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June 23: Afternoon Mets Links and Open Thread

MetsToday – An inside look at the Detroit Tigers.

YourNabe – Stephen Brown has a profile of Brooklyn Cyclones manager Wally Backman.

ESPN New York – A look at R.A. Dickey’s great start and how it compares to the best starts of other prominent knuckleballers.

OnTheBlack – Kerel Cooper shares his All-Star picks.

FoxSports – Bob Klapisch says the Mets need to reconsider Johan Santana’s role as ace of the staff.

MetsBlog – Matt Cerrone says Johan Santana has only had two bad innings all year.

MetsBlog – The Mets have signed Ramon Ortiz. Are those crickets that I hear?

The Daily Stache – Tom Greenhalgh reports on the unintended consequence of getting screwed by Bernie Madoff (and Gary Matthews Jr.) – your ballpark starts to look like a Geocities website, circa 1999.

Long Live Shea Stadium – A scouting report on tonight’s opposing starting pitcher, Jeremy Bonderman.

TONIGHT’S GAME

The Mets (40-30) take on the Tigers (38-31) tonight at Citi Field. R.A. Dickey (5-0, 2.82) gets the start for the Mets and he will be opposed by Jeremy Bonderman (3-4, 4.06).

Discuss…

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June 23: Wednesday Morning Mets Links

Daily Stache – Michael Ganci doesn’t want the Mets to trade the farm for Cliff Lee.

MetsBlog – Matt Cerrone seems to be confirming that the Mets will not trade for Cliff Lee. It looks like they will stick with what they have or trade for a lesser SP. Meaningful games in September, here we come!

Big League Stew – David Brown agrees with Joe Janish – Jerry Manuel was foolish to let Jon Niese come back after last night’s rain delay.

ESPN New York – Jerry Manuel defended his decision to bring back Niese by saying something about a no-hitter. Seriously?

Wall Street Journal – Mike Sielski has an interesting article about how Jerry Manuel learned how to manage by playing minor league ball for Jim Leyland. I don’t see any resemblance in the way they manage, but if you do, please share it in the comments section.

OnTheBlack – An interview with the batboy tasked with picking up the bats and balls that Wally Backman threw onto the field during his epic ejection.

ESPN New York – Adam Rubin has a profile on Brooklyn Cyclones outfielder Cory Vaughn and his battle with Type 1 juvenile diabetes.

And via Hot Foot, Mets fifth draft pick Matt den Dekker (Twitter) making an amazing catch during the College World Series. Check out the profile of den Dekker over at Mack’s Mets.


EMBED-Floridas Matt Den Dekker CWS Catch v UCLA – Watch more free videos

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June 22: PM Mets Links and Open Thread

Bergen Record – Steve Popper reports that Jerry Manuel’s erratic statements on personnel matters may be rubbing some people the wrong way. Go figure. [via MetsBlog]

NY Daily News – In his latest erratic statement, Jerry Manuel indicates he wants an ace, but he cautions that the Mets may not need one because they will be getting Oliver Perez and John Maine back before long. HUH?

OnTheBlack – Kerel Cooper wants to know what you think is an acceptable performance for the Mets in the upcoming six games against the Tigers and Twins.

SILive – Carlos Beltran will begin his rehab stint in Port St. Lucie on Thursday.

Long Live Shea Stadium – A discussion of John Maine’s mechanics and his future with the Mets.

Long Live Shea Stadium – A scouting report on the pitcher the Mets will face tonight – Detroit’s Justin Verlander.

TONIGHT’S GAME

The Mets (39-30) will take on the Tigers (38-30) tonight at Citi Field. Jon Niese (4-2, 3.64)will be opposed by Justin Verlander (8-4, 3.94). Here is the Mets lineup, via ESPN NY’s Andrew Marchand:

Reyes, SS
Pagan, CF
Wright, 3B
Davis, 1B
Bay, LF
Barajas, C
Francoeur, RF
Tejada, 2B
Niese, P

Discuss…

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June 22: Tuesday Morning Mets Links

MetsToday – Remember Jason Vargas? He’s doing pretty well for himself these days.

New York Post – Dan Martin reports that several Mets are in favor of bringing in another veteran starting pitcher.

Wall Street Journal – Yet another look at the failed plan to use Jenrry Mejia as a reliever at the major league level.

ESPN New York – Adam Rubin points out that demoting Mejia may increase his trade value, because he will now be under control until 2016.

OnTheBlack – Kerel Cooper has the skinny on the Mets supporting volunteer efforts in the local community.

New York Times – David Waldstein writes about the nearly extinct knuckleball glove.

The Brooklyn Paper – Wally Backman’s Brooklyn Cyclones overcame horrendous tie-dyed uniforms to beat the Aberdeen Ironbirds, 5-2. If you watched the game on SNY, you got to see an opposite field home run by Cory Vaughn and a perfectly executed squeeze play by Bill Cherry.

And via Can’t Stop the Bleeding on Twitter, here is a photo from last night’s Cyclones game. If you look near 3B, you can see Wally Backman in the aforementioned tie-dyed uniform:

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What Will Wally Backman Do? Watch SNY Tonight at 7pm

Kevin Burkhardt and Bobby Ojeda will call tonight’s Brooklyn Cyclones game on SNY. Coverage begins at 7pm and will include an in game interview with Cyclones manager Wally Backman. I hope they have some at the ready to bleep Wally, in case of a bad call by the umpires…

It will be Backman’s first time on SNY since “Playing for Peanuts” aired in 2008. Ironically, the last episode on SNY was the one with Wally’s epic ejection – the same video that has been making the rounds on the internet for the past week. The video is below, but be warned – THIS VIDEO IS NOT SAFE FOR WORK (NSFW).

Seriously, the language in this clip is bad. Really, bad. You’ve been warned.

By the way, DVDs can be purchased by clicking here. $5 from every DVD sale goes to MetsToday to pay for server costs and whatever else it takes for Joe to keep this site running.

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June 21: Afternoon Mets Links

MetsToday – Should the Mets trade prospects for a starting pitcher? Joe Janish (he owns this blog, btw) weighs in.

MetsBlog – Matt Cerrone says the issue of the Mets playing poorly on the road is off the table. FWIW, the Mets can continue to beat up on bad teams on the road when they travel to Florida and Washington next week.

ESPN – Buster Olney reports the Mets like Fausto Carmona, but completing a deal will be difficult because of the option years in his contract.

Bleacher Report – Joseph Vasquez thinks the Mets should trade Jenrry Mejia for Cliff Lee.

River Ave. Blues – Joseph Pawlikowski says the Mets coaching staff practically gave away a double to Jorge Posada by overshifting. Not sure I agree with it, but the level of research is impressive, complete with screencaps of yesterday’s game. Check it out and see for yourself.

Faith and Fear in Flushing – Greg Prince digs up the Mets 1978 yearbook. Is that John Stearns? I’m asking because I really don’t know.

ESPN New York – A preview of the upcoming three-game series against the visiting Detroit Tigers.

And via Bisons TV, here is video of Buffalo 1B Mike Jacobs flattening Indianapolis catcher Luke Carlin during a the Bisons game on June 20:

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June 21: Monday Morning Mets Links

MetsBlog – Matt Cerrone reports that the Mets are leading the NL Wild Card standings.

ESPN New York – Adam Rubin reports that Bobby Parnell will be recalled to replace Jenrry Mejia.

ESPN New York – Adam Rubin ALSO reports that the Mets may be close to shutting down John Maine.

OnTheBlack – Kerel Cooper bucks the emerging trend and makes the case for acquiring another starting pitcher. I guess Kerel hasn’t heard the news – Takahashi is the answer.

Brooklyn Met Fan – BMF is happy with the decision to send Jenrry Mejia down to Binghamton, but not so happy with yesterday’s loss.

The Daily Stache – Randy Shemanski doesn’t want the Mets to deal Mejia for Cliff Lee, or anyone else for that matter.

213 Miles From Shea – Numbers can be funny sometimes. For instance, numbers say the NL East is the best division in baseball. Really? I guess this week’s matchups against the Tigers and Twins could go a long way to proving or disproving this theory.

Rotoworld – Matthew Pouliot says the Mets may pass on Cliff Lee and opt instead for Edwin Jackson. This line is particularly frightening:

Perhaps he [Edwin Jackson] could be had for either Ruben Tejada or Reese Havens, plus a pitching prospect or two. Fausto Carmona and Kevin Millwood could also be fits.

Via ESPN New York, here are Mejia’s postgame comments regarding his new role as a starting pitcher in Double-A:

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