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.
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Today the, now first place, Mets (15-13, 1st in NL East) will host the Pittsburgh Pirates (12-18, 6th in NL Central, 6.5 GB) at 1 PM.
- RHP Livan Hernandez (2-1, 5.53 ERA) will start for the Mets.
- RHP Ian Snell (1-4, 4.50 ERA) gets the start for the Pirates.
What to Look For:
- Mets on 6 game win streak.
- Only 1 catcher with Castro hurt.
- Ryan Church in huge slump.
I have a feeling that Livan will be hit hard but hopefully I am wrong.
How to Catch It:
TV: PIX 11
Radio: WFAN 660 AM
Español: WADO 1280 AM
On the Web:
MLB.TV and Gameday Audio
MLB Gameday and ESPN Gamecast
Today both Fernando Tatis and Gary Sheffield will be in the lineup with Murphy and Church sitting against the lefty.
I thought Jerry Manual said that Murphy would play against both righties and lefties.
The Mets lineup should look like this:
Tatis is in the lineup because Jerry wants him to get at bats. I understand that but Murphy and Church should play almost everyday. Righty or lefty pitching. Here is the real problem: GARY SHEFFIELD.
This season Sheffield is batting .111. He sucks. Yes he hit his 500th home run but he sucks. .111 should not be on the team or in the lineup. The Mets were perfectly fine with Church and Murphy playing everyday and Tatis getting the occasional start.
Sheffield has forced Church to rest some days and that has put him in a real slump. He was doing amazing at the beginning of the year.
Sheffield should be dumped or traded. I think some team would want him.
Last night the Mets lost to the Padres by a score of 5-4 in the first regular season game at Citi Field.
W- Edward Mujica (1-0)
L – Brian Stokes (0-1)
S – Heath Bell (4)
At the Plate:
- In the 5th inning, David Wright hit a very clutch 3 run homer for his 1st of the year.
- Delgado, Church and Schnieder were the only ones not to get a hit.
In the Field:
- Ryan Church dropped a fly ball in the 5th inning to lead to a run scoring.
On the Mound:
- Mike Pelfrey struggled in the first inning but then settled down and went 5 (88 pitches).
- After David Wright’s game tying home run, Pedro Feliciano balked in a run and there was no more scoring after that.
- The Mets were hitless off Duaner Sanchez and Heath Bell.
- It still needs more concession stands. The lines are crazy.
- The apple is much bigger when Wright hit that home run.
- It is definitely a pitcher’s park. Maybe even more so then Shea.
- If you are going then don’t enter in the rotunda. Security is way to high there and it is much better if you enter in the left or right field entrance.
Player of Game:
The Player of game goes to Jody Gerit for hitting the first ever home run at Citi Field.
The Met of game goes to David Wright bringing the team back in the 5th.
Off today then tomorrow night at Citi Field against the Padres, 7:10.
Gary Sheffield has had 2 plate appearances this year. A strikeout last Thursday against the Reds and walk last Friday against the Marlins.
Sheffield is 1 home run shy of 500 so in all likelihood he will reach 500 as a Met. The question is: When will he get at bats?
Sheffield is yet to take the field for the Mets but Jerry Manual said that Sheffield should be in the lineup on Wednesday night against the Padres.
The problem is that it would mean not playing Ryan Church (.478 AVG, 2 RBIs, 6 doubles, .538 On Base Percentage) and play Gary Sheffield (0 for 1 this year, .225 AVG, 19 HR, 57 RBIs last season). It seems to me that Church has the hot hand and should continue to play especially against a right hand pitcher. (If it was a lefty pitching then it might make some sense.) If they rest Church for a day then that could put him in a slump. As much as I like Jerry, it seems that Sheff should stay on the bench. I didn’t like the move when it was made. Sheffield should have gone to extended spring training and not the Opening Day Roster.
My guess is that Sheffield will get booed tomorrow at Citi Field when he is announced and again on Wednesday when he is announced in the lineup.
Today in Cincinnati, the Mets beat the Reds 2-1.
W – Johan Santana (1-0)
L – Aaron Harang (0-1)
S – Francisco Rodrigez (1)
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At the Plate:
- Daniel Murphy hit a solo homer and then later drove in the 2nd run.
- Ryan Church was 2 for 4 with a stolen base.
- Carlos Delgado was 2 for 4 with a walk.
- As a team the mets left 12 men on base. (not good)
On the Rubber:
- Johan Santana went 5 2/3 innings giving up 3 hits, 1 run, struck out 7 but walked 4. He was removed after throwing 99 pitches.
- Sean Green relived Johan and threw a perfect 1 1/3 innings.
- J.J. Putz then pitched the 8th. He walked 11 and struck out 1.
- K-Rod (but would like to be called Franky Rodrigez) pitched a perfect 9th, striking out 1 and earning his first save.
They won. That is the important thing. Johan walked too many but hopefully he will rebound. The team left wayyyyyyy too many runners on base.
Player of Game:
I am going to give the player of game to Daniel Murphy.
The Mets are off tomorrow and will play the Reds again on Wednesday with Pelfrey on the mound.
After today the Mets have
days until Citi Field opens its gate for the Mets against the Red Sox.
The Mets have
more exhibition games.
days until opening day in Cincinnati.
days until the Home Opener at Citi Field.
After today there is
days until the first Mets-Phillies game.