Jon Niese was shaky and assuredly nervous in his first start for the Mets. That’s to be expected. He got hit pretty hard including Rickie Weeks hitting a lead off home run. Niese only lasted into the fourth inning and gave up five runs.
Carlos Beltran had a great offensive game going 2 for 3 with 3 RBI’s and his 22nd home run. The Brewers defense was really bad including two errors that allowed Daniel Murphy to make it to third base on a sacrifice bunt by Jose Reyes in the tenth. He would score the winning run on a sac fly by Endy Chavez.
The bullpen held up really well tonight throwing seven scoreless innings. That was great to see.
New York Mets (77-61 Road: 36-36) at Milwaukee Brewers (80-57 Home:41-25) 8:05pm
Jon Niese (0-0 0.00) vs. Manny Parra (10-6 4.00)
TV: SNY Radio: WFAN
What to watch: Niese gets his first major league appearance. It should be fun to watch one of the Mets top prospects get a shot at the big time. Parra’s had a good year but he’s lost four of his last five decisions.
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The LoHud Mets blog posted a list from Assistant GM Tony Bernazard of the minor leaguers that will be in Milwaukee tomorrow. The list is:
Jon Niese- LHP
Bobby Parnell- RHP
Al Reyes- RHP
Argenis Reyes– 2B
Ricardo Rincon- LHP
Marlon Anderson– OF
Gustavo Molina- C
Ramon Martinez- INF
Carlos Muniz- RHP
My understanding is that Argenis Reyes can’t play for at least 10 days after he was optioned to New Orleans.
Jon Niese will start Tuesday in Milwaukee.
Bernazard confirmed that uber-prospect Fernando Martinez won’t be part of the September call-ups. I don’t know what to make of that. They need to see if Martinez can handle left field next season and now’s the time to do that. Moises Alou won’t be here and there’s no reason not to see what Martinez can do at this level. It’s a big mistake if they don’t give him some playing time.
Double-A Binghamton outfielder Dan Murphy was promoted to Triple-A New Orleans. It’s a well deserved promotion for Murphy. He hit .308 with 13 HR and 67 RBI’s at Binghamton. He’s definitely a candidate to make a contribution at the big league level late this season or next year.
Double-A pitcher Jon Niese was promoted to Triple-A New Orleans and may be a candidate to make a spot start for the big club next week. The Mets will need a starter on August 11th and Niese may get the call against Pittsburgh in a makeup game.
Tony Armas, Jr. is scheduled to have hernia surgery this week.
USA Olympian Brandon Knight has cleared waivers and is being assigned back to Triple-A New Orleans. He’s with the Olympic team now in California.
There are some trade rumors blowing around that the Mets and Phillies are two of the most serious teams about trading for Manny Ramirez. Of course, some other teams are in the mix like the Dodgers as well. It’s hard to get a gauge on how much stock to put in these crazy rumors before the non-waiver trading deadline tomorrow at 4:00pm EDT.
In a perfect world, I would say that the Mets shouldn’t trade for Manny. And I say that for all of the reasons that you already know. He’s eccentric (an understatement), and he’s a one dimensional player. Not to mention the fact that this season he’s been more petulant than usual in Boston.
But the Mets cannot let the Philadelphia Phillies obtain Manny in a trade. They need to do their due diligence to find out how serious the Phillies are about Manny. If the Phillies are serious, the Mets need to go to the mat to get Manny from the Red Sox. I mean that they need to trade Fernando Martinez, Jon Niese, Carlos Beltran (has a no trade clause), or whatever it takes to keep Manny away from the Phillies.
The Phillies will still have questions about their pitching, even if they do trade for Manny. A trade with the Red Sox won’t solve that problem. But the Phillies offense would be an unstoppable force. I don’t even want to think about the numbers that Manny could put up playing 81 games at Citizens Bank Park.
Trading for Manny to block the Phillies from getting him is a reality that Omar Minaya and the Mets front office will have to evaluate over the next day or so. Hopefully, it won’t come to that.
Jon Heyman reports for SI.com that the Mets won’t pursue Boston Red Sox disgruntled slugger Manny Ramirez. The Mets have been telling trade potential trade partners that there are several prospects that are untouchable including Fernando Martinez and Jon Niese.
Red Sox GM told Tim McCarver on the Fox Game of the Week broadcast that if Ramirez would waive his no trade clause that he would pursue a trade. There have been whispers for several years now that Ramirez wants to land in Los Angeles when he leaves the Red Sox.
Ramirez is a native New Yorker and certainly would fit the Mets need for a corner outfielder and right-handed power bat. The only problem is that his behavior is so unpredictable, and the Mets would have to unload pretty much all of their top prospects to get him in a trade. I don’t think it’s worth it for two years of Ramirez. The Mets should look for a B-level outfielder that won’t cost all of the Mets top prospects.