Have a lot to do before I leave PSL. Pack and ship things home on the truck to Shea. A few other things. I’ll leave things in your capable hands to say what you’d like.
Talk with you later.
We didn’t see the game wagner got lit up for 5 runs I was wondering if he was working on the new pitch and thats what happened. The last two outing since he’s been really good But is back to fastballs and sliders, has he scraped the split finger.
I noticed after Peterson visited the mound with Burgos the other day he threw a nasty change-up for a strike out. Is he a project Peterson will want to work on himself like Julio last year meaning he makes the team.
The topic of the week has been the pen.
It looks weaker than last year. We have some good arms to be sure, but half of them are suspect. There are also questions about 2 of our must have ppl. Wagner will get his saves, but also implodes at times and there seem to be questions about Heilman’s elbow.
All this is important because our starting 5 are weak. I was one voting against Zito because of the numbers, but he wudda helped. We have a rookie who will have his good and bad days, an old player who will break down and a live arm who we hope has learned to pitch.
These are a lot of questions.
Last year pedro solved the toe until he got hurt, Glavine rediscovered his confidence and Trachs got lucky. That was our three. The last two spots eventually got sorted out and we picked up El Duque and got lucky.
New year different problems.
Hoping we can solve these but there are a lot of questions.
John, any idea who will be pitching the opener for New Orleans? I’m just curious since I will be driving up to Nashville for that game. Thanks
You made some interesting points about Adkins possibly being kept around over Smith simply due to a numbers game. Honestly though, why would they want him? His career numbers (esp his ERA for a reliever) is nothing to get excited over so it’s not like he has some great track record. And at least if he were a lefty I could see a point, but he’s a righty pitcher. I think they should cut their losses. The Mets too often let these logistical things dictate their decisions rather than trying to put the best winning combo out there.
You get to load stuff on the team’s bus bound for Shea? Does that not present a conflict of interest?
What’s the feeling like in the clubhouse? I just read some quotes (in a Marty Noble article) from an “unnamed veteran” saying that “it doesn’t feel the same”. Are the boys ready to go?
No way they take Adkins north over Smith. Impossible! The NL East is gonna be much more competitive this year. We’re gonna need every win we can get. Adkins can’t get the job done—it’s as simple as that.
What worries me now is that Willie is still using Wright in the 2-hole, which I don’t care for. Though, I believe, they won’t take an unnecessary risk by keeping Adkins around, they seem prepared to do so with Green. This also worries me. If there is even a remote possibility that Milldge may not ready for opening day, they should be considering Johnson, shouldn’t they? But the kid is not getting enough at bats.
John Madden has an excellent review of the NL east. Reading this will put to rest all the fears expressed above. Article is at
Stop worrying about the Met shortfalls! Instead, it is much easier to pick apart the competition. Gordon as closer for the phillies, no real set up man. Please! Atlanta gave up the right side of their infield, Hampton is out, the Jones boys are brittle.
The division is the Mets for the taking. Barring injuries, they are the team to beat. I like Madden’s prediction of 94 wins. Stay off the ledge, Mets will do just fine.
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