Phillies Surge Past Mets To Tie Giants For Wild Card Lead

16 08 2010

Kyle Kendrick pitched 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball against a left handed loaded Mets lineup, grabbing the Phillies the rubber game at Citi Field with a 3-1 victory. Brad Lidge picked up the save.

The victory kept the Phillies within two games of the National League East leading Atlanta Braves and pulled them into a tie with the San Francisco Giants for the Wild Card lead. The teams will square off in a three-game series at Citizens Bank Park starting Tuesday. Despite the intrigue of the match up, Philadelphia has attempted to downplay the significance of the upcoming series. “I never even look at the Wild Card,” Manuel said. “I don’t think about the Wild Card. Winning the division is what I look at.”


Johan’s Knee An Issue?

16 06 2009

“Rick Peterson just can’t seem to quit the Mets.

The team’s former pitching coach caused a stir yesterday by passing along what he described as a “rumor” johan-santanathat Johan Santana’s surgically repaired left knee is bothering him again.

Peterson, now out of baseball after being fired by the Mets along with Willie Randolph last June, said knee pain could explain Santana’s string of bad outings and worrisome drop in velocity.

“I know it’s been reported that he’s had a blister on his middle finger, and that certainly can be a major, major detriment for a pitcher,” Peterson told ESPN 1050 yesterday morning.

“And then there’s been some rumors that you hear about his knee being a little bit bothersome right now.

“And when that starts to happen, when you’ve got a finger issue and you have that knee issue like he had before, you really start to get a little concerned about that.”

Santana admitted to the blister on his middle finger and a sore back in May when pressed about his noticeable velocity drop during Sunday afternoon’s 15-0 shellacking by the Yankees at Yankee Stadium.

Santana was hammered for a career-high nine runs in just three-plus innings, and his radar readings were mostly in the high 80 mph range. That is in sharp contrast to Santana’s normal 92-94 mph fastball.

Santana, who had arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus in the knee last October, made no mention of his knee bothering him Sunday.

“I’m good, I’m good,” a sometimes-testy Santana said after Sunday’s debacle. “I’ve been battling through some soreness here and there earlier. But right now, I’m fine.”

But Peterson, who was Santana’s pitching coach for barely half a season with the Mets before getting axed, said he heard the knee is a factor in the lefty’s 6.50 ERA over his past six starts. ”

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Mets Get Another Closer

11 12 2008
Putz will pitch the 8th inning in front of K-Rod

Putz will pitch the 8th inning in front of K-Rod

By Mike Gill

The New York Mets overhauled their much-maligned bullpen with two big moves Wednesday, obtaining J.J. Putz from Seattle as part of a three-team, 12-player trade that gives them a setup man for new closer Francisco Rodriguez.

Hours after completing a $37 million, three-year contract with Rodriguez, New York dealt seven players — six to the Mariners and one to Cleveland — to get three back in a huge swap at the winter meetings.

“All I kept on hearing in the streets of New York when you go get bagels in the morning was, ‘Omar, please address the bullpen,'” Mets general manager Omar Minaya said. “Well, to all you Mets fans, we’ve addressed the bullpen.”

New York shipped reliever Aaron Heilman, outfielder Endy Chavez, lefty Jason Vargas and three minor leaguers to the Mariners for Putz, center fielder Jeremy Reed and reliever Sean Green in the first trade by new Seattle general manager Jack Zduriencik. Read the rest of this entry »

Breaking News: Omar Minaya Gets 4-Year Extension from Mets

24 09 2008

by John Ryan

In a move certain to stir the pot even more in the New York area, New York Mets GM Omar Minaya received a four year extension today to continue in his post, despite the fact that the Mets had the biggest collapse in baseball history last year (losing a 7 game lead in the last 17 days of the season) under his watchful eye, and that the Mets have still not secured a playoff berth in the 2008 tournament. In a week where the NFL’s New York Jets got walloped and Kellen Clemens filled in for an injured Brett Favre at the end of regulation and Yankee stadium shut its hallowed doors for the first time in 85 years amidst Hank Steinbrenner taking pot shots at Joe Torre and the current wild card system, this just adds to the intrigue. Oh yeah, Plaxico Burress of the New York football Giants was also suspended today for insubordination. Start spreading the news… Read the rest of this entry »

Phils Win, Mets Lose…Race Tightens!

13 09 2008

by Michael DeLuca

The Philadelphia Phillies just polished off a 7-3 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers.  Almost simultaneously, the Mets were defeated by the Atlanta Braves 3-2, once again blowing a Johan Santana lead, in game one of their double header.  The Mets lead is now down to just 2 games in the NL East.  The Phillies also trail the Brewers by just two games in the Wild Card Standings. 

The Phillies struck early as Chase Utley doubled to the gap in right scoring Jimmy Rollins in the first inning. Jason Werth, batting in the three hole, singled to right scoring Utley on the play. Ryan Howard walked and Shane Victorino singled to left, scoring Werth and giving the Phillies a 3-0 lead. The Phils weren’t done there, as both Rollins and Utley crossed the plate in the 2nd inning on a Ryan Howard single to center field making the score 5-0. Cole Hamels threw 113 pitches in 6 1/3 innings. Brad Lidge closed out the game, despite it not being a save situation, with a scoreless ninth. The Phillies have a double header tomorrow against the Brew Crew and with some luck could be tied for the Wild Card by day’s end.

2008 MLB All-Suck Team

7 09 2008

by Kevin Collins

Adam Eaton is an anchor in the All-Suck Team's rotation

Adam Eaton is an anchor in the All-Suck Team's rotation

With the season winding down and some players already starting to pack it in, I’ve decided to come up with an anti-All*Star team.  This team is comprised of a player at each position, who has just absolutely sucked this year.  They may not be the worst at their position, but they should be so much better.  These players have all started more games at their position for their respective teams than any other member of their team.  Because I compiled the team this way, So Taguchi didn’t quite make the cut.  But I think I may bring him on as the bat boy.  So let’s get to the team.  I warn you, some of the stats you are about to see are pretty shocking.  It is not for the faint of heart baseball fan.

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Could Burrell Be a Met in 09?

17 08 2008

by John Ryan

When free agency officially kicks off this coming winter, the Phillies will have several priorities, and Pat Burrell could be at the top of their list.  While the Phils could use upgrades at SP, RP, and C, Pat Burrell will surely be a player they would like to lock down before he hits free agency.  If the Phillies fail to sign him, there are an endless amount of suitors who would pursue him, starting in the American League as a designated hitter.  But would an AL team be his first suitor?  The New York Mets might be first in line.  Burrell, who has clubbed 16 HR’s off the of the Mets since 2005, would be very attractive to the Mets for a variety of reasons. The first being that they will need a LF at seasons end.  And the fact that Moises Alou currently plays LF for them should answer anyone’s second concern: can he play his position effectively.  That topic has been a hot button in Philadelphia all year long, with Charlie Manuel removing Burrell late in games for a defensive replacement.  Third, he’s having a fringe all star year.  He’s batting just .263, but his OBP is .390 and he is slugging .551.  (All of these stats are courtesy of STATS INC. and are good through 8/17/2008 before games).  Not enough stats?  He also has smashed 28 HR’s, knocked in 69 RBI’s, and owns 246 career HR’s, 810 RBI’s, and a .369 OBP.  His numbers are solid every year. Burrell also attended the University of Miami, where there is a strong Latin population.  Think the Mets clubhouse would bother/effect him at all?  No word on whether Billy Wagner would.  From Burrell’s view point, he may also want to stay with an NL team because of his familiarity with the pitching. Witness the struggles of many high profile stars who switched leagues and had an adjustment period. Read the rest of this entry »