The Mets took one out of two in yesterday's double header. Hell froze over and Aaron Heilman won a game despite giving up four runs in six innings. He won thanks to a five run bottom of the sixth by the Mets. In all seriousness, Heilman actually looked OK. In six innings he struck out six while walking two. He gave up seven hits and five of those seven hits were surrendered in the fourth when he gave up all four of his runs. Heilman could be successful, but he needs to be more aggressive in attacking hitters. Piazza, Wright, and Hidalgo each had two hits and accounted for five RBIs. The big hit was a pinch hit two run scoring double by Craig Brazell. Bartolome Fortunado also looked good in his one inning of relief.
In game two, Jae Seo was reluctant to stray away from his fastball/change up repertoire. He did not want to mix in any breaking stuff and he was throwing BP. He gave up five runs in four innings and there is not much good to say about this game besides Cameron's leadoff homerun for his 29th on the season in the first inning.
Just side note, it is utterly ridiculous that Victor Diaz did not start one game of the double dip or even register an at bat. Glass could have sat down for the second game. I also think Brazell should have started at least one of these games as well.
Most money per win:
New York Mets - $1.77M
New York Yankees - $1.48M
Texas Rangers - $1.47M
Los Angeles Dodger - $1.25M
Detroit Tigers - $1.14M
Least money per win:
Kansas City Royals - $490K
Oakland Athletics - $520K
Florida Marlins - $530K
Chicago White Sox - $590K
Toronto Blue Jays - $600K
Over very own New York Mets ranked as the most underproductive and overpaid team in the majors in 2003, but I think we already knew that.
"When we decide, when there's a decision to be made, obviously he'd be the first one to know," Duquette said of Howe. "All I can tell you is that it continues to be evaluated."
Everything they seem to do has the air of indecisiveness about it - from the hiring of Duquette as GM, to Mike Piazza's job designation, to the Vladimir Guerrero bidding - and this is the product of not having one firm hand on the steering wheel of the ship. For this reason, it is going to be very difficult to lure the kind of accomplished manager - not to mention the necessary players - to Shea.
In my opinion, the entire point to the season was to take a step forward and create and atmosphere that people want to come play in. At this point, I just cannot see top tier talent saying "I want to go play for the Mets". The front office looks completely incompetent and players are not stupid. If we can see it, they can obviously see it.
For some more depressing reading material, just read this. Just let the GM do what he was hired to do. The owner's are supposed to collect the paycheck. Leave baseball to the baseball people...except those 'super scouts', they suck. In a related article, Shaun Powell thinks Wilpon should sell the team if he actually cares about the Mets franchise. His reason why he should sell?
Wilpon's son Jeff has a big voice in the organization, especially the baseball operation, even though Jeff brings only two qualifications: He's a member of the lucky sperm club and once played Class A ball for five seconds.
The lucky sperm club line is too classic.
"The Mets' Curse," he joked, referring to the rash of injuries the last two years. "I'm glad I can be a part of the whole thing."
Frank now joins the likes of Jeff Nelson and Karim Garcia as being players arrested for assaulting fans.
Keith “You cannot take that pitch with two strikes. If you are Barry Bonds, you get the call, if you are (forgot who it was, but insert big name slugger) you get the call, if you are Fran Healy, you don’t get the call”
Fran “Keith, I’m sitting right here”
Keith and Fran not getting along is sometimes pretty damn funny. Can someone please explain why Healy has a job?