Mets Mike Baxter Could Take Over Left Field

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 01: Head Trainer Ray Ramir...
NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 01: Head Trainer Ray Ramirez walks Mike Baxter #23 of the New York Mets back to the dugout after being injured crashing into the wall during the game against the St. Louis Cardinals at CitiField on June 1, 2012 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)

Jason Bay’s career has continued it’s steep decline this year. There have been calls from fans for two and a half years to keep Bay out of the lineup so he can’t continue to damage the Mets. Now that Mike Baxter is playing at Buffalo in rehab games, that possibility could become a reality sooner than later.

Baxter’s been on the disabled list since June 1st, when he made that great catch in left field preserving Johan Santana’s no-hitter. But he dislocated his collarbone in the process and ended up losing two months of the season.

Let’s face it, Bay has less than a year and a half on his contract with the Mets. He’s hitting .170/.246/.330 right now and there’s no prospect of improvement on the horizon. As the money left on his contract becomes smaller and smaller, the need to continue to try to get something out of him is reduced.

I’m not sure that Baxter is a long-term solution in left field as en everyday player, but I like the energy and effort he has on the field. And in 40 games (74 PA’s), he’s hitting .323/.392/.523. More than respectable! And when he did get a chance to play, he seemed to be in the middle of every rally. Not killing rallies like Bay has for nearly three seasons, when he’s been healthy enough to play. I’m all for giving Baxter a shot to hold onto left field as the primary starter with Bay playing occasionally against lefties.

Mets Johan Santana Struggles Again Against Dodgers

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 20:  Johan Santana #57 of ...
NEW YORK, NY – JULY 20: Johan Santana #57 of the New York Mets walks back to the dugout after the final out of the second-inning during the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at CitiField on July 20, 2012 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)

Johan Santana got bombed last by the Dodgers for 6 runs in 3 innings. It’s the third straight really bad start that he’s had. The Braves got him for 6 runs in 5 innings and the Cubs got 7 runs in 4.2 innings against him. It’s undeniable that he’s struggling.

The Mets are “considering options” for Santana which basically means they’re thinking about tinkering with getting him off his regularly scheduled starts. I’m not sure if that’s the answer because it doesn’t look like he’s lost velocity. So it doesn’t appear that he’s going through a dead arm period.

Things started going sideways for Santana after his no-hit miracle on June 1st when he didn’t start again for seven days. Sure, the 134 pitch no-hitter could have taken something out of him. And, yes, he is coming off a major shoulder surgery a year and a half ago. But in-season modifications to a starting pitchers schedule can cause big problems. Continue reading “Mets Johan Santana Struggles Again Against Dodgers”

Johan Santana Post No-Hitter Twitter Reaction

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After last night’s historic no-hitter, Johan Santana took to Twitter to post a series of Tweets thanking fans and his teammates in both English and Spanish.

One of the great things about social media is the immediacy of contact and the directness that players/celebrities/whomever can have contact with fans. I suppose that can also be the negative aspect of social media in some cases too though.

Take a look at some of Johan Santana’s tweets from last night after the game.



Video: Johan Santana No-Hitter Final Out

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Here’s the video from MLB with Johan Santana striking out David Freese for the final out of his no-hitter last night. It’s funny, I still can’t believe that this actually happened last night. I have the game on my DVR and there’s no way  that I’m deleting that video. I’ll burn it to a DVD and hold onto it.

This is one of the rare videos that MLB makes available for us to embed on our site. So enjoy it and Let’s Go Mets!!!

Mets Johan Santana Throws Mets First No-Hitter

Johan Santana
Johan Santana (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I can’t believe that I’m finally writing this post. After 50 years, over 8,000 games… Johan Santana threw the first no-hitter in Mets history. The Padres are the only team left in MLB without a no-hitter in their history. And it feels good.

The game will be defined by two plays. Mike Baxter caught a fly ball while crashing into the left field wall. The catch kept the no-hitter in tact, although Baxter left the game with shoulder pain. The second play was a hit by Carlos Beltran down the left field line that was called a foul ball. Replays showed it hit the chalk but the umpire’s call on the field was foul.

After all the great pitchers in Mets history. And all the pitchers that went on to leave the Mets and throw no-hitters for other team, the Mets finally have their own no-hitter. It’s still hard for me to believe this actually just happened.

Philip Humber Throws Perfect Game

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Former Met Philip Humber threw the 21st perfect game in MLB history today for the White Sox against the Mariners in Seattle. Humber was drafted by the Mets in 2004 and traded to the Twins in 2008 as part of the Johan Santana deal.

Add Humber to the list of fomer Mets that threw a no-hitter, or perfect game in this case, once they left the Mets. It drives me crazy every time I hear about another for Met throwing a no-hitter as the Mets come up on 9,000 games without one.

Congratulations to Humber and here’s to hoping someone on the 2012 roster can finally break the streak and leave the Padres as the only team without a no-hitter in team history.

Mets Delaying David Wright Contract Extension

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CBS Sports is reporting that the Mets are delaying working on a contract extension for David Wright. I wrote that the Mets should offer Wright a contract to keep him with the team for the foreseeable future. But they’re choosing to wait because of Wright’s recent down seasons and some big contract extensions signed by comparable players recently that would increase the value of any contract Wright would sign

It’s a gamble for both parties to wait on an extension for Wright. If he plays well, it’s in Wright’s best interest to get to free agency and exercise his full market potential. But the Mets are at risk of losing Wright to a contract that they can’t, or won’t, match in free agency like Jose Reyes. Continue reading “Mets Delaying David Wright Contract Extension”