Can you believe it?
After starting the week in scintillating fashion with a three-game shutout sweep of the Phillies, the Mets are in danger today of being swept by the Milwaukee Brewers.
Here’s something to mull over: The Brewers had won only six home games this season, and could have half that with a victory today.
It has been a disappointing first two games, with Jerry Manuel pulling Johan Santana after eight scoreless innings Friday and Fernando Nieve spitting the bit yesterday, turning his start into nothing more than a long relief appearance.
It was infuriating to learn Manuel didn’t consult Santana on how he was feeling before yanking him. What a disrespectful thing to do to the ace of your staff.
Manuel said he’d take the heat, as well he should. That was poor managing.
Nieve was a different story. He was bad from beginning to his short end.
It was a command issue for Nieve, which manifested itself in his inability to close out hitters and innings.
Will he get another start?
With John Maine on the disabled list and Oliver Perez hardly distinguishing himself, one would think there would be another opportunity for Nieve.
R.A. Dickey has pitched well in his two emergency starts and will be going today. Dickey is coming off a strong seven-strikeout performance against the Phillies Tuesday night.
While Manuel is hard to figure out in how he handles his pitching, here’s something else I don’t understand.
Ike Davis is out of the lineup today after hitting a three-run homer yesterday. It’s not like he needs the rest. Even so, it is the timing of the rest.
Davis had been struggling, but appeared to correct a mechanical flaw yesterday. The homer was a good sign, but to take him out after improving is another thing hard to comprehend. Let his stay on the roll.
Here’s today’s lineup:
Jose Reyes, SS
Luis Castillo, 2B
Jason Bay, LF
Fernando Tatis, 1B
David Wright, 3B
Angel Pagan, CF
Jeff Francoeur, RF
Henry Blanco, C
R.A. Dickey, RP