Archive for the ‘Mets’ Category

Johan to the Mets, Yankee prospects safe

January 29, 2008
The New York Mets have agreed to a trade for two-time Cy Young Award winner Johan Santana, giving up four prospects to acquire the left-handed ace of the Minnesota Twins, according to two high-ranking Twins officials with knowledge of the talks and a person close to Santana. (Source)

Cash stood tall, kept all of our prospects and refused to pay double for Santana. The Red Sox were unable to pull off what would’ve been the bs trade of the century (Tacoby Bellsbury and prospects for Santana). So, we’re all good.


Just filling the quota

December 12, 2007


When, nearly three years ago, the Mets added Carlos Beltran and Pedro Martinez, fans were elated. When, however, Minaya added Perez and Chavez and Valentin and Ambiorix Burgos and Orlando Hernandez and Eli Marrero and Julio Franco and Ricky Ledee and Jose Lima and Sandy Alomar Jr. and Jorge Julio and Duaner Sanchez and Geremi Gonzalez and Miguel Cairo and Jorge Sosa and Ramon Castro and Luis Castillo and Jose Offerman and Carlos Delgado and Ruben Gotay and Guillermo Mota and Moises Alou and … well, the bloom is off the rose.

Wrote one blogger: “I’ve been a Mets fan since I saw them win in ’69 and I have to say, I’ve never seen such blatant racism in baseball in the last 40 years.” (Source)

The 2nd Greatest Choke Ever

October 1, 2007


During the extremely long Major League Baseball season, teams are routinely counted out prematurely by media-types. The Yankees were counted out by Jim Rome at the end of May. Then they went on a run and he said they were still alive. Then he stuck a fork in them again after a bad west coast road trip. Then they swept Boston in the Bronx and he said they were alive again. He should make up his mind.

Anyway, the scenario with the cross-town Metropolitans is very different. When you lead the division by seven games with seventeen to play (like the Mets did on September 12th), you have a 99.80% chance of making it and a 500-1 shot of blowing it (per BP Playoff Odds).

Since then, the Mets went 5-12 and their rival Phillies went 13-4 and thus making this the second biggest choke in the history of baseball. Only the ’95 Angels had a higher peak percentage of Playoff Odds and failed to make the playoffs.

The Mets pitching has killed them in September, posting a 5.04 ERA in 243 IP as a team this month. John Maine has a Bonderman-esque 5.53 ERA in 81.1 IP since the break. Billy Wagner has a 3.90 ERA in the second half (6.23 in August). Joe Smith, who pitched very well in the first half, has just pitched 7 IP since the break. Jorge Sosa has a 5.44 ERA since the break. Their pitching has fallen off greatly in the second half.

That Heath Bell trade is looking awful for the Mets as he has posted a 2.12 ERA in 89 IP and a 5.124 WXRL (2nd of NL relievers) with San Diego this year. They could’ve really used him.

Then Thursday, they finally get a great pitched game from Pedro Martinez and Joel Piniero decides to get his spoiler on and posts a line of 8 IP 3 HA 0 ER 1 BB 6 K in a dominating performance and the Mets lose 3-0. They were unlucky on Thursday, but they absolutely choked this weekend.

On the other end of the spectrum, the Phillies continue to mash the ball with six regulars with an OPS+ at 119 or higher: Ryan Howard (142), Chase Utley (147), Jimmy Rollins (119), Pat Burrell (131), Aaron Rowand (126) and Jason Werth (120). The Phillies bullpen has also stepped up big time as lefty J.C. Romero has a 1.24 ERA in 36.2 IP since being acquired. As a reliever, Brett Myers has a 2.87 ERA with 64 K in 53.1 IP (12 K/9).

Let me set the scene:

Friday, Cole Hamels (135 ERA+) turned in a great performance to win his 15th game of the year, sporting a line of 8 IP 6 HA 0 ER 1 BB 13 K to give the Phillies sole possession of 1st place in the NL East while the Mets were busy losing to Byung-Hyun Kim.

Saturday, the Mets got back into it. They won 13-0 behind John Maine’s strong 7.2 IP and Lasting Milledge’s 2 HRs and the Phillies were shut down by Mat Chico and the Nat’s bullpen 4-1. They coughed up the division lead and let the Mets back into it. The two were tied going into the last day of the year.

Sunday might’ve been the last time we see Tom Glavine on a Major League mound. That’s a shame because of the great Hall-of-Fame career that he’s had. Glavine up and choked. He let up hit after hit. Then, after a Cody Ross double to right, Glavine threw the ball into leftfield trying to get Ross at third. The throw scored Ross and gave the Marlins a 4-0 lead, still only one out in the inning.

Then, he really started to gag. Single. Walk. Single.

The next pitch was absolutely jaw-dropping. Glavine hit Dontrell Willis with the bases loaded. That’s right; he threw a beanball to a pitcher with the bases loaded and the season on the line.

Glavine was done after that, so were the Mets. His final line was .1 IP 5 HA 7 ER 2 BB 0 K. He up and choked as the Mets lost 8-1.

The Phillies won in convincing fashion 6-1 behind Howard’s 47th HR of the year. Myers finished off the game striking out two in the ninth and throwing his glove up in the air in celebration.

It was a great moment as the Phils made the playoffs for the first time since ’93. But, this wasn’t about how good the Phillies played down the stretch (even though they did play well), this was about the Mets complete collapse.