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Monday, May 28, 2007

Breathing Room

Boston is now a whopping 13.5 games in front of the Yankees. After all that elation that Damon was back and healthy to drive the offense getting the Yankees back on track, the harsh reality has to be setting in right now for Yankee fans. The are in last place and frankly not very good. We are going to be entering June and they are double digits out of first place sitting all the way down in last place with the Devil Rays. Their run differential is still good, but it is ever shrinking.

Has a team ever leapfrogged four reams and closed a double digit lead this late in the season? If anyone has, the list would have to be extremely short. Once Clemens comes back and Hughes gets healthy, the rotation will be better and stable. Will they be much better? Probably not as I don't entirely think Clemens is going to light the world on fire and Hughes is a rookie. However, they don't need to be with that offense which is probably not as good as everyone thought, but is definitely better than they have played lately.

In the end, their bullpen is going to be the reason they cannot significantly close the gap. Humberto Sanchez going down was a huge blow to the Yankees because he could have been a huge pitcher for them out of the bullpen. This aging team seems to be on life support on this point and I for one do not see how they can turn things around at this point. Seven teams are in front of them for the Wild Card and they are 7.5 games out of that. While they may have a run in them which might see them close the gap, it's over.

On the other side of town, the Mets have created some breathing room and are now four games in from of the Braves and 2.5 games behind the Red Sox for the best record in the bigs. They have surrendered the 2nd least runs in the majors and are one of only five teams remaining that have not given up 200 or more runs. They have the best road record with a .720 win% out of every team with Boston right behind them with a .692% on the road. There just isn't much to complain about and if they can figure out the Braves, it is going to be a breeze for the Mets.

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  • I really enjoyed this Marty Noble quote:

    The Mets' rotation hardly is the best I've seen. But no team has five starters capable of pitching seven scoreless innings and not surprising anyone in the process. However, the Mets do.

    Spot on.

  • Is the D-Train really a commodity the Marlins could get anything significant for? I wouldn't give up much for him as he just isn't a front end starter and has not been since 2005. The league seemingly has figured him out and if the Marlins get any decent offer, they should jump all over it.

  • Mr. Billy Wagner is good.

  • I am going to happily watch this game. Perez vs. Lincecum might be the most intriguing game we have seen all year in regards to starting pitching. Two players who have shut down stuff and it should be a blast.

  • Mike Pelfrey got a bit roughed up in New Orleans' loss to Omaha. Pelfrey went 3.2 innings and gave up seven hits, five runs, four earned runs, and two walks and has a 3.52 ERA.

    In the same game, Mota threw a shut-out inning and struck out two.

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  • 35 Comments:

    Anonymous benny blanco from da bronx said...

    The Yankees failure is going to make it a VERY fun and interesting summer. Roger Clemens coming back isn't goign to do shit. I'm waiting for 2 things to happen now, Roger Clemens asking for a trade in July and then A-Rod leaving in the off-season. That's probably the only for things to get "worse" from them not making the playoffs.

    Dontrelle Willis has gotten worse as the years have gone by, not a good trend. Milledge+Pelfrey/Humber would be too much but the more days that go by the more I'm convinced that the Mets should trade one of Pelfrey or Humber. Both of them are not going to be superstars. Flip a coin trade one of them and hope for the best.

    St. John's University made it to the College World Series Tournament Field, so I'm happy. In thier pool only Clemson and Florida should be difficult.

    I was very sad to see Chuck Lidell get his ass kicked. The guy is such a badass, complete grade A badasses should not get thier asses kicked. It was like watching a super hero like Superman get hurt, only worse, Superman was a pussy.

    And umm, fuck Jose Contreras and Bartolo Colon for sucking ass for me in fantasy baseball last night.

    1:23 AM

     
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    'Milledge+Pelfrey/Humber would be too much but the more days that go by the more I'm convinced that the Mets should trade one of Pelfrey or Humber. Both of them are not going to be superstars. Flip a coin trade one of them and hope for the best.'

    Yep. I basically agree with this and said as much a few weeks ago.

    Still, Willis is a fun pitcher to watch, and, at minimum, is a [slightly, though this can be debated] above-average innings muncher. If you haven't noticed, those guys are REALLY hard to find.

    'St. John's University made it to the College World Series Tournament Field, so I'm happy. In thier pool only Clemson and Florida should be difficult.'

    I know i'm lame, but I really can't get into college baseball. I saw a few Rutgers games, but that's only because...

    1. Todd Frazier is the Mets second baseman of the future.
    2. They're my alma mater.

    'Boston is now a whopping 13.5 games in front of the Yankees.'

    [Stereotypical blonde] what EVER!!!

    Yeah, I loathe the Yanks, but I also remember watching the Mel Hall-Eric Plunk teams when I was a kid. I also cheered for Smoltz and the Braves in the 1991 WS.

    You grow up... you start hating things.

    'In the same game, Mota threw a shut-out inning and struck out two.'

    You can put him, Schoeneweis, and Newhan in a barrel and drop it over Niagara Falls for all I care.

    FREE THE AMBURGLAR!!!

    Emad

    2:56 AM

     
    Anonymous DG's French Open paradise said...

    Too soon to move Pelfrey or Humber in my view, but if they do, I'd prefer they move Pelfrey who shows no signs of understanding the art of pitching. He throws well, which works well from little league to the end of college, but he needs to use his head whereas Humber is still merely 20 months removed from Tommy John surgery and throws four pitches for strikes. I expect a big second half from him.

    BUT, who do you trade one of them for? Peavy & Haren ain't goin' nowhere, and I agree that Willis is looking less than stellar. Maybe a change of address shakes him up a bit, but he's put in a lot of innings and they're beggining to show. Perhaps it's just a bad year? Would Zen Master Rick help?

    As for LMIllz: he won't be much of a trading chip if he's barely played before the trade deadline AND I don't see the Mets making much of a trade in any case in season. Barring injury, the staff is solid enough with some depth in the minors and perhaps, per-haps, Pedro in August. I could foresee a Grafinino-like dude if Stache is hobbled; Easley is not a full season alternative, and I don't think the Mets have the ballz to start Gotay, who has shown some potential (and a good rapport with Reyes), on a regular basis. And sorry Emad, no one will take Shoenough off our hands!

    Expect the Mets to use their outfield surplus to their advantage in the offseason.

    Milled around the outside courts at the French Open yesterday under la pluie (rain, bro). In five hours of attendance, I saw one match from start to finish: Ashley Harkleroad, a FINE Georgian of 22 yrs, won her first round match, one of only eight completed yesterday. Some pissy, fat-faced photographer pitched his stuff rigth next to my wife & I, and when I complained (in French, and I mean perfect French outside the middling accent) about his incessant camera clicks - one of the five hundred or so pictures he took of Harkleroad, hoping udoubtedly for a hint of boob or underwear (and two of the other girl, a Canadian) - he looks at me with his fat fuck face and says, "eet eez allowed sow I weell stay." Dick.

    I'll be back at Roland Garros tomorrow (and two times next week) on the main court. A great tournament: great tennis, fine ladies (more in the stands than on the courts by far) and according to my wife, the young male staff ain't too bad either.

    Late night Perez/Lineceum action makes for big headache in DGland. What to do? Don't know if I'll really be able to watch, but oh, the temptation!

    7:24 AM

     
    Anonymous Danny said...

    FREE THE AMBURGLAR!!!

    Emad? Is that really you? So you are pleased with what you see out of Burgos? Or you just hate The Show and Mota that much? I believe an explanation is necessary.

    I love The Jacket as much as anyone, but do you think it was a mistake to ask Pelfrey to become a groundball-inducing machine? It's like they are trying to have him pitch to contact and become more efficient, and now Pelfrey is rattled because he is not missing bats anymore. Maybe The Jacket's philosophies don't match up well with Pelfrey's stuff? Just a thought.

    I would personally be patient with Pelfrey. They tried to re-calibrate him and that stuff takes time. I mean, he's only been throwing his slider for a few months now. I would also be patient with Humber, since as DG mentioned, he's still only 20 months removed from TJ. And Benny, you know the Mets would trade away the one that would become an ace.

    All of this organizational success is great, but....

    **irrationally waiting for other shoe to drop**

    8:46 AM

     
    Blogger mr. met said...

    Yes, and Clemens not traveling with the team in the dog days of summer while they are fighting the Orioles and Toronto for third place is going to be a good one as well. Let’s see if he man’s up and stays with the team to show support as they struggle.

    I’m 100% on board with dealing on of either Pelfrey and Humber. Regardless if they are both going to end up good, no way they have both in the rotation next year which frees one up for a trade. Take your pick. I’m still saying stick with Humber though.

    Chuck’s face was one of a guy who got beat down. He was out of it when they called the fight and he probably didn’t know where he was.

    RE: Fantasy…I had four starters go on Sunday and exactly 0 got a QS….Horrible weekend for the good guys.

    Still, Willis is a fun pitcher to watch, and, at minimum, is a [slightly, though this can be debated] above-average innings muncher. If you haven't noticed, those guys are REALLY hard to find.

    Yeah, but how much is that worth? I don’t think he has too much value to the Marlins right now, but how much does someone give up for a guy with a 4.80 ERA in the biggest park in the league already pitching in the NL? Fun to watch or not, he’s not worth an A prospect.

    Todd Frazier Mets 2nd baseman of the future? That would be swellicious.

    C’mon Emad, you know Schoeneweis is here to stay.

    DG, Willis has had two bad years. I’m not sure he’s going to turn much of anything around at this point and has become what Emad has said. An innings muncher. He is Jeff Suppan (does he eat innings?).

    I don’t see the Mets trading anything either for the fact that nothing will be much of an upgrade. However, I don’t want the Mets to hold onto all their guys too long until the point they are untradeable. I’d still take a flyer on Harden and I have to believe he’d be available at this point. He’s a wildcard and Beane’s rotation is good without him. Getting at least something for him might behoove Billy before he blows up. Of course he could turn into an ace that can stay healthy, but Beane has to assess the risks.

    I have enjoyed Gotay so far and he’s what, 25? He can be the mediocre cheap second baseman they need! Just as long as Stache doesn’t get 400 Abs for his option kicker.

    So you wife is into teenage boys on the staff? Interesting. You better keep an eye on her and make sure she isn’t going for ‘tennis lessons’ anytime soon.

    RE: tonight’s game…don’t the have DVRs in France????

    Danny, that is certainly and interesting thought. But his K rate in ’06 went from 10.65 in A to 10.45 in AA to 6.75 in AAA to 5.48 in the bigs to 3.48 this season in the bigs. It just looks like to me that the better the league, the worse he does. His fastball may get past younger guys, but the big guys can hit them and his secondary stuff ain’t fooling nobody. I don’t think they particularly changed him as much as the upper competition is just better on getting some contact on his fastball.

    I actually think Mulvey is a darkhorse here to be become a more effective starter than Pelfrey at this point. There are guys that just cannot learn additional pitchers….they are called middle relievers. Pelfrey may have sink on his fastball that induces some sink, but he isn’t Brandon Webb or even Wang where guys just cannot get lift. It’s not a sinking, just a good fastball. You just cannot teach guys pitches and have them work. It’s possible, but certainly does not always happen. Wainwright has a better repertoire, but he is getting smashed as well. I’m extremely leery of him developing what he needs in terms of his secondary pitches at 23 years old after four years of school. What’s really disturbing as stated many times is the fact that his 95 mph fastball with sink doesn’t miss any bats. Maybe he needs to throw in another fastball that doesn’t sink to change things up? He needs to do something.

    9:25 AM

     
    Anonymous Danny said...

    I hear what you are saying Mike, but I think Pelfrey's sample size in AAA was too small to really make any assumptions about. It was only 2 starts. He was dominant up until he got called up to the big leagues way too early. And I agree everything you said about Pelfrey and his fastball and how it is not Brandon Webb's or anything like that. But then why did Peterson think Pelfrey could be successful at the big league level throwing basically only his sinking fastball and inducing groundballs? Anyone with even a rudimentary understanding of pitching could see that Pelfrey's secondary stuff was mediocre and that he would have to have a good, live sinking fastball to be successful at the big league level right now. Shouldn't Peterson have known that Pelfrey's best bet for future success was to go to the minor leagues and develop his offspeed stuff? Particularly since he has just scrapped a curveball and was learning a slider. The big league mound is not the place to learn and cultivate your offspeed stuff.

    I love The Jacket as much as anybody but I think he screwed Pelfrey up. His confidence is a mess now, and that is just as important as your stuff. Now Pelfrey is nibbling around the plate and not even trusting his fastball. Pelfrey has taken a few steps back this year and it's because the Mets were impatient with his development.

    9:52 AM

     
    Blogger mr. met said...

    I hear you. I do think he may have lost some confidence which is not a good thing, but prospects cannot be so scared or thin skinned. You are going to fail and you cannot let that ruin you. If that is the deal with Pelfrey, then that is an item of concern.

    His fastball may be good, but it certainly isn't good enough to throw 75% to 80% of the time to become a grounball machine. People can simply get under it and get some lift on it. If you are going to control a game by being a groundball machine, you need to be in the 2.50 to 3.00 range and Pelfrey is in the 1.40 area. He needs his secondary stuff to be good. And he is far from being ready.

    10:02 AM

     
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    wow, I didn't realize Willis stock has fallen this much.

    Last year he pitched 223 innings with a 3.87 ERA. I wouldn't call that a bad year considering the Marlin's defense was one of the worst in the league.

    He still has plenty of time to turn it around this season and don't forget he is still just 25 years old.

    The lesson of Oliver Perez should remind us not to give up on young power arm too soon. By comparison, Willis' 05 season is actually more impressive than Perez's perfomance in 04.

    However, for the Mets sake, I do hope Willis stock continues to fall. Right now I would offer Pelfrey and another B prospect for him. I think Pelfrey is light years away from being major league ready whereas Willis needs only minor changes to be dominating again.

    Oliver's absolute confidence and upbeat attitude made me a believer, and I see that same undispersed spirit in Willis too. These intangibles are rare and they make a big difference in a player's career.

    Get Willis, Omar.

    Metdynasty.

    11:11 AM

     
    Blogger mr. met said...

    Well, in 2006 he had a 4.17 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP against teams not named the Mets and all of this came in the NL East. I think he’s not as good as he was in 2005 where his WHIP has his lowest. He seems to be a 1.40 WHIP guy that puts in a ton of innings and will give you a 4.25-4.50 ERA. I just do not think you’ll get the value back in him relative to his asking price. He certainly has value as previously stated as an innings eater who is reliable, but certainly not worth A prospects. Sorry. Yes he was sparkling in 2005 and his rookie season, but his other seasons were more in line with how I think he’ll perform in the long run. Again, good pitcher, but not worth the upside of Pelfrey when the rotation looks to be just fine not only this season, but next season as well. I’d only upgraded the rotation if he significantly upgrades this team like a Harden could possibly do. Lets us not forget he already has five years of service after this year and is only under control for another year. I’m just not seeing his value right now being that high.

    11:35 AM

     
    Anonymous benny bizzle in 8th place-izzle said...

    "eet eez allowed sow I weell stay."

    I love it when the French try to speak English. It's soo funny how they elongate every word. Next time tell that fat fuck face to say the word "thistle", it will destroy him and give you a good laugh.

    Speaking of Gotay I remember on Metsblog when people started bitchin' about losing 29 year old Keppinger for Gotay who is a better fielder and younger. But then again, everybody on Metsblog always bitches for every single little move, even if its obvious the move is perfect (Delgado for Petit and Jacobs). Why does everyone there over-react to EVERYTHING? I went there after the Braves series and you'd think the season was over with thier responces. Then of course they sweep the Marlins and show everyone who's boss.

    The draft is about a week and a half away and I know absolutely nothing about any of the players. I only know Price, Vitters, Rick Porcello, Matt Wieters, and Kellen Kulbacki who I only know because I went to school with one of his close friends in Europe. Not good. I'm very dissapointed in myself.

    11:43 AM

     
    Blogger mr. met said...

    I liked Kep, but like Bell, if they weren’t going to use him, then try and move him for something you will use. It is just kind of annoying how this team sometimes just decides not to use someone and will refuse to no matter what.

    I for one and quite annoyed that the Braves are owning the Mets this season. The first series was close and should have been the Mets to win, but they could be seven games up by now if they played better against them. They need to beat the Braves or else it is going to be close all season and frankly, I want to beat them because I know those smug bastards are still on their high horse because the Mets still cannot beat them.

    Me either Benny. I do think they will catch a guy who has dropped for signability reasons and just toss some cash at him…that seems like a reasonable assumption at this point.

    12:20 PM

     
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I'm jealous, DG. I was third singles on a state ranked tennis team in HS.

    'Emad? Is that really you? So you are pleased with what you see out of Burgos? Or you just hate The Show and Mota that much? I believe an explanation is necessary.'

    Yes, I hate them THAT much.

    Besides, Burgos hasn't been an absolute disaster in low leverage situations, so he's EARNED the chance.

    I'm biased, yes, but I try to be fair.

    'I actually think Mulvey is a darkhorse here to be become a more effective starter than Pelfrey at this point.'

    Mulvey is very interesting. He's a GB pitcher with excellent command, a microscopic HR rate and a mediocre K rate. Maddux, Greg also had these traits and he turned out fine. Yeah, yeah, i'm JUST SAYIN'.

    'Emad has said. An innings muncher. He is Jeff Suppan (does he eat innings?).'

    Willis is an innings eater with UPSIDE. He's also young and durable. Suppan has no upside. I don't think the comparison is apt at all.

    Emad

    12:26 PM

     
    Anonymous dG's French Open paradise said...

    So right you are Benny, but it's way more appealing to hear those long voweled endings coming from the mouth of the different sex, not some pudgy fuckpig. And Mike, I got no problem with who she looks at, though I must note that I was not talking about the ball boys!

    Pelfrey is no lost cause. I think the culprit here is twofold and not likely the Zen Master: firstly, he signed a major league contract putting pressure on the Mets to get him to the major league; and secondly, the Mets, facing negative media on the rotation (and the lack of signing Barry Zito!??!??!!) succumbed to the temptation to promote their top pitching prospect.

    And let's face it, he looked good while he was facing those rusty swingers in early ST and was only exposed after he had been given the job. And let's face it again, the competition sucked, so maybe more than anything he got the job by wish and default.

    The only change the Mets made to his repertory was teaching him a slider and having him trash his curveball, which was an average pitch. Reason given was it varied his arm slot. I wouldn't be surprised if he bring it back next ST. But, I do agree he's kind of lost at the moment. It's probably the first time he's struggled in his life. As with most of these high picks, the first time everything goes awry, they've got to learn how to regroup. It's basically a matter of maturation.

    The cost of Willis the All Star versus Willis the real is probably more than it's getting framed here. We talk numbers, but the selling GM is likely going to talk aura (i.e., all star blah blah blah). Harden's package is the same deal, too much for a question mark. You've actually got to prefer Willis if it was between the two. I guess I could see a move for Zambrano with, as in all these cases, a good MRI, but in season the seller has got more leverage; that evens out in the fall.

    Looks like Roddick is on the one and done trail again. So much hype about a guy who sucks outside of his big serve.

    12:33 PM

     
    Blogger mr. met said...

    Not to mention Mulvey has four pitches that Peterson says he can throw for strikes and doesn’t have to learn anything. Just put in his time and move up the ladder, which will be a promotion to AAA probably the end of this month. We’ll see if he can outperform the current AAA staff that is clearly not adjusting to the PCL to well.

    RE: Willis…he certainly has upside, but besides some wacky delivery, I’m not seeing anything outstanding on him. Nice fastball that comes in hard in the low 90’s, but nothing else to write home about. I would be wary of giving too much up for him. Would I want him? Yes, but not for Pelfrey or Milledge straight up for a 1.5 years of this guy before he becomes vastly overpaid. The Mets simply don’t have a big hole right now that needs to be plugged up by Willis.

    12:35 PM

     
    Anonymous DG said...

    Emad, fourth singles on a state ranked team, so I guess you trump me there. French Open is a beautiful tournament, but us Amerloques suck on clay. We're all taught to be more gutsy than tenacious, I guess. Not enough patience.

    12:38 PM

     
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    And how about this Fernando Martinez. I heard he's doing pretty well in AA... as an 18 yo.

    'Willis…he certainly has upside, but besides some wacky delivery, I’m not seeing anything outstanding on him. Nice fastball that comes in hard in the low 90’s, but nothing else to write home about. I would be wary of giving too much up for him. Would I want him? Yes, but not for Pelfrey or Milledge straight up for a 1.5 years of this guy before he becomes vastly overpaid. The Mets simply don’t have a big hole right now that needs to be plugged up by Willis.'

    Besides, I don't think the Fish will trade him in division. I have to imagine the price will be particularly prohibitive because of this.

    I was the Fabrice Santoro of HS tennis players. I had a blast.

    If I don't see Nadal on clay before I die, i'll regret it. He's marvelous.

    Serena, Venus or neither?

    Emad

    12:52 PM

     
    Anonymous jake said...

    serena.

    in school i played baseball instead of tennis. but i've always loved tennis and still play a couple times a week. unfortunately my neighbor, 49, beats me 99 percent of the time. i'm 31, and this has sucked away the last of my pride.

    mike, i took extreme offense to what you wrote about reyes the other day and it better not prove true.

    btw, re hot chicks and blogs, did you all see this: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/05/28/AR2007052801370.html?nav=hcmodule -- mike you should email that blogger the sufi chick pic.

    1:31 PM

     
    Blogger mr. met said...

    Mmmm... pole vaulting...

    As the sun set Friday night, Stokke positioned her pole as if she were jousting and sprinted about 100 feet toward the bar. She ran on her tip-toes, like she'd learned from ballet. As she approached her mark, Stokke bent her pole into the ground and coiled her legs to her chest

    Was this guy writing an article on sports or an erotic thriller?

    I do feel bad for her....wealthy, attractive, young, smart...what a tough life! She'll be gone soon enough anyway. I think she is going a bit crazy here as she isn't that relevant.

    1:51 PM

     
    Anonymous benny said...

    That girl is dumb. Allison Stokke should use her attractiveness to make pole vaulting relevant again. There's alot of potential in making people care about pole vaulting but she's blowing it.

    Tennis is fun although I've probably spent a total of 20 minutes in my life playing it.

    2:18 PM

     
    Anonymous dg's French Open paradise said...

    I err towards Serena on talent though there's always been something about her that I cannot describe any other way than with the word "annoying." Maybe it's the fact that she could win a Grand Slam and seemingly goes off on Twinkie binges instead of using her youth while it's there. Half the time she's insured because she doesn't do the training necessary to wail.

    Venus is kind of dignified in my view. Quiet. Could use more motivation, I suppose.

    As for Nadal on clay: he's just awesome. It's just so hard to win a point on him. I've seen him every year he's competed, since he has the habit of ending up in the semis. This is the first year I don't (at least as yet) have tix for the men's semis. I'm a member of the FFT (French Federation of Tennis) which gives you an advantage on getting you tix, but this year I must not have had a favorable place in the queue.

    Santoro, huh? Does that men two handed forehand? Guy's got the greatest touch I've ever seen.

    F-Mar is awesome!

    3:32 PM

     
    Blogger mr. met said...

    Allison Stokke should use her attractiveness to make pole vaulting relevant again.

    Was it ever relevant?

    F-Mart: .302/.373/.403 with 15 walks and 33 Ks in 40 games

    Tabata: .291/.366/363 with 18 walks and 36 Ks in 44 games

    Of course Tabata is doing that in Tampa (high A) and F-Mart is doing that at AA. Swellicious.

    4:27 PM

     
    Blogger BookieD said...

    OMG, she's like Lyla Garrity from Fright Night Lights, except she's actually the right age for high school! She could be, like, the Dannica Patrick of pole vaulting and make millions.

    This is the state of affairs--I have tickets to tomorrow night's game, and notwithstanding the fact that Bonds will be playing tomorrow and not tonight, I'm still disappointed I'm not going tonight instead to see Oliver pitch. He's worth it.

    4:42 PM

     
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    'Santoro, huh? Does that men two handed forehand? Guy's got the greatest touch I've ever seen.'

    I was weird. I used both hands on the BH. One hand for flat FH. Two for everything else.

    My FH was nothing special, but my BH was nuclear. In a doubles match, I once hit a BH return so hard it nailed the kid at the net in the eye.

    Emad

    4:44 PM

     
    Anonymous benny blanco said...


    Was it ever relevant?

    The 1850's Mike, the 1850's...

    Bookied, I got tickets to tomorrow's game as well. Should be fun. I hope it ends as crazy as tonight did.

    I think this was the first time Armando Benitez was ever cheered at Shea Stadium.

    11:30 PM

     
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    That one might just crack my list of 'Top 10 Mets Games EVER'.

    Emad

    11:50 PM

     
    Blogger mr. met said...

    Yes, great game...Yankees lost...A-Rod gets caught with a woman...Is it Christmas?

    9:09 AM

     
    Anonymous jake said...

    a woman?

    time to check the news.

    just getting started after last night's delirium.

    10:51 AM

     
    Blogger mr. met said...

    NY Post...STRAY-ROD...Good stuff. As a bonus he is picking his nose in one pic.

    11:42 AM

     
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Armando giving a little payback.

    Thanks

    8:01 PM

     
    Blogger mr. met said...

    Finger on the pulse people...finger on the pulse. I'm all over this timely news stuff on A-Rod with my extremely up to date posts...

    What a horrible time for me to be busy! This is great! Could A-Rod be any more of a douche?

    9:53 AM

     
    Blogger Whitney said...

    "Has a team ever leapfrogged four teams and closed a double digit lead this late in the season?"

    Mike, in 1978 one team was 14 games out on July 17 and ended up winning the division in a playoff. The team, of course, was the New York Yankees. And the team that sat 14 games up (and 13 games up on the Orioles and 8.5 on the Brewers) and squandered it was, of course, the Boston Red Sox.

    Here's hoping history doesn't repeat itself.

    10:48 AM

     
    Anonymous jake said...

    in case you missed it, from olney;

    • ...now the Blue Jays are mad at A-Rod. Third baseman Howie Clark thought A-Rod -- who was running the bases -- yelled "mine" on a pop-up, and believed the call came from shortstop John McDonald.

    .... It does jump out at you when McDonald, a veteran player who is not a star but is respected for his professionalism, reacts the way that he did; if McDonald thinks A-Rod crossed some sort of line, well, some line probably was crossed. Matt Stairs had a strong reaction, too, in George King's piece.


    This is not the last we will hear about this, because the Blue Jays are a team that tends to keep score on stuff like this. Somewhere down the road, you can bet that A-Rod is probably going to have a fastball bounced off his rib cage for this transgression.

    11:13 AM

     
    Anonymous DG said...

    Wow, to top it off, A-Rod tripped DJ's wife as she came out of Bloomingdale's all laden with Derek's special lingerie requests and THEN called Jorge Posada's wife Pootchie instead of Esmerelda!

    Surely we didn't expect A-Rod and the media to get along once he stopped hitting homers at his wicked April pace. (Soon enough he'll be dubbed Mr. April!)

    I expect the Jays WILL NOT forget his obnoxious little mouth and the BEST PART will be seeing whether the rest of the Yankees clear the bench in defense of their dear compadre. My bet is that they don't, or if they do, it will be rather tentatively - like half of the team just ends up talking to the Jays in clenching poses while watching to see if someone, anyone, finally pops A-Rod puppy dog face.

    Oh and the best part of the Daily News piece was the stripper saying A-Rod liked the "She-male" type of babe!

    12:10 PM

     
    Blogger mr. met said...

    Yes, that 'she-male' comment could not have been better. Spectacular week on this side of NY!!!1

    1:03 PM

     
    Anonymous Here-Today-Rod said...

    The great thing is that if A-Rod, who's apparently now Stray-Rod, follows through on the she-male angle, he just may become known as Gay-Rod, and when he finds religion in an effort to ward away his errant fantasies, he just may become Pray-Rod. And when he gains two hundred pounds after quiting ball, he will probably be knows as Weigh-Rod. Man, the possibilities go on and on!

    4:23 PM

     

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