All Bad News

This post is dedicated to all the bad news surrounding the New York Mets. It’s not nearly as bad as, say, what you’ll see on the 6 o’clock news, so there’s no harm in reading further. However, I do suggest you sit down before continuing, and stay away from fried meats for a few hours.

  • The Mets hold a slim 3-game lead ahead of the Phillies, and are 3 1/2 over the Braves
  • The Yankees (66-51) are now the best team in New York, by one game (Mets: 65-52)
  • Since May 29th, the Mets are 32-35 — three games under .500
  • Over the same time frame, the Phillies have been 7 games OVER .500 (36-29)
  • Mike DiFelice is the Mets’ starting catcher, now that Paul LoDuca is on the 15-day DL and Ramon Castro is day-to-day with an arthritic back. Suddenly, we’re grateful that Sandy Alomar Jr. changed his mind about retiring — how scary is that?
  • Oliver Perez has allowed four runs or more in each of his last four starts, and has not pitched beyond the sixth inning in any of them
  • On July 5th, John Maine was 10-4 with a 2.71 ERA. Since then, he’s 2-3 with a 6.46 ERA
  • With Jorge Sosa entrenched in the bullpen at the moment, Brian Lawrence is also entrenched as the #5 starter — and Lawrence has looked better than Perez and Maine lately (another scary thought).

Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers. Follow Joe's baseball tips on Twitter at @onbaseball and at the On Baseball Google Plus page.
  1. Micalpalyn August 13, 2007 at 12:10 pm
    Joe:

    1. I am more optimistic than ever this season, the Mets were supposed to be exposed often and early but definately during the period coinciding with the All star break. The Yanks, Atl, and Philly series were supposed to break our backs.

    2. Sosa and Alou as Metsblog note have been great providing bullpen help and a big righty bat with giving up 7 players as ATL had to do to get Tex and Dotel.

    3. Ollie is pitching hurt. I am convinced his back is still bothering him.

    4. Smoltz was deluged with Pedro questions yesterday. Why? I thought that was tacky. BUT Smoltz (in a class manner) said some poignant words: a. He said Pedro coming back gives the Mets momentum, and if anyone can pitch it is PEDRO, and all Pedro needs to do is come up big in one game.

    5. NOW for Mic’s bad moon rising segment;
    a. We still have Willie….I commend him for starting Gotay, but Millz should be playing RF more than 60% of the time. Similar to the way Carlos Quentin was last yr, when he eventually took over RF in Zona.
    b. VORP: The ESPN radio folks were lauding the smoke and mirrors ARZ has used to vault over the competition in the NL west despite awfull peripheral numbers. By the same token what would Willie’s VORP be?
    Take into consideration the Yanks with Willie’s mentor…inserted Melky, Cano, Phil Hughes, Shelly Duncan et al and pretty much left them. Would Willie have done the same? I am probably being a little harsh, but I think Millz is the legit starting RF.

    6. Mota: Given Sosa and Lawrences success, could we not see Humber as a reliver?

  2. joe August 13, 2007 at 12:24 pm
    1. Wish I had your optimism. Philly and Atlanta didn’t break our backs YET, but we’re losing to the Fish. Sad state of affairs IMHO.

    2. Yeah, that’s nice about Sosa and Alou. Unfortunately, most of us were looking at finding additions along with the assumptions that we’d get more production from catcher and we could count on Feliciano. Not to mention we thought Sosa would be the #5 starter. We’ve robbed Peter to pay Paul for the bullpen, and now will be playing the fifth-starter shuffle through September.

    3. You may be right. I don’t think he’s pitching as bad as the stats look, though.

    4. Pedro will not help this year, unfortunately. I will be beyond surprised if he has any kind of on-field impact.

    5. a. agreed b. was VORP a character on Star Wars? one of those guys in the cantina maybe?

    6. No, but if you keep bringing it up maybe Omar will notice. Humber may get a few starts, but I doubt very highly he comes out of the ‘pen. Just my hunch. Not that I don’t agree it’s a good idea, but for some reason I don’t see it.

  3. sincekindergarten August 13, 2007 at 12:57 pm
    Umm . . . aren’t the Marlins kicking our asses up at Shea, and we’ve pretty much had our way with them in Miami? Or is it just me?
  4. Micalpalyn August 13, 2007 at 1:25 pm
    As for LoDuca: I’m NOT on his bandwagon. Not that he’s not good, and he’s been a leader….but I like Castrroand I think a strong defensive catcher has its merits. I’d LIKE to see DiFelice backing up Castro. I think good pitch calling is one of the more subtle parts of gamanagement. I hear good things about LoDuca though so its not that he per se is a bad catcher. Going into a FA period where both our catchers are FA makes an interesting decision matrix for Omar.
  5. joe August 13, 2007 at 3:40 pm
    I’d like to see Castro healthy. This back thing cannot be good. And just when we thought we’d get some pop from the backstop, instead we get DiFelice’s pop gun.

    No way LoDuca returns next year. Castro, I imagine, will depend on his health. I would not be surprised to see a trade or FA or both to fill the catcher position for 2008.

  6. Micalpalyn August 13, 2007 at 5:25 pm
    Ok I could not resist…………….

    AJ Burnett threw 7.1 innings yesterday only giving up a solo shot. He has been on my radar as you know.

    BUT here is my rant, JP Richardi eta al are all gushing about him and his impact but the sasame guys were all but packing up his locker when he went on the DL. Omar are you watching this one?

  7. joe August 13, 2007 at 10:01 pm
    You may be on to something there, with AJ Burnett. Certainly Toronto would be ecstatic to shed the contract. If Burnett continues to be a .500 pitcher (which he’s been his whole career), I could see the Mets and Jays pull a blockbuster … something along the lines of Burnett, Rios, and Curtis Thigpen (a young LoDuca) coming to NY in return for LMillz, Pelfrey, AHern / Gotay, and some other prospects / players.
  8. Micalpalyn August 14, 2007 at 9:13 am
    Yes the statements made included something along the lines that if they knew there youngsters would come along this fast, they would not have signed Burnett.

    Two other arms floating out there are fossum and Fernando cabrera. Willie keeps giving Mota the Jope Smith, Sho treatment. I guess he wants to find his fireman, but only has a pyromaniac (Mota). Bradford looms as a potential addition still.

  9. sincekindergarten August 14, 2007 at 10:04 am
    Mic, if the Mets weren’t willing to give ChadBrad three years during the offseason, what would make you think they’d want him with the remainder of his three-year deal with Baltimore?

    Yeah, when I refer to the “Human Gas Can,” people actually know I’m referring to Mota. Weird.

  10. Micalpalyn August 14, 2007 at 4:54 pm
    SK,

    Last yr the Mets traded for Rohern after he walked as a FA to Pitt. at the deadline MLBrumors (?) had the Mets in on bradford.

    The difference is Omar had to make ALOT of decisions on his bullpen in the offseason. He let Bradford and Ro go but kept Mota. I think Williams neck injury brought about the Scho signing as did having little Joe. BUT now it would be nice to have Bradford with Feliciano. Burgos figures for next yr and I doubt Mota will be back as the Mets eat his remaining salary.

  11. Micalpalyn August 14, 2007 at 4:55 pm
    Bottomline 10M is a little risk compared to 126M (or the 75M omar had in ) on Zito.