Archive for March, 2012
Excited about the 2012 baseball season? Me neither. With one exception, about which you will read below, I have never paid less attention to the start of the season as I have with this one. Regardless of how I/we feel, The Season That Somebody Else’s Favorite Team Wins The World Series is about to begin. [...]
From The New York Times Magazine: Hat tip to my lovely wife, who is always on the lookout for great stories, lists, and graphics related to the Mets.
I had a long work day, and skimmed through the game quickly via fast-forward on MLB.com, so the notes are extra brief.
It looks like Andres Torres, Jason Bay, and Scott Hairston will be healthy for opening day (In fact, Hairston started in center field today against the Nationals). In addition, Adam Loewen was reportedly reassigned to minor league camp. With those nuggets of news, the Mets lineup and bench appear to be set, barring any injuries [...]
Some very brief notes on yesterday’s exhibition between the Mets and Braves.
During yesterday’s TV broadcast of the Mets – Braves spring training game, Gary Cohen and Ron Darling discussed Johan Santana, with Cohen going so far as to suggest that Santana’s “comeback” might serve as a case study for pitchers who have similar surgery in the future. Darling followed that by half-joking that Randy Niemann might [...]
The 2012 Major League Baseball season begins right now, for reals! Really, it does. When the Mets take the field for a spring training contest this afternoon, two teams will have already finished Opening Day. As you read this, the Oakland Athletics are facing the Seattle Mariners in Tokyo, Japan, in a game that counts [...]
Tonight on “Inside China Basin,” Joe Castellano will be interviewing Sport Kinesiologist Angel Borrelli, a scientist who focuses specifically on the pitching motion. FYI, China Basin is an area within San Francisco; the podcast is focused on the baseball Giants. Though this is not a Giants blog, obviously, some of you may be interested in [...]
According to ESPN-NY, the Mets have signed pitcher Chris Young to a minor league contract. Why? No one knows. Perhaps the recent Picard settlement has resulted in a sudden flush of cash that ownership couldn’t wait to spend, and Kelvim Escobar was out of the country. As you know, Young underwent a similar surgery that [...]
Sorting through the MetsToday mail bag, I pull out this question from a visitor who refers to himself/herself as “Brain Sliver” : I have been reading your blog for a few years and have been impressed with your analysis of pitching mechanics. My question is this: how well known is this in professional circles and [...]
Mike Pelfrey‘s velocity was up — his fastball was hanging around 92-93 MPH, touched 94 — but his command was poor. How can a pitcher have poor command and yet not walk anyone? Because command means putting the ball where you want it, and even though Pelfrey threw plenty of strikes, I don’t believe he [...]
The Mets enjoyed a convincing victory over the Astros in Grapefruit League action on Wednesday afternoon. Following are my observations.
Wednesday was a big news day in the world of sports, mostly in the NFL. But the best news for the Mets didn’t include the words “Tebow” or “Saints.” Johan Santana breezed through the World Champion Cardinals’ opening day lineup de facto. He struck out 6, walked none, and surrendered 1 run on 6 hits in [...]
A few random notes pertaining to Tuesday’s spring training contest between the Mets and Nationals …
The heavyweight court bout between Wilpon, Katz, and company vs. Irving Picard ended in a…well, sort of split decision. All in all, it was good news for the owners of the Mets, as Fred, Jeff, and Uncle Saul only had to payout a paltry $162 million. After the ruling, the Mets were able to sell 12 [...]