Mets 2008 Games

Why Jerry Shouldn’t Come Back

Jerry Manuel is going to get a contract, and going to manage the Mets next season. Why, I’m not sure, though 99% of those who follow the Mets seem to think he’s some kind of a rainmaker. That said, I’ll speak for that one percent who did not drink the Kool-Aid, and who are seeing […]

Mets 2008 Games

OVERachievers?????

Mets COO Jeff Wilpon believes the Mets were OVERachievers this year, if you can believe that. See this quote from ESPN: “I think we underachieved last year and I think we overachieved this year,” said Mets chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon. “It’s nothing against our second baseman today — look who our second baseman was, […]

Mets 2008 Games

Brand Manager of the Year: Omar Minaya

Congratulations to Mets BM Omar Minaya, who is a favorite to win Fortune Magazine’s coveted “Brand Manager of the Year: Sports Industry”. Some fitting quotes after game 162 from Minaya: “… the bottom line is we have to continue to put a winning product on the field … ” “… I believe we got four […]

Mets 2008 Games

Not a Collapse?

On Septembr 12, 2007, the Mets were in first place, 83-62, up by 7 with 17 games to play. They finished 88-74. On September 12, 2008, the Mets were in first place, 82-63, up by 3, with 17 games to play. They finished 89-73. In both cases, the Mets finished in second place and just […]

Mets 2008 Games

Mets Game 162: Loss to Marlins

Marlins 4 Mets 2 Too little, too late. Oliver Perez pitched well, but was no Johan Santana. Carlos Beltran was clutch, but was no Ryan Howard. David Wright, Carlos Delgado, Ryan Church, and Jose Reyes combined for two hits in 16 at-bats. Those two and the two by Beltran represented the complete output of the […]

Mets 2008 Games

Momentum Built

Before yesterday’s game, we discussed the sensibility of starting Johan Santana on three days’ rest after throwing a career-high number of pitches. With Johan being in the first of a seven-year contract, and the Mets more focused on the future than 2008, it didn’t seem like a great plan. However, it worked out for today […]

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Postseason Consideration

Johan Santana threw 125 pitches three days ago, and another 117 today (Saturday). If by chance the Mets find their way into the postseason, there is a chance their first playoff game will be on October 1st. Some quick math (for me, counting IS math) tells us that October 1 is four days from today. […]

Mets 2008 Games

Mets Game 161: Win Over Marlins

Mets 2 Marlins 0 Jerry Manuel allowed Johan Santana to take the ball on short rest, but with one caveat: no more than 105 pitches. So when Santana threw 104 pitches in his first eight shutout innings, Manuel had to let him out there to close it out. Thank goodness he did. Santana pitched the […]

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While You Wait

While you are waiting for the tarp to come off the field, you can listen to last night’s edition of “Live from Mickey Mantle’s“. There are two shows to download — in the first, Mark Healey and I interview Skip Shaw, the CEO of Mattingly Sports (yes, as in Don Mattingly) and in the second, […]

Mets 2008 Games

Winners Want the Ball

In the immortal words of Coach Jimmy McGinty, speaking to Shane Falco: Winners always want the ball… when the game is on the line. Johan Santana is pulling a Shane Falco and demanding the ball for Saturday’s game. With that information, I’m doing a rain dance. Because although Johan is clearly the ace, and the […]

Mets 2008 Games

Mets Game 160: Loss to Marlins

Marlins 6 Mets 1 With both the Brewers and the Mets entering the last three games of the seasons with identical records, the 162-game season was distilled into three. Unfortunately, the Mets find themselves a game behind with two to go. Mike Pelfrey did his job, hurling six strong innings and allowing just three runs. […]

Mets 2008 Games

Mets Game 159: Win Over Cubs JV

Mets 7 Cubs 6 It was an extremely exciting game, with all the late-inning dramatics a fan lives for. Yet, for some reason, it felt somewhat empty. Perhaps it was the fact that the Mets were playing the Cubs’ second-stringers, and nearly lost to them. Pedro Martinez pitched only OK, not great, though he kept […]

Mets 2008 Games

Mets Game 158: Loss to Cubs

Cubs 9 Mets 6 So much for the theory that Oliver Perez pitches better in “big” games, and/or against the better teams. So much, also, for the theory that the Mets win when Argenis Reyes is the starting second baseman. Perez squandered a 5-1 lead, allowing the Cubs to tie the score with a four-run […]

Mets 2008 Games

Mets Game 157: Win Over Cubs

Mets 6 Cubs 2 The Cubs offered the Mets an easy win, and Johan Santana took advantage. Santana breezed through a Cubs lineup devoid of regulars Aramis Ramirez and Geovany Soto, allowing just two runs on seven hits through eight innings and 125 pitches. He struck out ten and also had a key broken-bat hit […]

Mets 2008 Games

Strange Bullpen Options

With the Mets’ bullpen breaking down due to overuse and gross mismanagement, desperate and curious considerations have been brought to the table. The most recent and ridiculous suggestions involve starters John Maine and Pedro Martinez. First, let’s discuss Maine, who has no business throwing a baseball and should have had his surgery two weeks ago. […]

Mets 2008 Games