Thursday, April 13, 2006

I Hate This Team

Man this sucks. This entire series was tough to watch as the Mets almost universally destroyed our pitching, and our anemic bats couldn't do crap.

The only joy I had was watching Carlos Beltran's bomb (or was it Delgado's? Floyd's? Wright's?) bounce off the facing of the mezanine in right as Jose Guillen, last year's fence whiner, stood there without moving. The ball was hit so hard it bounced back, and halfway to Jose Vidro, this year's whiner. Memo to los dos Joses: STFU!

Vidro ripped the park and said that the team doesn't care about its players. Needless to say, team officials weren't pleased with that:
Vidro and Tavares met in a hallway outside the home clubhouse in the hour or so before yesterday's game. The two men -- one its longest-tenured player, the other its outspoken president -- yelled at each other about the issue, in part because Vidro accused club management of not caring about the players, in part because he had done so publicly.

"They were in each other's faces," one source said.

I really hate this team sometimes. If they're not going to win, at least have some likeable players.

What pisses me off about Vidro's comments are the short-sightedness, not to mention their stupidity. RFK's dimensions have greatly helped the pitching staff over the last year. Further, he's whining about high fly balls to centerfield. RFK isn't any bigger than any other park to dead center. Unless the ball's scraping the wall, it's going to be an out in 28 other major league parks, too. So shut the hell up, Jose. Hit the farking ball down the line, where the Mets showed time and time and time and time again that it can be crushed. Idiots.

  • Livan Hernandez sure earned his Lame Duck for today's crappy pitching. I read on a Mets forum that one of the Mets announcers (Darling perhaps?) indicated that he felt that Livan was tipping his pitches. That could certainly explain the barrage of homers. Coming into the season I was optimistic that Livan's frosting-filled knee would allow him to pitch better than last year. Is it tipping pitches? Are years of thousands of pitches affecting him? Is it just a bad stretch? On a pitching staff with thousands of questions, Livan was practically a certainty. Shows ya what I know, huh?

  • In Wednesday's game, Tony Armas pitched brilliantly. His slider was deadly, breaking in ways that I hadn't seen before from him. Last year, his slider wasn't all that different from his fastball. Last night, it had more of a frisbee action, with a hard, late break. Combine that with the extra zip on his fastball, and Armas is poised for a breakout season. We were looking for someone to fill the Loaiza role. I think he's going to be able to do it.

  • Brandon Watson earned the Lame Duck for Wednesday's game, with Jose Guillen's soul-crushing bases-loaded GIDP almost stealing it. But Watson added zippo with the bat, and completely misplayed two balls to center, leading to two Mets runs. This team just doesn't have that kind of margin for error.

  • The defense, in general, has been uniformly pathetic. This is one of the problems with how defense is measured. Watson clearly misplayed those two balls, yet neither affects the team's fielding percentage, which is the only stat most people cite. You can't make an error on a ball you can't get to!

    Alfonso Soriano misplayed a single into a triple. Jose Guillen's had a number of bad throws, including one in Wednesday's game which directly led to a run. Livan failed to cover first base on a pickoff play in Houston. Jose Vidro flubbed a ball, preventing the team from getting a double play. None of those count as errors. But they all affect the play and are all plays that a good team would make.

    Maybe subbing Church for Watson will help? But it can only help at one spot. They simply need to play better.

  • Watching today, it seemed like the Nats changed their offensive strategy halfway through the game. Instead of trying to rip the hell out of pitches, they started going with them, and strung together a bunch of hits by going the other way and deposting balls in front of the outfielders. I don't know if that was a conscious decision, or if that was just a function of the terrible Victor Zambrano on the mound.

  • Joey Eischen stinks. And he's a loudmouth. Free Bill Bray.

  • I'm really down right now. This team has sort of sucked the life out of me. I'm looking forward to seeing a team other than the Mets, and a team that's more of the level we're at. Of course we get to face Dontrelle tomorrow night, so I'm fully prepared for another loss.

    Fire Bowden!


    • Hey, I'm a Mets fan, but I really enjoy your writing and I read your blog sometimes. I'm really sorry for what we did to you these past few days.. Being a Mets fan I know what it's like to have your favorite team on a rough stretch. Just hang in there... every team will go 2-8 at some point during the season, you just got it out of the way early. Better times lie ahead. You should at least be able to take 2/3 from the marlins

      By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/14/2006 1:31 AM  

    • The problem with RFK as far as the Nats are concerned is that most of the power on the team is to center field, and this hurts guys like Guillen, who can't or won't pull the ball. When a team hits nothing but 400 ft outs to center field, something needs to be corrected. Either change the dimensions or get players who can pull the ball.

      By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/14/2006 8:53 AM  

    • Thanks, david. I'm just glad we don't have to see your farkin' team for another few weeks. Hopefully by then, David Wright will have suffered a career-ending injury! ;)

      Actually, I wouldn't wish that on him. He's amazing to watch, and it's scary to think what kind of numbers he's going to put up by the end of his career. Now if Willie would put him 3 or 4...!

      You're right! That's exactly what I've been saying for a while. Guillen is a horrible match for the park. Vidro's ok... he does pull the ball for power. But Nick Johnson really seems like he's the only who's been able to adapt. I remember Ryan Church hitting really well at home, too.

      Things can't get worse at this point! ;)

      By Blogger Chris Needham, at 4/14/2006 9:02 AM  

    • I actually thinnk after the Beltran HR Vidro looked at the ball in the outfield and said "See, he crushed that ball and it only got this far!"

      By Blogger Harper, at 4/14/2006 9:09 AM  

    • Ummm...can Bowden trade himself? (to the Reds)

      By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/14/2006 9:34 AM  

    • And another stark reality is the new owner. When the new ownership group is announced and the deal is closed, that'll mean very little for this year's edition of the team. The new owners don't pitch, hit, or field. They can fire the entire front office and bring in a new one, but those guys don't pitch, hit, or field either.

      So I'll keep going to the games and keep hoping that the Marlins are worse. Funny how a team starting six rookies making league minimum is likely to do as well as the Nats.

      By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/14/2006 11:10 AM  

    • Between the Mets and Yankees, NYC is going to get to see an incredible amount of offense this season.

      Ah, the ability to spend.

      By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/14/2006 11:25 AM  

    • thank god I have David Wright on my fantasy squad, otherwise i'd be even more depressed.

      by the way this is the best team specific blog going (sorry wizznutzz)...keep it up, we'll get our owner soon (please Lerner).

      By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/14/2006 1:16 PM  

    • Thanks Mr. Majority! I really appreciate that. Lord knows I'm not doing it for money or wins! ;)

      By Blogger Chris Needham, at 4/14/2006 1:18 PM  

    • Hey...longtime Expos/Nats fan and let me tell you that anyone who expects Armas to make as many starts or pitch as many innings as EL did last year? Well let's just say Vegas would love to take your money;)

      By Blogger Dennis, at 4/14/2006 8:57 PM  

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