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Soto, Loney Off the Table

Minutes after filing the Mets Fan Window Shopping: Catcher story, the Rangers and Geovany Soto agreed to terms on a one-year deal. So much for that. The only catcher under 30 left on the market is Jesus Flores; I say sign him and A.J. Pierzynski and call it a day. Your thoughts?

Not long after, the Rays announced the signing of James Loney. Yawn.

In other news, Jason Isringhausen is reportedly considering another year — he says there’s a “70% chance” he’ll return, whatever that means.

Additionally, Brad Lidge has retired, so scratch him off of your Christmas wish list.

That’s it for the moment. If you hear any major news, please feel free to post it in the comments.

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Brad Lidge Placed on Disabled List

brad-lidgeThe report is that Phillies closer Brad Lidge has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained knee.

Catcher Paul Bako has been promoted to replace Lidge on the 25-man roster.

I can’t decide if this is a good thing or a bad thing for the Mets. On the one hand, the Phillies are without their closer. On the other hand, their closer was blowing games for them, and seemed on the brink of a complete breakdown. I would have felt a lot better about the Mets’ chances down three runs going into the ninth with Lidge looming on the mound, as opposed to Ryan Madson. Madson is no Mo Rivera, but right now he’s a heckuva lot more reliable than Lidge.

If anything, it pushes Madson into the ninth, and out of the “bridge” from innings 6-8. Though, the men left on the bridge have been performing well — Scott Eyre, JC Romero, and Clay Condrey all have ERAs below three. The weak links that could become exposed in the sixth or seventh frames are Chad Durbin, Jack Taschner, and Chan Ho Park, who was recently demoted to the bullpen after failing in the starting rotation.

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Mets Game 23: Loss to Phillies

Phillies 6 Mets 5

It was another poor outing by Oliver Perez, and it appeared the Mets would eradicate it with their bats.

Perez allowed four runs on five hits and six walks before being removed from the game with one out in the third inning. Newest Met Ken Takahashi did his best Darren Oliver impression in relief, holding the fort until the sixth inning.

And for once, the Mets did not give up. The bats kept coming back, matching the score, and even took a brief lead in the top of the sixth.

However, their one-run lead lasted only minutes. Pedro Feliciano came on in relief of Takahashi in the bottom of the sixth and gave up a homer to a LH batter for the second time in as many days.

The two teams remained deadlocked through four more frames, with the Mets holding an apparent advantage — they still had closer Frankie Rodriguez at the ready, while the Phils burned through Brad Lidge in the top of the ninth.

Unfortunately, the Mets couldn’t leverage that advantage.

They mounted a rally in the tenth that was quickly extinguished by a stellar double-play turn, and then put the game in the hands of Sean Green. However, those hands proved to be below the challenge. Green got a quick groundout from Jimmy Rollins, but Pedro Feliz followed with his second cheap swinging-bunt hit in the game. Green then hit pinch-hitter Matt Stairs, induced a flyout from Greg Dobbs, and walked Chris Coste to load the bases for Shane Victorino. Victorino worked the count full before watching ball four drop below his knees, forcing in Feliz to end the game.

Game Notes

J.J. Putz was remarkably efficient, expending only 17 pitches in his scoreless, two-inning stint. Though he’s pitched in both games of this series, and three times in four days, he probably will be available if needed on Sunday.

Someone check Alex Cora’s Wheaties, because he’s hitting like Rod Carew lately.

Ryan Church ripped what could’ve been a key pinch-hit single to chase Alex Cora to third base in that tenth inning rally off Jack Taschner — who happens to be a lefthanded pitcher — but a double play grounder by Carlos Beltran killed the rally.

I was dead wrong on Raul Ibanez. The guy hits lefties and righties, is clutch, can run the bases well enough, and can play the field a lot better than advertised.

Brad Lidge is not nearly the lights-out closer we saw in 2008. His fastball was topping out at 92 MPH and his slider is missing its bite. It looks like he’s worried about that right knee and staying too stiff, not getting good push off the rubber nor good downward leverage / bend in the back.

Danny Murphy must love Citizen’s Bank Park. If it were his home field, he might have 15 homers by now.

Jerry Manuel’s rebuilt and vaunted bullpen has now lost six times in seven chances, and has blown two saves in the last three games.

Next Game

The series finale takes place at 1:35 PM in Philadelphia, with John Maine taking the mound against Joe Blanton.

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Link Roundup

Doug Glanville gives an update on Marlon Anderson.

At Jimmy Scott’s High and Tight, former Met Eric Valent tells the story of being the 25th man on the roster, playing in Japan, and, eventually, transitioning from player to coach to scout. Insightful stuff.

Brad Lidge is nursing a sore knee and is “day to day”. That could be good news for the Mets, with the Phillies series coming up this weekend.

Kerel Cooper at OnTheBlack explains why the Mets’ weekend series win over the Nationals left him disappointed.

Metstradamus explains how you can have a Citi Field ticket for a seat that doesn’t exist — though you will have a cupholder.

Coop at MySummerFamily isn’t worried about Oliver Perez’s maddening start to the season — explaining that he started out just as inconsistently in ’08 and ’07, and is bound to come around.

Andrew Vazzano of TheRopolitans posts the results of his Twitter poll, “What to Do with Omir Santos?”

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