A shorter game means more time to chat. The Mets finished the homestand at 4-3, which considering the competition should be a disappointment.
Your thoughts on the homestand or what’s coming up this week. Or, whatever is on your mind.
Hi John –
It looks like Willie has some decisions to make re: Lo Duca and Beltran. Beltran always seems fragile to me, and Lo Duca apparently often plays with various ailments. Does Glavine prefer Lo Duca?
What do you think Willie is going to do with the team, particularly those two?
To Joan: I think Glavine prefers Lo Duca based on the familiarity aspect. I think Beltran has to go on the DL because there’s no way he’s going to play in the next few days.-JD
I’m a bit disappointed, but realistically I thought they’d go 5-2 on the homestand and they went 4-3. I was hoping they’d surprise us with a sweep but it wasn’t to be.
I am also a bit disappointed in Jose Reyes. He was great today, but in the 2nd game yesterday he didn’t help in a few key spots. He’s been struggling lately and I hope he picks it up soon.
To JR: They had a bad homestand. Going 4-3 was a disappointment. I figured they would go 5-2, also, losing once to each team. This is not the way a championship team should play against last place teams. And, you’re right about Reyes. He’s not played that well.-JD
I wanted a 5-2 series so one off isn’t that bad. but the offense we should be killing these teams in our wins…
I’m disappointed in Omar it’s obvious we need a right handed bat, play the field now and move to the bench when everybodies healthy. This all or nothing trade style is fustrating, we don’t need a big fish because it will cost too much. All we need is a tweak a Payton, Dye, Conine, Grudz type.
To Ed: I don’t getting Dye would be a tweak. That’s a big time player and he will cost. If I had to choose between the two, I’d always opt to add pitching.-JD
Although Johnny Maine was light out today and we go into the Trade Deadline with a 3.5-game lead, that lead is tenuous at best.
That’s why I remain concerned and have these 10 takes:
*I love Paulie, but honestly, we’re not missing anything offensively with him out and Ramon Castro in, the way he’s swinging his hot bat, nor much defensively. DL Paulie now to let him heal.
*VERY concrned about Beltran’s absence. Guys have been known to be out for LONG periods with oblique strains.
*VERY frustrated with Moises Alou’s at-bats. His approach is the antithesis of what HoJo is preaching – “selective aggression.” Moises is about as selective as Bill Clinton backstage at a bimbo pageant and as about aggressive. Has Moises EVER passed on the first fastball he has seen in any given at-bat? Granted, he has fashioned superb offensive numbers – everyone, let’s all now repeat the mantra: WHEN HE’S HEALTHY – but I just don’t like the approach.
*VERY happy with each passing outing John Maine has.
*EXTREMELY skittish about Tom Glavine being our No. 1 starter in – if we make it there – the post-season. Which one will show up to pitch against the likes of good hitting teams like Milwaukee, Arizona or L.A.? The Nibbler? The annoying villain who keeps trying to peck the outside corner until he’s forced to serve hot, juicy meatballs down the middle to hungry hitter? Or The Crafty Veteran who gets ahead of hitters and varies speeds and locations to keep hitters off-balance? Two starts by him in a post-season series could be disastrous for us.
*VERY concerned about the pliable planks falling off the rickety wooden bridge from starters to Billy Wagner. Aaron Heilman was again tagged last night for a big hit, Pedro Feliciano struggled for the second straight outing, Joe Smith ran out of gas and was sent down – but last night Washington’s Jon Rauch, a possible Mets trade target, was worse. Chad Cordero, another possible Mets trade target, was impressive last night, but he has blown seven save chances this year.
*THINKING that barring the law of averages, which would see him once again elevate his game, Jorge Sosa has finally tumbled down to earth. He is what he is. Perhaps his terrific start was a mirage.Maybe he was doing it with mirrors.
*WRINGING MY HANDS AND BITING MY FINGERNAILS about Tuesday’s trade deadline. We really need help in the bullpen; at second base (at least from the right side at the plate and defensively, as neither Gotay, Easley or Marlon Anderson is the answer with the leather); in the outfield (every other game, Shawn Green looks done at the plate and was done years ago in the field and with Beltran about to miss significant time, we desperately need another bat); and in the starting rotation. A big reason I’m feeling so neurotic is that the available players out there to fill those needs are no great shakes (Anyone else out there watching Giants’ pitcher Matt Morris’s pedestrian outing today? Anyone else recoiling when looking up Luis Castillo’s stats to see he hasn’t hit a homer this year and that his stolen base totals are down since his knee surgery?), unless Omar is secretly using the Jedi Mind Trick on opposing GMs to help import players like Johan Santana, Torii Hunter, Ken Griffey Jr., Joe Nathan, Roy Oswalt, Brandon Phillips or Brian Roberts.
*ALSO worried that either the Braves or Phillies will make a move of such enormous impact that such a move, coupled with the Mets inconsistent play and injuries it would help either team overtake us.
*I’m seriously considering borrowing my wife’s rosary and praying no more Mets are struck down by injuries.
To Gil: Absolutely love the Clinton line. I agree pitching help is needed, and I don’t knew either what to expect from Glavine. He’s just over .500, which means win one, lose one. That’s not the percentage of a No. 1.-JD
People seem to just like bashing Beltran. No matter what he does, fans seem to hate him. He’s like our Arod. He plays hurt, everyone says ‘why doesn’t he sit and let Lastings play.”. He sits, ‘he’s soft, always has been.’ Dude played with a broken face while getting booed by the home fans. His defense at 80% is still probably better than anyone else in the organization at 100%. Yeah, he’s not hitting like everyone hoped he would, that is true, but no one is.
To Dan: Beltran seems destined to be under appreciated here. Not fair. He’s a good player, but the truth is the contract was based on expectations and not past production. He’s not one to carry a team on his back, and one must consider the possibility that last year’s power could be as good as it is going to get from him. Right now he’s injured, and I don’t think it has anything to do with being soft. This is an injury that could sideline him for awhile.-JD
hope gil doesn’t do anything to himself with all his worries. Enjoy one day, good offense, good pitching, no use of bullpen… just for one day…..
The team is still in first place with the best record in the National League. The stench of the Art Howe years is receding.
Beltran is a good player and can be a great player for stretches… but the one knock on him is and probably will always be that he doesn’t know how to play dinged up.
Now, I’m not saying that he’s soft or that he has a low pain threshhold… he was playing after that awful collision when a lot of people wouldn’t be…
But I do think that he only knows how to play one way as a hitter and he doesn’t or can’t make adjustments to deal with the limitations of minor injury.
There’s a lot of good news for the Mets, however.
All of this forces the Mets to give Milledge the chance they’ve been dragging their feet on him with and… forces the Mets to give Gotay the chance they kinda didn’t want to.
And if LoDuca is gonna drop with an injury, at least it’s when Castro is hitting hot.
If only Gomez and Beltran were healthy… I dunno, call me crazy… I would’a liked to have seen a hitting lineup with Reyes Milledge Beltran Wright Delgado Castro Gotay and Gomez, just the once.
Would’a been fun.
Glavine’ll be better when the pressure’s off… if Maine Ollie and El Duque stay healthy… I’ll go to war with that one through four.
Other than the Schmotas, the pen is strong.
If most of the people get healthy, the bench is strong.
When you consider how many injuries this team has had, you kind of can’t realistically ask for much more than a three-game lead in late July.
The farm has not been traded away. That’s key as hell.
Kinda wish Pelfrey would be closer to ready for the rotation but it can’t be helped.
Would want a better option as a back-up first baseman, would want one bullpen upgrade, would want a minor deal for a fifth starter as Jorge Sosa insurance but…
Overall, the dude abides.
Keep playing the young guys and let’s go Mets.
Mike, it’s more than unfair to characterize the Mets as “dragging their feet on Milledge.” When he had a great ST, they brought him up north with the team; if not for the fact that Alou and Green were both hitting lights out early in the season, he might have stayed there. Bad luck then that he got a nasty injury that sidelined him for the better part of two months. If not for that, he would have been called up inside of the very raw Gomez when Alou went down. As soon as he finished his rehab, Milledge was brought up. So please—explain how the Mets were dragging their feet with him. NOT.
Is there any news on condition of players on DL. It looks like Beltran is headed that way based on the MRI.
Saw a quote that LoDuca is determined to catch Glavine. That may not be in the METS best interest. Hope he does not press the point if the hammy is still a problem. The 25 man roster is going to in a constant state of flux with all these ailments, not to mention Sosa being no sure thing in the rotation. Omar may want to deal, but what does he have to offer? It will most likely be AA talent. Lastings and Gotay are not going anywhere unless it is a real blockbuster. Right now it is important for METS to win series and hope that Philly does not go on a tear.
To Choo Choo: Lo Duca is determined to catch Glavine, but that doesn’t mean he will. The MRI today found torn scar tissue. Tuesday is up in the air. Beltran, on the other hand, said he’s ``not close to playing.’’ To me, he’s got to go on the DL. What happened Saturday night should never happen. It’s a management mistake when a pitcher has to pinch-hit, unless, of course, we’re talking about the 17th inning.-JD
`The Braves swept the pirates, now the phillies sweep the pirates, why could’nt the mets sweep the pirates.That has to tell you something. I personally don’t see this team in the world series.
After three bad games at the plate against the best pitching staff in baseball, they benched him for two games for the sake of getting Anderson and Green starts… despite the fact that they’re both hitting a lot more like left-handed bats off the bench than everyday starters.
Can you honestly tell me, Laurie, that Milledge wouldn’t be benched if Alou Green and Beltran were all healthy enough to play at once?
Willie would start Green over him and say something along the lines of “well, the kid’s been acceptable out there but my gut tells me that Green’s gonna get hot and my dog tells me I have to kill my neighbor” or something like that.
Green and Anderson are “Willie’s guys” no matter how little they’re hitting and it scares a dude.
The Braves also got swept by the Reds in a 4 game series.
Pittsburgh has some decent pitchers, and they faced the Mets. By the time they got to Philly they were throwing the bottom end of their rotation.
All of that goes to show you just never know.
Mike C, you are blind. Lastings was so out of control in San Diego swinging at pitches in the lefties batters box, the two days off gave him time to regroup and regroup he did. Laurie is tight and you are wrong, as usual. You want kids to play every day? Go be a Royal or Ray fan. Kids play all the time, too soon, too much and they suck for years just like the team you want the Mets to be. Wake up and admit the emtire Met organization is not idiots. We are getting younf gradually and correctly. You probably want Carp playing in Shea every day as well. Like he’s not even AAA ready.
What if Glavine was to’ve pitched and won last Saturday vs the Nats (in Game 1-the makeup game from 4/15of the doubleheader)? Would that make Glavine’s 300th victory PRECEDE victories #293#299? If this is the way makeup game records are kept, then here’s another possibility: The Giants are scheduled to play a makeup doubleheader in Pittsburgh mid-August. If Bonds slumps and [finally] hits number 756 in one of those games, then would his record breaker be retro to the April makeup date?
If anyone knows the correct ruling on makeup game recordkeeping, please comment.
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