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Pregame: Nationals at Mets [BEAST-OFF]

The Game: Washington Nationals (16-23) at New York Mets (19-17)

The Matchup: John Lannan (3-3, 3.40) vs. John Maine (4-2, 3.00)

The Story: The Mets look to rebound after a less than stellar effort last night that saw the two primary scapegoats, Nelson Figueroa and Jorge Sosa, get designated for assignment this morning. Tonight, the Mets take the field behind their second-best starter, John Maine, who was two outs from pitching a complete game shutout last week in Los Angeles. The Mets scored 12 runs in that game, and run support is much in demand for New York.

The Nationals’ biggest surprise of the season, John Lannan, takes the mound just miles from his Long Beach, New York home. Lannan has found great success this year, save one start when he surrendered 5 earned runs in 3 innings on May 2 at Houston. The southpaw Lannan relies mostly on his breaking ball, and has been very effective, posting a K/BB ratio of 1.89.

The Lineups:

Nationals: [Not yet posted]

Mets: Reyes (SS), Church (RF), Wright (3B), Beltran (CF), Alou (LF), Delgado (1B), Easley (2B), Schneider (C), Maine (P)


“Pitcher’s got a big butt!”

Actually, “Pitcher’s got a big butt…in AAA New Orleans!”

Nelson Figueroa can’t take the heat:

Figueroa was fuming over the behavior of some of the Nationals’ players during the third inning, whom he accused of singing and chanting as he pitched to Austin Kearns with the bases loaded and the score tied, 3-3.

“They were cheerleading in the dugout like a bunch of softball girls,” Figueroa said. “I’m a professional just like anybody else, so I take huge offense to that. … I think they need to show a little more class and professionalism. They won tonight but, in the long run, they are still who they are.”

Figueroa is as mild-mannered a player as the Mets have in their clubhouse, so his words resonate.

He wouldn’t say specifically who the Washington players were, but his tone indicated that it wasn’t something the Mets would take lightly. With three more games this week, a feud between the two teams could be brewing.

Lastings Milledge, the controversial outfielder the Nationals acquired from the Mets this winter, defended his teammates’ conduct.

“Well, what are we supposed to do?” Milledge said. “We’re not supposed to cater to anybody on the opposing team. We’re not going to cater to him or anybody else, so whatever. We’ve been down the last couple days; we want to get something going. If you don’t like it, you’ve got to just deal with it.”

Luckily for him, he won’t have to anymore, as he’s been designated for assignment.

-Greg Berlin

Mets Roster Moves [Omar has a brain?!?]

Just when we thought that Omar was going to take the “fiscally responsible” move and demote Joe Smith to make room for a starter for tomorrow’s game, someone knocked some sense into him. Here are the roster moves made today by the Mets:

Demoted: RHP Nelson Figueroa, RHP Jorge Sosa

Promoted/Activated: RHP Claudio Vargas, RHP Matt Wise, IF Fernando Tatis

DL: OF Angel Pagan

This should be goodbye to Sosa; I’m sure there will be lots of crying by Mets fans over that. I feel bad for Figueroa but wouldn’t be at all surprised if he’s back soon unless Vargas has a great start tomorrow. Tatis has been playing extremely well in New Orleans, and deserves Pagan’s spot. Hopefully it’s nothing serious with Angel and he’s back soon. In terms of Wise, well, hopefully he can be that 6th inning reliever that the Mets have been missing all year.

-Jonathan Kraft

Postgame: Nationals 10-Mets 4

Not a good game, obviously. I’m not going to do a full recap right now, but suffice it to say that the Mets bats did not come out to play tonight. Nelson Figueroa and Jorge Sosa were both terrible; it was extremely frustrating to watch them both implode against such a weak team. The crowd at Shea was awful–maybe 20,000, maybe. It was a cold and dreary night against an inferior team, but come on.

Figueroa’s line: 5 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 5 BB, 4 SO

Sosa’s line: 1 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO

NL Beast goes to Shea

I’ll be at Shea Stadium tonight to see the Mets take on the Washington Nationals [BEAST-OFF] as Odalis Perez battles Nelson Figueroa. I’m pumped…this will be my 5th Mets game of the year, but the first one at Shea (2 in DC, 1 in Philly, 1 in PSL). I tried to go Friday night for my dad’s 50th birthday and got only as far as the Diamond Club (where we saw Keith Hernandez and Tom Seaver) before the game was rained out.

I’ll try and take some good pictures to post soon…lets go Mets!

-Jonathan Kraft

Minor Leaguer could start for Mets on Wednesday

Hot Foot is reporting that a minor leaguer will start for the Mets on Wednesday against the Nationals. This says something about Willie’s trust in Jorge Sosa, who would have been the in-house candidate to start that game. The move might not be necessary, because tonight’s game will probably be rained out tonight. This could bump Nelson Figueroa to tomorrow and John Maine to Wednesday, both pitching on 6 days of rest. If this doesn’t happen, look for Tony Armas Jr., Claudio Vargas, Brian Stokes, or Adam Bostick to make the start.

-Jonathan Kraft

Mets Pregame: 5/6 at LAD

The Game: New York Mets (16-14) at Los Angeles Dodgers (18-14)

The Matchup: Nelson Figueroa (2-1, 4.08 ) vs. Hiroki Kuroda (1-2, 3.82)

The Story: The Mets are hoping their bats make it from Arizona to Los Angeles tonight as they look to do a little better offensively than last night, when Chad Billingsley shut New York’s hitters down. Jose Reyes, Ryan Church, and David Wright went a collective 0-10 on the night against Billingsley, Jonathan Broxton, and Takashi Saito.

Tonight, the Mets face rookie Hiroki Kuroda, the Dodgers’ big offseason acquisition out of Japan. Kuroda has been a good story for the Dodgers, just as Nelson Figueroa has for the Mets. Figgie was skipped over last go-around in the rotation in favor of Johan Santana, but he did take over for Oliver Perez after his disaster against Pittsburgh last week. The super-journeyman out of Brooklyn has been a great story so far, and looks to continue the magic tonight.

Carlos Delgado has certainly come around for the Mets, and is 8 for his last 25 with 3 HR and 6 RBI. It would be nice if the rest of the team decides to join him tonight at Chavez Ravine.


Mets: Reyes (SS), Church (RF), Wright (3B), Beltran (CF), Alou (LF), Delgado (1B), Schneider (C), Castillo (2B), Figueroa (P)

Dodgers: Pierre (LF), Jones (CF), Kemp (RF), Kent (2B), Martin (C), Loney (1B), DeWitt (3B), Hu (SS), Kuroda (P)

-Jonathan Kraft