,Putz trade) I failed to mention the minor trade of LH relief specialist Scott Schoeneweis(and cash) to the Arizona Diamondbacks for relief prospect Connor Robertson.

In the news of the week, Mets star 3b David Wright committed to playing in the 2009 World Baseball classic for Team USA. He is the 7th player to sign on, joining Cleveland Indians CF Grady Sizemore, New York Yankees SS Derek Jeter, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim starting pitcher John Lackey, reigning AL MVP 2b Dustin Pedroia of the Boston Red Sox and Atlanta Braves 3b/OF Chipper Jones and C Brian McCann. The team will be managed by Mets legend Davey Johnson, who led the the great mid 80s Mets clubs , notably the 86 World Champions.

December 17, 2008

Mets news

by @ 5:35 pm. Filed under 2008 Mets

K Rod introduced at the  Citi-Field complex today— sounds very excited about his new team and could not stop smiling at the presser. JJ Putz intro Thursday….Rodriquez, Manager Jerry Manuel and Pitcher John Maine joined  starter Mike “Santa” Pelfrey at the club’s annual Christmas Party.

Lots of questions and concerns from readers and listeners about the unfortunate scandal involving Mets ownership and Bernard Madoff, who stands accused of swindling hundreds of millions of dollars($50 billion estimate) from his clients. Club COO Jeff Wilpon stated today that the club or any of the baseball related ventures will not be affected. He also strongly denied the club is for sale.

December 12, 2008

Great Mets article…

by @ 11:49 am. Filed under 2008 Mets

While taking time out from cursing our new favorite Phillie, Cole”The Mets are chokers” Hamels, check out Jayson Stark’s great column on espn.com— Mets now have terrific twosome in Pen. Great information!!

Note to Mr. Hamels– He pitches in the National League! You hit in Shea Stadium, Cole! Hope you guys practice ducking in spring training! Have a nice season of at bats vs the Mets pitchers!!! Valuable prizes to anyone who can tell me the ML record for Hit by pitch in a season……

December 11, 2008

How things change!!!!

by @ 8:27 am. Filed under 2008 Mets

In the span of 3 days, a major weakness is now a team strength for the New York Mets , thanks to the work of GM Omar Minaya and his staff. In a stunning follow up to the signing of record breaking closer Francisco Rodriquez, the team have acquired Mariners all star reliever JJ Putz in a 3 team trade that involved 12 players. New York moved RP Aaron Heilman, folk hero OF Endy Chavez, LH Jason Vargas and 3 minor leaguers. The club received RRP Sean Green and OF Jeremy Reed in the package as well.

Putz(6-5,3.88,15 for 23 in save chances) will serve as a set-up guy for K Rod and features scary stuff with a high 90s fastball and elite drop off slider. He was among the top closers in the game in 07 but battled rib cage and elbow injuries last year. He is a team leader and NY fans will love him. Reed was a top prospect in both the Mariners and White Sox system that can play all 3 OF slots. Green looks like a 6-7th inning reliever. 

Just a great week so far for the club, hats off to management!

December 9, 2008

K Rod deal official

by @ 1:31 pm. Filed under 2008 Mets

3/37 as reported—- Francisco Rodriquez is now the New York Mets closer. Good job by Minaya but much more work to be done. Starting pitcher, 8th inning set-up guy, Leftfield and a 2nd baseman should be his next targets.

Mets find closer?

by @ 8:28 am. Filed under 2008 Mets

According to several sources, the Mets are about the finalize a deal with Angels record setting closer Francisco Rodriquez(62 saves in 2008). Contract is in the 3 yrs/37 million dollar range.

May 6, 2008

Mets Defeated By Diamondbacks 10-4

by @ 8:03 am. Filed under 2008 Mets

Diamondbacks ace pitcher Brandon Webb continued his joy ride this season by picking up his seventh win and continue to stay undefeated. Webb didn’t have his most impressive victory, giving up a season high four runs, but through the six innings he pitched, he let the Diamondbacks batters get the job done. Webb’s 7-0 start was the fastest start by a Diamondbacks pitcher since Randy Johnson in 2000. The Mets didn’t have much going for them- they totaled six hits and the pitching staff gave up 15. It was a rough game, coming over a nice victory the night before. Final score was Diamondbacks 10 Mets 4.

The surprising star of this years team is right fielder Ryan Church. He once again put up a two-hit game to increase his batting average to .330, but he was the only player who got multiple hits on the team. Carlos Delgado gave Arizona a little scare when he hit a three run homer in the fifth to make it 4-5, but after that nothing else went right and they didn’t score any runs. Jose Reyes got on base once from earning a walk and stole his eighth base of the season.

Starting pitcher Mike Pelfrey lost his second game in a row with basically identical stats in both games: Pitching five innings-to a little above five the first game, giving up nine hits, five runs, one walk and striking out one. After that the pitching went fairly well to say the best, but when reliever Duaner Sanchez came in the eighth inning, he didn’t fare very well. He quickly gave up four hits and five earned runs and was taken out after giving up singles to the first three hitters he faced, then threw a wild pitch to get a run in, and the gave up another single and then a walk. Not his best game.

None of the Mets played like they did the night before. Although they slowed down the best pitcher in the league, they couldn’t capitalize. Star Johan Santana will try to earn his fourth win as a Met when they play the Diamondbacks the next day.

May 5, 2008

Mets Take Out Diamondbacks Behind Reyes Near Cycle

by @ 4:12 pm. Filed under 2008 Mets

The Mets quickly and consistently beat the Arizona Diamondbacks feeding off all-star shortstop Jose Reyes who was a home run short of the cycle. Starting off from the first inning, Reyes hit a triple and never looked back. At the end of the day he went four for five and had two triples; his last one, which took place in the eighth inning, he tried to go home and complete the cycle but was thrown out at the plate on a perfect throw. The Mets constantly got hits from most of the starters and the pitching went smoothing as well and they beat the Diamondbacks 7-2.

Besides the highlight reel provided by Reyes, the rest of the team got eight hits that totaled 12 all together. Ryan Church went 2-4 with a double and home run to give him three RBI’s for the night, and David Wright went 3-5 with a double and two RBIs. Moises Alou played his first game of the season, off the DL and had a RBI single. Reyes and slumping Carlos Beltran each stole a base.

John Maine was the starting pitcher for the Mets and got his third win of the season pitching six innings and giving up six hits and two runs, while striking out six. The bullpen, who consisted of Joe Smith, Pedro Feliciano, and Duaner Sanchez, handled the rest of the game only giving up one hit and zero runs. The pitching was very good in this game holding one of the hottest teams with some of the hottest hitters, to only seven hits.

This was a great game for the Mets, beating one of the best teams in the league and roughing up Diamondbacks starter Micah Owings, who was undefeated until this game. For such a complete player, Beltran has not been holding his own for the Mets only batting .204, which is unlike him as he is known as one of the best in the game. The Mets are now 15-12 and look to take the Diamondbacks again on Saturday.

April 22, 2008

Mets Second Week Of The Season 04/08 – 04/13

by @ 7:35 am. Filed under 2008 Mets

The Mets home opener ended the same way they finished off last season. Losing to the Philadelphia Phillies. On April 8th, the Mets were defeated by the Phillies 5-2. The Mets were up 2-0, thanks to a home run by Carlos Delgado and a RBI by Ryan Church that sent in Carlos Beltran who doubled a few batters before. But later in the game the Phillies put some numbers on the board, scoring three runs in the seventh and two in the eighth to give them the victory. Mets pitcher Oliver Perez pitched 5 very good scoreless innings and came away with the no decision, but it was reliever Scott Schoeneweis who ended up with the loss pitching in the seventh and givin up those three runs to lose the game. This was not a very good game for the Mets. They wanted to come in to Shea Stadium with a bang and they just didn’t make it happen. Second basemen Luis Castillo left after the fourth inning with soreness in his surgically repaired right knee and will most likely take a day off to rest and will probably help the soreness. He was replaced by Damion Easley he did not get a hit. The Mets look to come back tomorrow and hope to show the home fans what they’re really about.

On Wednesday May 9th, the Mets got their first win at Shea Stadium this season. Mike Pelfrey got his first win of the season pitching five solid innings and the Mets beat the Phillies 8-2. Surprisingly the Mets only had five hits compared to the eight hits that the Phillies accounted for. But the stat that stood out the most was the nine walks and four errors the Phillies gave up that led to six unearned runs by the Mets. This was quite a sloppy game on the offensive end for New York, but the bullpen was what held them in there only giving up three hits in four innings and not giving up any runs. Damion Easley started at second in place for injured Luis Castillo, going 1-3 with two RBI’s and one run. One key player wasn’t in the lineup for the Phillies… think his name is Jimmy Rollins. Oh yeah, the 2007 NL MVP. Without their star, Philadelphia looked completely lost in the game and clearly aren’t meshing well. This win for the Mets stopped a three game skid and ended a nine-game losing streak to Philadelphia. The Mets go for their second straight win against the Phillies tomorrow at home.

On April 10th, the Mets once again beat the Philadelphia Phillies- without Jimmy Rollins. Starting pitcher John Maine, pitched 5 good innings only giving up one run and the bullpen did there job to beat the Phillies 4-3, in a game that went to 12 innings. The Mets batters were much more productive getting nine hits but had only four runs. Funny how that works. Angel Pagan led the way going 3-5 with two runs and one RBI. With two outs in the 12th, Reyes doubled off Tom Gordon and Pagan grounded a single to center. Center fielder Jayson Werth’s made a good throw home and a very close play on the speedy Jose Reyes, who slid around catcher Chris Coste and appeared to touch the plate with his left hand just before Coste applied the tag. Rollins did get his chance to pinch hit in the ninth inning but Billy Wagner struck him out.

On the 11th, Mets beat the Milwaukee Brewers 4-2. Long time hometown fan, Nelson Figueroa, was the starting pitcher for New York and had his first win of the season. Figueroa pitched six good innings and only gave up two runs. The Mets had eight hits and an RBI each from Angel Pagan, Carlos Delgado, Damion Easley, and Raul Casanova. Pagan and David Wright each had two hits and were the only Mets players that had more then one hit. Wright, Delgado, Carlos Beltran, and pinch hitter Endy Chavez provided the four run for the Mets. The bullpen was excellent in the 7th, 8th, and 9th inning, not giving up any hits, walks, or runs. This 5-4 team needs the bullpen to play like this to make a September run.

Johan Santana didn’t get the start at Shead Stadium he wanted. It was a showdown between Santana and Milwaukee Brewer’s ace pitcher Ben Sheets and Sheets took the W and defeated Santana in his home debut. Neither star pitched that well, but Sheets pitched well enough in his 7+ innings giving up five hits and three earned runs. Santana was pulled a little bit into the 7th inning after he gave up a home run to Gabe Kapler to make the score 5-2. He finished his day by giving up six hits and three home runs to go with his four earned runs. The final score, Milwaukee Brewers beat the New York Mets 5-3. The Mets didn’t get the bats needed to overcome Johan’s sub-par performance only getting five hits including David Wright’s home run that brought in two batters, but that seemed to be the only thing that went right for them. All-Star shortstop Jose Reyes missed the game after finding out he had a mild strain in his left hamstring and is listed as day-to-day; Damion Easley filled his place and went 0-4. It’s still the beginning of the season and the Mets are at .500 with a record of 5-5, but have yet to find a constant base for the pitchers and batters to mesh in the same games. The Mets play the Brewers again tomorrow at home and will try to prevent a two game skid.

The Mets finished off there home series against the Brewers on April 13th on a unfortunate note. In a game that totaled 25 hits, the Brewers once again defeated the Mets by a score of 7-9. This was a very exciting game and a game that both teams starting pitchers weren’t very happy about their outing. Brewers pitcher Jeff Suppan only lasted four innings letting up nine hits and six earned runs, and Mets pitcher Oliver Perez gave up similar stats after pitching to three Brewers in the fifth and finished his day by giving up nine hits and six earned runs as well. The Mets took a good lead at the end of the third by a score of 6-2, but then the Brewers scored four runs in the 4th inning, two in the 6h, and one in the 7th, to secure the win. All of the starting players for the Mets had at least one hit besides first baseman Carlos Delgado. Angel Pagan, Luis Castillo, Ryan Church and Damion Easley, who filled in for Jose Reyes again, had two hits, and Brian Schneider provided three hits. David Wright got his second home run in two days. Like I said in my last game post, the Mets have yet to mesh their pitching with their hitting. Very Explosive on the bats, poor performance from the starting pitching and reliever Jorge Sosa who got the L, pitching 1+ innings letting up two hits and one home run to go with his two earned runs.

April 13, 2008

Mets 04/01 – 04/06

by @ 7:01 pm. Filed under 2008 Mets

I apologized for the lack of posts but I’m back and am going to summarize the Mets first week of the MLB season (not including opening day.)

On April 1st, the Mets didn’t get the start they wanted from Pedro Martinez. That was because 57 pitches in to the game, he limped off the mound. After retiring Matt Treanor in the fourth inning, Pedro grabbed both his midsection and lower back region and after talking with Mets manager Willie Randolph and team medical officials, was taken out of the game. It was later found out that he had a strained left hamstring. Besides the loss of Pedro, the Mets unfortunately came up short in the 10th inning losing to the Marlins 4-5. Florida came out swinging right out of the gates getting two runs in each the first and second inning but the Mets came back scoring three runs in the fourth and one in the fifth to tie the game at four. Neither team could capitalize the rest of the game so it went in to extra innings. After the Mets couldn’t get any runs on the board in the top of the 10th, Marlins third baseman Robert Andino hit a home run with two outs in the bottom of the inning to win the game. Reyes, Castillo, Wright, Delgado, Church, and Pagan all got one hit and catcher Brian Schneider got three hits to lead the team. Wright, Delgado, Church, and Pagan were the players who provided the runs. After Pedro’s bad start giving up four hits, two home runs, and four earned runs, the bullpen played great only giving up one hit and zero runs until Matt Wise gave up that home run in the 10th for the loss. That was the only hit he gave up. The Mets hung in there but it was an unfortunate ending to a long game.

On April 2nd, the Mets redeemed themselves by putting a whooping on the Marlins beating them 13-0. Oliver Perez was great pitching six shutout innings, only giving up five hits and one walk, and striking out eight. After Perez, the bullpen was awesome only giving up one hit to go along with two strikeouts. On the offensive end, Ryan Church and David Wright each homered, Carlos Beltran had three doubles and the Mets racked up 17 hits. A very impressive stat was that besides the pitchers, every player who started on the Mets, tallied at least one hit. A very impressive win for the club. This victory showed how good offensively the Mets can be and the pitching is for real.

On April 5th, the Mets moved to their next destination, Atlanta, to play the Braves. The outcome wasn’t as successful as the last game. Mets starting pitcher John Maine only lasted four innings giving up eight hits and four runs, and the Mets were beaten by the Braves 11-5. The Mets got a total of ten hits so the bats held up their own, but the bullpen was awful giving up seven hits and seven earned runs. The big play of the game happened in the bottom of the seventh inning when the Braves were leading 5-3, Atlanta’s pinch-hitter, Kelly Johnson, hit a two out grand slam to break open the close game and extend the score to 9-3. Some small stats– David Wright was 0-for-4, ending his 20-game hitting streak that began Sept. 19, 2007. Clearly not an area of concern while he is still batting .353. After this game, Carlos Beltran was hitting a team best .438 and had six doubles to lead the MLB in that category. This was a very poor outing from the pitching crew. The boys are very inconsistent and need to improve in many areas. The Mets finish their last game on the road against the Braves before they return to New York for the home opener.

On April 6th, the Mets did basically the opposite at Turner Field then they did the day before. Johan Santana had a very good seven innings only letting in one run but the run support was not there. The game turned into a pitchers battle when John Smoltz, who made his first start after opening the season on the disabled list, pitched five very good scoreless innings and earned the win by beating the Mets 3-1. The Braves completed the mini-sweep and the main reason they won was because they got the runs when they had the chances. The Mets did only have five hits compared to Atlanta’s eight, but the real stat was how many men were left on base. The Mets had 14 compared to the Braves seven. Weird the say but the best hitter on the Mets was probably Santana. He was one for two with a double. Very solid stats for a pitcher. The Mets finished off their road game series on an unfortunate note and with a record of 2-3, but look to start new when they play their home opener on April 8th against the Philadelphia Phillies.

April 2, 2008

Mets Opening Day

by @ 5:01 am. Filed under 2008 Mets

Johan Santana insisted he was nervous before the Mets season opener. He didn’t look like it at all. Johan came to shine in his first game as a Met and pitched seven great innings in the Mets win over the Florida Marlins with a score of 7-2, striking out eight and only giving up three hits and two earned runs. Besides the dominant play of their star pitcher, the Mets did the job hitting the ball too by getting ten hits and seven runs and only striking out three times. This was a great game played by the Mets and a big win to start the season.

The Mets hitting was very successful. The big three- Jose Reyes, David Wright and Carlos Beltran- did their part as they each got two hits. Reyes was 2-4 with one rbi and one run scored, but surprisingly was caught stealing in his first attempt this season and only attempt in the game. Wright was 2-4 with two doubles and one walk. His biggest play of the night was his double in fourth, when the bases were loaded sending home all three, which made the score 5-0 at that point. Beltran was 2-5 and his two hits were doubles as well, while only scoring one run. Newcomers Angel Pagan and Ryan Church each had one hit, one rbi, and one run. Very good numbers for a six and seven hitter. One of Pagan’s hits was a double and also had a walk. Carlos Delgado and Brian Schneider each were hitless, although Delgado got walked once, while Luis Castillo, the number two hitter in the rotation, was 1-3 with two walks, one run, and one stolen base. Santana didn’t have a great hitting performance going 0-3 with one strikeout leaving two on base, but no one is holding it against him because, one- he’s a pitcher and two- he made up for it by his wonderful pitching performance.

Besides Santana’s strong performance, the bullpen did their job only giving up two hits (all by reliever Matt Wise) and zero earned runs. After Santana’s seven innings, the eighth inning was split by Wise, Scott Schoeneweis, and Jorge Sosa who all did very well. The game was secured in the ninth inning when Aaron Heilman closed it out with two strikeouts. The pitching crew in this game was wonderful only giving up five hits and two earned runs.

This was a great way for the Mets to start their season, Santana was dominant and the players did a great job on the offensive end. All together it was a good victory over a young team and a great showing by the new look Mets. They played the Marlins again yesterday, which will be the next post.

February 10, 2008

The Mets want a Ring

by @ 5:01 pm. Filed under 2008 Mets

We all know how it ended. The Mets crashed, burned,broke our hearts, and for some of us, our will to live. But there is a new hope, and his name is Johan Santana. Down the Stretch the pitching was horrific, we couldn’t hold a lead even if the opposing team quit after the 7th inning stretch. The only thing the Mets could hold at seasons end was there bag of trash from there lockers. But Johan, marks the turning of the tide. Regarded as perhaps the best left handed pitcher in baseball, Johan is now the king of queens. The Amazing’s locked him up for 6 years at 137.5 million.

The front office isn’t playing games anymore and Willie knows the pressure to win now is guarnateed. With the addition of Johan and perhaps the most potent line up in the National League anything but a trip to at least the playoffs, will constitute the season as a complete failure. Mets fan will not tolerate a loser, and I think this deal sends a message to Mets players and fans, that the time to win is now.

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