Sunday, May 31, 2009
Saturday, May 30, 2009
The Mets traded backup catcher, and fan favorite, Ramon Castro to the White Sox for Lance Broadway.
Omir Santos, the current fan favorite, has hit well since coming up to the big leagues, though he has really terrible minor league numbers.
How bad? Let's just say his minor league statistical history tells us he will come back to Earth in the hitting department, but hopefully he keeps the ride going a while longer.
In parts of 9 minor league seasons he has a .258 BA, .303 OBP, .348 Slg and .650 OPS. That, my friends, is bottom of the barrel bad.
That said, Omir has hit and played well with the Mets. After going 2-for-5 Friday, he is hitting .276 in 27 games, with three homers and 17 RBI.
The hard part of this trade to swallow is that the Mets traded power. Ramon Castro hit .253 in 26 games, with three homers and 13 RBI, and has had some big homeruns for the Mets. He was always a solid late game pinch-hitting option if the Mets needed a big hit, though for some reason Jerry Manuel rarely used him in that situation, opting for just about anyone else. He only pinch-hit 4 times this year.
He has also had a lot of injuries, and at age 33, that situation is likely to get worse, not better. One of the running jokes amongst Mets writers and fans were "when will Ramon go to the DL" polls.
But the key to the trade isn't Omir, or Santos or Broadway--it's Brian Schneider.
Schneider has not hit this year (.143 BA), and he hit poorly in the first half of last year.
But take heart Mets fans, he had a very good second half of 2008, and if he returns to that form, the Mets will be in very good shape behind the plate.
Schneider played his best ball of the year in August and September, hitting .274 with 7 homeruns and 18 RBIs in 106 at-bats. That is terrific production from a catcher.
So a little hope from me:
I believe Omir Santos will continue to make contact (lord knows he won't walk) and play solid defense while calling a good game. Brian Schneider comes back healthy, rested, and capable of contributing to the offense, and the Mets have a solid, injury free duo from here on out.
I like Ramon, always have, and the numbers may say bad trade, but I like it.
Friday, May 29, 2009
Well, a pellet gun anyway.
On July 30, 2007, Brown shot Kansas City reporter Karen Kornacki in the eye with a BB gun. This happened with Kornacki was talking to his Royals teammate Tony Pena, Jr..
The Royals called it "an accident".
Sometimes you just have to laugh at the absurdity of it all.
Murph gets 5 RBIs on Wednesday.
Jerry sits Murph the next game.
Yeah, Sean West is a lefty, so let's see...
Murph happens to be hitting .313 against lefty's this year and .346 against lefty's in his brief big league career (26 ABs total against lefty's).
Fernando Tatis is hitting .241 against lefty's this year.
R. Martinez, ss
News: The Philadelphia Daily News reports that Phillies starter Brett Myers is likely to require surgery that would sideline him for three to four months. The Phillies are awaiting a prognosis from hip specialist Bryan Kelly, but the expectation is that he will need to undergo surgery to repair a torn labrum.
"I don't know what I am going to do," Myers said, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer. "First I am going to get a second opinion. ... I am going to explore every option I need to keep pitching, but if he tells me, 'It's over, you need to have [surgery] now or you could cause damage,' I will have it. I have to. It's a no-brainer.I fully expect the Phils to make the push for Jake Peavy and/or Brad Penny over the next week.
"If he tells me rehab and anti-inflammatory medicine will take care of it, I'll pitch through it."
Myers (4-3) left in the sixth inning of Philadelphia's 6-2 loss to the Florida Marlins on Wednesday after giving up five runs. He had allowed just six runs in 21 innings in three previous starts.
Myers said pitching through pain is nothing new for him.
"This has been bothering me as long I can remember," he said, according to the Inquirer. "I never knew what it was. It just became unpitchable this season."
While Myers doesn't want to have the surgery now, he knows it's inevitable.
"I have to do it regardless. Surgery is required regardless of when I get it," Myers said, according to MLB.com. "But if that doctor tells me I have to have surgery now, then I'm going to do it. There's no point in even trying to [mess] with it and mess it up to where I can't walk when I'm 30."
Taking the family up to Citi Field tomorrow for our first "Citi Field Experience".
Can't wait to see the Jackie Robinson Rotunda.
Excited to sample all the food.
Looking forward to the extra-width of the seats and the legroom.
It's also nice that there is a stellar pitching matchup.
So how has the Citi Field experience been for you?
What are the must do's?
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
I am really starting to like Citi Field.
We get crazy bounces, a serious homefield advantage, and the opponents seem cursed, as evidenced by the Sheffield and Murphy homerun umpire replays--both of which went in the Mets favor.
As I write this the Mets are 14-8 at home and leading 5-3 in the bottom of the 6th.
With the great home fans we have, coupled with the new good luck park, we just may have found our 10th man!
Livan wears his war wounds like a crown....
The old master was on display last night. His pitches darted, floated, seemed to be over the plate to hit, and then were gone in a flash or hit weakly for outs and double plays.
He threw a lot of them--127 to be exact--and went the distance in one of those games that will be forgotten before too long, but could be a difference maker come late September.
His effort gave the bullpen a rest, and it kept the Mets hot despite a slew of injuries that could have crippled a lesser team.
The Mets have won 4 out of their last 5 games and remain a scant half game back of the Phillies for first place in the NL East.
Livan was proud of his effort, as well he should be.
"This is the Livan everybody knew before," Hernandez said. "The last two years have been a difficult time, but now I've come back and been the same as before."
"I threw good sinkers, and people hit into double plays," said Hernandez. "Today was a day everything happened perfect: a lot of double plays and the sinker working real good."
He is now 4-1 on the year with a respectable 4.28 ERA. In the month of May he is 3-0 with a 2.70 ERA and 4 high quality starts in 5 outings.
It was also a night of young and old.
20-year old Fernando Martinez had an RBI in his major league debut.
"That was unbelievable for me," Martinez said. "I waited all my life for that moment. That's great. It's like, 'That's my life,' right now."
His whole life, huh? I'm wearing a 23-year old Mets t-shirt as I write this, but still, you have to admire the kids enthusiasm.
40-year old Gary Sheffield hit a three-run homer in the seventh inning, the 504th of his illustrious career, to break it open.
The homerun tied him with Eddie Murray for 24th place on the all-time homerun list.
Sheffield is hitting .340 in May with a 1.036 OPS. Right now, he is the sole true long ball threat in the lineup, and he is absolutely hammering the ball.
"I have to just keep doing my job," Sheffield said.
The rest of the team helped too.
David Wright had two hits, Luis Castillo scored twice, and the defense was terrific.
Another tip of the cap to Angel Pagan. He had two hits and a walk in the leadoff spot and also gunned out a runner out the plate. Pagan is not a great player, but he is a solid 4th outfielder who can make things happen when he plays.
All in all a fun night of baseball at Citi Field.
Johan Santana is on the hill today (weather permitting) as the Mets look for the sweep.
Enjoy your coffee!
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Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Now, with Church on the DL and Beltran hurting, the time for Fernando is really here.
Let the kid play, let's get excited and win a few games, and let's look at the future now.
Who knows, he could kick ass and just stay here a while.
As some of you may know, I served in the Air Force for 21 years, retiring in August 2007 from the Pentagon.
As part of the military retirement checklist, there are numerous medical and dental appointments--this is your last chance to get stuff fixed on active duty before you enter the retiree or VA medical system, so they are very thorough.
During my dental exam in the Pentagon Dental Clinic, the technician asked if I had any teeth issues--I admitted that one tooth had bothered me for years, but I didn't say anything because it could take me off deployment status, and we were at war.
A quick deep probe (painful!) and x-ray revealed the tooth was actually cracked in half at the root...ugh.
The problem was that I had only 2 weeks until my official retirement date of August 11th, and once that date passed, they weren't supposed to see me anymore.
"Go see Dr Maxwell," they told me.
I went to see Doc Maxwell...tall, handsome guy with an imposing presence. I am 6'2" and a career military man, and he scared the crap out of me.
His office was adorned with pictures of him standing with several Presidents and dignitaries, and they were all personally inscribed. He told me he was a retired Navy Captain and formerly the official military dentist to President Bush the Elder and President Clinton.
I explained my circumstances--the cracked tooth, the two weeks left before retirement, etc, and he told me not to worry. Said he would remove the tooth that day, put in a holder for an implant, and build a crown while it all healed, which would take a few weeks.
The tooth was pulled that day, I went back 3 days later for the holder, and they sent off the mold to make my crown. Told me to come back on Sep 11th.
Now no one wants to be in the Pentagon on Sep 11th...I had spent six Sep 11th's in the Pentagon..1999-2001, and 2004-2006...I didn't want a seventh.
A week before my appointment, Doc Maxwell called me and said to come in on Sep 12th...the crown wouldn't quite be ready in time, so he pushed me back a day (much to my relief).
On Sep 12th, 2007 I went in for my crown...at this point I was no longer in the military, but a civilian retiree...we were breaking the rules. I had been instructed to check in under my active duty rank.
As I waited in Doc Maxwell's dental chair, already numb, people kept coming by to congratulate the good doctor and pat him on the back.
I looked up and slurred, "what's the big occassion?"
He looked down at me, dental tools in hand, assistant at the ready, my mouth already numb from the shots, and said:
"My son hit a Grand Slam for the Nats last night."
In my best Sylvester Stallone droopy mouth from the shots voice I blurted, "your son is Justin Maxwell!?!?"
"Yes, he is, now open wide so we can get this crown in before I get in trouble."
Thanks Doctor Maxwell...you broke the Pentagon rules to help me--you worked on two President's teeth-- your son is a major league ballplayer--and you still work at the Pentagon helping the troops when you could be in private practice making a million a year.
I hope the Doc had a great Memorial Day, I know I did.
Normally I'm the type of fan that hates rainouts....loathe them with a passion.
But with rain in the forecast for the next few days, and a plethora of injuries that are swinging precariously between DL or "a few more days of rest", I say Let It Rain!
Carlos Beltran is going for an MRI today...best case is they find nothing structurally and a few days off (thanks to our friend the rain), gets him back to 100%...Let It Rain.
Jose Reyes' balky calf is still sore, and he could either be back by Friday, or head to the DL...my guess is he comes back Friday, so for now...Let It Rain.
Ryan Church's MRI came back negative, and he is getting treatment for his sore hamstring...a few more days should have him back at 100%...Let It Rain.
Frankie Rodriguez came back from his back spasms to record his 13th save last night, but he admitted to a little soreness...it sure would be nice to give him a 3 day rest...Let It Rain.
Gary Sheffield is playing every day now, and at his age he should be more of a play 2 days, sit a day or two, kind of player...we need to keep him fresh for later in the season...Let It Rain.
A few more days off also gets us nearer to being a more complete club...Cora, Schneider, Ollie, Delgado...whether you love or hate any or all of these guys, we're better with a full deck of cards to deal with.
So yes, I hate a rainout, but sometimes, only sometimes, they can work to a team's advantage.
Let It Rain.
Monday, May 25, 2009
Beltran to undergo MRI per SNY crawler.
When Razor Shines sent him home from second (to get thrown out), I was livid...you were livid...hopefully this is not going to reveal anything more than some tenderness.
More to follow.
The Mets injury woes continue, and the next day or two will provide answers to what the next month will look like.
Yesterday we heard Jose Reyes declare himself out for today. We also don't know the state of Carlos Beltran and Ryan Church.
If Church has a torn hamstring, it's like that Fernando Martinez gets called up. While we all love the kid, it's preferable to leave him in the minors to let him play every day.
Do you play FMart over one of the more experienced outfielders? He's hitting well in AAA, and he could certainly help the team right now, but odds are he'll struggle like every other 20 year old making the transition to the big leagues.
Jose Reyes is the most troubling absence this side of Carlos Delgado. That Reyes declared himself out of today's game yesterday sent shock waves through Mets nation.
If he has to go to the DL for any length of time, the team's defensive struggles become even more exacerbated.
It really is time to add DeRosa...we need the depth.
The list below isn't complete....that tells you just how banged up this club is right now.
|Church, Ryan (RF)||05/24||Day-to-day||Possibly May 25||Strained right hamstring||Missed 2nd straight game on May 24.|
|Cora, Alex (2B)||05/18||15-day DL||Early June||Torn ligament in right thumb||Unable to throw in infield practice on May 18.|
|Delgado, Carlos (1B)||05/19||15-day DL||Possibly mid-July||Torn labrum in hip||Underwent surgery May 19.|
|Perez, Oliver (P)||05/22||15-day DL||Possibly late May||Right knee patellar tendinitis||Threw extended Spring Training game May 21.|
|Reyes, Jose (SS)||05/24||Day-to-day||Possibly May 25||Calf tendinitis||Took grounders before May 23 game.|
|Rodriguez, Francisco (P)||05/24||Day-to-day||Possibly May 25||Back spasms||Played catch prior to May 24 game.|
|Schneider, Brian (C)||05/13||15-day DL||Possibly late May||Strained back, sore calf||Slowed by lingering calf discomfort.|
|Wagner, Billy (P)||05/20||15-day DL||Possibly late '09||Torn elbow ligament||Working out at Mets' Spring Training complex.|
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Today's lineup is the same as yesterday's, with the exception of a catching change (day game after a night game):
Luis is 9 for 20 lifetime against Wakefield, easily the most success of any Met against the knuckleballer.
Year PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
1997 3 3 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 .333 .333 .333 .666
2000 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000
2001 4 4 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 .500 .500 .500 1.000
2003 4 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .250 .250 .250 .500
2006 6 5 4 0 0 0 1 1 0 .800 .833 .800 1.633
2007 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
TOT 21 20 9 0 0 0 3 1 3 .450 .476 .450 .926
Looking through the stats on Tim Wakefield this morning and found a shocker.
Luis Castillo is 9 for 20, with a .476 OBP, against the knuckleballer.
Carlos Beltran has also had great success. He's 7 for 23 with a HR.
Sheff has taken Wakefield deep twice, but both of those were in 2005. Last year Sheffield was oh for 6 against him.
Ramon Martinez has faced him 4 times, with 2 hits, and Fernando Tatis is 2 for 2.
Could be a very good day for the Mets offense.
Here are the complete stats of active Mets vs Tim Wakefield.
On the flip side, the current Red Sox lineup has absolutely mashed Tim Redding.
JD Drew is 4 for 10 with 2 homeruns.
Jason Bay is 4 for 13.
All told the current Red Sox hit .340 against Redding.
Here are the complete stats of active Red Sox vs Tim Redding.
A 10-8 game in the making?
Mets probable pitcher
- #44 RHP
- (0-0) 3.00 ERA 4 SO
Red Sox probable pitcher
- #49 RHP
- (5-2) 3.59 ERA 30 SO
For those that watched the game on SNY or NESN, you'll recall that the cameras caught Papelbon's reaction to the great play David Wright and Luis Castillo pulled off to get the out at second in the bottom of the 9th.
This is classic, especially as it wasn't even that close of a play:
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Thanks very much to Bart Hubbach from the NY Post.
He reports the following live from the scene:
K-Rod just collapsed from the spasms outside the clubhouse and is requiring medical attention.Think positive thoughts everyone.
A stretcher has just been called for K-Rod outside the clubhouse.
K-Rod is now crying from the spasms as the EMTs arrive.
Team officials have now shielded K-Rod from reporters, so no more live updates, unfortunately.
Mets win 3-2 with JJ Putz on the hill to close it out and some great defense.
What a phenomenal win.
If the Mets can sweep the series tomorrow, they return to Shea with a ton of momentum to face the Nationals and Marlins.
Papelbon is still crying in the dugout.
Pitches-strikes: Pelfrey 111-70, Feliciano, P 13-8, Putz 15-9, Beckett 117-78, Papelbon 15-9.
Groundouts-flyouts: Pelfrey 12-3, Feliciano, P 1-1, Putz 2-1, Beckett 8-11, Papelbon 0-1.
Batters faced: Pelfrey 27, Feliciano, P 3, Putz 4, Beckett 30, Papelbon 5.
Umpires: HP: Joe West. 1B: Ed Rapuano. 2B: Chad Fairchild. 3B: Paul Nauert.
Weather: 55 degrees, clear.
Wind: 8 mph, R to L.
May 23, 2009
What a difference a few weeks make.
David Wright came into the season with some issues with his batting stance. I documented them here, and again here, and finally here.
In April DW had 27 Ks and 12 Walks.
In May he's had 14 Ks and 16 walks.
But it gets better....much better.
In David Wright's last 8 games he's walked 11 times and struck out 3 times.
That's correct, 11 walks in his last 8 games.
He's also driven in 11 runs during those 8 games and had an astounding 15 hits in 25 at bats.
I don't have access to every record, but it occurred to me that this just might be the greatest 8 game stretch of getting on base in major league history.
Think about it:
15 hits in 25 at-bats with 11 walks?
For the month of May DW is hitting .457 with an OBP of .557 and an OPS of 1.271.
OK stat heads--hop to it...I really want to know if this 8 game OBP streak has ever been bested.
On base 26 times in 36 plate appearances...has to be a record or close to it.
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|May 15||@SF||W 8-6||5||1||3||1||0||0||4||0||2||1||0||.423||.519||.942||.341|
|May 16||@SF||W 9-6||5||1||3||1||0||0||3||0||0||0||0||.429||.529||.958||.350|
|May 17||@SF||L 2-0||2||0||1||0||0||0||0||2||1||0||1||.436||.528||.964||.352|
|May 18||@LAD||L 3-2||3||1||2||2||0||0||0||2||0||0||0||.447||.545||.992||.359|
|May 19||@LAD||L 5-3||2||1||1||0||0||0||1||2||0||0||0||.454||.544||.998||.361|
|May 20||@LAD||L 2-1||2||0||1||0||0||0||0||2||0||0||0||.461||.544||1.005||.362|
|May 22||@BOS||W 5-3||3||0||1||0||0||0||1||1||0||0||0||.462||.539||1.001||.362|
Of all the strange twists and turns the early season has taken, one thing is for certain--Frankie Rodriguez is one hell of a reliever.
His current ERA+ is 503...that is a stunning statistic, especially as we're now more than 25% of the way through the season.
Last year the setup men and closing staff were a weakness, this year the closer is a strength...a huge strength.
Bottom line for this Mets team is that they are still right there to take the NL East and perhaps more. The injury bug has hit, but it may be a blessing in disguise that it hit early, and remember that the team is 22-19 and just 1.5 games back.
Regardless, watching Frankie come in and pitch the 9th is a pure joy. You did good here Omar.
I may even learn to love the celebrations....maybe.
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Friday, May 22, 2009
Wow, what an 8th. Bobby Parnell blew everyone away and hit 100 mph on the NESN gun during his strikeout of JD Drew
High cheddar indeed!