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Johan Santana has proved he is ready for Opening Day with the Mets

April 2, 2012

It’s that time of year baseball fans, Opening Day. Just gotta love the smell of hot dogs, beer, and EXCITEMENT. Well in this case if you are a New York Mets fans. The Mets have been known as a franchise on the decline ever since they moved into their new stadium Citi Field in 2009. This year for the Mets will be a new year of excitement because of the youth but especially the return of Johan Santana, the ace of the New York Mets and potential CY Young candidate ever single year.

After throwing an intensive bullpen session Saturday, Santana told Collins: “You’ve got your pitcher for Thursday.” Still, Collins waited until a Sunday morning meeting with pitchers to affirm the rotation order.

R.A. Dickey will start Game 2, followed by Jon Niese, Mike Pelfrey and Dillon Gee.

Santana has thrown no more than 88 pitches in any Grapefruit League game, and Collins said the southpaw likely would not exceed 95 pitches in April. At least six of Santana’s first seven starts will be on an extra day of rest because of team off-days.

“It means everything that we have done since I had my surgery, all the way to today, has been paid off,” Santana said. “We worked hard. And I’m very happy. I’m very happy that I have an opportunity to start the season from Day 1 with the team.”

Now that the pitching is getting some depth. The keys to that rotation in case of injury will be Miguel Batista, who is listed as the long  reliever, on the opening day roster and Chris Young who just signed a minor league deal with the Mets a few weeks ago. Last year, Young went 1-0 with a 1.88 ERA in 4 starts for the Mets against big teams including the Phillies. If he can get back to last years form, the Mets might have a shot at the Wild Card this season.

Overall, I really like what the Mets have this season and I think Johan Santana will pitch 200 innings and he will win 15 games this season. You may be saying to yourself,  this kid is crazy??? Well, the reason is because Johan has changed his delivery. He will be using more of his shoulder than his elbow this year with a more upright stance. While that may lose a lot of velocity, it also gives him a chance to use a lot of other pitches and make that change up even better. Not only that, but when Terry Collins said Johan’s shoulder is pure muscle when camp started, I believed him.

This year is a new year for Santana and he is adjusting to his new pitching style. Trust me, he won’t strike out 10 batters a game but he will pitch 8 innings and strike out 3 while keeping that pitch count low. As you get older you learn that pitch count is more important than the actual pitches. He will get a lot more groundballs and he will work early into the counts. Trust me folks, Johan is fine and this year is a big year for him. It all starts with April 5th in Queens. Let’s make the magic happen. You’ve gotta believe!

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…