Travis dArnaud

Guilt Trip

There was a story recently about bars pouring Russian vodka down the gutter in protest of Vladimir Putin's policies. John Oliver remarked that this would make all the sewer alligators drunk. This would mean that those sewer alligators have two things to give them sustenance: vodka, and Matt Harvey starts flushed down the drain.

There are certainly plenty of those to keep the alligators happy, as the Mets lost another Mets type of game on Sunday with Harvey getting the start. Pedro Feliciano gave up a walk-off home run to Will Venable in the ninth inning, and it was Venable's sixth hit over the last two games. If I never see Will Venable ever again, it'll be too damn soon. Unfortunately, with Marlon Byrd having priced himself off the Mets next season, the Mets will either trade for Venable or get him when he becomes a free agent after 2014 on the strength of the eight hits he had in this series. At the point where the Mets sign him, he will probably begin to suck at the levels of Jason Bay and .Darrin Jackson combined.

But the big news came out of Ken Rosenthal's twitter account when he reported that the Mets would keep Travis d'Arnaud as their primary catcher after John Buck comes back from paternity leave. No great surprise as d'Arnaud is a building block, and now is as good a time as any for him to get his feet wet … what with all of the walk off losses and Marlins debacles this team has had this season. This of course means that Anthony Recker's spot on this team is in jeopardy, giving the Mets one less option out of the bullpen when down by 13 runs. Also, this will no doubt start a heated debate over whether one should lose their starting job due to paternity leave (well, it would have started a heated debate had everyone not been preoccupied with Ryan Dempster's target practice on Alex Rodriguez.) Imagine the Thanksgiving dinners in the Buck household when John says to Bentley: "You know, I was a starting catcher in the major leagues … until you were born."

There's potential for a serious life complex there, no?

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I've been a Mets fan since 1976. The 1988 NLCS still bothers me infinitely more than it should. I also write about hockey for Puck Drunk Love. I've also been referred to as "Mr. Testosterone", and "this clown". We'll always have 2015.

Guilt Trip

Remember when Larry Andersen wanted to “put one in Jose Reyes’ neck“?

Well now Reyes is returning to New York for tests because of a hyperactive thyroid, which is in his neck. So may Larry Andersen and the 74 mph fastball he rode in on be ridden with guilt for the rest of his days.

And may Reyes come out of the woods on this soon. While hamstrings may be fair excuses to make silly jokes about the medical staff, hyperactive thyroids are not. (But feel free to make Larry Andersen feel bad anyway.) And they are also unfair to put on the list when talking about somebody who’s “injury prone”. So while Prevention may not have had a chance on this one, let’s encourage Recovery to save its best work for whatever Reyes has. Thankfully, an expert on the situation thinks that what Reyes has isn’t going to keep him from playing ball for any length of time.

So there’s nobody to hammer on this one until Reyes gets well … or until the medication he takes to control it is found to be on Bud Selig’s banned substance list after it’s too late.

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All right, so here’s the question I was faced with today and I put to you … the smart ones: Would it be wise to consider keeping Jenrry Mejia with the big club as a reliever if he continues to dominate like he did against the Marlins on Friday? Or would you rather keep him in Buffalo as a starter so that he can one day help out your rotation which needs more help down the road than the ‘pen? Goose bumped debut aside, I vote for caution.

Of course, I’m the one who tried to rationalize that Doug Mientkiewicz was a better fit for Shea Stadium than Carlos Delgado in 2005, so what the hell do I know?

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And where’s the unwritten rule that says somebody named Mike Stanton must torture me at all times?

metstradamus

About metstradamus

I've been a Mets fan since 1976. The 1988 NLCS still bothers me infinitely more than it should. I also write about hockey for Puck Drunk Love. I've also been referred to as "Mr. Testosterone", and "this clown". We'll always have 2015.

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