Sep 19

Hotlanta …. How hot?

Atlanta has never been nice to the Mets. The Braves are out of it again, but they are in position to make things rough for the boys. They have not mailed it in. Instead, they seem to be hanging around for the sole purpose of making things rough on the Mets.

They took two of three last week at Shea, so there better not be any sense of complacency. After Washington, you’d think there wouldn’t be any.

There have been a lot of games with the Braves that just gnaw at your memories. Which one still burns in your gut the most?

The Kenny Rogers game? You can have your choice of Armando Benitez meltdowns. Consider it therapy before the weekend. Which Braves games just stays with you.

Sep 17

Mets release 2009 schedule

The Mets today released their preliminary 2009 schedule, and yes, the Washington Nationals are still on it. I know, that’s too bad.

Because of the World Baseball Classic, Opening Day isn’t until April 6, at Cincinnati. The Mets open Citi Field, April 13, against San Diego.

In addition to their home-and-home series with the Yankees, interleague play will include games at Boston and Baltimore, and Tampa Bay coming to Citi Field.

The Phillies come in for the first time, May 6-7, and the Braves make their first appearance, May 11-13.

Click here for next year’s schedule.

Sep 14

Concerned?

Today was a crusher, and that’s even before the Phillies play their second game tonight against Milwaukee. With a win, they can close even with the Brewers for the wild-card and a game behind the Mets.

The same old issues did in the Mets today. They didn’t hit in the clutch and their bullpen caved. Oliver Perez did not pitch well, but was in position to win. It looks as if Perez regressed in his last few starts and that’s another cause for concern.

If the Mets didn’t take care of business against the Braves at home, it makes you wonder if they can do it next week against them in Atlanta. And, the Washington Nationals always play them tough. For games in DC won’t be a breeze.

Pedro Martinez goes tomorrow, but your guess is as good as mine as to what he’ll give the Mets. His durability is an issue, and you know he can’t be counted on for more than five.

Sep 14

Mets Chat Room: Wrapping up the Braves Edition.

Sorry for the late post. The boys try to wrap up their series on an up note this afternoon against the Braves. Damn that split yesterday. They let the Santana game get away. The sweep would have been sweet, but they came back strong which was a real positive sign. Losing like that, then coming back with a rookie, could have made for an ugly day.

A couple of notes:

-Damion Easley aggravated his right quad yesterday and underwent a MRI. We should know the results during the game. It doesn’t look like he’ll be available for the first couple of days of the Washington series.

-Look for Brandon Knight to start Wednesday in Washington.

Here is the Met lineup:

SS Jose Reyes
LF Daniel Murphy
3B David Wright
1B Carlos Delgado
CF Carlos Beltran
RF Ryan Church
2B Luis Castillo
C Brian Schneider
LH Oliver Perez

Looking forward to talking with you throughout the game.-JD

Sep 13

Mets Chat Room: Let’s Play Two

Mets and Braves playing a doubleheader at Shea today. Rain in the forecast for tonight. First game at 4 p.m., the second about a half-hour later. Late start courtesy of TV.

Johan Santana against Mike Hampton in the first game; Jon Niese and Jo-Jo Reyes in the second game.

Brian Schneider catches Santana and will catch Oliver Perez tomorrow. Robinson Cancel will catch Niese in the second game.

Jerry Manuel tried to be coy before the game, saying he didn’t know the club’s magic number is 14. Don’t believe him. I think he’s aware of all those things. He’s too sharp not to know.

Speaking of which, I think it would be appropriate to announce an extension for him and his interim coaches.