Game Notes

13 inning walk off win- what else is new?

A few observations:

Milledge shows off the cannon to gun down a runner at third. Wow. 0 fer at the plate tonight but I think he will be something special.Great heads up play by Reyes in the 10th to get Green at second. Reyes is starting to establish himself as a premier shortstop in the game. On top of his play in the field, he has apparently learned the skill of sacrifice bunting.Lo Duca got robbed on that called strike three. I have to say, I love the fiery temper. The look on Lo Duca’s face from the dugout was priceless. If he got a chance again I would bet he would have went deep. I love the intensity.

Jorge Julio in the 12th.   He gets out of the inning 1,2,3 against our 4, 5, and 6 hitters? You’ve got to be kidding me.

Why not bunt Valentin over with no outs and a runner on 2nd? I realize that it is a moot point now, but that could have easily backfired. I don’t see any reason not to sacrifice with someone else (Glavine) bunt to put the lead runner on third with one out in a scoreless ballgame at home.

Endy drives home Valentin to win another walk-off; I don’t know how much more of this I can take.

13 innings Mets 1 D’backs 0

Sorry for the short post, these extra inning affairs take alot out of a man.

 Great pitching duel win again- Drink ‘em if ya got ‘emBring on the Giants!

Let’s Go Mets!

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This post was written by Dan in Texas on May 31, 2006

Welcome to my New Digs

Hello to all readers who have made the journey from my previous site. Have a look around and let me know how you like the new place and shoot me an email with an opinion if you get a hankering. Hello to all new readers; the good folks at New York Sports Day have moved over all my original content so all you newbies have some catching up to do.

On to baseball. The Mets won after battling back to retake a lead twice. The night was capped off by a bases loaded walk off single by the Prince of the city. I guess the pub didn’t go to his head. I just hope we can sign him long term. It would be the biggest mistake since Tom Seaver departed for Cinci.

I like the Jose, Jose, Jose, Jose, Jossseee, Jossseee cheer and caught myself joining in at home. I am somewhat disturbed that he couldn’t bunt a runner over, but he’s still learning.

I was going to discuss the Mets ability to stay with anyone; how this team seems to have that something special in their ability to comeback. This team clearly fears no one.

But I won’t, as the Mets have announced that Xavier Nady is expected to miss 4-6 weeks as he underwent an appendectomy this morning.

Meaning… Lastings Milledge will be promoted to the big league club. I honestly don’t know how to feel as all the excitement around Milledge has created a savior mentality that most likely wont live up to expectations. But if it does, watch out. Milledge has been the crown jewel of the Mets farm system and most likely the first name submitted by various teams at the trading block.

I really hope the reports are right about him, I hope he is something special. The murmur around various blogs is that he will not play tonight. I can’t wait to see the hoopla surrounding the Milledge Media Frenzy that this move will stir up. Let me see if I can get the Post headline.

Mets Put on MilledgeLastings Impression?

We will see.

We will see.Be sure to check out the Mets notes as Willie goes with his gut, Bell gets to stay put, and Omar couldn’t sign Pedro Beato. What was this kid holding out for if Omar couldn’t sign him? Double what Pelfrey got? Pedro or Wagner’s deal? Carlos Beltran money? The Stadium naming rights?

In non-Mets news, the Tigers are this year’s Nationals except with Kenny Rogers.

Every year some Cinderella comes out of nowhere and makes some noise until the All-Star Break. Hey fella’s it happens every year. And guess what, the post office will be crowded next April 15th and the airports will be busy Wednesday before Thanksgiving.

Soler makes his second start tonight against the D’backs and a 4-2 Miguel Batista.

Let’s Go Mets!

Sorry for the re-post, technical difficulties

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This post was written by Dan in Texas on May 30, 2006

The Road not Travelled

Great series this weekend. I would have loved the sweep, but 2 out of 3 ain’t bad.I caught myself wondering about the road not traveled this off-season. As I don’t usually care what happens in the American League, much less Canada, I don’t know the events surrounding the 21.1 innings that these numbers occurred in. However by road not traveled, I speak of course of B.J. Ryan.

To be upfront, when looking at available closers I had the same mindset of Omar Minaya: Sign Wagner, whatever it takes, no exceptions, no substitutions. Some may have considered Ryan, but I was a Wagner guy. In fact, my favorite gift this year was my Wagner pinstripe home jersey.

None the less:

Billy Wagner:
20 games, 21.1 innings pitched, 12 save opportunities, 9 saves, 17 hits, 8 earned runs, 3 HR’s, 11 walks and 30 K’s- 3.38 ERA
4 years $43 Million and an option for $8 in year 5

B.J. Ryan
19 games, 21.0 innings pitched, 10 save opportunities, 10 saves, 9 hits, 8 earned runs, 0 HR’s, 5 walks and 22 K’s- 0.43 ERA
5 years $47 Million

I don’t usually play the coulda, woulda, shoulda game but it makes you think, eh?
Sorry, last bad Canadian reference.

Is Ryan’s early success a fluke? Maybe, we will see. I don’t think Omar made a mistake and I would still go with Wagner over Ryan. Maybe that will change in 07, 08, or 09 but for now I think Wagner is in his own league as a premier closer.

And no I don’t think the malnourished cross town closer is as good or better.

I don’t know if you can say Wagner has pitched poorly but as far as expectations thus far he has fallen short of them.

All that said, is there some kind of curse surrounding Mets closers? If Sanchez was promoted to closer, would he get lit up? What about if it were Ryan instead of Wagner? Did Franco’s alleged mob ties give him some sort of old world curse that was passed to Shea stadium?

I offer no proof or explanation to back up my answers to any of those questions, but all four answers are yes.

Maybe I am knee-jerking but the Phillies and Braves are getting pretty big in the rearview mirror and not going away anytime soon.

What’s my solution? I would like to start a collection to pay the tuition for the class: Managing your bullpen 101.

If this pen, for all the accolades thrown to it, becomes vulnerable, (or gulp, injury ridden) the Mets have the wrong man to try and counterbalance any relief shortcomings. Ever since he came to town, or cross town I should say, Willie has been making strange and illogical decisions with his lineup, particularly the man on the mound. I know it’s not the American League and requires a little more strategy to get the most out of the 9 slot in the order, but come on- this is the Majors. It seems that he does not know his players strengths and weaknesses. From everything I have read on Filthy, he is a rubber arm that is at his best with regular innings. Wagner and the Mets may lead us to believe the injury fairy came and cured Wagner’s finger.

Make model airplanes says the fairy, well I’m not buyin it. Pretty soon there’s money missing and your daughters knocked up. I’ve seen it a hundred times…

The use of Wagner in the ninth was a judgment call and not indefensible but the latest in a long line of suspect decisions. I know Wagner should be able to get 3 outs every night but have to pitch him in every 9th inning lead situation.

I wonder how much it would take before we se this man in the dugout at Shea.

Take solace in one thing Mets fans; the nowhere on the bullpen roster does it read Mike Stanton or Ricky Bottalico. That alone makes this pen better than recent Mets teams.

Speaking of Omar’s decisions, Soler is scheduled to make his MLB debut Wednesday. Again, I think Pelfrey should get all the time he needs in the minors. Soler had velocity troubles in spring training and I don’t know how ready he is for minor league pitching or if he will be anything but a back of the rotation guy but he is older, he has played for the Cuban team and his name isn’t Jose Lima. As always expect the worst and hope for the best.

The very last reason is probably warrants a start the most.

On a final note, I utilized my day off from Mets baseball to spend time wisely. I was watching an old re-run of Married with Children. It was an episode from the 94 season and contained cameos from players as themselves working in everyday jobs as they had no baseball to play. The Cameo’s included Bret Saberhagen, Dave Winfield, Frank Thomas, and Mike Piazza. Piazza played a camera operator that was supposed to be filming an interview with Al Bundy as he had just taken led NO’MAAM group in jumping the fence at Wrigley to play baseball. Mike instead chose to divert the camera’s attention to Kelly while Al was speaking. Kinda funny.

I love that show, I should right a blog about it.But I probably won’t.

Anywho, tonight Steve Trachsel leads the Mets at Shea as they attempt to put some distance between themselves and the Phillies.

Anywho, tonight Steve Trachsel leads the Mets at Shea as they attempt to put some distance between themselves and the Phillies.My lovely wife has agreed to give up her time with the Laptop so that Nancy the Mets Dog Blogger and I can enjoy the game on MLB TV.

Let’s go Mets!

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This post was written by Dan in Texas on May 29, 2006

Schlemiel, schlimazel, hasenpfeffer incorporated!

Lonestar Met: So, do you come to Milwaukee often?

Willie Randolph: Well, I’m a regular visitor here, but Milwaukee has certainly had its share of visitors. The French missionaries and explorers began visiting here in the late 16th century.

David Wright: Hey, isn’t “Milwaukee” an Indian name?

Willie Randolph: Yes, David, it is. In fact, it’s pronounced “mill-e-wah-que” which is Algonquin for “the good land.”

Lonestar Met: I was not aware of that.

So on to the land of beer and brats for a 3-game stand against the recently cooled off Brewers. Some say the Mets have cooled down but I maintain we would have won that game if not for Rain.

Since we are in the town of Laverne DeFazio and Shirley Feeney-Meaney this weekend, here is a related baseball fact. David L. Lander, better known as Andrew ‘Squiggy’ Squiggmann, holds the position of Associate Scout for the Seattle Mariners.

Back to the Mets, I like the move of Floyd to the two hole. I have been harping on Willie’s static lineup since spring training started. I am glad to see he can actually try new things. Maybe tonight he can try leaving Valentin on the bench ALL game.

Over at Metropolitans is a piece providing a good argument to Platoon Floyd and Chavez. Metropolitans points out that he is hitting .100 against Lefties, while Endy’s numbers are .276/.312/.384.

It all makes sense numbers wise and don’t get me wrong, I love Endy, but I have to believe Floyd will get out that god awful slump he’s in soon; it’s only a matter of time and luck. Besides, he is hitting .204 against righties and I get the feeling that when Cliffy finds the groove it will be a long season for National League pitching.

Remember “MVP, MVP, MVP?”

Metstradamus Weighs in on Rowand’s catch and injury last night:

“Can you imagine if Derek Jeter made a catch like that? (And just so we’re clear, the first Yankee fan that tells me that Jeter’s catch in ’04 was better than this one is getting a bat to the head.)”

Indeed, I still have to hear about that stupid catch and subsequent jump into the stands. Then of course his chin band-aid for the Mets series. Drama queen.

If it only started raining sooner, it would not be Lima Time! tonight. Maybe the Bats can come up with the 10 runs to best Lima’s ERA. I really have to believe that if Lima stinks up the place tonight Omar makes a tough decision with the starting five. From various reports I have read, it would seem that Solay is the logical choice over Pelfrey with age and experience on the former’s side.

Well, well my dear readers, it seems you’re in my timezone now.

Take some extra BP tonight boys; it looks to be a barnburner.

And we’ll do it our way, yes our way.

Make all our dreams come true,
For me and you.

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This post was written by Dan in Texas on May 12, 2006