SS Jose Reyes
2B Luis Castillo
3B David Wright
CF Carlos Beltran
LF Moises Alou
1B Shawn Green
Well Mike C., we get our choice in RF tonight. Milledge has something to prove to Willie tonight given that Hudson is pitching tonight. This is his time to shine because he needs to prove he can hit against tough righties.
Steve, I do not feel that anything Lastings does will change Willies view of him.
He seems to be locked into a like me not mode with LM.
Fred: He has to be able to get back Willie’s confidence against tougher pitchers. Tonight is the night to start.
I think Willie and everyone realizes that Endy is just not there with the bat this year.
The positive side of Delgado’s injury is Milledge should play nearly everyday – getting him the chance to prove he can hit righties at this point.
Willie has said nothing at all negative about Milledge. Gradually increasing his playing time in a pennant race says he thinks Milledge is doing OK. He’s gotten more or less playing time based on how he’s been adjusting to changes by the pitchers. It has nothing to do with like and dislike. Its just more anti-Willie propoganda. Say it enough and people will think Willie is leading us to the cellar.
Sweet lew is right about Endy. He hasn’t been Endy2006 since he came back. If anyone needs ABs its Endy.
Well, of course he hasn’t said anything good or bad about Milledge.
That’s not Willie’s way. Everything’s on a maddeningly even keel, everything’s “the right way” as defined in baseball about 130 years ago.
You see his opinions in how he uses his players and how he doesn’t. No more, no less.
The fact that with every line-up you see him struggling to find a way to push Milledge out of the order and, if not that, to hit him as low as he can possibly get away with… it says everything you need to know.
But between Delgado’s injury, Chavez’s bat being gone since returning from injury and the organizational realization that Anderson and Conine are wonderful pinch-hitters who… can’t really field to save their lives…
He’s gotten his chance.
Hopefully a dude does so well that Minaya doesn’t let Willie bench him again for the great kangaroo court sin of not being a Proven Veteran™... but that’s still a stacked deck against him.
It’s the same situation that Milledge played in last year and that Heath Bell played in the last two years… the knowledge that since the manager hates playing guys who aren’t Proven Veterans™ they have to be absolutely perfect every time to maintain their playing time and not give him an excuse to not play him.
Perfection or Bust leads to pressing… pressing leads to fear… fear leads to anger… anger leads to suffering.
And then when a team comes along who’ll let you play through a slump or two comes along and gives you room to breathe… instead of a long line of washed-up Proven Veterans™ breathing down your neck…
The light goes on and the dude’s pretty damned good.
But I like this line-up today.
It’s the best eight position players the Mets have right now, with Gotay slumping and Delgado finally admitting he’s injured…
I’d flip the 6-7-8 to Milledge-Green-LoDuca but otherwise, I yikes it.
Let’s go Mets!
Withut doubt Mr Mike C you are blinded by your hatred of Willie for reasons known only to your dememted mind. Your buddy Bell had many chances and SUCKED. He was traded because he SUCKED, and for no other reason. If you had ears that worked you would know Willie has said very positive things about your boyfriend Milledge, but you refuse to listen due to your hatred of Willie. Thank God we have a smart decent person as our manager, not a person with pre-conceived hostility to anything and everything that doesn’t fit his mold which is very warped.
Yep the manager hates playing those young guys THAT PRODUCE, guys like Maine and Wright, and Perez and Reyes. Yes those guys who are all young. All younger than Bell. And yes he was playing that younger than Milledge guy more and more before he got hurt. The name is GOMEZ REAL YOUNG. And if you’d have an open mind you’d see how Milledge was progressing under proer tutelage, but no, you jsut blast out hatred and hostility with every post you can.
HERE’S 2 FACTS FOR YOU DUDE
How Willie makes up the lineup has nothing to do with how he feels about a player personally. He makes it up each day based on what he feels gives the team the best chance of winning, balanced with long-term considerations like keeping players fresh, or from going completely stale. He will also play guys to get a feel of how they look at certain positions or at the plate if they are new, or to get someone who has been in a funk going. When it comes down to late August and September, the emphasis on winning seems to have grown larger, hence the reason Milledge has sat against many righthanders. He simply looks way overmatched against many of them.
But in summary it’s just ludicrous to think Milledge is in Willie’s doghouse in anyway. That’s utter nonsense.
1.WILLIE KNOWS MEN (NOT CRYBABIES LIKE YOU) AND HOW TO HANDLE THEM AND HELP THEM GROW.
2. UNLIKE YOU HE KNOWS THAT BASEBALL IS ABOUT KEEPING THINGS EVEN AND NOT PANICKING AFTER A BAD SPELL WHICH IS WHY WE DIDN’T COLLAPSE THE LAST FEW WEEKS.
You deserved to get yelled at…..Got it DUDE….
By the way, Bell has said it was Rick Peterson he didn’t get along with, not Willie. Bell had plenty of chances to pitch in NY and flunked almost all of them. It was clear he wasn’t going to make it here so Omar correctly traded him in the offseason.
Sorry about the double post but these WILLIE accusations are pure bullshit…..
Hatred? Heavens no.
Seems like he’d be a nice guy to know in person.
It’s just that his style as a manager is woefully out-moded.
Wright and Reyes were tagged by the organization as the left-side of the infield long before Willie got there, they were essentially forced on him.
Perez and Maine were only given multiple chances because there was no one else to go to, all other options were injured or tanking worse.
And Willie’s bias isn’t against age, anyway, it’s about Experience™. I think that’s part of why he accepted Perez a LITTLE faster, anyway, because even though he was young, he had a few seasons under his belt.
Winning is never “out-moded.”
If Willie required experience to give guys chances, he wouldn’t have pitched Joe Smith in such big situations early in the year. Smith was treated like a veteran early on because he earned it.
If you don’t hate Willie Mr Mike C then you should learn how to write.
You have an incorrect excuse for every young guy playing.
JK Thanks for adding Joe Smith. Now there’s a guy who got his chance out Brooklyn Yeah Willie hates the kids…
Mike C don’t forget to boo every time a MET over 29 gets a hit or makes a good play on D….
And by the way since you can’t figure out his managerial style MR Mike C you can’t tell anyone it is outmoded. I’ll take outmoded first place over your Tampa Bay Devil Ray style every day of the every season.
Reading Sloppy’s post, Mike C would be a great Philly fan…..
It’s nice to know one guy can get everyone worked up.
Everyone on this board knows what is up so why the drama?
Comments are closed