Thursday, February 9, 2012

2012 Ike Davis Player Profile – Is He The Next Joey Votto?

When Ike Davis rolled his ankle in Colorado, nothing was made of it.

The Mets thought he was day-to-day. Davis himself thought he would not miss much time. Then a day became a week, a week became a month, and eventually, Davis was lost for the entire season.

It was a terrible injury for the franchise because in his rookie season in 2010 and the beginning of 2011, Davis had shown a lot of promise.

With 19 home runs, 73 runs batted in and an ISO of .176, his future at the plate was looking very bright. Add to that his defensive abilities, his 10.1 UZR was good for the second best rating for first basemen in all of baseball, and we can safely say the Mets were happy with their 3.5 WAR first baseman.

The best part was, Davis had shown marked improvement in the second half of 2010.

After the all-star break, Ike trimmed his strike outs while increasing his walks, on-base percentage and slugging percentage. He even saved his best for last in September, with a slash line of .330/.427/.524, a BB:SO ratio of 19:21.

It was like a cliffhanger at the end of a great book, he left every Mets fan on the edge of their seat, wanting more.

Mets Fans, Sandy Alderson Is On Twitter, And He Has Jokes

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson joined Twitter today. Here's what he's had to say so far:

You're a brave man, Sandy. Get ready for the onslaught of messages any time you do ANYTHING. I just hope fans can be respectful and state their opinions in a civilized manner, and Alderson can ignore all of those Keyboard Warriors out there (For those wondering, a Keyboard Warrior is someone who feels they can say whatever they want from behind a computer screen).  I'm not asking too much, am I?

Play nice, Mets fans.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Mayor Bloomberg As The Next Mets Owner? Don't Count On It

In a recent article on Politicker, New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg was asked whether he would consider buying the Mets. His response:
"Look the Mets are fun and I like going, I think Citi Field turned out fine. Why anybody wants to own a sports team, I can’t figure out. If you think the business press is tough, and then you get to the political press, the sports press that’s just really," Mayor Bloomberg trailed off and let the audience fill in the blanks.
The whole subject came up after Councilman Jimmy Oddo suggested the Mayor buy the cash strapped team.

Is Bloomberg even a Mets fan? I've only ever seen him around when there is an important event happening.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Can Mets Fans Go A Day Without Complaining?

Some of you probably aren't going to like this post, and frankly, I don't care.

Day in and day out, I read tweets and comments on other blogs about how the Mets will finish dead last,  how the farm system stinks, and that the Wilpons need to sell the team. Well, you know what else stinks? You.

Self-loathing Mets fans who live to complain about your favorite team.

I'm not in denial. I read all the news. I know this team is a mess, and I'm not going to go out and state that the Mets will win it all in 2012. I don't, however, feel it is necessary to count a team out before the season even begins.

Lately it seems, fans who show even the slightest amount of optimism for the Mets get bashed for doing so. We're called unrealistic.

Sorry we're not all as pessimistic and whiny as you.

I almost feel as though some Mets fans wouldn't know what to do with themselves if this team showed any signs of life this season.

Everybody always says New York fans are the greatest fans in the word. If that's the case, then prove it. Quit complaining and show some support for a change.