Oct 08

Where did it go wrong?

Now that you’ve had almost a couple of weeks to think about it, where did it go wrong for the Mets? I’m not asking about the bullpen or their inability to hit with runners in scoring position. I mean, what game in the last two months, what stretch, told you it wouldn’t happen this year?

For me, it was losing two of three to the Braves in home-and-home weekend series. It screamed to me they were in trouble.

How about you?

Oct 08

REPORT: Burgos surrenders to police.

Burgos: Turns himself into police.

Burgos: Turns himself into police.

Mets pitcher Ambiorix Burgos turned himself in to police in the Dominican Republic Tuesday night. He had been on the run for a week after a hit-and-run accident that killed two women.

There’s news the mother of 29-year-old Angely Fana – Eudosia Ruane – claims Burgos intentionally ran down her daughter over because she refused to go out with him. She has filed a report charging homicide.

He faces up to two years in prison on the hit-and-run charges. Burgos also faces an unrelated charge of illegal weapon possession. He also has an Oct. 23 court hearing in New York on assault and harassment charges after he allegedly threw his girlfriend to the ground.

Oct 08

Gooood morning: Comments from overnight.

Morning folks. There were some interesting comments after I logged off last night. Let’s get to some of them:

-Casey Blake is an excellent suggestion. The concept of a roving starter is unique and worthy of exploring. Why not have somebody start four or five games a week at a different position. You’d give everybody more time off. It’s out-of-the-box thinking. But, even if you don’t go that way, Blake would be good for this team.

-As far as bench players are concerned, I wouldn’t be opposed to Rich Aurilia or Mark Loretta. It’s an upgrade over what they have now.

-Rocco Baldelli is worth exploring. You might get him for less because of his injury history. But, the guy has skills. I saw him score from first on a muffed pop-up vs. Chicago. He can run. Put him in left and have Daniel Murphy at second and your line-up is set.

-Sure Pat Burrell would drive everybody crazy. He does in Philly. But, I still like him. In the end he’ll hit 30 homers and drive in close to 100 runs. What’s wrong with that? And, does it really matter if he’s a career Phillie? The guy can go deep.

-Mark Prior is probably done. However, the Yankees did this with Jon Lieber and got some production. Sign him and stick him in rehab. If it works, great. If not, you haven’t lost much because you’ll do it for a minor league deal.

-You would have to look a Cruz and Marte. With what’s in the pen, how can you not explore any option? Even Gagne’s flat fastball is worth a look in spring training.

Look for this every morning. If you’re going to post, I’ll respond.

Oct 07

Loose threads: What’s on your mind?

What's on your mind?

What's on your mind?

Pretty quiet day in Met Land. Jerry Manuel plans to finalize his coaching staff next week, so it could be that way until then.

We talked about Manny Ramirez this afternoon. But, if those topics aren’t on your mind, or you have something else you want to talk about, feel free. Pretty much anything goes. That’s why I call it “Loose threads.”