Today’s Fun Mets Fact: If the Mets won every game from now until the end of the 2007 season, they’d almost be .500 as a franchise.
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Of course, the Braves are only 223 games over .500 over the same time period, even with their run since ’91.
Well, with a good year next year they’ll be .500 as a franchise, which is pretty good considering how bad they were in Boston.
Franco gets the start today against the righty. Hope Smoltz’s neck is loose today.
I like this line-up more than recent ones, although I’d like to see McCann 7th and Langerhans (defensive reasons) 8th.
26-pitch first for Smoltz, though no runs. How’d Matsui manage not to strike out? And why is Matsui hitting second, when the top of their lineup could go Reyes-Beltran-Wright-Floyd?
BP today, free article:
That’s just a bit of a long piece. Apparently, Randolph is afraid of Floyd not getting “protection” if Wright is moved to the three hole with Beltran moving to the two-spot where he belongs.
Because Willie Randolph is running the team and he knows that you need a fast guy who will put the ball in play hitting second.
Sure would be nice to get that run…
Braves hitters versus Pedro:
Chipper .125 .263 .313, 32 AB
Andruw .182 .182 .409, 22 AB
Jordan .300 .300 .400, 20 AB
Furcal .133 .133 .133, 15 AB
Estrada .444 .545 .778, 9 AB
So the only guys who have hit him at all aren’t in the lineup.
The weird thing is that Randolph, a career .276 .373 .351 hitter who walked nearly twice as often as he struck out, hit second a lot and was a practically perfect #2 hitter.
I’ll take that.
Now would be an excellent time for a patented Francouer shoetop double.
Randolph was one of my favorite players growing up, even if he was a d-mn-d Yankee. I remember one year when the Yankees were in the race, would have been mid eighties, and Henderson got hurt, and they were fine, and Winfield got hurt, and they survived, and Mattingly got hurt, and they got through it. Randolph got hurt, and they collapsed. Pity he’s such a dud manager.
Why is Smoltz giving up doubles to their worst hitters?
Again, how did Matsui do that? Smoltz threw him 5 fantastic pitches, he took the first two, fouled off two more, then hit a triple. I am mystified at him suddenly discovering how to control a bat.
Wow – the Mets have been blowing chances left and right this series.
Now it’s triples to their worst hitters. KazMat does seem to hit the Braves well.
Shinjo, to his credit, had flair.
You know, I’ll take 0 for 1 with RISP if it comes with 2 RBIs attached. Especially against Pedro.
And Shinjo’s name is just so much fun to say. I mean, sure.. KazMat sounds like HazMat and all. But “Tsuyoshi Shinjo!” is too much fun. Especially really fast.
Actually I think I prefer “Mothra” as a nickname for the Mets’ Matsui.
That’s really funny.
So far, the Mets’ good hitters (Beltran/Floyd/Wright) are 0-4 with a GIDP, a walk and a HBP. Their medium hitters (Reyes and Diaz) are 0-4. Their bad hitters (Mothra, Minky, Castro) are 4-6 with two doubles and a triple.
can someone please tell me why they are talking about Fidel Castro and Tommy Lasorda in the same breath on radio… Give me a break
Yeah, Lasorda’s much worse.
I actually said “Ha!” just then when Smoltz got Matsui. I feel ashamed.
I need a good team name for my intermural softball team, any help?
You need to give us background to make up a good team name.
Just checked in the score (can’t watch the game live today!!!), and I love the fact that Julio is in the lineup instead of LaRoche, hope Bobby will keep Julio in the lineup!
Smitty, how about the Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars?
Ok Mac, It is a Co-ed team here at the University of TEnnessee at Chattanooga. I wanted to use ‘Sex Panthers,’ but that was vetoed. Colt 45’s is the best one that anyone has come up with. Ya’ll need anymore info?
You don’t want any suggestions from me, Smitty. My roto team is the Veal Rollups. Which is a totally lame Southpark reference.
creynolds, I don’t think any South Park reference is lame. Not even naming your team after Mecha-Streisand.
I should point out that my APBA team name was the Hoover Damned until three years after I moved from Hoover.
I’m sure that the Bobby Cocks would be vetoed, then.
Mecha-Streisand would be a great name. But I think you must at least propose Mac’s suggestion. It’s too good to go to waste.
Yeah, the girls on the team shot down ‘Sex panthers’ so i am sure no South Park stuff is going to fly
The Ruby Fallsettos is almost clever, but any theme music becomes somewhat problematic.
We would have to use Steve Perry
The Tough Noogies.
What about Rock City?
Ooh, the Bobby Moccs.
Fat Man Squeeze!
there was a legendary team out of auburn university called the “turkey legged dingos”. one rumor was before the 1st game, everyone would get drunk off of wild turkey and draw turkeys on their jerseys in a ritualistic circle. rumors grew that they made the ugliest turkey jersey into the “senor crappy” jersey. if one were to make an error during the game, they would have to remove their regular jersey and slip on the “senor crappy” jersey. again, these are all rumors.
Smitty, how about The Otis Nixon
The Chattanooga Cthulhu.
The Francoeur Franks?
Julio ground out to pitcher and Marcus scored from second?! Boy, I need to see that play…
Marcus didn’t just score from 2nd on a ground out, did he? Gameday doesn’t show him advancing to third on a prior play.
I can’t see it myself. I assume he was running on the play and caught the Mets off guard. You’d be surprised how often you could do that, though hardly anybody tries anymore.
Lovecraftian softball names are always nice: the Dread Esquimeaux, the Dunwich Horrors, the Space Colours. Or Biblical: The Abomination of Desolation, Onan’s Revenge, the Apocalyptic Mushrooms. I’m not much for regional variations.
One of my favorites was a friend’s team that was composed of his Reformed University Fellowship group, or RUF. They went as the RUF Sects (though that wasn’t co-ed…).
As to the game: how did Marcus score on an infield grounder?
LaRoche would have hit into a double play!!!
No wonder why we are talking about team names on game thread. How many of us here are actually WATCHING the game?!
Yeah, Marcus was running. Franco hit a dribbler between the pitcher and third, Martinez fielded and threw to first without looking at third, and Marcus just never stopped. Made it without a throw.
I’m at work. You can tell how much I’m putting into that.
Ok here is what we settled on. Univ. of Tenn oat Chatt (or UTC) used to be the Moccasins and an indian was the masscot. Well PC decided to have them change the name to just Mocs and used a mocking bird and a train as the masscot.
We have decided to the the Moccasins. If anyone says anything we are going to say we are the Water Moccasins.
What do you think?
Thanks for the update Kirk, gotta love Marcus as long as he doesn’t hurt himself.
Still working Mac?! What make you staying so late at work?
I like Chattanooga Cthulhu better, but then I feel a certain ownership. You’ll do fine. Though how about Mockasins?
Someone has to cover the night shift, it’s my night. Used to be Wednesday most of the time, but right now it’s Tuesday.
I guess Smoltz is out of gas
“Hi, I’m Aaron Heilman, I have a 3.63 ERA, and the Mets won’t leave me in the rotation because they prefer Victor Zambrano.”
I guess they hope the name ‘Victor’ gives them good luck
That’s funny Mac.
109 pitches for seven innings, I guess that’s more than enough for Smoltz today. See who will pitch the eighth…
Double switch brings Langerhans in to play left–hopefully we’ll be seeing that substitution a lot over the next couple months. Good call, Bobby.
The rarely seen anti-switch, where you bring in a guy to hit after the pitcher. At least according to ESPN (I know, but it’s the only thing I can get to work on this computer) which has Reitsma hitting seventh. Given the odds that Farnsworth will have to bail him out, I question this.
I agree that double switch was a little strange. Langerhans is not THAT bad a hitter.
Phillies lost again. If the Braves hold on here, I think I’m pulling for them tomorrow.
Well, I guess that worked out. I dunno. I either would have brought in Farnsworth to pitch to Wright, or brought in Foster to walk him, forcing the Mets to either pinch-hit or to have Minky face the lefty.
I guess Bobby wants Reitsma pitch one full inning for once…
Chipper’s hit aside, the Braves really do struggle with middle relievers. It’d be nice to have more than one game in September where we pile on a lot of runs and win going away.
Got home just in time to see Farnsworth TEAR THROUGH the ninth.
He’s just ridiculous. Schuerholtz should get a medal for that deal.
Farnsworth is absolutely AWESOME!!!
Don’t want to nit-pick, but does it seem to any of you that Farnsworth goes to a lot of three-ball counts? Man it makes me nervous. Hasn’t bit him yet though.
Just tuned to ESPN to hopefully catch some sports news. Main ESPN is showing p*ker, ESPN2 is showing a halftime band competition. Is that lame or what?
Not sure Kirk, I remember Farnsworth striked out Beltran on three pitches yesterday, so I don’t see that as a concern…
Wait until you see what they put on The Ocho.
Just my imagination I guess. I checked his last four appearances, and besides going three-ball on two hitters tonight, he has only gone to three-balls on one other hitter (when he walked Griffey on 4 straight).