Skip to main content

Ray of Nope

So I've got a few laments for today

I'm lamenting the likely end of Nelson Figueroa's Mets career
(he wasn't exactly helped by his defense)

I'm lamenting the hiring of Mike D'Antoni over Mark Jackson
(Though I've abandoned my gut reaction of "I won't watch" in favor of "Let's see..."

And I'm lamenting that the Mets don't play the Rays this year.

We've got interleague play coming up on Friday, and the team we're playing first is the team that's lost two straight to Tampa Bay heading into Wednesday, including Tuesday's game, which featured what I'm guessing was the biggest walk-off celebration in Rays history.

I like interleague play. I think it's cool and different, and I like the randomness of the opponents. But there's a glitch in the system somewhere.

The Mets played the Rays in each of the first four years of interleague play (the highlight of which, as I was reminded by a colleague yesterday, was Esteban Yan's HR in his first career at-bat) but haven't played them since 2001. Meanwhile, the Mets will play the Mariners, for the third time in the last six years, later this season.

Now granted, the Mets are probably better off facing a Seattle team that is 15-26 rather than the best team in the AL East, but that still doesn't make any sense. By the time the Scott Kazmir revenge thing comes full circle with his first Mets meeting, he may be pitching for someone else (once free agency sets in), and I'd actually like to get that over with sooner rather than later.

For all we know, this could be the season that the Rays go from 69 wins (actually 66 in 2007) to '69 Mets, and I'd like to get an in-person look without having to go to the Bronx. It's not exactly Seaver-Koosman, but I've seen enough of James Shields and Kazmir on TV to observe that they're a pretty decent 1-2 punch. Their bullpen is pretty good and their lineup is young and promising. They have my stamp of approval, even if they only finish .500, which would be the best mark in team history. I have seen the Ray of hope for them, but at least for this season with the Mets, unless both are still playing in October, it's a Ray of nope.

True Metba Bays know...Tuesday's win marked the 75th walk-off win in Rays history, and the 6th to come against the Yankees. None have come against the Mets.

Comments

Andrew Vazzano said…
Thanks for the heads up.

I didn't realize I didn't have you linked, so I added you to my blogroll.

Keep up the excellent work.
SS said…
Thanks for the visit and comment. Its Rays Day!
Anonymous said…
I'd just like to see Cliff Floyd at Shea again. Did my heart good to hear about his contribution the other night.

Popular posts from this blog

Walk-Offs in Movies, TV, and Other Places

Note: I'm leaving this post up through the end of the week, a) because I don't have time to pump out something new and b)because I was hoping to build a really good list of entertainment industry walk-offs...so if you're looking for something new, check back on Monday or so... Of course, if there's a major trade or move, I'll adjust and try to post something... In the meantime, click on the "Table of Contents" link as well. It has been updated. SPOILER ALERT: Read at your own risk Caught the ending of "A League of Their Own" on one of the movie channels the other day and it got me to thinking that it would be fun to compile a list of walk-offs from movies, television, and other forms of entertainment. Here's the start, and only the start, as I spent about 30 minutes or so thinking it over Help me fill in the blanks by filling out the comments section. "A League of Their Own"-- Racine beats Rockford for the All-American Girls Profess

They Don't Make Em Like The Mook Any More

"There are certain things that stay with you, your whole life in sports. Mookie flying is one of those things." -- Blogger's father, 1:10pm on Feb 9. During the 1987 season, Mookie Wilson was on first base in seven instances in which the batter at the plate hit a double. How many times do you think Mookie scored? I'll give you a hint: Every time. According to some recent reading I've done, The average runner scores from first base on a double around 40-45 percent of the time. Mookie's career percentage: 65 percent (45 of 69) The average runner goes first to third on about 27 percent of singles hit. Mookie's percentage: 50 percent (120 of 240) The average runner scores from second base on about 58 percent of singles hit. Mookie's percentage: 75 percent (162 of 215) How good was Mookie Wilson? Let me put it to you this way. The guy turns 54 years old today (and got an early present by being re-hired by the Mets as a minor league instructor). I'd take

The best Mets ejections I know

When you think of the Mets and famous ejections, I'm guessing you first think of the famous Bobby Valentine mustache game, when after Valentine got tossed, he returned to the dugout in disguise. You know it. You love it. I remember being amused when I asked Bobby V about it while we were working on Baseball Tonight, how he simply said "It worked. We won the game." (true) But the Bobby V mustache game of June 9, 1999 is one of many, many memorable Mets ejection stories. And now thanks to Retrosheet and the magic of Newspapers.com , we have a convenient means for being able to share them. Ever since Retrosheet's David Smith recently announced that the Retrosheet ejection database was posted online , I've been a kid in a candy store. I've organized the data and done some lookups of media coverage around the games that interested me post. Those newspaper accounts fill in a lot of blanks. Without further ado (and with more work to do), here are some of my findings