Petit, Kazmir and Izzy for Pitching Coach

Izzy For Pitching Mets Coach Ohhhhh this makes so much sense!!!

It has been a while since I thought about Yusmeiro Petit. Back in 2004 and 2005 Petit was moving at shooting star pace in the Mets minor league system, with great command of his pitches, none of which was a blazing fastball. In fact there were some “oooohhhs” let out by Mets fans when he was a piece in the deal that brought Carlos Delgado to the Mets from the Marlins but hey, you have to give up something to get something right?

As great as Petit’s numbers were with the Mets minor leagues, they never translated to the big leagues and Petit became a stumble bum of an arm.  So it was a shock when perusing Twitter last night I saw that Petit had a perfect game going through 7 innings.  I then saw that the game was the D’Backs vs. Giants and I thought that’s nice that the D’Backs brought him up from the minors, I had no idea the Petit was with the Giants. When did that happen?

What a heartbreaker for Petit to go 8.2 innings of perfect pitching to lose it to a 3-2 barely out of the reach of Hunter Pence single to right field.

Petit has banged around the big leagues and in Mexico, hell the Giants cut him twice to have room on the 40 man roster and each time he resigned just to stay in the organization and pitch in Fresno. It’s a shame that Petit didn’t get the perfect game as it would have been nice to have a perfect game on his imperfect resume.

While everyone is having flashbacks over Scott Kazmir’ Mets career and the reliving the Victor Zambrano trade that was made 9 years ago since Kazmir K’d 12 Mets last night, we seem to be missing the big picture, Zack Wheeler needs to be shut down for the season. Wheeler had major command issues last night and looked like he could not get comfortable on the mound. All are warning signs that Wheeler is an injury waiting to happen.  Does it really matter who starts in his place? Isn’t more important to shut him down and let him get ready for St. Lonesome in 2014? Can someone wake up Dan Warthen and have him protect his pitcher?

Speaking of Warthen, how about replacing him with Jason Isringhusen as Mets pitching coach? Izzy may be the most responsible for the emergence of Bobby Parnell as a top flight closer. Izzy worked with Parnell on mastering the knuckle curve and I’m sure he gave him the life lesson on how to be an effective closer. Izzy also would be a great guy to have on staff to advise the new generation of Mets pitchers on the trials and tribulations of what a young talented player will go through pitching in NYC.  He has also gone through the bumps and bruises of a big league career from being a starter and then converted to reliever to suffering injuries and a few arm surgeries as well. Izzy is just one season removed from being an active player so he knows how to relate to today’s pitchers.  I think Izzy taking the Mets pitching staff under his wing would a solid hire.

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So Where Was I ?

Oh hi there. Did you miss me? Well after a two week vacation and going back to work and trying to catch up with work that sat on my desk for those 2 weeks and then have my work computer infected with a virus that had me running to our main office with it and the OIT guys giving me a laptop to use and then running back to the office to try to make up the lost time by eating a footlong Subway sandwich and enter work into the laptop at the same time, (big breath taken here) I couldn’t find time to put up a post here on Kranepool.  But with today as an off day before I get back to the deluge of work, I thought this would a good time to throw out some random thoughts on our ever growing to love NY Mets.

Jarred Diamond of The Wall Street Journal had a great piece on Lucas Duda and Ruben Tejada who both lost their starting jobs with the big league team after suffering injuries.  It is nice to see the organization making players accountable and having this “if you can play, you can stay attitude”.  I thought it was telling of the mindset of Duda when he says he would embrace being a DH, which is the perfect position for him; as for Tejada until he learns to work harder and also learn the difference to being hurt than being injured he’ll be on the outs with the front office.  That may be harsh criticism but sometimes the truth hurts.

Joe D over at Mets Minors has a post on Cuban 1st baseman/defector Jose Abreu, who is getting his Caribbean residency in order so he can become a free agent. Joe writes about how this right handed hitting slugger could be the player the Mets need to go after. I agree 100 %. Not only would Abreu be the power hitter that Sandy Alderson has craved but going after Abreu would make the Wilpon’s put up or shut up when it comes to Freddy  and Jeffy Skill Sets  braggadocio over having money to spend. Mets fans should be following the courting of Abreu very, very closely.

I don’t know if the bridge has been burned and I can’t believe I’m thinking about this but would/could the Mets bring Jose Reyes back to Flushing? The money owed is steep with Reyes having four years and $82 million left on his deal (with a $22 mil team option in 2018 with a $4mil buyout ) but if the Jays would eat about $20mil and the organization and willing to bury the hatchet , a reunion is something to think about isn’t it?

Don’t get upset over the Un-Harvey like Matt Harvey start last night, even #41 had an off night.

Can we get confirmation that John Buck’s wife is indeed pregnant?   

Let’s hope that Wilmer “Flo” Flores ankle injury is not serious enough to land him on the DL but if it is for the love of God Terry Collins do not replace him with Justin Turner. Put Josh Satin at 3rd and play Ike every day at 1st and leave it at that. I know Turner is the son Collins never had but please just keep him as a bat off the bench and a fill in.

In our last podcast of The Kult of Mets Personalities, we discussed Daniel Murphy and his future as a Met. I suspect the #Imwith28 crowd will be calling for my head.

 

 

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Why Do I Root For The NY Mets? You’re Kidding Right?

We’ve all heard it. From the annoying co-worker, the pain in the ass relative, ball buster friend, they all say it “How can you root for the Mets”  well today they all wish they were Mets fans.

Usually a day like yesterday, “Super Tuesday” blows up in our faces like Wily E. Coyote opening a crate from the Acme Corp, but yesterday was one day in a season of angst and despair that made you proud to wear your Mets attire.

If the Legend of Matt Harvey wasn’t fascinating enough (I’m waiting to hear that he was a part of Seal Team 6 who took out Osama Bin Laden) with each start out doing the last, we find out that last season, while resting in the back of the Mets clubhouse, Jon Rauch thought it would be funny to dump a pail of ice water on Harvey. Harvey took big exception to the tattoo festooned Rauch for acting like an asshole and threated to beat the shit out of him. Rauch, as all bullies do, sulked away before Harvey could get the can of Whoop Ass open. Last week I said it would be nice if the Mets organization would make an anti-bullying PSA, a video of Harvey standing up to Rauch would have been perfect.

I didn’t see Harvey’s start as I was at work but I did get to hear Howie and Josh do the game on radio. If you have listened to them in recent weeks, especially during the Marlins series, you know that the losing was starting to wear on them as it was on us. But yesterday was outstanding baseball on the radio.  

There is no hiding it, Howie is one of us (as is Gary Cohen who also has started to get bit snarky just like us which I kinda like) and his enthusiasm flowed from his play by play. Same with Josh Lewin who has fit in fabulously as Howie’s right hand man. The duo were as upset as we were over the infield hit by Jason Heyward in the 7th and I guess Lucas Duda was a little asleep at the wheel, enough so that he apologized to Harvey after the game, to put the no hitter to rest but I’m sure Terry Collins was happy as no-hitters seem to make him cry.

I also missed the night cap of the day nighter and the debut of Zack Wheeler as I was sitting in the rain in Coney Island waiting for the Brooklyn Cyclones to open up their home schedule against the Staten Island Highlanders.  The field at MCU Park is now Field Turf and it looks magnificent. One of the features of the field we were told is you no longer have to use a tarp to cover it when it rains. After last night, the Cyclones may want to rethink that. The rain did stop for about 20 minutes to a half hour and the ground crew (the Cyclones have about 20 people working on their crew, maybe some of them could be sent to Las Vegas where there is a gang of one taking care of the landscaping) came out squgeed the field but Cyclones manager Rich Donnelly was not very happy with the field conditions.  From the looks of the skipper, it seems his concern was the wet outfield and  risk of injury for his outfielders. While the debate went on to play or not to play, it started raining again so at that point the game was postponed.

During the rain delay Cyclones players were signing autographs. The biggest scrum was for LJ Mazzilli and Garvin Chechini who were more than happy to give away their signatures with a smile and a thank you. These two kids were like rock stars.

Back to Wheeler, he walked 5 batters in his maiden voyage as a big league pitcher and 3 of those walks came in the first 3 innings.  Being that it was his big league debut in front of the hometown family and friends, I think it’s safe to say Wheeler was a bit amped to start the game and that it was expected. He did settle in nicely and looked like the hype is to be believed.

 Could it be that Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler will be able to reverse the curse of the second half collapse? Could it be that on a hot humid August night at Citi Field we will see a no –hitter or “GULP” a perfect game pitched by either phenom? Or even better will the performance of Harvey and Wheeler elevate the game of Jon Niese and Dillon Gee to the point where Sandy Alderson lifts Jeff Wilpon up by his collar and demands “GET ME SOME MONEY FOR HITTERS”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Why do I root for the Mets, LOL! Jealous bastards!

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When You Play Not To Lose, You’re A Loser

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Preach it Herm! Preach it!

I guess Terry Collins doesn’t believe that pitchers win/loss records are meaningless. Last night Collins pulled Jeremy Hefner from his start after 6 innings and 94 pitchers with a 3-2 lead because he wanted Hefner “to feel good about himself and not let HIM lose the game”. HIM, Hefner the individual not the TEAM but this one player on the TEAM the manager was worried about. Collins went on to say that Hefner has been down about not getting a win, seriously ?  Is this where we are now, worried about individual feelings of players?   

It’s not just Hefner but how about Ike Davis? On any other team Ike would have been sent to Triple A told to work out his hitting problems and then work on getting back to the big leagues.  Teams do this all the time.  Why Sandy Alderson has become so passive with Ike is baffling to me. But then again it seems the organization has taken a big step back when it comes to accountability.

We all knew this wasn’t a contending team but did we think it would be a non-competitive team? I didn’t but when I hear the manager worry about the psyche of a journeyman pitcher instead of challenging him to get out there and finish the job and then to keep running Ike Davis out there every day to embarrass himself, you have to wonder how lost Terry Collins is right now. What does it say about Hefner that he didn’t demand the ball for the 7th inning? Hefner should have put up a fight to where he would have to be restrained from ripping the bullpen phone out the wall. But like the bulk of this Mets team he lacks passion.  In fact the whole organization lacks passion.  

And talk about killing a players confidence, how do you think Juan Legares and Jordany Valdespin feel  sitting out of the lineup day after day? And  you wonder why JV1 has a piss poor attitude? I don’t blame him.  If I’m Legares and Valdespin I try to figure out whose arm I have to break to get them out the lineup so I can get in.

Its’ one thing to compete and lose but at least you can say I gave it all I have and played to win. The Mets play not to lose and when you have that mindset, you usually lose.

 

   

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Hey Jordany, Smarten Up!

Yes it was an ugly loss last night but not ugly enough to throw up your hands just yet Mets fans.  I will say though, it would be a huge boost to the Mets and the fan base if they take the next two from the Fish. Some more about last night:

Hats off to Jeremy Hefner as he continued with the parade of solid starting pitching the Mets have gotten so far this week. Hefner showed nice command of his fastball and slider, keeping the ball down in the zone as well. He threw a lot of pitches in the 2nd and 3rd innings (49 total) but all he gave up was solo home run to Greg Dobbs.

Jordany Valdespin will drive us crazy all year. As good an offensive player as he is JV1 has absolutely no baseball instincts.  The 3rd inning brought it all into perspective. From be too far off the bag at 1st on Daniel Murphy’s soft liner to short that the throw to pick him at first base caught his bicep to then getting picked off at first with David Wright up and before a pitch could be thrown to Wright. MY GOD!

SNY cameras caught a great scene in the dugout after JV1 got picked off. He retreated to the corner of the dugout both to stay out of ear shot of Terry Collins and because is arm was hurting. That didn’t stop John Buck from coming over to him to give some “advice”. The funniest part of the exchange was Buck cornered Valdespin so there was no place for him to go until Buck was done “talking” to him.

I don’t know what you expect from Lucas Duda in left field. He’s not an outfielder; he’s a first baseman/DH and at some point Sandy Alderson is going to have a make a decision on what to do with Duda.

Don’t panic about Ike

As you know I’m not a fan of Ruben Tejada and with the scuttlebutt that it was thisclose as to who went to Vegas him or Omar Ouintanilla, I agree with what Bobby Ojeda said on the post-game show  as much as you can play your way on to a team, you can play your way off a team. The only way Tejada keeps his job is with his bat and his glove and range at short are subpar.

Not a great night for Greg Burke, Scott Rice and LaTroy Hawkins to say the least.  

Got to take the next two from the Fish. Got to

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WHAT’CH YOU TALKIN’ ABOUT COLE HAMELS?

 

 

You have a World Series ring, a multi-million dollar condo and hot blond wife what else could Cole Hamels want in life? Why a little African kid that’s what.  Not to be out done by Brad and Angelina or Alex Rodriguez’ stray piece of saggy ass,  Cole and Hedi Hamels want their own little Ethiopian orphan too.

At first Hedi wanted to adopt Shane Victorino but Victorino insisted on being breast feed. Then she thought about Ryan Howard but trying to find a diapers for him,  well com’on.  Cole Hamels felt a bit uncomfortable with Jimmy Rollins begging to be the baby to Hedi being the babby’s momma so it’s off the Africa to find a newborn.

Hey some guys use their World Series check to buy a Porsche some guys buy African babies.

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