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The Mets beat the Phillies 8 zip!

I didn’t think the Mets still had it in them!

The Phillies?

Damn!

A manager named Manuel showed a glimpse of worry Tuesday night, but it wasn’t Jerry, and it only served to strengthen the job security of the Mets skipper.

Speaking to reporters before Tuesday night’s NL East showdown between the first-place Phillies and the last-place Mets, Philadelphia manager Charlie Manuel showed nothing but respect for the Mets, especially after they took two of three over the weekend from the Yankees.

“They always play us good,” he said. “Three or four days of good playing and they could be in first. The records don’t mean anything.”

A Met ascension to the top of the standings, or somewhere in the vicinity, doesn’t seem far-fetched following last night’s 8-0 victory at Citi Field – the club’s third and fourth in their past five games. They now trail the Phillies by four games, and will host them Wednesday and Thursday as Hisanori Takahashi and Mike Pelfrey will get the ball and look to make up more ground.

They took the first step Tuesday night as Jose Reyes led off the first inning with a single, becoming the fastest player in franchise history to record his 1,000th career hit (835 games). He advanced to second on Luis Castillo‘s sacrifice bunt and then stole third, putting himself in position to scored on Jason Bay‘s grounder to third as the Mets took a 1-0 lead against the soft-throwing Jamie Moyer, who took the loss and fell to 5-4 after five innings of work…..

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May 26, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Entertainment, Media, Men, Other Things, Sports, Updates | , , | 1 Comment

Mets drop to second place behind Phillies…..Johan Santana gives away four homeruns in the 11-5 loss….

The Mets took the first game of the series against the Phillies….and looked good…

They got their butts kicked in the second game….

They looked good in the lat game until the fourth inning…..

New York Mets starting pitcher Johan Santana allows a career-high 10 runs against the Phillies and ties a career-worst with four homers, including a grand slam to Shane Victorino (below).

[ New York Mets starting pitcher Johan Santana allows a career-high 10 runs against the Phillies and ties a career-worst with four homers, including a grand slam to Shane Victorino…. ]
Santana was hammered for four home runs in all – including a grand slam by Shane Victorino following a bases-loaded walk to ancient pitcher Jamie Moyer, and a two-run knockout blow by Chase Utley in the fourth – as the Mets were bludgeoned back to earth for the second straight game after winning their eighth in a row in Friday’s series opener.

Santana’s career-worst 10-run meltdown exceeded by one the nine he’d allowed June 14 of last season against the Yankees in the Bronx. The previous Met pitcher to cough up 10 or more runs in one start also came in this ballpark, when the Phils plated 11 off Orlando Hernandez here in August 2006.

Perhaps the most discouraging aspect for the Mets, who will turn to Oliver Perez and John Maine in their next two games in Cincinnati beginning tonight, is that early home runs by David Wright and Rod Barajas had provided Santana a 5-2 lead entering the home fourth.

Wright entered with a .426 career mark in 47 trips against the 47-year-old Moyer and 12 homers at this ballpark, his highest total of any road venue. Wright, who didn’t belt his fifth homer last season until June 30 en route to just 10 overall, reached five already by crushing Moyer’s 76-mph changeup over the wall in left-center for a three-run homer with two outs in the first.

Still, it was evident immediately that Santana wouldn’t duplicate the dominance exhibited Saturday by Halladay, who tossed a three-hit shutout in a 10-0 Phillies rout.

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I agree with the comments guy who asked …How could Jerry leave Santana in long enough to give up that many runs?

May 3, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Sports, Updates | , , | 4 Comments

The New York Mets Take a Doubleheader and keep winning….. putting themselves in First Place!

New York Mets third baseman David Wright drives in the go-ahead run in the fifth and Ike Davis (below) follows with a two-run double to put the Mets up, 6-3.

[ David Wright…The ‘Franchise’ along with Jose Reyes for the Mets….]

They started off like garbage…..

But have won 8 of their last 9 games….

Including yesterdays double-header against Joe Torre’s Dodgers ( A former Met coach )….. in the cool spring weather….

Now if they can stay health after the ALL-Star game……

David Wright and Jason Bay had hoped for more April moments like this. For Bay, it was a long-awaited home run, the ball clearing the fence, a standing ovation, and teammates surrounding him in the dugout. Wright yearned to drive in more runs, and probably – though he would never say it – .silence the booing at Citi Field.

The Mets somehow managed to stay relevant for nearly a month with minimal contributions from the middle of their lineup. With the team now, shockingly, in first place after Philadelphia‘s loss in San Francisco Tuesday night, its missing stars arrived at the party – and rookie Ike Davis remained a central part of it.

Bay’s first home run as a Met keyed a 4-0 victory over Los Angeles in the first game of a doubleheader, and Wright’s run-scoring single broke a tie in the fifth inning of a 10-5 Game 2 win. Davis followed that with a two-run double.

Wright’s hit made him the eighth Met to achieve 1,000 hits for the team, but he was not finished; a three-run triple in the sixth turned a modest lead into a romp. It also led the Mets to their sixth consecutive victory, and lifted them to 8-1 on the home stand. Now, with a suddenly buzz-worthy series looming this weekend in Philadelphia, the Mets sluggers are beginning to emerge.

“I’m just glad I could finally contribute to a win,” Wright said.
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Note….Did the Yankee’s drop a bit?

April 28, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Entertainment, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Sports, Updates | , , | 3 Comments

The Mets win two in a row!

The Mets (6-8) won their second in a row and third in four games, and Pelfrey has been a big reason. In his previous appearance, on Saturday, Pelfrey got the first save of his career when he pitched the 20th inning of a 2-1 victory in St. Louis…….

The question for the Mets is ……

Can they get men home?

As in the last few years…They just leave too many people on base…..

This years pitching is fine so far……

But I need the team to be healthy AFTER THE ALL -STAR break!

Reyes went 4 for 5 in support of starter Mike Pelfrey (3-0), who pitched seven innings to extend his scoreless streak to 19 innings.

“You love looking behind you and seeing him smiling and having a good time,” Pelfrey said of Reyes. “It’s fun watching him.”

Reyes, who missed almost a year with hamstring and thyroid problems, started this season a week late and did not start Monday’s game, a 6-1 victory. When Manager Jerry Manuelscratched Reyes then, he said Reyes needed a rest as he struggled to get back his timing and sharpness. Reyes was hitting .150.

But Manuel also predicted “the next time you see him on the field, you’ll see some things you haven’t seen before” this season.

After Reyes raised his average to .222 Tuesday, Manuel chuckled and said, “Every now and then I can be right about something.”

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Ain’t this crazy!…I’m happy for just two wins????

April 21, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Entertainment, Health, Media, Men, Projections, Sports, Updates | , , , | Leave a comment

Mets closer Francisco (K-Rod) Rodriguez, on leave after brother's accident, plans Sunday return……

Francisco Rodriguez rushed to his native Venezuala Thursday after his brother was involved in a serious car accident.

[ Francisco Rodriguez rushed to his native Venezuala Thursday after his brother was involved in a serious car accident. (Reyes is in the background ) ]

The Mets have finally received positive news regarding a key player: closer Francisco Rodriguez is expected to return to the team late Sunday, and could even attend a workout that morning at Citi Field, a source close to the pitcher told the Daily News.

Rodriguez left the team Thursday after receiving news that his brother had been hospitalized following a car accident in Caracas, Venezuela.

Already reeling from the bad news that Daniel Murphy is out 2-6 weeks with a knee injury, Jose Reyes won’t be ready for Opening Day and their starting rotation is in shambles, the Mets  surely welcomed the news about their closer.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/mets/2010/04/02/2010-04-02_mets_closer_francisco_krod_rodriguez_on_leave_after_brothers_accident_plans_sund.html#ixzz0jxmLaDLf

April 2, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Family, Health, Media, Men, Sports, Travel, Updates | , , , | Leave a comment

Mets closer Francisco (K-Rod) Rodriguez, on leave after brother’s accident, plans Sunday return……

Francisco Rodriguez rushed to his native Venezuala Thursday after his brother was involved in a serious car accident.

[ Francisco Rodriguez rushed to his native Venezuala Thursday after his brother was involved in a serious car accident. (Reyes is in the background ) ]

The Mets have finally received positive news regarding a key player: closer Francisco Rodriguez is expected to return to the team late Sunday, and could even attend a workout that morning at Citi Field, a source close to the pitcher told the Daily News.

Rodriguez left the team Thursday after receiving news that his brother had been hospitalized following a car accident in Caracas, Venezuela.

Already reeling from the bad news that Daniel Murphy is out 2-6 weeks with a knee injury, Jose Reyes won’t be ready for Opening Day and their starting rotation is in shambles, the Mets  surely welcomed the news about their closer.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/mets/2010/04/02/2010-04-02_mets_closer_francisco_krod_rodriguez_on_leave_after_brothers_accident_plans_sund.html#ixzz0jxmLaDLf

April 2, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Family, Health, Media, Men, Sports, Travel, Updates | , , , | Leave a comment

Jose Reyes on his way back to the Mets!

Jose Reyes has a shot to be the Mets' Opening Day lineup after team doctors clear the shortstop to resume baseball activities.

AALRIGHT!………..

According to a team spokesman, Reyes’ thyroid levels have returned to normal, less than two weeks after the Mets said they expected him be out anywhere from two to eight weeks because of elevated thyroid levels.

Reyes had been at home in New York, under doctors’ orders not to exercise until tests cleared him.

His return gives him less than two weeks to be ready for Opening Day, and GM Omar Minaya was cautious in speaking of that possibility.

“As far as Opening Day, we don’t know,” said Minaya. “We’ll see how Jose comes along. We’re going to have to build his stamina up, and where he’s going to be in two weeks, we don’t know.
Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/mets/2010/03/23/2010-03-23_mets_clear_reyes_to_return_after_thyroid_scare.html#ixzz0j4CgeF2X

March 24, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Entertainment, Health, Media, Men, Other Things, Sports, Updates | , | 1 Comment

Leave the Met's Jerry Manuel alone……..

Jerry Manuel knows his team's performance is a reflection of its manager, but the New York Mets should do the right thing and keep him at the helm.

[ Jerry Manuel knows his team’s performance is a reflection of its manager, but the New York Mets should do the right thing and keep him at the helm. ]

The Dog likes Jerry…and thinks if anyone should be hitting the dirt…it should be the General Managaer….Omar Minaya……

This from Mike Lupica over @ New York Daily News…..

This was the other morning in Port St. Lucie, a union meeting in the clubhouse just ending, the Mets ready to take the field, Ollie Perez ready to throw some hardball at a split-squad Tigers team. Jerry Manuel, who is worth rooting for as much as his team this season, has just been asked a question about Ike Davis, who is going to be some player at Citi Field someday, maybe sooner rather than later.

Manuel is in his office at Tradition Field, a baseball bat in his hands, smiling at the mention of Davis’ name. This is the oldest ceremony of baseball’s spring, old baseball heads like Manuel talking about kids like Ike Davis.

“A lot of these kids,” the manager says, “come up here from the minor leagues and they’ve got all this hip-hop to them. Ike’s not that way. Ike’s more like jazz. He comes here with an understanding of the flow of the game, and has clearly got some flow to his own game. Now it’s just a question of him finding the rhythm of the major leagues.”

This is the way Manuel talks and thinks, these are the sorts of connections he makes. By nature he is more secure than Willie Randolph, even with as little job security as Willie had at the beginning of 2008. He sure isn’t as hip-hop as Bobby Valentine, who is just outside Manuel’s office door, making a tour of spring training camps as an ESPN announcer now that he is back from Japan. Manuel knows who he is, doesn’t ever try to be someone he is not, never lets the media define him.

Another reason to root for him to bring his team back.

Randolph came within a game of the World Series, really came within one called third strike to Carlos Beltran. Maybe if the Mets had made that 2006 World Series – and won it against the Tigers – then they wouldn’t have first hit the skids in September of ’07.

But they did not make the World Series and didn’t make the playoffs the next year and Randolph was gone early in 2008 and Manuel was the manager.

Listen….. this really is the deal……

The manager is not the problem here. Still: Manuel knows he operates in a results business. So does general manager Omar Minaya, who picks the players and spends the money, despite the constant misinformation about who picks the players with the Mets. As much as ownership wants both of them to survive in 2010, and flourish – and that’s exactly what the Wilpon family wants – Manuel is smart enough to know that he has to hold everything together until he has Jose Reyes and Beltran playing every day.

A beauty of spring training is always its timelessness. But Manuel, a good, smart man, is smart enough to know people have a clock on him already, even with Beltran recovering from knee surgery and Reyes on the sidelines with his thyroid problems.

Manuel gives the bat a couple of taps on his office floor, as if for luck.

“My situation does not change the longevity of the season,” he says. “I won’t make any decisions in the short run that jeopardize the season. If I do, then the whole thing becomes more about me than it does what we’re trying to accomplish.”

A year ago, smart people picked the Mets to win the World Series. There are no such expectations this season. There are too many question marks, about Ollie Perez and John Maine and Mike Pelfrey and Jon Niese, about kids like Fernando Martinez and Jenrry Mejia and Davis. And about Reyes. And Beltran. And about the confidence and character of the Mets.

I told my son..I don’t care about all the BS that’s gonna go on till the summer…..

The team needs to be healthy so they can get through August……

They haven’t been able to do so for the last few years…

And that hurts us fans……

March 17, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Entertainment, Media, Men, Other Things, Sports, Updates | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Leave the Met’s Jerry Manuel alone……..

Jerry Manuel knows his team's performance is a reflection of its manager, but the New York Mets should do the right thing and keep him at the helm.

[ Jerry Manuel knows his team’s performance is a reflection of its manager, but the New York Mets should do the right thing and keep him at the helm. ]

The Dog likes Jerry…and thinks if anyone should be hitting the dirt…it should be the General Managaer….Omar Minaya……

This from Mike Lupica over @ New York Daily News…..

This was the other morning in Port St. Lucie, a union meeting in the clubhouse just ending, the Mets ready to take the field, Ollie Perez ready to throw some hardball at a split-squad Tigers team. Jerry Manuel, who is worth rooting for as much as his team this season, has just been asked a question about Ike Davis, who is going to be some player at Citi Field someday, maybe sooner rather than later.

Manuel is in his office at Tradition Field, a baseball bat in his hands, smiling at the mention of Davis’ name. This is the oldest ceremony of baseball’s spring, old baseball heads like Manuel talking about kids like Ike Davis.

“A lot of these kids,” the manager says, “come up here from the minor leagues and they’ve got all this hip-hop to them. Ike’s not that way. Ike’s more like jazz. He comes here with an understanding of the flow of the game, and has clearly got some flow to his own game. Now it’s just a question of him finding the rhythm of the major leagues.”

This is the way Manuel talks and thinks, these are the sorts of connections he makes. By nature he is more secure than Willie Randolph, even with as little job security as Willie had at the beginning of 2008. He sure isn’t as hip-hop as Bobby Valentine, who is just outside Manuel’s office door, making a tour of spring training camps as an ESPN announcer now that he is back from Japan. Manuel knows who he is, doesn’t ever try to be someone he is not, never lets the media define him.

Another reason to root for him to bring his team back.

Randolph came within a game of the World Series, really came within one called third strike to Carlos Beltran. Maybe if the Mets had made that 2006 World Series – and won it against the Tigers – then they wouldn’t have first hit the skids in September of ’07.

But they did not make the World Series and didn’t make the playoffs the next year and Randolph was gone early in 2008 and Manuel was the manager.

Listen….. this really is the deal……

The manager is not the problem here. Still: Manuel knows he operates in a results business. So does general manager Omar Minaya, who picks the players and spends the money, despite the constant misinformation about who picks the players with the Mets. As much as ownership wants both of them to survive in 2010, and flourish – and that’s exactly what the Wilpon family wants – Manuel is smart enough to know that he has to hold everything together until he has Jose Reyes and Beltran playing every day.

A beauty of spring training is always its timelessness. But Manuel, a good, smart man, is smart enough to know people have a clock on him already, even with Beltran recovering from knee surgery and Reyes on the sidelines with his thyroid problems.

Manuel gives the bat a couple of taps on his office floor, as if for luck.

“My situation does not change the longevity of the season,” he says. “I won’t make any decisions in the short run that jeopardize the season. If I do, then the whole thing becomes more about me than it does what we’re trying to accomplish.”

A year ago, smart people picked the Mets to win the World Series. There are no such expectations this season. There are too many question marks, about Ollie Perez and John Maine and Mike Pelfrey and Jon Niese, about kids like Fernando Martinez and Jenrry Mejia and Davis. And about Reyes. And Beltran. And about the confidence and character of the Mets.

I told my son..I don’t care about all the BS that’s gonna go on till the summer…..

The team needs to be healthy so they can get through August……

They haven’t been able to do so for the last few years…

And that hurts us fans……

March 17, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Entertainment, Media, Men, Other Things, Sports, Updates | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Francisco Rodriguez of the Mets…comes to work with glasses….can the rest of the team fix their problems?

[ Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez, who has battled pinkeye this spring, wore wraparound glasses in his debut. ]

The Dog is a Mets fan…..

I know?…..What can I tell you?……

Anyways my son is on my case to bring the Mets here…so I gotta do it……

The team …after the last few years needs to get healthy and get through August in one piece…

They ALWAYS start the session off strong…and then collapse in August……and last year was the worst…..

Hopefully these guys can get better medical attention, glasses included and take their vitamins (that’s all ) and put together enough wins to get in the playoffs……

The Mets had no shortage of injuries last year, including wounded hips, elbows and knees.

This year, at least, there is more variety to the team’s continuing medical problems. Jose Reyes is dealing with a hyperactive thyroid and Francisco Rodriguez has spent much of the spring being semi-quarantined as he tries to recover from conjunctivitis, the contagious infection more commonly known as pinkeye.

When Reyes will return is unclear. But Rodriguez made it to the mound Monday, pitching in a game for the first time this spring, and he did so in style, resurrecting the wraparound prescription glasses that look a little like goggles and, for several years, gave him something of a signature look.

Rodriguez did not wear the glasses when he first came up to the major leagues with the Anaheim Angels late in the 2002 season, when he became an instant sensation as he helped the Angelscapture the World Series. By 2004, he had them on as he began to take on the role of one of baseball’s best, and most colorful, closers. By 2007, they were gone, and a season later he saved a major-league-record 62 games.

The glasses, he said, had started to irritate the bridge of his nose.

But for now the old look is back, and on Monday it seemed to work wonders. Rodriguez needed only seven pitches to retire the St. Louis Cardinals in order in the top of ninth. He earned the victory when Angel Pagan hit a two-run homer with one out in the bottom of the inning to give the Mets an 6-5 win.

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March 16, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Entertainment, Family, Health, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Sports, Updates | , , , | Leave a comment