Nationals 6 – Mets 2 April 8, 2011

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The lowly Nationals ruined the Mets home opener by a score of 6-2. R.A. Dickey had one of his worst starts as a Met, fighting through a broken nail on his pitching hand. The game was announced as a sell out despite the empty seats and availability of tickets online as late as last night when I last checked.

The Mets offense couldn’t come through in the clutch leaving 7 runners on base including 3 by Angel Pagan. The team, as a whole, only scrounged up 7 hits and 2 walks in the game.

The home opener was a major disappointment. Nearly as disappointing as Tim Byrdak and his 10.80 ERA who allowed the Nationals to get a rally going in the eighth. Bobby Parnell came in and threw gas on the fire. The bullpen could be a sore spot for this team.

R.A. Dickey post-game

Josh Thole post-game

Box score

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Mets Pitching Report – Dickey Signed, Mets Add To The Bullpen Mix

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Dickey Signs 2 Yr Deal – Is This The Last Big Contract The Mets Sign? Ever?

The big pitching story of the week is R.A. Dickey’s “huge” contract. It’s a huge contract in terms of this is the most expensive contract the Mets may be signing for quite a while due to the Wilpon’s new financial troubles. I haven’t heard the final numbers of this contract but sources are reporting this contract to be 2 yrs, $8 million with a club option for a 3rd year.

On a side note R.A. did say that after the 2010 season, he was going to compete in a triathlon — a 25-mile bicycle ride, a six-mile run and a one-mile swim. No word on how that turned out but triathlon training is notorious for preventing injuries as your working out the vast majority of muscles in your body. I know someone must be able to locate Dickey’s triathlon results? Continue reading “Mets Pitching Report – Dickey Signed, Mets Add To The Bullpen Mix”

Mets Pitching Report – Starters All On 1 Yr Contracts, Perez Has Competition

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With just 3 weeks till Spring Training this was a very busy week for the Mets who continue to put together a solid pitching staff while getting their financial house in order.  With all their starters on 1 year deals (not including Johan Santana who is on the DL) the Mets have made it clear this staff is temporary and all options on are the table for 2012.

Here are some of the highlights of the week:


R.A. Dickey and the Mets enter arbitration. Dickey asks for $4.7 million. Mets counter with $3.35 million. Dickey still expressing interest in a 2 year deal but it’s looking more like he’ll get 1 just like everyone else. Great competitor and work ethic just like…

Chris Young who “finally” signs with the Mets. Young was out of baseball for all of 2010 due to Tommy John surgery but an ESPN quote from Adrian Gonzalez (who played with Young on the Padres in ’06 – ’09) states how the RHer is one of the most competitive people he knows. With a base salary of $1.1 million and incentives, Young could max out at $4.5 million. I like the fact Young is a competitor with a great work ethic. Two things the Mets have lacked the last few years.

Mike Pelfrey settled with the Mets this week on a 1 year deal to avoid arbitration. The deal will pay Pelfrey $3.925 million during the upcoming season. He can earn $50,000 extra in performance bonuses. Terry Collins has also named Pelfrey the opening day starter.

With Pelfrey, Dickey, Jon Niese (who is also on a 1yr contract) & Young as your 1 – 4 starters, this is turning into a solid starting staff. I’m looking forward to the competition for the fifth spot. Continue reading “Mets Pitching Report – Starters All On 1 Yr Contracts, Perez Has Competition”