May 06

METS CHAT ROOM: Game #26; Santana vs. the Phillies.

CHAT ROOM

CHAT ROOM

The best pitcher in the sport will try to extend the Mets’ winning streak to three games tonight against the Phillies. Johan Santana could easily be 5-0 with a little more support.

Interesting changes in the line-up, beginning with Daniel Murphy batting sixth behind David Wright because Alex Cora gets the start at second. Ryan Church, who is in a dreadful slump and hitting .143 with RISP in on the bench.

Here’s the line-up:

Jose Reyes, SS
Alex Cora, 2B
Carlos Beltran, CF
Carlos Delgado, 1B
David Wright, 3B
Daniel Murphy, LF
Jeremy Reed, RF
Omir Santos, C
Johan Santana, P

May 05

METS CHAT ROOM: Game #25; keeping it going.

CHAT ROOM

CHAT ROOM

Truth be told, I had the Mets at 2-3 on this trip. That they could go 3-1 with a win tonight behind Livan Hernandez is a step forward. The Mets worked Daniel Murphy out at first base this afternoon, indication they are preparing for life without Carlos Delgado.

Delgado will start tonight at first with Murphy in left.

A good sign last night was David Wright continuing to show breakout signs.

May 05

A lot to like, but ….

In what so far has been a disappointing, underachieving season, there was a lot to like in last night’s victory at Atlanta.

Of course, since everything begins with pitching and John Maine was superb after a rocky second. There’s always one inning with Maine where he gets in trouble, but if he pulls out of it he goes on a hot stretch fueled by his fastball. He’s a power guy and gets in trouble when he tries to be too cute with his off-speed stuff.

Another positive the offense came from behind from three runs down for the first time this season. Carlos Beltran, who has been stroking line drives all year, went deep twice. Beltran is a hitter who when he gets hot can carry a team for a couple of weeks. What better time with all these games with the Braves and Phillies?

David Wright also showed signs of coming out of it with a homer.

But, it’s only one game and we’ve seen that before. Let’s get a string of these before proclaiming the Mets are all right.

Livan Hernandez, who has been shaky, goes tonight for the Mets.

Apr 30

What’s wrong with Wright?

“It won’t be long before the hits will start dropping in,” said David Wright after his miserable Wednesday afternoon in which he was called out twice on strikes.

Mechanically, Wright is off his game. He’s uppercutting his swing. He’s flatfooted at times. He doesn’t consistently take the ball to right field, which is when he’s at his best.

“I’ve been struggling,” Wright admits. “I have to start playing better.”

Talk radio is buzzing with those that want Wright out of here, but let’s not be stupid about things. The Mets aren’t going to trade him now or this winter. This is slump he’ll have to work his way out of, something he’s always done in the past and will again.

If the Mets weren’t playing the Phillies this weekend, I’d be tempted to sit him for a game to clear his head. But with this stretch against Philly and Atlanta, I don’t see Jerry Manuel sitting down his third baseman. The earliest he’d sit would be against Pittsburgh during the next homestand.

So, what to do?

The Mets pretty much have to stick with Wright until then. Ask yourself this: Who gives the Mets the better chance? Wright catching his form or going to the bench?

You’ll see Wright play this weekend in Philly and maybe he’ll get it going against the Phillies hapless rotation.