One On One: Coutinho talks with Jon Niese

Today in St. Lucie, after his outing against the Marlins, I talked One on One with Jon Niese about how he likes working with Josh Thole, as well as how good the Mets rotation can be in 2011, which you can listen to here:

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Recap: Collins Talks FMart, Beltran, And Tejada

Following the team’s win against the Marlins, Terry Collins talked to reporters about Fernando Martinez as well as Ruben Tejada, which you can listen to here:

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During the discussion, Collins basically said:

  • He feels that Ruben Tejada would be best served to play SS in the minors rather than compete for the 2B job.
  • He thinks Fernando Martinez needs to spend an injury-free productive year and get at-bats in minors although he would not rule out an in-season call up.
  • He will continue to monitor the health of Carlos Beltran but reiterated he has been feeling much better the past few days.

Final Score: Mets 10 Marlins 0

For a full recap and boxscore of the game, go to SNY.TV.

The least you should know:

  • The Mets scored 10 runs, 7 of which were earned, as the Marlins made 5 errors.
  • Jon Niese pitched 4.2 innings, didn’t allow a run, and hit 95 mph with his fastball, while striking our four and walking no one.
  • Luis Castillo got thrown out trying to steal second, but he had two hits and scored twice, while Brad Emaus also had two hits and a run scored at DH.
  • Francisco Rodriguez, Bobby Parnell and Jason Isringhausen each pitched a scoreless inning in relief.
  • Josh Thole hit a home run, as did Ike Davis, which you can watch below:

The Mets play the Braves tomorrow in St. Lucie.

RA Dickey will start for the Mets, after which Blaine Boyer, Ryota Igarashi, D.J. Carrasco and Pedro Beato are scheduled to pitch.

Beltran: I am Feeling Much Better

Earlier today, I had a chance to talk with Carlos Beltran about how he is feeling compared to earlier in the week.

“I am feeling much better than earlier in the week, so we will see how things are progressing in the next couple of days,” he told me. “But, I am feeling much better.”

He looked comfortable and was moving around freely without any noticeable limp. My sense is Beltran might try to run sometime this weekend or on Monday.

My sense is not to overreact, because favoring “the other knee” during rehab is pretty common and is generally treatable with medication. Beltran is an accomplished athlete and so he will need only a week or two to adjust to right field. His health is the top priority. It would not shock me to see Beltran in the opening day lineup, but starting his season on the DL is not the end of the world. Having him healthy for the long run is the most important thing and the best way to do that is to proceed with caution.

Video: Ted talks to Coutinho about 2B & Beltran

SNY.TV’s Ted Berg talks with MetsBlog.com’s Rich Coutinho about the second base competition and Carlos Beltran’s knees:


Live Blog: Random stuff from today's Mets-Marlins game

I had been live blogging through the game. I have since stopped, to get caught up on some other blog items, but you can catch up on the updates below:

Original Post at 1:03 pm:

I’ll be live blogging random thoughts and pictures throughout the game, here, for the first few innings… Let’s Go METS!

Today's Game: Mets vs. Marlins at 1 PM on SNY

The Mets play the Marlins in St. Lucie today.

The game will air live on SNY starting at 1 PM.

Here is today’s lineup, courtesy of the team’s Twitter:

Jon Niese will start for the Mets, after which Mike O’Connor, Manny Alvarez, Tim Byrdak, Jason Isringhausen and Francisco Rodriguez are scheduled to pitch.

Afternoon Links: Bowling shirts, K-Rod, Doc, & more.

From what I can gather, the Mets will probably cut out the bowling nights starting soon, as the team begins focusing on the regular season, which is a shame, because they now have coordinated bowling shirts, according to Mets Police.

Ed Ryan of Mets Fever proposes a different way of dealing with Francisco Rodriguez’s option, which includes extending his contract.

Similarly, Matt Kaufman from Rising Apple explains why the Mets don’t need a fire-sale, like Joel Sherman suggested in the New York Post earlier this week.

Doc Gooden will be on Celebrity Rehab to address his addiction to Ambien, explains Adam, from Brooklyn Met Fan, who is hoping Doc will learn from the experience.

Interestingly, RA Dickey gets more ground balls than fly-balls with his knuckball, unlike Tim Wakefield, who is the other way around, according to FanGraphs.

Shale Briskin of Bleacher Report lists his top 10 Mets managers of all time.

Quote: DePodesta on Stats and Scouts

This week in St. Lucie, Patrick Flood talked to Paul DePodesta about a variety of topics, but this one jumped out at me, since there can often be a huge, unnecessary divide between people who are viewed as stat geeks and traditionalists:

Patrick Flood: You have a little bit of a reputation – perhaps undeserved – as a computer guy, a numbers guy, that sort of thing. How much of a balance do you strike between the scouting and the numbers?

Paul DePodesta: Well, a huge part of my job right now is scouting, and it really has been for the last four or five years. I think they’re all pieces to the puzzle, and you try to put the puzzle together as best you can. I’ll say this again, as I’ve said before: One of the principle aspects of our job is dealing with uncertainty. Whatever we can do to get our arms around that uncertainty will help us make better decisions. Some of that will be through analysis, other times it’s just getting out and not only seeing a player, but even getting to know a player. We’re trying to predict the future performance of human beings, you know? We can’t forget that they’re human beings. So I think [scouting and numbers] really go hand in hand. Ultimately, when we’re out scouting, what we try to do is to try to explain the performance, rather than just observe the performance, if that makes any sense. The stats help us do that.

Occasionally, I get e-mail from Mets fans knocking the team for hiring DePodesta and JP Ricciardi, since they were both once hired than eventually fired as GMs. To which I ask, ‘So what?’ They weren’t hired to be GM of the Mets. That’s Sandy Alderson’s job. He’s managing these two, giving them projects and responsibilities, specifically projects and responsibilities (I would think) that are in the wheelhouse and in areas that they have shown past success when all working together.

I don’t know, maybe DePo and Ricciardi aren’t managers, or at least not to the extent that they set the agenda. But, that doesn’t mean they aren’t good at their respective other areas of expertise.

To read more of Flood’s talk with DePodesta, which I highly recommend, go here.

Rubin: Tejada, F-Mart & others sent to ML camp

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, the Mets have told Ruben Tejada and Fernando Martinez they are being relocated to minor league camp, as are Josh Stinson, Tobi Stoner, Manny Alvarez, Armando Rodriguez, Zach Lutz, Jordanny Valdespin, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Kai Gronauer.

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It’s worth noting that Martinez was sent down, but Lucas Duda was not. This speaks to how much Duda’s stock has risen in the last six months, not just among this group’s front office, but, from what I can tell, other teams and scouts as well.

Also, the Mets have said repeatedly that, although Tejada can play second, and they’re in need of an every-day second baseman, they prefer to see Tejada in Triple-A, working to be a better hitter, while getting re-acclimated with playing shortstop every-day… because, well, you never know what the future holds…