Sunday, September 30, 2007

Willie Must Go

The season is over. The Mets made history, now there must be changes. I belive the biggest change would be to get rid of the Maneger Willie Randolph. Personally, I do not think he will be fired. The Mets had a 7 game lead with 17 games to play and their collapse stands with those of the 1951 Dodgers, the 1964 Phillies, the 1978 Red Sox and the 1995 Angels as baseball's all-time worst.The managers for three of those teams Chuck Dressen, Don Zimmer and Marcel Lachemann, were released within two years of their teams collapses.

In order to move on for the future there needs to be changes. There needs to be player moves but for the sake of moving on and the future of the New York Mets there needs to be a New Maneger to get this team going. I do not want the Mets to always feel sorry for themselves for blowing it; I want them to come back next year and win. I dont feel like Randolph inspires the team being to even keel and never getting the tema going. I mean the Mets went freaking 1-6 against the Marlins, Cards, and Nats in their final homestand in a pennant race. Willie was unable to get his team to play better over the last few weeks of the season so he should go and the Mets should move on.The players are most at fault because they get "bored" sometimes with "so much talent". C'mon, if the Manager is unable to keep this team focused and going all year he needs to be removed. The players bad play comes back to the lack of inspiration by Willie to keep the Mets collected and focused over the last weeks of the season. Though, we all know Willie will be here next year. Omar loves Willie and will not let him go. “Do I think Randolph will be fired? No. The bottom line, Willie Randolph, for me, has done a good job. You don’t look at a person just one year. You look at a person over a couple of years and the change that has happened."

I find it funny because the media and the front office feels Willie does not deserve to be at fault. I agree that it is a combination between him and the players but I feel like the Media and the Front Office is not realizing the magnitude of his manegial mistakes over the last few weeks. It seems to me like the fans and the media/front office have 2 different opionions on the future of the Mets whether he should stay or go. But hey, Willie and Omar forever right?

Rosh Hashannah Collapse

The Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashannah, was on September 13. The Mets were 7 games up at that time. The Mets finished the season 5-12 and lost the division. On the final homestand this past week the Mets choked going just 1-6. I guess Green, Schoe, and Newhan forgot to go to temple. writes that the mets odds were 499-to-1 against that they would make the playoffs. The Mets' playoff probability peaked at 99.80 percent after the action of Sept. 12, when they held a 7-game lead over the Phillies with 16 games to play, and some favorable wild-card permutations as a backup.

Mets End Season

The Mets lost today in blowout fashion to end their season. Tom Glavine went 1/3 of an inning with 7 runs. The final score was 8-1. The phillies won their game today to make them NL East Division Champs.

I was at todays game. I showed up nice an early, the place was rocking and then the game began. After the first inning I knew they were not going to win, even if Castro's ball was 10 feet further. Instead I just hope the Nats would somehow win but they did not. It was painful sitting their watching the last game of the year, knowing the mets have made history. The worst part is thinking about the next time I watch the Mets; 6 months in april. It is going to be a long off-season... how did they loose?

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Muniz Debut

Carlos Muniz made his major league debut in tonights game against the Marlins. Muniz had a scoreless first inning and in his second inning he allowed 2 runs on 1 hit and 2 walks. Muniz went a total of 1 1/3 innings. After the first couple of pitches Ron Darling said that muniz reminded him of Chad Cordero which I previously mentioned.

He kind of reminds me of Chad Cordero. They look pretty simmilar and both lived and went to college in California. Cordero is from Upland, CA and went to Cal State Fullerton while Muniz went to Long Beach St after living in Torrance, CA.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Humber to Start

Philip Humber will make his first major league start on Wednesday vs. the Nationals. Nice...

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Comparing: Schoe and Bradford

Over the off-season the Mets let Chad Bradford go and instead picked up Scott Schoeneweis with a 3 year contract. Schoe is 0-2 with a 5.30 with 35 strikeouts, 27 walks, and 60 hits in 64 games (54.1 innings). Chad Bradford is 3-7 with a 3.43 era, 28 strikeouts, 14 walks, and 73 hits in 73 games (60.1 innings) for the Orioles.

Green plays well through Holidays

At Rotoworld they write about Shawn Green and his decision to play or not during the Jewish Holiday of Yom Kippur which is Friday Night through Saturday Night. Since Rosh Hashannah last thursday the Mets are 1-5 while Green is 5 for 10 with 5 walks, 2 homeruns, 3 runs, and 3 rbis. I bet shawn loves the Jewish High Holidays.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Arizona Fall League

The Mets announced that Catcher Mike Nickeas,, Outfielder Caleb Stewart, First Baseman Mike Carp, Pitcher Eddie Kunz, Pitcher Carlos Muniz, Pitcher Adam Bostick, and Pitcher Eddie Camacho will play for the Scottsdale Scorpions in this year’s Arizona Fall League.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Called It?

The Mets told reporters that Orlando Hernandez will not be able to start for the Mets until at least the final week of September, while wearing a boot designed to relieve pressure and pain from a bunion and tendon in his right foot. Bullpen for the post-season?

More Errors in last nights loss

You have got to be kidding me! The mets lost again last night in a blowout against the Nats after being up 4-0. The mets continued their sloppy play with mental mistakes and 3 errors. Now were only up 2.5 Games to the red hot Phills. The mets need to start playing if they want to get in the playoffs and win a world series.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Hernandez to the Pen?

Orlando Hernandez is missing his scheduled start tonight and being replaced by Brian Lawrence. The post-season is right around the corner and El Duque has not pitched very well in his last two starts. Hernandez went 3 innings and 5 earned runs against the Phillies on August 30. He then went on the DL with a foot injury. In his first start back against the braves Hernadez went 3 innings again and 8 earned runs.

If Hernadez continues to struggle or if he misses another start I would put him in the bullpen for the post season. We all know he is good coming out of their; think back to the 2005 white sox. It would strengthen the bullpen and allow both Maine and Perez to have the chance to step up like last year. Let's think about the future in this move too. We want to get Maine and Perez more experience for future years and this is the best way to help the club now and in the future.

Willie's bad bullpen use

The Mets Bullpen played terrible against the Phillies this past weekend. Yesterday Mota is put in a tie game. He then gives up a hit, then an error, then a another walk. Willie opps to bring Sosa in. Sosa follows by walking in a run followed by a grand slam. A tie game is now 10-5. I think every Mets fan hates Mota, He sucks and rarely pitches well, his era being 6.06. My rule of thumb on Sosa is to only let him start innings instead of brining him in with runners on base. I have just noticed he usually does better starting off innings compared to coming in mid-way throught the inning. If it was up to me I would release Mota and mix in pitchers that are not going to pitch in the post-season for a few days just to give some of the guys that are being pitched a couple of days in a row a little breather.

Dylan and Dillion Have Great Season

The Brooklyn Cyclones didnt win the New York Penn League Championship but they still had a great season.

Dylan Owen finished the season at 9-1 with a 1.49 era, 69 strikeouts, and just 12 walks in 13 starts (72.1 innings).

Dillion Gee finished the season 3-1 with a 2.47 era, 56 strikeouts, and 9 walks in 11 starts (62 innings).

Remember these two names.

Phillies Win 8 in a row

What a painful game to watch. The Mets made 6 errors and looked awful in the field. I was at yesterdays game and stayed the entire game thinking the Mets might comeback against the Phil crappy bullpen. There were two highlights of the game for me. One was David Wright hitting his 30th homerun and making him part of the 30/30 club. The other highlight was when a bunch of Phillies fans around me got kicked out. The fans were obnoxious the entire game like most Phillies fans are. They then made a beer bottle pyramid which was about 7 feet high. All the Mets fans were throwing there beer bottles at the pyramid and they eventually knocked it down. The Phillies fans were then escorted out by security and the Mets fans just stayed and watched the rest of the humiliating loss. Get it together Mets....

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Cyclones & Zephyrs get Swept

The New Orleans Zephyrs fell 4-3 on friday to the Sacramento RiverCats in Game 3 of the PCL Championship Series, giving the RiverCats a 3-0 series sweep.

The Cyclones 2007 campaign ended with a 4-1 loss to the Auburn Doubledays in Game 2 of the NYPL Championship Series. Ultimately the Cyclones couldn't figure out Auburn's pitching and only managed ten hits and two runs in the two Championship Series games.

All Mets Minor League affiliates have now been eliminated from the post-season.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Callups Lives

Over at Lauren Kobylarz writes about how the Callups for both the Mets and Yankees have adjusted to life in New York City.

This season, Milledge has toned it down a bit, but the 22-year-old still feels that he delivers when it comes to giving the Big Apple a good show. "We're entertainers out there," Milledge said. "Everybody sees what everybody does, so it's something you have to take into consideration when you play." "It's kind of a give and take," Mets reliever Jon Adkins said. "You can't get caught up in trying too hard, but you also can't just be not caring, either. You just try to stay in the middle."

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Penn Playoff Preview

Brooklyn Cyclones (49-25) face off against Staten Island (47-28) in a Best-of-3 series which begins today. The Yankees and the Cyclones played against each other 14 times and, wouldn't you know, the two clubs split the series with seven wins each. For a full Cyclones/Yankees preview click on this link.

St Lucie Eliminated

A St. Lucie has been eliminated from the playoffs by the Brevard County Manatees. St Lucie won their first game but followed by back to back losses to be eliminated in the best of 3 series.

Zephrys Advance to Championship

The New Orleans Zephyrs will advance to the Pacific Coast League Championship after a stellar outing from Kevin Mulvey on saturday. Mulvey went 7 innings giving up just 4 hits, 0 runs, and 8 strikeouts. Mulvey has pitched 13 scorelless innings since being called up to New Orleans. The Series will start tuesday night.

Thursday, September 06, 2007


One of the most overlooked players is Carlos Muniz. 26 year old Muniz went 2-4 with a 2.44 era, 23 saves, and 62 strikeouts in 44 games (58.2 innings) for AA Binghamton. Muniz was called up to AAA New Orleans last week. He has allowed 0 runs in 5.2 innings with 4 hits and 4 strikeouts.

He kind of reminds me of Chad Cordero. They look pretty simmilar and both lived and went to college in California. Cordero is from Upland, CA and went to Cal State Fullerton while Muniz went to Long Beach St after living in Torrance, CA.

Mulvey Dislike

I have never liked Kevin Mulvey. I always felt like he had very average stuff and would end up being a number 5 starter or a long reliver. Over the last month or two Mulvey has pitched much better which is definetly making me think more of him. Mulvey brought his era down to 3.32 after being in the 4's for most of the season. In his only start for AAA New Orleans Mulvey did not allow a run in 6 innings. Don't make me dislike you again Kevin, please continue to pitch well.

Call Up's Stats:

The Mets called up Mike Pelfrey, Phillip Humber, and Willie Collazo last saturday. Pelfrey has had 1 start going 6 innings with 1 hit, 1 run, and 7 strikeouts. Pelfrey is set to pitch in his second start after being recalled Friday night.

Humber has allowed 1 run in 2 innings and 3 hits. Will Humber ever get a start for the Mets? Last year when he was called up he pitched relief and the same can be said this year.

Willie Collazo has looked sharp for the Mets and pitched very well for AAA New Orleans this entire year. Collazo has pitched 1.2 innings allowing 0 runs and 2 hits. Willie went 6-5 in 53 games for AAA New Orleans with a 2.46 era and has shown a good fastball and a nice slow changeup.


Jonathan Niese finished up the regular season with an 11-7 record with a 4.29 era and 110 strikeouts. Niese went 5-3 with a 5.32 era before the all star break and has since gone g-4 with a 3.52 era. Niese was 8th in the league in strikeouts. The thing to watch is opponents batting average against Niese; it is .285, not very good.

In his only start for St. Lucie in the playoffs Niese pitched superb going 6 innings with 1 hit ball and 9 strikeouts.

Playoff Teams

The only teams in the Mets Minor League Orginization to have made the playoffs are the AAA New Orleans Zephrys, A St. Lucie Mets, and A Brooklyn Cyclones.

Zephrys win again

The New Orleans Zephyrs have won their last 4 games, and have taken a 2-0 lead in the best of 3 in the American Conference Championship Series. Jason Vargas had a solid outing while giving up 3hits and 1 run in 6 innings. The bullpen only gave up 1 hit the rest of the game to seal the victory. Brian Lawrence is set to pitch in game 3 followed by Kevin Mulvey if necessary. In Mulveys only start for AAA New Orleans he went 6 innings allowing 0 runs and 2 hits.