Hi guys …
IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m really pleased how Mets Chat turned out today. You made it happen. Thanks so much for your input.
I received a lot of questions and comments regarding the following issues (I hope I covered everything in my responses):
Lineup: Still think Willie will go with Paul Lo Duca in the No. 2 hole. His value as a hitter is advancing runners. HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d be wasted hitting eighth.
Bullpen: As of now, I would lean toward Smith. Burgos needs work. I have absolutely no faith in Burgos. Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ If Jon Adkins makes it, having no options will be the reason. Ã¢â‚¬Â¦. Yes, Duaner Sanchez, Guillermo Mota and Juan Padilla, are due back. But, we really donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know what weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll get.
Rotation: I would DL Duque and bring Pelfrey north. I can see them taking both Park and Pelfrey. Read more on this in tomorrowÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s paper. What I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t see at the start is Duque out of the bullpen. Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ Tom Glavine will be the Opening Day starter. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s been that way all along.
Endy Chavez: HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s still the fourth outfielder. Yes, he plays great defense and hit .300 last season. But, the reason heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a role player is because they have the belief his shortcomings will be exposed over the long haul.
Lastings Milledge: HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s having a good spring, but I still think heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll be in the minors to get the at-bats.
Ben Johnson: If the Mets carry five starters and seven relievers, then the final roster spot could come down between David Newhan and Ben Johnson. Right now, I might be inclined to keep both and let go of Easley.
Jason Vargas: His stats were pretty good. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s between Pelfrey and Park for the fifth spot, so why keep Vargas around when the innings are getting scarce? WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll see him this summer. I also think his future is out of the pen.
Dave Williams: HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s still several months away. He can barely move his neck.
Shawn Green: Signing Julio Franco for two years has hamstrung the Mets. If they let go of Franco they could keep both Newhan and Johnson.
Ruben Gotay: No talk of him replacing Easley.
Lack of offense: No worries, Randolph says. ThereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a lot of offensive talent, and it will surface.
Chan Ho Park: HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a .500 pitcher. HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s no better than a fifth starter. He shouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t be that picky about working out of the bullpen, but I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t see him there for the Mets.
Camp surprise: Joe Smith, who has a shot to take a spot in the bullpen.
Camp disappointment: If Smith makes it, it could come at the expense of Ambiorix Burgos.
Ruben Sierra: No word, yet. But, does it really matter?
To Annie: The networks go to commercial during the anthem because they make money. Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ All those different uniforms? So they make money at the concession stands.