Per Fox Sports,
The team’s prize offseason acquisition was in New York’s clubhouse on Sunday in Boston before the Mets‘ game against the Red Sox. He said “his legs locked up” after Saturday night’s game, giving him a scare and prompting medical personnel to take him to an ambulance on a stretcher.
His back was wrapped as he spoke and he said he was given medicine at the hospital.
He is 12 for 12 in save opportunities, including a perfect ninth on Friday night against Boston, and is 1-0 with a 0.87 ERA in 20 games.
Rodriguez came to the Mets for a three-year, $37 million free-agent contract over the offseason as the centerpiece of a bullpen overhaul.
This is obviously very good news but I think this is proof that as much of a gamer K-Rod is, he’s not Superman. I didn’t think this was going to be serious but because of this scare, I think its obvious the Mets Closer role should be a tag team like the ’86 team. Putz would be happy and Rodriguez would be healthy.
In 1986, the Mets used Roger McDowell and Jesse Orosco in the Closer role, saving 22 and 21 games respectively. That bullpen was elite and we all know how that season finished. I think this bullpen has what it takes to be better.
“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?
Early in the game, Gary, Keith and Ron or GKR (The cool kids say GKR) discussed who they would root for between the Yankees and Phillies series this weekend. Gary without hesitation stated the Phillies, citing his and most Mets fans hatred towards the Yankees. He also added it’s still relatively early in the season to be scoreboard/standings watching. Though I understand his rationale behind this, I still made the face of a kid sucking on a sour patch.
Look, I hate the Yankees as much as the next guy, in fact I have an extra zip to my step whenever they lose and the Mets win, but there’s no way you can root for the Phillies in this match-up. Have we not learned anything from the last 2 yrs? Every game matters! The Mets missed out on the playoffs in 2007 and 2008 by losing on the last day of the season. They missed out because of ONE game! Now I wont be making plans for the 2010 season because Philly beat the Yanks tonight (7-3) but I most certainly want the Yankees to give the Phillies as many losses as possible.
As far as hatred goes, I’m split. I live in Flushing, obviously Mets Country, but also work in downtown Manhattan surrounded by obnoxious, douchebag Yankees fans. I hate them because of their sense of entitlement and the fact that they, for the most part, buy their championships. The Phillies on the other hand, I hate for obvious reasons. Hate is such a strong word so let me retract that. How bout loathe. Their inferiority complex towards the Mets and New York is undeniable (ex: Calling out the Mets after winning the World Series). Their fans are also the ugliest in the game. Literally and figuratively. There was a report last year that had Philly as having the “ugliest” inhabitants in the US. (Hey, I don’t make this stuff up.) There was also a 20/20 report on how lousy and downright low class the fans of Philadelphia teams were. Going to a Mets/Phillies game in April 2008 backed up that theory along with getting into a confrontation with a couple of Phillies fans in a bar.
Gary Cohen, I think you’re a great Mets broadcaster. You’re smart, witty and a real Mets fan, but wanting the Phillies to beat the Yankees? C’moooon, maaaaaan!
Guys, I know it’s easy to despair with this team sometimes especially with the kind of play we’ve been witnessing, but you gotta keep positive. Last year on this date we were in 4th place and 1 game below .500. This yr we’re 1.5 games back and 2 above .500.
We are on a 4 game skid, but we were not blown out in any of em. We played without our big bopper in Delgado, without (for the most part) Jose Reyes and with players manning positions theyre not accostomed to. Not to mention we’ve had Jeremy Reed and Ramon Martinez in the lower part of the lineup.
This weekend undoubtedly wil be tough, but dont fret. We got our ace going up against a very beatable Dice K, who’s 0-1 with a 12.79 ERA along with a 3.00 WHIP.
In game 2, we have Big Pelf going up against another very beatable Red Sox hurler, Josh Beckett. Pelfrey has shown something that Ive been very impressed with, and thats composure. He’s settled down after getting hit and has kept us in games. Beckett has had a pretty good couple of outings but we’ll see if he can hold it up.
Sunday’s finale will matchup Redding and Wakefield. A decent matchup that could go either way. Redding had a very encouraging debut and looks to show he was worth the pickup. Wakefield has been the definition of consistentcy. The verteran knucklerballer has been at times masterful. I hope he’s horrible on Sunday.
Obviously a big issue during the losing streak has been offense. As mentioned earlier, Jeremy Reed and Ramon Martinez cannot be in this lineup on a daily basis, especially in May. After watching his team get swept, I highly doubt Jerry will be putting that lineup out again.
Anyway, my fellow neurotic Mets fans, enjoy the long wknd, be safe and as always Let’s Go Mets!