Archive: June 14th, 2010

Monday Night Mets Links

MetsToday – Matt Himelfarb takes a look at the Savannah Sand Gnats pitching staff.

OnTheBlack – Kerel Cooper recaps the Mets’ offense performance during the Baltimore series.

The Daily Stache – So now Roy Oswalt wants to maybe kinda sorta be a Met? Maybe…

And here is an interview of Jesus Feliciano, conducted by SNY’s Ted Berg:

TOMORROW NIGHT’S GAME

Tomorrow night, the Mets (35-28) take on the Cleveland Indians (25-37) in Cleveland. Johan Santana (4-3, 2.96) gets the ball for the Mets and will be taking on Justin Masterson (2-5, 4.74).

And for all these things and so much more, feel free to…

Discuss…

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Minor League Look: Sand Gnats Pitching

NOTE: This is another installment by MetsToday minor league correspondent Matt Himelfarb.

Taking stock of the Mets pitch corps throughout the system, the picture is not exactly awe-inspiring.

Jenrry Mejia is struggling in the big league pen at the expense of further development. Twenty-three year old Brad Holt, whom the Mets selected with the 33rd overall pick in the 2008 draft, looks more like Bobby Parnell than a top-flight starter in the making.

In the lower minors, “the big four” who dominated the Sally League in 2009- Jeurys Familia, Kyle Allen, Robert Carson, and Eric Beaulac- are all struggling to one degree or another in the Florida State League.

Which leaves guys in Savannah such as Brandon Moore, Darin Gorski, and James Fuller as a semblance of promise.

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Monday Morning Mets Links

Minor League Ball – John Sickels has a breakdown of the Mets’ selections in last week’s amateur draft.

The Daily Stache – Matt Esposito thinks the Mets are likable.

TheRoPolitans – The Mets will get the All-Star game in 2013.

Brooklyn Met Fan – Adam thinks the Mets have proven they can win on the road by sweeping the Orioles. Hmm… Not sure I can agree with that 100%. Maybe 43%. Maybe.

The Trentonian – Erin Egan reports that John Maine’s rehab start went pretty well… He gave up one hit and struck out five in four innings of work for the Binghampton Mets. He topped out at 87mph, but he reported feeling good afterwards.

New York Times – An interesting look at what it takes to be a minor league mascot, from a girl who used to be a Brooklyn Cyclones mascot.

And, in case you missed it, David Wright’s comments following the Mets’ 11-4 victory over Baltimore:

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What the Roster was Supposed to Look Like

A recent quip by Jerry Manuel from Adam Rubin’s blog prompted this post:

At one point postgame, Manuel praised the organization’s front office for having such depth that R.A. Dickey and Hisanori Takahashi were available to step into the rotation.

“I think the organization did a good job in creating depth,” Manuel said. “I’ve said that a number of times.”

“Or,” Manuel continued, referring to spring training, “maybe we took the wrong people. You never know. We could have did that, too.”

Just to refresh everyone’s memory, at the end of March, Jerry Manuel and Omar Minaya felt that:

– Chris Carter did not belong on the 25-man roster
– Gary Matthews, Jr. did
– GMJ should be starting ahead of Angel Pagan, or at least platooning with him
– Ryota Igarashi was the top choice for setup man / 8th inning role
– Sean Green was a key component of the bullpen
– John Maine and Oliver Perez were legitimate, mid-rotation MLB starters
– R.A. Dickey was AAA fodder
– Hisanori Takahashi was a mopup man
– Jennry Mejia was more valuable as an MLB reliever now than future starter
– Dan Murphy was the best option for first base
– Mike Jacobs was the next-best option for first base
– The aforementioned Chris Carter was not part of that conversation
– Ike Davis needed more seasoning

And if you go back a few months, to before the start of spring training:

– Kelvim Escobar was a good risk to invest in, and the top candidate for the setup role
– Omir Santos and Josh Thole would be fine as the 2010 catching tandem
– Rod Barajas was a last-minute, desperation, third choice after Bengie Molina and Yorvit Torrealba
– Jason Bay would step in and provide the homerun power the team so desperately needed
– An average-performing, innings-eating starter was not necessary

What a difference a few months makes, eh?

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