This is Exactly the Crap I'm Talking About
“This ain’t about whether Collins was wrong to “insult” the fans. Nor does it have anything to do with what anyone thinks of Valdespin, the Mets’ latest incarnation of Lastings (High Five) Milledge.” http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/mets/raissman-countdown-mount-st-collins-article-1.1346669#ixzz2TZVNrFpP Valdespin isn’t a great player. But he’s one of the few...
Yes, They Really Do Suck This Bad
Another week of watching terrible baseball here in Queens. Yeah, the players have problems. Terry’s management has been putrid. And the announcers have been absolutely brutal. As a fan, I know you’re supposed to pinch hit for the pitcher in a tie game with runners on. But I’m not pinch hitting for Harvey in today’s game. Not only can he swing the bat and at least give you...
A LIL 2 HARD THERE, EH BUCKY?
dudabides: Not a happy pie-facing
And That Happened
Ok, who thought that Valdespin was gonna hit it before it happened? Wall was throwing grapefruits up there. But there’s no way you can say with a straight face, “Yep. Called it. Grand slam. Put it in the books.” Anyway, great game. It was kinda nice to see Lagares get pitched around in his MLB debut, only to have Harvey miss a home run by about three feet. Duda continues to make...
That was my kinda game. It was a pitcher’s duel for most of the game. The other guy blinks and then the Mets pile on against the bullpen. But what really got me was Harvey’s 6th and 7th innings. He had started to lose it, recomposed himself, and powered through. Kid’s got guts. Ike still worries me. As Keith keeps saying, he’s doing the same thing he did at the beginning...
Equal Opportunity Sucking
I didn’t know the score going into tonight’s SNY replay. But I still wasn’t surprised when the bullpen gave it up. And unsurprisingly, it was a group effort that really gave the Colorado hitters a chance to really inflate their stats. So, faithful reader, the annual question: Why do the Mets fail so miserably at building bullpens? I can’t say it’s their talent...
Bad Teams Lose Games Like This
It’s just how it happens. A couple of postponed games, then back to it in the freezing cold. And everything goes wrong. But the other team has to deal with it too. You can’t let them back into the game and certainly not on throwing errors.
A Return To Earth
Given the state of the Mets starting pitching staff, which was supposed to be a credit going into the season, I am completely unsurprised at the last two games in Philly. No matter how much he tries to minimize it, Gee is still on the comeback trail from surgery. Hefner was supposed to be the long relief in the bullpen. Additionally, Laffey was filler for Las Vegas. So not exactly the strength it...
The Harvey Society
I think what impressed me most about Harvey’s start tonight was how he was able to get hitters to chase balls way out of the strike zone. There were at least three strikeouts where Philly hitters were just baffled. Whether Harvey “had his A game” or not is completely irrelevant. The Phillies couldn’t get comfortable against him all night. That’s what matters. It was...
The official scorer shall not credit as the winning pitcher a relief pitcher who is ineffective in a brief appearance, when at least one succeeding relief pitcher pitches effectively in helping his team maintain its lead. In such a case, the official scorer shall credit as the winning pitcher the succeeding relief pitcher who was most effective, in the judgment of the official scorer. Rule...
I Watched Parts of Three Mets Games Today
First was the actual Mets game this afternoon. I dunno if you can call MLB GameDay “watching”, but there it is. Gee pitched ok. He needs to find the strike zone more consistently. I’m also not certain why Terry Collins brought in Familia with the game on the line. Of course he gave it up. What else would he do in that situation? Next was the Binghamton Mets road opener. I...
Perfect through 3. 10 strikeouts. 2 walks. 1 hit. Now that’s what I call a pitching performance. Nice work, Mr. Harvey. Call of the game: “And Duda hits the Big Lebowski!” The realist in me says, “It’s only the Padres”. But these have been two great, if lopsided, games. Niese and Harvey have both thrown the ball well. And the team is hitting better than they...
Here, Faithful Reader, is Why Draft Picks Matter
Jim Callis has a great article for Baseball America that you can read here: http://www.baseballamerica.com/draft/draft-bonus-pools-rise-8-2-percent/ Here’s what I get out of it. 1. The Mets have $6,990,000 to spend on the first 10 rounds, assuming they sign every one of their draft picks. 2. If they do not sign a pick, they lose the money associated with that slot. 3. The Mets have 11 picks in...
34 Opening Day Wins!
I’m sure somebody is going to say that it’s all downhill from here. But enjoy it for a day or so, especially as the Yankees were hammered today. Niese was great today and the Mets lineup was aggressive. But the Padres were truly horrendous. Volquez needs to learn where the strike zone is. The bullpen could probably be reminded too. Ransom and Gyrko had some mis-plays in the field,...
Opening Day Predictions
If you even think about reading baseball news, you’ve probably come across an NL East prediction that looks exactly like this: Nationals Braves Phillies Mets Marlins Pretty much everyone and their brother expects the NL East to shake out like this. The win/loss column varies, but overall, here it is. I wouldn’t expect this to change even if Roy Halladay’s arm falls off and...
Too Many Goodbyes This Year
I can’t say that I’m surprised at the news of Johan Santana’s demise. There really hasn’t been a pitcher that successfully returned from the surgery he had. So this is more confirmation of the worst case scenario than anything else. I can live with that. I have to, I’m a Mets fan. Everything is the worst case scenario. Johan will be sorely missed. And not just for the no-hitter last year. He led...
If the ball hits the umpire, why isn’t it a dead ball?
The Sky is Falling
Well, not really. But Adam Rubin wants you to think so. My expectation is that this Mets team is a 4th place team. If you’ve been paying attention at any time since last July or so, that would be your expectation too. They might even give the Marlins a run for their money, knocking on the NL East basement door. Personally, I don’t care if Frank Frank pitches. He was terrible last...
If Travis d'Arnaud hits an oppo taco, do we get...
The Crux of the Biscuit
“…what we’re trying to accomplish here is a culture shift, if you will, so that the organization as an institution has a direction, and philosophy, and an operating plan over the next several years. The only way to really implement anything like that is through education or re-education…” - Sandy Alderson
The “Higher Payroll” Campaign Continues
Today, MLBPA executive director Michael Weiner made some comments about how the Mets need to start spending like a big market team. And the story made the rounds throughout the beat writer ranks, because they have nothing else to talk about other than Zack Wheeler. So here’s my answer to Mr. Weiner: No, not right now. See, here’s the thing, there’s no reason to overspend on free agents if you...
Hell May Have Frozen Over
1. The Tampa Bay Rays GM praised the Mets front office on their approach. 2. The story was printed in The New York Post Maybe there really is something to this rebuilding thing. Ya think?!
Today's Non-News: Mets Finances
Fred Wilpon made a statement about being debt free today. Writers sprinted to get their story out first. Commenters put down the statement as quickly as possible. My answer: who cares? If anything, the team not having any money has actually been good for the organization. They didn’t have the money to sign free agents to overvalued contracts so they spent on the draft. They’re building from the...
Mets Ranked #12 Minor League System by John...
So what the hell does that mean? Sickels himself says that system rankings are incredibly subjective. There’s no doubt that the Cardinals’ #1 ranked system is clearly better than the Tigers at #30. But is there really a huge difference between the Mets at #12 and the Yankees at #14? Probably not. So why should we pay attention? To me, the answer is simple. A team that places an emphasis on the...
The Bourn Solution
Tonight, I learned that Michael Bourn signed with the Indians. And thus, our long national draft pick compensation nightmare is over. It’s not that I didn’t want Bourn to be a Met. It’s that I didn’t want him to be a Met for $12 to $15 million a year for 4 to 5 years while giving up a draft pick. Every draft pick counts as the Alderson Administration rebuilds the farm...
The Four Sweetest Words in the English Language
Pitchers and catchers report!
The Return of Perpetual Pedro
Today, the Mets announced the signing of Pedro Feliciano to a minor league deal. You may remember that the Mets pitched him almost every day a couple of years ago, and then the Yankees signed him for two years not realizing that his arm had actually fallen off. So here he is mounting a comeback for the team he made his name with. Yeah, he’s 36 coming back from a torn capsule and rotator...
LOL of the day– “I’m wearing my generous pants” http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/index.php/jaso-morse-move-around-in-three-team-deal/
Fire the BBWAA
If you read any of my posts last year, you know I have no love for our local members of the Baseball Writers Association of America. Today’s vote, where not one person made it into the Hall of Fame, has not put any love in my heart for them either. Now I’m a Mets fan, but this isn’t about Mike Piazza. In fact, I think Piazza should go in as a Dodger. But the fact that Piazza, Biggio, Trammel,...
The Player To Be Named Later
For as much crap as the Alderson Administration has gotten, the PTBNL in the Dickey trade has been announced. Mets give up Mike Nickeas and receive Wuilmer Becerra, an 18 year old Venezuelan the Blue Jays gave a $1.3 million signing bonus to. He’s only played 11 games in the Gulf Coast League, but they essentially just added a draft pick. So the Mets trade a minor league catcher for a guy...
A Fond Farewell: R.A. Dickey
It was the Spring of 2010, the Mets were in DC, and another replacement pitcher took the field against the hapless Nationals. I was on the couch, in my normal malaise. “Holy shit, he throws a knuckleball!” “Wait, that’s moving too fast to be a knuckleball?!” Through the next 6 innings, number 43 provided Mets fans with a reason to care again. I ended up sitting on...
So Long, Jason Bay
Seems that the last time I wrote a real post here, the Mets were still exciting and there was an actual chance. As you know, the Mets regressed hard and ended pretty much exactly where they were projected. Under .500, a year closer to getting better. Today, the Mets formally announced they would take that next step and released Jason Bay. He’ll be paid the balance of the money owed on his...
A Special Thanks to the Padres Organization, and a...
Specifically, for DFA-ing Mike Baxter last year. How the heck do you get 5 walks in a game? I realize Mike from Whitestone is likely due to regress hard. But you’ve got to love his approach to the game. I think most MLB players would have started hacking after the second walk. Mike kept his approach and let his OBP rise. Maybe we should call him Mike From Walkstone. I do have one question...
Something, maybe insomnia, compelled me to stay up to watch the end of last night’s game. Maybe it was the hilarious texts with Ian Miller of Productive Outs, who was at the game, and thus authored this post’s title. Holy shitballs, that was the worst baseball I’ve seen all season, on both sides. I knew it was going to be terrible when Mets announcer Gary Cohen had already...
In the second inning of last night’s game, Ruben Tejada made an astounding play in foul territory. If you missed it, see it here. Very quietly, Ruben has put together an excellent season through these first 100 games. He’s dedicated himself to being a singles hitter with a high on-base percentage, and is sporting a .319/.365/.380 line, and is worth 1.6 WAR as a result. That’s...
"Matt Harvey...You are a Madman..."
“…that time when you threw 11 strikeouts and two hits in your major league debut. Nobody had done that in modern MLB history. I wanna party with you, cowboy.” Ok, so maybe Bill Murray as John Winger in Stripes didn’t quite say that. But that’s essentially what every commentary on tonight’s game is gonna be. And seriously, it was an impressive outing. I really...
Overheard in my Living Room
“Well that sucked.” 47-49, two games under .500 with a quickly closing window on season competition. Chris Young, like Jon Niese the previous night, pitched really well. Yeah, he gave up that home run in the first, but that was it. A nice 7 inning outing and that’s something for him to build on, especially considering his last start was also against the Nationals. Bobby...
Sigh. Regression to the mean is a bitch, isn’t it? It’s amazing how two bad weeks in July can destroy the previous 3 months of hard work. And no matter how many times I see this, I’m still bewildered at how a team can fade so easily once July hits. So what now? There will be no blockbuster trade. And there apparently won’t be much in the way of help from Buffalo. Is...
A Backwards Discussion
Amidst the Mets 9-5 win over the Nationals this afternoon, there was talk between the announcers of their major prospect pitchers. And again, I was left shaking my head. The topic was brought up by the always dull Kevin Burkhardt. Once again, sitting in the stands, giving his opinion on players he hasn’t watched, based on “feel within the organization”. The argument starts with...
5 Game Losing Streak, 2 Games Over .500, 2 Weeks...
Well, this has been some season, huh? Most people thought going into the season that the only seller rivaling the Mets in how many players they’d deal would be the Cubs. Now we’re contemplating how the team can justify being a buyer in a seller’s market. July hasn’t been the Mets’ month. They’re 3-8, and quite frankly, the next two weeks don’t get easier...
81 games, 44 wins
So, who at the beginning of the season saw this coming? The answer, of course, is nobody. And yes, that includes yours truly. For half a season, they’ve been a lot of fun to watch. The most fun in a long time. Even if they weren’t winning, they’d still be fun to watch because they don’t give up. There was a stat early in the game that the Mets are last in the National...
The "New" Mets Don't Get Swept
Yeah, the last week has been pretty atrocious. The Mets dropped two series and now get to limp into LA. But there is something to hold onto here. The cycle of sweeps (good and bad) is seemingly over. Yeah, I would have preferred they were 4-2 over the last week instead of the reverse. But there are ebbs and flows to the season and this happens to young teams. The Mets haven’t exactly been...
That Was a Hard Fought Series
Yeah, it sucked they dropped the series to the Yankees. But there’s a couple of things here to build on. First off, they didn’t get swept. That’s a step in the right direction considering how the rest of the month has gone. Second, they didn’t give up. 2 out hits were on display in these games. Yeah, Terry should have pitched Byrdak instead of Batista. Cano still may have...