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Saturday, April 24, 2004

Cubs 3, Mets 1
W: Maddux (1-2)
L: Seo (0-3)
S: Borowski (3)

For a game summary go here.
For a box score go here.

Game Notes
Jae Seo-He pitched bad again going 6 innings and giving up 3 ER on 4 hits. He also walked 3. (Very un-seo-like.) He has looked horrible this year so far. Does it mean last year was a fluke? I don't know. But something is obviously wrong and the Mets might want to send him down to Norfolk where he can work on his mechanics or something. I mean, I would rather have anyone else pitching in him so right now. Maybe Peterson can fix what ever is wrong with him.
Shane Spencer-He had a great game. He went 3-4 with a SB. He also had two nice catches, one of which was amazing. (ESPN Top Ten Quality!) He has been playing really well lately. I have been really impressed with him offensively and defensively.
Mike Piazza-What is up with him. I was so mad when he grounded into that double play in the 2nd. Is it possible to have the bases loaded with no outs and not score a run? I don't think it is. Well anyway, He hasn't been playing well lately. He looks fooled a lot.

MVP of the Game-Shane Spencer (3-4 with 2 nice catches)
LVP of the Game- Jae Seo (Very Disappointing!)

Good Article
There's a good article over on MSG by Fran Healy. He discusses his early impressions of the Mets. Check it out.

Mets Offense Horrible
This was taken from the NY Post:

The Mets were hitting .242 (third-worst in the NL, heading into last night's action) and have scored 65 runs (fifth-worst). With the offense struggling, hitting coach Denny Walling was asked whether he's worried the organization might use him as a scapegoat if things don't improve. "That would be their option if they chose to do that," Walling said. "It would be nice to get a couple of big hits early in the game to reiterate it. That would be good medicine."

Fast Facts
  • Mike Cameron struck out three times yesterday and is on pace to fan 200 times.
  • Jason Phillips went 0-for-4 today, leaving him in a 3-for-40 slump.

    Strikeouts Galore!
    I was over at the Amazinz Message Board and found this "insane" stat:

    Combined, the Binghamton pitching staff has struck out 112 batters in 118 1/3 innings so far this season. That comes out to 8.5 K's per 9 innings. That's insane. In comparison, the big club has struck out 4.7 batters per 9 innings. This shows the number of power arms we have in our system.

    That's crazy. At least something to look forward to in the future.

    Mets Minor League Notebook
    Over at the Insiders they have a article on the Mets Minor Leagues. Check it out.

    Scouts' Views
    In the scouts' views section of the latest Sporting News magazine, an anonymous scout has this to say about Matsui:

    Watching Mets shortstop Kaz Matsui in Japan, I thought he was somewhat turf-reliant--he really knew how to play on turf. I though he was Bucky Dent with a little better arm. Very fundamentally sound, making all the routine plays, a tremendous technican. But I didn't see the great body balance and great range. I don't think he is as gifted as Jose Reyes who they moved to second after Matsui signed.

    Interesting!

    Top Ten Players At Each Position
    From a month and a half ago, to the last fews weeks, Dayn Perry has been ranking who he thinks were the top ten players at each position. (Not for fantasy baseball,) The Mets ranked in the top ten at 5 of the positions: C, 2B, SS, LF, CF. Here is what he had to say about each position:

    Catcher: Mike Piazza (6th Overall)

    He's the greatest offensive catcher in baseball history, but the years have caught up with him. As great as his career numbers are, it's easy to forget that Piazza has spent his entire career in some pretty brutal parks for hitters. He's a sure Hall of Famer, defensive shortcomings notwithstanding. That said, his production declined notably last season, and he's been taking grounders at first this spring. His days as a full-time catcher are probably done, but he still has the power skills to be a run producer. He's the greatest catcher of his generation, but his time is passing.

    2B: Jose Reyes (9th Overall)

    Here we have a projection ranking, which is at once strong praise for the potential of Reyes and an indictment of the current crop of second basemen's top-to-bottom quality. Reyes was brought up through the organization as a shortstop, but once import Kaz Matsui was signed, Reyes was forced to move to second. He hasn't put up eye-popping numbers in the high minors, but he did hold his own in the International League as a 19-year-old and that's remarkable. Also to his credit is a strong 274 ABs in New York last season. It'll be a few years before he realizes his potential, but he's a future All-Star. He'd have been even better if the Mets had left him at short.

    SS: Kaz Matsui (7th Overall)

    It's highly speculative business, ranking a player as the seventh-best shortstop in the game after he's logged only seven at-bats. Still, there's reason to believe Kaz-Mat's skills will translate nicely to the majors. He showed great power and an ability to hit for average in Japan, and he may wind up something a little north of Rich Aurilia circa 2000. And that's a high-quality shortstop. Some say he'll be even better than that.

    LF: Cliff Floyd (6th Overall)

    When healthy, Floyd is a highly skilled offensive performer, but that qualifier is the problem. Floyd, as a Marlin, put up an MVP-caliber season in 2001 and has been in top tier of left fielders since 1999. He managed only 108 games last season for the Mets, but when he was healthy he put up strong numbers: .290 AVG/.376 OBP/.518 SLG. He's developed a more patient approach at the plate over the years, and his power has developed as scouts always said it would. He'd be highly useful for a team with genuine designs on contention, but that's not the Mets.

    CF: Mike Cameron (6th Overall)

    Cameron had a down year at the plate last season, but Safeco made it look worse than it really was. On the other hand, his glovework in '03 was without peer. Many observers get hung up on his strikeouts, but those aren't that important in a player like Cameron. He has good power, takes his walks and provides genuine Gold Glove-caliber defense. If Tom Glavine winds up making big strides this season, a large part of it will be because he has Cameron's outstanding glove behind him. Shea's also a tough place to hit, so his offensive numbers may not improve a great deal, but in a neutral context he's a solid hitter.

    I was pretty amazed with some of his picks. I know Piazza hasn't been amazing the last few years but I thought he would be higher than 6th. I also was amazed how high Floyd was ranked. 6th in the majors. WOW!

    Mets Sign Williams
    Gerald Williams signed a minor league contract with the Mets on Friday. The 37-year-old outfielder reported immediately to Norfolk. Williams has played 1,072 games with five different teams. Last season he hit .129 in 27 games with Florida. He went to camp with the Marlins before getting released on April 2. Williams is a career .256 hitter with 80 home runs and 351 RBIs. Why the Mets make these kind of moves is beyond me. I would rather have a young kid taking up a spot at Norfolk rather than Williams.

    Is This Embarrassing Or What
    This is from an article by Jacob Luft over on SI.com:

    It's hard to glean much useful information from the hit parade this early in a baseball season. Anybody can be sizzling or frigid for 50 at-bats at a time. But for sheer amusement factor, try this one on for size:

    AL Batting Leaders
    T9. Marco Scutaro, OAK .339

    This might not qualify as "ha-ha" funny, but it is worth at least a chuckle to anybody not rooting for the Mets. Yes, this is the same Scutaro who patrolled second base for 48 games with the Mets last season, posting a crummy .213 batting average, .333 on-base percentage and .347 slugging percentage in a tiny sample size of 75 at-bats. In the offseason, the Mets exposed the 28-year-old nonprospect to waivers -- and Oakland's superior talent-evaluation skills.

    Now Scutaro is filling in admirably for A's second baseman Mark Ellis, who is out for the season with a shoulder injury. The Mets' regular second baseman, Jose Reyes, is hurt, too. Reyes hasn't played all season since suffering a hamstring injury in spring training. Here are the combined numbers his replacements, Ricky Gutierrez and Joe McEwing, have posted: .169-.234-.203. You won't find those guys on the hit parade, now or anytime soon.

    Again, unless you are a Mets fan, that is at least a wee bit humorous in a Moneyball, small market-big market sort of way.


    Mets Forever Poll
    My poll, which was in the right side bar, has been up for a few weeks and I decided it is time to change it. Before I do though lets take a look at the results. The question was: How many home runs will Mike Piazza hit this season? Let's take a look at the results:

    15-20 2 (7%)
    20-25 4 (14%)
    25-30 8 (28%)
    30-35 14 (50%)
    35-40 0 (0%)

    I have to say before I go on that I was a little disappointed that only 28 people voted. THANKS TO THE PEOPLE WHO DID VOTE! Now let's take a look. Most people said he will hit between 20-35. I would have to agree with that. I know he has gotten off to a slow start, home run wise, but I really think he's going to pick it up once he breaks the record. When you get a chance, go and take my next poll. The question this time is this: What is the weakest part of the Mets this year?

    Mets Top Prospect Diaz
    Check out this article about the Met's prospect Victor Diaz. He has been making the switch to RF because he has a great bat. It looks like he's making good progress. Might make a good bat off the bench in a few months.

    Carlos Beltran
    For those of you who really wanted him in a Met uniform but know he is going to end up in pinstripes you have a well-known baseball writer who agrees with you. In the ESPN chat, Rob Neyer was asked where he thought Carlos Beltran was going to end up and he replied:

    He'll be wearing pinstripes, for sure. Maybe as early as this July if the Royals don't start pitching.

    I hate the Yankees!

    Today's Game
    Today, on the mound will be Tyler Yates for the Mets and Kerry Wood for the Cubs. Yates has to prove that he can dominate a team who has a good line up, since his one win came against the Expos. Kerry Wood has been dominant this year with a 3.48 ERA, a 1.21 WHIP, and a .219 BBA. He also has K/9 rate of 10.02. A few weeks ago, he was named by Sean McAdam as having the second best out-pitch in all of baseball. Here's what Sean McAdam had to say about Wood's curveball:

    Like Nolan Ryan, the Texas gunslinger whom Wood emulates, the combination of a 95-mph fastball and a hard-breaking curveball presents a lethal combination. Not many pitchers throw an over-the-top curve anymore, as the slider has become the breaking pitch of preference. But Wood not only has the 12-to-6 break, he also throws it nearly as hard as some lesser pitchers throw their fastball. "That hard, sharp break is filthy,'' says one major league manager.

    Hopefully, it will be a good pitchers duel though I would love to see the Mets score some runs. Here is Wood's scouting report:

    Wood is one of the hardest throwers in baseball; in fact, having shelved his changeup, he throws just about everything hard. His fastball runs in the mid- to high-90s, and when it comes in above thigh-high few can get on top of it. His curve is a hard downer. His slider may be his best pitch of all; it has good downward tilt and better velocity than many pitchers' fastballs. Wood's only remaining weakness is a tendency to occasionally get out of sync and lose the strike zone for or an inning or two. Since he's so tough to hit, he's always prone to go deep into counts, even when he's on. He is a workhorse in the truest sense, consistently working deep into games and getting stronger as the game goes on.

    Enjoy the game!

    Discussion Question of the Week
    I would like to start something this week called "the discussion question of the week." Each week on, I will post a new question on some aspect that I would like to discuss. Everyone who has an opinion on the question can send there answers to me and the following Saturday I will publish all the opinions. Here this weeks question:

    So far this year, there has been a lot of controversy over the managing done by Art Howe. Some feel he has done a horrible job substituting some of the Mets best players late in close games for defensive replacements. Some also feel he has misused the bullpen, bringing in the veterans too much. (Mike Stanton.) How do you feel Art Howe is doing? Do you think he is doing a bad job managing or is it not his fault but lack of a quality team?

    Send in your answers by Friday with your name and where your from to meand next week on Saturday I will publish all the answers I got. If you have any questions about it, please email me.

    Also, check back here tomorrow. I will post an article on the Mets 3B prospects.
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    Friday, April 23, 2004

    Mets 3, Expos 2
    W-Trachsel (2-2)
    L-Bentz (0-1)
    S-Looper (4)

    For a game summary go here.
    For a box score go here.

    Game Notes
    Art Howe- I don't understand him. How in god's name could you take out your best hitter in the 7th inning. It is beyond me. I don't understand him. He is driving me crazy.
    Mike Piazza-He was great again today going 2-3 with a BB. He also drove in the go ahead run in the 7th. I would also like to point out that since Piazza this year has also been playing first base, the Mets were able to keep his bat in the line up today where as last year he would have sat out.
    Steve Trachsel-He pitched great going 7 innings and allowing only 1 run on 4 hits and 3 walks while striking out 5.
    The 9th-DEFENSE! DENFENSE! What happened? How do you make two errors in the 9th inning of a close game. Looper did a good job of getting out of it even though there were 2 errors made. Good job Looper!

    Nice Article
    There is an article over on MSG that analyzes the Mets. Check it out.

    Wiggy to DL
    The New York Mets placed third baseman Ty Wigginton on the 15-day disabled list Thursday and recalled infielder Danny Garcia from Triple-A Norfolk. Many people wanted the Mets to recall Wilson Delgado, who was hitting .368/.442/.500 in 11 games. However he was not on the Mets 40-man roster. Than doesn’t mean Garcia is a horrible choice. He was hitting only .222/.364/.278 in 10 games at Norfolk but is not a horrible hitter and is a good defensive 2B. This brings me to my next point though. The Mets bench sucks. It is horrible. Let’s take a look at the stats:

    Todd Zeile- .286/.364/.393 in 38 AB's.
    Vance Wilson - .333/.429/.333 in 6 AB's.
    Ricky Gutierrez- .152/.235/.196 in 46 AB's.
    Shane Spencer- .310/.370/.429 in 42 AB's.
    Eric Valent- .182/.280/.455 in 22 AB's.
    Jeff Duncan - .143/.250/.143 in 7 AB's.

    This bench is pretty bad. The bench is the most underrated part of a ball club, in my opinion. Late in a game that is tied and the Mets have runners on first and second and the pitcher's spot is up, Art Howe is going to call on a pinch hitter. The game is in this hitter's hands. Will he win the game for the Mets or lose it? It is such a hard job to pinch hit but people don't realize that. They just want you to come off the bench after you haven't played in the last few games and expect you to drive in that winning run. That's really hard especially when you don’t see live pitching that much. The Mets bench was pretty ridiculous coming into the season and much of the blame should be on Mets management. (I think Duquette did a great job with this club other than the bench.) Now however, the Mets bench is even weaker because the bench's best hitters are now starting in place of the Mets starters that went on the DL. (Floyd, Reyes.) Zeile and Spencer have probably been the best of the bench from the bench this year. However its not really fair to put them ahead because they are getting a lot more at bats than the Wilsons or the Eric Valents. And it's not as if management couldn't get anyone good for the bench in the offseason. Sitting at home each day, I wonder what is going on in their heads. I see all these pretty good hitters getting signed to $1 million contracts that the Mets could easily put on their bench. Some examples: Macro Scutaro. He was ours. We lost him on waviers. We wanted McEwing more. Well, now he is only Oakland and has landed the starting job since their starting 2B, Mark Ellis, is out for the season with an injury. This year so far, Scutaro is hitting .339/.355/.441 in 59 at-bats. How about another example. Mark Bellhorn has hit only .167 but has a .417 OBP in 42 at-bats. He leads the AL with 17 BB's and isn't even the starting 2B. WOW! Options, options, options. It's about making the right decisions. Seeing the whole picture. There were a lot of great players out their the would have made our bench a lot better. Instead, we resigned McEwing.

    Injury Update
  • Howe said injured second baseman Jose Reyes had "a good day" yesterday in his Florida-based rehabilitation. Reyes told reporters he's "working toward" playing for the St. Lucie Mets "maybe in three days." But he also said his hamstring is "about 70% " healthy and that he's "running, but not running like I'm supposed to." Here’s what the Bergen Record had to say:

    It's become a daily routine for Howe to provide medical updates on Jose Reyes. Like clockwork, the manager says the organization was satisfied with Reyes' work in extended spring training in Florida that day, but he refuses to speculate when the young second baseman, who has yet to play because of his strained right hamstring, will return from the disabled list. Privately, several team officials reportedly are not happy with Reyes. They feel that he is unwilling to test himself and are questioning his commitment to his rehabilitation. Their thinking is that he has been out for five weeks with an injury that usually takes two to three weeks to heal.

    I agree. It is getting ridiculous. When is he going to be back.

  • RHP Scott Erickson (hamstring), who was supposed to throw three innings in an extended spring training game today, will instead throw a simulated game. Howe said Erickson is not ready to sprint to cover first if a grounder is hit to the first baseman.

  • Cliff Floyd (quadriceps) also could return as early as Tuesday in Los Angeles, and said he might appear in a minor-league game this weekend in St. Lucie so the organization can assess whether he's ready. Floyd believes he's "about 80%" healed, but says "that's not enough."

    Interesting Stats
  • The Mets are 1-5 in one-run games.
  • In games when Matsui gets at least two hits, the Mets are 4-1 - when he has less than two hits, they are 2-7.
  • Tom Glavine, Steve Trachsel, Al Leiter and Tyler Yates have an ERA of 2.51.
  • The bullpen's ERA is 6.14.
  • Mike Piazza has not hit a home run in 46 at-bats, and has only one RBI during the same span.

    Matsui In Slump
    Although he walked twice and scored the go-ahead run in the seventh inning, a slumping Kaz Matsui went 0-for-3 Thursday. The shortstop was 1-for-15 in the series and 4-for-27 on the homestand, with his average dropping from above .300 to .267. Matsui thinks he has a remedy. Pitchers have been working him on the outside corner, the switch-hitter said through his translator, and he says he might try standing closer to the plate to combat that. When a Japanese reporter asked Howe whether he was considering resting Matsui, Howe answered: "No, not now. He's going to like Wrigley Field.

    Mets Starters Pitching Great
    The Mets' starters have a 2.28 ERA in their last eight games. They have been pitching great. However, in those last 8 games the Mets had a record of 3-5, averaged 2.625 runs per game and have a bullpen ERA of 4.01. It seems like every time the Mets pitch well, they hit poorly. And visa versa.

    Minor Legue Update

    Durham 10, Norfolk 2
    Jared Sandberg and Bubba Trammell both slammed three-run home runs and Luis Ordaz added a double and two RBI to lead the Durham Bulls to a 10-2 rout over the Norfolk Tides. Sandberg was 3-for-4 on the day, while Trammell went 3-for-5 to raise his average to .438. The home run was his fifth, tied for second in the league. Anton French scored twice and was 2-for-4. Dicky Gonzalez (1-0) overpowered Norfolk batters. Gonzalez threw six scoreless innings, allowed one hit and struck out five, lowering his ERA to 2.25 for the year. Norfolk starter Jeremy Griffiths fell to 0-1, and allowed seven runs on seven hits in five innings. Craig Brazell had two hits including a double in the loss, as the Tides fell to 5-7, dropping four straight.
    Norfolk Record: 5-7

    St. Lucie 5, Hammerheads 3
    The St. Lucie Mets ended thier two game losing streak by defeating the Jupiter Hammerheads 5-3. Mets starter Miguel Pinango pitched six and two-thirds innings of solid baseball, scattering five hits and allowing just one earned run. Aarom Baldiris continued to swing a hot bat, pacing the Mets at the plate with a 3-for-4 night. Jonathan Slack, Forrest Lawson, Brett Harper, Alhaji Turay and Zack Clements all got hits for the Mets. It was Harper's double in the bottom of the eighth that scored two runs and put the game out of reach.
    St. Lucie Record: 10-4

    Today's Game
    Today the Mets head out to Chicago to begin a three game series with the Cubs. Today’s game is at 3:20. The Mets will send Jae Seo to the Mets. Seo will be opposed by Greg Maddux. Both of these pitchers have struggled a lot this year and both were very good last year. Hopefully, Seo will begin the turnaround of his season today. Here are some Mets hitters Maddux is going to have to look to neutralize: Piazza (has gone 16-57, a .281 avg., with 4 home runs against him.); McEwing (6-19, a .316 avg., with 2 doubles against him. Here are their scouting reports:

    Seo is at his best when he moves his pitches around in the strike zone. He went through a minor dead-arm period at midseason, causing his fastball to lose some juice during his six-game losing streak before he was able to start hitting the low 90s again. The righthander has a good slider and an above-average changeup, but he tends to rely on the latter offering too often when his fastball gets hit. Seo has excellent command, and the Mets actually feel that he would be more effective if he tried to coax hitters into chasing some pitches instead of being so fine around the plate. He was reluctant to take manager Art Howe's advice to add a two-seam fastball to run inside on righthanded hitters, but Seo realized as the season progressed that he needed more bullets in his holster.

    After struggling early in the year to find the consistent feel for his pitches, Maddux rediscovered his groove at midseason and continued to confound hitters with his ability to dominate without overpowering stuff. His fastball did not have its normal movement and command at times, and umpires seemed reluctant to give him a few inches off the plate, a result (in the Braves' minds) of the controversial QuesTec system. Maddux has as much deception as anyone in the game, and he registers success by constantly getting ahead in the count with his brilliant control and ability to change speeds. He also gets more from less-Maddux has thrown fewer pitches per inning than any starter over the past two years.


    Enjoy the game. Remember to stop by here this weekend for a minor league season update.
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    Thursday, April 22, 2004

    I didn't have much time this morning to write my post so here's a little more.

    Injury Report
  • The Mets sorely miss Cliff Floyd and Jose Reyes. And while Floyd (strained right quadriceps) could return when he is eligible to come off the DL Tuesday in Los Angeles, Reyes' 2004 debut again is a mystery. Reyes, who hasn't played this season because of a right hamstring strain, wasn't willing to run full throttle during an extended spring training game Tuesday. He was given yesterday off, but no minor-league rehab assignments are yet scheduled, according to Art Howe, meaning a return on the same day as Floyd - which appeared the goal - now looks doubtful.
  • Scott Strickland, recovering Tommy John elbow surgery he underwent in June, faced his first batter this week - Floyd. Strickland is on the 60-day DL, which means he can't return until June 3 at the earliest.
  • Scott Erickson (strained left hamstring) is scheduled to pitch three innings in a simulated game tomorrow. He should go on a rehab assignment shortly if he has no problems.

    All I have to say is the Reyes situation doesn't look good. i don't understand how it could be taking so long. This is not a good sign. If it takes him this long to heel everytime he gets hurt, and I think he is going to have a career with so injuries, then things don't look so good. Also, when Strickland comes back, hopefully our bullpen will improve because right now it sucks.

    Wiggy Hospitalized
    Mets third baseman Ty Wiggintonwas hospitalized after fainting at home and feeling dizzy at the ballpark. Wigginton was in NYU Medical Center after complaining during Wednesday night's game against Montreal.He is expected to miss New York's road trip to Chicago, Los Angeles and San Diego, and it's likely that he will be placed on the 15-day disabled list."He looked pale and weak when he came to the ballpark and then he had dizzy spells during the game," manager Art Howe said.

    Not good. They third player already ont the Mets to go on the DL. Not like he was playing so great but ....

    Kazmir Update
    Last night, Scott Kazmir returned to form and threw 5 shutout innings in a 3-2 loss to the Jupiter Hammerheads. Kazmir struck out 4 and did not walk a batter before in the 5 innings he pitched. Here's what NYFS has to say about the start:

    Kazmir had been sidelined for about a week when, a day before his opening day start, he strained an abdominal muscle and was pulled from the opener less than two innings into the game. He made his return last Friday, but struggled through four innings of decidedly un-Kazmir like performance as he tried to shake off the rust of just 1+ innings pitched in two weeks. Last night, though he continued to try and find the touch on his slider, Kazmir was able to produce a much more typical stat line. Kazmir's velocity was just a touch below his standard mid-season form, consistently registering 92/93mph on the gun. His offspeed pitches worked effectively, but his slider continued to elude him, resulting in a couple of hard hit balls that left him visibly frustrated. He was also not helped much by a home plate umpire calling a tight strike zone, several times forcing Kazmir to deliver fastballs over the center of the plate after he had delivered outside corner strikes that went uncalled.

    This is some goos news. As long as he stays healthy he's going to be a great major league pitcher. Enjoy the game tonight and let the Mets win!
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    Expos 2, Mets 1
    W: Hernandez (1-2)
    L: Glavine (2-1)
    S: Biddle (4)

    For a game summary go here.
    For a box score go here.

    Game Notes
    Tom Glavine- How the hell didn't he get the win? He pitched great again going 7 innings while giving up 1 ER on 7 hits and 3 walks while striking out 6. He looked great again as he has all year. Very impressive! The Mets starting staff isn’t that bad. The bullpen has been the problem lately. However, tonight it was an error and a greta throw to the plate. (Tough Luck!)
    Mike Piazza-He had another nice night going 2-4 with his 3rd double of the year. He came up with the tying run on second and singled but threw runner was thrown out at home. He was also thrown out at the plate.
    Overall-This game was very upsetting. The Mets have lost 2 of 3 to the expos, the worst team in baseball, and the two loses were 2-1 loses. It was also sad that 2 runners were thrown out at the plate.

    MVP of the Game-Tom Glavine
    MVP of the Game-Mike Cameron(0-2, made the error which gave the expos the lead run.

    Tonight's Game
    Tonight, Steve Trachsel will be on the mound and will be opposed by John Patterson. Trachsel so far this year has an ERA of 5.82 and a WHIP of 1.41. Patterson, on the other hand has an ERA of 4.09 and a WHIP of .82. Here are their scouting reports:

    Trachsel is an unheralded hurler who keeps his team in games every time he pitches. He does an excellent job of mixing his two-seam fastball, curveball and changeup, and has plus command of all three offerings while keeping them down in the strike zone. He wastes few pitches, which allows him to go deep into games and eat innings. The righthander is determined to get ahead in the count with first-pitch strikes and is not afraid of hitters making contact and putting his fielders to work. His stuff is far from outstanding, with his heater rarely breaking 90 MPH, but his methodical pace can be irritating to opposing hitters.

    Patterson threw in the mid-90s before reconstructive elbow surgery in 2000. Now he tops out at about 92-93 MPH. He still has a sharp, 12-to-6 curve he can throw for strikes or bounce in the dirt when looking for a swinging strike, but his split-finger is a work in progress.


    Enjoy the game! This weekend, I will be doing so sort of review of the minors so far this year so check back.
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    Wednesday, April 21, 2004

    Montreal 2, Mets 1
    W: Day (1-1)
    L: Weathers (1-1)
    S: Biddle (3)

    For a game summary go here.
    For a box score go here.

    Game Notes
    Al Leiter- Leiter pitched great again, giving up 1 ER in 7 innings on 5 hits and two walks while striking out 4. He was dominant again, even though he gave up his first ER of the year. I have liked what I have seen from him this year and hope he continues to pitch like this.
    David Weathers-Once again the bullpen ruined a great pitching performance. The victim was Al Leiter. Weathers came in and gave up what turned out to be the game-winning homerun to Jose Vidro. If there is one extreme weakness of this team, it is the bullpen. Jim D. should keep an eye on this situation and if it gets any worse look into some trades.
    Todd Zeile- He went 1-4 with 2 K's but that's not what I want to talk about. In the 4th inning, with runners on first and second, the batter hit the ball on the ground to Matsui who threw to Guterriez for the force play. Then Guterriez threw onto first but his throw wa bad. When Zeile recovered the throw, he made a perfect one of his own to home plate to nail the guy coming home. Nice play.

    MVP of the Game- Al Leiter (Another great performance!)
    LVP of the Game- David Weathers (Gave up game winning home run.)

    An Outfield Idea
    JD Arney over at Reds Daily, suggested that the Mets and reds should make a trade, as the reds have an abundance of outfielders and the Mets are in need of some. Here's what he has to say:

    April is generally not a month associated with a high volume of player movement in baseball. After the sorting of spring training, most teams are content to let things play out a bit before making any serious moves. Unless a crisis hits.

    The New York Mets can be said to be having a crisis. A right fielder crisis.

    These are the players that the Mets have ran out in right field thus far in 2004, due to injury and lack of depth:

    Karim Garcia - Age 28 with a career .244/.282/.432 line.
    Shane Spencer - Age 32 with a career .260/.325/.429 line.
    Eric Valent Age 27 with a career .159/..217/..234 line.

    The Reds happen to have a glut of outfielders. Besides the obvious starters in Ken Griffey Jr. ,Austin Kearns , and Adam Dunn , the Reds have a potential star as their fourth outfielder in Wily Mo Pena .

    After that the Reds have options (not good ones but hey, we're talking about fifth and sixth outfielders here) in Reggie Taylor and Jacob Cruz .

    There's one guy that I haven't mentioned yet, who's put up consistently good minor league numbers, and is getting rather old. That guy is Steve Smitherman . Smitherman is a player who could be a solid major leaguer, but who has little to no future with the Reds. At best he's always going to have Wily Mo in front of him. Even if Junior or one of the other big three gets traded or hurt he still won't be able to slide in and get playing time, because he's not fourth, he's fifth on the depth chart. Smitherman is going to turn 26 this year, and he's completely and utterly blocked in the Reds organization.

    The solution is clearly to trade him and the Mets seem like a perfect fit. Even when Cliff Floyd returns from injury New York is going to need a solid fourth outfielder. It seems to me that Smitherman has far more upside than an Eric Valent or Shane Spencer.

    At some point Smitherman is going to have to be traded. Otherwise the Reds are going to waste this guy's potential, which would be a real shame for Steve Smitherman the human being. He probably has major league talent, but may never get to make major league money, simply because he was drafted by an organization with a deep outfield. Ideally the Reds would surely like for him to put up some monster numbers in AAA before trying to move him, but Dan O'Brien has to be careful not to hold onto him for too long. He's about to lose his prospect status due to his advancing age, not to mention that he'll be a minor league free agent relatively soon.


    I like this idea. Smitherman seems like a player on the rise who has potential and the Mets have an abundance of major league ready pitchers (For a game summary go Jeremy Griffiths , Aaron Heilman ext.) who they could trade. If the Mets wouldn't have to give up to much, it would be a good deal.

    Injury Update
  • Second baseman Jose Reyes, still on the disabled list with a strained right hamstring, went 0-for-5 in an extended Spring Training game in Florida Tuesday. Though Howe said Reyes still isn't 100 percent, the 20-year-old looked to be running well while going back on pop flies. He's not expected back until the end of the month.
  • Right-hander Scott Erickson (left hamstring) threw 80 pitches on the side Tuesday and is scheduled to pitch a three-inning simulated game Friday in Florida.
  • Left fielder Cliff Floyd (strained right quadriceps and out until at least April 27) took live batting practice from right-hander Scott Strickland, who is on the 60-day disabled list while recovering from Tommy John surgery.

    Calvin Pickering
    Calvin Pickering, once a top prospect, has gone unnoticed the last few years. This year, however, he is being widely noticed. So far this year in Triple-A he is batting .500/.595/1.607. He has 10 home runs, 23 RBIs and 45 total bases in just 28 at-bats. If you put that in to full season form (155 games) here are his stats: 17 doubles, 172 home runs, 396 RBI, and 189 runs. Amazing huh! However, Pickering is in an organization (Royals), that already has 1B/DH options. The Mets should defiantly call up the Royals and at least see what it would take to get him. I know the Mets have 1B blocked and there is no DH in the NL, but as a pinch-hitter he would be awesome. Call Allard Baird up Jim! Here's a little scouting report courtesy of tsn.ca:

    Assets- Pickering, at 6-5, 283 pounds, is a huge man that puts every ample thing he has behind his bat to post some scorching numbers. He also has a good eye at the plate, taking a fair share of bases on balls.
    Flaws- He's a bit too big for his own good, clogging up the base paths and having very little mobility around first base. Lefties give him trouble and he is quite injury-prone.
    Career Potential- Just needs to stay healthy and get a break and he could become a 100-RBI man, but time's-a-wastin'.

    Mets Work Out John Steitz
    The Mets worked out free agent right-hander John Steitz in the bullpen, the Star-Ledger reported. Steitz was the Brewers No. 3 pick in the 2001 draft after a standout career at Yale, where he earned a degree in molecular biophysics and biochemistry. If the Mets sign him, he will go to Class-A St. Lucie. If not, he will go to Yale Law School. Tough call.

    Tonight's Game
    Tonight, Tom Glavine will be on the mound and will be opposed by Livan Hernandez. So far this year Glavine has been great. He has a WHIP of 0.70 and opponents are batting .152. In his one start this year against the Expos, he went 7 innings and gave up no ER. Hernandez, so far this year, has an ERA of 3.79. He has a WHIP of 1.26 and opponents are batting .274. Here are their scouting reports:


    Despite his difficulties last year, including a bone spur in his left elbow, blister problems on his fingers and the controversial QuesTec system, Glavine threw the ball nearly as well as he ever has. While he failed to get as many calls on the outside corner, he maintained good command. His fastball continues to register in the high 80s, possesses good movement and looks even faster because of his outstanding changeup, which continues to rank among the best in the game. Glavine's strikeout totals have dropped sharply in the past three years while the lefty focuses on moving his pitches around in the strike zone with the hope of inducing groundballs.

    The resilience of Hernandez' arm continues to amaze observers. He racked up 13 outings of at least 120 pitches this season, and his career average of 110.3 pitches per start is second only to Randy Johnson among active starters. He throws four pitches-a fastball that tops out at 92 MPH, a slider, change and curve. Since none of those offerings are above average, he uses location and selection to get hitters out. While his weight and conditioning remain a concern, his competitiveness has never been questioned.


    Enjoy the game!
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    Tuesday, April 20, 2004

    Mets 4, Expos 1

    W: Yates (1-1)
    L: Ohka (0-3)
    S: Looper (3)

    For a game summary go here.
    For a box score go here.

    Game Notes
    Tyler Yates- He pitched great going 5 3/4 innings while allowing 1 run on 5 hits. I was impressed but remember the two times he has pitched good this year were against the worst offensive team in the majors. So hopefully his next start we will find out the truth. I liked what I saw though other than the 3 walks.
    Mike Piazza- He finally had a good night going 2-3 with a walk and a double. His double missed being a home run by a few inches and his lone out, he drove the ball far. He hasn't been doing very well so hopefully this was his breakout game and he will return to being the normal Mike Piazza we are all used to.
    Branden Looper- He got the save but did it in Benitez style. He gave up 3 hits and loaded the bases with 2 outs before getting Tony Batista to ground out. I really have been impressed so far this year though with him. He goes right after the hitters and looks like he has so nasty stuff.

    MVP of the Game- Tyler Yates (Great Performance!)
    LVP of the Game- Kaz Matsui (0-4)

    Injury Update
  • Jose Reyes, out since spring training with a strained right hamstring, played four innings of an extended spring game, starting at second and going 0-3 with a walk. He's expected to play five innings today. But manager Art Howe was noncommittal about when he expected the second-year phenom to be able to start a minor league rehab assignment at Triple-A Norfolk, and they clearly still don't expect him back for this weekend's series in Chicago.

  • Cliff Floyd, on the DL since April 12 with a strained right quadriceps, was expected to take live batting practice for the first time yesterday from a coach.

  • No. 5 starter Scott Erickson was eligible to come off the DL today, but does not seem ready. He was to throw one or two simulated innings in the bullpen.

    Minor League's Update

    Louisville 6, Norfolk 0
    Matt Belisle tossed a complete-game, six-hit shutout in the Louisville Bats 6-0 win over the Norfolk Tides.

    Belisle (1-2) scattered six hits, allowed one walk and struck out six in earning his first complete game of the season.

    Felipe Lopez and Tim Hummel combined to knock in five of the Bats six runs in the game. Lopez finished 2-for-4 and hit his second home run of the season. Hummel went 2-for-4 with a run scored and a two-run home run in Louisville's second straight win.

    Norfolk's Matt Ginter (0-1) went five innings in the loss. He allowed five hits, two earned runs, one walk and struck out five in the Tides' second straight loss.
    Norfolk Record: 5-5

    New Britain 7, Binghamton 6
    Jason Kubel knocked in three runs, including the game tying run, and scored the game winning run on a Kevin West single to lead the New Britain Rock Cats over the Binghamton Mets 7-6 in a come-from- behind win.

    New Britain fell behind 4-0 before rallying to take the lead 5-4 in the bottom of the eighth. Binghamton answered with two runs in the top of the ninth. Chase Lambin knocked in both runs with a two out double. That set the stage for the two run ninth by New Britain.

    Kubel finished the night 3-for-4 with two runs scored and a double. Kevin West was 2-for-4 with a double. Billy Munoz smacked his third home run of the season in the bottom of the eighth.

    Lambin was 1-for-3 with three RBI and a run scored. Prentice Redman had a big night for the Mets by going 3-for-5 with two runs scored, a double, and a triple.

    Binghamton falls to 8-4 on the year, but remains in first place in the Northern Division of the Eastern League. New Britain goes to 3-7 but still trail Binghamton by four games in the division.
    B-Mets Record: 8-4

    Tonight's Game
    Tonight, Al Leiter will be on the mound and will be opposed by Zach Day. Leiter, in his last start, shutout Atlanta through 5.1 while allowing 3 hits, 3 walks, and 2 strike outs. Leiter, in his first start, pitched against the Expos and gave up no runs in 5 innings while allowing 3 hits. Day, in his last start, gave up 3 ER in 7 innings while allowing 4 hits, 2 walks, and striking out 3. Day, in his first start, pitched against the Mets and gave up 2 ER in 5 innings while allowing 3 hits, 4 walks, and striking out 7. Here are their scouting reports:


    Leiter is an intelligent pitcher who is a capable of dominating hitters even though his stuff is not overpowering. His hard, cut fastball sits in the 90-92 MPH range and possesses incredible sinking action just prior to reaching the plate, making it most difficult for righthanded hitters to hit. He uses his slider and regular fastball mostly against lefthanded hitters, always working the outside half of the dish. His changeup also is an effective offering, provided it stays low in the strike zone. Leiter gets in trouble when he fails to complete the follow-through in his delivery, which causes his pitches to rise.

    Day relies on a hard sinker that ranges from 88-92 MPH. He'll mix in a slow curve that has a medium break, a slider and changeup. His sinker is extremely hard to elevate, and his 2.72 groundball-flyball ratio was third-best in the National League among pitchers with at least 20 starts. Day keeps his infielders happy by working quickly and, on days he has his control, throwing strikes. He tends to miss low and/or away when he's struggling. In addition to improving his control, he will need to refine one of his other pitches to keep hitters off-balance on days his sinker isn't there.


    Enjoy the game! And remember, hopefully Leiter will throw less pitches at the beginning of the game so he can stay in longer.
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    Monday, April 19, 2004

    Minor League's Update

    Louisville 7, Norfolk 3
    Steve Lomasney went 3-for-4 with a homer and four RBI, as the Louisville Bats pounded the Norfolk Tides, 7-3. The Bats (4-6) pounded out 12 hits and three RBI en route to the victory.

    The Tides (5-4) scored in the top of the first, as Craig Brazell singled in a run.

    The Bats grabbed the lead for good in the bottom of the second, as Lomasney slugged a one-out, two-run homer. Louisville added another run in the third on a Jacob Cruz round-tripper.

    Norfolk cut the lead back to a run in the top of the fourth on an Esix Snead RBI double, but Lomasney struck again in the bottom of the frame. He stroked an RBI double to up the advantage to 4-2.

    Norfolk cut the lead to a run again in the sixth, but a Brandon Larson home run highlighted a three-run eighth inning that accounted for the final score.

    Mike Matthews (1-0) got the win in relief of Louisville starter Bubba Nelson.

    Norfolk starter James Baldwin (0-2) allowed seven hits and four runs over six frames. He walked just one and fanned six, but was touched for two home runs in the loss.
    Norfolk Record: 5-4

    Portland 11, Binghamton 9
    Mets CF Prentice Redman was 4-for-5 with two home runs and five runs batted in, but the Mets lost 11-9 Sunday afternoon at Portland, settling for a series split with the Sea Dogs.

    Redman hit a three-run homer in the second inning giving the Mets a 7-4 lead that would not last.

    Shawn Sedlacek (0-1) took the loss in his first start with the B-Mets. He was roughed for eight runs on nine hits while failing to record an out in the third inning.

    After taking an 8-7 lead in the third inning on a Mike Campo groundout, Portland did not look back. The sent the Mets (8-3) to their first loss in a game that did not go extra innings.

    Redman hit a solo home run in the seventh inning and SS Chris Basak added his own in the eighth.
    Binghamton Record: 8-3

    Capital City 5, Braves 2
    The Capital City Bombers closed out an impressive home stand Sunday afternoon, defeating the Rome Braves 5-2. The victory gave the Bombers three wins in a row and six wins out of seven from the week of home games.

    Rome drew first blood with a solo home run from outfielder Josh Burrus in the third inning, but Capital City offered a swift response. In the bottom of the third, first baseman Ian Bladergroen doubled off the center field wall to drive Jesus Linares and Derran Watts (who had both singled) home to take the lead.

    After the Braves tied the game in the fifth, the Bombers offense got back to work in the sixth inning. A single from Jamar Hill and a double from Blake Whealy put two men in scoring position for catcher Jimmy Anderson, who nailed a double to left to bring both runners home. Hill added a solo homer in the eighth inning as insurance, putting the final score at 5-2. His round-tripper gave the Bombers at least one home run in ten out of eleven games this season!
    Capital City Record: 8-2

    For player stats go here. to read the whole article.

    Robinson on Cameron
    Ted Robinson has an article up over on MSG about Cameron. He feels the best move of the offseason was signing Cameron. Go here. to read the whole article.

    Tonight's Game
    Tonight, Tyler Yates will be on the mound and will be opposed by Tomo Ohka. In Yates last start, he pitched horrible, giving up 5 ER in 2.1 innings. In Ohka's, last start, he didn't pitch well going 4 innings and allowing 3 ER. Here is Okha's scouting report: (no scouting report for Yates because it is his first year.)

    Ohka throws five different pitches, but only his curve is above average. His fastball is straight and averages in the high 80s, but he can tune it up to 91 MPH. He spots it on both sides of the plate and complements it with his curve, a change, splitter and slider. Most of his struggles came in the first inning of games, when batters hit .326 against him and eight of the 24 home runs were surrendered. Ohka is prepared and has a game plan for each hitter, pitching specifically to his opponents' weaknesses. He works quickly and throws strikes, perhaps too many strikes at times, resulting in a substantial increase in the number of hits he gave up over last year.

    The Mets really have to win this series. It is against a bad team and the Mets need some wins. Don't panic though because two of the Mets top hitters will be back soon. Enjoy the game!
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    Minor League’s Update

    Louisville 7, Norfolk 3
    Steve Lomasney went 3-for-4 with a homer and four RBI, as the Louisville Bats pounded the Norfolk Tides, 7-3. The Bats (4-6) pounded out 12 hits and three RBI en route to the victory.

    The Tides (5-4) scored in the top of the first, as Craig Brazell singled in a run.

    The Bats grabbed the lead for good in the bottom of the second, as Lomasney slugged a one-out, two-run homer. Louisville added another run in the third on a Jacob Cruz round-tripper.

    Norfolk cut the lead back to a run in the top of the fourth on an Esix Snead RBI double, but Lomasney struck again in the bottom of the frame. He stroked an RBI double to up the advantage to 4-2.

    Norfolk cut the lead to a run again in the sixth, but a Brandon Larson home run highlighted a three-run eighth inning that accounted for the final score.

    Mike Matthews (1-0) got the win in relief of Louisville starter Bubba Nelson.

    Norfolk starter James Baldwin (0-2) allowed seven hits and four runs over six frames. He walked just one and fanned six, but was touched for two home runs in the loss.
    Norfolk Record: 5-4

    Portland 11, Binghamton 9
    Mets CF Prentice Redman was 4-for-5 with two home runs and five runs batted in, but the Mets lost 11-9 Sunday afternoon at Portland, settling for a series split with the Sea Dogs.

    Redman hit a three-run homer in the second inning giving the Mets a 7-4 lead that would not last.

    Shawn Sedlacek (0-1) took the loss in his first start with the B-Mets. He was roughed for eight runs on nine hits while failing to record an out in the third inning.

    After taking an 8-7 lead in the third inning on a Mike Campo groundout, Portland did not look back. The sent the Mets (8-3) to their first loss in a game that did not go extra innings.

    Redman hit a solo home run in the seventh inning and SS Chris Basak added his own in the eighth.
    Binghamton Record: 8-3

    Capital City 5, Braves 2
    The Capital City Bombers closed out an impressive home stand Sunday afternoon, defeating the Rome Braves 5-2. The victory gave the Bombers three wins in a row and six wins out of seven from the week of home games.

    Rome drew first blood with a solo home run from outfielder Josh Burrus in the third inning, but Capital City offered a swift response. In the bottom of the third, first baseman Ian Bladergroen doubled off the center field wall to drive Jesus Linares and Derran Watts (who had both singled) home to take the lead.

    After the Braves tied the game in the fifth, the Bombers offense got back to work in the sixth inning. A single from Jamar Hill and a double from Blake Whealy put two men in scoring position for catcher Jimmy Anderson, who nailed a double to left to bring both runners home. Hill added a solo homer in the eighth inning as insurance, putting the final score at 5-2. His round-tripper gave the Bombers at least one home run in ten out of eleven games this season!
    Capital City Record: 8-2

    For player stats go here. to read the whole article.

    Robinson on Cameron
    Ted Robinson has an article up over on MSG about Cameron. He feels the best move of the offseason was signing Cameron. Go here. to read the whole article.

    Tonight's Game
    Tonight, Tyler Yates will be on the mound and will be opposed by Tomo Ohka. In Yates last start, he pitched horrible, giving up 5 ER in 2.1 innings. In Ohka's, last start, he didn't pitch well going 4 innings and allowing 3 ER. Here is Okha's scouting report: (no scouting report for Yates because it is his first year.)

    Ohka throws five different pitches, but only his curve is above average. His fastball is straight and averages in the high 80s, but he can tune it up to 91 MPH. He spots it on both sides of the plate and complements it with his curve, a change, splitter and slider. Most of his struggles came in the first inning of games, when batters hit .326 against him and eight of the 24 home runs were surrendered. Ohka is prepared and has a game plan for each hitter, pitching specifically to his opponents' weaknesses. He works quickly and throws strikes, perhaps too many strikes at times, resulting in a substantial increase in the number of hits he gave up over last year.

    The Mets really have to win this series. It is against a bad team and the Mets need some wins. Don't panic though because two of the Mets top hitters will be back soon. Enjoy the game!
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    Sunday, April 18, 2004

    Sorry I didn't post this morning about last night's game but I have been extremely busy. Lets get to business.

    Pirates 8, Mets 1

    W: Benson (2-0)
    L: Seo (0-2)

    For a game summary go here.
    For a box score go here.

    Game Notes
    First Thoughts- Nice good. Getting swept by the Pirates in never good. Today's game was a disaster. Let's get more in-depth.
    Jae Seo- What happened? He was horrible giving up 7 ER in 4 1/3 innings while walking 2. At the beginning he wasn't horrible but later on he couldn't get anyone out. It is amazing how bad he has been. He was great last year and looked really promising. Hopefully, Peterson will be able to fix what is wrong with him. However, Art Howe didn't seem concerned. "It was his first start of the year," he said. "Most of the hits were ground balls through the infield. They just found holes. It was only his first outing. Give him a chance."
    Grant Roberts- Same as Seo. What happened? He came so close to being our 5th starter. He wasn't horrible today but he was so dominant in spring. It's a shame.
    Kaz Matsui- Nice game again even though he got throw out at the plate. He went 2-3 with another walk. He also had a double.
    Todd Zeile- Great game! Went 2-2 with 2 walks. I think he has proven a lot of us wrong, When they signed him, I was mad because I thought he was too old and a bad player. Obviously not.

    MVP of the Game-Todd Zeile
    LVP of the Game-Jae Seo

    Bottalico Receives Pen Call
    The Mets re-signed Bottalico late Thursday night, approximately two weeks after cutting him at the end of spring training. The right-handed reliever was set to debut at Triple-A Norfolk yesterday. While he's in Norfolk now, Bottalico is a good bet to return to the big leagues soon, especially with the Mets' bullpen hurting. Wheeler and Grant Roberts both have struggled and the Mets have blown several late-inning leads or allowed games to get much closer than they needed to be (witness last Monday's win over the Braves, which went from 10-0 to 10-6). Bottalico's contract terms are the same as his original minor-league deal, which calls for him to earn $500,000 this year plus incentives. I think this is a good move. Bottalico pitched well in spring training, posting a 2.51 ERA, and right now the Mets bullpen is struggling.

    Injury Updates
  • Jose Reyes will play in an extended Spring Training game on Monday, and if all goes well, he will begin a rehab assignment later this week at Port St. Lucie. General manager Jim Duquette said that, barring any setbacks, Reyes would likely rejoin the club in either Los Angeles or San Diego on the upcoming road trip. The Mets open the nine-game trip in Chicago on Friday, but Duquette said Reyes meeting the club there isn't a likely scenario. "He's been running better," Duquette said. "He ran yesterday. He's still not 100 percent, but he's good enough to get in a game. We'll see where he is once he starts his rehab assignment. He'll probably be back [with the Mets] somewhere on the road trip. I'm not sure, though, if it will be Los Angeles or San Diego."
  • Cliff Floyd (strained quad) is hitting off a tee and will begin flat-ground activity on Monday.
  • Scott Erickson threw a side session and did well, but still felt tightness in his leg while running. Erickson will continue to throw in a controlled situation for the time being, but could begin seeing action in rehab games in a week to 10 days. Duquette said that Erickson would have to pitch in some rehab games to get his arm stretched out again before he could be activated.

    Mets Leaders- (I know its early to be doing this but I thought it would be fun to take a look. I will give you some of the basic statistics and then get into more of the sabermetric statistics which are the ones I like. Also, just to let you know, I will never use RBI or Win-Loss record (pitcher). I find them absolutely pointless, though some of the ones I will use you might find pointless too.):

    HR- M. Piazza(3)-(T-16th in the NL)
    2B- K. Matsui(6)-(T-5th in the NL)
    BB- K. Matsui(10)-(T-7th in the NL)
    SO- M. Cameron(9)-(T-16th in the NL)
    SB- M. Cameron(4)-(T-4th in the NL)
    BA- K. Matsui(.333)-(T-23rd in the NL)
    OBP- K. Matsui(.456)-(10th in the NL)
    SLG- M. Piazza(.524)-(36th in the NL)
    OPS- K. Matsui(.989)-(25th in the NL)
    P/PA- K. Matsui(4.1)-(20th in the NL)
    RC27- K. Matsui(8.27)-(29th in the NL)
    IsoP- M. Piazza(.227)-(35th in the NL)
    SecA- M. Cameron(.474)-(17th in the NL)
    BB/PA- K. Matsui(.189)-(10th in the NL)
    BB/K- J. Phillips(1.75)-(10th in the NL)

    ERA- T. Glavine(0.90)-(4th in the NL)
    K/BB- S. Trachsel(2.50)-(T-46th in NL)
    K/9- S. Trachsel(5.29)-(70th in the NL)
    P/PA- T. Glavine(3.4)-(98th in the NL)
    P/IP- S. Trachsel(14.9)-(86th in the NL)
    AGS- T. Glavine(65.7)-(T-8th in the NL)
    G/F- S. Trachsel(1.58)-(28th in the NL)
    WHIP- T. Glavine(0.70)-(4th in the NL)
    BBA- T. Glavine(.152)-(5th in the NL)
    OPS(against pitcher)- T. Glavine(.389)-(3th in the NL)

    As a team the Mets rank in the NL(Hitting Statistics):
    AVG- 11th (.252)
    OBP- T-9th (.331)
    SLG- 10th (.405)
    OPS- 10th (.732)
    BB- 7th (42)
    SO- 8th (71)
    HR- T-9th (11)

    Now the Pitching Statistics ranked in the NL:
    ERA- 12th (5.06)
    BB- T-5th (37)
    SO- T-13th (56)
    WHIP- 9th (1.457)
    BAA- 10th (.273)
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