Apr 11

Bullpen implodes again; Isringhausen here.

We knew going in one of the Mets’ weaknesses was their bullpen, and less than 10 games into the season it has been true to form.

IZZY: Will he help?

A team looking to take the next step does not blow a 3-1 lead in the seventh inning. That’s what happened Sunday to the Mets, who responded by designating for assignment Blaine Boyer and optioning outfielder Lucas Duda and bringing up relievers Jason Isringhausen and Ryota Igarashi.

“The bullpen has been inconsistent, and that’s probably as positive an adjective as I can give,’’ said GM Sandy Alderson.

A better adjective is horrible, as the pen has given up 63 runners in 34.1 innings, many of which have scored. Over the last 11 innings, the pen has walked 11, and given up 10 hits and nine earned runs.

And, with the rotation not going long innings – Chris Young being the exception yesterday throwing seven – a losing record can be expected.

You can’t blame Alderson for taking Boyer over Isringhausen to start the season because he was caught in a contractual corner. Asking Isringhausen to say behind for extended spring training was a gamble worth taking. When you’re not dealing from a position of strength, you do what you can.

The Mets shopped in the bargain basement for relievers this winter spending just $4 million, and with that approach, what has happened is not a surprise. D.J. Carrasco, Taylor Buchholz and Boyer have not been effective.

I don’t know if Isringhausen will be that big of a difference, but he couldn’t hurt. At this point, anything might be a help.

 

UP NEXT: The importance of this week.

 

Apr 10

Beltran has stud night; Young pitches today.

I admit, after Beltran’s big night my first thought was July and if he stays healthy the Mets would be in better position to make a deal at the trade deadline. I am under no illusions Beltran will return next season, even if he stays healthy, has a big year and the Mets are competitive.

BELTRAN: Has big night.

The Mets’ financial and legal situation will remain the backdrop for this season, and it will be that way until it is resolved.

That being said, it is a good sign he’s swinging the bat well, and I liked how the Mets came back and added runs last night. The Mets are a .500 team after eight games, showing signs of progress one day and their most glaring weaknesses the next.

If it remains that way, it will be a maddening, and yet a fascinating summer. There will be moments and perhaps long stretches of alert aggressive baseball and also times when their pitching gets torched and the bats fall silent with RISP. It is always that way with developing teams.

As far as Beltran is concerned, if he produces the only things that would prevent the Mets from making a deal in July would be his contract and if the team is surprisingly competitive. If, by chance, they are in contention they might keep him in the hopes of making a run.

That, of course, is wishful thinking, but isn’t that the way when one follows the Mets.

Meanwhile, Chris Young goes this afternoon. He was impressive in his first start and if he keeps giving the Mets six solid innings he’ll be fine. In this comeback season that’s about all the Mets can count on from him. So far, the Mets will take what they’ve gotten from Young and last night’s starter Chris Capuano.

The Mets go for their third series win this afternoon with this line-up:

Jose Reyes, SS

Willie Harris, LF

David Wright, 3B

Ike Davis, 1B

Angel Pagan, CF

Lucas Duda, RF

Brad Emaus, 2B

Josh Thole, C

Chris Young, RP

 

Apr 09

Capuano starts for Mets tonight vs. Nationals

I’m very anxious to see Chris Capuano tonight. As the fifth starter, he was skipped the first time through the rotation. He gets his chance as the fifth starter to pull the Mets out of their three-game funk.

After winning three straight, the Mets have lost three in a row as their pitching was rocked the last two games in Philadelphia and the offense stunt their last two games, including going a dreadful 0-10 with RISP in the home opener against Washington.

If the Mets are to turn the corner this season, they must beat the lower division teams, of which the Nationals are one.

To chat tonight, click onto the Mets Chat icon to your left.

Apr 09

Tonight’s lineup

It is a beautiful, sunny afternoon. Why aren’t they playing now? Ridiculous scheduling.

Here’s tonight’s lineup:

Jose Reyes – SS

Angel Pagan – CF

David Wright – 3B

Carlos Beltran – RF

Scott Hairston – LF

Ike Davis – 1B

Chin-lung Hu – 2B

Mike Nickeas – C

Chris Capuano – LHP

 

Apr 08

Mets face Nats in homer. Spring is really here.

Home Opener. The spring begins now.

If you were offered 3-3 from the Mets by the home opener, let’s face it, you’d take it. However, after Florida, 3-3 tastes a little sour. Especially after the last two games in Philadelphia. Despite the spirited comeback Tuesday that fell short, the rotation was shelled the past two games and a winning road trip slipped away.

There’s always a sense of optimism that comes with the home opener, and this afternoon is no exception. R.A. Dickey, scintillating at home last season, will get the ball.

Terry Collins said this afternoon Dickey is the kind of player and person one wants roots for before of his underdog status. Dickey has come a long way from injury, to journeyman reputation to what will always be regarded as a trick pitch, to become arguably the Mets’ most dependable pitcher.

Collins also said this afternoon he wants fans leaving Citi Field after today’s game will know they have a team that plays the right way.

For now, that’s the most we can hope for.

Here’s today’s lineup against the Washington Nationals:

Jose Reyes, SS

Angel Pagan, CF

David Wright, 3B

Carlos Beltran, RF,

Ike Davis, 1B

Willie Harris, LF

Brad Emaus, 2B

Josh Thole, C

R.A. Dickey, RP

To chat during today’s game, click on to the Mets Chat icon to your left. See you online.