Mike Silva's New York Baseball Digest » JJ Putz

Mets to Buy Out JJ Putz

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

Bart Hubbuch of the NY Post is reporting the Mets will buy out JJ Putz for $1 million rather than pick up his option. Earlier today it was reported that Putz would be owed over $9 million dollars on that option. Health concerns were the main issue behind the decision. Many forget that Putz was […]

Putz Out for Year With New Injury

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

Brian Costa of the Star Ledger is reporting that JJ Putz been shut down indefinitely and will not return this year after an MRI on Tuesday found that he has some new fraying and a slightly torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. Stupid question- didn’t he has a physical before the trade was […]

Time For Those Remaining to Step Up and Save ’09

Friday, June 5th, 2009

Call it the ultimate double whammy. JJ Putz is on the verge of elbow surgery and Jose Reyes has a torn hamstring. Rather than spend useless time crying about bad luck I will give you the formula to save 2009: The remaining Mets to step up. Not a single mathematical equation necessary, just “strap it […]

Eating Crow, Pittsburgh, A New Record.

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

- The story Monday night was that the Yankees set the team record for errorless games at 18. No, the story was Joba Chamberlain, but for a team that played a lot of slow pitch softball the last five seasons this should be a welcome change to the fan base. Defense and Pitching will always […]

Grinding it Out, Pavano’s Revenge, Major League

Monday, June 1st, 2009

- The Mets were criticized by many, this site included, for their inability to grind out situations where the odds against them were long. I understand the schedule was in their favor last week, but the injury bug closed the gap between them and just about any team in the league. Yesterday you saw them […]

Extra MPH, First-inning jitters, walk-offs and sweeps

Sunday, May 17th, 2009

- If you caught the end of the Mets’ 9-6 victory over the Giants yesterday, you saw J.J. Putz nail down the victory for his first save as a Met, giving Frankie Rodriguez the day off. Maybe it’s just me, but the numbers at the top of the screen that have read 91 and 92 […]

Morning Digest: The Versus Edition

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

The theme of this morning’s thoughts is versus. Enjoy! Good vs. Great I think Mets fans are confused by this one recently. Yesterday was another example of why, although I love David Wright and Jose Reyes, you have to wonder if they are truly great players. Reyes made not one, but two, base running blunders. […]

Why Can’t Francisco Rodriguez Pitch in a Tie Game?

Sunday, May 3rd, 2009

Just when I thought Joe Girardi was the only New York manager who made his on field moves based upon what talk radio callers and pundits are calling for, Jerry Manuel does things that make me believe he, too, listens to talk radio.   I don’t listen to WFAN much, but I do want to hear both […]

Fear of Failure Will Ultimately Doom Mets

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

Last September Mike Piazza commented on how you need to “channel fear of failure” to succeed in New York. It’s clear that, since October of 2006, this group of Mets has fallen victim to this very fear. Twenty one games is not nearly enough time to panic, but the same issue that has followed this […]

New York Mets Opening Day In Game Notes

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

I know it is a day late, but I was watching the Met game yesterday, jotting down in game comments in my baseball notebook - which I never go to a baseball game without. Since I was also doing some other work too, I wasn’t able to do a live in game commentary. Here were my notes from […]

Sports Astrologer: Be Wary of CC and Teixeira

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

Andrea Mallis of Virgo in Service joined me during the back half of my Sunday night show on WGBB. Andrea is a noted sports astrologer who has appeared on numerous media outlets including ESPN and WFAN. She uses cycles and timing to predict future performance. Two examples were her concerns about the signings of Billy […]

Grapefruit Roundup Tonight @ 7pm

Sunday, March 8th, 2009

The news of A-Rod’s injury brings questions about the age of the Yankees lineup. Who will take his spot in the lineup? In Port St. Lucie, no one wants the fifth spot, is Pedro far behind? Kielty, Reed, Pagan, and Valentin make the the bench competition heat up. What about the bullpen? Is Duaner Sanchez […]

Quotes that Give Me WBC Concern

Sunday, March 8th, 2009

I don’t want to belabor the point I made yesterday about my WBC article picked up by Rob Neyer of ESPN. While reading Anthony McCarron of the Daily News this morning, I came across the following quotes from JJ Putz of Team USA: “When you’ve got Team USA across your chest, you feel a lot […]

Random Thoughts… Spring Training Edition

Friday, February 27th, 2009

- Livan Hernandez is 34 years old?  Come on…………. He has GRANDCHILDREN that are 34 years old. - If the Yankees get off to a slow start this season, Joe Gerardi will be fired and come out with his own tell-all book about managing the club.  It’ll be called “The Yankee Year”. - Now fans […]

Photos: Pitchers and Catchers

Sunday, February 15th, 2009

Ed Tsunoda over at NYFS posted a bunch of pictures that he took at the first official reporting day for pitchers and catchers. A lot of shots of K-Rod,JJ Putz and others. Some awesome shots. Ed lives down in Port St Lucie, so he’s there almost all the time, if you ever need any good […]