It’s Early But It’s Also Been An Encouraging Start For The NY Mets

Are we looking at a Mets Renascence ? 

I’ve been quite lax in posting on the site for the last week or so. It’s been tough to fine time to sit and write as I’ve been visiting colleges that my son has been admitted to and getting ready to move the office I work at to Downtown Brooklyn. In between that I’ve been doing my Kranepool Society podcast, Kult of Mets Personalities Podcast and of course The Sports Media Watchdog podcast.

But since I think I’m done visiting college campuses up and down the east coast and all I have to pack now is the crap in my desk, I figure let me take some time out and look at what’s going on with our Amazin’ Mets:

Matt Harvey is no longer a secret.  Each Harvey start has now become an event and there is much anticipation of a Friday night match up of Harvey v. Stephen Strasburg. Harvey just over powered the Twins line up going mainly with fastball after fastball, getting ahead in counts and then using his slider to keep Twins batters off balance. Fooling hitters. Pitching 101.

The Friday night game at Target Field was uncomfortable to watch on television so I can imagine how tough it was to play in those lousy conditions which of course didn’t hurt the Mets offense. Still,  playing baseball in ski hats and thermal underwear just out right sucks.

It gets no better as the Mets head to Denver where it supposed to be colder and just as snowy as it was in Minneapolis.  You wonder how and why MLB would send the Mets to two cities Minneapolis and Denver, so early in the season when you know it’s the only time this season the will visit and knowing the unpredictable weather both cities are known for in early spring? Phyllis Merhige the Sr. VP of MLB gets very defensive when she’s questioned about the ridiculous scheduling saying it’s very difficult to schedule 30 teams for a 162 game season. No one is questioning the effort in putting the scheduling together, what I question is the common sense that goes into making up the scheduling.

By the way, Happy Jackie Robinson Day, of course the Mets are on the road and not at Citi Field to celebrate the day Robinson made his big league debut, yeah, yeah I know it’s difficult to schedule 30 teams yada, yada, yada……………

I haven’t had time to go see “42”, I hope to go Wednesday to see it, but from what I’ve read and heard from those you have seen the film it’s quite informative and entertaining.  Can’t wait to see it.

Zach Wheeler pitched again yesterday and it was his best outing of the season. His last two starts Wheeler has been hampered by blister on the index finger of his pitching hand so yesterday’s start with 0 BB and 8 K’s was quite encouraging. I hope the Mets will promote Wheeler on merit and not leave him in Triple A just to keep his “Super 2” status in check. The days ofnickel and diming are over. Management should be bowing to Matt Harvey for rejuvenating the fan base and the thought of a Harvey-Wheeler-Niese top three in the rotation is the first ray of hope we’ve seen in a long time.  I hope the Skill Sets are aware that as soon as Matt Harvey finishes a start, Mets fan are going to the schedule counting off 4 days of rest to be ready for his next start. Harvey is now approaching Seaver/Gooden status. The same will happen with Wheeler as well. This is how you fill a ball park.

So far so good with the bullpen for the Mets. 30 K’s and just 8 BB in 27.2 IP and along with a 75 % inherited runners stranded percentage is outstanding.

Oh by the way, there is no way in hell I’d trade Wheeler and Travis D’arunad for Giancarlo Stanton .

 

          

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Another Mets Second Half Swoon………UGH!

 

Like Popeye, “I cans stands so much that I can’t stands no more” 

I don’t know how Terry Collins keeps his composure after games like last night. Game after game he has to answer the same inane questions that he has no answers to. Game after suck ass game, Collins sits there and calmly answers why the bullpen is an arson squad and why his lineup is impotent. I know he has to be seething on the inside but to his credit he never lets’ the media see him sweat. Well, maybe it’s time he started popin’ some sweat.

Collins has protected his players better than a grandmother at the local playground but maybe it’s time to take the protective bubble wrap off his precious players. Maybe it’s time for Collins to take a page out of the John Tortorella book of press conferences and just come to the podium and say “We sucked today and at this point in the season we, the baseball people of this organization, need to sit down and figure out which way we want to go here because as it stands now we are on the road to nowhere”. Then just get up and walk out.

This team is making blogging about them tougher and tougher each and every day. The past four seasons  Mets fans have had absolutely nothing to root for. Checkout the second half records for this season and the last three:

2012 9-22

2011 31-40

2010 31-43

2009 28-47

You know who I feel sorry for? The poor bastard in the ticket office who has to call season ticket holders to persuade them to renews their seats.  You would have it easier trying to sell Mike Bloomberg an NRA membership than Mets season tickets.

It’s August 16th we should be following every move being made in the National League and hoping the Mets can grab a waiver wire deal to solidify their spot in a post season run. Instead I have Kelly Shoppach, a catcher I’ve wanted on the Mets for the last two years, better late than never I guess. This weekend I should be riveted to the Mets-Nationals series in D.C., instead on Saturday I have to have my bagels and coffee ready for 10AM for the start of Aresnal-Sunderland match on ESPN by the way, any football fans out there care to comment on Van Persie going to the Red Devils????? and at night, the Giants-Jets exhibition game that has become a must watch since the Rex Ryan era.

Something’s gotta give in Flushing this off season, The Skill Sets have to find a way to raise the payroll and Sandy Alderson has to get creative in trades to put a team on the field that is competitive for more than 81 games, if not what’s the incentive to buy tickets in 2013?

Please no more promotions, new uniforms  food items or post game rock concerts, just go out and get some GOD DAMN BALLPLAYERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

 

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FRANKIE SEZ: WELCOME TO THE NO LEAD LEFT BEHIND PROGRAM

Jason Fry has a great post on the events of last night game in D.C. and the fact as Mets fans we are on the edge of our seats when the Mets have a late inning lead. Part of it is our paranoia over the bullpen but the bulk of our fear is the way Jerry Manuel misuses his relief core. I also find it hysterical that some of the comments on that post are chastising fans for calling our the managerial flaws of Jerry Manuel with the simplistic refrain old “hey the team is winning he must be doing something right”  but the don’t list what those “right things”. Folks the Mets are winning in spite of Manuel, it helps that D-Wright has found his game elite game and Angel Pagan has matured and that Big Pelf, Jon Niese, Ike Davis and even Ruben Tejada have mature and given this team the shot of young blood we have been craving.

By the way Manuel should be fired for even thinking of replacing Ruben Tejada at second base with Luis Castillo when Castillo comes back. Even I don’t think Manuel believes that but it’s more like another of “Jerry’s Games” to force the front office to make a move, like he did with Ollie P and John Maine, remember he is a Gangsta’

Believe it or not the Washington Nationals are on the verge of signing El Duque. I guess Luis Tiant ask for too much money.

The first primary is complete and Howard Megdal received 65 % approval vote at Amazin’ Avenue and 68 % approval at NY Baseball Digest. Proving that Met want what Howard has pledged to deliver LOGIC, TRANSPARENSY, and PASSION .  Next weeks primary is set and your voting places are at the AabFab Metsgrrl site and at Mets Minor League Blog. It’s your constitutional duty as a Mets fan to vote and remember id Howard were the Mets GM today, Ruben Tejada would play every day and Oliver Perez would be his baseball Ambassador to Mexico.

I have no baseball games this weekend so I am watching this great Germany-Argentina World Cup match then Mets-Strasburg then off to Lend Me A Tenor on Broadway. Life is Good.

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HEY-HEY, HO-HO OPENING NIGHT HAS GOT TO GO HEY-HEY, HO-HO

The Mets Police (they are inside of my head) has come up with a campaign that we should all get behind whether we are fortunate enough to have ticket or will watch on TV ,The Mets, MLB, ESPN and the San Diego Padres need to agree to switch the opening of game at $iti Field to a 1:05 start instead of the 7:05 PM  it is scheduled for right now. Mets Police has links to all the people you need to contact to voice your outrage and he makes a great point that MLB and ESPN (which is getting it’s ass kicked by the MLB Network as the place to go for your baseball news) have no problem disrupting your life to move games from day to night so they can’t use the excuse that they can’t make the switch. As for the Padres not being able to play after playing a day game Sunday then flying cross country and playing a day game Monday, why play Monday? Play it Tuesday when there is an off day.

 

There is no reason for this game to be a night game and as much as I can’t wait to get to $iti Field, my first time at $iti Field I want romance I want to take my time and stroll all around the park and caress every corner and be dazzled. I can’t do that if my McNuggets are freezing, no I need to do so it in the sunshine.

 

Even if the game was a Shea,  it’s Opening DAY!!!! It’s a holiday (I’ve tried to get excused absence from work due to religious beliefs but that hasn’t worked. I have to give Norman Siegel at the ACLU a call to see if my civil rights have been violatoted ) KEEP THIS DAY HOLY!!!!!!!!!!  

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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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