NYP: BART HUBBUCH
Chipper: “It is the biggest park that I have ever played in in my life,”.Â Man at least I was not the only one to think this.Â Chipper goes on to say “It is a huge ballpark to center and right center and right field. You know, I actually feel sort of sorry for some of the guys out there because their power numbers are really going to take a hit; guys like David Wright, [Carlos] Beltran, [Carlos] Delgado. The days of them hitting 35, 40 homers — they’re over.”Â Yup, could not agree with you more Chipper.Â Unless we get a guy like Dunn or another guy that hits mammoth shots, there will be no true power threat at Citi.Â “I juiced the ball just right of center field, as hard as The Good Lord can let me hit a ball, and it hit midways up the center-field wall for a double,” he said. “And every time there was a long fly-out or a double that hit off the wall or something, David Wright would run by me and go, ‘Nice park.’ “[Wright] is a little frustrated with it, but on the flip side of that, you got a guy like Jose Reyes who’s liable to hit, in a healthy year, 25, 30 triples in that ballpark, because if you split a gap you can run forever.”Â Key there is in a healthy year.Â But there is another key to that statement and many of you have eluded to the same thing.Â If you can’t find a power bat, go get more speed and pitching.Â Perhaps that is what Omar will do.Â How do we know the effect of Citi on Aubrey Huff for example?
Amazin’ Avenue: Sam Page
Interesting read here.Â Page takes a look at a few common myths and truths on this year’s Mets team.Â These include Sean Green–the new Heilman?, Putz good then hurt?, Wright has changed his game to average and speed, the Mets depth issues, Oliver Perez and if the Mets should start rebuilding now for next year.Â I don’t agree with much of what he said, especially on our depth issues but it is nice to read things from a different perspective.
NorthJersey.com: Steve Popper
Great read here on how the Mets and Omar areÂ approaching the draft.Â The article also takes a look at former draft picks as well.Â To quote Omar “That is the fun,” Minaya said. “Even now, to see [Bobby] Parnell, [Daniel] Murphy and Fernando [Martinez] here, guys we just signed as amateurs, that’s satisfying.”Â With the Mets not picking until 72nd, the Mets scouting department will be even more vital.
Mets Merized: Gregga
Gregga details what he calls the four keys to beating the Phillies.Â They are pretty obvious in some cases but still can’t be overlooked.Â These keys really could be listed as keys to playing good baseball.Â 1) Get quality SP.Â Obviously that will be a key in any series for the current undermanned Mets.Â 2) Play error free.Â We can not afford to give the other team extra outs.Â Those seem to always come back to haunt the Mets. 3) Play small ball, this goes from now until the Mets either obtain a guy like Dunn or they move the fences in.Â It looks obvious to me that when the Mets put pressure on the other team with their speed and contact hitters we score more runs.Â Someone should let Manuel know this secret.Â 4) The crowd.Â This one I take issue with.Â I think the Mets fans have been more supportive this year than last.Â I have no issue with the crowds so far at Citi.Â If they Mets are hustling and playing that small ball we all want then the fans go crazy.Â If they are going station to station and having quick AB’s then they are going to hear it.
What are you guys hearing out there?Â Feel free to discuss any topics that are on the street or the wire today.