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All four of the the major winter leagues are now in action. Unfortunately there is minimal Mets action up to this point but that will change shortly with Juan Lagares expected to begin playing on November 15th. Lagares will be playing for the Aguilas Cibaenas of the Dominican League as he has five times in his career.

Here are how players that are affiliated with the Mets have fared so far:

Mexican League

Aguilas de Mexicali

Xorge Carrillo C – 18 games, 54 at-bats, .204/.306/.278, four runs, four doubles, three RBI, six walks, ten strikeouts

Naranjeros de Hermosillo

Paul Sewald RHP – Eight games, 9.0 innings, 0-1, five saves, 1.00 ERA, six hits, seven strikeouts, zero walks

Tomateros de Culiacan

Jose Carlos Medina LHP – Five games, 7.0 innings, 2.57 ERA, five hits, seven stikeouts, five walks

Puerto Rican League

Criollos de Caguas

Phillip Evans INF – Three games, 11 at-bats, .273/.385/.364, run, two doubles, two RBI, two walks, three strikeouts

Gigantes de Carolina

Chase Bradford RHP – One game, 1.0 inning, 9.00 ERA, two hits, two strikeouts, zero walks

Nabil Crismatt RHP – One game, 2.2 innings, 7.71 ERA, three hits, three strikeouts, two walks

Venezuelan League 

Navegantes del Magallanes

Darwin Ramos RHP – Seven games, 5.0 innings, 1-0, 12.60 ERA, seven hits, six strikeouts, three walks

Bravos de Margarita

Adrian Almeida LHP – Four games, 1.0 inning, 36.00 ERA, two hits, two walks, three strikeouts

Dominican League

Leones del Escogido

Luis Mateo RHP – One game, 0.2 inning, 13.50 ERA, three hits, zero walks, zero strikeouts

Tigres del Licey

Jenrry Mejia RHP – Two games, 1.1 innings, 1-1, 20.25 ERA, one hit, three walks, one strikeout (Yes, he’s still technically Mets property)

With little Mets action to this point I’ve found it interesting to see all the former Mets top prospects playing in the winter leagues. Anderson Hernandez, Mike Jacobs, Lastings Milledge, and Fernando Martinez have all seen time in the various leagues. Heck, even former Met Raul Valdes threw five scoreless innings on Tuesday night.

Things could get more interesting as a source told me that Jose Reyes is in talks to play for the Aguilas Cibaenas possibly in December. He would join Lagares on the Cibaenas who is training with the team already and supposed to make his debut in two weeks. Mets outfield prospect John Mora has been on the active roster for the Cibaenas in four games (weekly rosters in DWL) but has yet to play in a game.

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This Day In Mets Infamy With Rusty: May The Farce Be With You Wed, 27 Nov 2013 14:48:06 +0000 star wars

A long long time ago, in a stadium directly across from Citi Field was a place where fans were born and memories were created. That was before the dark times – BEFORE THE MADOFF…

It is funny when you watch one of your all time favorite movies that you can attribute certain quotes to specific areas of your favorite baseball team. Take for example  this little nugget of jubilation:

You see what I told you was true….  from a certain point of view

This quote was uttered by Obi Wan Kenobi when Luke Skywalker confronted him about the true nature of Darth Vader’s identity. We can also attribute this to Sandy Alderson’s assertion that the Mets would spend more that the five million dollars the Mets spent last offseason. With the signing of Chris Young to that $7.25 million dollar contract they did just that. Is it what the fans expected? No, but Alderson was telling the truth – but not the way the fans had hoped.

Then there is this quote by Yoda in The Empire Strikes Back:

Do or do not. There is no try.

This is how the fans feel when the front office says that they intend on improving next years roster. But until the fans see some results, apathy will reign alongside the Dark Lord of the Sith.

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Then there is this :

I find your lack of faith disturbing

This best sums up the disconnect between ownership and the fan base.


Were doomed!!!

When we learned of Matt Harvey‘s need for Tommy John surgery.

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And lastly…..

I’ve got a bad feeling about this.

This best describes my reaction when I – along with many of my fellow Mets fans – reacted when it was revealed the Mets would have a hard cap of $30 million dollars to spend in an offseason where almost every other baseball team has money to burn.

So lets just hope that this upcoming season at Citi Field finds the Mets in the middle of a dog fight of X-Wing proportions instead of it being like the frozen planet Hoth by the middle of August.

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

Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today includes:

Middle reliever from the ’68 season,  Bill Short turns 76 today (1937).

Reserve outfielder from the ’87 season, Randy Milligan is 52 (1961).

Spot starter/middle reliever from 2010, Raul Valdes  is 36 (1977).

Other notables include:

The New York Mets traded pitcher,  Bill Denehy to the Washington Senators for their manager, Gil Hodges on November 27, 1967. This is still one of the best trades the Mets ever made.

The New York Mets traded outfielder, Tommie Agee to the Houston Astros for outfielder Rich Chiles and  pitcher Buddy Harris on November 27, 1972. Agee was already past his prime by the time this trade was made, but Chiles was not a suitable replacement for Agee, and pitcher, Buddy Harris never played a game for the Mets.

The New York Mets traded middle relievers,  Brent Strom and Bob Rauch to the Cleveland Indians for reliever  Phil Hennigan on November 27, 1972.

The Boston Red Sox signed reliever Skip Lockwood of the New York Mets as a free agent on November 27, 1979. Lockwood was one of the best Mets closers you don’t remember.

The New York Mets signed free agent first baseman, Eddie Murray of the Los Angeles Dodgers on November 27, 1991. He still played at a high level in his  2 seasons as a Met, but his anti-social attitude was one of the reasons why the Mets team he played with was dubbed ” The Worst Team Money Could Buy”.

The New York Mets traded middle reliever, Jerry Dipoto to the Colorado Rockies for pitcher, Armando Reynoso on November 27, 1996.

The New York Mets traded  popular first baseman, Rico Brogna to the Philadelphia Phillies for middle relievers, Ricardo Jordan and Toby Borland on November 27, 1996.

Mo Vaughn is such a Star Wars fanatic that he once dressed as the Sarlacc Pit for Halloween !!!!

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This Day In Mets Infamy With Rusty: Hope For The Best, But Expect The Worst Edition Sun, 10 Nov 2013 15:41:10 +0000 fansI have been a Mets fan since my birth 41 years ago, and in that time I have seen more than a handful of highs – and more than my share of lows. I have lived through Frank Taveras and Alex Trevino, Bob Bailor and Bruce Bosclair, Rich Rodriguez and Tony Tarasco, and now Lucas Duda and Ruben Tejada.

This is why whenever somebody looks at me cross-eyed when they find out that I am indeed a Mets fan I summon the old credo:

“I’m a Mets fan – I hope for the best, but I expect the worst”

That being said I am trying to stay positive this hot stove season because I have to think that ownership understands that they are at a crossroads. Because of the Madoff scandal, this team has seen it’s payroll shrink from its $150 million dollar apex to the $90 million dollar level when this season opened on April 1st.

Both Ownership and General Manager Sandy Alderson are on the record saying they have money to burn and they intend on importing better talent than in previous seasons. I hope against hope that they aren’t paying lip service to the fans, and maybe I will be less skeptical when I see the first “big” acquisition – whether a free agent signing or trade – announced. But right now I will try to check my apathy at the door.

The thing that makes me feel a bit skeptical is that the general feeling out there is that the Mets may only be able ( or willing) to spend upwards of $40 million on new talent which would bring the payroll up to around the same $90 million give or take. Teams can win with that kind of payroll, but this team has a serious lack of talent on the big league level with the exception of a handful of players. With this alleged $40 million you definitely wont be able to afford a Ellsbury – or even a Choo, Hell, I wouldn’t be surprised if Marlon Byrd will command – and get a 3-year, $40 million dollar contract coming off the season he just had.

The rumors that are circulating out there and say that the Mets aren’t interested in any of the three available Dodger outfielders makes me just scratch my head. I feel like the Mets have the money and want to buy the Kobe beef, but they may once again settle for the 2 day old chuck roast that has been reduced for a quick sell.

For now, I’m not really jaded – more like confused – and I can only hope that by the time the Mets are set to open Spring Training come February, they will have imported some much needed talent that will be impactful not only in 2014, but for many years to come.

But once again my mind reverts back to that old credo:

I’m a Mets fan – I hope for the best, but expect the worst.

And with that said…..


Mets alumni celebrating birthdays today include:

Outfielder from ’75-’77, Mike Vail is 62 (1951). One has to wonder what might have been if he didn’t shatter his ankle while playing a pickup game of basketball during the  ’75 offseason.

Mets general manager from ’04-’10, Omar Minaya is 55 (1958) Although I am not one of Minaya’s biggest fans I am thankful that he was able to get the Mets back into contention within 2 years of his hiring. It is the simple fact that he sacrificed the future by making some ill advised trades and draft selections that have partially put this team in the situation it is currently in.

Utility infielder from the ’92 season, Junior Noboa is 49 (1964).

One of the biggest goats in Mets history, Kenny Rogers  is 49 (1964).

Outfielder from ’93-’98, Butch Huskey is 42 (1971). Lets face it, Huskey was Lucas Duda before Lucas Duda ever picked up a bat.

Right fielder from the ’06 and ’07 seasons, Shawn Green is 41 (1972). Yes by the time the Mets obtained the “Hebrew Hammer”, Green was on the downside of his career. He still managed to hit a combined .284 with14 homers and 61 ribbies, and he absolutely raked in the ’06 postseason.

Some other notables include:

The New York Mets signed free agent utility outfielder, Carlos Mendoza on November 10, 1992.

The Atlanta Braves signed reserve outfielder,  Esix Snead of the New York Mets as a free agent on November 10, 2004. Snead played parts of 2 seasons with the Mets, compiling a .308 batting average with one homerun, 3 rbis and 4 stolen bases in 18 games.

The Mets granted middle reliever, Shingo Takatsu  free agency on November 10, 2005.

The New York Mets signed free agent middle reliever,  Raul Valdes on November 10, 2006.

The Philadelphia Phillies  signed utility infielder,  Wilson Valdez of the New York Mets as a free agent on November 10, 2009.

When a Queens donut shop owner discovered that his morning supply of fresh-baked donuts had all been robbed and called the police, the two officers that responded looked at each other and said, “Gotta go to Mo’s.” Thirty minutes later the caper was solved as Mo Vaughn was cuffed and taken into custody – covered in powdered sugar. (Guest Mo Vaughn joke by Joe D.)

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Mets To Add Nick Evans, Dillon Gee, Raul Valdes Sun, 05 Sep 2010 12:05:12 +0000       

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, the Mets are expected to add right-hander Dillon Gee, left-hander Raul Valdes and first baseman/outfielder Nick Evans to the active roster on Monday in time for the series opener in Washington against the Nationals.
Gee went 13-8 for the Bisons with a 4.96 ERA and currently leads the International League with 165 strikeouts. He was just named Buffalo’s Comeback Player of the Year.

Evans batted .294 with 17 homers and 55 RBIs in 88 games with Double-A Binghamton, and then hit .314 with six homers and 25 RBIs after a promotion to Triple-A Buffalo.

Valdes was 2-3 with a 4.73 ERA and one save in 31 appearances with the Mets earlier this season.

Note: Gee would have to be added to the 40 man roster meaning the Mets would have to make room for him with a corresponding move.

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We Should Promote Misch And Send Down Valdes Wed, 04 Aug 2010 16:00:02 +0000  About a week and a half ago, I pleaded my case for calling up starting pitcher Pat Misch, inserting him into the rotation, and sliding Hisanori Takahashi back into the bullpen.

Since then, Misch has made two starts and allowed just one run in 15 innings pitched, striking out 15 more batters and walking none.

His record now stands at an impressive 10-4 with a 3.24 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP.

This morning, I couldn’t help but notice something I read in Adam Rubin’s minor league report. He writes:

Left-hander Pat Misch produced his first major league win last Sept. 3 at Colorado, while pairing with Josh Thole in the catcher’s major league debut. Later that month, Misch’s other major league highlight occurred. Misch, who turns 29 in two weeks, shut out the Florida Marlins on Sept. 27 at Miami.

This year, Misch has not appeared with the Mets at the major league level. The southpaw cleared waivers near the end of spring training and was assigned to Triple-A Buffalo.

Misch was claimed off waivers from the Mets on June 5, 2009 from the San Francisco Giants.

If he is not called up by season’s end or added to the 40-man roster, he will become a minor league free agent.

I’m sure the Mets higher-ups are aware of the situation, but these days, you can never really tell. It would be a shame if the Mets were to lose Misch without ever giving him a real opportunity to succeed in the majors.

I understand that keeping Oliver Perez on the roster, means less flexibility to promote another pitcher from the minors, but I feel that in this particular instance, Misch can make the callup worth our while.

Based on the current makeup of the bullpen, I think the odd man out would be Raul Valdes. The southpaw has had his moments while with the Mets, but lets face it, a 4.85 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP is hardly worth arguing for. Plus, with Takahashi going back to the pen, there’s no real need for a third lefthanded reliever.

And of course, you could always call Valdes back up when rosters expand on September 1st.

Takahashi has been very sporadic since joining the rotation. He’s been very good in half of his starts, and very bad in the other half. We already know how effective  he’s been working in relief, and we can certainly use the boost he would provide in our pen right now.

Even if Misch is effective in just half of his stars like Takahashi, it’s still an upgrade for the team. But I have a hunch that Misch could perform even better and be more consistent.

The way I see it, it’s a no-brainer.

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Valdes Annihilated, Mets Lose 9-6 Sat, 31 Jul 2010 04:16:36 +0000

In a game where David Wright hit two home runs and the Mets offense put up some run support, Raul Valdes was pitching volleyballs and the Diamondbacks tee’d off, winning the opening game of the series 9-6.

Game Notes

Mike Pelfrey was hit early on in the game, and hit hard. Mike’s final line of five runs allowed, four earned on eight hits with two walks and four strikeouts in five and two-third innings doesn’t look too bad – but Mike easily could’ve been out of the game by the third inning if a few hits would’ve gone in different directions. Big Pelf is getting annihilated in the first inning of games, and hopefully he can establish himself in the first inning, otherwise the Mets will be looking at a tired bullpen in Pelfrey starts. In an awkward move, after 118 pitches, Jerry Manuel pulled Pelf with 2 outs in the sixth.

Playing the situation card, Raul Valdes was brought into the game to face the left-handed Kelly Johnson who promptly deposited a ball into left-center. Valdes would allow two more singles, and then another left-handed hitter, Miguel Montero tagged a shot off of the Pepsi porch. When all was said and done, Valdes allowed four runs to score on four hits without recording an out, and allowing an inherited runner to score. Realistically, Pelfrey couldn’t have done much worse considering the next batter he would’ve faced hit a home run. Manny Acosta, Elmer Dessens and Pedro Feliciano combined for the final three and one-third innings, striking out six.

The Mets offense today was known as David Wright. David went 3-4 with 2 HR, 5 RBI, 2 R and a K. David was just locked in at the plate, and hopefully this offensive outburst lasts. Angel Pagan would account for the other RBI, knocking in Jose Reyes.

Jeff Francoeur, 0-4 with 2 K’s. I can’t say that I am surprised, but why isn’t Chris Carter starting against righties? Outside of his three run home run, Frenchy has been a Barajas-esque black hole of futility.

Jose Reyes went 3-5 with 2 runs. Always good to see Jose operating on all cylinders, but the Jose Reyes error helped to get Pelfrey pulled from the game.

Luis Castillo went 0-4 with a R and a BB. For the year, Luis is hitting .239. Why isn’t Ruben Tejada up here again?

Turning Point

Jose Reyes’ error in the sixth inning could’ve helped the inning to end and the Mets to exit the inning in the lead, but at least the error would’ve left it with two outs.

Game Ball

David Wright, 3-4 with 2 HR and 5 RBI. Good performance

On Deck

The Mets will look to rebound and break the four game losing streak to the Diamondbacks, sending out Hisanori Takahashi to face up against Barry Enright. Game time is 7:10 PM

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French Revolution, Mets Win 8-2 Wed, 28 Jul 2010 11:06:38 +0000

How good it feels to be home. Jonathon Niese went to the mound today and pitched six solid innings, getting out of trouble consistently and received plenty of run support as the Mets beat the Cardinals 8-2

Game Notes

Jonathon Niese went to the mound today and provided the Mets with some quality pitching to kick-off their trip home. Niese went gave up one run in six innings on seven hits with two walks and one strikeout. Despite him not striking out many batters, Niese was generating groundballs at nearly a 2.5 to 1 ratio. This was the case of his cutter eating up right-handed hitters and keeping the ball in play. Niese is solidifying his role in this rotation as a solid #3, and with that in tow the Mets may not have to make a major deadline deal for a frontline starter, and by just getting a mid-rotation guy they can have the pitching that they need.

The bullpen came out to preserve a large lead, and Manny Acosta did his best to do that. Manny Acosta pitched one inning, allowing one run on three hits. Raul Valdes would relieve Acosta and allow a baserunner to score, but even that was on a bases-loaded double play that scored the lead runner. Raul Valdes went one perfect inning. Since being called back up, Raul Valdes has allowed two runs in 12 1/3 innings, striking out eleven. Francisco Rodriguez came out for some routine work and pitched a clean ninth inning, striking out two

The bullpen has been good for the most part but lately has been taxed by a few extra inning games. It’d be nice to see the starters go eight innings or even the distance

The Mets offense struck while the iron was hot, scoring the first run of the game on an Ike Davis groundout that plated David Wright. With Jason Bay sitting out the game with a mild concussion after his phenomenal catch in the Dodgers series, Jeff Francoeur got the start in right with Angel Pagan playing LF and Frenchy made his presence felt, drilling a three-run home run in the fourth inning to put the Mets ahead for good. The Mets would plate two more runs in the 5th, on a David Wright sac-fly that scored Luis Castillo and then some aggressive base-running by Angel Pagan, stealing second allowed him to score on a Carlos Beltran seeing-eye single. The Mets would put the lead into another galaxy on a Jose Reyes blast into the Pepsi Porch in right field, making the score 8-1.

The Mets as a team drew 5 walks – with David Wright going 0-1 with 2 BB, 1 K and a sac-fly.

Carlos Beltran went 2-3 with an RBI, R and BB. Carlos looks like he may be getting more comfortable at the plate, and lets hope that rubs off into the field

Ike Davis went 1-4 with an RBI, R and 2 K’s. Even when Ike puts together good games, he racks up the strikeouts. Ike has NINETY strikeouts in 325 AB’s. Thats nearly a 27% strikeout rate.

Mike Hessman made his first appearance as a Met, and fouled out to third base in a pinch-hitting role.

Turning Point

The Jeff Francoeur blast invigorated a recently-stagnant Mets offense and lead to the explosion.

Game Ball

Jonathon Niese, for navigating around trouble the whole game and assisting in holding the reigning MVP Albert Pujols to an 0-5 line. Kudos also goes to Frenchy for hitting his first HR in exactly a month.

On Deck

The Mets look to keep the winning ways going, sending Johan Santana to the mound and he will face off against rookie of the year candidate Jaime Garcia. This is a rematch of the two starters who began the 20 inning epic on April 21st.

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MetsMerized Player Of The Week! (Week 15) Tue, 27 Jul 2010 13:20:03 +0000 Alright, 2-9 is definitely not the way the Mets wanted to finish that road trip and it was a tough watch for any Mets fan. I know times are getting hard and people are calling for blood to flow like the mighty river Nile. A friend of mine claimed that Carlos Beltran brought a curse with his return. However, I claim that it is the Castillo curse! We haven’t made the playoffs since his arrival! (Nobody take that statement seriously.)

My choice for MetsMerized Player Of The Week is…Angel Pagan!

Our resident Angel in the outfield, Mr. Pagan is the man. Filling in a great 4th OF and posting nice numbers overall as a starter, Angel Pagan has developed into quite a decent player. He’s no All-Star but he is a serviceable MLB ready starter. I don’t think he’s untouchable in a trade like some fans do, but I do like what he has brought the team this year.

On this rough week for the Mets offensively, Pagan was one bright spot. He managed a .296 AVG ( 8-27 ; 1 2B, 2 HR) and posted a .296/.345/.556 line overall. He scored 3 runs and drove in 3 of his own. His 15 TB and 2 SB lead the Mets on the week.

There’s no place like home for Angel Pagan, who returned to NY in a trade from the Cubs and has found success here. We can only hope that he continues to mature into a better player as time goes along to complement the play of Jason Bay and Carlos Beltran. Congratulations to Angel Pagan!

Who’s Hot And Who’s Not

Johan Santana : 1 GS, QS, (ONLY) W : 7.0 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K

Raul Valdes: 8.2 IP, 4 H, 3 BB, 8 K, 0.00 ERA

Jose Reyes: .313/.333/.375 (10-32 ; 2 2B), 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 SB

Carlos Beltran : .083/.215/.083 (2-24), RBI, 5 BB.

Past Award Winners:

One Hit Wonders: Jeff Francoeur, Mike Pelfrey, Jose Reyes, Johan Santana, David Wright.

So Nice He Did It Twice : Ike Davis, Angel Pagan.

Third Time’s The Charm: Jose Reyes.

Of Note 7/19-7/26

Rough week for the Mets where Johan Santana provided the only win. Mike Pelfrey and Fernando Nieve had ERAs above 11.

5 HRs and 13 RBI on the week for the Mets.

Make sure to send in your questions and comments to for this week’s mailbag! The first one should be good.

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Despite Ike’s Two Homers Mets Fall To Giants 8-4 Sun, 18 Jul 2010 07:44:01 +0000 Mets fall short of a comeback as they lose their third straight game to the Giants, 8-4. Hisanori Takahashi had a poor start for the Mets, while Ike Davis hit two long home runs, however, the Mets came up short in a ninth inning rally. With the loss, the Mets fall behind the Phillies in the NL East race to third place.

Game Summary

Hisanori Takahashi probably needs to be back in the bullpen where he has shown that he is a reliable seventh and even eighth inning man. Since his start against the Yankees, he hasn’t shown that he can keep the Mets in the game. He gave up six runs on seven hits including two home runs in just 2.2 innings pitched. He walked one and struck out two batters. Takahashi is a bullpen guy and the Mets need a replacement starting pitcher. Possibly a trade, possibly bringing up Pat Misch, maybe bringing up Oliver Perez?! It’s a possibility.

Fernando Nieve came in to aid the ailing Takahashi and pitched 1.1 scoreless innings, and stuck out two. Haven’t seen Nieve pitch much lately, maybe Manuel is giving him all of the rest he didn’t get in April.

Raul Valdes pitched 2.1 innings in relief. Less emphasis on the relief, however. He gave up two runs on three hits, walked one and struck out three. Francisco Rodriguez pitched his first game in three days. “He needs the work.” He pitched a 1-2-3 eighth inning, striking out two batters.

Carlos Beltran and Ike Davis provided most of the offense in the game. Beltran went 2-4 with his first triple and a run scored. Ike Davis also had a two hit night, belting a pair of long homeruns. He picked up three RBIs and scored two runs. When he hits homeruns, he really hits ‘em. The first one went into McCovey Cove, while the second one went to straight center. This is Ike’s second two homer game of the season. His first time was also against the Giants.

David Wright, Josh Thole, and Chris Carter each had a hit. Wright went 1-3 with an RBI, while Thole and Carter both had pinch hit singles.

Ruben Tejada continues to be a target for pitchers as he got plunked in the shoulders during the ninth inning. That is his sixth hit-by-pitch this season.

Interesting note: At one point Matt Cain was standing on third. I wonder if Wright and Cain had a conversation about Cain plunking him in the head last year that sent him to the hospital.

Turning Point

The Buster Posey solo home run in the third inning was the big blow that pushed the Giants too far for the Mets to comeback.

Game Ball

Ike Davis hit two huge homeruns and knocked in three of the Mets runs tonight.

Up Next

Johan Santana looks to avoid the sweep as he will be going up against Jonathon Sanchez. Both pitchers are looking for their eighth win of the season. Should be a good lefty vs. lefty match up. Game time is 4:05 PM.

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Mets DL Fernando Tatis, Recall Raul Valdes Mon, 05 Jul 2010 21:37:17 +0000

Anthony McCarron of the Daily News is reporting that the Mets recalled left handed reliever Raul Valdes from Triple-A Buffalo and that he will be available for tonight’s game.

Valdes was 0-1 with a 3.68 ERA in 29.1 innings pitched this season.

To make room for Valdes, Fernando Tatis was placed on the 15-day DL with a sprained right shoulder. The Mets said Tatis will undergo further testing at the Hospital for Special Surgery tomorrow.

Jerry Manuel said that Alex Cora would be the backup 1B and C Henry Blanco could play 1B or 3B in an emergency.

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Jerry Manuel – The Destroyer of Arms Sun, 04 Jul 2010 23:34:00 +0000

Brian Stokes. Fernando Nieve. Raul Valdes. Sean Green.

No, I am not listing the all “keep those guys off my team” list – this is a listing of the guys Jerry Manuel has ridden like a 1981 Chevy Astrovan across the border. Jerry Manuel is to the concept of MLB bullpens and how to keep them productive for long periods of time as Dusty Baker is to the concept of pitch counts and not annihilating starting pitchers under the age of 26.

Disregarding the 2009 anomaly of an injury season, misused relievers as starters and letting guys pitch for the Mets who should have been at Triple A, we will view the usage of the bullpen in the 2010 season and what it may mean for the bullpen at the end of the season.

Just for arguments sake, omit the 70 innings that Hisanori Takahashi has pitched. I will also discount any of the innings and appearances accrued today, Sunday, July 4th 2010 in which Bobby Parnell, Elmer Dessens, Ryota Igarashi, Pedro Feliciano and K-Rod all decided to contribute to Jerry’s weekly bullpen exploitation.

Fernando Nieve, or as he was known in April and May as Jerry’s everyday guy, has already pitched 33 and two third innings, only eight and two thirds which have come in the entire month of June. He has looked horrible since about the middle of May and its pretty evident what the overuse has done to him and his value. If it weren’t for the fact the Mets fear losing Nieve if they demote him to Triple A, he would probably be in Triple A anchoring the bullpen with Manny Acosta. But of course, that is not and will not be the case anytime soon.

Raul Valdes racked up thirty innings, and hasn’t pitched since June 18th. He was demoted for ineffectiveness, but was used for more then two innings eight times over his twenty games.

Pedro Feliciano, now moonlighting as an eighth inning reliever, has accounted for 33 innings of work, and went through a period in early June where he was ineffective.

Jenrry Mejia, starter of the future for the Mets, pitching in no-leverage to low-leverage situations, racked up 27 uneventful innings, possibly stunting his growth.

……Not to digress, but just between these four relievers, two of which who aren’t with the Mets anymore, have racked up 103 innings of work. The season, as of today just reached its halfway point and Nieve is already floundering, and Feliciano, the best lefty in the bullpen is already halfway to his workload last season, and on pace for 92 appearances.

Frankie Rodriguez has already amassed 41 innings, and thats only with 19 saves to show for it. K-Rod’s always on the verge of a blown save, and really letting him get up into the 70-80 inning range is a scary thought

Which brings me to the next contestant on the Tommy John gameshow…Bobby Parnell. Since June 22nd, Parnell has made 8 appearances, spanning 8.2 innings, but showing good control.

Overall, I feel Jerry Manuel has been mismanaging his bullpen the entirety of this season, and not letting his starters run out there and give him some quality innings. In the end, when the Mets are in contention, either for an NL East banner or a Wild Card birth, the bullpen that is the freshest and can shut the games down will almost always win the game. By September, this bullpen is gonna look and smell like 2008..and Mets fans know, that 2008 stunk.

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Another Crushing Defeat, Another Epic Fail, Another Stunning Loss Thu, 03 Jun 2010 03:18:00 +0000

How much more of this can we take?

Once again, Mets fans had to endure another agonizing, gut wrenching, heartbreaking loss. How can these types of losses continue to plague this team time and time again?

The Mets have made losing in stunning fashion an art form…

This one hurts so much on so many levels. Only five games ago, we watched in shock as the Mets wasted an absolute gem by Johan Santana, losing 2-0 to the Milwaukee Brewers. But the warrior that Santana is, went out there tonight and despite not having his best stuff, he pitches another seven scoreless innings, and hands a slim 1-0 lead to the bullpen who go on to blow the lead, the game, the series, the whole damned thing. Unbelievable!

Frankie Rodriguez blows the save in the ninth, Raul Valdes blows the game in the tenth by loading the bases and serving up a meatball to the dangerous Adrian Gonzalez who blasted it for a grand slam.

That’s the sixth grand slam allowed by Mets pitchers this season…

That’s the sixth walk-off loss for the Mets this season too…

It’s humiliating to lose like this…

Our offense goes limp whenever our ace takes the mound. They are absolutely impotent and rendered useless no matter who the opposing pitcher is, they just suck.

Frankie Rodriguez is no sure thing, and has now shown himself to be as wildly inconsistent and unreliable as Armando Benitez once was.

The bullpen is in shambles… It is burned out, useless, and everybody is sucking wind… all of them.

Of course we have to shake it off and move on, but it’s becoming such a familiar sight… It’s becoming too painful…

Does anybody have any confidence when the starting pitcher is pulled and the bullpen takes over?

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Fernando Nieve Will Get The Start On Saturday Thu, 27 May 2010 11:02:38 +0000 Last night, after the Mets shutout the Phillies 5-0, Jerry Manuel told reporters during his post game that Fernando Nieve will get the start on Saturday against the Brewers.

According to Manuel, Nieve earned the nod and said that he deserves his shot because of how well he has performed this season and also because he performed well as a starter last season.

Raul Valdes was the other possibility, but in my opinion, Manuel is making the right choice, and Valdes should stay in the pen where he can be more useful.

There was talk of promoting someone from the minors, like a Dillon Gee or Tobi Stoner, but that would have made little sense when it was only going to be for one start anyway.

Jon Niese is expected to be activated on June 1st when he is eligible, and should be ready to join the rotation to make his next start after that.

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Dickey Impressive As Mets Rout The Phillies 8-0 Wed, 26 May 2010 03:31:24 +0000 In a stellar outing from R.A. Dickey, the Mets offense, especially Jose Reyes came alive and defeated the Phillies 8-0.

Game Notes

R.A. Dickey went out for his second appearance as a Met, and was dominant through 6 innings, giving up no runs on 7 hits with 3 walks to go with 7 strikeouts. The hits were scattered, mostly in the 2nd where Dickey loaded the bases and then got out of it, and in the 6th when he struck out pinch hitter Gregg Dobbs to get out of the 6th inning. Dickey was beyond effective, and threw 103 pitches. If the game wasn’t already 5-0, Dickey may have been able to go another inning or two just based on effectiveness. Raul Valdes came out to get the 3 inning save, striking out four, walking two, giving up two hits and hitting an RBI double in the 8th inning.

This may have been one of the best overall pitching performances the Mets have had combined all season, striking out 11 Phillies and only giving up 9 hits with 5 walks overall. The Phillies only managed one extra base hit, and it was in the 7th inning. Great outings all around.

The bats, and for one of the first times this season the legs came alive. The Mets as a team, stole 3 bases including 2 by the resurgent Jose Reyes and one by the scorching hot Jason Bay. The Mets peppered the ball around, scoring in the 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, 6th and 8th innings. Jeff Francoeur had a major day today. Frenchy went 2 for 3 with a run, 2 RBI and a Sac Fly. Frenchy has proven he will play the team game and go for the sacrifice fly. Jason Bay went

Jose Reyes went 3-5 with a bunt single and 2 stolen bases, including a key steal of 3rd base in the 1st inning that allowed him to score off of a Jason Bay groundout

The only position player to go hitless was Ike Davis, and he was 0-3 with a walk. Not one Mets batter struck out today.

Ex-Met Nelson Figueroa proved his loyalty to the Mets, getting hit hard for 3 runs on 4 hits in one inning of work.

Turning Point

When R.A. Dickey got himself into a no out, bases-loaded jam in the 2nd inning and worked around it by coaxing a ground ball double play that he initiated and getting Phillies starter Jamie Moyer swinging for the 3rd out.

Game Ball

The game ball goes to R.A. Dickey, for his spectacular outing. Words really cannot express how crucial it was to give the majority of the bullpen the day off and to defeat the Phillies.

Up Next

The Mets will send out Hisanori Takahashi who will look to keep this 3 game winning streak going again Joe Blanton of the Phillies. Game time is 7:10 PM

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John Maine Episode Is Just Another Amazin’ Mess Fri, 21 May 2010 11:21:00 +0000

The Mets ended a lousy 2-6 road trip with a 10-7 win over the Nationals yesterday. That’s the good news, but leave it to the Mets to upstage a solid pitching effort by a Raul Valdes and a ten run offensive outburst by conjuring up yet another public relations nightmare.

After the drama that unfolded when Jerry Manuel removed John Maine after throwing just five pitches in the first inning, who knew that the best worst was yet to come after the game during the post game interviews?

Here’s a quick recap of what went down during yesterday’s game.

In the bottom of the first, John Maine threw just five pitches and walked Nyjer Morgan in the process. As Nyjer trotted to first, Maine leaned forward and grabbed his legs which prompted the trainer, Dan Warthen, Jerry Manuel and the rest of the infield to quickly visit Maine on the mound to see what was wrong. After exchanging a few words with Warthen, Manuel signaled for Raul Valdes before abruptly leaving the field, with a stunned Maine following behind him.

Although they did not speak on the mound, Maine confronted Manuel and the two got into a heated and animated exchange in the dugout. A visibly upset Maine would eventually leave for the clubhouse, while Manuel, still clearly angered, just stared out toward the mound.

Both Maine and Manuel had a nine inning cooling off period and by the time the game ended you would have presumed that it was all water under the bridge after an impressive Mets win, but things would get much worse and start to unravel.

During the presser, Jerry Manuel was asked why he removed Maine and he said he removed Maine for precautionary reasons and that he did not like something he saw when Maine walked Morgan on five pitches. He revealed that Maine had a very poor bullpen before the game and he was nearly scratched, but Maine insisted he was fine. Maine’s velocity was at 82 mph and his mechanics were off.

“He wanted to pitch,” Manuel said. “We got in a heated exchange about that and I tried to tell him I was trying to protect his best interests. I applaud the fact that he wanted to compete, but I think he would have hurt himself trying to pitch at that velocity.”

I don’t blame Manuel one bit for removing Maine. Maine looked like he was lost before he even threw his first pitch, and after he walked the first batter, which was almost inevitable, his body language did not exude any confidence that he could continue on and give his team a chance to win the game. If he had remained in the game and let up 4-5 runs, I would have criticized Manuel for not removing Maine when he did.

When reporters caught up to John Maine in the locker room, he added more fuel to the growing controversy.

“I didn’t get a chance (to make a case to remain in the game). I think that’s what I’m most upset about. They said they saw something so they were taking me out. I’m a little hurt by that. Why don’t you ask me how I feel? Whatever.”

“When you throw your first pitch and you…see a guy warming up in the bullpen, it’s a lose-lose situation.”  I don’t have enough clout. I don’t have enough star power to say anything…I would like an explanation. Me throwing 85 miles an hour, I don’t think is a good explanation for me to be taken out of the game. I’m sure he doesn’t have confidence in me. Whatever.”

Maine should just shut up and stop his constant whining in my opinion. If you ask me, the Mets have shown Maine plenty of patience over the last two seasons and all they get in return for it is excuses and more whining after every outing.

If Maine expects everyone to have confidence in him, he can help matters by showing some confidence in himself first. On any other team, he wouldn’t even crack the rotation with his team worst 6.13 ERA.

He always looks like a sad sack before and after the game. He never says anything to motivate his teammates, and his performances of late are hardly inspiring.

For once I’d like to see him smile from ear to ear and say he felt great out there after a game… Something Maine… Gimme something…

Maine was also shocked to learn that the Mets have scheduled a doctor’s visit for him on Friday.

“I don’t need to go to a doctor,” he said. “I have felt pain for two years, but I don’t care about that. I wanted to pitch, the bottom line… I feel something all the time. We’re pitchers…I’m telling them everything that is going on. They know everything that is going on with me.”

Probably the most shocking comments of the night came from pitching coach Dan Warthen who said this regarding Maine’s insistence that he was fine.

“John is a habitual liar in a lot of ways, as far as his own health. He is a competitor and a warrior, and he wants to go out and pitch, but we have to be smart enough to see that he isn’t right, that the ball isn’t coming out of his hand correctly.”

A habitual liar? Really? Who does Warthen think he is?

Everytime I hear something about Dan Warthen, it always seems to be involving comments he made about another player. He once said some comments in spring training that Johan Santana took offense to, and last year he referred to Oliver Perez as being fat and lazy. This past offseason he blamed last years pitching woes on Omir Santos and Brian Schneider.

Here’s a question for our less than brilliant and super critical pitching coach…

If Omir and Schneider were responsible for all those walks last season, why do the Mets lead the world in walks again this year?

Maybe the biggest problem with the pitching is Dan Warthen… Is there one Mets pitcher who hasn’t regressed under his watch?

This entire episode has got me so ticked off. 

We have a huge homestand beginning tonight that can ultimately decide our fate for the rest of the season. Instead of focusing all of their attention on the Yankees and Phillies series, now the team will have this ridiculous distraction circulating throughout the clubhouse by a media that isn’t about to let this fade away. Heck, the Mets’ own network, SNY, will be leading the charge and I guarantee it will be the big topic of discussion on Wheelhouse, Loudmouths, Daily News Live and the pre game show.

I don’t know of any other MLB team that spends so much of their time embroiled in these stupid embarrassing episodes between owners, management, coaches or players. I’m kind of sick of it. Just play ball damn it…

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Mets Overcome Maine Distraction To Top Nationals 10-7 Fri, 21 May 2010 03:41:19 +0000

Things looked bleak when John Maine was removed after throwing five pitches and walking the leadoff batter, but reliever Raul Valdes stepped up and gave the Mets five solid innings of relief, while the Mets bats exploded for ten runs topped by a two run homer from catcher Rod Barajas, his tenth of the season. The Mets beat the Nationals 10-7.

Game Notes

John Maine started, and I gotta tell you, I’m growing tired of his act… I’m just sick and tired of his constantly confused demeanor and the clueless sound bytes after each one of his starts. He is always whining and crowing about something and I can’t even remember the last time he truly pitched a great game. Tonight, both his mechanics and his velocity were very poor, so he called for the trainer like a kid who just soiled his pants. Jerry Manuel didn’t even say a word before he yanked Maine out of the game. Later in the dugout, Maine started squawking, but J-Man roared back at Maine who meekly retreated down the dugout steps and into the clubhouse. Good riddance.

Raul Valdes was summoned to replace Maine and pitched a heck of a game given the extraordinary circumstances. Valdes (2-1) pitched five innings, allowing three runs and seven hits. He struck out six and walked one. had an interesting note, all of Valdes’ decisions have come against Washington, and his stint Thursday was the longest outing by a Mets reliever since Darren Oliver threw five innings against the Marlins on July 7, 2006. Valdes stepped up and delivered in the clutch which is more than I can say for John Maine.

Ahhh the bullpen… Manny Acosta followed with an inning in which he walked two and let up a hit. Jenrry Mejia was next and once again, he didn’t fare well going 1.2 innings and allowing three runs on two hits and two walks. His 3.79 ERA keeps rising and for his third straight appearance he registered no strikeouts.

Pedro Feliciano didn’t have it either, in fact nobody did tonight. Feliciano allowed two baserunners in a third of an inning pitched and the Nats actually got the tying run up to the plate in what was once a 10-3 game, but 10-7 would be as close as they got with their final run of the night coming in the ninth inning against Frankie Rodriguez. It looks like everyone in the bullpen is pumped up for the big Yankees series which begins tomorrow… Yeah right… These guys are worn out!

The Mets had their hitting shoes on tonight as the combined for 15 hits and 10 runs. David Wright was back in action and struck the first blow with a 3-run double in the first inning. He would later drive in another run on a sac fly to cap off a 1-4, 4 RBI day.

Jason Bay and Ike Davis batted third and fourth and both collected three hits each and scored six of the Mets runs. The mighty Rod Barajas picked up two more hits including his tenth home run of the season. He has been the Mets go-to guy on offense, but continues to bat either seventh or eighth in the lineup. Hmm…

So the Mets split their two game series with the Nationals, and end the road trip with a 2-6 record. Hopefully, the offense came out of their slumber for good tonight and that it will carry over into homestand where they will face two tough opponents in the Yankees and Phillies.

Game Ball

I gotta give the game ball to Raul Valdes for taking one for the team and pitching five solid innings.

Up Next

The Mets will send Hisanori Takahashi to the mound tomorrow and the Yankees will counter with Javier Vasquez  in the first game of the Subway Series. Game Time is 7:10 PM. I hope Takahashi has about seven innings in him… Lets Go Mets!

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Mike Jacobs Designated, Tobi Stoner Called Up, Ike Davis On Tap? Sun, 18 Apr 2010 16:18:58 +0000 According to Adam Rubin of ESPN NY, the Mets will try to freshen up a tired and weary bullpen by calling up pitcher Tobi Stoner, who is expected to be promoted from Triple-A Buffalo in time for tonight’s game against the Cardinals which will be broadcast nationally on ESPN.

Stoner (0-1, 4.32 ERA) had last pitched Tuesday for the Bisons, so he would be fully rested in case John Maine needs an early bailout.

The 25-year-old right-hander had allowed four earned runs, nine hits, three walks and had struck out five in 8 1/3 innings over two starts for Buffalo. 

He appeared in four games for the Mets in September, compiling a 4.00 ERA in nine innings. 

To make room for Tobi Stoner, the Mets have designated first baseman Mike Jacobs for assignment. So in a span of 11 games, Jacobs has gone from the Mets Opening Day cleanup hitter to baseball oblivion.

Jacobs had been a huge drag on the offense and never really seemed to fit in. He batted .208 in 28 at-bats with seven strikeouts. Defensively he showed terrible range and poor instincts.

Newsday’s David Lennon reported via Twitter, that Jacobs has an option left, and that he can be sent to Triple-A. Jacobs says he doesn’t want to go down to sit on the bench, however Lennon suggests, “if the Mets want Jacobs to stay, they should call up Davis”.

So to summarize, hopefully these moves signal a few things,

1. Jeff Francoeur will move up in the lineup.

2. Daniel Murphy is close to a return.

3. Ike Davis may be one step closer to the Major Leagues. Davis, 23, is off to a hot start in the minors, hitting .357/.514/.679 through his first nine games.

One thing is certain though, losing Jacobs is a perfect example of addition by subtraction.

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Blue Jays Claim Mets Prospect Shawn Bowman Off Waivers Wed, 14 Apr 2010 20:05:56 +0000 According to Adam Rubin of ESPN NewYork, third base prospect Shawn Bowman, who had been designated for assignment, has been claimed off waivers by the Toronto Blue Jays.

Bowman had a solid season after coming back from injuries last season, batting .294 with nine homers and 44 RBI in 347 at-bats with Double-A Binghamton.

Bowman, 25, was originally drafted by the Mets in the 12th round in 2002 out of British Columbia.

Rubin also notes that, RHP Clint Everts, who had also been removed from the 40-man roster when Raul Valdes was promoted, cleared waivers and will return to Binghamton.

Ironically, Bowman probably was a better overall hitter than Mike Jacobs, the player that replaced him on the 40 man roster.

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Sean Green To DL, Raul Valdes Could Get Call Sun, 11 Apr 2010 03:30:34 +0000 According to Adam Rubin of ESPN NY, the Mets are planning to make a couple of moves in time for Sundays finale against the Nationals.

Left-hander Raul Valdes, a Cuban defector who impressed manager Jerry Manuel during spring training, is believed to be headed to Citi Field for the series finale against the Washington Nationals, sources told ESPNNewYork.

The corresponding move is expected to be placing right-hander Sean Green on the disabled list. According to a team source, Green has been dealing with a small tear in the rib-cage area. Green allowed a solo homer to Florida’s Dan Uggla on Wednesday in his lone regular-season appearance.

I actually felt that Valdes was going to make the team out of spring training at the time and was surprised when the Mets opted to go with Green instead. Valdes had a 2.06 ERA in six appearances, allowing one run and three hits while striking out four in 4 1/3 innings. He is on loan from Tabasco in the Mexican League.

Valdes was 0-1, with a 3.68 ERA in 20 games with Double-A Binghamton that season.

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