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Saturday, May 08, 2004

Milwaukee 7, Mets 5
W: Davis (2-2)
L: Glavine (4-2)

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

Game Notes
Tom Glavine- Other than the 3rd inning he didn't pitch bad. That inning though, he gave up 2 home runs and 4 runs. If you take the third inning out of Glavine's night here are his end stats: 5 innings. 1 hits. 3 walks. 3 strike outs. Not too shabby. Everyone has a bad inning once in a while.
Joe McEwing- He had a great night going 2-3 with a walk. He also hit what turned out to be a meaningless 2-out three run homer in the bottom of the 9th. He didn't play the greatest centerfield but you can't expect that. I hope there were a few balls Cameron would have gotten to but he made up for it with his offense.
Mike Stanton- He pitched 2/3 of an inning last night and didn't give up a run. That brings his scoreless streak to 10 games (11 1/3 innings) Over those innings he has given up 7 hits while walking only 2 and striking out 7. Looks like he is coming around.
Ober Moreno- He didn't pitch that bad but was taken out and must have no confidence. Let's take a look at the inning he pitched:

-Top of the 7th inning
-O Moreno relieved T Glavine.
-S Podsednik singled to left center. (Blooper over Matsui's head.)
-S Podsednik stole second. (On a pitch out.)
-C Counsell reached on bunt single to third, S Podsednik scored on throwing error by third baseman T Wigginton. (Another error.)
-K Ginter flied out to center.
-M Stanton relieved O Moreno.

Howe has to keep throwing Moreno out there to build up his confidence.

Tom Glavine's Game Score: 45

Jae Seo
Art Howe said Jae Seo will probably make his Monday start in Arizona despite cracking his right index fingernail Wednesday. It should be noted Seo split his nail while throwing 62/3innings of one-hit ball at Florida last June 17. He didn't start again until June 27 and lost his next six decisions; but Howe said "We feel like we've caught it earlier than last year. At this point it's not as bad."

Mike Cameron
Cameron was out of the lineup last night with a strained ligament in his right pinky suffered Wednesday. X-rays were negative and he was available to pinch-hit, but the Mets were using caution. He should play today with his pinky taped to his ring finger. "They'd rather have me not just for [yesterday] but for 130 games," said Cameron, who was injured trying to score on Wednesday. "We've been playing pretty good, so there's no feeling for me to rush back in there and do something stupid and be out 15-20 days."

Today's Game
Tyler Yates will be on the mound today, and will be opposed by Adrian Hernandez Yates has never faced the Brewers and Hernandez has never faced the Mets. Yates last start did not go well. He gave up 5 ER in 4.1 innings on 7 hits while only striking out 2 and walking 5. He is going to have to have better control this time or he'll have to expect the same results. This will be Hernadez's first start of the year. His last start was on May 22, 2002 against Toronto. In his 4 career starts, he is 0-4 will a 6.63 ERA. Enjoy the game!

Sunday, May 02, 2004

Q & A with Peter Abraham

A few days ago, I had to honor of being able to ask Peter Abraham, the Mets writer for The Journal News, a few questions about himself and the Mets. I found it really interesting and I hope you do too.

Mets Forever: When did you become a baseball fan? What was your favorite team growing up and who were your favorite players?

Peter Abraham: I've been a baseball fan all my life. My grandfather managed a team in the local industrial league, my dad played, I played in high school, etc. I grew up in Massachusetts and my favorite team was the Sox. My favorite players as a kid were Yaz, Fred Lynn, Rooster Burleson and Butch Hobson. I can give you a pretty good breakdown on every Red Sox team since 1974 or so.

Mets Forever: When you were a kid, did you read about baseball in the newspaper everyday and read a lot of books about baseball, and if so which ones?

Peter Abraham: I read the Boston Globe religiously every day. Peter Gammons was their beat writer at the time and he influenced me tremendously. I think I read almost every book about baseball. My favorite was "Inside the Sixth Game" by Gammons and "Why Time Begins on Opening Day" by Thomas Boswell. There was no internet when I was a kid but I loved Boswell on the Orioles and used to go to the library to read the Washington Post.

Mets Forever: What is your background in journalism, and how did that transfer into a job with The Journal News as a Mets writer?

Peter Abraham: My background is I started writing for my hometown paper, the New Bedford (Mass.) Standard-Times when I was 15. High school swimming of all things. I stayed with them until I graduated from UMass-Amherst, where I was editor of the Daily Collegian sports section. I think I worked for 13 years at The Norwich Bulletin covering UConn men's basketball. I also have freelanced for many magazines. I left Norwich in 1999 for The Journal News. It was within the same company, Gannett, and I always wanted to try my hand in the New York market.

Mets Forever: Were there any writers that influenced you to decide you wanted to write about baseball?

Peter Abraham: Gammons, Boswell, Leigh Montville. Those three.

Mets Forever: What do you do during a typical gameday during the season and what do you do in the offseason?

Peter Abraham: Typical gameday: Get to the park 4 hours before the game. Update my personal stat books, read the competition on the net, etc. We get clubhouse access 3.5 hours before the game. I have 2 stories a day to write plus I update them each at least once over the course of the night. I usually leave an hour or so after the game. The offseason is dictated by the team's activity. Lots of calling agents, GMs, etc. I take most of my vacation in the offseason.

Mets Forever: You wrote an article early this year entitled "A Growing Sports Voice." It was an article about the growing world of baseball blogging. Do you ever take time to read baseball blogs, and do they ever help you or give you ideas for your baseball writing?

Peter Abraham: I read some blogs, most just to get an idea what the fan is thinking. Some guys are funny. I don't usually get ideas from them, however.

Mets Forever: Many bloggers follow sabermetrics. What is your take on the "sabermetric revolution" and how much do you follow it?

Peter Abraham: The saber stuff is fascinating but it's difficult to write for several reasons. It takes up lots of space, the average newspaper reader has a 7-9th grade reading level and it's a little too much like schoolwork for the average fan to really want to read. I employ it to give me perspectives on particular players that I may not have thought of. I am much less old school than I used to be because of the Baseball Prospectus people.

Mets Forever: What do you think about the 2004 New York Mets?

Peter Abraham: They are generally going nowhere because they lack talent, depth and the manager is over his head in New York. Reyes and Floyd are so fragile and when they are out the talent level sinks.

Mets Forever: How would you describe the atmosphere of the Mets clubhouse before a game?

Peter Abraham: Quiet, professional. Guys watch video, review charts, etc. Baseball players eat a lot, shower a lot and spend time stacking their fan mail, most of which is autograph requests from collectors.

Mets Forever: Who do you think is the hardest worker on the Mets?

Peter Abraham: In this order: 1. Ty Wigginton, 2. Mike Stanton, 3. Kaz Matsui,, 4. everybody else.

Mets Forever: How do you think Jim Duquette has done so far since becoming the Mets GM and are they headed in the read direction? Also, what do you think is the best move he has made so far and what do you think is the worst?

Peter Abraham: Jim has done well, especially robbing the Dodgers the way he did for Burnitz. They are headed in the right direction if they can find a manager who is not so old school. The best thing they did was hire Rick Peterson. I think ultimately moving Reyes to second will be a mistake. He's better defensively than Matsui could ever dream of being.

Mets Forever: There has been some discussion between Mets fans over Art Howe's managing this year. He has been making a lot of defensive replacements, causing some of the Mets best hitters not to be in the game in the 9th inning. How do you think Art Howe is doing as the Mets manager and do you think he is the right manager for the Mets?

Peter Abraham: The defensive replacement panic is overrated. He generally tries to cling to leads, which is fine. But in general I don't think his style works. He tries not to offend any of the players at the expense of victories. He also handles the media poorly. A lot of New York is perception and that seeps into the clubhouse. The perception around the Mets is that he's a rube and the team is mismanaged and they attitude infects everything.

Mets Forever: The Mets seem pretty excited about Scott Kazmir and David Wright. When can we expect to see them in a Mets uniform and what kind of numbers should we expect when they are?

Peter Abraham: Wright will be fine, likely here in September then to compete for a job next spring. Kazmir is pretty fragile. I think it's a matter of time before he has some kind of surgery then it'll become a question of whether he can come back or not. The Mets, I suspect, know he has a bad elbow and that is why they baby him so much. I can't predict their MLB numbers based on Class A and AA ball.

Mets Forever: There seem to be a lot of great personalities on the Mets. Which player or players are the pranksters or jokers? Also, whom would you consider the Mets clubhouse leader?

Peter Abraham: The Mets have a lot of good guys, funny guys. Franco, Cameron, Matsui, Stanton, McEwing, etc. Nobody is a prick, which is great for somebody in my business. In terms of a clubhouse leader, that stuff is overrated. Vance Wilson, to a degree. But nobody really. Baseball is such an individual sport. You don't need to be led like a football or basketball team. One player can't make somebody around him better in baseball. Just can't happen.

Mets Forever: There were some people, and are still some people, who would have preferred it if the Mets had left Jose Reyes at SS and instead of getting Kaz Matsui, spent the money on a RF. They feel by moving Reyes to 2B, he becomes a lot less valuable. One scout even described moving Reyes to second as having a Ferrari but only driving it 20 mph. What is your opinion? Do you think they did the right thing by getting Matsui even though they had to move Reyes to second?

Peter Abraham: I like Matsui a lot but I think he would have agreed to play second base if pressured. Vlad wasn't the answer and I share the concerns about his back. He's getting old in a hurry. I'd like to see them find a corner outfielder but it's a matter of Fred spending the money.

Thanks again Peter for taking the time to answer these questions. I know there are a lot of readers who look forward to your columns every day. Keep up the great work!

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