If you have a question about strategy, just want to vent, or if something pops into your head during the game, this is the place.Ã‚Â It’s also the place if you’d like to talk among yourselves.
Important game tonight. Hope you enjoy.
Mike (On Gomez): Once Gomez is ready to play, he’ll get those AB’s, and yes, he’ll be back up here in September. If nothing else, he’ll be up here for a pinch-runner.
As far as next year, they’ll make a run at an outfielder this winter, but if they come up empty I can see him playing next season.-JD
Ben: Great question.
I said it before and I’ll say it again: To win a division, you should be able to beat the teams within your division. If not, we don’t deserve to win it.
With the No. 1 offense in the NL, the Braves aren’t unlikely to miss the playoffs.
Uh-oh, Willie’s getting annoyed in the press conference. One more question that pisses him off and he’s gonna have a Dennis Green “Crown Their Asses!” kinda postgame press conference.
Back to the Braves: The way they’ve been playing, PLUS adding Mark Teixeira and Octavio Dotel, I don’t see how they’ll miss the playoffs if they continue beating us like a rented pack mule. They’re now 7-3 against us this year. And we’re only 6-6 against the Phillies. At that rate, mathematical trends will catch up to us and render the whole discussion moot, as we’d lose the division we’re defending.
The Mets offense is playing a lot like the Millennium Falcon in the “Star Wars” trilogy: Good enough to get by, but when we REALLY need its hyperdrive to kick in, it stalls and falters.
I just hope the end of this season for us will be like the Falcon in “Star Wars” and “Return of the Jedi,” not “The Empire Strikes Back,” which the Braves are now clearly doing.
To Ben (On the Braves): The Braves will never be another team to the Mets. They keep saying it, even if we don’t bring it up. But, us in the press always do. No, what happens now won’t matter if the Mets get into the playoffs and somehow win the World Series.
But, they are now 3-7 against them. And, let’s say they play each other in the NLCS. I believe the Mets really need to show they can beat them. They say it, too.
Whoops! I sounded like Yogi there for a second.
I meant to say the Braves will likely make the playoffs.
Willie was not in a good mood tonight. He does preach to us constantly about keeping things on an even keel. The question was a valid one on if the Mets thought this was a big series, or more to the point, if they made it out to be bigger than it was.
We have no way of knowing this, of course, but let’s assume for a moment the situation was reversed and the Mets were 6-3 going in. Would they have been more relaxed? Would they have been a little looser? I don’t know, but there’s no way of getting around it that Braves took control of the game early and never let up.
Down 6-0, the Mets were in a huge hole. They didn’t help themselves offensively as they didn’t work the count. Only two walks all night.-JD
it is just unreal how one team can have a team’s number. I really believed this was a game that the mets were going to come back down 6-0 and win and really set the tone for the last 2 months. I had that much confidence. I don’t know what I was thinking.
However, I am not going to believe that we are still not the best in the east, because we are. I have full confidence in El duque tomorrow getting up for this game and the offense coming ut and ready to go. YA GOTTA BELIEVE.
Hey John, what MLB player do you think Gomez most resembles? Do you think Alou is finished in NY after this year?
This is when we need a guy like Pedro.
To Mike (Gomez/Alou): Great question on Gomez. Nobody comes to mind immediately. Let me mull that one over. As far as Alou. If he gets hot down the stretch, yes, I can see them bringing him back. If things play out as they have been, then no. Also, no if the Mets get somebody in the offseason, but if they come up empty, I can see Alou back again. Please don’t have nightmares over that answer.
Nice talking with you tonight. I’m heading home. Of course, whatever is on your minds, keep on posting. I’ll see you tomorrow.
I can’t believe Hank Aaron, after all his “no comments,” actually taped a video message congratulating Barry Bonds.
I thought he was annoyed at the tone of the question as well as the 10 follow ups that asked the same thing. But it seems the tone and inference was what killed him. Also the great former manager Mazilli was on Willies side on this :)
It is the right thing to do to tip your hat to Bonds even if you do not respect him.
“As far as Alou. If he gets hot down the stretch, yes, I can see them bringing him back…Please donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have nightmares over that answer.”
Holy crap! I’m having a daymare over that answer. But thankfully that’s just speculation. I think Alou realizes he’s done even if Omar can’t see it. The guy is hurt too often, does not have as potent a bat as he used to. Plus he’s just a GIDP machine, snuffing out rallies. Yesterday was the perfect example. The Mets might have mounted a comeback if not for Alou’s pathetic performance with men on base. Yes, even Shawn Green is better in that spot.
If they can’t count on both Gomez and Milledge to share the OF with Beltran, then sign someone else who is hopefully a lot younger.
everyone has been all over Green. but his play compared to Alou, spoke for itself. Green at this stage is better for the team than alou, whom i think is still injured.
Answer: Physically, Gomez is most like Alex Rios of the Blue Jays (although speed isn’t a big component of Rios’ game).
Statistically, Gomez could end up being a lot like Carl Crawford: 15-25 HR power combined with the league lead in stolen bases.
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