Archive: July 20th, 2010

Phillies To Acquire Oswalt?

According to ESPN columnist Jayson Stark, via Twitter:

According to sources close to the situation, a Jayson Werth trade is imminent and further, the Phillies have stepped up their efforts to acquire an arm with the news that Jamie Moyer has an elbow strain.

With Werth slumping badly lately, the Phillies are looking to dump him for pitching and to make room for phenom Domonic Brown, who is hitting .360 with 4 HR in his first 20 games in AAA. The Astros could be interested in dumping Oswalt’s salary and taking on Werth, who is likely to be a Type A free agent and net the ‘stros two first-round picks when he walks in the winter. Though, the Phils might also have to add in a young pitcher such as J.A. Happ (who was pulled in the third inning of a minor league start) or Andrew Carpenter.

More likely, though, the Phillies will be trading Werth to a team hungry for a bat (Rays?) in return for a player (Andy Sonnanstine?) or players who will then be moved for the arm or arms they need. In addition to Oswalt, the Phillies have reportedly been in discussions for Dan Haren, Jeremy Guthrie, and Ben Sheets.

Meanwhile, the Mets might be interested in Jake Westbrook.

Can you imagine a Phillies team with Roy Halladay and Roy Oswalt heading their starting rotation? Yes, they are struggling all around right now but what a shot in the arm (pardon the pun) such an acquisition would be. Just as significant, the Phillies would start the 2011 season with the two best Roys in baseball.

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July 20: PM Mets Links and Open Thread

MetsBlog – Matt Cerrone wants to know why Carlos Beltran is lugging a giant knee brace around in centerfield, when Angel Pagan is younger, faster and a better fielder (at this point).

The Mets Police – Meaningful games in August? Yeah, if we’re lucky!

MetsGazette – A look at two-thirds of the braintrust in charge of the Mets: Omar and Jerry. What about Jeff Wilpon?

The Daily Stache – Randy Shemanski looks at the pitchers the Mets could acquire in a trade, if Fred Wilpon wins big money playing QuickDraw between now and the end of the month.

Real Dirty Mets Blog – A recap of Jerry Manuel’s interview with Mike Francessa. Jerry says Ollie will be the first lefty out of the bullpen. Ugh.

TONIGHT’S GAME

Tonight, the Mets (49-44) look to do something right against the lowly Arizona Diamondbacks (35-58). R.A. Dickey (6-3, 2.63) takes the mound for the Mets and he will be opposed by Barry Enright (1-2, 3.45).

Tonight’s lineup, via The Mets Police:

7 Jose Reyes SS
16 Angel Pagan RF
5 David Wright 3B
15 Carlos Beltran CF
29 Ike Davis 1B
44 Jason Bay LF
30 Josh Thole C
1 Luis Castillo 2B
43 R.A. Dickey RHP

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July 20: Morning Mets Links

BrooklynMetFan – BMF has a bad feeling about the state of the Mets and he feels even worse that Gary Cohen and Ron Darling are forced to take phone calls during the game.

MetsGazette – Jason Adamowicz wonders what is wrong with Mike Pelfrey.

ESPN New York – An in-depth look at former Mets pitcher (and Toms River, NJ native) Jerry DiPoto. DiPoto is currently the interim general manager for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

MetsMerized – Does Jerry Manuel deserve an extension? Sure, if Omar Minaya and Jeff Wilpon are the ones giving the extension, what’s the difference?

And here is Kerel Cooper from OnTheBlack, expressing his concerns over Mike Pelfrey:

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Mets Game 93: Loss to Diamondbacks

Diamondbacks 13 Mets 2

Much was made of the fact that for the first time in over a year, the Mets’ lineup was as intended — in other words, intact with all the planned regulars healthy.

Unfortunately, it didn’t matter.

Mike Pelfrey was the one of the top three or four pitchers in baseball through June 25th. Since then, he has been one of the three or four worst in baseball — and that includes PONY leagues. Big Pelf dug a big hole early and the Mets never had a chance to climb out. It took him 51 pitches to get out of the first inning, and he left before finishing the second. By the time he hit the showers, his line looked like this: 1 1/3 IP, 6 ER, 7 H, 2 BB, 1 K. Ouch.

Unfortunately for the Mets, the next arms brought in provided no relief. Raul Valdes helped Pelfrey increase his ERA by allowing an inherited runner to score, and Fernando Nieve allowed 5 runs on 5 hits in the 6th inning. So even if the offense showed any sign of life, it probably would not have made a difference.

Game Notes

If you read my post on Pelfrey’s minor mechanical issue, you may have noticed during this game that he was hunching over fairly often — which in turn wreaked havoc with his arm angle, release point, and command. Just as significant, his body language was negative; he looked lost and lacking in confidence. In some ways, he reminded me of bad outings by Ron Darling back in the mid-1980s, when Darling used to think too much on the mound. Pelfrey was thinking about something, and to me it looked like he was filling his mind with negative thoughts. When mechanical issues are combined with psychological issues, bad things happen. Success generally breeds confidence, which in turn follows with more success — but in Pelfrey’s case, that hasn’t happened. I wonder if he’s one of those self-sabotaging types who fear success?

The Mets scored once, in the fifth inning, after pinch-hitter extraordinaire Josh Thole walked, advanced to second on a wild pitch, and scored on a blistering line drive off the bat of Angel Pagan.

David Wright went 2-for-3 with a double. Did anyone notice? I didn’t.

Though “the plan” was to have a four-man outfield rotation, Jerry Manuel nixed that by announcing that Pagan would play every day. That was the best news of the day.

Speaking of, whatever happened to the idea of “easing” Carlos Beltran back into everyday duty? Wasn’t he supposed to play one day, sit the next, play two in a row, sit one, etc. ? Yes, he did get the day off on Sunday … but I don’t remember the plan being three days on, one day off. Not that it matters, and I’m sure the Mets know what they’re doing.

While we’re on the subject of players returning from the DL, Luis Castillo returned to the roster and started at 2B. He punched two of the Mets’ 8 hits and scored half their runs. His legs looked fairly healthy running the bases.

Jose Reyes returned to the lineup as well, and looked good offensively but lost and rusty on defense. He made a terrible throw on an attempted DP turn and completely missed a perfect throw to 2B by Rod Barajas on an attempted steal.

Pedro Feliciano continues to look bad, as he allowed 2 runs on 4 hits and a walk in the eighth inning. He threw the entire inning and expended 36 pitches. Yet, Jerry Manuel keeps telling us that Feliciano can pitch every day because he’s a “situational” guy and doesn’t face many guys nor throw many pitches. Did you know Feliciano has thrown 109 pitches so far in July? That’s kind of a lot for someone who is supposed to be a “LOOGY”. (For comparison, Cardinals LOOGY Trever Miller has thrown 38 pitches this month, threw 133 total in June and 118 in May.) But I’m sure overuse has nothing to do with Feliciano’s drop in effectiveness — he’s probably just not throwing the right pitches at the right times, as Manuel explained the other day.

Next Mets Game

The Mets play again in Arizona on Tuesday night at 9:40 PM EST. R.A. Dickey faces Barry Enright.

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