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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

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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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Alpha and Omega

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With Johan and Krod on this team, are we witnessing history as Mets fans? 

When was the last time we had a dominant SP and Closer in the same season?

Lets take a look:

2009:

Johan: 1.50 ERA  Go to fullsize imageKrod: 0.87 ERA   Go to fullsize image

1990:

Viola: 2.67 ERA 20-12Go to fullsize imageFranco: 2.53 ERA 33 savesGo to fullsize image

1988:

Cone: 2.22 ERA 20-3(Sometimes I forget how good he was)Go to fullsize image 

McDowell: 2.63 ERA 16 saves Go to fullsize imageMyers: 1.72 ERA 26 saves Go to fullsize image

1986:

Really a combination of starters doing very well as well as bullpen.  No one was clearly better in the rotation or pen.

1985:

Gooden:  1.53 ERA 24-4  (unbelievable)Go to fullsize image

McDowell: 2.83 ERA 17 saves Go to fullsize image Orosco: 2.73 ERA 17 savesGo to fullsize image

1984:

Gooden: 2.60 ERA 17-9 Go to fullsize image

Orosco: 2.59 ERA 31 saves Go to fullsize image Sisk:  2.09 1ERA 15 saves Go to fullsize image

1975:

Seaver: 2.38 ERA 22-9 Go to fullsize image Apodaca: 1.49 ERA 13 saves Go to fullsize image

1972:

Seaver: 2.92 ERA 21-12 Go to fullsize image McGraw: 1.70 ERA 27 saves (106 innings) Go to fullsize image

1971:

Seaver: 1.76 ERA 20-10 Go to fullsize image

Frisella: 1.99 ERA 12 saves (90 innings) Go to fullsize image McGraw: 1.70 ERA 8 saves (111 innings) Go to fullsize image

1969:

Seaver: 2.21 ERA 25-7 Go to fullsize image McGraw: 2.24 ERA 12 saves (100 innings)Go to fullsize image

In my opinion you the 1969 season was the most dominant season by a combination 1 SP and 1 CL.  Will we see history this year?  All I can say that there is no doubt that right now I feel more comfortable in these two pitchers than any two in my Mets fan-hood.  To that, I say thank you to Omar.  You may screw a lot up, but you got that one right.

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

Post game: Mets (22-19) 5, Red Sox (25-17) 3

the-green-monster--fenway-park.jpg The 490th consecutive sellout crowd at Fenway Park witnessed the visiting Mets defeat the Red Sox by a score of 5-3.  The victory snapped a 4 game losing streak for the Mets.

Tonight Johan Santana responded to adversity by striking people out.  In the first inning, with 2 runnersLET-K.jpg on and none out, Santana proceeded to strike out David Ortiz and Kevin Youkilis before inducing a Jason Bay grounder to end the inning.  In the second inning, after a Jason Varitek solo home run, Santana struck out Julio Lugo to end that inning.  After a one out double by Dustin Pedroia in the third inning, Santana ‘struck’ again, getting David Ortiz looking before Kevin Youkilis swung and missed to end the frame.  After hitting Youkilis with a pitch with two outs in the fifth, Santana struck out Jason Bay to end that inning.  Trouble?  Meet strike out.

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Daniel Murphy checked the lineup card and found that he was leading off for the first time in his major league career.  He responded by striking out swinging at a pitch which, had he not swung and instead stood on the plate, would have hit him in the ear.  He did later successfully execute a sacrifice bunt so the night was not a total loss.

The Mets made 3 errors in the game, 2 by new fan favorite SS Ramon Martinez, and 1 by 3B David Wright.E.jpg As a team the Mets have made 35 errors this season, with an astounding 11 of those committed in games started by Johan Santana.  Martinez now has 4 errors in 4 games played for the Mets this season.

gary_sheffield_autograph.jpgGary Sheffield homered in the second inning.  It was his 3rd of the season, and the 502nd of his career.  Later in the game Jason Varitek also homered, his 8th of the season and the 169th of his career.  Good luck catching him Jason.

David Wright’s RBI single in the 4th inning gave him a 13 game hitting streak.  I think he looks better in a baseball cap, but that’s just me.david-wright.jpg

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Johan Santana hit Kevin Youkilis on the elbow in the 5th inning.  Words were exchanged between them, but cooler heads prevailed and the dugouts never emptied.  Perhaps Johan will send Youkilis a bottle of Watkins liniment, the official liniment of Johan Santana.

I just wanted to throw this picture in.  Tomorrow night at 7:10 pm on SNY, the series continues with Mike Pelfrey (4-1, 4.61) versus Joshpryor_l.jpg Beckett (4-2, 5.85).  Tonight’s box score courtesy Yahoo.com.

NY Mets
AB R H RBI BB K LOB Season Avg
D. Murphy 1b 3 0 0 0 1 1 0 .256
R. Church rf 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 .272
A. Pagan rf 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 .400
C. Beltran dh 4 1 1 0 0 0 1 .367
G. Sheffield lf 3 2 1 1 1 1 2 .257
D. Wright 3b 3 0 1 1 1 0 0 .362
J. Reed cf 4 1 1 0 0 0 2 .324
O. Santos c 4 0 1 1 0 2 2 .254
R. Martinez ss 4 0 1 1 0 1 1 .062
L. Castillo 2b 4 1 1 0 0 1 2 .278
Totals 32 5 8 5 3 7 11
Batting
2B – C Beltran (14, D Matsuzaka).
HR – G Sheffield (3, 2nd inning off D Matsuzaka 0 on, 0 Out).
S – A Pagan , D Murphy.
RBI – G Sheffield (9), D Wright (29), O Santos (13), R Martinez (2), A Pagan (1).
2-out RBI – O Santos, R Martinez.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out – G Sheffield 1, L Castillo 1.
GIDP – A Pagan.
Team LOB – 5.
Base Running
SB – A Pagan (2, 2nd base off J Masterson/J Varitek).
CS – J Reed (1, 2nd base by J Masterson/J Varitek).
Fielding
E – D Wright (7, ground ball); R Martinez 2 (4, ground ball, throw).
DP – 1 (L Castillo-R Martinez-D Murphy).
Boston
AB R H RBI BB K LOB Season Avg
J. Ellsbury cf 5 0 1 0 0 0 3 .299
D. Pedroia 2b 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 .323
D. Ortiz dh 4 0 0 0 0 3 4 .205
K. Youkilis 1b 3 0 0 0 0 3 3 .390
J. Bay lf 3 0 0 0 1 1 3 .295
J.D. Drew rf 4 1 1 0 0 1 1 .258
M. Lowell 3b 4 1 1 0 0 0 1 .288
J. Varitek c 4 1 1 2 0 0 0 .237
J. Lugo ss 4 0 0 0 0 1 3 .274
Totals 35 3 6 2 1 9 18
Batting
2B – D Pedroia (14, J Santana); M Lowell (14, J Santana).
HR – J Varitek (8, 2nd inning off J Santana 0 on, 2 Out).
RBI – J Varitek 2 (20).
2-out RBI – J Varitek.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out – K Youkilis 1, J Bay 1, J Ellsbury 3.
GIDP – D Ortiz.
Team LOB – 7.
Fielding
E – D Pedroia (2, ground ball).
DP – 1 (D Matsuzaka-K Youkilis-M Lowell).
NY Mets
IP H R ER BB K HR Season ERA
J. Santana (W, 6-2) 7.0 6 3 2 1 8 1 1.50
B. Parnell (H, 8) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.86
F. Rodriguez (S, 12) 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.87
Boston
IP H R ER BB K HR Season ERA
D. Matsuzaka (L, 0-2) 5.0 5 4 4 2 4 1 10.32
J. Masterson 3.0 3 1 1 1 3 0 4.47
D. Bard 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.80
HBP – K Youkilis (by J Santana).
Pitches-strikes – J Santana 118-79; R Parnell 11-7; F Rodriguez 12-7; D Matsuzaka 80-50; J Masterson 42-28; D Bard 11-6.
Ground balls-fly balls – J Santana 8-6; R Parnell 1-1; F Rodriguez 0-3; D Matsuzaka 6-5; J Masterson 3-2; D Bard 1-2.
Batters faced – J Santana 31; R Parnell 3; F Rodriguez 3; D Matsuzaka 22; J Masterson 12; D Bard 3.
Game Details
Umpires: HP–Paul Nauert. 1B–Joe West. 2B–Ed Rapuano. 3B–Chad Fairchild.
Time: 2:50.
Attendance: 38,092.
Weather: 84 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 10 mph, left to right.

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).

Game Thread: Mets (21-19) vs Red Sox (25-16)

Game Time: 7:10 pm  Game Temp: 80's
Game Time: 7:10 pm Game Temp: 80's
Record: 5-2 Era:1.36 K:67 BB:11 WHIP: 1.04
Record: 5-2 Era:1.36 K:67 BB:11 WHIP: 1.04

METS NOTES:

  • The Mets, who went 9-6 against the AL last year, are batting .218 with six runs during the slide after averaging 6.2 runs and batting .312 in winning 11 of the previous 13.
  • The two-time Cy Young Award winner, however, is coming off his worst performance of the season. He allowed season highs of six runs — four earned — and 11 hits while striking out seven in seven innings as the Mets (21-19)won 9-6 at San Francisco on Saturday.
  • That’s also the last time New York won, as the club has dropped a season high-tying four games in a row after falling 2-1 at Los Angeles on Wednesday
  • Manuel said J.J. Putz is still dealing with some neck discomfort, but is available

LINEUP:

Murphy, 1b
Church, rf
Beltran, dh
Sheffield, lf
Wright, 3b
Reed, cf
Santos, c
Martinez, ss
Castillo, 2b

Record: 0-1 Era:12.79 K:5 BB:5 WHIP:3.00
Record: 0-1 Era:12.79 K:5 BB:5 WHIP:3.00

RED SOX TEAM NOTES:

  • The Red Sox went 11-7 in interleague play last season, including six wins in nine games at Fenway. They’re 10-8 all-time against the Mets (21-19), sweeping a three-game series in the last meeting June 27-29, 2006.
  • The Red Sox (25-16) completed a three-game series sweep of East-leading Toronto on Wednesday with a 5-1 victory. That winning streak has put them one-half game behind the Blue Jays for first place.
  • Boston is expected to activate Matsuzaka (0-1, 12.79 ERA) from the disabled list in order for him to make his first start against the Mets. The right-hander has been on the DL with right arm fatigue since April 15, one day after he was tagged for five runs and five hits in one inning of a 6-5, 12-inning loss at Oakland.

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
Julio Lugo, SS

PLAY BALL!!!
PLAY BALL!!!