Opening Day can be measured in hours from now, not weeks. If it’s not fixed now, it’s not about to get fixed in the next couple of days.
So, what’s your biggest issue with the Mets heading into the season?
LF. I would love to see them bring in Murton to solidify the spot until Alou comes back.
After that, as Scott so elequently said, health, in particular for Delgado. He really needs to stay feeling good and get off to a good start. If he is banged up and starts poorly, it will get real ugly, real quick for him.
Health is key b/c depth they don’t have.
This team cannot hit left-handed pitching. They will get eaten up by mediocre left-handed starters all season.
OF, just as I have been saying since the season ended. You have a RF who has not distinguished himself much and AAA level LF because Alou is out.
My biggest issue with the Mets has nothing to do with the team. It’s the fact that this will be year three for no SNY in much of Connecticut. Cox Cable, the Mets, and SNY cannot – or will not – come to an agreement to provide SNY to the thousands of people here who have no choice but Cox Cable. And, of course FOX, TBS, and ESPN still adhere to their blackouts, thinking that all of CT has SNY. Starting next week, I’ll spend a lot of time with Howie, Ed and Wayne.
I have no issues with the Mets team – I know how hard they work and how much they want to do well. Some of these guys are ‘superstars’ and still play the game with eagerness and a sense of fun – think about Jose Reyes and Pedro Martinez. Then there’s David Wright who is every parents’ wish – a son who turned out just fine. Look at all the promising young players and the veterans who mentor them.
Mets fans are lucky – we’ve got a team to be proud of.
The offense…You can put questions marks at: 1st base, 2nd base, the entire outfield, and catcher. We all know Delgado’s story. Castillo, offseason surgery and has a long term deal which may make him press to hard to prove the $. Left field, Alou is out and old…Pagan/Chavez/Tatis will share the first month or so, which does not sound to excititng. Beltran has shown how he is one of the slowest healers to play on the Mets…I would not expect the real Beltran until mid Summer. Church, post concussion and has to prove he is an everyday player that will hit left hand pitching fairly good. Catcher, Schneider has the hamstring issue as well as Castro which leaves your third string catcher Cassanova. I hope the pitching staff can cary the team for the first few months…
I have but two concerns.
1) Alou’s health – With this lineup, he has to remain healthy for a huge amount of the season.
2) Delgado – Doesn’t look any better than last season. Bat is still slow and he strikes out way too much. Beltran will be walked around a lot.
to Bryan, Beltran may not be a great healer, but he played last year with two messed up knees and one partially torn petallar tendon, and i’m just wondering, but did you complain about his numbers or his gold glove D then? Beltran may not be 100%, but he’ll fall out of bed and hit 30 HRs and drive in 100, score 100, and play gold glove D in CF, what exactly more do Mets fans want?
As for my biggest question mark, it’s definitely left field, hopefully alou can play like 90-100 games, that’d be nice. 2ndly would be 1st base. Delgado having a bounce back season would be huge for us. LETS GO METS!!!
Annie, our cable co in NJ waited until the very last moment to make a deal back in 06. If they didn’t do the deal I was prepared to go to a dish. I’d get a sat dish if I were you. I could not be w/o the Mets.
Thinking some more about Eldud vs Pelf.
I wonder what the brass would have done if Pelf had had a great spring and Eldud finished w/this ok performance.
Would they have still run Eldud out there on 4/5 (b/c as I have said, Mets pay somebody they expect them to play)? Or put him on the DL for a few weeks?
And then what would they have done if Pelf had been very good in his first few starts?
It is hard to imagine that the brass would have dumped Eldud, but still have to pay his salary. They just don’t do that. And it is hard to imagine Eldud would go quietly to the BP.
I guess this stream of scenarios could still happen (just read A rubin who thinks Mets will put Eldud on DL), but it is a very unlikely one. At least at the start of the season.
Thank you for pointing out that Beltran is a damn fine player. Anyone who thinks Carlos Beltran is a big concern, relative to all the other potential trouble spots (LF if Alou isn’t healthy, RF if Church can’t hit lefties, 1B if Delgado continues to decline), isn’t paying attention.
My biggest concern
is this fraud of a baseball player
Occupying my spot on the team
Nothing. It’s going to come together for them.
You can bet on it.
Age/health in general, Carlos Delgado in particular.
Its not just that there’s nothing left in the tank, there, its that the tank is rusted through.
The radio broadcasters. I don’t like this new guy.
Health, and lack of depth.
With the exception of fourth outfielders (Endy Chavez, Ryan Church, Brady Clark & Angel Pagan) and supposedly versatile bench guys that we’re keeping around for their bats (Marlon Anderson, Damion Easly, & Fernando Tatis), there’s just not a lot of depth to be had.
If Carlos Delgado or Luis Castillo goes down even for two or three weeks, is there anybody in the organization that you want to see fill in for them? Now imagine if it’s Jose Reyes, David Wright or Carlos Beltran making that trip to the DL. Scary thoughts…
I just wish we’d be able to pick up more guys from the Expos. The sooner the team hits its normal collapse the sooner we might, repeat might, get a GM who has a strategy to win now and tomorrow and sticks with it for more than a minute ot two.
I would get a dish if I could – my condo association rules don’t allow it. The whole place is wired for cable only.
Thanks for the suggestion.
Give Wayne a chance – the season hasn’t even started yet and don’t forget, we are new to him, too. Over the years I’ve found that the radio guys are much better than the TV guys in broadcasting baseball.
Annie, “I would get a dish if I could â€“ my condo association rules donâ€™t allow it. The whole place is wired for cable only.”
I would check w/your local gov or even your congressman. I don’t know the whole story but supposedly these rules that don’t allow sat. dishes by condo’s are not legal.
Those rules are illegal on the Federal level. Your HOA can’t prevent you from putting a DBA dish in your common area:
scoop, did you see the Mets scouting report that’s in Newsday? Specifically the part about Ollie?
Got a chuckle out of it.
Things that concern me is left field. Alou will be lucky to play 80 games and chavez is a platoon player. Right field, I have a feeling that church is another platoon player, will get exposed like chavez playing everyday. First base, delgado is shot, period, don’t expect allot out of him and you can bet he also will end up on the DL. The 5th spot, El Duke might pitch well when he does pitch but we all know he will also end up on the DL. Sanchez is coming off a injury to his throwing arm do to a car accident. Before the accident he threw 95 miles an hour, now he is throwing 90-91 and can’t pitch more than two games in a row, don’t expect much from him. I know all teams have there problems but if I had a gun to my head and had to choose who will win the NL east I would have to pick the braves. There everyday lineup is sick, it is truly like a american league lineup. Adding Glavine and hampton in the starting rotation is a major plus, they also have questions but with that everyday lineup, there dangerous. I hope I’m wrong.
How many innings Pedro Martinez can give us.
I don’t have any major concerns as of right now. No team is perfect, and comparatively, lacking a fifth starter when 1-4 is probably the best in the bigs isn’t too big of a concern.
As for the lineup, I think we’re blowing this “they can’t hit lefties” crap out of proportion. This is something you heard from Joe Beningo and decided it was gospel. Castillo, Reyes, and Beltran all have better splits against lefties for their careers. Wright mashes lefties. When Castro is healthy, he’ll play against lefties. As for Church, I’m willing to see if he can do it. If Keith Hernandez said he’s never been given a real shot to hit LH pitching and the team should see if he is capable, well then that’s good enough for me.
Otherwise, no major concerns. However, Easley and Castro aside, I am not a big fan of our bench.
JK, I’m never going to mention pennies again about any Met player. I got alot of flack for that.
The fact that the scout said virtually the same thing kind of undermines the flack.
Keith – I am with you. We can go on and on about concerns but the concerns we have now are easier to address during the season than the concerns we had at the end of last year.
We have TWO starting pitchers, maybe 4, that are going to be better for us than Glavine was last year. We have the best starting staff in NL East. After that you can work it out.
Scoopcoop – I was sticking up for you in that 2 cent head post, not hitting you.
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