News: Castro Traded To White Sox

Last night, Ramon Castro to the White Sox for RHP Lance Broadway.

Broadway, who is 0-1 with a 5.06 ERA in in games this season, will report to Triple-A Buffalo.

Omar Minaya, on the decision to trade Castro, speaking to reporters after the game:

“On a night like tonight, when Omir Santos plays the way he has, it makes the decision easy for us to keep him.”

Added to by Matthew Cerrone:

This is the right move, in that the Mets cannot remove Omir Santos from the current roster with the way he’s playing.

That said, they are making a big gamble in that, as Howard Megdal and Ted Berg pointed out to me, if Santos stops hitting, or either he or Brian Schneider get hurt again, then the Mets have very little to choose from in terms of minor-league catching and options to fill in on the bench.

In the end, Schneider is probably the guy who should have gone, in that he’s making more money and is the weakest hitter of the three. The team clearly tried to trade him in the off-season, speaking with the Red Sox and other teams, while hoping to sign Jason Varitek or Ivan Rodriguez to a short-term deal, according to previous reports, but it didn’t work out.

It appears Schneider is due more money than the Mets clearly want to eat, and so it’s him and Santos for the duration.

Quotes: Mike Pelfrey – About Last Night

Mike Pelfrey, who allowed just one run and truck out six over 7.2 IP – his longest outing of the season, talked with reporters after last night’s win against the Marlins, and had the following to say about:

On his preformance:

“I know if go out there and pound the strikezone  and use all my pitches to get ahead I know can go deep in the game. I try not to walk anybody and do my thing.”

On Omir Santos’ ability behind the plate:

“He does a good job of calling a good game. He knows the hitters. He mixes it up and doesn’t get caught up and trying to throw a sinker. He wants me use my secondary stuff, which makes my fastball better.”

Since returning from the disabled list on April 25th, Pelfrey has allowed three runs or less in each of his seven starts, pitching to a 2.93 ERA.

Quotes: Jerry Manuel – About Last Night

Mets manager Jerry Manuel talked with reporters after last night’s win against the Marlins, and had the following to say about:

On being surprised by Omir Santos play this season:

“He is a Major League hitter, which has been surprising. We all thought he could receive and call the game. The surprising thing is that he has hit and hit well in the clutch. That’s big for us.”

If he thinks Santos wants to be in clutch situations:

“It looks as if there is no panic or anxiety when he is in those situation. I think that is half the key to being a good player in those situations is not to panic and to know that the pressure is not really on you, but on the pitcher. He seems to understand that and grasp that.”

On the team’s odds with bullpen pitching in extra innings:

“Those guys did an excellent job. We took some chances and probably pitched to some guys that we could have probably gone a different way. We feel that is a big part of the foundation of this team is the bullpen. When we get to that part of the game we feel pretty confident.”

On Mike Pelfrey’s performance:

“I thought what he did in the first couple innings with basically all fastballs and an occasional slider or off-speed pitch. As the game went on it looked like he threw those things early for strikes, which is very impressive. Dan Warthen has encouraged him to use his off-speed pitches because he knows they are going to be needed. The more he uses them the more effective his sinker is. I was very impressed. He is always a guy that seems to keep his pitch count down and pitch a quick game. We also usually play pretty good defense behind him.”

If he was surprised the Marlins paid a lot of attention to Gary Sheffield at first base during the final inning, given his age and lack of speed:

“Not really because once it gets around the league that everyone runs on the team you have to pay somewhat attention to it.  Gary has always been a good baserunner and got a bag here and there.  It’s very impressive to see him with that much attention being paid to him and still being able to get a good jump and steal that base.”

Post Game: Mets 2 Marlins 1

The Mets (27-20) defeated the Marlins (22-27) by the score of 2 to 1 in 11 innings tonight in Citi Field.

For a complete recap, boxscore and stats, click here.

The Least You Should Know:

  • Omir Santos cemented his spot on the 25-man roster tonight, going 2-for-5 with a homerun and two RBI. Santos hit the walk-off single with one out in 11th inning after MetsBlog’s Mr. May, Gary Sheffield stole second and advanced to third base after Marlins catcher Ronnie Paulino’s throw went in to center field.
  • Mike Pelfrey was tremendous tonight allowing just one run over 7.2 IP. He also struck out a season-high six batters and has now done so in consecutive starts. Pelfrey was mixing in more of breaking pitches and throwing them for strikes, which left the Marlins off balance all evening.
  • Bobby Parnell, Francisco Rodriguez, J.J. Putz and Pedro Feliciano combined to pitch 3.1 innings of scoreless relief.

Other Moments And Observations:

  • Sheffield continues to be impressive on a nightly basis. Even when he isn’t driving in runs, he does something in every game that helps the Mets win. He also became the first hitter to hit a ball off of the Acela Club, unfortunately it was just a loud strike.
  • David Wright struck out with the bases loaded and one out in the eighth inning. He has now struck out 11 times in his last 25 at-bats.

The Game Ball:

  • Tonight’s Game Ball goes to Omir Santos, who accounted for the entire Mets run production tonight.

The Mets continue their weekend series against the Marlins tomorrow with Tim Redding facing Josh Johnson, starting at 1:10 pm EDT.

Buzz: Mets looking to trade Ramon Castro

Update, 9:30 pm:

In a post to Twitter, SI.com’s Jon Heyman writes, “White Sox talking to Mets about catching, most likely Ramon Castro.”

Heyman adds, “That sound you hear is Jerry Manuel cheering.”

Original Post, 5:13 pm:

Adam Rubin of the Daily News believes the Mets are trying to trade C Ramon Castro before Saturday’s game.

Rubin reports Brian Schneider will be activated tomorrow.

Rubin also provides information on where Castro might be traded, and how the Mets plan to manage the roster if he’s unable to moved.

To read more of this story, click here

Note: Well, It's about Time

According to fans at the game, the Mets played the original version of Meet the Mets tonight in Citi Field during the eighth inning, instead of Neil Diamond’s Sweet Caroline.

…i don’t care why, or how, etc., i’m just glad the team understands how much better this is… i mean, seriously, i would love to know who thought it made more sense to rip off the Red Sox than play what is essentially their own theme song… anyway, whatever, i’m just glad the correct song is being played… hopefully this continues

…good work, vitothanks

Note: Thank You, Comments are Going Well

The new comment section is going well.

Thank you to everyone who was kind enough to e-mail me with words of support and understanding.  It is appreciated.

So far, more than a hundred people have signed up for new user accounts, not to mention all who already had an account and now plan to rejoin the discussion.

However, there are still 550 comments in moderation.

As such, I am taking things slow, to be thorough.

In other words, like I said, feel free to keep sending in posts, which will all be reviewed, and in time, some will be approved, allowing you to post at will, while others, unfortunately, will be deleted.

In case you missed the new comment policy, click here.

Pepsi Refresh Pre-Game: Mets vs. Marlins – Game One

Tonight’s Game:

  • The Mets (26-20, 15-8 Home) begin a three-game series against the Marlins (22-26, 13-12 Road) tonight at Citi Field, starting at 7:10 p.m.

On The Mound:

  • RHP Mike Pelfrey (4-1, 4.31 ERA) starts for the Mets. Pelfrey allowed two runs and struck out a season-high six over 7.0 IP in his last start on May 23 versus the Red Sox. Pelfrey is 1-5 with a 6.12 ERA in his career versus the Marlins.
  • LHP Sean West (0-0, 3.60 ERA) takes the hill for the Marlins. In his Major League debut on May 23 versus the Rays, West allowed two runs over 5.0 IP. This is West’s first career start versus the Mets.

The Lineup:

  1. Angel Pagan, RF
  2. Luis Castillo, 2B
  3. Carlos Beltran, CF
  4. Gary Sheffield, LF
  5. David Wright, 3B
  6. Fernando Tatis, 1B
  7. Omir Santos, C
  8. Ramon Martinez, SS
  9. Mike Pelfrey, P

Notes:

  • The Mets are 6-3 versus left-handed starters this season.
  • Carlos Beltran has 22 RBI and 27 run scored in his last 30 games.
  • Francisco Rodriguez has started his Mets career with 13 straight saves, which is a team record.
  • The Marlins are 6-3 in one-run games this season.
  • Dan Uggla is batting .317 with 5 HR in his last 12 games. He is 9-for-17 with 7 RBI in his career versus Pelfrey.

Tonight’s Broadcast:

  • Tonight’s broadcast can be seen locally on SNY and heard on WFAN.

News: Beltran Back in Action, Cora to Triple-A

Carlos Beltran will return to action tonight, starting in center field and batting third.

Angel Pagan will bat leadoff and play right field, followed in order by Luis Castillo, Beltran, Gary Sheffield in left field, David Wright, Fernando Tatis at first base, Omir Santos behind the plate, Ramon Martinez and Mike Pelfrey.

Lastly, the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons announced today that infielder Alex Cora has joined the team on a minor-league rehab assignment.

News: Mets acquire Emil Brown

According to the Associated Press, the Mets have acquired OF Emil Brown from the Padres for a player to be named later.

The 34-year-old Brown hit .260 with four HR and 22 RBI this season in 146 at-bats with Triple-A Portland.

Brown will be assigned to Triple-A Buffalo.

Brown hit .244 with 13 HR in 117 games with the A’s last season.

Stats: Wright hitting when Trailing, Behind and Tied

This season, David Wright is batting .343 when the Mets are trailing or tied in the game, during which he has driven in a run 17 percent of his at bats.

However, he is batting .347 when the team is winning, while driving in a run also 17 percent of his at bats.

In other words, Wright is hitting roughly the same in games when the team needs him most, i.e., when they’re losing or tied, as compared to when they are winning.

Wright is batting .345 overall this season.

thanks to Mets Walkoffs for helping me with the data in this post

Poll: MetsBlog's Player of the Month

This is the first-ever MetsBlog Player of the Month poll, which I plan to run at the end of each month.

I will announce the winner of May during SNY’s Mets Pre Game Live on Saturday.

This month, David Wright is hitting .404, with 22 RBI in 25 games, while Carlos Beltran is hitting .348, with 17 RBI and a .448 OBP.

Francisco Rodriguez is nine for nine in save opportunities during May, while striking out 10 batters in 14 innings pitched.

Gary Sheffield is hitting .362 with a .500 OBP in 23 games in May, during which he drove in 15 runs.

Lastly, Johan Santana started five games in May and is 4–1 with a 2.43 ERA, during which he struck out 42 batters in 33 innings.

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