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Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Hello Lastings

I guess Milledge heated up at the right time. He is now a member of the New York Mets as Xavier Nady has been DL'd. Milledge will be starting tonight for the Mets against the Diamondbacks.


Blogger Toasty Joe said...

Interesting - I've been curious to see what he's got. I don't think Nady will lose his job in any event, he's played well on the whole this year.

2:05 PM

Anonymous jake said...

are we sure he's starting?

so what does that give us?

lo duca

that should work well if he keeps drawing all those walks we won't be leading off with the pitcher. but it's a good thing floyd is hitting otherwise the bottom of the order would be kinda soft (unless the kid steps up).

i wonder if he will eventually be in the 2 hole -- i guess that would be next year since he'll probably be sent back down after Nady's apendix hole heals.

btw, i've had my appendix out and it did take me about a month to get full speed. but the same day i had mine out schilling had his out and he came back much faster so maybe nady could play in 10-20 days if he heals well and wants to push it.

2:06 PM

Anonymous jake said...

mr. diaz can officially say hello to obsolescence.

2:08 PM

Blogger mr. met said...

Toasty, I'm with you. Nady will get his spot when he comes back no doubt. I don't think that is really even a question, unless they decide to use him as a package for another starter if Lastings looks great. Worst scenario that Milledge gets more work at AAA...is that so bad?

Jake...Willie will keep Milledge at eight for sure. I'd like to see him at last at seven since it is tough to hit 8th and get slop thrown at you all day. Diaz did a great job doing that last season, but I'm all for him getting at least the seventh slot.

Milledge will do fine. Serioiusly, two weeks of .300 with a few doubles would not suprise me. I wouldn't expect him to walk with him being anxious and all.

Two hole? He's better in the leadoff than Reyes, but that's for another day. But we know that the Mets will not move Reyes from leadoff.

Good stuff Jake...so we might have Milledge for a month. That's why they were quick this time.

Diaz is d-o-n-e done. It's not helping that he is not hitting either.

2:40 PM

Anonymous jake said...

i guess he would theoretically be better leading off than reyes. but in reality where else is reyes going to hit? the bottom of the order is the only place and that is a waste. as frustrating as reyes can be he is the best basestealer/run maker in the league according to my orange and blue goggles. so he does have value at the top. plus i am getting tired of people saying he needs to learn how to take a walk. he may have a ways to go, but he is learning. his obp is 65 points higher than his avg so really the problem is he needs to get more hits. the guy was clearly rushed and is still learning but he is learning and not a lost cause and meanwhile when he does good the mets win.

we're going to have the same problem with milledge learning on the job i guess. but according to hojo and tijerina lastings is more teachable and mental in his approach than the toolsy reyes so maybe he'll be able to learn how to hit 2nd by next year. if so, and if reyes keeps improving, that would be swell.

3:08 PM

Anonymous jake said...

clarification: "toolsy" and its negative connotation might not have been exactly what hojo said about reyes (who he didn't coach that much) but it is what i understood him to be implying. he certainly did say repeatedly that lastings has a good approach and learns fast.

3:12 PM

Blogger Condor Schmitt said...

Hope he didnt have his appendix out up here at Hudson Valley hospital. Remember what they did to Pataki? Took that poor bastard a month to drop a deuce!

3:25 PM

Blogger mr. met said...

I agree jake...but I like him at #2 more than #1 for a few reason.

A) It opens up the right side for him to slap singles through all day with some on base.
B) He hits significantly better with people one. Yes, you only lead off once per game, but the top of the order follows up the bottom of the order. He hits with men on base less than others.

Toolsy is negative..that means talented but unrefined for prospects or else you will get 'refined' approach to hitting and stuff like F-Mart.

3:26 PM

Anonymous DG of the Derbervilles said...

Diaz needs a change of address. Same as Nady did before this year. He has some value, so au revoir, baby!

3:48 PM

Blogger mr. met said...

Diaz has not value. I agree with you, but giving him away does not do anyone any good.

4:15 PM

Anonymous kyle said...

Is it sad that I think its completely feasible for Willie to have really said this... (from mets.com)

Randolph wasn't going to assign a specific role to Bell, but the manager said that having two southpaws -- Bell and Darren Oliver -- who can give the Mets innings is a big plus.

4:18 PM

Anonymous jake said...

right, so what i meant is hojo wasn't trying to be negative about reyes, just saying he thought lastings was more in the dw category.

4:20 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

trading nady is not a bad idea if lastings does well. his value must be high.

4:22 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did someone just compare Melky Cabrera to Lastings Milledge on WFAN? Jesus H.

4:45 PM

Blogger mr. met said...

Kyle...I believe it too. Willie said he was going to see if Bell can fit into the long-man category with Oliver so we know it's a typo, but as I already stated below in the previous post, Willie does not like 'information'.

Oh, yeah. I did get that Jake, but Reyes is toolsy in the same vain was Gomez. Check their stats, they really are not far off. Reyes did nothing to earn his promotion really than having tools. He wasn't tearing up any league.

Yeah, Nady is worth something. Cheap. Young. Productive. Could be something if the Mets want to use him in a package...Beane did want right handed pop, no?

4:48 PM

Blogger mr. met said...

No doubt a Yankee fan make such silly claims.

4:49 PM

Blogger BookieD said...

Unless you are totally afraid he is being rushed, this move makes sense. I don't think any of us wanted to see Michael Tucker or Jose Offerman with the Big League club right now. With 'Stings and Soler, I'm pretty excited for tonight's game.

5:15 PM

Anonymous benny blanco said...

I have been waiting for Lastings Milledge to come up with the Mets since the day he got drafted. This dude is the "truth".
It's a takeover. Heilman, Reyes, Wright, Milledge, and then Pelfrey. This shit is nuts.

Milledge has Killa Kam's old number, 44.

I went to my first game of the year last night.
Those "Olay, Olay, Olay, Olay" chants kick ass. It's such a beautiful thing with Reyes. It becomes a "Jose, Jose, Jose, Jose, JOOOOOSAY!" chant.
And when Reyes tied it the stadium was just... ELECTRIC, it was BUMPIN' in there. I'm almost getting wet thinking about how that chant would sound with a PACKED HOUSE in a playoff atmosphere.
Holy shit, its nuts. It could soccer status.

And finally. In the Upper reserve section where I was sitting. There was an actual VILLIAN there. THere was this mid life crisis, puerto rican, Jim Leyritz lookin' dude with a Yankee hat. Rooting against the Yankees.
This dude got SHITTED on. He made the night sooooo much funner.
the usual "asshole", "Lets go Red Sox", and "Yankees SUCKS" chant were obviously applicable for that.
There were also "Get him DIAPERS", "We're in 1st place", even a "Na Na Na Na, HEY-ey! Goodbye" chants directed at him.
Just a great way to spend my first game of the year.

7:14 PM

Blogger mr. met said...

Fuck Fremming. Dude is blind.

Soler likes to earn his paycheck in the first inning. Hopefully he smooths it out or else it could be a long night.

Benny, great game to go see last night. Another one of the Mets 20 or so instant classics they've had this year already.

7:25 PM

Anonymous benny said...

I wanna correct myself
*Rooting against the Mets.

7:31 PM

Blogger mr. met said...

Yeah, I kind of figured that. I just cannot figure out for the life of me why those people are allowed to breath.

7:33 PM

Anonymous jake said...

damn that sounds tight benny. are the soccer cheers just for jose or what is the deal?

7:40 PM

Anonymous benny said...

Only for Jose.
Because "Olay Olay Olay" sounds alot like "Jose Jose Jose". Shit is hot.

7:45 PM

Blogger mr. met said...

Everytime I start to hate Valentin again, he does something.

7:54 PM

Blogger mr. met said...

He got out, but hitting it hard gets rid of the butterflies. It was not a hit, but the job was done. He'll get a hit today.

7:56 PM

Blogger mr. met said...

He got out, but hitting it hard gets rid of the butterflies. It was not a hit, but the job was done. He'll get a hit today.

7:56 PM

Anonymous jake said...

that's tight. btw, i'm stoked for the world cup too.

yeah that was a rope.

8:03 PM

Anonymous jake said...

actually, they could do the cheer for Alay, Alay, Alalalee, if he sticks around.

8:04 PM

Anonymous jake said...

ok maybe not

8:56 PM

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