May 30

METS CHAT ROOM: Game #48; scrub edition.

CHAT ROOM

CHAT ROOM

Well, the Mets don’t have Ramon Castro to kick around anymore. From the moment Jerry Manuel pinch-hit Omir Santos for him you knew Castro’s Mets’ days were numbered.

Fittingly, the deal was pulled last night, announced moments after Santos’ game-winning single. Very cosmic.

The timing of the deal was such as to make room on the 25-man roster for Brian Schneider, who was activated from the disabled list for this afternoon’s game against the Marlins.

The line-up, where David Wright and Luis Castillo are both rested, is something that would look like the “B” squad in Lakeland.

Here’s the line-up:

Angel Pagan, LF
Fernando Martinez, RF
Carlos Beltran, CF
Fernando Tatis, 3B
Daniel Murphy, 1B
Ramon Martinez, 2B
Brian Schneider, C
Wilson Valdez, SS
Tim Redding, P

Five of the starters, including Redding, weren’t on the Opening Day roster. Redding gets another start with Oliver Perez ailing on the DL. Perez left his minor league rehab assignment to return to Port St. Lucie, Fl., with discomfort in his knee following his last start for Triple-A Buffalo.

An MRI has diagnosed tendinitis of the patella tendon.

One other thing.

I scanned the comments this morning and disappointed to read some of the dialogue. This really is a heady blog with a lot of intelligent comments and theories. We digressed a little last night. I don’t care if you disagree with each other. Hey, passionate fans do that, but please, no cursing at each other.

We’re better than that guys. Disagree all you want, be spirited, but this isn’t the Wild, Wild West. You can disagree without the attacks.

Thanks.

May 29

Mets Chat Room: Game #47: Beltran returns edition.

CHAT ROOM

CHAT ROOM

Carlos Beltran’s cortisone-treated knee returns to the line-up tonight against the Florida Marlins.

After being swept in a three-game series at Los Angeles, the Mets rebounded to win five of their next six games. Tonight they hope to continue their roll behind Mike Pelfrey.

Pelfrey is coming off a strong performance at Boston, but the Marlins represent a considerable obstacle. Pelfrey is 1-5 with a 6.12 ERA lifetime against Florida.

Here’s tonight’s line-up:

Angel Pagan, RF
Luis Castillo, 2B
Carlos Beltran, CF
Gary Sheffield, LF
David Wright, 3B
Fernando Tatis, 1B
Omir Santos, C
Ramon Martinez, SS
Mike Pelfrey, P

NOTES: Alex Cora is at Triple-A Buffalo to begin a minor-league rehab assignment. … Word is Ramon Castro is on the block with Brian Schneider due to be activated from the DL soon.

May 28

Was an opportunity wasted?

MARTINEZ: Was a teaching lesson lost?

MARTINEZ: Was a teaching lesson lost?

Did Mets manager Jerry Manuel miss an opportunity last night to set a career molding example for Fernando Martinez?

There’s no doubt Manuel talked to Martinez after the 20-year-old rookie gazed at his pop-up, and only failed to run after it was dropped by the catcher.

I’m thinking more should have been made of it, and a mold would have been set had Manuel pulled Martinez from the game with the warning if it ever happens again he’ll go to the minor leagues. If such a reprimand scars Martinez, then doesn’t it show he’s not mentally tough enough?

I throw this out there because Martinez was warned two years ago by Tony Bernazard when he wasn’t running out ground balls. Maybe Martinez had a brain cramp, maybe he was upset because he isn’t hitting, but it doesn’t really matter.

They tell you in Little League that when you hit the ball you run hard, and don’t stop running until the play is over. And, you’ll know when the play is over.

Lastings Milledge never got it and the Mets gave up on him. Don’t you think if Milledge’s attitude was better he’s still be here? But, Milledge didn’t give the Mets hope he’d change.

And, Jose Reyes? Well, they’ve already lost him. The Mets have coddled Reyes to the point where discipline won’t help. There are too many times when Reyes fails to run hard, or loses focus and muffs a play in the field, or give away an at-bat.

What, all of a sudden they are going to clamp down on him? Don’t think so.

Martinez is a different story. By all accounts he’s a good kid with a load of talent. No ceiling, the scouts say. Now is the time to put a harness on Martinez.

I just wonder if Manuel missed an opportunity last night.

May 27

METS CHAT ROOM: Game #46; Santana and the broom.

SANTANA: Mets' fiery leader.

SANTANA: Mets' fiery leader.

The Mets go for the sweep tonight of the Washington Nationals. The Mets have been in this spot before, on the verge of a sweep against an inferior opponent, but somehow manage to stumble.

The odds of doing so tonight are greatly reduced with Johan Santana pitching. Santana is coming off an emotional victory last Friday over the Boston Red Sox.

Daniel Murphy is back at first base tonight, with Fernando Martinez batting seventh and playing right field.

For as long as Jose Reyes is out, it looks as if Angel Pagan will get the lion’s share of the time as the leadoff hitter whenever he’s in the line-up. Luis Castillo took a few turns there, but manager Jerry Manuel likes him batting second, which I have advocated all along.

Here’s tonight’s line-up:

Angel Pagan, CF
Luis Castillo, 2B
David Wright, 3B
Gary Sheffield, LF
Daniel Murphy, 1B
Ramon Castro, C
Fernando Martinez, RF
Ramon Martinez, SS
Johan Santana P

Note: Carlos Beltran, who took a cortisone injection in his knee, is on target to return Friday. … Omir Santos was scratched with a bruised shin. … Oliver Perez’s knee is still bothering him. … Four of tonight’s starters weren’t on the Opening Day roster.