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Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Predictable / Death By Squirrel

I know what everyone thought I would write about today, but in an effort to not be predictable and redundant, I will abstain from looking at Trachsel's latest stinker. Instead, I will talk about the danger that is known as the black squirrel.

Squirrels have bitten to death a stray dog which was barking at them in a Russian park, local media report.

Passers-by were too late to stop the attack by the black squirrels in a village in the far east, which reportedly lasted about a minute.

They are said to have scampered off at the sight of humans, some carrying pieces of flesh.

A pine cone shortage may have led the squirrels to seek other food sources, although scientists are skeptical.

The attack was reported in parkland in the centre of Lazo, a village in the Maritime Territory, and was witnessed by three local people.

A "big" stray dog was nosing about the trees and barking at squirrels hiding in branches overhead when a number of them suddenly descended and attacked, reports say.

"They literally gutted the dog," local journalist Anastasia Trubitsina told Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper.

"When they saw the men, they scattered in different directions, taking pieces of their kill away with them."

Mikhail Tiyunov, a scientist in the region, said it was the first he had ever heard of such an attack.

While squirrels without sources of protein might attack birds' nests, he said, the idea of them chewing a dog to death was "absurd".

For the love of God and your dog, please make sure you have an ample supply of pine cones in your back yard.

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  • I think I'm developing a man crush on Phil Humber. He was already my favorite prospect overall for the Mets, but he just keeps nestling further into the cockles of my heart. First, he had another stellar start. Second, he made the expanded roster.

    The following players will be added to the roster today: OF Lastings Milledge, OF Ricky Ledee, C Kelly Stinnett, LHP Dave Williams, RHP Brian Bannister and RHP Philip Humber.

    Yesterday, Binghamton split a double header with the Connecticut Defenders. In game two, Phil got the start and lasted six innings and gave up two hits, one earned run, and no walks while striking out four. He improved to 2-2 with a 2.88 ERA in the 4-1 victory. Humber now owns a .199 BAA this season with a sub 1.00 WHIP and a more than one strikeout per inning. The rest of the world needs to be very afraid of this kid.

    In game one, the Defenders beat the B-Mets 2-0. Kevin Mulvey took the loss despite pitching stellar yet again. Mulvey went six innings and gave up four hits, two runs, no earned runs, and one walk while striking out one. Mulvey is 0-1 with a 1.35 ERA and though he only has four professional starts, you have to be impressed so far.

  • Tobi Stoner went the distance in a shortened seven inning game and picked up the win in Brooklyn's 3-2 win over Lowell. Stoner gave up four hits, two runs, no earned runs, and one walk while striking out seven.

  • Oliver Perez will get another start.

    Tom Glavine is being given an extra day between starts this time through the rotation, though he said he doesn't feel that he needs one. His turn falls tomorrow, but Oliver Perez will start that day. Randolph said it's being done to keep Perez in the rotation, but pitching coach Rick Peterson said it was a decision geared to keep Glavine fresh. Glavine said he was only told of the move Sunday.

  • Wow...just wow.

    Carlos Delgado's third-inning error on Willy Aybar's grounder set up the first unearned run allowed by the Mets since July 29, a span of 32 games. It's the second-longest streak in club history, according to Elias. The Mets went 38 straight games without an unearned run in 1999.

    An entire month without an unearned run? Fucking swell.

  • Pedro is inching closer.

    Martinez last threw in the bullpen on Saturday in Florida, a 37-pitch session that wasn't originally scheduled.

    "I felt like I could so I just did it," he said. "Everything's good."

    In spring training Martinez was limited to just two starts and seven innings by his foot troubles. But when the season began, he was ready and finished April with a 5-0 record.

    "I took a big chance and it paid off," he said. "I'm hoping I can do that again. ... I'll use my experience. Things usually kick in, but it's not easy."


    Anonymous jake said...

    so did pelfrey not make the expanded roster?

    12:16 PM

    Blogger mr. met said...

    It doesn't seem like it. Wacky stuff....Humber is better right now in my estimation. Due to his secondary stuff really not being up to par, one has to wonder if he would have even added anything. Humber actually can add something. Pelfrey should just go work on what he needs to.

    12:27 PM

    Anonymous benny blanco currently in the school said...

    I don't know what to say about the whole squirrel thing.
    Either the dog is a bitch.
    Or those squirrels are gangsta's.

    Phillip Humber is the man. He's making the idea of overspending for Zito alot easier.
    Pedro, Zito, Pelfrey, Humber, my mom. As the rotation. Awesome.

    I'm surprised by Mulvey's pitching. I didn't expect that from him. Very impressive.

    Pedro Martinez is soo good. That to me, those NLDS, and NLCS games will be training games for the World Series.
    That's how much confidence i have in Pedro and the Mets.
    The NLCS and NLDS games are preps for his performances in the World Series, where he BETTER step it up.

    12:37 PM

    Blogger mr. met said...

    Dude, you gotta do what you can to eat. No pine cones? You gotta eat the dog.

    You mom could not be worse than Trachsel.

    I didn't expect Mulvey to do well at all either. After getting hit for Villanova and going to AA after a layoff? Nuts. Good stuff.

    Pedro is going to step it up big time. Picture 2004 him against the Cards...that's what you'll be seeing.

    1:13 PM

    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    From the NY Times today-

    "Another factor in the first Braves rally was an error by Mets first baseman Carlos Delgado. It was the first error by a Met playing behind Trachsel all season.

    “That’s unbelievable,” Trachsel said. “I had no idea.”

    I guess this is how a pitcher with a 5 ERA goes 14-6. Like Trachsel said, thats unbelievable. He's got 27 starts and 150 IP. He better be getting lap dances for all of the Mets fielders this year.

    Actually in comparing the Mets to the Phils, fielding is the biggest difference. Phils have great hitters like Howard, Utley, sluggers like Burrell, and OBP guys like Abreau the first half of yr. However, Howard is the worst fielding 1B I have ever seen other than Piazza, Utley is a hitter just playing a position. Burrell is a statue in LF and Abreau is a lazy RF who could not catch anything over his head. It seems like the Mets won 4 games against the Phils as a result of Philly errors.


    3:06 PM

    Blogger mr. met said...

    That tidbit about Traxx made me even more mad at his existence. Putting him in the playoffs will be disasterous.

    3:44 PM

    Anonymous Coop said...

    It would be a travesty at this point if John Maine did not start at least one game over Trax, and trax got the opportunity over him, you know trusted veteran. And this is from a Mets fan who continually defends Trax.

    4:22 PM

    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Trachsel stinks. Frankly, even if Maine were to spit the bit in a big spot, i'd be more willing to forgive him than I would Trachsel.

    The Maine reason why Maine is a better choice is because he throws strikes and has excellent command. Does he suffer from a bit of Gopheritis? Yes. However, he keeps the damage to a minimum by NOT WALKING THE BALLPARK.

    I'd like to see Humber get a start or two, just to get an idea of what the Mets have in him.

    IMO, Bannister will be traded in the off-season. I have a feeling Minaya will want to bring in a young bullpen arm of some sort and give Heilman a chance to start. Am I crazy to think this? Of course.

    I am not in favor of signing Zito to a 5/75M contract. His peripherals are all going in the wrong direction. I know he's difficult to hit and Schmidt's FB tendencies scare me, but i'd much rather have the latter if the money is right. Not sure if you feel the same way...


    4:39 PM

    Blogger BookieD said...

    After reading quotes like this from Willie:

    "As long as he keeps winning, it's not a concern at all," Randolph said. "It's about winning games. Sometimes you're not going to always do it pretty."

    I am not confident that we will see Maine starting any postseason games in place of Traxx. Very forward, 21st century thinking by Willie.

    4:55 PM

    Anonymous DG said...

    NO way they trade Humber. Lasting's more likely (but not very).

    Trachs is going to start in a playoff game. Whether stupid, dumb loyalty, slight (okay more so) recompense or a sick and desperate attempt by the Mets to make Mike repost Sufi girl, he's going to start. So we get used to it, win or lose. The guys out of here at the end of the season, and he was very good for us for most of his tenure.

    Key with Maine is giving him the post season spot he deserves, even as a bullpen man. He throws strikes and has been hyper dependable. Nuff said.

    Mets/Cards tonight in Florida. Perhaps a little series to prelude a bigger one? I'd rather play the cards than the Dodgers personally.

    Interesting that Pelfrey didn't even make the AFL, though maybe he'll get there anyway as the Mets have the right to add to the players they're sending (usually five or six if I am right - they have four so far).

    Won't get excited about Mulvey until he strikes out more than one batter, but his results are promising. I am honestly and genuinely surprised the Mets didn't send him down to St. Lucie three days before the end of the season so he could start a playoff game!

    5:17 PM

    Anonymous DG said...

    Oh and Ricky Ledee is the new ice after Jose Lima's failed attmept to fill in as Jeff Wilpon's gardener!

    5:20 PM

    Anonymous Benny blanco from da Bronx said...

    If I had to invest a significant ammount of money and years between Zito and Schmidt. I'd pick Zito.
    He's always healthy and he's a lefty.
    To me the velocity isn't THAT important but the fact that the man can stay healthy and hasn't had any problems in his career with injury is a VERY good thing.

    Schmidt meanwhile is about 5 years older and has had shoulder problems. Nah man, I'd TRY to avoid that atleast in terms of handing out a long term contract.
    Don't want another Carl Pavano running around.

    7:16 PM


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