Apr 12

Chatting on Easter ….

If you’re taking a break from the holiday to watch the Mets, chat with us. The Mets are coming off their best game of the season, and Luis Castillo is coming off his best game in years.

It has been written here and elsewhere Castillo needs to enter Opening Day at Citi Field on a high note to make for a warm reception. He appears to have done that.

Johan Santana starts for the Mets today, making his second start of the season after a strong start at Cincinnati.

Here’s today’s line-up:

Reyes, SS
Murphy, LF
Wright, 3B
Delgado, 1B
Beltran, CF
Church, RF
Castro, C
Castillo, 2B
Santana, P

Apr 11

METS CHAT ROOM: Game #5; Marlon gone; Livan starts.

CHAT ROOM

CHAT ROOM

Please don’t ask about the arcane blackout rules, I don’t understand them, either. It doesn’t make a whole lot of sense for the Mets to come on a half-hour late.

Tonight we get our first look at Livan Hernandez. Room was made for him today by designating Marlon Anderson for assignment. As expected, the Mets said they hope he clears waivers and will take a minor league assignment.

Anderson was really the only decision the Mets could have made as they need the extra reliever.

Here’s tonight’s line-up:

Jose Reyes, SS
Daniel Murphy, LF
David Wright, 3B
Carlos Delgado, 1B
Carlos Beltran, CF
Ryan Church, RF
Brian Schneider, C
Luis Castillo, 2B
Livan Hernandez, P

Apr 10

METS CHAT ROOM: Game #4; Maine vs. Marlins.

CHAT ROOM

CHAT ROOM

The Mets are in Miami tonight to face the Marlins, the team that eliminated them from playoff contention in the season’s final game in each of the last two years.

The 3-0 Marlins are for real and have loftier goals than being a spoiler this year. The 2-1 Mets will go with John Maine, who will make his first start since surgery to remove a bone spur from his throwing shoulder last August. Maine was 10-8 with a 4.18 ERA in 25 starts last season, and is 3-1 with a 2.75 ERA in six starts against the Marlins.

We can draw a couple of conclusions from the series in Cincinnati, beginning with the Mets’ starting pitching is an issue. To think the Marlins can’t handle Maine and Livan Hernandez tomorrow is absurd.

Apr 10

WANTED: Pitching

Sorry for the late post today.

I know it has only been three games, but I didn’t even need them to tell me the Mets still need to improve their starting pitching. After Johan Santana are you really convinced of what you’ll get from the other four in the rotation.

I believe in Mike Pelfrey, but his first start shows there are still growing pains. After reaching a career-high in innings pitched last season, will he hit a wall? There’s no way of knowing, but the assumption has to be made, and it has to be addressed.

John Maine goes tonight and he’s coming off shoulder surgery. Supposedly, it is minor, but everybody else’s surgery is always minor. Tonight will not be conclusive, one way or another.

Livan Hernandez is an innings eater at the end of his career. I liked the signing. Still do, but he is what he is. He’s a .500 pitcher these days, which is the definition of a fifth starter.

OK … Oliver Perez is next. He can be nails-on-a-chalkboard annoying to watch at times, such as yesterday. I don’t want to say the Mets can’t win with Perez, because afterall, he did win 15 for them two years ago. But, that’s looking more and more like a fluke.

Jake Peavy, Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt could all be available come the end of July. The Mets can’t afford to be timid then. If it costs them F-Mart, then so be it. Quality pitching is more important anyway.

Apr 09

METS CHAT ROOM: Game #3, Heads or tails?

CHAT ROOM

CHAT ROOM

It turned out tails. After a miserable spring training which ended with Oliver Perez giving up six runs in two-thirds of an inning Saturday against Boston, Coin Flip gave up eight runs today.

He walked five, three of which came around to score.

I had guessed a good start by Perez based on his 9-4 lifetime record against the Reds, and he was great through the first two innings. But, they play nine.

Perez couldn’t live with prosperity today. The Mets gave him three and he gave up four in the bottom of the inning. The Mets tied it for him and he gave up four more.

Served me right in thinking he’d have a good start. I’ve watched him since 2006 and I really don’t have any idea of what I’ll see from him from one start to the next.

I know the Mets won’t do it, but Perez should be sent out for work. His fastball isn’t there and neither is his command. It wouldn’t hurt him to stay behind in Florida and work on his arm strength.

What’s the worst thing that could happen?