The Mets pitchers and catchers have to report to Port St. Lucie by tomorrow and have their physicals on Tuesday. There isn’t a lot of intrigue this year given the team’s dire financial situation. But the one pitcher that everyone will be keeping an eye on is Johan Santana. He missed all of last season recovering from surgery on his left shoulder and there are still major questions about when he can come back. And there are even bigger questions about how effective he’ll be when he does come back. The good news is that Santana only has two years left on his deal with the Mets plus a team option for 2014. I never thought that I’d be counting down the days until Santana’s contract ended.
There are some new faces in the bullpen this year. Jon Rauch, Ramon Ramirez, and Frank Francisco will be the newly acquired back of the bullpen. Tim Byrdak will be back as the lefty specialist. D.J. Carrasco might find himself back in the minors again if he can’t keep it together. Carrasco might be pitching along side Pedro Beato at Buffalo this season. Beato started hot last season but ended dreadfully. He’s available to send back to the minors now that the Mets got past his Rule 5 season. Continue reading →
The Mets lost the game and lose two of three in the series in San Francisco before the All-Star break. Mike Pelfrey had a solid start going 6 innings and allowing 2 runs. But he couldn’t match Matt Cain who threw 6 shutout innings. Jon Niese, in his first relief appearance, and D.J. Carrasco let the game get away in the seventh inning by allowing 2 more runs.
On offense, the Mets had 9 hits and 3 walks so they had some opportunities to score but couldn’t capitalize. They left 10 runners on base and Daniel Murphy left 3 runners in scoring position with 2 outs.
The Mets come back to New York for the break at one game over .500.
What a roller coaster this game was. I went from thrilled and excited to utterly disgusted and then even more disgusted. Typical Mets game.
This one went 10 innings tonight. It started out with a rough game by R.A. Dickey. He just didn’t have it and only went 4 innings allowing 4 earned runs. The Mets were down 6-2 after the fourth inning when Jason Bay (yeah, that Jason Bay) hit an RBI single and Scott Hairston hit a bomb of a 3-run homer. We haven’t seen many of those this year. It had me thinking a big comeback win was in the making.
The Mets took an 8-6 lead into the ninth when K-Rod allowed a 2-run homer to pinch hitter Brooks Conrad to tie the game. At least he wouldn’t get another game finished toward his vesting option!
In the tenth inning, D.J. Carrasco allowed 2 hits and a walk. Then he balked with a runner on third base to lose the game. Losing on a balk in the tenth inning! It was horrendous.
The Mets still win the series in Atlanta 2-1 and finish the road trip at 6-4.
This week Kerel Cooper of On The Black and I talk about the Mets current four game winning streak. We talk about how we got here with strong starting pitching from Mike Pelfrey, Jon Niese, and Chris Capuano.
We also talk about Chris Young coming off the disabled list and the decision to keep Dillon Gee on the roster at the expense of D.J. Carrasco.
We update our thoughts on the Mets prospects for the season now that we’re nearly a month into the season.
The Braves continued the beatdown the Mets are taking this week with their 7th straight loss. D.J. Carrasco made a spot start for Chris Young and gave up three solo homers to lose the game. The Braves had four solo homers total in the game.
The second game was a combination of no offense, the Mets had 2 hits, and bad pitching by Mike Pelfrey again. He gave up 4 runs in 5 innings on 11 hits and 1 walk. It was another bad start for Pelf but he did lower his season ERA to 9.72. Combine poor performances with stupidity like Daniel Murphy getting thrown out stealing third base with no outs and down by 3 runs, it’s a recipe for disaster.
This is the second sweep of a doubleheader in three days and the first time they’ve been swept in back to back doubleheaders since 1982. This is clearly the worst team we’ve seen the Mets put on the field in recent years. Dillon Gee is going to make a spot start tomorrow and he pitched well at the end of last season. But having to rely on a Triple-A call up to stop a 7 game skid is a tough situation.
Mike Pelfrey (0-1 10.80) vs. Jair Jurrjens (0-0 NA)
TV: Fox, SNY Radio: WFAN
What to watch: The Mets, losers of five straight games, limp into Atlanta for a three game series starting with a rain-delayed doubleheader today. Chris Young couldn’t make the start because of bicep tendinitis so Carrasco gets a spot start. Expect to see the bullpen working early and often in this game.
Pelfrey goes in the second game and the Mets have lost all three games that he started this year. Jurrjens hasn’t made a start this season after straining his oblique during a spring training game on March 24.
New York Mets (4-9) at Atlanta Braves (5-8) 7:30pm
D.J. Carrasco (0-0 4.05) vs. Derek Lowe (1-2 1.45)
TV: SNY Radio: WFAN
What to watch: The Mets, losers of five straight games, limp into Atlanta for a three game series starting tonight. Chris Young couldn’t make the start because of bicep tendinitis so Carrasco gets a spot start.
The Braves haven’t been playing great baseball either so maybe this is what the Mets need to get right. The Braves have lost series’ to the Brewers, Phillies, and Marlins already. But Lowe has pitched really well in his two starts, both losses. He’s allowed only 3 runs in 13 innings and his WHIP is a paltry 1.07. It’s been tough to get on base against him so far this season.
With just under four weeks till pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training, the 4th and 5th spots of the rotation are up in the air but the bullpen is starting to take shape. Here are the highlights (or lowlights) of this week:
With the 1 – 3 spots expected to be filled by Mike Pelfrey, R. A. Dickey & Jon Niese, Chris Capuano, Dillon Gee and Jenrry Mejia will all be vying for those back-end spots.
Free agent Jeff Francis signs with the Royals for a one year, $2 million contract and could earn another $2 million in incentives, too steep a price for the budget-conscious Sandy Alderson. Francis was one of two starters that the Mets targeted for the rotation and would have slotted in as the number 4 starter. So the Mets focus their energy on their 2nd choice…
Chris Young, the other free agent on the Mets radar is still close to making a decision on where to play. He is the top remaining starter available now that Jeff Francis has signed with the Royals. The Mets have been rumored to be close to signing Young for two months now. The Nationals were also rumored to have an interest in Young.
Johan Santana has been cleared by Mets doctors to begin a throwing program leading into spring training. That does not mean he will start throwing just that he has been cleared to throw. He’s expected to be out for the year but being the bulldog that he is we may be lucky enough to see him pitch this year. Continue reading →