COME ON NOW, WAIT A SECOND GUESS!

 

The Mets have lost their share of games this season that would have you sit an ponder for a few minutes before you get on with  your life outside being a Mets fans , but last night’s game , some 12 hours later is still bothering me.  I was lucky enough to have Ed Marcus (rusty Jr.) of The Real Dirty Mets on with me last night after the game on my THIS CALL TO THE BULLPEN podcast and we disscused the game plus a lot of other Mets news and views, but back to last night’s game.

Last night Terry Collins managed more with his heart than his head, when he left R.A. Dickey in the game in the 8th inning. I’m not going to kill Collins on the move but I won’t argue with fans who feel  he  left Dickey in too long. Where I take Collins to task is, and not to go all Tim McCarver on you, why do you have Izzy warming up in the pen, and then you don’t use him? Sure Collins brought  Izzy in after Neal  Walker’s  two-run single up the middle to break a 1-1 tie, but the formula all season has been Izzy in the 8th and Frankie Rodz in the 9th which has worked great for most of the season, so why re-write the strategy now?  Well, it seems Collins got caught up in the moment as did all the fans at Citi Field.

R.A. Dickey not only showed guts pitching in pain with his plantar fascia injury that has left him unable to run and walking with a bit of a limp but that did not affect his ability to toss a knuckleball that sashayed better than any contestant on Dancing With The Stars. Maybe it was the warm humid night or just that Dickey got his mojo back but he was vintage Dickster last night.

Every time Dickey came up to bat he was greeted with an ovation that was Seaver-Godden-ess and deservedly so.  Problem for R.A. was the lineup that Terry Collins used last night made a journeyman pitcher like James McDonald look like Dock Ellis, minus the hallucinogenics  of course. I will give McDonald props on curve ball that was just a nasty 12 to 6 hook.

It seemed that Collins was ready to let Dickey pitch a complete game hopefully with a shutout added to the back of his baseball card. Dickey had retired 12 in a row until the 8th inning. After a Ronny Cedeno’ leadoff single, Dickey got two quick outs, then hit a batter and let young James Harrison get another hit off him bringing up Neal Walker who hits much better from the left side than right, so maybe bringing  in Brydak or O’Connor would be the move here.  Collins didn’t think so, it was Dickey’s game to win or lose.

Now Dickey got two quick strikes on Walker but a combination of Dickey letting a knuckler float in the middle of the plate and Walker using good hitting technique and shorting up his swing with two strikes, sent the pitch right up the middle for a two run single which was like a swift kick in the nuts.

If Dickey strikes out Walker there, R.A. and Collins are heroes instead it’s become a second guesser’s paradise. That’s baseball Suzyn.

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NOT MUCH METS NEWS BUT………………………

If you’re looking for Mets news looks like you’ll have to wait until after the New Year, and quite frankly, Greg Prince hit it right on the head, we’ve been overdosing on  Mets news this month, there isn’t much more to dissect.  Starting pitching, relievers, a fourth outfielder and a open tryout for second base has be talked about and talked about and talked about……………………you get my drift (by the way like Greg, I am still battling an awful head cold that has made me more cranky and ornery as usual so the slightest little thing can set me off, you’ve been warned!) but of course there are still a few topics that can be discussed and Adam Rubin did a nice chat over at ESPNNY yesterday and a couple of Q’s & A’s got my interest.

As much as the, to deal or not to deal when it comes to Carlos Beltran and Jose Reyes will be an ongoing saga this coming season, I feel the Frankie Rodriguez “55” will be blog fodder come the dog days of summer. Matt  Cerrone stated on Metsblog that the Mets tried to trade K-Rod and found out he’s radioactive.  Rubin in his chat answer feels the Mets will use Rodriguez as closer even if the team is just treading water. I strongly disagree with that. If anything I can see Terry Collins with the blessing of Sandy Alderson letting Rodriguez know that he might be seeing work in the 7th or 8th inning with Bobby Parnell getting the 9th inning job. In a perfect world the Mets would tell their relievers that they will be used when the situation call for their talents, games can be won or lost in the 7th or 8th inning as well as the 9th. As far as I can see, Rodriguez has no recourse but to toe the line. The team wishes he would go away. There are teammates who still hold a grudge about what Rodriguez did in front of their families, and the fans hate his guts.  If the GM takes a hard line stance with Rodriguez, he’d have the backing of the majority of the fan base. If the Mets are lucky, Rodriguez will have a melt down and become insubordinate, forcing the team to suspend him once again. Sure he could grieve this but I’m sure the Mets will put up a enough of a defense to show Rodriguez and his agent he’s not wanted and he’s better off starting over elsewhere, maybe at some betting sites like BetUS.

Another question that came up was the status of Lucas Duda. Rubin claims that Terry Collins (for now until he’s no longer manager, Terry Collins will be known here as TC) has stated that Duda will not be a bench player for the 2011 Mets. I agree 100% with TC. Reed Johnson or Fred Lewis and Nick Evans can be the perfect 4th outfielder, Duda should not look at going to Buffalo as a demotion but a way to play every day, so when one of the regular outfielder’s goes down with the inevitable injury, Duda can come up and go right into the starting lineup.

The fella’s at Amazin’ Avenue are prepping for the 2011 Amazin’ Avenue Annual. It will be hard to top last year’s Annual but I’m sure they will in fact I’d be my R.A. Dickey on it.

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SMOOTH OPERATORS

No need to ask he’s a smooth operator

There was something different about the Mets last night, not just the great pitching performance by Jon Neise or the bombs away hitting of Daivd Wright, Rod Barajas or Frenchy there was a confidence displayed by the team that has been missing for awhile. When you look at Jason Bay the guy never seems to get rattled.  Ike Davis is the same way it feels like Davis has been here for a couple of years instead of a couple of weeks. The players all said during spring training that they knew they had a good team and that they’ll prove once the season starts, I for one didn’t believe it. I’m not going over board just yet although beating the Phillies like they did and shutting up the louts that inhabit Citizen’s Bank Park has we ready to go overboard.

It’s easy to go crazy during this hot streak and hopeful Big Pelf works his magic to day against Roy Haliday but the test of the makeup of this team to me will be how they react when they hit a bump in the road. They’ve already hi one early in the year and have shown for guts than last years team ever did but at some point the pitching is going to struggle and the bats will slump a bit and how the team reacts to that adversity will be the test .

I don’t want to dwell on that now though I just want to see the Mets kick Roy Halliday and the Phillies ass this afternoon.

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“TIS THE SEASON TO HATE THE SKILL SETS TRA-LA,LA,LA LA LA LA LA

 

 

So Jason Marquis signed with the Washington Nats for 2yrs/$15 mil. It seems the Mets were adamant about Marquis signing for minimum of 5 yrs/$40 mil.

 

Of course if the Mets signed Marquis for the same deal it would have been very nice but let’s not make him out to be Don Drysdale, okay, he’s a plow horse who takes the ball every 5th day and most days keeps his team in games.

 

The big problem for the Mets if John Harpers’ info is correct, the team has placed a priority on adding offense first then seeing how much is left in the bank account to go for pitching. If that’s the case, this Mets team is destined for doom.

 

Does it really pay to get mad anymore? I have no idea what the Mets plan is this off-season and I’m at the point that I couldn’t give a shit if Jason Bay signs here or not. In fact, my mindset for this coming season is of a late 70’s type mode. I see myself going to as many games as I can at $iti Field because for all the screaming, cursing and acting like baby bullshit I do here, I’m still a die hard Mets fan. I’ll be there (hopefully) on Opening Day and for a lot of other days/nights at $iti Field. So the Mets don’t have to do anything to appease me because even if they were still playing in our beloved Shea with it’s leaky toilets and broken seats, I’d still be there bitching and moaning but with cash and credit card in hand, wearing a Mets jersey, Mets cap, Mets socks (yeah that’s right I have about 5 pair of Mets socks) and standing and applauding when Alex Anthony says “And here they are your 2010 New York Mets”.  You say I’m a jerk and ass whatever but the bottom line is I love the Mets it’s the owner whose guts I hate.  Even Jimmy (Welcome to my Garden Party) Dolan laughs at Jeffey Skill Sets.

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CAMP HAS BECOME UN-BEAR-ABLE

With one more night left in our camping trip we just finished a leaders meeting to deal with the two young bears that are now stalking the camp site.  I’ m operating on about 2 hours sleep as we were alerted last night around 10 PM that a bear about 2 yrs old and standing well over 6 ft tall and over 200 lbs was in our general vicinty. So we the leaders stayed up most of th enight keeping vigil on the camp site.

To make matters worse my son and four other boys from our troop spent the night in the woods about 5 miles from our camp to fullfill thier wilderness survival reqs for a merit badge. The boys go into the woods for a night with just a sleeping bag, knife, water, mat, and two hot dogs and an apple. When they returned to camp this moring around 6 AM my son informed me that he saw a bear near their shelter but he was scared off by the noise.

With all that I’m ready to go home and get some concrete under my feet by the way Jerry Manuel needs to play Daniel Murphy every day and Omar needs to give Livan Hernandez his release, and Jeffey and Freddie Skill Sets need to come out hiding and speak to the fan base on how they are going to get this franchise back on track not for this season but for 2010 and beyond.

Time for everyone in the Mets organization to man up and realize this season is done and work on dealing off guys like Ryan Church, Garry Sheffield, Brian Schineder  and Fernando Tatis to name four.

It would be nice if someone in the Mets organization had the guts of a 13 year old Boy Scout

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THE FACE OF THE HIGHLANDER FRANCHISE, ALEX RODRIGUEZ

Sometimes I can be mean and nasty( in case you’re new to this blog) and not just when it comes to Jeffey Skill Sets.  I’m enjoying the pain that Highlander fans are going through with their $275 mil dollar albatross of a third baseman, just knowing they have 9 more years of Alex Rodriguez and the fact that Captain Craptastic hates his guts and could be that could be the reason he bolts the Bronx when his contract is up is the bitch to the payback. But I think I have to stop picking on poor defenseless Highlander fans.

 

Yesterday before my son’s basketball game, I sat in the stands with a couple of other fathers who are fans of the Bronx Bastards. Some are the typical fans that think it’s their god given right to have a parade down Broadway every year, and one or two are somewhat reasonable to the point where they can complement the Mets for fixing the biggest need the back of the pen. So any way, my first question to the group was “WOW, what do you think of A-Rod”  as soon as I got the Rod part out, I sat back and watched the fireworks display. Mr. “the only baseball is Highlander baseball” was enraged not that a confidential test was leaked to a reporter or that Rodriguez has told three different stories or even what the effects will be on Rodriguez health ,no his main concern was “this was done to sabotage the Highlander season”  he went on to rant about how all the teams in baseball were “out to get “ the Highlanders and the Red Sox and Mets were two of the teams that are the most jealous of their success and just stupid comment after stupid comment.

It was at that point it dawned on me that has there ever been a more perfect marriage than Highlander fans and Alex Rodriguez? They are two of the same. They are both “me first” types, they never give credit to the opposition, and they believe they should always get what they want. Is there more of a douche than a Highlander fan who says “Anything short of a World Series Championship is unacceptable”?

See I kind of like hanging around Highlander fans as it makes me appreciate being a Mets fan. Our team and organization is far from perfect but it sure beats the shit out the alternative.         

  

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CAT SCRATCH FEVER CIRCA 1969

Today marks the 39th anniversary of the Black Cat incident at Shea Stadium. While Ron Santo waited on deck for the Chicago Cubs, (I hated Santo’s guts when I was a kid as he did that stupid clicking of his heels when the Cubs won) The black cat went past Santo and into the Cubs dugout and looked Leo Durocher in the eye and let him know the Cubbies were doomed. The Mets won the game and the next game to go into first place and the rest as they say is history. If the Mets were creative they would have someone with a Black Cat take down the Shea Goodbye Countdown number tonight.

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THE RIGHT TO BEAR RELIEF ARMS

Sorry for the late posting but I’ve been on the phone with Barack Obama as he is pleading with me to be his running mate in Novemeber. I’m taking time to contemplate what to do. Obama has promised me that when we win in Novemeber my duties as Vice President will not take away from my blogging about the Mets, in fact he assured me of being at opening day next year at $iti Field as I woud be his rep at the game. This is a very tough decison I have to make. J-Man thinks he has it tough.

 

I have to give credit to the Mets relievers, they are far more restrained than I could ever be if I were in their shoes. Everyday now that Billy Wags looks like he’s done for the year (you know one the inflammation in his elbow goes down an MRI will show a tear, it’s Mets luck kids) their ability, guts and talent are questioned by the fans, media and the manager and not one guy has exploded in anger. I wish I had that kind of temperament because I know if I were a Mets reliever I’d have told this whole city to go fuck itself by now.

Here is what me, you the media and the players need to get into their heads, there is no white knight on the way to close out games for the Mets. If the Mets and I mean Omar, Jeffy and Tony B even think about dealing Nick Evans, Dan Murphy, Jon Neise or the Teen Aged Hitting Machine for some ragged arm reliever off the wavier wire then the name of the blog will be changed to I Hate The Mets. No one is going to hand over a reliever to the Mets (Nick Evans for David Weathers? I will burn every piece of Mets clothing and memorabilia I have if that deal is ever made ) and the Phillies will block every wavier move that favors the Mets so forget it. The best you can hope for right now is that Al (Curly) Reyes, joins Jose (Moe) Reyes and Argenis (Larry) Reyes as the Mets have done well with guys named Reyes.

Oh and scratch Todd Jones off your wish list as he just landed on the DL with a sore shoulder.

If John Maine were healthy he would move to the closer role but with his shoulder problems you can’t ask him to pitch on an day to day basis, in fact when he does start it looks like 5 to 6 innings tops is what your going to get out of him so the four days rest he gets between starts is much needed. Forget Petey as well even though he has the mind set and heart to close he just doesn’t have the pitching arsenal to succeeded in that spot. OP? to valuable as a starter. Santana? “Nuff said. That leaves Big Pelf and if in the next two weeks that no one steps up and does the job Big Pelf would be the guy that heads to the pen. If Pelfrey were a big strike out guy the move would have been made already I think but since he’s not then the Mets brass will use him in the late innings only as a last resort. He woul dsuced there for the fact that he has mastered hitting the low strike zone and can induce double plays . If the Mets can’t find someone to step in or step up and they do make the post season more likely than not Big Plef will head to the pen.

Now I’m calling on citizens from all over the world this is Captain America calling.

Hey things could be worse, Carl Pavano could be your starting pitcher

This has to be seen to be believed.

 

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