It’s A Nationals Nightmare, The Mets Are Coming To Town

 

I am off on a two week vacation so I thought before I head off, I’d put up a post filled with Mets-nutia and more:

I have wrestled with the notion of should the Mets deal Bobby Parnell and Marlon Byrd, I’m sure the Mets front office has had the same dilemma. I’m enjoying this team right now and the fact that all the Mets-haters look like idiots talking shit about our team. No nothings in the media still make the same old stale jokes about the Mets but throughout the baseball industry, there is a ton of respect for what the Mets are building. How can you mock a team that has Matt Harvey and David Wright as its two big stars? How incredibly stupid do you look questioning the direction of this team when the Mets are the envy of baseball with the stockpile of young pitching in their minor league system? I know it’s hard for many of the numb skulls in the media to comprehend that the Mets have shown improvement and are on the right track to being a winning organization. Smarten up !

With that said, I hope the Mets don’t trade Parnell or Byrd. The time has come where to put an emphasis on winning. The Mets , Phillies and Nationals all have 53 losses . The Phillies and Nats are tied for 2nd place in the NL East with the Mets just 2 games back. Think about that, the Mets are 2 games out of 2nd place. If you don’t think that’s a big deal, then you haven’t been a long time Mets fan.

So by the end of this weekend the Mets could be right in back of the Braves for 1st place in the NL East. WOW! Ponder that!

The last team Davey Johnson wanted to see this weekend was the NY Mets. The Nats are 2-8 last 10 and 7-13 in their last 20 and have to face Matt Harvey in tonight’s night cap. Be proud Mets fans be proud!

We have seen the resiliency of this team and the solid camaraderie among the players that has sold me that this team is well worth rooting for. What the off season brings is not for today. It’s nearly August and I’m enjoying watching the NY Mets play baseball, what’s wrong with that?

I hope Lucas Duda and Ruben Tejada spend the month of August in Las Vegas. Why bring either player up now? Since both players went down with injury and Eric Young Jr. joined the club, and the bullpen has been solidified,  the team’s been winning. The mantra of the Mets outfield being the worst in baseball has been silenced. In fact, defensively the Mets outfield of EYJ, Juan Lagares and Marlon Byrd is a major plus. No way Lucas Duda ever sees LF again, so it’s either 1B, be traded, or stay in LV until September.  

With Tejada, I can see bringing him up in a platoon with Omar Quintanilla but you gets sent down? Having Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Andrew Brown on the bench gives Terry Collins a nice late inning lefty/righty option late in games. Josh Satin isn’t even in the thought process of going to LV and Justin Turner is Terry Collins’ pet, so what to do? I say stand pat, platoon Ike and Satin at 1B and live with Turner as the backup shortstop for a month.

The Mets will giveaway Jay Horowitz Bobbleheads on August 23rd when the Detroit Tigers come to town. There will also be a post game concert by 3rd Eye Blind and a portion of the tickets sales will go to Hope Shines For Shannon. Instead of 3rd Eye Blind should the Talking Heads be the band to perform on Jay Horowitz Bobble head Night?

The Mets are also hosting a sleepover at Citi Field on August 10th

 
 
LET’S GO METS!!!

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Hey NY Highlanders Good Bye To You

Sometimes the NY Post gets it right!

I think we will send this one out to the NY Highlanders and their arrogant fan base with the lovely Mrs. John McEnroe speaking for all of us Highlander Haters

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Welcome To Baseball Purgatory

 

 

After sparing with Mets fans on Twitter yesterday I’m exhausted.  It seems I’m in the minority when it comes to the Mets inactivity after yesterday’s trade deadline as I have no problem with Sandy Alderson staying with a pat hand. I really am stumped as to what the very vocal majority of Mets fans expected him to do via the trade route? I’m baffled because the majority agrees that Alderson should not trade any of the best prospects in the Mets fame system, so where exactly are the trade chips he needs to make a deal and with the many needs that the big league club has, how was trading Scott Hairston going to fix them.

When did Scott Hairston turn into Frank Robinson? What do some of you folks think Hairston would bring back in return in a trade? Hairston has been great this year and right now is the best outfield the Mets have but in reality he’s a platoon player who hits only lefties and plays plausible defense. I’m sure Alderson got a good chuckle as the fans called for him to trade Hairston and get back a top prospect.  I don’t know if this is Mets fans being delusional over Hairston’ talent or if these same fans were real big Beltran haters? You don’t get Zack Wheeler type prospects for Scott Hairston; in fact according to Alderson you can’t get a top 30 prospect for Hairston either.

Now the debate is why didn’t Alderson act earlier to add more competent relievers to this awful bullpen? How dare Sandy Alderson not be smart enough to see in June that the Mets would go into the tank in July?  What’s worse is the Mets fan lets’ the beat writers take them for fools by goading them into putting their stupidity on display with mindless tweets and uninspired game stories, I love reading the Tweets of Mets fan who parrot what they read in a newspaper or hear on talk radio, it gave me incentive to unfollow a lot of folks who clog my timeline with inane buillshit. The same deep thinkers who all off season yapped about how bad the Mets were and how they were not going to any game at Citi Field and said the myself and other fans were schmucks for supporting this team and buying tickets and putting money in the ownerships pocket are now clamoring for Alderson to trade guys like Scott Hairston or Daniel Murphy for Mike Trout or Bryce Harper. All y’all need a big tall glass of Shut The Fuck Up.

The biggest problem the Mets front office has is the team is not good enough to be in a heavenly direction to a post season berth and they’re not hellish enough to finish at the bottom of the standings and secure a top 5 pick in the June Entry Draft. The Mets are in baseball purgatory, hovering around .500 not good enough to matter and not bad enough to ignore.

Did the front office fail at rebuilding the bullpen ? Yes and I’m sure the GM would tell you that himself but when the owners give you Goodwill money, it’s hard to come back with Nordstrom quality merchandise.

Without a doubt this off season will be the defining moment of the Alderson era as Mets GM as there is so much work to be done to fix the big league team from a whole new outfield to finding a way to make Jason Bay go away to putting together a solid pitching staff from 1-11.  But that can wait as there are still two full months left to this season and because I’m such an asshole I plan on spending as much time as I can watching the Mets from home and at Citi Field.

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HATERS GOT TO HATE I GUESS

It was just the first exhibition game of the spring but that won’t stop the negativity surrounding the Mets to permeate via the MSM and some in the fan base.

First up with anti-Mets propaganda is Joel Sherman, who feels that Mets fans are idiots and expect Sandy Alderson to turn around this clusterfuck in a season and a half. There are certain guys I usually avoid reading and Sherman is one along with Filip Bondy, Ian O’Connor and Andy Martino as they seem to have a real deep hatred for the Mets and zero objectivity.  The three hacks, Sherman, Bondy and O’Connor are just Highlander shills whereas Martino wishes he was anyplace else but the Mets beat.

It’s hard to get all work up over last night’s game. Sure as Mets fans we were excited just to see baseball on our flat screens but you have to remember one thing THE GAMES DO NOT COUNT!!!! That is why they are exhibition games, practice games, an exercise on working on different aspects of hitting pitching and defense to get ready for the season.     

But with all that some things did stand out:

The Mets may lead the majors in hair, lots of hair.

That is some outstanding chin hair that Dillon Gee possesses. I would grow one of myself but it would look like a big bundle of steel wool.

I’m pulling for Mike Baxter to make the 25 man but he’s got use his head better in the field. I believe it was in the top of the 5th with a runner on 1st, Lombardozi executed a hit and run with a single to left. Baxter rushed to the ball and tried to throw the runner out at 3rd   instead of looking at the batter/runner to hold him at 1st this allowed Lombardozi to take 2nd base.

Adam Loewen sure looks like a pitcher in the batter’s box. He’s big with a lot of hair so he fits the mold of the modern Met

What was up with all the bases the Mets were stealing? Did Terry Collins summon his inner Al Lopez ? Will the Mets be the Go-Go Mets of 2012?

Matt Harvey had some command issues  but nothing to get worked up over.

Josh Thole look pretty good behind the plate.

Bryce Harper is going to be a pain in our ass for the next 15 years.

I liked seeing Kirk Nieuwenhuis get into the game. He looks bigger than the listed 6’ 3” 215 lbs  and he made a nice diving catch in the 5th but then got a little cocky in the 8th trying to make a one hand catch that he dropped. Two hands Capt Kirk.

From today’s NY Times we get Scott Boras crying about the ownership of the Mets and Dodgers in a crock of shit lament that it’s bad for baseball that both major market teams are in bad financial straits. No Scott you mean not having both team especially the Skill Sets making dumb ass baseball business decisions and agreeing to bad contracts is bad for the business of Scott Boras.

Also in that story is word that Nails is headed to the big house for a 3 years stretch, a sad ending for sure.

Good to see Mike Steffanos is back to blogging about the Mets at his Mike’s Mets site, do yourself a favor and check out his site.

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BE CAREFUL METS HATERS, YOUR SNARK MAY COME BACK TO BITE YOU

Ok, Ok, I get it the Mets are broke and the Skill Sets are in denial as their empire is crumbling all around them, so can all the copycat writers stop with the regurgitation of the Skill Sets financial quagmire please. How the hell can anyone write about the rise and fall of Freddy and Saul after Howard Megdal ,  who has written extensively on this subject, put all the pieces together in his book Wilpon’s Folly. Everything that has been dished out by other writers is just a total rip off of Howard’s hard work. There is without a doubt more honor amongst bloggers than there is among the main stream media.

Let’s set another record straight as well as we get closer to reporting date of spring training. The club that will report to St. Lonesome in a week is not the re-incarnation of the 1962 Mets. They are not the 1986 Mets either.  This is not the worst team in baseball either; right now the Mets are a middle of the pack team. Sure the Mets will be a disadvantage playing in the stacked NL East but after what we’ve seen of this club last year do you really think they are going to lay down or go through the motions? Do you think Terry Collins or Sandy Alderson will tolerate that? While on the subject of Sandy Alderson, Twitter is all a twitter over the GM tweeting some self-depreciating humor about the club; some folks are outraged over the snarky tweets that Alderson has tweeted. I guess those folks just don’t get it, Alderson possess an outstanding dry sense of humor and is using social media as a platform as satire on all the comments about the teams money situation. Got get with the program folks this is the thinking fans GM.

Look, I’d be as happy as any Mets fan is the Skill Sets sold the club and moved on, never to be heard from again but I’ve been rooting for this team for too long and my love of baseball too deep to let their difficulties spoil my summer. As I said in an earlier post I’m rooting for Daniel Murphy and R.A Dickey and after reading the piece in the NY Daily News on Jason Bay, I’ll root hard for him as well. Sure this team pisses me off a lot, I’m mad as hell that the team doesn’t have money for starting pitching depth or a decent left handed bat for the bench but as angry as I am, I can’t wait for the first spring game out of St. Lonesome on SNY.

I have no right to tell people how to spend their money and no one has the right to do that to me, if you feel not going to Citi Field or watching the team on SNY or buying Mets merchandise will drive the Skill Sets out of power, that’s your right but for me not going to Citi Field or watching SNY or listening to games on WFAN or buying a Mets 50th Anniversary jersey  would just make me fucking miserable (or more fucking miserable than a normal day)it’s what I love to do.

If you want to root against the Skill Sets that’s fine but to root against the Mets and by the Mets I mean the players, coaches and manager, that’s just plain stupid.

Remember all your favorite MSM columnists in this town were ready to burry Tom Coughlin, Jerry Reece and the coaching staff of the NY Football Giants  in December, today they have Coughlin in the Hall of Fame, Reece is a genius and the coaching staff was right to stay the course. Two weeks ago, the media was running Mike D’Antoni out of town on a rail, Melo was out with injury and Amare had a family tragedy to deal with so the Knicks were finished, But, out of nowhere came Jeremy Lin and now the media is ready to kill Melo and Amare if they don’t come back and mesh with the rest of their teammates as Jeremy Lin has brought his Harvard Chemistry Set to turn the 2012 Knicks into 1969 Knicks.  So take note of all the MSM folks who are predicting that the Mets will suck this coming season and when they become the surprise team in MLB, remember who called bullshit first when the fish wraps start comparing Terry Collins to Billy Martin as his “gritty, gutsy”  Mets win more games than they lose.

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TEJEDA AND PITCHING IS THE METS WAY TO GO

Six pitchers to win a nine inning baseball game, welcome to the next re-invention of baseball, courtesy of The Genius.  The biggest impression I have of the post season is that we are now going from having a setup man and closer as your main relievers to having to have at least seven pitchers who can come out of your pen, game in game out.  Before the post season even started, Sandy Alderson made it known that rebuilding his bullpen would be job one.  

The story of Game one changes dramatically if Allen Craig does not come through with that huge pinch hit single to put the Cards ahead 3-2. The second guessers and LaRussa haters (I raise my hand) would have been out in full force. Just goes to show the difference between a genius and an asshole in baseball is a fair ball.

There was a terrific column by Adam Rubin on ESPNNY.com on how the readiness of Ruben Tejada could soften the blow of Jose Reyes leaving for greener (backs) pastures. Rubin quotes Mark Simon, ESPN’s numbers cruncher with stats that show me the Mets would be better off with Reyes leaving and Tejada taking over shortstop and using the money saved on pitching. Defensively you really don’t lose much with Tejeda (according to the metrics the Mets would gain with Tejeda at shortstop) it’s on offense where you lose the most.

“If you look at it from a WAR [wins above replacement] perspective, Reyes was a 6.2 last year via Fangraphs. Tejada was a 1.8,” Simon said. “The question would be: What is Tejada at his best … maybe a 3-WAR player? So there is a drop-off.”

You’d think that a healthy Ike Davis, David Wright (if he’s not dealt) with the fences of Citi Field lower and closers (and painted blue I hope),and a rejuvenated Jason Bay (a guy can dream can’t he) would make up for the offensive slack lost by the dearly departed Reyes   

I think this quote from an NL scout sums it up:

  Said one National League scout: “Tejada is ready to play every day. Save the money and go get some pitching. You’re not winning anything in 2012 anyway. Find out if the kid can do it. He really has improved with the bat and gotten physically stronger. He’s going to need a backup, though, in case he gets hurt or needs a day off”

As Mets fans, we need to root for three more Redbird wins in a row so we can get our off season started, the suspense is killing me.

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ANOTHER STEP BACK

Greetings from Kissimmee, Florida where the humidity  is a rude as the European tourists at Disney World.

One of the best features of the condo we’re staying in is it has wi fi which is something the Disney hotels don’t , which always shocked me. Everything Disney’s does is first class you would think adding free wi fi would be a no brainer. Oh well.

The Mets season could be summed up by the just completed Nats series. Just when you get a burst of enthusiasm that this team has couple be a major player down the stretch and maybe have turned that corner to being relevant again, you get games like yesterday that make you think there is much more work to do. Base running errors (seems the manager blames Jon Niese for not tagging and going home on Wright’s fly ball that doubled up Murphy but the Murph-haters out there don’t agree) and the closer in training again not showing a closers mentality to finish out a game.

If Bobby Parnell wants to show the Mets brass that he is THE GUY, to be the closer in 2012, he can blow games like yesterday. A real closer comes in after a go ahead home run in the 9th and closes the game 1-2-3. With a 100MPH fastball, Parnell should have come into the game breathing fire. His makeup as much as his pitching will be on display for the next two months.

Is anyone upset that Sandy Alderson didn’t make any more moves at the trade deadline? Scott Hairston, Willie Harris or Izzy could be moves through waivers but as Terry Collins said there is anyone in Buffalo to bring up in their place.

That’s enough for today, back to my R & R

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SHORT AND SWEET

Outstanding job by Chris Capuano last night with his only flaw the three run home run he gave up to Espinosa in the second inning. 8K’s and 1 BB in 6 innings pitched with a 71/26 spilt of strikes to balls is as good as it gets.

Carlos Beltran just can win with some folks. Instead of celebrating the fact he hit 2 home runs and is looking very comfortable at the plate, there will be critics who will bash him for the off day today and those in the media saying he will be excellent trade bait. I love to see some of the critics wear a knee brace all day and say they feel great.

Ike-Ike Baby, Vanilla Ike, Ike-nstein whatever you want to call him add big time in front of that. So far so good on no sophomore jinx.

Alderson has a big decision to make as it pertains to the bullpen. Izzy is ready and able to go at the big league level, so the Mets need to decide who is cut to make room for Izzy. Tell you the truth, with the way the starting pitching has not giving many innings, I’d demote Lucas Duda, since Collins is in love with Willie Harris and Duda is rotting on the bench and buy some time with an 8 man pen until Jason Bay comes back. By that time Alderson, Collins and Warthen might have a better idea on who to keep.

Chris Young on the mound today so if Mets take this game and series that will be two out of three series the Mets have won. Take that haters.

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TRACKING DOWN HATERS AND THE JOHN T. BRUSH STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN

There  has  been a lot of chatter over a piece that Jeff Pearlman wrote for CNN about tracking down a couple of guys who sent him some hate e-mail over a blog post he made about Jeff Bagwell not being Hall of Fame worthy. One of the e-mails was cloaked in deception as a civil response to Pealrman’s anti- Bagwell post but when Peralman opened the link he was struck with a pornographic image instead. What made it worse was he was sitting with his 7 year old daughter when he opened it.

Pearlman’ naiveté of opening a link sent by a stranger can be debated but what can’t be denied is that Pearlman went  all George Costanza on his ass. Remember when George was driving  Danny Tartabull to a PBS fund raiser when he thought another driver had given him and Tartabull the finger and chased the guy all the way upstate NY only to find the guys’ finger was in a cast? Well, that sort of what Pearlman did.

Pearlman doesn’t reveal how he tracked these vile critics down but he did and when he confronted them on the phone, they were shocked and I guess a bit scared that their cloak of anonymity was lifted.

When you write a blog you have to expect nasty and vile comments. On this site, I’ve had commentators who have left some awful comments about me personally and some of my posts. If they are funny or creative I let them stand, but if they are about someone else either a subject I’ve written about or another commentator I delete them. I can’t tell you how many racists and homophobic comments I’ve had to delete over the last few years. I won’t ever allow that here.

Now I wouldn’t go to the extreme that Pearlman did unless someone made a personal threat against me, if that happened I’d probably got to the police with it as my ass kicking days are over. By the way Pearlman is all wrong about Bagwell, the guys belongs in the Hall of Fame. If Jeff or anyone else thinks I’m wrong you know where to find me. I ain’t hiding.

The San Francisco Giants brought the 2010 World Series trophy to NYC this weekend. Greg Prince and Caryn Rose both got to lay eyes on the great baseball prize. As many long time readers here know, my dad was a huge NY Giants fan and even when they left town he still rooted for them until 1962 when the Mets were born. Not only because it was a new NL team (There was never ever a thought of my dad becoming a Highlanders fan. You had a better chance of him saying the Queen of England was a pretty good gal than have him say anything nice about the Bronx Bastards)but by playing in the Polo Grounds, he could now get back to his old stomping grounds.   So for all sons and daughters of old NY Giants fans I’d like to tip my Mets cap to Bill Neukom for not forgetting the franchises roots.

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SUMMER FUN WITH THE METS

Some observations from last night:

The first couple of innings were rough to watch as Big Pelf was throwing and throwing and the Twins were fouling off and fouling off pitch after pitch. Pelf said after the game that it was a tough game from him as he threw 77 of his 117 pitches for strikes but the twins must have fouled off 50 of them as he has done all season, the Season of Big Pelf.

Uhh anyone still want to deal off Daivd Wright and Jose Reyes?  Anyone? Com’on you haters show your faces.

Let’s also end the hate for Carlos Beltran. If he is ready and can play center field then that’s where he’ll play. It is much easier for Angel Pagan to shift over to right field and he and Frenchy can form a nice little twosome there, plus Beltran, when he does make it back, will need maybe two days off a week to help with that knee so don’t worry all you Pagan fans, Angel will get playing time. Don’t over think this folks just enjoy the fresh bat in the lineup.

I can’t figure out Jerry Manuel. When the Mets lose his post game presser is like a night at the Laugh Factory, when they win it’s like he’s planning a wake. Strange.

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