Don’t Forget About Pagan


Five days ago I made the following statement:

“It’s official.  Dillon Gee is my new favorite pitcher on the New York Mets.” -Me

So who’s with me after tonight’s start?  Eight innings, one run, and more importantly, NO WALKS.  Gee is now 7-0 with a 3.05 ERA and probably doesn’t have to pay for a meal in New York for quite some time.

What a top-notch way to begin a series.

Along with Jose Reyes’ continuation of owning opposing pitchers, plenty of people will laud Lucas Duda’s performance in his first game back.  Deservedly so.  He was able to drive in 20 % of Jason Bay’s total RBIs in just one game.

At this rate, Duda will catch up with Bay in four more games.  Sorry I had to go Rain Man on you there.

Many others will also be singing the praises of Justin Turner, who yet again came up with a huge hit for the Amazin’s.

Let us not forget about Angel Pagan my friends.  It is no small coincidence that the Mets have been playing a better brand of baseball while Angel is warming up.  He is hitting .350 in his last ten games.

This squad may not thrill the ladies with the long ball but they’ll certainly slowly bleed an opponent to death with bunches of singles.  You know what?  I don’t have a problem with it either.

I’m not the only one either.  Check out what #17 had to say tonight during the game:

“You don’t need a lot of power in your lineup to score runs.  Baseball got away from that.”- Keith Hernandez

The current offense is much like an annoying little brother that keeps poking you repeatedly with his index finger until you acknowledge his presence.  He’s too tiny to deliver a massive upper cut that will knock you out cold so you’re not worried about him initially.   However, he does have the ability to annoy the absolute shit out of you.

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5 Responses to “Don’t Forget About Pagan”

  1. Longrock Says:

    They are fun to watch. It tells you something about motivation. Reyes, Beltran, Rodriguez all playing for contracts and Murphy, Turner, Tejada, Thole, Capuano, Dickey basically playing for their baseball lives. I like the way they solve problems quick, they don’t hold back on roster moves and such. Hope they “Go For It!” That should be the theme. Unless your being offered Blue Chips let the team finish out the season, take the draft choices or whatever. What if they sneak in? Anything can happen. And how much would that help the Wilpon’s bottom line?

    • Jason Says:

      All great questions Longrock. Here’s another interesting one. How many fans secretly want the team to perform poorly so the Wilpons are forced to sell?

      I for one don’t care about the owner as long as they are motivated to be competitive for the long haul.

  2. 13huntingbears Says:

    i’d rather them miss the playoffs this season. it’d be a great feel good story, but we woudn’t go anywhere. i’m hoping Alderson can bring back some useful pieces in deadline trades this year and get this rebuilding project in full swing. from the looks of things with Gee and Turner, we’ve already found a couple pieces in our own back yard.

    • Jason Says:

      Thanks for the read and the comment 13huntingbears! Glad to have you join in.

      My take is regardless of how they perform the front office will get a lot of money off the books. I don’t think it changes a the plan significantly if they wind up surprising everyone and make the playoffs.

      Alderson has been saying from day one that they will build for the long haul.

      Perez and Castillo’s salaries will be off the books. No way they re-sign Beltran. They may still trade him to get some value.

      The only question I think that isn’t answered is whether or not they try to re-sign Reyes.

      • 13huntingbears Says:

        yeah, but we’ve already heard that with the team and Reyes performing well, that’ll probably lead to Reyes sticking around the whole year. that’s all well and good, but if the team makes a real push for the wild card, does that mean Beltran and K-rod stick around too? i still want them to hit the road. i don’t know what Alderson’s reputation is in the trading dept, but his overall rep is one of a shrewd GM. that coupled with our pretty thin farm system makes me not want to miss out on whatever he can bring back for Beltran, K-rod, and maybe even Izzy who knows.

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