Mets Merized Online » Jason Isringhausen Wed, 11 Jan 2017 05:40:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Who Will Be The Next Mets Hall of Famer Sun, 10 Jan 2016 17:53:45 +0000 alg-piazza-seaver-jpg

There was a long 23 year wait between the induction of Tom Seaver and the induction of Mike Piazza to the Hall of Fame.  While I’m still overjoyed at Piazza entering the Hall of Fame as a Met, I’m curious if the Mets will have to wait another 23 years for another one of their players to go in as a Met.

Looking over the future years’ ballots, there are some former Met players like Jason Isringhausen who are eligible. However, it’s not likely any of them will be elected. Furthermore, if they are elected, they will most likely not be inducted as a Met. Therefore, if we don’t want to wait another 23 years, we’re going to have to look at active players; preferably those towards the end of their careers.

As it so happens, it has been reported that Carlos Beltran may retire at the end of the 2016 season. That would mean he could be inducted anywhere between 2022 – 2032. Could Beltran be the next Mets Hall of Famer within the next six to 16 years?

I’m getting ahead of myself here, first let’s determine whether or not Beltran has a legitimate case for being a Hall of Famer. I’d argue he is.

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For his career, Beltran has hit .280/.355/.490 with 392 homers and 311 stolen bases while playing the majority of his career at a premium defensive position. In an average season, he hits 28 homers and 101 RBI. He’s part of the 300/300 club. He’s won the Rookie of the Year, been an eight time All Star, and won three Gold Gloves and two Silver Sluggers. He’ should surpass 1,500 RBI and 1,500 runs scored this season. All of this is indicative of a Hall of Fame career.

The advanced stats also suggest he has a good case. On average, a Hall of Fame Center Fielder has a 70.4 WAR, 44.0 WAR7 (best seven seasons WAR combined), and a 57.2 JAWS score.

Beltran right now is at a 68.4 WAR, 44.3 WAR7, and a 56.4. JAWS. Essentially, his peak years were Hall of Fame worthy, and he’s right on the cusp of playing his entire career at a Hall of Fame level.

Even if he falls short in a few areas, he’s bound to get credit for being an incredible postseason player. He has hit .332/.441/.674 in the postseason with 16 home runs, 45 RBI, 11 stolen bases and 41 runs scored. Strikeout or not, he’s amongst the greatest postseason performers in major league history. If he retires without playing a game this season, he’s a Hall of Famer.

The next question is what hat will he wear. That’s not as clear cut. Essentially, Beltran will have three options: (1) Royals; (2) Mets; or (3) no affiliation. It’s a tough decision. He played seven years for the Royals and seven with the Mets, playing only 44 games more with the Mets. Overall, he was a better player with the Mets.


He hit .280/.369/.500 with 149 homers as a Met as opposed to .287/.352/.483 with 123 homers as a Royal. He won all of his Gold Gloves as a Met, and he appeared in five of his eight All Star Games as a Met. He accumulated 31.3 WAR with the Mets and 24.7 WAR with the Royals. However, you can’t discount the potential emotional tug he may feel towards the team that drafted him. A place he won his Rookie of the Year Award.

It all got me thinking. Piazza chose the Mets, in part, due to his relationship with the fans. Like Piazza, Beltran initially had a rocky relationship with Mets fans getting booed in 2005. However, even with the strikeout, I believe things got better. He received cheers and standing ovations in his last home game as a Met. He noticed them too. He was cheered loudly at the 2013 All Star Game during introductions, and that was while wearing a Cardinals uniform. Lastly, but more importantly, Beltran said he could see himself entering the Hall of Fame as a Met.

Like Piazza, Beltran was a great Met. A very under-appreciated Met. Like Piazza, Beltran deserves induction into the Hall of Fame. When that day comes, my hope is that Beltran, like Piazza, enters the Hall of Fame as a New York Met.


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Bobby Parnell Keeps Shining In Setup Role Mon, 13 Jul 2015 15:59:09 +0000 Bobby parnell

I’ve gotta hand it to Bobby Parnell, boy what a job he’s done since coming back from Tommy John surgery.

Understanding he was no longer the power pitcher he once was, Parnell has transformed himself into a very crafty reliever for the Mets and has quickly reestablished himself as a very effective arm out of the pen.

That knuckle-curve he picked up from Jason Isringhausen has become his primary weapon of choice, and he uses it to such great effect, changing speeds, working both sides of the plate, and getting a lot of swings and misses or weak contact.

Since his return, the veteran righty has allowed just one run in 11 appearances spanning 10.0 innings for a 0.90 ERA and 1.011 WHIP.

Parnell, 30, has earned four holds and a save while stranding 6 of 8 inherited runners, one of which was on an error.

I have to admit I had a problem with him taking Syndergaard’s lunch and tossing it in the trash during Spring Training. I thought the talk with Wright was enough. But it’s all water under the bridge now, Bobby. Just keep pitching the way you are. :-)

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Carlos Beltran Signed With Mets 10 Years Ago Today Tue, 13 Jan 2015 17:04:53 +0000 On January 13, 2005, ten years ago today, the Mets signed free agent  Carlos Beltran to a seven year, $119 million dollar contract.

I can’t recall a greater Mets player who was as under-appreciated as Beltran was when he was with the Mets, despite always giving it everything he had and delivering countless big hits and big plays.

“He had a couple of monster seasons for us, and was a huge reason why we made it as far as we did in 2006,” Wright said of his former teammate. ”We came a couple runs from making the World Series, and we don’t get close to that without Carlos.”


The following is where Carlos Beltran ranked in Mets franchise history after he was traded

Batting average: .280 (12th)
On-base percentage: .369 (6th)
Slugging percentage: .501 (5th)
OPS (on-base plus slugging): .870 (5th)
Runs scored: 548 (8th)
Hits: 877 (13th)
Total bases: 1,566 (10th)
Doubles: 208 (6th)
Triples: 17 (17th)
Home Runs: 149 (6th)
RBI: 557 (6th)
Bases on Balls: 446 (9th)
Stolen Bases: 100 (11th)
Extra-Base Hits: 374 (6th)
Sacrifice Flies: 37 (7th)
WAR (Position Players): 32.2 (2nd)
Offensive WAR: 27.8 (5th)
Defensive WAR: 4.4 (3rd)

Here are our Top 5 Beltran Moments…

5. The First Win As A Met – April 10, 2005

Setting the scene: For the first moment on this list, we head all the way back to Beltran’s first win as a Met. The Mets started the Pedro Martinez-Carlos Beltran era 0-5 under rookie manager Willie Randolph, and were on the verge of being swept out of Atlanta. Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz were locked in a pitcher’s duel, with Smoltz striking out 15 Mets.

What Happened: Up came Mr. Beltran in the 8th Inning with the Mets down 1-0, and Jose Reyes on base. Beltran took Smoltz deep for a 2-Run HR that not only put the Mets ahead for good, but knocked Smoltz out of the game. With Smoltz out, the Mets were able to get to the Braves bullpen for 4 more runs, including another Beltran RBI in the 9th. Pedro Martinez picked up the complete game win.

4. Tie-Breaking 2-Run HR, 2006 NLCS Game 1 – October 12, 2006

Setting the Scene: Tom Glavine and Jeff Weaver of the St. Louis Cardinals were locked in a 0-0 pitching duel in the first game of the 2006 NLCS. In the 6th Inning, Paul Lo Duca singles with two out to keep the inning alive for Beltran.

What Happened: Beltran drilled a 2-2 offering from Weaver to right-center, giving the Shea Apple a reason to come out and shine. It would be the only runs the Mets score that night, as the Mets took Game 1 from the Cardinals 2-0.

Beltran would hit two more HR’s in Game 4, tying Babe Ruth for most post-season HR’s against the Cardinals. The series would end on a sour note for the Mets and especially Beltran in Game 7. However, the Mets would never have gotten to Game 7 without the magnificent 2006 season that Beltran put up.

3. “We’re Going Home” – May 23, 2006

Setting the Scene: The Philadelphia Phillies took an early lead, and despite the best attempts of the New York Mets, the Phillies continued to hold on to their lead. Jose Reyes tied the game with a 2-Run HR in the 8th, and the Mets and Phillies carried an 8-8 score into extras. Ryan Madson pitched 7 Innings in relief to take the game to the 16th Inning.

What Happened: Carlos Beltran led off the bottom of the 16th with a solo, walk-off HR. That’s it. Game over. The SNY call of the game is memorable for Gary Cohen proclaiming We’re going home after the game ended after midnight.

2. The Catch Up Tal’s Hill – July 7, 2007

Setting the Scene: On the Saturday before the All-Star Break (and the luckiest day to play the slots), the Mets and the Houston Astros played a 3-3 tie deep into extras. The Astros and the Mets frequently threatened to score, putting men on base in every inning except the 13th.

What Happened: The Astros put men on at the corners with two out. The runner on third is the only one that matters. Luke Scott steps in to pinch hit and drills the Joe Smith pitch 420 ft…to straightaway center. Carlos Beltran got an excellent jump on the ball, ran over 50 feet, and made a stunning, over the shoulder grab, while running up the hill and falling down, to save the game. Beltran, who was the top defensive CF in the National League for a stretch, had the defensive play of his career here.

Three innings later, in the 17th, Beltran drove in Jose Reyes to score the go-ahead run amidst all the usual boos from the Houston fans. David Wright would follow with an insurance run, and the Mets won 5-3 after 5 hours and the most thrilling game of the 2007 season.

1. Home Run Derby At Shea Stadium – August 22, 2006

Setting the Scene: The Mets open up a 1-0 lead on the St. Louis Cardinals with a solo HR from Carlos Delgado, before Albert Pujols smacks a 3-Run HR and a Grand Slam in back-to-back innings to give the Cardinals a 7-1 lead. Carlos Delgado answered Pujols’s Grand Slam with one of his own(his 400th career HR) in the bottom of the 5th. Jose Reyes scored in the 6th to pull the Mets to 7-6.

What Happened: Jason Isringhausen came in to close the game. After retiring Reyes, he gave up a single to Paul Lo Duca. Up stepped Carlos Beltran with the power to end the game with one swing…which is just what he did. Beltran turned one over the right-field wall to walk the Mets off the field with an 8-7 win in maybe the most thrilling game of the 2006 season.


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Opinion: Syndergaard Should Be The One We Ultimately Deal Thu, 31 Jul 2014 18:53:43 +0000 noah syndergaard

Here are three names that Mets fans know all too well. Bill Pulsipher, Jason Isringhausen and Paul Wilson. Better known as Generation K, these three pitchers were supposed to usher in a new era of Mets baseball in the mid ’90s. The three pitchers would turn out to be busts of the highest caliber and outside of Isringhausen who developed into a solid closer, none would have a lengthy major league career. Pulsipher, Isringhausen and Wilson combined to win 31 games in New York and the lowest earned run average was by Isringhausen at 4.59.

Fast forward 20 years to Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler and Noah Syndergaard. Like Generation K, a name we dare not bestow upon them, these are three high profile arms with proven minor league track records. The comparisons are eerily similar.  All of these up and comers had stellar seasons in the minors before being promoted to the majors, posting 100+ strikeouts to go along with 9+ wins and ERA’s in the 3′s. In fact, Matt Harvey had the highest ERA before being promoted at 3.32 (Isringhausen had the lowest with a 1.97 ERA in 1995).

The lesson to be learned is in trusting minor league pitching. Prospects pan out at an alarmingly low rate. On the rare occasion that a young team grows up together, dynasties are born.

The Mets are in a slightly different position now. Unlike in 1995, Harvey has already distinguished himself as a front of the line starter and Wheeler is in the process of doing the same. While neither is a fortified ace yet, you can see the road laid out in front of both pitchers.

So that leaves Syndergaard. If you buy into the idea that Wheeler is developing into a co-ace or even a #2 or #3 starter, then the odds that Syndergaard develops at that same level seems low. What are the odds that the Mets hit with all three guys? Just like flipping a coin, the odds of any single pitching prospect panning out has nothing to do with the pitcher that came before. Still, you can see the risk involved with holding onto Syndergaard, instead of trading him for a high caliber offensive player.

If you believe the rumors, Syndergaard might already be the one that is on his way out the door. Sandy Alderson seemed to be ready to offer him up in a trade for the Rockies Troy Tulowitzki according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports.  If you ask me, there are dozens of reasons to trade Syndergaard and they begin with how good Wheeler has looked this year and the anticipation of Harvey’s return in 2015. Throw in the recent emergence of Jacob deGrom as a force in the rotation and another top arm in Steven Matz along the way, Thor’s value to the Mets may be more in what he could bring us in a trade than what he can do in the rotation.

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Bambino’s, Billy Goats…and Joan Payson: Why the Mets are Cursed Thu, 03 Oct 2013 13:30:16 +0000 babe-ruth-red-sox_i-G-16-1685-P161D00Z - CopyOn January 3, 1920, Red Sox owner Harry Frazee sold Babe Ruth along with mortgage rights on Fenway Park to the New York Yankees. On January 4, 1920, there were no newspaper articles talking about ‘The Curse of the Bambino.’ For a curse to gain traction two things must happen. First, there must be the passage of time. Secondly, a reversal of fortune based around strange and unexplainable events from that point forward must occur.

Prior to trading Ruth, the Boston club had won 5 of the first 15 World Series played. It would take 86 years to capture their 6th. And as New Englanders waited, they watched the Yankees win 27. The curse ended on October 27, 2004 when Boston completed a sweep of the Cardinals. The final out was recorded on a comebacker to the mound off the bat of Edgar Renteria. Renteria, like Babe Ruth, wore no 3.

In 1945, the Chicago Cubs were facing the Detroit Tigers in the World Series. In the stands at Wrigley that afternoon was Billy Sianis, avid Cubs fans and owner of The Billy Goat Tavern. Sianis brought his pet goat to the game but when fans seated nearby complained about the goats’ odor, security had both of them physically removed from the stands. Furious, Sianis shouted, “Them Cubs, they aint gonna win no more.” Not only have the Cubs not won a World Series since then, they have never even returned to the Fall Classic.

Over the last few decades, we have shaken our heads more times than we can recall at the amount of absurdities and “unexplainable” bad luck that has befallen our Mets. But maybe, it’s not a simple case of bad luck. Perhaps, just perhaps, the Mets, like the Red Sox and Cubs, are cursed.

To look for the origin of this curse, one must go back. Way back. Before the Mets even existed.

The year was 1957 and Brooklyn Dodgers owner Walter O’Malley was insistent on moving his team 3000 miles away to Los Angeles. For Major League Baseball to approve a transcontinental move, a second team would also need to relocate to California. The westernmost team at the time was St. Louis and it would be too costly to have clubs fly another 1500 miles for just 3 games. Enter Horace Stoneham, owner of the New York Giants. Stoneham, like O’Malley, was getting nowhere in his quest for the city to build his club a new stadium. When the Giants decided to vacate the hills of Coogan’s Bluff for the hills of San Francisco, there were only three dissenting votes. The nays were that of Joan Whitney Payson, her husband and M. Donald Grant. When the relocation was officially announced, Joan Payson immediately sold her shares of stock and promised to do whatever necessary to bring National League Baseball back to New York.

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Her dream came to fruition in 1962 when the Metropolitans played their first game in, of all places, the Giants old stadium. Payson became the first woman in the history of North America to be a majority owner of a professional sports franchise. She was a brilliant businesswoman who was also an avid baseball fan. And although she loved her Mets—not as an investment but as a team—her heart was in San Francisco. Her favorite player on her beloved Giants was on his way to becoming the greatest all-around athlete the game had ever known. On May 11, 1972, at the unremitting demand of Payson, the Mets sent pitcher Charlie Williams along with $50,000 to bring The Say Hey Kid back to New York. Another dream of Joan Payson’s came true as she watched her cherished Willie Mays play for the team she owned.

At 41 years old, Willie was in the twilight of his career and was focusing on what to do after his playing days ended. The Giants were financially strapped and management could not keep Mays on payroll in any capacity, be it coach, hitting instructor, scout, etc…Payson assured Willie a spot on the coaching staff after retirement. He agreed and Willie Mays once again wore NY on his cap.

Payson made Mays a promise. His time as a Met would be brief and she could not justify having his number joining Casey Stengel’s 37 as the only numbers retired. She did, however, promise that no Mets player would ever again wear no. 24.

On October 16, 1973, Willie Mays played his last professional baseball game. On October 4, 1975, Joan Whitney Payson passed away. On August 7, 1990, the Mets “accidentally” reissued number 24. And so, ladies and gentlemen, begins The Curse of the Joanbino.

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Kelvin Torve was a 30 year-old utility infielder when he entered the Shea clubhouse for the first time in the summer of 1990. He had played 12 games with the Twins 2 years earlier but now was awed as he looked around at his new teammates. Torve was back in ‘The Show,’ sharing a locker room with Doc Gooden, Darryl Strawberry, David Cone, Sid Fernandez and Frank Viola. He was handed a jersey, number 24, and suited up to take infield practice.

Fans began calling the front office. They started writing letters. That number was never supposed to be used again they reminded management. The Mets went on the road and while in the visiting clubhouse, equipment manager Charlie Samuels advised Torve of the uproar and asked if he’d mind changing numbers. Torve had no qualms about it. He was trying to stay in the majors and would do anything asked of him. On August 18th, he replaced his 24 with no. 39. The change of numbers happened on the road…as the Mets played, of all teams, the Giants. In the 10 days Torve wore Mays’ number, he batted .500.

In April 99, the number would be issued again, but this time not by accident. Newly acquired outfielder Rickey Henderson insisted on wearing 24. But it really didn’t matter by then. The Curse of the Joanbino had already taken hold.

As I alluded to earlier, for a ‘curse’ to have some legitimacy, there must be strange, unusual or downright weird events. Using the issuance of the Torve uniform as a benchmark, one can clearly delineate a reversal of fortunes of the Mets from that point forward.

Prior to 1990, our Mets were no strangers to bizarre plays. However, they always went in our favor.


In 1969, the Mets shocked the baseball world by overcoming 100-1 odds and defeating the heavily favored Cubs for the division title. Facing the power heavy Braves in the LCS, the big question was could the Mets pitching quiet the lethal bats of Hank Aaron, Rico Carty, Felipe Alou and Orlando Cepeda. Our pitching failed miserably. However, the light hitting Mets beat the Braves at their own game, scoring 27 runs in a 3-game sweep. The Mets would go on to upset the Baltimore Orioles, a team that carried 4 future Hall of Famers–Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson, Jim Palmer and manager Earl Weaver, along with 1969 Cy Young Winner, Mike Cuellar. Ron Swoboda, a well-known liability in the field, would make one of the most iconic defensive plays in Series history. A miracle indeed.

With the 1973 pennant hanging in the balance, another “strange” play occurred. On Sept 20, in a crucial game against the first place Pirates, Pittsburgh appeared ready to finally win in extra innings with a long blast to LF. The ball, however, did not go over the wall. Nor did it bounce off the wall. Rather, it bounced on TOP of the wall and back into play. Cleon Jones turned, fired to Garrett who pivoted and threw home to catcher Ron Hodges who nailed Richie Zisk at the plate. The Mets would win in the bottom of the next inning and pull to within half a game of first. Two weeks later the Mets were facing Cincinnati in the LCS. At the time my dad advised me, “The ghost of Gil Hodges was sitting on the fence and knocked the ball back into play.” I was almost 8 years old and that seemed plausible. Strange indeed.

And if the Miracle of 1969 and balls bouncing on top of walls weren’t enough, there’s also Game 6 in 86.

All of these peculiar plays went in the Mets favor. After Kelvin Torve was issued Mays’ number, the Mets underwent a reversal of fortune and everything from that day forward has seemingly gone against us. Although we only won 2 Championships and 3 pennants before the mishap of reissuing the number, the Mets still appeared almost charmed with good luck. After, we seemed, well, cursed.

Here are some of the bizarre incidents that transpired after Joan Payson’s promise was not maintained.

1991: The very first year after accidentally allowing another player to wear Mays’ number, the Mets draft 2 pitchers they intend to build their future around: Bill Pulsipsher and Jason Isringhausen.

1992: The Mets sign Bobby Bonilla to a lucrative (at the time) 5 year/$29 million contract. Bonilla was a superstar in Pittsburgh. And although he was a native New Yorker just like John Franco, Lee Mazzilli and Ed Kranepool, he would become perhaps the most despised Met in team history. A subsequent renegotiation of his contract will see us paying Bonilla until he turns 72 years old. 72, the same year Willie Mays returned to New York.


Mid 90’s: The Mets spend big bucks to bring a pennant to Flushing. The plan falls short and instead they become known as ‘The Worst Team Money Can Buy.’

1999: After one of the most dramatic moments in team history, Robin Ventura’s  famous Grand Slam single, the Mets lose the NLCS the following day on, of all things, a walk-off walk. It’s the only time in history a team lost the pennant in such fashion.

2000: The Mets lose the World Series in 5 games to the Yankees. Mike Piazza records the final out. Piazza didn’t ground out to the shortstop or strike out or pop up. He flew out—to center field, the same area Mays patrolled decades earlier.

2003: Earning more than $17 million, Mo Vaughn is the highest paid player on the team, netting more than even Piazza. His season ends on May 2 due to injuries. He retires from baseball.

2006: The Mets are expected to crush the Cardinals. St. Louis barely made the post-season and had numerous players injured. They were relying on a rookie to close named Adam Wainwright. The loss in the 7 game LCS was a shock and never expected. The decisive blow was a HR by Yadier Molina who hit only 6 HR’s all season. At the time, Molina was 24 years old.

2007: The Mets suffer what is regarded by many to be the greatest collapse in baseball history, blowing a 7 game lead with just 17 left. We even fail to make the wildcard.

2008: The Mets blow a 3 ½ game lead with 17 left. We again fail to even make the wildcard.

2009: Citi Field opens and in the inaugural game, a cat runs onto the field. Although it was not a black cat like happened to the Cubs in the heat of the 69 pennant, there is an interesting similarity. Fellow MMO blogger Ed Leyro pointed out at the time that in 69, the black cat ran out while Ron Santo was in the on deck circle. In 09, a cat ran out while David Wright stood in the on deck circle. Both Santo and Wright are considered the best third basemen in the history of their respective clubs.

2009: Mets players spend a total of 1,480 days on the disabled list. Our new home offers no immediate hope of a bright future. The Mets finish under .500 for the first time in 5 seasons.


2009: Luis Castillo against the Yankees. ‘Nuff said.

2011: After 50 years and 8020 games, a Mets pitcher finally throws a no-hitter. And from this point forward, for all intents and purposes, Johan Santana’s career comes to an end.

2013: Johan Santana’s salary is $25,500,000 for the season. He pitches zero innings.

2013: Fans finally see a light at the end of the tunnel. Matt Harvey conjures up images of Seaver and Gooden. He becomes the first Mets pitcher to start an All-Star Game in a quarter century. Six weeks later he is put on the disabled list. He is 24.

Maybe it’s just bad luck. Fate, perhaps? But one can easily see a difference in the Mets pre-Joanbino curse and post-Joanbino curse. In addition to the previously mentioned bad karma that has appeared since the no. 24 was reissued, there are also other, shall we say, “coincidences.”

2000 saw the Mets lose the Series to the Yankees. However, for the entire post-season, the Mets outscored their opponents, 60-51. 51…as in 1951, the year Willie Mays debuted. The last time the Mets won a World Series was 1986, our 25th year in existence. However, many don’t consider the strike-shortened 81 season a real season. Therefore, you can say that 86 was the Mets 24th season. Granted, that’s a stretch and somewhat tongue-in-cheek.

Here, however, are a couple more that garner some serious attention. Things that appear too coincidental to be mere happenstance.

Game 6 of 86 saw the Mets conclude the greatest come from behind victory in World Series history. We tied the series at 3 games and game 7 was slated for the following day. However, the hand of fate intervened and the game was rained out, played instead on Monday, October 27, 1986. 10-27-86. 1+0+2+7+8+6=24.

Billy Sianis Cubs Playoffs 1984In 1969, the Mets swept Atlanta, then defeated Baltimore 4 games to 1. In 73, we defeated the heavily favored Big Red Machine in 5 before falling short to Oakland in 7. In 86, we defeated Houston in 6, Boston in 7. In 1988, we were upset in the NLCS by the Dodgers, 4 games to 3. All of these post-seasons appeared before Willie’s number was accidentally reissued. The total post-season victories—3 against Atlanta, 4 against Baltimore, 3 vs. Cincy, 3 vs Oakland, 4 vs Houston, 4 vs. Boston and 3 vs. LA totals out to…yes, you guessed it. 24.

The bad thing about curses is they are inconsiderate when it comes to time. If the Mets are in fact cursed, how long will it last? The Curse of the Bambino lasted over eight and a half decades. The Billy Goat Curse is still ongoing.

On the positive side, Mays’ old number was recirculated in 1990. 24 years from that makes it 2014. On the other hand, Joan Payson was 72 years of age when she passed away. That would make it 2062 if 72 years has to pass. And worst of all, Mays hit 660 home runs.

Do I really think our Mets are cursed? Nahhh, of course not. Probably not. I’m sure it’s not real. I mean, come on. That’s silly. Right?

But just in case the spirit of Joan Payson is really, really upset and keeping in mind Willie’s 660 career home runs, here’s to the 2650 Mets.

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Reliever Jeff Walters Deserved The Call, Not Frank Francisco Tue, 17 Sep 2013 14:10:14 +0000 jeff walters_headshot

With a 2.09 ERA and 60 strikeouts in 56.0 innings of work, it was hard to ignore the excellent season that Jeff Walters delivered for Double-A Binghamton in 2013.

His 38 saves in the regular season shattered the all-time career and single-season records for Binghamton and in doing so Walters tossed his name in the mix as a future bullpen arm with the Mets.

All things considered, I’ve mentioned on numerous occasions that the names Jack LeathersichJeurys FamiliaVic Black, and Walters be drilled into your head as the Mets will likely put together a young, new-look bullpen for 2014.

Their mistake this season, however, was not allowing Walters to join the big league team after Triple-A Las Vegas finished their postseason.

Walters, 25, spent some time with the 51s after the B-Mets were eliminated from the playoffs, and I expected the next logical step would be to add him to the Mets active roster as a September call-up. Instead, Frank Francisco was re-activated from the 60-day DL .I thought this was a boneheaded move considering Walters needed to be added to the 40-man anyway to be protected from the Rule V draft. Plus it would have been a nice reward for the kid after having such a stellar season.

Outside of that, what argument can be made against calling up Walters? Even if you contest that he’s pitched a lot of innings and needs the rest, don’t you think he would benefit by being around an MLB clubhouse for two weeks with the opportunity to talk to veteran pitchers? Jason Isringhausen was an excellent mentor to some of our young pitchers — Bobby Parnell immediately comes to immediately — and there are certainly other veterans like LaTroy Hawkins or Scott Atchison around to offer some wisdom.

I am also completely comfortable with the skip from Binghamton to the MLB team when it comes to Walters, especially since he’d be pitching in what are no doubt meaningless games at this point. The only possible thing I can think of is that the Mets didn’t want to pay Walters an MLB-level salary for two weeks when they could just try to get their money’s worth from Frank Francisco…which doesn’t send the right message and apparently backfired anyway.

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This Day In Mets Infamy With Rusty: Add Me To List Of The Walking Wounded Edition Sat, 07 Sep 2013 14:01:53 +0000 mr met ambulance hospitalIn major league baseball, injuries are a common, almost expected part of the game. If you are an everyday player, you generally play between 135 and 150 games a season. If you are a starting pitcher you may appear in as many as 30-35 games. A reliever can pitch theoretically at around 100 games max.

When we look at all the members of the Mets that have landed on the DL for either parts of the season ( David Wright, Lucas Duda) or other players that are now out for the rest of the season - Matt Harvey, Ike Davis, Johan Santana, Bobby Parnell and most recently Scott Rice you have to scratch your head at how such physically fit players can be so fragile.

Well you can now officially ad my name to the list of the Mets walking wounded. Since March I have had a sometimes sharp, most of the time dull pain in my right shoulder (my writing arm). I figured that it was just a strain, and in time the pain would subside on its own with big quantities of Tylenol as well as larger quantities of alcohol. But no the discomfort got progressively worse to the extent that I would be up half the night trying to find a comfortable position to sleep. So I said to myself maybe I should seek out the Mets trainer, Ray Ramirez.

Ray suggested that I should just ice it down and if all else fails he could lop it off with a machete. Needless to say I ran for the hills when I saw that look of delight in Ray’s eyes. He seemed to want to lop my arm off – was he trying to tell me something without actually saying it?

Next I went to a specialist to whom I was recommended for my pain. She took X-rays which showed no bone spurs or broken bones – to which I breathed a sigh of relief. She scheduled me for an MRI and I got the results back from yesterday. The MRI revealed that I had a partially torn rotator cuff, a slight labrum tear, some leakage from one of my capsules – not sure which one and yes – I HAVE ARTHRITIS !!!!

So needless to say I am not happy with the diagnosis – and I cannot blame Metsmerized’s owner for overuse (DANG IT!). But hopefully with physical therapy, ice packs and if all else fails cortisone shots, I should be feeling better. I wont be going the PED route since I am full of integrity. I promise that I shall write my posts while gutting through this injury. No there will be no 15, 30 or 60 DL stints for me, and hopefully by Opening Day may arm shall be at 100%.

And with that said …. HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!!! 

Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today includes:

Mets pitching coach from ’99-’00, Dave Wallace, is 66 (1947).

Reserve catcher from the ’82 season and one time Mets AA manager, Rick Sweet turns 61 (1952).

Reserve outfielder from the ’01 season, Darren Bragg is 44 (1969).

One third of  ”Generation K”, pitcher  Jason Isringhausen is 41 (1972). “Izzy” went on to be a dominant  reliever once he was traded from the Mets, abut returned for the ’11 season and pitched quite effectively .

Reserve outfielder from the ’07 season, David Newhan is 40 (1973).

Middle reliever from ’08-’09, Brian Stokes is 34 (1979).

Sadly on this date we lost  two members of our Mets extended family. Third baseman from ’66-’67, Ken Boyer in 1982 and middle reliever from the ’67 season, Hal Reniff in 2004.

Some other notables include:

  • The  New York Mets purchased the contract of pitcher, Galen Cisco from the Boston Red Sox on September 7, 1962. “The Cisco Kid”  spent 4 seasons with the Mets mainly as a starting pitcher and compiled a record of 18-43 with an ERA of 4.04.
  • The Cincinnati Reds claimed light-hitting back up catcher, Alex Trevino from the Mets on waivers on September 7, 1990.
  • Not many fans care to remember when the Mets signed free agent middle reliever, Guillermo Mota on September 7, 1990. That was not a memorable time for the Mets faithful (we generally try to forget about Mets malcontents). Mota actually received his first professional baseball contract from the Mets in 1990.
  • The New York Mets signed free agent  first baseman, Jorge Toca on September 7, 1998. Many Mets fans may remember Toca as that power hitting Cuban defector that hit pretty well in the Mets minors. But in his brief time with the Mets he proved to be nothing more than a AAAA washout.

Mo Vaughn fantasizes about being bathed in a bathtub of veal parmagiana.

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Mets vs Padres: Wheeler Takes The Hill In Series Opener, Davis Batting Cleanup Thu, 15 Aug 2013 04:45:50 +0000 zack wheeler fires

Mets at Padres • 10:10 PM • Petco Park

Zack Wheeler (5-2, 2.63) vs Tyson Ross (3-5, 2.75)

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Starting Lineup

  1. Eric Young, Jr. – LF
  2. Daniel Murphy – 2B
  3. Marlon Byrd – RF
  4. Ike Davis – 1B
  5. Josh Satin – 3B
  6. Juan Lagares – CF
  7. John Buck – C
  8. Omar Quintanilla – SS
  9. Zack Wheeler – RHP

Game Notes 

  • Jeremy Hefner was placed on the 15-day disabled list due to a partially torn medial collateral ligament in his elbow. He won’t require surgery, and the Mets are optimistic he can pitch for them again before the end of the season. Hefner was optioned to the minors Sunday, but that transaction was negated by the DL move. In 24 appearances (23 starts) this season, Hefner is 4-8 with a 4.34 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP in 130 2/3 innings.
  • Wilmer Flores was out of the lineup again Wednesday due to a sprained right ankle he sustained in Monday’s loss to the Dodgers. He made a pinch-hit appearance in the ninth inning and singled to center. The 22-year-old rookie is listed as day-to-day.
  • Zack Wheeler takes a 5-2 record and 3.63 ERA in his start Thursday against the Padres in San Diego. Wheeler is the second pitcher in Mets history to earn five wins in his first 10 games. Jason Isringhausen won six times in his first 10 games. Wheeler has not pitched against the Padres this year and is coming off a win against the Diamondbacks in which he allowed one run on six hits over 6 1/3 innings.
  • Dillon Gee held the Dodgers hitless through three innings before giving up a leadoff single to Carl Crawford in the fourth. He wound up working six innings of two-run ball in a no-decision. Gee has made quality starts in five of his last six outings, going 3-1 with a 1.74 ERA since July 14. The 27-year-old also helped himself with the bat, hitting the first triple of his career in the fourth inning.
  • Marlon Byrd finished a triple short of the cycle, and he blasted a 3-0 pitch into the left field pavilion for his 18th home run of the year, a three-run shot in the third inning against the Mets. Byrd, who entered the night batting .320 against left-handed pitchers, went 3-for-6 to raise his average in 36 career games against Los Angeles to .369 (48-for-130).

Game Preview

The Mets roll into San Diego for a four game set after being swept by the Dodgers in rather close fashion. Last night the Dodgers came back, pushed the game into extras and were able to take it in the 12th as the Mets racked up more extra innings this season. Zack Wheeler looks to stop the slide tonight as he takes on Tyson Ross.

Zack Wheeler is 5-2 over 10 games with a 3.63 ERA over 57.0 innings. Wheeler made a good rebound start his last time out posting only 1 ER over 6.1 innings, the time before he allowed 4 ER over 5 innings. Zack was not up with the major league organization earlier this year when the Padres came to New York and he has not faced any specific batters on the Padres’s roster in a major league game before (so no batting stats).

Tyson Ross is 3-5 with a 2.75 ERA making 7 starts and pitching in 26 games overall this season totaling 72.0 innings with 62 strikeouts. He has made a string of four starts recently and he’s been very good in that stretch posting a 1.33 ERA over 27.0 innings. He has never faced the Mets before but two Mets have faced him, and are both 0-1 (Byrd and Young).

Lets Go Mets!

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Lets Hope This Version Of Generation K Works Out Better Than The First Mon, 20 Feb 2012 12:00:47 +0000

Generation K 1.0 - Jason Isringhausen, Paul Wilson, Bill Pulsipher

Back in spring 1995, Generation K was going to change everything for the Mets , a downtrodden club known three years earlier as “The Worst Team Money Could Buy” that went on to lose 103 games in 1993. Jason Isringhausen , Bill Pulsipher and Paul Wilson were supposed to be the saviors, just like Dwight Gooden and Darryl Strawberry a decade before them. As it turned out, the splashy nickname was the best thing about that injury-ravaged pitching trio, which amassed a grand total of 31 wins — including 21 by Isringhausen — and never materialized into the dominant rotation everyone dreamed it would be. Fast-forward to 2012 and the Mets are preparing for the next generation, though attaching the K this time probably is out of the question. Still, Zack Wheeler, Matt Harvey and Jeurys Familia are the physical embodiment of hope for this wayward franchise. ~  David Lennon, Newsday

Generation K 2.0 - Matt Harvey, Jeurys Familia, Zack Wheeler

Second verse, same as the first? Let’s hope not. Fingers crossed, everybody.

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From Left Field: Who Should Stay And Who Should Go? Fri, 23 Sep 2011 04:05:58 +0000

The English punk rock group, The Clash, was famous for the song “Should I Stay or Should I Go.”

With the season winding down, let’s do a Mets-related version of this song. For 2012, who should stay and who should go?


Manny Acosta: Though erratic at times, he showed he deserves a spot in next year’s bullpen.

Pedro Beato: Shut him down now so as to not hurt the kid’s confidence anymore, but he’s gone through stretches of greatness.

Tim Byrdak: Already re-signed for next year, really tough on lefties.

D.J. Carrasco: Two-year deal was a bad choice, team is stuck with him again next year.

R.A. Dickey: Poor start to season, but really turned it on over last few months. No run support, thus losing record. Valuable fourth starter.

Dillon Gee: Either ran out of gas or hitters made the adjustment, but was a completely different pitcher in second half. Needs to regain early season form heading into next year. Probably will be fifth starter.

Daniel Herrera: Been a huge surprise, would be nice to have another lefty in the pen.

Jon Niese: He’s on the verge of a breakout year one of these years, just needs to stay healthy.

Bobby Parnell: May not be ready to be a full-time closer, but will only get better by facing professional hitters. Still has great stuff.

Johan Santana: Will hopefully toe the rubber on Opening Day, but I don’t want to jinx anything.

Josh Stinson: Looked great as September call-up. Could compete for a bullpen spot.

Josh Thole: Still has work to do offensively and defensively, but work ethic and attitude are there. Must prove he’s an everyday catcher.

Ike Davis: A healthy Ike Davis is a hitting machine. Tough blow for him this year.

Lucas Duda: Definitely showed positive strides over second half. As of now, the 2012 starting right fielder. Not exactly an outfielder, but can get better out there, especially if the Citi Field fences are adjusted.

Daniel Murphy: Outfield has become a possibility for Murph, but he may best be suited for a super-utility role. But how can a guy who hits .320 not play every day?

Jose Reyes: Fingers crossed that the Mets can sign him to a long-term deal.

David Wright: Is a better player with Reyes in the lineup. Needs to stay healthy all season. Name him team captain?

Mike Baxter: Very limited sample, but could be a lefty bat off the bench, little bit of pop, can play multiple positions.

Jason Bay: If he hits the whole season like he did the last month, watch out. If not, he’s looking like one of the worst signings in team history. Still has a few years on contract.


Miguel Batista: Made a few quality starts, but way past his prime. If they keep him, it would be in an insurance role in Buffalo.

Taylor Buchholz: Remember that guy? Don’t think he’ll be back.

Chris Capuano: Only if the Mets are desperate for a starting pitcher should they bring him back. He had a few great starts this season, but had a bad tendency for running out of gas by the fifth inning. He might be picked up by another team anyway.

Ryota Igarashi: It’s time for Iggy to go. His two-year deal is up. Good luck to whatever team rolls the dice on him.

Jason Isringhausen: Izzy was easily one of the best stories in the MLB this season, but how long will he be able to keep it up? It may not be worth the risk, especially since he really doesn’t factor into the team’s long-term plans. Great job this season though.

Mike Pelfrey: If the Mets can find a taker for Big Pelf via trade, now is the time. But knowing the Mets luck, Pelfrey will turn into the next Nolan Ryan.

Ronny Paulino: Was a decent stopgap, but team must find a more permanent solution at catcher.

Scott Hairston: Has good pop, but strikes out too much.

Willie Harris: Another stopgap player. His versatility is on his side at least.


Chris Young: He was very effective in his few starts but then got hurt. Is the injury risk worth the reward? He’d have to accept a deal laden with incentives.

Mike Nickeas: Will probably assume the role again of third catcher, which hopefully means he’ll be in Buffalo.

Nick Evans: Has showed some serious pop over last few weeks. But where does he fit in with this team? Might be more valuable as a trade chip than being buried on the bench when everyone else is healthy.

Justin Turner: Another guy who showed flashes this year, seems that he’s been passed by Tejada, but the two would complement each other nicely for a full season.

Fernando Martinez: What are we going to do with this guy? Still young but never healthy.

Angel Pagan: When focused, he’s an exciting player that can do virtually anything on a baseball field. When unfocused, he makes himself look bad with his baserunning blunders or poor routes to the ball in center. Could be a non-tender candidate.

Jason Pridie: Nice option for a final spot on team. Good defensive outfielder.

Agree? Disagree? Tell me what you think.

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Are The Mets Done Shoving Parnell Down Our Throats Yet? Thu, 15 Sep 2011 15:00:43 +0000 This is beginning to get ridiculous now.  First the Mets removed Izzy from the closer role and asked him to groom Parnell to be the teams closer.  Now since Parnell has blown 5 saves in 10 chances they have decided to try John Franco as a potential mentor/tutor?

I am getting a little tired of this whole thing.  He throws really really hard, but THAT’S IT!  He has never been consistent with his secondary pitches and without that he will NEVER be a successful back of the bullpen arm.

Natural closer’s are born with the attitude that you need to succeed with the game on the line. You can teach good mechanics, but you can’t teach the killer instinct you need to be a closer.

Parnell is scared and does not have the guts to get the job done. I wish the Mets would stop shoving him down our throats already!

Why don’t they just banish him to the 7th inning role because that is the only spot he will ever succeed.  If he can’t get it done in that role then he needs to be gone because he will be worthless to us.

He could throw 1,000 MPH, but if he does not have the mental toughness to get it done with the game on the line he’s still going to fail.  At 27 years old he is not a baby anymore and this whole charade of Parnell that has been going for a few years now has just run it’s course.

He got a shot to pitch in clutch situations a few years ago when Wagner went down and he bombed.  Now after a couple seasons of maturation he got another opportunity and he has bombed again.

I’m sick of the questions of whether or not Parnell can be a closer.  Isn’t it obvious that he can’t???

I don’t care how hard he throws, I think Bobby has made it pretty clear that he’s not the guy to succeed Krod!  What I don’t understand is why the Mets don’t see it.

Does anyone else agree with me on this, or am I just Crazy???

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Parnell Blows Another Save, Evans Plays Hero In 12th, Mets Win 7-4 Wed, 07 Sep 2011 06:08:12 +0000  

New York Mets' Nick Evans (6) Follows

Miguel Batista had another good outing spoiled by a blown save, but Nick Evans had a huge day in the Mets 7-4 win.

Game Notes

Miguel Batista took the mound, and pitched another surprising game, but was not as sharp as his last outing. Batista went six innings, allowing one run on five hits, walking four and striking out three. Batista wasn’t hit hard, but he had Marlins batters chasing bad pitches consistently. While some Mets fans are upset Batista is taking away starts from prospects, Batista may have a chance to be a useful bullpen piece next year, at an inexpensive price.

The bullpen today was solid, but Manny Acosta was charged with an unearned run after another Angel Pagan misplay in the outfield allowed the runner to advance to second on a single. Acosta still got out of the inning without much damage, but it was to be expected. Jason Isringhausen came in for the eighth inning, and exhibited absolutely no control, walking three batters and consistently falling behind. However, when needed Izzy struck out Jose Lopez with the bases loaded, and struck out Emilio Bonafacio to end the inning. Bobby Parnell blew another save, giving up a two run double in the ninth. Tim Byrdak & Pedro Beato combined for two scoreless innings, and Josh Stinson nailed down his first MLB save in the 12th inning.

The offense today was quiet, but did manage to get hits when it was needed. Justin Turner hit an RBI single in the fifth, Nick Evans an RBI single in the sixth and was thrown out trying to advance to second, and Evans yet again in the eighth with an RBI single. In a bit of insurance, Angel Pagan hit a double right off the first base bag, scoring Jose Reyes and moving David Wright to third. The Mets rallied in the 12th inning, thanks to RBI singles by Nick Evans & Jose Reyes, and a bases-loaded walk by Lucas Duda.

Jose Reyes – 3 for 6 with a walk, an RBI and a strikeout and a strikeout. Jose has struggled since his return from the DL.

Justin Turner – 3 for 4 with two walks and an RBI. Any production right now is good, because he is playing for next year.

David Wright – 0 for 6 with two strikeouts and an intentional walk. Rough game for David, not many of these since return from DL.

Turning Point

The 12th inning comeback, showing the offense hadn’t died

Game Ball

Nick Evans – 3 for 6 with three RB, a walkI and a good play on a ball to force the runner at second on a bunt. Nick has been hot as of late, and as most Mets prospects is playing for a spot on the team next year.

On Deck

The Mets will finish the series against the Mets, sending R.A. Dickey to the mound against rookie Brad Hand of the Marlins. Game time is 5:10 P.M.

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Bullpen Blows Game, Again, Mets Lose 6-2 To Brewers Mon, 22 Aug 2011 01:27:46 +0000 R.A. Dickey pitched a strong seven innings, but the bullpen combined to give up four runs in the last two innings in their 6-2 loss to the Brewers.

Game Notes

R.A. Dickey looked great today, and had another quality outing. Dickey went seven innings, allowing two runs on six hits, walking none and striking out four. Dickey would’ve gone more innings if not for the Brewers manager walking Ruben Tejada in the bottom of the seventh to force Terry Collins to bring in a pinch hitter.

The bullpen failed horribly for the second day in a row, with Manny Acosta, Tim Byrdak, Jason Isringhausen and Pedro Beato combining to allow another four runs. The bullpen has been god awful, and it can only get better hopefully. Not one arm has been able to shut things down or stop the bleeding.

The bats didn’t do much today, outside of two big hits that were back-to-back, a Lucas Duda two-run blast to the deepest part of the park and a Jason Bay double to LF that was two-feet short of being a home run, and would’ve been out in any other park. Another weak offensive day, with six total hits and only one walk.

Angel Pagan – 2 for 4. Angel has been hitting much better, but over-ran a ball in the fifth and missed a catch.

Lucas Duda – 1 for 4 with a two-run homer. Oh, three strikeouts too. Great way to break up the golden sombrero.


Justin Turner continues to struggle defensively, making an extremely poor throw that cost the Mets two outs, and prolonged the inning.

Ryan Braun stole two bases, and neither throw by Josh Thole was accurate or strong.

Turning Point

Making Terry Collins play for the win in the seventh and pulling his extremely effective starter.

Game Ball

R.A. Dickey, the victim of poor run support/bad luck. Great outing, usual expected outcome. R.A. Dickey is the best 5-11 pitcher in the MLB.

On Deck

The Mets will travel to Philly to face off against Cliff Lee and the Phillies. Dillon Gee will take the mound and game time is 7:05 P.M.

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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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Wright On Time, Pelfrey Struggles, Mets Win 7-6 Sat, 23 Jul 2011 02:45:46 +0000

Mike Pelfrey had another mixed outing, and the return of David Wright helped the Mets in their 7-6 win against the Marlins

Game Notes

Mike Pelfrey had yet another uneven outing, but this one was marred by control issues and some bad defense. Mike went six innings, allowing four runs on five hits, walking four and striking out three. Pelfrey’s been trending more towards a fly ball pitcher, and today two of those fly balls left the yard. Pelfrey has been throwing more breaking balls, but he was punished on two breaking balls he left on the plate. Pelfrey continues to baffle Mets fans, because some games he is very good, and others seems to fall apart at some point.

The bullpen got a lot of work today. Pedro Beato was completely ineffective, giving up one run on one hit walking two in one-third of an inning. Tim Byrdak went one-third, and got one out (deep fly-bal that scored the run Beato was charged with). Bobby Parnell came out for the last out of the seventh, and got Hanley Ramirez to ground out to second. In the eighth, Bobby got himself in and out of trouble, only getting blemished on a bloop-single to LF. Parnell’s final line is one run allowed on one hit, walking one and striking out one while earning the win.

Jason Isringhausen came out to close the game, and pitched a clean inning while striking out one and earning his second save of the year. It could’ve gotten messy, but for the last out Jason Pridie made a great running catch feet away from the wall.

The bats decided today, they’d put in some work early. David Wright, in his first game back since May 15th hit an RBI double, followed by a Daniel Murphy RBI single. Angel Pagan would top off the scoring with an RBI sacrifice fly. In the fourth, Carlos Beltran had an RBI single. Ronny Paulino hit a sac-fly with the bases loaded in the seventh, and in the eighth with the game tied David Wright hit an RBI-double and advanced to third on the throw.

Jose Reyes – 2 for 5, pretty solid day.

Every Mets starting position player had at least 1 hit.

Daniel Murphy – 2 for 4 with a walk, a run and two RBI. Murphy also made a good/risky/stupid play in the eighth to kill the lead runner.

Turning Point

Mets seventh inning set the tone for the rest of the game. After just losing the lead, the Mets came back to put across a lead run and another for insurance.

Game Ball

David Wright – 2 for 5 with two runs, two rbi and two strikeouts. David’s return is very welcome to a Mets team that could use another power bat

On Deck

The Mets will continue their series against the Marlins, sending Chris Capuano to face off against Clay Hensley, who perplexed the Mets in his last start. Game time is 7:10 P.M.

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Game Recap: Reyes Return Ignites Offense, Izzy Notches Save In 4-2 Win Wed, 20 Jul 2011 08:43:58 +0000

The return of Jose Reyes and big hits from Daniel Murphy and Angel Pagan, in addition to a great start from Dillon Gee secured the Mets a win, 4-2 against the Cardinals

Game Notes

Dillon Gee went out, and in his first start since the All-Star break, pitched a gem. Gee went seven innings, allowing two runs on three hits, walking two and striking out two. Gee was pulled after 96 pitches, and he looked good enough to possibly go into the eighth, but was pulled. Gee looked in control the whole game, and outside of the moonshot home run he gave up to Lance Berkman, only gave up two hits. Hopefully, Gee can rebound because his last two pre-break outings weren’t very pretty.

The bullpen today consisted of Parnell and Isringhausen. Parnell went out for a full inning, gave up two hits and hit a batter, but struck out one. Parnell was either nervous, or just not locating that fastball down in the zone. Closer by committee moments to worry about: one. Isringhausen came out for the ninth and pitched a clean inning to notch his first save as a Met since 1999, and first MLB save since 2008.

The offense today was quiet until the top of the fifth inning, when singles by Reyes & Turner and a walk by Beltran left the situation open for Angel Pagan to hit a two-RBI double. In the sixth, Daniel Murphy atoned for lining out with the bases-loaded the inning before with a double to center field that scored two more runs. The offense obviously missed Reyes for the last 16 days, and missed Beltran for the last few.

Reyes/Turner/Beltran – 7 for 13 with two walks and all four of the Mets runs. They get on base, they score runs. It works.

Ronny Paulino – 3 for 4 – The guy is apparently hitting righties now too. One of Alderson’s better finds.

Jason Bay – 1 for 4, one strikeout. Had a good hit, then look bad in the rest of his at-bats.

Turning Point

Daniel Murphy double in the sixth inning, providing Gee with some breathing room to go out for the seventh inning. Without it, Berkman blast in seventh ties game.

Game Ball

Carlos Beltran, 3 for 3 with two walks. Can’t do much better then .1000.

On Deck

The Mets will look to keep this going, facing up against Kyle McClellan and the Cardinals tomorrow night at Citi Field, and will send R.A. Dickey to the mound. Game time is 7:10 P.M.

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Does The K-Rod Trade Make The Mets Buyers? Wed, 13 Jul 2011 21:28:54 +0000 Now with the Mets having cleared one of their biggest offseason worries in the Francisco Rodriguez vesting option, does that make the Mets buyers during the trade deadline?

Although a game has yet to be played after the All-Star break, this Mets team already takes on a new appearance. The bullpen corps is comprised of the same pitchers, and two (Bobby Parnell & Pedro Beato) will look to close out games now. Jason Isringhausen is a candidate to close as well, due to experience but this is a new dawn of allowing prospects to try and carry their weight. If either one of the three closer candidates can prove to be adequate if not excel in closing out games, the flexibility it provides financially is immense.

The thought is that with some added free space on the payroll this year, can they become players for another starter, possibly improve at catcher or add some right-handed bench depth? The options have expanded, and now the Mets can explore in-season options even though this K-Rod move is seen as somewhat of a defeatist move from a standpoint of competition.

In the offseason, the K-Rod option – no loger a worry, opens more options. Will the Mets re-sign Jose Reyes? That still isn’t known, but the amount of payroll that was opened is a much more positive sign today then it was a few days ago. Will the Mets re-sign Beltran? It is a dark horse option, but maybe Beltran won’t feel as betrayed by the Mets since most of the damage was done by the Minaya regime. Will the Mets look to sign some help in the offseason in both the starting rotation and at the catcher position.

This has been an interesting last few months, and with 18 days until the trade deadline, this can become a very exciting time for Mets fans.

For other thoughts, Mets news and Mets related talk, follow me on twitter @TheSeanKenny

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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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New York Mess, Bullpen Still Useless, Mets Lose 6-3 Sat, 04 Jun 2011 02:07:33 +0000 Jonathon Niese had a great start, but the bullpen collapsed YET AGAIN and the Mets lost against the Braves, 6-3

Game Notes

Jonathon Niese pitched a great game, going seven and two-third innings giving up two runs on eight hits striking out seven and walking one. Niese had everything working today, and with most Mets starters recently, the gas seemed to be running low in the eighth inning. What that has meant usually, is exactly what has happened. Worst case scenarios

Izzy came out for another outing…in hopes to deconstruct his arm, and walked a batter, then advanced him to second on a wild pitch, then with some Jose Reyes help (the ball literally went under his glove, he didn’t commit) and allowed a run to score. Izzy final line is one-third, one unearned run, one walk, one strikeout. K-Rod came in for the ninth, and gave up a home run to Eric Hinske, then a double to Martin Prado, an intentional walk to Brian McCann and a double by Freddie Freeman (and a stupid baserunning play to get them out of the inning) left the score at 6-3.

Honestly, someone in the pen needs to step u and stop the bleeding. Or a starter needs to go a full nine.

The offense today had one good inning, and put across all its run on singles, which has been fairly customary with the Mets missing Wright and Ike (Jason Bay’s power stroke, is still MIA as well). RBI hits by Beltran (#RBIWhore) Murphy and Pagan was all the runs the Mets could push across. After the seventh inning, if the Braves send out the 1-2 of Venters/Kimbrel, you don’t have much of a chance.

Ruben Tejada – 0 for 3. Cooling down a little bit, but still good.

Jose Reyes – 2 for 4 with a run and his seventh error of the year in a HUGE spot. That makes two in the last few games, on plays he could’ve made easily.

Willie Harris – I really do hope when David Wright returns, you aren’t on the team.

Turning Point

The Chipper Jones home run/Jose Reyes error. Without Chipper’s HR, that error doesn’t amount to much but a run.

Game Ball

Jonathon Niese. You go out, throw a quality game, and then have it spoiled by bad defense, bad pitching and bad luck.

On Deck

The Mets will hope to hold a lead (if they have it) in the seventh inning, sending Dillon Gee to the mound against Jair Jurjjens and the Braves. Game time is 7:10 P.M.

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Mets Have Benefited From Minor League Call-ups Fri, 03 Jun 2011 02:38:40 +0000 For the New York Mets, depth was a major issue heading into the season.

Like in 2009, the injury bug has plagued the team, only earlier this year than anyone expected.

However, the Mets have received timely contributions from several players who originally didn’t factor too much into the team’s plans for this season.

Here are five Mets who have been great finds after starting the year in the minors.

5. Jason Pridie

Jason Pridie had only appeared in 11 games for the Minnesota Twins over the last two seasons.

When Angel Pagan went down with an injury, the Mets recalled Pridie because he was the best defensive outfielder in Triple-A.

Not only had Pridie filled in great defensively when needed, but he’s also come up with a few clutch hits, including a pair of three-run homers earlier this season.

Don’t let the .239 batting average fool you. He’s driven in 11 runs and has drawn 11 walks, which has added to his .320 OBP.

He’s a great option to have around as a fourth outfielder and left-handed bat off the bench. He even has good speed which further adds to his value.

4. Ruben Tejada

Ruben Tejada is playing so well that the Mets will be faced with a tough decision once Ike Davis and David Wright are ready to return.

Tejada was in the competition for second base this spring, but the organization wanted him to play every day shortstop so he could be an insurance plan for Jose Reyes.

Tejada has been a magician with the glove, which has been the norm since his call-up last season.

However, this year he’s also off to a .316 clip. He won’t drive in many runs, but he has found a way to get on base.

If he keeps up his torrid hitting, the Mets may have to find a way to keep him on the roster.

3. Jason Isringhausen

To think, the Mets actually broke camp with Blaine Boyer instead of Jason Isringhausen.

Boyer is long gone, while Izzy has been a mainstay as the setup man in front of Frankie Rodriguez.

Isringhausen has only given up six runs in 21 games, and that includes a recent streak of giving up a run in three consecutive appearances.

He’s shown good life on his fastball and a very good curveball.

The Mets will continue to rely on Izzy late in games.

2. Dillon Gee

When Terry Collins called Dillon Gee a Major League ready pitcher this winter, he wasn’t kidding.

Gee has been phenomenal since his promotion in mid-April. He’s 5-0 with a 3.83 ERA in seven starts.

Once Chris Young went down for the season, Gee was able to cement himself in the rotation.

Though he’ll give up a few runs here and there, he throws strikes and gives his team a chance to win every time out.

When and if Johan Santana returns, Gee will hold down his rotation spot if he continues to put up “W’s.”

1. Justin Turner

Justin Turner has been the glue that has held the Mets together in the absence of Ike Davis and David Wright.

He didn’t get going right away, but really came into his own during the road series in Houston, including the game he drove in five runs and hit his first career home run.

Turner set the Mets rookie record for driving in at least one run for seven straight games. After not driving in a run for two games after that, he now has another six-game RBI streak going.

He’s driven in 21 runs in just 92 at-bats, and is hitting .337 on the year.

His hitting and defense have earned him a spot on the roster, and he should still get plenty of playing time once Wright and Davis return.

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First Blood: Dickey Dazzles, Murphy Crushes, Mets Top Yanks 2-1 Sat, 21 May 2011 13:09:40 +0000 R.A. Dickey may have had his best outing of the season, and the combination of Justin Turner and Daniel Murphy provided all the offense for the Mets in their 2-1 win against the Yankees.

Game Notes

R.A. Dickey went out today and pitched a phenomenal game. Robert Allen went out today, and went six innings allowing one run on four hits striking out six and walking three. The only run R.A. allowed was on a Teixiera home run that just went over Carlos Beltran’s glove all of the 320 feet to RF. Dickey got himself in trouble in the early innings, and some strong pitch selection as well as great defensive plays, specifically by Reyes in the fifth ensured Dickey would see the sixth inning

The Mets bullpen today was lights out, going three innings, striking out five and walking none. Mike O’Connor pitched a clean inning with one strikeout, Izzy pitched a major eighth with two big strikeouts and K-Rod pitched the ninth for his fifteenth save, striking out two.

This bullpen has been so crucial in this team’s success.

The offense struggled to get good contact against Freddy Garcia, but after an F.Mart double, Justin Turner kept his torrid RBI pace up, knocking him in with an op.field double in the fourth. The bats were held in check until Daniel Murphy lead off the sixth inning with a home run to that lovely 314 region in right field to put the Mets up 2-1. The momentum of the dog fight style of game seems to benefit the Mets and they play like every hit will win the game.

Justin Turner – 3 for 4 with an RBI – will you be the godfather to my unborn child? If not, cool. Your on a streak right now.

Ruben Tejada – 0 for 4 with two strikeouts (looking) – it’s ok Secret Squirrel, you looked good on defense.

Beltran – 1 for 2 with two walks. Beltran is a major reason the Mets are leading the league in walks.

Turning Point

The Jose Reyes play to end the fifth gave the momentum to the irish hammer Daniel Murphy and his home run.

Game Ball

The Mets bullpen. This is the fourth straight close game and they have continued to do nothing but hold the opponents to NOTHING.

On Deck

The Mets will look to keep their four game streak going, sending Chris Capuano to the mound against the Yankees and A.J. Burnett. Game time is 7:10 P.M.

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