Fred Wilpon Trashes Mets in Interview

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Mets owner Fred Wilpon decided to do an extensive interview with Jeffrey Toobin on New Yorker magazine to rehabilitate his image. Obviously, he’s been under fire financially and painted as a crook by the Madoff trustee. That may or may not be true. I don’t know.

What better way to clear your good name than doing an extensive profile with a respected magazine journalist? Well, sometimes it’s better to just keep your mouth shut if you don’t have anything good to say. This just appears to be another example of the bumbling Mets owner being disconnected from reality. Or maybe living in his own reality that nobody else ever gets to visit.

The profile is about Wilpon’s rise from rags to riches. Frankly, it’s a pretty boring story. If you go directly to page 7, you’ll see that it isn’t so boring when it comes to his feelings about some prominent Mets players. David Wright isn’t a superstar. Jose Reyes won’t get Carl Crawford money in free agency. Wilpon was a schmuck for signing Carlos Beltran to the contract they agreed on and isn’t the player he used to be. And Ike Davis is a good hitter on “a shitty team”. Continue reading “Fred Wilpon Trashes Mets in Interview”

Video: Mets Weekly Report – Dickey, Murphy, Beltran

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In this week’s video weekly Mets Report with Kerel Cooper of On The Black we first talk about R.A. Dickey and the disappointing season that he’s having. It’s only the middle of May but Dickey hasn’t won a game in more than a month. He signed a 2-year deal before the season but certainly isn’t living up to the expectations that the Mets had for him when they signed the deal.

We also get into Daniel Murphy playing first base with Ike Davis on the disabled list. Kerel asks if this is going to hurt Murphy’s defensive development at second base. He’s definitely made some strides defensively but Murphy is probably the best backup corner infielder on the team.

The last topic that we touch on is Carlos Beltran and the resurgent season that he’s having in the final year of his contract with the Mets. The timing is great for Beltran and the Mets if they’re planning to trade him, which you have to assume that the Mets are. Beltran does have a full no-trade clause but the Mets haven’t done anything yet this season to appear to make a run at the playoffs. So he would probably waive that clause for a chance to get into a playoff race. Maybe he could even do some major damage like he did with the Astros in the ’04 postseason.

Mets 4 – Rockies 3 May 10, 2011

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The Mets finally got a win against the Rockies this season after starting 0-5. Mike Pelfrey had a second consecutive solid start and hit a 2-run double in the fourth inning that plated the winning run. He ended up going 6.2 innings and allowing 3 runs to lower his season ERA to 5.74. He still has a way to go to make that ERA respectable but he seems to be on the right track now.

The big news is that Ike Davis was injured on a collision with David Wright. They were going for a pop up in front of the mound. It looked like Davis rolled his ankle but it turns out that he strained his calf. Daniel Murphy moved over to first base and Justin Turner took over at second base.

The Mets and Rockies finish the series, weather permitting, today at 3pm.

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Phillies 10 – Mets 3 April 29, 2011

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The Mets got rocked in this game even worse than the score indicates. They were down 10-0 going into the ninth inning. Ike Davis and Jason Pridie hit homers in the ninth to make it somewhat respectable. Mike Pelfrey looked decent after overcoming a nasty flu but lost it in the fourth and fifth innings and ended up allowing 4 runs in 4.1 innings.

Dillon Gee had a bad debut out of the bullpen too. Ryan Howard ripped a grand slam off Gee for his second homer of the game. It was ugly all the way around for the Mets tonight.

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Mets 6 – Nationals 4 April 26, 2011

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The Mets won their fifth game in a row on their first game of a road trip to DC. Chris Young came back from the disabled list to somewhat of a shaky start. He only got through 4.2 innings allowing 3 solo home runs including two of those to Wilson Ramos. Young only allowed 4 hits and 2 walks but started getting pretty wild in the fifth inning. It was definitely time for him to get pulled.

The Mets offense was particularly impressive in scoring their 6 runs in four different innings. They had 12 hits and 1 walk in the game and kept stringing hits together. There was a big surprise in the second inning when Young laid down a safety squeeze scoring Ike Davis. I was so surprised that I thought it might have been a busted play with Davis making an unplanned dash for home.

Davis had 3 more hits in the game including a double to raise his average to .338 and Josh Thole put up 3 RBI’s in the game to lead the offense.

The streaking Mets go for the series win tomorrow night in DC.

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Mets 4 – D-Backs 1 April 22, 2011

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The Mets won their second game in a row behind a really strong start by Mike Pelfrey. Pelf went 7 innings allowing 1 run and lowering his ERA by 2.5 runs. He looked like the Pelf when he was going strong last season, his sinker was working for strikes and he mixed in a couple of curveballs for strikes too. It’s a shame that he hasn’t been able to be more consistent when you see him pitch like he did tonight.

The Mets couldn’t get much going offensively against Joe Saunders managing only 2 hits off him. They finally got on the board when the D-Backs bullpen took over and Ike Davis hit a 2-run homer. It was initially called a double off the center field wall. But Terry Collins asked for a review and got one. The instant replay clearly showed it was over the line of the wall for Davis’ second homer in two days.

The Mets put up some insurance runs in the eighth as the D-Backs kicked the ball around. And Jason Isringhausen and K-Rod locked down the late innings. This game was just how Collins would have drawn it up. I hope they can keep the good vibes going.

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Mets 9 – Astros 1 April 21, 2011

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The Mets had a confluence of events that finally led to a home win tonight. Jason Bay came off the disabled list, Terry Collins got thrown out, and David Wright started hitting again. Maybe the most important factor of the night was that Chris Capuano had a great start going 7 innings and only allowing 1 run. He lowered his ERA to 5.95 (still awful) but made some great progress tonight. Hopefully, he can get more consistent.

The Mets had some solid offense with 8 hits and 2 walks including three home runs. But they also took advantage of some bumbling, stumbling play by the sorry Astros. Mike Nickeas had his first career home run. David Wright got off an 0 for 20 schnide with a home run and Ike Davis hit his classic straight center field shot.

The only down side to the game was that Angel Pagan left with an injury after running into Justin Turner on a pop up. It looked like he might have hyperextended his elbow but I’m sure we’ll hear more over the next day or so.

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