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

Friday, May 26, 2006

The Mets never lost a game in 2006....

...they just ran out of time.

Their nine game stretch that was striking fear in the hearts of fans with Jose Lima, Jeremi Gonzalez, and Stave Trachsel starting five of the games and a rookie Alay Soler in another game has passed with the Mets taking five games. If I told you Met starters would only have two wins out of the last nine games, you probably would not have thought the Mets were successful during that stretch, but they were thanks to a team that just never quits. Four of the five wins were won by one run and two of the three losses were lost by one run with another loss being a two run differential. The overall run differential for the past nine games has the Mets up two, 43 runs to 41 runs.

Fans were treated with great ball games in the six game homestand and an average crowd of 46,849 showed up at Shea including four games over 50,000 with an astounding 51,365 showing up to weekday game with Jeremi Gonzalez starting. Out of the last six games the Mets played at home, they hit at leat two homeruns in every game with the exception of yesterday's game when only Jose Reyes hit a homerun. Thirteen balls were hit out or the park and 65% of their runs came on homeruns.The Mets are now tied for second in the National League in homeruns and tied for fourth out of the entire Major Leagues. The Mets have eleven more homeruns than the Yankees and twelve more homeruns than the Red Sox. When was the last time that happened?

Now that the rotation picture is a little less muddy with Lima Time! and Jeremi Gonzalez never to be seen again, the bullpen is stronger than ever, and possibly the most potent Met offense ever, this team is poised to do sometime special this year. Life is good in Met land.

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  • This was truly bizarre. Frank Robinson had a Dick Vermeil moment.

    "I've never had that happen before," Robinson said, choking up. "And I don't like someone to go through what he had to go through today. I feel for people who have to go through something like that. But I couldn't do anything about it. I feel for him, and I hope the fans understand."

    LeCroy is a guy who should not be behind the plate. When people steal seven on your emergency catcher, it's not a sad moment, it just sucks.

  • In another shrewd low risk, high reward move, Omar picked up his second starter in as many days and traded Robert Manual for Dave Williams.

    "If he gives us 10 wins and has a 4.00 E.R.A. as a fifth starter, I'll take it," General Manager Omar Minaya said. But for now, Williams will be pitching in the minors.

  • Why must the Mets continue this charade like Jeremi Gonzalez ever had a chance?

    "I just think Soler pitched much better," GM Omar Minaya said. "There were more swings and misses with Soler than Gonzalez."

    He has a 7.71 ERA and he is lucky to have that. A pitcher with his stuff usually relies on something other than his fastball, but he predominantly throws poorly placed fastballs that have little movement.

  • Tommy boy, I'm sorry I ever regretted buying a Glavine jersey.

    "If they're telling me it gives them some flexibility to be able to go out and add some players at some point in time to make our team better, then heck, yeah, I'm all for it," Glavine said. "That's good for us, it's good for me, and the better chance we give ourselves of winning, that's a win-win for everybody.

    "You can pretty much assume at the start of the season, if you're in contention, coming into the trading deadline, no matter how good you are, there's something you can add to get better."

  • Sugar Pants and Carlos Beltran had rough days at the plate.

    "Just one of those days," Wright said. "It's going to happen, it's part of the game. As much as I'd like to go out there and get three hits and drive in a couple of runs every day, it's not going to happen."

  • Jay Greenberg is calling for Kaz's reign at second to be over. Predictably, after I wrote an article on Metsgeek.com praising the little guy about a month ago, he completely looks horrible since then. Now that Anderson Hernandez continues to dominate AAA, he is playing himself back into the picture. However, as bad as Kaz looks, he does not look overmatched. He has taken some bad swings and had a nice little hitting streak that he hit about .220 through since he was picking up one hit a game during the stretch, but he has not looked like he has not belonged. While Hernandez was struggling, he looked like a guy who simply did not belong and I would be hesitant to make any quick moves just yet.

  • This has been one of the nice surprises to have come out recently in the news.

    I talked to someone with another team today who said he had heard that the Mets and Beato were getting closer to a deal. The expectation from other teams is that New York will sign him, especially considering that he's a first-round talent in a year in which it doesn't have a first-round pick. It's not like money is much of an object to the Mets, anyway.

    We ranked Beato as the No. 13 prospect on our Top 200 and he'd likely go in the second half of the first round if he re-entered the draft. He had Tommy John surgery during his junior season at Brooklyn's Xavieran High, and the Mets took him in the 17th round last year as a draft-and-follow.

    That proved to be an astute decision, as he has shown three plus pitches at times this spring. Beato has a hard sinker that sits around 90 mph and touches 96. He also has a sharp 84-85 mph slider and a promising changeup. He has a strong build at 6-foot-5 and 210 pounds, and his biggest need is to improve his mechanics and, by extension, his command. At age 19, he has plenty of time to figure that out.

    All this positive talk about Beato, who is regarded as the thirteenth best talent available for this year's draft, has been great.

  • As hard as it is to admit it, I actually enjoyed the commentary from Mike and The Mad Dog yesterday. Well, not so much Mike, but the Mad Dog was fun to listen too. He almost had a heart attack when he called the Reyes three run homer and I have never heard such an excited call for the first out in a ball game in my entire life. Listening to them completely butcher names for the entire game also had it merits too and you have to say it was success. Money was raised, people were entertained, and they were good soldiers. They sounded like they prepared for the game and kept all of the topics on the Mets. I actually dislike them a little less today.

    Anonymous Benny Blanco said...

    I had NO idea LeCroy was THIS bad behind the plate... jesus.

    In regards to that Dave WIlliams trade?
    Who's Robert Manuel?

    Jay Greenberg is suffering from knee jerkyness.

    And ¡Mira Coño! is sitting on top of the mountain for today. 1st place bitches.

    12:24 PM

    Blogger mr. met said...

    Who is Robert Manuel? Exactly. I think you answered your own question. He is the pitching equivalent of Adam Seuss (the guy the Mets traded away Dan Wheeler for).

    Knee jerkyness? Can't we all be accused of that?

    Enjoy first place for today. I had nobody going for me yesterday so to only lose three points is win for me. I have five pitchers going in two days and a nice new shiny utility pickup. If you are in first by the end of the weekend I will be very, very suprised.

    1:13 PM

    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Nice positive post. I heard others bashing the Duque trade and the Williams trade, saying they got struggling guys back. Of course they think the other 31 GM's are retards and we should be able to get Dontrelle Willis for Robert Manuel.

    Bottom line is 1 week ago, the back end of the rotation was Gonzalez and Lima, now its Soler, Hernandez and Williams, its an upgrade and it cost us virtually nothing and kept our pen intact.

    1:31 PM

    Blogger Toasty Joe said...

    Anyone who would bash the Duque trade deserves to have their Mets fan status permanently revoked.

    1:41 PM

    Blogger mr. met said...

    Yeah, when you give up nothing, it's always good and there is upside to both guys.

    See, I can do a positive post every once in a while, but let's face it. Sex and conflict sell. This site has nothing to do with sex, so I'm left to critique the Mets and talking about rainbowns, unicorns, gum drops, and how good the Mets are is not fun for anyone.

    But toasty, Julio was striking out like 15 guys an inning.

    1:52 PM

    Anonymous jake said...

    if you need some negativity, i will say that lots of one-run wins are not good bc they will balance out eventually. remember the nats...

    but we all know that. the important thing to consider is that el duque could be 32.

    2:25 PM

    Blogger mr. met said...

    the important thing to consider is that el duque could be 32

    That shit was great.

    2:31 PM

    Blogger Toasty Joe said...

    The 2006 Mets are not the 2005 Nats.

    I'm not wowed by Julio's strikeouts. If you punctuate strikeouts with wildness and tape measure home runs, big whoop.

    3:54 PM

    Blogger oSSyCoCoTaSo said...

    holy shit david wright got the day off?

    9:31 PM

    Blogger oSSyCoCoTaSo said...

    this irked the hell out of me.

    The best way to stop the first-place Mets? Put a rookie out there on the mound. Florida followed the formula on Friday, when 22-year-old Josh Johnson started against Pedro Martinez.

    The result? The Marlins won, 5-1, pinning the first loss on Pedro this season. The four rookies who have started against the Mets this season -- San Francisco's Matt Cain, Washington's Michael O'Connor, Pittsburgh's Paul Maholm and Johnson -- have combined for a 3-1 record, while holding the Mets to five runs and 17 hits in 27 innings.

    Actually, the Mets' proclivity to lose to rookie starters dates back to the franchise's birth. In 1962, the Mets actually lost two games to rookie starters (Ray Washburn and Bob Veale) before they won their first game against anybody!

    4:55 AM

    Blogger oSSyCoCoTaSo said...

    that suckme thing u guys mentioned is so damn true.

    4:55 AM

    Blogger mr. met said...

    So damn true and so damn annoying. No matter who is on this team or what year, they cannot beat fucking rookies.

    1:37 PM

    Blogger oSSyCoCoTaSo said...

    grudzielanek's defense and .313 avg would've looked nice in shea this year if you ask me.

    6:51 PM

    Blogger warmsox said...

    From the notes on Kaz losing the starting job.

    "Randolph said he was brought to this decision because of his long-held conviction that players who produce should be rewarded and those who don't suffer the consequences."

    I guess by "long standing" they mean since Zambrano got hurt, because I didn't see him ever do this before that.

    4:57 PM

    Anonymous Pavan said...

    Yeah, and how about last year when miguel cairo was constantly at the top of the lineup, while david wright at the bottom.

    On to a better note, anybody else loving Beltran? He now leads the team in RBI's, OPS and walks, while missing about ten games. He's worth more than 119 million dollars if he keeps this up.

    7:36 PM

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