.552: Shawn Green’s lifetime average against John Smoltz (16-for-29). Green had four hits tonight against Braves pitching. Green is hitting .333 (12-for-36) on a nine-game hitting streak.
Green’s hitting .333 for nine games?
And that’s probably gonna be Willie’s excuse for benching Milledge, huh?
Somebody tell him that Gotay’s hitting over that FOR THE SEASON and he inexplicably benched Ruben.
Mike C. (RE: Outfield)
Mike, glad you brought that up. When Beltran comes back Randolph said ``we’ll get him his at-bats,’’ of course, meaning Milledge.
You know he’s not going to sit Beltran. And if Green and Alou are hot, they’ll start most of the time. Milledge will get the short end of the stick.
As far as Gotay is concerned, he will sit most of the time behind Castillo.
Both Gotay and Milledge will play, but not nearly enough. And, this is what bugs me – they’ll sit long enough to where they get rusty. You can’t sit for a long time and be expected to produce. Well, you can expect it, but it’s not going to happen much.-JD
I’m not Willie’s biggest fan BUT sometimes I can see what he’s trying to do regarding his decisions. Like sitting Milledge against a tough pitcher like Carlos Zambrano BUT I just don’t see what the big deal is. Why can’t Milledge play? In less than a month he’s out produced Green’s season.
Look at the Diamondbacks, they’re in 1st place trying to win a division crown and with a crowded outfield they bring up Justin Upton. He has started in 3 of the 4 games and today was hitting 5th. fifth! 5th!! FIFTH!!!
I think Lastings will get starts over Green v. a lefty once Beltran comes back….and we all know Alou will need days off, so I would think he will see a decent amount of playing time.
At this point, Milledge clearly deserves more ups than Green’s at-bats against lefties and Alou and Beltran’s rest days.
It’s not even about my proclivity toward playing the young guys anymore… if Beltran is healthy, Lastings is at worst the third-best hitting outfielder the Mets have and at worst the second-best fielding outfield.
Depending on Beltran and Alou’s health, on some days he could legitimately be the best outfielder the Mets have.
In terms of Gotay and Castillo, I stand by the notion that Gotay is not nearly as bad defensively as he has been cast and Castillo is no longer the Gold Glover he used to be and…
While Gotay is still adjusting to hitting against major league left-handed pitching, the dude absolutely rakes against righties.
If Willie was using Castillo in a lefty-righty platoon with Gotay, as well as using Castillo as a pinch-hitter in singles situations, a pinch-runner and a defensive replacement in late innings…
It would make a lot of sense.
But using a frail and slowing-down Castillo as a starter and a hot-hitting Gotay essentially as a pinch-hitter against righties…
It’s a choice only Willie would make, we’ll say.
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