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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Inane Parity Babble

St. Louis? Oakland? Baltimore? Kansas City? South-siders? Florida? Six of the top nine teams were supposed to be bad, right? I mean, small sample size aside, this season has been a bizarre season so far.
MLB           W  L   PCT  GB
Arizona 9 3 .750 -
St. Louis 9 4 .692 0.5
Milwaukee 8 4 .667 1
Oakland 9 5 .643 1
Baltimore 8 5 .615 1.5
Kansas City 7 5 .583 2
Chicago Sox 7 5 .583 2
Chicago Cubs 7 5 .583 2
Florida 7 5 .583 2
Boston 8 6 .571 2
LA Angels 8 6 .571 2
San Diego 7 6 .538 2.5
Toronto 7 6 .538 2.5
NY Yankees 7 7 .500 3
Pittsburgh 6 6 .500 3
Cincinnati 6 7 .462 3.5
Minnesota 6 7 .462 3.5
Tampa Bay 6 7 .462 3.5
Seattle 6 7 .462 3.5
Philadelphia 6 7 .462 3.5
NY Mets 5 6 .455 3.5
LA Dodgers 5 7 .417 4
Atlanta 5 7 .417 4
Colorado 5 7 .417 4
Houston 5 8 .385 4.5
Texas 5 8 .385 4.5
San Francisco 5 8 .385 4.5
Cleveland 5 8 .385 4.5
Washington 4 9 .308 5.5
Detroit 3 10 .231 6.5

In 2007 at the same point, the top nine was Atlanta, Arizona, San Diego, Detroit, the Mets, Minnesota, the Dodgers, Cleveland, and Boston. It is common to have some bad teams get off to good starts and maybe some of these hot teams in 2008 are not exactly as bad as we all thought, but this season feels different.

David Wright lays it out.

"Last year has nothing to do with not being able to make pitches," Wright said. "Last year has nothing to do with not being able to hit with guys in scoring position. It has nothing to do with that. It has to do with our lack of execution. We're not putting away teams when we have the opportunity. We're allowing them to slowly get back into games. That's coming up to bite us."

......

As bad as things seem, the Mets' team statistics aren't horrific, either. They rank second in the NL in hitting with runners in scoring position (.310), trailing only the Brewers (.333). Overall, they are ranked sixth in the league in hitting (.265), seventh in ERA (3.84) and seventh in bullpen ERA (3.86) - all befitting a team teetering around .500.

The good news is the Mets will turn it around at some point and I am confident in that. They are under .500, but still have a rather comfortable run differential (yes, one win was a huge blowout) and join the Braves as the only NL East teams to own a positive run differential.

The craziness continues with the Rays scoring the most runs in the AL East while holding opponents to less run than the Red Sox and the Yankees. According to the Pythagorean record, they should be tied for first with the Blue Jays.

I do think things will start to right themselves, but this year marks the year of parity (or mediocrity depending how you want to look at it). It may be early, but you get the sense that some teams that you thought were going to be very, very good are not going to be quite that good and some upstart teams are emerging.

Gone are the days of Mets being the best bet to win 100 games. Gone are the days of Detroit being the team to beat. Gone are the days Tampa is everyone's whipping boy. 2008 seems like the year shit gets turned upside down and an inordinate amount of teams will be involved in a dog fight not just for the Wild Card, but for first place right down to the wire.

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  • The players are taking notice.

    Like Santana, catcher Brian Schneider was playing for a different team — in Schneider’s case, the Washington Nationals — during the Mets’ implosion last season. Before Sunday’s game, he said he was surprised by what seems to be the lingering bitterness among Mets fans.

    “You can say it doesn’t bother you, but it gets to you after a little while,” Schneider said. “I’m not used to it happening on a regular basis like that. It was tough catching for Johan yesterday and seeing him get booed off the field. I didn’t think that was right; he’s a key factor for the team.”


    The booing has become absurd. Any chance players choose not to come to Queens because the fans are douchebags? I'm not against a little booing here and there, but this is getting nuts.

    Leave it to Timmy Marchman to lay it down.

    By signing a contract, a player pledges "to conform to high standards of personal conduct, fair play, and good sportsmanship."

    The American public, including that part of it that roots for the Mets, is bound by no reciprocal pledges to any players, and is under no obligation to observe any standard of conduct toward players that can't be printed on the back of a ticket. But that doesn't make it any less wrong to boo a player such as Johan Santana, who plays hard and well, keeps himself in shape, and behaves like a decent human being, and so does everything anyone has any right to ask of him.


    I actually kind of feel weird to be associated with the many, many boobs out there rooting for the Mets. I like to believe Met fans are a better type of fan, but at this point, I look completely wrong.

  • Willie? Jackass.

    "He's still a nice player, but let's not get crazy," Randolph said.

    "He's not going to be in that tree all year," Randolph said of Pagan, who is also tied with David Wright for the team lead with 10 RBIs. "We've seen a lot of players come through the pike and do what Pagan's doing, so let's keep this in perspective."


    From Willie to Angel. "I'm not impressed."

    "I like Luis in the No. 2 spot," Randolph said. "He's still one of the better No. 2 hitters in the game."

    Just let that one sink in. Wow....that is grounds to get fired in my book.

  • Petey is looooong long ways away at this point. I'm not terribly concerned either and I will speak more about that one tomorrow.

  • One of the best things about the baseball season? Joe Morgan chats!!!! I cannot wait to read his contradictory trainwreck.

  • Neyer checks in on Banny.

    But Bannister has given up a .175 batting average on balls in play.

    Major league pitchers typically give up a .300 batting average on balls in play. You figure a pitcher is really, really, really doing well if he can knock that down to .270 or .280. Anything under .250 is essentially impossible, at least for long.

    Bannister has not yet allowed an extra-base hit. Yes, he's always been fairly stingy with the home runs; last year he gave up 15 in 165 innings. He also gave up 47 doubles and four triples.

    Bannister's going to regress to the mean. On the other hand, Bannister's now logged 224 innings in the major leagues. He's 17-10 with a 3.66 ERA. Those are the numbers of a star. Maybe it's all been something of a fluke, but at some point we might look silly if we don't allow for the possibility that instead he's simply unique.


    I was never a believer in Bannister, but it was nothing personal. However, not believing in him does not mean I am not loving every single second of this stuff.
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    Anonymous Dang G said...

    Mike, did you say "bitter?" How could you say such a thing? Why that smacks of elitism! I'm not bitter dammit; I'm not fucking bitter at all! Team totally chokes. Manager is an idiot. Why would Met fans be bitter? We're all swell. Swellicious even! You clearly have lost touch with the average Met fan. Put that on your fucking bumper sticker.

    So, Mike Carp, over? I think his post-mortem could've waited until he was actually dead. I was surprised that BA went so negative on him in this year's guide when honestly, he broke his hand at the end of what was otherwise an excellent spring training last year. Now the question that ought to be begging is when our tender 21 year old displaces the old hitter with the Spanish name that somehow is blocking his way in AAA. Honestly, with Carp, Evans and Murphy hitting over .400, things seem better, if sadly less immediate.

    Plus Tony Armas Jr. pitched six innings last night for the first time since he was an Expo.

    10:48 AM

     
    Blogger mr. met said...

    Mike, did you say "bitter?" How could you say such a thing? Why that smacks of elitism! I'm not bitter dammit; I'm not fucking bitter at all! Team totally chokes. Manager is an idiot. Why would Met fans be bitter? We're all swell. Swellicious even! You clearly have lost touch with the average Met fan. Put that on your fucking bumper sticker.

    Nice.

    Carp + Murphy + Evans = Awesome!!!!

    11:16 AM

     
    Anonymous whozgotnext said...

    Why, oh why does our manager continuously take the position that the best way to deal with our good young players is to denigrate them in the press whenever they get on a little roll? Will the kid hit .385 this year? Well, he might if Willie decides not to give him any more at bats after Alou gets back, but other than that, of course not. But he's been their best offensive player thus far, and a huge spark in a mostly sparkless lineup.

    What would have been wrong with saying "The kid's playing great, and we have a lot of faith in him, that's why he's here. When Moises gets back, we're going to have to find at bats for him, for everyone. But it's a long season, so there will be some at bats there. It's a good problem to have, a young guy tearing it up and a pro hitter like Alou getting healthy."

    No, it's "don't worry about that kid, he's really not that good. And by the way, I love my crippled #2 hitter whose slugging percentage is within single digits of his batting average. He'll bat #2 no matter what, because, hey, weak-hitting second-basemen are my thing and all."

    Yes Obama, I am bitter.

    Fire Willie Randolph. Fire. Him. Now.

    11:44 AM

     
    Blogger mr. met said...

    You should write Willie's speeches. He is just a jackass.

    12:55 PM

     
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    "Fire Willie Randolph. Fire. Him. Now."

    …and while they are at it, can we also can Omar? Make it a two-fer deal while they are at it. I see the both of them as a package deal in my opinion. Afterall, Castillo, Alou, and pretty much all of the injury-prone, past-their-prime, players full of suck on the roster are courtesy of MInaya.

    Can we say very overrated?

    I understand the anti-Willie sentiment, and it is justified. But let's be fair about it as well. If Willie gets canned, Omar should be right behind him in the unemployment line.

    1:23 PM

     
    Anonymous benny blanco from da bronx said...

    I know its bad to do this in April but I been scoreboard watching. I see a Braves or Phillie loss and it is already a good day which become a great day if the Mets win.

    The problem with the Rays is the fact they have Sonnanstine and Jason Hammel. I am VERY curious to see what's going to happen when Kazmir and Matt Garza come back. I'm excited for that team.

    Reading Willie talk about Pagan all I could do it nod my head in disbelief. How could ANYONE ever say Willie is a player's manager?

    Like I said Saturday, I think WIllie's going to bat Pagan 2nd today. I'm such a hopeful guy.

    1:27 PM

     
    Anonymous benny blanco from da bronx said...

    I disagree with firing Omar. I don't even feel like saying why, he just shouldn't, I mean c'mon, lets be real here. If you think the problem with the Mets is the talent Omar is acquiring then your not paying attention.

    JEFF WEAVER signs with the Brewers! If you didn't like the team before, its time to hate them.

    I'm hoping Mike Carp can just become trade bait! Those are my expectations for him. Although, him, Evans, and Murphy are just balls to the wall right now.

    1:34 PM

     
    Blogger almar said...

    The more and more I see this team's management, both in the front office and on the field, the more I am convinced of my original sentiment that the Wilpons were more enamored by the "feel-good" nature of hiring a GM who grew up in the shadow of Shea and a manager who grew up in Brooklyn and was a Mets fan. Both of them being minorities made it that much heartfelt in a melting pot like NYC. From a back page POV, it was a stroke of brilliance. But as we are seeing, that has short lasting power.

    The hirings seem to apparently be at the cost of baseball sense. Can they have do-over and hire Oberkfell, who continues to be my original choice. Sure he is not the "name," but he supposedly has (according to Minor league observers) the makings of an above-average manager, maybe even better.

    1:37 PM

     
    Anonymous tc said...

    I was just about to post that you ought to put the new Willie-isms in the right pane, but you have clearly beat me to the punch.

    Willie needs to stop talking to the media altogether. Everything he says is asinine, and is in the Hank Steinbrenner I-Have-No-Fucking-Clue-What-I'm-Saying school of thought. He'd be perfect back with the Yankees, and I urge them to take him back.

    Rays, D-Backs, & Reds are two teams I enjoy watching; it's nice to see a little passionate baseball for once. Too bad the only guy on our team who has that at the moment is Wright and Figueroa (who is fuckin 33 or something).

    Omar has breathing room in comparison to Willie, at least I'd like to hope so. He's supplied the manager with more than enough pieces to compete, and if Willie can't motivate his team, then he's the first to go. In comparison to past Mets GMs, Omar has done a terrific job. Again, that may not be saying much being that Duquette and Phillips were our last two. But that being said, Omar is OK for now.

    Schneider is right; but the media overplayed the booing of Johan big time. I was there, and I'd say 90% applauded him despite the three homers. The other 10% are stupid assholes. 90-10 ratios aren't bad and should be expected at baseball games, unless you are in the Bronx, where it becomes 10-90.

    1:44 PM

     
    Blogger almar said...

    "I disagree with firing Omar. I don't even feel like saying why, he just shouldn't, I mean c'mon, lets be real here. If you think the problem with the Mets is the talent Omar is acquiring then your not paying attention."

    Oh I AM paying attention. Have been ever since Both Willie and Omar were hired.

    I never insinuated that the problem with the Mets is strictly the talent Omar is acquiring. What I am saying is that with Willie getting a shoulder of the blame his way, (and rightly so) Omar should as well. I see the two of them as a package deal as I mentioned before. Willie is a below average manager in many ways shapes and form. Omar is overrated in my opinion and his approach to building this team is part and parcel one of the reasons the Mets are in this mess, to go along with Sleepy Willie's lack of acumen.

    I stand by my statement. If one goes, the other goes with him. if they make a clean break with Willie, they should do all of Mets fandom a favor and cut Omar loose as well.

    1:46 PM

     
    Blogger almar said...

    "Omar has breathing room in comparison to Willie, at least I'd like to hope so. He's supplied the manager with more than enough pieces to compete, and if Willie can't motivate his team, then he's the first to go. In comparison to past Mets GMs, Omar has done a terrific job. Again, that may not be saying much being that Duquette and Phillips were our last two. But that being said, Omar is OK for now."

    I have to disagree. To say he supplied Willie with more than enough pieces might be true, but that can be debated as well. Yes Willie couldn't motivate his team, but then again why supply him with emotionless, gutless veteran players with presumptive attitudes? Or was it his keen ability to provide with him with an elite (<-sarcasm) bullpen last season that no manager in the history of baseball could have managed properly?

    Let me make it clear, I dislike Willie. Never wanted him here, even though I tried to be fair to him in the beginning. I would sooner see him fired than have him o this team again short of a pennant, because that is what bit will take to keep his job.

    But If there is no pennant at Flushing this year, and Willie gets canned, Omar should go as well. It would be a bold move by the Wilpon's, but they need bold moves in this organization. You may disagree with me, but don't be fooled by Omar's smile and charm.

    Remember that he earned his "GM" chops under the tutelage of Phillips, and even though he is not a direct clone of GQ, he has a musky hinted flavor of Phillips on him.

    1:58 PM

     
    Anonymous tc said...

    "He has a musky hinted flavor of Phillips on him."

    Brian Fantana (Steve Phillips): That's the smell of desire my lady.

    Veronica Corningstone (Mets Employee): God no, it smells like a used diaper ... filled with ... Indian food.

    Brian Fantana (Steve Phillips): You know, desire smells like that to some people.

    /end Anchorman quotage.

    The only way Omar goes is if Willie is fired mid-season, and the next manager can't restore some semblance of hope by September. In that case, Omar would be gone in the off-season. I don't see Willie hitting the curb unless a drastic fall-off takes place (3rd place, July, out by 10 games or something). He's Omar's boy. And if Willie's here all year, Omar is too -- because as you said, they're a package deal.

    I wish Sweet Lou (Piniella) was managing this team. He'd be bitch-slapping and screaming until everyone played well. And Pagan would possibly have the chance to bat #2!

    2:41 PM

     
    Anonymous tc said...

    And just to back up the above with some past Mets moves:

    June, 2003 -- When asked why Phillips was not fired along with Valentine, Wilpon said: "It was our hope he would be able to turn it around." Omar has the leash.

    Also funny, from that same ESPN article, is Starks breaking down Phillips' firing: "This is almost merciful for Steve Phillips to be fired. He was almost a dead man walking for the last month or so as he basically knew he was going to be fired, but didn't know exactly when it would happen. Talk swirled in April, with the Mets struggling, that Phillips was likely going to lose his job. But management decided not to pull the plug on him that because they needed to let the season play out a little bit."

    That Mets team started out 28-35 with the 2nd highest payroll in the majors ($116.9). If the Mets put up similar numbers this year, I'd have to believe heads would roll. But again, there's a new stadium opening ... does Wilpon want to get all the negative press before that and have a demoralizing team and jacked-up prices? I don't know. I also know he wouldn't want a team that blows, and he'd be in a bind for sure in terms of making moves. Either way, Willie goes first, and Omar stays depending on the turn-around.

    2:47 PM

     
    Anonymous whozgtotnext said...

    Oh, Omar will be here to open the new stadium, without question. Willie should be gone, and may be before the all-star break, though the team does have enough talent to skate along within striking distance with him at the helm, so we shall see.

    Look, by last September, our entire bullpen had been overused, and misused, and it imploded. Look no further than Joe Smith. Here was a kid with one season of pro ball under his belt - most of it at short-season Brooklyn. He comes up to start the season, looks unhittable, and Willie sends him out there in 29 OF THE TEAM'S FIRST 58 GAMES. After which the kid is fried - his arm, his head, whichever. It was insane to do that to the kid, and instead of a useful pitcher all season, they have a walking cadaver trying to pull the pieces together in the minors by the all-star break.

    Willie is a crappy leader, a marginal (at best) tactician, and has lost the trust of the guys in his bullpen (at the very least) and with good reason.

    Omar hasn't been perfect, but he's gonna be here at least until Milledge makes his first all-star team. (-:

    Fire. Willie. Now.

    3:07 PM

     
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    3:07 PM

     
    Blogger almar said...

    "Look, by last September, our entire bullpen had been overused, and misused, and it imploded."

    …and could a large part of that be because they sucked? Or that it was put together shoddily? Yes, Willie mismanaged the bullpen last year (then again whom in MLB is known for managing a piss-poor bullpen well on a consistent basis?), but as I sat there in September watching lead after lead being blown late in the game for what seems like an eternity, I realized that no one could manage this bullpen of atrocity.

    That's how bad they sucked. Willie did mismanage the bullpen, and we can rightfully point out many occasions to plead that case, but then again it is also difficult to manage suck.

    3:17 PM

     
    Blogger mr. met said...

    the more I am convinced of my original sentiment that the Wilpons were more enamored by the "feel-good" nature of hiring a GM who grew up in the shadow of Shea and a manager who grew up in Brooklyn and was a Mets fan.

    Exactly. That is why Willie was hired. It is a joke actually. However, I still think Omar has done a decent job. The talent to win is there, but the execution with those parts is not. Willie's fault? Partially. But you have got to start somewhere and that is the easiest place.

    Tc...finger on the pulse man. Finger on the pulse.

    Willie is a crappy leader, a marginal (at best) tactician, and has lost the trust of the guys in his bullpen (at the very least) and with good reason.

    Bingo.

    3:19 PM

     
    Blogger almar said...

    "Exactly. That is why Willie was hired. It is a joke actually. However, I still think Omar has done a decent job. The talent to win is there, but the execution with those parts is not. Willie's fault? Partially. But you have got to start somewhere and that is the easiest place."

    I agree that the easiest place to start is the manager, as is the case with all bad baseball situations across MLB. As far as Omar doing a "decent" job? Well, let's just say he is less than his reputation, the fans and the media made him out to be and probably has the luxury of being a GM and not being the first to go in a shake-up.

    But if Willie is fired, Omar had better hope that whomever he hires can right the ship or the next to be thrown off will be him,…and rather quickly mind you. Don't think the Wilpons won't hesitate, new stadium or no new stadium

    3:32 PM

     
    Anonymous ossy said...

    here are the mets problems

    1. Omar hiring retarded ass ex-yankees named willie
    1a. Willie not having a team full of his "guys"
    2. Willie not knowing how to manage a bullpen and general lack of baseball knowledge that his gut feeling can not over come.
    3. Carlos Delgado's declining skills and piece of shit we'll be okay tomorrow attitude.
    4. Willie's continuous need to rip young players new assholes.
    5. Omar's fondness for old, injury prone players.
    6. The pitching staff's inability to back someone of the plate when he is killing them (chipper, rollins, burrell, kapler)
    7. the media that whenever something goes bad, referring the 06 finish (ie, "can you attribute this rainout to your poor performance last sept david?")

    3:34 PM

     
    Blogger Anthony said...

    Willie will be gone if this team is hovering around .500 in July. Between the heat that the media is bringing on along with the massive venom that the fans are spewing, there is no way this thing gets stopped unless they have a major turn around and get into first place quickly. If this keeps up for another two months Willie is a goner. Whether he's Omar's guy or not, the front office will be forced to let him go from all the pressure.

    This team needs someone to kick their ass. Not just by yelling at them. But by sitting them when they are not willing to play hard. Players need to be traded or released if they don't want to get on the game plan. Right now Carlos Delgado is what this team is. A talented, overpayed, underachieving, soft, arrogant, nonchalant, never won anything guy who doesn't care all that much and just thinks it's going to come to him for some reason. That's what this teams attitude is. Sucks.

    No matter how talented this team is, between that attitude and the pathetic manager, it will be next to impossible for them to get to the world series let alone the playoffs. This is at best right now, a 3rd place team.

    They need to fire Willie. Then the Wilpons need to tell Omar flat out...you're next if you don't get this mess cleaned up now. The Wilpons have stepped up with the checkbook and deserve results as do the fans. Omar has done a lot of great work/moves since he's been here and took a miserable team to make them a very solid team. He has my respect. But he has also made some really really horrible, inexplicable moves (Schoenweiss, Castillo to 4 YEARS???!!!!) that have tempered what was originally mad admiration I had for the man. I love the guy and his attitude/persona. I hope he can turn it around and complete what he has set out to do. Willie...let him hang.

    3:46 PM

     
    Blogger mr. met said...

    Almar,

    Omar would certainly be left. But Willie goes 1st. Then the GM.

    I'm not ready to say Omar has done a horrible job. He is a bit too agressive at times, but he did land Johan Santana this off-season. I mean, that was pretty good, no?

    Ossy...good roundup.

    Right now Carlos Delgado is what this team is. A talented, overpayed, underachieving, soft, arrogant, nonchalant, never won anything guy who doesn't care all that much and just thinks it's going to come to him for some reason.

    Hard to argue with that. I think we all agree a little fire is missing.

    3:52 PM

     
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    if we could field 9 julio franco's willie would do that

    3:58 PM

     
    Blogger mr. met said...

    That is his wet dream.

    4:16 PM

     
    Anonymous benny blanco from da bronx said...

    FUCKING GASP!
    According to Metsblog.com, Jose Reyes is leading off, followed by Ryan Church, with Castillo batting 8th.
    Who wins the bet we had going?

    4:41 PM

     
    Anonymous ossy said...

    willie's wet dream would also include a staff of mota's and sosa's (his arm is gonna fall off by the end of the week)


    it would also include david wright batting 8th and gotay playing w/ the cyclones

    4:43 PM

     
    Anonymous ossy said...

    why the fuck would he bat church 2nd?

    4:43 PM

     
    Anonymous benny said...

    Why the fuck not?

    Regardless its easy to see Willie's old school thoguht process. He wanted to seperate the lefites, lol.

    4:51 PM

     
    Blogger mr. met said...

    I LOSE! Fuck me! But Church? Why not Pagan? I mean, it is not a bad move...but a weird one given how well Pagan has been hitting.

    He wanted to seperate the lefites, lol.

    Damn!!! I forget. Willie HATES to lefties back to back.

    5:04 PM

     
    Anonymous benny blanco from da bronx said...

    So I guess i win!? Well its a half-win.

    5:06 PM

     
    Anonymous tc said...

    If you took the age of one Julio Franco, and multiplied it by 9, you would get roughly 6,483. Ironically, that's how many stupid fucking comments have come out of Willie's mouth since his tenure began here.

    Schoeneweis' comment today isn't the best damage control he could put forth for himself: "I don’t really want to care about the fans anymore. If they want to boo, let them boo. I’m not going to take them out to dinner."

    While I'd like some steak from Peter Luger, I don't request it from any of the Mets. All I ask is for some hard-work and passionate baseball. That comment was very Willie-esque in its arrogance. If you want love, show love (in the form of big double-plays like the other night).

    I wish someone in the media room would inform Willie that he can only chalk up losses as "a bad day" or "we just missed a couple of calls" for so long.

    David Wright more realistic per usual: "The fans expect us to go out there and win ... This year, they’re impatient with what happened last year and they want to see results right away. When that doesn’t happen, they express their concern." His Sugary spin makes my confidence in this team return. If it weren't for him, I'd have quit believing.

    Castillo in the 8th is muy bueno. Free Pagan from Willie's death grip.

    The Dirtiest Sanchez of all is back tonight as well, and to celebrate, I give you this from the archives of Toasted Joe from March of 2007:
    http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h98/nicolebitchie/Junk/dirty_sanchez.jpg

    5:28 PM

     
    Blogger almar said...

    "if we could field 9 julio franco's willie would do that"

    Actually, wouldn't fielding 9 Julio Francos really be Omar's wet dream, being that Julio's his buddy from back in the day?

    : )

    5:31 PM

     
    Anonymous Dang G said...

    Church over Pagan in the two hole is idiotic. I mean, can the guy even bunt?

    5:35 PM

     
    Blogger almar said...

    "willie's wet dream would also include a staff of mota's"

    Is this the same Mota who never should have been resigned AFTER it came out he indulged in steroids?

    Sorry for being the party-pooper here amidst the Willie "adoration."

    : )

    5:36 PM

     
    Blogger almar said...

    "According to Metsblog.com, Jose Reyes is leading off, followed by Ryan Church, with Castillo batting 8th. Who wins the bet we had goin"

    Church in the 2 spot is just plain silly.

    But hey, didn't he get the edict from the front office to bat Castillo 2nd? Gotta get the most out of those 4 years!

    5:40 PM

     
    Anonymous Dang G said...

    Hey, and give some credit to David Lennon for repeatedly making fun of Wallace Matthews' Met-bashing proclivities!

    Speaking of Matthews, there's one person that Hillary, Barack and the funny old guy running for Bush's third term can agree is bitter, though I doubt anything beyond booze and breakups has anything to do with that.

    6:51 PM

     
    Blogger mr. met said...

    Sugary spin? That is a new phrase that will be used often. David Wright is the one and only Sugar Pants.

    DG....the Church thing is not so bad. I can understand not having 3 lefties in a row. That seems a bit crazy. Two is ok, but he wanted Castillo, who is clearly the worst hitter in the lineup, 8th.

    almar...I endorsed the Mota deal. I admit. I was wrong, but I still did it.

    Wait, what's the link to David Lennon?

    8:13 PM

     
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    ummm church up the order weakens the bottom of the lineup.

    bottom of the 7th and pelfrey is dealing. i can see it now...

    reporter: "willie, how do you feel about Pelfrey's performance tonight?"

    Willie: "well i wouldve liked to have seen him get more flyball outs. too many ground balls and he's gonna get labled a groundball pitcher. you dont want that for a young guy."

    Reporter: "Did you expect this out of him after the spring he had?"

    Willie: "It's only been two games guy, i need more innings from the kid before i know he's one of my guys like Lima was"

    ossy: "arrrrgH" *head explodes*

    9:27 PM

     
    Anonymous tc said...

    Clever usage of Jose Lima earns points in my book any day.

    5 RBI for Wright this evening and a solid start by Pelfrey, nice. Milledge was booed like crazy. At least it wasn't a current Met on the receiving end.

    Willie's post game continued: "He drove in five ... so what? In 1992 when I played with the Mets and batted in the two-hole, I had 15 RBI in 90 games. Now that's baseball right there."

    10:05 PM

     
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    this was a good night on so many levels. pelf, dirty sanchez, reyes, and wright getting risp hits!

    the pen should be sick now.

    willie: "sanchez coming back is key for us. the test is gonna be how he feels next week. I plan on using him in every game for two innings. he's gotta make up for that crooked number the rook* is putting up."


    *rook=joe smith's 1.69 ERA

    10:20 PM

     
    Blogger Super Johan said...

    Hey, did you went to my new Mets website called Mets Magic Team. We could talk there and you could leave a comment on the chat box or comment section.

    11:03 AM

     

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