Oct 07

Something with your morning coffee ….

This Day in Mets History

This Day in Mets History

It was a sweet memory and it wasn’t too long ago. On this day in 2006, the Mets defeated the, 9-5, to sweep their NLDS.

The Mets would lose to the Cardinals in the NLCS, and their window of opportunity has closed in the following three years, being slammed shut this season.

I covered the 2006 team, it was my first year on the Mets beat after long time with the Yankees. I was impressed with how the Mets played that season. They were sharp, aggressive, fundamentally sound. They had some pitching injuries, but the bullpen was deep and strong.

Times sure have changed.

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They Said It

They Said It

The Yankees won their season series over Minnesota, 7-0, but these are the playoffs.

The Twins might be exhausted, but they are hot and playing sharp, crisp baseball right now. They are the underdog, but they are a fundamentally sound team with good pitching. They always seem to find a way to stay in a game.

Said outfielder Denard Span: “We just feel like we have nothing to lose.”

The Twins are dangerous and they know it. The Yankees better know it, too.

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Oct 06

Reyes and the knife ….

After months of delaying the inevitable, the Mets finally announced Jose Reyes will have surgery to clean out scar tissue around the accessory hamstring tendon behind the right knee. However, Reyes will not require surgery for the separate hamstring muscle tear.

No date has been set, but the surgery will be performed by Dallas Cowboys team doctor Dr. Daniel E. Cooper.

Cooper is one of the leading expert in the country on hamstring injuries.

Of course, the Mets said Reyes would be ready for spring training.

They always say that, but what if he isn’t? The Mets have to be thinking of a replacement in case he his not.

Oct 06

Trade who?

One of the most interesting comments from yesterday’s damage control afternoon at Citi Field was GM Omar Minaya’s proclamation he would improve the team through the trade route.

Sounded good except for one thing.

Who will the Mets deal?

The same farm system that couldn’t produce a quality trade this summer is now being asked to come up with the chips now. To me that signals a willingness to deal players the club wanted to hold onto. That could spell that the Mets are growing frustrated with Mike Pelfrey and might listen to offers they previously would have ignored.

Also ignored in the past were overtures for Francisco Martinez.

I’m not saying it is imminent either will go, just that it wouldn’t be surprising if it did.

Oct 06

Reaching out ….

Sure, on the surface Mets GM Omar Minaya could be reaching out for his successor, but if it happens they will be a better team.

Minaya contacted recently disposed general managers Kevin Towers (Padres) and J.P. Ricciardi (Blue Jays), both of whom have excellent credentials in player development, and let’s face it, that’s a huge hole with the Mets.

Yes, this team was crippled by injuries this season, but that revealed a glaring weakness of a barren farm system that could produce immediate help or enough chips to trade for major league fill-ins.

The Mets, also accused of ignoring their past, reached out to Mookie Wilson and Wally Backman, two of the sparkplugs from the 1986 championship teams.

Oct 06

Something with your morning coffee ….

This Day in Baseball History

This Day in Baseball History

In 2000, the Mets tied their NLDS at a game apiece, 5-4, in 10 innings on Jay Payton’s RBI single. The Giants tied the game, 4-4, in the bottom of the ninth on J.T. Snow’s three-run, pinch-hit homer off of, well, who else? Right, Armando Benitez.

Edgardo Alfonzo’s two-run homer in the ninth had given the Mets the lead. Al Leiter pitched eight innings for the Mets.

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They Said It

They Said It

A lot of things were said yesterday at Citi Field, with one of them coming from Chief Operating Officer Jeff Wilpon, who left little doubt GM Omar Minaya and manager Jerry Manuel would be operating on a short leash.

Said Wilpon: “They are very much on the hook now to work hard and correct the problems and flaws of the team. Injuries are not an excuse. They need to get us back to being a championship caliber team.”

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ON TAP FOR TODAY

Bonus baseball from the Metrodome. The Twins and Tigers have a one-game playoff, with the winner to take on the Yankees.