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    Fred Wilpon: Unintentionally Funny Again
    Warren Peece (NYM Beat Writer)

    As we all remember, 2007 saw the historic collapse of the New York Mess, going from a seven-game lead with 17 games to play to missing the postseason entirely. Depsite fan protests, the Mets’ front office decided to bring back both manager Willie Randolph and general manager Omar Minaya.

    Predictably, Randolph failed to impress, getting replaced midway through the season by Jerry Manuel. Similar to 2007’s finish, the Mets finished 2008 with a 7-10, going from a 3.5 game lead with 17 to play, to again missing the playoffs. Again, the Mets’ front office decided to stick with both their general manager & manager, despite protests from the New York Regrets fans.

    New York Upsets fans were hoping for something different in 2009, and that’s what they got. Instead of waiting til the final day of the season to get knocked out of playoff contention, the Mets fell out of contention far earlier, finishing 70-92, only managing to beat out the lowly Natinals for 4th place in the NL East.

    Finally, Fred Wilpon and company have decided to part ways with Omar Minaya and Jerry Manuel. While this should be (New York) Met with good news, Regrets fans are worried about their replacements. Both new GM Joe Waldon & new manager Goose Senatro were promoted from within the Met organization.

    Waldon & Senatro have similar stories. Both were drafted by the Mets, both languished in the minors with limited success before realizing the truth in the old addage "those who can, do...those who can't, teach." So, with that in mind, both young men decided to try their hand at coaching. The 34 year old Senatro's management-style (hands-on with the youngsters while still managing to capture the respect of the veterans under his guidance) gained notice from the NYM front office. He moved up the farm system relatively quickly, but is still considered a questionable hire, especially by a front office who thought Randolph and Manuel were good hires.

    Waldon's climb up the ladder didn't start until 2004, when Waldon was the lone member of the Mets organization to not get audited by the IRS. Owner Fred Wilpon immediately moved Waldon, a self-proclaimed genius, from the farm system to the front office. Rumor has it that it was Waldon's janitorial experience from his high school days that really made him a front-runner for the GM position (knowing how to handle trash is invaluable with a roster like the Mets have).

    Many Met fans were quoted as saying that whoever they replace Minaya & Co. with couldn't do a worse job, so it's time to see just how right they are.

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    2010 Season Preview
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    New Mets GM Joe Waldon wasted little time in making a move, sending 30 year old reliever Sean Green (72/73) and a pair of pitching prospects, 25 year old Tobi Stoner (68/75) & 21 year old Scott Moviel (58/76), to Tampa in exchange for 27 year old starter Andy Sonnanstine (75/75) and 26 year old CF Fernando Perez (73/76). When asked about the trade, Waldon said, "We feel Andy is a solid starter who can make a huge impact and Perez can make a dynamic impact off the bench and Green's time in NY is up." Clearly, Waldon is a fan of Sonnanstine, Perez, & the word "and." Waldon has also mentioned being a fan of Francouer (75/75), so expect to see Frenchy at least platooning

    New Met manager Goose Senatro was quoted as saying, "He [Sonnanstine], wasn't used as a starter in the spring with the Rays, but he's done it before, so he'll start in the rotation...Perez is an athlete that's for sure. Even if he doesn't hit much, we can be sure he'll steal us some bases and field well. He'll be a valuable part of our bench." When asked about the plethora of 1B, Senatro beat around the bush, talking up all involved parties. Mike Jacobs (75/75) is expected to start the season at 1B for the team, but don't be surprised to see a healthy dose of Fernando Tatis (80/80), Nick Evans (71/79) or even Chris Carter (74/77) man the position. When Daniel Murphy (75/75) returns from the DL, expect to see one of the above listed players sent to AAA Buffalo, or even released. Also, don't be shocked if you see Senatro skip his number 5 starter (be it Sonnanstine, Jon Niese [75/81], or John Maine [77/77]) as often as he can get away with.

    As for Tampa, Green and Stoner will be starting the season with Tampa's AAA Durham Bulls squad, with Moviel starting off with the Montgomery Biscuits. Other Met moves involved the release of SP Olvier Perez (75/75), C Shawn Riggans (73/75), and RP Arturo Lopez (68/71). While it remains to be seen how these moves will impact the 2010 Mets, many fans were happy to see Oliver Perez replaced in the rotation.


    The keys to the success for this Mets team:
    Health - CF Carlos Beltran (90/90), 1B Daniel Murphy, & reliever Kelvim Escobar (83/83) will all start the season on the DL, missing 7,6, & 4 weeks respectively. Not to mention a plague of injuries that has hounded this team in recent years. If this team can't stay healthy, another 70 win, 4th place finish could be in store.

    Pitching - While the Mets do have a verifiable ace and closer in Johan Santana (93/93) and Francisco Rodriguez (91/91), the rest of their pitching is questionable. Mike Pelfrey (84/87), number two in the rotation, isn't exactly known for instilling fear in opposing batters, while setup guy Pedro Feliciano (81/82) has next to no experience closing (4 career saves). After that is an assortment of journeymen and unproven (low-ceiling) youngsters.

    Young Blood - 1B Ike Davis (74/89), SP Jenrry Meija (73/93), and LF Fernando Martinez (69/90) all have a shot at seeing time int he majors this season. Granted, if these youngsters are brought up this year, it's likely due to the current roster not performing up to par, meaning another year watching other teams play in the postseason. However, the further development of these youngsters will be key to any potential success for this organization.



    2010 Projections:
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    NL East
    Philadelphia 97-65
    Atlanta      94-68
    Florida      78-84
    New York     76-86
    Washington   69-93
    
    NL Central
    St Louis   96-66
    Chicago    88-74
    Cincinnati 82-80
    Milwaukee  76-86
    Houston    65-97
    Pittsburgh 59-103
    
    NL West
    Los Angeles   94-68
    San Francisco 90-72
    Colorado      87-75
    San Diego     72-90
    Arizona       71-91
    
    
    AL East
    Boston   100-62
    New York  99-63
    Tampa     98-64
    Toronto   78-84
    Baltimore 63-99
    
    AL Central
    Minnesota   89-73
    Chicago     82-80
    Kansas City 76-86
    Detroit     75-87
    Cleveland   66-96
    
    AL West
    Seattle     79-83
    Los Angeles 76-86
    Oakland     76-86
    Texas       76-86
    Phi over Atl 3-1
    LAD over Stl 3-2

    Bos over Sea 3-0
    NYY over Min 3-2

    LAD over Phi 4-3
    NYY over Bos 4-2

    LAD over NYY 4-2

    AL Cy Young: CC Sabathia (NYY)
    NL Cy Young: Roy Halladay (Phi)

    AL MVP: Justin Morneau (Min)
    NL MVP: Albert Pujols (Stl)

    AL ROY: Wade Davis (TB)
    NL ROY: Jason Heyward (Atl)

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    OPENING DAY ROSTER

    *Based on +/-2 scouting*

    CATCHERS

    Rod Barajas (83) [34] - .226/.258/.403, 19 HR, 71 RBI, 1 SB (for Toronto)
    Henry Blanco (76) [38] - .235/.320/.382, 6 HR, 16 RBI (for San Diego)

    AAA: Josh Thole (75/83) [23] - .321/.356/.396, 9 RBI, 1 SB, (in 17 games)
    AAA: Omir Santos (73/75) [28] - .260/.296/.391, 7 HR, 40 RBI

    Barajas and Blanco are both superb receivers. Barajas will provide some pop from the lower half of the order. Thole has the skill set of a 2nd baseman with no speed and his defence is nothing to phone home about. With limited pop, he probably won't see much time outside of the 8-hole, except maybe the 2-hole.

    FIRST BASEMEN

    Mike Jacobs (75) [29] - .228/.297/.401, 19 HR, 61 RBI (for Kansas City)
    Fernando Tatis (79) [35] - .282/.339/.483, 8 HR, 48 RBI, 4 SB
    Nick Evans (72/79) [24] - .231/.275/.385, 1 HR, 7 RBI (in 30 games)
    DL: Daniel Murphy (76) [25] - .266/.313/.427, 12 HR, 63 RBI, 4 SB (returns early May)

    AAA: Ike Davis (74/89) [23] - .298/.381/.524, 20 HR, 71 RBI (for A+ St. Lucie & AA Binghamton)

    Ike is obviously the future, and the future could start at any time this year depending on both his development and the performance of the plethora of light hitting first basemen. Both Tatis and Evans are versatile, which will work to their advantage when it comes to fighting it out for playing time.

    SECOND BASEMEN

    Luis Castillo (77) [34] - .302/.387/.346, 1 HR, 40 RBI, 20 SB

    AAA: Andy Green (73/74) [32] - .259/.330/.379, 4 HR, 20 RBI, 3 SB (for AAA Buffalo)
    AAA: Russ Adams (72) [29] - .285/.343/.411, 2 HR, 21 RBI, 2 SB (for AAA Las Vegas [TOR] & AAA Portland [SDP])
    AA: Reese Havens (62/83) [23] - .247/.361/.422, 14 HR, 52 RBI, 3 SB (for A+ St. Lucie)

    Castillo should still have a few good years left, but may not be able to stay at the top of the order for long. Our top shortstop prospect Ruben Tejada is the closest to pushing for playing time, but Alex Cora will likely take over in the event of an injury.

    THIRD BASEMEN

    David Wright (91) [27] - .307/.390/.447, 10 HR, 72 RBI, 27 SB

    AAA: Mike Hessman (73/75) [32] - .217/.324/.442, 23 HR, 77 RBI, 3 SB (for AAA Toledo [DET])
    A: Wilmer Flores (60/89) [18] - .264/.305/.332, 3 HR, 36 RBI, 3 SB (for A Savannah)
    R: Jefry Marte (58/79) [18] - .233/.279/.338, 6 HR, 41 RBI, 5 SB (for A Savannah)

    David Wright is entering his 6th full season as the Mets' Opening Day 3rd baseman. Don't look for that to change anytime soon, regardless of how Flores develops. Wright has a reputation for staying healthy, but both Fernando Tatis and Alex Cora can fill in if needed.

    SHORTSTOPS

    Alex Cora (77) [34] - .251/.320/.310, 1 HR, 18 RBI, 8 SB
    Luis Hernandez (73/75) [25] - .205/.256/.219, 4 RBI, 1 SB (in 37 games)
    DL: Jose Reyes (82) [26] - .279/.355/.395, 2 HR, 15 RBI, 11 SB (in 36 games)

    AAA: Ruben Tejada (72/83) [20] - .289/.351/.381, 5 HR, 46 RBI, 19 SB (for AA Binghamton)
    AA: Alex Cintron (71) [31] - .077/.143/.077 (in 21 games with Washington)
    DL: Robbie Shields (58/76) [22] - .178/.273/.267, 1 HR, 9 RBI, 2 SB (in 44 games for A- Brooklyn)

    The speedster Jose Reyes will miss the first 4 games of the season, and will look to bounce back from an injury riddled 2009. Alex Cora is the club's utility infielder, but Hernandez may not stick when Reyes is eligible to return. Reyes is in a contract year, and a strong showing from Ruben Tejada combined with inconsistent play from Reyes could convince the Mets to part ways with Reyes.

    LEFT FIELDERS

    Jason Bay (85) [31] - .267/.384/.537, 36 HR, 119 RBI, 13 SB (for Boston)

    AAA: Fernando Martinez (69/90) [21] - .176/.242/.275, 1 HR, 8 RBI, 2 SB (in 29 games)
    AAA: Frank Catalanotto (68) [35] - .278/.346/.382, 1 HR, 9 RBI, 2 SB (for Milwaukee)

    Jason Bay was the big pick up this offseason. He'll be a stallworth in the middle of the lineup for the Mets. If he goes down with an injury, it will be interesting to see whether the Mets go with the youngster Fernando Martinez, or one of their many bench players with experience in the outfield.

    CENTER FIELDERS

    Angel Pagan (81) [28] - .306/.350/.487, 6 HR, 32 RBI, 14 SB
    Fernando Perez (74/77) [26] - .206/.206//206, 2 RBI (in 18 games for Tampa)
    DL: Carlos Beltran (88) [32] - .325/.415/.500, 10 HR, 48 RBI, 11 SB

    AAA: Gary Matthews (74) [35] - .250/.336/.361, 4 HR, 50 RBI, 4 SB (for Los Angeles [A])
    AA: Jason Pridie (72/75) [26] - .265/.295/.382, 9 HR, 53 RBI, 25 SB (for AAA Rochester [MIN])
    A: Kirk Nieuwenhuis (66/82) [22] - .282/.364/.479, 17 HR, 73 RBI, 17 SB (for A+ St. Lucie & AA Binghamton)

    Beltran isn't set to return until mid-may, but Pagan is very capable in center field, and if he plays up to expectations, will push over to Right Field once Beltran returns. Gary Matthews is looking to get his career back on track, but he'll start in Triple-A and will have to fight for the first promotion. Kirk Nieuwenhuis has promising speed, but will have to develop his other skills as he progresses through the minors.

    RIGHT FIELDERS

    Jeff Francoeur (75) [26] - .280/.309/.423, 15 HR, 76 RBI, 6 SB (for Atlanta and New York [N])
    Chris Carter (74/77) [27] - .294/.358/.465, 16 HR, 61 RBI (for AAA Pawtucket [BOS])

    R: Cesar Puello (60/73) [19] - .296/.373/.423, 5 HR, 23 RBI (for R Kingsport)

    Francoeur, Carter, Tatis and others will likely continue the battle for playing time in Right Field well into the season. Francoeur has the better glove of the group, but will need to produce offensively to hold onto any steady playing time.

    STARTING PITCHERS

    Johan Santana (93) [31] - 13-9, 3.13 ERA, 166.2 IP, 146 K, .239 BAA
    Mike Pelfrey (84/87) [26] - 10-12, 5.03 ERA, 184.1 IP, 107 K, .284 BAA
    Hisanori Takahashi (79/82) [35] - 10-6, 2.94 ERA, 144 IP, 126 K (for Yomiuri [Japan])
    Andy Sonnanstine (75) [27] - 6-9, 6.77 ERA, 99.2 IP, 60 K, .310 BAA (for Tampa)
    Jon Niese (75/81) [23] - 1-1, 4.21 ERA, 25.2 IP, 18 K, .267 BAA

    AAA: John Maine (77) [28] - 7-6, 4.43 ERA, 81.1 IP, 55 K, .218 BAA
    AAA: Jack Egbert (67/70) [26] - 6-11, 5.05 ERA, 108.2 IP, 78 K, 1 SV (for AAA Charlotte [CHW])
    AA: Jenrry Mejia (73/93) [20] - 4-6, 3.14 ERA, 94.2 IP, 91 K (for A+ St. Lucie & AA Binghamton)
    A: Brad Holt (60/82) [23] - 7-7, 4.88 ERA, 101.1 IP, 99 K (for A+ St. Lucie & AA Binghamton)
    R: Kyle Allen (60/82) [20] - 9-6, 3.45 ERA, 125.1 IP, 111 K, 2 SV (for A Savannah)
    R: Jeurys Familia (58/82) [20] - 10-6, 2.69 ERA, 134 IP, 109 K (for A Savannah)
    R: Steve Matz (58/82) [18] - [High School]
    R: Robert Carson (58/77) [21] - 8-10, 3.21 ERA, 131.2 IP, 90 K (for A Savannah)
    R: Zach Dotson (53/73) [19] - [High School]
    R: Juan Urbina (49/87) [16] - [Latin Signing]

    Johan Santana is a proven ace, but Mike Pelfrey has yet to be tested as 2nd starter. Beyond them are 2 pitches with endurance under 50 and a guy with less than 40 Major League innings under his belt. Takahashi in particular is going to have to transfer his success from Japan over to North American, and quickly. Mejia is the only pitcher who looks close to cracking the Major League rotation. Due to the lack of starting depth in Triple-A, Bobby Parnell, Patrick Misch and Jorge Campillo will all be stretched out in Buffalo in case they are needed on the Major League level.

    RELIEF PITCHERS

    Francisco Rodriguez (91) [28] - 3-6, 3.71 ERA, 68 IP, 73 K, .199 BAA, 35/42 (Saves/Save Opportunities)
    Pedro Feliciano (81) [33] - 6-4, 3.03 ERA, 59.1 IP, 59 K, .228 BAA
    Ryota Igarashi (78) [30] - 3-2, 3.19 ERA, 53.2 IP, 44 K, 3 SV
    Raul Valdes (74/77) [32] - 2-0, 2.02 ERA (Winterball)
    Kiko Calero (75) [35] - 2-2, 1.95 ERA, 60 IP, 69 K, .173 BAA (for Florida)
    Fernando Nieve (76/77) [27] - 3-3, 2.95 ERA, 36.2 IP, 23 K, .255 BAA
    DL: Kelvim Escobar (83) [33] - 0-1, 3.60 ERA, 5 IP, 5 K, .222 BAA (for Los Angeles [A])

    AAA: Bobby Parnell (74/81) [25] - 4-8, 5.30 ERA, 88.1 IP, 74 K, .278 BAA, 1 SV
    AAA: Patrick Misch (73/74) [28] - 3-4, 4.12 ERA, 59 IP, 23 K, .270 BAA
    AAA: Manny Acosta (73/74) [28] - 1-1, 4.34 ERA, 37.1 IP, 32 K, .294 BAA (for Atlanta)
    AAA: R.A. Dickey (72) [35] - 1-1, 4.62 ERA, 64.1 IP, 42 K, .286 BAA (for Minnesota)
    AAA: Elmer Dessens (71) [39] - 3.31 ERA, 32.2 IP, 14 K, .203 BAA
    AAA: Jorge Campillo (73/74) [31] - 1-0, 4.15 ERA, 4.1 IP, 3 K, .389 BAA (for Atlanta)
    AA: Carlos Muniz (70/73) [29] - 1-1, 5.40 ERA, 23.1 IP, 16 K, .264 BAA
    AA: Clint Everts (69/78) [25] - 8-1, 1.65 ERA, 60 IP, 68 K, 6 SV (for A+ Potomac, AA Harrisburg & AAA Syracuse [all WSH])
    AA: Eddie Kunz (68/76) [23] - 4-5, 5.02 ERA, 61 IP, 38 K, 1 SV (for AAA Binghamton)

    The bullpen, at least what is already at the Major League level looks better, but there is still a lot of unproven commodities beyond K-Rod and Feliciano, especially with Escobar making just one appearance in the last 2 years. The Mets have a handful of experienced relievers in the Minors, but will likely have to look outside the organization if anyone goes out for a significant amount of time.
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    April 5th, 2010
    Opening Day

    "It's already sold out," said a boisterous Joe Waldon, entering his first regular season as the General Manager of the New York Mets.

    "Good," I replied, somewhat nervously. I was the rookie skipper of the very same Mets.

    "This is the big leagues son," Waldon said, even though he was only 2 years my senior.

    "Glad to be here sir," I answered, and looked back down at my lineup card. Francoeur? Carter? Tatis? I mused to myself, eventually settling on Carter, the least proven of the bunch, but the most pure hitter of the group, at least in my eyes.

    "You're not gonna start Frenchy, are you?" Waldon asked. I swear I hadn't been thinking out loud.

    "Chris has the bat. He's getting the first shot," I replied, although it may of come off unassumingly.

    "Frenchy's a vet. He expects to play. I expect him to play," he told me, with much more certainty in his voice than I.

    "We'll see. He'll get his shot, but I'm putting my best 9 players out there most days," I came off more convincingly this time.

    "Fair enough," he paused, "Its the wins that matter."

    With that, he left my office, leaving me to fret about my first game as a manager in the brigs. at least I've got Johan on the mound today.

    *Huaaaaah*

    Tom Hallion rung up Cameron Maybin for looking at a 2-2 pitch on the outside corner of the strike zone and we were off. Both aces (Johan Santana and Josh Johnson) would face the minimum through two and a half innings of baseball.

    The Marlins drew first blood in the top of the 4th with a 2-out RBI single from Hanley Ramirez, who was subsequently erased from the basepaths on the next pitch with a strong throw from Rod Barajas. Marlins 1 Mets 0

    Santana found himself in more trouble in the 5th inning, intentionally walking the number 8 hitter Ronny Paulino to load the bases with one out. Six pitches later, Santana and his teammates were back on the bench thanks to a timely strikeout and groundball.

    Four consecutive hits in the bottom half of the 6th chased Johnson after 5+ innings, including and RBI triple by Pagan, and RBI double by David Wright and a 440 foot 2-run bomb courtesy of Jason Bay, his first as a Met, and the Mets' first jack of the season. Mets 4 Marlins 1

    With the added insurance of a 3-run knock in the 8th inning, this time courtesy of Fernando Tatis, Santana finished the game retiring 14 straight batters, en route to a complete game 10 strikeout outing. Mets 7 Marlins 1
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    April 1, 2010

    April started off with a flurry of signings:
    25 year-old Chad Billingsley signed a 4 year extension with an annual salary of $6.7M with the Dodgers.
    Fellow Dodger Hong-Chih Kuo will be in LA for 3 more years, making $1.45M in each of his years.
    24 year-old John Danks will receive $5.2M from the White Sox for each of the next 3 years.
    His teammate, lefthanded reliever Matt Thornton signed a 3 year deal worth $6.7M per annum.
    Elsewhere in the AL Central, fireballer Joel Zumaya signed a 3 year contract worth a total of $3.3M with the Tigers.
    Oft-injured Twin Francisco Liriano will be in the Twin city for 3 more years, and is set to make a total of $9.3M over the course of the contract.

    April 2, 2010

    Minnesota's management has decided to take a chance on the enigma that is Elijah Dukes, picking him up at a toll of $5M for the year.
    Corey Patterson has found his 5th different team in 4 years, he'll make $2.5M for starting in Durham, Tampa's famed Triple-A affiliate.
    The White Sox finally decided to bring Jermaine Dye back this year. He'll receive $7.6M for his services.
    Former Met Carlos Delgado has found a new home in Cleveland. He'll earn a base salary of $4.2M.
    Matt Garza will be a Ray for the next 3 years, at a $4.5M pricetag each season.
    Jered Weaver is taking John Lackey's role atop the Angels' pitching staff this year, and now he'll be paid like he does - earning $7.4M each of the next 3 years.
    Right Fielder Hunter Pence will be in the Astros outfield for the next 3 years, and is scheduled to make $12.3M during that time period.

    April 3, 2010

    The Oakland A's decided to take a small risk on Joey Devine, who missed all of 2009 and won't return until late June at the latest, and seize the oppertunity to sign him on the cheap for the next 3 years at a rate of $870K per year.
    Jayson Werth, however, has finally hit a big payday. The Phillies will pay the outfielder a total of $75M over the next 6 years.
    In the aftermath of last years' (almost) perfect no-hitter, Jonathan Sanchez cashed in on a 3 year $12.9M contract.
    Padres closer Heath Bell signed a 4 year $28M extension.

    April 4, 2010

    Utilityman Ty Wigginton signed a 4 year extension with the Orioles worth $4.9M per year.
    Injured lefty J.P. Howell will make $3.35M in each of the next 3 years with the Rays, whether he's healthy or not.
    Rockies Outfielder Brad Hawpe will make $9.2M per annum over the next 5 years.
    Star First Baseman Adrian Gonzalez is staying in his hometown. The Padres will pay him $48.5M over the next 5 years.

    April 5, 2010 (Game as seen above)

    The Cardinals' Albert Pujols signed a historic contract worth a total of $240.8M. The 7 year deal which pays $34.4M annually will keep Pujols in St. Louis past his 37th birthday. The total value is the most given to a proffessional athelete not named Alex Rodriguez. He is the only player in baseball making more than $25.7M per year.
    In other news, Diamondbacks second baseman Kelly Johnson will make a paltry $8.1M over the 3 years of his new extension.

    Kevin Kouzmanoff broke his hip during the A's opening day tilt against the Mariners. He'll be out atleast 4 months. Jake Fox, a new addition to the A's bench this season, will take over at the hot corner for the time being, but could be replaced by injuryprone Eric Chavez, who is starting the season in the minors, if he shows he still has game.
    San Francisco First Baseman Aubrey Huff will miss 2 weeks following their opening day loss to the Astros. 26 year-old Travis Ishikawa will come up from AAA Fresno and fill in for the time being.
    Toronto's newly aquired Shortstop Alex Gonzalez broke his collar bone in an 11-3 route courtesy of the Rangers. John McDonald will assume the starting role for the 3 weeks it is expected to take Gonzalez to recover. Veteren minor leaguer Howie Clark will take his spot on the roster.

    Starters: Josh Johnson vs. Johan Santana

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                         1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 +  R  H  E
           Marlins (FLA) 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0    1  4  0
              Mets (NYM) 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 3 x    7  9  0
    WP: Johan Santana (1-0, 1.00) - 9.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 10 K, 103 pitches
    LP: Josh Johnson (0-1, 7.20) - 5.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 87 pitches
    HR: Fernando Tatis (1), Jason Bay (1)


    April 6, 2010 - Off

    Just a day after losing their starting thirdbaseman, the A's lost Eric Chavez for four months as well due to a Broken Vertebra. He had started his 32-year old season in the minor leagues. You have to wonder whether he will ever make it back to the Majors at this point.

    April 7, 2010
    Starters: Ricky Nolasco vs. Mike Pelfrey

    Code:
                         1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 +  R  H  E
           Marlins (FLA) 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0    1  3  0
              Mets (NYM) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0    0  6  1
    Nolasco started off the game by retiring 10 straight Mets batters. Pelfrey got himself into a few jams in the early innings, but settled down nicely in the middle part of the ballgame. Mike Jacobs and Chris Carter tried to tie it up in the 9th inning, with a single and a walk respectively, but Leo Nunez relieved Nolasco for the 1-out save.

    WP: Ricky Nolasco (1-0, 0.00) - 8.2 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, 140 pitches
    LP: Mike Pelfrey (0-1, 1.13) - 8.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 101 pitches
    SV: Leo Nunez (1) - 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 3 pitches
    HR: None

    The Red Sox reached a deal with Jonathan Papelbon that will pay him $9.6M annually to close in Boston.

    April 8, 2010
    Starters: Chris Volstad vs. Hisanori Takahashi

    Code:
                         1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 +  R  H  E
           Marlins (FLA) 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0    1  4  2
              Mets (NYM) 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 x    3  9  0
    Our 1-2 hitters (Luis Castillo and Angel Pagan) got on in the 1st, but couldn't plate. They return in the 2nd inning, with a walk and a single to plate the pitcher Takahashi who reached on an error in his first Major League at bat. Jorge Cantu's homerun in the top of the 5th evened the score. In the bottom half of the inning, Rod Barajas drove Jason Bay home on an RBI ground out, and Jeff Francoeur plated Mike Jacobs with an RBI single. Ryota Igarashi, Pedro Feliciano and Francisco Rodriguez combined for 3 scoreless innings to finish the ballgame.

    WP: Hisanori Takahashi (1-0, 1.50) - 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 85 pitches
    LP: Chris Volstad (0-1, 4.15) - 4.1 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 98 pitches
    SV: Francisco Rodriguez (1) - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 10 pitches
    HR: Jorge Cantu (1)
    Stars: Angel Pagan (4-5, 1 RBI)

    Newly aquired Twins second baseman Orlando Hudson will miss over 2 months with a torn knee ligament. Alexi Casilla will return from Triple-A Rochester to start at second.

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    Like the start, and don't mind the puns.

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    April 9, 2010

    Washington Nationals (0-3) @ New York Mets (2-1)
    John Lannan (0-1, 18.00) vs. Andy Sonnanstine (6-9, 6.77 in 2009)

    Code:
                         1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 +  R  H  E
         Nationals (WSN) 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0    1  7  1
              Mets (NYM) 0 4 0 0 0 3 0 0 x    7 12  2
    WP: Andy Sonnanstine (1-0, 1.50) - 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 84 pitches
    LP: John Lannan (0-2, 10.80) - 5.1 IP, 9 H, 7 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 104 pitches
    HR: David Wright (1)
    Stars: David Wright (3-5, 1 R, 5 RBI)

    We missed an oppertunity to go ahead the first inning, as Fernando Tatis flew out with 2 outs and the bases juiced. David Wright would pick up his teammate in the next inning, hitting a 2-out 3 run homer on a 3-2 count following an RBI single from Angel Pagan. The Nats battled for a run in the next inning, making the game 4-1 after 3. We put the game away with a 3-run 6th. After Pagan hit another RBI single, Wright drove in the other 2 runs a double down the line. Fernando Nieve, Raul Valdes and Kiko Calero threw a scoreless inning each in their first work of the young season.

    The Dodgers' Manny Ramirez had career hit number 2500 against the Marlins today. The 37 year-old is trying to rebound after a suspension shortened 2009.

    April 10, 2010

    Mark Grudzielanek and Tony Graffanino were released by the Cleveland Indians. They both subsequently retired after 27 seasons between the two of them. They are 39 and 37 years old respectively and were both playing the minors.

    Jose Reyes returns from his injury, and slots in at the top of the order, despite both Luis Castillo and Angel Pagan's red hot starts at the top of the order. Luis Castillo will move to the 9-hole with the pitcher batting 8th on most days. Luis Hernandez was optioned to AA Binghamton to make room on our roster, leaving us with just two players who can play shortstop on the roster.

    Washington Nationals (0-4) @ New York Mets (3-1)
    Garrett Mock (3-10, 5.62 in 2009) vs. Johan Santana (1-0, 1.00)

    Code:
                         1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 +  R  H  E
         Nationals (WSN) 3 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0    6 11  0
              Mets (NYM) 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0    1  5  0
    WP: Garrett Mock (1-0, 1.29) - 7.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 103 pitches
    LP: Johan Santana (1-1, 4.50) - 5.0 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 98 pitches
    HR: Ian Desmond (1), Josh Willingham (1)
    Stars: Ryan Zimmerman (4-5, 1 R, 1 K)

    The Nationals jumped on Johan quickly thanks to Josh Willingham's 3-run homerun in the 1st inning. Three singles in the bottom of the 2nd were good for a run, bringing us within 2 of the lead. Johan settled down until the 5th inning, when he was lit up 3 more runs, and was pulled for a pinch hitter in the bottom half. Unfortunately, we would only manage 3 baserunners after the 2nd inning.

    April 11, 2010

    Washington Nationals (1-4) @ New York Mets (3-2)
    Jason Marquis (15-13, 4.04 in 2009) vs. Jon Niese (1-1, 4.21 in 2009)

    Code:
                         1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 +  R  H  E
         Nationals (WSN) 3 0 2 0 1 0 2 0 0    8  9  2
              Mets (NYM) 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 1 0    5  8  3
    WP: Jason Marquis (1-0, 4.50) - 6.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 8 K, 131 pitches
    LP: Jon Niese (0-1, 5.40) - 5.0 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 89 pitches
    SV: Matt Capps (1) - 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 24 pitches
    HR: Josh Willingham 2 (3)

    Due to the first of 2 errors by 1B Mike Jacobs, 5th starter Jon Niese was forced to face 8 batters in st inning, and gave up 3 runs, 1 earned in the top of the 1st. Adam Dunn reached first on Jacobs' second error of the night to start off the 3rd inning. He and Ryan Zimmerman would plate to put the Nats up 5-0 early. Niese would give up one more run in the fifth inning before being replaced for a pinch hitter. We chipped away at the lead in the later innings, but Josh Willingham's 3rd homerun of the series and 2nd of the day in the seventh inning sealed our fate.

    The Chicago White Sox called up 23 year-old Righty Daniel Hudson for a spot start and held the Twins to 3 runs over 7 innings. The youngster battled through back pain all night in order to make his 3rd career start, but tests after the game showed that he had a broken vertebra. He'll be out for atleast 5 months. Jeff Marquez make his Major League debut Thursday, but Mark Buerhle should be healthy enough to reclaim his rotation spot next time around.

    37 year-old catcher Chris Coste, who made his Major League debut at the tender age of 33 in 2006, retired. He had started the year playing in Washington's minor league system.

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    On the Plane to Colorado

    Goose: Well Joe, I sure liked the first 4 games of the year.
    Joe: Our pitching was lights out and the offense was inconstant, but did enough. I didn’t like those last 2 as much.
    Goose: Offense has been a bit more streaky than I would like and Santana had a tough outing there on Saturday
    Joe: I feel our guys like Wright and Bay are streaky so that’s something we will have to live with. I feel Reyes coming back and having pagan and Castillo even when those guys aren’t their hottest we can produce some runs and of course Beltran in mid may will help big time and I'm not worried about Johan as he is a top pitcher and a bad outing time to time is totally expected
    Goose: Agreed. Pagan and Castillo came thru when Bay didn't have a great few games there. I would have to say I'm most impressed with the bullpen though.
    Joe: Ya we have some solid arms out there. I feel we could use a bit more established righty power reliever to pitch the 8th, but that won’t come to June or July unless we find some 1 to promote or if we like somebody off free agency.
    Goose: I'm not too concerned about it for the moment. Chris Carter is disappointing me so far. I gave him a shot as the opening day starter and he still hasn't gotten a hit in 6 at bats. I thought I would get a fire lit under him by giving him that opportunity
    Joe: I still love his bat though, he'll have until Murphy comes back to get going
    Goose: Of course. He's still one of the first guys off the bench against righties, and he'll get his share of starts.
    Joe: How do you feel about the bench? Do you feel you want another IF. If we had a righty IF at our disposal Evans would be in AAA, but we don’t,
    Goose: An infielder who could play SS in a pinch would be ideal, as long as its not a downgrade on Evans' bat, since I need him coming off the bench against lefties.
    Joe: Yeah, we'll have to see I would also like that person to play 2nd if Castillo goes down and some 1 to get the starts vs. leftie
    gosens101: Tatis can fill in at second if need be, but I'd like someone who can be a 3rd emergency shortstop. You know-how I like to double switch
    Joe: Yeah, you'll have to brace for the media the few times those don’t work out
    Goose: I am ready for them, and frankly I don't care what they think. I manage to win ballgames, not to please the tabloids
    Joe: Good to hear, just don’t over mange 2 much if possible. Anything else we need to discuss goose?
    Goose: I don't think so. I think I'll dose off for a bit.
    Joe: Ok, there will be a fresh bag of peanuts on your seat when you wake him. Talk to you soon.
    *Snoring noise*

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    Quote Originally Posted by ewing6 View Post
    On the Plane to Colorado

    Goose: Well Joe, I sure liked the first 4 games of the year.
    Joe: Our pitching was lights out and the offense was inconstant, but did enough. I didn’t like those last 2 as much.
    Goose: Offense has been a bit more streaky than I would like and Santana had a tough outing there on Saturday
    Joe: I feel our guys like Wright and Bay are streaky so that’s something we will have to live with. I feel Reyes coming back and having pagan and Castillo even when those guys aren’t their hottest we can produce some runs and of course Beltran in mid may will help big time and I'm not worried about Johan as he is a top pitcher and a bad outing time to time is totally expected
    Goose: Agreed. Pagan and Castillo came thru when Bay didn't have a great few games there. I would have to say I'm most impressed with the bullpen though.
    Joe: Ya we have some solid arms out there. I feel we could use a bit more established righty power reliever to pitch the 8th, but that won’t come to June or July unless we find some 1 to promote or if we like somebody off free agency.
    Goose: I'm not too concerned about it for the moment. Chris Carter is disappointing me so far. I gave him a shot as the opening day starter and he still hasn't gotten a hit in 6 at bats. I thought I would get a fire lit under him by giving him that opportunity
    Joe: I still love his bat though, he'll have until Murphy comes back to get going
    Goose: Of course. He's still one of the first guys off the bench against righties, and he'll get his share of starts.
    Joe: How do you feel about the bench? Do you feel you want another IF. If we had a righty IF at our disposal Evans would be in AAA, but we don’t,
    Goose: An infielder who could play SS in a pinch would be ideal, as long as its not a downgrade on Evans' bat, since I need him coming off the bench against lefties.
    Joe: Yeah, we'll have to see I would also like that person to play 2nd if Castillo goes down and some 1 to get the starts vs. leftie
    gosens101: Tatis can fill in at second if need be, but I'd like someone who can be a 3rd emergency shortstop. You know-how I like to double switch
    Joe: Yeah, you'll have to brace for the media the few times those don’t work out
    Goose: I am ready for them, and frankly I don't care what they think. I manage to win ballgames, not to please the tabloids
    Joe: Good to hear, just don’t over mange 2 much if possible. Anything else we need to discuss goose?
    Goose: I don't think so. I think I'll dose off for a bit.
    Joe: Ok, there will be a fresh bag of peanuts on your seat when you wake him. Talk to you soon.
    *Snoring noise*

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    Re: Meeting Success: A New Regime

    lots of color.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 200tang View Post
    lots of color.
    Too much?
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