Hope is the best of things – June 13

Beltran working hard to return soon

According to a Mike Vaccaro article in the New York Post, Carlos Beltran is “working hard” to return as soon as possible.  After reading the article there is nothing in there that tells us anymore than his return is still at least 4-6 weeks away.

From the article: “This week he plans on refining the work more. After that? “After that,” he said, “I hope.”  Hope is a good thing, especially now that the knee — “Thank God,” he says — is pain-free. He will rest today, play again tomorrow, maybe start running in fourth gear soon, then fifth. He watches the Mets on his computer and on his cell phone, likes what he sees. And doing that can try his patience. “Soon,” he says. “I’ll be there soon. You can believe that, because I believe that.”

For the complete article go here: http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/mets/answering_the_bel_RtSha5za8mXpEfhiE22vyN

Even the most optimistic outlook will have Beltran out until after the All-Star break.

THE STREAK IS OVER!!!

Last night the Mets snapped a 56 game streak of not winning consecutive road games. Hisanori Takahashi completed 7 strong innings allowing just 6 hits and 1 run, while Pedro Feliciano allowed 1 hit in the 8th and K-Rod pitched the 9th to earn his 13th save.  On offense, Jose Reyes continued his hot hitting of late, going 2-3, while leading off a game with a HR for the 15th time in his career (9th time on the road).

Most road games without winning consecutive games – team history

1963-64          64 games

1962-63          60 games

2009-10         56 games>>

>>Streak ended with yesterdays 3-1 win over the Orioles

Jose Reyes and Hisanori Takahashi both played big parts in the Mets ending their streak of not winning consecutive road games.

Most Leadoff HR – NY Mets History

Jose Reyes            15

Lenny Dykstra       8

Tommie Agee         8

Mookie Wilson        6

Kaz Matsui              5

The daily Jason Bay update

Jason Bay continued his recent struggles and his season struggle on the road going 0-4 last night.  Bay is now hitless in his last 16 AB and has 1 hit in his last 26 AB.  On the road, Bay has just 1 RBI in his last 13 games and 5 RBI total on the season.  Despite the effect Mets fans feared Citifield would have on his power numbers, it’s been on the road where he has lost his power stroke.

Jason Bay – 2010 Home/Road Stats

Home –  .311 BA    .516 Slug Pct.    3 HR    19 RBI

Road  –  .226 BA    .283 Slug Pct.    0 HR>   5 RBI

>Has not homered in his last 128 AB (September 21 at KC)

Although Bay has 3 HR at home, it is still far below his average HR total for this time of the season.  So far in 2010 Bay has homered on ONE day in each month with the exception of June (April 27th – HR vs LAD and May 23rd – 2 HR vs NYY).

When the Mets signed Jason Bay, they didn't realize that on June 13th the Rangers would have more April wins (4) than Bay HR (3).

Jason Bay HR by Month

April       1    (Career average is four)

May        2    (Career average is eight)

June        0   (Career average is four)

Jose Reyes has righted himself after a brief 1-20 slump, and is 10-20 (.500) with  2 HR and 4 runs scored in his last 5 games.  Reyes’ .262 BA is the highest it’s been since April 13th (.308).  With his HR last night, Jeff Francoeur has now hit in 14 of his last 15 games.  He is hitting .423 over that span with 2 HR and 10 RBI.  Despite hitting .124 over a 29-game stretch from April 17-May 17, Francoeur still has solid numbers this season, hitting .267 with 7 HR and 35 RBI.  Here is a breakdown of his season before and after his slump.

Jeff Francoeur – 2010 season Before and After and During Slump

Before and After Slump (April 5-16/May 18-Present)

Games               33

BA                     .398

HR                       6

RBI                     23

Multi-hit gms    14

During Slump (April 17-May 17)

Games                29

BA                      .124

HR                        1

RBI                      12

Multi-hit gms      0

Jeff Francoeur has rebounded from his month long slump to become a key member of the Mets.

Pelfrey looking for 9th win today

Mike Pelfrey goes the for the Mets today and will be looking to build on his terrific start to the season.  Pelfrey is 8-1 with a 2.23 ERA.  Pelfrey’s 8-1 start is one of the best for Mets starters through their first 9 decisions in team history.

Other Mets with 8 wins in first 9 decisions – Starters only

Mike Pelfrey    2010

Al Leiter           2000

David Cone       1988

Doc Gooden      1988

John Matlack   1976

Mike Pelfrey will look to join David Price and Ubaldo Jimenez as the only 9-game winners in the majors this season.

Mets looking for road sweep

Since interleague play began in 1997, the Mets have only swept a road series once.  In 2008, the Mets defeated the Yankees in the first 2 games of their series at Yankee Stadium.  The third game was rained out, so the two teams played a day-night DH on June 27th with the day game being played at Yankee Stadium.  The Mets won that game 15-6 to complete the three game sweep.

Overall, the last time the Mets swept a series of 3-games or more on the road, was September 1-3, 2008 vs the Brewers.  That was one of 3 road sweeps during the 2008 season.

Mets road sweeps by season – Since 2006

2010 –   None

2009 –   None

2008 –   3

2007 –   4

2006 –   5

Help Fund for Cancer Survivors

I might as well use this blog to educate people that cancer survivors out there need your help.  Many of us (myself included) have suffered awful side effects from the chemotherapy and radiation.  As a result of my treatment, I now suffer from Hemochromotosis, Crohn’s Disease and Lymphedema.  I had to retire in April 2008 after being diagnosed with Hemochromotosis. Disability payments are not NEARLY enough to live on an many of us in situations like mine need help.  PLEASE help me by donating to a fund to start a foundation for cancer survivors.  If you want more information or are looking want to become involved, check out our facebook page or email me.

http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Help-Start-a-Foundation-or-Fund-for-Cancer-Survivors/108359165870155?ref=ts

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About Mark Kelly - CKMagicSports

Sports Historian that is well versed at the four major sports first, then College Hoops, Football, Olympics, Tennis, Golf and NASCAR. Former ESPN Researcher in Bristol, CT. After a 10-year career working in everything from SportsCenter to ESPNNEWS to Cold Pizza. Had to retire due to complications from Cancer treatment. I am a now 25-year survivor that still suffers everyday from the side effects of chemotherapy & radiation. Suffer from Crohn's disease and Lymphedema everyday and started a website called CKMagicSports.com that I do podcasts on that you can help support by clicking on KNOCKOUTCANCER link on my CKMagicSports website. https://www.gofundme.com/KOCANCER Read more about my 25-year battle with the disgusting side effects of this disease here. http://www.ckmagicsports.com/marks-story/
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