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

Jun 08

Your concern level ….

Just taking your temperature on your concern level with the Mets as they head into the roughest part of their schedule. Upcoming over the next few weeks are the Phillies twice, Yankees twice, St. Louis, Milwaukee, Tampa Bay and Los Angeles.

And, they’ll be playing with questions in their rotation, notably Mike Pelfrey and John Maine being erratic; a strained bullpen; and numerous offensive issues. Is Gary Sheffield out of gas? Will Daniel Murphy hit like he did in the beginning of the season? And, will David Wright and Carlos Beltran start hitting with some power?

With the exception of Johan Santana starting tomorrow night, the pitching match-ups in the Philadelphia series favor the Phillies. Against superior pitching, the Mets aren’t hitting enough to compensate for their pitching deficiencies.

When you look at the Mets overall, they are closer to being the team that was swept at Los Angeles than the team that won two of three at Fenway Park.

The Mets need to hang close until late July to see where they are at the trade deadline. Given their upcoming schedule, a losing streak is definitely possible. More possible than a lengthy winning roll. This isn’t a team built to where they can climb out of a 10-game hole.

If you cheer for the Mets, your concern level should be high.

Jun 06

METS CHAT ROOM: Game #54; Maine and makeshift lineup.

CHAT ROOM

CHAT ROOM

The Mets will take their patchwork lineup behind John Maine against the Washington Nationals tonight.

Maine, after a rocky start, hasn’t pitched too badly lately. He gave up three hits in six scoreless innings last Sunday to Florida before leaving with a stomach virus.

It wasn’t a fluke. He has given up three or fewer runs in five of his last six starts, and one run over his last 12 innings.

Maine has a 6-2 record and 4.04 ERA in 10 career starts against the Nationals

Here’s tonight’s line-up:

Luis Castillo, 2B
Emil Brown, RF
Carlos Beltran, CF
Gary Sheffield, LF
David Wright, 3B
Fernando Tatis, 1B
Omir Santos, c
Wilson Valdez, SS
John Maine, RP

Jun 05

METS CHAT ROOM: Game #53; facing the Nationals.

CHAT ROOM vs. Nats.

CHAT ROOM vs. Nats.

The sluggish Mets are in DC, armed with Tim Redding, in an attempt to stop their slide at three games.

The field is a mess in DC, but the game is supposed to start on time.

Redding’s first start since coming off the DL was a good one in LA, but he hasn’t shown much since.

The Mets are a hurting group, relying way too much on their role players. And, it doesn’t help that David Wright is in a slump.

June is a critical month for the Mets in that half their core is missing and the schedule will get tougher. If they can hold it together they should be in decent position come July.

Here’s tonight’s line-up:

Alex Cora, SS
Luis Castillo, 2B
Carlos Beltran, CF
David Wright, 3B
Fernando Tatis, RF
Daniel Murphy, 1B
Fernando Martinez, LF
Brian Schneider, C
Tim Redding, P

NOTEBOOK: No timetable for Jose Reyes’ return. … Gary Sheffield rests tonight and will rest Sunday. … Jerry Manuel said it was likely (didn’t say definite) that Fernando Martinez will stay when Ryan Church is activated from the disabled list.