Archive: June 23rd, 2010

Mets Game 71: Win Over Tigers

Mets 5 Tigers 0

The hometown advantage continues … as does the “R.A. Dickey Story” …

Game Notes

R.A. Dickey tossed 8 shutout innings, allowing only 4 hits, 2 walks, and striking out 4. This Hollywood story is showing no signs of ending anytime soon. He is the first pitcher in history to start his Mets career with 6 straight wins. Thank goodness John Maine, Oliver Perez, and Jon Niese all got injured at the same time and Dillon Gee crapped the bed in Buffalo or this guy would still be toiling in AAA.

Message to MLB: Jose Reyes is back. Jose went 3-for-4, including a leadoff triple and a solo homer, in scoring 3 runs. His defense has also stepped up the last few weeks.

Ike Davis had two singles and drove in two runs.

Ruben Tejada extended his hitting streak to 7 games, and is now hitting .255. No way you can trade away this guy for some rental like Cliff Lee.

Angel Pagan’s 10-game hitting streak came to an end, but more importantly, he left the game with an injury to his midsection / torso. Not good. The exact injury was not disclosed as of 9:45 PM after the game, but let’s hope it’s a minor tweak and not something major involving his back or oblique. In possibly related news, Cory Sullivan has been DFA’d by the Astros.

Next Mets Game

The Mets and Tigers meet for the final time at 7:10 PM on Thursday night. Hisanori Takahashi faces Armando Galarraga.

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June 23: Afternoon Mets Links and Open Thread

MetsToday – An inside look at the Detroit Tigers.

YourNabe – Stephen Brown has a profile of Brooklyn Cyclones manager Wally Backman.

ESPN New York – A look at R.A. Dickey’s great start and how it compares to the best starts of other prominent knuckleballers.

OnTheBlack – Kerel Cooper shares his All-Star picks.

FoxSports – Bob Klapisch says the Mets need to reconsider Johan Santana’s role as ace of the staff.

MetsBlog – Matt Cerrone says Johan Santana has only had two bad innings all year.

MetsBlog – The Mets have signed Ramon Ortiz. Are those crickets that I hear?

The Daily Stache – Tom Greenhalgh reports on the unintended consequence of getting screwed by Bernie Madoff (and Gary Matthews Jr.) – your ballpark starts to look like a Geocities website, circa 1999.

Long Live Shea Stadium – A scouting report on tonight’s opposing starting pitcher, Jeremy Bonderman.

TONIGHT’S GAME

The Mets (40-30) take on the Tigers (38-31) tonight at Citi Field. R.A. Dickey (5-0, 2.82) gets the start for the Mets and he will be opposed by Jeremy Bonderman (3-4, 4.06).

Discuss…

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June 23: Wednesday Morning Mets Links

Daily Stache – Michael Ganci doesn’t want the Mets to trade the farm for Cliff Lee.

MetsBlog – Matt Cerrone seems to be confirming that the Mets will not trade for Cliff Lee. It looks like they will stick with what they have or trade for a lesser SP. Meaningful games in September, here we come!

Big League Stew – David Brown agrees with Joe Janish – Jerry Manuel was foolish to let Jon Niese come back after last night’s rain delay.

ESPN New York – Jerry Manuel defended his decision to bring back Niese by saying something about a no-hitter. Seriously?

Wall Street Journal – Mike Sielski has an interesting article about how Jerry Manuel learned how to manage by playing minor league ball for Jim Leyland. I don’t see any resemblance in the way they manage, but if you do, please share it in the comments section.

OnTheBlack – An interview with the batboy tasked with picking up the bats and balls that Wally Backman threw onto the field during his epic ejection.

ESPN New York – Adam Rubin has a profile on Brooklyn Cyclones outfielder Cory Vaughn and his battle with Type 1 juvenile diabetes.

And via Hot Foot, Mets fifth draft pick Matt den Dekker (Twitter) making an amazing catch during the College World Series. Check out the profile of den Dekker over at Mack’s Mets.


EMBED-Floridas Matt Den Dekker CWS Catch v UCLA – Watch more free videos

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Inside Look: Detroit Tigers

Generally I like to get these Q&As up before the series starts, but I was negligent in my duties as a blogger and took too much time in getting questions to fellow ESPN SweetSpot blogger Mike McClary of The Daily Fungo. Mike was kind enough to answer them pretty quickly, and you can read his perspective below.

Additionally, you may want to visit The Daily Fungo to listen to me answering questions regarding the Mets on The Detroit Tigers Podcast.

1. The Tigers currently sit in second place, a game and a half behind the Twins and four games ahead of the third-place White Sox. Is this where you expected them to be in the preseason? Why or why not?

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Mets Game 70: Win Over Tigers

Mets 14 Tigers 6

Usually, a “laugher” like this is fun to watch. But when there is a 58-minute rain delay in the middle of it, it can kind of drag on and put a “dampener” on the evening.

Though, I’ll take it!

Game Notes

If anyone can find something to complain about in a 14-6 victory, it’s me. And I’m steamed.

Why? Because Jon Niese was sent out to pitch the fourth inning after not only a 58-minute rain delay but a lengthy offensive rally by the Mets that made the score 10-zip. As a result, Niese sat for a good hour and twenty minutes or so between pitches. Anyone who has even a rudimentary understanding about how the body works (and how it recovers), knows that going back into action after that long a time is not only difficult, it’s downright dangerous. There are some chemical reactions and other things that happen inside the body, with lactic acid, glycogen, carbohydrates, and protein when the body is at rest after intense activity (yes, pitching a baseball repetitively at 90+ MPH is an “intense activity”). I’m not an expert on the subject but I know enough to know that by the time Niese went back to the mound, his body was in “recovery mode”, not “active mode” (if there is an expert out there who can support / deny this with specific details, please comment below). Workout buffs know what I’m talking about, and know the dangers of trying to do something strenuous while the body is in a “shutdown” / recovery period. Muscles are devoid of glycogen, lactic acid is building up, tissue repair is beginning, and the body is thereby vulnerable to injury. The Mets trainers should know all about this, and shame on Jerry Manuel / Dan Warthen for not seeking or heeding their advice.

As it turned out, Niese did not pitch well at all after returning to the mound in the fourth, yet Manuel sent him back out in the fifth. Why? I guess because he wanted Niese to pitch five full innings and thereby earn a win. Sorry, but padding stats is secondary to a) health and b) winning the game. Eventually Niese was removed, but not before allowing 6 runs on 7 hits and 3 walks in 4 2/3 innings. It could’ve been worse, as he left the game with the bases loaded but Fernando Nieve struck out Danny Worth to end the fifth inning.

OK, I’m descending from the soapbox. On to the positives.

Nieve was awarded with the win for his 2 innings of shutout ball.

Angel Pagan went 4-for-6, only a homerun shy of the cycle, driving in 4 runs and scoring thrice.

David Wright was 3-for-3 with two walks, two RBI, two runs scored. His first RBI of the game gave him 615 for his career, passing Ed Kranepool for fourth on the all-time Mets list. Thank goodness … seeing Kranepool anywhere in historical offensive records is an embarrassment.

Ike Davis drove in three runs with three hits. Jose Reyes scored three runs with three hits.

The top three hitters in the lineup — Reyes, Pagan ,and Wright, — combined for 10 hits, nine runs scored and seven RBI. Add in Davis’ 3 RBI and you could say that batters 5 through 9 were slackers!

Bobby Parnell made his first appearance of 2010, needing 21 pitches to get 3 outs in holding an 8-run lead in the 8th inning. He threw a lot of high heat, 95-97 MPH.

Jay Sborz of the Tigers made his MLB debut by hitting the first batter he faced to load the bases, then hit the next batter to force in a run. By the time he left the game, he allowed 5 runs in two-thirds of an inning (67.50 ERA). He looked very sad as he walked back to the dugout — like he was on the brink of tears. But I’m sure a graham cracker sandwich of roasted marshmallow and chocolate would have lifted Sborz’ spirits.

Next Mets Game

The Mets and Tigers meet again in Flushing on Wednesday at 7:10 PM. Undefeated R.A. Dickey faces Jeremy Bonderman. The game will be televised by ESPN.

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