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Quote of the Day: Jerry Manuel

Jan 28, 2010, 2:20 PM EDT

“We might be fortunate enough to get away with this”

Jerry Manuel, referring to the Mets’ starting rotation, as currently constructed.  You know you’re in for a long season when your team’s manager refers to the pitching staff as though it were a crime.

  1. Joey B - Jan 28, 2010 at 2:30 PM

    “You know you’re in for a long season when your team’s manager refers to the pitching staff as though it were a crime.”
    It’s a sign of top-flight management and a top-tier FO, when the manager of the highest paid team in the league for 5 years running, implies that, if they get lucky and everything works out perfectly, then maybe the pitching staff might be okay.
    It’s like Theo or Cashman telling the press that their team has a possibility of making the playoffs if everything falls into place.

  2. Simon DelMonte - Jan 28, 2010 at 3:03 PM

    Well, it is something of a crime to Mets fans that with all the back-end starters out there, the Mets couldn’t sign one. And that we are stuck with Oliver Perez.
    However…and this is a longshot…if Santana is himself, and if Pelfrey and Maine pitch as well as they have in spurts, and if Niese is as good as he looked before he got hurt, the Mets will have a chance to contend. But there is no margin for error, and Perez will still be in the mix, and the chances that Maine and Pelfrey find themselves right now seem to be 50-50. (And yes, the bullpen is weak, but is there a dominant pen in the NL East now?)
    I see the Mets as a .500 club. Santana’s wins are balanced out by Perez’s loses, the other starters go .500 (with occasional gems and occasional disasters), and by and large the Mets lose to the great teams, beat the lousy ones, and split with the rest. I can’t say that adding any of the options that walked on by would have added much, but sometimes having just one more good arm is enough to compete for the wild card.

  3. peteinfla - Jan 28, 2010 at 3:06 PM

    I’ve been saying all off season thatI thought the NY Mess (no, it’s not a typo) front office has been drinking some “tainted koolaid” or something. But I obviously am wrong. It seems the Wilpons have either had the front office lobotomized, or performed some Stepford Wives type of ritual on all of them.
    Worse than the fact that they (Omar, Mauel…) all may actually believe this, is that they are willing to admit it publicly! If I was a Mess fan, (Shoot me right now), why would you support this franchise?
    I can smell this mess all the way down here in Jacksonville!

  4. Will Shook Down - Jan 28, 2010 at 3:23 PM

    It’s as simple as this:
    Replace Delgado with Bay and you have the same opening day roster as 2009. It’s completely unacceptable.

  5. Dan the Bluesman - Jan 28, 2010 at 3:59 PM

    I’m a long time Mets fan . I remember them when they won the ’69 world series. They did it with great pitching and timely hitting. You would think that with their new ballpark , they would try and have a team with good pitching and real good defence.
    I’m ashamed sometimes to be their fan because of some of the stupid moves they make. It started with Steve Phillips messing up the team after they lost the subway series to the Yankees. That team set a record for the fewest unearned runs allowed. Their infield was great at defence. It saved runs . They signed Mo Vaughn. Now that was really horrible.
    Now they have Minaya , who is so bad it’s not funny. They sign an aging Castillo to a multi year deal. That was pretty bad, Then they sign Francisco Rodriguez to a multi year deal after he has started showing signs of decreasing velocity and effectiveness. And now they need a 1st baseman really bad and they don’t get one.
    They need starting pitching and didn’t get any. The latest rumour has them being interested in Josh Fogg.
    They need to look at their succesful teams of the past and try to build the same kind of team that can compete. Pitching and defence is the key. When will they ever learn ?

  6. Utley's hair - Jan 28, 2010 at 3:59 PM

    Only difference is that Epstein and Cashman have an inevitable chance at being right. Minaynuel will be looking for jobs by May or June.

  7. moreflagsmorefun - Jan 28, 2010 at 4:27 PM

    WHAT IS THE POINT YOU ARE TRYING TO MAKE, GO READ ABOUT BASEBALL SOME MORE AND COME BACK WHEN YOU SOMETHING MEANINGFUL TO SAY.
    WHO IS YOUR TEAM, YOU FORGOT TO SAY.

  8. moreflagsmorefun - Jan 28, 2010 at 4:28 PM

    WHAT IS THE POINT YOU ARE TRYING TO MAKE, GO READ ABOUT BASEBALL SOME MORE AND COME BACK WHEN YOU SOMETHING MEANINGFUL TO SAY.
    WHO IS YOUR TEAM, YOU FORGOT TO SAY.

  9. moreflagsmorefun - Jan 28, 2010 at 4:29 PM

    WHAT YOU SMELL IS OUR NY BUTT IN YOUR FACE.

  10. Utley's hair - Jan 28, 2010 at 4:52 PM

    “Now they have Minaya , who is so bad it’s not funny.”
    And yet, he was the master craftsman who built the 2006 Mutts that knocked off the AARP Braves from their pedestal.

  11. Joey B - Jan 28, 2010 at 5:05 PM

    “And yet, he was the master craftsman who built the 2006 Mutts that knocked off the AARP Braves from their pedestal.”
    Top payroll in the league 5 years
    # of times in the playoffs 1 years
    That’s a little embarrassing. Making it once every 5 years is understandable for teams like Mil, SD, AZ, etc., but when you’re the highest payroll every year, making the POs should not be a fluke.

  12. peteinfla - Jan 28, 2010 at 5:21 PM

    Hey Genius, I would think that even a simpleton would get the point, but I’ll spell it out for you: Given the recent history of Mets medical staff progonosis, the fact that they gave Bay a clean bill of health when apparently no one else did is at least troubling. Furthermore, given the other moves they have made this offseason (Mathews, Escobar, Coste, Blanco and Cora to MLB contracts, and Adams, Cervenick, Dickey, J.Feliciano, Green, Hessman, Everts, and Dessens to minor league contracts), their offseason has been putrid so far even if Bay is healthy!
    Next, I’ll take an baseball IQ test with you anytime. Actually any kind of IQ test – at least I know what a CAPS LOCK IS!)
    Alhough I live now as I was relocated by my company 3 years ago, I was born, raised and lived on Long Island for over 40 years. So F*** yourself with your NY Butt comment.
    Lastly, I am a lifelong Yankee fan, going back to when they suffered through the ownership by CBS, and were just as bad, and their management was just as disfunctional as the one currently residing in Flushing. Any other questions?

  13. peteinfla - Jan 28, 2010 at 5:34 PM

    This guy (moreflagsmorefun) coudn’t spell IQ if you spotted him the Q! I agree with you completely. They have the 2nd highest payroll in MLB, and have done nothing to improve this year except Bay. Awful!

  14. Utley's hair - Jan 28, 2010 at 6:55 PM

    “Top payroll in the league 5 years
    # of times in the playoffs 1 years
    That’s a little embarrassing. Making it once every 5 years is understandable for teams like Mil, SD, AZ, etc., but when you’re the highest payroll every year, making the POs should not be a fluke.”
    My point exactly. I had the pleasure of being at the final game of the 2007 season for my then 21-month-old son’s second-ever game, and looking at CBPark’s outfield wall with the Marlins putting up the 7-spot in the first inning off Glavine. Nothing better than the ace of a bitter division getting rocked for the completion of an implosion like that to put your team into the playoffs.

  15. Francis Concepcion Sr. - Jan 29, 2010 at 12:26 PM

    Why in the world would the New YOrk Mets sit back and do nothing to improve their situation. Good pitching stops good hitting. And thats what has to be done in order for them to win a championship. pure and simple.

  16. Alex Fleming - Feb 11, 2010 at 3:28 PM

    with ‘we leave it to you to decide’.

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