So Where Was I ?

Oh hi there. Did you miss me? Well after a two week vacation and going back to work and trying to catch up with work that sat on my desk for those 2 weeks and then have my work computer infected with a virus that had me running to our main office with it and the OIT guys giving me a laptop to use and then running back to the office to try to make up the lost time by eating a footlong Subway sandwich and enter work into the laptop at the same time, (big breath taken here) I couldn’t find time to put up a post here on Kranepool.  But with today as an off day before I get back to the deluge of work, I thought this would a good time to throw out some random thoughts on our ever growing to love NY Mets.

Jarred Diamond of The Wall Street Journal had a great piece on Lucas Duda and Ruben Tejada who both lost their starting jobs with the big league team after suffering injuries.  It is nice to see the organization making players accountable and having this “if you can play, you can stay attitude”.  I thought it was telling of the mindset of Duda when he says he would embrace being a DH, which is the perfect position for him; as for Tejada until he learns to work harder and also learn the difference to being hurt than being injured he’ll be on the outs with the front office.  That may be harsh criticism but sometimes the truth hurts.

Joe D over at Mets Minors has a post on Cuban 1st baseman/defector Jose Abreu, who is getting his Caribbean residency in order so he can become a free agent. Joe writes about how this right handed hitting slugger could be the player the Mets need to go after. I agree 100 %. Not only would Abreu be the power hitter that Sandy Alderson has craved but going after Abreu would make the Wilpon’s put up or shut up when it comes to Freddy  and Jeffy Skill Sets  braggadocio over having money to spend. Mets fans should be following the courting of Abreu very, very closely.

I don’t know if the bridge has been burned and I can’t believe I’m thinking about this but would/could the Mets bring Jose Reyes back to Flushing? The money owed is steep with Reyes having four years and $82 million left on his deal (with a $22 mil team option in 2018 with a $4mil buyout ) but if the Jays would eat about $20mil and the organization and willing to bury the hatchet , a reunion is something to think about isn’t it?

Don’t get upset over the Un-Harvey like Matt Harvey start last night, even #41 had an off night.

Can we get confirmation that John Buck’s wife is indeed pregnant?   

Let’s hope that Wilmer “Flo” Flores ankle injury is not serious enough to land him on the DL but if it is for the love of God Terry Collins do not replace him with Justin Turner. Put Josh Satin at 3rd and play Ike every day at 1st and leave it at that. I know Turner is the son Collins never had but please just keep him as a bat off the bench and a fill in.

In our last podcast of The Kult of Mets Personalities, we discussed Daniel Murphy and his future as a Met. I suspect the #Imwith28 crowd will be calling for my head.

 

 

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Here Is Your NY Mets Lineup for Today, Please Put Down All Sharp Objects Before Reading

 

Here is today’s Mets line up as the try to break through with a victory in the South Bronx:

Andres Torres – CF

Jason Bay – LF

David Wright – 3B

Scott Hairston – RF

Lucas Duda – DH

Vinny Rottino – 1B

Omar Quintanilla – SS

Mike Nickeas – C

Jordanny Valdespin – 2B

As Keith Hernandez would say, “My word”!!!!!

Andres Torres AND Jason Bay at the top of the line up?????? Sure is a far cry from the days of Lenny/Mookie and Wally.

So Terry Collins as taken out automatic out Ike Davis and replaces his anemic bat with Mike Nickeas and he gives #ImWith28 a well needed day off and slots Jordanny Valdespin at 2nd base. I hope Valdespin goes 4 for 4 thus putting pressure on Sandy Alderson to send Ike to Buffalo and move #ImWith28 over to 1st and Jordanny to 2nd base. It’s time Sandy, oh yeah, it’s time.

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25 DAYS AND COUNTING TO OPENING DAY

Mets stay home in St. Lonesome to play the Tigers at 1:10PM with R.A. Dickey making his second spring start.  Bobby Parnell, Tim Byrdak, Ryaota Igarashi, Mike O’Connor and Jason Isringhausen will pitch today and tomorrow as Terry Collins and Dan Werthen try to formulate the Mets bullpen. Ollie Perez will be on the bus to Kissimmee to face the Astros in what could (should) be his last appearance as a Met.

Luis Castillo will start at 2nd base today but it looks more and more that his days a Met are numbered. Collins loves Daniel Murphy and more and more it looks like Murph is the leader in the 2nd base starter’s competition.

F Mart gets the start in RF and is hoping to add to his en fuego spring as does Jason Bay in LF. Carlos Beltran was thought to have been in the lineup today as DH but he reported to DDP and told Terry Collins he’s sore, so Willie Harris starts as DH. Too early to panic on Beltran but it seems he if he’s ready for opening day, he won’t be in the lineup every day.  Scott Hairston will play a big role early in the season for the Mets.

I wonder if Nick Evans getting the start at 1B is to let him show his stuff against the Tigers as a possible landing spot for Evans?

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RUN CARLOS RUN!!!!!!

I can’t believe there are some media types out there taking Chip Hale to task for sending Carlos Beltran yesterday with 2 outs in the bottom of the 2nd inning, on a Daniel Murphy single to right. This past December, Beltran told a group of Mets bloggers that he feels great, that his knee felt good and that he has been doing a lot of running.

Beltran made his spring debut yesterday, as a DH not a right fielder, on his first at bat got a base hit to right showing a beautiful hitting stroke. With two outs, Daniel Murphy hit a single and Hale never hesitated in sending Beltran, who was rumbling and stumbling around third and headed home, slid under the catcher tag to score a run. Now the debate has started should Hale have sent Beltran? Yeah why not?

For what we know, Beltran is not injured nor is he coming off any post season surgeries. His last surgery was over a year ago and he returned back to action in July, playing the last 64 games of the season, the last 20 of them like the Carlos Beltran of old. Now you can make the argument that he hasn’t played a full season in two years but if we are going to hold our breath every time Beltran goes from 1st to 3rd or 2nd to home hoping he doesn’t blow out a knee, then the Mets are in a lot of trouble.

Again Beltran has stated he’s fine, he must play with a knee brace on but if he proclaims himself fit to play then why hold him back? Terry Collins it seems was a bit upset that Hale sent Beltran and said he should have made it known before the game to go slow with Carlos, maybe this is the first misstep by the manager. Don’t blame Chip Hale he was just doing what he does best, coaching the hell out of 3rd base.

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LOOKS LIKE JERRY MANUEL HAD LUNCH AT THE CASK N FLAGGON

Jerry Manuel: Damn, what is this crawling up my butt? Oh it’s my lineup for tonight!

 

Murphy – 1B
Church – RF
Beltran – CF
Sheffield – DH
Wright – 3B
Reed – LF
Santos – C
Martinez – SS
Castillo – 2B
Santana – LHP

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