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Thursday, April 10, 2008

Random Stuff 4-10-08

  • Things must be bad for the Giants when Tim Marchman feels the need to equate them to the Knicks.

    Isiah Thomas may not be the most reflective or self-aware of men; he may in fact be the least. Still, at some point soon he will, presumably, have a great deal of spare time to think about how he's spent the last several years, and it may occur to him that given unlimited resources and full control of the most renowned and best loved team in basketball, he managed to do nothing other than destroy both it and his own reputation. This may bother him; it may not. If it does, he should head west, and enjoy an evening at San Francisco's beautiful AT&T Park. A Giants game will make him feel good about himself again.

    The Giants are ugly man. They are ugly. 

  • Agents devoid of scruples? I don't buy it. I don't buy it one bit.

    "It was a further part of the conspiracy that, on occasion, sports representation agents for professional baseball players referred their client-players to defendants Scruggs, Danto and MacPherson for the purpose of obtaining anabolic steroids and other drugs which those individuals knew to be banned by Major League Baseball and therefore unavailable to the players through lawful medical channels absent the illegal prescriptions provided by Scruggs," the indictment said.

    Agents are not always bad people, but most of the time, it seems they are.

  • Sugar breaks it down.

    And before the game, David Wright said of team-wide killer instinct: "It is kind of like a muscle. You have to work it out to be able to truly flex it. We had it in 2006 (when they led the NL East for all but one day). In '06 we got a team down and we piled on and piled on. We have to reacquire that ability to bury teams."

    Ok. I think I am starting to buy into this complacency thing. Steve Popper has a brief comment on the topic.

    So how do the Mets get out of this malaise? Fire the manager? Okay, okay, don't get ahead of yourself. It is just six games into the season.

    Now, I am not panicking at all, but I can see how people could be concerned being last season they operated in mostly the same non-urgent manner.

    Steve Popper may have only had a little to say, but Jon Heyman has a lot to say on the topic.

  • Also from Jon's above link:

    One scout says the Mets are making a mistake by not turning Aaron Heilman into a starter. "He's a sinkerball pitcher. Rather than trying to throw 97, he should be throwing 89-92 and starting,'' that scout says. The Mets don't believe Heilman has enough pitches to start (he is a fastball-change up guy). Yet oddly enough, Mike Pelfrey, who has one reliable pitch, is a starter for them.

    Interesting. However, who pitches the 8th? I think he is needed more in the bullpen at this point.

  • Willie was not a fan of Perez on Tuesday. However, I am impressed when pitchers can be a little off and still shut down the opponent. You are not going to be on point every game of the season, but it is encouraging and the sign of a tremendous pitcher to work through your problems and put your team in a position to win.

    You cannot deny that Perez might not have been the sharpest, but I think you could handle it different in regards to speaking to the media.

  • The Duque? Done.

    "They'll put him in a boot for a couple of weeks and see where he is after that," manager Willie Randolph said before last night's win over the Phillies at Shea.

    Hernandez had experimented with virtually no leg kick in his delivery during spring training in order to take pressure off the foot, then decided to go back to a modified version of his old high kick.

    "My hope is that once the two weeks are over, he's got to find a niche there somewhere that's going to be able to work for him," general manager Omar Minaya said.

    I hope Omar is referring to the bullpen. Actually, scary thing is the Mets might not have a choice but try him out in the rotation.

  • Citi Field? Good stuff. I just hope we can get in there to see some games.

  • Is there one person out there that thinks Castillo will make it through four years? I cannot envision a scenario in which he is playing second base in 2011 for the Mets.

  • Sign Vargas already. Not only is he a warm body, but he is one that can give the Mets a chance to win.

    In related news, Robinson Tejada passed through waivers. I just think that the Mets should be exploring all options and claiming him off of waivers seemed to be a low risk move that could work out for a short Sosa-eque run.

  • As mediocre as the Mets look, so do many, many, many other good teams. With the exception of the D-Backs, no one is sporting a gaudy record that people expect to be in the hunt at the end of the season. The Mets will rise to the top simply because they are too good not to. However, my doubts that they can win it all with Willie at the helm get stronger every single day.

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    Anonymous benny blanco from da bronx said...

    Atleast Brian Sabean hasn't sexually harassed any of his employees, atleast he hasn't called any of them a "bitch". In fantasy baseball, the Giants are the team you pick on when a starter faces them.

    Why does the samething about Aaron Heilman starting come up like... every time a starter sucks? He hasn't started in 3 years, I'd rather have him in the bullpen.

    Meanwhile the Mets are throwing out Oliver Perez, John Maie, and an automatic loss
    Ziiiing, take that! In your face!

    Carlos Gomez is looking good.

    Regarding Luis Castillo, as much I like him and appreciate his game, all I keep thinking about is how Omar's going ot handle him in 2010, I'm ask myself "Will someone trade for him?" I mean he only got players on the Brooklyn Cyclones when he came to Mets, he can't possibly get more.
    Or will Omar and Wilpon have the balls to just release him if it comes to it.

    that Phat Phree article makesme reflect on life and my experiences, so much truth, so much comedy, I can't possibly comment on all them oither than say it's true... it's all true.

    Fernando Martinez hit a dinger.
    Mike Carp hit a dinger! his 3rd of the year, very nice, trade bait... here it comes!
    Nick Evans is hitting good after a bad 2 games, lol.
    Dylan Owen=Awesome.
    And just for the fact he's like 17 years old, anytime Ruben Tejeda gets a hit or walks, its time to celebrate and he did just that yesterday!

    I'll be at the game tonight! w000
    Anyone going?

    11:43 AM

    Blogger mr. met said...

    Atleast Brian Sabean hasn't sexually harassed any of his employees, atleast he hasn't called any of them a "bitch"

    Is that all you can find good to say about him. And the man just got an extension!!! Ha!

    Gomez is slugging a Melky-like .395, but he is looking good. Better than Delmon Young in fact!

    Castillo will be baked and he will be released. No one will want him or his salary.

    Carp is alive? Who knew?

    I have not had any time to look at the minors. Feel free to keep me in the loop.

    I'll be home. No game. Sunday however, I will be there tailgating.

    12:22 PM

    Anonymous benny said...

    I'll be there Sunday as well, and its part of a school trip. Dead serious.
    I'm in college, a senior in fact, ready to graduate in less than a month, and I'm going to Shea Stadium to watch a Mets game, as part of a trip for a class.

    Lets try to meet up, the kid can finally have some adult beverages.

    This season is going to be different from last season where I only made like... 4 games and the Mets lost all of them. I'm already at 2 in the first home stand, not too shabby.

    12:25 PM

    Anonymous whozgotnext said...

    It should definitely be fun watching Ruben Tejada navigate the FSL as an 18 year-old SS. He certainly held his own in a reasonable number of ST at bats. As to Castillo, I think that the last two years on that deal we'll be paying him to mentor Ruben on the art of playing second base, and keep him out of the strip clubs until he turns 21.

    12:35 PM

    Blogger mr. met said...

    School trip! Very nice. I can respect any school that has an outing watching the Mets.

    Ruben? I guess he is getting close enough to think about. I'd still like to see some pop. I know he is small and wirey, but it is hard to get all that excited about him right now.

    2:54 PM

    Anonymous gbaked said...

    I dont get too worked up over the castillo deal, because I think he can be a good bench guy for the last 2 years of the deal. A guy that can come in and work the count to his favor, or lay down an important bunt... plus, even though he isnt the fielder he once was, can come in and play solid d. Same goes for pinch running, while he wont have the speed he once had, he is a smart runner. That is of course is based on the idea that willie wont be here to insist on starting him because he is one of his guys.

    Ill be there today, and on sat as well. Santana v. Sheets... NO RAIN!!!!

    3:07 PM

    Anonymous ossy said...

    Evan Roberts is a dick. he is bashing reyes nonstop on the wfan everyday.

    here is a new post idea!

    top ten hated people in my mets universe:
    1. willie
    2. delgado
    3. jimmy rollins
    4. chipper jones
    5. orel herscheiser
    6. butch huskey
    7. willie
    8. Armando benitez
    9. Todd Zeile

    3:10 PM

    Anonymous benny said...

    That is of course is based on the idea that willie wont be here to insist on starting him because he is one of his guys.

    Willie Randolph still here in 2010 and 2011? Oh my god. I hope not. The only way that's possible is if the Mets win a world Series somewhere in between othwerwise, god help us.

    Man... Buth Huskey. When I was a kid I liked him for his name, and his name alone.

    3:38 PM

    Blogger mr. met said...

    gbaked...good take on Castillo. I hadn't thought of it like that, but he'll be a veeeery expensive backup.

    Ossy...I don't actually hate Rollins or Chipper. I respect them. However, I do not respect Willie. We can add him in their now vacated spots.

    Willie needs to go. Flat out. He is not THE problem, but he is one of the problems. He has exhibited nothing in his short tenure and fails to do what he has been lauded to do which is get his guys to play for him.

    Not that these guys should need a reason to do anything, but you can pick up what I am laying down. Some guys are better motivators and Willie's not good at that. He talks badly to the media and gives digs to his own players to be a good motivator.

    3:53 PM

    Blogger Anthony said...

    benny, i'll be at the game tonight. loge section 5 row k. lets grab beers if you're in the area. should be a good one with maine.

    shocking last night. finally beat the phils. good stuff. let's see a win tonight for the series and we'll all be feeling a little better. not a lot...but a bit.

    4:06 PM

    Anonymous benny blanco from da bronx said...

    I'm going to be in the Upper section 6 row E seat 10, cause I'm a cheap asshole but I'll see if maybe I could stop by to say whaddup.

    I like the numbers metsblog put up of Maine's peformance against the Phillies. Very nice.

    4:23 PM

    Blogger Anthony said...

    Sounds good. Should be a good time. Weather is kickass.

    4:45 PM

    Anonymous Gehoff said...

    Willie does suck.

    I remember reading a scouting report from when Heilman was drafted saying he had the best slider of any college pitcher drafted. What happened to that slider?

    5:08 PM

    Anonymous DG said...

    Pretty fucking classic:

    April 10, 2008
    Mets sign Vargas

    McCarron ruined it for everybody, and thanks to both of you who wrote in wanting more after my six choc-full-o-info days of guest-blogging for A-Rube during spring training…

    But back by unpopular demand, Peter Botte here for the next three games and sporadically throughout the season whenever our slacker beat writer accepts an actual day off or two to head up to Bingo or to do whatever it is exactly that he does when he’s not telling you EVERYTHING you need to know - and then some - about the Mets and/or their assorted minor-league affiliates.

    I kid because I care, of course, but I am so looking forward to Adam showing up at the purple lame-duck ballpark in Flushing at least once over the next three days to watch over me like a Fenway-dwelling hawk, as he did in Port St. Lonely in March. As The Girl (sidebar queen Kristie Ackert) so aptly noted last year, the best thing about having a babysitter is at least we know we’re going to get pizza while mom and dad are out carousing.


    Anyway, I’m not too big on this whole race-upstairs-and-blog-the-lineup deal, but I’ll let you know ASAP when I come back to the press box after BP (Sorry, no NYDN-provided Blackberry or any other assorted fruit devices for me since I regularly cover the Islanders, who rate somewhere between the Liberty, chess and Spelling Bees in our coverage hierarchy).

    Just got the official word that the Mets signed Claudio Vargas to a minor-league deal. Out of work after posting a 5-plus ERA in Milwaukee last year, Vargas looks like he’ll get the opportunity to be this year’s version of Lima Time or Chan-Ho (Out of the) Park, with the Mets clearly hoping for better results this time around. Vargas will report to Port St. Lucie for extended spring training before joining Triple-A New Orleans.

    Back with more later.
    - by Peter Botte

    6:06 PM

    Blogger mr. met said...

    gehoff, I've long wondered that same thing. He was not a change up guy, but a sinker slider guy.


    Vargas...welcome. Nice to have another arm.

    6:36 PM

    Anonymous Anonymous said...


    9:33 PM

    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Little by little. One win, another. They'll gain their confidence.

    9:40 PM

    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    YEah...way to pull that one out. It feels so much better when the Mets win. 2 of 3 from Philly.

    9:52 PM

    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I like this Angel Pagan version 2.0 - he pleases me greatly.

    11:14 PM

    Anonymous tc said...

    I decided to take a last minute three hour drive from Baltimore to Queens tonight to watch the last game of this series in person.

    I must say, Schoeneweis got booed deservedly, and everyone in the park expected him to blow it. Good to see him come back to throw a very good couple of innings, and get some cheers for once.

    Lots and lots and lots of Phillies fans in the park tonight. Lots and lots and lots of booing Phillies fans and telling the girls wearing Rollins t-shirts they were fat and ugly.

    Welcome back to America, Pedro Feliciano. His back-to-back-to-back K's were huge.

    Nice to see an inning from Wagner, and that change he struck out Howard on was NASTY, even from the Loge.

    Heilman, stop sucking.

    Pagan is making a case for himself to steal some playing time from Church when Alou comes back ... then again, Alou will just get hurt a week later, so Pagan will have playing time anyway.

    I'll be there Saturday for Johan (and Citi Field cap day), Loge Section 4. It's supposed to be thunderstorms all day, so we'll see if it goes down or if there will be a double header on Sunday.

    Good stuff turning it around to take the last two, get the Brew tomorrow.

    12:51 AM

    Anonymous Two-By-Four said...

    There is nothing quite so grand as watching an exciting baseball game with the Mets winning it (well I can actually think of other items I would put at the top of my list but this is a family web-site).

    Hopefully Pagan stays in the 2 hole. He contributes in ways that Castillo cannot

    12:52 AM

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