Well, it is official, the Mets now have an entire team on the DL. I’ve decided that the field would look like this: Delgado at 1st, Ramon Martinez at 2nd, Reyes at SS, Angel Pagan at 3rd, Beltran in CF, Wagner in LF, Ollie in RF and JJ Putz catching, with John Maine on the mound. I had to stretch it a bit with the pitchers (obviously we need more outfielders on the DL!!!) but whatev. Ollie got RF because it’s the position where you stick the kid who’s not so good at softball/baseball.
Yes, I am aware I’ve become a horrible blogger….oh well.
Ouch. What more can be said about this past series? Starting pitching? Yeah, expect for Pelf. Offense and bullpen? BIG thumbs down. Of course, the one day we did get offense, we didn’t get starting pitching, go figure. Anyway, instead of harping on how painful this series (especially today’s game) was, I choose to focus on the positive.
Seriously, did the Mets run over a bus full of babies while I wasn’t looking? What else could they have done to deserve injuries for 99.9% of their roster? Latest on the injury front: Ramon Martinez has a sore back…great, just as he was showing a little promise. Seriously though, what players HAVEN’T been injured this year? I guarantee it’s a shorter list. Of the 25 men on our Opening Day roster, 11 of them have dealt with injuries this year. That isn’t even counting guys like Redding, Pagan and Martinez who didn’t start the season in Cincinnati. Are you kidding me? I thought last year was the year tainted by injuries…not cool!
I was feeling kind of sick all day, which resulted in me avoiding the kitchen where my mom was cooking and spending the afternoon in front of the TV. The Mets came on and I felt well enough to watch the game, though I still didn’t feel good. Well. Omir decided that was unexceptable. After the 9th, I was feeling a little better, yay!
My friend was at a concert so I was texted him updates and my final text told him not only that the Mets won, but he should just watch the entire 9th inning. Wow. Is this the same Ramon Martinez that had 4 errors in 3 games? How many great defensive plays did the Mets have in the bottom of the 9th? It was certainly an exciting game. Even with all these injuries and an awful time in LA, the Mets were still able to get a come-from-behind in Fenway. Very impressive, and a great ego boost for this team. I know that things always seem better than they are when things are going well, but still, it really helps the team’s overall outlook when we’re winning games like we did tonight. Also, very excited to see Pelf didn’t get the loss. He pitched very well after the 1st and kept the “yips” in check. He didn’t deserve a loss much more than he deserved a win, so although it would be nice to see him go to 5-1, I’m more excited he’s not 4-2. Papelbon’s reaction in the bottom of the 9th after the first out was also priceless.
I’ll miss the game tomorros to visit family for the holiday weekend, but no worries, got someone to text me updates! Here’s hoping that all of the texts are good!
What on earth did the Mets do to deserve this? Seriously, it seems as though half of the team is hurt in some way or another. Delgado, Cora and Schneider are all on the DL (no, we’re not counting Ollie, his only injury is a hurt ego). Reyes is nursing tendinitis, Sheffield just got over food poisoning (so he missed most of Los Angeles)and Putz with a stiff neck, and then right before the start of tonight’s game, we find out Beltran’s knee is bothering him. Oh wait, that’s not all. No, Church had to leave during the game with a sore hamstring. Our lineup looks like something out of Spring Training now. I know Omar and company only have so many options with players (Buffalo’s not looking so hot right now) but I do have one request: please get rid of Ramon Martinez and bring Argenis Reyes up. I know Argenis isn’t a shortstop either, but he is good defensively at second, which will hopefully translate to at least decent defense at shortstop, but seriously, anything would be an improvement on Martinez. Also, Argenis is younger, so even if his bat isn’t better than Martinez’s (and that is REALLY bad), at least you’re giving him some experience at the Major League level, which could benefit us in the future.
I had originally had a blog in my head that would detail the Mets short-fallings, and ways for us to improve. I actually had a three-step program in my head. I was going to complain about the ESPN broadcasters and talk a little about the unfortunate situation with all these injuries.
Wow, this has been a great past couple of days! In addition to my sister finding my absolute favorite (and very obscure) movie on Hulu and a return to my job which I absolutely love, the Mets are proving to all baseball enthusiasts that they are in fact a very good team (of course, I knew this all along)!
Confession about this West Coast roadtrip though: it came at a very bad time for me. I returned to my summer job working at a daycare Friday, and was scheduled for 7:30 in the morning. I don’t have a problem with this, I actually prefer working in the mornings (the way the shifts go, morning workers get more hours) and it’s always good to have something to get me up. I hate sleeping late in the morning, but I’m also very bad at getting myself up…not a good combination. However, this early shift that I was so excited about required me to get up at 6:10…and the Mets were bound to be playing until 1 in the morning! Alas, I had to say goodnight to my Mets with 2 1/2 innings left to be played, and I hit the sack. Go figure I miss great baseball when the Giants tie it and the Mets go ahead for good in the ninth… However, my work hours affected more than Thursday’s game. The daycare took a field trip on Friday, so it was a VERY tiring day for me (note: I work with two year olds, do the math!). When 10 o’clock finally rolled around, I wasn’t sure I was going to get through the whole game. It wasn’t until the fourth or fifth inning when I got really tired. I curled up in a blanket and layed on my couch, watching the Mets losing to the Giants. Even two runs in the sixth couldn’t energize me. For most of the sixth, I was simply listening to Gary and Keith, practically half asleep. Well, obviously this was unacceptable for the guys. They went ahead and loaded the bases with no outs and David Wright came through with the “pitcher of water to the face” with his game-tying double. I was awake for the rest of the game. I also got to leave a wonderful note for my mom to read the next morning detailing exactly how the game commenced. Somehow, I feel anything she might have read online or seen on the tv would have been insufficient. And to think I was seriously considering just going to bed around the sixth inning…
Now on to today’s game: It was after we had scored three runs in the first inning when I shockingly realized, “Wait, JOHAN’S pitching today, what are all those runs doing on the board?!?!?!?!” Today was definitely the day to decide to give Johan some run support. And in return, Johan had an absolutely abysmal outing (well, for him anyway, but seriously, not even a quality start!). That’s kind of like sticking it to the man, don’t you think? Luckily the Mets were able to prevail and we now have a chance to sweep the Giants. Wouldn’t that be a great start to a long road trip. The twitter boards are alight with talks of the 9-1 West Coast roadtrip in 2006. Hmm, how did the 2006 regular season end? (Yes, we are completely ignoring the post season, aside from the fact that we played in it.) If you can’t tell, I’m a big fan of signs. Oh, and is it just me, or are Mets fans now holding their breath whenever Sean Green or Pedro Feliciano (against a right handed hitter) is on the mound? I should be grateful though. Last year, I just had to stop breathing anytime the starter left the game.
Now on to injury news: Reyes. What is up with all these people saying it’s punishment for poor base running that he’s not playing? First off, you don’t bench a guy for three games for that. Second, Reyes is OBVIOUSLY hurt, eyewitnesses have noted it. And why would he have pinch hit? I still think it’s funny that we have stolen 13 bases in three games without him though. Oh, and a funny tid-bit: Atlanta has as many stolen bases all season (7) as we had Thursday night. Wow. Delgado: I’m glad he’s on the DL. No, I’m not happy that he’s hurt, but he’s obviously not feeling well enough to play, and so we’re basically playing with a 24 man roster. Not helpful when in the past five games, two others have been extra innings and two of them have been tied going into the ninth. I really wish that he gets better quickly. In the mean time though, the extra playing time for Sheffield seems to really be helping him. The best part is that he told Kevin Burkhardt yesterday that this means he’ll be more efficient off the bench when Delgado comes back….VERY good to hear that he’s not expecting to become a regular starter. Putz: Today’s game actually made me nervous. He had said before that his fastball lacked velocity because he didn’t have the adrenaline rush of the ninth inning, but then this elbow problem was discovered, so I figured that was the problem. Then he pitches in the ninth in a save situation and his velocity is there. Here’s hoping that his elbow just needed a little rest and now is all better, and he’s not right about this ninth inning versus eighth inning problem.
Can we talk a little about Mr. Clutch…I mean, Wright? Wow. Way to finally click, David. Sorry though, but I’m hoping that this isn’t you being hot, I’m hoping this is you just playing normally. Seriously though, Jerry said it all along. If he was slumping and still hovering around .300, what’s it going to be like when he’s going? 9 for 13 with 3 runs, 9 RBI and 5 stolen bases in 3 games would be the answer. And the stats don’t show a clutch, game-tying double late in a game that seemed to be lost. Now will people stop calling him un-clutch?
The main thought I’ve gotten out of the first three games of this long roadtrip is faith in the team. Now, it’s not like I didn’t believe in the Mets before. Of course I did, I’ve always believed in the Mets. But I’ve always believed in them as a Mets fan. Now, I feel like I believe in them as a baseball enthusiast as well. Most of all after yesterday’s game. I was thinking about this earlier today, and I realized that yesterday’s game is the kind of game I will watch next winter, when I’m missing baseball and just need to fill my craving with a feel good game. I watched the Mets clinch in 06 after a bad Notre Dame football loss. I watched Johan’s three-hit shutout in late December. I can see myself watching us come back late in the night in San Francisco six months from now. Hopefully, I’ll be looking back at the turning point in a Championship season. I have serious faith that a World Series is not wishful thinking anymore.
First off: finals are over, I am back in New York and it’s SUMMER!
And I still don’t have time for a long blog…
Well, I do need to let everyone know that I got tickets to the Mets/Phillies game I wanted to go to! My best friend (who’s from Pennsylvania and even though she doesn’t really care about baseball, still thinks I should root for the Phillies) and I will be at Citi on June 11th to see the Mets destroy that team from Pennsylvania… Oh, and remember my new Mets fan at school? Yeah, he’ll be at that game too, seeing a section over…what a coincidence! Anyway, so excited to actually have tickets to a Mets game this year.
My acquistion of these tickets (and subsequent facebook status to brag about it) led to my Mets friend from school asking if I might want to go to more games…Um, YES!!! The Mets will be at Chicago the first weekend next semester, and Notre Dame is only two hours away from Chicago, so I’ve wanted to go, but didn’t know who I would go with. I guess that’s why you creepily message people in the student newspaper. Anyway, he said he bought too many tickets for the series, so invited me to go. I don’t know which game or games I’m going to–he had tickets to the whole series, but I don’t know if he has a ticket for me for every game–but still, this season will at least equal the amount of Mets games I’ve seen in my life before, so I’d consider this a good summer for baseball!
Oh, and anyone else note that we haven’t lost since we took Ollie out of the rotation? Let’s keep it going, John. And Jerry? Totally worth the suspension, that was at least the second obviously bad call of the game and our players really need to see your faith in them. Hope they win today, so that this inefficiency of the the umpires doesn’t cost us.
Ok, now I am probably one of the few fans that is always giving the benefit of the doubt to whatever player may be slumping at the moment. Heilman last year? He was injured. The bullpen? They were missing Billy. Never, in all my years of being a Met fan, have I wanted to see a player off the team more than when Jerry FINALLY took Ollie out today. I don’t necessarily want him traded (though I can’t say that I would be too upset to see that), I still think he has the potential to be a great pitcher. I want him on Buffalo SOOOOO badly right now. Just do it, Omar, just send him down. And Ollie, you better accept. Howie Rose mentioned today that the Phillies did that with Brett Myers last year and it really worked. Now, I’m not one to recommend copying the Phillies, but I wouldn’t mind copying this particular choice. Please, give Mets fans a break and take him out of the rotation.
Oh wow, I had a positive reason for writing this post, and just completely forgot it….thanks Ollie! Haha, oh, I remembered. Aside from the good news that Ollie did all he could to get demoted (and we SHOULD get at least a few weeks without him), there was one other good thing I came out of this game with. We can totally kill the Phillies this year! Think about it: they scored four of their runs against Ollie (and that’s nothing to brag about, I’m pretty sure my brother’s little league team could score four, if not more). Sure, Pedro Feliciano gave up one homerun (if you want a great comment on him, check out Matthew Cerrone’s blog…so true) and Green was sooooo not himself, but aside from Ollie, giving up 2 runs in 10 innings is a completely beatable score. Speaking of which, really Sean Green? You’re telling me infield hit, hit-by-pitch, walk, walk is your effort for the day? Not cool. But seriously, we basically handed that game to the Phillies. Once Ollie was out, there wasn’t really too much trouble until the 10th. Jose Reyes will not continue to slump and pop out with the bases loaded…not too worried about Phillies series this season. And how did the Phillies manage to not face Johan in their first two series against us? Not cool.
Oh, and I officially hate FOX…and the Midwest. Seriously, who wants to watch Detroit play anyway? FOX was broadcasting the Mets game today, but they were also broadcasting two other games at the same time. My region was showing the Detroit game, and I was blacked out for MLB.tv, so I had to “radio” it. But seriously, isn’t the whole point of having a nationally broadcast game so that people who normally can’t watch a game get to see it? NOT COOL. Not that I didn’t love listening to Howie, but still…
Ok, I have three finals to study for and a huge project to finish….back in New York in 6 days!