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MLB Season Preview: #22 New York Mets

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Overview: The New York Mets are a franchise in turmoil. After many of their players were ravished by injuries last season, the Mets are looking to rebound. However, the team finds itself decimated of prospects, still struggling with injuries, and filled with veterans that are creeping past their prime.

Offseason Moves: As expected, the Mets made a splash on offense, bringing in OF Jason Bay. However, after spending most of their money on Bay, New York only made the minor moves of bringing in C Rod Barajas, OF Gary Matthews Jr., and Ps Kelvim Escobar and Ryota Igarashi.

Projected Lineups and Pitching Staff:

1. CF Angel Pagan (.306, 6 HR, 32 RBI) —— starting for injured CF Carlos Beltran (.325, 10 HR, 48 RBI)

2. SS Jose Reyes (.279, 2 HR, 15 RBI)

3. 3B David Wright (.307, 10 HR, 72 RBI)

4. LF Jason Bay (.267, 36 HR, 119 RBI)

5. RF Jeff Francouer (.280, 15 HR, 78 RBI)

6. 1B Daniel Murphy (.266, 12 HR, 63 RBI)

7. C Rod Barajas (.226, 19 HR, 71 RBI)

8. 2B Luis Castillo (.302, 1 HR, 40 RBI)

Backup C: Omir Santos (.260, 7 HR, 40 RBI)

Backup IF: Alex Cora (.251, 1 HR, 18 RBI)

Backup OF: Angel Pagan when Carlos Beltran returns from injury —-(stats above)

Backup OF: Gary Matthews Jr. (.250, 4 HR, 50 RBI)

1. Johan Santana (13-9, 3.13 ERA)

2. Mike Pelfrey (10-12, 5.03 ERA)

3. John Maine (7-6, 4.43 ERA)

4. Oliver Perez (3-4, 6.82 ERA)

5. Fernando Nieve (3-3, 2.95 ERA)

CP: Francisco Rodriguez (3-6, 3.71 ERA, 35 SV)

SU: Kelvim Escobar (0-1, 3.60 ERA)

SU: Pedro Feliciano (6-4, 3.03 ERA)

MR: Sean Green (1-4, 4.52 ERA)

MR: Ryota Igarashi (No stats in ’09)

MR: Tobi Stoner (0-0, 4.00 ERA)

LR: Nelson Figueroa (1-0, 0.00 ERA)

LR: Pat Misch (3-4, 4.48 ERA)

Player to watch: 3B David Wright has to have a rebound year offensively if the Mets have any shot this season. Putting up another 10 HR campaign cannot be done, as New York is already a lineup devoid of power due to both injury and talent.

Prediction: 65-97, 5th place in NL East

The Mets are a team that is already decimated in injury. They simply have zero power, and zero pitching. Even the Nationals will be a better club than the Mets this season. New York is one of two teams that will be experiencing a blow up after the season, meaning that the GM will be fired, and many of the players will be let go as the Mets will have to go back to the drawing board.

The Unsung Hero… Jamie Moyer

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On Saturday, September 12, 2009, I was standing along the third base line at Citizens Bank Park. This is where I took in a Phillies-Mets game, and heard some of the most outrageous things I’ve ever heard in my life.

Jamie Moyer took the mound for the Phils, in place of injured starter J.A. Happ. It’s well known that Moyer has struggled this season, and was demoted to the bullpen. As the first inning went by, Moyer gave up four runs on four hits, including a home run to Mets CF Carlos Beltran. While Jamie was walking to the dugout, many fans cheered their native son. One fan next to me was not cheering.

“BOO! I WOULDN’T CARE IF YOU RETIRED RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE FIRST INNING! YOU DON’T HAVE ANYTHING ANYMORE MOYER! BOOO! JUST RETIRE ALREADY!

Jamie MoyerAfter Moyer’s hard first inning, he pitched six more innings of one run ball, and only gave up three more hits. When Moyer was lifted in the seventh, the Phillies had the lead by a score of 9-5. The fan booing Moyer had slowly quieted during the game, but still gave a rousing chant of “LET’S GO PANTHERS!” (Of course, the Panthers lost to the Eagles 38-10 the next day.) Another fan asked our Moyer Hater if he had changed his opinion of Moyer throughout the game. Our Hater responded: “No sir. He’s still got nothing. I wouldn’t care if we cut ties with him right now.”

Ironically, it was the Phillies’ bullpen that blew this game, not Moyer, as the Mets won 11-10 in the ninth. Still, this leads me to Moyer, and what he has done for this Phillies team.

  • Since being traded to Philadelphia in late 2006, Jamie Moyer has won a club leading 47 games.
  • Even though Jamie has struggled this season, he still leads the Phillies in wins with 12.
  • Jamie Moyer has won both NL East Division clinching games the past two years, and won Game 3 of the World Series.
  • While young pitchers like Cole Hamels and J.A. Happ have come to the big leagues, they have come to Moyer for guidance and advice because of his immense amount of experience. He is like having a second pitching coach.
  • Jamie Moyer was born in Sellersville, PA and went to St. Joseph’s University. This makes Moyer a hometown hero to many, and a great leader and role model.
  • Every game that Moyer does not pitch, he is out signing autographs toJamie Moyer 2 every fan that asks, which has become a rare thing in today’s game.
  • Jamie Moyer is not a power pitcher. He is all about control, and throwing different variations of pitches at different times. Moyer studies hitters and scouting reports, and is an overall student of the game.

All in all, Jamie Moyer has been one of the most integral parts of the Phillies’ recent success in the past couple years. His experience and clutch performances have been unbelievable, and any Major League Baseball team would be lucky to have a future Hall of Famer, such as Moyer, on their staff. Not to mention, Moyer is a true baseball player who is both kind and great to fans, and a true role model. While not a star, Jamie Moyer is one of my favorite players, and someone I will remember far after his playing days are done. Although, he plans on pitching until he is fifty, so his days aren’t quite numbered yet.

While Jimmy Rollins is getting base hits and stealing bases, while Chase Utley is hitting two run doubles, and while Ryan Howard is smashing home runs, Jamie Moyer is pitching, and teaching, which is just as valuable. Moyer quietly keeps winning and helping the Phillies win, which truly makes him the Phillies’ Unsung Hero.

Odds and Ends

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After not posting anything in two weeks, I figure it’s time to cover up some odds and ends. First, I was totally wrong on the Penguins, and congratulations to them for winning the Stanley Cup. Also, congratulations to the Lakers for winning their 15th title.

Other things I am waiting on:

  • Stephen Strasburg to sign with the Nationals…which could never happen.
  • Brett Favre to come back… which might not happen this time!
  • Terrell Owens’ first accusation of secret meetings between Trentto Edwards and Lee Evans in Buffalo.
  • The Flyers to let longtime wing, and fan favorite Mike Knuble walk.
  • The New York Mets to somehow overcome their injuries, only to collapse to the Phillies again in September.
  • The Cowboys, even without their alleged problem in Owens, to once again lose in the first round of the playoffs.
  • Ricky Rubio to return to Spain, just because he doesn’t want to play in Minnesota.
  • Stephen Curry’s first trade request out of Golden State.lebron
  • LeBron James, Chris Bosh, and Curry to unite in New York, and lift the Knicks to a title.
  • The Padres to trade Jake Peavy, for much less value then they had been asking for.
  • The Blue Jays collapse down the stretch, after they decide to keep ace Roy Halladay.
  • The Orioles to get good! Of course, this won’t happen for another five years, but they are the future of the AL East.
  • The Indians to trade Victor Martinez, Cliff Lee, and anyone else who could actually be apart of a winning ball club that they apparently don’t need.
  • The Cubs to win a World Series.

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Yes, I am waiting on a lot, much of which could conceivably happen.