Buzz, News, & Roundup 5/8/06

Sorry for the lack of updates over the past couple of weeks, but I’ve been extraordinarily busy.  Here is today’s roundup of Mets information from the blogosphere:

  • Now that the Mets are without Victor Zambrano for the rest of the year, the team will obviously be looking around for a replacement.  Eric Simon at Mets Geek examines the various options the Mets have.  ESPN’s Buster Olney took an in-depth look in his blog (subscription required) at the possibility of the Mets dealing for Barry Zito, an idea they have long flirted with.  He writes:

Inevitably, the Mets will tinker with patch jobs before they have this internal discussion, following up on cursory trade talks they’ve had with Oakland in recent months: "Should we trade Lastings Milledge for Barry Zito as part of our all-out effort?"

[…]

But if Zito is made available, the Mets would be the front-runners because they have Milledge. And three talent evaluators said over the weekend that Oakland GM Billy Beane loves the outfielder above all other prospects. "He’d make the deal [something built around Zito for Milledge] right now," says one scout.

Olney concludes that:

Personally, I wouldn’t trade Milledge for the left-hander, because Milledge is an extraordinary talent. But you’d have a very hard time finding fault with the Mets if they were to be aggressive and make a deal for the best pitcher available who would give them a chance to succeed in late October.

  • The New York Daily News’ Adam Rubin has a press release from SportsNet New York, which says that the Mets TV ratings are up dramatically from last year.  Apparently SNY’s Mets broadcasts have an increase of 64% over last year’s showing from MSG/FSN NY.  However, those results reflect the season-to-date, and I seem to remember that there was a MSG/ FSN NY blackout for Time Warner cable customers in the first two weeks of last season, which significantly hurt the Mets ratings.  More telling might be the 50% increase in household viewership, which takes into account all of last year’s ratings.

I will be back and posting regularly (I hope) from now on.  Also, I might consider making additions to the sight in the next couple of weeks.  If you have any suggestions to improve the site, make sure to leave a comment – they are always read and appreciated.

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2 comments

  1. yelena_giselle@hotmail.com

    Hey:
    My name is Yelena Hazim, I am 16 years old and I live on Puerto Rico. I love the Mets, you guys have the spirit, the passion for the game, everything. Reading today’s article (May 8. 2006), about a possible trade with the Oakland A’s ace, Barry Zito, I was very surprised and happy. Although I am very sorry for Zambrano, hope you the best, LOVE YOU.

    Consider this: On the 2002 Cy-Young race: Which to pitchers where on the race for the big prize on the American League? Pedro Martinez and Barry Zito.

    Fist lets take a look at the numbers, then answer me the BIG question, WHY BARRY AND NOT PEDRO … WELL…

    Year Player W L ERA G GS CG SHO SV SVO IP H R ER HR HBP BB SO

    2002 Pedro Martinez 20 4 2.26 30 30 2 0 0 0 199.1 144 62 50 13 15 40 239

    2002 Barry Zito 23 5 2.75 35 35 1 0 0 0 229.1 182 79 70 23 9 78 182

    Pedro Martinez – 20 W, 4 L, 2.26 ERA, 2 CG, 144 H, 50 ER, 13 HR, 239 SO

    Barry Zito – 23 W, 5 L, 2.75 ERA, 1 CG, 182 H, 70 ER, 23 HR, 182 SO

    (So you can understand better)

    Barry Zito only had 3 wins over Pedro. OPEN YOUR EYES. He lost one less, had a better ERA, one more complete game, less hits, lees ER, less HR, and 57 more strikeouts.

    Now… And THE WINNER IS… in my heart is you Pedro.

    Now, my point is, IT IS A GREAT DEAL. They will challenge each other, so they will give more. They will try to be better than what they both are, isn’t that great for the team.

    Is not a challenge that can turn into a fight, but it is something that motivates a pitcher.

    So think about it, but hey, it is only my opinion.

    Love and Good Luck

    Yelena

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