>Frustrating Mets Losses

> Another cool post from another blog.

Ulti-Met Frustration
So I’ve got this little mini-series of a thing going here on frustrating losses and loyal reader Eric Orns contributed nicely to the cause, both with the title for this piece and the suggestion to look into one rather petrifying game…rest is here


>Pedro Exposed

> The Mets have this wonderful habit of getting stars from other teams. Vince Coleman, Bobby Bonilla, even Tom “Cylon” Glavine. I’m here to expose Pedro.

Pedro draws my wrath for several reasons including not being at Opening Day 2008. Apparently “Pedro being Pedro” has a flexible schedule, and also doesn’t require winning any clutch games.

In 2005, his first season as a Met, Martinez posted a 15-8 record with a 2.82 ERA, 208 strikeouts, and a league-leading 0.95 WHIP. It was his sixth league WHIP title, and the fifth time that he led the Major Leagues in the category. Opponents batted .204 against him. Great! They finished third with a whopping 83 wins! That’s three fewer than the legendary 1976 Mets that you can’t name five players on.

Martinez started the 2006 season at the top of his game. At the end of May, he was 5-1 with a 2.50 ERA. Great! This guy is 20 and 9 as a Met! Awesome right? Let’s take it from here.

Beginning on June 6, Martinez went 4-7 with a 7.10 ERA in a series of spotty starts interrupted twice by stays on the disabled list. The Mets went to the playoffs without him.

2007? The right-hander went 3-1 in five starts with a 2.57 ERA. But his last start was a crucial 3-0 loss to St. Louis in the final week of the 2007 Mets’ historic collapse.

2008? 4 innings.

So since June 6, 2006 this guy is 7 and 5. Whoopdedoo. He’s 27-17 as a Met. He has won 7 more games than Tom Seaver since June 2006. Maine is 22-16. Perez is 17-13.

Lance Johnson to Close Out Shea?

Seaver Fan says The Mets have put a countdown tracker on the outfield wall, counting down the number of games remaining at Shea. Prior to each game, someone gets to pull down the previous day’s number to reveal the new number (it’s currently at 74). Last night, play-by-play radio man Howie Rose mentioned that as the numbers get down into the range that includes baseball uni numbers, the team will have former Mets players remove the numbers associated with their uniforms. In other words, Tom Seaver will probably get to pull down the 41, Jerry Koosman will no doubt pull down the 36, and so on.

So, the Mets being the Mets are sure to invite good ol’ #1, Lance Johnson, to join us on September 28th.

The New York Giants

I’m new to this blogging thing and don’t want to have improper etiquette…..but I stumbled across this and wanted to share.

Ladies and gentlemen, as we welcome the team formerly known as the New York Baseball Giants into Shea Stadium, we are reminded of the links the Mets share with their forebear whose history is all too often overlooked when discussing the development of baseball as our national pastime and our Metropolitan passion. Look no further than the orange NY the Mets wear on their caps to understand that the road to Shea Stadium truly wound through the Polo Grounds, and that road began to take shape long before 1962. It dates to the 19th century and wraps around names like John McGraw, Christy Mathewson, Bill Terry, Carl Hubbell, Mel Ott and Monte Irvin to name just a few of the New York Giant greats. Yes, the Mets and Giants, as the only two National League entries to explicitly represent the City of New York on a going basis, can be said to have sprouted from the same family tree.

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