I Know Jeter, Jeter Is A Friend Of Mine, You’re No Jeter

Bases loaded, Yankees trail 7-3 with the season on the line, one out and A-Rod steps to the plate.

A weak ground ball to short, steps on second for one, over to first.  Double play.  Side retired.

And that’s why you will never be loved in NYC, A-Rod.

(by the way is this post in violation of the “accounts, descriptions…” silly disclaimer that they announce?  Can I not mention that A-Rod grounded into a DP?)

In other mid-game news, that was vintage “Four Inning Pedro” tonight.  Sure he went 5, but he was gassed in the 5th, hence the nickname.   They spotted you seven, could you not wear out the shaky bullpen please.

Niese Is The Word

Been waiting all year to write that headline.  Looks like September 2nd is the day my new favorite Met joins the team.

Look at the extension on that left arm.

More home grown Mets!  Less Braves, Dodgers and Red Socks.  I love it!

Four Reasons The Mets Shouldn’t Worry About Pelfrey’s Innings Count

A week ago the talk was of limiting Mike Pelfrey’s innings.  One John Maine injury later and suddenly Pelfrey’s long term health doesn’t seem to matter.   The Mets need a consistent policy, so I will provide it for them.   Go for it…..

Four Reasons The Mets Shouldn’t Worry About Pelfrey’s Innings Count

1.  Dwight Gooden.   Mets Police have always been troubled by the Mets tinkering with the young Gooden.  They wanted him to throw fewer pitches.  The plan was so he could pitch into his 40s.   Yeah the drugs had something to do with it – but he wound up having arm problems anyway.   If it ain’t broke don’t fix it.   24-4 was pretty good, leave it alone.

2.  The Joba rules.   The NYY’s tried to nurse their young guy.  He wound up with arm problems anyway.

3.  Did arm problems exist before last year?    Tom Seaver threw 1000 innings in his first 4 years.  2000 in his first 8.  I never heard of this “max innings” nonsense until last year.   We watch little leaguers pitch from March to August and we’re going to worry about Mike Pelfrey?

4.  You have to go for it when you have the chance.   As Mets fans know, you can easily go a long time between playoff appearances.  Pelfrey is the Mets ace, and they have a half game lead.   The division is there for the taking – you have to take the shot.

Three Reasons Mets Police Accept The Jets PSL plan

Three reasons the Mets Police accept Woody Johnson’s peace offering:

1.  We weren’t going to win this one.  Sometimes you have to settle.  There was no way the Jets would go PSL-free after the Giants went whole hog.

2.  Woody met us half way.  Sure the Jets are going to make a mint for no reason, like the Giants, but at least there’s enough of an effort here to look us in the eye and say he threw us a bone.   Which he did.  Yes this sucks, but it only sucks half as bad as the Giants.

3.  “The little guy” didn’t get screwed.  Do I feel bad for folks that have had seats forever in the lower decks?  Of course I do.  At least they have the opportunity to move upstairs.  No you can’t sit down low, but you probably don’t fly first class either, and no you can’t have a beach house.  The rich get access, the blue collar guy doesn’t.  It’s the way of the world.

Giants ownership – are you willing to be as halfway honorable as the Jets?

Castillo For Maine is A Bad Trade

If I offered you Luis Castillo for John Maine you would laugh at me. Well today the Mets gained Castillo and lost John Maine to the DL. That’s not good. The starting pitching is sketchy and the bullpen is worse. Not much they can do about either. This looks like a “hang on and hope” type playoff run. Big series in Philly this week.

Might we finally see Jon Niese?