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Monday, October 16, 2006

Elephantitis of the Cojones

My post has been regurgitated....

After watching the Mets starting pitching in the playoffs for seven games and getting some puke inducing stats last night, I've decided, the Mets are lucky to be this deep into the playoffs. Last night, FOX threw out these stats during the telecast. Before last night's game, the Mets played six playoff games. In Glavine's two starts, he was sharp. In the other four starts, Steve Trachsel started two games and John Maine started two games. In those four games, their ERA was 7.82, their PP/G was 69.25, and their WHIP was 2.53.

That was before last night. After last night, those numbers actually went up. The reality of it is, Oliver Perez was not good. Yes, the start was huge in the big scheme of things being he had two weeks off and gave the Mets exactly what they needed to win the game last night, but he was not sharp. With last nights game included, in the five starts made outside of Tom Glavine, the Mets have a 7.85 ERA, 2.29 WHIP, 73.80 P/G, and some more ugly overall stats which do not need to be mentioned. And yet, the Mets swept the Dodgers and are even at two games a piece with the Cardinals. Now, the Mets have their ace on the mound in Tom Glavine and could quite possibly go back to New York with a 3-2 series lead.

Unbelievable. When you really look at what their starting pitching has done and how their offense has underperformed, they have no business being where they are. Part of the reason they keep winning is because they do not know any better. They do not care what their rotation looks like, this team believes in themselves and has guts. What is even more nuts, if Willie's use of the bullpen in game two was not horrendous, the Mets could have quite conceivably had three wins with Glavine due to pitch in game five for the clincher. The Mets need to have this serve as a wake-up call. I still believe in John Maine's ability to be a solid pitcher for this Met ball club. I believe in Tom Glavine's ability to continue to be their ace. Last night's win gave them a new lease on life with their two best starters due up.

The Mets can still win this and when you look the numbers, it is really amazing that they can. Willie needs to wake up, the offense needs to wake up, and Maine and Glavine have step up, but this team can make it the World Series. However, the Mets need to come out and end it in these next two games for two reasons. With the seventh game of the LCS due to be played on 10/19 and the first game of the World Series due to be played on 10/21, it is necessary the Mets go out and end it in six to rest up for the Tigers. It is also not great situation for the Mets to be in a game seven scenario with either Oliver Perez, Steve Trachsel, or Darren Oliver going against Jeff Suppan. It's go time.

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  • It's on 'til the break of dawn.

    If the New York Mets reach the World Series, "El Duque" could rejoin them.

    Orlando Hernandez said he felt strong enough to pitch in the World Series after a bullpen session on Sunday in St. Louis. He threw for about 10-15 minutes before the Mets' 12-5 win over the Cardinals, tying the series at two games apiece.

    "If the team has a chance to be in the next round, I'll be in," Hernandez told reporters.

    With The Duque in the rotation with John Maine, Tom Glavine, and Oliver Perez, this team has a chance to win the World Series. With no Duque and Steve Trachsel, who we all knew going into this had no business throwing a pitch in the playoffs, in the rotation, this team has no chance if they should move onto the next round.

    Oliver Perez did not look great, but he was off for two weeks and was around the plate. I liked what I saw and though I did not like his personal results, they were something that watching Steve Trachsel isn't....encouraging. If the Mets can find away to succeed in this series, things will be looking up for them.

  • First it was Cardinals fans praying for rain and now Tom Glavine and the Mets are praying for rain. I'm going to stay out of it because I called a Cards fan a douchebag for not 'man-ing' up and actually praying for rain.

    Is it OK to pray for rain when your October life depends on it? The Mets will never admit they're obsessing about the weather forecast, but after a 12-5 flogging of the Cardinals in Game 4 of the NL Championship Series, rain is all anyone is thinking about.

    According to forecasts, the rain is-a-coming. It should be noted that Weaver is going on short rest too and I'd rather strike while the Mets offense is hot.

  • Endy's throw last night aside, where has the Mets defense gone? I'm not sure, but they have looked sloppy. Simply inexcusable when faced with their current pitching woes. They need to step up and field like they did against the Dodgers and each of Tom Glavine's starts.

    Speaking of defense, Jim Edmonds play last night in which he made an over the shoulder catch to steal a hit from Jose Reyes was unbelievable. That guy is a joy to watch in the outfield and he can still go out there and get it even in his advanced age. No one goes back on balls as good as him and no one in the league can make the over the shoulder catch like him.

  • Is anyone not enjoying Albert Pujols be a complete non-factor?

  • Sweet Lou will be the manager of the Chicago Cubs. It's amazing how so many people wrote him in as the new Yankee manager much like they write in every big ticket free agent as a future Yankee. It goes to show you little these 'inside sources' actually know.

  • The Rockies might be looking to steal Sandy Alomar Jr. for their first base coach, but that is not happening unless the Mets do not want him back.

  • T.J. Quinn speculates on how to fix the Yankees.

    Oh, they will try. If they can get any pitcher of any worth, they should jump at the chance. If the Angels will give them Ervin Santana, they should dump A-Rod off. He needs to go before he does something to hurt himself.

    This one is funny. The best manager ever needs help? Most Met fans know the guy is not a good manager and TJ agrees. He needs someone sitting next to tell him telling him what to do.

    Here he suggests targeting the Angels Francisco Rodriguez in a trade, but that was so funny I shit my pants.

    They will get at least one more starter this year, but there will be a lot of competition for the available starters.

    Hughes will be a big boon for this team and they have been more open to young players, so this is one thing they do have going for them.

    Anonymous Coop said...

    RE: TJ Quinn - are you f'ing kidding me?

    Also, you forgot to mention that in Game 2, Delgado made an error fielding a simple ground ball at first, which later resulted in two runs. That was the Xfactor right there, not Wagner blowing it in the 9th.

    Game is rained out

    No worries! Mets still win tomorrow and take the series in 6. yeah, I know I said sweep, but that was a long shot.


    6:05 PM

    Anonymous seattle steve said...

    the mets and cards are flawed teams as we know... hopefully we will be able to hide ours better now in this best 2 out of 3 and go and meet the tigers who are hopefully cooling there heels.

    6:07 PM

    Anonymous Coop said...

    Oh and I *heart* Oh-Pea. You said it Mike - it showed encouragement. I am psyched to see what he has in store for us next year. And hopefull, Omar extends Soul Glo's contract next year. He has been beyond valuable.

    6:10 PM

    Blogger mr. met said...

    Yeah, that fielding error was wrapped into the blanket statement of not fielding well in games Glavine does not pitch. That killed the team. I agree. You canont give games away like that.

    I'm torn on the rainout.

    Good call Steve, but I'd rather out flaw NOT be starting pitching. It's, you know...kind of a big deal.

    Soul Glo will be back. Everyone loves him there and he likes it here. Oliver had bad numbers, but for the circumstances, I think he did great. I'd give him a start over Traxx any day of the week at this point.

    7:24 PM

    Anonymous Sidd Finch said...

    I'd give Roberto Hernandez a start over Traxx at this point.

    I'm resting up because it is going to be 2 long nights in a row. Tomorrow on TV, and Wednesday at Shea.

    9:26 PM

    Anonymous benny said...

    TJ Quinn is an idiot. Replace A-Rod with a hardnosed player?
    Hard-nosed is just a term used to make shitty players feel good about themselves. They play harder than they should because they don't have enough talent. Hard nosed players include, Danny Garcia, Ty Wigginton, and Ryan Freel. The benefit is not there for the Yankees. Didn't know that hard nosed players meant hitting in the post-season.
    Whatever, The Yankees should jump at the chance of getting a starter for A-Rod though.

    Regarding your post, Steve Keane from Eddie Kranepool Society had a kick ass quote from the begginin of the post-season that I just LOVED.
    I've posted it here, and I'm gonna do it again because it goes real nice with what you wrote.
    "There is an air of confidence on this team that I haven’t seen ever. Sure you may say what about the 86ers but I think they were more cocky than confident but this Mets team seems to not give a shit what the media or even the fans think."

    1:26 AM

    Anonymous DG said...

    Basically agree on Oliver Perez's performance - except that in a tighter game he would likely have left after five innings which would have changed his overall numbers, the overall impression we had of his performance.

    No way Trachs gets a game 7 start. I was listening to one of the MLB.com shows last night, and this guy, Casey something, who follows the Mets for mlb.com, basically said that whatever ST left the Mets about at the end of the season is clearly still an issue. His head is not there when it is needed.

    But still, I think we'll be out of this in six and on our way to Detroit. Can't wait for tonight's game!

    4:05 AM

    Anonymous rick m said...

    Anyone catch this in the Times today:

    Trachsel faced 12 batters, and 10 reached base (five hits, five walks). That computes to 83 percent. Trachsel was thus the first pitcher to make a postseason start, face at least 10 batters and have more than 80 percent of them reach base by way of a hit, a walk or a hit batsman.

    The worst postseason start, ever. That's a lot of baseball. There's no way we can see Trachsel pick up a baseball for the Mets again. If they beat the Cards, and he's on the World Series roster... it would just be obscene. I bet LoDuca's famous batting practice meatballs would be more effective.

    11:15 AM


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