Jun 09

Bullpen a major concern; Bay benched tonight.

I recently wrote where the Mets have played exceedingly well despite a myriad of issues and stand by those words.

Not much was expected from these Mets coming out of spring training, but for the most part have played inspired, scrappy, ball. But, just when you thought it was safe to root for the Mets, along comes something like last night.

There they were, on the cusp of their fourth straight victory, the bullpen collapsed again to give up four runs in the eighth inning and one more in the ninth to watch it all slip away.

So, instead of playing for .500 tonight, the Mets are again three games under.

Also slipping away was a strong performance from Mike Pelfrey, which we haven’t had an abundance of this spring. Another good game from Jose Reyes was also wasted.

The bullpen, after a brief strong stretch, has been awful over the last 16 games with a 12.36 ERA in the seventh inning or later, with the opposition outscoring the Mets, 56-23.

Amidst the rubble of the collapsed pen has been Pedro Beato’s slide.  Hoping for Beato to recapture his early season form forced Terry Collins to, 1) stay with him too long and watch him give up three runs in a third of an inning, and 2) go to Jason Isringhausen when he wanted to rest him last night.

Collins relied on Isringhausen because he doesn’t have much faith in anybody else in the pen, especially with Francisco Rodriguez gassed lately.

There are no viable options on either the major league or minor league options, and until the bullpen rights itself the Mets improve much beyond where they are right now.

All this is a reminder what a disappointment Bobby Parnell has been. Even before his injury, he failed to perform as the set-up reliever and this has been one of the most important issues of the season.

Another key issue is Jason Bay, who is benched tonight amidst a 0-for-27 freefall. Bay, who hit 36 homers two years ago in Boston, is down to .207 with two homers and ten RBI.

I suppose it can get worse, but seeing if it does is like watching a car wreck on the highway. You watch out of morbid curiosity.

Jason Pridie replaces Bay in left tonight.

Here’s the lineup at Milwaukee:

Jose Reyes, SS

Justin Turner, 3B

Carlos Beltran, RF

Daniel Murphy, 1B

Angel Pagan, CF

Jason Pridie, LF

Josh Thole, C

Ruben Tejada, 2B

Jonathan Niese, LP

 

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 01

Tonight’s Mets lineup: June 1 vs. Pittsburgh.

Here’s tonight’s Mets lineup against the Pittsburgh Pirates:

Angel Pagan, CF

Justin Turner, 2B

Carlos Beltran, RF

Jason Bay, LF

Daniel Murphy, 1B

Ronny Paulino, C

Willie Harris, 3B

Ruben Tejada, SS

Chris Capuano, LP

COMMENTS: Ten games and counting without the Mets hitting a homer. … Jason Bay hit 36 homers with Boston two years ago. At this pace, will he hit 36 homers for the duration of his contract? … Daniel Murphy has eight hits over his last three games.

 

May 31

Davis still ailing; notebook; tonight’s lineup vs. Pirates.

Some two weeks for Ike Davis, huh? The Mets are now saying he might be able to return by the All-Star break.

Davis will be wearing a protective boot and will be shut down for at least three weeks.

“The only baseball activities he can do, basically, is play catch, and he’ll be able to swing,’’ manager Terry Collins told reporters today at Citi Field. “But he’s not to do any running whatsoever for the next three weeks. There’s still a hot spot where the bone bruise is. So we’re going to pretty much shut him down from that type of activity.’’

Meanwhile, David Wright will have an X-ray Thursday to determine a timetable for when he can resume baseball activities. Wright in on the DL with a stress fracture in his lower back.

The Mets say Jose Reyes is expected to return from bereavement leave for Thursday’s game.

On a positive note, Johan Santana is throwing off the mound in 15-pitch intervals in Port St. Lucie. The next step will be throwing batting practice.

Here’s tonight’s starting lineup against Pittsburgh:

Angel Pagan, CF

Justin Turner, 2B

Carlos Beltran, RF

Jason Bay, LF

Daniel Murphy, 3B

Nick Evans, 1B

Josh Thole, C

Ruben Tejada, SS

RA Dickey, RP

COMMENTS: Dickey will get the start despite leaving his last start in Chicago early with an injury to his right heel. No doubt, the Mets will keep him on a short leash. Dale Thayer is first in line should Dickey falter. …. Pat Misch cleared waivers and accepted an assignment to Triple-A Buffalo.

 

May 19

Today’s Mets lineup: May 19 vs. Washington.

They got the game in last night, but I wonder if it is worth the risk when I hear Jon Niese had trouble gripping the ball.

Teams have a huge investment in players, but it isn’t a stretch to figure out why they put them at risk by playing in such rotten conditions. If you must use blowtorches to dry the field, it isn’t worth playing that day.

The Mets clearly didn’t want to play a doubleheader today to tax their bullpen prior to the Yankees series, and didn’t want to play one later in the season.

There aren’t as many off days as there used to be because of interleague play and the unbalanced schedule. And, most teams don’t want doubleheaders not because of the impact on pitching, but because they don’t want to give up the gate.

Anyway, it is better today than it was yesterday, although the field is still soggy. Here’s the Mets’ lineup today behind Dillon Gee:

Jose Reyes, SS

Josh Thole, C

Carlos Beltran, RF

Jason Bay, LF

Daniel Murphy, 1B

Justin Turner, 3B

Jason Pridie, CF

Ruben Tejada, 2B

Dillon Gee, RP

COMMENTS: Terry Collins floated the idea to the media last night about hitting Jason Bay second, but he hasn’t talked to him, yet. That explains why there’s been no move. Theoretically, hitting Bay second should present him with more fastball opportunities.