By Mike Steffanos
First of all, before we get into today's post, I apologize for the blog being down for a couple of hours. According to my hosting company, the power supply died on the server that hosts this site, among others. My original hosting company was sold a couple of months ago, and I haven't been happy with the new one. I know maintaining quality affordable shared web hosting isn't easy, but things have gone downhill since last fall. One more like today and I'll bite the bullet and move this blog to another host. If anyone out there has any recommendations on a good hosting company that supports the Movable Type blogging platform, please use the email link at the right and let me know.
Enough about that. As many of you know, Sports Illustrated had an online vote for their Mets team page where people could vote for their favorite Mets blog (details here). They had four choices, and this blog was one of them (I came in quite a distant fourth). I felt honored, but I didn't take it as some sort of personal victory over blogs that weren't picked. As a matter of fact, my initial though was how could they have a list of favorite Mets blogs that didn't include Metstradamus?
There are quite a few others that have been around longer than this one has that are terrific blogs, such as Always Amazin', Amazin' Avenue, Mets Guy in Michigan, Mets Walkoffs, Take The 7 Train, The Metropolitans and more. There are blogs that have come along since mine that are absolutely terrific, such as Lone Star Mets and Mets Grrl, again among many others. Anthony from Hot Foot has worked his *** off to make his site one of the best, and has been a friend to this blog, which is appreciated. The list could go on and on, and I'm not trying to slight anyone by leaving them off, there simply isn't room to list all of the great blogs.
So, while I appreciate the compliment inherent in SI noticing my blog, I don't read anything into it beyond that. I am grateful for some generous emails I have received from some other bloggers congratulating me. However, this choice by SI seems to have inspired a couple of really bizarre emails over the weekend from fans of other blogs who were not chosen and seem to be offended that this one was. It also seems to at least partially inspire a few abusive comments that I have chosen to remove from the site.
All I could say to these people is that I'm 48 years old, not 12, and I could care less what you think of me. I'm not interested in playing your silly games. If you elect to continue to be a problem here, you will be reported to your ISP for abuse. As previously mentioned, there are literally dozens of great Mets blogs out there, many of whom I link to on the side. If you don't like my style, that's fine -- move on. On the other hand, if you disagree with something I say and want to voice it, go ahead. Many of the people whose comments I really enjoy often do, but they treat me with respect, and receive it in return. If you just need to rant or rave at someone, there are plenty of forums out there that tolerate that. I don't. I also don't have the free time to indulge in endless debate with one other person. Get over it and move on.
Enough about that. To the regular readers, I know that I'm not staying on top of things very well. The house that Lisa and I just purchased needs a ton of work. We have targeted a June 1 date to be fully moved in, and will be spending many hours working there between now and then. I also have to work for a living. This blog has to come third for a while.
That doesn't mean I'm going away. I like doing this too much.
All of the fun with the server stopped me from commenting on Mike Pelfrey being selected as the fifth starter. It was a great move, and hopefully just the beginning for the kid. ESPN's Keith Law likes it, too (subscription to ESPN INsider required):
The Mets' fifth starter spot appears to be in good hands, as Mike Pelfrey -- who won the role Sunday -- showed flashes of the front-of-the-rotation guy he can become if a few things come together for him.
The biggest variable for Pelfrey this spring is his switch to a slider, a pitch he played around with in the Arizona Fall League but had otherwise not used in competitive games as a pro. ... His arm slot is more conducive to throwing a slider, and his slider flashed average or even a tick above average on Sunday. The pitch improved as the game went on, with Pelfrey clearly gaining some confidence in it by the third inning (and then throwing five or six in a row). At its best, the slider was 83-85 mph with a short but sharp break, decent tilt, but most importantly it showed enough lateral movement to fool hitters who were waiting on his fastball or change, both of which are straight.
In much less happy news, most of you already know that Duaner Sanchez will most likely need another surgery on his shoulder. In the NY Post Mets Blog, Mark Hale seems to offer the very latest:
Duaner Sanchez has a fractured bone in his right shoulder, according to agent Bean Stringfellow, and the already-rehabbing Met reliever is deciding whether to have surgery.
According to Stringfellow -- who spoke to Sanchez -- if the pitcher has the operation, there would be a screw placed into his shoulder and he would probably be out of action for six weeks. If Sanchez doesn't have surgery, Stringfellow was not sure the length of time he would be out.
Stringfellow thinks surgery is likely.
Bad news for the Mets, but at least it appears they could have Sanchez back this summer. When I first heard that Sanchez needed another surgery I thought the Mets had lost him for the year.Update on Sanchez (4:45 PM): in the Welcome Spring! blog on NorthJersey.com, Steve Popper tells us that Duaner Sanchez might miss the whole season:
... the Mets announced today that Duaner Sanchez has been diagnosed with a hairline fracture of the coracoid, a small bone in the front of his right shoulder.
According to team doctors, this bone, which has two tendons and a ligament attached to, has stress placed on it by pitching. The doctors believe that the July 31 taxi accident that Sanchez was involved in could have weakened the bone and that the effort of trying to pitch could have caused the break.
He will have a screw inserted to secure the fracture and will rest for six to eight weeks before beginning rehabilitation and then will need another six to eight weeks before he can return to competitive throwing. Omar Minaya said that August is a best case scenario and the team might have to go without him for the entire season. [my emphasis]
One of the younger pitchers like Burgos needs to step up now.