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Monday, August 21, 2006

The Shit Has Hit The Fan

...and splattered all over your walls, hit your dog in the eye, you slipped in it and subsequently rolled around in it, and it landed in your pot of chili and ruined it.

An ultrasound taken Friday identified an artery near Glavine's left shoulder as the source of the trouble with his ring finger, which remained colder than his other digits yesterday. Glavine spoke as if a clot is the likely culprit, but it's also conceivable that the artery has a "knot," which likely would require season-ending surgery. Glavine said doctors have assured him his situation isn't life-threatening, though it wouldn't be prudent to pitch with the condition and possibly jar loose a clot. An angiogram planned for early this week should offer a concrete diagnosis.

Make no mistake. This is bad. Glavine was starting to pitch better and was starting to look more like the pitcher from earlier this season. However, it is far from over for the Mets and their World Series aspirations. The lynchpin to the entire playoff pitching picture is Pedro Martinez. If he can get healthy enough for the playoffs, he will be the clear go to guy. Though the Mets lose playoff experience, it is arguable that their rotation for the playoffs might be better now.

It was clear that Pedro Martinez, Tom Glavine, and Orlando Hernandez were going to make the playoff rotation because of their current status in the rotation and their playoff experience. Steve Trachsel does not have any playoff experience, but has been pitching better of late and is second in the league in wins. Also, Trachsel does not translate well into the bullpen since he takes a long time to get ready. I really do not think they were going to include John Maine into the playoff rotation despite the fact he has been the best pitcher in the rotation since June 1st by miles.

I'd be lying if I said this was not a big deal. Pitching depth is crucial to the playoffs. However, heading in there with Pedro Martinez, John Maine, and Orlando Hernandez is not too shabby provided John Maine and The Duque keep pitching like they did in their last starts and Pedro is in fact healthy for the playoffs. As for who replaces Tom Glavine in the rotation and then gets shifted into the bullpen come playoff time will most likely be Brian Bannister or Oliver Perez. However, Omar Minaya also had mentioned Alay Soler and Phil Humber. The intriguing guy here is obviously Humber because of his stuff. Come playoff time, he could be a pretty devastating in one inning appearances.

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  • Yesterday's game was nothing short of amazing. The Duque pitched a gem and showed why a lot of people were excited to nab him for the post season. He showed poise and cojones the size of casaba melons. Though not the most dominating series of three batters I have seen by a Met pitcher this year, it was certainly my favorite. In the top of the fifth, The Duque had runners on second and third in a one out game. He struck out Clint Barmes looking, Jason Jennings looking, and Jamie Carroll swinging. It was a spectacular series of batters and obviously huge being that it came when the Mets were up 1-0 at that point.

    "He's a guy that bounces back," Willie Randolph said. "He knows what he needs to do. Sometimes you're going to have a stinker."

    "Pitching behind in the count, bearing down with men on third and second, he's a master at it," Randolph said.

    I've been getting the Mets Sunday package since 2002 and I have never been to so many good games and entertaining games. Watching this Met team play has been a fucking swell treat and there are a lot of positives to be taken from this team lately. Carlos Delgado seems to have woken up and the Mets desperately need his bat. Lastings Milledge is looking better. People have been unjustly down on him, but he has been swinging the bat better of late and actually used two hands on a fly ball yesterday. Aaron Heilman has also looked like he has been pitching with his ass on fire. In August, he has had eleven appearances and has given up runs in only one of them while striking out more than a batter per inning with fifteen in 12.2 innings of work with only five hits allowed. This team seems to be running on all cylinders now and gelling at the right time.

  • Fantastic.

    A Klein High School baseball star drafted this year by the New York Mets was arrested Sunday morning after allegedly assaulting his father, a former Major League All-Star and Astros coach, during an argument at their Spring home, sheriff's deputies said.

    Jeremy Barfield, 18, was arrested shortly after 8 a.m., when family members reported to authorities that he had pushed his father, Jesse Barfield, 46, down a flight of stairs.

  • The Mets picked up Guillermo Mota for a player to be named later from the Cleveland Indains in an effort to bolster their bullpen.

    "Up until last year he was one of the better setup men in baseball," Minaya said. "Our staff, especially (bullpen coach) Guy Conti and (pitching coach) Rick Peterson, I think they did a great job with Jorge Julio, who had a bad year last year and right now is doing a very good job for the Diamondbacks. We feel very comfortable with our coaches and our staff being able to turn Guillermo Mota around. It's a move that has some potential upside and really is not going to cost us much."

    You know I like prospects too much, so I'll hold off as to whether or not it is a good thing. He's been struggling for a while now and one has to wonder if his electric stuff can be harnessed in a month and a few weeks to be a factor for the Mets in the playoffs.

  • Zorro and Ramon Castro could be back tomorrow.

    Randolph said it's possible that second baseman Jose Valentin (hamstring) and backup catcher Ramon Castro (ribs) could return to action Tuesday against St. Louis.

  • Omar is making some progress on the Shawn Green front.

    While Omar Minaya added another power bullpen arm, yesterday, trading for the Indians' Guillermo Mota, the Mets' GM has also made progress in importing Shawn Green from Arizona to play right field, The Post has learned.

  • Cliffy is back to baseball after his injury and spending the last week in Chicago mourning the death of his 21-year old sister.

    Floyd's parents adopted Shanta when she was 6. Floyd had a health scare of his own in spring training when tests indicated he was suffering from a kidney ailment - his father had a kidney transplant 18 years ago - but further tests cleared him.

    Floyd went on the DL on Aug. 9. He is expected to report today to Port St. Lucie, Fla., to rehab his Achilles.

  • From TheJournalNews.com:

    This was the Mets' eighth sweep, and this was their eighth straight home win, their longest streak since 2000.

  • The Giants are opening up their wallets for a big international signing.

    Until this weekend, when the Giants forked over a reported $2.1 million for third baseman Angel Villalona (whose name had been incorrectly reported earlier by Baseball America). Ragazzo said the 6-foot-2, 215-pound Villalona has the highest ceiling of any player the Giants have signed out of Latin America since Liriano. The deal is the largest for any international signing since Joel Guzman signed with the Dodgers for $2.25 million in 2001.

  • Oliver Perez has put up two very encouraging starts back to back for the Tides. From BA:

    Mets lefthander Oliver Perez has found the strike zone in his last two starts for Triple-A Norfolk. And the inconsistent lefty even flirted with a no-hitter Saturday, taking his bid into the seventh inning, at which point Charlotte shortstop Jorge Velandia led off the inning with a single. Perez threw seven innings, and allowed no runs and just one hit in the Tides’ 1-0 win. Perhaps more telling, he threw nearly two-thirds of his pitches (59 of his 94) for strikes.

    Perez, 25, has struck out 18 and walked three over his last two starts, contrasted with eight strikeouts and nine walks in his two starts before that, which were his first two for Norfolk since coming to the Mets at the trade deadline.

    Brian Bannister threw up another solid outing after his eight inning gem last week. The Tides won 4-1 behind Bannsiter's six inning performance. He allowed one a homer, one walk, and six hits while striking out five.

    Fernando Martinez went 1 for 2 with a double, two walks, and an RBI in the second game of a double header on Saturday after going hitless in the first game. The Mets split the doubleheader with the Brevard County Manatees.


    Anonymous Coop said...

    Were you at the 86 reunion game, Mike? I was, and I agree 110% about what you have to say...I have been going to Saturday games since 2001, and this was the first time in a LONG time that I have seen this powerful energy coming from the stands. Especially being 86 reunion night...and playing all the tunes from the week in 86...I felt 10 y/o again.

    As for Glavine...well, I can't say I am terribly pessimistic about the whole thing...sure, it would suck, but we've lost two of our Opening Week starters within a week of another (VZ and BB), lost our best reliever (Dirty), had a flurry of crapola starters (Soler, Gonzales and LimaTime!) and some strong starts (Pelf and Maine, Maine especially)...I don't want to say we'll be "fine" without him -- but...were we going to win the WS with him? We have a stronger case to win it with him...above all, i just want Glavine to be healthy. He is a genius on the mound and I would not want his career to end on a note like this.

    12:01 PM

    Blogger Toasty Joe said...

    Hey Mike, I know you follow the minors pretty closely - I'm going to the Cyclones game tonight, and I'm wondering who I should keep an eye on. By the way, I think Castro will be playing in the game.

    12:20 PM

    Blogger mr. met said...

    Nope. Saturday I was fishing all night. But, they did have the Mets game on the boat! Life is good.

    I love the '86 unis. They really need to make them a staple for home games or maybe wear them for each Sunday home game forever...or until everyone gets bored of it. Whatever comes first.

    I don't want to say we'll be "fine" without him -- but...were we going to win the WS with him? We have a stronger case to win it with him.

    Yes and no. If Maine continues to pitch the way he has and misses the playoff rotation due to crafty vets, it might not have better. If Maine and Glavine were in, the rotation would have been better. However, this has not been the Glavine of late '05/early '06. Sucks to lose him, but I don't think it is something they could not recover from like Pedro.

    That being said, his health is #1 yes. Hopefully he comes back next year ready to go. I don't think his career will be over unless he wants it to be. We'll know for sure in a few days though.

    As for the Cyclones, Ruckle and Stoner are the best pitchers, but neither is going tonight. You get to see Alay Soler though, which should be cool. He should be starting tonight with Ramon Castro.

    I like Joe Holden a lot, though he has no power. Dustin Martin and Jason Jacobs made the All-Star team and are doing well. No other real good prospects.

    The really good news is you get a paddle fan!

    In addition, the first 5,000 fans in attendance will receive Paddle Fans, courtesy of Circuit City.


    12:40 PM

    Blogger Toasty Joe said...

    I thought I heard "Oy Vey" Soler is starting tomorrow, not tonight. Oh well, I wouldn't mind getting a peek to see if he has any semblance of a chance of making it back this year.

    12:49 PM

    Blogger mr. met said...

    I have no idea. You are probably right. I know I just read he will be in uniform tonight.

    You ever go to a Cyclones game before?

    1:06 PM

    Blogger Toasty Joe said...

    Yeah, like 2-3 years ago. It was fun. Long ass subway ride, though.

    1:13 PM

    Blogger mr. met said...

    Yes, long ass subway ride. So long my friends don't even want to go.

    If you didn't hit up the Cyclone like eight times after the game, do it. Also, brave the shady cats and big lines at Nathan's. Get yourself some tasty food with the biggest beer over sold in one of those old school wax/paper cups. Even better? I do believe it was Schlitz....

    which reminds me of a joke.....

    Why don't girls like to drink beer on the beach?
    The don't like to get sand in their Schlitz!

    Good times...good times.

    1:21 PM

    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Long time no post so here goes;

    1. Rotation. At the start of the yr we were OLD and brokedown. Traxx,petey, Vz etc were hurting. after 6 months Maine emerged with good showing from Bannister. Now with Perez set to get mixed in we have lopped a lot of yrs off.
    b. Glavine has been good, but there is always the ATL shadow looming. There is talk too he could retire this yr.

    2. All the above said I am excited (!!!!) about Ollie. This kid is younger than Bannister with 3yrs of proservice....(sounds like Kazmir?), and I hear he is hitting 94mph again. This kid had more strikeouts than Clemens 2yrs ago....If you told me a 25yr old starter from opening day would be in OUR rotation in Sept, I would be gasping. I had hoped for vazquez or maroth, but Perez has more upside than either. (How long ago was Heilman worthless....) I am looking at Perez not only as a Sept starter but playoffs too.
    I disagree on Elduque (inconsistent) and see Maine as a playoff starter , with Traxx and Pedro. Ollie if he auditions well could be the 4th rotation starter in place of Glavine. El duque has value in the BP because he has excelled there before, and also because it allows Willie a shorter leash with Maine/Ollie/Pedro if they start poorly and he needs help in the 2nd-4th innings. Ollie-petey-Maine-Traxx could complement each other well.

    3. http://www.nypost.com/sports/mets/omar_gets_mota__green_ay_be_next_mets_andrew_marchand.htm

    With ollie as a (top)rotation starter, Omar can turn $$$$ elsewhere and Green is less expensive by the day. As stated green (replacing Ledeee) makes the OF options deeper. Also gives Wright the protection he misses.

    1:46 PM

    Anonymous Benny blanco from da Bronx said...

    It overall sucks ass, to losing Glavine.
    Whatever I just hope Oliver Perez has turned it around, maybe he can be better than Glavine. But that's me jhaving wishful thinking.

    I comment on J-BARF! real late last night, so I'll just copy and paste what I said, lol.

    That is exactly the kind of player I want playing on my team.
    He does whatever it takes to win. He's ruthless. He's Jeremy Barfield. And that is FUCKING GANGSTA!

    Why are people actually worried as to who the Mets give up to the Indians?
    It's going to be a nobody.
    You, Mike from Mike's Mets and other fans from everywhere are actually worried its going to be someone valuable. I just don't think so and I'm not even worried.

    Daaaamn, I remember reading stuff about Floyd's sister. I knew she was sick during the spring but damn. That's crazy how she died though. Life's short.

    The Giants are actually being smart. The Barry Bonds ERA is over... Better late than never to start rebuilding.

    This time I'd rather see Oliver Perez come up and pitch in Glavine's place. Two good outings is wassup.

    And also, no more trading in the fantasy league. It's just you and your good ol' pal "Waiver Wire".

    2:53 PM

    Blogger Mets Beast said...

    i usually speak to jeremy barfield on myspace and i sort of started laughing when i seen that... i seen it on rotoworld first, and it was quite odd to see that.

    3:29 PM

    Blogger mr. met said...

    Glavine is doubtful to come back now with his injury. You have to think the Mets are not excited about $12 million next year on him.

    Perez has more upside, but I don't know if he'll be in shape for this year. It would be great if he was and maybe it was something that needed to be slightly tweaked, but I think he'll need more time for an overhaul.

    The Duque is not too inconsistent. He has like 13 starts with the Mets and 10 very good ones to 3 bad ones. The problem is, his bad ones are really bad. He has been rather consistent.

    The problem with Ollie and being a cheap starter, it's hard to put your faith in him without him proving he can do it. That can only happen if he lights up the rest of the season in the bigs (which is doubtful). Omar will need to see him succeed for a bit before he can shelf going after Zito. If Milledge stays, Green, him, and Beltran looks fine to me for a 2007 outfield with Gomez or F-Mart in '08. Works out nicely.

    Jeremy Barfield is ruthless. He beat up an old man who happens to be his father.

    As for who we gave up, it's a valid question. The Indians could have just given him away and that would be nice, but I alsways still have Steve Reed for Jason Bay in the back of mind. Forgive me.

    The Barry Bonds ERA is over... Better late than never to start rebuilding.

    They should of dealt Schmidt. Just dumb.

    Fuck the waiver wire. My team is officially dead now that Glavine has gone down. Three of my original top four starters are down and the other one was traded. When it rains, it pours.

    3:34 PM

    Anonymous jake said...

    not to change the subject back to something we've already talked about, but i'm really starting to excite myself with the idea of soriano next year... i know he's expensive, but i ain't paying, so fck it. just think how athletic are lineup will be.

    i keep thinking about how i heard omar on the radio say just wait and see how athletic the mets will be in the future. i'm not saying he was talking soriano, he was talking minor leagues, which is even better.

    what's the story with jesus i mean fernando hitting .200?

    yes, mike, although i was watching on a computer instead of at the stadium, el duque striking out the side was swellicious.

    this is an excellent article, though about tennis not baseball: http://www.nytimes.com/2006/08/20/sports/playmagazine/20federer.html?ex=1156305600&en=7bff1a3d626600d2&ei=5087%0A

    3:40 PM

    Anonymous benny blanco from da bronx said...

    I told you your team sucked. BUT NOOOO you thought your flavor of the month team with Brandon Inge and Ty Wigginton was gonna bring home the gold.
    Nope... not with MIRA COñO! kicking ass and taking names, ya know, the whole season long!

    3:42 PM

    Anonymous jake said...

    mike do you mean there's no news about glavine or just that the mets won't want his option next year regardless?

    i'm not really sold on zito, btw.

    3:43 PM

    Anonymous jake said...

    i meant new news?

    3:44 PM

    Anonymous rick m said...

    I'm okay with a rotation of Maine, Perez, Pelfrey and Duque (let's avoid Traxx) if it comes to that, at least in the NL playoffs. The Series is another matter. But we've known all along that the bullpen would have to do some heavy lifting this year, and they've been up to the task. If we get a hot-hitting Beltran, Delgado or Wright at the right time, it won't matter.

    Cyclones games are great, it's a terrific location. When I've gone with friends, we usually hit the batting cages after the game. Good times, even if you get some sand in your Schiltz.

    3:47 PM

    Blogger mr. met said...

    Soriano is going to be very, very expensive. I just think the rotation is more important and getting zito is the top priority. He'll be 32 and it kinds of scares me off. He hasn't slowed down in terms of steals, but he might soon. I just don't know.

    Jesus is hitting .200, but if he goes 4 for 4, he will be batting .243. Basically, it's a small sample size.

    Swellicious? I like it.

    Fuck tennis. Unless it involves Russian girls in short skirts.

    My team was solid. Harden, Glavine, Liriano, and Verlander would have led me to the promised land. I traded Verlander who ended up being the best fantasy pitcher and rest is history. Inge wasn't even starter at the time so I don't want to hear it.

    Cheaters never win....that is unless it's fantasy baseball.

    3:47 PM

    Blogger mr. met said...

    No, I don't think they will pick up his option now. Just my hunch. $12 million for him seems rough right now when it looked so good to pick his option up prior to this.

    Not sold on Zito? Dude would be sick in the NL East as a Met. I'm sold. It also sure doesn't hurt that he's a lefty. The more different looks the Mets have the better.

    No new news. Until he has his tests, they won't know anything.

    Pelfrey over Traxx? I'd prefer anyone over Traxx, but they will keep him in there. I just do not see them removing him from the rotation.

    I do agree that if the offense if firing, it won't matter. This team is crazy when everyone is on.

    3:51 PM

    Anonymous Anonymous said...


    I am plugging Ollie's stats but they dont really indicate alot. I think Glavine/Pedro plus peterson will help. I dont understand the skepticsm I see. Ollie is frankly redemption for Kazmir. A young power lefty with gas AND success in the NL. Once he learns to PITCH he is CY young material. He used to compared to Dontrelle. Next yr he will again.

    4:26 PM

    Anonymous MikeinSpain said...

    Soriano will be way overpriced and unnecessary. He is good though, and most of the people who contribute here (myself included), who said Wilkerson was better than this guy, who said he'd fail in Washington and couldn't hit out of Arlington (even though he'd done it in Yankee Stadium), should admit we were wrong. That said, the Mets don't have an unlimited payroll and don't need more power and speed, but pitching.

    What Omar should do is plug money into pitching. What if Pedro's bad next year? And Glavine? I don't even wanna think about Trachsel. And Soler, Pelfrey and Humber may not be ready to lead this staff ever, let alone next year. Maine is hardly a proven entity, and could start to have trouble once other teams figure him out. Pitching is the need, not hitting.

    In so far as the lineup goes, we need more guys who can get on base consistenly.

    8:42 PM

    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Fernando! is bound for the AFL. How awesome is THAT?

    I'm also psyched about Ollie. Reports on his velocity were excellent. Control was superb. Nasty slider. We might have a poor-man's Kazmir here.


    9:23 PM

    Anonymous Scott said...

    3 things. Oliver Perez is a S T U D. The guy (as they would say in Beantown) is wicked haad. The guy is lights out when hot, could be the best pitcher in the NL, but if Dr. Peterson cant turn him around then he is D O N E. But I have faith.

    Zito absolutely. Glavines $12m + $3m is enough to snag this guy. Glavine might be done and this would be a no-brainer.

    One year and one month ago I wrote here that the Mets had traded Milledge and Heilman for Soriano. Of course I was reporting what th WFAN was botching. At that time we were ALL aghast...and rightfully so. He sucks at 2nd base but he has proven his ability withthe bat. If we can pick him up to replace cliffy we would have tobat him #3 and Beltran #2 or Reyes would never steal another base. Get him for my christmas/Hannakah/Easter/Qwanza/BlahBlahBlah present Uncle Omar.

    10:45 PM

    Anonymous Scott said...

    Perez is no-ones poor man anything, he is the shit.

    10:46 PM

    Anonymous Anonymous said...


    Fernando! is three years younger than anyone else on his team.


    11:09 PM

    Anonymous benny said...

    I still don't like Alfonso Soriano. I just hate him.
    I wouldn't be happy if the Mets sign him because it will obviously take 4 or 5 years and that's not something I like.

    Just remember this, Carlos Beltran is one year younger than Soriano. So I dunno, To me, Soriano is screaming "Adrian Belte" to me.
    Hitting is not a priority for this team. Pitching is.

    1:18 AM

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