2011 Spring Training
Wednesday was a big news day in the world of sports, mostly in the NFL. But the best news for the Mets didn’t include the words “Tebow” or “Saints.” Johan Santana breezed through the World Champion Cardinals’ opening day lineup de facto. He struck out 6, walked none, and surrendered 1 run on 6 hits in [...]
Johan Santana made his Spring debut with the Mets today after missing over a year with a torn anterior capsule injury. Facing the Cardinals, Santana pitched 2 innings, allowing no runs on 1 hit, 1 walk, and no strikeouts. He tossed 29 pitches, 17 of which were strikes. He struggled with his command, especially with [...]
According to Adam Rubin at ESPN-NY, Pat Misch has agreed to accept an assignment to AAA Buffalo. Good move for Misch, I think, since his best shot at returning to the bigs is likely with the Mets. As much as I’d like to believe that Chris Young is going to stay healthy for more than [...]
Finally, some good news: odds are that the Mets will win on Opening Day. They have the longest active winning streak on Opening Day (5) and own the MLB record with 11 straight Opening Day victories (1970-1981). Also, since 1970, have won 32 of 41 Opening Day contests (after starting their history 0-8 in season [...]
I know, you’re reading the headline and thinking, “has Joe lost his mind?”. But hear me out.
Adam Rubin is reporting that Luis Castillo has been released by the Phillies. Good to know; in case Brad Emaus flops there is an experienced veteran second sacker out there who the Mets can pick up for the league minimum. Oh, wait …
According to Sandy Alderson, Nick Evans has cleared waivers and accepted an assignment to AAA Buffalo.
Adam Rubin has reported that Jason Isringhausen will remain back in Port St. Lucie for at least another two weeks. However, that’s no guarantee that he’ll be with the Mets in the near future. Per Rubin’s post: If another team approaches Isringhausen in the interim about a major league opportunity, the Mets must either call [...]
In case you haven’t heard, the Mets have traded former first-round pick Eddie Kunz to the Padres for another former first-rounder, Allan Dykstra. This news is over a day old, but I’ve been trying to develop a reaction to it. First of all, no, Allan Dykstra is not
If the tweets of Adam Rubin and Steve Popper are any indication, Jason Isringhausen has yet to decide whether or not to accept the Mets’ “offer” of staying in warm and sunny Florida to further build up his arm. Considering that Brad Lidge will be out for 3-6 weeks with a shoulder issue, one must [...]
I had the pleasure of participating in a conference call with Mets manager Terry Collins on Tuesday night. I didn’t get home in time to record the entire call, so you may want to check out MetsBlog, which has posted an abbreviated transcript if you’d like to hear the full Q & A. My planned [...]
Contrary to reports from last night, Manny Acosta will NOT make the Mets’ Opening Day roster — he has been designated for assignment — and Blaine Boyer WILL be the final piece to the bullpen puzzle. Personally, I agree with Matt Himelfarb, in that there isn’t all that much difference between Acosta and Boyer. Though, [...]
From all reports, it appears that Carlos Beltran will be on the Mets’ 25-man roster on Opening Day. This despite the fact that Beltran has played all of five innings — as a DH — in an MLB spring training game, and has completed 10 innings of game action in right field thus far this [...]
According to The New York Times, the Mets have asked Jason Isringhausen to stay back in Port St. Lucie to further build up his arm strength. Additionally, they have asked Blaine Boyer to consider a minor-league assignment, rather than exercising his option to become a free agent. Earlier in the day, Pat Misch was placed [...]
On Friday, the Mets shut down Ronny Paulino based on some issues with his blood work. Test results due back either today or tomorrow will hopefully shed more light on the situation.