Spring Training 2009
Oliver Perez Ollie was an absolute disaster from pitch one. Dan Warthen and Jerry Manuel can bitch at him all they want about being in shape and earning his keep, but the bottom line is that there is a mechanical issue preventing him from throwing strikes. Ron Darling suggested that Ollie’s front shoulder was opening [...]
There’s been a lot of talk surrounding Oliver Perez lately — from his coach, his teammates, and himself. Enough of the jibber-jabber, it’s time for Ollie to concentrate on pitching. There will be time for talk later — when it will be much more productive.
Freddy Garcia has officially lost the competition for the #5 spot in the starting rotation, but his comeback continues.
Bet you thought Dan Warthen couldn’t tell a computer from a water cooler, eh? Turns out he’s not only computer-savvy, but also reads the Mets blogs that matter — specifically, the one that’s been trying to help John Maine for almost a year.
It’s official — Jerry Manuel has named Daniel Murphy the #2 hitter, pushing Luis Castillo to the eight hole. Is this a good thing or a bad thing? Read on and post your opinions both pro and con.
Mike Pelfrey is starting to show the stuff and strut of a number-two starter. Meanwhile, Nick Evans may be the best hitter left behind when the team goes north.
Cuts came quickly this March, many of them due to the current economic condition — in many cases, teams are only responsible for one-sixth of a player’s salary if he’s released by March 18th (Duaner Sanchez was cut for specifically this reason, even though the move was made a week ago). As a result, there [...]
The competition for the fifth starter’s spot is quickly turning into a one-man race.
Johan’s 2009 spring training debut went as well as could be expected. Tim Redding? Well, Ralph Kiner had this to say:
“This has not been a good night for Redding”
Since October of last year, excuse after excuse has been piled on explaining why the Mets can’t, or won’t, sign Pudge Rodriguez. At the least, let’s put the myths to rest.
Luis Castillo Luis hit a line drive into the outfield to drive in two runs. I swear, it went beyond the infield dirt, in the air. No kidding. Brandon Knight Knight is one of those regular joes you have to root for, but unfortunately his stuff is pretty ordinary. He’ll be nice to have waiting [...]
A few notes … J.J. Putz Putz, of course, did not play for the Mets but rather for Team USA in the WBC. Putz was called on to close out a 6-5 ballgame against Canada, and notched his first save in a nail-biter of a ninth inning. The good news for Mets fans is that [...]
Port St. Lucie may as well be lined with red flags, to signal the multitude of major issues already surrounding the New York Mets.
The tabloids will be screaming about Freddy Garcia’s ineffective performance, but you can’t always judge a spring training outing by the numbers.
Johan Santana may be this year’s Ryan Church. John Maine’s mechanics still stink. J.J. Putz was anything but dominating. Duaner Sanchez is topping out in the mid-80s. Yet all is fine in Port St. Lucie because the Mets won 13-1. Judge for yourself.