Former Mets Shining In Playoffs; Beltran, Pagan and O’Day Playing Well

The Mets’ fear in releasing Jason Bay is he would suddenly find it somewhere else. They had the same trepidation with Oliver Perez and Luis Castillo.

Watching these playoffs, it is easy to see their thinking, but that doesn’t mean it is justified.

Outfielders Carlos Beltran and Angel Pagan, and reliever Darren O’Day all distinguished themselves yesterday, and wouldn’t you know it, those are all holes for the Mets.

Angel Pagan had a huge day in the leadoff slot – another Mets’ hole – with two hits, two walks, two runs and two RBI in three at-bats. The homer was to lead off the game to get the Giants rolling so could live another day.

I don’t know what the Giants’ plans are for Pagan, but he certainly played better for them than Andres Torres did for the Mets. Pagan was an inconsistent player here and often let his concentration wander on the bases and on defense. Maybe he wasn’t ready, but he was definitely old enough where he shouldn’t have been making rookie mistakes. Perhaps the Mets weren’t patient with him.

I hoped it would work out when the Mets moved him to center and shifted Beltran to right, but Pagan never took the way he did the preceding year when he played when Beltran was injured.

Beltran, who homered twice in Game 2, had two more hits yesterday as the Cardinals took a 2-1 games lead over Washington. Beltran, who shines in the postseason, is hitting .417 in the series. And this, is after coming off a superb season.

Belran was injured at the end of his stay with the Mets, but when healthy produced. He moved without a hitch to right field and he played hurt. What else could the Mets want from him? Oh yeah, they wanted him to do it for half the price.

The Mets paved the way for Beltran’s exit with the flap over his knee surgery. After that, there was no way he was staying. Especially considering their financial situation.

O’Day appeared in four games for the 2009 Mets, but was released when they couldn’t find a spot for him on the roster. Mike Pelfrey was ailing at the time, but balked at going on the disabled list. He couldn’t make a start and the Mets had to bring somebody up to replace him ¬†for a turn. That meant somebody had to go and it was O’Day.

Rather than exerting his authority and judgment, Omar Minaya gave in to Pelfrey and it cost the Mets. O’Day was quickly signed by Texas and became a bullpen stalwart that season and he was terrific for the Orioles this season with a 7-1 record, 2.28 ERA and 0.94 WHIP. Plus, he only made $1.35 million this year.

O’Day put the Yankees down in order last night.

Wouldn’t you know it? The game was decided by Raul Ibanez’s two homers. Ibanez was a player the Mets wouldn’t consider after he left Philadelphia. An outfield plug and power bat off the bench? Nah, that wouldn’t fit in Citi Field.

There are plenty of others with ties to the Mets this October, including Endy Chavez – did I mention the Mets need outfield help? – and coach Chip Hale and manager Bob Melvin in Oakland, and, of course, Davey Johnson in Washington.

There’s always an explanation for why somebody doesn’t work out for a team, and Beltran, Pagan and O’Day all left for different reasons.

But, were they good reasons?







4 thoughts on “Former Mets Shining In Playoffs; Beltran, Pagan and O’Day Playing Well

  1. I didn’t know about O’Day

    The Mets need to cut Bay. He does nothing for us.

    With Beltran it was personal. Omar not wanting to piss off the player or the agent did not publicly flog him the way one of the Wilpons wanted. So they sent their other lackey the asst GM to do it when the big guy hemmed and hawed.

    We traded Beltran because we have no money and we had a new GM which offered us the chance to clean house. Fortunately we got Wheeler out of it which is a good thing.

    As for Pagan he was a serviceable player. He had that one very good year, but the impression I got was he was pricing himself off the team. So we traded got Torres and some pitcher who we said is the real player we wanted. So for a starting CF who can play a very good CF when the planets are aligned we get an injury prone 220 hitter who cannot lead off and a forgettable reliever. I wasn’t against this trade as it was the GM’s call. But in reading the bios it was pretty clear Pagan was the better player. Good for him. By the way we picked him up because the Cubs got tired of the same act we saw here; throwing to the wrong base and generally just being a space cadet when he obviously has the tools to be a good player.

    • Also today I came across this

      So we are still dealing with the same financial issues we have had for the past 2 years. It is nice when the commisioner is your lap dog, but the league really needs to force a sale.

      This article is claiming the team does not have the cash to make their financial commitments. They get 20 large from Citi every year plus whatever they get from other sources and they still have no money yet the team will state over and over that they have no money issues.

      I guess they will say money is not an issue until the sheriff comes and padlocks the doors.

    • dave: Thanks for your reply, as always. I understand the reasoning why they let traded both Beltran and Pagan. Beltran was personal and that’s not a good way to do business. The surgery issue never should have gotten that far with Beltran, but it did because of poor people skills. … We all saw Pagan’s brain cramps. Maybe there’s something in the water in San Francisco that prevents them. … And yes, with the commissioner in their pockets things will continue “as is” with the Mets.-JD

  2. In 2010, Pagan was good. In 2011, he lapsed. 2012 he was good. WHo knows what next year holds.
    Lot’s of folks (I think even you John, I know I did) thought they should upgrade. Of course, Torres was not an upgrade. That was the problem. And Ramirez was supposed to help, but only provided comic relief, getting hurt during the post Johan celebration.