WHILE YOU WERE WORRYING ABOUT WHO THE METS WOULD BE TRADING……………….

……..Your New York Mets were winning 13 of their last 20 games. While you were worrying about what will happen in July, the Mets have a winning record on the road so far this year going 10-9 and so far on this current road trip they are 3-1.

The Mets pitching staff has posted a team ERA under 3 (2.86) for the month so far, led by a light’s out bullpen that is a baseball best 4-1 with a miniscule .052 ERA.

Frankie Rodriguez has converted his last 11 save opportunities  and Jason Isringhausen has been outstanding as the 8th inning set up man. With Pedro Beato, the best reliever in the pen before he was injured and Bobby Parnell on the DL, Taylor Buchholz and Ryota Igarashi have stepped up to fill the void. Spaceman Byrdak when allowed by Terry Collins, has been doing his LOOGY thing holding left handed batters to a .231 average.

We know that Jose Reyes and Carlos Beltran have been carrying the offense of late (even before hi s injury Ike was slumping a bit) and that D-Wright and J-Bay have been in deep slumps (could last night ignite their bats ?) but look at the records of all the teams in MLB, with the exception of the Phuck Phaces (I’m loving the resurgence of the Tribe but I’m not ready to put them on a level of the Phuck Phaces yet) there is no great team in baseball, hell, the overrated Highlanders are but 4 games over mediocrity.

So instead of obsessing on where to trade Jose Reyes, Calros Beltran and David Wright, maybe you should shut down Twitter for a night and enjoy your NY Mets.  I’m taking the pledge to stay off Twitter during Mets games as I’m starting to see the light that Josh Thole saw, some of you folks make rooting for the Mets a fucking chore. The constant doom and gloom over every at bat is really tiring. Yes D-Wright has not been productive but  I urge you to read this post by James Kannengieser at Amazin’ Ave on Weighted On Base Average (wOBA) postion by position, as tough a season as DW has had he still ranks 3rd in wOBA  among all 3rd basemen in MLB.

So instead of going  “you suck “ to “your great”  from one tweet to the next, just sit back and enjoy this team and see how it plays out on the field instead of on Twitter.

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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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ARE WE ARMED AND DANGEROUS OR DANGEROUSLY UNARMED ?

Here is the most critical component of this Mets team and the twelve men mentioned here hold the future of the season in their left and right arms. Without pitching we are nothing!

Starting Rotation

Johan Santana

Mike Pelfrey

Oliver Perez

John Maine

Nelson Figueroa/Jon Neise

I’m starting to calm down a bit about starters 2-5 in this rotation. Big Pelf and OP have improved with each spring appearance and hopeful they gain confidence in these starts. Maine goes tomorrow and hopefully he bounces back and is focused in this start. The fifth spot if given on merit should go to Nelly Figs as he has continued from his great performance in the Caribbean World Series so far this spring. Neise has shown that the hammy tear from last year is healed. The easiest move here is Niese in the fifth slot and Figs in the pen as long/middle man

Bullpen

Frankie Rodriguez

Pedro Felicaino

Sean Green

Hisanori Takahashi

Ryota Igarashi

Bobby Parnell

Kiko Calero

This all changes if the front office makes the huge mistake by letting Jenry Mejia come North, then someone has got to go most likely Parnell. Takahashi has also pitched himself into a job and the 40 man roster with his stellar spring, by the way has anyone in the organization realized that Takahashi uses his left arm to pitch ?  Again the pen is in flux as brain trust decides if they want LOOGY Joe Beimel (at their price) and keeping Mejia but the locks are Frankie Rodz, Feliciano, Green and I guess Igarashi. That leaves three spots with I’d think Takahashi getting one of them. The next two could be filled by Parnell, Calero, Mejia, Beimel or some other arm from another organization. Then again Nelly Figs could be sent packing once more.

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