Kevin Devaney here, covering for John tonight again at Shea as the Mets take on the Rockies. Here is tonight’s lineups:
Lo Duca, C
El Duque, P
Ã¢â‚¬â€ Carlos Delgado had an X-Ray on his left hand today, which was negative. I figured it wasn’t serious, not because he stayed in the game after he was hit in the fifth, but that he smashed a two-run two innings later. He said it felt a little sore this morning but was nothing serious.
Ã¢â‚¬â€ Once again, the Mets insisted David Wright’s slump is nothing to be concerned about. Actually Willie Randolph mentioned how he dislikes the word slump. He feels like a guy has to be struggling for a long time to be considered in a slump, not 15 at-bats like Wright.
Whatever it is, I’m a little bothered, by the way, by what a big deal people are making about Wright’s struggles. The guy is 24 and did nothing but like a monster since he came to the majors. He’s never slumped before and all of a sudden he’s had a few bad games and there’s panic. Let the Yankees panic. Mets fans will be okay.
Ã¢â‚¬â€ Spoke to Moises Alou before the game. Like Jose Valentin last night, Alou credited the warmer weather to his recent hot streak. Alou has at least two hits in six of the last seven games and has his average up to .397.
Ã¢â‚¬â€ El Duque on the mound tonight will be interesting. My question about him at this stage of his career is his level of consistency. We know he can be great at times Ã¢â‚¬â€ and erratic others. My prediction before the year was that he wouldn’t finish the season in the rotation. In his last start, he was great. The start before that, he was a rollercoaster. Let’s see if this is a trend.
Check back throughout the game for updates.