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Ike Davis Re-Booted and Other Injury Updates

Every time my computer acts up, the IT department tells me the first thing I should do is “re-boot”.

It appears the Mets are following a similar strategy with disabled first baseman Ike Davis, who is going back into a boot for three weeks — though possibly longer.

Unfortunately, that likely means he will be out of a Mets uniform for at least 5 weeks, since you have to figure in the “back to baseball activities” part of the process and the minor league rehab assignment. Supporting that theory is Sandy Alderson’s statement that he “hopes” Davis will be back before the All-Star Break.

In other injury-related news, David Wright will get an X-ray on Thursday to determine when he can return to baseball activities. So hopefully we’ll get an update tomorrow.

One bit of injury news that may have flown under the radar — I certainly missed it — was that Angel Pagan’s strained oblique was not a strained oblique, but rather, a stress fracture in his ribs. Oops. I guess an X-ray wasn’t part of the examination process early on.

Meanwhile, R.A. Dickey is going to grin and bear it through his plantar fascia tear; it didn’t seem to affect his pitching last night.

Finally, though he’s not injured, Jose Reyes is expected to return to the Mets tomorrow night. Terry Collins has indicated that temporary leadoff hitter Angel Pagan would not bat second upon Reyes’ return, but is more likely to be placed somewhere lower in the lineup. I suppose as long as Justin Turner remains hot, that makes sense.


Angel Pagan, Bobby Parnell Injury Updates

In case you haven’t heard, Angel Pagan had something of a setback in his bid to return from an oblique injury; he felt discomfort while playing in a rehab game in Port St. Lucie and has been shut down indefinitely. As long as Jason Pridie is hitting and fielding as well as he has lately, Pagan’s extended absence shouldn’t be too much of a concern.

In other injury-related news, Bobby Parnell will be pitching in an extended spring training game down in PSL and could be back as early as next week.


2010 Analysis: Angel Pagan

If not for R.A. Dickey, Angel Pagan would be the Mets’ runaway team MVP.

Miraculously, Gary Matthews Jr. and not Angel Pagan was the 2010 Opening Day centerfielder. Think about that for a moment. Now that you’ve thought about it, was it any surprise that the previous management regime is history?

After looking like a bonafide starting MLB centerfielder through 88 games in 2009, there was some question as to whether Pagan was the real deal. Well, he kept up the pace and then some in 2010, leading the team in hits (168), batting average (.290), and stolen bases (37), while finishing second or third in nearly every other offensive category. Additionally, he played stellar if unspectacular defense in centerfield until Carlos Beltran returned, then played stellar and occasionally spectacular defense in right field.

Without Pagan, the Mets might have struggled to stay ahead of the Nationals and out of the NL East basement.

2011 Projection

It would seem that Pagan has proven he can be a solid, occasionally exciting, MLB centerfielder. However, Carlos Beltran is likely to return to centerfield if he is not traded during the winter. If indeed Beltran is still a Met come April, and does not move from center, it is assumed that Pagan will be penciled in as the starter in one of the corners. Alternatively, Sandy Alderson could make the very shrewd move of trading Pagan while his stock is high, gambling that the soon-to-be 30-year-old (in July 2011) has peaked. Considering that much of Pagan’s game is reliant on his wheels, and he has had an injury-plagued career, it wouldn’t be the worst idea in the world to trade him now for the right package of young talent. Personally, I hope he sticks around, as his game is tailored to Citi Field and I thoroughly enjoy watching him play.

Read the 2009 evaluation of Angel Pagan


Mets Game 158: Loss to Brewers

Brewers 3 Mets 1

It can be very tough to win the second game of a doubleheader after losing the first game in the late innings. And the Mets aren’t very tough.

The Brewers rolled with the momentum built from their come-from-behind victory earlier in the evening by beating the Mets a second time. Not much else to say, other than, thank goodness we have only four more games to suffer through.

Game Notes

As usual, R.A. Dickey gave the Mets a chance to win. He allowed one earned run on 6 hits in 7 full innings of work — only to leave the game with a no-decision. Once again, no walks from the knuckleballer; no small feat for throwing a pitch that is controlled by the wind rather than the man.

Carlos Gomez went 3-for-4. Oh wait, he’s not on the Mets any more. I still like watching him run around.

Jose Reyes and Angel Pagan had two hits apiece at the top of the lineup, and Pagan stole his 37th base. So they set the table well. Only problem was, the only other Met with a hit was — you guessed it — R.A. Dickey. Maybe Dickey should get a start in left field in one of these final games.

In typical bullpen (mis)management, Pedro Feliciano appeared in both games of the doubleheader, and allowed 3 runs on one hit and 2 walks on the day, pitching a total of one-third of an inning. However, he did extend his own franchise record by entering his 90th and 91st ballgames. Only submariner Kent Tekulve, kinesiologist Mike Marshall, and Salomon Torres have appeared in more MLB games in one season than Feliciano.

Next Mets Game

The final game of this much-anticipated four-game set takes place at 7:10 PM on Thursday night. Dillon Gee goes against Chris Narveson.


Mets Game 149: Loss to Braves

Braves 4 Mets 2

So much for playing the role of spoiler.

Well, now that I think about it … they are acting as spoilers for the Phillies, in that they are giving the Braves a chance to gain ground on the NL East leaders.

Game Notes

The Mets wasted another strong effort by rookie Dillon Gee, who went 7 strong innings, allowing 3 runs on 6 hits and 3 walks, striking out 3 and expending 95 pitches (60 for strikes). He has been impressive in all three of his big league starts, but before we get too excited and pencil him into the 2011 rotation, remember that both Pat Misch and Nelson Figueroa were similarly effective last September, and neither were on the Opening Day roster. Though, next year Gee won’t have to compete with immortal figures such as Oliver Perez and John Maine, so he may have a fair shot.

Strange fact: Gee has allowed only 13 hits in his 3 MLB starts, but 6 were for extra bases (one homerun and five doubles).

In one-third of an inning of relief to start the ninth inning, Bobby Parnell was awful, allowing 2 hits, including a solo homer by the reincarnation of Nate McLouth. I’m guessing this was some kind of a test, to see how he would handle a high-leverage, late-inning situation, since the Mets were only down by one; many managers would use their closer in such a spot. If it was a test, he failed — miserably. On the bright side, there are 13 more opportunities for another quiz.

On offense, Angel Pagan and Jose Reyes both went 2-for-4 from the top of the lineup, with Reyes hitting his 11th homer of the year and Pagan stealing his 35th base. However, the rest of the order managed only 3 hits against Tim Hudson and the Braves bullpen — one of which was a solo homer by Luis Hernandez, who did so on a broken foot. Hernandez fouled a pitch off his foot prior to sending a shot over the wall, and limped around the bases in excruciating pain.

David Wright stole his 19th base but went 0-for-3. He’s hitting .283 at the moment and his OBP has dropped to a startlingly low (for him) .358 — he should be at .390+. I’m faulting his big-swing approach, which has also resulted in an unimpressive 23 homers through exactly 600 plate appearances. At age 27, he should be entering his prime years, not trending downward. But we can’t put any blame on his mentor Howard Johnson (even if we gave HoJo credit for D-Wright’s good years). It’s not HoJo’s fault that Wright hasn’t had consistent protection hitting behind him this year. Hmm … is that really a plausible explanation?

With this loss, the Mets guaranteed that the Braves would have winning record vs. the Mets for the 2010 season. This has been the case every year since 1998, except for 2006.

Next Mets Game

The final game of this series starts at 1:10 PM on Sunday afternoon. R.A. Dickey faces Derek Lowe.


Mets Game 135: Loss to Cubs

Cubs 7 Mets 6

Win one, lose one, win one, lose one … oh wait, we used that last week.

With the wind blowing out at Wrigley Field, Jerry Manuel stuck to small ball, perhaps as an element of surprise. It didn’t work.

Meanwhile, the Cubs played big ball, and in the end outlasted the Mets.

Game Notes

Although the wind was blowing hard, it didn’t help R.A. Dickey‘s knuckleball, which was swatted unmercifully by the Cubs batters. Dickey allowed 7 runs on 8 hits, including two three-run homers.

I’d theorize that because Dickey throws an unusually hard knuckleball, and some of his success is due to an ability to change speeds on the knuckler, the wind in his face was slowing down his hard knuckler and making it easier to hit as a result. That’s only a guess. Maybe, because of the wind blowing toward him, Dickey was in response over-throwing the knuckler, leading to more spin on the ball. Knuckleballs move more with less spin, so perhaps his had too much spin on this afternoon and stayed straight. Again, only a guess.

On a positive note, David Wright was a one-man wrecking crew, going 3-for-5 with 2 runs and 3 RBI, including a double and his 23rd homer. Angel Pagan also had a 3-for-5 day from the leadoff spot.

You know the wind is affecting the ballgame when Luis Hernandez hits a dinger. I believe it was the first time the Mets hit more than one homerun in a game since July.

Take away Wright and Pagan, and the Mets collected 4 hits on the day. They also left 10 runners on base.

Another bright spot: Lucas Duda rapped his first MLB hit, a double.

Only one team in MLB has lost more one-run games than the Mets … the Cubs.

Next Mets Game

The Mets and Cubs do it again at Wrigley at 1:05 PM EST on Saturday afternoon. Jenrry Mejia makes his first Major League start against Casey Coleman.