Saturday, January 17, 2009
Monday, April 24, 2006
I’m preparing for my first Mets game of the season tonight at
Lastings Milledge earned the International League Batter of the Week honors for his torrid April 17-23rd run. In the week, he hit .550 with a home run and 2 RBI. He’s hit in eight straight games and is now hitting .400/.526/.633 (AVG/OBP/SLG). His rank in the IL in the three categories: #4/#1/#3.
Heath Bell’s four saves tie him for third in the IL and his 2.25 ERA leads
The rest of the team continues to struggle. The Tides split a doubleheader Sunday, but have dropped four of their last five and seven of their last nine games.
Jose Lima pitched the Tides to their only win of the weekend, a 1-0 defeat of
Jorge Padilla was named the Eastern League’s hitter of the week for the week ending April 23rd. The 26-year old Puerto Rican was 11-for-21 with a HR and 2 2B for a .524 AVG and .762 SLG. He’s now hitting .377/.431/.623, ranking him 1/3/5 in the league respectively. Padilla was originally a 3rd round pick of the Phillies in 1998 out of
The rest of the Eastern League leaderboard is speckled with Mets. Brett Harper’s .373/.448/.492 line puts him third in the league in AVG and atop the charts in OBP. Carlos Gomez’s nine SB tie him for third in the league. Gomez has hit .221/.329/.294 through 17 games.
The B-Mets lost two of three to
Evan MacLane earned the only win for
St. Lucie lost 3-0 to
Four St. Lucie Mets are among the League’s top 10 in ERA: #3
In a very encouraging development, Ambio Concepcion (.348/.411/.455) is tied for second in the league in 2B (7) and is tied for third in SB (7) and hits (23). Already on the Mets 40 man roster,
After not completing Friday’s game, the Suns dropped two one run games to the Lake County Captains to slip back to 2 games under .500 at 7-9. The Suns are tied for fifth place in the eight team SAL North, 3.5 games behind the Lexington Legends.Fernando Martinez, Baseball
Tuesday, April 18, 2006
Some very good friends took my mom to Shea to see Pedro win #200. I’m a little jealous. Pedro called the win, “one of the biggest things to happen” in his career. He reported feeling “light all day.” His press conferences are awesome.
Stars of the Day:
AAA: Lastings Milledge
AA: Brett Harper/Miguel Perez
A+: Jesus Florez/Alay Soler
Jose Lima was tattooed for 9 runs, all earned on 11 hits in four innings. Scranton/WB hung a six spot on the board in the first inning. Royce Ring lasted only .1 of an inning and gave up four runs on three hits.
Lastings Milledge launched his first HR of the year, and along with a double had a 2-2 night with two walks. He was the only Tide with two hits.
Thirty-year old Miguel Perez blanked the ‘cats on two hits through seven innings. Henry Owens picked up his fourth save with a strikeout in the ninth.
The B-Mets did all of their scoring in the fourth. Brett Harper, who was 3-4 singled home a pair in the inning. Harper raised his average to .421.
St. Lucie 12, Daytona 3
The Mets turned a 2-1 heading into the sixth into a laugher with five run innings in the sixth and eighth innings. Ambio Concepcion led the offensive charge from the top of the order with a 4-6 night with 2 doubles and three runs scored. Jesus Flores had his best night of the season by drilling three doubles as part of a 4-5 evening. All told St. Lucie had seven doubles on the night.
Alay Soler lowered his ERA to 0.60 with 5 innings of one run ball. He fanned six and walked one while allowing three hits. I’m as happy with the one walk as I am with the one run, as he seems to be conquering his control issues.
Edgar Alfonzo picked up the three inning save while giving up two runs, but whiffing six ‘lil Cubbies.
OFF. Begin an 8 game homestand starting with
Monday, April 17, 2006
Isn’t it nice to know you root for the best team in baseball?
Last Wednesday, I broadcast a California League record. My team, the Visalia Oaks, became the third team in League history to hit 8 HR in a game in a 17-15 win over the Bakersfield Blaze. Shortstop Reid Brignac had 3, and 8 RBI. He said it was the first time in his life he’d ever hit 3 roundtrippers in a game. The other two times teams to hit 8 HR in a game did it on consecutive days on August 14th, and 15th,1999. Yup, it’s minor league minutiae time.
Since I last wrote, the Tides are 1-4. In their losses, they have scored 2 or 3 runs in every game, and allowed between 5 and 8.
Kaz Matsui is 1-4.
Two guys have had standout games over this stretch: Jeremi Gonzalez, who was a NRI to spring training threw 7 shutout innings on Wednesday night. He struck out nine and walked just one. Jeff Keppinger had a big night in the Tides win Friday with a 3-4 night and 3 runs scored.
There is really good news for me in
The B-Mets are 3-2 in their last five, although they dropped two of three to
Some big offensive lines for B-Mets hitters so far. Twenty-fiver year old catcher Andy Wilson, an NRI to big league camp following MVP honors in St. Lucie a year ago, is getting on base like it’s his job: .300/.404/.350. Baseball
Not so fun is Carlos Gomez’s start. The youngster is hitting but .186/.321/.279 in 43 AB. He’s already stolen 7 bases and been caught twice, but he’s struck out 9 times already.
Henry Owens continues to dominate. He’s faced 25 hitters and struck out 16 and hasn’t yet given up a hit or a run.
Twenty-six year old Willie Collazo has been untouchable in 12 innings. He hasn’t given up a run or a walk yet and just five hits while punching out nine. Last year in
The FSL Mets are 8-2 and trail the Brevard County Manatees by a game in the FSL East. The Mets have won 3 in a row, 5 of 6 and hold a league leading 1.76 ERA. Alay Soler has thrown 10 innings without giving up a run. The good news is that he’s given up only five hits, and struck out 11. The bad news is that his control has been erratic.
Pelfrey has been perfect.
Wednesday, April 12, 2006
Stars of the Day:
AAA: Jose Lima/Chase Lambin
AA: Jay Caligiuri
A+: Mike Pelfrey**
A: Jonathan Niese/Rafael Arroyo
Jose Lima recovered from a disastrous first start and dealt six one run, four hit innings. Bartolome Fortunato was rocked for 3 runs in .2 of an inning in the eighth, but Heath Bell came in and shut the door with the bases loaded.
Chase Lambin was the only Tide with 2 hits. He scored twice and drove in a run. Chris Basak continued his fine start in a 1-3 night with a walk and a run scored. Lastings Milledge was 1-3 with a double and a walk.
Tide Corey Aldridge was thrown out at the plate, and called out when he was ruled to have pulled the ball out of
Jay Caligiuri drove home Carlos Gomez with the winning run with two out in the bottom of the ninth on the 11th pitch of an excellent AB. The Mets fell behind by five runs, rallied to take a 6-5 lead in the eighth, only to
St. Lucie 4, Dayftona 1
Mike Pelfrey was dominant over six innings allowing four hits and an unearned run while punching out seven Cubs without issuing a walk. In 13 FSL innings, Pelfrey has allowed but 6 hits, and struck out 13 batters with one walk. It’s early, but it’s very good.
The southern Mets had just four hits, and scored a pair of unearned runs. Jesus Flores doubled home a run in a 1-4 night. The top three batters in the order, Ambio Concepcion, Jose Coronado, and Shawn Bowman each scored a run.
Jonathan Niese, last June’s 7th round pick, struck out five in five innings. He allowed two unearned runs and three hits in earning his first win of the year. Two non-drafted free agents, Brandon Nall and Joseph Serfass each contributed 2 scoreless innings of relief.
Fernando Martinez, he of the $1.4 million bonus, was 1-3 with a 2B, walk and a run. Catcher Rafael Arroyo, the 24th round pick in 2004, was the only Sun with two hits. He added a double and an RBI.
Tuesday, April 11, 2006
Stars of the Day:
AAA: Yusaku Iriki
AA: Bryan Edwards
A+: Ambio Concepcion/Electrons
A: Leivi Ventura, Drew Butera
The Tides won their first game of the season behind five scoreless innings from Yusaku Iriki. He struck out five walked to, and allowed just one hit: a single to Bisons prospect and Stanford alum Ryan Garko.
Offensively, Lastings Milledge was 1-2, but drove home two runs and scored two. He was plunked on the shoulder twice, and reported that “it’ll be pretty sore in the morning” in the Virginian-Pilot’s game story. Joe Hietpas added a pair of hits in a 2-4 night. Sandy Martinez supplied 3 RBI and a two run HR.
Twenty-year old Carlos Gomez, who’s struggled to a 3-for-21 start, led off the first inning with a single, stole second and scored on Brett Harper’s RBI single. Harper was 2-3 with 2 RBI. Corey Ragsdale was 2-4 with his first homer of the year, a solo shot.
Jorge Padilla won Sunday’s 15 inning game with a walk-off HR, his only longball of the year. He has a team best 5 RBI.
Converted catcher Henry Owens, who was Rule 5ed from the Pirates in 2004 and added the 40-man roster over the winter has been completely dominating in his four innings so far. He hasn’t given up a hit, and has struck out 10!
The Mets have done little to hide their enthusiasm for Gomez, a 20-year-old Dominican with all five tools. Still, having him skip the
I think Goldstein pretty much nailed this one. What’s the rush?
Daytona 3, St. Lucie 5 (Top of the 9th)
In true minor league baseball style, this game has been suspended with a runner on and one out in the top of the ninth, because of a power outage.
Ambio Concepcion was 2-3 with a run and an RBI. Alhaji Turay was 2-4 with a 2B, a run and an RBI
23 year-old Michael Devaney gave up two runs, one earned in four innings in his first start of the year.
Jesus Flores, who missed the first half of last season and then struggled last summer in
The Suns slugged their way to their first win Monday. Leivi Ventura led the way to the promised land with a 3-4 night that included two doubles. Catcher Drew Butera was 2-4, with 2 RBI.
Friday, April 07, 2006
Evan MacLane and Mike Pelfrey rolled. I was fired up to be back in the broadcasting booth for an 11 inning game that ended on a wild pitch. Opening night=good times.
AAA: BJ Upton
AA: Evan Maclane/Brett Harper
A+: Mike Pelfrey
The Tides managed just five hits all night, and three off DRays prospect Jason Hammel in his five innings of work. Lastings Milledge had a hit and Juan Tejeda, who the Mets signed from the Tigers in December, had two.
Jose Lima, Mitch Wylie and Steve Schmoll were all ineffective. This is an excellent
The mayor was in the house. Also, Jose Lima sang God Bless
Evan MacLane, who checks in a #30 on BA’s Mets prospect dominated the Aeros. He limited them to just two hits in five shutout innings. He fanned five and did not issue a walk.
Twenty-six year old Wilson Batista was 2-4 with a double, a triple and n RBI. Brett Harper had three hits as well with a RBI.
As good as Evan MacLane was, he was overshadowed by Mike Pelfrey on Opening Night. Pelfrey’s pro debut was _____________ (thrilling, exciting, tantalizing, or pick your own word). He dealt 5 scoreless innings allowing two weak hits with six strikeouts and one walk.
Alhaji Turay drove home Shawn Bowman with the Florida Mets only run.
1B Nick Evans had a big 3-5 night with a homerun and 3 RBI. Jose Castro had a double and 2 RBI in his 3-5 night.
Niese, Marte, Brown, and Schemmel were each Jose Lima-type ineffective.
Wednesday, April 05, 2006
Rosters for the full season minor league teams came trickling out this week with Opening Day on Thursday. This is absolutely the most hectic week in the life of a minor baseball staffer. The games bring a sweet rhythm but this week is a mad dash.
C: Sandy Martinez
1B: Juan Tejeda
2B: Jeff Keppinger
SS: Chris Basak
3B: Chase Lambin
OF: Lastings Milledge, Cory Aldridge, Julio Ramirez, Todd Self
SP: Jason Scobie, John Main, Jose Lima, Jeremi Gonzalez
BP: Steve Schmoll, Heath
Note: I have 17 of 25 roster spots accounted for.
C: Andy Wilson/Yunir Garcia
1B: Brett Harper
2B: Wilson Batista
SS: Corey Ragsdale
3B: Jay Caligiuri
OF: Carlos Gomez, Bobby Malek, Jorge Padilla, Jonathan Slack
SP: Vincent Cordova, Evan MacLane, Orlando Roman, Miguel Pinango, Bryan Edwards
BP: Eddie Camacho, Willie Collazo, Ryan Cullen, Ivan Maldonado, Tim McNab, Miguel Perez, Luz Portobanco, Henry Owens
Notes: Evan MacLane starts opening day. Also, it was really, really cold in
C: Aaron Hathaway/Sean McCraw
1B: Mike Carp
2B: Blake Whealy/Emanuel Garcia
SS: Ryan Coultas/Russ Triplett
3B: Shawn Bowman/Tyler Davidson
OF: Alhaji Turay, Jamar Hill, Derran Watts, Corey Coles
SP: Alay Soler, Philip Humber, Michael Pelfrey, Michael Devaney, Michael Swindell
BP: Daniel Foley, Tim Worthington, Greg Ramirez, Shane Hawk, Chuck Smith, Greg Belson, Carlos Muniz, Rafael Cova, Blake Eager, Marcelo Perez, Jose Sanchez
Notes: A stacked rotation featuring three Mikes should make for an interesting race to AA.
C: Rafael Arroyo, Andrew Butera, Joan Martinez
1B: Nick Evans
2B: Jose Castro
SS: Jonathan Schemmel, Hector Pellot
3B: Leivi Ventura, Matt Anderson
OF: Fernando Martinez, Elvis Cruz, Jonel Pacheco, Jonathan Sanchez
P: Sal Aguilar, Josh Appell, Eric Brown, Jeff Landing, German Marte, Wagner Mateo, Ryan Meyers, Brandon Nall, Jacobo Neguilis, Jorge Reyes, Joe Serfass, Kevin Tomasiewicz
Notes: I didn’t spend the time to differentiate between starters and relievers in
Sunday, April 02, 2006
Opening day really should be a national holiday. I hope 2006 turns out to be very special.
Monday, the minor league rosters should start to filter out.
In honor of the Big Leaguers Opening Day, I thought I’d analyze the lineup that Willie Randolph said he would use in the opener. The lineup read: Reyes, Lo Duca, Beltran, Delgado, Wright, Floyd, Nady and then Hernandez. I’ve put Diaz, who’s deserves to play this year, in the chart below as well. The OBP, SLG are the weighted mean projections from Baseball Prospectus’s PECOTA forecasting system. Essentially, they’re a “best guess.” MLVr is Marginal Lineup Value, Rate. My favorite way to think about it is that it represents the number of runs a hitter could be expected to contribute above replacement level per game.
Why is Lo Duca batting second? He projects to have the third lowest OBP of the starters, the second lowest SLG and the second worst overall production by MLVr. Why not move the Beltran through RF section of the lineup up a spot, and drop Lo Duca to seventh?
The Mets announced late last week that Minor League Field Coordinator Tony Tijerina will be the interim manager in
Wednesday, March 29, 2006
The Mets decided their position battles Tuesday: Anderson Hernandez beat out Jeff Keppinger for the starting 2B nod while Brian Bannister edged out Aaron Heilman for the fifth starter’s spot. A disappointed Heilman will start the season in the bullpen. I don’t think I would have done it the way the Mets did, but I can’t get too worked up about either move because the reasoning makes sense AND I’m not in St. Lucie watching the guys play and work out every day. So lets assume the Mets got this right for now.
The front office clearly like Hernandez’s defense and with Delgado at first, a second baseman with range sounds good to me. If he doesn’t hit at all, the Mets can always recall Keppinger. Also, when Matsui comes back, he’ll spell Hernandez. It’s a fine short-term experiment, I think. If it were me, I think I might have gone with Keppinger who possesses experience and some on-base skills, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he ends up playing at second in Shea soon enough.
As regards the pitching staff, I think I like what the Mets were doing. Odds are the sixth guy will eventually have to make some starts. Does anyone really think that Pedro, Glavine, Trachsel and Zambrano will make every one of their scheduled starts this year? Me either. So, barring a trade, Bannister AND Heilman will end up in the rotation together. The Mets brass had to choose between the current alignment and one with Bannister in AAA, Heilman in the rotation, and someone else filling a spot in the bullpen. Believe me, Heilman will pitch his innings and be a big part of the 2006 Mets. As long as Jose Lima isn’t on the big league roster, I’m happy.
Tuesday, Lastings Milledge, Tike Redman, Todd Self, Sandy Martinez, Jeff Keppinger and relievers Royce Ring and Juan Perez, were all sent to the minors. Milledge and Lambin were both 0-1 against the Marlins.
Monday, Mitch Wylie refused an assignment to
The BMets have a new website up at http://2006.bmets.com/. Congratulations to Scott Brown, Robert Ford and the rest of ‘em shivering in
I’ll have a new website, which will be sweet, possibly by as early as my next post.