A blog dedicated to the New York Mets with some other baseball thrown in.

Friday, October 06, 2006

Ho-hum

I thought this was supposed to hard? I thought the Mets were going to struggle to even get out of the first round. They really have been marginally challenged at this point and barely looked like they even broke a sweat so far. Of course, here is where it was supposed to get dicey as the Mets travel into dangerous territory with Steve Trachsel and Oliver Perez (Maine might actually start here too since he only threw 80 pitches in game #1) as their next two starters, but I'm confident the Mets will seal the deal in LA.

Last night, the Mets dominated from start to finish. They played some great baseball and a brand of baseball that most of Met fans love to see. Don't get me wrong, I know we all like to watch huge homers, but watching a team manufacture runs with bunts, sacrifice bunts, productive outs and sacrifice flies is great too. This team can beat you so many ways and having a guy like Endy Chavez able to step into the starting lineup and just add so much to the team is just huge. He can do so many things and I think last night solidified Shawn Green's place on the bench for the remainder of the playoffs. Endy hits better, plays better defense, and can run faster. It should be a no brainer really.

As for the Mets vs. lefties, you can throw that out the window. There were games this year they struggled. More than when they did not struggle, but they also have had some good games against some good lefties. Last night, the Mets got a lot of good at-bats off of Kuo and wore him down a bit and there really is no pitcher this team cannot beat. Are they the more proficient team in the playoffs in regards to hitting lefties? Of course, but they are the second best offensive team in the playoffs who should not be afraid of anyone.

So far, the Mets are 4-0 in October when you include the regular season and I do not see anyone in the National League posing much of problem for the Mets. I don't want to jinx the team and make ridiculous claims, but that is the way it looks right now. The possibility of facing Chris Carpenter three times in a seven game series if they really want to break his back is a bit concerning, but the Cardinals, though they have played a solid series so far against the Padres, are very unimpressive. They will need more than a stellar series by Chris Carpenter to beat the Mets and life is great in Met-land as they are poised to move right along to the National League Championship Series.

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  • I was pursuing some other blogs and some guy had posted this picture on a piece about pitchers in the 80's. Who knew that Greg Maddux was a porn star?


  • Figure on the Mets looking into Barry Zito and Jason Schmidt heavily in the off-season.

    General manager Omar Minaya said before the game that the Mets "will explore the free agent market" for potential starters for 2007. He indicated that the Mets intend for Aaron Heilman to remain a reliever, even though Heilman has made it clear he would prefer to be a starter.

    "Aaron Heilman has been great in doing what's in the best interests of the team," Minaya said.


    Not quite what Aaron wants to hear, but there is no shame in being a tremendous reliever as he just does not fit into the framework of the rotation anymore. I wanted him to get a shot this year, but with Glavine most likely being back in '07, the emergence of John Maine, Oliver Perez, Phil Humber, Mike Pelfrey, Pedro in mid-2007, and the need for an ace via trade or free agency, there is just a big numbers crunch.

  • Julio Lugo is certainly interested in becoming a Met, but he seems like a guy who might go for more than he is worth.

    "Well, it's nice to know that people want you out there," said Lugo, who will be a free agent at season's end. "I mean, I'm grateful for them to be interested because I was raised here in New York. I was a Met fan for a while."

    The Dodgers gave up a lot in Joel Guzman and Sergio Pedroza so it is hard for me to believe they will just roll over and give him up, but for the right price, I would absolutely want Lugo playing second base for the Mets in 2007.

  • Pedro Martinez's surgery went well and the Mets could get a Cy Young award winning pitcher added to their team at the All-Star break next season.

    "Everything went well," general manager Omar Minaya said. "What the MRI revealed, that's what it was. There was no additional work done."

    Sometimes additional damage is discovered in these types of procedures, which can lead to a more extensive operation, but that wasn't the case with Martinez.


    Pedro just might come back from this pitching better than he had in 2004 through 2006. The silver lining here is that Omar will be forced to try and bring in an ace to lead this team in 2007 and in the second half, the Mets could possibly be featuring a rotation of Barry Zito, Tom Glavine, Pedro Martinez, John Maine, and Oliver Perez/Phil Humber/Mike Pelfrey. Is there anyone that would not like to go to battle with a rotation like that? Throw in a nasty bullpen and the same solid offensive and defensive team and you just took the best team in the NL and made them significantly better.

  • Nomah might be done for the rest of the series.

  • We might not have the real Pedro, but this one is pretty good too.

    "When I walked [Julio] Lugo, I thought, 'Are they going to bring [Chad] Bradford in?' " Feliciano said. "But I turned around and they left me in. I said, 'OK, I'm going to do it. I'm going to finish it.' "

  • Mr. Billy Wagner.

  • Goodwill abound. Mets fans = good people.

  • Adam? You might be a swell guy and all, but you are a jackass.

    Why did Willie Randolph start Endy Chavez over Shawn Green in right field for Game 2? Green's numbers against the Dodgers this year have been phenomenal.
    -- Adam, Queensbury, N.Y.


    Green's numbers against the Dodgers are outstanding all right, but in the bigger picture, Chavez hit left-handed pitchers better than Green. Chavez was 26-for-78 (.333) against lefties during the regular season, while Green was 44-for-165 (.267). Chavez also gives the Mets more speed on the bases, stealing 12 bases compared to four by Green. Therefore, with the Dodgers starting lefty Hong-Chih Kuo, Randolph decided that Chavez, who batted .306 overall this season, was the right guy for right field. Chavez proved that it was a good move as he went 2-for-4 and scored the first run of the game.


    In case you have not noticed, Green sucks while Endy is good. In fact, Green shouldn't be start at all until the Mets need him to be a DH. For the record, I still like the Shawn Green deal and it had to be done. Having him come off the bench is still a big boon for this team.

  • This is why people will never let up on A-Rod.

    OPPORTUNITY knocked, louder even than Alex Rodriguez gets knocked. With the bases loaded and two outs in the first inning of yesterday's 4-3 loss to the Tigers in Game 2 of the ALDS, he swung and missed at Justin Verlander's 98 mph fastball for strike one, then swung again at a 101 mph 0-1 pitch and fouled it back.

    "I had a pretty good swing," said Rodriguez about the second pitch, the one that set him up for failure. That is, unless Jason Giambi, the preceding batter, had not actually done that by taking ball four.

    Verlander came back with an 0-2 breaking pitch to Rodriguez. And another A-Rod moment, frozen in time, ended with the bat frozen to his shoulder.

    Strike three.

    "When he's throwing close to 100, I'm not going to look for a breaking ball," said Rodriguez. "A pretty good pitch by him, you can't really get too upset."


    They guy has zero perspective. Zero accountability. Zero common sense.

    "It's hard to put the hammer on them in the first inning, but a hit there would have been big," said Rodriguez. "Give them credit, they made their pitches."

    First thing a friend of mine who is a Yankee fan IM'd me was that A-Rod will be moved this winter . If the Yankees exit the playoffs early, you have to believe that is exactly what the Yankees will look to do as he has become such a huge distraction for this team.
  • 16 Comments:

    Anonymous DGDGDGDGDGDGDGDGDGDGDGDG said...

    A-Rod leads the league in "pretty good swings." Jeter & Giambi don't get that many (perhaps because they put the ball in play with them?). In any case, aren't we all glad WE don't have to bemoan this guy? That 24 + 1 argument looks more and more prescient.

    I like Endy (we ought to have t-shirts that say that! we'd lead the league in suggestive interpretations!) a whole lot, but I still think Green will start against righties in this series.

    Further, Heilman's stuck in the pen until he can walk, which is what he'll probably do unless fate makes him a well paid closer. I feel for the guy - and still think he could be a great starter - but you are right, he's stuck.
    Hopefully he likes pitching in the playoffs when the game is on the line, because he will do that a lot over the next couple of years.

    Either Trachs or Perez will get the series done in L.A. It would be nice to have Maine & Glavine lined up for the first two with St. Louis even if that's merely by attrition. I've watched the Cards games and the Padres won't have a chance until they have a big bopper. They have to spend money this winter, plain and simple.

    Justin Verlander and the Tigers are my new best friends! My day was started great today knowing the Mets had won and the Yankees had lost. Even wore my Mets hat around Paris today...

    O for 4 and 3 k's...gotta love that!

    12:29 PM

     
    Blogger mr. met said...

    Yeah, A-Rod leads the league in "pretty good swings". You got that...is this guy supposed to be a Hall of Famer or what?

    Green shouldn't start. Endy adds a lot to this team...I'd say a shirt that says "I like it in the Endy" might be a bit better, though less suggestive.

    Heilman will never be a well paid closer with the Mets since they have Dirty. He'll be the well paid closer. So either way, Heilman is gone to be a well paid starter or closer for another team. However, with injuries these days happening to pitchers at excessively high rates, anything is possible. Keep your head up Aaron.

    I agree on the Maine/Glavine combo to kick off the series. Ideally it gets sealed tomorrow and it's a moot point who pitches game four.

    Mets hat in Paris? What a site.

    12:45 PM

     
    Anonymous DG said...

    Think it is possible that Grady Little could be fired twice for how he handles his team in the playoffs?

    12:50 PM

     
    Blogger mr. met said...

    Yes, it is entirely possible.

    For all the bad things I say about Willie, he has done what Little...Torre...Gardenhire...etc. have had major issues with. Handle the pitching perfectly. Yes, only two games, but he pulled Maine at the right time and really pushed the right buttons with the rest of the pen guys and pulled Glavine after 93 pitches in the sixth when Glavine could have gone further, but why push it? Keeps him fresher for the next start. The Mets have had their game #1 and #2 starters throw just 173 pitches and won both games.

    12:54 PM

     
    Anonymous sidd finch said...

    The Red Sox really want Lugo, and that will really drive his price up. Why not do what the Marlins did pretty successfully the previous off-season? Take Red Sox cast-offs. The Red Sox have pretty much ruled out bringing back Mark Loretta. He'd be a perfect fit at second next year for the Mets.

    That lady with the cane doesn't want to sit in the red seats, it was pretty crazy in our section, the cops were there in force. One guy got a gash on his cheekbone.

    We left Wallingford at 4:15PM and ended up in the Marina at 6:30. Got home at 2AM. Not bad.

    1:12 PM

     
    Blogger mr. met said...

    Nope, you made great time. I thought everyone was pretty tame last night. Pretty uneventful game so everyone wasn't going as nuts as I've seen it with some dramatics going on.

    1:32 PM

     
    Blogger mr. met said...

    ...and yes, Loretta would be solid and affordable too.

    1:32 PM

     
    Anonymous benny said...

    The Mets kicked ass man.
    Just like the regular season just pure domination. The Dodgers offense is weak.
    Now I don't want to hear EVER how the Cardinals pitching has turned a corner they still suck complete donkey balls, only have been lucky to face that shittty ass lineup.
    So the Dodgers were the flavor of the month that the Mets had to be scared?
    I guess the Cardinals are gonna be favored too. HAHA! Lovin' it.

    No comment on Lugo since I'm biased. All I know is that he hates his situation in LA. He's pissed.

    Haha, A-Rod left 3 men on base but Jeter left 4 men on base, this shit is becoming hilarious now.

    As I type this Oakland is leading 2-0 in the 3rd inning. I wanna see a celebration... Scratch that, 4-0 Oakland, Milton Bradley just hit a dinger.

    5:11 PM

     
    Anonymous benny said...

    Also have to mention, I forgot to mention this.
    Something is up with Shea Stadium man.
    I woke up in the middle of the morning because I somehow someway pulled my calf muscle.
    WTF!? How doe that happen while I'm sleeping!? WHY!? Something is up with Shea and thier Calf disease.

    5:20 PM

     
    Blogger Chip Wesley said...

    Nothing like Maddux with the porn 'stache! Although you linked to the wrong post.

    Here's the correct one.
    http://thundermatt.blogspot.com/2006/10/all-80s-team-nl-starting-pitchers.html

    7:21 PM

     
    Blogger oSSyCoCoTaSo said...

    im not to defend arod but this is bs. nobody in this world wouldve hit that shit. that was a nasty ass pitch.

    jeter's intangibles didnt get that stupid ass bunt accross or help with that error he made.

    the arod bashing is getting out of hand. mussina's ass blew a game and got ripped by yankee cock sucker michael today. y arent fans booing him?

    thats y i hate the yankees. bc their fans are fucking idiots.

    steve somers was classic last night after the mets win. he had me rolling.

    we can never bash steve phillips. he made 3 of the biggest decisions in met franchise history:

    traded for piazza
    drafted david wright
    didnt convince wilpon to sign arod

    7:57 PM

     
    Anonymous benny said...

    Wow, fucking nuts.
    Tigers beat the Yankers. They up 2 games to 1.
    Just one more win. This is just balls right now, I'm loving it.
    The Gambler does what he could't do 7 years ago.

    11:23 PM

     
    Blogger Anthony said...

    I know, I hate the gambler. But I LOVE watching the Yanks lose to the Jr Varsity!

    Here's to a sweep tonight in LA.

    11:43 AM

     
    Anonymous DG said...

    Man, letting Oliver pitch to Jeff Kent was just a bad idea. I assumed when he came up, Willie would go back to the pen. Guys gotta tie it up...

    10:22 PM

     
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I've been patiently awaiting a thread rejoicing our adavance and the Yankees untimely, yet hilarious demise!
    I know things are busy, but hop on this Mike! :-P

    9:26 AM

     
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