May 23

METS CHAT ROOM: Game #42; Pelfrey rebounding edition.

PELFREY: Needs to keep his cool vs. Red Sox.

PELFREY: Needs to keep his cool vs. Red Sox.

The Mets will attempt to stay on track tonight at Boston with Mike Pelfrey. When we last left Pelfrey, he was balking three times at San Francisco, which put the runners in position to score.

The balks were the ball game.

Since then, Pelfrey has been to a sports psychologist, but we’ll see if he’s corrected the yips. Of course, the best way to avoid balks is to not let anybody get on base. He’s not going to pitch a perfect game, but perhaps he’ll cut out the walks which have beaten him this year.

Pelfrey’s record is better than how he’s pitched. He’s had the benefit of support other in the rotation have missed out on.

May 22

METS CHAT ROOM: Game #41: On to Fenway.

CHAT ROOM

CHAT ROOM

Good evening. The Mets are in Boston tonight with Johan Santana trying to snap their four-game losing streak.

The Mets began this 10-game road trip winning three straight at San Francisco before their bats feel asleep. In addition to their dormant bats, we’ve seen several flaws in the Mets’ game the past four games. They haven’t hit with runners in scoring position, their defense has been spotty and we don’t know we’re getting from John Maine and Mike Pelfrey.

The injuries to Jose Reyes and Carlos Delgado have exposed the Mets’ lack of depth in the farm system. Tonight they’ll put on a make shift line-up on the field against the Red Sox with four players starting who weren’t in the Opening Day line-up.

Here’s tonight’s line-up:

Daniel Murphy, 1B
Ryan Church, RF
Carlos Beltran, DH
Gary Sheffield, LF
David Wright, 3B
Jeremy Reed, CF
Omir Santos, C
Ramon Martinez, SS
Luis Castillo, 2B
Johan Santana, P

May 21

OFF DAY: Licking their wounds edition.

It’s almost noon on the East Coast. Most of the Mets are probably snoozing right about now after their red eye flight from LA. I know most of you are thinking they’ve been snoozing the last three days against the Dodgers.

I take four positive things from the last three days, but two of them are tempered:

1) Daniel Murphy seems comfortable at first base after the horror show that was left field. His bat, however, needs to come around again. I believe Murphy will get through this, so right now he’s gone down on my worry meter.

2) Tim Redding came back with a strong effort Monday night. It’s a good sign. Better, of course, than if he were bombed. But, he has to keep doing it.

3) I was encouraged by Livan Hernandez’s strong outing last night in the terms of innings. Still, he’s a question because you can’t rely on him every fifth day to give you what he gave them last night.

4) David Wright continues to hit as is Carlos Beltran. They are the only players performing to their capabilities offensively.

All that being said, there are more than enough areas of concern for the Mets, beginning with the leg injury to Jose Reyes. He reinjured his calf last night after missing five games and his availability for the Boston series is questionable. Ramon Martinez and Fernando Tatis aren’t the answers, which gives you an indication of how much they miss Alex Cora. The injuries to Reyes and Carlos Delgado are emblematic of the franchise’s lack of depth in the minor league system.

What else is going wrong?

* I have no idea what to get from start to start from John Maine and Mike Pelfrey is becoming a source of concern also. These are your Nos. 2 and 3 starters and they take the ball every fifth day more as question marks than exclamation points.

* Luis Castillo has returned to earth following a fast start. His range is limited and he’s in an offensive funk. Also struggling offensively is Tatis, especially with runners in scoring position.

* JJ Putz has not been as good as advertised.

* Ryan Church used to be a doubles machine but he’s not driving the ball anymore. He’s of little value as a singles hitter.

* Collectively, the offense has packed it in the last four games and they face three good arms in Fenway. This is not the weekend that screams breakout.

* The defense has been spotty, something you can’t afford with spotty starting pitching and a comatose offense.

May 20

METS CHAT ROOM: Game #40; avoiding the broom.

CHAT ROOM

CHAT ROOM

The future is now for Daniel Murphy.

Murphy, the Mets’ first baseman of the future, will start at the position tonight in Los Angeles as the club attempts to avoid being swept by the Dodgers. Manager Jerry Manuel said Murphy would also start the three games in Boston.

Manuel has been going with Jeremy Reed and Fernando Tatis at first in place of Carlos Delgado, who underwent hip surgery Monday and will be out at least two months.

All I can say is it’s about time. Circumstances dictate drastic measures and that includes seeing if Murphy can handle the position. There’s only one way to find out, and that is to play him.

Here’s tonight’s line-up”

Jose Reyes, SS
Luis Castillo, 2B
Carlos Beltran, CF
David Wright, 3B
Daniel Murphy, 1B
Ryan Church, RF
Ramon Castro, C
Angel Pagan, LF
Livan Hernandez, P

May 20

Giving back ground ….

Well, 3-0 on this road trip went to 3-3 pretty quickly. I’m not sure what to expect from Livan Hernandez tonight, but it won’t be much more than five innings. Jeff Weaver, I think the Mets could take, but he has his moments.

All of a sudden, the offense stopped hitting and the defense went south. I don’t like how John Maine pitched last night and I’m concerned about him. He’s becoming another Coin Flip. Does anybody really know from one start to the next what to expect from him? I don’t anymore.

Outside of Johan Santana, there’s not one starter that you can be sure on. Check that – I’m sure I won’t get more than six from Hernandez. Who would have expected three balks from Mike Pelfrey?

The defense is a concern, also. Championship teams don’t give away runs and outs the way the Mets have recently.

And, how the offense can hit a wall that suddenly is also puzzling. And, it’s not like they’ve faced overwhelming pitching. They had their chances in each of the last three games.

The Mets were sizzling for awhile, winning 11 of 13 games, but that seems like such a long time ago.