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Maybe it’s Time to Manage Expectations

Sunday, July 4th, 2010

Yesterday’s loss to the Nationals was both punishing to the standings and aggravating to those who witnessed it. You can forgive K-Rod for getting beat by someone like Adam Dunn, but when below league average hitters like Willie Harris and Cristian Guzman are the catalyst for a rally you have to draw the line. Those […]

Bullpen Has that 2008 Feel

Friday, June 18th, 2010

Lost in the Mets winning streak is the development, or should I say regression, of the bullpen over the last few weeks. It’s apparent that Jerry Manuel will eschew traditional bullpen roles and play the hot hand, which has led to multiple eighth inning men and burnt out relievers. Fernando Nieve‘s disappearance is probably just […]

DL on the DL: June Will Be Mets Proving Ground

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

As the Mets woke up in sunny San Diego to wrap up a month that saw them go 4-12 on the road so far, they have the look of a team that has mastered the art of winning ugly and losing pretty. At 26-26, the roller-coaster ride has seen the team take on a ‘damn […]

Bullpen Mgt, Straw Stirring Frustrated Mets

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

Yes, the Bronx is Burning is back and this time it’s playing at Citi Field. Check out David Waldstein’s NY Times column today and the report from the fans on Sunday night about a confrontation between Francisco Rodriguez and bullpen coach Randy Niemann. Francisco Rodriguez, and its bullpen coach, Randy Niemann, had to be separated […]

Thoughts on Barajas & Sonnanstine Rumors

Saturday, May 22nd, 2010

First, it appears the Texas Rangers are interested in Mets starting catcher Rod Barajs and our good buddy Matt Pignataro, who works out in Spokane, confirms such interest. Right now Barajas is playing over his head (OPS of .871) in what is thus far a career year. Should the Mets deal high with Barajas and […]

In Short: Sorting Out Met Bullpen

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

There’s been much discussion, including in this space, on how Jerry Manuel is systematically turning his bullpen arms into gruel. So how should he be using his bullpen in the near future? Okay, let’s start with a few stipulations. 1. Hisonori Takahashi is probably in the rotation for some time. 2. Ditto R.A. Dickey- hamstrings […]

Blood on Jerry’s Hand With Mejia

Sunday, May 16th, 2010

Jenrry Mejia pitched in another low leverage situation last night. After the game I heard on WFAN that Jerry Manuel said sending Mejia down to the minors to develop as a starter is something the team would consider. It’s a well known fact that Manuel pushed to have Mejia on the ballclub because he felt […]

Even God Rested Once a Week

Friday, May 14th, 2010

There are things that Jerry Manuel does far better than Willie Randolph. He recognizes lefty and righty matchups. He doesn’t stubbornly cling to what isn’t working. And he gives a far better interview. But Jerry Manuel’s use of the bullpen is destroying whatever chance this team has at being competitive later in the year. Specifically, […]

Unfortunately Mets Bullpen Needs Mejia

Monday, May 10th, 2010

Jenrry Mejia had his first opportunity to grab the eighth inning and failed on Sunday. It may be hard to judge Mejia on his performance as the windy conditions wrecked havoc with just about everyone on the field, but Aaron Rowand’s wind aided homer partially was due to Mejia poor command. Walking hitters and falling […]

Nieve Claiming the Eighth

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

One of the developments of the disappointing loss to Cincinnati on Monday was the performance of Fernando Nieve. Ironically, it was on the same night the Mets announced Kelvim Escobar would miss the entire season. If there was one positive aspect of the offseason it was the way Omar Minaya handled the bullpen. The prior […]