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Mets Done Adding to MLB Roster

According to multiple reports, the Mets are unlikely to add Stephen Drew and are probably not going to sign another major league contract. To me, that sounds about right. While we have what looks to be a projected roster, I’m curious to see how things pan out this spring.

With the recent signings of John Lannan and Daisuke Matsuzaka to minor league deals, it now appears that all of the pieces of the puzzle will be filled this spring. There are the expected competitions this season, like who will start at first base and the fifth rotation spot. And then there’s the unexpected. For instance, who will set up Bobby Parnell? Will it be Vic Black like we all assume?

If anything, I would have liked for the Mets to add a shortstop. Ruben Tejada was a decent replacement in the first year without Jose Reyes, but last year was a disappointment. The organization and the fans have called his work ethic to question on multiple occasions. I wouldn’t be surprised if Omar Quintanilla got another legitimate shot.

The question I do find myself asking is what about Juan Lagares? The Mets still have Eric Young, Jr. and they signed Curtis Granderson and Chris Young. Does EY move to his natural position (second base) or does Lagares become a fourth outfielder and a late-inning defensive replacement? If Lagares proved anything this winter, he’s worth a look as the starter and is so much more than a late-inning defensive replacement. Besides, Endy Chavez will always be my favorite late-inning defensive replacement.

I like the direction this team is headed in for this year. Okay, it’s obviously not a playoff team. But any improvement from 74-88 is improvement enough in my book. I’m cautiously optimistic for young players like Jenrry Mejia and Wilfredo Tovar to have big years. I can’t wait to see Zack Wheeler’s development in the absence of Matt Harvey.

2014 is poised to be the Year of the Youngins. And let’s face it: I’d rather see products of my farm system (which was recently ranked the sixth best in baseball) go out there and learn from every game and every out than say a team like our crosstown rivals. They will remain unnamed for the purposes of both this blog and my sanity. I feel good about this year. But, I also felt good about last year and we went 74-88.

Oy vey.

 

Expect Ike Davis in Port St. Lucie

alg_mets_ike-davisIke Davis is expected to start the year in Port St. Lucie as Sandy Alderson’s attempts to trade the first baseman remain unsuccessful. Even though the Brewers and Orioles remain interested, the Mets have been shot down when asking for pitching prospects Tyler Thornburg and Eduardo Rodriguez.

Starting out camp with the Mets and making it to the Opening Day roster are two completely different things. The Brewers and the Orioles expect Davis to be cut, which would cost the Mets $600,000 instead of paying Ike his $4 million salary. Why should they trade away a pitching prospect when Ike could be cut in a few weeks? There are free agent options available such as Michael Young and Kendrys Morales; Ike Davis is not the big name on the first base market.

Davis, for his part, genuinely wants to stay with the Mets.

Ike Davis and Lucas Duda will probably end up competing for the job and if Ike does remain a Met throughout spring training, he will probably get the first shot on Opening Day. However, the Mets believe that Lucas Duda has more potential in the long-term and seem more invested in his future. Plus, it’s a fun name to say. Say it: Lu-cas Du-da. See? You had fun! Or, you can go the Tim McCarver route and say Lu-cas Doo-dah. But that just makes me want to break out into song.

The organization has already said that they are comfortable with Ike in camp; I expect it to be a matter of time before we have a resolution.

 

There’s No Crying in Baseball

metsfanLast night, the Mets completed their second six game losing streak in as many weeks.

Just to quickly summarize how bad things have gotten for the Mets: Justin Turner is your only .300 hitter, Shaun Marcum and Jeremy Hefner can’t win, even on a good day, and there is even a Twitter feed dedicated to telling fans whether or not Ike Davis struck out. The drama over Jordany Valdespin’s showboating and subsequent plunking against the Pirates isn’t exactly helping things either.

The breaking point had to be when my dad texted me last night to apologize for making me a Mets fan. Anybody that knows me knows that I live for the Mets, and have since I was four years old. Baseball is my sport; I can’t exactly call myself a football fan or a hockey fan since I only casually follow the Jets and the Islanders. When baseball season is over, I count down the days until pitchers and catchers report and Opening Day is my Christmas morning.

The last six seasons have been bad, each in their own unique way, but this season has been atrocious. In their last 26 games, the Mets are 7-19. Despite this, the Mets are still a safe 4.5 games ahead of the Marlins for The Battle for Fourth. The only days I look forward to are the days that Matt Harvey pitches, and even those aren’t guaranteed wins anymore. Harvey is easily the best thing about the Mets this season and should stand with an 8-0 record right now, but doesn’t due to lack of run support.

There is no set every day outfield; even our newest Met, Rick Ankiel, is platooned in center with Juan Lagares, who should be playing every day based on defense alone. If the outfield doesn’t produce anything offensively, then they should at least play defense. The bullpen is worn out because aside from Harvey, none of the starters have been going seven innings. It’s the same recipe for disaster that we had in 2012, except the 2013 Mets have imploded quicker than expected.

Through all of this, I can’t help but laugh. I have to make sarcastic remarks on Twitter (if you don’t already follow me, follow me here) otherwise I’ll go insane. There’s no point in getting depressed about the Mets because you have to expect it from them by now. I still plan on going to Citi Field in July and enjoying all the stadium has to offer me because it’s a beautiful ballpark that I haven’t visited in over two years. I still listen to Howie and Josh on the FAN religiously because I enjoy the banter. Maybe the Mets will win a game or two and I will find a reason to be slightly more optimistic, but for right now, there’s no crying in baseball because you’ll miss it when it’s gone in October.

 

 

Moving Ike Davis Is A Bad Idea

Recently, Ike Davis has had to fire back after reports suggested the Mets were upset with his late-night habits.

“I have never missed games or not been ready to work because of anything to do with staying up too late,” Davis told The Daily News in a telephone interview. “I show up every day. I play hard. It is unfair to me, and it doesn’t make sense.”

Citing a “baseball source,” ESPN reported that Sandy Alderson was open to trading Davis because he stayed out too late after ballgames.

I totally disagree with even thinking about moving Ike Davis. What 25-year-old single man living in the most exciting city in the world isn’t going to go out at night? As long as he doesn’t pull a Lindsay Lohan, Ike Davis should be able to live his life the way he wants to. Players in the 80′s or 90′s would do things far worse than staying out past their bedtime. And they still got their job done.

I see Ike Davis as one of the players that we would build a future winner around. Sandy Alderson should be trying to find guys to protect Ike Davis in the lineup, not looking for the team willing to give the Mets their best offer. Davis leads the team in homeruns, with 27 roundtrippers going into tonight. Davis also leads the team with 81 RBI. Why would you trade the one guy that is even remotely close to a 30 HR/100 RBI season?

If Ike Davis gets moved, who’s going to play first base? Lucas Duda? Justin Turner? Do we dare try to teach Daniel Murphy another position? There isn’t a player in AAA that we can move up to replace Davis should he get moved. We would have to pursue another first baseman via trade or free agency because there isn’t even a first baseman of the future toiling around in the minors.

I’m sure Sandy Alderson will give the New York media some eloquent answer that vaguely answers their question. His actions this offseason will speak way louder than any statement he may give.

 

 

 

I Miss Ike Davis

Terry Collins said in his pregame news conference that Ike Davis will not be demoted to AAA. Instead, Collins says, Ike will work out his problems at the major league level. For the time being, Collins says he will use Davis based on match-ups.

Ike’s numbers at the quarter stretch would justify demotion if Terry Collins had decided to go that route.

So far this season, Ike is hitting just a .159 and has a paltry .213 on-base percentage. However, Ike does lead the team in home runs (5) and has 15 RBI. To put things into perspective, Ike is 8-for-64 in the month of May and has two hits in his last 36 at-bats. Oh, and his batting average at Citi Field is .065. That’s two, maybe three, hits.

Even though Terry Collins is preaching patience at the plate, I don’t think Ike is practicing it. He has 10 walks to 44 strikeouts. If he does that for the rest of season, he’ll be on track for 40 walks and 176 strikeouts, give or take a few. Sure, Ike has players hitting around him like David Wright and Daniel Murphy, but even they might begin to see less pitches if Ike continues to struggle.

Collins has stated that his reason for not sending Ike to the minors is because he doesn’t think Ike will learn to adjust. He believes Ike will turn it around, as he has seen Ike become more aggressive during batting practice. I have to admit, this past week, it does encourage me to see Ike pull the ball into the outfield, even if it lands in the outfielder’s glove. It means that he’s at least getting good pitches to swing at. We signed Ike Davis to be a home run hitter, not a base hit up the middle kind of guy. But any fan would be happy to see a base hit up the middle from this guy.

I don’t know how much of Ike’s struggles can be blamed on the valley fever he seemingly contracted (and still has?) but ever since he was diagnosed, I haven’t heard a peep about the valley fever. I’m not sure if I entirely know what valley fever is.

I think another reason for Terry Collins deciding against demotion at this time is the organization’s lack of depth. Jason Bay, Ruben Tejada and Josh Thole are all still on the disabled list. To demote Ike would meaning shifting Murphy or Justin Turner to first and promoting Jordany Valdespin to play second. There really is no one else to play first base, unless the Mets have marveled science and David Wright can play two positions at once.

The person who is the most frustrated with the situation at hand is Ike Davis. He was the hottest hitter coming out of spring training and then it all went away. Ike just needs to calm down, watch some video, and figure what he did then that he wasn’t doing now. Oh, and flip over the dugout and make a catch. He still has that going for him.

May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor

Well, the Mets have gone through a full rotation. After getting off to a 4-0 start, instilling hope in the eyes of many, the Mets have gone back to being the baseball team that we all know and love.

Jason Bay can’t hit the ball to save his life. David Wright fractured his pinky, jeopardizing Terry Collins’ plan to keep Daniel Murphy at second base. Dillon Gee hasn’t shaved his Brian Wilson-esque beard. Perhaps most worrying for the Mets is that in two starts, they’ve scored zero runs for Johan Santana.

Sure, they won on Opening Day…but the run came after Santana came out of the game. Yesterday, the Mets didn’t even score a run after they went to bullpen. On Opening Day, the Mets shut out the Braves. Yesterday, Johan only allowed one earned run. Am I missing something here? Did Santana not come back after 16 months and we have a new guy pitching who says his name is Johan Santana?

But this is nothing new for the Mets. Type in “Johan Santana run support” into any search engine, and one is bombarded with news items about Johan Santana from 2009 and 2010 about how he doesn’t get any run support. One story from yesteryear called him the “Unluckiest Pitcher in Baseball.” It’s not a stretch.

Take into consideration our divisional rivals, the Philadelphia Phillies. You can pretty much count on Roy Halladay going out there every time and notch another quality start into his belt. In reality, the Phillies only have to score one more run than the other team and maybe tack on an insurance run or two to prevent the other team from coimng back. It has been the Mets’ experience that not only does Halladay shut them down, but the offense tacks on one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, TEN runs for Halladay.

I can’t comment on the atmosphere of the Mets clubhouse, but part of me wonders if when Santana’s pitching, the hitters feel like they can be lax in their jobs. I’m not saying that having the stability of Johan Santana is a bad thing; the hitters take for granted that Santana is going to go out there and shut down the opponent and strike out 10 or 11 batters. I am worried about R.A. Dickey in this same fashion. Dating back to last year, Dickey has 13 straight quality starts. What’s to prevent Ike Davis from saying, “R.A. won’t let off more than three runs. I can chill” or “We have Johan freaking Santana. I can chill.”

Baseball is a two way street. Just as the pitchers have to pitch well, the hitters have to hit the ball. If Johan pitches well, isn’t entitled to more than three runs of support per start over the course of 25-30 starts?

 

A Baseball Chick’s Scouting Report: Infield

Well, with the start of spring training a mere 7 weeks away, that time of year has come to over analyze every player we have on the team. And every scouting report is the same: David Wright had his worst season ever last year, Mike Pelfrey isn’t pyschologically ready to pitch, why did we even sign Jason Bay? Those who follow me on Twitter already know I base my scouting report on two main (shallow) points: who has the best hair and who signed my ball at spring training. And with that, I would like to welcome you to a Baseball Chick’s Scouting Report.

Using the projected Opening Day lineup, this week, I’m focusing my scouting efforts on the projected Opening Day infield of Ike Davis, Daniel Murphy, Ruben Tejada, Josh Thole and David Wright. And with that, let’s get the ball rolling!

Ike Davis: Ike Davis was supposed to have a big year in 2011. Then, he collided with David Wright and what was orginially a day-to-day injury ended up becoming a season ender for Ike. But, in his 36 games played last season, Ike was hitting a .302 with a .383 on-base percentage and an OPS of .925. And, most impressively, Ike’s seven home runs remained among the team leaders for a good portion of the 2011 season. Least impressively, Ike Davis said he would sign my ball and he never did. That wasn’t cool, Ike. But I don’t wish you any harm since it seems like karma already got back to you.

Daniel Murphy: Murph’s had a rough go at it these past two years. First, he gets hurt learning how to play second base so we can dump Luis Castillo. Then, he actually gets a regular spot on the team thanks to key injuries, becomes an offensive asset and gets hurt yet again. At the time of his injury, as we all know, Murph was hitting a .320 and had a .362 OBP and an OPS of .809. He also had six home runs and 49 RBI, but the really important thing here is that Daniel Murphy is like seriously one of the nicest players on the team. Not only did he sign my ball, but he broke his bat during batting practice and gave it to a little boy. I’m all for giving kids the joy of baseball and that kid will never forget Daniel Murphy. Now, if only we can buy Daniel Murphy t-shirts in the Mets Clubhouse Store.

Ruben Tejada: As much as everybody wanted Jose Reyes back (he blew me off so I said au revior to Jose with zero incident), it looks like Ruben Tejada is going to be your 2012 shortstop. Tejada saw regular playing time in 2011 thanks to a combination of Jose Reyes getting hurt and the lack of a second baseman, and he saw equal action at both positions. Offensively, Tejada started coming into his stride at the end of the season. I don’t know whether it was because the games didn’t matter anymore or if he finally adjusted to the major league pitching. Anyway, the player with an eery resemblance to Taylor Swift will have to prove himself to a crap load of people in 2012.

Josh Thole: Josh Thole went from being the back-up catcher to the starting catcher in 2011, and while his offensive numbers may not exactly to be worth writing home about, defensively, Thole is solid. In 102 games behind the plate, Thole threw out 21% of the runners who were trying to steal a base, and had a fielding percentage of .997. Two years ago, it seemed like he was only behind the plate every fifth day, but Josh Thole has been relegated to starting catcher thanks to the depature of Ronny Paulino. But hey, it could be worse; we could have…Ronny Paulino. And Thole is another one of those genuinely nice baseball players who makes sure everyone gets an autograph at spring training. He doesn’t leave anyone hanging.

David Wright: Now, we get into sensitive territory. Yes, my future husband had a crappy season in 2011. Yes, he ended another player’s 2011 season in May. And yes, karma came back around to David Wright. 2011 gave David Wright his worst career numbers around the board, to the point where I gave myself a dime every time he struck out, and for the record, I made $9.70 off David Wright last season. The Wilpon family has finally seen the light and said that David Wright is not the offensive asset he used to be and they’re moving in the walls at Citi Field. But somehow, I don’t blame Citi Field as much as I blame the hitter. Maybe he changed his batting stance, but whatever he did, it’s not working. But, it’s impossible for me to have any ill will against David Wright because he signed my baseball (twice) and he’s just so pretty. Like, OMG, we can’t trade him! What will we be left with?

In conclusion, three of the five players in my projected infield has signed Jessica’s baseball and Josh Thole and David Wright get double points for being prettier than the rest. Next time, I focus my attention on the projected Opening Day outfield: Jason Bay, Lucas Duda, and Andres Torres. Peace out!

 

Looking into the Mets Crystal Ball

Those who go by the Mayan calendar may believe that the world will end on December 21, but I go by a different calendar: the Mets calendar. The Mets calendar says that pitchers and catchers report on February 20, approximately 50 days from now.

So while football season may be over for the Jets fans out there (myself included), we can turn to our beloved Mets, and figure out ways that they will break our hearts this season. Or will they surprise us? Keep reading to see what Miss Cleo (or I guess it would be Miss Jessica) thinks.

The Mets will finish in last place next season. Lets face it. The other teams in our division have made measures to improve the team. What have the Mets done? We let Jose Reyes go to a divisional rival and traded Angel Pagan for the guy that punched Shane Victorino to start the Phillies/Giants brawl. We’re gonna need that guy because we’ll all want to punch Shane Victorino by the end of season. The loss of Jose Reyes marks the biggest loss of a homegrown product since Darryl Strawberry said deuces to the Mets in 1990. The Mets went on to have a losing record for the next six seasons. That doesn’t look good for the guys in orange and blue.

David Wright will not be a Met on July 31. And the tears of thousands of Met fans ring quietly in my ears. As much as I hate to admit, I think this move would be more about the Mets saving $16 million than about David Wright himself. Assuming moving in the walls at Citi Field does the trick for Mr. Wright’s offensive slump, I expect him to be back to 2007 form. 2008 David Wright would be too much to ask of the Baseball Gods. But another injury would prevent David from going on the trade block. Paging Matt Cain!

The Wilpons will not sell the team. It seems like they’re already having a hard time getting minority stake holders. I guess a business card that says “owner” doesn’t appeal to potential stakeholder. I can accept the Mets being a moneyball team as much as the next fan, but Sandy Alderson has nothing to build a better team with. One of the basic rules of business is that you can’t sell the product if nobody’s biting. That goes for both the minority stake and the product on the field.

R.A. Dickey will make it to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro without incident. The Mets threatened to void Dickey’s contract if he gets hurt on the climb. We need R.A. Dickey, so I’m hoping he gets to the top of that mountain.

Johan Santana will pitch for the Mets at some point in the season. He’s gonna throw the ball. I’ll be damed if we pay him like $17 million to be hurt for the entire season. We could use that money to pay Bobby Bonilla!

Mike Pelfrey’s tongue will distract me. If being the de facto ace of the Mets doesn’t pan out (like it hasn’t so far), Mike Pelfrey has a second career as the frontman of a KISS tribute band.

Lucas Duda will have a big season. The season Ike Davis was supposed to have last year will be Lucas Duda’s season this year. Except for the part where Ike collides with David Wright. We can skip that part. Because I still don’t understand how it happened.

Daniel Murphy will become the new milk carton boy. Poor Murph doesn’t have a place on the team. I mean, he only plays like every position IN ADDITION to batting third. I suppose Murph either becomes the starting second baseman or he becomes the milk carton boy. I hope he doesn’t become the milk carton boy.

Banner Day will be awesome. Because it will be. ‘Nuff said.

Looking Ahead: 2012 Offense

It’s really hard to look ahead on something that could go either way.

If the Mets, by some miracle, re-sign Jose Reyes, then all you really need is another outfielder with some pop. And to bring in the fences at Citi Field.

However, we have to look at the possibility that the Mets don’t get Reyes back. Reyes led the NL in batting average and multi-hit games last season. If you lose Reyes, you’re losing a lot of hits.

I really sincerely believe that the Mets need to find a place for Daniel Murphy on this team. Before Murphy got hurt in August, he was also among the league leaders in hitting. Plus, if you’re like me, you said the same thing when he got hurt: “Well, the season’s over now.”

If you’re like me, the next thing you would have said is, “Well, they still David Wright.”

Wright is coming off the worst season of his career, and he still managed to lead the team in home runs and RBIs. And he missed two months of the season. Before 2009, Wright was never an injury risk, playing in 160 games each year. Then Matt Cain hit a fastball to his head and ended up on my hit list. I blame the 2006 Home Run Derby and the 2009 concussion for D-Dubs not being D-Dubs.

We also have another weapon in our arsenal that we may be overlooking: Ike Davis. Before he collided with David Wright in the strangest collision ever, Davis was among the team leaders in every offensive category. He was seeing the ball wall, he was producing runs, he was doing everything Terry Collins could ever ask for. I really felt 2011 was going to be the year Ike became a superstar. Now, I just blame David.

I also like Lucas Duda, who was Davis’s replacement for a good part of the season. Not only does he have the best hair on the team, Duda has the potential to be a strong number five hitter. Last season, Duda posted a .292 batting average with 10 home runs, 50 RBI, along with a .370 on-base percentage and a .420 SLG. And that was only in 100 games; imagine if Duda was your every day right fielder and he was playing in 60 more games. Plus it’s a fun name to say.

Again, I really think that the Mets can do okay with what we have. We did okay with what we had last season; we’re not the Phillies, but nobody expects us to be the Phillies. Every newspaper picked us to finish dead last and we came in fourth. Yay us! I don’t think 2012 will be a playoff year, but I think it will be a “get the team above .500 year.”

I’d be happy with .500 and no longer being the laughing stock of baseball. Thanks, 2011 Boston Red Sox, for helping me with one goal!

 

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