Jun 23

Mets catch break; today’s lineup.

Maybe it was a make-up call from the Baseball Gods after last week’s balk-off loss, but the Mets caught a break last night when Justin Turner made no effort to avoid being hit by a pitch, and, in fact, appeared to lead into the ball. He admitted he took one for the team.

By rule, he should have been out.

Although his record doesn’t show it, R.A. Dickey has pitched better lately. Opponents tagged him for a .308 average in April, but are hitting just .183 in June. He lost another victory last night when Francisco Rodriguez coughed up his second straight save opportunity. Rodriguez has given up 11 earned runs in his last 11 appearances, calling his performance “pathetic.”

The word also applies to Jason Bay, who went 0-for-5 with three more strikeouts, and today has been moved out of the cleanup spot.

Here’s today’s lineup against Oakland:

Jose Reyes, SS

Justin Turner, 2B

Carlos Beltran, CF

Daniel Murphy, 3B

Angel Pagan, CF

Jason Bay, LF

Lucas Duda, 1B

Josh Thole, C

Chris Capuano, LP

 

 

 

Jun 08

Capuano good pick-up, but how long will he stay?

Yesterday, I wrote how the Mets were playing well considering a mountain of adversity and last night they received a strong pitching performance from Chris Capuano to win at Milwaukee, 2-1.

CAPUANO: A trade piece? (AP)

The Mets are two games below .500 and 4.5 games behind the Brewers in the wild card race. Too soon to be thinking of such things, but not too soon to recognize things aren’t totally in the toilet as had been projected.

Last night was the first game of 10-game road trip, and who knows where they will be when they return from Milwaukee-Pittsburgh-Atlanta? A lot of things can happen in two weeks. If the Mets continue to receive the strong starting pitching they’ve gotten the past ten days, including last night from Capuano, they could put an interesting, and unexpected, spin on this season.

Capuano was a bargain basement purchase that so far as pitched well considering a lack of offensive support. He gave up a run in six innings last night to go 4-6. He has pitched better than his record.

Unfortunately, every bit of success Capuano enjoys brings about the harsh reminder the Mets figure to be sellers at the deadline, and a lefthander who can provide innings is a commodity. What the Mets might get from Capuano is uncertain, but when you’re in a rebuilding mode you tend to collect prospects.

I’d like to see the Mets attempt to compete this year and go for the wild-card, but that means adding instead of subtracting. However, all indications point toward further rebuilding, which includes the possibility of a purge.

Not that the Mets will build around a guy like Capuano, but he can be a valuable part to the right team. And, it would be nice if the Mets were that team.

NOTEBOOK: Gary Carter underwent his first radiation treatment yesterday. … Carlos Beltran played despite a bruised right shin. He went 0-for-4 and didn’t look comfortable running.

 

Jun 07

Tonight’s Mets lineup: June 7 at Milwaukee.

Carlos Beltran is playing despite a bruised right shin and Jason Bay returns to the order batting sixth.

Here’s tonight’s lineup:

Jose Reyes, SS

Justin Turner, 3B

Carlos Beltran, RF

Daniel Murphy, 1B

Angel Pagan, CF

Jason Bay, LF

Josh Thole, C

Ruben Tejada, 2B

Chris Capuano, LP

 

Jun 02

Collins rant rings hollow.

It was humorous and a little sad to listen to Terry Collins’ post-game rant last night in the wake of another seventh-inning meltdown. He sounded desperate and out of control, much how his team is playing.

First, he praised the Pirates’ Andrew McCutchen for his hustle and hard play and said that’s how his team should be playing, then stopped short and said effort isn’t the issue.

Well, is it or not?

COLLINS: Where's that smile now?

He said his team played hard, but lacked execution. Passion, but poor performance … kind of like his speech.

Collins railing in front of the Mets logo wasn’t quite Patton in front of the American flag. You remember … Americans love a winner.

The problem is his Mets aren’t winners.

They are losing again and the problems are many beginning most recently and significantly with the bullpen, which imploded again. Over the last ten games the pen has given up 32 earned runs.

Last night a strong performance by Chris Capuano was wasted. Last night also featured several defensive lapses, two from Willie Harris, and the Mets’ first homer in 11 games.

Poor pitching, defense and no power won’t win you many games.

Clearly peeved, Collins ran over the same litany of issues that have burned and burdened the Mets for years. Lack of timely hitting; giving away too many at-bats; that no one player is to blame, that this is a team thing; not making the right pitch at the right time.

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