In the third part of this series, the focus will be placed on the hurlers. After the manager has made his decisions, and his hitters have reacted, he has to control the pitching staff. A managers logic and feel for how exactly his pitchers may feel on a certain day or knowing how to utilize their strengths, falls to him. The rest of this equation, falls to the pitchers and their execution. — The rebuilt [...]
Chris Young, in his Mets debut pitched a great first game, going five and one-third innings, giving up one run on five hits with four walks and seven strikeouts and the offense exploded in the third inning, chasing Cole Hamels in their 7-1 victory. Game Notes Chris Young looked pretty good in his first outing for the Mets. He allowed five hits, but didn’t start allowing hits and runs until after the 4th inning. Young [...]
In a further look into the foundations of success, after a team has found a manager, which I wrote about yesterday, that knows the game, can pull the correct strings and can really make things happen with both his direction and his decisions, he then needs to rely in his players. Those players consist of the offensive players, who for the sake of this article we’ll call hitters, his pitching (both bullpen and rotation) and [...]
Many teams have built their successes on numerous factors. Some teams have prided themselves on strong pitching, others on strong hitting, some on great benches and some on great managers who know how to utilize their players in any situation. Due to the fact the Alderson regime has yet to draft, I cannot speak upon that but once the drafting is done, I will look into that. This will be a four part article on [...]
The Mets bats came alive, R.A. Dickey pitched a solid six innings and the Mets won there first series of the season, on the road. The Mets didn’t win their first road series until August last season Game Notes R.A. Dickey pitched a solid six innings, allowing one unearned run on five hits, walking three and striking out seven. Dickey’s knuckleball was dancing today, and his rubber-armed nature has shown, throwing 108 total pitchers, 69 [...]
Mike Pelfrey pitched an inconsistent game, minus one GRAND mistake, and the Mets lost on opening day, 6-2 to the Florida Marlins Game Recap Mike Pelfrey put up his usual sub-par performance versus the Marlins, going four and one-third innings, walking four and striking out two while allowing four hits and five runs on 97 pitches. Pelfrey’s outing may have not been so ugly if it werent for the 4th inning grand slam he allowed [...]
In a decision that is somewhat a surprise with the recent announcement of adding Blaine Boyer to the Mets’ bullpen, Jason Isringhausen has agreed to spend two more weeks in extended spring training to build his arm strength. “I’ve come this far, another two weeks is not going to kill me…” Isringhausen told reporters” For what its worth, Isringhausen was just coming off an injury and probably knew that his performance, as well as his [...]
With today’s news that Luis Hernandez, Nick Evans and Pat Misch were placed on waivers, the opening day roster is essentially in place, with the last bench spot expected to be going to newly minted super-utility man Daniel Murphy. The last expected bullpen slot is a footrace between Blaine Boyer, who appears to have a place in Sandy Alderson’s heart, Manny Acosta and the grizzled veteran fighting for his roster spot, Jason Isringhausen. What Does [...]
As reported by Brian Costa of the Wall Street Journal this morning, Mike O’Connor was sent to Mets minor league camp. The bullpen is continuing to be shaped out, and the lone two lefties that still remain in the contest are Tim Byrdak, who also has a clause that states if he isn’t on the 40 man roster by today, March 25th then he can opt out to free agency and the out-of-options Pat [...]
Updated 12:24 P.M. Apparently now Beltran will be playing simulated games for the next 2 days, while trying to get some fielding work in as well. If this goes well without a hitch, Beltran may play in a minor league game on Saturday. The Mets are essentially allowing Beltran to crawl into the season, as opposed to walk in their best efforts to try and get 500+ AB’s. They are taking account the feeling [...]
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