I try to look for positives because being negative all the time can be draining. But, right now the positives, at least offensively, are scarce.
This team just doesn’t score any runs, and the odd thing is people are talking about blowing up this group and trading David Wright and Jose Reyes, the Mets’ two best, although inconsistent, offensive players. Doesn’t seem to make a lot of sense.
One of the season’s bright spots, R.A. Dickey, goes today against Houston. Dickey has been splendid all season and has pitched better than his 8-5 record indicates. He’s pitched deep into games, but has given up two late-inning homers in his last two starts to deprive him of victories. Otherwise, he’d have ten wins. He’d have even more than that with a little run supprt.
We’ve known for awhile now that the playoffs weren’t going to happen, but you’d like to see some form of growth, something to build on. But, right now there doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of it.
After today, there are 32 games left. Ouch, where did the season go?
Jerry Manuel said today he hopes the Mets can get on a run and sneak back into contention. He really doesn’t have much more than hope because the Mets are becoming more and more irrelevant for this season.
Game #120 at Astros
They started sputtering before the All-Star break, but were within serious striking distance when Carlos Beltran was activated at the break.
They’ve been 11-20 since to deepen their hole by seven games to 11 behind Atlanta.
I posted a few things to look forward to down the stretch, but another one is the fallout from the Francisco Rodriguez incident.
The Major League Baseball Players Association, not surprisingly, has already filed a grievance against the Mets on behalf of Rodriguez for placing him on the disqualified list and attempt to convert his contract to a non-guaranteed deal.
Remember, the union’s concern isn’t about right or wrong – as evidenced by its head-in-the-sand stance on steroids – but simply getting every last nickel for the players.
The last time Johan Santana pitched he told manager Jerry Manuel to leave him alone, that he could go ten innings.
Game #119 at Astros
Want to bet there will be a similar conversation tonight?
For the first time in two months, the Mets the first game of a road series last night. They’ll try to make it two in a row tonight behind Santana (10-6, 2.89), who is coming off a masterful 4-0 blanking of the Colorado Rockies. They haven’t won two straight on the road since June 11-18.
Santana admits there’s a certain degree of pressure when he takes the mound considering the Mets’ lackluster offense.
“Every time we go out there, we go out there with the mentality of winning,’’ said Santana, who has given up nine hits in 16 1/3 scoreless innings in his last two starts.
Over his last nine starts Santana is 5-1 with a 1.88 ERA. With a little run support he could have 15 victories by now.
Two slumbering Mets showed wake-up signs last night. David Wright had three hits and Carlos Beltran had two, including a home run.
The homestand that was supposed to be their last chance has ended in mediocrity, and now it is on to Houston and Pittsburgh, two teams with offenses even worse than the Mets.
The road trip begins with the news Francisco Rodriguez could be lost for the season after tearing a ligament in his right thumb sustained in the altercation with the father of his girlfriend. Then again, what good is a closer if you’re not scoring any runs.
The offense is hitting less than .200 in August, and the slide is personified by David Wright, who is batting .114 with no RBI in August.
Jon Niese, one of the positives of this season, goes for the Mets tonight.
The trade deadline is today and if the Mets haven’t done anything by now don’t expect anything in the next four hours. Ted Lilly is an outside chance, but looks headed to the Dodgers.
MINAYA: Will keep pat hand today.
According to reports, and a lot of it is stuff thrown against the wall, the Astros want Bobby Parnell and Josh Thole for Brett Myers. I wouldn’t do Myers straight up for either.
The deadline will pass with the Mets keeping the status quo, and that’s fine by me if what I’ve been hearing is true. Parnell, Thole, Jon Niese and Ike Davis are the names other teams are seeking. That’s the future of this franchise.
I can’t blame Omar Minaya for wanting to protect the future, even if it means not winning this year. Perhaps, if the Mets pulled the trigger on Roy Oswalt a month ago I’d be looking at it differently, because there would have been a chance to make up serious ground. But, at the deadline, not so much.
For years I’ve been hearing the Mets don’t have much of a farm system, but there is a good young core here. To keep it intact is essential.