Archive for May, 2012


May 28, 2012

Let me preface this post by stating that I am satisfied with where the Mets are at this point. They’ve been a lot of fun to watch and are certainly a team that is easy to root for.

Let’s be frank, they are over achieving and if anyone tells you they knew they would be five games over .500 and only a handful of games out of first at this point you would be well within your right to call them a big fat liar.

Now on to one of the few players on the roster I could do with out.  Manny Acosta needs to go.  His 11.86 ERA speaks for itself.

For some reason, Terry Collins has made repeated attempts to give him a chance to show us that he can be relied on in somewhat critical points in ballgames.  Enough is enough TC.  The guy has never looked comfortable on the mound this year for whatever reason.  In fact, he looks downright scared at times.  You can see it all over his face.

Maybe the Mets are reluctant to give someone else a shot until Pedro Beato is ready.  Fine, I’m not ready to second guess Mr. Alderson at this point.  Mainly because I have always believed that selecting members to fill your bullpen is a lot like playing Russian Roulette.

But I’m practically begging you TC, please don’t give Manny the ball in a one run ballgame anymore.  I’m tired of getting Acostad.

Wright’s Wrun Down

May 9, 2012

What’s up with the doubting of David Wright’s intentions this morning? I’ve read multiple authors doubting Terry Collins and David Wright’s statements that his run down in the seventh was a heady play.

If you missed the game last night #5 roped a single to right with runners on first and third and two out in the top of the seventh inning.  Andres Torres scored bringing the Mets within one run of the lead.  Kirk Nieuwenhuis went to third as the right fielder had to a run a bit to cut the ball down.  David Wright never really stopped and headed to second as the throw went to the catcher who promptly threw it to second hanging up Wright. The Phillies executed the run down poorly ending the debacle with an errant throw trying to pick off Nieuwenhuis going back to third which allowed him to score the tying run.

That’s wordy as hell so I suggest you watch the video here:

If WordPress were cooler or I wasn’t such a cheap skate, I would be able to embed the video so you wouldn’t have to leave the page.  Such is life.

There are thousands of little league teams that try the very same play on a regular basis.

I’m not sure it was the best idea in the world due to the fact it hardly ever works against MLB players, but it is believable that he did it on purpose. Whether Kirk Nieuwenhuis had touched 3rd base before Wright left for 2nd base is irrelevant on that play.

Me thinks those in the media that don’t believe that D. Wright may have done this on purpose have never picked up a bat or participated in a run down before.

Be Careful What You Wish For

May 5, 2012

On Wednesday I went on record to say that Chris Schwinden is not the answer in replacing the injured Mike Pelfrey.  I know, pretty ballsy call on my part.

I really didn’t have a preference in terms of who would get the shot.  I guess if you put a gun to my head I would have liked to see Jeremy Heffner get a nod.  This was based solely on the fact that he seemed to be effective in the handful of innings he worked a few games back.  Not much to base an opinion on so I’m not too broken up that he isn’t getting the call.

Miguel Batista is a logical choice based on the fact he has always been pegged as the spot start, long relief guy.  However, now that D.J. Carrasco is on his way back I really don’t feel too comfortable knowing that Batista, Manny Acosta, and D.J. Carrasco are all available to pitch.  The percentages show that we are going to have to see at least one of them much more frequently.

Chris Capuano’s 4-0, 18 2/3 scoreless inning streak, and 2.21 ERA looks pretty good right now.



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