Saturday, May 01, 2004

Mets Lose to Padres

Padres 7 Mets 6

W-Lawrence (3-2)
L-Yates (1-3)
S-Otsuka (1)

You know what. I said to myself, I'm going to try to be optimistic from now on. Maybe we can go on a little streak and play some good ball. I was pumped to see some early offense, but once Yates handed the lead back, that optimism went bye bye.

I'm glad to see Danny Garcia play well. Now keep him there. Besides that though this was another terrible loss. I was watching the 9th inning thinking that with the heart of the order up, they mght actually be able to do something. I should have known better. Mike Camerons at-bat in the 9th was just a joke. Can he please make contact for once in his life? He had 3 more strikeouts last night adding to his already astronomical total. Putting defense aside, this guy contributes nothing. For some odd reason people actually thought he might hit because he is leaving Safeco. I really shouldnt be picking on Cameron but his strikeouts are getting to me.

The reason for my anger is because of this news.

Results of an MRI exam Friday in Port St. Lucie revealed that Reyes' strained right hamstring "had not healed," according to team spokesman Jay Horwitz.

Reyes, who injured himself March 14, pulled himself out of Thursday's game for Class A St. Lucie, and the Mets have suspended all baseball-related activity for Reyes for the immediate future. If Reyes is back to square one, as it appears he is after Thursday's setback, the prognosis could be another three to six weeks before he is ready to rejoin the Mets. And that could be a best-case scenario.

Completely ridicilous. I'm not sure who to be mad at here, but someone has got to be held responsible.

You know what, I'm not a doctor, but I dont really care. A blind monkey could see that this injury is getting out of hand and that something needs to be done. For the Mets to continually push him when his hamstring wasn't healed, is pure stupididy and ineptitude.

Besides that, I am just dissapointed. I love watching the kid play. Now I just hope he heals fully, and we can put this in the past.


Friday, April 30, 2004

Thoughts on Last nights Game

Mets 6 Dodgers 1

W-Seo (1-3)
L-Weaver (1-3)
HR-Garcia (4) Cameron (4)

Putting all the negative news aside, last night the Mets played a very good game. Jae Seo took a big step in regaining my confidence, and hopefully the 5th spot. Seo went 6 1/3 giving up 6 hits and one run.

The second thing I picked up from last nights game is that Danny Garcia should be the starting second baseman from now until Reyes gets back. He played good defense, had a big hit, and hit another ball hard but right to the left fielder. Somehow I know that this will never happen. I'm sure Ricky Gutierrez will be in there tonight.

I am also starting to like Karim Garcia a lot. I love the way he plays. I didn't realize how good of a fielder he was too. He had 2 hits last night, including his 4th hr of the year.

I mean you knew it was a good night for the Mets when both Stanton and Weathers pitched great. Hell, Stanton even contributed with the bat.

At least for one night, the Mets looked like a good ball club. Lets see if they can continue this in San Diego.

Injury news

I don't really have anything new to add on Reyes' injury. Send him to a specialist...blah blah. I'm sure the Mets will find someway to screw this up.

As for Floyd and Wiggy, Floyd will not join the team in San Diego while Wiggington will be activated Thursday.

And while we're at it. Would anyone else rather see Zeile at third when Wiggy comes back? Better patience and pitch selection go a long way in my book

Thursday, April 29, 2004

Reyes Suffers Another Setback

Just as things were looking good in Jose Reyes' rehab, we get this news.

Jose Reyes suffered yet another setback Thursday night in his attempt to return from the strained right hamstring that has already kept him on the shelf for nearly two months.

Reyes, who went 0-for-2, was playing for St. Lucie in a Florida State League game against Vero Beach when he removed himself after a fourth-inning groundout to shortstop. He felt some pain in his leg and decided to shut it down, ending any chance he had of rejoining the team this weekend in San Diego. In fact, the setback could also jeopardize any potential return during next week's homestand.

General manager Jim Duquette called the setback minor but also admitted that the strain Reyes originally suffered was more of a Grade 2 strain -- a more serious injury -- than the Grade 1 strain it was initially described as. Reyes, who played well in his first rehab game Wednesday night, has been out for 46 days.

This sucks. No other way to put it. I don't like the fact that the Mets seemed to mislead everyone about the seriousness of the injury. They are going to receive a huge public relations hit now that this happened. Mike and the Maddog have been killing the Mets over how they handled this, and this will only add fuel to the fire. Now I usually dont pay attention to what thay say, but I think the Mets do.

I think it is time shut him down for a while. I really dont know what else to do. I'll have more on this topic and tonights game tomorrow.
Mets Can't Catch a Break

Dodgers 3 Mets 2

W-Perez (2-1)
L-Trachsel (2-3)
S-Gagne (6)
HR-Matsui (2)

I'm not going to lie. Last nights loss stung. This was a game where the Mets outplayed the Dodgers, but just couldn't catch a break. Milton Bradley robbed Mike Cameron of a homerun in the 6th inning. In the seventh inning the Mets had Jeff Duncan on second with no one out, and failed to drive him. Finally in the eighth. Shane spencer was on second, Eric Gagne was brought into pitch to the slumping Jason Phillips. This matchup had disaster written all over it. To my surprise Phillips hits a shot right up the middle, but with typical Mets luck it hits Gagne and rolls toward first. Gagne had no problem throwing out the fleet of foot Phillips. They even got something going in the 9th, but Cameron popped up to end the game.

Injury News

Peter Abraham of the journal news reports:

Just as the game was starting, second baseman Jose Reyes was finishing his first rehabilitation game with the Class A St. Lucie Mets.

Reyes, who is returning from a strained right hamstring, was 1 for 5 with a double and a run scored. He played all nine innings in a victory against the Vero Beach Dodgers.

Reyes is expected to play again tonight. Barring a setback, he could join the Mets in San Diego tomorrow or Saturday. The same could be true of Cliff Floyd, who is taking regular batting practice in Port St. Lucie.

I am one who truly believes that Reyes makes this team tick. They were lifeless without him last year, and were lifeless so far this year. I can't wait to see him back and watch him and Matsui start to do what I've been waiting for so long.

Also in injury news:

Veteran Scott Erickson reinjured his left hamstring while pitching in a Class A game in Vero Beach, Fla. Erickson took himself out of the game after his 19th pitch, which came in the second inning.

I have to admit I am shocked at this news. Scott Erickson? Injured again? I would have never thunk it.

David Wright

Baseball America has an article on Mets super prospect David Wright. It's hard not to get excited about Wright. No doubt in my mind that he will be our starting third baseman next year and for many years to come.

Just look at this line: 380/494/662/1.156 . That is his avg, obp, slg and ops. Just plain nasty.

Wednesday, April 28, 2004

Mets Win, Piazza Ties HR Record

Mets 9 Dodgers 5

W-Glavine (3-1)
L-Nomo (3-2)
HR-Spencer (1), Zeile (1), Piazza (4)

Do to the fact that this game started at 10:00, I didn't make much of it. Its good to see Piazza finally tie this dumb record, but more importantly, the Mets got a much needed win.

Glavine struggled, giving up 10 hits in 6 innings. Normally that would result in a loss, but the Mets somehow found there bats tonight. Even Jason Phillips had a hit.

Hopefully they can string together a few wins, because help is on the way. Cliff Floyd is expected to join the Mets in San Diego, and Jose Reyes may join them on Tuesday, barring any set backs. Reyes played in an extended spring training game on Monday and had 3 hits and 3 steals. He was held out of the St. Lucie game last night because of wet field conditions.

Monday, April 26, 2004

Mets get shutout again...oh wait, it's an off day

Whew, i've been swamped with school lately, but I must continue the updating.

We start with this news on Al Leiter.

Leiter knows something's wrong, but has refused to undergo an MRI. In explaining why he's chosen to pitch through the pain, the left-hander said, "At this point in my career, what's the point of finding out I need surgery, since I'm not going to do that, anyway?"

Wow, that is just what we need. Imagine he has to shut it down this year? We'd really be screwed then.

And the daily news reports on the injuries to Reyes and Floyd.

Cliff Floyd (strained right quadriceps) is still expected to rejoin the team at some point during the series that opens in Los Angeles tomorrow, though the Mets have stopped making projections on Jose Reyes (right hamstring strain) to avoid having delays from inexact estimates later described as setbacks.

Thank god Floyd will be back soon. We need him desperately. As for Reyes, I don't even want to comment. It will just lead me into some angry rant.

Sunday, April 25, 2004

Mets manage just 2 hits off Clement

Cubs 4 Mets 1

W-Clement (3-1)
L-Leiter (1-1)
S-Borowski (4)
HR-Garcia (3)

Matt Clement took a no-hitter into the seventh, and the Mets managed just 2 hits in the game. They were swept by the cubs and are 2-8 in there last 10 games.

Whats wrong with this team? It's quite simple. They stink. There offense is pitiful, and it doesnt look like it will break out any time soon. Another reason they stink is because of the manager. I think even the most casual Met fan is sick of Art Howe right now.

Once again, I dont feel like repeating myself. This is the same thing every game. They are a bad team, and it sucks because it is April 25th and i've already lost hope for the season.

Next up is LA on tuesday. With anyluck they'll win one game.
Minor League Report

For Games played 4/24.


Tides starter James Baldwin allowed just one unearned run over six and a third innings of work for the victory as Norfolk snapped a five-game losing streak with a 4 - 1 win against the Charlotte Knights. Gerald Williams led the Tides offense going 3 for 4 with a homerun, triple, single, two RBI and two runs scored. Jose Parra pitched a scoreless 9th for his second save of the year. With the win, Norfolk improved to 6 - 8 on the season.


Kole Strayhorn (2-1) took the loss allowing all three runs on five hits in the ninth. It was his third blown save of the season.

Altoona scored three runs in the top of the ninth inning, erasing a Mets lead for a 5-4 win Saturday afternoon at NYSEG Stadium. The loss ended a seven-game home winning streak for the B-Mets

With Altoona trailing 3-2 and down to its final strike, pinch-hitter Ray Navarrette singled down the leftfield line scoring Brandon Chaves, who had singled.

Chris Duffy broke the tie with an RBI double and scored on a Jeff Keppinger single for a 5-3 lead.

St Lucie:

St Lucie lost 4-3 yesterday. Click for the box score.

Cap City:

A 2-0 win for Cap City. Click for the box score.

Click here to view prospect stats.

Injury News

From the Ny Post:

Ty Wigginton (ulcer) was released from the hospital yesterday and was sent home to rest. Scott Erickson (strained left hamstring) made it through three simulated innings on Friday without a problem, while Cliff Floyd (strained right quad) batted against Erickson and was set to hit off Scott Strickland (recovering from Tommy John surgery) yesterday.

Reyes is still not running at 100 percent and has not been placed on a minor-league rehab schedule. The timetable for his return remains uncertain, with the current road trip now a longshot

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