Tuesday, May 04, 2004
Well, the feeding frenzy is in full effect with the Star Ledger, Post, and now the NY Times all publishing articles calling for Wilpon's head on a platter. Hey, I'm for cheaper ticket and concession prices as much as the next guy, but for the most part the articles are way off base. Let me just point out that it's ONLY MAY 4th PEOPLE and the Mets are only 5 games out of first place! Jeez, you would think that with these articles coming out the Mets would be chained to the basement of the NL East in August. To the contrary, it's early and the Mets are in decent position to regroup and make a run of things. Listen, I'm not unrealistic, but if you told me before the season started, without telling me anything else, that the Mets would only be 5 games out of first place on May 4th I'd take it in a heart beat. If you told me that on May 4th the Mets pitching staff would rank 3rd in the NL in earned runs allowed and ERA, I'd take it in a heart beat. If you told me that after 5 Leiter starts and 6 starts for Glavine that these two cagey veterans would rank 1st and 3rd respectively in ERA in the NL, I'd take it in a heart beat. If you told me that Danny Garcia would step in for an injured Reyes and find himself 9th in VORP among NL second basemen, I'd take it. Sticking with VORP, if you told me that Kazuo Matsui would be in the top half among NL short stops, Zeile 7th among NL third basemen, Piazza 6th among NL catchers, Cameron 8th among NL center fielders, Spencer 7th among NL left fielders, and Karim Garcia 8th among NL right fielders, I'd take it quick fast in a hurry. Obviously, not everything is rosy with the Mets. But things aren't nearly as bad as those articles suggest, even if Wilpon, according to the media, is wanted dead or alive. We can't run away! We're not livin' on a prayer! We just need to stick to our guns and keep the faith!
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- Where's the juice? Have you noticed that many pitchers' velocity is down this year, including some Met pitchers (Glavine's fastball now goes in reverse). Check out the latest from Gammons:
Speaking of performance-enhancing drugs, two highly respected scouts offer similar views from observing spring training and April games in this the first full year of drug testing. "The biggest storyline this season is the number of pitchers who have lost velocity, and I mean have huge drops," says one scout. "That designer stuff pitchers had took a bunch of guys out of the independent leagues throwing 85-87 (mph) and got them to the big leagues throwing 94," says the other. "I've seen it all over all spring." Hmmm. Home runs, slugging and doubles are up, velocity down.
- Where's the Klap? Apparently, Bob Klapisch isn't so obnoxious when he's writing about things that do not focus on the Mets. He has a decent article on Barry Bonds.
- Speaking of Bonds, how have our pitchers matched up with him in the past? Steve Trachsel has "held" Bonds to only a .235 AVG in 17 at bats, has walked him 7 times (smart), has given up 4 hits, one of which was a dinger. Jae Weong Seo has never faced Bonds. Ha ha ha good luck kid. Al Leiter might want to prepare for a quick exit off the NL ERA leader board. Bonds has hit Leiter at a .412/.500/.706 clip in 17 at bats with 3 walks. Hey Al, go talk to your buddy Trachsel who seems to have had much more success with Bonds by pitching around him.