A blog dedicated to the New York Mets with some other baseball thrown in.

Friday, June 25, 2004

Not Feeling Quite So Confiedent

I had some more anti-Yankee stuff to post, but I could not bring myself to do it. Not after the embarrassing games of the last two days by the Mets. If the Mets do well this weekend, the post will make it’s way onto the blog.


STOP LOOKING AT THE BALL AND RUN!!!!


The Mets are continuing to hurt themselves with leaving men on base, having no men on base for Piazza, and too many costly errors. When the Mets make and error, it is not like they create a leak in the boat, they create a gaping hole in the hull. They make errors in fabulous fashion. It is hard for me to get all over Cameron for this one, because he has been hot lately and has come a big in a few spots of late. Yeah, he went 0 - 4 with three K's and an error that allowed and eventual four unearned runs in, but people are going to have games like that. It happens to everyone. However, this has to be the worst time to have two demoralizing defeats. With the Yankees on the horizon, the Mets cannot keep shooting themselves in the foot. If they play like this against the Yankees, the scores may start to look like they are for football games. It's hard not think they will be downtrodden after these two games, but they need to have confidence and play with some conviction. They are one game under .500 now and need to avoid falling any further under. Just Wednesday, the Mets were one game over .500 and I was feeling pretty good about things. While I still feel good, I am bit more skeptical coming into this series with their play of late. They seem to relapse every so often into the team that everyone predicted they will be and this is not time to relapse into erratic play. It has been frustrating these last two games, but this how the Mets have been. Hot and cold on and off.

Glavine must walk away frustrated as usual after he puts forward another good start. The Mets fail to give him any run support and he is forced to pitch a game with no mistakes if he is to walk away with the victory. It might be nice if the Mets can just put up five runs for him in the second inning and give him a chance to win. I cannot even put blame on the bullpen here. Yeah Bottalico did not do great and Stanton did actually did get the job done, but the sun had other plans for the Mets. Just an ugly game that really needs to be left behind. The Mets need to somehow rip of a five game streak to put them three or four games over .500. This continual hovering around mediocrity is going to feel frustrating after a while. If it is this frustrating to the fans, it must be a ton worse on the players.

  • Mike Piazza is on fire. Another three hits on Thursday brings his average up to .319. I can only hope he spanks the Yankee pitching so he can show them who the real Mr. New York is.

  • SIGN HUMBER ALREADY!

  • Jose Reyes hit his first homerun on Wednesday for the Mets first two runs. He is batting .143 and hopefully can get it going soon.

  • Floyd is pretty hot as well. After his three hit day, he is up to .294.

    Does anyone else see a problem with this? The three and four batters go 6 for 8, and have no runs scored or no RBIs. That is exactly what the largest problem is to me. The Mets need to get people on base in the one or two hole. I realize I'm stating the obvious, but that has been a huge ongoing problem and something the Mets cannot do.

  • IT LIVES! Dan Wheeler made his first appearance since June 11th. This was also only his 3rd appearance in the entire month.

  • This tidbit is from Mets.com.

    General manager Jim Duquette said that Jae Seo would make his next scheduled start. ... Scott Erickson is making his last rehab start Friday night for Triple-A Norfolk and Duquette indicated that he needed to show something more than he has been showing. The Mets have until Monday to decide what they want to do with him

    Nice, give Erickson his walking papers. Anyone that has a higher ERA than Aaron Heilman has no place in the organization anymore. Especially when they person is pushing 40.

    The same article notes that Vance's injury is a bit more serious than originally thought and he could be out for bit. Not to fear, the Wilson/Phillips catching combo is still in existance thanks to Tom.

  • Orber Moreno has been recalled from his unsuccessful rehab stint. I guess these last two games necessitated this move even if he was not ready. Tom Wilson was also recalled from AAA Norfolk and designated Gerald Williams for assignment.

  • SIGN HUMBER ALREADY!

  • Matsui's consecutive game streak ended yesterday. He has appeared in 1,213 consecutive games bettween Japan and the Majors. He definitely needed to sit. I actually give credit to how for doing what he thought was right and not paying attention to the records. It was clear Kaz needs to regroup. He only has one extra base hit in his last 66 at-bats.

  • Luis Ramirez, who plays for the Class A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, set a minor league record by striking out 12 straight batters. A recorded previously held by Tom Seaver. I say congratulations and screw you at the same time.


  • The Beltran sweepstakes in finally over. The Astros came out of nowhere and snagged him. The Astros weren't in many rumors over the last few weeks, but they certainly made things a bit more interesting in the NL Central. The A's give up Mark Teahan and Mike Wood, who both go to the Astros, and they receive Octavio Dotel and one million in cash from the Royals. The Royals receive Jack Buck, who is highly touted catching prospect in addition to the Teahan and Wood. So in the end, Baird finally gets his 3b/C combo. I like this deal for the A's even though people are down on Dotel lately. Dotel has nasty stuff and still only has a 3.12 ERA, .213 BAA, and a silly 12.98 K/9. Also, the A's really did not give up too much. Teahan was completely expendable with Chavez at third and only really broke on the map this year as big time prospect. He still is no David, Wright, Andy Marte, or Dallas McPherson, but he had a tremendous year at AA and turned some heads. The 24 year old Buck was batting .300, with 12 homers, and 35 RBIs in AAA and is not too far off being major league ready if he is not already. The Royals really did not make out half bad although he still should have gone for best available at any position. I think he tied his hands with his request, but it worked out so what do I really know?

  • Now that Beltran is off the table. The next big prize is Freddy Garcia. The Mariners have cooled off their desire to move him quickly so things could cool off considerably in the Rumor Mill with the one and only big prize off the table. This is one boring year for the Rumor Mill.

  • SIGN HUMBER ALREADY! Oh, not sure if i forgot to bring it up, but Humber was a 2nd team All-American this year. Congrats.

  • 13 Comments:

    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    You were just yesterday saying how Cammy was better than Bernie Williams and Kaz being better than Jeter.

    The difference between the organizations could be summed up in your delusional comparisons. While Kaz and Jete may have similar season numbers, Jeter is emerging from the worst slump of his career, while Kaz is STILL LEARNING HOW TO PLAY IN MLB. As was posted earlier, Cammy wouldn’t start in front of Williams OR Lofton.

    That’s why the Mets are barely a .500 team and the Yankees have the best record in baseball. There is no comparison and there never has been. The Mets have yet to win a series against the Yanks.

    PS Your impending anti-Yankee post can’t have much to it if you have to wait until your team wins in order to make your point. Talk about a coward!!!

    12:03 PM

     
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I have to agree about the Cameron exchange. There is no way Mike Cameron would start in front of Lofton or Williams. In fact, you would be hard pressed to name playoff teams from last year where he would be starting. If a player can’t make a simple play in June, how is he ever going to get the job done in October? The statistical numbers at this moment are irrelevant. You are trying to blow up less than a half season’s at bats into an entire career. But, of course, when looking at Mike Piazza, you will inevitably ignore the past two seasons of underachievement and talk about how hot he is now. (Speaking of Piazza, the difference between Giambi and Piazza in the field is exponentially greater than the difference between the two at the plate. That’s why the edge goes to Jason. We already know Piazza has absolutely no arm. Plus, he has the fielding skills of a little leaguer – and about the same amount of experience fielding grounders.)

    You Mets fans do the same thing with Jose Reyes. This guy has barely played one half a season and he’s all of a sudden the bomb. Please. When the league gets a good look at him and makes adjustments, we’ll see how good he is. You point to Soriano’s stats to justify not trading for him. What are Reyes’ stats this year? What? He doesn’t have any? Because why? Newsflash: if your player is injured, he can’t contribute to the team, and therefore, he’s worthless. Even on his best day, Reyes will never be a 35/35 man, nor will he be playing in October. He just isn’t that good, even when his hamstring isn’t balking. He’s the product of wishful thinking. Your team’s record speaks for itself. .500 is the definition of mediocrity. That’s the Mets’ reality.

    Another piece of reality: the Mets have yet to win a series against the Yankees, even when they had good teams.

    The Yankees will have our way with you as they always do. Then, the Mets can go back to scratching and clawing to be just one game above .500 in a division of underachievers.

    Also, nitpicking over grammar and semantics by copying definitions from the dictionary only show you to be petty. When people lack a real basis for their arguments(like a winning team), they resort to stuff like that. I hope, for your sake, you aren’t older than 18. Then you’d have an excuse.

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