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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Mets Draft Well with Harvey Trade Rumor Voting is Open Oswalt or Lee? Given the Names, I Think Anything out of Houston is a Shot Worth Missing.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Breaking a Long Silence

The Backstop Back At Ya: It has been some time since the Backstop has been able to collect his thoughts enough to post an opinion about the 2010 Queens NY Baseball enigma that is the NY Mets.
Sow I just threw together a few quick things that we as Met fans could ponder and discuss.
To Begin:  My predictions about certain players' performance going into the season are not always right.  They are often close.  Often spot on even. As far as the starting pitching staff goes this year I could not have been more wrong.  I really thought John Maine was going to step up, stay healthy and return to his 2007 form.  I also said that Oliver Perez had a 65-75% chance of rebounding from what was ultimately a masked knee injury that nobody wanted to blame the WBC for.
Well I was pretty far off on those 2.
I also made an educated prediction concerning Mike Pelfrey.  It was not hard to see.  He was a) coming off a shaky year where as a second year player, he just could not keep his spirits up, his sinker down, and his head leveled.  b) Going into a season as primarily a ground ball pitcher with Mike Jacobs, a left handed catch 22 first baseman and an aging Loise Castillo at second.  Jose Reyes was not going to start the season at shortstop leaving David Wright as the only (slightly) above average infielder to play behind Big Pelf.  This basically meant that Frenchy had a chance to have more outs thrown to first base than 3 of the 4 infielders.  This lead me to the conclusion that after 4 or 5 games of watching 30 hop ground balls finding their way into the outfield that Pelfrey was slowly going to go insane. c) I guess I just wanted to believe that they were going to swing a deal for a big time #2/#1a starter before they broke camp in St. Lucie.
Well I could not have been more wrong about any of those predictions.  Maine is hurt...Again.  Perez has made his way onto The Backstop's very short list of players that I am done apologizing for. I just can't make excuses for a guy that forces his team to play with a 24 man roster because he and his agent are above taking a minor league assignment in hopes of maybe earning some of the money he is presently stealing.  Its not like there is no evidence of this working before. (See Steve Trachsel & Bobby Jones.)
Most of all I was wrong about Mike Pelfrey.  I continue to be amazed at how he continues to step up each time his spot comes up in the rotation.  Each start seems more dominant than the last.  At this point, aside from one game against the Phillies where Roy Haliday was virtually untouchable, Mike has no other blips on the radar.  In fact, if we begin to discuss the NL Cy Young award possibles for this season Only Ubaldo Jimmenez has positioned himself in a class above the likes of Pelfrey, Haliday, The 2 former A's aces Zito, and Hudson, Josh Johnson and a few others are in the same discussion.
I Like Ike Davis.  Enough said.
The Mets offense goes the way Jose Reyes goes.  Simply look at the team's win/loss record when he is and isn't playing.  That speaks for itself.
METS TRADE TALK: Yeah its almost that time.  We need a starter.  I have heard several names.  Most notably Cliff Lee and Roy Oswalt being the most intriguing at this point.
What most people don't know about Oswalt:  He has a clause in his contract that if he gets traded (which he would have to agree to) he has the right to declare free agency at the end of the season.  Because it is part of the CBA this clause can't be waived prior or after he is traded.  Considering what we would have to give up for him I think this is a red flag and that going after Oswalt could prove to a huge mistake.
That takes me to my argument for Cliff Lee.  Every start he makes, what the Mariners can get for him becomes less.  The Mets are the only team that can afford to  pick up for the remainder of the season.  We already know that he is going to test free agency at the end of the year.   It would be nice to have a guy that is playing to earn a big contract for once instead of being the team that winds up trading for the latter part of all this big contracts gone wrong.   Maybe we sign him, maybe we don't.  I will be fine with the draft picks if we don't.  Baseball is changing back to a stage where home grown talent to develop the core of a team that comes through the system together.
Finally Cliff Lee gives the Mets 2 things that they need to return to prominence. 1) If they can stay within a snake bit of contention, a 1,2,3, punch of Santana, Pelfrey, & Lee could position to get hot at the right time and maybe steal a playoff birth from another team for once. 2) The Mets need to recharge the Mets rivalry with the Phillies.  What would accomplish that better than getting the pitcher that they traded for Roy Haliday this off season and beating them with him?
My last point is a bit out of the parking lot behind the bleachers behind the fence that is behind left field.
But here it is anyway.  I have said for a long time that the WilponsSteinbrenners.  Well I changed my mind.  I got a much better idea.
Apple C.E.O. Steve Jobs.  This is likely a point that would be better dedicating an entire blog to but think about it.  Even from a marketing perspective.  "The Mets Home Opener Next Week at The Big Apple." The i-Met. Changing the home run apple to the Macintosh Apple.  Most of all Apple is the technology company that has been left for dead countless times in the past 30 years only to come back re-invented stronger and more innovative than ever.  That is how The Backstop wants his baseball team ran.

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