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Mets Cut Down Roster

In addition to the release of Luis Castillo yesterday, the Mets also assigned Dillon Gee, Boof Bonser, Ryota Igarashi, Taylor Tankersley, Raul Chavez, Dusty Ryan, Russ Adams, and Jason Pridie to minor-league camp.

No surprise about

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2010 Analysis: Dillon Gee

I want to believe that Dillon Gee will continue to be as good as he was in five starts in September. I’d like to pencil him in to a 2011 rotation spot right now, and expect him to give the Mets 6 to 7 innings every five days, limiting opposing batters to a .212 batting average and only 2.18 earned runs per 9.

But something tells me he isn’t that good.

Which is a shame, because he’s incredibly likeable, with a great story. True grit, determination, and hard work pushed this non-prospect to the big leagues – an ideal side story turned sequel to The Legend of R.A. Dickey. I’m rooting for success by Dillon Gee in the same way I rooted for Jeff Francoeur – with high hopes, but realistic expectations.

Spending over 30 years watching the likes of Mike Vail, Roy Lee Jackson, Daniel Murphy, Kelvin Chapman, Anthony Young, Jason Jacome, Keith Miller, Brian Bannister … well, you learn to keep your guard up.

2011 Projection

I like Gee’s competitiveness and guile. I also love the fact he wears an American-made Akadema glove. I didn’t like his walk rate in his 5 MLB games, and I’m not convinced his pedestrian stuff is enough to retire big-league hitters consistently. But if he can keep his walks down at this level – something he did at lower levels – he could, at best, evolve into a Scott Baker or Nick Blackburn type of pitcher (for Mets fans, Bobby Jones is a good example), which would be a more than welcome addition to the Mets’ staff in 2011. I’ll go on a limb and say that there’s a good chance he pitches as well as Brian Bannister would have in Flushing, had he not been sent to Kansas City. The truth is, the Mets don’t have much choice but to hope that he can – a quick look at the farm system is showing no one else ready to make the leap, and the free-agent pile isn’t likely to render anything better than a journeyman rotation filler.

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Mets Game 159: Loss to Brewers

Brewers 9 Mets 2

I believe the term is “playing out the string”.

Game Notes

Tough game for Dillon Gee, but hey, we couldn’t expect him to continue to pitch as far above expectations as he had done in his previous starts. Gee allowed 4 runs — 2 earned — on 7 hits and 3 walks in 6 innings. He did give the Mets decent length, and only allowed the two earned runs, but it wasn’t a great performance. His command was off and he gave up several hits — though, to be fair, a few didn’t leave the infield.

Still, we should be happy with what we’ve seen of Gee. Here’s the thing, though: what makes him and his September performance any different from what we saw of Nelson Figueroa and Pat Misch of September 2009? Granted, he’s younger than both of those journeymen, but not so young to expect him to improve dramatically. So please, do not get all excited about Gee being some great pitching prospect who will head the rotation next year. He is what he is: a soft-tossing righthander who pitches to contact (which I like) and relies heavily on control. In other words, at best, a decent fourth starter but more likely a fifth starter. He may be as good as Bobby Jones some day, which, to me, is something the Mets need. I’d rather see Dillon Gee at an MLB minimum salary at the end of the rotation in 2011 than Kevin Millwood or some other overpriced, 7-figure veteran.

The game was actually somewhat close until the sloppy, disgusting, embarrassing ninth inning. It came two innings after Gary Cohen lauded the Mets for their excellent team defense in this otherwise disappointing season. Nice.

Next Mets Game

The Mets begin the last series of the season by playing the Nationals in Flushing on Friday night at 7:10 PM. The lefthanded, 2009 version of Dillon Gee (Pat Misch) faces Jordan Zimmerman.

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Mets Game 154: Win Over Phillies

Mets 5 Phillies 2

Take THAT, Chase Utley! Now you know what happens when you wake a sleeping giant!

The Mets mustered all the motivation they could find, inspired by a ferocious slide by bad-ass Carlos Beltran, and absolutely hammered the first-place Phillies.

Beltran not only dropped to the ground and got dirty, but his slide was in the general direction of another human being. Kevin Burkhardt reported that Beltran nearly took out TWO infielders on the play. It was an incredible display of interest, to the point where it almost confused the Phillies. Not only that, but the slide filled Beltran’s teammates with enormous pride and attentiveness, giving them the energy they needed to stomp all over Kyle Kendrick and the rest of those dastardly, dirty dregs from Philadelphia. It was a shining moment in Beltran’s career, and one that cemented his status as the team’s leader.

Excuse me for a moment … I’m getting verklempt just thinking about “the slide” …

Game Notes

OK back to reality. Beltran’s slide was hard, clean, and appropriate. But the channel 11 / SNY staff’s decision to position it as something inspirational was laughable. If that slide was the Mets’ answer to Chase Utley‘s from the night before, then this team is even more clueless than we thought — and more in need of someone to teach them how to play baseball than anyone realized. There was nothing remotely outlandish or motivational about it, aside from GKR and SNY’s response to it — which was, as with the Utley slide, a completely fabricated angle of importance. Maybe the idea is to build “toughness” and “hard play” as a snowball of a talking point that eventually explains the hiring of a “fiery” manager such as Wally Backman. Believe me, I’m all for seeing Wally as manager next year — but please don’t create some artificial platform to justify his hiring; he is qualified on his own merits.

Dillon Gee was once again outstanding, allowing only 2 earned runs on 5 hits and 2 walks in seven strong innings. Gee should be the focus of excitement in this ballgame, not the first time Beltran slid toward a middle infielder in six years.

Or better yet, let’s talk about Lucas Duda, who delivered a 3-run, pinch-hit double to put the Mets ahead. The postgame interviews would have you believe that drive was inspired by the Beltran slide, but I’d be more inclined to think that Josh Thole‘s bases-loaded single did more to swing the momentum the Mets’ way. Though, in the post-game interview, Thole did “admit” that “the slide” helped get the Mets motivated — after being handed a framed question to which answering any other way might embarrass the inquisitor. But hey, maybe the slide really did get the Mets going. If so, why the heck did it take 154 games to light a fire?

By the way, Beltran’s slide was kind of sheepish compared to that of Wilson Valdez, who took out Jose Reyes an inning before.

Just think, if this were 1960, the season would be over and we’d all be out of our misery.

Two streaks were snapped with this game: the Phillies’ 11-game winning streak and the Mets’ 6-game losing streak.

Next Mets Game

The rubber match occurs at 1:35 PM on Sunday afternoon. Pat Misch faces Cole Hamels.

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Mets Game 149: Loss to Braves

Braves 4 Mets 2

So much for playing the role of spoiler.

Well, now that I think about it … they are acting as spoilers for the Phillies, in that they are giving the Braves a chance to gain ground on the NL East leaders.

Game Notes

The Mets wasted another strong effort by rookie Dillon Gee, who went 7 strong innings, allowing 3 runs on 6 hits and 3 walks, striking out 3 and expending 95 pitches (60 for strikes). He has been impressive in all three of his big league starts, but before we get too excited and pencil him into the 2011 rotation, remember that both Pat Misch and Nelson Figueroa were similarly effective last September, and neither were on the Opening Day roster. Though, next year Gee won’t have to compete with immortal figures such as Oliver Perez and John Maine, so he may have a fair shot.

Strange fact: Gee has allowed only 13 hits in his 3 MLB starts, but 6 were for extra bases (one homerun and five doubles).

In one-third of an inning of relief to start the ninth inning, Bobby Parnell was awful, allowing 2 hits, including a solo homer by the reincarnation of Nate McLouth. I’m guessing this was some kind of a test, to see how he would handle a high-leverage, late-inning situation, since the Mets were only down by one; many managers would use their closer in such a spot. If it was a test, he failed — miserably. On the bright side, there are 13 more opportunities for another quiz.

On offense, Angel Pagan and Jose Reyes both went 2-for-4 from the top of the lineup, with Reyes hitting his 11th homer of the year and Pagan stealing his 35th base. However, the rest of the order managed only 3 hits against Tim Hudson and the Braves bullpen — one of which was a solo homer by Luis Hernandez, who did so on a broken foot. Hernandez fouled a pitch off his foot prior to sending a shot over the wall, and limped around the bases in excruciating pain.

David Wright stole his 19th base but went 0-for-3. He’s hitting .283 at the moment and his OBP has dropped to a startlingly low (for him) .358 — he should be at .390+. I’m faulting his big-swing approach, which has also resulted in an unimpressive 23 homers through exactly 600 plate appearances. At age 27, he should be entering his prime years, not trending downward. But we can’t put any blame on his mentor Howard Johnson (even if we gave HoJo credit for D-Wright’s good years). It’s not HoJo’s fault that Wright hasn’t had consistent protection hitting behind him this year. Hmm … is that really a plausible explanation?

With this loss, the Mets guaranteed that the Braves would have winning record vs. the Mets for the 2010 season. This has been the case every year since 1998, except for 2006.

Next Mets Game

The final game of this series starts at 1:10 PM on Sunday afternoon. R.A. Dickey faces Derek Lowe.

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Mets Game 144: Win Over Pirates

Mets 1 Pirates 0

Those who had the patience to sit through a rain delay and almost ten innings of scoreless, scintillating baseball were rewarded with a win by the home team.

Ruben Tejada ripped a one-out double off reliever Chan Ho Park and pinch-hitter Nick Evans followed by stroking the Mets’ seventh hit of the damp night to drive home Tejada with the winning run, giving the team their 71st victory and Hisanori Takahashi his ninth win of the year.

Game Notes

In his second MLB start, Dillon Gee once again impressed, shutting out the Bucs through 6 innings on 5 hits and 4 walks, striking out 3 and expending 106 pitches.

Elmer Dessens and Pedro Feliciano each tossed a scoreless frame apiece, and Takahashi held off the Pirates for two more.

In a postgame interview,Nick Evans repeatedly referred to himself as a “bench player”. I know that he IS a bench player, but it’s uncomfortable listening to him talk about himself in such a way. I mean, the kid is only 24, and it sounds like he’s resigned himself to being a part-time player. It’s kind of sad.

As a team, the Mets had only 34 plate appearances in the 10 innings and saw only 122 pitches. The pitch count wouldn’t have been that high had it not been for the patience of Ike Davis, who led the team by seeing 24 pitches yet didn’t draw a walk. Josh Thole saw 17 pitches and no other Mets saw more than 13. Note: James McDonald is NOT Roy Halladay.

Inexplicably, Jerry Manuel instructed Jose Reyes to sacrifice bunt with no outs and Dillon Gee on second base in the third inning. Even my wife wondered what the hell that was all about, and she’s usually quite . If that wasn’t prime evidence that someone else could have done a better job managing the Mets during the past 2 1/2 years, I don’t know what is.

With this win, the Mets improve their record at the Field at Shea Bridge to 41-27; the Pirates drop their road recrod to a dismal 15-56. Can you imagine? Winning only FIFTEEN games on the road through 71 games? Yikes!

Next Mets Game

The Mets and Pirates do it again at 7:10 PM on Tuesday night. R.A. Dickey faces Zach Duke.

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Mets Game 139: Win Over Nationals

Mets 4 Nationals 1

The Mets spoiled Yunesky Maya’s MLB debut, but savored Dillon Gee’s.

Game Notes

Dillon Gee made the most of his MLB debut, allowing one run on two hits and three walks in a 7-inning, 86-pitch effort to earn his first career win.

Gee relied heavily on a 12-6 overhand curveball and a flat slider that to me looks more like a fast curve, as he spots it high and it doesn’t get much lateral movement. I can see how he allowed so many homeruns in the minors, as that slider stays up in the zone; he hangs the deuce on occasion; and his fastball is average in velocity (ranging 89-91) with minimal movement and located waist-high or higher. He did keep all of his pitches around the strike zone, and as a result was very efficient with his pitch count.

Gee had a no-hitter going until blasted a solo homer in the sixth. The second hit was a single in the seventh swatted by Kevin Mench.

As if his pitching performance wasn’t enough, Gee also rapped an RBI single for the Mets’ fourth and final run.

The rest of the runs came courtesy of Ike Davis’ 3-run homer in the first frame. Davis is blistering hot, as he 8 for his last 15 with 7 RBI.

Next Mets Game

The rubber match takes place at 12:35 PM EST on Wednesday afternoon in Washington DC. R.A. Dickey takes the hill against Livan Hernandez in what could be the slowest-pitching combined performance of the season. If nothing else it will be interesting to see which is slower: Dickey’s knuckler or Livan’s eephus curve.

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Freddy Garcia Released

Wait, Freddy, you can’t quit — because YOU’RE FIRED!

The Freddy Garcia Experiment has officially ended, as the Mets released the righthander.

Hat tip to Walnutz.

Garcia never could get his velocity back up to a point where he could succeed at the MLB level — which is a major problem for someone who spent his career as a power pitcher. He might have been able to convert into a crafty competitor, but not throwing 83-84 MPH — only Jamie Moyer gets away with that.

Regardless of the outcome, I still believe that this was a sound gamble on the part of the Mets. In the end it cost them only a minor league contract packed with incentives that never were reached.

Look at it this way: the Mets spent very little in gambling on Livan Hernandez and Freddy Garcia, and so far their success rate is 50%. Also consider that they have very little in the way of MLB-ready starting pitching prospects, so it’s not as if Garcia was stealing innings from anyone. If anything, Dillon Gee and Jonathan Niese probably need to be back down at AA — both are struggling mightily in Buffalo.

By the way – taking Garcia’s place on the roster is Nelson Figueroa, who is pitching tonight against Kevin Mulvey of the Rochester Red Wings.

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