Jun 29

Tonight’s Mets’ lineup at Detroit.

Good afternoon. The Mets will be attempting to move two games over .500 tonight behind Chris Capuano.

 

Here’s tonight’s lineup:

 

Jose Reyes, SS

Justin Turner, 3B

Carlos Beltran, RF

Ronny Paulino, C

Jason Bay, LF

Angel Pagan, CF

Scott Hairston, DH

Daniel Murphy, 1B

Ruben Tejada, 2B

Chris Capuano, LP

 

Jun 27

Mets Take Series With 8-5 Win Over Rangers

Dillon Gee pitched around some early inning trouble, and the offense put up enough runs to put the game out of reach as the Mets won the game, 8-5 and the series versus the Rangers

Game Notes

Dillon Gee was effective, if not spectacular in his six innings of work today. He allowed three runs on eight hits, walking two and striking out one while allowing one HR. Gee looked to be doomed in the first inning, giving up numerous hits. He settled down and looked very good in the later innings for the most part. He hasn’t shown that good control recently, and thus has been getting hit because he cannot locate.

Four of the bullpen boys came out today. Beato went an clean inning, Byrdak a clean two-thirds, Izzy a clean one-third and K-Rod came out in a game that was five runs ahead and managed to make it only a three run win. K-Rod has consistently looked…bad. It isn’t a matter of pitching himself in and out of trouble now. He is walking batters, giving up extra base hits and being forced into situations. His ineptitude to “close” also hurts some of his trade value.

The offense today existed thanks to major Ranger errors. The first run scored on a wild pitch, the second on an error and the fourth and fifth on a failed “intentional walk”. Its good to see the Mets winning with some timely hitting and aggressive baserunning, but at what point will the lack of any power create problems?

Jason Bay – 0 for 5 with an RBI and a strikeout. 51 K’s in 187 AB’s. Eek.

Daniel Murphy – 3 for 4 with two runs and an RBI. Also, caught stealing. Great to see Daniel put up some hits.

Ronny Paulino – 2 for 4 with two runs. He may not be hitting the lefties for power right now, but he is hitting them. Much more then can be said about..

Scott Hairston – 1 for 5 with a strikeout. Hairston only hit wasn’t hit very hard. How much longer is he the acceptable fifth OF?

Turning Point

Mets second inning after Gee gave up two runs. It just gave Dillon confidence to know he wasn’t going to have to win the game, he just couldn’t give it away.

Game Ball

Jose Reyes – 4 for 5 with three runs, an RBI and an SB. Honestly, he slumps for three games and does this. If thats how long he will slump for, opponents will begin walking Jose.

On Deck

The Mets have off tomorrow, and then will face off against the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday in Detroit. R.A. Dickey will toe the rubber against the Tigers Rick Porcello. Game Time is 7:05 P.M.

To read my thoughts on this game and the Mets in general, follow me on twitter @TheSeanKenny

Jun 22

Tonight’s lineup vs. Athletics

Well, we certainly didn’t expect it would last forever for Dillon Gee. It was clear from the outset he didn’t have it last night. It is also clear there’s plenty of upside with Gee.

R.A. Dickey, however, remains a question. He hasn’t pitched with the consistency he did last season. He goes tonight against Oakland.

Here’s the lineup:

 

Jose Reyes, SS

Justin Turner, 3B

Carlos Beltran, RF

Jason Bay, LF

Scott Hairston, CF

Ronny Paulino, C

Lucas Duda, 1B

Ruben Tejada, 2B

R.A. Dickey, RP

 

At first glance, I wonder about Bay hitting clean-up again. He did have a good night yesterday, but one night doesn’t turn it around.

However, I look at the roster and can’t think of anybody else other than Carlos Beltran who could hit fourth now, but he’s been comfortable batting third.

Bay said he used his legs more to drive the ball, where previously he’d been mostly arms. Who knows? That could be as good a reason as any for his poor season.

If the Mets are to be competitive this year, they need Bay to produce. Last night was a good sign, and we’ve seen too few of them this season.

 

Jun 17

Out of the ashes.

No matter how you slice a baseball season, a team figures to win 60 games and lose 60 games regardless. The remaining 42 determines the success or failure of that season.

Some losses, of course, hurt more than others and last night’s 9-8 balk-off heartbreaker in 10 innings could be one of those games if the Mets cave into the negative expectations thought of them coming out of spring training.

CARRASCO: Balks in the winning run.

However, I don’t look at sweeping the Braves in Atlanta as much a sign of progress as I do how they bounce back from last night.

It was clear R.A. Dickey was off his game and for much of the night it appeared they would simply go down at the hands of Chipper Jones – the real owner of the Mets. However, Jason Bay got a couple of hits and drove in a run and Scott Hairston tied the game with a homer.

All of a sudden, we were looking at a new Mets team, one of grit and fight. Amazingly, the Mets were going to sweep, but Francisco Rodriguez coughed up the lead, and well, you know the rest.

To lose on D.J. Carrasco’s balk was one of those things you never saw coming, yet something not surprising with how things have gone the past few years. Right, typical Mets.

OK, what next?

They could either look at last night as devastating, and now that they are below .500 again, slide into obscurity and take the summer with them. Or, they could demonstrate the resiliency they’ve shown the past three weeks and regroup.

Baseball teams aren’t often fueled by emotions as teams in football and basketball, but the Mets have an opportunity as they come home to feed off the anger and disappointment from last night and continue their building. The season is far from over, but for the Mets the season will be defined by the next six weeks.

If they stumble, management could pull the plug and begin the fire sale. In the back of our minds, that’s something we’ve anticipated all along. Even now, with Jose Reyes playing so well, half the fan base is waiting for him to be traded.

However, should they recover and play well, this team could stay intact and try to make a run at a wild card. No, there doesn’t figure to be any serious acquisitions because of the Wilpon’s legal and financial issues, but there could be enough tinkering to make this an interesting, enjoyable and unexpected summer.

 

May 06

New poll: No real surprises so far; expect more change.

Thirty-one games into the season and the Mets are 13-18, 8 ½ games behind Philadelphia. Only four teams in the majors have a worse record; only three have fewer home victories than the six scratched out by the Mets.

REYES: Flying away with a bunch of others.

About right? Could be worse? Should be better? Post your thoughts and vote in the new poll.

The Dodgers are in for three this weekend starting tonight, and the remainder of the month features three games each against Colorado, Yankees and Cubs on the road, and three at home against Philadelphia.

There’s potential for things to fall further apart before June. They could easily be double-digits behind the Phillies by the time they come in at the end of the month.

Are you surprised by any of this?

If I had been given five games below .500 at this point were it offered in spring training, I’m not sure I wouldn’t have taken it considering the questions the Mets faced.

Things have unfolded close to expectations when you look at the pitching questions; Jason Bay’s injury; the hole at second base; and concerns surrounding the health of Carlos Beltran and Jose Reyes.

Realistically, the Mets are about where they should be with their deficiencies. Going in we were told this season would be about making evaluations in preparation for the building that would begin in 2012.

Things would change once they cleared the deadwood off the books.

When I scan the Mets’ depth chart, it isn’t hard to envision up to a dozen new names next spring with the following gone: Reyes, Beltran, Ronny Paulino, Chris Young, Chris Capuano, Francisco Rodriguez, Jason Isringhausen (at his age it wouldn’t be a surprise), Ryota Igarashi, Tim Byrdak, Chin-lung Hu (he could be gone when Angel Pagan returns this weekend), Willie Harris and Scott Hairston.

That’s half the team.

Some, like Beltran, Rodriguez and Reyes could go based on financial considerations, while others like Isringhausen, Young, Capuano, Harris and Hairston could leave because of age and other options. Still others would go because of talent.

Several of these players could help contenders at the trade deadline.

This was to be the year of change, and there’s a lot that could still happen. If it does and the Mets are still five games under at the end of the season, that should be looked at as a plus.