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post #1 of 52 (permalink) Old March 30th, 2008, 17:49 Thread Starter
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New York Mets 2008 Thread



Time to make it as the official roster for the team will be out in about 2 hours time. The Mets are coming off a disaster of a season where they blew a comfortable lead in the division late last season and failed to make the playoffs. The bullpen and the offense fell apart late in the season

This season, there are still question marks on the team, but the confidence of the fans grew with the trade to get Johan Santana. The Mets ptching staff looks good but the rest of the team needs to prove itself. The offense is getting old and as they showed last season can go on bad cold streaks. The bullpen is still a big issue, but every team has that issue.

The expectations are pretty high from the fans, and I'm sure the ownership too, I feel it's World Series or bust, anything less and Willie Randolph will be fired. I personally am usually very negative about the Mets, and I feel they will fight hard for the division, as the Phillies and Braves are good teams and the Nationals and Marlins are feisty and want to prove themselves.

Here are the transactions made by the Mets in the offseason

In:
Johan Santana, SP (from Minnesota, trade)
Brian Stokes, RP (from Tampa Bay, free agent)
Ryan Church, OF (from Washington, trade)
Brian Schnieder, C (from Washington, trade)
Matt Wise, RHP (from Milwaukee, free agent)
Angel Pagan, OF (Chicago Cubs, trade)
Brady Clark, OF (Cincinatti, free agent)

Out:
Paul LoDuca, C (to Washington, free agent)
David Newhan, Utility (Released)
Lastings Milledge, OF (to Washington, trade)
Carlos Gomez, OF (to Minnesota, trade)
Philip Humber, SP (to Minnesota, trade)
Ruben Gotay, INF (to Atlanta, free agent)

The Santana trade made the winter, the Mets gave up some young players, but were still able to keep their top prospect. Church and Schneider come from the Nationals for Milledge, not excited with the trade but it was known the Mets were not happy with Milledge's attitude. Also not happy with putting Gotay on waivers, and he now goes to the Braves

Pagan has lit up spring training and could even start in the outfield while Brady Clark could make the team as a backup.

The Mets start the season in Miami against the Florida Marlins tomorrow

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post #2 of 52 (permalink) Old March 30th, 2008, 19:57
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You will eventually be happy with the Church and Schneider trade. Milledge had a terrible attitude, and NY clearly wasn't the right city for him to be in. He has tremendous potential, but he never really displayed it in NY. Church is a really good player, and hopefully Randolph lets him mash against righties.

Releasing Gotay was a questionable move, but clearly this is the team to beat in the NL East on paper.
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Santa, Pagan, Church...strange names in this new signings list...

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I think Santa is actually supposed to be Santana, as in the most expensive pitching signing in MLB history.

Church is a dangerous hitter who deserves a chance, but IMO Pagan is trash.
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yep fixed it and Pagan is with the Spanish announciation p

Anyway the roster came out and no real surprises. Pelfrey will be the #5 starter for now as El Duque goes on the DL. Ramon Castro will start on the DL and Raul Casanova will be the backup for the start of the season. Alou also starts on the DL, meaning Pagan will start in left field while Brady Clark making the team. In the bullpen, Joe Smith wins a spot despite a poor second half of the season last year and a poor spring training. Brian Stokes was designated for assignment.

2008 Mets 25 Man Roster
Starting Rotation
1. Johan Santana
2. Pedro Martinez
3. John Maine
4. Oliver Perez
5. Mike Pelfrey

Bullpen
1. Jorge Sosa
2. Matt Wise
3. Joe Smith
4. Pedro Feliciano (lefty)
5. Scott Schoenweiss (lefty)
6. Aaron Heilman
7. Billy Wagner (closer; lefty)

Starting Lineup
1. Jose Reyes, SS
2. Luis Castillo, 2B
3. David Wright, 3B
4. Carlos Beltran, CF
5. Carlos Delgado, 1B
6. Ryan Church, RF
7. Angel Pagan, LF
8. Brian Schneider, C

Bench
1. Brady Clark, OF
2. Endy Chavez, OF
3. Marlon Anderson, Utility
4. Damion Easley, Utility
5. Raul Casanova, backup catcher

Starting the season on the DL are: Orlando "El Duque" Hernandez, Duaner Sanchez, Ramon Castro
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rotuine 7-2 victory over the Marlins. Outside of the home run to Willingham, Santana was dominant. Mets did their damage with a 6 run fourth inning, Wright with a bases clearing double which was the turning point of the game
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Santana might have a career given that very few of the NL hitters know much about him.

It will be funny seeing hitters flail at his changeup.
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Bad news as NYM lose 5-4 to Florida, and Pedro will undergo an MRI after straining his left hamstring in the fourth inning Tuesday.
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Pedro out 4-6 weeks.
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Mets continue to struggle in Turner Field, 3:1 loss but Sanata still pitched well

On Tuesday it's the home opener against division rival Phillies
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Johan is going to tear it up this season. Can't fvcking wait.

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Mets bullpen blows the lead yet again, 3:2 Phillies in the top of the 7th.

The Mets are going no where with this bullpen, even the offense isn't clicking at all
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The bullpen has improved the past few games but the offense still isn't in full force as of now. Mets are around the .500 mark but still too early to see what kind of season the team will have.
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two easy wins over the Nats and looking for a sweep tomorrow, won't get that excited, let's see how the team performs in the weekend series with the Phillies

Reyes has turned it around after a slow start, when he hits and gets on base, the team plays better
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Mets got swept in Chicago

bullpen as usual collapses again, still in second place, possibly lower if the Braves win tonight
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Mets are way to inconsistent and the players seem to be bothered by the negativity at Shea Stadium this year. Almost every player has gotten booed this season while Delgado, Heilman and Castillo get booed everytime their name is mentioned

The Mets need a spark, and I have been asking for a replacement at manager for a while now, maybe that's what will lift the team. Willie doesn't seem motivated and he rarely goes out and argues.

Although I am no fan of the Braves, I love the way Bobby Cox goes around arguing even little calls, he seems to fire up his team. Willie just stands in the bench and says the same shit every game in the post-game interview
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man the mets i doubt are going to make the playoffs, their hitting gets hot and cold, our only good and constient hitter has been church, our pitching hasnt been great the only ppl i could rely on are maine, and santana

We shouldve won the world series 2 years ago
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yep, that was our season but in typical Mets fashion they find ways to lose. About this current team, they have a chance to make the playoffs, but if they play like this all season, at most they will be a few games over .500, and probably not good enough to make the playoffs

The offense when its on fire is good, but the bullpen is still a big question mark, no matter who pitches
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