Last night sure was a mess, wasn’t it?
Brian Bannister was good. He was the positive end of the spectrum. Giving up the homer to Nick Johnson after losing the no-hitter happens to the best of them, but he pulled it together to get a strikeout to end the inning.
NOT WORRIED about Billy Wagner. It would have happened regardless of his theme music. Get the blown save out of the way now and move on. He’ll string together a bunch of saves and all will be well.
Jorge Julio, however, is a different matter.
I didn’t like the trade then and I still don’t. I know what the Mets were trying to do, but I would have lived with the Anna Benson distraction to have a reliable starter.
In his three-year slide before the trade, Julio went from Orioles’ closer to set-up man, and now is in a mop-up role with the Mets.
Willie Randolph will say he has faith in Julio, but we shall see. Just keep an eye on how he is used.
Neither Julio nor anybody with the Mets is willing to say this right now, but he made a mistake in playing in the World Baseball Classic. Like I said, his career was on a slide and he came here a mechanical mess.
I know the Classic was important to him, but isn’t his career, also? The Mets are paying him a huge chunk of change and his time would have been better spent working with pitching coach Rick Peterson on his mechanics.
Don’t think so? I think five runs in one inning is a pretty convincing argument.