Quite simply: What is your greatest disappointment and pleasant surprise of the first half?
Surprises: Church and Pelfrey. Church was the best player on the team until the concussion and Pelfrey has been incredible lately. Hopefully Ryan can come back healthy.
Disappointment: I was going to say Castillo, but then I remembered that I really wasn’t expecting much to begin with, so I don’t know if he really has done any worse than I thought he would. I’d say the offense as a whole, definitely improved lately and hopefully they will keep it up, but there were too many stretches this season where they really struggled.
Agreed Wright has been struggling lately, but I wouldn’t read that much into just a weeks worth of games. And its actually good to see that he can struggle and the Mets can still win, b/c for the first 3 months of this season it seemed like if 2 out of the 3 of Reyes, Wright, Beltran didn’t have a great game, the Mets would lose. Now we are getting help from everyone which is crucial. Though I don’t see the Mets winning ways lasting all that long without help from Wright so hopefully the slump won’t last long. He’s probably one of the few on the team who could use the 3 day break right now.
Such a small stretch of time that I wouldn’t even call it a mini-slump. Overthinking it deeply.
Surprise: Church and BigPelf
Disappointment: The whole season except for the last 2 weeks.
Wright against RHP:
Disappointment: the overly what have you done for me lately feeling at Shea.
Boo all April and Cheer all July. Can’t wait ‘till the boo’s reign over Shea and make me embarrassed to be a fan.
Surprise: that Wright never gets boo’d when he hits into a rally-killing double play.
A unexpected comment from Larry, “Lots of players are wistful about Yankee Stadium being replaced in 2009. Atlanta third baseman Chipper Jones is one of a small group of people who are sorry to see its New York neighbor, Shea Stadium, go by the wayside.
The Mets’ home park will give way to Citi Field next April. That’s a sad development for Jones, who has a career .310 batting average and a .561 slugging percentage at Shea Stadium. He’s so partial to the place, he named his third son Shea.
“It’s a combination of a lot of things,’’ Jones said. “I hit my first major league homer there, and the Mets and Braves have had so many epic battles over the years. It’s a place where I really enjoyed playing. And I love the name, so it made sense.’’
On Monday, Jones approached Mets PR director Jay Horwitz about getting a Shea Stadium seat or sign that he can put in his son’s room at home. Sometime this summer Jones hopes to bring Shea—who’ll turn 4 in August—to Flushing Meadow for a farewell tour.
“I want to get him up here and walk him around before they tear it down,’’ Jones said.—Jerry Crasnick
Went to the parade today.
Saw the kid and hammerin hank. we were chanting home run king for him
also saw the cincy hustler, no one seemed to care.
Ol’ sneaky pete never made too many friends in New York. Hope to see some Orange and Blue in the game today. NL must win today!!
Tiffany, my biggest disappointment with the Jacket was trying to bend everyone to his will. For a dude who is supposed to be Zen, that seems to be a very un-Zen like way of going about things.
Ultimately, he had a good run here, but I think guys like Pelfrey and Ollie just got tired of his act and started to tune him out. My biggest problem with him was taking guys like Maine, Pelfrey, and Ollie (all guys with plus fastballs and plus stuff) and turning them into control guys. These guys, with their rising fastball, power sinker, and slider respectively, have filthy pitches they can just throw to an area and let their movement/stuff take over. By making these guys nibble they were constantly behind in the count and were not pitching aggressively.
The bottom line with these three is if they would just challenge hitters they would win the battle on pure stuff alone, more often than not. They got into trouble when they got into hitters counts and had to throw meat.
Keith—I agree regarding Peterson’s attempts to turn that trio into control pitchers, rather than just letting them getting by with their stuff. That said, it’s worth noting that their pitchers weren’t suffering any significant arm injuries during Peterson’s tenure. I cringed the other night watching Pelfrey throw almost 120 pitches with a seven-run lead, and I have to wonder whether Ollie’s new delivery is an injury waiting to happen. Peterson tended to error on the side of caution, and I’m wondering whether there was some wisdom to his approach.
Would’ve been nice if Wright actually had a three day break. But he batted 4 times last night, much more than he expected, I’m sure.
I was happy that he got a hit, even if it was a blooper. It would have been a shame had the game ended after he struck out twice.
Tiffany, I disagree on OP’s new delivery. if anything it should put less stress on his arm b/c he is not throwing acrossed his body and he is using more of his legs (his velocity is up)...
Tiffany and “no arm injuries”: Pedro and Zambrano don’t count, I guess?
I liked Peterson, and was a bit wary when they dumped him, but so far it looks like Omar’s still smarter than me…
Biggest Surprise—That the Mets’ highest-paid position player is mentioned only twice on this thread.
Both Zambrano and Pedro arrived with their respective arm injuries. In Pedro’s case, they knew he had a frayed labrum and still gave him the fourth year. With Zambrano, his elbow was so bad that he avoided his throwing his most dominant pitch, the slider. Can’t blame Peterson for veteran pitchers who were already hurt. Maine, Perez and Pelfrey are the guys to watch.
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