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The K-Rod fiasco

Friday, August 13th, 2010

Once again the NY Mets have made the news. This time it wasn’t for a terrible, painful, excruciating, heart-wrenching loss. No it wasn’t for a Mets pitcher being accused of raping a woman on a golf course. No, it wasn’t a vote of support for the manager or the GM. This time it was for their closer punching out his girlfriend’s father after a loss. Most of us already hate K-rod. He has blown way too many games already this year and last year. Every time he comes in, he finds a way to scare the piss out of you. Now he’s a criminal so we can hate him more.

 

The Mets fined K-rod $125,000 for his actions in the family room at Citi Field after Wednesday’s bullpen blow-up loss after yet another fine performance by Jon Niese. Whatever may have happened behind closed doors, K-rod’s behavior is inexcusable. You can’t behave like that in front of your team mates and their families. I really  hope Bud Selig suspends him for his reckless behavior and the Citi Field faithful boo him more than they already do in future games.

Why the Mets will re-sign Carlos Delgado this offseason

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009
Delgado in uniform playing...something we hoped for last season

Delgado in uniform playing...something we hoped for last season

Recently it was discussed by our beloved blogmaster what the Mets WILL do this offseason…not necessarily what they SHOULD do or what the common folk Mets fan want them to do. Sign Matt Holliday-check. Sign Bengie Molina-agreed. Sign Jason Marquis-right on (heck, he may even pay them). However, I tend to differ at the platooning of Daniel Murphy at first base with unknown player to be named later. As much as Mets fans would love to have Adrian Gonzalez here in a trade, its just not reasonable. The Mets WILL sign Carlos Delgado to a a 1 yr deal and here’s why… (more…)

Let the free agency bliss begin…

Friday, November 20th, 2009
Sign me NY!

Sign me NY!

November 19th is over, November 20th is here. Big time moves! Big time trades! Or just nothing for a long long time as I expect. This year’s class of free agents aren’t great. In fact, its kind of dismal. But as a Mets fan, you want your team’s owner to open his wallet (which is $30 million lighter this off-season so far) and spend some money because no matter what excuses you can make, 70 wins isn’t gonna cut it for a team that should be playoff caliber that played more like the Brooklyn Cyclones in 2009.

 

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The (enjoyable) demise of Steve Phillips

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

As a Mets fan when you hear a story like this, you have to chuckle. Unless you’ve been living under a rock the last few days, I am sure most of you have heard that 46 yr old former Mets GM and current ESPN baseball analyst is in some hot water…more than he is with Mets fans due to his cheating ways. According to several media outlets, Phillips had an affair with a 22 yr old production assistant on ESPN over this past summer. Phillips, who consistently takes digs at the Mets organizations and its fans (as if he was fired for no reason) on his broadcasts got his “just desserts” when the young female pulled a “Fatal Attraction” on him. Reports are that the female hand-delivered a letter to Phillips wife at his ritzy Wilton, Connecticut home describing the affair, comments about Phillips children, and even Phillips anatomy. (This story would’ve gotten better only if she described how inadequate he is but I digress). Among the craziness done on to the Phillips family, the mistress Brooke Hundley, accessed Phillips son’s facebook page, texted, and phone his wife repeatedly saying both can’t be with him (is he that great?) and even crashed her car after delivering the letter. Phillips, who was canned from the Mets in 2003 has a history of cheating. In 1998, he was cited for having an affair with Mets employee Rosa Rodriguez and took a week long absence then while paying her off a handsome sum. ESPN has apparently done the same by suspending him for a week. If I was a guessing man, I would surmise that Phillips will be receiving a permenant suspension from his wife! F you Steve Phillips, what goes around comes around!

The 2009 Mets: A Season to Forget

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

What strikes me about the caption is that I still have a VHS from the 86 Mets team when they won the World Series entitled “1986 Mets: A Year to Remember.” I imagine that’s the last good Mets team that we’ve seen. Aside from the 1988, 2000, and 2006 Mets that should have won the World Series; the 86 team was the last team to actually have won something. So where do we begin now that it is the end of a long, painful, injury ridden, heart-wrenching, headache-roaring season? We can start with what should have been…

 The season started off with a lot of promise and hope. Even SI deemed this team to win the World Series (or was that the kiss of death?). The team started off hot the first two months of the season with an incredible Month of May when they went 19-9 May and then the injury bug came. End result 70-92 and oh yeah….23 games behind the 1st place Phils (who by the way won the division crown for the 3rd straight year). Then the next injury came, and the next, and the next, and so on. If you forgot the Mets injuries this year, let me refresh your memory…

METS ON THE D-L IN 2009
4-5 Billy Wagner (Elbow)
4-5 Tim Redding (Shoulder)
4-5 Angel Pagan (Elbow)
4-17 Brian Schneider (Back)
5-7 Oliver Perez (Knee)
5-16 Carlos Delgado (Hip)
5-18 Alex Cora (Thumb)
5-26 Jose Reyes (Calf)
5-26 Ryan Church (Leg)
6-3 Ramon Martinez (Finger)
6-5 JJ Putz (Elbow)
6-12 John Maine (Shoulder)
6-22 Carlos Beltran (Knee)
7-9 Fernando Martinez (Knee)
7-20 Fernando Nieve (Leg)
7-25 Gary Sheffield (Leg)
8-6 Jon Niese (Leg)
8-17 David Wright (Head)

8-24 Johan Santana (elbow)

8-25 Jeff Francoeur (thumb)

8-26 Oliver Perez (knee…again)

 

Did I miss anything? If I did, I just finally stopped keeping track. I have never seen a team ravaged with such misfortune in my entire life. This team needs an overhaul and here is what needs to be done in 2010. There are three things that need immediate addressing and a 4th for honorable mention.

 

1. Starting Pitching: The Mets have an ace in Johan Santana. I can’t imagine Santana not bouncing back from his elbow injury and giving us a great season in 2010. He is a true warrior that would have played through bone chips provided his team was in contention. But after that, it gets a little suspect. The Mets have Ollie Perez for another 2 more seasons and at his age, he has proven that he can be effective (at times) and certainly worth another shot in the starting rotation…and besides who else is going to eat the other two years of his 12 million a year contract? You hope his injury was the reason for his diminished velocity and worse than normal poor control of his pitches. Third the Mets will probably tender the contract of John Maine making Maine as the #4 starter. If he can remain healthy and at 28 years old, whose to think anything different? That leaves the need for a #2 and #5 starter. Let’s get on the phone and bring in Roy Halladay. Clearly the Jays are going to be shopping him this off-season so why not to the Mets. There’s no one off limits as far as I am concerned except for Reyes and Wright. I also believe John Lackey is a free agent this season and is probably the most coveted out of all the pitching free agents. At 31 years old and with a pretty respectable pitching resume, he’s also near the top of my list. Rich Harden and Ben Sheets I believe are attainable as well…although both injury prone, both have immense talent. If Sheets (torn flexor tendon) can bounce back like Carpenter did from Tommy John, then it’s worth a shot at probably a low contract one year incentive laden deal.

 

2. 1st base: We all know that Daniel Murphy can not be our starting 1st baseman come 2010. I still can’t get over on sports talk radio how much Met fans love this guy so much and think that he can be their everyday 1st baseman. His OBP is .310, need I say more? Yes, he’s likable and seems to be playing hard but he’s pretty awful. He gets a nice spot on the bench if you ask me and as a pinch hitter late in a game. The big question is do you bring back Carlos Delgado? He’s 38 years old with a bad hip. His 2007 season was impressive .271 38 115 but can it translate two years later and in a bigger park? I’ve been hearing rumors that the Brewers are shopping Prince Fielder and any Mets fan would certainly love him to be their 2010 first baseman. The other free agents (LaRoche, Johnson, Branyan, and Blalock) are out there too but none really strike me as any better of an option then re-signing Delgado.

 

3. Left Field: Carl Crawford, Carl Crawford, Carl Crawford! Imagine Reyes and Crawford at the top of your line-up? Stolen bases galore, runs scored a-plenty. RBI chances for Wright and Beltran and 1st basemen-no name. If the Rays don’t pickup the club option of $10M for Crawford, he’s tops on my list. Jason Bay wouldn’t be a bad option either but I think the Sox will re-sign him. Willy Mo Pena and Garrett Anderson aren’t gonna cut it for this Mets fan.

4. (Honorable Mention) Catcher: The days of Brian Schneider are over and I believe Omir Santos has had his hey-day (that Sox walk-off against Papelbon in Boston). The Mets clearly need something fresh here. Victor Martinez is out there but will probably command some big money. So is Bengie Molina but he is aging and beat-up. I think this is the one position that the Mets can get someone who can actually platoon with Santos like Greg Zaun who won’t cost much to attain.

The Mets will probably pull off one good signing and one good trade this off season with this relatively poor free agent class. I wouldn’t break the bank on any one player and just hope this team can finish with 85 wins next season since the playoffs aren’t probably a reasonable expectation.

April Showers

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

We’ve all heard the old adage “April Showers bring May flowers.” The hope is that all the damp, dreary, and awful weather brings out beautiful flowers soon after. Truth is, it is April and it sure seems like it rains a lot…and if your a Met fan, its absolutely pouring out! All of us just hope for better weather for the Mets. Right now, the Mets can’t get out of their own way this month and stand at a putrid 6-8 to start the season. The Nationals can’t get here soon enough!

Last night, John Maine was awful…again. He allowed 5 runs and left the game down 5-1. He walked 5 batters (three of them scoring runs). He left with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 6th inning and two outs and if Casey Fossum didn’t get a groundout, it would have been much worse for Maine. Right now the Mets 2-4 starters E.R.A. are pretty awful. Mike Pelfrey’s E.R.A. is 8.10 (thats our #2 folks), Ollie Perez E.R.A. is 7.80, and John Maine is sporting a 7.47 E.R.A.  Now you know why this team is 6-8 and in an evident tailspin. It angers me (more than usual) watching these games especially last night. The Mets once again had chances with RISP and only managed to score a total of 2 runs against Joel Piniero and nearly allowed him to pitch a complete game. Last I checked Joel Piniero s not Tim Lincecum. There is no reason whatsover this team could not manage a hit from the 4th inning to the 9th. If you were a sucker like me, you actually hung on the whole time and watched the entire game. The Mets made is somewhat interesting in the 9th when Wright hit a leadoff double. Delgado then grounded out. Beltran singled allowing Wright to score and now its 5-2. Church then popped up. Now is where I play Monday morning quarterbacking because the Mets should have pinch hit Jeremy Reed for Castro and hoped he would have gotten on base to give Sheff a chance to tie the game. Instead Jerry uses Sheff to bat with Beltran on to face closer Ryan Franklin. Sheff, at best, could have made it 5-4. Instead, he grounds out softly to end the game. Another Met loss, another Met fan second-guessining Jerry’s moves. Another Met fan staring out the window wondering when the rain will stop

The Mets Open up at Citi Field Their First Big Game

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

After the Mets had dropped 3 of their last 4 games (all on the road), it is safe to say that the Met players and Met fans all were looking forward to coming home and this was a BIG GAME. The Mets brought out all the bells and whistles to open up Citi Field. They brought back stars like Darryl Strawberry, Doc Gooden, Rusty Staub, and John Franco. They also brought back the tandem of Mike Piazza and Tom Seaver to throw out the first pitch just as they did to close out Shea Stadium last September. There was excitement at the ballpark and for those watching at home (or at the bowling alley). But it all came crashing down…quick…in typical Mets fashion.

 Mike Pelfrey was once again ineffective giving up 5 runs in 5 innings and giving up a leadoff homerun to obscure Jody Gerut on the third pitch of the game. Granted, the Mets did make a comeback when David Wright cracked a 3-2 pitch off of ex-Mexican league starter Walter Silva over the left field wall tying the game and making the 41,000+ in attendance shake the new foundation. But in typical Mets fashion, they could not finish the job as ex-Mets Duaner Sanchez (whose Met uniform could still be in the laundry its been so quick) held on in the 8th inning and Heath Bell closed them out in the 9th. A fitting end to a team that really can not win the big game.

 This game angered me in a lot of ways. The ineffectiveness of Pelfrey (again), the balk by Feliciano after he got 2 outs with a man on third, and the dropped ball by Mr. Concussion 2008- Ryan Church. This was a nationally televised game on ESPN. Heck, they even held Baseball Tonite there after the game. I am sure Steve Phillips was laughing to himself no matter what (fake) good things has to say about the Mets. This is a game you have to win. This is the San Diego Padres 2009. Not San Diego Padress 1998. I don’t care what their record says (6-2 if you were asking) but they stink. Beyond Jake Peavy and Adrian Gonzalez they are nothing and yet they are the ones celebrating after the game. Sound strikingly familiar? Yes, because the Padres looked a lot like the Marlins did the last 2 seasons…raining on the Mets parades in a historic game.

 There were some good things to take from this game. Reyes tried to leg a single to center field into a double and would have been safe provided he could have put the brakes on the jets a second sooner. I liked that Wright, who has been heavily criticized the first week of the season (yours truly no exception), hit a huge 3 run clutch HR and made the place erupt- the first Met regular season HR of Citi Field. I was again impressed with Putz and K-Rod who really seem to be the only 2 guys in the bullpen that can get outs provided they can actually get a lead.

 

So for all the excitement that this new ballpark brought to Met fans last nite with the singing of the National Anthem by the cast of West Side Story, the first pitch by Seaver (a strike I might add) to Piazza, the glamour of past Met greats in attendance, and the feeling of a sold out crowd in attendance; it all went to nothing as this team once again showed you that they can not win the BIG GAME.

The Mets First Road Trip

Sunday, April 12th, 2009

So here they are your 2009 New York Mets about to pop open the champagne bottles and christen beautiful Citi Field tomorrow evening after a stellar road trip and leading the NL East…right? Wrong! After a mediocre .500 start against lowly Cincinati and Florida, there is not that much to be proud about. The Mets are 3-3 after 6 games into the season sitting smack in the middle of the NL East. This team lost 2 of 3 to a Marlins team that has approximately $100 million dollar payroll LESS than they do. The sad part about this series is the 2 losses were games the Mets could have won. Friday night’s 5-4 loss in the bottom of the 9th was tough especially after they had come back off of closer Matt Lindstrom to tie it at 4-4 when bench player Jeremy Reed came up with a huge 2-out RBI single. Most Met fans like myself actually thought this was going to be a battle of bullpens where the Mets had a clear edge. However, it would not be the case as Darren O’Day gave up the game-ending single to Jorge Cantu scoring Emilio Bonafacio (who sure as heck in making his case for front-runner of NL ROY). And to today…(sigh)…this one hurt. Johan Santana goes out there and pitches 7 innings of 3 hit and 13 strikeout ball and loses due to an error by Daniel Murphy. Well that and Josh Johnson was basically unhittable the first 8 innings. In the 9th, the Mets excited you again when Delgado doubled with 2 out, followed by a Beltran RBI single making it 2-1. Then Johnson falls behind Church 3-0 before he lines out. Before you know it, your on the plane back to Queens (a somber plane ride I am sure) and carrying a mediocre 3-3 record. What went wrong?

I found one main thing that was wrong with this team during this series and through the first 6 games overall. LACK OF HITTING WITH RISP!!! Friday night they were 0-12. Today, they weren’t much better. There were opportunities today (although not many) to crack through. If the Mets intend to be a contender in the National League and have playoff aspirations, their big stars like David Wright (whom I find most guilty on this list) and Jose Reyes need to come up with the big hits. I can’t take another year of Wright batting .243 with RISP again. Hopefully playing an awful San Diego Padres team the next 3 games (without having to face Peavy) will give this team exactly what they need…a shot in the arm to kickstart their season. For now, we can not get too worried because the season is only a week old but if your a Mets fan, your used to worrying anyway.

TJV101’s 2009 Predictions and Comments

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

METS QUESTIONS 

Can this team finally erase the demons of the past two years and make the playoffs?

I believe so. They fixed their one big overall problem…their ‘pen. When your bullpen blows 29 of 72 leads, there is a good chance your not making the playoffs! The Mets have fixed this with Putz and K-Rod. I believe this team is as good offensively as the Phils if not better. The Mets beat the Phils 10 out of 17 times they faced each other last year. Thats not just good luck folks. Their ‘pen blew several others against them. This is the NL East Division champ folks.

What kind of impact will we see out of the revamped bullpen?

Shall we start by holding leads for a change! Putz and K-Rod aren’t gonna be perfect through the season but they certainly are gonna be better than Sho and Wagner/Ayala in the 8th and 9th inning.

What do you expect from Jerry Manuel in his first full year as manager?

I like a lot about Jerry Manuel. First off, he’s very relaxed all the time. He knows his team is good and him radiating confidence during his press conferences and his throughout his general demeanor make you a little less worried that General Willie. I think he will lead this team to the division crown.

Will the Mets regret not upgrading in the outfield corners?

Well they did upgrade with the Sheffield acquisition the weekend before the season started. This should push Church and Murphy to play better knowing that a Hall of Famer is knocking on their outfield starter’s position door (more so Church).

Will the lack of depth for the fifth starter job become a problem?

I am ok with Livan Hernanedez in this spot. We all know he is an innings eater and when healthy can give you 200+ innings. He will have an ERA around 5 all season so don’t expect him to be pretty out there, but with this offense, he should be able to keep the Mets in games. I wasn’t against re-signing Pedro for an incentive laden contract, but apparently he didn’t want that. I guess the $52 million he took for the 1.5 years worth of work he did for his 4 year contract was ok for him.

What do you think about the Mets bench?

The Mets bench is a little shaky. Marlon Anderson is not effective anymore nor is Alex Cora. Fernando Tatis had a surprisingly good season last year so there is hope for him. Adding Sheffield was a big help whether he is effective or not. He can still hit and will strike fear in pitchers on his reputation alone.

Will the following Mets repeat, exceed, or regress in 2009?

Jose Reyes

I see Reyes having another good season. I think it is fair to say he can bat .300, hit 15 HR’s, drive in 75 RBI’s and steal more than 56 bases this year. I expect Reyes to steal close to 80 this year and help catapult this team to early 1st inning runs.

Luis Castillo

With all the talk about Castillo losing weight, he clearly should be healthier and more productive. The days of him batting .300 are over but he should serve as a decent 2nd basement and a respectable 8th hitter.

David Wright

I kinda agree with Joe here that I feel Wright might not be as productive as seasons past. I think his HR’s will be down (mainly due to Citi Field) and expect 25 from him and drive in around 100 RBI’s. He will bat around .300 but will give his usual hot and cold streaks. Let’s hope he hits better with RISP than he did last season.

Carlos Delgado

Delgado is back! After an awesome second-half of last season and an very good WBC and spring training this year, Delgado will come out swinging. He looks more confident up there than last year and doesn’t seem as anxious to swing at so many bad pitches. I think he will serve as a good cleanup hitter and give his usual .270 avg and hit about 32 HR’s and have 110 RBI’s.

Carlos Beltran

I think this is the year Beltran hits .300! He will drive in a ton of runs mostly with singles and doubles. I don’t think he will hit as many HR’s as last season (I believe he hit 27). This core of the lineup will score a ton of runs just like last season.

Ryan Church

Church should play more than last season mostly because he is not plagued this season with concussions. I do expect him to serve as a decent 6th batter in the lineup and provide good defense with a cannon arm.

Daniel Murphy

This guy is the big question mark for me. We all know the Mets organization is very high on him. My goodness, he’s guaranteed his left field job and sandwiched between Reyes and Wright. I hope all this confidence in him pays off. If he is as good as they hope he is, expect him to hit close to .300 and have about 170 hits.

Brian Schneider

Do we even care about this position? We all know Schneider is there purely for his glove and arm. He’s not Russ Martin or Joe Mauer though with his bat so don’t expect much production.

Johan Santana

Our ace of the squad had an awesome season last year and his bullpen blew 7 leads for him. He should have won the Cy Young Award if the pen would’ve held on to half of those. Its not out of reach for this guy to get 20 wins, strike out 200+, and have a sub 3 ERA. Here’s your NL Cy Young Winner folks!

John Maine

I think the 2-4 starters are all shaky and will start off poorly. I expect Maine to finally get it going in June when he gets more comfortable with his mechanics. He wasn’t pretty duiring the Spring. 12 wins would be more than fair to expect.

Oliver Perez

After Ollie signed his new contract with the Mets, he looked mostly terrible in the spring and blamed it on the WBC for him being behind his schedule. I am concerned about his velocity being down but just hope its the fact that he hasn’t thrown all that much. Ollie is too good of a pitcher to stay bad for too long. If he is starting a game, make sure to pack some Rolaids. His usual 180 K’s and 14 wins would be pretty acceptable for Met fans. He will surely have his fair share of 2 inning starts where he walks the ballpark!

Mike Pelfrey

Pelf looked pretty darn good towards the 2nd half of last season. The Mets are hoping he is not a slow starter and think fairly high of him to be the 2nd starter in the rotation. I would like to see Big Pelf throw another 200 innings and strike out more than the measly 110 he did last season. He really needs to add another pitch to his arsenal and he’s not really that groundball pitcher we expected.

Pedro Feliciano

7th inning lefty specialist. Well he’s the only left in the pen right now so lets hope he can do this right. I have always liked Feliciano even in big games. He would’ve been one of the relievers I would’ve kept from last season so I am pleased the Mets did just that.

THE REST OF BASEBALL:

Home Run Leaders
AL- Josh Hamilton (40)
NL- Ryan Howard (46)

Batting Champs
AL- Magglio Ordonez (.340)
NL- Albert Pujols (.347)

Stolen Base Leaders
AL- Carl Crawford (48)
NL- Jose Reyes (78)

Teams That Will Surprise
NL- San Francisco Giants. (Even with a putrid offense those starters will help them win games) 80-82
AL- Oakland A’s (Adding Giambi and Matt Holiday) will boslter their offense. Maybe even Nomar can stay healthy! 80-82

Teams That Will Disappoint
AL- Tampa Bay Rays (after an awesome eye-opening AL pennant winning last season, I don’t even think this ballclub will make the playoffs. Boston and NYY are just too strong with both of those teams grabbing the division and Wild Card. They basically have the same team as last season and even added Burrell, but the Sox and Yanks will beat them out head to head. 87 Wins.
NL- Milwaukee Brewers. Brewers fan can be joyous for their one season of making the playoffs in the last 25 or so years. That was it. Losing Sabathia and Sheets will do just that

MVP
AL- Josh Hamilton .333 40 130
NL- Albert Pujols (again) .347 42 129 (plus he’s healthy this season which is scary)

Cy Young Award
AL- CC Sabathia
NL- Johan Santana

Rookie of the Year
AL- Matt Wieters (Baltimore Orioles). The Rays teased us last season with keeping Longoria off the major league roster for the 1st month of the season. Then he proceeded to tear it up as soon as he came up plus not to mention he has an awesome glove. The O’s are doing the same thing with Wieters. Greg Zaun won’t be around very long.
NL- Cameron Maybin (Florida Marlins). This guy’s a 5-tool talent. Plus no one else really is that good.

Playoffs (LDS, LCS, and World Series predictions)

LDS:
Boston over White Sox
Yankees over Angels
Mets over Dodgers
Cubs over Phillies

LCS:
Yankees over Boston

Cubs over Mets

WORLD SERIES:
CUBS over Yankees in 6

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