The Mets had a great opening day with Johan Santana looking good for five innings of shutout ball. The pre-game ceremony celebrating the life of Hall of Famer Gary Carter was bittersweet, bringing back some great memories of the 80’s teams. But things went awry in the seventh inning when Andres Torres left the game with a calf strain and immediately went on the disabled list.
The problem is that center field is a position that the Mets are extremely thin at. The most likely scenario is that Kirk Nieuwenhuis joins the big league team. He missed a lot of time at Buffalo last year with a shoulder injury. And he’s been working out at Port St. Lucie instead of going to Buffalo with the rest of the team. If healthy, he’s the best option to play center field for a couple of weeks until Torres gets back. Maybe he’ll shine and take over the job and not give it back to Torres.
Scott Hairston is the backup center fielder. But he’s definitely not an everyday center fielder. He could fill in for a game or two here or there but he’s shaky in the outfield. You don’t want him out there everyday for two weeks.
Here’s a great app review of the MLB AtBat 2012 app for the iPhone from my two friends Kerel Cooper of OnTheBlack.com and David Daniels of Mets Report fame and his own site DavidDaniels.com. Check out the review for the features in the AtBat app for this season.
I bought the 2011 AtBat app for Android last year and loved it. MLB Advanced Media did a great job with it and I really liked being able to listen to the radio feeds for the home or away team for every game.
R.A. Dickey has a new book coming out this week called “Wherever I Wind Up”. Some excerpts hit the Internet today to generate buzz for the book. The two revelations that came out today were:
Dickey found a syringe on the locker room floor when he played for Texas in 2001. He suspected steroids but didn’t know for sure.
Dickey was sexually abused as a child.
There have been several professional athletes in recent years that have publicly discussed being sexually abused as children. It’s incredibly courageous to come out publicly with such a painful memory.
It sounds like the book is going to be a good read. And Dickey is a real literary type from all accounts so I’m sure the book is well written and insightful.
Here’s some video of Dickey talking about the book to the media today.
I know I haven’t done much blogging at all on the Mets since the season ended but I did feel compelled to write up this posting because it effects everyone, not just bloggers. I also felt it belonged here on a Mets blog because MLB is backing this legislation – David Daniels
Here we are about 6 weeks before spring training, the winter meetings are over and baseball news is few and far between. But some of us bloggers have been monitoring a disturbing piece of legislation making it’s way through Congress right now. It’s called SOPA, the Stop Online Piracy Act, and it is a bill that can take down every single blogging website caught with any kind of pirated material, including this one. It’s coming up for a vote this week!
SOPA is actually well-intentioned. Corporations, like Major League Baseball, want to prevent piracy and copyright infringement. But they do so in an overly-aggressive, innovation-endangering way. They allow the entertainment industry to censor sites they feel “engage in, enable or facilitate” infringement.
That means the Attorney General would have the power to cut off select websites from search engines like Google. It could also cut off advertisers and payment processors like Visa from the sites. The Attorney General could essentially kill all of a site’s traffic and revenue in a matter of days.
This was quite the interesting year for our New York Mets, from the worst start in club history to HatGate… with 9 games left to the season there are still a few things to look forward to. Hard to believe a team who has been out of playoff contention for months can have so much riding on the last 9 games of the season but it’s more about hope for the future than anything else.
Will Reyes Win the Batting Title?
Our first batting champion in Mets history? Although it won’t help our prospects of resigning him, but if the Mets do manage to resign Jose Reyes this will be a huge reason, maybe the only reason, why the fans will come back next year… to see our homegrown Batting Champion lead a new round of youngsters to a winning season.
Will the Mets End Up in Last?
I actually picked the Mets for last this year. They are 4 games out of last with 9 to play. They also happen to play a series against the Phillies and Cards before they end the season against the Reds. Will the Phillies cruise and give the Mets a break or will they go all out and try to bury the Mets? The Cards are in full blown Wild Card race mode so they will be tough to beat.
After reading Yahoo Sports this afternoon, I wasn’t surprised to come across an article reporting that the Mets had a real shot at finishing up in last place. To me it seems for the last 4 years they have always had a shot at finishing up in last place. Coming into Spring Training I thought this looked like a last place team and now they may actually be that team.
Will they rise to the occasion this year and stay out of last, giving us hope for the future? Or will they wither from the dog days of summer and end up in last, right where I predicted they would be…?
Only time will tell but the Mets, Nationals, and Marlins are all within 2 games of each other. So, for the next 6 weeks there’s sort of an anti-pennant race we can all watch. The race to the cellar!
The Mets schedule for the rest of August is brutal. Milwaukee, Phillies, and then Atlanta. Then they’ll finish off with a strange series against the Marlins.
5 Game Series with Florida
The Mets have an interesting 5 game series with Florida coming up the end of this month. They then go on to play the Nationals and Marlins on the road.
They still have series against Atlanta, the Phillies, St. Louis and Cincinnati in September too. These will all be tough series to take. They have 12 games away and 14 games at home. This year home field advantage has not been an advantage at all.
I’ll be doing a live interactive Mets fan show tonight at 7pm during the game with the Marlins with Kerel Cooper of On The Black. The format is terrific to chat with other Mets fans during the game. It’s the first http://laparkan.com/buy-accutane/ time we’re doing a show during a game so we can watch the game together for Brad Hand going against Chris Capuano. You can join the show at Ustream or right here.