Who’s Afraid Of Who ?

 

 

I wrote this yesterday but caught up with a ton of work so I couldn’t post it so what the hell, let it fly today

There is no more reactionary fan base of any team in this town like Mets fans. This fan base goes from euphoria to despair in a Manhattan minute. Take yesterday’s game for instance.

After winning the last two series against the Pirates and Padres (yes we know Keith the Padres are bottom feeders) the fan base was sky high but then a look at the upcoming schedule made some apprehensive of what will happen to the Mets by the end of the month. A look at the records of the Mets upcoming opponents should really rattle the Mets faithful:

Dodgers  32-16

Nationals 29-19

Orioles 29-20

Rays 29-20

Reds 27-21

Cardinals 27-22

Mets 27-22

Highlanders 26-22

Phillies 26-24

Cubs 16-32

The teams I worry about in this stretch are the Dodgers, Nats and the Rays as they have outstanding pitching and could very easily shutdown the Mets offense. What makes this a mine field for the Mets is these teams come at them one after the other. So if the Mets tread water for the next 31 games and go 16-15 that would leave the club at 43-37 heading into July and the half way mark of the season. I’d be happy with that.

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LIKE A RAT JUMPING OFF A SINKING SHIP, FRENCHY WOULD LIKE A TRADE

So the great clubhouse chemist Jeff Francoeur has asked to be traded if he is not inserted into the everyday Mets lineup. Well, Frenchy didn’t exactly make this demand on his own he had his agent Ms. Molly Fletcher make it for him. In fact Ms. Molly had some rather pointed words for the Mets and Jerry Manuel about her client:

In a telephone interview, Fletcher indicated she would monitor Francoeur’s playing time over the next week, interested in whether or not manager Jerry Manuel follows through on his amended plan to let Francoeur face right-handed pitchers, a group he historically struggles against and is hitting just .217 against this season.

“Talk to me is just that: It’s talk,” Fletcher said. “What matters is what happens and is he in right field every day. And that’s what we’re watching.”

How does Mets management put up this bullshit? Who the fuck is Jeff Francoeur and Ms. Molly Fletcher to tell the Mets who to play and when they play? The Skill Sets cannot be this yellow bellied that they that take this from some agent not named Scott Boras? I hate to tell you this Mets fans but shit like this would never ever fly in the South Bronx. Could you imagine a player as sucky as Frenchy sending his female agent in to the Bronx Robber Baron with demands such as these?

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QUE PASA JOHAN? YOU LOOK A LITTLE DIFERENT?

I guess we are so used to seeing an authoritarian pitcher in Johan Santana that when he’s not striking out guys at a 9K per game clip or watch that walk rate creep up last three years we ask “Have we seen that last of Dominant Johan”  when we should be asking “are we watching the re-invention of Johan”

Mike Silva has a great post on this today at NY Baseball Digest looking at the different scenarios that have made Santana less than the dominant pitcher we know and love.

I will say this for Santana, he has terrific focus and he is one of the smartest pitchers in baseball, if he has to compensate for a lack of velocity and the inability to over power a batter, I’m confident he can figure out a way to go after the hitters with a different strategy. We are seeing his Fly Ball rate dropping and his ground ball rate inching up so you could see Santana concentrate more in keeping the ball lower in the strike zone and pitching to contact.

We also have to understand that at the age of 31 most likely we have seen the best of Santana. That’s not to say he’s done or on the down side not in the  least, what we could be seeing is a solid pitcher but he may not be the can’t miss option he’s been for the majority of his career.

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SPEAKING WITH THE ENEMY, MY INTERVIEW WITH CRASHBURN ALLEY

Over the weekend while looking while watching the shingels of my roof fly through the air with the greatest of ease, I did a Q & A with the talented author of Crashburn Alley, Bill Baer (and Baseball Prospectus and Baseball Digest Daily and ESPN The Sweet Spot) on our beloved Metsies. Bill is hoping the Mets are fit to fight this season so as to keep the flames of this new found rivalry stoked. Be careful what you wish for Bill, be very careful

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THE CHIEF RIDES OFF INTO THE SUNSET

Here is all you need to know about the state of pitching in the Mets organization. The Mets released Freddy Garcia today as his fastball couldn’t break a pane of glass. Taking his start tonight for the woeful Bisons will be The People’s Cherce ,Nelly Figs who stood in the corner holding his breath and shaking his fist at Mets management for releasing him but then realized he’s not not as sexy as he thinks and came back home for two hots and a cot in Buffalo.

It just plays to the Ollie to the bushes talk that is utter nonsense (same something funny Mike) as there is no one to replace him from the upper reached of New York State.

If Tim Redding can come in a be decent (is it too much to ask to be league average?) then OP could be sent to remedial pitching school if not then OP stays because there is nothing better to replace him and that’s scarier than a fly ball to left field.

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A MOMENT OF SCHADENFREUDE

From the Fuck-adelphia Daily News

General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. told media today that Cole Hamels will be leaving spring training to fly to Philadelphia, where he will be examined by team doctor Michael Ciccotti.

 Hamels has had persistent soreness in his elbow, which Amaro says has become “more localized” lately

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NO MRI FOR JOHAN, METS TAKE A POLAROID INSTEAD

 

 

 

I can understand not wanting to spend over 45 mil for Manny Ramirez but you mean to tell me that with the first class facilities the Mets crow about down in St Lonesome, they couldn’t purchase or lease a state of the art MRI an fly down Dr. Altcheck for month in sunny FLA.  I still say the only reason that Johan Santana was not flown to NY is due to the 10 inches of snow that’s on the ground and still falling from the sky here in NYC

 

If you read the Daily News this morning you get the impression that Santana agrees with Old School Dan Warthen that he tried to accelerated his training so he could pitch in the WBC. If you read the NY Post they make it sound like Old School Dan Warthen made Santana throw to much and too soon. I think I‘ll stick with Adam Rubin’s reporting although I do think that it is not a coincidence that both Santana and Tim Redding, both coming off surgery, are both having arm trouble due to compensating from knee surgery in Johan’ case and foot surgery for Redding. Santana I mentioned wanted to make the WBC and Redding wants that number 5 spot in the rotation and sees the completion and looked to rush back a bit too soon. The organization has to tighten up it’s rehab policies here. They may have dodged a bullet here with Santana but hopefully they learned a lesson and look over their training regiment.

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BIG FLY SPORTS FOR ALL YOUR HOLIDAY METS GEAR

Doing your holiday shopping online this year? Well, what bugs me about doing it is the shipping costs. It’s like paying taxes twice. So, I asked a sports site (BigFlySports) to give me a free shipping code and they did, and I am going to pass it along to you guys in case you want to get something. They specialize in MLB Merchandise and their Mets Shop is loaded with great gift ideas. To get the discount, simply enter the promotional code METSROCK and the free shipping will be applied! You gotta love it. The Mets Bedding looks to be a great bang for your buck along and my favorite was this Camo Mets Blanket. Take a look and if you find something you like, don’t forget the to enter METSROCK for your free shipping!
 
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I PREDICT THERE WILL BE A SNOWSTORM ON APRIL 13 2009

The Mets have moved up the opening of $iti Field to Monday so they can have Tuesday the 14th as an open day in case of a postponement. Now the opposing team for the series, the San Diego Padres, will fly from San Fransisco on the 12th and because they are fly coast to coast their next game can not start BEFORE 7PM. The average low temp in April in NYC is 45 degrees. I guess if it is too cold or snowing/raining they can close the roof. What? No! Really?

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