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Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Knee Jerk Media

Q: What is Fairness, Consistency, and Having a Point?
A: Three things the New York media is lacking.

Alright, maybe that's not 100% true for every one out there, but for way too many. The pure lunacy of this article by Kevin Kernan is truly hard to convey in words.

IF current All-Star voting holds, the Mets will have four starters in David Wright, Paul Lo Duca, Jose Reyes and Carlos Beltran. They own an 81/2-game lead in the NL Least. Life is good.

Despite all that, you might want to hold off on the champagne.

This homestand has brought a dose of reality to the Mets. With last night's 4-2 loss to Cincinnati, they've dropped three of four to the struggling Orioles and the slumping Reds.

Huh? What? The Mets were 1 and 3 and are now 2 and 3 on the current homestand after completely dominating on the road. I would be more concerned (not that I would actually be concerned) if it happened on the road. I have faith in the Mets to be able to win at Shea, but to go into a second place team's home and their closest division rival's home and annihilate them is a big boost and extremely impressive.

Is there that little to write about that when the Mets still have not lost more than two games in a row it is time to hit the panic button? If anything you can take positives out of the fact they still beat themselves on Friday night and El Duque has showed he can give the Mets some solid outings from the back end of the rotation.

If the playoffs started tomorrow, the Mets would be heading into the postseason with a 3-4 record against the three other National League playoff teams. That's a small sample, but it is a revealing sample. They are 3-3 in interleague play and 6-6 vs. the Central, the best division in the NL.

Wow. Just wow. If you want to take small sample sizes and look to far into them, the Mets are 2-1 against the Yankees and the game that was lost had a four run implosion by Billy Wagner. Is the Mets going 2-1 against the Yankees revealing? Common sense tells me no. However, what is really bizarre is how Kernan then just goes into quotes about the Yankees.

"It's hard to compare anything with the Yankee lineup," Arroyo admitted. "When you run a guy like Jorge Posada out in the seven or eight hole and he's hitting 30 home runs a year and is an All-Star every year, it's hard to compare anybody's lineup to that."

Is there one Met fan that is sorry that this lineup is not the Yankee lineup? With Nady back and Cliff Floyd back soon, this Met lineup is as deep as any and that includes the Yankees who don't seem quite as dangerous now that Sheffield and Matsui are gone. People seem to think there is no reason to worry about the winners from the Bronx and the losers from Queens do give us reason for concern after a 1 and 3 start to a homestand after going 9-1 on a road trip.

"You were 9-1 on your last road trip. You dropped three of your last four at home. How can you explain this?" a television reporter asked in a serious tone.

"Wow," Randolph replied, startled by the directness. "We lost three out of four. You think we should mortgage the team or something like that? We're okay. We just have got to start another streak going again."

If a sports writer has a hard time grasping that the 2006 Mets are not the 2001 through the 2005 Mets then they probably should not be writing about sports. Farva pointed out in the comment section yesterday that if the Mets play .500 the rest of the season, the Phillies would have to play no worse than 56-37 the rest of the way just to tie them in the standings with 90 wins. Just let that sink in. The Phillies have played under .500 ball and would have to pull off something miraculous to say the least to get back into it. As for the Yankees, they just keep getting older. One of these years their age is going to catch up with them and 2006 looks like it just might be the year with the Wild-Card possibly coming out of the AL Central. If I was placing bets on which team would make it further this year, the Mets would undoubtedly get my vote.

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  • The Yankees beat the Phillies 9-7. Ryan Howard knocked in all seven of the Phillies' runs. Nuts.

  • The National League East has cornered the market on bad bullpens. Here are the bottom five bullpens in the National League according to Baseball Prospectus.
    Team                    WXRL
    Atlanta Braves -1.107
    Florida Marlins 0.032
    San Francisco Giants 0.907
    Washington Nationals 0.999
    Chicago Cubs 1.008
  • Just when you start to warm up to Willie, he inexplicably says this.

    The rookie fired a strike from left field to Jose Valentin to catch Ryan Freel trying to stretch a hit into a double. It was his third assist in 18 games.

    "I still think his arm is average," Randolph said. "You make up for that by hustling to the ball."

    All you can say is Boo Yah!...Boo Yah! indeed. But why stop there?

    When Floyd is reinstated and Lastings Milledge is optioned to Class AAA Norfolk, manager Willie Randolph must decide who will hit eighth in the order between Xavier Nady and Jose Valentin.

    Hmm...tough choice. Who should hit eighth? A 27 year old power hitting right fielder who went deep twice last night and is still on pace for 30+ despite being on the DL for 15+ days or Jose Valentin who is 36 and playing better than he has in his career which means he is likely to slow down. I am leaning towards giving Nady the better pitches to hit and really, I'm not sure why this is tough.

  • It looks like Aaron Heilman might have fixed what has ailed him with some assistance from Rick Peterson.

    "Correcting these things is not like checking for misspellings," Heilman said. "There are certain things you have to look for to see if they are in the right place."

    The Mets really need Heilman to pitch like he did earlier in the year or else Duaner's arm just might fall off.

  • Carlos Delgado is good.

    THE STREAK: Carlos Delgado reached 20 homers for the 11th straight season, temporarily tied for the majors' longest active streak. Chipper Jones (seven homers) and Manny Ramirez (18) are bidding to reach that plateau for the 12th straight year in '06.

  • Lastings Milledge shows some maturity.

    "I don't believe in the numbers thing," said Milledge, who went 1-for-4 with a run scored last night. "I believe if you produce that they as an organization will find a place for you. You don't come here and then go down to work on things. I think you've got to learn it at the big league level."

    But Milledge knows that while he has shown flashes of potential - he threw out Ryan Freel in the first trying to stretch a single into a double - the 21-year-old hasn't shown enough consistency to merit bumping any of the regular outfielders from their roles.

    "I'm not producing enough," Milledge said. "I'm not doing bad. I'm doing fairly decent. But then again, I'm not producing enough for (Mets brass) to be like, 'Holy, we've got to have this guy here.'"

  • The kid will be fine.

  • The Human Rain Delay went deep for the third time in his career and the first time since 1998 when he was with the Chicago Cubs.

    Entitled as he was, Trachsel nonetheless ended his lap prematurely and made it a 180 of a different kind. "Even before I got to second base," Trachsel said, "I told myself, 'Don't let it go to your head.'" So by the time he returned to plate, the scene of the crime as it were, he had restored his game face.

    "You don't want to go out and give it up the next inning," Trachsel said. "I just waited to the seventh."

  • Does A-Rod = choker?

    Alex Rodriguez has reached a crisis point in his career. The widespread perception of him as being a choker — someone who puts up mammoth numbers but fails consistently in the clutch — has penetrated his skin, turned him sullen and fatalistic.

    "Rip away," he dared the media Thursday following another typical performance. "You can write the worst article, and say the worst things, and you're probably right."

    That day, with the bases empty in the seventh inning and the New York Yankees trailing the Cleveland Indians by five runs, Rodriguez crushed an estimated 500-foot homer — the kind of awe-inspiring swing that validates his standing as the most talented player in the game.

    But an inning later, with the Yankees down by only two and with the tying runs on base, Rodriguez struck out with a meek swing, cascades of boos trailing him back to the dugout.

    Always great to reminisce about that classic A-Rod moment. To answer my previous question, yes.

  • Mike Pelfrey is on a roll. In his last five games he is 3-0 and has won his last three decisions. He has a 5.91 H/9, 0.28 HR/9, 2.53 BB/9, 10.13 K/9, 0.94 WHIP, and a 1.41 ERA in his last five starts. Overall on the season between St. Lucie and Binghamton, he is 5-2 with a 8.25 h/9, 0.24 HR/9, 10.25 K/9, 1.22 WHIP, and a 2.24 ERA. Also, since I love cherry picking numbers, if you take out Pelfrey's worst start of the year when he gave up thirteen hits in four innings and gave up five runs, he has a sparkling 1.74 ERA and a 7.09 H/9 overall between both levels. It is safe to say Pelfrey is good.


    Blogger Toasty Joe said...

    What a retarded article. And so what if they're roughly .500 against the best teams in the NL? It just means that they're as good as them. It would be more revealing if they were signficantly BELOW .500 against them.

    Nice numbers from Pelfrey. I guess it's time to trade him for, say, Jared Wright or some other project for Mullet Head.

    I got another nickname for ya - Carlos Beltran IS Hans Moleman. You can just call him "Hans." Because, ya know, he's got that mole.

    12:06 PM

    Anonymous JohnF said...

    Attack of the spelling Nazi!!

    Mike Pelfrey is on a roll.

    . . . Pelfrey has hit his stride.

    ARod last night 1/5 with 2 GIDP. Ryan Howard is pretty good - 25HR and 66 RBI now.

    12:06 PM

    Anonymous benny said...

    No, it's 100% true, and lets no just leave it at "New York Media" lets put that label on ALL media.

    Kevin Kernan is an idiot. It may not be full of $250 million mashers but... isn't the balanced attack MUCh better?
    Maybe I'm missing something...
    Maybe that's why the Yankees bats coudln't win the ALCS in 2004 because thier big HR hitters went cold?

    Speaking of the Yankees, I cringed at this blurb from rotoworld.com:

    The Yankees are reportedly interested in trading for Jacque Jones.
    Jones signed a three-year deal with the Cubs during the offseason, so it's unclear if Chicago would be willing to part with him so soon. It's obvious that the Yankees are intensifying their search for outfield help.

    Don't the Yankees get it? Will they ever learn? 3 more years of Jacque freakin' Jones? sometimes i feel bad for thier shitty decisions.

    Blah, Ryan Howard sucks he coudln't come through in the 9th inning when they really needed him, fuck that. He sucks.

    Hahaha, Willie's a funny guy!

    Yo... Steve Traschel's a funny guy. Sleep on him, he got jokes, that, "I waited to the seventh" line is funny.

    I STILL don't get how a guy who gets 50 dingers and 140 RBI's can be a stat padder or just have empty stats. It's impossible. There's no way!
    No one thought of him that way until he got traded to the Yankees and they fucked up a 3-0 game lead on the Red Sox.

    Oh, and to anyone that is interested in going to a Mets game together just e-mail me at eyedta@hotmail.com with title being "METS GAME".
    just so i know how many people care.

    12:08 PM

    Blogger mr. met said...

    Hans wins out in leiu of Seat Belt. I love it.

    Yeah, and most good teams go .500 against good teams and beat up on the bad teams. That is what has been the Mets problem over the last few years. Play OK against the good teams and get rolled over by the bad teams. I'm not going to look up every first place team and their records against .500 + teams, but I'm willing to bet they are all in the same boat. The Yankees made a living rolling over the D-Rays during their run and the Orioles and Toronto before Toronto was good. Kernan is a doucebag..

    Benny, I would have said that, but yesterday I saw the Daily News live show on SNY and they talked about this exact thing. Two of the three guys said there is nothing to worry about and the one guy said there was. They are the only reason I retracted from calling them all out.

    As for Jones, they are probably going to have him on the bench in '07 and beyond if they get him. Not bad move to get some depth, but an expensive one. I hope they pull it off so their payroll just goes higher.

    As for Howard, as good as he is, he doesn't scare me. Whenever he plays the Mets, he looks like a train wreck in the field and totally un-clutch. But fantasy wise? Stud.

    Steve has a pulse and a sense of humor. Those things do not always come through with him.

    Believe it Benny. A-Rod is useless outside of the month of March.

    I'm not sending you an email. Just keep me in the loop.

    12:32 PM

    Anonymous Brian B said...

    I wonder if sports writers realize that if you are .500 against the best teams in the league, that means the best teams in the league are .500 against you. It seems like that simple glaring fact seems to elude them. Anybody who goes into panic mode over the last 4 games needs to get their head examined. so if you were to take the last 13 gamse we would be 10-3? (this might be a game off i didn't check, just going from my increasingly poor memory). So is 10-3 bad?? I think i hate everybody.

    Hans is a decent name for the belt, that mole is disgusting and it stares into my soul. i can't stand looking at it, i wish it would go away. He's a switch hitter, why can't he wear a double earflapped helmet. make it stop.....

    If the yanks get Jacque Jones they'll probably decline sheffields option (allthough they will probably do that anyway) so in theory their payroll will go down.

    As for Arod, this guy is clearly talented, I'm inclined to say its bad luck but after watching him strike out horribly in clutch situations it's clearly all in his head. That's what you get for signing a ridiculously big contract, going to a team that isn't any good and needs to get rid of you to win. Then going to a team where the town and the captain don't really seem to like you. On a side note, he was in my opinion a better defensive shortstop than jeter, and to this day i think it was really dick that jeter didn't move to second. I like what a hard nosed player jeter is, but sometimes he really does just come off as a total asshole.

    12:46 PM

    Blogger mr. met said...

    I think i hate everybody.

    Me too.

    I actually forgot that when I got into work this morning I was going to check the Yankees against .500 teams and a few others, but I glazed over the obvious fact that you stated. Going .500 against the best teams mean you did too. I love it. I bet Kernan really thought he was onto something.

    Brian, they are not bringing Sheff back and Melky has iced the spot in the outfield. While their payroll will go down, it will not be off-set as much because they added in a 4 or 5 million dollar bench player. That is my hope. They keep bringing their payroll as high as possible and especially on moves like spending $4 or $5 mill on a bench player.

    12:54 PM

    Anonymous Sun Tsu said...

    sometimes i feel bad for thier shitty decisions.- Benny never feel sympathy (or empathy) for the enemy, it is a weakness. let them lie in a bed of their own making...especially if they have shit in it multiple times.

    1:04 PM

    Blogger Condor Schmitt said...

    MLB wont let me vote any more so i guess i hit 25. Eric Hinske got 25 big votes from me as did Podsednic and some other winners. I wrote Jose Valentin in as 2nd base. I was going to write in Zorro but thought they might not get it. Wouldn't it be cool if we could get 100,000 write ins for 'Zorro Mets 2nd base' !!!!!

    Beltrans mole is dead to me! It never existed.

    1:13 PM

    Blogger Toasty Joe said...

    Hm, perhaps I should add a new "Mole Fact" on my blog - Carlos Beltran's mole is dead to condor schmitt.

    1:31 PM

    Blogger mr. met said...

    Let's not forget the mole stares into Brian's sole.

    If the Mets had won the NL last year, Willie might have brought Valentin this year. He likes him that much. That being said, I would be suprised if Willie has not figured out a way to vote for him 100,000 times. He probably set up thousands of email addresses to give his guy a shot.

    As for the Yankees, I keep waiting for them to do something. I find it highly improbable that they go through these injuries and rotation issues and do nothing. I really hope they blow something up and make some type of horrible move. The trade deadline would not be complete without one.

    1:36 PM

    Anonymous Anonymous said...


    The fact Pelfrey has done so well without any good secondary pitches is remarkable. We'll see how it holds up against the big boys soon enough.

    1:39 PM

    Blogger Count Choculitis said...

    To be fair to sportswriters, their job is to write stuff that people will be talking about. The fact we're discussing Kernan's article on this blog today is a victory for him, trust me. I don't think these guys believe what they write anyway.....they're given their point of view and told to write a column accordingly. Same way talking heads on TV always disagree with each other.....they're told their position ahead of time. Conflict = good.

    I didn't watch the game last night, and it appeared that Sanchez was in a 4-2 game. But why did Heilman pitch? I still think we should be resting these guys more often than not, getting them reading for August and beyond. On that note, if the Mets run away with the division (a big if, but possible) is it lunacy to either consider going to a 6 man rotation (Pelfrey) or otherwise trying to find some rest for Pedro and Tommy G. down the line? We need them fresh in the playoffs, not blowing fumes. It is something I would very much like to see considered. Especially when I heard some stat like if the Mets play 500 ball the rest of the way the Phils would have to play 18 games over to catch them.

    Also, can Mets fans stop calling the FAN and telling Jabba the Hut that Beltran and/or Wright is the league's MVP? It's a tad early for that, and it gives Mets fans a bad rap.

    2:47 PM

    Anonymous benny said...

    Benny never feel sympathy (or empathy) for the enemy, it is a weakness.

    Oh no, don't get it twisted, I feel bad in the sense that... I feel i can do a better job, and it pains me to see someone suck at something that doesn't seem THAT hard...

    2:49 PM

    Anonymous JohnF said...

    Carlos can introduce himself as "Buck Melanoma, Moley Russell's Wart".

    2:53 PM

    Blogger mr. met said...

    Double-play rod is absolutely classic.

    In regards to Pelfrey, do we know that his secondary pitches have not improved? I would tend to think they have gotten somewhat better or else AA hitters would kill him. Maybe his fastball is THAT good, but he is not the first guy that throws hard to pitch in AA.

    I get that count. I've written stuff here and at Metsgeek.com plenty of times thought I didn't believe it. I wrote and article about Kaz Matsui at Metsgeek just because it was relevant and I needed something. I'm OK with him even writing that article, but where I take issue is how it turned into the Yankees are still better than the Mets and their weak offense. He can truly think the Mets are shaky, but why drag in the Yanks, you know? Let's keep it all relevant. I thought he just went off on a bizarre tangent. Yes, Arroyo was a member of the Red Sox. I get that. But I just thought it was a terribly weak article.

    I like the idea of skipping Petey and getting a fresh arm in there, but Tommy needs to be going every five days. If he gets more or less, it seems to effect him. Being that he doesn't throw hard or has a violent motion, rest is not going to help him. As with Pedro, I think it will. Though this would never happen, I'd rather just give him August off if the lead is big enough if he wants some rest.

    The MVP race is directly tied into Pujols. The longer he stays out the better, but neither Beltran nor Wright has caught him in homers or RBIs yet. That is just nuts.

    2:54 PM

    Anonymous scott said...

    Just read that Pujols is close to coming back. He is doing intensive fielding and hitting exercises. This is the one guy who could stop us winning the NL.

    Is that thing on Beltrans face definitely a mole? I thought it was some sort of armour plating to protect his face while batting. Like one those of things Bonds has for his steroid enhanced arm.

    Might be good to see a 6th starter just for one month to take a load off of Pedro up till the all-star break. Let him skip 1 maybe 2 starts but keep everyone else in order.

    4:41 PM

    Anonymous Farva said...

    One source said Yankees GM Brian Cashman is running into the same wall on almost every call he makes, as other teams respond to his overtures for outfield or pitching help by immediately asking for either Robinson Cano, Chien-Ming Wang, or top prospect Phil Hughes. -- New York Daily News

    "They bought the tickets, they knew what they were getting themselves into.I say let em crash!"-$10 to whoever can tell me where that quote comes from.

    6:37 PM

    Anonymous DG's chump change said...

    Even with or perhaps because of his new trimmed mustache, you know that Valentin will end up in the seven spot once Cliffy comes back. But reason says Nady because you won't pitch around Floyd for Nady but will for Valentin.

    You know, stupid articles, don't even deserve my stupid comments but Kernan is kinda pretty awfully selective in choosing the Central instead of say the West where just about every team is close to or over .500. ESPN got into the mastabatory spead on the NL West a couple of weeks ago. The only difference is that once the Mets were finished with them, they mostly all turned South. We bruised egos dude!

    Pelfrey should stay in the minors unless someone gets hurt or takes a serious nosedive. Interestingly the most politically incorrect of all Met announcers, Keitho, questioned last night whether Trachsell was aching based on his choice of pitches. Wondered if we should watch on that as my favorite retired fist baseman is pretty astute when not shoving his shoe in his mouth.

    6:41 PM

    Blogger Condor Schmitt said...

    "Note to Schuerholz: It's time to see what you can get for John Smoltz (to Detroit?), Tim Hudson (to the Mets?), John Thomson and Marcus Giles and build for 2007. Smoltz has already said he'd be open to a trade." - SI.com

    Wow this crazy bastard wants the Braves to sell us Hudson?? That makes no sense what so ever for the rednecks since they have no super near ready prospects and any that were close could more easily oust Thomson, Ramirez or Sosa.

    Still Hudson and Zito reunited next season under Professor Rick? WOW!!!! That makes nearly as much sense as trading Ruth to the Yankees!

    6:44 PM

    Blogger Condor Schmitt said...

    Mex is damn astute even when his foot is in his esophagus!

    6:46 PM

    Anonymous scott said...

    I like that the SNY stat box has the players OBP. Lets us really see how big a part the walk plays in baseball.

    Valentin is toooo damn slow to try inside the park homers or try to push singles into doulbles. Zorro, calm down.

    7:40 PM

    Anonymous farva said...

    If Valentin can come back like he has maybe we give Galaraga another shot! Maybe he can hit .400!

    8:24 PM

    Anonymous Scott said...

    Wow! How hot is Zorro when they are pitching around him to get to Hasta????

    8:53 PM

    Blogger Condor Schmitt said...

    Eric Valent was the last Met to get a cycle. Where is Eric valent???

    9:09 PM

    Anonymous Scott said...

    Zorro gets a curtain call!!!!

    9:25 PM

    Anonymous brian b said...

    jose reyes cycle. what the hell ever happened to eric valent?

    9:52 PM

    Blogger Condor Schmitt said...

    what a tough loss.

    10:56 PM

    Anonymous Kurt said...

    what the hell ever happened to eric valent?

    I think he was shipped off to SD with Piazza and prompty fell off the face of the Earth.

    11:12 PM

    Blogger shoot the glass said...

    "They bought the tickets, they knew what they were getting themselves into.I say let em crash!"-$10 to whoever can tell me where that quote comes from.


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    Hey, you got it! The check is in the mail.

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