Last night I was given the opportunity along side some of my fellow blogger brethren to sit in on Terry Collins pre game press conference. Here are some of the highlights .
On the health of Chris Young’s elbow:
“I’m trying to look at the big picture over here, I know how important these games are, but I think games in April are just as important as games in September.” If I can get him 29 starts this year – and miss one I’ll take that.” Terry also went on to say that the teams doctors felt that there was no need for a MRI.”
On Brad Emaus and Daniel Murphy’s performance so far at second base:
” Brad has done a nice job defensively , he’s had some good at bats and he his struggling a little bit defensively right now”. Terry went on to say that it is important or Murphy to get some at bats.
On David Wright going the other way with power :
” I think that’s what the good hitters do,If David keeps hitting doubles and triples – then we will score a lot more runs”.
On how stretched out D.J Carrasco should be for Friday Nights game:
“ The fact that he started 2-3 times in Spring training and pitched three innings in each, I’m sure he can throw 75-80 pitched , which you would hope should be five innings.”
On Ike Davis:
“ I don’t think he’s thinking home run – I think he’s cut his swing down when he has had two strikes, to try to put a good swing on the ball and to just drive the run in.” ” I’m impressed with the fact that he’s making adjustments – it will make him a better player”.
On Josh Thole:
” Josh Thole is a baseball player. he doesn’t possess great power – but he can hit a homer. He doesn’t possess a great throwing arm yet he is a accurate thrower with a quick release.” “He works harder than anyone I’ve ever been around, he gets to know what the pitching staff needs to do , he studies the opposition- he has a game plan going in”. I told Dave Hudgens ( Mets hitting coach) that I think he’s going to hit .295 to .300 he will probably drive in 50 runs, he is never going to hurt you, and once in a while he’s going to get a ball in the count and get a homer.” But what he does provide us in that part of the order is that he gets on base, and brings the pitcher to the plate, and when that pitcher games to the plate – it turns the line up over, which is a huge factor and it goes unnoticed alot when that eight hole gets on base. – he’s going to fill a big part for us.”
Here are some pictures from batting practice that I was able to watch from on the field.
And with that said….. HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!!
Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today includes:
One of the most unforgettable Mets from the 1980 team, starting pitcher Mark Bomback is 57 (1953).
Sadly on this date in ’08, the Mets family lost one time director of Director of Amateur Relations, Tommy Holmes .
The New York Mets sold legendary outfielder, Duke Snider to the San Francisco Giants on April 14, 1964. Snider had played one full year with the Mets, and it was painfully clear that the once feared power hitter was the shell of Dodger power hitter that he once was.
The New York Mets released one time star pitching prospect, Grant Roberts on April 14, 2005. Who could forget that piture of him taking hits off a bong ?!?
Mo Vaughn thinks that he should have a concession stand named after him just like Keith Hernandez !!! He feels it should be called ” Mo’s Muffaletta Mecca” !!!