Tag: Gameday Open Thread

June 29: PM Mets Links and Open Thread

SNY – How badly do the Mets need another starting pitcher? Dan Graziano thinks Carlos Zambrano should be on the list of possible trade targets.

NY Daily News – Denis Hamill has a nice article about why he loves watching Cyclones games.

Bleacher Report – Metszilla (probably not his/her real name) wants the Mets to pursue Dan Haren instead of Cliff Lee.

Philadelphia Daily News – Fresh off this morning’s news that Lenny Dykstra may have illegally hyped stocks in exchange for money, Paul Hagen reports that Lenny Dykstra may have confessed to taking steroids during his playing career.

ESPN NY – It looks like the Mets’ “Go Gaga For Wright Night” has failed to put Wright ahead of Placido Polanco in the All-Star balloting. And does anyone really care?


The Mets (43-33) look to bounce back from last night’s loss to the Marlins (36-40). Hisanori Takahashi (6-3, 3.78) will face Florida’s Nate Robertson (5-6, 4.89). First pitch at 7:10pm EST.


June 28: PM Mets Links, Puerto Rico Preview & Open Thread

MetsBlog – The weather forecast for the upcoming Mets-Marlin series: Rainy with a chance of rain, with intermittent thundershowers and periods of RAIN.

MetsToday – As of this writing, Mets fans seem to favor bringing in Cliff Lee over Ted Lilly, by a 2-to-1 margin. Have you voted?

ESPN New York – Jenrry Mejia left yesterday’s start in Binghamton with an arm injury. Adam Rubin is now reporting the injury is a posterior cuff strain in his throwing shoulder. No word on his recovery timetable.

Amazin’ Avenue – A full farm system report.


The Mets (43-32) travel to Hiram Bithorn Stadium in Puerto Rico to take on the Florida Marlins (35-40). R.A. Dickey (6-0, 2.33) will face Ricky Nolasco (6-6, 4.92). For a scouting report on Nolasco, visit Long Live Shea Stadium.

Check out Adam Rubin’s series preview over at ESPN New York. Based on the pitcher-vs-hitter stats for the probable starters, it looks like we could see some big offense in Puerto Rico, along with all the rain.



Today’s Mets Lineup and Open Thread

No Mets links today… Tune in tomorow morning to see what’s going on in the Mets-o-sphere.


The Mets (42-32) take on the Twins (42-33) in the rubber game of the 3-game series. Jon Niese (4-2, 4.17) will face Minnesota’s Scott Baker (6-6, 4.61).

Here is the Mets starting lineup:

Jose Reyes – SS
Jesus Feliciano – CF
David Wright – 3B
Ike Davis – 1B
Jason Bay – LF
Rod Barajas – C
Jeff Francoeur – RF
Ruben Tejada – 2B
Jonathon Niese – LHP


June 26: Saturday Mets Links and Open Thread

MetsToday – Buried deep within his recap of last night’s game, Joe Janish wonders if Francisco Rodriguez is having ankle problems.

Brooklyn Met Fan – Mike Pelfrey’s performance in last night’s game has allayed the fears of BMF.

OnTheBlack – Despite the naysayers, Kerel Cooper says David Wright IS clutch.

NY Daily News – Just days after he was nailed by TMZ for extracurricular activities, Johan Santana says his elbow isn’t fully recovered from surgery. Interesting timing.

Amazin’ Avenue – Sam Page loves the Mets new focus on homegrown talent. And don’t forget about the Mets’ team speed. Like a bunch of homegrown gazelles out there…

Long Live Shea Stadium – A scouting report on Minnesota’s Carl Pavano.


The Mets take on the Twins today at Citi Field. Johan Santana will face Carl Pavano. Here’s the lineup, via ESPN NY:

Jose Reyes, SS
Jesus Feliciano, CF
David Wright, 3B
Ike Davis, 1B
Jason Bay, LF
Rod Barajas, C
Jeff Francoeur, RF
Alex Cora, 2B
Johan Santana, LHP

And here is video of Johan Santana talking about facing his old team:


June 25: PM Mets Links and Open Thread

ESPN – It looks like Carlos Beltran may join the Mets in Puerto Rico next week.

NY Post – It looks like Bobby Valentine MIGHT be managing the Marlins when they take on the Mets next week in Puerto Rico.

MetsToday – Wally Backman exhibiting restraint after the ejection of Brooklyn Cyclones’ centerfielder Darrell Ceciliani. Wally being Wally…

Fort Wayne Journal Gazette – Did you realize the Tigers swept the Mets? I guess that’s why you don’t write headlines for the Associated Press.

NY Post – Andy Martino reports via Twitter that Prince Harry will throw out the first pitch at tomorrow’s game at Citi Field.

And via MetsBlog, here is video of Carlos Beltran during last night’s game:


The Mets (41-31) take on the visiting Minnesota Twins (40-32) tonight. Mike Pelfrey (9-2, 2.69) will face Kevin Slowey (7-4, 4.58).

And here is tonight’s lineup:

Jose Reyes, SS
Jesus Feliciano, CF
David Wright, 3B
Ike Davis, 1B
Jason Bay, LF
Josh Thole, C
Jeff Francoeur, RF
Ruben Tejada, 2B
Mike Pelfrey, RHP


June 24: Afternoon Mets Links and Open Thread

The first place Mets! Seriously… With the Braves loss this afternoon, the Mets are now a half game ahead of the second place Braves. Nice…

NY Post – Angel Pagan will not start tonight’s game becaue of muscle spasms on his right side. The injury does not appear to be serious and Pagan should be back in a day or two.

OnTheBlack – Kerel Cooper points out the Mets are getting alot of production for very little cost.

MetsToday – Loge Mezzanine (he’s new here, go easy) claims the Mets have lucked their way into some speed.

Brooklyn Met Fan – The return of the Boogey Met? I see where BMF is going with this, but how can the Boogey Met be back if the Mets just moved into first place?

ESPN – Jerry Manuel is making bold statements about Carlos Beltran’s return. Today, Jerry says Beltran may join the Mets for Monday’s game in Puerto Rico. On astroturf.


The first-place Mets (41-30) look for the sweep against the visiting Detroit Tigers (38-32). Hisanori Takahashi (6-2, 3.13) will be faced by Armando Galarraga (2-1, 3.32).


And here is a random YouTube video spoof on instructional baseball videos. Watch as Coach Ron tries to teach players how to block the plate, including the “Gary C” technique. I’m sure Joe Janish can add to this:


June 23: Afternoon Mets Links and Open Thread

MetsToday – An inside look at the Detroit Tigers.

YourNabe – Stephen Brown has a profile of Brooklyn Cyclones manager Wally Backman.

ESPN New York – A look at R.A. Dickey’s great start and how it compares to the best starts of other prominent knuckleballers.

OnTheBlack – Kerel Cooper shares his All-Star picks.

FoxSports – Bob Klapisch says the Mets need to reconsider Johan Santana’s role as ace of the staff.

MetsBlog – Matt Cerrone says Johan Santana has only had two bad innings all year.

MetsBlog – The Mets have signed Ramon Ortiz. Are those crickets that I hear?

The Daily Stache – Tom Greenhalgh reports on the unintended consequence of getting screwed by Bernie Madoff (and Gary Matthews Jr.) – your ballpark starts to look like a Geocities website, circa 1999.

Long Live Shea Stadium – A scouting report on tonight’s opposing starting pitcher, Jeremy Bonderman.


The Mets (40-30) take on the Tigers (38-31) tonight at Citi Field. R.A. Dickey (5-0, 2.82) gets the start for the Mets and he will be opposed by Jeremy Bonderman (3-4, 4.06).



June 22: PM Mets Links and Open Thread

Bergen Record – Steve Popper reports that Jerry Manuel’s erratic statements on personnel matters may be rubbing some people the wrong way. Go figure. [via MetsBlog]

NY Daily News – In his latest erratic statement, Jerry Manuel indicates he wants an ace, but he cautions that the Mets may not need one because they will be getting Oliver Perez and John Maine back before long. HUH?

OnTheBlack – Kerel Cooper wants to know what you think is an acceptable performance for the Mets in the upcoming six games against the Tigers and Twins.

SILive – Carlos Beltran will begin his rehab stint in Port St. Lucie on Thursday.

Long Live Shea Stadium – A discussion of John Maine’s mechanics and his future with the Mets.

Long Live Shea Stadium – A scouting report on the pitcher the Mets will face tonight – Detroit’s Justin Verlander.


The Mets (39-30) will take on the Tigers (38-30) tonight at Citi Field. Jon Niese (4-2, 3.64)will be opposed by Justin Verlander (8-4, 3.94). Here is the Mets lineup, via ESPN NY’s Andrew Marchand:

Reyes, SS
Pagan, CF
Wright, 3B
Davis, 1B
Bay, LF
Barajas, C
Francoeur, RF
Tejada, 2B
Niese, P