NY Mets Will Be Buyers This Trade Deadline

 

Trying to get back into blogger mode after a week on Cape Cod and the cold reality that 5AM wakeup call awaits me tomorrow morning so  without much rhyme or reason here are some Mets thoughts:

The next three days with the All Star break should feature a whirlwind of Mets trade rumors in fact some are starting already. This team for all the hustle and flow it’s shown this season needs some big time renovation if they are going to go hard after a post season berth.

The biggest need is in the bullpen which posted its best ERA of the season at 3.77 but still sports the worst team ERA in MLB at 4.99.  It seems Terry Collins is relying on the arms of Tim Byrdak, Bobby Parnell and Miguel Batista in the late innings of games while Jon Rauch and Ramon Ramirez have the tag of “one or two batters only” attached to their names. Pedro Beato is back up and one would hope he would replace Batista in the late inning order, moving Batista back to the long man role he’s better at. Of course all will change once Frankie Frisco comes back from oblique rehab but where will he fit? Has Bobby Parnell turned a corner in his career where he’s figured out how to get his curve over for strikes and have the confidence to throw it in a tough situation? Seems the Mets brass is not 100 % sold on Parnell and Frisco as they have let the word out they would like to obtain a closer or a pitcher who has had closer experience, that doesn’t mean Parnell and Frisco are a concern but as we’ve seen so far this half of the season a strong back end of the pen is the difference between 4.5 games back of the Nats instead of 4.5 games ahead of the Nats and first place in the NL East.

Lots of talk of the Mets getting involved in dealing for a catcher, which Sandy Alderson has made known is a priority to upgrade in the Mets system, hence the drafting of Kevin Plawecki with a supplemental pick in this year’s draft, and while myself and many Mets fans would be happy if the Mets were to upgrade the position at the trade deadline, I’m not sure if it will happen or should it. As much as Mike Nickeas makes Mets fans groan, when it comes to the pitching staff and Terry Collins and Dan Warthen, Nickeas is a valuable piece to this team. Nickeas is kind of a player/coach on this Mets team and I know there is a segment of Mets fans and bloggers who feel team chemistry is overrated, it’s hard to watch this team day in and day out and not see that the camaraderie in the clubhouse has played a major role in the success of the team in the first half.  You may not believe it but the front office, coaching staff and the players do. I would be a bit surprised if the Mets dealt for a catcher in season, best bet is the team will go hard to upgrade the backstop spot in the winter.

Much has been made about Reggie Jackson dissing the late Gary Carter saying the Kid was not Hall of Fame worthy, if you know anything about Reggie Jackson you know he loves to say things just to get his name mentioned in the papers or TV/sports talk radio. We all know the stories of Reggie’s turbulent Highlander years as a self-promoting blowhard, who always felt he was above everything and anything. I have a Reggie story that was told to me by someone who worked for the Highlanders and is now deceased and it shows the true Reggie

When Jackson retired he was hired by George Steinbrenner to work in the front office with Gene Michael. On his first day as a front office employee, Reggie went into Steinbrenner’s office which doubled as his suite at Highlander Stadium and asked to be served a turkey sandwich and an iced tea.  Jackson was told by the gentleman who ran the suite that since he was now a front office employee of the Highlanders, he could not come into the office/suite whenever he felt like it and he could not eat there either, Reggie was told he had to eat in the cafeteria with the rest of the office staff. Jackson exploded when he heard this and said “Do you know who the fuck I am? Get me that fucking sandwich and drink”. To avoid further confrontation the attendant went and got Jackson his lunch. As Reggie sat and enjoyed his turkey sandwich, Boss George entered the suite. “Who’s that down there”? “Reggie, Boss” was the workers reply. “What the fuck is he doing here”? Asked Steinbrenner. “Eating his lunch” the worker said. “Eating his lunch” doesn’t he know he has to eat in the staff cafeteria”? said Big Stein. “I told him that Boss but he told me he’s Reggie Jackson and basically told me to go fuck myself” relayed the worker.

With that Boss George erupted and starting screaming at Jackson and grabbed the plate the sandwich was on and flung it at the wall, Steinbrenner then asked Jackson if he knew “Who the fuck he was”? Steinbrenner then told Jackson if he pulls a stunt like that again, he’ll fire him but before he made him leave Steinbrenner had two more things for Reggie to do, one, apologize to the suite attendant who Steinbrenner informed him was more valuable to the organization than Jackson and two, get a broom and clean up this mess. Jackson performed both tasks.

 

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NEW YORK METS, WHO STAYS, WHO GOES: PITCHERS DIVISION

Okay folks as promised here is the Who Stays, Who Goes pitchers division for the New York Mets. The 2011 Mets were woeful tossing a baseball from sixty feet six inches which is why the front office is thinking long and hard (that’s what she said, I miss Michael Gary Scott) about going overboard in signing Jose Reyes to long term, big money deal. Better to use the Reyes money towards finding some good decent pitching.

So with that here we go:

R.A. Dickey-I wish the Mets had about three more pitchers like R.A. The guy is a true professional who goes out each and every start and gives you quality even while fighting off the pain of a plantar fasciitis injury, a true gamer. What amazes me more about Dickey is his low walk total, 2.3 BB/9 for a knuckleballer. You better believe he STAYS

Mike Pelfrey-Now we get to the Anti-Dickey, Big Pelf. He is a guy with a great pitchers body, a durable arm that has the talent to throw hard and change speeds but the inability to but those gifts to good use.  Between the inconsistency of Pelfrey from start to start (sometimes from inning to inning) and the mound meltdowns to go with his annoying habit of licking his hand, the majority of Mets fans would love to see Pelfrey become an ex-Met, and they may be right but I say he STAYS, for one more year make on a break contract.

Chris Capuano-A dumpster dive by Sandy Alderson that paid off. Cap gave the Mets more innings than he could have imagined as due to numerous injuries, he never pitch more than the 186 innings he did this season since 2006. Early in the year there was talk of putting Cap in the pen as long man/swing man but he was starting to get consistent with at least 6innings a start which in turn triggered the incentive clauses in his contract that helped Cap triple his base contract. Love to have Capuano STAY but being a lefty and effective he may be too pricey for Mets .

Dilon Gee-One of the bright spots on this Mets pitching staff. Unlike Pelfrey, Gee seems to know exactly what he’s doing on the mound, like he has a real plan and he does his best to execute it. His biggest downfall is the base on balls, hopefully he can corral his command issues, if he does, he will be a solid starting pitcher for a long time. Hell yeah he STAYS.

Jon Niese-Good thing about Niese is he throws strikes, bad thing about Niese those strikes are very hittable. If Niese can learn to fool hitters and stay healthy, then he and Gee could be the Mets #3 and #4 starting pitchers for a good while. STAY

Bobby Parnell-He’s no closer and the front office knows it. He won’t be on the big league team next year as he’ll either be dealt off or be a member in good standing of the Buffalo Bison. Classic example of the Rick Peterson line “there are guys who can throw 100 MPH driving UPS trucks” GOES

Jason Isringhausen-Great story. Comes back to Mets and gets his 300 save. But Izzy is done here and maybe for good. The mind is willing but the body isn’t. GOES but thanks Izzy.

Pedro Beato-Wore down as the season went on as the Mets had no choice but to keep his valuable arm on the big league team due to his Rule V status. Alderson has hinted already that Beato is Buffalo bound in 2012, good move. STAY

Tim Byrdak-He is what he is, a LOOGY and a pretty good one. Signed a contract extension last week of season so he STAYS.

D.J. Carrasco-Mets wanted Carrasco to be a late inning reliever but what he turned into was a batting practice pitcher for the opposition. Started throwing from down under so who knows it may help, it can’t hurt. One of Alderson’s few bad moves giving DJ a two year deal. Hopefully he turns into one of these relievers who bounces back from a bad year to have a good one. STAY   

Ryota Igarashi-Even though Igarashi pitched pretty good in September, he won’t be back in 2012. Good riddance GOES    

Manny Acosta-Acosta won himself a contract for next season with a very strong August and September. Acosta STAYS because of his effective two months and he’ll work cheap.

Miguel Batista- Too bad for Batista that Omar isn’t in charge anymore as after his start on the last day of the season, Minaya would have signed the 40 year old righty to a 5 year deal. Not the current GM, if lucky Batista gets a spring invite and lands in Buffalo. GOES

Taylor Buchholz-After leaving the team with to deal with depression he became the organizations forgotten man. I hope wherever he is he’s dealing with his troubles and getting better. I guess I’ll put Buchholz in the GOES column as his issues seem bigger than playing baseball.

Chris Young-Nice try signing Young as low risk, high reward pitcher but his shoulder didn’t hold up. Oh well win some, lose some. GOES

Chris Schwinden-Looked like he was overwhelmed by the big league experience but again he works cheap and maybe the big league jitters will be behind him. A shaky STAY  

Josh Stinson-didn’t show much in his big league audition. He’ll get an invite to St Lonesome or maybe a throw in a deal this offseason. If not he’s another STAY with Buffalo as his destination.

Danny Herrera-there is something about Herrera that I like. I don’t know if it’s my admiration that a guy with his lack of size is in the big leagues, or he has a great head of hair or he could be the second LOOGY that Alderson wants to add for a bargain price? But I think he STAYS and gets a good look in St. Lonesome to be the second lefty in the pen

Pat Misch-Enjoy Japan Pat. GOOOOOOOOOOES   

 

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PUT IT IN THE BOOKS, FOR THE 5TH TIME IN A ROW

Another game another win, and the Tea Party Mets fans have quieted down as there isn’t anything to get hysterical about.

I’m not ready to block out the month of October yet on my calendar, as the caliber of opponent  has not been challenging during this win streak but again good teams put the bottom feeders away and it’s made this weekend’s games in Philly a must see.

Chris Young admitted after the game that his command was off but he hadn’t pitched in over two weeks and at 88 pitches he made the mark that club set for him. The home runs were a product of not being able to hit his spots but then again they were all solo shots.  The big test will be today for Young when he gets to the park. If he feels as good as he said he did last night after the game, then it’s a win and if he does feel fine to make his next start, then you’ll see Dillon Gee go back to Buffalo.

It also helps that the bullpen has settled in to a groove and Terry Collins has a reliever for every situation. The back end is set with Taylor Bucholz and Pedro Beato as 7th inning or 8th inning guys depending on the status of set up man deluxe Jason Issringhausen followed by closer for now Frankie Rodriguez.  You also have Tim Brydak and Ryota Igarashi as the LOOGY/ROOGY Yin-Yang and the Gee/Carrasco long man role. It’s always nice when relievers know their set roles. It’s a beautiful  thing.

I’m looking forward to Friday night’s game against the Phuck Phaces just to see who catches Big Plef.  Even with Joe Blanton going for the Phuck’s, I be surprised if Josh Thole is behind the plate. I could see Mike Nickeas or Ronnie Paulino getting the task to talk Pelfrey through his start. The Mets could activate Paulino and keep Nickeas up going with three catchers for this game only and sending Dillon Gee back to Buffalo. Then after the game send Nickeas to Buffalo as well and bring back DJ Carrasco to take up long man duty in the bullpen. If Nickeas catches Pelfrey then it would give Paulino a chance to work with Pelf between starts. Listen, if finding a personal catcher for Mike Pelfrey translates into quality starts then I’m all for it. Josh Thole shouldn’t be upset, it’s not personal it’s business.

I guess we won’t be hearing any of the stupid trade Ike talk anymore huh? How about Ike for MVP?

I’m ready to throw some batting practice today to my team so I have go out and re-stock the medicine cabinet with some Extra Strength Tylenol and some Icy-Hot patches. Later!

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SWING AND SWAY, THE METS WAY

I tell ya, this guy Nelly Figs if anything, is a real survivor. Just when you think he’s ready to get the boot, he now looks to be the long man in the Mets pen come opening day. The front office is finally coming to it’s senses as it looks like Jenry Mejia will go to Bingo to hone his pitching skills.

So the bullpen is now rounding into focus and come a week from Monday the pen should be:

Frankie Rodz

Vitamin Pedro (take one every day)

Kiko Calero

Ryota Igarashi (please pick another number.  18 does not fit you)

Hisamori Takahashi (the second lefty)

Fernando Neve (que ABBA)

Nelly Figs (que Destiny’s Child)

What stands out about this bunch of relievers is just three-Rodriquez, Vitamin P, and Kiki C are true relievers, the other four can be plugged into the rotation as well as relieve. What does that tell you about the faith the front office has in Big Pelf, OP, and Maine Man ? Not exactly a vote of confidence eh?

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RULE V DRAFT:BASEBALL’S CLOSE OUT STORE

Don’t know much about RHP Carlos Monasterios, who was plucked from the Phuck Phaces by the Mets in today’s Rule V Draft.

 

Monasterios pitched for Clearwater in High A and for Reading in Double A last season. He’s 23  years old, 6′ 2″ 175 lbs and hails from Venezuela. From looking at his numbers last year, Monasterios looks like a spot starter/long man out of the pen, so he could be another candidate for the 5th starters spot with the Mets or at worse a middle reliever.

 

Monasterios pitched in 37 games combined last season complying a 5-6 3.73 ERA in 89.1 IP. Monasterios gave up 79 hits and walked 29 and K’d 75 with a 1.20 WHIP   

 

So it seems like Carlos Monasterios is the best acquisition of the off season so far.

UPDATE: Mets selected RHP John Lujan from the Chicago White Sox with their next pick in the RULE V draft. Lujan is 6′ 1″ 200 25 yrs old relief pitcher who went 3-5 4.45 ERA in 37 games for Brimingham Double A. In 58.2 IP Lujan walked 28 and K’d 51

One more arm in the pen I guess

UPDATE 10:02 AM Forget Monasterios the Mets just dealt him to Dodgers

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SPEWING FROM ALL ANGLES

UGHHHHHH! Back to Work This sucks!!!!!!!!!!!!!! But before I hit the pile of work I have here on my desk (I need some real motivation here to get to work) a few observations:

 

The walking wounded are ready to come back as it looks like Gimp Castillo is ready to rejoin the big club in DC tomorrow. That means most likely that Argenis “The Other” Reyes will be sent back to NOLA until September 1 or the next time Gimp falls off his Rascal. Billy Wags will grab a hot dog at Nathan’s and a round of “Shoot The Freak” while rehabbing with the Cyclones in Coney Island, which spells the end most likely for Eddie Kunz on the big league roster. Me personally I’d send back Carlos Muniz who has been a huge disappointment to me as I thought he’d excel as a late inning guy but he just gets a reprieve until John Maine is activated on Wednesday. It looks like Brain Stokes off his start Saturday will stay as the long man in what is a mess of a bullpen. If there is one critsisim of Omar Minaya that is justified it is he has not upgraded the bullpen from last year and that was the main culprit in the Collapse of “07. Ryan Church is down in St. Lonesome and if that doesn’t make his head hurt hopefully he’ll bounce back but I don’t here much optimism coming from the Ivory Tower of Shea.

 

Sad weekend with both Bernie Mac and Isaac Hayes passing away. Mac was a no hold bared comic who was extremely funny and that’s because he spoke the truth and didn’t give a shit who was offended. Hayes made one of the great records of the 70’s with the theme from the movie SHAFT (“Who’s the black private dick that’s a sex machine to all the chicks-SHAFT-You’re damn right”)  and later gained fame as Chef on South Park R.I.P. Bernie Mac and Isaac Hayes!!!!

 

This whole PSL bullshit has me shaking my head. Today I read a story in the Post about NY Football Giants fans dipping into their retirement accounts and taking out loans to buy the PSL at the new Stadium. I understand that these folks have had the tickets for years and years but when you start raiding your IRA and 401-K for tickets to a sporting even that is just fucked up. Really I love the Mets more than any other team I root for but the Wilpons can kiss my Royal Irish Ass if they jack the price of tickets so high that I have to go into my pension for a loan to watch them. Anyone who does that needs their fucking head examined.

 

I love the site The Gowanus Lounge because it post shit like this that makes laugh until it hurts. I love when the Yuppies who took over Park Slope and gentrified it get riled up when they see unsavory behavior like this. Back in the70’s there would have been a line. for that.

 

Sure now that I’m back from Boston those egg heads a MIT figure out a way to hack into the Charlie Card.

 

I tune into the end of the Nats-Brewers game yesterday when I got home from Shea and Bob Carpenter and Don Sutton got into a discussion that proved they were both retarded.

L Millz was up in the top of the 12th and Carpenter was going on about the shadows on the field and how tough it was to see the ball as a batter. Carpenter then made a statement that made my head snap, “Can you imagine these shadows if the Brewers make the post season and they have to play at 4 PM” HUH? Bob, the post season starts in OCTOBER where sunset in Wisconsin is at 6:30 PM not at 8:05 PM as it is now so  they shadows will be different if any and besides maybe it will be a cloudy day when the Brew Crew play did that ever cross your mind?  Shit, it could even snow for that fact and the roof will be closed. Did I tell you how much I love Gary, Keith and Ron?

 

Mets are on a 1PM today which will be a big help in me getting through the mounds of paper work on my desk.     

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