Saturday, May 31, 2008
The image of the left was a stress test that reflects my reaction to each of his pitches.
Glad the Mets came out of the game well today. They were able to hold off potential base runners and kept the speedy Juan Pierre off the base stealing efforts.
Tomorrow night, Sunday, I am heading to the ESPN game. First time I get to see Santana pitch. I never have luck seeing the top Mets pitchers hurl. In the early 90s, I always wound up with a Wally Whitehurst or Sid Fernandez. As of late, it has either been Pelfrey, Perez or Figueroa.
Here's the box score for posterity (translation, so Pelfrey's mom can read it). Interesting note I forgot to mention a few days ago...Duaner Sanchez, who won the other day, had a rare opportunity to bat. It amazed me how much hustle he had as he ran to first base
Friday, May 30, 2008
Thursday, May 29, 2008
A good feeling to see the Mets win 3 straight. Being Italian, we have a semi-superstition that things come in 3s. Concrete proof: Moe, Larry and Curly.
Mets played with enthusiasm and their heads in the game. Chavez throws the speedy Pierre out at the dish. Let's hope this is the turnaround.
Stock markets go through corrections and rebound. It's the Amazin's turn now.
Note to Joe Torre...Mets got a little better since you managed em!
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
After seeing a stat that said the Mets were 1-19 after being behind in the 6th inning, I felt a low esteem and thinking another L would come, but the Amazin's turned it around. Heilman got 6 straight outs - including striking out the side. Endy hit a game tying HR on an 0-2 count, and Fernando Tatis is finding his groove with a game winning hit.
Ahhhhh....let's get the ball rolling again
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Reyes kept the streak alive - something like 12 games with a hit, and the team held on to a lead and didn't squander it.
A friend of mine said that Beltran lacks the hustle and this seems to be cascading to the other players.
Let's ponder a thought here...Church comes back (no Vatican jokes, I already made a lame attempt at one and didn't hear you chuckle) to right field. Keep Beltran in center **SIGH** and platoon Tatis and Evans in left. We really don't feel Alou will have much of an impact.
For what its worth, has anyone notices with the over 4 decade crowd (or close), Hernandez, Alou, Pedro - when they were healthy last year, the team played well. This year, they are on the DL and the team is tanking. Life DOES begin at 40.
I am hoping this game is a turning point. Deep down, I know it is.
Monday, May 26, 2008
Today's game was a washout (I probably used that line before in a post), but the good news is that Reyes' bat came alive, 2 solo HRs. One thing that has been missing from Jose this year is the coveted triple. Though he has 5, and ESPN projects 17, they seem to be few and far between.
- Just a side note, it seems to me, save for the bonehead play where he got picked off, Hanley Ramirez 2008 is Jose Reyes 2007. On the board, making great plays, offensively and defensively. Jose needs to step it up a notch to recapture that else he will be the next Rey Ordonez. (So many Mets shortstops were billed as the next greatest. I am still awaiting Rafael Santana to walk on water).
- One thing that surprised the hell (yes, I can say Hell, its my blog) Aaron Heilman pitched and didn't allow any runs and just 1 hit in 2 innings.
- Sad News - Geremi Gonzalez, a Met who pitched in three games died in his native country of Venezuela after he was struck by lightning. R.I.P. Geremi, you are one of us Mets for eternity. http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080526/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbo_obit_geremi_gonzalez
- Perhaps with all the turmoil going on, former Mets manager of the mid to late 1960s, Wes Westrum once said, "Baseball is like church. Many attend but few understand."
- One interesting stat, no Met ever hit three home runs in a game at Shea.
- This Sunday, June 1, I will be doing a "double header" - riding 45 miles in the am for a bike rally, then showering (of course!) and getting to Shea to see Johan Santana pitch.
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Friday, May 23, 2008
At first base, we used to have Carlos Delgado. now we have....
On the mound, we just got rid of all, but kept Maine and Santana...
Now, in the outfield and the bullpen, we did a nip here, a tuck there and sent a few of our subjects to AAA New Orleans...
Thursday, May 22, 2008
(I'm here all week, don't forget to tip the hostess and wait staff...).
So the Mets were ahead 2-1 in the seventh and the floodgates broke open. Beltran couldn't get to a ball that was hit to his left and that spurred a rally. Santana pitched well, but only 1 K.
4 losses and swept by the Braves, 3 losses to the Nats. Where does the logic start and the insanity end?
Today we hear the Moises Alou is going back on the DL with a strained calf. OK, I like Alou, he's a good hitter and it would have been nice to have him on the Metropolitans when he was younger. Is he going to be our version of Mike Hampton? Someone to keep way past their prime - what will be the value when healed? Is it worth the time? Alou is a proven player, but at this stage of the game, as a pensioner, he should be a DH somewhere.
The obvious question is who/what do you do to replace Alou? Is the outfield ready for Endy Chavez, Beltran and Church? I think someone stronger needs to be out there.
Here are a few I propose that we get via trade. Naturally, Pelfrey, Delgado, Heilmann and Castillo would be on the trading block:
- David Murphy - Rangers http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/players/fantasy?playerId=28582
- Josh Hamilton - Rangers http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/players/fantasy?statsId=6679&leagueId=3603
- Eric Byrnes - Diamondbacks http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/players/profile?playerId=4498
I'd be interested in hearing others who would be an asset...
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
After Church gets hit in the temple last night, the pews in Atlanta have been roaring and after being on the ground last night, I am glad he has risen.
But, the mystery remains on why the Mets can't put it together.
Take a look at this 7 minute Bugs Bunny cartoon, Baseball Bugs. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gkz3_LD5MVs&eurl=http://video.google.com/videosearch?sourceid=navclient&ie=UTF-8&rlz=1T4GZHY_enUS243US243&q=%22bASEBALL%20B It is what the Mets are feeling now.
I'd just love for one of the Mets starters to say "watch me pace this pathetic palooka with a powerful paralyzing pachedermic percussion pitch...."
Ahhhh...see ya tomorrow. Time to hit the showers.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
So, we all heard that Mike Piazza has officially hung up his catcher's mitt (NOT first baseman's mitt as the Mets tried to migrate him 90 feet from his preferred domicile) forever.
I, personally am saddened. Piazza was the sparkler that lit up the Mets when he came here after a week on the beach with the Florida Marlins in '98. I always admired him when he was a Dodger and he really made a big impression with the fans. Back when he first came on the scene in '92, his rookie baseball card was in the high stratosphere of price. Now, you judge a ballplayer by what % he is owned in fantasy leagues.
Piazza was everything Mets.
See article from MLB.com: http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20080520&content_id=2737852&vkey=news_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb
The kids admired him. The teens admired him and the adults admired him. He was a player that looked good and always gave it his all.
A very good friend of mine in my former field knew Mike Piazza's dad back in Norristown, PA and told me years ago he knew Mike as a supernice kid.
It's funny, we all know how he was drafted by Tommy Lasorda as a favor to Mike's dad. He went 62 rounds, the 1390th pick overall - and what happens? A Hall of Fame Career. This shows you anything is possible in baseball. Summary of Draft: http://www.baseball-reference.com/draft/index.cgi?year_ID=1988&round=62&draft_type=junreg
Mike, we miss you. Note to Mets - Retire # 31
Monday, May 19, 2008
He still holds many team records and probably will for years to come.
I had the pleasure of meeting him when I was a kid. He came to my baseball camp and gave tips, signed autographs (somewhat reluctantly) and we were all thrilled to see him. I see him patrolling 1st base every time I go to Shea. Some things just stick with you.
I hope many of today's Mets look at Ed as a Beacon -- he is truly what the orange and blue is all about.
Tomorrow, we have a double header against the Braves. Granted, my radio will be on at work.
Sunday, May 18, 2008
So far the game is going well and the Mets seemed to have found their stride. Playing better ball and confidence seems to be back. We have 3 more innings to go, and Joe Smith is warming up. Let's hope the last place Yanks have trouble hitting side armers.
I'm tapped out for now. Double header on Tues...Can't wait!
Saturday, May 17, 2008
As mentioned in yesterday's posting, I went to the game and it was called as we got past the turnstiles.
There is an aura of confidence with the team when Santana pitches and I must say, it was a gem despite giving up the HRs. Boys and Girls, this is a known fact that he surrenders many round trippers. I heard since 2001 he is 9th on the active list.
My level of confidence was inflated ten thousand fold when the graphic popped up that said the Yankees were 0-22 when trailing in the seventh inning. (And they call Mariano Rivera "Mr. Automatic." -- Now we can make that 0-23.
Crowds make a game like today and while the novelty of interleague play has worn off (probably in all honesty, circa 1999 - I still love these contests. Bragging rights never go out of style...
Friday, May 16, 2008
In any event, the Mets really need a shake-up with the team to get that cohesive gel together.
I'm remaining a fan through this. I survived the early 90s. This is nothing.
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Pelfrey finally had his game on. Mets can't get any ducks to waddle home.
I'm heading to the game Friday night against the Yankees. Gotta buckle up.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
OK, this is what the Mets need to do - H-I-T -- with some consistency. And PITCH.
Heilman now scares me.
It seems that every reliever gives me the tensions I used to feel when John Franco would come into the game. You KNEW they were going to blow it, but the question was WHEN?
Just peel the band-aid off quickly and the pain is over. Don't rip it slowly.
JOY. Pelfrey is pitching tomorrow. Break out the confidence towels.
Let me end the rant here. I am just plain dumbfounded how things unravel. I used to take middle relief pitching for granted, but it really is the heart of making or breaking the game. For once, I'd like to see it be the "make."
Box Score: NOTE - NOT FOR THE SQUEAMISH http://sports-ak.espn.go.com/mlb/boxscore?gameId=280514121
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
The Mets needed to make a move -- a right move, and this is it. Lately, the bats are alive and the middle relief has been blowing it. Sosa was either lights out (more like candles blown out) when he was on, other times, little leaguers could hit him better than they could a T-Ball.
Duaner was almost a goner after he had two on and was able to get out of the inning. Don't think he's immune.
What puzzles me is the talk about sending down Joe Smith. He's pretty safe and gets the job done. The sidearm motion is one that baffles many a batter.
I plan to talk about sidearmers a little later down the road in a post, but want to emphasize I am all for them. Mets had Chad Bradford, Brad Clontz and a few others in the past.
Nice to see Fernando Tatis come back...only because he is the only man in history to hit 2 *yes, Dos* grand slams in one inning. I'd settle for one a game to get the lead and the win.
It is going to be interesting to see the middle relief in the coming days. Wise, and others. But, one thing mystifies me is how Scott Schoenweis is escaping scrutiny.
Back to my dayjob (well, tomorrow, it is late as I write this)...If I had all the solutions, I'd be a GM.
On another note, I got a ticket for the Friday night game against the Yankees. Santana on the mound. I won't jinx myself, but this is the first Mets game in eons I went to where there was a Name Pitcher (thanks Jim Bouton for that phrase - well, really, "name player") besides Ollie Perez, Pelfrey and Figueroa. OH. Not to mention Chan Ho Park who I got to see pitch in his lone appearance with the Mets last year. He was on the mound and the folks in the stands were the ones that were doing the hurling.
Monday, May 12, 2008
There I was sitting high with my mighty Mets who may have lost the same day too, but not as bad. Maybe a 9-7 or a 6-3 or maybe even 4-3.
So, what happens today, I gorge myself on some pie. Humble Pie. The lowly Nationals some how again tore apart the Mets as they had their momentum going. After the score reached double digits, I knew I was on a second helping. These losses are fattening. So fattening, that no one was able to sit in the orange seats by the 7th inning.
All I know is I am going to pass up the humble pie the next time a trouncing like this happens and just break out the tissues and weep.
12 Hits, 4 Runs and 16 men left on base for the Mets...OH, the good news? The Nats left 21 on base. Shudder to think what the score WOULD have been if there was hustle?
For "posterity" here is the box score: http://sports-ak.espn.go.com/mlb/boxscore?gameId=280512121
Sunday, May 11, 2008
A good win over the Reds today. Ollie Perez looked a bit shaky in the early stages, but managed to escape severe damage.
I had the ticket for today's game, but had to give it to a good friend since it was Mother's Day. But, I had the game on in the background and enjoyed it.
Griffey had a good series and it was nice to see Junior back. Wish he came to the Mets several years ago. Odd stat... something like Junior hit 438 home runs (give or take) by the age of 31 and only 159 since 2001. Imagine if he was injury free during this period. Barry Bonds would have been a footnote.
Saturday, May 10, 2008
Very nice decisive wins - two 12 run games in a row. But as I am writing this, they are in the top of the 9th in the second of the day/night doubleheader and losing 4-1. (Hoping for a turnaround. This would be true Mets Magic as we have come to know).
RAMBLINGS...Interesting stat that Brian Schnieders home run was his first extra base hit of the year. More to come. And, if I saw things correctly, Pelfrey pitched without the mouth guard...Nice to see Willie brought in Billy when the Mets were losing. Sometimes it makes sense in a non-save situation to preserve the other teams lead by good pitching defense, then come back with a bat-wielding offense. UGH...A run scored.
Friday, May 09, 2008
Two days of rest is going to be good for the Mets. Especially for the bicep/tricep weary bullpen.
I think it is time for us to start putting our mid-season wish list together. A few pitchers for sure. Why not take a few that Billy Beane in Oakland has been developing. He gets some solid, bargain basement kids with good numbers.
Getting back to the games..."Let's WIN two" (Sorry Ernie Banks for modifying your signature quote, but we need it).
Thursday, May 08, 2008
Fast forward a few decades and into the new century and what do you have? A team decimated by lack of top quality players and injured stars long past their prime (for the record, I always admired Ken Griffey, both Per and Fils).
So, it is now incumbent upon the Mets to kick start their engines and roll over the Reds in the Blue and Orange Machine.
I expect a sweep.
Wednesday, May 07, 2008
I didn't see the whole game, just parts of the replay, but they looked good.
Maine is going to be a solid anchor with the ball (and the bat too!) - Side note -- ever since my recent post about pitchers that hit, well...pitchers HAVE been hitting.
A bit of residue came from last night's game. Always nice to see a 40+ year old man coming off hernia surgery and a sore ankle stealing a base...May I add, home plate!
Guys, take Thursday off and focus on scoring, hitting and spraying the ball. The momentum will turn around.
See you guys tomorrow.
Tuesday, May 06, 2008
I have heard some friends say that Randolph must go. This is nuts for the time being. It is in the personnel. Beltran, Delgado, Castillo and the pitching staff are just having horrendous periods.
I want to focus on Beltran here for a sec. He's only hitting around .216 and there just doesn't seem to be any zip or emotion in him. I guess once the check is cashed, the incentive is gone.
Walter Alston, manager of the Dodgers from circa 1955 until circa 1976/77 had the right idea. One year contracts. The multi-year deal has taken the vinegar out of the players, and we are just left with piss. (If you recall, piss and vinegar = spryness).
Let's get it back. Beltran, step up to the plate. And wait for your pitch and swing. Don't let it go by. (We all remember 2006 and our tolerance will not forgive more incidents like that).
Monday, May 05, 2008
Ollie, if we recall was the throw-in for that unbeknownst logic trade that brought Roberto Hernandez for - ** GASP ** X-Man, Xavier Nady.
I think that Thomas Edison, who took "one thousand steps" to develop the light bulb would agree that Perez's performance as of late is dull and incandescent.
We need to sweep Torre's Dodgers.
Sunday, May 04, 2008
Santana pitched a good game, but Willie needs to give the pen a little rest. Rightie vs. Rightie; Leftie vs. Leftie - that has to cool down a bit.
Box Score for historical posterity: http://sports-ak.espn.go.com/mlb/boxscore?gameId=280504129
Saturday, May 03, 2008
But Pelfrey is just horrible out there and Duaner Sanchez was giving runs away like priests giving candy to children.
Perhaps if Pelfrey takes out the mouth guard, we may get some semblance of....I don't know - something. He has yet to get past the 5th inning and our bullpen is getting bullied.
Box Score: http://sports-ak.espn.go.com/mlb/boxscore?gameId=280503129
Friday, May 02, 2008
As this is being written, top of the first, Arizona Diamondbacks, the Mets look to be back in their signature form that seemed to have been tossed overboard and "abandoned ship" after the last few games.
Moises Alou just singled and drove another one in.
To quote the phrase from the 80s... THE MAGIC IS BACK.
(I hope this momentum will hold up the rest of the game) - and beyond.
EVEN DELGADO JUST GOT A HIT!!!!!!!!!
OK, I'm going to watch and cheer my boys on the rest of the game.
Box score: http://sports-ak.espn.go.com/mlb/boxscore?gameId=280502129