Hi folks. For those who know me, please bear with me. For those who don’t, please understand I always wanted the concept of my blog, and the in-game Chat Room, to be like watching on TV with your friends. Plenty of give-and-take, commentary and questions.
I hope we can recapture that here.
I’m hoping you guys take over tonight and enjoy yourselves. Thanks again for all your support and looking forward to a lot of fun for the rest of the season and beyond.
By the way, I’m already looking into postseason credentials. Hope I get to use them.
-So far, Pedro Martinez is a go for tomorrow. I wouldn’t go overboard on the over/under for his innings. Say 4 1/3.
-It looks as if the Mets could get left closer Billy Wagner back next week. Luis Ayala will get the ninth tonight. “We feel very good about his chances of coming back. I don’t think it will happen this weekend, but shortly after that he should be ready to go,” Manuel said today.
-Nothing new on John Maine. Forget the closer idea.
-Manuel on Dan Murphy playing second in the future: “I think Murphy’s a good baseball player. it would be not fair if we didn’t think he could do that, If you are a baseball player, and that’s what you do, you should be able to play any where on that field, except for maybe behind the plate.” You might recall several weeks ago when I spoke with GM Omar Minaya he left it open for Murphy to play first base in the Arizona Instructional League this fall.
We all know that had Johan Santana gotten more bullpen and run support this season he’d be closing in on 20 wins if he weren’t there already.
For all that money, Santana should have been a given, and he turned out that way.
But, Mike Pelfrey opened the season at 5-9 lifetime. He’s now 18-17 lifetime. He has a long way to go in his career, but he’s made giant strides this season. His development might be one of the most important things to happen to the Mets this season. Where they would be with last year’s Pelfrey is a frightening thought.