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Surprised to see him on this list? There was speculation as early as April suggesting that Sandy Alderson would deal away Big Pelf, citing the fact that he likely won’t be worth the money he’ll soon get, and that his value in terms of receiving a package of prospects may not get much higher — it’s likely to drop as free agency nears. Many GMs may view him similarly to how they did Gil Meche back in 2006: as a pitcher who has shown flashes of greatness, but never could “get it together”, yet might be on the cusp of a breakout year if given the right environment. Alderson will take advantage of anyone who has that perspective, if it means the Mets will get a handful of young, cheap, MLB-ready players. - http://www.metstoday.com/6684/opinion-and-analysis/who-will-the-mets-shop-this-month
B- - It doesn't seem likely that Isringhausen, the feel-good story of the season, will maintain the success he's had so far this year. There are just far too many walks and not enough strikeouts to make up for them. If he remains with the team for the remainder of the year, he should see lower leverage situations. http://www.amazinavenue.com/2011/7/12/2272199/new-york-mets-pitchers-mid-season-grades
7-13-11: - http://bleacherreport.com/articles/765098-new-york-mets-dillon-gee-and-the-mets-top-10-young-pitching-prospects#/articles/765098-new-york-mets-dillon-gee-and-the-mets-top-10-young-pitching-prospects/page/2 In his first season with the Brooklyn Cyclones, he broke the minor league team franchise record with 96 strikeouts (including 14 in one six-inning performance). His fastball now reaches 93-95 mph, and he has been clocked at 97 mph after reaching back. He has good command for the pitch, and has developed a deep endurance that ensures his fastball maintain the same velocity late in the game. Holt is described as having the ideal built for a pitching prospect, and has been compared to Randy Johnson. At this point, however, Holt is 24 years old and pitching for the Binghamton AA team. He hasn’t had a winning record since getting the call-up to AA ball in 2009, and his ERA has been very high. He has been unable to develop an efficient secondary pitcher, and many worry whether or not Bradley Holt only smells like success because he looks (and sounds) like a professional player.
7-13-11: - http://www.amazinavenue.com/2011/7/13/2272873/new-york-mets-batters-mid-season-grades - A - His excellent plate discipline never went anywhere, but the injury did sap his power. Now the Mets' All-Star has dialed back the clock to 2008, the last time he had a .200+ ISO. The highest fly ball rate he's had since 2006 is helping, of course. Set against a backdrop of failing offense around the league, Beltran without his speed looks much like Beltran with his speed. His 146 wRC+ is the third-best number of his career. Voltron: The Next Dimension?
1994-2006 (Astros/Tigers/Royals/Dodgers/Mets) - There is no player more deserving of celebration than Jose Lima. He made failure a jubilant spectacle and success a hyperbolic joy. Lima was responsible for some of the worst-pitched seasons in baseball history—in 2000 he went 7-16, 6.65 and in 2005 he went 5-16, 6.99—and his durability as a starter was a reflection more on the addictive nature of Lima Time than his actual effectiveness as a pitcher. He sang. He danced. He pitched a miracle shutout in the 2004 playoffs to give the Dodgers' their first postseason victory since 1988. He also usually stunk; it was part of his mystique. Jose Lima is tragically dead. Long live Jose Lima - http://deadspin.com/5820716/the-100-worst-baseball-players-of-all-time-a-celebration-part-1