There are so many things screwed up with the All-Star process, not the least of which is the fans voting. When you can sit at your computer and click on to a player’s name 10,000 times plus is just plain wrong.
WRIGHT: Loses fan vote.
Pablo Sandoval is a wonderful player, but David Wright is having a better season, and it isn’t close. The Mets, for several reasons, aren’t drawing significantly, and that’s a major reason. Then again, the Yankees are drawing and with two teams in NYC one would think there would be a trickle down effect. Just goes to reinforce the notion one is either a Met or Yankee fan. For the most part anyway.
Wright is in as an alternate, and R.A. Dickey is in, but there’s something special about starting the game. Wright doesn’t get that honor this year, and you never know what the future brings.
I’m not saying I have the answer to this, but there’s a flaw in the current system. I’d like to see the best players get the starting role. I mean, if the game is supposed to count, then the best players should be in. At least, that makes the most sense to me.
I know I became doubtful after the first two games at Wrigley Field. Please forgive me. I promise I won’t doubt the Mets again. At least, until the next time. The Mets have been up-and-down all year, and last night was more of the same.
They got another good outing from Chris Young, which probably reinforces the notion we’ve seen the last of Mike Pelfrey. David Wright remained hot, and Bobby Parnell blew away the Dodgers in the ninth.
With R.A. Dickey and Johan Santana going the next two games, one must like their chances of winning this series. Then again, both Dickey and Santana were roughed up in their previous starts.
I don’t know what Young’s future is with the Mets. If he remains healthy, he should be brought back because this isn’t a deep staff and the younger pitchers can learn from him. I suggest it might be easier to learn from Young than the unconventional Dickey.
As far as Pelfrey is concerned, he’s fallen into ”the too-injured-too unproductive-and-too pricey” category. He’s too young to just cast off, but the dollars will dictate it in the end.
After 17 runs the day before, what’s the over/under on the runs they’ll score tonight? Three, four? Hope it’s enough.
Andres Torres – CF
Ruben Tejada – SS
David Wright – 3B
Lucas Duda – RF
Scott Hairston – LF
Ike Davis – 1B
Daniel Murphy – 2B
Mike Nickeas - C
Chris Young – RHP
Despite the Mets facing a right-hander, Kirk Nieuwenhuis will sit:
Andres Torres, cf
Ruben Tejada, ss
David Wright, 3b
Lucas Duda, rf
Ike Davis, 1b
Scott Hairston, lf
Daniel Murphy, 2b
Josh Thole, c
Jon Niese, lhp