Tagged: Nationals

Lots and Lots of Injuries

Over the weekend there were a lot of injuries that happened to the Mets but since I had no internet, I wasn’t able to blog about them. Here is a list of injuries:

Could be back this week.
Brian Schnieder – He has been working in extended spring training. Hopes to be back this week.
Jose Reyes – Did not play in Boston. Jerry Manual said that Reyes would not play today (Monday) at Citi Field against the Nats.
Francisco Rodrieguez – After being in the hospital Saturday, Franky was able to jog out to the bullpen yesterday and he did alittle bit of warming up.
Ryan Church – He could be sent to the disabled list according to Manual. Jerry said that Church will be examined on his sore right hamstring today.
Ramon Martinez – He was taken out in the 8th inning yesterday due to back pain. Manual also said that Fernando Tatis could be the starter at shortstop today.
With all of these injuries the Mets only have 2 guys on the bench. The backup catcher and Reed or Pagan.
If you have not yet guessed on today’s trivia
then you can find it here.

Postgame: Nationals 8 at Mets 1 (Fail to Sweep)

The Mets today yet again failed to sweep their series as they lost to the Nationals 8-1 at Citi Field.

(This will not be a normal postgame report)

I was at the game and Ollie was not good butmy prediction is that he will do amazing next start in Phillie.
Ollie will make his next start on Friday against the Phillies, a team that Ollie has done really well against. Ollie only gave up 1 earned run against the Phillies last year.
Also some of the scoreboards broke. The strip scoreboard in left field that people were putting K-cards on last Friday was broken. (I guess the security people were right about it braking.) Then during the game the center field big scoreboard went completely off for about the first 2 innings of the game. Then it went on but there was a big strip of black in the middle so you couldn’t read anything on it. Then they put the Mets logo up so it wouldn’t be wasted. THen  the scoreboard tarted to work again but there was one black dot in the middle. The Mets then put the regular stuff on the scoreboard with that black dot there. Then it was all fixed for the rest of the game but by that time the Mets were completely out of it.
You would think this is a old stadium with all of this happening but Citi Field is brand new this year.
Also during the game the Mets had Casey Fossum pitch 2 1/3 innings.He did horrible in his first 1/3 of a inning but then settled in but the truth is that Casey Fossum stinks.
After the game, the Mets DFA’d Fossum and brought up left handed reliver Ken Takahashi from triple-A Buffalo. In Buffalo he had a 0.77 ERA in 11 2/3 innings.

Postgame: Nationals 3 at Mets 4 (Series Opener)

Last night the Mets beat the Nationals 4-3 at Citi Field.

W- Johan Santana (3-1)
L – Scott Olsen (0-3)
S – Francisco Rodriguez (4)
Box Score/Recap

At the Plate:
  • The Mets had 11 hits.
  • The Mets were 1 for 16 with runners in scoring position.
On the Mound:
  • Johan went 5 shutout but then gave up a home run to Nick Johnson in the 6th.
    IP  H  R ER BB SO HR PC-ST ERA
    J Santana 6.0 6 1 1 1 10 1 104-78 0.70

  • Bobby Parnell then came in for 2/3 of a inning and Feliciano finished the 7th.
  • J.J. Putz then pitched the 8th scoreless.
  • Franky Rodriguez then came in for the 9th and gave up a 2 run home run but was then able to hold the lead.
  • The bullpen’s line was this: 
    Bullpen IP  H  R ER BB SO HR PC-ST ERA
    R Parnell (H, 3) 0.2 1 0 0 0 2 0 18-13 2.08
    P Feliciano (H, 2) 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 5-3 4.50
    J Putz (H, 4) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 10-9 3.00
    F Rodriguez (S, 4) 1.0 2 2 2 0 1 1 22-14 2.70
    Totals 6.0 3 2 2 0 4 1 55-39

My Opinion:
Johan was great. Parnell, Feliciano and Putz all relieved well. Johan had to keep his pitch count lower and get another inning. Franky was wild and not so good. He hadn’t pitched in 6 days so that was a problem.

Player of Game:
Johan Santana for his great day.
Up Next:
Today at 1 PM vs Nats.

4/24 – Trivia


Rubber Duck Trivia

Yesterday’s trivia goes to Donnie of The Season Experience for knowing that John Franco gave up his number 31 for Mike Piazza and switched to 45.

Standings:
                                         PTS  Wins
The Season Experience        2        1
Today’s Question: 2 Points

The Nationals manager from last year was a ex-coach of the Mets. Who was he and what did he do for the Mets?

♠ This is a 2 part question so if you get only 1 part then you get half credit.

♣ First one to post a comment with the correct answer wins. Please leave a link to your blog so I can post your link as a winner.

Pregame: Nationals at Mets (Series Opener)

Today the Mets (6-9, 4th in NL East, 5 GB) will try to bounce back against the Washington Nationals (3-11, 5th in NL East, 7 GB).

The Lineup:
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Mets Hat

Gary Sheffield, RF
Fernando Tatis, LF
Ramon Castro, C
Johan Santana, P

The Pitchers:

Scott Olsen

  • #19 LHP
  • (0-2) 9.00 ERA 10 SO
On Saturday, Olsen was given a five-run cushion after one inning against the Marlins, but he struggled in the top of the second inning, when Ronny Paulino hit a two-run homer. After that, it was smooth sailing. The lefty lasted seven innings and gave up three runs (two earned) on six hits. It was the Nationals’ third straight quality start.

Johan Santana

  • #57 LHP
  • (2-1) 0.46 ERA 27 SO
Santana leads the National League and is second in the Majors with a 0.46 ERA. Still, the Mets ace is 2-1 and has received a total of four runs of offensive support. Saturday’s win was typical Johan — seven scoreless innings with seven strikeouts — and the Mets’ one run was enough for the win. Santana has been unstoppable this season and didn’t allow a Brewers batter past first base in his most recent start.

How to Catch It:

Locally:

TV: SNY

Radio: WFAN 660 AM

Español: WADO 1280 AM 

On the Web:

MLB.TV and Gameday Audio

MLB Gameday and ESPN Gamecast

Daily Scouting Report: NL East

Today the NL East starts with the Philadelphia Phillies hosting the Atlanta Braves  at Citizen’s Bank Park at 8 PM on ESPN2.

Phillies Logo
My Predictions: 2nd in NL East, Record: 87-67
Playoff Bracket: 2nd in NL East, Wild Card Winner, (still voting)

Key Pickup: Raul Ibanez
Big Loss: Pat Burrell
The Phillies are  coming off a World Series win. They have now lost their power right handed bat, Pat Burrell, and replaced him with a left handed power bat, Raul Ibanez. The Phillies are now filled with lefties so Pedro Feliciano should be able to get them out.
Braves
My Predictions: 5th in NL East, Record: 63-99
Playoff Bracket: 4th in NL East

The Braves are looking to bounce back from a bad year but I don’t think they will. They lost John Smoltz to the Red Sox and they won’t be able to pitch. The Braves will really struggle over the next few years.
Marlins Logo

My Predictions: 3rd in NL East, Record: 81-83
Playoff Bracket: 3rd in NL East, T-2nd in NL Wild Card.

The Marlins are getting better each year. Their rotation has pretty good young guys and same with their position players. They have Hanley Ramirez who is great. Maybe even the best in the league. I think what the Marlins need is a veteran player who still pretty good. Someone like Carlos Delgado who is a x-Marlin.
Nationals Logo
My Predictions: 4th in NL East, Record 74-88
Playoff Bracket: 5th in NL East

The Nationals are getting better. I think Josh Willingham was a good pick-up. The big thing is that the Nationals need pitching. I think the Nationals will be able to beat up mediocre teams but not anyone good.
Also if there is a player that relates to the Mets that you want me to write a report on then let me know in a comment. Try to make it someone that most people don’t know.

Nationals 1 at Mets 4 (postgame)

The Mets (12-13-1) beat the Nationals (11-13-2) by a score of 4-1.

W – Johan Santana (1-1)
L – John Jannon (1-1)
S – Pedro Feliciano (1)
  • The Mets beat the Nationals for the first time this spring.
  • Daniel Murphy was 3 for 4 against a left handed pitcher.
  • Johan went 7 innings giving up 1 run, 4 hits, 0 walks and 6 Ks throwing 75 pitches. (65 for strikes) Probably would’ve gone the distance in a regular season game.
  • Carlos Delgado was 2 for 4 and is hitting .529