Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Down on the Farm Part 2

In Buffalo, New York, the Bisons are 41-39 sitting 4.5 games out of 1st place. The Mets Triple-A club has been treading water in the International League due in part to the lack of top notch prospects and mediocre pitching. As a team Buffalo is batting .273, third highest in the league, which is impressive considering the lack of talent. Pitching wise, the Bisons are near the bottom of the league in most of the major categories.

One of only a few bright spots on this staff has been journeyman Pat Misch. The 29 year old left-hander started 7 games for the Mets last year in a spot start role and has spent all of this season pitching in Buffalo, going 7-3 with a 3.46 ERA in 15 starts. Pat was the only Bison selected to appear in the Triple-A all-star game.

Prior to the season, Dillon Gee received a good amount of hype and it was earned taking into account that he pitched very well since he made his pro debut. So far this year, Gee is 7-5 with a ballooning 5.00 ERA. He had a solid start to the season and many people wanted Dillon to see innings on the big league club. Judging from this last month, it seems as if Dillion caught Ollie Perez-itis, he either gives up one run and looks dominant or get wacked for six plus and hits an early shower.

The Buffalo staff is loaded with low ceiling type pitchers, journeymen and prospects that can’t really figure Triple-A out. Take a guy like Dylan Owen, who has all the potential and has been dominant at every minor league destination but he’s struggled since being promoted. Owen is definitely the guy on Buffalo with the highest ceiling, hopefully he’ll mature into a solid back-end of the rotation talent.

Offensively, let’s keep it short and sweet, since there are only a few guys worth mentioning at the moment. One of my favorite minor leaguers is the big 6’5”, sweet swinging lefty, Lucas Duda. In 2010 Lucas is batting .291 between 45 games in Binghamton and 14 in Buffalo. Duda has raw power, he’s a contact type hitter with a good OBP, but he is horrible against lefties and has a high strikeout rate.

The biggest name in Buffalo is the always injured Fernando Martinez. He has plenty of talent but we never get to see it. He’s struggled this year, but has only played in 40 games. I’m not a fan of Martinez and I thought he should have been traded many, many, many, many rumors ago.

Tough Outing From Takahashi As Mets Fall 7-6

Last night, the Marlins put up a 6 spot in the third inning on Takahashi, but the Mets fought back to tie it in the ninth, only to give the game back on a walk-off hit and lose 7-6 (box score/wrap).

It was nice to see the team fight back late, especially the big game-tying hit from Josh Thole in the ninth.  But, it's games like those where you really should win.  The team made a heck of an effort to tie it up, but that game needs to get finished off.

Takahashi was roughed up, giving up 6 runs and 9 hits in 5 2/3 innings.  After Takahashi was removed the bullpen held things down, until the ninth when Pedro Feliciano gave up the game winning hit to Dan Uggla.  If nothing else, we've learned that Takahashi has done a great job for the Mets, BUT that teams look to be catching up to him.  He probably shouldn't be a starter for much longer, and with all these Cliff Lee rumors floating around, he may not need to be...

Tonight the Mets try to avoid the sweep in Puerto Rico before heading to Washington for a four game set, which is no easy task considering the success both the Marlins and Nationals have had over the Mets this season.  The Mets will send Mike Pelfrey to the mound against Chris Volstad to try to get it done.

Let's Go Mets.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Marlins Lay the Lumber to the Mets in 10-3 Win

Well, some nights things just don't go your way.  Tonight was one of those nights for the Mets and R.A. Dickey, as the Marlins pounded out 10 runs on 9 hits on their way to a 10-3 victory of the Mets in Puerto Rico (box score/wrap).

R.A. Dickey gave up 5 runs in 5 innings, most of them in a big third and just didn't look good tonight.  The Marlins were pounding Dickey around, including Ricky Nolasco who had a big double off Dickey early in that big third inning.  Tough outings happen, and considering the way Dickey's been pitching this year he was bound to have one less than awesome start, unfortunately, it came tonight.  Also, I think the humidity was making it tough for Dickey to control that knuckler, as Gary and Keith noted he had to change his undershirt, probably because he sweat right through it.  In any case, Dickey wasn't alone in his struggles tonight as Nieve and Igarashi gave up 5 combined runs in the final four innings to cement the game for the fish.

The highlights of the game for the Mets were provided by Jason Bay who went deep twice in the game.  The Mets had 6 hits tonight, two of them homers from Bay, two of them off the bat of Wright, a lead off single from Reyes and a pitch hit from Thole.  There was no real help from the rest of the line up.  And although Reyes' hit was a lead off one, he was immediately picked off, which was no help to the team, and Thole's hit came when the Mets were already down 7-3 in the eighth.  So, as far as important hits go, they were few and far between tonight for the Mets...unless your name happens to be Jason Bay.

But these types of loses happen to even the best teams, so no reason to get worried.  The Mets have a chance for redemption tomorrow night at 7:10 when Takahashi takes the mound against Nate Robertson.

Let's Go Mets.

Mets Down 4-1 to the Marlins in the 3rd on SNY, Late Line Up

Dickey is having a rough third inning against the Marlins, and besides Bay's homer, the Mets look a little tired.  Here's the line up courtesy of Metsblog:

Jose Reyes SS
Jesus Feliciano CF
David Wright 3B
Ike Davis 1B
Jason Bay LF
Jeff Francoeur RF
Henry Blanco C
Ruben Tejada 2B
R.A. Dickey P

It's games like this you wish the Mets didn't have 3 catchers...

Down on the Farm

I’ll be doing a team by team update of the Mets farm system focusing on some of the big name prospects, starting with Binghamton because Kingsport and Brooklyn only started their seasons this week and the FSL team hasn’t gotten all of the draft picks yet.

Shall we say ‘up’ on the farm in Binghamton, New York, the B-Mets are 39-36 and 6.5 games out of first place. They have recently won 9 of their last 11 games.
The pitching for Binghamton has been ordinary at best. Josh Stinson is the only B-Met in the Eastern Leagues top ten ERA’s. He’s been solid of late, not allowing more than 2 earned runs in his last 5 starts. Josh has never really been a highly touted prospect but he’s putting together a solid campaign in 2010.

One of the more well known names on the team is former 1st round pick Eddie Kunz, who has struggled ever since he got his first taste of the big leagues. After finishing 2009 with an ERA of 5.02, the Mets decided to switch Kunz from a reliever to a starter even though he’s always been a closer in college and in his first few minor league seasons. On May 25th Kunz pitched 7 2/3 innings, the longest outing of his career, giving up only 4 hits and not allowing an earned run. Since that game Kunz has been used in a relief role and has allowed 9 earned runs in his last 15 2/3 innings pitched. Eddie still hasn’t really figured the professional ranks out, but that mid 90’s fastball is enough to still have some hope for this once dominating college closer. If Kunz can make it back to the show, he’ll be a middle reliever, probably more of an innings eater than a dominant back of the bullpen arm.

On the offensive side, Kirk Nieuwenhuis has continued to be an excellent surprise from the small Azusa Pacific College. In his three professional seasons, Kirk has been a solid run producer and racked up 145 hits between Single A and Double A in 2009. In the 2010 season for Binghamton, Nieuwenhuis has truly broke out; he is amongst the league leaders in hits, RBI’s and batting average. I see Kirk as a potential Carlos Beltran replacement in the years to come, a guy who can be productive off the bench in key situations, has decent speed (Stole 17 bases in 2009) and has a solid glove. At this point, the only thing holding Kirk back from being a top tier prospect is his high strikeout rate (127 K’s in 2009). Look for Nieuwenhuis to be one of those spring training invitees that makes a huge impact on the coaching staff next spring, much like Angel Pagan did a few years back.

Two other big names in Binghamton are former 1st round pick Reese Havens, and former 5th rounder Zach Lutz, both of whom are currently on the 15-day DL. This has been a huge blow to this team since these guys were playing well before going down. Lutz has done nothing but hit since making his professional debut with Brooklyn, however he lost most of 2008 to a leg injury and hasn’t played for the B-Mets since May 20th. Zach has some raw power; he launched 11 homers in 385 at-bats in 2009 and had 8 homers in his first 126 at-bats in 2010.

Havens’ journey on the farm has hit far more obstacles, however. He had a rough first two minor league seasons; he batted .247 in both 2008 and 2009. The positive of his 2009 campaign was his 14 homeruns, showing the promise the Mets had seen when he was drafted out of South Carolina. Injuries also plagued Havens in his first two minor league seasons and again this year when after a hot start to the season (.338 through 18 games) Havens strained his oblique muscle and has been out since June 11th. According to Toby Hyde of, Reese has only participated in 47% of his teams games. If Havens wants to join his former 1st round draft buddy and Brooklyn teammate Ike Davis, then he’s going to need to stay on the field. All the tools are there, if he can stay healthy he has a great shot at being the Mets future second basemen, considering he continues to progress like he has the last year and a half.
Stats courtesy of,

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Mets Go Deep, Beat Twins 6-0 To Take the Series

David Wright, Jeff Francoeur and Ike Davis powered the Mets to a 6-0 victory behind some great pitching from Niese and the bullpen (wrap/box score). 

Today was a total team effort, great pitching and some good hitting as well.  Francoeur, Feliciano and Wright all had three hits for the Mets.  Ike Davis also brought it today, going 2-4 with the homer and 2 runs scored. 

On the hill, Niese was great going 6 innings and giving up only 4 hits and 3 walks.  The bullpen also got the job done tossing 3 scoreless innings after Niese left the game. 

Today was a great day on the field for the Mets, but not a great day off it.  Both Jenrry Mejia and Angel Pagan are injured, as Mejia went down today with shoulder stiffness, as relayed here.  Meanwhile, Angel Pagan continues to be out with some muscle issues on his side.  Originally expected to be back tomorrow, Metsblog is reporting it'll probably be another few days.

Tomorrow the Mets head to Puerto Rico to take on the Marlins.  Game one features R.A. Dickey against Ricky Nolasco at 7:10.  The team just needs to keep winning series, and what a better way to start than taking the first of three tomorrow night...

Let's Go Mets.

Mets/Twins Today at 1:10, Line Up Time

Here's the line up for today's game as Niese and the Mets take on the Twins and Scott Baker.  Today's line up is courtesy of the New York Mets on twitter:


According to Metsblog, here, it looks like Pagan needs another day off, but should be ready to go in Puerto Rico tomorrow against the Marlins.

The Mets could really use a big performance from Niese (as could my fantasy team) today to get the team the series win.

Let's Go Mets.

Pavano Awesome as Twins Silence Mets 6-0

Yesterday, the Mets lost their first game of the season with me in attendance 6-0 to the Twins (box score).

The story of the game is simple.  Pavano was great, and Santana was not.  Johan got lit up for 4 runs in the first, while Pavano only allowed three hits all game.  Two of those hits were surrendered to Francoeur who reach on a bunt single and a single to right. 

It was a tough game to watch as a Mets fan because Pavano looked like Cy Young out there today, throwing nothing but strikes, and erasing any baserunners that reached with double plays almost immediately.

The Mets look to take the rubber-game of the series today at 1:10 when Niese heads to the mound to face Scott Baker...

Let's Go Mets.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Santana vs. Pavano Today at 1:10, Line Up

I'm putting my perfect record on the line when I head to the "Citi" today to watch the Mets take on the Twins.  Can I stay undefeated? 

Here's the line up charged with keeping the Mets undefeated at games I attend (courtesy of Adam Rubin on twitter):

Reyes - 6
Feliciano - 8
Wright - 5
Davis - 3
Bay - 7
Barajas - 2
Francoeur - 9
Cora - 4
Santana - 1

Looks like Barajas feels good enough to return, and that Alex Cora is getting his weekly start today.  It sounds like Pagan will need at least another day off, so Feliciano is still in there.  

Anyway, I'll see you in the "Citi"...

Let's Go Mets.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Great Team Performance as Mets Win 5-2

Tonight was a great example of how the Mets have become a complete team, in their 5-2 win tonight over the Twins (box score).

Pelfrey pitched great today after giving up a lead off bomb to Denard Span.  I was a little concerned after the homer that we were looking at another tough outing for Big Pelf, but he rebounded well and went 6 innings giving up 2 runs on 6 hits. After perfect innings in the 7th (Parnell) and the 8th (Feliciano), K-Rod made things very interesting before he shut the door.  Tonight was yet another example of why K-Rod should keep his opinions about his own team, specifically the bullpen, to himself.  Tonight they preserved the lead for him, no problem.  He then immediately went out and put the tying run at the plate before retiring the final two batters to save the game.  I like K-Rod, but I like him better when he's not talking...

At the plate, the Mets did the good job, again.  Led by Wright going 2-3 with a homer and 2 RBI, and 2 runs scored.  Bay, Davis and Reyes also drove in runs, while Ruben Tejada extended his hit streak to 9 games, just narrowly missing his first career homer.  Tejada is hitting .264 on the year, and made a great play in the field today.  Did I mention that this was a great idea, to play this kid and eliminate Cashstealo?  Man, last year injuries killed the Mets but this year, "injuries" have forced management to make the RIGHT moves...

Tomorrow the Mets look for their second consecutive series win, when they send Santana to the hill against Carl Pavano.  I'll be at the game, should be fun.

Let's go Mets.

Mets vs. Twins Just Minutes Away, Line Up Time

He's tonight's line up and pregamer courtesy of

Reyes SS
Feliciano CF
Wright 3B
Davis 1B
Bay LF
Thole C
Francoeur RF
Tejada 2B
Pelfrey P

Should be fun to see Thole starting tonight, giving Blanco a day off who's been filling in for Barajas, who's been out with back spasms the last couple games.  Also, looks like Pagan needed another day off.  Hopefully, he'll be back tomorrow...interesting that Feliciano is hitting second again.  Oh, wait...nevermind it's not interesting, it's JERRY.

Anyway, looks like a nice night for a rebound.

Let's go Mets.

Comeback Falls Short as Mets Lose to Tigers 6-5

The Mets got down early but made a nice effort trying to come back, but just couldn't do it and ended up falling to the Tigers 6-5 (box score/wrap).

The only thing I'm going to say about last night's game is that David Wright had the bases loaded with one out in the 7th, against a lefty and struck out.  It was a huge at bat and it really sealed the game for the Tigers when Wright and Davis went down in order to end the inning...

But the Mets did win the series and that's the goal, right?  It's just hard to see a game slip away especially when it would have put the team in first place...

Tonight Mike Pelfrey and the Mets welcome Kevin Slowey and the Twins to town.  Should be fun...

Let's go Mets.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Mets Go For Sweep at 7:10, Line Up Time...

Tonight the Mets send Hisanori Takahashi to the hill against Armando Galarraga.  Runs, unlike the letter "a" in the starting pitchers' names, will be at a premium...

Here's the line up courtesy of the New York Mets on twitter:

Reyes SS
Feliciano CF
Wright 3B
Davis 1B
Bay LF
Francoeur RF
Blanco C
Tejada 2B

I guess since Barajas is doing more than sucking wind right now, he needs another night off.  I'm fine with Blanco starting.  As for Pagan getting the night off, it's probably needed because of his spasms.  

BUT when did the CF start HAVING to hit second?  Are we now on the CF must hit second plan?  Jerry babies this line up WAY too much.  I think someone on this team can handle batting second for a night and then switching back into their usual line up spot the next day.  THEY ARE PROFESSIONALS...holy crap...


Let's Go Mets.

Rumors For Lee Include Mejia and Pagan

According to this article from the Mariners Blog on The Seattle Times' site, the Mets and Twins seem to be the two teams most likely to land Cliff Lee.  This link was forwarded via, here, as well as Metsblog.

The most interesting part of the article isn't that the Mets seem to be in on Lee, but instead who they could potentially give up to get him.  In the post, Geoff Baker puts the Twins in the driver's seat with the potential addition of Wilson Ramos, a solid catching prospect in the Twins organization.  But Baker is also quick to point out that the Mets have some serious talent of their own that they could include.  Specifically, Baker mentions rumors that the Mets might include Jenrry Mejia and Angel Pagan in a deal for Lee, which Baker thinks would be enough to get Lee to the Mets.

So the obvious question is, Would you take that deal?

My answer...maybe.

Here are my hang ups, Lee's impending free agency and Beltran's health.  If the Mets were to make a deal like this they would need to make sure they could extend Lee and that Beltran was 100%.  While I really like Mejia and Pagan, if Beltran comes back healthy, I would absolutely consider this deal, assuming you could extend Lee.  But those are two BIG BUTS....

So, I think I would pull the trigger if Lee were extended and Beltran proved to be healthy because to me Cliff Lee and Carlos Beltran are better than Jenrry Mejia and Angel Pagan.  But, like I said before, I would need to see a healthy Beltran and I would need to see an extended Lee, and I don't think both of those chips can realisitically fall into place...

Would you make the deal?

Blastings Thrilledge To Join Caught Lookin' Crew

In an attempt to take some of the weight off of myself, and to get another valued opinion onto the blog, Caught Lookin' is announcing the free agent signing of Blastings Thrilledge.

Thrilledge will occassionally fill in for myself, as well as writing opinion pieces whenever he can.

Welcome to the team, Blastings.

Dickey Comes Up Big in Mets 5-0 Win Over Detroit

I know, I know...but I couldn't avoid making that the headline.  Sorry...


It's not like I'm lying because last night R.A. Dickey was awesome, improving to 6-0 on the year and lowering his era to 2.33, after 8 innings of shut out, 4 hit ball against the Tigers last night in the Mets 5-0 win (box score/wrap). 

Dickey was awesome, and K-Rod let his mandatory hitter reach base before he shut the door.  Overall, Dickey has been absolutely fantastic for the Mets.  Dickey is quickly becoming one of those scrap heap signings that Omar likes to hang his hat on, much like Jose Valentin and Fernando Tatis were before him (this is before they were re-signed for entirely too much money after that success).  And I can't help but think that if the Mets acquire another starter that it'll be Takahashi, not Dickey, who'll end up the odd man out of the rotation and will be moved to the 'pen.  It makes the most sense considering Takahashi's success earlier in the year in the 'pen, and the way Dickey has been lights out this season (as much as a knuckleballer can be "lights out").

At the dish, Reyes, Wright and Davis came up big again.  Reyes went 3-4 with an RBI and 3 runs scored, while Wright was 1-3 with an RBI and Davis went 2-4 with 2 RBI.  The other Mets RBI was driven in by Jesus Feliciano who came in for Angel Pagan late in the game because of Pagan having muscle spasms, which you can read about here.  Also worth noting from the game was another hit and run from Ruben Tejada, who although he hasn't been a house of fire or anything, has been productive in his starts.  He's hitting only .255 in 15 games this season, BUT, he has scored 9 runs.  He hasn't exactly been great, but with the rest of the team playing the way they are, he only has to be solid, and in my opinion he's been that...

The Mets are now in a position to go for a sweep tonight, sending Hisanori Takahashi to the hill against Armando Galarraga...

Let's Go Mets.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Bonderman Against Dickey Tonight at 7:10

The Mets face off against the Tigers again tonight, and hope to secure a series victory.  Here's the line up courtesy of the New York Mets on twitter:


Barajas gets the night off, and Tejada stays in the line up while Frenchy moves up one spot in the order. 

Let's go Mets.

Historical Day

Today has been a historical day...

An unbelievable last minute goal earlier in the day advanced the U.S. to the world cup knock-out round.  The longest Wimbledon match (and tennis match in general), basically ever, is currently taking place.  With John Isner and Nicolas Mahut tied at 44 GAMES each in the final set...unreal.

But the icing on the cake is the verified rumor, found here, that original Major League writer/director is planning on creating a REAL Major League 3 (not that back to the minors garbage).   According to the article, David S. Ward is also hoping to get more of the original cast back together, as he apparently already is close to having Charlie Sheen on board...

As much as I hate re-makes, I am beyond excited for this because the original was probably my favorite baseball movie ever.  I just hope it's half as awesome as the original.

And I thought Christmas only comes once a year...

It's Raining Hits, And...Uh...Rain, As Mets Pound Tigers 14-6

Last night the Mets pounded out 16 hits against the Tigers, including Justin Verlander, and outlasted the rain in a 14-6 win (box score/wrap).

There was a lot of offense to report from last night.  The top 4 hitters in the Mets line up all had at least 3 hits each and an RBI.  In fact, the only starting position player without a hit or RBI or run scored was Rod Barajas, who has quietly slipped back down to a .246 batting average for the year. 

Here are some specifics on the offense explosion the Mets experience last night: Reyes went 3-6 with an RBI and 3 runs scored, Wright went 3-3 with 2 RBI and 3 runs scored, Davis went 3-6 with 3 RBI and 1 run scored.  But the biggest bat last night was Angel Pagan who went 4-6 with 4 RBI and 3 runs scored, and was only a homer away from the cycle.  And Reyes, Francoeur and Bay all swiped bases as well.

Niese pitched well for the first 3 innings, but then the rain came and washed away his good start.  Jerry decided to leave Niese out there after nearly an hour rain delay and it was pretty obvious that affected Niese.  But after Niese gave up 6 runs in 4 and 2/3 innings the bullpen only allowed one hit for the rest of the game, which is nice to see, especially considering the concern over the bullpen not having Mejia anymore.  At least tonight, that wasn't an issue...

But what might become an issue is Beltran making rehab starts beginning Thursday as reported by Metsblog, here.  I mean, Pagan is playing well, obviously.  Francoeur is also playing pretty well himself, so between the two of them Bay and Beltran the Mets will have quite a glut in the outfield.  This will be worth monitoring...especially considering the timing of Beltran's return and the way it may match up with the trade deadline...

Anywho...the Mets take on the Tigers in the second game of this three game set tonight with Dickey facing off against Jeremy Bonderman...

Let's Go Mets.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Mets Face Verlander, Tigers Tonight at 7:10

Verlander against Niese Tonight.  Here's the line up courtesy of the New York Mets on twitter:

I decided to go with position numbers today for your score-keeping convenience...

Reyes - 6
Pagan - 8
Wright - 5
Davis - 3
Bay - 7
Barajas - 2
Francoeur - 9
Tejada - 4
Niese - 1

Let's go Mets.

Mets Pitchers Chime in on Trade Deadline, Mejia Demotion

In this article for the New York Post, written by Dan Martin, "Mets fans aren't the only ones clamoring at the prospects of the team trading for a top of the line starter like Seattle's Cliff Lee or Houston's Roy Oswalt."

In the article Martin goes on to quote Pelfrey, Santana and K-Rod as all saying that improving the team's pitching with either Oswalt or Lee would definitely be a welcome addition and would help the team make a push for the post-season.  Although, it is important to note that the players were also careful to mention that they feel they can win with the team's pitching as is, BUT, cannot deny that an improvement would be a good thing for the team's chances.

Also in the article K-Rod is quoted as saying he isn't a fan of the Mets sending Mejia down to the minors.  His concern seems to be it being "tough to prepare when you don't know if you have to get one or two outs in the eighth. It's a lot easier when you know which guy is gonna be in front of you and who's in what role."

Overall I think the Mets pitchers quoted in this article about the possibility of adding a top starter were honest and respectful in their answers.  Yes, the team could absolutely use another top-starter, but at the same time they did a good job of acknowledging that the team can win as currently constructed.


K-Rod should be less worried about who is pitching before him and should be more concerned about NOT making every game a nail-biter.  Lately, he's made EVERY game a little too exciting for my taste.  Maybe that's because he's too concerned with who is pitching the eighth to prepare himself properly for the ninth...

Monday, June 21, 2010

Losing Series to Yankees Should NOT Downplay Roadtrip Success

The Mets just finished their road trip to Baltimore, Cleveland and New York (technically a road game) at 7-2, as pointed out in a post to, here.  In this post Cerrone points out how well they played, starting it off 7-0, before losing the final two games to the Yankees.

My concern is that the "importance" of the subway series, and the way the road trip ended, will take away from the success of the trip.  Yes, they beat up on the AL's worst.  But isn't that what good teams are supposed to do?  Don't good teams win the games they're supposed to win?  And beyond that, it's not like the Yankees killed them.  They were in the games on both Saturday and Sunday, but were done in by the long ball.  All that considered, they still won 7 of 9 on the road, and 7 in a row at one point, and that's impressive stuff.

Anyway, my point is quick and simple.  I wouldn't put too much stock into losing to the Yankees, especially when the games you lost were against Hughes and Sabathia, and were close games.  It was a great road trip and put the team into the wild card lead, as Metsblog points out...

Besides, the Tigers and Justin Verlander come to town tomorrow, so there really isn't anytime to worry about the past...

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Mets Fall 4-0, Send Down Mejia

Today the Mets fell to the Yankees 4-0, and lost the weekend series to the Yankees, leaving the subway series in a tie for the season (box score/wrap).  All I'm going to say about this is that Sabathia was great, and Johan had a bad inning where he gave up another homer.  Johan is giving up too many bombs, and the Mets as a team give up WAY too many grand slams...I don't get it.

That being said, it's not a loss worth dwelling on, and now the team has to get ready for their second consecutive match up against an ace, when Justin Verlander and the Tigers come into town Tuesday.  Jon Niese will go Tuesday night for the Mets...

Now for the other news...

According to Metsblog, here, Jenrry Mejia has been sent down to double-A with the intention of being stretched out into a starter.  In the same post, Cerrone forwards a report from Adam Rubin, here, that Bobby Parnell will be the call-up to replace Mejia on the roster. 

In his post on Metsblog, Matt Cerrone states his opinion on the topic, "about time".  I am in complete agreement with him.  To me, Mejia should have been sent down a long time ago.  He has NOT been used in clutch situations, and that was the whole point of him being up in the first place.  He's more valuable to the Mets as a potential starter than he is being used once every 3-4 games in the 'pen like he has been used lately.  Mejia has only made 6 appearances in the month of June, including today.  It's June 20th...

Some might complain that he was one of our better options in the 'pen and this decision gives up on the now.  But Mejia hasn't really been used in important situations, that honor has gone to Dessens and Feliciano.  So is it worth keeping a middle reliever on the roster and keeping him from being more? 

Although I'd rather see Mejia in the game than Igarashi and Valdes, I still think this was the right decision.  And worst case scenario, if he doesn't become the starter people think he will, then he can always be come back to the 'pen.  To me, if you have talent like that and you think he can be a good starter then you HAVE to try it.  Mejia is only 20 years old, it won't ruin his development to send him down and try to get the most out of him.  If it doesn't work out, he can always come back as a reliever...

Maine, Carmona and Mets Pitching

According to Adam Rubin, here, John Maine did not feel right after his rehab start in Buffalo.  This will cause the Mets to "re-evaluate" their plans with John Maine.  I think this is basically what everyone else had expected, that the Mets would find a way to not have to activate Maine.  The rotation has been good, the bullpen has been pretty good and it's hard to deny that the team has been better since guys like Maine, Perez and Cashstealo have not been around. 

But some think, myself included, that the Mets can find ways to improve their pitching.  And one option, as reported by Buster Olney in this blog post, is Fausto Carmona.  As good as Dickey and Takahashi have been, there are better options out there and Carmona is definitely one of them.  And I would argue after the way Westbrook pitched against the Mets during the week, and considering the prices of both Oswalt and Lee, that Carmona may be the best fit for the Mets. 

Carmona is a guy I have always liked, BUT, I have liked his upside in a similar way to the way I liked Ollie Perez' upside, so take that for what it's worth.  It does seem, however, that Carmona has turned his control issues around and has proven to be a quality starter again this season, which is especially impressive considering how bad the Indians have been this year.  Another interesting bonus to Carmona is that he's under contract, at reasonable prices, for the next few years.

For now, the rotation is fine as it is, BUT if the Mets want to win the division they should make a move.  And whoever they acquire, hopefully will allow either Takahashi or Dickey to move to the bullpen and therefore strengthening both the rotation and the bullpen.

Regardless, this is a good Mets team, much better than last year.  And at some point a move will be made to try to push them over the edge, and when it does, the rest of the NL should watch out...

Mets Get Second Chance to Take Series at 1:05, Santana vs. Sabathia

Despite Jose Reyes having a fantastic game, and Derek Jeter not playing, the Mets fell to the Yankees 5-3 yesterday (box score/wrap).

But today is a different day...

So the Mets send Santana to the mound to face Sabathia.  Here's the line up courtesy of Kevin Burkhardt on twitter:



This is the line up you more-or-less had to expect.  Carter wasn't going to face a lefty and Tatis hadn't played in a while.  Also, with Cora playing yesterday and Sabathia going tonight, you had to expect to see Tejada in there today.  Regardless, the Mets need to rebound today with a "W" because it's just as easy to go on a winning streak, as it is to go on a losing streak.  Either way...

Let's go Mets.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Mets vs. Yankees at 1:05, Here's Your Line Up

Here's today's line up courtesy of Adam Rubin on twitter:

Reyes SS
Pagan CF
Wright 3B
Davis 1B
Bay LF
Carter DH

Francoeur RF
Cora 2B
Blanco C

Tejada takes a seat for Cora today, while Blanco replaces Barajas on a day game after a night game.  The Mets look good, hopefully they can keep it rolling, and a win today would guarantee them a series victory, along with a season series victory, over the Yankees. 

Let's Go Mets.

Mets Take the First Game of Round Two Against the Yankees

The Mets have now won 8 in a row, and have guaranteed at least a split in the season series with the Yankees, after last night's 4-0 win in the Bronx (box score).

Hisanori Takahashi was outstanding last night, going 6 innings giving up only 4 hits and 2 walks.  For the second time this year Takahashi was great against the Yankees and has proven that he can pitch against big time opponents. Considering that I am really NOT in a rush to see John Maine back when Takahashi puts up outings like this, and Dickey has been great too. 

As good as Takahashi was last night Pedro Feliciano might have been better, coming in and shutting down the Yankees in the 7th and 8th innings while the Mets built more of a cushion.  However, Raul Valdes came in after Feliciano and put the game back into question before K-Rod came in and shut the door.

At the plate, the Mets did something I don't remember them having done in some time, scored runs off of Javier Vasquez.  Reyes, Pagan and Davis all drove in runs (Pagan had two RBI) and really fueled the Mets offense last night.  Jeff Francoeur went 2-4 scoring a run, and Ruben Tejada continued to make contributions going 1-3 with a run scored himself.  While Tejada did make his second error of the year, he still has been a solid addition to the teams line up and in the field.

Also, from the personal revenge department, it was nice to see the Mets score off Chan Ho Park.  I can't stand the guy because of how bad he was for the Mets and then how good he was for the Phillies.  Although, I did enjoy his diarrhea interview...

Today the Mets look for 9 in a row when they face the Yankees again today at 1:05.  The pitching match up today will be Phil Hughes against Mike Pelfrey.  Line up to come...

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Cashstealo To Stay on DL

According to, here, Anthony DiComo writes that the team has admitted that Luis Cashtealo will need some more time before he's capable of returning to the field.  DiComo points to Minaya saying that the second baseman is "just not ready yet."  DiComo also quotes Omar as saying, "We're not concerned -- not yet...We're hoping that it's not going to be a long-term thing."

I'm not going to kick a guy too much when he's down, but the team has been playing a lot better without Cashstealo around.  The team seems to have better life and a better attitude.  I really think it'd be better for the team and Luis if he just really got healthy, and did whatever necessary to do that.  That was a lot of me being nice right there...I just want him to stay on the DL.

According to the article it looks like the team will continue to play Tejada, which I like.  And finally Jerry sees what I see about Ruben.  DiComo quotes Jerry as saying, ""That's the one thing I thought that we'd miss with Luis is that turn...We were just talking about that today, how impressed we had been with [Tejada] turning the double play. He's adapted extremely well."  Thank you Jerry for that dynamic analysis, it only took you about two weeks of Tejada playing to notice.  I guess I should just be happy you noticed at all...

In the meantime, without Cashstealo, the team continues to win.  I don't care who they win with, because to me winning is the only thing...

Mets Packed Their Brooms on this Roadtrip, Head to Yankee Stadium Next

The Mets are playing very well right now, and just completed their second consecutive three game sweep with a 6-4 win over the Indians tonight (box score/wrap up).

R.A. Dickey got the win going 6 innings giving up 3 runs (2 earned) on 7 hits while striking out 7.  Dickey may not have been great tonight, but he was good enough to win.  Dickey was supported by the Mets offense who pounded out another 14 hits tonight against Jake Westbrook and the Indians.  After tonight's performance, I may be reconsidering my stance on Westbrook...Or maybe the Mets are just THAT good right now.

Every starter except Frenchy had a hit (although Frenchy had an RBI).  Davis, Wright, Reyes and Blanco drove in the other runs for the Mets with Davis plating two.  Oh yeah, and Jose Reyes went 3-5 with a big RBI triple in the eighth and scored twice.  The Mets have been very good ever since he got back to being himself.

I love this team.  Ruben Tejada had two hits tonight and scored.  Jesus Feliciano scored.  Hank White (Henry Blanco) seems to get a big hit everytime he plays.  This is a hard team not to love...

The subway series round 2 returns tomorrow night when Takahashi takes on Javier Vasquez at Yankee Stadium.  The Mets are putting their 6 game road winning streak on the line, as well as their 7 game overall streak tomorrow night.  The game starts at 7:05 on SNY...

Let's Go Mets

Mets Go For Sweep Tonight: Line Up

Tonight the Mets send R.A. Dickey to the hill in an attempt to get a sweep of the Indians.  Standing in their way is potential trade target Jake Westbrook.  This should be interesting...

Here's the line up courtesy of the Mets twitter account:


Barajas gets the night off, along with Bay who is nursing a "charley-horse".  No Bay, and a hot streak, pushes Francoeur up into the number 5 spot behind Davis tonight.  Blanco and Feliciano find themselves in the line up, along with Carter who remains on DH duty against righties in the AL parks.  Nice to see Tejada in the line up again tonight.  I love watching him turn two...

A win tonight would give the Mets a ton of confidence, along with a 7 game winning streak, heading into a weekend series against the Yankees...

Let's go Mets. 

Olney Discusses Starting Pitching Trade Options For Mets

In an article for, discovered via, Buster Olney talks about the Mets options as buyers looking for starting pitcher, in this year's buyer's market.

Olney says that the Mets are not thrilled with the idea of trading for Oswalt because of the high price tag, in both talent and money.  Olney also thinks that while the Mets like Lee, they may not match up as well with Seattle as other teams (he mentions the Indians) who have catching prospects, a need position for the Mariners.

Obviously, I would love the Mets acquiring either Lee or Oswalt.  I think that would change the division race a ton...

According to Olney that leaves the Mets bidding for the services of Jake Westbrook, Ben Sheets and Fausto Carmona, although Olney warns that the Mets may be weary of Carmona's past issues.

To me, Sheets should be off the board for two reasons.  One, the A's are in contention and just added Connor Jackson in an effort to compete, so until they fall out of it, I would assume Sheets is staying put.  My other issue with acquiring Sheets is that the Mets SHOULD have just signed him in the off-season.  Now, if they trade for him, not only are they paying the rest of his salary, but they are giving up prospects to do it.  That would be a tough pill for me to swallow considering they could have had Sheets in the off-season if they just paid up.

Carmona and Westbrook, however, are interesting options.  When they were at their best, they were great.  But Westbrook had Tommy John surgery and is still getting back to where he was, while Carmona is recovering from two terrible seasons (but pitching very well this season).

Westbrook is making $11 million this year and will be a free agent after the season.  Carmona, however, will make about $5 million this year, $6 million next year and has affordable club options through 2014.  This makes the decision all the more interesting because of the issue of Carmona's potential value against his club options.  At his best, Carmona is worth more than $6 million, but at his worst, he's another Ollie Perez.

With the way the Mets have been playing this trade deadline could be very interesting.  While I would want the team to go out and get another stud pitcher, I still think they can compete with the way the team is currently constructed (sans Cashstealo and Perez).  So, for me, it's going to come down to asking prices.  If Carmona, Westbrook or Sheets can be had reasonably cheap, then I would go for it.  But, if clubs are asking a lot and it won't be much of a jump for Lee or Oswalt, then I think it's a no-brainer...

Either way, I agree with Olney.  The Mets will be active, and should be able to get someone good, around the trade deadline this year...

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Mets Clinch Winning Road Trip, Beat Indians 8-4

Tonight the Mets clinched a winning road trip after beating the Indians 8-4 (box score) tonight in Cleveland.

For the third consecutive night the Mets put up a five run  This team is beyond hot right now, no matter how bad their opponents have been on this road trip.  The Mets pounded out 14 hits tonight, including 7 doubles.  Everything the Mets hit found the gap, which is fantastic, although some of that may be attributed to the Indians having Austin Kearns in CF and Shelly Duncan in LF...but still...finding the gaps.

Pagan went 3-5 with 3 RBI and Wright had 2 RBI while Bay, Davis and Francoeur all drove in runs as well.  Oh, and by the way, Frenchy had two more hits and is now back up to .275 on the season.  I'm just sayin'...

On the hill Niese was good in his first outing against his boyhood team.  Niese went 7 innings giving up 3 runs on 8 hits while striking out three.  Mejia came in after Niese in the eighth and made things interesting by walking the first two batter he faced, which prompted Jerry to go get Elmer Dessens.  Dessens immediately walked the next batter to load the bases, but settled down and only gave up one run, and finished the last two innings to sew up the win for the Mets.

One more thing...Ruben Tejada is a good second basemen and can turn double plays VERY well.  I do not miss Cashstealo at all...

Tomorrow the Mets go for the sweep against the Indians behind Dickey who will face Jake Westbrook at 7:05.  This would be the second time in as many series as the Mets will get a close look at potential starters they could trade for.  Last weekend they roughed up Millwood, but what will they do against Westbrook...Tune in tomorrow to find out.

Niese, Mets Face Indians Tonight at 7: Line Up

Tonight Jon Niese pitches in front of family and friends in Cleveland, as the Mets face the Indians tonight at 7:05.  You can catch his feelings on, here.

Here's the Mets line up for tonight, compliments of Adam Rubin on twitter:


Tejada is back in the line up, which I like, along with Jerry keeping Carter in there.  Hopefully Carter will hit a bit more tonight, and can lock himself up for another start tomorrow, and potentially the Yankee series...

Carter certainly owes the Yankees a bit of payback for them claiming him on waivers and ultimately blocking his trade to the Mets last year. That ended up being important because it took away what would have been some valuable playing time on the major league level with the Mets for Carter last season.  Nothing would be sweeter than seeing Carter get a chance to get a little revenge on the Yankees...

Cashstealo, D'Backs, Beltran and Potential RF Platoon

According to Metsblog, here, Luis Cashstealo is working his way back from injury.  Cerrone says, "Jerry Manuel told reporters yesterday that the team will know in the next day or so whether Castillo is capable of being activated this weekend."

Can I start by saying, is there anyway to keep him on the DL longer?  The team is 9-1 since Cashstealo went on the DL June 4th.  I know there are his supporters out there who think he's fine, and not the problem for this team.  Can something please be said for addition by subtraction?  I just find it hard to dispute that since he, Perez and GMJ have all not been part of this team they are winning, and looking good doing it.  I have no problem living with Cora and Tejada, especially considering the results the TEAM has gotten since that's been the arrangement. 

But for those who want a new second baseman...

In the same posting on Metsblog, Cerrone points to a tweet from Jon Paul Morosi, here, who thinks that Kelly Johnson can be had.  While I think any move at second base isn't really an option for the Mets unless they can move Cashstealo, this is an intriguing name.  Although Johnson isn't a great fielder he does have some nice pop and speed.  He's not a great option as far as all-around second baseman in the league, but in my opinion he is a definite upgrade over Cashstealo.  Despite that, I would argue that unless Johnson was a needed add-in for salary relief in another deal with the D'Backs (Dan Haren), the Mets don't NEED to make a move for him.  Cora and Tejada have been fine so far.  And even though I know there are those who are concerned about Cora's option kicking in, I'm not one of them.  Now, if the Mets and D'Backs start talking Haren and Johnson becomes a throw-in salary dump, then that'd be nice.  I just don't think the team needs to pursue Johnson on his own, because in my opinion his value over Cashstealo is not great enough to warrant a deal, and a potential prospect. Also, I think unless the Mets find a way to deal Cashstealo (not likely), this won't even be considered...

Also worth considering since Beltran has been working out in Florida is this article written by Andy McCullough of the Newark Star-Ledger about a potential right field platoon between Pagan and Francoeur once Beltran returns from the DL.  McCullough makes an interesting point about a platoon.  When looking at the righty/lefty splits for Pagan and Francoeur it's hard to deny that a platoon would make sense, and considering the likelihood that Beltran will not be able to play everyday when he comes back, there will be playing time available in the Mets outfield. 

However, should the Mets be lucky enough to get a full-strength Carlos Beltran, I think the Mets have options.  I would make one of Francoeur/Pagan available in a deal, using whichever has more value (probably Pagan) to net some starting pitching.  OR maybe prove Beltran is healthy for a bit and then ship him out for a starter.  I don't know which would make more sense, as it would depend on the deals available.  I am suprised to see myself saying this because I was one of those guys who hated when people first started talking about dealing Beltran, but maybe there is some sense to it...

Regardless, I'm just saying there are options, because Pagan has proven to me this year to be a viable option as an everyday center fielder.  Whether there is more trade value in him, a recovering commodity in Beltran or Francoeur remains to be seen.

I guess what I'm trying to say is...

This could be a fun trade deadline...

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Mets Infield Hit and Hustle Their Way to 7-6 Win

Despite K-Rod giving up an absolute BOMB in the ninth inning to make the game a bit too close for my liking, the Mets managed to hold on tonight to beat the Indians 7-6 in Cleveland (box score).

Tonight the Mets hustled, and took advantage of Indian mistakes that lead to 4 of the team's 7 runs tonight.  David Wright finished the game 3-5 with 3 RBI, all of Wright's RBI were driven in on infield shit.  One RBI in particular scored because of a fantastic hustle play from Reyes who was plated from second on an infield grounder that Wright beat out.  Reyes took off on the play and rounded third without stopping to come around and beat the relay from first baseman after Wright beat out the grounder for a hit.  Two of the Mets other runs scored off of a bomb to center field off the bat of Ike Davis.  Davis' homer was in the air for what seemed like forever and what looked like a routine fly ball eventually carried out over the center field fence.  It wasn't a pretty win tonight, but the Mets capitalized on Indian mistakes, and isn't that what good teams do? Beat up on bad teams and take advantage of mistakes?  Does that mean the Mets are a good team?  I think so...

On the hill tonight, Johan Santana got some much needed run support because he wasn't at his best at the beginning of the game.  Santana ended up going 7 innings giving up 4 runs on 7 hits.  Then Pedro Feliciano came in and walked the lead off man, but he shut down the Indians for the remainder of the inning to pass the ball off to K-Rod.  K-Rod decided to make things interesting by giving up 2 hits, including a 2-run homer to Shelly Duncan in the ninth to make things close.  K-Rod then got a fly out to Bay to end the game.

The Mets look to stay hot tomorrow against these same Indians when they send Jon Niese to the hill against Mitch Talbot for the Indians. 

No pressure, but the Mets are in a position to take this series and keep beating up on the AL bottom-dwellers, which is something they NEED to do before they have a tough stretch of games against the Yankees, Tigers and Twins.  It's not that I don't think the team can win every night, because I think they can (an interesting feeling I haven't had in some time), it's just the cautious part of the optimist making it's way out.  Anyway...Let's Go Mets.

Promotional Material: New Ready to Unload Tonight at 9:05

This is just a reminder that the guys over at Ready to Unload will be going live with another episode tonight at 9:05, here

These guys are definitely worth the listen, as they provide some good, and funny, insight on the world of sports.  Tonight they will talk Revis, the Mets current hot streak and the subway series round two on the way.

Plus you never know when I'll call in for some Mets talk as well.  Should be fun, so give them a listen.

Mets at Indians Tonight at 7:05, Line Up Time

Tonight the Mets send Johan Santana to the mound, hoping to keep the Mets recent hot streak on the road going against the Indians and Justin Masterson.  Here's the Mets line up courtesy of Adam Rubin on twitter:

Reyes SS
Pagan CF
Wright 3B
Davis 1B
Bay LF
Carter DH
Barajas C
Francoeur RF
Cora 2B

Nice to see Carter in the line up again as the DH.  Jerry is smart to get him as many ABs as he can while in AL parks, especially against right-handed pitching.  I would have liked to have seen Tejada in there tonight, but I guess that's not in the cards.  I hope the Mets keep the winning steak going, but end the streak of playing poorly behind Santana, Johan deserves better...

Mets Looking Into Lee, Should Make BEST Move

According to Matt Cerrone of Metsblog, here, the Mets and Mariners are talking Cliff Lee.  Cerrone says the Mets and Mariners are talking "quite a lot" about Lee, but the Mariners seem intent on getting Jon Niese back in any deal.  Cerrone also states that people within the Mets organization think they have the prospects to get Lee, but Omar looks like he's not willing to include Niese in that deal.

I agree with Omar.  Obviously, I would want Lee too, but not at the cost of Niese.  If the Mets were to obtain Lee without giving up Niese, they would be looking at a rotation that includes at least 3 lefties, which would be a nice thing to be able to roll out in a series against the Phillies and Braves, who both have some heavy-hitting lefties (Utley, Howard, Ibanez-Philly and Heyward, McCann - Braves).  That would be a nice rotation and would really put the Mets in a position to do some damage down the stretch, especially considering the success that Lee had with the Phillies last season after the trade deadline.  

I am interested in exactly how much the Mets would have to give up to get Lee and then, on top of that, how much they would need to sign him for in the offseason.  Because IF the report that Oswalt would be willing to come to NY is true, then I think moving for Oswalt might be the better deal.  It seems like the prospect return for Oswalt will not be as much as the return for Lee, because of the report that the Astros are looking more for salary relief.  So, to me, if the Mets have the choice of Lee, without an extention or getting Oswalt for another 3 years at $10 million each at a lesser price to your farm system, then I would do what allows you to keep your more valuable asset, prospects.

Either way, Lee or Oswalt would be a great addition to the Mets.  And I don't think the gap between these two pitchers is big enough to warrant paying a heavier price for one over the another.  Both players have pitched in World Series and both have the ability to shut teams down.  The Mets could use another big time pitcher in their rotation, and either player would be an upgrade.  I just hope they make the move that gets them the most, while giving up the least...

Sunday, June 13, 2010

I'm Starting to Love THIS Team.

While I've been gone all weekend, the Mets have been winning.  The team looks good, at least from what I've been able to catch on Mets fast forward on SNY (was out of town).  The Mets now find themselves only a game and a half out of first, and 7 games over .500. 

The Mets have become a much less stressful team to root for over the last couple of weeks.  The roster has been improved with the releasing of GMJ, the injuries to Perez and Cashstealo.  Although, I do think there has been a case of addition by subtraction here, the more important thing is the type of players that they were replaced with.  GMJ turned into Jesus Feliciano, Perez into Niese and Cashstealo into Tejada.  Outside of Feliciano's age (31) there is a common thread among these players, the group that has come in is young and hungry.  The youthful energy and desire to succeed is part of a movement the Mets have decided to make this season, highlighted with the calling up of Ike Davis along with the promotion of Chris Carter.

The Mets are an exciting team to watch, and one that seems to never be willing to give up.  I love the way this team is constructed currently, and I think the organization does too, based on the results they are getting.

I'm not going to get too excited just yet, but after sweeping the O's, and now heading to Cleveland, the Mets have a chance to collect a few more wins before heading into Yankee Stadium this weekend.  The series against the Indians starts Tuesday with Santana against Masterson...

Let's Go Mets.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Caught Lookin' on Road Trip

The Caught Lookin' crew, aka myself, is going to be out of town (not near a computer) and unable to blog until either Sunday or Monday.  One day I'll trust someone else to keep the posts coming even when I'm out of town, but for now, when I'm gone the blog goes dark.

Anyway, I wish I could watch the double-dip tomorrow but no dice.  So in the meantime, all I can say is, Let's Go Mets.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Mets Draft RHP Matt Harvey Out of North Carolina

Tonight in the first round of the MLB draft, the New York Mets took RHP Matt Harvey out of the University of North Carolina.  According to Baseball Tonight's bottomline on ESPN, Harvey was the number 1 high school prospect in 2007.

I know nothing about this kid, but other people do...

So, let's start with Matt Cerrone of Metsblog who talks about Harvey in this post.  In the post Cerrone relays information from Mets brass about Harvey.  The major bullet points are his size, durability, his 91-98 mph fastball and his representation (Boras).  Cerrone also points to an article on where they get into specifics about his curve, slider, change up and ability to throw hard late into games.

In this article for the Newark Star-Ledger, Andy McCullough talks about the mechanical issues that caused Harvey's ERA to balloon after his Freshman year, and into his Sophomore year.  McCullough also talks about a complete game outing that Harvey had against Clemson where he struck out 15 batters and threw 157 pitches, allegedly hitting 96 with his final pitch...Wow.

I know some people wanted Josh Sale, who ended up slipping to 13 to the White Sox.  But, from what I've read/heard about Sale, it seems that there is concern about his durability and it seems likely that he'll be a reliever.  Although, I'm sure he'll be a stud because the Mets passed up on him, I would rather have a starting pitching prospect than a relief prospect.  I guess it's because I personally believe that all things being equal, starting pitching is more valuable than relief pitching.  That doesn't mean anything if Harvey turns out to be a bust, but I still think it was a better decision to go for a starter than reliver.  And, if Harvey's negative is his control and it can really be pointing to a change in mechnanics after his freshman year of college, then I am not concerned BECAUSE he was the #1 high school prospect 3 years ago.

Oh, and by the way the Nationals took Bryce Harper, who was on the cover of Sports Illustrated at 16.  The Nats could be very good in a few years...very, very good.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Mets Win 7-6 & Complete the Sweep of Florida, Santos To Be Sent Down

Today the Mets came back with a big, game-tying, three run homer off the bat of Jeff Francoeur and would eventually take the lead on an RBI double play groundout from Ike Davis which gave the Mets a 7-6 win over the Marlins today, and helped them sweep the series from Florida (box score/wrap).

It's about time the Mets did something against the Marlins who seem to have owned them up until this point in the season.  Tomorrow, the team will get a well-deserved day off before starting a three game set Tuesday against the Padres, their last NL opponent before going on to play their next 15 games against American league opponents (Baltimore, Cleveland, Yankees, Detroit and Minnesota).

Also of note, according to Anthony DiComo in an article for, Omir Santos has been optioned back to Double-A after the game because of the news of Henry Blanco's back healing well.  According to DiComo the Mets won't need to make a move to fill that roster spot until Tuesday, but when they do, it is assumed that Jesus Feliciano will finally get the call.  About time.  Feliciano is only hitting like .400 at Triple-A and although some people think he's a Quad-A type player, two things are for sure: 1) He's better than GMJ, because anyone is. 2) He's definitely earned himself a chance to prove he can play on the big league level by hitting in Buffalo.  When the move to fill that roster spot does happen, I really hope it is Feliciano who gets the call.  Maybe he'll be the type of bench spark/reserve player the Mets need in the outfield...I'm excited.  Yes, I realize that it sounds stupid to be excited about a bench player, but when GMJ used to be that player, I think it's ok to be excited...

Mets vs. Marlins at 1:10: Line Up

Here's the line up for today's game, according to Andy McCullough of the Newark Star-Ledger on twitter, as the Mets look for the sweep:

Reyes SS
Pagan CF
Bay LF
Davis 1B
Wright 3B
Barajas C
Francoeur RF
Cora 2B
Takahashi P

Cora gets the start today over Tejada, because Cora is hitting .500 against  Nolasco, according to NYSportsDog blog.  David Singer of NY SportsDog shows the teams career stats against Nolasco, and to be honest, they are pretty impressive. 

A sweep would be nice, but it'll take more than hitting to get it done.  So, hopefully Takahashi will rebound from his first, and only, poor start of the season.  Let's go Mets.

Mets Improve Roster, Niese Returns to Beat Fish 6-1

In order to bring back Jon Niese from the DL the Mets needed to make a roster move, so they put Oliver Perez on the DL with knee problems.  I don't care what they do to get rid of him, I'll just happy he's inactive.  So now, after moving Cashstealo and Perez to the DL, along with the release of Matthews Jr, the Mets seem to have finally heard what everyone else has been saying and have improved their team by eliminating some of their "dead weight".  This something I had been hoping the Mets would do for some time now, and finally the team has come to their senses.  Matt Cerrone of Metsblog agrees and makes that same point in this post.


Yesterday afternoon Jon Niese returned to the mound after a hamstring injury and lead the Mets to a 6-1 victory over the Marlins (box score/wrap).

Niese was great going 7 innings giving up only 1 run on 6 hits while striking out 6.  He looked good, and most importantly, healthy while keeping the Marlins at bay.  Although it does help when you get some good run support...

Niese's run support was not a problem yesterday as David Wright drove in three runs (including a homer) and scored two runs on his own.  Tejada, Francoeur and Davis all drove in a runs, with Davis going 4-4 and scoring 3 runs as well.

The team hit well, pitched well, and it led to a victory.  But don't they always do that at home...ugh...a topic for another day.

Today the Mets go for the sweep, sending Takahashi to the hill against Ricky Nolasco for the fish.  The game is at 1:10 on PIX11...

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Mets End Skid Against the Fish, Win 4-3

Tonight Dickey was good and the offense did just enough to lead the Mets to a 4-3 win tonight in the "Citi" (box score/wrap up).

R.A. Dickey improves to 3-0 this season, pitching 6 and 1/3 innings giving up 7 hits and allowing 3 runs, while striking out 4.  Dickey was pulled in favor of Feliciano who got an out and gave up a hit, and then gave way to Elmer Dessens who gave up NOTHING in an inning and a third of work.  Dessens looked great tonight, and that was huge lift for the Mets.  K-Rod did his usual and made the game ENTIRELY TOO EXCITING, but eventually recorded the save thanks to a nice play from Wright to close it out.

At the plate, Bay, Francoeur and DICKEY all recorded multi-hit games.  Ruben Tejada doubled, scored a run and had an RBi ground out in his first game back with the big club.  Francoeur, Dickey and Bay drove in the other runs for the Mets.  Also of note, Reyes went 1-2 with 2 walks and stole a bag.

A win is a win, and that's all that matters.  BUT, I need to admit I'm a bit concerned with Ike, whose average is now down to .248, ehhh.  Frenchy, by the way, is really hot right now and is up to .258.  I guess Frenchy likes June better than May...

Tomorrow Niese is back to face the Marlins and Nate Robertson.  The game is on FOX at 4:10.  Hopefully the Mets can stay hot at home and win the series tomorrow...

Friday, June 4, 2010

Mets Make Roster Moves: My Reactions

I need to address the roster moves the Mets made today.  I would have gotten to these moves earlier had my job not gotten in the way...

So, first thing's first, the Mets FINALLY DFA'D Gary Matthews Jr.  Part of me feels bad for Matthews because he seemed like a good teammate, unfortunately for him he's a terrible player and that's more important.  Now that I showed a little mercy, here it comes...about time.  Matthews was awful and was only really on the team because Jerry was afraid of not having a back up centerfielder.  So instead of calling up Jesus Feliciano, who's hitting close to .400 in Triple-A and plays centerfield, the organization decided to bring up Omir Santos because Blanco is hurting...

Let's stop right there...WHAT?

GMJ being the only guy on the roster capable of playing center fielder was the excuse that kept him around as long as he did, right?  So, when the Mets finally decided "enough was enough" with GMJ, they decided to bring up a catcher?  Is anyone as confused as I am?  I get that Blanco is banged up, but when Blanco was on the bereavement list a week or two ago Barajas played all the time, and Thole was useless.  So what is different now?  Why can't Barajas carry the load again?  If it's because Blanco is THAT hurt, why doesn't he go to the DL?  I am baffled.  The best part of this whole thing is that Jerry now says that Bay can play centerfield if need be.  Where has this been all year?

Before I get to Cashstealo, which I feel was a no-brainer decision, I want to look at Niese being activated tomorrow and try to figure out who gets sent down...

In this article, I mentioned earlier from Metsblog, there is potential for Mejia to be the guy sent down should Perez continue to refuse to take a minor league assignment.  This brings up a few things...

First, while I'd like it to be Mejia who is sent down because I want him to be a starter...I think the need to get Ollie off of the major league roster trumps the need to turn Mejia into a starter, at this point.  Especially considering how Dickey pitched tonight, and how he and Takahashi can easily transition to the bullpen.

I really hope it's going to be Ollie.  I'm not quite sure how it's going to happen, but I really think if the Mets are as frustrated as their fans are with Perez and if he doesn't accept a minor league assignment I a move should be made.  Perez is a distraction and a waste of an arm in the bullpen.  I would throw the minor league option at him one more time, or the organization should just take their lumps and admit Ollie was a bad contract.  That was tough for me to say, I still like Ollie's stuff when he's on...he just hasn't been on in a while.

Now, let's talk Cashstealo, who was playing hurt and NEEDED to go on the DL.  I mean, this guy was limping to the plate, in the field, while walking to first.  There is no doubt in my mind he's tough, and he's earned some respect from me for playing hurt (doesn't make me think he doesn't stink), but I think this was the right decision.

Looks like Ruben Tejada will get a serious look at second base.  I would love to see the kid get hot and never give up this spot, unfortunately, I really doubt that will happen.  Even if Tejada is out of his mind while Cashstealois on the DL, I just don't see the Mets not playing someone who makes $6 million.  For whatever that's worth...

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Blown Save, Walk-Off Grand Slam: Not The Best Way To End a Roadtrip...


Irritated isn't quite the right word, but I'm something...

The Mets lost on an extra-inning walk off grand slam last night to the Padres, only 2 innings after K-Rod blew a 1-0 lead with two outs in the bottom of the ninth.  They ended up losing the game 5-1 (box/wrap up) and continued their streak of NOT winning a road series ALL YEAR....awesome.  After the game Gary made a point of saying the Mets have given up the most grand slams this year of any team in the league.  That's probably because when you walk/hit batters to get the bases loaded the next thing you are trying to do is just throw a strike...hence meatballs...hence batting practice fastballs...hence Grand SALAMIS.

K-Rod is killing me.  While some might complain about him coming in in the eighth inning, he should still have been able to shut the door.  And Raul Valdes is now my fourth favorite Valdes(z) after his last two abismal outings.  He has fallen behind Exxon Valdez, which I think is only in third place because of current news...

Oh yeah, and did I forget to mention Santana pitched, was awesome and the Mets still found a way to blow it for him.  This is exactly what I was talking about the other day when I said that I had more confidence with Pelfrey on the hill than Santana.  For some reason the Mets find ways to not hit, and blow leads when Johan throws.  Especially when he throws well. Unreal.  Santana went 7 innings giving up only 5 hits, and no runs, although he did walk five.

The Mets only run was driven in Francoeur.  Bay went 3-4 and swiped a bag and scored the only run of the game, while Reyes also stole a base but went hitless.  That's all worth mentioning on the offensive end.

The Mets come home, apparently the only place they can face the Marlins tomorrow night at 7:10, with Dickey on the hill against Annibal Sanchez.  Time to start beating the Marlins and Nats, because these in-division series are important.  I know that's obvious, but with this team, even the obvious is worth stating...

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Mets Win 4-2, A Heart Attack Worth Staying Awake For...

Despite K-Rod making last night's game entirely too interesting for my taste, the Mets still managed to hang on and beat the Padres 4-2 (box score/wrap).

Mike Pelfrey was awesome.  He increased his overall record to 8-1 on the year, going 8 innings while giving up only 1 run on 4 hits, and striking out 8.  Pelfrey looked dominant, which I would normally downplay with the Padres offense except for what they did to the Mets offensively yesterday.  He looked great and I now officially have more confidence the Mets will win a game he starts, then they would if Santana was starting.  It's a combination of Pelfrey being THAT good so far this year, and Santana still getting a bunch of those tough luck losses, and no decisions.

At the plate, the big blows came from Wright and Davis, who both hit homers and drove in two runs each.  Also having a good day with another two hits was Jeff Francoeur, and Luis Cashstealo (although hobbling all over the field) did score two runs for the Mets.  I still don't like him, and he's still hitter for a lower average than Francoeur, but I guess I'll give him a break today...

The Mets look to take their first road series of the year, and finish this road trip at .500, tonight at 6:30 when they send Santana to the mound to face Clayton Richard for the Padres.  Santana and Richard have almost identical lines going into tonight's game.  Santana is 4-2 with a 3.03 ERA, while Richard is 4-3 with a 3.00 ERA...runs will probably be at a premium tonight, and it should be a well pitched contest...

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Last Night Was Awful, Good Thing the Game Was on The West Coast

After watching the Mets try to fight back 6-1 and 10-4, and then seeing the Padres find a way to keep extending their lead, I decided to stop watching last night's game and went to sleep.  So, I can't really talk about the WHOLE game, as I didn't really watch the whole thing, since I was disgusted with the bullpen.  Anyway, the Mets ended up getting embarassed 18-6 (box score/wrap)...

Takahashi got hit pretty hard early, and gave up a grand slam to Jerry Hairston in the third inning which really started the offensive out-pouring from the Padres.  I'm not concerned with Takahashi getting hit hard, but I am slightly concerned with his inability to stay ahead of hitters.  As the SNY crew noted many times during the telecast, the Padres seemed more patient and were able to lay off Takahashi's change up.  This is true.  But the thing that I don't remember hearing put together was that since Takahashi wasn't really ahead in counts, it was easier for the Padres hitters to lay off that change up and wait for Takahashi to come to them.  Also, a bunch of breaking balls that Takahashi threw hung, like the one Hundley hit for a double, and that also didn't help his cause.

Overall, the bullpen was awful.  Valdes couldn't throw strikes.  Somehow Mejia was able to keep the damage slightly under control, and then he was gone after an inning just in time to see Igarashi get bombed.  Ollie Perez only gave up two runs in 2 and 2/3, but that was mop-up duty.  I'm sure Ollie will thrive in these non-pressure situations.

There were some big hits from Reyes, Barajas and Francoeur.  But on the whole last night wasn't about what the offense did, as much as what the pitching didn't...

The Mets try to even up the series tonight with Pelfrey going to the hill against Wade LeBlanc...