Jeremy Heit's Blog
Saturday, April 10, 2004
 
I've been meaning to link to this for a while...

Not Earning Its Keep by Michael Wolverton- Why The "Earned" Run Needs To Go

I was always not sure on this topic before reading the article, but now I agree with Wolverton. What do you think?

 
Here are assorted comments from my running diary/game notes sheet last night during the game...

On Fran Healy...

-Fran Healy is horrendous. Just had to get that out.
-7 out of 10 times great hitters fail? Guess Fran thinks a walk is failing... Yeah, I just grabbed my CD player.

On Mike Stanton/Looper

-Why isn't Franco warming up for the possibility of Everett with multiple guys on base? Howe has the right idea with a lefty since Everett, looking at the Bill James Handbook, batted significantly worse against lefties, but it should be Franco because you go from a hard thrower to a junk pitcher. Plus, Stanton sucks.
-Good, Yates is PHed for... hopefully Howe will bring in Weathers here... actually, anyone but Moreno (hard thrower followed by hard thrower)... and Stanton, he sucks.
-Stanton... because Wilkerson really hit worse against lefties last year (note sarcasm). If Stanton pitches to one batter, I scream...
-Stanton looked sharp... guess we'll wait another two weeks for that again.
-Stanton for a 2nd inning... I have a bad feeling about this...
-Stanton put Scheinder and Carroll on 1st and 2nd... that's the Stanton we know...
-Looper vs. Vidro... I'd rather see Moreno... at least they DSed to let Zeile hit in the 9 spot because he's at least better than Looper at hittting...
-That wasn't a terrible pitch Vidro hit, but... I still say Moreno... more velocity type pitcher.

On Art Howe taking about Piazza/Floyd... and Phillips

-Why take Floyd/Piazza bats out? Shane isn't really much of an upgrade defensively over Cliff and all Vance does is throw better, which isn't a big deal. And knowing how this bullpen blows games, the Mets might need more runs from them...
-Two guys out for... Shane Spencer! Because he made a big impact on defense.
-Man, he actually for a hit... of course, it was obvious Matsui was gunned from the second he rounded third...
-Just saw McEwing in the on-deck circle. Did the Mets really take out their three best hitters (or maybe 3 out of 4... Matsui arguements are fair right now)? Thank you for that piece of genius Art...
-Bases loaded with a chance to open up the one run lead... for Shane Spencer! God, I hate Art Howe.
-Bases still loaded and two down for your 4 hitter... Vance Wilson! God, I really hate Art Howe.

Still trying to figure out why Frank Robinson took about Brad Wilkerson...

-Frank Robinson just pinch hit for Brad Wilkerson with Luis Lopez... and I thought Art Howe made bad moves... he strikes out on three pitches.
-Juan Rivera for Sledge... that's OK... Juan does mash lefties, but taking out Wilkerson... he went .405/.453 vs. lefties last year. I feel ashamed for Frank.
-Random thought... Does anyone other than his family even know who Luis Lopez is?
-I normally don't like IBBs, but I can't argue with Luis Lopez up next...
-Luis Lopez strikes out again... that worked well for Frank.
-Moreno gets Lopez out... that worked really well, huh?

There you go... my comments from the game... everything else is constant calling for Moreno in the 7th-9th, an obsession with Zach Day's slider (which, at times, was really nasty), and constant moaning about a toe injury I suffered during the 8th inning on a door trying to get to my computer to see if any Mets bloggers were on-line to see if they were feeling my pain at that moment. And yes, I'm day-to-day.

Friday, April 09, 2004
 
I love watching the game (especially when we win) and then reading the Game Chatter on Primer. They are always entertaining.

I'll coment more on the game tomorrow, with my game notes that turned into a running diary. And yes, I will pick on Art immensely for the idiocy of taking about Floyd and Piazza for defensive replacements that aren't realy upgrades and try to figure out why in the hell Frank Robinson took out Brad Wilkerson...

 
Sometimes, I'm glad I'm not home. That just seems disgusting... hell, Erickson didn't make it out of the bullpen. The good news is Jae Seo gets called up, providing bullpen support tonight in Puerto Rico... as for starting eventually... who knows...

Last night, where nothing seemed to go right, more went wrong. Kazmir suffered minor pain in his midsection... It may be minor, but its also Scott Kazmir.

Jason Anderson got claimed off waivers by the Indians- I have a certain liking for Jason Anderson, but Matt Ginter takes him spot. It's not killer news, but I like Jason... there's another guy I can root for on another team.

Tonight's matchup is Tyler Yates vs. Zach "I swear its glue!" Day in PR. And I might be home!

Wednesday, April 07, 2004
 
Hmm, I get home, flip on the TV and see Julio Franco get a base hit to tie the game at 6. And then it got fun. The Steve Trachsel extension is working well... he pitches like his, he'll never get those innings he needs... then again, there's probably a pitching 5 games less than 2 hours clause in there somewhere... Grant Roberts and Dan Wheeler... that's the way to stop them (I would have actually brought in Grant, hoping he could give you a few innings, but, um, walking Chipper Jones... let's put more people on base!). If the young ones we wanted in the bullpen pitch this badly, imagine what happens when the old guys come in... the Braves might score 50... Anyway, I'll go watch the rest of this game now... and this is my supplement for a post tomorrow...

 
Mets shirt on with Mets hat on the head (when in possesion of my hat) at school today (then again, I always wear the cap). I was proud. Glavine was good and well Matsui was great. I caught the middle innings, saw Matsui's second double and was pleased with Glavine's pitching.

A quick rant on Matsui.... from what I saw (which is the second double and the HR highlights), I'm getting this feeling that he'll hit good on the road, but struggle at Shea. He seems like he is going to elevate too many balls and that will cause a lot of pop outs in Shea. I believe that HR in Shea would have been a long fly out. Maybe its just me, but I see a guy, who unless he adjusts a little, will be a lot better on the road than at home...

I wish I had time to rant on the Trachsel extension, but I have no time at all the next two days (except a little later tonight, but I want to be able to watch the game). It just, at least to me, makes no sense. I see a 4 ERA to 4.50 ERA trend over the next three years and 5 million dollars for a league average pitcher is a bad use of money... you can get a younger guy of the same caliber for less money...

Also, check out Amazinz.com's interview with Mike Cameron. Speaking of interviews, if you have any other questions for Jeff, please get them in by tomorrow afternoon...

Tuesday, April 06, 2004
 
Avkash reviews Scutaro's first game and I'll admit, I made sure I saw Scutaro's first AB while watching the championship game last night (not that there was a lot to watch there). So, yes, I still have a sick obsession with him too... but what's wrong with rooting for him?

Steve Trachsel extension... I haven't thought about this a lot, but essentially, barring injury, Trachsel 5 million per year through '06 (when he'll be 35) just doesn't seem the right allocation of money. Maybe I'm wrong on this, but Trachsel, to me, seems like a very replacable pitcher. The only thing that makes people like him so much is that you basically know what your getting when he goes out there. There aren't many bad games, but there aren't many excellent games. I don't know, maybe I just think you can find better pitchers or more value for your team with those 5 million. Put what you think in the comments...

As for tonight, well, its finally time. I guess its time to stop whining and moaning about offseason moves and just face the reality of team and probably hopelessly root for the team to miraclously make the playoffs. But I guess that's the beauty of the game... they still have a chance, however slight, to do something amazing. I guess Ya Gotta Believe...

Monday, April 05, 2004
 
My man crush on Carlos Beltran grows bigger every day.

Can we please trade for Craig Wilson now? They just signed Littlefield to an extension through '07. He's there for the taking!

Yes, those are my views of the Third and True Opening Day so far. Oh yeah, go Pads!

 
If you are looking for something good today, Alex Belth has an interview with Bill James, which is perfect for opening day.

As for the Mets (I'll be missing most of opening night btw... Passover Seder), I only have one little comment...

I thought when Cedeno and Perez were sent packing, the bench would get a lot better, if not only by default. Yet, that didn't happen. Part of it has to do by when they sent them packing, but it still annoys me. Gutierrez/Valent or Cedeno/Perez? I guess the former, since they can play IF/OF, but now there is no other CF on the roster other than Cameron and well... none of them can really hit. Maybe it was foolish of me to think the Mets would get much better on the bench when Cedeno and Perez left, but I echo Avkash's use of the Chris Rock bit... it seems as though we came away no better, hell, maybe worse than before.

And if they were basically willing to eat Cedeno's contract, why didn't they just eat it at the beginning of the offseason, get the roster spot and keep Scutaro or Cerda...

Sunday, April 04, 2004
 
Reyes DLed, Bottalico era over

I guess we'll have to live with Ricky Gutierrez for a while (I really can't get that much more pissed off after last night's Duke game). On the bright side, Bottalico has been dumped, opening the doors for Wheeler and Moreno to make the bullpen. I really wish Moreno was the "closer" at this point, but the fact that he is in the bullpen is a good sign.

Other than that, I'll let you guys take the entry with what is on your minds. Just start up something in the comments, whether its on any of the Mets decisions, College basketball or opening night tonight (thank god!).

And remember, send in those questions for Jeff.


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