Tuesday, September 7, 2010


Good Morning! I wanted to make the announcement that New York Mets Today will be shutting down. It is just too much work for one person and I have been having trouble getting other writers to work for free. I want to thank everyone who supported the site. It is greatly appreciated it. I will be looking to sign on with another blog in the near future so I will keep you all updated as to what blog I will be writing for. Once again, thank you all for the support and I will speak to you soon and although it has been a rough few years, keep the faith, the franchise will turn it around sooon! Lets go Mets! Thank you!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Post-Game Wrap-Up: Cubs 7 Mets 6

Post-Game Wrap-Up from Wrigley Field:

• The Mets jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the Top of the 1st highlighted by a 2-RBI 2B from David Wright. Joaquin Arias would bring Wright home on an RBI FC later in the inning to make the score 3-0.
• The Cubs took the lead in the Bot of the 4th with a 4 run inning. Three of the runs came in to score on Alfonso Soriano’s 22nd HR of the year. 4-3 Cubs after 4.
• The Mets tied the score in the Top of the 6th. Lucas Duda recorded his first Major League Hit and RBI of his career when he doubled in the 6th to tie the score at 4.
• The Cubs would regain the lead in the Bot of the 6th on a 3-run HR from Blake DeWitt. 7-4 Cubs.
• In the Top of the 7th, David Wright connected on his 23rd HR of the year, a Solo shot cutting the Cubs lead to 7-5.
• Luis Hernandez hit a Solo HR in the Top of the 8th, his 1st as a Met and of the season, making the score 7-6 Cubs, which is the way this one finished.

R.A. Dickey did not pitch well today. He was up in the zone most of the day. He gave up 2 3-run HR’s which led to his demise today, the big blow, a 3-run HR to Blake DeWitt. He finished the day going 6 IP, giving up 7 ER, 8 H, 1BB, and struck out 3. His record fell to 9-6 with today’s loss.
David Wright had a very good day. He went 3-5, while hitting his 23rd HR, and drove in his 90th run of the year.

Angel Pagan made his return to the starting lineup today and didn’t miss a beat going 3-5, with 2 Runs scored out of the lead-off spot.

Lucas Duda had a great day today. He recorded both his first career hit and RBI in Today’s game. He also made another fabulous play in LF as he came in to catch a line drive off the bat of Geovany Soto and gunned the ball to first, doubling up Xavier Nady who was running on the play.

Former Met Xavier Nady had a good day against his former club by going 3-4 with an RBI and R scored.

The Mets and Cubs will meet again tomorrow at 1:05PM. Mets rookie RHP Jenrry Mejia will make his 1st career start. He will be opposed by Cubs RHP Carlos Zambrano.


The Mets begin a 3 game series today at Wrigley Field in Chicago. The starting pitchers for today's contest will be RHP R.A. Dickey for the Mets against fellow RHP Randy Wells. The wind is blowing out to RF today. I wonder what kind of effect this will have on Dickey's knuckleball. The Cubs lineup will look a lot different than it did when the Mets faced them earlier in the year, as they have traded away 1B Derek Lee (Atlanta), INF Mike Fontenot (SF), and INF Ryan Theriot (LA). Angel Pagan makes his return to the lineup for the Mets today. Game time is 2:20PM. Here are the starting lineups:

For the 57-77 Chicago Cubs:

1. Kosuke Fukudome RF
2. Starlin Castro SS
3. Marlon Byrd CF
4. Aramis Ramirez 3B
5. Xavier Nady 1B
6. Geovany Soto C
7. Alfonso Soriano LF
8. Blake DeWitt 2B
9. Randy Wells P

For the 66-68 New York Mets:

1. Angel Pagan CF
2. Lucas Duda LF
3. Chris Carter RF
4. David Wright 3B
5. Ike Davis 1B
6. Joaquin Arias 2B
7. Josh Thole C
8. Ruben Tejada SS
9. R.A. Dickey P


Rumor: Omar Minaya

Mets GM Omar Minaya has told friends that he enjoys scouting and talent evaluation. Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated wonders aloud if this is a precursor to Minaya has accepted that he will be assigned to a new position. Some in the organization wonder if owner Fred Wilpon traveling to the minors with assistant GM John Ricco means that the Mets intend to elevate Ricco to the GM position. It's possible, however, that Ricco was just assisting on a scouting mission.

I would not be opposed to re-assigning Minaya within the Organization. He is very good at scouting and evaluating talent. I think he would be an asset in that capacity. I do believe that it is time to move on from Omar as GM. Whether or not Jeff and Fred Wilpon agree is another story.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Post-Game Wrap-Up: Mets 4 Braves 2 - Santana Wins But Exits Due To Injury

The Mets were able to salvage the final game of their 4 game series in Atlanta tonight by the score of 4-2. The story of tonight's game however was Johan Santana, as he was forced to leave the game early due to injury. More on Santana later. Here are the game highlights:

For the first time in the 4 game series with the Braves, the Mets scored first. After Tim Hudson retired Luis Castillo and Lucas Duda to start the game, Carlos Beltran lined a ball to the gap in RF. CF Melky Cabrera looked slow getting to the ball and it continued to roll all the way to the wall. Beltran took a turn at 2nd base and continued on to 3rd. The throw from the cut-off man to 3rd wound up getting past 3rd baseman Martin Prado and carried into the dugout which allowed Beltran to score. The Mets wound up scoring 1 more run in the 1st. After 2 singles and a BB, Joaquin Arias, who was making his first start as a Met hit a ball that 3rd baseman Martin Prado couldn’t handle. Arias would reach on an infield single, scoring Chris Carter from 3rd to make the score 2-0.

The Braves cracked the scoreboard in the Bot of the 2nd. Brian McCann leading off the inning, took the second pitch he saw from Johan Santana and drove it deep over the RF wall for a Solo HR, cutting the Mets lead in half at 2-1.

The Mets would increase their lead in the Top of the 6th when David Wright crushed a Tim Hudson Fastball over the LF wall for a Solo HR, his 22nd of year that made the score 3-1.
The Mets would tack a run on in the Top of the 7th. With 1 out, Luis Castillo singled to CF. Next batter Lucas Duda grounded a ball to 2nd base that was mishandled by Omar Infante allowing him to reach on an error, advancing Castillo to 3rd. Carlos Beltran would then ground a slow ball to 2nd which enabled Castillo to cross the plate, putting the Mets ahead 4-1.

The Braves got a little closer in the Bot of the 8th. With runners on 2nd and 3rd and 2 outs, Omar Infante hit a Baltimore chop that bounced high up into the air. David Wright eventually fielded the ball but had no play. Melky Cabrera would come in to score from 3rd on the play to make the score 4-2, which is the way the game would end.

As mentioned earlier, the story of this game was Johan Santana. Despite picking up the win, Santana was forced to leave the game after completing 5 innings. He left with what the club is calling a strained pectoral muscle and the team has listed him as day-to-day. Santana was good but not great tonight. He did a very good job of negotiating around trouble this evening. He was able to get the big out when needed. He left the game after 5 innings pitched, while throwing only 65 pitches. He allowed 1 ER, 3 Hits, 1BB, and 3 K's while picking up the victory. He moved to 11-9 on the year, and lowered his ERA to 2.98 for the season.

David Wright had a good night at the plate. He connected for his 22nd HR of the year, and went 2-3 on the night. Wright now has 87 RBI on the year. Before Wright's HR, Braves pitcher Tim Hudson retired 13 straight Mets hitters.

Lucas Duda went 0-5 tonight, and is now 0-8 on the season. He did however make a very nice play, robbing Alex Gonzalez of an extra base hit and possibly a HR. This was his second straight game with a fine defensive play.

New comer Joaquin Arias started at SS tonight and struggled. He clearly is not a SS as he turned a routine groundball into an infield hit for Omar Infante. I would be surprised to see him play SS again.

Angel Pagan, who has been nursing tendenitis in his wrist, was brought on tonight as a defensive replacement. Reports are that he and Jose Reyes are both improving, and hope to play in the upcoming series at Chicago.

The Mets will travel to Chicago tonight and begin a 3 game series with the Cubs tomorrow beginning at 2:20PM. Startng pitchers for tomorrow's game will be RHP R.A. Dickey for the Mets VS RHP Randy Wells.

News: Johan Santana

Johan Santana left his start in Atlanta tonight after 5 IP and only 65 pitches. Still waiting word as to what caused him to leave the game but the Mets fans and organization have their fingers crossed. Stay tuned for updates.
UPDATE (9:35PM):
Johan Santana left tonight's game with a strained pectoral muscle. Listed as "day-to-day", no word as to whether he will miss his next start.


The Mets look to salvage the final game of their 4 game series with the Braves in Atlanta. After playing un-inspired ball the first 3 games of the series, Johan Santana will take the hill and try to sneak the Mets out of ATL with a win. Santana is 0-3 in his last 3 starts despite throwing back to back complete games during that span. Against the Braves this season, Santana is 1-1 with a 2.57 ERA is 3 starts. Santana will be opposed by Braves Cy Young candidate Tim Hudson. Hudson is in the midst of his best season of his career and has to be considered a favorite to win the Cy Young. Against the Mets this season, Hudson is 2-0 with a 0.69 ERA. Game time is 7:10PM. Here are the starting lineups:

For the 78-55 Atlanta Braves:

1. Omar Infante 2B
2. Jason Heyward RF
3. Martin Prado 3B
4. Derek Lee 1B
5. Brian McCann C
6. Matt Diaz LF
7. Alex Gonzalez SS
8. Melky Cabrera CF
9. Tim Hudson P

For the 65-68 New York Mets:

1. Luis Castillo 2B
2. Lucas Duda LF
3. Carlos Beltran CF
4. Chris Carter RF
5. David Wright 3B
6. Ike Davis 1B
7. Joaquin Arias SS
8. Henry Blanco C
9. Johan Santana P