Jul 27

METS CHAT ROOM: Game #98; now the game.

Leave it to the Mets to make a bad situation worse. They were ridding themselves of an embarrassing situation by firing Tony Bernazard and had just won two of three in Houston. There was reason to be having a positive tone, but that’s all gone now with the trashing of Adam Rubin. This story has legs and will knock tonight’s game out of the papers tomorrow.

And, it will only snowball with a loss, which is very possible considering the Rockies are very good and tonight’s Mets’ pitcher, Oliver Perez, he of the 2-3 record and 7.68 ERA, is not.

Here’s tonight’s line-up:

Angel Pagan, CF
Luis Castillo, 2B
David Wright, 3B
Daniel Murphy, 1B
Jeff Francoeur, RF
Cory Sullivan, LF
Omir Santos, C
Alex Cora, SS
Oliver Perez, LP

Jul 27

In defense of Adam Rubin ….

There are few reporters I admire and respect as much as I do Adam Rubin of the New York Daily News. He is among the first to arrive and last to leave. He works the clubhouse as well as any colleague I have competed against. I consider my work ethic one of my strong suits and I envy his. As far as I am concerned, his integrity is above reproach.

Rubin has been critical of the Mets, and rightfully so. Just look at their record. Also look at Rubin’s record for being right.

I believe Rubin when he said he once probed Jeff Wilpon about how to get a job in major league baseball, “but that’s it.” I don’t believe for a second he torpedoed Tony Bernazard to get a job in baseball. Rubin is right, the accusation from Omar Minaya toward him was “obscene” and “deplorable.”

If Minaya had a problem with Rubin, he should have addressed it privately behind closed doors as part of his in-depth investigation. Bernazard, an embarrassment to the Mets, has been fired and is gone. The Mets’ embarrassing behavior still remains.

The bottom line is Bernazard is gone by his own doing, with his behavior coming to light as the result of solid, ethical reporting.

Jul 26

METS CHAT ROOM: Game #97; red alert … they can win a series.

With a win today the Mets can finally win a series today behind Livan Hernandez. It seems like forever since they did anything that simple.

It will happen if they score ten more runs. It was good to finally see David Wright hit a home runs. They had three last night. They hadn’t many more than that all month.

Hernandez beat the Nationals in his last start, but prior to that lost his last four starts.

I’ve got some things to take care of today, but I’ll be in and out monitoring the game.

Here’s the line-up:

Angel Pagan, CF
Luis Castillo, 2B
David Wright, 3B
Daniel Murphy, 1B
Jeff Francoeur, RF
Cory Sullivan, LF
Brian Schneider, C
Alex Cora, SS
Livan Hernandez, RP

Jul 25

METS CHAT ROOM: Game #96; Niese tonight.

Jon Niese (0-0, 5.91) goes tonight for the Mets at Houston against Russ Ortiz (3-4, 4.33 ERA).

Angel Pagan, CF
Luis Castillo, 2B
David Wright, 3B
Daniel Murphy, 1B
Jeff Francoeur, RF
Cory Sullivan, LF
Omir Santos, C
Alex Cora, SS
Jon Niese, LP

NOTE: Gary Sheffield was placed on the disabled.

Jul 24

METS CHAT ROOM: Game #95; facing the Astros.

CHAT ROOM

CHAT ROOM

Before we get going tonight I hope you’ll take a moment to read an earlier post I had on the need for the Wilpon ownership to speak out on the direction of the team. Feel free to post your comments either there or here.

I believe it is time for some clarity from the top because Omar Minaya isn’t really saying anything.

Meanwhile, as the Mets continue to unravel, the Phillies are reportedly close to landing Roy Halladay from Toronto, which should make them favorites to repeat as champions.

After dropping two of three at Washington, the Mets are in Houston for the weekend, not an easy place for them to play.

Here’s the line-up tonight behind Johan Santana:

Angel Pagan, CF
Luis Castillo, 2B
David Wright, 3B
Jeff Francoeur, RF
Fernando Tatis, LF
Daniel Murphy, 1B
Omir Santos, C
Angel Berroa, SS
Johan Santana, LP

PREGAME NOTES: Billy Wagner could begin a rehab assignment next week. … Gary Sheffield remains day-to-day. It’s been that way for a week and the Mets continue to play shorthanded. … Carlos Beltran’s knee will be re-examined. … Alex Cora’s thumb continues to bother him. … Jon Niese will come up from Triple-A Buffalo to start tomorrow. Niese gave up five runs in 4 2/3 innings in a May 13 start against the Braves.