Today Matthew Mayer of our own Defensive Indifference tried out for the the lead on the SNY tv show ” Kids Clubhouse” best wishes to Matt and good luck.
***** Update by Matt Grasso*******
While Matt was trying out, he made a couple of tweets about the situation:
- Freezing in front of the #mets sny studios.
- kids clubhouse casting call was awesome. @ChrisCarlinSNY and @KBurkhardtSNY are great guys
Also, while speaking to Matt, I was told the following:
- He took a 5:52 Train into Penn Station
- He had to say an excerpt to Chris Carlin and Kevin Burkhardt that he had to memorize. He finished that perfectly and then they interviewed him.
- The SNY lady told him to wait there, and he was then interviewed for Geico Sportsnight
- He mentioned Defensive Indifference in one interview.
I am DVRing the 10:00 Sportsnight and if Matt makes the show I will attempt to post his segment on Defensive Indifference.
We will keep you updated.
I will also be starting an article twice a week called “Down on The Farm” about
the Mets top minor league prospects. I will start this article by talking about Brad Holt. Brad Holt was taken in the first round in the 2008 draft for compensation of losing Tom Glavine to the Atlanta Braves. Since he has been drafted he has done nothing but impress. In 2008 in his first year out of college he put up a fantastic season going 5-3 with a 1.87 ERA and averaging 11.9 K’s per 9 innings. After getting promoted to St. Lucie last year he kept up the pace from last year on an offensive deprived team going 4-1 with a 3.12 ERA but struggled a little bit with injuries when he got promoted to the Mets AA team in Binghamton. There is no question that he has great stuff the only question is will he be a late innings reliever or a solid starter. In a couple of years I can see this situation turning into much like the Joba Chamberlain situation. I think he will start in AA and recover from his season plaguing injuries last year and put up some solid numbers. Some where in July I think he will get promoted to Buffalo and will end the season with a Spetember callup pitching out of the bullpen and spot starter.
ML Comparison: Javier Vazquez
I am going to be starting a daily article called “Player Evaluator” where i will be evaluating a player and predict what they will do and more for next year. The player that I will begin this section with is Jeff Francoeur also known as Frenchie and yes just incase you are wondering that is a picture of me with my Jeff Francoeur jersey ( yes I do own one). In my opinion I can
see Jeff Francoeur having a huge year next year in his first season as a New York Met. For some reason I have a feeling that he will be a Met for a long time along with Jason Bay and Carlos Beltran. I get the feeling that the organization likes Jeff Francoeur and the grittiness he brings to this team. Whenever I watch him play he is smiling he has quickly developed into one of my and from what I understand, most Mets fans favorite players. He had some pretty great numbers with the Mets for only about 70 games. During his 72 games of patroling Right Field for the Mets he hit .311, 10 HRs with 41 RBIS which translates to about 23 HRs and 92 RBIs if he can keep up the production he had on the Mets he will be a very great addition to our favorite ballteam.
Also from what I saw he was a great addition to the Clubhouse. He was a guy that the reporters went to besides David Wright and somebody David Wright seemed friendly with which hasn’t happened since 2006 with Cliff Floyd and Paul LoDuca. I think Jeff Francoeur is a great influence on David Wright and the rest of the ballteam with his infectious gritty personality.
I also think he would do some damage with Jose Reyes David Wright Carlos Beltran Jason Bay and potentially Carlos Delgado all batting ahead of him
MY PREDICTION .283 22 Hrs 81 Rbis
With the series tied, Game Three begins…..
GAME THREE (1969 Shea)
Bob Ojeda vs Gary Gentry
After an off day yesterday, The Ulti-Met World Series continues in 1969 blue and orange tiles Shea with Bob Ojeda squaring off with Gary Gentry. The action begins in the top of the second where the clean-up hitter, Gary Carter, singles. Darryl Strawberry is the next batter. Gentry gets ahead of him 0-2, but Straw fouls off three pitches and takes two balls, Straw takes the 2-2 pitch into left field, over Cleon Jones’s head. Two-run Homer, 2-0 86’ers. The bottom of the 2nd begins with an answer from the Miracle Mets. The number five hitter is Ed Kranepool. He takes a Ojeda fastball over the right field wall. 2-1 1986 Mets. The two pitchers trade zeros until the sixth inning. Mookie Wilson leads off the inning with a slow roller to third. Ed Charles comes in to field it, but has to pocket the ball as Wilson is already at first. Rafael Santana is the next batter. Gentry quickly takes care of him and Ojeda bunts Wilson over to second. Dykstra is the man up. He slaps a ball into left field. Not enough for Mookie to score though. With runners on 1st and 3rd, Wally Backman singles in Wilson, 3-1, 1986. Keith Hernandez is the next hitter and Gil Hodges gets his bull pen warm. Nolan Ryan has been warming up and it looks like this could be Gentry’s last batter. Keith takes a 0-2 pitch up the middle, driving in Dykstra. Hodges puts in Nolan Ryan to pitch to Gary Carter. Ryan walks Carter on 4 pitches and Strawberry is up with the bases loaded. He singles up the middle driving in Backman. Mookie Wilson, the man who led off this inning, strikes out on three pitches to end it too. The score remains 5-1 until the 8th. Davey Johnson pulls Ojeda after seven innings. With a four-run lead, Davey brings in Doug Sisk. Sisk gives up a lead-off double to Cleon Jones, followed by a single to Ed Kranepool. Jones scores, 5-2. The next batter is Art Shamsky. He takes a Sisk change-up into deep center for a two run homer. 5-4. Jesse Orosco is brought in and he quickly shuts the door on the inning one-two-three. The top of the ninth begins with a solo shot by Gary Carter off of new pitcher, Ron Taylor. That’s all the runs the 86’ers would need as Orosco goes back out there, and nails them down for the save.
Winner: 1986 Mets (6-4)
Winning Pitcher: Bob Ojeda
Losing Pitcher: Gary Gentry
Save: Jesse Orosco
HR: 1986: Strawberry- 2nd inning off Gentry (2)
Carter- 9th inning off Taylor (1)
1969: Kranepool- 2nd Inning off Ojeda (2)
Shamsky- 8th inning off Sisk (1)
Series- 2-1 1986 New York Mets
Written By Matt Grasso
Well first off I wouldn’t use the word investigation about 14 ( yes I did count) times in one conference and in the same conference saying Adam Rubin ” Has lobby for front office”. In all seriousness I believe that the New York Mets are one offseason away from a title.
They have a very talented core of players with homegrown players like Wright and Reyes and some great acquired talent in Santana, Beltran and the newly introduced Jason Bay. They also have some players who are what every great team needs some very good, not great complimentary players like Jeff Francoeur and Luis Castillo (even though he dropped the pop-up). I believe that by the end of the offseason they will add 4 more solid complementary players in Joel Pinero, Bronson Arroyo, Carlos Delgado and John Smoltz ( just to stick it to the Braves). For this season i predict somewhere around 85-94 wins very solid but not eyepopping. I expect a MONSTER season for the Mets in the year 2011.
I think that the 2011 New York Mets will look something like
SS- Jose Reyes
2nd- Reese Havens
CF Carlos Beltran
LF Jason Bay
1b Ike Davis ( for those who know me know i have a BIG mancrush on Ike)
C- Bengie Molina
I think the Mets annual big signing for the year 2011 will be Matt Cain. Hate him or not the kid has nasty stuff. I seriously doubt the Giants will have money to retain him considering all of the money Zito is still due and Lincecum will be making in arbitration. With the Yankees with CC and AJ and the Bosox with Beckett ( will most likely resign ) Lester and Dice K I can’t see him going to either of them. I also think the Yankees and Red Sox will both be going after Mauer and Crawford with Mauer going to Beantown and Crawford to the Bronx. If the Mets sign Matt Cain and keep the core of players that they currently have, they could bring something Queens hasn’t seen in 25 years, a ring.
——— NOTE FROM MATT GRASSO———–
Personally, I don’t like Matt Cain. I will never forgive him for beaning David Wright. OK, maybe the pitch wasn’t supposed to hit him, but HOW DARE HE tip his cap to booing fans at Citi Field (who may I point out, had just seen their future, their all star, their franchise, their last good healthy regular player, fall to the ground.)? Please, GM of 2011 (probobly John Ricco, Billy Beane, or someone else), DO NOT SIGN MATT CAIN! If you do, I can guarentee you that you will be in THIS writer’s Dog House. (Although, I would like to see how him and Wright can co-exist.)
Recently, in a report I read on Metsblog.com, it was noted that the Mets have expressed interest in free agent pitcher John Smoltz. Smoltz, as we all know is a hall of fame pitcher, with great career numbers with 200 wins and 150 saves. The problem with this guy is his age. Smoltz is FORTY TWO YEARS OLD! The Mets already have enough question marks in their rotation, and now they are going to seriously go out and sign a 42 year old former BRAVE (remember what glavine did to us) to a contract? This would be a horrible move for the team. The move would probably generate the same results that Livan’s deal ended up with last year. Instead, the Mets need to sign a young guy like Ben Sheets, Jon Garland or Joel Piniero to a 2 year deal until Jon Niese is all ready to compete in the major leagues. I will be truly dissapointed if John Smoltz is on the New York Mets roster next season.
Post by: Matthew Mayer
Whenever you are reading about a prospect the term ” Five Tool Player’ and ” Future Star” are thrown around very loosly. As a Met fan I should know this very well. During the Met’s history they have had many 5 Tool Prospects, Future Stars and ” The next….” but many things from injuries or just lack of talent in the Bigs ( or if you’re Lastings Milledge using some vulgar language in a rap video can get you traded)
1. Generation K- Whenever you talk about overated prospects for the New York Mets or for all of baseball they name Generation K is brought up. Generation K is the nickname given to a trio of what seemed to be future aces. There was Jason Isringhausen, Bill Pulsipher and Paul Wilson. This trio of pitchers was supposed to compete and possibly be better than the Atlanta Braves rotation which consisted of 3 future Hall of Famers in Maddux, Smoltz and Glavine.
Paul Wilson much like Mark Prior fell to bad mechanics and injuries. It is sad that a pitcher with such potential is remembered for being took to the ground by Kyle Farnsworth.
Jason Isringhausen also fell to the injury bug and was never the same effective starter he was early in his career. Of course after the Mets traded him he becomes a star closer.
And then theres Bill Pulsipher ( ughh) was also injured and on the side suffered from depression issues (would only happen to the Mets Right??) but did pitch for the Long Island Ducks and did fairly well.
2. Lastings Milledge- L-Millz overated prospect by day, rapper by night. I was alive and a Mets fan when he was coming through the system so this one hurts the most to write. He was called up at 21 years old, same as Darryl Strawberry. This was not the only thing he was supposed to have in common with the Straw Man, like Straw he was blessed with natural speed and power. Like Straw, Lmillz also had a knack for getting in trouble off of the baseball field. Lmillz’ most infamous moment as a New York Met is most likely his rap which included expletive words that i cannot post on this blog. My favorite moment of the overated outfielder would have to be when he hit a game tying homer off of former fan favorite ( NOT) Armando Binetez for his first major league homerun. The fact that the homerun tied the game was not the reason that was my favorite LMillz moment, it was because he ran up the Right Field line at Shea Stadium and high fived the fans. Though I thought this was great Billy Wagner wasn’t too thrilled and Mr. Milledge got traded to the Nats for Brian Schneider and Ryan Church.
Lets hope our current future stars like , Ike Davis, Fmart, Wilmer Flores and Jenry Mejia won’t fall into this catagory of overated prospects like Lmillz and Generation K. Lets hope when we are talking about them in about 20 years we will be talking about them as some of the best to ever wear the orange and blue.