Reflections on the weekend …
Winning two of three is always good, but one can read more into the Milwaukee series than just the wins.
For one thing, it shows the Mets didn’t look ahead to Atlanta. Of course, now comes the simple matter of beating the Braves.
The second positive is Brian Bannister. Eighty-one pitches in three innings is not good, but lasting five and giving up one run is a huge positive. The mark of any good pitcher, young or old, is having the ability to work out of trouble. Sure, it was only one game, but he showed something.
Sometimes luck helps …
The Mets still have to do it on the field, but there’s no escaping the idea they have an advantage in this series with Chipper Jones out and missing John Smoltz. That’s not insignificant.
Think twice on juggling Trachsel …
Steve Trachsel was off his game Saturday, which is often the case when a pitcher works on too much rest, which in this instance was his eighth day.
Manager Willie Randolph’s reasoning is that as a veteran Trachsel could handle the change. However, Trachsel usually doesn’t do well with extended rest.
So, working Trachsel as a fifth starter, which often means skipping days and being bumped, might not be such a red-hot idea.