Mets 8 – Cardinals 2 July 27, 2010

New York Mets' Jeff Francoeur (C) celebrates his two-run home run against the Minnesota Twins with team-mates during the fourth inning of inter-league MLB baseball action at Citi Field in New York June 27, 2010. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL) was at the game last night so I got home too late to work on the game recap. Here’s the box score of the game for you. Big three-run homer from Jeff Francoeur and another nice start from Jon Niese were the stories of the game. Not to mention that the Mets continue their winning ways after home after getting beaten to a pulp on the west coast.

Here’s the post-game audio.

Jon Niese post-game

Jerry Manuel post-game

Carlos Beltran post-game

Mets 4 – Giants 3 July 18, 2010

July 18, 2010 - San Francisco, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES - epa02252957 New York Mets Ike Davis follows through with an RBI double off a pitch by San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Chris Ray during the eighth inning at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California, USA 18 July 2010. Mets avoided the sweep in San Francisco with an extra innings win that was marked by some of the worst umpiring work I’ve seen in a long time. Johan Santana was outstanding for his fourth consecutive start going 8 innings and only allowing 1 run. Unfortunately, he didn’t get a win for the great work that he did.

Francisco Rodriguez blew the save in the ninth with a 3-1 lead allowing the Giants to score 2 runs. The Giants were the victims of a blown call at home plate by Phil Cuzzi. Travis Ishikawa was called out on a play at home that would have scored the winning run. He was clearly safe. You didn’t even need a replay to see that. That was just the start of some horrible umpiring in the ninth inning.

The Mets offense was solid with 10 hits and 2 walks in the game. The hero of the game was Ike Davis going 3 for 5 with a long double off the brick wall in right field in the tenth inning to score Jason Bay and win the game. Bay was also 3 for 5 in the game.

The Mets get lucky to escape San Francisco with a win and head to Arizona.

Box score

Johan Santana post-game

Francisco Rodriguez post-game

Jerry Manuel post-game

Mets’ Carlos Beltran Returns From DL

New York Mets center fielder Carlos Beltran (15) warms up prior to the game against the Washington Nationals on September 18, 2008 at Nationals Park in Washington. (UPI Photo/Mark Goldman) Photo via Newscom Photo via Newscom Mets made room on the roster for Carlos Beltran by optioning Jesus Feliciano to Triple-A Buffalo after yesterday’s game. Jerry Manuel has told reporters that Beltran will slot into the cleanup spot and start on Thursday in center field. It’s too bad for Feliciano. He hit .278 in 54 at-bats and did a nice job. He’s no All-Star but I like his game as a solid fielder and a consistent bat off the bench.

Manuel also told reporters that Angel Pagan will start in right field on Thursday in San Francisco. Jeff Francoeur will hit the bench. Clearly, that’s the right decision. There’s no way that Francoeur deserves to play over Pagan. Pagan’s game is so much more dynamic with his ability to hit consistently and the speed he has.

When asked by reporters if he thought he would be rusty at the plate:

“Who knows? I mean, the way I played in Port St. Lucie, I think I swung the bat well. But at the big league level it’s a different story,” Beltran said. “I do feel like I need to make adjustments. It will take me time. I don’t expect to come here and rake. I just expect to come here and like I say, do my part. Being able to contribute any way I can, and I believe in that.”

You can listen to Beltran’s interview from Citi Field yesterday with Wayne Hagin of WFAN.

Carlos Beltran audio

Mets 2010 All-Stars Wright and Reyes

David Wright will be the lone Mets starter in the 2010 MLB All-Star game. He’s making his fifth appearance this season and is making a really nice comeback from a dreadful 2009 season. I have to admit that I didn’t vote for Wright. My 2010 All-Star vote was for Scott Rolen at third base. I tried to be objective and I just think that Rolen is having a better season than Wright and he’s playing for a first place team. That has a little bit of weight in my mind.

Jose Reyes is coming off the bench this year behind Hanley Ramirez. It’s his third All-Star appearance and he’s on the roster because Troy Tulowitzki is hurt. Fellow Mets report writer John Wenk voted for both Wright and Reyes this year. I just didn’t see either one as a solid starter.

I’ve heard some griping from Mets fans that Mike Pelfrey wasn’t selected by manager Charlie Manuel for the pitching staff. But he’s scheduled to pitch Sunday against the Braves, so there’s no way that he could pitch in the game. It’s too bad because his numbers are right there for the All-Stars despite the fact that he hasn’t had his best stuff for the last four starts.

Audio-David Wright on 2010 All-Stars

Audio-Jose Reyes on 2010 All-Stars

Mets’ Oliver Perez Not Going Anywhere

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The continuing Oliver Perez saga has taken a few turns but the result has been the same. Perez isn’t accepting a demotion to the minors. He isn’t going to Florida to see a sports psychologist and he wants to know who the anonymous teammates are that told the media that he should go.

He told Fanhouse that he’s staying to work through his problems with Dan Warthen and Randy Niemann. He has to start prepping himself to pitch in New York again and that could get really ugly. There’s been a lot of talk about booing home players over the past couple of years. This one could be off the charts though.

Check out what Perez had to say when asked about the teammates that told the media that he should go.

Audio- Oliver Perez

The fans and the media are calling loudly for him to go including the Times drawing a comparison to Dontrelle Willis and the Daily News as well. But none of that could compare to the barrage of boo’s he’ll get the next time he pitches at Citi Field.

Audio: Oliver Perez Meltdown Reaction

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The situation with Oliver Perez has really become intolerable at this point. The Mets can’t keep trotting him out there every fifth day and expect to be blown out in 20% of their games. It’s hurting morale and it’s hurting the bullpen, not to mention the Mets spot in the NL East standings.

There’s been a lot of reaction this morning about Perez’ latest meltdown on the mound. He blamed the cold weather for his last stinker against the Giants but he didn’t have that excuse in Miami last night.

There’s been discussion of who should take Perez’ spot in the rotation. And discussion of the fact that we’re beyond the point of looking for Perez’ upside. Continue reading “Audio: Oliver Perez Meltdown Reaction”

Audio: Manuel, Feliciano Post Game May 5, 2010

Pedro Feliciano
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It’s comical to hear Ed Coleman and Kevin Burkhardt asking Pedro Feliciano questions about giving up the game winning homer in extras today. What do they expect him to say? Cabrera hit the ball well and it went out. Enough said.

It’s got to be tough to stand there and answer questions about letting the team down in extra innings. But I guess that’s why they get paid the big bucks.

Audio- Feliciano 5/5/10

Jerry Manuel talks about Jason Bay and how cold he is. They’re going to keep running him out there even though he can’t hit the broad side of a barn right now. 0-12 in the Cincy series.

Audio- Manuel 5/5/10