Phillips was DFA as the Mets called up Tony Armas Jr. to make Tuesday's start against the Cardinals.
Our first tri-state nightmare came when the Mets tested Abraham Nunez out to the tune of two AB's. Phillips was lucky enough to score five at bats with the Metropolitans, making me half right. Last Thursday, I predicted Phillips' tenure with the Mets would last ten at bats.
Good luck, Armas. Find some way to right this Mets ship.
Starting Pitching: negative.
Relief Pitching: negative.
Pinch hitting: negative.
When Andy Phillips scores your only run, I'm pretty sure it's not a good night for your team.
ESPN exec: "Hey, we have a Mets broadcast coming up. Who do you think we should put in the booth?"
Other ESPN exec: "Haha! Let's give them Steve Phillips! They'll hate it!"
ESPN exec: "Genius!"
ESPN execs in unison: "Bwahahaha!" (manic laughter)
Seriously, Bristol? What do you have against us Shea Faithful?
Note to ESPN: Never ever put Phillips on a Mets broadcast again. You made a bad game even worse by making me listen to his "baseball mind" blab on about who knows what.
That's all I have to say.
The first 81 games were interesting. You never know what you're going to get with these Mets. One day you can get a pitching meltdown coupled with an offensive explosion. Other days it's dominant performances on the mound and a sub par effort at the plate.
The Mets will keep you guessing. So far their play has been decent, as shown by their record of 40-41. It doesn't seem new manager Jerry Manuel has done enough to light a fire under some of the players, but they do seem to be smiling and enjoying the game more.
The Mets really need to turn it on for the next eight games. They'll face the St. Louis Cardinals and their NL east rivals Philadelphia Phillies, both on the road, before coming home for a home stand before t he All Star break.
Their division is wide open and ripe for the taking. The Phillies, Marlins, Mets and Braves are all have a very good shot at winning the division. All four teams are within four games of first place. The last 10 games have seen the Phillies go 2-8, the Marlins go 4-6, the Mets go 5-5, and the Braves go 4-6.
With the Mets taking on St. Louis, the Phillies and Braves will face each other in the "I don't know who to root for" series. Still, I feel the Marlins are playing way over their heads and won't hold on for the whole season.
I'll come right out and say it: the Mets have a definite shot at winning this division. With tighter play over the next 82 games, the Mets can make the playoffs, and I think they will.
These five players have appeared in a combined 54 games for the New York Mets in 2008. Two of them have not appeared in any games...at any level.
Alou has played in 15 games for the team, and is looking to come off his third DL stint, possibly as early as this weekend. A habitual member of the DL and has appeared in only 102 games for the Mets in two years. Alou is often seen without batting gloves and may or may not be riding around in a Rascal Personal Scooter.
El Duque has appeared in a total of 47 games for the Mets since coming over in a trade from Arizona for Jorge Julio. He has not pitched at all, in any level of professional baseball in 2008 and has been in a protective boot for months. Look for the limp and/or high leg kick.
Wise came to the Mets as a free agent in before the '08 season. Two stops on the DL has limited his playing time to only eight games (seven innings) for the team, sporting a 6.43 ERA. He's lanky, and that's about all the info we have on him.
Burgos has only appeared in 17 games for the Mets since coming over on December 6, 2006 for Brian Bannister. Burgos is often seen wearing lots and lots of bling, if it has not already been stolen.
Pagan, who had a breakout spring training to catch on with the Alou-less Mets, registered 91 AB in 31 games for the team. He went down with a shoulder injury after making a spectacular diving grab into the stands on May 7th. He may need surgery, which would cost him significantly more time off. Pagan can be seen jumping into the stands and hitting one game winning hit for the team.
If seen, please call the New York Mets at 718-507-METS.
Every time someone claims Reyes has finally matured, become a man, stopped being a baby, he goes out and makes a bonehead move, then mopes about it. This time it was a throwing error allowing a runner on late in the game. Reyes took off his glove, tossed it to the ground, and stood with his hands on his hips.
When the inning finally ended, Reyes' sunglasses and glove were on the ground again, which he picked up before slowly making his way into the dugout.
Though it's nice to see him get mad at himself for botching an easy play, he needs to shake it off and get back in the game rather than sulk and take it to heart. Just turn around, say "I'll get it next time," and keep your head in the game, otherwise more errors will come your way.
Oliver Perez was simply magnificent yesterday, and most of it stemmed from his brand new windup.
While it wasn't a drastic change, Perez now has a bit of a rocking motion, where he steps back, then forward and his whole body goes into the pitch. This is something new pitching coach Dan Warthen has added to Perez's delivery.
Here I was worried that Perez would completely fall apart if not under the watchful eye of Rick Peterson, and then he comes out in his second start under Warthen and pitches a gem. I feel that Peterson had Perez over-thinking instead of just throwing. Perez came out yesterday pounding fastballs, throwing 25 of his first 30 pitches for strikes, almost all of which were his heater.
And welcome back to Ryan Church, who picked up two hits in his return to the Mets.
As I've said a million times before, his bat and presence was sorely missed in the Mets lineup, and now that he's back and healthy, this team is poised to make it's move.
Also, I dig the new facial hair sprouting up around the Mets, especially on Church. Maybe it's time to regrow my beard.
Oliver Perez, who is coming off his best performance of the year, a seven inning, three hit performance against the Yankees, is now slated to pitch Wednesday or Thursday against the Cardinals out of the bullpen.
Pitching coach Dan Warthen and manager Jerry Manuel are trying to split up the lefty/lefty of Johan Santana and Perez. Perez will pitch against St. Louis from the bullpen before being moved back into the rotation next Sunday against the Phillies.
John Maine will slide in between Santana and Perez, stopping the two lefties from throwing on consecutive days.
The Mets rotation for the next two series will be:
6/30: John Maine @ STL
7/1: Tony Armas Jr. @ STL
7/2: Pedro Martinez @ STL
7/3:Mike Pelfrey @ STL
7/4: Johan Santana @ PHI
7/5: John Maine @ PHI
7/6: Oliver Perez @ PHI
7/7: Pedro Martinez @ PHI
Interesting plan for the rotation. I think these two should be split up, and it's interesting the way they're going about it. Good to keep Perez fresh though.
It's interesting that Perez may pitch again on Pedro's day on the bump. Obviously this couldn't have been planned, but with the way Martinez has been throwing of late, it might be a sign of things to come.
Team LOB, by inning:
1st: 2 LOB, 0 runs.
2nd: 3 LOB, 1 run. (Luis Castillo RBI infield single)
3rd: 2 LOB, 1 run. (Carlos Delgado solo HR)
4th: 1 LOB, 0 runs.
5th: 1 LOB, 0 runs.
6th: 1 LOB, 1 run. (David Wright sac-fly)
7th: 2 LOB, 0 runs.
8th: 0 LOB, 0 runs. Is that a good or bad thing?
Thankfully it ended in a win, because if it didn't, every one would look to this statistic for the reason they lost. Good win. Great effort from Oliver Perez.
The odd man out in this situation is Trot Nixon. According to Adam Rubin, "team brass was discussing putting him on the DL over designating him for assignment."
What's hurt? His pride? The man is batting .171 with one home run and one RBI. He's scored twice. Is he really worth keeping around?
Also per Rubin, Church will apparently hit sixth in the order, behind Carlos Delgado. I don't know why Delgado continues to bat 5th in the order. He had one good day all season, yet he still bats fifth. He's put together an improved June, but not good enough to continue to justify batting fifth.
I figured when Jerry Manuel took over, the lineup would be shaken up a bit, but it's taken until now for that to happen. Rubin reports that Delgado will probably drop to seventh in the order when the Mets head to St. Louis in an attempt to split up the two lefties.
Either way, I'm sure the Mets and their fans are glad to welcome Ryan Church back into the fold. Stay away from other players, walls, peoples knees and any thing else that can hit your head.
"All I know is that they brought me here to do a job and help the team and I have given them my best. It seems like every time I pitch I have to be absolutely perfect, or else we lose. I’m not perfect."It's about time someone stepped up and said something somewhat controversial. This team is still playing lackluster baseball, Willie Randolph or no Willie Randolph.
Omar Minaya better be looking around because Trot Nixon, Andy Phillips, Fernando Tatis and the rest of the cast of characters just are not cutting it at the major league level.
Moves need to be made and someone needs to step up in the clubhouse. Why can't it be Johan Santana?
Church went 3-3 in his only rehab game for the Brooklyn Cyclones.
The Mets are sorely missing his bat and his glove. Hey Ryan, just make sure you protect your head, please.
Hopefully Trot Nixon takes a trot back to AAA. He's been flat out bad.
The game should start on time, but don't be surprised if there are delays during the match up between the New York Mets and the New York Yankees for the second game of the final Subway Series.
If you've been a fan of this team, for just this year even, you would know the inconsistency of this team. 15 runs? Were you not screaming at the television (or at the players in person) "SAVE SOME RUNS!!!" I know I was. I knew it wouldn't last. And it didn't.
Of course, the Mets come to Shea Stadium, a mere two hours after the last
Sure they load the bases a handful of times, even one time with none out, but do they get any runs to show for it? Of course not.
Did Carlos Delgado come to Shea riding high off his 9 RBI performance, and then do something even more spectacular in the nightcap? No way. In fact, he didn't even get a hit. (He did walk twice, though)
Did Pedro Martinez flashback to his Red Sox days and pitch a masterpiece? Not even close.
Did the Mets bullpen stop the bleeding when Pedro was done and take over the game? Nope!
Sir Sidney Ponson was the victor last night, holding the Mets to just five hits over his six shutout innings. The Mets then got to face Kyle Farnsworth (4.11 ERA), Jose Veras (3.09 ERA), and Kei Igawa (13.50 ERA) for three innings and managed only three hits.
Simply a tale of two completely different games, played by two completely different teams, in two completely different stadiums only linked by location and their soon to be destruction.
Delgado picked up a two RBI double in the fifth, then hit a grand slam in the sixth, and just added a three run blast in the top of the 8th inning.
Coming into this game, even if you gave me 1,000,000 to 1 odds, I would not have taken any bet that Delgado would...
- Hit a ball.
- Get an extra base hit.
- Drive in one run.
- Hit a home run.
- Drive in three runs.
- Hit a home run with runners on base.
- Drive in five runs.
- Hit two home runs.
- Drive in nine runs.
- Hit a grand slam, a three run jack, a double and drive in nine runs.
9 RBI's for Delgado. Well done.
As much crap as Delgado's has gotten over the past year, he has just shut everyone up, at least for the next few hours. Simply an unbelievable, amazing day for Carlos Delgado.
Hats off to Delgado today. This game truly belongs to him. Congrats, Carlos.
Carlos Delgado, are you back?
I kid, I kid. But just an unbelieveable game for Delgado so far. Six RBI and it's only the sixth inning.
It's about Charlie Samuels making the wise decision to put the Mets in their road grays coupled with their blue caps and socks. This is most likely a tribute to the first game the Mets played at Yankee Stadium, in which Dave Mlicki's pitched an absolute gem.
One of my favorites, Metstradamus, says screw tradition and honoring Yankee Stadium, this uniform combination should make it's way back into the rotation.
I wholeheartedly agree.
Blue and gray more often, I say!
The Mets will play four games in three days against their crosstown counterparts. They'll get a day off on Monday, then head out to St. Louis for a three game set against the Cardinals. After that they're off to Philadelphia for four games against the Phillies.
11 games in 11 days.
After those games, they host some NL west teams before heading into the All Star break. San Francisco and Colorado make their way into Shea before the midsummer classic.
17 games in 17 days.
With the Phillies reeling, some wins here would be even more special. Philly has won only two of it's last ten games, and the Mets are back to 3.5 games back.
I'm not going to make any predictions, but if the Mets can play good, solid, fundamental baseball and win some series, and maybe even sweep one or two, it will be a brand new season during the second half.
These games are huge for the Mets. Must win games.
Then we had a rainout, the doubleheader was scheduled and now I have to race out of LaGuardia to get to Yankee Stadium then fight traffic going back to Queens. In all, this will be about a 19-hour day from wake-up call to getting home.Ouch. Today should be fun for all...if you're not a sportwriter that is.
But the good news is I get to go to Shea Stadium to see Sidney Ponson pitch. Print and save this post for the next time you think, “I’d love to be a sportswriter.” It’s generally a great job and I should not complain. But unless Marissa Miller is covering the game for Sports Illustrated and has the seat next to me in the press box, it’s not going to be a five-star day.
I must admit I enjoy the Subway Series and I can't wait. This is a huge series for the Mets, especially because the Phillies are absolutely tanking these past weeks.
The Mets need to win. Simple as that.
Church went 3-3 for the Brooklyn Cyclones against the Aberdeen IronBirds. He doubled, drove in one run and scored another as Brooklyn beat Aberdeen by a score of 4-2.
In typical Mets fashion, Brooklyn pounded out 15 hits but only tallied four runs.
Seems to me like Church is ready and raring for some action. Can't wait to get him back into the lineup.
While the suspension seems a bit easy, Runge did issue an apology to Manuel which probably lightened his sentence a bit.
Things of this nature have become more and more common in baseball the last few years, and the Mets have been right in the middle. We all know the Mets and Angel Hernandez do not get along. Hopefully this suspension sparks a new trend of umpires simply doing their jobs.
Also, Beltran and Manuel were each fined an undisclosed amount of money.
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From the Boston Globe:
Major League Baseball has not received a specific complaint about the Red Sox being victims of sign stealing, but the Phillies have been investigated for this in the past. The Sox played the Phillies last week, and one major league official thought the Phillies were taking Boston's signs. The Sox won two out of three in Philadelphia. Sox general manager Theo Epstein had no comment on the topic.
Spygate 2.0? Now, for me as a Giants fan, this would set up nicely. The Patriots get blamed for cheating and go on to lose the Super Bowl to the G-Men. Now that the Phillies are catching flack, does that mean the Mets will beat them in the division...or even the NLCS?
A man can dream, right?
The Mets may actually be coming along a little bit now. I watched the game with MLB TV with the home (Angels) announcers, so I don't know if people with SNY caught the statistic of the Angel's being 201-2 in the last three seasons when leading after the 8th inning.
For the Mets to be able to beat them was somewhat impressive.I've noticed some weird things about the Mets lately though. When the Mets are done one or two runs (especially when they gave up a lead), they're bullpen throws great. People don't realize it, but Scott Schoeneweis has improved a lot. I also think Pedro Feliciano is one of the most underrated lefty relievers in the game.The problem I've noticed are two big things. One, when they're down say 4-3 like they did when Perez gave up the lead, they go into what I call crap mode with the bats.
The second problem is when they do get a lead, they're bullpen begins to collapse. It happened last week when Joe Smith gave up three runs and it really angered me when Billy Wagner blew three saves in a row.If there's one thing that should have angered Met fans more than anything else, it was the constant using of Aaron Heilman in pressure situations. Heilman was lost his solidness and the Mets can't afford to be giving him loads of opportunities to rejuvenate himself. That's what AAA is for. The same problem existed with Guillermo Mota last year. I blame Minaya for not designating him for assignment too. The one thing I like about Jerry Manuel so far is that he's more out to designate roles. Hopefully, that means Aaron Heilman will be the ''mop up'' man.
Another thing is that the Mets simply have to get as much for Oliver Perez as they can. Honestly, Oliver can be a great pitcher at times, but he just isn't the guy you want to put out onto the mound in an important game. It's not even that he caves under pressure situations because he pitched great in game seven of the 06' NLCS, but he's literally like going to Atlantic City and playing black or red on the roulette table. I just can't stand watching him pitch and walk lots of people.The Mets have to continue to stay at least around .500 and hopefully at least a couple games above it by the All-Star break to determine how competitive they are.
The two four game sets against the Yankees and Phillies can make or break this season. Since pressure was put on Pelfrey about losing his role to Vargas, he's stepped up. He should be at least 5-6. In a playoff situation, you only need 4 pitchers. I'd rather have Pelfrey out there than Perez. Plus, who knows, maybe El Duque can actually pick the right time to stay healthy this year. Even if the Mets are competitive, I'd trade Oliver Perez. Right now he's 5-4 with a 5.06 ERA which isn't the most attractive so now isn't the time, but by the deadline if he's ERA is in the mid-4's and he still has a .500 type record and is healthy, the Mets could bring back a couple of decent prospects for him. Or maybe a good hitting OF. Unless Minaya's an idiot (he's half Genius/half Idiot in my mind kind of like Perez's pitching and the Mets abroad), he'd have to realize Perez is not the 14-15 million a year for a mediocre pitcher. The same production could come out of Livan Hernandez for one-third to half the price. And especially Kyle Lohse, who's having a good year.
I don't know how interested the Pirates would be in a guy like Perez if they aren't competitive, but if they Mets could swing a three way trade with a team that needs pitching that can send prospects over there possibly with a couple lower-level prospects from the Mets, the Mets should try to get Xavier Nady back. That way they can use him as their 1B or as their LF until Fernando Martinez is ready. The Pirates are too cheap to give Nady the money he'll want. Not even counting Pedro and Perez, the Mets have a lot of money coming off the books between Alou (7.5 mi), Delgado (16 mi), O. Hernandez (6 mi) and even 3.2 mi between J. Sosa and Wise.
Also, I know Robinson Cancel had a nice hit against Texas, but I can't comprehend why he's been on the roster for like twelve games and has two at bats. I don't know how good Castro could be at 1B, but they'd be able to utilize his bat against lefties instead of using Delgado. Also, Jose Valentin's had 42 at bats in the minors, so he's got to be healthy by now. He should be on the time with Church, Alou and Pagan injured. He'd help a lot more than Cancel in Manuel's plan to give Wright and Reyes more rest.
The spots where Castillo gets the day off from Easley can be replaced by Valentin so Easley can stay more fresh in LF/1B against lefties. The way how Kenny Lofton's able to adapt to new teams quick and produce, he might be worth taking a shot on too. Kind of like Nick Evans, I think Trot Nixon was a guy had a first great game, but hasn't been productive since.Minaya's got to start using his mind better, otherwise he'll turn out like Bill Bavasi.
I don't think it's much of a coincidence that the firing of Willie came shortly after such. It probably got him nervous. The Mets were 3-1 in Willie's last four games, so the firing really came at an awkward time.I've looked at the Mets record and noticed in their previous thirty games they've had a weird order too. Following the 2 game series against the Yankees in May, the Mets went on a 1-7 in eight games. Than after that, they went 7-2 in nine games. Than after that, they went 1-6 in four games. Now, they're 4-2 in their last six.
If they were to sweep the Rockies this weekend, they'd be 7-2 in their last nine identically to the same pattern following a nearly identical losing streak. They're on a little role now so anything is possible.Or a more simpler way to think about this streakiness the Mets have come across since the Yankees series, the Mets went 0-5, than 8-4, back to 0-5 and now 5-3. Either way, they're 13-17 in their last 30 games which isn't that good. Even if the Mets were able to take one out of each of those 4 game sets against ATL and SD which wouldn't have been a lot to ask for, they'd only be 3.5 games out of the NL East and Wildcard.
I think we should be watching the Wild Card just as much as the NL East now too because the horrible Royals just swept St. Louis.What's really killed the Mets are those two 0-5 slumps. The right time to fire Willie would have been following the Padres sweep. I think this is really the time though when the Mets turn it around. All it takes is one good streak to make yourself competitive. Either that or lots of other teams need to play crappy. Now's the time though and all of us can breath now that the deadbeat and guy who thought he could fix Victor Zambrano in ten minutes are gone.
That was only part one...Obviously since that was posted the Mets have played a few games and some news has come to light. Still, pretty good analysis. Here's the rest:
No problem. Yeah, you were right about Valentin. Valentin probably wouldn't have been able to help the Mets too much. He probably would have gotten injured again. I remember last year I kept on hearing a lot about replacing him because of injuries, even though the more plausible reason would have been to replace his .241 average.
Minaya was smart to pick Castillo up because he was really good, but he's only mediocre this year. The Mets are still playing mediocre baseball. On Monday and Tuesday, they simply couldn't drive in runs. The Mariners scored eleven runs and had 15 hits. The Mets had 8 hits, which is still more than half of Seattle's, but no runs. I went to the game on Tuesday and saw Perez once again not have it. It used to have been that he'd have one really good start and than a bad one, but now it's starting to side more the wrong way. Heilman's gotten a little better lately (I think Jerry's taken my advice on him being the mop up man lol), but if a starter pitcher with lots of starts has an ERA higher than him, that's not good. It's amazing how he has a .500 record, yet Pelfrey has average one less run a game than him. And Santana's average two less, but only has one win above .500. Sometimes judging on wins isn't always adequate, although more often are.
I like Jerry Manuel's energy though. I don't think he would have gotten in that umpire's face who showed up Beltran. Hopefully the Phillies lose tonight, because the Mets would only be three out. I don't think anyone would think that'd be possible with the Mets technically below .500.
Texeira's come on a little bit too now, but I'd expect the Yankees to compete for him. The Braves probably won't trade him even if they are around .500 around the deadline. He'd make some sense though. Pat Burrell could be an option in the outfield too. He's had some solid years and he wouldn't be able to kill the Mets anymore.
With Robinson Cancel, it didn't make much sense. If Castro were pinch hitting against lots of lefties it'd make sense, but the Mets have a bad habit of liking to hold onto useless catcher's who in their 30's. He'll be gone now that the Mets picked up Andy Phillips.Even though he hits righties better than lefties, he might work out good for them. Plus, now that the Mets should be getting back Church for the Yankees series, that'll be good too. It'll give the Mets a reason to get rid of Nixon, who was on a 1 for 24 slump.
When I said he in the last paragraph of message 5, I meant Willie. Than again though, maybe he would, although he appeared burnt out at times. They really got to do something about the LF situation, because Alou will never be healthy. He'd probably make a great player on a video game. Pagan has really fallen out of the picture too, but Chavez has done better lately.
The Andy Phillips move makes some sense too right before this series against the Mets, because he might be able to give them some stuff he knows on the pitcher's staff. Willie may have actually been a little bit of a weapon for that, although a lot of their roster has changed since the end of 04'.Phillips was on the Yankees last year and hit .292 for them, so he might be able to help them out a little bit. The Yankees have really been turning it up lately too.
This will definitely be an important series. Not really even because of the hype, but because they need these games while the Phillies and Marlins aren't playing well.
And if you read all that, like I did, then you deserve a pat on your back. Great stuff, Tom!
If you didn't know, all the italics are Pearl Jam song titles.
MetsGrrl beat me to it. She was at the Pearl Jam show last night too, and Mr. Eddie Vedder gave us this little quote, right before playing "Rats":
Oh, I was out at Shea Stadium the other night and they have big rats there.
Brian Runge, the ump that bumped Jerry Manuel, has since apologized to the manager.
From Manuel, on the apology:
Yes, he did (apologize). He felt very bad," Manuel said. "He had spoken to his father (former big-league ump Paul Runge), who actually is a good friend of mine. He felt very bad about the whole incident and I accepted it."See? The world isn't totally evil.
Ryan Church will play for the Brooklyn Cyclones tomorrow night. He may DH, he may play the outfield, it all depends on how he feels when he wakes up tomorrow morning.
The way I feel waking up this morning, I don't even know if I'm suited to walk. Maybe Church should gauge it on how he feels around 10 a.m., just to let some grogginess wear off.
On Wednesday they added Andy Phillips off waivers from the Cincinatti Reds. Robinson Cancel was cast away.
I'm expecting somewhere in the range on 10 AB's before Phillips' Mets career is over. Someone needs to remind the front office we have a minor league system.
This series against the Mariners is downright sad. The Mets had an easy shot at sweeping the series and giving themselves a brand new season under their new manager. Instead, they've been beat up in the first two games by a combined score of 16-1.
Hopefully, they can salvage a win tonight and head into the four game-three day series against the Yankees on a slightly better note.
I'm off to see Pearl Jam at MSG tonight, and now that I think of it, I wouldn't mind hearing them play "Sad."
Let's go Mets!
It's as simple as that.
Maybe allow a few days to pass for current maple bat users to get their affairs in order and get some new bats shipped out to wherever they're playing at the time. After that, these weapons of mass destruction should be banned from Major League Baseball altogether.
It's simply not safe for the hitters, catchers, players on third base (Brady Clark spearing Carlos Delgado at third base in spring training), and especially umpires.
Though Carlos Beltran probably wishes he was using a maple bat last night.
Get them out of the league before someone is seriously injured, because I guess bleeding from the head isn't serious enough.
Pretty simple, I think, but I have a few moves I would make now or in the very immediate future. All moves are in-house.
- Bring up Mike Carp. Send Robinson Cancel back to AAA. This would immediately put pressure on Carlos Delgado.
- Bring up Dan Murphy. Send Trot Nixon back to AAA. This would immediately put pressure on Luis Castillo.
- Look into trading Oliver Perez. If possible, pull the trigger, attempt to get at least two decent minor leaguers in return. Promote Tony Armas Jr.
- If Murphy/Castillo/Damion Easley doesn't work out, call Cincinnati or Baltimore about their second baseman. (via Wrighteous.)
- Don't hurry Ryan Church. Wait until Sunday to bring him back. Make sure he's 110 percent. The Mets need that bat.
- Platoon Endy Chavez, Marlon Anderson, Fernando Tatis in right field.
On Tuesday, I linked to a David Lennon post about the NY Post blowing the story out of proportion. Apparently, I picked the wrong beat writer.
Just read this quote from Bart Hubbuch (the man behind the NY Post article), as he talks about the Keith Olbermann (yuck) video, in which he was ranked as one of the "worst people." The juicy part is italicized and bolded for good measure:
Here's the bottom line for Olbermann, the radio and blogger blowhards, one of my gutless, sycophantic counterparts (yeah, I'm talking about you, Adam) and all the cranks that have been filling my inbox with e-mails I never read and automatically delete:
Every reporter in the room at Coors Field laughed out loud when Manuel said the word "fertilizer." I know this because I was sitting right there. You know why we all laughed? Because every one of us knew exactly what Manuel was talking about.
That right there is a potshot at Daily News writer, Mr. Adam Rubin.
Oh baby!! Somebody get Don King on the phone and tell him there is going to be a good ol' fashion fist fight in the press box at Shea Stadium tonight!! Yee haw!
While Vargas had been fairly effective as a long relief man, he surrendered four runs in two innings last night against the Mariners.
Muniz, who had a much lower ERA at the beginning of the year, is now sporting a 3.18 ERA in 28 1-3 innings pitched.
Muniz is 2008's Heath Bell and Royce Ring. Up and down, up and down. Tony Armas Jr. must be wondering what else he must do to get the call.
Hit the comments and post all your wonderful ideas.
Arguing balls and strikes, Manuel came out to talk to the umpire. After seeing the video, it looked as if home plate umpire Brian Runge bumped Manuel, which caused Manuel to flare up and take it to another level.
After Manuel was tossed, Beltran argued his own balls and strikes, and shrugged his shoulders at a pitch he did not think was a strike. Runge started yelling, to which Beltran responded. Runge quickly tossed Beltran, who got up in Runge's face and got his moneys worth.
While I love to see the fire and attitude of the team, it needs to parlay into runs and eventually wins, otherwise it's pretty worthless.
Sandy Alomar Sr. has taken over the managerial duties, while Marlon Anderson picked up where Beltran left off.
Anderson will man left field, Endy Chavez will move to center, and Trot Nixon will shift from left to right.
First off, I'm supposed to believe that fans actually miss Willie Randolph now? That's a joke, right? Since last September, everyone has been screaming for Randolph to be fired. He was booed at Shea for the first 10 weeks of this season. I've been getting e-mails calling for his head. And now, because he was fired in the middle of the night a week ago, fans want him back?Thank. You.
Enough already. You got what you wanted. So keep the signs at home and stop with the sob stories.
Lennon also goes on to talk about the completely overblown "fertilizer" comment from Jerry Manuel. How can one man be so right sometimes?
Luis Castillo, the worst signing of Omar Minaya's career? Looks like it.
No one in their right mind was going to pay Castillo anywhere near that much money, for anywhere near that much time. Minaya went over everyone's heads and signed him for a ridiculous sum for much longer than needed.
Four more years. I wonder how low his disapproval rating will be.
From Di Falco:
No question the second inning was a bit bizarre. After walking a batter and giving up a hit, with two outs David Wright made an error on a routine ground ball that should have ended the inning. The next batter, the pitcher Felix Hernandez, on the first pitch he has seen all season hit an opposite field grand slam home run. How does this happen? Sorry, but Johan Santana has got to do a better job than that. This you would have expected from Oliver Perez, not Santana. He is supposed to be the Mets stopper. Since the Mets won on Sunday, you had to feel good that with Santana on the mound the Mets had a chance to end up on the right side of the .500 ledger.Ah yes. If you're Santana and your Gold Glove third baseman makes an error to keep the inning alive, then you throw a pitch high and outside of the strike zone to the opposing pitcher, he closes his eyes, swings, and hits a home run, it's obviously all your fault.
How could I not see that?
I do agree this is something I would more likely see out of Perez, or even Jorge Sosa, but we all know, or at least we should, that Santana gives up a lot of home runs. He lead the AL in home runs allowed last year with 33. So far in '08, he's given up 14, running at pretty much the same pace.
After that grand slam, Santana buckled down and allowed only three hits and one earned run through the next five innings. The Mets offense on the other hand, after knocking out King Felix in the fifth, managed only two hits off the beleagured Mariners bullpen.
If you're going to place blame, it's on the offense, not Santana.
Almost everywhere you look, players are flashing their pearly whites. U don't even think I saw Carlos Delgado or Carlos Beltran smile under Willie Randolph. Ever.
This team is playing in a completely new environment under Manuel. He demands hustle and quality play, but he also knows it's a game and you can't be 100 percent somber all the time.
The one smile noticeably absent is that of David Wright, who's struggling at the plate against righties. As mentioned below, Wright will finally see some rest tonight. Hopefully this allows Wright to clear his head and just relax at the plate, as it looks like he's pulling off pitches and trying to rush things.
Either way, players finally seem to be enjoying themselves, and instead of treating games like a funeral service, they look like they have a passion for the game again.
Finally, Manuel is fielding some praise in the New York media, though probably not for the reason one would hope.
From Bob Raissman:
It remains to be seen if Jerry Manuel can lead the Mets to the promised land - or at least a trip to the playoffs. But in the eight days since Omar (It Was My Decision) Minaya gave him the keys to his blue and orange jalopy, the interim manager has provided ample evidence that he deserves his own TV show.
Wright, who had played every inning of every game before assuming the role of DH in Anaheim last week, will finally hit the pine for the first time all season.
Originally, Wright was charged with two errors in Monday's game, but the official scorer eventually changed one to a hit, leaving him with only on error. Wright also grounded out three times, once into an inning ending double play.
As pointed out during out in-game chatter on Mets Lounge, Wright has watched his average slip roughly 20 points since the beginning of June. Enjoy the day off, Wright. Rest up and prepare for the stretch run to the All-Star game.
Just as I predicted, the NY Post took this story and ran with it. Here is the classic example of “taking the quote out of context.” When you look that term up in the dictionary, you see an issue of the New York Post. (Please don’t fire me, News Corp.)
If they wanted to be correct, they would have noted that Manuel said this, laughed, and then continued. He was smart enough to attempt to clarify, simply because he knows how some media outlets work.
It worked on one radio host, Mr. Craig Carton of WFAN. Hopefully, he was doing it for the ratings because I simply cannot believe that anyone who is sane and of clear mind would actually thing a new manager would come out and say the fans are akin to cow manure.
Of course, as I walked to Penn Station today, people were scooping up issues of the NY Post to see what Manuel had said. Obviously they’re doing something right, but I wish some of the editors had just the tiniest bit of discretion when it comes to using quotes out of context.
As I've said time and time before, a pitchers duel on paper rarely ever translates to a pitchers duel on the field.
I'd like to see the Mets sweep this series, and it all starts tonight against the M's best pitcher. Should make for a great game, either way.
As always, please join us on Mets Lounge for an in-game thread.
Let me begin by saying that in my 1996 Infiniti G20, I might have the worst radio receiver in the world. If I am listening to WFAN, (which I do very often (Boomer & Carton in the mornings, because it's refreshing to hear Mets fans on the radio)) and I press on the gas pedal to get going, the radio starts to wheeze and squeal as I pick up speed. When I start to coast, I usually get an ear-piercing screech, making the station nearly unlistenable. My favorite event is during a thunder storm, as the station completely fuzzes out as lightning strikes in an estimated 50 mile radius.
And of course, I have terrible "dead zones" by my house. Almost without fail, during a critical moment during a Mets game, I drive into one of these "dead zones" and am treated to the loudest, most miserable static any man has ever encountered. I can't move my finger to the CD button quick enough.
But back to the subject at hand: If the Mets were ever to leave WFAN, I would be deeply saddened by losing the wonderful ditty of "LET'S GO METSF-A-N (da-da-DAH!)," and of course, the irreplaceable Steve Somers and Howie Rose. I could do without Wayne Hagin, that's for sure. At this point, I think I'm willing to make the trade and hear the game in her entirety (if need be) than me treated to those awful, awful sounds of static, screeches, whale calls, and howling.
I remember a few years ago when the New York Giants were featured on 102.7 FM for some, if not all of their games. It was refreshing to finally get a squeal-free broadcast, in much higher quality. If only the Mets could transition to that point.
If it's at all possible, I would hope the Mets would look into some sort of move. Fans deserve to hear their team in better quality than AM radio can provide. We have high definition TV's, and though WFAN claims "HD AM" I just don't hear it. HD AM radio seems like the oxymoron of all oxymoron's, with "jumbo shrimp" as the number two in that list.
I'd love to see WFAN make the jump to the FM band, but that's probably impossible. The Mets can move, and making the shift to a better quality FM radio station would be a treat to Mets fans, and especially my ears.
Castillo injured his left quad a few days ago and Damion Easley has been starting in his place. If Castillo was to go on the DL, do the Mets really call up AAA second baseman Anderson Hernandez?
Sure, he's got a glove, but the kid just can't hit a lick. He's batting a miserable .185. And looking even lower to Binghamton, Emmanuel Garcia is hitting a cool .225 and Jonathan Malo is stroking a tepid .233 in limited time.
So second base is practically depleted for the Mets and the current starter is signed to a four year contract and is slow, injured, and slaps at everything. I'll keep my eyes peeled for a trade.
Ryan Church could be back by next weekend, and I couldn't be happier.
I'm assuming once Church is ready to go again, we've seen the end of Trot Nixon, but as much as I thought I'd love Nixon, his .167 average just isn't cutting it for me.
If Church can come back, even at 80 percent, he'll be a huge addition to this club. Church hasn't played since June 5th, and since that time the Mets have gone 7-9. They're really missing his bat in the lineup, as the offense usually goes flat past the 4th inning.
I miss this guy and so do the Mets.
Things are lining up in Yankee-ville that the Mets will probably face newly acquired Sidney Ponson during their series at Shea Stadium (and Yankee Stadium) this weekend.
Stay sober, Sidney.
I named all the players and I beat the little tike to naming the second baseman for the Houston Astros. A big accomplishment, right?
Any self respecting Mets fan who doesn't know who that player is, well, they're much better at putting bad signings behind them than I am.
Can you beat the 8 year old? I did, and for some reason, it's making me very happy. Hey CNN, come do a video on me!
Of course, Billy Wagner will stay as the teams closer. Duaner Sanchez has officially been assigned as the teams setup man, always pitching in the 8th inning.
Joe Smith and Pedro Feliciano have been assigned as the lefty and righty specialists.
Aaron Heilman has been demoted to not pitching in "as many pressure situations."
It's about time. I think it's beneficial that the pitchers know when they will usually appear in a game, instead of having to wait and guess what inning they'll appear in. It allows them to psych themselves up for when they know they will enter the game, instead of waiting for the phone call.
I know I sound like a sap, but I really like the way Manuel has carried himself and made decisions in his short time at the helm.
He's not retiring, but he will no longer play this season.
Why he's not just up and quitting, I don't know. Maybe he thinks next year it will work out, I guess. Good luck, Stache. You're going to need it.
I wonder if there was ever a time when there were two managers with the same last name coaching in the same division?
Obviously I'm talking about Phillies skipper Charlie Manuel and new Mets manager Jerry Manuel.
I guess that's an interesting little tidbit to think about.
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Jeremy Cothran fills us in on Jerry Manuel's new approach:
The Mets normally go with four shifts of eight swings each, and then rotate groups. Manuel has chopped those in half after noticing a lot of tired swings in games.So true. Without looking at statistics, and just going on info from recent memory, almost every game seems to go the exact same way.
"Pitches that we normally put in play or put in play with authority, we're popping up and doing those types of things."
- Mets score runs early. They look good, and show no signs of stopping through the first three innings.
- The fourth inning comes and now they can't hit.
- Mets pitchers can only do so much, and the early lead begins to shrink.
- The lead is gone, and the Mets bats are completely asleep.
I always remember the story about how in the minors, they would have to stop David Wright from working out too much, because he would wear himself down just by training and working out. Of course, he's at all the early batting practice session.
I like the way this team is going.
So far, so good with the new manager. These next five games can change the season.
Arguably the strongest game of the season so far. The Mets dominated on every side of the game to claw back to .500 on the season.
I like this, and it seemed to only pop up when there was a dire need under Willie Randolph.
Today, as always, David Wright was out taking the early BP. Joining him, among others, was Brian Schneider and Carlos Delgado, someone who rarely came out early with the previous manager.
Hopefully it pays off, since the Mets struggled last time in Colorado, especially against tonight's starter, Aaron Cook. Last time the Mets visited Denver, Cook tallied a complete game, four hitter on May 25.
Yeah, it's been only two games. Believe me, I know. But the way Jerry Manuel
It got to the point over the last month or so that whenever I saw the word "sources" in a story, I knew either me or someone on my staff was going to be declared on the verge of unemployment.I suggest you go read the whole article. He handles himself fairly well, though it rubs off as somewhat forced. Randolph is a class act, but he just was not the fit for this team, right now.
Omar went on and on, looking very uncomfortable, this weird chill started to course through by body. I could feel myself going cold. He kept talking, almost stammering, and the chill got worse.
Suddenly, it occurred to me that maybe he was talking about me. Maybe I was the one about to get whacked.
Finally, I stopped him. I looked right at him.
"Omar, are you firing me?" I asked. He looked away for a minute and then met my eyes. "Yeah, I'm going to make a move," he said. "It's a hard decision, but I have to make it."...
"You don't have to say anything more, Omar," I said. "I came here to win, and if you don't feel I'm the guy to get that done, then it's your right to make a change. I'm eternally grateful for the opportunity you gave me. I want you to know that."
Look, nobody needs to tell me that the Mets have been maddeningly inconsistent for the last year and a half. If I want to take the credit for 2006 - when I felt we were the best team in baseball and our season ended one hit short of the World Series - then I have to take the hit for what happened since - the collapse last September, and the ups and downs of this year.
And you know what's also on me? The dumb, and horribly timed, remarks I made to a New Jersey reporter after we took two straight from the Yankees last month, when what I thought were private remarks became very public.
The bottom line is that by suggesting that the color of my skin had something to do with how I was judged, I did nothing but sow the seeds of my demise. I kick myself about that every day. It makes me angry - and really sad.
I don't think Randolph will get a job this year (Seattle?) or even next year. I can see the Yankees taking him back as a bench coach or in the minors somewhere.
Happy trails, Willie!
The Mets are only four out in the loss column, so this season is far from over. Let the slow, tedious climb begin.
91 games to play, and to me, it feels like a brand new season.
Most inexcusable is Nieto's shackling of would-be base stealer Ramon Castro, an extra weapon who could have made the difference in New York's one-run losses. The deceptively fast catcher reached base at a .336 clip in 2007 and a .356 rate in 2008, but how many steals did he have to show for it? Zero. Considering his five thefts in 10 attempts for the 1994 Gulf Coast League Astros, as well as his steal in 2005, clearly talent isn't what kept Castro from utilizing his speed. But a quick look at Nieto's playing record, with his 251 games, 619 at-bats and zero stolen bases make it clear that "If I Couldn't Read the Pitcher's Move, No Catcher Can" Nieto simply didn't recognize that the fleet-footed Castro was a double waiting to happen.Forget Canada, blame Tom Nieto!
And to think I "broke" the news of Neito's move to first.
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He's laying down the law, making it clear he's not going to take any crap from the players, and if they don't give everything they have, they simply won't play.
The team seems like a weight has been lifted off of them. I've never seen them so happy, jovial, and excited to get out and play the bottom of the tenth inning as they were last night. A good start for Manuel, now the Mets just need to keep it going.
As Jerry says, "Gangstas on the field, ladies on the bus."
A hand must go out to the Oliver Perez and the bullpen for their performances last night.
Ollie was not anything special, but after he gave up three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, Manuel brought him out for the sixth, and he allowed only a single before inducing and inning ending double play.
The bullpen then came out and let up only one hit, a single in the bottom of the seventh inning off of Joe Smith. Lights out.
Every time I think Carlos Delgado is cooked, he does something to surprise me.
One at-bat he looks absolutely lost at the plate, swinging way too early or way too late. A few innings later he comes up and hits a screamer over the center field wall. He then proceeds to look like he's playing in a fog the rest of the game.
Part of me wants the Mets to call up Mike Carp, badly. But, and this part of me must be living in my little pinky toe, thinks Delgado is just a few lucky hits away from getting in the groove. His problem is that he's started to go to left field a whole lot less. Bunt more, I say. And if at all possible, hit the ball to the left side of the mound.
The Mets battled back in the 9th inning, with David Wright driving in Jose Reyes to tie it, and rallied in the 10th to take the lead, thanks to a Damion Easley home run. Billy Wagner came in and shut the door, retiring the side in order, to earn the Mets easily their best win of the year.
This is the kind of game that can turn your season around. Big win.
The extremely tall right handed first baseman is extremely close to being released by the Seattle Mariners. In 434 at-bats with the Mariners last year, Sexson hit a measly .205. This year, he's batting a cool .219.
Still, I think Sexson should be in the Mets organization for one reason, and one reason only:
- To take the place of Mike Carp in Binghamton if/when Carp gets promoted to New Orleans or, by some stroke of luck, the New York Mets.
When the Mets finally pulled the proverbial trigger, the fans are in an uproar...of distaste.
Where are the people that hated Randolph? Where are the ones that wanted him fired months ago? Where are the fans that hated Randolph from the start (I'm looking at you, Brothers Wilpon)?
I'm so confused.
Added: I've seen a bunch of comments calling manager a "good" or "great" manager. Again I ask, where were these people praising Randolph while he was the manager.
Sometimes I think people just want to find fault at all times. Damned if they do, damned if they don't type of thing. I'm not claiming the Mets should be cleared of all charges, but an overwhelming number of people voted in the last poll to "Fire Willie!" and now that he's gone, and overwhelming number of people disagree with the move.
Make up your minds!
Toasty Joe, from "Yes Joe, It's Toasted," puts it as perfectly as humanly possible:
But come the f*** on already. This hysterical outrage from the media is laughable. It's like they shot the man. "They owed him better than this"? Why? If anything he owed them after what happened last year. And was he delivering this season? F***, no. In fact, his players were lazy, sloppy, disinterested, undisciplined, and bickering. He deserved to get fired, and frankly, the more I thought about it, the less I gave a rat's ass that the man had to endure the indignity of a free, first-class plane trip to California to finally learn his fate.Though I would've done it without profanity (though sometimes I wish I could use some curse words), this is pure genius. Well done sir.
Manuel, along with the trainer came out to check on Reyes. Manuel did the right thing, and pulled Reyes from the game, replacing him with Damion Easley.
Reyes was none too pleased, huffing and puffing like a little kid and throwing his helmet to the ground as he entered the dugout, and eventually into the clubhouse.
Manuel handled it beautifully, following Reyes into the clubhouse to talk about the little incident that just occured. One can only speculate what was said, but Bart Hubbuch in the POST relays the post game quotes:
"Really, the behavior is pretty much unacceptable," Manuel said of Reyes' tantrum. "But the attitude is something that can help us win ballgames."Perfectly handled by Manuel, and a good reaction from Reyes. Manuel has to play with a heavy hand these first few games, to let the players know what he's going to be like the rest of the year. He cannot have players walking all over him, and he's doing his best to make sure that never happens.
Reyes, who is expected back in the lineup tonight, apologized to Manuel in the next inning and said he understood his new manager's thinking.
"I want to play, but Jerry was just trying to take care of me," Reyes said. "He made the right decision, because it's a long season and I need to stay healthy the whole season."
Oh, and Reyes should be back in the lineup tonight. The injury was just a little tweak of the hamstring.
Manuel's first day was excellent. He handled himself very well at the press conference, joking around and showing emotion. A novel idea.
His one drawback, if I must have one (and I do), is that Trot Nixon was not in the starting lineup. John Lackey is a righty, and Nixon is more capable in the outfield than Marlon Anderson. Nixon should have been in right field, with Endy Chavez in left.
It's not like Nixon has bad numbers against Lackey. He's a career .250 hitter (4-16), with a double, RBI, walk and strikeout.
Hopefully, Nixon is in the lineup tonight against Jon Garland, a pitcher he is also batting .250 lifetime against.
I must say, I've never seen the media dish out such negative remarks towards one team in a one day period.
I've only seen a handful of articles from the mainstream that actually spell out that this might have been the right thing to do, and the time was unavoidable.
The best article of the day came from longtime Star-Ledger writer, Moss Klein: Mets GM Minaya has nothing on George Steinbrenner.
Finally, someone is talking some sense.