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Saturday, February 17, 2007

Out of Touch With Reality

Steve Trachsel is so fixated on his number of wins in 2006, you would have thought he votes for the Cy Young Award.

"I was a little surprised based on winning 15 games and being healthy and all that. There was a large flurry of signings early. We just didn't know what to think. A lot of pitchers signed for a lot of money, and teams probably got to their spending limit early."

Huh? What? Is he living in the same universe as we are? Pitching was so sought after this off-season, it became the craziest off-season for pitching ever. You saw the biggest contract handed out to a pitcher in the history of the game, two Japanese pitchers get big league teams to cough up $80 million just to get the privilege of paying more money to sign them, and guys that have no business getting big time money, getting paid like they actually deserved it. However, Steve thinks everyone hit their budget early. Quite the contrary. Teams still are desperate for pitching, but only the Orioles are Steve Trachsel desperate.

His 93.9 p/gs, 1.60 WHIP, .288 BAA, 4.97 ERA, and 1.01 K/BB ratio in the NL East strangely failed to instill much confidence in his abilities for prospective employers. If Kris Benson did not go down, 15 game winner Steve Trachsel would have been jobless. The funny part is, if you look at qualified starting pitchers to see where he ranked in terms of run support, you wouldn't see him. Considering me made 30 starts, that is no easy feat. If he was qualified, he would have letd all NL starters with 6.61 and would have been fourth overall in the bigs. I wish Steve luck and do not mean to trash him, but when someone makes stupid comments like that, you cannot help but scratch your head.

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  • Buster thinks that Oliver Perez is one of the ten most intriguing starters under 30 for this upcoming season.

    3. Oliver Perez, Mets
    It was only three seasons ago that Perez was among the best left-handers in the game, whiffing 239 in 196 innings. Since then, two pitching coaches have tried and failed to correct the erratic mechanics that have created inconsistent velocity: Sometimes Perez was clocked in the 90s the last couple of years, sometimes in the mid-80s. And he's been pummeled, allowing 231 hits, 138 walks and 43 homers in 215.2 innings. It's not unreasonable to think Perez may have been a one-hit wonder.

    Now the Mets, who did not upgrade their rotation with veterans over the winter, are looking for Perez to rediscover his overwhelming stuff again, under the tutelage of pitching coach Rick Peterson. A bounce-back year from Perez might be enough to put the Mets back into the playoffs, considering the strength of New York's everyday lineup and bullpen.

  • Although Wagner was plenty good in '06, it seems we didn't see the best of Mr. Billy Wagner.

    He spent the winter plunging his left hand into a bucket of rice to strengthen his fingers, but the true test will come when Wagner has to reach back for a 98-mph fastball. That's when he will be at his most vulnerable point, and it was a feeling he knew all too well last season.

    "I was grinding from the day I stepped out there," Wagner said. "Nothing was easy. This year, hopefully I'll go out there and pitch a little bit more relaxed - on edge and more where I need to be. [Last year] I was always behind the eight-ball the whole time.

  • Glavine might be 300 and done.

  • Tim Kurkjian goes with the Mets.

    Scott (Hamden, CT): Tim, you should get a snow thrower -- they work wonders. Anyway, how does the order of finish in the NL East look this season...I'm going: 1) Philly, 2) NY, 3) Atlanta, and the others don't matter...

    SportsNation Tim Kurkjian: First off, my snow blower is broken and it wouldn't work in the ice I have to dig through. I'm going to stay with the Mets to win the division, because of their offensive capabilities. But there's no question that the Phillies can win this division and so can Atlanta, because of the Mets' starting pitching issues. But I think the Mets can hit their way through some of those issues and then eventually are going to find some pitching help from somewhere and win the division.

  • Gammo weighs in on Pedro....

    Pedro Martinez will come back sometime, maybe stronger than he has been in four years.

    Scary thought.
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    Anonymous benny said...

    "I was a little surprised based on the run support I got and being alive and all that. There was a large flurry of signings early. We (who's "we"?) just didn't know what to think. A lot of pitchers signed for a lot of money, and I just didn't know how to take a hint, teams probably got to their spending limit early on purpose. To avoid what the Orioles did by giving me an opportunity to lose games for them by a wider margin and making thier good and expensive bullpen useless."

    I'm still confused by the "we" part. Is Steve Trachsel the real identity of Venom?

    Oliver Perez will get an official, real deal nickname this season. A nickname that make appearences at Shea.

    He spent the winter plunging his left hand into a bucket of rice to strengthen his fingers,

    Damn my mom and dad must have fingers of steel. Similar to Luke Cage but... only in thier fingers.

    Tim Krukjian is a big douchebag who's voice cracks every 2 seconds but him picking the Mets makes me happy because he's a hard ass and hard to win over.

    Pedro Martinez: Better... stronger... faster (begin Six Million Dollar Man music).

    While checking where exactly that "better, stronger, faster" quote came from I FINALLY discovered why Stone Cold Steve Austin was the Million Dollar Champ and aligned with Ted Dibiase. Because of the character on television, holy shit, nice.

    And if none of the current mets pitchers work out, the Mets have the money and minor league talent to make a trade for an impact arm. I like it.

    And finally I've sent invites to the League to everybody. So everybody check your emails and accept. I need the emails of Jake, and Mike if and when you do accept the invite you could invite your boy Cone Heads, his email was hidden and I don't have it, so you could email him and invite him.

    10:53 AM

    Blogger Coop said...

    I call Oliver Perez OhPea or Opie. Perez Hilton? Dunno

    Thx for inviting me to the league Benny. I changed my team name to Hell Yeah Bitches. Is that cool? Hee hee. I didn't want to be caught for copyright infringement since Willie Randolph coined the term.

    12:57 PM

    Blogger Coop said...

    Mike, your link to the Glavine story made me think of one thing and one thing only -- "MR 3000" -- it's like, he's got this magic number, screw the rest of the team, I'll retire once I hit it. I know he's old and tired and whatever, but at least make it sound like you want to win a championship. After all, it's kinda why you were brought here, right??? Whatever

    3:20 PM

    Blogger mr. met said...

    Yes Coop...but what happened once Mr. 3000 learned the error his ways?

    Benny, I will speak to my friend and I'll email Jake...I should have his shit somewhere. Thanks for setting up the league again.

    8:29 PM

    Blogger AE said...

    I was gonna write about Trachsel in my blog...something to the effect of GM's finally getting it right and looking past the fact that he won 15 games. 5 years ago, Trachsel would have gotten a $40-50 million dollar contract from some stupid GM. Now he gets a job because a pitcher went down 1 week before the season.

    I want to say the game really is advancing. GM's are finally looking past wins and losses to measure a pitcher's true worth. This can only make the game better...except for the fact that Trachsel has a job. But whatever...I digress.

    11:22 PM

    Anonymous benny said...

    AE, you got a funny little blog going over there. The best is the Ryan Howard one. The dude is fat...

    And also about Nelson De la Cruz. Little man died about a year ago. He's dead bro.

    7:59 AM

    Anonymous jake said...

    if those spammers are goiing to pilfer my email please remove it mike.

    11:36 AM

    Blogger Coop said...

    Mike, I'm not sure what you mean, but he got Angela Bassett and started doing Viagra commercials :-)

    11:46 AM

    Anonymous benny said...

    Well I sent the invite to you Jake, so if you want Mike you could delete the post with Jake's very personal information.

    You know, a lot of people said that Stan only looked out for himself, that he wasn't a team player. But I'm here to tell you, if you get 3000 hits, you don't have to be a team player. If you have a lifetime .314 average, you don't have to be a good guy. If you lead the league in batting for three years, you can be the biggest jerk in the world!

    12:13 PM

    Anonymous Scott From Peekskill said...

    The only other person I can remember with the first name of Oliver is Ollie North. Should we nickname O.P. Major after Major North.

    9:38 PM

    Blogger Coop said...

    You know, "Cousin Oliver" would be so choice for him, but that was used for Darren Oliver last year, and I don't want to recycle.

    OOO-wee-OOO I just look just like Buddy Ollie? Nah...

    11:36 PM

    Anonymous jake said...

    thanks for the invite benny. i'm trying to decide whether to play. when is the sign-up deadline?

    8:03 AM

    Anonymous Sidd Finch said...

    Does anyone remember the 'Oliver's Army' sign at the NLCS? Maybe the nickname could be a tie in to the Elvis Costello song. Or not.

    8:43 AM

    Anonymous joe said...

    Anyone hear anything about Iriki? His name hasn't been mentioned (as far as I can tell) in a while as a potential starter or bullpen arm.

    10:13 AM

    Anonymous benny said...

    I think he was like... kicked out the country or something, who knows. He probably went back to Japan. He's not on anybody's minor league roster not was he invited by anybody to come to spring training.

    Uhh Jake your fucking playing, that's it, it's that simple. Accept the invite.

    11:05 AM

    Anonymous sidd finch said...

    So when are we going to stop signing 40 year old players? WE HAVE ENOUGH OF THEM ALREADY!

    5:10 PM


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