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Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Swellicious

The Jim Callis chat yesterday was pretty fucking bad until this...

Jack Bauer (behind you): Will I ever die?

SportsNation Jim Callis: No.


That was hands down the question of the off-season. Back to the chat though, how many Phil Hughes questions can I possibly read before wanting to stick something in my eye? Three Hughes questions were coupled with six hundred Dellin Betances questions. These fans are so insecure that they continually need to be stroked and told their prospects are better than everyone else's. Not only is that annoying, but you see the same questions chat after chat. The lighting round is fun, but how about everyone tries to think of some good questions? Ones that might actually require more than a second of thought.

Questions I did like aside from the always entertaining Jack Bauer question:

Mike (nyc): where will matt bush finish the season?

SportsNation Jim Callis: High Class A. I'm guessing he'll move to the mound sometime in 2008.


You think the Padres regret this one?

Cole Hamels (Philadelphia, Pa): Two years ago I asked you who would turn out to be the better pitcher, me or Scott Kazmir, and you said Kazmir. Care to apologize yet?

SportsNation Jim Callis: No, I still like Kazmir. You finally figured out to stay healthy and avoid bar fights. And I tout you plenty.


This was another one of those insecure validation type questions, but since it was a Philly fan that was wrong, I enjoyed it.

brad (MD): More homers this year: Tejada or Markakis

SportsNation Jim Callis: Markakis.


Bold statement by Mr. Callis.

Patrick (atl): Alba and Martha Stewart or Jessica Beil and Scarlett???

SportsNation Jim Callis: Damn. I'll have to go with Beil and Scarlett on that one. Sorry, Jessica Alba, though it's not her fault her teammate drags her down here.


Patrick laid out a mean and torturous question and went after Jim's weak spot.

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  • Duaner has learned his lesson.

    For some reason I was rehashing bad memories today and thinking back to the Mets playoff performance when it seemed they were one shut down reliever away. Would the Mets have made it further if they had Duaner?

  • Positive reports on the new beefcake Pedro Martinez.

  • There have been many peculiar situations this off-season, but this is up there with the best of them.

    "Everybody has the same shot," he said Wednesday. "The Yankees will not have an advantage."

    Why he is making so much noise right now is beyond me.

  • Ken Rosenthal weights in on some of baseball's hottest issues:

    Mets starting rotation: The skepticism among rival executives might prove unjustified, if lefty Oliver Perez and righty John Maine build on their strong post-seasons, if the upgraded bullpen is good enough to reduce games to six innings, if prospects such as Mike Pelfrey and Philip Humber and veterans such as Chan Ho Park and Aaron Sele contribute.

    None of that is inconceivable, starting with Perez, who — in the opinion of one Mets' official — might return to where he was with the Pirates in 2004, when he appeared on the verge of becoming a No. 1 starter.

    It stands to reason, though, that the Mets will continue trying to add a young starter such as the Marlins' Dontrelle Willis or A's Dan Haren, even if they must wait until the July 31 non-waiver deadline to get it done.


    Perez bouncing back to '04 levels? Sweet Jesus. If it is going to happen, it will be in Queens with Professor Rick helping him.

    He also lists some prospects he cannot wait to see.

    Name: Chris Gomez and Fernando Martinez
    Team: Mets
    Position: OF
    The deal: Why shouldn't the Mets trade Lastings Milledge, 21? Gomez, 21, and Martinez, 18, might turn out to be better.


    Chris...Carlos...what's the difference. We are picking up what you are laying down. However, Milledge is worth more for the Mets to keep since he is not exactly at the peak of his value right now.
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    33 Comments:

    Anonymous Scott said...

    I pointed out to my wife that Jack Bauer never wears helmets like the SWAT guys. My wife turned to me and said "Thats because bullets are afraid of Jack Bauer."

    See, even women get it.

    11:35 PM

     
    Anonymous sidd finch said...

    For some reason I was rehashing bad memories today and thinking back to the Mets playoff performance when it seemed they were one shut down reliever away. Would the Mets have made it
    further if they had Duaner?


    I think that if they had Duaner, Mota would not have been in the position of pitching multiple innings during the playoffs. It still torques me that Willie didn't pitch Roberto in the series except in non-critical spots, and when a gun was pointing at his head. Then again if they had Duaner, Hernandez probably would have been odd man out.

    Pedro is talking about pitching in 2009? We'll see....

    11:49 PM

     
    Anonymous benny said...

    I don't think that was a Phillies fan, I think that was really Cole Hamels wanting to feel better about himself. YOUR STILL AN INJURY PRONE FUCKER COLE!

    That's what the Padres get for going the cheap-skate route. They deserved it. Nobody told them to pass up Justin Verlander, Jered Weaver, or Stephen Drew.

    I say Tejada has more homers than Markakis. The dude is solid but we sure do have short attention spans. Tejada hits 25 and is considered a bad season. He'll hit 30 this year and Markakis will have about 20.

    Mike, Dirty Sanchez going down affected more than the bullpen. Omar would have been able to get a REAL starter and not a project in Oliver Perez. And they would have kept Nady, who would have balanced the "lefty weakness" thing. Things owuld have been VERY different. So different that MLB might have conceded the 2007 World Championship to the Mets back in 2006.

    Mariano is just pissed about how the Yankees "treated" Bernie Williams. He's standed up for his homie.

    Ken just wanted to "Americanize" Carlos' name. Carlos in english is Chris. Although then there's "Christian" which is just the same in both language. Shit, I've gone and confused myself.

    Making a trade at the deadline is why I like the Mets more than the Braves or Phillies. The Braves have graduated thier talent and probably need them. And the Phillies just don't have any talent in the minor leagues.
    The Mets could trade Milledge or Gomez as a centerpiece of a deal with a sprinkles of Jason Vargas, Jon Niese, Adam Bostik, and Mike Carp being thrown in.

    9:14 AM

     
    Anonymous Danny said...

    The absolute best part about the Jack Bauer question was him being from behind you, that is great comedy. The rest of the chat sucked, for sure.

    I don't think that was a Phillies fan, I think that was really Cole Hamels wanting to feel better about himself. YOUR STILL AN INJURY PRONE FUCKER COLE!

    Hilarious. Phillies fans won't even discuss the possibility that he could get hurt. It pains them too much. This question is particularly funny to me because a Phillies fan came up in MetsGeek last week and said Hamels' upside was Johan Santana. I told him to be happy if he approximated Scott Kazmir. I see Callis agrees (hedgingly).

    Tejada is apparently in awesome shape and motivated for some reason. He will hit more HRs than Markakis. He probably not to secretly wants to be traded again.

    I don't like when people say to trade Milledge because we have Gomez and Fernando coming. That is a slippery slope. You trade them for proper value. You never feel compelled to trade someone because you have developed awesome prospect depth. This is you give prospects away for nothing. In any event, it's a good problem to have.

    9:21 AM

     
    Anonymous Emperor DG-sahn said...

    Would we have made the series with Duaner? It's a moot point, ain't it? Turn to '07.

    Perez is certainly capable of coming back and especially with Master Peter-sahn. I think both OP & Johnny Maine will improve on last year personally.

    Rosenthal (no sahn for him!) has been erratic on the rotation issue. He's slammed Omar & Co. on not overspending and now he writes this? I think that's what you call covering your derriere for having gone overboard the last few months.

    Fence sitting on Gomez. He made big improvements but now it's time to consolidate. There is no reason to trade Milledge unless the Mets are desperate for pitching, and lest we forget, there's still a chance he may wear Sean Green's shoes sooner than later.

    For too long I've watched (read) mystified about Mr. Bauer as I don't have the cable channel that shows 24 here in France. Well, you, Mr. Mike O and two French physical therapists I know have finally gotten me off my ass and renting the first season DVD's (don't spoil it for me, please!). I'm almost through the season though won't be quite done by the time I fly to the States on Saturday: needed to bring the kids to play in the snow!!!

    Re: Last season. Think of good things not the shorter ending than desired. Last year was storybook after years in the desert. It's the ride not the result; we don't want to start thinking like Yankee fans, Mr. Oliver-sahn!!!

    9:25 AM

     
    Anonymous DG said...

    And the loser was .... Ruben Gotay. I had thought the team might DFA Jon Adkins until he started showing up in newspaper quotes. I still don't see him making the team, but I'd be equally surprised if someone claimed Gotay.

    9:53 AM

     
    Blogger mr. met said...

    Scott, you have a good one. Hold onto her for dear life.

    Sidd…if they had Duaner, they probably wouldn’t have had Mota or Roberto presumably…so it really boils down to who would have fared better being overworked? Not that I’m complaining about having Ollie if the Mets win it all this year and he wrecks the league, but you get what I’m saying.

    RE: Pedro in ’09…there is reasonably suspicion that he’ll be just fine and might even gain some velocity. His control and ability to make short work of batters and not waste pitches lends him to be successful pitcher on short pitch counts while still going 6+. I not only can envision him pitching in the bigs effectively in ’09, but I see him on the Mets much in the fashion that Tom Glavine is today.

    Benny….and no one told them to pass up Phil Humber either for that matter. He would have been worlds better. Who was the Rockies 1st rounder that year? Another shortstop that eneded up sucking too. Both were curious moves at the time and for good reason.

    I’m with you in regards to Tejada…that’s why it stood out.

    Good point on Duaner’s resounded effect on the rest of the team.

    If Mariano is standing up for his homie, that is crap. They guy cannot play anymore. Take the hint and leave gracefully. The Yankees already did him favors the last two years. When does it end?

    RE: Chris vs. Carlos. I know they are equivalent in each language, but still. That’s not his name. That’s all I’m saying. You do not call Miguel Tejada Michael Tejado.

    The Mets have some awesome trade fodder for sure…especially since Lastings is in the PCL and had a big slice of humble pie. I’m expecting a torrid start to the season for both Gomez and Lastings and the Mets should be able to picked up a decent starter if they need too….which I seriously doubt they will.

    DG…I caught that as well, but everyone is entitled to change their mind and in this case, see the light. He might have been just speaking to a topic he hasn’t researched, but heard a lot of hub bub about. He gets it now….

    As for 24…first few seasons good…last 42 over the top. Stop at season #2 and you’ll be satisfied.

    I couldn’t see the Mets dropping Adkins….a capable reliever. I think he’ll be very good this year for the Mets.

    10:22 AM

     
    Anonymous Hieronomous Deedge said...

    I really don't see how Adkins even makes the team although I am not saying that he doesn't have an upside (just not that much). My guess is that Mets leave ST with:

    Wags
    Dirty
    Heilman
    Shoenough
    Feliciano
    Sosa
    Burgos/Park/Adkins/Bumstead

    In the perfect world Burgos goes to New Orleans as part of the don't rush good prospects movement and Park ends up the long relief guy (though the Mets have a nice out clause for $150k). Adkins is on the cusp but will not slip through waivers, and Bumstead's wife will show up at ST with her boobs hanging out and get traded to the O's.

    Another thing: I don't get the Newhan over Johnson scenario that is developing. I admit that the Mets need another left handed bat off of the bench, but Johnson is the only decent power bat they could use as a pinch hitter. They would be much better off with six relievers in that sense, but of course, a five/six inning rotation doesn't afford that possibility.

    I've added season two to my watch list.

    11:03 AM

     
    Blogger mr. met said...

    The Newhan thing is an interesting one. I'm not 100% sure I get it either, but whatever.

    As I've said before, the Mets will have 8 or 9 guys that can pitch out of the bullpen on the big league level and be very effective. A good problem to have and why they are in a great position right now and why their bullpen will once again be dominant.

    11:29 AM

     
    Anonymous benny blanco form da bronx said...

    Omar was talking about Newhan and really liked him. The only positive is that he can play every position except pitcher and catcher.
    But then again, is that really neccesary? If somebody goes down they'll call someone up, no?
    I'd rather have Ben Johnson up. He has pop and can play defense form everything I've read.
    Whatever... "I'm probably pretty sure it'll all work out for the best".

    11:41 AM

     
    Blogger mr. met said...

    That A-Rod quote is for sure in the top ten all time quotes.

    I get that Newhan has the ability to play everywhere, but most guys are basically out there everyday.

    Moises needs rest sub Chavez or Johnson...Green needs rest...sub Chavez or Johnson...Delgado needs rest...sub in Franco. 2nd, 3rd, and short could be covered by someone else...Easly I guess. Actually, I'd prefer Newhan over Easley...so as long as that is the case, I'm good.

    12:13 PM

     
    Anonymous Dep said...

    Easley will surprise folks this year. He's gonna work out swimmingly imo. I just feel it. The dude also hit 3 HRs in one game just last year, so he's got some decent pop and his glove isnt that bad.


    Newhan v Johnson is an interesting one, Newhan has much more ML experience than Johnson. I feel like that will contribute to the decision, Omar may feel that added ML experience can help Newhan deal with scarce playing time and being the 5th OF and emergency IF sub.

    I feel like OMar may want Johnson to go to AAA, play every day and continue to develop cuz he thinks very highly of him.

    I'm not sure Omar is concerned about stunting Newhan's growth. Combine that with the fact that Newhan is left handed, Johnson isnt and there ya go.

    12:21 PM

     
    Blogger mr. met said...

    I’m very blah on Easley, but for what he is and the playing time he should garner, I’m fine.

    Newhan has much more ML experience than Johnson. I feel like that will contribute to the decision, Omar may feel that added ML experience can help Newhan deal with scarce playing time and being the 5th OF and emergency IF sub.

    Yes, but I’m hoping that Johnson just flat out beats Green out. I’m not expecting him to play 5th outfielder. It doesn’t make sense to have him there if that is the case, but he should be able to dispatch Green. I am in agreeance that Johnson should be at AAA if he is not getting significant playing. It would just be nice to have another good right handed bat to balance out the lineup against lefties. I think they should consider cutting Green if he just looks horrible and go with Johnson in RF with Chavez with Newhan as the 5th when/if needed. There is always the chance Green looks good. He didn’t look horrible at the plate save the fact he had no power, but he was a butcher in right. Green in right and Alou in left may have serious negative consequences.

    Newhan is a lefty..as is Green…as is Chavez…seems like overkill to me. I believe Easely is a switch hitter so I think the Mets benefit from having Johnson more than Green if he’s ready to handle it.

    1:07 PM

     
    Anonymous Dep said...

    If Green isnt starting in the OF, there's no reason to have Newhan. Great point.

    I'm actually in the very small minority in that I am a fan of Shawn Green. I think he's a polished hitter who knows how to get hits in big spots.

    He was also our 3rd best hitter in the postseason putting up a very nice line. yea his power looks gone, but we dont need power outta the 7 hole.

    his defense, yea its pretty bad. If he's costing us games out there in RF, then he's gotta go. I'm not ready to concede that yet though.

    1:33 PM

     
    Blogger mr. met said...

    I'm actually in the very small minority in that I am a fan of Shawn Green. I think he's a polished hitter who knows how to get hits in big spots.

    I 100% agree he was not only not bad in the playoffs at the plate, but at the end of the regular season. Just do not expect much power, which the Mets do not need. However, with him hitting 7th or 8th…what’s the point? He should be in there for defense and he cannot supply that. There is upside to not having him start and adding another righty to a lineup that severely struggled against righties would certainly help. This is a minor gripe and I do not see how Newhan and Green do not get the nod because they are veterans, but whatever. During the season, they will have to perform and will not have the longest leash.

    1:43 PM

     
    Blogger Itsmetsforme said...

    Suffice to say, "i tout you plenty" is my new catch phrase.

    This is going to make me tremendously unpopular around here, but...
    I don't understand the "24" thing--there are no hot chicks in that show, why would i watch it? And spare me the daughter, she is not hot, and I am not attracted to young women who are always getting kidnapped and compromising their dad's operations. If she's even on that show. As for Jack Bauer male hero worship, well, that part of me died with Indiana Jones and the Police, which will never ever come back.I stopped watching after the first season shark jumping, and yet, that president guy is always coming on and telling me to buckle up and drive safer.

    As for Easley, I am preparing his "sucky met" novelty website as we speak in the off-chance that he is entertainingly bad; I didnt spend 5 minutes wrestling with the new (annoying)blogger to secure the rights to http://easley-does-it.blogspot.com/ for nothing!!

    6:13 PM

     
    Anonymous benny said...

    I dunno, as of right now there's nothing that distinguishes Easley.
    Jose Valentin had that fucking mustache.
    Victor Zambrano had no brains and the unfortunate circumstance of being traded for Kazmir.
    Easley doesn't have a mustache, didn't get traded for a top prospect. He doesn't even seem like the guy that would provide quotes like Mientkiewicz did.
    in 2005, Mientkiewicz deffinitly should have had his own blog, he was such a piece of shit.

    But hey you know what, good thinking securing the blog NOW, just in case. You'll never know.
    Other good candidates could be Shawn Green, David Newhan, or haha, maybe even Chan "Where da HO's at?" Park?

    6:46 PM

     
    Blogger Coop said...

    Hey guys - Coop here again. You know, I've been in denial about the whole Dirty Sanchez thing this whole off seasons but you guys all have a point. I remember telling Shari from 7-Train that Dirty Sanchez getting injured was the denouement of the 2006 team. They shotgunned Nady for OhPea (which hey, I won't be complaining about next year ;-)) and Bert Hernandez who didn't really amount to much. As my man Benny said, we might have been able to turn around and get a "real" pitcher. Then again, Oswalt three-way fell through so who knows? No way we would have done Milledge for Zito.

    But yeah, I remember feeling like a weight was placed on my heart on trade deadline. People were like -- why Coop? Why?!?!?! He's a middle reliever. I just knew it was different. Of course, we made to Game 7 of the NLCS, but it shoudln't have been that far.

    Now I'm out for blood.

    Check ya later -- Mike I'm gonna link to you for my blog, just letting you know. It's not 100% operational, but soon...

    10:48 PM

     
    Anonymous Danny said...

    Benny, just wanted to let you know that your kick-ass comments on Delcos' blog in the silly "Wright vs. Milledge" thread moved to respond.

    I wonder how much Delcos is actually considering the feedback. He does seem like a reasonable guy.

    11:42 AM

     
    Anonymous Danny said...

    moved me to respond*

    And everybody, Reyes came into camp yesterday. So he came early too, which is neat.

    11:43 AM

     
    Anonymous benny said...

    Question for anyone that gives a rats ass, I hope you guys can read this and answer this.
    For the fantasy league, would you want it to be a KEEEPER LEAGUE!?!?! dun dun dun.

    11:53 AM

     
    Anonymous sidd finch said...

    Never done a keepers league. How would it work?

    11:57 AM

     
    Anonymous benny said...

    Oh danny, yeah man, that "opinion" or whatever the hell John Delcos wants to call it was stupid, retarded, un-called for, and unfair. It was just fucked up.
    I'm a couple of years younger than Milledge and I can't imagine being in his shoes having all this negative shit written based on stuff that is irrelevant and stupid. No wonder some of these atheletes become assholes, because the media/fans make them that way. I'd feel like piercing somebody's eyeball with a scissor if I was Milledge. I'd be soo pissed because there's nothing the kid can do to repeair his image. Maybe if he showed up to camp in December, smiled all the time, permed his hair, gave money to fans and media members, and saved Karen Aerts from being "betrayed" by those damn cheetah's!

    12:27 PM

     
    Blogger mr. met said...

    Itsmetsforme…24 basically sucks now in my opinion. I’m not a fan. It’s just on Monday and that is a sloooow day with no drinking for me. Easley blog? I hope Valentin is back for another season of blogging.

    Coop…blogging? Mets blogging?

    Danny or Benny…what did Benny say?

    Keeper league? That’s new for me. If I have good draft..then yes. If I don’t’ then no. Does that answer it?

    12:36 PM

     
    Anonymous benny said...

    Sidd, basically the way it works is that you do the draft like normal and after the season or during a date of my choosing there's a deadline to pick 3 or 5, or even the whole team protected. The whole team is called a "dynasty" league.
    So once you pick your 3 or 5 guys you lose all the other players and they're put back into a pool and so the next season you draft the rest of your roster.
    Basically I'm asking because I'm debating whether to do the league on ESPN or on Yahoo. ESPN allows for keeper leagues and trading of draft picks.

    12:40 PM

     
    Anonymous rick m said...

    Mex makes his Daytona 500 pick:

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/multimedia/photo_gallery/0702/gallery.nascar.celebrity.picks.daytona500/content.22.html

    I've checked the SNY website, and they don't have a real good schedule for spring training broadcasts on there yet. It's easy enough to look at their schedules for home dates, but getting the away dates is tough. The good news is that they are broadcasting most of the home games. Starting February 28th! Get your chips and beer early!!

    12:49 PM

     
    Blogger mr. met said...

    mmmm...beer and chips.

    12:56 PM

     
    Anonymous benny said...

    I'm just letting everyone know I'm really leaning towards having the league on ESPN. ITS MUUUUUUUCH better than Yahoo.
    One of the most important things is FREE stat tracker so you can get up to the minute league standings.

    I'm going to try and set up the league in a few. I'll let you know when I'm done.

    1:55 PM

     
    Blogger mr. met said...

    You are the boss...

    3:15 PM

     
    Anonymous benny said...

    Coop, I need your email again. You could either write it here or if your scared of Lastings Milledge's sexual predator-ness you can email me at,
    eyedta@hotmail.com

    FANTASY BASEBALL BITCHES, I'm FUCKING HYPED!

    8:00 PM

     
    Blogger Coop said...

    Benny it's blue_monday_88@yahoo.com

    Yes, Mike just click on my name here -- you will get to my blogger page :-) Mostly Mets blog, but other stuff -- like painting my nails and shit. I Keed! I keed!

    10:02 PM

     
    Blogger Itsmetsforme said...

    hmmm stash or damion...or both?! whichever best fulfills my never ending quest for the lowest common denominator!
    I want some (good) directv news like A.Poopeyface Heilman wants a parking spot, dammit!

    11:40 PM

     
    Anonymous sidd finch said...

    I gave up and got DirecTv. I had a chat with Comcast, and they said that they didn't know what was going to happen, but they would let me know. They also said something about FCC rules, so I know that they have no intention of doing anything.

    I sure hope I made the right decision. I had to give up cable broadband and go to DSL to do it. We'll see.

    11:35 AM

     

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