Maybin a Good Move

The Florida Marlins and San Diego Padres have worked out a deal involving Cameron Maybin, Ryan Webb, and Edward Mujica.  This trade send over Maybin, who is in my opinion, a fourth outfielder anywhere he goes, IF THAT.  and two relievers that the Marlins think will help him in 2011.

I am unable to see any value in Maybin.  The only good he did for any club was when the tigers sent him away in the Miguel Cabrera, Dontrelle Willis deal.  Although Willis probably would have been better served staying in the National League, the tigers got the right end of the stick there. 

As for Webb and Mujica,  I see where the Padres are coming from here.  They don’t lose the last three innings of the game for them and they get a “centerfielder.”  The Padres’ pitching coach said of Webb that he could become a future closer….That’s great.  With Heath Bell to look up to in San Diego and now Leo Nunez to look up to in Florida, I must say I don’t think that will become a reality anytime soon.

Spekaing of Heath Bell, the ex-Met turned good.  (GOOD GOD! ISN’T THAT THE CASE ALWAYS)  That back end of the Padres ‘pen is the best in baseball.  Individually, Bell, Adams, and Gergerson are not the best 7th, 8th, and 9th inning guys.  But when you put them together, they sure make one helluva wall to climb for teams looking up at the Friars late in ballgames.

If some of you peope are wondering why I say that is because that I think that the best 7th inning guy(he can be 8th inning too) in baseball is Pedro Fleiciano.  I think the best closer is Billy Wagner.  Hmmmmm EX-MET TURNED GOOD!  Are we seeing a trend here?  I sure do think so. 

Then there are cases of the Mets giving up talent, then getting it back when the talent isn’t gonna be hitting in Shea Stadium anymore.  Those walls are far out of the reach of Jason Bay’s bat.  He homered in 4 games last season.  that was IT!  Two games with two homers and two games with a bomb a pop.  WE HAD HIM!!!!!  traded him and then he went on to a career worth a big contract in Fenway Park with his buddy the Green Monster.

I understand that Jason Bay did have a season shortened by concussions, but let me tell you that when I drafted him in the 7th round of my fantasy draft and THAT was the season he gave me, I nearly threw my computer in the trash.  However, I do hope to see Bay make a name for his 120-something million dollar contract in 2011.

One Day of May

For both the Yankees and the Mets, today was a disaster. 

The Yanks suffered a one run loss to the Chisox.  The worst issue they were handed today was a groin strain inflicted upon Curtis Granderson.  This will keep him out of the lineup and a possible trip to the DL is there as well.  Their bullpen couldnt keep it together allowing  two important insurance runs after their starter left.  This starter of course being Javy Vazquez.  Mind you all out there rooting for the Yanks and not for Javy, Vazquez went 15-10 with 219.1 IP, 238 strikeouts, and an ERA under 3(2.87) for Atlanta last season.  Maybe he should be back in the National League??  Who knows maybe he won’t even leave New York in the switch.  I mean if Ollie Perez explodes in our face AGAIN!

Speaking of the Mets, May has been pretty rough on them too.  Of course, you can attribute some of this toughness to Doc Halladay.  Without a doubt, one of the top five pitchers in the NL, the Doctor recorded his second shutout of 2010.  this time, he only struck out 6 Mets.  Another cause of this pain for the Mets was Big Pelf turing in a big inning.  In the bottom of the fourth on Saturday, Philladelphia put up a six spot.  RBI’s for Jason werth, two for Juan Castro on a double, and of course, the leadoff hitter, Shane Victorino hit a shot off of Pelfrey with Carlos Ruiz and Halladay on base.

Marquee Pitching Duel

The big game of the day today, as far as pitching goes, is the Mets-Phillies game.  Yesterday in Game 1 of this weekend series, the Mets offense soared behind the strong start of Jon Niese.  Jeff Franoeur and David Wright Homered once each.  Wright’s a two run shot in the third innning of Kyle Kendrick and Frenchy’s was a solo shot for some insurance runs later in the game.  The Mets catcher Rod Barajas shot two out of the park.  One off the left field foul pole. 

Back to the pitching matchup yes.  Doc Hallady against Big Pelf.  Roy Halladay is one of the most dominant pitchers in all of baseball.  This season, he has already thrown two complete games, one of them a shutout.  He is 4-1 on the season, his only loss against the San Francisco Giants.  On the other side of the ruber, we have Mike Pelfrey.  Big Pelf has been the most dominant pitcher on the Mets pitching staff so far this season.  Starting the season at 4-0, he also has a WHIP at 1.192 and a LEAGUE LEADING 0.69 ERA.  Of course that ERA of his might be inflated by the end of the day, playing his first game against the Phils in Citizens Bank Park.

New York Mets

First off, I should let you know that I am a die-hard New York Mets fan.  I love them.  I predict the Mets to be in the playoffs this year.  I can’t tell you for sure how, whether it be by the wildcard or the Division champion.  If you take a look at the Mets’ lineup, you go:  Pagan, Castillo, Reyes, Bay, Wright, Davis, Francoeur, Barajas, Pitcher.  Once we get back good ol’ Carlos Beltran, it will only get better.  Personally, I think that the Mets should get rid of Carlos.  He is not the same player as he once was.  How many surgeries has he had?  Carlos Beltran needs to go. 

I have not yet given up hope on Oliver Perez however.  If he can get his head on straight and find the strike zone more often I think he can be the guy we wanted from the Pirates back in ’06.  The Mets’ Rotation: Santana, Perez, Maine(DL), Pelfrey, Niese.  If Ollie and Maine can get it back on track, and the Mets give Santana some RUN SUPPORT That rotation is pretty good.