OH HAPPY DAY!!!!

Gary Mathews Jr has been DFA’d

Luis Castillo is on the DL

OLLIE PEREZ IS ON THE DL!!!!! I hope he gets moved to the GL (Get Lost)

Reese Havens is tearing up Double A

The Savannah Sand Gnats pitching staff is dominating the SAL

And I just got my invite to the Brooklyn Cyclones open practice a week from Wednesday

Time to do the Happy Baseball Dance!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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HEY MIKE JACOBS, CAN I GET FRIES WITH THAT ?

As we sit here waiting for the Ike Davis Era to begin, let’s look at the trickle down effect of the promotion of Davis to everyday first baseman’s job with the Mets.

Mike Jacobs was DFA’d and for a guy who was cut by the KC Royals and NY Mets within a few months, he still has a high opinion of himself. Jacobs has made it known that he will not accept a job with the Buffalo Bisons if it means grabbing some pine. Jacobs is hardly in a position to dictate when and where he’ll play, but with Davis coming up there is an opening for first base and Jacobs fits fine there, if that’s not good enough for Jacobs, well then good riddance.

Now if Jacobs takes the assignment to Buffalo, how long will it last ? It all depends on how Davis fits in Queens. If Ike is what we think he’ll be, then when Daniel Murphy comes back from his knee injury, then Murph needs to go to Buffalo to become a super.  What a better place and time for Murph to work on playing outfield, 2b and 1st base, hell you might as well grab a catchers mitt and learn that position to as an emergency catcher. Hey you never know when your team will play a 20 inning game your versatility will come in handy.

With the front office finally realizing that this is the dawning of the age of Ike Davis, there needs to be a few more moves to that would show that the front office is serious about getting this sink ship right. Please enough of Gary Mathews Jr. I don’t care how cheap his labor costs are enough is enough. Angel Pagan should be planted everyday in CF case closed. Bring up Chris Carter. Send down Jenry Meija for the good of the organization and let him start so at least by the All Star break you could put him in the rotation.

While were making alterations why not bring up Bison’s pitching coach Rickey Bones and reassign Old School Dan Werthen some where in the organization. It’s time for a shake up.

You want to fire Jerry Manuel ? I won’t shed a tear especially when you bat Frank Catalanotto clean up (rumor has it Ron Washington called Manuel while watching the game last night to ask him if he was high) but if you tell me Bob Melvin is the replacement, I say why bother. Bob Melvin is just J-Man without the jokes. We all know who should be given the job.

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BACK BY POPULAR DEAMND, ITS’ “ROSTER MON”

Less than three weeks to go before opening day and we can only hope the baseball gods gives weather like today. How does 70 degrees sound ? So today seemed like a good day to take a look at what the 25 man roster for the Mets could look like on April 5th.

1st base

Daniel Murphy is making Omar’ job very difficult by having a lousy spring, while Ike Davis has done everything short of healing Jose Reyes and Carlos Beltran of their woes. With both those bats out of the lineup to start the year, it will be very interesting to see if the club is bold enough to give Davis the opening day start.  If Davis does make the big club does Murphy stay as a lefty bat off the bench over Mike Jacobs?

2nd base

For all the shit I give Luis Castillo he is producing offensively, Alex Cora will be his understudy

3rd base

D-Wright. ‘Nuff said

Shortstop

Just give the damn job to Ruben Tejada already. Let him play as much as possible at the position to be ready for opening day. Alex Cora is what he is a backup. Between Tejada and Castillo, Cora will get enough playing time to be effective.

Catcher

Barajas/Blanco.

LF

Jason Bay

CF

Here is where it get interesting again. As great as Fernando Martinez has played this spring and by the way, if there is any positives coming out of St. Lonesome it’s we have discovers life on the farm. The death of the Mets minor league system has been greatly exaggerated. Maybe this is F-Marts coming out party but with his history of injury as much as the Mets would love to give him the CF job until Carlos B comes back, it may be better for him to go to Buffalo and get 400 AB’s. It’s also easier to send Martinez down as both Angel Pagan and Gary Mathews Jr are producing this spring. 

RF

For all the positive influence stories about Frenchie so far this spring has anyone noticed he’s been awful at the plate? Good thing he has endeared himself with Wright and HOJO otherwise the discussion would be keeping F-Mart over Frenchie in right.

Tomorrow I’ll look at the pitching and bench. Busy day today.

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RANTINGS OF AN ANGRY METS FANS

If you like coming to this site and root for the day that my head will explode, well this may be your lucky day. As the great Frank Costanza said “I HAVE A LOT OF ISSUES WITH YOU PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ISSUE 1: How the hell can any of you, my fellow Mets fans, see anything positive in acquiring Gary Mathews Jr. and don’t tell that I’m overacting negatively to this deal, if I want to fucking rant about a broken down valise of a ball player who sucks so badddddddddddddlllllllllllllllyyyyyyyyyyyy the Angels lined is fucking pockets with $20 FUCKING million dollars to get rid of him, I’ll rant and I’ll rant hard and I’ll rant all night long. And of course the Mets were the only dumb ass’ in baseball that would take him on.

I’m not pissed with GMJ (as we Tiwits from the Twitterland call him) and yeah he’s just going to a spare part being paid spare change but don’t you Polly-Wilpons see that this guy is could be taking up one of 25 valuable roster spots on this team? I hate to wish bad on someone, as we all know God don’t like ugly, but you have to hope that GMJ sucks so bad in spring that the Mets release him.

And to all of “Angel Pagan is an All Star” worshipers you need to get over that as well. I don’t want to attack Pagan who is a good player but some of you Mets fans have built this guy up to the point if I were Pagan’s agent I’d bring in your Tweets and message boards posting to make his case in arbitration.

Back to GMJ (take a Dramamine because this is going to be one rocky post, I’m going all over the road here ) this poor bastard is not even an average Major player anymore. Check this out from Ball Busters blog:

{After the Mets completed their trade for Gary Matthews Jr. on Friday, committing about $2.5 million and a middle reliever to land him, one talent evaluator dug into his team’s scouting reports, wondering if maybe his general impression that Matthews was a player in decline was wrong.

The reports for his team were clear: Matthews is a player to be avoided. Slow bat. Declining range. And above all else, a player who wants to be a regular and will be an unhappy distraction in your clubhouse when he’s not in the lineup every day.

Said an executive with another team of the Mets’ efforts to acquire Matthews, which have been extensive, including the discussion of one possible four-team deal this winter: “Baffling.”

His OPS the past three seasons: .742, .675 and .697; the last number ranked 90th among 104 outfielders with at least 300 plate appearances. His slugging percentage of .361 ranked 96th among 104 outfielders with at least 300 plate appearances. He is now 35 years old.

I asked a scout with a team not involved in this deal for his observations on Matthews’ play. His response:

“I still see Matthews as an expensive extra outfielder. The Angels knew they were fooled by his Texas numbers before they went after Hunter. He should still be able to play center field while Beltran is out, but he hasn’t shown any sock since he was outed for receiving shipments of HGH a couple years ago. His bat has been dragging through the zone the last couple years. Nevertheless, he should benefit from getting more consistent at-bats in NY than he had been getting in Anaheim.”

His defense? Well, Mark Simon of ESPN Stats & Information sent along his year-by-year UZR/150 ratings from FanGraphs. Let’s just say there’s a trend in the numbers:

  • 2002: 23.8 (1st among 107 outfielders with at least 500-plus innings)
  • 2003: 6.6 (33rd of 105)
  • 2004: 21.3 (9th of 107)
  • 2005: 18.7 (15th of 112)
  • 2006: 1.0 (46th of 108)
  • 2007: -12.2 (88th of 108)
  • 2008: -13.7 (94th of 112)
  • 2009: -24.6 (109th of 115)

The winter’s market has had other guys who could have fit the role of extra outfielder. Randy Winn. Jeremy Reed. Endy Chavez, who reportedly is making progress in his rehabilitation.

To sum up the view of Matthews within the game: He can’t hit for average, can’t hit for power, his defense ranks statistically among the worst outfielders in the majors and, to top it off, rival scouts have been reporting that in recent years he has been a clubhouse negative.

If Matthews were a free agent, he would be a player who might get a $500,000 non-guaranteed minor league deal with an invitation to spring training. And yet the Mets opted to commit $2.5 million and to trade a serviceable pitcher in Brian Stokes to get a player whose effectiveness might have ended years ago.

Very strange.}

I threw up twice while reading that.  I don’t care if GMJ was PAYING the Mets to let him play, the guy is 35 years old, not very productive on offense and his defense has decline sharply every year. Yes, I know this just a temporary move until Carlos Beltran comes back and you may be right that I should save my anger with the Mets for more important fuck ups (I’ll get to one more in a sec) but I’m mad because is GMJ the only type of player the Mets can attract ? Think about it, they have tried to give away Luis Castillo who is ten times a better player than GMJ but with a $12 million dollar nut,  they can’t find a taker. The mere fact that the Artie Moreno would pay over $20 million dollars (just about the Pirates and Marlins total payrolls) to ship Mathews sorry ass out of Anaheim should have all Mets fans up in arms.

The one bright spot in this muck is Omar Minaya coming out and saying that the centerfield job is not Angel Pagans it’s an open competition, which of course I applaud. But it better not be just a two man event with Pagan and GMJ.

Issue 2:  First let me clean the spittle off my screen here as I was screaming as I wrote that last section of this post.

As you know I’ve been clamoring for the Mets to host a Fan Fest during the winter at $iti Field. I bring this up today for two reasons one, the Baltimore Orioles are having theirs today at Camden Yards and from reading the tweets from Orioles Prospects, the place is full of fans and players signing autographs and spreading good cheer. So on a beautiful sunny day in NYC what am I doing? Ranting like a fucking lunatic when I’d rather be at $iti Field and a Mets Fan Fest, which is where all of us Mets fans should be. But you’d have to have forward thinking management to do this instead of the Skill Sets whose version of customer service is out of the Henry Hill School of Business Management : “FUCK YOU, PAY ME!!!!!!!!!!!!”

Another reason why today would have been a great day for Mets-Fest is you could have tied in raising money for Haiti along with pushing your product. Charge everyone 20 bucks to come to the ball park with proceeds going to UNICEF for relief aid to Haiti. I bet there are tons of giveaways that weren’t distributed during the season, you could sell raffle tickets for them and for other used items like bats, batting gloves and the like and use that money for charity as well. I’m not saying the Mets are not charitable, in fact one of Freddy Skill Sets admirable traits is his generosity to charities but  not only would a Mets-Fest raise a ton of money for a good cause, it would also give the Mets some badly needed positive press.

End of rant……….a Jehovah’s Witness is ringing my bell time for an ass kicking!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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METS ACQUIRE GARY MATHEWS JR

according to Jon Heyman, the Mets have traded for Gary Mathews Jr. Still waiting to hear who the Mets gave up, but if it’s more than two Shake Shack burgers then we wuz robbed.

Listening to Jon Heyman on WFAN he says the Angels will pick up close to $20 mil of the $23 mil owed to Mathews but Luis Castillo is NOT part of the deal. 

The only thing that sucks more than Mathews Jr coming here is that Castillo is not going to Anaheim.

Much a fucking do about nothing.

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THE PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES HAVE PROJECTED THE NEW YORK METS AS THE 2008 NL EAST CHAMPS

Hard to believe but the Phillies have conceded the NL East to the NY Mets. From reading the Philly papers (Funny papers?) and from watching last nights Phillies-Brewers game, I ‘ve come to the conclusion that the biggest fear in Philadelphia these days besides mad men with hammers on the subway,  is not making baseballs post season.

 

Watching a Phillies game on Comcast is very tough. First there is Gary Mathews Jr A/K/A Sarge. Now Sarge is very hard to understand as he speaks kind of like a stoke victim/drunk and my TV has nothing like that on my SAP menu. Closed captioning? You’re kidding right? Then you have old pal Tom McCarthy who looks to be enjoying big portions of scrapple and cheestakes as he taking on more of his before look than the after since dropping a ton of weight but the most compelling part of the broadcast is when Harry Kalas and Chris Wheeler get together and hate is in the air in HD no less. I’m so used to the love fest in the SNY booth between Gary. Keith and Ron that the tension convention between “Wheels” and Kalas makes for uncomfortable listing. There is no interaction at all between the two and you get the distinct impression that neither one would piss on the other if they were on fire. But I digress, all the talk on the telecast was how last night game with Jamie Moyer pitching on three days rest, was a must win as the Brewers and now the Astros (The Astros? When did they sneak in?) are the teams in the Phillies way of a post season slot.

 

Here in the Greatest City in the World, the mood is much more different. Mike Vaccaro lays out 17 reasons why this year is different than last year and even Lord Douchebag himself has a somewhat positive look at the Flushing Gangsta’s.  There is a different feel to this team, much more like it was in ’06 than last year. Most of is that the players who wilted last year are thriving and the manager is much more in control of the situation that  overwhelmed his predecessor and it has carried over to the fan base that has realized the Last Day At Shea is now listed as To Be Announced.

 

Tomorrow we get a treat as the Mets-Braves game is on FOX and Doofus Joe Buck and Tim McFullofshit will not be doing the broadcast, instead we get our own Howie Rose. The drawback is that Rose has to work with a retard. Also bad job out of the empty suits at SNY for not letting Kevin Burkhardt work some FOX games, I guess they know the dearth of talent at the station and are afraid of losing the one competent voice they have.

 

Jesus,  Billy get a grip will you, chill out and wait and see your rehab goes before you bid us farewell.

 

Skill Sets United?

 

This Date in Mets History Part I-September 12th 1969. The Mets swept a doubleheader from the Pittsburgh Pirates by identical 1-0 scores. In the first game Jerry Koosman pitched a complete game shutout and drove in the lone run.   In the second game Don Cardwell started and pitched eight innings of shutout ball and drove in the only run. It was the 8th and 9th win in a row for the Amazin’s as they opened up a 3 ½ game lead of the floundering Cubs.

 

This Date in Mets History Part II- September 12th 1984. Dwight Gooden strikeout 16 Pittsburgh Pirates to set a Major League record for K’s in a season by a rookie pitcher when he K’s 16 Bucs and leads the Mets to a 2-0 win at Shea.  The 1984 season is the most underrated seasons in Mets history. It’s the season when the turnaround of the franchise started and when the fan base started to comeback and get excited about the team. It was just three years removed from yet another work stoppage and it was year four of the transformation from the mess left by the de Roulet’ and the cleansing by the Wilpon/Doubleday ownership. Just a little over 12,000 fans showed up at Shea for this historic game but the foundation for the 86 Championships.

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