4.9.09

Catcher of Mets Future Makes Debut In Rare Met Victory

I can't say as I really care that Pat Misch avoided pitching in a 13th consecutive loss without a victory for his team to avoid a rather ignominious start to his Major League career.

Misch officially ent pisch no more with his first career victory

Sure, it's good to see the guy pitch his second consecutive quality start for the Mets since arriving off the waiver wire from San Francisco but let's face it, watching this Nowhere Man pitch a meaningless game for the Mets in the beginning of September only reminds us all that at least this season there can't be a September collapse.

Nor can I find much comfort in the too-little-too-late news that Carlos Beltran is inching his way back to recovery.

After all, much like David Wright's return from concussion the night before, it only underscores the waste and futility of the hideously injury-prone 2009 season. Even if Wright went 3 for 4 with 3 RBIs and showed encouraging signs that he won't be plate-shy after getting beaned.

And to be honest, whilst it beats bearing witness to yet another disappointing Met loss, a rare victory yesterday over the Rockies hardly shook the rafters of the soul with joy and optimism. The soul of joy and optimism for these Mets died months ago.


The faster this guy develops the faster we can see Schneider out the door...

But I can say that the MLB debut of catcher Josh Thole was indeed an exciting event. At 22, the youngest Met catcher since Todd Hundley, Thole, who only started catching full time last season, went 2 for 5 in his debut after being awarded with a passed ball in the first inning but generated at the very least, the tinniest shred of hope in an otherwise dreary and hopeless Met farm system.

Not that Thole will be the catcher for Johan Santana on Opening Day 2010 - he still needs another year or so of seasoning in the Minors but it's something to hold on to in this miserable season, a faint sign that not everything about the Mets future is as bleak as it appears.

(OH yes it is, don't let the debut of one simple catcher fool you...)

*****

One of the thousands of pitchers the Omar DIDN'T sign this off season out-dueled the Giants top young ace last night.

Even if he's wearing a Phillies uniform, I'm still rooting for Pedro to close out his career with dignity and last night's 5-hit, 9-K, 7 inning performance gives me the impression he still just might.

*****

After concluding a 3 win, 9 game road trip the Mets host the similarly disappointing Chicago Cubs on Friday for a mutual misery meeting to celebrate another meaningless September. Whoop.

Maybe they can have an open reading of an open letter to Mets owner Fred Wilpon to start the festivities.



I mean, over the PA, with a crowd listening as reverently as any national anthem, an perhaps concluded by a Burn Fred Wilpon In Effigy ceremony before the game.

Now THAT would make the game worth watching.

And for an encore on Saturday, a Burn Omar Minaya in Effigy night.


Yeah baby!

18 comments:

sanchez said...

what's all this excitement about another prospect? the whole team is full of minor league players. where's the fan fare for Andy Green? Who wouldn't want to get excited about a 32 year old third baseman?

jdon said...

Wow. All these people writing about how Omar doesn't have a plan. Here is clue for these Johnny-come-latelies: Omar has NEVER had a plan. Welcome aboard. Omar is a checkbook GM? Really? They have just picked up on this? I think fans need a plan. We cannot just sit there and assume things. Incompetence is institutional where the mets are concerned. It is not enough to just sit and root. Plot, scheme, devise, fellow sufferers. Don't jsut wait for the press releases. Boycott if you have to. Do that and you would have seen two years ago that omar was going to destroy this team. Instead we have allowed this thing to regress to a point where our only hope for future success might involve animal sacrifices or deals with the devil. Now I have to read about omar interviewing with jason stark about the moves HE has to make to get this turned around. Wouldn't this be like putting Guy Fawkes in charge of renovations to the Parliament building? Or Hitler in charge of the Marshall Plan?

Jaap said...

oh, nice one jdon, Guy Fawkes reference - that's my favourite celebration over here...

I have to admit, I was rather for getting Omar as the GM when it first happened, as foolish as that sounds in hindsight. Should have realised successfully GMing a penny ante nowhere franchise only meant he had more experience in damage control than forward planning. And he's not even managed that much with the Mets.

On the other hand, I seriously doubt any GM would have had the foresight to plan for a team of second stringers/bench players replacing 4 of their best players in the daily lineup for most of the season. It doesn't excuse this season but it colours the perception just a little.

Is this kind of season preferred to the last two?

jdon said...

No, but I have been calling for his head for awhile, and it has nothing to do with this season, which he has totally mismanaged, by the way. If you recall I picked them for third place this year. Before the injuries..

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