First off before I start today's column, I would like to express my sincerest condolences to former Mets manager Willie Randolph and his family on the passing of his father.
Going into last nights game I was not confident of a Mets win- and sure enough my gut instincts served me right. I was wondering why General Jerry Manual - aka General Kaos- would use Fernando Nieve as last nights starter when1. He was used in a relief stint earlier in the week
.2. Fernando has not pitched well lately, with whispers that he is suffering from a dead arm.
3. And Raul Valdes, who has not pitched in five days, was a better option.
As I watched the bottom half of the inning unfold , it was plain to see that Nieve just didn't have it. His control was non existent and wen he was able to get the ball in the strike zone, Corey Hart made sure that he would help himself to some rib steaks ! But the Mets offense would strike back , piecing together two more runs to stay close. But who does Jerry bring in for weekly target practice? You guessed it "Ostracized
" Ollie Perez, who went on to give up another three runs - including a two run jack by the aforementioned Hart ! I am still wondering why Jerry would use Oliver in a game that was not out of reach. I have a sneaking suspicion that if Oliver pitched well last night, Jerry would probably given him another shot in the rotation. Either that or he was willing to sacrifice the game to make Ollie look even more foolish. But the highlight was the three run homer by Ike Davis, that kept us within two runs of the Brewers. Unfortunately The Brewers Bullpen was able to shut us down after the fifth and we drop back to mediocrity at .500.I am wonder with last nights revelation that the Detroit Tigers are designating Dontrelle Willis for assignment, will it put more pressure on the Mets to consider doing the same for Ollie? I highly doubt it because the Mets have rarely showed a penchant for releasing - and paying players with alot of money owed to them. " This is how us Mets fans felt watching you pitch yesterday!"
And with that said... HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!
New York Mets purchased pitcher, Frank Lary from the Detroit Tigers on May 30, 1964.New York Mets sold pitcher, Kevin Lomon to the Atlanta Braves on May 30, 1995.David Cone announced his retirement on May 30, 2003. That was a sad day. We all knew David wasn't the dominant pitcher he once was, but we hoped that he could at least go out as a Met on a positive note. Unfortunately in his five games for the Mets that year, he went 1-3 with a e.r.a. of 6.50.
New York Mets signed free agent catcher Mike DiFelice on May 30, 2006.New York Mets traded back up catcher ( and dead ringer for Darth Tater
), Ramon Castro to the Chicago White Sox for reliever, Lance " The Broadway Bully
" Broadway on May 30, 2009. " Now If you could throw a baseball as hard as you could punch..."And today's Mo Vaughn tidbit of the day - He always roots for the kielbasi during the sausage races at Miller Field