Who are the Mets?
Are they closer to being the team that stomped on the Yankees over the weekend or the one that lost three of four to Washington?
What’s your source of confidence or the cause of your concern?
The Mets have very good starting pitching, an okay bullpen, okay defense, an okay bench and… a painfully-streaking aging injury-prone offense.
Delgado’s a mess, Castillo’s a mess, Alou’s great when he’s healthy but how much longer that will last, who the hell knows?
Church and Schneider both have to come down to Earth eventually.
Which leaves Beltran Wright and Reyes. If two out of three of them are hitting hot, the team can go on a run. If two out of three of them are slumping, the team’s gonna drop a bunch in a row.
There’s hope but only if all cylinders can start firing at once and keep firing for a long stretch of time.
The problem with their offense is the problem with their offense for the last coupla years:
In the post-roid era, when you try and build your offense for today instead of tomorrow, you end up building your offense for yesterday instead.
I’m cautiously optimistic, certainly more so than Mike C.’s comment. I liked the fire that I saw this weekend at Yankee Stadium. Who knows if it was the team meeting that stirred them up? I hope we continue to see that in Atlanta and Colorado.
It was great to see Jose Reyes smiling and dancing at the top of the dugout steps again. It seems like it’s been a long time since we’ve seen that from him.
I continue to be concerned about Carlos Delgado. He just looks like he’s “done” to me. Sure, he got a home run taken away from him last night but his .230 average is killing the team in the middle of the lineup. There’s no way that he should be hitting higher in the order than Brian Schneider.
It continues to concern me that Willie Randolph gives too much credit to some veterans like Delgado. Willie’s just too stubborn for me. He can’t go with the flow. He’s too mired in the “veteran hierarchy” of the game. Remember how long it took him to move David Wright up from the bottom of the lineup when he first started playing regularly?
If Ollie can be consistant and Reyes, Wright, and Beltran can get hot, then the team will be in fine shape. With all the crap that has gone on it’s hard to believe the team might be in 1st place by Memorial Day. But something has to be done with Heilman, he has got to be fixed. If not then the Mets have to find someone who will be able to do his job. Not sold on Joe Smith yet and Duaner is still feeling his way thru.
What’s up with Ian O’Connor’s column today? Did Willie really imply the criticism of him is at least in part racially motivated, or was something blown out of proportion here?
With a strong return by Pedro, they can be closer to the team that crushed the Yankees this weekend. It was a very good sign. Still, I don’t see the Phillies or Marlins going away any time soon. So they need to keep it up.
The Yankees were 20-22 going in to the series. So we beat them twice? It’s nice but how much does it really mean to beat a 20-22 team twice? Beating Wang is pretty impressive though. He’s the real deal. It’s just that the Yankees are not themselves right now so you can’t put as much stock in these two wins as you might if the Yankees were going good right now. Good wins though. Let’s see if they can keep it going.
I’ll add to what Taylor said. Remember, the Yankees are awful against LH pitching. If memory serves they’ve lost twice to Kenny Rogers.
With that said, this team looked different this series. Personally, I believe Church is for real, so with him, Reyes, Wright, and Beltran this offense will score runs. Throw in Alou when he is healthy and the offense can be downright scary. I am also more bullish on Delgado than some around here. If he can give this team the same production he gave last season out of the 6 hole, that would be solid production.
I don’t think anyone ever questioned the talent on this team. They needed to do what JD mentioned a few posts back. No more BSing… just go out there and play some ball.
They pull this garbage all the time. Play well, win a couple, then go in the tank. I won’t bat an eye until I see them play well for a few WEEKS. If you think the Yankee series is indicative of anything beyond the 2 games of which it was comprised, you haven’t been watching this team since June of last season.
Not to mention, Marlon Anderson didn’t run out a ball that might have gone fair, and Reyes again fell asleep on the bases. They won, and won big, so those plays are not magnified. The next time they happen – and there is everything to suggest that they will happen again – we’ll all be reminded why you can’t take this team seriously.
JD, ask the same question next Monday and I’ll have a better answer than cautiously optomistic.
Reyes was not asleep on the bases. He has been trying to do too much on the bases and at the plate (when runners are in scoring pos).
“but his .230 average is killing the team in the middle of the lineup”
I would not call batting 6th/7th for Delgado the middle of the lineup.
Scheinder has been hitting, but Delgado is still capable of knockin one out. So 6th or 7th is fine.
Ryan: I didn’t read O’Connor’s column today so I can’t answer. I don’t believe anybody covering the beat has a racial ax to grind with Randolph. I was hoping we were past that. I’ll read column and ask Randolph tomorrow in Atlanta.-JD
I feel pretty good because you could basically tell what happened in that player meeting. I strongly believe that some of the players spoke up and told Willie to get the lead pipe our of his arse. Reyes was allowed to “show up the other team” with his dancing outside of the dugout, Wright gave a huge fist pumped when he scores on a sac fly, even Castillo ran out a slow grounder. I feel the team was just not having any fun (being too professional a la 2001-2007 Yanks) and they told Willie that.
Furthermore, what adds to my excitement is the fact that we play the Braves next. That will keep the emotion and the effort at a high level. Must win at least 2 down there, and then take 2 from the Rocks.
I’m still not ready to devote my full confidence, but this weekend looked pretty good. Maybe that’s because we didn’t have to see Heilman, though. :-P
Any scoop on who will be making Saturday’s start?
Scoop, I agree with you on Delgado.
I think the best lineup for this team, would be:
Now, there may be an issue with 3 straight lefties at the bottom of the order, but Church has been solid against LH pitching and Schneider has shown he will battle and see a lot of pitches. Plus, I bet Castro gets more starts against lefties anyway.
I know a lot of people have issues with Luis hitting 2nd, but this really would be our best lineup. If both Reyes and Castillo can get on base and wreak havoc, you would have Wright, Beltran, Alou, and Church all capable of driving runs in. This way, whatever you get from Delgado is gravy. I really hope Castillo turns it around and starts getting on base more, because I think that would be a deep, solid lineup.
church is already batting ahead of alou so you won’t have the 3 lefties together.
despite everyone gettin on Castillo his OBP is up to .380/.390 and that is w/a .260 BA. Once he gets it back to his .280/.290 he would be fine batting 2nd.
Optimistic but remembering how badly the Gnats series went.
JM- Your a great fan… (sarcasm)
Reasonably optimistc… They have favorable matchups on this road trip, so you have to feel pretty good about their chances to do well…
Confidence…6 out of 10.
Team still has to prove it can consistently play at a high level. We haven’t seen that since the month of April 2007. The offense is average unless Reyes gets it together and Alou stays healthy…still good enough to win more than they lose but highly dependent on good pitching. Biggest issue for this team will be the ability to keep the intensity going and not resort to just ‘throwing their gloves out there’ and expecting to win. One would think they’d know that by now…but apparently last September’s lesson has not sunk in…I still think this is about a 90 win team w/o significant long-term injuries…which may be enough for playoffs.
I’m not one of those fans who have confidence in this team because they beat a yankee team who is a shell of a team that has been good for 10+ years. I need to see the Mets play consistently for at least a few weeks before I have confidence. I need to see reyes be more consistent and smart at the plate and play better offensively. I need to see the team play consistently offensively and the SP be more consistent and pitch in to the seventh innings and I need to see the bull pen be better than it has been. When i see this for a extended period of time than I will have confidence in the mets.
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