Mets Merized Online » Sean Green Sun, 01 Feb 2015 01:16:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 This Day In Mets Infamy With Rusty: The Possible Granderson Calls Edition Wed, 11 Dec 2013 17:28:21 +0000 granderson

Yes I know Opening Day is about three months away yet I found myself daydreaming during the Curtis Granderson introductory press conference yesterday. Who/what could I be daydreaming about you may ask?

Was it Jennifer Love Hewitt ? No.

Was it Jessica Alba in a string bikini ? Nope .

Could it be about the ’71 Dodge Demon 340 that I lusted over since I was 13 ? Nuh-uh.

Then what could it be that I was fantasizing about while our newest outfielder was talking about all the good things he heard about the Mets faithful (a mixture of good old-fashioned playing to the fan base with a pinch of brown-nosing thrown in for good measure). Try possible enthusiastic calls by either Howie Rose or Gary Cohen when The “Grandy Man” hits a game changing or game winning homerun or makes a stellar catch in the outfield.

So here are the Top 5 calls for Curtis Granderson when does something amazin for the Mets.


2. “IT’S A GRANDER- SON!!!!!”




But then after I stopped fantasizing I realized that our broadcasters are not named John Sterling and realized that this exercise was a moot point…

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

Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today includes:

Utility infielder from the ’03 season, Jay Bell is 49 (1965).

Mets outfielder from the ’00 season, Derek Bell is 45 (1968).

Other transactions of note includes:

The New York Mets traded utility infielder,  Felix Mantilla to the Boston Red Sox for pitcher, Tracy Stallard, third baseman, Pumpsie Green and utility infielder, Al Moran on December 11, 1962.

The New York Mets traded utility infielder, Ted Martinez to the St. Louis Cardinals for outfielder,  Mike Vail and utility infielder, Jack Heidemann on December 11, 1974.

The New York Mets released pitcher,  Bob Apodaca on December 11, 1979.

The New York Mets traded gold glove second baseman, Doug Flynn and middle reliever,  Danny Boitano to the Texas Rangers for pitcher,  Jim Kern on December 11, 1981.

The New York Mets traded shortstop, Frank Taveras to the Montreal Expos for pitching prospect,  Steve Ratzer on December 11, 1981.

The New York Mets traded outfielders, Kevin Mitchell, Stan Jefferson and former first round draft pick, Shawn Abner to the San Diego Padres for outfielder,Kevin McReynolds, pitcher, Gene Walter and minor league infielder,  Adam Ging on December 11, 1986.

The New York Mets traded shortstop,  Rafael Santana and minor league pitcher, Victor Garcia to the New York Yankees for reserve outfielders, Phil Lombardi, Darren Reed and minor league pitcher,  Steve Frey on December 11, 1987.

The New York Mets traded utility infielder,  Jeff Gardner to the San Diego Padres for pitcher,  Steve Rosenberg on December 11, 1991.Rosenberg never appeared is a game for as a Met.

The New York Mets signed 2 free agent pitchers, Steve Trachsel of the Toronto Blue Jays and Kevin Appier of the Oakland Athletics on December 11, 2000. I hated those signings at the time and I still dislike them today because this was when the Mets ownership and front office announced that the were not going to spend the money on a certain shortstop/third baseman who happens to be facing a 200 game suspension for PED use and instead gave us 2 mediocre pitchers.

The New York Mets signed free agent outfielder, Tsuyoshi Shinjo on December 11, 2000.

The New York Mets traded reserve outfielder,  Bubba Trammell to the San Diego Padres for middle reliever, Donne Wall on December 11, 2000.

The New York Mets traded reserve outfielder,  Alex Escobar, middle reliever, Jerrod Riggan, reserve outfielder, Matt Lawton, pitching prospect,Billy Traber and minor league first baseman,  Earl Snyder to the Cleveland Indians for  second baseman, Roberto Alomar, pitcher, Mike Bacsik and Danny Peoples on December 11, 2001. This trade should have been the steal of the century – intead it turned out to be one of the worst Mets trades ever !

The Los Angeles Angels signed spot starter/middle relievers,  Darren Oliver of the New York Mets as a free agent on December 11, 2006. I like most Mets fans wished that the Mets made an attept to re-sign him.

The New York Mets traded starting pitcher,  Aaron Heilman, reserve outfielder, Endy Chavez, and middle relievers Joe Smith, Jason Vargas,along with  minor league first baseman,Mike Carp, pitching prospect, Maikel Cleto and minor league outfielder, Ezequiel Carrera to the Seattle Mariners for relievers, Sean Green, J. J. Putz and reserve outfielders, Jeremy Reed on December 11, 2008.

The Mets drafted middle reliever, Darren O’Day from the Los Angeles Angels  on December 11, 2008.

One year to the day, the Chicago White Sox signed set up man, J. J. Putz of the New York Mets as a free agent on December 11, 2009. Putz should have been part of a completely overhauled bullpen in ’09 but by mid-season he sustained a shoulder injury. Needless to say a firestorm of controversy Putz claimed the Mets tried to steer him away from surgery and pitch through the injury !

The Houston Astros signed middle reliever, Jon Switzer of the New York Mets as a free agent on December 11, 2009.

There were reported sightings of Mo Vaughn in Orlando yesterday- but it turned out to be Shamu at SeaWorld!!!!

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The 2010 Mets: Where Are They Now? Thu, 29 Aug 2013 23:58:53 +0000 jose-reyes-mets-2012

If you are a Mets fan, you know that David Wright is still with team, or that Jose Reyes and Carlos Beltran are in Toronto and St. Louis, respectively. But what happened to guys like Nick Evans or Rod Barajas? We have the answers.

11 Players who made it into a game in 2010 with the Mets, are still employed by the team. That would be the aforementioned David Wright, Ike Davis, Ruben Tejada (Although he is currently with Triple-A Las Vegas, he is still on the Mets payroll), Lucas Duda, Justin Turner, Jon Niese, Pedro Feliciano (Although he made another stop in the Bronx, he is with the Mets once again), Bobby Parnell, Dillon Gee, Johan Santana, and Jenrry Mejia.

10 players are employed by another Major League team. That would be Jose Reyes, Angel Pagan, Beltran, Josh Thole, Henry Blanco, Joaquin Arias, Mike Pelfrey, R.A. Dickey, Francisco Rodriguez, and Oliver Perez.

MLB: SEP 22 Mets v Marlins

As you may know, Jose Reyes was traded from the Miami Marlins to the Toronto Blue Jays this past offseason in a blockbuster deal involving Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle, and now former Met, John Buck. Reyes now puts on his uniform in the same locker room as R.A. Dickey and Josh Thole, who were traded together this past offseason from the Mets for Travis d’Arnaud, Buck, and Noah Syndergaard (don’t forget Wuilmer Beccera!). Angel Pagan was traded to the San Francisco Giants prior to the 2012 season for outfielder Andres Torres and pitcher Ramon Ramirez who have both since played again for the team they were traded from.

Carlos Beltran was traded at the deadline in 2011 to the Giants for Zack Wheeler, but has since made his home in St. Louis playing for the Cardinals, where he has enjoyed a couple of very nice seasons, including an All Star appearance this summer. Henry Blanco, who served as the Mets backup catcher in 2010, beat out Josh Thole for the same position on this year’s Toronto Blue Jays team, but was released and then signed by the Seattle Mariners who made the corresponding move by releasing 2012 Met alumni, Kelly Shoppach. Blanco played in Arizona for the Diamondbacks in 2011 and 2012.

Joaquin Arias, of whom the Mets received for Jeff Francoeur late in the 2010 season, played for the Kansas City Royals in 2011, and was then given a championship ring after serving as Pablo Sandoval‘s ninth inning defensive replacement in 2012 for the San Francisco Giants. He has been a key hitter off the bench for the Giants in 2013. Mike Pelfrey, after failing to play a month in the 2012 season, was signed by the Minnesota Twins, where his 5-10 record and 5.06 ERA is good enough to keep him in the starting rotation.

Francisco Rodriguez was traded to the Brewers in 2011 for Daniel Herrera (yes the 5-6 guy) and a minor leaguer, but was traded to the Baltimore Orioles at the deadline this year, downgrading from a closer to a setup man. Finally, Oliver Perez signed a two-year deal with the Seattle Mariners in 2012 and is proving to be an effective arm out of their bullpen. You would think that Perez’s ERA of 9.72 with Henry Blanco behind the plate would be the highest among catchers who have caught the Mexican native, but no. That award goes to Josh Thole, who provides Ollie with a sparkling 16.20 ERA.

Eight players are in the minor leagues with another organization. They are Mike Nickeas, Mike Hessman, Luis Hernandez, Mike Jacobs, Nick Evans, Hisanori Takahashi, Fernando Nieve, and Pat Misch.

Mike Nickeas, who was in the same deal that sent R.A. Dickey north of the border, is currently with the Blue Jays Triple-A team, the Buffalo Bisons, a team Nickeas has played for many times when they were the Mets affiliate. Nickeas has failed to make the Majors this season, playing 55 games in Buffalo. Mike Hessman, who is seven home runs shy of 400 for his minor league career and one shy of 15 for his Major League career, is currently a member of the Louisville Bats, the Triple-A team of the Cincinnati Reds, where he is teammates with base stealing extraordinaire, Billy Hamilton. Hessman played in Japan in 2011 for the Orix Buffaloes, and was with the Astros Triple A team in 2012.

Luis Hernandez, who played all of 17 games for the Mets, is with the Indians Triple-A team, after playing in the Texas Rangers organization in 2012. Nick Evans is the only 2010 Met alumni playing in Double-A. Evans, who is a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks affiliated Mobile Baybears, was a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates organization in 2012. Mike Jacobs was the placeholder at first base until Ike Davis came up in 2010 but he is now with the Diamondbacks Triple-A team. Jacobs also stopped in Colorado Springs, Toronto, and Mexico. Hisanori Takahashi, who has 12 games started and 21 games finished as a Met, has played in the Majors with the Angels, Pirates, and Cubs. He is now a member of the Colorado Rockies Triple-A team. Fernando Nieve hasn’t played in the Majors since 2010, but he has played with the Astros, Dodgers, Indians, and currently the Athletics, all in Triple-A. Finally, Pat MIsch has seen time with the Phillies and Tigers Triple-A teams.

Five players are not currently with a Major League organization. The names are Jeff Francoeur, Rod Barajas, Jason Bay, John Maine, and Sean Green.

Francoeur was traded to the Rangers for Joaquin Arias in August of 2010. He spent the rest of the year there. Frenchy played in Kansas City during 2011 and 2012, but was released midway through the 2013 season. The Giants picked him up, where he played 22 games. Francouer was designated for assignment of August 20th, and released two days later. Barajas played with the Pirates in 2011 and 2012, before being signed by the Diamondbacks. He ultimately lost the bid to be Miguel Montero‘s backup, as the DBacks went with Wil Nieves instead.

Jason Bay, who was released after the 2012 season much to the delight of Mets fans, was signed by the Mariners for the 2013 season. He hit a home run in his first spring training at bat, but after a disapointing season, was released of August 6th to make room for Mike Morse. John Maine spent 2011 in the Colorado Rockies minor league system, and pitched for the Scranton/Wilkes-Bare Yankees for all of 2012. He played for the Miami Marlins in April of this year, but was released on April 22. The sidearmer, Sean Green pitched with the Brewers in 2011, before playing with the Texas Rangers’ Triple A team in 2012. He also pitched with the Somerset Patriots in 2012 of the Independent Leagues but has not found a team since.

Six players have officially retired. They are Luis Castillo, Alex Cora, Fernando Tatis, Gary Matthews Jr., Frank Catalanotto, and Tobi Stoner.

Luis Castillo was released by the Mets at the same time they released Oliver Perez. Castillo signed a minor league contract with the Philadelphia Phillies, but after a disappointing spring training, he was released, at which time he retired. Alex Cora was released by the Mets in August of 2010, and he played the rest of the year with the Rangers. He played with the Washington Nationals in 2011, and was signed by the Cardinals in the spring of 2012, which didn’t work out. He is now a baseball analyst for ESPN (his brother Joey does the same work for MLB Network). Fernando Tatis was injured of July 4th of 2010. He was placed on the DL the next day and was transferred to the 60-day DL 10 days later. That turned out to be his last major league game as he retired after the season.

The “Son of the Sarge”, Gary Matthews Jr., was released by the Mets on June 15th, 2010. He signed with the Reds on June 24th and played the rest of the year with their Triple-A team, before retiring. Frank Catalanotto was designated for assignment of May 10th, when the Mets brought up Chris Carter. After failing to sign with another team, he retired in March of 2011. Finally, the German-born Tobi Stoner was released by the Mets in March of 2012. During that season, he played in the Independent Leagues with the Bridgeport Blue Fish and the Somerset Patriots. He retired before the 2013 season.

manny acosta

Four players are currently playing in foreign countries. Chris Carter, Manny Acosta, and Ryota Igarashi are playing in Japan, and Jesus Feliciano is playing in Mexico.

Carter (no not the former A’s prospect) played in the Tampa Bay Rays and Atlanta Braves Minor League system in 2011 before moving to Japan to play with the Seibu Lions in 2012 and 2013. Carter is 3-26 (.115) with three RBI in nine games this year. He is teammates with Kazuhisa Ishii. Manny Acosta pitched for the Mets through 2012 but signed with the Yomuri Giants in 2013 after being released. In 14 games he has an ERA of 5.54. His teammates include former major leaguers Scott Mathieson and John Bowker.

Ryota Igarashi played with the Mets until 2011. He then played in the minor leagues with the Yankees and the Blue Jays in 2012 though he pitched in the majors with both teams. He is now pitching with the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks where he sports a 2.15 ERA in 36 games. He is teammates with with Vicente Padilla and former Mets minor leaguer Wily Mo Pena. Jesus Feliciano, who has signed with the Mets four different times in his career, played in all of his 54 career games with the Mets in 2010. He played with the Buffalo Bisons in 2011, the Durham Bulls in 2012, and he is now playing in Mexico with the Rojos del Aguila de Veracruz. He has only played in three games with one hit.

One player is currently a coach. Elmer Dessens is the assistant pitching coach for the AZL Reds in the Arizona League (The Arizona equivalent to Florida’s Gulf Coast League). And here’s a fun piece of information. The manager of that AZL Reds team is former Met, Eli Marrero who the Mets received in 2006 when they traded Kazuo Matsui to the Rockies.

Well, now you know what happened to the 2010 Mets. Next week we’ll look at the players from Citi Field’s inaugural year, 2009.


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Niese Crushed, Mets Lose 6-4 Sat, 18 Sep 2010 06:00:22 +0000

After a good beginning, Jonathon Niese was lit up and the Mets couldn’t recover, losing the opening game of the series versus the Braves 6-4.

Game Notes

Jonathon Niese was strong until the fourth inning, which would prove to be his last – giving up six runs, with NONE of them being earned thanks to a David Wright throwing error on a possible inning-ending double play. Niese’s final line was four innings, five hits, six unearned runs, three walks and four strikeouts, Jonathon has looked fatigued in the latter half of the season, and he had thrown 92 pitches in his four innings of work.

The bullpen received another good day’s work, with a rare appearance from Sean Green. Mr. Green went two innings, striking out two and walking one. Amazingly, he didn’t look god-awful and his pitches were moving. Manny Acosta, Elmer Dessens and Pedro Feliciano came on to finish the seventh, eighth and ninth innings. Seeing the bullpen being used a lot is good at this point of the year to gauge who may be returning next year (Feliciano? Green? Dessens?) and to see everyone get some work.

The offense had a major outburst in the second inning, all sparked by an Ike Davis walk on a close pitch that lead Braves manager Bobby Cox to get ejected for arguing balls and strikes. Josh Thole would follow Ike with a single to right-center, allowing Ike Davis to get to third. Lucas Duda would knock an RBI single in to score Ike Davis, Jon Niese hit a bloop RBI single and Jose Reyes hit another RBI single. Lucas Duda brought the score to 6-4 with his first MLB home run, an absolute beam to the Pepsi Porch.

Reyes, Carter, Beltran, Wright, Davis and Thole combined to go 1-23 with one RBI, six strikeouts and one walk.

Ike Davis is 11/11 in his K/BB for September. Much better.

Lucas Duda, enormous day. 2-3 with another multi-RBI day. His last two games, 4-7 with four RBI and one strikeout.

Turning Point

The David Wright error was huge. With Derrek Lee and Matt Diaz running, it was almost tailor-made. If Ruben Tejada even managed to turn one out, he could’ve changed the inning.

Game Ball

Beginning to agree with Joe D on game ball’s for losing efforts, but can’t deny Lucas Duda his just-due for his first MLB home run.

On Deck

The Mets will look to tie the series, sending Dillon Gee to the mound as he faces off against Tim Hudson. Game time is 4:10 P.M.

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Green Staying In Buffalo Tue, 10 Aug 2010 12:00:33 +0000 **Update 8-12-10**

Adam Rubin tweets that the Mets have decided to use reliever Sean Green’s final option and keep him at Triple-A Buffalo. Green’s rehab assignment was set to expire. He has a 5.40 ERA in seven appearances with the Bisons.

**Original 8-10-10**

Reliever Sean Green appears close to a return to the Mets.

Green, who is the last remaining player acquired from the Seattle Mariners in the J.J. Putz trade back in December of 2008, has made only one appearance for the Mets this season.

He landed on the DL after a relief appearance in April against the Florida Marlins with what originally was diagnosed as a strained rib-cage muscle. Eventually, it was discovered that Green actually had a cracked rib.

In that one appearance, he pitched an inning struck out one batter, gave up two hits and a solo homerun for a 9.00 ERA.

“Initially they thought it was a strained intercostal — like a strained rib muscle,” Green said Monday, before the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons series opener. “I was down there [in Port St. Lucie] rehabbing that for about three weeks and it wasn’t getting any better, so I asked to get reevaluated and got another MRI and they saw the fracture. It was like a stress fracture. It was about seven to eight weeks off completely from that. It’s been a long process. I had to start over, from scratch.”

Green has returned to his standard low three-quarters arm slot, after going submarine with the Mets this year in spring training. He figured the change to the drastically lower arm angle probably this year resulted in the rib fracture. So what was Heilman’s excuse?

Green is finishing up his rehab start and the Mets are not likely to keep him in the minors and burn up his one-year contract so Green’s return is only days away. More bad news for the Mets who already have a basketball full of problems already.

Green is making $975,000 this season and is arbitration-eligible. There’s always a chance the Mets could trade or nontender him this offseason. But because Green is likely not due a pay raise off a lost season, it would seem reasonable to expect he could remain and be a factor in the 2011 bullpen. Sadly it’s true, despite the fact that NO Mets fan wants Green in the bullpen after what we saw from him last season.

Since joining Buffalo, Green has allowed five runs on nine hits and a hit batter while striking out four in 5 1/3 innings spanning five appearances. Yeah, five appearance, five innings, five runs.

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Sean Green, Luis Castillo Close To Return, Fernando Tatis Out For The Season Fri, 16 Jul 2010 13:13:16 +0000 Before Thursday’s game against the San Francisco Giants, Jose Reyes was scratched from the lineup. He had discomfort in his right oblique, and will be shut down until he is 100 percent. Reyes hasn’t swung from the left side of the plate since last Sunday. Mets will continue to have rookie Ruben Tejada play short with Alex Cora playing second base for now.

For those of you who don’t like the idea of Alex Cora playing everyday, have no fear as Luis Castillo will be making his return shortly, tweets Andy Martino of the New York Daily News.

Castillo will be playing his final rehab (0-2 in his first game) starts this weekend and will be returning to the Mets in time for the Los Angeles Dodgers series. The Mets have 20 days to activate him.

Mets reliever Sean Green began his rehab Thursday by throwing a scoreless inning for St. Lucie. The Mets now have only 30 days to activate him.

Fernando Tatis was placed on the 60-day disabled list after successful shoulder surgery yesterday. SNY is reporting that he is likely done for the season. I don’t see the Mets resigning him. So he may have had his last appearance as a Met.

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How Did Sean Green Nail The Final Bullpen Spot? Sun, 04 Apr 2010 12:10:28 +0000

When the Mets made their final cuts today, it opened the door for plenty of second guessing from diehard Mets fans and media alike. The Mets never make it easy on themselves…

One of the more peculiar decisions the Mets made in finalizing their 25 man roster today, was deciding to keep reliever Sean Green over some other more worthy options.

In his final tuneup of the season today against the Orioles, Green was as bad as he’s been all spring long. Unable to even complete his inning of work, Green allowed two hits, a walk, a hit batter, and four earned runs including a homerun to Nolan Reimold.

He finishes the spring with a 6.94 ERA and a 1.72 WHIP.

Green was already in jeopardy of losing his bullpen spot even before spring training started mainly because he was so ineffective last season when he blew three saves, lost four games and posted a 4.57 ERA.

He had to go out there and absolutely win himself a job. In my opinion he did not.

Surely the Mets saw the same Green we did, so how did he possibly make the bullpen over Pat Misch or Bobby Parnell or Kiko Calero?

You know what, I can even see Calero going down to build some arm strength, no biggie… But I was still surprised to see Misch (1.38 ERA) cut so early, and then I figured that somehow Raul Valdes (2.04 ERA) would win that final spot today, but it wasn’t meant to be. 

So how did Green pull it off? It wasn’t past performance? It wasn’t his spring performance?

The answer may be money…

Green had minor league options and the Mets could have sent him to Buffalo without the risk of losing him, but because they owed him $980K dollars, the decision was made to keep him on the roster over a more worthy player.

The decision to keep Green wasn’t made with the intention of keeping the player who could help build a better bullpen. Winning had nothing to do with it. This was all about saving a buck.

Bad job Omar… Or does this have the Wilpon’s fingerprints all over it? Either way this was a small market mentality that shouldn’t be tolerated when you play in New York, baseball’s grandest stage.

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Sean Green and Bobby Parnell To Buffalo Mon, 29 Mar 2010 01:47:38 +0000

According to a post from MetsBlog, Adam Rubin, has been told by a major-league source that relievers Sean Green and Bobby Parnell both are expected to open the season at Triple-A Buffalo.

We posted on MMO that this would most likely be the case last week, and this would also suggest that both Nelson Figueroa and Hisanori Takahashi will be on the opening day roster a week from Monday, when the Mets take on the Florida Marlins.

In the same post, Matt also writes that catcher Chris Coste has been placed on waivers.

You might remember that Coste, the former Phillie, was embarrassed to admit he signed with the Mets and made some silly remarks about it at the time.

This looks like it paves the way for Omir Santos to join Josh Thole in Buffalo.

At this point, I doubt the Mets would trade Santos as has been rumored by some…

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Parnell and Green Could Be Out, Beimel Still In Picture Fri, 19 Mar 2010 15:57:43 +0000 In a new post to his blog, Adam Rubin of the Daily News, analyzes the Mets spring training battles and speculates on the potential Opening Day roster.

Regarding the rotation, Adam believes that Jon Niese is still the front-runner to be the team’s fifth starter and writes,

The smart money still has Jon Niese claiming the final slot in the rotation over Fernando Nieve, with Hisanori Takahashi only on the fringe of that race, despite the Japanese lefthander slated for a pair of Grapefruit League starts, on March 27 and April 1.

I have a feeling that the winner of the competition for the fifth starter spot may still be undecided when spring training ends. I’d bet that we may see two to three of them each getting starts in April, with Jerry Manuel playing the hotter hand for the rest of the season. The fifth starter spot has been constantly in a state of flux for the past few seasons now, with over a dozen different pitchers trying but not succeeding in keeping a job in the rotation.

In the bullpen Adam writes that Bobby Parnell and Sean Green are in some jeopardy of not making the Opening Day roster, although Green would seem to be less vulnerable because his salary is $975,000 even if he’s in the minors.

I actually mentioned that both Parnell AND Green were dangerously close to losing their bullpen spots last week, especially when you consider the outstanding spring performances of Nelson Figueroa, Pat Misch, Ryota Igarashi, Hisanori Takahashi and Jenrry Mejia.

Rubin points to Francisco Rodriguez and Pedro Feliciano as the obvious locks, with right-handers Ryota Igarashi and Kiko Calero virtually assured of spots as well. Fernando Nieve is also close to locking up a bullpen spot leaving just two more spots that are yet to be decided.

He believes that Jenrry Mejia will most likely unseat Parnell with Green’s spot possibly going to free-agent lefthander Joe Beimel, whom he says the Mets remain in touch with. But if that doesn’t transpire, Hisanori Takahashi or Nelson Figueroa could make the team.

It’s starting to look more and more like Mejia could make the team, even though I’m still against such a move. Ironically, he could replace Bobby Parnell who was exactly in the same position Mejia now finds himself in. We had these same debates regarding Parnell last spring, and I wondered if promoting him to the bullpen would jeopardize his ability to be a future starter for the Mets. Now Parnell could find himself going back to the minors, and whether he returns as a reliever or starter is still to be determined. Now everyone is just as fascinated with Mejia’s fastball as they were with Parnell’s… Hopefully Mejia won’t suffer a similar fate…

I have a strong hunch that the Mets could possibly trade Sean Green to make room in the bullpen and create an opportunity for Misch or Takahashi.

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Is our bullpen going to be any good? Wed, 17 Mar 2010 18:34:16 +0000 We all know the Mets added a power bat in Jason Bay, are still dealing with injuries/medical issues to key players like Jose Reyes and Carlos Beltran, and have huge holes in the starting rotation.  But I haven’t heard as much talk about the bullpen.  A year ago, almost to the day, I wrote a blog on this site about how the Mets’ revamped bullpen, a terrible weakness in 2008, would pile up K’s and blow hitters away–with K-Rod, JJ Putz and Bobby Parnell at the back end of the pen.

K-Rod had a nice season, but his dip from 62 saves in Los Angeles the year before to 35 with the Mets was both a reflection on the Mets having a bad season and him being a bit inconsistent.  His 3.71 ERA was also way inflated from his 2.24 mark the previous season.  Putz was pitching pretty well before blowing out an elbow and being put on the DL about a third of the way into the 2009 season.  And Parnell was great at times, and a gas can at others.

So now, how do you feel knowing that K-Rod is coming off a sub-par season, with Parnell, Kelvim Escobar, Jose Feliciano, Sean Green, Pat Misch and Ryota Igarashi behind him?  On paper, this bullpen is almost as much of a question mark as the starting rotation is.  That’s not to say they can’t overachieve and keep the team in games, but how likely is that?  And the rotation is not exactly the kind of group that will give the bullpen long stretches of rest at a time.  To the contrary, they will be called upon to pitch 2-3 innings each night.

So I ask you, how do you all feel about this bullpen?

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If Sean Green Is The Disease, Joe Beimel Is The Cure Sat, 06 Mar 2010 19:43:48 +0000 Last year we had the MetsMerized Online Awards and one of the awards was the “Aaron Heilman Award.” This award would go to the pitcher we fans least wanted to see enter a game. There was a choice of Oliver Perez, J.J. Putz, and Sean Green. I clearly voted for Green. Every time Jerry Manuel signaled for Green to enter the game, I knew the win was now at risk.

Sean Green may be the weakest link in the bullpen this season as I’m sure Jerry and Omar are going to have him in the opening day roster. Big mistake.

The 30-year-old former Mariner had a less than inaugural first season with the Mets.

2009 Split Stats
Total   79 0 1 4 1 2 14 0 0 69.2 64 37 35 5 36 54 4.52 1.44 .240  

As you can see, his runs and earned runs are well above any of the other Mets relievers, while his strike-out to walk ratio is 1.5/1. Only Ollie Perez was worse among all Mets pitchers.

When Manuel goes to Green it’s almost a surety that runs will score if they are in scoring position, costing us the lead, or on too many occasions, the win. It had almost become a matter of routine. So much so that when he entered a game I feared watching how it ultimately would unfold.

On Thursday, Sean Green’s two-thirds of an inning performance in the Mets 17-11 win against the Cardinals, gave me little hope as he gave up four runs on two hits and four walks. This after his much ballyhooed new delivery which was intended to give him better control and a consistent release point. The new delivery did none of that. Sure it was one spring game, but it mirrored what he already did for an entire season in 2009.

The best thing the Mets could do is cut their weakest link by either trading him or sending him down to AAA-Buffalo where he can work on a delivery that will actually lead to better results.

I would love to see the Mets increase their offer to free agent Joe Beimel who would be a significant upgrade and more useful as second lefthander with a proven track record of success. If the goal is to build the best bullpen we can for the 2010 season, let’s begin by replacing Green with Beimel.

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Mets Avoid Arbitration With Francoeur, Green and Feliciano Wed, 20 Jan 2010 16:03:46 +0000 The Mets tied some loose ends yesterday by agreeing to one-year deals with arbitration eligibles Jeff Francoeur, Pedro Feliciano and Sean Green.

Francoeur will get $5 million dollars which is far less than some of the outrageous figures being tossed around this off season by his antagonists. Frenchy had a solid debut with the Mets despite playing the final six weeks with torn ligaments in his thumb. The just turned 26-year old, has already amassed 251 extra-base hits and 400 RBIs in his career and should be entering his peak years.

Pedro Feliciano will earn $2.9 million dollars which is on par with other relievers of his caliber. Feliciano has been a workhorse for the Mets and has logged the most appearances in the game over the last three seasons. He is a lethal weapon against left handed hitters and as consistent as they come.

Sean Green gets $975,000 which is kind of a head scratcher to me. I don’t begrudge the guy his money, but it seems a high price to pay for a below average reliever who they could have non-tendered and re-signed for much less.

The only player that the Mets have remaining in arbitration is outfielder Angel Pagan who is asking for $1.8 million dollars. The Mets are only offering $1,275,000, but when you consider the fact they paid utility infielder Alex Cora $2 million dollars, you have to wonder why the Mets would even haggle with Pagan.

Also, considering that Pagan will be the Mets Opening Day centerfielder and will have to be counted on heavily this season, why risk having a disgruntled player? The video clip explains how I feel about the situation…

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One of those players was reliever, Brian Stokes.

Last season, Stokes, 30, appeared in a career-high 69 games and pitched 70.1 innings, which were also the most in his four year career.

All the while, the hard throwing right-hander was able to maintain a 3.97 ERA, which isn’t all that spectacular but certainly is acceptable.

The main concern with Stokes was that he was inconsistent, at times. During the start of the season, the young pitcher was lights out, as he did not allow an earned run throughout his first twelve innings pitched.

He continued his successful run well into the middle of May where he accumulated an ERA of 0.52. Unfortunately, he took a couple steps back on May 24th against the Red Sox, in which he allowed 5 earned runs in only 1.1 innings.

From there aside from similar meltdowns against both the New York Yankees in June and the Chicago Cubs in August, he pitched relatively well until the month of September.

September was by far Stokes’s worse month on the mound, as he was roughed up by the Rockies, Cubs and Nationals. In total for the month Stokes allowed 10 earned runs in 11 innings pitched, which equates to a nasty ERA of 8.18 for the month.

It seems as if September is not the month for Brian Stokes. Even in 2008, his ERA was nearly two runs higher in September than it was in August.

One reason behind this is that the pitcher maybe tiring out. Nonetheless when looking to build a contender you need a players that can step up their game for a playoff push.

I had read recently that Brian Stokes could be under consideration to be the team’s setup man next season. Despite the fact that I am a fan of the pitcher, I do not think this role is appropriate for him.

Setup men generally are power pitchers who throw hard and strike out batters frequently. While Stokes may be a power pitcher his strike out numbers could use improvement.

Last year, he had a 45:38 K/BB ratio, which is OK for an average reliever, but you would want more out of a setup man.

To me, Stokes is an average-to-slightly above average middle reliever. Keep in mind though, unlike other positions a 30 year-old relief pitcher is still considered very young so there is a lot of time for improvement.

This season, Stokes made somewhere just north of $400K, which is hardly anything in terms of baseball money. He should be looking at a similar salary next season before he heads for his arbitration year following the 2010 season.

Final Verdict: The fact that Stokes is still young and has had success under the tutelage of pitching coach, Dan Warthen, coupled with the fact that he earns a relatively low salary makes Stokes an ideal choice to round out one of the final spots in next year’s bullpen.

As in the case of Sean Green, if Stokes struggles, the team can afford to let him go and replace him with someone else without having to suffer a significant financial burden.

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Breaking Down The Mets Bullpen: Sean Green Sun, 01 Nov 2009 10:43:15 +0000 Last off-season, I started writing a series of columns that profiled each member of the Mets bullpen and analyzed their performance in the previous season.

At the conclusion of each article, I would make a determination on whether or not I thought the pitcher should be brought back.

The articles, for the most part, were met with solid reader reception so this year we will continue the tradition.

To kickoff the off-season we will analyze the most criticized member of the 2009 bullpen, Sean Green.

Green, who was acquired in the J.J. Putz trade, was supposed to provide the team with solid middle relief and replace the void left by Joe Smith.

Needless to say, Green wasn’t as spectacular as ownership was presumably hoping he would be.

After getting off to a rough start in April, in which the righty posted an ugly ERA of 8.49, Green seemed to begin to find his groove in June and July posting two straight months of an ERA in the mid-to-low threes.

However, the pitcher regressed in August and his ERA for the month was nearly double its predecessor (5.91). There came a point that many fans, including myself, began to turn green at the very sight of the pitcher (pun intended).

It seemed as if Green was becoming Aaron Heilman 2.0.

After hearing a chorus of boos over and over again, Green recognized a change needed to be made and he tweaked his delivery to more of a side-arm style in an attempt to throw off opposing batters’ timing.

The change proved to be effective, as he had a 2.79 ERA for the month of September, along with two shut-out relief appearances in October.

To be fair the sample size with the new delivery is a rather small one and it isn’t wise to judge a player based on their September performance.

Having appeared in 79 games for the Mets last season, Sean Green’s final line consisted of a 4.52 ERA and a (1-4) record.

While these numbers are certainly far from ideal, keep in mind that they do not stray far away from Green’s past seasons with Seattle. Also, it is important to note that Green only took home a salary of $471,000, which isn’t much more than league minimum.

Final Verdict: Although, I am not a fan of Sean Green, personally, I do believe the Mets should bring back the reliever because he is a low risk option that offers the potential of solid middle relief at a rather affordable rate.

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Note To The Mets: Don’t Neglect The Bullpen Thu, 20 Aug 2009 15:28:27 +0000 With all the talk of the Mets plans for 2010 and beyond, few if any have mentioned the bullpen. As one of the lone bright spots for the team this season, the bullpen is going to need some attention next season.

Currently, the Mets have two ex-All-Star setup men on their roster in Billy Wagner and J.J. Putz. Although, both have options for next season it is highly unlikely either will be brought back without at least signing a new deal that will pay them less money. Even so, I still don’t see this happening.

In Wagner’s case, he wants the role of closer, which he has held with numerous teams for the better part of the past decade. This is something that the Mets simply cannot offer him due to that position being occupied by the younger Francisco Rodriguez.

As in Wagner’s situation, J.J. Putz would also prefer to close, however agreed to setup K-Rod upon being traded to New York from Seattle. Putz is also six years younger than Wagner and in theory has a few more productive years ahead of him.

However, despite this there is no way even the Mets could justify handing out nearly nine million dollars to a pitcher, who posted an ugly 5.22 ERA. I understand Putz was hurt, but at the same time when it looks as if management may only be able to allot $20 million dollars for salary next year that amount of money becomes a significant issue.

Taking Wagner and Putz out of the equation, the Mets will have a bullpen consisting of Brian Stokes, Pedro Feliciano, Sean Green and Francisco Rodriguez. I neglected to include Bobby Parnell, who could either start or relieve next year.

This all is obviously subject to change as it is still to early to tell whether or not this tandem will be back in a Mets uniform.

It wouldn’t be unimaginable for the Mets not to tender a contract to Green, who has been less than stellar this season with a 5.13 ERA and three blown saves.

Assuming the Mets do not retain him for next year that would leave them with three quality arms for the bullpen. Clearly, that is not enough to warrant a solid bullpen. Whether it be via a trade or a free agent signing, the Mets are going to have to get a reliever that can get lefties out.

For the past two years, the Mets have supposedly been searching for a lefty specialist to take some of the workload off Pedro Feliciano. However, after some 152 relief appearances over the past two seasons Feliciano has still yet to receive reliable assistance in the bullpen.

Looking exclusively at the upcoming free agent class there aren’t that many intriguing names out there. Sure there’s Joe Beimel, but if Omar didn’t pick him up last off-season when he had the chance to last year I don’t see it happening this season when he will have even less funds to spend.

As for filling the other impending voids in the pen the Mets had a young reliever who had the ability to get both righties and lefties out in Darren O’Day, but they put him on waivers to enable Nelson Figueroa to make a spot start back in April. Another great roster move by Mr. Minaya.

Since joining the Rangers O’Day has been stellar, posting a 1.84 ERA and accumulating 16 holds.

All in all, the Mets will have a lot of voids to fill this coming off-season, however it is important that they do not neglect the one aspect of the team that lead to a very disappointing season in 2008.

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Pelfrey Cares, We’re Loving Sean Green, They Make How Much? Fri, 05 Jun 2009 15:47:21 +0000 Good morning and welcome to another edition of Metsmerized Today!

Mike Pelfrey got his clock rung yesterday in Pittsburgh in what he called the worst start in his career. Jerry Manuel agreed with that assessment and said, “Yeah, I would have to say Pelfrey was pretty bad.”

Pelfrey actually had a pair of tickets to see the NHL Stanley Cup Final between the Detroit Red Wings and the Pittsburgh Penguins last night, but decided against it. writes,

It could have been a mixed doubleheader, the Mets and Pirates in the afternoon and the Red Wings and Penguins in the evening. Mike Pelfrey had good seats for both games and time for dinner in between.

When the first game was complete, though, he had an appetite for none of it. The outcome of the Mets’ game — and the prominent role he played in a lopsided defeat — sickened Pelfrey to such a degree, he eliminated the hockey game from his agenda.

“It would give the wrong impression,” he said. “And I probably wouldn’t enjoy it anyway.”

I can’t help wondering if Carlos Beltran’s tirade in the clubhouse had anything to do with Pelfrey’s decision?

In case you missed it, Beltran cleared the air after the game and gave his teammates an earful,

“The reality of this is coming here to Pittsburgh and getting swept, me, I feel embarrassed,” Beltran said after the Mets’ 11-6 loss this afternoon at PNC Park. “I mean, we have to take this personally. It can’t happen. It can’t happen, us being able to come here and lose three games just like that. Three games to this team. I know they’re a big-league ball club, but we’re better than them. We’re better than them. And we know we’re better than them, but we have to do something about it.””

The Mets have a payroll of around $140 million dollars this season, tops in the NL and second in the major leagues to the Yankees.

Of that $140 million bucks, the following players are  either on the disabled list or spent time on the disabled list:

Carlos Delgado – $16 million
Oliver Perez – $12 million
Billy Wagner – $10.5 million
Jose Reyes – $5.75 million
J.J. Putz – $5 million
Brian Schneider – $4.9 million
Ryan Church – $2.8 million
Tim Redding – $2.5 million
Alex Cora – $2 million
Ramon Martinez – $0.75 million
Angel Pagan – $0.575 million

Almost 50% of the Mets payroll has gone toward players who have missed a significant portion of the season. That’s a lot of baccala… That doesn’t include Carlos Beltran who missed some time, but never went on the DL. Beltran is the highest paid Met at $18 million dollars. 

Are you feeling like this guy this morning?

Don’t look now, but guess who has really been coming on strong lately?

That guy!

Sean Green has allowed no earned runs in his last nine appearances spanning 8.2 innings. He has allowed just five hits, walked one, and struck out <hang on to your hats> seven batters.

If Green can continue pitching like he has been, and Bobby Parnell takes to the setup role like we all believe he can, losing Putz may not hurt as much as you think it will.

You gotta give Sean Green some love!

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OK, Lets Talk About Sean Green Mon, 11 May 2009 12:23:50 +0000 Let me begin by saying that the Mets bullpen is one of the best in baseball right now and certainly the best in the National League.

With that being said, this post might come off as being a little bit too nit-picky.

I am somewhat befuddled by Jerry Manuel’s incessant overuse of Sean Green so far this season. Green is mired in the midst of a dreadful start that has seen his ERA swell to 9.00. Opposing batters are hitting .339 against him.

For some unknown reason, when Green came over in the Heilman trade, he was given the keys to the kingdom and had already been anointed as the Mets 7th inning man.

 The Mets wouldn’t stop gloating and repeatedly commented on how excited they were to get the Mariners to kick in Green in the deal. Why?

When I looked at Green’s stats I saw a reliever who had a 4.67 ERA last season, and had given up 80 hits and 36 walks in just 79 innings pitched. Hardly anything to get excited about.

He was also being sold as a crossover reliever when in fact, lefthanded hitters had knocked him around for a .300 batting average against.

Jerry Manuel believes that Sean Green can and will be fixed. Why are the Mets always trying to fix pitchers? Going back to Victor Zambrano (sorry for bringing him up) and including a long list of other pet projects, the Mets have one of the worst success rates when it comes to fixing pitchers. In fact, I can’t think of one such pitcher that was fixed.

They were going to fix Aaron Heilman and discovered a flaw in Scott Schoeneweis that was supposed to be the cure-all for their bullpen problems. We all know how that ended up.

Here is what Manuel said about Sean Green after last night’s game.

“Just to me, I think it’s the different arm slots in his delivery right now,” Jerry Manuel said. “Just like anybody, he has to find his proper slot. And I think once he does that, his ball moves enough that he can be a guy who can be very effective for us. It’s just a matter of time before he figures that out.”

Why not let him get fixed in AAA before he starts to do some real damage to our won-loss record. If you really feel he can be fixed and that you can suddenly transform a pitcher with a lifetime ERA of 4.59 into something that he’s never been, knock yourself out. But do it in the minors, not in the bullpen of a team that has aspirations for winning a title in the toughest division in the National League.

We currently have more worthy options we can use in Brian Stokes (0.00 ERA) and Bobby Parnell (1.29 ERA).

Why tempt fate when we all now how fickle it could be?

Sean Green is not a crossover pitcher. Sean Green allows too many baserunners to be used late in games. Sean Green does not have overpowering stuff and can’t even maintain a 2:1 strikeout to walk ratio.

Let’s stop making more out of him than he really is.

The Mets and their habit of fixing pitchers have had disastrous results in the last five years. Why not accept players at face value?

Why maintain such enormous amounts of statistical data on a player and than arbitrarily choose to ignore the overwhelming evidence?

Before this whole fixing Sean Green comes back to bite us on the ass, let’s just nip this thing in the bud and send him off to AAA-Buffalo where you can fix him to your hearts delight, and do it without damaging our chances for a division title.

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Game Recap: Marlins 7 – Mets 4 Wed, 29 Apr 2009 07:31:04 +0000 Game Summary

The Mets (9-11) fell to the Florida Marlins (12-8)  7-4 due mostly in part to a Sean Green implosion and an inability to add runs late. Jorge Cantu tagged the Mets for two homeruns.

Mets Pitching

Livan Hernandez had a decent start and was able to keep the Mets in the game. He allowed just 2 earned runs in 5.1 innings pitched on 3 hits and 2 walks, while striking out 5 Marlins. He handed the bullpen the lead and certainly pitched good enough to win the game. Hernandez lowered his ERA to 6.33 and more importantly he virtually assured himself another go-around in the rotation.

Jerry Manuel pulled Livan after he got one out in the sixth inning and brought in Bobby Parnell to get the last two outs. Parnell has been a nice surprise in the bullpen and continues to gain confidence with each appearance. Sean Green was unable to protect the lead and allowed four runs including the decisive homer by Jorge Cantu, a three run blast in the seventh. For Green it was the second time he got torched in his last 5 appearances. The last time coming when he allowed 5 earned runs against the Cardinals.

Another bright spot in the bullpen has been Brian Stokes who pitched 1.2 scoreless innings in this game and has yet to allow a run this season.

Mets Hitting

The Mets scored early thanks to a Gary Sheffield two-run triple and also added RBI hits by Alex Cora and David Wright.

Cora was on base three times in the game thanks to a couple of hits and a walk, and he also stole a base.

Jose Reyes went 0-5 and has just 3 hits in his last 25 at-bats. Do you want me to calculate the batting average for you? On second thought I better not.

Random Thoughts

Are they trying to make Sean Green something he’s not? The Mets say he’s a crossover pitcher but his career OPS is almost 200 points higher against lefthanded hitters and his BB/K ratio is even more discouraging. His ERA against lefthanded batters stands at 12.00 this season.

Once again the Mets fail to add on runs late in the game. It’s a trend that will come to haunt them unless they can reverse it in time.

After the game, Wright mentioned an absence of “fire and desire.” He said, “I think that’s what Jerry’s talking about.”

he bottom line is that this game wasn’t that terrible a loss. I saw more positives than negatives. Once the Mets can produce more consistently on offense, they will be able to put together a positive stretch and gain some ground in the standings.

Game Ball

I’m splitting the game ball between Livan Hernandez and Alex Cora.

Up Next

The Mets will have Johan Santana on the mound to pitch the matinée rubber game. It also means he doesn’t pitch in the Phillies series this weekend. LGM

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Game Recap: Cardinals 12 – Mets 8 Fri, 24 Apr 2009 00:09:51 +0000 Game Summary

The Mets (6-9) flamed out and got swept by the Cardinals (11-5) despite the new look lineup. They did bang out 13 hits, but unfortunately for them the Cardinals hammered our pitching for 12 runs and 18 hits.

Mets Pitching

Livan Hernandez started and he was hit hard right from the start when Albert Pujols tagged him for the first of two homeruns in the first inning. Hernandez pitched 4.1 innings and allowed 7 earned runs on 9 hits and a walk while striking out none.  This was a huge blow for the Mets who were hoping that Livan could pick up the slack after dismal performances by Oliver Perez and John Maine. No such luck.

Brain Stokes relieved Hernandez and got the last two outs in the fifth inning, but all hell broke lose when Sean Green came out to start the sixth inning. In two innings he was roughed up for 5 runs on 7 hits and 2 walks. Yikes!

Bobby Parnell pitched a scoreless inning and ended the carnage.

Mets Hitting

Carlos Beltran is the hottest player in the National League right now. He padded his league leading batting average with three more hits today including a three-run homer and is now hitting .404. If he keep this up he may be the Mets first ever MVP.

 David Wright had a couple of hits batting number five, and he also drove in a run and scored one. Ryan Church also added a couple of hits including his first homer of the season in the seventh inning, a two run blast.

A couple of Mets got their first hits of the season today, Alex Cora who started at second base and Fernando Tatis who pinch hit and took over at third base for Wright.

Player of the Game

Carlos Beltran excelled as the number three hitter going 3-5 including a double and a three-run homer.

Up Next

The Mets head back to Citi Field for a weekend series with the Washington Nationals. Johan Santana should snap our four game losing streak on Friday.

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Bullpen Not At Fault Sat, 11 Apr 2009 13:00:30 +0000 After watching the game last night against the Florida Marlins one could say that the ending was a 2008 re-run.  John Maine pitched 5.0 innings, allowing 2 hits, both of which were solo home-runs.  He didn’t walk anyone and pitched a total of 83 pitches.  After Maine left the 5th inning Bobby Parnell and Sean Green allowed a run each in their respective innings.  Watching the game and looking at the box score shows that the bullpen allowed 3 runs including the final run, which was a walk off RBI off of Darren O’Day.  There were many games that ended just like the one last night did in 2008.   In 2008 whenever our starters left the game there would always be a knot in my stomach and I’m sure many other Met fans would have a similar feeling about our bullpen last year.  This year was supposed to be different, Omar Minaya, the Wilpons and Jerry promised us it would be a different story in 2009.

For many games in 2008 it was the bullpen that lost games for the Mets.  Johan Santana knows that better than anyone as the bullpen blew 7 of his starts last year.  I don’t think it’s fair to blame the bullpen for the lost last night.  Last nights lost was the result of a lack of offense when it mattered most.  I know the Mets offense scored 4 runs but they could have and should have scored more than just the 4 runs.  There were plenty of opportunities to blow the game wide open.  Last night the Mets left 14 men on base, 12 of which in scoring position.  That is inexcusable.  To win baseball games you have to drive in runs when there are runners on base, something that the Mets offense could not do.  The Marlins walked 6 Mets throughout the game, when you are given bases you must capitalize on what you’re given otherwise the walks are useless.

Parnell, Green and O’Day did let the runs score but those 3 runs wouldn’t have  hurt the Mets if the offense did their job and scored more runs.  The Mets need to get out of this funk with runners on base and produce runs with men in scoring position.  Otherwise there will be many more endings like last night.

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Mets Pound O’s 9-3 In Spring Opener Wed, 25 Feb 2009 20:41:23 +0000 The Mets wasted no time in putting away the Baltimore Orioles in impressive fashion to begin the Exhibition Season. Surprisingly, it was Luis Castillo who led the charge with two big hits and four RBI’s.

The game started off with a scare when Mets starting pitcher Sean Green left the game after getting just two outs in the first inning with a hand injury that was later diagnosed as a cut finger. He was followed by Pedro Feliciano and Duaner Sanchez who was hit hard and tagged for a couple of runs after walking the first two batters he faced.

After Sanchez, Valerio De Los Santos took over and allowed another run to score, but the Orioles would be shutdown for the next five innings thanks to solid performances by former Yankee Matt DeSalvo, Brian Stokes and Rule 5 pick Darren O’DayElmer Dessens pitched the final inning and loaded the bases, but escaped with no harm done. All in all it was a good day for the Mets pitchers.

At the plate, besides the mighty bat of Luis Castillo who I already mentioned, Ryan Church also had a big day driving in three runs on two hits. Angel Pagan who surprised the Mets with a great spring last season, got off to another great start with a three hits, a walk and a run scored.

Nick Evans also had three hits as well as three runs scored as he begins to build a case for a roster spot. And even Dan Murphy kicked in a couple of hits as he tries to reward Jerry Manuel’s faith in his ability.

The core players; Wright, Reyes, Delgado and Beltran sat this one out, so it makes the offensive output today all the more impressive.

Feliciano picked up the win in relief, and both Murphy and Pagan picked up outfield assists in the game.

This game was filled with positives… Game ball goes to Luis Castillo… Lets Go Mets!

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