Tag: Link Dump

July 28: Afternoon Mets Links and Open Thread

MetsGazette – Tom Greenhalgh says the Mets will have to go 42-20 to win the division.

MetsLifer – Dave at MetsLifer thinks the Mets need another starting pitcher, but he’s convinced they won’t acquire one.

MetsMerizedOnline – Joe D wishes the Mets were motivated by winning and not by ticket sales. Has anyone else noticed that the Mets seem to make one big ticket acquisition every off-season since Omar took over? Just one… just enough to keep us interested.

MLB Trade Rumors – MLBTR is reporting that the Mets are seeking a reliever who is “overpriced” and “underperforming.” Is this bizarro world?

MyCentralJersey.com – Bill Pulsipher just signed with the Somerset Patriots of the Atlantic League. Neither here nor there… But still somewhat interesting, to me, at least.


The Mets (51-49) look to make in two wins in a row against the St. Louis Cardinals (55-45). Johan Santana (8-5, 2.79) will face Jaime Garcia (9-4, 2.21).


July 28: Morning Mets Links

Wall Street Journal – The WSJ analyzes the perpetual disconnect between Mets fans and team management, including a quote from MetsToday’s Joe Janish.

Mets Gazette – Would you rather the Mets make a playoff run or go on a losing streak that results in a major housecleaning?

NorthJersey.com – Bob Klapisch thinks Wally Backman could be the Mets savior.

MetsMerizedOnline – Brett Myers threw a gem last night, striking out 12 in a complete game victory. I feel like I’m watching a car crash unfold in front of me in slow motion.

MetsBlog – Jason Bay will be reevaluated in 2-3 days and a DL stint is possible.

New York Times – Tickets are still available for Sunday’s HOF Cash Grab (via The Mets Police).

And here’s Kerel Cooper from OnTheBlack.com, sharing his thoughts on Angel Pagan:


July 21: Wednesday Morning Mets Links

MetsBlog – Reports indicate Roy Oswalt may be headed to Houston. Our sources tell us that if Oswalt lands in Philadelphia, Jayson Werth would likely be moved to Boston or Tampa Bay. Trading Werth would free up salary and allow prospect Domonic Brown to become the team’s everyday right fielder.

Real Dirty Mets Blog – Alex Cora is not happy with the amount of laughter in the Mets clubhouse.

MetsMerizedOnline – Stephen Hanks thinks the Mets should be buyers and sellers at the trade deadline.

MetsGazette – It’s official… Ollie Perez is back on the Mets. And you thought it couldn’t get any worse.

BrooklynMetFan – BMF doesn’t want to watch road games anymore.

And here’s Kerel Cooper from OnTheBlack, discussing the team’s lack of offense since the All-Star Break:


July 20: PM Mets Links and Open Thread

MetsBlog – Matt Cerrone wants to know why Carlos Beltran is lugging a giant knee brace around in centerfield, when Angel Pagan is younger, faster and a better fielder (at this point).

The Mets Police – Meaningful games in August? Yeah, if we’re lucky!

MetsGazette – A look at two-thirds of the braintrust in charge of the Mets: Omar and Jerry. What about Jeff Wilpon?

The Daily Stache – Randy Shemanski looks at the pitchers the Mets could acquire in a trade, if Fred Wilpon wins big money playing QuickDraw between now and the end of the month.

Real Dirty Mets Blog – A recap of Jerry Manuel’s interview with Mike Francessa. Jerry says Ollie will be the first lefty out of the bullpen. Ugh.


Tonight, the Mets (49-44) look to do something right against the lowly Arizona Diamondbacks (35-58). R.A. Dickey (6-3, 2.63) takes the mound for the Mets and he will be opposed by Barry Enright (1-2, 3.45).

Tonight’s lineup, via The Mets Police:

7 Jose Reyes SS
16 Angel Pagan RF
5 David Wright 3B
15 Carlos Beltran CF
29 Ike Davis 1B
44 Jason Bay LF
30 Josh Thole C
1 Luis Castillo 2B
43 R.A. Dickey RHP


July 20: Morning Mets Links

BrooklynMetFan – BMF has a bad feeling about the state of the Mets and he feels even worse that Gary Cohen and Ron Darling are forced to take phone calls during the game.

MetsGazette – Jason Adamowicz wonders what is wrong with Mike Pelfrey.

ESPN New York – An in-depth look at former Mets pitcher (and Toms River, NJ native) Jerry DiPoto. DiPoto is currently the interim general manager for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

MetsMerized – Does Jerry Manuel deserve an extension? Sure, if Omar Minaya and Jeff Wilpon are the ones giving the extension, what’s the difference?

And here is Kerel Cooper from OnTheBlack, expressing his concerns over Mike Pelfrey:


July 19: Afternoon Mets Links and Open Thread

ESPN New York – Oliver Perez is back with the Mets, though he hasn’t yet been activated. Jerry Manuel has already indicated Perez will work out of the bullpen.

ESPN New York – Luis Castillo is also back with the team, though Castillo is expected to play tonight.

Bleacher Report – Joseph DelGrippo thinks Jerry Manuel is the “stupidest” man in baseball. I’m not even sure Jerry is the “stupidest” man named Jerry or Manuel in baseball. But hey, whatever…

OnTheBlack – Kerel Cooper looks back at the San Francisco series and looks forward to the series in Arizona.

TheRoPolitans – Andrew Vazzano wonders if the Mets may need to add a bat, in addition to the quality starting pitcher that they may or may not have the money to add.


The Mets (49-43) take on the Diamondbacks (34-58)  tonight. Mike Pelfrey (10-4, 3.58) will face Ian Kennedy (4-7, 4.12). First pitch at 9:40pm EST.


July 17: Weekend Mets Links

An abbreviated list of links for the weekend. There may or may not be an open thread for tomorrow’s game… Gotta take care of some stuff first. Stay tuned for Joe’s Janish-y recapanalysis after tonight’s game. Let’s go (Get a Starting Pitcher and an 8th-Inning Guy) Mets!

MetsBlog – Suddenly, and as we predicted, the Mets are cooling to the idea of acquiring a starting pitcher. Of course, they are still “interested” in several options and they insist they can add payroll “within reason.” But for some reason, they don’t seem to want to pursue a pitcher. Amazin!

ESPN New York – Jose Reyes may not play at all this weekend. Yet, he’s still not on the disabled list and the Mets are still carrying three catchers. Amazin!

NY Daily News – Wally Backman’s Brooklyn Cyclones are on fire. Predictable!

NY Daily News – Mike Pelfrey’s next start has been pushed back to Monday, due to stiffness in his neck, resulting from his flight from Kansas to San Francisco. So, tonight is when the Mets would be starting Cliff Lee, Ted Lilly, Roy Oswalt or some other quality veteran pitcher, had they acquired one… Instead, we get Hisanori “Oughtta Be in the Bullpen” Takahashi. The season is slipping away, folks…


The Mets (48-42) try to get on the scoreboard tonight against the Giants (49-41). Hisanori Takahashi (7-3, 4.15) takes the mound against Matt Cain (6-8, 3.34). First pitch at 9:05 EST.


July 15: PM Mets Links and West Coast Trip Open Thread

Tonight’s game is a late one… So check out these links and feel free to comment on them as we wait to see Carlos Beltran’s return…

OnTheBlack – Kerel Cooper thinks Angel Pagan should play everyday. It kind of scares me that this discussion even needs to take place, but it obviously has to be said. When did Jeff Francoeur become so highly regarded?

Real Dirty Mets Blog – The Cubs are reportedly looking at Robert Carson, Kyle Allen and Jeurys Familia as possible pieces in a deal involving Ted Lilly. Interesting…

MetsFever – Ed Ryan raises Andy Sonnanstine as a potential mid-level SP that the Mets could acquire.

Wall Street Journal – Mike Sielski has the scariest article you’ll read today, titled,  “Four Ways Mets Can Blow It.”


The Mets will face the Giants tonight in the first game back from the All-Star break. R.A. Dickey (6-2, 2.77)  gets the start against Tim Lincecum (9-4, 3.16). For a scouting report on Lincecum, check out LongLiveSheaStadium. First pitch at 10:15pm EST.


Jose Reyes was initially slated to leadoff, but he was scratched because of his lingering oblique injury. Here’s the current lineup:

Angel Pagan – RF
Alex Cora – 2B
David Wright – 3B
Carlos Beltran – CF
Ike Davis – 1B
Jason Bay – LF
Josh Thole – C
Ruben Tejada – SS
R.A. Dickey – RHP

Random Act of Managing

If you’re wondering why R.A. Dickey is starting the first game back from the break, instead of Johan Santana Mike Pelfrey, here’s why: by setting up Dickey to fail against San Francisco’s ace, Jerry Manuel cannot lose. If Dickey wins, Jerry is a genius. If Dickey loses, it was expected and Jerry can boast about giving Santana Pelfrey some extra rest. It’s a beautiful system – we’ve seen it recently with resting Jason Bay on his own bobblehead day, right before the All-Star break. Way to go, Jerry!