Archive for August, 2010

Mets Trade Jeff Francoeur to Rangers

According to various sources, the Mets have traded Jeff Francoeur to the Texas Rangers for middle infielder Joaquin Arias. Jeff Francoeur ended his Mets career as their cleanup hitter. There’s something wrong with that, isn’t there? Though, it is in line with the Mets starting their season with Mike Jacobs in that lineup spot. So […]

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Mets Game 132: Loss to Braves

Braves 9 Mets 2 Time to wave the white flag … where is General Sherman when you need him? Game Notes Jonathon Niese gave up 8 runs on 10 hits and 2 walks in 4 2/3 innings, but only three of the runs were earned thanks to a botched grounder by Luis Castillo — that […]

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Mets Game 131: Loss to Braves

Braves 9 Mets 3 The Mets lost. But on the bright side, we were given proof that Oliver Perez was NOT kidnapped. Game Notes Mets starter Pat Misch was not good, allowing 5 runs on 8 hits in only 3 innings. Elmer Dessens was better in his bailout role, shutting out the Braves in a […]

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Monday Afternoon Link Dump

ESPN-NY – Mark Simon compares Ike Davis to John Olerud, inducing me to scream. Amazin’ Avenue – Eric Simon uses numbers and a graph to support what we all kind of suspected: the Mets don’t score many runs. And he mentions Chico Walker, which is reason enough to read the article. Neil Best via Twitter […]

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The Problem with Prospect Rankings

I have been following Amazin Avenue’s Community Prospect List. It appears that Kirk Nieuwenhuis has emerged as the consensus number-two prospect in the system behind Wilmer Flores. I am not saying I disagree with the ranking, but I will say, if accurate, it is more a testament to the weakness of the Mets farm system, […]

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Mets Game 130: Win Over Astros

Mets 5 Astros 1 Back to .500 — now what? Game Notes R.A. Dickey was his usual spectacular self, setting down the ‘stros through seven stellar innings, allowing just six hits, two walks, and one run. Should we now be expecting him to pitch this way? Josh Thole was the offensive star of the ballgame, […]

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Mets Game 129: Loss to Astros

Astros 4 Mets 1 Win one, lose one. Win one, lose one … As usual, the Mets follow a victory with a loss, sinking one game below the holy grail of .500. Game Notes Johan Santana wasn’t stellar, but he wasn’t awful, either. But when the offense can only muster one measly run off of […]

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Game 128: Win Over Astros

Mets 2 Astros 1 Mike Pelfrey threw ice on the red-hot Houston Astros, Ruben Tejada collected his first hit in 9 days, David Wright drove in his 85th run of the year, and Hisanori Takahashi saved the day as the Mets won the first game of the three-game series and reclaimed their goal of .500 […]

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Friday Mets Links

ESPN NY – Jeff Wilpon is openly hostile to Omar Minaya in team meetings. This is a pretty big deal, since the team holds conference calls with 2-3 dozen “chefs” in the “kitchen.” That’s gotta be embarrassing. The Daily Stache – Kevin Kearns asks whether Mets fans should root for the team to lose in […]

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Mets Game 127: Loss to Marlins

Marlins 11 Mets 4 At first, it seemed as though the game was in the bag for the Mets. They had a 4-zip lead early on, and Jonathon Niese was mowing down the Fish, striking out 6 in the first three frames. The Fish chipped out two in the fourth on a homer by Hanley […]

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Should the Mets Claim Manny Ramirez?

Rumor has it that the Dodgers have placed Manny Ramirez on waivers — and you thought we’d go through an entire season without a Manny rumor. There is also speculation that Manny has already been claimed by the White Sox, and a deal is imminent that will send him to Chicago. But just for a […]

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Mets Game 126: Loss to Marlins

Marlins 5 Mets 4 So close … but it was a case of too little, too late. And a shame, too, because the Mets had an opportunity to gain another game on BOTH the Braves and the Phillies. And we DO want the Mets to continue fighting for a playoff spot, don’t we? Game Notes […]

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Mets Game 125: Win Over Marlins

Mets 6 Marlins 5 They’re not dead yet! The Mets came from behind in dramatic fashion, as the beleaguered Luis Castillo stroked a game-winning blooper in the bottom of the ninth to drive home Ike Davis with the winning run. The situation was set up the inning before, when Angel Pagan stretched a single into […]

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Tuesday Morning Mets Links

ESPN New York – Adam Rubin has a fantastic summary of the circus that has been the 2010 Mets season. Let’s go Mess! MetsBlog – A boycott of the Mets on August 25… Sounds like a plan! Mets Gazette – To the Wilpons, “accountability” is a dirty word. And “nepotism” is a management strategy! And […]

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The Argument for Ken Oberkfell

Amidst all the buzz about who should be the next Mets manager, there is a name that is somewhat under the radar, but gets tossed into the conversation here and there depending on who is talking: Ken Oberkfell. People like to bring up “Obie” because he has “put in his dues” managing in the Mets […]

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