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Became a baseball fan as an 8 year old while watching the 1973 World Series. Loved the Swingin' A's, with their swagger and their mustaches. Was disappointed to find out the following spring that it would be difficult to watch their games in NY, but found that the team they had defeated in that World Series was readily available to me on channel 9, and I've been following the Mets ever since.

Buffalo bats by the numbers

In the context of facilitating any discussion about near-future minor league hitter call ups, courtesy Baseball-reference.com here are the Buffalo Bisons’ batting statistics after 37 games (13-24).

Rk Age G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB
1 Fernando Martinez 20 37 156 143 20 41 13 2 7 23 2 0 11 28 .287 .340 .552 .892 79 2 1 0 1 0
2 Jesus Feliciano 30 32 125 116 7 32 6 0 1 9 5 1 5 11 .276 .306 .353 .660 41 1 1 1 2 0
3 Cory Sullivan 29 35 119 104 11 21 4 0 2 8 1 1 12 17 .202 .280 .298 .578 31 4 0 1 2 0
4 Argenis Reyes 26 30 111 92 12 25 4 1 1 4 5 0 17 15 .272 .385 .370 .755 34 2 0 2 0 3
5 Jose Coronado 23 29 100 85 4 12 2 0 0 3 2 0 11 22 .141 .240 .165 .404 14 3 0 4 0 1
6 Nick Evans 23 22 87 75 5 7 1 0 3 7 0 0 12 27 .093 .218 .227 .445 17 4 0 0 0 0
7 Mike Lamb 33 21 81 76 6 12 6 0 0 8 0 0 4 5 .158 .200 .237 .437 18 3 0 1 0 0
8 Robinson Cancel 33 22 79 73 7 16 3 0 0 2 4 0 4 7 .219 .269 .260 .530 19 3 1 1 0 0
9 Jonathan Malo 25 17 74 69 4 12 3 1 0 2 1 0 5 15 .174 .230 .246 .476 17 1 0 0 0 0
10 Michel Abreu 30 23 74 70 5 15 4 0 2 10 0 0 4 16 .214 .257 .357 .614 25 2 0 0 0 0
11 Wily Mo Pena 27 17 56 52 3 12 2 0 1 8 0 0 3 12 .231 .268 .327 .595 17 1 0 0 1 0
12 Jason Cooper 28 16 43 38 3 8 3 0 0 2 1 0 3 10 .211 .302 .289 .592 11 0 2 0 0 0
13 Rene Rivera 25 9 36 32 1 5 2 0 0 1 0 0 2 10 .156 .200 .219 .419 7 1 0 1 1 0
14 Ramon Martinez 36 9 35 31 5 9 1 0 0 1 0 1 4 5 .290 .371 .323 .694 10 0 0 0 0 0
15 Bobby Kielty 32 8 33 26 3 6 0 0 1 3 1 2 7 7 .231 .394 .346 .740 9 0 0 0 0 0
16 Andy Green 31 8 27 22 2 4 1 0 0 1 0 0 4 4 .182 .296 .227 .524 5 0 0 0 1 0
17 Javier Valentin 33 6 22 19 2 6 0 0 1 4 0 0 3 2 .316 .409 .474 .883 9 1 0 0 0 1
18 Omir Santos 28 3 15 13 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 .231 .333 .231 .564 3 0 1 0 0 0
19 Angel Pagan 27 3 14 14 2 4 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 3 .286 .286 .571 .857 8 1 0 0 0 0
20 Mike Nickeas 26 2 7 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 .000 .143 .000 .143 0 0 0 0 0 0
21 Rob Mackowiak 33 2 7 6 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 1 0
22 Brandon Knight 33 4 7 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .250 .250 .500 .750 2 0 0 3 0 0
23 Dillon Gee 23 4 7 7 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 .143 .143 .143 .286 1 0 0 0 0 0
24 Rafael Arroyo 26 2 7 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 4 .000 .286 .000 .286 0 0 0 0 0 0
25 Jon Niese 22 3 5 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 2 0 0
26 Frank Diaz 25 3 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 .000 .333 .000 .333 0 0 0 0 0 0
27 Kyle Snyder 31 3 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0
28 Tim Redding 31 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0
29 Casey Fossum 31 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0
30 Michael Antonini 23 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0
31 Tim McNab 29 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0
32 Freddy Garcia 34 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0
33 Nelson Figueroa 35 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
39 Players 27.4 37 1341 1193 105 252 56 6 19 99 24 5 116 242 .211 .282 .316 .598 377 29 6 17 9 5

Daaaaaaaaarryl! Daaaaaaaaarryl!

According to bisons.com Darryl Strawberry will be appearing at Coca-Cola Field in Buffalo, NY Saturday, May 23 in conjunction with Darryl Strawberry bobble-head day.  The first 4,000 fans in attendance will receive Darryl bobble-heads, and Strawberry will be conducting an autograph session on the concourse during the game.  Gates open at 12:00 noon, first pitch at 1:05pm.  It is also High School Saturday, and high school students with valid ID can purchase 2 tickets to the game for $12.00.  The Buffalo Bisons are the AAA affiliate of the Mets.

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Who's Next?

WhosNext-778537.jpg Thursday, May 21, 2009 is a travel day for the Mets as they return from the west coast swing of their current road trip.  Games resume with the opening salvo of inter-league play Friday night at 7:10pm when the Mets visit Fenway Park to begin a 3 game series with the Boston Red Sox.

The pitching match up Friday features Johan Santana (5-2, 1.36)alg_santana-1.jpg

versus Daisuke Matsuzaka (0-1, 12.76).daisuke_matsuzaka.jpg

Santana is coming off his worst start of this season in which he allowed 4 earned runs, the most earned runs he has allowed since 7/17/08 at Cincinnati.  He will have had 5 days rest prior to the start.  This season with 5 days rest Santana is 2-1, 0.45 in 3 starts with a WHIP of 0.80 and a K/BB ratio of 15/1.  His career record at Fenway Park is 1-3, 6.89 in 15 2/3 innings spread among 3 starts and one relief appearance.  His most recent appearance at Fenway was 9/21/06, a 6-0 loss by the Twins in which Santana started, allowing 4 runs, 2 earned, over 5 innings.

Matsuzaka has not pitched since 4/14/09 at Oakland, a no-decision in which he allowed 5 earned runs in 1 inning before being removed with a right shoulder strain which landed him on the DL the next day.  Matsuzaka has never faced the Mets in a regular season game.

Kevin Youkilis returned from the DL Wednesday, and as the Mets arrive the Red Sox finally find themselves able to field the lineup they anticipated using the majority of this season, withKevin Youkilis 3.jpg

  • CF Ellsbury
  • 2B Pedroia
  • DH Ortiz
  • 1B Youkilis
  • RF Drew
  • LF Bay
  • 3B Lowell
  • C Varitek
  • SS Lugo

which as of Tuesday is a lineup they have only used 3 times so far this season.

Jose's knee

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According to Mike Francesa of WFAN, Jose Reyes has been diagnosed with tendonitis behind the right kneecap.  He cannot do any further damage, has rejoined the team and is day-to-day.

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From about.com:

What is tendonitis?
Sometimes the tendons become inflamed for a variety of reasons, and the action of pulling the muscle becomes irritating. If the normal smooth gliding motion of your tendon is impaired, the tendon will become inflamed and movement will become painful. This is called tendonitis, and literally means inflammation of the tendon.

What causes tendonitis?
The most common cause of tendonitis is overuse. Commonly, individuals begin an exercise program, or increase their level of exercise, and begin to experience symptoms of tendonitis. The tendon is unaccustomed to the new level of demand, and this overuse will cause an inflammation and tendonitis.

Another common cause of symptoms of tendonitis is due to age-related changes of the tendon. As people age, the tendons loose their elasticity and ability to glide as smoothly as they used to. With increasing age, individuals are more prone to developing symptoms of tendonitis. The cause of these age-related changes is not entirely understood, but may be due to changes in the blood vessels that supply nutrition to the tendons.

Sometimes, there is an anatomical cause for tendonitis. If the tendon does not have a smooth path to glide along, it will be more likely to become irritated and inflamed. In these unusual situations, surgical treatment may be necessary to realign the tendon.

UPDATE: According to MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo, this diagnosis was originally made Saturday at AT&T Park by ‘a doctor.’  Below is an excerpt from his article published 05/17/09 7:38 PM ET:

{But on the bench Reyes will remain, at least for one more game. For the fourth straight day, Reyes insisted that his calf had improved, but for the fourth straight day, the Mets were unwilling to take a chance. Reyes saw a doctor Saturday at AT&T Park and received a new diagnosis: a mild case of tendinitis in the leg.

Rest was the prescription, along with his now-usual routine of ice, heat and massage.

“I have to be worried about it, no doubt,” Reyes said, rattling off a few contradictions. “It’s getting better, but I mean it’s slow. I don’t think it’s going to be that long before I get on the field.”

Originally feeling the injury prior to Wednesday’s game, Reyes tried to run since then but was met with pain. He has been taking regular fielding and batting practice and could conceivably pinch-hit in a close game, as he did Saturday, but running — a Reyes forte — remains an issue.

“It’s affecting my running,” Reyes said. “I’m not able to run the way I want to. That’s dangerous. If I play like that, maybe I can make it worse.”

“We just have to be careful with it,” manager Jerry Manuel said, expressing surprise at how long the calf has taken to heal, but insisting that Reyes is not considering a trip to the disabled list. “It’s still a little tender.”

Manuel’s only relief is that the Mets are doing just fine without Reyes. In three games against the Giants, the Mets have scored 24 runs, rapped out 42 hits and — here’s the kicker — stolen 13 bases. That latter statistic is a franchise record over a three-game span.

Yet Reyes is missing the party.

“It’s too boring for me to be on the bench,” he said, hardly joking. “There’s nothing to do there.”}