Found January 09, 2012 on Mets Merized Online:
How valuable is Mike Pelfrey to the Mets rotation? I’ve often had this debate with a couple of guys I work with who are addicted to the Mets like I am. Depending on who you ask, you’ll come across many who will say we need Pelfrey because he gives us innings? And while that’s true, somewhat, what’s the big turn-on here if the majority of those innings are not quality-innings? For example, in 2011, Mike Pelfrey made 33 starts and threw 193.2 innings, but only 15 of those stars were Quality Starts – less than 50%. On the other hand, Jon Niese only made 26 starts and pitched only 157 innings, but he also tallied 15 quality starts, a very substantial difference. The difference showed up in the win columns; 7 wins in 33 starts for Pelfrey, 11 wins in 26 starts for Niese. Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe wrote about this on Sunday and said: We all know that 200 innings isn’t the be-all-end-all for pitching staffs, but a high innings total usually signifies some success by the starter, an...

Mets News: FMart To Apply At KMart?

It is being reported that the New York Mets have finally decided to part ways with this generations Alex Escobar. The Mets reportedly have place Fernando FMart Marinez and Daniel Herrera on waivers. Martinez, signed as a 16 year old out of the Dominican Republic, was highly touted by scouts and former Mets GM Omar Minaya. Unfortunately like Escobar, Martinez has been unable to live up to

MMO Exclusive Interview: Mets Pitching Prospect Erik Goeddel, RHP

This week I got the chance to chat with New York Mets right-handed pitching prospect, Erik Goeddel. Erik pitched this year in the starting rotation for the Savannah Sand Gnats, in the South Atlantic League. He missed some time in the middle of last season because of an injury, but is back to 100% now and eager to start Spring Training. Heading into next season Goeddel is working...

Mets sign pitchers Batista, Cabrera

The New York Mets signed righthanders Miguel Batista and Fernando Cabrera on Tuesday. The 40-year-old Batista spent the last month of the season with the Mets after he was released by the St. Louis Cardinals. He went 2-0 in nine appearances (four starts) with the Mets, capping the season by tossing a two-hit shutout on the final day. Cabrera, 30, made only one appearance with...

Mets sign pair of right-handers to minors deals

The New York Mets have signed right-handers Miguel Batista and Fernando Cabrera to minor league contracts. The deals were announced Tuesday. Both players were invited to spring training. Batista went 2-0 with a 2.64 ERA in nine appearances (four starts) with the Mets last season following a call up from Triple-A. Cabrera was with Triple-A Sacramento last season. He is 8-7 with...

The future for Jason Bay

In his column for the Boston Globe, Nick Cafardo lists Jason Bay among eight players he expects to “come back big in 2012.” In 123 games in 2011, Bay hit .245 with a .329 OBP, 12 home runs and 57 RBI and a career-low .703 OPS. However, he hit .313 with a .954 OPS after September 1 and was named NL Player of the Week for September 5-11. Bay just completed the second year of a...

R.A. Dickey has ascended 14,380 feet

“We have traversed 22 miles, ascended 14,380 feet, and crossed through five ecological zones,” RA Dickey writes to his journal for the New York Times. “The journey has been a taxing one, but lying here at Barranco Camp, we are still three in number, and for that I am thankful.” To read Dickey’s latest journal entry, as he writes about his trip climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro...

RT @AdamRubinESPN Heard three top assistants with St. Lucie Mets have left organization.

Heard three top assistants with St. Lucie Mets have left organization. Belt-tightening continues. — Adam Rubin (@AdamRubinESPN) January 10, 2012

Stuck in the Why and Now

Why did the Mets hire CRG Partners? Beats the hell out of me. Intuition — which is often fallible — strongly suggests it isn’t just to tinker with bookkeeping, or to draw a couple of lines differently on the org chart. The nature of the Mets’ situation and the kind of business companies like CRG do both make you suspect something more is going on. It also doesn’t help that...

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The final spot on the bench

Last week, Sandy Alderson told reporters that he was still looking to fill out the bench and a last spot in the bullpen. Specifically, he’s looking at right-handed hitting outfielders. I think in an ideal world, the 5th bench spot goes to RH-hitting power threat for bench who can play 1B/3B. … — Adam Rubin (@AdamRubinESPN) January 6, 2012 “Based on the Mets’ needs, they’ll...

Martinez, Herrera On Waivers

Former top prospect Fernando Martinez and left-handed reliever Danny Herrera are on waivers, according to Adam Rubin of The Mets need to clear 40-man roster space for Scott Hairston and Ronny Cedeno. Martinez, 23, has a .183/.250/.290 line in 145 plate appearances with the Mets since 2009. He spent most of the 2011 season at Triple-A, posting a .260/.329/.417...
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