Jul 28, 2014

Ollie P is a cancer

Today’s New York Post has stated that they talked to at least two players on the Mets that want Oliver Perez gone. They say that the players wish to remain anonymous so a healthy skepticism is prudent here. I never like the “anonymous” clubhouse quote, as they are generally fabricated to sell papers, but even if true, they signify larger issues.

Scandal aside, the news isn’t surprising. Imagine being a guy like RA Dickey, Fernando Nieve, even Nelson Figueroa, or any pitcher in AAA and your fighting and working your ass off to get a shot and all the while you have to watch this bum stink it up for year after year. It sets a bad precedent for the entire organization. Players need to start being held accountable, and while you let this guy remain not only on the payroll, but taking up a roster space, you are sending the absolute wrong message.

The front office needs to sniff this out and find out if it is in fact true that players want him gone, and if so they need to do everything can to remove him from the roster. If that means eating $20 million and worrying that he will be picked up for the minimum and prosper then so be it. Stop being afraid of what may happen and look at what is happening. The best thing for this team is to admit this failure and cut ties.

Source: New York Post

Mets Sweep Phils Outta Citi

The Mets finished off their hated rivals tonight to the tune of 3 to nada to complete a sweep. The Mets also held the Phils scoreless in all three games. Our Metsies made the two time defending National Champions look like chumps. The Mets pull within two games of the Phils for first place and move into third place, one-half game behind the Bravos.

The Mets certainly have had their ups and downs this season but have shown in this home stand by defeated the two 2009 league champions 5 games to 1 that they can be for real when running on all cylinders. If the Mets can start to put together a little more consistency they can be contenders, not pretenders.

This division looks like it is going to be tight and 89 wins or so could win the division. I think Met fan have to embrace this team and realize we are going to have lots of ups and downs but we will play better with the support of our fans, as the electricity as Citi tonight was something usually lacking from the atmosphere in Flushing.

The Mets were led by Mike Pelfrey’s incredible outing and I continue to love the poise that he is showing this season. He really has picked us up big and I love watching him deal especially at Citi. Jose Reyes continued his hot streak with 3 more hits including a 2 RBI double to put the Mets up 3-0. The first run was knocked in by Jason Bay’s double off the left field wall. It looks like putting Reyes one and Bay three has worked wonders for this team. Again, I am left scratching my head when Manuel mentioned in the pre game that Reyes could be moved back eventually. Is he looking to get fired? You do not mess with the best leadoff hitter in baseball.

Anyways, the Mets have a great homestand that none of us saw but now the big challenge lies ahead. Can we defeat our road demons and continue growing as a complete, all-around team.

How Bout Dem Apples….

First three game sweep with three shutouts since 1969, yes that 1969……

The Vegas Corner

I will continue my look at the Mets from a Vegas perspective.

I will use the number of a bettor trying to win $100 if the Mets are a favorite, and will bet $100 if the Mets are an underdog. I will also keep track of the over/under record.

5/27/10 vs.  Phillies-

 Line: Mets (24-23)  +113W (+204 for season)

 Total:  Under 7.5  (22-24-1 Over/Season)

Runline: (32-16) +1704 for season

I’m Back

I have gotten some very good feedback from people about my writing on this site. As funny as it is, it seems like I had more time on my hands during the off season then during the season, however all of that has come to an end. Tonight, was last coaching gig of the year and I intend of focus more of my time to this site and of course the Mets. Coaching takes a lot of hard work and dedication and that dedication led to me missing the first two games of this Philly series, yes my team won the championship but I haven’t gotten to see the great performances of Taka and RA the Rugged Man.

I hope to spend the upcoming months watching and breathing Mets baseball and once again adding great fan perspective on the Mets, I know I am not professional but I have been given great feedback on my perspective.I also will be back to Citi in late June and always looking for partners in crime for games and/or Mcfadden’s or a Citi parking lot tailgate.  I hope those of you that are still passing on by this site will keep on checking it out in the days to come and see what I have in store and please tell your friends about us, hopefully we will have a lot to write about in the coming months and OCTOBER, LGM talk to you soon!

Give Credit Where Credit Is Due

I usually kill the Mets for the of the head scratching moves, but tonight I wanted to just give credit where credit is due. The Mets were rumored to start Raul Valdez tonight but changed to R.A. Dickey after seeing the Phillies struggle against Tim Wakefield this last weekend. Dickey, followed Wakefield in shutting down the Phillies, my only question is can he pitch again tomorrow. So this was a great move by the team’s braintrust to get him in their tonight and get us off to a good start.Let’s go Mets!

Reason to hope?

Will Leitch wrote a great article for New York Magazine discussing why the Mets might not be as bad as we think.  He lays it out pretty simple why we sometimes need to take a step back and get some perspective.

I know the last 3 or so years have been brutal, but according to him it could certainly be worse.

As painful as the past three and a half years have been—essentially, every moment since Carlos Beltran watched Adam Wainwright’s Bugs Bunny curveball swoosh past him in Game 7 of the 2006 National League Championship Series—the Mets are not, in fact, doomed. The vast majority of teams in Major League Baseball would love to be in the Mets’ position, with a loyal fan base, a pretty stadium, a surprisingly fertile minor-league system, and, of course, hundreds of millions of payroll dollars. In 2006, the Mets, with their core of David Wright, Reyes, and Beltran, seemed primed to dominate the NL East for years. It has all gone wrong since then. But it’s not too late: Wright is only 27 years old, Reyes 26. Minaya and Manuel might not be the right men to steer this ship in the right direction—and nothing is going to help them catch the Phillies this year—but the Mets can still fix this. Here’s how.

It’s a great article to read if your like me and want to start to focus on what needs to be done to fix this. My views have changed from cheering for the team day-to-day to trying to look forward more and try to see where this is all going.

He touches on how the Mets draft philosophy has to change and they need to go after those bonus babies, exactly as we have yelled and screamed about here at the Pundit.

What’s more is probably part of his closing paragraph:

Clean house.
All of these moves are basic ones that almost any management team in baseball might have made. They are not ones the current Minaya-Manuel tandem have shown any tendency to even consider. (The Mejia decision was made only because Wilpon threw some chairs around in Atlanta.) What these moves require is a fresh perspective, an efficiency expert to come in, see what the Mets have and don’t have, and trim the fat.

Go give it a read – it does a great job of summing up my feelings as a dire Mets fan.
Will Leitch: No Miracle Required

Thanks to the Hotfoot guys for the heads up with the link.

Awesome Mets artwork

Thanks to the guys over at MetsBlog.com I found this website by Joe Petruccio.  The premise is really simple, he does a sketch based on his reaction to the game he has just watched.

He does a fantastic job of capturing what the Mets fan is feeling and the drawings are awesome.  Definitely go swing by and check it out.  I know it’s a page I will check out often.

Mets Sketch Blog

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Mets Take Series From Yankees!

The Mets defeated the Yanks 6 to 4 on Sunday night and were able to do a few things that have evaded them this season, winning on Sunday and winning a rubber game. However, I am not drinking the kool aid at this point. I need to see the Mets take to it to Philly and get out of last place before I will let this team excite me again. Even last night’s game made you run the gamet of emotions as both the 8th and 9th innings saw Yankee rallies. It also should be noted that the Yanks are not healthy and not playing their best baseball of the season.

Their were a few good signs of the weekend though that I do not want to ignore. Jason Bay looked like the player the Mets signed from Boston. David Wright seemed to come alive and look better at the plate. The biggest impact though comes for this team when the starting pitching does it’s job and Taka, Pelf and Santana looked great this weekend. It was especially nice to see Johan look like an ace and outduel another Cy Young award winner.

I really wish the Mets would become serious players for Roy Oswalt, I don’t know if I’m going to get too mad at the Mets on this one because who knows if he would join us anyway. We’ve heard in the past that he’s not a big New York fan plus we are in last place. If the Mets could move up in the standings and show him that we could be players then maybe he would see himself at the person to put us over the top.

The starting pitching is going to be so important as we move on in the season, not only do we want to be kept in games but also need to save the bullpen as we can see several key pitchers already wearing out. Between Dickey, Misch and possibly Valdez hopefully we can find one decent 5th starter and stay afloat until Niese gets back. I really think that Maine is not right and should not be back in the rotation anytime soon.

The Mets shape up pretty well this week due to the off day as it will be Dickey/Moyer, Takahashi/Blanton and Pelfrey/Hamels. This is our ballpark and the Mets can make a big statement by taking 4 of 6 versus the Yanks and Phils, something that even the most hopeful Met fan couldn’t have imagined three days ago.

I Think We All Saw This Coming

This wasn’t going to work. There were too many questionmarks to overcome this season. None of us have any confidence in the Wilpon’s, Minaya or Jerry. However, we still have hoped for the best, but now one quarter of the season is over and things have gone exactly the way we predicted before the season.

We still feel hopeless about the management, Perez is still crazy, Maine and Niese are still hurt. Citi Field is destroying what should be a good offensive club. I don’t even get that excited anymore to watch games, even in the Subway Series because you know exactly what will happen before a game.

David Wright will strike out twice, someone will make a bonehead play defensively, someone will make a baserunning error, Jerry will pinch hit Matthews before Carter or Tatis, Nieve and Feliciano will be in their somewhere, and of course the inevitable losing 2 of 3 games.  I am just so sick of it, I really am. I have heard more Met fans saying they hope we get killed so another inevitable can happen and that is the firing of Jerry Manuel.

I really wish the Manuel era (or error) would just end, it truly saps my energy as a Met fan. I know we have no chance until there is change. Do I think Bob Melvin is the man to get this team into the playoffs? Probably not, but anything would be better then what we currently have. Changing Manuel probably won’t be enough but hopefully we can earn some of that faith back and hope that next off season, we can fire Omar, replace Melvin with Bobby V and sign some pitching. ‘Til then is it football season yet?

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