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Wednesday, April 04, 2007

El Profesor

When you get guys that can throw groundballs, and we are a groundball dominant type of ballclub, and have average pitching with excellent defense, you have excellent pitching.

That was Professor Rick and he had the quote of the telecast last night. The man speaks the truth. At least anyone that watched the Mets play their first two games knows he speaks the truth. That's not to say the Mets pitching will not be above average as Peterson was just speaking in generalities and not necessarily about the Mets. He is not alone either. Apparently Peter Gammons didn't call his doctor after his erection lasted more than four hours and was still gushing about the Mets two days after he eyed up Tom Glavine like a piece of meat during their in-game interview (in Gammo's defense Tommy's biceps looked scrumptious and were hard to resist.....grrrrrrrr).

But remember, the Mets won nine more games than any other National League team last season and, in so doing, used 12 starting pitchers, including Jose Lima, Alay Soler and Jeremi Gonzalez. Future Hall of Famer Tom Glavine won 15, as did Steve Trachsel. No one else won 10. Pedro Martinez and Orlando Hernandez won nine apiece. Yet, in the end, their starting pitchers led the NL in wins, and their starters' ERA (4.67) was better than the Cardinals (4.79) and one point above the league average (4.66).

I think people will be wondering what they were thinking by the end of the season after the Mets prove they are head and shoulders above everyone in the NL again. After watching the Mets play a sparkling season opener and then watching The Duque just kill it on the mound and pick up two hits and two RBIs was just amazing. They also managed two steals off Yadier Molina and showed that they are fearless and believe in themselves no matter what facet of the game it is. These Mets truly believe they can do anything and beat anyone.

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  • 26-8....That was twenty six non Yankee related questions to eight Yankee related questions in Buster Olney's latest chat. That is 24% of the questions relating to the Yankees. There is tons and tons of stuff going on in the universe of Major League baseball and he answers that many Yankee questions? What is really shocking is that Phil Hughes was not mentioned once. I would not have believed that to be a possibility, but it just goes to show you that you that anything is possible in this crazy world. I like Olney these days, but that was a bit ridiculous.

  • This article intimates that Bud Selig got paid $14.5 million by Major League baseball in 2005. That is just silly.

    Baseball's central office paid $77.3 million in salaries and benefits to 231 employees, the report said. The NFL paid $41.5 million to 839 employees in 12 months ending March 31 last year and the NHL $13.9 million to 56 employees in the year ending June 30, 2005, when staff was reduced because of a lockout.

    Who approves this shit?

  • Queue the sad walking away music from the Incredible Hulk.

    And the New York Post reported manager Joe Torre was told that Williams, 38, is still working out and has not written off the possibility of playing this season, preferably for the Yankees. It was the first time Torre and Williams had spoken since February, when Williams declined the minor-league camp invite.

    "I know he wants to be here," Torre said, according to the Post.

    Williams spoke with Torre and veteran players Derek Jeter and Jorge Posada, according to media reports.

    Posada told the Post he is "pretty sure" Williams wants to play this season, and he thinks Williams could even skip a season and return in 2008.


    Bernie, give it up man. You were more than good during your career. You were great. Now? Not so much and the Yankees...and I'm not sure if you know this...are loaded in the area of position players. Now, if you could pitch 200 innings and put up a 4.00 to 4.50 ERA, I'd get your confusion. But I'm not sure the Nationals would want you much less the Yankees.

  • Jose Capellan threatened to retire at the age of 26 after getting sent to AAA and then downgraded his hissy fit to a demand for a trade.

  • I still love this guy.

    "We had Freddy Garcia, Neal Cotts, Cliff Politte, and all those guys helped us, helped me, win it in 2005, and they're gone. I should be treated the same way. If Kenny feels that I don't handle the club the right way or lose the club, don't do my job on and off the field, he should get someone else. I'll be the first one to agree with him."


  • Quick thought on Kip Wells. He looked pretty good yesterday. Despite the loss, so far so good for Dave Duncan's new project.

  • Anyone else think Shawn Green might have gotten a bit excited with his two hits in the season opener? I think he got a little over zealous and shouldn't have proclaimed that Sunday was the best he has felt in his life because he got two measly hits.
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    31 Comments:

    Blogger Coop said...

    Mike, Wells did look pretty good. I think it's pretty unfortunate that the only one doing anything offensively is the pitcher. That's a problem. Hopefully, bats wake up soon.

    7:31 AM

     
    Anonymous jake said...

    why is it that 9 out of every 10 occasions i find myself puking in my mouth occur while reading this site?

    8:13 AM

     
    Anonymous jake said...

    i'm halfway through the post and it just happened again.

    bud selig should be up against the wall.

    8:15 AM

     
    Anonymous Marv DGberry said...

    Hard to believe that Braden Looper is the pitcher between the Mets and a opening series sweep! There's something surreal about it actually. The Mets have destroyed Looper in relief (and he destroyed us ... but that was when he was pitching FOR US!), but I don't want to jinx it.

    I was very good and did not stay up way past my beddy-bye and watch the opening night, but there I was last night calculating how little sleep I needed before I had to take my daughter to school. An hour's nap later, and all is well.

    The Mets looked like their scrappy selves. Wrestling four runs off of a decent opposing pitcher. Green & Valentin were the only ones to look inconsequential last night even if, as Madame Coop notes, the offense was tepid. One out, second & third, the seventh batter has got to at least hit the ball out of the infield.

    Beforehand I watched a bit of the Marlins vs. the Nationals, and I have come to this conclusion: it is impossible to judge how good a team can be based on how they play the Nationals! But what luck for the Fish to get such an adrenalin kick opening the sesaon. And I must admit, I still tune it to watch Mike Jacobs (no regrets, not any, I'm not that stupid!).

    Now that I've abandoned my Eckstein Love/Hate club idea thanks to a good dose of common sense from His Oliverness, I am thinking of starting a Save The Nats website. They must not steal our precious record for losses. 1962 was a saintly year, deserving of much worship and a more than a couple of Hail Throneberry's.

    Not that I was alive...., but we must embrace our suckiness as we embrace our awesomeness!

    8:30 AM

     
    Blogger Whitney said...

    I think Wells found success last night in large part because he was all over the place. At times good hitters have a harder time with scattershot firings lacking rhyme or reason than they do with pinpoint accuracy. Wells would lull them to sleep with high-and-wides and dirtballs a-plenty, then drop one in to freeze guys. (Guys like Beltran, who really shouldn't be passing on anything with two strikes, don't you think?)

    Of course, there's a chance that Wells was on and Yadier Molina just called a brilliant game. Molina is, after all, a brilliant defensive catcher only in there for what he can do behind the dish. (Insert 10-12 expletives here.)

    8:38 AM

     
    Blogger mr. met said...

    Coop, no worries. They faced a great pitcher and one that could be very very good this year and won. They gave up two run total and look amazing offensively and their heads are tightly screwed on. I am very excited at this point that they didn’t start flat and came out and smoked the Cardinals…..

    Now they face Looper!!!!!!!!!! Let me repeat that….NOW THEY FACE LOOPER!!!!!!

    Jake, again….my apologies.

    it is impossible to judge how good a team can be based on how they play the Nationals!

    DG…again that article you send me about the Nationals puts all of that in perspective. Hysterical. I didn’t think the Nats could do it, but they came out and got smoke by a fourth place team pretty badly. Anything is possible.

    Whitney, whatever it is, we know Wells has a good arm and is in good hands with Duncan and Molina. I’m not worried about cold bats because it was good pitching. If Looper shuts us down…then ask me how I feel.

    8:57 AM

     
    Anonymous DG said...

    Molina is a very good catcher, no doubt, but Wells really seemed to have a plan, often working counter-intuitively and throwing breaking balls in fastball counts. Hard to say he was lucky when he threw so well to the inside corner against the lefties. My only crit would be he resorted to the same pitches in certain situations (read breaking ball in fastball counts) that we probably should have seen an adjustment on the part of the Mets batters. But, I disagree; he was not scattershot and only seemed to lose his rhythm in the 6th innings when Duque doubled with two outs and the bases loaded.

    9:03 AM

     
    Blogger mr. met said...

    Duque doubled with two outs and the bases loaded.

    I can read that one all day. I was half asleep and wasn't sure if I was dreaming.

    9:25 AM

     
    Blogger metdynasty said...

    "Who approves this shit?"

    Bud Selig did. He raises his own salary more often than the Yankees choke in the playoff.

    I am done with Green.

    I just can't stand anyone who is incapable of driving in the runner at 3rd with less than 2 outs. Veteran my ass. Why the fuck you want to take a walk with runners on 2nd & 3rd 1 out? So you can load the bases and set up for a double play? Swing the bat you moron.

    I said many times that those are the little things that cost us game 7 last year. At least Valentin can play some D unlike you, Green. It's too dangerous to put those two together in the lineup especially in a short series. Get Green out of here. He can't do shit.

    9:28 AM

     
    Blogger mr. met said...

    Very nice rant on Green metsdynasty...very nice.

    As for Selig, aren't there checks and balances? I mean, that money should go going other places. That amount these guys are getting paid is reprehensible. I mean, $14.5 is very excessive for a guy who is already ridiculously rich. Baseball has so much money going around and it's painful to see us little guys bear the brunt of it all. Really, does everyone need to be making this money? Let's say you cut off 33% of all players salary (not changing the minimum of course and cut the MLB front office salary budget by....oh half....and cut the fan expenses by 33%...we'd still be paying out the ass! But I would feel better. A two ticket Sunday package would be down from $1000+ to roughly $777. Now that is not so bad and completely reasonable for people to not be getting paid $15 mill a year.

    The sad thing is it's all just because there are too many crappy players and not enough good ones. The bidding wars have killed the fans pockets. Not anyone else's, but the fans. Disturbing really.

    10:27 AM

     
    Anonymous joe said...

    nady?

    11:23 AM

     
    Blogger metdynasty said...

    Selig is a greedy bastard. Enough said.

    I actually don't mind the fact that players make more money these days. They are the product of this business. I have to say this product is better than it was 20-30 years ago. MLB is getting more and more international, and the quality of baseball is still improving. I know there are still a lot of bad players in the league that don't deserve the money but I believe we will see better, cheaper players imported as we move along.

    No doubt we fans are the victims here. Someone should look into it. They shouldn't be allowed to raise price on tickets and merchandise as freely as they want. So much of our money went to that Bud "the used car salesman" Selig and his buffons. It's just not right. They don't deserve it. This business is not a competitive market. Real fans don't have a choice over the product. I can't just change to a Brave fan simply because the Mets tickets are too expensive. This business should be regulated.

    11:25 AM

     
    Blogger Toasty Joe said...

    Mikey boy! Good to see you back in full swing. Stop by TJ when you get a chance.

    Oh, and I totally agree on your Bernie Williams rant. Can't kill the Yanks for this one. His time has past - he can't keep expecting to suit up every year in perpetuity.

    11:59 AM

     
    Anonymous benny bizzle in Florence Itazzle said...

    I knew JOse Valentins defense was pretty good and under-rated.

    Bernie WIlliams needs to stop being a little bitch and get over it.

    The Mets are undefeated and now face Branden Fruit Loops. This is just great. I am soo happy.
    At this pace the Mets will go 162-0

    12:06 PM

     
    Blogger mr. met said...

    Toasty, I will make it by your place more often. I fell asleep doing this post and woke up and finished it in the morning so that should tell you a bit about what's going with me these days.

    Benny, 162-0 is within reach...these Mets are going to silence everyone pretty quickly when they are up by 9 at the end of April!

    MD,
    It's not the players faults. Agreed, but the owners keep paying them more with the idea we'll just foot the bill. Where else do salaries increase as drastically? It's ridiculous. They keep raising payroll because they'll pass the cost to us. It's just kind of scary.

    12:59 PM

     
    Blogger BookieD said...

    I laughed out loud when I read that line about Gammons not calling his doctor. He neglected to mention Lima Time in his roll call of forgettable Met starters in 2006 (though is Lima Time ever really "forgettable")?

    I thought "El Profesor" was that smiley shortstop guy who teaches me Spanish at Mets' home games.

    Predictably, Green is replaced in the 8th by Chavez for defense, and Endy gets a hit in his first AB.

    1:54 PM

     
    Anonymous two-by-four said...

    It’s outstanding that the Mets have some ground ball inducing pitchers. But Maine is not and with Alou in left and Green in right Maine could be left talking to himself. Alou and Green can catch what they get to but they don’t get to that many. Beltran will be one tired player.

    The Mets win two in a row to start the season and some fans are already penciling in the starter for World Series game number 1. When the Mets go on a losing streak (which all teams do in a long season) these same fans will be yelling the sky is falling.

    The teams will continue to raise ticket prices as long as the fans will pay it. They will come down when, because of the ticket prices, attendance starts to drop.

    Dave Duncan is one hell of a pitching coach and if anybody is capable of turning Looper into a good starting pitcher it’s Duncan.

    2:55 PM

     
    Blogger AE said...

    things are good in the world today:

    1. the mets are undefeated.
    2. i am leading in fantasy baseball.

    i hope today isn't the last day either of these statements are true.

    3:11 PM

     
    Anonymous DG said...

    2X4 has a good point. Milledge or Endy should start in right field (or left) when Maine - and probably Ollie P - pitches.

    3:40 PM

     
    Anonymous DG said...

    Jorge Julio blows his first save opportunity here on day three. Let's take a look at the line, shall we? Yes, let's

    1/3 innings, five hits, one walk, three runs. Give that boy a BS and an L.

    The Nationals do not go defeated on the season.

    4:15 PM

     
    Anonymous DG said...

    While we're on the topic of old, ahem, friends, here's another line:

    One inning, two hits, three walks, no k's (as with Julio by the way) and one run.

    Not as nasty, but Victor No Brains was what you call a good cut.
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    4:29 PM

     
    Anonymous jake said...

    thanks dg. i actually started julio in my other league.

    4:40 PM

     
    Blogger mr. met said...

    Bookied,

    You’d be right and caused some serious conflict for me when doing the post title. However, there is only one real Professor on this team and as much as I love Reyes, it ain’t him.

    2 x 4,

    Alou made a nice catch already no? And as good as Floyd was (or seemed to be), he was not to mobile out there and barely got to balls most people would have easily with better legs. That being said, Alou will not be appreciably worse in terms of range if at all. I’m not sweating it. I’ve heard the rumors, but actually seeing him out there makes me feel better.

    I hope you are not pointing to me as being ‘the sky is falling’ guy. This team has staying power, but I don’t expect any prolonged losing streaks. This team will not lose five in a row all year and will only do that once (fearless prediction).

    I understand the way it all works….they still will sell out etc…but it just seems wrong on so many levels. To spend haphazardly with no consequence because you are going to pass it off onto you consumers to fix your mistake is bad. Of course if you keep winning you could essentially charge whatever you want in this market. Not many other places work like that and it boils down to that little monopoly issue. Taco Bell and Burger King couldn’t jack prices up $0.75 center per product to cover up some errors or give all employees raises for fear of people going somewhere else. If they were the only places to get food, they could, but that is not the case.

    And while baseball is entertainment and hence a luxury item, it just seems crazy to me. There is no end in site and my ticket packages have been raised every year and it’s not following inflation. There just seems to be no fiscal responsibility here and nothing is going to stop is outside of what you said, the fans not paying for the tickets. This entire state of baseball inflating ticket and concession prices is certainly something I’m not pleased about. The Mets want to sign two more $20 guys to add to their payroll? Go ahead…just jack up prices another 15%....It’s free!

    Also, let us not forget payroll had remained basically the same and the fans came out in droves for them and prices still went up. They went up after LOSING seasons. I’m not sure what system will work, but it’s not out the question that I’ll be paying 30% to 40% more for my comparable tickets at the new stadium thereby practically doubling my ticket package since 2001 and there is no way I can see that being a good thing. Will I keep paying? Unfortunately yes and that is the problem. They keep pushing the limits because they can. They’ll keep inching up further and further. I’m not crying poverty and get to enjoy the Mets in person, but it would be nice if the fans were treated a bit better than being viewed as a means to make them money. You know what my ‘gift’ for my ticket package this year was? A fucking little shovel going into a stained piece of wood for their breaking ground on their new stadium. Then they took away my ability to purchase opening day tickets with my thirteen game package only to sell these shitty seven packs with OPENING DAY TICKETS! So, it just goes back to them trying to squeeze every nickel out of people. I already paid them my money, so then they turn to people who haven’t given them their money and tried to lure them in to a sold out game with a lesser ticket package than I have! Like I said, it would be nice if the fans were thanked a bit more for their support, but ‘tis a business and their job is to squeeze as much as they can out of us. I’m not too happy at this point as you can tell with this aspect of baseball and it is only going to get worse.

    No one can make Looper a good starting pitcher. Stack the lefties and watch the fun ensue.

    AE, your lead in fantasy baseball will be fleeting. It’s rare the guy in first at the end is in first at the beginning, unless you are my team in ’05.

    Did Victor get pulled after that?

    5:27 PM

     
    Blogger AE said...

    jorge julio is not helping my cause...i need another reliever. stat. tankersley needs to come back asap.

    6:31 PM

     
    Anonymous Joe Doofus said...

    Already we're seeing Beltran's problem again. Great, he's hitting .333 on the road, but he's sucking it up at home. Three big goose eggs!

    7:34 AM

     
    Anonymous jake said...

    i thought the braves pitching was supposed to be SO good. why does this not scare me:

    "...The pitching matchups for this weekend’s series in Atlanta: Oliver Pérez versus Mark Redman on Friday, Tom Glavine versus John Smoltz on Saturday and Orlando Hernández versus Kyle Davies on Sunday."

    9:16 AM

     
    Blogger mr. met said...

    Jake they are good. You just cannot grasp the goodness of the rotation because you are lowly Mets fan like the rest of us who cannot comprehend things of that nature.

    10:40 AM

     
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    It's a shame the Green hate has spread to this blog too.

    Now he cant even say he feels good without getting shit over it.

    Guess his .333 average so far is full of "measly" hits.

    12:19 PM

     
    Blogger mr. met said...

    I wouldn't say I hate Shawn Green, but more on him tomorrow.

    1:04 PM

     
    Blogger AE said...

    things are still good in the world:

    1. the mets are undefeated.
    2. i am still in first place in fantasy baseball (i'm in first in my other league as well - which is better as there's money on the line)

    someone want to trade me a closer? lidge/julio are killing me...

    and yes, i'm getting all my gloating out of the way now so when i take my fall back to the pack...i will at least have enjoyed my time at the top....

    2:39 PM

     
    Blogger mr. met said...

    You may be first for now, but I'm closing fast. It looks like Carlos Beltran at 12th!!!!! in the first round is going to be the steal of the century. Can't believe so many people passed up such a five tool talent!

    Sucka ass suckas.

    I'm not giving you one of my three closers that are already paying off dividends.

    3:31 PM

     

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