A blog dedicated to the New York Mets with some other baseball thrown in.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Trouble Brewin'

Ut oh. Mike Pelfrey has looked worse and worse as time goes on and I still like him long term. I am betting big on 'ole Mikey boy, but right now? I want something a little more.

With Lohse signing for such a bargain deal (and he is a BIG bargain), you have to wonder what Omar was thinking. Or maybe wasn't thinking.... Again. This is akin to buying a brand new Ferrari and not buying insurance.

The Mets went out and built this magical and fantastical team that has me seeing lollipops, puppy dogs, unicorns, and rainbows everywhere I go and there is a very large hole that could have been covered up for about 3% of the total payroll. How could you not be in on Lohse at this point if you are Omar.

I am not going to say it is shameful, because that is too much....actually...fuck that. Shameful. Every team needs an extra starter or two and the Mets have a glaring depth issue at this point. I really think the Mets will be fine without him, but there will be big headaches and it will be much closer of a race then it needed to be.

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  • All-Star game in Queens? Awesome.

    The lone Met signed through 2013 is Johan Santana, who just inked a six-year, $137.5 million deal. David Wright's current six-year, $55 million package expires the previous season, although the Mets have an option for 2013 at $16 million. Barring a trade, teenage prodigy Fernando Martinez would still be under the Mets' control, having turned 24 years old.

    $16 million for the best player in baseball in 2013? I just got chills.

  • Global warming take note... The Mets are on the case.

  • Pelfrey was 'so-so at best'.

    "I'm really disappointed that I fell behind a lot of guys," said Pelfrey, who walked two, struck out one and threw 88 pitches. "I really wanted to be more aggressive. I wish I was a little more efficient than what I was."
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    Wednesday, March 12, 2008

    The $75m Club

    If history tells us anything, it is that big contracts to pitchers typically do not have a good ending. However, it would be silly to just make a blanket statement about every single contract and lump them into one big stinking pile of bad contracts, which is what plenty of people try and do when judging the monstrous amount of money the Mets threw at Johan.
    Player            Club      Years    Total
    Johan Santana NYM 2008-13 $137.5m
    Barry Zito SF 2007-13 $126m
    Mike Hampton Col-Fl-Atl 2001-08 $121m
    Kevin Brown LA-NYY 1999-05 $105m
    Carlos Zambrano Cubs 2008-12 $91.5m
    Mike Mussina NYY 2001-06 $88.5m
    Pedro Martinez Bos 1998-03 $75m
    Chan Ho Park Tex 2002-06 $75m
    The detractors and jealous Yankee fans might be quick to point out these history of these types of signings, but how they are even comparable is beyond me.

    1) Barry Zito: He was looking like he was in decline already and relied on a mid-80's fastball and 12-6 curveball. Should that ever be worth $126m? I mean, the Mets $75m bid was too much in retrospect much less the Giants offer. He had an ERA+ of 101, 113, and 116 leading up to that contract and his durability is worth something, but a bit less than what the Mets were offering. Zito was still living off his tremendous 2002 season and very good 2001 and 2003 seasons.

    2) Mike Hampton: People forget how good he was in the two years leading up to this contract. He was at the right age and was a tremendous athlete and you could really tell how athletic he was by the way he fielded his position. He might be the closest comp to Johan's current situation, but Colorado is not Queens. Hampton just picked the wrong city (he loved the schools?!?!?!?!?!), which is too bad for him. He was primed to become the elite lefty in the National League.

    3) Kevin Brown: When he was given this contract, he was in his mid-30's. That is a desperate move bereft of intelligence. He was really, really good. However, that big of a contract to any pitcher in their mid-30's is a tremendous risk.

    4) Carlos Zambrano: This one has not been a bust or good just yet. However, I am quite optimistic this one will work out.

    5) Mike Mussina: For one, Johan will have three years of prime time pitching under his belt before he even gets to the age Mussina was when he entered the first year of this contract. Second, Mussina ain't no Johan. While Mussina was very good and some people will argue a borderline Hall of Fame candidate, he is not an elite pitcher. He was a very, very good pitcher for a long time and did give the Yankees their money's worth for a few years before falling apart.

    6) Pedro Martinez: He had a tasty ERA+ of 163, 243, 291, 189, 202, and 210 from '98 to '03. I think it is safe to say that worked out quite well for the Red Sox. He was 26 when he inked that deal and was actually quite good through age 33 before breaking down and needing surgery. Johan is inked for ages 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, and 34. Given his history and fastball/change repertoire vs. relying the majority of time on more stressful pitches, I like Johan's chances of replicating Pedro's dominance through similar ages.

    7) Chan Ho Park: ERA+ from 1996 through 2001....107, 115, 108, 82, 133, and 113. If anyone thinks he was worth that much money, stand up now. Right. No one. That was a desperation move made because A-Rod was in the fold. The Rangers needed and ace and falsely thought Park was one. It is not that Park was bad, he had one really good year and quite a few above average ones, but that is not worth $15m per season by any stretch of the imagination.

    There are only three comparable signings listed above. Pedro, Hampton, and Big Z. All were elite pitchers at the time they signed and were inked to huge deals. The rest are irrelevant and not very good comparisons at all. You could toss Oswalt's $73 million deal that began in 2007 into the mix, but that is too early to tell just yet either. So far though, it looks like a good deal because Oswalt was back and kicking some ass in 2007.

    Anyone quick to judge this deal via comparisons between other huge paydays for pitchers are really stretching things. When you compare Johan to pitchers of similar age and pitching stature, things do not look as risky than if you wanted to just broadly look at every deal $75m+, which just proves futile for obvious reasons. Johan is as good as any pitcher to bet on for making a six year mega deal worth every penny.

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  • Pedro and the Mets are happy about his simulated game. He topped out at 87 mph which means something to me. It means that he is not completely in game form yet and he will probably add a few MPHs onto this fastball. Now the key to that was he 'topped out at 87 mph', but if he can dial it up to 89 or 90 every once in a while, he will be veeeeery effective. Shit, he could effective at 87 mph, but the point is it is early for him so expect some more velocity.

    Pedro also said he is looking for a three year deal maximum after this year. I would assume no one takes that chance, but two years seems more likely or a one year with an easily attainable vesting option if his pickings are slim. For me, he screams Greg Maddux. I see them following the same type of path which allows them to be pretty damn good for however long they want to lace them up. I would not put it past Pedro to rack up 45 wins in 2008, 2009, and 2010.

  • Armando might have found some work with the Blue Jays. He is coming to camp on a minor league deal and will have to earn a spot, which seems like an uphill battle at this point.

    "He hasn't got in shape, but we're going to keep stockpiling as many arms as we can," said Ricciardi. "Nothing ventured, nothing gained. We're not looking for a closer."

    Wow. Sounds encouraging for Benitez.

  • The $24 million man is inching back.

  • Spring stats mean nothing for the most part, but Angel Pagan is making me feel better. He was a decent minor leaguer, albeit with no power, and showed he could hold a place down in the lineup while playing with the Cubs. Again, he would be batting 7th or 8th so I think the Mets would be just fine with him for an extended period of time.

    "I got to see him a couple of years ago, so it's not like he was completely foreign to me," Randolph said. "He's always had the talent, so it's nothing [that] really surprised me. He's consistent right now and playing well. His athleticism is what jumps out at you, because he does a lot of things for you. I wouldn't say I'm surprised. It's been a couple of years since I've seen him, and he's matured a little bit."

  • Another Martinez fluff article.

  • The Mets are looking for a platoon partner for Church? I for one will be upset if they do. I want to see what he can do and believe and can do very well as a full time player.

    In a related note, the Mets are eyeing Stewart and Reed Johnson.

    Let Church play! Let Church play! Let Church play!
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    Tuesday, March 11, 2008

    Stupid People Say Stupid Things

    Everyone once in a while an article so great...so tremendous...so utterly ridiculous comes along for our pure amusement. Paul Daugherty gave us such an article on Sunday.

    The best baseball managing is done by the seat of your pants, using good, old-fashioned, pre-sabermetric logic. That's another reason to like Dusty Baker. (Beyond his knowledge of single-malt Scotches and Van Morrison lyrics, which is merely astounding and downright Renaissance.) If Baker manages by a book, it's one inside his head, not one written by Bill James.

    The other day, the Reds manager decided he wanted Joey Votto and Adam Dunn to swing their bats more. "I don't like called third strikes," Baker said.

    Can we get an Amen?

    Not from me. Didn't I just make fun of the ridiculousness of that statement last week? I mean, Votto is not walk machine and already strikes out his fair share. Basically, this would seem to be a detriment to him if he tries to be less selective and it could result in less walks and more strikeouts. It seems just so silly to me, but Paul loves it.

    It always amuses when fans defend heart-of-the-order hitters by pointing to their on-base percentage. Wow, look at all those walks.

    Unless they're intentional walks, or the big boppers are being pitched around, walks aren't what you want from players hitting third through sixth. You want them up there smart-hacking.

    OBP? Who says that? OBP is more important than batting average, but it certainly is not the main thing people concentrate on for middle of the order bats. It is a component, but not the only thing. For guys in the middle of the order, I would concentrate on OPS (if you just want to keep it really simple) or OPS+ (if you want to keep it really simple and be smarter about being simple). Now OPS is not perfect either, but it gives you a pretty good idea who is masher and who is not.

    The best thing about Baker is that from all accounts, it's important to him to know his players individually: what jazzes them, what scares them, the situations that best suit their talents and temperaments. Contrary to the notions of the seamheads and stat freaks, players are not numbers.

    You won't find one person who denies that players are not numbers, but there is value in balancing both. Numbers alone will not tell you if someone will shrink in New York or Boston, but who ever denied the need for getting pulse on that kind of stuff? Dusty just ignores the other side of the argument while the other side tries to fold in both. In fact, Joel Sheehan said that he could probably manage the actual Xs and Os of a game better, but could never manage a team for the fact that it is just not numbers.

    Creepy Crawly (Los Angeles): Joe, shouldn’t major league GM's require that their managerial candidates play in some simulation leagues in order to develop a better sense of the value of particular strategies? I'm serious.

    Joe Sheehan: If baseball teams were run like businesses, sure. Bill James first suggested this two decades ago, and he was as right then as he is now.

    This also goes back to my particular hobby horse, that the job of "baseball manager" requires such disparate skills that no one man will have them all. So why not have a front guy, a Dusty Baker or someone who's a leader of men and who the media loves, and then get coordinators for the other stuff?

    I'll tell you right now that I couldn't be a major-league manager. But could I (or Bill Meinhardt, or Stan Suderman, or Nate Silver) run the game decisions better than some or even most of them? I'd take that bet. Even factoring in the knowledge sets the sims don't cover, which can be learned, sim managers simply understand the "engine of baseball" better than MLB managers, as a pool.

    It goes well beyond numbers, but ignoring the relevance of advanced stats is just silly. Too bad we have a manager who eschews stats and probabilities for his gut.

    Anyone with a laptop can locate the Web site baseball- reference.com and sound like an expert. Anyone with a library card can pick up one of James' mind-numbing baseball "abstracts," in which the author makes the game sound like a first cousin to biomechanical engineering.

    It ain't that scientific.

    Who said it was that hard to get your hands on this info and sounds like an 'expert'? It is being aware of these numbers that is important and people continue to not be aware. I know nothing of advanced stats. However, I look at some sites that wrap them up for me and I use them as a tool of evaluation, which is something not only every could do, but should do.

    Baseball's cerebral side involves numbers. While I believe in baseball-card wisdom - you are who the back of your card says you are - it's just a little piece of the whole. When some of us (OK, me mostly) advocated dealing, say, Votto and Homer Bailey for Oakland pitcher Joe Blanton, the Statboys came out flame-throwing numbers:

    Blanton's a creation of his spacious home ballpark! Look at his ERA, home and away! Blanton's a flyball pitcher! Check out his ratio of groundballs to flies!

    {crickets chirping}

    Steve Tracshel won 15 games in 2006. As did Roy Oswalt and Chris Carpenter. By looking at their win totals, do we get anything meaningful? Not so much. You would not need to delve deeply into the subject to figure out which name of the three does not belong, but you would have to look past wins. No one said Blanton (or Traschel for that matter) has no value, but Votto and Bailey are two of the best prospects in the game. Trading one for Blanton would be regrettable much less both.

    Numbers are fun to look at but dangerous to dwell on. Baker understands this. If Dunn walks 30 fewer times this year, he'll drive in 15 more runs. His on-base percentage will dip. Oh, no.

    If Votto takes fewer first-pitch strikes, his run production will improve.

    And so on. Here's a stat: Wins as manager: Dusty Baker, 1,162; Bill James, 0.

    Maybe Dunn might drive in a few if he was less selective and just hacked away with guys on base. I would not doubt that some people are too selective, but is Dunn one of those guys? I am not sure, but I do contest that Votto is one of those guys as stated the other day. Also, is there factual proof that hacking on the first pitch will result in higher run production? If it ain't in your wheelhouse, wait for the next one.

    As for the last sentence, I know he thought he was brilliant with that one. However, he fails to mention that Bill James is gainfully employed by a pretty good baseball team that uses a blend of both sides of the argument. Overall, Daugherty just comes off as ignorant and having some kind of axe to grind and wrote a complete piece of garbage article that tells half truths and misses the entire point of advanced stats.

    Advanced stats are supposed to enhance traditional baseball views, allow deeper penetration into a set of players you might not be able to see with your own eyes, but might detect something in the numbers that suggests that guy should be on your radar, allow for some meaningful projections as to what a prospective signie might do over the next five years, get a better understanding of what moves give you the best probability of winning, etc.

    I'm sure this douche got a ton of email mocking him and I wish I could read some of them. He officially jumps into the Wallace Matthews and Richard Justice Hall of Fame with this one. I picked this off of Neyer's blog and someone in the comments mentioned that this guy probably has a Hall of Fame vote, which would not be all that shocking.

    Also ripped off from Neyer, Joe Posnanski's take on the stathead thing.

    You get the point — some will rip the whole idea of stats by bringing up … other stats. It happens every fall.

    Of course, but people have to determine which stats are more meaningful which is where the divergence occurs. Paullie boy from above likes the back of the baseball cards stats, which is silly. To think that no evolution in terms of stats is possible over the last however many years is possible is utterly stupid.

    The second argument is one I want to write a little bit about today — it’s a little bit more involved. There are a few people out there who hate — HATE — the idea of new statistics because we did not grow up with them. In that world, baseball is a game of batting average, home runs, RBIs, wins, ERA, maybe saves, a few runs, a sprinkle of stolen bases and maybe — MAYBE — an advanced metric like strikeout to walks ratio. Everything else is Communism.

    You need to seriously go and read his column.

    Blogger: I have come up with a new statistic. It involves balls put in play. I call it batting average.
    Establishment: Great! How’s it work?
    B: See, what we’ll do is, we’ll take the number of hits that the batter has and divide it by the number of at-bats that he has in order to determine how often he gets a hit.
    E: That sounds like on-base percentage. What’s the difference?
    B: Well, it’s all in what you call “at-bats” For one thing, we don’t count walks.
    E: What do you mean you don’t count walks?
    B: They don’t count. We take plate appearances and subtract walks. They never happened.
    E: How can a walk never happen?
    B: It just doesn’t.

    Pure genius...read the entire thing.

    Now, what does all of this mean? You already know the answer to that: Nothing. It’s not supposed to mean anything. I’m not the first, the 10th or the 100,000th person to point out that pitchers wins are flawed, and the figuring I’ve done above has been done better by countless people. I’m only trying to say that people statheads are not always trying to make things more confusing. Often enough, believe it or not, they’re actually trying to make things less confusing.

    For a better take on that crappy Paul Daugherty article, head to Fire Joe Morgan.

    Don't use jazz as a verb, please. Also: stat freaks and seam heads hate baseball. They are fucking ASIMO robots who make managerial moves through NASA press releases. Eric Wedge makes his moves from home, via on-line chats. Terry Francona has never met anyone on his 25-man roster. Joe Maddon is a 2.4 gigahertz Linksys router. Manny Acta is actually M.A.N. eACTA, the black-ops code-name for the Mechanized Algorithmic Numerical (internet-ready) Actionable Computation Techno-Automaton. When his "contract" runs out with the Nats he is going to be launched into space. We are weaponizing space. Deal with it, China.

    It's delicious. I wish I did not write anything before finding this one as mine review is crappy and inferior in comparison while being a day late to boot.

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  • Carlos Gomez is fast and he knows it.

  • By way of Ossy....

    Two words. Fuck Yeah. Seriously, some things look gross when you talk about infusing bacon flavor or adding bacon. Though bacon vodka sounds good to me, I can understand why others think it sounds gross. The same goes for bacon flavored mints. Maple flavored lollipops with bacon chunks suspended in it? Now, I am not one who think men should eat lollipops, but this one is certainly one that I would allow.

  • Giradi is soft. Wagner, who I do happen to like unlike many of you, was a baby when he got miffed Michigan was trying win and was wrong. Girardi is wrong here. I'm sorry that Cervelli broke a bone, but then he should not block the plate.

    He would rather the runner a) risk injury by sliding into the catcher legs first b) completely give up and concede the run on his end while trying to make the team c) pull up from a full sprint to avoid a collision, which in turn could injure him.

    It was/is a no brainer. It is a too bad that everyone did not walk away in one piece, but such is the case when you play a physical game.

  • Wow. This guy is not making me feel good about my top two picks.

    I guess I'm surprised to see Ryan Braun get SO much respect in drafts, considering he's had just 451 career at-bats. I would've stayed away, yet he could also make me look stupid and be an absolute beast for years to come.

    I am praying for the latter.

    The big shock for me was seeing B.J. Upton go so high. I know his potential is ridiculous, and he's probably eligible at both outfield and second base, which is nice, but he's only played the equivalent of a season and a half in the big leagues. The power/speed combo is undeniable, but I would've waited.

    Alrighty then.

  • "I'm a winner and I have always been a winner." Interesting.

  • Slowly, but surely, the Mets walking wounded are coming back. Also, Angel Pagan is making Omar think long and hard about whether he needs to bring in anyone at all. He might not hit many homers, but he has some XBH pop and has a solid glove.

  • El Bandita is back.

  • Johan had his best game as a Met.

  • Zimmerman has a Maine-eque view of the world.

    "It's just part of the system," Zimmerman said. "I am not upset by any means. They have control for three years, and that's how it goes. Many people before me have done it the same way. There are no hard feelings either way. I am not opposed to doing a deal," he said. "It is just a matter of having it make sense for both sides. I'm sure they will still talk to my agent during the year, but as far as me being involved now, it is time for baseball, and my job is to help this team win and not worry about getting myself a contract.

    "I want to be here for a long time. They know that. It is part of the business. If you go year-by-year or long term, if you play well, you'll make money. It doesn't matter."

    Amazing. He understands the system. How hard is that exactly? Not very.

  • Juan Rivera would be perfect. Any idea how much he would cost? I cannot see the Mets having nearly enough to get anything done unless they want to overpay, which would be a horrible idea.
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    Monday, March 10, 2008

    Throwing Down the Gauntlet

    Fantasy baseball is upon us. The annual Chuck Norris Invitational is ready to hit it's third season...or second. I can't keep track. Here is how the league is shaping up:

    Dep's Deps
    Sidd's Dalai Lamas
    Larry Jones Sucks
    brooklyn bombers
    Dog Days
    It burns when I pee
    All Bats No Balls
    Juan Pierre
    New York Mets
    Enter Sandman
    The Mendozas
    Baja lo Panti

    I'm The Mendozas. It wasn't meant to be funny, but more indicative of my probable sub-par performance and ability to waste three or four mid draft picks on people that do not even make the big league roster. However, It burns when I pee, Juan Pierre, and Baja lo Panti are in for the best name.

    We also have a running joke about Jason Marquis in our league. He is always out there and someone always picks him up and drops him really quickly due to him being inept. He's like the slut at the party that just keeps getting passed around and everyone regrets it the next day.

    Subject: Jason Marquis
    by: Benny Blanco from da Bronx (Baja lo Panti)
    Over-Under on what round he gets drafted?
    Over-Under on how many times he gets picked up?

    Re: Jason Marquis
    by: jksd11 (Enter Sandman)
    Undrafted, unless Mike pulls one of his usual moves, then I would say 8th round.

    He will get added at least 27 times.

    What the fuck is that supposed to mean? People are jealous of my insane fantasy abilities and feel the need to try and tear me down.

    Re: Draft time changed again
    by: pavanut (Pavanuts)
    Make the draft time at 2am on Friday if you want... it doesn't matter. You're all going down, bitches.

    by: clott1986 (Dog Days)
    Sounds an awful lot like what I said to your mothers last night.

    Yeah, both of 'em.

    by: Sammy C (Larry Jones Sucks)
    We haven't started yet and Mother's are free game already. Rough league. ;)

    Re: Wow
    by: clott1986 (Dog Days)
    Benny advised me to be on my game. ;)

    That's right. That was some trash talking in February. This league runs pretty good through the All-Star break with some trash talking, then everyone loses focus and could care less. I hope this year we have a bunch of gamers that don't know what the meaning of quit is. While Jason Marquis is out there, there is always hope.

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  • Some roster moves...

    Left-handed pitcher Adam Bostick has been optioned to New Orleans (AAA) of the Pacific Coast League while the following players have been sent to minor league camp for re-assignment: Right-handed pitchers Robert Parnell, Eddie Kunz, Juan Padilla, Andy Cavazos, Brant Rustich, Ivan Maldonado, left-handed pitchers Jonathan Niese and Ryan Cullen, catchers Salomon Manriquez and Mike Nickeas, infielder Anderson Machado and outfielder Ben Johnson.

    Jon Neise, we hardly knew ye. Scary part is, you could be back at Shea with season with the depth the Mets have.

  • Fun with projections.

  • Will Carroll has some good stuff going on about the Mets and Carlos Beltran in particular.

    There are still a couple weeks for him to get more comfortable and a number of ways for this to happen: new shoes, orthotics, braces, injections of various sorts, and a simple "get used to it" are all possibilities. It's safe to say that this will likely affect Beltran through Opening Day. Given the current symptoms, seeing Beltran need some days off or even having him shift to a corner OF slot isn't out of the question, but those are about the worst-case scenarios. Neither is too bad. The most likely scenario is that Beltran finds some comfort, loses a little range and speed, and tries to make up for it with some more power. Eric Walker is doing some interesting work on power trends with age that could fit right in to what we're seeing here.

    I for one think Beltran is going to take his power #'s to the next level and be a perennial forty homer guy.

  • Pedro hates to travel.

  • Angel Pagan has looked pretty good. Oliver Perez? Not so much.

  • Scott Schoenweiss would be upset if he was trade.

    "I'd be lying if I said I wouldn't be upset if I was traded," Schoeneweis said. "I don't want to be traded. Again, I feel like me having an off-year didn't keep us from making the playoffs."

    Problem is, he might be the only one upset if he was traded.

    The Mets signed Schoeneweis to a three-year contract before the 2007 season. But he severed a tendon in his left hamstring during spring training last year, which hindered him for nearly the entire season. In 70 appearances, Schoeneweis was 0-2 with a 5.03 ERA, turning himself into a frequent target for boo birds at Shea Stadium.

    Am I being unfair? Possibly. I do think he could be better in 2008.

  • No matter what, Fernando will not be at the big league level sitting on the bench, which I think we all knew. If he does need to play due to a catastrophe, he will be playing.

    Fernando speaks.

  • Alou is a determined guy, but you would have assume it is very frustrating to have to say the same things over and over and over again.

  • Brian Schneider gives us the low down.

    "Basically, I want them to be comfortable enough so they don't have to shake me off, or step off the rubber and start all over again," Schneider said. "The goal is to have your pitcher totally confident that he's in sync with his catcher. I want them to have full confidence in the pitches I call for, so that when they're releasing the ball they're not thinking "Did I really want to throw that pitch?' "

  • Lohse to the Orioles? Scott Boras could really ruin his career and set back a big payday. In the NL for a decent team, he could earn a nice big contract after 2008. In the AL East, he would most likely find himself getting released and back on the Phillies to the end the season and in the same spot he is in now. Good times.

  • It looks like you can forget Xavier Nady.

  • Now this is looking much better.

    Here is the Mets' lineup today behind Johan Santana:

    SS Jose Reyes
    LF Brady Clark
    3B David Wright
    DH Carlos Beltran
    1B Carlos Delgado
    2B Damion Easley
    RF Ryan Church
    CF Angel Pagan
    C Brian Schneider

  • Mike Pelfrey is apparently a big tipper.

  • Is anyone out there going to buy Willie's book?

  • Johnny Baseball is going to be a star. I think this year he takes that next step into the upper echelon of pitching. The guy is in the right park on a great team.

  • I don't get this article. Willie DOES NOT GET IT. Who cares what he saw in the past? If you were to inept to see that Mota had nothing and maybe give someone like Humber a try, not much can help you outside of seven capable bullpen arms, which is extremely rare to have.

  • "I'm feeling comfortable," Hernandez said. "I feel a little different but I can throw every pitch. The first time today is a little different. Not perfect. Nothing is perfect, only God."

    Interesting statement from The Duque. It seems as though he is making his way back and it seems he'll be in the rotation no matter what at this point.

  • Mr. Marchman thinks Bonds is a bad idea, as many people do. But shit, he is enticing. He truly does not fit, but just thinking bout him sandwiched in there between Wright and Beltran is pretty nuts.

    The far better answer is that the Mets don't really need him, which is a simple thing to show. According to most projections, the Mets' best lineup, including Alou, should score about 5.1 runs a game. Pencil in someone like Marlon Anderson or Detroit reserve Marcus Thames, in whom Omar Minaya is rumored to be interested, and that number drops all the way to 5.0. Pencil in Bonds for a line of .250 BA/.450 OBA/.550 SLG, and it might rise to 5.3, depending on where he bats in the lineup.

    He is probably right, but the fact is Bonds does help. As he stated, over the course of a season, Bonds might add 40 runs. That will translate into quite a few wins and push the Mets further ahead of all of the teams in the NL. Again, I do agree he does not fit, but it is fun to think about.

  • Dirty is back in action. The man is going to be rusty and he is not going to available for 80 games. He could be a 50 game guy this season and we need to hope Willie realizes this.

  • Also from the above link:

    On Friday, the day the Mets officially made their first round of cuts, reliever Steven Register walked into the clubhouse at Tradition Field to see his locker manned by someone else. Then he did what any rookie would do. He panicked.

    Turns out Register wasn't cut after all. Clubhouse attendants had simply moved him four lockers to the right, consolidating space after the Mets cut 13 other players.

    That is just wrong. You would think they would be more sensitive to these things. Register is probably going to be haunted by this for long, long time.

  • This is great...

    Said Ingraham: "Even these big, hulky strong impressive men today are in a situation where they just break down blubbering for like 20 minutes at a retirement press conference. And women, overwhelmingly, calling into my show, said we really like Brett Favre, we think he's amazing, but enough with the waterworks. ... I mean, the sobs, they just never stopped."

    I'm a big fan of watching some good old fashioned blubbering by some gigantic guys and it is very entertaining. It is good to see someone call them out.

  • Mmmmmm...I love sex in my water.

    A vast array of pharmaceuticals — including antibiotics, anti-convulsants, mood stabilizers and sex hormones — have been found in the drinking water supplies of at least 41 million Americans, an Associated Press investigation shows.

    I kind of like it. It's like enhanced water, no?
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