Saturday, May 7, 2011

Mets Make It Three In A Row, Beat Dodgers

 The Mets beat the Dodgers 4-2 and now have a three game win streak.

  • Dillon Gee made the start tonight for the Mets, after Chris Young was a late scratch due to an inability to get loose while warming up in the bullpen. Gee went 5.1 innings, allowing two runs on seven hits, while striking out three and walking three.
  • Jason Pridie went 3-3. The three hits are a career high. 
  • Jose Reyes had a rough night on the base paths. After getting picked off at first base earlier in the game, he was then tagged out while trying to advance from second to third after David Wright hit a ground ball to short.  
  • Justin Turner had a pinch-hit two-run single in the eighth to put the Mets up for good, 4-2.
  • Francisco Rodriguez pitched his first one-two-three inning of the season to record his ninth save.
Next up: The Mets look to sweep the Dodgers tomorrow as they wrap up their home stand. Game time is 1:10 p.m.

    Mets Aim To Make It Three In A Row As They Face Dodgers

    May 7, 2011
    7:10 PM ET
    Citi Field
    TV: WPIX 11
    RADIO: WFAN 660

    Starting Pitcher: Chris Young (1-0, 1.88 ERA)
    Young went seven shutout innings in his last outing against Philadelphia. Against the Dodgers, he is 2-5 with a 4.02 ERA. There don't seem to be any lingering effects from the bicep tendinitis that sidelined him a few weeks back.

    Starting Pitcher: Jon Garland (1-2, 3.81 ERA)
    Garland got touched up for three runs in one particularly bad inning, in what was otherwise a good start his last time out. He looks to bounce back tonight against the Mets. Lifetime, Garland is 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA against New York.

    Mets Morning News 5-7-11

    In case you missed it, Angel Pagan will continue his stint on the disabled list after reporting pain in his left oblique muscle. He will remain out until he is pain free.  Terry Collins also stated that Bobby Parnell should be ready to return by the middle of next week.

    According to Adam Rubin, Dillon Gee may get the start on Sunday rather than R.A. Dickey. The move may be made to give the rest of the rotation an extra days rest.

    The New York Post writes how Mets prospect, Brad Holt, is finally back on track and finding success in Double-A Binghamton.

    Friday, May 6, 2011

    Mets Take Opener From Dodgers

    The Mets beat the Dodgers at Citi Field by a score of 6-3. 

    • Jon Niese went 5.2 innings, giving up three runs on five hits, while striking out five and walking three. 
    • Jose Reyes went 3-4 with two triples and a double.
    • Ike Davis hit his seventh home run of the season, a solo shot.
    • Jason Pridie made the Dodgers pay. After intentionally walking Davis to put two men on base, Pridie hit a three-run home run to make it 6-3 Mets.
    • Francisco Rodriguez came in to pitch the ninth inning despite Terry Collins saying earlier in the day that he would get the night off. He recorded his eighth save.
    Next up: The Mets look to make it three wins in a row as they continue their series against the Dodgers Saturday at 7:10 p.m.

      Hedge Fund Manager Looks To Be Potential Investor

      Hedge Fund Manager Steven A. Cohen is said to be the front-runner to buy a minority stake in the Mets.

      According to the New York Times, "Cohen is an extremely private hedge fund manager whose profits have been consistently lucrative and whose trading records are now being examined by federal prosecutors." 

      Really? Have the Mets learned nothing from the whole Bernie Madoff fiasco?

      Why even put yourself and the team in that position?

      The New York Post pointed out that, "Cohen wants it."

      You know what I want? I want a team whose owners are not connected to insider trading or Ponzi schemes. I want a team whose owners can just put together a winning team.

      Is that asking too much?

      Angel Pagan Out Indefinitely

      Angel Pagan was in New York today being examined by doctors after reporting pain in his left oblique muscle.

      What does this mean for the team going forward? More Wille Harris and Scott Hairston. Enjoy Mets fans.

      Mets Begin Three Game Series Tonight Against Dodgers

      May 6, 2011
      7:10 PM ET
      Citi Field
      TV: SNY
      RADIO: WFAN 660

      Starting Pitcher: Jon Niese (1-4, 4.71 ERA)
       Niese is coming off his best outing of the season in which he went 6.1 innings against the Phillies, allowing two runs on six hits. Unfortunately, Roy Halladay was better.

      Starting Pitcher: Hiroki Kuroda (3-2, 3.10 ERA)
      Kuroda was decent in his last start, going seven innings and giving up just two runs. Lifetime against the Mets, Kuroda has struggled, going 1-3 with a 5.18 ERA.

      Thursday, May 5, 2011

      What To Do About The Bench Once Pagan Returns

      Angel Pagan is scheduled to return from the disabled list this weekend, and with that comes some roster moves.

      The one name being tossed around to be sent down to Triple-A Buffalo is Jason Pridie. What about Chin-lung Hu, Willie Harris, and Scott Hairston though?

      According to Ted Berg, this dream team off the bench has a combined .184/.264/.289 in 114 at-bats so far this season.

      Hu has barely played, but the two who should be looked at as being sent down is Harris and Hairston.

      Off the bench, Harris is hitting just .212, while Hairston is hitting .176.

      Here's a radical thought, what about getting rid of those two guys, keeping Pridie on the bench, and bringing up players such as Nick Evans or Lucas Duda? The only downside of having both Pridie and Duda on the bench would be that each is a lefty. Duda and Evans have experience in the outfield and infield.

      None of those three have proved to be fantastic pinch-hitters, but neither have Harris and Hairston, and something needs to change. 

      Mets Look For Win In Series Finale Against Giants

      May 5, 2011
      1:10 PM ET
      Citi Field
      TV: SNY
      RADIO: WFAN 660

      Starting Pitcher: Mike Pelfrey (1-3, 7.39 ERA)
      Pelfrey will once again, try and get himself back on track, going for his second win of the season. Lifetime against the Giants, he is 1-1 with a 2.28 ERA.

      Starting Pitcher: Jonathan Sanchez (2-1, 2.73 ERA)
      Sanchez is coming off a wild start against Washington, in which he walked six batters and hit two. Against the Mets, he is 2-1 with a 3.89 ERA.

      Wednesday, May 4, 2011

      Mets Have Work Cut Out For Them As They Face Giants Ace

      May 4, 2011
      7:10 PM ET
      Citi Field
      TV: SNY
      RADIO: WFAN 660

      Starting Pitcher: Chris Capuano (2-2, 6.04 ERA)
      Capuano couldn't get through the sixth innings in his last start, giving up ten hits and four runs. Against the Giants, he is 1-3 with a 5.79 ERA.

      Starting Pitcher: Tim Lincecum (2-3, 2.90 ERA)
      Lincecum is 1-1 with a 3.71 ERA against the Mets. Tonight he will look to strike out at least ten Mets. If he does so, he will pass Christy Mathewson as the Giants all time leader in double digits strikeouts.

      Monday, May 2, 2011

      Mejia Has MCL Tear In Elbow

      One of the Mets top prospects, Jenrry Mejia, has suffered a setback. The Mets released the following information:

      FLUSHING, N.Y., May 2, 2011 – Righthanded pitcher Jenrry Mejia was examined today by Mets Medical Director Dr. David Altchek and was found to have a complete MCL tear of the right elbow.  Mejia underwent an MRI at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan.  Surgical treatment has been recommended, but Mejia is expected to seek a second opinion.

      In his last start for Buffalo (AAA) of the International League on April 29, he left after 4.0 innings with discomfort and was flown to New York to be examined. In five starts for the Bisons, Mejia was 1-2 with a 2.86 ERA with 21 strikeouts in 28.1 innings.  Mejia went 0-4 with a 4.62 ERA in 33 games, three starts for New York in 2010.

      Sunday, May 1, 2011

      Mets Trying To Leave Philly With A Win

      May 1, 2011
      8:00 PM ET
      Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia
      TV: ESPN
      RADIO: WFAN 660

      Starting Pitcher: Chris Young (1-0, 2.65 ERA)
      Young is making his second appearance since coming off the disabled list with bicep tendinitis. In his last outing, he went 4.2 innings, allowing three runs. Young career numbers against the Phillies are 3-2, 4.05 ERA.

      Starting Pitcher: Cliff Lee (2-2, 4.18 ERA)
      Lee is coming off a strong start, where he allowed five hits and has a season high 12 strikeouts. Against the Mets, he is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA.

      Mets Morning News 5-1-11

      Peter Botte of the Daily News writes that Carlos Beltran is looking very comfortable in right field, despite playing with arthritic knees.

      Mike Repole, co-founder of Vitaminwater, says he is not interested in becoming a minority owner of the Mets. If the Wilpons were to sell 100 percent of the team, he may attempt to buy the team.

      Richard Sandomir of the New York Times writes why Commissioner Bud Selig's treatment of the Mets and Dodgers differs so much. Sandomir says, "Selig appears to regard Wilpon as a trustworthy, solid citizen, but McCourt as a problem child in need of adult supervision."