Archive for April, 2009

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Happy Birthday Bob Hendley

Bob Hendley was a fairly nondescript pitcher from the 1960s who started 13 games for the Mets in 1967, his final year in MLB. Hendley did have one brush with fame, though. On September 9th, 1965, as a member of the Chicago Cubs, Hendley pitched a brilliant one-hitter against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Unfortunately, opposing […]

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Random Concerns

There are obvious problems for the Mets right now, such as David Wright and Oliver Perez. But some others are less hyped, yet just as concerning. For example …. The Mets lost yesterday despite having their ace pitch brilliantly and despite the fact that the Marlins’ best two hitters (Hanley Ramirez and Dan Uggla) were […]

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Several members of the media question the emasculation of Ramon Castro, including Ed Coleman. Similarly, Adam Rubin believes Jerry Manuel is burning his bridges with Castro, and doesn’t understand why he was tweaking Ryan Church earlier this spring, either. Oh, he also thinks Manuel is burning out the bullpen. Funny how those things are more […]

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Santos for Castro Revisited

There were other reasons the Mets lost yesterday, but the magnifying glass is on Jerry Manuel’s unbelievably illogical decision to replace Ramon Castro with Omir Santos in the bottom of the ninth, with two outs and the bases loaded. Per Manuel: “I thought Santos had a better shot. I think Santos has a little shorter […]

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Mets Game 21: Loss to Marlins

Marlins 4 Mets 3 One of the reasons the Mets obtained J.J. Putz and Francisco Rodriguez was to make sure the starts of Johan Santana would not be wasted. After all, their ace lefty might have won 20 games in 2008 — and the Cy Young — had the bullpen not blown several of Santana’s […]

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Deadspin reports on Citi Field security removing a man’s sign that read “Fire Jerry Manuel”. Russell Zanca at Metsmerized Online suggests the bullpen is NOT fixed after all, and says Sean Green is “kind of Heilman and Schoeneweis rolled into one”. Ken Davidoff questions Jerry Manuel’s use — or misuse — of certain members of […]

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Manuel On Mets Inability to Come Back

During last night’s postgame press conference, David Lennon posed a direct question to Jerry Manuel regarding the Mets’ inability to come back in games after falling behind. Please listen, and if you can glean anything that resembles something other than blithering idiocy, please post it in the comments. It sounds like Manuel wants the Mets […]

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Mets Game 20: Loss to Marlins

Marlins 7 Mets For the second straight time, the Mets beat up on Ricky Nolasco, lighting him up for four runs on six hits and three walks in five innings of work. Gary Sheffield ripped a two-run triple in the initial inning, then Alex Cora and David Wright chased home runners with RBI singles in […]

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Happy Birthday Tom Sturdivant

For a brief period, Tom Sturdivant was a dominant starting pitcher for the New York Yankees, going 32-14 from 1956-57 and helping the Bronx Bombers to the World Series in each year. The big righthander relied on outstanding control and a unique assortment of pitches — he’d start off batters with a knuckleball, and continue […]

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Where They Are Now: Jason Vargas

One of the forgotten pieces of the J.J. Putz deal — Jason Vargas — has gotten off to a strong start in the hitter-friendly PCL. It’s easy to forget Vargas was part of the deal … most people forgot he was still in the Mets’ organization, after suffering several injuries that knocked him out of […]

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Freddy Garcia Released

Wait, Freddy, you can’t quit — because YOU’RE FIRED! The Freddy Garcia Experiment has officially ended, as the Mets released the righthander. Hat tip to Walnutz. Garcia never could get his velocity back up to a point where he could succeed at the MLB level — which is a major problem for someone who spent […]

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Doug Glanville gives an update on Marlon Anderson. At Jimmy Scott’s High and Tight, former Met Eric Valent tells the story of being the 25th man on the roster, playing in Japan, and, eventually, transitioning from player to coach to scout. Insightful stuff. Brad Lidge is nursing a sore knee and is “day to day”. […]

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Freddy Garcia May Retire

Adam Rubin is reporting that Freddy Garcia is NOT the solution for the Mets’ starting rotation, and, he is leaning toward retirement. Garcia has a 8.18 ERA with the AAA Buffalo Bisons, and is struggling to keep his fastball in the 80s. Last night he gave up six runs in the fifth inning, including a […]

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Mets Game 19: Win Over Marlins

Mets 7 Marlins 1 The Mets got all the runs they needed during a first inning explosion, capped off by a grand slam off the bat of Omir Santos. John Maine protected the five-run lead through six strong innings — his longest stint of the season — allowing only one hit, three walks, and an […]

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Prediction: Dan Warthen Will Be the First to Go

The Mets are 8-10. They’re in fourth place, but only 3 games behind the struggling first-place Marlins. This week, the Mets take on the Marlins and the Phillies. A strong showing can put them back into first place. But if they struggle, the Mets could end the week 5 or 6 games back. If that […]

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