Apr 13

How amped will Pelfrey get?

PELFREY: Will he control emotions?

PELFREY: Will he control emotions?

Mike Pelfrey wrote off his bad first inning in Cincinnati last week to being too amped, too excited to pitch in his first start of the season. He settled down with four scoreless as the Mets came back to win.

It’s part of the development of a young pitcher to control and harness his emotions. If Pelfrey thought the atmosphere was tense last week, imagine tonight in the Citi Field opener. There will be a buzz tonight people will talk about for years.

Not even the Mets’ 3-3 start will take the edge off. The hunch here is Pelfrey will be a fast study and keep his adrenalin in check.

Oh, and Luis Castillo will get treated nicely tonight.

Enjoy the day and we’ll see you tonight for Mets Chat Room.

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.