METS CHAT ROOM: Game #119; Braves in town.

CHAT ROOM

CHAT ROOM

Old punching bag Ryan Church is in town with the Atlanta Braves which means a lot of David Wright questions about concussions. The Mets didn’t handle the Church injury well last season, but to his credit Church said he felt he could play and never backed off those statements. He could have done a lot of bitching and moaning but never did.

There was always a lot of anticipation to Braves at Mets, but the only suspense this time is wondering if the 55-63 Mets could fall 10 games below .500 if they were to be swept.

A couple of starts ago he was the Good Ollie in San Diego, but Oliver Perez, as has been his history, took a step back in his last start against Arizona with six walks in 5 1/3 innings. More disturbing is Perez’s attitude that “walks are part of the game.” Well, so is getting outs. He ought to try that for a change.

Year One of the three-year, $36-million bust of a contract. Re-signed for his physical gifts, Perez’s downfall has been his inability to focus and to drift away from his mechanics, which lead to wildness and frequently the big inning. There are days when you can’t touch him and other days when you’d like to wring his neck.

And, tonight?

I don’t have the vaguest idea. He is 6-4 lifetime against the Braves, which is promising, then I look at Derek Lowe and the line-up he’ll be facing. Only one player, Luis Castillo, is at his Opening Day position.

Here’s the line-up:

Angel Pagan, CF
Luis Castillo, 2B
Gary Sheffield, LF
Daniel Murphy, 1B
Jeff Francoeur, RF
Fernando Tatis, 3B
Omir Santos, C
Anderson Hernandez, SS
Oliver Perez, LP

Lowe (12-7, 4.08 ERA), whom the Mets by-passed to re-sign Perez, has won four consecutive decisions, and hasn’t given up more than three earned runs in a start since July 5. He is 2-2 lifetime against the Mets.

34 thoughts on “METS CHAT ROOM: Game #119; Braves in town.

  1. The Red Sox released John Smoltz today. He’ll land with somebody. Reportedly, the Dodgers and Cardinals have interest, with the latter as a reliever.-JD

  2. Here’s something to ponder. With Kevin Gregg losing his closer’s job with the Cubs, might they have interest in making a waiver deal for Billy Wagner? He’s going to go somewhere.-JD

  3. John (1) I saw Smoltz pitch his last game in Boston – he’s 42 and has been playing for 21 years. Why not bow out gracefully?

  4. Annie (10): The game has changed. There’s money to be made. If they can still play, let them play. Favre was good last year until he injured his shoulder. Smoltz was throwing hard with the Red Sox. Put him in the bullpen and pick his spots and he can still do well.-JD

  5. Hell, I’d rather see an old guy like Smoltz compete with his smarts than watch Perez, and even Pelfrey at times, frustrate me with their inconsistency and lack of know-how.-JD

  6. Are they playing now? I’m not really paying attention.

    Why don’t the Mets re-sign Glavine, sign Smoltz, deal for Maddux and have a Braves reunion? It would make the fans feel as warm and fuzzy as the old Giants uniforms and the Dodgers exhibit hall.

  7. Hi Jeff (15) I’m listening to Howie and Wayne who are in rare form – I’m still not familiar with all the players who are now the Mets and that seems weird to me.

  8. Just got home to see Lowe literally melt down on the mound.
    I wonder if anybody still thinks giving Lowe a four year contract would have been a good idea.

    Lowe’s contract may actually be worse than Castillo’s.

  9. Here’s tonight’s starting line-up for the Mets.

    Angel Pagan, CF
    Luis Castillo, 2B
    Gary Sheffield, LF
    Daniel Murphy, 1B
    Jeff Francoeur, RF
    Fernando Tatis, 3B
    Omir Santos, C
    Anderson Hernandez, SS

    I can see at least four of these guys – Pagan, Sheffield, Tatis and Hernandez – not on the Opening Day roster next spring.-JD

  10. Perez is likely to win this game, but so what. He dug his team into an early hole in which he was lucky to escape. But, considering the run support, he should have hung around a lot longer. Clearly, Manuel didn’t think he’d hold the lead.-JD

  11. 25
    JD
    You really think Pagan will not be back ?

    The other 3 are no brainers.

  12. Manuel’s comments about Ryan Church surfaced again today. You knew they would. They were inappropriate. The implication was Church isn’t a gamer. The guy had two concussions playing for the Mets. He’s tough enough.-JD

  13. Scott (27): I can see Pagan not returning. He’s a role player and they are interchangeable. He’s played well at times, but not good enough to say he’s locked into a position for next season.-JD

  14. 29
    With no guarantee that Beltran will be healthy not having Pagan around would be a big risk.
    He is still better than Sullivan or Reed.

  15. Howie has put this surprising game “In the Books” – who would have thought these Mets were going to produce 17 hits and 9 runs tonight?

    Final Score: Mets 9 – Atlanta 4

    Tomorrow’s game at 7:10 – Atlanta

    See you then…

  16. (31) Scott: He may be a better hitter than both Reed and Sullivan, but from the 4th OF on the team I would expect good to great defense, and baseball smarts. Pagan has neither of these qualities.