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  • Cards vs Johan 02/29/07 12:10 Port Lucie Spring Training GDT

    If I had some time I might stir things up on the Internet tonight.

    Darn meetings - and kids - and better sense.
    Turning the other cheek is better than burying the other body.

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  • #2
    Time for Albert to start producing.
    "There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle."
    --Albert Einstein

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    • #3
      Originally posted by kennyboyerfan View Post
      Time for Albert to start producing.

      Just waiting for Johan.
      Turning the other cheek is better than burying the other body.

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      • #4
        http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/ba...es.html?page=1

        JUPITER, Fla. - Let me say up front that I'm buying into the Johan Santana vibe that has everyone in Mets camp loving life as if last September never happened. Seeing Santana up close here has been very impressive, from his low-maintenance demeanor to his eye-opening athleticism in defensive drills to the deception of his vaunted changeup.
        As such, there's every reason to believe he will dominate as expected, give the Mets the best and deepest starting rotation in the National League, and help take this team to the World Series.
        Having said that ...
        I wouldn't bet the ranch on this team. Age and some injury issues at the moment are significant enough to point to how a lot could go wrong, as has been the case too often for the Mets over the years.
        So as a public service to fatalistic Mets fans everywhere, here are reasons to worry this team won't live up to the hype:
        Most noticeably, as the Mets trotted out their regulars for the first time yesterday in a 7-0 loss to the Cardinals, neither Carlos Beltran nor Luis Castillo was in the lineup. Both the center fielder and the second baseman are coming back from offseason knee surgeries, albeit minor, and neither is ready to play.
        They are expected to be available in plenty of time for the season, but you wonder. Beltran hasn't fared well when trying to play through leg injuries during his three seasons in New York, and those have mostly been muscle pulls.
        In the case of Castillo, surgery should help the pain that caused him to limp noticeably last season, but you have to wonder whether it will also limit the range and mobility of a 32-year-old second baseman who scouts were saying had already lost a step defensively last season.
        On the pitching front, the Mets are counting on Duaner Sanchez to revive a bullpen that failed them too often, and while he was encouraged by his outing in Monday's intrasquad game, Sanchez was scratched from a scheduled appearance yesterday because of what the Mets called "overall soreness."
        They don't consider it a setback, but it's at least a reminder this will be no easy road back for someone who hasn't pitched since July of 2006.
        Meanwhile, neither Pedro Martinez nor Orlando Hernandez has faced hitters yet, though both could pitch in exhibition games by next week.
        Pedro says he feels great, and his successful return from shoulder surgery last September is reason for optimism, but it's worth remembering he did need extra rest between starts when he came back, which is at least partly how the ill-prepared Philip Humber wound up making a crucial start the final week of the season and contributed to the Mets' collapse.

        As for the ancient El Duque, he has a foot injury that so far has limited him to throwing softly. If he's healthy, he's a bonus as a No. 5 starter, always capable of tossing a gem, but he has been injured when needed most over the last two seasons.
        Likewise, age and injuries are an issue for Moises Alou, 41. Still a dangerous hitter, the left fielder was limited to 87 games last season - down from 98 in '06 and 123 the year before that - because of various injuries.
        Alou's health could be especially important this season, as they have lost some production at catcher, where Brian Schneider replaces Paul Lo Duca, and it's hard to know what to expect from 35-year-old Carlos Delgado.
        Some scouts were convinced Delgado's bat slowed significantly last season, making him vulnerable to inside fastballs. Pitchers challenged him without fear, as he drew only 52 walks and his on-base percentage fell to .333, while he hit only .258 with 24 home runs and 87 RBI.
        So now, who knows whether it's meaningful, but Delgado hasn't looked good at the plate early in camp. He couldn't catch up with three fastballs from a University of Michigan lefthander a few days ago, and yesterday he was late on fastballs again in three at-bats against Cardinal pitchers, resulting in two shallow fly balls and a weak ground ball to third.
        It could mean nothing more than a proven veteran working his way into hitting shape, or it could be evidence of further decline.
        Finally, there is the question of the killer instinct that was missing last season, and then the Mets' failure to handle the pressure as their lead slipped away late.
        "We all messed it up," Randolph said yesterday, "but we're all going to make it right together, too. I know these guys. I guarantee you, when they had some quiet moments during the offseason, they know the reasons for what happened, and they can't wait to get back at it."
        I've heard a lot of that kind of belief and seen plenty of smiling faces here in Mets' camp. Santana's presence has been better than a Roger Clemens B-12 shot for the Mets' psyche, and I think he'll be the ultimate difference-maker in the NL.
        But for now at least, the creaky factor is enough to make any believer nervous.
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        • #5
          Three questions for hitting star Schumaker

          http://www.tcpalm.com/news/2008/feb/29/three-questions/
          Turning the other cheek is better than burying the other body.

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          • #6
            Leap Day Lineup: Off to the circus

            By Derrick Goold
            02/29/2008 7:19 am


            JUPITER, Fla. — The Cardinals head north to Port St. Lucie, Fla., to complete a home-and-home series with the absolutely reeling New York Mets, who have continued their September spiral with an 0-2 start to spring. Egads.
            But hope takes the mound for the Mets today.
            Lefty and two-time Cy Young Award winner Johan Santana makes his debut.
            One New York paper dubbed it the start of the Johan Santana Era, writing that “a meaningless game doesn’t get any bigger.” Adam Rubin, the exceptional Mets beat writer for the Daily News, pegged it best with his lede this morning:
            JUPITER, Fla. - It’s not quite March, and already Johan Santana is being called upon to be the stopper.
            To face the changeup-chucking lefty and biggest offseason acquisition this side of Rusty Hardin, manager Tony La Russa is taking a righthanded-heavy lineup north. Brian Barton and Ryan Ludwick, for example, are in the outfield. There is a notable exception: Chris Duncan. La Russa has said he’d like to see both Duncan and Rick Ankiel get at-bats against lefthanded pitchers this spring — and this season — unless the lefty is of the “wipe-away variety” (i.e., Randy Johnson). The manager did a similar thing last season when he took Duncan across the state to Fort Myers, Fla., and started him at designated hitter against a lefty.
            The lefty was Santana.
            Duncan went 0-for-4 in the game and Santana — in mid-March form — walked two, allowed two hits, struck out four and matched Kip Wells zero for zero over four innings. The recap of the game focuses on a MVP-Cy Young showdown that became a fizzle.
            Albert Pujols gets another crack at Santana today.
            The Cardinals (1-0)
            1. Brian Barton,() CF
            2. Chris Duncan, LF
            3. Albert Pujols, 1B
            4. Troy Glaus, 3B
            5. Juan Gonzalez, DH
            6. Ryan Ludwick, RF
            7. Yadier Molina, C
            8. Aaron Miles, 2B
            9. Brendan Ryan, SS
            Starting pitcher: RHP Adam Wainwright. Others traveling: LHP Ron Flores, LHP Jaime Garcia, LHP Tyler Johnson, RHP Ryan Franklin, RHP Mike Parisi, RHP Tyler Herron and RHP Kyle McClellan.
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            • #7
              Duncan and Ankiel better be getting at bats against lefties for christ sakes. Despite Tony's dreams to the contrary, the best teams do not L/R platoon every position on the field. And if you are going to keep 120 pitchers....

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              • #8
                One more reason to hate the pond scum

                http://njmg.typepad.com/metsblog/

                Here are the Christians - er, Cardinals - who are being fed to the Lions - I mean, Johan Santana.
                Cardinals
                Brian Barton CF
                Chris Duncan LF
                Albert Pujols 1B
                Troy Glaus 3B
                Juan Gonzalez DH
                Ryan Ludwick RF
                Yadier Molina C
                Aaron Miles 2B
                Brendan Ryan SS
                It's a little different than the lineup they put out yesterday which seemed like a reposting of the Mitchell Report. Actually, the Mitchell Report seems to be the least of the Cards' troubles. The team cut Scott Spiezio Wednesday after an arrest warrant was issued for him regarding charges related to a drunk driving incident. Of course, it could have been a little uncomfortable having Tony LaRussa giving him that news in the wake of his own well-chronicled and captured on video drunk driving arrest. Another Cards minor leaguer was wanted Thursday for a felony assault charge at a Florida restaurant.
                The Mets lineup is:
                Jose Reyes SS
                Brady Clark RF
                David Wright 3B
                Carlos Delgado 1B
                Moises Alou LF
                Ryan Church DH
                Ramon Castro C
                Angel Pagan CF
                Anderson Hernandez 2B
                Turning the other cheek is better than burying the other body.

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                • #9
                  Gameday:

                  http://www.mlb.com/mlb/gameday/y2007...lnmlb_nynmlb_1

                  -RBB

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by RedBirdBrain View Post

                    Thank you - Duncan with a single vs a lefty.
                    Turning the other cheek is better than burying the other body.

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                    • #11
                      Albert with the Double - where you at KBF.
                      Turning the other cheek is better than burying the other body.

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                      • #12
                        2 and 3 for Troy Glaus.
                        Turning the other cheek is better than burying the other body.

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                        • #13
                          Barton - out somehow
                          Duncan - got on base somehow
                          Pujols - 2B down the LF line

                          -RBB

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                          • #14
                            Gonzalez homers.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by hansolo View Post
                              Gonzalez homers.
                              Promote him!

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