Shari from Take the 7 Train dubbed him that and it cracks me up. Last night, Yeeeshi went 5.2 innings, only walked one, gave up nine hits, and walked only one. I like to see the one walk, but I also saw him hit a batter on an 0-2 count and relatively suck all around. Earlier in the year, Kaz went the first six games trading off sparkling performances and horrific ones. Now, he only turns in horrific ones. Ishii has started nine games this season for the Mets, and in his three great starts in which he allowed one run or less, he posted a 0.90 ERA, 0.90 WHIP, and gave up no homeruns. In the other six starts, Ishii has given up no less than five runs, though last night only three of them were earned. In those six starts, he has a 8.10 ERA, 1.74 WHIP, and has given up seven homeruns.
Ishii is very bad. You just do not know what you are getting night in and night out from him and lately, it has been all bad. Now, last night's loss was not his fault. He could of given up one run and the Mets would have still lost, but I'm not sure how much longer he will be run out there. If Doug Mientkiewcz and Kaz Matsui can be benched, and both of them the Mets are on the hook for more money than Ishii, Yeeeshi can definitely pick the splinters out of his ass as well. I still think about the Mets pulling the trigger for Ishii and giving away Jason Phillips, and I still would have done the deal with the circumstances being what they were. No one could have predicted Jae Seo and Aaron Heilman would be looking great this year, but it is time to do the right thing again. Like with a lot of other moves, the Mets are slow to make a necessary change. Give the guy a chance to see if he can be a LOOGY out of the pen. Lefites are hitting him at a .128/.209/.282 clip and he only walks a lefty every 9.75 at bats compared to 6.33 at bats for righties. It is certainly worth a shot at this point.
- Hagerstown beat West Virginia 3-2 and Mike Carp led the charge by going 2 for 3 with this 16th homerun of the year and two RBIs. Carlos Gomez went 2 for 4 with a solo homerun as well and they provided all of the offense for the Suns.
- Oh, in case you have not noticed, Brian Bannister is good. Binghamton beat Norwich 1-0 behind a complete game, four hit shutout by Brian Bannister. He did not walk one batter and struck out ten while facing the minimum 27 batters. Brian became the Eastern League's first eight game winner and upped his record to 8-1 and lowered his ERA to 1.87. The lone run came off of Anderson Hernandez's bat and he went 2 for 4.
- The Tides lost 3-0 to Scranton and were four hit. Neal Musser pitched well in the loss going six innings, giving up five hits and three walks, surrendered two earned runs, and struck out four.
The Mets recently rejected the Giants' offer of second baseman Ray Durham for second baseman Kaz Matsui. The trade fit the Giants' desire to get younger — Durham is 33, Matsui 29. But the Mets view Matsui as a superior defender, while Durham's range is extremely limited. The Giants also have expressed recent interest in Rockies right-hander Jason Jennings.
Martinez, who will start tonight, is 13-0 with a 1.30 ERA in 13 starts against the Mariners. And in Safeco Field, he's 6-0 with an 0.77 ERA. A win tonight ties him with Houston's Roy Oswalt, who is 14-0 against Cincinnati, for the best mark against one team.
"They just got me on a good day," Martinez understated.