K-Rod’s Gotta Keep it Together

Beating the Braves on Sun Nite Baseball is awesome.  Not being subjected to Morgan and Miller makes it twice as nice.

But while RA Dickey continues to recapture his lightning of 2010, K-Rod is now struggling. Frankie has surrendered at least 1 run in 4 of his last 5 appearances and his ERA has jumped to 3.14. All of a sudden we’re hearing the term “dead arm period” bandied about.

Initially I was rooting against Francisco appearances so his contract option wouldn’t vest, but with him pitching so well, and frequently, it best we trade him. 

Let Parnell close. Yeah he’ll get banged around a lil but he’s got the “stuff” to be able to handle the job.

I’m afraid retaining Reyes and Wright is going to take every imaginable resource the “broke” Wilpons have so I can’t envision a scenario where the Mets are paying K-Rod, David and Jose.

So if K-Rod is pitching well we should make a mid season deal/salary dump if the opportunity presents itself.

Unfortunately he’s not pitching great right now. 

You have to figure someone is gonna need a closer. We don’t even need prospects back so much as we need to get out from under the 17M for next year. That’s the money we need for Reyes. 

And with the season Jose is having he ain’t gonna come cheap, despite what Freddy sez


5-5 Homestand is a Win

Like it or not the 2011 Edition of the NY Mets are a .500 team.

We’re currently 3 under and while we may sneak above .500 or even dip close to 10 under but after 162 we’re gonna be essentially a .500 team.

So as far as I’m concerned if we split a homestand or road trip I’m happy.

20 Responses to “K-Rod’s Gotta Keep it Together”

  1. BrooklynBill Says:

    Overall 5-5 not bad considering we hosted the Phils & Braves with Ike & Wright on the DL, will definitely take it.

    Another gritty AB by Tejada last nite…he is looking much more polished at the plate this year. I wonder if we can expect more of the same from him going forward.

    Another great game by Reyes…the happiest people in the world today are probably his agent and maybe BlondiesJake!

  2. foxster Says:

    an “almost sweep” Vs the Braves, most certainly a “moral Victory” for our Mets. considering the absence of so many of of the Mets “front line” players can almost give us suffering fans some hope for the future of the team.

    what i don’t understand is the constant clamor for ridding the team of at least one of the best known “stars” what is the sense of moving either Wright or Reyes? when you think of the addition of Ike Davis and the emergence of Mr Turner, and Mr Gee, maybe there are better times on the horizon.

    i can look back on some really horrible trades made to “build for the future”. perhaps the “future” may be closer then we think. i just hate to think olf some expedient trades really making their marks in the wrong uniforms.

  3. Fort Greene Met Fan Says:

    I liked Bobby V on the broadcast last night on Reyes. He basically said that if you don’t resign him you’re nuts, and don’t tell me you don’t have the money because you do. Ha!

  4. CowCrusher Says:

    I don’t know when the contract is up for the naming rights but when it does…I vote that it should be changed to either “New Shea Stadium” or “Hodge’s Field”..

  5. Howard Says:

    So when is the news conference when Jason Bay tells the media that he ‘only tried HGH once’?

    I wonder if Jason Bay was upset being out of the lineup. He probably is concerned that with any more days off, he might not reach 20 RBI’s this year.

  6. Fort Greene Met Fan Says:

    I think they should call it Met Fan Field—if anyone should get rewarded for supporting this franchise, it’s US.

  7. cleonjones Says:

    Excellent win last night- two out of three from the hated Braves is always good- I say trade Bay- he is killing us. It is almost middle of June and he has 10 RBI- TEN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sign Reyes !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Lets go Mets !!!!! Stay Positive Met Fans -

  8. Questions for BrooklynBill Says:

    BrooklynBill, do you really think it’s a good idea to deal a 27-year-old all-star shortstop, the most exciting player on your team? If so, what are you trading him for?

    You’ve made it clear you don’t like stats, so without using any, can you tell me the shortstops in baseball that are better? Worth more? Better leadoff hitters? More exciting?

    You have 30 minutes for each question. Good Luck!

  9. ProfessorReyes Says:

    BMF I am totally behind the idea of Parnell closing.

    And I’m not going to keep repeating what I’ve been saying from the very beginning about Reyes…just tell me where to sign, march, call, or write.

    We got the Braves with their pants down, we’ve got to keep doing that for the last half of each game.
    Best quote of the night goes to the booth, about “if games were 6 innings the Mets would lead their division.”

  10. JoMama Says:

    BMF is spot on, these Mets are a .500 ballclub - any more is gravy any less, I’m going to throw my remote through the TV. Beating the Braves is great and I love it but it infuriates me when they lose 2 of 3 to teams like the Astros and the Pirates - why do we always play down against terrible competition? As for dropping K-Rod to keep Reyes and or Wright, that’s a no-brainer. I think they’ll throw the kitchen sink at him to keep him in Flushing.

  11. USMF Says:

    I completely agreed with what Bobby V said last night…this is NY, you can’t get rid of Wright and Reyes…you can and should keep both.

    The reality is, trading Wright, Reyes, K-Rod or Beltran won’t give you anything close to what you want to get.

    Beltran because of injury, money and the fact he can’t be offered arbitration.

    Wright because he’d be a FA after next year and he hasn’t been the same player after the concussion.

    K-Rod makes too much money.

    Reyes would still get you the most, but it still won’t be a fair trade.

    I think that the Mets could keep Reyes if they back loaded the contract so his salary would be low until after this Madoff thing gets settled.

    depending on what happens to K-Rod this year, if his option kicks in and he’s still here, I’d try to sign him to an extension and knock that stupid option to the curd. I’d think he’d rather have another 3-4 years at 12mil per than 1 at 18mil.

    There is no way I’d trust Parnell to close. He throws hard, but his slider is still weak and has no other pitches. He jerks his front shoulder open so fast to get the high velocity that he has no command. Normally, when you open up like that, you leave the pitch high and outside.

    I’d rather have Beato close than Parnell.

    Can’t trade Bay, who’d want him? Bay is very frustrating, I can’t recall a player of his age completely losing it like he has. Every time he gets a few hard hit singles or some deep fly outs, you start to think that he might be coming out of it, too bad he’s just one off speed pitch off the plate from another poor AB. You can tell that his mechanics are completely out of whack and he’s pressing way to hard. You gotta believe that he can recover, but this town has long memories and it’s very hard to win back fans after they turned on you.

    I hope he’s not run out of town like Castillo, Perez, Kaz, Cedeno…obviously they all needed to go. But Bay still hustles and has the right attitude (and I believe the skills still) that I want on the team. His hitting sucks, but he’s not a cancer nor a selfish player dragging down the team.

  12. ProfessorReyes Says:

    About Bay, once they get to an age where they start to go, they go.
    They’ll have flashes of brilliance here and there, but they are not coming back. They’re going. And we signed on as spectators.

    Definitely Parnell to close, not Beato.

  13. Fort Greene Met Fan Says:

    I think the concussion explains Bay—a brain injury is a brain injury. A lot of people are never the same after that. Yeah he wasn’t great before that, but he wasn’t just completely unable to hit. I have nothing against the guy personally. All you can do is play him or release him—he has no trade value.

  14. MetFanDan Says:

    I love this team. Even though I was at the only loss this weekend; I have no problem rooting hard for this team.

    Had you told me prior to the start of this season that we would experience all these injuries to key everyday starters and lose Chris Young on top of it; I would have thought that we would be 10-15 games under .500 and out of everything.

    As bitter as Friday night’s loss was; I’ll happily take where we are and I believe that we might gbe in contention (at least for the WC) all year long. If there is any silver lining to all the injuries it is that TC gets a good look at these young kids (especially Ruben and Turner) as well as Murph’s bat when he plays regularly and he has to love what he sees. We just have to hope that KROD is in a minor slump from which he will arise soon.

    Still wish TC let Niese pitch to Uggla (whose BA is lower than my weight) Fri nite. When Izzy walked him I sensed big trouble was around the corner. Coming back to take the next 2 after that brutal loss says everything you need to know about this team.

    I will visit the friendly confines many, many more times this year.

    LET’S GO METS !!!

  15. BrooklynBill Says:

    USMF - Carlos Baerga comes to mind. Bay’s career is falling off a cliff just as fast. I’d chalk it up Bay just not being a “NY GUY”, some players don’t have the personality for it…but, I’m not reaching for excuses for him anymore.

    FGMF - Bay was not very productive before concussed either.

    Let my stance on Reyes be perfectly clear - I LIKE Jose Reyes, always have. I do not like Reyes to the tune of 7 years and $120+ million. He is off to a phenomenal start in a contract year (go figure). This is the same Reyes who was part of the previous meltdowns…I’m not saying we need to trade him and replace him with another SS who leads off and can steal bases. If that was the winning formula, we’d be a much better team over the years. Our ownership doesn’t apparently have the money, even if they did, not sure Sandy and the SABR-Mets would spend it all on a single player. I like Reyes at the right price…I don’t see Jose or his agent coming forward with a ‘home team’ discount. Like most modern day professional athletes armed with an agent - he will max out his earning potential at the expense of team or fan loyalty.

  16. USMF Says:

    BB, I know what you’re saying about being a ‘NY Guy”, but Bay did fine in Boston, I know it’s not the same, but it’s pretty close. I just can’t explain how a guy can fail like that…

    To be fair, Bay had no power numbers before being concussed, but he was still getting the RBI…I was on pace to get close to 100 before the injury…now it seems like he’ll be luckily to get 100 hits.

    As far as Reyes and his “Saber Status”, he’s valued high there, the only thing he lacks it the OBP of a “traditional” lead off hitter. but OBP is not all it’s about. the reason why OBP became a focus is because in the past, everyone focused on BA, HR, Hits and RBI…OBP wasn’t a big deal, but when Money Ball came around, it was about getting the best value for a player. Because OBP was undervalues at the time, they found that they could get better value for those players whose skills were under appreciated at that time.

    I say, you can’t afford to lose Reyes…he brings people to the stadium, he sells jerseys and gets people to watch on TV.

  17. BrooklynBill Says:

    Apparently, not many people :)

    That’s where Ike Davis comes in, he is the budding star that will sell Jerseys.

    Contrary to some of my posts, I DO hope Reyes can stay a Met. But he is a valuable asset that belongs to the NY Metropolitan Baseball Club so, if signing him is not financially possible, we’d be silly to just let him go. Draft picks are nice but we may as well be compensated lotto tickets. Odds of the picks panning out are long.

    I just don’t see it happening guys. A team that has to borrow from MLB and sell off part of the team just keep up with payroll and bond payments is probably not a team that can afford to spend so much $$ on a single player.

    We did manage to win a WS with the likes of Santana + Elster @ SS. And, we made it to the WS with the light hitting Ordonez so, it is possible to field a strong team without spending a kings ransom for a SS.

  18. the dude formerly known as bill l. Says:

    BB: none of those other shortstops meant to their clubs what Reyes means to this one. None of them were the leadoff hitters; none of them were the sparkplug of their teams; none of them really even sold jerseys.

  19. rj Says:

    Amazing I said exactly what bobby V said about reyes. Beltran is tradeable.. Reyes you gotta sign.. we cant develop home grown talent just to see them go. I mean what the hell is that?… take chances on prospects so when they become good we get rid of them too… Still hoping the wilpons will have no choice but to sell…

  20. JoMama Says:

    It’s really hard to hate Bay and I don’t 90% of the time but the 10% he’s at the plate, I can’t stand to watch the guy. He’s a complete and total liability and it’s about time TC dropped him in the order. I would even drop him further - maybe 7 or 8 - he just can’t be put in RBI situations, since nothing ever pans out. I personally think it’s 75% mental with him but don’t see him regaining any sort of form. I’ve been waiting two years and he’s done absolutely nothing. Sure he still hustles to first (on a weak infield line drive or short pop up) but he’s getting paid a LOT OF MONEY - that’s always what I think about. He’s not paid to be nice, to hustle to first, to play good D - he’s paid to HIT. And he can’t….so bench him or put him at 6 or lower. I’m tired of waiting for this clown.

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