Mets Merized Online » Chris Capuano Sat, 14 Jan 2017 16:00:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Dodgers Decline Option On Capuano, Mets Could Be Interested Fri, 01 Nov 2013 13:23:16 +0000 chris capuano

Second baseman Mark Ellis and left-handed pitcher Chris Capuano became free agents Thursday as the Dodgers declined to exercise their options for next season.

The steady-fielding Ellis became expendable when the Dodgers signed Cuban infielder Alexander Guerrero to a four-year, $28-million contract. Guerrero is expected to replace Ellis at second base.

Ellis, 36 and a Gold Glove finalist, batted .270/.323/.343 last season with six home runs and 48 RBIs. His option was worth $5.75 million and he earned $5.25 in 2013.

Capuano, who could capture Sandy Alderson’s attention, had a lackluster season in 2013 after a solid campaign the year before. The 35-year old appeared in 24 games for the Dodgers that included 20 starts. He was 4-7 with a 4.26 ERA and 1.41 WHIP in an injury plagued season.

Capuano landed on the disabled list with a calf strain at the start of the 2013 season. He would later land on the DL again with a shoulder strain and then a third time in September when he strained his groin.

Capuano was eventually squeezed out by a surplus of starting pitching and it was no surprise that the Dodgers declined his $8 million option for 2014 and pay the $1 million buyout instead.

The lefthander could fill one of the spots in the backend of the Mets rotation, and given the history between him and the Mets, it’s likely that Sandy will kick the tires on him.

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Josh Johnson Could Be A Solid One-Year Option For Mets Tue, 22 Oct 2013 12:00:07 +0000 josh johnson

Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors, expects that free-agent starting pitcher Josh Johnson will eventually sign a one-year deal worth a guaranteed $8 million and an additional $5 million in incentive bonuses.

With Matt Harvey all but done until the 2015 season, and the Mets in the market for a veteran starter to bolster the rotation, why not bring Johnson in for one year as he looks to reestablish his value while giving the Mets a pitcher with a solid track record in place of their lost ace?

Johnson, 29, is coming off a disappointing 2013 season for the Toronto Blue Jays in which he finished with a 2-8 record and an unsightly 6.20 ERA in 16 starts, after missing half of his season serving two stints on the disabled list with a forearm injury. His second trip wiped out the rest of his season, but he’s expected to make a full recovery after arthroscopic surgery and be ready for Spring Training.

One lone bright spot during his dismal season was that Johnson lost none of his velocity, averaging 93 mph, and posting the highest strikeout rate (9.2) of his career.

Prior to his trip into the Twilight Zone, Johnson was one of the elite starting pitchers in the National League when he fronted the Marlins’ rotation. During his eight years with the Marlins, the big righthander posted a 56-37 (.602) record with a 3.15 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, and an 8.2 strikeout rate.

There’s a chance that Josh Johnson could accept a qualifying offer from the Blue Jays, but Toronto GM Alex Anthopoulos may just decide to let Johnson go rather than risk paying him in upwards of $14.1 million in guaranteed dead presidents.

Given the Mets’ need and Johnson’s past performance, he could apprise the role of similar Mets reclamation projects like Chris Capuano, Chris Young and Shaun Marcum. Only Johnson has an infinitely higher upside and may even net the Mets a nice bounty should he come back strong and the Mets find themselves 15 games back in late July.

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Did The Mets Fix Dice-K Only To Lose Him? Mon, 21 Oct 2013 15:59:52 +0000 Even knowing that the New York Mets would not have Matt Harvey next season, there was a slight glimmer of optimism they might have enough to piece together a rotation and spend elsewhere.

That glimmer is fading.

daisuke matsuzakaPitching coach Dan Warthen fixed Daisuke Matsuzaka’s long and cumbersome delivery, complete with a hitch. With a faster delivery, Matsuzaka showed he could be the real deal. After a rocky first two starts, Matsuzaka settled in to become one of the Mets’ most reliable starters in September.

Matsuzaka finished at 3-3 with a 4.42 ERA in seven starts with the Mets. His fastball returned with bite as evidenced by his 33-16 strikeouts-to-walks ratio. He averaged just under eight strikeouts per nine innings.

The Mets were interested when Matsuzaka came out of Japan, but didn’t come close to matching Boston with the qualifying negotiating offer to his Japanese team.

Matsuzaka earned $1.5 million this season from the Mets, who picked him up after Cleveland released him at the end of spring training.

The Mets also signed innings-eater Aaron Harang, Sept. 1, after his release from Seattle. Harang, who has also pitched for Cincinnati, San Diego and the Dodgers, is a reliable workhorse. From 2004 through this season, Harang has pitched less than 150 innings only twice, including this year when he worked a combined 143.1 innings with the Mariners and Mets.

Harang gave the Mets six innings in three of his four starts, and five in the other. He was 0-1 with a representative 3.52 ERA, but struck out 26 in 23 innings. However, he did give up five homers.

What Harang and Matsuzaka did was log enough innings to conserve the bullpen and prevent the Mets from unraveling the last month of the season.

What Harang and Matsuzaka also did was impressive to enough scouts to where somebody will make them an offer to pry them away if the Mets go low-ball. The last thing a journeyman pitcher wants to do is not leave an impression in September.

This would not be something new to the Mets, as both Chris Capuano and Chris Young proved enough in their Flushing auditions for another team to take them away.

They aren’t the only ones.

Carlos Torres, who previously pitched in Japan, Colorado and with the Chicago White Sox, was an asset as a spot starter, long reliever and situational reliever this season. In 33 games with the Mets, nine of which were starts, Torres was 4-6 with a 3.44 ERA.

He pitched 86.1 innings, which isn’t bad considering he wasn’t on their radar in spring training. He struck out 75 and walked just 17 with a career-best 1.112 WHIP.

Torres, who made $415,000 this season, will leave if the Mets don’t tender him a contract.

So, that feeling of holding the fort until Rafael Montero is ready, and to a larger extent, until 2015, is giving way to a sense the Mets might have done it again and fixed several pitchers to where somebody else will take them away from them.

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Davis Gets First Start Against Lefty In Three Months, Goes Hitless Against Capuano Thu, 15 Aug 2013 13:19:12 +0000 ike davis

Well Ike Davis got his little reward last night as promised by Terry Collins and started against a lefthander as many on this thread wanted.

Davis went hitless against Chris Capuano going 1-for-6 overall and stranding four runners on base. His lone hit was against righthanded reliever Brandon League – a double in the eighth.

His batting average against lefthanded pitching is now down to .141 for the season.with a team worst .394 OPS in 64 at-bats.

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I enjoyed reading this article today from Jared Diamond of the Wall Street Journal who digs deep into the numbers of Ike Davis who is batting batting .306 (26 for 85) since returning from his Exile on Main Street in Las Vegas.

Diamond writes that since the All-Star break, Ike Davis has swung at just 18.1% of pitches outside the strike zone, the second-lowest mark in all of baseball, and that “the most incredible thing about Davis’s turnaround has nothing to do with how well he’s swinging, but rather how well he’s not swinging.”

He adds that since the All-Star break, Davis is walking in an MLB-high 28% of his plate appearances. Obviously, we can all see that this is a vast improvement over the pre-exile version of Davis that was flailing at anything within a one mile radius of him and earning him the moniker of Strike Vegas.

But again, let me remind all of you that he’s been doing this exclusively against righthanded pitching as I mentioned yesterday. In fact, Davis has not started a game against a left-handed starter since May 14, exactly three months ago. Although that streak may end tonight against Dodgers lefthander Chris Capuano – at least that’s what Terry Collins said two days ago.

Josh Satin, who was on base twice against one of the toughest left-handers in the league last night, raised his average for the the season to .294, but even more remarkable is his .372 mark against leftys. Compare that to Davis’ .150 average against LHP and you have to wonder if Collins is filling out his lineup card to win, or something else?

There’s no doubt that Davis has made progress, but he has also reinvented himself into something else. As I told Jared Diamond this morning, yes these walk rates and swing rates are all nice, but at what cost?

Is this new Ike Davis the same middle-of-the-order, power-hitting first baseman the Mets thought they were getting when they selected him 18th overall with their first round pick?

Only time will tell….

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Mets Blow Late Lead In Dodgers 5-4 Walkoff Win Thu, 15 Aug 2013 07:15:39 +0000

Well this loss wasn’t pretty…

Maybe we just caught them at the wrong time… but we just came so close to wining every game in this entire damn series that it frustrates me. They say good teams find a way to win ball games no matter what — and the Dodgers are certainly a good ball club right now. On the heels of five unanswered runs, the Dodgers slid by the Mets tonight by the score of 5-4.

Yasiel Puig turned a slow bouncer past the Mets’ diving shortstop into a one-out double in the 12th inning then scored on Adrian Gonzalez‘s two-base hit, lifting the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 5-4 victory over New York on Wednesday night that extended their winning streak to eight games.

Dillon Gee was, yet again, effective as he fired six innings of two-run ball. Both of the earned runs against him scored in the sixth, after the Dodgers loaded the bases with one out. Mark Ellis hit a soft grounder that the Mets couldn’t turn two on — and Hairston followed that up with an RBI single.  The Mets backed up Gee with four runs early, mostly on the strength of a three-run bomb by Marlon Byrd. After he hit that jack in the top of the second, the Mets would be held scoreless the entire rest of the game.

Pinch-hitter Andre Ethier tied the game with a two-run homer off LaTroy Hawkins in the ninth. Ethier returned after sitting out a day earlier with tightness in his left calf.

Puig legged out a double that glanced off Omar Quintanilla‘s glove and into center field after going hitless in his first five at-bats. Gonzalez hit the next pitch off Pedro Feliciano (0-1) down the left field line to win the game. Puig also sparkled on a bang-bang play in the second when Justin Turner singled to right field. Puig raced to pick up the ball and fired to third base to nail Marlon Byrd.

The Dodgers completed a three-game sweep of the Mets with their sixth walk-off win of the season. Los Angeles is 40-8 since June 22, the best 48-game run in the major leagues since the 1942 Cardinals went 41-7.

Tomorrow at 10:10 pm ET, the Mets begin a 4-game series against the San Diego Padres, with Zack Wheeler (5-2, 3.63 ERA) facing Tyson Ross (3-5, 2.75 ERA).

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Mets vs Dodgers: Young Gets Night Off, Turner Batting Fifth, Davis In Against Capuano Wed, 14 Aug 2013 22:38:37 +0000 dillon gee

Mets at Dodgers • 10:10 PM • Dodger Stadium

Dillon Gee (8-8, 3.82) vs Chris Capuano (4-6, 4.50)

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Starting Lineup

  1. Juan Lagares CF
  2. Daniel Murphy 2B
  3. Josh Satin 3B
  4. Marlon Byrd RF
  5. Justin Turner SS
  6. Ike Davis 1B
  7. Andrew Brown LF
  8. John Buck C
  9. Dillon Gee RHP

Game Notes 

  • Matt Harvey is enjoying a spectacular season, but as he showed Tuesday, even he is susceptible to a bad night. Lacking command of his off-speed pitches, Harvey was tagged for four runs on eight hits over six innings against the Dodgers, his ERA rising from 2.09 to 2.23.
  • Wilmer Flores, who tweaked his right ankle in the series opener Monday rounding second base, was held out of the lineup Tuesday after the ankle worsened. Flores could be a candidate for the disabled list if the condition doesn’t improve. Flores is hitting .259 with a home run and nine RBIs over his first seven major league games.
  • Dillon Gee takes an 8-8 record and 3.82 ERA into his start Wednesday against the Dodgers. Gee was stellar in his last outing, giving up just one run on eight hits over 7 2/3 innings in a 2-1 win over the Rockies. Gee is 2-1 with a 1.43 ERA over his last five starts. In three career starts vs. the Dodgers, Gee is 0-2 with a 4.76 ERA.
  • Juan Lagares hit his second homer in his past four games (third in 78 games this season) to give the Mets ahead 1-0 in the first inning against the Dodgers on Tuesday. Lagares is batting .313 (30-for-96) with six doubles, three triples, three homers and 14 RBIs in 26 games since the All-Star break.
  • LaTroy Hawkins has a 0.75 ERA since the All-Star break, fifth best in the National League with a minimum on 10 innings pitched. He’s given up one earned run in 12 innings. Hawkins has issued just nine walks on the season.
  • Jeremy Hefner is scheduled for a follow-up examination Wednesday on his sore right elbow, which has caused him discomfort since spring training. Hefner, who was optioned to the minors on Sunday, may land on the disabled list.

Game Preview

The Mets have dropped their last two at Dodgers Stadium and they look to correct that tonight as Dillon Gee goes up against a former Met in Chris Capuano. Dillon Gee is 8-8 this season with a 3.82 ERA over 139.0 innings while striking out 101 batters. In his last two starts he has pitched 14.2 innings allowing only 2 ER (one in each start) and two walks while striking out 7 batters. He missed the Dodgers earlier this year but last year he allowed 4 runs, 2 earned over 6 innings of work. The Dodgers have the following numbers against him:

Uribe 1-7, 2B
Ethier 0-4
AJ Ellis 1-3, 2B
Gordon 1-2
Ramirez 1-2

The Mets get a look at their strong starter back in the 2011 season tonight. Chris is 4-6 over 80.0 innings with a 4.50 ERA. His two August starts have been very different. He was fantastic in his first start shutting out his opponent in 6.1 innings of work. Last time out he allowed 5 ER over 4.1 innings. He missed the Mets earlier this season but last year over two starts he allowed 6 ER over 14.0 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against Capuano:

Byrd 4-12, 2B
Buck 0-10
Davis 1-6
Young 3-4
Brown 2-3, 2B

Lets Go Mets!

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Ryu Stifles Mets’ Offense While Harvey Struggles In 4-2 Loss Wed, 14 Aug 2013 04:58:34 +0000 dfWell, there are some days when Matt Harvey will show up to the ballpark and be human. Tonight, unfortunately, was one of those nights and we could tell from the beginning. Our resident ace had trouble locating all of his pitches, although his fastball still had tremendous late life and a high velocity. He hung a lot of his breaking pitches and they just didn’t have the same break they normally did. Honestly, he was due for a tough start, and four runs in six innings is basically the worst you’ll see from Matt Harvey. He only induced five swings-for-misses throughout the entire start. According to Ron Darling, it snaps a streak of 26 games where he had 10 or more swings-for-misses.

He allowed a pair of runs in the fifth when Nick Punto ripped a two-run double, and a pair of runs in the sixth off a A.J. Ellis two-run single. He walked two batters in this game, after walking just one other batter since the all-star break. Harvey’s ERA rises to 2.23.

Of course, since he is bound to have these starts every now and then — and mind you they are barely “bad” — the Mets offense needs to step up to back him up. So what did they do? …A Juan Lagares solo home run in the first inning and a subsequent seven innings without a run? Yeah, that’s what happened… It was a tough game to watch. The Mets teased us in the ninth, when a John Buck RBI single brought Ike Davis to the plate with the tying run on first — but he broke his bat and grounded out to second to end the game. Opposing pitcher Ryu did look pretty good against us today, so it might not have been completely our fault. No Met had more than one hit, and only Lagares had an XBH.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention a nice catch by Daniel Murphy early in the game to start a double play — almost identical to the jumping catch he botched yesterday, so nice job. Also, Gonzalez Germen looked spectacular in his inning of work. His change-up was dropping off the table.

Dillon Gee has been cruising recently and he takes on Chris Capuano as the Mets look to avoid the sweep against the Dodgers tomorrow.

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Collins Will Ignore The Numbers And Reward Davis With Starts Against Lefthanders Tue, 13 Aug 2013 14:43:29 +0000 ike davis

Looks like what I was afraid would happen is gonna happen…

Terry Collins told reporters last night that he is going to reward Ike Davis for raising his average above the Mendoza Line by putting him against lefty starter beginning tonight against Hyun-jin Ryu or on Wednesday against Chris Capuano.

Since his promotion, Davis’s batting average had climbed from .161 to .205. Of course what that doesn’t telly you is that Davis hasn’t homered in his last 110 plate appearances since returning from Las Vegas.

Also, as one reader pointed out to me yesterday, what Ike Davis is doing right now is completely unsustainable based on his .667 BABIP in August and .414 BABIP since his promotion. In other words, luck has played a huge part in his .310 batting average and if you were to normalize it, Davis isn’t really hitting any better than he was before he got sent down. But he looks good doing it…

Additionally, he has lost all semblance of the aggressive power hitter he once was and has transformed himself into David Magadan Lite.

I guess that Terry Collins let the SNY booth into his ears and he will ignore the fact that the first baseman has a .153/.206/.224 batting line against left-handers…

Terry seems to love rewarding veterans while punishing rookies with a joy ride on the bench after a great game or hot streak… This is what he does…. This is how he manages…

Hey Satin… Take your .386 average against left-handers and get your ass on the bench… I’m gonna go with Ike…

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After going 1-for-2 with three walks in yesterday’s game against the Diamondbacks, Ike Davis is batting .300 with a .467 on-base since being recalled from a three week exile in Las Vegas.

Since the calendar turned to August, he’s been even better batting .500 with 14 walks, 10 hits and an eye-popping .706 on-base percentage in ten games. There’s a problem though… Where’s the beef? Where’s the power? Where’s the home runs? His .317 slugging percentage this season is right up there with such notable sluggers as Omar Quintanilla, Collin Cowgill and Mike Baxter.

Has this recent hot streak put himself back into the conversation of who should be our first baseman in 2014?

You see, I’ve got to be honest… It’s going to take a lot more for me to forget that atrocious .510 OPS Ike posted before he packed his sunscreen and left for the Nevada desert. I just can’t get that Ike Davis out of my head just yet.

Has he made some huge strides? Of course he has, there’s no denying it. But I’m still not convinced he’s suddenly back to being the Mets first baseman of the future.

Listening to Gary Cohen babble on about reinstating Ike Davis as the everyday first baseman made my ears hurt on Sunday. Are we just supposed to ignore the fact he has a .153/.206/.224 batting line against left-handers?

Does Cohen not realize that part of the reason that Davis looks so good now is because he’s only starting against right-handed pitching? You do know that, right?

Even Terry Collins flinched when one of the beat writers asked him if Davis has done enough to earn his everyday job back.

“When we start to see he’s taking good swings, aggressive swings, pretty much the same approach he does with righties in certain counts to do some damage, then we’ll do it,” Collins said.

“A lot of it’s tied up in that I am sitting here and looking at these numbers. When Josh Satin has a batting average against lefties that starts with a four, it’s pretty impressive.”

That might be the smartest thing Terry Collins has ever said as Mets manager.

So no, I’m not ready to proclaim Ike Davis the first baseman of the future based on what I’m seeing now. I want my first baseman to be an everyday player and I am not convinced that Davis will ever be that again. He never really was to begin with.

Cholula Hot Sauce be damned, but if I’m Sandy Alderson I tell everyone that Davis is available and I’ll take the first damn offer that comes along.

Six homers and 12 doubles in 82 games is simply not going to cut it with me. With 47 games left to the season he’ll likely finish the year with ten home runs if he’s lucky. His fall from grace was a very hard one. But a change of scenery is now in order.

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From Left Field: Capuano Dominating In LA Thu, 28 Jun 2012 14:09:14 +0000 Coming off a 17-1 victory against the Cubs, the Mets will open a three-game series against the first place Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Mets desperately needed that win and came through in huge fashion by clubbing four home runs. Meanwhile, the Dodgers are coming off being swept by the San Francisco Giants without scoring a run in the series.

Former Met starter Chris Capuano will take the hill tonight for the Dodgers. After a decent year in New York last year, Capuano is off to a 9-2 start with a 2.60 ERA for the Dodgers.

Is this the same Capuano the Mets had last year who was 11-12 with a 4.55 ERA in 31 starts?

It sure is, yet this year’s Capuano has pitched more efficiently, limiting his pitch counts which has allowed him to go deeper into games and qualify for wins.

Capuano was actually a present surprise for last year’s Mets. Yes, he finished under .500, but to make 31 starts a year removed from Tommy John surgery is pretty impressive.

He kept his team in the game, but once again, the high pitch counts hurt him. It seemed as though he was always throwing his 100th pitch sometime in the fifth inning. Naturally, it would have been unwise to push him past his limits based on his injury history.

I thought the Mets would have been players this offseason to re-sign Capuano. They had Johan Santana coming back, as well as R.A. Dickey, Mike Pelfrey, Jon Niese and Dillon Gee. Capuano could have served as a spot starter and long reliever. Once Pelfrey went down, Capuano could have slid back into the rotation.

However, the 33-year-old’s price tag was way too high for that sort of swingman role, so the Dodgers took a gamble on him, signing the lefty to a two-year, $10 million deal. Let’s just say $10 million for Capuano was not exactly on the Mets top priority list this offseason.

I’m glad Capuano is experiencing success. He seemed like a hard-working guy and a good teammate while he was here, and it’s a great story that he’s been able to overcome injury.

That being said, I’d like to see the Mets put up another 17 runs today—this time at the expense of Capuano. The team needs to put together consistent offensive performances, and tonight’s a great way to start.

So good luck the rest of the way to Capuano, but hopefully he enters his next start with a 9-3 record.

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Dodgers Sign Capuano; Pitched Best Game Of 2011 Season For Mets Fri, 02 Dec 2011 18:24:35 +0000 According to Jayson Stark of, former Mets LHP Chris Capuano has agreed to terms with the Dodgers on a two year, $10 million contract.

Honestly, as much as I would have liked to have Capuano back on a one-year deal, his chances to re-sign with the Mets was doomed the moment he mentioned he wanted a two-year deal.

Capuano did provide the Mets with one of of our Best Moments of 2011.

Best Moment #2

Chris Capuano pitched the game of his life – a complete game, two hit shutout, striking out 13 and facing only one over the minimum as the Mets beat the Atlanta Braves 6-0. Cappy had a perfect game until a broken bat single by Dan Uggla in the fifth inning. It was considered by most as the best pitched game in the major leagues in 2011. For Capuano it was his first complete game since 2006.


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Reyes Goes Yard Twice, Parnell Blows Game In Mets 5-4 Loss Wed, 28 Sep 2011 03:32:37 +0000

Jose Reyes hit two home runs in his chase for the batting title, and Chris Capuano pitched six strong innings in the Mets 4-3 win against the Reds

Game Notes

Chris Capuano went out today, and had his strikeout stuff today. Capuano went six innings, allowing three runs on five hits including two longballs, both to lefties, while walking one and striking out nine. Capuano has been very good for the most part all year, and if he isn’t lights-out, he is at least consistent.

The bullpen of Beato, Byrdak and Acosta came in to hold the game in check, striking out six in three innings. Beato has looked fatigued later in the season, Byrdak seems to be earning that extension and Acosta is solidifying a spot in the Mets bullpen. However, the wild-card has been Bobby Parnell. Sent out to get one out, allowed a run-tying RBI double to Juan Francisco

The offense today was fairly alive, striking hard against soft-tossing Bronson Arroyo. Jose Reyes sent two absolute shots out of the yard, bringing his average to .336 on the year, and as of the writing of this article in the NL lead for the title. David Wright & Josh Thole also chipped in RBI singles in the first and sixth respectively.

The offense has been consistent if not spectacular in its execution, making starters throw a lot of pitches, advancing runners and trying to win with good hitting.

Jason Pridie – 0 for 5 with a strikeout, rough first season for Jason and he should begin next year in AAA.

Mike Baxter – 1 for 3 with a walk and a strikeout. Baxter has been similar to Pridie, except he doesnt seem to be able to play CF.

Willie Harris – 0 for 6 with two strikeouts. Willie has had an on and off year, but has hit for very little extra-base power.

Turning Point

When Parnell blew the game in the ninth.

Player Of The Game

Jose Reyes – 3 for 6 with two runs, two RBI and a stolen base. If for no other reason for most of the season, Jose Reyes has been the reason to watch the Mets.

On Deck

In the season finale, Miguel Batista and the Mets will face off against Edinson Volquez and the Cincinnati Reds at 1:10 P.M.

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Capuano Pitches A Complete Game Shutout in 6-0 Win Against Braves Sat, 27 Aug 2011 01:47:56 +0000

Chris Capuano had by far his best outing of the season, and possibly the best outing for a Mets starter in their 6-0 win against the Braves

Game Notes

Chris Capuano was lights out from the jump, and the Braves couldn’t put anything together against Cap. Capuano had a complete game shutout, giving up two hits, walking none and striking out thirteen. Capuano’s changeup was absolutely filthy, and his cutter and fastball were painting corners mercilessly. Outings like this show potential in what Capuano can be on his good days, with some adjustments. His ability to hold his effectiveness until the late innings were something Mets fans haven’t seen all season.

The offense was quiet, but did manage its hits against Tim Hudson when needed. The Mets manufactured two runs in the fifth on RBI singles by Nick Evans and Josh Thole. After the Braves got themselves into trouble in the seventh, Justin Turner hit a two-RBI double to make the game 4-0. After the Braves intentionally walked David Wright with Angel Pagan on third to face Lucas Duda, Duda made the Braves pray drilling a 415 foot double to left center against lefty Jonny Venters.

Pagan/Tejada/Duda – 9 for 14 with two RBI & four runs scored. That is a great way to win a game, when your 1,2 and 4 guys are going good. Wright looked decent, but drew two walks and struck out twice.

Evans – 1 for 3 with a strikeout and two walks. Nick buys into Moneyball.

Jason Pridie – 2 for 3 with a walk. Anything is better than Pridie striking out 1/3rd of the time.

Turning Point

Justin Turner’s two-RBI double to give the Mets a four run lead in the seventh.

Random Facts

This is the first shutout for the Mets this season, and Capuano set a new career high in strikeouts with 13.

Hero Of The Game

Chris Capuano, amazing game, pitched like an ace and went out there and was efficient and effective.

On Deck

Hurricane Irene means no baseball until Monday, when they will begin a day/night doubleheader against the Marlins beginning at 4:10 P.M. The Mets are slated to send Dillon Gee out for the 4:10 game, and R.A. Dickey for the second game. The Marlins will be sending Ricky Nolasco and Javier Vazquez respectively.

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Bullpen and Defense Fails Again, Mets Lose Another Heartbreaker 4-3 Wed, 03 Aug 2011 07:43:52 +0000

Chris Capuano pitched a great six innings and the Mets defense managed to falter again in their 4-3 loss against the Marlins

Game Notes

Chris Capuano had a great outing after a few bad outing including two against the Marlins. Cap went six innings, allowing two runs on four hits, striking out five and walking two. As has been Capuano’s strong suit, he gave up two long balls to account for two of the four hits he allowed, and he has always been a flyball pitcher. What kills? It was against Omar Infante, who had one homer before todays game.

The bullpen today picked up where it left off yesterday, sending out Manny Acosta for an inning, allowing one hit. Acosta has looked much better and is splitting time with Iggy it seems bridging the middle innings. Bobby Parnell came out and after giving up a single up the middle, proceeded to throw a pitch in the dirt Mike Nickeas couldn’t handle. Parnell bucked up, and struck out Gaby Sanchez on a 101 MPH fastball on the black and Greg Dobbs on a 99 MPH two-seamer that was well outside.

Jason Isringhausen came out for the ninth and walked the leadoff batter, got an out, and then gave up a single. He proceeded to hit John Buck and loaded the bases with two outs. Izzy then proceeded to get a double-play ball, but Turner threw the ball away and allowed two runs to score. Izzy got himself into trouble, and the defense couldn’t save him. Izzy went an inning, gave up two runs (one earned) on one hit, walked one, hit one, struck out one.

The bats today managed some hits, but nothing that honestly amounted to major rallies. Jose Reyes sent a ball to deep LF for his fifth HR of the year, a solo shot. David Wright drove in Chris Capuano on an RBI groundout in the fifth. Angel Pagan then had a single in the sixth, stole second, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a Lucas Duda sac-fly. Manufacturing runs is essential for the Mets to be able to win games.

David Wright – 0 for 4 with an RBI and a strikeout. Can’t hit .400 every game.

Mike Nickeas – 0 for 3 with a K – he actually threw a runner out though, which is something Paulino and Thole haven’t done well/at all.

Angel Pagan – 2 for 4 with a run and a steal. One day he drives you mad, the next day he drives the other team mad.

Scott Hairston – 2 for 4 with a K. Caught stealing, but hey. Good day.

Turning Point

Justin Turner choking in a key situation that could’ve ended the inning in a tie instead of one run down

Game Ball

Chris Capuano did everything he could to keep the Mets in the game against a team that has hit him well.

On Deck

The Mets will end the series with the Marlins on a high note, sending Dillon Gee to the mound to face off against Clay Hensley. Game time is 7:10 P.M.

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Mets At Trade Deadline: Selling Is Still Inevitable Thu, 07 Jul 2011 20:18:49 +0000 Today the Mets made top headlines regarding reports surfacing across the internet. The first, Jose Reyes is out 3 weeks with a hamstring injury. The second, Mets are fielding calls on Carlos Beltran. Last but not least, the Mets are supposedly entering into “secret talks” with Jose Reyes team of agents – that however was later shot down by Reyes’ agents.

Some of you may remember the article I wrote earlier in the season where I predicted the Mets would move Carlos Beltran, Francisco Rodriguez, and others. All the while I predicted Reyes would NOT be traded at the deadline. That now is certain because of this injury, but he would have not been traded at the deadline anyway.

It’s now becoming clear Sandy Alderson is doing one of two things.

A. Truly interested in re-signing Reyes. (This is what he should be doing. It’s obvious Reyes is the best player on this team right now.)

B. Alderson is just gauging interest to see what it may take to bring him back. In this scenario, Alderson can better prepare for his offseason plan now by seeing the range of $$$$ Reyes agents are dreaming about. (We can all thank god Reyes didn’t switch to Boras.)

Forget Reyes for a minute and let’s switch back to our inevitable mini fire sale.

I expect Alderson will attempt to trade Beltran, Rodriguez, Capuano, Isringhausen, and Byrdak. Hell, he may even shock us and deal Pelfrey. I wouldn’t shed a tear. We could move all the guys above and I’d be praising Mr. Alderson for whatever he gets in return.

The Mets have proved one thing this year – They are not the same Mets, but they’re really similar. Extremely injury prone and Streaky (Mets biggest downfall every year in recent memory).

However they’ve shown bright spots in an otherwise mediocre season. Dillon Gee, Pedro Beato and Justin Turner are just a few. These guys could very likely be on many future 25-man rosters. Alderson will craft the team in the fashion he sees fit. If that includes Reyes, amazing. That’s what I’ve been predicting (and praying) would happen all along. If it does not, then it’s obvious he wasn’t interested in coughing up 100+ million for a player that relies so much on his legs. This of course is due to his history of leg injuries. That may very well happen. It wouldn’t shock me at all if Alderson saw Reyes price skyrocket, then decided his money might be better spent in other various areas.

Regardless, selling is inevitable. Let’s hope we get some nice presents for Baseball Christmas (July 31st).

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3 Up & 3 Down: When Cali Came To Town Fri, 24 Jun 2011 12:45:51 +0000 The California Angels and the Oakland A’s were in Citi Field during this Mets last homestand. The most encouraging thing I can say about it is that the Mets played .500, losing two of three to the Angels, while winning two of three from Oakland. Sorry folks, but these match-ups against the American League West don’t work for me. These games have been almost exciting as watching paint dry. But, these games are on the schedule, and we have to get through them.Here’s an expanded edition of 3 Up & 3 Down.


1) Chris Capuano: I’m not much of a stats guy, but it seems to me that almost every time Chris Capuano goes to the mound he hands in a solid performance. On Thursday afternoon he went six shutout innings before leaving the game with discomfort in the left side of his abdomen. Let’s hope this is nothing major. But Chris has definitely been solid for the Mets.

2) A Walk Off Win: On Wednesday night, or was it early Thursday morning (I was asleep), Justin Turner got hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, giving the Mets their first walk off win of the season. A win is a win, so I can’t get too excited about a walk off win, but the important issue here is, the Mets are finding ways to win games, instead of lose them as they did in past years.

3) Jack McKeon Returns: Jack McKeon at 80 years old has been named interim manager of the Florida Marlins. This is McKeon’s second go around as Marlins manager and at 80 years old you just have to tip your cap in his direction. By going back into the Marlins dugout, McKeon shows more heart, guts and love of the game then guys who are 50 years his junior. All the best to McKeon, except when the Fish play our Mets.


1) K-Rod Blows Another Game: Wednesday night Frankie Rodriguez had his second blown save in recent series, this time against the A’s. I don’t expect Frankie to be perfect every outing, but I also don’t expect him to blow saves so close together. Come on Frankie, bear down.

2) No Ike: There are reports that Ike Davis may need season ending surgery on his injured ankle. You know the ankle injured falling on his rear end in Denver. I have looked at that play a few times, and I just can’t see where Ike twisted his ankle. On the surface it looks like the Mets medical staff mismanaged another injury.

3) Quitters: Edwin Rodriguez recently quit as manager of the Marlins. On Thursday afternoon we learned that Nationals manager Jim Riggleman quit on his team. I just don’t understand how or why a manager would quit on his team. There are only 30 MLB managerial jobs. It’s just amazing to me that someone would quit a job that it has pretty much taken him his entire career to achieve. What does it say about some of today’s managerial choices, what type of a message does it send to the clubhouse?

Interleague play continues with the Rangers this weekend, and the Tigers next week. Interesting storylines of course will involve Nolan Ryan, and Tiger’s manager Jim Leyland as Terry’s mentor and friend.

Please can we do away with the interleague play??

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Starting Line-up, Game Preview: Athletics vs Mets Thu, 23 Jun 2011 14:30:53 +0000

Game Time 1:10 PM

RHP Graham Godfrey vs. LHP Chris Capuano

Starting LIne-up

Jose Reyes, SS
Justin Turner, 2b
Carlos Beltran, RF
Daniel Murphy, 3B
Angel Pagan, CF
Jason Bay, LF
Lucas Duda, 1B
Josh Thole, C
Chris Capuano, LHP

Game Preview

The Mets face the Athletics this afternoon for the concluding game of this series. Oakland took the first game of the series and rallied to tie the second game of the series in the top of the ninth. The Mets would go on to win the thanks to a walk-off hit by pitch in the bottom of the 13th, which I guess is the universe’s way of showing some pity from the walk-off balk loss from last week. Today’s game will feature a common feature from most games in the last week, where the two starting pitchers have very little to no experience against the teams they are facing.

Chris Capuano is 5-7 this season with a 4.29 ERA. In his last three starts he has pitched 19.0 innings with a nice 1.64 ERA. Chris, a National League pitcher, has never faced the Oakland Athletics franchise and has only faced two batters on the Athletics. Conor Jackson is 2-12 in his career against Chris, both hits being homers while Josh Willingham is 4-8, with one homer. Besides that, he will be new to this Oakland lineup.

The Mets bats will get a surprise when they face Graham Godfrey who will be making his third major league start of the season. So far he has pitched 11.1 innings in 2 games while allowing 7 runs, 6 earned (4.76 ERA) on 15 hits (two homers) and 2 walks while striking out 5. As you would expect, there is no one on the Mets who has seen Godfrey in his short major league career.

Let’s Go Mets!
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MetsMerized Player Of The Week! (Week 10) Mon, 13 Jun 2011 14:58:22 +0000 This week was a harder decision than I’ve had to make in a while – go with the pitcher or go with our electric lead off man. It’s sometimes hard to choose what matters more (and usually, I’m such a pitching maniac). I was really impressed with the starting pitching of the Mets this week – honestly, Dan Warthen’s doing something right or the pitchers are finally putting it together. I think it’s a little bit of both but I’m not hesitating to at least throw a compliment in Warthen’s direction.

In any case, my choice for MetsMerized Player Of The Week is…Jose Reyes!

It’s really hard to NOT choose Jose Reyes when he bats .414 over the course of a week and drills 2 HRs. His slash line was .414/.433/.724 (Yeah, a leadoff with a .724 SLG). He was 12 – 29 on the week – 2B, 3B, and the aforementioned 2 HRs. 21 TB on the week, a BB, a SB and 6 R scored overall in a great week for Jose. He also took part in 6 DP on defense and did not make a defensive error all week.

You talk about the best active lead off men – you talk about Jose Reyes. You talk about speed, electricity, and energy – you talk about Jose Reyes. If the Mets don’t resign him, as I’ve stated before, I would have to reconsider my Mets fandom. I’d probably stick with them through it all anyway – but honestly, who’s going to replace Jose Reyes? This team will be nowhere near as a threat offensively. Congrats to Reyes and here’s to resigning him!

Past Award Winners

One-Hit Wonders: Chris Young, David Wright*, Ike Davis/Pedro Beato, Dillon Gee

Who’s Hot

Chris Capuano: 2 GS, 2 QS, 13.0 IP, 1 ER, 9 H, 4 BB, 10 K (0.69 ERA)

Angel Pagan: .348/.444/.565 ( 8 – 23 ; 2B, 2 3B), 4 R, 4 RBI, 4 BB, 3 SB, 0 CS

Of Note

Niese, Gee, and Capuano each posted an ERA under 1.18 last week. Wow.

Dale Thayer is the man. Dale Thayer is no longer in the MLB. Parnell’s back!

Braves / Angels this week. Let’s keep the good times rolling!

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Capuano Pitches Gem, Mets Win 7-0 Sun, 12 Jun 2011 22:04:43 +0000

Chris Capuano and the bullpen combined for a shutout and the offense exploded in the late innings for a 7-0 win against the Pirates

Game Notes

Chris Capuano pitched a strong seven innings today, giving up three hits, allowing six total baserunners (two via walk, one via HBP) and five strikeouts. Capuano kept inducing weak contact and surprisingly, ground balls which allowed him to get out of trouble. The only thing that worries me about Capuano is, at 93 pitches entering the eighth he could have easily gone another inning, but I guess the Mets would rather seal it up.

Jason Isringhausen came out and pitched an inning, striking out one and allowing one hit. Izzy must appreciate this sense of rest he has gotten with Mets starters going into the seventh in the last four games. Bobby Parnell came in for mop-up duty in the ninth after the Mets were ahead 7-0 and allowed two hits, but struck out two including Ronny Cedeno to end the game on a 100 MPH fastball.

The bullpen didn’t have to worry much, as a 7-0 lead into the eighth is almost insurmountable.

The offense today couldn’t get it going against Kevin Correia until the fifth when they managed their first hit. In the seventh, on a confusing play Jason Bay hit a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Daniel Murphy but Angel Pagan was called out for failing to touch second base on his way back to first. After review and discussion, the run was allowed to score. The Mets went big in the eighth inning, on an RBI double by Justin Turner, a Carlos Beltran two-RBI single and an Angel Pagan RBI single. By then, everything else was breathing room. Forgotten man Scott Hairston hit a blast to LF for his second homer on the season. Right after that, Jose Reyes sent his second of the series, third of the year to the RF bleachers making the game 7-0.

The Mets have been winning without the long ball, and in most cases without extra-base hits, but still winning.

Josh Thole – 0 for 4. Don’t see the hook coming any time soon though. Unless he can’t throw out 20% of baserunners.

Ruben Tejada – 0 for 4 with a strikeout. Everyone has an off-day, Ruben. Shake it off for tommorrow

Murphy & Pagan – 4 for 8 with an RBI and a run. Both of these guys are scorching hot.

Turning Point

The eighth inning explosion. The Mets like to find one inning, and expose the other teams weakness.

Game Ball

Jose Reyes & Chris Capuano split the game ball. Seven amazing innings from Chris and a 3 for 5 day with two runs, an RBI and a home run for Mr. Reyes.

On Deck

The Mets will look to win the series outright tomorrow, sending Mike Pelfrey to the mound against Pirates lefty Paul Maholm. Game time is 7:05 P.M.

For random thoughts about the Mets, today’s game and any other insights, follow me on twitter @TheSeanKenny

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Capuano Has Been A Tough Luck Pitcher Wed, 08 Jun 2011 03:11:44 +0000 When looking at Chris Capuano’s stats, anyone unfamiliar with the Mets would think he’s having a pretty poor season.

However, it’s been quite the opposite for the lefty. Capuano has actually pitched well for the Mets but has been the victim of some tough luck this season.

He’s made 11 starts so far with a record of 4-6 and a 4.86 ERA. Despite these numbers, Capuano has kept his team in the game in the majority of his starts, but the Mets have had trouble scoring runs when he pitches.

In two of the three starts in which Capuano gave up more than five runs, he only really had one bad inning in each of these. In fact, in his recent start against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Capuano hung five consecutive zeroes on the board before being plagued by infield singles and errors in the sixth.

He only gave up one run in his last start on a home run to Prince Fielder, who continues to abuse the league in his contract year. Luckily, Jose Reyes bailed him out with a clutch two-run triple to give Capuano the win.

Coming off an injury year, Capuano has been a good find for the Mets. Unlike Chris Young, he’s been able to stay healthy all year and give the team a chance to win each time out.

The starting pitching overall has been good over the last few weeks. R.A. Dickey has put together a few solid starts, and Dillon Gee has been unconscious. Jon Niese has been serviceable as well, but Mike Pelfrey still needs some work.

That leaves Capuano, who quietly goes about his business each start. Once again, the stats may not be there, but he has shown he is a true competitor.

Depending on how the next two months pan out, the Mets might be able to get some value in a trade for Capuano, who is a free agent after the season. He can be a swing man or even a lefty specialist—he’s held lefties to a .229 BA—for a contender down the stretch.

Whatever becomes of Capuano, it’s nice to see gritty performances out of him. If the Mets are to make a play for the Wild Card, Capuano will need to continue these strong outings, but with one major change that he can’t control: The Mets have to score him some runs.

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K-Blah’d, Mets Lose 6-4 Sat, 28 May 2011 03:54:26 +0000 The Mets as a team pitched well, but the bullpen wound up being the culprit of loss again today, and the Mets lost the opening game in the series, 6-4 to the Phillies

Game Notes

Chris Capuano, coming off a disastrous outing in the Bronx, went six effective innings, allowing two runs on four hits with one walk and eight strikeouts. Cap looked good today, and the return of Chase Utley just helps that platoon split. Capuano only had thrown 78 pitches, but was pinch hit for in the seventh.

The bullpen today had mostly negative results. Pedro Beato, after the worst two outings of his young career had a clean inning. Jason Isringhausen got himself into trouble with a leadoff single, stolen base and then a Jimmy Rollins double on a hanging curveball. He managed to get out of the inning on guile, getting a fly out, pop out and then fly out. K-Rod came out today and did his usual tight-rope act, but with the assistance of a bad fielding play by Daniel Murphy, allowed the Phillies to scratch across three in the ninth for the win.

Bullpen’s sometimes falter – lets just hope this was a one time issue. Izzy couldn’t hold the Phillies in the eighth, putting the Mets in a bad situation.

Offense today existed in spurts. #RBIWhoreBeltran had a big day. knocking in some RBI. Mets did some major stranding, and for the sake of long winded rebuttal’s on how the Mets need to hit with RISP, we go to individual stats

Jose Reyes – 2 for 5 with three runs. Jose is just on another planet right now in terms of productivity.

Turner – 4 for 5 with an RBI. The kid seems to understand how to play the game.

Harris & Hairston – 0 for 2 in pinch-hitting duty. Harris was in a big spot, Hairston was in a HUGE spot, against a lefty.

Daniel Murphy – 1 for 5 with an SB and three runners stranded. Also, two bad defensive plays not scored as errors that led to runs.

Turning Point

Murphy misplaying the grounder in the ninth that scored the first run of the inning

Game Ball

Chris Capuano pitched a great game, and if it wasn’t for the situation in the game he would’ve stayed in

On Deck

The Mets will hit the field tommorrow, sending Mike Pelfrey to face off against the Phillies and Cole Hamels. Game Time is 7:10 P.M.

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Justin Turner Overdrive, Mets Ground Astros 7-4 Mon, 16 May 2011 04:25:33 +0000

Chris Capuano grinded through five innings, and Justin Turner had a huge day with five RBI and the Mets won the last game, and the series against the Astros 7-4.

Game Notes

Chris Capuano went out today and pitched a great game, but getting himself into trouble as most Mets starters have been doing this year. Cap gave up two runs in five innings on six hits, striking out six and walking three. While Capuano seemed to be struggling with location, the Astros seemed to want Capuano to succeed from the start, when Michael Bourn was picked off of first after he singled on the first pitch. Capuano faced a primarily righty lineup and didn’t seem too phased, but he did have to work hard and apparently.

The bullpen got a lot of work today. Taylor Buchholz pitched two innings, allowing one run on two hits, while walking one and striking out two. Taylor has been great, but some long-ball tendencies are beginning to be seen, allowing four home runs in 21 2/3 innings. Tim Byrdak made his first appearance since May 10th, and gave up a double and a walk before being pulled. Jason Isringhausen would stop the bleeding, but not before allowing an RBI double to end the frame. Byrdak’s line – 0 IP, one run on one hit with one walk, Izzy one IP, one hit, one strikeout. K-Rod came out for his fourth save attempt in five days, and nailed it down with a clean inning, notching his twelfth save of the season.

The bullpen bent a little bit more today, but two five inning outings back-to-back can do that to a bullpen. Byrdak was the only completely fresh arm, and he is a LOOGY, as he has been ineffective against righties.

The offense today can be renamed “Justin Turner” as the Red One went 2 for 4 with a home run, the first of his career and five RBI. The other RBI was knocked in by Jason Pridie. In an awkward play in the fifth, after a late move by catcher J.R. Towels to throw out Jose Reyes on a stolen base attempt, Jason Pridie broke home without Bill Hall ever noticing there was a play at the plate, stealing a run. The Astros overall sloppy play seemed to kill them today, with everything falling apart in the fifth, and then the wound just being opened further in the sixth.

Daniel Murphy – 1 for 3 with two runs, and the rare 3-ball walk. Just an error overall, but Murph still will take the free BB any day.

Carlos Beltran – 0 for 4 with a strikeout – not sure if the eye was an issue, but love the grit.

Reyes, Thole, Wright – 0 for 9 with four walks, three strikeouts and two steals. The patience is great, but David Wright is third in the league in walks – and near the top in strikeouts. This problem is only getting worse.

Hairston/Harris – 0 for 2. At least no Hu appearance.

Turning Point

When Carlos Lee dropped the fly ball in the infield and the Mets pushed across four in the fifth.

Game Ball

Justin Turner. Big day, first MLB home run and five RBI. He isn’t going to make the decision easy when Ike comes back as to who is the starter.

On Deck

The Mets will travel back home to face the Marlins tommorrow at Citi Field, in a rematch of the Opening Day starters, Josh Johnson and Mike Pelfrey for the Mets. Game time is 7:10 P.M.

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