Oct 13

Arizona Fall League begins today ….

Fall League opens for Mets youth

Fall League opens for Mets youth

Much of the prizes in what is known as the Mets’ barren minor league cupboard will start playing in the Arizona Fall League today and runs through Nov. 13.

Those Mets participating include:

RHP Jenrry Mejia: Here’s the Mets’ best pitching prospect, the one teams first ask for when calling the Mets about trades. He can bring it, but the Mets want him to develop his curveball. Like with Mike Pelfrey, developing a secondary pitch is essential.

RHP Scott Moviel: Moviel is going as he missed most of the first half of the season with an injury. At 21, he’s still young enough to fit into the prospect category, but progress needs to be made. He gave up 61 hits and walked 24 in 64 1/3 innings, not a good ratio.

LHP Eric Niesen: Niesen finished his season at Class AA Binghamton by going 3-1 with a 2.40 ERA. Assuming Jon Niese will be either with the Mets or not ready, he should be Class AAA Buffalo’s projected No. 1.

RHP Josh Stinson: This guy can throw, with 35 strikeouts in 36 1/3 innings for St. Lucie and 49 punch outs in 42 1/3 innings for Savannah. He’s still years away.

2B Reese Havens: The hope is Havens will be ready to step in at second when Luis Castillo goes in two years.

1B Ike Davis: He’s the Mets’ best hitting prospect, perhaps even better than Fernando Martinez. He definitely is a greater power threat. The assumption is he’ll step in at Class AAA Buffalo and be ready to move in after next season. That’s why there shouldn’t be such a rush to sign a name player to replace Daniel Murphy.

SS Ruben Tejada: He’s the best interior infield prospect in the minor leagues, but not ready for prime time. He’ll land at Class AAA Buffalo. It would be a push to think he’d be ready if Jose Reyes isn’t healthy.

LF Lucas Duda: Duda has power, but a problem against left-handed pitching. He’s also 23, an age where he should be a lot higher on the ladder.

Jul 01

METS CHAT ROOM: Game #77; avoiding the sweep.

Going into Philly – with a layover in Pittsburgh – on the heels of consecutive sweeps

CHAT ROOM

CHAT ROOM

is a very real possibility after being thumped by the Yankees and losing the first two games at Milwaukee.

Enter Mike Pelfrey, stopper.

Pelfrey (5–3, 4.67 ERA) will start for the Mets. For the most part, Pelfrey has kept the ball in the park, giving up 25 in 60 starts since 2006, the fewest in the major leagues in the span.

When Pelfrey is on his game, he’s getting ahead in the count. Opponents are batting .201 against him when he gets ahead 0-and-1. When he doesn’t get that strike, hitters are batting .361.

Yesterday, manager Jerry Manuel said he’d rest David Wright and Gary Sheffield, but today changed his mind.

Here’s today’s line-up against Yovani Gallardo and the Brewers:

Alex Cora, SS
Luis Castillo, 2B
David Wright, 3B
Ryan Church, RF
Nick Evans, LF
Daniel Murphy, 1B
Fernando Martinez, CF
Brian Schneider, C
Mike Pelfrey, RP

Jun 30

METS CHAT ROOM: Game #76; Santana to the rescue.

CHAT ROOM

CHAT ROOM

Johan Santana (9–5, 3.08 ERA) starts for the Mets. Santana, who threw seven shutout innings against Milwaukee in April, has a 4.79 ERA on the road this season. Santana, however, hasn’t pitched consistently well since the San Francisco game.

Mike Burns (0–1, 3.72 ERA) goes for the Brewers.

Another twist in tonight’s line-up has Fernando Tatis at second base.

The line-up:

Alex Cora, SS
Fernando Tatis, 2B
David Wright, 3B
Gary Sheffield, LF
Ryan Church, RF
Nick Evans, 1B
Fernando Martinez, CF
Omir Santos, C
Johan Santana, LP

Jun 28

METS CHAT ROOM: Game #74; trying to salvage a lost weekend.

CHAT ROOM

CHAT ROOM

Sorry about last night. Computer access was down. Trying it again.

Well, so much for the good feelings generated the beating the Cardinals. The Yankees have had their way this weekend with the Mets, who only have four hits in the two games. With the way Chien Ming Wang has been pitching for the Yankees, one would hope they would get at least that many tonight. Then again, four hits tonight won’t cut it either.

Livan Hernandez (5-2, 4.05 ERA) starts tonight for the Mets, but despite his good pitching they’ve lost four of his past five starts, In his last ten start, he is 4-1 with a 3.17 ERA, averaging over 6 innings in each game.

If he can’t do it tonight, the Mets will drop to .500, not the way they want to start their next trip.

Ryan Church isn’t feeling well and won’t play tonight. Here’s the patchwork line-up:

Daniel Murphy, 1B
Alex Cora, SS
David Wright, 3B
Gary Sheffield, LF
Fernando Tatis, RF
Fernando Martinez, CF
Brian Schneider, C
Luis Castillo, 2B
Livan Hernandez, RP

Jun 23

METS CHAT ROOM: Game #69; keeping it together.

CHAT ROOM

CHAT ROOM

“We have to play in the fashion we did last night,” said Mets manager Jerry Manuel of how his team pieced together an impressive victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Mets played alert, aggressive baseball to back the strong pitching performance of Tim Redding. Tonight they’ll throw Livan Hernandez (5-1) at the Cardinals. Hernandez, as much as anybody, is responsible for the Mets only being 1.5 games behind the Phillies in the NL East.

It’s hard to believe the Mets are that close considering how they’ll played this month.

Here’s tonight’s line-up:

Alex Cora, SS
Daniel Murphy, 1B
David Wright, 3B
Fernando Tatis, LF
Ryan Church, RF
Omir Santos, C
Fernando Martinez, CF
Luis Castillo, 2B
Livan Hernandez, RP