Showing posts with label Commentary. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Commentary. Show all posts

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Commentary: Love the direction of the team, 2014 might be something special if all the right pieces fall into place



Last Night proved the future is bright for the New York Mets. Wilmer Flores, filling in for the injured David Wright - went 2 for 4 with 3 RBI's.  Juan Lagares hit a solo shot and Zach Wheeler pitched threw 6.1 innings picking up his 5th win.

With Ace Matt Harvey at the top of the rotation, Zach Wheeler right behind him, followed by Jon Niese, Dillon Gee and Jenrry Mejia the Mets have a solid rotation for the future. This is not to discount the fact that Rafael Montero and Noah Syndergaard are on the coat-tails to make it to the Major Leagues.

The starting pitching has not the problem of the 2013 Mets and moving forward. The dreadful offensive starts of Ike Davis, Ruben Tejada, Lucas Duda and Collin Cowgill all had contributing factors in reason of their record being below .500. And pushed us completely in the direction of downward spiral. *Not to mention, the shitty start(s) of Shawn Marcum.  By the way kids, the team ERA is 3.71. The team batting average is .237...

The patch work bullpen has been holding it down for the Mets. The additions of David Aardsma and Carlos Torres has giving the bullpen a lift.  The Mets going into 2014 will have to make decisions if guys like Jeurys Familia will be major pieces in the bullpen. I don't expect Scott "Need Arm Surgery"Atchison or LaTroy "The Ageless Wonder" Hawkins to be back next season.. Hawkins does still throw in the mid 90's and gives the Mets innings in multiple roles..

The Mets also have a ton of lefties which they never had before with Pedro Feliciano coming back, Tim Byrdak (rehabbing), Scott Rice (who pitches almost everyday for the Mets) , Josh Edgin (in minors), not to mention Jack Leathersich on the rise..

With all the Mets offensive struggles this season it will be interesting to see how Travis d'Arnaud will make a impact in the Major league level. He is expected to make cameo with the Mets when Buck leaves for paternity reasons. I want to see him do well and I root for this kid. This guy is another key component moving forward and may be the difference maker in 2014. If the Mets can get a potential .280 bat in the lineup to replace Bucks career .200 Average,  the Mets will have a winning record and will score more runs period. I am not discounting how John Buck carried the Mets in April and was a offensive juggernaut for a month. He has also worked well with all the pitchers. Wonder if the Mets would offer John Buck a backup job next season?

The Mets this winter will interesting options to bolster their offense. They can go the free agent way or the trade route. The Mets need power. Marlon Byrd has been a pleasant surprise hitting 17 HR's and driving in 60, but he is 35.  The Mets need a big young stud outfielder like a Carlos Gonzalez or Mike Stanton. I would not mind if the Mets signed Byrd next season in a backup capacity.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Commentary: Are the Mets Scrap-heaping in 2013?

Holiday Greetings to all!  Here is my Holiday Rant!

The New York Mets have done nothing but trade the NL Cy-Young R.A. Dickey, which I thought was a much needed move here. We got back the possible Piazza-ish catcher the Mets have lacked over the years.. The Mets also have a immediate future of   Wheeler, Niese, Harvey, Syndergaard, Gee which looks good.  But now the Mets in 2013 need at least a fifth starter...

The trade of Syndergaard looks good even though made inappropriate comments, his talent much warranted..

Scouting Report:
The towering Syndergaard spent all of 2012 in A-level Lansing, striking out 122 batters in 103 innings while racking up an eye-opening 1.08 WHIP. The move to New York means he's no longer a sleeper candidate, and now that he's an NL talent, he's even more appealing. 

When this imposing righthander arrives, it'll be thanks to the plus command he shows with his decent 94mph fastball and near-plus curve. Of course, as with any young pitcher, it'll be the quality of his developing change that will determine whether he's an ace or a middle-of-the-pack starter a year or two from now. He should see AA action in 2013. 

But when are the Mets going to make a statement move towards 2013 besides locking up David Wright, which was the right (no pun intended) thing to do..

Friday, July 20, 2012

Bad Week, No Problem - Mets are still in it, despite what you think

National League Wild Card Standings
Pittsburgh5140.560-29-1422-26378344+34Won 26-4
Atlanta5041.549-24-2426-17419390+29Won 18-2
LA Dodgers4944.527229-2020-24351346+5Won 13-7
NY Mets4745.5113.526-2021-25423409+14Won 13-7
St. Louis4745.5113.523-2024-25441377+64Lost 24-6

Super Powers - Activate, These guys have been red hot
Hey Mets Fans, I know it's been quite a week. I hate watching my team lose too!  It looks as though right now the Mets are not in the hunt for the NL East because we have dropped to 7 Games, but the good news is we are still in the Wild Card Race (above).

The Mets are only 3.5 GB (overall 4th) in the NL Wild Card Standings... Remember two Wild Card Teams will make the playoffs due to the change in league rules.

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Rehashing the first month of the Mets Season

David Wright is the Mets MVP so far this season

Well Mets Fans , The New York Mets are 13-10 and 1.5 Games out of first place after the first month of the season. Of course, there is along way to go, but the Mets have surprised the baseball world early.

The Mets Manager Terry Collins has impressed me filling in the early voids of players that have been hurt. He has changed lineups around , but what's more impressive is that he gets every ounce of effort out of his young players and that's what makes the Mets fun to watch. I Never thought he get the job done in New York but has shown he can handle everything openly and candidly.

The Catching abilities of Josh Thole look like they have improved and his bat has been hot of late (.317). The problem with Thole is going to be if he can hit left handed pitching all season as he is batting right now .417 vs lefties. It looks like Mike Nickeas is not going to be much of a factor in the offensive department.

At First base, Ike Davis has been slumping.. and his average reflects that (.185). Ike needs to breakout in May and there have been signs that he will do so. He has batted .317 in the last 7 days....

Daniel Murphy is starting to look like a second basemen on the field defensively. He has never looked bad at the plate, just never really had a permanent position . Call me crazy, but I think Daniel Murphy is the type of player that can win a batting tittle...if he stays healthy!

Ruben Tejada, not Jose Reyes has been the focal point so far this season. Tejada's .299 batting average with 8 2B's has been impressive and looks like nothing has fazed him since Reyes' departure. By the way, Jose Reyes is batting .220 and in his last seven days he is batting just .190. Look like the Mets have made the right move so far not to sign him, but it is early to tell.

What more is there to say about third basemen David Wright. David Wright has been the MVP of the NY Mets so far this April batting .389 with 4 HR's and 14 RBI's. He looks to be a lock for the All-Star Game and maybe MVP if he keeps his numbers up. He is also playing with a broken pinkie which is also pretty impressive. The Mets must sign him long term and not let him get away like Jose Reyes did...

Monday, December 05, 2011

My reactions and commentary to the news of Jose Reyes to Marlins

My first reactions to the news of Jose Reyes to the Miami Marlins was not startling to me. I sought of thought that the Brewers were going to throw a monkey wrench into the equation, but that never happened..

As Mets Fans, we can all feel the same way today about Reyes that we did when Our Beloved Darryl Strawberry joined the Dodgers many moons ago. Didn't he go to play with his best friend too?  Eric Davis..

We can all wish Jose the best and we can all relate in bad economic times , who in their right mind would turn down that kind of money?  DUH!

So now we can all enjoy watching Jose prance, dance and bash elbows with Hanley Ramirez and all their extra parts the Miami Marlins can accumulate at the winter meetings, hopefully not Albert Pujols included...

Friday, July 15, 2011

Tonight can be the start of something good or the beginning of the end of the 2011 NY Mets

Well Mets Fans, tonight can be the start of something good for the Mets or the beginning of the end of the 2011 Mets season.

The Mets will have their white flags tucked away for safe keeping as they play the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi  Field. The Mets are in for a long stretch of meaningful games that can determine the output of which direction the General Manager Sandy Alderson will take at the trade deadline. Sandy has said the next 10-12 Games can give him a barometer on how it will play out. The Mets will play 3 with the Phillies followed by 3 with the Cardinals with a makeup Marlins Game squeezed in between the two series. The Mets will play 7 games in 7 days , no days off..  So there's no time time to Daly around here.

The Mets will have a trio of trial closers in the Mets Bullpen replacing the traded K-Rod.  Bobby Parnell, Jason Isringhausen, and  Pedro Beato will get the call as Terry Collins sees fit.   I do not see this as a big thing going forward, but it will test the patience of Mets Fans worldwide if neither of these three can get the job done.

The offense has to be on tonight and as well as the rest of the next series coming. The additions of Jose Reyes and David Wright should fire up the club next week,  so they can produce runs on a regular. If Reyes and Wright become a complete bust in the second half and the club is not scoring runs..,  the Mets can start packing Beltran's, Izzy's, and Byrdak's bags... The season will be over quick.

Think 2012 with or without Reyes..

Just for good measure, If the time comes I hope Sandy Alderson could give us a real treat and trade Mike Pelfrey to someone who could use him, if any takers..

The Mets starting pitching in the first half was good, especially before the break. The Mets must keep the consistency and hope the Mets can pull off a miracle here..

The Mets start the night 7.5 games behind the Braves for the Wild Card. The Braves are without Chipper Jones due to surgery, so not all is perfect in ATL.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Sandy Alderson: Playing With House Money in 2011

NEW YORK - OCTOBER 29:  (L - R) Saul Katz, CEO...Image by Getty Images via @daylife
The Mets might lose in 2011, but Sandy Alderson wont. Pretty much everyone is expecting a similar outcome as last season; hover around .500 for most of the season and finally tipping one way or the other towards the end. Well, I'm as optimistic as any Mets fan, so I'm willing to say they'll be better than 2010. But given their issues in the rotation, bullpen and second base, maybe I'll be wrong.

But this is the team that Alderson is taking over. His ace, Johan Santana, is out until the All-Star break, his fans are screaming to release his starting second baseman and find anyone else, and their best option for a lefty reliever, Oliver Perez, would probably be beaten to death should Mets fans catch him out in the open.

So basically, Alderson is inheriting a team that isn't expected to contend in 2011, so if they don't, it's no skin off his back. The Mets have a ton of money coming off the books in 2012, so if Alderson goes out and fails to put together a contender in that off-season, then he'll get the blame. But you can't blame Alderson if the Mets don't win significantly in 2011. The Mets might lose, but Alderson will win.
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Monday, January 10, 2011

We'll Miss You Pedro

As if it won't be bad enough to see a long time Met donning Pinstripes this upcoming season, when you begin to quantify how valuable Pedro Feliciano was to the Mets, it hurts even worse. The Philadelphia Phillies have been the dominant team in the National League East over the past five seasons (2006-2010). They have won the division the past four years, two of which they brought home National League Pennants, along with their World Series victory in 2008. In three years out of this five year span, the Phillies led the National League in runs scored, and the other two seasons they finished second. As Mets fans, we are familiar with the names Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley and Ryan Howard, and we cower at the thought of the destruction they can wage with a wooden stick in hand. Lets take a look at some numbers that should explain why things are about to take a turn for the worse for our beloved Metropolitans. Here's the short version of the story: Feliciano's dominance over the Phillies triumvirate of super star hitters is the only reason the Mets have remained competitive against the Phils over the past five seasons. Feliciano has gone above and beyond what even a regular "lefty specialist" should be able to accomplish against these three men. For his career, Rollins is a .272 hitter. Being the only switch-hitter of the triumvirate (both Utley and Howard are exclusively left-handed hitters), Rollins should be the least susceptible to a left handed pitcher. Against lefties in his career, Rollins has a very respectable .282 average. In the five year span we are focusing on, Rollins was 5-21 for a .238 average against Feliciano. Utley and Howard would probably kill to be able to hit that well against Feliciano. Utley who is a career .293 hitter (.283 against lefties) has gone 8-36 against Pedro which equals out to a .222 average. Howard is even worse. He is a career .279 hitter (.232 against lefties), but against Feliciano he has been abysmal, 7-36 for a .194 average. Not to mention, Howard averages about one home run every thirteen at bats, but he has had only one long ball against Feliciano in his 36 career at bats.

Friday, December 31, 2010

What's all the Brian Fuentes hype about??

Some Mets Fans want Brian Fuentes and yes, he is available. The Red Sox, Rays, Yankees and Twins are among the many teams interested in him, according to sources close to Ken Rosenthal. Even though the Mets was mentioned as one of the 11 teams interested in him originally. The Mets are not going to get him, so why is it even been mentioned.

The Mets are not getting into a bidding war with the powers of AL East and/or the Twins.

According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports:

Problem is he is too pricey.

Fuentes wants more than $5 million per season on a multi year deal, several execs say. Those terms are affordable for a closer, high for a setup man and exorbitant for a specialist.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Phillies land Cliff Lee, Changes the Mets hopes and dreams

According to many sources by now, Cliff Lee is heading out to Philadelphia looking for his new found home. The Phillies have now a rotation that stacks way higher than anyone in the National East and most of Major League Baseball. Facing Halladay, Hammels, Lee, and don't forget about Oswalt will be tough for anyone,  even the Mets..

Joe Blanton their fifth starter appears be on the next flight somewhere, but he is not that good anyway.. The Red Sox reportedly have interest in him.

So what lies ahead for the Mets Fans?  Not much, but serious taunting by Phillies Fans and some Yankee Fans. The Yankee Fans are in awe over it and they are blaming Cashman for it.

Yankee Fans are so use to getting their way, it's disgusting. Next they will be saying they did not offer enough money. It's all about money with the Yanks Fans.

If you were Lee why would you not play for the Phillies?

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Mets will be patient , Crop of free agents next year will be better

I know the Mets Fans are going crazy over not having a big winter. Mike Francesa (WFAN) is chanting his words against Sandy Alderson saying that the season is already over for the New York Mets. He and Sandy Alderson will probably have that debate on WFAN this week, which will be interesting.

The Mets will remain to be patient (According to Sandy) and see if they can find deals to fit this ball club. The Mets still have to find relievers, preferably a lefty or two. I know the Mets fans do not want to see Ollie P in a big spot against a lefty.  They will look into the lost and found section of starting pitchers which will include one of the following, Brandon Webb, Chris Young, and Jeff Francis with the real possibility of Young coming here.

The Mets will find short term backup solutions in the outfield this year with Reed Johnson as the leading candidate, Fred Lewis, and Jerry Hairston Jr. in the tow.

The Mets have 4 possible second basemen going into camp. They have Luis "Get Me Out Of Town" Castillo (or GMOOT for short), Daniel "The Comeback Kid" Murphy, Rubin "Should I stay or should I go now" Tejada, and Rule 5 draft pick, Brad Emaus. Who's swing reminds me of Dan Uggla a little bit.

Out of that group, one of them will more likely play everyday. I would love to see a fresh start at that position and not see Castillo there sitting there like a DEAD DUCK. I prefer to see a mix of Murphy (1B/2B/3B/LF) , Tejada (2B/SS), and Emaus (2B/3B) lingering at the bag, with Castillo playing checkers at a nearby park..

The Mets will have many free agent alternatives in 2012 because the crop of 2B will be slightly better. They can get free agent alternatives like Dan Uggla, Richie Weeks lead the way, Cincinnati's Brandon Phillips, Toronto's Aaron Hill and Florida's Omar Infante also are facing option decisions and could be added to this list next winter. Also Kelly Johnson, Jose Lopez, Freddy Sanchez, Mark Ellis - and old standby Orlando Hudson who always remains a possibility for NY.

Aside from the dead-wood deals of Luis Castillo and Oliver Perez, the Mets also will have to either re-sign or replace core players Carlos Beltran, Jose Reyes and Francisco Rodriguez next winter, with the latter owning

Thursday, December 09, 2010

New York Orange Sox?

Am I the only one whose kind of pumped up at these moves the Red Sox are making? First they pulled off a monster trade to land Adrian Gonzalez, one of the best young first basemen in the game. Now they pull off another enormous deal landing the top free agent, outfielder Carl Crawford. That's two of the very bes players in the game, who are both coming into the prime years of their careers. Now lets not forget that the Red Sox already feature Kevin Youkilis (aka the Greek God of Walks) and Dustin Pedroia, two young stars with prodigious talent. With a core of these four players-Gonzalez, Crawford, Youkilis and Pedroia, the Red Sox offense is going to be outrageously good for years and years. Lets not forget Jacoby Ellsbury, who is just one injury riddled year removed from a .301/.355, 70 SB, 60 RBI season. I almost feel bad for the Yankees. I might have just lied. Definitely did. There's more. Though he hasn't blossomed yet, I wouldn't be surprised to see catcher Jared Saltalamacchia start to fulfill his potential under the tutelage of Jason Varitek. Not to mention with all these other studs, there will be next to no pressure on Salty to perform, which should help. The Sox round out their lineup with tried and true veterans Marco Scutaro, Mike Cameron, JD Drew and David Ortiz. Add it all up and you have as solid an offense as there is in baseball. I feel like I'm piling on here, but I would be remiss if I did not mention Boston's home-grown, young pitchers. John Lester has slowly and surely turned into a top of the rotation, Ace-of-the-Staff type of pitcher. With his outstanding 2010 campaign, Clay Buchholz might be right on Lester's heals. Buchholz was 17-7 with a 2.33 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP last year. Both of these pitchers are only twenty-six years old. Add to that the twenty-five year old Daniel Bard, who could be the heir apparent if Boston parts ways with closer Jonathan Pappelbon. These three will be the backbone of the Sox pitching staff going forward. John Lackey and Josh Beckett will also make large contributions to the Sox staff, and I would not be suprised to see them go after a few more bull pen arms. Okay I'm tired of hyping the Red Sox, I seriously hate the Red Sox probably more than I hate the Yankees. Do you all get the point though? Barring a New York Mets-esq run of injuries, the Sox are going to be ridiculously good in 2011. So now you might be thinking, if you hate the Sox, why are you pumped up that they're going to be so good? And where do the Mets tie into all of this? Let me explain. When the Mets hired Sandy Alderson, naturally everyone thought of Oakland. People started saying the Mets are going to be a "Money Ball" team. Pretty logical conclusion because Alderson was the long time GM of the Athletics, and he was the mentor to Billy Beane whose brilliance on a tight budget branded the term "Money Ball" into every baseball fan's heart. Just one problem. Money Ball should really be called "No Money Ball". The concept is for small market teams to compete with their richer adversaries by figuring out what type of successful player is being undervalued by the market, and investing wisely in these somewhat flawed, but useful players. The Mets aren't a small market team though. It may seem like it this season, because due to Omar Minaya's mistakes, the usually active Mets have to sit on the sidelines during this Winter's free agency period. No disrespect intended to DJ Carrasco, Ronny Paulino and Boof Bonser. Well, perhaps a little. Next year, we will have more payroll flexibility, and we will be back in the game. All in all, I think that it should be the Red Sox, not the A's, who should be the archetype of what the Mets could ultimately become under Alderson. The Mets and the Sox are both big market teams with high payrolls. Both Alderson and Red Sox GM Theo Epstein are graduates of Ivy League Universities, Dartmouth and Yale respectively. Alderson graduated from Law School at Harvard, while Epstein graduated from the University of San Diego School of Law. These are some pretty smart dudes. The Red Sox were so enamored with the way the A's did business, that they were on the verge of hiring Beane to be their GM. They made him an offer which would have let him become the highest paid GM of all time. Beane ultimately turned down their offer so the Sox settled on the young Epstein. Guys like Beane, Alderson and Epstein are a examples of a new breed of GM. They are not the 'Good Ol' Boys' of Baseball. They are extremely bright, hard working and responsible men. They take accountability for their decisions, and realize that anything wrong with their entire organization from top to bottom reflects poorly on them, as the leaders. They run a baseball organization how it should be run, like a business. Alderson, like Epstein, will look to improve the quality of the Mets from top to bottom. The Red Sox are known for having a cohesive philosophy that stems from Epstein all the way down through their farm system. A premium is placed on scouting a certain type of player, then drafting and developing. The Sox have such a fecund farm system that it not only allows them keep their major league roster loaded with young talent, but it allows them to pull off a trade for an Adrian Gonzalez. Or lets not forget the Sox traded for Josh Beckett, who pitched them to two World Series wins in the past seven seasons. I would not be a bit surprised to see them win another very soon. Their success lets them earn more money, which they can turn around and invest in a player like Crawford, who might just be wearing a Red Sox hat in Cooperstown one day if he continues at his current pace. Alderson's first step at improving the Mets from bottom up was hiring Paul DePodesta as Vice President of Player Development. He called DePodesta "one of the top analytical minds in the game." Analytical isn't exactly a term that Minaya seemed to care for too much. These are the New Mets under Alderson. Instead of trying to figure out how to steal back page headlines from the Yankees, the Mets will be analyzing how they can improve their organization which will ultimately lead to winning with consistancy (hopefully). Lets face it, even though the Yankees are the organization that everyone else wants to be, the Red Sox have been the best run organization in baseball over the past decade. The Yankees are just so rich that they can cover up their mistakes by signing anyone they want. The Sox, however, rarely waste money. This is the team we need to be like Mets fans. Think about it, if we can win two titles per decade, like the Sox just did, we might even be able to catch up to the Yankees in just under 200 years! Hooray for the New York Orange Sox.

Monday, December 06, 2010

Alderson Needs to Slow his Role

This morning, I woke up to the news that Jayson Werth had signed a seven-year, $125 million contract with the Nationals; I almost choked on my life cereal (Yeah, I love it. Don't pretend you don't).

Is it too much to ask that Werth get the hell out of my division. I mean, he's not worth what the Nats gave him, but we still have to deal with him and his stupid beard.

Is it just me, or do the more annoying bats in the NL East (Dan Uggla, Omar Infante, Werth) that kill the Mets' pitching love staying in the division to spite the Mets?

Maybe I'm being paranoid.

Anyway, I also read this morning in the New York Post (Again, over a bowl of life cereal) that Sandy Alderson felt it necessary to put his two cents in on the Werth deal.

"It makes some of our contracts look pretty good," Sandy said. "That's a long time and a lot of money. I thought they were trying to reduce the national deficit in Washington, D.C."

Wow, slow down Sandy Man. You haven't done anything so far at the Winter Meetings, and have made no effort to conceal the high probability that you're not going to.

You haven't earned the right to jest at other team's contracts and signings when you're not going to be doing any of your own. Yes, the Nats grossly overpaid for Werth, but are the Mets going to sign a player who can have as big an impact as Werth?

No, I didn't think so.

And I know that the contracts on the Mets now are not your doing (Perez's joke contract, Beltran's silly contract, Santana's disapointing contract), but can you wait until you make some huge splash and bring in a great player on an excellent conract before you go off at the mouth.

Worry about your own team Sandy Man. Give us a winner and you can talk all the crap you want.

Concerning Ike Davis and a matter of great import

Despite the lack of games being played, every baseball fan knows that this is one of the most crucial periods of the year for baseball teams. The mad dash to replace managers, sign free agents and shape the futures of our favorite teams is all happening in some far off office. Us fans sit around and hungrily await even the tiniest snippets of information. I wake up each morning, and quickly grab the paper in hopes that there will be some rumor about a Mets trade, or the signing of a free agent. With the stakes so high this time of year, I would like to take a few minutes to present to you...a matter of great import. Now let me start by saying that I believe the game of baseball is magical. There is an aura about it that makes it so much more than just hitting a ball with a bat, and running counter-clockwise around a diamond. To me a 6-4-3 double play is not just two outs, it's poetry in motion. For baseball players, stealing second base successfully is as euphoric as robbing a bank and getting away with it. Setting up an outside curve ball with an 0-2, high inside fastball is every pitchers birth-right. Even as a vegetarian, the smell of ballpark hot dogs as I approach the gates of Citi Field makes me feel like a saint who just caught his first whiff of heaven while floating up to the Pearly Gates. Chewing sunflower seeds and spitting the shells during a game is like breathing. Get the point yet? If you don't believe that the whole is greater than the sum of it's parts when it comes to baseball, stop reading now. Nicknames are a critical part of the lore of baseball. I assume it's because there is a lot of downtime during a baseball game, which gives everyone time to think. And because baseball is a game where the spotlight is on one person at a time. It starts on the pitcher, it then moves to the batter, then if the batter hits the ball the spotlight moves to the fielders. The rest of the people are just sitting around thinking about whoever it is under the spotlight. Well, for whatever reason, the history of baseball has been shaped by people who are known by things other then what's on their birth certificates. If you go around asking people about George Ruth, they probably would have no clue who you're talking about. Everyone knows who "the Babe" is though. Who do you think was the best outfielder "Hammerin" Hank, "the Say Hey Kid" or "the Yankee Clipper"? Us Mets fans know "the Franchise", "Mex", "Rey-O", "the Pizza Man", "Mookie", "Fonzie" and "Doc". In this time honored tradition of silliness, I would like to present you all with "Flip" Davis. Consider this, most first basemen in their entire career never go head over heals to make a catch. During his first month in the big leagues, Ike Davis on three separate occasions made a catch while flipping over the guard-rail into the dugout. Not only that, but he landed on his feet each time. That's three perfectly executed somersaulting catches in the span of one month! On top of that, his presence in the lineup and his youthful exuberance seemed to fuel the Mets to a long winning streak when he was first called up. One might say he helped to flip the fortunes of the reeling Mets. Though I'll admit that aspect was certainly transitory. Be that as it may, I think Ike (which is a pretty rad nickname in and of itself) has earned his nickname, and consequently his place in the lore-book of baseball, with his solid play during his rookie campaign, particularly on defense. Thus I anoint thee, "Flip" Davis. May you use your new found fortune to get us some wins this year, and for many to come. Anyone else got any good nicknames for Mets or players on other teams? Mets Chronicle would love to hear them! Drop us some comments.

Sunday, December 05, 2010

Will the Mets pull off the impossible at the Winter Meetings?

As of Sunday morning, if you are a Mets Fan you have nothing to cheer about...OK, we have a new general manager, manager, front office execs to fill in the holes, but where are the new players?

We watched Adrian Gonzalez go to the Red Sox... Zach Grienke apparently has six suitors, none of them are the Mets.. Forget high profile Mets Fans, think low-profile...

The Mets have not added a single piece (but Mike O'Conner) , but subtracted to a team that finished 79-83, 18 games back of the NL East.

It's time for some action by the Mets Brass...

According to the Mets beat reporters the Mets will not do anything BIG, just smaller moves to fill in the holes.

In the NY Daily News, Alderson stated, "I can guarantee you, we'll come back with some good players," Alderson said. "I can't guarantee how high-profile they will be, or how many. If nothing else, we'll pick in the Rule 5 draft, just to say we brought a player back."

Alderson indicated the team's goals at the meetings will be to discuss adding rotation and bullpen depth, a backup catcher and a fourth outfielder.

What should we expect from a team that is not going to spend money.. The Mets are expected to go bottom feeding especially for starting pitching. Such names as Jeff Francis and Chris Young have been mentioned , but both have had injury problems in the past. I expect the Mets to add Chris Young who has been mentioned to have ties with the Mets Exec brass. Can the Mets lure Rich Harden or Brandon Webb?  We will see....

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Wally thinks he got snubbed

Wally Backman tells John Harper of the New York Daily News that he can’t believe he didn’t get the job.

“I really thought I won them over,” Backman said by phone Friday from his home in Oregon. “I came out of each interview thinking it had gone better than the one with the Diamondbacks when I got the job there (in 2004).
“I knew what was being said (in the media), that the other guys were the favorites, but I kept looking at it, thinking I could make them see that I was the best guy for the job. I guess I didn’t convince them.”
I wouldn’t expect much less from Backman, or any other managerial candidate, for that matter. What is he supposed to say? “Yeah, Terry Collins was obviously a better candidate than me. I was just happy to be considered.”

The interesting part, though, is that Backman downplays all the talk about previous managerial experience.
“I didn’t think experience should have been a factor,” Backman said. “Managing a game is managing a game, and I don’t think it’s different dealing with players whether it’s the majors or the minors.”
Well Collins got the job and it was Sandy Alderson's decision. Whether it was a good one or a bad one remains to be seen. I know it was in most Mets fans opinions (like mine) that Backman should of been the next manager. Hiring Collins was a business deal ,  not only does Sandy get a field general, but he gets a ex-field coordinator that knows the next and coming stars...If you were in Alderson's shoe , you would want to know someone who has seen the minor league from the inside out. You want to figure out who is a keeper, a sleeper, and a stinker.. The only two things Backman did not have were Major League experience and the knowledge of the whole farm system.. Hopefully Backman will get his turn in Orange and Blue...

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

My whole evaluation of Terry Collins

Today the Mets announced their 20th Manager in Mets History, Terry Collins. If nobody don't know...

I watched the press conference late and my first reaction to Terry Collins was very surprising. The very short press conference gave me a impression that the Mets hired the right guy.

I wanted Backman like everyone else, but I quote The Rolling Stones, "You can't always get what you want."

I have been bashing Terry Collins way before watching and getting a feel about the person and now I have a different opinion of the man.

I get a sense that he is a intelligent, passionate baseball man that's very full of energy. Lets hope that his players can convey the energy part on the field.

Sandy Alderson reasons for hire were that he did fit the requirements of the Mets brass. Alderson stated that he had intensity, major league experience, and player development skills (able to teach) with the exceptional education of the Mets minor leagues (a big asset). Which would give Sandy a hand up on decision making along the way.

Wally Backman did not have one of those, major league experience.

I think it can be a decent partnership for the New York Mets between Alderson and Collins. Collins made a reference to the Mets minor league system and said the Mets system was better than what people have written and known. Collins hinted that he knew a couple of players that could be on the Major League roster soon or at least get a shot (can you say diamond in the rough?). As a Mets Fan , it's refreshing to hear how our minor leagues can help out our Major League club, not just the free agent market. I am sure that Terry

Monday, November 22, 2010

Questions About Collins

Tomorrow the Mets will announce Terry Collins as their new Manager. There had been a lot of back and forth speculation with sources over the past few weeks. Reports seemed to waver between having Bob Melvin and Collins as the favorites to land the position. Now that we know it is Collins, this whole process has left me with two big questions that I hope I can learn the answers to in tomorrows introductory press conference and interviews with Collins, and with GM Sandy Alderson. My first question, which leaves me with a guarded sense of optimism, is: Why did the Mets bypass the safe choice and go for someone like Collins? Bob Melvin just seemed so intuitive . From what I can gather, his personality and philosophy make him tailor made to manage for a GM such as Alderson. Collins is supposedly a task master type. He runs a tight ship, and discipline will be front and center. He has a history of wearing out his welcome and losing his club house in tough times. In Anaheim, his players signed a petition to have him removed as manager. Call me a pessimist, but I have never seen a Mets manager who has not had to navigate stormy waters, which is why I'm really nervous about Collins. That all being said, I did mention this makes me optimistic. Basically, the fact that Alderson passed over a safe and obvious choice in Melvin, makes me think he knows something that I don't know about Collins. I have already given Alderson credit for being intelligent, and I have made a vow to myself to give him the benefit of the doubt for a year or two while I learn what he is all about. Hopefully, hiring Collins is part of a greater plan to restore the Mets' dignity. A plan which we can not yet understand the scope of, but will begin to unfold itself (quickly I hope) going forward.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Word around town, it's Melvin..................

According to NYBD, Mets Blog, and others.....Bob Melvin is the front runner for the Mets manager job.

Although it is not official, it's pretty much in the bag (as someone has spilled the beans).

So can we stand up cheer if it's Melvin?

Sure, anyone is better than Terry Collins. I think the New York media would had a field day with this guy.

Melvin seems like he has a mild mannered, clean cut - alter boy approach to the game. Right now with all the turmoil in the organization Melvin would have to be a safe choice over Backman. Lets just see if he will challenge some players like Wally would. I really hope Melvin is not a push over.

I feel bad if the news is true and Wally Backman does not get a shot at the Majors. The minor leagues must like purgatory for him.. It must make him feel like, uh when?

Hey lets see how the rest of this plays out. And lets see what the rest of the coaching staff holds..

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

In Sandy We Trust?

Now that the dust has settled on the hiring of Sandy Alderson, it's time to think about what we hope he will do for our Metropolitans. I have been a Mets fan for over twenty years and I can not stand what an embarrassment the franchise has turned into of late. We need a leader who can make us proud to be Mets fans again, and who can restore the good name of the Mets organization around baseball. I don't want to talk specifics yet, but this feeling of a fresh start from Alderson's hiring has me thinking of all the reasons why I love the Mets, and what kind of organization I hope they become during his tenure. From what I have read, Alderson seems like the perfect candidate to lead the Mets going forward. Above all else this is an intelligent man. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1969 (a memorable year for the Mets), and is a Harvard trained lawyer. He is also a proud man having served in the United States Marine Corps. One thing I have admired about him thus far is that he does not seem too proud. Unlike former GM Omar Minaya, whose loyalty to goons such as Tony Bernazard reeked of nepotism, Alderson seems committed to surrounding himself with capable and talented assistants. He has hired former Blue Jays GM J.P. Ricciardi and former Dodgers GM Paul DePodesta to work in his front office. I hope that Alderson can begin to reforge the Mets image to reflect my image of him, intelligent and proud, but not too proud. True, the Mets are more financially solvent than the Oakland A's, the team which all three of these aforementioned men are famous for making successful on a tight budget. The success of Alderson as Mets GM, however, will not be determined by how well they match up to the A's. Rather, the Mets measuring stick for success will be their cross town rivals the Yankees. It seems like the Mets identity over the past ten years has been "the team who tries to do what the Yankees
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