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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Slapping Some Lipstick On That Pig

A win is a win. Four of the first five hits for the Cubs may not have been hits with tighter defense, but the Mets played the type of game that championship teams do. They got into a 4-0 hole to the Cubbies and scratched their way back with six walks, some solid pitching down the stretch, and a big night for David Wright who is looking like the David Wright of yesteryear. They made the Cubbies pay for some mistakes and simply executed when they needed to win it in the bottom of the ninth.

I am still concerned about the reoccurring theme of the early goings of the 2007 season which is the Mets being their own worst enemy. What is absolutely clear to me is the Mets are the only ones who can hold themselves back from running away from the rest of the pack in the NL. Now that Wright is coming out of his slump this team just got much better offensively and that says a lot being they already lead the league in runs scored.

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  • Is it just me or did Keith Hernandez look and sound like he has been on a four day coke, booze, and hooker bender?

  • In case you missed it, Phil Humber put up a great start the on Sunday and picked up his third win of the year with a seven inning effort in which he gave up five hits, one earned run, and one walk while striking out six. Sweet.

    Anonymous benny blanco from da bronx said...

    Keeping up with baseball via MLB Gameday sucks. Nothing is wierder than staring at a compute screen, waiting for a blue dot and seeing the comment "in play, run(s) score" and then jumping for joy and getting excited. That Delgado walk off walk was just odd for me because of Gameday.
    I can't wait to come home and watch some baseball on TV and even better LIVE AT SHEA.
    I'm trying to work a little magic and catch the Yankees vs Mets for Sunday, forget the friends, forget the family, that game will be the first thing I do when I get to New York.

    So Mets win, Braves lose, all is right in the world again.

    Gil Meche is 3rd in the AL in ERA. Nice...

    8:41 AM

    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Was thinking the same thing about Mex. He sounds awful

    10:34 AM

    Blogger mr. met said...

    Benny, your family will be there after this weekend. Go watch the games.

    The crowd was going nuts in the bottom of the ninth. They were juiced and I never like walking bases loaded. Bad karma. You just open yourself up for too much. Cannot complain since we won, but Muertz was all over the place.

    11:32 AM

    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    meche was a solid pickup. the guy always had talent but was hurt. if jason marquis got 3 years 20+ with his resume meche deserved more.


    12:58 PM

    Blogger mr. met said...

    I do believe the consensus here it was a good signing $$$$ aside. It was something they needed to do to try and upgrade their pitching staff.

    2:01 PM

    Anonymous seattle steve said...

    With Delgado and Wright batting below par, DeLuca being switched around and the team an average to below average situational hitting team our record to date is OK... as they say if the season ended today we would be in the playoffs.The most important thing is 3, get into the playoffs, be healthy and be hot in Sept and October.

    2:21 PM

    Anonymous benny said...

    The Royals had nothing to lose with that signing. Its not like the Royals are missing out on players. No one wants to go there.
    What would they be saving that money for?

    2:22 PM

    Blogger AE said...

    personally i think it was a waste for the royals to sign a pitcher, expecially one with meche's track record, to $10M/year at this point. the royals will not be a contender for a few years. the key thing is meche will be not be this good for the duration of his contract.

    3:21 PM

    Anonymous ossy said...

    mets were crazy for signing one armed pedro but look what it did for us. sometimes u gotta overpay for a free agent to get ur franchise turned around one way or another.

    the mets did it with pedro and the tigers did it with magglio and pudge.

    the royals have a solid budding offense and may have a breakthrough soon.

    and for the money, the worst $ contract was by far jeff weaver. this dude didnt even deserve a minor league offer if u ask me. lima time is better than weaver

    3:31 PM

    Blogger mr. met said...

    He doesn't have to be this good. The Royals need to build. They have Luke on the farm and they may draft Rick Porcello. They have not exactly spent much money over the past few years and even if he settles into being a #3, he has done his job. The salaries are escalating, in three years a 4.00 ERA for that cost won't look so bad.

    3:31 PM

    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Mr Met.

    On Phil; Yes his record is 3-4 but he has had a number of quality starts, including a ND against ALB. This on a very poore team. I think he certainly could be ready by mid year. Just click on Phil humber's names for his stats thus far.

    3:40 PM

    Blogger mr. met said...

    Also don't discount he is in a horrible park for pitchers. If you look at the entire New Orleans staff, they are getting knocked around pretty hard. All of their numbers are a bit skewed so I agree, Humber will probably be ready sooner than later and you cannot implicitly look at his numbers as the reason he should or should not be brought up.

    Also, his last start came against a pretty damn good AAA team.

    4:17 PM

    Blogger AE said...

    meche is not a going to draw guys to kansas city the way pedro could draw players to ny. pedro is going to the hall of fame. gil meche will be lucky if they allow him into coopertown with the rest of the paying crowd at the gate.

    also, there is nothing in meche's track record to suggest that this start is not an abberation. besides it's only been 1 month of baseball. case in point, he went 3-0 with a 1.60 era last june. small sample size. let's let the rest of the season play out and we'll see where he stands then. if his era ends up being under 4.00 for the whole season, i will eat my words.

    5:23 PM

    Blogger mr. met said...

    I don't think anyone is saying that, but they need to add a decent starter that could provide some veteran leadership for a young team. Not in the same league as Pedro, but still an important signing for that team when you take into consideration what they had.

    Meche could fall apart. Marquis is not this good. Hardy is not this good and no one is discounting that, but there is a possibility that a 27/28 year old is healthy and has something click. The early returns are good and I don't expect him to be the ace of the staff, but he'll provide some nice stability behind Hochevar and that is important to have decent #3-types following your big gun(s).

    5:33 PM

    Anonymous ossycocotaso said...

    matt cerrone is on the air being interviewed.

    when is urs comin up mike?

    8:12 PM

    Anonymous benny said...

    If the Royals didn't spend thier money on Meche who were they going to spend it on?
    I mean nobody was going to go there, might as well get SOMEBODY. And yeah its never good to spend money just to spend it but when your business is baseball, you might as well.
    It's either Gil Meche or sign Chan Ho Park to a minor league deal and making it your big offseason deal.
    And to be honost, if I'm in charge of the Royals I think I'd rather spend it on Meche even if it more money and commitment.

    8:23 PM

    Anonymous ossy said...

    its a good signing all around. pedro is a hall of famer but meche is like a hall of famer after seeing jeremy affeldt and and lord knows who for however long

    who the fuck is aramis ramirez to stare at balls in the air. i hate when fuckin nobodies do that shit. can i see him on his next time ab?

    8:58 PM

    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    can we those billboard of the dude with a hole in his neck of the backstop?

    9:06 PM

    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    On Gil Meche: This is a former highly touted arm who had some issues with injury. As a Seattle resident in the past 3 yrs, I am aware of his hype. Last yr he was still adjusting after injury. but hype was all around as he was expected to be traded. Now we are seeing what he is capable of...when injury free.

    2. Big start for Sosa: These cubs are alot better (on paper) than their record and yesterday reflects the comfort they have when Z is pitching. This is Sosa's 3rd start and right now he looks like Gold as a (4th)5th starter. If he can keep it up i'd like to see El Dukie as the long man. that said I'd like to see Vargas and Humber get time to vy for #5.

    I hear the gasps. Consider then Dukie can stay healthy, we get a look at the depth and El Dukie can be rested for the stretch or if the kids fall off.

    With Mota back in 2 weeks, and Williams on the horizon, I think there is just a little pressure on Sele and shoen-edelweiss.

    11:18 AM

    Blogger mr. met said...

    Ossy…I did see that, but I was in a bar…did anything interesting come about?

    can we those billboard of the dude with a hole in his neck of the backstop?

    Not sure what this supposed to say….but one thing that would be funny is to have a carnival type game where you had to throw a baseball through a cardboard cut-out of the neck hole guy on SNY. Of course to win you have to throw the ball through the hole in the neck….

    Sosa does look like a studly back end five guy. Really good stuff….

    The Duque as the long man! He’s been nothing short of amazing this season. He stays in the rotation flat out….Health aside, he needs to start. If he keeps going down, then fine. But I never expected 200 innings from the Duke.

    I think there is just a little pressure on Sele and shoen-edelweiss.

    Yes on Sele, but Scott is not going anywhere since he’s getting paid handsomely.

    12:23 PM

    Blogger AE said...

    pinella did the right thing after ramirez hit the bomb. he pinch hit for him after the blowout was in full effect. pinella is no dummy.

    ramirez also said the right thing after the game cause i think he knew he showed the mets up a bit there...

    12:43 PM

    Anonymous Danny said...

    With the way Zambrano was dealing, I think the Mets were probably going to lose yesterday anyway. If that grand slam convinces Willie to use Schoeweneweis as a matchup LOOGY during a potential pennant race and in the playoffs, then it is well worth it.

    1:34 PM

    Blogger mr. met said...

    Willie probably should have brought a righty in at that point with the game in reach and one out needed. Hello Joe Smith....He hadn't been used already, right?

    1:38 PM


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