Archive: June 18th, 2010

Mets Game 67: Win Over Yankees

Mets 4 Yankees 0

Many criticize Jerry Manuel’s in-game management. But those are the people who are living in the moment, and seeing only the immediate results.

To be a great, brilliant manager like Jerry Manuel, one must have a keen understanding of the rhythm of a game, and to anticipate events far in the future.

For example, with the Mets up by four entering the ninth, many were up in arms when Raul Valdes stepped to the mound. Clearly, they did not have the foresight to envision exactly the matchup that Jerry did, which was K-Rod vs. Derek Jeter with the bases loaded.

A light bulb just went on in your head, didn’t it? Admit it, you just had one of those “ah-ha!” moments.

It’s OK … you and I and many others are mere mortals. It is why we are where we are, and Jerry Manuel earns three-quarters of a million dollars a year toiling in a Major League dugout.

You would think, though, that Jerry would yearn to use his rare intellect for tasks of more import to the human race, such as cancer research, or peace talks. Perhaps some day. Until then, cherish the time we have with him as manager of the New York Mets.

Game Notes

Who does Hisanori Takahashi think he is? He continued his domination of the mighty Yankees for another six innings, allowing no runs on 4 hits and 2 walks. The Bronx Bombers flailed, reached, and whiffed, only rarely hitting a ball squarely. If this were a World — rather than Subway — Series, I might consider bringing Takahashi back on Sunday for a few innings.

Similarly, LOOGY-no-more Pedro Feliciano spun two shutout innings of relief in his MLB-leading 40th appearance, retiring both lefties and righties. The only concern is that he expended 29 pitches in the process. In the past 8 days, Feliciano has thrown 98 pitches — not counting the inexplicable dozen or so warmups in the bullpen on Wednesday. Is that too much work? Will he be available on Saturday, and/or Sunday? Somewhere Fernando Nieve is attempting to scream through a cleave gag.

Jose Reyes and Jeff Francoeur each had two hits including a double.

Ike Davis drove in the Mets’ first run with a single in the first frame.

Angel “Carlos Who?” Pagan drove in two insurance runs with a clutch double in the 8th.

Fernando Rodriguez did an admirable job of keeping fannies in the seats in the 9th, walking slugger Brett Gardner to load the bases before striking out Jeter and getting a popup from Nick Swisher to end the game.

Luis Castillo remained on the DL and nowhere near Yankee Stadium, so he had no chance of botching this game.

Beyond the decision to bring in Valdes in the 9th, another glaring move by Manuel was his choice of Fernando Tatis to pinch-hit for Chris Carter in the 8th, with two men on and two out and LHP Boone Logan on the mound. First off, Tatis hadn’t been to bat in five days. Second, lefthanders are hitting almost 30 points higher (.278 to .250) vs. Logan this year. Third, Carter is hitting .500 (3-for-6) vs. LHP in MLB this year, and was hitting .370 (10-for-27) with a .915 OPS vs. LHP in AAA. But I guess Manuel had a good idea about the matchup, or saw something in BP that we didn’t. As it turned out, Tatis flied out to end the inning.

Thanks mainly to Manuel’s brilliance, the Mets are 19-5 over their last 24 games — best in baseball.

Next Mets Game

The Subway Series continues on Saturday afternoon at 1:05 PM in the Bronx. Mike Pelfrey and Phil Hughes go head to head in a matchup of 9-game winners.

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June 18: PM Mets Links and Open Thread

New York Times – Tyler Kepner thinks the Mets are starting to resemble the 2005 Yankees.

Wall Street Journal – R.M. Schneiderman has the info on tonight’s OTHER subway series – the Brooklyn Cyclones visit the Staten Island Yankees to kick off the NY-Penn League season.

Wall Street Journal – Kevin Clark reports on Cyclones manager Wally Backman and his long road back to affiliated baseball.

OnTheBlack – Kerel Cooper breaks out the graphs to show how David Wright has cut down on his strikeouts. I imagine Kerel is a whiz when it comes to PowerPoint presentations. Take that as a request, Kerel.

MetsBlog – Matt Cerrone answers the question, “What is an extended spring training game?”

LoHud – Chad Jennings has the pitching matchups for the Mets-Yankees series:

Tonight
RHP Javier Vazquez (6-5, 5.43)
vs.
LHP Hisanori Takahashi (5-2, 3.48)
7:05 p.m., MY9

Saturday
RHP Phil Hughes (9-1, 3.11)
vs.
RHP Mike Pelfrey (9-1, 2.39)
1:05 p.m., YES Network

Sunday
LHP CC Sabathia (7-3, 4.00)
vs.
LHP Johan Santana (5-3, 3.13)
1:05 p.m., YES Network and TBS

TONIGHT’S GAME

The Mets (38-28) take on the Yankees (41-25) tonight at the house that public funds built. Hisanori Takahashi (5-2, 3.48) will be opposed by Javier Vazquez (6-5, 5.43).

Discuss…

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All-Time Mets vs. Yankees

ESPN-New York took a vote on the All-Time Mets team and the All-Time Yankees team, and the two “All-Time” teams will go head-to-head in a simulated series this weekend.

Inexplicably, the ESPN-NY readers chose Armando Benitez over Roger McDowell in the bullpen … and nether Art Shamsky nor Felix Millan made the team … but George Foster did!

Anyway, you click below to pick your starting lineup for the All-Time Mets team. Have fun!

All-time Mets »

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June 18: Friday Morning Mets Links

Got links if you want it:

Long Live Shea Stadium – Anthony has a scouting report on the pitcher the Mets will face tonight – Yankees’ starter Javier Vasquez.

MetsToday – Will the Mets deal for a starter? If so, who will they target? John Delcos shares his thoughts on a very special episodes of MetsToday.

24 Hours From Suicide – LongIslandMetsFan is rooting for Brooklyn Cyclones manager Wally Backman.

OnTheBlack – Kerel Cooper breaks down who’s hot and who’s not. Extra credit: Kerel was mentioned in AM New York.

TheRoPolitans – Andrew Vazzano is starting to believe… Extra credit: Andrew was mentioned in AM New York.

The Daily Stache – Kevin Kearns tells us how – please sit down for this if you aren’t already – IKE DAVIS COULD HAVE BEEN AN ATLANTA BRAVE.

New York Times – Jerry Seinfeld will broadcast Wednesday’s Mets-Tigers game with Gary Keith and Ron.

Paul’s Random Stuff – A look at some of Paul’s autographed Kahn’s Mets baseball card set. Random, indeed.

And finally, via ESPN New York, we have a video recap of last night’s Mets and Yankees games, as well as a short preview of the upcoming subway series:

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