Archive for January, 2011

Congrats/Condolences to Big Pelf Met Ace 

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

Terry Collins made his first move as Met skipper by announcing Mike Pelfrey Opening Day starter.

I’m psyched for The Pelf to receive the title of staff Ace. It’s a fantastic honor but it can be a double edged sword as now he’s gonna have to square off against every other team’s top gun.

Specifically Josh Johnson and Halladay in his first 2 starts. Of course there’s always a chance for weather to tinker with the match-ups but the Phils have 4 aces so it doesn’t matter.  

Is it just me or do aces seem to face aces more throughout the season than you’d expect? With all the rain outs and early season snow days you’d think the rotations would be juggled way off kilter right? 

But they always seem to get back on track don’t they? Maybe it’s just winter and I don’t remember anymore lol.

Either way Pelf is gonna have to step up his game if he wants to exceed last year’s 15 wins. 

The Inside Scoop on Chris Young

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

BMF’s good buddy Jim Malone has been the SD Padres Strength and Conditioning Coach for a number of years and he knows Chris Young very well.

When I asked him about the newest Met Pitcher this is what he said:

“The Mets are getting a good pitcher, and a phenomenal person. 

I know there will be question marks, but an athlete of his size, combined with the violent physical stress associated with pitching, has created some challenges for Chris, and for us, in our efforts to help him be strong & healthy in his time in San Diego.  

It’s never been for lack of Chris’ work efforts or desire to be a better, thoroughly prepared athlete.  Despite the physical setbacks, he never wavered in his belief he’d compete again. 

Chris exemplifies everything that a professional athlete should strive to become: dedicated, hard working, resilient, a positive role model, concerned for his community, a teammate that leads by example, and a dedicated family man.  

It seems like this fall he got over the hump, and if he pitches back to form, he could be the steal of the 2010-11 off-season.  

It’s been an honor to work with him the last 5 years. I’m proud of him as one of my athletes, but I’m more proud to call him a friend”

Can’t ask for a better recommendation than that.

Rex’s Jets Remind me of ‘86 Mets

Monday, January 17th, 2011

With the Jets playing on Championship Sunday for the second straight year it’s time for everyone who’s been complaining about Rex Ryan’s swagger to please STAND DOWN.

I’m looking at YOU Jet fans!

They win under Rex Ryan - nuff said.

Rex believes they can win, his players believe it and none of them are scared to say so. Even better is once they say it they’re probably gonna come into your house and kick your ass.

Sorta like that legendary Met team from 1986. Davey’s boys thought they were the best team in the league, they didn’t care who knew it and they’d gladly go on the road and kick your ass.

The Jets haven’t been derailed by Sexy Mexican reporters, tripping coaches or foot fetishes - in fact they seem to get stronger with each obstacle they face.

The Mets didn’t care about drunken brawls, arrests in Texas or cocaine infused road trips - all they did was win the World Series.

The bad-boy Mets had Straw, Mex, and Kevin Mitchell.

The bad-ass Jets have Cromartie, Santonio and Bart Scott.

Beating Pittsburgh, with Polamalu this time, is a tall order but after knocking off Peyton and Brady in back-to-back road games this team can beat anyone.

I will admit the nervous Met/Jet fan in me worries the Jets may have just played their Super Bowl.

But I gotta believe Rex will cook something up to push his players buttons and have the Jets ready to invade Pittsburgh.

Mets Reload with Harris and Chavez

Saturday, January 15th, 2011

OK so maybe “reload” is a stretch for Willie Harris and Raul Chavez. 

How bout “rebuild” … nah … “retool” … maybe just “tinker”?

Tinker is probably still too strong for the light hitting Willie Harris and the ex-ballplayer Raul Chavez (the 38 year old backstop hasn’t played since 2009 due to injury) 

Harris of course was a Met killer so we’re prob good for 2 additional wins merely because he won’t beat us. I actually like Harris as a player. He’s sorta like an Endy Chavez type, with a lower avg and OBP. 

Harris could def be a 4th OF’er off the bench for us but with Beltran, Bay and Pagan it’s safe to say our 4th OF will need to play everyday at some point. 

Harris is not an everyday player but if/when someone hits the DL perhaps we promote F-Mart or someone else?

As for Chavez I don’t know what to say other than I hope we never need him to be anything more than our Sunday catcher.

Off-Season is BOOOORING

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

Taylor Tankersley.

I guess I should try and whip myself up into a state of excitement about the newest Met… but it just ain’t happening. 

Tankersley, Buchholtz, and Capuano. Not quite Pedo, Beltran and Santana but we gotta take what we can get these days.

I guess we’ve been spoiled by the big names we’ve landed in the past but we’re really scraping the bottom of the barrel this winter.

Ironically this is a bizarrely quiet winter for the Yankees who have pretty much come up empty after getting the Heisman from Cliff Lee. I see that as a small and unexpected bonus for Met fans.

The good news is Chris Young may be on deck and after the aforementioned guys Young will feel like Lebron James.

Castillo, Going…Going… About to be Gone?

Monday, January 10th, 2011

Looks like the release of Luis Castillo may be coming to fruition. 

BMF isn’t accustomed to my team making the right move so I was elated to hear Buster Onley’s report of continued internal discussions about eating the 6M.

I’ve always been a Castillo fan and I still won’t kill him. He’s better than he gets credit for on both sides of the ball…. But he’s gotta go.

Here are my top 3 reasons to cut Castillo:

• We’re not making a splash by signing anyone this winter so why not make a splash by cutting someone?

• It’ll be worth 6M in PR alone. If the  Mets cut him the fan base will get an immediate adrenalin boost. It’ll jumpstart the fanbase to begin rooting for the ‘11 team.

• We need the future at second base and Castillo is too painfully tied to the past.