John here. Kevin is covering tonight, but I wanted to get back with you on the comments you posted on Mets Chat.
I’ll post Mets Chat again after the game.
On Green: He should have caught that ball. ThereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s no getting around it and it doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t matter what the official scorer ruled. That ball has to be caught. Even so, I will not write off Green. I think he will help the Mets more than he will hurt them.
On Schoneneweis: Normally, you would think Schoeneweis would get out of that situation. He didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t and you move on. Did Willie overreact? In hindsight, yes, because it didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t work. The odds are with him. I criticize Willie if he consistently brings in the wrong pitchers, but he doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t. The bullpen blew it, thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s why they lost.
The move Willie didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t make that I have a problem with is not bringing in Endy Chavez for defense. ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s part of his role. I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t think the seventh is too early, especially with a three-run lead.
On Braves: The Mets can say all they want that the Braves are not in their head. But, it doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t matter what the say. In this case, what matters is what the Braves believe, and thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s they can beat the Mets. The only way they lose that feeling is for the Mets to take it to them the next time. If they donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t, thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s when the MetsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ words become hollow.
On the tough loss: JR made a good point that the Mets didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have many of these last year. TheyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve had three against the Braves already that got away. Maybe this is a wake-up call. The Mets like to say they play nine innings, but maybe they needed a reminder. How they respond from this is important.
On David Wright: HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s just not driving the ball. He denies the Home Run Derby theory. He did last year and again this spring. As long as his average is decent, you have to have the conclusion heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll turn it around. When average and power decline together, thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s when I would get concerned.