I would say an unconditional release would be in order.
That about says it all.
Since he’s had to come in twice and pitch extended innings, has anyone asked Willie why the heck he just doesn’t let Oliver start these games? He winds up pictching the lion’s share of them anyway.
Why are they so thick about guys like Lima and Zambrano, yet guys like Keppinger and Heilman seemingly can’t get a fair shake?
They had Oliver pegged for Monday, but went with Maine. I can’t say Heilman isn’t getting a fair shake. He does have a steady role. However, he doesn’t like it and I can see Heilman bolting if he doesn’t get a chance to start next year.
As far as Keppinger goes, he’ll never get a shot with the Mets and it is too bad. He’s just not the athletic prototype they want in an infielder. It’s not fair, but unfortunately fair isn’t part of the equation for a lot of things these days.
I would think after tonight, they’ll have to re-evaluate their position on Lima. He’s only good for once around the batting order and that’s it. One or two innings max. After that he’s on thin ice.
He can’t get another start over Oliver, or anybody else for that matter.
Hi John – I was listening to Tony Paige on WFAN and he had some great bits on ‘Lima Time’- even some of the listeners joined in with their own ‘creations’. It was very amusing, but doesn’t hide the fact that apparently Willie was willing to gamble on losing with Lima. I don’t think that is ever a good idea – no game is expendable, ever, in my opinion.
Also, Keith is right about sliding head first – it is just stupid. Reyes may have lost his chance to play in the All Star Game because of it.
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