METS CHAT ROOM: Game #120; Where did the season go?



Where did it go? Where did the season disappear to? There are 42 games between now and winter, although, truth be know, from a competitive standpoint the season ended a lot time ago for the Mets.

The goal now is .500, and with it, limited respectability. They are now reduced to the Washington Nationals-like role of spoiler. How distasteful is that? The World Series window that seemed wide open when Aaron Heilman grooved that pitch to Yadier Molina has slammed shut with two year-end fades and this summer’s collapse.

The Mets are looking at the future with Bobby Parnell (3–4, 3.50 ERA) making his third start tonight against the Atlanta Braves.

Parnell’s first start was essentially a 60-pitch ineffective relief appearance, but he looked much better in his last start, an 80-pitch effort, last weekend against the Giants. His ceiling is 100. He could get maybe four more starts after tonight, which should give the Mets a good indication of whether they can slot him into next year’s rotation. That would eliminate a huge off-season headache.

As it always is with young pitchers the question is whether he’s able to command his secondary pitches to go along with his 97-mph. fastball. The fastball stuff he has, the command and movement is still a work in progress.

Here’s the Mets’ line-up against Jair Jurrjens (9-8, 2.99 ERA):

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

NOTEBOOK: Jurrjens is 3-1 with a 2.84 ERA in five starts against the Mets. … Parnell has a 1.62 ERA in his two starts. … Johan Santana said he never asked to be traded. … Sheffield was pulled off waivers when a team tried to claim him which means he can’t be traded. Should Sheffield be put through waivers again and is claimed he’s gone. He said he believes he’ll be gone. … Billy Wagner said he has no designs on closing when he’s activated this week, but next year will be different. There are several teams in need of a closer, including the Chicago Cubs, and others in need of lefty relief, including the Yankees. I don’t see the Mets doing business in the Bronx.

26 thoughts on “METS CHAT ROOM: Game #120; Where did the season go?

  1. In retrospect the season ended on May 10th when Delgado got injured and the team was in first place.

  2. All the hopes and expectations for this Mets team have gone by the wayside and now, here we are, worse off than the two dissapointing years just past.

    I’m reminded of the last line of the song “Where have all the flowers gone?” which is “When will they ever learn?”

  3. Interesting listening to Hodges’ widow. I’ll always remember the Cleon Jones story. Neither Willie Randolph nor Jerry Manuel would have the stomach to do that, and Lord knows they’ve had opportunities.-JD

  4. Before I forget, I want to wish Ron Darling a Happy Birthday today – and also say he’s written an excellent baseball book – “The Complete Game: Reflections on Baseball, Pitching and Life on the Mound”.

  5. Our ace pitching staff has held the Braves to a mere 15 runs. Now let’s see if Murderer’s Row, Minaya style, can come up with 14 runs in the bottom of the 9th.

  6. Howie has put this unusual game “in the Books”.

    Final Score – Atlanta:15 – Mets 2

    Tomorrow – Santana at 7PM – PIX

    See You Then –

  7. Jeff (19): The honeymoon is definitely over at the new place. A lot of empty seats. I’m willing to bet there will be a lot of Philly fans there over the weekend.-JD

  8. JD (21) I remember there being a lot of Phillies fans at Shea last year, when I paid my final respects to the old warehouse. They might as well paint the town red.

  9. I see where Castillo’s laziness cost the Mets in the field. I understand he was playing to pull, but could you at least make an effort to get to the bag?

  10. To answer your question, the toilet.

    We knew when the season started that this was not the best team that the Mets could field.

    The did not get the starting pitching they so desperately need. Once again, year after year, Omar fields a team on a hope and a prayer and once again the teams flaws are laid wide open.

    Thank you Omar once again for a magnificent job contructing a relavent team.

  11. I am interested in what happens in October.

    We do not sign the draft picks we so desperately need. Every year ( including 2006 ) we field a team with major flaws. This year it was lack of reliable starting pitching and a LF position that is not based on tinkerbell’s magic wand. Many here also complained of RF too.

    So once again for the 4th year in a row our starting pitching fails. Unlike 2006 we once again do not get lucky and things fall apart. Once again our old players ( with the exception of Castillo ) fall apart and once again the ‘who knew?’ injuries excuse is trotted out. Yes, Beltran and Reyes both are gone for the season, but really. This is year 4 of the same script, the same tape. In 2006 Omar got lucky.

    With all of the above will ownership see that the management is incompetent? Will they clean house and start all over? Do they have the guts?

    I am guessing that they do not.

    This is a pathetic team. When people ask who I root for they laugh. They have a right to. This team is worse than the Nationals and that is saying something.