Joel Sherman of the NY Post takes a look at what the Mets need to do to get back on the right track in a post to his blog. Besides highlighting some players he thinks can help, he does a nice job of encapsulating the current state of the Mets and the dilemma they find themselves in. So let’s recap: You must build a contender next year. You must do it with a reduction in payroll. You cannot [...]
If you were watching today’s game when Gary Sheffield left the bases with apparent leg stiffness, Gary and Ron were reciting the litany of Met injuries, and having trouble remembering all of them. That got me wondering who has not been injured out of the Opening Day roster. Take a look: Out of the Opening Day lineup, only Wright and Murphy have never been injured. Castillo is listed because we don’t have enough information on [...]
We all have them—friends who are overly optimistic, even when things with our Mets look as grim as they possibly can. To put this in perspective, during Game 6 of the ’86 World Series, I was hanging out with a bunch of friends in a bar on Long Island. Among those friends was my buddy Tom from Bayside, and I distinctly remember Tom’s insane optimism through my beer-soaked haze as the season was slipping away. [...]
When everyone went down on the disabled list we were all waiting on the edge of our seats until after the All-Star break because that’s when Omar and the Mets promised Carlos Beltran and Jose Reyes would return and turn the season around. Today is August 4, 2009 and Beltran and Reyes are not back. As of this writing the Mets are currently 8 games back in the Wild Card, with 8 teams ahead of [...]
Every time an updated injury report is released, August appears to be the month circled for the majority of the disabled players to make their return to the Mets. What will this mean for the players who have been thrust into everyday roles over the past few months? Let’s start analyzing what August has in store for the Mets, beginning with the hitters. The key Mets injuries in 2009 have been the ones to Carlos [...]
According to Steve Popper of the Bergen Record, Carlos Beltran took batting practice today on the field for about twenty minutes. Popper said that Beltran appeared to be “fine”. He reports that Beltran hit a ball hard enough to reach the Pepsi Porch, which is definitely encouraging. He even goes as far as saying that he was surprised that Beltran was not in the lineup tonight. Bart Hubbuch echoed a similar report, however he noticed [...]
After the Mets started the second half of the season by losing 3 of 4 to Atlanta, and then 2 of 3 to Washington, I felt that the season was pretty much over. If the fat lady wasn’t singing, she sure was humming pretty loud. Then the Mets went down to Houston, to play the Astros. An Astros team that had been playing pretty good baseball. A team that was at the .500 mark when [...]
Carlos Beltran had been playing with injuries throughout most of the early season. He occasionally had to miss a few games due to these aches and pains, but continued to play his way into the lineup with his hot start. When Beltran could not take the pain anymore in June, he became the latest casualty to the injury bug that was claiming players left and right. Once Beltran was placed on the disabled list, the [...]
We can beat a dead horse all day long about how bad and disappointing the 2009 Mets have become, and how we’re going to have to endure a few months of meaningless baseball now that all hope for the playoffs is basically lost. So instead of beating the horse, I’m just going to point out a few things I noticed when perusing stats last night (through Sunday’s games)….. The Mets have 53 home runs, worst [...]
I don’t know whether to laugh or cry at the standings anymore. Four games out was cute. You want to give us a little something to be anxious about and keep us in the game – fine. Seven games out was worrisome. You want to test our loyalty and make us sweat – okay. But the fact that the Mets could be ten, count ‘em, ten games behind the Phillies by the end of play tonight, is flat out [...]
Okay so it’s not really the conference call from hell, but lately doesn’t it seem like Omar’s become the harbinger of death whenever he addresses the media? Today he had another one of those conference calls where he throws an unexpected curveball at us, or was it a spitter? There are many versions out there about what was said, but I think I’ll go with Newsday’s David Lennon’s take on it because he does an [...]
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