SEPTEMBER SWOON

Well if it’s September it must be Mets Free Fall.  Just like white shoes and straw hats, the NY Mets go out of style come Labor Day.

The last three September’s have become Nightmare on 126th St & Roosevelt as Freddy Skill Sets worst nightmare has come true, the lack of meaningful baseball games played in Flushing. It’s why the organization has had to pull gimmicks out it’s ass to find a way to coax fans to Citi Field. From 2009 to last night the Mets are 26-44 in the month that baseball fans pay the most attention to, the month when the teams that are ready to prove they are worthy World Series contenders, the month we used to look at once tickets went on sale and made sure we secured tickets to the Braves series, the Phillies series now we look forward to Cult Movie Night or Thumb Suckers Awareness Night or a Celebrations of the People of the Aleutian Islands .

So let’s bring everyone back from this year because it’s just a matter of time before Mike Pelfrey turns into Don Drysdale and David Wright will turn into George Brett and Johan Santana will be the first pitcher to ever comeback from shoulder surgery to win the Cy Young Award and Bobby Parnell will become a gritty, gutty closer by growing a Fu Manchu moustache, and of course Jose Reyes will resign and the Mets will add a Santeria High Priest to exorcise the demons out of Reyes’ hamstrings.

Now that the chase for .500 looks unattainable maybe we should root for more loses to get a better pick in the 2012 Entry Draft.

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BASEBALL FUTURERAMA

I guess I should be more sympathetic towards Highlander fans who have to sit in a cold nasty drizzle for opening day, but since I know not one of them would show us Mets fan any sympathy fuck ‘em let them freeze.

So as I wait for tomorrow night’s 7:05PM real opening day in South Florida, I guess this would be a good time to make my season predictions,

NL East

Chipper’s Chumps

Phuck Phaces

The Amazin’ New York Mets

Minnows

D.C. Follies

NL Central

Brewskies

Dusty’s Red Legs

Bird Brain Genius

Residents of the Friendly Confines

Bucos

McLane Gang

AL West

Height-Asbury Freaks and Beards

Hollywood Bums

Box O Rox

Friars Club

Snakes in the Sand

Wild Card

Phuck Phaces

NL Champs

Chippers Chumps

NL MVP

Ryan Braun

NL Cy Young

Tim Lincecum

NL Rookie of the Year

Freddy Freeman

NL Manager of the Year

Terry Collins

AL East

Team Dirty Water

Men of Maddon

Bronx Bastards

Ontario Audubon Society

Bucks O’s

AL Central

South Side Loco’s

Grady’s Gang

Motor City Cats

Midwest Monarchs

Woe is Wahoo

AL West

The Ghosts of Cornelius McGillicuddy

Ryan’s Express

Hello Halo’s

Space Needlers

Wild Card

Men of Maddon

NL Pennant

Team Dirty Water

AL MVP

Evan Longoria

AL Cy Young

Jon Lester

AL Manager of the Year

Joe Maddon

World Series Champs

Team Dirty Water

Check out THIS CALL TO THE BULLPEN Podcast on Blog Talk Radio part of the Seamheads National Podcasting Network 

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THANKS FOR NOTHING TWINKIES

You know what? I’m glad Terry Ryan said he wasn’t interested in interviewing for the Mets GM job, I’d want nothing to do with anyone from the Minnesota Twins organization.  It’s one thing to lose a series to the Bronx Bastards but the Twinkies laid down like dogs. No fight whatsoever.

If your a Twins fan and what I’m saying here pisses you off and you say that my Mets suck , so who am I to call out a team for failure, remember this, the Mets at least split their six game this season with the Highlanders and there are only two teams the Pinstriped Pricks  fear the Mets and the Red Sox.

Oh so Phil Hughes is now a great pitcher after last night’s performance. As I said in the comments section to our resident Highlander contributor, Michael all Highlander fans were shitting themselves silly over their starting rotation and now after playing a team that gave up, they think they have three Cy Young candidates. They’ve all but forgotten their bastard child AJ Burnett, who will have to pitch in the ALCS  and kicked to the curb Javier Lopez, who is awaiting deportation to the National League.

Oh yeah I got my Highlander Hate on in full glory!!!!!

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JOIN ME ON TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 28 AT 10PM ET FOR THIS CALL TO THE BULLPEN ON BLOG TALK RADIO

Join me Tuesday September 28th at 10PM ET for THIS CALL TO THE BULLPEN on BLOGTALK RADIO. I will be discussing the state of the Mets organization going over GM and Managerial candidates. I will also look at the post season landscape and who are the the top candidates for MVP, Cy Young, ROY and Manager of the Year in both leagues.

I’m looking for listeners to call in tomorrow night so if you listen to the show live please call in at (646) 727-2465.

If you can’t listen live remember you can hear the program at our show page on BLOGTALK Radio, or right here at Kranepool Society (radio player on lower left side bar) or on iTunes.

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‘ROUND AND ‘ROUND IT GOES, WHERE IT STOPS ONLY JERRY MANUEL KNOWS

I want to revel in the Mets victory last night in the South Bronx, as the Mets looked like the more confident and aggressive team but I’m still trying to get over the confusing nature of Jerry Manuel’ managing.

Why would you have Jose Reyes sac bunt in the 8th with Tejada on 1st,no outs?  Reyes is so uncomfortable bunting for a sacrifice to start with then you add in he is on fire with the bat, the move made no sense. Reyes saved his managers ass by doubling down the RF line. When Reyes got to second we saw the Jose of old, clapping those hands and that intense look on his face, pointing toward teammates, vintage Reyes.  But in his post game press conference, Manuel expressed concern over Reyes getting over emotional, Hey Jerry, that’s when we know Jose is at his best when he jumping, clapping and going handshake wild. The fans love it, his teammates love it so what’s the problem? Are you afraid of pissing off the opponent?  The Highlanders? Fuck them.

Again the game of Jerry Manuel Roulette was played with the bullpen as no one, the relievers in particular can figure out how Manuel will use the pen. Why would you use Ruben Valdes in the 9th inning of a 4-0 game, a game you said you wanted to make sure you won? Valdes is a mop up guy at best. Even your pitchers are questioning your madding methods.

Why is John Maine guaranteed a spot in the rotation when he comes back? I must have missed the years Maine won his Cy Young Awards. The way Takahashi has pitched no way Maine gets that spot now. Get ready for the Roulette wheel John .

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AH…….JUST A LAZY DAY IN PORT ST LONESOME

Blue Sky, sunshine, what a day to take a walk in the park.
Ice cream, daydream till the sky becomes a blanket of stars.
What a day for pick-in’ daisies and lots of red balloons.
And what a day for hold in’ hands and being with you.

Lot’s of stories coming out of Camp Kumbaya where everybody is in “great shape” and ready to fulfill everyone’s expectation of championship baseball. Ah yes, Port St. Lonesome in March, where Johan Santana wins 20 games and the Cy Young Award. Where Big Pelf steps up to throw 200 innings and win 17 games. Where Oliver Perez and John Maine form the best 3-4 spots in any rotation in baseball. Where David Wright, with hard work and a new physique will return to 30 HR’s 100+ RBI. Where Jason Bay and Jeff Francouer prosper on the field and off it as both BAY 44 and FRANCOUER 12 jersey’s can not be produced fast enough by little girls in some third world country to meet the demand of the Mets fans filling $iti Field to capacity every night. Where Daniel Murphy leads the NL in batting with a .350 average and 40 doubles and 20 HR’s. Where Kelvin Escobar and Francisco Rodriguez form the most intimidating late inning relievers in baseball. Where……..what?…….what do you mean both guys haven’t pitched yet this spring?………..Escobar isn’t healthy and Rodriguez has pink eye?…….How do you know Rodriguez has pink eye? He was diagnosised  by who? ED COLEMAN?????? But Escobar is fine isn’t he????????? He’s not?

NO NO PLEASE DON”T SAY IT…….. PLEASE DON”T SAY SAME OLD METS!!!!! WAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!

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LEE TO CHEESESTEAKS

JP Riccaridi has been left out to dry by Ruben Armaro Jr as the Amaro deals with the Tribe to grab Cliff Lee the reiging CY Young Award winner in the AL and holds on to Kyle Drabek and J A Happ.

Omar if you can swing a deal for Roy Halliday all is forgiven in fact I’ll kick Adam Rubin’ ass for you if you make the deal

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YA MON, ROSTER-FARIAN IS IN DA HOUSE

Ya mon, it’s your friendly Roster-mon back ta look at who da Mets will bring up North. Yesta’ day was a fine fine performance by Da Boys in Blue and Orange as Santana, Murphy and Reed were exceptional, I mean dae was so good mon, dat  Three Little Bridies came by me window afta the game and sang:

 

 Singin: don’t worry bout a thing,

cause every little thing gonna be all right.

Singin: don’t worry (don’t worry) bout a thing,

cause every little thing gonna be all right!

 

AAahhhhhhhhhhhh ya mon, sing you little brides, and pass the Ganja as we look at the where da 25 mon rosta is as of today:

 

PITCHERS (12)

 

Johan Santana LHP

Mike Pelfrey RHP

Oliver Perez LHP

John Maine RHP

Livan Hernandez RHP

 

So much for worrying over Santana’s elbow as he was in Cy Young form yesterday. As I look at Big Pelf I keep a bucket of cold water near by to cool me off as I have visions of a Co-Ace running through my head. With all the bullshit Joba talk in the NY media they are missing the break out player of the year in this town in Big Pelf  FUCK JOBA!!!! Ollie Perez went on a Mexican Rumspriga with the WBC and came back all fucked up. His mechanics were a shambles causing him to pitch like he as back in Black and Gold, but between Old School Dan Werthen and OP’s role model Johan Santana he is back to just plain old unpredictable Ollie. If John Maine were hurting I’d be worried but he claims emphaticly that he feels fine but is having trouble locating pitches and finding his comfort level on the mound. Let’s hope he finds his “happy zone” in the next two weeks. The very svelte Livan Hernandez has grabbed the 5th spot by the cajones and won’t let go. I’ve heard he’s an innings eater, any truth to that?

 

Frankie Rodriguez RHP

JJ Putz RHP

Sean Green RHP

Bobby Parnell RHP

Pedro Feliciano LHP

Darren O’Day RHP

Brain Stokes RHP

 

Sure this bullpen leans more to the right than FOX NEWS but if you’re going for quality then this is your pen. O’Day and Feliciano will be the new righty/lefty tag team and Stokes has earned a long man spot as well. Parnell has shown a high octane fastball that J-Man has fallen in love with. Warlord Jerry can go to this bullpen with confidence

 

CATCHER

 

Brian Schneider L

Ramon Castro R

 

Like Casey said, “without a catcher you’d have a lot of passed balls”

 

INFEILDERS

 

Carlos Delgado L

Luis Castillio S

Jose Reyes S

David Wright R

Alex Cora L

Nick Evans R

 

Time to tip my Mets cap to Luis Castillo who has been outstanding this spring. The only reason he will be relegated to the 8 hole is due to the lack of right hand hitting in the bottom third of the line up and that Daniel Murphy’ bat is to valuable to hit that low but days that Shrek catches or when Tatis plays that would move Castillo up to los dos. Is it better to be an everyday player in Triple A or a bench player in the big leagues? That’s the Nick Evans dilemma. I’d say bench player in the bigs 

 

OUTFIELD

Daniel Murphy L

Carlos Beltran R

Ryan Church L

Jeremy Reed L

Fernando Tatis R

 

If the Mets leave Livan Hernandez off the 25 man until he’s needed (which looks like the plan ) then Bobby Keilty has a great shot of going North. Just watching Murphy will be worth paying for an overpriced ticket to $iti Field. Between Murph and Big Pelf they will be the BIG story in NY Baseball this summer not those over priced mercenaries in the South Bronx.

 

 

 

      

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EXCUSE MR. LOWE, WHERE DO YOU KEEP YOUR CY YOUNG AWARDS?

Of all the mornings to have a leak in a pipe, this morning would not be one of them as it’s 17 degrees out and I had to shut the water in my house and my heating system runs on hot water so no water, no heat and I’m waiting for my plumber to come by so between a leaky pipe and the renovation of my living room I feel like the ring master at Ringling Bros/Barnum Bailey Circus. 

In the aftermath of the Lowe signing, I just hope the pressure of the impatient Mets fan base (yes, I know hello black pot it’s me black kettel) does not cause an over payment to Oliver Perez. At this point I am more intregied with a Ben Sheets/Randy Wolf daily double that giving OP anything more than 3yrs/33mil no 4th year an no more that $11-$12 mil a year. 3/$36mil is my ceiling on OP.

I’m putting together a bunch of topics for tomorrow night’s Pro Baseball Central show as I will be flying solo as Joe McDonald has a previous engagement and speaking of Joe check out the new design at the mothership NYSPORTSDAILY that Joe has put together is bright and easier to navigate to all categories that make NY SPORTSDAILY your number 1 NY sports destination on the web.

 

As I say I will be in full Spalding Gray monologue mode tomorrow night so why not join me at 9PM EST on Blogtalkradio and call in at (646) 595-4462 where we can discuss the Lowe deal, OP, the offense and all things Mets on Pro Baseball Central.   

   

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EVEN IN NOVEMBER, THE METS BULLPEN BLOWS ANOTHER SAVE

You could say with a half descent bullpen behind him, there would have been a first time press conference at $iti Field today to announce Johan Santana as the 2008 NL Cy Young Award winner but instead the award goes to the Frisco Phenom Tim Lincecum and it’s hard to argue the choice. I know it really doesn’t matter who comes in 2nd or 3rd in these awards contests but how could 9 voters not give Santana either a 2nd or 3rd place vote?

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