Monday, October 03, 2005

So What's Next?

Where do we go from here?

Eighty three victories and one solid foundation later, the New Mets are leaps and bounds better off than they were one year ago today, when they were the Old Mets. But two disastrous road trips and one slightly disfunctional batting order means that the task at hand is not yet done.

I think I've found a way to get Griffey and Bonds...and we wouldn't have to give up that much!- George Costanza

It's everyone's dream to play GM...and I am fully aware that every blogger in America will blog a plan to revive the fortunes of their favorite baseball team as Archie Bunker and his army have already done.

Heck, Joel Sherman has even put together his own plan. He always has to beat me to the punch...showoff.

Anyhoo, there are a million stories in the naked city...this one's mine. My prescription for the 2006 Mets:

First Base: When Carlos Delgado spurned the Mets and Omar Minaya for being "too latin" (what does that mean, anyway?) I thought that Doug Mientkiewicz might be a blessing in disguise.

Turns out, maybe not.

With the heart of the Mets order ordinary as hearts of lineups go, the Mets need a power hitter at first base. Now I like Mike Jacobs and he's earned a chance to be a regular in the Mets lineup. But if 2006 is the year the Mets have been targeting to take the next step toward unseating the Braves, then it makes sense to at least go after the most powerful free agent first sacker available: Paul Konerko.

Konerko will come off two straight seasons of 40+ home runs, playing in a ballpark that is deeper down the lines, and comparable in the power alleys to Shea Stadium. His numbers have been fairly consistant since 1999, barring an off year in 2003. He's a 30 HR, 100 RBI guy at the very worst, and he'll give you an OBP of about .360. That's infinitely better than anything the Mets have gotten from the first base position since Keith Hernandez, and in terms of power, better than anyone at first since Dave Kingman!

But Metstradamus, Mike Jacobs is the future, and with the way he's started off his career, he deserves a chance to be a part of the present! Wow, my conscience is getting feisty! Yes, you're correct. And if the Mets can't get Konerko (which, if Houston gets involved and dangles their short left field porch, I don't think the Mets have a chance), then I say yes, Jacobs is your first baseman. But there will be more on Mr. Jacobs later.

Second base: Second base is a wasteland in terms of the free agents available at that position. And since the Mets would be silly to sign a marquee shortstop such as Nomar Garciaparra and shift Jose Reyes to second base again, the easy answer is to promote Anderson Hernandez to take over. This brings two questions:

  • What do you do with Kaz Matsui? And...
  • Do the Mets trust Hernandez enough to let him take over on an everyday basis?
With Matsui almost untradeable, and as he ends this season on a hot streak, the Mets might be tempted to let him play out the final year of his contract. I would propose a Victor Zambrano/Jeff Keppinger for Luis Castillo swap...except for the fact that the Marlins don't have anything resempbing a second base prospect in the high minors that can step in right away for Castillo, so that's not happening. But if the Mets insist on getting rid of Matsui, and if they don't yet trust Hernandez or Keppinger for 2006, keep an eye on Mark Loretta...the Padres have the highly regarded Josh Barfield in the minors, and if they're ready to bring him up, Loretta may be trade bait, and would be a nice fit at second base, and perhaps at the second hole in the Met lineup. (Perhaps a Mike Cameron for Loretta swap might work out best for both teams, regardless of the fact that I like Cameron and I certainly don't want to take Cliff Floyd's best friend away from him.)

And of course, there's always the chance that Alfonso Soriano will come via trade. But here is the problem with getting a major chip at second base, or even a Loretta or Castillo: The Mets have prospects at second base in the minors (Hernandez, Keppinger). It would be silly to devote a major part of your payroll towards second base when you have prospects there, while first base outside of Jacobs is a black hole organization wise, and there is a free agent out there who will not cost anybody on the farm.

Of course when all is said and done, I'd like to see Anderson Hernandez get a fair shot at playing second. But I fear he might not be ready to bat second. And the Mets are going to have to seriously upgrade the offense at other positions to be able to carry Hernandez in the 8 hole to the point that anything you get from him offensively is a bonus...another reason to go for the gusto and sign Konerko, and maybe another reason to trade Cameron for Loretta.

The Manny Factor: You know good and well that Omar Minaya is going to try to make this happen again. The questions are as follows:

  • How much are the Mets going to have to give up? Milledge?
  • Is Mike Cameron still tradeable if he doesn't go for Loretta?
  • Does Cliff Floyd have to go in the deal since neither Floyd nor Manny is capable of playing right field?
  • Would the Red Sox even want Floyd in a deal?

Not to keep picking on the San Diego Padres, but another option might be free agent Brian Giles. His power numbers are down from what they were in Pittsburgh, but he's a .300 hitter with a .424 OBP this season (he walks a ton!)...and don't forget that the right center power alley is brutal at Petco...that might be incentive for the El Cajon native to want to go somewhere else (check out Giles' home/road splits this season and you'll see an average 60-70 points higher on the road). And in Giles, while you don't get quite the production of a Manny Ramirez, you also are spared "Manny being Manny", if you feel that's an issue. And, you have a left fielder playing left field, and a right fielder playing right field.

Jacque Jones of the Twins, who actually has better career numbers away from the Metrodome, might be a possibility if Mike Cameron can't make it back to full strength.

Now IF Konerko and Giles were signed, that might make the lineup look something like this:

SS Reyes
RF Giles
CF Beltran
1B Konerko
3B Wright
LF Floyd
C Jacobs/Castro
2B Loretta/Hernandez
P Pitcher

Or if you're comfy having a $119 million player as your 2 hole hitter, you could do this:

SS Reyes
CF Beltran
3B Wright
1B Konerko
LF Floyd
RF Giles
C Jacobs/Castro
2B Loretta/Hernandez
P Pitcher

Of course, this would make it imperitave that Cameron, and quite possibly Kaz Matsui are wheeled in salary dumps...easier said than done. But don't forget that Piazza's 15 million is no longer a factor in 2006 so the payroll isn't raised all that much if say Giles and Konerko sign for say $10 million this season (and their salaries escalate in subsequent seasons). And it would also mean that the Mets could possibly find it easier to play a rookie like Hernandez at second base and in the eighth slot of the batting order, instead of the second slot.

You might think it's a little too much to get both Konerko and Giles to play at Shea...you might say that the development of young players like Mike Jacobs would be stunted. But let's be honest...when you come out of a game started by Hector Carrasco and the only two runs batted in are by Marlon Anderson and Tom Glavine (it doesn't matter who was injured), guess what? It's time to do something drastic with the offense...and better to do it now than after Pedro gets old. And you can say all you want about how pitching was the backbone of the Mets success in the eighties, and you would be right. But don't forget that some of those lineups were so talented that Howard Johnson batted seventh! The Mets can return to those days without going after that one monster stick.

Catcher: Names like Ramon Hernandez will be thrown around. There will be talk of a Mike Piazza return. There will even be talk of another marquee catcher who will come and replace Piazza, but more on that later (that's called a tease). If you bring in Konerko and Giles, then having an offensive catcher becomes less of a priority. And for those worried that bringing in Konerko stunts the development of Jacobs, well fear not because he can catch too. A platoon of Jacobs' lefty stick and Ramon Castro's defense and clutch hitting would fit in nicely here...and the way Jacobs is hitting, he should be the dominant part of the platoon.

That's your genius plan for Jacobs? But don't you want to have him at first base and avoid another Piazza type controversy My conscience likes Mike Jacobs, what can I say? OK. First off, there isn't going to be a Piazza type controversy. Moving Mike Piazza to first base was teaching an old dog a new trick. Jacobs is far from an old dog, and catching is an old trick for him. Now I don't know how good a defensive catcher Jacobs is...but he certainly is an upgrade from what Piazza has become. And when it comes to upgrading the offense...what would you rather have: Konerko and a Jacobs/Castro split (with Jacobs getting the majority of the at-bats), or Jacobs and Ramon Hernandez? But again, to be clear, if Konerko doesn't sign with the Mets, then the plan shifts to having Jacobs at first and upgrading the offense at the catcher position (and in the process make sure that Castro doesn't tire out playing 130 games, which is a concern).

The Bullpen: Ah yes, the pen. If the Mets do what they've done in years past, they'll sign a whole slew of older, washed up relievers, and hope one of them stick like Roberto Hernandez did in 2005. They will also go overseas and find the next Dae Sung Sisk.

As we've figured out this season, that doesn't always work. And we also know that Braden Looper will not close in 2006. Luckily there are options. There's Billy Wagner, if you want to delve into the elite category. But if Konerko and Giles are signed, then Wagner may be out of the Mets' price range for a 34 year old closer. But B.J. Ryan will be a free agent, as well as Kyle Farnsworth. Now for the $10 million that Wagner will no doubt command...here's an idea so crazy it just might work: sign both Ryan and Farnsworth, for that same $10 million combined if that's what it takes. Ryan becomes your closer, Farnsworth: your eighth inning guy. It might not cost all $10 million, but remember, the Mets are still in a position to have to overpay for these two...especially Farnsworth (would you want to leave an organization that made Jorge Sosa a 13-3 pitcher?) Expensive, yes. Worth it? Check the games that the bullpen has cost the Mets and you tell me.

If Braden Looper was interested in accepting a lesser "right-handed specialist" role with the Mets, I don't think anyone would mind. But if there's a team out there willing to offer him a role as closer, and pay him as one, then I wish him all the best. And besides, it's time to show some faith in the farm system and give Royce Ring a fair shot...especially if he is being groomed as the closer of the future. Heath Bell and Tim Hamulack also deserve a look in the spring to join Juan Padilla, who has impressed mightily this season, and perhaps even Roberto Hernandez for one more season. With the starting rotation as durable as it's been, guys like Bell and Hamulack will not have to shoulder much of the load. Speaking of the starters...

The Rotation: Pedro, Glavine, Benson. Those three are sure bets for next season.

Jae Seo is also a sure bet, unless...with his excellent second half of the season, this might be the best time to trade Seo while his value is at his highest. If free agency falls through, it may become necessary to use Seo as a bargaining chip. You could never use Seo before as a chip, and after this off-season, maybe never again.

With all of this money I have earmarked towards the lineup and the bullpen, it's probably time to bid adieu to Steve Trachsel (unless Glavine decides to retire or the Mets wheel him, which is not likely to happen). It would probably be in Trachsel's best interest to be a second or third starter elsewhere than to be number five here.

And it also may be in the Mets best interest to either give Aaron Heilman a fair shot to grab the number 5 spot post-arm angle adjustment, or keep Heilman as your eighth inning guy and have Victor Zambrano keep the number 5 spot warm for Yusmeiro Petit, who started to tear up the International League after his call up including a 14 strikeout performance in the playoffs.

(Marty Noble, who writes for the New York Mets website, says that "the mets have starting pitching they need to find out about, like Kaz Ishii". Metstradamus, who writes for this rinky-dink website, wonders what season Marty Noble was watching in 2005.)

Of course, A.J. Burnett is out there, and would be a nice fit. Of course, the Mets recieved boffo starting pitching this season and look where it got them. So expect the emphasis to lie somewhere else other than the rotation...especially since initial rumors have Burnett going to the Blue Jays or the Nationals.

So Metstradamus, you're banking on a lot of free agent signings. If these guys decide that Shea isn't for them, are there trades out there? There better be, because the Mets may still be in the position where they have to overpay to get free agents because of their second-tier status. It's one thing to overpay for Pedro Martinez or Carlos Beltran...but do the Mets want to overpay for Paul Konerko and Brian Giles?

Manny is out there...but wave goodbye to Lastings Milledge if that happens. If the Mets must give up Milledge, let it be for a player the calibre of Adam Dunn. Indications are however that the Reds aren't letting go of Dunn, but would talk about Austin Kearns for some pitching, which the Mets have a surplus of. For second base there's also Mark Lorreta, as mentioned earlier, or a guy like Adam Kennedy, who the Angels might wheel to make room for prospect Howie Kendrick, or even to give Chone Figgins a steady position. This is where Seo becomes a factor.

Bullpen trade options are dicey, because since baseball is thin at relief teams will hold on to any special talent that is out there. Maybe a J.C. Romero or a Luis Vizcaino would be available depending on their contract status, but don't expect these players to come cheap if they are available at all.

Pudge Rodriguez is another name that would fit along the lines of Minaya's latin branding of the Mets...a big time name that young latin players would use as a reason for signing with the Mets...just as 16 year old phenom Fernando Martinez cited Pedro and Beltran as reasons he would sign with the Mets. And as for Pudge, it seems that he's crying for a life raft out of Detroit. However, I fear that Pudge is a prime candidate to become the next Robbie Alomar.

As for other first basemen, well you know that Jacobs is my first choice after Konerko. Mike Sweeney has back issues. Todd Helton is a product of Coors Field. Sean Casey and Lyle Overbay would be expensive, and are lighter sticks.

Anything beyond that, well Omar is going to have to be creative. Peter Gammons thinks that a Beltran-for-Manny swap has life (in which case, the Mets get the top prospect...not the Red Sox), and that Carlos Delgado could be swapped to the Mets. That's a little too creative...that's like "Twilight Zone" creative. But you know...creative. Omar's the one they pay, not me.

The key is to be dilligent and decisive in wooing the free agents that you want. Joe Torre called Mike Mussina the day after beating the Mets in the 2000 World Series! It's going to take that kind of dedication to nail down who you want.

So what will actually happen? Paul Konerko to me is an absolute must have for the Mets. But I no longer think that they will push hard to get that done, since Konerko would likely be headed to a short porch like Houston anyway if the White Sox let him go. But even though big boys like the Red Sox and Angels are throwing their hats into the ring for him, I think it would behoove the Mets to at least throw the old college try at Konerko. Giles? That's a stretch. He's a native of the San Diego area and pined to play there when he was with the Pirates. The Mets have to hope that the ballpark factor is enough to make him want to leave.

Bullpen alterations are a must (priority number one), and I'm sure Wagner is target number one. I think the Mets will strike out on that front and get Ryan. If the Mets get Ryan, Farnsworth becomes a luxury. If not, Farnsworth becomes a necessity. So in the end, I hope that at the very least, Konerko and B.J. Ryan make the trip to Shea as free agents...I think that Giles and Farnsworth may be necessities rather than luxuries for the Mets, but they're not going to be viewed that way. Instead, I expect that Minaya's plan to attract Latin American icons will move him to push for Manny being Manny at Shea's left field, and I think he'll look into Pudge Rodriguez (scary).

So let's review...here's my 25 man roster for 2006

Lineup:
1B Konerko
2B Loretta (for Cameron)
SS Reyes (duh!)
3B Wright (double duh!)
LF Floyd
CF Beltran
RF Giles
C Jacobs

Bench:
Castro, Anderson, Woodward, Diaz, Hernandez

Starters:
Pedro
Glavine
Benson
Seo
Heilman

Relievers:
Ryan
Farnsworth
Padilla
Ring
Three of the following: Hamulack, R. Hernandez, Heath Bell or Zambrano (who might be useful as a long man until he's traded for a couple of cheeseburgers)

So there it is...hope you like it. If you don't...well I'm not sure I do either...but it's what I've got. If you're going to build around Pedro, then build around him. The Mets have progressed in 2005. Maybe not as much as we would have liked, but I think enough to go for the gusto. And as long as there's a way to do it without giving up a lot of your farm, then Mets brass owes it to their fans to try.

Have you forgotten anything? Oh yeah...can Don Baylor come back as hitting coach? (Editor's note: soon after I wrote this came an announcement about Don Baylor's employment status. Freaky!)

33 comments:

Anonymous said...

I am going to have to read this again before I can comment....

You are right on one thing...the Jets season is over...

Mario

Metstradamus said...

Oh I forgot, you need to read articles that come with instructions.

Anonymous said...

Few things:
1) Konerko said he doesn't wanna go to the east
2) Mike Jacobs IS worse than Piazza defensivley, he's a firstbasemen not a catcher
3) IMO Hamulack doesn't deseve a spot in the bullpen unless he has a Matt Ginter type Spring, Hamulack hasn't been good this year in the majors.
4) Zambrano has been good out of the bullpen this year so he may get a shot next year, aklthough he has pitched in limited time.

Vinny said...

Just out of curiosity, what exactly are you basing your statement that Mike Jacobs is a worse defensive catcher than Mike Piazza on, oh anonymous one?

Jacobs had shoulder surgery last year that has made throwing a problem for him, but the other aspects of his game behind the plate are said to be fine.

Anonymous said...

watching oakland do its thing the last few years... ive become big on drafting well and bringing guys up from within the organization...

I think we oughta leave jacobs @ first.. ive not been impressed with anderson hernandez... he better kick ass in spring training...

main concern for me is the bullpen... bell, hemulack, and ring have been unimpressive... i wuld keep looper as an 8th inning righty guy... righties sucked ass against him this year while lefties made him suck ass... padilla & roberto have come through this year...

i think seo has hit the ceiling and his value may not go any higher... heilman has become smart enough and has gained enough confidence that he will be a pretty good fourth starter...

keep ishii, kaz matsui, and zambrano away from my baseball team...

benson, who we overpaid for, better get his shit together this winter... running out of gas in august/september is what AA pitchers do... we need to take a long hard look @ our pitchers in AAA.. banister, petit...

i would keep bannister and trade petit because i truly think that petit is successful because of his deceptive delivery but major league hitters have a way of seeing through the deception by late july... maybe petit can get us a 2B and some prospects in a trade...

catcher... this is where its gonna get dicey... i dont think jacobs has the arm strength after his shoulder surgery to throw runners out @ second... plus i dont think he can handle our veteran pitchers...

we will probably over pay for ramon hernandez and have castro as a back up...

LINEUP:
1)Cameron (the guy can take pitches.. no more 9 pitch first innings for opposing pitchers...)
2)Beltran (better #2 hitter, regardless of the contract)
3)Wright (pure #3 guy)
4)Floyd ( not a cleanup guy but with DW infront of him & jacobs behind him, will get good pitches to hit)
5)Jacobs (sweet swing and will develop into a great power hitter...
both floyd and jacobs can hit lefties..)
6)Reyes (you cannot steal 1st base.. the guy needs to learn how to walk and bunt.. once he learns that, then you move him up to lead off...)
7)catcher
8)2B
9)pitcher..

winning ballgames on walkoff homeruns is fine and dandy but im a big believer in the fact that if you consistently do the little things that do not show up in teh box score then you will win more ball games

here is an example:
with starting & relief pitching being thin around the league and all this talk of pitch counts... we as an organization should work from the first inning to get teh opposing pitchers pitch count up and get into the bullpen early, wich is usually the achillies heel for most teams... especially in teh first game of a series... if we can make the opposing pitchers work early in the game, then we will have consistent winning seasons..

Anonymous said...

oh & im not the same anonymous as the first and second anonymous

Fredstradamus said...

Thanks, Mario, for being anonymous and painfully obvious at the same time!

ProvidenceMetsFan said...

I love Mark Loretta. He is the perfect fit for this team. Just so you know, the Padres have a club option on him for 2006, so maybe they won't take it given they have Barfield.And I agree with BJ Ryan, especially my much less followed favorite AL team is Baltimore and he has just been nasty. His Slider is sick.

Mets Beast said...

i finally updated my blog... its kind of a tribute to mike so check it out

Metstradamus said...

Anonymous number one (not Mario):

1)Mike Mussina had also said that he did not want to play in New York. But when Joe Torre called him the day after the Yankees won the Subway Series, Mussina changed his mind because he felt wanted. If Konerko felt wanted, he'd warm up to New York.

2)I'm curious as to what you or anyone knows about Jacobs defensively behind the dish.

3)Hamulack at least deserves a chance in the spring to have that "Ginter" type spring. His sample has been way too small to write the book on him.

4)I agree with you, I just hope he's not forced into the rotation to justify that trade.

Metstradamus said...

Anonymous number two:

Cameron strikes out waaaaaaaaaaaay too much to be a leadoff hitter. His approach to hitting has gotten better, but I still would be wary of him batting leadoff if he stayed. And Reyes has improved enough during the season to stay at leadoff.

And Cameron at leadoff would contradict your theory of making opposing pitchers raise their pitch counts, which I think would be a great thing to teach hitters through the system...look at what it did with the Red Sox. Good idea.

Metstradamus said...

Providence fan,

If the Pods picked up the option on Loretta, would the same rules apply about not being able to trade him for six months...as is the rule with signing a free agent?

erik love said...

If you could get a leadoff hitter, get him. I think Reyes would is a #2 hitter. He is a pull hitter that'll have a hole if the leadoff hitter is doing his job.

A High OBP Leadoff hitter would be great...

Metstradamus said...

The question is, is there a leadoff hitter available that plays a position that the Mets need?

Johnny Damon plays CF so he's out.

Luis Castillo plays second, but Florida would never trade him to a division rival...and he's injury prone anyway.

Unless the Mets want to trade the entire Binghamton Mets to Chuck Lamar for Carl Crawford, Reyes is your best option. And as much as Reyes has improved this season, you can do a lot worse than him in the leadoff spot.

Anonymous said...

you guys keep confusing me with mario... who the hell is mario??? so im gonna shake off my lethargy and sign up for an account and get a user name... i hate remembering passwords...

it drove me absolutely nuts this year when reyes batting left handed would foul off first 2 pitches and then pop out to shallow left... #2 hitter would ground out weakly to 2B... and then beltran would take the first strike down broadway, foul off the seond pitch to the 3rd base side and then either get caught looking on an inside fastball or foul out to 3B.. how many times have you guys seen this play out in teh last year....

cameron may not be an ideal leadoff hitter but atleast he works counts... he may strike out but he will work the count to 3-2 and foul off a bunch of pitches before striking out... an opposing pitcher cannot get off the mound by throwing the minimum number of pitches...

their motto in 06 should be "work the count"

if we can work the count and start drawing walks, most opposing pitchers should be @ 100 pitches by the end of the 5th...

im gonna quit before i start repeating myself...
hey metstra.. wanna start a knickstradamus blog???

ive been so wired this season and now that the regular season is over i dont know what to do with my time.. LOL... ive never followed hockey and im a very very casual basketball & football fan but i gotta fill the void until april 06...

Anonymous said...

didnt BJ Ryan get light up by the Yankthese at yankthese stadium earlier this year???

Anonymous said...

HOJO for hitting coach.... if the mets are going with teh youth movement then they should have someone up here who has seen these kids in teh minors and knows how to coach them...

based on omars remarks last week on the FAN, he likes jacobs cause he is homegrown and likes to win with homegrown talent... revamping the scouting department was a move he said "geared to ensure we are winning 5-6 years from now"

music to my ears...

so many moves the mets have made in the past were made out of desperation.. the win now mentality... that this is a breath of fresh air...

also, fans are less critical and more supportive of a young kid called up then of say a free agent who signs for $119 million/7 year deal based on his previous post season record...

hope the new stadium the wilpons are building is not a band box... our cltural identity is pitching.. and we need to build a pitcher friendly park...there are plenty of teams withband boxes where mediocre hitters become pretty good and good pitchers languish....

the ballpark should accomodate our style, we should not have to change our style to fit the ball park..

if SHEA II is a bandbox then we are back to chasing big free agent bats and f!_!cking up our farm system again...

Anonymous said...

Fredstradamus: You are welcome and I hope all is well with you...

Metsradamus:
I understand and to a certain degree, I agree with what you have to say. But I have a couple of issues...

Why not Manny...? Don't you think that with Pedro here, he would be able to make Manny behave...I love Konerko also, but Manny is probably the best right handed hitter in baseball (A-Rod the exception) today and Konerko is more prone to slumps than Manny. Having said that..If the Mets are going to make a run against the Braves (like they have been trying to do since 1995) I would trade Milledge to get Manny...You know what you are going to get with Manny...close to .300, 40+ homers and 120 rbi. I also think that he would thrive here. If you get Manny, you can move Floyd to offset some salary to acquire a pitcher (You really can not depend on Glavine and Benson to have a another decent year.) I would go after Overbay because not only can he play good defense, his swing is suited for the power alleys at Shea...he is a doubles machine...a perfect 3-hole hitter, with Manny and Wright behind him. With Manny and Overbay...you can afford to put Jacobs behind the dish.

What do you think....
By the way...when is the Rangers Blog coming....

Mario

Anonymous said...

I have talked to many scouts about Jacobs defense, his throwing is worse than PIazza, and Jacob's has said that his throwing is bad. And if Mussina was caled by the Yankees who won four world series in five years, which the Mets are far from being able to do.

Anonymous said...

By the way the above post was from anonymous 1

jabair said...

no more anonymous...

jabair said...

how do i get a picture next to my name when i post??

Metstradamus said...

Mario,

Manny and Overbay would cost the whole farm. Konerko and Giles are free agents, which is why you go for them first, then work on Manny and Overbay if plan A doesn't work. That's why I go where I go.

But I'm not one who says "Don't get Manny because of Manny being Manny." I think that's overblown.

But I also think that Mets fans are going to expect Manny numbers from him, when in reality, they'll probably get a full season of his road numbers which, while still very good, will fall short of unrealistic expectations. It could be Beltran all over again.

jabair said...

and manny isnt as thick skinned as beltran.. the standing boovations will drive him nuts and then we will get "manny being manny" peeing in the left field corner incidents...

he will take the boovations frustration out in the club house.. f!_!ck up the club house environment and corrupt reyes and DW...

no more has been free agents... why do we have to sign guys who were stars somewhere else.... bring em over to shea and watch them and our money fade out??

hope konerko has real sh!tty playoffs or he may turn into the 2006 bootran flop...

JACOBS for 1B and HOJO for hitting coach...

erik love said...

Did Met$tra mention that he was taking a vacation?

Kyle in Newport News said...

David Wright earned two spots on ESPN's Top 10 Plays of 2005 list, including #1 for The Barehanded Catch. The other was a jump into the stands. One spot on the list and you're proud; two spots and you're worried he's going to hurt himself someday!

erik love said...

Kyle you need to start your own Mets Blog.....

Just an idea....

Metstradamus said...

Kyle, I whole heartedly agree. You should start your own blog!

Wow...one day without a post and I get accused of taking a vacation? Tough crowd!

Metstradamus said...

And I don't want to let this thread go without saying that the anonymous that said that the new park should be pitcher friendly and not a band box is a genius. I agree 1000%!!!

jabair said...

the genious anonymous has an identity now... i just hope the wilpons agree...

thanx

jabair said...

however.. with their TV network... something tells me we are gonna get a band baox...

jabair said...

saw bengie molina against the YANKTHESE tooght.. not impressed with his handling of balls in the dirt...

gunned down AROD on a pitch out though!!!

Kyle in Newport News said...

With your references to the "YankThese" and ballhandling, jabair, I hope you got a chuckle out of the ESPN pitch count graphic tonight:

WANG
BALLS ##
STRIKES ##
TOTAL ##