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Friday, September 03, 2004

Another Four Game Sweep

"That would be a disaster," outfielder Cliff Floyd said about the prospects of finishing last. "I don't want to go home with that feeling again."

Fresh off of getting swept last week in four straight games to the Padres, the Mets manage to surrender another four game series to the Marlins. The current home stand is a complete disaster as the Mets have dropped 10 of 11 so far and 11 of their last 12 overall. The Mets are falling faster then Gerald Williams average, which has gone from .315 to .310 to .284 to .264 to .260 over the last five games. That is what economists like to call a negative trend. But hey, there is no room for Victor Diaz because Gerald needs to get to his ABs.

The good news? Believe it or not, there is some. Todd Zeile homered in the ninth for hit number 1991. He is a measly nine hits away from 2000. It's a safe bet to assume he will reach that plateau and is going to be a good story for a otherwise awful season.

The other good news? David Wright will be here for a long time. Forget Jose Reyes as the future of the organization, Mr. Wright is the future. Just ask Piazza .

"We do have some bright spots," Piazza said after the 9-6 loss to Florida capped a 1-10 home stand. "It's obvious David's the future of this organization. He's such a talented young player with a great attitude."

He is arrived much faster than anyone thought (well everyone but us, we knew all the time). David is actually the best Met hitter on the team. After his 3 for 4 day, he is batting .299. He poked two homers to bring his tally up to nine and knocked in four RBIs. He has 25 RBIs on the year and 28 runs scored as well. Although this is not very scientific or a good way to measure anything, his numbers work out to 93 RBIs, 105 runs scored, 45 doubles, and 33 homeruns over 150 games. Looks like a keeper to me.

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  • Ichiro watch 2004:
    Ichiro picked up another three hits and continues to assault oposing pitchers. Ichiro has 217 hits and is on pace to rack up 264. His average is now up to .374. Something interesting for me is that Ichiro raised his average .035 points in the month of August. He started September batting .371 and if he can continue with the same type of offense, he is going to make a push to .400. For obvious reasons, it is surely improbable, but it is going to be great to watch.

  • Portland beat Binghamton and proved that Yusmeiro Petit is human. Petit went five innings and gave up six hits, four runs, walked five and struck out six. He really pitched amazing this year and it is a shame that his last start is going to be a blemish on his otherwise stellar performance in 2004. John Sickels talks about Petit in his latest Down on the Farm Mailbag. He goes as far to say Petit will be in the majors sometime 2005 if he keeps up his current pace.

    Hey Sam M., you sending emails to Sickels?

    Sam from New York asks:
    Yusmeiro Petit is seemingly blowing everyone away in the minors, continuing his success from High Class A and proceeding to dominate Double-A hitters. Is he the real deal? And if so, when can my brilliant Mets management trade him away for a ball of yarn?

  • The Brooklyn Cyclones have clinched their division with a 3-2 victory over Hudson Valley yesterday.

  • From NJ.com

    a counter-offer from Kris Benson's agent, Gregg Clifton, soon, perhaps as early as today, but it is unlikely to conclude the negotiations. The Mets made a two-year offer for $12 million with two more option years, which Benson rejected, and he will present his offer. The Mets have discussed the possibility of not signing Benson, but are still interested in reaching an agreement.

  • The sixth pick overall in the 2004 draft Jeremy Sowers is expected to sign soon with the Indians. They have offered him a bonus of $2,000,000. Once some of these top ten picks start signing, hopefully the others will happen quickly. Humber needs to ink soon so he can be announced to play in the AFL and get some sidework in with Rick Peterson.


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