Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Thinking Like a GM....

So, as it is getting colder than my cards at a Las Vegas casino table, I am pondering the upcoming season and what the Mets need to do.



Recently, a client and I were talking baseball (a rarity, I must say) and he suggested I read Moneyball by Michael Lewis. I am in the process of both reading it and listening to it on CD.



You know, there is a lot of merit in the points being made, and if Omar absorbs the anti conventional way of thinking about baseball, we can find some hidden gems. Of course, with hidden gems, you strike pyrite, thinking it's gold.



There is a line in the book that resonates - a team of 9 Scott Hattebergs can be the best offense. We need to get guys who get on base, take walks, have a high on base percentage and willing to hustle. Omar, go under the radar some time....there may be something there that is basically "hidden in front of our faces."

What's good for the Mets is good for our soul.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

We got rid of a Dick *(heilman)* and got a Putz

WHEW.

Last night as I was hitting the hay, I heard a "THIS JUST IN" in the sports report.

2 Sentences later, I leaped for joy! (The Mets Have Traded Aaron Heilman........) and to interject here, I would have been elated if the next few lines were "for 2 pretzel vendors and an usher..."

Glad to get rid of him. He was a level of total frustration (read a slew of previous blog posts) and quite frankly, helped the Mets lose a lot of games.

What do we get in return? HOPEFULLY a bit of stability in the Pen. JJ Putz was hurt for a bit last year -- but the last few years had some stellar numbers. The good thing is that Putz said while it wasn't his ideal role (8th inning set up man), he was going to pitch like it was a save situation. Go Get em JJ!

One footnote, that, you don't have to be Kreskin to figure this out, but the man's last name is pronounced POOTZ....First time he blows the game, you can hear the fans at She--er, CitiField call him PUTZ!

The sucky part is we lost Joe Smith. Omar, please get a decent sidearmer! (And Why oh Why couldn't you have unloaded Schoenweis?)

To close, (no pun intended) - remember the Seinfeld episode with Keith Hernandez? There were two instances when it came to friendship that you wouldn't help anyone move or take them to the airport?

Well, this is an open note to Aaron Heilman....Give me a call..I will help pack your steamer trunk, take you to ANY airport and bid for the privilege to yell the loudest BON VOYAGE you ever heard.

Putz -8th. K-ROD, 9th. Shut em down!

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Another 57!!!!!!

Today. It's. Official.
Really, there is no need to make three sentences out of the first line, but it has to sink in now that we have K-Rod for the next few years.

One thing I noticed is that he wears #57. So does Santana. This should be interesting to see who ponies up the rights to wear that esteemed numeral.

Any Bill James disciples out there? Is this the first time the #57 is a duplicate on a baseball team?

Let's hope that K-Rod lives up to his promise. The Mets have had a long tradition of high priced / high profile closers that haven't amounted to much (Looper, Benitez, etc).

Now, all we gotta do is trade Schoenweis (FOR ANYTHING) and Heilman (FOR ANYTHING, LESS)

Monday, December 08, 2008

Winter Meetings - 08

An esteemed colleague of mine who shares my initials, though the letters are of an inverse nature, said to me today, "Hey, why haven't you blogged in awhile?"

Honestly, I had no legit comeback. So, I am going to post tonight and hopefully a LOT more.

Today, outside, it is colder than penguin droppings, but that has not thawed my love for baseball or the Mets.

I was at that very last game and as painful as it was, I am looking forward to the team rebounding this year.

We need to be like snakes and shed dead skin (Heilman, Schoenweis, etc) and become butterflies and develop (K-Rod - CC Sabathia, etc). Maybe an 8th inning chap like Huston Street would be good. (Can you imagine all the photo ops on Houston St. -- and for those outta towners, it is pronounced "House-Ton" - I have no clue why, but I digress.

Let's keep the sentimentality at a minimum and build a team.

Presently, I am reading Moneyball by Michael Lewis and it is a very introspective book...not only for baseball, but for life. One of my clients and I had dinner recently at a professional event and recommended the book -- from a baseball and biz perspective.

Omar, I am only on page 60 right now, but you should read this book while in the bathroom...believe me, it will prevent you from picking up shit players (as the aforementioned above).

Spring training is coming!!!!

Let's keep talking here...I encourage all posts...

Monday, September 29, 2008

GUEST BLOG....Another disappointing year for the New York Mets. I’ll keep this guest blog short – just like the Mets’ season (OUCH!).

My good friend, MLT, who has subbed for me on occasion for this blog, would like to weigh in on his thoughts about the Mets. I agree with some, but not all. However, he's holding the saxophone and doing the solo and I am being a good sideman, instrument in hand, listening to the music..

Take it away, MLT...

Here is my take on the NY Mets:

* Jerry Manuel – Keep him but he should be monitored by Minaya. He seems kind of stoic to me (in the dugout) just like Willie. I want a crazy manager like Bobby V or Lou Piniella
* Coaches – get rid of them all, especially Dan Warthen and HoJo – see ya!
* Ryan Church – can this guy get back to early season form? The dude should have been benched for the last weekend against the Marlins. He strikes out all the time. He has potential so I say we give him another year, but I’d bench him ASAP if he doesn’t perform early on.
* Nick Evans – this guy is just NOT good enough to play for the Mets. Daniel Murphy should be getting the playing time.
* Tatis – see ya!
* Easley – adios!
* Mets Pitchers: Shea goodbye to the following pitchers: Sanchez, Heilman, Ayala, Rincon, Schoeneweis. P-Mart, Muniz, Perez (Did I miss anyone?)
* Catchers – bench/get rid of them all – Mets need to find a catcher who can crush the ball like Piazza and Hundley used to. No more weak catchers.
* Castillo – bench or trade him
* Ramon Martínez - should be starting 2B next season if Daniel Murphy is still in the OF
* Argenis Reyes – not really impressed; go back to the minors
* Marlon Anderson – never come back!
* Endy Chavez – goodbye

We need better SPs, bullpen and a corner OF who can crush the ball like [Matt] Holliday. Where in the world is Val Pascucci? It’s a joke that we had to turn to Anderson, Easley and Chavez late in games as pinch hitters – they all suck.

Here is forecasted starting pitching for 2009:

* Johan Santana – very happy with Jo-San
* John Maine – he is my “maine man”
* Mike Pelfrey – not 100 percent happy with this guy, but he def deserves another shot in 2009
(Free Agent) – Minaya’s job this winter
(Free Agent) – another job for Minaya this winter

Good luck to the Mets in 2009. I am very much looking forward to Citi Field.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Shea - It Isnt So....


I was one of the fortunate to get a ticket for today's final game.


While I must say the outcome was disappointing - another meltdown. This one not as tragic as last year, but still, the balloon popped and the loud noise barked "NO POST SEASON! --- Again!!!"


I was sad to see the end of Shea...Lots of good childhood and adult memories. A good friend of mine and his wife and I just sat there long after the game and the ceremonies ended. I took about 180+ pics and I am guestimating there were at least 1 million pictures snapped.


My blog will continue on.


I took a break on Sept. 5. I literally ran out of perceptions and observations that day and decided to take a few weeks off.


By the way, Scott Schoenweiss is the Tom Glavine of 2008 - a Pariah we never want to see again.


As I took many a pic, the one accompanying today's blog sums it up. Let's see what 2009 brings.


We'll be talking soon and keep your eyes on this blog (as I am keeping my eye on YOU!)

Friday, September 05, 2008

A Fellow Mets Fan Spells Me (Even Cal Ripken Took A Day Off)

Well, As much as I like to write this blog, there are some days where I struggle for a topic. Well, unsolicited a good friend of mine, Mark Tordik, a die hard Mets fan sent this post to me earlier today. Sadly, I just saw it as I was at work and didn't check my personal email.

Mark, your up at bat...

I always hear that the Phillies are better offensively. Well, when it has counted this year against their division rival, the Phillies have faltered.

Mets are 10-5 head-to-head with the Phillies this year scoring 81 runs to their opponent’s 62. Mets averaged 5.4 runs a game. Nice.

Phillies have averaged only 4.1 runs each game against the Mets this year. That’s not a good number, especially against a supposed weak bullpen. I guess the Mets have stepped up their game this year and are playing like they were in all of 2006 and most of 2007.

This is a big series for the Mets and we should be VERY confident that Pelfrey, P-Mart and Jo-San (as well as the bullpen) can get the job done.

“Mr. Met is tired of playing around and wants to finish off the job. Once this series concludes, he’ll be wiping his boots clean of the Philly Phanatic’s guts.”

-MLT


Editors Note...Mark created a funny video... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6TyD05-P4KE

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Random Met - Wayne Garrett

Ah, good ole Wayne Garrett was a solid player at 3rd Base for the Amazin's from 1969 to 1976. He and Rusty Staub were teammates and redheads.

Wayne had a brother, Adrian who played in the Majors too.

Its a slow news night, obviously.

Peruse Wayne's stats... http://www.baseball-reference.com/g/garrewa01.shtml

Back tomorrow...Let's sweep the Phils and double the 3 game margin to 6!

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Mets Win. Phils Lose. Lather. REPEAT.

So I stole a semi popular but obscure tag line for shampoo that doubled sales in the 70s. If it worked for a hair care product, it SHOULD work for the Mets.

While I was slogging away at my desk today -- or in meetings. Let's say both....The Mets trounced Milwaukee 9-2 - maybe it was 9-3. I didnt see the final final on the reply.

The magic is working. I want to be far away from Philly as possible.

Day off tomorrow, but I will be back. Maybe with something interesting. If not, well, its cheaper than a bird cage liner.

Zonked. Off to bed.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Brewers - Can Make One Want to Drink

Long, but good game. Was it long? I guess when you go into extra innings and the opposition gets close to a W with two out, you kind of hyperventilate. I did. Check YouTube for the video.

Roundin' home. The finality of Shea is starting to dawn. Just 15 more games there for the end of the season (PLUS PLAYOFFS!).

Well, I'm hitting the hay and singing "Meet the Mets, Greet the Mets..." on my way up the stairs.

Hope to dream of a private concert with Jane Jarvis -- with the above theme.

Sorry I'm not that creative tonight.

Monday, September 01, 2008

Delgado - Not Hitting Skinny

If anyone ever told me back in June I would be writing praise about Carlos Delgado, I don't know what my reaction would have been. I'm not a negative person, but it seemed like the wood in his bat was infested with rotten bark.

Times changed and now Senor Delgado is clubbing home runs left and right. And he helped out the Metropolitans with a come from behind win against the Brewers. (I may add here, its good we aren't going to see the likes of C.C. (Carsten Charles) Sabathia. NOTE TO OMAR MINAYA -- Consider getting him for next year.

Once again, though, Santana was stymied for a W, but Ayala is looking good as the closer.

Here's a good article with some video: Delgado digs deep for late damage

And, in the "Whatever Happened To....(or What WILL Happen With.... for the new guys...)


9/1/08
Recalled LHP Jonathan Niese, RHP Carlos Muniz, INF Argenis Reyes and C Gustavo Molina from Triple-A New Orleans. Purchased the contract of LHP Ricardo Rincon, RHP Brandon Knight, RHP Bobby Parnell and INF Ramon Martinez from Triple-A New Orleans. Reinstated OF Marlon Anderson from the 15-day disabled list. Transferred OF Trot Nixon, RHP Matt Wise, RHP Orlando Hernandez and LHP Jason Vargas to the 60-day disabled list. Designated LHP Willie Collazo for assignment.

NOTE: If Anyone sees Angel Pagan, please notify the milk company to take his photo off the milk carton.

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Last Day in Aug. Nice W

I can't believe it is the END of August. So much baseball, so little time.

I am happy the way the Mets capped off the month with a W against the Fish. The play of the game, to me, was the final where Jose Reyes stuck his glove out and caught the line drive. Hustle is key.

Tomorrow will bring a whole new dynamic to the game. The September call ups. It reminds me a lot of the gym during January. Some will stick around and be good (fit), others will drop out of sight and never be seen again (binge eaters, drinkers, etc).

Saw a graphic on Sunday's game and it looked all Latino. It's going to be a blast if Jose, Al and Argenis Reyes gets into a game. This is the ultimate call: "Ball pitched by Reyes (1); it's hit up the middle and Reyes (2) gets it and tosses it to the bag for the out, caught by Reyes (3).
1) Al
2) Jose
3) Argenis.

Ah...September. We are just a step away from October, so let's make it.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Another Heilman Appearance, Another Loss....OR, HeiLLLLLLLLman

It never ceases to amaze me how much the Mets, both under the regime of Willie and Jerry continue to use Aaron Heilman. Here is another example of why some folks don't understand a hot stove will burn you.

Duaner Sanchez gives up a tying run. UGH. Hey, did anyone get the license plate of that Taxi? I want that guy to come back and do it again...(and also take out Heilman). Not their lives, just their chances for playing on the Mets.

So, Heilman comes in,,,2 Intentional BBs and then WALKS in the winning run. All on horseshit pitches.

Is it ME? Or is he THAT bad? At least with Anthony Young, there was a bit of comic relief involved. The entire team sucked.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Belt Belt Belt Beltran

Carlos was the hero tonight and it was good to see him do it with his 8th career granny. (Uh, if you are a visitor for the first time to this blog, the previous sentence is not something that is happening in West Virginia where they do that stuff...I'm talking baseball).

In the post game interview, he had a candid admission that he wasn't trying to blast a home run. He also said with regret that two years ago he was in a situation where he didn't swing or protect the plate.

If he has games like he did tonight, we will be seeing more Ws.

Speaking of Ws. Two up on the Cheesesteaks. (Kudos to Steve Somers for that attribution).

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Day Off...

Lame attempt at Poetry...

Day Off For The Mets
And Me Too
I'll Continue To Bleed
Orange and Blue

Let's pick this up tomorrow.

I will end with a rhetorical question..."Where have you gone Rusty Staub?

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Gaining Ground...One Grain of Sand at a Time

Earlier in my salad days as a blogger (OK, since 2006) I may have referred to the Mets taking on a Sisyphus-like journey to the top.

Yesterday was horrendous. 13 innings and then Schoenweis gives up the ghost. (He and Heilman seem to corner the market on that).

Tonight, a decisive win. The Flip of the John Kerry Flop showed up. We like when the Mets win, but to slither down the drain like last night after being a commander on the field was, well, you fill in the blank _________________

Interesting stat popped up on SNY and it showed a dramatic drop off of average for the starters in the later innings. Are we TOO focused on middle relief to notice? Hope not. Baseball may be a diamond, but you need 360 degrees of visibility.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Let's Beat The Phillies

Im Zonked. But its the bottom of the 8th and Mets relievers are on. Pedro couldn't go much.

Mets middle relief is on.

The team blew a 7-0 lead.

When the rollercoaster ride is over, I am going to unbuckle and go to Bed.

Wake me if the Mets win.

Monday, August 25, 2008

2 Solid CGs For Pelfrey

Another Nice W you've Gotten yourself into...

If Oliver Hardy was still around, he would have said that to Pelfrey tonight. He's starting to emerge as an (GULP) "Ace." This was the first time since circa 1995 that a Mets pitcher went 2 complete games and got 2 wins in a row. This was a common occurrence up until the late 60s/early 70s when pitchers were more durable. Pelfrey, as my colleague at work said today, can "eat up the innings.

Delgado was on fire and his RBI total of 6 did NOT match the translation of his last name. (I will save you all from consulting Spanish dictionaries -- it means 'skinny.')

Maine is out and that is another hole that needs to be filled. Sept 1 is a few days away, but with a series against the rival Phillies, the art of being careful and playing strategic is a must.

Let's Go Mets! (See ya at the ballpark)

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Thanks Aaron Heilman -- FOR BLOWING IT!

Whenever Aaron Heilman comes into a game..WATCH OUT! Today, against the Astros, the Mets were up and he pitches to two batters and allows the game to be tied. Is that consistent? With him, yes. Is it tolerable? No. Seems like Guillermo Mota - AGAIN.

Heilman was booed so loudly today, it was to the extent where he felt like crawling under a rock. And, as a die hard Mets fan, I wish he would. Aaron, please Hibernate from Opening Day to the Last game of the World Series. Just find something to do -- in the off season.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Resilliancy

It is the 8th inning and the Stros are ahead 8-3, but the Mets haven't folded. I see a bit of a rally and this is something that needs to carry us forward if we want to go ape in post season.

Phils won today, so let's kick it.

Sorry for the short posts of late...work, Olympics, etc...

Im going to the game tomorrow...Hope to have some fun stuff.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Shut Outs. Come From Behind Wins. First Place. Am I Dreaming?

Another quality win tonight and this can be attributed to good ball.

Baseball is an IRONIC game. Opposing pitcher Roy Oswalt retires something like 15 straight batters and still loses. Johan was brilliant again and is showing the investment is solid. No Runs-AGAIN.

Box Score

Berkman was shut down and the 'Stros, who have been playing solid ball of late, were quiet.

Good to see Ryan Church back. Isn't it interesting that 3 Mets were on the field that were recently Nationals? Ayala, Church and Schneider.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Wright's Double in the 9th

Turned the game on late, 4-4 and its the 9th. The way wright smacked the ball to the outfield is the kind of momentum we need - especially on a day like today.

As a track and field aficionado as well, I felt burned the US teams in the 4 x100 relay dropped the Baton. Mets, please pick it up.

Addendum - It is always nice to knock the ball around on Mike Hampton!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Start Printing #34 Jerseys

Pelfrey has pitched well and I think after today's performance, you will be seeing kids and adults donning #34 shirts.

Let's face it. He's part of the future. He has confidence and shut down the Braves - EASILY.

I am ordering mine -- if you have a "L" on hand, I'll make it fit me.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Is It 1986 -- or 2006 again? A Come From Behind Win!

Sorry for the short posts. Been caught in the Olympic fever (110 degrees at least!).

Fear not, I am still watching the games.

Much needed come from behind win. This is the same drive and fight we had in 06.

Keep it up. Need to hold the lead in the standings.

Over and Out.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Today's Loss - A Come From Behind Win for the Bucs is Like.....

Getting a balloon as a child at the zoo and then letting go of it and wondering why you don't have it anymore. Losing an easy gift.

Metsies - How many times do I have to tell you that you can't afford to be sloppy.

Live by this Motto: Bring you "A" game even against the "Z" teams."

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Typo - it is now Johan SAINTana

Brilliant performance today by J0-San. These are the kind of games you long for - 9 complete innings. 113 pitches with 85 of them strikes and no free passes. Did I mention anything about Shut-out? (His fifth career).

Box Score

Yes. I realize it was the Pirates, but this is the type of performance that should be coming regularly.

Long day today, so I will be brief. I was glad to be part of Johan's first complete game a few weeks ago against the Cardinals.

Back tomorrow.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Pelfrey - A Star (well, As conveyed by Text Messaging!)

First...glad the Mets held on to a shaky lead against the Pirates tonight. It was the start of a mini-melt, but something we were able to hold off. Thanks Jerry Manuel for being logical.

Now, on Saturday morning around 8 am, I got a text message from MAC who is an occasional contributor --but not that often this year -- AHEM, MAC, love your columns when you step in for me.

So, it turns out he is in Kentucky on biz and I am guessing its an hour behind us. Anyway, for someone to THINK about my blog THAT early on a Saturday, how could I shy away from his comment.

Turns out as you may know, last year and a little bit of this year, I said that Pelfrey sucks and the Mets should get rid of him. This leopard has changed his spots. Not only do I think he is a core member of the pitching staff, I actually believe, just by watching his motion and composure, he is a legit superstar for years to come. As cited earlier in a post (hey, I'm too lazy to find it now -- its close to midnight -- that when he ditched the mouth guard, Pelfrey was a pitcher).

What I feel foolish about was I didn't stick with him in my fantasy league after his last start. That will sure change.

So, MAC, while its late for me, I hope you are up awaiting this post and feel that I rectified my old position. You can't teach an old dog new tricks, but MAC got me to change my opinion faster than a politician visiting two diverse audiences an hour apart.

Pelfrey for Prez!

Friday, August 15, 2008

Another Day, Another Win

The title of the blog is something I wish was said more often, but that is something we need to keep up going forward.

The main thing is the Mets are in first by a game and a half as I write this. (Phils are tied, 0-0 in the 6th.

It's been a roller coaster, but if the boys in blue can beat these tomato can teams over the next few, the confidence and momentum will carry against the red hot 'Stros.

Back tomorrow.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

W over W

Win over Washington. Make it 3 - Uh...A Sweep.

This is the kind of ball we need to play.

Something perplexed me. Heilman, 9th inning, 2 out, 3-2 - what happens? Aw come on, its easy. You don't have to be Kreskin to guess. Yup. Batter gets on.

Omar, fish or cut bait. We don't want another ineffective pitcher.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Right On Target!

12-0. What does this mean? How many eggs? How many broken? It could very well be.

Sarcasm aside, the Mets did what they SHOULD have been doing to many of the weak teams they faced. Trouncing 'em in the hallways, taking the entire opposing team's lunch money and then splurging the found booty on a white elephant item.

The right guys were putting up the numbers and hopefully this will continue.

Oh, and I tried to listen, but couldn't hear Paul LoDuca repeat his comment after he left the Mets and went to the Nationals. It was akin to "I can't wait to face the Mets! We'll see them 14 times in '08!" Pssssst. Someone just tapped me on the shoulder and whispered that Paul LoDuca was cut a few weeks ago. OH WELL!

Now, we have to do some more decisive winning against the DC and PITT teams in the coming days. If Philly waivers, first is a grain of salt away.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Casey Stengel Was Right

"Can't anybody here play this game?"

Bases loaded, then the ONLY run comes when Damion Easley is plunked on the coconut allowing David Wright to score.

Am I remiss in the fundamentals of hitting?

Well, the score is 4-3 Mets as I am about to finalize this sentence...

Monday, August 11, 2008

Mets' Youth is Answer to Their Woes

All --
I'm taking a day off from writing today (can't stomach it after seeing the Mets pen give up 6 runs today to the lowly Pirates). I dispatched a long time business colleague and fellow Mets fan to utter some logic in this time of bullpen confusion.

by Mark Tordik

Okay, so the Mets didn't sweep the Marlins on Sunday. [Editors Note: Nor did they play up to the level of the Sisters of Charity "B" team against the Pirates on Monday in a make-up game].
We have to give Josh Johnson a lot of credit. He is a big time pitcher although he's still relatively inexperienced. It's a waste of time to analyze Pelfrey's performance since the Mets' bats did nothing to keep pace with the offensively-charged Marlins.

Going back to Game 2 of this series, Murphy and Evans were nothing short of awesome. It is always exciting to see our young talent get called up in August and September every season. Two years ago, Mike Jacobs hit 10 HRs in something like his first 100 ABs. He's a jerk anyway, especially with what he did to Brian Stokes who got his first major league hit in as many ABs -- Jacobs tossed the ball over the Mets dugout and into the stands. Delgado and Mets officials needed to act fast to get the ball back. This was no accident -- the Marlins team was angered by a stong start by the Mets in which they scored four runs in the first inning.

Anyway, back to the young Mets talent. Another minor leaguer who has been getting some blog buzz is Valentino Pascucci who has hit 25 HRs this season for the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA).

Val Pascucci should be starting in LF for the Mets. Evans should split time with Tatis in RF and Daniel Murphy should be starting every game for the Mets at second base (he played 3B in the minors and should be able to make the switch) while Castillo continues his rehab. I don't want to ever see Damion Easley start a game for the Mets. He should always be used for PH.

Here is what the Mets lineup needs to look like if they are to challenge the Phillies and take the NL East:
  • 1B - Carlos Delgado/Nick Evans
  • 2B - Daniel Murphy/Luis Castillo
  • SS - Jose Reyes
  • 3B - David Wright
  • C - Ramon Castro (when healthy, of course)
  • LF - Valentino Pascucci
  • CF - Carlos Beltran
  • RF - Fernando Tatis/Nick Evans (if Church comes back healthy, then I'd give him the nod to start against righties only)

Note: I left Argenis Reyes off the list since he hasn't shown enough power and hitting ability. Murphy should be getting the time there. After all, Murphy has a .500 batting average. As for Nick Evans, he started slow batting .179 on July 12, but has been on a hot streak and is now hitting at a healthy .263.

In terms of pitching, the Mets need to bring up southpaw pitcher Jonathan Niese NOW. His ERA at New Orleans is 2.37. (FYI -- Brian Stokes' ERA at AAA is 4.41). He needs to come up ASAP along with teammate Tony Armas who is sporting a 2.54 ERA.

The Mets' future is bright but only if they can embrace the future and give these young kids a shot.

Editors Note: Mark, I thank you and even though I should be neutral as a moderator, I'll compromise and be succinct... "Ya darn right!"

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Sunday, DUD-ddy Sunday

Box Score

What a bad day to spend an afternoon watching the Mets get trounced by the Marlins. The only consolation that came from this is that Hanley Ramirez went 0-for-5.

Pelfrey was off and walked everyone. In fact, people were foregoing trips to Lourdes because they saw they may have a chance at walking if they faced Pelfrey. I'm selfishly mad because I picked him as a spot starter in my fantasy league and he hurt my ERA and WHIP.

Serves me right.

Makeup game against the Pyrites tomorrow. Next few must all be wins as we are facing "tomato cans."

Saturday, August 09, 2008

Some Candid Insight from a Pitcher I Was Not Too Fond Of...

Listening to the radio today on WFAN, and John Franco was on. Now, for those who know me, I am not a fan of his as a pitcher and thought he was way overrated. Blew too many easy games too.

In any sense, he waxed philosophical and candid about the 2008 Mets. He stated the team does not have a true leader, a stand up guy who can rally everyone and spark the team. He thinks David Wright could be the one, but at 25, may be too young and won't have the respect of older players. Franco, I agree.

Another point he made...

I am paraphrasing his quote, but it was along the lines of, "I don't think the Mets show up to play hard every day. You would think that after what happened last year, they would be consistently hungry. Against teams with bad records like the Astros and Padres, they come in with a mighty attitude and they aren't dominating, so they play a less casual game."

Franco, you may not have hit the strike zone from 60'6" at the right time, but this is an accurate call.

And, another thing, the schedule coming up is soft. After the Marlins series, 8 games against the Pirates and the Nationals...Lord help me if they go worse than 7-1.

Friday, August 08, 2008

Hooked The Fish

Ollie was dead on tonight and nary a shaky performance. He still gives up a lot of walks, so if you are in a fantasy league, your WHIP goes up without fail.

Great news...a shut out and the Mets get closer to first. Box Score...What is most remarkable is that Aaron Heilman went two hitless innings, striking out three and, yes, you ARE reading this right, earned a save.

Next up on things we thought were impossible, Rex Reed chasing girls. (This will happen before Mike Hampton goes "injury"-free

Thursday, August 07, 2008

The Heilman Express

Can you believe the guy who mars all the win Opps for Johan Santana actually stepped in and got the win today in a see saw of a game. Aaron Heilman who should be on Waivers....Pssst. Mets - you missed the boat with Chad Bradford who just got picked up by the Devil Rays...and Livan Hernandez too! Why not put Aaron on the wire and see who bites? Think of it as putting out junk at the garages sale.

Who is this aforementioned Jody Gerut? He is 5-for14 in the series against the Mets and 3 (1-2-3) of those are Home Runs. To the Mets, they pronounce it to rhyme with "Babe Ruth"

A series against the Fish and on Sunday, it's Billy Wagner Bobble Head day. Can't wait. (The broken ones have heads that don't move - they are on the disabled list).

The paragraphs tonight are somewhat non-sequetirs. Go ahead, make your own transitions.

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Loss to Padres Means...

Sometimes you are the priest...
Sometimes you are the altarboy...

You don't have to do much deducing here...

Look at the Box Score

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Aaron Heilman -- Is he For REAL?

Another "fasten your seat belt" performance from Aaron "Enola Gay" Heilman. Gees, he keeps dropping these bombs and rattling the hell out of us fans.

Mets were up by a good 6-2 margin when Mr. GiveItUp, well, gave up a 3 run king kong to the world famous Jody Gerut (Box Score).

It is just baffling beyond the permissible pale of comprehension how a team keeps putting out the bait for hitters to hit. Heilman is just bad. He gave up a surprisingly low 9 HRs this year -- last two were a 3 and 4 run numbers.

Each day, the Mets pitching staff seems to erode like a glacier in Hades. Maine. Wagner. Away. Heilman (should be put away) and Duaner "Hey Taxi" Sanchez is not Ole Reliable.

I'm tired of sounding like an old washerwoman, but this pitching is just bad. I can remember in the early 90s when the Mets just reeked of solid starters.

OK Omar, dig up some goodies from the minors or work the wavier wire...

NOTES: Seems like some of the position rookies are doing well. There are less of them than last year, but Nick Evans and Dan Murphy and pitcher, Eddie Kunz are nice surprises. Let's cultivate them and not burn em out.

And, a special shout out for Fernando Tatis...GO GET EM AGAIN, EffTee!

Monday, August 04, 2008

Pound the Pods

3 Game series coming up with the woeful Padres who beat the woeful Mets in a sweep earlier this year.

Ironically, we should all be praying to the padres before the Padres prey on the Mets.

A lot of weak arms in the hurling ranks...Duaner, Billy, Maine...

On the other side, the Phils and the Marlins are going to rock it out. Let's hope for a mathematical luck. A sweep with the Mets to gain 1 1/2 and the other two to lose...

Back tomorrow.

Sunday, August 03, 2008

Stros Pull Another W Away from the Mets

Baffled. Plain Baffled is all I can say about the loss today: Box Score

Mets kept leaving men on base and the Houston Astros were able to capitalize and have a 4-0 easy walkover win. We are not fighting hard and this is war. Especially when the Fish and Phils are close to first as well.

Day off on Monday. Typical Wash Day as they used to say. Let's hope we wash out the Ls and fold and hang some Ws.

Maine is on the DL, Wagner is hurt...Oh, get this. He says he felt this way since the Florida Series...Thanks Billy. Secrets like these are not welcome.

Saturday, August 02, 2008

Wagner. Heilman. Reminds Me of John Franco Blowing Games...

The first 8 innings of tonight's game were great. Not much to chirp about. Santana was pitching well and held the fort down - but alas, he doesn't collect a W. Start sending the "Thank You" Notes to Billy Wagner and Aaron Heilman.

Wagner had every opp and reason to beat his old team, but for some odd reason, kept letting batters from the 'Stros reach base. And, alas, they tie it. Not a line item in the job description of a closer. Worse yet, Heilman comes in the 10th and gives the game away.

Take a close look at the box score, especially the men left on base (LOB). Mets have a baker's dozen - which is bad, but the 'Stros have a quarter of a century -- and they STILL win.

A friend of mine commented to me after the game, "Wagner got a free pass...Heilman needs to go to triple A." I agree, but I would send Heilman to another team and let them deal with it.

Now's the time where I get a bit snarky..."See Omar, you should have been pulling triggers and flipping switches the last week of July..."

Friday, August 01, 2008

Giving the Gophers Away

Its only the fifth inning as I watch tonight's game against the 'Stros, but Pedro has given up 3 runs - ALL HRs. Not good. This shows that the opposing team has him figured out.

Let's see what the rest of the game brings... (Box Score)

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Night Off

Mets are off...No deals before deadline. Not much to say, but glad Manny ain't a Met.

Mr. Torre, I feel sorry you have to manage this guy.

Omar, why couldn't you have at least tried for Adam Dunn?

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Bats In The Pelfrey

Lame title. Don't throw rotten fruit. Just throw fastballs to the opponent with a sprinkle of sliders, curves, etc.

So, a W got away from the Mets tonight and it looked like they ALMOST were going to mount a comeback in the 9th. Then the ether wore off and the Marlins were high-fiving each other.

Pelfrey pitched OK early on, but then couldn't keep the lead. He's finding his groove and a loss is expected now and then.

Phillies winning and Mets losing is not a good combination. As Ralph Kramden said, "natural enemies--like a boa constrictor and a mongoose."

This is the eve of the trade deadline...the Yankees fleeced another team by trading I-Rod for Kyle Farnsworth. Hey Detroit...what are you thinking?...And, I pray that the Red Sox dump Manny Ramirez to -- to -- anywhere BUT the Mets. He gives baseball a bad name. Perhaps an independent league in need of a mascot?

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

A W, Perez Was On and Wagner Lights Out

The subject says it all...

Good effort men. Let's see what happens with the impending trading deadline...if anything. Texiera went west. Had Delgado continued to founder, Tex may have been wearing blue and orange..

Personally, a long day today and a long one tomorrow...Peace out.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Fish Got REEL Good

Emotional see-saw for tonight's game. I am not feeling chipper enough to offer a pithy (or pissy) analysis. But, I do want to say that Fernando Tatis is an unheralded hero to this team.

In the coming days, I have an idea for a blog which I will explore a bit, so dear reader (I am assuming one other person besides me reads this. Would love for it to be plural, so friend, help me out and tell another friend about this blog).

A question mark is probably over the head of John Maine as he left the game with some tightness. Let's hope its minor. Quick L tonight, lick the wounds...

Go get the fish tomorrow, you scrappy Metropolitans.

Interesting Note...So, I see that Hanley Ramirez, who was taken within the first 5 players amongst us Fantasy League types, has an odd stat. 24 Slams over the Wall, but only 47 RBI. Yes, he's a leadoff guy, but still, that seems delgado (er, Spanish for Skinny).

MALCONTENT ALERT -- Playing Major League ball is the dream of millions of kids (and probably ten times as many adults), but you have every now and then, someone who had to be beat with a monkeywrench as a child. In this case, I am talking about the soon-to-be-Ex-Red Sox, Manny Ramirez. No player in baseball has been tagged more loony than him. This dude definitely has toys in the attic. His latest remark of (paraphrased) I'm tired of the Red Sox and they are tired of me" is absolutely asinine. Manny, stay away from the Mets. We don't want your antics. Matter of fact, this wanna-be-MLBer-scribe says leave the game, immediately and give some chap in Triple-A a chance to get to the bigs. We are wise to your game and you cried WOLF (not Randy Wolf) too many times. To quote Clubber Lang of Rocky fame, "I pity the fools who pick him up next..."

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Johan - Simply Complete

So, today I was one of a couple of thousand people in the seats at Shea and all I have to say is if you weren't there today, you missed a thriller.

Santana was just perfect. Had a no-no going for several innings despite few strikeouts. Every player on the team came out of the game with a hit and the starting 9 was the finishing 9.

Box Score

Tatis kept whacking the ball. Santana delivered two hits, had an RBI and the first complete game of the year for the Mets. Complete games are rare. In fact, I think this is the first one I have been to in....well, since Hector Was a Pup.

And, the WOW play of the game was Beltran's amazing catch robbing the Cardinals of a Home Run.

Check out this story...

Glad I was there...it was a game for the ages.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Battling Back

Mets are showing resiliency tonight going toe-to-toe with the Cardinals. I have a funny feeling it will end as a 1-run game.

Duaner Sanchez - it was just pointed out, faced 7 batters in this series against the cards and gave up 6 hits. Seems like he and Delgado switched places on being the goat.

2 HRs for Delagdo. Who wudda thunk that would happen during the Randolph years...

On another note, my butt has a place at the game tomorrow. Can't wait to smell the Shea Air.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Looks Like the Mets Beat The Vatican Cardinals

A few weeks ago, Carlos Delgado was a Pariah in the House. An anemic .203 average (give or take- but let's be realistic and take - .201), bad fielding and just no production mixed in with Ks (forward AND backward ones). But, today is July 25 and Delgado had a hell of a month and could realistically be named Player of the Month. A solid HR - his 20th was amongst the highlights of the Mets W over the St. Louis Cardinals (Box Score). OH, but wait, there's more..

Mike Pelfrey, whom I was ready to give away for a bucket of practice balls and a fungo bat and maybe even a used batting glove (for reference, see most posts of 2007! :) ) has come into his own. The confidence is there and the batters are taking him seriously. 7 Solid innings and over his last few starts, his ERA is 2.57. That's what it USED to be after 1/3 inning!

The one area where I still get a little trepidation is that 8th inning...Duaner (HEY TAXI) Sanchez has a predisposition to put runners on. Heilman, is like, well, John Kerry. Flip-flop on whether the mound time will be good or bad.

Cardinals look beatable. In fact, Albert Pujols, arguably the best all-around player (Here's where I have to tout Jose Reyes with his triples) looked like he was an 80-year-old Cardinal from Vatican City. 0-for-5 with 3Ks. Time to light a candle. Santana goes on Sunday and my ass will be planted in the stadium. GO METS!

In the Who Gives a Rat's Ass Dept...So, the following article appears on MLB.Com "Hampton slated to make return Saturday" The sub-head says it all - He hasn't pitched in 3 years in the majors. What is so special about this guy? I thought he left the Mets for the Rockies because they had a better school system? What's he then doing in Atlanta? Why? Why? Why? A very good friend of mine who happens to reside in the same state where Hampton's employer is, summed it up. Take it away O.H. "Hampton is pitching tomorrow if he doesn't pull a muscle wiping his ass in the morning." Sadly, he's accurate. Hampton is as fragile as origami. He put many young pitcher's careers in the shredder waiting for his spot. My prediction? He will make Micah Owings recent outings look like Sandy Koufax in the early 60s.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

First PLACE! How Do You Spell Oliver Perez? K-K-K-K-K-K-K-K-K-K-K-K

The following prognostications, taken singly, would have put anyone in the loony bin had they been evoked in May:
  • The Mets are in first place
  • Oliver Perez will be consistent
  • Carlos Delgado will hit - AND be the catalyst to the Mets getting in first place

OK all ye (me included) Oracle consultors, all three are true. We are not in the loony bin, but in first place. It took an afternoon delight and a win over the Phils to get there.

But, Hey, I'm happy. A good sign is that Delgado, whom I put on a train to New Orleans -- or anywhere for that matter -- early this season, is now hitting and in clutch situations. Let's just hope the early mishaps were seasonal slumps.

Now we are in first. As the John Bon Jovi lyrics state in Livin on a Prayer:

Ohhhh We're Half-Way There....(Everybody sing)

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

It All Comes Together -- and !Voila! - A win!

Good contest tonight against the Phillies. The bonehead plays were sequestered away (for good I hope) and the Mets plowed through a W. It was a nice gesture for Bret Myers to load the bases and give us a free run in the first inning. Box Score...

The highlight was the sweet swing HR by Jose Reyes. The more he hits, the more the Mets hustle.

Now, for a good sign - Wagner pitching good despite the issue with his arm the other day.

Tomorrow, a day game - 12 noon. Unfortunately, I cannot go to the game due to work obligations, but will be sneaking a listen on the radio.

As Kevin James says on the Big Screen at Shea... LLLLLLLLET'S GO METS!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

BA-A-A-A-A-A-A-A-A-A....no...more like BOOOOOOOOO

OK. See the picture at the left? Now its time to match the image with the situation of the July 22 Mets game where they imploded in the last inning to the Phillies. After "securing" a 5-2 lead, all that was needed was 3 cheap outs.

With Wagner out, Duaner (HEY TAXI) Sanchez was called in for closing duties. Instead, it looks like the same Taxi came by and prevented the door from being shut on the Phillies.

So, now it's time to test your prowess...

A. Carlos Beltran for lazily strolling to two bloop-like flies in the 9th.
B. Duaner Sanchez for Loading em up
C. Jose Reyes for allowing an infield hit and not stepping on the bag with bases loaded
D. Pedro Feliciano for bobbling a chance for an ending inning double play with a toss to first.
E. ALL

As I am writing this, its now the bottom of the 9th, one on, down by 3, Wright just struck out. You know what, I am going to end this just like the Sopranos..

As the pitch is being thrown, the music is queued up... "DON'T STOP BELIEVING...."

Fade to Black

Box Score

Monday, July 21, 2008

Let The Games Begin

No. I am NOT talking about the Olympics (but on a selfish, side note, I can't WAIT to see the track and field).

The games I am talking about take on more of a Herculean proportion as the Mets and Phils square off. With both teams jockeying for first, this will be more of mental test than physical but whoever scores the most runs, against their opponent will win. The trick is to combine the two and tune out the negative.

Both teams have had their fair share of Ws and Ls. Can our young pitchers beat their old timers? Will our old timers be able to face their young arms? The likes of Hamels scares me a bit.

They say that phrase occasionally, "Tomorrow is another day" if they only KNEW...

Sunday, July 20, 2008

In The Red

A good game, for sure today. A lot of nerve wracking, but the contest was decided so well in the last innings. Robinson Cancel had his - yes, you are reading this correctly - his first extra base hit since 1999, and after the hustle and the insurance runs in the ends, I feel like partying like its 1999.

Kudos to Jose Reyes for recording his 63rd Career triple with the Mets and that put him in first on the all time list. While I don't have the stats in front of me, I'm sure he got to most of the milestone numbers before any of the other Mets.

Wagner was simply lights out. 3Ks. What more can one ask from a closer?

Back tomorrow. We are commandeering the lead against the team 90 or so miles south of Shea.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

HEY! Bad Looking! What Were You Thinking? - and other Foibles of the Night

The Reds are not what you would call Red Hot -- Unless you have only seen the last two games against the Mets.

I'm going to be short and sweet here (oh, by the way, the title of this blog is supposed to be a lame take off of the great Hank Williams hit: Hey Good Lookin' (Whatcha Got Cookin...).

Beltran was horrendous on the two flies hit his way. Even the Russian judge would have given him a 9.9 for performance. And the deal with Beltran AND Wright looking at a 3-2 pitch from the never heralded Mike Lincoln, who, in my opinion, looked more formidable than Honest Abe Lincoln.

Lets dust em off and get tomorrow. Good thing the Phils lost, so there IS a race going on.

Box Score

Friday, July 18, 2008

A Loss? Man, that is rare

So, the Mets tallied an L for the first time since the Grover Cleveland administration (the first term, not the second). And it was bound to happen. But the feeling from this round corner is that it is no big deal...Maine wasn't himself, and from what stat has been bandied about post game, he has gone only 19 innings in the last 4 starts. Not great, but starting pitching needs to come around and go 7. I promise not to go postal here with pitch counts, etc.

A little bit better execution could have happened. Beltran legged out a valiant triple to lead off the inning and no one could get him the fare to travel 90 feet that inning. This is the type of plays that win or lose ball games. I believe the word I am searching for is "decisive."

Pedro's start has been pushed back and El Duque didn't exactly wow them in his rehab, so we must be on guard here.

Tomorrow we take on the Reds again. Let's get 2 outta three and attribute Meat Loaf's mantra, "Two out of three ain't bad"

Thursday, July 17, 2008

X in A Reau

10 in a Row. Ten in a Rau. It all sounds the same -- GOOD.

Mets are now EARNING their wins with some hard fought come from behind victories and not laying down when an opponent has crossed the plate more than they have.

Santana pitched so-so, but the lesson here is that everyone must contribute. AND, how about that Fernando Tatis. Is he on track to becoming "Comeback Player of the Year?" Every year there is a hidden Gem and he appears to be a leading candidate.

One note I want to share is that on ESPN radio today, Peter Gammons was asked which of the two New York baseball teams he thought could go to the playoffs - without hesitation, he said the Mets as they were "the hottest team in baseball."

That, I may add is excellent kudos, considering the Mets were at the 40 degree below mark (Centigrade AND Fahrenheit -- kiddies, look up this stat and reference, you will be amazed) -- ice cold.

We'll catch up. The weekend is coming and we are tied with the Phils for first place. Did I just write that? Yes. Can I believe it? Why, uh, YES!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Catching the Phillies - and Other Perps

Mets are closer to the Phillies than ever before. Within the last 45 days, doom and gloom were the thematics being bandied about by fans (and the legions who were joining the ranks of ex-fans or hopelessly disenchanted).

But in this bizzaro world, the team has come together and not only is it mathematically possible, it is also attitudinely (man, is that a word?) probable.

It is always best to sit in second but in striking distance. Takes the pressure off and inspires better play. An example I can recall is circa 1993 when the Yankees and Blue Jays were going at it gang busters. No matter what the Jays did, they stayed in first, but the Yankees stayed pounding away. This is what the Mets need to do. It is probably best to break out of the catbird seat (hope I am using this phrase correctly) and then take the lead around mid-August.

Let's see what Omar has up his sleeve for the trade deadline. I have a feeling a big name will come east, but the key is not to deplete the farm.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

All Star Roster --- WOW...Like a Shopping List...

Taking a break during the All Star Game and its amazing the players that are on the field. Some folks are watching to see who is superior, the AL or NL. I am watching it for scouting purposes -- NOT for fantasy baseball, but for reality baseball. Or, who I want to see on the Mets.

Let's try to grab Matt Holliday and perhaps a pitcher and first baseman for next year. It will also be interesting as the trading deadline is a mere two weeks away.

Speculation on who will be going where is probably coming in a subsequent blog post.

I am now waiting for David Wright to get into the game and, hopefully, seeing our Billy Wagner.

OH, for a wishlist of two middle relievers, let's take a look at Heath Bell and Octavio Dotel. Hmmmm....seems as these guys were wearing blue and orange a few years ago. Hell, if you can bring back Bobby Bonilla, these chaps are worth a shot.

Something in the "this can't be for real" department...A local blood organization which I donate regularly, will be offering Mets tix for an upcoming donation...AND the chance to win and autographed Bobby Bonilla baseball. I rather have a plain ball --- it's worth more.

Monday, July 14, 2008

All Star Break Ramblings...

Only one Met in the All Star classic. Ironic, huh? I am well aware that the voting closed awhile back, but just as the Mets gain the momentum, chaps like Jose Reyes don't make the team. And, for the record, it was like pulling teeth to get David Wright there.



As a young'un, I really used to love the summer classic. Where else could you see the best in one stadium. But, as time went on, the feeling got a bit diluted with the over-hyped and over-played interleague games. But, it was fun to watch Josh Hamilton sail a bunch over the fences.

Condolences to the family of Bobby Murcer. A class act all around.

Last night, I was at the Mets-Rockies game. Pelfrey was electric.

Back tomorrow. Writing lightly, but posting nonetheless.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Let's Sweep The Rockies

So, with Sunday's schedule filling up on our end, I am writing this post in advance. Looking forward to the win tonight and sweeping Colorado. Apologies to my dear friends at Atrato (inside joke).

To reflect my confidence, I picked up Mike Pelfrey as a starter in my fantasy league for today.

He's been throwing heat. Since he tossed that mouthguard, his concentration is in the strike zone and not juggling some piece of plastic with 32 teeth.

LETS GO METS.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

The Tone Changes

So, I am a positive, upbeat person, but the way the Mets played early on this year, the only way to write about was to criticize, lament and try to prevent that tear from falling in your beer.

Today, the Mets took the Rockies again and extended their winning streak to 8. Hope is eternal. Delgado, whom I was willing to trade for a fungo bat and a few practice baseballs earlier in the year, has come around and is connecting. Fernando Tatis is the latest of Mets sensations which earlier in the year included Ryan Church and Angel Pagan. (side note, where IS Angel Pagan these days? Perhaps paling around with J.D. Salinger and Thomas Pynchon? No one has mentioned him at all of late save for "he's on the DL.:

The asset the Mets have is that the underheralded players, a la Damon Easely and the aforementioned chaps in the preceding paragraph all have the capability to turn the game around. That is what makes baseball exciting.

We have to see what is up with Pedro after today's game. And, tomorrow, it is Pelfrey, under the lights on the night game. (wonder if CowBell Man is going to be at the game tomorrow?)

Friday, July 11, 2008

7-7-7

Who would have ever bet the Mets would win seven in a row in May, must feel like a sage now. Tonight was a good, hard fought, low scorer - 2-1 against Colorado. Seems like Ollie Perez and Maine are eating the same cereal and drinking the same water. Lot of strikeouts, low runs, but also a lot of walks.

Hey. I'm going to be honest. I'm a bit tired here, so the prose, ranting, wisdom and acting as a GM will conclude.

Back tomorrow. Late afternoon game and then one on Sunday night -- which I am attending.

Box score

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Nice W over the Giants...Barry Zito? Zee-WHO???

I had the chance to take in some of the game today, live, in-person. It was the day before my final day at my job and I decided that Shea would be my venue for my lunch Menu.

Maine, in my opinion was paradoxical. He had several strikeouts, but looked like he was struggling and he put a lot of homo sapiens on base by issuing 4 balls out of the strike zone.

A bit later, I had to leave. My supervisor called for a 4pm meeting, so I left in the bottom of the 5th. OH, when I got back to the office, the meeting was canceled, else I would have parked it in the blue seats at Shea. A special thanks to the unnamed guy who gave me an extra ticket he had when I got shooed away from sneaking into the Box area. Us die hard Mets fans watch out for each other.

A special Kudos to Fernando Tatis who is tattooing the ball. A guy I sat next to at the game today had a British accent. He used to live in the US and then moved back to his native UK, but told me he catches ALL the Mets games online. He said he wasn't too familiar with Tatis, but as I was about to leave, he told me he liked the way he played. Can't argue with that London Logic.

So, the word Streak can now be used in a positive way as the Mets put more than 5 Ws together. It is all a matter of time. It's not how fast you play in May, but where you end up in late September.

For the true stat junkies, here is the box score.

Something else to ponder...I was listening to Steve Somers on WFAN and the topic was who to trade for Matt Holliday of the Rockies...a consensus was Aaron Heilman, and if you had to, Pelfrey. I'd go an alternative route: Heilman, Schoenweis and a prospect.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

2 Straight Shutouts Against the Giants...SO, What is the Downside?

There isn't any! Mets are playing better all around. Pitching is out of the funk. Leads are being held and extra bases are being sought.

True, the Giants aren't exactly league-beaters, but, the momentum is important and confidence is being built up. (In the fan base too!).

Santana pitched great and finally got a decision. Let's go for the Sweep~

Looking forward to reporting on the game tomorrow.

NOTE: According to RotoWire, Moises Alou is rehabbing well. Played a few innings and is going for a complete game in Binghamton. They also state: Spin: If Alou is able to remain healthy the next few days - which may be a feat all to itself - then he likely will be activated Friday.
RotoWire Wed, July 9
-- This should be interesting. He's a great hitter, no doubt. but a bit on the fragile side.

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Pelfrey - I Like-Y

So, Mike Pelfrey has turned me from a crusty curmudgeon "atheist" in his ability to a believer. A friend of mine, who used to do an occasional guest blog here (MAC) said to me last year, Pelfrey is legit. Wait. I did for a bit, but got tired (Jerseyites give about 10 seconds, TOPS!).

In the last 5 starts, he brought it around. In a fantasy league I am in, I stupidly traded Tim Linceum early in the year making a bold prediction he would suffer a sophomore jinx. Some freakin sage I am, right? Well, I was going to pick up Pelfrey for a spot start tonight, but surmised it would be a loss against the Mighty Tim.


Pelfrey put up some good numbers, didn't issue a BB and had 7 shutout innings. Plus, the team knocked the ball around including Argenis Reyes (pictured) with his first hit. For those who saw the broadcast, the ball was rolled back to the dugout, grabbed by Fernando Tatis (Yes, an HR tonight!) and he faked a toss into the crowd with a dummy ball.


Giants don't have much of an offense, but their mound presence is strong. Should be a good series. Just 1 1/2 games out. Don't ever discount the Mets -- NOT EVER.


Monday, July 07, 2008

How Do You Squander a 10-1 Lead?

BOX SCORE -- As I start this entry, we are in the bottom of the 9th. Wagner put the first man on, then the second and struck out Ryan Howard -- who hit a Jeffrey Maier assisted type Home Run earlier.

Pedro pitched brilliantly. The score was 10-1.

A series of runs (not Mets) begin crossing the plate.

Back to Wagner. two outs, two strikes...simple scenario expected, right? No. Base hit up the middle which Wagner seemed to refuse to deflect and two runs score. A sloppy win, but its a win and the Mets squeak 3 of 4 from the Phillies.

For the first time since June 5, the team is over .500 (45-44) - Thanks to SNY for the stat.

I guess the name for an apropos TV show would be "Survivor" for the Mets. Narrowly staying on.

Sunday, July 06, 2008

Waiting at the DMV Can Now Be a Pleasant Experience...

Today was a "Perfect Storm" of sports events. But, all seemed to run long time wise beyond expectations.

Wimbledon started and was stopped by two rain delays. (I tuned into a little of that).
Track and Field Championships for the US Olympic team caught my eye.
Tour de France (as a cycler, I envy these bikes..WOW)
And, the Mets...

What a long, entertaining, spine-tingling, spellbinding affair. Ollie Perez was Brilliant! (YES, I said that!) and I think he finally has his confidence back to pitch tough against a tough team and hold them to only 1 run.

Beltran's stick was stellar. Reyes was spot on with the acrobatic defense.

But, Wagner, Oh My. Did he put us through the hoops. 2 Out. 2 Strikes in the 9th. Up by two...then BOOM. A tie.

I have to add here, that in a spirit of serendipity, I fell asleep on the couch during part of the rain delay. I woke up, no lie, just as the first pitch was about to be thrown. Chalk one up for efficiency.

So, as the game was tied, we were running out of players and pitchers. I immediately thought of that Bugs Bunny episode where he was stranded on an island with 2 matches. Well, Tatis, the man who hit two grannies in an inning back in '99 pulled through again. It is nice to see another #17 (Kudos to Keith Hernandez) hitting and winning.

Two down, we gave the Phils one and Monday its ours to take 3.

Box Score (lot of innings to absorb)

PET PEEVE TIME: OK, let's get a little more hardy and have pitchers face more than 1 batter or a third of an inning.

Saturday, July 05, 2008

Awesome Come From Behind vs. First Place Phillies

See? The Mets DO have a good team full of hustle.

Admiration. Pride. Guts. That's what the fans need more of and the team will pull though. Honestly, after Ryan Howard tied the game with that monster 3-run HR, I thought the home field advantage would be the catalyst for the Phillies.

This is a good chance to rebound. The division is weak, so, the Mets aren't out of the running.

Lotta personnel in the game, but glad we pulled through....Sunday, away. (Wish it was Sunday Home so I could visit). Two more games in the series. I smell a 3-1 record.

Box score for posterity (and pride)

Friday, July 04, 2008

(J.) Manuel vs. (C.) Manuel - Nothing Automatic

Good game. Bad luck for the Mets. Santana was brilliant - at least I thought. Both managers, named Manuel. Interesting.

Well, give this one to Philly as it is July 4 and they wrote the Constituion and other famous articles that shaped the country.

Mets are going to come back and win the next two and the series.

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Pelfrey - Impressive

Watching Mike Pelfrey tonight against the Cardinals has a calming effect.

Throught five innings, 55 pitches and a 9-0 lead.

Ball seems to be groovin in and consistently hitting between 90-93 mph.

He's turning to be an asset vs. a liability. That's what baseball is all about.

Happy 4th. Back tomorrow. Santana is pitching. Phils. Need to sweep these mustardpretzelcheesesteakers.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Little Rain Delay

Mets were gaining some nice mometum against the Cards, and then - BOOM. Rain.

There's talk about Alou coming off the DL (AGAIN). Let's hope this is the last time. Alou is an excellent contact hitter, but he's never around. Let's get realistic if he has to get "Listed" again and find a healthy player (AHEM! Matt Holliday will be available next year).

Remember, we don't want Alou to be our drawn out version of --- Mike Hampton.

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Tony Armas Junior -- Shemp? Zeppo?

Tony Armas Jr. pitched a good game tonight and the Mets have another contender in the pitching conundrum...Unlike a few years ago, the starting 5 seem to be rotating a bit and that fifth guy seems to be a different player.

Some have done well (Nelson Figueroa for his early starts) and some have done bad (Jorge Sosa). It seems to be an open audition, but we need to get someone ready for the show.

Bottom of the 9th as I write...Lets hope the Sandman shuts em down 1-2-3

Box Score

Monday, June 30, 2008

Cardinals (Bird) -- Mets (Windshield)

Redbirds treated the Mets like a windshield today and just plastered them with runs.

Not much to write about. Blase' game.

Let's reconnect tomorrow.

Oh, and a special congrats (though not baseball related) to my good friend, MLT who will be tying the knot on July 5...Keep that Blackberry on during the ceremony for Mets updates.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Perez and Delgado Shut Me Up Today -- And I Am Grateful

As you may have inkled (that is past tense for an inkling) in several recent posts, I have gone postal over the performances of Ollie Perez and Carlos Delgado. Let's face it, the reasons have been legit, but I don't write for the sole purpose of bashing, but rather a personal analysis, color commentary and a bit of mystery tossed in.

So, today, I buckled my seat belt upon taking my seat (incidentally, I "walked" down a bit -- a few rows closer.

The place was packed and there was a good rivalry. But, you always get nervous with Perez. He was nothing short of brilliant. 8Ks, 0BB and 7 Innings....seems Koufax-like numbers, but I am not set to anoint ""46" as the next "32." Ollie didn't panic. And you could sense it. There was only 1 time where it looked like the Yankees would tie it up, but he kept his cool. Kept the pitching white-hot.

Delgado has been on fire. Another HR...I think I have seen maybe 6 of these in person.

What a thrill to beat the Yankees. On our grass. In our house. Which will be a flat land, eerily taken away by -- not eminent domain - but always remembered. And, the sandman, Ole Billy Wagner, shut em down.

Check out the box score for posterity, proof and pride.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Tommy, This Was For You

OK. I'm not happy the Mets lost, but it was kind of ironic that the Mets were playing the Yankees on June 28.

Four years ago, June 28, 2004 at around 3:30 p.m., I lost a good friend, a rival sports fan (he loved the Yankees, me, the Mets) and a true beacon in my life, My Uncle Tommy.

He was a Yankee fan as a kid and even saw Babe Ruth play. But, he's not with us anymore. We would have been going back and forth about the teams if we watched these subway series together...Well, Tommy, I miss ya big time, but your team got the win, congrats. I hope you watched the game with your Yankee Idols in the sky.

That win was for you Tommy. It's a big sacrifice for me to say that, but you gave a lot out of your life to me and this is your "W"

Love,

Paul

Friday, June 27, 2008

Trounce The Yanks On Their Turf

Today was the first time this year I went 'cross town to the rivals' Yankees house and I must say, a friend and I were treated to a great game. Originally, this was slated for a Friday in May, but was rained out.

Mets were nothing short of brilliant. I have been rough, tough and salty on Delgado, but today, he had a very good day. 2 Hrs (one a granny, one a 3-run and doubled in 2 to give him 9RBI.
See Box Score

In essence, the Mets of today were like the Mets of 05, 06 and early 07 - run scoring machines.

Tonight, the second part of the day-night doubleheader, they are being shut out in the 7th. Boys, I hope that rally happens.

Well, on to Sunday, where I will be back at Shea and I just saw that --- GULP ---- Ollie Perez is pitching.

Not that I root against him, but he's consistent..that is, unpredictable. That's what we KNOW - but we don't know the outcome. All I ask is that Ollie has a break-out like Delgado.

Incidentally, Michael Kay on ESPN Radio was saying that Delgado's efforts today was a result of Major League pitching gone diluted.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Random Met - Greg McMichael


Hard to believe its been 10 years since Greg McMichael was on the Mets.


Seems like he was a human yo-yo in the trade wars..take a look at this:

April 16, 1991: Signed as a Free Agent with the Atlanta Braves.

November 25, 1996: Traded by the Atlanta Braves to the New York Mets for a player to be named later and Paul Byrd. The New York Mets sent Andy Zwirchitz (minors) (May 25, 1997) to the Atlanta Braves to complete the trade.



June 4, 1998: Traded by the New York Mets with Dave Mlicki to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Brad Clontz and Hideo Nomo.

July 10, 1998: Traded by the Los Angeles Dodgers with cash to the New York Mets for Brian Bohanon.

July 31, 1999: Traded by the New York Mets with Jason Isringhausen to the Oakland Athletics for Billy Taylor.

Interesting...Traded twice within a month...Betcha there are tons of McMichael Dodger jerseys STILL collecting dust in the .99 Cent Stores across the world...The Mets should be trading one pitcher named Ollie Perez -- and take cash -- even if it is counterfeit Cuban currency.

Looks like McMichael is extremely religious: http://www.thegoal.com/players/baseball/mcmichael_greg/mcmichael_greg.html

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Wright Rights The Ship Against The Mariners

Little tired tonight here, but the W is important.

Third sacker, #5, David Wright showed the player he really is and launched two. Hopefully this is a confidence builder for him and the team. Box Score

Is it me, or is it odd that the Mets have trouble against the bad teams, but play the good teams well?

Well, time to get ready for the Subway series...I am heading to Yankee Stadium for the Friday afternoon game, then coming home and watching the night portion of the day/night double header. Oh, and returning to Shea on Sunday too!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Mariners Sink Mets

This loss was on par to the Titanic, General Slocum and the Sultana as far as sinking goes. 11-0 loss to the lowly Mariners.

I'm too sick to even include the box score. What if one day, long after we are all gone, archivists look for it. I don't want to be cited or associated with a loss such as this.

Mets need to hire a movie director who can go up and down the 25 man roster and yell "CUT!!! CUT!!!" Hope they point to Delgado, Heilman, and, oh, yes, a new fave, Ollie Perez. I am afraid to fathom how many losses their combined stats and efforts put the Mets in this quicksand.

I'm still a fan. I survived the badball of the 90s. I have missed only about 5 games on TV (traveling internationally) since 2006...Will Shawn Green come out of retirement? Will the Mets have a new first baseman next year?

I am slated to go to 2 of the 4 subway series games this coming weekend. Just hope I get a chance to use my lungs in a positive way.