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Pretty Ricky is on the bus….



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.

Open Thread

“We were born with baseball in our blood. It’s more than just a sport. It’s a passion. It’s an opera. It’s just a way of being. It’s almost like breathing,”  Omar Minaya


Here’s what you missed on Friday, May 22, 2009:

What’s on your mind?

Think McFly!

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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….

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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?


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

Ladies On The 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.

Man Up Awards For Friday Night

First up…the Captain (I assume I won’t get much debate on that) Johan Santana again is just AWESOME. Johan tonight went 7 innings allowing 2 ER and 8 punch outs. The Mets again did not help Johan with the glove comiting 3 errors in tonight game (that’s good for 12 errors total in Santana’s games). I don’t know what Johan needs to do to get some defense but he has handled this situation very well. Even the hit to Youklis (which I’m sure someone will post about today or tomorrow) was handled properly. If you don’t have a man crush on Santana well…you have not been watching Mets baseball this year (or last ;p). Go Johan…a one man army.

Second up is Bobby Parnell. I knew this kid had gas but THE MAN HIT 100 ON THE GUN!!! Now that’s what I call Manning Up. He came in to the game with a mission tonight and took it to the Sawx in place of JJ. This kid is something else and when JJ gets right…to have Parnell as the 7th inning guy will only shorten the game that much further. Big ups to Parnell tonight…well done kid!

Last up is of course…good ole Frankie Rodriguez. What a pick up this guy has been so far. A perfect 12-12 and is just filthy…I mean this guy is something else. He would be the equivalent of an El Duque in that he can throw any pitch at any time for STRIKES. I know this guy has his adventures here and there but I have a weird comfort level when he’s on the mound. Good job Frankie for closing the door

This man up award goes to basically the Mets arms that went along way to winning this one…good job guys. A shout out to the tag champs who CONTINUE to get the job done, don’t know where the met season would be without ya. Keep it up (we need it).