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Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Infuriating

Manny Ramirez did not lead the Major Leagues with 17 outfield assists in 2005 because he is a nice guy. While he does not have the best arm, he has a decent one and is accurate. With the middle of the order coming up, Manny Acta in a true Windmill Willie moment sent Jose Reyes home on a hard hit single to left field. Forget the fact that the left fielder is usually playing more shallow than normal just because of where they are playing, the Mets were down three and had Jon Lester on the ropes. Why not just give them a free out to be nice? Simply horrible. If you watched the game and watched Manny get to the ball as Reyes rounded third, you knew there was no way he was going to make it without a Boston mistake. Varitek could have dropped the ball, bent over and picked it up, and then tagged out Reyes with time to smoke a cigarette.

"I'm so confident when he's running," Acta said. "But I found out today that not even Reyes can outrun the ball. I thought that Manny caught the ball flat-footed, but I found out that is really shallow here."

As for Alay Soler, he concerned me before about how he would perform in the playoffs with his demeanor and now I am even more so concerned. Soler has blown up because he let his hot head got the best of him, but yesterday he blew up because he lacked guts. I like watching pitchers nibble at the corners as much as I like hearing Tom Cruise talk about Scientology (congrats on reaching the level of an Operating Thetan 6). Soler tossed 107 pitches towards the direction of the plate and 51 were balls and he hit one batter while striking out no one. As far as I'm concerned, he was lucky to escape with only eight runs allowed. While I know Mike Pelfrey needs more work, having a guy who throws hard and attacks hitters will be refreshing when he does arrive.

Losses happen, but with Josh Beckett and Curt Schilling on the horizon and The Human Rain Delay, The Duque, Soler going against the New York Yankees, it could get ugly fast. While ultimately what the Mets do against the AL East is unimportant in terms of the standings and their seemingly sure ticket to the playoffs, the Mets getting bruised and battered by the tops dogs in the AL East is bad. While they still have to play five games after this, they are five tough games. The Mets have the backs up against a wall for their remaining games against the AL East and really, I would not be surprised if they only take one more game the rest of the week as today was a big game that they really let get away. It’s one thing to get beat in a big spot and it is another thing to beat yourself. The Mets beat themselves.

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  • Thanks to Coop for the link by way of Steve from the Eddie Kranepool Society....

    As stated in previous articles, Milledge is enjoying this a lot. Too much perhaps?

    Wow. It looks like he is getting ready to give birth to something. I'm not sure what, but something. As for Milledge's comment about Soler making Milledge look like Paris Hilton, I did not think that was possible, but it is.

    With all the blurry images, I fell like I'm looing at pictures of big foot.

  • Heath Bell looked really sharp last night and has been pretty tight since his first two outings. His slider looks great, he is coming inside with his fastball, and attacking hitters in typical Heath Bell Style. Of course, sample size...sample size...sample size. The fact remains he just has not pitched much or gotten into any high leverage situations. Since his first two innings, he has pitched 16.2 innings and owns a 1.08 ERA, 8.64 K/9, 9.18 H/9, 3.78 BB/9, and 1.44 WHIP. While they are not stellar numbers, he has been markedly better in his last six performances than his first six performances.
               IP   ERA   K/9  H/9  BB/9  WHIP
    1st Six 10 3.60 9.00 15.3 5.40 2.30
    2nd Six 9.2 0.93 8.38 7.44 0.93 0.93
    While it is not necessary that Bell takes some more responsibility with everyone in the bullpen pitching well, it certainly bodes well for the Mets to just have backup options. They have some nice depth in that area when you toss Royce Ring and Henry Owens into the discussion and hopefully Heath Bell is opening some eyes and gaining some trust.

  • The Red Sox faithful congratulated Pedro Martinez like the star that he was for that town for so long. Who says people in Boston have no class?

  • Punch your wife, back on the field post haste.

    Meanwhile, the team addressed the wave of criticism that it had seemed more concerned about wins and losses after Myers' arrest than about the specter of domestic violence.

    In a statement issued by the club, Phillies president David Montgomery said the team did not initially comment on Myers' arrest Friday out of a desire to protect Kim and Brett Myers' privacy and let the legal process run its course.


    Right. From now on, the Phillies support domestic violence. Write that down.

  • Beltran and Willie on Jon Lester:

    “He was OK, he threw a lot of balls,” said Carlos Beltran, who went 1-for-2 against Lester with a walk and a single in the 9-4 Red Sox victory. “We couldn’t get the big hit at the right time. He fell behind a lot of times, and we couldn’t take advantage of that.”

    Did he step it up to make the big pitch or did the Mets just shrink in that situation?

    “He had a good arm,” said Beltran. “For a lefty, any time you face a lefty who can throw 90 and top 93, it’s a good pitcher. At the same time, he still needs to learn how to pitch more inside because sometimes, as a lefty, they have a tendency to pitch everything away.”

    Why not just help him out?

    “The kid was erratic, but he struck David out on a nasty curveball with the bases loaded and he stayed with it,” said Randolph. “His pitch count was up, but he was able to make a pitch when he had to and at the end of the game, he got the win.”

  • At some point, Nady's homers with no one on base and hits with no one on base will need to start coming with runners on.
  • 30 Comments:

    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    First off, Gammons. Get better, man. I dont want to rely on baseball trades and information from tools like Buster Olney and Ken Rosenthal come trade deadline.

    Second, someone needs to tell the Marlins to stop winning. Seriously. And as an added question, which of the 4 team in the NL East do you NOT want to play?? The hot Marlins, the punchless Phills (get it? Punch??), the old time Braves, or the Nats...no fancy name, just the Nats.

    DISCUSS NOW!!

    - Nokes

    11:53 AM

     
    Blogger Kenny said...

    I don't want to play the Marlins anytime soon. Those kids are scrappy and will find a way to win games that they shouldn't. Plus, they're loaded with SUCKME pitchers. That is Mets kryptonite.

    I'm as pumped for tonight's game as I've been for any game this year. I found myself hitting refresh on this site every minute since about 11:15. It doesn't hurt that it's a slow day at the office.
    Pedro returning to Fenway? That's bigtime stuff.

    Good to see that Jose didn't get his ribs caved in last night. That would have sucked like a 14 year-old on R Kelly.

    12:03 PM

     
    Blogger mr. met said...

    Yes, bad news about Gammo. Hope he recovers soon.

    Give me any team including the Marlins. The East is weak. Winning or not, the Marlins got nuffin' on our Mets.

    And If I had to choose a team to play, it would the Marlins because they are at least fun to watch. The other teams look like dead men walking.

    12:11 PM

     
    Blogger Anthony said...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBbsy-wA3DA

    Not sure if you all have seen this. But here is a treat for my friends at The Metropolitans. It comes quite appropriately considering your blog today Mike.
    The ballad of Heath Bell. Enjoy.

    12:22 PM

     
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    The video tribute and ovation for Pedro was a classy move by the RedSox organization. It was great to see Pedro clown around with his ex-teammates BEFORE the game. Funny stuff.

    However, DURING the game? The shot of him bantering with Manny during the inning was a bit much. I thought it was misplaced, especially with the Mets losing. Just an observation.

    Bell is indeed looking better. Hopefully, he can start making some late-inning pressure situations. With the upcoming Yankee series, I'm sure Willie will need to lean on the bullpen.

    Like you said... Trachsel, El Duque, and Soler scare no one.

    - Bada

    12:40 PM

     
    Blogger mr. met said...

    Anthony, I saw that and was frightened. I thought it was a joke, but it wasn't. It just got weirder and weirder. I thought I liked Heath Bell, but I was wrong. That guy wants his baby.

    Pedro does what Pedro wants to do and it is kind of accepted. In this situation, you knew it would happen but tonight? All best are off. Pedro will not be joking around with the other team. He'll come to play. That's how he does things.

    12:42 PM

     
    Anonymous Coop said...

    Thanks for the shout-out Mr met!

    1:28 PM

     
    Blogger Anthony said...

    I know. Pretty crazy. Heath seems to have really struck a chord.

    Yes, Pedro really needs to bring his game tonight. We need this win. Man, I hope you're wrong about winning one game the rest of the week!

    I have a dilemma, I've never went to a game at Yankee stadium in my life. I've always considered it enemy territory and wanted nothing to do with it. At this point, it's basically out of principal. But I currently am living in Chicago and am going to be in NY this weekend (trying to finish a deal to get me back living in NY!). I know someone who has tickets and will take me. Can't decide whether I should go or just watch it at a bar. Preferably a Mets oriented bar (which seems next to impossible to find in Manhattan). Very torn on this issue. I just think I may throw up everywhere if I stepped foot in that place.

    1:34 PM

     
    Blogger mr. met said...

    Heath is the ultimate underdog. Who doesn't want to see him succeed? Maybe communists, but that's it.

    I hope I'm wrong too, but Boston is throwing their #1 and #2 pitchers against ours and are HOT. I'm expecting to take one of the next two, but this weekend against the Yanks? Oh man. Fugly rotation being sent there. Luckily three starters are down.

    Anthony, I was just at Yankee Stadium the other day....to see a Braves game no less. The two teams I hate.

    As far as Mets bars, there are none. Newspaper articles have been written. Take the ticket, cheer for the Mets, drink some beers, and pray. You'll have fun and look at it this way, if the Mets win, there is nothing better than a dejected Yankee fan. NOTHING.

    1:48 PM

     
    Blogger Anthony said...

    That's really funny that you went to a Yankees/Braves game. Classic.
    Very depressing about the Mets bar situation. Yes, when the Mets lost in game 5 of 00 I was in Manhattan at a total Yankee bar. It was HORRIBLE. My brother and I just had to make a straight b-line for the door as soon as the last out was made. Bad memory.

    Thanks for the advice. I'll take it and hope for the best. And the worst case scenario, I just continue to get loaded the rest of the day on Sat. So it's not really that bad either way.

    2:37 PM

     
    Anonymous Coop said...

    Anthony, there are no Mets bars in Manhattan that I can think of (or, at least, until they make the playoffs, then all of a sudden the "mets fans" pop out of the wood work)...But in Queens, off the Woodside stop, there is a very Mets centric bar called Donovan's. They are consistently voted Best Burger in NY and my friends there notoriously beat the crap out of a Yankees fan, threw him out, called the cops on the guy, told them he came in and started stuff, and the cops handcuffed the Yankee fan. priceless. If I had to go to a bar instead of Yank-mee Stadium (which, to me, is a horrible venue for a game, but a must-see just to say you went), I would choose that one.

    2:38 PM

     
    Blogger mr. met said...

    Believe me, the bars have gotten better and more populated with Met fans, but there was a time when you had to ask for a Met game to be put on. That time was 2005. You could find a Red Sox game easier sometimes, but winning has made things better and the Mets one stomping a new mud hole.

    Yeah, getting loaded is a nice way to drown your sorrows. Just beware for drunk Yankee fans. They have been known to lash out.

    As for Yankee Stadium, coop is right. The hallways are dungeonous and the aisles can barely fit one person. The place is miles worse than Shea. If not for all of the 'history', the place would not be fit to crap in.

    3:21 PM

     
    Anonymous Robb said...

    Boys-

    I consider myself a pretty big time Met fan, but I enjoy going to Yankee stadium every year (corporate seats)they're free. It is a worthy place to see a game. I love how awkward the seats up top are and how cushy the ones by the field are. totally yankees. Go if you have the chance. I can't wait for them to tear Shea down so I don't have to explain to eveyone i take to mets games that those florsecant things are not there so epeleptics (sp) don't get siezures...

    By the way. i almost lost it when i saw Reyes go down last night. I think we can offically get rid of the injury question. My friend a boston fan was shocked that Reyes came back out after the inning

    4:14 PM

     
    Anonymous Robb said...

    sorry about the triple post

    4:16 PM

     
    Anonymous joe said...

    i thought you were having a siezure rob...

    Anthony, Donovan's is a great place especialy if you love the feel of an old man's irish pub.

    Otherwise suck it up and visit the hell hole that is Yankee stadium. At the very least sit in left field and make sure Milledge is awake. The monuments might distract him and make it tough to catch a routine fly ball.

    4:24 PM

     
    Anonymous benny said...

    Whatever you do, don't go to Yankee Stadium in a Mets jersey.
    I went there a couple of years ago with just me and my friend all Met'ted out.
    THose guys are RUTHLESS!
    I was 16 and they yelled, screamed, and cursed at me. I have never been sooo scared in my life.
    So just go in normal clothes or someshit because if they'll make me feel unsafe I don't want to know what they'd do to a grown man.

    4:33 PM

     
    Blogger BookieD said...

    As a fan of the Mets, and of baseball in general, I go to Yankee Stadium all the time. I particularly enjoy going during Mets-Yankees games. There is so much energy in the place, and the surrounding area, and I take pride in my enemy status. It puts an extra spring in my step to proudly wear my bright orange Mets apparel around the Bronx (which I wouldn't do unless the Mets are actuall playing there, for fear of looking like those douchebags who wear Yankees clothes to Shea for non-Subway Series games). It's always great to see your team play live, though I would understand if you're somewhat reluctant to pay $9 per beer for the experience. Being on the front lines is always better than being at a bar (and, IMO, there aren't many things better than being in a bar).

    4:34 PM

     
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    Blogger mr. met said...

    Robb, true. The last few times I was in the nosebleads at Yankee Stadium. I have not been down on the field level in a while. I use to go all the time, then my hatred grew. Now it's a one in a while thing....and usually a last resort.

    What triple post? I think you've lost it Robb.

    I agree with Joe....Keep Milledge awake. He's too busy day dreaming about what he looks like in a skirt.

    They are ruthless which is why I warned him. Pick your guys to talk trash with. They don't like getting outsmarted, which is not easy. There were some real brain surgeons there on Monday that probably would have thrown down if people actually responded to them. The Braves fans have small ones and they just preteneded it wasn't happening. But after a few innings of giving it to someone and they don't respond back, you move on. How much fun is that anyway? Any yes, they love giving it to little kids.....that was meant to sound bad.

    IMO, there aren't many things better than being in a bar

    Spoken like a true American.

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    4:56 PM

     
    Anonymous Coop said...

    Benny - My uncle went to a game in the 2000 Series and had his sweatshirt on his chair. Whenever he got up to cheer or something, the fans in the back of him spilled beer all over his sweatshirt.

    I always argue with Yankee fans - they say i'm biased, but I would think this even if i wasn't a Mets fan. Heck, I'm a Mets fan and hate Shea (after being at Camden Yards and The Park formerly known as Candlestick Sort-Of), but I take Shea over Junkee Stadium ANYDAY of the week, including Leap Day. I just don't understand that "aura" and "mystique" crapola that's been spewed upon us for generations. It's not only a horrible place to see a game, but its a freaking dungeon! I might have a chance to go this weekend,but not sure I want to subject myself to it.

    5:01 PM

     
    Blogger Toasty Joe said...

    Willie just said on the FAN that he's throwing Milledge out there to the wolves in LF again tonight - Endy in RF, so no Nady I guess. Doesn't make sense to me.

    5:27 PM

     
    Anonymous Brian B said...

    I thought i heard that nady had a slight injury (nothing serious) and thats why he was sitting.

    7:19 PM

     
    Anonymous DG said...

    Agree about Soler. What an incredible whimp last night. Completely overwhelmed by the situation.

    7:28 PM

     
    Blogger Anthony said...

    Mike, Brnny, Joe, Robb, Coop, all of your input is very appreciated. I was definitely planning on showing up in my full Mets gear, jersey, t-shirt and hat. Good to know that I'd get my head torn off in advance. I will do my best to avoid. But I do have a hard time sitting back saying nothing. So it could get ugly. Maybe that Donovans Irish Pub doesn't sound
    so bad after all. Thanks again!

    Oh, and no matter what anybody says, I love Shea. It's where I grew up and will be bummed when it's gone. I will embrace the new stadium. But Shea is my favorite place to go on the planet. I know, pretty pathetic. I'll need to fly my ass back in when you guys make that Metropolitans game day.

    8:22 PM

     
    Blogger mr. met said...

    No, Anthony...you wouldn't get your head torn off. It's relevant. It's not like you are decked out in Mets gear for a non-mets game. There will be a ton of Met fans with you...just be careful who you toss some jabs at. When you overpower a simple minded person, they resort to violence...how do I know? I am one...but that's another thing. I say you go. It will be fun.

    12:00 AM

     
    Blogger Anthony said...

    Cool. Got it. Again, thanks for the input.

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