News: Mets Lower Wall in Center Field

According to Adam Rubin in the Daily News, “The height of Citi Field’s center-field wall will be sliced in half, making the ballpark more homer-friendly.”

…if you look at the image in this post, you can see if they just come down to the normal level, instead of having that big barrier in the front of the Apple, it will be normal height… the thing is, this must have nothing to do with power numbers and home runs, because so few balls were hit out there, let alone up against the additional eight feet of padding… i’m thinking this must have more to do with better displaying the Apple… i mean, in his career, just eight percent of David Wright’s home runs have been hit to dead center… meanwhile, 62 percent of his home runs have been hit to either left or left-center field, a wall that has been totally untouched…

…of course, you know my thinking, if the Mets are going to adjust Citi Field to encourage more power from the Mets, they should probably approach the other teams in the NL to do the same, since the Mets hit more home runs IN Citi Field than they did on the road…





98 comments
bserviss9
bserviss9

"these stats about Grabovski are just myths. He's useless because his stats haven't approved even though he's been out since February" - Redly 

Logan Monstuart
Logan Monstuart

And I mention for the hell of it:

Solution to interminable playoffs, one in which the teams that finally make it to the finals are barely able to skate.

Top two in each conference make playoffs, remaining four all decided on points. Playoff seeding done completely on points, highest vs lowest.

In first round, the higher-seeded team has to win two games, the lower-seeded team three. In second round, higher-seeded team has to win three games, lower seeded team four.

Semis and finals best of seven.

This method should ensure playoffs end in May, not June,  would result in players being more fit for finals, it rewards teams for having a solid regular season, and might improve the quality of some (very expensive) regular season games. And being a very sporadic Nassau Coliseum attendee over the recent years (Anaheim last month) I can say that I have seen some real stinkers in the last 20 years. (Two against Ottawa, the team I like playing least. Awful hockey, and we always lose.)

Logan Monstuart
Logan Monstuart

What type of player does he come back as? I just don't see him being a force, certainly not these playoffs, and could be one of those players -- Ryan Church comes to mind, a player whose concussion could not have been handled worse; seems the Isles, w Grabovski, have done everything right -- who is never the same. 

bishop
bishop

Islanders are done in 5

Don22
Don22

@bishop Thank you Mr. Cheery.  Very insightful.  

gleichzal2
gleichzal2

the problem with grabovski even if he comes back is that his game might be pretty rusty.

that said if islanders are healthy, they go up 3-0 and win it in five. :)

donjohnson
donjohnson

@gleichzal2 His game is simple, kamakazie style get to the middle and take the hit to get the shots.  If his head is right, hopefully thats what he gets back to doing. 

Louis Caruso
Louis Caruso

He Obviously makes things better on his lines. GET HIM BACK FAST

mrcisback
mrcisback

 I would definitely start Boulton in every game moving forward. Especially against Washington. He brings some much needed toughness to the team. It must be tough for a player to sit for 40 games with out getting a sniff knowing your probably better then 2 or 3 players that are in the line up every game. Mean while when he finally gets a shot he produces scoring a big goal in his 1st game. Then of course Capuano makes a fool of himself by saying Boulton adds a lot of leadership to the bench and he's the player i like to have in there.  

rmvacation
rmvacation

Who sits, and where does Boulton play in the line up?

If he plays on the the fourth line, who you sitting among Martin and Cal?

If your promoting one of them to the third line, who you sitting on the third line?

jimmyc13
jimmyc13

@rmvacation, @mrcisisback, @bubbamac19. I certainly appreciate Boulton's recent efforts but if Matt Martin is ready, and I'm praying he is, Boulton is not playing. We need to roll 4 lines, we need our 4th line to get 12 minutes we can't afford to have a guy that is as limited as Boulton to be playing instead of anyone with more skill, Washington will exploit that scenario.

Don22
Don22

@bubbamac19 @mrcisback Just needed an assist for the hat trick.  


I like seeing him in there.  But we all know that if we are seeing Boulton on a regular basis, that's not good news for the health and/or play of our other forwards.  

bubbamac19
bubbamac19

@mrcisback I was so happy for him last night. For awhile I thought he was going to have the GW goal and a cool fight in maybe his last game. Great heart, great teammate. There's a spot for him maybe if there's an injury during the series.

rmbbanned2
rmbbanned2

@jimmyc13 agreed. inserting players into the lineup, means players must come out..


That is too often ignored when lineup suggestions are made by fans..

Bill Zwerlein
Bill Zwerlein

Means nothing if he keeps skating with his head down...

bubbamac19
bubbamac19

True. I was at both games this year when he got concussed - you're spot on; head down both times. 

bubbamac19
bubbamac19

I've come to understand the "fancy Stats" a bit more this year and I appreciate what Grabo means to the team and their overall performance. But here's how I see it: I think this team has talent, speed, grit, heart, savvy, togetherness; the pk has been league best as of late, the pp has been all or nothing but is a threat. But they lack size - both up front and on the back end. That's their shortcoming. That's why leads are blown against bigger teams (St. Louis, Minn, Columbus, LA come to mind) and that's why of all the playoff teams they've allowed the most goals. The Isles have a physical element and they're tough but I think they need 4 bigger players.


Hickey, Viz, Bailey, Grabo, Grabner, Strome,Kennedy, deHaan - they are all terrific players and each has a solid skill set. But in my opinion I think 4 of these 8 need to be replaced with, for lack of a better term, "bigger versions of themselves". I know Viz and Kennedy likely won't be back but I think this is a fair assessment. Too, for a big guy Brock Nelson seems to play awfully small to me. Frans is no threat physically and neither is Leddy, really. Now we don't need a team of lumbering behemoths but, again, 4 of the aforementioned 8 and I think we handle certain teams better. I am confident the GM sees this and will continue to build in this direction moving forward.


I don't like the Isles chances against Washington without Hamonic, Martin and Frans or Grabo. 82 games has taken a toll on our team as evidenced over the last few weeks. Over a 7 game series, even with Reinhart, I'd give the Caps the edge - in 6. If Hamonic, Martin, Frans, Grabo come back - that's a lot of fresh legs and I'd say Isles in 6.

Edmund Dantes
Edmund Dantes

Hickey needs to sit. His plus/minus has been abysmal. de Haan is skating well. Matt Martin, while being a hitting machine has not produced one point since when...we'll have to go back to Feb 24th-16 GAMES. Yeah, I know scoring isn't his game, but when a team needs 4 lines to produce and not even a point in 16 games, there is an issue. I have loved the guy, but when Boulton has put 2 pucks in the net and been a physical presence over the last couple of weeks, Martin can't get in the lineup. Kennedy has not jelled, he should sit.

puckdad99
puckdad99

@Edmund Dantes 

I would give Pulock a chance and see if he can play better than Hickey. I think just the act of getting called up would double the fire in him, and he's got a lot of fire already. Not to mention, he's a lot bigger than Hickey and has better offensive skills.

mrcisback
mrcisback

@puckdad99 @Edmund Dantes Puckdad Pulock should have made the Islanders right from training camp. He was the Islanders best player in training camp. He probably would have been one of the Islanders best defenseman by seasons end. Certainly better then Hickey,Strait and Visnovski. I've read nothing but good things about Pulock from many hockey experts. They say Pulock is NHL ready right now. Our defense could have been that much stronger if we had him on the team.

jimmyc13
jimmyc13

@Edmund Dantes. Hickey has had a rough go of it no doubt but I put more of the blame on his partner Visnovsky. Hickey is a decent defenseman, at his best he's a smart third pairing guy that should be paired with a bigger stay at home type of partner. He is being misused by Capuano, he's simply not good enough to make up for Visnovsky. Look at how poorly Hamonic performed when he was paired with Andrew MacDonald. Capuano just doesn't get it.

In regard to Martin, sorry but I couldn't disagree more. Matt Martin is not asked to score goals. He's there to bring energy, hit, cause turnovers, agitate and protect. Matt Martin can skate, he's responsible, Boulton does not come close to matching what Matt Martin brings.

bubbamac19
bubbamac19

@mrcisback @puckdad99 @Edmund Dantes Lots of guess work Mr. C. I expect he'll be up next year; I agree we could use more size; I don't think he'll suffer from seasoning in the AHL. Agree we need more size on the back end. 

rmvacation
rmvacation

With no experience playing NHL level defense, starting Pulock who was an offense first defender would have been a bad idea.

A guy like Reinhart, a defense first player, had issues at the NHL level.

In the end, the big hockey prospect guy Proman- thinks Pulock will be very good, but even now needs more time in the AHL to work on his defense.

The Isles no longer have to rush players to the AHL. One of the most successful NHL franchises- the Red Wings- take an "over ripe" approach to prospect development.

The Isles have moved past trading prospects for talent in an attempt to " win now." They have moved past bringing up guys too soon( everybody points to Bailey and Nino). The result has been a group of very good young players with strong or promising NHL careers..

Why would you want to ignore the lessons of past mistakes, and make then all over again??

Don22
Don22

@puckdad99 @Edmund Dantes Fire doesn't stop experienced NHL defenseman.  I like the prospects of Pulock and Reinhart in our lineup, but not this year.  You don't bring up a rookie D man for the playoffs unless it's an emergency.  

Don22
Don22

@Edmund Dantes Martin has scored the same amount of points in 4 of the last 5 seasons.  He put up what was expected.  It's nice when that line produces points, but their value is much more than that. 


The problems have been that injuries have prevented the true 4th line to be intact.  

Logan Monstuart
Logan Monstuart

@jimmyc13

"Matt Martin is not asked to score goals. He's there to bring energy, hit, cause turnovers, agitate and protect."

Sorry. Not enough. You've just described Steve Webb. And for doing the things you mentioned, Webb was a lot better than Martin. Often drew penalties.

No. Skating around like his head's cut off, scoring a goal every 20 games is not enough in today's NHL. Martin, let's face it, hasn't improved in his hockey since he's been in the NHL, doesn't seem to me.

Logan Monstuart
Logan Monstuart

@puckdad99 @Edmund Dantes

Hey Puck -- remember the 86 Mets-Astros series? Brought Kevin Elster up from Double AA -- to start! Flubbed an easy grounder. Then, w runner on base, turns an effortless double play w the game on the line. Some players can do it, others you'll never hear from again.

jimmyc13
jimmyc13

@logan Monstuart. Are you serious? Steve Webb? If you really think Matt Martin is not a better player than Steve Webb then you really don't know much about the game. Are you one of those people who only judges players by points? Matt Martin is a presence, he keeps the opposition honest. The opposition has to take account of him whenever he's on the ice. Matt Martin can skate, Matt Martin can kill penalties, Matt Martin gets the opposition off their game, Matt Martin can play 10-14 minutes a game and be effective, there aren't that many 4th liners that can play that amount of time per game and not be exposed. Matt Martin, Casey Cizikas and Cal Clutterbuck are the best 4th line in hockey. Every player, every line has a role, balance from 4 lines that bring different elements is what every team wants.

puckdad99
puckdad99

Ted Nolan just got fired.

See, if you're incompetent and/or don't produce results and you don't want to get fired, just get a job with the govt or the NY Islanders.

islesfan77
islesfan77

I dont know, there might be more to this story. If you believe that Buffalo tanked, and some do, you wonder if that might have set Nolan off. In other words, I dont think it was that Nolan was incompetent (he next to nothing to work with in Buffalo), rather I think he bickered with the powers to be and refused to walk the line.

bubbamac19
bubbamac19

@puckdad99 Or, if you were hired by a previous gm, disliked by your players (yet again, as per the exit interview), failed to develop a consistent style or manage to make any discernible improvement over two years, lose the locker room and don't communicate with the gm, you get canned. He's not liked nor respected by his players or bosses - again. So he's gone. 


Meaning, if you're a coach who two years ago got a weak roster to the playoffs, and this year achieved a 102 point season while blending in 6 new players, managing a roster of players mostly under 24 and several with less than two years in the league. A coach whose players like and respect him, a coach who (much to the dismay of posters on this site) won't "go all Torttorella" publicly on his players after a loss, who is accused of not holding players accountable (and then is summarily roasted by the same posters while Grabner and deHaan sit) and whose team gives a consistent effort night in and night out - yeah, that guys stays. Every time. If he has anything near Nolan's record or relationship with this taleted team - he'd be gone. 


Boychuk stayed. Leddy stayed. Tavares and Hamonic extended. I mean come on. I don't know what Capuano's ceiling is, but incompetent isn't accurate or fair; not remotely. 


Now, the government - especially here in Nassau - I agree 100%!!!!

bubbamac19
bubbamac19

@doc942 Bingo doc; you're exactly right; and I hated to see him go from here back in the day.

puckdad99
puckdad99

@jimmyc13 

I agree with you. I liked Nolan. I wasn't suggesting that Nolan was incompetent, even though it might have sounded that way. What I was saying is that mgmt at Buffalo thought he was incompetent, couldn't produce results, and fired him. Whereas, at the Islanders, if a Coach is incompetent, he keeps his job and might even get a contract extension.

jimmyc13
jimmyc13

@puckdad99. I never had a problem with Nolan. If we can't land Babcock I think Nolan should be a candidate. The one guy in particular that would benefit from a guy like Nolan would be deHaan. I really hope Capuano hasn't destroyed this kid's confidence.

rmvacation
rmvacation

Nolan never got along with the current GM. A shock as Nolan has rep as a difficult guy in a management setting. That's why he waited so long for another NHL coaching job.

But if you think the Sabres were a team that was loaded with talent and under achieved this season because of the coach, you go with that idea.

jimmyc13
jimmyc13

@bubbamac19. I'll just say we agree to disagree. Nolan is no angel I'll give you that but I don't know where you're getting your info from. Nolan wasn't hired by Tim Murray and everyone knew coming into this season that he wouldn't be back next year. The Sabres were a dreadfully bad team where the GM grossly misused his assets. Nolan did at least get those guys to compete. Tim Murray will be just as bad in his position as his uncles are and were in theirs. In regard to Capuano, again I'll say we agree to disagree. Capuano was a huge upgrade over Gordon, no doubt, I have stated many a time if Gordon had remained Tavares would not have re-signed. Capuano has done some good things but has also demonstrated time and again that he isn't capable of getting his team prepared to play a consistent 60 minutes in all facets of the game. Whether it be the PP, the PK, bad periods. It's always something. Its like he can focus on one thing at a time. Believe me I've tried to convince myself that this guy was the next really good coach. I've even gone as far as thinking that he's been hamstrung by Snow and Wang. For the record, I can not stand John Tortorella. I would love to watch him unravel on the bench and his team follow suit. I also thought that the guys really like him, now I'm not so sure, but to that point ask how many guys liked Bill Parcells.

rmvacation
rmvacation

It appears that the LA Kings locked their coach out of the room after a game this season. Then barricaded the door too. By the time the coach got into the room, the players were gone.

The players play hard for the coach, and like the coach. The star player likes the coach. If your gonna cry about the Isles trading the star players friends on the team, you should be crying about moving a coach the star player really enjoys..

Given the success the Isles have had in developing all these young players, and the young players yet to arrive, you really want to can a coach with a proven record of developing young players?

jimmyc13
jimmyc13

@puckdad99. No, I know what you meant. Nolan was in a tough spot in Buffalo. I really don't care for buffalo's GM, Tim Murray. Don't like his uncles either for that matter. Nolan was hired by Darcy Regier and Tim Murray did nothing to help him. He knew he wasn't coming back, I think you got to give the guy credit for being able to deal with that situation and at least getting an awful team to compete. In regard to our incompetence, well I fully believe new ownership will address all of that nonsense once our season is done. I'm just hoping we get to play for another month.

jimmyc13
jimmyc13

@rmvacation. No don't go there. Don't quote Larry Brooks. Larry Brooks is the national enquirer of hockey reporters. Think about what he wrote, the players locked and barricaded the doors. Why did they think that Sutter would never catch up with them? Come on!?! That supposedly happened on the road, did they also take off with the team bus and leave on the charter before Sutter got to the airport.

rmbbanned2
rmbbanned2

@jimmyc13 Link provided.. The GM admits the event happened in tampa- and the players did lock the coach out of the locker room.


http://www.ocregister.com/articles/kings-657706-lombardi-dean.html


Like you, i am shocked by what is written, and what the GM of the team admits happened.. 


You can debate if they barricaded the room, but the players locked the coach out of the room.. WOW


I am so NOT a fan of larry brooks..

jimmyc13
jimmyc13

@rmbbanned2. That story is completely different from what Larry Brooks wrote.

doc942
doc942

Great post bubbamac19

Don22
Don22

@jimmyc13 I hate when people equate having someone on the bench to ruining confidence.  There is a reason he has been on the bench.  The last 1/2 of the season CDH hasn't been playing as well as he had in the 1st half.  He takes a lot of chances and was prone to giving up the puck and/or getting caught deep.  Down the stretch, the Isles needed as many points as they could.  They needed a guy like Strait who plays a simple game, manages the puck well and limits his mistakes.  I'm not saying he is better than CDH - just better at what the Isles needed at the time.  


IF he were benched for no reasons, I would be concerned.  But there are reasons for him sitting.  

Don22
Don22

@doc942 I agree.  I was never a Nolan fan.  There is a reason he has had limited chances to be a head coach in the NHL.  With that said, I don't think there was any other reason he was fired in Buffalo other than he wasn't hired by the current GM.  My bet is they are considering their rebuild to start in 2015 - 2016.  If that is the case, then you want to bring in the guy that you feel is the man to lead the rebuild.  Obviously Murray doesn't think Nolan is that man.  I don't think it had anything to do with their play this season.

doc942
doc942

I don't understand the love affair with Nolan. The guy must be incredibly difficult to get along with, has been given several chances after the long banishment and can't seem to "along with" his employer.

Stay away, far away from Nolan.

rmbbanned2
rmbbanned2

@jimmyc13 no worries. I don't read brooks, I don't read hockeybuzz.


While i was never  fan of brooks- 2 years back when the Isles made the playoffs- and he started with " our Islanders", i dropped his column from my short cuts.


Hockeybuzz is Birdshyte. The spew volumes of crap everywhere, and declare victory when they hit something while asking you ignore the 999 misses..


I find them to be worthless sites that aren't worth my time, so i don't give them my time.


Back to LA..


But that they locked him out of the locker room post game is about the most disrespectful thing I can imagine a team doing to coach..


Wonder if he comes back next season. Gonna be hard to can Cappy given a 101 point season, which would have a second place finish behind the Presidents cup team had Nabby- i mean Jaro- caught a 55 ft wrist shot in Philly the last week of the season..




jimmyc13
jimmyc13

@don22. Calvin deHaan has played less than 100 games in the NHL. He's going to make mistakes that part of the maturation process. You mean to tell me Visnovsky is not mistake prone? Capuano pulled the same BS on Strome and Nelson last year and Donovan this year. I'm know I'm in the minority when it comes to Brian Strait but his play has been acceptable of late. Visnovsky is the one that should be sitting, he's small and plays smaller and turns the puck over like nobody's business. Not to mention how much his poor play has effected Hickey. Capuano did the same thing when he paired Hamonic with Andrew MacDonald. You don't remember how much Hamonic's play suffered because of who he's was paired with, do you? I am so sick and tired of Capuano and his incompetence.

jimmyc13
jimmyc13

@rmbanned2. I agree, it's so hard to find any legitimate sources of hockey news but don't stop reading or referring to certain sites just keep in mind that you have to consider the source. Also, ever since the passing of the founder of my favorite site, Capgeek, I do refer to Hockeybuzz for their "Cap Central" portion of the site. I think they took it over from Capgeek it's too similar for me to think otherwise.

In regard to LA, did you read the story that had Lombardi's comments. I took it as the players, Doughty or Brown, turned to the coaches and said we got this, it's a players only meeting. Brooks made it out that they locked and barricaded the doors then took off as if Sutter would never catch up to them. Complete Larry Brooks unfounded rhetoric. Hey, if LA wants to get rid of him I'll take him in a heartbeat.

jimmyc13
jimmyc13

Let's get giddy and assume for a moment that Grabovski, Neilsen and Martin are good to go, who are we sitting? These would be my lines:

27 - 91 - 18

84 - 51 - 21

86 - 29 - 40

15 - 53 - 17

And, yes, that means Bailey and Kennedy sit. If the situation is too much for Lee and Strome then I would switch Lee for Kulimen.

Now, does anyone really believe that Capuano is going to sit Bailey? I didn't think so. What'll probably happen is we're going to be told that either Neilsen or Grabovski is not ready to go.

In terms of the defense, let's just hope that Reinhart is just one of the black aces and there isn't anything seriously wrong with Hamonic. I posted previously that I would sit Visnovsky, Visnovsky is/was supposed to provide offense from the backend, quarterback the power play, well that ship has sailed. He's just an old, small defensive liability. Put deHaan back with Hamonic, of course that leaves us with Hickey and Strait, scary I know, but this is where the coaching staff really needs to be on their game, even scarier I know, you can play Hickey and Strait together but you have to watch their ice time and be very careful of when and where you are playing them. Love to hear your thoughts.

jt91
jt91

@jimmyc13 Boychuk and Leddy's mins should be up in playoffs. 25-28 mins a game and have 3 rd pairing down. Can't keep rolling out lines like usual. Trots will make us look silly!

puckdad99
puckdad99

@jimmyc13 

I would switch 21 and 86. Other than that, I think you nailed it, especially Line 1.

jimmyc13
jimmyc13

@puckdad99. I was really thinking about that but Kulimen, IMO, is so versatile that he can play on any line whereas Okposo I feel more comfortable with him playing with Neilsen whom he's had good chemistry with. BTW, the other night you mentioned you were watching the game in a bar in white plains, what bar were you in?

jimmyc13
jimmyc13

@jt91. Without a doubt. I couldn't agree with you more. One of many things that Capuano does that just drives me insane. How many times do we see Visnovsky playing the last minute of the period heading up the Chinese fire drill. It's insane.

doc942
doc942

I really don't think Bailey has been a problem. Just my opinion.