Thursday, July 30, 2009
Hey, National Leauge! Here come the Mets! That's right the New York Metropolitans.
The New York Mets pounded the Colorado Rockies in game one of a day/night double header, 7-0 behind ace Johan Santana.
For one of a few times this season, Santana had a lot of run support with which to work. For most of the season, Santana has had to pitch near perfect games because the Mets struggled to score runs when he pitched. Not today.
In the second inning with two runners on, Corey Sullivan lined a single to shallow center field to drive in Dan Murphy to make it 1-0. Next, Omar Santos singled to drive in Jeff Francoeur. The hit parade of the unknowns continued as Angel Berroa (ANGEL BERROA!?!?!?!) doubled into the right center field gap to drive in Sullivan and Santos to make it 4-0.
David Wright continues to heat up. He had an RBI on a sacrifice fly in the fifth and an RBI double to deep right to drive in Alex Cora to make it 7-0. Box Score.
Santana was brilliant. He pitched seven strong innings of four hit ball without surrendering a run. After a month of struggling to strike people out, Santana fanned eight Rockies in the contest to silence one of the most potent offenses in baseball.
The Mets are 5 1/2 back of the wild card, leading San Francisco Giants. They have already knocked the Rockies off of their perch on top of the wild card standing, and, with a win tonight, could jump over the Milwaukee Brewers and be just 4 1/2 out.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
"Over the years he said a number of times that he would like ... he asked me personally ... to work in the front office," Minaya said. "In my front office. Not only me, but he's asked others." (SNY.TV)
Rubin denied the Minaya's claims, stating that he never asked Minaya about available positions with the organization; he only asked how one gets a job in baseball.
The New York Daily News later put out a statement in support of Rubin and his story on Tony Bernazard from last week.
Friday, July 24, 2009
Not even a two hour rain delay could stop the Yankee Express. The Yankees continue to dominate the American League this month with, yet again, another come from behind victory.
Tonight, the Bronx Bombers were up against a kid from Jersey, Vin Mazzaro, who was looking to beat his home town team in the new Yankee Stadium. Mazzaro got off to a solid start, shutting out the Yankees through the game's first three innings, but he soon fell victim to the mighty Yankees offense in the fourth and fifth innings.
With the Yankees down 3-0, Mark Teixeira blasted a two run home run into the second deck in right field to cut the A's lead to 3-2. After Alex Rodriguez singled and stole second base, Jorge Posada drilled a double into the left center gap to drive in Rodriguez with the tying run. Eric Hinske soon followed with a single to right to bring home Posada to give the Yankees a stunning 4-3 lead.
Mazzaro never recovered and neither did the A's. Box Score.
After a rough start, C.C. Sabathia pitched seven strong innings, surrendering only three runs and scattering nine hits. Sabathia struck out four to earn his 10th victory of the season. Phil Hughes came in to the eighth and shut down Oakland, pitching two perfect innings in relief to earn his first ever career save. The A's managed only three hits after the fourth inning, which is not a formula for success.
The Yankees are now a season high 21 games over .500 and hold a 2.5 game lead over the Boston Red Sox.
Monday, July 20, 2009
"Yet Wilpon has continued to insist internally that there will be no major changes in management for the rest of this season and maybe not even for next season. However," the source said, "nothing has been assured for 2010."
The source said Wilpon would be hesitant to fire Minaya because the GM's three-year contract extension does not begin until next year and that firing him also would mean firing assistants close to Minaya who also have contracts beyond this season.
Manuel is signed through 2010, and the organization "is not displaying a strong inclination at present to sacrifice him for this disappointing season." (qtd. Mets Blog. com 7/20/09)
Clearly, we will have to wait and see how this season pans out. If the Mets totally fold, and end up losing 90 plus games this year, it will be interesting to see how patient the Wilpons will be. Keep in mind this was a team with NLCS and World Series aspirations before the season started, and have the highest payroll in the NL at $143 million.
Sunday, July 19, 2009
The Mets for some reason, in spite of constant pleading from their fans, refuse to retire Kieth Hernandez's 17, Mike Piazza's 31, Tommy Agee's 20, Gary Carter's 8, and Darrell Strawberry's 18. In fact, 17 is still in use on the field at this moment in time. Fernando Tatis is one of many players to wear Kieth's number since the All Star first baseman left the team in 1991.
It is time for the Mets to break tradition and start honoring their history.
The Miracle Mets of 1969; Ya Gotta Believe in 1973; 1985-1988, the best period in Mets history that included two division titles, two trips to NLCS and a World Championship; 1998-2001 when the Mets turned the corner to become one of the NL's most dangerous teams.
Are they all Hall of Famers? No; nor was everyone welcomed to Yankee Stadium this weekend possessed of a ticket to Cooperstown either.
The point of Old Timer's Day is to give back to fans, to show fans that all the cheers, the boos, the patient waits with the team through tedious rain delays, and even the near capacity park attendance when times were not so bright, are all greatly appreciated.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Sunday, July 12, 2009
The Mets knocked around Red ace Aaron Harang for five runs on eight hits in a mere three innings of work. It was the most aggressive the Mets have played offensively in more than two months.
With the Mets up 1-0 heading into the bottom of the third inning, the offense exploded. Luis Castillo and David Wright got things going with back-to-back singles to set the table for Gary Sheffield. Sheffield then lined a single to center to drive in both Castillo and Wright to make it 3-0 Mets.
Dan Murphy showed signs of coming out of his two and a half months long slump when he doubled to drive in Sheffield to make it 4-0. Murphy went 2 for 5 with two RBI on the day. Murphy is hitting .333 (4 for 12) in his last three games.
In the bottom of the fourth, it appeared the Mets were putting this baby away; Sheffield singled to center to drive in Castillo, and Murphy drove in Sheffield with a line drive to right field to make it 7-0.
But the Reds came back.
In the fifth inning, Mike Pefrey ran into big trouble. He walked Ramon Hernandez, balked, and then walked Edwin Encarnacion. Adam Rosales drilled a ground rule double to right center to plate Hernandez, cutting the deficit to 7-1. Chirs Dickerson followed that with an RBI single to center, and Willy Taveras drove in Rosales to make it 7-3 Mets.
Pelfrey eventually settled down, pitching two shutout innings to complete his afternoon.
Offensively, the Mets were not finished tacking on runs. Brian Schneider smacked a solo home run off the overhang in right to give the Mets an 8-3 lead. It was the first home run for the Mets in almost two weeks. Seconds later, Fernando Tatis hit his fourth homer of the year to make it 9-3. A lead that appeared insurmountable. (Emphasis on appeared).
The Mets bullpen did what the Mets bullpen does best; it started to blow the Mets huge lead.
Sean Green started the eighth inning with a bang. He gave up singles to Taveras and Johnny Gomes, and then surrendered an RBI single to Brandon Phillips to cut the lead to 9-4. Green was pulled for Pedro Feliciano, and the results were not any better.
Lance Nix was the first batter Felicano faced, and the outfielder lined a single off Feliciano to load the bases. Feliciano was pulled immediately in favor of Bobby Parnell. Parnell gave up a single to Hernandez to drive in Gomes, making it 9-5. Jerry Hairston followed with an RBI ground out to cut the Mets lead to 9-6.
In the ninth, Francisco Rodriguez struggled once again to get through another inning. He walked Paul Janis and gave up a single to Ryan Hangin before inducing Phillips into a fielder's choice to drive home Janis, cutting the lead to two. With runners on the corners, K-Rod got Nix to strike out swinging to end the game. Box Score.
The Mets head into the All Star Break breathing, to say the very least. After a nightmarish June and Fourth of July weekend, the Mets might finally be getting things together. They stand at 42-45, 6.5 games behind Philadelphia. The Mets will have their work cut out for them for the rest of the season.