Sunday, May 24, 2015


 I didn't want to see the OPERATION WRIGHT: Injury Chart again, especially so soon. I expected to be commenting on David's return. But the Mets All-Star third baseman has suffered another set-back.

David Wright has been diagnosed with lumbar (lower back) spinal stenosis. Spinal stenosis is an abnormal narrowing of the spinal canal that may occur in any of the regions of the spine. This narrowing causes a restriction to the spinal canal, resulting in a neurological deficit. Symptoms include pain, numbness, paraesthesia, and loss of motor control.

There are several types of spinal stenosis. Lumbar spinal stenosis is more common than others. In lumbar stenosis, the spinal nerve roots in the lower back are compressed which can lead to symptoms of sciatica (tingling, weakness, or numbness that radiates from the low back and into the buttocks and legs).

According to wikipedia the use of non surgical treatments is unclear as they have not been well studied. If surgery is necessary Wright will undergo a lumbar decompressive laminectomy which involves removing the roof of bone overlying the spinal canal and thickened ligaments in order to decompress the nerves and sac of nerves. 70-90% of people have good results.

As of this writing the prognosis is rest and as a result David has again been shut down during re-hab. The Mets & the medical folk say there is nothing to worry about. They say he will be rested for a week and then re-examined, that all he needs is additional time.

As a fan of the Mets I am very worried. This ailment ended Lenny Dykstra's baseball career and it is a serious matter. We have been told that this injury has nothing to do with Wright's stress fracture to his spine in 2011. This is reassuring but does not alleviate the severity of this recent development.

Recall how the great Don Mattingly's career went south due to back problems. That parallel scares me and I don't even want to think about it. So yes, I'm worried about Wright's future. Hopefully the next time I make a post dealing with David it'll be to comment on his awesome comeback. Get well Wright.


Mets Season Set

One card has been added to the season set. On May 16 New York rolled all over the Milwaukee Brewers in a 14-1 beatdown. The Mets scored 10 runs in the 4th inning, one shy of the team record.

 The Mets had lost five games in a row prior to the offensive explosion. During those five games the team had scored a total of ten runs.

The Mets manager slotted  Wilmer Flores, New York's top home run hitter with 5, last in the batting order and batted his pitcher eighth for the third time this season. New York's top home run hitter had not been ninth in the order since April 30, 1967, in a doubleheader opener at Cincinnati. Don Cardwell, New York's starting pitcher that day, was in a seven-way tie for the Mets' home run lead with one. Flores became the Mets' first outright home run leader to hit ninth and his 6th long ball ties him for his career high for home runs in a season. DeGrom was 3-for-3 with three singles -- including two in the big inning. He became only the second pitcher since at least 1914 to have three hits in the No. 8 hole.

New York tied the record for runs by a team at Citi Field and had a season-high 16 hits. Their 10-run inning is the most runs they've scored in an inning since July 16, 2006.

Cutting down on his stride, Jacob deGrom (4-4) limited the Brewers to five hits in six innings, giving up his only run on Ryan Braun's sixth-inning sacrifice fly. He was 9-1 with a 1.32 ERA in his last 11 home starts.


All information regarding spinal stenosis is from wikipedia.
Text for 10 run inning from ESPN News Services
Lenny Dykstra•Nailed- Zvon93

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Snydergaard Debuts at Wrigley

Noah Syndergaard will make his MLB debut tonight in Chicago.
In keeping with the Future Star Kevin Plawecki I introduced, I'll stay with the 89t FS design for all Metropolitan rooks who come up in 2015. 
This doesn't exactly erase my disastrous 1989 Gregg Jefferies experience, but it does help. This should be a fine crop of prospects. How soon before we see Matz?


A special Happy 90th Birthday goes out to Yogi Berra, legendary Hall of Famer and oldest surviving Metropolitan player ever. Happy birthday Yogi! And many many more. Be the first Mets player to reach 100!

Please sign the petition to Award Yogi Berra The Presidential Medal of Freedom for his military service and civil rights and educational activism.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>OPERATION WRIGHT !

One thing we really need, not just now but at any time, is a healthy David Wright on the field playing baseball. The end of last season and the start of this one has me a bit concerned. I think career wise Wright has a lot left in the tank, but I could be wrong. There are indications that he might be winding down. We have to assume he's past his prime performance years but does that mean he's done? I don't know. I certainly hope not.

So lets take a focused look at David Wrights past injuries, and from here on out Mets Fantasy Cards will track Davids injuries and progress through the long season.

____________PAST INJURIES____________

The first time Wright ever hit the disabled list (D.L.) it was a very scary incident that put him there. On August 15, 2009, Wright suffered a concussion when he was hit in the head with a 93 mph fastball by San Francisco Giants hurler Matt Cain. The Mets third baseman was diagnosed with post-concussion symptoms and was placed on the disabled list.

Dave's home run total dropped to 10, while his RBI total fell to 72, after hitting 33 home runs and 124 RBIs the previous season. After the head shot this was a major source of concern, but David bounced back finishing the 2010 season with a .283 batting average, .354 on-base percentage, 29 home runs, 103 RBIs, 69 walks, and 19 stolen bases. It took a long time before Wright stopped bailing out regularly on curve-balls and far inside pitches after that, but eventually he did.

In 2011 Wright had another rather shocking injury, one that he tried to play though. On May 16, after a sluggish start and undergoing examination by team doctors, it was announced Wright had a stress fracture in his lower back. The injury (caused by a diving tag) forced him to spend over two months on the disabled list. His production numbers in 2011 took a dip even though while on the field Davids stats were still respectable aside from the sub-par batting average. In only 102 games Wright finished the season batting .254, with a .345 on-base percentage, 14 home runs, 61 RBIs, 52 walks, and 13 stolen bases.
2012 April 11, Wright fractured his right pinkie while diving into first base on a pick-off attempt. He only missed three games.

 In 2013 Captain America was shut down near the end of the World Baseball Classic due to soreness in his rib area. This did not effect his MLB season.

  On August 3, 2013, Wright was placed on the 15-day disabled list a day after he strained his right hamstring.

On September hit in the head by an 86 mph changeup. Wright was beaned by Johnny Hellweg with two outs in the third inning of the New York Mets' 4-2 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers and had to leave the game.
 David passed all concussion tests and did not have to go on the disabled list.

Wright's 2014 performance declined from previous years. He hit at a .269 clip, his lowest batting average since the 2011 injury shortened his season. Wright's .269/.324/.374 slash line was attributed to a recurring shoulder injury. Early in the season, he sustained a left rotator cuff contusion which slowed his offensive production and hurt his defense. Wright finished the year with a career-low eight home runs and committed 15 errors, tied for most on the team.

_________________________2015 INJURIES______________________

On April 14, 2015, Wright suffered a strained right hamstring while stealing second base. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list. Wright was batting .333 with one HR and four RBIs in eight games at the time.

While on the D.L. Wright developed lower back pain causing a setback and his time on the D.L. has been extended.

Operation Wright will track the Captains injuries in 2015. 
The ones listed in red are existing injuries, the blue are injuries sustained this season. We had expected David would be back this weekend, but the lower back problem has shut him down while medication does it's part.

as of May 9, 2015
Let's hope that when Wright returns, hopefully by next weekend, that we will not have to see this injury tracking chart again. We can't afford to be without David Wright again this season.


I'd like to send former Mets player & coach/scout/ organizational guy Al Jackson a BIG get well soon as he recuperates down in Florida from a stroke he suffered last week. As long as I have known the New York Mets Al Jackson has been a member of the organization. He was an original Met who gave his prime years to the team. In the early 60's, on any other team, Al would have been a 20 game winning All Star pitcher. Don't question it!

 These Mets pitching leaders cards don't reflect the kind of pitcher that Jackson was. He pitched on the worst Mets teams from 1962 to 1966. In addition to his 43 wins as a Met, Jackson's franchise record of 10 shutouts was broken by none other than Tom Seaver. 

Two of them (July 27, 1962 and October 2, 1964) were 1-0 wins over Bob Gibson—the Mets' first two victories over the future Hall-of-Famer and the only two times the Mets defeated him between 1962 and 1966. He threw a one-hitter on June 22, 1962 against the Houston Colt .45s, the first in Metroplolitan history. 
After his 1966 season Jackson was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals for Ken Boyer.

Due to an aggravated groin Dillon Gee will miss at least a start(update:15 day DL). Good thing David Wright has not suffered any groin injuries, because it would be awkward trying to add that kind of detail to Wrights Injury Tracking Chart. 

Pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard will debut for New York on Tuesday night.

MFC will create a Noah card to celebrate the occasion.


All David Wright & Al Jackson information is from their Wiki pages.

Sunday, April 26, 2015


New Yorks winning streak came to an end Friday night. But not before it tied a franchise record. It wasn't going to last forever, and what a great streak it was. I've experienced many a Metropolitan winning streak but this one was something special. It was like everything that had gone wrong the last 7 years had gone right. Taking advantage of all opposition miscues, answering back and coming back regularly. Great hitting, pitching, and some really nice fielding. 

Even when thrown big painful monkey wrenches like David Wright running into the D.L., Travis d'Arnaud and Jerry Blevens both suffering broken bones in the same inning of the same game, the team marched on. Very enjoyable to see some great baseball for a nice stretch. Well, maybe it wasn't all great baseball but it was a stretch of winning, the likes we have not seen for a long time.

I have made a few "Winning Streak" cards to commemorate this fun run. These were selected using the players Schaefer Mets Player Of The Game points accumulated in all 11 games.

This cool throwback tradition, a tribute to days gone by (& beer), is in it's 11th year and hosted at The Crane Pool Forum after each and every game. The points are tabulated and then put on display at the Ultimate Mets Database, becoming part of Mets historical record. If you haven't joined the CPF and voted, you should. The more the merrier!

We'll start from the bottom and work our way up through the honors.

Honorable mention: Eric Campbell.
I can't call him best player off the bench because he came up just to fill in for David Wright at third. And he's done a great job.

The best player off the bench was Rubin Tejada. He scored twice as many Schaefer Points as any other bench player. Mayberry was second in points. Kirk Nieuwenhuis had a HORRIBLE point total, the lowest of any non-pitcher who was on the bench for the entire streak (and filled in, as did Tejada).

Even though he missed the last four games of the streak Jerry Blevins wins the Streak Award for Excellence in regular bullpen duty. That's how good he was pitching before his arm was broken.

Honorable mention: The next penman in points was Alex Torres, who wears the odd hat. I like the bumper cap. Carlos Torres and Buddy Carlyle were almost tied for third place in the voting.

The Schaefer Streak Award for best starting pitcher goes to Bartolo Colon. I'm not gonna say anything funny. No girth jokes. He did a fantastic job during the streak. The fact that he had one more start than the other starting pitchers helped him, of course. deGrom wasn't too far behind and he only pitched in two streak games. He could have made it three Friday night, but that's the way the ball bounces.

Lucas "THE LUMBERJACK" Duda was far and away the leading Schaefer Streak point producer of all regular players. Wilmer Flores and Michael Cuddyer were both distant 2nd & 3rd. Both Lucas and Colon led their respective categories by a nice chunk. Juan Lagares scored Schaefer points in all but one of the 11 games, the first one on the road.

And so Bartolo Colon and Lucas Duda win the pitching and player Schaefer Streak Awards.

Schaefer Streak M.V.P.

Jeurys Familia was incredible during the streak. I hope this gives him that extra confidence that all closers need. He had nasty stuff and should continue to do so, streak or no streak.

Jeurys leads the majors with eight saves in eight opportunities, including a span of six saves in seven games to close the streak.

It is great to see Familia doing such a great job. If he becomes a consistent closer, which we will know for sure by the all star break, we are in great shape with the tail end of games.

Juan Lagares made the best catch of the winning streak.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Rubin Tejada were runner-ups.


    So the New York Yankees, of all teams, ended the winning streak. 

I see no need to commemorate that, but it's worth a mention. Aside from one in the loss column it's inconsequential. The Phillies beat the Braves and the Marlins beat the Nationals. 

^The standings so far, after the  subway split.^
Interesting that Atlanta is looking so good and Miami is looking so bad. Well, it is early, as I keep hearing in relation to the Mets being in first place. It would be nice if Philadelphia became a thorn in the side of the rest of the division, as they have been to New York for many a year.

So far the subway series has been a split, with both teams pounding one another. 
The rubber match tomorrow night at 8pm on ESPN.

Voting for The Schaefer Met Player Of The Year opens shortly after the games conclusion. Have fun and continue a great Metropolitan tradition. 

Voting for the 2015 Schaefer Mets Player of the Year Award is hosted at the Crane Pool Forum. This will be the eleventh season that Crane Pool Forum members will be participating in Schaefer voting. The Schaefer Mets Player of the Year Award was established in the 1970's, and Schaefer points were awarded by Mets broadcasters Lindsey Nelson, Ralph Kiner, and Bob Murphy.

The award was re-established by the Crane Pool Forum in 2005. Third baseman David Wright has been the winner in six of the ten years of the revived prize. The other winners were Johan Santana in 2008, Jose Reyes in 2011, Daniel Murphy in 2013, and Lucas Duda in 2014.

A voting thread is opened in the forum at the conclusion of each regular season Mets game, according to CPF spokesmodel Benjamin Grimm. Voting generally stays open for two business days, after which the votes are tallied and the results are posted in the voting thread. In addition, says Grimm, each month a Schaefer Mets Player, Pitcher, Relief Pitcher, and Bench Player of the Month will be named.

Voters are asked to adhere to a specific format, which is outlined 


Other photographs courtesy of Zimbio


This gal has a great arm.