Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Unhappy Recap : 2011 Regular Season Game 54 - Pirates at Mets


Final Score: Pittsburgh 5, New York 1

Neil Walker hit the tie-breaking two-run single in the eighth inning and Pittsburgh overcame a career-high 10 strikeouts from R.A. Dickey and beat the New York Mets, 5-1, for their first victory at Citi Field.

Brandon Wood added a two-run base hit in the ninth for the Pirates, who were 0-8 in their first two-plus seasons of play at the Mets' new stadium. Josh Harrison had two hits and an RBI in his major league debut.

James McDonald allowed six hits and fanned five batters over six innings in the start for the visitors. Evan Meek (1-1) threw the seventh to get the win.

Dickey (2-6) gave up five hits over 7 2/3 frames and fell to 0-5 in six home starts this season.  A True Warrior start for Dickey with his foot injury , who pitched his heart out.  But fell on the short end of the decision..

Jason Bay drove in the lone run for the Mets, who continued their power struggle with their seventh loss in 10 games to end the month of May. They have gone 10 consecutive games without a home run, the longest stretch for the team since 1980. Daniel Murphy hit the Mets' last home run on May 20 at Yankee Stadium.

Box Score : Click Here

Update: Ike Davis might be out until All-Star Break



Update:

A re-examination of the bone bruise in Ike Davis' left ankle has given the Mets a less optimistic prognosis than before. Davis will regress to wearing a boot on his left foot for the next three weeks and will not attempt to run during that time, the Mets announced Tuesday. He will be sidelined almost certainly for all of June, perhaps even until the All-Star break.

"Gee, I would hope that's a little long," general manager Sandy Alderson said. "But I'm not a physician. I'm not in the business of making predictions."

After Davis was unable to run last week on his injured left ankle, the Mets flew him to New York for a re-evaluation. The result, Alderson said, was not necessarily a new characterization of the injury, but an updated timetable for the first baseman's return.

Davis can still play catch and swing a bat, but cannot field ground balls or run.

"There's still a hot spot," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "We're going to pretty much shut him down from any kind of activity."

"The idea is to take pressure and load off that bone and allow it to heal," Alderson said.

David Wright will be re-evaluated Thursday


Third baseman David Wright (stress fracture, lower back) will be re-evaluated Thursday, at which point the Mets hope to set a timetable for his return. ...

Reyes should be back Thursday


The Mets expect shortstop Jose Reyes to return to the team when he is first eligible, in time for Thursday's series finale against the Pirates.

Reyes, who went on the bereavement list prior to Monday's game, is currently in the Dominican Republic mourning the death of his grandmother. He had been the team's hottest hitter prior to his departure, batting .364 in May and .519 over his past six games.

Players on the bereavement list must miss a minimum of three days and can stay inactive for as many as seven.

Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup vs Pirates - Game 54


Mets Starting Lineup vs. the Pirates - Game 54:    
  1. Pagan-CF
  2. Turner-2B
  3. Beltran-RF
  4. Bay-LF
  5. Murphy-3B
  6. Evans-1B
  7. Thole-C
  8. Tejada-SS
  9. Dickey-RHP
Key Man
Angel Pagan's  SPLITSABRH2B3BHRRBIBBAVG
Last seven days174700020.412
Home5361211053.226
vs. Pit51300010.600
vs. NL86111811189.209
May174700020.412
vs. McDonald (Car.)60210001.333

    Preview : 2011 Regular Season Game 54 - Pirates at Mets


    Pittsburgh Pirates (24-28) at New York Mets (25-28), 7:10 p.m.

    Probable Starting Pitchers: Pittsburgh - James McDonald (3-3, 5.23) New York - R.A. Dickey (2-5, 4.50)

    The New York Mets hope R.A. Dickey's injured right heel will hold up when he takes the mound tonight in the second installment of a four-game series versus the Pittsburgh Pirates at Citi Field.

    The knuckleballer suffered the injury in Thursday's 9-3 loss against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field while trying to cover first base. He lasted just 2 2/3 innings that day and allowed four hits with one strikeout to remain at 2-5 on the season with a 4.50 ERA in 11 games (10 starts). Dickey tested the torn plantar fascia in his heel during a bullpen session on Sunday, and was optimistic on making Monday's start.

    "It's definitely something you can play through," Dickey said. "If it would've been an issue, I'd have to speak up. But having thrown my bullpen [session] yesterday and done some stuff today -- and recovered well from yesterday's bullpen -- all the signs point to the fact that it's going to be getting better as we go along here. Tomorrow should be no different."

    Dickey, a right-hander, is still searching for his first home win of the season and is only 0-4 with a 5.85 ERA in five starts at Citi Field this season. He is 1-0 in three games (2 starts) against the Pirates.

    The Mets got great pitching from unbeaten starter Dillon Gee in Monday's 7-3 win in the series opener. Gee limited the Pirates to three runs in seven innings, struck out eight batters and did not issue a walk, improving to 5-0 on the season. Jason Isringhausen and Francisco Rodriguez both threw a scoreless inning of relief to preserve New York's second straight win and third in nine tries.

    "I try to go out there and give us a chance to win every five days. Just try to be consistent," Gee said. "My changeup was pretty good tonight."

    News wasn't all that good for the depleted Mets as shortstop Jose Reyes was placed on the bereavement list after learning of his grandmother's death back home in the Dominican Republic. Reyes is expected to miss about a week of action for a ballclub that is already without third baseman David Wright (back) and first baseman Ike Davis (ankle). Reyes has posted six straight multi-hit games and leads the majors in that category with 26. Steve Henderson holds the franchise record with eight in a row from July 12-21, 1979.

    Daniel Murphy, Ruben Tejada and Angel Pagan finished with three hits and an RBI apiece, while Josh Thole drove in a pair of runs last night for New York, which is 2-2 so far on a 10-game homestand. Left fielder and former Pirate Jason Bay was given the day off on Memorial Day and will most likely return to the starting lineup this evening. Bay will face his former Pirates club for the first time since he was traded to Boston in a three-team deal on July 31, 2008. Bay is the only Rookie of the Year in Pittsburgh history.

    Happy Recap: 2011 Regular Season Game 53 - Pirates at Mets


    Final Score: New York 7, Pittsburgh 3

    Josh Thole hit a go-ahead, two-run double in the seventh inning and Dillon Gee stayed undefeated on the season, as the Mets defeated the Pirates, 7-3, to open a four-game series.

    Gee (5-0) gave up three runs on five hits while striking out a career-high eight batters for the Mets, who posted 15 hits despite their leadoff hitter, Jose Reyes, being placed on the bereavement list before the game.

    "I try to go out there and give us a chance to win every five days. Just try to be consistent," Gee said. "My changeup was pretty good tonight."

    Ruben Tejada, Angel Pagan and Daniel Murphy all had three hits and drove in a run for the victors.

    Daniel McCutchen (1-1) took the loss behind Charlie Morton, who got through six innings and was charged with three runs -- one earned -- on 11 hits.

    Chris Snyder hit a two-run homer in the loss, Pittsburgh's fifth in seven games.

    The Pirates tied the game, 3-3, in their turn of the seventh when Ronny Cedeno's fielder's choice grounder scored Lyle Overbay.

    McCutchen relieved Morton in the bottom half having allowed just one earned run in 22 1/3 innings this season. But the reliever walked Carlos Beltran leading off, gave up a single to Murphy and served up a gapper to Thole that brought home both runners.

    "This was a night that a leadoff walk became a challenge right away," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said.

    Monday, May 30, 2011

    Updated Mets Memorial Day Starting Lineup vs Pirates - Game 53


    Harris replaces Reyes at Lead off
    Updated Mets Memorial Day Starting  Lineup vs. Pirates - Game 53: 
    1. Harris-3B
    2. Turner-2B
    3. Beltran-RF
    4. Murphy-1B
    5. Pagan-CF
    6. Thole-C
    7. Pridie-LF
    8. Tejada-SS
    9. Gee-RHP
      Happy Memorial Day!  The Mets are 21-28 all-time on Memorial Day.

      Jose Reyes has left the team to be with his family due to his grandmother's passing...

      Dickey will start Tuesday


      R.A. Dickey, who partially tore the plantar fascia in his right heel at Wrigley Field last week, will make his start as scheduled Tuesday against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

      Terry Collins had expressed concern about Dickey’s ability to cover first base and otherwise field his position with the injury lingering.

      “There’s some pain, but it’s nothing that impedes my ability to pitch,” Dickey had said Sunday, after testing the heel injury. “… I want to be there. The Mets have made an investment in me … and I want to give them a return on that investment.”

      Reyes leaving team because death in the family, Ike going back to doctor for more tests



      Mets placed INF Jose Reyes on the bereavement list.

      Reyes will be away from the Mets for the next 3-7 days following the death of his grandmother back in the Dominican Republic. The Mets have not yet replaced him on the 25-man roster.

      The Mets will miss Jose's bat in the Lineup

      Jose Reyes SPLITSABRH2B3BHRRBIBBAVG
      Last seven days2781432021.519
      Home10821437811111.398
      vs. NL213347316811718.343
      May11018409601011.364
      vs. Morton (Car.)40000000.000


      In other news - Ike Davis, who continues to be tormented by a bone bruise in his left ankle that he suffered in a May 10 collision with David Wright in Denver, intends to fly to New York for another examination with team doctors later Monday.

      Pics: Sandy Alderson, Mike Pelfrey, Jason Isringhausen, and Justin Turner Visit USS Intrepid Museum On Memorial Day



      Sandy Alderson, Jason Isringhausen and Mike Pelfrey talk to one of the Military Personal

      Sandy Alderson participates in the Laying of Commemorative Wreaths during a tribute on the Intrepid


      For Teammates in the Community Week, the Mets and Citi-Field will pay tribute to our nations military during week-long series of events.

      Preview : 2011 Regular Season Game 53 - Pirates at Mets


      Charlie has been tough so far
      Pittsburgh Pirates (24-27) at New York Mets (24-28), 7:10 p.m.

      Probable Starting Pitchers: Pittsburgh - Charlie Morton (5-2, 2.61) New York - Dillon Gee (4-0, 3.83)

      Charlie Morton has been a pleasant surprise for the Pittsburgh Pirates this season and will make his 10th start tonight against the New York Mets in the opener of a four-game series at Citi Field.

      Although Morton lost his most recent outing, he's still an impressive 5-2 with a 2.61 earned run average this season. Morton has never won six games in a season and was the hard-luck loser in a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Atlanta last Tuesday at PNC Park, where he allowed both runs and seven hits in seven innings. The right-hander was coming off a shutout at Cincinnati that pushed his 2011 road record to 4-1 in five starts.

      Morton has faced the Mets twice in his career, one of which was a start, and he is 0-0 with a 2.57 ERA.

      Pittsburgh didn't give starter Jeff Karstens enough run support in Sunday's 3-2 loss to the Chicago Cubs in the finale of a three-game series at Wrigley Field. Karstens allowed three runs -- two earned -- and seven hits in five innings to fall to 3-4 on the season. Lyle Overbay provided the offense for the Pirates with a two-run double in the first inning.

      The Pirates were aiming for a three-game sweep of the Cubs, but lost for the fourth time in six contests.

      "We're not disappointed. We went out and played a ballgame and they played better than us," said Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle after the Cubs loss. "We won the series. That was the objective coming in."

      Baseball's Best Ballparks - Citi-Field Ranked 15th, PNC Ranked #1



      According to the NY Times, Citi-Field is Ranked #15 and PNC (Pittsburgh) is Ranked #1.

      Oldies but goodies - Fenway Park was # 2 and Wrigley Field was Ranked # 10.

      Based on their YELP System, Old Yankee Stadium would of Ranked around #20 (Near Minute Maid Park) and Shea Stadium would ran around #27 which would of compared it to Sun-Life Stadium (Marlins)..All of this is based on their rankings

      Parnell shows signs of life in Buffalo, throwing in the mid 90's


      Bobby Parnell's rehab assignment had been just mediocre until Sunday.

      The injured New York Mets relief pitcher had made seven appearances with the Buffalo Bisons, with a 4.50 earned-run average in six innings.

      In the opener of a doubleheader with the Gwinnett Braves he showed the type of pitching it will take to get him back to the big leagues. Parnell closed out the Bisons' 5-3 win before an announced crowd of 8,197 at Coca-Cola Field by pitching two scoreless innings.

      He struck out three straight batters at one point and ended the sixth inning with a blazing 99 mph fastball to get Braves catcher J.C. Boscan looking.
      "That's the best I've seen his stuff this year," Bisons manager Tim Teufel said. "Hopefully, he can repeat it. He keeps throwing like that, you never know."
      Parnell was expected to be the Mets' primary set-up man out of the bullpen until he went on the disabled list April 21 with clotting in his right (throwing) middle finger. The injury caused numbness. An angiogram was performed, but no serious risk was found.

      Parnell, who was not available to speak to the media after the Bisons completed a doubleheader sweep with a 2-1 win in the nightcap, had consistent velocity in the mid-90s.
      "It's good to see his release point come together and really throw the ball well. I'm sure he's been waiting for that kind of outing from himself as well," Teufel said. "He was kind of charged up."
      Parnell's performance made a winner out of starter Brian Sweeney, who pitched five innings and gave up seven hits, but just one earned run.

      Injury Updates: Johan Santana throwing off mound, Carlos Beltran has tightness in hammy


      On  Schedule to join team All-Star Break
      Carlos Beltran's afternoon ended after six innings when a tight left hamstring led

      to the right fielder being replaced by Jason Pridie in the top of the seventh. Beltran said he first felt a twinge in the second inning but remained in the game until trainer Ray Ramirez informed Collins.

      "I'm good," Beltran said. "That happened in my second at-bat. I took two more after that. I let Ray know it was tight but it's fine. Terry decided to take me out of the game but I feel good."

      Beltran said, "Of course," when asked if he'll be able to play Monday night in the series opener against the Pirates. Then added that all this is much ado about nothing.

      "I felt something in my hamstring," Beltran said. "I could have played the game, I could have finished the game without a problem. It wasn't my decision to take myself out of the game. It was Terry's decision."

      Johan Santana could begin throwing batting practice within two weeks, according to Collins.

      Santana has been throwing off the mound in Port St. Lucie for more than a week. Collins said Santana, who is recovering from shoulder surgery, remains "on schedule" in his rehab. The Mets are hopeful Santana will join the team by the All-Star break.

      No Decision From Collins to Let Dickey Start Tomorrow


      Injured R.A. Dickey wants the ball tomorrow night against the Pirates, but Mets manager Terry Collins hasn't reached a decision yet.

      The veteran knuckleballer threw a bullpen session before the Mets' 9-5 victory over the Phillies yesterday and indicated his right foot wasn't an issue.

      Dickey incurred a partial tear of his plantar fascia while attempting to cover first base on Thursday at Wrigley Field.
      "There's some pain I have to negotiate around," Dickey said. "[But] it's nothing that impeded my ability to pitch, which is great."
      Even so, Collins wants to see how Dickey responds today. The manager also is concerned about how Dickey might handle bunt plays and covering first base. Dickey indicated his biggest concern is stopping and starting.
      "I think it's that initial push-off that's the most concerning thing," Dickey said.
      But it's Dickey's plan to be toeing the rubber Tuesday night.
      "The Mets have made an investment in me and I want to be able to give them a return on that investment," Dickey said. "I take that very seriously."
      Collins has not revealed his contingency plan, but righty Chris Schwinden would be available on full rest from Triple-A Buffalo to make his major-league debut.

      Happy Recap: 2011 Regular Season Game 52 - Phillies at Mets


      Final Score: New York 9, Philadelphia 5

      Jose Reyes went 4-for-5 and Josh Thole drove in three runs, helping the New York Mets beat the Philadelphia Phillies, 9-5, in the finale of a three-game series at Citi Field.

      Daniel Murphy collected three hits and one RBI for the Mets, who snapped a three-game losing streak and won for just the second time in eight games.

      New York starter Jon Niese (4-5) gave up one unearned run, five hits and four walks while recording six strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings.

      "Our offense got timely hits and a lot of hits," Niese said.

      Philadelphia's Vance Worley (2-1) endured the worst outing of his young career. The 23-year-old right-hander was tagged for eight runs -- five earned -- on 12 hits over three innings.

      "I felt good. The last couple of bullpen (sessions) went well. Everything was working in the bullpen. Just got [on the mound] and it wasn't there," Worley said.

      The Phillies were trying to match their longest winning streak of the season at five games and complete their first sweep of the Mets in Flushing since September 14-16, 2007 at Shea Stadium.

      New York built a considerable lead for Niese, scoring four runs in both of the first two innings off Worley, who tossed six innings of shutout ball against the Mets in his first start of the season on April 29.

      Reyes led off the opening frame with a triple that skipped past sliding left fielder Raul Ibanez and scored on a groundout by Justin Turner. Jason Bay and Murphy stroked consecutive two-out singles to put men on the corners, and a misplay by Philadelphia shortstop Jimmy Rollins on a ball hit by Angel Pagan allowed Bay to score. Thole and Ruben Tejada then hit back-to-back RBI singles.

      All four runs in the second were scored after Worley retired the first two batters. Murphy and Pagan singled home a teammate, then both crossed the plate on Thole's double to right field.

      With the help of a Reyes error, the Phillies were able to load the bases with one out in the third, but Niese limited the damage to an RBI single by Placido Polanco.

      Reyes put the Mets up 9-1 with a two-out, RBI triple off Kyle Kendrick in the fifth.

      New York reliever Taylor Buchholz yielded three runs in the eighth. Ibanez led off with his sixth home run of the month, a blast to the right-field seats. Ben Francisco followed with a single and scored on Dane Sardinha's two-out double. A run-scoring single by pinch-hitter Domonic Brown closed the gap to 9-4 then Jimmy Rollins kept the inning alive with a single off Pedro Beato. However, he was thrown out trying to turn it into a double, ending the rally.

      Francisco added an RBI double with two outs in the ninth.

      Game Notes

      Reyes recorded his sixth straight multi-hit game...Worley had allowed three earned runs or less in each of his first five career major league starts...The Mets pounded out a season-high 17 hits, the most allowed by Philadelphia this year.

      Box Score: Click Here

      Sunday, May 29, 2011

      Mets Team Scoring Summary Chart


      Reports are not accurate about Einhorn's deal with Mets, New terms disclosed


      According to a report in the NY Daily News , Einhorn is structuring the deal so that he is in effect assuming the $100 million in debt as a protection in the event of a judgment against the Mets' owners in the hotly contested Madoff litigation.

      His investment, therefore, would not be subject to a claim of assets by the bankruptcy trustee, Irving Picard, although if the Wilpons do end up with a favorable ruling in the Picard case,

      Einhorn's $100 Million in debt will then become equity. The other $100 million is expected to go toward repaying a $25 million loan to Major League Baseball and to cover an estimated $70 million in operating losses for the team this year, which will allow the Mets to restructure debt to help cover operating costs.

      Preview : 2011 Regular Season Game 52 - Phillies at Mets


      Happy Memorial Day Weekend
      Philadelphia Phillies (33-19) at New York Mets (23-28), 1:10 p.m.

      Probable Starting Pitchers: Philadelphia - Vance Worley (2-0, 2.14) New York - Jonathon Niese (3-5, 4.33)

      Flip-flopping between reliever and starter, Vance Worley hasn't had much consistency in his role with the Phillies this season.

      The 23-year-old right-hander will get his second straight starting assignment today when Philadelphia tries to complete its first sweep of the Mets in Flushing since September 14-16, 2007.

      Worley lasted five innings in his last start, against Cincinnati on Tuesday and allowed six hits and three runs in a no-decision. This will be his sixth major league start and second against the Mets. His first start this season came vs. New York on April 29 when he threw a two-hitter over six shutout innings of a 10-3 victory.

      Jonathon Niese has received just one run of support in two starts against the Phillies this season. He'll hope for more offense from his struggling team today when he gets the ball for the Mets.

      Niese was blistered for eight hits and six runs in an 11-0 loss at Philadelphia on April 7. A return trip to Citizens Bank Park yielded a 2-1 loss, but Niese was much better in that game as he surrendered two runs in 6 1/3 frames. All told, he's 1-3 in five career contests vs. the Phillies.

      Rumor Mill: K-Rod would not mind being used as setup if traded


      According to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal, Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez says he doesn’t want to be traded to a team that would use him as a setup man.

      He would, however, consider filling that role for a club that acquired him, signed him to a contract extension and returned him to the closer’s role next season.

      “That would be great,” Rodriguez said Friday. “That would be no problem.”

      Rodriguez, 29, has a limited no-trade clause that allows him to block trades to 10 undisclosed teams. His market would shrink further if he said publicly that he was only willing to close.

      But that is not his position.

      While Rodriguez said, “I honestly don’t really want to go anywhere else and set up,” he added, “at the same time, I’m not closing the door” – particularly if he is asked to set up only for the rest of this season and assured of his future.

      The Rangers are an example of a club that might be interested in Rodriguez under such conditions. They could use Rodriguez as a setup man, then make him the closer next season and move Neftali Feliz to the rotation.

      Under that scenario, the Rangers would not need to worry about Rodriguez finishing 55 games and guaranteeing his $17.5 million option for next season. They could sign Rodriguez to an extension at a lower salary.

      Rodriguez currently is on pace to finish 62 games. Teams might balk at acquiring him as a closer even if the Mets contribute $3.5 million to cover what would have been his buyout, something the team is willing to do.

      Rodriguez is 15-for-16 in save opportunities, and had a 0.74 ERA in 25 games before allowing three runs in the ninth inning Friday night in a 6-4 loss to the Phillies.

      Recap: 2011 Regular Season Game 51 - Phillies at Mets


      Final Score: Philadelphia 5, New York 2

      Ryan Howard's two-run double in the eighth proved to be the deciding factor as the Philadelphia Phillies took a 5-2 win over the New York Mets in the second of a three-game set from Citi Field.

      Chase Utley went 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored while Domonic Brown added two hits and a run scored for the Phillies, who have won four straight.

      Cole Hamels (7-2) snapped a five-game losing streak to the Mets as he gave up two runs and seven hits with 10 strikeouts and retired the final 11 batters he faced over a seven-inning performance. He moved to 4-0 on the road this season.

      Jose Reyes had two hits, a pair of stolen bases and two runs scored while Justin Turner and Jason Bay each drove in a run for the Mets, who have dropped three straight and six of seven.

      Mike Pelfrey was solid in the start as he yielded just two runs on four hits with a pair of walks and six strikeouts over 7 2/3 innings, but for the second night in a row the Mets' bullpen blew the game.

      Saturday, May 28, 2011

      Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup vs Phillies - Game 51 (Updated)


      Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup vs. Phillies - Game 51:
      1. Reyes-SS
      2. Turner-3B
      3. Beltran-RF
      4. Bay-LF
      5. Evans-1B
      6. Pagan-CF
      7. Paulino-C
      8. Tejada-2B
      9. Pelfrey-RHP

      Mike Pelfrey vs Phillies: Beware of Ryan Howard's Big Bat



      Philadelphia Phillies Career statistics vs. Mike Pelfrey
      BATTERABH2B3BHRRBIBBSOAVGOBPSLGOPS
      Raul Ibanez29 9 0 0 1 6 1 7 .310 .333 .414 .747
      Placido Polanco16 3 0 0 0 2 1 0 .188 .278 .188 .465
      Jimmy Rollins32 9 0 1 1 4 1 2 .281 .303 .438 .741
      Ross Gload6 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .167 .167 .333 .500
      Chase Utley30 9 1 0 4 8 3 4 .300 .400 .733 1.133
      Wilson Valdez7 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .000 .125 .000 .125
      Ryan Howard34 14 2 0 3 6 5 2 .412 .500 .735 1.235
      Carlos Ruiz20 5 1 0 0 3 2 2 .250 .318 .300 .618
      Ben Francisco5 2 0 0 0 2 1 0 .400 .500 .400 .900
      Totals17952519311518.291.359.480.839

      Apparently the Phillies beat the crap out of Mike Pelfrey, but what team doesn't. The Flying Phils are batting .291 combined with 9 Dingers and 31 RBI's.

      Beware of Ryan Howard, as he owns Pelfrey hitting .412 with 3 HR's and 6 RBI's

      Good Luck Metropolitan's   ... We need it!

      Cole Hamels vs Mets: Mets have handled him well enough to do it again tonight



      New York Mets Career statistics vs. Cole Hamels
      BATTERABH2B3BHRRBIBBSOAVGOBPSLGOPS
      Carlos Beltran33 10 2 0 3 5 2 8 .303 .343 .636 .979
      Willie Harris6 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 .000 .143 .000 .143
      Ronny Paulino8 3 1 0 0 0 1 0 .375 .444 .500 .944
      Scott Hairston17 6 2 0 3 4 1 3 .353 .389 1.000 1.389
      Jose Reyes34 10 1 0 0 3 3 6 .294 .351 .324 .675
      Jason Bay4 2 2 0 0 2 1 1 .500 .500 1.000 1.500
      Angel Pagan28 8 1 0 1 4 2 4 .286 .355 .429 .783
      Nick Evans6 3 1 0 0 2 0 1 .500 .500 .667 1.167
      Daniel Murphy3 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 .333 .333 .667 1.000
      Ruben Tejada5 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 .000 .167 .000 .167
      Totals144431107211231.299.354.521.875

      The Mets have handled Cole Hamels in the Past, The Mets combined are hitting .299 (43 for 144) with 7 Bombs and 21 RBI's.. Let's see if Pelfrey can make it stand up tonight...

      Gary Carter's Brain Tumors are Malignant, but treatable


      Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter, a former Mets star, likely has a malignant tumor on his brain, the Duke Medical Center announced in a statement tonight.

      Carter, 57, announced last Saturday that an MRI exam had revealed four small tumors on his brain. The biopsies were performed on a single tumor.

      The pathology report will take several days, at which time treatment options will be discussed with Carter.

      “In the meantime, Mr. Carter is in excellent spirits and good physical condition,” read the statement from physicians Allan H. Friedman and Henry S. Friedman, the co-deputy directors of The Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke. “He is resting comfortably, surrounded by his family. We hope that his friends and fans continue to pray for Mr. Carter and his family during this time.”

      According to the website, doctors have said that even if malignant, the tumor could be treatable.

      Money Matters: Einhorn's deal provides Mets stability through next year



      According to the NY Times, the $200 million from David Einhorn's investment is almost certain to meet the team’s most pressing needs and potentially stabilize its finances at least through next year, several bankers and baseball executives said.

      The Mets are expected to use $75 million of Einhorn’s money to retire some of their bank loans and another $25 million to repay a loan, due next month, that the team received from Major League Baseball, according to several people familiar with the team’s finances. This should save the Mets tens, and perhaps hundreds, of thousands of dollars in interest payments.

      The remaining $100 million should help with the team’s most urgent issue — paying its players.

      With a payroll of about $142 million this season, roughly $12 million in checks must be cut every two weeks. At the very least, Einhorn’s investment would mean that the Mets will have little trouble on that front for the remainder of this season.

      Video: WFAN's Craig Carton Makes Statement on David Einhorn (New Minority Owner)


      Preview: 2011 Regular Season Game 51 - Phillies at Mets


      Philadelphia Phillies (32-19) at New York Mets (23-27), 7:10 p.m.

      Probable Starting Pitchers: Philadelphia - Cole Hamels (6-2, 3.06) New York - Mike Pelfrey (3-4, 5.37)

      With two straight victories and a 3-0 mark with a 2.25 ERA on the road, Cole Hamels has provided the Phillies solid pitching this season. Now he'll try to snap a personal five-game skid against the Mets as the teams continue their weekend series tonight at Citi Field.

      His last victory against the Mets came September 11, 2009, but since then Hamels has received little run support when facing the NL East foe. In 2010, he lost all four of his starts against the Mets, but had a 3.20 ERA. The big problem was the Phillies were shut out in three of those games last season.

      Hamels' first start of 2011 came against the Mets and he was drilled for seven hits and six runs over 2 2/3 innings of a 7-1 defeat on April 5. That dropped his career mark to 2-9 with a 4.35 ERA in 14 career games against them.

      Video: ESPN's Jim Caple catches R.A. Dickey's Knuckleball


      Einhorn could own 60 percent of the team and be majority owner




      Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that David Einhorn does indeed have a path to majority ownership with the Mets. Of course, that was the assumption all along, as it wouldn’t make much sense if he didn’t have that option, but the exact terms of the deal are real interesting.

      Einhorn has agreed in principal to purchase roughly 33 percent of the team for $200 million, which will infuse cash and keep the organization solvent in the immediate future. In three years, according to the source, Einhorn has an option to up his stake to 60 percent, although principal owner Fred Wilpon and his family have an opportunity to block Einhorn from gaining that majority stake.

      The source said the Wilpons can stop Einhorn from gaining the majority share essentially by returning Einhorn’s initial $200 million investment yet allowing him to keep the 33 percent share of the team.

      So, basically, in three years either Einhorn will either have majority control of the Mets or get his initial $200 million investment back and still keep one-third of the team. Wilpon's need for money makes them put themselves in this situation..

      Recap: 2011 Regular Season Game 50 - Phillies at Mets


      Final Score: Philadelphia 6, New York 4

      Domonic Brown's single in the ninth inning plated the go-ahead run and started the decisive rally, as the Phillies edged the Mets, 6-4, in the opener of a three-game series.

      With two men on and one away in a tie game, Brown smacked a grounder toward first base. The Mets' Daniel Murphy failed to get in front of the ball, trying to field it from the side to perhaps start a double play. But the ball stayed down, scooting into the outfield as Carlos Ruiz scored.

      That opened the floodgates: Jimmy Rollins followed with a sacrifice fly, and Placido Polanco tacked on an RBI infield single later in the inning. The cushion helped Philadelphia withstand a New York rally in the bottom half and hold on for a third consecutive win.

      "That's a big win against a rival team like the Mets," Brown said.

      The Phillies scored all the runs against Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez (1-1), who carried a 19 2/3-inning scoreless streak into Friday's game. It was the longest active streak in the majors.

      Friday, May 27, 2011

      Dickey Probable For Next Start, has partial tear in right foot


      Mets starting pitcher R.A. Dickey has a partial tear in the plantar facia of his right foot, the Mets announced Friday afternoon. His status is day-to-day, according to press release from the team. Dickey told reporters Friday he's hopeful he can make his next start. The injury happened Thursday afternoon in Wrigley Field when Dickey scrambled off the mound to cover first base on a grounder and fell down. He said after the game he felt pain in his heel.

      Dickey, a knuckleballer, is 2-5 with a 4.50 ERA this season. Most importantly, though, he's thrown 60 innings for the beaten-up Mets. With all the injuries, Dickey's been valuable to the Mets and they could ill-afford to lose him for an extended period. Fortunately, it appears he's just going to be dealing with pain in the next few days and should stay in the rotation.

      Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup vs Phillies - Game 50


      Pagan Back in the Lineup
      Tonight's  Mets Starting Lineup vs. Philly - Game 50:

      1. Reyes-SS
      2. Turner-3B
      3. Beltran-RF
      4. Bay-LF
      5. Murphy-1B
      6. Pagan-CF
      7. Paulino-C
      8. Tejada-2B
      9. Capuano-LHP

      Chris Capuano vs Phillies: Let's Hope the his Hot Spots in his Fingers Stay Cool





      Philadelphia Phillies Career statistics vs. Chris Capuano
      BATTERABH2B3BHRRBIBBSOAVGOBPSLGOPS
      Raul Ibanez2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000
      Placido Polanco3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333 .333 .333 .667
      Jimmy Rollins12 3 0 0 1 1 0 0 .250 .308 .500 .808
      Chase Utley8 1 0 0 0 1 3 3 .125 .333 .125 .458
      Ryan Howard8 3 0 0 0 1 0 1 .375 .375 .375 .750
      Carlos Ruiz5 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
      Totals388001435.211.279.289.569

      Capuano said the "hot spot" on his left middle finger that started to become a concern in Houston did not become a full-fledged blister and should not be a problem during Saturday's start against the Yankees, ESPN New York reports. (about 6 days ago)

      If all goes well for Capuano, he has pretty well faired well career wise against the Phillies. The Mets have to score runs for Cappy and prey for the best..

      Roy Oswalt vs Mets: Beltran, Reyes, and Bay better make their AB's Count



      New York Mets Career statistics vs. Roy Oswalt
      BATTERABH2B3BHRRBIBBSOAVGOBPSLGOPS
      Carlos Beltran24 9 2 0 1 7 2 6 .375 .407 .583 .991
      Willie Harris4 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 .250 .500 .250 .750
      Ronny Paulino13 2 1 0 0 0 1 2 .154 .214 .231 .445
      Scott Hairston24 3 2 0 0 0 1 8 .125 .160 .208 .368
      Jose Reyes32 9 2 0 0 1 0 3 .281 .281 .344 .625
      Jason Bay31 11 2 0 0 4 3 7 .355 .429 .419 .848
      Daniel Murphy6 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .167 .167 .167 .333
      Josh Thole3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
      Totals1373690112928.263.311.350.661

      The only Mets that have had success against Mr. Oz in the past are  Beltran , Reyes, and Bay . The rest of the lineup is cold against him. The Mets combined are hitting only .263 (36 for 137) off of him..
      Let's hope Reyes can get on and Beltran and Bay can knock him in.. LOL   LGM
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