Browsing Archive May, 2012

Blog Roundup: Thin Rotation Edition

The Houston Astros polished off a sweep of the Mets by Schmacking Chris Schwinden, and accosting Manny Acosta.  The starting rotation is now very much in doubt now that Mike Pelfrey is out for the year (There’s a switch – he’s usually the reason the rotation is in doubt).  And Acosta, Francisco, Ramirez, and Batista haven’t done anything to give a Mets fan confidence in the bullpen either.  But, wins cure everything (including the flu?), and the Mets look to get well with some home cooking this weekend.

Let’s see what the Blogs are cooking up:

  • MLB Trade Rumors examines what options the Mets have to fill their injured roster.  (Hint: not many)
  • MMO reports that Zach Wheeler is on the AA 7 day DL with a torn fingernail.  He had been pitching to a cool 1.75 ERA before he got hurt.
  • Real Dirty thinks a more effective breaking ball would cure what ails Schwinden.
  • Mets Police has a picture of R.A. Dickey playing wiffle ball.  Wonder what a wiffle knuckler would look like?
  • WFAN says the Bill Buckner/Mookie Wilson ball is up for auction in Dallas.  Rumor has it J.R. wants to add it to his collection.
  • Amazin’ Avenue breaks out the arrows for its perform-o-meter.

Keep your arrow pointed right here on Mets Today for the latest happenings in Metsville.


Today’s Lineups: Mets vs. Astros

Here are today’s lineups in the contest between the New York Mets and Houston Astros; game time is 2:05 p.m. EST. I’m working all day and through the evening, so please post your notes about the game in the comments; my hot air will go into a postgame wrapup at some point late in the evening.

New York Mets

Ruben Tejada SS
Daniel Murphy 2B
David Wright 3B
Scott Hairston LF
Lucas Duda RF
Andres Torres CF
Ike Davis 1B
Josh Thole C
Chris Schwinden RHP

Houston Astros

Jordan Schafer CF
Jose Altuve 2B
J.D. Martinez LF
Carlos Lee 1B
Jed Lowrie SS
Brian Bogusevic RF
Chris Johnson 3B
Jason Castro C
Wandy Rodriguez LHP

I know Hairston is supposed to kill lefties but seeing him in the cleanup spot screams “mediocrity” to me. Ike Davis finally has the bat going, so why is he #7? Because it’s assumed he can’t hit a lefty like Sandy Koufax Wandy Rodriguez? Lucas Duda is hitting ahead of Ike, and he looked pretty sick (literally) the last few days — hope he’s feeling better. That’s it for my ranting, now it’s your turn. Unleash in the comments.


Blog Roundup: Getaway Day Edition

The Mets wrap up their thus-far disappointing series in Houston today.  It’s not a shock that they seem to be having a “let down” series after three exhausting games in Colorado.  On top of that, the flu bug is propagating its way through the Mets locker room like the trollop it is.  But the team looks to rise from the ashes today before they head off to Phoenix.

The Blogs take their Zicam:

  • Adam Rubin says Terry Collins is confident in his decision to pinch hit for Jonathon Niese in the fourth inning last night.
  • Daily Stache thinks it would be wrong not to sign David Wright.
  • Seedlings to Stars has the Mets picking a high school pitcher in their mock draft.
  • Bleacher Report brings us the tale of the tape between Kirk Nieuwenhuis and the Nats’ Bryce Harper.
  • Rising Apple examines Ramon Ramirez, and wonders what we should really expect from him.
  • Metstradamus reminds the Mets that they’re playing the Astros, and hopes they avoid Cooter’s bar this time around.

Take plenty of vitamin C, and perhaps some antacids – it is the Mets after all.  And this is Mets Today.


Scenes from Coors Field: 4-27-2012

I’ve lived in Colorado for the better part of the last 15 years.  When I was 25, I left my cushy-but-boring job at WWOR-TV to branch out and join a broadcast software company in Colorado Springs.  I didn’t miss ‘OR all that much, but I did miss all the free Mets tickets.  While I haven’t lived in Jersey since 1996, my rooting interests have remained in the Tri-State Area.  So I always relish the chance to see the Mets play on the road once a year in Denver.

The Mets were back in town April 27-29th this year, so I made sure to get tickets to the games on Friday and Sunday. (What about Saturday, you ask?  Let’s just say I was distracted by a semi-abandoned race track, German cars, and Italian food.)


Mets Game 23: Loss to Astros

Astros 4 Mets 3

So far, it’s shaping up to be a season of many one-run games — low-scoring, one-run games, that is. That means every move, mistake, and clutch hit is magnified. It also means that the Mets have an extremely slim margin for error, and every seemingly little execution is paramount.