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Wednesday, August 30, 2006

You Mutha Fucka/Tough Decision

1.67 WHIP....4.50 ERA....the offense giving him copious amounts of runs....another win.

Steve Trachsel lives to annoy me and I live to be annoyed by Steve Trachsel apparently. He is once again tied for the National League in wins after another so-so start. However, he would have to win game seven of the World Series for me to no longer watch him and have a desire to punch babies and rip my eyes out. It is clear that he will be placed on the post season roster, but what is not clear is who will be left out?

"You just don't give in," Trachsel said. "It comes with experience."

Way to basically try and sell yourself to your own team who is enamored with veteran presence. The Mets will presumably slim their staff down to eleven pitchers in order to carry an extra bench player. But when you have a bullpen as deep as the Mets do, who gets knocked out? We know Pedro, Glavine, Maine, The Duque, and Trachsel will be there. That leaves six spots for the bullpen and the Mets have seven effective relievers. We know that Wagner, Heilman, Bradford, and Oliver and his .170 BAA to lefties will be there. That leave two spots for Feliciano, Mota, and Bert.

Feliciano has been stellar and should go and Mota has the upside and showed some signs of waking up and should go as well. That ironically leaves the guy they traded their starting right fielder for to plug a hole in their bullpen. It is not even that he has been bad. He has actually been good with a sub 1.00 WHIP and a 2.89 ERA, but it's just a numbers game at this point and there are too many pitchers. When is the last time a team had that problem?

The Nady trade might end up being useless come playoff time. The Mets replaced him with Shawn Green and though he has much less power, the difference is negligible and Omar at least has Oliver Perez as a wildcard now. He did what he had to do, but it looks like the Mets will not even need Hernandez's services. Omar made the move out of necessity at the time, but one has to wonder what Omar would have done had the Mota deal been in place earlier. Ultimately, Omar had no time to work things out and made the right call, but Bert may be home eating nachos come playoff time.

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  • Binghamton beat Portland 10-3 behind a nice start from Kevin Mulvey. Mulvey went 4.1 innings and gave up four hits, no runs, and two walks while striking out five and walked away with the no decision, a few pats on the ass, and some praise from Omar Minaya. Carlos Gomez went 2 for 4 with a run scored and a double in the game to bring his average up to .285.

    St. Lucie played Palm Beach in a doubleheader yesterday. In game one, the Mets lost 5-2. Fernando Martinez went 0 for 3, Cliff Floyd went 0 for 3 with two K's and made Jaime Garcia's day in the process, Mike Carp went 0 for 3, and Jesus Flores went 2 for 2 with two runs scored and walk.

    In game two, St. Lucie walked away with the victory 4-1. Fernando's day did not get any better as he went 0 for 4 to see his average dip to .202. Mike Carp went 1 for 3 with a run scored, Cliff Floyd went 2 for 3, and Jesus Flores capped off a great day with a 3 for 3 game with three RBIs and his eighteenth and nineteenth homeruns on the season. Flores now his fifty extra base hits on the season which is just astounding and he has really catapulted himself into one of the top catching prospects in the game proving his 2005 year was the fluke rather than his 2004 year.

    In the Tides won 10-0
    over the....ah who the fuck am I kidding. No one cares what the Tides did.

  • Yikes.

    Informed the Astros had just given him a five-year, $73 million contract extension Tuesday night, ace righthander Roy Oswalt immediately placed a call to Weir, Miss., to give his father Billy the news. In the ensuing news conference, Oswalt fought off tears as he acknowledged his father's guidance.

    The bar has been set. Thanks Drayton. Anyone thinking Zito will be had for less than 5 years / $75 million is nuts.

  • Whenever you make a bad signing, just try and void it! Simple solution to a horrible problem!

    "It's a very strange story," a Yankee official told the Daily News. "It seems like there might be more to it, but you just don't know. Maybe there isn't. At this point, it doesn't look like we would have any grounds to void his contract."

    At least you gave it the old college try. At least Pavano has no trouble in terms of the Yankees taking his money, but in true American fashion, the guy he hit only recently found out the man that hit him was rich.

    Pavano's worries may not end there. The man driving the truck he hit suggested that despite the fact that neither he nor Pavano reported injuries at the time of the accident, he may sue the Yankees' $40 million pitcher for damages.

    Ernest DeLaura, of Port St. Lucie, Fla., told The News his shoulder "is all messed up. My doctor told me to stay in bed."

    DeLaura, who was driving a truck for the Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County when he was hit, would not go into details about the accident. He referred a reporter to his lawyer, Larry Krasin, who told The News that he and his colleagues are investigating.

    When asked if he expected to file a lawsuit, Krasin said, "We are looking into the circumstances of the situation. There was an accident, and we have a client who was injured."

    Toasty, your kind makes me sick.

  • The Cards are done. Not that Mulder to the DL tipped the scales, they were done before that. Aside from Carpenter, their pitching is just too weak.

  • Beltran likes what he is doing.

    "I feel very happy to have the year that I'm having, being able to stay healthy most of the season and being able to contribute to the team," said Beltran, who crushed a 438-foot shot to center against Rockies starter Byung-Hyun Kim to top his previous season-high of 38 homers set when he split the season between the Royals and Astros two years ago.

    Any guy in the league would be happy to trade places with you with the year that you are having all around....well maybe not Ryan Howard. I think he is having some fun too.

  • Also from the above link:

    The Rockies (61-70) pulled within 4-3, but Reyes stranded the tying run at third base in the fourth when he fielded Todd Helton's grounder on the outfield grass behind second base and fired to Delgado at first to end the inning. It was the Mets' 11th straight error-free game, one shy of the club record.

    "That gets me more excited than anything else," Willie Randolph said.

    That is swell.

  • Even Cliffy is not immune to Randolph's fames non comittal answers.

    Mets manager Willie Randolph said there are no guarantees concerning injured left fielder Cliff Floyd when he is reinstated from the disabled list.

    Endy Chavez is providing consistent enough offensive production, and his defense is far superior to Floyd's, so one should not assume that when Floyd returns he will immediately trot out to left field.

    "We want to get Cliff going, but we still want to keep getting Endy into games," Randolph said. "A lot depends on how Cliff feels."

    One has to wonder how much interest a team will have that needs to depend on his bat and figures to be in some type of playoff race. He might be up for a platoon role here, but if not, he might find himself on some last place team somewhere trying to catch a healthy Cliff in 2007.

    Anonymous benny blanco from da Bronx said...

    Wow, Did anyone notice that Bill Hall has 30 homeruns. That's crazy...

    Bartolo Colon had the most wins last season, he got a Cy Young.
    Does Steve Traschel get the Cy Young for hsi wins!? Dun dun dun...
    If he gets 1 vote then the writers should just be set on fire and executed.
    Not that I hate Traschel but the fact that pitchers get waaaay too much credit for the stat "wins".

    That article said that the Mets plan on calling up 2 players form Binghamton.
    Hmm... who could it be?
    I say its Matt Lindstrom and Henry Owens.

    I love Flores. Last year it was all about the wrist injury. He'll be in AA in 2007. Nice. I'm excited.

    I know nobody cares about The Tides but I found it wierd that they switched A-Hern and Ruben Gotay as far as thier positions go. Gotay was at SS and A-Hern was at 2nd base.
    They must be bored.

    So Oswalt gets a no-trade clause. YET the deal breaker for Carlos Beltran was a no-trade clause!? Claiming the organization doesn't do that?
    Silly red-necks!

    HAHA@Carl Pavano and the Yankees.

    I hope Beltran is enjoying those MVP chants... that fucker! ENJOY IT!

    Cliff Floyd as DH for the AL games.

    1:10 PM

    Blogger mr. met said...

    Bill is the man and JJ Hardy is done before he even started.

    Trachsel = Cy Young...take it to the bank.

    Isn't Owens playing for team USA? I say....Lindstrom and Joe Smith.

    Ha, yeah Benny. They must be bored. Maybe Milo will get some time on the mound.

    Oswalt = Texas

    Those guys like to stick together. Beltran ain't from no Texas. They get together and ride tractors together.

    1:14 PM

    Anonymous PDNH said...

    The only B-Mets on the 40 are Owens, Lindstrom & Humber. Owens is busy right now so I'm wondering....

    1:20 PM

    Blogger mr. met said...

    PDNH, I think we have two 40 man spots open though.

    1:26 PM

    Anonymous PDNH said...

    I count 39. They're probably saving a spot for a 3rd catcher.

    1:40 PM

    Blogger Toasty Joe said...

    Feel free to impugn my lawyer-ness, but I'm the furthest thing from an ambulance-chaser out there (in fact, most of my clients are insurance companies).

    But speaking of that Pavano thing, I'm just picturing the guy he hit getting out of his car, recognizing Pavano, and then doing a Rodney Dangerfield in Caddyshack: Ow! My arm! I think it's broken!

    1:41 PM

    Anonymous Farva said...

    Traxx and his 4.45 ERA a Cy Young Candidate...thats just fucking funny! He could have a 9.00 ERA since the all-star break and have the same record! He is getting 11 runs per game run support! That is fucking crazy!

    2:36 PM

    Blogger mr. met said...

    Yes, you are right. They are looking to add another catcher and still have one space open I thought.

    There is no shame in chasing ambulances. Everyone has to make a living. I think it was during the Met game last night, but there was a commerical with some lawyer wearing a cowboy hat. "Are you to hurt to work?"

    I love it.

    2:38 PM

    Anonymous jake said...

    i care about the tides -- i'm going tonight bitches! but, uh, it's gonna rain.

    2:38 PM

    Anonymous fuck dayn perry said...

    Looks like it might be Lindstrom or Owens that will be gone if the mets trade with the Rockies for a backup catcher. Do we really need better than DiFelice and AHern?

    2:40 PM

    Blogger mr. met said...

    Jake, you only care about the Tides because that is the only thing closely resmebling baseball. It's either them or go see the Orioles or the Nats and who wants that shit?

    Owens and Lindstrom are nice, but we're not losing both. Just one. We'll be ok. I agree though, I'm not sure how much of an upgrade either provide, but even if it's slight, you might as well do it. You got a good shot this season and you might as well go for it if it doesn't mortgage out your future.

    Glavine and Pedro must resent Traxx. Those two are 20 game winners if they had that type of run support. The offense dissapears for them.

    3:27 PM

    Anonymous jake said...

    i don't care about the tides winning or losing. but i do hope they stay a mets team. i don't want to trade ownens though, wtf?

    3:46 PM

    Blogger mr. met said...

    What is really nuts is that Omar might give up more for two useless players than he did for Mota, who at least had substantial upsdie.

    4:10 PM

    Anonymous Captain Joe Morgan said...

    Trax's win total proves 2 things:

    Our #5 is better than their #5.
    The Mets bullpen is Teh Nasteh.

    Don't overlook the fact that more often than not, Pedro & TommyGun are up against the other team's ace. That's always gonna be tougher on the Mets lineup than an extra from the American Idol studio audience who picked up a gig impersonating a back-end starter on some scrubby NL team.

    Red red wine... Trax for Cy Young! W00T!!1

    4:56 PM

    Blogger mr. met said...

    All good points Joe. This Met bullpen makes it a five inning game when needed. You have to like that. I'm writing in Chad Bradford on the next presidential ballot.

    5:10 PM

    Blogger Anthony said...

    Wow, did you guys see that Victor Diaz is now a Texas Ranger? It looks like he's actually going to be placed on the 40 man roster. The Mets got a catcher named Mike Nickeas. Weird how fast that flame burned out. I still remember when Diaz hit that game winning bl

    5:41 PM

    Blogger Anthony said...

    Sorry. When Diaz hit that game winning blast against the Cubs two years ago when we were horrible. Weird that we used to be forced to get excited over things like that.

    5:42 PM

    Blogger BookieD said...

    Mike--Why is St. Lucie playing so many double-headers these days? Is this customary at the end of the Class A season?

    The Nady trade was worth it, if only for the crazy excitement that OP has generated among us fans and web geeks over the past month. Even with the 15.5 game lead, I am sure we all could find plenty of things to obsess over, but being Down with OP-P is probably more fun than anything else we could do!

    BTW, the Yankees victory over Detroit this afternoon made the Mets officially The Best Team in Baseball (Mets' .623 winning percentage vs. the Tigers' .621). A Yankees win tonight coupled with a Mets win in Denver would cement it for at least one night. I still hate the Yankees, but I really, really want to be #1, so I think I will actually root for the Empire tonight.

    7:00 PM

    Blogger mr. met said...

    I was high on Diaz....If he starts next year, 25 homers wouldnot suprise me.

    St. Lucie has a lot of rain outs.

    Best record in baseball? Fucking swell. Who would have thunk it? If they hold onto that title (and there is no reason they shouldn't) that would absolutely amazing.

    Feel free to root for them tonight. It's not like the Red Sox have a chance anymore so their win will have little outcome on things, although, I guess we don't them to have homefield.

    7:06 PM

    Blogger Anthony said...

    Absolutely no reason not to have the best record in baseball. Detroit is starting to slow down and the rest of the American league teams keep on beating up on each ether. Unfucking real. What a season.

    I could see Diaz getting his shit together as well. I think he'll be decent. Not good. But ok.

    7:15 PM


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