Saturday, August 3, 2013
As for Wilmer Flores, he doesn't have an exact position on defense and as one tweeter suggested, the Mets may want to keep his trade value high by leaving him down on the farm where he has excelled offensively. Right now he's a solid prospect, exposing him too soon to the majors where he could falter in a short stint may move teams to write him off as a bonafide big leaguer much quicker.
Sunday, June 9, 2013
Ike Davis, Mike Baxter, and Robert Carson have been demoted to Las Vegas making way for Josh Satin, Josh Edgin, and Colin Cowgill. Nothing to really get excited about. Two-thirds of this trio have already had their share of trials and tribulations earlier in the season. Edgin and Cowgill made the Opening Day roster but weren't able to stick. As for Satin, he's a 28-yr-old minor leaguer still trying to prove that he belongs on an MLB roster. So why the change in personnel?
Sunday, June 2, 2013
Who are these Marlins? Marcell Ozuna, not yet a household name, is one of them. These Marlins don't roll over and boy can they hit. With 16 hits on Sunday, 10 of those hits against phenom Matt Harvey, the Marlins are good. When they play the Mets that is. The Marlins now have 16 victories, 6 of them against the Mets.
When the most entertaining aspect of a 3-game series occurs when Keith Hernandez blurts out from his microphone, "my pencil disappeared," during Sunday's broadcast you can imagine what transpired in Miami this weekend. Maybe the Mets were trying to save their precious 1962 season of futility when they lost 120 games. With this weekend's sweep of the Mets by the Marlins, Miami's pursuit of that record has been derailed at the moment.
I've said it before with this Mets team and I'll say it again. To find any enjoyment from this season you're going to have to find small positives to get you by. Ike Davis had a solid 2-for-4 with a HR and 3 RBI.
Mets have now lost 3 after winning 5. Ouch!
Saturday, April 20, 2013
Earlier today, Hefner and Laffey's sub-par performances against the Washington Nationals pretty much reinforced that point. Hefner was lifted for a pinch-hitter, Ruben Tejada, in the bottom of the fourth after giving up 3 runs on 4 hits, two of those hits being home runs, raising his earned run average on the young season to 7.07. The decision to pinch-hit for Hefner paid off for manager Terry Collins. Tejada would eventually work out a walk and prolong the inning allowing Tejada to score one of the Mets five runs that inning that gave the Mets a 5-3 lead.
With the Mets now on top, Collins would hand the ball off to Laffey hoping to keep the game in check.That theory would prove to be wishful thinking as the southpaw would go on to surrender a three-run homer to Nats first baseman, Adam LaRoche, in the top of the fifth inning, putting Washington up 6-5. (Laffey's pitching line today, 0.2 IP - 2 hits - 3 runs - 3 ER - BB - HR - 7.20 ERA)
The Mets would go on to tie the score at six in the bottom of the seventh on John Buck's 21st RBI only to see that lead evaporate when reliever Josh Edgin coughed up a solo shot to Bryce Harper in the top of the eighth inning putting the Nats up to stay, 7-6.
Sunday, April 14, 2013
There have been many others, popular Mets pitchers, who adopted creative monikers that stuck. David Cone was referred to as "Coney" and Sid Fernandez earned the right to be called "El Sid". There was "El Duque" for the age-less Orlando Hernandez and "Kooz" for Jerry Koosman, who without a doubt was part of that one-two punch along with Seaver of those late-sixties, early-seventies Mets teams.
Francisco Rodriguez enjoyed a hyphenated alias as "K-Rod" and the originator of "Ya Gotta Believe," Tug McGraw, was known to fellow teammates simply as just "Tug,"- how he arrived at that nickname is another story altogether.
There were also others like John Candelaria who started just three games for the Mets back in 1988, having acquired the nickname "The Candy Man," and Frank Viola, who enjoyed some success as a member of the Mets as well as one of the more clever nicknames with "Sweet Music." For the more contemporary New York Mets fan, there's "Big Game Ollie" for the enigmatic left-hander Oliver Perez and "Big Pelf" for 6'7" Mike Pelfrey.
So I ask you, what nickname would you give to Harvey? I have already toyed with, "Matt the Magnificent." Not bad? Let me know in the comments.
Saturday, March 23, 2013
No telling when Mets Santana will be ready to pitch again...NY Post (Dan Martin)
"I just don't know when I'm gonna be pitching again, coming into Spring Training I felt great...I was very excited about it and then everything changed in whatever, a few days."
Martin writes that Santana had no regrets about stepping on the mound March 3, the day after GM Sandy Alderson doubted his offseason workout program.
Johan unsure when he'll return to the mound...mets.com (Anthony DiComo)
Santana insisted that he is not worried about missing a significant chunk of the regular season. "It's not as strong," Santana said of his shoulder, "I'm just building up my strength."
DiComo writes that Santana's decision not to participate in any pitching activity after the offseason, opting instead to rest his shoulder may have led to the present state that Santana now finds himself in.
NY Mets ace Johan Santana sounds resigned to an extended rehab in Florida, admits shoulder 'not feeling good'...NY Daily News (Kristie Ackert)
"Every day we make sure that we have a good day so tomorrow we come back and do it again until we can do it without any problems."
Ackert writes that Santana is only doing loss toss at 90 feet. Before he would get on a mound, he would need to feel strong at almost double that distance.
"It is slower but I am making progress, we'll see," Santana said. "Right now I'm just building up and go one day at a time."
Sunday, February 17, 2013
"It was something stupid," Byrd said. "Whether I was trying to cheat or was not trying to cheat, it was a banned substance. It was not a steroid. But, again, you take something on the banned list you're going to get caught. As simple as that."
Byrd technically didn't miss any major league games last year because he had been released by the Boston Red Sox prior to his suspension. MLB decided to honor his absence from the game as compensation for the suspension. Byrd will be allowed to play at the start of the 2013 season granted he makes the opening day roster for the Mets.
If he's able to return to the All-Star form of 2010 which produced 170 hits leading to a .293 batting average for the Chicago Cubs, Byrd could be a very interesting story line for the Mets this season. Byrd also had 39 doubles, 12 home runs, and a .346 on-base percentage that year while playing in 152 games.
For a team like the Mets who are desperate for veteran help in their outfield, Byrd could be the perfect match as an everyday player in right field or even center field. Mets manager Terry Collins doesn't just see Byrd as a platoon player, he feels that the veteran outfielder could very well land a spot as an permanent fixture in his outfield.
"If you're talking about a guy who's in this camp who has a chance to make a huge difference, it might be Marlon Byrd," Collins said. "This guy was one of the best players in the National League not too long ago. If he's the same player he was in Chicago, we may have found ourselves a right fielder."
Sunday, February 10, 2013
It really doesn't matter if the substance he took is or isn't a steroid or if that substance was or wasn't banned at the time...the telling point is that Piazza was looking for an edge and he was willing to find that edge through means that were frowned upon by his fellow peers, this has to come into play when judging his character, as for the HOF, if it's strictly numbers than he should go into the hall, no problem, but as we've seen from the recent HOF voting, this isn't the case
Saturday, January 26, 2013
Some obvious signs that it's a bad idea, the Mets would have to backload the contract and fight to keep their first round pick in this year's draft.
Bourn is currently 30 years old and if John Heyman's facts are even remotely close (5 yrs/$13 M per year), the last two years of the deal would most likely be another salary dump.
Also, Bourn's positives are strictly speed, he doesn't hit for power, his RBI numbers tell me he's more of a complimentary player than a guy who's going to save your outfield, and "what-do-ya-know" he bats left-handed.
I say hold on to the draft pick, you've already convinced your fan base that 2013 is a pipe dream.
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Saturday, August 18, 2012
On last night's edition of NY1's Sports on 1, host Kevin Garrity read my email in which I felt that Santana's struggles of late were due to the fact that his fastball and changeup were essentially the same pitch.
Throughout his career, Santana has lived and died by his ability to fool hitters with his changeup. For the changeup to be effective, Santana's fastball would have to hit around 93 mph not 90. Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen would most likely agree. After last night's game, Warthen proclaimed that Santana was not in "terribly strong pitching shape" and that his rehabilitation which began in mid-December was starting to wear on the veteran left-hander.
"It's just a matter of building that arm strength up, because we saw a vintage Johan for three innings," Warthen said.
Santana held the Nationals batting order perfect through the first three innings until the bottom of the fourth when he surrendered three consecutive singles that was capped off by a grand slam home run by Michael Morse that put Washington up, 4-2.
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
On last night's podcast, I had mentioned that David Wright went 0-for-10 this past weekend with five strikeouts. Furthermore, for the month of July, Wright struck out 27 times in 25 games. Looking back on the previous months of the season, April, May, and June, the Mets third baseman accumulated just 14, 16, and 11 strike outs, respectively, in about the same number of games.
SNY's Keith Hernandez has suggested that Wright's swing involves a little more of an uppercut that what Mets fans are used to seeing. From my standpoint, I've noticed that his plate coverage has diminished. Pitchers have been able to exploit the outside of the plate causing Wright to swing and miss.
Could this be a case of the dog days of summer taking its toll on the Mets slugger or are Mets fans in for more of Wright's strike outs in the coming days?
Thursday, August 2, 2012
Jon Niese earned his eighth win of the season by allowing just one run in seven innings. Niese surrendered just three hits. He walked two and struck out five.
The bullpen led by Tim Byrdak, Jon Rauch, and Bobby Parnell held San Francisco scoreless in the eighth and ninth innings. Parnell earned his fourth save.