Jul 08

Mets’ pitching options: Perez first.

PEREZ: In a happier time.

If you’ve been following the Mets it’s not hard to read the tealeaves as far as which direction they’ll go in adding a starter to their rotation.

I know a lot of you aren’t going to like this, but my guess is their first option will be Oliver Perez.

Perez’s rehab so far has gone well, and with around $20 million still remaining on his contract, I see them spending that money first because finances are a big issue with the team. They aren’t going to eat the contract and Perez’s contract, injury history and erratic performance make him impossible to deal.  Therefore, his real value to the Mets isn’t as a trade commodity but in the hope he’ll find it.

From what I’ve heard, the asking price in terms of prospects is high for Cliff Lee, and regardless of their supposed interest in him over Roy Oswalt, I believe the Mets find it distasteful to offer all that for a rental, and that’s what it will be because they won’t pay what he’ll be asking.

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Jul 03

Mets Chat Room; Strasburg vs. Dickey.

Game #81 at Nationals

They couldn’t be any more opposite, RA Dickey and Stephen Strasburg.

One, Dickey, is a 35-year-old knuckleballer hanging on to his career with grit, guile and perseverance.  The other, Strasburg, is the rookie phenom, who despite a handful of starts in his young career already has some clamoring for him to be on the National League All-Star team.

Imagine, less than 40 career innings and already they are lobbying for him to be an All-Star. It shouldn’t happen, but you never know.

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Jul 03

Today’s lineup at Washington

CORA: Moved up in order

Jose Reyes, as anticipated, is sitting again today, and probably won’t play until the team returns home. Alex Cora, who delivered a three-run triple last night, has been moved up in the order to second. Josh Thole gets a start today over the slumping Rod Barajas.

Here’s today’s lineup:

Angel Pagan, CF

Alex Cora, 2B

David Wright, 3B

Ike Davis, 1B

Jason Bay, LF

Josh Thole, C

Jeff Francoeur, RF

Ruben Tejada, SS

RA Dickey, RP

Jul 01

Tonight’s lineup at Washington

SANTANA: Needs to rebound.

Jose Reyes will indeed sit tonight at Washington. Also, another game without Angel Pagan.

Here’s the lineup:

Jesus Feliciano, CF

Ruben Tejada, SS

David Wright, 3B

Ike Davis, 1B

Jeff Francoeur, RF

Chris Carter, LF

Henry Blanco, C

Alex Cora, 2B

Johan Santana, LP

Jun 28

Mets Chat Room: Dickey rolling for a seven.

Game #76 vs. Marlins

At the beginning of last week I wrote how important the Detroit and Minnesota series were to the streaky Mets.

They’ve been either hot or cold and a solid showing against two strong American League teams would be a positive showing, and going 4-2 has them on the cusp again of first place in the NL East. With a win tonight and Atlanta loss to Washington and rookie sensation Stephen Strasburg, the Mets can move into first place.

They’ll attempt to do it behind knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, who is vying tonight to become the first Mets pitcher since Steve Trachsel in 2006 to win seven straight decisions.

“It doesn’t feel surreal,’’ Dickey said. “It feels like something I’ve been capable of doing.’’

The Mets will be without Angel Pagan again tonight, who remains sidelined with a muscle spasm on his right side.