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Friday, May 19, 2006


Thursday, May 18, 2006

FUTURE ACES John Sickels compairs our man Pelfrey with the Highlanders top prospect Philip Hughes. It's a very close call between the two but Plfrey not having any health isues ans Hughes with bouts of arm soreness gives Our Man Plefrey this matchup by an elbow. <

PULL THE PLUG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Omar, have you seen enough of Lima Time? I sure as shit have! Enough! Lima Time is more than done it's well done. And to make matters worse, Brain Bannister is headed back to NYC for an MRI as he has re-injured his hamstring in his first rehab start today in St. Lonesome. I would rather see Anthony Young out there (look him up boys and girls) than Lima Time. No more Lima Time, it's HEILMAN TIME! With Bannister going down today and Lima sucking for the third straight start, the move to Heilman has to be made. What other choice is there? Joe Mays? sure he's available but all he is is the Caucasian version of Lima Time. Trade for Livan Hernandez? Sure but with the Nats in transition I don't think Foster Brooks.....errrr I mean Jim Bowden can make such a deal as his employment is in peril. Dontrelle Willis? Barry Zito? It's not happening. So what to do. I guess the Mets go with the casting call from the bushes. Evan MacLain (Norfolk) and Willie Collazo (B-Mets) a couple of lefties are doing very well as is Alay Soler, any of them can not be worse than Lima. The move to make is bring Heilman in from the pen and give him 2 or 3 starts. Let Bannister heal that hammy fully and hope the John Maine can get back soon or Mike Pelfrey throws a perfect game for the B-Mets and gets the call. <

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Adam Rubin has a great Q & A in his mailbag today about the inner workings of the Kazmir deal. In fact Ijsut finished reading his new book Pedro, Carlos and Omar The Story of a Season in the Big apple and the Pursuit of Baseball's Top Latino Stars and it covers this and much more of the fall and rise of the Mets. Well worth buying.

{Adam, I think you do a very good job covering the Mets. My question to you is: Who really made the Kazmir trade? Was it forced on Jim Duquette by Jeff Wilpon because of Wilpon's belief in Rick Peterson? And in your mind, how are Fred and Jeff Wilpon really thought of by current GM Omar Minaya and the last two GMs (Steve Phillips and Jim Duquette) in terms of working for them? Thanks for your time. Mohammed Mohammed, Wow, that�s a lot to tackle. I�d first point you to this previous entry, which has an excerpt from my book and attempts to partly explain it.

This is going to be too simplistic, but I�d say it was a perfect storm type of thing - a lot of factors. The superscouts, Bill Livesey and Al Goldis, having a lot of influence. Livesey�s personal relationship with Victor Zambrano from Tampa Bay leading to an overvaluation of him. The Mets getting irrationally spooked by Kazmir�s off-the-field behavior. Ownership, which shouldn�t be making actual baseball decisions, too involved - and going for it because they were six games behind the Braves entering a three-game series in Atlanta. Not seeing major red flags with Zambrano before the trade and doing medical due diligence.

Zambrano had been backed off starts and his velocity was down even before the trade because of supposed elbow �soreness.� As I understand, Mets doctors never did an independent medical evaluation. They relied on the word of D-Rays doctors, who had supposedly only taken an X-Ray, which wouldn�t reveal what an MRI would.

Also, the Mets didn�t really let it be known they would entertain trading Kazmir, who seemed untouchable. Other GMs said after that trade that they would have offered more had they known the Mets would deal Kazmir.

Also, Jim Duquette was named GM because established GMs like Gerry Hunsicker and Pat Gillick wanted no part of the place, wary of how much autonomy they actually would have. Duquette was the GM, so it�s his trade, but I�ve always felt he was more following orders than executing his own plan.

I can keep going...even if Rick Peterson gets too much flak, they were probably overly reliant on his data that suggest the typical high school pitcher needs 500 innings in the minors and struggles his first year. Then there�s Al Leiter and John Franco and Frank Sinatra and Eminem�

That said, I think all three GMs respect the Wilpons, and had reasonably positive relationships, especially with Fred - who�s not in the office with them}


Tuesday, May 16, 2006

FIGURES, METS GET THE LEAD AND HERE COMES THE RAIN So because this game was halted by rain without the 7th inning being completed, if it gets rained out it becomes a suspended game with the Mets leading 4-3 . Tom Glavine gave up 3 runs and was ready to come out of the game with Aaron Heilman ready to pitch the 7th (still raining Gary Cohen said the weather radar indicated heavy rain on th eway to St. Lou so this game if suspended would be played tomorrow night before the regular game at 8 PM). Welcome back to the hitters club Gliff Floyd with a double and a single. Same for Jose Reyes who banged out a 2 run HR. You worry that Reys may get fly ball happy after that, why not bring back Ricky Henderson to work with Reyes and teach him how to hit the ball on the ground and lay down a drag bunt? <

Monday, May 15, 2006

TIME TO VISIT THE ARCHIVES I thought it might be appropriate on the night when The Zambrano Project went under the knife and Bart Fortunato soon to follow with Tommy John surgery to reprint my post on the day after both these tomatoes were acquired for Scott Kazmir. That and the fact that there's not much going on in Metsville until tomorrows visit to LaRussa Land: <

Sunday, May 14, 2006

OH THOSE RUNNERS LEFT ON BASE While we sing woe is me over the 4th and 5th spot in the pitching rotation, the Mets offense is leaving runner in scoring position by the boat load. This inability to get a clutch hit by anyone not named Delgado, it's putting a very big strain on the bullpen as the relievers have no cushion for error when they get in a game. Today the Mets batters went 3 for 16 with runners in scoring position in another loss and another losing series. Oh by the way the Phillies are but a game out of first with their win today. It's off to St. Louis and 3 games with Albert Pujols and friends. So now what does Willie do after Jose Valentin goes 4 for5 with 2 doubles filling in for the slumping Cliff Floyd? Do you saty with the hot hand? Do you put Cliffy back in the line up? Do you start a platoon? Another strong start by Petey. 7 IP 4 H 4 R and the big number 2 walks and 10 K's and another no decision . Maybe the Pelfrey call up talk will be put on the back burner after his start today. The B-Mets lost to the Altoona Curve 3-1. Pelfrey went 5 innings and gave up 3 runs on 7 hits. He also walked 4 batters and K'd 3. So after bouncing back in his last start, Pelfrey continued to show some inconsistency in his pitching. Time for Heilman to come back to the rotation. Speak of which this is from Mike Vacaro's column in today's NY Post: {I have to admit, my first reaction to the Mets' pitching predicament was to keep Aaron Heilman right where he is, because the bullpen was such a strength in the first six weeks. But a strong bullpen doesn't mean quite as much if the starting pitching can't get it the ball with a lead. It's time to make that move. } Hummm.... where did I here that one. (see yesterday's entry above) <


ANOTHER DAY OFF FOR EMPLOYEE #30 Cliff Floyd was not very happy to see his name off the lineup card for the second day in a row. Meanwhile future Hall of Famer Jose Valentin had a night to remember

also check out Adam Rubin's blog with his Mets minor league report. Evan Mclain is doing well and Lastings Milledge is in a slump. Wonder if he could find a "Slump Buster" there in Norfolk?


HI I'M TIM TSCHIDA AND MY PICK OF THE DAY IS THE MILWAUKEE BREWERS. That did cross my mind during the 8th inning of last night's games. That Tschida had a couple coins on tonight's game. Oh sure it can't happen right? The same way no baseball player would take medicine made for horse's to hit home runs and the all time Hit King would never bet on his own team. Look in the 4th inning Prince Fielder hits a ball that hits below the yellow line that signifies a HR. The first base ump, Ted Barrett runs down the line and calls the ball in play which was the correct call. But here comes Tschida running from his spot at home plate to overrule the call. There was no dispute from the Brewers but Tischida after an umpires conference decides it's a home run. It's funny how MLB umpires call conferences when ever they like it but if a manager comes out to dispute a call they hardly ever confer. And if they do they always stick by what their brother ump calls. Then we have the bottom of the 8th inning where the Mets are up by an 8-4 score. Dauner Sanchez is in to get 3 outs and set up Billy Wagner for a save. Sanchez promptly gives up the lead with a 3 run HR to Cory Koskie and then a solo homer to Damian Miller the next batter. So now the the game is tied at 8 in the bottom of the 8th and Brady Clark is up. Sanchez hits Clark in the back with a pitch so now the winning run is on 1st with one out and the pitcher spot up with a pinch hitter and then top of the order. With all this information in his head what does Tim Tschida do? He runs Sanchez out of the game. No warning, no conferring with Willie about hitting batters nothing just a big "Your Outta Here". Are you kidding me? Willie comes out and grabs Sanchez and Dookie and goes to Tschida and calmly questions his judgment. Then as Willie walks away he glares at Tschida and he gets the boot. Willie now goes into Billy Martin mode and I will say it was good to see the skipper give this dumbass Tschida a going over. I hope there was alot of saliva spraying from Willie's mouth as he gave Tschida a piece of his mind. <

Saturday, May 13, 2006

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN INTRODUCING DANA EVELAND WHO? Eveland will be going for the Brewskis tonight against Jerimi Gonzalez and the Mets. Eveland is a pitcher out of the David Wells mold both in his pitching style and his appearance. One of the concerns the Brewers organization has with Eveland is his conditioning which has been poor of late. Eveland is said to be 6'1" 240 lbs but has a tendencies to gain weight. He has a fastball that he can take something off on and a slider with bite. He does suffer from lack of stamina but as with all pitchers the Mets face for the first time he will most likely pitch a complete game shutout tonight. <

AND I'VE SEEN ENOUGH OF KAZMAT TOO As soon as Anderson Hernandez says he feels good then he should be back as the Mets regular 2nd baseman. I have seen enough of KazMat who can't in the clutch to save his life. How many times have we seen KazMat come up with men on base and spit the bit. Yes his defense has improved but he's no AHern. There is no way but for money reasons than KazMat gets to play over AHern. AHern is no picnic at the plate either but his play in the field gives him the edge over KazMat. <

I'VE SEEN ENOUGH LIMA TIME At first I wanted to see exactly if Jose Lima had anything left to really be able to compete as a big league pitcher. I didn't blame those who said "put Heilman in the rotation" but I wasn't ready to join that crowd. Well, after last night I'm in it's time to take Aaron Heilman out of the pen and into the rotation fan club as there is no way that the Mets can send out Lima to pitch another game. Just like his last start against the Braves, the Brewers figured out Lima Time's pitches on the second go round of their batting order. The hitters knew to lay off pitches off the plate and to work counts in their favor and sit on his batting practice fastball. The Geoff Jenkins at bat was the key. As Mex said during the telecast, Jenkins has an all or nothing swing he worked the count to 3-1 and Lima sent him a nice big cantaloupe right over the plate and BOOM! 3 run double. Hey the Mets gave this guy a shot but in the grand tradition of James Baldwin and Scott Erickson Lima Time is past his expiration date and should not be taking up a valuable spot on the 40 man roster any longer. With the team in a bad 4 losses in it's last 5 games skid and the unrealistic names being screamed out by talk radio zealots in trades, it now makes sense to take Aaron Heilman out of the pen and into the rotation. As much as I agree with Willie Randolph that the bull pen has been a great strength and moving Heilman would weaken it, if the Mets starters can't get out of the 5th inning what good is a reliever who pitches late in the game? Plus what did you get Jorge Julio for blow out protection? Let Julio take the 7th inning slot and let's get Heilman in the rotation as there is no way in hell I want to see Lima Time against the Highlanders next weekend. <