SS Jose Reyes
2B Luis Castillo
3B David Wright
CF Carlos Betran
LF Moises Alou
1B Carlos Delgado
C Ramon Castro
RF Lastings Milledge
LP Tom Glavine
JD, if the Marlins really are coming into this game all riled up, do you think it helps to have Glavine out there? (assuming he isn’t captain-sucks-alot from his last start)?
Young, ticked off team…might be overly aggressive, which is really when Glavine is successful. Maybe Lastings and Reyes should egg them on (within reason).
I’d pay to see a brawl between L-Millz and Olivo.
Glad to see Castro catching again instead of the banged up LoDuca. I guarantee the Mets will not be eliminated today or Monday, if needed. If they do, I will force myself to listen to M&MD the entire day to listen to them chortle. Another round of “I’ll take you home, Kathleen” Ensign Riley!
September 30, 2007—The Mets’ bullpen has been a mess for most of the season, and Billy Wagner evidently is tired of the pitchers involved shouldering the blame.
In a New York magazine article that hits newsstands
tomorrow, Wagner points a finger at Willie Randolph and pitching coach Rick Peterson as part of the problem.
“We’ve been throwing four innings a night – for months!” Wagner told the magazine. “Our pitching coach has no experience talking to a bullpen. He can help you mechanically, but he can’t tell you emotions. He has no idea what it feels like. And neither does Willie. They’re not a lot of help, put it that way.”
This isn’t the first time Wagner has voiced concern about the manner in which Randolph and Peterson handle the bullpen. Earlier this season, Wagner suspected that not enough relievers knew their roles. But the latest comment
underscores a perceived lack of connect between Randolph and some of his players.
Aaron Heilman, Guillermo Mota and Jorge Sosa are among the struggling relievers who contributed to the team’s freefall. The Mets blew a seven-game NL east lead in less than three weeks before forging a tie with a 13-0 win
over the Marlins and a Phillies loss yesterday.
Wagner incurred his own problems, with three blown saves and a loss since Aug. 23.
The bullpen entered yesterday’s play with a 4.08 ERA, which ranked 10th in the National League. Though the team’s starting pitchers have struggled to work deep into games, their relievers haven’t been overworked by league
standards; 10 NL teams had logged more relief innings than the Mets entering yesterday’s play.
Wagner, who is signed through 2009, tells the magazine he accepts responsibility for his failures and doesn’t put too much stock into fan reaction.
“If I walk in after a save and this fan’s up there yelling, ‘We love you!’ – yeah, you love me today,” Wagner said. “I blow a save, ‘We hate you!’ Well, you hate me today.”
Benny, I saw that article and while I’m sure the quotes are accurate, or close to it, the whole thing reeked of being misleading. Wagner speaks his mind, and certainly Willie uses the pen about as well as Torre….but I really doubt Wagner was as critical as that article makes it sound. Would love to read/hear the entire interview.
Wow, I didn’t think Willie had it in him to play Castro again today – good call, I think.
Why is it that Wagner always seems to have a chip on his shoulder? I don’t see why people have to have “roles” besides him, and he does have one. Anyway, even if the coaches didn’t define roles, the way the pitchers have been used showed Heilman and Feliciano as the set-up guys whenever possible. Maybe if they didn’t complain about roles so much, Willie could feel more comfortable bringing in one of the “set-up guys” in the 6th inning when the starter leaves with men on base, when it is more important then staying in the pen to start the 7th or 8th, or bring Wagner in the 8th a few more times, especially if he loves to work so much.
I just hope we don’t have a save situation in the 9th today.
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