Archive for March, 2008

Mets Game 1: vs. Marlins

Comment away … a recap will be posted after the game.

Mets 2008 Games

Last-Minute Pickups

The Mets’ roster is set, and, barring an injury, there is next to no possibility of a change being made for at least two weeks — when Duaner Sanchez is eligible to come off the disabled list. However, there are a handful of mildly interesting ballplayers available after final cuts were made around the Majors. […]

News Notes Rumors

Ryan Church : Xavier Nady

A few years ago, the Mets made a very unpopular trade during the offseason, trading one outfielder for another. The trade seemed illogical, nonsensical, and a complete mis-read of the market. After all, the Mets swapped a Gold Glove centerfielder — Mike Cameron — to the Padres in return for an unknown corner outfielder, at […]

Spring Training 08
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Top Hitter in a Pinch

In 2007, Ruben Gotay led the Mets with 15 pinch-hits. The next-closest compiler was Marlon Anderson with 10. Gotay also led all Mets pinch-hitters with 19 total bases. Overall — meaning as a regular, as a pinch-hitter, etc. — Gotay was second on the team (to Anderson) in batting average with runners in scoring position, […]

Spring Training 08

Strange Moves

The 25-man roster has been established, and one must wonder what went into the final decisions — and whether the spring training game performances had any effect. There were only a few open spots, and one huge question mark. The 13th position player, the 12th pitcher, and the 5th starter. Brady Clark won the lucky […]

News Notes Rumors, Spring Training 08
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You Pick the Cover

Gotham Baseball magazine is giving YOU — the Mets fan — the chance to pick the cover of their next issue. Shown above, all three cover options feature newly acquired ace pitcher Johan Santana, but with different backgrounds. The depiction of Johan was created by Gotham Baseball artist John Pennisi, who paints a picture for […]

Around the Blogs

Goodbye Gotay

It’s not bad enough the Mets gave up on Ruben Gotay … but to make it worse, the hated Atlanta Braves were the team that claimed him off waivers. Early on, it looked like Gotay might win a job on the Mets roster, but the ankle injury he suffered completely demolished his chances. The 25-year-old […]

Spring Training 08

Brady Clark or Fernando Tatis

The Mets’ 25th man is down to Brady Clark and Fernando Tatis. Clark is a much better outfielder and can play all three outfield positions. He’s a good singles hitter with not much power, and he runs fairly well. He strikes out more than he used to, but all in all at a less frequent […]

Spring Training 08

Not Stoked

We don’t know for certain whether Steven Register was put on waivers, though there have been enough “inside sources” reporting it for us to believe it’s true (or not). We do know that Brian Stokes was stretched out for 65-pitches and four innings in a minor-league contest — presumably to test his mettle as a […]

Series Previews, Where Are They Now
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I Sing the Body Electric

I’ve been waiting three years to use that headline. You may have read or seen the news that people were lining up outside the SNY studios as early as 3am yesterday to audition for a chance to sing the national anthem at Shea Stadium. In fact, I feel bad for not announcing this golden opportunity […]

News Notes Rumors

Another Bad Commercial

A few days ago I asked what was the point or joke of the Jose Reyes / 2K8 commercial. FYI, I’m still waiting for someone to ‘splain. Now there’s another commercial on SNY that is extremely bothersome to me, for a different reason: the Slingbox / police officer ad. If you haven’t seen it, let […]

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A Pirate Pitcher

During the first week of February, I suggested that the Mets give Sean Burnett a flyer, considering that they had plenty of room on the 40-man roster, he was a low-risk, high-reward guy, and would come cheap. At the time, I had this crazy notion that the Mets might need an extra starter — just […]

Pitching Staff, Spring Training 08
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Justin Huber Traded

The Royals have traded Justin Huber — but not to the Mets. Rather, Huber was sent to the San Diego Padres for a player to be named later. Huber was out of options and wasn’t part of KC’s 2008 plans. Yes, it was a longshot for Huber to return to the Mets organization, but he […]

Spring Training 08

Billy Wagner on Michael Kay

Yesterday marked the first appearance of Billy Wagner on The Michael Kay Show on 1050 ESPN Radio — and it won’t be the last. Wagner will have a regular segment on the show, and I’m having a hard time figuring out how the Mets are OK with this. As Adam Rubin noted: “This much is […]

Spring Training 08

Moises Back in April?

According to an article in the Daily News, Moises Alou could return to the Mets before the end of April — to play in baseball games. Supposedly, Alou is way ahead of schedule in his rehab — currently riding a stationary bike and scheduled to begin jogging next week.

Mets Injuries, Spring Training 08