Last night’s win was arguably the most satisfying of the season for the Mets. John Maine regrouped after a rocky start to give manager Jerry Manuel length and to stay out of his taxed and depleted bullpen.
The Mets also came from behind a couple of times which hasn’t been their MO this season. And, they did it without Carlos Delgado (who won’t be available tonight) and Jose Reyes.
Last night was important on so many levels beginning with the need to snap out of their funk after losing two of three to the Braves. They certainly couldn’t have afforded to follow up the Atlanta series with a loss last night and then face Tim Lincecum tonight. That’s how losing streaks begin.
David Wright, who is hot right now, told me Lincecum is the toughest pitcher he faces. The guy is good and I’m not expecting much offense from the Mets tonight.
I’ll be around later tonight for the game. Hope you’re all having a great day.
The Mets open arguably their roughest road trip of the season tonight against the San Francisco Giants. The West Coast is place where winning streaks go to die.
Jose Reyes will sit out tonight with a stiff calf.
Here’s the line-up:
Luis Castillo, 2B
Alex Cora, SS
Carlos Beltran, CF
Gary Sheffield, LF
David Wright, 3B
Fernando Tatis, 1B
Ramon Castro, C
Ryan Church, RF
John Maine, P
Mets GM Omar Minaya told reporters on a conference call today a MRI revealed J.J. Putz has inflammation in the back of his elbow. Putz will meet the team in San Francisco but is expected to miss the first couple of games in the Giants series.
Minaya also said the team will wait until this weekend to whether Carlos Delgado goes on the disabled list. Delgado is receiving treatment and medication for a bone spur in his right hip.
After a successful home stand that ended on a down note, the Mets are in San Francisco tonight for the start of a four-game series, then three in Los Angeles and three in Fenway.
If they play the way they did at the start of their homes stand, they’ll be in good shape. If they play as they did against the Braves then the miles will wear on them.
What’s your confidence level for this trip?
Did losing two of three from the Braves take the shine off of winning seven straight? It appears so, but not because they lost but by how they lost. Same old stuff. Sloppy baserunning and not hitting with runners in scoring position.
A lot of the running mistakes were by Jose Reyes, who, because of his speed, is blasted one way or another. Reyes can’t win. He either is blasted for being thrown out at third with the play ahead of him or for not trying for third as in yesterday’s game.
By his own admission, Reyes ran with his head down on the first play and promised he wouldn’t do it again. He didn’t have a chance to be thrown out yesterday because he glided into second after styling out of the batter’s box. Maybe Reyes could have made it, but for sure if he learned from his previous mistake and was running hard with his head up he would have seen the play in front of him and known if he had a chance.
The crime is in loafing out of the box because you never know. With Reyes’ speed, sometimes he can force a bad throw. That’s also part of the equation. Rightly or wrongly, Reyes is as fault because of the perception of not hustling.
On running to third on the ball hit to shortstop, well, that was just a dumb play.
The problem with Reyes is because of his talent and physical gifts there are lofty expectations. Some of these expectations are unfair, but Reyes can take the heat off by hustling at all times.
Speaking of hustling at all times, I’ve noticed what a few of you have commented on concerning David Wright. He’s been known to take a routine play off and not run hard, and eventually it will come back to bite him.