There’s nearly two-and-a-half months before the trade deadline, way too soon to do anything. The Mets have pitching holes, but the prudent thing for now is patience.
It has to be.
You hear the same names I do, Barry Zito and Dontrelle Willis, but nothing is moving on either front. Sometimes, I think the talk shows have the same half dozen guys on retainer and have them call in with the bizarre.
Look, I would trade Chris Woodward and Jorge Julio to the Marlins for Willis and Miguel Cabrera, too, but it’s time for a reality check.
Even a small one.
The Mets have a hole in the back end of their rotation, and Brian Bannister is presumably two weeks away from filling half of it. Jose Lima and Jeremi Gonzalez this weekend, and maybe John Maine when he gets off the DL, will get a chance to fill in the rest.
There’s no sense right now to panic and move Lastings Milledge, or otherwise purge their farm system. It doesn’t take much, and if the Mets get .500 from their fifth starter they’ll take it if the others keep winning.
Panic also includes bringing up hot prospect, Mike Pelfrey, too. Pitchers advance faster than hitters, but he’s in Double-A. Ideally, when they bring him up they want to stay.
Clubhouse fun …
Not all pitchers are like Randy Johnson with a mad-on at the world the day before, and day they start.
Roger Clemens has that focus, too.
Others, you can talk, too. David Cone was one. Mike Mussina another, but in small doses. You could talk with him about cars or music for a few minutes, but not baseball.
Tom Glavine is all business on the mound, but off it he’s laid back and friendly. Glavine and Paul Lo Duca spent about a 20 minutes chatting with us today playing the numbers game.
Throw out a number and they would come up with the first player they thought of, in any sport.
At 33, Glavine thought Larry Bird and Lo Duca had Kareem.
Pre-game buzz …
Manager Willie Randolph flipped his starters for Friday and Saturday, going with Lima and Gonzalez, in that order. … Bannister will throw a simulation game Friday and then make a rehab start. … The Mets purchased the contract of veteran left-hander Jeriome Robertson of the Newark Bears. … Even though Xavier Nady misplayed a fly ball in the second inning last night, Randolph said he’s not thinking about using Endy Chavez as a defensive replacement. Personally, if he were to go in that direction, the Mets would be better off with Nady in right and replacing Cliff Floyd with Chavez.