Mets Dreck Pt. 2

 

What else is there to say about last night’s game than what Terry Collins said in his post-game presser :

“I haven’t the faintest idea. I don’t know if it’s fatigue. I don’t know what it is. We didn’t run the bases. We didn’t play good defense. We didn’t drive in the runs we needed to drive in. It was a combination of a lot of things. We didn’t pitch very goodl. It was the worst Dillon’s pitched probably in awhile… We’ve played two bad baseball games here. We are a better team than what we’ve played.”

I’m not buying the fatigue factor at all, it’s not like Collins is running out the same eight guys game after game, in fact everyday seems like there is a different lineup.  Two areas that were a big problem last year and are still a big problem this year, the defense and the bullpen have to be addressed soon or the feel good first three months of this season will be forgotten fast.

As much as I love Daniel Murphy the leash on his 2nd base job is getting shorter and shorter. 28 is getting another start today against the Cubs but it could be Collins is ready to go to a platoon of Murph and Ronny Cedeno . Last time I was at Citi Field sitting in on Collins’ pre game press conference, the question of Murhpy’s slump came up. What was interesting in Collins response was he and hitting coach Dave Hudgens had told Murphy to take a break with watching video and taking batting practice in the indoor cage, which sounded to me like Collins was cryptically saying Murphy suffered from paralysis from analysis.  Collins also spoke on how Murphy keeps changing how he holds his hands from at bat to at bat along with his stance in the batter’s box. For all the hard work and dedication that Murphy puts in it seems like Collins is hinting that he’s overdoing it and needs to relax.

The one thing that should save Ike Davis from a fine and suspension is the incompetence of umpire Manny Gonzalez. Gonzalez blew the pick off call in the 8th inning last night and Ike just put his glove on the umps arm which is an automatic ejection but I’d hope Gonzalez apologies to Ike today for blowing that call.

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Always Put Off To Tomorrow, What You Can Do Today

I admit I have some bad traits not many I want to get into here but two I will talk about is my inability to organize and that I am a world class procrastinator.  I think my lack of organizing skill comes from my hatred for the telephone. I rarely answer the phone at home (thank you FiOS for the ability to have caller ID come up in HD on my TV giving me The Power of Francesa to hand wave those interrupting my ball game watching) which runs in all the males of my family, if it weren’t for our spouses we would never speak to one another, that goes for texts as well, in fact if it weren’t for the women in my life I don’t think I’d do much communicating.   

I admit that I relay on the ladies of my life for more of my daily routine than I should. I went from a mother who took care of me to a wife who takes care of me to a daughter who fawns over me to the ladies I work with who help me all day every day with work. I love women. The dilemma I have though now is the ladies of my life don’t know much about baseball.

See for the first time in 12 years of coaching youth baseball, I have to register my team, collect registrations fees from them and recruit players to fill out my roster and order uniforms. This has become an unorganized procrastinator’s nightmare.  Well, not a total nightmare as I have designated my son as my Paul DePodesta, not only as my right hand man but my starting 2nd baseman and 2 hole hitter (he’s cut from the Alderson/Dave Hudgens cloth, work the count and a walk is as good as a hit, he’s so good at it, that when we get certain umpires who do the plate they will give him benefit of the doubt when he takes a 2 strike pitch) he does all my contacting of the players via Facebook and text for me but I shouldn’t really burden him with my tasks as he’s preparing to take the SAT’s and that’s more important than putting a baseball team together but he’s such a good son he knows when dad is in distress.

So I’m hoping today to get my shit together and find out how many definites I have to play and figure out the cost per player and give the league the dates we want to play. In fact I should have started on this already and had it all done but first I had to read the game stories on last night’s Rangers-Senators game (no panic in this Rangers fan but I will say this the Rangers need to put the Sens away when they have a lead, stay aggressive in the offensive end. Last night the Blueshirts looked exhausted in the 3rd period that worries me a bit but coming back to MSG should revitalize them.) then read the Mets stories (more on them in a minute) and last but not least the hanging on in procrastinators nirvana, Twitter.

But before I really, really go and push myself to get this work done, a few words on the Mets:

The true test of the mettle of this team will come now that they lost this series to the Braves and their two best pitchers got pounded. With the Giants coming in for 4 games (coming off a classic 1-0 old time pitcher duel last night as Cliff Lee want 10 innings and Matt Cain 9 scoreless) Jon Niese gets to match up with Barry Zito, I like the matchup in the Mets favor.

Terry Collins has said that Kirk Nieuwenhuis will start tomorrow night against the lefty Zito.  TC had also mentioned that when Andres` Torres is of sound mind and calf muscle, he will return as the starting CF and Capt Kirk will go back to Buffalo. Yeah right! With a .375/.444/.531 batting line the only way Capt Kirk is going back to Buffalo is when they retire his number.

I can’t get too angry over losing 2 of 3 to the Braves but I’m a little uncomfortable with using the weather as an excuse for the loss. I understand R.A. Dickey saying his throwing of the knuckleball was like throw a “wet water balloon” but TC saying it wasn’t up to him to play, the conditions as I watched on TV weren’t that bad, it didn’t hurt the Braves hitter that’s for sure.

David Wright is playing some of the best baseball of his career right now and it’s great to see but let’s take it easy on the contract extension talk. I hope Wright has a tremendous season and I’m rooting hard for him, if has a big year,  his contract will take care of itself.

That’s it I got to get this baseball stuff done…..oooooh look The People’s Court is on……I love me some Judge Milian.

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PAGAN? HE GONE AND THE REBUILT BULLPEN

Well, if nothing else, Rauch and Francisco won’t tolerate much bullshit!

 

Well, the Mets won’t be coming home from Dallas empty handed. Maybe they are not the most sexy moves Mets fans wanted but they are practical, kind of like getting an iron or power tool for Christmas.  Let’s take a gander at the transaction shall we:

Angel Pagan to the Giants for Andres Torres and Ramon Ramirez

Note to all Mets personnel, don’t piss off Terry Collins or you too will be shown the door.  It seems many of Pagan’s ex-teammates won’t be shedding any tears that he’s gone and neither will I. Talk about addition by subtraction. Pagan fell out of favor with the club because a piss poor attitude and putting oneself above the team that don’t fly here no more, especially when you’re fringe major leaguer.

The return from the Giants is quite intriguing. Torres is an upgrade defensively but he not much to look at in the batter’s box. Can Dave Hudgens can do the voodoo they he do-do and bring Torres back offensively to where he was in 2010 (.268/.343/.479 16 HR 43 2b 6.8 WAR) ?

The best part of the deal is getting Ramirez   added to this new look bullpen. Ramirez walks a few batters more than I like but he is effective against right handed hitters. I’m surprised Brian Sabean would include Ramirez in this deal because on the surface Pagan and Torres cancel each other at as both were non-tender candidates and if you’d look to deal Ramirez I’m sure the Giants could have gotten a better offer.

Mets sign Jon Rauch and Frank Francisco

One year deal for $3.5 mil for Rauch and a 2 year $12 mil for Francisco. Are either of these guys top flight pitchers? No ,but for the price they’ll should be more than serviceable . When you look at the Mets bullpen right now, it is far better than it was on the last day of the 2011 season. Rauch should be fine as the 8th inning set up man and Francisco  will take the role as closer but both could interchange the roles if need be. Francisco is a strike out pitcher who throws his fastball and split both effectively and comes with a manageable contract.

So right now the Mets bullpen looks as so:

Francisco  RHP

Rauch  RHP

Ramirez RHP

Parnell RHP

Acosta RHP

Brydak LHP

 

I don’t think Bobby Parnell is a lock for a bullpen spot but to not have to close or set up in the 8th inning could help as he could be the ROOGY to Brydak’s LOOGY. I’m sure Alderson would love to add another lefty to this group. What to do with DJ Carrasco? He has another year left on his deal but it’s just for a million and change so he could see himself included as a thrown in a deal (with Daniel Murphy?) . It seems Pedro Beato is ticketed for Buffalo and there isn’t anyone else from last season arson squad I’d want to keep.

You have to take these deals as a positive, not a jump up and down positive but the team is better than it was on the last day of the season positive.

 

 

 

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NO ONE WANTS TO GET CAUGHT IN THE ALDERSON CROSSHAIRS

I don’t think Mike Pelfrey can be optioned to Triple A, but after seeing the swift sword of Sandy Alderson yesterday, I wouldn’t be surprised if Pelf throws another stinker today (I’m talking 3 innings getting batted around and a whole lot of hand licking) Alderson would persuade him to take a trip to Buffalo to work out his problems. I hope it doesn’t come down to that. Hopefully Pelf gives the team the quality start it desperately needs tonight but if he doesn’t maybe a two week stint with Rickey Bones who would be another set of eyes, could see something to fix Big Pelf.

It didn’t take Alderson long to show that he won’t sit back with his hands in his pockets as we saw with his moves after last night’s game.  If Alderson would have released Boyer at the end of spring training there was good chance he’d have been picked up by another team. Now, odds are much slimmer that he’d be picked up, so if he doesn’t the Mets can send him to Buffalo to raise his game.

The worst part of the week were the three bad outings by Pelf, Dickey and Niese that taxed and already shaky pen, so it’s imperative for the starters, starting with Pelfrey tonight to step up their game.

It’s too early to panic, but according to Sandy Alderson it’s not too early to send a message. The thing we have to remember here is Alderson and his staff has no allegiance to any of the players on this roster. He inherited the whole flock and I don’t think he’d have any problem dealing away or demoting anyone on this team.  

Jose Reyes has been hitting the ball and has looked like the Reyes of old especially in the field but he is also up to his free swinging ways and that is something hitting coach Dave Hudgens is looking to fix. But at this stage of his career, it will be hard for Reyes to adjust his attack, attack, attack approach at the plate.

Even with the bad bullpen and inability to get a big hit the best thing I saw this week was Rob Castellano is back with his daily Mets Daily Farm Report on Amazin’ Avenue.

 Do you think you know all there is to know about getting around Citi Field? If you had BallPark E-Guide you would. BallPark E-Guide is a nice tidy download that tells you how to get around the ball parks, where to find cheap parking and discounts on tickets. Right now there are e-guides available for Citi Field, Yankee Stadium, Citizens Bank Ballpark with Camden Yards and Nationals Park coming soon.

If you didn’t see the piece on 60 Minutes on Albert Pujols last night do yourself a favor and check it out. It’s well worth it.

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COACH ‘EM UP FELLAS’

Its official the somewhat new and improved Mets coaching staff has been announced via press release.  The names are the ones we figured on.  Old School Dan Warthen and Chip Hale remain on staff at their positions. Obie becomes Terry Collins sounding board in the dugout. Mookie Wilson is back with the team as first base coach (and I’d bet outfield and base running coach as well)

Two names that were added are of hitting coach Dave Hudgens and bullpen coach Joe Debus, here are their bios:

Hudgens spent the last five years (2006-2010) as the Field Coordinator for the Cleveland Indians.  He is currently managing Caracas in the Venezuelan Winter League.  Hudgens was the hitting coach for the Oakland Athletics in 1999 and from 2003-2005.  He managed four years in Oakland’s minor league system from 1985-1988, including three years at Medford (A) of the Northwest League.  Hudgens, who was originally selected by the Mets in the first round of the January 1975 draft but did not sign, served as the Athletics’ Assistant Director of Player Development from 1996-1998 and 2000-2002.  He played six minor league seasons with the Athletics and Indians and appeared in six games with Oakland in 1983.

Debus was a professional scout for the Los Angeles Dodgers from 2009-2010.  He served on the coaching staff of the Orix Buffaloes in Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball League during Terry Collins’ tenure as Manager from 2007-2008.  He served as the minor league catching coordinator for the Dodgers from 2002-2004 and in 2005 he was the bullpen coach for the big league squad.  Debus began his coaching career in the Dodgers minor league system in 1990 and served as a coach or manager through the 1999 campaign.  In 2000 and 2001 Debus was the General Manager of the Elmira Pioneers of the Independent Northern League.  He played 10 seasons in the minor leagues, advancing as high as Triple-A.

This what you’d call a “grizzled” coaching staff

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