Who the hell’s on 1st, 2nd, SS, LF, C and uh DH (screw the AL)?
So with this weekend being the start of dreaded inter-league AND with the fact that Reed and Martinez have gotten starts even WITHOUT the DH, how should the lineup look? And yes Livan as DH is an option over Ramon.
Warning: Nothing we post will matter nor be right because Jerry the tinker Manuel will solve all.
According to Peter Gammons:How about other players that could be on the trade block? PG: Well, No Victor Martinez and Cliff Lee are not on the trade block. That’s one of those Internet fabrications that isn’t true. The Indians would trade Mark DeRosa if they got major league pitching. Washington with their 2-16 bullpen are trying to move Nick Johnson and Austin Kearns and some of their semi-attractive veteran players to get relief pitchers. I know they offered Nick Johnson to Boston for Manny Delcarmen.
That hasn’t happened and may not until the Red Sox make a decision on David Ortiz. It’s early for trades to happen, but at the same time the Padres/White Sox deal is a reminder that now more teams are interested because more teams believe they have a chance to win in May or early June. And also if you trade for a player before June 1 you get four months of service rather than the two months. I think if there were a trade right now it’s far better for the seller and the buyer.
So with this it is clear that Nick Johnson would cost Parnell. Uh Oh.
From Adam Rubin:
Series preview: Mets at Red Sox
May 22, 2009
METS (21-19, 2nd place/NL East) at RED SOX (25-16, 2nd place/AL East)
Friday: LHP Johan Santana (5-2, 1.36) vs. RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka (0-1, 12.79), 7:10 p.m. (SNY, WFAN, WADO)
Saturday: RHP Mike Pelfrey (4-1, 4.61 ERA) vs. RHP Josh Beckett (4-2, 5.85), 7:10 p.m. (MLB NETWORK, SNY, WFAN, WADO)
Sunday: RHP Tim Redding (0-0, 3.00 ERA) vs. RHP Tim Wakefield (5-2, 3.59), 7:10 p.m. (TBS, PIX11, WFAN, WADO)
RED SOX SHORT HOPS
Left fielder Jason Bay, a free-agent-to-be next offseason, belted his 13th homer Thursday, in the first inning off Toronto’s Robert Ray, moving him within one of American League leader Carlos Pena. Bay’s last 11 longballs all have come with men on base, the longest streak by a Red Sox player in team history, topping 10 straight with bases occupied by Kevin Youkilis in 2008 and Tony Conigliaro in 1966. He can share the major-league record streak of 12 owned by Hank Aaron (1970) and Ken Griffey Jr. (1990) if his next homer comes with a teammate on base. Bay also has started every game this season, the lone Red Sox player who is 41-for-41. … Daisuke Matsuzaka will make his first start since April 14 on Friday opposite Johan Santana. His return moves Justin Masterson back to the bullpen. Matsuzaka had a 1.59 ERA in 11 2/3 innings over three rehab appearances with Triple-A Pawtucket. … Center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury extended his hitting streak to 16 games Thursday, the longest active streak in the majors. His career-high is 18, established last September. Ellsbury went to college with Mets Triple-A reliever Eddie Kunz at Oregon State. Ellsbury tied a major-league record and set a franchise record with 12 outfield putouts in a nine-inning game Wednesday against Toronto. … Youkilis, the cleanup hitter/Gold Glove first baseman, who was suffering from a strained left oblique, was activated from the disabled list Wednesday and promptly went 4-for-9 in two games to lift his average to .402. Youkilis had been 0-for-6 in two rehab games against Buffalo, the Mets’ Triple-A affiliate, and Red Sox manager Terry Francona suggested he “shook off the rust there.” Former Met farmhand Gil Velazquez was sent to Pawtucket to clear room. … David Ortiz snapped a 148 at-bat homerless drought when he went deep for the first time this season on Wednesday. Big Papi is hitting only .211 with 18 RBI in 142 at-bats in ’09. … Like the Mets minus Jose Reyes, the Red Sox also have struggled in the first at shortstop without Jed Lowrie, who had surgery on his left wrist a month ago. Sox shortstops Julio Lugo and Nick Green have combined for 12 errors, although at least they’re hitting .293 and .302, respectively. … The rich will get richer once John Smoltz joins the Red Sox next month. Smoltz, who had shoulder surgery last June, tossed three scoreless innings in a rehab game Thursday for Class A Greenville in Augusta, Ga. … Mark Kotsay, who suffered a calf injury while returning from back surgery, is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment Friday. … Knuckleball specialist Tim Wakefield limited Toronto to one run on five hits and two walks in eight innings in his most recent start, the lone damage coming on a solo homer by former Red Sox player Kevin Millar. … Like Francisco Rodriguez, Jonathan Papelbon is perfect in save opportunities (11-for-11). … The Red Sox are 16-4 in Boston and haven’t lost a series at Fenway Park since the season-opening home series against Tampa Bay.
Santana vs. Red Sox (lifetime, 4-4, 3.40):
Jason Varitek .444, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 18 AB
Jason Bay .400, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 5 AB
Dustin Pedroia .400, 1 RBI, 5 AB
Julio Lugo .182, 1 RBI, 22 AB
David Ortiz .182, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 11 AB
Rocco Baldelli .125, 3 RBI, 16 AB
Mike Lowell .100, 10 AB
Nick Green .000, 5 AB
J.D. Drew .000, 2 AB
Pelfrey vs. Red Sox (never faced)
Redding vs. Red Sox (lifetime, 0-2, 12.71):
Jason Varitek .667, 1 RBI, 3 AB
J.D. Drew .400, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 10 AB
Mike Lowell .333, 12 AB
Rocco Baldelli .333, 3 AB
Jason Bay .308, 1 RBI, 13 AB
David Ortiz .250, 3 RBI, 4 AB
Julio Lugo .000, 2 AB
Nick Green .000, 1 AB
Matsuzaka vs. Mets (never faced):
Gary Sheffield .545, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 11 AB
Jeremy Reed .000, 3 AB
Beckett vs. Mets (lifetime, 6-2, 2.50):
Ramon Martinez .750, 1 RBI, 4 AB
Ramon Castro .500, 4 AB
Fernando Tatis .333, 1 RBI, 3 AB
Gary Sheffield .231, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 13 AB
Carlos Beltran .182, 11 AB
Ryan Church .100, 10 AB
Jose Reyes .071, 1 RBI, 14 AB
David Wright .067, 15 AB
Luis Castillo .000, 4 AB
Jeremy Reed .000, 3 AB
Wakefield vs. Mets (lifetime, 2-3, 2.43):
Fernando Tatis 1.000, 1 RBI, 2 AB
Ramon Martinez .500, 4 AB
Luis Castillo .450, 3 RBI, 20 AB
Carlos Beltran .304, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 23 AB
Gary Sheffield .237, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 38 AB
Jeremy Reed .200, 10 AB
Please let me know what you think about this format.
So I was just thinking. Reyes is going to play through pain. He is not going to steal a base for at least a month. We can’t score runs and have no one to drive in runs behind Beltran and Wright. You see where I am going with this. What about going with this lineup for a while and see what happens?
What do you guys think?
This is the story that Matt just posted at Metsblog.com
Earlier this week, I was forced to temporarily shut down the comment section on MetsBlog.com.
According to traffic history and old and recent surveys, less and less people are reading my blog’s comment section, and more and more people feel the current level of discourse reflects poorly on the overall blog.
The thing is, during much of the first four years of MetsBlog.com, long before my affiliation with SNY, and long before site-wide sponsors, the comment section had been a place where Mets fans would respond to me and my work with intelligent, relevant statements and criticism about what had been written in that specific post. I enjoyed the feedback, as it was respectful and thoughtful, and I often received compliments from other readers and other blogs about the insight people gained from peeking in on this section of the MetsBlog.
In the last year, however, the comment section has changed in to a place where only a small, inclusive group of 30 or so readers mostly speak to and among themselves, often creating their own discussion, separate from the topic at hand. In other words, the comment section has become a message board. Of course, there is nothing wrong with message boards, but they are different from a blog. They are two totally different forms of communication, and serve different purposes.
As a result, old school, original readers of MetsBlog.com, who were once very engaged years ago, eventually turned away from the comment section, only reading what I write to the main page, which is a shame.
So, I am now working to create a parallel space on MetsBlog.com that can serve as a more relaxed, open environment for people to vent, discuss topics and exchange ideas among themselves, while returning the official comments section to an special location where a trusted group of readers can respond to the topic at hand.
I believe such a switch back to the way things were will help realign the very-public comment section with my blog’s overall brand, while also creating a new location for people to have open and honest discussion about the team we all love.
Thank you for understanding, and for your patience as I work to make these necessary adjustments,