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.


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.