Saturday, April 15, 2006

Transplanted Ex-Mets Around Baseball

Atlanta beat San Diego today, 2-0, as John Smoltz pitched a complete-game shutout for the Braves. For San Diego, our old friend Mike Piazza went 1-4 with a single and a strikeout, and is now hitting .226 on the season. Mike Cameron is recovering from his strained quad and should be back with the club sometime next week. Dave Magadan (remember him?), the Padres hitting coach, said Cameron "looked good" in his rehab work.

The Angels lost to the Orioles, 3-2. I only note this game because it was sad to see that Edgardo Alfonzo went 0 for 3, and is still hitless in 8 at bats this season. He's a free agent at the end of the season and is still hoping to land a starting job somewhere. Fonzie is a class act and I hope he can revive his career.

The Cardinals beat up on the Reds, 9-3. Braden Looper helped the cause with a perfect 8th inning.

Marco Scutaro had three hits and an RBI today, helping the A's beat the Rangers, 5-4. He's hitting .350 on the season so far.

Finally, Ty Wigginton helped the Devil Rays beat the Royals, 6-3. Ty had 3 RBI's in the win, and he's now got 4 HR's and 11 RBI's for the season. He's getting some playing time because Aubrey Huff is injured. Doug Mientkiewicz went 1 for 4 with a double in the loss for Kansas City and is now hitting .258 on the season.

No WB in NC

I won't be able to watch tomorrow's Mets game on TV, when Bannister faces Ben Sheets, because it's on the WB and I can only watch the games on SNY. So, I'll be listening on MLB Radio online. Too bad, I'd love to see it...

Life as a transplanted Mets fan. Check out the websites of some other transplanted Mets fans in the right hand column of this page: Mets Guy in Michigan, Lonestar Met, and Irish Eagle. If you're a transplant and have a site, post a comment with your URL! If you have any tips for making the life of a transplant any easier, please post those as well.

Let's Go Mets!!

Get On The Horn, Omar

Today's game featured appearances by two players who need tickets off this club. I'm not panicking or anything, but Valentin and Julio have no business in the big leagues right now. Valentin's 0 for 6 and Julio is just a flat-out disaster. Someone's gotta ask Omar how much rope we're giving to these guys to hang themselves already.

While we're at it, can we ship Diaz off to Norfolk so he can play every day before he loses any more trade value?

Jackie Robinson Day at Shea - Mets vs. Brewers (In Game Notes)

The Mets and Major League Baseball honored Jackie Robinson before today's game. Jackie's widow was on hand, and the winner of a Jackie Robinson-named scholarship threw out the first pitch. She was a bit of a hottie, by the way. And the scholarship winner was cute too.

A "42" was etched into the infield dirt and each base was tagged with a plaque honoring the day. I'm assuming these will show up in some kind of auction. I'll let you know if I see anything about that.


Trachsel started today's game for the Mets, as they try for their eighth straight win. Looks like a gorgeous day in New York. Gary Cohen and Ron Darling are doing the announcing for SNY. Gary looks a lot better without the spectacles.

Trach allowed a leadoff single to Brady Clark, but Clark was caught stealing by Ramon Castro as JJ Hardy batted. Hardy struck out and Jenkins, the next batter, grounded out to Delgado. Not technically a 1-2-3 first inning for Trachsel, but he did face the minumum to start things off... He looks good.


LoDuca has the day off, so Castro starts behind the plate and Anderson Hernandez takes his spot in the order (the two-hole). After Jose Reyes struck out, Hernandez reached first on a bunt single. Carlos Beltran killed the early rally by grounding out into a double play to end the inning.


In the top of the second, with two outs and two strikes, Ricky Weeks was hit by a pitch. Prince Fielder moved him over with a single and Moeller drove him in ith another hit. Trachsel struck out Ohka to end the inning. Brewers lead 1-0. This might be the first time this season the Mets haven't scored the first run of a game.


Castro's making the most of his start today. He threw out a basestealer in the first, and drove in Carlos Delgado with a sacrifice fly to tie the ballgame 1-1 in the second.


Mets have to play catch up for the first time this season. Trachsel wasn't sharp today, giving up four runs in five innings. Heading to the bottom of the fifth it's 4-1 Brewers.


In the bottom of the sixth, Carlos Beltran led off with a double, moved to third on a groudout to first by Delgado, and scored on a sac fly by David Wright. 4-2 Brewers.


The Brewers got the run back in the seventh with a long homerun to left by Carlos Lee off Darren Oliver. 5-2 Brewers at Seventh Inning Stretch time.


Jorge Julio has yet another rough outing. He drills Moeller, who moves over to second on a groundout. Julio induces another groundout to clark, but can't stop J.J. Hardy who singles to left to drive in Moeller to make it 6-2. Julio started doing the Benitz shuffle on the mound, hanging his head and just looking lost, and proceeds to give up a two run bomb to Jenkins. 8-2 Brewers. Beltran stops the bleeding with a nice catch at the wall of a long shot by Carlos Lee.

Thank goodness the SNY promos are funny because it would be about time to turn off the television about now otherwise. Have to see it through...


Why don't we see more of Chad Bradford? This dude is tough. Although Koskie managed a double off him, Weeks and Fielder both struck out and Moeller hit a weak grounder back to teh mound to end the inning. Headed to teh last of the ninth it's still 8-2 Mets.


Game over. Tip your cap to Tomo Ohka. He shut down the Mets today and the final score is the same as the Mets record - 8-2. Rubber game is tomorrow against Ben Sheets. Lets Go Mets!

Jae Seo vs. Duaner Sanchez stats

In fairness to Omar, the Benson trade looks terrible, but the Seo trade looks pretty good so far...

Seo - 10 hits, 4HR's, 1 walk and 8 strikeouts in eight innings pitched over two games. A 9.00 ERA.

Sanchez - 2 hits, 2 walks, 8 strikeouts in eight innings pitched over five appearances. A 0.00 ERA.

Friday, April 14, 2006

Mets vs. Brewers Underway

While my wife finishes watching Oprah Winfrey on TiVo, I'm "watching" the game on Gameday.

Glavine starts off the game by striking out Brady Clark, getting JJ Hardy to fly out to center, and striking out Geoff Jenkins on three pitches...


We've got a pitcher's duel going early on. Capuano retires the first three Mets in the bottom of the first...


For "watching" games on the internet, ESPN's GameCast is more visually appealing than's Gameday but seems to give more info on one page. ESPN has the unique feature of photos of the ongoing game. Another option is Yahoo's GameChannel... Hey I gotta be honest here. I'm trying to compare and contrast the three options but they are all essentially the same... They're all pretty good if you can't get to a TV or radio for the broadcast, or you're a transplanted Mets fan with internet access and don't want to shell out the 15 clams for MLB radio...

Mets are up 1-0, thanks to a solo shot by the X-Man.


Glavine was excellent tonight, and the Mets put up four runs for him, but Heilman put the win in jeopardy. He was unable to retire a batter in the seventh. Two runs were charged to him, one of which scored on a sacrifice fly given up by Sanchez, but heading to the bottom of the seventh it's still 4-3 Mets.


I love Keith Hernandez's work as a color man, but tonight Ron Darling filled in and it was a nice change of pace. He brings a pitcher's perspective to the broadcast, and does a nice job at it. Ralph Kiner also showed up for a few innings, and it's amazing how sharp and astute he still is. Maybe more than he was in his prime!


Except for a monster foul shot by Carlos Lee, Billy Wagner looked sharp closing it out. Mets Win 4-3, Tommy G gets the win. He deserved it, striking out 11 Brewers over 6 innings. Mets win their seventh straight to go 8-1 on the season. Trachsel vs Ohka tomorrow at 1:10. Lets Go Mets!

Mets Top ESPN's Power Ranking

I don't think I've ever seen the Mets on top of the weekly list on ESPN before.

Tonight's game has been delayed by rain, but they'll play the Brewers (#11) when the rain delay is over (now scheduled for 8:40 PM) tonight.

Juilo vs. Benson stats

Julio gave up two hits, including a solo homerun to Nick Johnson, and struck out two in one inning of work yesterday.

2006 stats so far..

Jorge Julio - 9 hits, 8 runs, 2 HR's, 2 BBs and 6 K's in 2.2 innings pitched over three appearances.
That's a 16.88 ERA, by the way.

Kris Benson - 1-1, 1.93 ERA (9 hits, 4 BB's and 8 K's in 14 innings over two starts).

I don't think Mets fans will get over this trade anytime soon either...

Pics of Mets vs. Nationals at RFK on April 12th

Some of the shots are better than others, and I haven't added comments yet, but these photos should give you a feel for what it's like to see a game from RFK.

Jose Valentin

Why is Jose Valentin still on this team? He stunk last year, he stunk in Spring Training, and for the season he's 0 for 5 with 3 strikeouts. Shouldn't he just retire already? My cousin says he's this year's version of Brian Daubach.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Kazmir vs. Zambrano stats

Mets fans will never get over this trade. For 2006, so far:

1-0, 5.40 ERA, 3 strikeouts and 4 walks in 5 innings pitched

1-1, 5.68 ERA, 10 strikeouts and 4 walks in 12 2/3 innings pitched

Livan Wears His War Wound Like A Crown

The Mets battered Livan Hernandez and The Expos today, including four homeruns off the starter, winning 13-4. The Mets record is now 7 and 1, and Victor Zambrano won his first start of the season. Anderson Hernandez had the day off, and replacement Chris Woodward made the most of the start, with two hits and 3 RBIs on the afternoon.

Next up on the docket is the Milwaukee Brewers. The Brewers have had a tough series in St. Louis, losing the first two games but showing some chutzpah by beating Jason Isringhausen in extra innings today.

For those not ready to jump on the Mets bandwagon just yet, the next 16 games of the season should tell us what these Mets are made of, as they face the Brewers, Braves, Padres, Giants and Braves again before starting another series against the Gnats on May 1.

Lets Go Mets!

Pedro Shuts Down Expos, Guillen in D.C.

I had a blast watching the Mets beat the Nationals yesterday, in person, in a close and exciting game. Beltran looked excellent in the field, and Pedro was a ton of fun to watch as well. The highlight of the game was seeing Pedro induce Batman Guillen into an inning ending double play in a big spot. Heilman looked good in relief, and Wagner showed off his highest velocity of the season thus far, reaching 99 on the radar gun to get his 2nd save of the year.

If you think Shea Stadium is in rough shape, you should head to RFK which makes Shea look like paradise. The bathrooms are especially noteworthy for how badly they are outdated. We saw one flooded very early on, and keep in mind this was just the second game played there this season!

We got to the park nice and early to see batting practice, and saw Delgado hit some particularly impressive shots out of RFK, which is a very tough place to hit a homer out of. There are no "cheapies" at RFK.

I have some photos to post later on (of Pedro, not the restrooms), and came away from the game even more impressed with this team than before. My wife and I plan on visiting D.C. at the end of September, conveniently during the time the Mets are in town for the final series of the season.

Today I'm back at work, listening to the Mets pummell the Expos again on MLB Radio.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Looking Ahead: Sheets Wants a Sunday Start at Shea

Ben Sheets had a very good rehab start today, striking out nine batters in 5 2/3 innings, and has his eyes set on a return to major league action against the Mets on Sunday:

"I think there's a chance in five days, but there's four days in between. We'll see how everything feels," Sheets said. "I'd like to pitch Sunday in New York."

You sure you want that start, Ben? New York in April, against the first place Mets? (I can't believe I just wrote that). Wouldn't you rather pitch Monday, in warm weather Houston?

Wrinkle Free Armpits!

The Internet is a beautiful thing. Been listening to the WFAN broadcast of the Mets game on I had read and heard from friends in New York that Tom McCarthy sounded exactly like Gary Cohen on the radio. I'm not sure about that, but McCarthy does a nice job with the games. It's been fun listening to Eddie C and him do the game today. With a day game on Thursday, I'll be listening at work that day as well.

The one downfall is having to hear this BoTox commercial over and over again. They are advertising BoTox injections, well known for making women's foreheads smooth as ironing boards, for use in controlling excessive underarm sweating. Left unsaid is the added benefit of wrinkle-free armpits. Yay!!

Oh yeah, Bannister pitched great, and the Mets' hitters continue to slug the ball around the ballpark. 5-1 Mets, heading into the 9th.


Beltran socked a homer in the 9th to make it 7-1. Sandman comes into the game in the bottom of the inning to try and close it out. If the Mets continue this offensive output, it will be tough for Wagner to add to his save total!


Wagner walked two in the inning, and Soriano steps up to the plate with two on and two outs. Wagner walks Soriano to load the bases with two outs. Future Hall Of Famer Ryan Zimmerman steps up to the plate...

Wagner stikes the kid out to preserve Brian Bannister's first major-league win. Mets Win, 7-1.

Meanwhile, I'm off to D.C. first thing in the morning to catch these guys live! I probably won't be able to post until Thursday. Lets Go Mets!

Let's Get Ready To Rumble! Also, WFAN Finally Streaming.

Brian Bannister takes on Jose "Batman" Guillen and the Nationals this afternoon. I'll be listening on MLB GamedayAudio.

Speaking of Internet broadcasting, WFAN is supposed to start streaming the audio of their fine radio programming today. I checked their website, which seems to have been refreshed, but I don't see any links for streaming. Shmuck and his Lap Dog are going to do a special "internet-only" broadcast during today's Mets game, as the games won't be simulcast online. You have to fork over the $15.00 (good for the whole season) to MLB to get the internet broadcast of the game, but the rest of WFAN's broadcast is free.

UPDATE: Listen to the live stream of WFAN by going here. You will need to enter a name and e-mail address, but I don't right now see any evidence that the information has to be authentic. The stream sounds pretty good, at least for the last 90 seconds I've been listening. Al Leiter is on with Joe Benigno right now.

Monday, April 10, 2006

Game 6 of the 1986 World Series Re-Enactment

Here's a chance to take a walk down memory lane, two ways at once:

Over at San Diego Seranade, Conor made a video re-enactment of the amazing Game 6 comeback, using, of all things, RBI Baseball. If you ever played that game on Nintendo, you were instantly addicted and have memories playing it. It is hilarious to see the re-enactment, complete with Vin Scully's play-by play audio, in this fashion. Best eight and a half minutes you can spend on a Mets off day.

The last part of this video is of course why I named my dog after Mookie Wilson...

Off Day Blues

How much does it stink to have an off day today? I guess the boys deserve a day off like anyone else, but when the Mets are playing the way they are playing, you don't want to stop the momentum! There's not much around baseball to catch Mets fans attention either. The Braves and Phillies start a three game series today, and I guess we should just root for a 2-1 split of the games in the Phillies favor, which would mean a 3-6 record for the Phillies and a 4-6 record for the Braves heading into the weekend. The longer both teams stay sub-.500 the better for the Mets.

If we want to really stretch things a bit, we can also hope the Cardinals cool off the red-hot Brewers (I can't believe I just wrote that) over the next three games as the Cards open their new stadium against first-place Milwaukee (I can't believe I just wrote that). The Brewers arrive at Shea for a three-game set on Friday, followed by Atlanta.

Sunday, April 09, 2006

Around Baseball

Scott Kazmir pitched really well today for the Devil Rays, coming to within an out of a complete game, while outpitching Roy Halladay and beating the blue Jays 5-2. He's now 1-1 on the season, while Zambrano, the guy he was traded for, pitches for the first time on Thursday against the Nationals, who got beat by Andy Pettite and the Astros today.

The Braves got beat today by the Giants, 6-5,with Chris Reitsma blowing a save in the ninth to lose the game. Smoltz pitched well, but the Braves fall to 3-4 on the season. Barry Bonds went 1 for 7 in the series, with six walks and no homers. Chipper Jones sprained his ankle in the eight inning and is day-to-day at this point.

In San Diego, Mike Piazza went 1-4 with an RBI in a losing cause for the Padres who lost 10-4 to The Rockies. Mike is hitting .200 on the season, with 3 hits in 15 at atbats including his Opening Day homerun. No word on when Mike Cameron will come off the DL.

Mets Vs. Nationals Pitching Probables

I'm lucky enough to be able to travel to D.C. on Wednesday for work so I'll be able to catch that night's game with my cousin. We've been monitoring the rotation, hoping to see Pedro pitch that night's game. With the rainout on Saturday, we were a bit afraid the rotation would be thrown off, but everything looks to be all set:

Tuesday, April 11th
Bannister vs. Ortiz

Wedneday, April 12th
Pedro Martinez vs. Armas

Thursday, April 13th
Victor Zambrano vs. Livan Hernandez

Glavine will pitch Friday at home against the Brewers, and Trachsel will pitch Saturday.

Mets Vs. Marlins In Game Notes

There was an article in today's Newsday about how much Rickey Henderson helped Jose Reyes in spring traing with base stealing tips. Jose might have to call his mentor after the game today because he almost got picked off twice by Dontrelle Willis.


Damn, Dontrelle just dominates the Mets, doesn't he?


Tommy G was pulled from the game down 2-0. Guess win #277 will have to wait.


What a crowd for today's game! Keith Hernandez said what I was thinking - reminds me of the mid '80s.


Wright ties up the game with a two run triple! Rightfielder Hermida should have held up on the ball instead of trying to catch it - would have saved a run at least. As they say, it's a whole new ballgame into the eighth.


Anderson Hernandez got his second hit of the season in the third, bringing his average up to .111, but there's still no pressure on him, as the Mets are in no rush whatsoever to activate Metsui. Instead, Hernandez continues to show chutzpah in the field, hanging in there to try and convert a double play with the runner bearing down on him. Completely unlike the way Robbie Alomar played the position for the Mets.


Way to go Willie for bringing in Billy Wagner in the ninth inning despite it being a non save situation. Too many managers are scared to bring in their closer except in save situations, but that's just asinine because a manager should bring in whoever is the best available pitcher at the most crucial spots in games. Kudos to Willie for giving the Mets the best chance to win. And now if Wagner can hold the Fish, the Mets will have a shot at their bullpen because Willis is out of the game after eight innings.


Wagner gets through the ninth unscathed, despite some uneven defense by Reyes and Hernandez. We head to the bottom of the ninth. No decision for Willis. Guess win #47 will have to wait...


The Marlins send a kid, Carlos Martinez, up to pitch the ninth who prior to this season had never pitched above Single A ball and the Mets make short work of the kid. They only need three batters, including a sacrifice fly by David Wright, to score a run and win the game 3-2. Off day tomorrow and then it's off to D.C.!

Lets Go Mets!