Last week’s question was: With all of the players on the disabled list, which player is the most crucial loss for the team?
Here are the results:
Carlos Delgado, 80 percent
Oliver Perez, 12 percent
Billy Wagner, 0 percent
Brian Schneider, 2 percent
Alex Cora, 6 percent
It’s no surprise that Delgado ran away with this one. The Mets’ lineup has been beleaguered due to injuries to its core, Delgado, Jose Reyes and now Carlos Beltran, who is awaiting the results of an MRI to see what’s wrong with his knee.
Offensively, the Mets have been able to get by thanks to Gary Sheffield, who has really stepped up and added some much-needed power to the lineup. Never was the loss of Delgado’s bat felt more than the Dodgers series, when the Mets were swept and mustered only six runs in three games. Sheffield had been sidelined by illness. With Sheffield seeing more playing time, his bat has heated up. He’s now hit two home runs in his last four games.
Right now, however, the Mets are middle heavy. Whereas when Delgado and Reyes were in the lineup it was one of the most formidable orders in the National League. If you were an opposing pitcher, you had Reyes, Beltran, Delgado, Wright and Sheffield coming at you one after another. With all of the injuries, the Mets are only down to Beltran, Wright and Sheffield. The rest of the lineup is riddled with light hitters like Ramon Martinez, Luis Castillo and Daniel Murphy.
If Beltran goes down, too, the Mets will really be in trouble. If Reyes’s leg doesn’t get better by this weekend, you could also see him going on the disabled list. They could call up Fernando Martinez, but he wouldn’t really add to the power quotient. The Mets have to pray that Beltran’s MRI comes back with good news and that Reyes’s leg gets better.
There’s been a lot of controversy over the way the Mets’ training staff and management have handled the various injuries to the team. They seem to keep injured players on the active roster, but not available to play at all, which shortens the bench. It worked out against the Red Sox, because they were able to use a designated hitter and didn’t have to pinch hit as much. Now that they’re back to playing National League teams, they’ll need to utilize their bench more.
Delgado bounced back and forth from availability to unavailability until finally he was placed on the DL. Would the Mets have been better off placing him on the DL right away and getting him back faster? The same situation is going on with Reyes now.
This week’s poll question is: Do you agree with the way the Mets staff is handling injured Mets players?