postGame: Mets 8 Marlins 2

The Mets defeated the Marlins today by a score of 8 to 2. Chan Ho Park pitched three scoreless innings, striking out 5 and walking just 1.

For a full box score, head over to MLB.com

  • Ambiorix Burgos, who was told he made the team following the game, pitched the 4th inning, giving up a home run to Dan Uggla.
  • Pedro Feliciano and Joe Smith pitched a perfect 5th and 6th inning respectively, Feliciano striking out 1, Smith striking out 2.
  • Scott Schoeneweis pitched the 7th inning, giving up 2 hits and a run.
  • Aaron Heilman pitched a scoreless 8th, giving up 1 hit.
  • Billy Wagner pitched a perfect 9th inning, striking out 1.
  • Jose Reyes was 2 for 4 with a double and scored twice, and he swiped his 13th base of the spring.
  • Ramon Castro was 1 for 2, in relief of Paul Lo Duca, who was 0 for 3. Castro scored and drove in a run.
  • Carlos Delgado was 1 for 2, driving in 2 runs.
  • Lastings Milledge had a 2 RBI hit and a walk, he ends his spring with a .368 average, and earns himself a spot on the 25-man roster.
  • David Wright walked twice and drove in 2 runs.
  • Endy Chavez was 1 for 2 with a double and a run scored, and ends up leading the team this spring in batting average, with .377
  • Miguel Negron was 2 for 3 scoring twice and driving in a run.

The Mets take on the Devil Rays in St. Petersburg tomorrow at 1:05pm, with what is likely to be a B squad, with most of the starters heading to St. Louis in anticipation of the road opener.

News: Milledge and Burgos Make Team

In his blog for the Daily News, Adam Rubin reports that Lastings Milledge and Ambiorix Burgos are the last two players to make the Mets’ Opening Day roster.

Chan Ho Park and Jon Adkins have been sent to the Mets’ AAA affiliate New Orleans Zephyrs.

For the complete Opening Day roster, go to John Delcos’ blog at the Journal News.

…good job guys, it was truly a battle ’til the end…

…hat tip to lance…

inGame: Marlins vs. Mets

…Updated…3:18 pm…

…i will be unable to watch the rest of today’s game…to follow along, check out the live box score at MLB.com

…Updated…3:06 pm…

…middle of the seventh inning…

Marlins 2
Mets 5

Scott Shoeneweis looked ok in his relief appearance giving up a run on two hits…a lot of his pitches were up in the zone…the run allowed by shoeneweis was only his second of the spring…

…Updated…2:56 pm…

…end of the sixth inning…

Marlins 1
Mets 5

Joe Smith continued his dominate spring by striking out two…smith’s era this spring is now 1.26…Lastings Milledge pinch hit for delgado and drew a walk on four pitches from owens…

…Updated…2:39 pm…

…end of the fifth inning…

Marlins 1
Mets 5

Pedro Feliciano had a strong inning, not allowing a hit and striking out one, in relief of burgos…green singled to left on a nasty down and away pitch from former Mets propsect Henry Owens…i still think the Mets may regret that trade later in the year…

…Updated…2:26 pm…

…end of the fourth inning…

Marlins 1
Mets 5

Miguel Negron drove in Shawn Green, who advanced to second on a stolen base, with a sharp single to left…Sandy Alomar aggressively waived green around third…green would have been a sitting duck if the the relay throw was on line…reyes hit a sharp double to the opposite field…negron and reyes both came around to score when delgado was hit by a pitch and wright walked with the bases loaded…Mosies Alou stranded the bases loaded with a pop fly to right…

…Updated…2:05 pm…

…middle of the fourth inning…

Marlins 1
Mets 2

Ambiorix Burgos took the mound in relief of park and allowed a first pitch fastball home run to Dan Uggla...burgos retired the next three marlins in order while striking out one…

…Updated…2:00 pm…

…end of third inning…

Marlins 0
Mets 2

…Park didn’t allow a hit while striking out four in his final appearance of the spring…he looked very sharp today…

…Updated…1:49 pm…

…end of second inning…

Marlins 0
Mets 2

Chan Ho Park has looked sharp over the first two innings, striking out four…he also slapped a sharp single to right…

…end of first inning…

Marlins 0
Mets 2

Carlos Delgado drove in Jose Reyes, who stole his 13th base of the spring, with an RBI single…Carlos Beltran stole third base and scored on a David Wright sacrifice fly…

preGame: Mets vs. Marlins

The Game…

As Spring Training winds down, the Mets host the Marlins this afternoon at Tradition Field, starting at 1:10 pm ET.

The Lineup…

SS Jose Reyes
C Paul Lo Duca
CF Carlos Beltran
1B Carlos Delgado
3B David Wright
LF Moises Alou
RF Shawn Green
2B Jose Valentin
P Chan Ho Park 

The Pitchers…

RHP Chan Ho Park takes the hill for the Mets. Park has a 7.04 ERA in 15.1 innings of work this spring, including 4 HR allowed.

LHP Scott Schoeneweis is also scheduled to make an appearance this afternoon. He has been brilliant this spring, boasting a 0.93 ERA in 9.2 IP.

RHP Ricardo Rodriguez starts for the Marlins.

How To Catch It…

Today’s game will be aired locally on SNY and on MLB.tv for subscribers and those out of market.

For those stuck in their respective cubicles, follow the game on MLB Gameday.

The Bleachers…

To chat during the game, head over to The Hot Foot Bleachers. If you are IRC savvy, log on to irc.echo34.com and enter channel #metsblog.

…we’re looking at the real deal here, folks…enjoy the sneak preview…and don’t forget to enjoy some time outside if you can…

Predictions: Under/Overs for 2007 Mets

all around the web these days we read predictions about who will win, by how many games, etc…instead, i asked a few of my favorite writers, and fellow bloggers, to take part an under/over round of mets-related predictions

The Columnists, include Ken Rosenthal, from FOXSports.com, Bob Klapisch from ESPN.com and the Bergen Record, Buster Olney from ESPN.com, and Matt Meyers, from Baseball America.

The bloggers include Dave Pinto, from Baseball Musings, and Matthew Cerrone, Anthony De Rosa, DJ Short, Regis Courtemanche and Mike Nichols.

MetsBlog’s Under/Over Predictions

Number of bases that Jose Reyes will steal: 59.5

Columnists Under-Over Bloggers Under-Over
       
Klapisch Over Cerrone Over
Rosenthal Over De Rosa Over
Olney Over Courtemanche Over
Meyers Under Nichols Over
    Short Over
    Pinto Under

…in other words, we all think reyes is fast…i voted over because i believe he’ll get on base even more this season than last, and since the boy loves to run it is only natural he’ll steal more than last season

Number of on-field fights the Mets will have with an opposing team this season: 1.5

Columnists Under-Over Bloggers Under-Over
       
Klapisch Over Cerrone Over
Rosenthal Under De Rosa Over
Olney Over Courtemanche Over
Meyers Over Nichols Under
    Short Over
    Pinto Over

…i like it…seven of ten think the Mets will get in more than two fights this season…i said over, as well, because i just have a feeling it’s going to be that type of season…it’s gonna be a dogfight

Number of days before Lastings Milledge is the every-day right fielder, in place of Shawn Green: 30.5

Columnists Under-Over Bloggers Under-Over
       
Klapisch Under Cerrone Over
Rosenthal Over De Rosa Over
Olney Under Courtemanche Over
Meyers Over Nichols Over
    Short Over
    Pinto Over

strange, in that the columnists split, yet all of the bloggers clearly feel willie will be extra slow to pull the trigger, or we all have total faith in green…some how i suspect it’s the former

Number of wins for Pedro Martinez: 5.5

Columnists Under-Over Bloggers Under-Over
       
Klapisch Under Cerrone Under
Rosenthal Under De Rosa Under
Olney Under Courtemanche Over
Meyers Under Nichols lign=”center” width=”93″>Over
    Short Under
    Pinto Under

you figure if he’s back by mid-august, he’ll get six to seven starts, which means the majority of us believe he’ll pitch well, at best, or not even make a return

Number of appearances for Aaron Heilman: 79.5

Columnists Under-Over Bloggers Under-Over
       
Klapisch Under Cerrone Under
Rosenthal Under De Rosa Under
Olney Under Courtemanche Over
Meyers Under Nichols Under
    Short Under
    Pinto Under

last season, heilman appeared in 74 games…this season, it seems he has a larger responsibility, thanks to the injury to Duaner Sanchezi responded with under, because i have a feeling we are going to see so many different people pitching from the bullpen this season, it will be difficult for heilman to get the ball as much as last year…

Number of days Orlando Hernandez will spend on the disabled list: 21.5

Columnists Under-Over Bloggers Under-Over
       
Klapisch Over Cerrone Over
Rosenthal Over De Rosa Over
Olney Over Courtemanche Over
Meyers Under Nichols Over
    Short Over
    Pinto Over

so, apparently most all of us feel hernandez is made of paper mache…more than 21.5 days would be at least one trip on the 15 day disabled list, and a little extra for his annual summer vacation, i suppose

Number of different players to start at second base for the Mets: 3.5

Columnists Under-Over Bloggers Under-Over
       
Klapisch Over Cerrone Over
Rosenthal Under De Rosa Over
Olney Over Courtemanche Under
Meyers Under Nichols Under
    Short Over
    Pinto Over

…between David Newhan, Damion Easley and Jose Valentin, the team will already start three…however, i still believe they’ll eventually trade for, and promote, a new starter by the end of the season, hence the four

Number of posts at MetsBlog.com that will reference rumored trade talks between the Mets and A’s: 16.5

Columnists Under-Over Bloggers Under-Over
       
Klapisch Over Cerrone Over
Rosenthal Over De Rosa Over
Olney Over Courtemanche Over
Meyers Over Nichols Under
    Short Over
    Pinto Over

…for what it’s worth, this question got a nice laugh out of klapisch, probably because he knows better than anyone how the information rumor highway tends to have a direct line between oakland and new york…seriously, it’s becoming a tradition…every summer we go bananas over some bizarre trade possibility between the Mets and A’s, that seems to be a perfect fit, and inevitable, yet never happens…

Number of the games the Mets will win: 88.5

Columnists Under-Over Bloggers Under-Over
       
Klapisch Over Cerrone Over
Rosenthal Over De Rosa Over
Olney Over Courtemanche Over
Meyers Over Nichols Over
    Short Over
    Pinto Over

…interesting…the odds in Las Vegas put the under/over for Mets wins at 89…i made it 88.5, to avoid a tie, and yet every single person responded by saying the Mets will win more than 88.5, which is great to see

Plugs

Pinto is having a donation drive for his blog, Baseball Musings, through March.

Klapisch takes part each week in the Bergen Record’s SportsCast, a weekly podcast discussing New York sports.

Meyers writes for Baseball America, which recently released its 2007 Prospect Handbook.

Olney writers for ESPN.com, and mainatins a fantastic daily blog that contains all things baseball.

Rosenthal is FOXSports.com.

Notes: The Final Two Roster Spots

The Mets will be left with a tough decision over the weekend with who to add to the final two roster spots. Mike Pelfrey, Lastings Milledge, Chan Ho Park, Jon Adkins, and Ambiorix Burgos are all in the running.

Mike Pelfrey will join the team one way or another, the question is if the Mets need him before April 15th. If the Mets decide to just go with 4 starters to begin the season they will be able to either add two arms to the bullpen among Park, Adkins, and Burgos or carry Milledge on the roster and pick one reliever.

…willie randolph and an unnamed veteran’s comments yesterday seemed to indicated the mets were leaning towards burgos, but no indication has been made on their intentions with milledge, however it seems the Mets would rather see milledge get regular at bats in the minors than sit on the bench in the majors…

…adkins is out of options, so the mets would need to choose him, hope he clears waivers and demote him, release him or trade him…

…if i were a betting man, i’d suspect the mets will carry burgos and milledge…i think they want burgos to be close enough to work with peterson, as he can be deadly once peterson is able to harness his control…i feel like the mets have soured on park, and it costs them less money if he does not make the roster, but it wouldn’t shock me if they took him over burgos…this of course is pure speculation on my part, you’re welcome to come up with your own scenarios in the comments section…

Blog: Roster Notes

Adam Rubin reports on his blog for the Daily News that in addition to OF Ben Johnson and SS Anderson Hernandez being sent to minor league camp, C Sandy Alomar Jr., 1B Mike Carp, and C Mike DiFelice, 2B Ruben Gotay and RHP Lino Urdaneta, a pleasant surprise in camp, were also sent down.

Maybe the most interesting note is that RHP Jorge Sosa cleared waivers and in turn, was removed from the 40-man roster. He’ll be pulling in $1.25 million at Triple-A New Orleans.

…amazing…he’ll almost be earning as much as Willie Randolph

Be sure to head over to Rubin’s blog to hear Ben Johnson‘s thoughts on being sent to New Orleans.

Read: The View From The 700 Level

The folks at The 700 Level, a reference to the rowdy fans who used to inhabit the section at Veteran’s Stadium during Eagles and Phillies games, and which now refers to more of a state of mind of a rabid brand of Philadelphia fan, gives their Phillies season preview.

The preview oozes this same type of attitude, imploring fans to “wait until June or July” before deciding to boo Pat Burrell, expect the worst and hope for the best, and urging the team “don’t suck in April.”

…apparently in philadelphia, pennants are won in the first month of the season…good luck philly phans…

Enrico from The 700 Level wanted to add the following comment…

“I never said anything was won in April, but this is the Phillies we
are talking about.  If you look at their recent past, they’ve stunk it
up out of the gate.  That’s where the “Dont suck in April” is coming
from.  If the Phillies start out slow and let the Muts get off to a
fast lead, the Phils are done.”

…agreed enrico, don’t want to fall behind early, i think this applies to both teams who have tough schedules in the first month, however i’m not sure i’ll be ready to concede anything even if the mets do get off to a slow start, its a long season…

News: Beltran the Benefactor

The Associated Press is reporting that Carlos Beltran will be donating $1,000 for every run he drives in this
season to Harlem RBI, a youth development program.

Beltran on his efforts:

“It is a privilege to have the opportunity to team up with the
Mets Foundation this season to benefit the great works of Harlem
RBI. I thank the Mets Foundation for joining me
in this outstanding community cause that benefits hundreds of great
kids.”

For more on Harlem RBI, please go to their website.

…i wonder if him and carlos delgado are competing for most charitable met…if he matches his rbi total from last year, beltran will be donating $116,000 to the charity…

News: Week One's Starting Rotation

Following today’s win over the Dodgers, Willie Randolph told reporters he will use the following rotation through the first week of the season…

Sunday: Tom Glavine at St. Louis
Monday: off day
Tuesday: Orlando Hernandez at St. Louis
Wednesday: John Maine at St. Louis
Thursday: off day
Friday: Oliver Perez in Atlanta
Saturday: Tom Glavine in Atlanta
Sunday: Orlando Hernandez in Atlanta
Monday: John Maine vs. Phillies, in home opener

…seeing it in print, and realizing it is go time, and considering the opposition’s pitchers, i find myself quite confident in this team’s starting rotation, assuming every one stays healthy