State of the Mets Bullpen (Part II)

February 26, 2009

Last week I asked who should fill the last spot on the Mets Bullpen. There were 3 votes for Will Ohman, 2 for Brian Stokes and 1 for Jonathan Niese.

Yesterday, Ken Rosenthal reported “Ohman, 31, has offers from the Pirates, Marlins and Padres, and is waiting for possible interest to develop from the Phillies, Mets and Dodgers.”

Ohman’s agent, Page Odle, adds, “We’re offering flexibility, too. Will is willing to pitch for a good chunk for his money. We feel that Will is a shutdown lefty who strikes guys out and gets righties out as well. We’re hoping one of the playoff teams will want that shutdown lefty.”

However, according to Joel Sherman, “If Sanchez is right, the Mets will not feel big pressure to put a second lefty reliever in the pen in tandem with Pedro Feliciano.” Yet, Sherman believes Sanchez could be released or traded for a “righty-hitting outfield bat.”

I think the Mets are hoping to catch lightning in a bottle with one of their Spring Training Invitees, like Valerio De Los Santos. It’s also possible that if Freddy Garcia wins the 5th spot in the rotation, Livan Hernandez could fill the last spot in the rotation. As of now the Mets Bullpen consists of Franciso Rodriguez, J.J. Putz, Sean Green, Pedro Feliciano, Duaner Sanchez, and most likely Tim Redding.
What do you think?

Mets Lineup (Part I)

February 24, 2009

The buzz at Mets Spring Training is that Mets Manager, Jerry Manuel, has said he is considering tinkering with the lineup during Spring Training by moving Luis Castillo to the leadoff spot and Jose Reyes to the third spot.

In yesterday’s Intra-Squad Game and today’s Intra-Squad Game, Castillo batted first while Reyes batted second. However, most reporters think this is just a tactict to get Castillo off to a good start.

In all likelihood, I think this will be the Mets Lineup in 2009:

Reyes

Castillo/Murphy

Wright

Delgado

Beltran

Church

Murphy/Castillo

Schneider

What do you think the Mets Lineup should look like? Please answer in the comments section.

This Day in Mets Infamy with Rusty

February 22, 2009

good morning to all my fellow met fans out there its time for the daily “this day in mets infamy with rusty” so we shall waste no more time

first off b-day wishes goes out to our newly aquired pie thrower and flame throwing set up man J. J. Putz (1977)
Transactions:
New York Mets traded Bobby Klaus, Wayne Graham and Jimmie Schaffer to the Philadelphia Phillies for Dick Stuart on February 22, 1966. – too bad dick was past his prime – i heard he hangs out with putz (ba dum dump)

New York Mets signed free agent Juan Berenguer (later on to have a better career with the tigers )on February 22, 1975.

New York Mets released Mark Bradley on February 22, 1984. (who?)

New York Mets signed free agent Mark Johnson on February 22, 2000. (once again WHO!)

Montreal Expos claimed Endy Chavez of the New York Mets on waivers on February 22, 2002. ( I forgot endy was a met prior to 06) – gonna miss him

This Day in Mets Infamy with Rusty

February 19, 2009

If you’re a reader of metsblog.com (who isn’t) you probably have come across rusty’s daily, “This Day in Mets Infamy with Rusty”. Well, with his permission, here’s today’s “This Day in Mets Infamy with Rusty”:
hello my fellow mets bretheren its time for another thrilling episode of “this day in mets infamy with rusty” so lets get on with it shall we
first off happy b-days are in order for former mets relievers Tim Burke (1959)
Alvaro Espinoza (1962)

Transactions:
New York Mets signed free agent Edgardo Alfonzo on February 19, 1991. – fonzie we miss ya – good luck in japan

New York Mets signed free agent Sandy Alomar on February 19, 2007. – isn’t it funny every single freekin alomar we have ever had played for us were all star caliber before they came to us and totally declined as soon as they signed a contract for us

State of the Mets Bullpen (Part I)

February 19, 2009
Cryin' Shame

Cryin' Shame

I’m introducing a new series on Daily Mets, State of the Mets Bullpen. I should’ve done this from the beginning. Don’t know why I didn’t, except that I didn’t think of it.

I’ll spare you a recap of the performance of last year’s bullpen. It’s enough to say anything and everything that could’ve gone wrong, did.

Instead, I’d like to take a look at this year’s bullpen. I’m hopeful that Freddy Garcia or Pedro Martinez (if he comes back) will get the 5th spot in the rotation. That will push Tim Redding to be the long man in the bullpen, which he’s said he’s okay with.

So here is your (potential) 2009 Mets Bullpen:

Francisco Rodriguez

J.J. Putz

Duaner Sanchez

Pedro Feliciano

Sean Green

Tim Redding

?

I don’t know about you, but this bullpen looks very good to me. Not only do we have an elite Closer in K-Rod, we also have a great closer in Putz as the Setup Man. No more losses in the 8th and 9th inning. Is there a better combo out there?

Duaner Sanchez separated his shoulder in July 2006 and a hairline fracture in the front of his shoulder in March 2007. So with two years of recovery, Sanchez should be able to throw well again as he did in the first half of last season but hopefully won’t show the same fatigue he did toward the second half of the season.

Pedro Feliciano is the team’s lefty one out guy holding left-handed batters to a .210 batting average. With the troubles of his daughter’s open-heart surgery well behind him and limiting him to the LOOGY role, Pedro should have a good year in 2009.

Sean Green is a 6’6″ sinkerballer who in 2008 had a 2.72 ERA Pre All-Star but a 8.65 ERA Post All-Star. His poor second half might be due to the American League leading 48 appearances before the All-Star break and the mental woes of pitching for the 100-Loss Mariners. Green’s eigth-best ground ball percentage among relievers should only improve behind the defense of the Mets infield.

Tim Redding had a career year in 2008 in innings pitched, games started and strikeouts. However, he did have an ERA of 4.95 after a 3.85 Pre-All Star ERA. He’ll likely be the long man with the Mets and is an average player. Also, he’s from Rochester and named his son Shea. So he’s cool in my books.

If the Mets go with a seven-man bullpen, that leaves one spot available. With lefty reliever Will Ohman still a free-agent, there have been rumors circulating that the Mets have been staying in touch. However, Omar Minaya said “There aren’t going to be any more big moves”. So I don’t see the Mets signing Ohman.

That leaves Brian Stokes, Carlos Muniz, Livan Hernandez and others for that final bullpen spot.

State of the Mets Rotation (Part VI)

February 17, 2009

As I’ve said before, the Mets need pitching depth. Seems like Omar Minaya thinks so too. On Saturday, Christian Red of the New York Daily News, reported that the Mets had signed Livan Hernandez to a $1 million minor-league deal with $1 million in performance bonuses. When asked about Pedro Martinez, Minaya responded that they are set with the pitchers they have. However, “as long as Martinez has yet to sign with a team” David Lennon of Newsday won’t count the Mets out.

This news is very exciting. Last year, I and many others were hoping the Mets would sign Livan for the #5 spot. Turns out they could’ve used him with all the injuries to the rotation. This year, Livan will be competing with Freddy Garcia, Tim Redding and Jonathan Niese for the last spot on the rotation.

The downside to the minor-league deals given to Garcia and Livan is that Garcia has said he expects to be in the rotation or will pitch somewhere else. So we’ll have to wait for Opening Day to see whether the Mets will have strong pitching depth.

The best case scenario for the team would be to have Garcia make the rotation, with Redding in the bullpen and Livan in the Minors as the 6th man. Since Niese is still a rookie, it’s pretty much guaranteed that he’ll be starting in AAA.

As for Pedro, like David Lennon, until he signs somewhere else, I still see Pedro returning to the Mets. However, I think he’ll sit out the cold months (maybe in St. Lucie) and possibly get a call in June.

State of the Mets Rotation (Part V)

February 10, 2009

In my last segment of State of the Mets Rotation, I argued that the Mets should sign either Ben Sheets or Pedro Martinez. Two days later, Jon Heyman reported that Sheets would have elbow surgery. So it seems like Pedro’s path to the Mets just got a little clearer.

The Mets have a very good rotation with Johan Santana, Oliver Perez, John Maine, and Mike Pelfrey. Then there’s Tim Redding, Freddy Garcia, and Jonathan Niese all vying for the last spot on the rotation. I still think we need one more starter to add for pitching depth, and that person is Pedro Martinez.

As we’ve all come to learn over the past couple of years, you need pitching depth in case of injury. Do you remember last year when Pelfrey our #6 pitcher became our #4 pitcher? That’s why I propose the Mets bring back the Godfather of the Modern Mets for one more year on an incentives laden contract, to deepen the rotation.

I know there’s a whole bunch of reasons why that sounds crazy, but he can’t be worse than either Redding, Garcia or Niese. With Sheets scheduled for surgery, Wolf, Garland, and Looper signed, Pedro is the best option on this free agent tracker (and no, we’re not trading for a starter). Plus, he’s practically begging the Mets to bring him back.

So let’s think about it for a second. I’m not talking about Pedro as a #2 starter getting paid $12 million. Instead, I’m suggesting we bring Pedro back as a #5 starter getting paid $5 million guaranteed. That’s a high ceiling low risk move.

The added benefit is that Redding can slot in to the long man position, Garcia can get some starts in AAA (remember Garcia just pitched 3 games for the Tigers last season), and Niese can pitch a full season in AAA getting ready to take over the spot in 2010.

Look, I know Pedro hasn’t looked the same since 2005, but even he’s admitted that he has something to prove. Pedro has cojones, and that’s what this team needs more of. So let him come back for one year and prove that he’s still the man.

2009 Mets, We’ve Got Cojones!

Johan Santana will throw off the Mound

February 10, 2009
That's the look of determination.

That's the look of determination.

The Post’s Bart Hubbuch reports that Johan Santana will be throwing off the mound at Port St. Lucie today and will be throwing his first bullpen session on Thursday.

Santana wasn’t the only Mets player at Port St. Lucie,

Santana and Wright were among a surprisingly large contingent of Mets regulars here yesterday morning taking part in workouts, even though pitchers and catchers aren’t due till Friday.

Also on hand were pitchers John Maine, Oliver Perez and Mike Pelfrey, right fielder Ryan Church and catcher Brian Schneider.

I’m very excited to get this season started and it’s great to hear so many players are already working out at Port St. Lucie.

If you’ve been banned from Metsblog.com…

February 9, 2009

use Internet Explorer if you’ve been using Firefox. It worked for me. I can now post on Metsblog.com if I use Internet Explorer.

Thanks, MetsFan4Decades and Sylar 🙂

Alex Rodriguez (A-ROID) Admits to Taking Steroids

February 9, 2009

ESPN’s Peter Gammons’s reported it here.