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Heilman and “Mel Rojas Treatment”

Friday, September 19th, 2008

Aaron Heilman is starting to get treated like Doug Sisk from the fans but, more importantly, he needs to be given the “Mel Rojas” treatment from Jerry Manuel. What does this mean? Well, back in 1997 and 1998 we remember Mel Rojas for his failed stint as the Mets set-up man. This former closer could […]

Mets-Marlins Observations Live

Sunday, August 31st, 2008

I still can’t get over the fact that with a team in a playoff race, fans still do not show up at the game, as there were only around 25,000 at the stadium. The paid attendance was 28,000 and change, and that looked like a stretch. I miss going to Shea on a Saturday night […]

Opinion: Establishing Roles in the Mets Bullpen

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

I want to start by saying that I have very few issues with how Jerry Manuel is handling the Mets bullpen. With the injuries and poor performance its hard to expect very much out of this group. I have said numerous times how scary a thought it would be to see Willie Randolph in the […]

Mets suffer toughest loss of 2008

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

I am typically a guy who covers the minor leagues, but I felt that I had to write something on last night’s game. That was a game that hurt as a fan. Mets jump out to an early 7-0 lead behind the at the time cruising Pedro Martinez. He had only allowed 2 hits, no […]

Band-Aid Bullpen Sticking Now?

Saturday, August 23rd, 2008

I am sure we all cringed as Johan’s pitch count kept increasing more and more last night. He was at 121 when he departed after the seventh, and left his three run lead to our boys of the bullpen. But this time, a familiar face pitched where he belonged, and a new face emerged. Aaron […]

Mets pursuing a closer?

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

The Mets are in first place in the National League East by 1.5 games, winning 7 of their last 8, and you’d think things were going good. But there’s a big problem, closer Billy Wagner is having issues with his left elbow. Wagner went on the DL a little over 15 days ago with what […]

Random Thoughts……………

Monday, August 18th, 2008

The Yankees didn’t give up on the season when they sent Melky to the minors; they gave up when Sidney Ponson became their third best starter. If the Mets win the division, I’m going to owe Aaron Heilman a big, fat apology for all the nasty things I’ve been saying about him. Pedro Feliciano, too. […]

So You Think You Can Close?

Sunday, August 17th, 2008

Every time we start to take Billy Wagner for granted, a moment like last night happens to splash cold water on the fan base. If you didn’t learn your lesson the night the bullpen blew a three run lead to the Phillies, then perhaps last night was a wake up call. We all get excited […]

Aug 10th Digest Players of the Week

Sunday, August 10th, 2008

This week Howard and I disagreed on the NY Baseball Digest Players of the Week. Here is our picks: Mike Yankees: Xavier Nady - .429 Avg, 3 HRS, 9 RBI including a game tying and game wrecking homer. Mets: Dan “The Natural” Murphy - .563 Avg, 1 HR, 5 RBI, can’t argue with professional at-bats, […]

Aaron Heilman’s Breakdown

Wednesday, August 6th, 2008

Through May 31: 6.67 ERA in 28 1/3 innings, 5 HR May 31-outing before his three inning stint: 2.49 ERA in 25 1/3 innings, 1 HR Three-inning stint and since: 13.50 ERA in 6 2/3 innings, 3 HR Heilman threw 57 pitches in his three-inning sting, with a previous season high of 34. Three days […]