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Monday, August 07, 2006

Olé

Last night was just one of those amazing games to be at the Shea Stadium for. The attendence was listed at 39,000+, but I doubt that many people actually showed up to the game. That being said, everyone who was there was into the game. With news of David Wright getting a six year deal on the heals of Jose Reyes getting locked up through 2011, the vibe was tremendous at the game. John Maine kept dealing and extended his scoreless inning streak to 23 innings and the Mets best and brightest showed up to play.

The soccer chants of olé when Jose Reyes were loud and then he parked a deep grand slam down the line into the right field stands. The crowd went berserk. Reyes came out for the curtain call and then got a standing ovation from the crowd his next time up. Jose Reyes might be a leadoff hitter, but he is on pace for 32 doubles, 20 triples, 17 homers, 77 RBIs, and a .294/.350/.472 line. This kid can be a run producer in the middle of the order. He could bat third and drive in 100+ runs effortlessly.

Reyes batted .250 over the first two months of the season frustrating Met fans with his immense skill and unrefined approach. Now? Not so much. He batted .373/.420/.618 in June, .293/.348/.390 in July, and is off to a .360/.407/.702 August. It would seem that he has figured it out. With runners on he is batting .306/.371/.521 and is batting .313/.387/.586 with runners in scoring position. The Mets have four big time run producers in what is easily the most dangerous lineup in the National League. If there is a more exciting player in Jose Reyes (Carlos Beltran is a close second) or a more exciting team to watch offensively, I have not see one.

Derek Jeter is 3rd overall in VORP with 56.3 and leads all shortstops, but Jose Reyes is not doing so bad himself with a 38.3 VORP and is fourth overall in VORP out of every big league shortstop and is tops in the National League. Carlos Beltran is 12th overall with a 51.9 VORP and trails only Vernon Wells, who owns a 52.9 VORP, in terms of center fielders. David Wright is 29th overall with a 36.6 VORP and trails Chipper Jones and Miguel Cabrera in that category for third baseman. Life is good right now in Queens on the offensive side of things.

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  • As bad as the Yankee rotation appears to be and as bad as Randy Johnson has been, they are still one of the better rotations according to SNLVAR.

    Top 5 AL Rotations, by SNLVAR
    Team                            VORP   SNLVAR
    Detroit Tigers 230.9 18.9
    Oakland Athletics 192.4 14.0
    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 149.3 13.3
    New York Yankees 149.8 12.6
    Chicago White Sox 144.8 12.4
  • Hopefully Wright and Reyes retire Mets.

    Wright's current deal calls for a $374,000 salary this season. With his new contract, he will receive a $1.5 million signing bonus over the next three or four months, and $1 million salary in 2007. He will receive $5 million in 2008, $7.5 million in 2009, $10 million in 2010, $14 million in 2011, and $15 million in 2012. There is a $1 million buyout if the Mets do not exercise a $16 million option for the 2013. If he is traded, the option is eliminated and the buyout will become an assignment bonus.

    Wright, who will donate $1.5 million of his contract to the Mets Foundation over the next six years, said he has always wanted to be "a life-long Met."


    What else would you expect from Sugar Pants? The man just dished out $1.5 million to his charity. Omar and the Wilpons did them right with their two new contracts and they should be rewarded on the back end after Wright and Reyes' current contracts are up.

  • Paul LoDuca's marriage has become "insupportable" because of "adultery." Looks like Paulie Ballgame was knockin' some boots that he wasn't supposed to be knockin'. Of course he is innocent until proven guilty.

  • Who is running the show in Houston?

    But Oswalt was only part of the story. Houston Chronicle columnist Richard Justice, a highly respected reporter, wrote that owner Drayton McLane had ordered Lidge traded because of his continued failures. And though it wasn't reported in Houston, a very good source told me Clemens had gone to McLane a few days before the deadline to request a roster shakeup.

    The Astros need to tear this thing down and start over. Trade what you can and rebuild as the future is bleak. It would also make sense to not ask Clemens to return as players like him and Bonds cause teams to make bad baseball decisions and 'go all in' with no regard for the future. Oswalt's relationship with the team is fractured and it doesn't look like they are close on the five year extension he is looking for. Omar will be happy to take him off their hands fo' sho'.

  • Wallace Matthews says Steve Phillips did the Mets a favor by no signing Alex Rodriguez.

    he 2006 NL East-leading, possibly World Series-bound New York Mets, generally believed to be an Omar Minaya production, could not possibly be the team they are today if not for a move Minaya's predecessor, twice-removed, decided not to make nearly six years ago.

    That was when Phillips, invoking the infamous "24-and-1" tag, declined to make an offer to Alex Rodriguez. The ostensible reason was A-Rod's "selfishness," as embodied in agent Scott Boras' alleged demands for a private jet, his own office and a merchandising tent on the premises at Shea that would deal exclusively in All Things Alex.


    His contract would have certainly been prohibitive and who knows what the team would have looked like now. I went tend to believe it would look drastically different and I like what I see now so that would be a bad thing.

  • Mike Pelfrey had an OK outing in his AAA debut, but is throwing way too many balls.

    In his first start for Class AAA Norfolk since being sent down earlier this week, Mike Pelfrey pitched five strong innings to beat Buffalo, 6-2, ending the Tides' six-game losing streak. Pelfrey threw 90 pitches, 47 strikes, allowing two runs on three hits and two walks while striking out five.

    What is really weird is that he gave up 10 fly ball outs compared to only two ground ball outs. All ended well as he notched the win anway. Heath Bell lowered his ERA to 0.68 and Diaz's 0 for 3 night dropped him to .219. Ouch.

    Not a great weekend for some of the Mets best starters on the farm.

    Brian Bannister gave up seven runs in 4.2 innings in his return to AAA.

    Jon Niese gave up four runs on three walks and three hits in three innings.

    Oliver Perez gave up seven runs on six hits and four walks in 2.2 innings of work. He was missing down in the zone, so he has that going for him which is nice. However, we all know that his time to get it back together will be in mini camps and Spring Training.

    Phil Humber gave up four runs on six hits and three walks in 4.1 innings in his return to AA.

    Carlos Gomez went 2 for 5 yesterday in Binghamton's 8-7 loss to Connecticut and drove in four runs, walked once, and stole two bases to bring his season total up to thirty.

    Fernando Martinez played three games for St. Lucie and has gotten one hit in each game. Yesterday in St. Lucie's 4-1 win over Clearwater, Fernando went 1 for 5 with a his first homerun in high A-ball.


    Deolis Guerra was sharp in Hagerstown's win over Greenville yesterday as he went 5.2 innings and gave up five hits, one run, and two walks while striking out eleven.


  • Jim Callis takes on a Yuliesky Gourriel question.

    Gourriel has exceptionally quick hands and strong wrists, giving him tremendous bat speed and power. He's also a quality defender with above-average arm strength and range. He has played mostly second and third base for Cuba, and some scouts believe he could handle shortstop.

    He has inherited the mantle of the best young player in Cuba from past stalwarts such as Omar Linares (who never defected) and Kendry Morales (now with the Angels). Gourriel is unlikely to join Morales in the United States, however, because of close family ties he'd be reluctant to sever. His father Lourdes, a former national team outfielder, manages him on the Sancti Spiritus club on which he plays with his brother Yuniesky, an outfielder.


  • If Floyd gets a World Series ring with the Mets this year, he said he would seriously contemplate retirement. Of course when an AL team drops a few million on him to DH, his mind would probably change pretty quickly.

  • Willie looking for a new contract too? That should wait until August or September of 2007. Way too early for him as he has a lot to prove.

  • John Maine looked spectacular pumping his fastball up to 94 mph when he needed a big K and worked out of a few jams.

    “It’s more of a confidence thing,” Maine said. “Now I know I’m up here. Each time I pitch, it’s kind of my spot.”

    He has been looking sharper and sharper with more times on the hill. Not too shabby for a journeyman.

  • There might be 7.5 million tickets sold between both New York teams. Of course nowadays teams sell 1,000,000 tickets for a dollar each to corporations to rev up the numbers, but impressive nonetheless.

  • I want to hate him, but I can't.

    Jose Valentin hit his 12th home run of the season, a solo shot in the fifth inning. Since becoming the Mets' starting second baseman just before the end of May, he's batting .309 with 10 home runs and 34 RBI.

    Who doesn't love the guy?

  • Mike Piazza makes his first return to Shea as a member of another team and he should be getting a monsterous welcome from the fans.

    "He did some beautiful things here, and I think the fans are gonna appreciate him for that," said Jose Reyes.

  • Andrew Miller is now a Tiger. They have some tremendous arms in that organization right now and Dombrowski has done a nice job getting that team back on track.

  • Fernando got snubbed in the Low-A edition of Best Tools by Baseball America. Jose Tabata was tabbed as the best batting prospect and Martinez was probably close, but failed to land the best in any category.
  • 19 Comments:

    Blogger Toasty Joe said...

    If there is a more exciting playing in Jose Reyes (Carlos Beltran is a close second) or a more exciting team to watch offensively, I have not see one.

    I don't normally do this, but someone please call the Grammar Police on Mr. Met!

    1:18 PM

     
    Anonymous benny said...

    Livan Hernandez to the D-Backs. Good for them. Thank god the Mets didn't waste thier time on him. But it is a good one for the DBacks, nice fit.

    Jose Reyes is also clutch. He is solid with runners in scoring position. He loves it.

    I stil don't understand how the Yankees keep on winning. With the lineup they might have when Matsui and Sheffield come back, that might be the first team ever to win it all with shitty pitching. Jaret Wright your #3 starter...

    There are certian teams that just need to "start over" The Giants and Astros are two of them. You could also MAYBE put the Braves in there. But then again the Braves already have all thier rookies in there...

    A-Rod wouldn't have been a $250 million dollar man. Hicks bid against himself to make the deal $100 million more within the final days/hours, lol.
    So I don't think it would have been that "prohibitive". It was still stupid to not sign him.
    You like what you see now but 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, and even 2005 wouldn't have been the seasons of suicidal thoughts.

    Andrew Miller's deal has the Tigers "forced" to have Miller called up in September. Fucking nuts. Whoever did that deal for him is the man.
    Expect Miller next month pitching out of the bullpen.

    Tabata vs Martinez they are the same exact player but this will be a fun competition for a long time. I don't see the Yankees trading Tabata and I don't see the Mets making Martinez. And I expect both of them to be stars.

    And the quote of the day,
    He doesn't have a work ethic. After every start, he didn't run or lift weights. He would sit in the clubhouse and eat ice cream."
    --Arthur Rhodes, responding to former teammate Cory Lidle's remarks about not always having his team behind him (New York Post)


    that shit is funny.

    1:32 PM

     
    Blogger mr. met said...

    fixed

    The Mets would have wasted a ton of money for Livan and they didn't need him. Great non-move.

    The Yankees winning is starting to really make me mad. I mean, their pitching looks like it should suck and they've had some bad injuries and all the hoopla surrounding A-Rod, but they are now in 1st place! C'mon.

    The Braves have enough of a young foundation to make trades for today.

    The Giants and 'Stros need to rip it down. The Giants will have no tradeable commodities when it is all said and one and Bonds leaves. They have too many old players. Their situtation is horrible and Barry put them there.

    Well, Hicks did offer it and the Mets would have had to match to get him. Thems the breaks. Luckily, Hicks did it.

    College pitchers are raping teams in their deals nowadays. It should only be a few years before $10+ with kickers and bonuses is the norm for a top flight college starter.

    Who doesn't like ice cream!

    1:40 PM

     
    Anonymous DG in dial up hell said...

    Hey, checking in from dial up hell in VT (where I read the site of course every night until I'm back in European cable mode this fall)...

    Mike, how can you call Maine a journeyman? He was a top prospect for the Orioles who seemed to plateau just before the majors. Now, he's pitching - or starting to pitch - towards the potential he always had. In my def, a journeyman is someone who has bounced from team to team, kind of like the Yanks new slinger Corey " I was a Met" Lidle. Maine is no journeyman, just a guy who is finally getting the chance in a positive environment.

    1:54 PM

     
    Blogger mr. met said...

    He isn't a journeyman. Far from it. Chris Russo called him that and said they should have kept Pelfrey in the rotation. Hence the reference. Fear not, Maine is the man right now and I think we all agree he looks pretty sick.

    1:58 PM

     
    Anonymous brian b said...

    dg, Mike is teasing Maddog because he called Maine a Journey pitcher.

    Speaking of Maddog he's pissing me off asking why Wright is getting 30 million more than Reyes and calling Reyes' contract bad. Does he not realize Wright will be locked up for more years? Does he not realize when reyes signs his NEXT contract those same 2 years hes under conract that wright already has locked up Reyes may make SIGNIFICANTLY more? Why is he so stupid?? ARGHGHHH

    1:59 PM

     
    Blogger mr. met said...

    Brian, Mad Dog never gets caught up in those types of silly details. In reality, Reyes will probably be making the same if not more by the time baseball salaries escalate. Reyes was also rather unhealthy to start his career and I think that factored into it. Both made out well and have nothing to worry about. The Mets could win the World Series and those two assholes would still find something to complain about.

    "Well Mikey, it did take them seven games to win it all so you really cannot give them that much credit."

    "Yeah Dog. If the Yankees were there, Torre and the gang would have gotten it done in five games."

    Really not that far fetched from them.

    2:07 PM

     
    Blogger Condor Schmitt said...

    Assholes? Assholes? How can you call these two assholes? Assholes serve a useful purpose (dumping shit out of our colon) while I still find no useful purpose for either of these two...ah...damn...things. (tough to really find a word that adequately describes them.)

    I guess they are the radio version of sphincters, they open and shit does come out.

    I nominate them to be called the sphincter brothers from now on!

    3:50 PM

     
    Blogger mr. met said...

    Very good point Condor, but you stated, they just dump shit.

    4:53 PM

     
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Carlos Beltran for Comeback player of the Year. Fuck that, give him the MVP.

    http://mlb.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/news/article.jsp?ymd=20060807&content_id=1597213&vkey=news_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb

    - benny

    5:45 PM

     
    Blogger Anthony said...

    Life is very good in Queens. Maybe the best ever the way it's looking right now. The next decade is going to be a very good time to be a Mets fan.

    6:42 PM

     
    Blogger Condor Schmitt said...

    A few good youngsters coming through as well great management who know who to sign and who not to and this Mets team could be good for many years.

    1 problem though. The Marlins are going to be be outragously good and extremely deep.

    Just watched the best catches from CF this season. I wonder if the Andy Nernandez catch from the start of the season will make it?

    So sphincter brothers it is?

    12:44 AM

     
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Imagine our team in a few years. Of course I am assuming a lot of our minorleaguers become stars.

    Lineup
    1. Jose Reyes - SS
    2. Lastings Milledge - RF
    3. Carlos Beltran - CF
    4. David Wright - 3B
    5. Fernando Martinez - 1B
    6. Carlos Gomez - LF
    7. Free Agent - 2B
    8. Free Agent - C

    Rotation
    1. Philip Humber
    2. Mike Pelfrey
    3. Deolis Guerra
    4. Oliver Perez
    5. Barry Zito

    3:14 AM

     
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I just realized we have a very good catcher prospect in Jesus Flores who is currently in St. Lucie. Add him to the lineup at catcher. Also the second baseman should be the one and only COREY RAGSDALE. I can't believe I forgot that name. That's like forgetting David Ortiz is the most clutch baseball player on the planet. As a matter of fact we can move him to shortstop and bat him #3. Reyes can be the second baseman again. Also we can throw him into the rotation sometimes. Only whenever we are in a must win situation though. He throws a guaranteed perfect game every time. Did you know he is the only 10-tool player in baseball history. No one else has had more than five. The don't have names for all of them yet but they are there nonetheless. COREY RAGSDALE = GREATEST PLAYER EVER.

    3:26 AM

     
    Blogger warmsox said...

    I'm going to the game tonight and I expect it to be rowdy. I know I'm giving standing O's to Piazza everytime he's up.

    9:41 AM

     
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    if reyes keeps developing, he could put up robbie alomar type numbers (pre mets)

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