Apr 29

The “rivalry resumes” tonight in Philly.

We hear it every summer, but it isn’t true because the teams have rarely been good at the same time. And, they haven’t gone down to the wire with the NL East on the line. Sure, the two cities are close and there’s been some spitting at each other, but it hasn’t been the blood-and-guts passion we would like to see in something dubbed as a rivalry.

The Mets arrive in town tonight having won six of their last seven and having a renewed attitude.

“We’re coming to the ballpark like, ‘We’re going to win.’ When you don’t win, it hurts really bad,” manager Terry Collins said. “It leaves a bad taste in your mouth — especially when you have opportunities to win.”

After two losses over his first four starts, Mike Pelfrey beat Arizona in his last start, lasting seven innings. However, he’s been down with the flu and there’s no telling how long he’ll last tonight. Don’t expect much if it is hot and humid.

No, this isn’t a classic rivalry, but there’s some electricity when the teams play, and it is especially raucous when they meet in Philly.

 

Apr 29

Mets’ April 29 lineup at Philadelphia.

Here’s the Mets’ lineup tonight at Philadelphia:

Jose Reyes, SS

Daniel Murphy, 2B

David Wright, 3B

Carlos Beltran, RF

Jason Bay, LF

Ike Davis, 1B

Josh Thole, C

Jason Pridie, CF

Mike Pelfrey, RP

 

COMMENT: I’ll say it again, I think the Mets are making a mistake starting Pelfrey tonight. He’s lost 11 pounds battling the flu the past week and isn’t full strength. They have Dillon Gee for situations like this and it makes no sense pushing Pelfrey in April. What’s the point? What good does it serve to possibly burn out Pelfrey tonight and going deep into the bullpen?

Apr 29

Mets start over tonight in Philly behind weakened Pelfrey.

Do you remember the story of the kid who told his father he had a no-hitter going until the big kids got out of school?

PELFREY: Goes tonight at Philly.

Well, that’s the Mets, whose six-game hitting streak was snapped last night at Washington. After beating Houston, Arizona and the Nationals, the Mets are in Philadelphia for the second time this month to face the Phillies.

Time to start another streak.

Mike Pelfrey, suffering from the flu the past week, was cleared and will start tonight despite losing 11 pounds. The Mets are taking the precaution of having Dillon Gee ready should Pelfrey weaken, which tells me they are concerned.

Given that, why push the envelope on Pelfrey in the first place? It’s only April. Do they really have to run Pelfrey out there tonight?

Gee has pitched well and is on the roster for situations just like this. I’d rather push Pelfrey back and have him pitch on full strength.

Chris Capuano did not have a good start last night, but there’s been no word of taking him out of the rotation. Something to possibly look for is that with another bad outing he could be replaced by Gee.

Just thinking.

 

Apr 28

Upon further review; time for more replay in baseball.

Sorry for the late post, but it has been a rough day. I think I might have come down with what’s been going through the Mets’ clubhouse.

REYES: Ump blew call big time last night.

Anyway, like you I saw the play involving Jose Reyes at third base last night. Umpire Marvin Hudson blew it on all levels, from not seeing the play, to falling for the acting of Washington’s third baseman Jerry , to making a bad call, to not asking for help.

I don’t think he was in proper position to make the call in the first place.

Reyes was clearly safe, and his animated protest illustrates to me he knew he was in there and he never left the bag. The Mets were fortunate the blown play didn’t cost them the game. MLB odds were not affected.

Umpires are going to miss calls, that’s part of the game. Nobody is perfect, and that includes umpires. But, to blow it so bad, and not even hear a comment from him later, borders on being reprehensible. I want the umpires to be as accountable as the players. The goal is to get the play right, and last night they didn’t.

Since getting it correct is the goal, it is time to expand the use of instant replay. It is implemented on home runs and it is time for use on the bases. The extra three or four minutes it would add to the game is worth it for the goal of getting it right.

It shouldn’t be too hard because the bases are fixed locations, just like fair and foul, and the walls on homers. Cameras on fixed locations could ascertain in the runner came off the bag, whether the fielder applied the tag and if the tag was on time.

They’ll never have instant replay on balls and strikes, but having it on the bases is the logical next step. The umpiring has been on decline for several years and doesn’t appear to be getting any better. The game is getting faster and faster, and it is expected calls will be missed. But, that shouldn’t be used as an excuse to accept poor performance from the umpires.

It is bad enough there’s no consistency behind the plate, but Major League Baseball shouldn’t have to endure the same on the bases, especially when that would be an easy one to fix.

The sport is making a pile of money and there should be a fifth umpire located in the press box with a monitor to evaluate the replay. Enough is enough, get it right.

Apr 27

Mets, Dickey go for sixth straight tonight; ailing Pelfrey still on for Friday.

RA Dickey goes tonight for the Mets who are seeking their sixth straight victory. With a win and loss by Atlanta, the Mets could climb out of the NL East cellar.

Like I said earlier, small steps, but steps nonetheless.

Manager Terry Collins eschewed the tradition of riding the hot hand and will sit Daniel Murphy, Jason Pridie and Josh Thole against the Nationals, saying Justin Turner, Scott Hairston and Mike Nickeas need to play to keep sharp. It’s a long season and you’ll need everybody eventually.

Evidently, the Mets didn’t learn from Chris Young last night. Young, weakened with the flu, didn’t make it out of the fifth and gave up three homers. Mike Pelfrey, who has lost 11 pounds while being sick, threw an abbreviated bullpen session, but remains on to face Philadelphia Friday night.

Why?

Pelfrey wants to pitch, which is admirable, but it makes no sense to push things this early. Let him rest and regain his strength and go from there. Dillon Gee is on the roster for reasons like this and he’s pitched well.

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