Posted tagged ‘Ike Davis’

In the words of Terry Collins: “Nice going, Johan!”

March 1, 2012

In Port St. Lucie today, New York Mets ace Johan Santanathrew to live batters for the first time since the fall.

Santana threw a total of 43 pitches to Mets hitters, including David Wright, Ike Davis and Daniel Murphy, during a pair of simulated innings. It was Santana’s first time in a game-like setting since being shut down for winter rest following a simulated game against Mets minor leaguers participating in the fall instructional league in Fort Myers, Fla.

Santana, who did not appear in the majors last season, is trying to return from Sept. 14, 2010 surgery to repair a torn anterior capsule in his left shoulder.

He is scheduled to make his first Grapefruit League start Tuesday against the St. Louis Cardinals. Manager Terry Collins plans for Santana to start Opening Day on April 5 against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field.

This is some great progress. Unlike a lot of Mets fans, I expect a lot of things from Johan this year and next year. I think knowing that he has changed his pitching mechanics, it gives you hope that he won’t hurt his elbow as much and he will start focusing on his shoulder for power and consistency. When I hear people in the media say, “touch his shoulder, it’s a rock of muscle!” I know after hearing that from the coaches that Johan will be back and ready to go this Spring. Now I am not saying he will be CY Young Johan, but he will certainly be Johan with a 3.00 ERA and 13 wins. That’s what the Mets need if they want to make a miracle run this season…

The Pedro Feliciano and New York Mets mess

April 6, 2011

The New York Yankees and the New York Mets is one of the biggest rivalries in New York Sports.  The Subway series is a big deal being a New Yorker myself and well, the fire is already brewing…

(Sipkin/News)

The New Yankees lefty specialist Pedro Feliciano is on the DL with a rotator cuff strain. He disagreed with GM Brian Cashman’s opinion that the Mets “abused'” him by using him in 266 games over the past three seasons.

However, he said pitching coach Dan Warthen hurt his feelings by agreeing with Cashman, saying the Mets excessive use of Feliciano was the reason they chose not to re-sign the left-handed specialist after eight seasons. Feliciano pointed out that while he might have preferred to remain a Met, he chose the Yankees because they gave him a two-year deal worth $8 million, with a club option for a third year.

And he said he had a special brand of payback planned for when the Mets and Yankees meet in interleague play (May 20-22 at Yankee Stadium and July 1-3 in Flushing).

“I will show him in the Subway Series when I strike out Ike Davis,” Feliciano said. “When I jump up and down on the mound I’ll be like, ‘That’s for you.”’

(Anthony J. Causi/New York Post)

Davis didn’t seem to mind his name being thrown into the mix.

After he caught wind of it on Tuesday, Davis joked, “I mean, I did strike out how many times last year (138)? It’s not that tough a feat.”

He added, “His job is to come in and strike me out. But I’m going to make him not strike me out. Feliciano is a pretty funny guy, so what are you going to do?”

Warthen declined to comment on Tuesday.

This is awesome but also a complete mess at the same time. You don’t want to cause controversy in April when you play in May and June but at the same time it brings the rivalry back to life. As a Mets fan, I feel like the Mets did overuse Feliciano last year and it took a toll on him during the offseason. It should be interesting to see if he gets back to normal  with the Yankees after his DL stint. On the other side, I love the professionalism of first baseman Ike Davis. He is a pro athlete and rubbed it off like dust on his shirt. He knows how to handle the media and say the right thing and not put himself or the team in more trouble. This kids future is bright and I am excited about it. The one thing to be alarmed about this situation is why didn’t Dan Warthen comment? He should have come out and gave his two  sense in the whole situation. I think he didn’t do the right thing by beating around the bush. In the end, this heightens the rivalry come summer time and it should be interesting to see how both teams handle the situation when they play each other. Let’s play ball folks…

New York Mess

August 30, 2010

The New York Mets have seriously become “The Mess.” They went from almost World Series in 2006 to the years of 2007 and 2008 choke artists. Oh and by the way, in 2009 almost half the team was injured. It has gone from the New York Amazin’s to the New York Mess’ too fast over the past decade. But what do the Mets have to do to bring themselves back to contention? Take a look at these articles that Adam Rubin from ESPN New York wrote about the whole situation.

Part 1: Meet the Mess

Part 2: What do they do next year in 2011?

 I don’t know where to start here but the teams have been terrible since that curve ball by Adam Wainwright to Carlos Beltran in the 2006 NLCS and that fly ball that Ramon Castro hit short 2 feet of a home run with the bases loaded in the final game during the 2007 season. But it really is the production of the players that makes me cringe. Take a look:

Jose Reyes – missed 36 games last year after a hamstring injury and has missed a part of the year because with a olblique injury and spring training because of thyroid imbalance in his body.

Ryan Church – on the 07-08 team but was released because he suffered multiple concussions during the season running into Marlon Anderson and sliding into Yunel Escobar’s knee. Up to that point he was batting 320 with 10 home runs and 33 rbis and an OBP of .384 

Carlos Beltran– a star in the 2006, 07, and 08 seasons. Got hurt in 2009 and since being hurt in 2010 he is batting .212 with 2 homers and 14 rbis in 40 games and has really hurt the Mets since the All Star break starting the team on their downfall.

Luis Castillo – batted .302 last year and was a bright spot for the team but with injuries and inconsistency the past years and terrible defense all year (Ex. Dropping pop up by Alex Rodriguez to lose a Subway Series game last year). Not mention the 6 million they owe him next year as well.

Oliver Perez – the man who pitched 194 innings and over 180 strikeouts in 2008 worth earning a three-year deal has been terrible since. He blew out his arm during the World Baseball classic and has been hurt with his knee and an ERA of over 6 the past two years and is a mess. Oh, they owe him 12 million dollars.

Billy Wagner – hurt at the end of the 2008 season, pitches well in the second half of the 2009 season, traded to the Red Sox who becomes the set up man and then becomes the closer for the Braves and now has 30 saves with an ERA of 1.65.  Why did they get rid of him?

Fransisco “K-Rod” Rodriguez – signed him to a big 3 year deal and had an ERA of 6.75 in the second half of the year and just recently beat his father in law and broke his hand and can’t pitch the whole season. Up to now he had 25 saves but  his actions were way out of line and the Mets need to do something about it.

John Maine – this guy was a Met savior in the 2006  and 2007 season and was going to become one of the top pitchers in the league but then had a so so year in 2008 but then got hurt in the 2009 and 2010 season. He has become nothing ever since the injuries and his velocity has been way down.

Jason Bay – signed a big deal in the offseason and was looking to help out the Mets offense this year but with a concussion in Los Angeles last month and him striking out and hitting into too many double plays has made this signing look terrible. .259 average 6 home runs and 47 rbis are not numbers that Jason Bay puts up. Something’s wrong!

This mess has got to stop but Omar Minaya is too afraid to trade away his prospects and is relying on Ike Davis, Jon Niese, Josh Thole, Jenry Mejia, Fernando Martinez, Ruben Tejada, Bobby Parnell, and Wilmer Flores to make a huge difference. Will they?? I don’t know if they can because they might need a miracle…