With Memorial Day signifying the start of summer, June brings us some interesting match-ups and more interleague play. Here are some of the things I’m looking forward to this month:
The Mets schedule starts the month of June in San Diego. Actually, the Mets are IN San Diego for Memorial Day May 31st. San Diego, being a huge naval base to the Pacific Fleet, is an appropriate choice to spend Memorial Day and a great way for us Mets fans to brush up on our history.
There will be a Midway Memorial Day Tribute at Petco Park as part of a special pregame tribute to the military and the USS Midway as well as a fireworks show after the game. I hope the Padres wear their military themed uniforms. I was always a huge fan of Adrian Gonzalez and always wanted the Mets to get him to play first base. Having Ike Davis, who is also homegrown, means this will never happen. After watching Ike play, I’m glad the Mets never made the attempt. Continue reading “Mets 2010 Schedule – Looking Ahead to June”
David Wright on the other hand has struggled to find his power stoke since leaving Shea Stadium behind. Last year we chalked up some of his power loss to playing in the World Classic and some to Citi Field. This year there are no excuses and I don’t think his power struggles are over just yet.
Although Wright will easily top last years home run totals, many fans I have spoken with seem to think Citi Field has gotten into his head. Wright hit 4 of his 7 homers on the last 6 game road trip but he’s still going to have to find a way to hit homers at home.
The Mets had to expect some drop off from last year’s attendance. Even though the 2009 Mets were a horrible team, it was the opening season for Citi Field. The curiosity factor of the new stadium was sure to draw, and it did.
The luster of the new stadium is gone. It’s still new but not shiny and new anymore. The Mets did add some significant trimmings recognizing the history of the team. They forgot when they opened the stadium that the Mets did, indeed, exist prior to 2009. But that’s mostly fixed now.
John Maine has maintained his spot in the starting rotation despite two terrible starts to begin the 2010 season. His spot may not be secure for long.
After John Maine’s 3 IP 8 ER blow up last night in Denver, there were some legitimate questions about whether he would stay in the rotation. Those questions were answered today by Jerry Manuel. Maine will remain in the rotation for now.
The beat reporters are all writing about Maine’s lengthy conversation with Manuel this afternoon in Colorado. And I think there is something admirable about sticking with your guys. I’m sure the rest of the players on the roster are happy about Maine not getting the boot so quickly. Continue reading “John Maine Rotation Spot Safe, For Now”
Tomorrow March 7th at 10AM tickets go on sale for single games at Citi Field. I’m not a season ticket or ticket plan buyer, so that’s always the ticket sales date that I look forward to. You can buy tickets at Mets.com.
Here are the series’ that I’m targeting to see if there are any good seats left:
May 25-27 Phillies– The end of May is when we’re really getting a sense of how teams look. There’s still a long way to go, but the beginning of the season is over and it’s time to get serious.
June 25-27 Minnesota– Contrary to most other fans, I really like inter-league games. This series is exactly why I like it so much. I can’t wait to see Joe Mauer and Justin Mourneau at Citi Field.
September 17-19 Atlanta– I don’t think Atlanta will be any good but I want to make sure that I have tickets for the series in case things are getting tight in the NL East at the end of the year. Also, see September 10-13 against Philly. That’s a good series too.
10AM tomorrow is the time to get your orders in. Let me know which series’ you’re targeting below in the comments.
Spring training games start up Tuesday against the Braves in Port St. Lucie. That’s always a great sign that the season will get started soon, and the miserable winter weather will be long gone almost as soon. Although there are plenty of stories about the Mets coming out of Mets training camp, here are a few that really stand out this week:
NY Post – Jose Reyes was interviewed by federal agents regarding his relationship with Canadian doctor Anthony Galea. The doctor was charged with possession of performance enhancing drugs and his client list includes Tiger Woods and swimmer Dana Torres.
Star- Ledger – Kelvim Escobar still can’t pitch because of a sore shoulder that’s kept him from pitching for the last two seasons. Jerry Manuel says that Escobar probably won’t be ready for opening day either. Joel Sherman continues his assault on the Mets by writing that Escobar’s woes sums up the Mets whole operation.
NY Post – The Post reports that the covering for the “C” in the Citi Field sign fell during bad weather onto empty seats in the outfield smashing into pieces. If you’re in the outfield seats during a windy game, watch you back. The Post goes on to list the litany of structural problems that have plagued Citi Field in it’s first year of existence.
Daily News – Adam Rubin has a good, long interview with David Wright. There are many of the same story lines that you’ve already heard: his new-look physique, lack of power and high strikeout total last year, and his joking with Chipper Jones about how big the Citi Field outfield is.