A pair of Chicago Cubs centerfielders, Jimmy Qualls (1969) and Joe Wallis (1975), stole two of Tom Seaver’s early bids for a no-hitter. One year after being traded from New York to Cincinnati, Seaver threw a no-hitter for the Reds. Nolan Ryan never pitched a no-hitter – as a New York Met – but after being traded to the California Angels in 1971 he nudged Mets fans every couple years, throwing seven no-hitters. “Every time [...]
After a pitcher holds opposing teams hitless for nine innings, what is the biggest storyline that the media plays up in that pitcher’s next start? They ask that question that everyone thinks: can he do it again? Well, no one has done it since Johnny Vander Meer did so in June 1938 for the Cincinnati Reds. He had some bright spots in his 13-year MLB career, but not all of his stats are very eye-popping. [...]
I know it’s only April, we’re less than 20 games into a very long 2011 season, but so far the pitching has been bad. Actually bad is an understatement, the pitching from the entire staff has been downright awful! There is no way to sugarcoat it, the team as of this writing is currently 5-13, the worst record in the majors. Now the offense is not producing the way it should, I’ll give the pitching [...]
Many thought it at the time, that when John Maine left that game in Washington after only five pitches that he was also leaving the Mets. It sure appears that way as they aren’t likely to tender a contract to Maine by today’s midnight deadline. They’ll tender Mike Pelfrey, RA Dickey, Angel Pagan, and possibly Sean Green, but Maine is a longshot. Maine came to the Mets in the Kris Benson deal as a throw-in, [...]
The Mets make 2 important changes by firing Omar Minaya and Jerry Manuel. Not much has happened since. As the Mets take their sweet time looking for a general manager there are still a lot more changes that need to be made. 1) The Ballpark: Citi Field is just too big! I know we’ve been saying that for the last 2 seasons but the Wilpons refuse to bring in the fences. All you look at [...]
I just read a new post from Ted Berg on his blog Ted Quarters. Basically Ted says that he cares more about Johan Santana being right than Santana’s wins and losses. All I know is that, in a season when the Mets’ wins and losses don’t really matter a hell of a lot anymore, I care a lot more about seeing Santana right, striking out lots of batters and dominating opponents, than I do about his [...]
In 2007, 2008 and now in 2010 the Mets needed to upgrade their team during the season by making a trade. In 2007 the Mets needed to add a starter to the rotation. They did not add a starting pitcher and wound up having an epic collapse. The Mets didn’t end making trade as Omar would go onto say “nothing really made sense.” The 2008 New York Mets desperately needed an arm in the bullpen, [...]
Andy Martino of the Daily News is reporting that John Maine underwent arthroscopic surgery to clean out scar tissue from his right shoulder, and will miss the remainder of this season. John Maine had arthroscopic surgery yesterday to clean scar tissue in his right shoulder. Out for season. Maine was last seen pitching in a game against the Nationals on May 20. In that game, he was removed by Jerry Manuel after making just five pitches. Despite [...]
According to Andy Martino of the Daily News via Twitter, John Maine received the second opinion on his shoulder today and it was confirmed there is no structural damage. He does have fairly serious shoulder tendinitis and he’s gonna have to shut it down for awhile. The Mets also released a statement saying that Maine, Omar Minaya, Jerry Manuel and Dan Warthen will sit down soon to ‘develop a plan going forward.’ Last week several sources [...]
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