I have a quick question for you before I head out to work. Here we are almost a month into the season. We have seen both great, exciting games and we have seen some quite lousy losses as well. We have see seen comebacks ( Young Isringhausen, Capuano) and we have seen some players whose skill may not have been quite ready for the big time ( Emaus). So who or what has surprised you about this years team thus far ? Is it the fact that Carlos Beltran seems to be playing healthy , even though it looks like he has lost a step in the outfield ? Is it the the fact that David Wright appears to be hitting better in clutch situations ? Is it the fact that rule five draftee, Pedro Beato looks like he is a real steal ? Maybe it is the fact that Terry Collins and Sandy Alderson are the 180 degree opposite of Omar Minaya and Jerry Manuel ?
For me the biggest surprise has been Daniel Murphy. Yes I know Murph hasn’t been the second coming of Wally Backman with his glove at second base, but for a guy who had very little to no experience there, I think he is transitioning there like a pro. He may not make every play look pretty or routine for that matter – but he is getting the job done. He is also impressing with the bat. It doesn’t seem like he is obsessed with the long ball, and is just looking to put the ball in play, which is one of his strengths. At the end of this season, I predict that Murph should hit about .275 -.280 with 15 homers and 60 RBI’s. Not bad for a guy who was supposed to be the utility infielder on this Mets team.
So who or what has surprised you the most about the Mets ? Is it one of the players that I have mentioned above – or is it someone or something different ? Let us know in the comment section.
And with that said… HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!!!
Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today includes:
Today would have marked the 115th birthday of baseball legend – and original Mets hitting instructor, Rogers Hornsby (1896) .
All glove- but no bat second baseman from ’81-’83, Brian Giles is 51 (1960) .
Middle reliever from the ’93 season, Rob MacDonald is 46 (1965) .
Forgotten starting pitcher from the ’92-’94 seasons, Eric Hillman is 45 (1966).I guess when your career record is 4-14 with a ERA of 4.85, you would be forgotten also !
Mets reserve outfielder/pinch hitter from last season, Frank Catalanotto is 37 (1974). I still think the Mets should had waited a bit longer before releasing him. I think he could have been a good go to guy off the bench in the latter innings of games.
Middle reliever from Orber Moreno ’03-’04, is 34 (1977) .
New York Mets signed free agent catcher, Yogi Berra on April 27, 1965. Yogi would appear in eight games for the Mets. He would collect the last hits of his career during that span before settling in as a coach for the Mets.
The New York Mets sold the contract of third baseman, Luis Alvarado to the Detroit Tigers on April 27, 1977. The Mets had purchased his c0ontract from the Tigers that offseason, and itis obvious that after one game and two at bats the Mets had seen enough of him.
Mo Vaughn was arrested last night when he ran on the field to attack the Teddy Roosevelt character during the presidential race. He said that he was extremely hungry anf that Roosevelt looked alot like the bratwurst that appears at the Miller Park sausage race !!!