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Game Thread: Mets (22-19) vs Red Sox (25-17)

Game Time: 7:10 pm  Game Temp: 80's
Game Time: 7:10 pm
Record:4-1 Era:4.61 K:11 BB:17 WHIP:1.54
Record:4-1 Era:4.61 K:11 BB:17 WHIP:1.54

Mets Notes:

  • The New York Mets overcame more troublesome fielding to end a season-high four-game losing streak in Friday night’s series opener against the Boston Red Sox.
  • The Mets (22-19) are one of the worst defensive teams in baseball with 35 errors, and David Wright has been the biggest culprit with seven after committing 16 all last season
  • Pelfrey, who has never faced Boston, has won his only two interleague starts with both coming on the road, but he’s given up 10 runs and 16 hits in 11 innings in those contests
  • Carlos Beltran, bothered by a bruised knee, has opted to DH rather than play center field Saturday night. That means David Wright at third base and Jeremy Reed in center field.

Lineup

Daniel Murphy 1b

Angel Pagan RF

Carlos Beltran DH

Gary Sheffield LF

David Wright 3B

Jeremy Reed CF

Omir Santos C

Ramon Martinez(ugh) SS

Luis Castillo 2B

Record:4-2 Era:5.85 K:46 BB:23 WHIP:1.66
Record:4-2 Era:5.85 K:46 BB:23 WHIP:1.66

Red Sox Notes:

  • The Mets will attempt to beat Boston ace Josh Beckett for only the third time in 14 tries Saturday night when the teams play the middle game of their interleague set at Fenway Park.
  • The right-hander is 6-2 with a 2.50 ERA in 13 career starts against the Mets – all but one outing coming with NL East rival Florida. He hasn’t lost to them since pitching for the Marlins on April 15, 2005, and is 3-0 with a 2.70 ERA in four starts since. He last faced them at New York on June 28, 2006, leading the Red Sox to a 10-2 win.
  • Beckett has been solid of late, going 2-0 with a 3.79 ERA and 15 strikeouts in 19 innings over his last three starts. He’ll attempt to help Boston win for the fourth time in five games.
  • Beckett labored through a season-high 120 pitches over seven innings last Saturday, yielding three runs and four hits while striking out five, walking three and hitting another batter in a 5-3 win at Seattle

Lineup

Jacoby Ellsbury CF

Dustin Pedroia 2B

David Ortiz DH

Kevin Youkilis 1B

Jason Bay LF

J.D. Drew RF

Mike Lowell 3B

Jason Varitek C

Nick Green SS

PLAY BALL!!
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Getting to the bottom of it..

Ben Nicholson-Smith of MLBTR outlines the Jake Peavy tease trade to the White Sox

  • Peavy will make $15MM next year, $16MM in 2011 and $17MM in 2012. There’s a club option for $22MM in 2013, with a $4MM buyout.
  • The Padres want to move him because he’s expensive, but he has a full no-trade clause this year.
  • Peavy says he’s “not closing the door on anything” with the White Sox, according to Bernie Wilson of the AP.
  • Dave van Dyck of the Chicago Tribune says the White Sox are leaving the deal on the table in case Peavy changes his mind.
  • Peavy sounds open to the possibility of being traded, hinting that he’d consider moving to another city.
  • Cities in “Middle America” are more appealing to Peavy, as SI.com’s Jon Heyman reported yesterday. Also, he prefers the National League.
  • As ESPN.com’s Buster Olney reports, the Cubs still have interest in Peavy.
  • Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune suggests that the Cubs could pursue Peavy if their ownership transition progresses before the end of July.
  • For what it’s worth, Peavy praised Cubs fans and the organization

I think peavy will get moved EVENTUALLY..I just have no idea to who. He has a MASSIVE contract so i can understand the padres want to move him…but he is a hellova pitcher too. This saga is interesting as Peavy wants to stay in the National League and with that no trade clause, he can very well get his wish. I shiver to think of a cubs roation of Zambrano/Peavy/Harden/Lilly/Marshall or Dempster……and im sure most of the National League feels the same way.


Pretty Ricky is on the bus….

ricky-nolasco

per MLB.com:

MIAMI — A year ago, Ricky Nolasco established himself as one of the top right-handed starters in the National League.

Now, the 26-year-old is struggling to regain his lost form.

To help him find it, the Marlins optioned Nolasco to Triple-A New Orleans after he gave up eight runs in two innings in Florida’s 15-2 loss to the Rays at Land Shark Stadium on Friday night.

Nolasco, the Marlins Opening Day starter, is now 2-5 with a 9.07 ERA in nine starts.

“What I’m seeing is it looks like he’s lost a little bit of belief in himself,” Marlins catcher John Baker said. “It looks like he’s pitching away from contact.”

In a breakout 2008 season, Nolasco went 15-8 with a 3.52 ERA, racking up 212 1/3 innings. Aggressively, he attacked hitters, striking out 186 and walking only 42.

“We’ve got to get his confidence back,” manager Fredi Gonzalez said.

The Marlins are in a deep slide since opening the season at 11-1.

With Friday’s loss, they’ve lost three straight. Since that hot start, they are 8-23.

Along with optioning Nolasco, the Marlins made a series of moves Friday night.

Sean West will have his contract picked up from Double-A Jacksonville. The left-hander, who was a first-round pick in 2005, will make his Major League debut on Saturday night, getting the start against Tampa Bay.

Also, right-hander Chris Leroux was recalled from Double-A Jacksonville to provide depth to the bullpen.

Lefty reliever Dave Davidson was designated for assignment. Davidson pitched one inning on Friday, giving up five runs while throwing 52 pitches against the Rays.

Entering the season, the Marlins were optimistic because of their starting rotation. However, the starting pitching has labored thus far outside of standouts Josh Johnson and Chris Volstad.

Nolasco’s two innings on Friday marked his shortest start since throwing two innings against the Brewers on Aug. 25, 2006, his rookie season.

The rotation also took a blow when right-hander Anibal Sanchez went on the disabled list on May 8 with a right shoulder sprain. Lefty Andrew Miller also spent time on the disabled list with a right oblique strain.

Miller is back now in the rotation.

boy….Weren’t these the guys that went 11-1 to open the season. As I have been saying everything evens out in the end…Tough blow to the fish.

Red Sox Shoot Down Delcarmen-Johnson Trade

per Steve Adams @ MLBTR:

Earlier today, we heard that the Nationals had offered Nick Johnson to the Red Sox in exchange for Manny Delcarmen. WEEI’s Alex Speier is reporting that the Red Sox have officially turned the offer down.

According to Delcarmen’s agent, Jim Masteralexis, the trade was “immediately shot down.” Both Delcarmen and Johnson are having fine seasons, but it looks like the Nationals will have to try something else in order to improve their bullpen.


Think McFly!

think mcfly

The Mets problem so far in this young season..base running mistakes. Daniel Murphy tried a balls to the wall play by trying to go to third via a sacrifice bunt by Castillo. Murph’s rationale on that play was that no one was covering 3rd(Lowell was slightly off base). I understand the aggression and it would have been a hellova play but cmon…ya cant make an out at 3rd…ESPECIALLY WITH THE HOTTEST HITTER IN BASEBALL CARLOS BELTRAN COMING UP TO THE PLATE!! Daniel was obviously frustrated and Manuel was talking to him on the side. What is going on with the mental mistakes on this team? They are way too talented for this and they are better than that. Granted we won the game but as Mitch Williams from MLB Network said tonight “you cannot pitch yourself out of errors and mistakes all season, they will catch up to you eventually”. He could not be more right. The writing is on the wall for this club, they know what they have to address. What worries me is i don’t know if the Mets know how…

Btw…If you have not seen MLB Network…you must. It is awesome! I have not watched ESPN in days….

mlb network

Sparks Fly in Bean Town

In the Blue Corner:

Weighting in at 208 pounds and standing 6’0 tall…The Mets team captain..Johan Santana

In the Red Corner:

Weighting in at 220 pounds and standing 6’1 tall…The Boston Grinder…Kevin Youkilis

If you didn’t see the game, they did not fight. On a 3-2 pitch, Johan threw inside and hit Kevin Youkilis. Now on the way to 1b, Kevin decides he wants to talk some smack to Johan. Johan(and his awesomeness) simply gestured to Kevin to take his base. I guess Kevin needed more attention and continued to jaw off at Johan that drew out Terry Francona from the dugout to defuse the situation. Santana faced Kevin after this incident later in the game and struck him out. Now this was nothing more than Kevin’s temper getting the best of him because there is no way Johan would intentionally throw at Kevin in that spot(even though Dice-K almost hit David on a few pitches inside) . I want to ask our readers though…had this situation escalated a bit more than what it did…who do you think would be the first man on the field swinging?

Update:

Here’s the link for the post game comments in which Johan discusses the incident..MUST SEE(hat tip to NYP)

http://blogs.nypost.com/sports/mets/archives/2009/05/santana_fires_b.html

Ladies On The Bus!!!

bus

Yes….those are the Mets pushing the bus  to make sure Ramon Martinez gets back to AAA  lol

O..M..G. What a disaster this guy is. I know that he is playing for Reyes, who the Mets will not DL(until sometime next week knowing them) for whatever reason but COME ON! This guy in 4 game has 4 errors. Let me say that again.. 4 GAMES…4 ERRORS!! We all know the ONLY reason Martinez is playing is because of his glove but this is getting out of hand. I know Tatis only has 4 games experience at SS but i doubt Tatis could do any worse than Martinez. At least Tatis can hit a baseball. I no longer see an upside to playing Martinez over Tatis and I hope Manuel will consider Tatis to play SS tomorrow and i hope we see him on the bus back to AAA for anybody. This guy is not getting it done with either the glove or the bat, i don’t see the need to keep him up here.