NEWS & VIEWS: Captain Wright, Marcum’s Shot, Frankly Francisco, Trading Buck, & a New Marketing Slogan!

Mike:

Hey, I was was watching the Cincinnati versus Creighton game on Friday, do you know that there is no “Bearcat?” I mean no animal. The origin of that nickname came from a football running back named Behr in the 1900′s. They would chant “Behr-cat” at their football games because his quick movements reminded them of a cat.

Jimmy:

Baseball, Mike. Baseball. Get your head back in the game.

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Mike:

Sorry. It’s hard not to get caught up in the madness. Imagine if you were a guy who picked Georgetown? Oh, that’s right.

Jimmy:

I tried to warn you.

Mike:

Hey, there was big news with the Mets, we have a captain! Makes sense. David is signed for eight years, that means he goes down with the ship.

Jimmy:

Yeah, I did not see that coming. To me, it was just like when Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries got divorced. I was like, whoa! I really thought that marriage would last. But, sure, Wright as Captain feels right, and clearly the title means something to David. So, fine. I do think the uniform might be gaudy.

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Mike:

Shaun Marcum got with the program and had a cortisone shot. It would be strange for Marcum to be one of the healthy guys. But the real reason I said he has gotten with the program is he disagrees with the diagnosis the Mets announced. I always come away thinking that the team is shopping for doctors at the same place they have been using for outfielders.

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Jimmy:

I know, it never ends. A guy like Marcum will never be fully healthy — there are dozens, maybe hundreds of MLB pitchers in pain every time they throw a ball — it’s just a question of whether he can pull it together every 5th day or not.

Mike:

In the end, health risk is why a pitcher like Marcum was around for Sandy to take off the scrap pile. Otherwise he would not be a Met. I still like this signing, Marcum can still work out. Thirty five starts is an unrealistic goal and we didn’t pay at that rate. Give me twenty Marcum-like outings and I’m fine. Of course the more of them that come before July 31st the better.

Jimmy:

frank-francisco-gettyOn the same topic, let’s review the Frank Francisco situation. He had surgery in December to remove bone chips. I played ball with a guy who had bone chips, which are floating pieces of bone that hurt like hell when they slide into the wrong spot. So the idea is you clean that out and you are good to go. Except here we are more than three months later, and Frank is still in pain. That sounds to me like unsuccessful surgery. He might be toast. And the team probably knows it. I’m sure he’ll try to gut it out, and we’ll see an up and down performance, until he gets shut down completely. Another guy we won’t be able to trade.

Mike:

All signals since the off-season began have been that there was no faith that the team would get anything from Frank Frank this year. In other words, that all looks logical but I can’t get worked up about it, the team emotionally prepared me for this one.

Jimmy:

I’ll hand this to Sandy, he’s good at managing expectations!

Mike:

As far as guys true value to the organization being as a trade chip, what do you think about John Buck? When discussions take place about the value of sending out d’Arnaud, or not, one fact cited tends to be allowing Buck to increase his trade value.

I’m beyond dubious on that. John Buck is what he is, and every team in major league baseball knows it. When we flipped Rod Barrajas we received back a few Metrocards for Fred and Saul. At last years deadline we traded organizational filler Pedro Beato for Kelly Shoppach. What am I missing about Buck, who also has a terrible contract?

Mets owe Big John $6 million for 2013.

Mets owe Big John $6 million for 2013.

Jimmy:

I’m with you. Buck seems like a swell guy, but this is his 4th team in 5 years. Over 9 seasons, he’s hit over .250 exactly once. Last year, he hit 38 lbs. below his weight. And no, he did not balloon up to 350 pounds in 2012. Buck is not suddenly going to become a hot commodity. His greatest value would be to mentor d’Arnaud this season, helping our prized prospect through the experience.

Mike:

So Mets360 did another one of their fun bloggers roundtable and I represented us. I gave my answer on whether Justin Turner should be on the roster, what is yours?

Jimmy:

Brian Joura has been kind to welcome us into that roundtable, but as for Turner, I’m searching for the written equivalent of a shrug. I guess I accept that you’ve got to have crappy guys on the end of the bench. He’s that guy. But like Marlon Byrd, he’s another one who will not help the team win games, so anytime he’s out there it will feel like misdirected resources, lost opportunities. Keep him under 200 ABS, please Terry, please.

Marlon Byrd's slash line for 2012: .210/.243/.245 for an incredible OPS of .488.

Marlon Byrd’s slash line for 2012: .210/.243/.245 for an incredible OPS of .488.

Mike:

Joanathan Niese has been announced as the Opening Day starter, as the Mets concluded this week that Johan Santana would not be ready in time. Hmmm, the team is the last to know? I figured this out a month ago. I’ve heard they were waiting to admit it as they didn’t want to negatively effect Opening Day ticket sales. What is the target market there? Stupid people?

Jimmy:

He hasn’t thrown a bullpen since March 3, so no, he’s not going to be the Opening Day starter. When we drank the pitcher of Kool-Aid and wrote our post with rose-colored glasses, we outlined how things could go right for our Mets. Remember? I began with the starting pitching, the concept that Santana and Marcum would give us something. Now I feel like I’ve got to learn if McHugh’s first name is spelled with one “l” or two.

Did you hear that the Mets manager jokingly suggested that maybe Jay Horowitz could play outfield this season? Har-har. These guys are hysterical.

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This is Year 3 of the Master Plan and I cannot remember a season beginning with less enthusiasm from the fans. I keep reminding myself, “It’s awfully hard to lose 100 games.”

Mike:

Hold on there, you must have missed this quote from Alderson. He is bursting with pride. When he was asked about the outfield he said

What we have is what we’re going to have, and we’re not entirely displeased with that.”

Not entirely displeased.

That doesn’t excite you! I can just see our guy Ezra Meir-Zimbler putting the posters together right now.

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Just a little pissed off.

The feeling is infectious.

The feeling is infectious.

But seriously Jimmy, I’m actually looking forward to the season, and I think things looked worse a year ago. We were further away a year ago. I would like to be closer now, I am having a very hard time seeing how we are any good in 2014, but there is an entire season and off-season to change my perception too. I have said since day one on this blog that for this team to do anything in 2013 would take a miracle. I can’t get too upset now that it is still the case. Starting soon I will begin rooting for miracles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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3 comments

  1. IB says:

    I know it’s a little off topic, but is anyone other than me starting to be concerned with Tejada so far this spring. I know it’s just ST, but .085 in about 50 AB;s is pretty awful. If he lost his groove the Mets are in deep. Trying not to overreact here.

    • Michael Geus says:

      With all the other issues and injuries I can’t even allow myself to think about this one. Keeping my head in the sand for now, figuring on Monday everyone starts over.

  2. Well, at least we’re starting with low expectations. I know some Yankee fans who seriously think the Yanks will go to the World Series this year. I think they’re in for a rude awakening. We, on the other hand, can see the train-wreck of a season for the Mets a mile or two away.

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