Archive for August, 2009

Johan out for year; Wagner dealt

Posted: August 25, 2009 in Mets

Johan Santana will have season-ending elbow surgery, but to tell you the truth, I’m actually happy with this news because A. It isn’t reconstructive (Tommy John) surgery and B. This season has long been a lost cause, so why waste any Johan starts?. I really feared the worst with this injury, thinking Johan might be done for a significant part of next season, but it doesn’t appear to be the case. In other Mets news, Billy Wagner was dealt to the Red Sox after initially saying he wouldn’t waive his no-trade clause to go there. The Mets receive a pair of players to be named later, one of which is reportedly OF/1B Chris Carter. Carter is almost 27 and has put up good numbers at AAA, but I wouldn’t really call him a prospect. He could be a decent bench guy and hopefully he gets a nice look in September. To replace Santana and Wagner on the roster, the Mets recalled lefty Pat Misch and outfielder Nick Evans.

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Johan Santana was scratched from tomorrow’s start against the Marlins. He’s seeing a doctor for an apparent elbow injury. This season has long been lost, but if Johan has a serious injury that requires surgery, next year might be lost as well……

It’s been awhile since I last posted

Posted: August 24, 2009 in Mets

All moved in to our new Naples Daily News building, and it’s pretty sweet. A lot bigger than our old run-down facility. Since the last time I posted, nothing has changed regarding the Mets. They’re still terrible and still dropping like flies. Jeff Francoeur is the latest victim, having suffered a thumb injury in yesterday’s loss to the Phillies. That game ended when Francouer lined into an unassisted triple play. The baseball gods loathe the Mets and their fans. They lost again today, 6-2. Ryan Howard ripped a couple of bombs off Bobby Parnell and Cliff Lee stifled an inept Mets offense for seven innings. Oh yeah, Fred Wilpon said both Omar Minaya and Jerry Manuel will be back next season. The fun never ends (or starts).

That was more like it

Posted: August 19, 2009 in Mets

The Mets fall 15-2 to the Braves tonight, with starter Bobby Parnell surrendering eight runs in the second inning. In fairness to him, a lot of grounders and bleeders got through early in the inning, and the frame should have ended much earlier than it did. With two outs and the Mets trailing 3-0, Garrett Anderson hit a grounder to shortstop Anderson Hernandez, who looked to second for the easy force, except Luis Castillo was nowhere to be found. Castillo has been much better this year at the plate, but his defensive lapses are unacceptable. Then again, the whole team looked like it was going through the motions, although I guess it’s tough not to when a team hangs an 8-spot on you in the second inning. Final game of the series tomorrow night, then the Phillies come in to take at least three of four.

Where did that come from?

Posted: August 18, 2009 in Mets

It seemed to be just another day at the office for the woeful Mets. Oliver Perez was struggling as usual, and what was worse he was doing it against the Braves and Derek Lowe, the guy the Mets really wanted to sign in the offseason but lost out when the Braves offered him a fourth year on his contract. Instead, Omar gives Ollie a three-year, $36 million deal, and we know the rest. Lowe cruised through the first three innings, and the Braves staked him to a 4-0 lead on homers by Matt Diaz and Adam LaRoche. Then, the unthinkable happened. The Mets’ usually pathetic offense exploded on Lowe in the bottom of the fourth for eight runs on 10 hits. Angel Pagan and Luis Castillo started the unlikely outburst with singles, each scoring on Gary Sheffield’s first double of the inning. A groundout by Daniel Murphy (who had the dubious distinction of making two of the three outs in the inning) moved Sheff to third, and he scored on Jeff Francoeur’s double (Francoeur had three hits on the day, and I continue to love what he’s brought to the squad, both offensively, defensively and with his flat-out hard-nosed play). Fernando Tatis came up with a man on second, meaning he couldn’t ground into a DP, so he instead grounded an RBI single to left, tying the score at 4. An Omir Santos single pushed him to third, and he scored on Anderson Hernandez’s RBI hit. Ollie got in the act with a single to load the bases, and after an Angel Pagan fielder’s choice plated the sixth run, Pagan stole second and scored on Castillo’s second hit of the frame, a two-run single to right. Perez worked the fifth for a hardly deserved win, but I’m sure he’ll take it. At least he walked only one batter. Elmer Dessens tossed two scoreless innings, followed by zeroes put up by Pedro Feliciano and Brian Stokes to end it. Every player in the starting lineup had at least one hit, and the Mets had 17 hits total, most of them singles of course. While the season is indeed lost, I would love for the Mets to show some spunk and take a few series against their NL East rivals. They’ve got the Braves for two more (Jair Jurrjens vs. Bobby Parnell on Wednesday night), the Phillies for four and then head on the road to take on the Marlins. Mets now 56-63 on the season, 12 1/2 back of the Phils in the NL East and 10 games back of the Rockies for the Wild Card, for those still scoring at home for some ungodly reason.

Livan Hernandez is a terrible pitcher

Posted: August 17, 2009 in Mets

He may once have been effective, but he’s finished. I’d rather see the deplorable Tim Redding over this guy. At least Redding’s fastball has reached 90 this decade.
UPDATE: Scratch that, Redding is pretty horrendous as well. The Mets have four guys on the team (Livan, Redding, Figueroa, Dessens) who would be long relievers/spot starters on the Royals. What a year.

Remember when?

Posted: August 15, 2009 in Mets

Gary Carter celebrates with Darryl Strawberry and Keith Hernandez after a game-winning hit against the Phillies during the magical 1986 season.

Gary Carter celebrates with Darryl Strawberry and Keith Hernandez after a game-winning hit against the Phillies during the magical 1986 season.


I just had to post this image. It makes me smile whenever I look back on the 1986 season. That team had such a great cast of characters. They didn’t take any crap from anyone and they were truly on a mission. When I look back on it, it’s amazing that group didn’t win more championships. I was only 11, but more and more, I’m wondering if I’ll ever see another Mets championship. But, I’ll always have 1986.

ouch
It’s been a horrendous season for the Mets, that we all know. The injuries, the front-office embarassments, the poor play. Add Saturday’s game against the Giants to the seemingly endless parade of horse manure also known as the Mets season.
First, David Wright gets hit in the head with an 0-2 fastball from the Giants’ Matt Cain. Wright went down in a heap at the plate for about two minutes and was immediately tended to by the Mets’ training staff (personally, I might have told the batboy to treat my injury if I was Wright, but that’s another story).
Eventually Wright walked off the field, but was taken to the hospital for a CT scan, which was negative. However, Wright has a conussion and who knows how long he’ll be out? I hope the team just puts the poor guy on the DL and lets him get well, unlike the Ryan Church fiasco from last year. The season is beyond lost, just do the right thing and put Wright out of his misery awhile, he’s seen enough.
Now on to Cain, who showed he was a punk-ass beotch with his actions later in the contest. As he left the field in the eighth, he tipped his hat to a pissed off CitiField crowd. Matt, you beaned the face of the franchise in the head, the one guy who has had the guts to play just about every game of this shipwreck of a season. You’re going to get booed, so just take it. Instead, it’s hat-tipping time.
But those two moments weren’t the only ones to draw my ire. Oh there were many others, as has been the case in just about every Mets loss this year. I love Johan Santana, I really do, especially since he was protecting Wright in the seventh by throwing at Pablo Sandoval. But instead of plunking him in the ribs, Johan throws it behind him. How do you miss this guy? He’s like 5-8, 400 pounds. Of course, Fats Sandoblob launches the next pitch for a home run. Typical. At least Johan plunked Bengie Molina in the next AB. Somehow he didn’t get tossed, although I’m sure he’ll be fined and possibly suspended for his actions. Molina would be heard from again, unfortunately.
The Mets rallied to tie the game in the eighth with RBI hits from Cory Sullivan and Fernando Tatis, as well as a game-tying sacrifice fly from Gary Sheffield. I honestly thought, ‘hey, this season is lost but wouldn’t it be great if the Mets can finish the comeback?” You know, with their fallen teammate in the hospital and everything, it would have been nice to post the W. Instead, the offense doesn’t get another hit and Molina naturally homers in the 10th off Francisco “Add me to the never-ending list of Met closers who make us reach for the Rolaids” Rodriguez. I’ll shoulder some of the blame here. I started this blog the night Luis Castillo dropped the A-Rod pop-up to hand K-Rod a blown save, a rarity at that time.
Ever since that play, Rodriguez has been pretty horrendous. I’m convinced if Mariano Rivera, Joe Nathan or Jonathan Papelbon joined the Mets, they’d instantly suck. Call it the Armando Benitez effect.
Whatever, the Mets are back to eight games under .500 and without Wright in the lineup, could field one of the weakest everyday lineups in team history when they take the field Sunday against Jonathan Sanchez and the Giants.
I’m off from work and off from the blog. Sorry I haven’t been posting more often lately, but quite frankly, what more can be said about this team? At least Giants season is coming up, as well as plenty of CDs in September that I’m looking forward to purchasing. I can write about something positive for a change. But until then, it’s more Mets misery……

Stop the presses: Mets win

Posted: August 12, 2009 in Mets

The Mets finished a horrendous road trip to NL West also-rans San Diego and Arizona on a positive note, topping the Diamondbacks 6-4 to avoid a three-game sweep. The victory capped a 2-5 road trip that sank the Mets further into the abyss of the NL East and wild card standings. In another “hate being right” instance, the Mets have totally gone in the tank after a trade deadline in which useless Omar Minaya made no moves. At that time, the Mets were 49-52 and had just reeled off a five-game winning streak to get within five games or so of the wild-card lead. He gave his team no boost, and they predictably sank with a 4-9 stretch to pretty much end the slim chances of contending this season. Anyway, on today’s game: Oliver Perez was erratic as usual but minimized the damage, giving up one run in his 5 1/3 innings. He walked six and struck out seven, tossing over 110 pitches in a typical inefficient outing. But I’ll say this for Ollie, he’s looked much better since coming off the DL last month (although he couldn’t have looked much worse). Pedro Feliciano allowed a pair of inherited runners to score, tying the game at 3 in the seventh, but the Mets actually picked up a pair of two-out RBI hits from Luis Castillo and Cory Sullivan, who delivered a run with his second triple of the game and fourth since his call-up a few weeks ago. The Mets added another in the ninth on a wild pitch, and Frankie Rodriguez closed out the win, although he allowed a two-out run to cross the plate. Mets are 53-61 and they can’t lose tomorrow, as they have an off day. They begin a four-game set with the Giants that might have mattered if this team hadn’t gone a combined 3-8 against the Padres and Diamondbacks over the last two weeks.

Because David Wright needs a day off (he’s played in all but one game this year), this is what the Mets are reduced to tonight:
Cory Sullivan, LF
Luis Castillo, 2B
Fernando Tatis, 3B
Daniel Murphy, 1B
Jeff Francoeur, RF
Jeremy Reed, CF
Alex Cora, SS
Brian Schneider, C
Livan Hernandez, P

Ouch, this lineup hearkens back to the early 90s Mets lineups which included Joe Orsulak batting third and rejects like Chico Walker and Jeff McKnight getting a heavy dose of playing time. The season can’t end fast enough. I say it all the time, it’s become my mantra.