Jun 02

Today in Mets History: A win over Juan Marichal.

Juan Marichal was awesome to watch with that high leg kick and fall-off-the-table breaking ball.  He always fell short of Sandy Koufax in notoriety during that era, but was an ace nonetheless, on a par with Bob Gibson and Don Drysdale.

MARICHAL: Dominance with a kick,

For the most part, Marichal had his way with the Mets, going 26-8 with a 2.13 ERA. That dominance included nine shutouts and 26 complete games.

Marichal also struck out 241 Mets while walking just 44.

However, on this day in 1971, the Mets beat him 5-2 in San Francisco.

The Mets got three hits from Bud Harrelson and two each from Tommie Agee, Art Shamsky, Ed Kranepool and Duffy Dyer.

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Jun 01

Tonight’s Mets lineup: June 1 vs. Pittsburgh.

Here’s tonight’s Mets lineup against the Pittsburgh Pirates:

Angel Pagan, CF

Justin Turner, 2B

Carlos Beltran, RF

Jason Bay, LF

Daniel Murphy, 1B

Ronny Paulino, C

Willie Harris, 3B

Ruben Tejada, SS

Chris Capuano, LP

COMMENTS: Ten games and counting without the Mets hitting a homer. … Jason Bay hit 36 homers with Boston two years ago. At this pace, will he hit 36 homers for the duration of his contract? … Daniel Murphy has eight hits over his last three games.

 

Jun 01

Will it ever happen for Bobby Parnell?

The Mets wasted a sparkling performance by R.A. Dickey last night, but with their anemic hitting lately, that’s hardly a surprise.

PARNELL: Will it ever happen?

 

What I took out of last night’s loss was again a spotty, head-scratching performance from Bobby Parnell, who continually proves it isn’t how hard you throw it, but when and where.

Parnell tweaked the radar gun at 100 mph., but was all over place, needing 32 pitches to get out of the inning, but not before giving up a two-run single that effectively put the game out of reach.

Perhaps the circulation issue in his finger is resolved for now, but that doesn’t mean he’s void of questions and concerns.

One scout said it is the same old thing with Parnell.

“He doesn’t have the command or the ability to control a secondary pitch consistently,’’ said one scout, adding when Parnell muscles up with this four-seam fastball the pitch has a tendency to flatten out. It’s harder than his two-seamer, but without the movement required at this level to get hitters out.

I thought the Mets misused Parnell under Jerry Manuel – putting him in the rotation, then yanking him after a few bad starts at the end of a lost season – but now they seem to have slotted him into one role.

However, Parnell hasn’t adopted to that role, leaving the team with several options:

a) Leave him in the current eighth-inning role and allow him to take his lumps at this level.

b) Pitch him earlier in the game that keeps him exposed to major league hitters.

c) Send him to the minor leagues and assign him one role and allow him to perfect that.

Conventional thinking had Parnell taking over the closer role for Francisco Rodriguez after this season, but his inconsistency and ineffectiveness had shoved those plans to a back burner.

 

Jun 01

Today in Mets History: Sign of things to come in 1969.

SWOBODA: One of the Amazins.

There were signs prior to their showdown series against the Cubs that 1969 had the potential to be a breakout, if not special season.

The Mets always had their troubles against the Giants, and finding little ways to win was never their forte. However, on this day in 1969 the Mets completed a three-game sweep of San Francisco at Shea Stadium, winning 5-4 on Ron Swoboda’s bases-loaded walk in the ninth inning.

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Swoboda signed with the Mets after playing one year at the University of Maryland, and debuted with the team in 1965. Swoboda hit 15 homers by the All-Star break, but finished the season with 19, then a Mets’ rookie record (broken by Darryl Strawberry in 1983).

For all his strength, Swoboda never became a big time home run hitter and finished his career with 73. He will always be remembered for hitting a pair of two-run homers off Steve Carlton, Sept. 15, 1969, and robbing Brooks Robinson of extra bases with a diving catch in right field in Game 4 of the World Series.

SWOBODA CAREER STATS

 

May 31

Davis still ailing; notebook; tonight’s lineup vs. Pirates.

Some two weeks for Ike Davis, huh? The Mets are now saying he might be able to return by the All-Star break.

Davis will be wearing a protective boot and will be shut down for at least three weeks.

“The only baseball activities he can do, basically, is play catch, and he’ll be able to swing,’’ manager Terry Collins told reporters today at Citi Field. “But he’s not to do any running whatsoever for the next three weeks. There’s still a hot spot where the bone bruise is. So we’re going to pretty much shut him down from that type of activity.’’

Meanwhile, David Wright will have an X-ray Thursday to determine a timetable for when he can resume baseball activities. Wright in on the DL with a stress fracture in his lower back.

The Mets say Jose Reyes is expected to return from bereavement leave for Thursday’s game.

On a positive note, Johan Santana is throwing off the mound in 15-pitch intervals in Port St. Lucie. The next step will be throwing batting practice.

Here’s tonight’s starting lineup against Pittsburgh:

Angel Pagan, CF

Justin Turner, 2B

Carlos Beltran, RF

Jason Bay, LF

Daniel Murphy, 3B

Nick Evans, 1B

Josh Thole, C

Ruben Tejada, SS

RA Dickey, RP

COMMENTS: Dickey will get the start despite leaving his last start in Chicago early with an injury to his right heel. No doubt, the Mets will keep him on a short leash. Dale Thayer is first in line should Dickey falter. …. Pat Misch cleared waivers and accepted an assignment to Triple-A Buffalo.