Saturday, April 24, 2004

Wood Shuts down Mets

Cubs 3 Mets 0

W-Wood (3-1)
L-Yates (1-2)
S-Hawkins (1)

Today was another awful offensive performance for the Mets. They managed 0 runs and only 4 hits off Kerry Wood and co. Mike Cameron struck out 2 more times and Joe McEwing struck out 3 times. Kaz Matsui had 2 of the Mets 4 hits.

Tyler Yates went 5 innings giving up 3 runs. Hopefully his next start will be against the Expos.

I really cant even comment on this game. It is the same game over and over. I can only take solace that the Red Sox won again.

Mets record:7-11.
Mets score one run..once again

Cubs 3 Mets 1
W-Maddux (1-2)
L-Seo (0-3)
S-Borowski (3)
HR-Cameron (3)

The Mets were there usual selves yesterday afternoon. They were facing a struggling Greg Maddux, and had a chance to knock him out. They had bases loaded and nobody out in the 4th, with the heart of the order coming up. Instead of stinging a double, or even hitting a sac fly, Piazza grounded back to Maddux for an easy double play. Cameron was up next and (what else is new?) struck out.

Once again the offense was horrific. Perhaps to cure these offensive woes, the Mets would signed washed up veteran outfielder Gerald Williams to a minor league contract. I have nothing else to say about that other than the fact that Redman should be in AAA and not Gerald Williams. Gotta love the Mets.

Seo pitched pretty decently, allowing 2 hr's. After the first I thought it would be another long game for Seo, but he hung in there and if he had a normal team behind, may have gotten the win.

The Mets strikeout way too much McEwing has no right being on a major league team. Damn, I smell sweep.

Minor League Report

For games played 4/23.


Tides starter Randy Keisler allowed only two earned runs over five innings but suffered the loss as the Durham Bulls scored three unearned runs en route to a 6 - 1 victory against Norfolk. Rob Bell picked up the win for Durham who swept the three game series against the Tides. With the loss, the Tides have now lost five in a row and dropped to 5 - 8 on the season.


CF Angel Pagan reached on an error and scored on a two-out passed ball in the 10th inning as the B-Mets beat Altoona 4-3 Friday night before 3,776 fans at NYSEG Stadium.

Pagan, who had moved from second base to third on a wild pitch by Jeff Miller, scored when a 2-2 pitch to Prentice Redman skipped past Altoona catcher Chris Snusz to end the game.

Kole Strayhorn won the game for the Mets after pitching a scoreless 10th. Strayhorn (2-0) now leads the Eastern League in wins and saves (four).

St Lucie:

The Mets defeated the Jupiter Hammerheads for the second straight night 5-2 at Tradition Field.
Starter Robert Paulk threw five strong innings, scattering just five hits, allowing no earned runs en route to his first victory of the year. Orlando Roman relieved Paulk to earn his first save of the year.

Offensively the Mets had just seven hits, led by third baseman Aarom Baldiris's 3-for-4 night. Bobby Malek, Brett Harper, Joe Jiannetti and Corey Ragsdale all had hits. Jiannetti and Turay each had two RBI.

Cap City:

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Friday, April 23, 2004

News and Notes

The Mets placed Ty Wiggington on the 15 day DL and called up Danny Garcia.

Injury Status

This Reyes injury is really perplexing. Read this from the Daily news

Howe said injured second baseman Jose Reyes had "a good day" yesterday in his Florida-based rehabilitation. Reyes told reporters he's "working toward" playing for the St. Lucie Mets "maybe in three days." But he also said his hamstring is "about 70% " healthy and that he's "running, but not running like I'm supposed to."

70 % healthy????? He better be lying about that. I know it is impossible to put a percent on an injury, but the fact that he even said that scares me.

And another interesting note from the Bergen Record.

Privately, several team officials reportedly are not happy with Reyes. They feel that he is unwilling to test himself and are questioning his commitment to his rehabilitation. Their thinking is that he has been out for five weeks with an injury that usually takes two to three weeks to heal.

I hate to say it, but I agree with that.

The news is better on Floyd, who may join the team on Tuesday or shortly after.


Thursday, April 22, 2004

Minor League Report

For Games Played 4/22


Tides starter Jeremy Griffiths allowed seven earned runs over five innings of work as the Durham Bulls defeated Norfolk 10 - 2. Dicky Gonzalez tossed six scoreless innings for the victory. With the loss, the Tides have now lost four games in a row and dropped their record to 5 - 7 on the season.

Binghamton: No Game

St Lucie:

The St. Lucie Mets ended thier two game losing streak by defeating the Jupiter Hammerheads 5-3.
Mets starter Miguel Pinango pitched six and two-thirds innings of solid baseball, scattering five hits and allowing just one earned run.

Aarom Baldiris continued to swing a hot bat, pacing the Mets at the plate with a 3-for-4 night. Jonathan Slack, Forrest Lawson, Brett Harper, Alhaji Turay and Zack Clements all got hits for the Mets. It was Harper's double in the bottom of the eighth that scored two runs and put the game out of reach.

Cap City:

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Mets Split with Expos

Mets 3 Expos 2

W-Trachsel (2-2)
L-Bentz (0-1)
S-Looper (4)

Well the Mets were able to salvage a split againt the lowly Expos. Trachsel pitched great again, and the Mets got a first hand look at why they need Piazza's bat in the lineup everyday. Piazza got the start at first today, and if this were any other year he would have sat. Instead he plays shaky defense at first but went 2-3 with a walk and an RBI.

The ninth inning was a scare too. Looper needed to get 5 out thanks to two terrible errors by Gutierrez and Spencer. What counts is he got the job done though.

Next is a 3 game series in Chicago. Greg Maddux vs Jae Seo tomorrow. The Mets better bring their bats.

The Daily Reyes Update

Everyday there is something new on this injury. One day it's bad, the next good. Today is good news though.

"He's working very hard to get back as quick as he can," said Mets minor league coordinator Guy Conti, who is overseeing Reyes' rehab in Port St. Lucie. "He's doing everything that's asked of him and maybe more. There are some days that he feels tightness but I was encouraged today and Jose was upbeat, too. He did some things with instinctive quickness and that was encouraging.
Wiggy Hospitalized..to Be Placed on DL

Ty Wiggington was hospitalized after feeling dizzy and fainting at his house. He will most likely be placed on the D.L.

Well hopefully he is alright and can get back soon. Now the question is who will get the call up? Wright? Doubt it. Im guessing Danny Garcia. Play him at second and Gutierrez and Zeile at third.

Minor League Report

For fames played 4/21


Durham's starting pitcher Dewon Brazelton pitched seven scoreless innings allowing just three hits as the Bulls shutout the Tides 4 - 0. Aaron Heilman suffered the loss for the Tides allowing all four Durham runs. With the loss, the Tides lost their third in a row and dropped to 5 - 6 on the season.


the Mets held on for a 5-2 win Wednesday night at New Britain. The Mets built a 3-0 lead as Prentice Redman doubled and scored on a passed ball in the second inning and David Wright hit a two-run home run in the third.

Musser (1-0) worked six innings allowing five hits and no walks. He struck out five. Jake Joseph worked the seventh and eighth in scoreless fashion for the Mets and Kole Strayhorn overcame a leadoff walk in the ninth for his fourth save.

St Lucie:

For the second straight night the Jupiter Hammerheads defeated the St. Lucie Mets by the score of 3-2.
The Mets were winning going into the top of the ninth, but the Hammerheads pushed across two runs to go ahead.

Scott Kazmir started for St. Lucie, throwing five innings, allowing six hits while striking out four. Bryan Edwards and Joey Colethrew the final four innings. Cole was credited with the loss, his first of the year.

The Mets collected seven hits for the night by seven different Mets. Justin Huber had a double and Jonathan Slack, Aarom Baldiris, Brett Harper, Alhaji Turay, Bobby Malek and Edgar Rodriquez all had singles. Turay and Rodriquez were credited with the Mets RBI.

Cap City:

Wednesday night, the Bombers got pushed to extra innings on the road for the third time this year, and for the third time they came out with a win. Capital City slipped past Kannapolis 9-8 in ten innings. Andrew Wilson notched the game-winning RBI with his single in the tenth to drive Shawn Bowman home. Wilson also homered in the game, giving the Bombers at least one home run in 12 out of 13 games. Although Capital City held a 5-0 lead by the middle of the third, the Intimidators paraded around the bases to score six runs and seize the the lead in the bottom of that frame. The see-saw continued with a trio of Bombers runs in the fifth and a pair of Kannapolis scores in the seventh. That left the score knotted at eight, where it would stay until Wilson's RBI single gave the visitors the decisive advantage.

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Wednesday, April 21, 2004

Mets Anemic offense continues

Expos 2 Mets 1

W-Hernandez (1-2)
L-Glavine (2-1)
S-Biddle (4)

Being a Mets fan sure is frustrating isn't it? Tonight the Mets got another great outing from Tom Glavine, but they once again could only score one run.

Even more frustrating is that the Mets had 2 runners thrown out at the plate. I am not one to judge the third base coach or anything, but some of the blame has got to fall on Galante. Especially when Piazza was thrown out. It was painfully obvious he was a dead duck.

Mike Cameron had a key error leading to an unearned run. (Yes you read that right).

I cant help but feel bad for Glavine. He really has pitched superb all year and he should be 4-0. It's not his fault he has a minor league team hitting behind him.

That leads me to the offense. They are really pathetic. They are letting average to slightly above average pitchers shut them down night after night. Mike Cameron is now leading the league in strikouts , Kaz Matsui has hit a bit of a wall, and Jason Phillips is now hitting .159. Throw in Joe Mcewing and you got yourselves a bad, bad lineup. The only guys I have confidence in right now are Spencer and Garcia. Both of those guys are impressing me with the bats and the glove.

These losses just piss me off so much. And the best is listening to Art Howe after the game. If you listen to him, you'd think they scored 10 runs. "We swung the bats better today." or what about "We really made them work hard."

If Reyes and Floyd dont get back soon....this is gonna get ugly.
What else is New? Mets waste another good start

Expos 2 Mets 1

W-Day (1-1)
L-Weathers (1-1)
S-Biddle (3)

The Mets once again managed to waste a great pitching performance. Al Leiter pitched 7 strong innings, allowing only a single run. The problem is the Mets bats were asleep and they managed only 4 hits.

The game was tied going into the eighth, when David Weathers served up a line drive homerun to Jose Vidro. Instead of coming back and "battling" in the 8th and 9th, the Mets folded like a chair, swinging at first pitches and making easy outs.

There is no other word to describe this offense but inept. They just are not good. There are a lot of things to discuss, which I will do a little later right after the Minor league report.

Mets Record-6-8

Minor League Report

For games played on 4/20.

Norfolk: No game


The Mets allowed four runs in the bottom of the ninth inning, wasting a 5-2 lead for a 6-5 loss at New Britain Tuesday afternoon. For the third straight day, the Mets blew a lead of at least three runs and lost the game.

Jeremy Hill (1-2) allowed four runs on four hits and two walks in the final inning, suffering his second loss of the road trip. After a walk, strikeout and wild pitch started the inning, Hill struck out two.

The Mets, who left 12 men on base, took a 3-1 lead on David Wright's seventh-inning home run. After allowing a run in the bottom of the eighth, they added two runs in the ninth on singles by Josh Pressley and Javier Cardona.

Jose Diaz allowed just one unearned run in four hitless innings for the Mets. He has not allowed a hit in 9 1/3 innings of work.

David Wright went 2-4 with a 2B and a HR and HBP!!!

St Lucie:

A summary of the game isn't posted, so I only have the boxscore. The game went 16 innings and they lost 3-2.

Cap City:

Capital City's three-game winning streak ended Tuesday night in Kannapolis, as the Intimidators downed the Bombers 6-5.

The offensive excitement came in the later innings, with the real drama saved for the ninth. Kannapolis broke a 1-1 tie with a trio of runs in the seventh and the Bombers answered with one score in the eighth: 4-2 Intimidators going into the final inning. Capital City rallied for three runs in the frame, with Shawn Bowman driving in the go-ahead run. Not to be outdone, the home team came right back at the Bombers. Catcher Charlie Lisk played the hero for the Intimidators with his two-run homer to end the game with a 6-5 victory.

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News and Notes

According to Newsday, the news is not good on Jose Reyes.

but the Mets, who have lost four of five, haven't been much better lately as they wait for the forever-rehabbing Jose Reyes and the frequently injured Cliff Floyd. Yesterday's report on Reyes indicated he was not yet running at 100 percent, suggesting his return may not be as soon as next week in Los Angeles.

This is getting a little absurd isn't it? No way he should be out this long. I know the Mets need to be cautious, but they cant have it so that every time he tweaks a muscle he is out 6 weeks. I frankly don't expect anything from Reyes this year. If you do you only have false hope. This kid has a problem with his legs, and unfortunately for the Mets this problem isn't going away.

Now I'm not a doctor, nor do I know anything about medicine. This is just my opinion. I'll say it again, Reyes isn't going to play this year. He went from a maybe for opening day, to maybe for the home opener, to maybe for the west coast trip, now he isn't even ready for that. The slightest setback for him is going to cause him to miss at least 3 more weeks. A more major one, who knows?

Now I'll move on to Jason Phillips. Phillips was benched again last night, for the hot hitting Todd Zeile. He is hitting just .171 on the season. The Post has some interesting quotes from Jason:

For the third time in four games, slumping Jason Phillips didn't start for the Mets last night. And he sounded a little upset about it. "It took 11 games for me to lose the job," Phillips said.

Phillips said Art Howe told him not to read into his recent benching, but that appears easier said than done. Asked if he's surprised he's not in the lineup, Phillips replied, "I wasn't surprised in the least. I saw it happening as soon as he signed in January."

Phillips was clearly irritated at not playing but at the same time insisted, "I have nothing to stand on. I'm hitting a buck-something. Until I start hitting, there's no argument."

Now I like Jason Phillips, he seems like a good guy, but I cant stand it when players complain about playing time. Phillips has been lousy, Zeile has been good. Bottom line.

I don't think the Mets can afford to keep running Phillips and Wiggy out there if they continue hitting like this. While both were impressive last year, there is a very good chance that they just may not be all that good. Phillips had a surprisingly good year last year, and was a solid player in the minors, but there is a reason why he never cracked the majors until he was 26.

I guess the point is, I want Zeile playing. He is a smart hitter, who takes pitches. He isn't great, but so far he has done an admirable job. I'd prefer him at third, so Wiggy can get the hell out of the lineup. His defense isn't any good either, but neither is Wiggy's.

So I guess Phillips has a little gripe, but to me he has not proven anything. Todd Zeile didnt get where he is by hitting .170, so phillips needs to step up and prove why he should play. If not, then you deserve to be on the bench.

And to round off the news:

Cliff Floyd (quad) took live BP off Scott Strickland. Scott Erickson (hamstring) threw in a simulated game on the side.


Tuesday, April 20, 2004

Yates Gets First Win

Mets 4 Expos 1

W-Yates (1-1)
L-Ohka (0-3)
S-Looper (3)
HR-Wiggington(2) Garcia (2)

If only Tyler Yates could pitch against the Expos every time. Yates had his second solid outing of the year, and his first major league victory last night. Yates went 5 and 2/3 innings and pitched out of a few jams.

The Mets offense was powered by Ty Wiggington and Karim Garcia, who each homored.

I am also becoming more impressed by Braden Looper every time I see him. He did get into a bases loaded jam in the ninth, but unlike our closer last year, got out of it and preserved the win.

This is a series the Mets can really do some damage in. The Expos are a dreadful team. Al Leiter pitches for the Mets tonight.

Reyes News

Yesterday, Jose Reyes played 4 innings in a simulated game. He had 4 plate apperances, going 0-3 with a walk. Today he is expected to play 5 innings.

Minor League Report

For games played 4/19


Louisville starting pitcher Matt Belisle pitched a complete-game, six-hit shutout as the Bats defeated the Tides 6 - 0. With the win, Louisville earned a split of the four-game series and dropped the Tides record to 5 - 5 on the year.


Jason Kubel knocked in three runs, including the game tying run, and scored the game winning run on a Kevin West single to lead the New Britain Rock Cats over the Binghamton Mets 7-6 in a come-from- behind win Monday.

Lambin was 1-for-3 with three RBI and a run scored. Prentice Redman had a big night for the Mets by going 3-for-5 with two runs scored, a double, and a triple.

Redman is having a great year so far. He needs to be in AAA.

St Lucie:

The St. Lucie Mets didn't score much but they made the most of the runs they did get, defeating the Jupiter Hammerheads 3-2 at Roger Dean Stadium.

Justing Huber go things going in the fifth innings with a single to right, then scored on a double to left field by Alhaji Turay. Robert McIntyre follwed with a two-out single up the middle that scored Turay. McIntyre stole second base, then scored on a double to the left-center gap by Corey Ragsdale.

Starter Brian Bannister won a duel with Jupiter's Yorman Bazardo. Bannister allowed just two hits and a walk in six innings, striking out nine to improve to 2-1. Joey Cole worked the ninth for his fourth save of the season.

Cap City: No game

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Monday, April 19, 2004

Injury News

Shortstop Jose Reyes will not be back by Friday for the Cubs series, but is hopeful to return sometime during the west coast trip. Reyes was scheudled to play in a simulated game today.

If someone had a gun to my head, and asked me how many games Reyes will play this year, my answer would be simple...0. I truly am worried about Reyes. I could just see him playing in a minor league game, aggravating it again and this turns into a recurring problem.

I am hopeful, but I need to see him get through this year healthy.

As for Floyd, he hit off a tee yesterday, and there is still no timetable for his return.

Sunday, April 18, 2004

Minor League Report

For games played 4/18.


Tides starter James Baldwin allowed four runs over six innings as the Louisville Bats defeated Norfolk 7 - 3. Steve Lomasney, Jacob Cruz and Brandon Larson each homered for Louisville. Craig Brazell led the Tides offense going 2 for 5 at the plate with an RBI. With the loss, the Tides dropped to 5 - 4 on the season.


Mets CF Prentice Redman was 4-for-5 with two home runs and five runs batted in, but the Mets lost 11-9 Sunday afternoon at Portland, settling for a series split with the Sea Dogs.

Redman hit a three-run homer in the second inning giving the Mets a 7-4 lead that would not last.

Shawn Sedlacek (0-1) took the loss in his first start with the B-Mets. He was roughed for eight runs on nine hits while failing to record an out in the third inning.

Redman hit a solo home run in the seventh inning and SS Chris Basak added his own in the eighth.

St Lucie: No Game

Cap City:

The Capital City Bombers closed out an impressive home stand Sunday afternoon, defeating the Rome Braves 5-2. The victory gave the Bombers three wins in a row and six wins out of seven from the week of home games.

Rome drew first blood with a solo home run from outfielder Josh Burrus in the third inning, but Capital City offered a swift response. In the bottom of the third, first baseman Ian Bladergroen doubled off the center field wall to drive Jesus Linares and Derran Watts (who had both singled) home to take the lead.

After the Braves tied the game in the fifth, the Bombers offense got back to work in the sixth inning. A single from Jamar Hill and a double from Blake Whealy put two men in scoring position for catcher Jimmy Anderson, who nailed a double to left to bring both runners home. Hill added a solo homer in the eighth inning as insurance, putting the final score at 5-2. His round-tripper gave the Bombers at least one home run in ten out of eleven games this season!

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Mets Get Swept by Pirates

Pirates 8 Mets 1

W-Benson (2-0)
L-Seo (0-2)

Another bad game all around for the Mets. Seo was knocked around for 10 hits and 7 runs, which doesn't help his cause at all. Maybe the Mets were right for sending him down.

The offense was non existent again. Kaz Matsui and Todd Zeile had good games, but that was it. Piazza, Cameron, and Phillips all took o-fers. I was very impressed with some of Zeile's at bats. He was patient and worked the count, unlike the hacker that is known as Ty Wiggington. Zeile has no range at all, but he does have a little left at the plate.

Is 12 games too early to get worried about players? Jason Phillips for example is hitting .179. I hope they are just in one big funk, and are ready to break out of it soon.

The Mets have some work to do now. A bad Montreal team comes in next, and anything less than 3 out of 4 would be dissapointing. But then again we are talking about the Mets here.

Mets Record:5-7
Botallico's Back

The Ny Post reports that the Mets have signed Ricky Botallico to a minor league contract and will be insurance should Dan Wheeler or Grant Roberts falter.

Not a bad move here. He pitched well in the spring and if Roberts keeps going the way he is, I think Botallico will be up soon.
Minor League Report

For games played 4/17


Tides first baseman Craig Brazell hit a pair of solo homeruns and Raul Gonzalez launched a first inning, two-run blast as Norfolk defeated Louisville 9 - 7. Tides starter Randy Keisler allowed only one run over six innings of work with eight strikeouts for the win. Pat Strange picked up the save for the Tides who held off a late rally by Louisville. With the win, the Tides have now won four games in a row and improved to 5 - 3 on the year.


Three Mets relievers combined for 5 2/3 hitless innings pitched and Prentice Redman broke a 4-4 tie with his first home run of the season as the Mets won 6-5 at Portland Saturday afternoon. The Mets are off to their best start in franchise history.

Blake McGinley (2-0) relieved Wayne Ough in the fourth inning and worked 3 2/3 innings without allowing a hit. Lance Caraccioli followed with a perfect eighth and Kole Strayhorn struck out the side in the ninth for his third save.

The Mets trailed 3-0 after three inning and 4-1 after four, but took the lead in the seventh inning. David Wright’s second double of the game plated Dave Detienne, who had been hit by a pitch to lead the inning, for a 4-4 tie in the seventh. Redman then smoked a line drive homer to center for the decisive score.

St Lucie:

Tonight the Mets got back to their winning ways defeating the Daytona Cubs 3-1 and in doing so, won three of four games from the Cubbies.
Starter Orlando Roman was in complete control throwing five innings of practically unhittable baseball. He allowed just one hit, while walking two and striking out five. Robert Paulk threw the three innings of relief allowing just three hits and an earned run. Joey Cole shut them down in the ninth to record his third save of the year.

The Mets continued to light up Cubs pitching, pounding out eight more hits. For the four game series the Mets collected 45 hits. Bobby Malek and Joe Jiannetti each went 2-for-4. In the fourth inning, Jiannetti connected for his first home run of the year. Aarom Baldiris, Brett Harper, Justing Huber and Edgar Rodriquez rounded out the hits.

Cap City:

Bombers made it two in a row over the Braves, passing them for the Southern Division lead in the process. Capital City got its offense rolling in the later innings to pull away from Rome for a 7-2 victory in front of an enthusiastic crowd filled with little league teams.

Cap-City broke a scoreless tie in the third inning. Shortstop Wilson Batista led off the frame with a double, promptly stole third base, and then came home on Tyler Davidson’s RBI single. That slim advantage would not last long, as Rome matched it with a run in the fourth. Braves second baseman Mike Hanson reached on an error to begin the inning and a double from right fielder Matt Esquivel brought him all the way home. The unearned run was the only one surrendered by Capital City starter Yusmeiro Petit in his six innings of work.

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