Archive for August, 2008

Mets Game 137: Win Over Marlins

Mets 6 Marlins 2 It was a close ballgame until the seventh, and then the “offensive closer” came on to give the Mets enough cushion to make the bullpen relatively irrelevant. With men on first and second and one out in the seventh, Jose Reyes smacked an opposite field RBI single that chased starter and […]

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Postseason Roster

With today the last day of August, it is also the last day for postseason rosters to be set. In other words, anyone who is NOT on the “active” or 25-man roster today, cannot play in the playoffs (should the Mets make them). For a player to be eligible for the postseason, Major League Baseball […]

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Bullpen Point

During Friday night’s edition of “Live From Mickey Mantle’s“, my co-host Mark Healey brought up an interesting point (if you missed the show, you can download it and listen to it at your leisure). I won’t provide the exact quote, but the gist of Mark’s point was this: after the 2006 season, when the bullpen […]

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Mets Game 136: Loss to Marlins

Marlins 4 Mets 3 As usual, the Mets jumped out to an early lead, then slumbered. They scored two runs in the first, another one in the third, then went right to bed. Meantime, Mike Pelfrey pitched another gem, allowing two runs on six hits and two walks in 6 2/3 innings. He left with […]

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Mets Game 135: Win Over Marlins

Mets 5 Marlins 4 Wow … talk about dramatic. As usual, the Mets scored first, but the Fish fought back to go ahead 2-1 in the third, and that’s the way the game remained until the final frame. Then, Florida closer Kevin Gregg did anything but close. Gregg got two quick outs before allowing a […]

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Carlos Beltran for Manny Ramirez?

Calm down, it ain’t happening. But if you listen in to “Live From Mickey Mantle’s” this evening from 6 to 8 pm, you will hear me spar with SNY’ s Ted Berg on various topics, including whether the Mets should have traded Carlos Beltran for Manny Ramirez. I have a funny feeling Berg might mention […]

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Free Peanuts!

Not sure if you caught any of the “Playing for Peanuts” episodes while they were running on SNY — you might have seen them at odd hours or during rain delays. Long story short, you can’t see the documentary of the South Georgia Peanuts, starring Wally Backman, on TV anymore. But that’s a GOOD thing. […]

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Mets Game 134: Win Over Phillies

Mets 6 Phillies 3 How’s that for turning the tables? Mets fans who have been conditioned to turn off the TV after the 6th inning when the Mets are down, having learned that their favorite team has little fight in the late frames, missed a genuinely enjoyable comeback. Heck, they were the “fightin’ Mets” — […]

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Another Look at Bullpen (mis)Management

It was brought to my attention that my own research suggests that the Phillies’ bullpen should be more worn out than the Mets’. Yet, the Phillies relievers continue to outperform those wearing orange and blue — as well as every other team in the NL. So what gives? Do the numbers lie? My theory incorrect? […]

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Mets Game 133: Loss to Phillies

Phillies 8 Mets 7 Quick: how long does it take to overcome a seven-run deficit? Sorry, that’s a loaded question … what I meant to ask was, how long does it take to overcome a seven-run lead when you are the Philadelphia Phillies? We already know the question doesn’t apply to the Mets, who don’t […]

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Mets Game 132: Win Over Astros

Mets 9 Astros 1 Mike Pelfrey did it again. For the 11th time in his last 13 decisions, Mike was magnificent. Big Pelf scattered six hits and allowed no walks, striking out six over nine innings, and nearly completed his first big-league shutout. Pelfrey has established himself as the Mets’ second-best pitcher, is pitching like […]

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John Maine’s Arm

After hearing that John Maine’s shoulder issues are compounded by a bone spur — and that his season may be in doubt — I thought it made sense to check with an expert on the subject. Ironically, former Mets trainer Bob Sikes had already posted an enlightening article titled “The Bad Signs Regarding John Maine’s […]

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Mets Game 131: Loss to Astros

Astros 6 Mets 4 A tough loss to swallow. As usual, the Mets scored first, jumping out to a 2-0 lead on a two-run homer by Carlos Beltran in the initial inning. Fernando Tatis drew a bases-loaded walk in the third to make it 3-zip, but Oliver Perez allowed the Astros to tie it up […]

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Mets Game 130: Loss to Astros

Astros 8 Mets 3 It was not a good day for John Maine. Anytime you give up a homerun to David Newhan, things are not going well.

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Diamonds Or Mets Tickets?

A friend of mine recently “popped the question” to his girlfriend / now fiancee. I forgot to ask whether he proposed with a diamond ring or Mets season tickets. Actually, I can’t lay claim to that joke — it’s from a great op-ed article in Newsday titled “My Mets Tickets Cost More than Diamonds“. It’s […]

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