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Saturday, May 01, 2004

Padres 7, Mets 6

W: Lawrence (3-2)
L: Yates (1-3)
S: Otsuka (1)

This is getting ridiculous. I feel asleep during the third inning and I was very confident because the Mets had a 5 run lead at that time. I guess I shouldn't have been so confident. Tyler Yates has proven nothing against a Major League Team. (No I do not cosider the Expos a Major League Team.) I think he will come around but he has to work on his command. He has some nasty stuff and and had it last nigh tbut he lost command. Another thing he has to work on is getting ahead in the count and being able to put batters away went their are 2 strikes. Todd Zeile is still looking great. I keep waiting for him to fall of track and start playing crappy but he hasn't. Mike Cameron got a double but he struck out 3 more times. He really has to work on cutting down on those strike outs. Kaz Matsui made his fifth error of the year and you could say it cost the Mets the game. We are in the majors here and that play has to be made. It cost the Mets 2 runs. On a good note, the Mets bullpen pitched well and it looks like the bullpen has been getting a lot better. Stanton has been pitching great and last night, they took over for Yates in the fourth and shutout the Padres.

Discussion Question of the Week
The first week of doing the "discussion question" has come to an end. For those of you who missed it I asked the following 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. 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?

I asked people to e-mail me what they thought. Only two people emailed me but here is what they had to say:

G. Collins from Dunnellon, FL.:

You're kidding right?? When the Mets signed him, my 15 year old son asked "WHY", and my head almost exploded! Combined with getting Mo Vaughn, the two WORST moves made in recent history! Has he done ONE thing to make you think he ought to be managing ANY major league team, let alone the Mets?!

He has no clue how to use relief pitchers (or starters for that matter), has no feel for the game, cannot/will not 'work' the umpires (a la Bobby Cox) to help his pitchers get calls...the list goes on and on. Do we REALLY believe that with Reyes and Floyd that we'd all be singing Howe's praises?? Come on! Granted, the bench he has to work with couldn't play on my recreation softball team, but it's obvious he has no 'feel' for the game. I've got to stop before I have a stroke!

Nick:

HOWE IS DEFINITELY USING STANTON TOO MUCH, TO ME STANTON IS A ONE INNING GUY OR JUST A LEFTY SPECIALIST, I FORGOT THE GAME BUT I REMEBER HOWE USING HIM FOR TWO AND HE GOT ROCKED. I ALSO AGREE THAT THE LATE GAME SUBBING IS WRONG WITH A TWO RUN LEAD YOU DONT TAKE PIAZZA OR FLOYD (WHEN HEALTHY) OUTTA THE LINE UP AND HES DONE THIS. I ALSO BELEIVE HE IS OVER MANAGING SOMETHING BOBBY V USED TO DO AND I HATE IT. ITS FUNNY BECAUSE HOWE REALLY NEVER HAD THAT REP BUT SINCE HES BEEN HERE IN NY HES DOING IT. I GUESS IT'S THE MEDIA PRESSURE BUT IM GETTING SICK OF IT. NOT TO BEAT AN OLD DRUM BUT IMAGINE IF THAT CHEAP SOB WILPON WOULDA OPENED HIS POCKETS AND LET VLAD COME HERE I WOULD FEEL SO MUCH MORE PROUD TO BE A FAN. FLOYDS CAREER HAS BEEN PLAGUED AND THEY WERENT HINDERED TO SIGN HIM ANS SO FAR VLADS BEEN OK. ANY WAY LETS GO METS!!!

I also asked Jerry Crasnick the same question and here's what he had to say:

Not to sound wishy washy, but it's probably a little bit of both. I don't think Art has had much to work with, but he's a pretty low key guy (that's putting it mildly) and he just might not be cut out for New York. He sure looked a lot smarter managing that team in Oakland.

Finally it is my turn to tell you want I think. Honestly, I think he is a pretty bad manager, and a horrible one for New York. He doesn't have a lot of talent to work with but he makes some of the stupidest moves during games I have ever seen. He also is a very low-key guy which is not good for New York. New York fans need someone who is going to argue calls and put some emotion into the game. He won't do that.

Now, for next week the discussion question is:

Today, it was announced that Jose Reyes has been sidelined again. He was first hurt in Spring Training and was at first questionable for Opening Day. It has been almost a month since opening day and he is still not back, and even worse today it was said he will be out at least three more weeks. When do you think Reyes will be back? Also do you think this is going to be an ongoing problem throughout his career? In the meantime, should the Mets try to find someone in the trade market who can play 2B or do you think they should stick with Garcia and Gutierrez?

Send in your answers to me. Please include your name and where you are from. I would really like to have more people this week so please try to write at least a little. Just try! Thanks.

Injury Update
  • Jose Reyes had an MRI taken of his right hamstring on Friday and the results, according to Jay Horwitz, the club's vice president for media relations, showed that the injury has not healed. Whether the injury had simply never healed or did heal and Reyes reinjured it Thursday night while running our a grounder in a rehab game is not clear.

    What is clear is that Reyes was taken off Major League rehabilitation and will begin undergoing treatment at the team's Spring Training site at St. Lucie, Fla. There is no time frame for his return or for when he will be able to play in a game. He will continue to work in the facilities hydro-works pool and do whatever limited baseball activity of which he is capable.

    "I'm not happy about it but it is what it is," manager Art Howe said. "We'll deal with it. We just have to be patient. It's out of our control."

    The Mets have already been patient with Reyes, who originally suffered the injury on March 14. General manager Jim Duquette indicated on Thursday that the strain Reyes suffered was probably closer to a Grade II strain, or more severe strain, than a Grade I strain which was the original diagnosis.

    Peter Greenberg, Reyes' agent, said that Duquette has given Reyes permission to speak with fitness specialist Mackie Shilstone but Reyes is reluctant to do so at this time. Regardless, Shilstone is currently working with boxer Roy Jones, Jr., training him for an upcoming fight and would not have time to see Reyes.

    "He's pretty down," Greenberg said. "He was very frustrated. We'll talk again in the morning. But he's been through this so much at least he knows where he's at. Now he'll just wait until he's 100 percent.

    "What can you say? He was feeling better every day and improving. I spoke to him on a regular basis and he felt like he was getting close. It was healing but he aggravated it. It wasn't completely healed. It was like he kind of got it to 80-90 percent and then he set himself back a few percentage points."

    You know what is more frustrating. This:

    Mackie Shilstone, a New Orleans-based fitness expert who has helped many major leaguers recover from hamstring injuries, whould have gladly helped Reyes.

    Shilstone said he would have required three to seven days to cure Reyes, a 20-year-old second baseman, but Reyes refused to leave Port St. Lucie because he wanted to continue his baseball workouts, and the Mets went along with his thinking.
    Shilstone said Friday that he was surprised Reyes had not returned to action. "But in the heat of battle, teams are sometimes stuck on dealing with symptoms," Shilstone said. "I would have looked at the root of the problem and taken care of it. Until the Mets address this, it will be a nagging thing. Unless they get to the bottom of it, even if Reyes comes back, I'd say there's a 60 percent chance he'll get hurt again."

    "You can't do this in-house," said Mack Newton, a hamstring specialist. "You have to look outside your organization and look at all the resources, or you're really not serious about being successful. You're not insuring your investment and that's stupid. If the people in-house knew what they were doing, how did it get to this point in the first place? It's not like this started the day before yesterday."

    Shilstone and Newton have not treated Reyes, but they hypothesize that there is scar tissue or an adhesion in the hamstring that will require deep-tissue massage. They also believe Reyes must learn how to run differently and take better care of his legs.


    This is crazy! I can't believe it. My respect for Reyes has been greatly lowered. Refusing to go to a speicalist who would have cured him in 6 to 7 days. Disapointing.

  • Cliff Floyd made no significant progress with his strained right quad yesterday. The leftfielder took batting practice in St. Lucie but is still not ready to play in a game. The Mets would like Floyd to play at least one rehab game before returning to the club.

  • Ty Wigginton (ulcer) is in St. Lucie and should be taking part in baseball activity next week.

  • Scott Erickson (strained left hamstring) does not have a timetable.

  • Shane Spencer, who has a tight right hamstring, did not start again last night but was available if needed.

    In other news...
  • Tom Glavine was named the Mets' Sharp Pitcher of the Month for April. The veteran left-hander, who wraps up the Padres series tomorrow, is 3-1 with a 1.64 ERA in five starts.

  • Mike Stanton hasn't allowed a run since April 16, recording 91/3straight scoreless innings. The lefty reliever has also proved to be reliable, working all three games of the Dodger series. "I feel fine," Stanton said. "I come to the ballpark every day ready to pitch, regardless of what I did yesterday."

  • James Baldwin will be a Met for at least 18 more days. The veteran right-hander, who's been pitching for Triple-A Norfolk all season, could have exercised his out-clause yesterday and become a free agent if the Mets did not put him on their major league roster. Instead, the two sides agreed to extend their relationship until May 18 and see where things stand then. "The Mets like him and he likes the organization," Rex Gary, Baldwin's agent, said. "We mutually agreed to it."

  • Danny Garcia started at second base last night and played a solid game. The Mets may be ready to give him a shot to play regularly until Reyes returns. Howe said that Ty Wigginton, who was a minor-league second baseman and replaced Roberto Alomar when he made his major-league debut in San Diego in 2002, was not an option to play second base if Reyes is unavailable for several months. "He used to play it," the manager said. "But we're not looking at that right now," he said.

  • Despite coming off a victory Thursday and his team winning its first series in weeks, Todd Zeile shaved his beard after completing his shoot for an upcoming feature film for his production company, Green Diamond Entertainment. Zeile said some of his teammates had asked him to keep it, but he couldn't wait to shave it off.
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    Friday, April 30, 2004

    Mets 6, Dodgers 1

    Great Win! Jae Seo pitched great. I was really impressed. And finally are offense came through. We even got to see Mike Staton single and drive in a run.

    Bad News Report
    I decided to change the title from Injury Update to Bad News Report since Reyes just doesn't want t6 get better. Here's the latest. Jose Reyes suffered yet another setback Thursday night in his attempt to return from the strained right hamstring that has already kept him on the shelf for nearly two months. Reyes, who went 0-for-2, was playing for St. Lucie in a Florida State League game against Vero Beach when he removed himself after a fourth-inning groundout to shortstop. He felt some pain in his leg and decided to shut it down, ending any chance he had of rejoining the team this weekend in San Diego. In fact, the setback could also jeopardize any potential return during next week's homestand. General manager Jim Duquette called the setback minor but also admitted that the strain Reyes originally suffered was more of a Grade 2 strain -- a more serious injury -- than the Grade 1 strain it was initially described as. Reyes, who played well in his first rehab game Wednesday night, has been out for 46 days. "He didn't aggravate but he wasn't feeling 100 percent," Duquette said. "When he was running down the line he felt it." Not good! I don't know if he is ever going to come back. He definetly has to go see a hamstring specialist. In other injury news:
  • Duquette and manager Art Howe also said that Cliff Floyd (quadriceps) still isn't quite ready to play in a rehab game. Howe added that he "is coming along" but that he would like to see Floyd get into at least one game to see if he can handle playing left field before he is activated. The chances of Floyd joining the team in San Diego are remote.
  • Joe McEwing remains day-to-day after spraining an ankle Wednesday afternoon fielding grounders
  • Ty Wigginton (ulcer) was cleared to resume baseball activity and will head down to St. Lucie to begin getting back in game shape.

    Remember
    Don't forget about "the discussion question of the week." If you haven't heard what it is , I'll explain. 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 me and next week on Saturday I will publish all the answers I got. If you have any questions about it, please email me.
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    Thursday, April 29, 2004

    Dodgers 3, Mets 2
    W: Perez (2-1)
    L: Trachsel (2-3)
    S: Gagne (6)

    Another disappointing lose. Another 1 run lose. I am getting sick of these. Offense! Offense! And we had so many chances. In the 8th, in the 9th. I really can't wait until Floyd and Reyes are back. Matsui looked good last night, going 2-5 with a home run and a single in the 9th against Gagne with a runner on first that kept the game alive. Franco struck out the side in the one inning he pitched. WOW! Trachsel pitched alright, as the 3 runs he gave up came on home runs.

    Injury Update
  • Scott Erickson left a rehab start for the St. Lucie Mets after 19 pitches last night, after experiencing discomfort in the strained left hamstring that has sidelined him. Though GM Jim Duquette described the re-injury as less severe than the original strain, the flare-up gives Jae Seo , tonight's starter in the series finale against the Dodgers, a rotation spot for the foreseeable future.
  • Jose Reyes (hamstring) started for St. Lucie for the first time, going 1-for-5 with a double. It was a step toward joining the Mets when their home stand opens Tuesday against the Giants.
  • Cliff Floyd (quadriceps) also appears on target to return that series. Duquette said it's possible Floyd could rejoin the team in San Diego on Saturday, but the Mets wouldn't fly him to the West Coast solely for the road trip finale on Sunday.

    Mr. Wright
    John Manuel's weekly edition of Prospect Pulse profiles Mets third baseman David Wright, who after years of playing in the shadows of well-known prospects, is finally finding some limelight of his own. Check it out.

    Weaver
    Duquette plans to watch Long Beach State's Jered Weaver (12-0, 1.13 ERA, 132 Ks in 87-2/3innings) tomorrow, though the Padres likely will select the righthander with the first overall pick. The Mets, who pick third in the June draft, could turn to RHP Justin Verlander of Old Dominion or RHP Jeff Niemann of Rice. "He's putting up more ridiculous numbers than Mark Prior had," said brother Jeff Weaver (1-2, 6.75 ERA), who faces Seo tonight. "He's got all the pitches. I mean, I never even really knew what a changeup was until I got to the big leagues, and he's incorporating that, which is a huge pitch for anyone in the big leagues."

    Remember
    Don't forget about "the discussion question of the week." If you haven't heard what it is , I'll explain. 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.
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    Wednesday, April 28, 2004

    Mets 9, Dodgers 5
    W: Glavine
    L: Nomo

    The Mets Won! The Mets finally won! It was a good night overall. Lets look at some players:
    Mike Piazza-He went 1-4 but his one hit was a homer which tied the all-time catchers home run record.
    Shane Spencer-Shane Spencer, who didn't start Sunday because of a tight hamstring, played left field tonight and went 2-for-4 with a homer. Spencer is hitting .345. He'll keep playing regularly until Cliff Floyd returns.
    -Jason Phillips-Jason Phillips ended an 0-for-29 skid with an RBI single tonight. It's a start. Phillips also drew a walk in the game.
    -Tom Glavine-He didn't pitch very well giving up 3 runs in 6 innings. This was his worst start of the year.
    Braden Looper-Looper worked a perfect ninth.

    Injury Update
  • Jose Reyes was scheduled to face the Dodgers last night. The Vero Beach Dodgers, that is. But that was positive news. Reyes stole two bases in an extended spring training game Monday without being given the signal. That suggested to the Mets that Reyes is being less tentative with his hamstring, and led team brass to pencil him into the leadoff spot last night for Class A St.Lucie. However, after an afternoon rainstorm, St. Lucie manager Tim Teufel recommended to GM Jim Duquette that the Mets wait until today to begin the official rehab assignment. Duquette said the Mets have yet to decide whether Reyes will do all of his rehab work in Port St. Lucie, or whether he will join Triple-A Norfolk. The GM left open the possibility that Reyes could join the Mets in San Diego this weekend, but he is more likely to return when they return home Tuesday to face the Giants. "It's better than last week," Reyes said. "I'm still trying to run at full speed on the bases." I still can believe this is taking so long. It's pathetic. We need him back.
  • Cliff Floyd (strained right quadriceps) could return before Reyes and face the Padres since the Mets believe he won't need as long to regain his timing at the plate. I can't wait until he is back. Protection for Piazza.
  • Scott Erickson (strained left hamstring) is scheduled to have his first rehab assignment today, pitching five innings for St. Lucie.
  • Ty Wigginton (ulcer) has another doctor appointment tomorrow, and could head to the Florida complex by the weekend. He is eligible to return from the DL next Thursday.

    Remember
    Don't forget about "the discussion question of the week." If you haven't heard what it is , I'll explain. 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.
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    Mets 9, Dodgers 5
    W: Glavine
    L: Nomo

    The Mets Won! The Mets finally won! It was a good night overall. Lets look at some players:
    Mike Piazza-He went 1-4 but his one hit was a homer which tied the all-time catchers home run record.
    Shane Spencer-Shane Spencer, who didn't start Sunday because of a tight hamstring, played left field tonight and went 2-for-4 with a homer. Spencer is hitting .345. He'll keep playing regularly until Cliff Floyd returns.
    -Jason Phillips-Jason Phillips ended an 0-for-29 skid with an RBI single tonight. It's a start. Phillips also drew a walk in the game.
    -Tom Glavine-He didn’t pitch very well giving up 3 runs in 6 innings. This was his worst start of the year.
    Braden Looper-Looper worked a perfect ninth.

    Injury Update
  • Jose Reyes was scheduled to face the Dodgers last night. The Vero Beach Dodgers, that is. But that was positive news. Reyes stole two bases in an extended spring training game Monday without being given the signal. That suggested to the Mets that Reyes is being less tentative with his hamstring, and led team brass to pencil him into the leadoff spot last night for Class A St.Lucie. However, after an afternoon rainstorm, St. Lucie manager Tim Teufel recommended to GM Jim Duquette that the Mets wait until today to begin the official rehab assignment. Duquette said the Mets have yet to decide whether Reyes will do all of his rehab work in Port St. Lucie, or whether he will join Triple-A Norfolk. The GM left open the possibility that Reyes could join the Mets in San Diego this weekend, but he is more likely to return when they return home Tuesday to face the Giants. "It's better than last week," Reyes said. "I'm still trying to run at full speed on the bases." I still can believe this is taking so long. It’s pathetic. We need him back.
  • Cliff Floyd (strained right quadriceps) could return before Reyes and face the Padres since the Mets believe he won't need as long to regain his timing at the plate. I can’t wait until he is back. Protection for Piazza.
  • Scott Erickson (strained left hamstring) is scheduled to have his first rehab assignment today, pitching five innings for St. Lucie.
  • Ty Wigginton (ulcer) has another doctor appointment tomorrow, and could head to the Florida complex by the weekend. He is eligible to return from the DL next Thursday.

    Remember
    Don't forget about "the discussion question of the week." If you haven't heard what it is , I'll explain. 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.
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    Tuesday, April 27, 2004

    Mets Weeek Review
    The Mets have been playing pathetic. The pitching staff has been very good but the hitting has been horrible. The Mets as a team are batting .229 and have a OPS of .670. Some ridiculous numbers! They are going to have to start hitting soon if they don't want to fall fast. They have been losing way to many 1-0 games or 2-1 games. The coaching staff may be cleared soon, excluding Peterson, who, from the looks of the Mets pitching staff this year, has been doing a pretty good job. Here's what Star Ledger had to say about him:

    In spring training, all the pitchers raved about how Peterson had helped them with their mechanics, and he is known as the foremost authority on preventing injuries to pitchers. But once the season started, the Mets pitchers saw even more when he broke out his scouting reports.

    Peterson pores over scouting reports, scans videotape of opposing hitters like a detective searching for clues from a surveillance camera, and provides the pitchers with some of the most unique data they have ever received.

    "He is as prepared for a game as anyone could possible be," Howe said. "He puts in hours and hours looking at tape and sifting through reports. He's got information on everything under the sun. If he wants to know what toothpaste they're using in the morning, he'll find out."

    As with most teams, before every series Peterson gathers his pitchers and catchers and goes over the opposition. But he goes further. The players sit in a group and look over color-coded charts that contain revelations about opposing hitters. Peterson doesn't just tell the pitchers that the leadoff hitter is aggressive. He shows that he hits .492 when he puts the first pitch into play.

    "So, expand the strike zone," Peterson tells them. "The point is to provide clear data that shows what a hitter's tendency is."

    For example, if the batter is hitting .190 on the first pitch, 0-1, 1-0, 1-1, or 2-1, but raises his average to .320 at 2-2, then it's obvious you must throw strikes early in the count.

    "It's more detailed than I've ever seen," said Tom Glavine, who takes a 2-1 record with a 1.00 ERA into his start against the Dodgers tonight.

    To provide the data Peterson needs, the Mets subscribe to scouting services that break down what a batter does with a particular pitch. A certain hitter might be 14-for-28 against right-handed curveballs. Once pitchers see that, they know what pitches not to throw.

    Peterson also breaks down each hitter according to count, location, and type of pitch, and then gives the pitchers three options from which to choose on each count, narrowing the guesswork involved. With fewer variables, the pitchers can then concentrate on execution.

    "He doesn't tell you how to pitch," Glavine said. "But he says, 'Look, this is what the numbers say.' It's pretty compelling."

    To match the data with the performances, Peterson also charts every pitch, using a multi-colored pen to keep track of balls, strikes, foul balls, hits and swings and misses.


    I think he is a pretty cool guy. He knows what he is doing. However, another Met coach, Art Howe, I think has no clue what he is doing. A few players have begun to question some of his moves lately. He is beginning to look like a horrible manager. Last year, I guess his bad managing was hidden because of the bad team.

    Norfolk Pitching Staff
    It's early in Norfolk's season, but the starting pitchers who own the most impressive early numbers aren't Aaron Heilman (5.06 ERA), James Baldwin (4.15) or Jeremy Griffiths (7.20). Try Randy Keisler and Matt Ginter . Keisler, the former Yankee southpaw, is off to a blazing start, posting a 2-1 record with a 2.25 ERA. In 16 innings, he has a sparkling 19-to-3 strikeout-to-walk ratio. The right-handed Ginter, acquired from the White Sox in spring training for Timo Perez , is 0-1 with a 1.20 ERA in three starts. Soon, we might try to mix things up and bring up one of these pitchers.

    MLB Draft: Jarred Weaver
    In today's NY Post they talk about Jarred Weaver, Jeff Weaver's Brother, who is considered by many scouts as the best ametur prospect in the country. On Friday, Mets GM Jim Duquette will watch Weaver pitch against UC Santa Barbara. Although the Mets are not scared off by what happened to Jeff in New York, there's still a very good chance that the Mets will never have the chance to even draft Jered. He's projected to go to the Padres with the first pick in the draft. In 87 2/3 innings, Weaver has walked 12 while striking out an incredible 132. That's amazing.

    Remember
    Don't forget about "the discussion question of the week." If you haven't heard what it is , I'll explain. 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.
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    Sunday, April 25, 2004

    Don't forget...

    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.
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    This is my first article since starting my blog so here it goes.

    Third Basemen Galore
    The Mets minors leagues the last few years have become much stronger. The Mets are not only being talked about now at the major league level, but are also making so noise in the minors. Some of the names you have probably been hearing are: Scott Kazmir, Matt Peterson, Lastings Milledge, Royce Ring, Victor Diaz, and of course, David Wright. Wright is said to be the playing the Mets hot corner by sometime next year and has the upside to be a "Scott Rolen" type player. However, he is not the only third basemen in the Mets system that people should be making noise about. Third base is definitely the most stocked position in the Mets system. They have a good third basemen at every level of their farm system though you normally don’t here about them because of Wright’s potential. At Norfolk, the Mets Triple-A farm system team, the Mets have a third baseman by the name of Rodney Nye. So far this year, he has gotten off to a slow start, hitting only .244/.273/.317. However, last year he hit 312/.387/.483 in Binghamton, the Met Double-A farm team. The only thing that is against him now is time. He is already 27 and time is running out. He has the potential to be a average major-league starter if he can get everything together but if probably more destined to be a major league back-up. Here is a scouting report on him from NYFS:

    No one in the Mets organization has paid more dues than Rodney Nye. After three seasons toiling in AA, Nye finally earned an overdue promotion to Norfolk on the strength of a .312/.387/.483 that included 41 2Bs. Constantly pointed to by teammates as the player most overlooked in the Mets' system, Nye is an excellent defensive player and a quality professional hitter.

    Next stop. Double-A. Here we will find David Wright. This is the Mets third base prospect with the biggest upside. Scouts have been raving about him. His defense. His patience. His work-ethic. His picture-perfect swing. All the scouts love him. "He's going to be a good, good player for a long time," Brevard County manager Doug Sisson said. "He has power and he controls the zone pretty well for a young guy. The ball jumps off his bat and he plays a good third base. He can go to his left and his right; he can make the play on the bunt and throws to first on the slow roller real well." He is a doubles machine and hopefully, as he gets older, will develop more power. Right now, in Double-A, Wright is off to an amazing start. He is hitting .364/.485/.727 with 11 doubles, 3 home runs, and 8 walks in only 15 games. If he keeps this pace up, he will be over seating Ty Wiggington at third base in no time. This past February, Baseball Prospectus ranked him 5th best prospect in all of baseball. Here is what they had to say about him:

    Generally speaking, it’s dangerous to call any prospect “the next Joe Smith,” where Joe Smith is an established major league star. It places unfair expectations on the prospect while simultaneously selling short his own unique talents. But if anyone on this list is worthy of such a direct comparison, it’s David Wright, the next Scott Rolen. Like Rolen, Wright is a right-handed-hitting third baseman with a wide array of talents, including the ability to hit for average and power, plate discipline, above-average speed, and Gold Glove defensive potential. He has shown these talents over two consecutive seasons, and last year excelled in the difficult Florida State League. He trails Marte in these rankings primarily because Marte’s a year younger. But much like Rolen shone in a late-season call-up before winning the Rookie of the Year honors, Wright could be up by August and a Rookie of the Year candidate by April ’05.

    Now onto Port St. Lucie where we will find a third baseman by the name of Aaron Baldiris. He has gotten off to a hot start this year, hitting .386/.464/.474 with 1 double, 2 triples, 10 walks, and 3 stolen bases in 15 games. Some said he has the potential to be an Alfonzo-type player. Baldiris has moved steadily up the ladder hitting well over .300 at every level and providing steady defense at third. He may move around the field a little this year though, as the Mets try and find a position for him that isn't as blocked in the upper levels as thirdbase. Now, our last stop of the day. Capital City where we will find a third baseman named Shawn Bowman. He has also got off to a hot start this year, hitting .306/.414/.531 with 3 home runs in 13 games. The one thing he has to work on is cutting down on strike outs as he already has 15 this year. He has a slick glove at third and a compact stroke. Many scouts saw him as another eric hinske when he was drafted; someone who could hit .290, 20 homers with good defense. He only slipped to the 12th round of the draft because he had given the indication that he was going to college. That's the last of them. Four, at worst, average third baseman. Maybe some trade bait because, though we all don't want to believe it, the Mets have many holes.
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