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“Is the sun going to come up tomorrow?”

This is the question most Mets fans are asking themselves after team owner Fred Wilpon gave his clear vote of confidence towards Omar Minaya’s future with the team.  How are Met fans supposed to feel when it seems clear that ownerships main goals don’t seem to be centered on the 2011 season? How can they be? This front office has seen mild success, and catastrophic failure.  For Fred Wilpon to come out and say that the G.M. position is not under review in a year that the Mets are looking at not making the playoffs for the 4th straight season is an utter embarrassment.  What has Omar done (other than the Santana deal) that would allow him a free pass. NOTHING. And this is a concern

The Problem – 700 million dollars.  That is the alleged sum of money that the Wilpon family watched spiral down the drain in the Bernie Madoff scandal.  I don’t know about you, but if I lost that kind of money, I would be hesitant on wasting any more money i.e. Oliver Perez.  Other than eating the 12 million owed to Ollie this season, the Mets have decided to essentially play with a 24-man roster and let him rot in the bullpen. A decision based entirely on money.  The Mets are in a position eerily similar to the one the Knicks were in prior to this summer, with one issue. There is no potential LeBron James at the end of the tunnel, or even for that matter an Amare’ Stoudemire.  Due to the current front office’s contractual blunders such as the four-year 25 million dollar disaster for Luis Castillo, and the seven-year 199 million dollar contract signed by Carlos Beltran.  With an abundance of bloated contracts on the current payroll, and the new money conscious attitude in the front office, it seem likely that the 2011 Metropolitans are doomed to another season of ineptitude with a lineup consisting of over-paid and under-performing players, sprinkled in with the likes of AAA level talent such as Ruben Tejada, and Josh Thole starting at key positions.

The Bigger Problem There have been teams that made drastic personnel changes to cut salary that managed to remain successful, ex. Marlins.  Granted it took them a few seasons to get back in the winners circle, but they did it. The Marlins had two things going for them that the Mets don’t, a fan base that has about as much passion as a grapefruit, and a farm system.  Rebuilding is never easy in New York, especially in the shadows of the Yankees and it doesn’t help that the current front office regime has stripped the farm system down to the studs.  The farm is filled with one-time blue chip prospects, full-time busts.  Fernando Martinez a one-time top rated prospect has watched his value plummet at the Mets expense.  In order to get rid of some of the unwanted contracts on the club, the Mets will need to blow teams away with offers that just aren’t there.  Can you imagine any team giving up a solid pitching prospect for the likes of Ollie Perez and Mike Hessman. No chance.

The Solution – In all of this mess, Jerry Manuel seems to get a free pass, which too is sickening.  Although he has been hamstrung by ownership with the personnel he’s given to field a team, he has done nothing to spark the team and it seems more and more every day that the team has given up on this season and this managerial regime.  Although that type of attitude is unacceptable for a paid athlete, players are there own commodities, and if they don’t feel they are being put in a situation to succeed they will shut it down early regardless of what anyone says. The solution to this mess is simple. Bobby Valentine. A proven winner, and a New York personality, Bobby V seems like a no-brainer.  I defy anyone to say the Bobby managed 2000 Mets team was more talented than this Mets team as currently constituted.  An outfield consisting of Benny Agbayani, Jay Payton and Timo Perez is nowhere near as good on paper as Bay, Beltran, and Pagan.  Paper doesn’t win games, players and coaches do.  Valentine gets the most out of all of his players, and demands 110% of everyone at all times.

There is no doubt that this is an extremely talented team, on paper.  The thing now is converting paper to the playing field, and Bobby Valentine is the best candidate to make that dream a possibility.

-Frank Giambrone

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Maybe Next Year Kid

All-Star weekend is upon us once again and what a first half of baseball it’s been. The All-Star roster has been announced and The New York Mets are sending in their third baseman David Wright and short stop Jose Reyes. Wright will be the starting 3B while Reyes will play second fiddle to Hanley Ramirez of the Florida Marlins.  Congrats to both players who are fighting back from awful seasons last year. I though feel Mike Pelfrey was robbed of his chance at being a pitcher for the All-Star Game.

Pelfrey is 10-2 with a 2.93 era and 66 strikeouts this season. If those aren’t All-Star numbers then can someone please explain to me what is. I guess it’s looking like the National League is finally getting solid pitchers and Pelfrey just couldn’t be added to the list. Not to take away from any of the other pitchers because the pitching line up is phenomenal. I, just as a Mets fan, wish to see a pitcher of ours make an All-Star game but hey if Johan Santana can’t make it I shouldn’t be surprised Big Pelf can’t either.

For complete line-ups for All-Star game click this link —> ASG Lineups

-Timmy Dimas

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Just two weeks ago New York Mets fans were over the top with joy. Their team had swept the Braves and Dodgers and were on a 7 game win streak that included a 9-1 home stand. They went out to Philadelphia to play the Phillies and in the first game they won 9-1. After that the magic was gone from the team and the fans.

The Mets are coming off being swept by The Florida Marlins in a four game series that witnessed Oliver Perez lose his rotation spot, The Mets lose on a walk of ball in the dirt, John Maine throwing 12 straight balls to start the game and Johnathan Niese hurting his hamstring in the final game of the series. Now isn’t that a boat load.

The Mets have a lot of questions that need to be answered. Who are they going to get to fill in Oliver Perez’s spot? When does John Maine lose his? If Jonathan Niese goes on the DL who takes his spot? and that’s just for pitching.

The Mets bats haven’t been that good. David Wright has lost his All-Star MVP stigma. You can bet on Wright to get a strikeout at least once a game, 51 on the season so far. Is it time time for David to exit stage ‘Wright’ or will he bounce back? How about Jose Reyes? Manager Jerry Manuel put him in the 3 spot but that failed. Now he’s back at the top. Is it time for him to exit?

So many questions need answers and The New York Mets seem to have none. They are back to the bottom of the N.L. East and will face The Atlanta Braves for a 3 game series. Last time this situation came up the Mets went on their huge win streak to take the N.L. East. Is that magic going to happen again? You have a better chance of Wright striking out again.

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After what seemed to be a 20 minute deliberation between New York Mets Manager Jerry Manuel, pitcher Fernando Nieve, and the rest of the Mets infield on whether to pitch to Dan Uggla, who didn’t start because of his numbers against Johan Santana weren’t in favor, or walk him to get to Brett Carrol who was on deck, the Mets decided to throw balls away from the strike zone to Uggla and hope he swings and if not let him walk and face Carrol. Well the Mets did throw the ball away. So far away, in fact, that Cody Ross was able to score from third on a pass ball by catcher Rod Barajas. I don’t think that was part of the discussion. That would be the game winner giving the Florida Marlins a 2-1 victory.

Johan Santana, the starter for the game, pitched a great game, going 7 innings, striking out 5 batters and only walking 1. Josh Johnson, the starter for the Marlins, matched Santana, going 7 innings and striking out 7 batters, but did give up a run.

Mets and Marlins go at it again for the second game of four tonight. Jekyll and Hyde himself Oliver Perez takes the mound for the ‘Amazins and Anibal Sanchez takes the mound for the Marlins. Both pitchers are posting a 4.00+ ERA this season

-Tim Dimas

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After a great come from behind victory by The New York Mets last night, The Washington Nationals would make sure that there would be no repeat in today’s game at Citi Field.

Mike Pelfrey took the mound for the Mets going 5.2 innings, 7 hits 4 earned runs, 3 walks and 6 strikeouts. He also went 1-2 at bat with a run batted in. A sub par performance would not be enough for the Mets as Craig Stammen would toss 5 innings also, give up 4 runs and strikeout 2 batters but bringing in 2 runs with his bat and the rest of the Nationals would prevail to a 6-4 win on a bitter cold afternoon.

Francisco Rodriguez would get the loss coming in the ninth inning and give up a 2-run home run to Roger Bernadina who also homered earlier in the game.

Mets pack their bags and head down south these next four days to face The Florida Marlins then head a little up to Atlanta to face the Braves who they swept this year for a two game series.

Mets are now 18-16, 1 game behind the Nationals for 2nd place and 2 1/2 games behind the Philadelphia Phillies


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This week has been a week to remember for New York Mets fans. From back to back walk-ff home run victorys verse the San Francisco Giants to a six run eighth inning come from behind victory against The Washington Nationals tonight, The Amazin’s have shown fight in their bats.

The first seven innings belonged to The Nationals. Adam Dunn belted a three run home run in the first inning off Johnathan Niese, Ivan Rodriguez added two runs batted in and Ian Desmond added a run batted in as well.

But after the top of the eighth inning the rest of the game belonged to Ike Davis, Rod Barajas and newly called up 27 year old Chris Carter. Bay singles to second (3-4 on the night) David Wright doubles, Bay to third and Wright at second. After a throwing error by Desmond, Bay scores and the score is 6-3 Nationals. Franceour would strike out bring up Rod “Mr. Clutch of 2010” Barajas up to bat and he would smack a double into left scoring Wright and Davis. 6-5 Nationals. Alex Cora would bunt and get to first base safely and Barajas would move to third. Pagan then singles scoring Barajas and Cora would get to second. Insert the 27 year old rookie Chris Carter. Carter rips a double scoring Pagan and giving the Mets a 7-6 lead. Bay would be walked and Pagan would score giving the Mets an 8-6 lead and that would be the final score of the game.

A great game ended by an Ike Davis 2 out 9th inning over the dugout grab, his signature catch, and the Mets would win. Solid bat performance by Bay and Wright who both went 3-4 and 2-4 for Barajas.

The Mets pulled it together tonight to save Niese and save themselves from dropping their fourth straight to the Nationals this season. They are 18-15 now on the season and face Washington tomorrow in a rubber match. Mike Pelfrey will pitch for New York and Craig Stammen for Washington.


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A day after Oliver Perez went 3 1/3 innings, allowing 4 runs and 7 walks and totaled 99 pitches only 44 of which went for strikes was given a vote of confidence and a reassurance by New York Mets manager Jerry Manuel that Perez would remain in the rotation and will face The Florida Marlins later on this week.

Perez has been a sight for sore eyes for many Mets fans this season.  After a terrific outing in his second game of the season against The St. Louis Cardinals, Ollie has only got to the 6th inning once and had two 3 inning outings including Sundays against the San Francisco Giants in his past 4 games. He is 0-2 with a 4.50 ERA and 30 walks in 25 innings.

The Mets have to answer to the question, “When will Ollie be taken out?” so for the time being Perez will be in the line up but the Front office needs to take a look during All-Star break to grab a starting pitcher for this team to have any chance in making it to the Playoffs and beyond.


Rod Barajas and Henry Blanco both gave New York Mets fans something they wanted to see Friday and Saturday. Walk off home runs, one which came in the bottom of the ninth by Barajas after a blown lead by Francisco Rodriguez  and the other came by Blanco in the bottom of the ninth after The San Francisco Giants came back from an 0-4 deficit in the 7th inning against Johan Santana.

Sunday though there would be late inning heroic’s but not by The Mets. After being down 4-0 The Mets rallied up 2 runs 6th and then 3 runs in the 7th to take a lead, rookie pitcher Jenrry Mejia gave up a two run shot to ex-Philadelphia Philly Aaron Rowand in the top of the 8th which would give the Giants a 6-5 lead they would never give up as Brian Wilson came into the ninth and closed it out.

A questionable call was made in the ninth as Jason Bay had gotten to second base with no outs David Wright stepped into his at-bat. At that point he was 0-3 with 3 K’s. Some questioned with his numbers being so poor that day why not tell Wright to bunt and get Bay over to third with only 1 out. Well the answer could come in various ways but for The Mets and manager Jerry Manuel it came as take a swing Wright and he would strikeout for the 4th time in the game.

Mets are now 17-14 this year, second in the Nation League East Division to the Philadelphia Phillies. They now take on the Washington Nationals in a three game series that starts tonight. Nationals won the first series 2-1.