After an exhausting 2-4 road trip, the Mets are returning to Citi Field, where they have a quite impressive 19-9 record.
Friday, June 4th: Marlins (Sanchez) vs. Mets (Dickey) 7:10 PM
Saturday, June 5th: Marlins (Robertson) vs. Mets (Niese) 4:10 PM FOX
Sunday, June 6th: Marlins (Nolasco) vs. Mets (Takahashi) 1:10 PM
Tuesday, June 8th: Padres (Richard) vs. Mets (Pelfrey) 7:10 PM
Wednesday, June 9th: Padres (Latos) vs. Mets (Santana) 7:10 PM
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This is the fifth installment of season preview videos that I did with Kerel Cooper of On The Black and Joe Janish of Mets Today. You can see the other videos on offseason grades, catchers/Daniel Murphy/Luis Castillo, Jose Reyes and David Wright, and the outfield.
In this video we talk about the starters, Francisco Rodriguez, and the set up situation.
As usual, one of the biggest position battles in Mets spring training is for the fifth starter. Although the fifth starter can be a conglomeration of garbage, I really like the options that the Mets have for this season. Last year, the battle was between Livan Hernandez and Freddy Garcia. What a mess that was! By the way, have you seen the video of drunk Freddy Garcia at this year’s SoxFest getting fans excited for the season? A sloppy, drunken, expletive-filled, aging fifth starter is sure to get the Chicago fans pumped about the season.
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Ed Price of AOL Fanhouse has confirmation from a team official that the Mets and Cleveland Indians are in talks about sending Mark DeRosa to the Mets. Of course, nothing is official yet and trade talks happen all the time that don’t ever pan out.
The Indians are astonishingly bad this season. The only team in the majors with a worse record is the Washington Nationals. The Indians could dump the rest of DeRosa’s $5.5 million contract at this point. He’s not going to help them anyway. They’re beyond help this season.
DeRosa, born in Passaic, NJ, just turned 34 years-old in February. He easily had the biggest offensive season of his career in 2008 with the Chicago Cubs batting .285/ .376/ .481. He’s a very versitle fielder and played 32 games at shortstop in 2007.
With Jose Reyes facing a good possibility of going on the disabled list and a major question mark at first base, this would be a solid move for the Mets. I have to assume that the Indians would want either Bobbly Parnell or Jonathan Niese plus some lower level prospects. I’d hate to give one of those guys up but that’s the nature of the game.
Jonathan Niese was optioned back to Triple-A Buffalo after a poor start against the Braves yesterday. Nelson Figueroa was recalled from Buffalo to take his place on the roster. Figueroa wasn’t on the Mets 40-man roster so they had to make a move to get Figueroa on the major league roster for the west coast road trip this week.
This spot in the rotation will come up again on Monday in Los Angeles. The reports from the minors are that Tim Redding is ready to join the Mets from the disabled list. So Figueroa might have another short stay in the majors.
The Mets lost to the Braves in 12 innings to lose the home series 2 games to 1. Jonathan Niese was terrible today unable to get out of the fifth inning after giving up five runs. Seven Met relievers combined to pitch the rest of the game. J.J. Putz gave up another run in the eighth inning to raise his ERA to 4.05. Ken Takahashi gave up the game winning home run to Martin Prado of all people in the twelfth.
I would guess this is Niese’s last game with the Mets. The word is that Tim Redding is about ready to come back from the disabled list.
The Mets offense was pretty solid with the highlights being Fernando Tatis hitting a grand slam in the fourth inning to take a 6-4 lead. Gary Sheffield hit a solo homer in the eighth to tie the game. Jose Reyes was 3 for 5 with 3 doubles including one off the top of the left field wall in the twelfth inning.
The Mets are off to San Francisco to begin a 10 game road trip.
Jonathan Niese did a great job in his season debut starting for Oliver Perez tonight. He got a quality start going 6 innings giving up 2 runs on 7 hits and no walks with 5 strikeouts. The bullpen came in and held the Pirates down until J.J. Putz allowed 1 run in the bottom of the ninth.
The offensive star of the game was definitely Carlos Delgado. He was 3 for 4 with 5 RBI’s and a home run.
The defense was a little questionable for the Mets tonight. Jose Reyes had an error in the game. But Carlos Beltran booted one that wasn’t an error and he and Ryan Church let one drop that they lost in the lights.
The Mets win their fifth straight game and are starting to look like the team that we expected to see at the beginning of the season.
The Mets finally found a way to get Oliver Perez off the 25-man roster. He had an MRI yesterday and was diagnosed with tendinitis in his right knee. Tendinitis can be varying in its severtity, so I wonder how bad it really is. But the Mets got their wish, Perez can go to the disabled list and then make some rehab starts in Florida to figure out his pitching problems.
Jonathan Niese is being called up from Triple-A Buffalo to start Friday night against the Pirates. Niese hasn’t been very good at Buffalo this season going 0-2 with a 6.55 ERA in 5 starts. I haven’t seen the big league potential in Niese that others have but I hope he can have more success against the resurgent Pirates than he’s had in the minors this season.