Jun 11

METS CHAT ROOM: Game #58; going for series win vs. Phils.

CHAT ROOM

CHAT ROOM

They just fixed the cable about an hour ago, but it is still spotty. Naturally, they came over an hour after their window.

I listened on the radio, but had no way to chime in. A little spice between Mike Pelfrey and Chase Utley. Yes, this is turning into a real rivalry.

Here’s tonight’s line-up:

Luis Castillo, 2B
Alex Cora, SS
Carlos Beltran, CF
Gary Sheffield, LF
David Wright, 3B
Fernando Tatis, 1B
Fernando Martinez, RF
Omir Santos, C
Tim Redding, RP

NOTES: Daniel Murphy did not start in the Philly series. Says a lot. … John Maine said his shoulder is still hurting and could have some tests if there are problems in his next start Saturday vs. Yankees. Even so, Jerry Manuel said he’s not concerned. We’ve heard this before. … Carlos Delgado said he his feeling strong and believes he will return in time.

Jun 10

METS CHAT ROOM: Game #57; Hamels for Phils, you know the story line.

CHAT ROOM

CHAT ROOM

Coming to you from my local library as the cable – and with it, Internet access – are out. They’ve been out for most of the afternoon. Unfortunately, I can’t make it to Citi Field tonight. So, I wanted to set up the Chat Room and hope I’ll be online shortly.

Cole Hamels goes tonight for the Phillies, and you know he’ll hear it from the crowd for his “chokers” comments about the Mets. I heard the original interview and much has been made out of nothing. That’s what the tabs are for.

Truth is, whatever label you want to put on it, the Mets kicked away the division the last two years. And, until the Mets prove they can win the Phillies will believe they can take the Mets. Very simple actually.

Last night was a tremendous game and we can only hope for something close tonight. Mike Pelfrey keeps showing breakout signs, but there’s always been a step back. Beating the Phillies will help everybody’s psyche.

Here’s tonight’s line-up:

Luis Castillo, 2B
Alex Cora, SS
Carlos Beltran, CF
Gary Sheffield, LF
David Wright, 3B
Fernando Tatis, 1B
Ryan Church, RF
Omir Santos, C
Mike Pelfrey, RP

erry Manuel will use the same lineup tonight as last night, with Luis Castillo leading off, then Alex Cora, Carlos Beltran, Gary Sheffield, David Wright, Fernando Tatis, Ryan Church, Omir Santos and Mike Pelfrey.

Jun 10

Either play F-Mart or send him down

By all accounts, F-Mart will develop into a good player in time. There’s no guarantee of this, but that’s what the scouts and the Mets say. He has the tools, they say, to be a star in this game. General manager Omar Minaya said it, but he also said, Martinez needs to play and not languish on the bench.

So why is he?

I’m not concerned anymore that a negative experience in the majors will scar him. If it does, he didn’t have the right make up to begin with. He learned from not running out the pop-up. If he becomes a star, he might consider it a watershed moment.

But, he needs to play. So play him here or in the minor leagues. The Mets have enough outfield depth to where they can live without Martinez for the time being.

Jun 09

METS CHAT ROOM: Game #56; Santana vs. Phils.

CHAT ROOM

CHAT ROOM

Great pitching match-up tonight – should they play – between lefties Johan Santana (7-2, 2.00) and J.A. Happ (4-0, 2.48 ERA). Santana gave up three runs in six innings in his last start, a loss at Pittsburgh. Santana beat the Phillies, May 6, in a sterling 10-strikeout performance in seven innings.

Not surprisingly, Daniel Murphy is not in the starting line-up against Happ, replaced by Fernando Tatis.

Tonight starts the Mets’ most difficult stretch of the season with two series each against Philadelphia and the Yankees, Tampa Bay, St. Louis, Milwaukee, Los Angeles and Atlanta.

Tonight’s line-up:
Luis Castillo, 2B
Alex Cora, SS
Carlos Beltran, CF
Gary Sheffield, LF
David Wright, 3B
Fernando Tatis, 1B
Ryan Church, RF
Omir Santos, C
Johan Santana, LP