Archive for July, 2005

7/20/05: Three Wins In A Row

Saturday, July 30th, 2005

Another great game!!!
Well Met fans, yall can hardly complain about Glavine tonight. He pitched great, making exactly one mistake, which Jason Lane hit near to the Conoco sign – 1 ER and that was the ballgame. Unfortunately for Glavine, Andy Pettitte didn’t make ANY mistakes (that the Met hitters did anything about, anyway…)

Glavine went 7 innings, gave up 5 H, 1 HR, 1 ER, no walks and 3 Ks. A lot of GB outs and a lot of lazy flies to left. He pitched efficiently, needing 86 pitches for 7 innings. He was pulled for a pinch hitter, but that didn’t do him no good. Braden Looper gave up a run, but that didn’t make no nevermind because Andy wasn’t givin it up.

Andy pitched 8 innings, 3 hits, 2 walks and 6 Ks on 103 pitches. Here and I thought Phil would leave him in for a CG SO, but BRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAADDDDDDDD came in and got the save with a groundout and 2 Ks. Good. I’d rather rest Andy’s arm cuz we gonna need it – got 2 (and hopefully more) months to go

I do NOT understand the Mets lineup. WHY is David Wright, their best hitter by a LONG shot, still hitting 5th? He should be hitting third. And the Jackal is hitting 4th – dude is a born #2 guy. Oh well. And they playing Jose Offerman at first??? WTF? Even Minky is bettern that. They looked a LOT better back in April – I remember this guy Victor Diaz – I’m glad he down in AAA – I’d rather see Chris Woodward.

We had a great crowd again. Are the fans showing up cuz this team is winning or cuz we wanna boo the Jackal?

Last game of the series tomorrow. Broom time.

7/30/03 – Pettitte vs Glavine, Round 3

Saturday, July 30th, 2005

Again, readers, I apologise for errors, if there are any because I STILL can’t get the edit function to work. Also, the web administrator is working to try to fix the problems that make MVN go down. So please have patience.
Thank you.

Round Three –
click here to read about Round 1 ( 3 ER/ 5.1 IP – ND) on 4/11
click here to read about Round 2 (2 ER/ 6 IP – ND) on 6/9

Pettitte – this year: 8 – 7 in 20 GS – 9 HR, 26 BB, 97 K over 131.2 IP with a 2.73 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and a .251 BAA
vs.NYM: 6 – 2 in 14 GS with 1 CG SO – 7 HR, 36 BB, 77 K over 85 IP with a 3.71 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and a .236 BAA
this year: 7 – 8 in 21 GS – 7 HR, 47 BB, 53 K over 121 IP with a 4.69 ERA, 1.69 WHIP and a .321 BAA
vs.HOU: 15 – 10 in 37 GS with 2 CG and 1 So – 11 HR, 95 BB, 159 K over 238 IP with a 3.04 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and a .252 BAA
@ the Box: 1 – 0 in 2 GS – 1 HR, 9 BB, 8 K over 13.2 IP with a 5.27 ERA, 1.90 WHIP and a .321BAA

7/30/05: From Small Ball to Long Ball

Saturday, July 30th, 2005

Testing 1,2,3
– OK dear readers – this entry will be short – will see if things working better today.
Thank yall for your patience.

Last night, Wandy Rodriguez pitched well (either that, or the Mets suck) but elt us FIRST praise Wandy, who went 6 innings, giving up 4 hits and 2 walks and only 2 ER. Wandy is incredibly good, ESPECIALLY for a rookie, at bearing down with MOB and getting out the rest of the batters – often with GIDP. He also don’t change his motion in the stretch and the changeup moves well. I can’t get over how his motion looks SO much like Glavine’s.

Quintero was catching. He has this reputation for a great arm, but Cliff Floyd stole second base and caught Quintero off guard – his throw went into center for an error, advancing Floyd to third – I don’t think he would have scored if he hadn’t gotten to third, but Wandy took the ER anyway. Also, the Jackal, who hasn’t been stealing worth a bucket of warm spit this year, managed a SB.
But in this game, we won with the HR – Craig Biggio hit his fourth in 7 days (who does he think he is – Barry in 01?) and Morgan Ensberg hit his 27th.

We now lead the WC by 1 game.

And I can’t believe I just wrote that last sentence on July 30th.
The Stros and the A’s (also left for dead at the end of May by the Experts Who Know) have the best records in baseball since June 1 – actually since May 24.

Wouldn’t it ROOL to have 2 teams with so many rookies like us in the WS???!!!
(Fox would NOT agree…)

7/29/05: Brad Ausmus Hits Game Winning RBI!!!

Friday, July 29th, 2005

As I explained last night, I am having trouble with the new “improved” program here at MVN, so until I can get all the problems worked out, the entries will be REAL short.
Please excuse errors because I can’t edit yet.

let’s start the entry THIS way –
How do you know when a team is sucking?
When they can only manage 4 hits and NO HR off of Ezequiel Astacio, one of the 5 worst starting pitchers in MLB.

I’m real sorry Met fans, that yall embarrassed like that last night. But I do understand. In May, the Astros made just about every single starting pitcher look like the Cy Young winner.

Poor Pedro. Pitched great – OK, not as great as he was the last time out – gave up a HR to Adam Everett instead of Chris Burke, but got a ND for 8 innings and 117 pitches of 4 hit ball and 2 ER – call this getting Clemensed.

Roberto Hernandez did Pedro in – giving up a single to Palmeiro and a GW double to Brad Ausmus – this year’s Met- Killer.

Looks like Phil wants to go with Lamb at first (shudder) Palmeiro in right (sigh) and Berkman in left (shudder) – guess he ain’t learned that Lamb has a lead glove and Berkman ain’t real too good an OF and Palmeiro is better offn the bench.

Wandy Rodriguez vs Kris Benson

Friday, July 29th, 2005

Today, it’s Wandy Rodriguez, LHP vs Kris Benson, RHP
Wandy Rodriguez:
this year: 5 – 4 in 11 GS (5 QS) – 10 HR, 27 BB, 49 K over 62.2 IP (almost 6 IP/ GS – pretty decent for a fifth guy) with a 6.18 ERA, 1.56 WHIP and a.297 BAA. And he’s got his RSAA down to -9…
He pitched an excellent game against Washington his last time and I hope he does as well this time – 7 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 1 ER with on;y 85 pitches.
He’s never faced the Mets.

7/28/05: Apologies to Readers

Thursday, July 28th, 2005

Dear Readers,
there is something wrong with the writing program and i am having a LOT of trouble posting the entries I have written – hopefully, this will get fixed soon

7/28/05: David (Ezequiel Astacio) vs Goliath (Pedro Martinez)

Thursday, July 28th, 2005

Ezequiel Astacio, RHP vs Pedro Martinez, RHP
This one gonna be a sellout, fer SHER – Pedro hasn’t been to the Box – in fact, he hasn’t been in Houston since he pitched for the Expos back in 98. Come hell or high water (both always possible here – hehhehheh), I’m not missing this game. I’ve talked about Pedro before – next to Roy and Brandon and of course, Roger and Andy, he’s my favorite pitcher. Because he didn’t lissen to all them people who put him down, sayin he too little, too fragile, can’t last, and we’ll take him as a favor to his older brother (Ramon) who’s the Real Deal. Guess Pedro showed em…
And so now, one of the 5 best pitchers in the NL is opposing Ezequiel Astacio – who is one of the 10 worst SP in MLB – (-) 15 RSAA in only 32 IP as opposed to Pedro’s + 30.
And if Phil keeps playing Lamb at first and Berkman in the OF, this could get REAL ugly.
Pedro –
this year: 12 – 3 in 20 GS with 2 CG – 10 HR, 26 BB, 147 K over 142 IP with a 2.79 ERA, 0.85 WHIP .187 BAA
vs.HOU: 5 – 7 in 13 GS and 3 in relief with 2 CG and 1 SO – 8 HR, 28 BB, 71 K over 84.2 IP with a 4.36 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and a .244 BAA
He kicked some SERIOUS Houston butt the last time we faced him – June 7 – he threw a 2 hit complete game with 12 K – the only mistake he made was to hang a slider to Chris Burke, who sent it over the left field wall, preventing our 11th shutout. So Pedro in OUR house now, so we gonna show him a little Texas inhospitality. (I hope)
has never been to the Box, although he pitched at the Dome years ago when he was with Montreal
vs Astros lineup:


Can We Sweep the Phils? Ask Roger Clemens

Wednesday, July 27th, 2005

Today, it’s Roger Clemens, RHP vs : Vicente Padilla, RHP

Roger this year: 8 – 4 in 20 GS – 5 HR, 39 BB, 123 K over 135 IP (almost 7 IP/ GS) 1.40 ERA (as yall know, leads the ML) 0.96 WHIP and a.187 BAA
I think yall have heard MORE than enough about Roger’s wonderful incredibleness, so I’ll leave it right here.
vs.PHI: 1-0 in 2 GS with 4 BB and 11 K in 10 IP with a 5.4 ERA and a .270 BAA. He had one BAD game in Philly, 2 BB, 3 K and 4 ER in 3 IP (ERA=12)


Vicente Padilla, RHP
Signed as an amateur FA with Arizona, came up as a reliever in 99 and pitched 2.2 innings, then pitched 35 innings with no HR, 10 BB and 30 K with a 2.31 ERA before he was traded to Philly in the first Curt Schilling trade.

He continued to pitch in relief in 2000 and 01 – 64 innings with a 4.77 ERA before they decided to make him a starter in 2002. He did very well in 02 and 03, going a combined 28 – 23, averaging 207 IP/ year with an average 3.45 ERA and a 2.24 K/ BB ratio. He was hurt for some of the year last year and spent a few months on the DL – pitched only 115 innings, and his ERA went up a run (hello CBP – AKA Coors East).

Guess he’s not feelin real too good this year neither – has missed some time, and he’s 5 – 8 in 15 GS (only 4 QS – but the last 3 GS have been QS) – 16 HR, 41 BB, 50 K over 73.1 IP (not even 5 IP/ GS – NOT good) 5.52 ERA, 1.70 WHIP, .287 BAA – note that his K: BB ratio, usually at LEAST 2:1 – is way down this year – both decreased Ks and increased BB – and it’s not CBP neither because his away record is almost the same as his home record…

vs.HOU: 0 – 3 in 3 GS and 5 in relief – 1 HR, 9 BB, 14 K over 20.1 IP with a 5.31 ERA, 1.97 WHIP and a.360 BAA


7/26/05: Another Walk-Off HR Victory; Lamb Gets It Done

Tuesday, July 26th, 2005

Well, I guess I shouldn’t say “another”
Because Bruntlett hit his in the top of the inning.
But Mike Lamb is the Hero of the Day
And Ryan Madsen, usually a pretty good pitcher, was the goat.
A GREAT pitchers’ duel tonight!!!
Roy and Lieber had almost the exact same stat lines thru 7 IP –
Lieber: 7.0 IP, 6 H, 1 HR, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K
Roy: 7.0 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K

but Lieber was pulled after the 7th for a pinch hitter and 86 pitches, and Roy stayed with it, pitching 9 innings – 8 H, 1 BB, 9 K, 123 pitches – and believe me, he was having a hard time locating those last 12 pitches. So Mike Lamb hit the second pitch of the 9th inning 362′ for a walk-off HR to give Roy the W. I do believe he’s the only pitcher in the ML (with over 15 decisions) to have a decision for each GS – man I hope he gets to 20 W again…

And the bullpen is good and rested for Roger tomorrow….

Craig Biggio hit another HR tonight – another el-cheapo, but hey, that’s what the Crawford Boxes are for…

7/26/05 – Oswalt vs Lieber At Philly

Tuesday, July 26th, 2005

Roy Oswalt, RHP vs : Jon Lieber, RHP

Roy this year: 13 – 8 in 21 GS (17 QS) with 3 CG and 1 SO – 10 HR, 29 BB, 105 K over 149.2 IP with a 2.41 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and a .237 BAA
vs.PHI: 2-1 in 2 GS (2 in relief) with 2 HR, 5 BB and 17 K in 15.2 IP with a 1.72 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and .196 BAA
at Citizens Bank Park: started 1 game, which he won, threw 7 shutout innings with 2 BB and 7 K.

Jon Lieber, RHP (dude, don’t it suck to pitch in an EXTREME hitters park? Wish you was still with the Yanks? Was it worth the extra 2 mill a year to getcher butt kicked around like this?????)

2nd round draft pick in 1992 by the Royals out of South Alabama College
but ended up getting traded to Pitt and was pitching in the bigs mid 94 – started and relieved there for a few years, then was a full time starter 97 and 98. He did pretty well, considering he pitched for such a bad team, and ended up 38 – 49 with a 4.06 ERA.
Guess he was getting too expensive for the el-cheapos in Pitt, so they traded him to the Cubs for someone or other.

Did pretty darn well there in Chicago – even had a 20 W season with a 3.80 ERA in 01 and he had an even lower ERA – 3.70 in 02 when he blew out his elbow and needed Tommy John.
Well, it was the last year of his contract and the Cubs said byby, but the Yanks gambled and figgered he might could be worth it in 04 when he was ready to pitch again, and he was and the gamble paid off – he went 14 – 8 over 176.2 IP with a 4.33 ERA and did well in the playoffs.

He had an option for 05, but NY declined it, figgering they could re-sign him for 2 mill a year less, but Philly made him an offer he couldn’t refuse, so he left the Big Apple and went to Coors East… (home ERA 5.37, BAA .303)
this year: 9 – 9 in 21 GS with 1 CG – 24 HR (WHOA) 27 BB, 79 K over 125.1 IP with a 4.88 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and a.285 BAA
vs.HOU: 7 – 8 in 18 GS and 6 in relief with 4 CG – HR, 31 BB, 106 K over 131.1 IP with a 3.56 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and a.248 BAA