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    New York Mets 2012

    Whew, what an amazin day yesterday the Mets home opener was full of emotions mostly joy but incredible feeling of hope as well. As to the game it was all about the pitching with Johan Santana looking as sharp as we have ever seen him, going five innings, striking out five, and only allowed four base runners. One of the highlights was watching him escape from a bases-loaded jam in the fifth with the look of I got this on his face and got it he did. It appeared as thou the velocity on his four-seamer was maybe 2 mph lower than it was back in 2010 but the important thing here was that there was a 10-mph gap between his fastball and changeup, which is just about perfect and just about where it was during his best days. Keep in mind that Santana’s changeup is his out pitch. The holy cow moment was when he got In trouble he threw what was abut an 87-mph fastball in a perfect spot around the knees on the outside corner for a called strike on a 3-2 count and then threw a 88-mph fastball which although it caught more of the plate, again was down around the knees. I looked at Dwright after that pitch I wish you all could have seen that WOW look on his face.
    After Johan came out of the game you could not help but get a little lump in your throat cause we had just seen a master at work once again good as new and wowing u by making just about all of his pitches. But it did not stop there Sandy Alderson's new bull pen came in and was brilliant as well. Man oh man when the last time that pen was was effective? But yesterday they were shutting down the Braves to lock it up for Johan only sad part was the Met did not score that run till after the 5th inning which made it too late for Johan to get the win which went to Ramirez. All in all the pen went four scoreless with Ramon Ramirez, Tim Byrdak, Jon Rauch and Frank Francisco. Matter of fact Frankie hit 94 on the gun.

    Andres Torres tweaked that calf muscle again and had to leave the game; he is going back to St Luice today to begin rehab should be back in a bout two weeks meantime Ruben Tejada will take over the leadoff spot. The upside to that story is that Kirk Nieuwenhuis is leaving today to come back to NY and will play centerfield starting Saturday while Torres rehabs. So that is very cool

    The Mets did a great job of honoring Gary Carter , in addition to wearing a "KID 8" home-plate logo patches on there uniform sleeves, the same logo was placed on the left-center field wall next to the 385-foot marker. The also had Carter's No. 8 jersey hanging in the dugout. And during the pregame workouts they all wore his blue No. 8 jerseys. There was a moment of silence for Carter before the game.

    Quite a day one I won’t soon forget, one win down, 161 left to go.

    The boys have the day off today and in fact Terry Collins told all of em that he did not want them coming to the ball park or doing any baseball activities today he wants them all to just take the day off and relax. Next game on Saturday. Dickey pitches.
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    Today the regular line up with the exception of Kirk Nieuwenhuis who replaces Torres in center and bat 8th, Kirk will be wearing #9. Tejada replaces Torres batting lead off. Looks like while Torres is out we will have a platoon type setup with Kirk and Hariston with Kirk vs righties. Hairston vs lefties. That will mean with the pitching configuration over the next few days we will have Kirk Saturday, Hairston Sunday, Kirk Monday, Hairston Tuesday, Kirk Wednesday. Welcome Captain Kirk to the big leagues guys a terrific hard working kid I have been a fan of for a while now. Now if only he can stay healthy which has been his biggest problem time and time again.

    RA Dickey on the mound today for us and Jurrjens goes for the Braves.

    David Wright is now seven RBIs shy of matching Darryl Strawberry's franchise-record 733

    Sandy Alderson will make the new deal with Jon Niese official today.

    Happy Birthday to one of really nice guys in the game our bullpen coach Ricky Bones
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    How Sweep It Is!

    As a Mets fan ya have to be stoked I mean come on, what a weekend. It all started with the pitching, Johan Santana who looked a lot like the ole Johan after throwing five shutout innings and then R.A. Dickey went six solid innings not at all effected by the cold weather which usually effects his knuckler. Then Jon Niese took a no-hit bid into the seventh before running out of steam, the Mets still haven’t thrown a no-hitter in their 50-year franchise history. During their three-game sweep of the Braves, Santana, Dickey and Niese combined to give up just six runs (four earned) in 17 innings, which translates into a 2.12 ERA. WOW

    Next up Sandy Alderson’s new revamped and improved bullpen allowed just one earned run over its first 10 innings of the season that’s an ERA of 0.90. Tim Byrdak, Bobby Parnell and Jon Rauch were awesome in their specialty/setup roles, and the one I worry about the most Frank Francisco saved all three games during the series, and became the first player in Mets history to save his first three games with the club.

    Now our lineup First let me say Jose who?? he may be gone and that’s fine cause this weekend other than a lack of stolen bases we sure did not miss him. David Wright is hitting .667 with a home run and three RBIs. Lucas Duda had the first two-homer game of his career on Saturday. Even Jose replacement Ruben Tejada had a carrer-high four hits on Sunday. Daniel Murphy had two doubles, including a sweet two-out, two-run two-hit down the third-base line that gave the Mets a 4-0 fifth.
    And speaking about DWright, enough BS give the kid an extension and make him Captain…NOW

    But it all begins with Terry Collins who has said he doesn’t care what others think of his team. He believes in the 25 guys in his clubhouse. Terry knows he doesn’t have the Yankees’ lineup or the Angels’ pitching staff, but that doesn’t matter. He hasn’t made excuses, nor has his team. They’ve just gone out and executed and they are going to compete every game, they need to prove they’re better than many thought.

    We all understand that heading into the season, little was thought of the Mets’ postseason aspirations especially in that powerhouse National League East, but the Mets made an early statement by allowing seven runs overall and bashing seven doubles and three home runs in their three-game with the Braves. I have been saying it for a while but now maybe folks are realizing that the seven homegrown players in their starting lineup is going to pay off and maybe this “youth movement” which may have been the result of limited funds and free-agent options than by design, but I am here to say as a Mets fan, who cares.
    Speaking of our youth movement I hope you guys caught my boy Kirk Nieuwenhuis’s major league debut he went 2-4 with a pair of singles including a squeaky clean line drive to right. He was given the ball from his first hit and Kirk later gave it to his dad to take back home to California, Kirk’s parents made the trip in from he west coast to see their boy play. Watch this kid you have seen me write about him a lot I have known him for a while now having been following him around the minors for about 3 years before he was drafted by the Mets in the third round of the 2008 MLB June Amateur Draft. Terry Collis is impressed enough with his Daniel Murphy type approach at the plate that it is possible we may see Kirk leading off someday soon. He along with the Dude (Lucas) are gonna be awesome this year. Before the game I asked Kirk how he felt was he nervous and he admitted yeah he had a few butterflies but mostly he was very excited and the excitement overshadowed the nerves. I met his parents and his dad was beaming it was chocking up a bit speaking about his son. A very emotional day for dad.

    Now I know it has only been three games and as a Mets fan for a very long time I know the whole thing could come crashing down on us at anytime, but that does not take away the feeling of hope I have right now.
    There was some celebrating Sunday night not just for the win but for the fact that the team has proven how well they can play together and what how everyone contributed, brothers all out to show the world that watching the amazins is fun again.

    Our boy Kirk Nieuwenhuis a kid with a big future

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    Another win another game with great pitching, but tonight's hero of course was Murphy with that awesome defensive play in the top of the ninth and the walk off hit in the bottom 9th to win the game. Justin Turner got his first crack as the new official pie thrower getting Murph during his post game interview with Kevin Burkhardt and in the spirit of the moment KB did not mind giving up his jacket for Murph to use to clean up the shaving cream mess, too funny. The kitchen was out of whipped cream so JT had to use shaving cream

    Just about everyone is contributing to our success and one of the guys unable to get it going yet is Ike Davis but I expect him to break out soon as does he. He is just not comfortable at the plate right now; we see him at the plate stepping in doing that lunging he used to do dipping his hands and swinging at off-speed pitches out of the zone. You can’t help but notice that Ike is positioning his hands differently with almost at bat. Between the height of his hands plus the shift of his weight it makes him sorta jump at the ball a bit. Now when he does that his front side is gonna pull off a little early and makes Ike open to fastballs towards the middle and outer half, and of course breaking pitches. He understands what he needs to do including focusing on driving the ball back through the middle which will force him to get his weight driving straight ahead and keep him on the ball longer. It is not goona be that much of an adjustment in his correcting his timing. Ike will be back no one thinks differently.
    However there is another problem, he has gotten back in that bad habit of bitching and moaning at the umpires again something he did a lot last year until his dad got him to stop. Ike needs to understand taking his frustrations at the plate on the umps will get him nowhere but in trouble. If he continues he may find his strike zone shrinking and balls called as strikes. It is a no win and the umps don’t like that attitude and it needs to stop before it spreads around the leaque that Ike is at it again. I love the kid to death but he needs to take a more mature approach to his problems at the plate and not take it out on the umpires. Speaking of Ike he will be going in for a follow up doctors visit today to determine the state of his possible valley fever, which was noticed during a spring-training physical. Last night Ike said he does not have any obvious symptoms, but will be able to have a better idea of what is going on after todays blood tests and a look at his lungs. Meantime, Terry Collins who had planned on resting Ike every two weeks or so to avoid overtaxing him and inflaming the illness has decided to give Davis off today with Ike’s new roommate Justin Turner taking over first base. I will let you guys know how Ike makes out at the doctors today. Meantime now that Ike and Justin have become roommates in Manhatten I feel the need to warn their new neibors , be afraid…be very afraid. Ike and Justin are jokesters and love to have fun….you have been warned.

    Meanwhile Murphy was not the only one with a walk off win last night, Darrell Ceciliani had one as well a walk-off homer for St. Lucie way to go dude.
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    We didn't get it done today but the weekend sweep over Atlanta plus the Monday night win over the Nats really got me excited,and I'm still very happy.It was great psychologically for the boys and the fans....bviously we can't keep up that pace but I really think that our boys now will take a loss or two and put it aside,and bounce back with confidence.Johann was amazing on Thursday and going today against Strasburg is going to be a very fun battle.So glad they extended Jon Niese for five years,sonny knows how good his stuff is,and he's got to just gain confidence and consistency.

    So proud of Daniel Murphy so far,not only the offense which we know he's capable of but improved defense like the gem the other night to get the stop and the out.Lucas Duda looks like a changed young man out there...unsure of himself early on last year,then showing his hitting ability and his bursts of power are growing by leaps and bounds in the new season.Ike will of course hit,and no doubt sonny has in a good natured way gotten on Ike about dialing back on those outbursts of displeasure with the umps as sonny mentioned.Also really jazzed about Kirk Nieuwenhuis' start,capped by the Monday night home run which he teasingly mentioned would have not gone out last year with the original configuration in right center.He's a gamer and hopefully will get more of an opportunity to get playing time,with Torres' injury.

    David Wright,off to such a sizzling start as sonny mentioned unfortunately may have broken his pinky diving back to first base Monday night....then again depending on x rays he may play again shortly depending on the break but it's better with his history of all out play sometimes leading him to play hurt like last year's broken backbone injury,to let him rest a bit.Terry Collins will not,to his credit,put the short term gain of the club ahead of the long term interest of the player or club.Hopefully it's just the very short term setback it appears to be,and David is out there asap.He looks great,and sonny's already campaigning to sign him long term,as I really hope the Mets will as well.I really want to see David remain a Met for his career,but how things play this year will determine that.

    As the site here will go down for a couple of days as they update the software here and hopefully make JUB bigger and better,wanted to make sure I was aboard here and talk about the first impressions of the Met's season so far.Glad sonny is keeping this Met's thread going strong and look forward to putting in my own two centsand hearing the perspectives of sonny and everyone else contributing.One more thing for sonny,did read in your last comments in the spring training thread that you'd be doing some work with the Cyclones....I know how much he really loves seeing the Mets coming through the organization especially out of the Cyclones and wish him the best in his new duties.I know he's going to do an "amazing"job!
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    First of all congrats to the team at JUB for getting the site up better than ever and ahead of schedule as well.

    Of course the question is how DWright is doing and I can tell you that he saw a hand specialist yesterday who told him to go ahead and see how the finger feels on Friday and if he decides to play it would be ok with them. So that is exactly what David is going to do later this morning by testing his pinkie with some swings on the bat and see what happens. Last night he was wearing a splint on the finger. Terry Collins said he knows Wright well enough to know he could return quickly. So sometime this afternoon a decision will be made as to play David tonight.

    So the Mets are off to Philly to take on the Phillies starting tonight. I had to love what Justin Turner said last night which was; ok so we lost a couple but all that means is we're not going undefeated, back at it tomorrow to win the Philly series and start a new streak.
    Pitching matchup for the three game series will be; Friday R.A. Dickey vs. Cliff Lee, Saturday Jon Niese vs.Vance Worley and Sunday Mike Pelfrey vs. Cole Hamels

    If you saw the game on Monday you saw Murphy win the game with a walk off hit that set the stage for Justin Turner’s first crack as newly appointed official pie thrower. It was really funny cause with all that shaving cream on his face Murph was able to keep it together and talk about how excited he was; even using Burkhardt’s jacket as a napkin to wipe the mess from his face. Too funny.
    The kitchen meantime has promised not to run of whipped ream for the next pie.

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    Update on the post I did yesterday on DWright ^
    He did indeed try to test out that pinkie yesterday lightly tossing the ball back to the coach and taking grounders at third but it did not go well and didn't last very long, he was soon watching BP from behind cage. Problem is he canít grasp the ball or the bat for that matter and itís not a matter of pain itís just that he cant physically do it, the pinkly is still too swollen Trust me if it was just a matter of a little pain David would work through it in fact the pain was less yesterday than it was the day before but he just canít wrap his fingers around a bat or ball.
    Next step will be today when he will try again but if the results ate the same you can pretty much expect him to be on the DL by game time. In my opinion he should go on the DL it will only be about 10 days with the time he has already been out and why mess with this whatís the rush give the darn finger a chance to heal then go out there and start playing again. Even though he has been on fire and playing really well and it sucks that he has to take this break it just makes no sense for him to push this and in fact David himself said last night that he was of no use to the team right now.
    So what happens if David does go on the DL, well there are a couple of things in consideration the first being to move Murphy over to third and let Turner and Cedeno play second, Murphy is a natural third baseman and the move makes a lot of sense. Of course Collins would prefer to not move Murph cause he wants him to play second and improve his position there but this is just temporary and I canít see letting that get in the way of moving Murph to third. Next would be to have Turner play third but I donít think that will be how it will go, Murph is a much better third baseman than Turner and Justin pays a very good second.
    Murph is up to the idea of moving over for a bit but then thatís just how he is and would do anything asked of him without hesitation. Murph said he will prepare by taking a couple of groundballs over at third this morning and get prepared. He even went so far as to say that both Turner and Sedano are both better than he is right now at second. As to the spot opened by Wright going out prolly look for Josh Satin to take his place on the roster. Satin was recently assigned to AAA Buffalo

    I told you guys that Kirk Nieuwenhuis would platoon with Hariston in center playing only against the righty pitchers but Collins has had second thoughts about that and with two lefty Philly pitchers in a row he does not want Kirk to sit twice in the Phillies series, so he is now leaning toward having Kirk start Sunday against Hamels. Smart move Terry, it is never a good idea having rookies sit too much at the major league level. Ya gotta let those kids get in there and play

    Interesting move by Collins using Bobby Parnell in the eighth inning last night to protect a 4-1 lead rather than Frankie. A factor for sure was the fact that Bobby pitched six scoreless, one-hit innings against the Phillies last season, plus he has had a lot of success at Citizens Bank Park. I was amused to think that the Philly batters may have been relived to see Dickey and his knuckleball out of the game but what they may have forgotten is Parnellís hard-throwing fastball ,And of course he ís got that awesome contrast in primary pitch speed.
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    Well I just got a text that blew me away, David Wright is in the lineup today whoda thunk it
    Apperently the excersise the docs gave him to do worked and the swelling went way down this morning, he just took BP and actualy hit one out of the park so all systems go.
    I am realy happy for David but a little surprised that he is in the game I hope he will be careful sliding for one thing he will have to take precautions not to hurt the pinky, although the doc did say David can not make it worse it's already what it is and just needs time to fully heal. He will wear a small black cover on the pinky.
    Great news for the Mets
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    Quote Originally Posted by sonny10305 View Post
    Well I just got a text that blew me away, David Wright is in the lineup today whoda thunk it
    Apperently the excersise the docs gave him to do worked and the swelling went way down this morning, he just took BP and actualy hit one out of the park so all systems go.
    I am realy happy for David but a little surprised that he is in the game I hope he will be careful sliding for one thing he will have to take precautions not to hurt the pinky, although the doc did say David can not make it worse it's already what it is and just needs time to fully heal. He will wear a small black cover on the pinky.
    Great news for the Mets
    David not only played(he does have some protections I read and he still must be careful,but like sonny said team doctors did indicate that David wasn't going to risk further injury if he could tolerate the pain and play)but wow,what apsychological rush his first at bat a booming home run to dead center in Philly!Two more hits and another run scored on Lucas Duda's two run line shot to right later.David really is a gamer,he really wants to get the Mets into a position of serious contention as they were seemingly primed for in his big years from 2005-2008.It definitely was a statement at bat.....David's ready to kick ass this year and not be on the outside looking in anymore.Great start by Jon Niese,who was saved early on by a leaping grab at the fence to save a home run by Captain Kirk Nieuwenhuis himself,and after that defensive gem took over and held the Phillies scoreless six and two thirds innings.Bobby Parnell and Jon Rauch smoothly took over and slammed the door shut to finish the game.I came home from work and saw the Wright and Duda home runs online,so happy I was checking on the score before I left that DWright actually was in the game,no DL necessary!!!That he should so dramatically go out and kickstart the Mets offense with a huge home run like that....just ,for lack of more apt term,"Amazin''!
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    A couple of bad starts from Johann and Dickey but nothing to be too concerned about hopefully.Johann was throwing fine velocity wise but just had one of those rare days he couldn't find the plate on Tuesday,and RA was dealing with a damp Turner Field in Atlanta yesterday which affected his control of the knuckleball.Ike Davis has found his power swing it seems though,another shot yesterday.Haven't seen sonny around here the past few days,hope all is okay.Big four game series coming up starting tomorrow at CitiField with the San Francisco Giants.
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    After a good start by the Mets, a lackluster 2 days in Atlanta, with some poor quality starts by Johan and RA. Let's get it turned around against the Giants and get back on a roll. Let's go Mets!!

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    Good seeing you back syam...yep,I think these guys are different from last year's club in that they really
    want to show everyone what they're made of,and bumps will be just that,they'll pick themselves right up.David Wrght is tied with Darryl Strawberry for most RBI,next puts him in first place.Hopefully he'll get extended and add many more and put up some lofty totals.The most important thing to him though,and the best partt about him is how he really wants to see the team go far and have a chance year in and year out to seriously be in the fight for a title.Hopefully this year starts it going!
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    So I have been telling you guys for a while now to watch out for that kid Kirk Nieuwenhuis, I have known him for about three years now and have been following his career very closely simply cause I know he is going to be one of the greats and cold if allowed to play have a major impact on the Mets season. A big test came yesterday when Terry Collins decided to see what Kirk could do against a lefty pitcher and Kirk proved he could pass that test easily by drilling a 1-0 curveball from Barry Zito into the Party City Deck in left field for his second homer this season. Kirk is the first left handed batter hitting off a left handed pitcher to hit an opposite-field home run over the wall in Citi Field history. Kirk is currently tied for the ML lead among rookies with four walks in 36 plate appearances. Fortunately for the Mets they not only have an able replacement, but a player who could very well represent the teamís future at center field. So what do we do when Torres is ready to return, Collins has said that the CF job belongs to Torres when he is ready to come back and he feels that Kirk would be better suited to return to AAA and play every day rather than sit on the bench in NY. I get what Collins is thinking and I donít want Kirk rusting on the bench either but you can not take this powerful player out of the line up. We need to keep him here in he majors, perhaps shift Matt to left or right field and split time with Jason Bay and Lucas Duda. How can we even consider sending Kirk down when he is currently hitting a .375 average and six runs scored and three home runs. He is as of today a very early contender for the NL Rookie of the Year, not only is he getting the job done with his bat but his defense has been stellar, yesterday alone he made two outstanding catches including one which ended the eighth by taking an extra-base hit away from Hector Sanchez, the second day in a row he has made a spectacular run saving catch in as many days. Kirk will be back in the lineup today (Saturday) and leading off

    Now about DWright, first off all as Saucy wrote David has now tied Strawberry for the franchise lead in RBIs (733). In a class act Straw called Wright while the Mets were taking batting practice yesterday to congratulate the teamís third baseman on tying his franchise record. As of now there are no contract talks going on with David the Mets are just sitting on their hands and waiting to see how David performs and how his health holds up before making any decisions Currently The Mets have a $16 million option for 2013, but Wright can void it if the team trades him during the season. He is in the final year of a six year, $55 million contract he signed during the 2006 season. However, the team holds a $16 million option for 2013, which Wright can choose to void if heís traded.
    If you run into David please donít ask him about the contract cause he just does not want to talk about it he will tell you that It's hard enough playing the game, and It's a lot harder when you're asked questions every day that he really have no control over. About the only thing David will say is that he is not a free agent and he is under contract this year and the team has control of him for next year. Finally it doesn't make sense to continue to discuss something that he has no control over basically right now the ball is in the front office's court. David as you guys know after a couple of seasons where he struggled is off to a scorching hot start. I wrote often last year about how I thought David had gotten into some bad habits with his swing choices. He was especially susceptible to the breaking ball away and was tentative against the inside pitch and standing to far away from the plate. In fact Davidís percentage of pitches out of the strike zone against the ones he chose to swing, and his rate of swings that missed, both reached unusually high levels and as a result, his strikeouts rose. But now he has been very choosy about what heís swung at this season. Credit hitting Coach Dave Hudgensí who has been working tirelessly with David and has had much more success with him that Ho JO did and the results have been clear. Of the 20 or so balls heís hit, close to half have been line drives with at least two that have been ďoutta hereĒ I am not sure if David realizes it or not but in thinkin he knows that he is starting to put pressure on Mets ownership to get negotiations going, The Mets canít afford to allow even the perception of him following Jose Reyes out the door. The Mets cannot dare to allow him to get into a free agency situation after 2013.

    Sad to hear that Daniel Herrera will undergo Tommy John Surgery and is done for the season.

    I can not wait to see the Dunkin Donuts commercial Terry Collins shot Thursday with Joe Girardi.

    If you have been wondering about why you havenít seen Kevin Burkhardt at the Mets games, besides the Mets SNY is also the television home of the UConn Huskies football and men's basketball programs, and Kevin will be calling some of those games. Kevin of course will return to reporting from the field for the Mets

    So I guess I have to mention that the Mets will acknowledge Jose Reyesí with some sort of video tribute when the Marlins come to town on April 24, Now I appreciate that Jose was a dynamic player for the Mets but come on, he is not retiring for heavens sake lets not get carried away here let the fans honor him with a standing ovation and a nice Jose-Jose-Jose chant and be done with it. I think this is a bit much I got it when they did it for Piazza but itís not the same thing. Mike was nearing retirement, and when Mike left the two sides needed to part ways and everyone knew it. The end of his career was getting close and in fact could have actually happened mid season that year. Jose is only in his late twenties and in the prime of his career and lets not forget two things; he chose to take more money to play for a division rival, and then there was that stunt in pulled in the last game of the season leaving the game after one at bat to save his precious batting title, something I bitched loud and clear about and will never forgive him for. So letís not get carried away just make this tribute short and simple. Oh. I also want him to go 0 for as many trips to the plate he makes and make at least one throwing error. WHAT! Too much?
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    Great seeing sonny back with some more great perspectives!Kirk always was someone you were pulling for,and supportive of
    here the past few years,and he's proving why.Defensively he's been awesome,showing great range and instincts and he's one of those who's going to appear pretty regularly on the highlight videos with his impressive catches.Love the way he's swinging,showing power and even more impressively patience which really helps his value.His home run last night as sonny referred to was against a left hander,to left field and also supported the cause of moving the left field dimensions in some and having anything hitting the higher wall now count as a home run.It's going to be really difficult to just put Andres Torres back in the lineup after his stint ends on the DL if Kirk keeps hitting like he's been to start the season.Andres is probably best as a fourth outfielder and defensive replacement fopr Bay or Duda right now.Other player I love in the Mets organization like Captain Kirk is Matt den Dekker,who can be as spectacularly defensively(said to be one of the best defensive prospects among center fielders)...he definitely could benefit from at least half a season in AAA offensively,to tighten his swing and improve his patience.But I could imagine two thirds of an outfield patrolled by the Dutch treats of Nieuwenhuis and den Dekker....the range covered and acrobatic catches would be worth the price of admission in itself!
    I know David doesn't want to talk about the contract,though he definitely wants to stay with the club he grew up rooting for.his health is vital to the Mets success,and I can understand the club's perspective that to rush into a big deal extension before seeing that David can stay healthy wouldn't be wise,but please remember what he means to the other guys as well...his leasership and personality and character,they look up immensely to him like sonny can attest.I read that David has also been getting help on his swing when he went back home to Virginia in the offseason with an old coach of his growing up he's known for years who really helps him with the nechanics and seeing what kind od bad habits he has to avoid.Hutchens is no doubt keeping him in the right frame with maintaining that swing but his old coach David I read felt instrumental in getting him back to his old swing,before the beaning,injuries,and distractions over the past few years.If he keeps hitting like this,David may be an MVP candidate,so important is he to the Met's potential for success.

    Jon Niese pitched well but had a few mistakes,gave up three runs but beared down and left his club in good shape after six innings,being down only 3-2.Jon Rauch was saved by that incredible racing catch making like a faster Jim Edmonds.Great clutch single by Josh Thole in tying the game,good to see the Mets coming back but in the end Jason Bay who had been showing positive signs struck out and couldn't with only one out get daniel Murphy or David Wright who both had singled to start the Mets 10th home.Lucas Duda hit a fly ball to end the game,and we've got to get him going again as well as Ike Davis,who despite flashes of power still hasn't gotten into a groove after missing so much of last season and dealing with the Valley Fever situation this spring.If we can get this lineup going,they will be very dangerous.Just hope Lucas Duda hasn't become so power conscious it affects the swing that was so impressive last two months of last season.

    I think sonny is not too happy with the Jose Reyes honoring I feel the same way,not necessarily blaming Jose for leaving but the way he got the hit and sat the rest of his last game out to win the batting title,I wasn't happy about that.He turned a page,and so should Mets fans....he's not retiring,see no reason to honor him.What,when Carlos Beltran comes back to CitiField with the Cardinals,we should have something for him,too?Sheesh!
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    Love your stuff Saucy,
    I think David’s ole home town buddy helped him a lot as well, that went on for a couple of years he really helped David figure out the mechanics but he never got David “fixed” mostly they watched a lot of tapes making comparisons and showing where the problem areas are, it wasn’t till Hudgens got involved that David made real progress.
    Saucy i know you like that kid Den Decker and so do I but Kirk is my boy. Kirk had a rough day yesterday but it can’t take away from success he has had the last week with the team. The support he got in the locker room after was very important to him all the guys pretty much saying it happens, it’s over we move on don’t let it get to you. Even Collins spoke to him later and gave him encouragement and reminding him f the great job he has been doing. I was pissed by the amount of Kirk bashing that went on in the press over that catch, how about Frankie coming in and destroying everything Pelf had accomplished. I want to remind the press that Frankie cost Pelf the win and almost the win why wasn’t more said about that and less about a rookie mistake huh. HUH?
    Kirk is back weather permitting today in the same spot leading off. Bay gets the day off Mike Baxter gets a shot out there in left field with Duda moved to the cleanup spot and Gee on the mound. Weather is a big concern today a rain out means a double header on Monday question will be whether Johan Santana would get Game 1 or Game 2.

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    Oh you know I love Kirk,sonny...just den Dekker is so much like him,the gritty,always hustling mentality,the defense,the potential for power and great quickness.If Kirk hadn't gotten hurt last year,he may have done enough to have the center field job outright to himself already instead of the trade for Torres.Kirk didn't have a great day yesterday,especially the misplay between him and Tejada but it can happen to anyone....he is just learning to play with Tejada,and they'll improve their communications with each other in future situations.No way Kirk should get bashed for overrunning the ball,you live and learn and like one of the Mets broadscasters said talking about it he doubts you'll ever see a mistake like that from Kirk again.It's a 162 game season,and there are days even the greats look ordinary.
    What I was most impressed about was how on his Friday home run,and great catches,and his great start he really didn't want to talk about all that.What mattered to Kirk was they lost in extra innings and he badly wants to win.Individual accomplishments isn't what he''s about at all,but from his football derived mentality of winning for the team(I'm sure you know sonny but in case others don't Kirk LOVED playing football but wasn't quite big enough for college ball,so he played college baseball instead.Funny thing is,he's a pretty big boy right now himself!)

    I'm glad too Terry Collins pulled Francisco when again he was proving ineffective.Lord knows we Mets fans have seen enough of unreliable closers!Frank started off well but his been alarmingly off lately,whether as Tery collins thinks(maybe hopes)it's just inconsistent use but Frank definitely needs to work on the kinks now.We're a club with little margin for error and everyone was upset after how great Pelfrey pitched everything just broke down.Wouldn't have been in that position to lose because of the miscommunication between Kirk and Ruben Tejada if Francisco just comes in and does his job instead of giving everyone agita putting people on!Terry wanted the win on Saturday and thankfully we got it,with the help of Aubrey Huff's defensive lapse and a great slide by Scott Hairston that clipped catcher Buster Posey's leg and caused him to misfire to first,throwing the ball away.The Mets needed that win,after losing so many games like that these past few years.It felt good to see the other side get screwed for once!!!

    Nasty day today so no surprise it was postponed....hopefully better weather tomorrow so they can get in the game,hate for a second rainout!
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    Not a great day for our boys as they lost a doubleheader against the Giants 6-1 and 7-2.Batista diidn't give us much in
    the first game and Gee just didn't have it in the nightcap.Really hoping Ike will relax so he can get goiung like we know he can
    ...I know he felt horrible leaving all those guys on base and I could understand his emotional reaction after that last strikeout call.
    Was happy with Terry Collin's take that he would rather Ike show fire and emotion in a situation like this rather than just react calmly and not make a fuss because that's Ike's personality and he'd be kind of worried if Ike didn't show that fire.We started off so great,now we're .500 and just have to get back to the things we were doing well.Another thing Collins said after the game which was interesting was tha is that when asked about the guys like Ike in the lineup that are slumping he indicated that the approach of some guys isn't just to go with the pitch and make contact but if they have the power to drive the ball.While it's a good thing trying to make good contact and if you get the pitch you're looking for,you'll drive it anyway though if you have the power.Ike should take a lesson from David Wright(who really showed leadership talking to the umpire regarding Ike,seemingly trying to have the ump maintain his cool as he tried to protect Ike)and go line to line,Ike's too good to struggle so badly.
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    Sonny,what do you know about Zack Lutz?Mets called him up after they put Jason Bay on the 15 day DL
    for a non-displaced rib fracture after trying to make that diving catch .And who's going to be playing where?
    Also this Jordanny Valdespin kid they called up who was playing yeaterday?How does he fit in?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sausy View Post
    Sonny,what do you know about Zack Lutz?Mets called him up after they put Jason Bay on the 15 day DL
    for a non-displaced rib fracture after trying to make that diving catch .And who's going to be playing where?
    Also this Jordanny Valdespin kid they called up who was playing yeaterday?How does he fit in?
    Yup Saucy we were due for another injury and Jason Bay came thru he has indeed been placed on the 15-Day DL with a fracture of a rib on the left side. At first the X-Rays were negative, but then Bay underwent an MRI this morning which revealed the injury this just as he was finally starting to see the ball well and get productive. Figures To take Bayís place on the roster, the Mets did recalled Zach Lutz from Triple-A Buffalo. That is a good move Lutz, hit .333 with three home runs and 10 RBI in 19 games for the Bisons. He will wear Danny Herrera old number 19. Now it gets tricky cause Andres Torres began a rehab assignment Monday night with Class A St. Lucie; he played six innings in center field and went 3-for-4 with two steals. So far so good although we still donít know how his coming back will affect Kirk Nieuwenhuis with Jordany Valdespin now up from Buffalo itís getting a bit crowded in the outfield. Collins ha not said what he will do but you can bet the kid with the biggest bat will get the job at there. As for Lutz he is an infielder but how this will affect Ike is also a question. Ike as we all know had hit the wall and not getting better but if I know Collins he is going to keep Ike pluggin along I will surely know more later tonight when I speak to KB.So more tomorrow. For tonightís opener against the Marlins Mike Baxter will man left field and bat 7th but thatís cause he is a lefty and the marlins pitcher Johnson is a right-hander. Nieuwenhuis will remain in Center and bat lead off but Ruben Tejada will bat second followed by Murph and Wright, Santana is on the mound

    Saucy I was happy to see you have been doing your Kirk Nieuwenhuis homework, and yes indeed I did write about his football days a while back. It was at the University of Colorado; he loved football, played it all his life, and even considered the Air Force Academy when they showed interest in him. But even though he had colleges calling Kirk began to lean toward baseball. You may not know it but like Ike Davis Kurt pitched in fact his fastball touched 90 mph.
    But then it was a couch at Azusa Pacific, who started playing first base and soon later it was clear Kirk was to be a center fielder. He was on fire in the Alaska League batted just over 400 and entered the 2008 draft as his schoolís all-time leader in runs scored. Thatís when the Mets came a callin and in the third round and signed him. He never looked back he just got better he hit about 15 homers at A St. Lucie and went on to slug .510 for AA Binghamton. Then in AAA Buffalo he got hurt again but not before posted a .400 on-base percentage
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    Very definitely our boy Kirk's an athlete...and as a competitor you're not going to find a fiercer warrior
    who wants to win more.I remember awhile back I was talking during the Mets foibles the past few years
    how they needed grinders.....well we have quite a few now best represented by Captain Kirk's all out style
    of play.Love that pic of Kirk,sonny!

    Speaking of grinders,how great was Johann Santana today when we really needed someone to step up in the
    rotation after the double header sweep and the really stunning news of Mike Pelfrey suffering from elbow inflammation,now likely a partially torn ligament?Johann just took the club on his back and gave six and two thirds innings of three hit,one run,11 strikeouts ball.
    After such a poor start previously his control being so uncustomarily off Johann's just the type of ace who knows how to turn things around,and when he can get his stuff together he's a master!Rauch provided a quick clean eighth and Francisco did the job without dramatics and closed up shop for the badly needed win.Psychologically,gotta be huge after getting off to such a great start and then falling to .500 after the sweep by the Giants yesterday.Beating Josh Johnson,another great pitcher recovering from an injury plagued season last year,who pretty much matched Johann almost batter for batter,definitely eases some of the recent problems.


    I'm not even going to complain about the little salute that was given early on for Jose Reyes....he was someone we watched grow as a
    player and despite the way things ended with the Mets,Jose gave us some really wonderful,electric moments.David Wright was urging fans not too boo and remember the good times,as we know David is all class and basically said he remains good friends with Jose,but during the games he's going to do his best to beat him.Well,Jose get on base today anyway off of Johann or anyone,off to a slow start as is Miami.Kirk made a tremendous running,leaping grab to rob Jose early in the game which was so cool...Kirk is just a joy to watch I'm not going to let bad feelings about Jose and the Mets splitting(let's face it,BOTH sides really could have approached things better but it's water under the bridge)affect my thinking about the matchup.Just want to see him make catches that will bring everyone to their feet!

    Really feel bad about Mike Pelfrey,he pitched his best game in awhile Saturday night,8 brilliant innings and now I'm reading his elbow would flare up each inning he went out,the subside til the next.It's a shame,Mike hasn't lived up to his promise being so erratic and unpredictable but always seemed to be a really good guy who truly wanted to find himself as a player...guess the expectations after Johann went down of Mike being an ace was just too much to live up to.A lot of pitchers recover well from these elbow surgeries nowadays but it is unclear if Mike has pitched hs last game as a Met,eligible for free agency after this season.Just wish Mike well for a quick recovery and in his future wherever he plays(of course so long as it's not against the Mets!)

    God,so much to talk about...Jason Bay disabled,Lutz,Valdespin,whoever called up to replace Pelfrey,but I have to talk about Ike Davis.
    I'm glad that Terry Collins has enough confidence in him that for now he will still play(but may be rested against some lefthanders,or pinch hit for if Collins deems necessary)and will not be sent down to find his stroke again.It's good that Lucas Duda(who had the game winning hit today)is showing signs of getting comfortable at the plate but Ike was going so well before the ankle debacle last year,it's rough seeing him struggling like this.I know sonny is perplexed,just seems Ike doesn't have the relaxed attitude at the plate of Daniel Murphy,who just puts the ball in play and by doing that he gets himself going...just too intense,trying to do too much out there.He's too good for that,and hopefully someone will get him more relaxed and disciplined out there.He doesn't need to swing hard to generate tremendous power to all fields....it's like David Wright getting back to the relaxed,line to line hitter he used to be and Ike trading places trying to drive everything.He'll get his pitch,and hit it a long way but he's got to realize the good pitchers are making him hit their pitches...he has to adjust and be disciplined or he's going to continue to psyche himself out.Maybe he should shave the beard and facial hair,do something different.....just anything that brings him to the plate in a more relaxed,focused frame of mind.
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    Was a nice victory last nite, getting the tieing run without a hit, then the winning run on an infield hit off the pitcher. What a great effort form Johan Santana, it's a real shame we can't score ANY runs for him. A win is a win, badly needed especially after having to put both Jason BAy and Pelfrey on the DL for who knows how long. The Bisons, I mean Mets will have to pull up their bootstraps and kick ass without them. Let's hope we get RA some runs tonite.

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    Your lips to Gods ears Syam
    Well as saucy so beautifully wrote yesterday was quite the day for us Mets fans. That game last night was so much fun to watch I always love a pitchers duel and last night was a beaut. Santana returned good as new which was no surprise, I never worry when he has a bad outing as he did in his last one cause he always bounces back, come on, after all he is Santana for heaven sake Johnson was awesome as well love his stuff but the best came when he left the game and the Marlins pen crashed and burned I mean how sweet was that. The important thing for me was that Santana stole the show from Jose Reyes and pitched beautifully striking out 11 in 6 1/3 innings.

    It all began with a tempered welcome for Reyes which a just about right I never wanted to make much of that it was I had hoped for , by the end of the game it was all boos which suite me fine. The highlight with Reyes was of course our boy Kirk making that outstanding catch and robbing Jose of a potential triple or perhaps home run that would have sucked a big one. Kirk later said “good thing I caught that ball or Jose would still be running” Jose going 0-4 …perfect.. Murph had a good night even though he got thrown out at the plate after that bad throw did not bother me he made the right call in trying and if not for an amazing play by the catcher he would have scored.

    Collins surprised me pitch hitting for Davis with Turner but maybe it was just what Ike needed he has been getting worse not better at the plate and needs to figure things out. Collins is not going to bench him, Ike will be back in the lineup tonight but batting 7th the only way Ike is going to get better is to keep playing, Collins knows that and so does Ike. His reaction was ”OK so that happened, I deserved that lick in the butt.
    The rest of the lineup about the same as last night but with Hairston in left field and batting 6th.and Dickey pitching. Should be an interesting race to see which pitcher is faster both Dickey and Mark Buerhle both of whom are known for running fast games.

    Now as to Pelf who has a partial tear of a collateral ligament in his right elbow that of course could be tragic news if the worse case scenario pays out and he need Tommy Jones surgery. But lets not get ahead of ourselves here it could be a ligament tear but the Mets are taking a what I consider to be a cautious approach sending Pelfrey’s MRI exam to one of the best doctors in his field a doctor James Andrews, and if needed are prepared to send Pelf to Alabama to see the Doc.The MRI showed swelling in Pelfrey’s right elbow, but no one thinks there is a significant tear. Thing Is Pelf has a history of what you could call durability which will come into play here cause there are no previous MRI images of the his elbow to compare with. Thing is pretty much every veteran pitcher will have some fraying or tearing in his elbow, but without anything to compare it cannot be said whether he has suffered a new injury. On the plus side as well is Pelfrey was able to throw 95 miles per hour on Saturday although he had some tightness, there was no real pain.

    Wish DWright would break Straws RBI record he has been stuck there ever sine he tied the darn thing.

    Sure would have been nice to see Zack Lutz get his first major league hit, but seriously he has never seen pitches in the minors like the ones he saw for Johnson we will get em next time.

    Couple things from the minor's, I am sorry to hear that Darrell Ceciliani once again injured his hamstring going after a fly ball Sunday; this happened just two games in after having been on the DL with a right groin injury. I hate hearing stuff like that it just knocks the wind outta me. One a better note Cory Vaughn had an inside-the-park homer for St. Lucie and Matt Harvey completed 7 shutout innings
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    Great wins Tuesday and Wednesday against Miami for the sweep!Outstanding starting efforts by RA Dickey and Jonathan Niese
    followed up a great bounceback byJohann Santana on Monday.David Wright's two homer home run and Mike Baxter's pinch hit two run single highlighted the Mets offense in Tuesday's 5-1 victory.Today the heroes were Justin Turner coming off the bench with a gutty,outstanding at bat resulting in a walk that led to Kirk Nieuwenhuis' game winning hit,3-2.Captain Kirk is heating up again getting on base after a brief slump,and shows every sign of being the real deal.He has to continue working but he's said that of himself,there's always something to work on and it says so much about his desire and dedication.Sweeping the Marlins was sweet but there was some sad news as it's just about official Mike Pelfrey will be undergoing season ending,Tommy John surgery for a partially torn ligament in his elbow.I'm sure sonny will provide more details but the worst part is how good his last effort was on Saturday against the Giants,eight fantastic innings in which he was throwing hard late into the game,still up to 95mph.It's likely he has thrown his last pitch for the Mets as he is eligible for free agency after the season and it's likely because of the traditional recovery average of over a year he won't be able to pitch again in the majors until after the All Star break next year.Mike showed flashes at times but never seemed to put everything together,with the pressure of having to replace Johann Santana(out for 2011 with an arm injury)as an ace starter resulted in a really disappointing 2011 effort,with a losing record and ERA over 4.70.Always teased beforhand with some great runs and baffling,frustratingly agita inducing slides.Wish Mike the best for a quick recovery and the opportunity to realize to whatever degree possible his potential as a starter,of course except against the Mets!
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    How SWEEP it is!! Nice job of pitching along with clutch walking, I mean hitting, to get the 3 game sweep. The Marlins are losing the way the Mets seemed to lose last year, just some unbelievable knuckleheaded stuff with all the walks. Great to see the Mets kiddie corps doing the job. Sorry to see Pelf will need surgery, but that is sometimes the life of a pitcher. I see the Mets signed Brad Emaus and Fred Lewis to minor league deals, probably to bolster Buffalo since we are importing their players on a regular basis. We need a good road trip, Let's go Mets!!

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    Well the news about Pelfrey hit a lot of people by surprise, but the idea that he is now gone for the season is heart wrenching news to me and pretty much all of the Mets team. It was unexpected a real kick in the stomach and many are just feeling really bad DWright in particular who took the news hard. It is very possible that Pelfrey's Mets career may be over, Mike is not eligible for free agency until after the 2013 season, but the Mets would need to tender him a contract in December in order to hang on to him which sadly now hat seems unlikely. Pelfrey is earning little over $5 million this season, he must earn at least 80 percent of that amount in 2013 if the Mets tender him a contract plus an arbitrator could award him the same salary as this season, so due the math there's no guarantee he'd even get the 20 percent pay cut. Id you take in to account Tommy John surgery generally has a 12-month recovery time, it's unlikely the Mets would commit that type of cash to Pelf who is prolly gonna spend at least the first month of next season on the disabled list. Another point is that once Pelfrey is non-tendered, the Mets have the right to re-sign him for any salary. But Pelfrey and agent ( Boras) also can shop him around to all 30 teams at that point. It is likely that Pelfrey would get a contract with a relatively modest base salary and serious incentives that could set up a bigger contract the following offseason.
    As to the surgery Pelfrey heads back to Alabama to see the doctors to have everything explained in complete detail He and his wife will head down there and if he decides to have the surgery, and all indications are that he will, it will be done right then and now no waiting around. There is a half ass option to inject some kind of plasma junk thru what they call a blood-spinning process it goes into the elbow area to try to enhance healing, but the success rate of that is very very low and Pelfrey worries that if he did that a basically pitched with a defective elbow it could lead to an unintentionally altered delivery that could lead to shoulder problems and Mike wants no part of that so it ain’t happin. So expect Mike to be non-tendered and becoming a free agent. Just as he was getting his act together and truly making progress his ERA had dropped to 2.29. The whole thing sucks

    Chris Schwinden will take over Mike’s rotation spot tonight in Colorado and wear number 63 we may also see Chris Young in there in a game in about two weeks and much later in the year a good possibility of Matt Harvey coming up.

    Andres Torres' is now doing his rehab in AAA Buffalo he will play for the Bisons on Friday and Saturday, then be activated from the disabled list on Monday and head to Houston to join the team. It is looking like a good bet that Kirk Nieuwenhuis will move to left field with Torres returning to center field Not sure what will happen with the batting order but if Torres bats first I would wxpect Kirk to bat second. Of course when Jason Bay returns things will get interesting cause no way is Kirk gonna sit on the bench or go back to AAA

    I had asked for two things to happen in the Marlins series with Reyes and got both, he went just 1-for-12 in the series and misfired on a double-play turn that prolonged an inning which David Wright’s two-run homer that changed the game. Jose –jose- jose- jose

    Got a chance to catch up with Matt Den Dekker yesterday and he said he is happy with the way things are going, not striking out so much and he was moved up from the #3 spot to leadoff. He’s hitting .308 had three homers and eight RBIs in about 75 at-bats, he is definitely making progress.

    By the way The Mets have 6 come-from-behind wins this year, tied for the second-most in the majors.
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    Thanks sonny for the update on Mike Pelfrey,I was so shocked too about the elbow tear especially since he pitched so well on
    Saturday.He was throwing hard and though Mike said he was feeling tightness no real pain or anything.Sucks we may never see him possibly turn the corner and pitch like he can when he has confidence.At least he left on a high note if that's the case...but I think he chose the right course for his long term health and career by not going for the injection option which carried those big risks.

    Aww,you really are tough on Jose,aren't you?LOL! I was happiest because we swept those Marlins!Wish things had worked out with Jose,but in the end it wasn't to be.I'm glad though we have Ruben Tejada,he may not have Jose's flash and explosiveness but is
    mature beyond his years,fields shortstop beautifully and is a developing solid,reliable bat in the lineup.I actually love him batting eighth and Kirk batting leadoff because Ruben really takes a a smart approach at the plate and extends the bottom of the lineup.I feel the same way about Justin Turner when he plays,though his role is different.He does a good job in the field and at the plate while not a power guy by any means he will be patient and clutch,whether taking a walk or getting a key hit.

    My ears perk up when you mention Matt den Dekker,or as I like to call him,Kirk IIbecause ne plays so much like him defensively,a gritty,grinder at all times attitude,and potential for strong offense with power and speed.Two Dutch guys,the Mets own "Dutch Treats"!I just wanna see a stretch of games when they're out there patrolling center and left and enjoying the range and defense they provide.I can dream,can't I?
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    You so funny Saucy

    I always write my posts in word then copy and paste here in today’s post above Saucy's I left the last part off so here it is

    As I often do pass what I learn about the Mets on to a couple of sports writers, I was careful to include the Matt Den Dekker info in the hopes that it will be published. It is so important to me that Mets fans are kept informed on what is going on in the minor leagues and our future stars. I also sent a text to Burhardt about Matt and asked he pass it on to Gary Cohen I would love for Gary to talk about Matt and also Matt Harvey who is now #6 on Baseball America Hot Sheet
    Chris Schwinden is one of nine former Cyclones in the big league

    Kirk Nieuwenhuis excited about going back to Colorado where he attended high school and was given the nickname “Horse” lots of ole friends to look up

    Tonight’s lineup in Colorado; Nieuwenhuis, Tejada, Murphy, Wright, Hairston, Duda, Lutz Nickeas, Schwinden. Ike gets the night off sitting against the lefty. Zach Lutz will play first base in his first major league start. .
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    No wonder the guys love ya sonny,you're always in their corner looking out for them!And I'll never forget how you recalled
    first meeting Burkhardt,lol!

    Tonight's game,well,the less said the better...happens even to the best of em,just a lousily pitched game with bad defense,scored nine runs but when the other aspects of the game are lacking,just a really bad night,so far late in the game it's 18-9 Colorado.11 runs in one inning....awful.I know the guys will shake it off and bounce back but it doesn't make it easy to watch!
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    Much better!Told ya guys,this club doesn't let a real downer of a loss like Friday night's 18-9 6 error filled debacle
    tear them down psychologically.They go right back at it and show character and heart.Dillon Gee bounced back very
    well after a poor start previously and even with a rough fourth inning in which Colorado scored three runs he found
    himself and kept things in check the rest of the way allowing four runs and seven hits in seven innings.Dillon's a pro and if he can get his command working is very tough,and wins like this can't help but build confidence.
    "The Dude"Lucas Duda had two hits,and four RBI including a two run homer....supported nicely by Ruben Tejada's three hits,two runs scored,Daniel Murphy's theee hits and run scored and David Wright's three hits,including a double and an RBI.The last run scored after pinch hitter Queens New York boy Mike Baxter lashed a double and scored a run on a wild pitch pinch hitting in the ninth.Tim Byrdak pitched an easy eighth,and though closer Frank Francisco went the agita inducing route giving up a couple of hits and a run finally closed the door on a 7-5 Mets victory.
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    First of all a shout out to Saucy for keeping the thread alive while I was away this weekend. If you missed any of the 3 games all you need to know is right here thanks to him. Thanks also to Syam for his always positive input, I appreciate that.

    So it was an interesting 3 games to be sure lots of drama heartache but a few positive notes to be sure.
    The most exciting for me was to see my boy Ike Davis begin to come back from his miserable slump, he showed great progress in that regard and is feeling pretty darn good about himself again. I am over the moon about that cause he is such a talent and of course a great guy as well. I want to thank Keith Hernandez for being a big part of Ike’s rebound. A humble Keith played it down saying things like “I talked to Ike a bit and offered some advice” but the truth is it was much more than that Ike was thrilled to have Keith take the time to go in and see him to talk about his problems. As I mentioned to Ike the thing about Keith you should know is that he never goes up to a player and offer advice he does not feel it would be the right thing to do, he prefers instead for players to approach him and ask for his thoughts, and never fear when they do that Keith is all over it he loves to help the young kids absolutely loves it but is uncomfortable makin the first move. So when he went in to see Ike it was a rare move on Keith’s part but he just likes the kid so much he just had to break his rule and talk to him. Ike immediately began implementing Keith’s advice and the result was positive. It stared with Ike standing too upright at the plate which made his hands drop. The adjustment Keith suggested put Ike’s hands in a better spot. Ike is also trying not to lunge the way he had started doing. I jumped out of my seat when he blasted that ball to left field cause even when Ike was hitting well he did not do that or use all fields as he is now. Ike is back baby.
    My next thrill was to see Santana on normal days rest pitch as well as he did. he just continues to get back to his ole self; you have to notice the rhythm he has gotten back to especially with his fastball and change-up. I am all about the pitching so when I watch Santana I get all excited seeing him utilizing both sides of the plate and keep hard contact in the air down. Once again we saw him changing location and speed, even against the middle of the Rockies order. I was a little surprised and disappointed hat Collins did not let Johan pitch the 7th but now a days it’s all bout the pitch count.

    Andres Torres has completed his rehab work and is due to be activated from the disable list today in Houston. The plan as I outlined to you guys the other day is for Kirk Nieuwenhuis to move to left field with Torres returning to center. Collins spoke to Torres today and because of the awesome job Kirk has been doing there was a chance that Andres would play left and leave Kirk in center Torres has played left before and Kirk never has. But the decision at least for today is Nieuwenhuis in left and Torres in Center BUT batting 7th. Kirk remains in the lead of spot and Davis has earned a move up to 5th spot. Duda is out today and Baxter will play right field, Dickey on the mound. I am sure although certainly not in a platoon situation we will see Hairiston at left here and there especially against the lefties. To make room for on the roster Zach Lutz will be demoted to the minor leagues there was some talk about Jordany Valdespin but Zack ‘s debt was less than expected and so he will be the one to go..

    David Wright reached base 5 times Sunday with 2 hits and 3 walks. It was the 9th time in his career, he’s done that.

    In the Jose who department Ruben Tejada had 10 hits during the three-game series against the Rockies in Colorado. Tejada is batting .310 with 8 extra base hits, 8 RBI, 1 stolen base and 13 runs scored in 21 games for the Mets so far. He is smart enough not to worry about hitting for power, but spraying the ball around and using the middle of the field, Like I said, Jose who??.

    Mike Pelfrey went to see the doctor today and based on what he was told has decided to have Tommy John surgery. You will call I told you guys that once the decision was made Mike would waste no time having the surgery and so it will be performed in a day or two..

    I am not going to post them cause I am sure by now you guys saw many of the Mets players in cowboy outfits for the trip to Houston, the pics are in many sports columns. Fun.
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    Yep,sonny..saw the pics of the cowboy and western style regalia and it looked like the guys were having so much fun!Only disappointment was not being able to see David Wright as one of the three amigoes....not sure he wanted to get photographed with a silly mustache,but c'mon David,you had fun!Ike as a cowboy,RA dickey made an imposing sheriff and was Daniel murphy wearing pink,lol?!!!He looked like he was having a blast though!

    Great weekend winning 2 of 3 in Colorado,tough loss tonight though 4-3.RA Dickey was strong early but faltered a bit in the sixth,though the bloop hit that was between Ruben Tejada and new left fielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis(still leading off but giving up center field to a just activated Andres Torres)was just a tough break.Giving up a three run homer though I'm sure RA knew he just made a bad
    pitch.Still left us in good position only behind 3-1 and so we scored twice thanks to a clutch ripped single to right by Captain Kirk,who seems to relish the challenge in these clutch RBI situations(remember the opposite field double Saturday)Kirk is growing so much as a player,looks so much like he belongs there,love the way he plays!The thing that was most impressive,even mentioned by the broadcast guys is that some guys in clutch situations want to do tto much,drive the ball...but Kirk just wants to do what it takes to win,get the runs home.If he keeps that approach and discipline,he'll be a foundation in the Mets outfield for a long time to come!

    Ike is looking good!Yep sonny,he continued hitting the ball with authority tonight,and thanks for the update on how Ike's confidence and mechanics have really been enhanced by Keith Hernandez.He feels I guess as not part of the coaching staff he really shouldn't push anything on players and like you said only help if asked,Yet Ike looked so lost until recently it's what a real winner like Keith does,tries to give players an understanding of what's needed to succeed in the long run.He always worked his ass off and knows Ike does too,but that Ike needed to just get some focus back and make adjustments.

    Wanted to also mention about Mike Baxter how I just love his approach,and the kid has some real talent!He's gonna grind it,play hard whatever he's called to do.A local boy from Queens who grew up a Mets fan,he's been big in some great situations lately and it's got to be a thrill for him to play for the club he rooted for.Seems like a nice,grounded guy who can play along with Justin Turner a very important supporting role.

    Tejada's been amazing...no,he won't be explosive and dynamic on the bases as "Jose Who"?He is very solid,fundamentally sound and will get on base,make the pitcher work with his patience and maturity.Defensively,he goes out there and will make some really great plays,and will also be consistent.You don't have to worry with Ruben out there...he'll get a little bigger,and may develop some more power,but he definitely is an offensive asset at the plate.
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    RA Dickey may have lost last night but I think he had a very good outing never the less. He did allow three runs on three hits with two walks and six strikeouts in the six innings he pitched and then there was that two out, two-run home run to Matt Downs. I consider him an outstanding pitcher always has; if you think about it had it not been for that one lousy pitch his night would not have been all that bad at all. After all he did take a no hitter into the sixth inning and threw 55 of his 77 pitches for strikes. He had a killer movement on his knuckleball from the very beginning and it always thrills me to watch the way he is able to vary the speed on his knuckleball instead of using his fastball as his off-speed pitch. And we are seeing more and more of that now since the fastball has been a big time weapon for a while now and ya had to love how he baffled those Astros with that fast knuckler that was somewhere between 78-82 mph His 4.45 ERA may seem a bit high but I donít think it truly represents how well heís pitched this year and certainly does not represent how good his knuckleball has been overall. His pitch has more movement now than I recall seeing before

    So let me talk about one of my favorite Mets, of course I loved em all but truth be told I do have a few favs one of whom of course would be Kirk Nieuwenhuis who have telling you guys about for a while now having watch him grow up in the minors knowing he was going to be a major player for us someday. Last night once again he had a great night going 2 for 4, including a two out, two-run single that tied the game in the seventh. As to his first crack at left field he did have a ball fall in front of him in the sixth that set up a three-run inning for Houston, he felt bad abut that and admitted last night that he should have charged in a little bit harder..But it was his first time in that position ever so give him time to grow there and grow he will donít forget the magic he did for us in Center Field. I want to clear up something about that pick off at first, he seemed perturbed and even scowled at the umpire but truth is he knew he was out he felt the tag before he got back to base but the first call from the ump was safe and then changed to out, so Kirk thought he got a way with something only to have the ump change the call, basically Kirk was saying make up your mind ump..That is what pissed him off and not that the ump made a bad call just wanted to clear that up. Kirk has not joined the Ike Davis kill the ump school of thought By the way I am very proud of Ike and as he put it his new improved attitude towards the umpires all is just ďpeachy keenĒ now between him and them So lets look at what Kirk has done, In 22 games, he is batting .325 with two homers and eight RBI, his OBP is close to .390 He had the 3rd-highest April rookie average in franchise history. The kid is very special athlete I mean look how much he has accomplished already and most important is that he not fazed by it all he puts zero pressure on himself just does what he does and continues to excel gathering multi-hit games, and driving in the runs in big spots. Kirk is a lot like Murphy wanting only to master every aspect of the game and like Murph shows a level of maturity far beyond his time in the game. So my feelings for him to be the contender for rookie of the year remains strong, it would be only the second time a Met has won that ward since 2001 which went to Justin Turner last year.

    Tonightís lineup will be Nieuwenhuis, Tejada, Turner, Wright, Hairston, Davis, Torres, Thole and Niese. Duda still not feeling well and Murphy has the night off.

    Just wanted to tell you guys that the St Luice Mets now have the best record in professional baseball at 20-4. Not to shabby, our kids continue to plat hard and make us proud.
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    Sonny,I wanted to be a good boy and hold off any rip jobs and see where the boys are
    going.Yet it just frustrates me no end when they give such great effort like the past weekend two out of three
    from Colorado,sweeping the Marlins last week at home and even in the 4-3 loss to Houston where they showed fight coming back before losing.Not gonna blame RA like I said that game that one bad pitch was all he really wanted to take back,I still
    always have confidence about RA on the mound.

    Jon Niese pitched his only bad start so far after a great April,but the offense has to get more in synch(not having Lucas Duda the past couple of days because of the flu hasn't helped).Now nice Sausy is leaving and nasty Sausy has a few things to say.

    Can we get rid of Chris Schwinden already?The guy's barely a bullpen pitcher let alone a fifth starter.I know losing Pelf was tough but sometimes you have to push up ypur timetables and really think about calling up Matt Harvey or Jeurys Familia.Dwight Gooden was ready at 19...these guys have pitched whether college or minors considerably more extensively.When you lose a solid innings eater as Mike Pelfrey,even one as maddeningly inconsistent,the ideal game plan to give more time for Harvey and Familia has to be weighed with how the team would benefit from their youth and presence,a little injection of enthusiasm and talent now really can be very helpful.And I don't know WTF is going on with Manny Acosta but he's been atrocious lately and he'd better right his ship asap.We need the bullpen this year more than ever and we have to have everything pick each other up,give us a chance to stay in the game.Hoping the Mets make it clear to him that will not be granting a long leash to guys who just can't get themselves straightened out.

    Also,Andres Torres was acquired for Angel Pagan because the Mets weren't sure what they had in the organization was anywhere near ready.Well,Captain Kirk is showing he certainly is....he should be in center and leading off as much as possible,as Ruben Tejada makes the bottom of the lineup really tough because of his torrid hitting.Andres Torres is 34,only had one decent year two years ago,and is much better served as the club's fourth outfielder.He has not earned the starting job in center field....Kirk Nieuwenhuis is showing that he's the future there and that future should be right NOW.


    Two nice things,cause Sausy always wants to end on a positive note!I LOVE Mike Baxter off the bench,love his enthusiasm,and the kid really plays hard and the right way.It's gotta be incredibly exciting for the Queens native,who grew up rooting for the Mets and now is living a hometown boy's dream...and seems like a great guy,too.Also,David Wright playing with such passion and like he's turned the clock back to when he was one of the best players in the game....Mets gotta on the field emulate him and battle and regain that look of a serious contender his early days promised,and we gotta hope the Mets organuzation works out an extension,he means so much to the franchise.I know the Phillies would try to swoop on him in a hurry if they had an opportunity,and while letting "Jose Who"go was understandable there is no way if David is back to the real deal,and has some real good years left,that we can have a situation that finds us without him in the organization after next season's option year.
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    WHat a godawful series that was in Houston!! The Mets need to rebound quickly from that debacle. I've had it with Manny Acosta, he has provided NO relief in any of his outings, always gives up hits and runs, he needs to go. Not blaming him for all the troubles, but he is one of changes that needs to happen. As Sausy stated, after the nice weekend in Colorado, to just go to Houston and bomb out is inexcusable. Need to turn it around now. Let's hope we get a good weekend series, Let's go Mets!!

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    So we hard from the good Saucy and the evil Saucy which is always welcome, I am too close to the guys to write too much bad stuff so we need Saucy here to keep it real sometimes.
    Soooooooo tell us Syam how you really feel. A share your pain babe

    It was an ugly series to be sure but I never let that dampen my enthusiasm in the least, the boys remain upbeat they know they are capable of better and that’s important, the plane ride home had some disappointment but absolutely no feelings of failure they all remain optimistic for the future and why shouldn’t they. They admit the Astros played really well and out-played them pretty much every part of the game. Basically they played really well and the Mets not so much
    Lemme stat with Schwinden who saucy wants to get rid off, I wrote basically nothing about him so far and when he was brought in to replace Pelfrey I was surprised, I did not think he could do the job. I had seen him pitch in Buffalo and he was decent but no great shakes I made no attempt to meet or get to know him so I have no stories to tell but I did not expect him to move up just yet. But Sandy saw it differently and made the move which was premature he I just not ready. I have to tell you that two Mets pitchers told me that Schwinden is going to be fine just give him more time. Apparently the bug going around the camp that knocked Thole and Nickeous out also effected Scwinden he was not feeling well and probably should not have pitched that second game. Let’s just hope those guys are right and if he stays in he will show us more than he has so far. Meantime Terry Collins is uncommitted about using Schwinden in the next go round the rotation a decision which will be made in a day or two, the Mets have the day off today to figure out what is next.
    So who is next, well until Young is ready I really like Jeremy Hefner, a kid that would have been a better choice Miguel Batista could also help us that a starter keep in mind that the Mets are going to need to open a bullpen spot for D.J. Carrasco.

    Back to Chris Young who I believe I wrote abut a couple of weeks ago, he is making fantastic progress on his rehab and could be ready by the end of May. He threw about a 75-pitch simulated game Monday and his fast ball velocity was about 85 mph.
    As to Matt Harvey and Jeurys Familia the Mets are going to be very careful not to rush either one of those guys and I agree. I know Harvey pretty well and have seen him pitch many times and he always excites me. When he is ready watch out! I speak to matt from time to time and he has been pitching really well. I checked in on him this morning cause I knew he had pitched yesterday in AAA but it was raining kinda bad so after like a half hour rain delay he got pulled from the game. He did get in 4 innings but the rain affected his game and he did not pitch well he did throw 35 strikes out of 65 pitches however. But he also gave up a few hits and runs as well. I can’t evaluate a pitcher who throws in the rain, been there done that, it sucks. The kid is smart and is trying to keep a level head when he gets ready for each outing he knows here is a ton of major league talk going on about him but he really does try and not pay attention to it Wally Backman knows Matt pretty well and just encourages him to throw quality start after start he said if Matt goes out there and does that eight or nine times in a row, it's going to make people wonder and think. But Wally agrees a cal up now would be a bad move let him cook a bit more.

    As for Manny Acosta, the guys I spoke to believe that he is just trying too hard, he's overthrowing, balls are in the middle of the plate. If you watched him you saw the balls were down a little bit, although they were still down the middle. It’s his 3rd year two of which were pretty decent, he's just got to relax and pitch.

    Yup Saucy everybody loves Mike Baxer you get a good feeling when he steps up to pinch hit somehow you just know he is going to get the job done.

    Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Wade Miley, beat out my boy Nieuwenhuis for NL Rookie of the Month. As it happens Miley is opposing Dillon Gee on Friday at Citi. Dono yet if Kirk will be playing in that game against Miley who is a lefty but I say let Kirk play and get his revenge. Grand slam maybe??

    A couple of the guys are taking part in Celiac day tomorrow at Citi they will be in the bullpen plaza from around 5:30 given out gluten-free food and beer, and signing autographs and there will be auction items It is all a part of Celiac awareness something like One in 100 have Celiac Disease but few even know they have it the Mets participation in this will benefit R.O.C.K. Long Island, those nice folks offer free support to parents, families and friends on the gluten-free diet
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    I hate when strong starts like tonight's effort by Dillon Gee go to waste....six innings,only two runs....not going to blame Ike for the error that opened the gates in the eighth,fairly well hit ball that had some bite on it and would have been tough to handle.But I'm not happy with Jon Rauch's ineffectiveness in giving up a two run lead,and the Mets lost 5-4 to Arizona.I'm just not sure if Acosta is going to straighten himself out soon,and why I'm frustrated with him is that he was so effective last year when Parnelll was just unreliable.We need focus and the ability to close the door when we have a late lead.Two runs especially,it's clear we're going to be dependent on the bullpen this year and we need them to hold up.


    Only problem with Ike right now is that just as he seemed to be out of his rut he finds himself in another one.Very fortunate tonight when he rolled that ankle that had kept out last year that nothing happened and he appears fine after that scary moment....he doesn't need any more setbacks.Mets had a coouple of opportunities late but just couldn't capitalize.....Scott Hairston(who's starting to annoy me with his lack of execution and mental mistakes lately)failed to move the runner with no one out and later Josh Thole hit a liner to left that was caught.

    Sonny,my apologies about one of "Bad Sausy"items....you're right about letting Matt Harvey develop and sharpen his command in Triple AAA.Sandy Alderson for one while very high on Matt wants him to be ready for the long haul,not just the short term.I forgot all about Chris Young,though I worry because he's prone to injury despite when healthy being very effective,had one great start for the Mets last year before he was lost to another arm injury for the season.Jeremy Hefner seems to be opening eyes too as someone with promise who could relieve or spot start.We don't need to panic and call for Harvey or Familia just yet...when the time comes,they'll answer the call.Just so hard for me to be patient after all the agita we've gone through.

    Class move before the game with the Mets starting lineip each being introduced with a Beastie Boys song in honor of Adam Yauch,one of the long time trio punk rap legends who died yesterday at only 47 after battling cancer the past few years.I'm sure sonny will have more on that in his next post.
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    So we are rid of Chris Schwinden who has been sent back to the Buffalo, to fill in the roster Vinny Rottino was called up. The decision was made not to bring up another pitcher to replace Pelf but give the job instead to Miguel Batista taking him out of the bullpen, although he will remain the pen this weekend and make his first start Tuesday in Philly, this will be until Chris Young is ready to take the position which should be in just a few weeks. I would have preferred Jeremy Hefner who has been killin em in Buffalo including that recent shutout win. I guess the Batista thing fit in with the original idea that he was brought in not to be just in the bullpen but also used as a spot starter at any time, so that plan is the way they are going…for now. The pen could also soon see D.J. Carrasco, who is in AAA Buffalo now doing his rehab assignment. You can expect another pitcher to be brought in on Sunday when Batista moves to the rotation.

    Our bull pen has been failing us again although I dono of we are ready to use Saucy’s "poison pen” term Hopes were high when Alderson made moves to try to bolster the bullpen with guys like Frank Francisco, Jon Rauch, and Ramon Ramirez. But except for a few good outings they have mostly had way too many meltdowns and I have zero confidence in our closer Francisco, he scares me to death. We have had good starting pitching but the run support has just not been there with guys who were hitting really well not getting it done lately with only Wright and “little Reyes” gettin er done. Hariston had a few good days including that cycle he hit for but mostly he is a waste and I have been underwhelmed by his work in the outfield, that ball he did not get to last night would have for sure been caught by Captain Kirk or Justin Bay for that matter, it should have been caught.

    I kinds like Rottino he had a decent spring and as hitting a little over .300 in Buffalo a nice utility man who can play corner infield and outfield spots as even catch

    I guess I gotta talk about Ike Davis who once again is getting lost at the plate going back to his bad habits. Seriously, that kid needs a good swift kick in the butt and I am just the guy who can do it. It was very scary to see him twist that ankle; in fact I swear I stopped breathing for a second or two. I had just come down from Nick Evans who had surgery to repair a broken left hand he injured attempting to make a diving catch in AAA. He is fine at home recovering but I sure did not want more injury news this week thank you very much.
    Ike was thinking “Oh no not again” cause it was the same ankle he messed up last season. When he twisted it he thought he was in trouble in fact his first thought was not to move and make no attempt to run to first base but then went immediately back to the dugout basically somewhat nervous about what he might have done. It was just a little tweak and he played the remainder of the game in fact as soon as he started waking it off he felt much better and the pain stopped. Funny thing is Ike had said he was waiting to see what would happen when he got the chance to test out that ankle in a situation where he would turn on it so at least that happened and we can relax and not worry he came thru with flying colors on that. But he needs to get his head out of his butt he is batting a buck seventy and that is just ridicules. Even his defense struggled last night on that play he missed, Ike said the ball had more spin on it than he thought and was hit harder than he thought. He thought he could get in front of it, but it kept spinning so he just I didn't have enough room to catch it. It seemed like yesterday was going to be a good day at the plate, during batting practice he said he drove a ball 15 rows deep into the right-field porch which by the way was something that hasn’t been done at Citi so far this year. Oh Well
    Of course we need to remember that Ike never had much of a second season in the majors last year he only had a little over 100 at-bats last year when he should have had closer to 500, I will tell you Ike was really down last night after the game pretty much about how the whole season has been going I am glad about that, he needs to be and I would be upset with him if he wasn’t. I am actually going to see Ike on Thursday maybe I can pick his brain a bit about what he is thinking he needs to do. Ike will sit today he is fine it’s more about the lefty on the mound alhough Niewenhuis is in the line up at right field so perhaps a little message from Collins to Ike?? Hummm.
    So the lineup today will be Torres in center, Tejada at short, Wright third, Hairston in left, (Duda also out against the lefty) Murphy second, Turner first, Nieuwenhuis right, Nickeas catching and Santana pitching
    Zack Wheeler will be placed on the 7-Day Disabled List with a small problem with his right middle fingernail Zack has been pitching well with a 1.75 ERA in five starts with AA Binghamton so far this season.

    Saucy I was as you were really touched by that Adam Yauch tribute last night in having the walk up song all dedicated to beastie’s. It was actually Scott Hariston and Justin Turner who came up wit the idea. In case you could not hear the songs it went like this: Tejada "Intergalactic" Murphy "No Sleep 'til Brooklyn" Wright "Brass Monkey" (he has used that before) Duda "The New Style" Hairston "Root Down" Ike Davis "You Gotta Fight For Your Right To Party" Torres "So What'cha Want" Thole "Make Some Noise" and Dillon Gee used "Body Movin'" In fact beastie boys where paying all day yesterday in the locker room out of respect for Adam Yauch .
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    DJ Carrasco.Yeech!Nothing personal against him,probably a lovely guy.One of most agita causing problems with last year's relief staff,however!
    Talk about poison "pen",sonny!

    Well hoping Young and Hefner can help pretty soon as you indicate.Thankfully tonight we had ole reliable Johann Santana who wasn't at his best but still good enough to only allow three runs on nine hits in seven innings.Parnell and your buddy Francisco(lol,just kidding,he does scare me too a lot though)got em home with minimal fuss or dramatics for a Mets 4-3 victory.

    Offense scored on two relatively soft singles both driving in two runs by Andres Torres and Mke Nickeas.Daniel Murphy has been a bit quiet offensively lately but was 4-4 and scored a run.Good to get a solid effort from old pro Johann Santana after we've had that slide lately...hope we can get a measure of consistency going.

    I really hope you talk with Ike,help try to get him to ease up...maybe give him something to crack up over and help loosen him up.He's just all over the place lately nothing like the emerging star he appeared before that collision with Wright and the ankle damage ended his season last year.I read today maybe part of the reason is how few at bats he had last year and now in coming back and getting into the flow of things,that's what Terry Collins thinking appears to be on some of the stuff going on now with Ike's whole approach.Ike hit some really long balls to right center and center last year as having the remarkable power to left field when he gets going.Maybe sonny you should convince Ike to shave his facial hair and come in clean shaven just to shake things up...I know he loves the scruffy look but heck,it couldn't hurt!
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    Well, the Mets finished up the weekend very nicely with stellar performances by Johan and RA Dickey to take two of three from the D'Backs. The bullpen remained a little shakey, but got nice work from Parnell, and outs from Byrdak and Francisco. Unfortunately, we've lost Tejada at least for a few days, hopefully not too much longer than that. Daniel Murphy is on a tear, let's hope he continues and gives some tips to Ike. Sure could use some power in the lineup, especially against the Phillies this week. It would be nice to see DJ Carrasco return to a the form of a decent pitcher. Let's go Mets!!

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    Yup Syam another great outing for R.A. Dickey, it broke my heart he missed the shutout but still to go into the ninth like that is just awesome. When he left the game you probably saw him though down his rosin bag in disgust but in true R.A. style it not because he missed the shutout it was all about how he felt that he had let Collins down after Terry left him in to pitch the ninth. That is so R.A. just such a class act.

    Saucy I feel your concern over Carrasco returning but we have to take a breath and see what he can do for us, he did have a pretty good spring. Of course I am not forgetting last year when he was drop dead awful with an ERA of about 6. Hopefully his fastball velocity will be back and wonít cause any balks (member that in Atlanta?) I will be especially interested in seeing what angle he will pitch from, he has pitched a lot better than he did last year and I can recall him having the ability to give us some length out of the bullpen, and letís be real we really need that now. If he can show us what he had in 2008-2010 he'll be a useful bullpen piece. Fingers and legs crossed. He will be in camp and ready to pitch this weekend
    Saucy you also brought up Ikeís beard again but I donít think I can help you there; Ike loves that thing and is very unlikely to shave it anytime soon. Actually I think now that he keeps it trim I think he looks pretty good and as Ike would tell you it takes attention away from this big nose ( Did I saw that out loud? He has been keeping his hair trim as well, I recall a while back when that hair was wild and all over grown and the beard shaggy but he has been doing a good job of keeping both of those things in check. I think now his hair is the shortest it has been in a while, it may have something to do with when he was looking particularly shabby last year I actually said ďdude you look homelessĒ It is easy for the guys to keep the beards and hair sharp there is a barber that comes by the clubhouse regularly to take care of them.

    How boy our boy Murphy in that 5 spot, he is looking good there I like it. Collins had been thinking about how Murph was not hitting as well as he had been and thought about making a change in the batting order to get him kick started again and low and behold it worked. It seems that the middle of the order is where he belongs, of course he was productive when he hit second because he gets on base. Buy now he gets a chance to be the guy who can swing the bat to drive some runs in. Thatís what Murph does he is all about that. If Ike finds himself again prolly we will see Murph batting second again.

    Rubin Tejada has been put on the disabled list and Jordany Vladespin has been added to the 25-man roster and is available for tonightís game, but as of now Justin Turner will play shortstop tonight and Viadespin will play tomorrow. Sorry to hear about Rubin who after Wright and Murph is our most productive position player and ya hate to see him out. I am not sure why Justin Turner is at short tonight and not Jordany my understanding is that Jordany has joined the team in Philadelphia; Kevin Burkhardt will sort the whole thing out later on Mets pre game and explain it all. I have not yet spoken to Justin about it but I am sure knowing him his response will be ďIím readyĒ. He is a gamer a terrific kid and will give it all he has. Justin did play short Triple-A Buffalo last year but thus will be his first major league start at SS.

    Tonightís line up will be Andres Torres in center, Kirk Nieuwenhuis in left, David Wright at third Lucas Duda at right, Daniel Murphy plays second, Ike Davis, at first, Justin Turner short, and Josh Thole catches Jon Niese
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    Wow, what a great victory last nite!! I was watching the Rangers hockey game, but switched in time to see the Mets ninth against Papelbon, and certainly loved Valdespin hitting the 3 run bomb to win the game!! How exciting for him to get his first major league hit that way!! ...and Mick Nickeas with a timely double in place of Josh Thole. The bullpen did a nice job, especially Parnell getting into and out of trouble, however it has cost us Josh Thole for at least a few games, I would think. I guess we'll hear more later today on his status/health. Francisco pitched a great ninth, we need more of that, too. Let's go Mets!!!

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    Syam It sure was a great fun game started out dull but half way thru it got really going and oh yes that 9th was a thrill ride. It really began to unravel or the Phillies when Victorino made that bonehead attempt to block the double pay it was so outrageously against the rule I felt insulted that the fool thought he would actually get away with that. By the way when Collins came lout of the dugout it was not to dispute the call at first but rather the interference which had not been called right away but as Terry got close to the second base umpire the call was made and Terry acknowledged that and went back to the dugout. Then Charlie Manual came out to ask about it and the ump basically looked at him as if to say, seriously? Charlie sheepishly waddled back to the dugout .so fun.

    As to Thole he had headraces all night and still had them this morning he is also rather sore, he is in NY now to see the doctors to determine if he did in fact suffer a concussion, the likely hood is because of that new rule put into place regarding concussions after the Ryan Church debacle josh will be probably be placed on the 7 day DL. More on that when Burkhardt breaks it all down on the pre game show at 6:30 on SNY, he has been watching this all and will have all the details then. Meantime Rob Johnson is up to take the spot when Thole goes on the DL

    With respect to Shortstop Valdespin will play there tonight but Turner will play the position on Wednesday. As to Valdespinís fate with Ronny Cedeno back on Friday, and its unlikely Valdespin survives that roster cut.

    Lineup tonight Torres-CF, Nieuwenhuis-LF, Wright-3B, Duda-RF, Murphy-2B, Davis-1B, Valdespin-SS, Nickeas-catches Batista
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    So great seeing Valdespin's three run homer..God that was just so much fun getting it done in Philly and surviving Halladay,who was tough but a little uneven.Tonight was even more fun as we at least take the series,hoping for a sweep in Philly(ain't it Amazin'!)on Wednesday.Batista started off rough tonight,but he didn't break after giving up four runs.Balanced attack and the best part was scoring three runs late to extend the lead after falling behind early.Nice bullpen job and every time we can do it to the Phillies I'm fucking ecstatic!

    Looks like Josh Thole may miss more like two weeks than seven days after suffering that concussion on that Ty Wigginton play.Tough break,concussion injuries are scary and the Mets have seen their fair share,but even Collins doesn't think Wigginton's slide was dirty,just happens sometimes.Hopefully Josh will be feeling better soon and back behind the plate.With Tejada pulling his quad(which he said actually caused him to fall awkwardly at first base,face down)we seem snakebit...we have that heart and spirit to win,but still we take a step backward with every gain.One of these days we'll put together a great wtring of games,and not lose someone in the process!
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    I had a lot of apprehension about Batista and in the first few innings after giving up 4 runs I thought he was going to crash and burn but he settled in as the game went on. You could defiantly see him getting into a rhythm. Remember, Other than that double header he hasn't started all year, so it's been a while. The turning point came as early as the second inning when he began using all of his pitches we then saw him go to his changeup more and there was improvement in his slider. The outing was enough for Terry Collins to commit to him for at least the next spot in the rotation next week, if he continues to settle in and pitch well I could see him staying in till Chris Young returns which will probably be by the end of the month. Chris is scheduled to throw 75 pitches tomorrow for A St. Lucie, I will be getting info on that and pass it on. If Batista fails in the meantime we still have Jeremy Hefner in our back pocket. Jeremy by the way has doing very well in AAA.

    I just wanted to mention that Matt Harvey continues to pitch really well; yesterday he tossed six scoreless innings in Buffalo.

    Zack Wheeler will be coming off the 7 day DL in a few days and will reenter the rotation in Binghamton Before he tore that fingernail his ERA was 1.75. Zack threw a bullpen session yesterday without difficulty.

    You may have heard that Josh Thole may be out for more than just the seven days and what you need to know is that Josh was placed on the 7 day DL by a rule regarding concussions it had to be done that way. What that means is that after the 7 days he can be cleared to start activities or given an additional 7 days after completing a minimum of seven days, also according to that new rule he can remain on for eight, nine, 10 or any number beyond that before being activated. On doctors orders Josh must spend the next seven days doing absolutely nothing and he is home doing just that. It is conceivable based on how he recovers for Josh to be out as long as three weeks, of course we all hope it will be sooner and could very well be but one of the problems is that itís not his first concussion he has had two others already in his short career so that comes into play as well. I do not have contact info on Josh so I can not speak to him directly, I will rely on Burkhardt to keep in touch with Josh and monitor his progress.

    Valdespin proved last night not to have the best shortstop abilities he was rusty at best sure I donít expect him to be here for very much longer. Hopefully Tejada returns quickly, by the way when Thole went in to be checked in for concussion Rubin went with him to be checked out as well but Rubin was cleared of any concussion. Meantime Justin Turner will play at short tonight and probably tomorrow as well but thatís mostly due to the Phillies lefty on the mound although clearly Justin is better at the position at least based on what we have seen so far. Valdespin was out working early today on catching throws at the second-base bag with Teufel and Racaniello.

    Lineup for the sweep tonight Torres-CF, Murphy-2B, Wright-3B, Hairston-RF, Rottino-LF, Turner-SS, Davis-1B, and Johnson will catch Gee-

    I donít usually like to do this but if I may go off topic just a bit. I am hearing that Obama has finally endorsing gay marriage. Well better late than never, and oh by the way, Ron Darling did that a year ago.
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    Last night was our 1th comeback win and cause it was the Phillies it was just that much sweeter.
    Of course the highlight of the game for me was seeing Ike come out of his slump he needed that bad as of course did the Mets.
    Got into Orlando to my sisters house late last night headin to Miami in a bit where the team is taking a well deserved day off in South Beach. Looking forward to seeing the Marlins new park, prolly won’t post any more today or Friday I’ve got a lot going on, head back to NY Sunday night.

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    I had to hold off celebrating and have sonny come in here with that!Feel so good for Ike with that three run blast,got two hits and maybe he can feel relaxed at the plate and really start getting going!The Philly bullpen was atrocious,and the Mets yesterday just pounded them!Checking out the score after working late Wednesday and seeing 10-6 ,great team effort plus Ike having the big home run I was feeling so giddy!Sweep,sweep,sweep!!!I'm proud of our boys,we may still have some real flaws as a team but no one doubts our heart,resiliency,and talent now.All I have to say to Scrub is that we still love ya,nothing personal!
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    Fucking hate to lose games like this,scoring three runs in the eighth with contributing back to back doubles by Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Mike Baxter.Another great night by David Wright with three hits and Ike Davis slugging another home run.Not going to rip on Ike on the error,was a tough play....and a professional job by Johann Santana,gave up three runs and wasn't as sharp as recent efforts but overall solid effort,he keeps the Mets in the game,finds ways to get people out.

    But Frank Francisco,we can't allow for this,he's gotta put people away.You don''t want to break a great streak,especially when you come back yet again and take the lead.He needs to get his act together pronto,and not fool us for one or two games before reverting to bad habits.I telll ya sonny,syam,all you guys....Francisco scares me when he's out there,and hasn't given consistent reason to feel otherwise.
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    Last nite was a bummer of a way to lose a game, but the Mets bounced back today behind RA Dickey to smoke the Marlins. DWright with 4 hits, and the 3-4-5 guys really came through to ignite the victory. It certainly helped that Nolasco was a bit wild with walks and hit batters including Dickey. Since he continued to pitch, hopefully this will just be a bruise for him. The way the Mets get injured, I figured a broken bone for sure. Baxter had another pinch hit extra base hit with a long double to center. Total team effort, good defense and great baserunnning on several occasions. Let's go Mets!!

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    I wish I could be as short,sweet and to the point as syam,but being both Italian and from North Jersey,afraid that isn't possible!
    Great bounceback by the Mets,9-3 over the Marlins led by a solid effort by RA Dickey.Manny Acosta still manages to make things not
    so easy but the rest of the bullpen,even DJ Carrasco who finished,shut the door after Dickey pitched six innings,allowing two runs on nine hits.The key to Dickey is even if he doesn't sparkle he usuaslly doesn't beat himself,and that was the case today.

    David Wright had four hits including a long home run and two run scoring siongles,Daniel Murphy had three hits and scored two runs,and Lucas Duda added three hits.Andres Torres continues to do a solid job knocking in two runs on a single.Jose Reyes did smack four hits against his old club but the most important thing was the bounceback from Friday night's meltdown by Frank Francisco that has continued to plague the Mets as a legitimate worry not being dependable to close out games so far this season.The resiliency and toughness of this club has been it's most heartening characteristic so far this season which has made our boys one of the pleasant surprises of MLB,though Mets fans knew that these guys really were hungry and determined to battle even in spring training.
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    I’m back! Thanks to saucy and Syam for keeping things going while I run around Miami trying to stay outta trouble. I got to Miami late Thursday afternoon and went directly to the Mets hotel, I was on a mission to see my boy Ike Davis who until Wednesday had been struggling so badly I needed to talk with him get his thoughts on what was going on I was concerned abut how he was doing. When I got there I found Murphy, Nieuwenhuis and Duda and we went down to the beach where Ike and Justin Turner where, after a few howzit goings I asked Ike if we could go somewhere and talk, we went to this juice bar which was fairly empty sat down and his first words were “I know hat you are going to say” I told him I was concerned about his problems and how awful he looked on TV in the dugout he just looked so desponded. Ike said he had been feeling better the last couple of days and thought his at bats were improving. Of course he had just had that awesome day in Philly with a double and two run homer which really gave him his confidence back. As Ike explained it he was trying really hard and he understood the problems with his being out in front of the ball and keeping his front shoulder from flying open. He changed the bat positioning and avoided starting to fast, he understood the problems totally but until Philly just could not seem to get it together. He spoke about Murphy and how he wished he could approach his at bats the way Daniel does. Ike considers Murph an artist at the plate who analyses every pitch almost never swings at bad pitches always seems to know when to take a ball, where Ike on the other hand feels he goes out there and hacks away at everything, basically just chaos. Guys, you needed to see the look of sincerity on his face and in his eyes you would have felt as bad as I did for having bashed him around so much he really was trying very hard. After giving him a big hug and telling him how proud I was of him we headed back out to the beach where I spoke with Turner who said “so what did he tell you” I told JT what Ike had said, Justin and Ike are sharing an apartment in NY and so he saw first hand how much Ike’s troubles were bothering him. He would come home night after night and just be all quite and somber struggling with his situation; it was hard to see him like that. Justin also agreed that he saw a change coming with Ike and everyone in the clubhouse was trying to help Ike get thru. But that’s the way it is in that clubhouse with all the guys I have seen it first hand, I know Burkhardt has talked about it often, a closer loving bunch of guys on the same team does not happen everyday day. It all begins with DWright who leads by such great example every player respects and adores David so much he is always there for everyone; it is truly a bunch of brothers that enjoy cheering each other on and helping one another out. After speaking with Ike I felt a lot better abut how he was doing he seemed to be doing ok and his confidence is returning. Of course he will have his bad days but I really do believe he has turned the corner and is bouncing back.

    I mentioned that Duda was there as well and this was the first time I ever saw him so talkative, Lucas it turns out has a terrific sense of humor he just took a while to come out of his shell, this fame thing took him by surprise and still can’t get used to the idea that fans will come up to him and ask for an autograph, who me?? He is not an unfriendly kind of guy he is just a really private and shy kid who all of a sudden has begun to open up and get more involved with his teammates, he talked to me about the rush he feels going out on the field and how much more comfortable he is getting in right field especially with the new dimensions at Citi. I later joked to Murphy, DUDA TALKS!!! WHO KNEW

    I did want to comment on the new Marlins Park which I did not like very much. For one thing it is way too big for my taste, it is gynormous. It is also kinda tacky looking with all that puckie green color that does not match well with the blue walls and seats, Yuk. Then there is that monstrosity in center field that announces a Marlins home fun, I mean have ya seen that thing? Good grief, now I know what a rainbow would look like if it threw up They even have live fish in tanks left/right behind home plate I have to think that glass is pretty strong to take any balls that might hit it but how about those poor little fishies I mean how would you like to be home swimming around in your house mindin your own business and this 90 MPH fastball hits your house I gotta think by the time the season is over there a gonna be a lot of shell shock fish in that tank.
    Last of all there is that retractable roof, now I get it when it rains it will be nice to have but the last two days have been sunny and beautiful outside not hot with low humdidity, so why in heck did they keep the roof closed? I’m sorry but that is not the way to watch a baseball game all closed in like that, it may be fine for hockey or basketball but not baseball there is just something unnatural about that. It may also be why the grass in some spots looks so bad it needs sunlight. There are a ton of wide high windows in the outfields so that sorta helped but still I felt very closed in and did not like it at all.

    They have a Clevelander nightclub right in the park it’s in left field right next to the bull pen. A bunch if us went in Friday after the game and hung out a while I did not care for the music which was heavy on the salsa side I asked the DJ if that was the only music he played and he said “pretty much” Burkhardt said you can actually hear the music in the stands during games.

    That was a very scary sight seeing Dickey hit by that ball I spoke to Diilon Gee later and he said that RA and Collins decided since the wrist felt a little stiff he would leave the game to play it safe. But later last night he felt much better and said he did not think he needed an X-ray and is not expected to miss a turn in the rotation. I am sure we will learn more after RA wakes up today and sees how he feels but it looks like it will not be a deal, Finally I have to mention what an outstanding job Mike Nickeas did catching Dickey, that was no easy task I can tell you and there was concern with Thole out if Mike was up to the challenge of catching the knuckleball but he was great.

    Whew! Think I have written enough for now I will be going down to the park soon to watch DP and after the game and some Mexican food head back home to NY
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