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   1. David Wrightwing obstructionist Posted: September 07, 2006 at 07:54 PM (#2170749)
I truly can't believe we are 8 Mets wins or Phils loses away from clinching our 1st division since 88. I'm so overwhelmed with joy I'm not sure I will be able to utter a bad word about any Met for the rest of the regular season.

Of course I can't make that same promise for the playoffs.
   2. Free Rob Base Posted: September 07, 2006 at 08:24 PM (#2170775)
Marlins too.
   3. Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: September 07, 2006 at 10:50 PM (#2170887)
This is going to be an interesting series. It could be a preview of the first round.
   4. Old Matt Posted: September 07, 2006 at 10:56 PM (#2170891)
Ooo, Willie going with his guys tonight.
   5. Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: September 07, 2006 at 11:08 PM (#2170903)
I'm not sure if this is true or not but I remember reading somewhere that Johnny Podres taught Guy Conti the changeup, who in turn taught it to a young Dominican pitcher by the name of Pedro Martinez.
   6. Greg Maddux School of Reflexive Profanity Posted: September 07, 2006 at 11:19 PM (#2170911)
The Met broadcasters apparently have no concept of "era" or "defense" or anything of the sort.
   7. Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: September 07, 2006 at 11:29 PM (#2170915)
What the hell is Lo Duca thinking?
   8. Dr. Vaux Posted: September 07, 2006 at 11:33 PM (#2170917)
According to Howie Rose, Penny's stuff is good. Why has he been getting trashed for a month?
   9. Banta Posted: September 07, 2006 at 11:36 PM (#2170919)
That could have been a real big inning if not for LoDuca.
   10. Banta Posted: September 07, 2006 at 11:40 PM (#2170922)
That was a pretty nice play from Green. Should be caught, but Nady probably wouldn't have.

Maybe he will follow in Valentin's footsteps.
   11. Old Matt Posted: September 07, 2006 at 11:46 PM (#2170926)
Stache!
   12. Banta Posted: September 07, 2006 at 11:47 PM (#2170927)
Valentin is some sort of god.
   13. Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: September 07, 2006 at 11:50 PM (#2170931)
Penny fastball is tremendous but his offspeed stuff has been awful.
   14. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: September 08, 2006 at 12:06 AM (#2170939)
According to Howie Rose, Penny's stuff is good. Why has he been getting trashed for a month?

That's what all us Dodger fans have been wondering. Looks like Lowe will be the guy to open the playoffs with, not Penny.
   15. Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: September 08, 2006 at 12:41 AM (#2170954)
Peterson is a good interview.
   16. AJMcCringleberry Posted: September 08, 2006 at 12:59 AM (#2170963)
JOSE REYES!!

What a time to get home.
   17. Banta Posted: September 08, 2006 at 12:59 AM (#2170964)
WHOOOOOOO!!! INSIDE THE PARK!!!
   18. Zeba Zeba Eata Posted: September 08, 2006 at 01:00 AM (#2170965)
Reyes to the house.
   19. Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: September 08, 2006 at 01:00 AM (#2170967)
Reyes hits an inside the park homer! It wasn't even close.
   20. Banta Posted: September 08, 2006 at 01:02 AM (#2170969)
I'm not sure I can define how much love I have for Jose Reyes.
   21. Free Rob Base Posted: September 08, 2006 at 01:04 AM (#2170971)
The Mets are unbeatable at home.
   22. Old Matt Posted: September 08, 2006 at 01:04 AM (#2170973)
I'm watching the football game. My editor is a big Steelers fan.

I am not happy.
   23. AJMcCringleberry Posted: September 08, 2006 at 01:08 AM (#2170977)
That error was unexpected.
   24. Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: September 08, 2006 at 01:10 AM (#2170980)
Jose Reyes is slugging .500. Reyes, Beltran, Delgado, Valentin, and Wright all have a shot at ending the season with .500+ slugging percentages.
   25. Banta Posted: September 08, 2006 at 01:13 AM (#2170981)
That would be crazy. Five players with slugging percentages over .500 and none of them are a corner outfielder.
   26. Free Rob Base Posted: September 08, 2006 at 01:17 AM (#2170983)
Big out.
   27. Banta Posted: September 08, 2006 at 01:18 AM (#2170984)
If you guys hadn't heard, on SNY they've said a few times that Mota was pitching off the wrong side of the rubber in Cleveland, which didn't allow his changeup to move as much as it could to be effective. Who knows if that will end up making a permanent difference, but if that's all that it takes to correct Mota, then I think the entire staff in Cleveland should be fired.
   28. Free Rob Base Posted: September 08, 2006 at 01:19 AM (#2170985)
Five players with slugging percentages over .500 and none of them are a corner outfielder.

This means the Mets still have a lot of room for improvement for next year.
   29. AJMcCringleberry Posted: September 08, 2006 at 01:21 AM (#2170986)
Chris Cotter has already added this game to the win column.
   30. Banta Posted: September 08, 2006 at 01:21 AM (#2170989)
This means the Mets still have a lot of room for improvement for next year.

Yeah, but I'm willing to bet that Valentin doesn't post a .500 slugging percentage next year.
   31. Ska Posted: September 08, 2006 at 01:22 AM (#2170990)
With Cliff the Stiff out the door in 2007, one corner OF slot can't help but being better.
s.
   32. Banta Posted: September 08, 2006 at 01:23 AM (#2170992)
Chris Cotter has already added this game to the win column.

Glavine looked really pissed when he repeated it again.
   33. CrosbyBird Posted: September 08, 2006 at 01:23 AM (#2170993)
Ryan Howard homered again tonight. We'll get two on the Marlins and one on the Phillies.
   34. Banta Posted: September 08, 2006 at 01:25 AM (#2170995)
Cliff the Stiff

I've killed people for saying less!
   35. Ska Posted: September 08, 2006 at 01:28 AM (#2170996)
"Cliff the Stiff" is being very generous to a dog.

s.
   36. Free Rob Base Posted: September 08, 2006 at 01:29 AM (#2170997)
I love Cliff -- but he has sucked this year. Imagine if had he put up last years numbers.
   37. Banta Posted: September 08, 2006 at 01:29 AM (#2170998)
You know, I never would have thought this season that Reyes would be closer to hitting 20 homeruns than 20 triples with three weeks to go in September.
   38. Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: September 08, 2006 at 01:30 AM (#2170999)
Green is hitting .300/.327/.540 right now as a Met, small samples. If Green returns to being a good player, I will admit Minaya is smarter than me.
   39. AJMcCringleberry Posted: September 08, 2006 at 01:32 AM (#2171001)
Unlikely to bump Trachsel out of the rotation? Uh, why is that unlikely? It seems pretty obvious that he should be bumped off to me.
   40. Banta Posted: September 08, 2006 at 01:33 AM (#2171003)
I love Cliff -- but he has sucked this year.

Yep. He's no "dog" though, whatever that means.
   41. AJMcCringleberry Posted: September 08, 2006 at 01:33 AM (#2171004)
That was an all around bad play.
   42. Banta Posted: September 08, 2006 at 01:36 AM (#2171005)
Uh, why is that unlikely?

Because he's a winner!

You know, on a related sidenote, I've noticed that Cohen's critical analysis has worsened as the season has gone on. Lately, he's been presenting W/L record as some sort of a grand proclaimation of a pitcher's value. I don't recall him doing that early in the season.

It's funny, because Darling isn't even really like that.
   43. Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: September 08, 2006 at 01:37 AM (#2171007)
By the way, 38 is worded wrong. I already know Minaya is smarter than me when it comes to baseball. What I meant, was that if he does something i disagree with, my first reaction won't be "I disagree with the move." My first reaction will be "Why does Minaya think this is a good move?"
   44. Free Rob Base Posted: September 08, 2006 at 01:39 AM (#2171010)
I think Minaya has already earned the benefit of doubt.
   45. Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: September 08, 2006 at 01:41 AM (#2171012)
Green is up to .300/.340/.540. Obviously, we buried the guy too early. That's not to say we are drinking the Green Kool-Aid yet.
   46. AJMcCringleberry Posted: September 08, 2006 at 01:41 AM (#2171013)
Marlins score 4 in the bottom of the 7th after giving up 5 in the top of the inning. 10-8 Phillies after 7.

Jacobs hit his 19th homer in that game.
   47. AJMcCringleberry Posted: September 08, 2006 at 01:45 AM (#2171015)
Hey, it's Marlon Anderson! I forgot he was on the Dodgers now.
   48. AJMcCringleberry Posted: September 08, 2006 at 01:47 AM (#2171017)
Just cause Lasorda's Italian he has to eat at an Italian restaurant, Gary?
   49. Sam M. Posted: September 08, 2006 at 01:49 AM (#2171019)
Just in from my date -- great to see a terrific outing from Glavine, and the magic number about to go down yet again!

Jose, Jose, Jose, Jose!!!!!
   50. Zeba Zeba Eata Posted: September 08, 2006 at 01:49 AM (#2171021)
Green's hat falls off more than any Met since McReynolds.
   51. AJMcCringleberry Posted: September 08, 2006 at 01:52 AM (#2171023)
2nd straight shutout!
   52. Banta Posted: September 08, 2006 at 01:52 AM (#2171024)
25 consecutive shutout innings. It's too bad we don't have enough pitching.
   53. Zeba Zeba Eata Posted: September 08, 2006 at 01:52 AM (#2171025)
Fittingly, Magic # = Jose.
   54. Old Matt Posted: September 08, 2006 at 01:52 AM (#2171027)
Seven.
   55. Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: September 08, 2006 at 01:52 AM (#2171029)
Magic number 7. 13-10 gets them to 100 wins.
   56. Sam M. Posted: September 08, 2006 at 01:55 AM (#2171033)
Amazing team. And, by the way, aren't the Dodgers the team all the smart guys were touting a couple of weeks ago as the "real" best team in the NL "right now"? Because they had the best starters, like Brad Penny, to do the post-season right?

Ahem. They keep this up, the Padres may just make a wild card contender out of them.
   57. Free Rob Base Posted: September 08, 2006 at 02:00 AM (#2171037)
the Padres may just make a wild card contender out of them.

We swept them and the Cardinals too. The Mets have made mincemeat out the NL.
   58. Joshemy Posted: September 08, 2006 at 02:24 AM (#2171056)
We rock.
   59. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: September 08, 2006 at 06:22 AM (#2171221)
the Mets are an AL team playing in JV.

lets hope they stay sharp for the short playoff series, and then for the real test.

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