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Blog Roundup: Dickey Goes for 17th W

Having won their past two series, (break up the Mets!) New York heads down to Amazing Technicolor Marlins Park for a series with the Marlins.  Miami followed up their offseason spending spree with a comical, and somewhat predictable, fire sale at the trade deadline.  The Marlins are one organization that even Mets fans can point at and laugh.

With most of the drama gone for the Mets, however, we can sit on the edge of our seats to see if R.A. Dickey can become the Mets’ first 20-game winner since Frank Viola.  We all know by now that wins and losses don’t mean all that much when evaluating a starting pitcher, but it would be a nice achievement because 1) It would be a nice reward for R.A. Dickey for a job well done this year, and 2) It simply isn’t done a whole lot anymore.

With that said, onto the Blogs:

  • On the Black examines R.A.’s chances of getting to 20 wins.  Also, check out his 50th anniversary bobblehead collection.
  • Mets360 breaks down Dickey’s year, and breaks down all of the Mets SPs by xFIP.
  • MMO has the latest minor league news, including the still red-hot Wilmer Flores.
  • Metstradamus knows who he’s voting for this November.
  • Amazin’ Avenue finds out what part of the field Kelly Shoppach likes to hit the ball the most. (Hint: It rhymes with “heft.”)
  • MetsCetera has details on “A Night With Ike Davis,” which benefits children’s cancer research.

Enjoy the linkage, and keep following R.A. Dickey and the Mets on Mets Today.

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29 DUPACR: Alex Trevino

If you missed yesterday’s post on cancer survivor Jackson Todd, then you may not understand what’s going on here. Each day, we will honor a random former Met who wore the uniform number that correlates with the Days Until Pitchers And Catchers Report (DUPACR) to Port St. Lucie. So yesterday, it was 30 days until, and today, it’s 29 days until, so we’ll focus on a former Met who wore #29. Get it? And just so you know, this series was inspired by the book and websiteMets By The Numbers“.

It would be easy to choose Frank Viola for #29. “Sweet Music” comprised one-fifth of what should have been the greatest starting rotation in Mets history — and it could be argued, was exactly that on paper. The Mets entered the 1990 season with a rotation that consisted of Viola, Dwight Gooden, David Cone, Ron Darling, and Sid Fernandez — with Bobby Ojeda as the sixth / swing man. Wow. As it turned out, that team finished second to the Pirates (!) with a 91-71 record. Ouch.

But this isn’t about Frank Viola nor the underachieving ’90 club. It’s about Alex Trevino. Who?

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Comparison: 1990 Mets and 2011 Phillies

The 1990 Mets looked great on paper, headed by what looked like the best starting rotation seen in Flushing since the days of Seaver, Koosman, and Matlack.

It looked like this:

1. Dwight Gooden
2. Frank Viola
3. David Cone
4. Ron Darling
5. Sid Fernandez
6. Bob Ojeda

Doc was 100% healed from a shoulder injury that marred his 1989 and at 25 years old, and primed to regain dominance as the most feared righty in baseball. Viola was only 30, two years removed from a Cy Young Award, and considered the top lefthanded starting pitcher in MLB. Cone was coming off a so-so year (for him), but put up numbers similar to those that helped him go 20-3 in ’88. Both Darling and Fernandez were coming off of 14-win seasons, and seemed to be turning a corner — many thought ’90 would be the “breakout year” for each of the previously inconsistent pitchers. The rotation was so deep, Ojeda was banished to the bullpen, despite still having enough stuff to be a #3 or possibly #2 on another club.

On offense, the Mets had returning

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Bests, Worsts, and Mosts of the Winter Meetings

With the annual baseball winter meetings over, my wife suggested I do a list of “bests”, “worsts”, and “mosts”. A clever idea, except I’m not very good at these type of things.

But, I’ll give it a try, and then ask you to please provide YOUR bests, worsts, and mosts in the comments section. Have some fun with it.

Most Defensive Press Conference: Derek Jeter
No worries, Jetes, I didn’t think you were being greedy. Really. (Not)

Most Offensive Press Conference: Derek Jeter
I, for one, was personally offended.

Most Desperate To Gain Respect: Washington Nationals
7 years and $126M committed to Jayson Werth will do that to a team.

Most Out Of Their Minds: Washington Nationals
7 years and $126M for Jayson Werth should have them committed to an insane asylum.

Most Humorous Response To A Team’s Free Agent Insanity: Sandy Alderson
For his joke, “I thought Washington was trying to REDUCE the national debt.”

Youngest-looking 46-Year-Old GM: Kenny Williams
Seriously, this guy looks like he’s about 31-32, and could still run out to play left field (or flatten a third-base coach

Most Intriguing Former Cy Young Winner Seeking a Coaching Job: Frank Viola

Does he really need to “get his foot in the door”? The guy was a Cy Young Award Winner and threw a better change-up than Johan Santana. As it turns out, it appears the Mets will be interviewing him for a position. Get him to Port St. Lucie in February and attach him to Oliver Perez for six weeks, and maybe the Mets will get something out of that last $12M.

Best Dressed: Harold Reynolds
He always looks sharp, even when demonstrating double-play technique in a three-piece suit — his tie never moves!

Worst Dressed: Terry Francona
During an interview on MLB Network, Francona wore a gray T-shirt that looked like it belonged to his big brother. It wasn’t really THAT bad, but when everyone else is wearing a brand-new suit, it looks kind of sloppy.

Best Six-Gallon Hat: Tracy Ringolsby
Ringolsby used to wear a ten-gallon hat, but due to the Rocky Mountain News folding and the economy, Tracy had to trade down.

Best Hair: Kevin Millar
Much better than Jeter’s.

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