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Mets Game 99: Loss to Dodgers

Dodgers 1 Mets

For the fourth time in ten days, the Mets were shut out.

What else is there to say?

Game Notes

R.A. Dickey was outstanding, allowing no runs on 2 hits and no walks, striking out 6, through 5 2/3 innings. However, he slipped on a pitch to Russell Martin, prompting Jerry Manuel and trainer Mike Herbst to visit the mound to inquire on his condition. This is the way it was described on MLB.com:

Dickey was dominant through the first five innings, surrendering just two hits, but he fell to one knee after a pitch to Russell Martin, prompting manager Jerry Manuel and a team trainer to visit the mound.

Dickey appeared to be fine after the brief visit and subsequently retired Martin and Clayton Kershaw without any obvious difficulties.

The two outs didn’t seem to convince Manuel, and Dickey was pulled prior to Xavier Paul‘s at-bat.

Dickey appeared unhappy with his manager’s decision to take him out of the game.

First off, Dickey did not “appear to be fine” and though he did retire Martin and Kershaw, the difficulties were apparent if not obvious. Dickey was definitely favoring his left leg and looked a bit stiff after the slip.

That said, I can’t really get on Jerry Manuel for forcing R.A. from the game — he is, after all, the second-best pitcher in a rotation that cannot afford to lost another starter. If I am to criticize Jerry it will be for leaving him in after his first visit to the mound. Manuel has said that Mike Pelfrey needs to “pitch with more conviction”, but he should take his own advice and manage with more conviction.

In the end, it didn’t matter that Dickey left, because the Mets continued their anemic effort at the plate. Clayton Kershaw scattered 7 hits in 8 innings but didn’t allow a run. The ninth inning was ably handled by Kenley Jansen, a 6’6″ rookie from Curacao who was a AAA catcher this time last year. Though, we can’t be surprised that the Mets couldn’t do anything against a catcher-turned-pitcher — they struggled against Felipe Lopez after all.

In all seriousness, Jansen looks like a tough customer. He was bringing it at 95 MPH and had a pretty nasty overhand curve. At this point he is far ahead of Jenrry Mejia, to provide a comparison.

Luis Castillo was the only Met with more than one hit, going 2-for-4 including his third double of the season. Third. I know he’s missed some time but, wow.

Next Mets Game

The Mets cannot leave the Left Coast fast enough. They take a day off on Monday to return home to beautiful Flushing and begin a three-game series against the Cardinals beginning on Tuesday at 7:10 PM. Jonathon Niese heads to the mound against Jaime Garcia.


Ruben Tejada or Luis Castillo? Pick Your Poison.

Two weeks ago, mostly everyone was singing the praises of Ruben Tejada. He appeared to be holding his own at the plate, while providing the best defense seen at the position in a decade.

Since than, Tejada’s come crashing back down to earth. Overall, in 101 plate appearances, he is hitting .221/.299/.267 (.566 OPS. .255 wOBA.) If Tejada qualified, he would be tied for the worst hitting regular in all of baseball with Cesar Izturis (.569 OPS. .255 wOBA).

This is hardly surprising. Here are some of Tejada’s projections coming into this year, including his MLE from AAA this year:


Breaking News: Castillo Headed to DL

Not a good week for would-be Mets second basemen. SNY’s Brad Como is reporting that Luis Castillo is headed to the DL.

I guess that clears roster room for Jon Niese? I find that hard to believe – the team will probably be calling up a middle infielder… but if Ollie Perez continues to refuse a demotion, anything is possible.

UPDATE: Had I read the ENTIRE Tweet, I would know that the Mets are recalling Ruben Tejada to replace Castillo.

Oh well. I guess Twitter is too long for my attention span. Pretty sad, when you think about it.


Mets Game 20: Win Over Dodgers

Mets 4 Dodgers 0

Johan Santana threw six scoreless innings, Jason Bay hit his first homerun in the orange and blue, and Luis Castillo drove in two runs as the Mets cruised to an easy victory in the front end of a twi-night doubleheader.

Can’t say much beyond that, because I didn’t see the game … there’s this other thing I do during the day that allows me to pay the bills. So please if you have any comments to share, please do so below. Thank you!


Should Luis Castillo Lead Off?

From the MetsToday mail bag, a reader suggests:

Can Castillo be our leadoff man?
A high OBP. Can still steal some. And not enough power for driving runners in. Perfect for when nobody is on base.

I know the argument for him at number 2 is so that he can move the runner over. But why would Reyes ever really need to be bunted over? I imagine after a few pitches he’d already be on second (or even third). Why waste the out?

Plus, all those Reyes triples would certainly be a lot more exciting if Luis were already on first.

An interesting thought, and he does have points worth considering — particularly the last one. It WOULD be nice if someone scored when Reyes hit a first-inning triple. And you can’t argue that Castillo is an ideal leadoff hitter, assuming his OBP remains close to .400, and if he’s still healthy enough to swipe 30-35 bases.

But there are two main reasons I prefer to see Reyes at leadoff. First, because after the first inning, the leadoff spot isn’t necessarily the leadoff spot any more — unless the pitcher / #9 hitter makes the third out of a future inning. And actually, the #1 spot in the order often is an RBI opportunity, because the pitcher is called on to bunt a runner into scoring position. I like Reyes hitting with men in scoring position — he seems comfortable in that situation and the numbers support it (.291 career avg. through over 660 ABs).

Further, I don’t know that Reyes would steal as many bases from the two-hole, with David Wright hitting behind him. On the one hand, Wright might get more fastballs, but on the other hand, do you want him taking pitches to let Reyes steal second base? Probably not. And you might not want Reyes taking chances if Wright is on a hot streak and putting balls over fences.

Which brings me to my final point. No, Reyes does not need to be bunted over to second base, but he does need an opportunity to steal — and Castillo, who takes more pitches than anyone in baseball, affords him that opportunity. Plus, you don’t mind so much that Castillo isn’t swinging, because he’s not likely to smack an extra-base hit. Further, after Reyes steals second, Castillo can bunt him to third — setting up a David Wright sac fly and a 1-0 lead.

But, I still believe that the reader has something worth arguing. Post your comments below.


Castillo for Lowell?

mike-lowell-bosoxSo Jerry Crasnick of ESPN claims he heard about the Mets and Red Sox discussing a swap of Luis Castillo and Mike Lowell.


Because it doesn’t make much sense from any angle whatsoever.

First of all, the Red Sox are set at second base with Dustin Pedroia. And they didn’t sign Marco Scutaro to a $12.5M deal to be a backup to Pedroia at shortstop. And Luis Castillo is not going to push David Ortiz out of the DH spot, no matter how bad Ortiz hits.

The only thing that might make sense is the Red Sox quickly flipping Castillo to a third team for someone who better fits into their plan. A possibility, for sure.

As for the Mets going after Lowell … though I did mention Mike Lowell in a frightening hypothetical trade of David Wright to Boston, and do believe he could be worthwhile as a platoon partner / backup plan to Dan Murphy at 1B, I don’t see the Mets as being that creative and bold. The truth is, Lowell might be able to handle SECOND BASE adequately, and provide enough punch to counteract defensive deficiencies — but again, the Mets are neither that bold nor that creative.

Could it be a four-team deal with players and bad contracts flying all over the place?

Anything is possible. But in this case, I’m guessing it’s pure bunk.


10 Things To Do Before Trading Luis Castillo

castillo-kneesA recent column from Boston.com claims that the Mets remain the team most interested in Orlando Hudson, but only if “they are able move Luis Castillo”. Granted, that tidbit may not be worth a hill of beans (heh heh), since it comes from Boston — and what do they know about the goings-on in Flushing? But we have heard that Omar Minaya spent a good chunk of time during the winter meetings trying to trade Castillo, and in fact moving the second baseman appears to be a priority. However, there are at least 10 more important things to do before the Mets need to worry about their 2009 MVP.


How About Miguel Cabrera?

miguel-cabrera-2While we wait for Jason Bay to make up his mind about playing in Flushing, we may as well consider other alternatives.

During a “hot stove huddle” a few days ago, a rabid and intelligent Mets fan named “Kevin K” proposed that Omar Minaya make a deal for Miguel Cabrera. The more I think about it, the more it makes a lot of sense.

While many eschew him for his weight issues, sloth-like movements in the field, and questionable effort, there’s one thing about Miguel Cabrera that cannot be dismissed: