Thursday, August 28, 2008
Although our bullpen sucks (just don't ask Dykstraw about it though -- he nearly had a heart attack when I nonchalantly asked why Pedro Feliciano was warming up -- he asked who did I expect? Kent Tekulve? Steve Bedrosian? Well, Jesse Orosco, maybe...but of course, I am contrite, Anthony), our offense is solid AND managed to score some significant (not to mention momentum changing) runs in an inning not numbered 1,2 or 3!
And although Johan Santana didn't come through the way I expected him to (I predicted a 3-hit shutout this afternoon, but I'll take a win any day of the week that he starts), he is worth every cent of the $150mm contract for making Victorino look like a fool.
But I want to talk about two landscape-altering players today: Carlos Delgado and Daniel "Magic tone" Murphy. Forget David Wright, forget Jose Reyes and any other so-called "marquee" player on this pussy team. Without these two dudes, there is NO WAY this team would have scrapped together enough runs to even tie the Phils, let alone win the stupid freaking game.
Willy Fabuloso said it best tonight: Carlos, I'm sorry. Even Toasty Joe posted his apology note to Carlos for throwing him under the bus several times. Hell, I'm even guilty of it. He provided more than half of the offense by driving in a first inning run with a single...then jacked two very BIG home runs!! This time, I thought Dykstraw would have a heart attack celebrating.
(And of course, Will said that Carlos Beltran deserved to be on the Big Pussy List for not hitting when there was 2-out, man on third, and the pitcher intentionally walked Carlos Delgado to get to him. Of course, I think it had more to do with Delgado mashing the ball lately, but still...Beltran's a pussy. So there.)
Then comes Magic Tone Murph...I knew, just knew he was going to come through for us in that spot. And boy, did he ever. I even saw a little less-like-Shane-Victorino-more-like-a-professional-clap as he came into second base with his bases clearing 2-run double.
This is Murph, and you are watching the Magic Tones. Now, don't you go changin'.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
I'll still be at Butterfield 8's tonight. I gotta do something to get this bitter taste of bile out of my mouth. Anyone have a mint?
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
The ever-infamous "Schmifty"and Matt the Met Fan, one of the motley crew in BMF.
Candid of El Duderino (the "Dude" for brevity purposes), talking to CoreyNYC on how the rug really tied the room together.
Or John Maine, who was officially DL'd yesterday, for that matter?
We got our show stopper right here, and his name is Michael Pelfrey.
And what the heck, after I posted a mini-rant on MD&D on how the Mets can't seem to score after the 1st inning, not only do they add on six more runs...but six runs TOTAL are due to Carlos Delgado.
Carlos Delgado, the same guy I wanted to trade for a pair of shoes in the offseason, is really shutting the collective Mets fan up. I still don't want him in 2009...but he's making a case as to why he should stay.
As for me, I'm just waiting, patiently, for this shit in Philly to go down this week. I'm feeling good about it though. And you should too.
Go Big Pelf. And go Mets.
Monday, August 25, 2008
On behalf of Zoe and Dykstraw, I'd like to formally introduce Mets Divas and Dykstraw, a new forum for three Mets amigos' ideas to be kicked around!!
After much encouragement from the likes of Cerrone, Joe @ Mets Today, and Mike Silva at BlogTalkRadio, the three of us decided to experiment with a little bit of blogging, a little bit of talk, and a WHOLE lot of action...METS action, that is!
So don't worry MSG constituents, I will still be actively contributing over here. This is just a different forum for different and new ideas.
I'll still be my salty self, don't you worry.
OK, that's all. Later.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Well besides the fact that he gave up a home run to Lance Berkman Saturday night that still hasn't landed, Jerry Manuel is standing tough and saying that if he doesn't throw well in his session this week, we're shutting him down.
Not to mention, according to Metsblog, Maine will most certainly need surgery in the offseason.
At the beginning of the season, I predicted big things from Big Pelf but also that John Maine was going to surprise us all by having the best season of all Mets pitchers. While I was on the money about Pelf, I should have stuck with my Willie Gut and said that Oh Pea would be -- since he is.
But even that was not evident yesterday...as BMF eloquently put it, Oh Pea may have thrown lots of pitches yesterday, but was dominant in his appearance against the 'Stros.
I have also gone on record to say that the bullpen blowing games isn't bothering me as much as I thought it would. That said, with the game being tied yesterday, I wouldn't say so much they blew it that...well, I guess the better bullpen won that match (yes I do know I am grasping at straws). Oh yeah and Aaron Heilman not coming in when the slate was clean. Or coming in with ducks on the pond. You get the drift. That was the first Willie-esque move I saw Manuel pull in his tenure. In other words, why?
But guess what folks? It's not just Heilman. It's Pedro Feliciano, who gave up two dingers yesterday, and Duaner Sanchez, who forgets how to get people out. Thank goodness for Johan and Pelf throwing complete games this year and being adamant to Jerry about not being taken out.
But slay me if I am more concerned with the offense taking a nap. These are the 2008 ASTROS not the '27 Yankees, and this team needs to grow some balls already and score some runs after the first inning.
After tonight's (Monday) game against the Astros (as BMF astutely puts it, if the Mets lose the division by one game, we can look to these games against the 'Stros, that suck overall except for Lance Berkman, who now I have a massive crush on -- purely for his baseball abilities, I assure you), we go to enemy territory, for two important games. Are they make or break? No. But it will sure lay to rest our concerns against the Beasts of the East.
I mean, who care if we lost games to Western and Central teams, if we can wipe up the East by slaying them, isn't that what counts?
Oh and maybe after all that, we need Castillo back...nahhhhhhhhhhhhh...
And surprise surprise surprise...El Duque's career may be over. Although in this article, Brandon Eddy over at Metsblog has incorrectly stated Duque's age as 38...Isn't he 98?
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Oh yeah, and Carlos Delgado just had a walk-off hit and the Mets won.
Now let's go kick some Assssss-tros...yes, that is something I would have said when I was 12, along with Kick Some Buc Butt. Oh yeah, I was clever.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Today, CoreyNYC's gal, Em, said something to the effect that she's been at a streak of nine losses. Prior to tonight, that is. But I was in "whatever" mode. I'd be sitting with Dykstraw. Even if the Mets lost to the Braves (which was easily imaginable), I'd be entertained.
Well, the only thing entertaining about the game was finding something for Dykstraw to complain about...Nope, didn't happen. Between us having Brett Favre as our QB this season, and the Mets were technically on a one-game win-streak, we had a pretty quiet evening.
Oh, couple that with the fact that the Mets not only won, Mike "Big Pelf" Pelfrey got his FIRST complete game, like, ever and they beat the Braves.
I learned something today though. That Braves fans must feel like we did as fans in the late 90s, even early '00s, their team gets beat in such ugly ways, they just have be to like...you know what? I'm ok with it. I always felt the Mets / Braves rivalry was one-sided anyway. save the big brother beating up on little brother "Why are you always picking on meeeeeeeee" attitude...the geography never fully supported a true rivalry. We care too much as fans, their fans could give a crap (but ask them about their favorite driver, they'll rattle off three names). Their team is so irrelevant at this moment, it's not even fair.
So to make a long story short (because none of my Pelfrey scoreboard facts came out in my digitial camera hopes), yes, Em, there is a Mets Clause, it just happens to be when Dykstraw and I are sitting in the Coop box.
Which coincidentally, he's trying to figure out how to smuggle in a screwdriver. I don't want my seats, just the plaque with the Cooper name on it.
Why was that? Well, Tuesday night is free night at the Clearview if you are a Cablevision Triple Play customer. And I figured, I would just be aggravated if I decided to sit home and watch the game, when I could have been at a free movie.
So of course when I checked the score as I left the theater, I was kinda happy that I stayed away. I mean, even in the box score, all I say was Larry Jones this. Larry Jones that. Francoeur what? I was boiling, so I was happy. Plus the one-run games are the kiss of death to Mets. These are the games, see, that the bullpen won't blow wide open but the offense takes a nap.
But boy. Was I wrong. As I got off the train, my scores weren't working, so I duck into the nearest bar. Hello! 4-3 Mets, bottom of the 8th. I start texting ferociously to Zoe, as she was in a place with no scores / TVs available. Of course, my scores don't work the entire walk home...so now....NOW I say to myself, the bullpen is gonna blow it.
Not so fast. So it was certainly nice to see not only the Braves being insignificant this year, but that their bullpen is the worst, while Mets' have the second worst. Go team. I mean, we shoulda seen this one coming...Bad Ollie wasn't even in full force and managed to keep them in the game. That's something, right?
So I will be at the game tonight, and rooting away. No free movies tonight, but a free game. That I technically paid for already. I'm such a dork.
Remember -- Friday night, Blondies party in conjunction with Brooklyn Met Fan and Chicago Met Fan!!! Game start: 7:10 pm. Apparently, BMF is hooking us up with some drink specials!!! So you can find me by the bar then.
OH and apparently there is an SNY event on Tuesday next week @ the Hawaiian Tropic Zone. Not my favorite place in the world, but we had fun last year. Just wish they had better items and drink specials, like our Blondie's party.
Sunday, August 17, 2008
That said, I have a bad feeling about Ayala. Don't get me wrong, I'm sure he'll do just fine out of the 'pen. His numbers might not suggest so, but remember that the Nats suck, don't give a lot of run support to their pitchers, and they are in last place. Perhaps Ayala will adjust to new surroundings on a first place team (hee hee).
My concern though is the long-term implication for Billy Wagner.
As it was announced several times during the game, and even on Metsblog itself, Billy won't be returning on Monday as we originally planned. Turns out he's thrown some simulated game conditions and is not up to the job yet. Wagner was sent back to New York to be re-examined.
Well, doesn't that suck?
Was he up to the job to begin with? I wonder, because he was lights out at the beginning of the season, then became John Franco Part Deux.
My thought is, with the bullpen being shaky, Eddie Kunz being too young and a little shaky himself (though I think that he'll turn out OK), and our offense turning it off after the first inning (except for last night!), WTF is going to happen to our 'pen stability if Wagner is out for an even more extended period of time.
Best case: he's re-examined, has a tired arm and is out for a few more day, MAYBE another 15-days as a precaution, and he comes back with a vengeance for the October push.
Worst case: he'll rush back and either further hurt himself, or worse, he'll keep blowing saves when they matter most.
Either way, we could be in for a really nail-biting ride. Join with me folks! I'm going to manage to stay calm, although I was throwing things at the television last night.
Friday, August 15, 2008
How lucky would one guy have to be to get not only Larry "Put one in his neck" Anderson, The Phanatic, and Shane "The Flyin Pig Fucker" Victorino all in one place, now how lucky would a guy have to be to get them all to them selves for a week.
Look here!!!! I think I might have to go to this!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thursday, August 14, 2008
But for now, I will nominate Mets fans as the Big Pussy Pick of the Year for a few things. And mostly for the mob mentality I have been experiencing in other forums re: the bullpen.
Yes, I am aware that they suck. And I am aware they've blown 20 saves and according to Metsblog, have only won seven of those games. I know it's ugly. But the fact of the matter is, after last night's brutal slay of NL East rival Nationals, the Mets are back in first.
All better now? See, I'm tired of listening to fans rip on the team, rip on Omar Minaya (who has gotten his fair share of criticism from me, but I will just attest he's done an okay job, not a great job, he's done his part for now), and rip on the state of affairs that the team is just not "that good."
I know being in first place on August 14 is not that big of a bragging right. But it's ours for now, and you know what? I'll take it.
I said last week that I'm refusing to get bent over losses, no matter how painful they are. For one, my cardiologist says it's not good for me. And two, I just know that we still have lots of baseball to play.
Sure I'll be disappointed if their season does not extend into October. But right now, I'm kind of enjoying this passionate yet stress-free existence.
But I know that some Mets fans have nothing to say if they have nothing to complain about. So there that is.
All I can say to that is what my dear old aunt would say -- Put on your big boy pants and DEAL WITH IT!! Enjoy it while we can. It could be worse...we could be Nationals fans.
Brooklyn Met Fan and I would like to cordially invite you to Blondie's next Friday, August 22, to watch the game amongst friends (7:10 pm start). No special reason, we talked about it last week, then a surprise guest (if you click on the link, it won't be a surprise anymore) said she'd be in town and would love to meet up with us. So now, it's a BMF, CMF and MSF party!!!
Be there, or you'll pull a hammy.
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Although I didn't partake in the pizza. Frankly, I am a Jersey girl, and you cannot tell a Jersey Girl what is delicious pizza. Boom. End of story. (but if you are curious, check this site out and this too -- two of my faves)
But you know, I want to talk about the Cyclones game. Basically because I used to have season tickets, and now I go to maybe one game a year. This was a total whim -- thanks to Mr. Oh for taking me at the last minute. Although I had kicked the idea during the week, it was a last minute decision to trek into Coney Island. There is something inherently charming about Coney Island. I guess because it's like a relic from a former era. Although to me, a Jersey shore girl through and through, I have a tough time going to a "boardwalk" thats on asphalt. But to see the Cyclone, and the ocean, and then add in baseball, it's as if someone knew all my favorite things and meshed them all together.
I don't know if you can see it here, but I was able to see Ike Davis play. I couldn't really gather an opinion -- after all, it was only one game in his first few months playing pro ball. I saw Joe Janish from Mets Today, um, today and he actually asked about Reese Havens, who apparently was hurt, but he played yesterday. Joe seemed very excited about Havens, so I'll take his word for it. Joe follows the minors a lot more closely than I do.Metsblog crew (Matt, Reege, Mike, Brandon), Hotfoot's Anthony, Joe from Mets Today, the Divas including Zoe and SNK, Mike from Mike's Mets, and Greg and Jason from Faith and Fear.
Sunday, August 03, 2008
And last night.
And the night before.
And just when I thought things were turned around. Fuck sweeps when they are not conducted by the Mets.
You know fans think we are over the hump when the Brooklyn Met Fan forum is actually positive for once. Of course, once this team gets on a losing streak, all the Randy Quaids from Major League II come out of the woodwork.
I'm not singling out BMF's readers. Just sayin' that it was nice and quiet with roses and cupids with bows and arrows when the Mets are winning.
It's all of us. Ask Mr. E, he's blaming Uncle Gene for being too "positive" and jinxing the team.
And you know, once it rains, it motherfucking pours.
Billy Wagner - out with vaginitis. (OK, technically a left forearm pain, but still...we can't win as fans. He either blows saves with a hurt arm, or blows saves indirectly by making the 'pen pick up the slack). I swear, other teams must be salivating at the prospect of facing our bullpen. I hate to say it, but a lot of fucking good it was to get Johan Santana. If we can't handle having the best pitcher in baseball on our staff, well, what good is the team?
My solution? DL the bastard and by bastard, I mean Billy "I Heart Alpacas" Wagner. I know, our closing situation just got weaker, but I would rather he be better now, than take time off during more important serieses.
Next -- now John Maine is hurt. On the 15-day DL. I feel bad for Maine. You can tell that in his last few appearances he was truly pressing. Jerry Manuel basically told him, you are not well, go on the DL. I can only hope that my Maine Man will be 100% for August and the September push.
But in other news, Eddie Kunz was promoted. I saw him pitch in Lucie in March, I thought he looked pretty good, but let's be honest, it was a small sample set. I will look forward to seeing him hold his own in the majors.
In other news, Ted Berg's man crush, Val Pascucci, hit three home runs in a game the other night. Perhaps with another injury to Marlon Anderson (and hopefully, that has been his excuse this season, with his overall suckitude), Val can finally get his due?
I don't know. I don't know what the answer is. All I know is that a week and a half ago, the Mets were in first, and now are 2.5 games out.
But here's the issue -- who here knew the game was over Friday night when the Mets failed to score with 0 outs and bases loaded in the 7th inning? Um, yeah. Thought so. When we cannot expect any situational or clutch hitting from David Wright or anyone, and we are relying on the great hope of Val Pascucci or Eddie Kunz...we are in trouble.
What I am about to say is looooooooong overdue, but MSF buddy (and hopefully yours), Ed in Westchester, is back and with a vengeance!!! His newly remodeled Blue Orange and Green Cafe is now called Nice Level Swing, and it's good to have another friendly blogger in Metsopotamia.
A common refrain used at his site is called "Just. Win. Series." And I could not agree more.
Now, judging by my attitude earlier, you might think I am about to jump. But I'm not. I am also not at the point of apathy as I was back in May...but I will say that I am not too stressed over losing this series, not to mention getting swept and losing four in a row (blech).
But I will say that if the team goes on a roll, and just wins series, then we will be fine.
Just. Win. Series.
Who's goin' this week?
Saturday, August 02, 2008
Also noteworthy is that the write in voting is also coming along strongly with votes having been cast for the Phanatic "A worthy vote getter", as well as the tandem of Joe Buck and Tim McBlowsJeter....
Remember fans, unlike stuffing the ballot box for the All Star Game, you only get one vote.