Sep 20

METS CHAT ROOM: Game #149; another look at Maine and peeking in at the Jets.

CHAT ROOM

CHAT ROOM

One of the Mets’ most important off-season decisions will be about John Maine. Just getting through five could help answer some questions.

Maine (5-5, 4.45 ERA) is making his second start since returning from the disabled list. He threw three innings against the Phillies last weekend. Today, just as was the case last week, results don’t matter as much as just making it through the day.

Here’s the batting order:

Angel Pagan, LF
Luis Castillo, 2B
David Wright, 3B
Carlos Beltran, CF
Daniel Murphy, 1B
Jeff Francoeur, RF
Josh Thole, C
Wilson Valdez, SS
John Maine, RP

My attention will be diverted over to the Meadowlands to watch the Jets against those cheatin’ Patriots. There’s just something annoying about the Patriots. They have an arrogance about them that rivals that of the Yankees. It all stems from the head coach.

The Jets did a lot of talking this week. Let’s see if they can walk the walk.

Sep 19

METS CHAT ROOM: Game #148; Losing streak at six.

CHAT ROOM

CHAT ROOM

Good afternoon folks. It’s such a beautiful afternoon and with two such ugly teams, I imagine things could be quiet this afternoon. I’ll still check in to see if there’s a pulse.

Tim Redding, stopper, pitches today for the Mets in an effort to snap their losing streak at six games. Whether he does or doesn’t, it really doesn’t matter anymore. Kind of sad, actually. I would rather have them lose it the last week than go through the motions.

Here’s the line-up:

Angel Pagan, CF
Luis Castillo, 2B
David Wright, 3B
Jeff Francoeur, RF
Fernando Tatis, LF
Daniel Murphy, 1B
Wilson Valdez, SS
Josh Thole, C
Tim Redding (2-6, 5.52 ERA), RP

Sep 18

METS CHAT ROOM: Game #147; Delgado officially done.

CHAT ROOM

CHAT ROOM

Not that this is a surprise to anyone, but Carlos Delgado is done for the year. Several setbacks with his back, said Jerry Manuel. I don’t see him ever wearing a Mets uniform again.

The Mets open a three game series against Washington tonight. Here’s the line-up that will try to overcome Mike Pelfrey’s inconsistencies:

Angel Pagan, LF
Luis Castillo, 2B
David Wright, 3B
Carlos Beltran, CF
Daniel Murphy, 1B
Jeff Francoeur, RF
Brian Schneider, C
Wilson Valdez, SS
Mike Pelfrey (10-10, 5.09 ERA), RP

Sep 18

About that vote of confidence ….

Supposedly, manager Jerry Manuel has been given a vote of confidence by management/ownership, but is that melting away?

For the longest time I thought Manuel would get a pass on this season because of the injuries that crippled this roster. I still think it might play out that way, but now I’m wondering if that’s the best way to go.

MANUEL: Is the inspiration there?

MANUEL: Is the inspiration there?


The Mets have responded with only four victories in September, which for the third straight season, has become a lost month. And, if you look back on it, September 2006 wasn’t so red hot, either.

Injuries are part of the game which must be overcome, but sometimes they understandably can’t be because no team – not even the Yankees – have the depth to withstand what happened to the Mets this season. However, is that any excuse for such shoddy play?

For all the talk of how the Mets were going to be a fundamentally sound team this season, and for all the work done in spring training, this team is horrible in that area. For example:

1) The baserunning has been terrible (21 nailed at the plate).
2) Too many at-bats are wasted.
3) The situational hitting is often not there, and their high average with RISP is a misnomer because they aren’t scoring the runs.
4) Defensively, too often the outfielders overthrow the cutoff man.
5) Way too many errors for a team that doesn’t have the power to overcome them.
6) The staff has walked well over 500 opposing batters and might push 600 for the season.

All that is a reflection on the manager and coaching staff. In addition, the team has no life right now, and their record is not an excuse for the lack of spark. Conversely, the lack of spark is a contributor to the record.

All this comes back to Manuel and the staff. If the Mets were playing smart, aggressive baseball, this wouldn’t even be an issue. Injuries are beyond a manager’s control, but the attitude and fundamental base of the team isn’t.

Sep 17

METS CHAT ROOM: Game #146; Wrapping up the Braves.

CHAT ROOM

CHAT ROOM

The Braves are still kicking and need a sweep of the Mets tonight to keep their slim playoff aspirations alive. The Mets’ season has long since died.

Nelson Figueroa comes off a decent start against the Phillies – two runs in 5 1/3 innings last Friday – to face the Braves. Those are decent numbers that could have been worse as he gave up nine hits and five walks. Figueroa has given up eight earned runs in his last four starts (23 1/3 innings), but because of the Mets’ anemic hitting is 1-3 in that span.

After last night, just how could things get worse for the Mets? We could find out tonight.