Archive: June 29th, 2010

Mets Game 77: Loss to Marlins

Marlins 7 Mets 6

Ugh … as in, “Ugh-la”.

Dan Uggla bounced a grounder through the middle of the artificial infield to bring home Jorge Cantu from second base to give the Fish a 7-6 victory in the bottom of the ninth in San Juan.

I guess you call that a “walkoff single”? Hmm … the ring of it is underwhelming, but the result is the same.

Game Notes

Hisanori Takahashi was pitching a perfect game until opposing pitcher Nate Robertson dribbled a grounder through the infield in the bottom of the third. Then, it was like a dam broke, as seven consecutive Marlins reached base in the inning. One of them reached home on one swing — Hanley Ramirez, who blasted a no-doubter grand slam to apply the damage of the inning.

By the time Takahashi left the game, he had hurled 5 2/3 innings, and allowed 6 runs on 9 hits and 2 walks.

The bullpen more or less held the fort until Feliciano gave up a double to Jorge Cantu and then the fateful single by Ugh-la.

Jerry Manuel made the mysterious move of bringing in Francisco Rodriguez in the 8th inning, down two runs, to face the bottom of the Marlins lineup. I can understand wanting to get K-Rod into the game to get work. But why not wait until the 9th?

Manuel also chose to pitch to Dan Uggla in the 9th with first base open. I understood the decision — the idea was that Pedro Feliciano would nibble outside the strike zone in the hopes that Uggla would chase something and either strike out or not get good wood on the ball — and if he didn’t take the bait, the worst that would happen would be a free pass. However, Feliciano got too much plate, Uggla had choked up on the bat looking to poke something through the infield, and the rest was history. Some may criticize Manuel for pitching to Uggla, but I don’t know that it was such a bad idea. However, the K-Rod decision was a bit puzzling.

David Wright hit 3 unproductive singles and was thrown out stealing in the first frame. The only other Met with more than one hit was Ruben Tejada, who stroked two singles, drove in a run, and scored one.

Chris Carter hit a key pinch-hit double to set up Josh Thole’s pinch-hit RBI single in the top of the ninth. Maybe one or both of them should’ve been in the game from the get-go … but, there was a lefty starter on the mound, and we all know that lefthanded hitters can’t hit lefthanded pitchers.

Next Mets Game

The Mets will try to salvage at least one game in San Juan on Wednesday night at 7:10 PM. Ace starter Mike Pelfrey takes the mound against Chris Volstad.

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June 29: PM Mets Links and Open Thread

SNY – How badly do the Mets need another starting pitcher? Dan Graziano thinks Carlos Zambrano should be on the list of possible trade targets.

NY Daily News – Denis Hamill has a nice article about why he loves watching Cyclones games.

Bleacher Report – Metszilla (probably not his/her real name) wants the Mets to pursue Dan Haren instead of Cliff Lee.

Philadelphia Daily News – Fresh off this morning’s news that Lenny Dykstra may have illegally hyped stocks in exchange for money, Paul Hagen reports that Lenny Dykstra may have confessed to taking steroids during his playing career.

ESPN NY – It looks like the Mets’ “Go Gaga For Wright Night” has failed to put Wright ahead of Placido Polanco in the All-Star balloting. And does anyone really care?

TONIGHT’S GAME

The Mets (43-33) look to bounce back from last night’s loss to the Marlins (36-40). Hisanori Takahashi (6-3, 3.78) will face Florida’s Nate Robertson (5-6, 4.89). First pitch at 7:10pm EST.

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Daily Mets Poll: Who Should Be Untouchable?

Yesterday’s poll asked if the Mets should go after Ted Lilly instead of Cliff Lee.

Today, I ask you this: Assuming the Mets will go after a quality veteran starting pitcher, which young players/prospects should be excluded from all trade discussions?

Granted, a specific pitcher will dictate a specific combination of prospects that will be offered. And when you factor in contract lengths, money owed and additional veterans that can be sent either way in a deal, the possibilities grow even more complex.

But which prospects should not even be considered as trade bait by Omar Minaya? In other words, who should be untouchable?

Which Mets Player/Prospect Should Be Untouchable?

  • Ike Davis (32%, 438 Votes)
  • Jon Niese (25%, 338 Votes)
  • Angel Pagan (13%, 174 Votes)
  • Wilmer Flores (10%, 135 Votes)
  • Jenrry Mejia (10%, 131 Votes)
  • Reuben Tejada (7%, 95 Votes)
  • Fernando Martinez (3%, 35 Votes)
  • None of the Above (1%, 14 Votes)
  • Other (Specify in Comments Section) (0%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 534

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Minaya: Beltran At Least One Week Away

Despite rumblings that Carlos Beltran could be back sometime this week, it seems like Beltran is still at least one week away from returning:

“Somewhere, in about a week’s time, we are going to evaluate him again,” GM Omar Minaya said Monday. Until that time, Beltran will not advance beyond the Single-A St. Lucie Mets.  (NY Daily News)

Meanwhile, Angel Pagan will likely return to the starting lineup tonight.

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Replacements for Hisanori Takahashi

Note: this is a post written by MetsToday sabermetric guru Matt Himelfarb

In seven starts, here are Hisanori Takahashi’s numbers to date:

38.1 IP
15.85% K rate
7.32% BB rate
1.31 HR/9
8.62% HR/FB
5.16 FIP

Those numbers are unworthy of a spot in the rotation, even for a fifth starter. The long-ball has been Takahashi’s undoing, but that is what happens when you have a 38% GB rate. At the very least, I would prefer to see a back-end starter with mediocre peripherals eat some innings, but Takahashi is a five-six inning pitcher at this point.

I used to be wholeheartedly against dealing for the Kevin Millwoods and Fausto Carmonas of the world. Given Takahashi’s initial success, I thought it would be a linear move at the best.

It has now become imperative, however, that the Mets replace Takahashi.

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June 29: Tuesday Morning Mets Links

MetsToday – Should the Mets trade for Cliff Lee or Ted Lilly? Or none of the above? Take the poll!

OnTheBlack – Kerel Cooper reminds us that the Mets could use some bullpen help.

MetsBlog – Oliver Perez will begin his rehab assignment soon.

USA Today – It looks like Bobby Valentine might still be in the running for next Marlins manager.

New York Times – More bad news for Lenny Dykstra. Something tells me this is only going to get worse.

ESPN New York – The Mets will face Stephen Strasburg on Saturday. Should be fun to watch.

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