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Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey pitched through an injury all season. He was the best pitcher in baseball in 2012.

October 10, 2012

New York Mets ace R.A. Dickey’s Cy Young-caliber season has this remarkable wrinkle: It came while pitching with a torn abdominal muscle.

After making his final 2012 start on Tuesday night, Dickey revealed he tore and possibly detached the stomach muscle during his second start of the season, on a cold April 13 night in Philadelphia. He has dealt with “dull pain” in his stomach area throughout the season.

Dickey knew a couple of months ago, after undergoing an MRI, that he would require postseason surgery. He said he regularly prayed with his wife that he would be able to get through the season.

He will undergo surgery in Philadelphia on Oct. 18 to repair the tear, which is on his right side.

“The pain was fairly significant from time to time,” Dickey said. “We just did a good job of managing that. Whether it was backing off in the bullpen in between starts or getting the treatment that I needed or whatever else I needed to help with that pain, we were able to do it in a way that I was able to perform and not worry about it.”

The knuckleballer felt the pain worsen during Tuesday night’s start in the second inning.

“I’m not going to pretend to know what happened inside there, but it was much more significant than I have experienced in the past,” Dickey said. “Whether that is scar tissue coming loose or the tear elongating, it’s total speculation. I have no idea. But because we have a surgery already scheduled for the 18th in the same area, it’s going to get fixed then anyway.

“I guess the timing is fortuitous in that the significant pain that I’m feeling now, I hadn’t felt before. But, tonight, it was hard to catch my breath sometimes. It’s obvious that it needs to be taken care of. And we’re going to do that. It’s a pretty non-invasive surgery. I mean, I do have to go under (anesthesia) and they do have to repair a tear, but it should be a quick recovery.

“If you were asking me if I had another start in five days could I make it, I don’t know. But we were able to make 33 before this, and that’s pretty special.”

Dickey ultimately allowed three runs in six innings and received a no-decision in the Mets’ 4-3 loss to the Miami Marlins.

He finished the season with a 20-6 record and 2.73 ERA. His eight strikeouts Tuesday gave him 230 this season, most by a Met since David Cone had 241 in 1991. Dickey logged 233 2/3 innings, most by a Met since Johan Santana tossed 234 1/3 innings in 2008.

Clayton Kershaw (13-9) has an NL-leading 2.58 ERA as well as 221 strikeouts — nine shy of Dickey’s total — entering Wednesday’s scheduled start for the Los Angeles DodgersGio Gonzalez‘s 21 wins with the Washington Nationals will lead the league.

Dickey said he often wondered whether his remarkable season would be derailed by the injury.

“I was on my knees about it many times, hoping that it was not going to get more significant than it was,” Dickey said. “My wife and I prayed quite frequently together about that. I was in the middle of a good season and we were playing well. And it happened so early. When the All-Star break came, we were right in it and I was going good and felt fine and could keep going. Fortunately, we were able to last the whole year.

“The word from everybody is I’ll be walking a mile a day after surgery. I think they liken it to a sports hernia, if you will.”

Said manager Terry Collins: “First of all, he was absolutely brilliant all season long. From early in the year, he never let anything get in the way. Everybody is motivated by all the excitement he created, the run he had, the back-to-back one-hitters, the running up the W’s, being the guy. It was a tremendous year for him. I’m very, very proud of him. I’m very proud of what he’s done, what kind of person he is.

“There’s a lot of things that go on. This guy has been pitching with a bad stomach muscle for quite a while.”

…The Mets haven’t had a CY Young candidate in years and RA Dickey deserves to win this season. A knuckleballer that lead the league in strikeouts and innings at one point and finished the whole season with an injury that could have been serious. Are you kidding me? I am sure any other player would have called it quits and worried about his health. But Dickey fought through the pain after his second start and he made 33 starts this season. That means he pitched 31 hurt and I am sorry but that is remarkable. I can’t stress how much of a warrior this guy is in New York. If the Mets don’t pay him this winter, MLB and the Mets fans will be screaming from Queens to Albany in anger. But RA Dickey is a complete player and a better person. I pray that he recovers from this injury and has more success next season…

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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!

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…

New York Mets are 6-0 with Jason Bay

April 28, 2011

Via ESPN Mets Blog:

(AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

The Mets are 6-0 since Jason Bay was activated from the disabled list. Yet Bay, who is now hitting .391 after going 2-for-4 with a run scored Wednesday, is not exactly taking a bow.

“You’d have to get a perspective from someone that is not me,” Bay said. “And I’d really hope they’d say it was not me. I’ve told you guys before: In talking to Terry [Collins] and Sandy [Alderson] when I got here, they said, ‘Look, we’re not expecting you to be the guy to carry the team.’ What it really does, and it made a lot of sense — and, of course, Angel [Pagan] went down the same game or whatever — but it kind of puts guys in roles they envisioned rather than mixing and missing that.”

…What he has been bringing to the team is a much-needed bat and protection around the lineup for Wright and Beltran. Notice how those two have been hitting better with him in the lineup. Wright is hitting .304 with 3 home runs and 5 walks since the return. Also Bay is a savvy veteran who knows his position and role on the team. They don’t pay these guys the big bucks for no reason. Let’s see if the Mets get #7 tonight…

Carlos Beltran will make a switch from CF to RF this season

February 28, 2011

If you are a Mets fan or a fan of reading good baseball information then definitely check out Adam Rubin who reports now for ESPN New York. He also reported for the local New York newspapers but has done a lot of New York Mets work.

Via ESPN NY:

Photo courtesy of New York Post: Anthony J. Causi

Carlos Beltran approached Terry Collins early Monday morning upon arriving at the New York Mets‘ spring-training complex and told his manager: “I need to talk to you.”

Beltran then informed his manager he wanted to initiate the long-debated move from center field to right field.

“I came today thinking in my heart, ‘I still think I can play center field,’ ” Beltran said. “But, at the same time, this is not about Carlos. This is about team.”

At 8:20 a.m., Angel Pagan was summoned into the manager’s office with Beltran and Collins for a five-minute meeting.

Pagan, who capably played center field in Beltran’s absence during the first half of last season as Beltran recovered from Jan. 13, 2010 arthroscopic knee surgery, then was informed he would be playing center field with Beltran in right field, rather than the opposite alignment.

Beltran said the preemptive move avoids a last-minute switch on the eve of the season and prevents weeks of media discussion about the potential move in between.

“In order for me to play center field, I need more time,” Beltran said. “I want to be on the same page with everyone here. I want Terry to have his time and to come to the ballpark ready to play the lineup without thinking where he is going to play Pagan, where he’s going to play me. At the same time I’m thinking about Pagan coming to the ballpark and preparing himself and focused to play baseball. I don’t want to create any distractions here. Like I said, I want to play right. I think it’s best for the team. I think it’s going to be best for me also, best for my knee. It’s going to be less active than playing center field.”

during spring training baseball Monday, Feb. 21, 2011, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Pagan, a fellow Puerto Rican, said: “I feel really fortunate to be passed this torch from the player I always looked up to. I think having him right next to me is going to be a great plus for me. I’m going to keep looking up to him and keep trying to pick his brain. He’s one of the best center fielders out there, and I’m trying to be like him.”

Beltran, 33, is in the final season of a seven-year, $119 million contract. He has started three games in right field in his career, all in 2000 for the Kansas City Royals.

Beltran said he consulted with agent Scott Boras, his wife Jessica and former Mets first baseman Carlos Delgado, who endorsed the move to prolong his career. He plans to enter Grapefruit League play in a week, after testing his right knee running the bases, and pledged to be ready for Opening Day.

Collins implied at the start of camp that he preferred Beltran play right field this season, but the manager said he respected the veteran enough to let him have an opportunity to demonstrate he can play center field in Grapefruit League games if that was his wish.

“I am impressed with the way this whole thing has been handled,” the first-year manager said.

Beltran underwent surgery to clean out an arthritic right knee last January. That began a feud with the organization, which maintained it had not approved the procedure. When Beltran returned for the second half, he had decreased mobility.

Beltran joins other high-profile center fielders who have moved to right field, including Mike Cameron and Torii Hunter. Cameron’s move actually came with the Mets after Beltran originally signed as a free agent with the organization.

“It’s going to be less active,” Beltran said about playing right field. “I’m looking forward to saving my knees for the long run.”

New York Mets' David Wright congratulates teammate Carlos Beltran on a catch in far center field for the out on Houston Astros' Luke Scott to end the 14th inning (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

Third baseman David Wright was among the teammates praising Beltran’s selflessness.

“Any time you get a guy that’s accomplished what Carlos has accomplished, and done the kind of things that Carlos has done in this game, to be that guy that really sees the big picture and sees what’s best for this team and does something like that, it makes you want to go out there and really play united and play as a team,” Wright said. “That probably takes a lot coming from a guy that’s really accomplished what he’s accomplished. Carlos wouldn’t have done it if he didn’t feel comfortable doing it. I just think it’s a very selfless act.

“Like I said, baseball players have a lot of pride. To be able to kind of swallow that pride and look at what’s best for the team and make that decision, says a lot about what Carlos is trying to accomplish here.”

This is great news for Carlos Beltran and the Mets. It is great because now Carlos will play a position where he can play and have less of an injury risk while, Angel Pagan will play center field. He needs to stay healthy for the Mets to be relevant and it looks like he has realized that it is not about himself but the team. I think this is key because the Mets have always been about getting the big stars who make their decisions on what they need to do. I think Beltran is trying to change that dynamic of the culture on this team and realize that he is a leader and will need to lead by example. He also wants to play a lot more baseball in his career and when he saw how good Tori Hunter and Mike Cameron have been the past two years, he thought it would be a great idea. I think this makes him more confident and it will allow him to be healthy and be the 30 homer 110 rbi Beltran that we saw back in the early years of 2000’s. This is a huge move for the team and it will make them even better. Beltran has now become a teammate but now a mentor to Angel Pagan…

Latest Mets News: Carlos Beltran running without brace

February 18, 2011

Via ESPNNewYork’s Adam Rubin:

Carlos Beltran has started running without the cumbersome knee brace that may have restricted his mobility during the second half of last season, Newsday reported.

Terry Collins gave a not-to-veiled hint Friday that if the decision were unilateral, the manager would put Beltran in right field right away. But Beltran will be given first dibs at center field, and if it’s not working out, he’ll then move to right field midway through spring training.

By all accounts, Beltran feels good now. Still, the wear and tear of a season, coupled with his chronic knee trouble, would suggest the issue is not completely behind him. Beltran did have to stop playing because of discomfort with a week remaining last season.

This is great news if you are a Mets fan because Beltran is a huge part of their lineup and their defense this season. With him healthy, he can make this team go from a mess to actually the real Mets. I am interested to see how his knee will hold up because the bruises and the swelling could be an issue. It is fine to run around without it, but can he play without it? That is a concern the Mets should look into. Honestly though, I love what Alderson is doing right now with the Mets. He is very smart with his decisions and his role on the team. However, the jury will be out all season on coach Terry Collins to see what he can bring to the table. Will he play Beltran in center field or right field? We shall see soon in spring training but maybe an Angel might be falling into place…

Mets second base candidates for next season

December 22, 2010

The Three main candidates for next season in Turner, Murphy, and Emaus. Photo Courtesy of US Presswire, Getty Images

Here is an article from ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin discussing next years candidates and Terry Collin’s view on the players competing:

Terry Collins , during a visit to Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New Hyde Park, L.I., on Wednesday, spoke about the candidates to emerge as second baseman for the Mets to open the season — Luis Castillo, Brad Emaus, Daniel Murphy and Justin Turner.

  “Going into camp there’s four legitimate guys,” said Collins, who omitted Ruben Tejada, who is expected to be assigned to Triple-A Buffalo to allow him to develop.

The Mets selected Emaus last Thursday during the Rule 5 draft at the winter meetings from the Toronto Blue Jays for $50,000. He must remain on the major league roster for the entire season in order to become Mets property. Otherwise, Emaus must be placed on waivers. If he clears, he must be offered back to the Jays for $25,000.

The 24-year-old infielder, who played college ball at Tulane, was an 11th-round pick in 2007. He hit .290 with 15 homers and 75 RBIs, and had a .397 on-base percentage and 13 steals in 15 attempts, during the 2010 regular season while splitting time between Double-A New Hampshire and Triple-A Las Vegas. He is currently playing for Toros del Este in the Dominican Republic, where he has a .263 average, four homers and 17 RBIs in 114 at-bats.

Emaus played 87 games at third base and 32 games at second base last season, but in 2009 in Double-A he played exclusively second base (132 games).

“Obviously, with [former Blue Jays GM] J.P. [Ricciardi] involved, we had real, real good information on him — what kind of player he was,” Collins said. “We talked to some of the people down in the Dominican. I talked to Obie [new bench coach/Dominican winter league manager Ken Oberkfell] about him, because Obie has seen quite a bit of him. He said he’s a solid player, who looks like he can play a couple of positions. His approach at home plate is something that’s going to fit here. He’s a big pitch-selection kind of guy, a good walk-to-strikeout ratio [81 walks, 69 strikeouts during the regular season]. We’re going to give him a shot and see him in that mix at second.”

Murphy suffered a left hamstring strain while playing winter ball with Aguilas in late November. He was hitting .320 with four homers and 22 RBIs in 103 at-bats in the Dominican winter league before suffering the injury. And Murphy has pledged to Sandy Alderson that he will make the Opening Day roster in some capacity, even if it’s as a backup at several positions. Murphy, whose 2010 regular season was mostly lost due to a pair of knee injuries, played second base both in the fall instructional league in Fort Myers, Fla., and then in the Dominican Republic before suffering the hamstring injury.

“Work is not an issue with Murph,” Collins said. “He’s worked very, very hard to play second. I saw him play three games down there [in the Dominican Republic]. His range is OK. His hands are fine. It’s just he’s got to be familiar with turning double plays. He’s got to get used to it.”

Castillo is owed $6 million next season, in the final year of a four-year, $25 million deal. If he is beaten out, it’s hard to imagine he will be on the Opening Day roster. The Mets likely would be forced to eat the money and release him since Castillo would not be capable of backing up at other positions and wouldn’t exactly provide power on the bench. Alderson recently admitted Castillo, like Oliver Perez (owed $12 million next season), cannot be traded this winter because there’s no market.

Collins also cautioned not to forget the 26-year-old Turner, who was claimed off waivers from the Orioles in May at the suggestion of Wayne Krivsky. In Triple-A with the Orioles and Mets, Turner hit a combined .316 with 12 homers and 43 RBIs in 396 at-bats, although he was snubbed for a September call-up, despite going 6-for-6 and hitting for the cycle on the final day of Buffalo’s season. Turner currently is playing for Oberkfell with Escogido in the Dominican Republic, where he has a .308 average, one homer and eight RBIs in 65 at-bats.

“People are not mentioning him, but he’s also down in winter ball, having a very, very good winter,” Collins said. “He had a very good finish in Triple-A. So we’ve got to include him in that mix.”

…It should be a tight race this year and right now, I think Daniel Murphy has the lead. In second place I would say it would be Brad Emaus, the talented player from the Rule 5 draft. Next, Justin Turner is a fine talent with power and offensive ability but will need more time in the minors to develop his defense. As for Luis Castillo, he is on his way out and needs to find a team that will use him off the bench because I don’t think he could start on many teams with his bad knees. Finally, Ruben Tejada is a good talent but needs more development which is why he is not named on this list. I agree with Terry Collins that this is the best for the kid because you don’t want him to be exposed to something he might not be able to handle yet. It should be an interesting race come spring training but if the Mets want to win and try to make the Wild Card they will need production from that position…