Ah, the Mets… This should be fun.
Over the past five years, the Mets have had the worst luck in baseball. So many injuries, so many heartbreaking losses. And now the whole incident with Francisco Rodriguez…. The Mets could really use a break.
But in baseball, you have to make your break. So let’s look at some pitching!
The obvious ace of the Mets is Johan Santana. Santana had a good year that went unnoticed, with a 2.98 ERA in 29 starts. He had an elbow injury in the end, as the same in most of his mets tenure. Johan was traded after the 2007 season, from the Minnesota Twins to New York. The Mets were willing to trade their top prospects for the star lefty, while the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox backed off. The Mets were rewarded Santana, who the Mets have needed every once of in their pitching situations over the years.
But the Mets do have four more starters, and let’s start with Mike Pelfrey. Pelfrey had a good year, starting 33 games with an ERA of 3.66 and a record of 15-9. Jonathan Niese was not as good, with a 4.20 ERA, but not bad though. RA Dickey came out of nowhere. He was released from the Twins with his career ERA of 4.70, and latched on with the Mets AAA affiliate of the Buffalo Bisons. He was great there, and was eventually called up and that led to his ERA in the big leagues of 2.84. Dickey is an interesting story, a knuckleballer with no ligaments in his throwing elbow. But the mets have one more pitcher in Dillon Gee, who posted a 2.18 ERA in his five starts.
Bullpen time. Hisanori Takhashi took over as closer once the whole K-Rod thing happened. He had an ERA of 3.61 and 8 saves in that time. Manny Acosta did a fine job for New York, with a 2.95 ERA. Pedro Feliciano had a good year, making him a Type A free agent. That should be an interesting story to follow. Oliver perez moved to the bullpen because he was pitching bad, but he got worse, with an ERA of 6.80. And finally, Pat Misch had an ERA of 3.82.
Pitching did not seem to be a big issue of the Mets this year, at least as not as much as the past. So how about the offense? At first base, first base prospect Ike Davis burst onto the scene, hitting 19 home runs. Second base was split between Rueben tejada (.213) and Luis Castillo (.235). Jose Reyes at shortstop, he hit 2.82 with 11 home runs in limited time. At 3B, David Wright had another David Wright season, hitting .283 with 29 home runs. After Rod Barajas was traded, Josh Thole took over Mets catching duties, hitting .277.
The outfield was a weird situation. Carlos Beltran was hurt, Jason Bay was hurt, and that led the Mets to Fernando Martinez, Lucas Duda, and Angel Pagan. So how did they do? Martinez, in RF, hit .167. Pagan did well, hitting .280 with 11 home runs. And Lucas Duda hit .202. They also had Chris Carter and Nick Evans, but they did not start much.
The Mets have a lot of work to do. Like, keeping Carlos Beltran healthy for a whole season. Bay will be back next year as well. I would imagine Pagan would start in RF for New York. They have to trade Castillo, sign a second baseman, and then sign a catcher. Also, do not be surprised if the Mets are a dark horse for Cliff Lee.
Dear Theo Epstein,
You are a dope. Nice run-prevention theroy, eh? Scutaro can’t field. Cameron dropped a line drive. Beltre doesn’t know the meaning of the word walk. And why in Hell didn’t you sign some bullpen guys? Rameriz and Delcarmen are triple A players. I’d rather have Joe Nelson and Fernando Cabrera at this point. Even Alan Embree! The JD Drew contract is horrendus. He can’t hit at all right now. But the biggest problem: David Ortiz. Maybe this falls on the manager though. Why isn’t Mike Lowell in there as the DH? The real Big Papi ain’t walking through that door. It’s time to move on, and eat that salary. You where gonna do it with Lowell, a better player.
Another thing. Screw the farm system. It’s Gonzalez or bust. Trade Kelly, Buchholz, Fuentes, Kalish. Win now. Gonzalez is Mark Teixeira. He would put the Red Sox over the edge. Another rumor: Mike Lowell for Jeff Mathis. I like this. Mathis can throw guys out. Put Gonzalez at first, Youk at third, Victor DH. Mathis at catcher. This would be nice.
Love, Red Sox Nation.
The Bruins won their playoff game last night, 5-3. Ryder showed up, Thomas Vanek got hurt, Ryan Miller didn’t shut the Bruins out.
The Celtics won too. KG is likley going to be suspended. He probally deserves it.
Ubaldo Jimmenez of the Rockies threw a no-hitter last night. Not even Jason Heyward could hit him. First in Rockies history.
The Mets and Cardinals went 20 innings last night. Only the Mets…
Aaron Bates watch: Bates went 2-4 for with a double, RBI, anf runin the Pawsox heartbreaking loss to Rochester.
The Blazers need to win next week, or have Rochester lose to clinch the playoffs.
I made my before-Spring Training predictions, here are my Opening Day Season predictions. Plus, check out the player to watch feature which gives you a player to watch on each team during the reaguler season.
AL East Player to watch:
Boston Red Sox (Jacoby Ellsbury)
New York Yankees (Marcus Thames)
Tampa Bay Rays (Ben Zobrist)
Baltimore Orioles (Nolan Reimold)
Toronto Blue Jays (Adam Lind)
Minnesota Twins (Orlando Hudson)
Chicago White Sox (Jake Peavy)
Kansas City Royals (Rick Ankeil)
Detroit Tigers (Austin Jackson)
Cleveland Indians (Micheal Brantly)
Seattle Mariners (Chone Figgins)
Anaheim Angels (Kendry Morales)
Texas Rangers (Neftali Feliz)
Oakland Athletics (Brett Anderson)
Philadelphia Phillies (Jayson Werth)
Atlanta Braves (Jason Heyward)
Florida Marlins (Mike Stanton)
Washington Nationals (Nyjer Morgan)
New York Mets (Kiko Calero)
St.Louis Cardinals (Colby Rasmus)
Chicago Cubs (Randy Wells)
Cincinatti Reds (Aroldis Chapman)
Milwakee Brewers (Alcades Escobar)
Houston Astros (Hunter Pence)
Pittsburgh Pirates (Garrett Jones)
Colorado Rockies (Jason Hammel)
Los Angeles Dodgers (Clayton Kershaw)
San Fransisco Giants (Madison Bumgarner)
Arizona D-backs (Justin Upton)
San Diego Padres (Clayton Richard)
1. Evan Longoria
2. Joe Mauer
3. Kendry Morales
1. Albert Pujols
2. Chase Utley
3. Ryan Braun
AL Cy Young
1. Jon Lester
2. Cliff Lee
3. Zack Greinke
NL Cy Young
1. Roy Halladay
2. Chris Carpenter
3. Tim Lincecum
1. Brain Matusz
2. Austin Jackson
3. Desmond Jennings
1. Jason Heyward
2. Mike Stanton
3. Madison Bumgarner
1. Don Wakamtsu
2. Ron Gardenhire
3. Joe Maddon
1. Bobby Cox
2. Tony LaRusa
3. Freddi Gonzalez
AL Comeback Player
NL Comeback Player
Those are my predicitions. My Internationl League predictions will be sometime next week.
The Celtics beat the New York Knicks, 109-97. Paul Pierce led the way with 29 points while KG collected 22.
The Red Sox lost to the Mets, 4-2. John Lackey pitched four shutout innings, but Ramon Rameriz gave up a three run homer. Jonthan Papelbon pitched a scoreless inning.
The New Jersey Devils beat the Pittsburgh Penguins, 5-2. Paul Martin scored in his first game after missing 59.
News and Notes: Bruins-Pens tonight. Should be fun. Scroll down for my game preveiw on that one.
Patrice Bergeron will play tonight after taking a slap shot off the knee in Carolina.
Jed Lowrie has been diagnosed with Mono. He can still do physical activity, but will feel tired and fatigued.
JR Giddens was activated after being out six weeks by the Knicks last night vs his former team, the Celtics.
The Celtics return to action tomorrow vs the Rockets. The Red Sox have an off-day today, but return tomorrow in bradenton to play the Pirates. I’ll be there.
Last year I went to roughly 15 spring games. I’ll go to about the same amount this year, I’ve seen Ft.Lauderdale, where the Orioles used to play. Ft.Myers, home of the Red Sox. Bradenton, where the Pirates play. Orlando, with the Braves. In Viera beach for the Nats. Lakeland, home of the Tigers. I’ve seen the Cardinals and Marlins in Jupiter. And Pt.Charlotte for the Rays. This year I will go to games in Ft.Myers(Red Sox and Twins) Pt.Charlotte(Rays), Dunedin(Jays), Kissimmee(Astros), Bradenton(Pirates) and Sarasota(Orioles). My first game is this Friday at Twins. It’s the first time I’ve seen that park. After this year the only parks I won’t have seen in the grapefruit league are the Yankees, Mets, and Phillies. I am right behind the Red Sox dugout for most games. Best seats I;ve ever had at any sporting event. I hope to get some player autographs. Last year I got Joe Maddon in Ft.Myers, and Cesar Cedeno in Viera.
I will see Lester/Wakefield Friday, and I’ll see Buchholz Sunday in Sarasota. I really want to see Kelly pitch this year. That would be so awesome! Anyways, I love spring training games. It gets you so pumped for the reaguler season. Go Red Sox! Remember to ask questions on the mailbag! I’ll post any pictures I get here at the blog! I had some I wanted to put here, but the computer is not coroperating!
Thought #1: I love the offense. It is so deep at the bottom of the order. When you have JD Drew batting eighth, you are in good shape.
Thought #2: The Red Sox signed a guy named Boof. That can’t be a good thing.
Thought #3: I am exited about the personality on the team this year. Adding a guy like John Lackey is very helpfull for that. The team is too boring, with Ellsbury, Drew, Lester, etc. Now you have personalites like Pedroia, Ortiz, Papelbon, Lackey. They need that, I think.
Thought #4: The Washington Nationals will have a better record than the New York Mets. They have better pitching, other than Santana, but he’s injury prone anyways.
Thought #5: The Orioles will be out of the cellar this season. The Blue Jays will take their place.
Thought #6: Daniel Bard is changing his number from 60 to 51. I don’t get why. I can understand Ellsbury with 46 and 2, that is a drastic difference. But 51? Really? Is that any better than 60? Fun fact: The last Red Sox player to wear #51 was Enrique Gonzalez.
Thought #7: I like Tim Wakefield’s competitive attitude. He expects to start the season in the rotation, and we all know that’s not happening. But I love the competitvness.
Thought #8: I can not believe that Randy Winn is the starting LF for the Yankees.
Thought #9: It is kind of weird having Lackey, though. I always hated him when he was with the Angels. He was always an annoying loudmouth when it came to the Red Sox. And he nearly no-hit them, which is one of my worst fears. So it’s odd rooting for him, but I’m fine with it.
Thought #10: I can’t think of anything else, so go to BestBostonSports.com for Red Sox coverage all season! Spring Training game preveiws are already up!
New York Yankees
Boston Red Sox
Tampa Bay Rays
Toronto Blue Jays
Chicago White Sox
Kansas City Royals
New York Mets
San Fransisco Giants
San Diego Padres
AL MVP Top 3:
Evan Longoria- Rays
Joe Mauer- Twins
Kendry Morales- Angels
Red Sox MVP:
AL Cy Young Top 3:
Jon Lester- Red Sox
Zack Greinke- Royals
Cliff Lee- Mariners
Red Sox Cy Young:
NL MVP Top 3:
Albert Pujols- Cardinals
Jayson Werth- Phillies
Ryan Braun- Brwers
NL CY Youn Top 3:
Josh Johnson- Marlins
Tim Lincecum- Giants
Carlos Zambrano- Cubs
Desmond Jennings- Rays
Jason Heyward- Braves
The Baltimore Orioles will compete with the Rays for the #3 spot in the AL East
The Royals will have a record around .500
Mike Cameron will hit 25 HRs
The Reds will finish over .500
The Blue Jays will have the second worst record in baseball, ahead of only the Mets
I will be right about at least one thing here(I told you, bold predictions)