Glavine’s Back As Mets Top Astros, 7-2


Mets 7, Astros 2
Tom Glavine helps the Mets get back in the win column as they top Houston in Kissimmee.

The Good:
Glavine’s performance earns him a spot in our "Good" section as he scattered 4 hits over three innings of work in the start.  He also walked one and struck out two.  Jorge Sosa, Billy Wagner, Aaron Heilman, and Willie Collazo were strong in their appearances once again…Mike Carp is the other big story as he went 2-4 with 5 RBI…Julio Franco started at 3rd today and had a 2-3 day.  The 48-year-old is hitting .417 this spring…

The Not-So-Good
:  It hasn’t been an impressive spring for Carlos Beltran.  He was 0-2 with a walk today and is hitting .214 in Grapefruit League action…Shawn Green was 0-3 today, and Paul LoDuca was 1-4.  LoDuca’s hitting .183.

Mets are in Ft. Myers tomorrow as they take on the Red Sox shortly after 1.


Ralph Kiner Night: July 14

Before the Reds game.  Marty Noble says that Ralph’s "closest Mets friends" would be on hand for the celebration…
More on this as information comes in.  Should be a great night of memories.  As a younger Mets fan I haven’t really been able to appreciate Kiner’s impact on the Mets broadcasts but I have heard nothing but great things about him.

Spring Training Game 6: Perez Good, Mets Offense Not As Tribe Win 4-1

SPRING TRAINING GAME 6: Indians 2, Mets 1
Oliver Perez gives up a run off of two hits and strikes out three in 3.0 IP, but the Mets only manage one run all day as Cleveland pitching allows only four hits.

The Good: Oliver Perez
–3.0 IP, 1 R, 2 H 3 SO, no walks in the start, but took the loss to fall to 0-2 in the spring.  Perez’s record does not tell the story of his strong pitching, though…Alay Soler scattered four hits and a run across three innings…Scott Schoenweis was perfect in the seventh, and Joe Smith did well in the 8th and 9th, only allowing a walk…At the plate, Jose Reyes went 2-4 with a SB and Paul LoDuca had a hit and walk in his two plate appearances.
The Not-So-Good: The rest of the Mets offense, which was only able to eke out four hits (two by Reyes) and one run, and that run was off a sac fly by David Wright

Mets are back at it tomorrow as they face the Astros at 1:05 in Kissimmee…

David Wright: “Tell (A-Rod) to come over” to Queens

Sunday brought the news that appeared to show David Wright inviting Alex Rodriguez to join the Mets should A-Rod use his opt-out clause that kicks in at the end of the year.  Bob Klapisch has more

Can you imagine Alex Rodriguez in a Mets uniform in 2008? It’s notjust impossible, you say, it’s heresy. Or is it? The idea of A-Rod
crossing enemy lines has strong support from none other than David
Wright – who says he’d give up his position to make room for the Yankee
third baseman.

"Are you kidding me? As great a hitter as Alex is, I’d definitely do
it," Wright said. "Tell him to come over, tell him to do it."

A-Rod is certainly a great hitter–except in the playoffs.  Consider:
–In 2004, A-Rod’s first year in pinstripes, he hit .286 with 36 HR and 106 RBI in the regular season.  In the infamous playoffs than year, he was 16-50, but only had 8 RBI and 3 HR. 
–In 2005, the year the Yankees were ousted in the first round by the Angels, A-Rod was .321 with 48 HR and 130 RBI.  His numbers in the Yanks’ short-lived playoff appearance in ’05: 2-15, 0 HR and 0 RBI.
–2006 was the same story.  A-Rod was .290, with 35 HR and 121 RBI in the regular season.  In the playoffs (when the Yankees were knocked out by Detroit, eventual AL champs): 1-14, 0 HR, 0 RBI.

Wright may be pining to have a player of A-Rod’s magnitude but he and Mets fans must realize what also comes in the package–a player that has not been able to effectively handle the pressure under an owner who sees a season without a World Series as failure and fans who have been so used to success over the years that they are split over whether or not one of their all-time greatest managers should be fired after his team (with the highest payroll in the league) failed in the playoffs once again.  The once-close relationship between him and Derek Jeter has cooled as well, possibly signaling that it maybe time to go.

As the article said, A-Rod was "stunned" at Wright’s proposition, so I feel that if he was enjoying his time with the Yankees (which I don’t think he is), he would have immediately shot down any proposition of him going to the other side of town.  A-Rod may see the Mets as a chance to keep playing in his hometown while getting away from the overbearing Steinbrenner and the critical Yankees fans, and at the same time joining a team with a more patient owner in Fred Wilpon.  Wilpon is more concerned about building from within but has not been afraid to open the wallet when he feels he absolutely needs to.  Who knows?  Maybe the change of scenery will help A-Rod become better in the postseason…

All A-Rod has done is put more fuel on a fire that is beginning to grow slowly but surely, and it will be interesting to see what happens.  I’d like to know your opinion on this story as well, so leave a comment and tell me what you think.  Would you accept A-Rod in a Mets uniform?  Should Wilpon and Minaya go after him if he decides he wants out of the Bronx?

Maine Great, Humber Not As Mets Fall To O’s, 6-3

John Maine gets off to a great start, but Philip Humber gets burned in the 3rd as the O’s drop the Mets in Fort Lauderdale.

The Good
: John Maine.  He was strong in the start allowing only a hit in two innings of work…Ruben Sierra was 2-3 from the plate and racked up 2 RBI..Lastings Milledge continued his strong spring as he went 2-4…Ambiorix Burgos allowed a hit over 2 innings as well, and Pedro Feliciano pitched an inning of scoreless, no-hit ball. 

The Not-So-Good: Philip Humber.  In an inning of work he was shelled, giving up five runs off of three hits and two walks…Anderson Hernandez was 0-3 with a walk and left three on base, and also committed and error…Mike Carp was 0-3 with a strikeout and a walk.

Mets are back at it tomorrow as they host the Indians at 1:10pm in PSL.